Le 26 mai 06 à 08:59, Laurence a écrit :
Occult Origins of Power
Robert Laugherty has written an intriguing short novel, somewhat in the
manner of C.S. Lewis's "Screwtape Letters" and Gurdjieff's "Beelzebub's
Tales to His Grandson", namely as a series of talks from an aging
archon of the financial elite and his advisors to the young man being
groomed to take over his position at the peak of the pyramid of power.
Heres a partial distillation, full article can be found at:
" Until now, my advisors and I have deflected your questions as to how
and if my diverse operations and holdings, which seem autonomous and
even contradictory, are integrated into an organic whole to serve the
dynasty's interests. The fact that you asked these questions, rejecting
my carefully nurtured public image as an idle, coupon clipping
philanthropist, was a major factor in the high esteem in which I hold
you. Most of your competitors found puppet leadership in any one of my
organi- zations so awesome and gratifying that they immediately
eliminated themselves from the contest for the top position which you
have won. Such men of limited vision are neces- sary for my success.
They bend unconsciously to the subtle pressures to which I expose them.
They can be led in any direction I choose by simple-minded
rationalizations aimed at their vanity without being privy to my motives
which would be short lived secrets in their undisciplined and envious
"Although you now must begin to pursue it consciously you have already
displayed the alienation from your emotional nature that is so essential
to achieving real worldly power."
"As your tutors will explain, "occult" or secret knowledge is the basis
of all power in human society, so I use the word "occult" advisedly, in
its pristine usage.
"Human hierarchies, in contrast to the animal variety, are best
sustained when the members are deluded regarding the oppressive nature,
or better, even the very existence of the hierarchy"
" Nearly everyone believes major decisions to be the vector sum of
autonomous pressures exerted by business, labor, government, consum- ers, social classes, and other special interests. In fact, the vectors
of societal power are carefully balanced by us so that any net movement
is in a direction chosen by us. The only fly in the ointment is the
occasional, but extremely messy, interferences by competing financial
"Throughout history, secure ruling elites arise through se-cret, or
occult knowledge which they carefully guard and withhold from outsiders
The power of such elites or cults diminishes as their occult knowledge
is transformed into "scientific" knowledge and vanishes as soon as it
becomes "common sense."
"The men who first studied and grasped the regularities of sun, moon,
and stars that presage the seasons had a valuable commodity to sell and
they milked it to the fullest at the expense of their credulous
fellowmen. The occult priesthoods of early astronomers and mathemati- cians such as the designers of Stonehenge, convinced their subjects that
they alone had contact with the gods, and thus, they alone could assure
the return of planting seasons and weather favorable to bountiful
harvests. The staging (predicting) of solar and lunar eclipses was
particularly effective in awing the community The general success
resulting from following the priesthood's tilling, planting, nurturing,
and harvesting time tables insured the priest- hood's power....Popular
knowledge of seasonal regularities was discouraged by every manner of
mysticism and outlandish ritual imaginable. Failures in prediction were
blamed on sins of the people and used to justify intensified
oppression. For centuries people who had literally no idea of the
number of days between seasons and couldn't count anyway, cheerfully
gave up a portion of their harvests, as well as their most beautiful
daughters, to their "faithful servants" in the priest- hoods ."
"The power of our finance capitalist money cult rests on a similar
secret knowledge, primarily in the field of economics. Our power is
weakened by real advances in economic science. (Fortunately, the public
at large and most revolutionaries remain totally ignorant of economics.
However, we established money lords have been able to prolong and even
reverse our decline by systematically corrupting economic science with
fallacious and spurious doctrines. Through our power in the
universities, publishing, and mass media we have been able to reward the
sincere, professorial cranks whose spurious doctrines happen to
rationalize in terms of "common good" the government supported
institutions, laws, and economic measures upon which our money powers
"However, we are so powerful today that it is no longer possible to
conceal our imposing institutions with the appearances of free
competition. Keynesianism rationalizes this omnipotent state which we
require, while retaining the privileges of private property on which our
power ultimately rests. "
"Since real politics is motivated by individual self-interest, history
is viewed most accurately as a struggle for power and wealth We do our
best to obscure this self-evident truth by popularizing the theory that
history is made by the imper- sonal struggles between ideas, political
systems, ideologies, races, and classes. Through systematic infiltration
of all major intellectual, political, and ideological organizations,
using the lure of financial support and instant publicity, we have been
able to set the limits of public debate within the ideological
requirements of our money power...The so-called Left-Right political
spectrum is our creation. In fact, it accurately reflects our careful,
artificial polarization of the population on phoney issues that prevents
the issue of our power from arising in their minds."
" We control the Right-Left conflict such that both forms of liberty are
suppressed to the degree we require Our own liberty rests not on legal
or moral "rights," but on our control of the government bureaucracy and
courts which apply the complex, subjective regulations we dupe the
public into supporting for our benefit ".
"Innumerable meaningless conflicts to divert the attention of the public
from our operations find fertile ground in the bitter hatreds of the
Right©Left imbroglio. "
"We promote phoney free enterprise on the Right and phoney democratic
socialism on the Left. Thus, we obtain a "free enterprise" whose
"competition" is carefully regulated by the bureaucracy we control and
whose nationalized enter- prises are controlled directly through our
government. ..Invariably we determine the candidates of the major
parties and then proceed to pick the winners. Any attempts at campaign
reforms simply put the rules of the game more firmly under our
" Totalitarian governments of both Right and Left, because of the
vulnerability of their highly visible leaders to party rivals, can be
manipulated easily from abroad. Primarily, totalitarian dictatorships
ef- ficiently prevent new money lords that could challenge our power
from arising in whole continents, civilizations, and races."
"..according to economic "science," Central Banks are instituted to
protect the public from periodic financial catastrophe at the hands of
unscrupulous fractional reserve bankers. Nothing could be further from
the truth. Central Banks are established to remove the limitation on
over issuance that reality places on competitive banking systems. As
early as ancient Babylon and India, Central Banking, the art of
monopolizing the issuance of money, had been developed into a perfect
method for looting the general public. Even today many bankers copy the
traditions of the earlier exploitive priesthoods and design their banks
to re- semble temples."
"The government and public does not notice that we issuers of the new
notes are using the notes we create out of thin air to surreptitiously
build economic empires at the expense of established interests. ...We,
of course do not take responsibility for the rampant inflation when it
comes. We blame inflation on evil speculators who drive up prices for
personal gain, as well as the greed of organized labor and business who
are promptly made subject to wage and price controls. Even the consumer
can be made to feel guilty for agreeing to pay the high prices!
Mistaking symptoms for causes the government accepts the banker's
analysis of the problem and continues to give the Bank free reign in
"After our order is consolidated, formal nationalization of the Central
Bank with great fanfare is usually advisable in order to dispel any
lingering suspicion that it is operated for private gain. Of course only
loyal agent.s of the dynasty are allowed to obtain high offices in the
Bank and our power remains intact. Obvious private monopolies are always
the targets of sharp reformist agitators. Only the most paranoid,
however, can see through the public facade to the private monopoly of
the nationalized or quasi-nationalized Central Bank. The Central Bank is
the primary monopoly on which all our monopoly power depends. The occult
power of the Central Bank to create money out of nothing is the
fountain- head that fuels our far flung financial and political empire."
"Basically, the power of our Central Bank flows from its control over
the points of entry into the economy of new. inflationary money which it
creates out of thin air. ...As the addiction to the narcotic of
inflationary easy credit grows and grows we demand more and more control
of our dependent entourage of governments and corporations. When we
finally end the easy credit to "combat inflation" the enterprises and
govern- ments either fall directly into our hands, bankrupt, or are
rescued at the price of total control."
"Banks that loan to interests outside the loyal entourage are "audited"
by the Central Bank and found to be dangerously overextended. Just a
hint of insolvency from the respected Central Bank authorities is enough
to cause a run on the disobedient bank or at least dry up its vital
lines of credit. Soon the banking establishment learns to follow the
hints and nods of your father's agents at the Central Bank
"Our privileged specialists on the floors of our Exchanges, aided by the
propaganda of our financial press and brokerage houses, continually play
on naivete and greed to drain the savings of the unwary into our
coffers. The stock, commodi- ties, and securities held in trading
accounts by the Exchange and brokerage houses provides us with a clout
far beyond our own actual holdings with which we can manipulate prices
and win proxy fights for corporate takeovers."
"Little danger to our lucrative racket exists from public spirited
regulation. Our manipulations are so complex that only the most
brilliant experts could comprehend them. To most economists our Exchange
operations appear to be helpful efforts to "stabilize" the market. We
ruling bankers, if able to keep peace among ourselves, become richer and
richer as time passes without the annoyance of exerting productive
effort of benefit to others."
"The danger to our system clearly is not that the "people" will
spontaneously rise up and dispossess us. The "peo-ple" never initiate
anything. All successful movements are led from the top, usually without
the knowledge of the move- ment, by men like your father with vast
resources and brilliant plans. The real danger arises in the
upper-middle classes. Occasionally, these people make vast fortunes
through some brilliant technological innovation in their business or
through the favor of local politicians that escape our influence.
Because of their ignorance of the reality of our power, however, the new
rich usually fall easily into our hands. For instance, they seldom
realize until too late that the dozens of loans they may owe to
apparently independent banks can be called simultaneously with a mere
nod from your father. Graver danger is presented by those whose
enterprises are so successful as to be self-financing. Since the advent
of the corporate income tax truly self-financing corporations are
"Most disquieting is when these upstarts acquire the covert or open
support and advice of your father's major international antagonists.
This is par-ticularly dangerous in countries with long democratic
tradi-tions where it is difficult to make our arbitrary rulings stick."
" Real division of power between national, state, and local government
is dangerous to our system. When local politicians have real autonomy,
even in limited spheres, they can do much to enable upstarts to
challenge our power. Our program is to bring all levels of government
under our sway through such innovations as federal aid, revenue sharing,
high federal taxation, and regional government."
"In order to keep our valuable regulatory machinery in place and under
our control we must have the mass support of the numerous lower classes
against our vigorous, but scarce middle-class rivals. The best method is
to provide the lower classes with sub- sidies at the expense of the
middle class. This creates a mutual hatred that prevents the middle
class from appealing effectively to the lower classes for support. "
"In spite of their rebellious rhetoric, bought union leaders are the
source of our power over the manage- ment of firms with widely held
stock. Unions are the ultimate weapon for destroying otherwise
invulnerable, self-financing rivals. "
"In our dreams we have limitless resources and the people yield
themselves with perfect docility to our molding hands. The present
educational conventions fade from our minds, and unhampered by
tradition, we work our good will upon a grateful and respon sive rural
folk . . . The task we set before ourselves is a beautiful one, to train
these people as we find them to a perfectly ideal life just as they are.
So we will organize our children into a little community and teach them
to do in a perfect way the things their fathers and mothers are doing in
an imperfect way in the home, in shop, and on the farm."
-The objective of Rockefeller "philanthropies" stated by him and
Gates in Occasional Letter No. 1 of Rockefeller's General Education
"The primary purpose of public education is to inculcate the idea that
our crucial institutions of coercion and monopoly were created for the
public good by popular national heroes to blunt the past power of the
malefactors of great wealth. Crucial is to create the impression that,
although the people have been exploited in the past, today the wealthy
are at the mercy of an all- powerful government which is firmly in the
hands of the people or do-gooding liberals."
"Our contrived Left-Right spectrum which our compulsory education helps
to make universal is valuable in assuring that this charade does not get
out of hand. The Pollyannas in the middle are neither dangerous nor
useful in this endeavor. What is needed is a feeble, but persistent
right-conservatism to moderate and emasculate the liberal reforms.
Conserva- tives tend to resist all the advances in centralized
government power that we lead the liberals to see as necessary in order
to totally end the "undemocratic" power of money in society.....When
"liberal" reforms show signs of exceeding our intentions and actually
threaten to place our key institutions in the hands of the people, we
can always count on the conservatives to defend our power under the
illusion that they are defending the legitimate rights of
"free-enterprise capitalists." On the rare occasions when conservatives
call for subjecting our enterprises to laissez-faire competition, we can
count on the dominant liberal reformers to insist on more government
interference, unaware of our desire for such, in effect, self- administered regulation."
"The Right has such a fear of the Left's dream of democra tic
collectivism and the Left such a hatred for what it sees as the Right's
elitist, rugged individualism that there is little danger that they will
ever join forces to overturn our govern- ment-backed monopolies even
though we violate the ideals of both left and right."
"With our great influence in publishing and publicity we are able to,
selectively popularize educational theorists whose views are
incidentally beneficial, compa:h4le, or at least not in conflict with
our own goals."
"Liberal" education that stresses knowledge for its own sake or even
sophistry and sterile mental gymnastics is of no danger to us.
"Relevant," vocational, or career oriented education also poses no
danger to our power. Education that prepares students to accept a
cog-like existence in our military-industrial-social-welfare- regulation
complex is ideal. Progressive education with its stress on "social
adjustment" also produces the conformity we require of our subjects.
Emphasis on competitive sports may produce a certain amount of
disruptive competitiveness among the participants, but primarily has the
effect of creating life-long voyeuristic spectators who will enthusias
tically sublimate their competitiveness into endless hours of following
college and professional sports ... Space spectaculars and dramatic
political infighting are also marvelous diversions with which to occupy
"Anyone seeking social change will gravitate to the field of education.
Our strategy is simple: Let only those succeed whose influence would be
compa:h4le with our power. En-courage all who would develop the passive
or receptive mode of existence. Discourage all who promote the
aggressive or active capacities. Build a great cult of salvation through
end- less education, touting it as the "democratic" path to success.
Deride the frontal approach to success of the "outmoded'; rugged
"However, a trend toward rationality in human affairs plods along
inexorably quite outside the reach of our power. Only in our
totalitarian dictatorships can this trend be quashed entirely. In the
semi-open societies in which our money power is based, the forces of
reason can only be impeded and diverted. Some have theorized that,
eventually, widespread rational egoism will overturn our order. I am
confident that secular faiths and just plain confu-sion will suffice to
sustain our power for many centuries to come."
"Associations of the leading scholars, businessmen, writers,
religionists, artists, bureaucrats, newsmen, ideolo- gists, publishers,
broadcasters, and professional men as well as special interest groups
representing laborers, farmers, consumers, racial minorities, and so on
must be subtly kept under the broad limits of our sway. ... Leaders of
such groups are remark- ably quick to accept our rationalizations when
financial support is extended. We engage in outright bribery only as a
last resort, and then, only in extreme cases. Our long-range interests
are better served by temporarily postponing a policy victory than by
risking exposure of our power by at tempting outright bribery."
"As an example, if we decide that federal rather than state chartering
or licensing of corporations would further our control over the economy,
we would not simply order politicians and opinion leaders to support our
desires. Cor porations not relishing central control would be suspicious
that something was afoot and might expose our plot. Our strategy would
be as follows:
1. Sacrifice one of our less competent management teams in a
well-publicized corporate scandal in order to focus attention on the
"widespread problem of corporate corruption under current, lax
2. Through well-funded agents, thrust into the public-ity spotlight
intellectuals or groups who already support federal licensing as a
piecemeal step toward socialism. (One can find pre-existing supporters
for nearly any measure with sufficient effort.)
3. After the issue is before the public, offer to support through
foundations the "objective" study of the federal licensing proposals
being discussed with an eye toward proposing legislation. Often,
simultaneous support for studies by disreputable, irrational groups who
will oppose the proposal is useful as well. Provide no platform for
4. When a ground swell of support appears to be building provide the
interested lobbying organizations with plenty of funds to grease the
palms of politicians. The enactment of the federal licensing law thus
appears as the will of society. Last ditch opposition automa tically
appears mean spirited, obstructionist, reactionary, and paranoid,
serving only to discredit our opposition."
"Mediocrities are much more adapted to propagating our policy
rationalizations and less likely to detect and oppose our ulterior
motives. A power lusting mediocrity is not likely to judge his
benefactors too harshly or inquire diligently into the nature of the
power structure that brought him what he fears was undeserved success.
The vanity of even idealistic, committed humanitarians militates against
such a course."
"Classical secret societies with elaborate circles within circles no
longer play a major role in finance capitalist power structures. Most
wide membership secret societies have degenerated into middle class
excuses for escaping the wife and kids once a month for the company of
men. But secret societies were a major weapon of our bourgeoisie
forebearers in their struggle with the old feudal order of kings and
princes. Under authoritarian despotism of the old style, the secret
society was the only place a free thinking man could express himself.
Through threats of exposure, loyalty oaths, patronage, deception, and
rewards we bound such malcontents into a fierce force for our
revolution. The multitude of degrees, occult mumbo-jumbo, and vague
humanitarianism concealed the real goals of our secret societies from
the bulk of the membership. The roles of the "Illuminated" Masonic
Lodges in European revolutions were decisive in our final victory over
the old order."
"In our fully developed state-capitalist systems we have found absolute
control of governmental intelligence gathering and covert operations to
be vital....Neither nationalistic aspirations of races and peoples nor
ideological visions of intellectuals for humanity can be allowed to
pervert intelligence and covert operations. Our rationalizations, both
within the intelligence community and to the public at large, must be
diverse and flexible, but the intelligence community must further
without exception the inexorable goals we have set for humanity."
"No crisis is more serious for our Money Power than an attempt by a head
of government to assume personal control of intelligence and operations
or to by-pass existing agencies by setting up parallel ones. Such
intrusions must be met decisively. Although a contrived scandal to
remove the offending politician from office is the first line of
defense, we dare not shrink from assassination when necessary."
"Perhaps the most accurate overview of our intelligence community can be
achieved by visualizing it as a "nationalized secret society." Our
predecessors, in their struggle against the old order of kings and
princes, had to finance secret societies such as the Illuminati, Masons,
German Union, etc. out of their own pockets. ...How much easier it is
for us, the inheritors of a fully developed state- capitalist system! By
appealing to "national security" we are able to finance and erect secret
societies of a colossal scope, far beyond the wildest dreams of our path
breaking predecessors. Besides the benefits of public financing reaped
by these "nationalized secret societies," we obtain a decisive advantage
from the fact that these our "spook" operations are sanctioned by law."
"The future course of finance capitalism is difficult to predict. Our
empires are too fragile to risk all-out battles for supremacy among
ourselves. Our power would dissipate to second echelon wealthy during
the struggle. Yet we continue to chip away at rival empires on the
premise that offense is the best defense. On the other hand, purely
political leaders are helpless before our money power. When Caesars
arise, they are of our making."
"Perhaps our system will simply remain much as it is, secure on the
national level and disturbingly pluralistic at the international level,
until reason and egoism have developed among our populations to such an
extent that our occult technology of money power becomes obvious to all
who think and must yield to either anarchy or a more advanced form of
AFTERWORD BY THE TRANSCRIBER
Any resemblance of these characters to persons living or dead is purely
coincidental. Any resemblance of their meth-odology to that of real
ruling elites is purely intentional. The extent to which I represent or
exaggerate the self-conscious, intentional power technology of real
politico-economic rulers and their unity is for the reader to decide
after studying available empirical evidence.
"We are much beholden to Machiavelli and others, that write what men
do, and not what they ought to do.