October 2, 2007

The Road to Hell

You know the saying—the road to hell is paved with good intentions. We live at a time when this aphorism applies in a particularly acute way to the entire world populace.
There are a number of powerful movements pushing us towards ends that appear, on the surface, as highly desirable, but that have the potential to make life for most of humanity into hell on earth.
Yet, so pressing are the problems that these movements claim to address, and so compelling are the arguments in their favor, that many persons of good faith are backing these factions and their promoters. Consider a notable example.

Few of us could deny in good conscience the fact that the environment is under great stress, world-wide. Some species have either disappeared or are at high risk of extinction. Water pollution is compounding the problem of shrinking fresh water resources. Air pollution is making some cities unlivable for their citizens. And ‘climate change’ (as it has come to be called) is becoming increasingly the subject of intense interest locally and of political discussion at the national and international levels. In response, numerous organizations have sprung up with the general aim of mobilizing the masses into taking action against various aspects of the environmental threat. For several decades, these different groups have been devoted to particular facets of environmental problems, be it air quality, forest preservation, species protection, and so on. In the early 1970s, a group called The Club of Rome released a study called The Limits to Growth, that used computer modeling to reach the conclusion that the world had about 3 or 4 decades left before our very patterns of consumption and resultant waste would attain disastrous crisis points.

So far, no-one with common sense could disagree or find much to fault in this example. But let’s see where it goes from here. Some agencies have noticed a good opportunity offered in the environmental realm for promoting a bigger agenda. The looming threat of global warming has supplied a handy pretext to bring together some of the disparate environmental associations and figureheads under one noble cause. ‘Still looks positive, you think. One of the subsidiary goals of this subtly orchestrated cause is to get all nations to agree to sign on to an international accord that will stipulate CO2 levels and other provisions that will require overall coordination and monitoring. To accomplish this structure will require every nation to yield a portion of its sovereignty to the pan-national agency. It amounts to one more argument in favor of a one-world government of some sort. Not in itself of course; but combined with a number of other, equally pressing such arguments, it makes the concept seem like an inevitability in the minds of many concerned citizens of this planet. Opposition to the Kyoto or other international accords by key countries (like the USA, Australia, Canada) may be genuine but temporary; or, may be part of the choreography of the masters behind the scenes. By now, we should be familiar with the ‘global three-step’—thesis, antithesis, resolution as proposed by the hidden puppet-masters.

Another benign movement that has as one of its main goals the establishment of a one-world religion is the belief known as Baha’i. In tandem with the unifying religion, they envision a one-world government as a blessing that would cement the institution of world peace and brotherhood, their holy grail. Certainly, any sensible person wants to see world peace. What is sorely missing in the Baha’i vision is an acknowledgement that such an absolute government would, inevitably, corrupt absolutely. Their vision plays right into the hands of those shadowy powers behind the scenes that have been maneuvering humanity towards global despotism for centuries. It matters little to the secret cabal what pretext is used to foist this abomination on the world. Indeed, they are always promoting several schemes concurrently, with the momentum always directed towards one-world government that is squarely in their hands. Baha’is innocently believe that those who join their ranks are all spiritual idealists charmed by the lofty standards of their founders, and devoid of worldly lust for power and possessions. That may be more or less true at the present time, when their worldwide total membership numbers in the range of perhaps ten million. But, if fortune were to swell their ranks to the levels of the worlds ‘great religions’ (e.g. Catholicism, Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism) then I have no doubt that the opportunists would rise to the top, hijack the traditions, and ride the system like a beast to achieve their personal ambitions.

Another scheme presented as a benefit to mankind by its obviously self-interested promoters, is global free trade, as touted by the WTO (World Trade Organization). Free trade means the movement of goods across national borders without the impediment of tariffs and other barriers. It’s supposed to bring prosperity to every country as goods flow freely to consumers, and corporations set up manufacturing plants in far-flung but low-wage regions. For curious reasons, the high-level hucksters behind WTO always find it expedient to hold their deliberations on this potential, great boon to mankind behind closed, and increasingly, heavily fortified doors. Another curious thing is that those closed meetings always include lots of executives from big corporations—the true beneficiaries of free trade—but very few, if any, representatives of the ordinary people, trades unions, social agencies, and so on. (Then they act surprised at the oftimes violent reaction their enclaves have provoked wherever they meet.) Of the various global movements that exist, the free trade bandwagon is the most transparently in lock-step with the notion of one-world government, especially since the swing, begun in the 1980s, of ‘democracies’ over to embracing the wonders of capitalism as the cure-all for every economic malady. It was fascinating as the free market gospel spread from Thatcher’s Britain to Reagan’s America, then on to most Anglophone nations as well as a few emulators. The free trade movement started with GATT (the General Agreement on Trade and Tariffs) and later morphed into WTO… with the blessings of those democratic governments now fully in thrall to the siren song of market capitalism. Yet it doesn’t take much imagination to project how a world without trade barriers (of some kinds) can provide an easy and slippery step to a world without borders.

So, there are a number of movements having no apparent connection among them that are focused towards promoting the notion of globalism, be it global unity, the brotherhood of man, or global government itself. They all paint a glowing picture of this goal as a paradise on Earth, the only utopia possible. Yet, anyone with basic knowledge of history and some experience in life knows innately that a world government will mean global headaches… and much worse. The record of history has demonstrated conclusively that we should be extremely wary of any move to expand the purview of government. Governments like to grow; and they grow by whatever means are available. Whatever their original purview—be it a municipality, a district, a state, or a nation, the politicians look for ways to extend their control over a wider area; wider in scope and power, and/or wider in geographical boundaries. In this task, the elected or appointed political masters are aided and abetted by their bureaucracies, for they are operating under ‘Parkinson’s Law’ of relentless growth. Thus, the juggernaut rolls on.

Today, with numerous issues of ‘global concern,’ such as cited above, there are correspondingly numerous, new avenues for the growth of government. We have had the United Nations since 1945, as a kind of supra-national government (certainly a bureaucracy) that has spawned a plethora of subsidiary organizations, and parallel agencies, such as the World Bank, and International Monetary Fund. The only way for a national government to expand its jurisdiction, geographically, is to acquire other territory. That was done by ‘exploration of unclaimed lands’ in the past, a polite way of saying ‘the conquest of indigenous, non-European peoples.’ That option has long been exhausted, so ‘acquisition of territory’ must, since the late 19th century, proceed by means of military aggression—warfare. To forestall the war option was the prime motivation for the UN, and that organization seems to be our last, best hope for a peaceful world. Yet, obviously, it is not working very well. Despite the UN, the decades since the last ‘world war’ have seen an endless succession of regional wars, some of extreme intensity, such as the Vietnam War, the Balkan Wars, and the two Gulf Wars (Iraq).

It doesn’t take psychic prescience to project where this scenario is heading. Given a world that continues to be embroiled in ‘regional disputes,’ and with the constantly-fanned fears of ‘global terrorism,’ the solution to be offered will be one-world government… in some form or other. Think of the creeping progression of the European Union to get a good idea of how the process works. They started with just a few major countries, and just a ‘nominal Parliament.’ Then they added new members, and the European Parliament acquired additional authority. And so it went until today, when many member constituents fear that their own elected governments are subservient to the dictates of the less representative Parliament in Brussels. The juggernaut is crunching forward towards one apparent goal—a one-Europe government, in charge of some 350 million individuals. Working feverishly behind the curtain of public scrutiny towards a bigger goal, there are well-known, exclusive ‘clubs’ such as the Bilderberg, the Trilateral Commission, and the Council on Foreign Relations. Their memberships are often overlapping, and their agenda is always secret. (But their intentions can be discerned from the tenor of the times, and the ‘leaks’ that commonly occur.) Under the relentless drive of those powerful lobby groups, with a successful model already in place, and given the exigencies of climate instability and the threat of terrorism, all the ingredients are in place for the big move—the implementation of the Government of the World. Heaven help us.

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