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- Published on Sunday, 01 May 2016 12:12
Progress is seldom linear in human affairs and the awakening of people to the iniquities and injustices of the political economy is no different. The Occupy and related movements, which erupted across the globe in 2011, have disappeared from obvious view but their legacy lingers on.
5 Years On: Why the Occupations of 2011 Changed the World by Paolo Gerbaudo
What has become of the great promise of social change raised by the “movements of the squares” of 2011? What did those spectacular occupations of public squares, from Tahrir in Cairo to Puerta del Sol in Madrid and Syntagma in Athens leave behind? To what extent did they contribute to advancing the cause of the “99%” or of the “common and ordinary people” they purported to fight for?
Many of these movements were subverted or co-opted; the system has effective self-organising defence mechanisms which prey on the vulnerable and exploit ideological differences. Furthermore, some of the protest movements morphed into political parties, purportedly to change the system from within but, as we well know, such strategies are unlikely to succeed. For example, Syriza quickly sold out its supporters by agreeing to negotiate with the Troika - attempting to stay within the Euro condemned the Greek people to yet more oppression and impoverishment.
Many initiatives spawned by Occupy and other movements are still engaging with the more viable objective of system change rather than regime change within individual countries. These bubble below the surface, obscured by the juggernaut of Western media. The article above is somewhat dismissive of attempts to form alternative approaches to organising, suggesting a necessity for "political structures" but this is precisely the point of failure: attempting to change the world by using flawed hierarchical structures which got us into this mess in the first place.
There is a growing realisation that our problems are fundamental and systemic requiring bloodless revolution rather than reform of existing structures; like the waves crashing on the beach during the incoming tide, when the next eruption of outrage occurs, it will take us further towards the objective of structural change. In 2011 there was only outrage, no real understanding of why the world is in a mess and even less understanding of how to fix it. There's been significant progress on both in the intervening five years.
One possible catalyst for change, at least in the UK and Europe is the housing crisis; in London, particularly, it is becoming acute with abusive and exploitative landlords and prices driven sky high by "hot" money hidden behind offshore corporations.
- Published on Saturday, 30 April 2016 12:02
Yesterday's Daily Pickings highlighted George Soros and his Open Society Foundations which are vehicles to expedite regime change in countries resistant to Rothschilds' will. Soros has also been instrumental in promoting and fostering induced mass migration into Europe - the policy handed down to German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, from yet another Structural Elite controlled think-tank, the newly formed European Stability Initiative or ESI which should be more accurately described as the European INstability Initiative - more Owellian Newspeak.
Refugee Crisis Threatens European Social Fabric: How NATO-linked Think Tanks Control EU Refugee Policy by F. William Engdahl
A flood of uncontrolled war refugees from Syria, Libya, Tunisia and other Muslim countries destabilized by Washington’s ‘Arab Spring’ Color Revolutions, has created the greatest social dislocation across the EU from Germany to Sweden to Croatia since the end of World War II.
By now it has become clear to most that something quite sinister is afoot, something which threatens to destroy the social fabric of the very core of European civilization. What few realize is that the entire drama is being orchestrated, not by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, or by faceless EU bureaucrats of the Brussels EU Commission. It is being orchestrated by a cabal of NATO-linked think tanks.
NATO is undoubtedly the "muscle" for the Structural Elite "Mafia" and destabilisation is now clearly the objective. The plan has been articulated since the 1920s and:
- began with the destruction of Germany as a sovereign state in WW2;
- continued with the Common Market and its metamorphosis into the European Union;
- gained momentum with monoculturalism masquerading as multiculturalism (more Orwellian Newspeak);
- is in its final stages of execution with induced mass migration.
The editorial for this month's Runnymede Gazette focuses on the plan:
MULTICULTURE OR MONOCULTURE?
THE KALERGIST AGENDA
The editorial on Coudenhove-Kalergi in the February edition was (intentionally) an instalment of a work in progress. Kalergi, and his latter-day acolytes, raise all manner of difficult, interlocking questions, none of which can be addressed with any brevity. His super-elitism requires little further comment (unless anyone wishes to initiate such a debate at this time?). For the moment, at least, I will also leave aside his eugenic ideas, his naked contempt for ordinary people and their cultures, and his notion of a new ruling 'aristocracy' constructed from the natural hereditary aristocracy of Europe combined with what he terms the Jewish 'spiritual aristocracy'. Again, those are perhaps a matters for another time. Two of his ideas are more pressing. Firstly, in the context of the plebiscite over the European Union, is his vision of a world governed by five or six continental mega- states. As regards that matter I offer only the following comments.....
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- Published on Friday, 29 April 2016 10:48
The pecking order within the Structural Elite can only be deduced from limited evidence but if Rothschilds are the dominant family and Rockefellers highly influential and rewarded, George Soros seems to be fulfiling a vital role in geopolitics through his various "charitable" foundations; it is unlikely that Soros achieved his power and wealth without the support and blessing of the Rothschilds who always exert their will though agents and frontmen.
Romania: NATO’s Graduating Class of 2012 by Phil Butler
The relationship in between “sustainable” eastern European countries, and Soros or USAID commitment is inverted. That’s right, today Soros and other corporate-NGO “investment” goes primarily to nations with regard to geography and strategic importance, and not to nations and people hurting for help.
“Just write that the former Soviet Empire is now called the Soros Empire.” - Timisoara, Romanian hedge fund billionaire
Former US defence secretary calls for 'new world order' Jasmine Al Kuttab
Hagel believes that the strengthening of relationships, alliances, global trade, culture and education is critical to developing a binding security for a new world order.
This plan, for the world to be the private fiefdom of the few, originated in the early 20th century as was well documented by academics, Carroll Quigley and Anthony Sutton. We can resist this march to enslavement of humanity but only when we understand the means and method by which Structural Elite power is both derived and exercised.
- Published on Thursday, 28 April 2016 07:30
While Rothschilds are likely top of the food chain in the Structural Elite, the Rockefeller family hold considerable sway over many aspects of the global economy, not least oil and healthcare. Rothschilds backed John D Rockefeller's Standard Oil monopoly which killed off public transport in the US. James Corbett reveals some of the history of the Rockefeller dynasty.
If the video is slow or doesn't load, the podcast and show notes are here:
Higherside Chats: Big Oil Breakdown (1 hour 18 minute video)
The story of the Rockefeller family is more than a cautionary tale, it’s an example of an oligarch’s potential to dominate. On this episode of The Higherside Chats, James Corbett joins us to discuss the far reaching control of the Rockefeller dynasty. We start with the calculated steps to bring a nation to dependence on oil. Though left out of public education lessons, the results of these events reach far into today’s society. Once successful with this first conquest, what would Rockefeller seek to influence next? Listen in as we explore conspiracies in areas such as education, medicine, food, and more.