By BRUCE PAONE
“In searching for the new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill. In their totality and in their interactions these phenomena do constitute a common threat which demands the solidarity of all peoples. But in designating them as the enemy, we fall into the trap about which we have already warned, namely mistaking symptoms for cause. All these dangers are caused by human intervention and it is only through changing attitudes and behaviors that they can be overcome. The real enemy, then, is humanity itself.”
Thus ends the first half of a report written in 1991, by Alexander King and Bertrand Schneider, for the Club of Rome, titled: “The First Global Revolution.”
For those who don’t know; the Club of Rome is a global think tank that develops strategies meant to influence the world’s most powerful elites. They represent the intellectual avant-garde of globalist thinking and have developed much of the geopolitical doctrine shaping our world today.
Their report begins by defining what the authors refer to as the problematique, or the problem; which when distilled includes:
* To form a new global community industrialized countries must become convinced that civilization faces a threat of global proportion; otherwise they will not acquiesce to diminishing standards of living, freedom and control.
* World leaders must define all global crises so as to assume control of their causes and cures.
* Leaders must characterize national bureaucracies as inefficient and ill equipped to handle the looming crises; describing them as too complex and technical for any single nation to manage.
* All crises must be defined as time sensitive emergencies which require immediate action.
* The images which people see, particularly on television, must be controlled as images can distort the intended message.
* There must be common agreement between the political elite, in all parties, for the new social and economic order to be established.
* To foster a sense of interdependence mankind must be educated to view themselves as citizens of something greater than nation states.
The authors then hit upon three conveniently contrived straw men that will help propel civilization toward a new global society; or what they term the resolutique: global warming, global economic development and retooling national economies for global objectives.
Climate change is the perfect foil. It’s an issue that affects people around the world equally and allows the global elite to choose the experts that determine its origins and answers. Further, it can be portrayed as a time sensitive crisis that requires immediate attention; and it allows for the establishment of permanent global institutions through the United Nations.
As for ameliorating global poverty and Third World debt, these problems form the nucleus of economic globalization. That is, if one can redistribute the industrial capacity and wealth from the developed economies to the Third World, poverty and debt will mitigate. Moreover, by relocating industrial centers, corporations instantaneously garner control over demanding and independent minded workers of the First World, forever altering democratic capitalist economies, like America’s.
King and Schneider also allude to a psychological paradox referred to as kaleidoscopic discontinuity. This is a phenomenon that can sow fear, uncertainty and public discontent of government by globalizing every human difficulty. This is achieved by forcing humanity to adapt to a never-ending succession of comprehensive reforms. The collective uncertainty spawned by this process, they postulate, will help socialize mankind to accept life as a permanent state of change and turmoil.
If all of this sounds eerily familiar and gives you a creepy sense of dj vu it may be because Messrs King and Schneider’s 1991 report became your 2008 reality. Which begs the question: if the real enemy is humanity… as they claim. What’s the real solution?
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