“Manufacturing Dissent”: The Anti-Globalization Movement is Funded by the Corporate Elites

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Michel Chossudovsky writes on Global Research:

How is the process of manufacturing dissent achieved?

Essentially by “funding dissent”, namely by channelling financial resources from those who are the object of the protest movement to those who are involved in organizing the protest movement.

Co-optation is not limited to buying the favors of politicians. The economic elites — which control major foundations — also oversee the funding of numerous NGOs and civil society organizations, which historically have been involved in the protest movement against the established economic and social order. The programs of many NGOs and people’s movements rely heavily on both public as well as private funding agencies including the Ford, Rockefeller, McCarthy foundations, among others.

The anti-globalization movement is opposed to Wall Street and the Texas oil giants controlled by Rockefeller, et al. Yet the foundations and charities of Rockefeller et al will generously fund progressive anti-capitalist networks as well as environmentalists (opposed to Big Oil) with a view to ultimately overseeing and shaping their various activities.

The mechanisms of “manufacturing dissent” require a manipulative environment, a process of arm-twisting and subtle cooptation of individuals within progressive organizations, including anti-war coalitions, environmentalists and the anti-globalization movement.

Whereas the mainstream media “manufactures consent”, the complex network of NGOs (including segments of the alternative media) are used by the corporate elites to mould and manipulate the protest movement.

Following the deregulation of the global financial system in the 1990s and the rapid enrichment of the financial establishment, funding through foundations and charities has skyrocketed. In a bitter irony, part of the fraudulent financial gains on Wall Street in recent years have been recycled to the elites’ tax exempt foundations and charities. These windfall financial gains have not only been used to buy out politicians, they have also been channelled to NGOs, research institutes, community centres, church groups, environmentalists, alternative media, human rights groups, etc. “Manufactured dissent” also applies to “corporate left” and “progressive media” funded by NGOs or directly by the foundations.

The inner objective is to “manufacture dissent” and establish the boundaries of a “politically correct” opposition. In turn, many NGOs are infiltrated by informants often acting on behalf of western intelligence agencies. Moreover, an increasingly large segment of the progressive alternative news media on the internet has become dependent on funding from corporate foundations and charities.

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  • 5by5

    Put it this way – there’s a reason why some charities don’t accept partnerships with groups like USAID.

  • 5by5

    Put it this way – there’s a reason why some charities don’t accept partnerships with groups like USAID.

  • GoodDoktorBad

    Everything is corrupt, we’re all gonna die. Whoa is me….

    • Andrew

      Everyone I know is corrupt, myself included.

      • GoodDoktorBad

        Sounds like purity to me….

  • Anonymous

    Everything is corrupt, we’re all gonna die. Whoa is me….

  • myth_slayer

    Thanks for this post pickup and it is absolutely appropriate for today, these times of inverted totalitarianism we exist in.

    Rockefeller was originally responsible for the creation and financing of the General Education Board, which laid the template for the American educational system and its attendant school boards: turning out mindless minions to tend to the factories and offices.

    The Rockefellers also created their network of foundations and trusts to hide and shelter their wealth, along with avoiding taxes.

    When the financial construct of the foundation was questioned, back in the late ’60s and early ’70s, David Rockefeller had his stooge, Peter G. Peterson appointed to chair the commission for “reforming” it.

    Of course, the Peteson Commission did no such thing, as the principal purpose of commissions is, like so much today in Corporate Fascist America, simply to direct or tunnel away from any ethical purpose or real accountability in the matter.

    I heard a stupid twit on one of these so-called “newsy” shows on NPR (could as easily have been Foxtard, CNN, Airhead America, etc.) keep repeating last week about the Rockefellers inventing “philanthropy” and prattling on about the mythical foundations of theirs spreading wealth. One wonders if such a newsy twit is that conceivably ignorant and stupid, or they just always follow their script?

    And most likely the Rockefeller family (and probably a number of other historical families, such as the du Ponts as well) is considerably richer than Bill Gates, Forbes stupid newsies to the contrary. They’ve hidden their wealth through their various foundations (which they’ve also used over the decades as investment vehicles) and trusts; vast wealth in oil investments, pharmaceutical industries owned, munitions, and the various banks they own considerable portion of and work through (JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, etc.).

    The Australian scholar, Michael James Barker, has done some outstanding work on the subtle and covert influence of the foundations and foundation network. (And I am very particular with the use of the description, “scholar.”)

    And this entire NGO scam and sham is simply the privatization of public resources. At various times throughout the year, mindless and gibbering females will march on behalf, or so their little brains believe, on finding a cure for breast cancer by way of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

    Well, lotsa luck with that. Would they have bother with tracking those monies involved? Would they ever be even remotely curious as to why those funds are funneled to pharmaceutical companies which carefully avoid (and have actively killed) any scientific investigation and studies which might focus on the one-to-one correlation to said pharmaceutical company’s drugs and the marked increase in breast cancer?

    There are thousands of foundations today in America (some suggest it is over 50,000 — but it’s difficult to ascertain the exact number) with billions and, probably trillions, of dollars at their disposal; if they were truly about solving problems and working on behalf of the public good we would be living in a modern utupoia today.

    Such is the way of this ardent American belief in the Tooth Fairy, Santa Claus and the Free Market!!!

    Some further sites of interest:

    http://michaeljamesbarker.wordpress.com/thesis-outline/

    http://survivingcapitalism.blogspot.com/2010/09/foundations-and-anthropology-in-united.html

    And the pertinent and influential organizations of the ultra-rich:

    Bretton Woods Committee (brettonwoods.org)
    Group of Thirty (group30.org)
    Trilateral Commission (trilateral.org)
    Council on Foreign Relations (cfr.org)
    Peterson Institute (iie.com)

    [Vancouver Node]

    • Will

      Thanks for the comment and additional, useful info.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for this post pickup and it is absolutely appropriate for today, these times of inverted totalitarianism we exist in.

    Rockefeller was originally responsible for the creation and financing of the General Education Board, which laid the template for the American educational system and its attendant school boards: turning out mindless minions to tend to the factories and offices.

    The Rockefellers also created their network of foundations and trusts to hide and shelter their wealth, along with avoiding taxes.

    When the financial construct of the foundation was questioned, back in the late ’60s and early ’70s, David Rockefeller had his stooge, Peter G. Peterson appointed to chair the commission for “reforming” it.

    Of course, the Peteson Commission did no such thing, as the principal purpose of commissions is, like so much today in Corporate Fascist America, simply to direct or tunnel away from any ethical purpose or real accountability in the matter.

    I heard a stupid twit on one of these so-called “newsy” shows on NPR (could as easily have been Foxtard, CNN, Airhead America, etc.) keep repeating last week about the Rockefellers inventing “philanthropy” and prattling on about the mythical foundations of theirs spreading wealth. One wonders if such a newsy twit is that conceivably ignorant and stupid, or they just always follow their script?

    And most likely the Rockefeller family (and probably a number of other historical families, such as the du Ponts as well) is considerably richer than Bill Gates, Forbes stupid newsies to the contrary. They’ve hidden their wealth through their various foundations (which they’ve also used over the decades as investment vehicles) and trusts; vast wealth in oil investments, pharmaceutical industries owned, munitions, and the various banks they own considerable portion of and work through (JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, etc.).

    The Australian scholar, Michael James Barker, has done some outstanding work on the subtle and covert influence of the foundations and foundation network. (And I am very particular with the use of the description, “scholar.”)

    And this entire NGO scam and sham is simply the privatization of public resources. At various times throughout the year, mindless and gibbering females will march on behalf, or so their little brains believe, on finding a cure for breast cancer by way of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

    Well, lotsa luck with that. Would they have bother with tracking those monies involved? Would they ever be even remotely curious as to why those funds are funneled to pharmaceutical companies which carefully avoid (and have actively killed) any scientific investigation and studies which might focus on the one-to-one correlation to said pharmaceutical company’s drugs and the marked increase in breast cancer?

    There are thousands of foundations today in America (some suggest it is over 50,000 — but it’s difficult to ascertain the exact number) with billions and, probably trillions, of dollars at their disposal; if they were truly about solving problems and working on behalf of the public good we would be living in a modern utupoia today.

    Such is the way of this ardent American belief in the Tooth Fairy, Santa Claus and the Free Market!!!

    Some further sites of interest:

    http://michaeljamesbarker.wordpress.com/thesis-outline/

    http://survivingcapitalism.blogspot.com/2010/09/foundations-and-anthropology-in-united.html

    And the pertinent and influential organizations of the ultra-rich:

    Bretton Woods Committee (brettonwoods.org)
    Group of Thirty (group30.org)
    Trilateral Commission (trilateral.org)
    Council on Foreign Relations (cfr.org)
    Peterson Institute (iie.com)

    [Vancouver Node]

  • Andrew

    Everyone I know is corrupt, myself included.

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like purity to me….

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    I’ve been on that bandwagon since…well, heck…since there was one to be on. Anytime you find anti-govt, anti tax, anti regulation getting touted and being allowed press time, its usually a neo-con outlet offering it a voice or ramping up the rhetoric…primarily to pimp the ending of oversight that limited corporations influence and forced ever so slight amounts of accountability into place. Getting kneejerk mouthbreathers to do their cheerleading for them is par for the course.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    I’ve been on that bandwagon since…well, heck…since there was one to be on. Anytime you find anti-govt, anti tax, anti regulation getting touted and being allowed press time, its usually a neo-con outlet offering it a voice or ramping up the rhetoric…primarily to pimp the ending of oversight that limited corporations influence and forced ever so slight amounts of accountability into place. Getting kneejerk mouthbreathers to do their cheerleading for them is par for the course.

  • Vox Penii

    Funny thing about anti-globalization rhetoric is that it essentially repeats arguments made by V.I. Lenin in his book “Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism” (1916), arguments and claims that were roundly disproved and discredited…

    “Those who vent their moral indignation over low pay for Third World workers employed by multinational companies ignore the plain fact that these workers’ employers are usually supplying them with better opportunities than they had before, while those who are morally indignant on their behalf are providing them with nothing.”

    Thomas Sowell

  • Hadrian999

    the same argument is true of the 2 party system, it’s just a safety valve , making people believe what they want actually has some effect on the actions the government takes.

  • Hadrian999

    the same argument is true of the 2 party system, it’s just a safety valve , making people believe what they want actually has some effect on the actions the government takes.

  • Will

    Thanks for the comment and additional, useful info.

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