As Kelly La Rue pointed out, the Pike letter is a hoax...and seems to be the grandchild of a much more pernicious hoax perpetrated by Leo Taxil (see Albert Pike to Mazzini, August 15, 1871: Three World Wars?). And whether Clarence Sherrick is correct about the purpose of such hoaxes, they do seem to provide an excellent smoke screen and distraction away from what is really going on.
So what is really going on? Well that's a lengthy topic. But here are some links for you to peruse:
On How Corporations Control U.S. Politics:
Exposing ALEC: How Conservative-Backed State Laws Are All Connected
ALEC's (Non)Disclosure Policy | BillMoyers.com
Video on Koch brothers taking over Tea Party
On how the U.S. and its companies use the IMF and World Bank to exploit developing countries:
Top Ten Reasons to Oppose the IMF
How the World Bank, IMF and WTO destroyed African agriculture
IMF's four steps to damnation
Regarding the Iraq War being engineered for profit:
Upworthy | War Contractors
Halliburton, KBR, and Iraq war contracting: A history so far
Tenet Details Efforts to Justify Invading Iraq
Regarding the Super-Entity & Concentrations of Economic Control
Revealed – the capitalist network that runs the world
The Corporate Community
How All Of This Ties Together
My Conclusions So Far:
I would recommend you dig into some of these links and arrive at your own conclusions. Try to find the common themes that connect all of these facts, events, people and outcomes.
For me, the unifying pattern is pretty clear: there are a few hundred people in the world who have a pronounced influence over both global trade and financial institutions, over any mechanisms of government that can impact these holdings, and consequently over how both international wars are waged and how laws are written all the way down to the municipal level. It's rather breathtaking. But having such power does not indicate a conspiracy, per se, but rather a kind of "natural selection" via exploitative capitalism, in which the plutocratic elite are protecting their influence and enlarging their wealth. Sure, it results in a modern form of feudalism, but the perceived "coordination" is, I think, just a result of universal practices that have proven effective in retaining power over time, rather than a carefully planned and executed manipulation. But I could be wrong.
What seems clear is that more folks should wake up to this reality and care about it. I once asked my grandmother, who lived through Nazi Germany, why the Germans didn't rise up against Hitler or at least challenge what he was doing. She looked at me calmly and smiled, then said "Well because they had bread to eat." We could expand that to bread-and-circuses, to spectacle, to a materialistic individualism that infantalizes consumers so that they become dependent on commodities in every dimension of life. Again, though, this need not be a conspiracy...it's just commercialistic capitalism at work.
So are the elite "evil?" I don't think so - they are just human, susceptible to human failings as we all are. But capitalism...well, that is evil IMO. It is the pernicious, systemic, excessively corrosive force that empowers the elite to enslave others, destroy entire cultures, and decimate the planet.
My 2 cents.
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