cj#1158,rn> Guidebook 1.g. “Elite rule and the Dark Millennium”


Richard Moore


        (C) 2000, Richard K. Moore

   Chapter 1:

   How does the world work today, and where is it headed?

        a. Globalization and the West: a covert coup d'etat
        b. Globalization and the third world: empire by another name
        c. Kultur-kampf: enforcing the New World Order
        d. Economic globalization: Robber Barons writ large
        e. Decoding propaganda: matrix vs. reality
        f. Capitalism's growth imperative and societal engineering
 ===>   g. Elite rule and the Dark Millennium


   1.g. Elite rule and the Dark Millennium

        "Because it is destructive of life and
        spirit, the capitalist economy must be
        considered a social pathology. Even its
        apparent capacity to create vast wealth
        is largely illusory, because though it is
        producing ever more sophisticated gadgets
        and diversions, it is destroying the life
        support systems of the planet and the
        social fabric of society. It is therefore
        destroying our most important wealth. Its
        institutions function as cancers that
        forget they are part of a larger whole
        and seek their own unlimited growth
        without regard to the consequences."
        - David Korten, 2nd Annual Feasta Lecture,
        Dublin, 2000.

   Permit me to summarize the perspective that has
   been developed so far:

      * Capitalism is a parasite on market economies
        which greatly reduces their social benefit. It
        functions by injecting a growth imperative
        into those economies, compelling them to
        provide investment opportunities so that
        wealthy investors and banks can accumulate
        monetary wealth. The growth imperative, since
        it came into existence, has been the root
        cause of imperialism and of warfare among
        Western nations.

      * Capitalist elites engage in a continual
        project of social engineering, so as to create
        ever more opportunities for capital growth.
        Globalization amounts to a global coup d'etat
        by these elites, and the establishment of a
        centralized global regime. Essential
        sovereignty is being handed over to an
        elite-controlled bureaucracy whose sole agenda
        is the promotion of capital growth.

      * All societies are suffering from accelerated
        exploitation, but the third world suffers
        most. The militaries of the West - under the
        guise of 'humanitarianism' - have been
        harnessed to the task of compelling
        third-world compliance with the diktats of the

      * The nature of capitalism - and the existence
        of the global elite, their regime, and the
        coup itself - are concealed from the public by
        means of sophisticated Big-Lie propaganda.
        This propaganda is designed and distributed by
        an increasingly centralized global corporate
        media, and it projects a matrix reality which
        is quite different from the real world. The
        essential function of the mass media is to act
        as an advertising agency for capitalism, and
        to create support for whatever policies the
        elite regime decides are necessary to promote
        capital growth.

   Armed with this perspective, there is a great deal
   we can tell about what elite planners have in mind,
   and where globalization is likely to take us. We
   know, for example, that they must continually
   create new opportunities for development projects
   and investments. We can see the institutional
   structure of their regime, and we know how they
   intend to enforce its authority in the third world.
   We can observe government initiatives as they come
   along, and determine their actual motivation by
   noticing how they serve elite interests. By paying
   attention to the media's matrix reality - and
   especially shifts in that reality - we can figure
   out what new policies and actions are being
   signaled. Let's consider a few examples.

   Denigration of government
   When the Reagan-Thatcher revolution came along, the
   media began for the first time to present the
   institution of government in an unfavorable light.
   "Government is the problem" is something many of us
   already believed, but we had never before gotten
   support from the media. This shift suggested the
   following question: "Why do elites want us to
   distrust government?" Part of the answer could be
   seen in the actions of Reagan and Thatcher, as they
   dismantled government programs and handed national
   assets over to corporations. But that's not a
   complete answer, because in previous laissez-faire
   eras denigration of government by the elite press
   was not part of the scenario. The anti-government
   shift in the matrix in fact signaled a much broader
   attack on national sovereignty, leading ultimately
   to the WTO regime itself.

   Civil rights and police states
   In the postwar era, which lasted until the end of
   the 1960s, the matrix view of Western society was
   characterized by the 'rule of laws not men'. People
   in a democracy were expected to obey laws
   voluntarily, and police especially were expected to
   treat the law with the greatest respect. The matrix
   showed us Old-West marshals and big-city cops who
   were always honest and straightforward people, in
   contrast to devious, conniving criminals. Respect
   for law was supreme, and the Bill of Rights was
   especially revered, in rhetoric if not in practice,
   as the ultimate symbol of the 'rule of laws not

   All this changed with the release in the early
   1970s of the Clint Eastwood blockbuster, "Dirty
   Harry." In that film "Harry" is a cop who is being
   hamstrung in his efforts to apprehend an especially
   repugnant criminal - one who buries young girls in
   the ground and lets them suffocate. Harry's
   superiors put all kind of constraints on him, out
   of an exaggerated concern for 'rules' and the
   'constitutional rights' of the criminal. The heroic
   Harry risks his career and his life by defying his
   misguided superiors and apprehending the bad guy.

   Since that time, a very similar scenario has been
   played out in hundreds of films and television
   series. Always the perpetrator is utterly
   reprehensible; always it is necessary to 'bend the
   rules' in order to bring him to justice; and the
   law-enforcement officials - though they have become
   as devious as the criminals they pursue - are
   always deeply noble in their hearts. This matrix
   propaganda has created in the population an
   exaggerated fear of crime, an acceptance of
   heavy-handed policing, and a general feeling that
   'rights' are a joke. Instead of the 'rule of law',
   we now have a no-holds-barred war between conniving
   criminals and conniving cops. The Bill of Rights,
   instead of being revered, is blamed for hampering
   the apprehension of criminals.

   It is not difficult to understand the real-world
   reason behind this shift in the matrix - if we
   consider the realities of globalization. Just as
   increased interventionism will be necessary to
   compel third-world compliance with the global
   regime, so will heavy-handed policing be necessary
   to contain civil unrest in the West.
   Globalization's ravages hit minority communities
   first, and in such communities the police presence
   increasingly resembles that of an occupying army.
   In Seattle we saw the emergence of a broad-based,
   non-violent, anti-globalization movement, and this
   was met by a level of police violence that would
   have been totally unacceptable in the 1960s. But in
   1999 the public shrugged off the police excesses,
   and this is what the "Dirty Harry" shift in the
   matrix was all about.

   The African Holocaust
   In the 1800s, in America and Australia, an open
   policy of genocide was adopted to clear out the
   native populations and make room for national
   expansion and capital growth. Some natives were
   massacred outright, by military units and settlers
   alike, while others were moved to inhospitable
   reservations where their numbers declined further
   from disease, malnutrition, and subsequent
   massacres. The natives were considered subhuman,
   and overt racism contributed to the intensity of
   the genocide. As recently as the 1950s Hollywood
   was still turning out "Cowboy and Indian" films in
   which "The only good Injun is a dead Injun" was a
   common epithet.

   Sub-Saharan Africa has today become a similar scene
   of mass genocide, except that in this case the
   program is covert instead of open. Racism has gone
   out of style, forcing the adoption of new methods.
   Famine, Civil War, and AIDS are the primary horses
   of this apocalypse, and the matrix tells us those
   are due to drought, traditional tribal rivalries,
   and a primitive inability to follow sensible health
   precautions. The reality is quite different. To
   begin with, the best land and water sources are
   used by large producers to grow coffee and other
   export crops, leaving for local food production
   marginal lands with inadequate irrigation. Drought
   leads to famine only because the best lands and
   water are preempted in this way to generate capital
   growth for local elites and outside investors.

   So far, we're talking about standard imperialism,
   as it has been experienced in third world countries
   for centuries. One might recall the Irish Potato
   Famine, during which tons of food were being
   exported daily from Dublin and Cork. Under
   globalization, Africa has been subjected to new and
   different assaults which together add up to a
   systematic pattern of intentional genocide,
   presumably aimed at turning Africa into a new arena
   for intensive development.

   Part of the story is told by Michel Chossudovsky,
   in "The Globalization of Poverty - Impacts of IMF
   and World Bank Reforms." He shows how IMF
   "structural adjustment" programs and international
   cartels have been used to ruin African economies -
   removing local produce from international markets,
   and creating markets for food imports. These
   assaults have been a major and direct cause of
   poverty, famine, social dislocation, and civil war.

   Another part of the story involves the CIA,
   U.S.-run paramilitary training programs, and a
   plentiful supply of weapons on sale to all sides by
   eager Western arms exporters. To track down the
   details of that story, one might begin with William
   Blum's "Killing Hope, U.S. Military and CIA
   Interventions Since World War II" and the magazine,
   "Covert Action Quarterly." Needless to say, the
   covert stirring up of conflicts is made much easier
   against a backdrop of wrecked economies and social
   breakdown. In classic military terms, one can see
   the IMF playing the role of advance artillery, and
   the CIA and military advisors following up with a
   ground assault - with genocide being the battle

   The IMF has proclaimed that $3 per year per person
   shall be the total budget for health care in
   Sub-Saharan Africa. At the same time, the U.S. and
   the WTO are aggressively enforcing WTO rulings
   which force African countries to buy expensive
   proprietary drugs instead of cheaper equivalent
   drugs from other sources. These two intentional
   actions by agents of the elite regime create an
   extremely dangerous health situation in Africa.
   Without adequate training, drugs, or hypodermic
   needles, health clinics become a spreader of AIDS
   and other infectious diseases - and AIDS is already
   spreading very rapidly.

   President Clinton cries crocodile tears on
   television over the AIDS crisis, and urges Africans
   to educate themselves in preventative measures -
   but he does not offer meaningful public-health
   assistance. Meanwhile the media reports little or
   nothing about the actions of the U.S. government,
   the IMF, and the WTO, which contribute
   substantially to the spread of the disease, and to
   the overall agenda of genocide.

   The Dark Millennium
   If the world continues on the course planned by the
   elite regime, we will be entering a new era, an era
   reminiscent of the medieval Dark Ages. Politically,
   we are returning to absolute tyranny under an
   elite, centralized regime - every bit as brutal and
   autocratic as the monarchs and Popes of the
   medieval period. Instead of a powerful Church and
   sacraments, we have a sophisticated media matrix -
   with the same ability to control people's minds and
   persuade them to accept their fate. One of the
   major differences between the medieval period and
   globalization's Dark Millennium has to do with
   economics - the medieval period enjoyed a more or
   less sustainable and market-based economy, and in
   it there was a place for everyone.


Recommended viewing.

    Cinema:  "The Matrix", "Blade Runner", "Rollerball".
Television:  "Law and Order", "The Practice".