Only from the weight of evidence provided by comparative study of many information sources,
can one hope to reach a convincing conclusion.
Born of the Bank of Ideas and the Occupy movement, Critical Thinking is a collaborative research project to understand contemporary affairs in the context of financial markets, commerce, media, government and public institutions. It is a process by which we are continuously learning and refining our world view in the light of new information - learning never ceases. The narrative is never settled.
Our work to date reveals that power resides with a ruling clique (RC) whose wealth and power is derived from:
US and UK leaders are guilty of many heinous crimes particularly in the current century. The recent public disclosure of torture and rendition, already well documented, created a frisson of outrage but it is unlikely that any action will be taken to hold these people to account under the current power structure. The UK government has made every effort to expunge all references, to its military and intelligence involvement, in the recently released CIA torture report.
"In the summer of 2004, I warned Tony Blair’s Foreign Office that Britain was using intelligence material which had been obtained by the CIA under torture. Two months later I was sacked as the British Ambassador to Uzbekistan on the orders of Downing Street, bringing to an end my 20-year diplomatic career."
In the Concentrated Power and Consequences workshop in October we discussed the Federal Reserve Banking cartel which comprises eight families. These families are key elements of the ruling clique (RC). If anyone doubts their influence, listen to US Senator Elizabeth Warren explain how Citigroup (controlled by the Rockefeller/Stillman clan) introduced a provision into the budget bill, reversing the Dodd-Frank Act's block on future bailouts of the "too big to fail" (TBTF) banks. Warren agrees with Citi that Dodd-Frank isn't perfect, it should have broken Citi and the other cartel banks into pieces. As it is, the banking cartel, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup and Wells Fargo together with their European counterparts, dominates governments. Many Citi alumni hold key positions in the US administration.
US interference in Latin America has a long history and attempts to govern on behalf of the people, as opposed to the ruling clique (RC), are mostly thwarted. The US-backed coup attempt to remove Hugo Chavez from power in 2002 failed but the fostering of dissent and civil unrest continues unabated. As was mentioned in the report of the recent Latin American conference in London, the current riots in Venezuela are a "revolt of the rich" agitating for the return to power of the local elite, created and supported by the RC.
Venezuela: Anti-Chavista Mayhem Reminiscent of 2002 US-Backed Coup By Council on Hemispheric Affairs
Pressure on Venezuela has recently been stepped up by a vote in the US Senate to apply sanctions.
If you don't "play ball" with the RC, you are a target for regime change justified by lies: Saddam Hussein in Iraq, Muammar Gaddafi in Libya, Bashar Assad in Syria, the coup in Ukraine, the demonisation of Vladimir Putin in Russia and now, Nicolas Muduro in Venezuela. How obvious does this strategy have to be for people to recognise the pattern?
At the Critical Thinking Review Session last night, plans were agreed for 2015 when the focus will be on Governance structures, Corruption, War and Food (sustainable production and healthy eating) within the systems framework of the Political Economy. The focus on corruption is timely in view of the 2015 election - 2015 Constitutionalists UK is on the agenda for the December 2014 review meeting which will include discussion of the relevance and application of art in what we're doing.
We're moving to a new venue next year and will meet on Wednesdays from 7th January 2015.