As most of you know I like to check things out at phys.org every now and then to stay abreast of things, and I found a very intriguing article there on a sociological study of the role and importance of private foundations such as the Rockefeller, Ford, and Carnegie Foundations on the rise of the American Empire in the last century:
The article, a review of Inderjeet Parmar's book Foundations of the American Century, quotes Professor Parmar as stating:
"Although today they do contribute to society in positive ways, the Rockefeller, Ford and Carnegie Foundations’ own records show that beneath a glossy, liberal, philanthropic exterior, they sometimes had sinister side.
“This should not really be so surprising when we consider their founders and origins - steeped in the rise of US corporate capitalism, violent anti-unionism, and political corruption, particularly in the late 1890s and early 1900s.
“Their original founders were industrialists and manufacturers, linked to big banks and finance houses like JP Morgan and Standard Oil.
“Their boards of trustees were, and are, normally drawn from a relatively narrow section of society – lawyers, elite university administrators and presidents, corporate executives, press magnates, former public officials.”
This, really, is only the tip of a vast iceberg, though it does imply that one of the methods employed by these foundations was literally the infiltration of the media, academia, and the creation of a variety of policy study groups and think tanks such as the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilaterial Commission, the Rand Corporation, Stanford Research Institute, Brookings, and so on.
But this too is only the tip of the iceberg. As I noted in Saucers, Swastikas, and Psyops, these very groups, clustered around the Rockefeller Foundation, commenced a study in the pre-war days before World War Two, to study the geopolitical likelihoods of the coming war, and its probable result. The conclusion they reached was that Germany would lose the war, that Russia would be severely crippled, and that the British Empire would decline, leaving America in the position to begin a coordinated push to transform the world culture in America's image, and create effectively an American Empire. Their model here was the British Empire...
...with one significant exception. The study implied that a more effective means of maintenance of a global empire would not be the acquisition of colonies and the huge expense of maintaining them, but rather be based upon the expansion of overseas military bases for the rapid projection and deployment of American military power. This concept was wedded to George Kennan's policy of "containment" as embodied in National Security Memorandum 48, and carried with it the implicit long-term doctrine of roll-back, subsequently operationally perfected and implemented during the Reagan era.
Yet another activity of this group has been in the formation - commented upon often here and in The Daily Bell - of "directed historical narratives," an opinion-molding operation aimed at the formation of paradigms of thought under elitist influence. One particular area in which this has been particularly effective - though not often discussed nor deeply researched - is in the area of the formation and/or reinforcement of scientific orthodoxies. The premier case in point here was the reporting on cold fusion when it was first announced by Pons and Fleishman during the Administration of George H.W. Bush. The carefully inculcated scientific paradigm functioned in that case to exclude real examination of the claims, and, as the late Dr. Eugene Mallove documented in his now famous study Fire From Ice, data was deliberately suppressed or falsified by institutions having deep connections with those very foundations. Money, in other words, buys conformity, and distorts the scientific enterprise.
This reveals a very important weakness, one which I have commented upon on various occasions, namely, by constructing such directed narratives, surrounding themselves with people of a like mind, and then infiltrating such personnel into academia, media, government and, yes, religion, these elites in effect have placed themselves in their own box, and thus rarely does one encounter personnel in those Foundations that think outside the directed narratives or are even able to perform analysis outside their paradigms. In the end, it is a recipe for stagnation both technologically and economically, as America is now bearing witness to in declining science and mathematics performance in students.
See you on the flip side...