I haven’t been in the U S of A since 2004 and haven’t lived there since 1985, so whatever I know about the country is based mostly on what I hear about it online. Living in Cambodia has taught me that outsiders have a wildly distorted view of life here, so I should know better, but I can’t help but think the United States has become one weird country.
Zombie Preparedness Month in Kansas
Kansas isn’t a state known for innovation or creativity, but they came up with a novel idea when Governor Sam Brownback announced October as Zombie Preparedness Month. While it’s not meant to be taken literally, it is apparently a genuine effort to “raise awareness about disaster awareness” amongst citizens of Kansas, according to Mike Adams, aka the Health Ranger.
Mike Adams isn’t my favourite American alternative news personality. He’s often sensationalistic, loves guns and thinks way too highly of himself. As a long time expat, my biggest gripe about him is that as much of a rebel as he thinks he is, he is unable to take a global perspective on issues. That said, he does have a large following and reflects the sentiments of millions of Americans.
The Health Ranger is a supporter of Zombie Preparedness Month and gives a long list of things Americans should be afraid of, like:
- An EMP attack that destroys the power grid
- A solar flare that destroys all electronics
- A dirty bomb
- An Ebola outbreak
- A cyber attack that knocks out the banking system
- A global debt collapse
- Nuclear war with Russia and/or China
- A nuclear plant meltdown
- A catastrophic disruption in the national food supply
- “And so on”
He doesn’t include an ISIS attack, a takeover by the U.N. or an impending extinction level event caused by global warming in his list, so I will. Oh, and Mike Adams is also terrified of the influx of migrants from Central America, “and so on.”
With the exception of a solar flare, all these things Americans fear the most have a common origin: the world power structure. Either they are caused by the power structure or are a reaction to it.
You’re not in Kansas any more, Dorothy — or are you?
The Wizard of Oz was made famous by the 1939 movie starring Judy Garland. I think I saw it first in about 1959. It didn’t seem dated then and viewers love it even today. Back then, I thought it was a wonderful fantasy. Five or six years ago, I stumbled across economist Ellen Brown’s interpretation of L. Frank Baum’s classic story. According to Brown and others, The Wizard of Oz was a metaphor for the power structure in its incarnation as the banking system. On her Web of Debt blog, Ellen Brown copies two pages of another blog verbatim because it “summarises [her] book and what it all means so well”. Here’s one passage that reduces the summary to a single paragraph:
The International Banker is like the Wizard of Oz, standing behind the curtain of policymakers and “elected” leaders. Behind the curtain is a little old man, playing with lights and loudspeakers.
When Dorothy exposes the little old man, the game is up and no one is afraid of the Wizard of Oz any more.
- The wizard is the President. He is terrified of the wicked witches
- Dorothy is an average American girl
- The wicked witch of the west represents the banking cartel in the western United States.
- The wicked witch of the east is the eastern banking establishment
- The good witch of the north is the people
- The munchkins are the enslaved people who do the witches’ bidding because they are so afraid of her
L. Frank Baum wrote the Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 1900, before the wicked witches got their way. According to Wake Up from Your Slumber, the source Ellen Brown copied in her website:
In the 1890s, the private bankers did not yet own all the media sources. Therefore everyone was concerned with how money should be created. Should the government create it with full accountability to the people — or should private banks create it in secret? After the Jekyl Island meeting in 1910, the latter option won. World War I and the Great Depression sealed the private banks’ power. We have been enslaved ever since. (Those who think “enslaved” is an exaggeration do not understand the game.)
I would argue that the Wizard of Oz needs an update and the Zombie Apocalypse is an ideal metaphor. Zombie Preparedness Month occurs in the perfect state, because Kansas represents mainstream America. The problem is, the zombies, or walking dead, are mainstream Americans, who dance to the tune of the scary figures on their TV and computer screens who keep them in a constant state of confusion and fear.
In essence, Zombie Preparedness Month is an effort to pitch zombies against zombies so the power structure can continue its agenda of total world domination unobstructed.
Who is pulling the strings behind the curtain? Although he doesn’t see his world view as a metaphor, David Icke has a metaphorical point when he speaks about the Reptilian Agenda. Metaphorically speaking, the Reptilians represent human beings who operate from their reptilian brains. They are cold-blooded creatures who completely lack empathy or compassion. Substitute “Corporatocracy” for “Reptilian” and you bridge the gap between Oz and Kansas.
Can our 21st century update of the Wizard of Oz have a happy ending? Only if we find an antidote to the Zombie virus and wake the people up from their death-like trance.