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Current Issue • June 22 to July 5, 2006 • No 141

Oil
Neo-conservative’s roots were planted first by Rockefeller
A strange marriage a century ago between Christian missionaries and
cut-throat capitalists created the world’s first billionaire, and it’s a marriage
still working for men like Harper and Bush
By Dan Adleman
Modern day neo-conservatism is usually associated with the Project for the
New American Century, a “think tank” of prominent right-wing warmongers
(including Paul Wolfowitz, Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Jeb Bush, Richard Perle,
John Bolton, and Francis Fukuyama) who got together in 1997 to argue for a
new “Pax Americana,” whereby the global order "must have a secure foundation
on unquestioned US military preeminence” with full-scale domination of not
only the world and its resources, but also space and cyberspace.
In 1998, PNAC sent a letter to then-President Clinton, urging him to declare
war against Iraq on the basis of its proximity to Iran and Israel and its
rich oil reserves: “While the unresolved conflict in Iraq provides the
immediate justification [for war], the need for a substantial American force presence
in the Gulf transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein. . . . And
even should US-Iranian relations improve, retaining forward-based forces in
the region would still be an essential element in US security strategy given
the longstanding American interests in the region."
PNAC luminaries like former Assistant Secretary of Defense and current World
Bank president Paul.Wolfowitz and Alan Bloom (who set up shop at the
University of Toronto and formed the kernel of what later developed into the
so-called Calgary School, the ideological wing of Harper’s Conservatives), claim
direct intellectual lineage from Leo Strauss, a post-WWII German philosopher who
(perhaps rightly) saw democracy as being rife with nihilism and constantly
in jeopardy of falling victim to the tyranny of the majority.
In response to this, he advocated a kind of modern Machiavellian aristocracy
that would use the “noble lies” of religion and nationalism to manipulate
the dumb, hedonistic masses into doing the bidding of the natural ruling
elites. And it was this very policy of calculated deception and manipulation that
the Bush administration used to coerce the American public into getting
behind the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
A true genealogy of neo-conservatism, however, should begin well before
Strauss’ ideas began to shape the minds of young Wolfowitz and Bloom, and should
reach back to John D Rockefeller Sr.
Rockefeller Sr, the founder of Standard Oil, used Christian missionaries in
the American west to soften up and gather intelligence on the Native American
communities that inhabited oil-rich land. In Thy Will Be Done: Nelson
Rockefeller and Evangelism in the Age of Oil, authors Gerard Colby and Charlotte
Dennett point out that the evangelization process insidiously mollified the
natives, weakening their communal social structure and subverting their will to
defend themselves against exploitation. In 1902, Rockefeller’s right-hand
man, Baptist preacher Fred Gates, wrote him a letter praising their exploits: “
We are only in the very dawn of commerce, and we owe that dawn to the channels
opened up by Christian missionaries. . . . The effect of the missionary
enterprise of the English speaking peoples will be to bring them the peaceful
conquest of the world." Little could Gates or Rockefeller have known just what a
profound impact this symbiotic neo-conflation of seemingly disparate
agendas would have on the trajectory of the American empire.
John D Rockefeller would become America's first billionaire. And Standard
Oil, accused of unethical monopolizing tactics, was eventually broken up into
Exxon, Mobile, Chevron, and a number of other oil giants that still dominate
the industry today. When a young Nelson Rockefeller took up the gauntlet of
his grandfather’s vast economic empire and further diversified the family’s
fortune into ranches, banks, mines, weapons, and supermarkets, he also parlayed
his wealth into unprecedented political capital. He and his brother David,
CEO of Chase Manhattan Bank, went on to play integral roles in every
administration from WWII onward.
As Eisenhower’s CIA liaison, Rockefeller focused his attention on Cold War
strategy and psychological warfare. He later went on to serve as Nixon’s
emissary to South America, where the Rockefeller family had enormous holdings.
Later, after Nixon’s fall from grace, Rockefeller was appointed Gerald Ford’s
Vice President. Long before corporate cronies like Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Bush,
the boundaries between business and politics disappeared as
Rockefeller-the-warmongering politician went after communism with rabid ferocity and
Rockefeller-the-businessman profited immensely from the war against Third World
communism through both his massive investments in the military-industrial complex
(including such corporations as McDonnell Aircraft, United Nuclear, and GE),
and the economic opportunities that America’s tin-pot implants provided for
Rockefeller’s oil, mineral, rubber, and ranching companies all over South
America.
One of the primary spearheads of Nelson’s campaign was the Agency for
International Development (AID). Working in concert with the CIA, AID and groups
like the so-called Alliance for Progress posed as humanitarian missions meant
to elevate South American Third World countries out of squalor, while in fact,
they were merely quick injection systems for neo-liberal capitalism. Groups
like the Alliance for Progress were merely corrupt consortiums of American
businessmen eager to peddle “schemes to give latrines to the poor”(as Che
Guevera sneeringly referred to it) without really helping the impoverished people
of South America. In fact, most of these schemes were designed to take
advantage of South America’s poverty by giving “aid” through private American
banks (suc
These poor (and sometimes outright corrupt) governments would have to pledge
not to nationalize or overtax the private oil, mineral, rubber, or fruit
industries. And while private corporations and a few South American elites would
accumulate the lion’s share of the wealth, the poor would have little to
show for it but unmanageable tax debt. This approach formed the core of what
became the IMF’s current modus operandi in the Third World, and it should come
as no surprise that Chase Manhattan still leads the world in forking out the
usurious loans that hobble Third World nations.
AID was also used to funnel CIA and corporate money into a little-known
evangelical organization called the Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL). SIL
was the sciency new name given to the Wycliffe Bible Translators, a shadowy
organization whose official mandate was to bring the Word to the heathens. Its
unofficial mandate, however, was directly inspired by Gates’ work pacifying
American Natives in the name of dominion, commerce, and the Lord. But SIL went
far beyond just softening and collecting intelligence on the potentially
rebellious, ostensibly proto-communist tribes that inhabited the oil and
mineral-rich land around the Amazon basin; the group also played an active role in
removing these people from their homes by whatever means necessary.
According to Victor Halterman of SIL, this was often accomplished by
seducing tribesmen with trinkets like knives, axes, and mirrors, “the kind of things
the Indians can't resist.” And then the missionaries “explain that from now
on if they want to possess them they must work for money.” The missionaries
would then move them to reservations (as in Ecuador, where many indigenous
people died in the transition), or get them work on the giant new cattle farms
(many of which were owned by Rockefeller’s International Basic Economy
Corporation) that had begun to supplant the rainforest. In the end, the natives
wound up virtually indentured to American corporations, but “settle[d] down at
it when they realize[d] there's no going back."
This strategy was successfully deployed throughout the Amazon Basin in
countries such as Ecuador, Guatemala, Bolivia, and Peru. And the consequent
devastation to the Amazon rainforest, “the lungs of the planet,” and the people
who inhabited it were incalculable.
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As a result, SIL was eventually denounced
and kicked out of a number of countries, including Mexico and Brazil, and was
banned from entry into Venezuela. At a Yucatan indigenous people’s conference
1980, SIL was officially denounced for using a scientific name to conceal
its religious agenda and capitalist worldview that was hostile to indigenous
traditions. But by that point it was already too late to do anything more than
denounce.
The system that the Rockefellers established formed the kernel of the
neo-conservative approach to world government. According to this model, three
voracious forces unite to form a partnership for planetary parasitism. The most
important of these forces, the American military-industrial complex, takes on
the role as organizing principle, wielding the other two—high capitalism and
Judeo Christianity—in order to further all of their imperial goals. While the
American military-industrial will-to-power seeks to preserve the Pax
Americana, high capitalism and evangelical Christianity are driven to spread both the
market’s and Christ’s tendrils into every nook and cranny of the globe. In
this sense, the neo-conservative system is a highly-evolved three-headed
monster, like the fire-breathing chimera of ancient Greek lore, meant to further
the rapacious pursuits of its three heads, even if they should be realized
at the expense of the rest of the world’s well-being. Ominously, chimeras were
also said to augur imminent storms.
In recent history, many (from both the right and the left) have begun to
speculate that the pie-in-the-sky neo-conservative project has reached its
logical conclusion and is now being torn apart by its many internal
contradictions. Perhaps most prominent among these is the fact that while “free market”
fundamentalists like Fukuyama preach the gospel of capitalism as the panacea to
all that ails the Third World (inspired by David Rockefeller’s doctrinaire
and self-serving assertion that private enterprise is the basis of political
freedom), capitalist institutions like the IMF have been exposed as mechanisms
to keep the Third World poor and in debt to the US government and
juggernauts like Chase, Bechtel, and Halliburton (which are beholden only to their
shareholders). The Third World is, however, smartening up to this dynamic and
some countries, such as Brazil and Argentina, are wriggling free of the IMF by
rushing to pay off their debts as quickly as they can; other countries are
simply refusing to be integrated into the IMF circuit. Moreover, the Iraq War
has illustrated the extent to which the agendas of giant corporations can be
absolutely antithetical to the economic well-being of their host nation,
particularly its lower and middle classes.
There are countless other contradictions causing the neo-conservative
project to collapse in on itself; for example, there is heated debate within the
Republican Party as a result of intractable opposition between high capitalism’
s religious faith in technophilic utopianism and evangelical Christianity’s
backward-looking refusal to believe in so many of the underpinnings thereof,
not to mention capitalism’s hostility to the supposedly sacred web of life
that makes its existence possible.
Another powerful tension has emerged as a result of the
military-industrial-evangelical bulwark in Israel, which is perhaps the very crucible of the
untenability of the neo-conservative project. At the best of times, the Middle
East is an extraordinarily fragile equilibrium. The evangelical insistence that
Israel be an exclusively Jewish state (in order to facilitate the mythical
Rapture) which must be armed-to-the-teeth in order to defend itself against
the satanic Muslim hordes not only disrupts this equilibrium (as well as the
western world’s access to cheap oil), but also forces all the neo-conservative
and Islamo-theocratic wagons to circle around each other with accelerating
rapidity until someone finally fires off the first shot.
In fact, it is neo-conservatism’s imperial hubris that has forced Islamic
and communist nations to unite and form a kind of doppleganger of the
neo-conservative monster. Indeed, relations between nations like Russia, China,
Venezuela, and Iran have become as tight as they are largely as a defensive
mechanism in response to Uncle Sam’s spasmodic sabre-rattling.
Recently, in response to Dick Cheney’s hypocritical criticism of Russia’s
human rights record, Vladimir Putin pointed out that Cheney had no such
problem with oil-rich Kazakstan’s draconian government so long as its willing to be
compliant with Uncle Sam’s demands for oil, commerce, and US bases. Putin
went on to criticize “Fortress America” for its heavy-handed strong-arm
tactics throughout the world and suggested that if the US continued to bully Russia
or Iran, it would be fatally overstepping its bounds.
The notion of “Fortress America” conjures the image of Reagan’s imaginary “
shining city on a hill,” a “tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than
oceans, windswept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in
harmony and peace." Of course, 9/11 seared through this delusional archetype
in an unprecedented fashion. Ironically, the Rockefeller brothers had been
such a driving force behind the Twin Towers’ construction that the financial
community had affectionately nicknamed the buildings “Nelson” and “David.”
Given that 9/11 was also the anniversary of the bloody 1973 CIA-sponsored coup
(a plot hatched by David Rockefeller’s cabal and overseen by Nelson’s
protégé Henry Kissinger) that toppled Chile’s President Salvadore Allende (who had
nationalized many Rockefeller interests in Chile) and replaced him with
murderous dictator Augusto Pinochet, the attack on New York’s grand crystalline
citadels takes on a startling new resonance.
Former American ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Chas Freeman, recently pointed
out that “the United States is a City on a Hill, but it is increasingly fogged
in.” He added, “We need a war on arrogance as well as a war on terror.”
This brings to mind the other definition of chimera, an unrealizable dream, a
castle in the sky. Now if floating Fortress America is so fogged in that its
elites can no longer even see the secure foundation to which it was once
attached, why is the Harper administration hitching Canada’s wagon so firmly to it?
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