The American Liberal Establishment, or what used to be called “The Eastern Establishment,” is an aristocratic class that developed in 18th century America and has grown larger and more powerful ever since. Often referred to as “old money.” Celebrities are often given entrance into that social class because of their celebrity, i.e., they become personal friends with those elite old money families that dominate America because people from those families want to be friends with celebrities. That is why we often see celebrities support mainstream political views. In truth those views originated behind the scenes from the establishment class who have befriended them. In that way the elite worldview trickles down to political and media celebrities — who are often also part of old money families. Those politicians and media celebrities then become spokespersons for the elite class which they have entered or were born into.
There are other powerful influences in America, the biggest being that which Trump is aligned with in the GOP supported by the masses of what Carroll Quigley referred to in his classic Tragedy and Hope, as the American petty bourgeoisie which is defined as lower level white collar class: owners of small business, office workers, police and fire fighters, bureaucrats, professional managerial class, who are preoccupied with social and economic advancement, careerists, and are often investors in the stock market — they’re the reason Republican politicians and Fox News propaganda is so focused on trumpeting how great the stock market is doing under Trump. Carl Oglesby in his seminal “Yankee and Cowboy War” calls their leadership class “upstart new money cowboys” because they made fortunes in domestic oil and gas, aerospace, agribusiness, real estate, and the military industrial complex, who were centered mostly in the southwest and western states, and who are mostly in political opposition to the “old money” eastern establishment class which has been around and growing in wealth and scale for hundreds of years, supporting both the Democrats and until recently the GOP a.k.a Rockefeller Republicans.
The cowboys in his thesis, which was following Carroll Quigley’s thesis in Tragedy and Hope.pdf and also to a degree The Power Elite by C.Wright Mills, are from newer wealth centered more in the South, Florida, Texas, and the West. According to Oglesby and Quigley they have been trying to take power away from the older establishment for control of government to promote their own agendas — with some success since taking out JFK and getting their guy Johnson in office. According to Oglesby the cowboy factions were behind the murder of the Kennedy brothers, and the yankee factions took revenge by taking Nixon down and getting their guys Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter in office. Quigley identified the cowboys base of support being Barry Goldwater supporters in the ’60s with the creation of the “conservative movement.” After the gradual demise in power of the eastern establishment’s influence in Republican politics (a.k.a. Rockefeller Republicans) the cowboy factions have taken it over completely via the Tea Party and then Trump.
The “Eastern Establishment” came into great wealth and international prominence in the early late 1700’s with the China Trade and then the early 1800s with the founding of the banking industry and the rise of big business during the industrial revolution. That establishment is made up of, at its core, what we see with the European aristocracy — they are all related to each other due to alliance based marriage over many centuries. A princess in Bulgaria or a duke in Spain is related to all of the European aristocracy — in the same way the old money families of the “Eastern Establishment” are mostly related to each other, and also function as a hidden America aristocracy whose true influence is mostly known only to members of their class.
They have dominated the government through their long time dominance of banking and industry — which is due to their families being part of the creation of those industries. Their ownership of lots of land is another plus in their favor. Back in the 1700s and 1800s the wealthier people bought up land in vast tracts on the cheap in all major cities, and their descendants enjoy vast wealth and power because of that today. That wealth was then invested in the early stages of most of the major industries, corporations and banks.
Some people think Jewish influence is the main power in America. But the reality is that Jewish influence and power comes from their joining already structured and controlled establishment classes. Just like the Mafia from the 1930s till now are in the public’s imagination entirely Italian or Sicilian — when the reality is different. There was a merger of different ethnic based criminal groups beginning in 1929 based on cooperation for enhanced protection and profit. The stronger crime groups led the way in the creation of what was called The Syndicate whose influence is far beyond what you see on TV or movies. The Syndicate was made of many ethnic groups but was originally dominated by Italians and Jews who worked to take over Nevada with Mormon bankers to create legal gambling for the benefit of themselves in partnerships with people in political power in California, Chicago, New York and Washington D.C.
The “Eastern Establishment” or The Liberal Establishment as it is now called has incorporated many people into its power structure because of shared values and purposes. Jews, Arabs, and from all ethnic origins have a lot of influence in the “Liberal Establishment” in America because they were accepted into an aristocratic establishment superstructure due to shared values. Here is an example of an aristocratic family from the “Eastern Establishment” that started hundreds of years ago and is still relevant today:
JP Morgan Chase is the largest American bank but in reality they are JP Morgan in name only. JP Morgan was bought by Rockefeller’s Chase Manhattan a few years back but decided to use the name JP Morgan for marketing purposes. But Chase Manhattan itself was also a fake name. They had been bought a few years before that by Chemical Bank, who decided to use the Chase name for marketing purposes. Today JP Morgan Chase is in reality that same Chemical Bank, their management is the same as it was before they first bought Chase Manhattan and then JP Morgan. Who owns Chemical Bank a.k.a. JP Morgan Chase, the largest American bank?
Chemical Bank began in the early 1800s and was dominated by someone officially outside the firm but who in reality was the largest stockholder and director, Joseph Sampson. He was also the largest stockholder of what was to be renamed Con Edison, and other banks and big businesses. John Jacob Astor considered him to be among the wealthiest of the wealthy at that time in mid 19th century New York City. His family were leading members of the elites of New York “high society” into the 20th century. That one extended family still has influential positions at many banks and corporations since their founding. They are related to hundreds of other similar old money families at leading positions in all the major corporations and banks, whom together form an aristocracy of old money in America. Their agenda is publicized in mainstream media and pushed by politicians and celebrities. They created and believe in the current neoliberal world order a.k.a. the Liberal International Order, which was created after WWII for the express purpose of consolidating their rule over the world.
While the Rockefeller or Rothschild families are seen as dominant in banking in America and Europe from a long time ago by so many, there are other large extended aristocratic American interconnected dynastic families who have had leading roles in the American establishment for a long time before Rockefeller, Morgan or the Rothchilds came on the scene in America. They joined an already wealthy and powerful establishment. They were very successful, but “The Establishment” was never controlled by Rockefellers, Morgan or Rothschilds as some conspiracy theories claim. They are an interconnected elite class which is not controlled by any single family, with roots going back centuries in American power. With vast land holdings and early control of major banks and corporations, with family in leading political and media positions, they have dominated business, media and government in America for hundreds of years and continue to do so. They sought to take over the world after WWII. They still seek that goal. See this interview with economist Michael Hudson author of Super Imperialism: The Economic Strategy of American Empire, for the rundown; and this long essay on that history by semi-famous erudite blogger Sam Williams, both of whom do a great job of detailing what went down.
Most of the European leadership, their aristocracy, and the leadership of the Anglosphere are personal friends with the American establishment. Trump is seen as a thorn in their sides. He is seen as bad for business and harming the world order they built up since the end of WWII by being allied with wealthy people who have different goals and values then the traditional old money bank and land based American aristocracy.
And like we see with Trump and Russia sanctions — the aristocracy can also get congress to pass veto-proof laws which force a president to acquiesce to their foreign policy agenda, which is the very dangerous goal of forcing all nations into submission. Look what has happened to American relations with the EU. The leading EU states are not happy with the American attitudes towards Russia, China, Iran, etc. To say the least. That alliance is crumbling before our eyes because EU business concerns are outweighing the geopolitical goals of the LIEO establishment when it comes to business and competitors to the LIEO — like the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
Under Obama US foreign policy was following in the mold laid out by Zbigniew Brzezinski in The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives (1997). There he lays out a plan for US global leadership being necessary to make sure the world is safe for global capitalism. Specifically he writes about the pivotal importance of Central Asia, to make sure China, Iran, or Russia do not gain a dominant hand in those economically important countries due to their vast wealth in natural resources and also their geostrategically pivotal locations. He said that it would be necessary to use the unipolar imperial power of America to shape that area of the world until it was made safe for global capital. Then America would relinquish its unipolar position and be one among many nations enjoying the rewards of a stable global capltalist world order (LIEO). But first — Russia, Iran, and China need to be tamed, they need to have their nationalist agendas of dominating central Asia, the Middle East, and anywhere else, to be put to a stop at all costs. Those nationalist agendas were messing up the long planned for consolidation of the economic world order by the elites.
He wanted to use American power to bring Central Asian nations as close as possible into America‘s sphere of influence, not as vassals, but in order to keep Russia, China or Iran from making them their vassals. The goal was to open up and keep those countries open for integration into the global capitalist system so global business was not hindered by nationalist or foreign dominance of those nations. China and Russia were especially seen as threats to be contained because he saw them as becoming more nationalistic as time went on, and seeking to expand their influence at the expense of the globalist community.
Brzezinski was a leading voice for the American Establishment on foreign policy ever since the early 1960s as an adviser to JFK. Later he served as Jimmy Carter’s National Security Adviser. He famously co-founded the Trilateral Commission with David Rockefeller and led the organization as its first director from 1973 to 1976. At the time the Rockefeller conglomerates had surpassed the Morgan conglomerates as the most influential corporate financial group of the American Establishment. The Trilateral Commission was created as a response to Nixon’s appointment of John Connally as Secretary of the Treasury and their subsequent upending of the world economic order with the Nixon Shock, which did away with the world monetary order based on gold and the dollar which had been set up at the Bretton Woods Conference near the end of WWII.
Carl Oglesby in his seminal “Yankee and Cowboy War” claims that Nixon represented the Cowboy faction of elites to some degree, but Nixon supported both sides which is what got him in trouble with the Yankee faction. The Cowboy faction (Movement conservatives) which is recently referred to as The Tea Party or “nationalists,” are in opposition to the “Globalist” Yankee faction. The globalists are primarily concerned with a unified global economic system (Liberal International Economic Order) for the smooth running of global business concerns. They were what George HW Bush was on about when he mentioned a “new world order,” or what David Rockefeller was speaking to when he wrote this in his memoirs:
Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as ‘internationalists’ and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure — one world, if you will. If that’s the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.
That is often mistaken to be about a plan for a one world government, which was and is actually seen as a worthwhile goal by many in the elite class, but that was and is also seen as impractical and unlikely to be able to gain support so it’s seen as more of a dream ideal, as a pie in the sky best case scenario which is therefore not taken seriously. What they were actually talking about as imminently achievable was and is a unified global political economic order, where all countries follow the same rules which benefits capitalist priorities over national priorities so that capitalism is not stymied anywhere in the world — by various nationalist economic or political agendas and policies. There is a quote attributed to Brzezinski from a State of the World forum in 1995 put on by Gorbachev where the idea of a world government was a popular topic which Brzezinski appears to support in his speech, but in later years he wrote about his doubts and the impracticality and that it could not be achieved — even stating he wasn’t sure it would be good for the world anyways. What he was pushing as a realistic and important goal 10 years later in 2005 was what I just said about a unified global order which needs America to take the lead in shaping.
The free-trade agenda of America under Clinton, Bush II, and Obama were all part of that development of a world order where global capital business concerns are the predominant pretext for states to align their economic and legal laws with each other. That is in contrast to the nationalists (Cowboys) who are more concerned in exploiting America and the world at the expense of the rest of the world. Nixon who was a Cowboy sometimes with close ties to Howard Hughes (cowboy) also had close ties with Rockefeller interests (yankee) with Rockefeller associated people in his administration in foreign policy (Nathaniel Samuels, William Rogers, Henry Kissinger). His appointment of Connally to implement nationalist economic policies were a great disturbance to the globalist corporate world and led to his being brought down with Watergate by the Yankee faction with the Rockefellers leading the charge. Rockefeller protege and Trilateral Commission member Jimmy Carter was installed in the White House and he duly appointed a large number of Trilateral members in major positions of the government.
By 2016 Zbigniew Brzezinski had modifed his views as laid out in The Grand Chessboard which had been followed by Barack Obama (claimed him as a personal mentor) in his foreign policy. In an article titled Toward a Global Realignment he believes it is time to end the containment policy towards Russia, China, and Iran. Instead he wants to integrate American (globalist) foreign policy with those nations, creating a new Trilateral based relationship to share in the burden of governance over the Middle East and Central Asia:
Given all this, a long and painful road toward an initially limited regional accommodation is the only viable option for the United States, Russia, China, and the pertinent Middle Eastern entities. For the United States, that will require patient persistence in forging cooperative relationships with some new partners (particularly Russia and China) as well as joint efforts with more established and historically rooted Muslim states (Turkey, Iran, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia if it can detach its foreign policy from Wahhabi extremism) in shaping a wider framework of regional stability. Our European allies, previously dominant in the region, can still be helpful in that regard.
But Trump and the Cowboy nationalist faction of American elites didn’t get the Brzezinski Memo, nor did the Yankee globalist faction. Currently both of them are striving for a unipolar world in the face of too much resistance for that goal to be remotely feasible anymore. As Brzezinski lays out in his 2016 article — we need to accept the multipolar reality for our own good by allying with Russia, China, and Iran. That doesn’t mean he is recommending to give in to all their various agendas, but rather to strive to make accommodation with them and work with them instead of against them — which would be in stark contrast to the demonization and new cold war we are currently in with them. We live now in a multipolar world and his vision is that it is not wise to treat those nations as enemies whom we make demands of and sanction if they don’t comply as if they are vassals of an empire.
Contrary to popular theories, Brzezinski did not promote an American empire. He promoted using American power temporarily in order to help create a shared global economic and legal system so the world would be safe for capitalism everywhere and anywhere. He did believe in empire, but he viewed it as shared global concern which could only work in the long term if all nations equally shared in its maintenance. What conspiracy theorists got right was in his promotion, along with the Rockefellers and their globalist Yankee faction — of the creation of a new world order. But it is no longer new since it has been an ongoing concern since the 1970s. And it isn’t about a one world socialist government — they are hardcore capitalists and vehemently oppose socialist policies. Trump and the Cowboy nationalist faction still oppose them and have been a spanner in their works — but at the same time the Yankee Globalist faction is also not following Brzezinski’s 2016 advice to modify their attitudes towards Russia and China by allying with them.
The attempt to isolate the China-Russia-Iran bloc has no way of succeeding and is clearly based on short term profits for the corporations pushing American policy, rather than the health of the economic system as a whole. This is clearly seen in how America is targeting Europe with sanctions over the Nord Stream gas pipeline project from Russia to Germany. If you think this is just about the Trump administration you would be wrong, this has bi-partisan support in America and is clearly being pushed by the big banks and corporations with the politicians in both parties being pushed into doing their bidding. This is a huge mistake and like the economic meltdown of 2008 caused by the short-term profiteering of Wall Street greed, we are seeing a far greater mistake being made by the attempt to enforce submission on so many major economic powers. Their obvious reaction is to isolate themselves from American economic reach which means they WILL join the Russia-China-Iran bloc.
Brzezinski’s 2016 advice to bring Russia-China-Iran in from out of the cold was the smart path to follow. It still is. It is THE ONLY way to save the world economy from splitting more and more in ways that adversely affects America more and more and by extension the rest of the world whose economies are tied to America.
The current leaders of both American establishment cliques need to accept that their continuance of the Grand Chessboard strategy is outdated and self-defeating — and dangerous. It threatens the lives of so many on a daily basis around the world, including Americans. The rise of China and Russia has made a unipolar world impossible unless the Chinese all of a sudden decide to submit to the LIEO. And that is what the American establishment seems to think they can force on them. They hope to wait out Putin to change Russia when he is gone. While that may be possible, what they hope with China is extremely unlikely. China is aggressively courting other nations for partnerships while America is losing more and more respect among the people and leaders of the world.
That loss of respect cannot be underestimated on its influence over the world’s leadership class. America is now seen as a bully and an imperialistic warmonger the world over. Multipolarity is here to stay unless China magically disappears. The dangers of confronting Iran, Russia, China, and so on are not being taken seriously enough by the Trump administration if their actions plan on following their rhetoric. If backed into a corner an animal will do whatever it takes to live. Does Iran have plans to attack the US mainland if attacked? Do they have people in America ready and waiting? Did they buy nuclear weapons from a stolen ex-Soviet stockpile, or maybe from North Korea or Pakistan? These are serious concerns that do not seem to be taken seriously by the Trump administration. The Obama administration seemed to understand the threat those countries posed to America and sought the diplomatic route, the current administration seems not to unless they are all bluster with no plans on military actions. Isolating Iran and Russia in the hopes of gaining their submission will fail as long as China is there to aid them. Instead of submitting what will happen is the continuation of the creation of a new monetary and military alliance system outside of LIEO domination. Realistic selfless leaders are better for everyone over the long term rather than self-serving short-sighted ones, like the ones leading America and the LIEO right now.
Tulsi Gabbard is seen by many smart people as the future of American politics because what America and by extension the world needs right now is leadership that everyone can trust. If the world doesn’t trust American leadership then America will be the loser and the world will suffer as American leadership makes the same mistakes over and over in an attempt to enforce compliance to the plans of the short-term thinkers of the American liberal oligarchy and the conservative oligarchy. Bernie Sanders is a good choice as well, but the obvious problem with Sanders is his age and health. We need someone for the long haul. Here is Michael Hudson speaking on the Democratic Party — its problems and solutions.
And here is a great documentary on the elites of the American oligarchy. It doesn’t go into all you can about them, but it does really well.