The Hollywood blockbuster Independence Day: Resurgence begins with an idyllic vision of the Earth at peace. Having defeated a deadly alien invasion years before, humanity has finally found a way to exist in perfect harmony. There are no more individual nation states, borders are a thing of the past, and One World Government exercises a benevolent rule over all peoples.
This was exactly the late David Rockefeller’s vision for the world. Unlike Independence Day, however, Rockefeller needed no alien invasion to justify his brand of philanthropy. If aliens had invaded the Earth with the demand to ‘take me to your leader’, they would likely to have been escorted to Rockefeller, such was the influence he wielded.
Although he was vertically-challenged, this week the world has lost a giant in the truest sense of the word. Leaving us at the age of 101, Rockefeller’s death neatly showed the fallacy of the saying: only the good die young; sometimes they die very old indeed! The world’s accredited media have mourned Rockefeller’s passing, paying tribute to someone akin to a head of state. The NYT leads the way as usual with its poignant and dignified article ‘David Rockefeller, Philanthropist and Head of Chase Manhattan, Dies at 101’.
None of us get to choose the family into which we are born, it is what we do with the hand that life deals us which determines What and Who we are. Born into a life of unimaginable wealth, David could have chosen to live in luxurious isolation, removing himself from all public view. Instead, realizing that a suffering Post-War world was crying out for strong leadership, Rockefeller set about using his wealth for good purposes.
“I believe that government is the servant of the people and not their master.”, David Rockefeller
One of his core beliefs was about the role of government, which he saw as the ‘servant of the people’. Concerned that people rarely got the leaders they deserved, Rockefeller established the Bilderberg Group; bringing together an elite group of thinkers, business people, accredited experts, and journalists, the Bilderberg Group worked tirelessly. Their goal: to hand-pick a group of the brightest and best candidates from which the people would be free to vote for their president/prime minister etc. It is no exaggeration to say that most of our great leaders today were thoughtfully chosen by Rockefeller and others like Soros.
Rockefeller believed not only that small government was inherently evil, but that the United States had no business adopting an isolationist position towards the rest of the world. He was instrumental in establishing the influential Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission. Rockefeller’s vision is perhaps best summed up by a passage in his much loved autobiography:
“Some even believe we [Rockefeller family] 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”, David rockefeller
Making no secret of his dream for humanity, Rockefeller spent much of his life travelling to foreign countries. There, he met politicians, entrepreneurs and business leaders and discussed ways in which globalisation could be advanced in order to help the huddled masses’ yearning to break free of their poverty. Using creative debt-restructuring solutions, devised when leading the Chase Manhattan Bank, he helped developing economies take the first step onto the world stage.
Unfortunately, there are many on the alt-right who have only nasty things to say about this philanthropist. They point to the statue of Lucifer in the Rockefeller Center, for example, and say that Rockefeller was “in league with Satan”. They even write barbed comments saying that they ‘hope he burns in hell for all eternity“, which does not come across as particularly Christian. We prefer not to speak ill of the dead, however, especially when the target is someone who surely used his wealth for the noblest of purposes.
To close, in reviewing Rockefeller’s colorful career, we are reminded of one of the most famous sayings of Christ:
For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? MARK 8:36