Christopher Lynn Hedges
1921 British and American
elite academics got together with major international banking interests to form
two "sister institutes" called the Royal Institute of International Affairs
(RIIA) in London, now known as Chatham House, and the
Foreign Relations in the US. Subsequent related
think tanks were created in
Canada, such as the Canadian Institute of International Affairs, now known as
the Canadian International Council (CIC), and other affiliated
think tanks in South Africa,
India, Australia, and more recently in the European Union with the formation of
the European Council on Foreign Relations.
World War I, these powers sought to reshape
the world order in their designs, with Woodrow Wilson proclaiming a right to
which shaped the formation of nation-states throughout the Middle East, which
until the war was dominated by the
Ottoman Empire. Thus,
proclaiming a right to "self-determination" for people
everywhere became, in fact, a means of constructing nation-state power
structures which the western nations became not only instrumental in building,
but in exerting hegemony over.
To control people, one must construct institutions of control. Nations like
Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon,
Syria, Kuwait did not exist prior to World War
World War II, America became
the global hegemon, whose imperial impetus was
provided by the strategic concept of "containment" in containing the spread of
Communism. Thus, America's imperial adventures in Korea, the Middle East,
Africa, Asia and South America became defined by the desire to "roll back" the influence of the
Soviet Union and Communism.
Council on Foreign
Relations originated the idea of "containment" as a central feature of
War II, America took upon itself the responsibility for overseeing and
managing the international monetary system and global political economy through
the creation of institutions and agreements such as the
International Monetary Fund (IMF),
NATO, the UN, and GATT (later
to become the World Trade Organization).
One central power institution
that was significant in establishing consensus among Western elites and
providing a forum for expanding global western
hegemony was the Bilderberg
Group, founded in 1954 as an
"In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came
up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages,
famine and the like would fit the bill. In their totality and in their
interactions, these phenomena constitute a common threat which as the enemy, we
fall into the trap about which we have already warned, namely mistaking
symptoms for causes. All these dangers are caused by human intervention and it
is only through changed attitudes and behaviour that they can be overcome. The
real enemy then is humanity itself." -The First Global Revolution: A Report by
the Council of The Club of Rome, Alexander King & Bertrand Schneider
Brzezinski and David Rockefeller,
present the idea of a "New World Order"
built upon ideas of global governance under the direction of
transnational elites at the
annual Bilderberg Group
Rockefeller is Chairman of the
Foreign Relations and CEO of
Zbigniew Kazimierz Brzezinski
and David Rockefeller
created the Trilateral Commission, a
sister institute to the Bilderberg
Group, with much cross-over membership, bringing
Japan into the western sphere of
economic and political integration.
1975 The Trilateral
Commission published a Task Force Report labeled, "The Crisis of
Democracy, of which one of the principal authors was Samuel Phillips
Huntington, a political scientist and close associate and friend of
Huntington analyzed how as part of this "democratic surge," statistics
showed that throughout the 1960s and into the early 1970s, there was a dramatic
increase in the percentage of people who felt the US was spending too much on
defense (from 18% in 1960 to 52% in 1969, largely due to the Vietnam War).
People were becoming politically
aware of empire and exploitation.
Samuel Huntington concluded that many problems
of governance in the US stem from an "excess of democracy," and that, "the
effective operation of a democratic political system usually requires some
apathy and noninvolvement on the part
of some individuals and groups."
Huntington explained that society has
always had "marginal groups" which do not participate in politics, and while
acknowledging that the existence of "marginality on the part of some groups is
inherently undemocratic," it has also "enabled democracy to function
identified "Blacks" as one such group that had become politically active,
posing a "danger of overloading the political system with demands."
"Following the collapse of the Soviet
Union in 1991, American ideologues "politicians and academics" began
discussing the idea of the emergence of a "New World Order"
with power centralized in the US.
This laid the basis for an expansion
of elitist ideology pertaining to the notion of "globalization": that power and
power structures should be globalizaed. In short, the "New World Order"
was to be a global order of global governance. In the short term, it was to be
led by the US, which must be the central and primary actor in constructing a
new world order,
and ultimately a global government." - Andrew Gavin Marshall
"Persisting social crisis,
the emergence of a
charismatic personality, and
the exploitation of corporate
media to obtain public confidence would be the steppingstones in the
piecemeal transformation of the US
into a highly controlled society.
Such a society would be dominated by an elite
whose claim to political power would rest on allegedly superior scientific
know-how. Unhindered by
the restraints of traditional liberal values, this elite would not hesitate to
achieve its political ends by using the latest modern techniques for
influencing public behavior and keeping society under close surveillance and
control. Under such
circumstances, the scientific and technological momentum of the country would
not be reversed but would actually feed on the situation it exploits.
The traditionally democratic American
society could, because
of its fascination with technical efficiency, become
an extremely controlled
society, and its humane and
individualistic qualities would thereby be lost." -
Technological Revolution has allowed elites to redirect and control society in
ways never before imagined, ultimately culminating in a global scientific
dictatorship, as many have warned of since the early decades of the 20th
century. The potential for controlling the masses
has never been so great, as science unleashes
the power of genetics,
and new forms of modern
eugenics; implemented by a
scientific elite equipped with systems of psycho-social control (the use of psychology in
controlling the masses)." - Andrew Gavin Marshall
Brzezinski writes an essay for The American Interest labeled,
"The Dilemma of the Last Sovereign," in which he explains the
geopolitical landscape that America and the world find themselves in: "For most states, sovereignty now verges on
being a legal fiction."
Kazimierz Brzezinski publishes an article based on a speech he delivered to
the London-based Chatham House in their academic journal,
International Affairs. Chatham House, formerly the Royal
Institute of International Relations, is the British counterpart to the
on Foreign Relations. His article, "Major
foreign policy challenges for the
next US President," aptly analyzes the major geopolitical challenges for the
Obama administration in leading the
global hegemonic state at this critical juncture. Zbigniew Kazimierz
Brzezinski refers to the "global political
awakening" as "a truly
transformative event on the global scene," since:
"For the first time in
human history almost all of humanity is politically activated, politically
conscious and politically interactive. There are only a few pockets of humanity
left in the remotest corners of the world that are not politically alert and
engaged with the political turmoil and stirrings that are so widespread today
around the world. The resulting global political activism is generating a surge
in the quest for personal dignity,
cultural respect and economic opportunity in a world painfully scarred by
memories of centuries-long alien colonial or imperial domination. The worldwide
yearning for human dignity is the central
challenge inherent in the phenomenon of global political
One of the founding premises of
unregulated trade is that it will reduce the temptation of participating nation
states to engage in armed conflict,
an opium pipe dream of
There are too many emerging signs of
discontent from across the face of the Earth and from varying
ideologies to continue to
marginalize those who question the
opium pipe dream of international
merchants of an unfettered
global corporatism and the colossal disparities in the distribution of
wealth that Utopian vision-turned-nightmare creates.
Global free trade
black magic economists
claimed developed countries could export lowbrow jobs while retaining the high
paying creative skills work.
If that is
the case why did 12 million Latin American illegal immigrants move to America
after Ronald Reagan's amnesty in 1986?
barriers to Japan were
lowered a large part of Americans vehicle and electronic manufacturing was
outsourced to Japan. Japanese
corporate culture of keiretsu (close business relationships) works to exclude
foreign companies. Most American skilled work was
outsourced to East Asia!
uses creative skills but how many Americans are drawing cartoons in the most
prominent creative media of Japan? None! The lowest paid workers in Japan draw
Yoshitake Ogata of the Anime Union, which represents freelance
illustrators, said: "However keen they are when they come in, the reality is
that they cannot live on the pay. There are animators with 10 years experience
earning less than $20,000 a year. In the end, they have to quit."
The main factor holding down pay for anime illustrators
is the availability of cheap wage
labor in East Asia. Japanese production companies now
illustrators in South Korea, the
Philippines and China who do much
of their routine work.
Global free trade
economists, neo-liberals to
the rest of the world (neo-cons to Americans), argue that eventually the rest
of the world will "develop" and their living standards will reach those of
With the ongoing
explosion it is impossible for the
average Earth standard per capita income to ever catch up with standard
middle class American economic
competitive on an Earth in which
billions of workers are paid one dollar a day and have absolutly no benefits,
and in which corporations need not worry
about the environmental
destruction of the Earth, requires Americans to drastically lower their own
standard of living.
lose their jobs as a result of globalization,
and it's painful for those
who lose their job." - George Walker
"Unemployment makes people very unhappy." - Carol
Graham, co-director of the Center on Social and Economic Dynamics,
Globalization has created
interdependent systems spread
across the face of the Earth.
food production to
financial transfers, the
electricity grid to the
internet, critical American infrastructures are linked to one another in an
interlocking web of connections.
Interdependent networks are
vulnerable to the
When one "domino" falls a
cascading set of "dominos" may fall in every direction.
example take the interdependent
Intelligent problem solving suggests
Americans encourage "distributed energy
production" which means having lots of small generating plants rather than a
few large plants.
This is one way to reduce the "domino" effect from
creating large scale power outages.
But then the corporate interests of
the transnational elites
would no longer be able to control resources.
is the leading consumer of basic
"China's steady growth in oil demand has led it to
become the world's largest net oil importer, exceeding the US in September
2013. EIA forecasts this trend to continue through 2014." - Energy Information
2005 America consumes 260 million tons of
grain while China consumes 380
China harvestes the largest grain
crop of any country in history. Chinese eat an average of 84 pounds (38
kilograms) of pork in a year, while Americans average 59 pounds.
Smithfield Foods shareholders approve Chinese
Coal consumption in
China grows more than 9%.
China's coal use grew by 325 million tons accounting for 87% of the 374 million
ton global increase in coal use. Of the 2.9 billion tons of global coal demand
growth since 2000, China
accounted for 2.3 billion tons (82%).
China now accounts for 47% of
global coal consumptionalmost as much as the entire rest of the world
Robust coal demand growth
in China is the result of a more than 200% increase in Chinese
electric generation since 2000,
fueled primarily by coal. China's coal
demand growth averaged 9% per year from 2000 to 2010, more than double the
global growth rate of 4% and significantly higher than global growth excluding
China, which averaged only 1%.
The inevitable conclusion is there are not enough
resources !Six centuries ago Icelanders
realized that overgrazing on their grass covered
highlands was leading to extensive soil loss from the inherently thin soils of
the region. Rather than lose the grasslands and
face economic decline, farmers joined
together to determine how many sheep the highlands could
sustain and then allocated quotas among
themselves, thus preserving their grasslands and
avoiding a tragic loss in value of the
understood the consequences of overgrazing and reduced their sheep numbers to a
level that could be sustained.
early Sumerian civilization of the
fourth millennium BC was an extraordinary one, advancing far beyond any that
had existed before.
Its carefully engineered irrigation system gave rise
to a highly productive agriculture, one that enabled farmers to produce a food
surplus, supporting formation of the first cities. Managing the irrigation
system required a sophisticated social organization. The
Sumerians had the first cities and the
first written language, the cuneiform script.
measure it was an
extraordinary civilization, but there was an
environmental flaw in the
design of its irrigation system, one that
would eventually undermine its
food supply. The water that backed
up behind dams built across the Euphrates was diverted onto the
land through a network of
gravity-fed canals. Some water was used
by the crops, some evaporated, and some percolated downward. In this region,
where underground drainage was weak, percolation slowly raised the water table.
As the water climbed to within inches of the
surface, it began to evaporate into the atmosphere, leaving behind salt. Over
time, the accumulation of salt on
the soil surface lowered its productivity.
accumulated and wheat yields declined, the Sumerians shifted to barley, a more
salt-tolerant plant. This postponed Sumer's decline, but it was treating the
symptoms, not the cause, of falling crop yields. As salt concentrations
continued to build, the yields of barley eventually declined also. The
resultant shrinkage of the food
supply undermined the economic foundation of this once-great civilization.
productivity declined, so did the
Archeologist Robert McC. Adams has studied the site of
ancient Sumer on the central
flood plain of the Euphrates River, an empty,
desolate area now outside the frontiers of cultivation. He describes how the
"tangled dunes, long disused canal levees, and the rubble-strewn mounds of
former settlement contribute only low, featureless relief. Vegetation is
sparse, and in many areas it is almost wholly absent....Yet at one time, here
lay the core, the heartland, the oldest urban, literate civilization on
World counterpart to Sumer is the Mayan
civilization that developed in the lowlands of what is now Guatemala.
flourished from AD 250 until its collapse around AD 900. Like the
Sumerians, the Mayans had developed a
sophisticated, highly productive agriculture, this one based on raised plots of
earth surrounded by canals that supplied water.
Sumer, the Mayan demise was apparently
linked to a failing food
supply.For this New World civilization, it was deforestation and soil
erosion that undermined agriculture. Changes in climate may also have played a
role. food shortages apparently
triggered civil conflict among
the various Mayan cities as they competed for food. Today this region is
covered by jungle, reclaimed by nature.
During the later centuries of
the Mayan civilization, a new society was evolving on faraway
Easter Island, some 166 square kilometers of
land in the South Pacific roughly 3,200
kilometers west of South America and 2,200 kilometers from
Pitcairn Island, the nearest habitation.
Settled around AD 400, this civilization flourished on a volcanic
island with rich soils and lush vegetation,
including trees that grew 25 meters tall with trunks 2 meters in diameter.
Archeological records indicate that the islanders ate mainly seafood, principally dolphins
- a mammal that could only be caught by harpoon from large sea-going canoes.
The Easter Island society flourished for
several centuries, reaching an estimated
population of 20,000. As its human
numbers gradually increased, tree cutting exceeded the
sustainable yield of forests. Eventually
the large trees that were needed to build the sturdy canoes disappeared,
depriving islanders of access to the dolphins
and dramatically shrinking their food
supply. The archeological record shows that at some point human bones
became intermingled with the dolphin bones, suggesting a desperate society that
had resorted to cannibalism. Today the
island has some 2,000 residents.
unanswerable question about these earlier
civilizations was whether they
knew what was causing their decline.
Sumerians understand that the rising salt
content in the soil from water evaporation was reducing their wheat yields? If
they knew, were they simply unable to muster the political support needed to
lower water tables, just as the world today is struggling unsuccessfully to
lower carbon dioxide
The fates of all the peoples of Earth are
civilizations that moved onto
an economic path that was
unsustainable did so largely in
isolation. Today we are
facing global decline, we are facing it together, whether we like it or not.
The dysfunctional global
economy of today has been shaped by
distorted market prices that do
not incorporate environmental costs.
Many of our environmental
travails are the result of severe market distortions.
One of these
distortions became abundantly clear in the summer of 1998 when China's Yangtze
River valley, home to 400 million people,
was wracked by some of the worst flooding in
history. The resulting damages of $30 billion exceeded the value of the
country's annual rice
After several weeks of flooding, the government in Beijing announced in
mid-August a ban on tree cutting in
the Yangtze River basin. It justified the ban by noting that trees standing are
worth three times as much as trees cut. The flood control
services provided by forests were
three times as valuable as the lumber in the
In effect, the market
price was off by a factor of three!
analysis, no one could
economically justify cutting trees in the
A similar situation exists with gasoline. In America, the
gasoline pump price was over $2 per gallon in mid 2005 and $3 per gallon by mid
2006. But this reflects only the cost of pumping the oil, refining it into
gasoline, and delivering the gas to stations. It does not include the costs of
tax subsidies to the oil
industry, such as the oil depletion allowance; the
subsidies for the extraction,
production, and use of petroleum; the military costs of
protecting access to oil supplies (the war
in Iraq cost up to 02/02/08 was $491 billion -
expenditures); the health care costs for treating
respiratory illnesses ranging
from asthma to emphysema; and,
most important, the costs of climate
Lester R. Brown
"Our global economy is "driving ahead full speed".
As a species we are consuming the Earth's resources and upsetting ecosystems much
faster than nature can rectify the damage we inflict." - Robert Sollen
the comparative theory of superpower
collapse"If there is one thing that I would
like to claim as my own, it is the comparative theory of superpower collapse.
For now, it remains just a theory, although it
is currently being quite thoroughly tested.
theory states that the US and the Soviet Union
will collapse for the same reasons, namely: a severe and chronic shortfall in
the production of crude oil (that black
magic addictive elixir of industrial economies), a severe and worsening
deficit, a runaway military
budget, and ballooning foreign debt.
I call this particular list of
ingredients "The Superpower Collapse Soup."
Other factors, such as
the inability to provide an
acceptable quality of life for its citizens, or
a systemically corrupt political system
incapable of reform, are certainly not helpful, but they do not
automatically lead to collapse, because they do not put the country on
a collision course with
I've been working on this theory since about 1995, when it
occurred to me that the
US is retracing the
same trajectory as the USSR. I was born
in Russia. I moved to the US when I was twelve.
I am fluent in Russian and I
understand Russian history and Russian culture the way only a native Russian
can. I went through high school and university in the US.
mid-1990s I started to see Soviet/American Superpowerdom as
a sort of disease that strives for
world dominance but in effect eviscerates its host country, eventually
leaving behind an empty shell: an impoverished population, an economy in ruins,
a legacy of social problems, and a tremendous burden of debt.
It is the asymmetries, the differences between the
two superpowers, that I believe to be most instructive.
When the Soviet
system collapsed, many people lost their jobs, everyone lost their savings,
wages and pensions were held back for months, their value was wiped out by
shortages of food, gasoline, medicine, consumer goods, there was a large
increase in crime and violence, and yet Russian society did not
The Soviet economic system failed to thrive, and
the communist experiment at
constructing a worker's paradise on Earth
was a failure. As a side effect Soviet economic system inadvertently achieved a
high level of collapse-preparedness.
Fukuyama told us that history had ended.
Alan Greenspan chided us about
"irrational exuberance". It was the "Goldilocks economy." Turns out
that it was actually more of a "Tinker-bell" economy.
In organizations, especially large organizations, "best
practices" offer a good way to avoid painful episodes of watching colleagues
trying to "think outside the box" whenever they are confronted with a big
the key insight:
The old ways of doing things don't work
any more, the old assumptions are all invalidated, conventional goals and
measures of success become irrelevant.
Most things that are
positives prior to collapse turn out to
be negatives once collapse occurs, and vice versa.
If you thought that
the previous episode of uncontrolled debt expansion, globalized Ponzi schemes,
and economic hollowing-out was silly, then
I predict that you will find this next
episode of feckless grasping at macroeconomic straws even sillier.
it won't be funny. What is crashing now is our life support system - all the
systems and institutions that are keeping us alive.
recommend passively standing around and watching the show - unless you happen
to have a death wish.
the US, the agricultural system is heavily industrialized, and relies on inputs
such as diesel, chemical fertilizers and
pesticides, and, perhaps most
importantly, financing. In the current financial climate, the farmers' access
to financing is not at all assured. This agricultural system is efficient, but
only if you regard fossil fuel energy as free.
In fact, it is a way to
transform fossil fuel energy into food with a bit of help from sunlight, to the
tune of 10 calories of fossil fuel energy being embodied in each calorie that
is consumed as food. The food distribution system makes heavy use of
refrigerated diesel trucks, transforming food over hundreds of miles to
resupply supermarkets. The food pipeline is long and thin, and it takes only a
couple of days of interruptions for supermarket shelves to be stripped bare.
Many people live in places that are not within walking distance of stores, not
served by public transportation, and will be cut off from
food sources once they are no longer able to
Besides the supermarket chains, much of the nation's nutrition
needs are being met by an assortment of fast "food" joints and convenience
stores. In fact, in many of the less fashionable parts of cities and towns,
fast "food" and convenience store "food" is all that is available. In the near
future, this trend is likely to extend to the more prosperous parts of
villages and the suburbs.
Fast "food" outfits such as McDonalds have more ways to cut
costs, and so may prove a bit more resilient in the face of economic collapse
than supermarket chains, but they are no substitute for
food security, because they too
depend on industrial agribusiness. Their food inputs, such as
corn syrup, genetically
modified foods, various soy-based fillers,
factory-farmed beef, pork and
chicken, and so forth, are derived from oil, two-thirds of which is
imported, as well as fertilizer made from natural gas. They may be able to stay
in business longer, supplying
food-that-isn't-really-food, but eventually they will run out of inputs
along with the rest of the supply chain. Before they do, they may for a time
sell burgers that aren't really burgers, like the bread that wasn't really
bread that the Soviet government distributed in Leningrad during the Nazi
blockade. It was mostly sawdust, with a bit of rye flour added for flavor.
Start breeding donkeys! Horses are finicky and expensive, but donkeys
can be very cost-effective and make good pack animals. My grandfather had a
donkey while he was living in Tashkent in Central Asia during
World War II. There was
nothing much for the donkey to eat,
but, as a member of the Communist Party, my grandfather had a subscription to
Pravda, the Communist Party newspaper, and so that's what the donkey ate.
Apparently, donkeys can digest any kind of cellulose, even when it's
communist propaganda. If I had a donkey, I would feed it the Wall Street
As municipalities run out of money, police protection will
evaporate. But the police still have to eat, and will find ways to use their
skills to good use on a freelance basis. Similarly, as military bases around
the world are shut down, soldiers will return to a country that will be unable
to reintegrate them into civilian life. Paroled prisoners will find themselves
in much the same predicament. And so we will have former soldiers, former
police, and former prisoners: a big happy family, with a few bad apples and
some violent tendencies. The end result will be a country awash with various
categories of armed men, most of them unemployed, and many of them borderline
The police in the US are a troubled group. Many of them lose
all touch with people who are not "on the force" and most of them develop an
Soldiers returning from a tour of
duty often suffer from
Paroled prisoners suffer from
a variety of psychological ailments as well.
All of them will sooner or later realize
that their problems are not medical but rather political.
This will make it impossible for
society to continue to exercise control over them.
All of them will
use their weapons training and other professional skills.
security is provided by a number of bloated, bureaucratic, ineffectual
institutions, which inspire more anger and
discipline, and dispense not so much violence as ill treatment. That is why we
have the world's highest prison population. They are supposedly there to
protect people from each other, but
in reality their
mission is not even to provide security; it is to safeguard property, and
those who own it.
Once these bloated, bureaucratic, ineffectual
institutions run out of resources, there will be a period of upheaval, but in
the end people will be forced to learn to deal with each other face to face,
and Justice will once again become
a personal virtue rather than a federal
There is nothing any of us can do to change
the path we are on: it is a huge system
with tremendous inertia, and trying to change its path is like
trying to change the path of a hurricane. What we can do is prepare
ourselves, and each other, mostly by changing our
expectations, our preferences, and
scaling down our needs. By refashioning yourself into someone who might stand a
better chance of adapting to the new circumstances, you will be able to give to
yourself, and to others, a great deal of hope that would otherwise not exist." -
Dmitry Orlov February 14, 2009
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