I have never believed in conspiracies. I've always laughed at conspiracy theories. I am a natural skeptic.
But in the last couple of years, I've learned some subtleties on this subject. I've thought, What IS a conspiracy? One definition might be, "A relatively small group of men who plan in secret a controversial activity." And if that is the case, then history is full of conspiracies. 9/11 was a conspiracy of 19 hijackers. The activities of the CIA are largely a long string of international secret plots, conspiracies. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was a result of an Asian conspiracy. In fact, I heard a fellow say that history was once taught as a sequence of conspiratorial efforts, rather than the somewhat boring teachings we have now of ...what? I mean, how do we teach history these days? Do we think of history as a sequence of accidents? Or some natural randomness of human relations, like bowling pins being knocked-about carelessly...?
I think history is an intertwined mixture of complicated, massive human planning and folly. We plan, we dream, we conspire. (My personal history is a good example of plans planned, and plans failed, a conspiracy of one.)
...So when I came across the following video last year, I was thinking of just these things.
I had never heard of Norman Dodd. As it turns out, he, like us all, is a witness to history. But what he saw in his life was amazing. He was a banker. In this video, just before his death, he bares his soul, in a way. He tells of his association with the financial elite of our world, and says that, yes, the financial elite are men like us, and as such they naturally plan and conspire to shape the world as they see fit. The critical idea here is that these men have enormous power to make extraordinary changes.
It's important to note that we, as individuals, make our way through life as individuals and as families and in small, relatively powerless groups. At "higher levels" of society, decisions affect larger numbers of people, and we define this as "power." At the top of this conceptually-inverted pyramid of influence we have...who? The president? The government? Who? Likely, at the very top of power in our world, we have the financial elite, especially bankers and their myriad associated efforts and organizations. Prominent among these, I've learned, are what are called "Tax Exempt Foundations." They are charities, of a sort. People and businesses (and governments) give them money, and they use this money for...what? I always thought they fed the poor and things like that, but much of what they do is SHAPE CULTURE. These foundations (and the associated financial institutions) use their gigantic sums of money to influence every fundamental aspect of American and international life. A year ago, this subject was a revelation.
In this rather unassuming video, this man, Norman Dodd, gives witness to these institutions, or, actually, gives witness to the men who control these institutions, their motives and political goals. And these motives and goals are so astounding, so life-shattering for the viewer, one is likely, like me, to be moved to a real sense of horror, and to tears.
Remember, this video seems at first a boring little interview. But be patient. The very essence of the 20th Century is hinted. Our perceived reality is rarely accurate. "What really happened" in the past was a process of human planning and human efforts to implement those plans.
(If the video doesn't run right away, give it a moment and then click the play/pause button a couple of times, or the "progress line" beside it. And if all fails, just go to YouTube and search "Norman Dodd." The interview is all there, but in 6 parts, like #1 of 6, #2 of 6, etc.)
POSTSCRIPT: I suppose the final impression I have is of world leaders who probably agree that a united global culture, no matter the cost, is the goal. And many of them are quite willing to advance their wealth in so doing.
David Rockefeller, the elder member of America's great financial institution known as the Rockefeller family:
"For more than a century, ideological extremists at either end of the political spectrum have seized upon well-publicized incidents such as my encounter with Castro to attack the Rockefeller family for the inordinate influence they claim we wield over American political and economic institutions. Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as 'internationalists' and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure — one world, if you will. If that is the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it."
* Page 405 of Rockefeller's autobiography, "Memoirs", ISBN-13: 978-0812969733
And I'll throw in one more video. It's an interview with movie producer Aaron Russo. The opinions expressed are so shocking as to be unbelievable, and I must question the veracity. Yet...decide for yourself: