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The Gorbachev Global Brain Trust


By James Donahue

November 2005


A gathering of about 400 of the most influential people in the world occurred in San Francisco in September, 1995. They met for the purpose of establishing what host Mikhail Gorbachev called a “global brain trust” of elite people that he hoped could lead the world into a new “global civilization.”


The purpose of the gathering, Gorbachev said, was to “launch a multi-year process, culminating in the year 2000, to articulate the fundamental priorities, values and actions necessary to constructively shape our common future.”


Many issues were discussed, including a looming ecological disaster, world pollution and world hunger. But in the final analysis, the forum’s main theme was population control.


“We shall have to address the problem of controlling the world’s population,” Mr. Gorbachev stated.


A writer for The Interim, who covered the event, said: “nowhere was the theme more evident than in the discussions around religion.” He wrote that Christianity was blamed for the population dilemma.”


In fact a summary of the conference noted: “there was a very strong agreement that religious institutions have to take primary responsibility for the population explosion. We must speak far more clearly about sexuality, about contraception, about abortion . . . because the ecological crisis . . . is the population crisis. Cut the population by 90 percent and there aren’t enough people left to do a great deal of ecological damage.”


Writer William F. Jasper wrote that Gorbachev asked the group to consider establishing a global Brain Trust “to focus on the present and future of our civilization.” He said it was important “because the main reason why we are lagging behind events, why we are mostly improvising and vacillating in the face of new developments, is that we are lagging behind in the thinking and rethinking of this new world.


“Of course, this idea of a Brain Trust can only succeed if endorsed and actively pursued by people who are widely respected as world leaders and global citizens,” Gorbachev said.


Jasper then added: “This is a theme Gorbachev has been playing in concert with similar motifs in which he has called for ‘non-governmental commissions of wise men’ and ‘Councils of Elders’ to solve the world’s intractable problems.”


While the idea was profound at its time, it lacked a basic necessity. There was no universal way of creating such a group of “elders” and giving them both the authority over and the acceptance by the people of the world. That the concept of a Brain Trust appeared to include all 400 people in the meeting, it also smacked of being so encumbered by sheer numbers that it would be impossible for the members to agree on much of anything.


The point to all of this is that a lot of very wealthy and prominent people were present at that meeting. And they were people who were present to collectively take a strong hard look at the state of the world and to understand the disaster we were creating through a problem of runaway population.


Gorbachev saw it in 1995. Henry Kissinger warned world leaders about this problem thirty years earlier. Both men proposed plans to attempt to curb the population problem. But nobody listened.


You will be shocked to hear the names of some of the people present at that meeting. And you might wonder why they have not used their great wealth and influence to do anything to repair the world’s ecological crisis and stop overpopulation. Instead, they have donated their wealth to help feed more children so they can grow up and breed more starving generations.


The numbers included Bill Gates, once considered the world’s wealthiest man; Rupert Murdoch, Ted Turner, former President George H. Bush, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Robert Muller, Matthew Fox, Carl Sagan, Shirley MacLaine, Vaclav Havel, David Packard, George Zimmer, Jane Goodall, Zbigniew Brzezinski, John Denver, Dennis Weaver, Jane Fonda, Milton Friedman, Saul Mendlovitz and Alan Cranston.


Also there were Deepak Chopra, Rigoberta Menchu, Maurice Strong, Alvin Toffler, John Naisbitt, Senator George Mitchell, Dwayne Andreas, Tony Robbins, former secretaries of state James Baker and George Shulz, President Askar Akaey of Kyrgystan, former President Oscar Arias of Costa Rica, Prime Minister Tansu Ciller of Turkey, Czech Republic President Vaclav Havel, former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and South African Vice President Thabo Mbeki.


They all heard, they saw, they knew, and they did nothing.


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