2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War, hastening a lot of observers to mark the parallels between the world of the Sleepwalkers of the early 20th Century and this strange fugue state the world finds itself in today.
1914 saw a world of fading empires-- Austria- Hungary, Britain, the Ottomans, Czarist Russia-- locked in struggle with rising powers such as the United States and the new Germany. 2014 sees the rise of a new power bloc, the so-called BRICS; Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, all massive, resource-rich, (mostly) population-dense powers tired of living under the boot of the NATO alliance of North America and Western Europe.
Whereas the powers of 1914 were interlocked through a Byzantine series of military alliances, the entire world is operating today under a number of post-Cold War trade agreements, all of which were written to benefit the rich countries at the expense of the poor.
Another reality is a major population boom in the post-WWII era, thanks in large part to advances in medical technology (antibiotics, specifically) and food production technology (irrigation and fertilizers). Systems were put in place to manage the flow of capital, resources, commodities and labor. The assumption has been that as long as relative peace was kept and no major disruptions happened within the food supply, the world could basically run on autopilot.
The next order of business was Alexander's old dream: a single world order, in which the world went along its business sharing (roughly) a one world government (we started hearing the term the "International Community" as if it applied to a specific body on news outlets such as NPR, as in "The International Community believes that the Iraq situation is…." , though who comprised this community was never made clear), and if not a globalized, then harmonized systems of culture, sport, finance, etc. It is interesting to note how many countries have parliamentary systems, have football as the national sport, do business in English or Spanish, frequent the same fast food restaurants, etc.
Periodically, shocks erupted, to the financial system, the job market, various regional conflagrations. Those were all manageable to a certain extent, or at least theoretically manageable. But then the Bush II Administration came along, deciding the pace wasn't moving swiftly enough for the keyboard commandos and desk jockeys that promised Bush the Lesser dreams of a new American Imperium, starting with Alexander's old stomping grounds Afghanistan and moving onto his father's arch-enemy Saddam Hussein in Babylon.
The pretext was that in the wake of 9/11, mustache-twirling Hussein couldn't wait to unleash waves of jihadis on the US, armed with WMDs and nuclear suitcases and all the rest of it.
Of course, the fact of the matter was that Hussein hated the jihadists and they hated him. He didn't have any WMDs. His strong arm rule kept the jihadists on a leash, and gave the various religious minorities of Iraq relative sanctuary. So now the jihadists are running across Iraq like the maniacs they are, slaughtering the few Mandaeans, Yezidis, and Assyrians they haven't driven out of the country.
A lot of these minorities have sought sanctuary in Kurdistan but also in Syria, led by another strongman whose country is getting a dose of Freedom® and Democracy®. It looks as if the dogs may get called off there though, since someone in Washington seems to have figured out that Islamic State really are insane.
Bush and his neocon lunatics are to blame for this but equally so is Obama, since he let a two-bit thug dictate the terms of US withdrawal. But that just leads us to wonder what the real agenda is behind ISIS, or ISIL, or Islamic State or the Caliphate or whatever the fuck they're called this week.
Again, an entire blog couldn't unravel that mess. I won't even try here.
Obama seems to be sleepwalking himself, drifting from one elite golf course to another while Iraq burns and and a civil conflagration unfolded on US soil. If the entire news media weren't in his pocket I'd say Ferguson was his Katrina moment, and 2014 does feel a lot like 2005.
Black Americans have been getting squeezed like no time in my memory under Obama, driven from their neighborhoods by runaway gentrification and dealing with heavy competition in the labor market by immigrant workers. I don't think Ferguson was all about a police shooting and I don't think it's the last eruption we'll see.
Which only goes to prove my maxim that when they put your guy in the White House, look out. Going back to at least LBJ, it means they're about to stick the knife in.
But there's another problem, one that people seem to be sleepwalking through. As people continue to pour into California and the Southwest, the water continues to pour out. We're now starting to hear that this drought may not be the usual two or three year endurance test, that California experienced two-hundred year long droughts in the past.
Now California is talking about forcibly moving people out of state- some counties are so dry people can't do their laundry.
What does this mean to the rest of us? Been paying attention to your grocery bill lately?
While America is focused on Iraq and problems at home, Russia is carving out chunks of Ukraine for itself and all the toothless old men of Europe can do is wave sanctions at Putin. They seem to be forgetting that whole BRICS thing, that a new power bloc is emerging in resistance to the Globalist powers of the EU. What's more, it seems that Germany is interested in cutting its own deals with Putin, perhaps a signal it has no confidence in its own EU project.
Back to the Sleepwalkers, Webster Tarpley ties all of this back to the Masonic intrigues of King Edward and the entente powers of Britain, France and Czarist Russia, even tying the activities of our old friends Madam's Blavatsky and Bailey into mix, citing them as Edward's agents.
Blavatsky, I have trouble with, given her work with the Indian Nationalists, but Alice Bailey is a gimme. She and her apostles such as David Spangler and Benjamin Creme were all tied up in the United Nations, for reasons never made clear, but they did score at least one top ranking UN official at one point, Robert Muller.
My guess is that the Alice Bailey organization was a dry run for what would bear fruit in California, with the Presidio Russia project, IONS and CIIS and the Zen Center. The Baileys were too weird and too crazy (Bailey said the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were "the greatest spiritual event which has taken place since the the human kingdom appeared") but as we saw in the Secret Star Trek series there was obviously an interest in some kind of syncretic spiritual movement that could take the place of the churches (most of which had become anti-Communist during the Cold War) for diplomatic purposes.
All of which plays a major role in the story we're trying to wrap our heads around today, since it was that axis of Rockefeller-funded New Age centers that first brought Boris Yeltsin to the US, thanks to the efforts of Rockefeller hand, the Rev. Jim Garrison. And it would be Yeltsin's kleptocracy that gave rise to Putin and by extension this new power bloc that is threatening to go off the dollar and adopt the Yuan as the new reserve currency.
Was Crimea the new assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand? Are we all sleepwalking towards some kind of global conflagration? Will we see another global pandemic, similar to the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918? Already we're hearing scientists warn of the end of antibiotics. Let's all pray that doesn't come to pass.
Are countries like Britain- already tinderboxes- sleepwalking towards serious civil unrest, especially if some shocking (and highly probable) revelation of high-level complicity in the Muslim* grooming gangs emerges from within the Labour Party or the BBC? I grew up at a time when riots were a regular occurrence in England. There's a lot of people over there who've been swallowing a lot of rage for a long time (as I told Gordon of Rune Soup, the agenda of the past decade in the UK seems to have been "let the agents provocateur run wild").
If there's a major terror event there, all bets are off.
And so it is in America. Obama has presided over the greatest movement of wealth upward this country has ever seen, and millions have left the workforce entirely for lives on public assistance. Most jobs created during his presidency have been low-paying service jobs and most of those have gone to immigrants.
The Democrats dreamed of dethroning the Republicans only to realize that the GOP was never running anything, except errands for the Globalists.
Meanwhile, onetime liberal bastions like San Francisco, New York and Boston are like open air laboratories in the study of rampant economic inequality. Class struggle in the Bay Area has gotten to a point that the vandalism and intimidation are sending Silicon Valley dollars to the Republicans (not so shocking if you get past the mythology of founding fathers like Steve Jobs or the actual business practices of these companies). And futurists are all warning Americans that automation could eliminate the very idea of employment itself for most Americans.
The economy seems to be growing, but for whom?
Cellphones and social media seem to distract most people from all these problems but what happens when the first major whole breaks open in the dam and everyone starts to take on water? What won't happen is what you saw in previous depressions when Americans had a sense of common identity and purpose.
Americans may be sleepwalking but it's not a particularly restful sleep.
It's because of all this that I think study of deeper truths is more important than ever. Perhaps even changing the very way we think, the way we use our minds. The way we perceive the "real." It may be all you're left with.
A hundred years ago, people believed they lived within a constellation of fixed realities, only to see them all blown apart to shit, along with everything around them.
The Old World died forever on the killing fields of the First World War and I'm not sure we've yet recovered from those shocks. I think we've been entertaining ourselves as a way of avoiding the questions that war raised, and a lot of the answers we let people give us were, at best, risible.
I can't begin to imagine what a Third World War would look like, I can only imagine I never want such a thing to come to pass. But I certainly don't want the robot world of the futurists, and I think the Transhumanist pipedream will stay locked in the pages of bad science fiction novels, for my lifetime at least.
For now, we have to work with what we've been given. A good first step is waking up from the media-induced hypnosis so many of us live under.
*Not "Asian" as the BBC and Guardian call them; Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and other Asian groups are horrified by these pedophile rapists and greatly resent the association.
Notes: Interesting to note that the campus "multiculturalists" have ignored Muslim persecution and mass murder of Arab Christians in Egypt, Syria and Iraq and paid only minor lip service against the wanton slaughter of the Yezidis et al. Why is that, you think?
Alice Bailey's worship of the bomb is making me wonder if her organization was being parodied in Beneath the Planet of the Apes. The Lucis Trust were headquartered in New York like the mutants, and the female mutant was named Albina, or should I say "Al Bina." The original writer of Beneath is Paul Dehn, who came straight out of British Military Intelligence, so he'd be familiar with that world, certainly.