BRICS Bank to fund 15 infra projects worth $3 billion this year

The first president of the New Development Bank K. V. Kamath speaks at the 2nd annual meet of the new lender in New Delhi on 1 April 2017 [Image: BRICS Business Council]

The New development bank set up by the BRICS is holding its second annual meet in the Indian capital New Delhi from 31st March- 2nd April.

The bank is headquartered in Shanghai.

On Saturday, Kundapur Vaman Kamath, the President of the NDB said the new lender plans to fund 15 infrastructure projects in member countries worth upto $3 billion this year, double that of last year.

Earlier last year, the BRICS Bank funded 7 projects worth nearly $1.5 billion.

It also approved loans amounting to $900 million to green projects in each member state.

India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also addressed the BRICS Bank annual meet on Saturday.

“I hope that NDB will emerge as a development bank and help in funding of emerging economies… The NDB was established with core mandate to finance sustainable projects,” Jaitley said.

BRICS nations account for 43 per cent of the world’s population and are seeking greater sway in global finance to match their rising economic power.

The first regional office of the BRICS Bank will be set up in Johannesburg, South Africa and “will be the face of NDB for the continent”.

BRICS members, China, India and Russia are also the three largest shareholders in the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

Both the BRICS Bank and the AIIB will extend China’s financial reach and compete not only with the World Bank, but also with the Asian Development Bank, which is heavily dominated by Japan.

 

TBP 

NBC News Report: Hillary Clinton ‘Covered Up’ Elite Pedophile Ring At State Department

The Pizzagate topic has been one of great controversy, and for good reason – if true, the implications of the allegations are huge. It would turn how we view powerful people including Presidents, high ranking political officials and those we entrust to run our countries on its head. These people would be, under the definitions of our systems, criminals committing pedophilia.

So one must be careful in digging into the correct details when exploring this subject. At the same time, you would assume that if all of this was not true, it would be no problem allowing full on investigations to take place. Except, that’s not what is happening.

An NBC news report claims that Hillary Clinton, while acting as secretary of state, shut down an investigation into an elite pedophile ring in State Department ranks in order to avoid scandal and protect the careers of high ranking officials and an ambassador. Why would this need to happen?

The NBC investigation was broadcast prior to when NBC became heavily slanted in favor of Hillary’s campaign in the recent election. They were handed internal State Department memos to back up claims of a massive Hillary Clinton elite pedophile ring cover-up.

“Serious allegations concerning the State Department,” the NBC anchor announced, before launching into the disturbing details that mainstream media would be unable to report on in 2017 given the backlash received and cover up that ensued when PizzaGate began circulating.

“According to internal State Department memos the agency might have called off or intervened into investigations into possibly illegal, inappropriate behaviour within its ranks allegedly to protect jobs and avoid scandals.”

“This concerns a time when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state.”

“There is an old saying in Washington that the cover-up is worse than the crime. But in this case both parts of it are disturbing,” Chuck Todd continued.

“Allegations of prostitution and pedophilia, and allegations that those crimes were somehow covered up or not looked into. So the State Department this morning is having to respond to those claims, and those investigations involve misconduct by State Department officials, including an Ambassador and security agents attached to then secretary of state, Hillary Clinton.”

“The allegations are that these investigations were whitewashed, quashed altogether, and that those orders came from high up.”

“NBC has obtained documents relating to ongoing investigations into some disturbing allegations involving State Department personnel and at least one ambassador. A State Department memo says, quote, “the Ambassador routinely ditched his protective security detail in order to solicit sexual favors from both prostitutes and minor children.

“The memo also says a top State Department official directed State Department investigators to “cease the investigation” into the ambassador’s conduct.” It’s just one of what another document describes as “several examples of undue influence” from top State Department officials.”

Former State Official Steve Piezenik has also come forward explaining how Hillary Clinton is involved in an underground elite pedophile ring.

“We know that both of them have been a major part and participant of what’s called The Lolita Express, which is a plane owned by Mr. Jeff Epstein, a wealthy multi-millionaire who flies down to the Bahamas and allows Bill Clinton and Hillary to engage in sex with minors, that is called Pedophilia.”  

You can read this full story here.

We can also look back to a recent debacle that took place when CBS anchor Ben Swann told the pizzagate story during his segment Reality Check. It was a very fair and balanced report with little emotion or conclusion drawn. It allowed the viewer to make up their minds for themselves and unlike many mainstream media stories, it didn’t aggressively try to stray the viewer in a direction. Yet Swann’s episode was shut down, removed and his personal work was taken offline. After some time he returned to CBS but the pizzagate story was buried.

We spoke with Ben not long after, we plan to release a short documentary outlining what happened completely with the whole pizzagate story backlash in the coming months.

Elite Pedophile Ring Coming Down?

In contrast to Clinton’s cover-up, President Trump has announced a federal investigation into the elite pedophile scandal involving human trafficking earlier this month and promised to help put an end to the “horrific, really horrific crimes taking place.”

Not long ago, president Trump held a short press conference following a meeting with human trafficking experts to announce he will direct “the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies” to devote more resources and personnel to the investigation.

While this investigation requires much more attention, Trump only appeared at the press conference for less than two minutes. He stated that the issue has been on the radar of federal government for some time but since taking office in January the investigation has become “much more focused.” We hope to see him stay true with this intention and bring an end to this racket.

“It has been much more focused over the last four weeks, I can tell you that.”

Why This Needs To Be Explored

While it is very easy to view this type of story as negative in our minds, it’s important we bring the truth to the surface. We are in a time when humanity is faced with serious decisions about its future. Do we continue down the disconnected and incredibly destructive path we are on, or do we continue to awaken to what’s really going on in our world, dismantle it and then create a world where we can thrive?

There is no doubt that what used to slip through the cracks years ago no longer does. People are much more wise to the games and cover ups going on in our world, especially within high ranking political and military levels within the US. Many have become much more informed about the ruling cabal or shadow government or deep state that is running our world. This was a conspiracy just 10 years ago, and yet now it’s even being discussed in mainstream news.

This illustrates quite clearly the grand shift in consciousness humanity is experiencing and through this process we will be seeing the truth about what is really going on in our world so as a whole we can process and shift all that we have been creating from the level of consciousness we have been experiencing for centuries. This will mean facing our ‘darkness’, working through deep seeded emotional pain, moving beyond our ego’s, understanding who we truly are and why we are here and so forth. Not from a religious or ‘new age’ way, but from a basic understanding of how all things function. We’re already seeing this happen in a big way with the rise of new understandings into the spiritual nature of who we truly are.

So as these truths come to light, we’re challenged to look beyond judgement of them, process the anger, the ‘hate’, the fear or worry that might come and instead get into a place where we can see the experience as something we simply do not want in our reality and more so, can understand how it has served us to grow. Again, this is not about allowing things like this to continue, but to instead end it and change it from a place of love and peace verses a place of anger, resentment and grief, which will only create more of it.

Change starts within. By creating these shifts in perception within ourself, we become clear on the correct action to take moving forward and also give permission for others to see the world in a new way too, which allows things to shift in a much deeper way. We are all capable of this.

If you wish to learn more about the shift in consciousness taking place in our world, check out our latest documentary CE3: The Shift which you can watch for free here.

Two RTs 3-30-17 (3-31-17)… “’Assad must go’ no more: US gov’t shifts priorities in Syria” and “Some are ‘ticked off’ about it”

For those looking for data (“evidence”) that something(s) positive happening via the Trump administration, this appears to be one. This very much lines up with the work of Tulsi Gabbard who has introduced bill to stop funding terrorism, and made a personal trip to Syria to find out what is really going on there.

The USA CORP/NATO has been at this for a long long long long long long long time, and it is time for it to end. These articles indicate that time is now!

[Kp note: Okay, the second title in the title was mine (of course their title included the words “furious over Syria policy”, and when I see the “furious” word, you never really know if that’s how they really felt). But with McCain, at least, I wouldn’t be surprised.]

’Assad must go’ no more: US gov’t shifts priorities in Syria (3-30-17)

“Washington’s priorities in Syria have changed with the new administration, and the US will no longer focus on the removal of President Bashar Assad as a condition for ending the six-year civil war, a top official said.

“”Our priority is no longer to sit there and focus on getting Assad out,” Ambassador Nikki Haley told a small group of reporters on Thursday. “Our priority is to really look at how do we get things done, who do we need to work with to really make a difference for the people in Syria.” Earlier in the day, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that the future of President Assad “will be decided by the Syrian people.”

“The US has provided weapons and training to what it called “moderate rebels” in Syria, ostensibly so they could fight IS rather than the government. Leaving the State Department in January, now former Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged that the Obama administration planned to oust Assad’s government by supporting the rebels”

‘Crushing news’: McCain, Graham furious over Syria policy change (3-31-17)

“Following the announcement by top US diplomats that Washington will no longer pursue regime change in Syria, Republican senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham condemned the administration’s shift in priorities, saying it would empower ISIS and Al-Qaeda.

““There is a political reality that we have to accept in terms of where we are right now,” White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters on Friday, explaining that the current administration “lost a lot of opportunity the last administration had with respect to Assad.”

““We believe that there’s a need to de-escalate violence and to have a political process through which Syrians will decide their own political future, consistent with the principles that have been enshrined in the UN Security Council Resolution 2254,” Spicer added.

“Syrian people can’t decide the future of their country “when they are being slaughtered by Assad’s barrel bombs, Putin’s aircraft, and Iran’s terrorist proxies,”McCain said in a statement. [followed by more ‘Russia/Iran are terrible’ language]”

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Office of Poofness 3-29-17… “Mid-week Report”

Here is Zap’s mid-week update. I’m not providing highlights for this one.

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ZAP SAYS

I AM SORRY THE RV HAS NOT HAPPENED. I AM SORRY THAT THE RESULTS OF THE GCR ARE NOT QUITE TANGIBLE YET. I AM SORRY THE OCEANS ARE POLLUTED. I AM SORRY SO MANY ARE IN DESPERATE SITUATIONS. I AM SORRY FOR A LOT OF THINGS.

BUT AT THE SAME TIME, I AM GRATEFUL THAT I AM STILL BREATHING. I AM GRATEFUL THAT SOME OF THE THINGS BEING DONE ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE. I AM GRATEFUL FOR COMING TO KNOW SO MANY OF YOU THAT WILL TRANSFORM THIS PLANET OF OURS TO THE NEW PARADIGM.

IN RESPECT OF THE RV AND GCR, AIR FORCE 2 TOUCHED DOWN IN RENO YESTERDAY AND A PICTURE OF IT WAS TAKEN. WHAT IS THE VICE PRESIDENT DOING IN RENO? IF THE RUMORS ARE TRUE, THEN THIS IS ONE OF THE SIGNALS OF THE RV. WE WILL SEE. PERHAPS THE SORRY CAN BE TAKEN OUT OF THAT SENTENCE.

BUT THIS MESSAGE THIS WEEK IS IN PART A SERIOUS GLOBAL PLEA FOR HELP FOR SOME VERY STRONG SITUATIONS THAT HAVE MANIFESTED.

PERSONALLY, I AM TUCKERED OUT AND I SURRENDER. THERE IS NOTHING MORE I CAN DO. WHATEVER THE BIG GUY HAS IN MIND IS OK BY ME, AS I CAN NOT CHANGE THE PLAN HE HAS FOR ME AND THE OTHERS, AND I WILL NOT DEIGN TO PRESUME KNOWING WHAT IS IN STORE. I HAVE REALIZED THAT IT IS ALL HIM SO I LISTEN. I CAN NOT PLACE MY EGO FORWARD AND PROFESS TO BE ABLE TO FIX ANY SITUATION. I AM JUST A SMALL GUY THAT WANTS TO SEE SOMETHING DIFFERENT HAPPEN THAN THE SAME OLD STUFF THAT HAS PUT US DOWN OVER SO LONG A TIME.

WHY DID I SAY THAT, AND WHY DO YOU SENSE A THREAD OF DESPAIR? WELL, THERE WERE SOME EMAILS THAT CAME IN THAT BEAT ME UP FOR ASKING FOR HELP FOR THE OTHERS THAT CAN NOT. IT SEEMS I HAVE DONE MUCH DAMAGE IN ASKING SO OFTEN FOR YOU TO STEP UP AND HELP OR KEEP HELPING. SO I SURRENDER – I CAN NOT DO ANYTHING ELSE.

AND WHY ARE WE IN THIS SITUATION AGAIN WHEN THE FUNDS WERE TO BE IN OUR HANDS RIGHT NOW AND WE WERE TO HELP ALL THESE CRITICAL CASES AND SAVE THE OTHER LIVES THAT ARE AT STAKE HERE? WHY THE DELAY AFTER I REPORTED THAT ALL IS ON TRACK AND WE WILL HAVE THE RELIEF FUNDS HERE THIS WEEK? AND WHY AM I HERE TELLING YOU THAT A BIT MORE HELP IS NEEDED TILL NEXT WEEK. IS THIS ALL CRAPOLA AND I AM MILKING A SITUATION?

THE SHORT ANSWER IS NO. THE LONGER ANSWER IS (WITHOUT GIVING AWAY THE DETAILS OF OUR CURRENT SITUATION) THAT THE MUCH ANTICIPATED TRANSFER TO THE PAYMASTER FROM THE TRUST HAS BEEN ORDERED AND THE FUNDS ARE WAITING FOR TRANSMISSION IN THE WIRE ROOM AT THE EUROPEAN BANK.

THEY WERE ALMOST SENT YESTERDAY BUT THE PROCESS WAS STOPPED. THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH BAD GUYS OR BANKS OR CABAL OR DOGS EATING PAPERWORK.

THE TRUST HAD TO REGISTER WITH THE AUTHORITIES TO MOVE MONEY OUT OF THE COUNTRY, AND THIS WAS DONE LAST WEEK. YESTERDAY THEY ALMOST SENT THE MONEY UNTIL THE GUYS IN THE WIRE ROOM WENT OVER THE FINAL COMPLIANCE DOCUMENTS, AND TOLD US (THANK GOD THEY DID) THAT ONE CRITICAL INFORMATION WAS MISSING, AND THAT WAS THE EXPLANATION OF THE ORIGIN OF THE FUNDS.

SO THE AUTHORITIES CONFIRMED THE FUNDS AND THE PAPERWORK AS VALID, BUT THE ORIGIN OF FUNDS WAS MISSING IN THE REGISTRATION. THIS INFORMATION MUST BE PROVIDED AND REGISTERED WITH THE AUTHORITIES FOR THE PROPER MOVEMENT OF FUNDS, OR ANY FUNDS WIRED OUT WILL BE FROZEN PENDING AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE SOURCE OF THE MONEY. THIS IS NORMAL.

THIS ORIGIN OF FUNDS INFORMATION WAS PROVIDED AND REGISTERED WITH THE AUTHORITIES TODAY IN EUROPE. THE PROCESSING OF THIS REGISTRATION IS AN ADDENDUM TO THE PREVIOUS REGISTERED INFORMATION THAT ALLOWS THE MOVEMENT OF FUNDS OUT OF THE COUNTRY.

IF THIS FINAL INFORMATION WAS NOT PROVIDED AND REGISTERED, SURE THE WIRES COULD HAVE GONE OUT TO DESTINATIONS, BUT WOULD HAVE BEEN IMMEDIATELY FROZEN AND WOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO BE DISTRIBUTED UNTIL AN INVESTIGATION WAS PERFORMED THAT WOULD REVEAL THE SOURCE OF THE MONEY. THIS WOULD HAVE TAKEN MANY DAYS IF NOT WEEKS AND WE COULD NOT AFFORD THIS DELAY – PEOPLE WOULD HAVE DIED.

AS IT IS, NOW THAT THAT PIECE OF INFORMATION WAS REGISTERED WITH THE AUTHORITIES, THE TIMING OF THE TRANSMISSION OF THE WIRES IS ESTIMATED AT 3 DAYS FROM YESTERDAY. THE REGISTRATION OF THIS NEW INFORMATION WILL BE COURIERED TO THE BANK AND THAT WILL TAKE ONE DAY. IT WILL TAKE ONE MORE DAY FOR THE BANK NOTAR TO VERIFY THIS INFORMATION, AND ONLY AFTER THIS VERIFICATION WILL THE WIRE ROOM BE INSTRUCTED TO RELEASE THE WIRES OUT OF THE COUNTRY.

THE ACTUAL TIMING OF THE TRANSMISSIONS IS THEREFORE EXPECTED ON MONDAY (EUROPE TIME). THE PAYMASTER WILL RECEIVE THE FUNDS THE NEXT DAY, AND BEGIN DISTRIBUTIONS. THIS IS OUR CURRENT TIMING AND WILL NOT BE CHANGED.

WE APOLOGIZE FOR THIS LAST DELAY, BUT I AM SURE THAT ALL WOULD AGREE IT IS BETTER TO WAIT THESE 2 DAYS NOW RATHER THAN HAVE FUNDS FROZEN FOR SOME UNKNOWN AMOUNT OF TIME IF THEY ARE SENT NOW.

I WILL NOT GO INTO THE DETAILS OF THE ISSUES WE HAVE WITH TEAM MEMBERS WITHOUT FOOD OR SHELTER, OR THE MEDICAL CONDITIONS WITH THE OTHER TEAM MEMBERS AT RISK. SUFFICE TO SAY THEY ARE ON THE STREET TODAY BECAUSE OF THE ADDITIONAL TIME REQUIRED FOR THE FIRST TRANSFER, AND THE MEDICAL CASES ARE AT HIGH RISK AND MAY PASS BECAUSE WE ANTICIPATED THE FUNDS TO IMMEDIATELY PAY FOR THE TRANSPLANTS. NEITHER YOU NOR I CAN DO ANYTHING ABOUT THE MONEY NEEDED FOR SUCH OPERATIONS, BUT IT IS POSSIBLE TO KEEP THEM STABLE UNTIL THE FUNDS DO ARRIVE ON TUESDAY.

SO THAT IS OUR SITUATION RIGHT NOW. WE ARE IN A SERIOUS SITUATION AND I HAD TO COUNSEL SOME TODAY THAT WERE CRYING BECAUSE THEY HAVE A SITUATION THAT CAN NOT BE RESOLVED RIGHT NOW. THIS IS WHY I SURRENDERED AND LET THE BIG GUY DEAL WITH IT – I CAN NOT.

IF YOU CHOOSE TO HELP AGAIN, THEN YOU CHOOSE TO HELP. I AM NOT EXPECTING ANYTHING IF THE EMAILS ARE ANY INDICATION OF THE GENERAL FEELING OUT THERE ABOUT ASKING FOR HELP FOR OTHERS. MAYBE THEY ARE JUST THE HANDFUL AND NOT THE REAL FEELING. I DO NOT KNOW.

IT WOULD BE GREAT IF MORE HELP CAME IN TO KEEP STABILITY INSTEAD OF MORE FUNERALS, BUT I AND WE HAVE TO KEEP PLUGGING ALONG AND MAKE SURE WE ARE READY FOR THE MONEY NEXT WEEK. THE AMOUNT OF WORK THAT GOES INTO ANY ONE DEPARTMENT WHETHER IT IS FOOD, POWER, WATER, MEDICAL,…ALL OF THESE REQUIRE THE UTMOST OF ATTENTION AS THE DEPARTMENT IS BUILT.

THINK OF ANY BUSINESS OPENING AN OFFICE OR STORE WHERE YOU ARE. IF IT A RAW SITUATION, THEY BUILD A STORE FOR THEIR PURPOSE, AND THEN DO A MONTH OF RENOVATIONS AND DECORATIONS RIGHT? THEN THEY STAFF IT AND TRAIN THE STAFF. BY THE TIME IT IS READY FOR THE PUBLIC OPENING, A FEW MONTHS HAVE ELAPSED.

THIS IS EXACTLY WHERE WE ARE AT. WE HAVE BUILT WHAT WE HAVE BUILT WITHOUT RESOURCES NORMALLY EXPECTED IN SUCH CIRCUMSTANCES, AND RELIED ON THE TRUST TO PROVIDE THE RESOURCES. THEY HAVE EXPERIENCED A HUGE AMOUNT OF ISSUES, AND OVER THE LAST MONTHS THEY HAVE RESOLVED ALL OF THEM ONE BY ONE PAINFUL ISSUE.

NOW THE TRUST HAS DONE THE LAST STEP DONE IN THIS REGISTRATION OF THE ORIGIN OF FUNDS, AND THAT WAS INTERESTING. THE FUNDS ARE VERY VERY OLD AND HAVE BEEN ACCUMULATED OVER CENTURIES, NOT YEARS. I SPOKE TO THEM THIS MORNING OF COURSE TO GET THE INFORMATION I JUST GAVE HERE, AND THEY HAVE CONFIRMED AN AMOUNT FOR AFRICA THAT IS IN THE BILLIONS TO HELP THEM.

AT THE SAME TIME, THEY HAVE ALSO CONFIRMED AN AMOUNT IN THE TRILLION RANGE THAT THEY ARE RELEASING TO VARIOUS GOVERNMENTS TO HELP THEM WITH THEIR INFRASTRUCTURE AND WATER NEEDS. THIS IS HUGE PEOPLE. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY THAT THIS IS BEING DONE, AND IT IS A VERY SPECIFIC TIME IN CREATION FOR OUR HUMANITY. WHAT WE DO NOW WITH THESE RESOURCES WILL DETERMINE WHERE WE GO IN THE FUTURE. IT WILL BE EITHER PARADISE OR SOMETHING LESS. WE DO NOT WANT TO GO TO THE SOMETHING LESS. VERY UNSAVORY. THE PIGS ARE SHAKING THEIR HEADS.

WE ARE POISED ON THE EDGE. WHAT WE DO NOW WILL DETERMINE OUR FUTURE IN SUCH A WAY THAT WE DO NOT HAVE ANY REAL GRASP OF THE ENORMITY OF THE SITUATION. I HAVE FAITH IN US THAT WE WILL DO THE RIGHT THING AND GO IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. WE ALL KNOW NOW THAT PEACE IS THE REAL PATH AND MUCH MORE PROFITABLE THAN THE WAR THING. THE LEADERS OF THE WORLD ALL KNOW THIS AS WELL. WITH THIS SHIFT, WE CAN EXPECT GREAT THINGS TO HAPPEN NOW, AND IT WILL BE A MASSIVE AMOUNT OF WORK, THAT’S FOR SURE.

THAT IS ALL I HAVE TO SHARE THIS WEEK, AS WITH THE NEW PLEDGE FROM THE TRUST, THE PAPERWORK REQUIRED FOR THIS MASSIVE FUNDING FOR THE CHILDREN AND SENIORS AND WATER REQUIRES A MINI-BUSINESS PLAN AND DISTRIBUTION GRID. THAT WILL TAKE A BIT OF TIME TO DO SO MY WORKLOAD HAS INCREASED AGAIN.

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT. I HOPE YOU CAN FIND IT IN YOUR HEART TO LEND A HELPING HAND AGAIN FOR THOSE THAT DO NOT SPEAK.

MUCH LOVE AND GOD BLESS.

IN SOMBRE GRATITUDE

LOVE AND LIGHT

IN OUR SERVICE

ZAP

“GOD IS; I AM; WE ARE”
“BE GOOD, BE LEGAL, TELL TRUTH”
MARCH 29, 2017
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Ayn Rand reconsidered

Ayn Rand reconsidered

by Jon Rappoport

March 31, 2017

“Why carry the burden of creating something and then having to stand for it and be proud of it? Why think and imagine and create your own way into the future of your most profound vision? Why bother? And why, therefore, allow others to do so for themselves and cause disordered, disharmonious ripples in the great silent lake of humanity? Pull them down. Make them equal. Make them empty.” (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)

I wrote the following article five years ago. Since then, I’ve had a chance to set down a few more remarks about Ayn Rand. Here they are:

The one glaring problem in her work is the overall effect of her hammering mercilessly on behalf of freedom and the individual—after 400 pages, her prose takes on a programmatic aspect. It grips the reader with iron. The moral imperative to be free replaces the exhilaration of being free.

On the other hand, she obviously wrote her two great novels in the middle of a feverish exaltation. Every page burned. Most characters went down in flames. A few rose into the sky. She knew she was up against the most powerful forces of society, and she was not going to compromise or relent one inch. She fully intended to destroy collectivism at its root. On the basis of that decision, she refused to suspend her attack, even for a moment.

Most people who brush up against her work can’t stop to consider the depth of her admiration for the independent and powerful and creative individual, or the nature of her aversion to the collectivist who can only borrow from such individuals—and then distort and undermine what they have misappropriated.

She means to be extreme. It is no accident. With no apologies, she splits the world down the middle. In her own way, she is an ultimate riverboat gambler. She shoves in all her chips on the self-appointed task of illuminating the great dichotomy of human history and modern life: the I versus the WE.

On a personal level, she possessed enormous ambition, and she wrote her two novels to achieve deserved recognition. Again, no apologies. She knew she and her work would be attacked by numerous critics who didn’t themselves own a tiny fragment of her talent. So be it.

To say she revealed “a thorny personality” in her relationships would constitute a vast understatement. In her later years, she no doubt contributed to bringing the house down on her head. But by then, her work was over. She stood behind it. She had achieved what she set out to create.

And every official cultural messenger of her time reviled her.

Here is my 2012 article:

“…nearly perfect in its immorality.” — Gore Vidal, reviewing Rand’s Atlas Shrugged

“…shot through with hatred.” — The Saturday Review, on Atlas Shrugged

“…can be called a novel only by devaluing the term.” — The National Review, on Atlas Shrugged

“[The] creative faculty cannot be given or received, shared or borrowed. It belongs to single, individual men.” — Howard Roark, The Fountainhead

When people perceive their society is being infiltrated and taken over by collectivism, how should they respond? What is their ultimate fuel in the battle for liberty?

What do they resurrect as the ideal that is being scorched by collectivism?

Yes the Constitution, yes the Bill of Rights, yes the Republic. But what were those documents and that form of government there for in the first place? What WAS the great ideal that lay behind them?

And if very few people can recall the ideal or understand it, what then?

The ideal was and is THE INDIVIDUAL.

But not just the individual.

The FREE INDIVIDUAL.

But not just the free individual.

The FREE AND POWERFUL INDIVIDUAL.

Which is why I’m writing about Ayn Rand.

To grasp her Promethean effort and accomplishment, you have to read her books at least several times, because your own reactions and responses will change. She was attempting to dig a whole civilization out from its smug certainty about the limits of freedom, from its compulsion to borrow and steal worn-out ideas.

I write this because the matrix of modern life has no solution without a frontal exposure of the meaning and reality and sensation and emotion and mind and imagination of INDIVIDUAL POWER.

Ayn Rand, in her unique way, climbed the mountain of power and told about the vista that was then in her sights. She exercised no caution. She knew the consequences would be extraordinary.

The characters she creates who embody power are electric. You experience them beyond mere fiddle-faddle with symbols.

Rand wrote two novels that still reverberate in the minds of millions of people: The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged.

The books have inspired unalloyed adoration and hatred. They are received as a magnificent tonic or a dose of poison.

Readers who hate Rand’s work hate her for daring to present the power of an individual in full force.

Rand’s major heroes, Howard Roark and John Galt, are artists. Creators. They bow before no one and nothing. They invent. They decide. They imagine. They refuse to compromise. They leave the group and the committee and the bureaucracy and the collective behind them in the dust.

Society is ever more, over time, a mass concept. Society’s leaders, through illegal dictum, deception, and force, define a space in which all life is supposed to occur. That is the “safe zone.” Within it, a person may act with impunity. Outside that space, protection is removed. The protection racket no long applies.

Once a controller owns a space in which others live, he can alter it. He can make it smaller and smaller. He can flood it with caterwauling about “the greatest good for the greatest number,” the slogan of the mob. He can pretend to elevate the mob to the status of a legitimate “democratic majority” who are running things. He can con whole populations.

On the other hand, we are supposed to believe that individual power is a taboo because men like Hitler, Stalin, Napoleon, Attila, and Alexander once lived. That is the proof. We are supposed to believe individual power is always and everywhere the expression of dominance over others and nothing more.

If we only take into consideration “what is best for everybody,” we will see our way out of the morass. That’s what we’re told.

Civilizations are being made more puerile because it is children who are most vulnerable to the “greatest good for all” maxim. It is children who can be suckered into that ideal overnight. And those adults who buy the maxim do, in fact, revert back in the direction of being children.

At this late date, significant numbers of people are waking up to the fact that “greatest good” is being managed and manipulated by new Stalins and Hitlers, who care about humanity in the same way that a bulldozer cares about the side of a building.

Ayn Rand, after growing up in the USSR, knew something about the paradise of the common man. She saw it play out. She could eventually look back and see, with certainty, that writing her two novels in the Soviet Union would have cost her her life.

Rand refused to compromise her exaltation of individual power.

But she was acutely aware of the nature of compromisers. Such characters, brilliantly and mercilessly drawn, are there in her novels, in the full bloom of decay. Peter Keating, the pathetic and agonized hack; Guy Francon, Keating’s boss, a socially connected panderer and promoter of hacks; Jim Taggart, moral coward in extremis; Ellsworth Toohey, prime philosopher of the mob impulse; Robert Sadler, the scientist who sold his soul.

Around us today, we see growing numbers of these very types, peddling their phony idealism over and over. Among them, Barack Obama, promoting class warfare, dependence on government as the source of survival, generalized pretended hatred of the rich, and a phony empty “we are all together” sing-song collective mysticism.

Again, keep in mind that Rand’s two major heroes, Howard Roark and John Galt, were artists. This was no accident. This was the thrust of her main assault. The artist is always, by example, showing the lie of the collective. The artist begins with the assumption that consensus reality is not final. The artist is not satisfied to accommodate himself to What Already Exists.

The dark opposite of that was once told to me by a retired propaganda operative, Ellis Medavoy (pseudonym), who freelanced for several elite non-profit foundations:

“What do you think my colleagues and I were doing all those years? What was our purpose? To repudiate the singular in favor of the general. And what does that boil down to? Eradicating the concept of the individual human being. Replacing it with the mass. The mass doesn’t think. There is no such thing as mass thought. There is only mass impulse. And we could administer that. We could move it around like a piece on a board. You see, you don’t hypnotize a person into some deeper region of himself. You hypnotize him OUT of himself into a fiction called The Group…”

Rand was attacking a mass and a collective that had burrowed its way into every corner of life on the planet. If you were going to go to war against THAT, you needed to be fully armed. And she was.

Rand was also prepared to elucidate the physical, mental, and emotional DEPTH of her heroes’ commitment to their own choices, their own work, their own creations. She wasn’t merely dipping her toe in the water of that ocean.

Howard Roark, her protagonist of The Fountainhead, remarks:

“And here man faces his basic alternative: he can survive in only one of two ways—by the independent work of his own mind or as a parasite fed by the minds of others. The creator originates. The parasite borrows…”

Parasites don’t want anyone to stand out from the group, the swamp. The presence of someone who is so separate from them could trigger alarm bells and confirm their deepest fear:

An individual with power and his own singular creative vision can exist.

Parasites want you to believe you’re just a drop of water in the great ocean, and once you attain “higher consciousness” you’ll give in and float in the sea, and you’ll offload that oh-so primitive concept of yourself as Self. You’ll be One with all the other undifferentiated drops of water.

In their ritual of joining, people are awarded a mantrum: “I’M NOT VERY MUCH.”

Just that little phrase can open the door into the collective.

In The Fountainhead, architect Peter Keating utilized a second assertion as well:

“I AM GREAT BECAUSE OTHER PEOPLE THINK SO.”

Keating, the social grasper, finds acceptance from people of influence. They welcome him and reward him with architectural commissions because, well, they think they are supposed to; after all, his name has been bandied about by “those who should know Quality.”

It’s a world in which no standards apply except the opinions of people who carry weight.

And Peter is conventionally handsome, he’s the golden boy, he’s quick, he can design buildings that look like other buildings, he can work with others, he can look like he’s enjoying life, he’s good at parties, he’s congenial.

On what other basis should rewards be handed out? What else exists?

Unfortunately and fatally, Keating knows the real answer to that question, since he’s the boyhood friend of Howard Roark, the architect who does have a singular and astonishing vision, who stands beyond the crowd without trying.

Keating returns to Roark time after time; to insult Roark, to beg him for help, to be in the presence of a Force and breathe clean air.

Not determined enough to be himself, but still possessed of a shred of conscience, Keating is caught in the middle, between the man of vision and power (Roark) and new friends who offer him “the glittering world”—and the grips of this vise are unrelenting.

Adulation, money, success, fame, acceptance…Keating is given all these things, and still he destroys himself.

Here is why The Fountainhead provoked such rage from the self-styled elite: they’re committed to live on an insider’s rotting feast of mutual admiration and support, and in Keating they see themselves reflected with a clarity they’d assumed was impossible to construct. But there it is.

The very people who launched attack after attack at Rand, for “pawning off such preposterous characters as real,” were boiling inside, as they viewed themselves on the screen of her imagination: characters riddled with compromise, bloated with pretension, bereft of integrity.

Keating is eventually reduced to an abject yearning: would that his life had been lived differently, better—yet at the same time he maintains a dedication to hating that better life he might have had. He’s consumed by the contradiction. He sees his own career fall apart, while Roark’s ascends. The tables are turned. Keating has administered a poison to his own psyche, and the results are all too visibly repellent.

The Keatings of this world carry water for their masters, who in turn find bigger and better manipulators to serve. It’s a cacophony of madness, envy, and immolation posing as success.

The world does not want to watch itself through the eyes of Ayn Rand. It does not want to see the juggernaut of the drama playing out, because, as with Keating, it is too revealing. And yet Rand has been accused, over and over, of being an author of cartoon personae!

She elevates characters and destroys other characters. She picks and chooses according to her own standards and ideals. She never wavers. She passes judgment. She differentiates vividly between the forces and decisions that advance life and those that squash it.

Again and again, she comes back to the fulcrum: the featureless consensus versus unique individual creative power.

Creative power isn’t a shared or borrowed quality. One person doesn’t live in the shadow of another. The creator finds his own way, and if that weren’t the case, there would be no basis for life.

We are supposed to think existence by committee is a viable concept. This is a surpassing fairy tale that assumes the proportions of a cosmic joke.

For those whose minds are already weak, in disarray, unformed, the substitution of the collective for the individual is acceptable. It’s, in fact, rather interesting. It has the kick of novelty. And the strength of hypnotic trance.

The strategy is obliquely described in The Fountainhead by Ellsworth Toohey, a newspaper columnist and philosopher of the collective, a little man who is covertly and diabolically assembling a massive following:

“…if I sold them the idea that you [an ordinary playwright] are just as great as Ibsen—pretty soon they wouldn’t be able to tell the difference…then it wouldn’t matter what they went to see at all. Then nothing would matter—neither the writers nor those for whom they write.”

Reduction to absurdity. An overall grayness called equality.

If the public is told the owner of a business didn’t create that business, but instead the public sector, the collective did, and if this theme is pushed and emphasized by others, eventually the absurd notion will take hold. Then it won’t matter what is done to the independent individual, because he was never really there at all in the first place. He was just an invisible nonentity.

Contrast this treatment of the individual with the stand that Howard Roark takes during his climactic trial, at the end of The Fountainhead:

“But the mind is an attribute of the individual. There is no such thing as a collective brain. There is no such thing as a collective thought.”

“We inherit the products of the thoughts of other men. We inherit the wheel. We make the cart. The cart becomes an automobile. The automobile becomes an airplane…The moving force is the creative faculty which takes product as material, uses it and originates the next step. This creative faculty cannot be given or received, shared or borrowed. It belongs to single, individual men. That which it creates is the property of the creator.”

“Yet we are taught to admire the second-hander who dispenses gifts he has not produced above the man who made the gifts possible.”

We are now in an age where EVERYTHING BELONGS TO EVERYBODY.

Obama is the latest in a line of demagogues who fully intend to reverse the course of history. That timeline shows us the heroic struggle to replace WE with I.

From the earliest days of our planet, since its habitation by humans, the tribe and the clan and the priest class and the monarchy, all claiming divine right, have enforced the WE. Finally, the I, which was always there, emerged fully enough to overthrow the criminals and murderers who were restraining the individual.

But now we are being pulled back into the primitive swamp of the past, through the systematic application of a pseudo-philosophy. The I is turning back into the WE.

To people who carry advanced technological devices around with them wherever they go, which give them the capability to communicate instantaneously with anyone on the planet, this prospect seems harmless or ridiculous or irrelevant or comfortable.

The “I turning back into WE” is happening because IDEAS are slipping away as useful and necessary instruments of survival.

New generations are being raised and schooled in a sulfurous atmosphere of slogans designed to dead-end, from a number of directions, in a foggy “share and care” terminal, where “everything for everybody” and other so-called humanitarian banners wave in the rafters above secular leaders, who speak like priests and assure us that, very soon, the world will be a better place because we, as individuals, are absolving ourselves of the need to think of ourselves as individuals.

O yes, thank God, we are melting down. We are becoming One with All. Why carry the burden of creating something and then having to stand for it and be proud of it? Why think and imagine and create your own way into the future of your best and most profound vision? Why bother? And why, therefore, allow others to do so and cause disordered, disharmonious ripples in the great silent lake of humanity? Pull them down. Make them equal. Make them empty.

Let us, as ancient Greek vandals once did, chop away our most sacred statues, the ones that represent the I, and then let us watch as WE is reinstalled at the entrance to every public building.

Within the WE, individuals can hide and escape and postpone and delay, and imbibe the drug of forgetfulness, and listen to the chimes of paradise.

Roark continues to mount his courtroom speech: “An architect uses steel, glass, and concrete, produced by others. But the materials remain just so much steel, glass, and concrete until he touches them. What he does with them is his individual product and his individual property.”

Obama: “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

Roark: “Rulers of men…create nothing. They exist entirely through the persons of others. Their goal is in their subjects, in the activity of enslaving.”

Obama: “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

Roark: “When the first creator invented the wheel, the first second-hander invented altruism.”

Obama: “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

Roark: “The love of a man for the integrity of his work and his right to preserve it are now considered a vague intangible and an inessential.”

Obama: “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

Ayn Rand could be viewed as a tragic figure, but she would deny it, even in her darkest hour, just as her character, Howard Roark, would deny it.

She not only knew where she stood, she fleshed out, to an extraordinary degree, that position, in two astonishing and unique novels. Bolts from the blue.

She and her books were hated and adored, as no other author and no other works of the 20th century.


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Jon Rappoport

The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free NoMoreFakeNews emails here or his free OutsideTheRealityMachine emails here.

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