PATHS TO POWER AND DECAY
Vol. 34 No. 23 & 24
Published in 2 parts - Part 1
14th & 28th May, 2005
Haunting Images And Ominous Changes
In the United Kingdom we have just emerged from
a General Election that took place on 5th May, 2005. It was a campaign
waged on cynical, opportunist party-political manoeuvring and position
taking, lies, meaningless pledges, decades of broken promises and moral
decline. So mark well the extract in "Food For Thought". This
is taken from one of a series of articles dealing with the German Cultural
Revolution. The article was headed "German Socialism as an Alternative
to Marxism". Such searching analytical debate, whilst circulated
world-wide through publi-cations such as The Scorpion, only reaches
a limited audience, despite dealing with far reaching topics that rightly
ought to enjoy a much wider and serious public interest. Contrast this
with the trash that is being ped-dled to the public at large through
the gutter press, much of the broadsheet press, and popular television;
abetted by the diversionary entertainment of commercialised "sport"
from darts and snooker to horse racing. The ex-tract in question was
drawn from Oswald Spengler's The Decline of the West(1). Significantly
this was written almost 80 years ago, in 1926, and debated the options
for governance between the hereditary, the monarchic and the parliamentary.
The theme embraced the erosion of the meta-physical (abstract, philosophical)
finesse of the European mind, and the descent to materialism, rationalism
and opposition to national cultures and to the "natural, hierarchical
and autarchical ordering of European society". To paraphrase the
author of "German Socialism as an Alternative to Marx-ism",
Dr Alexander Jacob, this process also embraced the influence of liberal
democracy and fostering of intellectual and social dissatisfaction in
such a way as to benefit and perpetuate a sterile commercial existence
as an international power; the materialistic rationalism that has seeped
into every pore of European society at the expense of moral integrity,
conservatism and organic spiritual creativity and cultural achievement.
From 1926 to 2005. What can one say of what might glibly be dismissed
as philosophical ramblings from a bygone era? "Food For Thought",
regardless of the age from which it has been taken, rings un-comfortably
true today, when we live in a greatly emancipated society that basks
in the benefits of a sociological and technological revolution; of individual
"Rights", fast food, advanced medicine and insatiable material-istic
demands on diminishing natural resources and a vanishing natural environment.
The philosophical debate of Spengler and his contempor-aries has come
down to earth with a bang. Many so-called popular public figures, products
of decades of degradation of the English language in education and society
at large, appear incapable of communicating without the repetitive use
of terms like "brilliant", "fantastic", "stress",
"stressful" and even the "F" word. Only recently
we read a bold headline in a leading broadsheet that children were too
busy playing on the "consuls" (consoles!) of their computer
games. Young housewives pushing prams and even small children walk the
streets glued to mobile telephones. We already have reports of pressure
for cosmetic surgery for teenage girls. Now we read in a newspaper of
one 15-year-old girl who felt "agitated and stressed" when
deprived of her mobile telephone for a few days. . The Daily Mail of
16th May, 2005 reports a trend for "makeovers at five, facials
at eight"in what are termed "Baby Spas".
The decay alluded to by Spengler, borne on a
"carrier wave" of Political Correctness, has resulted in a
proposal to award compensatory bonus marks in G.C.S.E. and A-level examinations
for the stress involved in, for example, the loss of a pet animal. We
may invoke Spengler's The Decline of the West to recognise how widespread
and contagious - not to say deliberately induced - these seemingly inexorable
changes in society in the West generally are. The 19th November, 2004,
Australian edition of On Target opened with the title "Yet Another
Inquiry Into The Education System", and continued to outline the
way the "wheel" of Education has repeatedly been questioned
and re-invented, the progressive consequences of which were perfectly
well known as early as 1970:
The on-going issue of too many students leaving
school unable competently to read and write has surfaced once again.
This time the Federal Coalition has launched a national inquiry into
how children learn to read. . . . How far back in the history of Education
in Australia will the inquiry go? More impor-tantly, will the inquiry
delve into the powerful forces who, 50 years ago, brought about such
dramatic changes in the philoso-phy, policies and practices of Education
in this country?
The 22nd April, 2005 edition of the Australian
On Target continued the theme with an article by James Reed that opened
with the heading "Subverting Education: A Conspiracy to Dumb Us
Down". Having castigated the "commercialisation" of Australian
universities at the expense of academic fundamentals, he continued:
The second source of decadence and degeneracy in the modern university
radiates from the humanities and social ser-vices departments [many
times echoed in the case of the United Kingdom - Ed.]. This source is
so well known and documented that insightful articles about the decline
can be found even in our daily papers. Anne McIlroy, head of the English
Department at Genazanno F.C.S. College in Melbourne in an article "Who's
for Shakespeare?" (The Australian, 10th February, 2005), informs
us that English literature study, rather than encouraging interaction
with the great works of the West, now simply supports the new class
ideology of the Left - feminism, social criticism and "deconstructionism".
No longer can Shakespeare's works be considered "great", supplying
insights into the human condition. Rather, Shakespeare is considered
a racist, Euro-centric and patriarchal. Students, in accordance with
the literary philosophy of "deconstructionism" are encouraged
to consider all texts as equal, just as all men are, allegedly, equal
under Leftist ideology. "Thus the "Queer eye for the straight
guy" and "Sex in the City", truly horrible television
programmes, rank alongside - and maybe "above" (contradictorily)
Macbeth and Hamlet. Goethe is out and garbage is in.
The Seeds And Stench Of Conspiracy
Has the World Revolution of Karl Marx - Communism - served the interests
of the Ruling Elite? Does it continue to do so in whatever form it may
take today? We have no doubt that this is so on both counts. Revolutions,
such as those that broke out across Europe in 1848 cannot easily occur
without finance and connivance in the right places. One may envisage
this interaction as a fast moving ball deflected and accelerated in
a chosen direction by a Ruling Elite seeking to capitalise on this insurrection
that will inevitably weaken the middle classes, the bourgeoisie, and
the intelligentsia, many of whom will be the source of this destabilisation
in the first place. We have written of the "correct position"
taken by Ministers in the second Government of Prime Minister Blair,
exactly in accordance with Marxist-Leninist Doctrine, in that the truth
is that which it is required to be(2). The key to this is the Ideological
Struggle of Marxism-Leninism. This is undertaken as and when the Armed
Struggle - military action - is tactically or strategically inappropriate.
Formal study of the means and methods of destabilising Western society
commenced with the foundation of the Institute for Social Research at
Frankfurt am Main, in 1923. Thus began the long slow process of infil-tration
through the universities, the church, education and other influential
sectors of society. An important element of the Ideological Struggle
is Political Correctness (P.C.), which has a public face in the manner
of pustules on social skin if one cares to recognise it. Political Correctness
was raised as an election issue by the Conservative Party during the
recent election campaign, but was quickly and conveniently forgotten.
When one Conservative politician had spoken eloquently on the serious
menace of Political Correctness, he was asked if he was aware of the
origins of Political Correctness and the work of Dr Frank Ellis of Leeds
University, who has a detailed knowledge of the subject. He was not,
which does not auger well for any political process.
Moral Rot - Social Self-Scrutiny
We might well have continued this sub-title "before it is too late",
and here we can do no more than scratch the surface of the crisis of
hedonistic human self-interest in the West, from baby spas to poodle
parlours to contraceptives for 10-year-olds in a promotional climate
of surging illegitimacy. Evidence of this great soft social and moral
"under-belly" of society today, the erosion of traditional
cultural values by materialist rationalism is everywhere. That somebody
should be prepared to pay £294,000 at Christies, in New York,
for a guitar once played by the Beatles, is but another example of these
distortions. We have watched as the Viagra drug, initially marketed
by the powerful pharmaceutical con-glomerate, Pfizer, as an aid to the
fading libido of the elderly, was later deftly promoted, with the aid
of youthful images, as a sexual panacea for younger generations. We
now read in the Daily Mail of 2nd March, 2005, that "We spend more
on Viagra than on drugs for dementia". So what kind of nation have
we become? Progressive commercialisation of sport has "aquaplaned"
over the public consciousness largely unnoticed. The public flock regularly
to the collective hysteria of football league matches bet-ween teams
comprising many imported players only nominally identifiable with the
towns and cities they purport to represent.
On 5th May, 2005, the letters page of The Daily
Telegraph included a batch of correspondence under the heading "Let
us spend our money on health, not on D.V.D. players". Hospital
consultants have frequently been targeted for making a profitable income
from private practice. Gerald Caplan, writing to The Daily Telegraph
on 13th April, 2005, questioned these values:
I was delighted to read that 50 per cent of G.Ps.
(Gen-eral Practitioners) now earn an annual salary which is less than
[football star] Rio Ferdinand's weekly wage. I am sure society has its
During the same period we were informed that thieves had raided the
£8,000,000 Chelsea home of £90,000 a week football star
Frank Lampard and his fiancé. We also read of a Christening "bash"
at the home of soccer star David Beckham and his wife "Posh Spice"
Victoria, and that this had been attended by a bevy of "celebrities"
such as "Sir" Elton John and his boy friend, Elizabeth Hurley,
pop "idols" and others. There are those who may wish to take
note, including hospital consultants, general practitioners, senior
police and fire officers, university lecturers, senior army officers
serving in Iraq and elsewhere along with a host of others; not least
on behalf of the thousands who serve under them. In December, 2004,
images of "Posh" and "Becks" were featured at Madame
Tussauds in a nativity tableau. This was described by former Labour
Minister Lord Hattersley in the Daily Mail as "Tawdry and vulgar
- a nativity that defines our shallow age". When we recall the
party political posturing of successive general elections and calls
for higher standards in society, we might care to contemplate the words
of Rodney Atkinson in The Sunday Telegraph of 22nd May, 2005:
So [the Rt Hon.; Member of Parliament] Francis
Maude thinks that the Tory Party should be a greater cross section of
society. I agree. It should try including Conservatives again. Although
how someone like Maude, who signed away the United Kingdom's self governance
at Maastricht and runs a "think tank" which advocates tax
breaks for "homosexual marriages"and one of whose leading
lights ran "wife-swap-ping parties" on a commercial basis,
can claim to be a Conser-vative beggars belief. (Emphasis added).
"Minds Under Attack" - The Terrorism
Of Political Correctness
We have pointed out several times that Political Correctness is a serious
matter of mind control. Much of this pressure is applied through accepted
everyday terms that are being deliberately interpreted as convey-ing
more sinister implications. Examples are "blackboard" and
"black list-ing" that are perceived to imply racial prejudices,
or "vertically challenged" instead of "short" of
stature. Exploited to limits of absurdity as is evident to any rational
mind, this becomes a form of quasi-compulsory mental and social constraint.
It is enforced through the processes of national and local government,
the Health Service, Education, the "British" Broadcasting
Corporation, the Police and even the Armed Forces. Political Correctness
is imposed from the most senior levels down through administrative channels
and exploits a combination of intimidation, addiction, coercion and
sheep-like fear of not being seen to follow the "flock". It
says little for the calibre of those in the most senior appointments,
such as Chief Constables, Managers of Regional and District Health Authorities
or leading Educationists. Through organisations like the Health and
Safety Executive this is given added momentum by an army of bureaucrats
and the submissive interpretation and exploitation of European Union
legisla-tion. This is difficult to pin down to any specific source because
responsi-bility lies with the collective operation of robotic "Jobsworths";
the chain of petty officials seen only to be "doing their job".
It is also enforced by fear of expensive litigation coupled with legislative
processes deliberately formulated to impose Politically Correct constraints
over proper levels of independent judgement or authority down through
any managerial chain, or on the part of responsible individuals, given
the existence of consider-able evidence of industrial and other malpractice
and injustice at the highest and most influential levels Even in the
Armed Forces, Health and Safety regulations have required the use of
ladders to enable tank crews to climb up and down from their vehicles
instead of jumping. The Officer magazine for March-April, 2004 includes
the following palpably absurd official diktats:
Moreover the warrior culture is constantly undermined
by a political culture, which is risk-averse. The obsession with limiting
risk through endless government legislation has particu-larly ridiculous
consequences for the Armed Forces. Inspectors have, for instance, recommended
that chlorine be used to disin-fect the water in an assault course tunnel
for Royal Marines and handrails to prevent slip-ups on training slopes!
Far from insulating troops against risk, such madness only makes them
less prepared to face real dangers.
Paradoxically, the case of the Armed Forces does
in fact reflect to a considerable degree the vagaries of the civilian
sector in the context of the Government as the "employer".
Clearly driven by the Treasury through Civil Service officials in the
Ministry of Defence, every possible subter-fuge has been employed to
avoid compensation for servicemen whose hearing has been damaged in
battle or the normal execution of their duties, and to avoid recognition
of the serious mental and physical damage caused by the Gulf War Syndrome
and the use of Depleted Uranium ammunition.
We now consider another "symptom" of this contagious virus
of Political Correctness; from social engineering and the encouragement
of teenage promiscuity to the libertarianism of "Polyamory";
another socially destructive philosophy that has characteristically
leached across the Atlantic from the United States. Propounded by one
"Dr" Meg Barker of the South Bank University, in London, who
admits to having four current lovers of both sexes, Polyamory involves
the acceptance of stable multiple relationships. It is also clear evidence
of "the long march through the institutions" that began with
the "Frankfurt School" in the 1920s and how the sexual excursions
of so-called intelligentsia can permeate down to more vulnerable elements
of modern society. We can also read of an ear-lier phase in this process
in a report of July, 1971, believed to come from The Times, headed "Promiscuity
camps suggested". Dr Martin Cole, Lecturer in Genetics at Aston
University was a notorious sex "therapist" of his time. He
proposed the humanist, "ultra modern view" at the Modern Churchman's
Conference at Roehampton that, as sexual activity appeared prevalent
at camps operated for young people, contraceptives should be provided.
This was the "chicken-and-egg" tactic of promotion and cure,
the pretext of a perceived "great rift between adult and adolescent
values" and at the risk of parental distress.
Homosexuality in the form of anal sex cannot
possibly be ration-alised as physically normal, any more than square
wheels on a vehicle. Homosexuality has nevertheless been progressively
legalised over half a century to the extent that its "normality"
has been enshrined in legislation. What ought to have been accepted
in civilised terms as a very private relationship has been forced into
the public domain by a well financed and organised minority pressure
group. It is also fairly obvious that once "insiders" and
politically motivated activists and sympathisers have infil-trated and
become embedded in the legislative machinery the desired measures can
be forced through. In their turn the Police have been suc-cessfully
targeted, and even the Armed Forces through the European Court of Human
Rights. Impaled on its own moral equivocation the Church has been effectively
dead in the water. Such is the calibre of the Police "lead-ership"
that the Sussex Police could even waste valuable public funds to sponsor
a visit by two of its officers to "study gay policing methods in
America" (The Daily Telegraph, 21st May, 2005).
In the United Kingdom we have already reported
public criticism of the Bishop of Chester by the Chief Constable of
Cheshire for perfectly legitimate comments on the homosexual condition.
In Canada the influ-ence of Cultural Communism is well advanced such
that a group called Christian Truth Activists has been penalised in
court for distributing leaflets that included criticism of homosexual
behaviour. In Canada, the Bishop of Calgary has been reported to the
Human Rights Commission - here we go again! - for daring to criticise
marriage between homosexuals. The first marriage between homosexuals
in England is to be celebrated in Church in Brighton, Sussex, at about
the time of writing. In another slant on Political Correctness the Daily
Express of 13th November, 2004, reported that a 116-year-old tradition
for meetings of Worcestershire County Council to by preceded by a prayer
by a Church of England Chaplain was likely to be abandoned unless this
was modified to recognise other faiths. This is being echoed by local
authorities around the United Kingdom, who are gradually expunging "Christmas"
from the lexicon of the Festive season. Only in the historic and still
predominantly Christian United Kingdom would the people allow themselves
to be betrayed in this way and marooned in their own country.
THE PATH AND PEDIGREE OF REVOLUTION
Tactics Of The Revolutionary Seed
One facet of the Twentieth Century has been the conflict driven by the
contra-rotating, convoluted and confused forces of social adjustment,
social justice, power, and privilege as perceived and exploited by the
vari-ous factions and ideologies involved. The simplistic view has been
that of an evolutionary battle between Capitalism and Communism. Yet
at one level, that of those governments interwoven with capitalist interests,
we had active collaboration between East and West(3)(4). At the same
time the Soviet Union was operating a vast network of subversive organisations
in the West(5). We have already pointed out that revolutionary forces
serve the interests of Capitalism. An editorial in The Times of 28th
May, 1968, headed "The Joys Of Disorder" gave expression to
this situation in com-menting on the insurrections that broke out in
France during 1968 when 8,000,000 rose up and took to the streets. This
was the episode during which the notorious Communist "student"
Danny Cohn-Bendit played a leading role. Here are some extracts:
For two weeks France has had a jolting more violent,
more exhilarating, and more absorbing than anyone had believed possible.
But exhilaration is short-lived and yesterday's settle-ment with the
unions may offer the chance to most French people to acknowledge that
fact. The mere brilliance of the revolutionary feu de joie bursting
out in Paris has seemed momentarily to endow France with a unity of
radical purpose. . . . By the end of the week when heads are counted,
France may unquestionably find itself back at work. And the students,
too, who are more excited but also more vague in their demands, may
not last much longer. . . . Everyone has had different grounds of protest,
some palpable, most much less ready to find in political change an answer
to their needs (Emphasis added).
Does Revolution serve the objectives of Capitalism,
and what role do those forces at play work deliberately to bring this
about? Perhaps mindful of the subsequent progressive globalisation of
financial and econ-omic Power to supra-national levels that now dominate
the policies of individual National governments, we must draw our own
conclusions from the final paragraph of the editorial of 1968:
But a much more immediate and certain outcome of the troubles because
of the concessions made yesterday will be the shaking of the franc.
Already rumours of M. Debré's resigna-tion are reported since
he fears the concessions have been too much for France's financial stability.
Even if the franc does sur-vive a buffeting at the very least France
will have lost the power and perhaps the desire to attack the world
monetary system. It would be an odd comment on the fires lit by "Danny
the Red" that the organisation which may gain most practical advantages
from his efforts should be the International Monetary Fund (Emphasis
Like the British miners' strike of 1985 the streets
of Paris reflected the Revolutionary Armed Struggle - the employment
of force - when such tactics were deemed necessary. In an article "Snobbery
and Sociology" in The Daily Telegraph of 8th June, 1969, we see
evidence of the Ideological Struggle and the swings of the academic
"pendulum" in seeking a rational point of balance:
The academic bunfight at Cambridge over the proposed
new faculty of social science with its own "tripos" examination,
looks at first sight like another version of Oxford's recent struggle
to drop one the two compulsory Anglo-Saxon papers in its English School.
. . . Behind this lurk some rather snobbish doubts about whether sociology
is really a respectable subject for study. It makes large claims for
itself but many people feel that in dealing, as it must, with people
and their subjective motives and behaviour it is imperfectly scientific.
And behind that is a gut reaction about the assumed correlation between
sociology students and the fomenters of revolution on the campus. The
main centres of university unrest, the London School of Economics, Essex
and Sussex, have a high proportion of sociology students, many of whom
are conspicuously unruly. . . . If you pick up the current issues of
two of the leading journals of sociology you'll find articles on "Navvies;
Their Work Attitudes" and "Professionalisation in Britain:
A Prelim-inary Measurement" and "Latin and the Elite tradition
in educa-tion" and "Agrarian rationalism in Chile" and
"Mobilisation as a macro-sociological concept" and "Social
Class Differences in the Relevance of language to Socialisation"
and "Inheritance, Property and Marriage in Africa and Eurasia"
and "University Chancellors, Vice-Chancellors and College Principals:
a Social Profile". There are clues here to what it's all about
as well as jargon and hints of radicalism and social concern. (Emphasis
Germination Of The Revolutionary Seed
Can we determine these tends as symptomatic of a naturally evolv-ing
society or are they evidence of the gradual penetration of our institu-tions
with revolutionary objectives? It cannot be without significance that
Rose L. Martin recorded that in its early years the London School of
Economics was the beneficiary of a grant from the Rockefeller Founda-tion(6).
It is worth reading this description, to which we have added the emphasis,
of the role of Herbert Marcuse as one of the leading figures of the
Marcuse devoted himself to the practicalities
of revolu-tion. He became the radical leader and strategist of the '68
movement in the lecture-halls of the universities, taking in such personalities
as Angela Davis in the U.S.A. and Rudi Dutschke in Germany. From these
beginnings, the critical theories of the Frankfurt School captivated
that generation of students who set out on "the long march through
the institutions" and who are today the decision-makers in the
fields of politics, the media and society (Emphasis added).
If we talk the strategy of Revolution we are
talking of one key area, that of Education. If we talk the tactics of
Revolution, what we have been describing in the foregoing paragraphs
are some of the tactics employed. Education in much of the Western World
has now become sharply politicised along ideological lines. In the United
Kingdom we have been subjected to anti-elitism, egalitarianism, a "no-fail"
examination system, the suppression of competitive sport and the systematic
degradation of authority and the pupil-teacher relationship. We also
have a proliferation of illiteracy. Public money has been wasted on
the proliferation of up-rated polytechnics as universities and "Mickey-Mouse"
degrees. This can only be designed to implement the ideological principle
of egalitarianism in that all are entitled to a university degree. Yet
we hear repeated protests that basic British industries lack suitably
qualified employees. This in turn can only be a consequence of political
motivation that has resulted in inept forecasting and planning with
apparent disregard for the consequences of the mis-match between the
requirement and educational provision. In turn again, this is used to
justify immigration with the knock-on effect of unnecessary racial and
cultural admixture and therefore dilution. From 1968 one may justifiably
suggest that this had all been well-planned! There can be no one-size-fits-all,
no-one-below-the-average condition except in the philosophical veneer
of those determined on the destruction of the Existing Order. Who are
they? Marcuse knew only too well who they were and where they were going.
From such sources we now have a proliferation of bureaucratic absurdities
destined to control even the minds of the youngest children. The traditional
game of conkers has been banned because of the physical risks, the traditional
three-legged race is considered too competitive and the traditional
Punch-and-Judy show is considered to promote violence.
On 23rd November, 1970, a leading newspaper (unattributed but we believe
The Daily Telegraph) reported on addresses given by the late Enoch Powell
to various organisations such as the Young Conservatives. Powell was
a brilliant intellectual and deep thinker who was very well aware of
what made the world "tick". Under the heading "Minds
under attack", here are the main points from the report:
Returning to his "enemy within" theme
at the weekend Mr Enoch Powell said: "The citadel which is under
attack is our own minds, and from that citadel the attack must be repelled.
Only then can it be fought with the weapons of truth telling in the
face of the world, even though all beside were prepared to tell falsehood."
. . . . [A] movement in opinion had taken place in the five months since
his Birmingham speech, and Mr Heath had echoed his words at the United
Nations. . . . [H]e [Powell] drew the attention of the electors to the
fact that Britain was "under attack by forces from within."
At the United Nations on 23rd October, the Prime Minister said: "We
must recognise the new threat to the peace of the nations, indeed to
the fabric of society . . . It may be that in the 1970s civil war will
be the main danger we will face."
THOSE WHO NOW RULE OVER US
The Myth, The Reality - And The Conspiracy,
Believe It Or Not
The revolutionary forces we have been discussing
and the path along which we, as a society, are gradually being moulded,
driven, cajoled, coerced, encouraged and legislated involve a hugely
complex and convo-luted scenario. To make sense of what this means or
implies for whom, we are essentially back to peeling away successive
layers of the conceptual "onion", to which we have frequently
referred in the past. We have to know where the impetus and the Power
ultimately lie. One thing is certain in our own country and across the
Atlantic. Democracy in the sense of individuals collectively determining
their own destiny, or enjoying the ability to dwell as an egalitarian
and tolerant society, can exist only in theory or in the smallest commune.
Even then, some greater intellect or personality within such a group
is likely to prevail. The progressive consolidation of Power has moved
any other than cosmetic participation out of reach of the mass of ordinary
people. In the greater social, political and material pyramid all the
lesser contributory pyramids will instinctively shake down and interact
in one hierarchical form or another. Of one thing we may be sure; there
will be those at the top and those lower down the scale. This is the
natural and inescapable order we may see reflected in the animal kingdom.
The real question lies is how justly and effectively this gigantic global
structure will function or be manipulated right down to the individual;
given that all are in principle supposedly born equal.
In 2001, Dr Noreena Hertz, Associate Director
of the Centre of International Business Management at the Judge Institute
of Cambridge University, wrote The Silent Takeover - Global Capitalism
and the Death of Democracy(8). The title of her book, from which we
reproduce this small extract, is self-explanatory:
Each new merger gives corporations even more
power. All the goods we buy or use - our petrol, the drugs our G.Ps.
prescribe, essentials like water, transport, health and education, even
the new school computers and crops growing in the fields around our
communities - are increasingly controlled by corp-orations which may
at their whim choose to nurture, support or strangle us. This is the
world of the Silent Takeover, the world at the dawn of the new millennium.
Governments' hands are tied and we are increasingly dependent on corporations.
In her book Dr Hertz identifies the power of
the American Mon-santo agrochemical corporation, with special reference
to pressure from the United States to overturn a ban on genetically
modified cattle growth hormone in Europe. Jose MacDonald, B.Sc., founder
of Farming and Live-stock Concern, has spoken of a permanent presence
maintained by Mon-santo in Brussels. The then European Union Agriculture
Commissioner, Franz Fischler, had opposed the introduction of genetically
modified material in Europe. Mrs MacDonald was present at an European
Union conference on biotechnology, staged and managed by Monsanto, at
which Fischler abruptly reversed his original decision. Why then, was
the Guar-dian newspaper moved to publish a derisive and destructive
review of The Silent Takeover, unworthy of even the gutter press, on
31st May, 2001, by one Howard Davies? Art Helgart of Michigan, in the
United States, wrote in response to The Guardian Weekly, of 21st - 27th
June, 2001. Under the heading "Face up to global reality",
he put the matter into perspective:
In his review of The Silent Takeover, Howard
Davies mocks Noreena Hertz's observation of the impotence of contem-
porary democracy ("a breathless piece of globalony", 31st
May). He should look no further than the United States, where both political
parties are funded by the corporate rich, and the media are owned by
them. Ninety per cent of the population is kept politically illiterate,
and the government takes orders from the corporations. Or look at Britain,
where the dominant party seems to have nothing in common with labour
other than its name.
So who is Howard Davies? Now "Sir" Howard Davies, the author
of this scurrilous review, is on record as Chairman of the Financial
Services Authority, a Director of the Bank of England, Director General
of the Confederation of British Industry and as an adviser to the Chancellor
of the Exchequer during the Government of Margaret Thatcher. Careful
research will reveal much of the Power network of which Davies is a
part. Interlocking directorships link banks, major corporations, the
media, the universities, public services, regulatory and advisory bodies,
government commissions, trusts, foundations and such organisations as
the Bilderberg Group, the Trilateral Commission and the Aspen Institute.
This network extends right into the heart of governments on both sides
of the Atlantic and the European Commission. This closely-knit world
of "movers and shakers" exists within and above the level
of government, beyond the reach of electorates. When he quoted the German
Günter Grass, that "Parliament is degenerating into a subsidiary
of the stock market" in his article "Demo-cracy in a flawed
world" in The Guardian Weekly of 20th - 26th May, 2005, Peter Preston
hit the nail on the head. In Online Journal of 10th January, 2004, Michael
Hasty, quotes William Blum, a former insider:.
In his book, Rogue State - A Guide to the World's
Only Superpower(9), William Blum warns of how the media will make anything
that smacks of "conspiracy theory" an immediate "ob-ject
of ridicule". This prevents the media from ever having to investigate
the many strange interconnections among the ruling class - for example,
the relationship between the boards of directors of media giants, and
the energy, banking and defence industries. These unmentionable topics
are usually treated with what Blum calls "the media's most effective
tool - silence". But in case somebody's asking questions, all you
have to do is say, "conspiracy theory", and any allegation
instantly becomes too frivolous to merit serious attention. On the other
hand, since my paranoid shift, whenever I hear the words "conspiracy
theory" (which seems more often, lately) it usually means that
someone is getting too close to the truth.
Ruling Elites - The Power Brokers In Denial
Much of the argument about Power in the United Kingdom has centred around
that of social class to the point of obsession. This extends from the
Monarchy down through the aristocracy to landowners, the wealthy upper
strata of the middle classes, the aspirational lower middle classes
to ordinary people who push the pen, wield the spanner and clean the
streets. What very few hoist in, in an often artificially generated
class "war", is that one Ruling Elite simply replaces and
merges with another. We have seen this in the duplicitous and manipulative
ascent to Power of The "New" Labour Party since 1997; in nepotism
and corruption worthy of the Nomenklatura in the former Soviet Union.
The Power structure behind society today continues to evolve and still
maintain its position as Kevin Cahill has shown in Who Owns Britain(10).
The accepted image of Left-Right, Worker-Capitalist had considerable
currency with the injustice and poverty of the Industrial Revolution.
This led to Marxism, Socialism and Syndicalism, but still left the question
of who would wield the actual Power. As late as the 1930s Fabian Socialists
truly believed in the images painted for them during their visit to
the Soviet Union of Josef Stalin(11). It took Malcolm Muggeridge, who
had been a resident correspondent in Moscow, to expose these fallacies
and the role played by liberal idealism(12).
There is little doubt that the Royal Houses discreetly
stick together in the survival business. There is equally little doubt
that the public school network and close links of descent and marriage
by their very nature give the upper classes both coherence and continuity
that has its roots in our ancient culture. Thus the Dukes of Richmond
and Gordon are identified with Gordon-Lennox, and the Earls of Plymouth
extend through the Windsor-Chives. The old aristocracy of the land gave
way to the new with the age of colonisation and foundation of the Bank
of England, and the modern money system - Bankerism - with the Tonnage
Act of 1694. Largely from this period the public school system "laundered"
the scions of the emergent rich of banking and industry into the network.
Ivan Reid published what was substantially an analytical examination
of the class system with numerous charts and tables giving relative
mortality rates, categories of employment, home ownership and other
statistics(13). In The Rise and Fall of Class in Britain David Cannadine
offered a more readable analysis(14). In the Preface he quoted one Stein
Rengen whom he considered had summed up the situation accurately:
What is peculiar about Britain is not the reality
of the class system and its continuing existence, but class psychology;
the preoccupation with class, the belief in class, and the symbols of
class in manners, dress and language. . . . Britain is a thoroughly
modern society, with thoroughly archaic institutions, conventions and
Class, Calibre Or Quality?
Cannadine devotes two pages to the intense dislike of Margaret Thatcher
for the Aristocracy in her drive for a materialist Meritocracy. It personified
the unrequited envy of a prosperous urban middle class; those who might
mix with "them", but perceived themselves as not "of
them". Here we perhaps have a more pertinent and malignant factor
behind any so-called class "war", tantamount to an internecine
conflict amongst the Ruling Elite, and much the same as the struggle
for Power currently being waged by Prime Minister Blair and his aficionados
today? We have no reason to apologise for 2,000 years of culture. We
can boil much of this argument to a succinct what is "done"
and what is "not done"; something that is exclusive to no
one. It also questions the perpetual sniping beloved of the often envious,
resentful and self-consciously inadequate class war-rior with whom no
one particularly wishes to pick a fight! One may use cutlery in several
ways, for example, but most draw the line at eating peas off a knife.
One does not break wind in public, and a wholly unnecessary fuss is
generated about dialect in the guise of "accent". However
Tony Blair may debase the image of his office by posturing for his public
with banjo and jeans, when the three main party leaders appeared together
recently in public properly suited, all had fastened their 3-button
jacket by the centre button according to convention. In the Left-leaning
Observer of 31st March, 2002, Peter Oborne wrote:
Tony Blair and his Ministers abase themselves
before the Murdoch press and the cult of football. Ambitious Cabinet
Ministers routinely seek favour with the public service unions or the
tabloids by expounding a cretinous egalitarianism. Hence Education Secretary
Estelle Morris's recent attack on "snobs" who speak up for
high examination standards. Gordon Brown, one of the few members of
the Cabinet with any claim to be an intellectual, has a sideline in
attacking Oxbridge "elitism"
In Britain we have come dangerously close to precipitating the meritocratic
free-for-all, much of it a legacy of Margaret Thatcher; visible in the
loud vulgarity of contemporary entertainers, money pouring into the
celebrity culture, and the "Essex man". Nowhere is this more
exemplified than by Jeremy Clarkson, the B.B.C. motoring presenter.
Referred to as "Turbomouth", Clarkson leads a band of equally
vociferous motoring commentators who self-indulgently drive exotic cars
to ridiculous extremes unthinkable on any public road, bawling their
commentary as they go. The Rover Car Company enjoyed a brief reincarnation
after purchase from B.M.W., but has been blighted by the alleged financial
excursions of the new directorship. As the sole surviving major British-owned
manufacturer only a handful, about 10 per cent, of the Government's
ministerial fleet appeared to be Rover, despite the existence of some
excellent and well-reviewed models. Rover cars were not adopted by Police,
according to one report due to Politically Correct considerations of
"discrimination". Such disloyalty to the National ideal is
unlike anything that would have been tolerated in France, for example.
Worse, Rover cars were unnecessarily and boorishly savaged by Clarkson.
Perhaps this has been symbolic of the Pol-itically Correct, International
Socialist ethos of the Nation today. This letter, "Press to blame
for Rover's fall", to the Professional Engineer of 11th May, 2005,
confirms our own assessment:
In your Commentary, referring to the M.G. Rover
deb-acle, you say "we concentrate too much on bad news and not
enough on good". True, but it is hardly arguable that you have
affected the outcome. The same cannot be said of the motoring press,
which has conducted a veritable hatchet job on Rover, and should have
been sued for their shirts by Rover. Until this month, when Rover has
conveniently disappeared from the "new car prices" pages,
every single model has been slated brutally every month. Is that how
they think they should treat the only volume British manufacturer? It
would be naive to imagine that this bad publicity did not affect sales
- of course it did. Here is an example from a last "opinion"
before the closure, on the Model 25: "It's not impossible to ignore
all this - in which case you are left with a dated supermini with friendly
road manners that are mildly (but only mildly) endearing . . . at £2,000
less, it might be worth a punt." I wonder why he forgot to mention
that Rover sold 760,000 units of that model. Meanwhile, expensive imported
vehicles with far more faults got film-star treatment. Let's have the
blame for this debacle placed where it belongs, on the motoring press.
The late Anthony Sampson, author of the long-running
Anatomy of Britain series was a liberal thinker with no evident affection
for the privi-leged classes, wrote in The Independent of 11th September,
2004, "We've abandoned the tradition of a ruling class. But is
this to Britain's benefit?".. He concluded with this paragraph:
British politicians can be thankful to have
got rid of the arrogance and self-interest of their old ruling class.
But they need to be reminded of the advantages of the best of it - the
tradition of public service and long-term thinking. They need to escape
from the short-term pressures of opportunism and dependence that are
so evident. And as they face America's new ruling class, with all its
cynical bargains with corporations and manipulation of the voters, they
need to remember the British still have their own inherited values and
traditions of political integrity.
CLOSING REFLECTIONS ON PART 1
So far, we have looked at some of the forces
shaping and re-shaping our society. We have looked at the motivation
and its sources. Yet another move to dismantle and eliminate our historic
traditions, customs and values has now been brought to our notice. On
23rd May, 2005, the Daily Mail published a report with the headline:
"'President' Blair urged to scrap Queen's speech for one of his
own". The Mail reported a need for "an American-style presidential
address by the Prime Minister". This clearly reflected Toady Blair's
obsequious obsession with his ruthlessly powerful and distinctly un-democratic
friend George W. Bush. The report that advocated this and other "modernisation"
was spearheaded by the relatively newly ennobled "New" Labour
show business Peer, Lord Put-tnam, and was attributed with the insulting
comment that "The age-old ritual is spoiled by the spectacle of
an ageing monarch 'mumbling' into some parchment". The Puttnam
caucus was apparently "commissioned" by the Hansard Society
"think tank" - whatever that is - and comprised "senior
politicians representing all three main parties, alongside journalists
and others". The Mail did not elaborate, but one wonders what on
earth hacks from the Media were doing to speak for the British people?
And who precisely were the "others" who presumed to do so?
This group was arguably bent on the unnecessary destruction of that
which makes our ancient history unique and the envy of others. One even
more sinister and dangerous recommendation was that allegiance should
be sworn to the organs of Government instead of to the Monarch, wherein
lies the ultimate protection of our freedoms against our political masters.
The path of what we have been discussing in the foregoing pages , and
the Daily Mail report, are tantamount to the Marxist objectives for
destruction of the Existing Order. The following extracts sum up the
Diet, injections and injunctions will combine
from a very early age to produce the sort of characteristics and the
sort of beliefs that the authorities consider desirable, and any serious
criticism of the powers that be will become psychologically impossible.
Even if all are miserable, all will believe themselves happy, because
the government will tell them that they are so. . . . Gradually, or
by selective breeding, the congenital differ-nces between rulers and
ruled will increase until they become almost different species. A revolt
of the plebs against the masters would become as unthinkable as an organised
insurrec-ion of sheep against the practice of eating mutton. (Bertrand
The havoc wrought in the character of this once proud people [of the
United Kingdom] in the last three generations has now become apparent
in every department of their lives. Self-respect, self-help, and independence
are dead. Over-indulgence of every kind, if possible at other people's
expense, is the order of the day, and begins in infancy. The whole population
aims chiefly at obtaining something for nothing. Vulgar ostentation
is everywhere rife; for money easily come by is readily squandered.
Because discipline is now regarded as not quite "English"
and is thought to reek of "Fascism", hooliganism and insensate
aggressiveness are the favourite expressions of freedom in the youth
of the nation. . . . It is as if the original fibre of the nation's
character sedulously built up by the more civilised conditions of the
past, has rotted and perished. (Anthony M. Ludovici(16))
In the second part of this two-part edition of
On Target, we propose to look at the sterile political battle that culminated
this year in the General Election of 5th May. We shall pay particular
attention to the fabrication of the war against Iraq and the character
of the Prime Minister and his associates. We shall also examine the
collapsing economic scenario and the considerations that are deliberately
determining the nature of the soci-ety vulnerable to this scenario.
(To be continued)
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