Atlas, Mont Pelerin, NED
Firestarter Wrote:The Atlas Network works with 450 foundations, NGOs, think tanks and advocacy groups, with an operating budget of $5 million in 2016, coming from charitable and non-profit foundations from the US.
Atlas helped to alter the political landscape in various countries in Latin America and is effectively an extension of Anglo-American foreign policy. The think tanks associated with Atlas are financed by the Koch billionaire brothers, State Department and National Endowment for Democracy (NED).
The libertarian Atlas Network has "reshaped political power in country after country", operating as an extension of U.S. foreign policy.
Atlas’ methods include providing grants for new think tanks and education on how to run a think tank and manipulate opinion through social media and online videos.
In 2014, Atlas provided $4,340,000 in funding to 177 partners in 68 different countries.
In 1981, Atlas was founded by Sir Antony Fisher.
In 1955, Fisher had founded the Institute of Economic Affairs (IAE) in London and helped to create the Fraser Institute, the Manhattan Institute and the Pacific Research Institute in the 1970s.
The basis for Fisher’s ideals came from Friedrich Hayek, who helped to found Otto von Habsburg’s Mont Pelerin Society. Member of Mont Pelerin, Ed Feulner, helped found the Washington Heritage Foundation. Another Mont Pelerin member, Ed Crane, founded the Libertarian Cato Institute.
None other than Milton Friedman said about the Institute of Economic Affairs:
Quote:It made possible Margaret Thatcher. It made possible not her election as prime minister but the policies that she was able to follow. And the same thing in this country, the developing thought along these lines made possible Ronald Reagan and the policies he was able to follow.
In 1981, Fisher sent his proposal on the Atlas Network to a list of prominent executives, including Richard Mellon Scaife, and soon money began to pour in from corporate coffers like Pfizer, Procter & Gamble and Royal Dutch Shell.
But Fisher knew that his financers needed to remain secret (like for the IAE), because:
Quote:To influence public opinion, it is necessary to avoid any suggestion of vested interest or intent to indoctrinate.
Atlas was funded over the years by Koch family foundations and by 2005 had received $440,000 from ExxonMobil and at least $825,000 from the tobacco company Philip Morris. MasterCard was also an Atlas donor.
In 1986, Atlas scheduled meetings with business executives so its network of think tanks could be funded from the US. An official from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) once recommended that the head of Coca-Cola’s subsidiary in Panama work with Atlas to set up an IEA-style Atlas think tank.
Atlas’ partners were also funded by CIA-front National Endowment for Democracy (NED, founded in 1983), which is funded largely by the State Department and USAID. The NED also controls Wikileaks…
In 1980, at age 26, the Argentinean born Alejandro Chafuen was invited to become the youngest member of the Mont Pelerin Society. He travelled to Stanford and within 5 years married an American.
Chafuen, like Fisher, noted that donors cannot appear to pay for polls because they would lose credibility:
Quote:Pfizer Inc. would not sponsor surveys on health issues nor would Exxon pay for surveys on environmental issues.
In 1991, 3 years after Fisher died, Chafuen became chairman of Atlas. Chafuen got the support of leading Libertarians, like investor John Templeton and the billionaire Koch brothers.
The Atlas network has funded hundreds of free-market think tanks in Latin America, including groups that supported the Free Brazil Movement.
Numerous Atlas-affiliated leaders are now in power:
Atlas funded a think tank that merged with the political party formed by Mauricio Macri, who became the president of Argentina and is connected to several ministers in Argentina;
Atlas has also supported protests in Venezuela and the campaign of Sebastián Pinera, the president of Chile;
Several senators in Bolivia.
Gerardo Bongiovanni, the president of Atlas think tank Fundación Libertad (Argentina), admitted that the first needed money came from NED’s grant partner, the Center for International Private Enterprise, $1 million between 1985 and 1987.
In 1998, Cedice Libertad, Atlas’s flagship in Caracas (Venezuela) received financial support from the Center for International Private Enterprise. Records leaked from Eva Golinger and Bradley Manning were used to insinuate that Atlas think tanks were trying to destabilise the Venezuelan of Hugo Chavez, a sophisticated effort to support Chavez…
The Trump administration is filled with alumni of Atlas-related groups and friends.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos (sister of Erik Prince) and Alejandro Chafuen both were leaders at Michigan think tank the Acton Institute, which now has an affiliate in Brazil (the Centro Interdisciplinar de Ética e Economia Personalista).
Vice President Mike Pence has attended an Atlas event and spoken highly of the group.
Trump’s counterterrorism adviser, Sebastian Gorka, once led an Atlas think tank in Hungary.
Senior fellow at the Atlas Network, Judy Shelton, was previously an adviser to the Trump campaign and transition and is now chairperson of the NED: https://theintercept.com/2017/08/09/atla...ca-brazil/
G. Edward Griffin – The creature from Jekyll Island
In this post my summary of a good book on the creation of the Federal Reserve (on Jekyll Island) and how the international money system works (including the World Bank and IMF).
Paper (fiat) money from England – inflation tax
Fiat money is paper money without precious-metal backing. The first recorded appearance of fiat money was in thirteenth century China, but its use on a major scale only first occurred in colonial America.
The Bank of England was formed in 1694 to institutionalise fractional-reserve banking. This was used to bribe politicians with spendable money (created out of nothing by the banksters) without having to raise taxes. In return, the bankers would receive a commission — called interest.
In England, the first paper money was the exchequer order of Charles II. It was replaced in 1696 by the exchequer bill that was redeemable in gold.
Expanding the money supply causes inflation, and the amount lost in purchasing power could be seen as money stolen from us by our government or a hidden tax.
Since the establishment of the Bank of England in 1694, most wars couldn’t have been financed without fiat money. Or in other words: wars cause inflation…
US Central banks until the Fed and rising US debts
The formation of the first US central bank, the Bank of the United States, was primarily to create money for the federal government. The creation of millions of new fractional-reserve dollars made prices inflate. In a five-year period, prices rose by 72%, or in other words 42% of people’s savings in the form of money was confiscated by the government through inflation.
The Bank of the United States also came to the assistance of “good” state banks, which allowed them to act recklessly.
In 1791, the First Bank of the United States (America's second central bank) was created by Congress, as almost a replica of the first, including fraud.
The story of the Second Bank of the United States, the third central bank of the USA, ended after President Andrew Jackson won the battle with the head of that bank, Nicholas Biddle.
According to the National Banking Act of 1863, banks only had to keep a percentage of their notes and deposits in the form of lawful money (gold coins). That percentage averaged about 12%.
This means that a bank with $1 million in coin deposits could use approximately $880,000 of that ($1 million minus 12%) to purchase government bonds, exchange the bonds for bank notes, lend out the bank notes, and collect interest on both the bonds and the loans. So the bank could earn interest on $880,000 loaned to the government in the form of coins plus interest on $880,000 loaned to its customers in the form of bank notes. That doubled the bank's income without needing more capital; and basically means that the effective reserve fraction of 12% is really only 6%...
By failing to veto the National Bank Act, President Lincoln delivered the American people into the claws of the international Cabal, an act which was similar to the forcible return of captured runaway slaves.
By participating in the greenbacks, President Lincoln violated one of the most important sections of the Constitution. During the war, the money supply increased by 138% and the purchasing power of the greenbacks fell by 65%. Prices more than doubled while wages rose by less than half. In this way, Americans surrendered more than half of all the money they earned or held during that period to the government and to the banks — in addition to their “normal” taxes.
Griffin blames most of what’s wrong with our Brave New World on the Fabian Society and its bastard offspring that includes the Round Table, RIIA and Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).
See the stained-glass window that was once in the Beatrice Webb House in Surrey, England, former headquarters of the Fabian Society. It is now on display at the London School of Economics. It shows Sidney Webb and George Bernard Shaw striking the earth with hammers to "REMOULD IT NEARER TO THE HEART'S DESIRE
". Note the wolf in sheep's clothing in the Fabian crest above the globe.
The first draft of the Jekyll Island plan (for the Federal Reserve) was submitted to the Senate by Nelson Aldrich but had actually been written by Frank Vanderlip and Benjamin Strong (the buddy of the Governor of the Bank of England, Montagu Norman).
The presidential campaigns of Woodrow Wilson and Teddy Roosevelt included propaganda against the evils of the Money Trust while both of their campaigns were financed by that same Trust.
It’s obvious that Americans and their government have become mired in debt.
Annual federal deficits have grown steadily since 1950. It had taken 198 years for the federal government to borrow the first trillion dollars. Then, in only twelve years — mostly when B-actor Reagan played president — it borrowed another $3 trillion. By the end of 1995, the debt had grown to about $5 trillion. It has continued to rise almost vertically.
By 1993, net interest payments on that debt were $214 billion per year; about 14% of all federal revenue. It now represents the government's largest single expense. These charges are paid by the American tax payer. On average, over $5,000 is extracted per American family annually, only to pay the interest.
Private investors in the US hold about 37% of this debt; foreign investors own approximately 27%; agencies of the federal government have 28%; and the Federal Reserve owns only about 8% of the US national debt.
Today’s $22.5 trillion, rising to $34 trillion, is just the US national government debt. Total US debt includes state and local government debt, household debt, corporate bond and business commercial & industrial loan debt, central bank balance sheet debt, and government agencies (GSEs) debt. Add these other forms of debt to the national debt makes the total debt in the US rises some $53 trillion. This lead to an estimated grand total US debt of more than $70 trillion by 2028 (the $900 billion a year in interest charges for the banksters is probably too low an estimate): https://www.lawfulpath.com/forum/viewtop...=120#p5922
Karl Marx, Trotsky, Bolsheviks
In 1904, Jacob Schiff (head of the New York investment firm of Kuhn, Loeb, and Company) had raised capital for large war loans to Japan so they could fight against Russia.
This 1911 cartoon by Robert Minor shows Karl Marx surrounded by delighted Wall Street financiers: Morgan partner George Perkins; J.P. Morgan; John Ryan of National City Bank; John D. Rockefeller; and Andrew Carnegie. Behind Marx stand Teddy Roosevelt…
In January of 1916, Leon Trotsky was expelled from France and came to the US at the invitation of Schiff. His travel expenses were paid by Schiff.
On 23 March 1917, the abdication of Tsar Nicholas was celebrated at Carnegie Hall. When Trotsky returned to Petrograd in May 1917, he carried $10,000 for travel expenses, again from Kuhn, Loeb.
Contrary to believe, Lenin, Trotsky, and their Bolsheviks did not overthrow the monarchy but overthrew the first democratic society in Russian history, set up through the March 1917 revolution. Lenin and Trotsky weren’t sent to Russia to overthrow the Tsar but to make an end to the (real?) revolution.
After the October 1917 Revolution, all the banks in Russia were "nationalised" by the Bolsheviks except for the Petrograd branch of Rockefeller's National City Bank.
Arsene de Goulevitch mentioned that Knight of the Garter Alfred Milner (head of the Round Table) financed the Bolshevik Revolution with over 21 million roubles and that another of its financers was British Ambassador to Russia Sir George Buchanan.
At the same time that Morgan was funding pro-Bolshevik groups, he also founded the extreme anti-Bolshevik “United Americans” that was trying to frighten Americans into believing that a Red mob was ready to take New York. In a strange twist the officers of “United Americans” were Allen Walker of the Guarantee Trust Company (the Soviet's fiscal agent in the U.S. at the time); Daniel Willard president of the Baltimore & Ohio Railway (that was developing Soviet railways); H.H. Westinghouse of Westinghouse Air Brake Company (which operated a major plant in Russia); and Otto H. Kahn of Kuhn, Loeb & Company (arguable THE principal financial backer of the Soviet regime).
Morgan and a consortium of British financiers, including Alfred Milner, also financed the army of Admiral Kolchak, who was fighting against the Bolsheviks in Siberia.
In the years after the Bolsheviks took dictatorial control of the Soviet Union, lucrative contracts were issued to British and American businesses affiliated with the Round Table network.
Chicago meat packers Morris & Company, for example, got a 50 million pounds contract. Edward Morris was married to Helen Swift, sister of Harold Swift who had been a "Major" at the Red Cross Mission in Russia.
From 1921 to 1925, Standard Oil and General Electric supplied $37 million worth of machinery.
Junkers Aircraft in Germany literally created Soviet air power.
At least 3 million slave labourers perished in Siberia digging ore for Britain's Lena Goldfields, Ltd.
W. Averell Harriman — who later became US Ambassador to Russia — acquired a twenty-year monopoly over Soviet manganese production.
The sinking of the Lusitania
It’s no secret that the bombing of the British passenger liner Lusitania by those horrible Germans was the reason that the US joined WW I.
Calling the Lusitania a “passenger liner” is certainly misleading. In May 1913, the Lusitania was outfitted with extra armour, revolving gun rings on her decks, and shell racks in the hold for ammunition. In Jane's Fighting Ships the Lusitania was now listed as an auxiliary cruiser and in the British “The Naval Annual” an armed merchant man.
In October 1914, Winston Churchill issued orders that British merchant ships must no longer obey a U-boat order to halt and be searched but instead shoot at the enemy or ram the submarine. The result was that German U-boats were forced to sink ships without warning.
The cargo that was loaded on the Lusitania on her last voyage included 600 tons of pyroxyline (gun cotton), 6 million rounds of ammunition, 1,248 cases of shrapnel shells, plus an unknown quantity of munitions that filled the holds on the lowest deck and trunkways and passageways of F deck.
As the Lusitania moved into hostile waters, First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill, ordered her destroyer protection to leave. This made her an easy target. After the impact of one torpedo, a mighty second explosion from within ripped her apart, and it quickly gurgled to the bottom.
Colonel Edward Mandell House was highly influential at that time, a trustee of the Carnegie Foundation and very close to Andrew Carnegie himself. House was in England at that very day to meet King George V. He was accompanied by Sir Edward Grey (Knight of the Garter, KG, 1912), who asked him: "What will America do if the Germans sink an ocean liner with American passengers on board?
". According to House, "I told him if this were done, a flame of indignation would sweep America, which would in itself probably carry us into the war
After arriving at Buckingham Palace, King George (another KG) asked House, "Suppose they should sink the Lusitania with American passengers on board...
William Jenning Bryan became so disillusioned by the duplicity of his own government that on 9 May, he sent a note to Wilson:
Quote:Germany has a right to prevent contraband going to the Allies and a ship carrying contraband should not rely upon passengers to protect her from attack-it would be like putting women and children in front of an army.
On 16 April 1917, the US officially declared war on the Axis powers. Eight days later, Congress passed the War Loan Act which extended $1 billion in credit to the Allies. The first advance of $200 million went to the British to repay the debt to Morgan. A few days later, $100 million went to France for the same purpose.
Within 3 months Britain had run up their overdraft with Morgan to $400 million dollars, and the firm presented it to the government for payment. The Federal Reserve System created the money to give to England and France so they could pay back the American banks. The same process was done again in World War II and the “bailout” of the 1980s and '90s.
International loans, World Bank, IMF
American banks had always been willing to make loans to the Soviet Union, except for short periods of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, and other minor “business interruptions”.
The Soviets bought American goods with “loans” from the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Almost all of these loans were guaranteed by the US government, which means that if these countries default, the gullible American taxpayer will once again have to pay.
America gives billions to Russia, which uses it to build and sell missiles to China. China then sells those Russian-made missiles to the oil-rich Iran.
American banks and businessmen — with taxpayers’ guarantees — have provided power-generating equipment, modern steel mills and military hardware to China.
Within a few weeks of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing, at the very time that student leaders were executed, the Bush Administration approved a $200 million, low-interest loan for delivery of 4 brand new Boeings. In 1993, 47 more Boeing jetliners were sold with another 800 Boeings over the next 15 years projected. China paid for all this through guaranteed loans and subsidies from the World Bank.
The US also provided aid to Eastern Europe, under control of the Soviet Union, which strengthened the Communist regimes.
In November 1988, the World Bank made its first loan to Poland for $17.9 million. In 1991, the Bush Administration cancelled 70% of the $3.8 billion owed to the United States, which had to be paid by American taxpayers instead.
During 1992, Yeltsin wheeled and dealed with Royal Dutch Shell, British Petroleum, Amoco, Texaco, and Exxon.
Shortly after the Mexican government loaned $55 million to Fidel Castro’s Cuba, head of the Federal Reserve Paul Volcker offered Mexico's finance minister, Jesus Silva Herzog, a $600 million short-term loan to get Mexico past its election date of 4 July.
After Brazil in 1982 announced it couldn’t make payments on its debt, the U.S. Treasury loaned $1.23 billion to keep those checks going to the banks. Twenty days later, it gave another $1.5 billion; the Bank of International Settlements advanced $1.2 billion. The following month, the IMF provided $5.5 billion; Western banks extended $10 billion in trade credits; and $4.4 billion in new loans were made by a Morgan Bank syndication.
This plan set the precedent of "curing" the debt crisis by creating more debt.
The global environmental threat - depopulation
The pollution of the environment global threat has been carefully planned since at least the 1960s. This was viewed as likely to succeed because it could be related to observable conditions like smog and water pollution and would therefore look “credible”.
In 1989, an article by CFR member George Kennan was published:
Quote:We must prepare instead for ... an age where the great enemy is not the Soviet Union, but the rapid deterioration of our planet as a supporting structure for civilized life.
Fabian Bertrand Russell (of the Noble English Russell family, the handler of H.G. Wells) explained:
Quote:I do not pretend that birth control is the only way in which population can be kept from increasing... War, as I remarked a moment ago, has hitherto been disappointing in this respect, but perhaps bacteriological war may prove more effective. If a Black Death could be spread throughout the world once in every generation, survivors could procreate freely without making the world too full....
A scientific world society cannot be stable unless there is world government... It will be necessary to find ways of preventing an increase in world population. If this is to be done otherwise than by wars, pestilences and famines, it will demand a powerful international authority. This authority should deal out the world's food to the various nations in proportion to their population at the time of the establishments of the authority. If any nation subsequently increased its population, it should not on that account receive any more food. The motive for not increasing population would therefore be very compelling.
G. Edward Griffin – The creature from Jekyll Island: A second look at the federal reserve
(1994) – 6.9 MB: https://ia802609.us.archive.org/14/items...Island.pdf
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The Technetronic Era
Before Zbigniew Brzezinski was selected by David Rockefeller as Founding Director of the Trilateral Commission from 1973 to 1976…
In 1970, Brzezinski argued that a coordinated policy was necessary in order to counter global instability erupting from increasing economic inequality. This thesis was THE reason for founding the Trilateral Commission.
See some excerpts from his 1970 paper.
Quote:The post-industrial society is becoming a “technetronic” society: a society that is shaped culturally, psychologically, socially, and economically by the impact of technology and electronics—particularly in the area of computers and communications.
Moreover, the United States has been most active in the promotion of a global communications system by means of satellites, and it is pioneering the development of a world-wide information grid. It is expected that such a grid will come into being by about 1975. For the first time in history the cumulative knowledge of mankind will be made accessible on a global scale—and it will be almost instantaneously available in response to demand.
The projected world information grid, for which Japan, Western Europe, and the United States are most suited, could create the basis for a common educational program, for the adoption of common academic standards, for the organized pooling of information, and for a more rational division of labor in research and development. Computers at M.I.T. have already been regularly “conversing” with Latin American universities, and there is no technical obstacle to permanent information linkage between, for example, the universities of New York, Moscow, Tokyo, Mexico City, and Milan.
Such scientific-informational linkage would be easier to set up than joint educational programs and would encourage an international educational system by providing an additional stimulus to an international division of academic labor, uniform academic standards, and a cross-national pooling of academic resources.
More directly linked to the impact of technology, it involves the gradual appearance of a more controlled and directed society. Such a society would be dominated by an elite whose claim to political power would rest on allegedly superior scientific know-how. Unhindered by the restraints of traditional liberal values, this elite would not hesitate to achieve its political ends by using the latest modern techniques for influencing public behavior and keeping society under close surveillance and control. Under such circumstances, the scientific and technological momentum of the country would not be reversed but would actually feed on the situation it exploits.
Brzezinski also wrote something in support of Communism (to control the masses)…
Quote:That is why Marxism represents a further vital and creative stage in the maturing of man's universal vision. Marxism is simultaneously a victory of the external, active man over the inner, passive man and a victory of reason over belief: it stresses man's capacity to shape his material destiny — finite and defined as man's only reality — and it postulates the absolute capacity of man to truly understand his reality as a point of departure for his active endeavors to shape it. To a greater extent than any previous mode of political thinking, Marxism puts a premium on the systematic and rigorous examination of material reality and on guides to action derived from that examination.
Zbigniew Brzezinski – Between two ages: America's role in the Technetronic Era
This plan was effectively made official UN policy in 1992 with Agenda 21…
During the 1970s, Brzezinski explained that the Soviet system was incapable of evolving beyond the industrial phase into the "technetronic" age.
This was all before internet and mobile phones would be shoved down our throats, electronic banking became commonplace and of course the Soviet Union was dissolved.
In February 2019, Google announced that Assistant would work with its home security and alarm system, Nest Secure. It was only at that time that users found out that Nest Secure had a built in microphone to spy on them.
Google simply explained after some outrage of the pacified masses that: “The on-device microphone was never intended to be a secret and should have been listed in the tech specs. That was an error on our part
This wasn’t the first time that Google was invading the privacy of the masses.
In 2010, for example, Google admitted that its fleet of Street View cars “accidentally” collected personal data transmitted over consumers’ unsecured WiFi networks: https://www.businessinsider.nl/nest-micr...=true&r=US
The following video shows how your smart phone controls you, makes you an addict and tracks you...
Lundberg – America’s sixty families
In 1937, a book by Ferdinand Lundberg was published detailing an oligarchy of 60 wealthy families that control the United States of America.
The "60 families" named by Lundberg include the Rockefeller, Morgan, Ford, Vanderbilt, Mellon, Guggenheim, Harkness, Whitney, Du Pont, Astor, Paynes, and Stillman families.
Many wealthy Americans were not on Lundberg’s list because their wealth was not in the form of family or dynastic assets, like Harvey Firestone, Frederick H. Prince, and Samuel Zemurray.
At least 36 large nonbanking corporations with assets totalling about $22 billion have a direct connection to John D. Rockefeller’s interests.
The Mellon group dominates about 35 banks and insurance companies and some 40 non-financial corporations with a total of $4.25 billion in assets.
The Mellon group is directly or indirectly represented in corporations with about $13 billion in assets.
The 10 largest foundations, according to a Twentieth Century Fund study in 1934:
1. Carnegie Corporation of N.Y.
2. Rockefeller Foundation
3. General Education Board (Rockefeller)
4. Commonwealth Fund (Harkness)
5. W.K. Kellogg Foundation (Kellogg cereals)
6. Carnegie Institution of Washington
7. Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
8. Russell Sage Foundation
9. Buhl Foundation (Henry Buhl, Jr.)
10. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Louis D. Brandeis concluded that the wealth of the elite is understated because they also control “other people’s money”.
This makes their recklessness unpunished, as great losses were paid for by citizens with an average income.
The elite control education, by financing schools and universities.
Besides the rich and corrupt, at least 75% of Americans own nothing except clothing and a few chattels.
Ferdinand Lundberg – America’s sixty families
Thirty years later, Lundberg came with a new book on the same topic.
The United States can be looked upon as a single party Republic, divided in 2 subdivisions: the Republican Party (dubbed "Conservative") and the Democratic Party (dubbed "Liberal").
The 3 richest, most influential families, in 1968, are:
1 - Du Pont worth $7.6 billion
2 - Mellon worth $4.8 billion
3 - Rockefeller worth $4.7 billion (only third?)
The Ford family is the 4th most influential, rich oligarchic family in the USA.
J. Paul Getty is thought of to be in the same class, with $1.2 billion.
Other leading family names that dominate the 200 largest nonfinancial companies: Adler, Astor, Cabot, Clapp, Doris Duke Cromwell, Cunningham, Doherty, Drexel, Fleischmann, Forstmann, Goelet, Goldman, Guggenheim, Hanna, Hearst, Hillman, Hutton, Jones, Laughlin (Jones and Laughlin Steel), Lynch, McClintic, Miller, Milbank, Palmer, Payson, Penney, Pillsbury, Rosenwald, Schott, Skaggs, Vanderbilt, Watkins, Whitney, Widener and Winthrop.
In 1953, 32% of the private assets were held by the richest 1.6% of the adult population of 103 million.
According to Lundberg, the American tax system favours the wealthy over the poor, amongst others because of sales taxes and tax-exempt foundations
Ferdinand Lundberg – The Rich and the Super-Rich
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Soros, Nazis, Popper, Hayek
George Soros has been made in some sort of boogeyman for the far right media controlled by the Mont Pelerin Society.
George Soros the funder of the Clinton Foundation, Jared Kushner and Donald Trump...
Memes like the following have been thoroughly debunked: https://www.mediamatters.org/glenn-beck/...nniversary
Even though it has been debunked that George Soros is an evil Jew, who at only 14 helped the Nazis to confiscate assets of Hungarian Jews, the December 1998 interview on which this is mostly based, has been deleted by Youtube.
Clearly I wouldn’t want anybody to make the wrong assumptions based on quotes taken out of context from an interview more than 20 years ago. I wouldn’t want to be accused of abusing our wonderful right of “freedom of speech”…
See some quotes from the interview; as you can see this doesn’t prove that black Georgy (György Schwartz) actively confiscated Jewish property… he was only helping out his stepfather “in a funny way” and he didn’t feel guilty because if he “wasn’t doing it, somebody else would be taking it away anyhow”.
Quote:KROFT: Went out, in fact, and helped in the confiscation of property from the Jews.
Mr. SOROS: Yes. That’s right. Yes.
KROFT: I mean, that’s–that sounds like an experience that would send lots of people to the psychiatric couch for many, many years. Was it difficult?
Mr. SOROS: Not–not at all. Not at all. Maybe as a child you don’t–you don’t see the connection. But it was–it created no–no problem at all.
KROFT: For example that, ‘I’m Jewish and here I am, watching these people go. I could just as easily be there. I should be there.’ None of that?
Mr. SOROS: Well, of course I c–I could be on the other side or I could be the one from whom the thing is being taken away. But there was no sense that I shouldn’t be there, because that was – well, actually, in a funny way, it’s just like in markets – that if I weren’t there – of course, I wasn’t doing it, but somebody else would – would – would be taking it away anyhow. And it was the – whether I was there or not, I was only a spectator, the property was being taken away. So the–I had no role in taking away that property. So I had no sense of guilt.
Here’s the interview (I wouldn’t be surprised if Youtube deletes it… again), starting at 8:00, black Georgy explains about being a “spectator” in taking away Jewish property.
Soros also explains that as a “philanthropist” he supports regulations against financial predators (“players” like himself), but as a “businessman”, staring at 11:50, he tells that his Quantum Funds is registered in the Dutch Antilles to escape regulation…
It is even stranger that George Soros is used as the boogeyman for the Mont Pelerin controlled far right media, as Soros was highly influenced by 2 of the founders of the Mont Pelerin Society.
He even named his Open Society Institute (now Open Society Foundations) after Mont Pelerin cofounder Karl Popper and his 1945 book “The Open Society and Its Enemies”. Popper was a good friend of Friedrich von Hayek (Nobel Prize winner in 1974); they met at the London School of Economics.
See Popper and Hayek years later.
When George Soros attended the London School of Economics (LSE), Karl Popper became his mentor. Soros was also influenced by LSE professor Hayek.
In 2018, George Soros was named “person of the year” by the Rothschild-affiliated Financial Times for his wonderful philanthropic work: https://www.irf.ua/en/dzhordzh_soros_lyu...ial_times/
Another of Hayek’s friends was Nobel laureate Milton Friedman, both founding members of the Mont Pelerin Society
In a 1978 interview with the UCLA, Hayek admitted that he really was a “Fabian socialist”:
Quote:I never was a social democrat formally, but I would have been what in England would be described as a Fabian socialist. I was especially influenced — in fact the influence very much contributed to my interest in economics — by the writings of a man called Walter Rathenau, who was an industrialist and later a statesman and finally a politician in Germany, who wrote extremely well.
He was Rohstoff diktator in Germany during the war, and he had become an enthusiastic planner. And I think his ideas about how to reorganize the economy were probably the beginning of my interest in economics. And they were very definitely mildly socialist.
On his close friend Karl Popper since the 1930s, Hayek said:
Quote:It was sufficient for me to have recognized this, but when I found this thing explicitly argued and justified in Popper, I just accepted the Popperian philosophy for spelling out what I had always felt. Ever since, I have been moving with Popper. We became ultimately very close friends, although we had not known each other in Vienna. And to a very large extent I have agreed with him, although not always immediately. Popper has had his own interesting developments, but on the whole I agree with him more than with anybody else on philosophical matters.
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Please don’t think too deep about what it means that the World Health Organization stresses that military forces have to take control over poor countries (the never “developing”) in this “pandemic”.
Quote:In many developing countries (that is, low- or middle-income economies as classified by the World Bank)2 the pursuit of foreign policy goals may involve use of military forces to participate in peacekeeping operations, military exercises and humanitarian relief missions, or to carry out more traditional military tasks such as the securing of borders. Here, we consider the growing importance of developing country militaries in global affairs, and the threats and opportunities this growth presents for infectious disease surveillance and control in civilian populations. We use examples from Peru and Thailand to show how militaries in developing countries can strengthen surveillance programmes run by ministries of heath.
In humanitarian emergencies, well-equipped militaries may use their logistical, communication, organizational, epidemiological and mobile laboratory resources to establish surveillance for populations vulnerable to epidemics.
A UN task force figures that the coronavirus “pandemic” will have disastrous effects on the already poor countries plunging into even worse conditions.
According to the UN this isn’t caused by the overblown response and a “response” is needed to “to reset the world on a sustainable development”: https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/04/1061492
For some reason the UN also forgets to mention the huge amount of deaths that will result from this World War against the population under the guise of fighting some invisible dangerous virus…
You can bet that this will result in more debt for the third World, with the World Bank and IMF making demands that will crush the poor even more.
Here’s some interesting information on the African Development Bank (AfDB). There is a connection to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
In June 2019, the AfDB in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), Agence Française de Développement (AfD) and the Government of Luxembourg launched the Africa Digital Financial Inclusion Facility (ADFI): https://www.afdb.org/en/documents/call-p...ility-adfi
Since 2011, the African Development Bank has been working with (for?) the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on sanitation for sub-Saharan African cities.
According to eugenics psychopath Bill Gates, the African Water Facility Urban Sanitation program (2018-2022), new approaches for sterilizing human waste may help end almost 500,000 infant deaths and save $233 billion annually in costs linked to diarrhoea, cholera and other diseases caused by poor water, sanitation and hygiene: https://www.afdb.org/en/news-and-events/...tion-18644
Rodrigo Salvado worked for the African Development Bank before joining the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: https://www.gatesfoundation.org/What-We-...go-Salvado
A more recent story is that the African Development Bank has sold $4.6 billion in bonds on the London Stock Exchange’s Sustainable Bond Market.
$3 billion of this money will be used to make Africa into the perfect corona police state: https://www.lseg.com/markets-products-an...bank-group
Months before the corona “pandemic” was started, the biggest investment fund in the world, BlackRock where the Trump family invests their savings, authored a plan to go “direct” in the next crisis, blurring the lines between government fiscal policy and central bank monetary policy.
The plan was rolled out in August 2019 at the G7 summit of central bankers.
On 17 September 2019, the U.S. Federal Reserve would begin an emergency repo loan bailout program, loaning hundreds of billions of dollars a week by “going direct” (similar to the BlackRock plan).
Then because of the coronavirus crisis, for the first time in history, US Congress handed over $454 billion of taxpayers’ money to the Fed that will be leveraged into a $4.54 trillion bailout plan.
Nobody will argue that the crisis was caused by government policy instead of any coronavirus...
In the United States, some 85% of the stock market is owned by the richest 10% of Americans.
Buying stocks will effectively make the wealthy even richer, while income inequality is already at the highest levels since the 1920s.
The BlackRock plan also explains the fiscal stimulus of the CARES Act with “direct” $1200 checks and deposits to “poor” Americans and Paycheck Protection Program loans and grants to small businesses.
BlackRock plays an important role in implementing the plan that under the guide of the coronavirus pandemic. BlackRock has even been hired by the US Federal Reserve, the Bank of Canada, and Sweden’s central bank to implement parts of the plan.
The Federal Reserve hired BlackRock to “direct” buy $750 billion in corporate bonds and bond ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds). The BlackRock-run program will get $75 billion of this money to eat the losses on its corporate bond purchases, which will include its own Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) of which BlackRock is one of the largest purveyors in the world.
Three of the 4 authors of the BlackRock plan have previously worked at the central banks in the U.S., Israel, Canada and Switzerland.
Stanley Fischer: in 2005 went from Vice Chairman of Citigroup to become Governor of the central bank of Israel. In 2014 he became a Governor and Vice Chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve. After he resigned at the Fed in October 2017, he became a Senior Advisor at BlackRock in January 2019.
Philipp Hildebrand: was Chairman of the Governing Board of the Swiss National Bank from 2010 until 2012 (he abruptly resigned over a scandal in which his wife trades in currencies about which he had inside information). Hildebrand is now Vice Chairman of BlackRock and a member of its Global Executive Committee.
Jean Boivin: Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada in 2010-2012, when he became Associate Deputy Minister at the Department of Finance of Canada. He joined BlackRock in 2014.
Elga Bartsch: has previously worked at Morgan Stanley in London: https://wallstreetonparade.com/2020/06/b...-the-plan/
See the following nuggets from the white paper...
Quote:A practical way of “going direct” would need to deliver the following: 1) defining the unusual circumstances that would call for such unusual coordination; 2) in those circumstances, an explicit inflation objective that fiscal and monetary authorities are jointly held accountable for achieving; 3) a mechanism that enables nimble deployment of productive fiscal policy, and; 4) a clear exit strategy. Such a mechanism could take the form of a standing emergency fiscal facility. It would be a permanent set-up but would be only activated when monetary policy is tapped out and inflation is expected to systematically undershoot its target over the policy horizon.
Any additional measures to stimulate economic growth will have to go beyond the interest rate channel and ‘go direct’ – [with] a central bank crediting private or public sector accounts directly with money. One way or another, this will mean subsidizing spending – and such a measure would be fiscal rather than monetary by design. This can be done directly through fiscal policy or by expanding the monetary policy toolkit with an instrument that will be fiscal in nature, such as credit easing by way of buying equities. This implies that an effective stimulus would require coordination between monetary and fiscal policy –be it implicitly or explicitly.
From the Netherlands, a similar policy was proposed in March for Europe; calling for the European Central Bank (ECB) to “go direct” in the next crisis.
Chapter 7 details a policy for the Eurozone that’s very similar to what BlackRock proposed in August 2019...
Quote:The ECB is reaching the limits of its monetary policy space, with negative interest rates and the limits of the sovereign bond buying programme in sight. This should induce fiscal policy makers to play a more active role in stimulating the economy were a new economic downturn to strike. However, it seems prudent for the ECB to also explore new options for monetary policy that could support such fiscal efforts to counter deflationary pressures. Following fiscal action, monetary policy space could be created using new instruments that have a more direct effect on the economy.
They refer to the “policy framework” of the BlackRock paper.
Quote:The effectiveness of such a policy framework would depend on it being implemented well in advance of the next downturn. A clear and credible stimulus strategy helps investors to understand what will happen and may thus reduce the amount of stimulus needed.
A scheme like this has sometimes been referred to as “helicopter money”, a term coined by Milton Friedman: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helicopter_money
For more information on BlackRock and the (other) large investment funds (including Vanguard) that own/control the economy: http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthread....own-the-US
07-22-2020, 04:08 PM
(This post was last modified: 07-22-2020, 04:26 PM by Firestarter.)
There are many “conspiracy theories” about American billionaires, who use their billions to control politics and/or philanthropy.
The Tides Foundation unfortunately doesn’t get much attention from our wonderful media and is more interesting than Rockefeller, George Soros, the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson together.
Now there are some stories on the Tides Foundation funding some “hated” left wing groups, but Tides is much bigger than the backing of only 1 or 2 groups...
From 2001 to 2018 the Tides Foundation had a total revenue (most of it coming from donations) of $2.6 billion ($143 million per year on average) and paid grants in total of $2.2 billion ($123 million per year on average).
In 2018, the Tides Foundation paid out $291 million in grants...
That kind of money buys a lot of influence!
The San Francisco based tax exempt Tides Foundation was founded in 1976 by Drummond Pike to funnel grants to “centre-left nonprofits”, while the donors have an advisory role in its grant making.
So basically the donors have a say in where their money goes to, while the grants are labelled as coming from Tides.
Initial funding for the Tides Foundation came from Jane Lehman, heiress to the Reynolds tobacco fortune and ex-president of the Arca Foundation.
The Tides Foundation is the most important of a group of “Tides” named entities in the Tides network. The Tides Center is also important.
The donor list of Tides includes the elite of the world, including:
The Pew Charitable Trust (of the family of Sun Oil);
The Ford Foundation;
Open Society Institute (of George Soros);
The Tides Foundation has been accused of funnelling millions of dollars from American donors to block the joint U.S.-Canadian Keystone XL pipeline.
The Tides Foundation also receives regular grants from a number of nonprofits associated with for-profit investment companies, including Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund and Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program. Vanguard and Fidelity are of course some of the largest investment funds in the world that completely control the world economy.
Fidelity Charitable is the largest charitable grant making organisation in the United States (before nr. 2 the Gates Foundation).
The Tides Foundation and affiliated Tides Center also received millions from the US government (paid for by the American taxpayer): https://www.influencewatch.org/non-profi...oundation/
I've earlier posted on the connection of David Icke to the elite-backed Tides Foundation: https://forums.richieallen.co.uk/showthr...26#pid8626
07-29-2020, 03:39 PM
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In September 2019, the WHO Global Preparedness Monitoring Board published the "A world at risk
I guess it’s just a coincidence that this was not too long after the August 2019 BlackRock “going direct” bailout plan in the next crisis.
I guess it’s also just a case of their great “analytical skills” that they predicted “severe economic impacts” as the result of a “respiratory pathogen pandemic”. Nothing suspicious about any of that!
See some excerpts.
Quote:Countries, donors and multilateral institutions must be prepared for the worst.
A rapidly spreading pandemic due to a lethal respiratory pathogen (whether naturally emergent or accidentally or deliberately released) poses additional preparedness requirements. Donors and multilateral institutions must ensure adequate investment in developing innovative vaccines and therapeutics, surge manufacturing capacity, broad-spectrum antivirals and appropriate non-pharmaceutical interventions. All countries must develop a system for immediately sharing genome sequences of any new pathogen for public health purposes along with the means to share limited medical countermeasures across countries.
Progress indicator(s) by September 2020
• Donors and countries commit and identify timelines for: financing and development of a universal influenza vaccine, broad spectrum antivirals, and targeted therapeutics. WHO and its Member States develop options for standard procedures and timelines for sharing of sequence data, specimens, and medical countermeasures for pathogens other than influenza.
• Donors, countries and multilateral institutions develop a multi-year plan and approach for strengthening R&D research capacity, in advance of and during an epidemic.
• WHO, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, academic and other partners identify strategies for increasing capacity and integration of social science approaches and researchers across the entire preparedness/response continuum.
Financing institutions must link preparedness with financial risk planning.
To mitigate the severe economic impacts of a national or regional epidemic and/or a global pandemic, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank must urgently renew their efforts to integrate preparedness into economic risk and institutional assessments, including the IMF’s next cycle of Article IV consultations with countries and the World Bank’s next Systematic Country Diagnostics for International Development Association (IDA) credits and grants. Funding replenishments of the IDA, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (Global Fund), and Gavi should include explicit commitments regarding preparedness.
The world is not prepared for a fast-moving, virulent respiratory pathogen pandemic. The 1918 global influenza pandemic sickened one third of the world population and killed as many as 50 million people - 2.8% of the total population (16,17). If a similar contagion occurred today with a population four times larger and travel times anywhere in the world less than 36 hours, 50 - 80 million people could perish (18,19). In addition to tragic levels of mortality, such a pandemic could cause panic, destabilize national security and seriously impact the global economy and trade.
Progress indicator(s) by September 2020
• The Secretary-General of the United Nations, with the Director-General of WHO and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, strengthens coordination and identifies clear roles and responsibilities and timely triggers for a coordinated United Nations systemwide response for health emergencies in different countries and different health and humanitarian emergency contexts.
• The United Nations (including WHO) conducts at least two systemwide training and simulation exercises, including one covering the deliberate release of a lethal respiratory pathogen.
• WHO develops intermediate triggers to mobilize national, international and multilateral action early in outbreaks, to complement the existing mechanisms for later and more advanced stages of an outbreak under the IHR (2005).
• The Secretary General of the United Nations convenes a high-level dialogue with health, security and foreign affairs officials to determine how the world can address the threat of a lethal respiratory pathogen pandemic, as well as managing preparedness for disease outbreaks in complex, insecure contexts.
The WHO Global Preparedness Monitoring Board is a joint arm of the WHO and the World Bank.
In September 2019, its members included a fellow called Anthony S. Fauci: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WHO_Global...ring_Board