When we became intelligent some three million years ago, we became aware of our mortality and were consequently scared out of our wits. In order to survive, we slowly changed our way of thinking, and started affirming our superiority over the other animals. This led to unrest and confusion within our specie for the longest time. Fortunately, in 325 of the Common Era (CE), a group of good men decided to create a very effective religion, one meant to control man’s behavior by instilling the fear of God in him. That religion, Christianity, invaded the infrastructure of the Western Roman Empire like a hermit crab. Once established with its network of kings, it forced all the citizens of the empire to adopt the Nicene Creed. It ruled by diplomacy and fear of God, and when that didn’t work, it used threats of excommunication, wars, crusades, and inquisitions, very unrefined methods indeed. The official religion was not only intolerant and exclusive, but was opposed to the spread of knowledge because it was created on the premise that poverty was godly, and that science was the work of the devil. Its finances were based on tithing, and deeding by those who wanted to buy their way into heaven after death. It was a haphazard but boundless source of revenue, and corruption set in. The Vatican ruled very inefficiently. Not surprisingly, along the way, it created two deadly enemies, the Jews and Huguenots (French Protestants). Those two enemies joined forces in London in 1600, but finding more tolerant political conditions in Amsterdam, they established their headquarters there in 1602. Under the guise of the East India Company, they ruled the oceans of the world for nearly a century. As soon as it became feasible, in 1688, they established their head office in the City in London where they created the first democracy.
In 1694, the East India Company created the Bank of England, a financial oligarchy that now ruled the waves out of the City in London instead of Amsterdam. The bankers were determined to turn the world into one great market economy, an English one, of course. That short-sightedness was what allowed Mayer to create the Bank of North America in 1781, and his son to take over the Bank of England in 1810. Mayer’s far-sightedness gave us international finance, a system where different market economies, or democracies, freely trade with each other. Mayer’s dynasty had the added advantage of not only speaking with one voice, but by creating the world of credit, it created a world where the humblest of men were free to prosper.
Credit is the most sophisticated and cleanest method of control, and more importantly, it’s always in great demand. The credit machine could be compared to a water pumping system where the big water reservoir is actually a hundred thousand tons of gold stockpiled in the City. From that reservoir, the gold is magically transformed into paper dollars before being sent on their way. The added magic in this operation is that no matter how many dollars are printed, the stockpile of gold never decreases, quite the opposite, it is meant to increase in size as more gold is mined and bought up. Today, the good as gold dollars, paper or electronic, soon to be replaced by virtual bitcoins, flow to the central bank of each country as well as the multiple world organizations such as the United Nations, Unesco, World Bank etc. These are connected to smaller pipelines going down to industries and individuals in the form of loans, and to the man on the street in the form of a salary. On each pipeline there is a tap that controls the output, the tap being the interest rate. If the City wants a country or a multinational to shape up, it gets Standard and Poor’s or some other mysterious entity to let the Gorgon Sisters, Reuters, AP or AFP, tell the world that their credit is no good. Then the NYSE, the first domino in a long chain of dominoes, falls in the desired direction, thus starting a chain reaction. The dominoes are the ‘suits’, politicians, traders, professors and journalists, who are never told what to do or say, but know exactly what the one who pays their salary wants, and act accordingly. No matter how many dominoes there are in a given sequence, they all fall in the direction in which the original domino fell, and if one domino does not comply, it is simply replaced or bypassed, and the chain restarted. All people who receive a salary do what is expected of them, and that includes everybody, the President on down, but no one freely admits to it, for it undermines one’s self-image.
Credit control works extremely well, but when drastic action like war is needed, the people must be made to believe that it’s necessary and to not question it. But since credit control depends on democracy, and democracy depends on the empowerment of the people, people have to be made to believe they are the ones deciding or democracy can’t work. In the good old Holy Roman Empire days, the clergy used very crude ways to impose its will, as mentioned earlier, but Mayer’s dynasty in the City has always used more sophisticated controls such as credit, free speech, job creation, and media feed in order to sway public opinion. But in dire cases, it gets America, the City’s executive arm, to arrange for a Pearl Harbor or a 9/11 in order to sway public opinion.
But first the people must be empowered, and that comes about largely with the creation of jobs. When war is being planned, huge sums of credit are injected to fuel the arms industry, creating a lot of employment and making a lot of people rich in the process. But swaying public opinion is trickier. The process begins with the Gorgon Sisters feeding the media, ‘the voice of the people’, and manipulating free speech. Those who speak for the war are good patriots and good leaders while those who oppose the war and question the facts leading up to it are quickly branded conspirators, or even traitors. The Gorgon sisters freely let conspiracy theories flow into the media because they can easily counter them by having a number of respected ‘suits’ defend the City’s point of view that has become that of their government. People eventually become blasé to conspiracy, to the point where every time they hear the word they switch off. Honest citizens don’t listen to those nuts, and when it comes to the crunch, they trust their elected leaders and their media, regardless how nutty they are.
In 1913, after the Federal Reserve Act was signed into law, Hollywood started sending pictures depicting the greatness of democracy around the world. The dollar was becoming as good as gold, and the image was becoming the message. On the one hand, Mayer’s dynasty controlled the dollar and the many currencies tied to it, and therefore unofficially ruled the financial world, and on the other, the ‘land of the free’, or the ‘land of opportunity’, became everyone’s ideal on both sides of the Atlantic and beyond. Every able bodied person wanted to come to America or be like Americans. Those two developments opened wide the door to globalization.
Today, Marshall McLuhan’s maxims, ‘the image is the message’, and ‘the global village’ have become meaningful metaphors. Hollywood followed by TV, the internet, and the smartphone gave us an image oriented society and virtually empowered us. But as incomes grew, people had more leisure time on their hands, and that meant the Gorgon Sisters had to play an ever-greater role in filling the airwaves. Politics, religion, sports, and media junk food, be it information or misinformation, kept everybody focused.
However, the citizen needing ever more direction, the old overpowering control, the one based on the fear of God and the threat of damnation no longer sufficing, a new concept was introduced.. Since humans are genetically conditioned to live with fear, it is very easy to condition them to forever expect dread, as long as they are convinced that their leaders will save them if and when disaster strikes. In fact, it is a simple control, very much like a riding crop used to make horses do what they are meant to do. A horse would not be worth his salt if it didn’t do what its owner wanted it to do, so, once broken in, the crop is used to remind it of a looming threat. A good owner never hits the horse with the crop, but simply makes sure the horse is aware of it. In a democracy, people may have the illusion of being free and empowered, but they react to credit and media just like the horse to the crop. Instilling fear into a population must go hand in hand with the assurance that it is protected. People may complain, and that is useful in keeping their minds busy, but they must above all trust the one who brandishes the crop, or it doesn’t work.
Fear comes with names like Hitler, Khomeini and Bin Laden, and words like anarchists, Marxists, communists, fascists, terrorists, ISIS, Al Qaeda and Dahesh, Stalin and Putin, names and words that were and are repeated in the media thousands of times each day throughout the world. From atop his elevator shoes, the leader of North Korea threatens to blow up the whole world, and we tremble. And though the five permanent Security Council members, America, Russia, England, France and China have never fired a shot at each other, we continue fearing Russia to this day. The banking dynasty in the City created the Permanent Security Council and controls all the central banks of the world, yet we still fear being annihilated by an atomic bomb coming from Russia, and even North Korea, as ludicrous as that is. The Gorgon Sisters know how and when to brandish the crop, and by sending images of terrorist attacks, along with ridiculous military parades and the lighting of wet firecrackers out of North Korea, they make us tremble, just like they did with Russia a few years prior. As more and more people walk around glued to their phones, we could say that they are hardwired to the Gorgon Sisters who constantly spew out the marching jingles.
Two great examples of the way the crop is used have to do with airport security checks and the climate change debate. Anybody who has a million dollars can hijack or blow up a plane anytime, anywhere in the world, and any professional killer can use a plastic card in his wallet, or the plastic food utensils on board, to kill or threaten to kill anybody at will. As for security checks per se, if people are asked to remove their belts and shoes, it is simply a symbolic way to make the middle class of the world, the flying population, symbolically drop their pants and walk bare-footed, for it serves absolutely no other purpose. The only valid control at the airport is the metal detector that’s meant to stop the ordinary crazies who may be tempted to carry a knife or a gun on board. As for climate change, it is a reality, but not for the reasons the Gorgon Sisters give. The reality is that we’re on the warming leg of a glacial cycle, and that the production of CO2 is irrelevant. But, like with the horse, we put all our trust in the crop holder, and the more the crop is brandished, the more we walk the line.