OUR FEUDAL FUTURE
Dennis L. Cuddy, Ph.D.
In the 1950s, I used to watch a TV show called "Robin Hood" in which the hero was also called the Earl or Baron of Locksley. I didn't think much about it at the time, but then I learned President Harry Truman used to carry in his pocket part of an 1842 poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson called "Locksley Hall." The part Truman carried with him predicted a "parliament of man, the federation of the world" with "universal law," and Truman explained "That's what I have been working for."
Later in the 1950s, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund Special Studies Project produced THE MID-CENTURY CHALLENGE TO U.S. FOREIGN POLICY, in which one reads: "We cannot escape, and indeed should welcome, the task which history has imposed upon us. This is the task of helping shape a new world order in all its dimensions---spiritual, economic, political, social." I thought it strange that the powerful Rockefellers would use the word "spiritual" first in the "new world order," but then I reflected upon who Robin Hood was. He had also been referred to as Robin of Greenwood or Green Robin, named for the Green Man, who was the Celtic vegetation god.
Thus pagan gods and goddesses will be acceptable in the spiritual new world order. Before President George H.W. Bush called for a "new world order," Soviet dictator Mikhail Gorbachev called for it, and Gorbachev is now head of Green Cross International (note especially the words "Green" and "Cross"). Gorbachev (along with Maurice Strong) is also responsible for the Earth Charter, which Gorbachev and Strong both have stated will be like a new Ten Commandments. And they have placed the Charter (written by Steven Rockefeller) in the Ark-of-Hope, modeled after the Ark of the Covenant. Do you get the religious symbolism?
On June 25, 2001, the U.S. Conference of Mayors passed a resolution stating that the conference "endorses the Earth Charter and commits the organization to the realization of its aim." And one of the main goals of the Earth Charter is to "promote the equitable distribution of wealth within nations and among nations." Thus, just as Robin Hood "redistributed wealth" in feudal times, under the Earth Charter the wealth of primarily middle class Americans will be given to people in other nations.
While the Earth Charter has been paraded around the world (including the U.S.), display of the Ten Commandments in public places has come under attack. However, pagan gods and goddeses can be found across our land in public places. Among the goddesses is Themis (blindfolded with scales), who can be found in nearly every courthouse (from which the Ten Commandments are being removed).
It seems that today we're going "back to the feudal," not only spiritually, but economically, politically, and socially as well. Spiritually, the Crusaders of feudal days have been replaced by New Agers worshipping Mother Gaia and those promoting a "common faith" (one-world religion) for all. Abbots and friars in feudal times have been replaced by religious syncretists today, magicians and wizards by New Age occultists.
Socially, troubadors and court jesters have been replaced by the media and press. Recent fashions have included women's leotard-style pants and hairstyles like men wore in feudal days, along with pan flutes (feudal music).
Politically, the King becomes Big Brother, princes and princesses become international bankers, Knights of the Round Table become members of Cecil Rhodes' Round Table Groups, the Sheriff (of Nottingham) becomes the U.N. Secretary-General with his blue-helmet troops, dukes and duchesses become corporate heads, lords and overlords become world government leaders, earls become heads of nations, viscounts become legislative leaders, and barons and baronesses become state governors.
Economically, there was no middle class in feudal times, and that's exactly why there is an assault upon the middle class today. The tax burden today is largely borne by the middle class, which pays a higher percentage of its income in taxes than the serfs of feudal days paid from what they produced. Small businessmen (regulated by bureaucrats) today have become like feudal vassals on fiefs. You and I are like the peasants of feudal times. We're called "human capital" or "human resources," and are to be "managed" like feudal "human chattel."
The famous author Jack London in THE IRON HEEL (1907) said that OUR BENEVOLENT FEUDALISM (1902) by W.J. Ghent (editor of THE AMERICAN FABIAN) was "the textbook" the "Oligarchs" would use to rule in the future. London stated that the Oligarchs and Plutocrats would have new ways "of moulding the thought processes of the nation," and that the banks would constitute "one of the most important forces of the Oligarchy....The labor castes, the Mercenaries, and the great hordes of secret agents and police...were all pledged to the Oligarchy....The condition of the people of the abyss was pitiable....All their old liberties were gone. They were labor-slaves. Choice of work was denied them. Likewise was denied them...the right to bear or possess arms. They were not land-serfs like the farmers. They were machine-serfs and labor-serfs."
In Ghent's article, "The Next Step: A Benevolent Feudalism," published in THE INDEPENDENT (April 3, 1902), he predicted that "the coming status...will be something in the nature of a benevolent feudalism....Group fidelity...is already observable....The autocrats...will distribute benefits to the degree that makes a tolerant, if not satisfied, people....A person of offensive activity may be denied work in every feudal shop and on every feudal farm from one end of the country to the other....His actions will be promptly communicated to the banded autocracy of dukes, earls and marquises of industries....The individual security of place and livelihood of its members will then depend on the harmony of their utterances and acts with the wishes of the great nobles; and so long as they rightly fulfil their functions their recompense will be generous. They will be at once the assuagers of popular suspicion and discontent and the providers of moral and intellectual anodynes for the barons....A host of economists, preachers and editors will be ready to show indisputably that the evolution taking place is for the best interests of all....What the barons will most dread will be the collective assertion of the villeins at the polls, but this, from experience, they will know to be a thing of no immediate danger. By the putting forward of a hundred irrelevant issues they can hopelessly divide the voters at each election; or, that failing, there is always to be trusted as a last resort the cry of impending panic....Two divisions of the courtier class are the judges and the politicians....They must satisfy the demands of the multitude, and yet, on the other hand, they must obey the commands from above....The nobles will have attained to complete power, and the motive and operation of Government will have become simply the registering and administering of their collective will....Armed force will, of course, be employed to overawe the discontented and to quiet unnecessary turbulence. Unlike the armed forces of the old feudalism, the nominal control will be that of the State....When the new order is in full swing...so comprehensive and so exact will be the social and political control that it will be exercised in a constantly widening scope....Peace (and stability) will be the main desideratum....A happy blending of generosity and firmness will characterize all dealings with open discontent....(To) the prevention of discontent...the teachings of the schools and colleges, the sermons, the editorials...and even the plays at the theaters will be skilfully and persuasively molded."
Isn't this an accurate description of what we are witnessing today? And how this was to be brought about was described on page 324 of Prof. Carroll Quigley's TRAGEDY AND HOPE (1966) where he revealed how powerful international bankers wanted "to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole. This system was to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements arrived at in frequent private meetings and conferences. The apex of the system was to be the Bank for International Settlements in Basle, Switzerland." Quigley went on to say that each central bank "sought to dominate its government by its ability to control Treasury loans, to manipulate foreign exchanges, to influence the level of economic activity in the country, and to influence cooperative politicians by subsequent economic rewards in the business world." Note especially that Quigley described the control as "feudalist."
The power elite educationally has dumbed-down the populace and considers us no better than the knaves and oafs of feudal times. Their attitude is exemplified by what David Rockefeller told Congressman William Dannemeyer: "There are some men born to rule. Most men are born to be ruled."
The power elite simply ordered their puppets in the White House and Congress to approve NAFTA and GATT even though an overwhelming majority of Americans opposed both. Then through globalization, they sent manufacturing jobs overseas, outsourced high-tech jobs, and imported guest workers to perform lower-skilled jobs.
Why do Americans allow this to happen? It's because their retirement funds are in 401Ks that are heavily invested in transnational corporations whose profits increasingly come from outside the U.S. Thus, to criticize globalization is to jeopardize one's own retirement funds. So the masses today are kept entertained by sports (like jousts and archery contests of feudal times), music (by the equivalent of feudal minstrels), and by TV soap operas and sitcoms (like feudal puppet shows). As long as Americans are willing to be kept fat, dumb and happy, it seems futile to think our future will not be feudal.
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Dennis Laurence Cuddy, historian and political analyst, received a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (major in American History, minor in political science). Dr. Cuddy has taught at the university level, has been a political and economic risk analyst for an international consulting firm, and has been a Senior Associate with the U.S. Department of Education.
Cuddy has also testified before members of Congress on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice. Dr. Cuddy has authored or edited twenty books and booklets, and has written hundreds of articles appearing in newspapers around the nation, including The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He has been a guest on numerous radio talk shows in various parts of the country, such as ABC Radio in New York City, and he has also been a guest on the national television programs USA Today and CBS's Nightwatch.
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