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From Kjos' website:
http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/05/teichrib/utopian-dreams-1.htm
http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/05/teichrib/utopian-dreams-2.htm
http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/05/teichrib/utopian-dreams-3.htm

Bloody Utopian Dreams, Part I:
Hammer and Sickle

By Carl Teichrib - March 2005
Please visit his website at www.forcingchange.org

Author's Note: This is the first article in a multi-part series on New Age thought and political utopianism.
Part 2: The Enigma of the Third Reich | Part 3: The Politics and Religion of Population Control

"Ideas grow out of history; they also shape history." Stuart R. Schram, The Political Thought of Mao Tse-tung [1].

"Power kills; absolute Power kills absolutely."  R.J. Rummel, Death By Government [2].


Ever since humanity was ushered out of the Garden of Eden for rebellion against God (Genesis 3), we have been constantly scheming and working towards unifying Man with some system of Paradise. From the mystical doctrines of the Egyptian mystery religions to the hammer and sickle of the Soviet Union, from Plato's Republic and council of wise men to the dreams and aspirations of a globally enhanced United Nations - mankind has sought to create the "perfect utopian" society shaped in Man's image.

The New Age Movement fits in nicely with this concept, envisioning a spiritually evolved humanity coupled with a complete global social, political, and economic system [3]. It's a world where cosmic harmony and attunement motivates and permeates each group and individual, and where every nation and culture can come together in solidarity and equity. If you're thinking that all of this sounds like a blend of Karl Marx's communism and H.P. Blavatsky's Theosophical mysticism, you're not far off.

Spiritually Endorsing the Great Atheist-Experiment

Marx, the founder of communism, postulated a model for state control of all economic production [4]. His ideas, interpreted and carried forward by V.I. Lenin, Joseph Stalin, and Mao Tse-tung, were an attempt to achieve the utopian atheist political and economic regime. The results of this experiment in paradise-building; over 100 million dead, millions more imprisoned, vast regions depopulated, and suffering such as the world has never before seen [for a statistical analysis of government sponsored mass murder, see R.J. Rummel, Death By Government, Lethal Politics: Soviet Genocide and Mass Murder Since 1917, and China's Bloody Century: Genocide and Mass Murder Since 1900.)

But never mind the mountain range of corpses, the New Age Movement and the spiritual masters behind New Age thought have somehow managed to transcended the biggest bloodbath in history.

Consider the following quotes from the New Age spirit master, Maitreya the Christ, as channeled to Benjamin Crème - keep in mind, these words were transmitted during the height of the Cold War,
"Man is One. That, essentially, is what Marx is saying. Man is One, Humanity is One. Eventually, all social systems will tend towards a system which encourages that brotherhood or Oneness of man which Marx senses, as a spiritual Being." [5] (Author's note: Maitreya then tells Crème that the fault in the theory was how it was imposed!)

"In the future, the not too distant future, we will come to see that all political systems are divine expressions. There is more in common between true Democracy and true Communism than there would seem to be today. What is called communism today as it exists in Russia, China and the Communist world, is in no sense true Communism, but it is an evolving structure, moving towards a more perfect expression of the thought-form as it exists in the Divine Mind; likewise with Democracy."[6]

In another series of New Age messages channeled during the Cold War, the spirit being calling itself "I AM" transmitted an extensive plan for a worker's world communist paradise.
"The old world has come to its end. You know that the end only happens once. It has been prophesied all through history, and the end of fantasies comes now. Everyone waited for the end. Even the Communists who said they were Communists waited for the end. They taught that Capitalism and Socialism could coexist together. Yes, they can coexist together until the end; but Communism must begin now. Actually, everyone wants Universal Communism, which is the same as real Communism.

"All the things I channeled through Karl Marx follow the same social science and economics I taught in the Bible and am teaching here....

"The major religions are facing Socialism as a force they can build my Kingdom with, and they will take the initiative and introduce Communism into it. No sermon preached of any world religion that leaves out Marxism-Leninism can face the immediate reality." [7]

This is only one small portion of I AM's message. In fact, the entire text, titled God - Ultimate Unlimited Mind - Speaks, is over 450 pages in length and has, as a central theme, the literal establishment of a "New World Government" through a planetary form of "true" Communism.

One particular Ascended Master, the Tibetan Master Djwhal Khul [in the New Age an Ascended Master is a highly evolved spiritual entity], channeled the raisons de'être for the despots and tyrants of the last two hundred years, ascribing to them a high and beneficial role in the development of human spiritual enlightenment. Alice Bailey, one of the more prominent leaders of the Theosophical movement [Theosophy has been a key factor in the creation of today's modern New Age Movement], recorded the Tibetan's words in her book, The Externalisation of the Hierarchy,

"They [France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Portugal] have...reacted to that force [Shamballa Force] through the medium of certain great and outstanding personalities who were peculiarly sensitive to the will-to-power and the will-to-change and who...have altered the character of their national life, and emphasised increasingly the wider human values. The men who inspired the French revolution; the conqueror, Napoleon; Bismarck, the creator of a nation; Mussolini, the regenerator of his people; Hitler, who lifted a distressed people upon his shoulders; Lenin, the idealist; Stalin and Franco are all expressions of the Shamballa force and of certain little understood energies. These have wrought significant changes in their day and generation...
 
"We call these people dictators, demagogues, inspired leaders, or just and wise men, according to our particular ideology, tradition, attitudes to our fellowmen and our particular political, economic and religious training. But all these leaders are...in the last analysis, highly developed personalities. They are being used to engineer great and needed changes and to alter the face of civilization...
 
"Blame not the personalities involved or the men who produce these events before which we stand today bewildered and appalled. They are only the product of the past and the victims of the present. At the same time, they are the agents of destiny, the creators of the new order and the initiators of the new civilization; they are the destroyers of what must be destroyed before humanity can go forward along the Lighted Way."[8]

"...They are the destroyers of what must be destroyed..." Think about it! This section of The Externalisation of the Hierarchy was written in 1939, the year World War II began. Hitler's atrocities against his own people - particularly the infirmed and incurables - was known by 1939, as was his treatment of German Jews [9]. Mussolini's tactics were also known, as was the executions by Franco's Nationalists Spain [10]. Lenin and Stalin's crushing of their own people, soaking the Russian motherland with the blood of its citizens, was known too [11]. And the French Revolution, with its forests of guillotines, had kick started revolutionary ideologies that had bled Europe and other parts of the world over and over again [12].

But remember, it was the master Djwhal Khul, a spiritual entity that can supposedly transcend time and space [hence, ignorance cannot be used as an excuse], that basically proclaimed all of this death and destruction as good and necessary. Why? So that "humanity can go forward along the Lighted Way."

Welcome to the real New Age

Now please understand, not every New Age leader, author, or medium speaks highly of communism or despotism. Most of the time the word "communism," or the names of Marx or Lenin, never enters into the New Age lexicon. But there is a remarkably shared vision between the New Age "global society" - the ideal of a centralist system with a completely transformed humanity - and the centralist utopian visions of political tyrants, complete with their various concepts of human social transformation.

How so? The New Age Movement, like the political utopians of the twentieth century, seeks a "perfect world" balanced by economic, political, and spiritual unity and harmony. It's the World State, where global citizenship and planetary spirituality merges into the "perfect centralized" system.

In this mystical paradise society, nature, man, and God are placed on the same plane. Mankind, once spiritually evolved and recognizing its collective consciousness, is God. Likewise, the despot rulers of our immediate past exhibited the same ego-mania: the atheist state, a product of evolved man, was touted as God - and the Party and its leaders were the voice of this despotic-state deity.

Both ideologies, in their various forms and conceptions, sought and seek to re-create the Garden of Eden. But this Garden, be it built by Leninism or constructed by men and women who follow the teachings of other-worldly voices, cannot escape the facts of human nature - greed, arrogance, and a never ending focus on self. Scarier yet, the spirit masters forwarding this centralist New Age society exhibit qualities that parallel human fallacies. What would these channeled entities like to see destroyed so that "humanity can go forward along the Lighted Way"?

A utopian New Age united world, where tolerance is enforced in the name of diversity, and mankind steered down the path of social and spiritual transformation; would it be any different than the Communist system, where the hammer crushed indiscriminately and the sickle reaped were it did not sow?


Bloody Utopian Dreams, Part 2
The Enigma of the Third Reich

By Carl Teichrib - March 2005


“We have to take the Nazis seriously; after all they were the authors of a regime that took the lives of some 40 million people and the destruction of most of Europe…therefore, since such people took occultism seriously, so should we.” — David Morris, The Masks of Lucifer [1].

“Political parties are inclined to compromises; philosophies never.” — Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf [2].

Ever since humanity was ushered out of the Garden of Eden for rebellion against God (Genesis 3), we have been constantly scheming and working toward unifying Man with some system of Paradise. From the mystical doctrines of the Egyptian mystery religions to the hammer and sickle of the Soviet Union, from Plato’s Republic and council of wise men to the dreams and aspirations of a globally enhanced United Nations – mankind has sought to create the “perfect utopian” society shaped in Man’s image.

The New Age Movement fits in nicely with this concept, envisioning a spiritually evolved humanity coupled with a complete global social, political, and economic system [3]. It’s a world where cosmic forces are at work shaping individuals, cultures, and entire nations. It’s a world where “old norms” are torn down, and where newness is embraced – and yet, in this remaking of the world, ancient powers, symbols, and mythologies are drawn upon in this quest to re-forge civilization.

A New Fundamental Philosophy

The following words, penned by Adolf Hitler, the leader of the National Socialist German Worker’s Party, demonstrated the essential point of Nazism: a new and fundamental philosophy.
“It was self-evident that the new movement could hope to achieve the necessary importance and the required strength for this gigantic struggle only if it succeeded from the very first day in arousing in the hearts of its supporters the holy conviction that with it political life was to be given, not to a new election slogan, but to a new philosophy of fundamental significance." [4]
As the political and forceful expression of this “holy conviction,” the Nazi Party’s new philosophy centered on the interlocking ideals of blood and soil, race and Nature. Ultimately, it was believed, humanity’s spiritual and cultural evolution would rest on the strength of the Germanized Aryan ideal.

And then Europe burned.

It’s in the Roots

Millions of pages of material have been published in an attempt to explain Germany’s military actions, political structures, and overall historical impact. And much thought has been given to Germany’s social and cultural setting. But one area that hasn’t seen as much literature is in the realm of German esoteric interests. There has been some items published on this subject, but it’s hard to find non-sensationalist accounts. However, we can glean some important material that points to the philosophical roots – the “holy conviction” – of the German National Socialist ideology.
 
Note: Much of the historical material on the Germanic esoteric societies and their links to National Socialism is based on the scholarly work of Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke and his book, The Occult Roots of Nazism: Secret Aryan Cults and their Influence on Nazi Ideology (New York University Press, 1985/1992)

Germany’s theological roots run deep; Martin Luther’s strike against entrenched Roman Catholicism, and much of the ensuing Reformation and Anabaptist movement, are historically significant to Germany. As such, this particular nation has been looked up to for centuries as a bastion of theological thought and action. However, Germany’s spiritual history encompasses more than just the Reformation. Rosicrucian orders [5] and other esoteric schools of thought emerged from the German heartland. But it wasn’t a German-born who gave impetus to the Nazi philosophy, it was a Russian-born woman by the name of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky – the founder of the Theosophical Society.

Blavatsky, in her seminal work, The Secret Doctrine, outlines the activities of “God” throughout a number of evolutionary cycles. Each cycle, she explained, witnessed the rise and fall of “root-races,” and the pinnacle of mankind at this historical stage of the cycle was represented by the Aryan race. Furthermore, Blavatsky’s theosophical ideas also incorporated reincarnation, karma, and other Hindu beliefs. Gnosticism, Hermetic philosophies, Kabbalahism, Eastern religions, occult lore, alternative esoteric histories and mythologies – all of these streams of spirituality funneled into Blavatsky’s writings. And through this blending of mystical concepts, her emphasis on racial development and evolutionary hierarchy struck a cord within segments of American, Indian, English, and German high-society.

In 1884, the first German Theosophical Society was established. But because of internal stresses and outside accusations made against Blavatsky, this particular organization fell apart. However, the interest in theosophy remained, and by 1896 a German national branch of the International Theosophical Brotherhood was established [6].

Out of this greater interest in theosophy – and the re-organized German Theosophical Society in particular – a number of splinter groups and alternative esoteric organizations were birthed, both in Germany and Austria. By the time World War I had started in 1914, German occultism and mysticism had taken on a number of forms; from the volkisch mysticism of Guido von List to Rudolf Steiner’s Anthroposophical Society, from “irregular” Masonic and Rosicrucian lodges to Theozoology and the Order of the New Templars. It could be said that German-central Europe was experiencing an occult renaissance of sorts, and each of these movements (and others not listed) played a part in creating an undercurrent of Germanic spiritual adventurism. Moreover, many of these foundational groups viewed Jews as being a contaminant in the continued unfolding of an Aryan evolutionary line – thinking that would later find a political foothold in National Socialism.

With the defeat of Germany in World War I, a cultural and social vacuum precipitated an even greater interest in Germanic mysticism, alternative pagan histories, and occultism. Riding this wave, Rudolf J. Gorsleben kick-started a radical Aryan movement that centered on runes and occultism, creating “an original racist mystery-religion which illuminated the priceless magical heritage of the Aryans and justified their spiritual and political world-supremacy” [7].

The ideas of Karl Maria Wiligut also found root during this time. Wiligut, a proclaimed German sage with alleged clairvoyant skills, held to a blend of racist “Ario-Christianity” and Teutonic paganism. Later changing his name to Karl Maria Weisthor, Wiligut’s high-point contribution to the Third Reich was his involvement in the Wawelsburg project – the complete remodeling of a castle near Paderborn into an SS-order officer’s college and pan-Germanic SS spiritual center, complete with cult-styled pagan ceremonies and rituals [more on the SS order to follow].

And finally, during the years between the Great War and World War II, an aristocrat named Rudolf von Sebottendorff organized the Thule Society. Drawing from some of e arlier Germanic mythologies and esoteric groups, such as the Germanenorden – “an anti-Semitic group organized like a secret quasi-masonic lodge” [8] – the Thule Society became a haven for nationalistic leanings in light of Germany’s loss in the Great War.

Thule saw some interesting future Nazi figures pass through its lodge doors: Alfred Rosenberg – the eventual Reich Minister for the Eastern Occupied Territories, Dietrich Eckart – a key early member of the Nazi Party and editor of the Völkischer Beobachter [the Nazi Party newspaper], Rudolf Hess – the eventual Deputy of the Fuehrer [9], and Ernst Rohm – who became the Reichsminister of the SA [10].

The symbol of the Thule Society was a circular swastika mounted atop a double-edge dagger.

The Third Reich

Adolf Hitler himself had come into contact with some of these arcane doctrines and teachings, and was no doubt influenced by them to a certain extent, particularly from Thule interests and the mystical inclinations of Guido von List – a leading figure in German esoteric and Aryan blood-and-race ideologies [11]. Mein Kampf, Hitler’s major work, indirectly linked the meaning of the swastika with the Aryan racial mythologies of List:
“As National Socialists, we see our program in our flag. In red we see the social ideal of the movement, in white the nationalistic idea, in the swastika the mission of the struggle for the victory of the Aryan man, and, by the same token, the victory of the idea of creative work, which as such always has been and always will be anti-Semitic” [12].
But of all the major Nazi Party leaders, Heinrich Himmler – head of the SS; seemed most inclined towards mystical interpretations. The SS, short for Schutzstaffel, was originally an inner guard for the Nazi leadership but, as the regime and its military components evolved, the SS took on multi-task military functions [13].

Historian Marc Rikmenspoel, in his encyclopedic work on the SS, explains that “The official religious doctrine of the Nazi Party and the SS was a sort of deism, an undefined belief in God separate from any organized religion. The SS, in particular, encouraged the belief in Nordic paganism, and urged its members to abandon any Christian denomination” [14].

Certainly a large part of this mystical orientation came from Himmler’s close association with Karl Wiligut. Author and Nazi historian Nocholas Goodrick-Clarke explains,
“By virtue of his [Wiligut] alleged possession of ancestral memory and an inspired representation of archaic Germanic traditions, he became the favoured mentor of Reichsfuhrer-SS Heinrich Himmler on mythological subjects and was given an official assignment for prehistorical research in the SS between 1933 and 1939” [15].
Adding to this, Goodrick-Clarke writes,
“Among the top leaders of the Third Reich, Himmler appears the most ambiguous personality, motivated simultaneously by a capacity for rational planning and by unreal fantasies. His zeal for order, punctuality, and administrative detail, and the pedantic impression of an ‘intelligent primary school teacher,’ were seemingly belied by his enthusiasm for the utopian, the romantic and even the occult. It was Himmler’s idealistic imagination which led to a visionary conception of the SS and its future role: his black-uniformed troops would pro vide both the bloodstock of the future Aryan master-race and the ideological elite of an ever-expanding Greater Germanic Reich” [16].

Keep in mind, Himmler was the organizer of the concentration camp system, and specific units within his SS were tasked with carrying out the “Final Solution” against the European Jews.

From the employment of runes to the celebration of the swastika sun symbol, from the racially motivated mystical philosophies of an Aryan blood-line to the esoteric teachings of a pagan-Germanic pre-history, the “holy conviction” of the National Socialist German Worker’s Party – a blend of occultism and racism – culminated in one of the worst atrocities in human history.

Knowing that the Nazi’s ideology was fixated on arcane beliefs, the question of German Freemasonry, Rosicrucian orders, and even pan-Germanic mystical associations needs to be addressed. Understand, Hitler and his regime pursued these groups with a bent towards their destruction; even historically-linked Germanic esoteric organizations that had helped establish the philosophical ideals of the Reich were targeted. Given the fact that the Nazi Party was the political expression of various arcane doctrines, some critics have suggested that this purging throws doubt on the esoteric foundation for Nazism.

On the eve of World War II, Hermann Rauschning, a former advisor to Hitler and president of the Danzig Senate, attempted to warn the world of Nazism’s ultimate aim by publishing his book, The Revolution of Nihilism: Warning to the West. Commenting on Freemasonry and other secretive societies in Germany, and their relationship to National Socialism, Rauschning wrote,
“If we try to unders tand what it is that tempts Hitler again and again to dwell on Freemasonry, on the Jesuits, or on the Teutonic Order, we come close to the essential secret of the National Socialist elite, the ‘mystery,’ as the Teutonic Order called it, the esoteric doctrine confined to the brethren who were called to initiation. It was the piecemeal character of their initiation into secret aims, the aims and methods of a ruling class, by stages of discipline, enlightenment, liberation, that set the eyes of National Socialism in envious rivalry on such organizations as Freemasonry” [17].
Simply put, all rivalries must be removed – no matter how close the historical associations may be, such as was the case, ultimately, with Theosophy.

So why is it important to understand all this complex and obscure Nazi esoteric history?

First, the simple fact is that as a movement Nazism re-forged the entire structure of Europe, and continues to have lasting social repercussions (politically and culturally, today's European Union was birthed from the ashes of World War II and the Nazi's impact on European life). This fact alone demands that we examine its deeper roots.

Secondly, and of immense importance, is the fact that this movement’s historical philosophies were grounded in the same ideologies that today comprise the New Age Movement. Remember Blavatsky’s Theosophy and its early role in the development of Germanic mysticism? Consider this substantial statement from Cherry Gilchrist, author of Theosophy: The Wisdom of the Ages,

“Though its origins lie in the nineteenth century, the theosophical perspective has much in common with that of the New Age, and, it can fairly be said, it is the impetus of Theosophy that has enabled the whole New Age movement to come into being” [18].


Bloody Utopian Dreams, Part 3
The Politics and Religion of Population Control

By Carl Teichrib - July 2005
 
Author's Note: While population agenda themes interlink with a myriad of issues, the purpose of this article isn't to independently examine each area of impact. Instead, it follows an interlocking theme: a combination of environmentalism (and it's politics) and Earth-based spirituality - the utopian ideal of politics, religion, and a lot less people.


"Clearly, it is time for a global effort to create everywhere on earth the conditions conducive to stabilizing population."
- Al Gore, Earth in the Balance. [1]

"Halting population growth is an urgent task. But what means are justifiable?"
- The Gaia Peace Atlas. [2]

"There have been 'triage' proposals that would condemn whole nations to death through some species of global 'benign neglect.' There have been schemes for coercing people to curtail their fertility, by physical and legal means that are ominously left unspecified. Now we are told that we must curtail rather than extend our efforts to feed the hungry peoples of the world. Where will it end."
- Barry Commoner, Making Peace with the Planet. [3]

The first time I ever laid eyes on America's Stonehenge was late one spring evening. Caught in the shadow-play of the car's headlights, this remarkable monument appeared even more surreal then I expected. The following morning, after lodging in Elberton Georgia, I returned to this complex modern-day megalith for a closer look.

The Georgia Guidestones, a massive granite edifice planted in the Georgia countryside, contains a list of ten new commandments for Earth's citizens. The first commandment, and the one which concerns this article, simply states; "Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature."

This population control commandment reminded me of what I had witnessed back in 1997 while attending the Global Citizenship 2000 Youth Congress. Held in Vancouver, BC, the purpose of this event was to incite national changes to the Canadian educational system; specifically, to instill Earth-centric values through the adoption of Robert Muller's World Core Curriculum - a philosophy of education that incorporates global citizenship and pantheistic concepts. [4]

Muller, a grandfatherly figure with decades of United Nations experience, gave an emotionally charged speech which strongly emphasized a global population control agenda. In a dialogue between himself and Mother Earth (played by himself!), Muller, as the Earth, challenged the participants towards a new way of thinking,

"What are you doing to me? You have multiplied the number of beings on this planet from 2.5 billion in 1952 to 5.8 billion today. How could you do this to me? This big population explosion all around the world, and I, the Earth, am supposed to feed them. Why did you do this to me?...You are killing me!" [5]

To the attending youth and educators, Muller boasted that the United Nations had, as a result of warnings to the world, "prevented the birth of 2 billion, 200 million people." Furthermore, he encouraged the Congress to "Try to convince your people to reduce the number of children. This is one of the biggest problems we have on this planet."[6]

Clearly, the heart-and-soul of Muller's population agenda revolved around a dual theme of environmental degradation and a greater spiritual Earth-connection,
"...behave correctly towards the Earth...You are not children of Canada, you are really living units of the cosmos because the Earth is a cosmic phenomena... we are all cosmic units. This is why religions tell you, you are divine. We are divine energy... it is in your hands whether evolution on this planet continues or not." [7]
Not surprisingly, this interlocking three-way theme -- population, environment, and spirituality -- can be found in the literature of one of the most influential environmental policy organizations in the world, the International Institute for Sustainable Development.

In a 1995 text published by the IISD titled Empowerment For Sustainable Development, we find that population management, sustainable development, and religious values are drawn together in a common theme,
"The concept [of sustainable development] is also generally viewed as requiring major societal changes through radical or incremental restructuring of institutions and management approaches. For example, a paradigm shift is envisaged towards a decentralized society characterized by small-scale, labour-intensive enterprises, local autonomy, diversity of cultures and thinning out of population over landscape. A more forceful and dynamic role for religious and cultural groups to advocate principles of environmental protection has been urged." [8]

Management: this is the operational point of planned population shifts ("thinning out of population" certainly demonstrates this concept). And a major component of this management process towards environmental/population mind-change is education. After all, by altering the minds of the next generation, long-term target goals are advanced pupil-by-pupil.

Empowerment For Sustainable Development notes,
"Education has been advanced as significant in bringing about changes in attitudes, behaviour, beliefs, and values...In order to redirect behaviour and values towards institutional change for sustainable development there is a need to investigate strategic options in relation to educational philosophies, scope for propagation and adoption, and groups most likely to be susceptible to change."[9]

Consider the First National Environmental Teach-In, which was held on April 22, 1970, and was the event that sparked today's annual Earth Day celebrations. As an aid to this American-wide transformative event, a special book was prepared to equip teachers and students in their quest to live peacefully with the Earth. The follow quotes, some quite lengthy, illustrates this hoped-for managed change in "attitudes, behaviour, beliefs, and values" - and their anticipated impact on population issues. Remember, this text, titled The Environmental Handbook, was geared towards high school students [my own high school used this as a textbook for many years].
"What we do about ecology depends on our ideas of the man-nature relationship. More science and more technology are not going to get us out of the present ecologic crisis until we find a new religion, or rethink our old one." [10]

"Both our present science and our present technology are so tinctured with orthodox Christian arrogance toward nature that no solution for our ecologic crisis can be expected from them alone. Since the roots of our trouble are so largely religious, the remedy must also be essentially religious, whether we call it that or not. We must rethink and refeel our nature and destiny." [11]

"In a welfare state, how shall we deal with the family, the religion, the race, or the class (or indeed any distinguishable and cohesive group) that adopts overbreeding as a policy to secure its own aggrandizement? To couple the concept of freedom to breed with the belief that everyone born has an equal right to the commons is to lock the world into a tragic course of action." [12]

"No technical solution can rescue us from the misery of overpopulation. Freedom to breed will bring ruin to all...The only way we can preserve and nurture other and more precious freedoms is by relinquishing the freedom to breed, and that very soon...it is the role of education to reveal to all the necessity of abandoning the freedom to breed." [13]

"A prerequisite to any lasting solution to environmental pollution is a zero growth rate - the birth rate equalling the death rate...The essential cause of environmental pollution is over-population, combined with an excessive population growth rate; other antipollution measures can be used temporarily, but so long as the central problem is not solved, on can expect no lasting success." [14]

In order to hammer home these population concerns and affect lasting world change, The Environmental Handbook proposed that educators should embed population issues into core subject areas:

"Biology - Compare elimination of predation and consequent overpopulation of animal species (e.g. deer) with health advances followed by overpopulation of human species...Discuss methods of contraception.
Economics - Investigate key to affluence...Compare rates of population growth. Growth of various countries with rate of GNP growth; were former exceeds latter, living standards declines.
English - Read (perhaps as outside reading, with book reviews given in class) Malthus [author's note: Robert T. Malthus is the father of the science of population control, he lived from 1766 to 1834], Ehrlich's Population Bomb... any of the Sierra Club's Wilderness Conference books.
History (U.S.) - Consider changing attitudes toward birth control...
History (World) - Trace population growth in various areas of the world...
Mathematics - ...Calculate some of the horrors that will take place if breeding isn't slowed...
Psychology - Study (perhaps experiment with) effects of overcrowding..." [15, underlining added]

So how do we deal with the "pollution" problem of too many people? On page 291 of The Environmental Handbook, it suggests that instead of giving gifts at Christmas, you could send money to population control organizations such as Zero Population Growth and Planned Parenthood/World Population.

Other options were given in a section titled "Suggestions Toward an Ecological Platform,"
"Stabilizing the U.S. population should be declared a national policy. Immediate steps should be taken to:

1. Legalize voluntary abortion and sterilization and provide these services free.
2. Remove all restrictions on the provisions of birth control information and devices; provide these services free to all, including minors.
3. Make sex education available to all appropriate levels, stressing birth control practices and the need to stabilize the population.
4. Launch a government-sponsored campaign for population control in the media...
5. Offer annual bonuses for couples remaining childless and eliminate tax deductions for more than two children.

Control of world population growth is simply a matter of survival of the human race. Federal priorities must be made to reflect this fact. We propose:

1. Massive federal aid to supply birth control information, planning and materials to all countries that will accept it.
2. Foreign aid only to countries with major programs to curb population growth.
3. Increased research on birth control methods and on attitudes toward limiting births." [16]

Traditional family life, too, was targeted as a population concern. "Explore other social structures and marriage forms, such as group marriage and polyandrous marriage...Share the pleasure of raising children widely, so that all need not directly reproduce..." [17]

This is societal management at its highest, and religion comes directly into play. According to The Environmental Handbook, "...nothing short of total transformation will do much good." So with that in mind, a list was given of appropriate religions, spiritual traditions, and philosophies,
"Let these be encouraged: Gnostics, hip Marxists, Teilhard de Chardin, Catholics, Druids, Taoists, Biologist [author's note: biologists may have been listed because of the evolutionary principles underpinning much of modern day biological science], Witches, Shamans, Bushmen, American Indians, Polynesians, Anarchists, Alchemists...the list is long. All primitive cultures, all communal and ashram movements." [18]
As the foundation for today's Earth Day events, the 1970 Environmental Handbook provided a virtual roadmap for societal transformation. Since then, our educational system, sciences, and political circles have been inundated with population change agendas - be they in the guise of environmentalism, alleviating world poverty, or ensuring food security. [19]

Climate change, too, is linked into population issues. Noted environmental science writer Jonathan Weiner explains,
"If our numbers continue to spiral upward, so will greenhouse gases, and so will the temperature of the planet...If we cannot manage our impact on the planet now, how would we do so if there were many more of us? Can we defuse the Change Bomb while human numbers explode? Can we cut our carbon production in half while doubling the size of the human sphere?

"Think of the U.S., which has already seen the most fantastic population explosion in human history, from 18 million in 1750 to 250 million today, an increase of 3,500 percent. The U.S. population will reach almost 300 million in the next one hundred years. And at present rates, of course, each citizen is shoveling about five tons of carbon into the air...300 million people consuming resources as fast as Americans do today would produce about 1.5 billion tons of carbon per annum. That is to say, in one hundred years, the United States alone would be producing more than half of the whole world's annual quota of greenhouse gas. Something has to give; the planet cannot afford that many American consumers." [20]
And herein lies an ironic dialectic rub: Historically, the loudest and most powerful voices in favor of population control have been Western oriented. Typically under this scenario, population control promoters have cited poverty alleviation, disease eradication, and even the safeguarding of America's economy and national security [21] as reasons to restrict Third World population growth. Now, however, as the above quote by Jonathan Weiner illustrates, much of the global population debate has shifted towards lessening populations in the advanced countries.

The reason for this turn around is that Western developed countries (also known as the "global north") are viewed as the major consumer of natural resources. According to the Treaty on Consumption and Lifestyle, an alternative document penned by non-governmental organizations at the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit, the global north shoulders the brunt of the responsibility when it comes to the population agenda.
"While overall population growth is a danger to the health of the planet, it must be recognized that population growth in the North, due to extremely high levels of per capita consumption, is a far greater immediate environmental threat than population growth in the South. Meeting basic needs is a prerequisite for stabilizing population growth." [22]
Certainly Western and developed nations use the largest percentage of the world's resources, but they are also the chief extractor and refiner of natural commodities - and subsequently a significant supplier of food sources and raw energy the world over. [23]

But the Treaty on Consumption and Lifestyle points to something more; blaming the global north, this NGO treaty demands that the north make reparations to the global south through the redistribution of wealth and land, and by creating an international environmental management regime flanked with a radically altered global-socialist economic structure. Of course, this alternative treaty makes the point that central to these societal changes is the revamping of humanity's values, particularly as it relates to spirituality and nature. [24]

Regardless of what the reason is for reducing the world's population, the formation of a new global spirituality and the re-forging of the world's political/economic system occupies a central place in the agenda. [25] And we've been witnessing this political-religious blend take shape for decades - from the First National Environmental Teach-In to the scores of agendas and documents from the United Nations, [26] from the reports of the Club of Rome [27] to the incessant call of the neo-pagan Green/Gaia movement. [28] Sometimes, however, while elaborating on the reasons for global control, proselytizers present ideas that can only be described as "apocalyptic."

Obviously, the ability to manage the world's population requires the development of an integrated world system. Whether you call it "planetary management," world federalism, or global governance, it all points to the same end: world government. Noting this necessary interconnection, Bertrand Russell, one of last century's most recognized philosophers, wholeheartedly embraced mass depopulation as an indispensable component for securing a more unified world.
"I do not pretend that birth control is the only way in which population can be kept from increasing. There are others, which, one must suppose, opponents of birth control would prefer. War, as I remarked a moment ago, has hitherto been disappointing in this respect, but perhaps bacteriological war may prove more effective. If a Black Death could be spread throughout the world once in every generation survivors could procreate freely without making the world too full. There would be nothing in this to offend the consciences of the devout or to restrain the ambitions of nationalists. The state of affairs might be somewhat unpleasant, but what of this? Really high-minded people are indifferent to happiness, especially other people's.

"...unless there is a world government which secures universal birth control, there must from time to time be great wars, in which the penalty of defeat is widespread death by starvation...

"...The need for a world government, if the population problem is to be solved in any humane manner, is completely evident on Darwinian principles." [29]
As menacing as Russell's model appears, it resonates with a certain segment of the population control community. In 1968, Paul Ehrlich wrote that "We must rapidly bring the world population under control, reducing the growth rate to zero or making it go negative." [30] His suggestions seem tame by comparison to Russell's ideas, but "making" a population "go negative" carries with it some stark connotations.

Garrett Hardin, a campaigner of lifeboat-styled population management, [31] had this to say; "How can we help a foreign country to escape overpopulation? Clearly the worst thing we can do is send food.... Atomic bombs would be kinder..." [32]

Garrett too, admits that a global sovereign which oversees human reproduction is the only real solution. [33] However, Garrett attests that the current practical answer is that individual nations, each lifeboats of sorts, experiment with and actively pursue various population management programs at the local level. [34] In this system of planetary trial and error, nations that succeed in controlling their populations can be emulated by other countries.

Maybe Bertrand Russell was right; "Really high-minded people are indifferent to happiness, especially other people's."

And the ultimate number of people? Garrett suggests that "we might be able to settle on a world population of up to 100 million." [35] The Environmental Handbook makes this suggestion,
"Situation. There are now too many human beings, and the problem is growing rapidly worse. It is potentially disastrous not only for the human race but for most other life forms. Goal. The goal would be half of the present world population, or less." [36] [italics in original]
Cutting the world's numbers in half, or dropping the optimal level to 100 million - or 500 million as in the case of the Georgia Guidestones - is not "population control," it's genocide.

In 1998 I was a subscriber to the Progressive Population Network listserver, an online community of environmentalists and population control advocates. One posting, a short note written by a lady named Joan, [37] offered a glimpse into this "exterminationist" version of population control,
"Humans had to thin a heard of deer by shooting them because the natural mechanisms (probably wolves) for keeping the deer population in check had been disrupted. So instead of shooting humans to 'thin' us, lets find the natural mechanisms for keeping human populations in check. Otherwise people will just keep breeding and we'll just have to keep shooting them. And that's just too icky for me.

Since there is no equivalent to wolves for humans, one idea would be to just stop providing food and medicine to people who out-breed their habitat. Let them make the choice between starving or limiting their procreation. People need to see more clearly the connection between their reproductive habits and the destruction of the environment." [38]
From the Georgia Guidestones to the roots of our Earth Day celebrations, from the nation's classrooms to the pundits of global religious change, it is evident that many of our society's "people shapers" [39] wish to re-forge the world in the image of their bloody utopian dreams.




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