By William F. Jasper
The recent dramatic increase in food prices, together with food shortages, points to a looming food crisis, and even the prospect of famine. In certain parts of the world, famine is not merely a prospective future to be feared but a present reality that is being experienced now.
In Yemen, Sudan, Ethiopia, Burundi, Eritrea, and other countries, millions of people are experiencing food shortages and risk dying of starvation. This comes on the heels of the Covid-19 pandemic and, in fact, it turns out that much of the food crisis and starvation is the result of government policy responses to the virus. The famine death spiral is being hastened by Covid lockdowns and mandates that have disrupted planting and harvesting cycles, destroyed crops and livestock herds, bankrupted crucial businesses, and crippled supply chains.
The 2020 global outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic profoundly changed human society throughout the world. Political leaders and bureaucrats, aided by the media, have used — and continue to use — fear of a virus from Communist China to push our entire planet into a regimentation that has set us marching toward a totalitarian future. Constitutional and traditional restraints on government powers have been swept aside by government edicts claiming to be based on “public safety and health” imperatives to protect us against an “existential threat” — from a virus that has proven thus far to be no more deadly than the common flu. In fact, as many studies have shown, and as we have reported, many more people have died from the government-prescribed “cures” than have succumbed to the virus itself. And the recent relenting by various governments on their draconian mandates (as welcome as those are) have not returned us to the status quo ante; they have merely given us a breather until the next fear campaign for which they decide to impose a new wave of controls, supposedly to protect us against a dangerous new “variant.”
During the months that followed the initial viral outbreak, more and more people around the globe began to realize that there was something terribly amiss with the official narratives that were driving us toward medical dictatorship. Physicians, virologists, epidemiologists, biologists, and other scientists — many of whom are world-recognized authorities in their fields — were being censored and “canceled” for daring to challenge government policies as unscientific and harmful, for daring to challenge Anthony “I represent science” Fauci. But, despite the censorship, the warnings by these courageous experts were leaking out and confirming the dire misgivings that the average thinking, freedom-loving layman already harbored in his soul. It was becoming daily more evident that Fauci’s “science” was transforming us — politically, socially, and economically — into a frightening replica of the Orwellian Beijing regime ruled by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Apropos of this growing recognition, Covid is increasingly referred to as the “CCP virus,” a term popularized by The Epoch Times.
For many observers, one of the most astonishing developments to accompany the CCP virus is the way in which leading “capitalists” have enthusiastically embraced and praised China’s totalitarian “solutions” to the pandemic. Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Ray Dalio, BlackRock, Goldman Sachs, Blackstone, Carlyle, Citibank, and other Wall Street behemoths and their corporate clients have happily jumped on the Covid bandwagon. Of course, as “essential” businesses, they have prospered mightily during the pandemic while their smaller, less politically connected competitors have been crippled or wiped out.
The convergence of the Western corporate elites with the CCP elites was no surprise to readers of The New American, since we have been chronicling this phenomenon for the past several decades. However, with the onset of the Covid pandemic, the world has witnessed the globalists even more openly embracing the communists and their despotic ways. This was brought to the fore in the summer of 2020 during the June meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF), with the announcement of the “Great Reset.”
The WEF confabs have been notorious for decades as gatherings of the world’s richest plutocrats and autocrats luxuriating in opulent splendor while feigning concern for the world’s poor and excoriating the world’s middle classes for their alleged overconsumption and pollution. Dictator Xi Jinping and other CCP officials are honored participants at WEF gatherings and even chair WEF programs and author WEF reports. With the Great Reset, the WEF grandees formally presented their CCP-style plan to “reset” all humanity — politically, socially, economically, biologically, morally, and spiritually — along Marxist-Leninist lines.
Klaus Schwab, WEF founder and frontman for the globalist elites, explained that “the pandemic represents a rare but narrow window of opportunity to reflect, reimagine, and reset our world.” He insisted that he and his fellow WEF demigods were seeking this unprecedented power to remold the world only “to create a healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous future” for all. Yes, trust us, give us unlimited control of everything and we’ll fix it all — we guarantee it! You’ll be so happy! In fact, one of the signature promises, as presented in a now-infamous 2016 WEF video, states, “By 2030, you’ll own nothing and you’ll be happy.”
Of course, the WEF billionaires will still own their private jets, megayachts, and megamansions, and will continue their globetrotting champagne-and-caviar lifestyles, but you will be “happy” with whatever government-provided amenities may be rationed to you. That’s an order! Moreover, the WEF global overlords insist that your happiness will include going vegan (except for eating bugs — very tasty and nutritious, you know), drinking recycled sewage water (very eco-friendly), giving up your car (mass transit is so much more efficient), and chipping your brain (welcome to the Borg; WEF’s transhumanism will help you). This would read like the ludicrous script for a B movie except that it is being proposed and forcefully pushed by some of the world’s wealthiest and most powerful individuals.
Klaus Schwab sounds and looks like a classic James Bond movie villain, but he represents the global titans of Big Business, Big Finance, Big Tech, Big Government, and Big Royalty. Britain’s Prince Charles, one of the most fanatical royals in the enviro-zealot lobby, addressed the WEF gathering to help launch the Great Reset by emphasizing “the interdependence of all living things.” “We have a golden opportunity to seize something good from this crisis. Its unprecedented shockwaves may well make people more receptive to big visions of change,” he added. The super-wealthy prince has been making similar pronouncements for dec-ades, advocating more spartan regimens for the common folk, but he has not changed his own lavish lifestyle. Ditto for the rest of the WEF’s Great Resetters.
Plan-demic to Planned Famine
Not long after the Covid pall descended upon us, researchers began noticing a curious thing: Prior to the pandemic, many of the key players in the forefront of the pandemic-response effort — government officials, intelligence agencies, UN agencies, tax-exempt foundations, medical research institutions — had engaged in pandemic scenarios (“germ games”) that were eerily similar to the Covid-19 outbreak. Beginning with Operation Dark Winter in 2001, these players have conducted more than a dozen germ games, bearing names such as Atlantic Storm, Global Mercury, Lockstep, MARS, SPARS, CladeX, Crimson Contagion, and Event 201. While “war games” are a valid and useful tool to simulate and prepare for preventing or responding to potential future crises, a disturbing thread runs through these germ-game exercises. These training scenarios invariably have focused on indoctrinating public decisionmakers to respond to infectious disease outbreaks with inflexible, coercive dictates that concentrate and centralize governmental control over all aspects of life. Rather than truly “following the science,” the germ games invoked authoritarianism masquerading as science to justify forcing the global population into “lockstep” conformity with government mandates. Compliance would be accomplished largely through orchestrated germ propaganda that would terrify citizens into surrendering their independence, freedom, and rights. The exercises taught implicitly that the mental coercion of propaganda may not be sufficient and would likely need to be augmented by the brute force of military and police — just as we have witnessed throughout the world during Covid.
A closer look at the germ games also revealed a recurring and troubling connection between the government entities ostensibly in control of the exercises (U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Defense, USAID, and CIA) and private institutions and individuals notorious for promoting coercive population control, such as Bill Gates, George Soros, Ted Turner, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Population Council, Planned Parenthood, and others.
Now, in the wake of the Covid plandemic, we find the same individuals and institutions assuming the lead in planning for global “food security.” Under Covid, the denizens of Big Pharma, with their allied investors and bought-and-paid-for politicians, have gained control over much of our medical and health sectors. Now we are seeing a similar concentration of control over our agriculture and food sectors.
Bill Gates, one of the four wealthiest men in the world, is the single most influential person on the planet in directing global health and vaccine policies, with fingers in all aspects of private and public activity. In the past few years, the Microsoft billionaire has become the largest individual owner of American farmland, buying up more than 240,000 acres across eighteen states. Fellow overpopulation alarmist Ted Turner has bought up over two million acres of ranchland across eight states. Many of the mega-corporations, pension funds, and Wall Street investment firms have likewise been gobbling up land. The Covid lockdowns, which have driven many farmers into financial distress or bankruptcy, are allowing these buyers to pick up prime parcels at bargain rates. Over the past several years, this increasing concentration has been accompanied by a steady drumbeat of reports on food security (amplified by propaganda from the usual media sources) from the Council on Foreign Relations, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Atlantic Council, and United Nations adjuncts such as the World Health Organization, the Food and Agricultural Organization, the World Food Programme, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank.
One out of many noteworthy examples of the food-security propaganda is a Rockefeller Foundation report entitled Reset the Table: Meeting the Moment to Transform the U.S. Food System, issued in July of 2020. First off, it is not a mere coincidence that the Rockefeller report adopted the WEF’s “Reset” in its title. The Rockefeller Foundation has been involved with the Davos group from WEF’s earliest years, and the foundation’s current president, Rajiv Shah, was brought up through the globalist ranks via the WEF Young Global Leaders program. In 2001, Dr. Shah went to work for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, overseeing the organization’s corrupt International Finance Facility for Immunization (IFFI), before moving on to the Obama administration to head the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). In addition to being a regular of the WEF Davos set, he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and the Rockefeller-founded ultra-elite Trilateral Commission, as well as a board member of the International Rescue Committee, a CIA front that poses as a humanitarian nonprofit. In other words, Rajiv Shah is solidly ensconced in the Deep State, the permanent ruling class that has hijacked our government.
In his foreword to Reset the Table, Shah writes that the report lays out “a framework for change toward an equitable, nourishing, and sustainable U.S. food system.” “The imperative to change the U.S. food system is not new,” he says. “What is new is the urgency and opportunity in this moment to make transformative progress.” The report offers the typical fuzzy buzzwords that underscore this “transformative progress”: sustainability, equity, diversity, resiliency, social justice, racial justice, etc. The report calls for additional “investment” in more health and welfare programs, by which it means, of course, that our indebted and bankrupt government should extract even more from taxpayers to fund government programs that are run by bureaucrats sympathetic to the collectivist notions of the Rockefeller Foundation.
Food Control = Population Control
The high-level involvement of the Rockefeller and Gates foundations in the development of food-security policies is especially alarming considering the longstanding leadership and massive funding these organizations have provided to the militant advocates of population control.
If one controls the food, one can totally control the population. It is a simple concept — one that all would-be dictators understand full well. And as the history article on page 35 grimly testifies, the experiences of Ukraine, China, and Ethiopia demonstrate that allowing any government to gain such control is an invitation to mass murder by famine.
The people and institutions leading the push for “food security” should give any sensible person cause for grave alarm. These are the forces that have been beating the “overpopulation” drum for more than a century and have been supporting the most brutal depopulation measures, including China’s one-child, forced-abortion policies and criminal, forced-sterilization programs in Third World countries. The Rockefeller and Gates foundations have been in the vanguard of this murderous racket. The following provides a brief look at the population-control campaign over the past century, a campaign that is perilously close to achieving the political control it has sought for so long.
In 1904, the Carnegie Institution for Science created the Eugenics Record Office to promote the idea of “race betterment” through “scientific” population control, including forced sterilization and denial of healthcare to those deemed to have undesirable physical and mental traits.
In the 1920s, feminist-eugenicist-racist Margaret Sanger launched her American Birth Control League (which would later become Planned Parenthood) with financial help from John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and other members of the Rockefeller family.
By the 1960s, the fervor for population control had reached a tipping point. The publication of The Population Bomb by Stanford University Professor Paul Ehr-lich in 1968 gave the movement a huge media-assisted boost. Deemed required reading in many high-school and college classes, it sold tens of millions of copies. Ehrlich predicted that tens of millions of Americans would die of starvation in the 1980s, and that by 1999 the U.S. population would be reduced to 22.2 million. England, he said, would fare even worse, and would cease to exist by 2000! “Our position requires that we take immediate action at home and promote effective action worldwide,” Ehrlich insisted. “We must have population control at home, hopefully through a system of incentives and penalties, but by compulsion if voluntary methods fail…. We can no longer afford merely to treat the symptoms of the cancer of population growth; the cancer itself must be cut out.” (Emphasis added.) “We might institute a system,” Ehrlich suggested, “whereby a temporary sterilant would be added to a staple food or to the water supply. An antidote would have to be taken to permit reproduction.”
In 1969, Alan Guttmacher, president of Planned Parenthood, stated, “Each country will have to decide its own form of coercion, determining when and how it should be employed…. The means presently available are compulsory sterilization and compulsory abortion.”
In 1972, the globalists at the Club of Rome published The Limits to Growth, another influential overpopulation prop-aganda tract posing as science. Like Ehr-lich’s environmental jeremiad, its hyperventilating predictions of eco-doom have proven to be ridiculous. In 1991, the club published a book entitled The First Global Revolution, which concluded, “The real enemy then is humanity itself.”
In 1974, the U.S. National Security Council completed a top-secret document entitled National Security Study Memorandum 200 (NSSM-200). It is also known as The Kissinger Report, since Henry Kissinger was secretary of state at the time it was written. It is subtitled “Implications of Worldwide Population Growth for U.S. Security and Overseas Interests.” It was declassified and made public in 1990. Claiming a national-security interest in protecting the “political, economic, and social stability” of countries supplying the United States with strategic minerals, the Kissinger memo proposed using U.S. foreign aid to promote the legalization of abortion, increased sterilization and contraception-use rates, and withholding disaster and food aid unless population-control programs are implemented. Although the U.S. government has issued hundreds of policy papers dealing with various aspects of American national security since 1974, The Kissinger Report continues to be the foundational document on U.S. government population control. It therefore continues to represent official U.S. policy on government population control and, in fact, is still posted on the USAID website.
In 1977, UC-Berkeley professor John Holdren authored Ecoscience, in which he announced, “Indeed, it has been concluded that compulsory population-control laws, even including laws requiring compulsory abortion, could be sustained under the existing Constitution if the population crisis became sufficiently severe to endanger the society.” President Barack Obama made Holdren his “science czar.”
In 1990, CNN founder Ted Turner founded the Turner Foundation, which continues to list as a goal “developing practices and policies to curb population growth rates.” In the mid-1990s he stated, “A total world population of 250-300 million people, a 95% decline from present levels, would be ideal.”
In November 1991, famed underwater explorer and television star Jacques Cousteau told The UNESCO Courier that “Overpopulation is our planet’s number one problem.” He continued, “It’s terrible to have to say this. World population must be stabilized and to do that we must eliminate 350,000 people per day. This is so horrible to contemplate that we shouldn’t even say it. But the general situation in which we are involved is lamentable.”
In 1995, author/philosopher Sam Keen told the assembled prime ministers, presidents, legislators, celebrities, and scientists at the concluding plenary of the Gorbachev Foundation’s State of the World Forum in San Francisco of the consensus the forum had reached: “We must speak far more clearly about sexuality, about contraception, about abortion, about the values that control the population, because the ecological crisis, in short, is the population crisis. Cut the [world’s] population by 90 percent and there aren’t enough people left to do a great deal of ecological damage.”
On May 24, 2009, The Times of London reported that a secret meeting of the world’s leading billionaires had struck on a plan for curtailing world population. Entitled “Billionaire club in bid to curb overpopulation,” it told of a gathering in Manhattan that included some of the planet’s richest titans: Bill Gates, George Soros, Ted Turner, Oprah Winfrey, David Rockefeller, Warren Buffett, and Michael Bloomberg. The Times reported that, according to an attendee, “a consensus emerged that they would back a strategy in which population growth would be tackled as a potentially disastrous environmental, social and industrial threat.” “This is something so nightmarish that everyone in this group agreed it needs big-brain answers,” said the guest. “They need to be independent of government agencies, which are unable to head off the disaster we all see looming.”
These “big-brain” people are not “independent of government agencies”; they operate through (and to a degree control) government agencies. They do this not so much as individuals (except in the case of Bill Gates), but as foundation funders and leading members of globalist organizations such as the Council on Foreign Relations and World Economic Forum. They support coercive population-control measures by USAID and the UN Population Fund, including Communist China’s brutal programs.
In 2017, Bill Gates was inducted into the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), a professional organization controlled by and subservient to the Chinese Communist Party. None of the members of this billionaire club have denounced Beijing’s genocide of the Tibetans or Uyghurs, its brutal repression of Hong Kong, or its horrific starvation lockdowns currently imposed on the people of Shanghai. In fact, these “philanthropists” and their CFR/Davos colleagues have continued to escalate their business deals with the Beijing butchers. Like their CCP comrades, when they talk of “food security” they really mean food control. And there should be little doubt that if they were to succeed in gaining control, they would be as merciless as Mao Tse-tung or Xi Jinping.