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All institutions are prone to corruption and the vices of their members. Morris West
The capacity to assert social and political control over the individual will vastly increase. It will soon be possible to assert almost continuous control over every citizen and to maintain up-to-date files, containing even the most personal details about health and personal behaviour of every citizen in addition to the more customary data.
These files will be subject to instantaneous retrieval by the authorities. Power will gravitate into the hands of those who control information. Our existing institutions will be supplanted by pre-crisis management institutions, the task of which will be to identify in advance likely social crises and to develop programs to cope with them.
This will encourage tendencies through the next several decades toward a technetronic era, a dictatorship, leaving even less room for political procedures as we know them. Finally, looking ahead to the end of the century, the possibility of biochemical mind control and genetic tinkering with man, including beings which will function like men and reason with them as well, could give rise to some difficult questions. Zbigniew Brzezinski, The Technetronic Era 1969
Society dominated by an elite whose claim to political power would rest on allegedly superior scientific know-how. Unhindered by the restraints of traditional liberal values, this elite would not hesitate to achieve its political ends by using the latest modern techniques for influencing public behavior and keeping society under close surveillance and control. ibid.
In all institutions from which the cold wind of open criticism is excluded, an innocent corruption begins to grow like a mushroom – for example in senates and learned societies. Friedrich Nietzsche
The world is governed by institutions that are not democratic – the World Bank, the IMF, the WTO. Jose Saramago
The Council on Foreign Relations has been the foremost flank of America’s foreign-policy establishment for more than half a century. The Council on Foreign Relations is a private organization of business executives, scholars, and political leaders that studies global problems and plays a key role in developing US foreign policy. The CFR is one of the most powerful semi-official groups concerned with America’s role in international affairs. It is controlled by an elect group of men recruited from the Skull & Bones and the Scroll & Key societies of Harvard and Yale, which are both chapters of a secret branch of the Illuminati known as Chapter 322 of the Order. The members of the Order make up the Executive Committee of the Council on Foreign Relations after undergoing initiation into the Order of the Quest, also known as the JASON Society.
The Council on Foreign Relations is an off-shoot sister organization to the British Royal Institute of International Affairs. Their goal is a New World Order. Although it existed as a dinner dub in New York, it did not take on its present power until 1921, when it merged with the Royal Institute of International Affairs and received its financial base from J P Morgan, the Carnegie Endowment, the Rockefeller family, and other Wall Street banking interests.
The Council on Foreign Relations controls our government. Through the years its members have infiltrated the entire executive branch, State Department, Justice Department, CIA, and the top ranks of the military. Every director of the Central Intelligence Agency has been a member of the CFR. Most presidents since Roosevelt have been members. The members of the CFR dominate ownership of the press and most, if not all, of America’s top journalists are members. The CFR does not conform to government policy. The government conforms to CFR policy.
I read Top Secret documents while with Naval Intelligence that stated that President Eisenhower had appointed six of the Executive Committee members of the CFR to sit on the panel called Majesty Twelve also known as Majority Twelve for security reasons. Majesty Twelve is the secret group that is supposed to control extraterrestrial information and projects. The documents stated that Eisenhower had also appointed six members from the Executive branch of government who were also members of the CFR. The total membership of Majesty Twelve was nineteen, including Dr Edward Teller and the six members from the JASON scientific group. Again, whether this is true or disinformation depends solely upon the existence of aliens. Bill Cooper, Secret Societies/New World Order
The English and, more latterly, the British, have the habit of acquiring their institutions by chance or inadvertence, and shedding them in a fit of absent-mindedness. Quintin Hogg, Lord Hailsham, The Granada Guildhall Lecture 1987
Religion is about turning untested belief into unshakable truth through the power of institutions and the passage of time. Richard Dawkins
Most institutions demand unqualified faith; but the institution of science makes scepticism a virtue. Robert K Merton, Social Theory and Social Structure
If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin. Charles Darwin
The institution having no principle but that of avarice will never be varied in its object ... to engross all the wealth, power and influence of the state. William Findley
That’s one consequence of the globalisation of the economy – the creation of new governing institutions which have the inestimable value that they are not only immune to public pressure … but the public doesn’t even know what’s going on in them. Noam Chomsky, Creating a New World Order, lecture Ireland 1993
Economic democracy means that participants in economic institutions … decide on the policy of the institution. Noam Chomsky, Can We Do It Ourselves? 2015
What really matters is the fact that the major institutions in society are under totalitarian control. After all, what’s a corporation? A corporation is just a tyrannical system, one of the most tyrannical systems that humans have ever devised. They’ve been given extraordinary rights by the courts, not by legislation early in this century. Like the multilateral agreement. They’ve been given the rights of states. They’re basically unaccountable to the public ... They’ve been given the rights of free speech which is insane ... They control the information system. The media ... The major decisions that affect what happens in the economy and social life are made behind closed doors. Very little public accountability ... Alliance capitalism. Noam Chomsky, public address on New World Order
There is no reason to accept the doctrines crafted to sustain power and privilege, or to believe that we are constrained by mysterious and unknown social laws. These are simply decisions made within institutions that are subject to human will and that must face the test of legitimacy. And if they do not meet the test, they can be replaced by other institutions that are more free and more just, as has happened often in the past. Noam Chomsky
The basic contours of domestic and foreign policy are determined by institutional structures of power and domination. Since these are stable over long periods, policies vary little, reflecting the perceived interests and shared understanding of those whose domestic privilege confers power. Noam Chomsky, Deterring Democracy
Institutions that constrain such human development are illegitimate unless of course they can somehow justify themselves. Noam Chomsky, lecture November 2013, ‘What is Anarchism?’
The result is not just anger but contempt for institutions – the decline of centrist institutions – which a large part of the population feels are not responsive to them – correctly. Noam Chomsky, interview BBC Newsnight 2017
New institutions like banks and the stock exchange were established. Professor Jeremy Black, Why the Industrial Revolution Happened Here, BBC 2013
Any institution which does not suppose the people good, and the magistrate corruptible, is evil. Maximilien Robespierre, 24th April 1793
All that destroys social unity is worthless; all institutions that set man in contradiction to himself are worthless. Jean-Jacques Rousseau
One doesn’t need to be young to dislike institutions. But the dreary fact remains that even in the darkest ages it was institutions which made society work. Kenneth Clark, Civilisation 13/13: Heroic Materialism, BBC 1969
Greece has great strengths, but much of this potential has been wasted. That’s because of a wider political system, but also because of a lack of an institutional framework. George Papandreou
We are simultaneously told that there are no choices about how we organise ourselves collectively. Can we have no other institutions and practices but those we have inherited or had imposed upon us by the simplistic verities of Conservative rule? Will Hutton, The State to Come