Freedom Or Subjugation? It’s (Not) Your Choice

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30/11/2013 by Don Quijones

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It seems that nary a day goes by these days without Catalonia receiving some kind of threat about the dire consequences of declaring independence from Spain. If it isn’t former Spanish premier José María Aznar talking about the possibility of imprisoning Catalonian premier Artur Mas should his government grant a referendum on independence, it’s some washed up military general calling for tanks in the streets and an aerial bombardment of my city of residence, Barcelona.

The latest person to weigh in on the issue was the governor of the Bank of Spain, Luis María Linde, who last week warned that declaring independence would ultimately lead to Catalonia’s financial downfall. In what can only be described as a barely veiled threat to a region of more than seven million inhabitants, Linde said that Catalonian banks would tumble and chaos would ensue.

“A small territory that separates from a big one would be obligated to create its own currency and its own (banking) supervisory authority,” Linde said. The fact that the new nation’s assets would be denominated in the new currency and the liabilities in euros would ultimately “lead to its bankruptcy.”

Granted, in time Linde may well be proven right: the abrupt change of currency, the severing of ties with the ECB and the inevitable capital flight would probably wreak untold devastation on the new nation’s fragile economy. However, that’s what would probably happen in the short run. As the U.S. economist Jonathan Tepper has argued, once the dust settled form its rupture with Spain and once it began trading again with its European allies – assuming it would be allowed to – an independent Catalonia would have an economy roughly equivalent in size to those of Norway or Israel.

The Death of the Nation State

Before accusations of independtismo begin pouring in from readers across Spain, let me state categorically that I am still very much on the fence when it comes to Catalonian “independence”. Indeed, it’s not so much the issue of Catalonian separatism that has moved me to write this article but rather the slow, tragic death of the nation state that is playing out before our eyes.

This, I believe, is the burning issue of our times and as such should be splashed across the front pages of all “serious” newspapers – not just the Daily Mail and The Sun. It should also be dominating drawing room chatter across all supposedly democratic nations. Yet instead what we have is a carefully orchestrated propaganda campaign against two aspiring nation states – Scotland and Catalonia – for daring to even consider giving their people the right to choose their own collective destiny.

While many Spaniards may spit bile and venom at the merest suggestion of Catalonian autonomy, they would do well to ask themselves what happened to their own national sovereignty. How is it, for example, that the country that was once – admittedly centuries ago – the world’s super power is now taking orders on virtually all economic matters from men in black dispatched from Brussels and Frankfurt?

They might also want to consider what the acronym ESM stands for and why they’ve heard no mention of it from any of their mainstream media sources. What they would discover is that ESM stands for the European Stability Mechanism, an organization created in 2012 to transfer the last remaining vestiges of European nation state sovereignty to a wholly unaccountable organization in Luxembourg.

As a quick glance of Article 31, paragraph 1, of the new organization’s charter shows, the ESM – like the Federal Reserve Bank in the U.S. – has been set above all laws of all Member States:

“‘In the interest of the ESM; the Chairperson of the Board of Governors, Governors, alternate Governors, Directors, alternate Directors, as well as the Managing Director and other staff members shall be immune from legal proceedings with respect to acts performed by them in their official capacity and shall enjoy inviolability in respect of their official papers and documents.’”

So there you have it: inviolability and immunity, two words that grant full protection to the organization’s management and employees from all consequences of their actions. As I wrote at the time, “It is the closing act of a decades-long (some might say centuries-long) coup d’état; a silent, bloodless counter revolution, by, of and for the bankers. From this day on, the ESM will supersede all national economic laws of all euro zone nations. Put simply, control over the economies of each and every euro zone country has been handed to ranks of faceless apparatchiks and central bankers based in Luxembourg.”

A Dastardly Plot

None of this has come into being by accident. Like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, two trade agreements that are currently being negotiated in silence and complete secrecy by our political representatives and their corporate partners that, if signed, would completely reconfigure the global economic and political order, the latest moves in Europe to establish banking and fiscal union represent nothing less than the final nail in the coffin of the Wetsphalian system of nation state sovereignty.

Signed in 1648 at the end of the Thrity Years War, the Peace of Westphalia established three basic principles of national co-existence that, while far from perfect, have remained largely unchanged for the last 365 years. They are:

  1. The principle of the sovereignty of states and the fundamental right of political self determination;
  2. The principle of legal equality between states;
  3. The principle of non-intervention of one state in the internal affairs of another state;

Now, these principles are fast being eroded at the behest of a small group of international bankers and multinational corporations determined to transform this world into their own exclusive oyster. As Michael Synder recently wrote in The Economic Collapse Blog:

A former insider at the World Bank, ex-Senior Counsel Karen Hudes, says the global financial system is dominated by a small group of corrupt, power-hungry figures centered around the privately owned U.S. Federal Reserve. The network has seized control of the media to cover up its crimes, too, she explained. In an interview with The New American, Hudes said that when she tried to blow the whistle on multiple problems at the World Bank, she was fired for her efforts. Now, along with a network of fellow whistleblowers, Hudes is determined to expose and end the corruption. And she is confident of success.

Citing an explosive 2011 Swiss study published in the PLOS ONE journal on the ‘network of global corporate control,’ Hudes pointed out that a small group of entities — mostly financial institutions and especially central banks — exert a massive amount of influence over the international economy from behind the scenes.”

The Swiss study that Hudes mentioned was conducted by a team of researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland.  They studied the relationships between 37 million companies and investors worldwide, and what they found is that there is a “super-entity” of just 147 very tightly knit mega-corporations that controls 40 percent of the entire global economy.

According to one of the study’s lead researchers, James B. Glattfelder, “In effect, less than 1 per cent of the companies were able to control 40 per cent of the entire network”. Needless to say, most of these companies were financial institutions such as Barclays Bank, JPMorgan Chase & Co, and The Goldman Sachs Group.

In the last 30 years the primary enablers of this vast power grab have been globalist institutions such as the IMF, World Bank, World Trade Organization and, above all, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS). Like the ESM, the BIS is literally immune to all laws of national governments. Established in 1930 as part of the Young Plan and headquartered in Basel, Swirzerland, its main purpose is to guide and direct the centrally planned global financial system.

During World War II it was used to launder ill-gotten gains for the Nazis. And now, with 58 affiliate national central banks under its broad umbrella, the BIS operates for the exclusive benefit of the global elite and, as Snyder puts it, is intended to be one of the cornerstones of the emerging one world economic system.

With each passing day it becomes increasingly clear what this new economic system would look like. As the welfare state continues to disintegrate here in Europe, leaving the vast majority of us to grind out a precarious living in a dog-eat-dog world of hyper consumerism, the mega banks and super corporations are fast erecting the castles, moats and citadels of a neo-feudal global economic order.

And we can’t say we weren’t warned. In his 1973 book Between Two Ages: America’s Role in the Technetronic Era, uber globalist and Obama advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski wrote the following passage*:   

The technotronic era involves the gradual appearance of a more controlled society. Such a society would be dominated by an elite, unrestrained by traditional values. Soon it will be possible to assert almost continuous surveillance over every citizen and maintain up-to-date complete files containing even the most personal information about the citizen. These files will be subject to instantaneous retrieval by the authorities.

In the technotronic society the trend would seem to be towards the aggregation of the individual support of millions of uncoordinated citizens, easily within the reach of magnetic and attractive personalities exploiting the latest communications techniques to manipulate emotions and control reason.”

This regionalization is in keeping with the Tri-Lateral Plan which calls for a gradual convergence of East and West, ultimately leading toward the goal of one world government. National sovereignty is no longer a viable concept.

Time To Reengage and Resist

As mere lowly citizens of semi-moribund nation states, we are no longer even involved in the discussion on how our societies should evolve in the future. And despite the increasingly obvious pitfalls and nightmarish potential of the globalist dream, the project grinds on.

As John Raston Saul, the president of PEN International, one of the world’s oldest human rights organizations, recently said in a fascinating interview on the Canadian current affairs program The Agenda, the globalist blueprint agenda is all about reconfiguring where power ultimately resides.

The question that was never really raised through all of this was that if you’re going to weaken the nation state in the name of economics and you’re happy to get rid of nasty nationalism what about the really important thing — which is that we spent a couple of hundred years creating citizens who are the source of legitimacy for the lives of their nation states. That’s the positive nationalism. And what they’re doing is taking away the citizens’ power to shape national and regional policy by saying the real power lies somewhere else… Where does the power go? Because power’s something very real.

Regardless of our age, profession, political leaning, nationality or religion, we should all be very concerned about this power grab taking place behind our backs, under the cover of darkness. To parapharse Mario Savio, there is still time to “put our bodies on the levers” of international governance and to “indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless we’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!”

There are already promising signs that the massive public uproar provoked by leaked documents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership may well put paid to Obama’s efforts to fast track the new legislation through congress. Meanwhile, here in Europe one of the best ways to start the ball rolling is to lend your support, whether passive or active, to the nationalist movements gaining ground in Scotland and Catalonia. For they represent one of our last throws of the dice to save the nation state from the globalists’ perfidious designs.

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* My thanks to Kevin, a friend and reader of this blog, for bringing my attention to this quote.

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9 thoughts on “Freedom Or Subjugation? It’s (Not) Your Choice

  1. Anonymous says:

    Honest question for you: why do you accept Linde’s thesis that an independent Catalonia would be forced off of the Euro? Does exclusion from the EU – because of a presumed veto by Spain – somehow preclude Catalonia from continuing to accept the Euro as currency and trade with it?

    • Don Quijones says:

      Hi Salamander. Thanks for the response. To be honest with you, there can be no telling exactly how Brussels would respond to Catalan independence. For the moment, the message has been pretty consistent: the new nation would be stripped of membership of the Union. Clearly Spain would demand its expulsion from the EU and with it the euro, and it’s unlikely the Union would risk alienating a country of 40 million for the sake of one of 7 million.

      Perhaps most importantly, the EU, Commmission and ECB might be tempted to make an example of Catalonia so that no other country would risk severing ties with Brussels. What that would mean vis a vis the euro is that while Catalonia might be able to use the euro in certain transactions, it would be cut from the ECB’s credit lines, leaving Catalan banks floundering and facing obligations in euros they would never be able to meet.

      But as I said at the beginning, there are too many incognitos and too few precedents to be sure about anything. As a long-time Barcelona resident I just hope that whatever does happen does so in as smooth a way as possible. Suffice to say, however, that I’m not exactly holding my breath.

  2. Albizu says:

    The global tendency is very clear. In contrast, in the period 1945 to, say, 1980, the Trades Unions and so on tried to gain the upper hand – disastrously so in Britain for instance. Now all is reversed. Bankers triumph. Just another interest group, like the unions, but so much more powerful -they can close down businesses, whole regions, throw people out of their homes and seize their assets, pursue you to your grave for a debt…… As long as the Police and Courts co-operate with them, they rule now. Answer: have no debt whatever.

    As for a possible resistance, the destruction of the middle-class in Western Europe and North America is surely a very significant factor: it is from this class, -and the enlightened aristocracy as we should not forget, – that advances in constitutional, representative government, a fair judicial system, protection of life and property, and social legislation, originated – not the great mass of people. They had the wealth and self-interest, and also the dis-interest , to be progressive.

    Mass protests by no-bodies achieve nothing. Just look at Spain. And they are open to manipulation and exploitation by the enemies of civilization.

    I think the current Pope has grasped all of this – notice how he is placing emphasis on the duty to the poor: ‘Headlines for a rise in stock prices, but when someone starves in the street – nothing!’ Similarly, resurgent Islam draws support from the poor and exploited in wrecked countries. As things get worse, we may see much more of this.

    One point to take issue with is the rather optimistic view of the consequences of separatism: all very well to talk of ‘when the dust settles’ having a decent-sized economy. But who is going to feed people in the meantime? Who will house them? A collapsed economy is no joke. Look at the indifference in Brussels and Bonn to the fate of the Greek common people, the Irish, the Portuguese.

    Even the Franco dictatorship had its paternalistic side. Not Brussels. Not the bankers.

    The full immunity given to a class of officials is the most shocking thing to happen in Europe since 1933. But how many are aware of it? How long before it is extended to all officials? Hitler could not have dreamt of more! It is the little scudding messenger cloud that tells of a great storm to come………

    • Don Quijones says:

      Thanks, Albizu, for yet another insightful and though-provoking reply. I think the point you make about the Franco dictatorship’s paternalistic side is a very important one. Even El Cuadillo realised he had to keep enough people happy, even in places like Catalonia, to keep his regime in place — something entirely lost on the new generation of fawning imbeciles in power today.

      And to a certain extent you’re right that the consequences of Catalonian separatism could be devastating — and as a long-term resident of Barcelona, it’s a prospect I do not take at all lightly. However, the vital point I was trying to convey in the article is that unless people begin to wake up to reality and realise that the stark choice we face is between safeguarding what little remains of our sovereign power or losing it all to a regime, whether regional or global, of faceless, heartless technocrats doing the bidding of a morally bankrupt elite. And at least the Scotish and Catalonian independence movements serve as a reminder of this fact.

      • Albizu says:

        I, like you, am all for a blow at these awful, soulless, cynical people, but I just don’t think it will come off.

        I’m very familiar (literally) with the Basque nationalist movement, and it is extremely irrational and naive, and of course we know the dark under-currents, which disgust me. They haven’t the faintest idea what the EU is all about. That madman Sabino Arana started the nonsense, and they haven’t stopped to question the fundamental premises since then.

        The Catalan movement strikes me as both more intelligent and more civilized (clever of the Catalans not to become terrorists) and largely a response to continued insults from Madrid: but has anyone noticed that Mas said ‘Of course, there is no such thing as real independence these days’ ? Game up before it’s over?

        At least, as a foreigner, you won’t be caught up in nasty Spanish politics if there is an implosion: no-one will be bothered to assassinate you. Sometimes I fear it may come to that again: Spain has always been soaked in blood.

        My cousin has a great deal to do with the Catalan Francoist Right, through business: he recently said ‘If you heard them over drinks, you’d run for the border!’

        Your blog may I say knocks spots off any of the official Spanish Correspondents in the mainstream press. Keep going!

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