GLOBALISM, FREE TRADE, ILLUMINISM & THE "INTERNATIONAL MONEYED
by: S.R. Shearer
Sadly, its too often characteristic of those who do battle
for Christ - especially in the field of politics - that they are prone
to see demons; more often than not, they seem to have a greater
interest in the devil than they do in God. In their pursuit of the "Just
Cause," they often seem not merely to be tantalized by evil, but
are actually in very great need of its presence. When
there is no venal force afoot, it is difficult to galvanize people -
particularly Christians - into political action, especially when that
action is as fraught with discomfort and peril as "taking the nation
back for Christ." This is no mere "spiritual exercise"
in which one can participate at home in the comfort of a "prayer
closet." This involves street demonstrations, strikes, passing
out leaflets, possibly even jail - all very unpleasant and painful activities.
One does not enter into such activity lightly. There has to be a
compelling reason - and that reason must be personified!
Its not good enough to be simply against an idea, a system of
thinking. How does one visualize an idea? How do you stick a knife into
a thought? Secular humanism, whats that? This is why Robertson
and people like Robertson need the Illuminati - even in the face of
all the evidence which indicates that no such cabal has ever existed.
The Illuminati Myth personifies the evil against which
Robertson et. al. feel themselves arrayed. Indeed,
arguments and evidence which might demonstrate to Robertson and his
cohorts the groundless or exaggerated quality of such a fear are not
welcomed as sources of relief, but are resented as denials of their
own deep psychological outlets - intrusions which, if taken seriously,
would demand a drastic reorientation of their "life-work." It is in
this way that myths like the Illuminati Myth have become "precious
things" to them, and rather than seeking liberation - of being
relieved to find that there is no substance to these myths - they often
hold blindly to them, even in the face of persuasive arguments to the
contrary. And in a perverse sort of way, who can blame them? - after
all, if the impetus of ones life feeds on this myth (perhaps the
better word is "phobia"), then the myth, instead of being
easily discarded, will be maintained at all costs.
Indeed, in the name of vigilance, sin - especially sin in
others - has become their preoccupation. Their own relationship
with God takes a back seat to their obsession with the devil
in others - even to the extent of appropriating to themselves
what are taken to be "New Age" methodologies (the
very methodologies they so despise in the so-called Illuminists)
in order to carry on the struggle against them - i.e., incessant
networking, pyramiding, secrecy, infiltration, the formation
of front organizations, the formation of political action committees,
The fact of the matter is, evangelicals have become obsessively engaged
in a "witch hunt" to find an "outside" source to
the problems which they feel beset the nation and their way of life.
But the Bible does not dwell on such a source; it speaks of no "outside,
international intrigue" which can be traced back to a secret cabal
of Satanic conspirators. The Bible says that the source of mans
problems stems from within himself, not from without:
"From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not
hence, even of your lusts (the desire for material wealth, etc.) that
war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to
have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war ..." (James 4:1-2)
This is not to say that there does not in fact exist an "international
moneyed elite;" but that elite is not the highly orchestrated,
structured organization that the Illuminati Myth postulates - one which
is governed by a hidden cabal of evil geniuses under the impress of
a Satanic scheme to take over the world; to say so is to ascribe to
this elite a genius and purpose it simply does not possess. The fact
of the matter is, the men which make up this elite are petty, small-minded
people driven by a stingy, selfish greed of the most trivial and short-sighted
type. And this is easily demonstrated.
Take "Free Trade" and "globalization" for example
- issues which, according to Robertson, have been fiendishly designed
to entangle the United States in crippling alliances fabricated to limit
U.S. sovereignty and independence and bring it under the suzerainty
of the United Nations (yet it's interesting to note that Robertson supported
NAFTA - he seems to speak out of both sides of his mouth on the issues
of globalism and Free Trade, saying one thing to his evangelical constituency
and another to his financial backers). But the fact of the matter is,
Free Trade is hardly the result of a well thought-out scheme. To get
an idea of how Free Trade has developed, it's necessary to examine specific
examples; take, for instance, the banking industrys plunge into
the international market. The banking industry is particularly interesting
because the dynamic behind it has been especially crucial in helping
to propel other industries and other American corporations into the
international market; more specific still, take Citibank. 
Among American banks, Citibank has been the leader in plunging
into the international market place. All during the 1970s and 80s
Citibank pressed loans on a variety of Third World countries. And the
reason? - altruism? a sense of moral obligation towards the less well-off
of the world? the result of a well thought-out Satanic plot? NO! - it
was none of these things. The fact is, Citibank stumbled into Free Trade
as a result of its own greed - specifically, the high (even usurious)
interest rates it could charge on Third World loans. The fact of the
matter is that during the 1970s Citi was earning record profits on its
loans to Third World governments in Latin America and Asia.
So massive was Citibanks effort to increase its portfolio of
loans to Third World governments (and, ipso facto, earn the high
interest rates which derived from them) that when finance ministers
met in Washington for the annual meetings of the World Bank and the
International Monetary Fund (which, despite their names, are really
American institutions) they were literally accosted on the street by
loan hawkers from Citibank (average Americans should be so lucky!).
Indeed, on the short walk between the Shoreham and Sheraton hotels the
finance minister from one poor Latin American republic was stopped by
five separate loan officers all hawking loans at high interest rates
for projects of dubious value. One former Latin American minister
of finance recalls how "the bankers tried to corner me at conferences,
to offer me loans. They wouldnt leave me alone ... Its terribly
tempting to borrow money ..."
The loan-selling campaign may have given the ministers gray hairs,
but Citibank was elated. The "Developing World" - a euphemism
for a mixed bag of insolvent countries, some with potential for long-term
growth, some with virtually none - had become Citis "cash
cow." As the president of Citibank put it, "Around here, its
Jakarta that pays the check." Citibanks net income from
Latin America increased 300 percent between 1972 and 1974. Earnings
from South Asia, the Middle East and Africa rose by more than 200 percent
in the same period. The bank even assembled a list of the "global
elite" made up of the 5000 or so people around the world who are
supposed to have individual net worths greater than $100-million, offering
them VIP Citicorp bank cards with a $500,000 line of credit combined
with various other services which included the use of private planes,
bodyguards, access to Fifth Avenue stores in the wee hours of the morning
for "solo shopping," etc. Other banks and credit card companies
followed Citis lead. American Express began courting the same
group of elite "worthies" by offering its "Black Card"
(and you thought the gold and platinum cards were prestigious - how
silly) replete with the same "extras" that Citi offered. The
greed, carnality and rapacity here were disgusting - even sickening.
By the mid-1980s, Citibank was earning half of its profits from the
usurious interest rates it was charging the Third World and the credit
card business it was doing with the opulent "fat cats" on
its prestigious "Five Thousand List" (many of whom, it would
later develop, had derived their wealth from drugs and various other
questionable business practices).
The "Third World Debt Crisis" which finally resulted as the
consequence of this avarice has been described as a "morality play,"
a story of greed, corruption, naiveté, and "unbankerlike"
behavior. But Citi didnt go under. It survived and even prospered.
How? - by convincing the government to help bail it out of its bad loans
and by trading the loans it couldnt dump on the U.S. tax payer
for equity in the Third World (mainly Latin America and Asia).
Much of the equity Citi acquired consisted of factories producing goods
for which there were no real markets in the countries in which they
were located. In order to make these "equities" pay, Citi
had to develop markets for the products these factories produced. And
where, does one guess, Citi found that market? Does one suppose that
Citi - out of the goodness of its heart - set out to develop indigenous
consumer markets in the Third World? Of course not! - that would have
required that Citi become involved in helping to raise the living standard
of ordinary people in these countries in order to make them consumers
- an investment in time and money they wanted no part of! It was, of
course, to the U.S. market that Citi turned.
As a result, Citi, as well as most of the other big banks which had
become involved in lending to the Third World (i.e., Bank of America,
Wells Fargo, Hanover Trust, Morgan, etc.), began pushing "Free
Trade" with a vengeance. "Free Trade" became a device
through which the big banks led by Citi rescued themselves from the
debt crisis which they themselves had helped to create. And who paid
the price? - U.S. workers who lost their jobs as the result of the flood
of cheap imports. And did those indigenous workers in the "Developing
World" benefit from their new factory jobs? - for the most part,
they didnt! Most continue to labor long hours in filthy and even
inhumane conditions for pennies a day producing Liz Claiborne scarves,
Nike shoes, Armani shirts, etc. for the new yuppie investor class. And
theyre kept in line by the same Death Squads which won the war
for "free enterprise" during the 1980s in El Salvador, Brazil,
Guatemala, the Phillipeans, etc. - the very ones Phil Derstine, Cubie
Ward, Larry Lea and Pat Robertson were involved with in the 1980s. And
this isnt just a turn of events the left alone has picked up on,
but one which even The Wall Street Journal has noticed and reported
on in a series of scathing articles in June and July of 1995.
Yes, it seems the Death Squads are alive and well, and their new paymasters
are precisely those corporations producing Armani shirts for the American
yuppie elite. And their new targets? theyre no longer the old-line
Sandinistas, etc. Ollie North and Elliot Abrams targeted in the 1970s
and 80s, but the laborers and peasants these "Freedom Fighters"
were supposed to have "liberated" - peasants who are now employed (maybe
the better word is "enslaved") in the "free enterprise
zones" Citi and other American corporations have set up in South
and Central America, and other locations throughout the so-called "Developing
World." And the reason theyre being targeted (and thereby
intimidated)? - to keep them in line and prevent them from demanding
better wages and more humane living conditions.
This is the kind of avarice which is driving "Free Trade."
And these are the kind of people the evangelicals - by allying themselves
with the Republican Party and the Wall Street faction which has historically
run that party - have gotten themselves mixed up with. And to say that
evangelicals havent crawled into bed with them is simply a craven
exercise in abject self-deception.
One should ask himself, for what reason did Ralph Reed and Pat Robertson
support NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Association)? It certainly
wasnt because most of their constituencies did - polls indicate
that most evangelicals were dead set against this measure. Why then
did Reed and Robertson - as well as most other so-called "responsible"
evangelical leaders support NAFTA if not because they had already been
compromised (i.e., "bought off") by Wall Street money? One
should ask Robertson and the rest of them to prove us wrong by opening
their books so average evangelicals can take a look. They wont,
of course, because its true.
Theres a price to be paid when Christians involve themselves
with the worlds money and - ipso facto - the worlds
politics! - and that price is paid in toadyism to the elites, and dishonor
and shame insofar as their reputations - and the reputations of their
churches and their God - are concerned.
Pat Robertson rails against the Trilateral Commission, the Council
on Foreign Affairs, and the Illuminist Conspiracy as the culprits behind
the drift towards a "New World Order." But maybe he should
have looked to himself.
- This incisive analysis was taken from Michael Parenti, The
Anti-Communist Impulse (New York: Random House, 1969), pgs. 30-32.
- Please see Dr. Ravi Batra, The Myth of Free Trade (New
York: Charles Schreibners Sons, 1993, pgs, 1-4.
- Richard J. Barnet and John Cavanagh, Global Dreams,
(New York: Simon & Schuster, 1994), pg. 368.
- Raul L. Madrid, Overexposed: U.S. Banks Confront the Third
World Debt Crisis (Washington: Investor Responsibility Research
Center, 1990), pgs. 42-45.
- Op. Cit., Barnet, pgs. 370-75.
- Ibid., pgs. 370-75.
- James S. Henry, "Where the Money Went," New Republic,
Apr. 14, 1986, pg. 22.
- Op. Cit., Barnet, pg. 370-75.
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