We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore LappĂ©, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Friday, March 31, 2017

Soft power centralisation: the CIA, Bilderberg and the first steps towards European integration

Click here to access article by Bas Spliet from his blog Scrutinized Minds. (I thank Newsbud for introducing me to this author and article.)

In this article the author focuses on the more covert aspects of European history since WWII. Although I can't vouch for all of the details he has provided, from my own knowledge of this history, I think he offers in one piece a very important, often missing, history that shaped present day Europe.

This project of the US-led Empire was first conceived even prior to the US entering the war and was announced by a well-connected person of the deep state at that time, Henry R. Luce, in an editorial entitled "The American Century".  After the war the US hidden ruling class directorate in what has become known as the "deep state" clearly saw the necessity to eliminate the many borders of Europe that not only interfered with transnational commerce but which also served to isolate capitalists within these small nation-states. They had a globalist vision and wanted to absorb all major capitalists in their project of building an empire, and to act as a bulwark to defend against the influence of the Soviet Union and especially against the popular notions of socialism in the rebuilding of Europe. Also with a more unified Europe, the continent was much more easily managed by this new transnational class of capitalists.
Severely hit by the carnage caused by WWII, the nations of Europe were significantly weakened. Because of the widespread poverty and the decisive role of communist resistance movements during the war, communism became relatively popular in postwar Western Europe. Electoral victories by communist parties were expected throughout Europe, and a Tito-backed communist insurgency in Greece was only beaten back with British intervention in the late 1940s. The US, hoping to expand its sphere of influence in Europe, was not just going to let that happen, however.

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