“Nothing is more powerful than
an idea whose time has come.”– Victor
have come to the point in our history of our species where an increasing amount
of people are asking questions, seeking answers, taking action, and waking up
to the realities of our world, to the systems, ideas, institutions and
individuals who have dominated, oppressed, controlled, and ensnared humanity in
their grip of absolute control. As the resistance to these ideas, institutions,
and individuals grows and continues toward taking action – locally, nationally,
regionally, and globally – it is now more important than ever for the
discussion and understanding of our system to grow in accord. Action must be
taken, and is being taken, but information must inform action. Without a more
comprehensive, global and expansive understanding of our world, those who
resist this system will become increasingly divided, more easily co-opted, and
have their efforts often undermined.
So now we must ask the questions:
What is the nature of our society? How did we get here? Who brought us to this
point? Where are we headed? When will we get to that point? Why is humanity in
this place? And what can we do to change the future and the present? These are
no small questions, and while they do not have simple answers, the answers can
be sought, all the same. If we truly seek change, not simply for ourselves as
individuals, not merely for our specific nations, but for the whole of humanity
and the entire course of human history, these questionsmustbe asked, and the answers must be
So, whatisthe nature of our society?
Our society is one dominated not
simply by individuals, not merely by institutions, but more than anything else,
by ideas. These three focal points are of course inter-related and
interdependent. After all, it is individuals who come up with ideas which are
then institutionalized. As a result, over time, the ‘institutionalization of
ideas’ affect the wider society in which they exist, by producing a specific
discourse, by professionalizing those who apply the ideas to society, by
implanting them so firmly in the social reality that they often long outlive
the individuals who created them in the first place. In time, the ideas and
institutions take on a life of their own, they become concerned with expanding
the power of the institutions, largely through the propagation and
justification of the ideas which legitimate the institution’s existence.
Ultimately, the institution becomes a growing, slow-moving, corrosive behemoth,
seeking self-preservation through repression of dissent, narrowing of the
discourse, and control over humanity. This is true for the ideas and
institutions, whether media, financial, corporate, governmental, philanthropic,
educational, political, social, psychological and spiritual. Often the idea
which founds an institution may be benevolent, altruistic and humane, but, over
time, the institution itself takes control of the idea, makes it rigid and
hesitant to reform, and so even the most benevolent idea can become corrupted,
corrosive, and oppressive to humanity. This process ofthe institutionalization
of ideashas led to the rise of empires, the growth of wars, the
oppression of entire populations, and the control and domination of humanity.
did we get here?
The process has been a long one.
It is, to put it simply, the history of all humanity. In the last 500 years,
however, we can identify more concrete and emergent themes, ideas,
institutions, individuals and processes which brought us to our current place.
Among these are the development of the nation-state, capitalism, and the
financial system of banking and central banking. Concurrently with this
process, we sawthe emergence of racism, slavery, and the transformation of class
politics into racial politics.The
ideas of ‘social control’ came to define and lay the groundwork for a multitude
of institutions which have emerged as dominant forces in our society. Managing
the poor and institutionalizing racism are among the most effective means of
social control over the past 500 years. The emergence of national education
systems played an important part in creating a collective identity and
consciousness for the benefit of the state. The slow and steady progression of
psychiatry led to the domination of the human mind, and with that, the
application of psychology in methods of social engineering and social control.
Though it was in the 19th century
thatrevolutionary ideas and new philosophies of resistance emergedin response to the
increasing wealth and domination at the top, and the increasing repression and
exploitation of the rest. In reaction to this development, elites sought out
new forms of social control. Educational institutions facilitated the rise of a
new intellectual elite, which, in turn, redefined the concept of democracy to
be an elite-guided structure, defined and controlled by that very same
intellectual elite. This led to the development of new concepts ofpropaganda and power. This elite created the
major philanthropic foundations which came to act as “engines of social
engineering,” taking a dominant role in the shaping of a global society and
world order over the 20th century. Ruthless imperialism was very much a part of
this process. By no means new to the modern world, empire and war is almost as
old as human social organization. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries,
rapid imperial expansion led to the domination of almost the entire world by
the Western powers. As the Europeans took control of Africa, the United States
took control of the Caribbean, withWoodrow Wilson’s brutal
occupations of Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
While the ideas and institutions
are the major forces of domination in our world, they are all started by
individuals. We are ruled, though it may be difficult to imagine, by a small
dynastic power structure, largely consisting of powerful banking families, such
as the Rothschilds, Rockefellers, and others. The emerged in controlling the
financial system, extended their influence over the political system, the
educational system, and, through the major foundations, have become the
dominant social powers of our world, creating think tanks and other
institutions which shape and change the course of society and modern human
history. Among these central institutions which extend the domination of these
elites and their social group arethe Council on Foreign
Relations, the Bilderberg Group, and the Trilateral Commission.
Just as the process of resistance
and repression increase on a global scale, so too does the process of global
centralization and expansion of domination.Through crises,the global elites seek to
construct the apparatus ofa ‘global government.’The major think tanks such asthe Bilderberg Grouphave long envisioned and
worked toward such a scenario. This‘new world order’being constructed is
specifically for the benefit of the elite and to the detriment of everyone
else, and will inevitably – as by the very nature of institutions –become tyrannical and
oppressive. The‘Technological Revolution’has
thus created two parallel situations: never before has the possibility of
absolute global domination and control been so close; yet, never has the
potential of total global liberation and freedom been so possible.
are we here, and what can we do to change it?
We are here largely due to a lack
of understanding of how we have come to be dominated, of the forces, ideas,
institutions, and individuals who have emerged as the global oligarchy. To
change it, firstly, we need to come to understand these ideas, to understand
the origins and ‘underneath’ of all ideas that we even today hold as
sacrosanct, to question everything and critique every idea. We need to define
and understandLiberty and Power.When we understand these
processes and the social world in which we live, we can begin to take more
informed actions toward changing this place, and toward charting our own course
to the future. We do have the potential to change the course of history, and
history will stand in favour of the people over the powerful.
The People’s Book Project seeks
to expand this understanding of our world, and the ideas, institutions, and
individuals which have come to dominate it, as well as those which have emerged
and are still emerging in resistance to it. What is the nature of our society?
How did we get here? Who brought us here? Why? Where are we going? When will we
get there? And what can we do to change it? These are the questions being asked
by The People’s Book Project. The products of this project, entirely funded
through donations from readers like you, is to producea multi-volume book on these subjectsand
seeking to answer as best as possible, these questions. It is, essentially, a
modern history of power, people, and potential. The book itself lays the
groundwork fora larger idea,
anda plan of action, a method of countering
the institutional society, of working toward the empowerment of people, the
undermining of power, to make all that we needlessly depend upon irrelevant, to
push people toward our true potential as a species, and to inform the action of
many so that humanity may learn, discover, try and, eventually, succeed over
that which seeks to dominate.
The People’s Book Project depends
entirely upon you, the reader, for support, and thatsupport is needed now.
what others are saying about The People’s Book Project:
The People’s Book Project may
be a radical idea for radical times, but it’s an idea whose time has come. With
crowd-funding the people finally have the chance to compete with the seemingly
unlimited resources of the financial elite who have traditionally written our
history. This is why I support Andrew Gavin Marshall’s project and hope
others will support it, too. For once the people have the chance to
reclaim their own history, and to tell the truth the way it deserves to be
The People’s Book Project is a
great undertaking for our time. Around the world we have seen a political
awakening of the oppressed, exploited, and impoverished that has swept the
globe, from Cairo to Melbourne to the imperial capital itself: Washington D.C.
The project is so important because by tracing how we got to this point in
history and who got us here, it allows us to then use that knowledge to begin
to envision and articulate a new global social, political, and economic order
and then take concrete steps to see this vision come to fruition.
I am an enthusiastic supporter
of the People’s Book Project because our society is in desperate need of
creating new Social Architectures. The Industrial Age is crumbling – but
‘the new’ has yet to be invented. Thus, we need brilliant young minds to
create new possibilities, through the haze of mind numbing commodification of
everything. The People’s Book Project represents incredible discipline
and in-depth research by brilliant young minds to discover the futures we need
to build together. Join me in supporting this exploration of our future.