The evolution of our species has been an astonishing ride, and thanks to the digital revolution, life is changing faster than ever. It’s an exciting time to be alive. But it’s also a mysterious time, because despite the extraordinary sophistication of our modern lives, just a few hours away people are still starving to death.
How is that possible?
And it’s not just hunger. From poverty to slavery to human suffering in general, many social issues have actually become worse in the modern era. Take for example the middle and lower classes of America, who are working harder than ever only to fall more in debt than ever. The average two-income American family is now 15% poorer than a one-income family of 40 years ago, which makes no sense at all for an even remotely normal economy. And that’s just what remains of the middle class. As of 2011 there were 46.2 million Americans living below the U.S. poverty line. To pose this same question on global level, each year approximately 925 million people go hungry and 2.6 million children starve to death. That means 1 in 7 people are going hungry as we speak. And yet there’s plenty of food. According to WorldHunger.org, we produce 17% more calories per person today than 30 years ago. This is a stark example of the disconnect between the quantitative breakthroughs of the modern era and endemic social issues.
Why aren’t our efforts to improve the world working?
Most people will answer this question by blaming the usual suspects: politicians, corporations, and media. And they’re not wrong. They’re just not seeing the full picture. Allow me an analogy. Let’s say a dog runs through your screen door leaving a gaping hole, and the next day a bunch of flies are in your house. The flies are now your most immediate problem, but the hole in the screen door is your real problem. Swat as many flies as you like, nothing will change until you fix that door. Similarly, politicians, corporations and media are definitely problems, but only because their behavior is symptomatic of a larger problem: The Monopoly.
The Monopoly is a small group of people who run the world.
At a general level the organization is basically a handful of extremely powerful families presiding over a massive global network. Acting through individuals they select and place into positions of great power worldwide, the network coordinates the global economy and manipulates political/social institutions in order to strengthen their position as our privileged rulers. They are our modern lords, and they make the rules. But that’s not to say everyone is “in on it”. In fact, very few people are privy to the full blueprint of the organization and its agenda, because those at the top did not get there because they are stupid, meaning everyone operates on a need-to-know basis. Most of us are at the bottom of the totem pole so we’re not supposed to know anything. Less than nothing actually- we’re supposed to believe that our democracy is still more or less functional, and failing only due to incompetence. So long as people are swatting flies and sharply divided against each other, the status quo is safe.
But surely you would have heard something about this by now, right? Well, likely you have, except you discounted it. Those in power find it quite easy to manage the narrative put forth by the media at large, essentially defining for all of us the specter of “accepted” knowledge, even when if that means mischaracterizing rational, evidence based arguments as paranoid delusion. Consider that the very idea word conspiracy has recently come to be associated with lunacy. It’s no accident. The Monopoly relies on people not knowing what they’re doing, because what they’re doing is criminal.
Specifically, their empire was founded through the systematic conversion of central banking institutions from public to private control (theirs). I cover this scam in more detail in chapter 2, however nowadays their operation has metastasized into all levels of society and operates on a global scale. So unfortunately there’s no quick fix for this. The scam has become universally codified and socially unimpeachable, to the point where it’s not even well hidden anymore. There’s a brazen arrogance to these guys in the modern era, because they know they’re well protected. Note the following passage from David Rockefeller’s own 2003 book Memoirs.
“For more than a century, ideological extremists at either end of the political spectrum have seized upon well-publicized incidents such as my encounter with Castro to attack the Rockefeller family for the inordinate influence they claim we wield over American political and economic institutions. Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as ‘internationalists’ and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure — one world, if you will. If that is the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.”
Hopefully this admission is sufficient for us to agree that some sort of vague and monolithic global power structure exists, but also note that their existence is demonstrated by numerous more objective metrics, including the results of a recent global network analysis that mathematically analyzed the relationships between global corporate ownership.
We ﬁnd that transnational corporations form a giant bow-tie structure* and that a large portion of control ﬂows to a small tightly-knit core of ﬁnancial institutions. This core can be seen as an economic “super-entity” that raises new important issues both for researchers and policy makers.”
So next we must ask- what is the relationship between this Monopoly (Rockefeller’s integrated social and economic structure) and intractable social problems like poverty and starvation? As I will argue in this essay, far from being a benevolent force, the Monopoly is in fact driving persistent corruption because because they rely on the corruption of inequity to stay in power. And believe me, they are determined to stay in power, to the point where they are obsessed with the nature of what power really is, and where it comes from. Money is a critical aspect of that, as I’ll cover in chapter 1, but ultimately this essay is about something even more powerful: information. The Monopoly is only able to stay in power because they have compromised our information, and they did it by owning every major channel for communication. Communication is itself key because the expression of political power has two ingredients:
1) Maintaining the quality of our information
2) The ability to organize
A society that cannot faithfully communicate between its people is essentially paralyzed. Except instead of no signal, our “spinal cord” is currently sending all sorts of mistaken signals, which is why we all feel so disconnected from our democracy, and powerless in a world we supposedly control. Listen to author Ron Suskind reporting from the White House, recounting a conversation with an aid later determined to be Karl Rove:
The aide said that guys like me were “in what we call the reality-based community,” which he defined as people who “believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.” … “That’s not the way the world really works anymore,” he continued. “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors…and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”
Isn’t that fascinating? This is the challenge that lies before us as a species- this empire of lies. When the Monopoly has been torn down, the people will eat. Everyone. So please, walk with me for a moment through a quick tour of how this thing works.
Chapter 2. Monopoly Money How a small group of private bankers rigged the world economy