The Report from Iron Mountain Revisited by Richard C. Cook

by Richard C. Cook
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Dandelion Salad
May 9, 2009

What impresses me in the current financial crisis is the near-total failure of so-called progressives to appreciate the magnitude of what is going on or the level of intelligence behind it. How many will say, for instance, that the crash was deliberately engineered by the creation, then destruction, of the investment bubbles of the last decade?

When the financial system creates bubbles it drives up the cost of assets far beyond their true value in producing or storing wealth. When the bubbles burst the value of the assets plummets. Those with ready cash then buy them up on the cheap. When the dust settles more wealth has been concentrated in fewer hands. The rich get richer, and ordinary people are left in a deeper condition of indebtedness, poverty, and pressure to perform to the liking of the financial masters.

Progressives think the system needs to be “reformed.” Maybe the banking system needs to be re-regulated or even nationalized. Maybe it should be possible for families facing loss of their homes to get a lower monthly payment from a bankruptcy court. Maybe the government instead of the private sector should administer student loans.

What we fail to acknowledge is that the system itself is totalitarian. This means that it is designed to exert total control over the lives of individuals. We are accustomed to use this label when thinking of anachronisms of history like communism or fascism. We do not understand that globalist finance capitalism and the government which protects, enables, or even regulates it are also totalitarian.

What has happened in the last year as the financial system has seemingly gone belly-up, and is coming back only through massive government bailouts, is part of a pattern that has been around for decades if not centuries. How the controllers work was laid out in 1967 when Dial Press published a leaked copy of The Report from Iron Mountain. This was a study put together by a team of academics and analysts who met at the underground facility in New York that was home to the Hudson Institute.

The report began by identifying war as the central organizing principle of society. It stated, “War itself is the basic social system, within which other secondary modes of social organization conflict or conspire. It is the system which has governed most human societies of record, as it is today.”

The report said that, “The basic authority of a modern state over its people resides in its war powers.” It said that any failure of will by the ruling class could lead to “actual disestablishment of military institutions.” The effect on the system would be, the report said, “catastrophic.”

The appearance of the report caused a sensation when it came out at the onset of the Vietnam War. Officials within the government had no comment, and the report faded into history. But certain of its sections fit the situation in 2009 precisely.

This is because the report outlined the ways the civilian population of a developed nation could be controlled even in the absence of a large-scale war that disrupted their daily lives. One of these ways was defined as follows: “A…possible surrogate for the control of potential enemies of society is the reintroduction, in some form consistent with modern technology and political process, of slavery….The development of a sophisticated form of slavery may be an absolute prerequisite for social control….” (Cited in Rule by Secrecy by Jim Marrs, 2000.)

We see the development of such a “sophisticated form of slavery” today. What else can a system be called that subjects the population to skyrocketing personal and household debt, a widening gap between the rich and everyone else, constant warfare justified as necessary to fight “terrorism,” erosion of personal freedoms, constantly expanding power allocated to the military and police, pervasive electronic eavesdropping, complete lack of accountability by politicians for their dishonesty and crimes, a mass media devoted solely to establishment propaganda, etc.

None of this seems to be diminishing under the Barack Obama administration. Even the economic recovery Obama is attempting to engineer through massive Keynesian deficit spending is expected by economists to be another “jobless” one like that of 2002-2005. Of course the unemployed or those who fear unemployment are easy to control. And the permanent series of Asian land wars George W. Bush instigated for control of resources and geopolitical leverage against Russia and China continue unabated.

None of this is accidental. As The Report from Iron Mountain made clear four decades ago, it’s what has been planned all along.

Richard C. Cook is a former federal analyst who writes on public policy issues. His book “We Hold These Truths: the Hope of Monetary Reform” is now available at His website is


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7 thoughts on “The Report from Iron Mountain Revisited by Richard C. Cook

  1. Despite all the publicity, which can only encourage interest or revenue, personally I don’t find it even vaguely convincing.

    Most of it’s entirely laughable. Comparable to watching a bunch of neanderthals attempt to philosophise on what mankind requires, entirely based on their limited intelligence and understanding of true human nature.

    Any angles of “mankind’s good” is instantly dismissed when viewing a works that proposes widescale war or destruction as a potential solution. The writer displays limited grasp of events and people’s perceptions following hardship. Following their “solution” being carried out, they are left eith, ineveitably, the same problem they started with a number of years down the line, and still no actual solution.

    There is no attempt to grasp at mankinds needs or psychology and resolve the social issues underlying everything.

    I’d compare it to current government policies on discrimination and the EU human rights acts. At first glance, the general principles are great. Protecting the weak, promoting equality and all. Great! Sadly when it gets carried a few steps to far, the reverse situation begins to ensure, and policy actively promotes dislike of the government, or the minorities they saught to pursue, but anyone can see that. It doesn’t take a minority to keen intellect to spot policies that are blatant stupidity.

    Take trivial recent news in the UK.. plastic pigs from farmsets and piggybanks being removed from some location for “religious reasons”, and so as “not to offend”. All such moves achieve is to encourage dislike of policy and anyone making such objections – we all know the net effect for future reference. These are just typical cases of positive frameworks being put to ill use.

    On a more general level, people need to feel valued to some extent, and understand their importance. All men are indeed created equal (yes and ladies), and as such, despite those who would rather not accept their nature, we are shaped the same way. If there were two clones of myself brought up in differing circumstances, one could hold general compassion for all things, regardless of their character and nature, accepting that this is an inherant part of what we are. Another could hold hatred and be a serial killer. (For the records, I’m not the latter, but I accept that essentially we can be shaped in any manner). Of course, half the populace would need to be mind readers or experience the lives of others in their full to accept this as fact, or so it seems.

    Any gathering of truly learned men attempting to improve the longer term outlook of the world would not be so short sighted or foolish. Nor would they be short sighted enough to profess they held all the answers. People are indeed a resource, and no man is infallible. If the people in general can demonstrate possible courses of action and solutions that may have the potential for the greater good they should be pursued.

    Next they will propose that “The planet is messed up, so lets hide in our scrubland / desert retreat and flood the world to wash all it’s problems away”. In that scenario, the problem remains… in their retreat!

    Part of the reason for the lack of “mass uprising” is the same nature in most people. Circumstance, and the “flow of the tide”. There is mass disdain for the government already and many of their policies. You only have to look at the “voting system” in countries such as the UK… every election the opposition party is chosen. They don’t see credible alternatives, and it takes power and influence to get started in any other manner, plus representation (ie media image). You combine all of those, make yourself well known, and try for election.. you’ll very quickly figure out what’s going on.

    People generally feel some degree of need of acceptance, and generally want to avoid ridicule. Generally, to be seen as a “leader” requires charisma and “making the right impression”. Even the most learned people in this world, can also be the most “nerdy” or unlikely leaders. Essentially you’d need to formulate exactly what you shought to achieve and the means to achieving it, at the same time you have the boundaries of the law to work around, which may also be obstructive to a “mass uprising”. If done in a political manner, starting tomorrow, gathering momentum and hitting full swing “during the elections” on the other hand there’s always potential. You’d have to start small – talk locally to friends and people around you. Ask what they don’t like about the current government for example, and what they would have changed. Discuss possible approaches. Don’t be put off into believeing you need all figures to hand now. Governments put into power frequently DONT live up to their pre-election policies or promises, just convey that this is what you want to achieve, and when given the chance, you will try to find a means of making it happen. You can only do what you can do, but a genuine effort to be frank is better than what we usually get delivered.

    From there, you just spread the word, have people talk to other people, get their ideas and thoughts too, and make sure it’s clear why. The more people feel involved and truly represented the better.

    • Just to put it in perspective, it’s like releasing a report on “how to stabilise and control the property market to keep values going up”… then proposing that the prices always go up after a huge fall, so the best solution is to make it all crash.

      Net effect: pointless manouver. Guess it keeps someone in employment though.

      In reference to the economy while we’re on that subject, property aint going to be worth all that much if there’s hardly any people around, and for that matter, if there aren’t many mouths to feed, who needs all that land. Of course if everyone had loads of money, money wouldn’t be worth much either.

      It’s all plainly stupid and badly thought out.

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