With so much strife in our present circumstances, people ask me "When did it start?" I've given this a great deal of thought over the past 2 years and I believe I can synthesize and distill it into this essay.
The desire to control people is as old as time itself. In every civilization, a small group of elites has risen to control a much larger population. We see this in the priest classes where superstitions caused the profane to come to the learned masters for security. When I say the "profane," I'm using the language of the mystery religions as it applies to the common people.
With the fall of the Roman Empire, Europe was first controlled by the New Roman Empire - this being the Roman Catholic Church. Within this new empire arose political classes who amassed control over the continent and who subjugated the common people. The common person spent all of their day seeking out a meager crop with which to feed their family and had no time or energy to devote themselves or to any further aspiration. The Church taught that the servants must obey their masters and, in the ignorance, and destitution of the time, this became the social order.
At the top of the feudal order were the various echelons of control: The Church at the top, then the king, and then the land owners on down to the serfs. Thus, it was, mostly unchanged for more than a thousand years.
The nobility retained power because they had knowledge. The knowledge was preserved in the few books that were reserved for the nobility and the church. The nobles created a hereditary system whereby their own children would inherit the system from them. They inter-married amongst the other nobility in order to consolidate and perpetuate this system. Wealth was then transferred by the labor of the serfs to the nobility and thus their power rose even further.
Nobles would have conflicts with other nobles and raise armies of their serfs to go off and fight each-other. We can see this in the game of Chess where the loss of a pawn is of no great concern to the players. Pawns are used and discarded and would not have otherwise ever fight each other if not directed from above. Pawns were ignorant and relied upon their masters, they fought their masters "enemies" - people with whom they would normally have no personal quarrel.
Then, in the 14th century, something remarkable happened. Johannes Guttenburg created the first printing press with moveable type. For the first time, books could be printed in volume and made subject to a wider distribution. This was the first information revolution. The Bible was the first book available with this new technology and it directly led to more and more people reading the Bible and more people, still technically serfs, being able to read.
In the 16th Century came the next revolution when Martin Luther dared challenge the Roman Church and, quite by accident, created the Lutheran Church which lead to the Protestant Reformation. Luther never intended to subvert the Roman system, but he did and this questioning of the divine and ultimate authority to the Church sent shockwaves throughout the entire European political system. For the first time, large numbers of people were engaged in a popular revolt against Roman authority, and because the authority of the nobility was based upon the Church, the entire system was subverted - if only just a little bit.
The Protestant Reformation lead to more than 100 years of religious wars in Europe where millions were killed directly in combat or indirectly in famine and other factors related to conflict. The nobility was now able to leverage the schism between Catholics and Protestants to compel them to kill each-other because "God wills it" and thus the control system continued to be asserted.
Protestantism, championed by Calvin and Knox, created the concept that there are natural rights that come from God directly to man and that these rights are not conveyed by the Church. Because natural rights come directly from God, they come to all men and all men are answerable to God for their actions. While Protestantism still commanded that the people obey their masters because God wills it, the cracks started appearing in the system.
It was about this time - late 17th Century, that the nobility began to find other ways to exert control. Maintaining standing armies is expensive and cuts into the profit margin.
Enter the corporations. The British East India company was formed and now Empire was expanded using private funds. Instead of the noble classes relying on direct taxes of the serfs, they could now collect the profits of an expanding system of world trade. The primary export of the East India Company used in trade was opium. Opium was forced into China and East Asia as a means to conquer the Asians without resorting to direct warfare. The profits made from selling spices and other commodities in Europe now profited the noble classes though the establishment of banks for this purpose. For the first time, "soft power" was the rule.
One cannot overstate the importance of the English Civil War from 1653 to 1658 in which the country was ruled for a brief time as a republic. Though it was put down and the monarchy restored, it further cemented the course of the noble classes of Europe in changing their power from direct control to a position of soft power through the colonial corporations.
The next major revolt of the people against the control system came about in the 1770s when British subjects, living in North America, grew weary of not having the same rights as other subjects living on the home island. The key difference between the colonies in North America and other colonies of this period was the simple fact that American colonists were actually British subjects. Had they been given representation in Parliament; the revolt would never have happened.
To the careful observer, what you see in each of these revolts against the noble classes, is a stepwise increase in the knowledge and literacy of the common man. Each time the people become more knowledgeable, they fight against the control system and demand change. When new technology appears that facilitates communication and knowledge transfer, the people revolt as a direct consequence.
In the latter part of the 18th Century, the Industrial Revolution began. James Watt created a massively improved steam engine and now POWER could be brought to bear in all aspects of society. Where we were previously limited to what work a man could or a horse or a water wheel, we now had power limited only by the size of a machine. The steam engine allowed better engines to be constructed.
With steam power came the ability to pump water and sewage. People moved to the cities to work in factories and the cities themselves improved because of the power available. The water and sewer pumping systems in England can be seen you YouTube and are marvels of man's ingenuity. At the same time, an agricultural revolution was underway where a farmer could now feed many more people.
The Industrial Revolution saw the largest number of people lifted from poverty in human history. Water, food, sanitation - all became very much easier because of steam power. Steam was applied to transportation and improved rail and ocean transport. Manufacturing increased exponentially and this led to a new middle class and this new middle class was the problem.
The 19th Century was the age of invention. It was also an age of hope for a better future for mankind. Railroads, the telegraph, the telephone, gas, electricity and civil engineering on a massive scale - all of this creating and then being created by a growing middle class. We dreamed big and dared to dream even bigger. If I could choose any age to live in, it would be the late 19th Century.
So, what went wrong? Aristocracies are all about power and control. To the mind of the elites, all that matters to them is their power and control. The middle classes gain power and control away from the aristocratic class and thus diminish their power over the people. The will to power has always been and continues to be the singular driving impulse of the elites. This is as old as history itself.
A free republic is an anathema to the elites, yet it is the natural choice of any middle class. The concept of self-government for the mutual good is what free men desire. We wish to be left alone to pursue our lives, liberty and property. The American Republic was leading the world towards free and self-governance it, for no other reason, showed an alternative to the feudalism of the past and for this, it must be destroyed.
It was in the 19th Century that the elites sponsored Karl Marx and developed and promoted Communism as an antithesis to financial capitalism. A new American aristocracy was created by the elites through the banking houses to promote financial capitalism and thus we see the rise of the Robber Barons. It was also the age when new religions were promoted - religions based upon the occultism of the past and outright Satanism. Masons gained tremendous power in the United States and subverted the churches. The ultimate goal was to break the will of the middle class and to restore control to the nobility through the destruction of the new republics.
We see lots of "isms" spring forth in the 19th Century. What lurks behind all of them is the hidden hand of the elites and their agents who direct the course of human history for their own personal power and control. Because of the expansion of the population of the world, they know that they cannot exert overt control - at least, not yet. It was during this period that "globalism" came into being. That the nation-state needed to be replaced with a global system of power.
You may be aware of the Rothschild's, Warburgs and other central banking families of the cartel. You may even be aware of the Council on Foreign Relations and the various Round Table Groups. These are all part of the visible control system - the system that selects our politicians for us and where we believe, naively, that we have a say in the matters of the planet. What you and I don't see is the group of ancient families of Europe who live secluded from us, but who have enormous wealth and who exert control over our daily lives through banking and "private" corporations and foundations. The most visible person of this class is the Queen of England.
The great hopes and aspirations of the 19th Century for continued human progress was such a threat to the elites that it must be smashed. For this reason, they directed us to engage in the Great War in which millions died and massive wealth was transferred. While many point to the creation of the Federal Reserve and the fiat money system as being the proximal cause of warfare in the 20th Century, it was simply the facilitator - it created the conditions for wealth and power transfer. The primary goal of the Great War was to bring the American people into the global system.