By John Hoefle
For the British Empire, environmentalism is more of a tactic than a belief; it is a means to an end. The Empire may preach "green," but it is the worst polluter on the planet. One need look no further than what BP did in the Gulf of Mexico and what Shell is doing in Nigeria to see the utter hypocrisy of its pro-green posture, but there are lots of other examples.
The Empire launched the green fascism movement as a cover for its policy of destroying nation-states through deindustrialization and stopping, even reversing, the development of infrastructure. Take the case of Goldman Sachs. Hank Paulson, the former Chairman and CEO of Goldman was also the former board chairman of The Nature Conservancy. Mark Tercek, a former managing director of Goldman Sachs is the current president of The Nature Conservancy. Whether Hank Paulson or Mark Tercek or any of Goldman's other bankers believe in green or not, doesn't really matter. It is what they do, not what they think, that counts. They are tools. But it is clear that even if some of them are believers, they set that aside when it comes to business.
Goldman is closely linked with BP, a company with a phony green posture and a predilection for pollution. The non-executive chairman of Goldman Sachs International--the firm's London-based subsidiary--is Sir Peter Sutherland, a Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, a former head of GATT/WTO, and a former European Commissioner. He is on the steering committee of the Bilderberg Group, an honorary chairman of the Trilateral Commission(TC), and a former chairman of the European branch of the TC. He has also held several other important posts. Sutherland is a "globalization" man of the first order.
Notably, while chairman of Goldman Sachs International, Sutherland was non-executive chairman of BP and a director of the Inter-Alpha Group's Royal Bank of Scotland. ("Non-executive" means that he is not involved in the day-to-day running of the bank.) He is also former chairman of Inter-Alpha's Allied Irish Bank. So he ties together Goldman Sachs, BP, and the Inter-Alpha Group. Goldman did a lot of energy trading for BP, so the business ties are likely extensive.
Some might call this greenie-polluter alliance hypocrisy, but that would imply that the bank--like the Empire--is violating its beliefs. But it really reflects the way in which the greenie crap is a public posture, a tactic rather than a belief. The actions are actually quite consistent.
In 1968, at the Bilderberg annual meeting, a then-member of the Bilderberg steering committee, Lehman Brothers' George Ball, outlined a strategy for replacing "outmoded" nation-states with a corporate structure--that is, replacing government with governance. Corporations, he said, would be more efficient at managing scarce resources in an overpopulated world, as nations too often views the resources within their borders as theirs, to be used for the benefit of the people (or the local elite). This was a thinly disguised statement of intent to smash the nation-states, steal their resources, and rule the world through corporatism.
Consider Sutherland's role in that light. His whole career has been in the service of corporatism (aka, globalization). GATT/WTO set the trade rules which favored the empire; Inter-Alpha flagship RBS helped build up Europe as a platform from which to assault the U.S.; and BP has always been a key player in the imperial oil cartel. The Bilderberg Group was founded by fascists to push fascism, of which the greenie movement is an element. Goldman Sachs has been a leading element of this policy in the U.S., both through its power on Wall Street and the deployment of its alumni in key positions in our government.
Now consider privatization. When you destroy government--national and local--you destroy government's ability to provide necessary services, which opens the door to the private sector. The Dulles Greenway is an example of this, as is the Chicago parking meter deal. (In Chicago, the city sold some parking meter rights to a group led by Morgan Stanley. It now costs something like $6.50 an hour to park, and the city cannot close one of the affected streets for maintenance/parades/etc. without reimbursing the investment group for lost revenue.) This is the face of corporatism, the face of the British Empire.
Think about the opposition to NAWAPA in this regard. In their view, the project obviously must be stopped as part of the genocide and the assault on the nation-state, but it is certainly reasonable to suspect that the oligarchy might have future plans to divert water from Canada to the U.S. but by private interests, at an exorbitant price.
The Empire's model for the future is to control the necessities of life through their global corporate cartels, and charge high prices for those necessities. People who can't pay will die, and the people who can will pay out the ass--until they can no longer pay, and then they die, too. For an oligarch, it's a win-win. They get their profits, while they cull the herd.
You figure out what you want to do, then you engineer a crisis which creates the conditions under which you can implement your original plan under the guise of "solving" the crisis. It's an old game which works very well as long as people are too stupid to see through it or too cowardly to stop you.
One thing is clear: passing Glass-Steagall will wipe out the funding mechanism of the Empire, those phony derivatives values by which Goldman Sachs and other financial tools of the Empire are able to run their environmentalist front groups in order to prevent nations from developing their own resources.