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26 May 2022 | 3:11 pm

The Acorn – 74


Number 74

In this issue:

  1. Defeating the demons of Davos
  2. The Great Resist: uniting against the empire!
  3. A triple revolution for life
  4. Profits of destruction
  5. Richard Jefferies: an organic radical inspiration
  6. Acorninfo

1. Defeating the demons of Davos

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Regular Winter Oak readers will already be well aware of the World Economic Forum, particularly if they have ploughed through our October 2020 analysis of its vile aims as revealed in three books by its boss Klaus Schwab.

So it will have come as no surprise to hear Schwab opening the 2022 WEF gathering at Davos in Switzerland with talk of "the global agenda" and "our global system", spouting forth about improving "the state of the world" when he actually means imposing one.

For those who have followed our various revelations about the close relationship between the intersectional social-impact "left" and the financial mafia behind the Great Reset, his mention of the presence at Davos of a younger generation of "social entrepreneurs" will be self-explanatory.

Schwab described the WEF as "the international organization for public-private co-operation".

hitler2This corportatist arrangement, which openly puts the machineries of the state at the disposal of private business and finance, was the economic model for the 20th century Fascist and Nazi regimes.

The subtitle for this year's Davos theme was "Government Policies and Business Strategies", but the WEF could have replaced the "and" with a simple "/", because in their "stakeholder" model the two are exactly the same thing!

Schwab explicitly cited "low growth" as a major problem today, by which he means that his "business partners" are not making as much profit as they would like to.

But never fear! The hand of destiny is reaching down in the form of various "crises" which will enable the government side of the collaboration to bail out their private Davos chums without gullible TV-watching citizens being any the wiser.

Top of these acts of providence, as identified by Schwab in his speech, is the war in Ukraine.

It is telling that he didn't feel the need to express any regret or concern for all the men, women and children on either "side" who have been killed, injured or displaced by the conflict.

Instead, he merely reflected with evident satisfaction that it would "reshape our political and our economic landscape in the coming year".

Wars have always been good for "the economy", what with arms sales, lucrative loans to governments and all the lovely contracts and investment opportunities involved in the need to "build back better".

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The second big issue was Covid, with Schwab stressing the need to reinforce our "resilience" against "a new virus, possibly, or other risks which we have on the global agenda".

There is always a plentiful supply of "risks" for which "solutions" can be sold by the global greed community, not least in Schwab's third theme of climate change.

The fourth topic he listed was the holy cow of "the economy" itself. Although he tried to put the emphasis on tackling "poverty", his mention of "impact-oriented initiatives" will reveal to alert readers that the idea is rather to transform poverty into yet another source of profit for "social entrepreneurs" and fat cat speculators.

Not for nothing did Schwab declare that Davos 2022 boasts "a rich programme"…

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Besides this increasingly familiar and reliably odious agenda, Schwab's speech was also noteworthy for its tone of inflated self-importance.

Embracing the main title of the event, "History at a Turning Point", Schwab announced grandly, with more than hint of megalomania: "The future is not just happening; the future is built by us, by a powerful community as you here in this room".

But although the WEF boss was doing his very best Great Dictator impression, his over-confident puff pointed to an underlying weakness.

The Great Reset was not launched because Schwab and his backers were already in full control but because they knew that they risked losing control as their global Ponzi scheme collapsed and people rose up everywhere to tear down their ill-gotten citadel of power.

KS covidAs Michael Driver wrote in a May 24 piece on the CW website: "Technology has deluded the Davos drone into believing he has a tool of the gods. A hubris as old as man. Fortunately, the world interacts to create an unseen and unpredictable future which no amount of Schwabist shaping can control.

"The history books are littered with the corpses of centralised top-down ideas. The reason why we are not talking enough about the impossibility of Klaus Schwab's Great Leap Forward is because the opposition are guilty of the same failure of basic understanding.

"The opposition is making the flawed assumption that this project is doable. In fact, the future is resistant to shaping. What we should all be preparing for us the failure of the WEF's programme. This should be a cause of profound optimism.

"We are on the right side of history; they are on the precipice".

For all their money, all their power, all their weapons and all their toxic technology, the Great Resetters will not succeed in enslaving humanity for their parasitical profit.

Their noxious "future" will come tumbling around them before it has even got properly started, just like Adolf Hitler's "thousand-year" New Order.

The real turning point in history will be the defeat of the demons of Davos.

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2. The Great Resist: uniting against the empire!

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One of the most extraordinary achievements of the so-called Great Reset has been to create a massive new wave of worldwide resistance to its overall programme!

While Schwab et al may well have hoped that this movement would be halted by the sudden switch of emphasis from "pandemic" to war, the long-term effect looks more like broadening and solidifying resistance to a monstrous system whose many heads are now very obviously all connected to the same slimey body.

Italy, for instance, is witnessing a certain convergence, under the Great Resist banner, of opposition to vaccine passports, the EU and NATO.

camp darbyLazio councillor Davide Barillari is well known for his opposition to the "Green Pass" and associated injections.

He is also a leading opponent of the American military presence in Italy – there are dozens of US bases there, some secret, hosting 13,000 troops.

The Ukraine conflict has stoked opposition to this de facto post-WW2 occupation of Italy, with various campaigns and protests springing up.

At the end of April, Barillari published on his website an incendiary third-party text entitled "Enough lies! Italy must get out of NATO!".

The anti-system convergence has also been noticeable at protests like that in Genoa, where people marched for "peace and freedom".

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The same phenomenon is apparent in Germany, another place with a heavy US military presence.

People have been taking to the streets across the country calling for "peace, freedom and self-determination": in Reutlingen, Osnabrück, Keulen, Bautzen, Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Pforzheim-Haidach, Ulm, Nuremberg

In France, just a week after Emmanuel Macron managed to win the presidential election, there was a massive Mayday anti-government protest in Paris which saw the police pick up on the levels of militarised brutality used against the Gilets Jaunes since 2018.

And in Ireland, photo-journalist Robert Pierzynski has been recording a series of freedom demonstrations, such as this one in Galway on May 22.

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Outside Europe there have been protests in New York, Ottawa, Melbourne and Johannesburg, amongst many other places.

As our recent online poll unsurprisingly revealed, the vast majority of human beings have no desire to become slaves of the ruling mafia in a technocratic transhumanist world state!

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3. A triple revolution for life

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by Paul Cudenec via network23.org

One massive positive has emerged from the brutal attack on our freedom and happiness launched under cover of the Covid "crisis".

The complete collapse of the "left" (including large parts of its deeply-degraded anarchist wing) led to an ideological vacuum on the side of the resistance to the so-called Great Reset.

This vacuum has not been filled by the far right, as I suspect those in power would have preferred, but by a new phenomenon which has not yet acquired its own name.

Its particular strength and potential comes from the way in which it has reintroduced both a sense of the spiritual and a feeling for nature into the realm of political radicalism from which they had long since been banished.

I have been vastly encouraged to come across, both in the written word and in real life, increasing numbers of voices speaking from this inspirational philosophical place.

The latest example of this 2020s neo-revolutionary Zeitgeist to fall into my hands is a short book by philosopher and science-fiction writer Léafar Izen, which parallels in many ways my own 2022 book The Withway.

Written in Chile and published in France, it is entitled La Révolte du Ressentantwhich translates as The Revolt of… Well, of what exactly? The word means "feeling" but that doesn't seem like quite the right translation here.

Happily, the author sets out the precise meaning of his term, describing ressentant as the "capacity to feel that something exists, even if this feeling is not accompanied by any complex thought, even by the idea that there is such a thing as a 'me', a world or time… Ressentant is the sensation of being in its stripped-down, essential, fundamental state". (1)

The key point here is that ressentant (might we say "awareness" in English?) is not at all the same as the "I think therefore I am" type of human individual consciousness as presented by René Descartes.

Fundamental ressentant is instead "an indivisible whole, a common base for all manifestation" (2) with a "mysterious and thus sacred nature". (3)

This vital sense of presence is shared by all those who belong to this living universe; even, Izen says, by a humble earthworm.

"With the few hundred neurones with which nature has provided it, everything that it feels – the taste of the earth, the surrounding humidity, vibrations in the ground, its own digestive system – probably forms part of one and the same experience of being.

"The ingredients which make up this cocktail of ressentant might certainly appear rudimentary, but can we neverthless be sure that the earthworm is excluded from ressentant or even that it feels existence in a less intense way?" (4)

The outlook being expressed here is clearly what is sometimes called pantheism, but which, in the absence of any mention of God, might better be termed 'panenhenism', or 'all-in-one-ism'. (5)

Izen notes: "There is nothing new about this idea of fundamental ressentant; it is as old as the world". (6)

Quoting organic radical thinkers Mohandas Gandhi and Carl Jung in his book, Izen shares my own view that there is enormous potential in basing a contemporary political philosophy on this age-old metaphysical gnosis.

This ancient wisdom represents a crucial antidote to the blinkered techno-scientific mindset which dominates the modern world.

At least as close-minded as the religious dogma from which it claims to have freed us, ultra-materialism is the root of all the ills of our world, such as productivism, economic growth and consumerism, says Izen

It is now trying to steer us into a world of transhumanism "which could lead to the obsolesence of part of humankind". (7)

"This ultra-materialist tendency, which denies the sacred nature of ressentant, is creating an unprecedented danger, that of regarding the human species as a herd of cattle whose profitability has to be maximised and whose weak links should gradually be replaced by machines". (8)

Countering this ultra-materialist thinking with the idea of ressentant is therefore not just some kind of philosophical game, he insists, but "the sinews of a war in which what is at stake is nothing less than Life and its possible annihilation". (9)

A "profound evil" is "gnawing away" (10) at our societies more than ever, writes Izen and he warns of the grave consequences of forgetting "the sacred character that ressentant gives to Life" (11) as well as our duties to each other as part of that shared Whole.

"Progressively, in the narratives which knit human societies together, the sacred disappears from the world, allowing homo sapiens to pass off as the necessary march of progress, practices which, without this withdrawal of the sacred, would be considered sacrilege". (12)

The shadow of Covid inevitably looms over the pages of his book and he addresses in particular the disabling effect of the fear of death on individuals who have forgotten that they are part of something much bigger.

For those who feel their belonging to the Whole, death is no longer blackness and oblivion but "a transformation of the ressentant", he says, comparing our individual lives to ocean waves which eventually break on the beach "without the ocean of ressentant losing a single drop". (13)

These last years have revealed "to what point the fear of death is an instrument of absolute governance", (14) observes Izen.

"Is it not fear that prevents us from living fully, from finding joy in the moment, from being free, from loving, from revolting? No power over us is possible without a certain dose of fear". (15)

"Who would have believed that democratic societies would have accepted without discussion such suspensions of liberties and measures of such incoherence? Who would have believed that a democratic government would ever ban, without discussion, an act as simple as visiting friends or family or buying a book in a bookshop? But we are prepared to surrender this freedom, and numerous activities that were the salt of our lives, rather than confront the risk of death". (16)

In the face of this tyranny, he calls for a "triple revolution" which must be personal, local and global.

On the personal level, we all need to rediscover the sense of universal ressentant (universal withness in my terminology), which can empower us to take on and defeat the robotic forces of dehumanising darkness

"You have to have at least the intutition of something superior to your own existence in order to risk your life", (17) stresses Izen.

"We have a deep need for this banner of ressentant to lead the struggle on the other fronts. That is what can give us the strength and courage to lift up our heads and take back control of our lives by acting, locally and globally.

"For closeness to this fundamental ressentant gives us the courage to act for a certain idea of Humanity and for Life". (18)

On the local level we need to recreate the social connections which have been "destroyed by decades of individualism, by the virtualisation of exchange and more recently by successive lockdowns". (19)

By rediscovering the savoir-faire once possessed by our predecessors, we can become independent of the system and learn to feed ourselves, look after each other and produce our own culture and leisure activities free of the manipulative control of power.

Izen writes: "In truth, this local revolution has already begun. Everywhere we are seeing the flowering of initiatives leading in this direction. All these initiatives give the lie to the defeatist notion that homo sapiens are fundamentally selfish creatures, condemned to destroy each other". (20)

On a wider scale he sees much potential for revolt against the system, particularly in France, whose Gilets Jaunes movement represented a serious popular challenge to the authorities.

"If the Covid crisis gave them a bit of respite, they are perfectly conscious of sitting on a powder keg and that's why they're tightening the screws". (21)

The revolution on the global scale will require a clean unilateral break from all the international infrastuctures of domination with which peoples everywhere have been enchained.

Writes Izen: "Numerous agreements and treaties have been signed in our name which do not correspond to the general interest and these render deep reform impossible. Only a situation of rupture can allow us to get rid of these contracts signed with our own blood but without our consent". (22)

"We have never seen a dominant class spontaneously give up its privileges, we have never seen a decaying system peacefully step aside. The revolutionary process is there to help them do so". (23)

1. Léafar Izen, La Révolte du Ressentant (Mézigue Editions, 2021), p. 33.
2. Izen, p. 113.
3. Izen, p. 50.
4. Izen, p. 34.
5. See Paul Cudenec, The Stifled Soul of Humankind (Sussex: Winter Oak, 2014), p. 104.
6. Izen, p. 102.
7. Izen, p. 10.
8. Izen, pp. 126-27.
9. Izen, p. 10.
10. Izen, p. 63.
11. Izen, p. 63.
12. Izen, p. 61.
13. Izen, p. 99.
14. Izen, p. 120.
15. Izen, p. 120.
16. Izen, pp. 120-21.
17. Izen, p. 121.
18. Izen, p. 136.
19. Izen, p. 136.
20. Izen, p. 138.
21. Izen, p. 143.
22. Izen, p. 143.
23. Izen, p. 144.

4. Profits of destruction

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No sooner had the West Sussex countryside in England finally seen off the menace of fracking at Balcombe, than a new threat has emerged in the shape of the tourism industry.

International business Center Parcs plans to rip the heart from irreplaceable ancient woodland to build a phoney "village" resort for holidaymakers.

Warns protest group Protect Oldhouse Warren: "Oldhouse Warren is a remant of the medieval Worth Forest, south-east of Crawley. It is ancient woodland within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, abutting an SSSI: rare sandstone ghylls. These are invaluable habitats, home to precious species, let's protect them.

oldhouse warren2"Center Parcs plan to build a holiday village of 900 lodges (& car parking), 550 acres (428 footie pitches), 'Subtropical' swimming pool, shops and restaurants all on ancient soils, felling countless ancient trees, destroying habitats for their business profits".

Comments countryside charity CPRE: "Oldhouse Warren within Worth Forest is an integral part of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

"This ancient woodland site is a habitat rich with nationally rare archaeological and ecological features, including veteran trees, and also neighbours a Site of Special Scientific Interest comprising rare ancient ghyll woodland.

"Locations of this kind are supposed to enjoy the highest status of protection from major development.

"If a site as precious as Oldhouse Warren were not to be spared from the bulldozers, one has to ask where in Sussex is safe for nature?"

As French campaigners against a Center Parcs project said several years ago (see Acorn 13): "An area criss-crossed with a network of holiday cottages, B&Bs, car parks, roads, and tourist trails is also a form of commercialisation of the world, even if it's more gradual and therefore apparently more acceptable.

"What we have to understand is that tourism is simply a product of capitalism. Tourism is a practice closely tied in to a consumer-based lifestyle.

"As a result, there is no such thing as a 'good' kind of tourism for anyone who opposes global capitalism, a system which can only see the world as a source of productivity and thus profit".

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5. Richard Jefferies: an organic radical inspiration

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

Richard Jefferies

"From earth and sea and sun, from night, the stars, from day, the trees, the hills, from my own soul, from these I think"

Richard Jefferies (1848-1887) was a journalist and writer who has been described as "an outstanding English 'natural' mystic of the nineteenth century". (1)

In his all-too-short life (he died at the age of 38), Jefferies evolved his own distinctive philosophy of nature, based on an existential joy at being alive and a belief in "the inner meaning of the sun, the light, the earth, the trees and grass". (2)

In his best work, such as The Story of My Heart, Jefferies' carefully-observed descriptions of the natural world are merely the means by which he explores something much deeper.

Jefferies understood that nature was the immediate reality of a universal whole and thus the basis of everything worthwhile: "Though I cannot name the ideal good, it seems to me that it will be in some way closely associated with the ideal beauty of Nature". (3)

He reached a connection with nature and the universe by detaching himself from the individual ego and discovering his true identity as part of a holistic cosmic unity, declaring: "From earth and sea and sun, from night, the stars, from day, the trees, the hills, from my own soul, from these I think". (4)

But Jefferies did not detach himself from the physical reality of his own body or his physical surroundings – instead, he fully immersed himself in them.

Life and corporeal reality were the gods of his nature religion and he once wrote in a letter that his favourite literary lines were those in Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust:

"All theory, my friend, is grey,
But green is life's bright golden tree". (5)

Stark, James, 1794-1859; Marlborough Forest

Jefferies' dream of 'Nirvana' was not an out-of-body experience but a very sensual one. He wrote in the 1875 essay 'Marlborough Forest': "The subtle influence of Nature penetrates every limb and every vein, fills the soul with a perfect contentment, an absence of all wish except to lie there half in sunshine, half in shade for ever, in a Nirvana of indifference of all but the exquisite delight of simple living". (6)

His yearning was not to transcend his physical existence as a living creature but to expand and deepen it to include a sense of being the wider organic reality to which he knew he belonged.

He wrote in 'Nature and Eternity': "Would that it were possible for the heart and mind to enter into all the life that glows and teems upon the earth – to feel with it, hope with it, sorrow with it, and thereby to become a grander, nobler being". (7)

A philosophy built around nature was bound to find fault with the industrial capitalism which dominated English life in the 19th century, as it still dominates today.

In 'Round About a Great Estate', Jefferies joined William Morris and others in lamenting the harmful effect of machines. Explains Edward Thomas in his 1909 biography of Jefferies: "In his visit to Tibbald, the miller, when they talk about the millstones and 'the care, the skill, the forethought, and the sense of just proportion' of the millwright, he shows again how he regrets that machinery, in destroying the handicraft, has taken away yet another means of culture from the countryman". (8)

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Jefferies repeatedly denounced the notorious Poor Law of the time, with its system of workhouses. He characterised the application of the word "pauper" to any human being as "the greatest, the vilest, the most unpardonable crime that could be committed". (9)

He wrote: "Modern civilisation has put out the spiritual Devil and produced the Demon of Dynamite… A human being is not a dog, yet is treated worse than a dog. Force these human dogs to learn to read with empty stomachs – stomachs craving for a piece of bread while education is crammed into them. In manhood, if unfortunate, set them to break stones. If imbecility supervene, give them bread and water. In helpless age, give them the cup of cold water. This is the way to breed dynamite". (10)

In some fragmentary 'Notes on the Labour Question' published in the Pall Mall Gazette after his death, Jefferies wrote: "One man whipped with Hunger toils half-naked in the Pit, face to face with death; the other is crowned by his fellows, sitting in state with fine wines and the sound of jubilee. This is the Divine Right of Capital". (11)

Biographer Henry Salt concludes that as regards the labour question in general, Jefferies "was in heart and feeling – however much he might have resented the name and association – a communist". (12)

Salt also describes Jefferies as "an enthusiastic advocate of the 'return to nature'" (13) and Jefferies imagined this return in his 1885 novel After London.

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This was an early work of post-apocalyptic science fiction, in which industrial civilization has collapsed and the capital of the British empire has disappeared beneath an oozing, toxic swamp.

Morris was greatly impressed by the novel and wrote to Mrs Burne-Jones in 1885 that "absurd hopes curled round my heart as I read it", adding in a second letter: "I have no more faith than a grain of mustard seed in the future history of 'civilization', which I know now is doomed to destruction, probably before very long: what a joy it is to think of! And how often it consoles me to think of barbarism once more flooding the world, and real feelings and passions, however rudimentary, taking the place of our wretched hypocrisies". (14)

Jefferies himself wrote, in his Notebooks of 1883: "We must begin again like the Caveman. No knowledge at present of use since it does not help. We must destroy the idea of our knowing anything. We must fully acknowledge that we know nothing and begin again". (15)

Video links: Richard Jefferies, by Chris Hare (18 mins). Experimental group reading of Jefferies' The Story of My Heart (1hr 19 mins)

Audio link: Radio play about Richard Jefferies (43 mins)

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1. R.C. Zaehner, Mysticism Sacred and Profane: An Inquiry Into some Varieties of Praeternatural Experience (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1971), p. 45.
2. Richard Jefferies, The Story of My Heart: My Autobiography (Sussex: Winter Oak Press, 2014), p. 36.
3. Richard Jefferies, 'Nature in the Louvre', cit. Edward Thomas, Richard Jefferies (London: Faber & Faber, 1978), p. 274.
4. Jefferies, The Story of My Heart, p. 25.
5. Thomas, p. 186.
6. Richard Jefferies, 'Marlborough Forest', cit. Thomas, p.100.
7. Richard Jefferies, 'Nature and Eternity', cit. Thomas, p. 176.
8. Thomas, p. 133.
9. Henry Salt, Richard Jefferies: His Life and His Ideals (Sussex: Winter Oak Press, 2014), p. 64.
10. Richard Jefferies, 'The Field-Play', The Life of the Fields (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1983), p. 39.
11. Richard Jefferies, 'Notes on the Labour Question', Pall Mall Gazette (November 10, 1891), cit. Salt, p. 67.
12. Salt, p. 65.
13. Salt, p. 25.
14. John Fowles, Introduction, Richard Jefferies, After London or Wild England (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1980) pp. vii-viii.
15. Richard Jefferies, Notebooks, cit. Fowles, p. xvi.

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6. Acorninfo

The narrative is cracking on every front. Students of AgroParisTech in France denounce the fake-green industry they have been trained to serve, calling for mass "desertion" and saying they "refuse to serve this system" in this inspiring video, with English subtitles.

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"Never before in the history of mankind has an organization openly plotted a coup against the sovereignty and health freedom of every human on earth", writes James Roguski in a series of articles on the WHO, meeting in Geneva as we write. Following much public scrutiny of the attempted power grab, he writes that "maybe, just maybe" people power can hold it off. Watch that space.

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"The conflict in Ukraine benefits certain powerful global interests. It meets a myriad of their objectives. From their perspective, it is practically perfect". This crucially important analysis from Iain Davis of In This Together is also resumed in our 17-part Twitter thread.

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"A major component of the Great Reset-Technocratic Agenda is the implementation of a worldwide digital identity scheme. One of the first steps to realize this goal is to convince the public that digital identity programs are a 'human right' worth fighting for". So says a worthwhile article from Derrick Broze on The Last American Vagabond site.

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Thanks to whoever it was that sent us the link to this fascinating radio interview with Justin Walker on the control exercised by the banking system. It was recorded five years back but is certainly no less relevant today!

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"Ostensibly on the side of regular people and opposed to imperialism and the predations of the elites at home and abroad, they are often tricksters of beguiling rhetoric that their followers miss. Rhetoric that indirectly fuels the wars they say they oppose". Edward Curtin nicely defines the contemporary "left" in an article on "The Subtleties of Anti-Russia Leftist Rhetoric".

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In a sudden and frantic flurry of transatlantic audio-visual activity, Winter Oak's very own Paul Cudenec has recorded interviews with Tessa Lena and Post-Woke in New York and with Book of Ours in Pennsylvania. Warning: he does say more or less the same thing each time…

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Acorn quote:

"Men once believed that the establishment of universal suffrage would guarantee the freedom of the people. That, alas, was a great illusion…" Mikhail Bakunin.

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(For many more like this, see the Winter Oak quotes for the day blog)

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15 May 2022 | 6:56 pm

Empire of hypocrisy


by Paul Cudenec

  1. The nice imperialists
  2. A global agenda
  3. Human capital
  4. Impact outcomes
  5. Vast fortunes
  6. Devoted to deceit

1. The nice imperialists

British empire

In the middle of the 19th century, the British Empire ran into what what would today be termed a "public relations crisis".

Influential domestic voices were starting to criticise its industrial system and worldwide domination on ethical grounds, not least the art critic John Ruskin.

He wrote that all he had found at the heart of what was supposedly a great civilization was "insane religion, degraded art, merciless war, sullen toil, detestable pleasure, and vain or vile hope". (1)

Lack of public support for the empire at home from the wave of "Little Englander" sentiment also risked affecting the way Britain's activities were viewed abroad.

As Carroll Quigley writes, its success was partly due to "its ability to present itself to the world as the defender of the freedoms and rights of small nations and of diverse social and religious groups". (2)

It was therefore decided, by a powerful group based around Cecil Rhodes and Lord Milner, along with aristocrats such as Lord Esher, Lord Rothschild and Lord Balfour, (3) to rethink the form and appearance of Britain's economic sphere of influence.

Gradually, the Crown's possessions were encouraged to become supposedly independent nations, though very much remaining under Britain's wing, and eventually, after the Second World War, The Empire was rebranded The Commonwealth, whose current flag features at the top of this page.

Patricia Scotland

In her foreword to a very useful 2019 collection of the Commonwealth's declarations, its current secretary-general, Patricia Scotland (pictured), writes: "The 1949 London Declaration marks the opening of a new movement, maintaining the familiar harmony, yet developing it in ways never before attempted – the transformation of an empire into a mutually supporting family of nations and peoples. It was this brief yet visionary declaration which brought into being the Commonwealth we know today". (4)

Today we are very familiar with the two-faced language of power, which is constantly deployed to hide unpalatable truth from the public.

Whether in the form of corporate greenwashing, warmongering "humanitarian interventions" or censorship disguised as "fact-checking", this cynical misuse of words has long since surpassed the satire of George Orwell's mendacious Ministry of Truth.

The phenomenon is global now, but Britain can look back with pride at its leading role in developing this fraudulent double-speak.

The British Empire's self-declared commitment to "the protection and advancement of the native races" (5) did not stop it from opening fire on unarmed Gandhi-supporting Indian independence protesters in Amritsar in 1919, killing 379 people, (6) or from using mass murder, torture and concentration camps to crush the anti-imperialist Mau Mau revolt in Kenya between 1948 and 1955.

The self-righteous defender of worldwide freedom acquiesced in the rise of Hitler's Germany, simultaneously denounced (in public) and tolerated (in private) Mussolini's 1935 invasion of Ethiopia and did all it could to hinder resistance to Franco's far-right coup in Spain in 1936, despite its own public's overwhelming support for the other side.

"Britain's attitude was so devious that it can hardly be untangled," (7) writes Quigley about this period. "The motives of the government were clearly not the same as the motives of the people, and in no country has secrecy and anonymity been carried so far or been so well preserved as in Britain". (8)

Over the 70-plus years of his existence, The Commonwealth has proudly continued this official practice of manipulative and virtue-signalling language.

Back in 1944, the nascent entity declared: "We seek no advantages for ourselves at the cost of others. We desire the welfare and social advance of all nations and that they may help each other to better and broader days". (9)

"An ethic of non-violence must be at the heart of all efforts to ensure peace and harmony in the world"

In 1971 The Commonwealth absurdly claimed to "oppose all forms of colonial domination" (10) and in 1983 this new cuddly version of the British Empire even had the gall to announce that "an ethic of non-violence must be at the heart of all efforts to ensure peace and harmony in the world". (11)

All it wanted in 2002 was "a better world for our children", (12) with secretary-general Scotland confirming in recent years that the aim was purely and simply "to build a more equal, just and peaceful world" (13) and "to achieve practical progress for the good of all". (14)

In her fanciful framing, The Commonwealth, which embraces 54 countries and 2.5 billion people, is not an empire but "a vibrant geopolitical ecosystem". (15)

And, according to The Commonwealth's own charter, it is "a compelling force for good" dedicated to "international understanding and world peace".

However, the same document also describes the organisation as "an effective network for co-operation and for promoting development" and here we catch a glimpse of the reality behind the rose-tinted verbiage.

Aso Rock

The same is true of a 2003 declaration in which Commonwealth leaders (pictured here) committed themselves to "strengthen development and democracy, through partnership for peace and prosperity". (16)

Through the use of alliterative pairings, the authors of this text obviously aimed to give the impression that "development and democracy" are but two sides of the same coin, as are "peace and prosperity".

But this is mere verbal manipulation and the four words would perhaps better be re-arranged as a contrast between the idealistic packaging of "democracy and peace" and the essential contents of "development and prosperity" – terms which, although themselves euphemisms, point us towards the real core Commonwealth agenda.

Needless to say, from The Commonwealth's point of view, "development" is a good thing and it even claims that there is such a thing as "pro-poor development". (17)

Likewise, globalisation, which is just the extension of the same process, is not seen as the cause of worldwide misery but as the magic "solution" to the "problem" termed "poverty".

"The benefits of globalisation must be shared more widely", insisted a Commonwealth declaration in 2002. (18)

The Commonwealth likes to tell people that they are poor and "underdeveloped" and that they are being unfairly deprived of what it calls "the right to development". (19)

But this, as the Mexican activist Gustavo Esteva has pointed out, is "a manipulative trick to involve people in struggles for getting what the powerful want to impose on them". (20)

He adds: "The metaphor of development gave global hegemony to a purely Western genealogy of history, robbing peoples of different cultures of the opportunity to define the forms of their social life". (21)

In the same way, "sustainable development" is presented as additionally being a "solution" for the environmental degradation inflicted by the original "pro-poor development".

However, as Esteva observed, "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". (22)

The German researcher and author Wolfgang Sachs also warned the world about so-called sustainable development back in 1992.

He wrote: "This is nothing less than the repeat of a proven ruse: every time in the last thirty years when the destructive effects of development were recognized, the concept was stretched in such a way as to include both injury and therapy.

"For example, when it became obvious, around 1970, that the pursuit of development actually intensified poverty, the notion of 'equitable development' was invented so as to reconcile the irreconcilable: the creation of poverty with the abolition of poverty.

"In the same vein, the Brundtland Report incorporated concern for the environment into the concept of development by erecting 'sustainable development' as the conceptual roof for both violating and healing the environment". (23)

Once again, we are witnessing the old imperial trick of cynically using deceptively positive-sounding terms to mask a negative reality.

As we will discover later, The Commonwealth and its friends are now intent on pushing their holy cow of "development" into chilling new areas.

But first, let's have a look at the organisation's political agenda as revealed by its own literature.

2. A global agenda

The Commonwealth makes no secret of the fact that its mission is a globalising one, even referring to a mysterious something called "the world community". (24)

In this respect it very much doffs its hat to the United Nations.

Already in 1951 it was announcing: "Our support of the United Nations needs no re-affirmation. The Commonwealth and the United Nations are not inconsistent bodies. On the contrary, the existence of the Commonwealth, linked together by ties of friendship, common purpose and common endeavour, is a source of power behind the Charter". (25)

A 1985 declaration stressed "the need for world order and the central importance of the United Nations system". (26)

It added that it placed The Commonwealth's resources "at the service of the United Nations and of all efforts to make it more effective" because "in the future of the United Nations lies the future of humanity". (27)

Dr Musarrat Maisha Reza writes in The Commonwealth's 2020 Global Youth Development Report of the critical need to "reach our Agenda 2030 and to deliver national and global goals". (28)

It is also notable that the version of reality presented by The Commonwealth, along with the language it uses to convey it, is almost indistinguishable from that of another global organisation, namely the World Economic Forum and its subsidiary tentacles like the Global Shapers.

This is perhaps none too surprising, given that the WEF's Great Reset was launched by the future head of The Commonwealth, as we reported in this recent article.

And, of course, some of the most extreme and draconian Covid-facilitated repression since 2020 has been in the Commonwealth nations of Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

The Commonwealth is fully on message with the whole Great Reset agenda: its youth development report welcomes a Fourth Industrial Revolution which is "blurring the distinction between the digital and physical worlds" (29) and deploys the phrase "build back better" on four separate occasions.

Despite voicing pious concerns about the negative effects of "the pandemic", it clearly joins the WEF's Klaus Schwab in regarding Covid as rather good news.

On one level the crisis created a new "problem" for which "solutions" can be sold via the mechanisms associated with "development".

Mamta Murthi of the World Bank Group, a guest contributor to The Commonwealth's youth report, is delighted to relate that his organisation is "taking fast, comprehensive action to fight the impacts of the pandemic". (30)

He continues: "Between April 2020 and June 2021, WBG financing commitments reached over $150 billion, including an unprecedented $12 billion response to improve social protection and create employment opportunities in 56 developing countries, including 15 countries facing fragility and conflict".

Murthi also sees a positive in the fact that "the pandemic has intensified the pace of change in the labor market and the demand for new skills". (31)

The report's Executive Summary likewise enthuses that Covid "has created new opportunities for online work". (32)

"The pandemic has fast-tracked our reliance on digital communication, business and retail technologies, and centred the need for pervasive digitisation", adds another article. (33)

This aspect, in fact, seems to be the chief cause for Covid celebration at Marlborough House, The Commonwealth's headquarters on London's swanky Pall Mall.

They are in awe of "the scope, speed and scale" of changes which will create for young people "an entirely different world to that experienced by previous generations" and they stress that "at the core of this change is the digitalisation of the economic system". (34)

Being what it is, The Commonwealth has always felt the need to dress up this digital agenda in hypocritical fakespeak.

Thus a 2002 declaration spoke of the need to "bridge the information and communications technology gap between rich and poor", (35) while the 2018 Commonwealth Cyber Declaration poured on the saccharine wokeness with its commitment to "take steps towards expanding digital access and digital inclusion for all communities without discrimination and regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, age, geographic location or language". (36)

Its list of Commonwealth Youth COVID-19 Heroes, "who are positive lights in the pandemic" (37) reveals the same theme.

One young woman in India is praised for having set up "a virtual learning programme in 6 community libraries" and for having worked with doctors "to create informative posters in regional languages to tackle health misinformation" and a "hero" in Pakistan "partnered with private institutions to provide telemedicine services to the public".

A young New Zealander helped her community by launching "GirlBoss Edge – a virtual career accelerator", a Nigerian man "translated COVID-19 health messages from WHO into more than 100 languages, reaching over 1.5 million people" and "launched an Artificial Intelligence-driven app and chatbot", while a Commonwealth hero in Jamaica "co-launched an online app helping 100,000 people find their nearest COVID-19 testing sites".

When The Commonwealth's youth report argues that "greater investment in skilling for the digital economy will be required" (38) for the sake of "disadvantaged youth's career prospects", (39) it is hard not to think of the original British Empire's avowed mission to "civilize the natives".

And, lo and behold, The Commonwealth has chosen to recycle that very term for the 2020s, stating: "The need for young people to become digital natives has never been more important". (40)

It even promotes a "digital natives indicator, which measures young people's skills and online engagement". (41)

The report looks at the project of "redesigning work with a digital future in mind" (42) and contributors Swartz and Krish Chetty, from South Africa, even provide a list of suitable jobs for young people in the post-Covid New Normal.

They could work in "3-D printed designs", "Recycling through smart tagging", "Smart farming through Internet of Things (IoT) applications", "Online retail", "IoT applications linked to construction projects", "FinTech applications" (finance), "X-tech" (new innovations) or as a "solar cell manufacturer". (43)

Once again, we find The Commonwealth's aims perfectly aligned with those of the global banking and "development" mafia

The one thing they cannot do, of course, in this "entirely different world to that experienced by previous generations" will be to live a traditional lifestyle close to the land.

This was already being spelled out in a 2003 declaration, made in Nigeria: "It is the strategic goal of the Commonwealth to help their pre-industrial members to transition into skilled working- and middle-class societies, recognising that their domestic policies must be conducive to such transitions". (44)

And the same message was repeated in 2007, with talk of "the objective of speeding up the transition from rural-based towards skilled, middle class-based, industrialised and diversified societies". (45)

In traditional societies, women usually have a very close connection to the land. But the 2018 Commonwealth Cyber Declaration prefers "to develop skills in the workforce, particularly for women and girls". (46)

Once again, we find The Commonwealth's aims perfectly aligned with those of the global banking and "development" mafia.

The World Bank has admitted in its own words that its favoured policy of rural development is "designed to increase production and raise productivity. It is concerned with the monetization and modernization of society, and with its transition from traditional isolation to integration with the national economy". (47)

To achieve this "transition", advocates of a global Fourth Industrial Revolution would have to pull off a massive feat of social engineering similar to that imposed on the people of England during the First Industrial Revolution, when the "lower orders" were thrown off the land of their ancestors by the ruling classes.

The dispossessed masses were herded into the slums and factories of domestic industrial "development" or used to advance the empire's "development" overseas, whether in the armed forces, the merchant navy or colonial administration and policing.

As C. Douglas Lummis, author of the book Radical Democracy, observed: "To 'mobilize' (i.e. to conscript) peoples and cultures into the world economic system would require the same disembedding of economic man, the same uprooting, as occurred in the migrations to the US or in the land enclosure movement in England. Only this time, the scale is awesome". (48)

There is a definite link between the desire to turn young Africans and Asians into "digital natives" and the current global "conservation" agenda aimed at "protecting nature" by depopulating vast swathes of the world.

This insidious project, known variously as the New Deal for Nature, Nature Positive, Global Goal for Nature or 30×30, is backed by the world's most powerful corporations and financial institutions, as well as by the WEF, which teamed up with the UN in 2019 to push its Sustainable Development Goals or Global Goals.

The charge for the "deal", an imperialist land grab from the most self-sufficient peoples on the planet, is being led by the human rights violating WWF, which just happens to be an official Commonwealth partner.

3. Human capital

From the heartless perspective of the global development machine, "human beings are perceived as simply one of the many resources required by economy for its own needs" writes Majid Rahnema, a one-time employee of the United Nations Development Programme who became an important and outspoken critic of their global agenda. (49)

The terms used to describe this callous reality have changed over the decades. In 1991 The Commonwealth was still calling for "the development of human resources". (50)

But, by then, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) had already published, in 1990, its first Human Development Report (51) and this term was soon taken up by The Commonwealth.

The phrases "human development" and "people-centred economic development" featured in Commonwealth declarations in 1999 (52) and in 2002. (53)

In the 2020s the language has gone a step further. Murthi of the World Bank, where he specialises in "human development", writes in The Commonwealth's youth report that "protecting and investing in young people builds human capital". (54)

Secretary general Scotland also mentions "human capital development" in her foreword (55) and the term "human capital" appears no fewer than ten times in the report.

What most attracts these financial blood-suckers is the tender flesh of the "more than 1.2 billion young people between the ages of 15 and 29 years who live in our 54 member countries". (56)

Licking its metaphorical lips, The Commonwealth declared in 2013: "With over 60 per cent of its population aged under 30, the Commonwealth is well placed to reap a demographic dividend". (57)

It added: "Investing in young people today is the foundation for a prosperous and equitable tomorrow". (58)

Prosperous for whom, exactly?

A similar question is raised by the words of The Commonwealth's 2020 youth report: "Today's global youth boom represents a much-needed opportunity". (59)

An opportunity for whom? To do what?

The Commonwealth deploys all the usual verbal camouflage to conceal the answers to such questions, affirming, for instance, in 2018 its "commitment to making trade and investment truly inclusive by encouraging the participation of women and youth in business activities". (60)

In true gaslighting style, it even pretends that young people are crying out to be exploited: "We also hear young people's call to be facilitated as drivers of economic development". (61)

The duplicitous term "youth-led", giving the false impression that its insidious schemes are arising from below rather than being imposed from above, is rolled out a magnificent 40 times in the youth report.

But the truth behind the hype is clearly stated by two particular contributors to that same publication.

Firstly, there is Chris Morris, manager of the Asian Development Bank's Youth for Asia initiative, whose participation in the report is, in itself, somewhat revealing.

He writes that "accelerating progress towards a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific will require mobilizing the potential of its one billion young people". (62)

Secondly, there is Tijani Christian, chairperson of the Commonwealth Youth Council, who says: "Today, the world has the largest population of youth people [sic] in existence, with the Commonwealth alone having 60 per cent of its population below the age of 30.

"These extremely important assets must be protected and upskilled for countries to truly advance their economic growth and development agendas". (63)

The real relationship between The Commonwealth and its "family of nations and peoples" here becomes starkly clear.

When the City of London vampires look at men, women and children in Africa, Asia or elsewhere, they don't see fellow human beings but "assets" with "potential", "human capital" from which they hope to derive a highly lucrative "demographic dividend".

4. Impact outcomes

The principal tool with which the global imperialists aim to force future generations into a UN-approved "resilient and sustainable future" (64) is digital data.

This was already being announced in 1991, when The Commonwealth declared its intention "to improve the collection of data – quantitative and qualitative – and the development of methods and statistical indicators, globally and nationally". (65)

Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi, chair of the Commonwealth Youth Ministerial Task Force, recalls that at the 9th Meeting of Commonwealth Youth Ministers in 2017, they committed to "developing new ideas for financing youth development and improving data for monitoring our progress on pursuing positive outcomes for youth in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)". (66)

Regular Winter Oak readers will have immediately have spotted that we are dealing here with "impact" imperialism, the means by which financial interests hope to make their profiteering domination "sustainable" and "resilient" in the decades to come.

As we have explained elsewhere (see the links here), the aim is not only to privatise social interventions once handled by the state, but to bundle people's lives into tradable commodities on which financiers can speculate.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals constitute the framework through which this new digital form of slavery is to be legitimised and imposed worldwide.

For this to work, those in charge have to be able to measure the "outcome", the success or failure of their asset, either of which can be profitable for wily speculators.

Because impact investments involve areas of life which have not until now been readily quantifiable, every detail of a human commodity's ongoing "development" must be electronically recorded and tracked, preferably in real time.

So it was that, in 2009, The Commonwealth's leaders committed themselves to "the strengthening and creation of partnerships and networks to increase development effectiveness, emphasising high-impact initiatives with clearly measurable outcomes". (67)

Secretary general Scotland wrote in 2021: "Continuing progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals is vital to building the world we want to see, and to do so we need to be able reliably and progressively to measure and monitor the ways in which young people live, learn and work in our communities". (68)

"Impactful youth development programmes" (69) and associated "pragmatic remote evaluation tools" (70) are very much part of the agenda of The Commonwealth's 2020 report.

Indeed, its full title is "Global Youth Development Index and Report" and alongside its enlightening articles are pages of statistical data.

Speaking before the report's release, Scotland began with the usual platitudes about giving young people "a future that is more just, inclusive, sustainable and resilient".

But then she added: "By measuring their contributions and needs with hard data, our advocacy for their development becomes more powerful, and we are then able incrementally to increase the positive impact…"

"The measurement of differential impact is critical", declares the brochure's Executive Summary. (71)

The twisted mentality behind the impact industry is hard to take in. Everything in life is reduced to statistical "scores" linked to financial return.

In an opening section of the brochure, a member of the Commonwealth Secretariat reports that "the scores for HIV, self-harm, alcohol abuse and tobacco consumption rates improved by less than 2 per cent each". (72)

In the warped impact world, people's mental health becomes a source for potential profit.

One article states: "Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health was becoming better understood and prioritised as a development outcome". (73)

A development outcome? Really?

And here again the parasites seem to find "the pandemic" has served their pecuniary purposes, with the brochure informing us that "mental health has gained even greater significance since the COVID-19 pandemic" (74) and has been "yielding positive outcomes". (75)

As we have previously shown, there is a strong proven connection between impact capitalism, the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the "intersectionality" which is such a key part of the contemporary corporate-friendly cult of "wokeness".

So it is no surprise that The Commonwealth is proud to have produced "the first global index on youth inclusion, with an important emphasis on gender equality". (76)

We learn: "The domain is designed to measure multiple aspects of inclusion, recognising that the factors that create social exclusion for young people are diverse and intersectional and have wide-ranging impacts". (77)

Writing about "applying inter-sectionality", Commonwealth collaborator Puja Bajad explains: "Participation processes and frameworks can be responsive only if they consider the intersections of race, sexuality, gender, class, caste, ethnicity and economic status that could obstruct inclusive youth participation". (78)

Beneath this language lurks, as ever, the underlying reality of "development partners" who want to "invest to optimise the 'youth dividend' by pursuing innovation, creativity and risk for youth cohorts to participate" and who need to "build an evidence base to show the impact of youth engagement". (79)

A rather frank guest contribution by an organisation called Generation Unlimited introduces The Youth Agency Marketplace (Yoma), "a digital ecosystem platform where youth grow, learn and thrive through engaging in social impact initiatives and are linked to skilling and economic opportunities". (80)

It says: "Initiatives on the platform align with the SDGs, creating a vibrant youth marketplace for skills, digital profiles, employment and entrepreneurship.

"Yoma offers the opportunity for public and private partner organisations to reach and interact with youth to support and tap their potential". (81)

To tap young people's potential is apparently to "create value" – to make money in anybody else's terms!

Worse still, this "digital ecosystem platform" aims to push its victims still further into the nightmare future of digital tyranny being rolled out under the Great Reset.

The article reveals: "As youth engage in the opportunities offered by Yoma, their active involvement and skills acquired is recorded on a verifiable digital CV with certified credentials using blockchain technology.

"Their efforts are further rewarded and incentivised with the platform's digital currency (ZLTO), a digital token, that can be spent in the Yoma marketplace to purchase goods and services". (82)

5. Vast fortunes

We have written on this site about the similarities between Klaus Schwab's public-private "stakeholder capitalism" and the economic model of Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany.

But the arrangement was also a feature of the economic "liberalism" practised by the British Empire.

By the start of the 1600s it was clear to the merchants of London that "there were big profits to be made in overseas trade", as historian Christopher Hill writes. (83)

The East India Company, formed in 1601, was making a profit of 500% by 1607 and basically administered India in a public-private arrangement with the British state until 1858.

Hill notes that the company, like The Royal African Company, "enjoyed the peculiar patronage of the government" and that both were "deeply involved in politics". (84)

In A People's History of England, A.L. Morton describes the firm as "the real founder of British rule in India", (85) being "the first important joint stock company" which allowed it "a continuous development". (86)

A "sustainable development" in today's language, perhaps?

The East India Company (whose flag is pictured here)  was also notoriously corrupt and violent, to the point that in the 18th century even the company's own directors were forced to condemn the fact that "vast fortunes" had been obtained by "the most tyrannic and oppressive conduct that was ever known in any country". (87)

Enabling the advance of private profit and the accumulation of "vast fortunes" is unmistakably a key part of The Commonwealth's mission.

In the words of its own dead-eyed corporate blurb, this means that it should "play a dynamic role in promoting trade and investment so as to enhance prosperity, accelerate economic growth and development and advance the eradication of poverty in the 21st century". (88)

In 1997 it explicitly insisted that "wealth creation requires partnerships between governments and the private sector" (89) which it trendily decided to call "smart partnerships". (90)

It seeks "more effective ways of meeting infrastructure financing gaps that engage the private sector" (91) and has set up schemes such as the Commonwealth Private Investment Initiative "to support a greater flow of investment to developing member countries". (92)

Despite all its pseudo-environmental talk, The Commonwealth has always been adamant that "to achieve sustainable development, economic growth is a compelling necessity". (93).

It warned sternly, in the same 1989 statement: "Environmental concerns should not be used to introduce a new form of conditionality, nor as a pretext for creating unjustified barriers to trade".

At the end of the 1990s The Commonwealth seems to have become a little rattled by the rise of the anti-globalisation movement and felt the need to announce: "Globalisation is creating unprecedented opportunities for wealth creation and for the betterment of the human condition. Reduced barriers to trade and enhanced capital flows are fuelling economic growth". (94)

Recognising that there were some issues arising from globalisation, it insisted: "The solution does not lie in abandoning a commitment to market principles or in wishing away the powerful forces of technological change. Globalisation is a reality and can only increase in its impact.

"We fully believe in the importance of upholding labour standards and protecting the environment. But…"

Forgive us an ironic chuckle here.

"… But these must be addressed in an appropriate way that does not, by linking them to trade liberalisation, end up effectively impeding free trade and causing injustice to developing countries". (95)

Good grief! We can't have free trade impeded! What about the poor natives in Africa who are simply crying out to have their economic potential developed by our friends at the World Bank?

In more recent years The Commonwealth has, of course, been greatly excited by the profitable potential of "climate finance", looking forward in 2009 to "a Copenhagen Launch Fund starting in 2010 and building to a level of resources of US$10 billion annually by 2012". (96)

It "places a great emphasis on facilitating the capacity development of member countries to access climate finance" (97) and likes the idea of "governments exploring with development banks in facilitating the provision of more accessible financing facilities for youth-led climate research projects". (98)

"A total of USD$28 million of climate finance with another USD$460 million in the pipeline"

To this public-private effect, it is proud to have set up the Commonwealth Climate Finance Access Hub, which "deploys climate finance experts in government departments". (99)

We learn from the Commonwealth Innovation website that "in its short time of operation, the Hub has already recorded remarkable results for Commonwealth countries, securing a total of USD$28 million of climate finance with another USD$460 million in the pipeline".

The site provides helpful links to two completely different climate finance organisations.

One is the Global Environment Facility, which was initially set up in 1992 to promote "sustainable development" within the structure of the World Bank.

The other is Adaptation Fund, an organisation "helping developing countries build resilience and adapt to climate change", whose sole trustee is… the World Bank.

Oh. Perhaps "completely different" wasn't quite the right term.

6. Devoted to deceit

Since its beginnings, the Commonwealth has been based on a double deception, a concealment on two levels.

Behind the facade of "a mutually supporting family of nations and peoples" (100) is the reality of a ruthless empire designed to grab the land, loot the resources and profit from the "human capital" of the peoples it has annexed.

And hiding behind that empire have always been the nefarious financial interests historically centred in that great stinking den of greed and corruption, the City of London.

Quigley writes that Britain became "the center of world finance as well as the center of world commerce". (101).

And he notes that one of the key factors in Britain's historical global domination was "the skill in financial manipulation, especially on the international scene, which the small group of merchant bankers of London had acquired in the period of commercial and industrial capitalism and which lay ready for use when the need for financial capitalist innovation became urgent". (102)

He describes them as being "devoted to secrecy and the secret use of financial influence in political life" and as "persons of tremendous public power who dreaded public knowledge of their activities". (103)

The Commonwealth likes to boast of its "enduring values", depicting itself as "an organisation which draws on its history". (104)

Its secretary general, Scotland (pictured), writes of the "dynamism combined with continuity" involved in "maintaining the familiar harmony, yet developing it in ways never before attempted". (105)

She says that the "brief yet visionary" 1949 London Declaration which brought into being the Commonwealth we know today "meant that nothing had changed and yet everything had changed". (106)

It is interesting to consider this remark in the context of the 27 "partner" organisations listed by her body on its Commonwealth Innovation platform.

Sitting proudly at the top of the list is the World Health Organization, followed by the African Development Bank Group, the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, the United Nations and five of its various sub-organisations.

We also find the likes of Bloomberg Philanthropies (founded by US billionaire Michael Bloomberg), the International Trade Centre ("a multilateral agency with a joint mandate with the World Trade Organization and the United Nations through the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development"), Global Innovation Fund, an impact investment specialist, and NDC Partnership, a big player in the world of "climate finance".

Alongside the other connections revealed in this article, this confirms that what hasn't changed is that financial interests still very much direct the activities of the empire.

What has changed is that the British empire is no longer the principal "public-private" instrument through which these interests pursue their agenda of all-inclusive exploitation.

Instead, we can discern the vague outlines of a global network or entity whose centre is difficult to identify but whose key institutions clearly include the United Nations, the WHO, the WEF, the World Bank and the less-discussed Bank for International Settlements, as well as the good old Commonwealth.

This contemporary entity is more than happy to use the "nice guy" deceit first developed in the days of the original British Empire in order to hide its existence and its activities.

The philanthropic, do-gooding, sustainably "woke" posturing of the institutions behind which it hides is meant to see off the possibility of any serious scrutiny or criticism.

Indeed, this device even enables it to rally to its support the very people (on the "left") who should be opposing it.

Not only is their potential dissent disabled, but they are also used to attack the entity's remaining enemies from what appears to be the moral high ground.

Anyone who dares to expose and challenge their sugar-coated sociopathy is likely to be denounced as a selfish, reactionary, right-wing conspiracy theorist.

After all, what decent citizen could possibly have a problem with an empire which is "a compelling force for good" working to "eradicate poverty", to bring about "peace and harmony" and "a better world for our children"?

 

Notes

1. John Ruskin, 'Athena Keramitis', The Genius of John Ruskin: Selections from his Writings, ed. by John D. Rosenberg (London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1964), p. 361.
2. Carroll Quigley, Tragedy and Hope: A History of The World in Our Time (New York: Macmillan, 1966. Reprint. New Millennium Edition), p. 31.
3. Quigley, p. 83.
4. Patricia Scotland, secretary-general of the Commonwealth, Foreword, Commonwealth Declarations (London: Commonwealth Secretariat, 2019), p. ix.
5. Kenya White Paper, 1923, cit; Quigley, p. 96.
6. Quigley, p. 109.
7. Quigley, p. 379.
8. Quigley, p. 365.
9. Declaration Signed by the Five Prime Ministers, United Kingdom, 1944, Commonwealth Declarations, p. 2.
10. The Declaration of Commonwealth Principles Singapore, 1971, Commonwealth Declarations, p. 9.
11. The Goa Declaration on International Security, India, 1983, Commonwealth Declarations, p. 16.
12. The Coolum Declaration, Australia, 2002, Commonwealth Declarations, p. 53.
13. Patricia Scotland, Foreword, Global Youth Development Index and Report 2020 (London: Commonwealth Secretariat, 2021), p. vi.
14. Scotland, Commonwealth Declarations, p. ix.
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64. Bora Kamwanya, Deputy Secretary General, Pan-African Youth Union, Global Youth Development Index and Report 2020, p. 71.
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83. Christopher Hill, The Century of Revolution 1603-1714 (London: Sphere, 1969), p. 42.
84. Hill, p. 188.
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86. Morton, p. 175.
87. Morton, p. 261.
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91. Perth Declaration on Food Security Principles, Australia, 2011, Commonwealth Declarations, p. 81.
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93. Langkawi Declaration on the Environment Malaysia, 1989, Commonwealth Declarations, p. 23.
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96. The Commonwealth Climate Change Declaration, Trinidad and Tobago, 2009, Commonwealth Declarations, p. 71.
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106. Scotland, Commonwealth Declarations, p. ix.

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Winter Oak
22 Apr 2022 | 8:33 am

The Acorn – 73


Number 73

In this issue:

  1. London, May 2022: a nest of impact vipers
  2. Two sides of one system
  3. Extinction Rebellion: "positive influencers" for billionaires
  4. On ignorance
  5. Charlene Spretnak: an organic radical inspiration
  6. Acorninfo

1. London, May 2022: a nest of impact vipers

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We have spent a lot of time over the last few years exposing the activities and agenda of the impact industry.

If you are not familiar with this central plank in the Great Reset agenda, we recommend you look at the analysis and links in our recent article on the financial empire connected to the heir apparent to the British throne.

For those of us who do not move in the high-finance circles of global impact imperialism, it appears almost as an abstract subject, a disembodied economic theory with little connection to the real world.

But, make no mistake, the victims of its ruthless and two-faced "philanthropic" exploitation  are very real and will also be very numerous, if this parasitical growth is allowed to take hold of the coming generations of humankind.

The perpetrators are very real, too, even if they take care to mask the true nature of their activities from the general public.

imp73 eventAnd on Wednesday and Thursday May 18-19 2022, many of the worst impact vampires will be gathering in London, heart of the impact empire.

They will be at the Hilton Tower Bridge hotel at 5 More London Place, Tooley Street, London SE1 2BY (next to London Bridge station) to participate in the Impact Investor Global Summit organised by Private Equity International.

We encourage Acorn readers to take a look at details of the event and see for themselves the scope of the impact conspiracy.

But here is a brief glance into the nest of vipers which will be found at the Hilton. [Warning: may induce severe nausea].

Speakers at the event include, in alphabetical order:

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Edward Beckley, a partner at TPG, "a leading global alternative asset manager with $114 billion in assets under management", where he "leads the team investing in the region for TPG Rise Climate, TPG's dedicated climate impact investing fund".

 

Imp73 Michelle Capiod

Michelle Capiod, co-founding partner of Blume Equity, "a firm investing thematically in sustainable, technology-enabled companies across Europe", who has "a long background in private equity and venture capital".

 

imp73 Matt Christensen

Matt Christensen, global head of sustainable and impact investing at Allianz Global Investors, where he is "responsible for accelerating the growth of Impact Investing".

 

imp73 Jamie Cooper

Jamie Cooper, portfolio manager at Dream Impact Fund, "one of the worlds first open-ended real estate funds dedicated exclusively to UN Sustainable Development Goal #11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities".

 

Imp73 Philipp Essl

Philipp Essl, senior social impact director at Big Society Capital, the firm founded by Ronald Cohen. He "lived several years in South East Asia, working with large development organisations (UN, Oxfam) and innovative start-ups on identifying and implementing opportunities for private sector-led economic growth".

 

imp73 Nneka Eze

Nneka Eze, a managing director partner at VestedWorld, "a venture capital firm delivering returns in agriculture, consumer goods, and enabling technology with a focus on Ghana, Nigeria, and Kenya".

 

imp73 Issa Faye

Issa Faye, director of sector economics and development impact at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), "a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank Group" which is "the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets".

 

imp73 Borja Garcia Fernandez

Borja Garcia Fernandez, head of structuring at Citi Social Finance, who previously spent "some years structuring impactful transactions across the financial services sector in Africa and South Asia".

 

imp73 Michele-Giddens

Michele Giddens, co-founder (with Ronald Cohen) and co-CEO of Bridges Fund Management, who has "played a key role in the growth of the impact investing movement in the UK".

 

imp 73 Sarah Gelfand

Sarah Gelfand, managing director of "impact verification" business BlueMark and "one of the impact investing market's early pioneers".

 

imp73 Cyril Gouiffès

Cyril Gouiffès, head of social impact at the European Investment Fund, where his "entire career" has been "dedicated to impact related activities".

 

IMP73 Maria Kozloski

Maria Kozloski, senior vice president of "innovative finance" at The Rockefeller Foundation, previously at IFC (International Finance Corporation), arms dealer Lockheed Martin and The World Bank.

 

Imp73 Yasemin-Saltuk-Lamy

Yasemin Saltuk Lamy, deputy chief investment officer at CDC Group, the UK state's development finance institution, formerly of JPMorgan where she was a founding member of its impact investment business.

 

imp73 Tai Lin

Tai Lin, managing partner of Proterra Investment Partners Asia ("Proterra Asia"), the Asian arm of "a global alternative asset manager focused on the food and agribusiness industries with US$ 3.7 billion of assets under management".

 

imp73 Sugandhi Matta

Sugandhi Matta, chief impact officer at Singapore-based ABC Impact, where she aims to "deliver measurable, positive impact alongside compelling financial returns".

 

imp73 Fabienne Michaux

Fabienne Michaux, director of SDG Impact, part of the UNDP Sustainable Finance Hub, which "works to accelerate private sector contributions towards the achievement of the SDGs by 2030". She is a Working Group Member of the G7 Impact Taskforce.

 

Imp73 Carlos Reyes

Carlos Reyes, managing director at Palladium Equity Partners, a New York Private Equity Firm with US$3.3 billion of assets under management, formerly a senior member of IFC Asset Management Company (AMC), a division within World Bank – International Finance Corporation "investing in equity projects within Emerging Markets".

Hiding behind the do-good rhetoric of the UN Sustainability Goals, these individuals are all working actively for the loathsome Great Reset agenda of global land-grabbing and the total surveillance and control they need for the digital enslavement of our children and our children's children.

If you happen to be in London on May 18 or 19, why not pop in to the hotel and say a friendly "hello"?

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2. Two sides of one system

Russia v Ukraine

It has been obvious right from the start that there is something decidedly fishy about the war in Ukraine.

The wall-to-wall media hysteria and censorship is enough on its own to point us in that direction.

Our intuition tells us that we are enduring yet another spectacular event meant to "change everything" and push us still further into the nightmare prison-world the venal ruling mafia are intent on building.

As ever, there are the little details that further give the game away, not least the use of demonstrably fake accounts and images designed to depict a reality that evidently does not actually exist.

As our special correspondent so astutely pointed out on March 9, the conflict is clearly another phase in the Great Reset process.

It is aimed at advancing every aspect of the agenda advanced by Klaus Schwab, Prince Charles and the rest of the Sustainable Development Goals gang.

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While the geopolitical conflict of interests between NATO and Russia has been widely examined, it is more difficult to discern what Iain Davis of In This Together describes as "the globalist forces that are both ripping Ukraine apart and propelling Russia to act".

He promises to do so in the next installations of his invaluable series of articles, Ukraine War! What Is It Good For?, which should be fascinating reads.

But in the meantime it is worth quoting at length what James Corbett wrote as early as February 27 about the tendency to see unfolding history in binary terms, the "good guys" and the "bad guys".

While gullible TV viewers are tricked into thinking Russia is an evil empire and Ukraine/NAT0 are the source of all goodness in the world, dissidents can fall into the trap of simply taking a mirror-image stance, he warns.

"If you've been listening to me over the last decade and a half you will know that it's not that easy. The BRICS are controlled oppositionPutin and Xi are both tyrannical thugs. The Chinese government and the Russian government both love controlling their citizens' every thought and speech and action, and their supposed opposition to the globalist empire is a smoke-and-mirrors distraction hiding the fact that they are absolutely on-board with the ultimate agenda of world control.

"Are you the type of person who watches the clip of Schwab bragging about all the cabinets the World Economic Forum has 'penetrated' around the world without noticing that the second person he lists in his stable of WEF acolytes is Vladimir Putin?

Schwab and Putin composite

"Are you the type of person who conveniently forgets how to read when Xi and Putin release documents extolling the creation of the New World Order that call on all states 'to protect the United Nations-driven international architecture' and declare that 'In order to to accelerate the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development', states will have to 'take practical steps in key areas of cooperation' like 'vaccines and epidemics control, financing for development, climate change, sustainable development, including green development, industrialization, digital economy, and infrastructure connectivity'?

Putin and Kissinger"Are you the type of person who constantly forgets that Vladimir Putin is close personal friends with Henry Kissinger?"

More light is shed on this issue in an interesting panel discussion hosted by OffGuardian.

Here, Davis is joined by former RT journalist Riley Waggaman (Edward Slavsquat) in arguing that even if the Ukraine war represents a real geopolitical conflict between two rival blocks, these blocks are still part of one system, which seeks to impose, globally, the digital slavery of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

As Waggaman says: "I really disagree with this idea that somehow Russia and China can use technocracy for good".

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3. Extinction Rebellion: "positive influencers" for billionaires

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Exactly three years ago we published a shock article exposing the business interests lurking beneath the fake-green surface of the UK's Extinction Rebellion.

That moment seems a long time ago now and, looking back, was just the start of a painful journey of discovery.

After the initial confusion surrounding the Covid coup two years ago, it soon became apparent that this was simply an accelerated form of the sinister corporate agenda we had already identified.

It was increasingly obvious that all the threads of propaganda built around the UN/WEF Sustainable Development Goals were part of the one Reset rope with which the ruling global mafia aimed to bind and enslave humanity.

It is therefore interesting, three years on, to receive, via a fellow campaigner, confirmation of Extinction Rebellion's role within this vast criminal conspiracy.

This comes in the form of the SustMeme Climate & Energy Top 500, which is a "Global ranking of Top 500 positive influencers active on Twitter in Climate Science & Forecast, the Carbon Economy, Emissions, Clean, Green & Renewable Energy, Generation and Efficiency, Monitoring, Metering + Smart Solutions, from Policy to Practice".

MitsubishiThis is published every week by McClelland Media Ltd in association with Mitsubishi Electric ("Changes for the Better"), the Japanese industrial giant with interests in electric cars and nuclear power.

SustMeme laughably claims to present "independent journalism", while at the same time announcing a new series of articles, "each published in association with a Sponsor Partner".

This "association" costs "£1100.00 (+VAT) per article" or "£2970.00-£4675.00 (+VAT) per series", we learn.

Clearly we are very much in commercial territory here, as reflected by the fact that number one in the "positive influencers" rankings for the week of April 19 2022 is Simon Holmes à Court ("data-driven energy transition specialist: sharing knowledge, informing opinions. change is inevitable: it's just a question of speed"), an Australian businessman and political move-and-shaker, the son of Australia's first billionaire Robert Holmes à Court.

This impression is further confirmed by the fact that second and third places in the rankings are occupied by billionaire Elon Musk and his firm Tesla ("electric cars, giant batteries and solar").

Now what possible financial interest could he have in promoting "climate justice", we wonder?

And in fourth place we find our old friends at Extinction Rebellion, still merrily hijacking the genuine environmental concerns of their supporters to serve as "positive influencers" for a bunch of billionaire sharks.

We don't propose to go through all 500 chart-topping climate propagandists, but a few names stick out.

monbiotIn 16th place we find Guardian journalist George Monbiot, liberal gatekeeper and all-round shill for the system.

Monbiot declared in a January 2020 article plugging lab-grown food: "We are on the cusp of the biggest economic transformation, of any kind, for 200 years".

What made you think that, George?

Greta Thunberg ("the billionaires' favourite" as we called her in December 2019) doesn't seem to be the influencer she once was, featuring only in 28th place.

Greenpeace are in there, of course, together with Bill McKibben, the United Nations, Ségolène Royale, Al Gore, We Mean Business and those well-known environmentalists at BP.

Naomi Klein

Plus there's Naomi Klein, in 46th spot, the psuedo-radical now exposed as a cynical and hypocritical participant in the "shock doctrine" she once warned against.

As we wrote in May last year: "If Klein and her accomplices were really interested in protecting nature and traditional ways of life, then they would not be promoting the 'tools' of the next phase of industrial repression and destruction.

"Instead, they are using the very real environmental crisis, and people's very real concerns about it, in order to garner support for a political manoeuvre motivated by the potential for financial gain".

In 61st place sits Christiana Figueres, the daughter of a CIA-backed Costa Rican president whose dubious connections we exposed in April 2019.

And to complete the Winter Oak bingo card, we find in 145th place Rob Hopkins, the "transition" guru whose adherence to the Great Reset agenda was dissected in this 2020 piece.

The business behind the SustMeme rankings, McClelland Media Ltd, is headed by Jim McClelland, who likes to describe himself as a "Sustainable Futurist" and, of course, an "influencer".

He is proud to have worked with "blue-chip corporates and global brands, plus public bodies, ranging from The Gap and Ford Motor Company, through Siemens and SUEZ, WRAP and ING, Marks & Spencer, Avery Dennison and Tetra Pak, to ENI, E.ON, JLL, plus Mitsubishi Electric".

He is also a contributing author on the "influential" Circularity Gap Report, presented each year to Klaus Schwab's World Economic Forum at Davos.

4. On ignorance

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by Elise Sachs

Lately I have been thinking a great deal about ignorance. Even before I read Stephen Harrod Buhner's narrative on the topic (strongly recommend you take the time to read in full. It is that good and more worthwhile than just about everything else people are stuffing into their craniums these days).

My father was highly educated, a professor, in fact, of 'education' at a rather well-known US university (the 'Ivy league of the West'). As a child and young adult, this impressed me.

As a wizened-good-witch-in-the-making, one who is truly hoping to become as aware as possible (though not via the standardly accepted paths toward witch-like enlightenment) it has become transparent how profoundly ignorant he was (I can feel his bones and ashes shifting as I write these words).

Ignorance and education in the world today rather often go hand-in-hand. Schools, colleges, universities all have curriculums and agendas designed to create willing participants in the artificial, capitalistic, materialistic world which we have superimposed on top of the real world which we have destroyed and buried underneath; the real world being the living, breathing, feeling, thinking, exceptionally aware entity we refer to as the planet Earth.

Elise2Nothing stays buried forever however; this we are seeing daily in the escalating catastrophes, human and Earth generated alike.

Quite likely my whole life, though increasingly more these last seven or so years during what might be referred to this spell of Swedish isolation, I have been rather integrated with, and perceptive of, Gaia, the real Earth.

Seeing behind and beyond the artificiality, through and into the background, which is what is real, seems to be a gift with which I am blessed (though it is not often the most comfortable ability to be endowed with).

I have always found the human-created world to be rather wrong, strange, alien; it has never felt quite authentic. Because it is, in actuality, not.

Buhner speaks quite beautifully about ignorance and how our continued amassment of information, from the perspective which we have been approaching 'education', will continue to make everything worse, as it has and continues to do.

Our learning systems really need to be scraped, leveled to the ground (as is true of pretty much every institution and industry that we have built up around us in the names of Progress, Power and Profit) and re-fashioned from a place of humility.

That is, nothing will get any better if we do not both acknowledge this ignorance and also realize that it is quite ok as long as we accept, via humility, our place in the matrix and not to extend beyond that scope.

Buhner, speaking on ignorance… "We humans (have) to realize that we are ignorant, that we understand less than one percent of what goes on here when it comes to Earth, to the plants, to the nature of this scenario in which we are embedded and from which we come" … and, I would add, the Universe at large and beyond…

"I was using the word (ignorant) in a much larger context, as the descriptive of an irremediable condition, a limit that cannot be corrected when it comes to our understanding of the natural world.

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"As well, I was looking at the harm that comes to us and the planet when that limit is not recognized. It was and is a confrontation of the limits of rationality and science and their claims that control of the natural world is possible.

"Accepting our ignorance as truth, as an ultimate limit, forces a change in behavior. If understood to be foundational it necessitates approaching the world with humility, forces us to recognize that our attempts to control nature will always result in unforeseen side effects that make everything we do turn out all wrong".

Every "fix" we are doing at the moment is just a variation on theme(s) we have put in place. Especially those in the name of sustainability. That word is as empty in authenticity as 'green'.

My friend Judith, after reading Buhner's article, wrote these words, simple and profound. "Once again, we are involved in the knowing/learning/schooling conundrum. The words used are really irrelevant to the basic sense of earth/world/life and our truest relationship to it".

Indeed.

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5. Charlene Spretnak: an organic radical inspiration

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

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"Rapacious industrialism, whether capitalist or communist, is embedded within the values of modernity"

Charlene Spretnak (1946-) is a writer, speaker and activist on cultural history, social criticism, spirituality and art.

She is a notable critic of the mechanistic worldview which has developed with industrial capitalism and shaped contemporary systems of knowledge in her native USA and elsewhere.

Spretnak, like Renaud Garcia, extends her criticism to deconstructionist forms of postmodern thinking which insist "there is no 'real'", but only social construction. (1)

Against that she puts forward a radical organic philosophy which recognises humanity and its culture as belonging to a holistic all-embracing living physical reality.

Charlene Spretnak The Resurgence of the RealSpretnak wrote in her 1997 book The Resurgence of the Real: "All human thought, social or individual, is also situated in the processes of body, nature and place". (2)

Like Michael Löwy, she also offers a fascinating ideological overview of the way in which radical organic philosophy surfaces from time to time in history, only to be forced underground again by the dominant system.

She argues: "A substantive tradition stands behind the contemporary resurgence of body, nature, and place, which, if better understood, could be a source of inspiration.

"That lineage includes the Romantic movement, the Arts and Crafts movement, the cosmological and spiritual quests in schools of painting, the counter-modern Modernists, Gandhi's Constructive Program, and the counterculture". (3)

Spretnak explains that repression of these critiques of modernity is achieved partly through the way the historical myth of "progress" is presented.

She writes: "The complex transition from the holistic (but hierarchical) medieval worldview to the modern mechanistic one came to be expressed as a simplistic reduction holding great allure: the passage from the Dark Ages to the Enlightenment. Has there ever been such a starkly black and white framing of history?" (4)

universe as machineInstead, she describes four major stages in the development of the modern world and its fragmented thinking: the Renaissance, the Reformation, the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment, at which point "the human being was now seen as a biomechanical machine, as was the entire universe". (5)

Spretnak tackles head-on the disingenuous argument that because the rhetoric of the German Nazis included a certain rejection of the modern world and valuing of nature, all such views now represent a slippery slope to fascism.

She explains: "In Germany today, members of the left and other rationalists, for instance, insist that Nazism resulted from 'the natural progression of capitalism' plus the influence of 'the irrational' (spiritualities that honored nature, body and community in ways that replaced rational politics).

"Therefore, any talk of spirituality or a social dimension of nature will lead us straight back to fascism, according to these 'politically sophisticated' analysts.

"I find it fascinating that an analysis with such a gaping hole at the center could gain such popularity, much like the similar conclusion that opposition to modernity is inherently reactionary and leads to fascism.

nazi vw"Both of these conclusions ignore the ways in which people's discontents with modernity were used by the Nazis in their quest for domination.

"All concerns about modern life were supposedly resolved by National Socialism. The concerns themselves and the articulation of them did not 'lead to fascism'.

"Rather, fascism triumphed because sufficient numbers of people enthusiastically accepted one cynical party's ideological response to those concerns". (6)

In a 2006 interview, Spretnak described how her work has sought to show that modernity has constructed a system of assumptions to deflect criticism.

She explained: "In addition to identifying the crises of modernity – particularly in the areas of economics, politics, and education – as well as the corrective efforts that are emerging now, I sought to clarify the conceptual infrastructure of modernity, that is, its interlocking systems of beliefs and assumptions.

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"You'd be surprised how many people are oblivious to that ideology, even though it shapes our socialization from day one and all our institutions. We're taught to regard it as 'just natural' for an advanced civilization.

"Ecological activists, for instance, are often puzzled to find that their efforts seem to bounce off a brick wall; that's because they're deflected handily by the ideologies of modernity – not corporate capitalism alone. On the contrary, rapacious industrialism, whether capitalist or communist, is embedded within the values of modernity.

"I explain how that entire worldview – and the 'modern condition' – came to be. Needless to say, it's a somewhat different version than we received in modern schooling". (7)

Asked to explain what these modern assumptions were, she replied: "A core assumption of modernity is that the human is essentially Homo economicus. Consequently, the structure and quality of all other endeavors in life are thought to derive from the economics of a society.

AI propaganda"'Unfettered' economic expansion, through industrialization and computerization, is believed to yield abundance, well-being, the solution to social problems, and the evolution of culture and society".

She warned: "In light of the deeply held modern belief that society progresses in opposition to nature, it's extremely difficult for voices for ecological sanity to capture the public attention for a sustained corrective effort". (8)

Spretnak has a strong interest in the 19th century organic radicalism of John Ruskin and William Morris, whose work she discovered by chance while visiting England.

In The Resurgence of the Real she describes "an extraordinary period of discovery for me, a communion that shaped me, somehow, from then on". (9)

John Ruskin
John Ruskin

She said in the interview: "Ruskin, the preeminent art critic of Victorian England, and Morris, who was greatly influenced as a young man by Ruskin's writings, were profound eco-social philosophers and activists who refuted the destructive assumptions of modernity and created alternatives, quite in sync with the orientation I call 'ecological postmodernism'.

"They went far beyond an economic analysis and countered the corrosive effects of the modern project by focusing in immediate and accessible ways on work, home, art, nature, vernacular culture, and the unfolding of persons in relationship". (10)

Spretnak champions holistic and relational thinking and in a 2014 talk in New York (11) identified a number of early 21st century medical findings challenging the prevailing view that the human organism is nothing more than a very complicated bio-machine. These discoveries, she said, showed dynamic interrelationship playing a more important role.

Direct or observed violence in childhood, for instance, shortened life expectancy. Other research had showed that closeness to nature was related to better physical health.

Her other books include Lost Goddesses of Early Greece: A Collection of Pre-Hellenic Myths (1978), States of Grace: The Recovery of Meaning in the Postmodern Age (1991) and Relational Reality: New Discoveries of Interrelatedness That Are Transforming the Modern World (2011).

Video link: Charlene Spretnak – Dynamic Interrelatedness (20 mins)

Charlene Spretnak

1. Charlene Spretnak, The Resurgence of the Real: Body, Nature, and Place in a Hypermodern World (New York: Routledge, 1999), p. 5.
2. Spretnak, The Resurgence of the Real, p. 4.
3. Spretnak, The Resurgence of the Real, pp. 134-35.
4. Spretnak, The Resurgence of the Real, p. 44.
5. Spretnak, The Resurgence of the Real, p. 56.
6. Spretnak, The Resurgence of the Real, pp. 61-62.
7. Wild Duck Review: Interview with Charlene Spretnak by Casey Walker,
https://healingfromwhiteness.blogspot.com/2006/02/wild-duck-review-interview-with.html
8. Ibid.
9. Spretnak, The Resurgence of the Real, p. 214.
10. Wild Duck Review.
11. Charlene Spretnak: Dynamic Interrelatedness,
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zTTbd1bgM0

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"The left has turned its back on liberty. Worse yet, the left now campaigns against freedom. This has devastating social, political, and economic consequences; and the left's failure to acknowledge and understand this will haunt it for years after the pandemic". So writes Christian Parenti in a powerful piece on The Grayzone site.

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"The first phase of the Obedience-Prison-Conformity experiment is over. How'd you do? If you ever wondered how you would have behaved in Nazi Germany, Stalinist Russia, Mussolinian Italy, Ceaușescuian Romania, or China (Maoist or contemporary), now you know". A razor-sharp analysis of the psychology of the Great Reset, with several pertinent videos, from blogger Margaret Anna Alice.

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The transhumanist agenda of the Great Reset was already being developed by the US government 20 years ago, an archived document reveals. Entitled "Converging Technologies for Improving Human Performance", the 2002 report enthuses over the idea of combining nanotechnology, biotechnology, IT and cognitive science so as to create "the realignment of traditional disciplinary boundaries… in working habits, in economic activity, and in the humanities".

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Ghislaine Maxwell, accomplice of paedophile sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, comes under close scrutiny from investgative journalist Whitney Webb in this Unlimited Hangout article. She describes Maxwell's role at the centre of the influence operation and web of businesses, linked to organized crime and intelligence, which had been set up in New York City by her father Robert Maxwell before his death in 1991.

Ghislaine Maxwell

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A series of informative podcasts has been produced on "the globalist predator class and how its agendas are aided and abetted by governments and corporate media" by Jesse Zurawell, an independent writer and researcher.

Jesse Zurawell

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"The elite have grown tired of pretending to care about the rest of us. They are getting on with their plans and making no more secrets about it". In this article, Karen Hunt looks at the unprecedented attacks on democracy, civil liberties, and personal freedoms being carried out under the Great Reset.

Larry Fink WEF

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Our friend Crow Qu'appelle of Nevermore Media discusses anarchy, anarchism and universal truth in an interview with Tim Foyle, here and then here.

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"As one of the greatest injustices unfolds and courageous journalism is buried, listen to the silence of journalists and of those you elect – especially in Julian Assange's homeland, Australia. Speak out now before it's too late". This was the April 20 plea from veteran investigative journalist John Pilger after an order by a UK court took WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange a step closer to being extradited to the United States on "spying" charges.

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Acorn quote:

"Modern man, instead of attempting to raise himself to truth, seeks to drag truth down to his own level". René Guénon, The Crisis of the Modern World.

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Winter Oak
19 Apr 2022 | 8:57 pm

Technik and totalitarian global dictatorship


by Organic Radicals

Forty-five years ago, dissident French thinker Jacques Ellul wrote about all the contradictions and difficulties involved in maintaining what he called the "scientific-state-techno-economical complex".

Looking ahead, he wondered out loud how it could ever be kept functioning and expanding in the future.

He concluded, with foresight which seems uncanny in the 2020s: "In truth, there is one way, but only one: the most totalitarian global dictatorship that could ever exist".

Ellul was already featured on the Organic Radicals site, but we have significantly expanded our profile of this important social critic, too little known outside of his native country.

He died in 1994, but many of his statements sound like clear warnings of the Great Reset to come.

This is undoubtedly because what we are experiencing today is, like all the previous stages of Technik's advance, the logical continuation of one single process of ever-tightening central control.

The industrial agenda of the thing they call "progress" is unnatural and anti-human and, as such, will never be willingly embraced by healthy and free-thinking human beings.

If subtle manipulation no longer does the trick, as the domination is pushed beyond previous limits, brute force will always be deployed to impose it.

As Ellul understood, it was therefore inevitable that the rule of Technik would lead us to this point in history, in the same way that a road heading in the direction of a cliff edge will inevitably one day reach the fateful drop.

Our revised profile of Ellul can be found here.

Winter Oak
18 Apr 2022 | 6:18 pm

Eclipsed by the State: A Critical Look at Christian America


Eclipsed Detail
Eclipsed – Oil on Canvas – 45×34 inches

by Jordan Henderson

A Facemask for the Christian Right – The Pledge of Allegiance

The pledge of allegiance is a similar ritual to Covid facemask wearing: it is a ritual of subservience to the state, and a ceremonial statement of belief and faith in the authorities. The pledge of allegiance is extremely common in the USA, especially in schools and at government and community meetings.

"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all,"

The reality of people across the USA pledging their allegiance to the flag of the US federal government while wearing a Covid facemask was my initial inspiration for the painting above. I then remembered where I first learned the pledge of allegiance as a child . . . in church.¹

It is not uncommon to see the flag of the U.S. federal government displayed in evangelical churches. Certain evangelical church youth programs regularly begin with all the children being led through the pledge of allegiance to the government's flag.² In light of this it is no surprise to me, that when the government ordered churches to close their doors in compliance with the government's decrees, many churches failed to protest against the state; most complied.

Christians were persecuted in ancient times for refusing to participate in the Roman Empire's rituals to their gods, yet today many Christians see no conflict of interest in offering up their allegiance in idolatrous rituals to the flag of the U.S. Empire.

Do Americans really mean to commit themselves to obeying future government orders? If their government asks them to do something that they believe is morally wrong, are they going to do it? Hopefully not. If Americans have sense enough to refuse to follow orders that they as individuals deem to be wrongful orders; then why are they voluntarily pledging allegiance to their government?

Someone might reply.

"You see, I am pledging allegiance to my country only to the extent that what they ask me to do is good; if they ask me to do something reprehensible I won't."

They will do as they are ordered unless they disagree? If they reserve the right to veto their government's demands, especially if they acknowledge the moral imperative to do so when those demands are immoral, then they are not swearing allegiance at all. That's why the pledge of allegiance doesn't end with the clause "Unless I disagree for ethical reasons." That's called an escape clause, and we might as well dispense with the Swearing Allegiance theater, if we add that kind of clause.

It is not only the mandate-welcoming/police-state-cheerleading/lockdown-loving/triple-masking/triple vaccinated/Left that has an addiction to virtue signaling through government subservience rituals. Here in the USA this problem is rampant on the Right, and the Christian Right too, as demonstrated by the prevalence of the pledge of allegiance.

"In the Name of Science" is now a better pretext than "In the Name of God," but Christians are still important apologists for the powerful

Alongside my earlier paintings commemorating The Triumph and Victory of Science I included this quote from C.S Lewis.

"In every age the men who want us under their thumb, if they have any sense, will put forward the particular pretension which the hopes and fears of that age render most potent. They 'cash in.' It has been magic, it has been Christianity. Now it will certainly be science" – C.S. Lewis, 1958

Science has clearly superseded Christianity as the pretension of choice by which the powerful rationalize their rule. Yet Christianity still plays a major role, especially on the Right, in giving the illusion of legitimacy to the ruling powers. The Bible contains plenty of fuel for those who wish to extol obedience to authority (Here is a list).

However, just as science only supports the legitimacy of the state's decrees if we allow the state to define what science is; Christianity only supports the legitimacy of the state if we allow the state's junior accomplices and fellow promoters of earthly authority, the churches, to define what Christianity is.³ Christianity has been used to oppress, yet it has also been used to liberate. Corrupt politicians hide behind Jesus, yet Christian Anarchists who reject the legitimacy of state power have built on a foundation of Jesus' core teachings.

Christianity played a historical role in undermining, and de-legitimizing, acts of humans exercising power over other humans; long before social justice warriors made Christianity into an all purpose scapegoat for social ills, popes issued Papal Bulls condemning slavery in no uncertain terms. Christians spearheaded abolitionist movements – from Saint Bathilde, and Saint Anskar in medieval Europe to the Quakers in 19th century America.⁴ And Christians refused to allow themselves to be enslaved by the state through military conscription: they denied the state the right to do that.

Christians today could be responsible, they could delegitimize authoritarianism, and they could undermine power structures, if we could pry the Christians out from their hiding place underneath the thumb of the churches and the boot of the state.

Closing Thoughts:

On Oaths and Allegiances

"Again, you have heard that the ancients were told, ' You shall not make false vows, but shall fulfill your vows to the Lord.' But I say to you, take no oath at all, neither by heaven, for it is the throne of God, nor by the earth, for it is the footstool of His feet, nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. Nor shall you take an oath by your head, for you cannot make a single hair white or black. But make sure your statement is, 'Yes, yes' or 'No, no'; anything beyond these is of evil origin." – Mathew 5:33-37 – NASB

"No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth." – Mathew 6:24 – NASB

-Jesus of Nazareth – Roughly 5BC to 33AD

State Subversion of Christianity

"Constantine's conversion did not mark the embrace by the Roman Empire of Jesus' teaching, but the conversion of Christianity to the interests of the Empire."

– Christian Anarchism for Absolute Beginners an interview of Alexandre Christoyannopoulos conducted by Lars Schall.

Church Subversion of Divinity

"The Church sets itself up as the means by which divine authority is enacted in the world. If that divine authority was seen as arising from within each and every human being, the Church's own role would be fatally undermined, along with the hierarchical structures of the wider social system of which it is part."

– Paul Cudenec, from his book ~ Forms of Freedom ~ Chapter 34

Note: It is a testament to the ability of churches to mislead their followers into subservience to human authorities, that the Bible itself in the book of Hebrews teaches that divine authority arises within each and every human being, yet the subservience teaching continues (emphasis mine);

"This is the covenant which I will make with them

After those days, declares the Lord:

I will put My laws upon their hearts,

And write them on their mind,"

– Hebrews 10:16 – NASB

Rejection of Allegiance to Governments

"Let a man but realize that the aim of his life is the fulfillment of God's law, and that law will replace all other laws for him, and he will give it his sole allegiance, so that by that very allegiance every human law will lose all binding and controlling power in his eyes.

The Christian is independent of every human authority by the fact that he regards the divine law of love, implanted in the soul of every man, and brought before his consciousness by Christ, as the sole guide of his life and other men's also . . .

. . . And therefore the Christian, who is subject only to the inner divine law, not only cannot carry out the enactments of the external law, when they are not in agreement with the divine law of love which he acknowledges (as is usually the case with state obligations), he cannot even recognize the duty of obedience to anyone or anything whatever, he cannot recognize the duty of what is called allegiance.

For a Christian the oath of allegiance to any government whatever — the very act which is regarded as the foundation of the existence of a state–is a direct renunciation of Christianity. For the man who promises unconditional obedience in the future to laws, made or to be made, by that very promise is in the most, positive manner renouncing Christianity, which means obeying in every circumstance of life only the divine law of love he recognizes within him."

― Leo Tolstoy – 1828 to 1910 From his book ~ The Kingdom of God is Within You ~ Chapter 9.

Christian Acquiescence to Police State Measures

The following quotes are spoken by the fictional character Father Shostakovich, in John C.A Manley's recent book ~ Much Ado About Corona: A Dystopian Love Story ~ Excerpts quoted here are from the church scenes in chapters 33, and 34.

"Before lockdown St. Jerome's averaged about one hundred attendees every Sunday. But the church was built to hold five hundred. It's amazing that the government felt the need to lock you all out, considering you were more or less social distancing already. We must wonder, what is the real motive behind Caesar telling Christians to keep their distance from each other.

Our Lord came to the temple and found that con artists, pretending to be merchants, had taken over. Did he stand passively by? No! He overturned the tables and grabbed hold of a whip of cords and drove the evil doers out.

Yet, today ,hardly anyone has put up a fight when corporately funded institutions like the WHO and the Bill and Melinda Gates of Hell Foundation have invaded not only our churches, but our schools, our parks, our places of business and even our homes. Families have been separated, grandparents sentenced to long term solitary confinement. Children denied learning, play and friendship. And now they ask us to practice voodoo—wearing masks to ward off the premier's invisible enemy.

In the first century, Christians were persecuted by the Romans. Why? Not so much because they believed in Jesus; but because they would not offer sacrifices to Jupiter, Apollo and Vulcan. Rome feared that their gods would be angry. They saw Christians as a threat to the empire and everybody in it. And if we don't stand now, then those who are not willing to mask their face, to isolate from others, to get injected with an experimental therapy—to appease Caesar's fictitious god of COVID may be deemed a threat to society."

Jordan Henderson is an artist from Washington State in the Northwest of the USA. He works in oil on canvas and charcoal on paper. A portfolio of his work can be viewed at either of his websites: Original Paintings – Fine Art Prints

Footnotes:

(1) I learned the pledge of allegiance in church during a Christian youth program called Awana (more on that in note footnote 2), and later during Boy Scouts, and tons of other community programs. It's all melting together now so I don't remember if the adults ever recited the pledge of allegiance in the church I attended outside the context of the youth program or not. But here are some other people's interesting, and to their credit, critical, accounts of the pledge of allegiance in church during regular services; see Here and message boards Here and Here.

(2) The Christian youth program I have in mind that regularly begins or began with the pledge of allegiance to the US flag followed by some other pledges, is called Awana. It's been years since I was in that program as a child, so I called up Awana and asked them if they still begin their programs with the pledge of allegiance. The very polite customer service representative evidently sensed a loaded question and diplomatically skirted the question altogether. As far as I can tell at least some churches still do begin their Awana youth programs with the pledge of allegiance, and I surmise that many do, because the Awana program guides that I was able to find for specific churches through a general internet search, mentioned beginning with the pledge of allegiance such as Here, and Here. See the following link for another type of church youth program (Vacation Bible School) having the children recite multiple pledges including to the US flag.

(3) The Bible does not define Christianity per se, because Christians decide what writings go into the Bible – this is the Question of Canon – and Christians themselves define how authoritative the Bible is or is not, such as accepting or rejecting The Doctrine of Inerrancy – and Christians decide which teachings to follow, which to ignore, and how to interpret them. For example; the practice of stoning to death people who have committed the grave sin of collecting firewood on the Sabbath is Biblical, but I've never heard anyone advocate reviving it! (see Numbers 15:32-36)

(4) Regarding Queen Bathilde and Saint Anskar – my reference is Rodney Stark's book – For the Glory of God: How monotheism led to reformations, science, witch-hunts and the end of slavery – Chapter 4, subheading, Saints and Popes, page 329 – ISBN 0-691- 11436-6

Winter Oak
15 Apr 2022 | 7:15 pm

Charles’ empire: the royal reset riddle


  1. Charles the Great Resetter
  2. Global goals
  3. Impact imperialism
  4. Powerful players
  5. Banksters, cheats and spooks
  6. The bringer of light?
  7. Neo-colonial land-grabbing
  8. Shaping history

1. Charles the Great Resetter

When the Great Reset was officially launched in 2O2O, it was not done so by Klaus Schwab or Bill Gates, but by Charles, Prince of Wales, heir apparent to the British throne.

Born in Buckingham Place in 1948, Charles is best known worldwide for his failed marriage to Lady Diana Spencer, who died in a road crash in Paris in 1997, a year after their divorce.

His official website announced on June 3 2020: "Today, through HRH's Sustainable Markets Initiative and the World Economic Forum, The Prince of Wales launched a new global initiative, The Great Reset".

A royal tweet declared: "#TheGreatReset initiative is designed to ensure businesses and communities 'build back better' by putting sustainable business practices at the heart of their operations as they begin to recover from the coronavirus pandemic".

This may come as a bit of a surprise to those who see Charles as a bumbling but affable figure, who talks to his plants, loves traditional architecture, protects nature and tries to help young people get along in life.

But the reality, as we will show here, is that he is the head (or the very willing figurehead) of a vast empire of nefarious financial interests hiding hypocritically behind a facade of charitable philanthropy.

2. Global goals

Charles has been very busy over the last 50 years or so, establishing an alliance of organisations called The Prince's Charities, which describes itself as "the largest multi-cause charitable enterprise in the United Kingdom".

These have also spread overseas to create a bewildering global web of trusts, foundations and funds.

To make things simpler, we will focus here on just a few of the better-known organisations, starting in the the UK with Business in the Community.

This body describes itself as "the largest and longest established business-led membership organisation dedicated to responsible business", having been initially established in 1982 as The Prince's Responsible Business Network.

Its agenda is very much in line with all the key elements of the Great Reset.

It declares, for instance: "Business in the Community (BITC) is working with business to accelerate the pace and scale of action to deliver against the United Nations Global Goals, also known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)".

The great news for Charles's money-loving entourage is that "running their businesses responsibly" in line with the UNSDGs "also opens business market opportunities".

Business in the Community boasts its own WEF-style "Future Leaders Board" and in 2017 was already insisting, like Klaus Schwab, that "business must ensure an inclusive digital revolution".

Its report called "A Brave New World?" features all the familiar Great Reset "priorities", such as inclusivity ("Build digital access, capability and confidence to allow all to benefit from the digital economy") and lifelong learning ("Prepare employees. Provide digital skills and lifelong learning to create an adaptable workforce").

It looks ahead to a Fourth Industrial Revolution ("Anticipate automation. Create new roles, where technology complements humans, and support communities to manage the transition") with bigger profit margins naturally being its aim ("Transition to new business models that cut waste and increase asset productivity").

There is an early mention of the "track and trace" phrase which became so familiar during the lockdowns ("Track, trace and resolve") with a plug for Blockverify, "a London-based start-up that uses technology to track, record, and verify products in a way that is permanently logged in the blockchain… Blockverify has been piloting solutions with pharmaceutical and beauty companies".

The report promotes smart agriculture in the form of Unilever's Marcatus Mobile Education Platform, "a collaboration between Unilever, Oxfam and Ford Foundation to train smallholder farmers in rural areas" which aims for "additional farm revenues of £1.5 trillion by 2030".

It concludes by giving "thanks to our corporate partners, Barclays and Fujitsu, for supporting our programme of work to create an inclusive digital revolution".

The Prince's Trust Group expands this same agenda across the Commonwealth, the vast sphere of influence formerly known as the British Empire.

It describes itself as "a global network of charities" delivering "education, employment, enterprise and environmental projects that enable young people and communities to thrive".

It is all about "transforming lives and building sustainable communities", it seems.

One of its reports tells us: "During 2020/21, together with our partners we supported 60,146 young people in 16 countries across the Commonwealth and beyond: Australia, Barbados, Canada, Ghana, Greece, India, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Malaysia, Malta, New Zealand, Pakistan, Rwanda, Trinidad & Tobago and the United Kingdom. We also began our work in St Lucia and the USA".

The Prince's Trust is joined in this task by another important node of Charles' network, the British Asian Trust, as we will shortly see.

3. Impact imperialism

The impact industry is a sinister entity which, over the last few years of research, we have found lurking under every dubious stone we have turned.

For more info, check out our articles on Extinction Rebellion, Ronald Cohen, intersectionality, the WEF Global Shapers, Guerrilla Foundation, Edge Fund and also our general overview.

Impact profiteering is very much tied in with the Great Reset and its Fourth Industrial Revolution, which aims to set up the infrastructure through which this new form of digital serfdom can be imposed.

Inevitably, then, the impact agenda is very present throughout Charles' empire, even if somewhat hidden from casual view.

Sometimes it is just the word itself that gives the game away.

Business in the Community, for instance, says on its site that it works with its members "to continually improve their responsible business practice, leveraging the collective impact for the benefit of communities".

"Impact" crops up three times on the introductory page.

It appears again on the page consecreated to BITC's entirely predictable commitment to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, those cornerstones of impact capitalism. The term "positive impact" is here linked to another related buzzword, "purpose".

The impact theme is also very much embraced by The Prince's Trust, which is very keen on "digital and blended programmes" and "online business simulation games".

In line with the Great Reset promoted by its founder, it used Covid to advance a hyper-industrial agenda, describing in one post how it had been measuring its "digital impact".

It was pleaed to report that 61% of its respondents said "online learning had supported them to make changes in their life, with the majority developing new skills and making plans for the future".

One of the tools which the Trust uses for what it worryingly terms "digital programming" is something called Vibe Check.

This bespoke programme, aimed at young people, is a "free (fancy that!) interactive personal development tool delivered via WhatsApp, that creates a safe and supportive online space for them to develop key life skills".

"The programme has piloted in Barbados and Ghana during 2020 and early 2021, using innovative automation technology to tailor each young person's experience with the service.

"Designed for the needs of young people in each country it rolls out in, Vibe Check focuses on confidence, communication and managing feelings in Barbados, and self-employment and entrepreneurship in Ghana".

This obsession with developing "new digital processes for gathering data", hidden behind a do-good facade, is classic impact-think.

Indeed, the Prince's Trust International boasts its very own Head of Impact, Diletta Morinello, a professional "impact measurer".

In January 2020, just before the Covid moment, Morinello was recruiting a data analyst "as we start our exciting new 5-year strategy" and "significantly upscale our operations".

The role was "to ensure our data is robust and supports our ability to accurately and effectively monitor our impact on young peoples' [sic] experiences of education and employment as well as our financial performance and fundraising.

"Impact will need to be measured across a range of programmes or interventions, with a range of stakeholders across the world".

Impact, data, stakeholders… three terms from the same familiar crib sheet.

It is, however, with his British Asian Trust that Charles exposes most fully his involvement with the insidious world of impact imperialism.

He founded this organisation in 2007 with a group of well-connected British Asian businesspeople.

Although the British Asian Trust prefers the term "social finance", it does little else to hide its impact agenda.

Its website even proudly displays a recommendation from the "father" of impact investment Ronald Cohen, who declares: "What the British Asian Trust is doing in social finance is truly groundbreaking: it is capable of delivering vital social improvement at scale".

Indeed, as we have previously reported, Cohen gives an approving mention to Charles and the British Asian Trust in his 2020 book Impact: Reshaping Capitalism to Drive Real Change.

The Trust, of course, claims to be "improving" the lives of children and young people in Asia "in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4 on quality education".

It says: "The Quality Education India Development Impact Bond (QEI DIB) is an innovative results-based funding mechanism that aims to improve learning outcomes for more than 200,000 primary school children".

And then it adds: "As the QEI DIB progresses, we aim to create an education rate card, setting out the costs of delivering specific outcomes at scale. Such a card can be used by government and funders to make informed policy and spending decisions and improve education across the whole country".

This is what impact is all about. The "cost" of meeting UNSDGs is calculated and "stakeholders" take on this cost from public purse. If the "outcomes" tick all the right boxes they will be reimbursed, plus a little extra to make their "investment" worthwhile.

In the meantime, the lives of these children, bundled together "at scale", are turned into financial commodities – like the bundles of sub-prime mortgage debts that prompted the 2008 crash – which can be tracked, traced and traded in real time via 5G/6G and the "inclusive" global digital panopticon.

Speculators can bet on the "success" of these children's lives or against it – little matter, as long as they are available as products for this vast new profitable market.

As we have previously warned, "social finance" or impact investing reduces human beings to the status of potential investments, sources of profit for wealthy ruling vampires.

It is a digital slave trade.

4. Powerful players

So what kind of people and organisations are involved in Charles' global network?

Let's start with Business in the Community. This label is probably intended to conjure up fond images of tiny cornershops in English market towns (like Grantham?) or of organic Buddhist basket-weaving start-ups in Charles' pseudo-traditional Poundbury development.

But no. As we would expect from the launcher of the Great Reset, the project is a typical corporatist mixture of public and private sector, uniting loyal servants of the British empire with their extremely well-heeled friends in the world of big business and high finance.

BITC's dauntingly long list of members includes the likes of Accenture and Unilever (both hailed by Cohen for their participation in his nefarious impact scam) and Big Pharma businesses AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer.

While the BBC, Sky, Facebook and Google presumably constitute the propaganda and censorship wing, British Airways, easyJet, Heathrow Airport Limited, Shell UK and BP were no doubt all included for their special contribution to environmental sustainability.

Charles' passion for the health of his family's grateful subjects is reflected in the inclusion, alongside Knorr's Quick Soups manufacturers Unilever, of Greggs and PepsiCo UK.

We also find the likes of the Bank of America, McKinsey (the US consultancy firm controversially employed by Emmanuel Macron in France) and Morgan Stanley (the WEF partner and impact investor remembered for its financing of both Hitler and Mussolini).

Other Business in the Community members are arms dealers Rolls Royce and Thales Group, superb examples of what Charles has in mind with "responsible" business activity.

The organisation is governed by a Board of Trustee Directors. This is chaired by Gavin Patterson, president and chief revenue officer of Salesforce, the cloud computing business headed by billionaire Marc Benioff, owner of Time magazine and inaugural chair of the WEF's Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Francisco.

Another director is Dame Vivian Hunt, senior partner, UK and Ireland, of the aforementioned McKinsey. A member of the secretive Trilateral Commission, she is the former chair of British American Business, an exclusive transatlantic business networking group.

Mark Weinberg

One of the vice-presidents is Sir Mark Weinberg, "a South African-born British financier who co-founded J. Rothschild Assurance, which later became St James's Place Wealth Management, and is chairman of blockchain company Atlas City Global".

The advisory board features Sir Ian Michael Cheshire, formerly chairman of Barclays UK and currently chairman of Menhaden plc with its "long only, multi-asset investment strategy which seeks to provide the best balance between risk & reward across equity, credit & private universes" offering "asymmetric risk-reward pay-offs".

Alongside this banker sits none other than Frances O'Grady, general secretary of the UK's Trades Union Congress (TUC). As befits a representative of the British working class, O'Grady is also a non-executive director at the Bank of England.

Finally, on the BITC's Community Leadership Board we find none other than Owen Marks of everybody's favourite vaccine manufacturer, Pfizer.

There he incarnates the striking overlap between the world of Big Pharma and the world of "woke" impact-intersectionality, co-chairing the Pfizer UK Inclusive Diversity Group with its focus on "OPEN (LGBTQ), Ethnicity, Gender, DisAbility and Cross Generational and Social Mobility".

Let's next turn to The Prince's Trust Group, the global network of charities founded by Charles in 1976.

The UK entity involves very much same kind of people as Business in the Community.

Its council is chaired by John Booth, an "entrepreneur and philanthropist" who boasts "a range of venture capital interests in e-commerce, media and telecommunications".

It features two former partners at Goldman Sachs: Michelle Pinggera and Ian Mukherjee, who went on to found Amiya Capital, a "global emerging markets fund".

There is also Suzy Neubert, former global head of distribution at JO Hambro Capital Management, and Mark Dearnley, previously a "digital transformation" advisor with global management consulting firm, Bain & Company.

The council's vice-president is Michael Marks, former chairman of Merrill Lynch Investment Managers and founding partner of MZ Capital and NewSmith Capital Partners LLP.

It is informative to note the people and businesses with which the Prince's Trust group is enmeshed worldwide.

In New Zealand, chairman of the Prince's Trust board is Andrew Williams, co-chairman of Alvarium – "With $15 billion in assets under management globally, Alvarium is a collaboration between wealthy families, entrepreneurs and institutions in Asia, the Gulf and Americas".

The Australian entity's corporate sponsors include Macquarie, Australia's largest investment bank, while in Canada, the Prince's Trust is supported by Finistra (working hard "to accelerate digital banking") and by Bank of America.

Its supporters also include Scotiabank, KPMG and arms dealer Lockheed Martin.

Over at the British Asian Trust, one member of the Board of Trustees is Farzana Baduel, former vice-chair of business relations for the Conservative Party and founder/CEO of Curzon PR.

She appeared in The Times in May 2021 to explain how much she loved "remote working", that mainstay of the "New Normal" promoted under the Great Reset.

Another is Varun Chandra, managing partner of "London-based corporate intelligence specialist" Hakluyt, whose astonishing recent £12.8 million rise in profits was "helped by the reduction in staff travel thanks to the pandemic", according to The Times.

In the words of one media report, "Hakluyt is an ultra secretive firm whose client list reads like a who's who of the business world with corporations retaining their services for strategic intelligence and advice as they look to expand operations".

The British Asian Trust site says of Chandra: "Trained at Lehman Brothers, he went on to help build a regulated advisory firm for former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair".

Also on the board are Dr Shenila Rawal (who previously worked for the World Bank) and Ganesh Ramani, former partner at Goldman Sachs.

Ramani in fact has a family connection to the Trust's Big Chief, having married Ruth Powys, widow of Mark Shand, brother of Charles's wife Camilla.

Vice-chairs are Asif Rangoonwala (once described by The Independent as "powerboat playboy, bakery baron, property plutocrat") and Shalni Arora, who has a background in Big Pharma with AstraZeneca and DxS Ltd and is the wife of retail magnate Simon Arora of B&M Bargains.

Jitesh Gadhia

Chair of the Board of Trustees is investment banker Lord Jitesh Gadhia, who has worked for Barclays Capital, ABN AMRO and Baring Brothers.

He was previously senior managing director at global investment business Blackstone in London. On being appointed there in 2010, he enthused: "Blackstone's powerful network of relationships, access to capital and expanding geographic reach, across developed and emerging markets, offers a unique proposition for clients".

Gadhia was also – surprise, surprise! – a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.

5. Banksters, cheats and spooks

From any genuinely ethical vantage point, the business activities of those involved with Charles' empire are, in themselves, cause for concern.

But the problem goes further than that. The amount of controversy and scandal surrounding numerous participants in his various projects makes one wonder how someone who likes to be referred to as "His Royal Highness" can associate with so many examples of what most of us would regard as low life.

Here are some illustrations:

HSBC is the Prince's Trust's Global Founding Corporate Partner and is praised in its Impact Report for its "transformational investment in young people", being identified as "one of our most committed and loyal supporters". Never mind that the British-based bankers have a long history of vast tax avoidance schemes and criminal activity such as money laundering. Dubbed "gangster bankers" involved in "stupefying abuses", Charles' loyal supporters even "hooked up with drug traffickers and terrorists", explains this 2013 article.

KPMG (Business in the Community and Prince's Trust, Canada) has faced "multiple accusations of negligence, fraud, and conflicts of interest stretching back years" and was recently involved in a giant "cheating scandal".

NatWest (Business in the Community) was fined £264.8 million in December 2021 for failing to comply with money-laundering regulations.

Bank of America (Prince's Trust) faced boycott calls after spying on its customers' activities for the FBI with regard to the January 6 2021 protests in Washington, DC.

PwC (Business in the Community) has a "long history of controversies" all over the world, not least in India, where it is said to have "a chequered past" with the tax authorities.

Goldman Sachs International (Business in the Community, Ganesh Ramani of British Asian Trust) is afflicted by so many "controversies" that even Wikipedia devotes a whole page to them!

Lockheed Martin (Prince's Trust, Canada). The arms dealer is notorious for its many bribery scandals.

Macquarie. (Prince's Trust, Australia). Australia's largest investment bank was involved in a recent $80 billion controversy labelled the "biggest bank scandal in history".

Scotiabank (Prince's Trust, Canada) had to pay out more than US$120 million dollars in 2020 because of its price-manipulation activities.

Jitesh Gadhia (British Asian Trust), a Conservative Party donor in the UK, was involved in David Cameron's "cash for access" scandal in 2014 and in 2018 he was accused of a conflict of interest because he had become a director of fracking business Third Energy, while also being a non-executive director at UK Government Investments.

Shalni Arora (British Asian Trust). Her husband Simon hit the headlines in 2021 for handing himself a massive payout of £30 million. His firm, B&M bargains, had enjoyed a surge in sales because of its "essential" status during Covid lockdowns.

Varun Chandra (British Asian Trust). His firm, Hakluyt, says The Times, advises FTSE 100 companies and "was founded 27 years ago by former MI6 intelligence officers". An article in The Evening Standard describes the business as "very secretive Mayfair company full of spooks" and "a convenient rest home for MI6 men". "The company attracted unwelcome publicity in 2001 when it emerged it had used an undercover agent known as Manfred to penetrate environmental groups targeting Shell and BP". And Hakluyt was again forced into the media limelight in 2012 due to "the mysterious death of one of its occasional investigators in a Chinese hotel room".

Finally, Charles himself has been caught up in various controversies over the years, not least regarding his links to BBC paedophile Jimmy Savile or indeed his role in helping arms dealer BAE Systems sell fighter jets to Saudi Arabia.

Reported Scotland's The National: "MP Margaret Ferrier said Princess Diana would have campaigned against its bombing raids on Yemen, which allegedly involve the use of banned cluster munitions, and claimed Charles was part of a 'great effort' to maintain the market".

And then, of course there there was that unfortunate incident in the Paris tunnel back in 1997…

6. The bringer of light?

One particularly intriguing figure in Charles' global network is another man who likes to be known as "His Highness", namely The Aga Khan.

Khan is none other than the Global Founding Patron of the Prince's Trust and, its site tells us, "supports the delivery of The Trust's work in the UK and Canada and through local partners in India, Jordan, Kenya, Pakistan, Rwanda and the Caribbean (Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica)".

The business magnate has British, Swiss, French and Portuguese citizenship and his fingers in many a global pie.

One 2016 profile explains: "As founder and Chairman of the Geneva-based Aga Khan Development Network, he spearheads an organisation that employs 80,000 people in 30 countries, and spans non-profit work in poverty-stricken and war-torn areas of the globe, along with a huge portfolio of very-much-for-profit businesses in sectors ranging from aviation and energy to telecommunications, pharmaceuticals and luxury hotels".

Khan's net worth has been estimated at $13.3 billion and he is described as one of the world's fifteen richest "royals", although he does not actually rule over any particular geographic territory.

Instead he is the spiritual leader of some 20 million Ismaili Muslims, who donate significant sums to him and worship him as the "bringer of light".

Khan is a personal friend of Charles and his mum, Queen Elizabeth II, as well as of the Spanish king Juan Carlos.

He is also said to have long connections to British intelligence services and other deep state networks.

Khan has been involved in a number of international scandals.

In 2012 it emerged that, although resident in France, he had been "exonerated" from paying any tax by the country's former president Nicolas Sarkozy.

This, explained The Daily Mail, meant that he could protect his vast fortune across the Channel "despite being worth as much as £6 billion and owning mansions, yachts, private jets, some 800 race horses and even a private island in the Bahamas".

Then, in 2017, controversy broke out in Canada when it was discovered that prime minister Justin Trudeau had spent a holiday on a private Caribbean island owned by Khan.

While he was there, he also took a ride in the bringer of light's private helicopter.

Since the Khan's foundation "receives millions from the Canadian government", questions were asked about a certain conflict of interest!

Trudeau reassured the public that there was nothing to worry about because "the Aga Khan has been a longtime family friend".

But he nevertheless became the first Canadian prime minister to be found in violation of ethics law and was forced to publicly apologize.

Khan is also close friends with the Rockefellers and the Rothschilds.

In a speech at New York's Plaza Hotel in October 1996, David Rockefeller said: "His Highness The Aga Khan is a man of vision, intellect, and passion. I've had the pleasure of knowing him for almost forty years, ever since he was an undergraduate at Harvard and a roommate of my nephew Jay Rockefeller".

For his part, Khan expressed "warm thanks" to Rockefeller, adding: "He, his family, and his philanthropic organisations have been close to my family, our work, and me, for many years. I admire them for their consistent and exemplary commitment to world issues".

A message from their mutual pal Lord Rothschild praised Khan for his "promotion of private sector enterprise and rural development".

7. Neo-colonial land-grabbing

Khan, Rockefeller and Rothschild are also united by their common membership of the 1001 Club of the WWF.

According to researchers, this little-known group was set up in the 1970s by individuals including Charles's dad, the late Prince Philip, and Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands.

As we noted in this report, Bernhard used to be in the Nazi SS, before founding the WWF.

He also chaired the Steering Committee of the Bilderberg Group, of which WEF boss Klaus Schwab was a fellow member.

Bernhard was also honorary sponsor of Schwab's third European Management Symposium at Davos in 1973, when the body which was to become the World Economic Forum first adopted a more overtly political stance, by agreeing a document which became known as "the Davos manifesto".

The WWF is notorious for throwing indigenous people off their land on behalf of its big business friends under the false green flag of "conservation" and is today very prominent in the industrial-financial lobby calling for a New Deal for Nature.

For a full analysis of all this, we recommend the excellent work of the No Deal for Nature campaign, Survival International and Talking Africa.

Here, we will simply note that Charles is very much on board this agenda, endorsing the idea of "natural capital" and indeed launching a new "natural capital alliance".

But then that is to be expected, because he is president of WWF-UK and "proud" to be so.

He declares on the WWF site: "I have long admired its efforts to tackle the many threats to the world's wildlife, rivers, forests and seas. And I have come to see how effectively it uses its expertise and international reach to challenge the causes of degradation, such as climate change and the unsustainable use of natural resources".

Yet again, the worthy-sounding language masks a very different reality: in this instance a newly accelerated wave of the global land-grabbing which has been a feature of the profit-driven British empire for centuries.

8. Shaping history

If Charles ever emerges from his 70-year stint in the Windsors' waiting room, he will become King Charles III and thus historically linked with his two predecessors of the same name.

Charles I, who became king in 1625, was the last of the ancien régime, a defender of the feudal order. Having been found guilty of tyranny and treason, he was beheaded in front of the London crowds in 1649 (see above).

This was the apex of an English Revolution which, like so many others, was quickly shunted in a direction contrary to the interests of the mass of people who had fought and died for it.

When Oliver Cromwell crushed the radical elements in his New Model Army, at Burford, he was thanked with a celebratory banquet by the financiers of the City of London.

From that moment onwards, the focus of the country was on commerce, expansion and exploitation, including, of course, the slave trade.

Starting with Cromwell's bloody re-occupation of Ireland, the 11-year period of republican rule, known as the Commonwealth, saw Britain's empire begin to take shape, with the grabbing of Jamaica, Surinam, St Helena, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

When the executed king's son, Charles II, took the throne with the restoration of the monarchy in 1660 it was as a "constitutional" king, beholden to parliament and happy to act as a figurehead for the military-mercantile entity known as the British Empire.

The future Charles III seems to be on course to combine the worst elements of both predecessors, fusing old-style feudalism with modern corporate control to forge a "sustainable" global empire built on digital serfdom and impact vampirism.

But it is important to remember that conspiracies cannot succeed if people are wise to what is happening.

By researching and exposing wrong-doing, we can shake off our status as helpless and passive spectators of history in order to become active and engaged participants, part of the resistance.

Charles and his ruling-class collaborators have to dress up their insidious agenda as "doing good", as "philanthropy" or "conservation", because they know that otherwise the rest of us would not go along with it.

Once this illusion has been destroyed and the horrible reality exposed, then decent people everywhere will turn their backs definitively on these vile parasites and their evil empire of exploitation.

See also:

The Great Reset

The Great Resist

Winter Oak
8 Apr 2022 | 5:16 pm

The End of Their World is the Beginning of Ours


by Crow Qu'appelle

Lately, it feels to me like the world is teetering on the precipice of a tremendous collapse. Really, though, this isn't a new feeling for me. I have long felt a sense of impending doom, and I know that I am not alone in this.

The idea that industrial civilization is bound to fail in some disastrous way has long been woven into the fabric of my political analysis, and has informed many of the choices that I have made in my life.

Although lately I have embraced the idea of anarchism-without-adjectives, I belong to the green anarchist tradition. I wrote for the Earth First! Journal for years and was their main Canadian distributor. I attended many Earth First! gatherings, and even founded an eco-anarchist collective called Rebel! Rebuild! Rewild!, which was modeled on Earth First!

In the green anarchist tradition, there exists a belief that, for ecological reasons, some kind of catastrophic failure of the capitalist system is inevitable.

Franklin Lopez, one of the most influential green anarchists of the past twenty years, made a documentary called END:CIV, which predicted the imminent collapse of civilization, as well the long-running YouTube show called "It's the End of the World as We Know It and I Feel Fine".

We believed that the collapse of industrial civilization was only a matter of time. For this reason, we were scornful of attempts to reform the system. The types of activism that we favoured were those that impeded the expansion of the industrial-capitalist death-machine, and efforts that had the potential to develop into autonomous, self-sufficient communities.

I spent 5 months living at the Unist'ot'en Camp in 2012-2013

I still believe that our reasoning was sound. If we want to create a free society, we can't be dependent upon the industrial capitalist system. This means food sovereignty, which cannot exist without an intact land base. So defending the land that will be our future lifeline is of paramount importance. Many of us see this as a sacred responsibility passed down to us from our ancestors, to be stewards of the Earth, and to protect the integrity of the web of life for the benefit of the generations to come.

I still believe this, and in fact this whole COVID coup has only deepened my conviction. True, I have had to accept that much of what I formerly believed about climate change is probably false, but I am still very much convinced that there is a global ecological crisis. Underlying this is a spiritual crisis, stemming from a certain attitude that we have towards the natural world.

A society which sees nature only as a resource to be exploited will behave very differently from one which understands itself as existing in symbiosis with a multiplicity of life-forms, all of whom belong to a super-organism and possess an intrinsic worth.

A society which sees nature only as a resource to be exploited will behave very differently from one which understands itself as existing in symbiosis with a multiplicity of life-forms, all of whom belong to a super-organism and possess an intrinsic worth.

All that to say: the idea that Western civilization is spiritually bankrupt and morally degenerate is not new to me – it is one of my core beliefs. As the world gets crazier and crazier, this belief is becoming more and more common.

Could it be that the mass psychosis currently infecting humanity will lead to the end of industrial civilization?

Luminaries such as James Corbett and Whitney Webb have spoken about the transhumanist fantasy of bio-digital convergence as the end of our species, but I'm not at all convinced that the technology exists to enact such a thing.

I suspect that the transhumanists are delusional, and are choosing to believe what they want to believe, rather than what is true.

Is it really easier to imagine the extinction of our species than of the end of industrial civilization? Why is that? If natural historians are to believed, human beings have been around for six million years. The Industrial Age began less than 300 years ago. Isn't the end of civilization is much more likely than the end of the human species?

Every civilization has a rise and a fall, and the Fall of the American Empire seems imminent. However, what many analysts seem to think is that America will be overtaken by a new global hegemony, which will rule the age to come in some kind of technocratic dystopia.

What I would like to posit is another possibility: that industrial civilization itself will collapse.

CAPITALISM IS A PONZI SCHEME

Here's one way of thinking about the current moment: The Ponzi scheme of capitalism is about to collapse. This wasn't someone's genius plan. It was the result of greed, usury, and speculation gone mad. It was the result of millions of short-sighted decisions made in the service of corporate profit. Maybe this is was happens when you turn the stock market into a gambling casino.

Capitalism requires continually expanding markets in order to find consumers for the products it produces, and on a finite planet there is a limit to that. The likes of the World Economic Forum now want us to believe that they can keep this going forever by creating new digital markets, such as the metaverse, and financializing the "ecosystem services" of nature itself, but this is just doubling down on an innately flawed paradigm. The more divorced from reality this bizarre form of casino capitalism becomes, the more inevitable its collapse.

The Ponzi scheme of capitalism is about to collapse. This wasn't someone's genius plan. It was the result of greed and usury, of speculation gone mad. It was the result of millions of short-sighted, selfish decisions made in the service of corporate profit.

IS THE GREAT RESET AN ATTEMPT TO PRETEND THAT THE LOOMING COLLAPSE OF CAPITALISM WAS INTENTIONAL?

So what if the Great Reset is an attempt to get ahead of the collapse? I know that hypnotists are masters of taking credit for things that would have happened anyway. Could the Great Reset be an attempt by the Predator Class to pretend that the collapse of capitalism was their brilliant plan all along? What if the moves that they are making now mere desperate attempts to turn the catastrophic failure of the financial system into a form of controlled demolition, so that what the dust settles, they still rule the world?

Don't get me wrong – I don't doubt that the plans for the Fourth Industrial Revolution are being pursued in earnest. However, that does not mean that they are inevitable.

For one thing, I think that we should take seriously the possibility that our overlords are insane, and that their beliefs may not be reflective of reality.

Let's keep in mind that these people are transhumanists, and believe immortality in within their grasp through what they call "bio-digital convergence". In essence, they believe that they will soon become Gods, and live forever as some kind of quasi-omniscient cyborg ubermensch. Are we really to consider this people sane?

What if the moves that they are making now mere desperate attempts to turn the catastrophic failure of the financial system into a form of controlled demolition, so that what the dust settles, they still rule the world?

A MULTITUDE OF CONSPIRACIES CONTEND IN THE NIGHT

Currently, many analysts I admire believe that the powers that be are gearing up for World War Three, wherein both sides are, to a significant degree, controlled by a single ruling elite. In this view, the war will be used to bring in a global totalitarian system under a one world government.

It all makes sense: War is a great way to force people to adapt themselves to drastic changes that they would never have freely chosen. It's also a great way to make tons of money.

These thinkers tend to subscribe to what you might call "The Conspiratorial View of World History", which sees world history as being directed by inter-generational criminal organizations.

While I am sure that this is true to an extent, it is not at all clear to me to which extent. To what degree is the world actually controlled? Can really know? The nature of conspiracies is to conceal themselves, and all warfare is based upon deception.

Any idea of "One Big Conspiracy" is probably a gross over-simplification. It is much more likely that "a multitude of conspiracies contend in the night". Though the WEF is now presenting a united front for globalists, we can be sure that rival factions exist within it.

I suspect that any solidarity amongst them will be short-lived. Soon enough, they will start fighting amongst themselves, and that is why World War Three seems inevitable. Though many conspiracy theorists believe that Russia and the U.S. are beholden to the same globalist overlords, it does not follow that World War Three will be a stage-managed affair that will go according to script. There's a lot that can go wrong in such a massive operation, and not all variables can be accounted for.

I reject the notion that anyone has control over the future of planet Earth. We shouldn't give the world's tyrants more power by believing that they are all-powerful. We shouldn't believe what they want us to be believe, and they definitely want us to believe that they are more powerful than they actually are.

One possibility is that this whole Fourth Industrial Revolution will end in disaster, and not the kind of disaster envisioned by those who have undertaken it.

Although this isn't exactly optimistic, I prefer this view to believing that this whole totalitarian coup will go according to plan.

THE END OF AN AGE

What I can say with confidence is that this is the end of an age. The old world's not coming back. On a spiritual level, Western civilization has already collapsed.

Likewise has it collapsed intellectually – all it took was a huff and a puff from the Big Bad Wolf and the whole Ivory Tower came crashing down.

Academics who have pontificated about human rights for their whole careers quickly betrayed their supposed values, and regressed into unthinking obedience. Some of this can be explained to cowardice and careerism, but the unnecessary zeal of some to demonstrate their loyalty to the asinine narrative being peddled by the corporate media proves that many genuinely believed it.

Neither we nor Klaus Schwab truly knows what the future holds. What we do know is that the future will flow from the past. We would do well to zoom out and to seek to understand the current moment in historical context.

Perhaps what we are seeing is the natural conclusion of forces that were set into motion long ago, at the dawn of the industrial revolution. Perhaps the powers that be are about to lose control of the beast that they have so long used to dominate and subjugate the peoples of the world. Perhaps that machine is about to break. Perhaps its operators are in denial, and have become delusional.

One thing is for sure. If those of us who characterize the current moment as a mass psychosis are correct, we are due for a reckoning. Reality doesn't go away when you stop believing in it. And that means that any radical departure from reality will necessarily be temporary. On a political level, being delusional is a tremendous liability. People who are in touch with reality have an advantage over people who aren't. So here's another little silver lining – those of us who are not under the spell of propaganda will be be more able to make intelligent decisions.

I suspect that if we can articulate sane political analysis, our ideas will catch on. Arguably, this is already happening. Many luminaries of the truth movement, such as James Corbett, Derrick Broze, and Iain Davis, are avowed anarchists.

May You Live in Interesting Times

It seems that we were destined to live in interesting times, and though it's hard to imagine, I think that things are going to get a lot weirder. I do not doubt that many wild curveballs will be thrown our way in the years to come.

I don't think that we're going to know what's really going on with any certainty what's really going on in the upper echelons of power, and in any case, I don't think that we need to know all the details in order to formulate wise strategies. I maintain that it's a better use of energy to focus on the spheres within which we do have influence than obsess about the wizard behind the curtain.

As an animist, I do welcome the paradigm shift that is coming into view. I like to tell people: If the COVID era hasn't made you question the nature of reality itself, you aren't thinking hard enough. And you're unsure as what the actual nature of reality is, does it not follow that unforeseeable variables will play into the equation in ways that the powers that be could not possibly have planned for?

I believe that human consciousness is shaped by stories, and that the reality that we experience is, to a very significant degree, the result of the beliefs that we hold about the nature of that reality. This is true both on the individual on the collective level. We very literally create reality with our beliefs.

This is apparent if you contemplate the role of language in creating the cognitive framework which we tend to think of as reality, but I would take it a step further. Quantum physics has shown that human consciousness alter the ways in which physical energy manifests. Does it not then follow that our beliefs help shape the reality that we experience? Could it be that the world is not made of inanimate matter, but consciousness? Could it be that the Toltec "dream of the planet" is not a metaphor, but literally true? How would we know if it was? How would we know if it wasn't?

And if we can't be sure one way or the other, why are secularists often so dismissive towards the existence of magic? Why do people so often default to the materialist paradigm? Are they being logical, or simply echoing a hegemonic construction of reality?

How great is the power of our minds? I don't claim to know, but it certainly seems that statecraft is all about controlling the minds of the people, so we may infer that free minds pose a considerable threat to the robber barons who rule over us.

All this to say – Don't believe disempowering narratives. Don't believe what they want you to believe. Life has always been a choose-your-own-adventure story, and anyone who tells you otherwise is your enemy.

Klaus Shwab wants you to believe that the dystopian nightmare of smart cities, CBDCs and social credit scores are an inevitability, and if you believe it, you are already less free.

Is that not reason enough to doubt this whole wackadoodled dumbfuckery?

ALL WARFARE IS BASED ON DECEPTION

No one knows what the future holds, really. There are certainly powerful people who have evil plans, but there's nothing new about that. It would serve us well to recall that the Nazi regime proclaimed itself a Thousand Year Reich. In reality, the Third Reich lasted just twelve years.

The foundation of Empire is Conquest. Its history is a catalogue of atrocities. If we earnestly desire for humanity to be free, Babylon must be destroyed. And make no mistake – this is exactly what will occur. Societies suppress truth at their own peril, just as civilizations that attempt to dominate the natural world will in time learn the error of their ways.

Nature is the house, and the house always wins. It seems to me that the winning strategy is to align ourselves with nature. Nature will always triumph, in the end.

In the introduction to Nevermore Volume One, we wrote: We must cast a new spell. This is what we meant. We must sculpt a way of interpreting reality which allows us to navigate it in an intelligent way. This is why we are calling for a political reorientation which addresses the mother of all crises: the spiritual crisis that comes from a failure to understand our place in the universe as part of symbiotic whole.

The antidote to the poison has infected the human species is understanding that we belong to the great circle of life, which is good, and beautiful, and worthy of respect, reverence, and awe. Until we address the fundamental fallacy at the heart of Western civilization, we will be doomed to reproduce its malignancy.

This is why we are calling for a political reorientation which addresses the mother of all crises: the spiritual crisis that comes from a failure to understand our place in the universe as part of symbiotic whole.

Thankfully, it is not too late. There are many indigenous cultures who have this understanding, and there are many knowledge-keepers who will happily share their wisdom when approached in a respectful way.

We can also refer to the legacy bequeathed to us by the many philosophers who understood that the trajectory that civilization was on could only lead to disaster.

Paul Cudenec has provided us a valuable service by compiling a compendium of critics of industrial capitalism on the Organic Radicalism website, where readers will discover a wealth of information about a rich philosophical current which has coursed throughout human history, perennially appearing in every culture and in every age.

And this, dear reader, is what I desire to impart upon you: The truth is always the same. Everything that we need to know, people figured out long ago. The answers to the problems of the current moment are to be found in the traditions of the past.

The truth is always the same. Everything that we need to know, people figured out long ago. The answers to the problems of the current moment are to be found in the traditions of the past.

THERE IS NO NEW THING UNDER THE SUN

What is happening now has occurred many times before over the course of human history.

There is nothing new about people trying to take over the world. There is nothing new about the use of propaganda to terrify the people into submission, or the use of divide-and-rule tactics to pit them against one another.

This is not the first time that the ruling class of an empire has become decadent and depraved. This is not humanity's first mass psychosis.

Although many will see the coming collapse in apocalyptic terms, it will not be without historical parallels.

Many empires have risen and fallen, and we are still here, still able to think these thoughts, still able to dream and scheme in pursuit of our hearts' desires.

That, to me, is worth celebrating. Call me an idealist, but I agree with Hemingway when he said: "The world is a fine place, and worth fighting for."

"The world is a fine place, and worth fighting for."

THERE WAS A BEFORE, THERE WILL BE AN AFTER

There was a time before the rise of Nazi Germany, and there was a time after Nazi Germany. Likewise, eventually the dark chapter of human history we are now living through will be book-ended by a BEFORE and an AFTER. To me, this is a comforting thought.

My allegiance to not to the country where I was born, nor to the religion that I was raised in. My loyalty is the Supreme Being that we are all apart of, to the planetary super-organism we call Mother Earth, and to the cosmic super-organism of the universe, the vast swirling expanse that will forever remain mysterious.

My allegiance to not to the country where I was born, nor to the religion that I was raised in. My loyalty is the Supreme Being that we are all apart of, to the planetary super-organism we call Mother Earth, and to the cosmic super-organism of the universe, the vast swirling expanse that will forever remain mysterious.

There exists not the faintest shadow of a doubt in my mind that the force to which I belong will triumph over the forces of ignorance, selfishness, and greed. The flowering of the life-force of the universe into myriad new manifestations of heretofore unimaginable splendour will proceed apace, as it has since time began. The nature of the universe is a creative chaos. It is this chaos that created us, and all sense of separation from it is pure illusion. We are that force, and that force will continue to flourish forever.

Understand this, and you understand that there really is nothing to fear. You are immortal, and all-powerful, and free, and nothing can take that away from you. You are not your body, nor your mind, nor your identity. You are the creative life-force of the universe itself. That is the meaning of the Vedic axiom: THOU ART THAT. Realize this, and you are once set free.

NO ONE CAN STOP WHAT HAS BEEN SET IN MOTION

Many of us feel in our bones that the years to come will bring tremendous death and destruction. We should neither deny nor over-indulge these premonitions. Whatever will be will be. We can no more stop what has been set into motion than we can stop a volcanic eruption; things must come to their natural conclusion.

I believe that not even those who control the monetary system are truly in control at this point. I suspect they are bracing themselves for what is coming, and laying plans to make it through to the other side of the chaos. We should do the same.

The end of civilization will be violent; but so was its beginning. The end of civilization the only thing that can bring an end to the ancient war that has waged against the Earth and its people for centuries.

Perhaps we should embrace what is transpiring as an essential part of the restoration of balance on our planet. There's nothing that we can do to stop the volcano from erupting, but we make strategic moves to increase our chances of survival. And make no mistake – the primary political project in the years to come will not be revolution, or insurrection, but survival.

THERE ARE NO ATHEISTS IN FOXHOLES

We maintain the greatest enemy of humanity is fear, and the cure for fear is faith.

The world looks a lot different in the absence of fear, which is another reason that I advocate for a revolutionary movement rooted in ancient spiritual wisdom.

It is no coincidence that spirituality has existed in all human cultures since the beginning of time. It is because we are conscious of our mortality, and must come to terms with death.

This is the reason that spirituality is indispensable – because human societies which are pathologically death-phobic will behave in insane and foolish ways.

I believe that we have come to the end of the road for secularism. Not only has the materialist paradigm long been debunked by quantum physics, but the corruption of the science-industrial complex also means that science has lost all claim to be the arbiter of truth.

People need to believe in something, and for this reason, the rise of new spiritual movements is inevitable.

Yes, religion has often been used by the ruling class as a tool to subjugate the masses, but now that "Science" has is fulfilling the same role that religion used to, more and more people are realizing that we may have thrown the baby out with the bathwater.

We need a framework for understanding our place in the universe, and this is the domain of religion, mythology, and spirituality. Science is essentially about observation and measurement. It cannot make value judgments. It cannot tell us what is important or how we should behave. Anyone who tells you otherwise is either a liar, a fool, or both.

FORTUNE FAVOURS THE BOLD

True spirituality is an antidote to fear. Once you are freed from the grip of fear, the gargoyles that govern you will turn to stone, and new horizons will reveal themselves, beckoning you forth into a dance with the mysterious force animating the universe.

This is what I propose: That we focus first and foremost on overthrowing the despot reigning within our own minds – the tyrant whose name is fear. To defeat this enemy is to become the master of one's own destiny, and the key to this mastery is simple: you must conquer the fear of death.

Is this really so hard? To achieve this victory, you need only to accept what you already know: that some day you will die. When you have conquered your fear of death, you will have awakened to the latent heroism that is within you, and you will know what it is that you must do.

When you have conquered your fear of death, you will have awakened to the latent heroism that is within you, and you will know what it is that you must do.

BECOMING THE HERO OF YOUR OWN LIFE'S STORY

We live in epic times. A war is waging between the forces good and evil. What the world needs now is heroes. We must be bold. We must be brave. We must fight for our lives as if everything depends upon it.

We must find the strength within ourselves to meet the challenge of our times. We must believe that we can be the heroes who will accomplish the Great Work. We must understand that no one is coming to save us: we are the ones that we have been waiting for.

Carl Jung believed that the collective unconscious will conjure forth exactly what humanity needs in its hour of greatest need. This is what I believe also – that the Earth is a sentient being, and that she will heal herself. How this will occur, I do not claim to know, but I believe that if we align ourselves with the natural flow of energy of the universe, which is anarchy, we will know exactly what it is that we must do.

A New World Will Rise From the Ashes

There are those of us who feel called to be a part of this healing. We feel that what is occurring in our own lives confirms that mysterious forces are at work, that magic is afoot. We commit ourselves to the desire for the healing of the planet with a faith in the essential goodness of the universe that is at the core of anarchist philosophy.

Anarchism is the belief that anarchy is good; that nature does not need to be controlled, that humanity would be better off if we were to live within harmony with creation, rather than attempting to dominate it.

For me, anarchism is nothing more nor less than faith in the flow of the energy of the universe. Other ideologies, born of modernity, may well collapse along with the Empire that spawned them, but anarchism need not share their fate. Throughout human history, across many cultures, one universal truth has flowered time and time again, and it has been known by many names. Anarchism is one philosophy which has this truth at its core, but that truth does not belong to any one tradition.

In many indigenous cultures, this truth is known as natural law, and wisdom consists of living in accordance with it. Seemingly, it emerges from something innate to human nature, from our instinct towards cooperation, and from the desire for freedom that is born of oppression.

Now, because we need to, we are rediscovering this universal truth, which lies at the heart of all true spiritual traditions. We may call this truth anarchism, or perennialism, or by any other name, but the essence will be the same. The Great Dialectic – the interplay of spiritual forces – necessitates it.

Anarchism is the antithesis to oppression, and for this reason the scourge of totalitarianism will give rise to a new generation of revolutionaries who have their foundation in this truth. Some will call themselves anarchists, and some will not, but they will share a belief in the supreme value of freedom, and this is what matters.

The rise of this movement has already begun, and the rebels of the world are remembering the revolutionary wisdom of the past. The ideologies born of industrialism will share its fate, but anarchism need not. Indeed, if anarchists stay true to their creed, it will grow stronger as more and more people realize the fundamental lie at the heart of statism – that human beings need to be controlled for their own good.

As society descends further into madness, more people will seek sanity outside of its logic, and this search will lead people to similar conclusions – that sanity comes from living in accordance with truth, and that the only immutable truth that exists is the law of nature.

This search for truth will lead to a desire to live in right relationship not only with other human beings, but with the super-organism from which we receive our sustenance, which we may call Mother Earth, or Gaia, or God.

Which words will be used to describe this belief remains to be seen, but its character can already been perceived. Born as the antithesis to oppression, it will be anarchic. It is emerging now because it must, and it will sweep the world because resisting state power is now a matter of life and death.

There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come.

Anarchy is the natural order of the universe. It is the mother of all manifestation, because it is the power of life itself. It is the reality from which we emerged, and as surely as the sun will rise after the darkest night, we shall return again to it.

It is exhilarating to live in this era, now that the spell that has so long held humanity in its grasp is fading, for now will the spirit of life again assert itself, and balance will be restored.

Long Live Anarchy!

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22 Mar 2022 | 8:19 pm

How the West Was Won: Counterinsurgency, PSYOPS and the Military Origins of the Internet


by Dustin Broadbery

Part 1: Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth

As the digital revolution was underway in the mid-nineties, research departments at the CIA and NSA were developing programs to predict the usefulness of the world wide web as a tool for capturing what they dubbed "birds of a feather" formations. That's when flocks of sparrows make sudden movements together in rhythmical patterns.

They were particularly interested in how these principles would influence the way that people would eventually move together on the burgeoning internet: Would groups and communities move together in the same way as 'birds of a feather', so that they could be tracked in an organised way? And if their movements could be indexed and recorded, could they be identified later by their digital fingerprints?

To answer these questions, the CIA and NSA established a series of initiatives called Massive Digital Data Systems (MDDS) to directly fund tech entrepreneurs through an inter-university disbursement program, naming their first unclassified briefing for computer scientists 'birds of a feather,' which took place in San Jose in the spring of 1995.

Amongst the first grants provided by the MDDS program to capture the 'birds of a feather' theory towards building a massive digital library and indexing system – using the internet as its backbone – were dispersed to two Stanford University PHD's, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, who were making significant headways in the development of web-page ranking technology that would track user movements online.

Those disbursements, together with $4.5 million in grants from a multi-agency consortium including NASA and DARPA, became the seed funding that was used to establish Google

Eventually MDDS was integrated into DARPA's global eavesdropping and data-mining activities that would attempt total information awareness over US citizens. Few understand the extent to which Silicon Valley is the alter-ego of Pentagon-land, even fewer realise the impact this has had on the social sphere. But the story does not begin with Google, nor the military origins of the internet, it goes back much further in time, to the dawn of counterinsurgency and PSYOPs during the second world war.

The Dawn of PSYOPs

According to historian Joy Rhodes, a renowned physicist told U.S. defence secretary Robert McNamara in 1961: "While World War I might have been considered the chemists' war, and World War II was considered the physicists' war, World War III . . . might well have to be considered the social scientists' war."

The intersection of social science and military intelligence is recognised by the US Army to have begun during WWI when pre-war journalist Captain Blankenhorn established the Psychological Subsection in the War Department to coordinate combat propaganda.

These grey-area operations, as they become known, plateaued during World War II, when military strategists, building on wartime research in crowd psychology, drafted social scientists into the war effort through the Office of Scientific Research and Development (OSRD). The office would aggregate information about the German people and develop propaganda and psychological operations (PSYOPS) to lower their morale. This culminated in 1942, with the US federal government becoming the leading employer of psychologists in the US.

OSRD was an early administration of the Manhattan Project and responsible for important wartime developments in technology, including radar. The agency was directed by engineer and inventor Vannevar Bush – a key player in the history of computing, known for his work on The Memex, an early hypothetical computer device, that would store and index a user's books, records and other information, and which would go on to inspire most major advancements in the development of personal computers over the next 70 years.

As the second world war ended and a new threat emerged from post-war ravaged Europe, scholars and soldiers once again reunited to defeat an invisible and aggressively expansionist adversary.

Across the Soviet satellites in Europe and in the nations threatened by communism in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, cold war special operations, as they become known, were a nebulous category of military activity that included psychological and political warfare, guerrilla operations and counterinsurgency. To mobilise these 'special warfare tactics' the army established the Office of the Chief of Psychological Warfare (OCPW) in 1951, whose mission was to recruit, organise, equip, train, and provide doctrinal support to Psywarriors.

The office was directed by General Robert McClure, a founding father of psychological warfare and friend of the Shah of Iran, who was instrumental in the overthrow of Mohammad Mosaddegh in the 1953 Iranian coup d'état.

Integral to the projects of McClure's OCPW, was a quasi-academic institution with a long history of military service called the Human Relations Area Files (HRAF). Founded by anthropologist turned FBI whistle-blower George Murdock, HRAF was set up to collect and standardise data on primitive cultures around the world.

During WWII its researchers worked hand in glove with naval intelligence to develop propaganda materials that would help the US liberate pacific nations from Japanese control. By 1954, the department had grown into an inter-university consortium of 16 academic institutions, funded by the army, CIA, and private philanthropies.

In 1954 the OCPW negotiated a contract with the HRAF to author a series of special warfare handbooks, disguised as scholarship, that sought to understand the intellectual and emotional character of strategically important people, particularly their thoughts, motivations and actions, with entire chapters compiled on the attitudes and subversive potentials of foreign nationals, while other chapters focused on the means of transmitting propaganda in each target nation, whether news, radio or word of mouth. This was, of course, decades before the internet.

SORO

In 1956, the Special Operations Research Office (SORO) emerged from these programs. Charged with managing the US Army's psychological and unconventional warfare tactics during the cold war and taking the work of HRAF to the next level, SORO set about the monumental task of defining the political and social causes of Communist revolution, the laws governing social change and the theories of communication and persuasion that could be used to transform public perception.

SORO formed a central component of the Pentagon's militarisation of social research, and particularly the ideas and doctrine that would usher in a gradual shift towards an American-led world order. Its research team was located on the campus of American University in Washington, D.C, and comprised the era's pre-eminent intellectuals and academics.

SORO's ensemble team, from the fields of psychology, sociology and anthropology, would immerse themselves in social system theory, analysing the society and culture of numerous target countries, particularly in Latin America, while confronting the universal laws governing social behaviour and the mechanisms of communication and persuasion in each jurisdiction. If the US Army could understand the psychological factors that sparked revolution, they could, in theory, predict and intercept revolutions before they got off the ground.

SORO was part of a rapidly expanding nexus of Federally Funded Research Centers (FCRC's), that reoriented academia towards national security interests. Working at the intersection of science and the state, SORON's, as they were known, advocated for an expert-directed democracy, regardless of the totalitarian consequences of social engineers and technocrats acquiring control over the thoughts, actions, and values of ordinary people.

In those early days of the cold war, academics and scientists working at the intersection of military and academia firmly believed that intellectuals should guide geopolitics. This was accepted as the most stable form of governance to take the free world into the next century. It explains how we have arrived under the rubric of the 'settled science' today. Or at least, policies masquerading as science. From the biosecurity state to the fundamentalism of climate science, much of what was achieved in those golden years of militarised social research shapes the twenty-first century.

By 1962, sixty-six federally funded military research institutions were in operation. Between 1951 and 1967, the number tripled, while funding skyrocketed from $122 million to $1.6 billion.

But as opposition to the Vietnam War intensified in the 1960s, a growing number of intellectuals, policymakers and academics became concerned that the national security state was morphing into the statist, globalist force it had been fighting during the cold war and began publicly criticising Pentagon-funded social scientists as technocratic social engineers.

This inspired a wave of discontent against the militarisation of social research to grip America, culminating in 1969 with the American University's administrators banishing SORO from their campus and severing ties with their military partners. The move was endemic of the changing attitude towards these grey area special operations and resulted in the 1960's and 1970's with the excommunication of military research centres from university campuses across the US: a move that forced the military to look elsewhere – towards the private sector for their alternative warfare capabilities.

Following a long tradition of public-private military cooperation, from the Rand Corporation to the Smithsonian Group, these quasi-private institutions were being spun-out of the military at a rate of knots since the 1940's.

Project Camelot

One of the programs conceived by SORO was 'Methods for Predicting and Influencing Social Change and Internal War Potential'. Codenamed Project Camelot, the landmark program sought to understand the causes of social revolution and identify actions, within the realm of behavioural science, that could be taken to suppress insurrection.

The goal, according to defence analyst, Joy Rhodes, was 'to build a radar system for left wing revolutionaries.' A sort of 'computerised early warning system that could predict and prevent political movements before they ever got off the ground.'

'This computer system' writes Joy Rhodes, 'could check up to date intelligence against a list of preconditions, and revolutions could be stopped before the instigators even knew they were headed down the path of revolution.'

The research collected by Project Camelot would produce predictive models of the revolutionary process and profile what social scientists deemed 'revolutionary tendencies and traits.' It was anticipated that such knowledge would not only help military leaders anticipate the trajectory of social change, but would also enable them to design effective interventions that could, in theory, channel or suppress change in ways that were favourable to U.S. foreign policy interests.

It was intended that the information gathered by Project Camelot would funnel into a large 'computerised database' for forecasting, social engineering, and counterinsurgency, that could be tapped at any time by the military and intelligence community.

But the project was beleaguered by controversy when academics in South America discovered its military funding and imperialist motives.

The ensuing backlash resulted in Project Camelot being, ostensibly, shut down, though the core of its project survived. Multiple military research projects picked up on Project Camelot's 'early warning radar system for left wing revolutionaries,' while its computerised database for 'forecasting, social engineering, and counterinsurgency' went on to inspire a nascent technology developed in the years to come, that would eventually become known to the world as the internet.

The Military Origins of the Internet

As Sasha Levine reveals in his ground-breaking book, Surveillance Valley, at the height of the Cold War, US military commanders were pursuing a decentralised computer communications system without a base of operations or headquarters, that could withstand a Soviet strike, without blacking-out or destroying the entire network.

The project was coordinated by the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), created by President Eisenhower in 1958, for the development of technologies that would expand the frontiers of science and technology and help the US close the missile gap with the Soviets.

DARPA has been at the vanguard of every major advancement in the development of personal computers since the cold war, culminating in 1969 with the first computers arriving in universities across the US.

A few years later DARPA would develop the protocols to enable connected computers to communicate transparently across multiple networks. Known as The Internetting Project, DARPA's prototypical communications network, the ARPANET, was born in 1973.

The project was eventually transferred to the Defence Communications Agency and integrated into the numerous new networks that had emerged. By 1983 the ARPANET was divided into two constituents: MILNET to be used by military and defence agencies, while the civilian version would retain the ARPANET handle.

Fast forward to 1990 and the ARPANET was officially decommissioned, and the Internet privatised to a consortium of corporations including IBM and MCI. Eventually the federal government created a dozen or so network providers and span them off to the private sector, building companies that would become the backbone of today's internet, including Verizon Time-Warner, AT&T and Comcast.

That's the same handful of corporations who not only own 90% of US media outlets, but also control the flow of global communications, through a process of absolute vertical-horizontal alignment of legacy media with digital media, and the infrastructures and technologies that enable their mass communication, including cable, satellite and wireless, the devices and hardware, software and operating systems.

J.C.R. Licklider

A central player in the development of the ARPANET, who many consider the founding father of computing, was American psychologist, J. C. R. Licklider.

Lick, as he was known, was the first director of the agency tasked with executing DARPA's information technology programs, The Information Processing Techniques Office (IPTO), that has been responsible for just about major advancement in computer communications since the sixties.

As Stephen J. Lukasik, a contributor to the ARPANET project reflected in his paper ' 'Why the Arpanet Was Built', 'Lick saw information technology and behavioural and cognitive science issues as connected.'

Lick was essentially predicting how the internet would go on to evoke real world social processes that would radically transform how we communicate, organise and process information. It is no coincidence that a psychologist of Lick's calibre was at the vanguard of a new technology designed to exploit basic vulnerabilities in the human psyche.

In the 1960's Lick oversaw DARPA's strategic interest in a new frontier of information technology, called Brain Computer Interfaces (BCI's). In his famous paper, considered one of the most important in the history of computing, Lick put forward the then radical idea that the human mind would one day merge seamlessly with computers.

He was anticipating the evolution of AI and the role that DARPA would go on to play in funding just about every major advancement in BCI technology over eight decades, including Elon Musk's fully-implanted, wireless, brain-machine interface company, Neuralink.

The Vietnam War

The ARPANET brought together the Pentagon's war machine with university research departments and the Bay area's counterculture scene, inspiring much of the anecdotal idealism that would define the early years of cyberspace as a liberating new frontier for humanity.

Cyberspace, it was claimed by its early adopters, would free information and provide universal connectivity. The realms of possibility were, indeed, endless.

But war hawks and intelligence analysts had other ideas. If the lessons of the Vietnam war were anything to go by, the future of US warfare would not be with nation states, it would be with ideologies, or more specifically, grassroots movements, such as the Viet Cong, who had the power to stoke the flames of civil unrest, that could lead to uprisings, or worse, revolution. Alternative approaches were, therefore, needed to infiltrate and disrupt this new threat to the 'free world'.

As the war raged in Southeast Asia, another psychology PhD, Robert Taylor, joined DARPA as the agency's third director. Taylor transferred to Vietnam in 1967, to establish the first computer centre at the Military Assistance Command base in Saigon, a central pillar in the DoD's psychological warfare operations. The move was symptomatic of the changing rules of military engagement that saw DARPA, and indeed, this new technology, playing a major role in the war effort, both in Southeast Asia, and at home on US soil, against the growing anti-war movement.

In 1968, Taylor and 'Lick published their seminal paper 'The Computer as a Communication Device', laying out the future of what the Internet would eventually become. The paper began with the visionary statement: "In a few years, men will be able to communicate more effectively through a machine than face to face," anticipating the meteoric rise of social media, particularly Facebook, in the decades to come.

Bringing the PSYOP Back Home

The origins of Facebook coincide with a controversial military program that was mysteriously shut down the same year Facebook launched.

The military program in question, LifeLog, was developed by DARPA's Information Processing Techniques Office, with the stated aim of creating a permanent and searchable electronic diary of a person's entire life – a dataset of their most personal information, including their movements, conversations, connections, and everything they listened to, watched, read and bought.

But would people willingly give up a record of their private lives to a military intelligence social media platform?

Probably not. Enter Facebook.

LifeLog, meanwhile, was ostensibly shut down. But this was not the first nor the last time that a project of this magnitude would be proposed.

In a 1945 article for The Atlantic, Vannevar Bush who, the reader will recall, directed the US Army's psychological operations during World War II, discussed his hypothetical project, The Memex, as a device "in which an individual stores all his books, records and communications, and which is mechanised so that it may be consulted with exceeding speed and flexibility."

In immortalising people's lives, it was hoped that LifeLog would eventually contribute to the emerging field of artificial intelligence (AI), that would one day think just like a human, intersecting with another DARPA backed project – the Personal Assistant That Learns (PAL) – a cognitive computing system designed to make military decision-making more efficient, which was eventually spun-off as Siri, the virtual assistant on Apple's operating system, present in the homes of 1 billion unsuspecting people.

But LifeLog is just one part of the story. There was another DARPA program that also 'disappeared' one year before Facebook made its debut. Often cited as the precursor to Facebook, the Information Awareness Office (IAO) brought together several DARPA surveillance and information technology projects including MDDS which provided Google's seed funding.

The stated aim of the IAO was to gather and store the personal information of every US citizen, including their personal emails, social networks, lifestyles, credit card records, phone calls, medical records, without, of course, the need for a search warrant.

This information would funnel back to intelligence agencies, under the guise of predicting and preventing terrorist incidents before they happened. Reminiscent of Project Camelot's early warning radar system for left wing revolutionaries.

Despite the government, apparently, abandoning their gambit for total information awareness over ordinary Americans, the core of the project survived.

I draw your attention to Palantir, the spooky data analytics firm founded by Facebook's board member, Peter Thiel.

Portrayed as science fiction in the firm Minority Report, Palantir's predictive policing analytics have been deployed extensively against insurgents in Iraq and by police departments in the US.

This is, of course, nothing new for the Chinese. The convergence of big tech data analytics with social credits has been put to good use by the CCP to weed out and punish dissidents who can find themselves held indefinitely without charge or trial in political re-education camps for holding the wrong set of political beliefs.

But, it must also be accepted, these Orwellian methods of repression did not originate in China. The encroachment of the CIA into the public sphere has been happening since the 1960's, when the US imported decades of counterinsurgency from the soviet satellites to tackle the anti-war and civil rights movements.

This was ramped up in the wake of 9/11 and now, through the backdoor of COVID-19 total information awareness, is coming home to roost, as China's social credits system has been implemented on the back of the Green Pass.

Before anti-vaxxers and conspiracy theorists, you had civil rights and anti-war activists. The ideology guiding dissent may have changed, but the military tactics used to counter it remain the same.

Part 2: The War is Over, The Good Guys Lost

If insurgency is defined as an organised political struggle by a hostile minority attempting to seize power through revolutionary means, then counterinsurgency is the military doctrine historically used against non-state actors, that sets out to infiltrate and eradicate those movements.

Unlike conventional soldiers, insurgents are considered dangerous not because of their physical presence on the battlefield, but because of their ideology.

As David Galula, a French commander who was an expert in counterinsurgency warfare during the Algerian War, emphasised: "In any situation, whatever the cause, there will be an active minority for the cause, a neutral majority, and an active minority against the cause. The technique of power consists in relying on the favourable minority in order to rally the neutral majority and to neutralise or eliminate the hostile minority."

Over time, however, the intelligence state lost touch with reality, as the focus of its counterinsurgency programs shifted from foreign to domestic populations, from national security risks to ordinary citizens -particularly in the wake of 9/11, when the NSA and its British counterpart, GCHQ, began mapping out the Internet.

Thanks to Edward Snowden's revelations in 2013, we now know that the NSA were collecting 200 billion pieces of data every month, including the cell phone records, emails, web searches and live chats of more than 200 million ordinary Americans. This was extracted from the world's largest internet companies via a lesser-known data-mining program called Prism.

There's another name for this, and it's total information awareness, the highest attainment of a paranoid state seeking absolute control over its population. What ceases to be worth the candle is that people's right to privacy is enshrined under the US Constitution's fourth amendment.

Few understand how lockdowns are ripples on these troubled waters. Decades of counterinsurgency waged against one subset of society, branded insurgents for their Marxist ideals, has, over time, shifted to anyone holding anti-establishment views. The predictive policing of track and trace and the theory of asymptomatic transmission are the unwelcome repercussions of the intelligence state seeking total information awareness over its citizens.

Throughout COVID-19, anyone audacious enough to want to think for themselves or do their own research has had a target painted on their back. But according to the EU, one third of Europe is unvaccinated. This correlates precisely with David Galula's theory of counterinsurgency, that suggests one third of society is the active minority 'against the cause,' who must be neutralised or eliminated.

And for good reason. People are within sniffing distance of mobilising popular support from the neutral majority and toppling the house of cards. What follows is a protracted campaign by the establishment to neutralise the opposition.

It was not so long ago that journalists were called muckrakers, for digging up dirt on Robber Barons who, overtime, learned how to throw muck back, using smear and innuendo, such as 'conspiracy theorist', 'anti-vaxxer' and 'right-wing extremist.'

When Domestic Populations Become the Battlefield

The use of counterinsurgency in the UK goes back to colonial India in the 1800s. According to historians, this was the first time the British government used methods of repression and social control against indigenous communities who were audacious enough to want to liberate their homeland from imperialist rule.

Counterinsurgency was used extensively during The Troubles in Northern Ireland against another anti-imperialist faction, also looking to liberate their homeland from The Crown. Much of the lessons learned in Northern Ireland were later transferred into the everyday policing and criminal justice policies of mainland Britain. And it wasn't just dissenters who were targeted by these operations, it was anyone with left wing ideals, particularly trade unionists who, it could be argued, were conspiring with the Kremlin to overthrow parliamentary democracy.

Decades of infiltration has recalibrated the left into genuflections of establishment interests

I draw your attention to the spying and dirty tricks operations against the 1980s miners' strike. This continued right up until 2012, when the police and intelligence communities were implicated in a plot to blacklist construction industry workers deemed troublesome for their union views.

The existence of a secret blacklist was first exposed in 2009, when investigators from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) raided an unassuming office in Droitwich, Worcestershire, and discovered an extensive database used by construction firms to vet and ultimately blacklist workers belonging to trade unions. More than 40 construction firms, including Balfour Beatty and Sir Robert McAlpine, had been funding the confidential database and keeping people out of work for many years.

If you want to know what happened to the left, look no further than Project Camelot's early warning radar system for left wing revolutionaries. Decades of infiltration has recalibrated the left into genuflections of establishment interests.

It was the unions who scuppered the easing of lockdowns in the UK and consistently called on the Department of Education to postpone the reopening of schools. This is despite the impact which school closures had on marginalised families, who were statistically more at risk from the fallout of lockdowns, and supposedly represented by union interests.

From the infiltration of unions to the co-option of activism, a judge-led public enquiry in 2016 revealed 144 undercover police operations had infiltrated and spied on more than 1,000 political groups in long term deployments since 1968. With covert spymasters rising in the ranks to hold influential leadership positions, guiding policy and strategy, and in some cases, radicalising those movements from within to damage their reputation and weaken public support.

We also need to talk about big philanthropy. George Soros' Open Foundation is the largest global donor to the twenty-first century's equivalent of activist groups. The agitprop used in the former Soviet Union evolved, over time, into the masthead of Extinction Rebellion, a motley crew of 'eco-warriors' courted by high profile financial donors and aligned ideologically with the very multinational energy corporations they are supposedly at odds with. This climate agenda came out of the UN, organiser of COP20, for what reason ER had to protest the event is anyone's guess.

ER doner, George Soros, is also a seed investor in Avaaz, often cited as the world's largest and most powerful online activist network. When the US was on the brink of insurrection, following the first lockdown, Black Lives Matter entered the fray, not so much a grassroots movement, but a proxy for the Democrats to essentially redirect the public's outrage against lockdowns into the wrong, establishment-endorsed cause.

Counterinsurgency in the US

In the US, COINTELPRO was a series of illegal operations conducted by the FBI between 1956 and 1971, to disrupt, discredit and neutralise anyone considered a threat to national security. In the loosest possible definition, this included members of the Women's Liberation Movement and even the Boy Scouts of America.

And it wasn't just the customary wiretapping, infiltration and media manipulation: the FBI committed blackmail and murder.

Take, for example, the infamous forced suicide letter addressed to Martin Luther King that threatened to release a sex tape of the civil rights leaders' extramarital activities, unless he took his own life. Consider also the FBI's assassination of Black Panther Party chairman Fred Hampton.

In the 1960's a Washington Post exposé by army intelligence whistle-blower Christopher Pyle revealed a massive surveillance operation run by the Army, called CONUS Intel, involving thousands of undercover military agents infiltrating and spying on virtually everybody active in what they deemed 'civil disturbances.' It turns out that many of those targeted had done nothing even remotely subversive, unless you consider attending a left-wing college presentation, or church meeting, revolutionary.

These programs came to a head in the 1970's, when an investigation by the US Senate, conducted by the Church Committee, uncovered decades of serious, systemic abuse by the CIA. This included intercepting the mail and eavesdropping on the telephone calls of civil rights and anti-war leaders over two decades. As if predicting the internet as an instrument for mass surveillance, Senator Frank Church warned that the NSA's capabilities could "at any time could be turned around on the American people."

And turned around they were.

USAGM

Before the internet, the deployment of PSYOPS was limited to legacy media and permitted only on foreign soil. But that all changed in 2013, when the government granted themselves permission to target ordinary Americans.

Conceived at the end of the cold war as the Broadcasting Board of Governors, USAGM is a lesser-known government agency charged with broadcasting thousands of weekly hours of US propaganda to foreign audiences, that has played a major role in pushing pro-American stories to former Soviet Bloc countries ever since Perestroika.

Ostensibly concerned with maintaining US interests abroad, USAGM has also been the primary funder of the Tor Project since inception. Tor, also known as The Onion Browser, is the mainstay of encrypted, anonymous search used by activists, hackers, and the anonymous community, if you can get your head around the fact that the confidential internet activity of anarchists has been framed by a PSYOP since the get-go.

For decades an anti-propaganda law, known as the Smith-Mundt Act, made it illegal for the government to conduct PSYOPS against US citizens. But that all changed in 2013 when the National Defence Authorization Act repealed that law and granted USAGM a licence to broadcast pro-government propaganda inside the United States.

To what extent US citizens are being targeted by propaganda is anyone's guess, since PSYOPS largely take place online, where it's difficult to distinguish between foreign and domestic audiences.

What we do know is that in 2009 the military budget for winning hearts and minds at home and abroad had grown by 63% to $4.7 billion annually. At that time the Pentagon accounted for more than half the Federal Government's $1 billion PR Budget.

An Associated Press (AP) investigation in 2016 revealed that the Pentagon employed a staggering 40% of the 5,000 working in the Federal Government's PR machines, with the Department of Defence, far and wide, the largest and most expensive PR operation of the United States government, spending more money on public relations than all other departments combined.

Things are not so different in the UK.

During COVID-19 the British government became the biggest national advertiser. Even tick tock and snapchat were deployed by the Scottish government to push COVID PSYOPS to children.

Last year Boris Johnson announced record defence spending for an artificial intelligence agency and the creation of a national cyber force. That's a group of militarised computer hackers to conduct offensive operations.

Offensive operations against whom, you might ask.

Britain was not at war, but in an article for the Daily Mail last year, Britain's top counter terrorism officer, Neil Basu confirmed that the UK was waging an ideological war against anti vaccination conspiracy theorists. Ideological wars of this nature typically take place online, where much of the government's military budget was being spent.

Since the vaccine roll-out there has been a protracted effort to paint the 33% of British citizens who have a problem with lockdowns and vaccine mandates, as violent extremists, with one member of the commentariat drawing parallels with US-style militias.

It doesn't take a genius to see where this is heading.

The Facebook's-Intelligence-Harvard Connection

Consistent with the opaque nature of Facebook's origins, shortly after its launch in 2014 co-founders Mark Zuckerberg and Dustin Moskovitz brought Napster founder Sean Parker on board. At the age of 16, Parker hacked into the network of a Fortune 500 company and was later arrested and charged by the FBI. Around this time Parker was recruited by the CIA.

To what end, we don't know.

What we do know is that Parker brought Peter Thiel to Facebook as its first outside investor. Thiel, who remains on Facebook's board, also sits on the Steering Committee of globalist think tank, the Bilderberg Group. As previously stated, Thiel is the founder of Palantir, the spooky intelligence firm pretending to be a private company.

The CIA would join the FBI, DoD and NSA in becoming a Palantir customer in 2005, later acquiring an equity stake in the firm through their venture capital arm, In-Q-Tel. At the time of his first meetings with Facebook, Theil had been working on resurrecting several controversial DARPA programs.

Which begs the question: with intelligence assets embedded in Facebook's management structure from the get-go, is everything as it seems at 1 Hacker Way?

According to Lauren Smith, writing for Wrong Kind of Green: "Some of Facebook's allure to users is that Mark Zuckerberg and his friends started the company from a Harvard dorm room and that he remains the chairman and chief operating officer. If he didn't exist, he would need to be invented by Facebook's marketing department."

By the same token, if Facebook didn't exist it would need to be invented by the Pentagon.

To achieve this, you would need to embed government officials in Facebook's leadership and governance. Cherry picking your candidates from, say, the US Department of Treasury, and launching the platform from an academic institution, Harvard University, for example.

According to the official record, Zuckerberg built the first version of Facebook at Harvard in 2004. Like J.C.R Licklider before him, he was a psychology major.

Harvard's president at that time was economist Lawrence Summers, a career public servant who served as chief economist at the World Bank, was secretary of the treasury under the Clinton administration and 8th director of the National Economic Council.

Now here's where it gets interesting. Summers' protégée, Sheryl Sandberg, has been Facebook's COO since 2008. Sandberg was at the dials during the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and predictably, manages Facebook's Washington relationships. Before Facebook, Sandberg was chief of staff at the Treasury under Summers and began her career as an economist, also under Summer, at the World Bank.

Another Summers-Harvard-Treasury connection is Facebook's Board Member, Nancy Killefer, who served under Summers as CFO at the Treasury Department.

It doesn't end there. Facebook's chief business officer Marne Levine also served under Summers at the Department of Treasury, National Economic Council and Harvard University.

The CIA connection is Robert M. Kimmet. According to West Point, Kimmet "has contributed significantly to our nation's security…seamlessly blending the roles of soldier, statesman and businessman". In addition to serving on Facebook's board of directors, Kimmet is a national security adviser to the CIA, and the recipient of the CIA Director's Award.

The icing on the cake, however, is former DAPRA Director, Regina Dugan, who joined Facebook's hardware lab, Building 8, in 2016, to roll out a number of mysterious DARPA funded-projects that would hack people's minds with brain-computer interfaces.

Dugan currently serves as CEO of Wellcome Leap, a technology spin-off of the world's most powerful health foundation, concerned with the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI), including transdermal vaccines. Wellcome Leap brings DARPA's military-intelligence innovation to "the most pressing global health challenges of our time," called COVID-19.

Connecting the dots: Wellcome Leap was launched at the World Economic Forum, with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Its founder is Jeremy Ferrar, former SAGE member, long-time collaborator of Chris Witty and Neil Ferguson and the patsy taking the rap for the Wuhan leak cover-up story.

George Carlin wasn't joking when he said: 'it's one big club, and you're not in it.'

As luck would have it, just before Duggan's arrival at Facebook, the social media giant orchestrated the controversial mood manipulation PSYOP, known as the Social Contagion Study. The experiment would anticipate the role social media went on to play during the pandemic.

In the study, Facebook manipulated the posts of 700,000 unsuspecting users to determine the extent to which emotional states can be transmitted across social media. To achieve this, they altered the news feed content of users to control the number of posts that contained positive or negative charged emotions.

As you would expect, the findings of the study revealed that negative feeds caused users to make negative posts, whereas positive feeds resulted in users making positive posts. In other words, Facebook is not only a fertile ground for emotional manipulation, but emotions can also be contagious across its networks.

Once we understand this, it becomes clear how fear of a disease, which predominantly targeted people beyond life expectancy with multiple comorbidities who were dying anyway, spread like wildfire in the wake of the Wuhan Virus. In locking down the UK, Boris Johnson warned the British public that we would all lose family members to the disease. When nothing could be further from the truth.

The pandemic largely happened in the flawed doomsday modelling of epidemiologists, it happened across the corporate media, and it happened on social media platforms like Facebook. It wasn't so much a pandemic, but the social contagion experiment playing out in real time.

Politicians acquire impunity from public scrutiny and an entire nation is kept under house arrest

But there was more than just social media manipulating our emotional states: fear, shame, and scapegoating were rife, as the British government deployed behavioural economics to, essentially, nudge the public towards compliance.

Launched under David Cameron's Government, the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT), (affectionately known as the Nudge Unit), are a team of crack psychologists and career civil servants tasked with positively influencing appropriate behaviour with tiny changes.

But according to whose measure of appropriate behaviour, exactly?

A clue lies in the fact that BIT was directed by Sir Mark Sedwill during the first lockdown. He's one of Britain's most senior national security advisors with links to MI5 and MI6.

That's an intelligence operative ruling by psychological manipulation, though we are led to believe that, in a democracy, government is an agency of the people and parliament is given force of law by the will of the people.

But what happens when our consent is manipulated by those in power?

One consequence is that the foxes take charge of the chicken coop. Another is that we begin to see drastic changes to the constitutional landscape. Politicians acquire impunity from public scrutiny and an entire nation is kept under house arrest.

But this demonisation of the masses is also the backwash of a protracted counterinsurgency crusade waged on ordinary people. When the Berlin wall came down in the nineties and decades of counterinsurgency was rendered obsolete, the battlelines moved from East to the West, from the Soviets to the lower orders of society.

The mythos of communist infiltration, that gave rise to the threat of terrorism, is the ancestor of today's biosecurity state. A government that tightens its grip, using fear of a common enemy, will find no shortage of common enemies, to continue tightening its grip.

Conclusions


Strong-arming the world's population under the rubric of biosecurity would not have been possible without the internet, and if the expulsion of the military and intelligence community from academic institutions in the 1960's had not resulted in the creation of Silicon Valley, they would not have acquired total information awareness, the precursor to the Green Pass.

But this formidable goal also caused the US to morph into the opponent it had been fighting during the cold war, as predicted by public intellectuals in the 1960s.

And so, with an annual budget of $750 billion and 23,000 military and civilian personnel in their employment, the Pentagon failed to denounce what many armchair researchers called out in the early days of the pandemic. That a global coup was underway was patently obvious, as crisis actors played dead in Wuhan, China.

Instead, those charged with protecting the west from Soviet-style putsch failed to apprehend it happening right under their noses. It's not so much that they were caught with their trousers down, it's that they aided and abetted the coop. Years of fighting a statist, expansionist adversary, caused the intelligence state to mutate into their nemesis, namely China.

It is uncanny that the country with the worst human rights record on earth became the global pacemaker for lockdowns, as western democracies exonerated their existential threat and bowed to China's distinct brand of tyranny.

As a result, the big tech data analytics pioneered by Silicon Valley luminaries, road tested in China, finally landed on the shorelines of western democracies.

Another story entirely is the infiltration of sovereign nation states by the United Nations, whose special agency, the WHO, sparked the events that would lead to the fall of the West.

In an ironic twist of fate, the intelligence state created at the end of world war II, under the National Security Act, conceived the very corporations that would bring about the end of constitutional democracy.

Nowadays, it doesn't matter if you're in the dusty slew of a Calcutta slum or enjoying pristine views over Central Park, everyone is subject to the same scrutiny and surveillance, policed by the same community standards, manipulated by the same algorithms, and indexed by the same intelligence agencies.

No matter where you are, Silicon Valley is limiting what information you can see, share, communicate and learn from online. They are raising your kids, shaping your worldview and in the wake of COVID-19 and climate change, they have assumed the role of science administrator.

Founded on the principles of freedom of expression and heralded as a liberating new frontier for humanity, the internet has criminalised free speech, divorced it from our nature and ensnared us under a dragnet of surveillance.

But above all else, cyberspace has bought into existence a substructure of reality that is cannibalising the five-sensory world, while forcing humanity to embark on the greatest exodus in human history, from the tangible world to the digital nexus, from our real lives to the metaverse.

As Goethe's quote goes: 'None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.' Namely, anyone still looking through rose-tinted lenses in the digital age, oblivious to the fact they are victims of systematic addiction.

The bread and circuses of the internet influences the same dopamine rewards centres and neural circuitry motivators as slot machines, cigarettes, and cocaine, as was originally intended by psychologists like JCR Licklider, at the helm of this new technology that would exploit basic vulnerabilities in the human psyche.

And as we descend further into the maelstrom of the digital age, the algorithms will get smarter, the psychological drivers will become more persuasive and digital rubric will become more real. Until eventually we will lose touch with reality altogether.

But don't worry, this war of attrition is happening in conjunction with the roll out of new software and devices, and most will be too busy building their digital avatars or dissenting on social media to know any better.

Dustin Broadbery is a writer and researcher based in London who has been writing about the New Normal these past two years, particularly the ethical and legal issues around lockdowns and mandates, the history and roadmap to today's biosecurity state, and the key players and institutions involved in the globalised takeover of our commons. Aside from COVID-19, Dustin writes about the intelligence state, big tech surveillance, big philanthropy, activism and human rights. You can find his work at https://www.thecogent.org/ Or follow him on twitter @TheCogent1

Winter Oak
18 Mar 2022 | 12:37 pm

Growing the new resistance!


We have often written before on this site about the astonishing collapse into abject inananity of what used to be the international anarchist movement.

This process has been underway for several years. While deliberate infiltration and ideological sabotage seem more than likely, the movement's underlying weakness is probably due to its historical failure to shake off the dominant industrial mindset.

To a longstanding "scientific" antipathy to spirituality and reluctance to confront Technik has been added an ever-narrowing obsession with fragmented micro-causes.

These, from the modern anarchist's flat and limited perspective, only come together in the form of an artificial "intersectionality" which is, strangely enough, also embraced by the corporate world.

The final nail in the coffin, of course, came with Covid, when these pseudo-anarchists revealed themselves to be 100% pro-com, that is to say pro-compliance with Big Pharma and, indeed, with the technocratic system as a whole.

But do not despair: there are still real anarchists out there!

Some of these are currently coming together via Nevermore, an international trilingual multimedia project, and they include:

Iain Davis of the In This Together website. Author of A Dangerous Ideology (2018), he also contributes to the likes of 21st Century Wire, the UK Column, the OffGuardian, ZeroHedge and the Corbett Report.

He writes: "I speak out because I know humans have the capacity for immense strength, compassion and solidarity. I've seen it every day, throughout my working life. However, we are constantly pitted against each other by an establishment built upon the concept of 'divide and rule.'"

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Mark Crispin Miller, a professor of media, culture and communication at New York University. He is the author of several books, including Boxed In: The Culture of TV (1988), Cruel and Unusual: Bush/Cheney's New World Order (2004), and Fooled Again: The Real Case for Electoral Reform (2007).

He is on the board of the Organisation for Propaganda Studies, an international consortium of scholars, and the Alliance for Human Research Protection, whose goal is to prevent, or correct, violations of informed consent in medical research.

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The Stirrer, a feisty dissident UK outfit committed to bringing about radical change using a mix of propaganda and practical action.

They explain: "Humour and calling truth to power are our stock in trade. Our propaganda is a means to an end, not an end in itself. We've built up a considerable amount of experience in writing, running blogs, producing and distributing printed propaganda. We're more than happy to offer these services to any groups we work in partnership with".

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Jordan Henderson, an artist from the Northwest of the United States whose work has featured on the Winter Oak site.

He writes: "Covid-19 opened up a whole new horizon of ideas for me. It was the forced masks that fascinated me; the societal strife and the side you aligned with was now being worn on your face – or not, and the absence of a muzzle spoke even more loudly than its presence."

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Margaret Anna Alice, who writes about media narratives, politics, psychology, propaganda, history, philosophy, language, film, art, music, literature, and culture at Margaret Anna Alice Through the Looking Glass.

Her articles have been published at OffGuardian, The Burning Platform, Lew Rockwell, Plato's Cave, ZeroHedge, Straight Line Logic, BlackListed News, The Truth Within, Libertarian Hub and hundreds of other outlets.

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John Duffy, an author, blogger, and podcaster from the American Midwest. He is also a veteran activist with deep connections to the grassroots environmental movement.

As the author of The Watchdogs Didn't Bark: CIA, NSA and the Crimes of the War on Terror, he is an expert on the War on Terror and the US national security state. In 2020, he wrote a six-part series about the similarities between the "War on COVID" with the War or Terror.

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Paul Cudenec, an English journalist and author whose writing appears regularly on the Winter Oak site and who is perhaps now best known for his 2020 article Klaus Schwab and his Great Fascist Reset.

He said in a 2013 interview: "Anarchism is the political label we give to a massive underground river of suppressed thinking that is flowing under the streets of our materialist capitalist civilization, waiting to rise up and sweep away its factories, prisons and city halls. Ultimately, it's the life-force itself and as such it's unstoppable".

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The Nevermore Twitter profile describes those involved in the project as the "last real anarchists".

But they could well prove to be the first of a new breed of 21st century rebels!

Below are the contact details for Nevermore. In view of increasing censorship of the internet, it could be particularly useful to sign up for their emails via Substack.

SUBSTACK

ENGLISH – https://nevermoremedia.substack.com

ESPANOL – https://nevermorees.substack.com

FRANÇAIS – https://nevermorefrancais.substack.com

TWITTER ACCOUNTS

ENGLISH – https://twitter.com/@nevermorezine

ESPANOL – https://twitter.com/@NVRMR_ES

FRANÇAIS – https://twitter.com/@NVRMR_FR

TELEGRAM CHANNELS

ENGLISH – https://t.me/NEVERMORE_EN

ESPANOL – https://t.me/NEVERMORE_ES

FRANÇAIS – https://t.me/NEVERMORE_FR

YOUTUBE

ENGLISH – https://youtube.com/channel/UCuI0-U9LjYuoWYe7n9QwyHw

Winter Oak
15 Mar 2022 | 10:14 am

The Acorn – 72


Number 72

In this issue:

  1. Against power, lies and war!
  2. The monstrous truth
  3. Second scramble for Africa?
  4. Real radical history
  5. Leo Tolstoy: an organic radical inspiration
  6. Acorninfo

1. Against power, lies and war!

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The weeks since our last Acorn bulletin have seen a dramatic shift in the system's narrative.

While the Covid story remains ongoing, it has largely been replaced by the frenzied hysteria over events in Ukraine.

It seems rather convenient that, at the precise moment that the "pandemic" scam was unravelling and the Great Resist against this global coup growing greater than ever, attention so suddenly switched elsewhere!

In fact, as is explained here, the Ukraine-Russia conflict clearly represents a continuation, by other means, of the Great Reset agenda and will help push forward all the technocrat slavemasters' pet projects from "green" energy to lab-grown food and, of course, their holy grail of compulsory digital identities for all.

Dissident academic Dr Piers Robinson writes in a similar vein: "War in the Ukraine has significant potential to serve as a new enabling event facilitating the drive toward restrictions on liberties and the roll-out of agendas that the WEF has been waxing lyrical about for two years".

The situation is obviously a complex one and it is important not to fall into the divisive traps being set for us.

Schwab and Putin cropIt is possible, after all, to be aware at one and the same time of NATO's provocative expansionism and of the historical links between the militarist Putin regime and the World Economic Forum, which saw a WEF Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution being set up in Russia as recently as 2021.

We would do well to remember George Orwell's line from his masterful novel Nineteen Eighty-Four: "The war is waged by the ruling group against its own subjects and its object is not the victory over either Eurasia or East Asia, but to keep the very structure of society intact".

As the perpetual targets and victims of the ruling group's militarist spectacles, we, the 99.9%, need to oppose all their foul bloodbaths, under whatever guise they try to sell them to us.

If we take this principled stance, intelligently and coherently making the connection with all the other facets of this vile system, then the war in Ukraine will not undermine our Great Resist, but strengthen and amplify it!

We can stand tall and proud and declare ourselves to be against everything that the murderous and manipulative global billionaire class represents.

We will not rally around any of the flags they try to hand us. We will not be herded like sheep into the pens they have prepared.

may29-3-CropOur opposition comes from beyond their stage-managed world, from outside the manufactured reality they pump into our minds with their endless brain-rotting propaganda.

Our resistance surges up from below and is directed against those above who have trampled all over us for far too long.

This is, indeed, the powerful message from the Zapatista movement in Chiapas, Mexico, whose emergence in 1994 in opposition to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) inspired the mighty anti-globalisation movement only broken by 9/11 and the subsequent "war on terror".

On Sunday March 13, they converged on the city of San Cristobal de las Casas, in their biggest demonstration for many a year, to declare their opposition to both the Russian invasion of Ukraine and NATO imperialism.

They declared: "There are big capital interests at stake, on both sides. As Zapatistas, we do not support one state or another, but those who fight for life against the system".

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2. The monstrous truth

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It is hard to fully grasp the sheer monstrosity of the system under which we live.

Most people simply cannot imagine that anyone could deliberately inflict untold misery and death on others, purely in pursuit of their own selfish goals.

Instead, even when they are not happy about what has happened, they cling to the semi-reassuring notion that it must have been some kind of mistake, or accident, the unforeseen outcome of a collision of social circumstances or geopolitical forces for which nobody in particular could be held responsible.

They consider it outlandish to suggest, despite the abundant evidence, that our own ruling clique has created, funded and trained terrorist groups to attack its own populations so as to frighten them into cowed obedience.

They do not think it likely for a fake "pandemic" to be sold to a global public in a pre-planned and co-ordinated fashion in order to advance a certain nefarious agenda, with the vast and irreparable suffering caused by this scam regarded as acceptable collateral damage.

UNSDGs slaveryThey struggle to see how it could really be true that the social and environmental goals and solutions offered to us by virtue-signalling "do-gooders" are nothing but lies, Trojan horses for yet more exploitation and destruction.

It is impossible for many folk to imagine that nightmarish military conflicts costing thousands, if not millions, of innocent lives, could be schemed up behind the scenes and sold to the public on false pretences.

They cannot believe any of this because they, like most of us, fall into the "mostly good" category of human being, tripping and stumbling our way through life trying not to cause too much harm to others and still feeling uneasy, years later, about the times when we did not meet our own moral standards.

But the powerful individuals who pull the strings in this world are not like us and therefore behave in ways which we cannot begin to fathom.

psychopathThey are psychopaths, utterly lacking in empathy for their fellow humans and addicted to the taste of blood and power.

In their vile arrogance, they imagine themselves better than all the little people, all the peasants, all the nobodies and failures over whom they merrily trample in their quest for yet more wealth and glory.

Their sneering sense of superiority fuels their behaviour. They see themselves as the glorious end product of neo-Darwinian "dog eats dog" evolution, the "fittest" who are destined to survive and prosper at the expense of the despised masses.

In truth, of course, the opposite is true. These liars and manipulators, these mass-murdering mafiosi, represent the very worst of humanity.

Only in their own inverted and amoral view of the world do the ruthless and greedy occupy any kind of high ground. They are the lowest of the low.

But as long as we continue to see the world from their perspective, which they present to us as the one and only truth, we will not be able to grasp this.

Take off the masks turn off the tvWe need to step right out of the picture they have painted for us, in which we will only ever be the background to the triumph of their own twisted will.

The first thing we obviously have to do is to stop listening to and believing their lies, refuse to base our understanding of reality on what they tell us, decline to take "sides" in the gruesome games they devise to further divide and control us.

We also have to shake ourselves free from the language they use and all the assumptions this brings with it. Enough of their "economy" and "growth" and "security" and "progress"! These are all just mislabelled facets of their ongoing domination.

As we strip away the fake reality they have painted, we will ditch all kinds of previously unchallengeable "truths".

No, we do not really have a "moral" duty to spend our lives working for the profit of the ruling class, just in order to live and eat and breathe!

No, our children do not belong to them and we did not have to hand them over for obligatory slave-think indoctrination or for experimental drug injection!

No, we do not "need" their infrastructures in order to live our lives and we certainly do not need "protection" from those who themselves represent by far the greatest threat to our well-being!

Eventually, after layer after layer of artifice has been peeled away, we will see the horrible truth about the psychopathic mafia and the physical and psychological slavery they have imposed on us for so long.

Once we have understood this, we will all know what to do next.

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3. Second scramble for Africa?

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Shared from the No Deal for Nature newsletter, March 2022.

Is a second scramble for Africa on the cards?

Going by the conservation industry's comments at a 2019 event, it would appear so!

"Nature can provide great economic benefits, especially in Africa, which has the greatest concentration of natural resources in the world."

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Nature can provide great economic benefits, especially in Africa, which has the greatest concentration of natural resources in the world. "Nature is not a cost. It is an opportunity," said André Hoffmann, europeansting.com/2019/09/07/why…@ashoffmann @WWF_DG #NewDealForNatureandPeopleWhy we need a Paris Agreement for natureThis article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kim Cloete, Official Writer, World Economic Forum on Africa It's time for all…europeansting.com

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Plans for Africa became clear to Mordecai Ogada at last September's IUCN Congress in Marseille. Read his account of events here.

The biggest thing out of Marseille was the European Union's grand plan to capture Africa's natural heritage through a program called NaturAfrica. Since they know that they have selected partners in Africa to whom prostitution comes easily, they drowned the announcement in noise about doubling of funding for conservation on Twitter.

Philippe Mayaux of the EU Commision presenting the NaturAfrica initiative

IUCN Africa Protected Areas Congress postponed

The conservation industry clearly fears public criticism of its plans. Which is why shortly after independent radio show Talking Africa aired an interview with Stephen Corry, in which he exposed the many issues with Protected Areas in Africa, the IUCN decided to postpone its Congress in Rwanda where the expansion of such areas is to be discussed. If you are on Twitter, make sure to give Talking Africa a follow.

After politely countering propaganda from the event organisers, we were even blocked by the APAC Twitter account.

Further proof of how much the trillion-dollar conservation industry fears criticism!

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Reassuring to know that we have hit a nerve! If you've listened to recent @TalkingAfrica shows, you'll be familiar with the #APAC2022 Congress which has now been postponed to July thanks to independent media exposure!

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To help shed more light on what is planned for Africa, on April 9 we are organising an online event. If you would like to be involved, please get in touch with us via email at nodealfornature@protonmail.com.

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4. Real radical history

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In a world of astroturf pseudo-rebellion and sterilised safe intellectual spaces, it is always encouraging to come across a source of coherent social critique. A new "review of counter-history" has been launched by l'Echappée publishers in Paris, France. Called brasero (brasier) it offers intelligent analysis of the past whih is capable of shaping the way we understand the present and imagine the future. More information is available here and, for those don't read French, here is a look at some the contents of this beautifully designed and illustrated 180-page radical magazine.

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Pierre Thiesset sheds light on the conflict between the bolsheviks and the great Russian radical thinker Leo Tolstoy (see below), who died seven years before they came to power. An enormous influence on Russian peasants, helping to pave the way for the 1917 revolution, the anti-industrialist Tolstoy was regarded as a "reactionary" by Lenin and his comrades and the dislike was mutual. "The social-democrat programme brought together Tolstoy's worst fears… He had felt that the revolutionaries were going to deceive the people by leading them into a dead end: that of the modernisation of the country and the end of the peasantry".

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In an article written 100 years ago, Marie Isidine discusses the sailors' uprising of Kronstadt, brutally crushed by the communists, who also smeared their radical libertarian opponents as being right-wing counter-revolutionaries. She explains: "The sailors of Kronstadt are, on the whole, anarchists. They are not to the right, but, on the contrary, to the left of the communists". What they, and other anti-bolsheviks, wanted was a Third Revolution, a rejection of Czarist tyranny, of the previous bourgeois regime and "of the dictatorship of the communist party with its secret police and its state-capitalism, strangling the working masses like a slipknot".

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François Jarrige looks at the origins, ubiquity and falsity of the claim that "you can't stand in the way of progress!". He notes how the meaning of the term "progress" changed over time to become "the rhetorical tool of the installation of a new industrialist consensus" used to impose technological "growth" on a reluctant population. It provided moral and ethical cover for the spread of ruthless industrialism, depicting objectors, "those who threatened its profits", as hopelessly backwards.

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The pre-WWI counter-culture at Ascona in Switzerland is described by Jean-Christophe Angaut and Anatole Lucet. This alternative mecca at 'Monte Verità' attracted people as diverse as sociologist Max Weber, anarchist Erich Mühsam, dancer Isadora Duncan and psychoanalysts Otto Gross and Carl Jung. It reflected the emergence of anti-industrial resistance in the German-speaking world, say the authors. With left-wing political movements making no electoral headway, there arose "a cultural critique of capitalist modernity, along with a desire to rediscover or create more authentic ways of living".

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Julien Lafon and Patrick Marcolini explore the history of an unusual French journal, Le Grand Jeu. They explain that by 1930, its initial experimental metaphysics had evolved into what the Germans call Kulturkritik, "a 'critique of culture', or, better said, a critique of modern civilization as a whole". Influenced by the likes of Sigmund Freud and René Guénon, Le Grand Jeu reached "the conviction that the West and the modern world are in crisis because they have broken with the metaphysical truth of which Eastern traditions (notably Hindu), offer the closest reflection".

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In an article written in the 1960s, André Tschan looks at William Morris, and particularly his typography. He describes the 19th century English radical's life and work as "the most surprising epic imaginable, marrying art and morality, politics and a sense of beauty, the idealism of youth and an ongoing work for more justice", culminating in an "aesthetic socialism".

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Charles Jacquier writes about the continuing relevance of George Orwell's writing. Referring to the "doublethink" typical of today's left, he stresses "the necessity of reading and re-reading Orwell with this in mind, at a time when 'smelly little orthodoxies' are combined with obvious irrationalism and inversion of values". He quotes the writer Simon Leys, who says of Orwell: "Today, I can't see that there is a single writer whose work could be of more urgent and immediate use to us".

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Renaud Garcia looks back at the mid-20th century science fiction of Clifford Donald Simak. The American painted a future in which "the disappearance of the human species becomes the background for all existence" and in which synthetic society has "ruined traditional conditions of life". One story describes a future society of ants, who had been very powerful, "but their giant world-sized edifice suddenly collapses…"

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5. Leo Tolstoy: an organic radical inspiration

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

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"We are spiritually connected on all sides – not only with people but with all living creatures"

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) was an enormously influential thinker and writer who called for people to live in a simple way, close to nature and free of the violence imposed by the state.

He did not term himself an anarchist, because he did not approve of the bomb-throwing approach favoured by much of the movement at the time, but his thinking belonged very much to that tradition.

His greatest novel, War and Peace, was influenced in title and content by a visit he made in Brussels to the French anarchist Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, who was just finishing his own book La guerre et la paix.

Tolstoy was also influenced by John Ruskin and Henry David Thoreau, with whom he shared a distrust of the myth of progress.

He condemned the factory system and, as Peter Marshall notes, repeatedly warned that "the Russian people should stay on the land, and avoid the industrial civilization of the West". (1)

This vision had a powerful influence on Mohandas Gandhi, who applied it to his native India.

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Explaining the roots of Tolstoy's back-to-nature philosophy, George Woodcock writes: "His years as an officer in the Caucasus, in contact with mountain tribesmen and Cossacks living in their traditional manner, taught him the virtues of simple societies close to nature and far from urban corruption; the lessons he drew from his experience were very close to those which Kropotkin drew from similar encounters in Siberia". (2)

This influence shines through in Tolstoy's works. For instance, in the 1863 novel The Cossacks, he has the character Olenin declare: "Happiness is being with Nature, seeing Nature, and discoursing with her". (3)

He did his best to live as a humble peasant himself, despite being born into the Russian aristocracy. He dressed simply, took up boot repairing and worked diligently in the fields of his own estate.

A life close to the land, with few needs, represented a moral ideal for Tolstoy. He wrote: "Every great thing is done in a quiet, humble, simple way – ploughing the land, building a house, breeding cattle, even thinking… Really great and true things are always simple and humble". (4)

He added: "We should be satisfied with the small things in life. And the less we need, the fewer troubles we have". (5)

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Tolstoy ploughing the land

Tolstoy advised people never to build, but rather to plant. The first approach was going against the grain of nature and thus risked being destroyed by her: "In the second, nature will help you, nurturing everything you have planted. The same applies to your spiritual life: things that are in harmony with eternal laws of human nature will grow". (6)

He therefore believed that a person would thrive best if, as Woodcock puts it, "he rejects the more artificial manifestations of civilization and lives in an organic relationship with the world of nature". (7)

The theme pervades his literature as well as his essays. War and Peace introduces peasant soldier Platon Karataev, a son of nature whose "words and actions flow from him evenly, inevitably, and spontaneously as fragrance exhales from a flower". (8)

tolstoy anna kareninaIn Anna Karenina, Tolstoy makes a clear distinction, says Woodcock, "between town and country, between artificial urban civilization, which always tends towards evil, and natural rural life, which always tends towards good if it is left to follow its own courses. Anna Karenina, dominated by the city and corrupted by its unnatural standards, is morally and at last physically destroyed". (9)

The artificial world is, of course, the world of money, in thrall to the mercantile "cosmovision" described by Georges Lapierre, and for Tolstoy this made it inherently corrupt.

He wrote: "In money, in the money itself, in acquiring money, in possessing money, there is something immoral… (10) If the rich person were truly virtuous, they would quickly stop being rich". (11)

Tolstoy identified a fundamental injustice in a world where wealth and power were so entwined and so dominant: "There cannot exist any virtue in a society which is divided into two: the rich who rule and the poor who obey". (12)

The earth was the general and equal possession of all humanity and therefore could not be the property of individuals, he argued: "The possession of land is as unjust as slavery when people own other people as their property". (13)

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State pomp: the coronation of the Czar

Tolstoy's reading of Proudhon and Peter Kropotkin helped him understand that this profound social injustice was only possible because of the existence of the state. He wrote: "The truth is that the state is a conspiracy designed not only to exploit, but above all to corrupt its citizens". (14)

A powerful opponent of all forms of violence, Tolstoy saw clearly that the state, with all its laws and punishments, was inseparable from violence. It was nothing other than violence, disguised as legality.

He wrote in 'The Slavery of Our Times' in 1900: "Laws are rules, made by people who govern by means of organized violence, for non-compliance with which the non-complier is subjected to blows, to loss of liberty, or even to being murdered". (15)

War was an extension of the inherent violence of the state, from which it, and the interests it defended, hoped to profit at the expense of human life.

Opponents of war therefore had to tackle the root cause: the state. He warned: "Until people reject the power of government to govern, to tax, to legislate and to punish, war will never stop. War is the consequence of the power of the government". (16)

apple treeLike all authentic anarchists, Tolstoy was able to reject the lie that the state was necessary for social cohesion because he identified a deeper, underlying organic unity.

He wrote: "It only seems to us that we are different from each other. So a flower on a tree may think that it is a separate being, but all the flowers are parts of the blossoming of one apple tree, and they all come from the one seed". (17)

As with his position on the immorality of money-based society, Tolstoy's anarchism here merges with his spiritual beliefs.

"Whether they know this or not, all creatures are inseparably connected", (18) he wrote. "We are spiritually connected on all sides – not only with people but with all living creatures". (19)

Tolstoy was a Christian, although he promoted, as Marshall points out, such a "highly unorthodox version of Christianity" (20) that he was eventually excommunicated by the Russian Orthodox Church.

His religion was based not on official Christian dogma but on the principle of "reason" – it was close, says Marshall, to the spirituality of "the mystical anarchists of the Middle Ages" (21) and of the 17th century English revolutionary Gerrard Winstanley.

Leo Tolstoy3For Woodcock, Tolstoy's concept of a binding force of "love" was in fact close to Kropotkin's notion of "mutual aid", (22) amounting to an awareness that, in Tolstoy's words, "we are all members of one great body". (23)

Tolstoy insisted that people had to overcome the separation from the natural world which was promoted by artificial society. He urged readers of his Calendar of Wisdom: "Distance yourself from everything that interferes with your perception of a special connection between you and all living creatures". (24)

According to the perennial wisdom of what Theodore Roszak calls the Old Gnosis, the grasping of our unity with the natural world and the cosmos beyond also involves the discovery of our true inner selves.

It was crucially important for Tolstoy that people could access this inner authenticity and derive their thinking from the light within rather than from secondhand sources.

"Some people live and act according to their own thoughts, and some according to the thoughts of other people. This is one of the major distinctions among people", (25) he stressed.

"A thought can propel your life in the right direction only when it answers questions asked by your soul. A thought which is borrowed from someone else and then accepted by your mind and memory does not influence your life much and may lead you in the wrong direction". (26)

Delving deeper than the surface of our so-called "personality" to understand the purpose of our own life was both enlightenment and freedom, said Tolstoy.

sun woodcutTo achieve this, he explained, we needed to make proper use of our intellect and ignore the commonplace belief that "mankind lives like a herd of cattle, that man is guided by economic considerations alone, and that his intellect is given to him merely for amusement". (27)

It was only this way, by using our intellect to guide us on a moral path through life, that we could challenge the tyranny of state, violence, money and exploitation.

Tolstoy did not believe that the corruption of artificial modern society could be overcome by purely political or physical means.

But a spiritual renewal, in which humanity cast off all the lies with which it had been chained and refused to obey its slavemasters, could sweep the world and change everything.

He wrote: "As a fire lit on a prairie or in a forest will not die out until it has burned all that is dry and dead, and therefore combustible, so the truth, once articulated in human utterance, will not cease its work until all falsehood, appointed for destruction, surrounding and hiding the truth on all sides as it does, is destroyed. The fire smolders long; but as soon as it flashes into flame, all that can burn burns quickly". (28)

Video link: Leo Tolstoy (44 mins)

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1. Peter Marshall, Demanding the Impossible: A History of Anarchism (London: Fontana Press, 1993) p. 380.
2. George Woodcock, Anarchism (London: Penguin, 1979) p. 209.
3. Leo Tolstoy, The Cossacks, cit. Woodcock, Anarchism, p. 213.
4. Leo Tolstoy, A Calendar of Wisdom: Wise Thoughts for Every Day, trans. Peter Sekirin (London: Hodder and Stoughton), 1998, p. 114.
5. Tolstoy, A Calendar of Wisdom, p. 144.
6. Tolstoy, A Calendar of Wisdom, p. 327.
7. Woodcock, Anarchism, p. 212.
8. Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace, cit. Woodcock, Anarchism, p. 214.
9. Woodcock, Anarchism, p. 213.
10. Tolstoy, A Calendar of Wisdom, p. 58.
11. Tolstoy, A Calendar of Wisdom, p. 193.
12. Tolstoy, A Calendar of Wisdom, p. 105.
13. Tolstoy, A Calendar of Wisdom, p. 261.
14. Leo Tolstoy, letter to V.P. Botkin, 1857, cit. Marshall, p. 364.
15. Leo Tolstoy, 'The Slavery of Our Times', 1900, The Anarchist Reader, ed. by George Woodcock, (Glasgow: Fontana, 1986) p. 118.
16. Tolstoy, A Calendar of Wisdom, p. 330.
17. Tolstoy, A Calendar of Wisdom, p. 28.
18. Tolstoy, A Calendar of Wisdom, p. 155.
19. Tolstoy, A Calendar of Wisdom, p. 229.
20. Marshall, p. 362.
21. Marshall, p. 382.
22. Woodcock, p. 208.
23. Tolstoy, A Calendar of Wisdom, p. 70.
24. Ibid.
25. Tolstoy, A Calendar of Wisdom, p. 219.
26. Tolstoy, A Calendar of Wisdom, p. 9.
27. Leo Tolstoy, 'Two Wars', Tolstoy's Writings on Civil Disobedience and Non-Violence (New York: Mentor, 1968), p. 22.
28. Leo Tolstoy, 'The Beginning of the End', Tolstoy's Writings on Civil Disobedience and Non-Violence, p. 14.

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6. Acorninfo

"The 'Great Reset' was intended to transition to a new form of capitalism: surveillance capitalism. In other words, a kind of capitalism whose driving force was the monetization of data collected by surveilling the behavior of citizens, who would receive nothing in return for supplying capital with all this valuable information". So writes Julien Charles in a thoughtful March 5 article on the OffGuardian site.

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An important piece from Grayzone, by Jeremy Loffredo and Max Blumenthal, examines the way in which digital vaccine passports pave the way for unprecedented surveillance capitalism and are being pushed by "mega-corporations, international finance institutions, and billionaire-backed private foundations".

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The digital ID agenda serves as the linchpin of the entire global enslavement grid being rolled out under the so-called Great Reset, explains James Corbett in a March 12 video, appropriately entitled "The Global Digital ID Prison".

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The Right Sector in Ukraine are "full-blown neo-Nazis", warns Iain Davis of In This Together. "They continue to receive the unwavering support of NATO aligned governments and, in turn, these governments serve a globalist network of public-private partnerships".

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Is the WEF, rather than being the vangard of a "New World Order", actually a remnant of crumbling US imperialism, desperately trying to stay relevant and keep control? Johnny Vedmore takes a close look at Klaus Schwab's transaltantic connections in a new investigation on the Unlimited Hangout site.

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"The left needs to stop being suspicious about the word 'freedom' and it also needs to stop running an ideological purity ruler over the grass-roots makeup of the Covid freedom movement", writes Phil Shannon of the Left Lockdown Sceptics. Adds Brendan O'Neill in a short video about the Canadian truckers' revolt and the Great Reset: "Whenever working people rise up against the elites, the left are there at the sidelines calling them 'scum' and 'fascists' and 'trash'". More thoughts on this issue here.

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Lovers of the English countryside, who have been struggling for the best part of a decade against the threat of fracking, breathed a sigh of relief in February. Energy firm Cuadrilla, who met spirited public resistance at Balcombe and elsewhere, has announced that it is permanently abandoning its UK shale gas sites.

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Ever heard of a "holobiont"? An intriguing article by Ugo Bardi explains that it is a living creature formed of independent, but cooperating, organisms. This wide-ranging concept, he adds, "can explain many things not just about the ecosystem of our planet, but also about human society".

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Is nature fighting back against the greenwashed industrial technology supposedly "saving" it? In Japan, crows have been sabotaging solar panels. "The crows are experts at placing stones or other garbage just so that they stay on top of the panel, soon causing overheating and destruction or permanent damage".

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"Such as I am, to my own amazement, I stand – so far as I can discern – alone in conviction, in hope and in resolution, in the wilderness of this modern world". John Ruskin.

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(For many more like this, see the Winter Oak quotes for the day blog)

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