The factors that determine social class vary widely from one society to another with different people or groups within society having very different ideas about what makes one “higher” or “lower” in the social hierarchy.
A complete discussion of social class is beyond the scope of this article, and I want to instead focus on the most basic class distinction: that is, between the powerful and the powerless, and how the conflict is waged on the political, social, economic, and spiritual fronts.
Perhaps Manfred Davidmann summarized the struggle between the classes best…
“What we see all around us is conflict between authoritarian minds wishing to dominate, control and exploit on the one hand and, on the other hand, citizens wishing to maintain and improve the standard of living and quality of life for the population as a whole by democratic (grassroots level) decision-taking.”
Again I looked and saw all the oppression that was taking place under the sun: I saw the tears of the oppressed— and they have no comforter; power was on the side of their oppressors— and they have no comforter. [Ecclesiastes 4:1]
Throughout history, mankind has witnessed authoritarians who only want to dominate, control and exploit the population.
Social classes with more power usually subordinate classes with less power, while attempting to cement their own power positions in society. The first such oppressor and mentor to those that have followed was Satan in the Garden of Eden. Some notable followers would include the Pharaoh of Egypt, numerous Roman Emperors, Louis XIV of France, Peter the Great, Joseph Stalin, and Adolph Hitler.
Sometimes it’s not the individual tyrant but the system to which they are beholden to.
In America, for example, there have been a long string of wanna-be oppressors in the past 100 years all obliged to the same corrupt system. Individual presidents such as Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama stand out among those who wish to dominate, control and exploit the citizens of America. While they have not yielded the power individually like a Pharaoh or Hitler, they have each acted to forward the cause of the ruling class to dominate, control and exploit.
Donald Trump popularized the notion that the system is rigged during his Presidential campaign in 2016, and it is. It’s not really a new notion as many people have known of the rigging for years. I’ve been writing about it here in the Jeremiah Project and elsewhere for the past twenty years. And, I believe most people have a visceral understanding of the rigging, only not knowing how to express it.
It seems clear to me there is an elite ruling class in America without allegiance to either political party and entrenched in the corporate, academic, religious, and media centers that influence policies that affect all Americans and exert control of the outcomes of most social and political realities. Events in recent years have been exposing the agenda with incontrovertible evidence and now some people are waking up to its facts.
Next, I would like to explore some of the strategies used by those wanting to control and dominate the masses.
Divide and Rule – or – Divide and Conquer
This ancient strategy has been used by authoritarians throughout history to gain power over their subjects.
It is the breaking up of larger concentrations of power into pieces that individually have less power than the one implementing the strategy. It is designed to prevent smaller groups from linking up, causing rivalries and fomenting discord among the people.
And, it is one of the major features of cultural marxism used to dominate American society today.
As an example, when the women’s movement began to gain momentum and presented problems to the entrenched elite, a way had to be found to neutralize the power of the women’s movement. Women who join together and fight for common causes such as child care, health care and education are a formidable force. To keep such a powerful force from taking over government, the “think tanks” created the solution…divide and conquer. Turn women against each other and they will never be able to become a powerful political force. The method they chose to divide and conquer the growing women’s movement was abortion. [Alexander James, The Hidden History of Money]
Consider, the “divide and conquer” strategy pursued by Barack Obama. He has popularized the Marxist philosophy of the redistribution of wealth as he has pitted the “oppressed” lower class against the “privileged” upper class. He would have you believe that rich people flying around on their corporate jets are responsible for starving little old ladies and denying our children basic health care.
His rhetoric of fear and dishonest statements about just about everything is classic doublespeak. For example, he says he wants everyone to “pay their fair share,” yet ignores the fact that 51% of American households pay NO income tax at all, the top 1% of American rich people pay nearly 40% of the income taxes, and the top 5% pays 59% of the income taxes. If he really wants to be “fair”, he would demand that the 51% of non-taxpaying taxpayers cough up their fair share and reduce the unfair burden on the top 5% of taxpayers. The fact is, his reasoning doesn’t make sense because it’s not supposed to make sense. What he really wants is a transformational change in the fabric of American society, one more closely resembling Socialism, or as President Bill Clinton said in 1997, “We are redefining in practical terms the immutable ideals that have guided us from the beginning.”
Obama has successfully accomplished what Al Gore spoke about in the 1988 presidential campaign, “Everything that should be up is down, and everything that should be down is up.” He has turned everything upside down. Talk to any devoted dumbed down Obamanoid miscreant and you’ll discover they speak another language; like talking to creature from another planet.
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! – Isaiah 5:20
The American people must wake up immediately and realize that the “Labels” applied to them are merely a way of dividing and conquering. Today, we see this divide and conquer strategy being used in every part of our lives; gender, sexual orientation, family, race, culture, and religion. Every aspect of a person’s identity is to be questioned. Every norm or standard within society challenged and ideally altered in order to benefit supposedly oppressed groups.
- Have’s vs have nots
- Oppressors vs oppressed
- Those with privilege vs those without it
- Majority vs minority
- Heterosexual vs transgender
- White vs black or hispanic
- Men vs women
- Christian vs non-Christian
Thus, we see cultural marxists promoting those they consider oppressed and labeling those who oppose them as racist, sexist, misogynist, homophobic, xenophobic, or Islamophobic. Instead of bringing Americans together with a shared vision, the Club of Rome influenced Obama has driven a wedge of discontent and mistrust in the ordering of class structure in America.
In most cases, if you were to take two people divided by whatever “label” they’ve been assigned and discuss with them what is really important to them, you’d likely discover they are not really all that different from yourself. Most people want a safe environment for their families, they all want a way of making money to support our families, and we all want to pursue happiness. If we would set aside the divisive hot topics that define our differences and stop fighting one another, we could all turn our attention to the system that has pitted us against one another and benefits from our fighting one another. We really have much more in common with each another than we have with those wanting to dominate and control us. We have a fundamental shared enemy: collectivism.
The Cloward–Piven strategy is a political strategy outlined in 1966 by American sociologists and political activists Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven that called for overloading the U.S. public welfare system in order to precipitate a crisis that would lead to a replacement of the welfare system with a national system of “a guaranteed annual income and thus an end to poverty”.
Examples of the Cloward-Piven strategy in action include:
- Illegal Immigration. The flooding of America’s Southwest border with thousands of illegal-alien children seeking government handouts and citizenship is an example of the implementation of the Cloward-Piven strategy of transforming America into a socialist state.
- The 2008 financial meltdown. The run-up to the 2008 financial meltdown and the accompanying recession was driven by the Community Reinvestment Act, which was eventually toughened to the point of effectively compelling banks to make trillions of dollars in mortgage loans to objectively unqualified buyers. “Government-sponsored enterprises” Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac made the problem exponentially worse by systematically deceiving the securities markets and their shareholders about the underlying quality of loans they purchased from mortgage lenders. As a result, we now have Dodd-Frank, the completely unaccountable Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a mortgage lending market where even the simplest transaction takes several months to complete, and a home-building industry seemingly destined to indefinitely remain a shadow of its former self.
- Record deficits and national debt buildup. The roughly $6 trillion in deficits rung up during Obama’s presidency, along with a nearly $7 trillion increase in the national debt, have the financial system again on the verge of implosion.
- Obamacare. The Affordable Care Act’s hopelessly incompetent roll-out, ongoing management nightmares and constantly changing arbitrary rules appear to have been concocted to impose utter chaos on the health care system and ultimately to bring about a single-payer, i.e., government-run, system.
False Left/Right Paradigm
To say this appetite to dominate, control and exploit is only epitomized by the Democratic party would be incorrect. Both parties, left and right, have fundamentally the same agenda and have both acted on that agenda in recent years to expand the size and scope of a centralized government, impugn our founding documents (the U.S. Constitution and it’s Bill of Rights), and to enslave Americans with a monstrous debt that can never be repaid while handing over the wealth of America to offshore banks and financial interests.
In this struggle, the Democrats and Republicans are united against the American people.
Also not beyond the realm of possibility would be for the Establishment to trigger (or simply do nothing to prevent) the collapse of the monetary and banking systems in a full-blown depression, coupled with acts of aggression (so-called “preemptive strikes”) by the General Government’s armed forces overseas that ignite a world war. Properly managed, a depression and world war would result in massive redistribution of real wealth from common Americans to the Establishment and its clients, while the victims found themselves so severely regimented by the General Government’s exercise of wartime “emergency” powers that they could not effectively complain. One need not be overly suspicious to suggest a sequence that history already partly bears out: World War I, the League of Nations, and the undermining of the international gold standard—followed by World War II, the United Nations, the adoption of Federal Reserve Notes as the world’s reserve currency, and the “demonetization” of gold and silver as currencies—followed by World War III, a New World Order based on the tripartite division of the globe into European, American, and Asian blocs, and a supra-national world central bank emitting a world fiat currency. [Dr. Edwin Vieira, “Don’t Count on Washington to Protect us from Looming Banking Crisis“]
Over the past 100 years in America, we have seen political cronyism spilling over into the business world creating self-serving friendships and family ties between businessmen and the government that have influenced the economy and society to the extent that it has corrupted public-serving economic and political ideals.
Perhaps the most dramatic example would be the alliance between banking trusts and the government in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, shifting economic power from the government to private banks and creating new buracracies to transfer the wealth of American citizens to the oligarchs through an income tax.
Another well known example in the United States would be the Interstate Commerce Commission, which was established in 1887 to regulate the railroad “robber barons;” instead, it quickly became controlled by the railroads, who set up a permit system that was used to deny access to new entrants and functionally legalized price fixing.
Today, success in business depends on those close relationships between businessmen and government officials and can be exhibited by favoritism in the distribution of legal permits, government grants, special tax breaks, government guarantees, and so forth.
For example, after the mad cow scare, Creekstone Farms decided to test all its cows for mad cow disease. It built the proper facilities and hired the personnel to make such a change only to have the U.S. Department of Agriculture issue an injunction that refused to allow Creekstone to buy the kits necessary to test. This allowed the larger beef producers to keep their costs low and effectively block Creekstone from competing in the lucrative Japanese export market.
In yet another example of the unholy alliance between government and the private sector was the use of telecommunications companies by the government to spy on American citizens. The government eavesdropped on American phone and computer lines for almost six years after the Sept. 11 attacks without permission from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the special panel established for that purpose under the 1978 law. After some 40 lawsuits were filed against AT&T, Verizon Communications and other telecom firms by groups and individuals who thought the Bush administration illegally monitored their phone calls or e-mails, the U.S. Congress passed new surveillance laws that effectively shielded telecommunications companies from lawsuits arising from the government’s terrorism-era warrantless eavesdropping on phone and computer lines.
“He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark of his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark…” – Revelation 13:16-17
Banks and Financial Institutions
Banks such as the Bank of America and CitiBank are relatively recent inventions. There were no lending institutions or banks in the modern sense to be found in ancient Israel. Commercial transactions and the lending of credit were entirely in the hands of private individuals, landowners, and merchants. Contemporary cultures in Mesopotamia lent money or produced at interest (in some cases as much as 3313 percent per annum). The temptation among the Israelites to do this was suppressed by laws forbidding the charging of interest on loans (Ex. 22:25; Lev. 25:36-37; Ezek. 18:8). According to these statutes, only foreigners could be charged interest on a debt (Deut. 23:20).
Pledges were sometimes required to guarantee a loan (Gen. 38:17), but essential items, like a cloak, could not be kept past nightfall (Deut. 24:12; Amos 2:8). In periods of famine or high taxation a man might mortgage his home and fields, pledging his labor as a debt-slave or the labor of his family to satisfy the loan (Neh. 5:1-5; Ps. 119:11). Abuse of this system occurred often enough that the prophets condemned it (Neh. 5:6-13; Ezek. 22:12), Proverbs called it folly (17:18; 22:26).
The widespread introduction of coined money after 500 B.C. and the expansion of travel and commerce in the Roman empire aided the establishment of banking institutions in the New Testament period. Money lending was a common and acceptable activity in the cities. Jesus’ parables of the talents (Matt. 25:14-30) and the pounds (Luke 19:11-27) lend credence to the practice of giving sums to the bankers to invest or to draw interest. The older custom of burying one’s money for safe keeping (Josh. 7:21) Jesus condemned as “wicked and slothful” (Matt. 25:25-27).
The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender. [Proverbs 22:7]
The banker, called a lender in Proverbs 22:7, suffered a poor reputation among the Jews. Their religious law forbade the lending of money for interest.
In the New Testament, these bankers were the “money changers” of the Temple.
Some of these money changers, taking advantage of the large number of currencies in circulation in Palestine, set up some of the early banks. Farmers and merchants came to them to weigh coinage and exchange it for the Tyrian drachma favored in the city. The regulations regarding the Temple tax in Jerusalem also worked in the financiers’ favor. The “moneychangers” charged a fee of 12 grains of silver and set up their tables in the Court of the Gentiles. They exchanged foreign currency for the silver didrachma required by the law (Matt. 17:24). Jesus’ cleansing of the Temple may have been in part a response to the unfair practices of these money-changers (Matt. 21:12-13; Mark 11:15-17; John 2:14-16).
With sums coming into the Temple from Jews throughout the empire, the Temple itself became a bank, lending money to finance business, construction, and other programs. Pilate raised a storm of protest when he tapped one of the Temple funds, which was to be used exclusively for religious purposes, to build an aqueduct. After the destruction of the Temple in A.D. 70, the Roman emperor Vespasian ordered the continued payment of the tax and its deposit in the Temple of Jupiter.
The “harsh” master who expects interest and reaps what he did not sow (Matt. 25:24, 26-27; Luke 19:21-23) is hardly to be taken as a model for Christian business practice. Luke’s parable in particular contains reminiscences of the hated Archelaus (Luke 19:12, 14; compare Matt. 2:22). Jesus stood firmly in the Old Testament tradition when He commanded His disciples to give freely to the needy who asked (Matt. 5:42; 10:8).
Some people feel compelled to defend the common, contemporary practice of charging interest. Any moral decision on the matter must carefully weigh rival claims: (1) that capital loaned at interest provides an opportunity for persons to escape poverty and (2) that the inability of both individuals and nations to pay interest on borrowed capital contributes to continued poverty.
“Permit me to issue and control the money of a nation, and I care not who makes it’s laws.” – Mayer Anselm Rothschild
With the U.S. federal government now bought and paid for by an international banking cartel, we have witnessed some of the largest transfers of wealth from the middle class to the elite ruling upper class. Banks are institutions of theft, as they practice “fractional reserve lending“. Paper money is theft; inflation is theft, and the income tax is theft. Paper money prevents people from saving property (money) since it is constantly losing value due to the theft of inflation. It is the primary mechanism whereby wealth is stolen from poor people and given to the wealthiest people of all: the ones who have the power to create money out of thin air, and loan it back to the U.S. government (at interest), to enslave everyone else.
The motive in loaning without interest to fellow Israelites was to prevent the formation of a permanent underclass in Israel. Ezekiel regarded the charging of interest as a watershed act separating the righteous from those practicing abominations (Ezek. 18:8, 13, 17; 22:12). Nehemiah challenged neglect of the Mosaic prohibition which had resulted in dire poverty for some of the returned exiles (Neh. 5:6-13). Today, because of the unjust banking system, we have a massive underclass of citizens enslaved to the money masters. They own no real property… only debt in the form of paper money and promises to pay. Their gold and silver have been taken from them and given to the international banksters.
Big money lobbyists control most political leaders and stops the government from regulating usurious interest rates or stopping the rape of poor neighborhoods in which thousands of families are losing their homes through predatory mortgage, home-improvement and foreclosure scams.
Take, for example, the “behind the scenes” negotiations that took place between corrupted government officials and crony banks in creating new bankruptcy laws making it harder for Americans to get a second chance and disqualfying Hurrican Katrina victims from filing for relief. Critics note that the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act did nothing to curtail the predatory practices of credit card companies, such as exorbitant interest rates, rising and often hidden fees, and targeting minors and the recently bankrupt for new cards. The bill’s critics pointed out that these practices are themselves significant contributors to the growth of consumer bankruptcies. To his credit, Barack Obama voted against this measure.
In a subprime mortgage crisis beginning in late 2006 and still reverberating through the world economic systems today, the international banking cartel has looted national treasuries and confiscated vast amounts of wealth of the lower and middle classes. The crisis began with the bursting of the US housing bubble and high default rates on “subprime” and adjustable rate mortgages (ARM). Once home prices failed to go up as anticipated, refinancing became more difficult and defaults and foreclosure activity increased dramatically as easy initial terms expired and ARM interest rates reset higher.
A new Orwellian phrase came on the scene that said these institutions are “too big to fail.” While there may be some economic truth behind that statement, the behind the scenes dimension that is not newsworthy enough for the corporate bought mainstream media is how corrupt politicians were protecting their crony buddies in these institutions. Clinton cronies, James Johnson and Franklin Raines, ran Fannie Mae leading up to the current crisis.
- Franklin Raines is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Fannie Mae who served as White House budget director under President Bill Clinton. He is currently employed by Barack Obama’s Presidential Campaign as an economic adviser. In 2003 alone, Raines’s compensation was over $20 million.
- From 1991 to 1998, James Johnson served as chairman and chief executive officer of Fannie Mae, and was previously vice chairman of Fannie Mae (1990-1991) and a managing director with Lehman Brothers (1985-1990). He was the campaign manager for Walter Mondale’s failed 1984 presidential bid and chaired the vice presidential selection committee for the presidential campaign of John Kerry. He was involved in the vice-presidential selection process for the 2008 Democratic presidential nominee Senator Barack Obama, and is currently an economic adviser to Obama’s campaign. Johnson is also a member of the the American Friends of Bilderberg, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Trilateral Commission.
Fannie and Freddie is the number one contributor to Senator Chris Dodd between 1989 and 2008. The number two recipient of campaign funds from Fannie and Freddie is Barack Obama. Further down the list of contributions from Fannie and Freddie, John McCain received about $21,000.
President Obama and the federal government doesn’t talk about what is really going on and don’t seem interested in protecting the real victims in this scandal – the people losing their homes in foreclosure and bankruptcy. Rather, they are protecting their crony CEO’s of these financial institutions while transferring the wealth of the middle class to the ruling international banksters. And, as if to rub salt into the gaping American wound, the American taxpayer is expected to pay for the bailouts of these criminal enterprises.
Why is it so hard to figure out what’s going on in commodities markets — oil specifically?
The reason it’s hard to figure out is about 30 percent of our crude oil energy futures are traded in what is called a dark market — that is a market that was deregulated in December of 2000 at the behest of Enron and the increasingly powerful international banking elite. Prior to that legislation being passed, all energy futures traded in the United States or affecting the United States in a significant fashion were regulated by United States regulators under a very careful regime that had been perfected over about 78 years. Now that those markets are not being policed, malpractices are being committed and traders are able to boost the price virtually at their will.
Corrupt Banking System
This highly informative and easy to understand film covers just about everything that isn’t taught in school regarding the corrupt banking system. It explains how these institutions get away with robbing the unsuspecting public by creating monetary policies designed to enslave society, while keeping the system in a perpetual state of rising debt.
Learn more at the Money as Debt website