When I crossed the border from Botswana into Zimbabwe in 2009 I had travelled to 50 countries. The entire 30-year odyssey is chronicled in my book The Grateful Unrich: Revolution in 50 Countries. I feel fortunate to have been able to see so much of this beautiful planet, but I guess I sorta’ planned it that way.
Ever since that first trip to Europe as trombone player in my high school jazz band, I was bound and determined that I would always have a cash reserve to pay for that next plane ticket and that I would never let a job get it the way of traveling. As such, any kind of “career” was out of the question. The act of travel was just too important.
Most people take vacations; a week in Cancun at some all-inclusive fenced in zoo, a few days at Disney World, a bus tour to Branson. Travel is different. Travel is no vacation. The root word of travel is the Latin “travail”, which means, “to suffer; to endure”. That 58-hour third-class train from Bombay to the southern tip of India qualified, as did that 46-hour hard seat-class number out of Shanghai. But with all the hardship comes a deep appreciation of humanity that I feel many Americans have lost in a fog of cynicism. Continue reading
Five weeks before the welcome end of the worst American Presidency in the history of the republic, el jeffe Bush did his best to go down as the Herbert Hoover of the new century, announcing with glee his traitorous plan to allow an “orderly bankruptcy” of the Big 3 American auto manufacturers - companies which formed the backbone of American industry since the early 1900′s.
Simultaneous to this Crown-inspired treason, Southern Senate Republicans - well-paid by the foreign auto-makers who have flocked to their retrograde states to avoid paying union wages - concurred. These are the very same people who parade around Washington playing “super patriot” when it comes to bombing civilian populations and feeding the military-industrial complex. But a ribbon on the bumper of your SUV doesn’t do shit for our misplaced troops, one of whom is my best friend whose convoy was attacked near Ramadi two years ago. Continue reading
The success of the Obama Administration in bringing about meaningful change to America hinges on a total rebuke of the phony but much touted War on Terror, along with the entire Homeland Security gestapo that came along with it. The War on Terror was concocted by the Bush Mafia to justify the oil occupation of Iraq, the gas pipeline occupation of Afghanistan, and the shredding of our Constitution.
Unless one is willing to debunk the War on Terror there can be no exit from the fear-based reactionary politics that have decimated our Bill of Rights, bankrupted our Treasury through the buildup of Homeland Security apparatus, and pulled us into anti-democratic occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.
The hard pill which the American people have yet to swallow is that now that the US occupation has ended in Iraq, Prime Minister Malaki will fall. Likewise, as soon as we pull all troops out of Afghanistan, Prime Minister Karzai is toast. The idiot Republican “look how great the surge worked” crowd, basking as ever in their Empirical delusions, will immediately blame these collapses on Obama-ordered withdrawals. Nothing will be further from the truth. Again. Continue reading
With economic indicators heading south again, President Obama should be thinking big and using his momentum to “flood the zone” during his State of the Union address tonight. He should outline a New Deal-type stimulus package that will help the US economy out of the doldrums and he should get tough on the banksters that put us here.
The real issue underlying the 2008 economic collapse has yet to be dealt with. Until banks began acting like banks and lend money again, instead of gambling QE1-3 at the commodities bubble casino, the economy will be unable to count on the private sector to pull it out of its downward spiral. We need a massive New Deal to both provide work for people and to modernize out ailing infrastructure. Continue reading
The most important change that the Obama administration can make is in our relationship with Israel and its Arab neighbors. I am guardedly optimistic that the Chuck Hagel nomination for Secretary of Defense foreshadows such a change.
For far too long Israel has dictated US foreign policy in the Middle East and elsewhere. This is because, as I outline in my book Big Oil & Their Bankers…, Israel is not so much a “Jewish homeland” as it is a creation of the Rothschild central banking monopoly which controls our Federal Reserve, the Bank of England, Royal Dutch Shell and scores of other financial and industrial behemoths. Continue reading
One of the great things about traveling overseas is that you don’t tend to watch much television. Fine by me. I think if every American tossed their tube there would be a revolution inside of a week. It has long been the primary tool of the global elite in the brainwashing of the masses.
When we do have a room with a TV while travelling we are always struck by the varying quality of the international news channels. In Thailand we got Le Monde out of France, the British BBC, DW from Germany, China’s CCTV, Al Jazeera from Qatar, NHK out of Japan, as well as news channels from South Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Russia and the US. Continue reading
Insider stock selling by billionaires – including Warren Buffett and John Paulsen – this week indicate something big is about to happen, something that may make the 2008 credit crisis seem rather benign. Last week the governments of Russia and Germany called in their gold being “held” by the New York Federal Reserve.
A couple of years ago the IMF announced that it would begin liquidating its gold holdings- the world’s 3rd largest stash after the US and Germany. Buyers included the governments of India, Sri Lanka and Mauritius. Do you think the IMF would be selling gold at a market bottom? Bubble #1 about to burst – Gold. Continue reading
A few years after witnessing loud fat illiterate Republican after-birthers making fools of themselves at town hall meetings where they decried “Obamacare”, I fully support a potato chip tax to pay for the deportation of all rapture-bound Evangelicals who wish to expatriate permanently to mother Israel for the big show.
The low point in the talk radio-driven mental mush came in New Jersey when a woman in a wheel chair was berated by a goon squad of 8th-grade educated repeaters who had probably all just come from their all-too-regular doctor’s visits billed to Medicare. I’ve traveled to 50 countries and can safely say that was the worst behavior I’ve ever seen. It was not even human. The other people in that room should have gotten up and kicked some ass on those scumbags. It’s the only thing a bully understands. Continue reading
The global elite have, over the centuries, refined the techniques they employ to assure continued dominion over the resources of the planet. In the early days they simply crucified certain rebellious citizens, whilst sprinkling in the occasional peasant massacre to ensure a climate of fear and to thwart any challenge to their hegemony.
When this overtly bloody strategy provoked revolution in such disparate locales as France, America and Russia; and later Cuba, the Congo and Vietnam, the bloodline oligarchs shifted to a strategy of covert assassination and counter-revolutionary intrigues. But brutality is brutality, however subtle and disguised it may be.
So when this strategy failed to stem the tide of history, while provoking a democratic and thus subversive reaction amongst the populace, the international banking syndicate and its coterie of idle rich turned to psychological warfare. They learned that it is much easier to control a population through brainwashing than it is to mow down a more cognizant citizenry in the streets and risk backlash. The key, they learned, was to keep people docile, fearful and ignorant. Continue reading
Last column I asserted that the global Money Power controls people nowadays through psychological warfare. Put simply, they lie to people. As long as enough “sheeple” believe the lie, they can then be counted on to police the thoughts of any dissenters. This is a much easier control mechanism than the open violence that had marked the Money Power’s rule from the Dark Ages up until quite recently.
Last column I pinpointed one of their biggest lies: the might is right dominance paradigm, which portrays nature as a violent and dangerous place, a dog eat dog world where capitalism, colonialism, warfare and even slavery are “necessary evils”. This despite 100,000 years of relatively peaceful human existence which proves otherwise. Continue reading
A few columns back I discussed the historical transition of the methodology employed by the global elite in their never-ending quest to control the people and resources of planet earth. Paramount is a shift from open confrontation with and violent suppression of liberation movements, to a more subtle form of psychological warfare waged via control and distortion of information, resulting in a misinformed, fearful and docile populace.
This battle for our minds takes many forms, but begins by inserting key philosophical premises into the public consensus. One of the most insidious of these is a neo-Darwinian worldview, which preaches “survival of the fittest” and reinforces the dominance paradigm. This fraudulent philosophical underpinning, which has become a sort of global religious cult, is used to justify all kinds of historical and present-day injustice and exploitation and needs to be deconstructed and discredited if we are to progress as a species.
Darwin’s expedition was funded by European nobility and he was himself a Freemason. Despite this elite bias, Darwin’s research led him to one very important conclusion, and it was not the “survival of the fittest” mantra which the global elite has since employed to justify everything from colonialism and slavery to private central banking and monopoly capitalism. Rather, Darwin’s central thesis was that the survival of a species was dependent on a high degree of cooperation within that species. Continue reading
It is now a certainty that Goldman Sachs banker Rajiv Gupta with be the first banker to serve prison time. Gupta helped the Wall Street behemoth handpick the most toxic US mortgages, before they sold them to third parties knowing that the housing market was about to crash. The charges state that both Gupta and Goldman misled not only the mostly European banks who bought these morgage-backed securities derivatives, but their own investor clients as well. But anyone who knows a thing or two about the history of Goldman Sachs should not be surprised.
For over a century Goldman Sachs has joined the Houses of Morgan, Rockefeller, Rothschild, Warburg and Lazard in lording over the US industrial base, profiting from boom and depression alike. In July 1929 Goldman launched the Shenandoah and Blue Ridge investment trusts, at a time when the burgeoning middle classes were eager to hop on the Wall Street easy money bandwagon. The Goldman Sachs Trading Corporation sold hundreds of millions of dollars worth of shares to public. They peaked at $104. All the while Goldman insiders were selling. By the fall of 1934 the shares were worth $1.75/each. One of the directors at both Shenandoah and Blue Ridge was Rockefeller cousin and later Secretary of State John Foster Dulles. Continue reading
It was more than a bit surreal after two weeks on isolated Thai islands to turn on Fox News just in time to watch “Tea Party” members signing an oath to defend the Constitution while extolling their right to protest. I strongly concur with the right to protest anything, but am left wondering where these people were twenty years ago when many of us were being monitored by the FBI, while being branded “unpatriotic” for protesting Gulf War I. And by these very same people, most of whom at that time wanted us swept off the streets and silenced in whatever manner necessary and did not give a damn about the right to protest, all the while waving yellow ribbons paid for by the emir of Kuwait. Continue reading
When the Democrats picked Obama over Clinton in their 2008 primary, I thought they had learned a hard lesson: Quit lurching to the right, compromising your values and trying to win elections by capturing centrist votes. Continue reading
While Obama coddles the Blue Dog Democrats on health care, caves to the Israeli lobby on Palestine and Iran, and bows to the Generals on Afghanistan; Rome is burning. US unemployment will surely hit 10% next month and the dollar is teetering on a precipice. Continue reading
The innauguration of our 44th President was something to behold. Everything about it signalled a cultural shift that is much bigger than Barrack Obama: the protest music capped by an appearance by Pete Seeger, the crowd on the mall full of overjoyed Continue reading
By the time you read this, former Goldman Sachs thug Henry Paulsen will probably have succeeded in pushing through a $700 billion welfare package for the wealthiest people on the planet. Continue reading
When friends called me for my reaction following our 2004 general election loss to the Emerson Corporate PAC money machine… Continue reading
If you believe in divine inspiration, and I do, then this past week has been quite inspiring. First, the New Orleans area, where my wife’s family resides, was spared the predicted major carnage of Hurricane Gustav… Continue reading