The Trillion-Dollar Conspiracy

The Trillion-Dollar ConspiracyAmerica is not well. What’s worse, the problems facing the nation appear to come more from within than without, and the minority of citizens paying attention find it frustrating that the political system appears incapable of change.

I recently read The Trillion-Dollar Conspiracy by Jim Marrs, and found it in agreement with many of the articles I’ve written diagnosing America’s troubles. In this extended review, I’ll explore the book’s main points along with supporting material from my own work and other sources.

Before I begin, you should know that I don’t generally read conspiracy material. I find in mainstream publications plenty of reasons to doubt the intention of our nation’s leadership. I spend most of my time reading analyst reports and think tank white papers. I don’t need darker sources for the generation of dark conclusions. What I find remarkable in The Trillion-Dollar Conspiracy, however, is that many of the points made by its author are also made by more mainstream researchers. When people approaching their research from very different angles reach similar conclusions, it’s worth sitting up and taking notice. To that end, let’s explore the state of affairs as seen through the eyes of a conspiracy researcher, a type of journalist not often encountered on this site.

Marrs claims that the United States has become a nation of zombies, “dumbed down by controversial education programs, drugged out by an ever-growing pharmaceutical industry, and frightened into submission by constant threats of terrorism and economic collapse.”

He asks if a previously robust republic can transform into a zombie nation through a natural course of events, or if it needs a conspiracy. He thinks the latter. He sees the conspiracy coming from a new world order of elite globalists who are the “real rulers of America.” Until they’re “identified and confronted, no amount of hand-wringing, letter writing, or demonstrating can have any meaningful effect.”

Economically, the globalists want to rule the planet without regard to national borders. Hence the rise of multi-national corporations with fingers in every government pot. That requires socialism, which has taken root in almost every country except the United States. It needs to overtake America as well, which is why “a plan is in play to debase the US economy and impose a socialist system — whether Obama’s Marxist Socialism or Bush’s National Socialism apparently makes no difference to those wealthy or powerful enough to control the central bureaucracy of the state.”

The goal is to “turn the once-free and prosperous Republic of the United States into a socialist state populated by dumbed-down and destitute zombies by draining dry the nation’s money supply.”

He finds it fishy that the American economy is in danger of going through another Great Depression, but that “unlike the individuals of the 1930s — many of whom had come from an agricultural background and knew how to fend for themselves — the people in modern America can only look to government for their basic necessities.” He wonders if creating such dependence among the masses is the “real agenda behind the contrived financial meltdown” of the past few years.

Financially Stupid People Are EverywhereHe points out that both Democrats and Republicans chipped away at the economic foundations of the nation, a concept more fully explored in my book, Financially Stupid People Are Everywhere: Don’t Be One of Them. Marrs thinks the well documented fact that both major parties work to dismantle the US economy “adds considerable weight to the argument” that both “are controlled by the same globalists seeking to install a worldwide socialist system.”

He runs through a number of examples of wealthy globalists buying favor with government, including a disturbing suggestion that Freddie Mac’s former acting chief financial officer David Kellerman was murdered to prevent him from revealing to shareholders how much the Obama administration’s “housing recovery plan” was going to cost the firm. Regulators didn’t want that getting out, smacking as it did of somebody at the top wanting a catastrophic collapse. When Kellerman was found dead in his apartment, one police spokesperson said he had died of a gunshot wound before getting word that the official cause of death was to be that he’d hanged himself.

About Kellerman’s death, Marrs wrote, “More than one conspiracy-minded researcher believed that something more than suicide was at work” and that “there may have been other deaths connected to an effort to silence insiders who might have knowledge of the situation that someone does not want made public.”

Lyndon LaRoucheMarrs quotes Lyndon LaRouche as saying, “There is no evident motive for suicide in this case, but there is a motive for suppressing making Kellerman’s views known. . . . The question is what else did David Kellerman know which influential circles did not want him to reveal?” Separately, LaRouche wrote an interesting article two weeks ago claiming that the emergency measures implemented by President Roosevelt in 1933-34 are needed to rescue America from the “disaster which the combination of the George W. Bush, Jr. and Barack Obama administrations have done to destroy this nation’s economy.”

Marrs sees all around us evidence that power from wealth “comes with the ability to donate to political parties, engage lobbyists, and provide grants to experts to think up new policies beneficial to the wealthy.”

By now, long time readers of this site and any other that explores the consequences of entrusting our money supply to private bankers at the Federal Reserve know that currency issued as debt is fraudulent. Marrs touches on this, quoting Darryl Robert Schoon, author of How to Survive the Crisis and Prosper in the Process: “In economies based on the fraudulent issuance of money as debt, there are only predators and victims. Bankers are the predators, society is the victim (businessmen are victims who often believe they’re predators) and governments are the well-paid-off referees in the rigged game being played out in today’s capital markets.”

Marrs finds it noteworthy that both Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy were assassinated while attempting to get around the international bankers, “Lincoln by issuing his own money, greenbacks, and Kennedy in bypassing the Fed with US notes in 1963.”

He touched on why third parties in US politics are useful only to whichever of the two major parties don’t share the vote with them. Third parties never win, they just assure that whichever major candidate is closest to them in ideology will lose when they split the vote and leave the other candidate with the most votes of any of the three candidates — though not necessarily a majority.

Ross Perot, the third-party candidateIn 1992, voters saw this happen with Ross Perot causing the first George Bush to lose, thereby enabling Bill Clinton to become president with less than a majority of votes cast. However, that same trick has happened many times in US history: Teddy Roosevelt’s Progressive Party in 1912 comes to mind.

My August 25 article, Both Democrats and Republicans Are Bad For America’s Finances, explored the uselessness of third parties as well. If you visit the article, be sure to read the excellent reader discussion at the bottom. I concluded that without campaign finance reform and instant runoff voting put in place, third parties will never serve as anything more than foils to one of the major candidates on the ballot. Thus, we’re stuck with choosing between kettles and pots in every election, and the kettles and pots are forged in the same fires of special interest funding.

Marrs commented on this subject in the Veritas interview attached at the bottom of this review. He discusses how politicians need television advertising, which is outrageously expensive and must be paid in cash, so they end up accepting money from the usual special interest groups. From 4:20 to 4:50 in the attached segment, Marrs says that once they’ve done that, “now they’re on the payroll; they’re bought and paid-for. And that’s a good majority of them. But if that doesn’t work, then they set you up with a woman or a young boy or something, and they get the goods on you, or they take you out to a party and say, ‘here, you know, try some of this,’ give you some crack cocaine then take pictures of you, and then they got the rest of them blackmailed. And then, for the handful that refuse to be blackmailed or bought, well their plane crashes, and they just kill you.”

Taking over a nation’s finances à la the Federal Reserve was a coup for private bankers. The only one better would be taking over global finances, and that’s what Marrs and others think is going on right now. He writes that many “believe the goal of the current financial crisis is to destroy the US dollar as the currency of world finance and, in the resulting chaos, put in its place a globalist-run monetary authority that pledges such a crisis shall not happen again.” If so, it would not be the first time that panic and emergency measures were used to implement long-term goals that would be impossible in normal times when clearer heads dominate.

G-20 national delegatesMarrs discusses the Financial Stability Board (FSB) created in April 2009 during the G-20 London Summit. The FSB has its roots in the Financial Stability Forum (FSF) created in 1999 within the Bank for International Settlements. The new FSB “can set standards, policies, and regulations and then pass them on to the respective nations.” The chair of the FSB is Italy’s central bank head, Mario Draghi, a former Goldman Sachs executive and World Bank director. And you thought Goldman owned only America’s financial system! President Obama committed the US to follow the directives of the FSB when he signed the G-20 communiqué in London on April 2, 2009. With that, America’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and other financial regulatory bodies became subordinate to central bankers of other nations and the European Union.

Bruce Wiseman, president of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights and former chairman of the history department at John F. Kennedy University, told Marrs that Obama had “essentially turn[ed] over financial control of the country, and the planet, to a handful of central bankers, who, besides dictating policy covering everything from your retirement income to shareholder rights, will additionally have access to your health and education records.”

That “handful of central bankers” met just last Sunday for the Basel III negotiations and came up with a proposed set of new international banking rules, to be ratified by the Group of 20 leading industrial and developing nations in November.

Meanwhile, the pillaging of America’s finances continues expeditiously in the offices of the Federal Reserve. Its inspector general, Elizabeth A. Coleman “stunned a congressional panel” in May 2009 by “verifying that her office could not account for $9 trillion worth of off-balance sheet transactions made by the Fed between September 2008 and May 2009.” That’s quite a collection of misplaced receipts.

Beyond finance, Marrs examined the way large multinational food companies have taken control of government regulatory bodies to pave the way for mass-produced, unhealthy products that are more profitable than their natural alternatives. He looked at how Monsanto, specifically, patents seeds and takes over entire agricultural systems by legally binding farmers to use its seeds. He quotes Brian Thomas Fitzgerald of Greenpeace as saying, “By claiming global monopoly patent rights throughout the entire food chain, Monsanto seeks to make farmers and food producers, and ultimately consumers, entirely dependent and reliant on one single corporate entity for a basic human need.”

Smart ChoicesThe entire food industry is locked up by a few giants that run such scams as the Smart Choices Program, supposedly intended to provide consumers with a quick guide to what’s good for them based on dietary guidelines. Marrs quotes its website as saying that the program “covers food and beverages in 19 distinct product categories, including cereals, meats, fruits, vegetables, dairy, and snacks, allowing shoppers to compare similar products.” In reality, it’s “nothing less than an industry scam, created and paid for by such outfits as Coca-Cola, ConAgra, General Mills, Kellogg’s, Kraft, and PepsiCo.”

The program’s approved products receive a bold, green checkmark printed on the fronts of their packages beside the reassuring phrase, “Smart Choices,” hinting to consumers that they don’t need to pore over the tedious list of ingredients and chemicals to guarantee their families nutritionally good taste. The items receiving the mark, however, are questionable. The list of approved brands includes such mainstays of nourishment as Froot Loops and Fudgesicle bars.

Marrs quotes former Texas agricultural commissioner and syndicated columnist Jim Hightower as saying, “But even by industry standards, this is goofy. I mean — come on, Froot Loops? A serving of this stuff is 41% sugar. That’s a heavier dose than if you fed cookies to your kids for breakfast. Wow, talk about setting a low bar for nutritional quality! Indeed, food manufacturers can slap a Smart Choice label on a product just by adding some vitamin C to it, even if the product also contains caffeine, saccharine, and chemical additives known to cause cancer and other diseases. That’s not smart, it’s stupid — and deceptive.”

It’s also a great way to get chemicals into people that make them more controllable, which is what Marrs thinks is actually going on. This began at roughly the same time the Federal Reserve came onto the scene, about 100 years ago. The Pure Food and Drug Act was passed in 1906 to supposedly protect the public from harmful chemicals found in many food preservatives that had begun showing up at about that time. In 1933, however, Arthur Kallet and F. J. Schlink published 100,000,000 Guinea Pigs: Dangers in Everyday Foods, Drugs and Cosmetics. The authors said that they wrote the book “in the interest of the consumer, who does not yet realize that he is being used as a guinea pig.”

Marrs quotes Kallet and Schlink: “If the poison is such that it acts slowly and insidiously, perhaps over a long period of years . . . then we poor consumers must be test animals all our lives; and when, in the end, the experiment kills us a year or ten years sooner than otherwise we would have died, no conclusions can be drawn and a hundred million others are available for further tests.”

With lifespans growing longer each decade, it’s hard to make the case that life has become less healthy under the influence of corporations. However, could it be possible that the food-borne “poisons” are not intended to kill people, but rather to control them? Marrs thinks so.

IG Farben's "state within a state"Another group with strong governmental ties is the pharmaceutical industry, and it, too, seems to be filling humans with chemicals that make them more docile and malleable to the desires of globalists. Big pharma has been phasing out natural remedies and leaving only expensive prescriptions on the market as healing agents. Marrs traces the origins of many of today’s largest big pharma outfits to the Nazi IG Farben complex, famous for its chemical research by luminaries like Otto Bayer, but infamous for working to help the Nazi government achieve its goals and for exploiting slave laborers at places such as Auschwitz concentration camp. In June 1943, US Senator Homer T. Bone told the Senate Committee on Military Affairs, “Farben was Hitler and Hitler was Farben.” After the war, 13 of the company’s directors were sentenced at the Nuremberg Trials.

What became of the patents and methodologies of IG Farben? They were claimed by the United States. West Germany’s first chancellor, Konrad Adenauer, said, “According to a statement made by an American expert, the patents formerly belonging to IG Farben have given the American chemical industry a lead of at least 10 years.”

Among the Nazi methods of controlling people that are now accepted as normal in America, Marrs examined sodium fluoridation. Is fluoride in toothpaste and municipal water systems really intended to keep your teeth white and healthy, or to make you more psychologically controllable?

Marrs quotes Charles Eliot Perkins, a US industrial chemist who was sent by the US government to help rebuild the IG Farben chemical plants in Germany at the end of World War II. In 1954, Perkins wrote a letter to the Lee Foundation for Nutritional Research, announcing that he’d learned the Nazi regime had used sodium fluoride as a method of “mass control.” The following is an excerpt from Perkins’s letter that Marrs provides:

I want to make this very definite and very positive. The real reason behind water fluoridation is not to benefit children’s teeth. . . . The real purpose behind water fluoridation is to reduce the resistance of the masses to domination and control and loss of liberty. Repeated doses of infinitesimal amounts of fluorine will in time gradually reduce the individual’s power to resist domination by slowly poisoning and narcotizing this area of brain tissue, and make him submissive to the will of those who wish to govern him. . . . I say this with the earnestness and sincerity of a scientist who has spent nearly 20 years’ research into the chemistry, biochemistry, physiology and pathology of “fluorine”. . . . Any person who drinks artificially fluoridated water for a period of one year or more will never again be the same person, mentally or physically.

I’m glad I grew up drinking from a private well in the Rocky Mountains!

Even that might not keep a person safe, though, as Marrs makes clear. Fluoride is a key ingredient in Prozac and many other psychotropic drugs. The scientific name for Prozac is even fluoxetine, which is 94% fluoride.

CORRECTION: I wrote the above paragraph in the original review after reading the following in Marrs’s book: “Most people do not realize that fluoride is a key ingredient in Prozac and many other psychotropic drugs. Prozac, whose scientific name is fluoxetine, is 94% fluoride.” Reader and medical doctor Don Frommer corrected that by emailing me the following: “The formula for [Prozac] is C17H18F3NO and its molecular weight is 309.3. This means that fluorine is only 3 out of the 40 atoms constituting it and 18% of it by weight.” I checked two other sources, and they confirmed what Dr. Frommer wrote. Thus, Marrs is wrong on this point. That makes Dr. Strangelove, referenced in the following paragraph, all the more amusing. I would like to thank Dr. Frommer for his help, and apologize to all of my readers for not catching this error prior to publishing my initial review.

Dr. Strangelove, played by Peter SellersTo be fair, the claim that fluoride is being used to control the masses has been widely dismissed over past decades as excessive paranoia. It was part of the “Red Scare” of the 1940s and 1950s, and was even lampooned in Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 film Dr. Strangelove, in which the character General Jack D. Ripper kicks off a nuclear war to head off what he sees as a communist plot to “sap and impurify” the “precious bodily fluids” of the American people with fluoridated water.

Still, what if making fun of fluoridation is exactly what the globalists want? Marrs claims that studies show that the benefits of fluoride are greatly outweighed by its detriments but, “Given the massive amounts of money being paid by the pharmaceutical corporations to the corporate mass media, it is highly doubtful that many Americans will learn of the results of these studies any time soon. The entire history of fluoride in America is one of deceit and conspiracy.”

Beyond fluoride, Marrs examines the way the medical industry has morphed over time to reward doctors for prescribing drugs and to use experimental drugs on soldiers. With those twin platforms in place, government-connected pharmaceuticals that trace their roots back to the days of Nazi Germany have a drug pipeline into the veins of almost every American.

What’s the plan? Marrs writes that being able to put toxins into the masses fits “the agenda of the wealthy elite who have long supported eugenics and have been looking for ways to cull the human herd of ‘useless eaters.'” He refers to a 1974 report from the US National Security Council under Henry Kissinger stating that population growth in the so-called lesser-developed countries represented a serious threat to US national security. It’s not just the US population that globalists want under their thumbs, it’s the world population.

Marrs quotes Maxwell Taylor, former ambassador to South Vietnam and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and England’s Prince Philip as saying that the world population is out of control and should be brought back into control. Taylor suggested limited wars, disease, and starvation and said, “I have already written off more than a billion people.” Philip said, “The more people there are, the more resources they’ll consume, the more pollution they’ll create, the more fighting they will do. We have no option. If it isn’t controlled voluntarily, it will be controlled involuntarily by an increase in disease, starvation and war.”

OverpopulationWhile callous, the statements are factual. I’ve examined at length how all of the world’s major challenges share a root cause of overpopulation. I’ve also given up hope that the population will rein itself in voluntarily. The parts of the world growing quickly aren’t even aware of most of the planet’s challenges, much less the desirability of not breeding beyond replacement level. Still, if Marrs is correct that many of the government manipulations by industry are part of a global elitist plan to “cull the herd,” it’s a tad disturbing.

President Obama’s “science czar” is a man named John Holdren. His job is to counsel the president on the role of science in public policy. Back in the 1970s, Holdren wrote, “If some individuals contribute to general social deterioration by overproducing children, and if the need is compelling, they [could] be required by law to exercise reproductive responsibility. . .” Among the methods of enforcing population limits, Holdren researched involuntary sterilization, abortion, and mass sterilization through the infiltration of sterilizing agents into the public water supplies. Aha! A pattern emerges. Given Holdren’s background, it was hard to not think twice about his endorsement of mass vaccination against the swine flu.

Speaking of which, did you ever wonder what happened to that scare? I wrote a short piece called “Swine Flu’s Pandemic of Fear” in the May 2009 issue of The Kelly Letter, here in its entirety:

Swine flu. What a joke. Every year, the media get more desperate for ways to rile up the masses as the masses are ever more zoned out in front of game consoles and whatever else they waste time on.

It seems the word “pandemic” still packs firepower, now that Hollywood has made it the focus of a few blockbusters. The phrase “swine flu” combined with “pandemic” was too good to pass up, so it became the news item with the biggest media footprint year to date.

People are so out of touch, they stopped eating pork. Real news flash: it was never communicable via cooked meat. It was only communicable via exposure to infected pigs, and very few people experience that. Had anybody bothered to read past the headlines, they might have noticed.

For that matter, had anybody bothered to read history, they might have noticed this wasn’t the first time we’ve seen a pandemic scare in the media, nor even the first time we’ve seen a swine flu scare. The first swine flu scare happened all the way back in 1976, and we seemed to have pulled through that one intact. We also survived SARS in 2003 and bird flu in 2005. I guess we were due for a new one.

The word “pandemic” needs to be reserved for true population-threatening outbreaks. One way for journalists to make sure it’s reserved for such moments would be to read its definition. From Merriam-Webster, a pandemic is an “[Epidemic] occurring over a wide geographic area and affecting an exceptionally high proportion of the population.”

Did swine flu ever qualify? No. Less than 400 people were infected in the source country of Mexico, and less than 20 died. A single plane crash or train wreck affects more people, and some auto accidents are deadlier.

Moreover, it wasn’t even deadly as far as influenza strains go. The US reports an average of 36,000 deaths per year from influenza. That’s about 100 people per day in normal times, yet swine flu with its total body count of less than 20 turned into a news story so big that the president of the United States felt compelled to urge Americans to stay calm, but wash their hands and cover their mouths when coughing.

Vice President Joe Biden went further, saying on the Today show last week: “I wouldn’t go anywhere in confined places now. It’s not going to Mexico, it’s you’re in a confined aircraft when one person sneezes it goes all the way through the aircraft. That’s me. I would not be, at this point, if they had another way of transportation, suggesting they ride the subway. So from my perspective, what it relates to is mitigation. If you’re out in the middle of a field and someone sneezes, that’s one thing. If you’re in a closed aircraft or a closed container, a closed car, a closed classroom, it’s a different thing.”

Then again, why go out of the house at all? The right thing would have been to issue a nationwide lockdown where only those with enough rations to wait out the pandemic could survive. Don’t forward this to any politicians. They’d probably run with it.

In case you’re wondering what real pandemics look like, here’s a quick summary. The bubonic plague wiped out half of Europe’s population between 550 and 700 (Think the news cycle could keep people interested for 150 years?). Black Death, which was probably also bubonic plague, killed 75 million people in the four years from 1347 to 1351. More recently, the 1968 Hong Kong Flu killed 750,000.

Just to recap, swine flu killed less than 20. That’s so far. A week ago, the figure was around 200, then dropped to 100, so the next stop may be zero.

Yesterday, Mexican Health Secretary Jose Cordova said, “The attack rate is not as broad as was thought.” You don’t say. Some of us never did think it was broad. Perhaps health officials could employ a little common sense in future situations so they don’t stumble into panicky assessments based on thin data.

The only good to come of this news cycle was a reminder to thinkers like you that media need to be taken with more than a grain of salt, they need a 50-pound block.

Marrs agrees with me. He wrote, “Despite the fact that only twenty swine flu deaths were reported in Mexico by September 1, 2009, the US corporate mass media continued a blitz of coverage on what was described as a pending pandemic.” He quotes Joel Skousen of World Affairs Brief as writing, “[Swine flu is] not an epidemic. This has all the markings of a propaganda campaign benefiting the huge pharmaceutical firms producing vaccines. It’s more than monetary motives that are driving this push. There seems to be a long-term agenda of making people totally dependent upon government money and actions to manage health.”

Marrs finds it “necessary to note that Daniel Vasella, chairman and CEO of Novartis, has regularly attended the secretive Bilderberg meetings since 1998.” It can’t be a coincidence that, “just two months after the 2009 Bilderberg meeting in Athens, the US government gave Novartis $690 million to manufacture swine flu vaccines.” Who else attends Bilderberg meetings? Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, among others.

Marrs concludes that swine flu was “just another scam to increase profits for the pharmaceutical corporations and a failed attempt to see how much public control could be garnered by the globalist fascists.”

He reports that a former editor in chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Marcia Angell, said that big pharma “has moved very far from its original high purpose of discovering and producing useful new drugs and it [is] now primarily a marketing machine to sell drugs of dubious benefit.” She thinks big pharma “uses its wealth and power to co-opt every institution that might stand in its way, including the US Congress, the FDA, academic medical centers, and the medical profession itself [as] most of its marketing efforts are focused on influencing doctors, since they must write the prescriptions.”

Chemicals weren’t the only way that Nazis controlled German society or that Communists controlled Soviet society. Another way was through psychiatric manipulation, and Marrs finds plenty of evidence of that taking place in America.

He quotes an article from the April 1993 edition of Atlantic Monthly: “A growing proportion of many school budgets is devoted to counseling and other psychological services. The curriculum is becoming more therapeutic: children are taking courses in self-esteem, conflict resolution, and aggression management. Parental advisory groups are conscientiously debating alternative approaches to traditional school discipline, ranging from teacher training in mediation to the introduction of metal detectors and security guards in the schools. Schools are increasingly becoming emergency rooms of the emotions, devoted to … repairing hearts.”

Child psychologistMarrs backs that up with numbers, reporting that “the number of child psychologists in US schools grew from a mere 500 in 1940 to more than 22,000 by 1990. In 2006, the number of school psychologists, including clinical and consultation, had grown to 152,000, with an anticipated 176,000 by 2016.”

This stunning growth is “worrisome to those who recall that in both Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, the incarcerations and, ultimately, the genocides practiced there all began innocuously as mental health programs. Persons who were considered defective, either physically or mentally, were the first victims of the Nazis, long before they turned to the Jews.”

It seems to Marrs that “our entire educational system merely churns out young people prepared for either wage slavery or to become teachers.”

Of course, things don’t always go according to plan. Not every subject responds desirably to a regimen of brainwashing and drugs. You may have noticed the growing number of school shootings and teen suicides in recent decades. Marrs finds it disturbing that “virtually all of these killings have involved a student who was on — or was just coming off — mood altering drugs.” The tragedy at Columbine High School was partly caused by Eric Harris taking the prescription drug Luvox, argues Dr. Peter Breggin in his book Reclaiming Our Children. This is not a new type of observation. Consider the following from a 1999 article by Dr. Julian Whitaker in Health and Healing: “[V]irtually all of the gun-related massacres that have made headlines over the past decade have had one thing in common: they were perpetrated by people taking Prozac, Zoloft, Luvox, Paxil or a related anti-depressant drug.”

Is it possible that the collapsing economy and skyrocketing debt, which cripple the ability of ordinary people to amass capital with which to create personal financial freedom, is a deliberate creation by those who want to retain power for themselves? Specifically with regard to the drug industry, Marrs thinks so: “The effort by big pharm to mold education, physicians, politicians, and even health care in general to its will requires massive amounts of money. Such great sums are only available to the globalists with Nazi roots and well beyond the reach of even well-off Americans, thanks to a crumbling economy and never-before-seen debt.”

Our nation, which was “once an industrial fountainhead, spewing forth streams of consumer goods such as automobiles, televisions, and refrigerators in international trade” is now “merely a nation of zombies working in the service industry. Today, America’s largest consumer goods industries are health care and legal drugs.”

The poor educational results in America are fishy, too, seeing how they help further the agenda of those who want to control the masses. Marrs writes, “The dumbed-down condition of the schools is puzzling to many people since never before in history has a student population had access to such a wide variety and depth of educational resources. Yet, at the same time, never in the history of the world have students as a whole been less informed about the world largely due to a fixation on technology and self-interest.”

The Dumbest GenerationHe quotes Mark Bauerlein, author of The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future: “Once youths enter the digital realm, the race for [their] attention begins, and it doesn’t like to stop for a half-hour with a novel or a trip to the museum. Digital offerings don’t like to share, and tales of Founding Fathers and ancient battles and Gothic churches can’t compete with a message from a boyfriend, photos from the party, and a new device in the Apple Store window.”

The education system is dumbed-down, so it produces dumbed-down teachers who produce dumbed-down students who become a dumbed-down population. Marrs calls that “the exact situation desired by old man Rockefeller and the elite globalists. The correlation is uncanny. It begs the question: Is this sheer happenstance or a conscious agenda?”

The zombie population is doing its part. Marrs reminds us that “there are more Americans living off the government than paying into it” because “Congress has allowed more and more nonproducers to live off the largesse of fewer and fewer producers.” Americans watch more TV these days than ever before, around 150 hours per month, with the “mass media currently in the hands of only five major multinational corporations: AOL-Time Warner, the Walt Disney Company, Viacom, Vivendi Universal, and News Corporation.” That’s led to once so-called watchdog media turning “into lapdogs for their corporate (and political) owners, which in turn has allowed the government to manipulate the public through national fearmongering.”

Echoing sentiments I’ve written many times, Marrs thinks the political charade we endure every couple of years when choosing between the puppet on the left and the puppet on the right will never reinstate “the individual freedom and capitalist initiative that once brought this nation to new heights of technological and social success … Simply bouncing back and forth between conservative and liberal presidential administrations, both controlled from the shadows by the same globalists, will not do the job.”

Unfortunately, Marrs runs up against what everybody seeking change eventually hits: the only people who can effect change are those currently in office who are controlled by forces that don’t want change. He offers good ideas like changing the currency system so that dollar printing is approved by Congress and issued by the Treasury as Treasury notes, placing Congress under the same Social Security plan as the rest of the nation, rescinding the National Security Act of 1947 that allows presidents to start wars without the consent of Congress, limiting corporations to just one lobbyist per congressman, rescinding the PATRIOT Act to stop its infringements on Americans’ civil liberties, and truly reforming the global banking system.

Every smart person I know agrees with that list and others like it. The problem is that each idea is politically impossible to achieve. Most have a been-there-tried-that quality to them, and yet the general deterioration of American society continues apace.

Obama SucksMarrs himself seems to acknowledge that reality when he predicts the tone of upcoming elections: “Taxpaying Americans will become so disenchanted and disgusted with the government’s attempts to turn America into a socialist government that they will accept an inevitable right-wing backlash. Again, America will oscillate back to a National Socialist administration as an answer to the country’s problems. As the economy deteriorates and the police state tightens its grip, the corporate mass media will present to the public a new leader as the nation’s savior.”

The evidence points to a worsening situation on all fronts, hinting that a major collapse is all that will reset the system. Marrs touches on this by mentioning that it’s “time to remember the three boxes of freedom — the Soap Box, the Ballot Box, and the Ammo Box.” Fine, but the first two have failed us miserably for nigh on 50 years now. That leaves only the third box, and citizens are already making sure it’s ready for what’s coming.

Marrs reports, “According to Federal National Instant Criminal Background Check system statistics, between January and March 2009 [the first three months of the Obama administration], Americans bought 3,818,056 firearms. . . . Is it possible that the nation is arming for something other than self-protection? Is a violent revolution inevitable?”

I’ve been exploring that theme in recent issues of The Kelly Letter, with a specific focus on the coming scramble for oil. The outlook is not good.

I’ll conclude with a paragraph from the final section of the book, which follows one suggesting that the only way Americans can prevail against the global elitists is by coming together in a way that enables “men and women of good intention and faith” to “agree to disagree…without being disagreeable.” The problem:

“To prevent such thoughtful unity, the globalist fascists have attempted to break the United States into divisions of race, sex, age, generation, and culture. They pit bureaucrats, politicians, academics, corporate leaders, and the public against one another in an agenda of divide and conquer … using their corporate mass media assets to degrade the popular culture, downgrade the education process, permit acceptance of a steady flow of illegal immigrants, and divide the population over peripheral issues such as party politics, abortion, sexual relationships, stem-cell research, so-called hate crimes, and the like.”

Right, and as I wrote in Financially Stupid People, “the moronic masses open wide for every lure.”

Here’s a clip of Jim Marrs on Veritas with Mel Fabregas:

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  1. Posted December 21, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    Here is my problem with all of this. The New Financial Order seeks a new housing bubble. But it seeks a housing bubble that is being stopped by Dodd-Frank and the Volcker Rule.

    1. I don’t see most Democrats opposing these laws, but I see lots of Republicans opposing these laws. Why? Because that is what the international cabal wants.

    2. The Democrats allow oil speculation, but not to the degree that the Republicans do.

    3. The Republicans want to rekindle the cold war with the missile shield.

    Those three compelling facts lead me to believe that the most dangerous party is the Republican Party. The New Financial Order has certainly made inroads to the Democratic Party. Bill Clinton, Rubin, Geithner, Summers come to mind as representatives of that order.

    But at some point, the system will devour itself. And the Republicans want to hasten the bubble mentality even more than the Democrats. There is a difference.

    How long that difference will last is anyone’s guess, but there is a clear difference. If Hillary Clinton is elected president, we will find out a lot about her allegiance, based upon her support or lack of support for Dodd-Frank and Volcker.

  2. Patrick
    Posted August 28, 2011 at 7:01 am | Permalink

    It requires control of the justice system to pull it off. That is now pretty much in place in the U.S. The American Bar Association controls all avenues of power, so that the three branches of government are in reality not in conflict with each other. There is always someone trying to be heard, but the ABA moves swiftly, using 1803 judicial review to operate above the law. I have much more evidence if interested, but remain under constant threat.

    • Y
      Posted August 31, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

      Please tell…

  3. Ron
    Posted February 27, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Permalink


    Thank you so much for the review of Jim Marr´s book… I have read several
    of his books… One has to read them to get more of his validation of some of his
    research. He say´s that he does not believe in conspiracy theories but in facts
    that lead to conclusions…

  4. Mike
    Posted September 25, 2010 at 3:21 am | Permalink

    Jason, I have enjoyed all of your books and consider you to be pretty sensible, so I won’t throw you overboard for reviewing Jim Marrs’s book. There definitely IS “something” going on, although I may not know exactly what that “something” is. The wormhole of conspiratorial thought is so never-ending that if I were committed to finding out what “it” is, I would surely have to close my business just to find the time to pursue it all.

    I have figured out a few of the easier things, however. First, I fervently believe that the government is NOT on our side. Secondly, I feel that the Federal Reserve system has and continues to ruin us financially. There is a video on the website which is fascinating to watch.

    My point to you would be the following: OK, so there is a conspiracy to rule the world. My question is, how can I figure out what “they” are doing in terms of money and investing so that I can profit from their controlling machinations? The more noble cause of exposing and unraveling it all may be beyond our individual capabilities, but the ability to insulate and protect our own family’s future by hitching a ride on the coattails of the “powers that be” is something that we may be able to accomplish. Perhaps, as the only financial guru in the room, you could try to provide such enlightenment. Thanks for the read.

  5. clark
    Posted September 21, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    What use do infants have for fluoride?

    If fluoride is just for healthy teeth, why are companies putting Extra Amounts in bottles of water with labels that say they are for infants?

    Mother’s Choice – with extra fluoride for infants, found on grocery store shelves in America.
    Or the name brand, Nursery – found at well known pharmacies.

  6. David
    Posted September 21, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    Plenty of good reading here:

    This is primarily about education, but don’t let that stop you from seeing the bigger picture.

  7. SeekTheTruth
    Posted September 21, 2010 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    A lot of opinions and assumptions on this thread. Now for your viewing enjoyment check out these videos related to this discussion then make an informed decision. Enjoy!

    The World According to Mansanto! (Its not only about money but control)

    The Money Masters – How International Bankers Gained Control of America

    Are the oil companies controling us?
    Stan Meyer’s Water Powered Dune Buggy ( Stan Meyers was Murdered for His Invention)

    Aerosol Crimes (Yes the Goverment & UN are spraying on us via jet aircraft, just look up!)

    Aspartame: Sweet Misery A Poisoned World

    I love your books and openess to speak the truth!

  8. Posted September 20, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    Tooth decay is a distraction. If flouride’s purpose were dental, then toothpaste content would suffice. There is no reason for ingestion. Dental science has only studied topical application.

    Ozone purifies water with beneficial health effects, including dental. It is common in Europe.

    The purpose of flouridated water is mental. Flouride empowers psych drugs like Prozac. It creates a docile, lower-IQ population. Its origins trace back to WWII camps. There is much science on brain effects, a lot still classified, but that isn’t what TV talking heads tell Joe Sixpack is the relevant science.

    Suppose you don’t buy that. Fine. There is a simpler reason. A toxic hazmat waste from the aluminum and power industries now sells to cities (taxpayers) for profit. Nice work if you can get it.

  9. Posted September 20, 2010 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    Thank you to everybody who has commented so far. It’s obvious that this article stirred up strong emotions of agreement and disagreement, and even raised doubts in some people’s minds about whether I’m a trustworthy source of information. I’ll address that concern, and then follow up on some of the points made in the comments.

    I believe that casting a wide net for information is the best way to approach a subject. The troubles facing America are legion, so the net we need to cast in an effort to understand them and find solutions to them must be especially large. Not every idea we catch in that net will necessarily pass muster with us. As Joe Smith commented above on Sept. 17, some will “not pass the sniff test.”

    It seems, for instance, that fluoridation of water and toothpaste is acceptable to most readers. Does that mean it was wrong for Marrs to share Nazi research related to it? No. Does the fact that Marrs botched the percentage of fluorine in Prozac mean that his points about big pharma’s manipulation of politics and medicine are meaningless? No.

    I mentioned early in the article that what jumped out at me from Marrs’s book is that his main points are being made with different evidence in more mainstream media and in a different style right now. Those main points are: something fishy is going on in the world of finance, our food supply is controlled by too few corporations, healthcare is being manipulated for profit, and the US is becoming more socialist over time.

    How many mainstream articles have you read complaining about Goldman Sachs controlling the US financial system? If you don’t like Marrs making the point, then turn to Rolling Stone. Here’s how Matt Taibbi’s famous “Great American Bubble Machine” article of July 2009 began:

    “The first thing you need to know about Goldman Sachs is that it’s everywhere. The world’s most powerful investment bank is a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money.”

    Read the whole article at

    Marrs and others trace the influence of Goldman and other parties at the center of the global financial system back to the Rothschilds then Rockefellers and so on through generations of secret societies to modern day influence. We don’t need to buy the whole cloth to get the picture that several ways of researching show Goldman Sachs to possess a deleterious influence on the money system.

    In that spirit, then, I decided to share the main points of The Trillion-Dollar Conspiracy here. Besides, I thought readers might enjoy a little time outside the usual sources I read. I didn’t review this book to spread fear or try tricking anybody or to give my critics a whole new way to attack my credibility, though in the latter I apparently succeeded admirably. I did it to provoke thought.

    To some of the main points brought up in comments:

    • Barbara wrote on Sept. 14 that “to say repeatedly that we are a nation of ‘zombies’ is not a fact.” No, but Marrs does a good job explaining what he means by the description. I used just part of the section at the beginning of my review. Here it is in longer form, which reveals why he chose the word zombie: “What does one call a country that seems to be merely mimicking the robust republic it used to be, whose population has been dumbed down by controversial education programs, drugged out by an ever-growing pharmaceutical industry, and frightened into submission by constant threats of terrorism and economic collapse? Would this not be a zombie nation? A nation that goes through the motions in commerce, politics, health, and education but without a spark of life, verve, or enthusiasm?”
    • Several people believe that preparing for swine flu with vaccinations was a good idea. Note, by the way, that skepticism over swine flu doesn’t mean that Marrs thinks we should not have vaccinated against polio, as Joe Smith hinted in his comment. While swine flu is real, the 2009 outbreak did not deserve the attention it received and was a very good way for big pharma to make big bucks. Whether it helped to pass Obamacare, as Alison suggested, I can’t say. The article that I wrote at the time of the scare, however, shows that I never believed the hype. I still don’t, and found it interesting that plenty of others doubted it as well. Have I received vaccinations? Yes, and I don’t question the excellent work done by Jonas Salk with polio or Edward Jenner with smallpox. Finding the swine flu hype to be absurd does not equal rejection of all medical research. Please keep that in mind.
    • It’s clear that Lyndon LaRouche is widely written-off as a nut. Notice that I didn’t quote LaRouche, I quoted Marrs’s quote of LaRouche. I don’t regularly read LaRouche and do, in fact, find much of his worldview to be weird. However, I’ve never liked identity politics when it prevents us from considering an opinion just because we dislike its source. For instance, there are some Americans who hate Obama so much that they will automatically resist any idea he presents. That’s not healthy. Similarly, I don’t support LaRouche across the board or even read much of his material, but what’s wrong with his desire to reinstate the banking protections of Glass-Steagall? Most financial writers believe that we should, yet many of them would dismiss LaRouche out of hand. That’s the part that I find fascinating in all this. Researchers as widely separated as Robert Scheer (author of The Great American Stickup, a more mainstream title recommended in a comment by Jeffrey Miller on Sept. 17) and Lyndon LaRouche agree that we need to reinstate Glass-Steagall. You don’t have to love LaRouche to find that compelling.
    • Some people saw the word “conspiracy” and immediately associated the book and my review with aliens and David Icke’s writing. I agree that the scary music in the interview with Marrs is not necessary and does reduce the credibility of the material. However, let’s focus just on what the book covers and the evidence it presents. Neither Marrs nor I suggested anything about aliens or a master race of lizards. Come on. Read the main points of the article again: economic manipulations, the inability of third-party candidates to win national elections, why all politicians are the same, the US becoming more socialist and global, corporate control of the food industry, the unhealthy influence of big pharma on health care, the desire to reduce the human population, the dumbing down of the population through drugs and soft psychology and an education system focused on churning out workers, and a paralyzed political system incapable of change because every participant is beholden to the same special interests. There’s nothing otherworldly or patently inane about any of that.

    I would like to thank longtime reader Alan Furth for demonstrating in his comment above that research into alternative theories does not equal madness. There are lesser known, legitimate views of the news that it would behoove all of us to know about.

    I hope this follow-up allayed some of the concerns that I was irresponsible to review Marrs’s book, and clarified why I chose to do so. Whether you agree or disagree, I appreciate your taking the time to read my articles and the comments made by other readers.

  10. WakeUp
    Posted September 19, 2010 at 11:30 pm | Permalink
    I am simply amazed at how people refuse to accept that this is really going on. I also didn’t want to believe… but I read this article below about 9/11 and it really opened my eyes and made me realize how powerful they are, and how compleletly we are failed and lost as a nation. Please take the time to read this article below. 9/11 was a false flag event. Yes that’s true. Don’t believe me??? See… I live in reality and we have this weird thing called the Law of Conservation of Momentum… and… well….ummm.. it seems that all 3 buildings on 9/11 that fell down violated this law some how? For the scientific minded please read the article, it gives facts and also 138 notes of reference if you still don’t get it or have a problem understanding. Read the article and then pass it along to others so the truth can be heard.

    Calling out Jason is WRONG! He has enough b@@@s to actually research these subjects and speak out about them. Do the research yourself before you label someone or think they have crossed some line. Or….. just turn on the news they will tell you what you should think…. its obvious by some of the above sheeple’s posts.

  11. H.E.F.
    Posted September 19, 2010 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    Well said Jason. And it’s wise to remember; there are far more unbelievers than the few informed. It has always been this way. When the world situation worsens and affects the unbelievers (and doubters) personally, perhaps they may then awaken. The negative comments, directed at you, remind me how uninformed the masses are — and what will be the price for it.

  12. gerald owens
    Posted September 19, 2010 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    I think Lyn’s comments sum up my thoughts and I am disturbed that I value your newsletter and the good reputation it has. Your comments here appear to undermine your objectiveness.

  13. Scot
    Posted September 18, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    For one, I am thumbs down on this sort of rhetoric. I appreciate you wanting to take time to look at the problem from “all angles”, but I see no value at publishing perspectives like this and giving a platform for groups or individuals who make such claims. There is no supernatural in the physical world, only the spiritual one. There are no vampires, or werewolves, or a race of physical beings capable of orchestrating world domination.

    Please help us solve the problem of where to put our money, and tell us why. I am investing for my family’s future; I want them and future generations to have it better than I do. And please don’t tell me to invest in florine producing companies….

  14. Posted September 18, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    Jason, a few comments…
    when i started reading your review, several items and topics looked very plausible and interesting. by the time i got to the recorded interview, it began to sound like your brain had been invaded by conspiracy theorists and had been taken over.

    then it went to the fluoride issue… fluoride, even as your correction implied but didn’t explicity say, is NOT the same a FLUORINE, much the same as sodium OR chlorine can kill you quickly, but their combination, SodiumChloride is necessary for life and adds some nice flavor to many foods if not used in excess.

    yeah, Prozac does contain flourine AND chlorine, as it’s delivered as a hydrochloride, too, but i’ve been on Prozac for about fifteen years for chronic depression and been using either fluoridated toothpaste or drinking fluoridated water since each came out, and one visit to my personal blogsite should convince MOST people that i’m not very “psychologically controllable” as Marrs claims i should be…
    enjoy and the subsections like “Lessons” as examples of my “controllability.”

    so then i wondered… did you write this piece with tongue in cheek or as a poll/test/sampling of your readership to determine how many of us would buy into all of the conspiracy claims that were included…

    in any of those cases, if remotely true, it’s lowered your credibility in my “controllable mind.”

    i’ve seen enough conspiracy crap on Yahoo, and even Linked-In blog sites to realize that many minds are “controllable” by rampant BS and it doesn’t look like anyone needs fluoridation to make it happen.

    Douglas R. Hofstadter wrote of “viral ideas” which use human minds as their medium for replication, and these just seem to be a great list of examples.

  15. Posted September 18, 2010 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    Hi Jason, kudos to you for having an open mind an being courageous enough to explore alternative points of view away from the mainstream.

    While I agree with the comments of some of your readers regarding the fishiness of La Rouche and other so called “conspiracy theorists,” and I cannot fully comment on Marrs as I havent read his material, I have also been stricken by a few of them who have done extremely interesting, solid and illuminating research.

    My favorite so far is the work of G. Edward Griffin, specially in the areas of monetary analysis and the historical roots of collectivist ideology. I am at the moment absolutely immersed reading the material on his website for the second time. There are so many references to interesting books and historical documents that I decided to read each one of them, one by one:

    In particular, I think it is essential to read a 1,700 page book by Professor Carroll Quigley from Georgetown University (who had Bill Clinton among his students) entitled “The Anglo-American Establishment: From Rhodes to Cliveden,” in which he purportedly documents the history of a secret society founded by British mining mogul Cecil Rhodes, with the aim of infiltrating educational and other important institutions and using them as instruments for covertly promoting the expansion of the British empire. He claims the Council on Foreign Relations was a front of this society, and eventually taken over by J.P.Morgan and the Rockefeller Group for furthering similar form of imperialist-collectivist, world government agenda.

    I have also been thrilled by the work of journalist Edwin Black. He has written extensively on the history of the American Eugenics movement and how it relates to the Council on Foreign Relations, as well as the role played by corporations like IBM in supporting Nazi Germany:

    I frankly don’t see anything particularly outrageous in this line of reasoning. It is well established by the historical record that imperialistic ambitions of world dominance have intoxicated the minds of powerful people and intellectuals since time immemorial.

    My take is that Americans abhor the idea that their country has sadly been taken over by these sort of individuals — and who can blame them. But the fact is that rationalizing the aggressive neo-colonialist wars that their elected officials are waging on behalf of the powers that be as a noble quest for fighting terrorism and spreading democracy to other nations, is exactly what has taken the country, and the world, to the sad situation where it now stands. And perhaps it is also the reason why so many of the are scared to look at history from a non-mainstream perspective: They might find truths there that are just too hard to swallow.

    Keep up the great work!

  16. Posted September 17, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    Jason, I don’t know what you are smoking over there, but the book and your review have lost touch with reality. The basics: My older brother had polio. I got the vacine in time — I did not nor did my younger brother nor did you. My children are all protected. My childhood doctor’s brilliant son got the measels when he was 19 and ended up in an institution because his brain was gone. Could not happen to me or my children. We are vacinated. Your conspiracy involves way too many people and overlooks what was prevented by government and society acting together. A lot of good has happened. Had we not done some of these “conspiracy” acts such as vacinations, a lot more people would be dead, crippled, or vegetables and there would be a lot less wealth. Flouride is not dangerous and is helpful based on hard science and not a mental trip.

    I agree with many of your financial analyses but this conspiracy review shows you have too much time on your hands. Get back to Colorado. Work the ranch a little as I work my small acerage and you will come back to reality. This book does not pass the sniff test. Get a couple head of cattle and you will know what I mean. There are people who conspire but they are not necessarily successful nor are they immutable to chance which often foils the best laid plans. A good friend on mine in high school ended up in a mental institution with a very serious case of paranoia coupled with schizophrenia. She was extremely bright and could have written this book or the review.

    Your market analyses are very good as is your book. This review and Marr’s book are in conflict with your book and your previous publications.

  17. Jeffrey Miller
    Posted September 17, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    Jason I am extremely troubled by your giving space to conspiracy theorists like Jim Marrs, Lyndon LaRouche and their ilk. These men appeal to the basest of human emotions and bring out the worst qualities in many of their readers. Their tool are fear, racism and class envy. They write and speak in half truths and unfounded speculation. For an insight into their backgrounds and personalities one only needs to read their Wikipedia entries.

    During the McCarthy years many saw a communist under every rock and behind every tree and they dedicated themselves to purging our society of this perceived evil. Hitler during a time of economic turmoil, was able to coalesce similar feelings of unrest against an economically successful and religiously distinct group – Jews. He and his followers took control of their nation and fanned the fires of hate, fear and envy while an entire population stood by and watched millions perish.

    Two well documents books about the events that brought about the economic collapse and the ensuing Great Recession are “Thirteen Bankers” and “The Great American Stickup”. Anyone who wants to become enlightened about the dependency of the U.S. Congress on special interests only needs to read or watch Dr. Larry Lessig’s of Harvard Law YouTube videos. Also, of Harvard Law is Elizabeth Warren who has many excellent talks about the fleecing of the American consumer and the need for consumer protection. Chris Matthews of MSNBC put on a half hour special “The Rise of the New Right” to see the roll of the modern demagogue over the last half century in our nation. It is archived in five minute segments on the MSNBC site.

    Many believe that there is truly a battle going on for the hearts, minds and souls of free people everywhere. It is an epic battle that has been raging since the beginning of time and will only culminate at the end of days. I urge those reading this post to do two simple things: Pray to know the truth and have the courage to act upon it.

  18. KC Chuck
    Posted September 17, 2010 at 5:32 am | Permalink

    So where does this leave the Tea partiers-just to vent and moan and groan to make themselves feel like they are going to change the (rigged) system?

  19. Dennis
    Posted September 17, 2010 at 3:44 am | Permalink

    This reads as if it were a “rant” or “manifesto.”

    The term “global elite” suggests wealthy and powerful people. The singular term “a conspiracy” suggests that the “global elite” are banded together.

    The “global elite” reminds me of the “bourgeois” described in the Manifesto of the Communist Party by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels (1848, The “bourgeois” are the class of modern capitalists, owners of the means of social production and employers of wage labor.

    By Obama’s definition, the wealthy is anyone earning $250,000 or more a year. Very few (if any) earning $250,000 or more a year are not also business owners and employers, or members of the “bourgeois”. There are a lot of these people. These people must be at the bottom of the “elites.” Marrs must be writing about other “elites.”

    At top of the “elites” we find Bill Gates. Are the leaders of the Gates Foundation members of the conspiracy? Shouldn’t Bill Gates personally know one or more of the conspirators? Is Bill Gates a threat, or does he perceive other global elites as threats?

    There are only a few thousand at the very top of the “global elite.” It should not be difficult to study each one to identify the “real rulers of America.” Maybe we should appoint someone like McCarthy ( to hunt down the conspirators instead of speculating and wringing hands with no meaningful effect … unless that effect is to sell books.

  20. Posted September 17, 2010 at 2:22 am | Permalink

    Jason, I think the comments already posted pretty much cover the topic. Wikipedia defines conspiracy theory as “pejorative, fring theory, and needing superhuman power & cunning.” I think that pretty much leaves out any group of human beings. We can sleep easy tonight, and brush your teeth with beer or wine to avoid the fluoride.

  21. Tom McCowan
    Posted September 16, 2010 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    Wow. This is so depressing I’m going to try to punch a few holes in it just to keep myself from committing suicide, reaching for the Prozac, or chugging fluoridated water.

    1) In a world where humans continually demonstrate their stupidity, how is it possible that there can be anyone, much less a group, smart enough to conceive and perpetuate a conspiracy of such scope?

    2) How is it possible that such a group would not have fragmented under disparate objectives, selfishness, big egos, or as I have frequently seen amongst the intelligent members of my family, just an innate determination to be right or have the last word.

    3) If the conspiracy were so powerful, would they not already control the publishing companies and prevent such revelations from being published? I was, in fact, comforted and amazed that we live in a world where your book, which I loved, was still permitted to be broadcast to the masses. Forget FannieMae execs, they would’ve bumped off Marrs.

    4) If lobbyists are one of the conspiracy’s tools, how is it that one of the most powerful lobbies is the National Rifle Association, which stands to protect the rights of gun owners to exercise the “ammo box” option, which seems cited above as the last and ultimate threat to the conspiracy?

    5) When confronted with multiple plausible explanations, the simplest is usually the truth. Is that “Ockham’s Razor”? Anyway, the simplest explanation for the world’s, and the nation’s, woes is just plain stupidity, short-sightedness, and selfishness. While there are predators who turn this to their own advantage in another demonstration of selfishness, predators can seldom cooperate for long ere they turn on each other in another example of shortsightedness.

    Well, I’ve convinced myself enough to get some sleep tonight. Hope you can, too. Whew!

  22. Loretta Faulkner
    Posted September 16, 2010 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    Thanks Jason, it’s about time someone with your credibility had the guts to speak out. You wouldn’t have done so if your research hadn’t confirmed what you were reading. As a mother I am seeing and experiencing first hand what is happening to our generation of children. It is heart breaking. Making money seems to be the only justification for making people sicker, and selling food and drugs that are full of dangerous additives. I too am wondering why these global elite cannot be named. Who are these people. We need to know NOW!!!!!

  23. Posted September 16, 2010 at 7:18 am | Permalink

    There is a fine line between being vigilant, informed, responsibly active on one hand – and a paranoid, attention seeking fear monger on the other. Jason, as long as I have subscribed to the Kelly Letter, read your books and browsed your website, I have always thought of you as planted firmly in the first category.

    However, now you have (apparently intentionally) linked yourself to this fellow Marrs and appear to be endorsing his theories to one degree or another – or at least giving him a platform. I must be blunt and tell you that it leaves me dealing some credibility issues – yours – and by default, the content of Kelly Letter. That may seem unwarranted, unfair and smack of jumping to conclusions – but it is my honest, gut response to what I have just read.

    Please…tell me that you miss read your calendar thought it was a good day for an April Fool’s joke…please!

    Or, at least respond with something that will convince me that you have pulled your toe back from over that aforementioned line.

    • Posted September 16, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for the honest, gut response, Lyn.

      It was to head off just this sort of reaction that I preceded my review with a disclaimer paragraph, from which: “What I find remarkable in The Trillion-Dollar Conspiracy, however, is that many of the points made by its author are also made by more mainstream researchers.”

      Notice, I don’t necessarily agree with everything in Marrs’s book. As other comments here show, most people don’t buy it in its entirety. However, there are very good points in it that are also being made in more detail, and perhaps in a more professional way, in mainstream books.

      Probably the most contentious point was fluoride as a means of control. I provided a corrective paragraph in the article, as my initial Prozac quote based on a passage from the book turned out to be wrong. Fine. Many will choose to ignore the doubts about fluoride, but that leaves a good deal of the book still worthy of consideration.

      I hope you and others see this as just another facet of research in our attempt to see the unfolding situation from all angles.

  24. Posted September 16, 2010 at 7:00 am | Permalink

    I could not discern any actionable investment advice.

    You lose me at the flouride conspiracy part.

    The rearrangment of random time frames, the disparity of characters and events portrayed as if a cohesive and planned sequence of events erode credibility in the conclusion. These planners would have had to begin their conspiracies at age 12 and be in their late eighties today.

    I am not convinced.

    • John
      Posted September 16, 2010 at 10:18 am | Permalink

      I am with you. And none of the elites are ever really identifiedYou have to name the devils before you can exorcise them.

    • Adam12
      Posted September 22, 2010 at 1:24 am | Permalink

      Conspiracies begun at age 12? Why would you think that this chain of events began only recently? Is long-range, strategic vision not possible? Even in our short-term thinking country, within our recent past, there is long-range planning. Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Kissinger, Brzezinski and the like: Google their names, see their history. They appear at the apex of government power again and again over time. At times they are in the spotlight, at times they lurk in the shadows. The Man at the Top may change, but those formulating policy in various administrations don’t. And they do the bidding of others who can afford to be invisible.

      To those who dismiss out of hand such possibilities, I encourage the use of some grown-up imagination. Skepticism is healthy and smart, but not when it is used as a simple reflex reaction. And not when it becomes a convenient front for naïveté.

      Simple explanation for the Power Elite from an outstanding site dedicated to free-market thinking and exploding the myths and memes of said Elite:

      For those looking for “names,” try “The Committee of 300” by Dr. John Coleman.

  25. Judith
    Posted September 16, 2010 at 5:03 am | Permalink

    I just listened to a couple of minutes of the YouTube interview with Marrs. With scary music playing in the background, the interviewer asks Marrs if he thinks the oil explosion in the Gulf was sabotage, and Marrs ruminates on this, and says, well, it’s very interesting, very fascinating, that President Obama sent a military swat team in rather than fire crews, which Marrs feels is some indication that this was an act of terrorism. I suppose you can make the terrorism/conspiracy theory/global elite/etc argument about anything. I agree with another poster who says a little bit of information is a very dangerous thing. There’s a guy out there, David Icke, who says Queen Elizabeth is from a master race of lizards that includes Obama. He’s a prolific writer, very popular, and is making a lot of money.

  26. Jack D.
    Posted September 16, 2010 at 4:52 am | Permalink

    As a retired military servicemember I can tell you that many people in the circles I move in are in fact taking what little money they have and investing in the third “Box” described above…I am also seeing more and more blue and white collar friends heading to the the local gun store and stocking up on “tradeable” goods such as alcohol, dry goods, canned goods, etc.

    It greatly troubles me as a mere 2-3 years ago, had someone told me the above individuals would be flocking to stockpile like this, I would have dismissed it as completely implausible.

    I do not like what I am seeing and what I am hearing…

  27. Al Richardson
    Posted September 16, 2010 at 3:45 am | Permalink

    Thanks for taking the time to write this. I found it very interesting. I have my doubts whether the “Global Elite” are really bright enough to successfully pull off the sort of conspiracy Marrs describes. I wonder whether George Soros and Rupert Murdock were included in the “Global Elite”.

    Al R.

  28. Posted September 16, 2010 at 2:36 am | Permalink

    Another way to view the ill deeds of corporations such as Monsanto and the pharma corporations is to see them as the inevitable result of unregulated capitalism. These corporations are simply trying to maximise their profits.

    • tony lee
      Posted September 18, 2010 at 3:24 am | Permalink

      The U.S. does not operate on principles of “unregulated capitalism.” What you desribe as unregulated capitalism (i.e. monsanto/big pharma, etc.) is simply big business in bed with big government. We’ve not had true capitalism here in a long, long time… and now we’re beginning to see and feel the negative effects.

  29. Jim T
    Posted September 16, 2010 at 1:18 am | Permalink

    I also believe that these issues are more complex than a group of wealthy elites trying to control the world.

    Is their aim to fatten us up with vehicles, homes, Television, Wii games and the internets? How insidious.

    I do believe a lot happens behind the scenes, but it’s a lot less diabolical than the author tries to paint. There are real issues of national debt, wars, global finance and the like. But they aren’t easy to solve nor will they go away any time soon.

    How would you reconcile the notion of this global elite with an organization like the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, who are working successfully in direct conflict to the proposed goals of world population control, poverty and disease? They can’t keep Bill Gates under control?

    Anyhow, look for the brighter side of life, be personally responsible in how you live, and help those around you. We’re only here for 80 or so years, seems a waste of that time to fight a global scam that you in fact determine to be un-fightable.

  30. Alison
    Posted September 16, 2010 at 12:43 am | Permalink

    Jason, I, too, appreciate your sharing this analysis of Marrs’ book. And I’m not afraid to say that I believe, unfortunately, that a good bit of this is true. I believe that the
    big hubbub about the swine flu was a figment of somebody’s imagination in order to make the passing of the Obamacare more palatable. I believe that the drugs being distributed and dispensed by Big Pharma are not designed to make a personal well…but rather to keep the person taking the drug dependent on Big Pharma for the rest of their “natural
    life”. And the controversy over fluoride will be debated until Kingdom come. I hadn’t really thought about the food industry being controlled to the point of luring us into buying those packages with the little checkmarks. I’m glad to know that, and I will be much more careful to check ingredients before I make a purchase. In summary, I totally agree with the idea of embracing faith, hope and charity in our lives as the perfect answer
    to what is coming next. I can’t imagine a better place to start.

  31. John
    Posted September 16, 2010 at 12:39 am | Permalink

    This starts off by saying

    “He sees the conspiracy coming from a new world order of elite globalists who are the “real rulers of America.” Until they’re “identified and confronted, no amount of hand-wringing, letter writing, or demonstrating can have any meaningful effect.”

    So who are they? Does he ever name them?

  32. Brayden
    Posted September 16, 2010 at 12:11 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the great review Jason! I picked up the book today.

    It’s becoming more and more apparent that the conspiracies are what CNN is trying to sell us. The points that Jim makes here, are looking less and less like ‘conspiracies’ and more and more like small pieces of a master plan. Anyone that doubts these so called ‘conspiracies’ should dig a little deeper and do their own due diligence on the topics. 10 minutes of research into the Bilderberg Group, and its influence over global leaders should be reason enough to care.

    And let’s not forget the decade of deceit; 2000-2010. From George Bush 2.0 (x2) and his down-home conservatism, the tech bubble, to avian flu, 9/11, Iraq, Afghanistan, banking crisis, market crash of ’08, housing meltdown, swine flu, the creation of Obama and his “change we can believe in” ie: your rights being stripped one by one…. And the worst thing; the stripping of any wealth from the average american home, being transferred to the elite.

    I’ve been speculating these things for years, but they are little more than speculation, until some real ‘coincidences’ arise, such as the ones presented in your book and Jims. I’m glad to see them both. I can only pray that you and Jim both get out on the US mainstream media and talk about your books. Hopefully the zombies will tune in and learn a thing or two 😉

  33. Simon Anglin
    Posted September 15, 2010 at 11:40 pm | Permalink

    Let me start by saying that I appreciaite your concern for the health of the nation. I am one of the disenchanted who believes the U.S. is on the wrong path. However, I am not a conspiricist and do not believe that there is a global inititive to rule the world. I do believe that economic globalization is encourgaed to stabilize the world by entangling markets in such a way that world war is less likely although hardly impossible.
    The point about drug companies and the government teaming up to infect the masses with brain altering drugs is well argued, stimulating and at the same time ridiculous. I am concerned less with intentional brain alteration and more with the unintentional effects of drugs and technology on our bodies. I believe there is a reason there is a 900 percent increase in autism, a drastic rise of alzheimer’s disease, and other neurological problems all since the 1970s and 80s. Perhaps the increase is from the better diagnosis of these diseases, but perhaps, just perhaps, it is from something else, something we use everyday like a microwave or flouride in the water or even the diet foods we are told to eat. While I do not believe this poisoning is intentional, it could very well be killing us and I am not convinced the government or the corporations would tell us if it were true do to liability and not world domination. It will be for a future generation to say something like, “I can’t believe they actually had microwaves in their homes back then. What were they thinking?”
    Honestly, we know what is wrong with the U.S., a growing population. The sheer number of people here dilutes the power of the vote, while forcing the government to increase their authority. This leads to a system that takes more and more power from the people in exchange for goods and services that they are not able to obtain on their own. The social-contract is expanded so that the individual is left with less and less freedom in exchange for the public good. The best chance for a truly democratic- capitalist society to thrive, I believe, is in a small, island-like, nation, where people have power over their government, know their elected officials, and their vote means something. In this environment, not unlike the early republic, there is little need for an “imagined community.”
    Enough of the soap box.

  34. Posted September 15, 2010 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

    Let me add: All this “Elite” talk also heads into another area: “The Zionists” who own America… and control it. That’s the basic message… You will find Alex Jones and Info wars head off on that loony route.

    My personal view is that a lot of these interpretations are nothing more than a twisted view (based on some real facts – remember: The best LIE is one which is PARTLY based on FACTS)… of what the USA is doing.

    It is all part of a hodge-podge of partial fact, into which they weave other UNPROVEN disinformation… and rest assured… there are people out there… outside America… with their own agendas and lies they would like you to believe about America and about the Rich.

    I regard a lot of this as a type of psychological warfare which is aimed at making Americans lose faith in their own system. That is the bottom line of this.

  35. Posted September 15, 2010 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

    Hi Jason,
    A note: I actually met Jim Marrs among other people at a parnormal conference in Amsterdam in March 2003 in Holland. I did not speak to him much.

    I have a particular problem with quotes from La Rouche. La Rouche has his own political angle which he tries to push. He claims to be looking for a communist conspiracy, but he always ends up pointing the finger at the Western world itself. I read La Rouche’s newsletters 20+ years ago and began to doubt his integrity.

    There are people who make much of “The Bilderbergers” and the “elites” you speak of. But I think that a lot of this negative thinking is really aimed at attacking America and it does not truly reflect what is happening.

    I know a former CIA Officer, Dr Richard Cummings, who wrote a book: “The Pied Piper” about CIA activities. He and I discussed Obama and “the elites”, etc. He told me that things are much more complex than they seem and that Liberal strategy in America (which links up with the rich), is a genuine attempt at furthering and protecting the interests of America and the West. He said this strategy is actually the same as a strategy used in Germany by Bismarck. Its complex and I won’t bore you with the details, but these simplistic interpretations by Jim Marrs does not truly represent what the Rich and the US Govt is up to. It is much more complex. Dr Cummings told me that the crux of it is about “defusing revolution” – on a global scale. You have these Muslims, and also the many attempts in the past to foment communist revolutions in Asia, South America, Africa, etc – and American and Western “Elite” or “Globalist” strategy is aimed at PREVENTING those revolutions from growing into wider things. “The Elite” are nothing more than wealthy capitalists who are co-opted by the US Govt/CIA to assist them in implementing a subtle, broader strategy across the world, and it is aimed at preserving America and the West’s current position. Its complex. If you want to read Dr Cummings’ book, it is called, “The Pied Piper”. It is hundreds of pages of dry writings about the CIA and what it did in many countries. It is in praise of Lowenstein, but it describes “Liberal Strategy” – and this is what drives American foreign policy for decades now. The West as a whole, implements these ideas.

  36. Gregory Iwan
    Posted September 15, 2010 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

    Some of the symptoms appear plausible. But the causes enumerated don’t add up for me. In the first place, just because actions are transnational does not imply “globalism.” So I’ll bow out now. As for chemicals, sugar in the guise of low-fructose corn syrup might be the most insididious substance known. Terrorists have only to wait for American society to become completely diabetic, and they won’t need WMDs!

  37. Barbara
    Posted September 14, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

    Jason, thanks for the lengthy book review. It will be interesting to read the responses to your essay on Mr. Marrs’ writings. It sounds like he has a few ideas worth considering. There is also the scent of some ungrounded conspiracy hysteria in what you report.

    Whatever the”elites” are up to — and people with power have always pushed for advantage over the less powerful, no news there — it does not serve the situation to respond by whipping up more fear, which seems to be a signature of conspiracy books. Based on the tone of your report, this feverish-sensationalist style is employed by Marrs to some degree. Where opinion is substituted for fact — covertly or blatantly — to argue a position, the reader is being bullied.

    For instance, to say repeatedly that we are a nation of “zombies” is not a fact. This is an emotionally charged word designed to elicit a fear response. We are not a monolithic group of undead, even metaphorically; rather we are a diverse nation of individuals — some of whom are more easily manipulatable than others.

    And to bring up the tired fluoridation issues and Nazi references, among others, certainly weakens the journalistic integrity of valuable points he may be making elsewhere.

    You also mention the flu “scares.” Since my mother almost died of influenza in 2004, I have been following the science blogs and related material about this virus. What seems apparent to me is that scientists understand that the virus absolutely has the potential to mutate into a plague-style pandemic form, which could radically reduce the population of the world. Right now the H5N1 type is the most likely candidate for this if it mutates into a human-to-human virus. As you note, history teaches that plagues are an inevitable recurring phenomena — not if, but when.

    Since the nature of the influenza virus mutation process is unpredictable, the best we can do is prepare with the knowledge and science we have. It seems unlikely that there is a conspiracy to dumb down the population with flu vaccines. Clear-minded concerned scientists do their best to track influenza and to deliver responsible information to the public. Following their blogs and articles is easy to do. A little self education helps sort through the misinformation.


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