Winter Oak

Winter Oak
8 Aug 2022 | 5:33 pm

Facing up to the crime in progress

by Paul Cudenec

[Audio version]

The events which have been unfolding since 2020 have obliged me, more than ever, to take an overview of the place at which humankind finds itself today.

And my recent reading of Fredy Perlman, alongside my research on the global mafia and their odious "development" agenda which has led to the Great Reset, has left me with a somewhat disturbing new impression.

I now feel that I was born into, and have spent my whole life within, a crime!

I am not the perpetrator of this crime, of course, nor am I more a victim than anyone else.

The aggrieved party is the whole of humankind and all the other beings with whom we share this world.

We are all being reduced to the status of objects, human or natural capital, fit only to feed the dead-eyed totalitarian global greed-machine.

Life itself is under attack, life and all the joyfulness and sense of well-being that goes with it.

Life is being suffocated, raped, tortured, injected with poisons, dismembered, processed into pulp.

The crucial point here is that this is not just a phenomenon that has randomly arisen or evolved; this is more than just an ongoing disaster.

We are talking about a process which has been deliberately planned, engineered and extended for many centuries.

Life is not dying, she is being murdered.

She is being murdered by a venal clique of philanthropaths whose sole "value" is the exponential increase of their own wealth and power.

Furthermore, these scheming gangsters have worked very hard to conceal not only their own identity but even the fact that a murder is taking place.

They have constructed an edifice of deceit which presents everything that they do as being "innovative" and "forward-looking", as representing the necessary and laudable advance of something they like to call Progress.

The corollary of this lie is, of course, that anyone who challenges their supposedly do-gooding goals is automatically considered bad or insane.

The moment that we wake up to the horror of what is happening around us and start to speak out, we are shouted down, mocked, insulted, threatened, shamed.

To identify and challenge any aspect of the crime in progress, let alone the whole vile thing, makes us "extremists", "subversives", "cranks", "conspiracy theorists" or even "terrorists".

We risk being investigated, intimidated or imprisoned, losing our jobs and our friends, being branded, smeared and ostracised.

Through practical expediency, we therefore start to take care of whom we talk to, we hide our traces, nurture anonymity, water down our views in certain company.

Gaslighted by the criminals who rule over us, we end up criminalising ourselves, acting as if we were the ones with something to hide, the ones with a guilty conscience!

If we don't pay attention, we risk embracing the labels they stick on us, confining ourselves to political and cultural ghettoes, cutting ourselves off from the rest of society and from badly-needed potential allies.

Now that the criminals seem at the point of pushing humankind into an unimaginable condition of abject slavery, all the while killing off the natural world with their machineries of control, there is no point in hiding away in safe spaces, no point in prevaricating.

The stage has clearly been reached where we all need to throw caution to the winds, break free from doubt and fear.

We need to embrace the certainty that we represent the force of light and truth against the dark sickness of the psychopaths and their lies.

Our moral and spiritual self-empowerment will allow us to together find the clarity and courage to directly confront the criminals who are destroying everything that is good and alive.

We know who they are, we know what they are doing and we know that if we are prepared to give everything – really everything! – we have the collective power to rise up and throw off, once and for all, the deathly grip of this murderous money-mafia.

Winter Oak
2 Aug 2022 | 11:49 am

A developing evil: the malignant historical force behind the Great Reset

by Paul Cudenec

[This is the text of a talk I gave at the "Three Days Against Techno-Sciences" gathering near Alessandria, Italy, on Saturday July 30, 2022. Many thanks to the organisers and fellow participants for the warm welcome and the stimulating exchanges. A post-recorded audio version can be found here.]

The so-called Great Reset is nothing but the extension and violent acceleration of a longstanding process.

Over the decades, I have often despaired at the general apathy of my fellow citizens in the face of the dark forces which I could clearly see – and feel – gathering.

Wondering how we could ever hope to see a mass uprising against the dominant system, I sometimes comforted myself with the thought that one day "they" would become so arrogant, or impatient, that they would push things too far, beyond the limits of what humankind is collectively prepared to tolerate.

What we have been experiencing for the last two years could well be that moment, so that the Great Reset would prove to be not just the extension of the existing process, but its culmination, the hubris which announces its final demise, its nemesis.

So what is this "process" I am talking about? There are lots of different ways of describing it. It is the increase of centralising power, the tightening of control, the growth of "the economy", the ever-closer convergence of power and money.

Today I want to focus on one concept which I think is key to understanding the essence of this process, namely "development".

The term, in English, is a very broad and ambiguous one, which allows it to be seriously misused and manipulated.

Sometimes it is used in the intransitive context to refer to something that happens by itself, from the inside, like the development of a child's abilities or character as it grows into an adult, the development of somebody's understanding or the development of a particular culture.

In this sense, it carries the implications of being natural and positive – resonances which serve to disguise the quite different qualities of other applications of the same word.

Development used in a transitive sense refers to actions taken from the outside to develop a certain thing.

It could refer to what I am doing right now – the development of an idea or an argument. This kind of development is the act of organising various elements (information, personal experience, opinions) in order to create something which is (hopefully!) coherent and useful.

Again, this sense carries positive implications which can be used to camouflage the reality behind other processes with the same semantic label.

In terms of the historical process I referred to, development could broadly be applied to the industrialisation which began in the country of my birth in the 18th century and subsequently spread across what we term the West.

Here we can immediately see how the other meanings of the word "development" obscure our understanding of the industrial variety.

The first, intransitive, association can lead us into imagining that industry was something that "developed" organically, all by itself, as the unfolding of a natural socio-economic evolution.

And the second, transitive, association could make us assume that industrial development was a positive process of using our collective intelligence to organise something useful for society.

Conventional opinion within industrial society usually amounts to a combination of these two, faulty, interpretations: people tend to imagine that the natural evolution of our collective intelligence leads us to organise this inevitable and ongoing development.

Continuous industrial development has been the background to all our lives, but it is not necessarily something of which we are always conscious.

For me, the form in which it first became visible and real was that of what in England is called "property development", namely the building of houses, shops and factories on what was previously "undeveloped" land.

My first encounter with this phenomenon was when I was about ten years old and living on the very southern edge of the London conurbation.

One summer day I discovered, with some schoolfriends, what seemed to me like an amazing paradise – a meadow, ringed with trees, with a tiny stream running through the middle of it, over which we leapt time and time again, tumbling and laughing into the lush green grass.

Some time later I went back there to taste again that moment of pure happiness and discovered that somebody had left mysterious piles of large concrete pipes in our field.

Being children, we didn't care too much, had no idea what all this meant, and happily spent the afternoon clambering around, and through, these pipes.

But the second time I went back, the field was a housing estate and there was no more grass, no more stream, no more playing.

A few years later, my mother bought, as a present for an elderly friend, a book of photographs of the local area dating from the beginning of the 20th century, when this lady was a girl.

Glancing through the images, I noticed that one of them apparently showed a road that I knew well. But I couldn't believe it was the same place.

In the photograph was a simple country lane, surrounded on all sides by trees, along which a man was leading a horse and cart.

The road that I knew in the 1970s, although still called a "lane", was lined with identical 1930s houses along its whole length and was intersected by one of the busiest traffic routes out of London.

Suddenly I understood why older people had always referred to the local suburban shopping parade as "the village". It really had been a village when they first knew it!

How could everything have changed so quickly, within the living memory of people I personally knew?

I could never see the area in which I had always lived in the same way again and later chose to live and work outside of London, in Sussex, where I discovered villages and country lanes which no longer existed in the area where I grew up.

For a long time I was happy there. I felt I was breathing an air which had been denied me for too long.

But, of course, I wasn't safe from the advance of development, whose principal requirement is that it must never slow down, let alone stop.

All around me were appearing new housing developments, new roads to serve the houses, more new houses to fill the spaces opened up by the new roads, new shopping precincts to serve the people living in the houses and more new roads to take them there.

Both in my work as a journalist on a local newspaper and in my parallel role as a campaigner trying to protect the countryside, I came to understand the mechanisms by which this development came to happen.

The first thing I observed was that there was always local opposition to any proposed development on a greenfield area – the bigger the project, the greater the opposition.

But this opposition was very rarely successful.

Several methods were used to ensure that development triumphed over the wishes of the local people.

The first was for local politicians and officials to denigrate opponents of the scheme in question, in which ever way seemed most appropriate.

If the opponents were local people living close to the proposed development, they were selfish individuals termed NIMBYs – Not In My Back Yard.

If people from further away were involved, who could not be accused of having a purely personal interest, they were dubbed "outside agitators" or "rent-a-mob troublemakers".

In this way, no dissent could ever be seen as legitimate.

Alongside this approach came the inevitable narrative that the development was badly "needed", providing homes for families, jobs for workers, or a "boost" for the local economy.

This argument was welded to the message that there was something inevitable about the whole process, that losing green space to concrete and tarmac was simply something one had to accept in life.

I also came across a degree of corruption, of course, of very close connections between local officials and the property development businesses whose projects they authorised.

But behind these levels of propaganda and corruption was something else, something even more important: the "need" for development was written into the bureaucratic planning structures devised by central government, with which local authorities had to comply.

All that the local council could really decide was where this development would be accommodated.

So even if the people living in an area were unanimously against a certain development, even if they had somehow, miraculously, managed to elect representatives who were prepared to respect their opposition, all that could be achieved was for that development to be delayed, modified in some way so as to make it more acceptable or, at the very best, displaced to some other corner of the local area where the residents were less vociferous or influential.

The overall process of development itself was sacrosanct and officially ensured.

All the language and arguments in favour of development therefore served not so much to convince people that it was necessary, as to cloak the reality that it would in any case be imposed on them against their will by central power.

This is important, as we will see later…

There are, of course, lots of different kinds of "development".

Wolfgang Sachs describes, in The Development Dictionary, a very insightful resource on this subject, how the idea of development used to be based on the notion of a nation-state's transition from agrarian to industrial status. "The state was conventionally considered to be the main actor, and the national society the main target, of development planning". (1)

But in the closing decades of the last century the phenomenon outgrew the national scale and turned into globalization. For Sachs, development and globalization are one and the same phenomenon. He says: "Globalization can be aptly understood as development without nation-states". (2)

A narrative is always needed to dress up development and sell it to the public.

As Gustavo Esteva points out in the same book, the promotion of development as a good thing, as a worthy and humanitarian cause, depends on the theoretical existence of "the undignified condition called underdevelopment". (3)

He writes: "In order for someone to conceive the possibility of escaping from a particular condition, it is necessary first to feel that one has fallen into that condition. For those who make up two-thirds of the world's population today, to think of development – of any kind of development – requires first the perception of themselves as underdeveloped, with the whole burden of connotations that this carries". (4)

This idea of "underdevelopment" is, he concludes, "a manipulative trick to involve people in struggles for getting what the powerful want to impose on them". (5)

The term "poverty" is used in the same way. Certain ways of life are designated with this term and the people and communities involved are identified as a "problem" for which development can provide the solution.

Those pushing this agenda are happy to cynically exploit the naivety of those who fall for the lie and enthusiastically jump aboard the bandwagon of "helping" those who have not yet been turned into what Otto Ulrich calls "a mechanical cog in a great production apparatus dominated by the world market". (6)

In Europe, a key institution promoting development is The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, founded sixty years ago. (7)

Its slogan speaks of "better policies for better lives", by means of, again in its own words, "accelerating development".

This body started out its life as the Organisation for European Economic Co-operation, formed to administer the USA's Marshall Plan aid for the "building back better" of Europe after the devastation of the Second World War.

The OEEC officially turned into the OECD at a ceremony in 1960 at the Chateau de la Muette in Paris, which is still the organisation's headquarters.

Coincidentally, this building originally belonged to a member of the French branch of the Rothschild family, who have played such a key historical role in development, of railways, all over the world, of the Suez Canal, of mining, and who were also pre-eminent, as the company boasts on its website, in the "development of the sovereign bond market, beginning in Europe and Russia, and expanding to every continent". (8)

Rothschild and Co add that the foundations for their current success were laid during the Second World War when they established their business presence in the USA and were thus able to vastly expand their global operation, "opening offices in every major market around the world".

A key role in pushing the idea of development has also been played by the United Nations, set up on the initiative of the USA at the end of the Second World War.

In the Preamble to its Founding Charter in 1945, it announced its determination "to promote social progress and better standards of life… and to employ international machinery for the promotion of the economic and social advancement of all peoples". (9)

The "First UN Development Decade" between 1960 and 1970, which claimed to identify a problem with "underdeveloped" people, again insisted that its aim was to improve the quality of their lives. This spin was reflected in the name of the development body it spawned in 1963, the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development. Social development. Nothing to do with money!

In 1970 it launched an International Development Strategy and an associated UN resolution announced a unified approach to development and planning, "which would fully integrate the economic and social components in the formulation of policies and programmes".

This declared that its aims were to "leave no sector of the population outside the scope of change and development" and "to give high priority to the development of human potentials … the provision of employment opportunities and meeting the needs of children". (10)

That is to say the "needs" of children as defined by those who aim to extract maximum profit from developing their human potential.

In 1986 the UN went even further when it published its Declaration on the Right to Development. (11)

Although this text clearly identified the aim of establishing what it called "a new international economic order", it hid this agenda behind the absurd statement that "the right to development is an inalienable human right".

"States have the primary responsibility for the creation of national and international conditions favourable to the realization of the right to development", it insisted.

"States have the duty to co-operate with each other in ensuring development and eliminating obstacles to development".

"Sustained action is required to promote more rapid development of developing countries".

And the final passage, Article 10, declares: "Steps should be taken to ensure the full exercise and progressive enhancement of the right to development, including the formulation, adoption and implementation of policy, legislative and other measures at the national and international levels".

And that is what we have seen shaping up over the subsequent decades…

In 1990 the United Nations Development Programme published its first Human Development Report, defending the inalienable right of all human beings to be developed. (12)

Then ten years later, in 2000, it launched its Millennium Development Goals, based on the International Development Goals drawn up at Chateau de la Muette by the OECD's Development Assistance Committee. (13)

Private-public partnerships were very much encouraged. Goal 8 was "to develop a global partnership for development", which could mean "cooperation with pharmaceutical companies" or making available the "benefits of new technologies" by working with Big Tech. (14)

Collaborating closely with the United Nations on creating these global development-imposing infrastructures has been the World Bank Group, which in fact has a treaty-based relationship with the UN that dates back to its founding. (15)

Describing itself as "the world's largest development institution", it was founded in 1944 (again at that key historical moment at the end of the Second World War) as the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and, like the OECD, it was originally involved in making loans to facilitate the post-war Build Back Better. (16)

It is worth considering Klaus Schwab and Thierry Malleret's comment in their 2020 book Covid-19: The Great Reset that wars, like pandemics, "have the potential to be a transformative crisis of previously unimaginable proportions".

They wrote: "World War II was the quintessential transformational war, triggering not only fundamental changes to the global order and the global economy, but also entailing radical shifts in social attitudes and beliefs that eventually paved the way for radically new policies and social contract provisions". (17)

When there was no more money to be made from post-war reconstruction, the World Bank shifted its focus towards "development", with a heavy emphasis on infrastructure such as dams, electrical grids, irrigation systems, and roads.

It has also long been interested in so-called "rural development", aiming to "increase production and raise productivity" by means of what it calls a "transition from traditional isolation". The World Bank would like to enable the "transfer of people out of low productivity agriculture into more rewarding pursuits". (18)

Rewarding for whom, exactly?

Gradually the World Bank built up a network of institutions, including the International Finance Corporation (IFC), which allowed it, in its own words, to "connect global financial resources to the needs of developing countries" under the feel-good catchphrase of "ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity". (19)

What this connection actually means is clear from the IFC's own reports. While boasting that, since 1956, it has "invested more than $321 billion in emerging markets and developing economies", it also stresses: "IFC operates on a commercial basis. We invest exclusively in for-profit projects in developing countries". (20)

It is not for nothing that the World Bank/IFC use the slogan "Creating Markets, Creating Opportunities" (21). For all the do-good language, the bottom line is that investment, like development, is really about making money and accumulating power.

In this light, it is hardly surprising that the World Bank was an enthusiastic partner of the UN in pushing its Millennium Development Goals and its global partnership for greed.

As it admitted: "The World Bank is committed to helping achieve the MDGs because, simply put, these goals are our goals". (22)

The World Bank has been peddling the greenwashing scam of so-called "sustainable development" for quite a while now.

As far back as 1988, its senior vice-president David Hopper was announcing that it would be getting involved in "formulating, implementing and enforcing environmental policies". (23)

And, needless to say, the World Bank is fully behind the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, adopted in 2015 and targeting 2030 as their completion date. It declares that these are "an historic global achievement", boasts that they were "formulated with strong participation from the World Bank Group" and are, of course, "fully consistent" with its own dubious goals. (24)

In fact, in 2018 it signed a Strategic Partnership Framework with the UN to push the SDGs and help bring about all sorts of noble outcomes, such as "helping countries attract and manage private capital" so they can "achieve measurable results at scale to transform their economies and societies" and "build human capital". (25)

The World Bank/United Nations – which seem to be so close that they are almost the same thing – are also keen on "enhancing countries' digital data capacities to improve implementation and maximize positive development impacts" and "harnessing data to improve development outcomes".

In reality, the "sustainable" development they are promoting is every bit of an oxymoron as "equitable" development, being just another aspect of the camouflage with which its proponents hide the reality of their insidious agenda from public view.

As Esteva writes, "Sustainable development has been explicitly conceived as a strategy for sustaining 'development', not for supporting the flourishing and enduring of an infinitely diverse natural and social life". (26)

The real significance of the UNSDGs is as the administrative foundation of the totalitarian technocratic dystopia which the money-power is currently trying to impose on us.

They essentially amount to the same thing, on a global scale, as the planning criteria which force local councils to override public opinion and develop green spaces.

They fix certain development objectives – goals as they term them – into law so that they have to be imposed on the public, whatever the views of that public.

But because they don't want this profoundly undemocratic situation to be visible, they also construct the propaganda layer which aims, like the propaganda about the need for local "development", to conceal the true nature of the process.

The propaganda for the UNSDGs amounts to everything "woke" and "progressive", an official saccharine liberal agenda which has now crept into every part of our culture.

And, just as people who oppose new roads, railways, factories or housing estates being built over the countryside are condemned as being "selfish" or "anti-social", so are opponents of the SDGs also condemned as being politically unacceptable.

Because the development mafia depicts itself as representing "good", all those who go against its agenda must necessarily be "bad" – reactionary, right-wing, conspiracy theorists.

But, in reality, this represents a remarkable inversion of the truth. The "goodness" of development may be enshrined in law and chorused from every direction, but it is nevertheless non-existent.

The process which calls itself "development" in fact equates to nothing other than destruction, in every context.

It is the destruction of nature, now seen as a mere resource to be used for development or as an empty undeveloped space in which development could, should and, ultimately, must take place.

It is the destruction of natural human communities, whose self-sufficiency gets in the way of the advance of development, and of authentic human culture and traditional values, which are incompatible with the dogma and domination of development.

In the words of Ivan Illich: "Development can be imagined as a blast of wind that blows people off their feet, out of their familiar space, and places them on an artificial platform, a new structure of living". (27)

It involves the destruction of individual autonomy, since human beings are seen as nothing more than human resources, human capital, to feed the unending appetite of development.

Development also implies the destruction of democracy, as the goals of development are imposed on us by mechanisms hidden from general public view.

All in all, development amounts to the negation of all that is organic, all that is living. It is vitaphobic.

And why does development exist, what is the purpose behind all this destruction? It is nothing more than money and power, which are the same thing in our society.

What is being "developed" in all these various life-destroying ways is, in fact, the money and power of those who initiated and imposed the process.

Their money "develops" because they extract a profit from all these destructive activities and because they lend money, at interest, to governments in order to "finance" huge projects represented as being for the common or national good.

Where they got this money from in the first place – whether it is rightfully theirs or a creation of wealth out of thin air from dubious bookmaking practices – is another matter.

But what is for sure is that debts owed to such financiers give them even more leverage over governments and the ability to insist on yet more "development" in order to generate the money needed to keep the repayments coming. They will, of course, be very happy to "finance" this next phase of development, which is always lurking on the horizon as a seemingly unavoidable economic necessity.

This is blackmail on an unimaginably vast scale. Unending, spiralling blackmail. Sustainable blackmail.

So those behind "development" have been destroying everything of real value in our natural world and our human societies in the pursuit of personal wealth and power.

And they have taken care to conceal this crime behind all the positive-sounding rhetoric associated with development on every level.

Far from being something inherently good, development therefore represents something which is very close to what we might call evil.

We have seen so many signs of this evil in all the development we have been collectively enduring for many centuries.

Rivers turned black and the air turned toxic by the pollution of industrial development.

Forests rased, land desecrated, species wiped out by its endless greed.

Children crushed to death by its machineries, lives ruined and cut short by decades of thankless toil in its factories, mines and sweatshops.

Communities across the world ripped from the land, ripped from each other, ripped from the happy natural lives that should have been their birthright.

All meaning and value stolen from our existences, everything reduced to profit and concealed by lies.

As Sachs writes: "Suspicion grows that development was a misconceived enterprise from the beginning. Indeed, it is not the failure of development which has to be feared, but its success. What would a completely developed world look like?" (28)

It would simply be a dead world.

Since 2020, the evil inherent to this development-based system has become much more visible to many more of us.

We have seen people forbidden to gather together, made to cover their faces with masks, told not to touch each other. Children have been prevented from playing together, old people left to die alone without someone to hold their hand during their final hours, millions and millions of people reduced to a state of cowering fear by the manipulative lies of the system as it seeks to ramp up its malignant control.

This expansion of power is now threatening our very bodies, which it claims as its own.

It wants to infect us with its gene-altering chemicals, pollute our bodies with its nanotechnology, control our fertility, imprison us – "center us", as the United Nations puts it (29) – in smart cities, digital concentration camps in which our online virtual twins are used as lucrative sources of speculation and profit for impact investment vampires in their psychopathic plans for a whole new kind of "human development" that is indistinguishable from slavery.

This thing we call development is a force of darkness and so to oppose it we need to harness the power of light.

Light, first of all, to illuminate the truth of this entity's activities, its destruction, blackmail and concealment.

As we have seen, its first line of defence is the pretence that "development" has no sinister intent and is just an inevitable and natural part of human evolution.

If we can break through that line of defence, by exposing its real raw agenda, its physical power will be visible and thus open to general attack.

But we also need to harness the light in what we might call a spiritual sense.

Because development is vitaphobic, we need to summon up the power of life itself to fight it.

This power is within each and every one of us. It does not start with us, but comes to us from the wider living organism of which we are part, the organism which is being murdered by the dark force of development.

We can access this vital energy, individually and then collectively, only if we really want to, if we are prepared to lower all the barriers of subjectivity and separation behind which we have learned to hide.

First of all, this means searching for our real selves, which cannot be found in the virtual online identities currently being constructed for us, of course, nor in the legal identity given to us by the state, nor even in the sense of individual identity provided by the ego.

Our real self, we will find, is a self which knows itself to be merely a part of a greater reality.

We can discover ourselves to be part of the place where we live, modelled and adapted to the landscape, the climate, the food that grows there: we are shaped by this place and it, in turn, is shaped by us.

We can discover ourselves to be part of a community, to be surrounded not by anonymous strangers whom we do our best to avoid, but by fellow beings who share our belonging to that local place and with whom we could forge networks of mutual aid, solidarity and autonomy.

We can discover ourselves to be part of the living world, human nodes in a great network of organic interaction which amounts to one enormous and unimaginably complex organism.

And we can discover ourselves to be part of the entire universe, to be one tiny nerve-ending of a living cosmic whole.

It is the vital energy of this cosmic whole, the energy that animates and propels every facet of its healthy living, that we might call the light.

We can only draw on this light, this energy, when we know that it is there. Knowledge of the light, however we choose to describe it, involves knowledge of our belonging, it involves knowledge of unity.

The darkness represented by development knows only separation and fragmentation. Its reign of quantity, to use René Guénon's term, is based on the idea of multiplication, of an endless accumulation of objects, possessions, so-called wealth.

But within a given finite context, such as our world, this multiplication can only amount to division – it merely slices up the existing unity into billions of smaller pieces, cut off from each other and from the whole.

The light, the knowledge of unity, gives us the power to combat that fragmentation and restore the reign of quality and living authenticity.

We need to allow ourselves to be flooded by this light, to be taken over by it and used by it in whatever way is necessary to free our world from the vile and all-destroying monster which goes by the name of "development".


  1. Wolfgang Sachs, 'Preface to the New Edition', The Development Dictionary: A Guide to Knowledge as Power, ed. Wolfgang Sachs (London/New York, Zed Books, 2010), p. vii.
  2. Sachs, 'Preface to the New Edition', The Development Dictionary, p. vii.
  3. Gustavo Esteva, 'Development', The Development Dictionary, p. 2.
  4. Esteva, p. 3.
  5. Esteva, p. 3.
  6. Otto Ulrich, 'Technology', The Development Dictionary, p. 320.
  9. Preamble to the Charter of the United Nations, New York: UN Office of Public Information, 1968). cit. Wolfgang Sachs, 'One World', The Development Dictionary, p. 112.
  10. UNRISD, The Quest for a Unified Approach to Development (Geneva: UNRISD, 1980), cit. Estava, p. 10.
  17. Klaus Schwab, Thierry Malleret, Covid-19: The Great Reset (Geneva: WEF, 2020), e-book. Edition 1.0, 5%
  18. World Bank, Assault on World Poverty (Baltimore, Md.: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1975), cit. Arturo Escobar, 'Planning', The Development Dictionary, pp. 152-53.
Winter Oak
19 Jul 2022 | 4:30 pm

Awakening & Resurgence 1

The vital spirit of humanity needs to spring up into vibrant life everywhere in the face of the unprecedented existential threat from the money-empire's planned transition to a global digital slave-system.

Articles and analysis, as usually featured on the Winter Oak site, will not be enough to spark this creative resurgence.

It needs to come from a deep place, from the heart as well as from the mind, flowing past all the restraints on our thinking and feeling which have been imposed on us.

Here we look at few examples of this cultural flowering-in-the-face-of-adversity which have lately come to our attention.

If we have added the number 1 after the title of the post, it is because we would like to publish more in this series at later dates and we invite our readers to suggest future content, either through the comments on this page or by writing to


First of all, thanks to Sea J Panther for sending us his reading of the poem Earth Magik…

… plus his Swords of Consciousness, as read by a friend.

And here are some powerful poems by Danica Thiessen, from an as-yet unpublished collection called Poetry of Defiance


You give nothing to us but utility
And pre-fabricated tyranny.
Crime by night,
Wage Labour by day,
All beauty has become your prey.

The Mega Machine

Predictable and unmoving,
Industrial and grey.
When you confront me I can imagine nothing besides you.
Ever hard, underneath and all around,
Guiding me along steel surfaces,
Following concrete lines, I despair.

Smell of soft tar,
Smell of fresh adhesive,
Smell of diesel fumes,
These are our childhoods,
These are you.

What is life?

Is Life's highest destiny
To live inside sterility?
I'd rather risk disease and death
Then stand in fear of another's breath.


I was born in a wasteland of human progress,
Where we drove all our babies home.
Sometimes I noticed other species regress,
While oil made Sapiens stand alone.

The exhaust swirled about my newborns,
I choked on diesel while my center swelled,
The pain of life within these forms,
The shock of seeing great forests felled.

I was born in a wasteland of human progress,
Where we used plastic to help our babies chew.
Then I saw that we were dying of excess,
It was the only life my people knew.

To my Corporate Enemy

You took Our Nature that's eternal
You took my Remembrance of the place
You paved a Garden that's Immortal
You've made another concrete space.

A Million Tons of Waste

A million tons of waste,
Of toxic waste, of hate;
A hundred years of haste
To a deeply poisoned Fate.

The oil we have dredged,
The spiking, dipping charts,
The future we have hedged
On our slowly failing hearts.

You tell me it's particulates,
Or perhaps the PVC
I tell you it's the hypocrites
In Washington DC.

Surely we have earned
This collective suicide,
Since our wealth has always turned
On Industrial Ecocide.

Destroy the Corporate Tyrants,
That have done this to my home,
They are our modern pirates
With the decadence of Rome.

The species I have cherished,
Walk to a sharp-edged fate,
While there is an evil marriage
Between Industry and Hate.


What if It's Alive and we,
Missed the point, failed to See.
That the Earth is Alive Inside.
Did we ask Her Permission to hide?
To hide, to build our homes?
To cut our quarry Stones?
To carry the Jewels from her Bowels?
To carve deep holes with our trowels?
Or were we mistaken in our Ruling?
For it's Our Nature that we're Fooling,
'Cause it's all Alive you see-
And our Life-Blood's tied to the Trees.


Parallel Plandemics: Short Stories from the Annals of Parallel Earths is a new work from Mark the Mystic Activist, whose Soul Families we have already featured on this site.

Narrated by "Auntie Val" (a previous written incarnation of the same author) on her deathbed, it skips lightly between inventive baroque humour and startling insights into the contemporary world.

Rather than take on the impossible, and entirely futile, task of flattening its multi-dimensional wit and wisdom into some kind of summary, we will just share some passages from the text:

The Virus Affair was lifting up the bonnet of the great car of human civilisation; exposing the appalling
state of the engine – the way Dorothy had unveiled the Wizard of Oz: somehow unbinding whatever was still spellbound within us.

Freedom? What Freedom? What Freedom do you want? The Freedom to work like a dog to maintain your kennel? The Freedom to go walkies at weekends? The Freedom to like what you´ve been told to like, Pavlov-like? The Freedom to live in mass manufactured alienation? What Freedom do you want?

The Great Reset Psy Ops Team is convincing humanity that to become a bio-digital humanoid, living on modified food in a smart environment, under the all seeing eye of A.I. – is natural, eco, organic and GREEN!

They mastered Orwellian doublespeak ages ago. Then they perfected triplespeak, then quadrospeak… Now they´re up to Octospeak!

Their emails and tweets and podcasts and posts went as viral as the Plandemic. No words were more hash-tagged, or googled, or copied and pasted, than The Affirmation. "I Affirm my devotion to this Great Mystery!" a radical Tarot reader would declare. "I affirm my devotion to the innocence in the eyes of the animals!" a vegetarian Veterinarian would declare. "I affirm we´re all as beautifully neurotic as each other!" a revolutionary Psychotherapist would declare. And so it was that, once: the multifarious multitudes of Resistances of the World came to resonate, one by one, with this subtle yet potent reconceptualisation…

One by one they came – and the resonance of The Affirmation got stronger, and stronger – until: there came a moment, one day, when the resonance of The Affirmation began to rattle the collective consciousness of humankind, like an invisible earthquake. And still they came! And the resonance got stronger still. Until: there came a moment, one day, when, like a Hiroshima of Love and Light – The Affirmation burst upon the world; blasting through the ether of the Earth, exploding through the One Human Heart – healing mercilessly as it went; healing even hearts previously thought beyond soothing.

The leaflet was from The Unvaccinated! The Unvaccinated who lived like lepers and wolves in the hills – refining their bushcraft and foraging skills – and plotting their revolutions. It was said that viruses swarmed in their saliva, and sprouted in their dreadlocks…

The words ´a war on connection´ rattled about inside him. He began to shake, and sweat. And shake and sweat. And shake and sweat until – O.M.G. – he SAW it! In his heart! It WAS a war on connection! It WAS as simple as that!

Evil emperors, mad monarchs, and prostituted politicians had declared war, unilaterally – upon their own species, upon the human race. Everywhere target-locked Syringe Drones rained down, out of the balmy summer skies. People rushed about beneath metal umbrellas – but even then, sometimes the Drones got them… People went shopping in anti-missile gear; people boarded up their windows, and only partied in bunkers, underground… Yet somehow, even then, sometimes, the Syringe Drones got them… If a Syringe Drone did get you, despite your precautions, genetic mutation was more or less immediate… The bio-techno liquid slid confidently into your bloodstream; all emotion, intuition and logic clotted – and cockroach-burgers and chips suddenly made your modified mouth water.

We must cry together for the loss of our Belonging – for the loss of our Oneness, for the loss of our innate freedom and joy – before they fade altogether from the collective human memory!

The Transhumans – all of them modified, one way or another; most of them modified beyond repair – would process ritually, once a year, out of their Smart Cities into The Wilds where The Uninjected roamed: nomadic hunter-gatherers descended from the humans who had refused to be injected, and nanochipped, and linked into a global A.I. Supermind. The Transhumans would march looking straight ahead, solemnly – for these were the celebrations of Happy Day – the day A.I. had ascended to the throne of planet Earth. And this year, as every year, the celebrations would begin with the celebratory annual Human Cull…

To breeze along, whistling through one´s days, when fascists from the left, fascists from the right, sly fascists who fight for both sides, and fascists who don´t give a shit about sides, ALL sign a pact to Fuck Humanity Over, and start about their business with fine-timed efficiency, cunning, and a vicious determination – is not only disassociation; but denial; and delusion!

For us, this era of the Great Reset Conspiracy is both an emergency and an emergence… We see it as an emergency in the expected sense – as a state of alarm. Indiscriminate genocide… The genetic modification of the species… Brutal digital totalitarianism… Yet we also see this as an era of emergence: as a time when we are being pushed into the presence of our innermost truths – a time when our innermost truths are challenging us, and demanding we decide whether we stand for sanity, or not – and a time when we, and millions like us, are looking our innermost truths in the eye, and emerging – answering proudly and passionately "Yes! We choose Sanity! We choose Love! Absolutely! Come What May!"

Parallel Plandemics is currently available for free download as a .pdf at (shortly in Spanish at The author, Mark, is setting up a series of weekend workshops for this autumn and onwards – weekends when he'll come to people's local areas, share the Soul Families vision, equip them with some basic skills, and hopefully inspire them to start a Soul Family in their area. He told us: "After all, Parallel Plandemics (though satirical, entertaining – hopefully – and all that) still has an underlying message about forming local Tribes".


There has been a massive musical response all over the world to the Great Reset nightmare and everybody will have their own favourites.

But here are a few more suggestions, starting with three from Nate:

Nate: The Awakening

Nate: Digital ID

Nate: We Say No

Radio Row: The Great Reset


Inspekta Veg: Bust up your TVs

Inspekta Veg: Non compliance

Kid Kapichi ft. Bob Vylan: New England

Babylon Dead: Resistance

Babylon Dead: Nineteen84

Winter Oak
15 Jul 2022 | 3:37 pm

Enforcing the agenda of greed

Perhaps the biggest lie peddled by the global "development" mafia is that they have our consent to destroy nature and community.

In truth nearly every step they take in their crazed quest for profit and control meets with opposition.

People don't want to see green fields near where they live turned into supermarkets or industrial estates.

People don't want to see a motorway tear through the woodland where they walk their dog every morning.

People don't want to see the countryside around them scarred and polluted by the toxic infrastructure of fracking.

Because the financial interests behind these projects have all the power that money can buy, they usually manage to get official permission to go ahead despite public hostility.

But what happens when people refuse to back down, when they fight to protect the land from the mafia's machineries?

It is at this point that the money-nexus has to deploy its most important weapon: the power and violence of the state.

Some useful analysis of how it does this can be found in a new academic book called Enforcing Ecocide: Power, Policing and Planetary Militarization, edited by Alexander Dunlap and Andrea Brock.

One chapter looks at the High Speed 2 (HS2) rail scheme in England, described as "the largest and most expensive post-war development in the UK" (1) and currently Europe's largest infrastructure project.

Write authors Andrea Brock and Jan Goodey: "Framed by the UK government as environmentally beneficial and contributing to economic growth, it is strongly resisted by campaigners and residents along its proposed route.

"They criticise the project for negatively affecting 108 ancient woodlands, destroying irreplaceable nature reserves, ecosystems, chalk aquifers, and waterways, as well as for the lack of economic benefits, and the huge costs for taxpayers". (2)

The spiralling cost has seen parts of the original plan abandoned, but this nature-wrecking project will still funnel billions and billions of pounds from the public purse into private pockets – which is, of course, the whole point of development schemes.

The authors explain: "Resistance along the route takes various shapes and forms — from legal challenges, lobbying, demonstrations, to direct action, including the continuous occupation and setup of protest camps along the proposed HS2 pathway to disrupt and slow down its development". (3)

They examine in detail the policing and corporate-state collusion used against this resistance, analysing the techniques and technologies of control as well as the violence of repression.

And they say this kind of public-private political policing in fact uses "counterinsurgency techniques" (4) first drawn up to impose and maintain the British empire – itself a global-scale development bonanza for the financial vermin who have long lurked in the sewers of the City of London.

"It's a style of warfare that makes use of intelligence networks, psychological operations, media manipulation, and security provision, including social development that seeks to maintain governmental legitimacy". (5)

The authors look, for instance, at the activities of the High Court Enforcement (HCE) Group which, despite its official-sounding name, is in fact a private company subcontracted by HS2 Ltd.

It combats protest by employing people sometimes described as "violence workers", that is to say former cops, bouncers or security guards.

Brock and Goodey note: "The company currently faces legal proceedings following the injuries of a number of protesters in a spate of separate incidents". (6)

They also describe the way that corporate injunctions (originally introduced in 1999, supposedly to combat "stalking") are used not only to deter protest but also to stop people monitoring the developers' illegal activities, such as the removal of nesting birds and badgers from ancient woodland. (7)

Data collection and surveillance also form part of the public-private repression.

Write the authors: "In 2016 it was uncovered in the Sunday Express that an internal HS2 Ltd. document stated that the company was looking to gather information on the sexual orientation, sex lives, mental health, criminal records, and political views of protesters, complainants and litigants including those seeking compensation or objecting to the project, as part of the company's Privacy Notice.

"The information could be volunteered freely but it could also be aggregated from doctors, the taxman, lawyers, the courts, security companies and credit agencies; third parties including healthcare, social and welfare advisers or practitioners, HM Revenue and Customs, law enforcement and security agencies and bodies, and relatives, guardians or other persons associated with the individual. This illustrates the involvement of different parts of the (welfare) state in policing dissent". (8)

They also quote people who have been shocked by the heavy policing.

Said one resident: "This is the first time in my life that I've felt I'm in a police state. I was scared, intimidated. At one point it was suggested I couldn't leave the area, or I may be arrested. I was struggling to believe this was the UK". (9)

This policing includes harassment, verbal abuse, intimidation and, of course, physical coercion. (10)

Cops have broken protesters' fingers with their boots; a bailiff left someone unable to move after he stamped on their head; other campaigners have had their noses broken or lost consciousness after being choke-held high up in tree canopies. (11)

One supporter of the protests describes being attacked by the National Eviction Team (NET), owned by the aforementioned HCE Group, while trying to leave a site.

"Eventually someone opened the car, punched me in the face at least three times and broke my jaw… I'm still in shock. I've seen the NET hurt my friends before, but I never expected to get attacked outside of a protest". (12)

The victim needed hospital treatment after this brutal state-sanctioned assault.

The authors comment: "Occasionally, incidents of violence – especially when recorded by campaigners – make it into the media, with accusations against security forces and bailiffs for severely injuring activists, including causing head injuries and choking campaigners.

"Yet, they rarely lead to prosecutions or convictions, and usually remain without consequences". (13)

The authors say that their evidence "illustrates that the view of the police as protector of public safety was only ever a liberal myth". (14)

They add: "Rather than protecting the right to protest, police collaborate with corporate security services to further limit this right and to facilitate HS2 development, while ignoring assaults on protesters and wildlife crimes". (15)

We could go further and say that the state for which the police supposedly work is itself nothing but a tool for the global financial mafia.

This mafia uses the state to launch endless phases of development – of its own wealth! – and it also uses the state to violently crush anyone who dares get in the way of its high-speed/high-greed destruction of our world and our lives.

  1. Andrea Brock, Jan Goodey, 'Policing the High Speed 2 (HS2) Train Line: Repression and Collusion Along Europe's Biggest Infrastructure Project', Alexander Dunlap, Andrea Brock (eds), Enforcing Ecocide: Power, Policing and Planetary Militarization (Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 2022), p. 228. All subsequent page references are for this work.
  2. p. 228.
  3. p. 228.
  4. p. 229.
  5. p. 231.
  6. p. 243.
  7. p. 248.
  8. p. 250.
  9. pp. 247-48.
  10. p. 251.
  11. p. 253.
  12. p. 254.
  13. p. 251.
  14. p. 245.
  15. p. 245.
Winter Oak
14 Jul 2022 | 7:21 pm

Fredy Perlman: against the system

A brand new profile has now gone live on the Organic Radicals site, looking at Fredy Perlman, who died in 1985 at the age of 50.

The anarchist author and publisher, co-founder of Black & Red Books in Detroit, USA, fiercely and eloquently condemned the modern system of artifice, destruction and exploitation.

"The Progress of the machine is first of all an unrelenting war against everyone and everything that is not a machine", he wrote. "Death is always on the side of the machines".

Perlman was inspired by organic radical William Blake, even using his art to illustrate his own work, translated Guy Debord's La Société du spectacle into English and influenced the green anarchism of John Zerzan.

Combining cultural and economic analysis, he showed the way that power and money had progressively gained a stranglehold over our world.

People within this global system accepted money as an equivalent for life and therefore the "sale of living activity", paid labour, became a condition for their survival, he said. "Daily activity takes the form of universal prostitution".

They therefore lost, or rather were robbed of, nearly everything that once gave context and meaning to human life.

"The increasingly numerous urban zeks concentrated in factories are, in fact, despoiled of every last trace of community, and in this sense they are more like domesticated cattle or sheep than like human beings in the state of nature", he wrote.

"Joy ceased to be life's aim; life itself became a mere means; its end was profit. The variety of hundreds of cultural forms was reduced to the uniformity of a unique routine: work, save, invest, sell, every day from sunrise to sunset, and count money after sundown".

"Reduced to blank slates by school, we cannot know what it was to grow up heirs to thousands of generations of vision, insight, experience".

Perlman did not shrink from deploying the term "usury" to describe the practice of the financial parasites who had become dominant in Europe since the end of the Middle Ages, before spreading across the world.

"Until the Renaissance, Europeans considered Usury a monstrosity. They associated the practice with alien ancient Etruscans and Carthaginians or with alien contemporary Jews and Muslims, and they called its practitioners bloodsuckers. Now European Usurers who call themselves bankers and investors replace saintly Anchorites in the paintings depicting the exalted.

"Usurers are the greatest Lords and princes of the realm. Greatness comes, not to those who serve the gods, but to those who serve the devil… The exalted are the unprincipled devotees of the fourth beast of the Book of Daniel, the servants of Leviathan".

This last term was the title Perlman chose to give to the global system in his best-known work.

As early as 1968, Perlman had named the enemy as being "a single world system" and by 1983's Against His-story, Against Leviathan! he was describing it as "a single Leviathan which holds all Earth in its entrails".

This was "a beast that originated in Ur, a beast whose artificial progeny would eventually swallow all human communities and, by our time, begin to eat the Biosphere".

"The Leviathan is a thing, and from its standpoint, humanity as well as nature are also things, objects, either obstacles or potential instruments", Perlman warned.

"The liquidation of free beings is in fact Leviathan's central project, and communities that nurture free beings are its greatest enemy".

The resistance of such free beings was, for Perlman, "the only human component of the entire His-story".

He declared: "The struggle against His-story, against Leviathan, is synonymous with Life; it is part of the Biosphere's self-defense against the monster rending her asunder".

We would do well to bear in mind today what Perlman, referencing Yevgeni Preobrazhensky, wrote about the origins of the wealth with which the ruling class sets in motion all the machineries of its ongoing exploitation.

This initial capital comes from plunder at home and abroad, from land grabbing and the eviction of peasants, from, in short, the theft of other people's homes, possessions and lives.

Explained Perlman: "The expropriated fields, forests and animals were garnered as bonanzas, as preliminary capital, as the precondition for the production process that was to turn the fields into farms, the trees into lumber, the animals into hats, the minerals into munitions, the human survivors into cheap labor".

Crucially, and very relevantly at the current time, this injection of raw wealth has to be repeated at regular intervals, because the business-as-usual profiteering is prone to various crises and would otherwise eventually grind to a halt.

Perlman pointed out: "The primitive or preliminary accumulation of capital is not something that happened once, in the distant past, and never after. It is something that continues to accompany the capitalist production process, and is an integral part of it.

"The process described by Marx is responsible for the regular and expected profits; the process described by Preobrazhensky is responsible for the takeoffs, the windfalls and the great leaps forward".

Leviathan is an all-devouring beast and nobody is ever safe from its insatiable greed, particularly when it feels the need to reset itself or build itself back better.

As Perlman warned back in 1979: "For two hundred years Capital developed by destroying nature, by removing and destroying human beings. Capital has now begun a frontal attack on its own domestics; its computers have begun to calculate the expendability of those who'd been taught to think themselves its beneficiaries".

For the entire fully-referenced article go here.

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Winter Oak
11 Jul 2022 | 12:44 pm

The Acorn – 75

Number 75

In this issue:

  1. Storming the palaces of the money-power
  2. The green mask is slipping
  3. Smart Cities: an attempted crime against humanity
  4. John Cowper Powys: an organic radical inspiration
  5. Acorninfo

1. Storming the palaces of the money-power

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In previous Acorn reports about the growing resistance to the so-called Great Reset, we have mostly featured demonstrations.

In the pseudo-democratic phase of the system's development, this symbolic means of showing discontent and solidarity was often effective in at least slowing down the ruling mafia's relentless assaults on our freedom and well-being.

But since 2020 it has become increasingly clear that protests are no longer enough: those which challenge the dominant agenda are variously banned by the system's faithful adminstrators, attacked by its hired thugs, ignored by its propaganda machine and smeared by its fake opposition.

As the global Thing pushes on with its war on the 99%, it is therefore no surprise that people everywhere are starting to rise up in a much more direct fashion.

Following widespread sabotage of 5G infrastructure in France and the truckers' revolt in Canada the new spirit of feisty popular rebellion is spreading like wildfire across the world.

A75 Sri Lanka crowd2As people's real lives and livelihoods are threatened by the 2020s "transition" to techno-totalitarianism, they are finally standing up to the global money-power and its vile agenda.

Even the mainstream media couldn't pretend nothing was happening when months of anti-government protests in Sri Lanka culminated in vast crowds storming the presidential palace.

Insurrectionaries also torched the Prime Minister's residence and, significantly, broke through the front gate of Sri Lanka's Central Bank. As one commentator said on Twitter: "They are finally figuring out who the real target of their anger should be".

In Ecuador, indigenous movements have been engaged in ferocious street protests against the privatization policies of President Guillermo Lasso, a billionaire banker, as The Grayzone has been reporting via a series of videos, and Panama has seen days of strikes and protests against the rising financial cost of fuel, food and life in general.

Mozambique saw a vast protest in its capital Maputo against fuel price rises on July 8.

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In Africa, the global mafia have also launched a vast land-grabbing exercise under the pretext of "conservation" and "protecting nature".

As Aby L Sène explains, Western conservation agencies and their corporate and state allies want to "double the coverage of protected areas around the world by setting aside 30 percent of terrestrial cover for conservation by 2030".

"Indigenous and human rights activists are sounding the alarm, comparing the 30×30 plan to the second Scramble for Africa, one that would further dispossess, militarize, and privatize the commons in Africa".

Maasai tribes in Tanzania took up their traditional weapons in defiance of the violence of a system trying to "relocate" them from their ancestral homelands.

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One community leader told Survival International: "Our government has decided to unleash the full power of the military to oust us from our land".

In Europe, another land-grabbing exercise is being carried out in the name of environmentalism and "reducing nitrogen emissions", with agriculture its target.

Along with the food shortages blamed on the war in Ukraine, this seems to be part of the broader Great Reset agenda identified in March this year by our astute guest contributor.

He warned that food shortages "will offer a major boon to the synthetic biology industry as the convergence of digital technologies with material science and biology will radically transform the agricultural sector and encourage the adoption of plant-based and lab-grown alternatives on a global scale".

For Dutch farmers fighting for their land and livelihoods, their tractors have been their principal weapon.

Inspired by the Canadian truckers, they have been blocking city streets, motorways and airports and teaming up with German farmers to block border crossings.

They are warning: "The protests will continue. We have the support of millions of people. There will be actions that Holland has never seen before".

Farmers in Italy have also been vociferous, declaring: "We are not slaves, we are farmers!"

Elsewhere the uprising has remained, more or less, within the realm of traditional protest.

In Punjab, India, protesting farmers managed to break through police lines.

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In Albania, thousands took to the streets of the capital Tirana in protest at price hikes and government corruption.

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While the Great Reset gang push war, slavery and total control, people everywhere are standing up for peace, freedom and real democracy.

There have been several recent protests in Zürich, Switzerland, a country which is home to many of the global mafia's organisations.

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And in Germany people continue to take to the streets, week after week, to voice their opposition to the new totalitarianism.

Since our last bulletin, they have been protesting in Berlin, Leipzig, Frankfurt, Pforzheim, Reutlingen, Düsseldorf, Mundsburg, Bielefeld, Ulm, Dresden, Bayreuth

Meanwhile, some clued-up groups have been targeting specific Great Reset infrastructure with their protests.

In Gloucester, England, campaigners braved pouring rain to voice their opposition to a smart city project (see article 3 below on this subject).

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In northern France, a "Technopolice caravan" has been visiting various towns to warn people of the threat of smart cities and surveillance society.

And protesters disguised as "chimpanzees of the future" disrupted a transhumanist event in Lille, as captured on this video.

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We're not pretending this battle is going to be an easy one for us dissidents.

The global mafia will keep on pushing its evil agenda, at all costs, in spite of our resistance.

But we will keep on resisting, at all costs, in spite of their repression!

And The Acorn is confident that, against the forces of darkness and slavery, it will be humanity, freedom and life itself which will ultimately triumph!


"A Bill Gates Foundation supermarket in the Netherlands that focuses on new-age foods like plant protein meat has spontaneously caught fire in the middle of the night". Source

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2. The green mask is slipping


For many decades now, the global mafia have being hiding behind the pretence that they are "environmentally friendly".

Their initial clumsy PR greenwashing, designed to see off growing anger at their polluting activities, has evolved into a whole industry of deceit.

We are supposed to believe that the same interests who have been merrily profiting from the destruction of nature for hundreds of years are now going to "save" it.

"Sustainable development" has become our rulers' ubiquitous watchword, a worthy-sounding phrase which masks the reality that it is development (of wealth and thus power) that they want to sustain, rather than the living earth.

The term has become central to the structures of the brave new world of the Great Reset in the shape of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

And every business that matters boasts its commitment to ESG ("Environmental, Social, and Governance), an acronym which dates back a UN-commissioned report in 2004.

ESG is described by journalist Edward Slavsquat as a "massive scam". He adds: "The obnoxious acronym is almost interchangeable with Schwab's 'stakeholder capitalism' and is used by corporations to rope in 'socially conscious investors' and signal their loyalty to the Sustainable Development Revolution".

greenwash collage

But now, it seems, the glory days of ESG may be coming to an end.

The trouble is that some folk have been taking it too seriously and imagining that the window-dressing of environmental and social responsibility was really going to stop big business from making profits in any way it can.

A report from The Financial Times explains: "ESG's critics say some companies and investors are using the loosely defined term to 'greenwash', or make unrealistic or misleading claims, especially about their environmental credentials.

"Those criticisms came into sharp focus on May 31, when German police raided the offices of asset manager DWS Group and its majority owner, Deutsche Bank AG, as part of a probe into allegations of greenwashing.

"It was the first time that an asset manager had been raided in an ESG investigation and signals a moment of reckoning for the industry".

The article notes that the United States Securities and Exchange Commission recently levelled a US$1.5-million fine at the fund management arm of the Bank of New York Mellon Corp for allegedly providing misleading information on ESG investments.

BNY Mellon

This, it says "could herald a wider regulatory crackdown on ESG, which some have warned might be the next mis-selling scandal, similar to those in payment protection insurance, endowment mortgages or diesel cars".

The "climate solutions" bandwagon is a cornerstone of the global mafia's agenda, but the gap between fine words and reality is becoming wider by the day.

With the boom in oil and gas profits sparked by the conflict in UKraine, giant investments funds which had been withdrawing from fossil fuels under the ESG banner are now thinking again.

Vanguard article

Says The Financial Times: "This dilemma presented by rising energy prices was evident in separate statements in May by BlackRock Inc. and Vanguard Group Inc., the world's two largest asset managers, who between them have almost US$18 trillion in assets under management.

"Vanguard said it had refused to stop new investments in fossil-fuel projects and to end its support for coal, oil and gas production. Meanwhile, BlackRock announced it was likely to vote against most shareholder resolutions brought by climate lobbyists pursuing a ban on new oil and gas production.

"The warning appeared to mark a dramatic change in stance by the world's largest asset manager, whose chief executive, Larry Fink, has been beating the drum for sustainability for years and presented the group as playing a central role in financing the energy transition.

"Activists worry that BlackRock's move could grant permission for other investors to loosen their grip on pushing companies to cut carbon emissions. Critics say that it reflects how, amid surging oil prices following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, fossil-fuel investments are simply too lucrative for investors to ignore".

Also too lucrative to ignore are the profits to be made from selling weapons to those involved in that same war.

And so the money-men are now thinking about re-writing their own ESG definitions so that they can extract maximum "value" from death, destruction and misery.

Says the FT: "The war in Ukraine has accelerated a rearmament policy in Europe and defence companies have outperformed global markets by the greatest margin in almost a decade.

"Some believe that defence companies ought to now be classified as sustainable".

expo - greenwashing

Meanwhile, in an instructive report, Slavsquat confirms that "yes, Russia is part of the 'sustainable development' revolution".

He reveals that the business program of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum included "The Importance of the Climate Agenda in Key Eurasian Economies".

One of the listed panelists was Tatiana Zavyalova of Sberbank, which is the World Economic Forum's climate change missionary for Russia.

sberbankIn Russia, as elsewhere, this apparent concern for the climate and "sustainability" is, of course, utterly fake.

This much was made very clear, although no doubt unintentionally, by a recent editorial on the Information Clearing House site.

The author is greatly enthused by the prospect of Western-based capitalists being eclipsed by their equivalents in Russia and China.

He writes: "The old U.S.-led order has to go, and it will go precisely because it is no longer sustainable as far as the rest of humanity is concerned".

Ah, so the new gang will be "sustainable", presumably?

Not quite! The author writes: "Russia's vast natural resources, primarily in the sphere of energy, will be directed towards Eurasian development and in doing so find ample reward".

He says that "it will take time to build the necessary infrastructure of gas and oil pipelines" in Eurasia but that the end result will be "greater economic development".

Very sustainable, all that!

In welcoming "the transition to a new global order" the author echoes Klaus Schwab's sinister rhetoric.

It is important to look beyond all the smoke and mirrors of novelty to see the toxic reality beyond.

Development is still destruction even when it is called "sustainable". Bankers are still bankers, whether they have offices in London, New York or Moscow. A "multipolar world order" is still a world order and still very much the enemy of humankind.

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3. Smart cities: an attempted crime against humanity

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The totalitarian agenda behind Smart Cities has been revealed in a brochure issued by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat).

The title of the 80-page publication is, in itself, disturbing: "Centering People in Smart Cities: A playbook for local and regional governments".

Centering people rather than people centering themselves? We see here that the UN regards people as objects, which it owns and can place where it pleases, rather than as free agents who decide themselves where and how to spend their lives.

What does it actually imply to be "centered" by the United Nations and the local and regional governments that blindly follow its orders?

Do they mean "concentrate", perhaps? Concentrating people? Imprisoning them? Forcing them to live confined in a place where they would not have chosen to have lived, had they been free agents?

And the term "smart" is a dishonest one, because the intelligence it implies is of the artificial kind and is not required of the people involved, who are instead expected to relinquish any vestige of control over their own lives, homes and even bodies by allowing digital algorithms to take over the role previously played by their brains and their hearts.

Maybe the title of the brochure could be translated, in plain and truthful English, as "Imprisoning People in Digital Concentration Camps"?

smart cities playbookIf that sounds like an alarmist exaggeration, please consider the actual content of the brochure.

It is repeatedly made clear that there is an overarching agenda behind the smart cities project.

This is described on page 17 as "leveraging digital transformation for sustainable and equitable

The language is designed to deceive. "Sustainable", here, has got nothing to do with being environmentally-friendly but indicates ongoing profitability. And "equitable" does not mean "fair" but refers instead to "equity" in the sense of financial assets.

When we, again, translate the misleading verbiage, we understand that smart cities are about creating huge long-term financial profits for those promoting and investing in them.

The same page describes a 2019 UN resolution stating that "digital technologies have the potential to facilitate efforts to accelerate human progress, and ensure that no one is left behind in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals".

"Accelerating human progress", from the forked tongue of the global mafia, means nothing more than accelerating its control and profit by means of technological tools, particularly via "new streams of data that feed intelligence platforms" (page 13).

No one being left behind (often termed "inclusivity") means that they want nobody to escape their net of digital global exploitation.

But our self-appointed rulers came up against a couple of serious problems.

Smart cities prison imageFirstly, there are a lot of people in the world who have not yet been turned into smart-phone zombies.

On page 6 the authors bemoan the fact that "so many remain outside of the digital world" and on page 9 they complain that "3.7 billion people were offline in 2019".

So how were they going to address this obstacle to their designs in 2020?

In their own words, on page 8: "The COVID-19 pandemic introduced even greater urgency for local and national governments alike to bridge the digital divide".

The second big problem was that people were wising up to their scheming and refusing to go along with it – even more so now, ironically enough, thanks to their blatant use of Covid to push their project!

They admit on page 14: "Emerging public awareness of surveillance technology and bias in algorithmic decision-making, particularly in the wake of COVID-19, has also challenged the traditional smart city framework".

The answer, of course, was to ramp up the propaganda and invent yet another weasel word aimed at hiding the vile reality behind what they are trying to do.

From now on, all the talk is evidently going to be about "people-centered smart cities".

Remembering the title of the brochure, we can appreciate the depths to which their language-twisting deceit has sunk.

They think they can get away with calling smart cities "people-centered" not because they will be centered around people and their needs, but because they are about "centering", concentrating, people within their virtual prison walls.

This criminal inversion of the truth continues, still on page 14, with the claim that these smart cities will "leverage data, technology and services for common good".

Common good? The reality is revealed on page 21, with its talk of "public private partnership", "achieving economic development goals" and "prosperity and growth".

The authors had already stated on page 13 that "estimates of global spending on the smart cities market ranges from USD 820.7 billion to USD 2.5 trillion by 2026".

We can be sure that the global development mafia's sustainable goals of prosperity and growth will only have been achieved if the return made from such vast investments is a considerable one!

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And the final nail which the brochure itself hammers into the coffin of its project's plausibility comes on that same page, in the form of its account of the origins of the "smart city" brand.

It admits: "It entered mainstream consciousness when IBM initiated the 'Smarter Cities Challenge' in 2010. Under the Smarter Cities Challenge, IBM targeted technology offerings to local governments and developers of urban infrastructure, proposing that computational solutions would serve to optimise city

IBM has gone down in history for its role in providing "computational solutions" for Adolf Hitler's murderous "public private partnership" in Germany in the 1930s and 1940s.


As this article reminds us, IBM's "streams of data" enabled the regime to innovate inclusive and sustainable people-centered hubs at the likes of Auschwitz and Belsen.

"The software company's punched-card technology helped the Nazis carry out the genocide of millions".

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4. John Cowper Powys: an organic radical inspiration

The latest in our series of profiles from the orgrad website.

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"Money and machines between them dominate the civilized world"

John Cowper Powys (1872-1963) was a novelist, poet and philosopher who called on humans to reconnect with nature in the face of the machine-world of industrial capitalism.

A convert to anarchism, he strongly supported the anarchist side in the Spanish Revolution and corresponded with Emma Goldman, whom he referred to as his "chief Political Philosopher". (1)

Other orgrad influences included Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, (2) William Blake, (3) Georg Hegel, (4) Plotinus, (5) John Ruskin, (6) Carl Jung, (7) and Paracelsus. (8)

Powys wrote of having forged his own worldview in reaction to capitalist society: "I would convert my malicious hatred of the commercial hurly-burly into a passionate eulogy of the saints and mystics of the past". (9)

He professed to having a mania "for every sort of metaphysical system", (10) wrote of "the organic link that binds together the human generations" (11) and, like so many orgrad thinkers, thirsted for a current of thinking "that, in its historic continuity, links the religion of the cave-man with the religion of the philosopher". (12)

Powys often expressed his disdain for what he termed "the various mechanical inventions of our western world". (13)

He wrote: "There is no escape from machinery and modern inventions; no escape from city-vulgarity and money-power, no escape from the dictatorship of the uncultured". (14)

machinery"Money and machines between them dominate the civilized world. Between them, the power of money and the power of the machine have distracted the minds of our western nations from those eternal aspects of life and nature the contemplation of which engenders all noble and subtle thoughts". (15)

His critique of modernity went further than a dislike for the physical mechanisms of its society and embraced its cultural essence.

In common with the likes of Ruskin, William MorrisHerbert Read and Henry Miller, Powys felt a profound aesthetic loathing for the base culture of contemporary commercial society and the "crudest superficiality" (16) which prevailed there.

He wrote in The Meaning of Culture, first published in 1929, that if you looked and listened for a moment in the modern world you would be sure to find something "that is so repulsive to you, so poisonous to your nature, so contrary to all your ideas of what beauty is, and what truth is, and what noble simplicity is, that it will scarcely bear thinking on". (17)

John Cowper Powys The Meaning of CultureIn the face of all the "vulgar sensationalism" (18) and "commercialized opinion" (19) with which we were continually besieged, Powys said we had to create our own personal philosophy, build our own individual culture to uphold the values which were important to us.

And from where could we source this philosophy? Ultimately it had to come from within each one of us.

When you considered a cultured person's individual philosophy "you feel that this is what he has secretly and profoundly lived by for many a long year", (20) said Powys. "That this personal philosophy already exists before it is brought into conscious articulation cannot be doubted". (21)

This authentic personal philosophy was not some kind of intellectual accessory that could be worn in public on special occasions and then discarded for the rest of the time.

It had to be embedded within one's very personality and existence. "To philosophize is not to read philosophy, it is to feel philosophy", (22) insisted Powys. "With a cultured man there is no gap or lacuna between his opinion and his life. Both are dominated by the same organic, inevitable fatality. They are what he is". (23)

An admirer of the nature-sourced philosophy of Chuang Tzu, Powys declared in his autobiography: "A Taoist is what I really am". (24)

Elsewhere he stressed that happiness and self-fulfilment could be drawn from the pure physical joy of existing.

We should draw inspiration from "simply the fact of being alive, of being able to go walking about, touching things with our hands, blinking into the sun, feeling the wind on our face, the ground under our feet!" (25)

oldwallLooking ahead from 1934 and seemingly glimpsing the predicament we face in the 2020s, Powys wrote: "Suppose machinery does extend its sway, suppose science in the hand of minority-dictators does more and more dominate us, suppose the great battle of the future, with its own particular 'good and evil', comes to be the struggle of the individual to be himself against the struggle of society to prevent him being himself, what we shall have to do will only be what the saints, lovers, artists, mystics have always done, namely sink into ourselves and into Nature and find our pleasure in the most simple, stripped, austere and meagre sensations". (26)

He added: "Quite apart from idealism, quite apart from virtue, it is the merest life-wisdom, drawn from the ancient earth, to place one's pride, one's self-valuing, one's life-illusion, where it cannot be knocked over – in other words, sturdily, simply, childishly, on the ground! Here lies the whole secret of being happy. Ambition is the grand enemy of all peace". (27)

Thus instead of allowing our souls to be stifled and moulded by the fads and dogmas of contemporary civilization, we should be guided and inspired by "earth wisdom". (28)

This knowledge did not come simply from the reality of our own physical existences, but arose from the wider whole of which we had always been part, "grounding itself upon the eternal elements of Nature and human nature". (29)

Powys wrote: "Birth and death, food and fire, sleep and waking, the motions of the winds, the cycles of the stars, the budding and falling of the leaves, the ebbing and flowing of the tides – all these things have, for thousands of years, created an accumulated tradition of human feeling". (30)

It was the poetry of the real and the living, "the whole turbid stream of Nature, in its wild oceanic ensemble" (31) that was the authentic source of our spiritual well-being and which had always informed what Powys termed "Natural religion".

sacredspringHe explained: "By Natural religion I mean that spiritual legacy of pantheistic feelings which runs like an underground river – every now and then spouting forth in an up-welling spring. (32)

"This great tradition of natural religion is very old. Probably in its origin it was associated with the Orphic and Eleusinian Mysteries". (33)

Powys refered to Jean-Jacques Rousseau's view "that the meaning of culture is nothing less than to restore, by means of our imaginative reason, that secret harmony with Nature which beasts and birds and plants possess, but which our civilization has done so much to eradicate from human feeling". (34)

He continued: "As a matter of fact there are many points of striking resemblance between the undertones of Rousseau's culture and those of Goethe's. From the writings of these Nature-lovers the position could be defended that the beginning of all real self-development lies in a certain magical rapport, bringing indescribable happiness, between the solitary ego and 'all that we behold from this green earth'". (35)

Powys suggested that, in order to bypass the falsity of society, we needed to directly and deliberately reconnect with nature whenever we could.

He wrote: "By concentrating on the purer elements of this environment, upon the earth, the sky and the sun, and upon such stray presence of earth-life as fortune may have offered; by surrounding these things with the vague atmosphere of former magical sensations which they can be compelled to restore, the mind can purge itself of the troublesome pressure of litter and debris, purge itself of the evil taste of anxiety". (36)

We should approach nature with the holistic eye of Goethe rather than the merely scientific eye of Newton, he said. We should not try to analyse or explain nature, but to feel it. (37)

"I pray to idols and fetishes and images, to sticks and stones, to the Sun and the Moon and the Earth", (38) he confessed, asking himself whether it was possible "that at certain particularly sacramental moments in your life you are permitted to enter into some mysterious conscious relation with the spirit of the earth itself?" (39)

Powys explained that, for him, what we call dead or inanimate matter "is in reality the organic body of some sort of living being", (40) an insight which had provided his "grand clue to the essential truth of all the ancient mythologies". (41)

"Human sensations are Nature's self-expression. They are the earth's awareness of herself. They are like the blossoming of flowers – the only way in which the rooted life of the organism can realize itself and be itself". (42)


There are echoes of the nature mysticism of Richard Jefferies in the way he suggested bonding with the natural world at hand and, through that, with the eternity of the universe.

Powys wrote: "What matters is that with the calmest and most earth-bound manner you should concentrate your thought upon the whole rondure of the turning globe as it transports all its living burden through measureless space-time, of which burden, just now, this thistle-head, these ash-roots, this tarnished dock-leaf, together with your own flesh-covered human skeleton, are transitory fragments…

"What you will come to feel is a singular identity between your own inner being and the inner being of these things… There is indeed a strange and profound satisfaction in feeling this consciousness of identity between your own transitory life and the transitory life of other earth-products, whether organic or inorganic.

"Concentrating upon such identity, there may even sometimes steal over the mind a 'sense of something far more deeply infused', the idea of a lastingness in fact of some essence in them and in yourself, independent of the annihilation to which all alike are moving". (43)

The vital energy of nature which lay behind this gnosis was also the vital energy which led human beings to express and insist upon their own feelings, to uphold their own nature-sourced values in the face of hostility or indifference.

Like Otto Gross, Powys thought that simply adapting to the society around us, accepting its morals and standards, amounted to existential failure.

He wrote: "That tender compromise called resignation is only an eloquent name for the dying down, the wearing thin, of the vital impulse in us". (44)

With his belief in the vitality of the individual will, necessarily sourced from a collective whole, Powys was clearly closer to anarchism than to the state communism with which he initially sympathised.

anarchist flagIn 1939 he wrote to the poet Huw Menai: "I've long been a convert to Anarchism as the only real liberty, & without question the system of the Future". (45)

This political affiliation had been strengthened by his support for the anarchists in the Spanish Revolution and several years of correspondence with Goldman.

In the late 1930s Powys contributed, alongside the likes of Read, to the anarchist journals Spain and the World and Revolt. (46)

David Goodway explains that his anarchism shines clearly throughout Powys' writing: "'Anarchy, 'anarchist', 'anarchical', 'anarchistic' become for Powys terms of overwhelming approbation – in striking contrast to their conventional pejorative usages.

"For example: 'the divine anarchy of the soul'; 'the power of the lonely, equal, anarchistic individual'; 'the real, living, mysterious, anarchical Multiverse'; 'the chaotic, pluralistic, anarchistic Shakespeare': 'beautiful Chance and beautiful Chaos and beautiful Anarchy'". (47)

In his 1951 work Porius: A Romance of the Dark Ages, described by Goodway as "his most anarchist novel", Powys writes of a Golden Age which could be seen as "the consummation of, as the ideal embedded within, his philosophical anarchism". (48)

Powysland, a website devoted to Powys, describes him as "English literature's most enthralling, addictive and infuriating writer – the best novelist that many readers have never heard of".

It adds that, more than 50 years after his death, "his philosophy of defiance of the pressures of the modern world is more important than ever". (49)

Link: Powys: Organic Radical?

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1. David Goodway, Anarchist Seeds Beneath the Snow: Left-libertarian Thought and British Writers from William Morris to Colin Ward (Oakland: PM Press, 2012), p. 152.
2. John Cowper Powys, Autobiography (London; Pan Books, 1982) p. 294.
3. Powys, Autobiography, p. 377.
4. Powys, Autobiography, p. 478.
5. Powys, Autobiography, p. 285.
6. Ibid.
7. Powys, Autobiography, p. 275.
8. Powys, Autobiography, p. 631.
9. Powys, Autobiography, p. 540.
10. Powys, Autobiography, p. 478.
11. Powys, Autobiography, p. 436.
12. Powys, Autobiography, p. 539.
13. John Cowper Powys, The Meaning of Culture (London: Jonathan Cape, 1930), p. 297.
14. Powys, The Meaning of Culture, p. 290.
15. Powys, The Meaning of Culture, p. 300.
16. Powys, The Meaning of Culture, pp. 230-31.
17. Powys, The Meaning of Culture, pp. 309-10.
18. Powys, The Meaning of Culture, p. 149.
19. Powys, The Meaning of Culture, p. 150.
20. Powys, The Meaning of Culture, p. 18.
21. Powys, The Meaning of Culture, p. 20.
22. Powys, The Meaning of Culture, p. 22.
23. Powys, The Meaning of Culture, p. 19.
24. Powys, Autobiography, p. 642.
25. Powys, The Meaning of Culture, p. 139.
26. Powys, Autobiography, p. 623.
27. Powys, The Meaning of Culture, p. 140.
28. Powys, The Meaning of Culture, p. 286.
29. Powys, The Meaning of Culture, p. 317.
30. Powys, The Meaning of Culture, p. 73.
31. Powys, The Meaning of Culture, p. 72.
32. Powys, The Meaning of Culture, p. 102.
33. Powys, The Meaning of Culture, p. 103.
34. Powys, The Meaning of Culture, p. 130.
35. Ibid.
36. Powys, The Meaning of Culture, p. 131.
37. Powys, The Meaning of Culture, p. 194.
38. Powys, Autobiography, p. 323.
39. Powys, Autobiography, p. 297.
40. Powys, Autobiography, p. 214.
41. Ibid.
42. Powys, Autobiography, p. 238.
43. Powys, The Meaning of Culture, pp. 185-86.
44. Powys, The Meaning of Culture, p. 27.
45. Goodway, p. 153.
46. George Woodcock, Anarchism: A History of Libertarian Ideas and Movements (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1979) p. 428.
47. Goodway, p. 156.
48. Goodway, p. 173.

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The global mafia have a name for the fake digital reality in which they aim to imprison and exploit us: the metaverse. And Klaus Schwab's WEF is "on track to be at the center of defining what the future metaverse will look like", reports Reclaim the Net. The announcement in fact came from Nick Clegg, the widely-despised Liberal Democrat sell-out politician now Facebook (Meta) President of Global Affairs.

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"Bono has become an almost ubiquitous face in the halls of power, being invited to speak at elite events including the Munich Security Conference, the G8 summit, World Bank and the WEF. Bono is not a threat to empire; he is its smiling, singing face". Investigative journalist Alan Macleod turns the spotlight on the Irish rock star turned cheerleader for the system.

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"Rural poverty is reproduced not because people do not work hard, but because of the dispossession of rural workers from land ownership". This is the message of a timely analysis from Vijay of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research in South Africa, who concludes: "Loo ngumhlaba wookhokho bethu! This is the land of our ancestors! It is about time that those who work the land get to own the land".

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"A vast network of corporations and institutions works together to push the world into accepting synthetic food… From the perspective of appreciating nature as a perfect system, there really is nothing more profane than poisoning manure and replacing animal protein with lab grown meat". So warns The Feisty Adélie in a well-researched article entitled "Good Manure, Fake Meat and the GPPP of Food".

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Did you know that a court ruled in 1772 that no person in England, and by extension the rest of the United Kingdom, could be held in slavery? Comments blogger Warwick Vegan: "As Agenda 2030 seeks to impose an updated form of slavery, pharmaceutical and technocratic, in which bodily sovereignty has been removed, it is worth bearing in mind that court judgement of two and half centuries ago".

UNSDGs slavery

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In a scathing condemnation of the UK's prison system, Craig Murray writes about man held in jail for 11 months awaiting trial for a petty offence that resulted in a £75 fine. "He was one of Edinburgh's under class, and nobody cares".

Saughton jail

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In this debased contemporary world, everything is a potential source of speculative profit, even people's bodily health. Intelligent Medicine Exchange (IMX) in the USA has announced its plans to launch the first financial exchange focused on "the health care economy". It says: "Health care represents nearly 20% of the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP), but there is currently no dedicated derivatives market to hedge risk".


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A fascinating in-depth discussion on "Cold War 2.0" was recently hosted by OffGuardian, featuring Whitney Webb, Catherine Austin Fitts, Kit Knightly, Patrick Wood and Iain Davis.

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Using the excuse of the Ukraine-Russia conflict, the shale gas industry and its little helpers are calling for the moratorium on fracking to be lifted in England. But Drill or Drop reports that a new academic study shows very little support for fracking, that people still don't want earthquakes when they are cunningly relabelled "micro-seismicity" and that "just 12% of people reported trusting the shale gas industry a fair amount or a great deal".

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Shouldn't the after-effects of vaccination be discussed before? A well-referenced A5 information leaflet resource has been designed by the Informed Parent site to empower people to ask important questions about Covid 19 injections.

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Battleground Melbourne is an excellent documentary on the totalitarian nightmare unleashed on the Australian city under the pretext of "Covid". Australia, like New Zealand and Canada, is of course part of The Commonwealth, whose odious and hypocritical activities we recently exposed

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Acorn quote:

"Economic and political control can never be complete or effective without mental control. To control a people's culture is to control their tools of self-definition in relationship to others". Ngugi wa Thiong'o

Ngugi wa Thiong'o  photographed in Kenya for the FT by Trevor Snapp

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1 Jul 2022 | 3:44 pm

“I am done with the left-right divide. It’s now the humans versus the deadly robotic corporate state”

Keith McHenry of Food Not Bombs is interviewed by Paul Cudenec

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Paul Cudenec: Thanks very much for agreeing to this exchange, Keith. It is very encouraging to know that in this age of near-universal deceit and hypocrisy, there are still individuals out there who stand true to their values. First of all, I gather you have a proud family history of fighting for freedom, going back to the American struggle for independence from Britain?

Keith McHenry: Thanks Paul, at this point there is nothing more important than resisting this rush to the totalitarian police state. Our liberty, humanity and connection to the natural world is at stake and we don't have much time to stop this catastrophe. Events grow more dire every day so, by the time people read this, the devastation of war, censorship, famine and digital slavery may be so severe many in our audience are likely to feel hopeless, but hang in there! This could be a transformation even larger than that of the American Revolution.

Yes, the first member of my family to arrive in North America was a young James McHenry who stepped onto the docks at Philadelphia in 1773. I grew up knowing that he had been on George Washington's staff during the war. Family history claims a 20 year old James was recruited into the uprising by Dr Benjamin Rush when James was his medical student. James was tasked with starting a field hospital in Cambridge Port in preparation for what became known as the "Battle of Bunker Hill" and met George Washington there. Dr James McHenry was at the surrender of British general Cornwall at Yorktown, participated in the Continental Congress signing the US Constitution as a delegate of Maryland, was Secretary of War under Washington and Adams. There is a fort in Baltimore Harbor named after him where the text of the US National anthem about bombs "bursting in air" was written by Francis Scott Key during the British bombardment during our war of 1812.

Washington wrote of my ancestor at the low point in the revolution during the winter at Valley Forge: "McHenry's easy and cheerful temper was able to bear the strain which we suppose must sometimes occur between two persons thrown so closely and so constantly together in a position of social equality and military inequality." Those who know me may say I also have a cheerful temper.

On the other hand I had a grandfather who dedicated his life to defending corporate power. My mother's father volunteered to join the Office of Strategic Services, the precursor of the US-CIA. He directed the globe's most deadly bombing campaign, burning as many as a million civilians to death in Tokyo in Operation Meeting House. When I was a child I watched him argue over the phone with his military friends Robert McNamara and Curtis LeMay demanding they drop the nuclear bomb on Hanoi as he swaggered around his office surrounded by photos of his raids on the Japanese city.

These two relatives helped shape my belief that I need to dedicate my life to ending corporate power and at the same time showed me that a mortal like me could have an impact on the direction of society.

PC: It took me quite a while, as a young man, to find my way to anarchism, but I understand you got there at a very early age! How did that happen?

KM: My first step in my evolution to adopting the ideas of anarchism really started in the ancient Hopi village of Old Oribi in what is now Arizona. My father's father had lived with the Hopis during the Great Depression, becoming friends with the elders of the 2,000 year old stone pueblo. I was witness to the Snake Dance where young men held rattlesnakes in their mouths as the community watched from the roof tops above the dusty plaza. Large drums roared at one end. At the end of the dance, the boys who had just become men handed food to their audience who, like me and my family, were perched on the mudded roofs of the rock homes surrounding the dance floor. This was before electricity had arrived in these majestic lands.

"I was witness to a vast wilderness free of the modern contraptions of murder and sterility"

My family also sat on the rim of Glenn Canyon and watched the cement trucks hugging the far wall descending to the mighty rapids to dump their loads into the foundation of a dam on the Colorado River that would, once it was completed, flood hundreds of Anasazi cliff dwellings, beautiful rock ruins I would be one of the last people to see. I was five and six when I stood on the edge of Second Mesa at Walpi hundreds of feet above the burial grounds. The spirits of those whose centuries of graves lay below bathed me in a warm golden wind of eternity, flooding my essence with a feeling that I would always be one with the cosmos. I was witness to a vast wilderness free of the modern contraptions of murder and sterility. That feeling has never left me.

A few years later when my father was a ranger stationed at Shenandoah National Park in Virginia he gave me a copy of "Walden" by Henry David Thoreau. I had just learned to read so I started with the shorter essay in the back of the paperback called "On Civil Disobedience" and that snippet of inspiring text, "I heartily accept the motto, 'That government is best which governs least'; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically" changed me.

I read that life-changing text when I was in the fifth grade. The Vietnam War was raging. Like many American families we ate dinner while watching the chilling images of the bloody conflict in Southeast Asia with those body count numbers on the evening news. My mother's brother who I adored was eager to join in the tragedy as a paratrooper. He was spared that horror because he contracted hepatitis in basic training and was hospitalized. The failure to live and die in the jungles as a hero doomed him to a life of self-hate.

Another relative was stationed at the national morgue and gave our family a drive through the Dover Airbase where I was witness to the huge stacks of shiny tin coffins that marched along the tarmac like rows of city blocks. Block after block of caskets waiting to receive the bodies of America's dead youth.

I lived in the racially segregated town of Luray, Virginia at a time when "colored only" and "whites only" signs were sold at the local Five and Ten shop on Main Street. The murder of Martin Luther King Jr and the riots that followed was another influence that made Thoreau's night in jail as a tax resister have relevance. Our family happened to head out on a vacation from our home, passing a burning Washington DC and Baltimore and a journey through the black neighborhood of Philadelphia under military occupation. Tanks, gatling guns and helmeted soldiers armed with M-16s and angry german shepherds made an impression. Smoke from the uprising filled our hotel room that evening.

So when I read Thoreau's argument in his lecture "On Civil Disobedience", explaining that he had refused to pay his poll tax because he would not contribute to the funding of the Mexican war and a slave state, I saw the similarities to my own time and adopted core aspects of his philosophy.

When I was 14 years old I took my first job cleaning an art gallery. I recall being so happy that I had joined the fellowship of working Americans as I sat on a step of the building across the street eating my first lunch of peanut butter and jelly sandwich. That was also the moment I vowed to never pay for war and started my journey as a tax resister and free person untethered to the state. I was also determined to create my own version of Thoreau's Concord of seekers. Food Not Bombs became my global Concord. I would cast off the use of my Social Security number after my first arrest when I was 18 years old and lived free from the clutches of the State.

PC: Could you say a little bit about Food for Bombs, how that came about and what it aimed, and indeed aims, to do?

KM: Food Not Bombs is a global all-volunteer movement that protests war and poverty by taking direct action. Our people share the gift of food with anyone, without restrictions, while reclaiming the public commons. We are independent of state and corporate power. Our activists recover food that can't be sold from groceries, bakeries, farms and distributors, prepare vegan or vegetarian meals that are shared on the streets behind the banner of Food Not Bombs.

Our main goal besides meeting the needs of the poor is to influence the public to take action to force the state to redirect our resources from the military to provide access to healthy food, safe housing, education and healthcare. We are a classroom that practices the philosophy of anarchism without the dogma of the fashion anarchist.

The first collective came together at an anti-nuclear action in New Hampshire, "The May 24, 1980 Occupation Attempt of Seabrook Nuclear Power Station." A friend, Brian Feigenbaum, was arrested at the protest and we were able to secure his bail from someone with means. On the way home we agreed to hold bake sales to pay the contributor back. That turned out to be a slow way to raise money. We also had a moving company called Smooth Move and one family we were helping was tossing out a copy of the poster "It will be a great day when our schools have all the money they need, and our air force has to have a bake-sale to buy a bomber". This gave us the idea to buy surplus military uniforms, set up our poster at our bake sale and tell those walking by that we needed help buying a bomber. This got the attention of pedestrians who otherwise would have rushed past, giving us the opportunity to speak to them about the threat of nuclear war, poverty and hunger.

In 1979 and 80 I was a produce worker at a natural food grocery called Bread and Circus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I took the produce that was wilted or bruised and could not be sold to several families living in public housing on Portland Avenue. One day one of the mothers pointed out the construction of the new glass building across the street from their crumbling housing, noting that it was about to be completed and that scientists who would be designing nuclear missiles would be moving in. This gave me the idea for the name Food Not Bombs.

The street theater of our bake sale was so effective at engaging people who walked past in conversation that we adopted the street theater ideas of the Living Theater. We also started a campaign against the banks who financed and would profit from the construction of the Seabrook Nuclear Station. The First National Bank of Boston was our main target and when we learned that their stockholders meeting would be held on March 26, 1981, at the Federal Reserve Bank we decided to protest by setting up a soup line on the Atlantic Avenue sidewalk outside the towering facility. We asked our friends to join us at a "soup line" dressed as Depression Era hobos with the intention of giving a visual example of the future we would face if we failed to stop the policies of Ronald Reagan, the nuclear industry and banks. The night before the action we realized we had not recruited enough people to look like a soup line so I went to the last surviving homeless shelter from the days of the Great Depression. I spoke with those sitting around the bleak tile room of the Pine Street Inn about the protest. Some recalled their participation in the protests against the Vietnam War and expressed excitement at attending. The next day nearly everyone I had spoke with joined us. Pedestrians rushing past said they were surprised to see a soup line just a month after Reagan had become president. The guys from the shelter told us there was no food for the homeless in Boston and suggested we set up every day. That evening we agreed to do just that.

I started a second group in San Francisco in 1988. The police made 94 arrests of our volunteers for sharing food without a permit that summer. I would learn some 35 years later that the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force had sent a memo to the San Francisco Field Office about the August 22 arrests, claiming Food Not Bombs was "a credible national security threat". The arrests sparked interest in other cities so I took my notes on how I started the San Francisco group and made a flyer, "Seven Steps to Starting a Local Food Not Bombs Group" and mailed it to those who wanted to start a chapter in solidarity. During the next few years the city would make a total of 1,000 arrests and with each wave of repression more people would respond by starting their own local group. I also made a point of letting people know they could use the carrot and fist logo and any other Food Not Bombs images or texts without restriction.

I was arrested 94 times between 1988 and 1994 and was framed on three violent or serious felonies and faced 25 years to life in prison, spending a total of 500 days in jail. Volunteers were beaten by the police and our food was seized and tossed out. We organized a system to reduce the loss of meals using decoy buckets with tiny amounts of food.

These arrests in San Francisco, followed by arrests in Florida, inspired the formation of more chapters. Today there are at least 1,000 groups in over 65 countries. We provided the food aid to the survivors of Hurricane Katrina and hundreds of our volunteers helped with Hurricane Sandy. Our volunteers also provided food and material relief after super Typhoon Yolanda smashed the Visayas region of Philippines.

Food Not Bombs has also provided food and logistical support for direct actions to defend the environment, indigenous sovereignty, strikes, anti-war actions, Occupy and many other anti-globalization protests including the WTO blockades in Seattle in 1999 and Cancun.

"We need to take action against the 'Build Back Better' stakeholder capitalism policies of the WEF, the WHO and other global corporate institutions"

Maybe the most impressive action we inspired was the uprising against the corrupt government of Iceland that resulted in the collapse of the political leadership and the jailing of several bankers. It is clear to me that Food Not Bombs must step up our organizing efforts as the planned economic calamity of 2022 will make the 2007 financial crisis seem minor by comparison.

Our four decades of organizing against international economic policies takes us to the point where we are today, where we need to take action against the "Build Back Better" stakeholder capitalism policies of the World Economic Forum, the World Health Organization and other global corporate institutions. There is a continuity in our founding resistance to corporate plunder and its ravages of poverty and war outside the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston and our resistance to the trans-humanist totalitarian technocratic globalist policies threatening our humanity and Earth today.

PC: What projects were you involved in at the start of 2020 and what was your initial reaction to the Covid moment?

KM: I had just returned from three weeks in Guatemala where I had been writing a book about my life when news came that a deadly pandemic was about to sweep the country. I had intended to continue writing and help with the preparation and sharing of our weekend meals but that changed four days after my arrival in Santa Cruz, California.

When we learned that the indoor meal programs for the homeless and poor had been ordered to close on March 14, my local Food Not Bombs group agreed to fill that void. If we didn't start sharing food and water with the unhoused community, hundreds of our friends would go hungry and suffer from a lack of drinking water.

That morning we met to formulate a plan on how to share meals safely under the reported conditions. We moved our weekend meal to the Clock Tower, a public plaza across the street from where we shared our normal weekend meal because about 20 people were camping up against the fence that protects the Post Office from the homeless. We didn't think it was wise to have a line of over 100 people standing so close to people and their tents.

Like many other people in our group, I had the impression the crisis would last a month or so and the other food programs would reopen. That was at a time when the authorities were claiming we needed "two weeks of quarantine to flatten the curve". So we set up a daily meal, our DIY hand washing station and a distribution of survival gear in solidarity with our local homeless organization, calling our project the Santa Cruz Homeless Union COVID-19 Relief Center and Food Not Bombs meal.

I remember being impressed to hear that many of my unhoused friends found that the lockdown was liberating. Everyone, housed and unhoused, was united in this chaos. Many people who lived in the streets told me on day one that they thought the whole fear story was a scam and nearly every unhoused person who I spoke with claimed that their rough life would make them immune from any plague. None of my homeless friends worried about getting COVID. The only concern they had was being able to get drinking water and something to eat.

It seems crazy now but in the first weeks of the pandemic we had an aggressive policy of wiping down our tables and our delivery van with bleached water. We wrapped caution tape looped through large yellow Trader Joes grocery lugs that we placed around our serving tables to add distance between the servers and the people coming to eat. A week later we spray painted white dashes in six-foot intervals for social distancing along the sidewalk leading to the serving area. The police claimed the virus could be passed from person to person if we continued the practice of letting people rummage through our clothes donations and, to avoid being shut down, we had volunteers hold each item up so our friends could decide if it was something they would need.

That same week the City erected homeless triage centers in downtown parking lots that were nothing more than chain-linked cages with a couple of portable toilets. The mayor of the city stopped at our meal and asked us to move to a location where we could help them lure the unhoused into their cages. I refused. I wouldn't let them use the trust we have with the unhoused to intern those who live outside. They abandoned their program a couple days later after they realized the unhoused were not interested in cooperating. The governor of the state announced that the government would provide millions to buy or rent hotels for the homeless to quarantine but our city and county refused to take them up on the offer, even though we are a tourist town and the hotels were nearly empty. Our city leaders have been vocal about the unhoused being less than human and not worthy of help, which was at the core of their refusal to move everyone inside.

I remember thinking this could be the beginning of an economic collapse and that we needed to prepare. It looks like I wasn't far off the mark. Our Food Not Bombs chapter ordered a truck load of dried goods from Second Harvest Food Bank. Twenty or more pallets of rice, beans and canned goods were unloaded outside the kitchen we were renting at the time. But the county government took over the facility to shelter a couple dozen unhoused people in pup tents lined across the auditorium above the kitchen. We had to find a new place to cook and moved our pallets of food to a closed restaurant and a 20-foot refrigerated shipping container we had secured a year before with a grant from the food bank.

My girlfriend Kathleen was a social worker at two local hospitals. Patients said to have COVID were wheeled down the hallways under plastic tents on their way to a COVID floor. The first days had a feel of a dystopian science fiction movie. Radio and TV programs blasted out doom. They screamed that we could all die if we didn't obey. Nonstop fear, homeless triage cages, images of body-bagged people being wheeled to refrigerated trucks, health officials standing with Trump announcing emergency measures. We all witnessed the media madness. This was my first tip that there was another agenda other than public health.

It is no wonder those locked into their homes lost the plot. If you didn't venture outside you would think, from the constant terror on the media, that the streets were littered with the dead.

I had just sold my permaculture farm in New Mexico and was given a financial award by a group to honor my dedication to promoting a vegan lifestyle, so I had a bit of money for the first time in my life. In an attempt to build pressure to provide dignified accommodation to those forced to live in the streets, I paid for eighty beds and announced I would be providing hotel vouchers at 6:00 pm that evening. Over 100 people arrived and the crush of desperate people seeking for a chance of a night in a bed and a hot shower was heartbreaking. The chief of police declared it a violation of COVID gathering restrictions, telling the media that we were holding an illegal rally rather than providing a chance to sleep in a hotel for the evening. I was able to pay for two more nights for 180 people and the local shelter asked me to put up half their people on the fourth night. I was investigated by the police for handing out counterfeit hotel vouchers but they never took me to court.

The county government was offered millions to provide hotel rooms but at the height they placed less then 150 of the over 2,000 people who lived outside in their empty motels. This was a sign that they did not value the unhoused as fully human. In the early months of the crisis there were more than 2,000 unused hotel beds in Santa Cruz since tourism was over for the near term.

During the first months of the lockdowns, the streets of Santa Cruz were empty of vehicles. If I happened to pass another motorist I would wave and they would nearly always respond with a nod or gesture of their own. The public restrooms were closed and drinking water was scarce. The only people walking the streets were those who lived outside.

The largest challenge was calming the violence and acting-out of those who were already suffering from mental health issues. The tension was intense in those early days and those people who were already having emotional difficulties really freaked out, making the sharing of our meals otherworldly. Lots of yelling and fights. There were times when I had to step in and keep people from beating someone to death. But we didn't stop and have been out on the streets sharing food and water with our community for nearly 900 days in a row now., with services that the governments are refusing to provide.

Since we were the only group making sure those who lived outside had food, the public was generous and we were able to buy two more 20-foot shipping containers which we have stocked to the roof with dry goods. We also bought a water filtering system to clean the river water if the electricity failed, which is a real possibility here in the world's fifth largest economy of California. We also prepared to cook outside in the event that gas is cut off, stockpiling propane tanks and stoves.

There was a massive forest fire that forced hundreds of people from their homes. A thick red smoke blotted out the sun for days. Fire evacuees came to us not only for food but to replace their lost clothing. We also have been giving out cheap pup tents to those who have just moved to the streets or had their vehicle or tent confiscated by the city.

We defied the fear with our introduction of a free solar-powered concert at our meals during each holiday. People danced to the live music and enjoyed each others' company. While most people were isolated in their homes receiving food from delivery services while glued to their computer screens, our poor and homeless friends were free. In the first two years only two of my unhoused friends reported contracting COVID. Crystal worked nights at a shelter and she felt ill for two days. Dream Catcher slept at the shelter and was sick for a week. Everyone else I met who said that they had caught the dreaded disease lived inside and did as they were instructed. They had cowered before their TVs and computers and resisted the temptation to interact with other humans.

We frustrated the authorities with our gatherings but there was little they could do. The jails were full and when they did arrest our friends the police released them as soon as they arrived outside the jail gate. The courts were closed for nearly a year so we ignored our charges and went on with our lives. I remember one of our homeless volunteers was ticketed for violating the quarantine. His citation was for $1,000 and his address was marked as "transient." He ignored it, other than to show it around to highlight the insanity of our times.

We were free. We weren't afraid.

The Homeless Persons Healthcare Project has been aggressively injecting people, offering the unhoused $50 gift cards. It has only been in the past few weeks now that my homeless friends have started to report that they are very ill with COVID. All of those I meet who now have COVID have been injected. None of my unvaccinated friends have been ill with COVID in over a year now.

PC: So all this changed your overall understanding of the situation? How would you now describe what has been happening over the last couple of years?

KM: In the first weeks of the pandemic I feared for the worst. I recall posting negative comments about those who questioned the official narrative at first but the fear narrative around COVID was being pushed nonstop in the media, suggesting there was more to this than public health. I was also witnessing that no one I knew who, according to the screaming media should be dying, was ill. Each day I saw that the only impact was closed stores, empty streets and shuttered food programs, which increased my belief that the pandemic was not as severe as advertised.

"Since I have been the direct target of covert disruption by state intelligence agencies for the past four decades I am naturally suspicious of official narratives"

When Trump announced the Operation Warp Speed, that got my attention. A military program coordinated with some of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world suggested there was more to this drama than concern for public health. The endless announcements that each program was sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation didn't add to my confidence that this hysteria was based in reality. I had spent the past two decades organizing against the Gates of the world and the patenting of his GMO seeds with groups like the Organic Consumer Association.

Since I have been the direct target of covert disruption by state intelligence agencies for the past four decades I am naturally suspicious of official narratives. The media lied us into war after war so this had the same feeling as the WMD of Iraq, the babies taken from Kuwaiti incubators, the Gulf of Tonkin incident and other disinformation campaigns of the past.

It wasn't long after that that one of my closest friends, Dr. Shannon Murray, came to Santa Cruz to visit Kathleen and me. She was on her way to start a new life since her employment as a scientist had vanished. She is a virologist and an expert on gain-of-function research.

I knew her when she was helping develop the Moderna vaccine at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. She feared there could be major health problems from the vaccines since the first human trials had not yet taken place and more study was needed before they could be considered safe. She shared that the animal trials had not been promising, killing nearly 80% of the vaccinated animals who were exposed to SARS-CoV-1. She also expressed concern that research in these vaccines had abruptly become a secret military program, sharing that her access to data had suddenly gone dark in January. At that time she was still using an alias, as did her coworkers, so they could share their concerns without fear of being banned from their life's work or murdered like former Merck Pharmaceutical sales executive Brandy Vaughan, who was killed just as the pandemic was being announced. Like some of those she worked with at the NIH, Shannon refused to get the COVID jab and encouraged us to refuse as well.

As I said, my girlfriend Kathleen worked at a local hospital in a COVID wing. As the days passed she failed to see the deaths suggested by the news. Sure, many elderly people filled the section but few succumbed to the virus. Once the vaccine program began she would return home to share one story after another of the stroke and heart attack patients who had just received their first jab. Those injected were fast becoming the people who filled the ICU unit. They were the ones leaving in the body bags.

Sharing food every day outside also made it clear that the official story was false. Every day a hundred or more people would gather together to eat. No one said they had contracted COVID or shared that they had the symptoms. The deaths of our friends came at the end of a needle of fentanyl-laced heroin and meth or from the brutality of a life lived unprotected from the elements.

"It seemed every leftist friend had retreated to their apartments in fear of dying"

When I saw people the media called anti-vaxxers armed with AR-15s waving confederate and Trump flags at protests against the lockdowns I was horrified. There is no way I would ever join people like the Proud Boys and Trump supporters in demonstrations against COVID policies. The questioning of Dr Fauci was framed as a position taken only by racist gun-toting Trump supporters, effectively driving my friends in the left into the arms of the military and big Pharma. It seemed every leftist friend had retreated to their apartments in fear of dying.

I had the impression I was one of only a couple of progressive activists that thought something wasn't right. I would slowly learn that several other left friends also shared my perspective. I connected Shannon with an old journalist friend, Sam Husseini, who had been writing on gain-of-function research and bio-warfare programs at places like the Fort Detrick Biological Warfare Laboratories. I learned that another colleague of mine, the director of the Organic Consumers Association, Ronnie Cummings, and my associate Vandana Shiva were also expressing concerns that mirrored our work together against Monsanto. So even though I remained publicly silent, worried my opinion could cause harm to the Food Not Bombs movement, I started to feel less alone. This was the era where, in desperation, I started to post cryptic messages about understanding how people like the artist Käthe Kollwitz must have felt as everyone she knew seemed to have signed on to the National Socialist agenda during the march towards World War Two. I did get some confused comments.

When my dear friend in her 40s messaged me from Australia that she almost died from myocarditis I could not be silent any more. That was the last straw and I became a vocal opponent of the jabs.

I first wrote a letter on this subject when I received an invitation to attend a meeting forming a new progressive alliance. To participate you had to provide proof of a vaccination or a negative COVID test. I wrote to invite the progressive community to stand in solidarity with the working class by refusing to meet in facilities that demand proof of participation in the vaccine experiments. Nearly every "essential worker" I depended on for auto repair, printing and other supplies shared my perspective on the COVID clampdown. The left I had known stood for workers' rights during the first four decades of my life, but that had changed. We had become tin foil hat deplorables even though those smearing our position depended on us to provide for their needs.

Before the invitation to this meeting asking me to help start a new progressive group, I had shrugged off the proof of vaccine requirements. I ignored the proof of vaccination requirement for attendance to the American Civil Liberties Union awards ceremony since I couldn't go anyway because I had to cook that day. I later learned that the outdoor venue for the meeting did not require this proof, nor did the Simpkins Family Center where the progressive alliance was intending to meet. My allies were the ones implementing this policy. Allies I know had been sitting at their computers during the entire pandemic and rarely went outside to see reality. One of the organizers kept trying to get me to be "an example for the community" by getting "vaccinated". I patiently explained the reasons I would never subject myself to the poison but he continued to pressure me.

I also had friends that were eager for me to attend the opening of the documentary "Foodie for the People" that had a section that featured me and the work of Food Not Bombs. The filmmaker was excited to tell me that he used a clip from his interview with me to promote the film. The announcement for the film required proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test. But I also learned that Del Mar Theater, where the movie was being shown, didn't require proof of vaccination or a negative test yet those showing the movie had made it a requirement.

The final insult was the day I went to my favorite activist cafe and was told I could not enter unless I could show proof of vaccination. That was it. I had been outside nearly all day, every day of the pandemic. I never spent a second inside being quarantined. I could see the reality of the pandemic with my own eyes. I couldn't remain silent any longer.

I wrote an essay, "Looking at COVID as a Progressive" that I posted online and emailed it to the community. That broke things open. By the end of the week I started to get emails and calls of relief from friends who had been silent, believing they too were alone in feeling that the pandemic restrictions were part of a power grab.

One of the most discouraging aspects of the psychological operation was to see posts by Food Not Bombs groups promoting the vaccines and masks. One New York chapter shared an announcement that people could come to our meal and get vaccinated under the headline SAFE – EFFECTIVE – FREE. Another chapter posted an announcement to an outdoor protest in late June 2022 with a large type demand to "Wear Masks". To see the movement I helped start actively support a totalitarian corporate agenda has been heart-breaking.

PC: Are there now many others in your circles who share your dissident take?

KM: Thankfully several of my close housed as well as unhoused friends are on the same page. As I pointed out before, my many of my homeless friends didn't fall for the fear campaign right out of the gate. I was heartened when I watched The Convo Couch podcast early in the crisis and heard Pasta and Fiorella express the same bewilderment at our friends and allies pushing the agenda of those we had spent years organizing against. Glory and Steve at the Slow News Day also expressed amazement at the way in which those who once stood with us in the issues of workers' rights, resistance to mega corporations and the military had become vocal defenders of those threatening our freedoms. After I posted "Looking at COVID as a Progressive" my circle doubled.

PC: Two things surprised me about the reaction of the rump of the left, including anarchists, to Covid. The first was the position they took, completely accepting the official line and supporting masks, lockdowns, social distancing and injections. The second was the way that this was not just an opinion, but an article of faith which had overnight somehow become ideologically essential. If you questioned government, opposed Big Pharma, exposed the links between the two or stood up for individual freedom, you were suddenly considered "right-wing"! The vitriol and vehemence with which I was attacked really shocked me. Did you experience anything like that?

KM: I have often been called a Trumper or right wing by my anarchist and other left friends during this insanity. People are not so bold any more but for the first two years people said they were shocked that I had become a far right Republican Trump follower since I had been known as an anti-war leftist. I think the fact that I have been out on the streets for nearly 900 days, sharing food when the state provided nearly no support at all for the unhoused, has made it difficult for local people to express this opinion openly to me. I am also seeing less of these direct attacks on social media now. I find it interesting that my allies in the anti-globalization and peace movements do not see a connection between our protests against the Weapons of Mass Destruction lies before the Iraq war, GMOs, a woman's right to choose abortion and big Pharma but now are public about supporting forced vaccination, censorship, and the war in Ukraine.

PC: I have spent a lot of time trying to work out exactly why the left/anarchist scene collapsed so dramatically as a force for resistance in the Spring of 2020. Do you have any thoughts on this?

KM: Based on my having survived four decades of state and corporate intelligence agency disruption, I believe I have an educated guess. It looked like there was an effective strategy linking covertly controlled far right groups waving Trump and Confederate flags and AR-15s with opposition to the COVID policies. I know I didn't witness any other left anarchists denouncing the policies in the first months so like many others who may have shared my perspective I thought I was alone. The headlines of most corporate media blasted stories like "Coronavirus: Armed protesters enter Michigan statehouse" with the media showing footage of protesters outside state houses chanting "Let us in!", "Let us work" and "This is the people's house, you cannot lock us out". Before COVID, unarmed leftists would have been the ones chanting these slogans but the images of Trump-supporting, gun-toting anti-lockdown protesters helped shape the narrative. In the early days of the crisis, the Los Angeles Times had a story showing a Proud Boy Nazi with swastika tattoos stabbing a pedestrian during a lockdown protest.

But this is only one of the many aspects of the psychological operations that was effective. The use of media to repeatedly claim isolation, masking, social distancing and shots were all about protecting the community and for the greater good of all, fed into some of the core beliefs of the left. No self-respecting leftists wants to be accused of being selfish.

The left also did not want to be anti-science and since all alternative ideas were censored or attributed to tin foil hat Qanon Trumpers it became a badge of honor to smugly sneer at those ignorant hillbilly deplorables.

I also think that those in power were clever and their foundations started to fund a loyal opposition with haste when the Democratic Party chose Biden as the leader of the regime. One of the first reports on the popular left program Democracy Now! featured Peter Daszak of the EcoHealth Alliance claiming a bat virus in a Wuhan wet market was the likely source of the Pandemic. My friend, investigative journalist Sam Husseini, was never asked to refute Daszak's claim even though Sam had several articles published in April 2020, on the history of gain-of-function releases at American-funded bio-weapons laboratories, a dramatic subject that would have interested Amy Goodman before the crisis. The host Amy Goodman breathlessly reported on the refrigerator trucks outside New York City hospitals. She was all in on the official COVID narrative and that has had a major influence on the American left.

"The funding of the non-profit industrial complex is often a means of controlling dissent in the United States"

Foundations have helped to coopt as many left organizations as possible. Most of our allies accepted their support, surrounding the left with community groups who danced to the tune of Gates, Soros and other philanthropists. The funding of the non-profit industrial complex is often a means of controlling dissent in the United States. The messaging was unified and total. It was intimidating. My early posts of "I always support secret military programs and Big Pharma", in my ironic response to social media demands to comply with the totalitarian program, were either mocked or commented on with confusion. Reminding activists of our struggle against the World Trade Organization and its direct line to the proponents of a digital slavery of vaccine passports, and other programs of globalist associations like the World Economic Forum and The World Trade Organization, seems to have evaporated with the fear of COVID and the potential of being mocked for not going along with the crowd.

PC: How do you see the relationship now between the likes of you and me and those we previously called our comrades? Have the division lines softened at all over recent months, as you maybe hinted, or are we looking at a decisive rupture, do you think?

KM: It could take many years for a large portion of our allies to join the struggle even as they are forced to participate in an ever-increasing digital slavery. The impact of Mass Formation has been effective. But there is some hope. I often attend a Freedom gathering on Sunday afternoons and of the 30 or 40 people who participate at least half are left activists and the other half are Republicans. I am witnessing a shift where people on the left are now silent about anything to do with COVID and are starting to focus on the economic collapse and the dire conditions we face. Many are even starting to become quiet about their worship of Zelensky now that a Ukrainian victory is less certain. They are not ready yet though to connect the COVID program and war to the march towards the Great Reset. As events spin out of control, it is possible there will be some unity around some aspects of the Great Reset if it is presented as an attack by global capital, but the mass vaccine area of this program may be impossible for our friends to see and they may continue to support things like censorship, digital passports and mandates. It seems that even as my fully vaccinated friends keep getting COVID or die of strokes and heart attacks, that they are so wedded to the narrative that they are not able break out of the trance.

PC: How should we go forward from here? How can we best build new alliances of resistance without compromising our core values which, for me at least, remain exactly the same as they were before Covid?

KM: This is a tough question in light of the global chaos and successful divide and conquer strategy of capitalism. One path is to build local systems of mutual aid so we can survive. The war on thought is unrelenting. Building local communities that support one another emotionally and with the necessities of life may be our only alternative. Food Not Bombs history may provide some guidance. We have intentionally formed a non-hierarchical decentralized system of organization that seeks to address the needs of the community. Housing with Homes Not Jails, transportation with Bikes Not Bombs, Food Not Lawns, Free Radio, Composting, and of course the food of Food Not Bombs. The other key idea one could take from 42 years of Food Not Bombs is a joyous welcoming atmosphere that encourages dialogue by providing literature, music and theater with the necessities of survival gear and a hot meal. Evading the violence of the state may be difficult and strategies of self defense need to evolve.

On the points connected to the fear of COVID, many of our former allies may be lost to us for decades to come but on the issue of digital slavery, police repression and the economic collapse we may have some unity. As difficult as it can be, I make a point of being understanding of those who worship the COVID narrative, always make sure they know I am unvaccinated and move my conversations towards our shared history of resisting the corporate exploitation and the economic slavery of the global institutions.

"As free thinkers we can encourage a great transformation of the human spirit where we find solutions outside the left-right paradigm"

The latest preplanned trauma in the United States is centered around the divisive issues of guns and abortion. There is, however, an intersection around privacy and personal autonomy with those who are pro-choice on the issue of abortion and those who want the freedom to refuse the jabs. There should be unity with the principle that censorship is never justified, but so far anarchists are still on the "silencing uncomfortable ideas" train. And there must be universal agreement between the left and right for the need to end war in Ukraine and an urgent demand to ban all nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons.

As free thinkers we can encourage a great transformation of the human spirit where we find solutions outside the left-right paradigm. That discussion and search must continue in earnest. I am done with the left-right divide. It's now the humans versus the deadly robotic corporate state. My message in my 1992 book "Food Not Bombs, How to Feed the Hungry and Build Community" was to organize against the death culture of state and corporate power. That remains my perspective today, only now this fight must find a solution and fast. We need to form a strategy that is difficult for the intelligence agencies to disrupt, builds solidarity and threatens the power elite while nurturing a thriving community. The anarchist theories of decentralized local autonomous social structures I believe are key to survival. Total noncooperation with the system while operating survival projects independent from state and corporate institutions is the path I am taking.

We are nearing a point where the goal may be having food and shelter while avoiding being interned or killed by those loyal to the Build Back Better stakeholder capitalists. As I respond to your questions, I worry my comments won't reach the public before the first nuclear weapon is launched or we are captured and removed from society for our thought crimes.

Follow Keith McHenry on Twitter via @keith_mchenry

Winter Oak
27 Jun 2022 | 9:49 pm

Voice in the void

by Paul Cudenec

My usual means of expressing myself has long been the written word, whether during my quarter of a century in newspaper journalism or in my current books and articles.

But recently I have taken great pleasure in rediscovering the use of my physical voice and, with the encouragement of my friends at Nevermore Media, have embarked on a series of online interviews and audio recordings of my writing.

I say "rediscovering" because I realised, on reflection, that vocal expression has, over the years, often been important for me.

Between the ages of 11 and 14 I used to spend hours of the school holidays recording, with my little sister, satirical radio "programmes" which our mother was later obliged to listen to with appropriate amusement.

Later, at university, a group of us recorded a few satirical videos and collaborated on writing potential scripts for TV and radio.

Although the intermediary form for the latter was obviously the written word, this was not the case for either the creative process or the (imagined!) end product.

I co-hosted a weekly English-language local radio show on the Franco-Swiss border back in 1983-84 and later applied for professional training in radio journalism, though I ended up on the NCTJ newspaper course.

As a young man I was constantly making up poems and songs which I recorded on cassettes via my trusty ghetto blaster but never played to anyone except my girlfriend.

In my early 30s I finally found some people to create music with and ended up writing and recording a few DIY punk tracks with my friend and colleague Steve. He was on guitar, I was on vocals.

In my 40s I took part in weekly informal folk-singing sessions led by another good friend, Chris, and was inspired to write and perform a few songs of my own.

And, of course, I have used my voice for giving talks, taking part in meetings, ranting through megaphones and shouting abuse at arms dealers, riot cops and politicians.

As I canter through my sixtieth year on earth, I find myself wondering what exactly it is that this voice of mine has been trying to say over the decades.

From an outside point of view, the political content of what I have expressed might appear to be so wide as to be a sprawling mess of incoherency.

In addition, because malcontents like me are always campaigning against something (something bad that is happening which we are trying to stop), we can be regarded as ridiculously negative.

We are often painted as a "rent-a-mob" of "antis" who take some kind of twisted delight in opposing everything.

I have spoken out and campaigned against wars and militarism, against road-building and property development, against fracking and fascism, against surveillance and "anti-terror" laws, against Capital and its globalisation, against privatisation, phone masts, fake democracy, land grabs and vaccine passports. Amongst other issues!

The first point in my defence is that these struggles are, of course, not separate or contradictory, but part of one struggle against different aspects of one entity, one system, which we might term The Thing.

Secondly, being against The Thing is not being negative, because The Thing is itself the source of all the negativity, destruction, brutality, misery and exploitation that force me and others to speak out and stand up.

Behind my opposition to The Thing lies a vision of what I think life and society should be like.

This archetype, embedded in my psyche, tells of a different possible way of living, a Withway, in which free human communities are rooted in organic co-operation, in cultural cohesion, in a timeless tradition of freedom, self-determination and closeness to nature.

It was this archetype, I see now, that made me feel, as an adolescent, that the modern world in which I found myself was essentially wrong.

It took me a long time to discover all the different ways in which it is wrong and how these all fit together to form one big and very ugly picture.

My self-appointed task has been to try to get to the root of the problem and not to allow myself to be held back by any ideological constraints.

As alliances were forged and then dissolved, as friends came and went, as seemingly permanent realities revealed themselves as the ephemeral phases they had always been, I felt at times like a lonely voice in the void, struggling to be either heard or understood.

This sensation was very much revived in 2020, when so many of those I considered my allies decided that I was a traitor to their cause for daring to put truth and freedom before dogma and conformity.

But the Covid times have also given me the precious gift of finding new affinities, coming into touch with souls whose ideas resonate closely with mine.

And it is this discovery which has given me the confidence to venture out from behind the protective wall of a purely written presence to reveal the human voice behind it.

Below are some links to readings from my books and articles, plus some of my poems and songs whose original creation spans several decades.

I am most probably a better pamphleteer than I am a poet and I am definitely a better writer than I am a singer!

But I hope that somebody, somewhere, can nevertheless take some pleasure or inspiration from these various recordings.


The Withway – Preface

The Withway – Awakening

The Withway – Revolutionaries

Enemies of the Modern World – 'Our Stolen Freedom' by Theo Carter 1

Enemies of the Modern World – 'Our Stolen Freedom' by Theo Carter 2

Enemies of the Modern World – 'Our Stolen Freedom' by Theo Carter 3

The Green One Is Coming!

The Green One Is Here!

Forms of Freedom – The State Versus Collectivity

Forms of Freedom – The Criminal Power of the State

Forms of Freedom – Nations and the Denial of Real Freedom

Impactor Alert!

Money, lies and power

Monty Satan's Lying Circus

Resist the Fourth Industrial Repression!

Unleashing the spirit of life






Death of a Lie




Gil's Corner

Grey Heat

Grey Midsummer

I Drift, I Dream



Low Tide




Mountain Air





She Gets By



Spring Surges

The Anarchist

The Spell

This Is Who I Am



Water Of Life


William Morris

Winter Solstice


Bomber (1990s post-punk)

No Tomorrow (1990s post-punk)

Rise In Me!

Techno-tyranny (1990s punk)

The Secret

The Thing

Truth (1990s post-punk)

Up On the Downs

Winter Oak
3 Jun 2022 | 4:00 pm

It’s… Monty Satan’s Lying Circus!

by Paul Cudenec

Roll up, roll up, dear units of human capital, and shuffle submissively into the sublimely sustainable future of Monty Satan's Lying Circus!

Keep your distance from each other, folks! No chatting! Remember, eye contact can spread misinformation! Keep your muzzles tightly fastened and your brains in stand-by mode!

We've been planning this show for a very long time indeed and we're hellbent on making it a sizzling red-hot hit on a truly biblical scale!

No expense has been spared in our preparations, thanks to the literally unlimited financial resources available to The Satanic Foundation ("Devil-may-care philanthropy for the modern age") and our very close friends at the Bank for Global Enslavement.

We wanted to be quite sure that you would fall in love with our spectacle before you'd even seen it (that's the only way, believe me!) and that you would come flocking in your innocent millions through our jaws… sorry, doors!

Look at all the faces on the posters we have put up outside! Everyone you love and admire, everyone you have even seen on our TV networks and in our newspapers, has endorsed the Big Event of the 2020s!

Celebrities! Politicians! Writers! Religious leaders! Royals! Radicals! We've made quite sure that they're all on board.

And what about the outside of our Big McTop! How could you not be instantly won over and persuaded to step inside without even asking any basic questions?

We've repainted the whole thing green so that you know for sure that we are the good guys! We've put rainbow flags everywhere! Endless photos of smiling young people of all ethnicities! Seductive trans women! There are even plastic models of delicious 3D-printed food which, I assure you, are almost impossible to tell apart from the real thing!

And there, up on the Giant Smile-Screen, is Mr Satan himself, in his best suit but not wearing a stuffy old tie, shedding warm tears of genuine caring compassion for every single poor, under-developed, disabled, disadvantaged or discriminated-against person in the whole wide world!

Sorry Sir? A sick bag? Just head straight towards the Global Niceness Re-Education Zone over there… That's it, yes, where there's all the razor wire decorated in pink bunting.

Oh, you're really going to love the Circus! We've got such a bunch of devilishly fabulous acts lined up for you!

Watch with bated breath as Biohazard Bill waltzes gracefully across the High Wire of Plausibility while, amazingly, juggling poison-laden syringes, massive wads of banknotes and inflatable Jeffrey Epsteins!

Marvel as contortionist Fat Klaus makes us wonder what it means to be human by inserting his bald head into his own back passage in the unique manoeuvre he calls the Great Rectal Reset!

Kids will love Rudolph the Red-Toothed Robot, a marvel of the Fourth Industrial Revolution who is 100% climate-friendly because he powers himself by eating human flesh!

Check your privilege, as performance activist Faye Cleft brings systemic change to the traditional art of escapology by creating the postradical illusion that she is trying to break free from her chains while all the time ensuring that she remains safely bound!

Gasp in awe as His Imperial Highness King Konservation, Grand Ringmaster of the World Wildlife Fraud, wins your hearts by herding holograms of elephants, lions and antelope around the arena before triumphantly heading off to Africa, whip in hand, to tame the savages and throw them off the land in the name of protecting nature!

And everyone gets to join in the fun with our Inclusivity Game! Laugh and laugh as Freddy Five-Gee, Dotty Data and the Impact Clowns wrap you all up in their massive Zing-Along-a-Zinta-Net and turn your shitty little lives into yet another pot of gold for their business associates!

No, no, don't worry about that, Madam. It's purely for your own safety that we are confiscating those gorgeous little bundles of pecuniary potential.

Your children? Your children? Really, madam! That kind of hate-speech is neither appropriate nor acceptable. From now on, there's only one owner around here and that's Mr Satan himself!

[Audio version]

Winter Oak
30 May 2022 | 6:07 pm

Francis, a pope of the poor? A pope for the environment? Or a pope of the global elite?

by Matt Smyth, Professor at Strasbourg University – Religious Studies

Pope Francis. A pope of rupture. A pope for ecology. Inimical to capitalism, but compassionate to the poor and the migrant. The gay-friendly pope. Lenient with divorcees, but hostile to traditionalists and conservatives. The reformer of the corrupt Roman curia, the enemy of sexual abuse perpetrated by clerics… Or rather the pope of paradoxes? It is with Bayer-Monsanto and BP that Francis hopes to save the planet, with Bank of America as well as with Big Pharma's own Merck and Johnson & Johnson that he fancies conjuring up an ethical capitalism. Would he be then more like the pope of a new marketing logic? As it happens, it is precisely in the name of defending the environment, inclusivity, equity or social justice, that the corporate 'stakeholders' of the global governance are trying to enforce their agenda — which is nothing less than converting the whole planet and every human dwelling on its surface into assets tradeable on the stock market.

Bergoglio, in that respect, is a case study. Following in the wake of Davos' World Economic Forum (WEF), he has turned the Vatican into a spokesperson for the global governance. Meanwhile, the policymakers of this very governance, since they are no longer willing to exploit the consumerist lust for happiness of the masses, but would now rather bet on coercion, have wrought a new marketing strategy. They hide their old endless yearning for power behind a fresh storytelling: the need to part radically with individualistic, energy-intensive, neoliberal capitalism. The global elite is accumulating all the goods it is still short of, confiscating civil liberties and concentrating all the power in its own hands, however this coup is being staged within a new narrative of being concerned about climate change and biodiversity, dedicated to the common good, hostile to selfish individualism, and negative when it comes to the free market. Otherwise stated: communitarian. As a matter of fact, Francis' message to the world epitomizes this new kind of 'responsible capitalism' PR. Down to every single catchword.

The pope of lockdowns, contact tracking, forced medical experiments and segregation

Pope Francis emerged, at the end of winter 2020, as one of the major public voices in favour of the so-called sanitary restrictions that were implemented around the globe at the time by national public health agencies and governments, in accordance with the WHO's guidance. When, to the great dismay of many Catholics, governments began to outlaw religious gatherings, the pope didn't lose time in weighing in on the matter with all his authority in favour of these policies. For the first time in history, a Successor of Peter, together in this with the secular powers, forbad Catholics to go to Mass, or to any other ceremony, even the Easter Vigil, calling for people to stay 'obedient' to their governments' lockdown measures. The few bishops, such as Bp Schneider, who dared to oppose these restrictions would get scolded or ignored —as they were conservatives whose words were easy to spurn in the eyes of mainstream media. For instance, Abp Viganò was quick to publicly expose this collusion between the present papacy and the corporate global governance, but mainstream medias made sure his message wouldn't get through.

His Polish predecessor's favourite catchphrase had been 'Be not afraid', but the Argentinian pope had no qualm about joining his voice to the choir of all those who sung, like the former British health secretary Hancock or his French counterpart Véran, the antiphon composed by 'health experts': Be afraid! An antiphon of which verse could have been: Until we have a vaccine, we have no other option to curb the infection rate than XI Jinping's own brand-new approach.

In November 2020, Francis took it upon himself to defend the Chinese tactic from the general public's scepticism in the so-very-consensual New York Times: "As if measures that governments must impose for the good of their people constitute some kind of political assault on autonomy or personal freedom!" People are stuck in lockdown, families can't be reunited, collective rites are banished, elderly folk die in isolation, family businesses are wrecked, thousands of youngsters are pushed to commit suicide, but it's for their own good. The few governments that dared not to give in to panic, and would not comply with the directives from the CCP and the WHO, were severely chastised by Bergoglio as "governments that shrugged off the painful evidence of mounting deaths, with inevitable, grievous consequences".

Since then, he has become the staunch advocate of the universal genetic experimentation campaign known as vaccination, even for children. Not a word on the success of early treatments trialed in poor countries. Not a word on the extremely low lethality of SARS-CoV2. And, of course, not a word on the highly experimental nature of the genic injections concocted by Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson. Again, Bergoglio falters not one iota from the official narrative relentlessly hammered within the mainstream media: the world is confronted with a daunting threat; stay home or at least practise 'social distancing', accept contact tracking and wear a mask; universal vaccination is the one and only road to salvation.

He wishes to enforce on every human a genetic experimentation, be that through marketing, blackmail or simple coercion

In his interview book Oltre la tempesta, Francis, along with MSM and politicians, tells the public to 'Believe in science.' The Successor of Peter sets his faith and hope in the triumphant announcements of Pfizer or Moderna, just as his predecessors would have done with the articles of the Christian Creed: "We need to regain our hope and faith in science today: thanks to the vaccine, we shall slowly find back our way to the light". We cannot, even for a second, presume that he chose this wording 'faith and hope' by accident. Out of the mouth of a pope, such words can only refer to the first two Christian virtues known as the theological virtues.

Francis exerts all his clout to foster the global policy implemented by the G20 governments (and quite a few more). Like the other heads of state, he wishes to enforce on every human a genetic experimentation, be that through marketing, blackmail or simple coercion. In a famous video, the pope doesn't refrain from describing the injection as a 'moral duty', and even as an 'act of love' (the third theological virtue, as it happens). The potential dangerousness of the said injections doesn't seem to worry him in the least. Nor what the outcome might be for the children, since he also wishes to see them all getting the injection, even the very young ones. And the Vatican now has a vaccine mandate.

Even more surprising: the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith —the former Holy Inquisition— published a document in order to remove any reluctance the faithful might have felt to the idea of being injected with a product developed from cells derived from aborted human foetuses. Rome, thus, and all the episcopal conferences in the rest of the world, in order to conform with the official vaccinal orthodoxy preached by the likes of Bill Gates, did not back down from breaching a two thousand years taboo of Catholic orthodoxy on abortion. Because of the public health emergency. Again, Francis had only to deal with a handful of dissenting bishops.

It is no surprise then that Francis is very much in favour of the health passport. He imposed the said passport within the Vatican territory and in some seminaries. Furthermore, as I mentioned, the genetic experimental injection is now compulsory at the Vatican. In the wake of this mandate, some zealous dioceses, notably in Canada, have begun to require proof of 'vaccination' from churchgoers. As for the blackmail, violation of privacy, digital universal surveillance and social segregation that the health passport implies, such things don't seem to very much bother our Argentinian pontiff.

A pope to the global partnership

Is this simply another example of an institution swimming with the stream? After all, the pope is merely singing the same tune as all the other Western heads of state. But there is more to it: Francis Bergoglio sees himself as an active partner of the great social and economic upheaval instigated by the global governance in the wake of the Covid crisis, and advertised by the WEF under the 'Great Reset' brand name. As it happens, this global governance is supposed to gather the world's public and private 'stakeholders' inside a 'partnership'. The latter, which is more like a subservience of the state to the corporate global elite, is meant to allow the technocratic managerial ruling class to decide the planet's future far from any democratic process. This is what they call the Global Public-Private Partnership (GPPP or G3P).

'Stakeholder capitalists', as they like to call themselves, represent the senior partners. Basically, these are the financial and Info Tech complex, that is to say the finance industry (BlackRock, Vanguard and the SIFI international investment banks) in collusion with Info Tech (Big Tech), under the aegis of the central banks (BIS, Fed, ECB and BoE), while good old Big Oil (and all the industries, such as Big Food, depending on it) stands in the background. They consider themselves to be responsible as a whole for global public common good in a decisive and vital way. These CEOs and chairmen are the real policymakers. The junior partners are the governments and their respective state apparatus (with the exception of China which holds a specific position in the food chain). States are some kind of 'middle-management' to the global corporate oligopoly… The global governance also relies heavily on international institutions such as the IMF, World Bank, WTO or OECD, NGOs such as the WHO, and, of course, the main private NPOs such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome Trust or Rockefeller Foundation…

And then come the stakeholders' global assemblies (for want of a better word), among which the Vatican looks forward to holding rank. The task of these particular NPOs is to think over the agenda conducted by the senior partners, and to coordinate the decisions of those in charge of implementing the policies derived from this agenda. Right now, the main one is undoubtedly the World Economic Forum (WEF), whose lifelong chairman Dr Klaus Schwab managed over time to allow the Davos Forum to become the inescapable 'hub' of the said global partnership. Contrarily to the low-profile clubs such as the central bankers' Group of Thirty, the public-private Bilderberg Group and Trilateral Commission, or the older Chatham House and Council on Foreign Relations, the WEF takes on, with a lot of publicity, the mission with which it is endowed, by virtue of the corporate 'community' it serves. The global governance does not need to hide any longer. Actually, the WEF is in charge of its public relations, and is therefore at the helm of a huge marketing campaign designed to push 'civil society' to welcome the governance's new policies: the Great Reset and the subsequent 4th Industrial Revolution. Upon the wreckages left by the COVID crisis and thanks to the narrow 'window of opportunity' the latter offers, stakeholder capitalists will be able to implement a new 'responsible capitalism' transcending both Keynesianism and Neoliberalism. Or so they say.

This glorious future, dreamed by the global stakeholders for 'those who are nothing', as French president and WEF's Young Global Leaders Macron likes to say, is genially described in the WEF's own Ida Auken's now-famous words as an era where one "owns nothing, has no privacy and life has never been better". ( Such a paradisiacal lifestyle will be generously gifted to the plebeians, after the current economic system collapses for good, by the great financial cartel in control of the multinational corporations' oligopoly. The latter will exploit a global captive market, after the planned disappearance of most of the independent small companies. Such an absolute concentration of wealth and power in the hand of the technocratic elite will be achieved for good when fully controlled digital currencies, digitalization of manufactured objects (IoT: Internet of Things) and digitalization of human activities (IoB: Internet of Bodies) are implemented, allowing for continuous human data-mining through blockchain technology. That's why this new era will entail the complete ending of our privacy to the benefit of total digital surveillance. In this ideal future, humans will be locked up in 'smart —but sustainable— cities' to fight climate change and defend biodiversity. They will eat synthetic but eco-responsible food (produced by our eco-friendly agro-business giants), and they will welcome the modifications allowing them to become 'augmented'… This planetary coup, which could also be summarized as the grab and monetization of every aspect of nature, is to be rolled out —needless to say— for 'our own good.' Hence, the governance's insistence on establishing a responsible, ethical net-zero, 'green' capitalism, willing to give everyone their chance in life, and ready to offer optimal health for everyone. This is how the gigantic financial and industrial corporations, whose infinite greed has so far made such a good job of methodically destroying the planet and ruining our health, intend to seize —so they are better protected of course— the last 'assets' (as they call them) that escape them (green plan to transform the global financial system). Our bodies, our freedoms and the 'commons'…

Well, the Vatican, as I mentioned, is really keen to hold its rank among the managerial elite global assemblies, under the supervision of the financial titans such as BlackRock, along with the WEF or Chatham House. But with a subtle 'religious' and ethical dimension adorned by a venerable heritage. Such a prestigious patina is more than 'bankable' in the eyes of all these technocrats standing on the cutting edge of modernity. Very much like the 'Mindful Meditation' popularized by Jon Kabta Zinn, since blessed by the Davos managerial elite. Francis is able to grant the latter an ethical guarantee that is both televisual and ancient. These are assets the global governance is not willing to disdain, just as it doesn't disdain the prestige of showbiz celebrities. Francis doesn't quite compare with Davos figures such as Leonardo Di Caprio or Greta Thunberg, but he enjoys some kind of planetary popularity, notably outside his Church. To be sure, Catholicism is going through a sharp decline, even in its African or Latin-American former strongholds, within which Evangelical Churches are leaving deep dents. However, the pope remains the one and only religious leader whose clout extends to the entire world. No other religion is able to boast such global leadership. Thanks to an amiable papacy, the global governance is able to reach out to the entire world from the height of the See of Peter (and at least to what remains of the Catholic flock). I bet this is appreciated by Klaus Schwab, who sees himself, in the involuntarily hilarious cinematographic ode to his own glory, Das Forum, as the vicar of the world elite's parish.

The pope of the Great Reset

In addition to his role as a moral guarantee, Francis — but not quite as raucously — plays the same part in the game as poor Greta Thunberg with whom the Davos Forum likes to associate. In the same fashion as her, the present pope is a staunch critic of the actual economic system, and a champion for a net-zero sustainable world. As I mentioned, this is precisely the kind of narrative that the global policymakers, such as BlackRock CEO Larry Fink, have decided to hijack in order to sell us the great transformation they wish to implement.

Unsurprisingly, the Vatican is tightly linked with the international financial world: since 2006, the APSA (Amministrazione del Patrimonio della Sede Apostolica, the entity in charge of managing the Vatican's huge stock exchange and real estate portfolios) could rely on Peter Sutherland as a Special Advisor. A loud champion of the 'open border' policy, he was also appointed to chair the International Catholic Commission on Migrations from 2015 to his death in 2018. This father of globalisation was formerly chairman of GATT, then the WTO's co-founder, but also a chairman of BP and Goldman Sachs, and needless to say a member of the WEF's Foundation Board, among many other things…

Similarly, in 2021, Pope Francis appointed a WEF Agenda Contributor, the very Malthusian economist Jeffrey Sachs, to the same Pontifical Academy of Social Science (Jeffrey Sachs who happens to be the director of The Lancet's Committee on Covid and also to be a friend of Peter Daszak, chair of Ecohealth-Alliance, whom Sachs nominated for a while at the head of the Lancet commission on the origins of the pandemic, the same Daszak who supervised the financing of the coronavirus' 'Gain of Function' research in Wuhan, because it's indeed a small world).

He hopes to be one of the communicators of the great transition packaged by Klaus Schwab under the 'Great Reset' branding

As for Francis himself, the WEF was able to make use of his planetary image, since Francis sent a message to the annual Davos Summit on no fewer than four occasions. Furthermore, a Davos roundtable is chaired by a Vatican delegate every year.

Again, he appears to be a faithful spokesperson of the WEF's storytelling. He hopes to be one of the communicators of the great transition packaged by Klaus Schwab under the 'Great Reset' branding. The introduction of the encyclical Fratelli Tutti (October 2020) is quite telling in this respect: "…the Covid-19 pandemic unexpectedly erupted, exposing our false securities. Aside from the different ways that various countries responded to the crisis, their inability to work together became quite evident. For all our hyper-connectivity, we witnessed a fragmentation that made it more difficult to resolve problems that affect us all. Anyone who thinks that the only lesson to be learned was the need to improve what we were already doing, or to refine existing systems and regulations, is denying reality".

According to Bergoglio, the crucial element of this mutation is precisely the establishment of such a global public-private partnership governance. In his 2021 message to the World Bank and the IMF, framed within all the communitarian pathos, he states that the present genetic experimentation roll-out opens a perfect window to this global partnership (devoid of too many democratic constraints): "we especially need a justly financed vaccine solidarity, for we cannot allow the law of the marketplace to take precedence over the law of love and the health of all. Here, I reiterate my call to government leaders, businesses and international organizations to work together in providing vaccines for all, especially for the most vulnerable and needy (Urbi et Orbi Message, Christmas Day 2020). It is my hope that in these days your formal deliberations and your personal encounters will bear much fruit for the discernment of wise solutions for a more inclusive and sustainable future. A future where finance is at the service of the common good, where the vulnerable and the marginalized are placed at the center, and where the earth, our common home, is well cared for".

It is a leitmotif. John XXIII (encyclical Pacem in terris), the Second Vatican Council (Constitution Gaudium et spes) and also Benedict XVI (encyclical Caritas in veritate) all shared the belief that we are in "urgent need of a true world political authority" (Caritas in veritate § 67). However, Bergoglio, in his encyclical Laudato Si' of 2015, or in his message to the UN the same year For an Integral Ecology, relentlessly calls for a stronger global governance, notably in face of climate change. This call to policymakers for a mobilization against global warming is an aspect of a more general denunciation of the free market economy, along with the consumerism and commercial competition that are integral parts of it. Again, this 'progressive' narrative is fully in line with the global elite's agenda: consumerism and competition do not fit with a captive market in the hands of an oligopoly; while the climate or infectious threats that are supposed to be our current nemesis represent the closing stage of the Westphalian nation-states' history.

Quite logically, Francis calls for the birth of a new world order out of the ruins left by the 'pandemic': "Let us all keep in mind that there is something worse than this crisis: the drama of wasting it. We cannot emerge from a crisis the same as before: we either come out better or we come out worse". It is difficult to fail to recognize the now familiar storytelling of the WEF's chairman Klaus Schwab: "The pandemic represents a rare window of opportunity rare to reflect, reimagine and reset our world". Furthermore, pope Francis joined the choir of world leaders (or ex leaders), Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi, Boris Johnson, Matt Hancock, Justin Trudeau, Mark Rutte, Jacinda Ardern, Bill Gates, Tony Blair, Prince Harry, Antonio Gutteres, Obama, Hilary and Bill Clinton, Sadiq Khan etc. pleading for us to 'build back better' once the 'pandemic' is over. For instance, according to Francis, "The path to humanity's salvation passes through the creation of a new model of development, which unquestionably focuses on coexistence among peoples in harmony with Creation" (God and the World to Come), and, therefore, it passes through the policies advocated by global governance, such as Universal Basic Income (in the wake of the Covid crisis of course).

The pope of Bayer-Monsanto: a historical turning point  

Internal crises are not a new thing to the papacy. Rome, for a long while, became a tool in the hands of power-hungry pontiffs filled with earthly ambitions, or on the contrary a tool in the hands of a prince in need of apostolical standing. The Holy See is known to have, once or twice, sought some rather embarrassing external help or compromise. In 1830, Pie VIII condemned the Polish Catholic insurgents to please the Czar. In 1888, Leo XIII excommunicated Irish Catholic protesters to gain the favour of the British Empire. Since then, the Vatican has been prepared to enter into lengthy negotiations with Lenin, strike a deal with Mussolini and sign a concordat with Hitler… However, this is a turning point: never before has a pope been tempted to embrace the ideologies of the regimes with which he has pursued an arrangement. Never has the papacy been driven by the ambition to spread their agenda.

Today, nonetheless, an institution that proclaims its universal jurisdiction over Christians is at the same time endeavouring to partner with a technocratic global governance thriving under the aegis of big corporations. Rome sees itself as some kind of 'spiritual' partner of the corporate elite aspiring to completely dominate the planet. This affiliation to the global agenda was formally acknowledged when Lynn Forester de Rothschild launched the Council for Inclusive Capitalism with The Vatican, 'under the guidance' of pope Bergoglio and Cardinal Turkson. Around the pope, and around the smaller fellowship of the 'Guardians for Inclusive Capitalism', the Council gathers the 'world's business and public sector leaders', notably CEOs in search of a 'sustainable', 'resilient', 'inclusive', 'responsible', 'equitable' and 'fair' capitalism (I hope I didn't miss a catchword), such as the CEOs of Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Bank of America, BP and Bayer-Monsanto (whose ethical and environmental expertise is recognized worldwide). By their side, we find the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations' chairmen, and the herald of the Net-Zero finance industry, the ubiquitous Mark Carney. The Council "is an historic collaboration of CEOs and global leaders inspired by the moral guidance of His Holiness Pope Francis. Ours is a moral and market imperative to make economies more inclusive and sustainable with a movement of bold, business-led actions that span the economic ecosystem".

Pope Bergoglio is orchestrating a marketing campaign for the global governance's agenda

The founder and chairwoman of 'The Council' (as they say), Lynn Forester de Rothschild, herself managing partner of Inclusive Capital Partners (and Jeffrey Epstein's longtime friend), states that "Capitalism has created enormous global prosperity, but it has also left too many people behind, led to degradation of our planet, and is not widely trusted in society. This Council will follow the admonishment of Pope Francis to listen to 'the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor' and answer society's demands for a more equitable and sustainable model of growth". Unsurprisingly, their website ('commitments') is very much aligned with the seventeen UN and WEF Global Goals for 2030. Our 'inclusive capitalists', like the WEF, hope to display a narrative that is intended to be perceived as 'leftist' or at least communitarian: they insist that modern big economical movers should be held accountable for their impact on the environment, notably on the climate; for their choice to be inclusive of all kinds of minorities; for their willingness to give everyone a chance; for what they do to welcome refugees… In the same fashion Francis, the smiling and benevolent fatherly figure of 'responsible capitalism', wishes to be perceived as the gay-friendly pope, a friend to the migrants, and the 'green pope' known for his hardcore militancy against climate change. In other words, pope Bergoglio is orchestrating a marketing campaign for the global governance's agenda.

The same narrative—with all its catchwords—is displayed within the documents of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development created in 2016 with the merging of various other Roman commissions, and chaired by the same Cardinal Turkson from the Council of Inclusive Capitalism. "The Dicastery […] expresses the Holy See's concern for issues of justice and peace, including those related to migration, health, charitable works and the care of creation". Notably, the Dicastery is asked by the pope "to express the Church's solicitude and care for the whole human family facing the COVID-19 pandemic". Indeed, "The COVID-19 pandemic is the defining crisis of this generation". Thus, the Dicastery's aim is to supervise "research and studies of the present COVID-19 epidemic and its related issues and to think about a post Covid-19 society and world, especially in areas of ecology, economics, labor, healthcare, politics, communications and security" (vatican-covid-19).

The pope of the 4th Industrial Revolution and transhumanism

With whom should we reflect on this future 'post-Covid society and world'? Well, for instance, with the Roman NPO, 'developed' by Father Philip Larrey.

"Developed in collaboration with the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development at the Holy See and a consortium of leaders and luminaries, Humanity 2.0 seeks to unite humanity in the common cause of realizing a better world for our children". And since "Humanity 2.0 is a vehicle for facilitating collaborative ventures between the traditionally siloed public, private and faith-based sectors", CEOs such as those of CISCO, Virgin or Publicis, have joined in to bless this partnership with their corporate power. No reference to Christianity on its website, watched by a figure of the Goddess Athena, but a brief quote from Thomas Aquinas.

Its chairman, Father Larrey, is a priest and the dean of Faculty of Philosophy at the pontifical Latran University, but also an apostle of the 4th Industrial Revolution (, dear to the heart of Klaus Schwab. He is the author of Artificial Humanity, a book where he displays his faith in future Artificial Intelligence—as an entity endowed with real intelligence—, but hopes that it remains human.

Francis, while proclaiming his faith in what he believes to be tomorrow's technology and AI in particular, seems to be quoting father Larrey almost ad verbatim, adding only his own personal communitarian tone. In a short videoclip, the pope invites Christians to "pray for a 'human' AI". Because "robotics can make a better world possible if it is joined to the common good. […] Let us pray that the progress of robotics and artificial intelligence may always serve humankind. We could say: may it 'be human'". At a Davos Summit, but in the context of growing unemployment due to automation, he declared that "Artificial intelligence, robotics and other technological innovations must be so employed that they contribute to the service of humanity and to the protection of our common home, rather than to the contrary" (Davos Forum 2018). We are not very far from the transhumanist creed advocated by its mainstream media spokespersons such as Yuval Noah Harari. AI might actually be dangerous, however for the plebs to be protected from its potential evils, we need the technocratic elite to be in charge…

Transhumanist ideology, notably its belief in the future advent of a Great Biodigital Convergence, is a key point of the 4th Industrial Revolution preached by the WEF. The human and the machine will have to merge through data-mining, with the help of genome editing and digital implants, so that we can give birth to an 'augmented human.' The barrier between random biological entities and programmable digital technologies will be removed. The very idea of life as well as that of freedom are obsolete: life and notably the human soul are but extremely complex algorithms drawn from chemical and electromagnetic reactions. He who will master the data of these algorithms will thus be able to 'hack' human beings, as Yuval Noah Harari puts it, in a speech delivered to his Davos masters in 2018. Furthermore, even the transhumanistic hope in an eternal life, fulfilled either through cellular ageing prevention or through "Whole Brain Emulation", is starting to attract large investments from big companies. But, even with a lot of imagination, it seems rather difficult to reconcile these dreams with the teaching of Francis' predecessors.

This didn't stop Father Larrey chairing two meetings given in Rome at the Teutonic College, along with Carlos Moreira and David Ferguson, under the patronage of a mysterious Elite Global Leaders Conference. Both Moreira and Ferguson are famous for being advocates of transhumanism, for having co-authored the Transhuman Code, and having created the oiste Think Tank which is part of the WEF's galaxy. The first, held in July 2019, dealt precisely with the Transhuman Code. The same zealous apostles of the future technocratic utopia came back in October 2021 to discuss the 'Technology that Empowers Humanity'…

'For things to remain the same…'

How could the papacy transform itself so radically? It is a challenging question to the historian. The various ecclesiastical scandals with which Bergoglio is personally involved might provide us with the beginning of an explanation. This pope is known for covering up to the bitter end the crimes perpetrated by high prelates (McCarrick, Zanchetta, Maradiaga and many more), although all of them were facing grave and well-documented accusations of sexual abuse or financial corruption, or even both. Only full public exposure made possible their dismissal. Bergoglio emerged as what he really is: a bureaucrat ready to protect his fellow collaborators at any price. On the other hand, this is the same man who was trying to please public opinion while strengthening Rome's policy against sexual abuses committed by ordinary priests. A decent communicator, as are most modern top managers, he is always ready to spin his institution out of trouble with well-practised storytelling.

Religious conservatives who are worried about the exhibition of Pachamama statuettes in a church near the Vatican need not be. Such displays do not constitute a statement of syncretism nor of ecological neopaganism. No more than do the loud public pledges to the 'defense of the planet', 'against climate change,' or 'in favour of the environment' staged by the financial or industrial so-called stakeholders. Francis doesn't worship Mother Earth any more than his private sector partners, hell-bent on a massive grab of what natural goods are left. This is pure spin.

However, the world is indeed changing and Rome is changing too. Clearly, the top of the Catholic hierarchy doesn't want to take a counter-cultural stand: it would rather follow dominant ideology, even to the price of swallowing a certain amount of transhumanism. Was the Jesuit Bergoglio once under the influence of the mystical scientism of Teilhard de Chardin S.J.? Maybe. However, there is another simpler reason for this move. The papacy is now in reality extremely weak and Francis cannot accept this. All over the world, churches are empty or emptying, even in its former strongholds such as Latin America. The only communities that survive are tiny, scattered, and display a fair amount of conservatism, even sometimes traditionalism. The Vatican, as such, has become a terribly outdated institution, not very well suited to the size and reach of the communities it is supposed to supervise. Although he carries on doing so, in the face of official statistics, the pope is not really in a position to speak to humanity as if he were still some spiritual and moral authority followed all over the world by more than a billion of the faithful. The only card left in his hand, in a secularized world, is what he still represents in theory, but not in reality: a certain aura associated with his white cassock, Saint Peter's Plaza and Basilica, the Vatican palace, the Sistine Chapel, the Swiss Guards (provided they are 'vaccinated' of course!) and the pontifical universities.

He is willing to actively cooperate in enforcing a global totalitarian system

Bergoglio's entire existence is a life of compliance to the hierarchical structures to which he adhered. His career is built upon a constant and faithful conformity to the successive dominant narratives he went through: from Perón's populist narrative (pope Francis the Dictator) to Schwab's elitist narrative. Catholicism is now too weak to be able to provide him with a socially hegemonic ideology, while at the same time his deepest bureaucratic instinct prevents him turning away from contemporary groupthink. Furthermore, if Francis had opted to dedicate himself to the tiny catholic minority that still exists, he would have taken the risk of pushing the old pontifical Rome into oblivion and anonymity in the eyes of the general public. That was not a choice a man of the apparatus like him could have made. His wish was to remain faithful to Rome as he sees it: a world-leading institution—like it was before. Francis, therefore, has chosen to try and become one of the 'stakeholders' of the global governance. Thus, he is willing to impart what's left of the ageless cachet of his position to their new gigantic corporate partners. Thus, he is willing to actively cooperate in enforcing a global totalitarian system, ultimately based on digital surveillance and genetic experimentations that are killing millions of people. 'Se vogliamo che tutto rimanga come è, bisogna che tutto cambi!'*

* "For things to remain the same, things will have to change", Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

Further reading:

Klaus Schwab and his great fascist reset

Charles' empire: the royal reset riddle

The Great Reset Phase 2: War

The Great Reset

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