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The Council on National Policy-a shadowy but powerful ultra-right leadership institute

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  1. NoblePath
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    I was lamenting the current state of the world with an old guy at church on Sunday, when he mentioned this group, the Council for National Policy. We didn't talk in depth, but his wife, now a very...

    I was lamenting the current state of the world with an old guy at church on Sunday, when he mentioned this group, the Council for National Policy. We didn't talk in depth, but his wife, now a very mild-mannered septuagenarian, is apparently an avid observer of this organization whose membership includes wealthy and powerful individuals who are unafraid to deploy whatever coercive methods they can to birth a fundamentalist order.

    Despite great distaste for public speaking, her beliefs compel her to address where the tendrils of theis orgnization penetrate our local school board. As it turns out, Betsy DeVos is a member.

    I don't try to hid my conspiratorial bent, although I'm careful how I put it out there given the prominence of this kind of thinking and research has in its current right-wing associations. I think it's clear, though, that there are small groups of powerful individuals who exert their influence in behind the scenes ways, deliberately attempting to disguise and obfuscate their efforts. And here, now, is a prime example. These folks have been around a long time. I don't doubt they have much overlap with the Project for the New American Century.

    Groups like the Bilderberger's, and gatherings like those at Bohemian Grove, raise eyebrows. But there's certainly a time and place for the elite to gather and get weird, it creates bonding and builds bridges that can support unity. But this smells different. This smells more like an insulated but very powerful cult, without any interest in building bridges or pluralism. This is more fascistic-you will swear allegience (not even assimilate) or die.

    And they seem to be very successful. They appear to have been influential in packing the courts to their liking, and in state legislatures across the country, and countries across the world, they have assumed power and pushing policies of fundamentalism, especially fundamentalism christianity (what will happen when the evangelicals notice their, ahem, fundamental differences with the Russian Orthodox Church?) and neo-aryanism.

    We live in my worst nightmare and always have, the world is very opposed to outliers, who will be tolerated only when the mass likes some of their contributions, or they are entertaining. But my second worse nightmare, something like the Handmaid's tale (which I will confess I have neither watched nor read, it's too dang scary), seems very near at hand, and here is one of its chief architects.

    Edit: Washington Post did an article. This group was highly influential in bringing evangelicals out for trump.

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