London's Black-Ops Project
April 12, 2009 (LPAC)—Editor's Note: This article will appear in a special Economics package on behavioral economics in the upcoming issue of Executive Intelligence Review.
by Anton Chaitkin
Time magazine misnamed as the "Consortium of Behavioral Scientists" what it described as "a secret advisory group of 29 of the nation's leading behaviorists," directing President Barack Obama's catastrophic policy, of pouring out trillions of dollars to prop up the London-centered offshore finance swindle.
The group of economists is actually called the Behavioral Economics Roundtable, based at the Russell Sage Foundation in Washington D.C. The "behavioral economics" project has been tightly organized and run jointly since 1986 by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Russell Sage Foundation.
Through these and related institutions, the project's sponsors are descendants of the the same clique of London-directed strategists who created the Hitler and Mussolini regimes, and ran the propaganda war against President Franklin Roosevelt.
After World War II, these British Empire strategists revived fascist economics and psychological manipulation methods to attack and reverse Roosevelt's legacy.
- The Empire's Irrational Subjects -
Israeli kook psychologist Daniel Kahneman, called the founder of behavioral economics, was an apostle of brainwashing expert Kurt Lewin. Kahneman has described his own Israeli army experiments, based on the psychological warfare methods of Lewin's bosses in London's Tavistock Institute: the study of soldiers' vulnerable minds in "leaderless groups."
Kahneman met Alfred P. Sloan Foundation vice president/psychologist Eric Wanner in 1982. Wanner, previously employed by Britain's Sussex University, home of the Tavistock Institute, took Kahneman under his wing. Wanner soon afterwards became chief executive of the Russell Sage Foundation and, in 1986, he instituted the Behavioral Economics Project, run jointly by the Sloan and Sage foundations.
Both foundations, as will be reported below, were central to London's post-World War II fascist revival.
This began before the war was even won. In 1944, Montagu Norman had stepped down as governor of the Bank of England, after two decades directing the London and Wall Street promotion and funding of the Hitler dictatorship. Norman next created the World Federation for Mental Health, managed by leaders of the pro-Hitler Cliveden Set under the presidency of Tavistock Institute director John R. Rees. Heading this London initiative within the U.S.A. was Kurt Lewin, working for Tavistock with Rockefeller money arranged by Russell Sage Foundation operative Raymond Fosdick.
Lewin set the tone for what is now called "behavioral economics": Instead of a republic's government serving its citizens, an empire's oligarchy rules its subjects by playing on popular ignorance and irrationality. Lewin mused in his 1941 book, Time Perspective and Morale:
"One of the main techniques for breaking morale through a 'strategy of terror' consists in exactly this tactic—keep the person hazy as to where he stands and just what he may expect. If, in addition, frequent vacillations between severe disciplinary measures and promises of good treatment, together with the spreading of contradictory news, make the cognitive structure of this situation utterly unclear, then the individual may cease to know when a particular plan would lead toward or away from his goal. Under these conditions, even those individuals who have definite goals and are ready to take risks will be paralyzed with severe inner conflicts in regard to what to do."
- Sloan, Sage, and the Project -
The two foundations running the Behavioral Economics Roundtable have extended this project and put their behavioral operatives into the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER—an anti-labor think-tank funded entirely by the right-wing Olin, Bradley, Scaife, and Smith Richardson foundations), giving many Roundtable Sage-Sloan paid operatives an NBER label.
Arrangments with NBER have been supervised by Sloan Foundation Program Director Michael S. Teitelbaum, who epitomizes the unashamed Hitler legacy at Sloan. A former Oxford University faculty member, Teitelbaum was a key American instigator of the return of the Nazi race pseudo-science called eugenics. From his Sloan base since 1983, Teitelbaum has spread eugenics and anti-immigrant filth into Congressional deliberations. He was president of the American Eugenics Society from 1985 to 1990, and vice president of the Sloan Foundation in the late 1990s, as "behavioral economics" was revved up.
This effort has borne rotten fruit in the person of leading behavioral economist Alan Krueger, whom President Obama has nominated to be Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Policy. Though not yet confirmed, Krueger has already been advising Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner on the catastrophic bailouts.
Krueger has been a director of the Russell Sage Foundation, a Sloan Fellow, an NBER Olin Fellow, and is a longtime staff leader at the eugenics movement's Office of Population Research at Princeton University. American Eugenics Society founder Frederick Osborn created that office at Princeton in 1936, the year after the eugenics movement triumphed with the passage of Hitler's Nuremberg race laws. (The office now advertises a workers' efficiency survey being conducted by Treasury-designee Krueger and his fellow Princeton faculty member, behavioral economics originator Daniel Kahneman.)
In the nightmare of the 1930s, Alfred P. Sloan was among the small circle of leading pro-Hitler industrialists in the United States. He had been made chief executive of General Motors in 1923 by GM's co-owners, the J.P. Morgan bank and the DuPont chemical enterprise. In 1934, Alfred P. Sloan and Morgan-DuPont financial executive John Jacob Raskob founded the American Liberty League, and at the same time, the Sloan Foundation. The Liberty League organized American pro-fascists to attack President Franklin Roosevelt, while carrying on propaganda favorable to Mussolini and Hitler.
The Sloan Foundation's assets were based on shares of General Motors, whose Opel division produced a large proportion of Germany's exports for the Hitler regime throughout the 1930s.
The Russell Sage Foundation, a British Empire agency planted within the United States (with money from Wall Street speculator Russell Sage's widow), was X-rayed in the 1976 reference work Carter and the Party of International Terrorism, published by the U.S. Labor Party:
"Since its incorporation in New York State in 1907, the Russell Sage Foundation has served as the major Fabian Society-Fabian Research Bureau operation in North America. Russell Sage has been the pioneer institution in the building of a 1984 [Orwellian]-style police infrastructure in this country: in the nazification of the federal judicial system; and the development of computer technology as a technical upgrading of centralized Wall Street black propaganda control over every facet of the mass media in the field of overt criminal and terrorist activity ... since its engineered takeover of the New York City rackets during the late 1910s, [Sage] has been maintaining an ongoing program of crime profiling....
"Under the stated purpose of scientific social work, Russell Sage initiated a wide range of projects [aiming at] the creation of a centrally controlled, mass-social-control apparatus. Russell Sage conducted the earliest program in co-participation (Mackenzie King's profiles of the Rockefeller family Colorado mining companies and working-class profiling [in] Pittsburgh and San Francisco....)
"[In World War I] Russell Sage moved its offices to Washington, D.C., and took over the Department of War. The Foundation [with its London background]—in that government capacity—organized the entire logistical and support operations for the U.S. war effort [in the alliance with Britain]. Personnel placed in the State Department took control over all German-American assets for the duration of the war. Col. Ayer of Russell Sage was one of President Wilson's chief negotiators and advisors at Versailles; he later assumed charge of the postwar German reparations and through this, was instrumental in creating the Anglo-American networks epitomized by the activities of [Hitler intelligence executive] Adm. Canaris and [London-controlled Nazi regime-designer] Hjalmar Schacht.
"Russell Sage [later concentrated on] funding of Raymond Fosdick [head of the Rockefeller Foundation who coordinated with publicist Ivy Lee and Morgan partner Thomas Lamont in directing international finances and public relations for the Mussolini and Hitler regimes] and supervision of German military buildup during the Weimar period.
"[Just as] the original Fabian Society used visiting fellow programs [to recruit] long-term agents of influence, the Russell Sage Foundation maintains a network of leading operatives in every major university in the United States.... Among the notable individuals [created as Russell Sage projects were]:
"Charles Hamilton, sponsor of Stokely Carmichael's Black Power project; ... Daniel Bell [author of The Coming of Post-Industrial Society]; Alvin Toffler, author of Future Shock; Kenneth Boulding, the zero-growth convergence theory planner; University of Chicago psychological warfare [strategist] Morris Janowitz; top brainwasher Edward Shils; Columbia University counterinsurgency warfare planner Amitai Etzioni; LEAA [Law Enforcement Assistance Administration] founder James Vorenburg; Institute for Policy Studies terrorist controller and labor counterinsurgency expert Paul Jacobs; and the leading European-based linguistic brainwasher and left countergang controller, Alvin Gouldner of Theory and Society."
- The Obama Vortex -
This London "black-ops" project, behavioral economics, has embedded its operatives throughout the Obama Administration.
Sage Foundation director Richard Thaler is a linchpin of the scheme. Thaler originally managed the Sloan-Sage sponsorship of Daniel Kahneman to "define that field" of economics.
Thaler runs a multi-billion-dollar private asset fund (Fuller & Thaler) employing Kahneman as a director. Thaler's private fund took over from Russell Sage the financing of the behavioral economics project inside NBER.
A University of Chicago professor, Thaler closely consults his younger faculty colleagues Austan Goolsbee and Cass Sunstein, two Obama advisors who were initiated into Thaler's behavioral economics clique.
Sunstein co-authored Thaler's book, Nudge, on how a regime can engineer people's choices without their knowledge. President Obama has chosen Sunstein as U.S. administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. Sunstein's wife is Samantha Power, a longtime, paid George Soros agent specializing in provoking wars in Africa, who now runs "multilateral affairs" (the London connection) in Obama's National Security Council.
Goolsbee, a notorious advocate of radical free trade, was chief economic advisor to Obama's Presidential campaign. Like current Obama chief economic advisor and fellow behavioral economist Larry Summers, Goolsbee worships the late University of Chicago economist Milton Friedman. Goolsbee eulogized Friedman (New York Times, Nov. 17, 2006) for "scientific economics."
The London-Wall Street sponsors of behavioral economics want to get away with crushing austerity as policy outcome in the present systemic collapse. From the Aug. 6, 1923 Time magazine cover lionizing Benito Mussolini, on through the 1930s, they claimed that Il Duce was brutal, but "he made the trains run on time."
Goolsbee invoked that Mussolini legacy in the title of an article, "Where the Buses Run on Time" (Slate, March 16, 2006), to praise the behaviorist speed-up of bus drivers made possible by Milton Friedman's economic program under the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile. Goolsbee argued that Chicago should use the methods for reducing wages and speeding up bus drivers that had been successful outcomes of the Chilean fascist regime.