by James Corbett, The International Forecaster:
Ever since the Rockefellers gave up selling snake oil to get into plain old crude oil, the petrochemical mafia has been transforming the world in its own image.
Of course it’s a scam. It always has been, ever since the first cartels formed around the drilling, transport and refining of oil. But, love it or hate it, moves in the oil markets dictate (or at least influence) geopolitical and financial events across the globe to this very day.
From the destruction of America’s streetcar infrastructure to the countless wars of aggression in oil-rich areas around the world to the the creation of the “petrodollar” in the wake of the Bretton Woods collapse, the world’s political and economic fate over the past century has depended more on this “black gold” than most people ever imagine.
I say this because my thesis is that no one will ever vote their way to freedom. Not true freedom, anyway. Oh, sure, there will be cosmetic changes here and there. There will be political football issues (even ones that the public are passionate about) on which there is some leeway for difference. But if you’re Hoping for Change through the ballot box…well I think you know how that script goes by now. And yet, people still turn out to the polls in droves to cast their ballots. Talk about cognitive dissonance.
Of course, I claim no originality for my thesis. It’s certainly been articulated well enough by others in the past.
There was famed 19th century American author Henry David Thoreau. In his 1849 class on Civil Disobedience he excoriates the “patrons of virtue” who “give only a cheap vote” to ease their conscience that they are doing something about the problems of the world. He goes on to say:
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