by Heather Gray
November 10, 2016
“Don’t mourn – organize!” In 1915 labor activist and song writer Joe Hill gave all of us this mandate. It especially applies now after the 2016 US presidential election. And under the circumstances there are huge opportunities for Americans. The demonstrations have already started. It’s a good thing. The American democracy is being more energized in the past year than I’ve seen in years and increasingly so since the election on November 8. We should be encouraged rather than depressed. There are great opportunities here. We need to keep it up. Here’s why!
To win his vote, Trump made use of what is referred to as the George Wallace “southern strategy” that utilizes race as a mobilizing factor and virtually anti-everything along with denigrating women. All of these sentiments are problematic in America yet, in some ways, however painful, having them come to the surface is a way to address them. We need to do precisely that! And they are white supremacy, anti-Islamic attitudes, anti- immigrant, misogyny and every other negative sentiment coming from Trump that seems to spout from him ad infinitum.
Understanding the presidential election? Below are four scenarios regarding this. It’s about a reaction to secret society interference (believe it or not). It’s about job loss and the marginalization of the white working class. It’s about the Democrats and Republicans being complicit in neoliberal economic policies that are largely elitist, racist and immoral. It’s about how Americans can and should react. Yes, I know some of this sounds conspiratorial yet the reality of it all relates to opportunities for Americans to respond in mass.
In my opinion, the vote on November 8 was not so much a vote for Trump or against Clinton. It was a vote against the political establishment in America developed since after WWII that was very much like the Brexit vote in Britain – and this is the case even though many of the voters are probably not aware of the underbelly of it all. This has been intentional by the powers that be. They don’t want us to know. It’s time for all of us to learn and to challenge them!
Secret Societies: Primarily the Bilderberg Group
Loss of American jobs is major regarding election issue concerns and international politics also plays a role. There are entities behind the scenes that we are not informed about – as mentioned, they don’t want us to know! You are simply not going to learn about this in the major corporate media as they are complicit in it all!
After the Second World War we saw, importantly, a response by world leaders and the world’s leading capitalists to collaborate so that, they hoped, there would be an end to World Wars. The goal in itself was commendable but there are problems with this model regarding both representation and goals of some of the groups that evolved. Some of these groups in question are largely about the government and the corporate elite attempting to control us all, largely for the benefit of the wealthy – the infamous 1%. To say this is undemocratic is an understatement.
Some of these groups are worse than others. And I need to add that, in my opinion, bringing people together to collaborate and discuss problems and solutions is, on the whole, a good thing, but not if the representation is biased and the solutions are oppressive to those who have had no say in the deliberations. And that is precisely what has happened since the end of WWII.
Examples of these collaborations after WWII are the United Nations, created in 1945 and based in New York which, to me, is largely a relevant institution. Then there is the excessively secret “Bilderberg Group” created in 1954 in the Netherlands. This was followed by the “Club of Rome” created in 1968 in Rome, Italy.
I will be referring primarily to the Bilderberg Group.
While I am providing more details about Bilderberg below, regarding the United States in this international “cabal”, both Republican and Democratic leaders have had involvement along with leading corporate representatives and major media. The participation in Bilderberg, however, is severely lacking in labor or working class representation and/or none at all. Black representation has been dismal.
Bilderberg is rather a capitalist cesspool for control of the world to then transfer money from the poor to the wealthy; rid the world of the middle class and therefore have only the poor and the wealthy classes – a feudal model you might say; and to throw away sovereign governments and the democratic model overall. (I encourage you to read Stephen Lendman’z review of Daniel Estulin’s book”The True Story of the Bilderberg Group” and What They May Be Planning Now“)
Estulin states that in 1954, “the most powerful men in the world met for the first time” in Oosterbeek, Netherlands, “debated the future of the world,” and decided to meet annually in secret. They called themselves the Bilderberg Group with a membership representing a who’s who of world power elites, mostly from America, Canada, and Western Europe with familiar names like David Rockefeller, Henry Kissinger, Bill Clinton, Gordon Brown, Angela Merkel, Alan Greenspan, Ben Bernanke, Larry Summers, Tim Geithner, Lloyd Blankfein, George Soros, Donald Rumsfeld, Rupert Murdoch, other heads of state, influential senators, congressmen and parliamentarians, Pentagon and NATO brass, members of European royalty, selected media figures, and invited others – some quietly by some accounts like Barack Obama and many of his top officials.
Always well represented are top figures from the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), IMF, World Bank, Trilateral Commission, EU, and powerful central bankers from the Federal Reserve, the ECB’s Jean-Claude Trichet, and Bank of England’s Mervyn King (The True Story of the Bilderberg Group” and What They May Be Planning Now“).
The Bilderberg Group has its annual meeting in various parts of the world and, in particular, has played a central role in contemporary neoliberal economic trade agreements such as the European Union and NAFTA. Its theme is, apparently, to “bolster a consensus around free market Western capitalism and its interests around the globe” (Wikipedia),
It is also inferred that they don’t want us to know anything about what they do:
The Bilderberg Group’s chief fear is organized resistance. Members do not want the common people of the world to figure out at they are planning for the world’s future: mainly, a One World Government (World Company) with a single, global marketplace, policed by one world army, and financially regulated by one “World Bank” using one global currency (World Traveler).
As Geoffrey Pike has noted regarding Bilderberg:
While this is a powerful group, we should not delude ourselves that they run the world. Or if they do run the world, it is our own fault for allowing it to happen.
How can a group of 130 people possibly control 7 billion people on the planet? Even if there are 10,000 people in this inner circle, even with the vast amounts of wealth, there is no way they can control billions of people. They can only control us to the degree that we consent to it (Wealth Daily).
Pike is correct, of course, but first we’ve needed to know who they are and what they’re doing so that we can challenge and change all of this. We’re learning!
Job Loss – a “War” on the Workers
Regarding the recent election, a major issue we need to face in America is the marginalization of the white working class that has always been used by the elite as a way to keep wages down by competing with others be they black or brown or yellow. It’s said the white working class were the ones who voted for Trump because of their loss of jobs and lack of support and attention from the Republican and Democratic parties establishment.
The white working class is, in fact, one of the most marginalized groups in America. It’s also been said years ago that the United States overall was becoming like the South writ large which means no unions, marginalization of workers overall, and control by the largely white corporate elite of virtually everyone for their own benefit. The international trade policies have used this model as well. International trade, then, is also like the South writ large.
We’ve had periodic episodes in America of examples of whites and blacks working together for economic advancement such as the populist period after the end of Reconstruction in late 1800s and the Southern Tenants Farmers Union in the 1930s. The capitalist elite doesn’t like this and have done what they can to undermine these efforts and to prevent them, so these collaborations are obviously important and threatening. The corporate elite doesn’t like this? This means we should be developing these collaborations yet again as they are obviously important for significant change!
It is also wisely noted that many in the US are concerned about loss of jobs and the de-industrialization of the US thanks largely to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). NAFTA afforded opportunities for American industry to take advantage of low wage areas in Mexico leading to a trend that sent American industry to other countries as well for cheap labor. The complaint by the working class about this exploitation is certainly not unreasonable and both Republicans and Democrats supported free trade overall and therefore have not protected worker rights. Both parties are complicit. This has been true with Reagan, the Bush’s, Clinton and Obama.
Regarding neoliberal economic policies and free trade agreements, I need to start with this statement from Lendman’s article:
Arkansas governor Bill Clinton…attended (the Bilderberg conference) in 1991. “There, David Rockefeller told (him) why the North American Free Trade Agreement….was a Bilderberg priority and that the group needed him to support it. The next year, Clinton was elected president,” and on January 1, 1994 NAFTA took effect (The True Story of the Bilderberg Group” and What They May Be Planning Now“).
Yes, Bill Clinton was given the directive about implementing NAFTA from Rockefeller of all people – one of the founders of Bilderberg!
I can remember when the European Union (EU) was organizing in its last phase. Compared to NAFTA, the EU negotiators made sure that before European countries joined the EU that they had developed protections for labor. This was simply not done with NAFTA negotiations for the benefit of American or Mexican workers – both have suffered as a result.
With NAFTA, some 700,000 American jobs were lost and the “bargaining power” of American workers was undermined considerably. In fact, when American corporations realized they could move to Mexico for cheap labor they were threatening US workers with comments like, “”If you vote in a union, we will move south of the border”… The result has been 20 years of stagnant wages and the upward redistribution of income, wealth and political power….” (Economic Policy Institute).
This was how American workers were introduced and forced into the “neoliberal global labor market” and they are not happy which is understandable.
I might add that workers in America are not taking all this oppression sitting down. This is partly a reflection of what happened in the Trump election. Even if Americans are not told about Bilderberg and neoliberal economic policies overall, they are getting the picture. They have realized that the so-called establishment has not worked in their interests and they are right.
Democrats and Republicans are Complicit and How Americans Can React:
“Don’t Mourn – Organize”
Both the Republicans and the Democrats hold the same establishment politics and are basically of the same club! They both have an enthusiasm in protecting corporate interests at the expense of workers although they always try to mask their intent. What is encouraging here is that American voters selected an individual for president – Trump – who is largely not of that mix in establishment politics but has nevertheless an outrageous record regarding fairness toward his workers. I might add that, according to Geoffrey Pike, the Bilderberg Group does not like Trump because he is more a nationalist than a globalist.
In many ways it was a wise decision for Americans to vote against the establishment. Not because of Trump and his projected policies and dreadful attitudes but because the people have responded with outrage at what has been happening for decades regarding their jobs and the demise of the American industrial infrastructure. Enough is enough!!!
As mentioned, both the Republicans and the Democrats have been complicit in it all and in helping to shift our hard earned dollars into the coffers of the wealthy elite – the so-called 1%.
Supporters of Trump should be skeptical, however, that he cares anything about worker rights. He has never demonstrated this in his own businesses. If anything he has been abusive of workers.
So that being said, the American people need to claim their democracy and not allow Trump or the likes of a secret elite group like Bilderberg to determine anything without representation of the people – all of the people! And/or maybe the Bilderberg Group should be abolished, declared illegal because of its undemocratic activities and/or brought before the International Criminal Court for abuses against the world’s people.
Americans should not to allow an elite like Trump to determine much of anything, without oversight by the people. Trump will need to be educated or forced to do what is necessary on a consistent basis. As Franklin Roosevelt said essentially, ‘You want me to do something? Come to Washington and make me do it!’ We did not, regrettably, do that with Obama! This needs to change in this new administration.
While America, thankfully, finally installed a black president in 2008, Barack Obama is also, unfortunately, a part of that Democratic “Bilderberg thinking” establishment. He has attended some of their meetings. His policies reflect Bilderberg ideas.
It seemed as if demonstrations and demands by activists in America almost came to a grinding halt with the Obama administration. This was likely primarily because he was the first black president. During his administration, activists did not go to Washington or in their own communities to demonstrate to a significant degree or make their demands on a consistent basis. They gave him a pass. There was never enough critique of his policies and organizing against some of what he was doing, even though I know many of the youth who supported him were often disappointed.
This needs to change. In a democracy, the leaders are supposed to represent the people and are supposed to serve at the behest of the people. But the “people” also have a responsibility to make their demands known with those they have elected.
Americans, for example, did not demonstrate to any significant degree when Obama invaded Afghanistan. They did not demonstrate when he started using drones in the Middle East. They did not demonstrate when he went after “whistle-blowers”. They did not demonstrate when he was deporting immigrants. They did not demonstrate when he held his meeting in DC with African leaders and corporate America to, essentially, further exploit Africa. They did not demonstrate when he chose not to attempt to create a Universal Health Care System but rather have one owned, designed and controlled by corporate America. And these are but a few examples.
Mind you, I know in all of the above there was critique and occasional demonstrations but not to the degree that should have been the case.
If we expect to maintain a degree of freedom in America we cannot stop activism. In anything, it needs to be increased.
What is becoming a reality now is a critique of Trump along with demonstrations and a renewed activism – thankfully. The protests have already started against Trump. We need to keep it up.But we also need to make demands on what we want for freedom, for justice, for a reclaiming of a people’s democracy such as: anti-war policies; dismantling as much as possible the military industrial complex; announcing to the world that “Black Lives Matter” and making changes recommended by the movement’s platform; developing a new black and white populist movement for economic justice in America; getting rid of GMOs; beginning to produce organic food in our cities on a mass scale – a “just” people oriented agricultural system; protecting and forming more unions and protecting collective bargaining rights; demanding a strengthening the Voting Rights Act and ending the “cross-checking” policy that has taken many people of color off the voting rolls; going after the “southern strategy” issue of race and anti-humanity sentiments as expressed by Trump; protecting women’s rights and Roe v Wade; protecting and increasing the funding of Planned Parenthood; protesting against any conservative Supreme Court justice appointment; once again teaching civics in our public schools so that our children understand what democracy and people’s rights are about; on and on. Also, in that Bilderberg’s fear is “organized resistance”, that is precisely what we need to do – organize our resistance against the arrogance and abuse of this elite group.
I know there are thousands of recommendations! What are yours??? All of these opportunities are front and center right now and I know we can and will take them on!!!!
The demonstrations have intensified and this is a good thing. Perhaps one of the major goals should be to take back the US House of Representatives in two years with “progressive” Democrats or with a new “progressive” third party that will dismantle the Republican based Tea Party in Congress.
Anyway….let’s do it. This is our opportunity!!! The time is now!!!