In dealing with the status and possibly threatening posture caused by the predominance of Transnational Corporations (TNCs) in the world, an intriguing conversation developed between a small group of knowledgeable individuals. The issue was raised by Dave who suggested that the United Nations’ leanings toward endorsing TNCs as possible members of the UN’s “Economic and Social Councils” was a first step toward increasing influence by TNCs in the United Nations, and ultimately, world domination by corporations. With the potential for the rich to gain total control over lesser and greater “nations” by means of their controlling stock holdings, things were looking very bleak.
Alex, however, noted a possibly greater scope of responsibility for the situation. He asked if the TNCs really are, “the evildoers responsible for our economic and cultural decline? Or is the reality more complicated?”
Alex went on to note that, “The real culprit, according to Naom Chomsky, is, the speculative international capital which today is an international commodity, freely flowing within the free market economies. It is usually partial to the highest return at the least risk. In an open market economy, nationally based enterprises have to compete for available capital with well financed, large transnational corporations. Such corporations are more competitive in the world capital markets because they use cheap labor and operate without the cost of environmental protection. The international bankers and the professional international investment fund managers consider this advantage a better loan risk when compared with the corporations which are forced to obey strict environmental protection laws and pay high wages under contracts with unionized labor. Following the rules of our financial institutions, which are now international through the recent agreements, most investors’ sole concern is the highest short term profit. The general population does not know what is happening, and it does not even know it doesn’t know! One result is a kind of alienation from the economic and governmental institutions. People feel that nothing works for them.”
This is because “they don’t have a way to influence what is going on in the TNCs’ remote levels of decision-making. They create myths of a plot to achieve the world dominance by an International conspiracy of a secret cabal of anonymous, powerful and rich individuals. In a less dramatic plot scenario, the TNCs are the logical next choice. They may be the visible symbol of the trend that is pauperizing our society, but they are just an integral part of a process that is more frightening. It is more convenient to believe there is a familiar villain, an enemy that can be labeled and hated. It is also more difficult to accept the truth, that the enemy is also us, our families, our pension funds and our democratically elected governments. When we let our savings be invested in capital funds that seek the highest profit, regardless of the consequences, we participate in our own national misfortune and contribute to social injustice abroad. [emphasis added]
“So, to start dealing with the problem we have to recognize the whole pattern and our own role in creating injustices in the world. A good start would be our own personal behavior and actions we consider to be a part of our everyday life.”
Jeff then replied, “I think it's undeniable that individual attitudes and actions create the world (the ‘Invisible Hand’). I think it's also highly likely that individual attitudes and actions are being ‘helped’ to be what they are by small numbers of individuals who know where the strings are and how to pull them (the other ‘Invisible Hand’). [The difficulty is the average investor has no clue in what he or she is investing -- in other words, the TNCs can be just as clever as politicians in lying about their true intentions.]
“Corporations have been granted more rights than individuals in some ways, by changes to corporation laws in recent decades; the folks who induced those changes were not unconscious as they did so. Further, folks involved in the worlds of international finance are not likely just responding to where Dave has placed his savings. All these factors are present and at work at one and the same time. As holistic a view as possible will prove necessary to making any lasting change in these matters.
“The trail goes back quite a ways; if even a third of it is accurate, there are some folks in high places who are not our friends. At least some of us will need to be acquainted with and will need to entertain this information, verifiable or not, for the size of the mission we're embarked on and to insure we're not inadvertently stepping on toes we didn't even know were there to be stepped on.”
Alex then pointed out: “One of the most worthy social and economic objectives today should be creation of a grassroots infrastructure for implementation of the UN Agenda 21. The 1992 declaration set a new internationally accepted blueprint for the 21st century by defining Mankind’s sustainable development in the following terms:
Respect for nature, our environment and the rights of future generations.
Precedence of quality of social and economic development over quantity.
Use of long term objectives and inclusion of environmental and social costs in planning our economic activities.
Conservation of our natural resources and prevention of over-use.”
Dave agreed with the goals of the UN’s 1992 declaration, but never being one to let sleeping dogs lie, he began providing some relevant quotes:
Plato: “Complacent ignorance is the most lethal sickness of the soul.” [About as desirable as “Willful Ignorance”.]
Plato: “When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty and there is nothing to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader.”
George H. W. Bush: “The world can therefore seize the opportunity (Persian Gulf crisis) to fulfill the long-held promise of a New World Order where diverse nations are drawn together in common cause to achieve the universal aspirations of mankind.”
Thomas Jefferson: “The course of history shows that as a government grows, Liberty
Thomas Jefferson: “Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have.”
Theodore Roosevelt: “In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, it was planned that way.”
Franklin Roosevelt: “We must especially beware of that small group of men who would clip the wings of the American Eagle in order to feather their own nests.”
Harry S. Truman: “All through history, it is the nations that have given the most to the generals and the least to the people that have been the first to fall.”
George Orwell: “The people could be made to accept the most flagrant violations of reality, because they never fully grasped the enormity of what was demanded of them, and were not sufficiently interested in public events to notice what was happening.”
Adolf Hitler, on Nazi Germany: “The people gaze fascinated at one or two familiar superficialities, such as possessions, income, rank and other outworn conceptions. As long as these are kept intact, they are quite satisfied. But in the meantime they have entered a new relation: a powerful social force has caught them up.”
David Rockefeller (Baden Baden, June 1991): “We are grateful to the Washington Post, The New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years.”
“It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries.”
James Paul Warburg (February 17, 1950, before the United States Senate): “We shall have World Government, whether or not we like it. The only question is whether World Government will be achieved by conquest or consent.”
Robert Kennedy: “All of us will ultimately be judged on the effort we have contributed to building a New World Order.”
George W. Mallone (U.S. Senator - Nevada, speaking before Congress in 1957): “I believe that if the people of this nation fully understood what Congress has done to them over the last 49 years, they would move on Washington; they would not wait for an election.... It adds up to a preconceived plan to destroy the economic and social independence of the United States!”
Thomas Jefferson: “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. Already they have raised up a monied aristocracy that has set the Government at defiance. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people to whom it properly belongs.”
James A Garfield: “Whoever controls the volume of money in any country is absolute master of all industry and commerce.”
Henry Ford (commenting on The Federal Reserve System): “It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.”
Mayer Amschel Bauer (Rothschild): “Give me control of a nation’s money and I care not who makes the laws.”
Rothschild Brothers of London (June 25, 1863): “The few who understand the system, will either be so interested in its profits, or so dependent on its favors that there will be no opposition from that class. The great body of people, mentally incapable of comprehending the tremendous advantages will bear its burden without complaint.”
Thomas Jefferson: “Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of a day; but a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period, and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers (administrations) too plainly proves a deliberate, systematic plan of reducing us to slavery.”
Another of our Founders: “When the government fears the people, there is Liberty; when the people fear the government, there is tyranny.”
Benjamin Disraeli (Prime Minister of England, 1844): “The world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes.”
Winston Churchill (Prime Minister of England, 1922): “From the days of Sparticus Wisehaupt, Karl Marx, Trotski, Belacoon, Rosa Luxenburg, and Ema Goldman, this world conspiracy has been steadily growing. This conspiracy played a definite recognizable role in the tragedy of the French revolution. It has been the mainspring of every subversive movement during the 19th Century. And now at last this band of extraordinary personalities from the underworld of the great cities of Europe and America have gripped the Russian people by the hair of their head and have become the undisputed masters of that enormous empire.”
Justice Felix Frankfurter (U.S. Supreme Court Justice): “The real rulers in Washington are invisible and exercise power from behind the scenes.”
John F. Hylan (Mayor of New York 1918 - 1925): “The real menace of our Republic is the invisible government which like a giant octopus sprawls its slimy legs over our cities states and nation.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933): “The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the large centers has owned the government of the U.S. since the days of Andrew Jackson.”
Carroll Quigley (Professor of History at Georgetown University, in his book, Tragedy & Hope): “The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is the American Branch of a society which originated in England... (and) ...believes national boundaries should be obliterated and one-world rule established.”
Barry Goldwater (U.S. Senator - Arizona, in his book, With No Apologies): “The Trilateralist Commission is international... (and)... is intended to be the vehicle for multi- national consolidation of the commercial and banking interests by seizing control of the political government of the United States. The Trilateral Commission represents a skillful, coordinated effort to seize control and consolidate the four centers of power: political, monetary, intellectual, and ecclesiastical.”
Peter Hoagland (Nebraska State Senator, 1983): “Fundamental, Bible believing people do not have the right to indoctrinate their children in their religious beliefs because we, the state, are preparing them for the year 2000, when America will be part of a one-world global society and their children will not fit.”
Brock Chisolm (former Director of the World Health Organization): “To achieve world government, it is necessary to remove from the minds of men, their individualism, loyalty to family traditions, national patriotism and religious dogmas.”
Woodrow Wilson: “Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.”
Daniel then entered late and added: “The gist seems to be that of the question of whether or not there is some fundamental conspiracy -- Conspiracy with a capital “C” -- being foisted upon the human race by a small elite band of extremely powerful individuals and/or groups, and who -- for lack of a better word -- has been previously termed the “owners”.
“It has been said that one should never attribute to conspiracy that which can be explained by greed, incompetence, or just plain stupidity. But having said that, it should also be stated that individuals who suspect conspiracies exist are not necessarily silly people whose primary claim to fame is rampant paranoia. Keep in mind that paranoia is “the illusion that people are out to get you.” If they really are out to get you, then it’s not a illusion and thus not paranoia. Furthermore, to generalize conspiracy theorists as all a bunch of crazies is just plain dishonest.
“Were it necessary for anyone to make a judgment on this issue of a possible World Conspiracy based on the presentations incorporated within the above (and more) -- one would have to conclude that the “preponderance of the evidence” (i.e. that sufficient for a judgment in a civil trial) is on the side that indeed such a conspiracy is likely to exist in one form or another. It’s rather hard (and possibly naive) to discount the “testimony” of past presidents, prime ministers, and a host of other notables who have made it abundantly clear that they all ascribe to such a conspiracy theory -- or that there is much that is being hidden from the world at large, and which may be highly detrimental to all societies.
“Significantly, none of the alleged quotes put forth as evidence for a World Conspiracy were ever challenged in the proceedings. It is a disservice to challenge arguments on the basis that anyone who apparently ascribes to such “conspiracy theories” is in any way not fully in contact with reality. The latter comes under the category of “debate tactics” and are inherently dishonest.
“One potentially valid argument against the World Conspiracy Theory was put forth by Alex, who seemed to be thinking along the lines of Porcupine (of Pogo fame): “We have met the enemy and they is us.” Supposedly, this is based upon the fact that in many ways -- from investments to everyday decisions -- many, if not all of us, have contributed to the problem.
“But this is wholly unrealistic. What, for example, is the percentage of people in the world who have invested money in the stock market, mutual funds, or other means of encouraging transnational and/or corporate ownership of anything? Even in the United States, the percentage is extremely low. Pensions funds? Discounting the fact that over two thirds of Americans have NO pension fund, what sort of control over a pension fund does the average pensioner or prospective pensioner have?
“Basically none -- at least in terms to telling anyone where and under what circumstances to invest. Thus the argument that we have only ourselves to blame is a bit transparent -- the sort of ruse that the “owners of the world” might encourage among the intellectuals of our society. More importantly, the possible fact that all of us bear some responsibility for the state of the world affairs does not in any way reduce the likelihood of a world conspiracy of tyrants bent on absolute control of everything.
“It was suggested there is some good coming out of the UN. Frankly, that seems unlikely -- except for the possible avenue where countries can blow off steam in pointless debate. Someone who worked rather high up in the bureaucracy of the UN, related that his feeling was primarily one of deep disappointment in that the UN didn’t really solve any problems -- and instead, often caused them.”
Finally, Roan, said: “The UN hassle, government hassle, breaking the laws hassle; all are basically irrelevant. Anyone who avocates evil in the name of good or hate in the name of love is going to find down the line that we just will not play those games. Resisting evil gives evil power... Doing good defeats evil without battles or casualties. It is in the doing that we will make a difference, not in the words or concepts we argue about now.”
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