Mention of conspiracies causes many eyes to glaze over, but Philip Wren explains the background to the “dream”, held by an elite, of a world government
In the 1970’s, through the encouragement of a family friend in the United States, I was able to track down a copy of a book by a university professor. Normally that wouldn’t be difficult, but this book’s remaining copies were being actively removed from circulation and copies in libraries and universities were being destroyed.
Tragedy and hope
Why the need to destroy an academic’s book? Because ‘Tragedy and hope – a history of the world in our time’ by Prof Carroll Quigley, is a bold and boastful admission that there actually exists a small but powerful group that has succeeded in acquiring a choke hold on the affairs of practically the entire human race
Quigley was the major influence on Bill Clinton’s approach to politics
Quigley’s book was not the work of a conspiracy theorist. Its importance lay in its coming from a person who claimed to be an insider and supported the elite’s aims.
Indeed, former US President Bill Clinton, who studied under Quigley while at Georgetown University, said twice during his election campaigns that Quigley had been the major influence on his approach to politics.
He wanted people to trust these men who secretly operate behind the scenes
Quigley, a socialist, believed in the benefits of the world being ruled by an elite. He wanted the people of the world to trust these men who secretly operate behind the scenes.
If we go along with the elite’s plans, we will enter a man-made millennium of peace and prosperity
In his eyes they were benevolent and well-meaning and, as such, the hope of the world. All who resisted them continued the tragedy of the modern world, hence the title of the book. He believed that if we go along with the elite’s plans, we will enter a man-made millennium of peace and prosperity.
Quigley attributed the popularising of the global elite concept to John Ruskin (1819 – 1900). Ruskin, son of a very wealthy wine merchant, studied at Oxford and later became its Slade Professor of Fine Art.
But Ruskin’s interests were much wider than art. Like Karl Marx, Engels and others, he drew most of his ideas from Plato’s Republic, written in 380 BC. He claimed he read Plato almost every day.
Thus Ruskin absorbed Plato’s theory that some men were born superior to others and that a perfect society should consist of just three classes of people.
The role of the military is to keep the producers subservient to the rulers
These are the philosopher ruler, the military and the producers. The role of the military is to keep the producers subservient to the rulers (or ‘guardians’) who, according to Plato, exist for the good of the community as a whole.
Plato believed in the elimination of marriage and the family. All women belong to all men and all men belong to all women. Children should be taken over by the government and raised anonymously by the state.
Private property should be eliminated
There should be selective breeding of men and women under government control. Children considered inferior or disabled should be destroyed. Private property should be eliminated. Intellectual energy was to be devoted to determining what is good for the masses in the lower classes.
Through indoctrination, people would learn to accept their respective roles.
Through indoctrination, people would learn to accept their respective roles
According to Quigley, Ruskin hit Oxford like an earthquake. Ruskin taught the ruling class of England that they should use their power and influence to spread these ideas to the world. In effect he was saying that those who had grown rich through capitalism should now bring in a new order, an order which we would recognise as communism.
One of Ruskin’s disciples was Cecil Rhodes. Rhodes amassed a huge fortune in the South African gold and diamond mines that he used to further Ruskin’s ideas. His aim was to federate the English speaking world and bring the rest of the habitable world under its control.
Rhodes was joined by many other leading Oxbridge-educated men. They formed societies throughout the English speaking world under the banner of the Round Table groups. The English branch is the Royal Institute of International Affairs (known as Chatham House). The US branch is The Council of Foreign Relations. These societies had and still have considerable influence on national foreign policy.
The members of the Round Table groups were all disciples of Ruskin. They believed that the future of the world lay in federating it along socialist lines. Therefore all property, industry, agriculture, communications, transportation, education, and political affairs, should be concentrated in the hands of an elite, who would organise the world in a way which compelled everyone to do what was good for the new world order.
Always use a crisis
The words “Never let a good crisis go to waste”, have been attributed to a number of people. Governments recognise that a crisis allows changes to be made which would never have been tolerated prior to the crisis. It has become a method by which a population can be persuaded to accept unpopular measures.
Those who had grown rich through capitalism should now bring in a new order, an order which we would recognise as communism
It works by first creating a problem, real or imagined. Then you advertise the problem to convince people that something must be done. A solution is then provided with the result that change is brought about.
We have seen in the present Covid-19 pandemic how fear, either for personal safety or of harming others, has allowed the government to bring in measures which restrict personal freedom to an extent that would have been unimaginable a year earlier.
So is the idea that there is an elite plotting to establish a global government on the lines of Plato’s Republic and bring in a ‘new world order’ just another conspiracy theory?
There are surprisingly open admissions. Speaking at the United Nations Ambassadors dinner on 23 September 1994, David Rockefeller said: “We are on the verge of a global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis and the nations will accept the new world order.”
Like Quigley, David Rockefeller felt it was right to be open. In his autobiography (‘Memoirs’, 2002) he wrote on p405: “Some even believe we (the Rockefeller family) are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterising my family and me as ‘internationalists’ and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure – one world, if you will. If that’s the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.”
There are many others with influence who could be quoted as believing that a ‘new world order’ is the only solution to the problems confronting humanity.
The Bilderberg Group
The idea of a guiding elite continues today with groups such as Bilderberg. The first Bilderberg conference was held in May 1954 at the Hotel de Bilderberg in the Netherlands, attended by about 150 politicians, bankers, monarchs and experts from industry, finance, media and academia.
It was established as a forum in which those who influence national policies could discuss, without commitment, common problems. The three day conference was initiated by Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands and has become an annual gathering of the world’s most powerful figures to this day.
No journalists are allowed to attend and delegates are forbidden to reveal the topics discussed. All staff at the chosen hotel are security checked and armed police or soldiers patrol the grounds to ensure no one enters. Such secrecy has led to much suspicion that decisions are taken which impact world events.
In 2000, British politician Denis Healey, who had been involved in Bilderberg for decades, told The Guardian, “To say we were striving for a one-world government is exaggerated, but not wholly unfair. Those of us in Bilderberg felt we couldn’t go on forever fighting one another for nothing and killing people and rendering millions homeless. So we felt that a single community throughout the world would be a good thing.”
“The social experiment in China under Chairman Mao’s leadership is one of the most important and successful in human history” – David Rockefeller
This sounds like a group of old men sitting round a table putting the world to rights. But another quote by David Rockefeller about Mao Tse Tung, printed in The New York Times on 10 August 1973, is more sinister: “Whatever the price of the Chinese Revolution, it has obviously succeeded not only in producing a more efficient and dedicated administration, but also in fostering high morale and community of purpose. The social experiment in China under Chairman Mao’s leadership is one of the most important and successful in human history.”
Do we really want the world to be ruled by men who think the mass extermination of millions under Mao’s communism a success?
The World Economic Forum
To counter the suspicion over Bilderberg, a spin-off was founded – the World Economic Forum (WEF), which holds its annual meeting at Davos, Switzerland.
The annual WEF meetings have about 3,000 participants drawn from over 100 nations. The conferences were initiated by former Bilderberg steering committee member, Prof Klaus Schwab. WEF is more open, with journalists allowed and conference themes announced in advance.
It is the WEF’s chairman, Klaus Schwab, who is credited with coining the phrases, ‘The Fourth Industrial Revolution’ and ‘The Great Reset’.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution
The second industrial revolution began in the late 19th century. It is defined by the discovery of electricity and assembly line production.
The third industrial revolution began in the 1970’s with the introduction of partial automation, memory programmable controls and early computers.
According to the WEF: “We stand on the brink of a fourth revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to each other. In its scale, scope and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before.”
This revolution will be driven by emerging technology, breakthroughs in fields such as artificial intelligence, robotics, the internet of things, autonomous vehicles, 3-D printing, nanotechnology, biotechnology, materials science, energy storage and quantum computing.
The Great Reset
In his book ‘Covid-19 – the Great Reset’, Schwab states: “We are at a crossroads, one path will take us to a better world: more inclusive, more equitable and more respectful of Mother Nature. The other will take us to a world that resembles the one we just left behind – but worse and constantly dogged by nasty surprises. We must therefore get it right. The looming challenges could be more consequential than we have until now chosen to imagine, but our capacity to reset could also be greater than we had previously dared to hope”.
All forms of human activity will be closely monitored and controlled for the good of the planet
Later in the book he says: “Put in the simplest possible terms: if, as human beings, we do not collaborate to confront our existential challenges (the environment and the global governance free fall, among others), we are doomed.”
Why the term ‘free fall’? From a globalist point of view, the populist movements such as Trump and Brexit are a failure in what they regard as good governance.
Schwab believes that if this planet is to survive there must be change. The WEF presents the Great Reset as an ambitious rescue plan to overcome the massive problems caused by Covid-19 and enable the world to tackle climate change. It presents a vision of a ‘sustainable’ future. But to achieve this future, all forms of human activity will be closely monitored and controlled for the good of the planet.
The great idea, with which the globalists are obsessed, is a world in which all nations are closely integrated and everyone subscribes to a utopian future.
“Today Americans would be outraged if UN troops entered Los Angeles to restore order; tomorrow they will be grateful! This is especially true if they were told there was an outside threat from beyond whether real or promulgated, that threatened our very existence. It is then that all peoples of the world will pledge with world leaders to deliver them from this evil. The one thing every man fears is the unknown. When presented with this scenario, individual rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of their well being granted to them by their world government” – Henry Kissinger
Build back better
A buzz phrase for all this, used by those who are on side, is to ‘build back better’. Covid-19 is a crisis which will be used to change the world. It will be a world in which business will be tightly controlled to ensure that it works toward the social and environmental targets of government.
Investment in industry and government projects will be targeted at achieving the shared goals of equality and sustainability. I expect that one of the costs of this vision will be the penalising of individuals who deviate from the perceived public good.
From my own reading of ‘Covid-19: the Great Reset’ I think that Schwab is presenting a series of challenges thrown up by the modern world which in his eyes include climate change and crippling debt. He recognises that artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and transhumanism (among other innovations) are upon us.
So what is being imposed are not the technologies but the globalist solution to the crises, some of which are real, some perceived and some manufactured. But then if I had read all Schwab’s books I might be more alarmist.
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