TWILIGHT OF IDOLS: DEATH OF THE OLD REGIME
It's January 27, 2014. Tomorrow, the president of the United States, Barack Obama, will deliver his State of the Union address with his plans. Yesterday, the Pope released doves of peace from his palace in Italy. Unfortunately, the doves, well, they didn't do so good. They were promptly savagely attacked by other birds. That could be an omen of where things are going, and the turmoil and the darkness to come. When we look at world, we need to think in terms of the haves, and the have-nots. American imperialism likes to present that it's building this wonderful world, where there's going to be freedom and democracy for everybody, and we recently had the annual plutocrats convention - the convention of the 1% in Davos, Switzerland - where Mr. Bill Gates, the number one plutocrat in terms of all charitable giving with his Gates-Buffett foundation, announced that by 2035, due to his brilliant policies, there'd be no poor countries. Wow, fantastic news! Right? Except, let's take a look at Mr. Gates track record. The last 10 years of Microsoft, under Mr. Gates handpicked successor Steve Ballmer, have been a study in disaster. Anybody out there using the Zune for their music? I don't think so. How about that old Windows phone? Well, I don't know, doesn't seem to be too many people using that. And things got so bad at Microsoft that Mr. Ballmer was forced to resign, and a group of shareholder activists is trying to get Mr. Gates thrown off the board of his own company. So, there could be some reasons to be a bit skeptical about whether Mr. Gates is qualified to make predictions about the future.
THE ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL BUBBLE
Here at World Future Fund, we've been studying world future trends for 17 years. We've studied or personally interviewed the leading experts around the world, and they present a very different view of the future from that presented by Mr. Gates and a lot of his plutocratic buddies. Indeed, probably at no other time in history, other than the Catholic Church versus Galileo over the debate about whether the world is or is not round, there's probably never been such a huge contradiction between political and financial elites, and scientific experts, scientific data, economic data.
The world as we see it is a giant debt balloon, an environmental debt balloon, and increasingly, an economic debt balloon. The whole argument for destroying the environment was, "Well, they're going to build this wonderful economic utopia." And that really isn't working either. We've heard the good news: the poverty rates have come down. Why have poverty rates come down? Well, the key part of that is from China, a genocidal dictatorship that is murdered 80 million of its own citizens. I might suggest that's maybe not the most reliable people to rely on for statistics. The actual number of people in poverty is going up; the actual number of people in the slums is going up, not down.
A NEED FOR LEADERSHIP
Now, there's a crisis coming of the economic debt bubble and the environmental debt bubble. What is needed is honesty and leadership; what is needed is courageous leadership. This is not happening. Therefore, the problems up ahead are going to start solving themselves. Now, our role- it's important to put ourselves in history here. We're in a situation similar to the prelude to the French Revolution in 1789, or the prelude to the collapse of the Soviet system in 1989. As we have discussed, we have a role in reaching out to leaders, and so on and so forth. But this is not very likely to work. And our primary role is to define ideology, and reach the members of the underground who will be coming to power in the turmoil to come. People in the underground, as we well know, having spent so much time talking to them, are often crazy, often difficult to deal with, and so on. But that's the nature of when you have a monoculture of philosophy.
Lenin in Switzerland got into an argument with a man on a bus during World War I, and stood in the middle of the street screaming at this other socialist leader, stating that he would be the ruler of Russia, and everybody was turning around looking at this nut. But he ended up becoming the leader of Russia, and people who are not known will become known as the political order collapses. Now in Germany, we have this so-called grand coalition of political hacks and the social Democratic Party teaming up with one of the most despicable people in modern politics, Angela Merkel, a complete opportunist who believes in nothing, who's also not very competent, and Merkel's dishonesty and incompetence has helped lead Europe into a tremendous economic crisis, the details of which we're not going to discuss in this lecture.
PROBLEMS IN EUROPE
But this bodes ill for the social Democratic Party. It also bodes ill for stability in Europe's number one country, because this is combined with the crazy decision to shut down the nuclear power plants, and replace them with - well that's that's an interesting question - replace them with, well, so far, it's coal, which is even worse than nuclear power. And Mr. Gabriel, the leader of the social Democratic Party, has appointed himself energy minister. I guess was there not any other opportunity for him to become a political kamikaze? Who knows. But anyway, this shows the lack of vision in Germany, and it bodes ill for the stability of Europe. What it does lay the groundwork is for revolutionary change in Europe, and also revolutionary change around the world. The current leaders of Europe are a political class of bureaucrats. That's to be understood, and these are basically transitional figures, these are sort of stick figures that will be swept aside in the turmoil to come. Now we're going to discuss further details of this. We're breaking the lecture here so we break up the audio files to keep them from being too large, and we will go on to discuss some further issues in the next lecture.
TWO TOXIC SYSTEMS: AMERICAN IMPERIALISM AND COMMUNISM
Now, in terms of the haves and have-nots, we need to understand the concept of American imperialism. In 1945, two crazy ideologies seized control of the planet: American imperialism on one side, and Soviet imperialism and communism on the other side. Due to the incompetence of America's handling of World War II, and the total incompetence of the handling of the peace, America blundered into - and really helped start up - a third world war after World War II, and succeeded in botching things up so badly in China that they helped bring to power one of the most murderous regimes in history: the regime of Mao in China. Now, this was not a Cold War if you happened to live in places like Vietnam, Korea, or other places, and this was a war which used up trillions and trillions of dollars that could have gone into building an environmentally safe society, and led to a huge death toll. In 1989, the Soviet Union collapsed, and American imperialism came to dominate world. Now, very interesting point here, right - the third world war, the Cold War is over, but American military spending in constant dollars is at its highest level since World War II. Now, stop. Pause. Think.
AMERICA WINS COLD WAR, BUT UNLEASHES A CUT THROAT SYSTEM UPON THE WORLD
All this money is just being spent for defense to protect the American people? Of course not. This is a plan for imperialism, as Tom Friedman, the German the pro-globalization journalist - we like some things Friedman says, we don't hate him as much as our radical leftist friends - but he is a salesman for globalization. He says no McDonald's without McDonnell Douglas. For those who don't follow the defense industry, McDonnell Douglas was one of the great defense contractors. And we say "was" because in the cutthroat world of American business, it was then absorbed by an even bigger company, Boeing. So, to create an even bigger defense contractor. So, this is not a defense budget. This is in imperialism budget to try to impose an American vision of reality on the world that is not going to work. And this is going to lead to bankruptcy here in America, but also a violent counter-reaction around the world. This could lead to truly horrendous results, particularly relating to Pakistan, which is a nuclear power. So this is an imperial system that is in crisis, an imperial system that is in crisis.
A FREE EDUCATION ON WORLD FUTURE FUND
Again, we go back to our role, which is to reach out to people who are unhappy with this, and help them present their ideology. We see a revolution coming in Europe. That's what we see. And it's a particular priority to reach out to Germany, as far as what we do, as we have discussed internally here. We need to further reorganize our website with that goal -Goal defining ideology, reading list, putting forth World Future Fund as an education to the world, a free university. You don't need student debt. You don't need to give away your identity, so that the NSA, or various goon squads around the world can come kill you, or torture you, or whatever. So, this is our role. And this is our purpose. To put that together, and show these people how they can achieve their potential.
KEEPING HOPE ALIVE
We need to - as a final point here - we need to prevent people from being discouraged. You need to understand: this is a battle of the haves and the have-nots. The overwhelming majority of the people who would support things that we support have been destroyed by the system. Yes, they have. Now the overwhelming majority of those people who have been destroyed, have been destroyed by being absorbed into the corporate zombie world, never to be heard from again. But the corporate zombie world itself is going to collapse, just like the zombie worlds in the horror movies. And some of these people may get resurrected as the system that they cling to collapses.
But we need to give people hope, inspire people, and put forth the ideological message. We need to amp up our own communications, amp up ourselves in terms of global visibility. That's the agenda for 2014. 2014 is going to be a very dangerous year. In summing this thing up, what happened with the Pope's birds is just a portent of what's to come. That's very symbolic. And so, that's important to understand. That's important to understand, and we need to keep disciplined, keep organized, and take the tremendous base of power that we have, consolidate it, reorganize it, and get it out there to inspire the coming generation of new leaders. And they may be coming a lot sooner than people think. We're not talking about some mystical thing, "oh the next generation," no. We could be talking about next five or 10 years here. So that's the conclusion of this lecture.