Wednesday, January 28th, 2009
Another elite conclave to push the hoary Fabian agenda. The most telling call in the article must be that of Klaus Schwab, head of the host World Economic Forum (a private institution) and, yes, also a Bilderberg member: for ‘unity’ among companies and governments, given the importance of a ‘well-functioning’ financial community. That is a recipe for fascism. Mussolini, too, was concerned with making the ‘trains run on time’. Does any of this sound familiar? It’s pretty rich to blame the remaining rags and bones of the free market in the US, which has been a planned economy to a large degree for decades, for the failings of the very interventionist system being proposed. State control not working? Why, there mustn’t be enough state control yet! See how that works?
January 28, 2009
‘Blind pursuit of profit’ and ‘a lack of self-discipline’ cited as reasons for turmoil
The relentless pursuit of profit has been a key factor leading to the worst global financial crisis since the Great Depression, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin told attendees at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland on Wednesday.
Putin, who called the ongoing crisis a “perfect storm” that was wreaking destruction on all corners of the global economy, refrained from blaming the United States directly but pointedly noted that just a year ago in Davos, U.S. delegates emphasized the country’s fundamental economic stability.
Wednesday, January 28th, 2009
A crisis accelerating federalization of every aspect of the economy, with a messianic leader at the fore. That’s never happened before, wonder how it’s going to turn out…
Jeffery Sachs, The Guardian
January 28, 2009
Technology is at the core of Obama’s plans for a sustainable future. In this new era of public action, the US is back in the lead
One of President Barack Obama’s historic contributions will be a grand act of policy jujitsu – turning the crushing economic crisis into the launch of a new age of sustainable development. His macroeconomic stimulus may or may not cushion the recession, and bitter partisan fights over priorities no doubt lie ahead. But Obama is already setting a new historic course by reorienting the economy from private consumption to public investments directed at the great challenges of energy, climate, food production, water and biodiversity.
The new president has taken every opportunity to underscore that the economic crisis will not slow, but rather will accelerate, the much-needed economic transformation to sustainability. He made this clear again on Monday with new commitments on climate change. The fiscal stimulus, soon to go before Congress, will lay down the first steps of a massive generation-long technological overhaul – embracing the power sector, energy efficiency in buildings, public and private transportation, and much more. The US has lagged behind the world in such efforts for 30 years. Yet with America’s technological prowess, and Obama’s pivotal commitment, it is likely to jump to the lead.
Tuesday, January 27th, 2009
Planning for a statist, micromanaged utopia? Why not put down your Thomas More, put Plato’s Republic back on the shelf, and plan a visit to one of the lovely exemplars of socialist management existing in the world today. From Russia’s hard-nosed oligarchy to China’s smiling police state, there’s something to whet every appetite for power.
Macer Hall & Martin Evans, Daily Express
January 27, 2009
GORDON Brown was last night accused of “losing his marbles” after hailing Britain’s bloodbath of job cuts as the “birth pangs of a new global order”.
In a speech that risked a furious backlash, the Prime Minister said the recession was his opportunity to forge a new global financial system.
Astonishingly, Mr Brown even claimed to have predicted the current financial crisis 10 years ago. His boasts came as the tally of jobs axed or under threat this month hit 50,000.
In one of the most devastating days since the economic downturn took hold, steel giant Corus confirmed the loss of 2,500 UK jobs and electronics manufacturer Philips announced 6,000 redundancies worldwide.
Tuesday, January 6th, 2009
Kurt Nimmo, Infowars
January 6, 2009
Every time I see the aged Henry Kissinger, I am reminded of the worst sort of pornography. In fact, I am reminded of a snuff film. Henry Kissinger is likely one of the most notorious killers on the planet, a monster that makes Charles Manson look like a silly school boy. Manson did not actually kill anybody. He had his brainwashed zombies engage in the dirty work. Kissinger didn’t kill anybody either. He had the Pentagon, the CIA, and various cutthroat clients do his dirty work, that is to say the dirty work of the global elite. Charlie had a few deranged girls on LSD do his bidding. Henry enlisted whole armies to commit the crimes he engineered for his bosses.
“Henry Kissinger’s role in the Cambodian genocide, Chile, and East Timor, makes him a first class war criminal, arguably at least in the class of Hitler’s Foreign Minister Joachim Von Ribbentrop, hanged in 1946,” notes Edward S. Herman. “But Kissinger has the impunity flowing naturally to the leaders and agents of the victorious and dominant power. He gets a Nobel Peace prize, is an honored member of national commissions, and is a favored media guru and guest at public gatherings.”
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Sunday, January 4th, 2009
Everything old is new again. It appears that the socialist face of Brown’s calls for a new world order is being unveiled. Unfortunately for Messrs Obama, Brown, and all those jumping on the internationalist agenda, governments cannot create wealth by printing fiat notes. (Note also the planned re-creation of the Internet.)
Gaby Hinsliff, The Guardian
January 4, 2009
PM sets out modern version of 1930s New Deal, climate change industries at heart of strategy
Gordon Brown today unveils ambitious plans for a 1930s American-style programme of public works to ease the pain of recession by creating up to 100,000 jobs.
School repairs, new rail links, hospital projects and plans to usher in a new digital age by investing in superfast broadband will be used to keep unemployment down. The plans will also be used to tackle climate change, by means of investments in eco-friendly projects such as electric cars and wind and wave power that would also create jobs.
Speaking exclusively to the Observer, the prime minister also pledged action within weeks to kickstart bank lending in an attempt to save existing jobs.
Sunday, December 28th, 2008
Kurt Nimmo, Infowars.com
December 28, 2008
A Greek television show has revealed how Greek police posed as anarchists and destroyed property. Inciting violence and blaming it on legitimate activists is a favorite tactic of the state in order to crack down on protest and dismiss genuine grievances.
In 2007, agents provocateurs attempted to incite violence in Montebello, Canada, during a peaceful protest against a Prosperity Partnership summit. A video and photographs later revealed the so-called anarchists were wearing the same military boots as the police. “Neither the RCMP nor the Surete du Quebec would comment on the video or even discuss generally whether they ever use the tactic of employing agents provocateurs, however it has been common practice at previous protests for authorities to employ police or special forces to intentionally infiltrate peaceful protests and cause violence,” Steve Watson wrote on August 22, 2007.
Other documented instances of agents provocateurs used against peaceful protests occurred in Seattle in 1999 at the World Trade Organization meeting, at the WTO protests in Genoa, Italy, and during protests in Miami in late November 2003. The United Steelworkers of America called for a congressional investigation in the latter case and stated that the police intentionally caused violence and arrested and charged hundreds of peaceful protesters. Earlier this year, MP George Galloway accused the London Metropolitan Police of engaging in “a deliberate conspiracy to bring about scenes of violent disorder” during President George W. Bush’s visit to the UK.
Friday, December 19th, 2008
That’s the method. And now these guys are letting us know it.
Steve Watson, Infowars.net
December 19, 2008
Says global necessities should foster an “age of compatible interests”
Bilderberg luminary Henry Kissinger has repeated his routine call for a new international political order, stating that global crises should be seen as an opportunity to move toward a borderless world where national interests are outweighed by global necessities.
Speaking with Charlie Rose earlier this week, Kissinger cited the chaos being wrought across the globe by the financial crisis and the spread of terrorism as an opportunity to bolster a new global order.
“I think that when the new administration assess the position in which it finds itself it will see a huge crisis and terrible problems, but I can see that it could see a glimmer in which it could construct an international system out of it.” Kissinger said, referring to the transition between the Bush and Obama administrations.
Tuesday, December 16th, 2008
Peter Foster, National Post
December 16, 2008
Keynesianism has been found fatally wanting in both theory and practice, so why is it back?
Zombie Keynesianism, with its promise of 10,000-volt stimulus, continues to lurch around the political scene, while John Maynard Keynes’ acolytes struggle to gussy up his policy Frankenstein for another prime time appearance.
Chief among Lord Keynes’ public proponents are economist Joseph Stiglitz and his biographer, Robert (Lord) Skidelsky.
Prof. Stiglitz recently wrote in Vanity Fair of the importance of understanding the roots of the present crisis. “The battle for the past will determine the battle for the present,” he wrote, reflecting communications strategy from Nineteen Eighty-Four. “So it’s crucial to get the history straight.”
It is indeed crucial to understand the past, but rather than clarifying Keynesian history, both Messrs. Skidelsky and Stiglitz seem intent on shoving inconvenient truths down the memory hole, and engaging in rhetoric rather than objective analysis.There is an old economic joke: “Sure, it fails in practice but does it work in theory?” The approach of Messrs. Stiglitz and Skidelsky is to bury the evidence of practice, demonize straw-man opposition and not so much establish the theory as simply assert its moral credentials.
Wednesday, December 10th, 2008
Wiki rightly notes that “Fabian socialists were [are] in favour of an imperialist foreign policy as a conduit for internationalist reform and a welfare state modelled on the Bismarckian German model.”
Juliette Jowit, The Guardian
December 10, 2008
Hilary Benn to propose global action to secure food supplies as population booms – along with starvation
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Britain and the world face a “perfect storm” of threats to food security unless world leaders agree on a global deal to tackle rising prices and environmental damage, the environment secretary Hilary Benn will warn tonight.
Benn will say there are a range of threats to producing enough food to feed an expected global population of 9 billion people by the middle of this century and will call for an international agreement to tackle global warming.
Benn’s speech to the Fabian Society in London comes just a day after the UN warned that the number of people facing starvation worldwide rose 40 million to 963 million during 2008, mostly as a result of rising food prices, which in turn have been blamed on soaring demand for crops for food and fuel, and higher oil costs. In the UK annual food prices were more than 10% higher during this summer, and the sector is a driver of overall national inflation of 4.4%, according to the Office for National Statistics.
Tuesday, December 9th, 2008
It just doesn’t get much balder than this. The international press are announcing world government and nationalization strategies while we sleepwalk our liberty away. When you and your family are owned by debt, surveilled, and regulated to within an inch of your life in the future, will you at least be able to say that you spoke up about it? That you got involved in the discussion, pro or con? The most dangerous thing about the centralization of power, whatever its efficiencies may be in a command and control setting, is that no matter how benevolent the intentions of any new system of international governance, it lacks the safeguards, the firewalls that the borders of nation-states naturally provide to imperial or tyrannical aspirations. While one country may go rogue, others are insulated by their cultural and institutional traditions. This will not be the case under ‘global governance’, a weasel term this site has derided in the past.
Strobe Talbott, advisor to the Managing Global Insecurity report and President of The Brookings Institute as noted in the article below, declared in 1992 that “In the next century, nations as we know it will be obsolete; all states will recognize a single, global authority. National sovereignty wasn’t such a great idea after all.” This commentary continues to be reflective of the Fabian cast of mind that has so seized our formerly democratic institutions. The spin on this article is that it may take quite some time yet – but it is worthwhile considering that, in light of recent calls for vast discretionary powers to be handed to global monetary institutions, incremental steps in this direction will have real consequences, too, and there needs to be a viable political resistance so that this agenda does not sail through unopposed.
Gideon Rachman, Financial Times
December 8, 2008
I have never believed that there is a secret United Nations plot to take over the US. I have never seen black helicopters hovering in the sky above Montana. But, for the first time in my life, I think the formation of some sort of world government is plausible.
A “world government” would involve much more than co-operation between nations. It would be an entity with state-like characteristics, backed by a body of laws. The European Union has already set up a continental government for 27 countries, which could be a model. The EU has a supreme court, a currency, thousands of pages of law, a large civil service and the ability to deploy military force.
So could the European model go global? There are three reasons for thinking that it might.