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farm to pharmaceutical, diesel truck to dinner plate, pipeline to
plastic product, it is impossible to think of an area of our modern-day
lives that is not affected by the oil industry. The story of oil is the
story of the modern world. And this is the story of those who helped
shape that world, and how the oil-igarchy they created is on the verge
of monopolizing life itself.
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These PR stunts seem obvious and ham-handed by today’s standards, but
they were effective enough: to this day people leave dimes on the stone
marker at the base of the 70 foot Egyptian obelisk that towers over
John D.’s final resting place in Cleveland’s Lake View Cemetery. But it
was not stage-managed photo opportunities like these that transformed
Rockefeller into a public hero.
In order to win the public over, he was going to have to give them
what they wanted. And what they wanted wasn’t difficult to understand:
money. But just as his father, Devil Bill, had taught him to do in all
his business dealings, Rockefeller made sure to get the better end of
the bargain. He would “donate” his great wealth to the creation of
public institutions, but those institutions would be used to bend
society to his will.
As every would-be ruler throughout history has realized, society has
to be transformed from the ground up. Americans in the 19th century
still prized education and intellectual pursuits, with the 1840 census
finding unsurprisingly that the United States–a nation that had been
mobilized by tracts like Thomas Paine’s remarkably popular Common Sense
a nation of readers, with a remarkable 93% to 100% literacy rate.
Before the first compulsory schooling laws in Massachusetts in 1852,
education was private and decentralized, and as a result classical
education, including study of Greek and Latin and a solid grounding in
history and science, was widespread.
But a nation of individuals who could think for themselves was
anathema to the monopolists. The oiligarchs needed a mass of obedient
workers, an entire class of people whose intellect was developed just
enough to prepare them for lives of drudgery in a factory. Into the
midst stepped John D. Rockefeller with his first great act of public
charity: the establishment of the University of Chicago.
He was aided in this task by Frederick Taylor Gates, a Baptist
minister that Rockefeller befriended in 1889 and who would go on to be
John D.’s most trusted philanthropic adviser. Gates would go on to write
a short tract, “The Country School of Tomorrow
,” that laid out the Rockefeller plan for education:
dream, we have limitless resources, and the people yield themselves with
perfect docility to our molding hand. The present educational
conventions fade from our minds; and, unhampered by tradition, we work
our own good will upon a grateful and responsive folk. We shall not try
to make these people or any of their children into philosophers or men
of learning or science. We are not to raise up from among them authors,
orators, poets, or men of letters. We shall not search for embryo great
artists, painters, musicians. Nor will we cherish even the humbler
ambition to raise up from among them lawyers, doctors, preachers,
politicians, statesmen, of whom we now have ample supply.”
Although Rockefeller’s resources weren’t exactly limitless, they
might as well have been. In 1902 he established the General Education
Board to help implement Gates’ vision for the country school of tomorrow
with a staggering $180 million endowment.
The Rockefeller influence on education was felt almost immediately,
and it was amplified by help from fellow monopolists of the era who were
approaching the topic of philanthropy from the same angle.
Although best known as a steel magnate, Andrew Carnegie’s fortune
started on the railroads transporting Rockefeller’s Standard Oil around
the country, and was greatly magnified by a lucrative investment in
property near Oil Creek that provided steady, profitable oil sales. In
1905 he established the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of
Teaching, a tax-free foundation through which Carnegie and his
appointees could direct the development of the education system in the
the United States, and, eventually, worldwide. In 1910, Rockefeller
followed suit by establishing the Rockefeller Foundation, which became
the tax-free umbrella organization for his philanthropic ambitions.
As the Reece Committee–a Congressional investigation into the
activities of these tax-free foundations in the 1950s–discovered, it
wasn’t long before Carnegie’s Endowment approached Rockefeller’s
Foundation with a proposal: to cooperate on their shared desire to
transform the American education system in their own image. Norman Dodd,
the director of research for the Congressional committee who was
granted access to the Carnegie Endowment’s board minutes, explains:
So they approach the Rockefeller Foundation with a
suggestion: that portion of education which could be considered domestic
should be handled by the Rockefeller Foundation, and that portion which
is international should be handled by the Endowment.
They then decide that the key to the success of these two operations
lay in the alteration of the teaching of American History. So, they
approach four of the then most prominent teachers of American History in
the country — people like Charles and Mary Byrd. Their suggestion to
them is this, “Will they alter the manner in which they present their
subject”” And, they get turned down, flatly.
So, they then decide that it is necessary for them to do as they say, i.e.
“build our own stable of historians.” Then, they approach the
Guggenheim Foundation, which specializes in fellowships, and say” “When
we find young men in the process of studying for doctorates in the field
of American History, and we feel that they are the right caliber, will
you grant them fellowships on our say so? And the answer is, “Yes.”
So, under that condition, eventually they assemble twenty (20), and
they take these twenty potential teachers of American History to London.
There, they are briefed in what is expected of them — when, as, and if they secure appointments in keeping with the doctorates they will have earned.
That group of twenty historians ultimately becomes the nucleus of the
American Historical Association. And then, toward the end of the
1920’s, the Endowment grants to the American Historical Association four
hundred thousand dollars ($400,000) for a study of our history in a
manner which points to what this country look forward to, in the future.
That culminates in a seven-volume study, the last volume of which is,
of course, in essence, a summary of the contents of the other six. The
essence of the last volume is this: the future of this country belongs
to collectivism, administered with characteristic American efficiency.
SOURCE: Norman Dodd interview
With this base for transformation firmly established, the Rockefeller
Foundation and like-minded organization embarked on a program so
ambitious that it almost defies comprehension.
They transformed the practice of medicine.
As usual, the oiligarchs that funded this change were also there to
profit from it, and once again John D. took his queue from “Devil”
Bill’s example. William Rockefeller had called his brand of snake oil
“Nujol,” for “new oil,” and Standard Oil spun off “Nujol”
as a laxative under their Stanco subsidiary.
Manufactured on the same
premises as “Flit,” an insecticide also derived from Standard Oil’s
byproducts, “Nujol” sold at the druggist for 28 cents per six ounce
bottle; it cost Standard Oil less than one-fifth of a cent to
manufacture. Pharmaceuticals provided a lucrative new opportunity for
the oiligarchs, but in a turn-of-the-century America that was still
largely based on naturopathic, herbal remedies, it was a tough sell. The
oiligarchy went to work changing that.
In 1901 John D. established the Rockefeller Institute for Medical
Research. The Institute recruited Simon Flexner, a pathology professor
at the University of Pennsylvania, to serve as its director. His
brother, Abraham, was an educator who was contracted by the Carnegie
Foundation to write a report on the state of the American medical
education system. His study, The Flexner Report
, along with the hundreds of millions of dollars
that the Rockefeller and Carnegie Foundations were to shower on medical
research in the coming years, resulted in a sweeping overhaul of the
American medical system. Naturopathic and homeopathic medicine, medical
care focused on un-patentable, uncontrollable natural remedies and cures
was now dismissed as quackery; only drug-based allopathic medicine
requiring expensive medical procedures and lengthy hospital stays was to
be taken seriously.
Narrator: The fortunes of Carnegie,
Morgan and Rockefeller financed surgery, radiation and synthetic drugs.
They were to become the economic foundations of the new medical economy.
G. Edward Griffin: The takeover of the medical
industry was accomplished by the takeover of the medical schools. Well,
the people that we’re talking about, Rockefeller and Carnegie in
particular, came to the picture and said ‘We will put up money.’ They
offered tremendous amounts of money to the schools that would agree to
cooperate with them. The donors said to the schools: ‘We’re giving you
all this money, now would it be too much to ask if we could put some of
our people on your Board of Directors to see that our money is being
spent wisely?’ Almost overnight all of the major universities received
large grants from these sources and also accepted one, two or three of
these people that I mentioned on their Board of Directors and the
schools literally were taken over by the financial interests that put up
Now what happened as a result of that is the schools did receive an
infusion of money, they were able to build new buildings, they were able
to add expensive equipment to their laboratories, they were able to
hire top-notch teachers, but at the same time as doing that they schewed
the whole thing in the direction of pharmaceutical drugs. That was the
efficiency in philanthropy.
The doctors from that point forward in history would be taught
pharmaceutical drugs. All of the great teaching institutions in America
were captured by the pharmaceutical interests in this fashion, and it’s
amazing how little money it really took to do it.
SOURCE: The Money Takeover Of Medicine
The oiligarchy birthed entire medical industries
from their own research centers and then sold their own products from
their own petrochemical companies as the “cure.” It was Frank Howard, a
Standard Oil of New Jersey executive, who would go on to persuade Alfred
Sloan and Charles Kettering to donate their fortunes to the cancer
center that would then bear their name. As director of research
at Sloan-Kettering, Howard appointed Cornelius Rhoads
a Rockefeller Institute pathologist, to develop his wartime research on
mustard gas for the US Army into a new cancer therapy. Under Rhoads’
leadership, nearly the entire program and staff of the Chemical Warfare
Service were reformed into the SKI drug development program, where they
worked on converting mustard gas into chemotherapy
. And once again, the Rockefeller’s own snake oil was being sold as a cancer cure-all.
The oiligarchs’ interest in the burgeoning pharmaceutical industry
converged in companies like I.G. Farben, a drug and chemical cartel
formed in Germany in the early 20th century. Royal Dutch’s Prince
Bernhard served on an I.G. Farben subsidiary’s board
in the 1930s and the cartel’s American operation, set up in cooperation with Standard Oil, included on its board
Standard Oil president Walter Teagle as well as Paul Warburg of Kuhn,
Loeb & Co., itself headed by Jacob Schiff of the Rothschild broker
family. At its height, I.G. Farben was the largest chemical company in
the world and the fourth largest industrial concern in the world, right
behind Standard Oil of New Jersey.
The company was broken up after World War II, but like Standard Oil,
its various pieces remained intact and today BASF, one of its chemical
offshoots, remains the largest chemical company
in the world, while Bayer and Sanofi, two of its pharmaceutical offshoots are among the largest pharmaceutical companies
in the world.
Not content merely to monopolize the fields of education and
medicine, the same oiligarchical interests banded together to take
control of America’s finances. In 1910 John D. Rockefeller Jr.’s own
father-in-law, Senator Nelson Aldrich, Frank Vanderlip of the National
City Bank, and Paul Warburg, as well as various agents of J.P. Morgan,
met in complete secrecy on Jekyll Island to hammer out the details of
what would go on to become the Federal Reserve, America’s central bank.
The Fed, established in 1913, would be run by hand-picked appointees of
the oiligarchy and their banking associates, including, perhaps
inevitably, Standard Oil president and American I.G. director Walter
The Rockefeller family would go on to formally enter the banking
field in the 1950s when James Stillman Rockefeller, the grandson of John
D.’s brother, was appointed director of National City Bank. Meanwhile
John D.’s own grandson, David Rockefeller, would go on to take over
Chase Manhattan Bank, the long-time banking partner of the Standard Oil
In this move the Rockefellers’ story perfectly mirrored that of their
fellow oiligarchs the Rothschilds. Whereas the Rothschilds had
supplemented their banking fortune with their oil interests, the
Rockefellers supplemented their oil fortune with banking interests.
Springboarding from success to success as they consolidated
monopolies across every field of human activity, the oiligarchs’
ambitions became even larger. This time, their goal was to consolidate
control over the very food supply of the world itself, and once again
they would use philanthropy as the cover for their business takeover.
Narrator: The Green Revolution began in
1943 when plant geneticist Norman Borlaug and a team of researchers
arrived on Mexican soil. His goal was to improve agricultural techniques
and biotechnological methodologies which in turn would help alleviate
starvation and improve the living quality of developing nations.
Creating new genetically modified strains of wheat, rich, maize and
other crops, Borlaug planned to win the battle against world hunger. The
hope was that these new crops and farming techniques would rescue third
world countries from the brink of starvation.
That’s exactly what happened. The agricultural innovations brought to
the poverty-stricken countries gave the farmers the skills and
resources necessary to sustain themselves. This triggered a chain of
events that would allow these once-struggling nations to survive.
Agricultural exports soared in quantity and diversity and allowed the
countries to become self-sufficient.
As the genetically modified crops thrived, farmers were able to use
their increased income to purchase newer and superior farming machinery.
This increase in revenue made farming easier, more reliable and more
efficient. The Green Revolution led to the modernization of agriculture
and has had a profound social, economic and political impact on the
The Mexican government turned to the Rockefeller Foundation in their endeavour to nourish Mexico through agriculture.
SOURCE: Green Revolution Waging War Against Hunger
Norman Borlaug, needless to say, was a researcher for the Rockefeller
Foundation, and the Green Revolution, for whatever increase in yields
it brought about, also created markets for the oiligarchs’ own interest
in the petrochemical fertilizer industry and gave rise to the “ABCD” seed cartel
of Archer Daniels Midand, Bunge, Cargill and Louis Dreyfus. These
companies, along with their associated interests in the food packaging
and processing industry, formed the core of American “agribusiness,” a
concept developed at Harvard Business School
in the 1950s with the help of research conducted by Wassily Leontief for the Rockefeller Foundation
The American agribusiness giants shared a common goal: the
transformation of third world agriculture into a captive market for
their goods. From this perspective, the project was a runaway success.
By the 1970s the Rockefeller Standard Oil network and its cronies in the
nitrogen fertilizer industry (including DuPont, Dow Chemical, and
Hercules Powder) had broken into markets around the world, markets
conveniently forced open for them by the US government itself under
President Johnson’s “Food for Peace
program, which mandated the use of petrochemical-dependent agricultural
technologies (fertilizers, tractors, irrigation, etc.) by aid
Unable to afford these new technologies themselves, the impoverished
third-world “beneficiaries” of this “revolution” relied on loans from
the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank handled by
Rockefeller’s own Chase Manhattan Bank and guaranteed by the US
The real costs of the Green Revolution, economic, agricultural and
environmental are seldom tallied. Access to these debt-financed
petrochemical-dependent technologies exacerbated the difference between
the rich landowning class and the landless peasants in countries like India
, where land reform and abolition of usury were dropped from the political agenda after the Green Revolution took over.
Even then, the revolution’s main success, its increase in agricultural yields, has been oversold. Yield growth across India actually slowed
after the introduction of agribusiness. The environmental destruction is even more devastating. An overview
in the December 2000 edition of Current Science notes: “The gree n revolution has not only increased productivity, but it has also [produced] several negative ecological consequences such as depletion of lands, decline in soil fertility, soil salinization, soil erosion, deterioration of environment, health hazards, poor sustainability of agricultural lands and degradation of biodiversity. Indiscriminate use of pesticides, irrigation and imbalanced fertilization has threatened sustainability.”
The Rockefeller Foundation even acknowledges
the critiques of the Green Revolution it funded into existence,
insisting that “current initiatives take into account lessons learned.”
Even so, the Foundation continues to fund research and write reports
on how to improve prospects for agribusiness investment in its target markets.
As egregious as the Green Revolution was and continues to be,
however, in many ways it was just the prelude to an even more ambitious
project: the Gene Revolution. Now the project is not merely to
monopolize the technologies, supplies and chemical inputs for
agriculture worldwide, but to monopolize the food supply itself through
the replacement of the world’s natural seeds with patentable genetically
The players involved in this “Gene Revolution” are almost identical
to the players in the Green Revolution, with I.G. Farben offshoots Bayer
CropScience and BASF PlantScience mingling with traditional oiligarch
associate companies like Dow AgroScience, DuPont Biotechnology, and, of
course, Monsanto, all funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and fellow
“philanthropists” at the Ford Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation and like-minded organizations.
The convergence of corporate, “philanthropic,” governmental and
inter-governmental interests in promoting GM crops around the world can
be seen in the bewildering array of research institutes, industry
associations, and “consultative groups” devoted to the case. The Rockefeller-funded
International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), the Rockefeller/Monsanto/USAID brainchild
International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA), the Rockefeller/Ford/World Bank created
Consultative Group of International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and
dozens of other bland, benign-sounding organizations research and
promote GM crops in target markets around the globe, with the profits
ending up in the oiligarchs’ coffers.
A representative example of this story is the agribusiness
neocolonization of Argentina, where Monsanto ran an elaborate
“bait-and-switch” to get the country hooked on its genetically modified
Roundup Ready soybeans before demanding royalties
on the crops that were by then already growing. DuPont then took over,
magnanimously beginning a “Protein for Life” programme to foist their own GM soybeans
on the country’s poor.
The same scene has played itself out in country after country, where
cartel-developed GM crops are foisted on emerging economies through
“food aid,” usually during times of famine when those countries are
especially vulnerable. Only a handful of countries like Zambia
have outright rejected this GMO takeover of their food supply,
generously subsidized by the US government to the benefit of the
Conclusion: Monopolizing Life
From cutthroat pioneers of the early oil industry to Machiavellian
social engineers and geopolitics schemers, the oiligarchs have come a
long way since the days of Devil Bill’s snake oil cure-alls. But his use
of every form of deception and trickery to swindle the public informed
how John D. and the rest of the oiligarchs built up their business
As the 20th century drew to a close, it was obvious that for the
powerful cartel that built the oil industry–the Rockefellers, the
Rothschilds, the British and Dutch royal families–it was no longer about
oil, if it ever really was. The takeover of education, of medicine, of
the monetary system, of the food supply itself, showed that the aim was
much greater than a mere oil monopoly: it was the quest to monopolize
all aspects of life. To erect the perfect system of control over every
aspect of society, every sector from which any threat of competition to
their power could emerge.
They had been remarkably, almost unbelievably, successful. From oil
well to gas pump, farm to fork, hospital to pharmaceutical, drill rig to
dollar bill, there was almost no aspect of society that was not under
But the oiligarchs are not done yet. Their next project, launched in
the late 20th century, is almost too ambitious to be comprehended. It is
not about oil. It is not about money. It is about the monopolization of
life itself. They have spent decades preparing the path for this
takeover and marshaled their mind-boggling resources in service of the
And the vast majority of the world’s population, still playing the
shell game that the oiligarchs perfected and abandoned long ago, are
about to fall right into their hands yet again.