The Unseen Hand - Ralph Epperson


It is the ultimate objective of the Conspiracy to force the world to live in peace under a world government. But the planners have a problem:—they had used war as a means of controlling the people. They now had to face the problem of how they could control the people during a time of peace.

This question was discussed in great detail by those who wrote the Report from Iron Mountain. These individuals foresaw the day when they would have to intentionally design special programs as a means of controlling people during the period of peace. This was an alien thought to them, since they reasoned that man had always operated to control other men by causing wars for that purpose.

They identified the problem:

"A viable substitute for war as a social system cannot be a mere symbolic charade. It must involve real risk of real personal destruction and on a scale consistent with the size and complexity of modern social systems. Unless it provided a believable life-and-death threat it will not serve the socially organizing function of war."

After the problem was identified, the next step was to develop solutions to the problem. These solutions were to become the substitutes for the real functions of war, those functions that served to control men during wartime.

First, these "surrogates," or substitutes for the real purpose of war, must meet two principal criteria:

  • They must be wasteful, and
  • They must operate outside the normal supply-demand system.

The second criterion means that the "surrogates" must not be accessible to the whims of the people. In other words, the people must not be able to demand that the government stop spending their tax money in a wasteful manner.

These are the substitutes that the writers of the Report from Iron Mountain came up with:

  1. Complete government guaranteed health care for all;
  2. Making available for all a professional degree through education;
  3. Providing spacious living space for all;
  4. Mass public transportation;
  5. A guaranteed annual income;
  6. A series of giant space research programs aimed at unreachable targets;
  7. The threat of gross pollution as the principal threat to the survival of the species;
  8. The reintroduction of slavery through some form of military service;
  9. A universal requirement that procreation be limited to the products of artificial insemination, via the water supplies, to be offset by antidote provided by the government; and
  10. A social welfare program.

It was a corollary of the study's position that the "magnitude of the waste . . . [in America's economy must not be less] than 10 percent of the gross national product."

(In the May 11, 1981, U.S. News & World Report, there is a graph showing that the Federal government is spending, as of 1980, 22.9 percent of the gross national product now. This means, according to the Report from Iron Mountain, that the Federal Government could easily be spending nearly half of its income in an intentionally wasteful manner.)

The report concluded that: "no serious quantified studies have ever been conducted to determine . . . the minimum levels of population destruction necessary to maintain war-threat credibility under varying political conditions," and "optimum cyclical frequency of 'shooting' wars under varying circumstances of historical relationship" (varying alliances of "balance of power" policies).

This means that they hadn't determined, as yet, just how often they should plan a war, and just how many people they should have killed, by means of that war, to control the populations of the various nations affected.

It seems incredible to the moral observer that the human mind could conceive such mind-boggling thoughts as the intentional creation of cycles of war and peace as a means of controlling people. Or the use of waste in government as a means of controlling the tax-payers.

Now the observer has the reason that the American government spends tax money to

  • Study the mating calls of Central American frogs;
  • Research the blood groups of Polish Zlotnika pigs;
  • Study German cockroaches;
  • Analyze the finish used on musical instruments; and
  • Study the diving habits of seals.

This thinking also explains why nothing is done by the government when the United Press wire service publishes a study that the "U.S. throws away $10 billion through wasteful government spending."

Government is intended to waste money!