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Rastas and the World Bank
July 25, 2009
Rastafarianism (here's the Wikipedia version) is not about love and justice, but about rejecting Western culture in favor of international socialism. Rastafarian ideas are useful for elites who see traditional Western culture as an obstacle to their vision of a better world. The following is a history of the movement and how it became a tool of globalism.
Rastifarianism was created by Leonard Percival Howell. The movement is a product of Black supremacist and communist ideas that Howell, a Jamaican, acquired while in New York City.
Leonard Percival Howell
In 1920s New York, communism was fashionable. Major New York banking houses were openly sympathetic to the Bolsheviks in Russia and funded the Revolution and the early years of the USSR. But all was not well in the Party.
introduced to communism during a crisis in communist thought. The Great War was
supposed to precipitate a proletarian revolution which never happened.
Intellectuals at the Frankfurt School
attributed the failure of their cause amongst the people to brainwashing. These
intellectuals though that Western Culture had blinded people to the superiority
of international socialism. Therefore, Western Culture had to
needed a total rejection of Western values. Traditional ideas of monogamy,
sexual restraint and gender became “repression.” The African American community
became a target for communist intellectuals, who saw Blacks as likely supporters
of property redistribution and ambassadors for sexual license. Black communist
representatives like Claude McKay did
little to disabuse the Bolsheviks of these notions. To achieve their ends, the
Communist Party in New York attacked the Black middle class economically. This
was the political climate that Howell entered in
In New York,
Howell befriended George
Padmore and later turned
to him for financial assistance. Padmore was
a Trinidadian involved in COMINTERN — the Bolshevik's revolution-exporting bureau and
head of the Negro Bureau of the Communist International of Labour
also influenced by Black nationalist leaders and spiritualists such as
Garvey and Robert Athlyi
Rogers. Howell's Black supremacist influence (and much of the language of Howell's tract The Promise
Key) comes from the The
Royal Parchment of Black Supremacy by Rev. Fitz Balintine
returned to Jamaica he patched together the ideas he collected in New York in
order to form the basis of his new religion, which he summarized in The
Promise Key. Every important premise in The Promise Key had been
taken from somewhere else. None of Howell's ideas were new, but they were put
together in a way that suited Howell's personal
a religion that used the weakness of his target group — lower
class Blacks — to his advantage. He used the
cultural-assault tactics that he learned from his communist teachers in New
Howell built a
politically cohesive group by encouraging tribalism among his followers. He
preached Black supremacy to counter feelings of inferiority among the Black
lower class. Black supremacy is not
equality or social justice — it is simple, unrestrained privilege
for the Black race. Howell's teaching was hypocritical but excellent
demagoguery. He took religious justification for this by re-interpreting
“Israelites” in the Old Testament to mean his followers. He claimed
“chosen-ness” for the Blacks.
While part of The Promise Key sets out “cleanliness” laws, most of it is a rant against Western civilization. Howell, like his communist teachers, was attacking the culture that stood in the way of international socialism.
Key claims that
Ethiopians (meaning all Black peoples) have been in a six thousand year struggle
against Western civilization. Western culture is the “indomitable, incurable,
accursed, deadly disease” that has infected “Abraham Adam Anglo Saxon the
Just like his
brethren in New York, Howell attacked the Black middle class in Jamaica. Howell
condemns Black people who work alongside White people or don't reject Western
culture. They are “crooks”, “hypocrites” and “Black-White”. He calls people of
mixed-race “third-class people” and forbids intermarriage between the races.
Howell calls for complete “race enmity.” [All quotations are from The Promise
Both Howell's teaching and communism attack traditional morality as taught by the Church. In The Promise Key, Howell calls the Pope “Satan.” He says that that Christianity is a lie because it is a “smoke screen to keep people in ignorance.”
Rastafarianism is materialistic. Like communism, power and wealth are desirable
as long as they benefit the man in charge. The Promise Key states that
the “Anglo-Saxon King” (of the British Empire) has bowed down to the Messiah
Selassie, to whom “all the Kings of the earth (are) surrendering
their crowns.” Howell calls Emperor Selassie and his wife “paymasters of the
world, Bible owner and money mint,” which he means as
Howell departs from his communist teachers on the subject of racial equality. New York communists attracted followers by promising that everyone could be equally wealthy. Howell's religion attracted followers by promising privilege. Howell realized that "scapegoat" politics — blaming all Whites for the problems of the Black Diaspora — would be a more effective message than equality. Howell's hatred of anything Caucasian matches his communist teachers' hatred for anything bourgeois.
Howell preached that poverty stems from Europeans, as there will be “gross prosperity as soon as the Anglo Saxon White peoples all die out.” Howell even calls for genocide: “Adam Abraham Anglo-Saxon the leper has no place on this earth if you please.” [Again, all quotations are from The Promise Key.]
Haile Selassie, the despotic emperor of the last Black-ruled territory in
Africa, to be the Rastafarian messiah-figure. Ironically, Selassie considered
himself Semitic, not Black.
that Selassie would give Black people supremacy in Africa and over all other
peoples. The Promise Key says that under Emperor Selassie, White people
will “sit in the dust on the ground”; White people will be denied political
sovereignty; and that “Adam Abraham-Anglo-Saxon whit[e] people are not entitled
to any eternal reward.”
The choice of
Haile Selassie was remarkably convenient. The Ethiopian Emperor was very popular
among Western intellectual elites and bankers who supported Woodrow Wilson's
plans for a world government under the League of Nations. Selassie's cachet as a
noble African ruler standing up against Mussolini (the fascist who threatened
banking interests) was highly attractive. Selassie was paid homage with waves of
complimentary press in the Anglophone West. Selassie was not popular in Ethiopia
and he was eventually deposed during a military coup in
dis-empowering behavior so that his followers would be more dependent on him,
the self-styled “great teacher” or “Gong.” He was an expert at
manipulation. Howell showed his
followers an African emperor dressed in all the trappings of a European king and
told them Selassie was divine. He used racism to turn people against their
neighbors. Howell used the desire for privilege to help build a new type of
tyranny: communism. He promoted intoxication (marijuana) as a method to get
closer to God. Education beyond Rastafarian teachings was “college filth.” The
family was not sacred: He slept with his married and unmarried female followers
alike (to the point of his upper-class Jewish wife Tyneth committing
Howell and His Heirs Enter the Establishment
Percival Howell went into the drug trade and helped finance the British elite's
puppet government in Jamaica.
a major supplier of marijuana in Jamaica. The Jamaican drug trade was tolerated
for some time, but in 1953 Norman Manley,
the opposition party in the colonial Jamaican government,
was told by
Winston Churchill that he needed to bring an end to the lucrative business. In
order to carry out Churchill's command, Manley called Howell's collaborator Mortimo Planno.
“Mortimo” Planno is more than a gangster. He is the bridge between Howell's
teaching and the popular modern Rasta movement. He is a key figure in the
connection between the Rastafarian sect and politically powerful circles in
Jamaica and abroad. Mortimo was
reggae star Bob
Marley's manager/spiritual advisor and is credited with the idea of
using commercial music as a vehicle for spreading Howell's teaching. Mortimo
re-fashioned Rastafarianism as a tool of globalism.
Bob Marley: Reggae Star and Promoter of
Bob Marley: Reggae Star and Promoter of Rastafarianism
(self-styled “Tuff Gong”) trumpeted social change and glorified the Rastafarian
lifestyle. Marley's promoter, Chris
Blackwell, is from a wealthy Jamaican family who founded the first
synagogue on the island. Marley,
like Howell, rejects traditional Western Culture, but the racist element is
toned down. (Which makes the message more palatable to mainstream international
socialists.) Marley was consciously marketed for world-wide
The World Bank
loves Bob Marley. In February 2005 a celebration called “Africa Unite” was held
to commemorate what would have been Bob Marley's 60th birthday. The event had
venues in Ethiopia and Jamaica, and was organized by the Bob
and Rita Marley Foundations, the African Union, the government of Ethiopia, the
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), UNICEF and The World
aim of the celebration was that the “entire world recognize Bob (Marley) as the
world's greatest music icon,” according to event manager Jacqueline
Knight-Campbell, who also pushed for Marley to become a national hero
in Jamaica and that his birthday be made a national holiday.
of the celebrations was produced by UNICEF, Tuff Gong Pictures and Louverture
Films. It is supposed to showcase Marley's message of "revolution by any means
necessary" but especially “the process of re-education and re-orientation of
values and belief systems which would lead to social transformation over time.”
The documentary makes special note of Marley's regime-change activities in South
Africa and Zimbabwe.
Africa and Zimbabwe are the two countries where Howell's teaching has been most
perfectly implemented. Mugabe's racist government has destroyed the middle class
in the name of “ousting White rule.” South Africa's former president, Thabo Mbeki,
refused to recognize Mugabe's atrocities as a “crisis,” while South Africa is
careening towards the same fate.
why is the World Bank —
the public relations organ of the debt system —
so in love with Bob Marley?
Marley is an
asset to the debt system because his songs defect criticism from its heart.
Instead Marley lays the problems of the Diaspora at the feet of “oppressive”
Western culture, while pushing communist ideas that have always been supported
by financial elites. By hiding the cause of the debt problem, Marley and Planno
have done more for oppressors than a boatload of gun shock troops could ever do.
system is possible because corrupt local rulers cooperate with private banking
interests to steal from their constituents. The deal is sweetened for both
parties by Western governments (who are also heavily indebted) agreeing to make
the payments or negotiate refinancing if the local rulers default. The losers
are Western and local constituents.
banks benefit most from the debt system. They make money selling bonds based on
debts that the World Bank organizes. This is easy money with little risk of
default, thanks to developed-world taxpayers.
You won't get
any of this information from the platitudes of Bob Marley's
The result of
the globalist system is perpetual, crushing debt. The ex-British colonies in
Africa and Jamaica are much more heavily in debt now than they were under the
British. Jamaica is a typical example: Since the 1960s their economy has grown
by a multiple of three, but their debt has increased by a multiple of 1400 (at
least!) as of 2005. If corrected for population growth, Jamaican debt has grown
seven hundred times faster than their ability to
forgiveness” movement is also a boon to international banks. Groups like
2000” have spearheaded debt forgiveness campaigns, resulting in a
massive write-off in 2005. As soon as the forgiveness was implemented bank
lending to the same debtor countries started to grow again.
2 By getting Western governments to pay to cancel these debts,
“Jubilee 2000” gave the bankers an opportunity to create and sell even more
debt-bonds. Thanks, Bono!
grievance into a religion is a great way to manipulate people. So is lying. The
Rastafarian message which is spread by the international media and the World
Bank uses both tools to promote globalism while attacking their strongest enemy:
traditional Western Culture.
Planno — now dead — is
regarded as a Rasta philosopher by adoring acolytes. Bob Marley is canonized as
a symbol of peace and love. It all works in the bankers' favor: Imagine the
entire world as a pot plantation...but never missing a
Elizabeth Whitcombe (email her) is a graduate of MIT in Economics
with a concentration in International Economics. She is a financial analyst and
free-lance writer living in New York
1. Based on Data from the World Bank's "World Development Indicators" online database. http://www.worldbank.org/ and Debtor and Creditor Countries: 1938–1944, Cleona Lewis, 1945, The Brookings Institute; The E-Book on International Finance and Development, from The University of Iowa Center for International Finance and Development. Various Authors. 2007.
2. Country debt to Bank for
International Settlements member banks. Information taken from the
the World Bank's “World Development Indicators” online database. The World
Bank only releases total debt data for 2004 and 2005 (the year before and after
debt forgiveness). The closest alternative to total debt available is country
debt to BIS member Banks.