The State of the World according to Gorbachev
by Berit Kjos, 1996
"The alternative to the existing world order can only emerge as a result of a new human dimension of progress.... We envision a revolution of the mind, a new way of thinking.... The use of force may be sometimes an instrument of politics.... Let us think together what we should do to democratize democracy." Mikhail Gorbachev, State of the World Forum, 1996
"O ee lah eh la," chanted Native American Chief Leonard to the beat of his drum. "Ahah ela laha."
The six hundred people participating in the Second Annual State of the World Forum, organized by the Gorbachev Foundation in 1966, stood up and joined in the prayer. "Oho ela helah," they chanted.
Behind the chief hung a large banner showing the swirling winds and waters of planet Earth -- a stirring reminder that all its inhabitants share "one home, one planet" and had better take care of her. When the five-day Forum opened in San Francisco on October 2, this banner had been flanked by the flags of all the nations. Now, two days later, those reminders of national sovereignty had been replaced by two single blue flags -- not the familiar blue symbols of the UN but the insignia of the global Gorbachev Foundation.
"We have the heart beat of Mother Earth," said chief Leonard. "We are still connected to the earth from which we came." He handed Gorbachev a native blanket. "We give this blanket with a sacred prayer....We shall continue to come and join with you until together we change and transform this entire Mother Earth into a new world civilization organized on the principle of justice and hope."
Amidst the applause, a wave of fluttering fingers rose into the air. "Those are Mayan butterflies," whispered the youth leader sitting next to me. "We want to acknowledge the people who have spoken to us and have created a sense of aura in the air. Clapping disrupts that aura. The Mayan butterflies are silent."
The silent flutter was actually based on a popular fable: "When butterflies flap their wings in Asia, they stir up a breeze in America." That myth is designed to feed the illusion that "all is one" and "everything is interconnected." And since spiritual oneness and social solidarity are central to the global agenda, it fits the theme of the conference.
What's more, this warm, satisfying myth helps hide the cold realities behind globalist vision of a rising socialist world system.
A year had passed since Mikhail Gorbachev brought Ted Turner, George Bush, George Shultz, Deepak Chopra, Bill Gates and other spiritual, political, business and intellectual world leaders to San Francisco to form "a global brain trust." [See Gorbachev's Plan For A United World] According to Jim Garrison, president of the Gorbachev Foundation, they would "focus on the principles, values and actions that should guide humanity as we enter the next phase of human development."
This "council of the wise" would lay the "ground rules for resolving disputes and problems" around the world. Numerous dialogues and roundtable planning sessions would define the rights, responsibilities, beliefs, and values of the 21st century world citizenry -- behind doors closed to all but the chosen few.
Yet, Gorbachev promised equality. "We are opening this forum... on the birthday of Mahatma Ghandi, the great humanist of the 20th century to whom all of us owe priceless experience," he told his followers in his welcoming message on October 2. "Ghandi set great goals to be achieved peacefully without violence....The use of force may be sometimes an instrument of politics... but from the standpoint of evolution of civilization... the road lies through democracy... Let us think together what we should do to democratize democracy."
In reality, Gorbachev's version of "democracy" looks more like the Soviet "people's government" than the American constitutional republic. It would force everyone into community "dialogues" using the manipulative dialectic or consensus process birthed by German philosopher Georg Hegel and embraced by Karl Marx-which comes as no surprise since Gorbachev has never renounced Communism. This strategy for managing discussions and blending beliefs would achieve his goal of "harmonizing the interests of all nations, peoples, and civilizations."
The new democracy demands the "right" kind of information. "Knowledge and information will define human experience," said Gorbachev, "and man's spiritual, moral and aesthetic needs will define man's behavior." Of course, the "knowledge and information" that would define experience would be controlled by the state.1
Few seemed to remember that the former chief of the worldwide Communist movement had approved some of the world's most abusive assaults on human minds and on natural resources. Instead, they listened in rapt attention as Gorbachev continued to address "the main issues of the 21st century":
"If we leave the world to its own devices.... it will mean new sufferings, the death of many people from hunger, epidemics and wars.... The humane and moral mind cannot accept this prospect. The alternative is a managed process... on a global level."
"Ninety-three percent [of the American people] want the United Nations to act more effectively on global issues, primary on the environment. Eighty-four percent spoke in favor of the UN helping to develop a more sustainable development. Eighty-two percent favored giving UN a right to institute global pollution taxes...."
"Local and national economies are... integrated into a global economic system with a universal regulation system.... Transnational corporations have become a kind of common system that own one third of all production capacities on our planet."
"Transition to an information based society requires a change in system of education.... Maybe the time has come for... a congress of reason. ... We could bring together the best minds... who would speak out on the most important issues of our time.... As the Bible said, 'In the beginning was the word"-the word that would generalize and summarize the powerful achievements of the intellectual forces after the end of the cold war. This word should be spoken out.'"
"We should... help in the development of a global consciousness... to change the world for the better."
Gorbachev's concerns were discussed in the secretive roundtables as well as in open panel dialogues. The ideas, information, conclusions, and initiatives generally fell into the same categories Gorbachev had listed in his opening plenary:
"Fifty years from now, we won't recognize nation-states as we know them today," said ATT&T vice president Waring Partridge during at a roundtable dialogue on global communications systems. Internet, more than telephones, television, and planes, has linked education, economies, and cultures around the world. But, said Forum speakers, the rapid changes has brought social chaos, and the global environment, "our collective body", is desperately sick.
The time had come, suggested Forum organizer Jim Garrison, to "examine what governing structures and what social contract we should design as we keep apace of the globalization." The goal seemed clear: Like the United Nations, the Forum envisioned a unified planet where all people would be equally informed, entertained, housed, fed, and trained according to international guidelines for sustainable development, the 3 E's: Environment, Economy, and Equity. Global managers, supposedly the within United Nations, would monitor and control lands, people, information, education, and values. They would demand total disarmament. No nation would have power to start a major war-nor to resist the totalitarian controls of global tyrants.
Chemical pollutants would provide a new environmental "crisis" that would help prepare people to accept the global management- including the costs Al Gore refers to as "sacrifice, struggle, and a wrenching transformation of society."2 As Jim Garrison said, "The issue of toxic pollutants is to the environment in the 1990's what global warming and the greenhouse effect were in the '80s....Through education and more research, the issue gains momentum until it assumes its place as a legitimate environmental concern. We hope this conference will provide the breakthrough needed to focus world attention on this current growing threat."
If the "scientific" research used to back this new environmental crisis works anything like the pseudoscience used to validate ozone holes and global warming, it would be based on political fantasy, not scientific facts. With the media on their side, global leaders would once again twist ambiguous data and local problems into devastating global scenarios designed to stir the imagination and frighten people into compliance.
For years, the sobering voices of factual, non-compromising scientists have been drowned out by the propaganda of green activists and government-sponsored idealists. Meanwhile, young and old are learning what globalist educators, entertainers, politicians, and CEO's want them to know: unless they conform, the earth will die.
The "school-to-work" education system that Gorbachev promoted in the USSR is now being implemented in the US--thanks to President Reagan's Secretary of State George Shultz, who co-chaired the 1995 State of the World Forum. Funded by the Carnegie Corporation, Shultz negotiated the US-USSR Education Exchange Agreements signed in 1985. With guidance from Carnegie president David Hamburg (a speaker at the Forum), it which traded US technology for USSR psycho-social strategies used to indoctrinate children, modify behavior, and monitor the people to ensure compliance.
In spite of what parents are told, America's Goals 2000 not only outlines the Soviet education system, it is a link in the vast United Nations education system established at the 199O United Nations Conference on Education for All.3
Few individuals have pushed this agenda more zealously than former UN Under-Secretary Robert Muller, who once again brought his global/occult education ideas to the Forum's discussion tables. For more than a decade, his World Core Curriculum has defined education and steered our children toward global citizenship, earth-centered beliefs, socialist values, and the collective mindset which is becoming a requirement for the 21st century workforce.
To complete the legal framework for this revolutionary education system, local activists must engage parents and other "partners" in community dialogues. "Grassroots education and community development is critically important," said Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund, in her plenary speech. She stressed the need to develop political activists, "making sure as well that we are developing a successive generation of young leaders to be empowered to be a part of changing the world."
"Lifelong Learning"-the UNESCO vision now mandated through Goals 2000-means involving employers in educating the masses. Business leaders must be trained to manage "human resources" and modify behavior through the same dialectic or consensus process used in the classroom. The "universal regulation system" Gorbachev mentioned is only a beginning, and the spreading acceptance of ISO 90004 illustrates how quickly this can happen.4
"A redefinition of the relationship between business and society is the core of the current paradigm shift," said George McCown, president of the World Business Academy. In his report to the Forum titled "The New Paradigm", he explains that the current "paradigm shift " can be seen as an inevitable alignment between personal, business, and societal needs and values. ... "Only through an empowered society composed of healthy individuals can we ever begin to confront the myriad problems.... Business is the engine of most modern societies and will play a dominant role in shaping the future."
The World Business Academy's mission, wrote McCown, is "to engage in the continuing exploration and clarification of the fundamental paradigm shifts... thereby enabling members to integrate the evolving knowledge and consciousness into their lives..."
Knowledge management is crucial. Again, only the "right" information would be disseminated-thus building a knowledge base that supports globalism and affirms its propaganda. Few would know the facts needed to resist.
Although the Forum's international business meetings were closed to most reporters, the literature left behind offer more clues. A paper titled "Translating Knowledge into Action: A Collaborative Approach for Leveraging Technology to Build Systems that Support the Knowledge Workforce of the 21st Century" states:
"To put it bluntly, we have access to too much data. What we really need is access to just the right information at the right time. In the next wave of organizational development, we must harness this data for our employees using diverse technologies combined in arrays that are being called knowledge systems. These systems help transform this voluminous data into knowledge, and make that knowledge available, understandable, and the basis for action. To this end, leading edge companies today are creating executive positions for knowledge management called chief learning officer...."
The author of this report, Patricia Reilly, suggests that multiple working groups hold "Future Search" conferences that help "entire communities to build a common vision" and "allow new knowledge to bubble to the surface of the participants' awareness."
In other words, the new planned stimuli will produce a new public consciousness-spontaneously. No need to engage the intellect with facts and logic. Change simply happens. Buzzwords such as stakeholders, teams, working groups, visioning, and common ground describe this dialectic process. Quenching dissent and banning absolutes, it guides the collective mind toward the predetermined goal: solidarity.
The planned outcome of the consensus process is uniformity -- the shared beliefs, values, attitudes, and behaviors needed to complete the utopian vision of a unified world. Our Global Neighborhood, the report from the United Nations' Commission on Global Governance which was available in the Forum book store/library, describes it well:
"In our rapidly changing world, the standards and restraints provided by commonly accepted values and norms become ever more essential. Without them, it will be hard -- if not impossible -- to establish more effective and legitimate forms of global governance."5
Our Global Neighborhood suggests a threefold approach to establishing "an ethical dimension to global governance." Do they sound familiar?"Encourage commitment to core values... and strengthen the sense of common responsibility for the global neighborhood."
"Express these values through a global ethic of specific rights and responsibilities....""Embody this ethic in the evolving system of international norms, adapting, where necessary existing norms of sovereignty... "
Like shared dreams, common memories build that sense of common responsibility. "By remembering the universe as a whole, we draw everyone in," said physicist Brian Swimme, "for we hold the universe in common. Our starting point is the realization that we are a single community." He showed a slide of Stonehenge to illustrate man's ancient quest for connection to the sun, stars, and cosmos. Next, a picture of an African ape showed "how deeply rooted the human is in the animal world." Yet, humanity evolved beyond the animal state through "conscious self-awareness", becoming its own "a planetary power".
Strange, isn't it? No wonder facts, logic, and absolute truth no longer fit. They simply cannot be squeezed into the mystical whole-or into the evolving "truths" created through the consensus process. They remain incompatible with today's blended or global spirituality. Biblical Judaism and Christianity must go.
"Religion is as much the problem as it is the solution," said Rabbi Arthur Hertzberg, a member of a roundtable preparing "A Charter of Religions and Human Responsibility", in his plenary speech. "Religions continue to act... as the cheerleaders of hatred."
A roundtable discussing "The Transformation of Buddhism in the 20th Century" reported that "the spread of Western capitalism is muting spirituality in the developing countries." In contrast, "no other religion has had a more profound effect on the world than Buddhism." Apparently, its changing face and illusion of compassion -- in contrast to the practical compassion demonstrated in true Christian cultures -- blends readily into the evolving truths of today's global spirituality.
"Buddhism is not an ideology," explained Martine Bachelor, coordinator of the Buddhist College in England. "As people change, Buddhism will change."
THE NEW CONSCIOUSNESS.
That's why it fits! Among the free books available to participants was Awakening Earth: Exploring the Evolution of Human Culture and Consciousness by Duane Elgin. It gives a dreamy vision of global solidarity inspired by a Buddhist -- like spirituality.
"With the rise of a compassionate consciousness," says Elgin, "humanity will be busy creating sustainable communities.... People will focus on environmental restoration, rebuilding cities.... lifelong education... Regular rites and rituals will celebrate the recurring cycles of the planet. 'Earth Days' will acknowledge our bonding as a human family and our connection to the living planet, 'Gaia.' ..."
He assures his readers that people "will embody a balance between masculine and feminine archetypes" and "the alienation and cynicism of the past will be transformed as people are offered innumerable ways to participate in dialogue... The constant flow of information and dialogue will create a palpable global consensus.... Cosmic consciousness -- or knowing our connection with the consciousness of the living cosmos -- becomes a widely shared, experiential foundation for the global culture."6
The dream sounds good -- even credible -- to those who see reality from the perspective of the global paradigm. Most people have begun that shift, for our schools and culture have been teaching its values for decades. So it's no surprise that the consensus statements by the Forum's Youth Summit reflected these same ideals.
Like their leaders, the thirty-four youths from around the world listened to speakers, researched UN data, and used the Hegelian dialectic process to synthesize individual views and reach consensus. As Harvard student Bill Burke-White said, "We have spent this week re-imagining-re-envisioning-the world we have inherited." Speaking for all the youth leaders, he unveiled a youth culture well-tutored in globalist ideals:
"Just a few short steps from your meeting rooms this week there is a community of youth who were born into the global village; a community that has always known our earth as Gaia, a living system to be treated with reverence and reciprocity.... It is a community that values collaboration and partnership over competition.... It embraces both the feminine and masculine principles...."
"This is a community that will not tolerate the continued ecological devastation of the sacred landscape of our home... that knows that every lost species is an irretrievable loss of self... that has no tolerance for dogmatism and fundamentalism."
"This community needs to learn about the new paradigm or to unlearn the old -- we were born into an awakening Earth.... Imagine, if you will, a world which has realized the Youth summit's vision of building a Global Youth Alliance, a planet-wide conversation, an interlinking, a networking of the many youth organizations that share these heart-felt visions for the new millennium."
At the start of the Forum, Gorbachev used the Bible, specifically John 1:1, to validate these visions and his grandiose schemes. Equating the living "Word" with the "achievement of the intellectual forces", he twisted God's truth into a lie that promotes the very deception God tells us to shun. Squeezing biblical words into a New Age context, Gorbachev exposed the irrational and deceptive foundations of the paradigm he promotes.
God Himself, the living and unchangeable Word, told us long ago that basing social values on arrogant intellectualism would only lead to despair: "Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil.... Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and clever in their own sight!" (Isaiah 5:20-21) True wisdom is based on God's eternal absolutes -- a fact so intolerable to the global mindset that its "democratic" dialogues must censor any such notion.
Almost 2000 years ago, that Word foretold a global reign, a cashless society, and a world conditioned to accept a global tyrant, and a murderous hatred for all who refuse to conform to a compulsory global spirituality. The technology to implement the controls described in Revelation 13 is now being perfected. Yet, few see the sign post that spell danger ahead. Could the world be too blind to notice?
Rabbi Hertzberg, who spoke on "The Sins of Religion," may see more than his hosts had guessed. At the end of his talk he shifted his message back to biblical realities--to the apparent dismay of Gorbachev. Don't ask "ancient communities to dissolve," he warned, "for they will not!" Challenging globalist lies, he declared the globalist hope of synthesizing "all preceding religions" into a united "world religion" to be utopian. "I warn against the delusion that we can make a shining heaven on earth," he concluded. "That can happen only at the end of days, when God wills it."
He is right! And between now and then, we had better learn the facts, expose the lies, follow the truth, and place our hope in the only God who can win this war. Revelation 21 shows us a glimpse of His final plan for those who refuse to compromise:
"Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away.... And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.... I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things." (Revelation 21:1, 4-7)
For practical information about the international education system and environmental spirituality designed to mold the minds of all Americans, read Brave New Schools.