posted on Aug, 1 2015 @ 12:47 AM
Who is to blame for this show of ignorance? Are teachers not doing their jobs? Are the students unwilling to learn? Is the education system
inherently flawed? If you look at the studies, it is obvious that knowledge amongst average citizens about the basic workings of their government is
far too low. Imagine being told you need to take your car to work but you are not given instructions on how to operate the car. While the overall
operations are complex, most people can be given appropriate directions to operate a vehicle without having to know exactly how the engine works. But
in this analogy, not only do the American citizens not know how the engine works, they aren’t even informed enough to open the door.
So what about the citizens who do comprehend the system? Why aren’t their voices being heard? Because as it turns out, there never was a car to
begin with, and we do not live in a democratic-republic. Instead, our form of government is known as a corporate oligarchy, or corporatocracy. The
ruling oligarchy is centered upon the Council on Foreign Relations as its executive body, the Federal Reserve as the fiscal branch, and conglomerated
media as its marketing, public relations, and propaganda machine. When you realize the deception being laid upon the world by this small group of
individuals, it becomes clear why so few Americans understand their system of government, let alone have the creative flow of information to make
appropriate social decisions and changes.
The first of the three groups who maintain this deception of governance is the Council on Foreign Relations, or CFR. Technically it was born during
the peace process of World War I, but its philosophical origins can be traced to the Round Table Groups of Cecil Rhodes and the secretive group
Professor Carroll Quigley called the “Society of the Elect” (Round Table). During the Paris Peace Conference, English and American elites planned
to form a group called “The Institute of International Affairs”. President Wilson’s friend and advisor, Edward M. House was one of the
gentlemen behind the initial formation of the group (Council).
Because of the isolationistic views of America following the war, the American branch of the IIA was named the Council on Foreign Relations and was
officially incorporated in 1921. From its inception it has had an elitist nature about it. It was initially headed by former Secretary of State,
Elihu Root. Its members were comprised of bankers, lawyers, industrialists, and government officials who funded their first magazine with donations
from “the thousand richest Americans” (Council).
As time went by, more and more government officials were members of the CFR. During President Eisenhower’s administration the percentage of CFR
members was 40%. By the Johnson administration that number had risen to 57%. Here is a partial list of current CFR board members: Carla Hills,
Robert Rubin, David Rubenstein, Richard Haass, Madeleine Albright, Alan Blinder, Tom Brokaw, Ann Fudge, Jami Miscik, Colin Powell, Fareed Zakaria, and
the list goes on. These are just members of the board. While the names of members have changed over the years, the industries and organizations they
represent have remained constant. The Council’s membership is still filled with industrialists, academics, bankers, and former government
representatives. The CFR acts as a hub of influence for the corporate oligarchy, as its members use the CFR to jump back and forth between the public
and private sector, all without the scrutiny of public debate or the necessity of elections.
Not only are there individual members of the Council on Foreign Relations, but there are corporate members as well. Knowing the influence and power
wielded by individual members, combined with the money and influence directed by corporations during election cycles, it is easy to connect the dots
and recognize why the politicians in Washington, D.C. are so beholden to such a small group of individuals and the companies they run. This is a list
of just the founding corporate members of the group, taken from the CFR website: The Abraaj Group, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Chevron Corporation,
Citi, Exxon Mobil Corp., Goldman Sachs Group, Hess Corp., JPMorgan Chase & Co., McKinsey & Company, Morgan Stanley, Nasdaq OMX Group, PepsiCo, Shell
Oil Company (Corporate).
If there appears to be an overlap between the banking interests and policy advisors this is because it is true. This brings us to the second cog in
the corporatocracy’s machine, The Federal Reserve, or simple, The Fed. In his tome, Tragedy and Hope, Professor Quigley notes how closely the CFR
and bankers were tied together, noting, “The New York branch was dominated by the associates of the Morgan Bank. For example, in 1928 the Council
on Foreign Relations had John W. Davis as president, Paul Cravath as vice-president, and a council of thirteen others…” (Quigley 952). Even today
there is overlap, as CFR board member, Alan Blinder, served as vice chairman of the Fed from 1994-1996 (Council).
"If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and
corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their
Fathers conquered” (Private). These were Thomas Jefferson’s words of warning to future generations ceding monetary power to private banks. While
the Constitution clearly gives Congress the sole authority to print and coin money, the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 took that power from the people
and placed it back into the hands of the bankers. A central bank in the U.S. hadn’t existed since Andrew Jackson allowed its second incarnation to
die in the 1830s.
But beginning in 1910 through a system of secret meetings with banking giants, Senator Nelson Aldrich and his allies Paul Warburg, J.P. Morgan, and
John D. Rockefeller, Jr. set about to rebuild the Bank that Jackson killed. Aldrich met with five of the major banking leaders at the time and
drafted what would become the charter for a new central bank on Jekyll Island. After a series of compromises in Congress, and a lobbying effort by
President Wilson advisor Edward House, the Federal Reserve Act was passed by Congress while some members were away for the Christmas holiday
Besides the obvious issue of a central bank created by bankers and banking interests in Washington designed to not only regulate itself but also
regulate the overall economy is the idea of fractional reserve banking. This is a term that is generally kept out of the public debate, and there is
good reason for that. Henry Ford is quoted as saying, “It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary
system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning” (Henry Ford). But the followers of the system are thankful
for “the magic of fractional reserve banking”, quoting the Fed itself when it explains, “…For the economy and the banking system as a whole,
the practice of keeping only a fraction of deposits on hand has an important cumulative effect. Referred to as the fractional reserve system, it
permits the banking system to ‘create’ money” (Understanding).