Climate. Gender. Race.
“For anyone who is alone, without god and without a master, the weight of days is dreadful. Hence one must choose a master, God being out of style.” – Albert Camus 1956
The question arises: what can serve as an overarching religion (or collection of religions) that will support and stabilize increased USA global economic predation in the unipolar context following the fall of the Soviet Union, in a globalized world built on “universal human rights” since the end of WWII, in which multicultural immigration is a labour-supply reality? – Rancourt
The empire seeks to turn our attention away from actual crimes with actual victims — whether the weapons are depleted uranium or economic sanctions or debt devastation or capital flight — and instead asks us to look up to the sky for the threat (CO2) that could end the human species, no less, unless we are sufficiently good, active, and cooperative. – Rancourt
To oppose “free trade” is to oppose human rights. The influence of the USA in the final text is palpable. - Rancourt
In summary, all the reviewed data shows that “global warming” suddenly became “a thing”, both in the general culture and in the science community, when the UNFCCC and Earth Summit said it was a thing. Both the UNFCCC and Earth Summit were organized immediately following the fall of the Soviet Union. – Rancourt
Capital wants two things above all else, freedom and protection. - Unbekoming
I suspect I’ll be writing more about this. It might even become an eBook at some point.
Why has the world gone “crazy”? Even before the GMC.
Why is so much off centre?
Why do so many believe in things they wouldn’t have believed in not that long ago.
The world is ending…when it isn’t.
Men are women…when they’re not.
Racism is everywhere…when it isn’t.
How is this possible?
We drink from rivers that come to us from great distance, and from up high. The water has tasted odd for quite some time, the colour is off too. If you want to understand why, you need to follow the river, up the mountain, to its source.
That is what I feel that Denis Rancourt has done.
In 2019 he wrote this 70+ page report.
GEO-ECONOMICS AND GEO-POLITICS DRIVE SUCCESSIVE ERAS OF PREDATORY GLOBALIZATION AND SOCIAL ENGINEERING
It’s a mouthful of a title, but its focus is on understanding some of the above questions. What has happened to the “zeitgeist” and to people’s minds.
Was it grass roots and organic?
Or did it come down from up high?
Was it seeded, fueled and constructed?
I strongly recommended people read it, the whole thing.
I’ve been walking around George Street in Sydney for the last month (Pride Month) on what are now rainbow coloured, painted roads. I’m walking around on unavoidable propaganda.
It reminds me of Iran using the American flag for pedestrian crossings, so that it would be disrespectfully walked upon by its citizens. A constant reminder to citizens of what the State wanted them to focus on.
Today the State wants me to focus on quite a few things. It wants me to generate concern and compassion for a multitude of doctrines, close to its cold, silent heart.
How did we get here? Where did all the money come from to make this all happen?
Rancourt’s work has helped me find some peace with all these questions. I’m less frustrated now, as I see it all a bit better.
I never understood hegemon before, I’m starting to now.
I never understand the idea, let alone the need for State Doctrines, I do now.
I never understood Empire and its wants, I do now.
Here is the summary of part 1 of the report:
Summary of the new globalization in the post-Soviet-Union world
The fall of the Soviet Union was immediately followed by an accelerated globalization in which the USA dominated its “allies” for investment supremacy, became more predatory, and allowed its financial class more latitude to defraud than ever before since WWII.
European nations anticipated the threat and signed the Maastricht Treaty on February 7, 1992, which formed the European Union and led to a unified currency for protection of Europe itself.
I had never understood the European Union this way, as a defensive mechanism against predatory US Empire.
Major features of the new globalization were unprecedented mergers in the finance, agri-food, pharmaceutical and information-technology sectors, aggressive investor-centered “free-trade” pacts, rise of the global elite and its entourage, loss of socio-economic security for the Western middle-class, concurrent negative public-health impact (suicide, emergency-department visits, asthma), increased leniency in food and drug regulation, concurrent upsurge of disease and chronic ailments (death from intestinal infections; incidence of thyroid cancer; death from Parkinson’s disease; prevalence of diabetes; autism in children of different age groups; phobia, anxiety disorder, panic disorder), integration of China into the capitalist finance sphere, accelerated and unprecedented USA negative trade balance, alignment of the top-layer service professionals and intellectuals into the paradigm and application of the new globalism, and an increase in USA global military presence and unilateral war campaigns (first NATO, then post- 9/11).
The post-9/11 war campaigns protected the US dollar from abandonment, showcased USA military strength and aggressiveness, destroyed nations seeking sovereignty from USA dominance, secured the opium trade, increased control over oil, frustrated Eurasian integration, created CIA-managed terrorist proxies from the devastation of war, and created a strong demand for USA military hardware.
Throughout all of this, it is important to keep in mind that the USA privilege of being the printer of the global currency is and remains the mechanistic backbone of the global empire, ever since the 1971 end of the Bretton Woods system. The US dollar retains its status via international demand for the US dollar, which, in turn, comes from USA control of the main commodities that have the greatest global demand and the highest prices in US dollars. These dollar-boosting “commodities” include: oil and gas, opium, financial debts of nations (serviced in US dollars), US-dollar currency choice to secure savings and investments, and USA military hardware. Recently, the USA is proposing exorbitant rent extraction (in US dollars) for its globally distributed military bases.
Oil and gas are tricky, because Russia, Venezuela, China… have oil, gas, coal… and because the USA domestic energy sector (shale) is developing, causing a glut, lower energy prices, and less demand for the US dollar. Whereas a high price of oil helps USA shale, it also helps global opponents Venezuela, Iran and Russia. One “solution” is military or financial (“sanctions”- based) destruction of all energy-producing centers that the USA does not control, which may be present USA strategy?
In all of this, the Western middle and professional classes must consent (by agreement or inaction), be wilfully blind to what is actually going on, and keep “hope” in their politicians and the future. The next sections describe the vast social engineering campaigns that were created following the fall of the Soviet Union. It is not generally appreciated that these campaigns were massively organized and implemented immediately following the fall of the Soviet Union. The said campaigns installed a primacy of select social concerns, thus masking the actual cultural and social-class restructuring, for those influential classes that can afford the illusion. Selected, siloed and constructed social concerns were: gender equity, anti-racism, and global environmentalism.
One thing I never thought I would be doing was quoting Antonio Gramsci, but here we are:
He argued that the ruling class maintains control not only through coercion but also through the propagation of their values and beliefs within civil society. According to Gramsci, these dominant ideas become the "common sense" that shapes public opinion and maintains social order.
Here are some quotes and thoughts from Prison Notebooks:
"Every relationship of 'hegemony' is necessarily an educational relationship." In this quote, Gramsci points out the importance of education in maintaining hegemony. The ruling class transmits its values and beliefs through educational institutions, shaping the worldview of the masses and reinforcing the status quo.
"The most dangerous of all worldviews is the worldview of people who have not viewed the world." This quote underscores the importance of understanding and engaging with a variety of perspectives to challenge the dominant worldview and resist hegemonic control.
"Common sense is not something rigid and immobile, but is continually transforming itself, enriching itself with scientific ideas and with philosophical opinions which have entered ordinary life." Gramsci highlights the dynamic nature of "common sense" and the way it evolves over time as a result of the interaction between dominant and subordinate groups.
Finally, here are the 21 conclusions of Rancourt’s report.
There is a depth and richness to reading the full report, but if that is not possible, then the summary of Part 1 above and the Conclusion below will give you, as the Arabs would say, “the useful summary”.
Each one of the conclusions below could be its own stack, and I think I will develop some thoughts on a few later.
Take-home points are as follows:
1. The Bretton Woods period (1945 to 1971) had regulated trade balances, regulated currency exchange, and a US dollar limited by being tied to gold. It was designed to develop the USA-led capitalist-block nations, against the communist bloc. It produced social-class-shared development and exhilarating social, cultural, engineering, and scientific advances. It worked too well. Japan, Western Europe and participating nations developed too much. The USA ended the Bretton Woods agreement in 1971 and started the first modern era of predatory globalization, with a second wave following the 1991 dissolution of the Soviet Union.
2. “Globalization” is a euphemism for Western USA-led economic predation of countries in the so-called developing world, of the global under-classes as resources themselves, and of the Western USA-allied nations to the extent tolerable. From the USA perspective, the world is its plantation.
3. The main administrative instrument for sustained global USA economic pillaging is the monetary instrument of the unbounded and USA-controlled US dollar as global currency. The said monetary instrument is essentially a conveyor belt for the continuous transfer of actual wealth and resources from the world to the USA system.
4. Arguably, the main global concern of the USA, in addition to the classic geopolitical land- mass-resource and trade-route considerations, is to enforce and ensure, in tandem, the US dollar as the global currency.
5. Enforcing the US dollar’s status as the global currency includes covert and overt regime- change coups and wars — against administrations vying for currency sovereignty (sovereignty) — and economic and trade blockades, whereas “ensuring” the US dollar’s status involves controlling major “commodities” to be purchased in US dollars, thus securing demand for the US dollar.
Seeing that Iraq is a subject close to my heart, we’ll do a short detour to look at some US dollar background to the Iraq war. Things are never as they seem. We all fell for the WMD circus.
“Europe's dream of promoting the euro as a competitor to the U.S. dollar may get a boost from SADDAM HUSSEIN. Iraq says that from now on, it wants payments for its oil in euros, despite the fact that the battered European currency unit, which used to be worth quite a bit more than $1, has dropped to about 82[cents]. Iraq says it will no longer accept dollars for oil because it does not want to deal "in the currency of the enemy."”
When Nixon left the gold standard in 1971, inflation quickly reared its ugly head as the dollar wasn’t pegged to a physical asset.
This was overcome by pegging the dollar to oil through the creation of the petrodollar. Purchases of oil had to be paid for with US dollars. The most traded paper asset in the world was now backed by the most traded physical asset.
This was a win for the private bankers who own the Federal Reserve. Every time a country or entity, including US entities, wanted to pay for oil they had to borrow US dollars that the Federal Reserve print out of thin air.
This meant the private banks got to clip the ticket on every oil transaction. This was a repeat of the 1764 Currency Act that forced the fledgling colonies to use British pounds to pay for Britain’s wars.
It’s amazing how history rhymes.
The creation of the Euro was a direct threat to the petrodollar, as oil could now be paid for in another stable well recognised currency.
Saddam started the ball rolling in late 2000 offering to accept payments in the new Euro. Threats to the petrodollar had to be eliminated, hence the Iraq war.
The same goes for the sale of Russian gas to Germany. If Russia was to accept payments in Euros for Germanys gas, the petrodollar would be undermined. Hence the attacks on the Nordstream pipeline.
All wars are bankers wars.
6. The US-dollar-ensuring “commodities” to be controlled include: energy, opioid drugs, national debts of debtor nations (excluding the USA), monetary savings of the world elite (legally or illegally acquired), and USA military hardware and military bases (“protection”) imposed on allied nations at exorbitant prices; and extend into the always developing globalized markets of pharmaceuticals (vaccines, etc.), GMO patented crops, and proprietary high technology (5G, etc.).
It’s important to highlight this prophetic point. Rancourt’s report was from April 2019(!) and it outlined Empire’s need for “developing globalized [vaccine] markets”…and here we are.
7. Basically, the modus operandi of the USA Empire has been: any localized world mineral or essential resource of global importance will be controlled, through whatever means (military occupation, destruction of capacity, blockade, puppet regime…).
8. Globalization is progressive and has occurred in bursts that define globalization eras. The first era was the post-Bretton-Woods era (1971-1991), starting when the US dollar was decoupled from gold.
9. End results of the post-Bretton-Woods era were: the systematic relative loss of middle- class economic status, and palpable social misery in the West, such as the emergence of urban homelessness in the 1980s, associated with a predictable major Western recession (1982 crash, from Third World debt defaults that were written down via Brady bonds).
10. The second globalization era started immediately after the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union. It was a period of extended and accelerated globalization. The close targets were traditional USA-allied markets: Canada and Mexico (NAFTA), and Europe (mega- mergers). Europe somewhat resisted by forming the European economic union. Investment returns went into the stratosphere, as did CEO salaries. The USA industrial working class was decimated. China was brought into the capitalist orbit. The “deplorables versus bobos-and-elites” divide was created, as a major socio-geographic consequence in the West.
11. Measured human consequences synchronous with the post-1991 acceleration of globalization, mainly affecting the lower-income classes, in the West, include: loss of welfare safety net, increase of number of single-parent families, threefold increase in rate of confrontational litigation in the courts, between parents and between individuals and with the state (“crisis in access to justice”), increased low-income household basic- need incidence (housing, health, safety, work, finance), increased rates of both suicide and suicide attempt, increased rate of opioid overdose (preceding the opioid epidemic of the 2010s), and increased rates of chronic asthma emergencies, and asthma prevalence, in both children and adults.
12. Increased leniency in food and drug regulation, and a dramatic increase in the global use of the herbicide glyphosate starting in 1993 in the USA, were concurrent with post- 1991 upsurges of diseases and chronic ailments: death from intestinal infections; incidence of thyroid cancer; death from Parkinson’s disease; prevalence of diabetes; autism in children of different age groups; and phobia, anxiety disorder, panic disorder.
13. The mid-2000s saw Wall Street and the major USA Banks take a more leading role in globalization, one that is eclipsing the traditional global economic instruments that are the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. The USA’s so-called subprime mortgage crisis, the 2008 crash, the mega-bailouts… are symptoms. The monkeys are demanding and being allowed more run of the zoo, in which all of the play is in US dollars.
14. The large acceleration and expansion of globalization occurring immediately after the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union is not generally recognized as having been a USA response to the said fall, but it should be recognized as such. There was a large acceleration of globalization, both structural and in terms of extension and volume, and there can be little doubt that it was a response to the newly apparent geopolitical and ideological fracture.
15. At the same time, in express response to the end of the Cold War, the UN undertook an unprecedented flurry of highly mediatized world conferences. Most notably, the UN advanced new paradigms of global concern that can be categorized as “climate change”, “gender-equity”, and “anti-racism”; and put in place declarations and plans to institutionalize and legalize these new paradigms of global concern.
16. The said new paradigms of global concern are siloed and sanitized concerns, in-effect devoid of social-class, development-disparity, exploitation-structure and nation- sovereignty practical dimensions. They became global and state “religions” to pacify, hypnotize, and align populations for continued globalization, including the first steps towards a global carbon economy (with carbon traded in US dollars).
17. The government, scientific, academic, education, NGO, and media sectors embraced and promoted the new paradigms of global concern. All globally-controlled corporations greened and equified. There could never be enough climate change prevention, gender equity, or racial social justice; and all problems and risks were due to deficits in climate change prevention, gender equity, and racial social justice.
18. A social-justice education industry developed, based on newly-minted “critical race theory”, which transformed old-fashioned political analysis of exploitative power relations into awareness of “intersectionality”, and old-fashioned political analysis of social coalition formation into recognition of white privilege and the unjust burden of being brown.
19. The UN had explicitly called for criminalization (“penal measures”) of “all forms and manifestations of racism, xenophobia or related intolerance”, and this elite-instigated desire was made reality with codes of conduct, vast internet censorship, hate-speech prosecutions, exploding defamation litigation threats, and arrays of sanctions against unapproved political views.
20. The only effective resistance against globalization in the West has become the recent electoral and demonstrative revolts related to the Brexit vote, the Trump electoral victory, and the Gilets jaunes movement, all newly understood as the class conflict between the deplorables and the bobos-and-elites, between the sedentary rural inhabitants (the “somewheres”) and the globalist urbanites (the “anywheres”).
21. Thus, it is no accident that the deplorables express their particular multi-faceted array of complaints from needed economic revitalization of the rural nation, to rejection of carbon taxation, to repudiation of the gender-equity and anti-racism programs, including censorship and political correctness.
This is a very good interview that Rancourt did discussing the report.
One of the standout ideas I picked up from reading Hannah Arendt’s “The Origins of Totalitarianism”, in relation to Empire, was the idea of “surplus capital and surplus men”. It framed Empire for me in a way I’d never seen it before.
As surplus capital leaves Empire’s home shores, it needs surplus men to protect it.
In "The Origins of Totalitarianism," Hannah Arendt doesn't use the term "surplus capital" explicitly, but she does discuss the concept in relation to imperialism and capitalism. Here are a few quotes from the book that touch on the idea of surplus or excess capital:
"The export of power, which in the case of capital export is identical with the export of money, belonged to the secret desires of the bourgeoisie from the beginning." (Part 2, Chapter 2) This quote highlights that the bourgeoisie always sought to expand its power and influence through the export of capital, a key aspect of imperialism.
"The process of capital formation, which always had demanded exploitation of the labor market, had become a process of capital export and therefore demanded exploitation of the whole earth." (Part 2, Chapter 2) Arendt suggests that the excess capital generated during the Industrial Revolution was directed towards capital export, which led to the exploitation of foreign lands and peoples.
"The accumulation of capital was possible only because the state guaranteed order and thereby facilitated the accumulation of capital." (Part 2, Chapter 3) Here, Arendt argues that the state plays a crucial role in allowing for the accumulation of capital by maintaining order and supporting capitalist pursuits.
"The mobilization of immense wealth and the accumulation of capital which the state had made possible in the first place, became a power in its own right." (Part 2, Chapter 3) In this quote, Arendt emphasizes that the accumulation of capital, facilitated by the state, eventually turned into a force that influenced and shaped political power.
"The expansion of the European national states beyond the confines of the nation state was mainly due to the fact that capital, whose dynamic growth had burst the boundaries of the nation-state system, had to be followed by political power in order to protect it." (Part 2, Chapter 4) Arendt asserts that European states expanded their reach as a result of excess capital that outgrew the constraints of the nation-state, necessitating political power to protect and further capital interests.
We are in the grips of Empire.
We have been for a long time.
The GMC is born out of Empire.
The Climate™ story is born out of Empire.
The Gender™ story is born out of Empire.
The Race™ story is born out of Empire.
Churchill, in 1943, during a speech at Harvard said:
"The empires of the future are the empires of the mind."
Boy, was he right.
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