March 2011

“FIRE IN THE MINDS OF MEN”

Dear Friend of Radio Liberty,

“In addition to the two American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, winding down to something not far short of defeat, the nation’s Capital is now writhing in fiscal crisis, the coin of the realm is losing creditworthiness, and longtime allies are now forging economic and even military ties to rival China.” Alfred W. McCoy and Brett Reilly. (1)

“In [1908], the [Carnegie Foundation] trustees, meeting for the first time, raised a specific question, which they discussed throughout the balance of the year in a very learned fashion. The question is: `Is there any means known more effective than war, assuming you wish to alter the life of an entire people?’ And they conclude that no more effective means than war to that end is known to humanity. So then, in 1909, they raised the second question and discussed it, namely: `How do we involve the United States in a war?’… [F]inally, they answered that question as follows: `We must control the State Department.’ That very naturally raises the question of how do we do that? And they answer it by saying: `We must take over and control the diplomatic machinery of this country.’

And, finally, they resolve to aim at that as an objective. Then time passes, and we are eventually in a war, which would be World War I. At that time they record on their minutes a shocking report in which they dispatched to President Wilson a telegram, cautioning him to see that the war does not end too quickly.” Katherine Casey’s report on the minutes of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 1908-1910. (2)

“Of all the enemies of true liberty, war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other.” James Madison:

James Madison wrote (1795): “War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force, of the people.

The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war, and in the degeneracy of manner and of morals, engendered in both.

No nation can preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.

War is in fact the true nurse of executive aggrandizement. In war, a physical force is to be created; and it is the executive will, which is to direct it.

In war, the public treasuries are to be unlocked; and it is the executive hand which is to dispense them.

In war, the honors and emoluments of office are to be multiplied; and it is the executive patronage under which they are to be enjoyed; and it is the executive brow they are to encircle.

The strongest passions and most dangerous weaknesses of the human breast; ambition, avarice, vanity, the honorable or venal love of fame, are all in conspiracy against the desire and duty of peace.” - James Madison, 1795. (3)

“You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power.” – Karl Marx to his disciples, 1851. (4)

“No nation can preserve its freedom in the midst of perpetual warfare,” warned James Madison, referring to the relatively limited variety of warfare that prevailed until the late 18th Century. Our ever-deepening economic crisis – the Great Unraveling of Washington’s Empire of Debt, Death, and Deceit – tragically validates that warning.

In our nation's robust republican youth, our currency was backed by precious metals, and our foreign policy was designed to promote and protect our national interests, while minimizing entanglements in the affairs of other nations. The foundation of the admittedly imperfect but still admirable republic was hard money and hard law: The latter circumscribing the appetites of rulers through abstract principle, the former providing a more tangible restraint.

Today, the dollar is a fiat currency backed only by the "full faith and credit" of the U.S. federal government, which in practice amounts to nothing more than force and fraud. And Washington’s foreign policy dictates endless involvement in nearly every existing conflict anywhere on the face of the globe. The republic is long dead, and the Empire is in its death throes. Its most likely heir as nominal global hegemon, the Beijing-led BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) consortium, is already preparing for the final destruction of the Empire’s fiat dollar as the global reserve currency. (5)

It’s important to understand that this is not a foreign attack on the dollar, as some have claimed; those who presume to rule us are the architects of our national destruction. The ruin of the dollar wasn’t arranged by the post-Maoist thugs in Beijing, the KGB-nurtured siloviki in Moscow, or the retread Marxists running governments in Brazil or South Africa; it is the result of nearly a century of official counterfeiting in the service of messianic statism.

The foundational fraud of our post-1913 imperial system is the dollar itself, an elaborately decorated scrap of paper that has been entirely decoupled from precious metals and is treated as legal tender only because the government requires people to accept it as such. In their indispensable book Empire of Debt (6), Bill Bonner and Addison Wiggin, observe that the creation of the Federal Reserve System, which is essentially the ruling elite's counterfeiting arm, was a necessary overture to our nation's formal initiation into imperial power politics--the decision to intervene in World War I.

This intergenerational larceny has a tangible impact on the living, since the ever-inflatable dollar has lost at least 95 percent of its value since the Fed was created in 1913. For a while it was possible to defer a day of reckoning, as Washington was able to export inflation overseas. In fact, our illusion of prosperity was akin to the eerie stillness before a tsunami: An outgoing tidal wave retreats from the shore, gathers strength, and then returns to demolish everything in its path. We’re just beginning to feel the initial destruction that will be wrought as the reciprocal tide of inflation reaches our shores.

Commenting on the antics of our ruling class, Bonner and Wiggin write: "It was as if the United States wanted to destroy itself - first by bankrupting its economy, and second by creating enemies all over the globe."

Unfortunately, most Americans have been willing to become party, to the deceptions on which this system depends.

"In America, all the restraints, inhibitions, and modesty of the Old Republic have been blown away by the prevailing winds of the new empire," write Bonner and Wiggin. "In their place has emerged a vainglorious system of conceit, deceit. debt, and delusion.... Americans believe they can get rich by spending someone else's money…. They believe that foreign countries actually want to be invaded and taken over. They believe they can run up debt forever, and that their debt-laden houses are as good as money in the bank."

For the privileged elite, the illusion continues – even as ordinary Americans are driven to despair by every visit to the gas station or grocery store.

As was the case in the former Soviet Union prior to the controlled collapse of the ruling Communist Party in 1991, America’s nomenklatura (or ruling elite) has arranged to siphon away most of the country’s wealth. Through the October Revolution of 2008, the “Takers” – the tax-consuming class – shrugged off the liability for several decades’ worth of politically protected fraud onto the shoulders of the “Makers” – those of us employed in the productive sector.

In the most recent version of a familiar and tiresome ritual, Washington narrowly averted what would supposedly be a catastrophic government shutdown by agreeing to a budget framework that would actually increase federal spending. Meanwhile, as Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi points out, behind the “official” federal government budget there is a “shadow budget” that is at least as large – and it is in this tenebrous realm that the Power Elite is conducting its world-historic plunder.

“After the financial crash of 2008, [the `shadow economy’] grew to monstrous dimensions, as the government attempted to unfreeze the credit markets by handing out trillions to banks and hedge funds,” observes Taibbi. “And thanks to a whole galaxy of obscure, acronym-laden bailout programs, it eventually rivaled the "official" budget in size — a huge roaring river of cash flowing out of the Federal Reserve to destinations neither chosen by the president nor reviewed by Congress, but instead handed out by fiat by unelected Fed officials using a seemingly nonsensical and apparently unknowable methodology.

Following decades of impunity, the criminal cartel called the Federal Reserve was forced to open its books for inspection, Taibbi continues, and what was found therein caused auditors to stand in slack-jawed stupefaction worthy of characters from a Tex Avery cartoon.

The accumulated “outrages and lunacies” detailed in the Federal Reserve’s loan portfolio, Taibbi writes, make it seem as if “someone sat down and made a list of every individual on earth who actually did not need emergency financial assistance from the United States government, and then handed them the keys to the public treasure. The Fed sent billions in bailout aid to banks in places like Mexico, Bahrain and Bavaria, billions more to a spate of Japanese car companies, more than $2 trillion in loans each to Citigroup and Morgan Stanley, and billions more to a string of lesser millionaires and billionaires with Cayman Islands addresses.”

Hoping to conceal their pilferage, the Federal Reserve and its criminal associates erected a dense thicket of bureaucratic buzzwords and arcane acronyms. Many people are familiar with the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP); fewer are acquainted with the Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility (TALF), which is an even more brazen enterprise in official plunder than TARP.

“Created just after Barack Obama's election in November 2008, the [TALF] program's ostensible justification was to spur more consumer lending, which had dried up in the midst of the financial crisis,” Taibbi reports. “But instead of lending directly to car buyers and credit-card holders and students — that would have been socialism! — the Fed handed out a trillion dollars to banks and hedge funds, almost interest-free. In other words, the government lent taxpayer money to the same [miscreants] who caused the crisis, so that they could then lend that money back out on the market virtually risk-free, at an enormous profit.”

“Cue your Billy Mays voice, because wait, there's more!” Taibbi elaborates. “A key aspect of TALF is that the Fed doles out the money through what are known as non-recourse loans. Essentially, this means that if you don't pay the Fed back, it's no big deal. The mechanism works like this: Hedge Fund Goon borrows, say, $100 million from the Fed to buy crappy loans, which are then transferred to the Fed as collateral. If Hedge Fund Goon decides not to repay that $100 million, the Fed simply keeps its pile of crappy securities and calls everything even. This is the deal of a lifetime. Think about it: You borrow millions, buy a bunch of crap securities and stash them on the Fed's books. If the securities lose money, you leave them on the Fed's lap and the public eats the loss. But if they make money, you take them back, cash them in and repay the funds you borrowed from the Fed.”(5)

This is corporate socialism of an unusually pure variety: Risks are subsidized, profits are privatized, and losses are socialized. Even without directly imposing a tax increase, the Fed is redistributing wealth from the lower and middle class into the hands of the criminal elite; it is doing so by stealing the value of everything we earn and save through inflation.

The behavior of the domestic Robber State is one manifestation of Regime’s full-spectrum rapacity. The U.S. government has been at war, almost constantly, since 1898. As Madison warned, this has meant perpetual debt, and unremitting taxation, as well as the metastasizing growth of the executive branch. It also meant creation, in 1913, of the two despicable institutions that serve as the binary system around which revolve all of the satellite institutions of official plunder – the Federal Reserve, and the IRS. Both of those unspeakably vile organizations are derived from Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto – and, as Marx would doubtless note with satisfaction, were he not emptying Judas’s bedpans in hell, they were conjured into existence by people pursuing a social revolution through perpetual war.

The war paradigm with which Madison was familiar was one in which professional militaries would contend at a strict reserve from civilian populations, sparing non-combatants and most of society’s productive capacity.

True, that standard was violated on many occasions. The Thirty Years’ War that ulcerated Europe in the 17th Century saw massacres of the helpless and similar depredations on such a scale that in 1648 the leaders of the newly formed European nation-states devised the Peace of Westphalia, which was intended to codify Christian-inspired rules of conduct in warfare. (5) Principles of that kind to which Madison and the other framers paid homage when they referred to “the laws of nations” in Article One, Section 8 of the United States Constitution. Similarly, by giving Congress sole power to commit the U.S. government to war, Madison and his colleagues sought to chain the dogs of war, in order to preserve the liberties and prosperity of Americans against the ambitions of those who would seek to aggrandize themselves through war.

Madison’s 1795 warning was timely then, and seems eerily prescient today. Even as the words were formed by Madison’s pen, a different and deadlier doctrine of warfare was being pioneered in Revolutionary France – the total mobilization of society by a totalitarian ruling vanguard claiming a mission to “emancipate” the world through aggressive violence.

It was in the French Revolution, notes Dr. David A. Bell of Johns Hopkins University, that the doctrine of “total war” was devised and first put into practice during the period of 1792-1815 – that is, the period beginning with the Great Terror, and ending with Waterloo and the Congress of Vienna. (6) The “Wars of Revolution and Empire” involved not only invasions of France’s neighbors, but also the slaughter of the refractory Christians of La Vendee – a department of devout Catholics who refused to surrender their children as conscripts to serve in the impious armies of the Jacobin regime .(7)

“The city of Lyons shall be destroyed,” announced the revolutionary Committee on Public Safety on October 12, 1792, after the Jacobins seized control of that Royalist stronghold. The population was systematically disarmed, revolutionary “tribunals” were established to identify those worthy of summary execution, and paramilitary police (actually, street criminals armed and paid by the regime) were deployed to hunt down “counter-revolutionaries.” (8) Redistribution of wealth at bayonet point was a conspicuous part of the program, as well: “Every habitation of the rich shall be demolished there shall remain only the homes of the poor, the houses of the patriots who have been led astray or proscribed.”

All of this is quite familiar to students of modern “wars of liberation” as fought by Soviet Russia and their proxies – and, increasingly, as carried out by the socialist clique infesting Washington, D.C.

The Jacobin regime eventually wouldn’t settle for anything less than annihilating its enemies outright: “The name of Lyons shall be effaced from the list of cities of the Republic…. On the ruins of Lyon shall be raised a column attesting to posterity the crimes and the punishment of the royalists of the city, with this inscription: `Lyons made war on Liberty. Lyons is no more.’” (9)

The “Liberty” referred to in that cynical pronouncement, of course, meant “freedom” from the tenets of Christian civilization – the “freedom” to submit to the supposedly enlightened beings using mass murder and terror to forge a new order built on explicit rebellion to God’s law, and aggressive disregard for individual rights.

By 1795 – the year James Madison warned about the destructive consequences of “perpetual warfare,” Revolutionary France was pioneering the science of modern genocide in its campaign against the valiant Vendeans. The patently demonic bloodlust of the Jacobin junta actually provoked the condemnation of some of its allies – who were committed to revolutionary violence in principle, but hindered by basic decency when the time came to put it into practice.

“As early as 1795, the proto-Communist agitator Gracchus Babeuf accused the Revolutionary government of `turning the scythe of death against the totality of the Vendean race’ and called its representative in Nantes, Jean-Baptise Carrier, `populicidal,’” recalls Dr. Bell. (10) The term “populicide” is a forerunner to R.J. Rummel’s expression “democide” – the mass murder of entire populations by governments ruling them.

Carrier, who was essentially the head of the Jacobin regime’s secret police, was one of the most loathsome figures in recorded history. In The Unsleeping Eye: Secret Police and Their Victims, (11) Australian historian Robert J. Stove points out that "Carrier cultivated such pastimes as repeatedly flinging himself on the floor, 'howling and snapping like a madman,' and committing mass infanticide (he called children 'little whelps ... they must be butchered without mercy') by ordering the shooting and clubbing to death of five hundred peasant boys and girls."

Carrier and his troops filled prisons throughout Nantes to capacity with men, women, and children. Some jails were so tightly packed that many perished from asphyxiation. Typhus and other diseases claimed many more. Carrier invoked the lack of prison space as evidence that Nantes suffered from "overpopulation," thereby providing a pretext to implement some of the Revolution's schemes for "depopulation." "We will make France graveyard, rather than not regenerate it in our own way," he proclaimed.

One of Carrier's most fiendishly inventive programs for "regeneration" was the noyade -- mass drowning of prisoners conducted in the Loire River. In Citizens, (12) his comprehensive narrative of the French Revolution, British historian Simon Schama recalls:

“Holes were punched in the sides of flat-bottomed barges below the waterline, over which wooden planks were nailed to keep the boats temporarily afloat. Prisoners were put in with their hands and feet tied and the boats pushed into the center of the river to catch the current. The executioner-boatmen then broke or removed the planks and made haste to jump into boats that were alongside, while the victims helplessly watched the water rise above them.”

Carrier's sadistic troops called these mass drownings "Republican baptisms." Occasionally this ritualized mass murder was accompanied by "Republican marriages," in which male and female victims were stripped and tied together before being sent to the river's bottom. "We are packing all these rogues into boats which we then send to the bottom," gloated one Republican leader. "In truth, if these brigands complained that they were dying of hunger, they at least cannot complain that we are now letting them die of thirst."

Charles Philippe Henri Ronsin, a prominent Republican revolutionary, "proposed systematic 'depopulation,' with the 'brigands' deported and dispersed throughout France or sent to Madagascar," relates Schama. "In their place legions of 'pure' French colonists would settle the country and breed families untainted by [the Vendeans'] crime." Apparently considering this scheme as too humane, Carrier drew up plans for chemical warfare - depositing arsenic in wells across the Vendee. Jean Antoine, a member of the ultra-radical Paris Commune, presented an even more sophisticated program for mass murder: He asked a distinguished chemist to explore the possibility of using "mines, gassings, or other means to be able to destroy ... or asphyxiate the enemy" in the Vendee.

The campaign of “depopulation” in Revolutionary France is the distant but unmistakable ancestor of the totalitarian systems of democide that incarnadined the pages of 20th Century history with the blood of at least 170,000,000 people. The Satanic gospel promoted by the Jacobins and their allies and ideological progeny – the “worship of collective human power” through the State, as Arnold Toynbee described it – is the official creed of the Brotherhood of Darkness controlling the government that rules us.

We’re occasionally given a candid glimpse of that creed, as when former President George W. Bush, in a fit of enraptured self-approval, used his second inaugural address to describe the disastrous wars he began in Afghanistan and Iraq as growing out of “the great liberating tradition of this nation… By our efforts, we have lit a fire as well — a fire in the minds of men. It warms those who feel its power, it burns those who fight its progress, and one day this untamed fire of freedom will reach the darkest corners of our world.” (16)

As Librarian of Congress James H. Billington documented in a book taking the phrase as its title (17), the expression “Fire in the Minds of Men” is derived directly from the same anti-Christian vision of political redemption through mass bloodshed that began in France’s Revolutionary Terror.

The “fire” spoken of by Bush is not the “sacred fire of liberty” invoked by George Washington; it is the work of ideological incendiaries who have set the world on fire in the hope of destroying everything that makes decent and civilized life possible. They have set entire nations aflame; they have vaporized immeasurable volumes of honestly earned wealth; they have put entire populations to the torch – and their lust for destruction is not sated.

In their arrogance, the Brotherhood of Darkness pretends not to know that there is a cleansing fire of a different kind that they will face someday. May God hasten that day – and strengthen our resolve to live by His law, as our nation endures what may be its terminal crisis.

Clarification:

In the previous installment of the Radio Liberty Newsletter, I misattributed a source regarding the CIA’s role in bringing Muamar Ghadaffi to power in Libya. Eric Margolis, the widely respected foreign correspondent (who interviewed the Libyan despot in person on several occasions, including a visit just days after the U.S. air strike in 1986) has written a great deal on the CIA’s role in elevating Ghadaffi and fortifying his hold on power. Here are two key citations:

“Back in 1969, Britain ran oil-rich Libya through a puppet ruler, King Idriss. The U.S. coveted Libya's oil. So the CIA mounted a coup against Idris and helped into power an unknown officer, Moammar Khadaffy. But instead of being a puppet, the eccentric Khadaffy emerged as an ardent Arab nationalist” --

“Rehabilitating Communists and Khadaffy” (May 22, 2006)

http://www.lewrockwell.com/margolis/margolis31.html

“In the late 1970's, CIA sent [Edwin] Wilson and [Frank] Terpil to Libya to covertly strengthen the regime of Muammar Khadaffi. Washington planned to use the fiery Libyan leader as its strongman in North Africa, just as it was using longtime CIA `asset' Anwar Sadat in Egypt.” Edwin Wilson: America’s Man in the Iron Mask” (November 10, 2003) http://www.bigeye.com/111003.htm

REFERENCES

1. “Empire on the Rocks: Washington’s Autocrats, Aristocrats, and Thugs are Falling,” Alfred W. McCoy and Brett Reilly, TomDispatch.com, April 24, 2011.
2. Transcript of video interview of Norman Dodd by G. Edward Griffin, accessible at http://www.realityzone.com/hiddenagenda2.html
3. James Madison, “Political Observations,” April 20, 1795; compiled in Letters and Other Writings of James Madison Vol. IV (Kessenger Publishing, 2010), pg. 491.
4. Karl Marx, as quoted in Otto Ruhle, Karl Marx: His Life and Work (New York: Viking Press, 1928), pg. 17.
5. See the “Sanya Declaration,” as published by the official Chinese news service at http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2011-04/14/c_13829453_9.htm
6. See Bill Bonner and Addison Wiggin, Empire of Debt: The Rise of an Epic Financial Crisis (Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, 2006).
7. “The Real Housewives of Wall Street,” Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone, April 12, 2011.
8. See “Sovereignty, International Law, and the Triumph of Anglo-American Cunning,” by Joseph Stromberg, Journal of Libertarian Studies, Vol. 18 no. 4 (Fall 2004).
9. David A Bell, The First Total War (New York and Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2007), pg. 51.
10. See generally William H. Carroll, The Guillotine and the Cross (Manassas, Virginia: Trinity Communications, 1987), particularly Chapter Seven, “The Abolition of Christianity.”
11. Sir Archibald Alison, History of Europe from the Commencement of the French Revolution in MDCCLXXXIX, Vol. II (Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1853), pg. 334.rroll, pg. 128.
12. Bell, pg. 158.
13. See generally Robert J. Stove, The Unsleeping Eye: Secret Police and Their Victims (New York: Encounter Books, 2003). Ironically, Encounter Books has long been used as a publishing front by the CIA.
14. See generally Simon Schama, Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution (New York: Vintage Books, 1990).
15. See “W and Dostoyevsky” by Justin Raimondo, AntiWar.com, January 21, 2005; archived at http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2005/01/21/w-and-dostoevsky/
16. James H. Billington, Fire in the Minds of Men: Origins of the Revolutionary Faith (New York: Transaction, 1999).

Contributed by William Grigg

The Brotherhood of Darkness toppled the dictatorial regimes in Egypt and Tunisia, fomented the bloody revolt in Libya, financed the violent uprising in Syria, and promoted the unrest that exists in Algeria, Morocco, Jordan, Oman, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia today. What is their goal? I believe the BOD is trying to unite the Moslem nations, and incite World War III. Will they succeed? Only God knows the answer to that question because:

Back of all that foes have plotted, Back of all that Saints have planned,
Back of schemes by men or demons moves a higher, Hidden Hand.

Barbara and I appreciate your faithful prayers and loyal support.

Yours in Christ,

Stanley Monteith


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