30 May 2014

Who the hell are the Henry Jackson Society?


When I tell people about the Henry Jackson Society (HJS), most of them give me a blank look. Henry who? And why should a whole society be erected around some dude called Henry?

When I explain to them that HJS is actually a little known but powerful right-wing British think-tank set up with the support of American neoconservatives, understanding begins to dawn. 

Except, just how much influence HJS wields in policymaking circles is an open question, the fact that it is extremely well-connected with the financial, business, political, security and energy industry elite in the US and UK speaks volumes about their agenda and objectives.

While touting their support for freedom, liberalism and democratisation as their core organisational remit, in practice they appear to be a neocon trojan horse for the very opposite: state-expansionism, state-militarisation, interventionism, rampant market deregulation and privatisation in the interests of Western investors, coupled with anti-Muslim hostility and white supremacism. 

What's particularly shocking is that their pursuit of the latter is not exactly something deeply hidden, but is - for the most part - easily verifiable from the public record, with a little digging. The kind of digging that sadly my media colleagues seem to have not considered to be very important.

Recently, I've put out three major pieces linked to the Henry Jackson Society's dubious 'freedom promotion' via The Guardian. I collect them all here for your reference as they form a coherent whole that demonstrates HJS' pivotal coordinating role within a wide Anglo-American web of neoconservative power which is increasingly attempting to steer the ideology and policy decisions of global leaders in the regressive and counterproductive direction that apparently suits a tiny minority, but not the rest of us. 

The first, 'What climate denial, oil addiction and xenophobia have in common: neocons', points out the connection between HJS and the American far-right nutty 'news' service known as 'Breitbart'. The second, 'Think tank behind Tory foreign policy promotes Arab world fossil fuel hegemony', focuses squarely on HJS, the neocon social networks it represents, and the narrow interests it caters for. The third, 'Inclusive capitalism is Trojan Horse to quell coming global revolt', drives a stake into the heart of HJS' claims to be seeking meaningful economic 'reforms' in the public interest, as opposed to token PR schemes to continue corporate profit-maximisation while manufacturing public consent. Many didn't know that HJS was a key coordinator of the 'Initiative for Inclusive Capitalism' which brought together global financial leaders from across the spectrum to voice recognition of the urgent need for change (notably without, however, offering meaningful mechanisms for actual change beyond flowery verbiage).

That is not to say that everyone associated with HJS necessarily understands or agrees with their narrow, regressive and xenophobic vision. Indeed, part of the problem here - one that those who have studied the rise of the neoconservative movement in the US are well aware of - is that there has been a concerted effort by this disparate network of movers and shakers to influence public policy in the direction of their favoured ideology. That neocon movement continues to be active in the Obama administration, despite its Democrat colours, precisely due to the success of this neocon endeavour over the last decades to consolidate access to key institutions and structures

This is why it is hugely important to understand that HJS and the interests it represents are so out of whack with not only what the vast majority of the public would agree with or desire, but even what most policymakers would want to see happening in the world.

17 comments:

  1. Worth also mentioning that their associate director Douglas Murray is a raving Islamophobe. Allegedly.

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    1. No allegedly about it... too many public instances to cause doubt

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  2. dont beat me up nafeez17 October 2014 at 11:19:00 GMT

    at least HJS are open about their animosity

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  3. Murray is most definitely associated and most probably funded (at least is assisted) by militarily aggressive neocons, precisely the same neocons, in fact, who promoted and facilitated the British and American invasion of Iraq, namely Richard Perle and William Kristol. I don't see how this invalidates his criticism of Islam as a belief system.

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  4. Your powers of 'investigative journalism' are really pathetic. The fact that the think-tank's name contains a very well-known proponent of neoconservatism would suggest that Murray et al. are not exactly trying to hide their association with this political movement. As I write this, I see that your website highlights some praise given to you by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown. In the spirit of the so-called methods of 'investigative journalism' that you employ Nafeez, I'd ask why you deem it appropriate to show off the praise given to you by a woman who is a self-proclaimed racist and who has, on more than one occasion, made hateful comments against white people, males in particular?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNuA_0-vuow

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    1. Hello Oliver Kamm. Shame you don't even have the balls to identify yourself publicly. Lol

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    2. My thought exactly

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  5. I've just watched U.S Secretary of State John Kerry being interviewed regarding the Iran Nuclear Deal reached today (15/07/15) on BBC Global. Kerry was extremely positive about the deal, his Iranian counterparts, and the systems of checks and balances the deal is based on. The interview was followed by another interview with a certain Tom Wilson, a research Fellow at Henry Jackson Society. He expressed, not surprisingly, the following to the news. 'This is very concerning'...'Iran will only be a year away from a breakout to full weaponization'...'The Iranians indeed will go for a dash to the bomb' (seriously-I'm writing this from the interview I recorded)..'The truth is once you remove sanctions you free up money for their dubious activities'...'Helping Assad butcher his own people' (let's not mention the British Secret Service being filmed selling weapons in Syria prior to the Syrian conflict-or should that be arming the Syrian conflict?)...'There's no sign the Iranian regime is going to change'-(Um hasn't a deal just been struck over the Iranian Nuclear programme?)... 'Kerry was unsuccessful working with the Israeli's and Palestinians and there's a fear he'll be unsuccessful with the Iranians as well-(Um hasn't a deal just been struck over the Iranian Nuclear programme?) This guy is so busy peddling fear, doubt and propaganda he appears to have forgotten why he was interviewed in the first place. Guess that's why he doesn't actually refer to the Iran Nuclear Deal at all. Not once. How and why this neoconservative 'Society' get's interviewed on the BBC over this is something that could be appropriately asked of the broadcaster.

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  6. Ive heard Douglas Murray in a debate about Muslims letting down Europe, sitting on a stage with a hall full of Muslims and Muslim supporters. He was heckled and boo-ed but in fact what he said was truth (although not politically correct) and is exactly what people are thinking in our country, but are too afraid to say. I admire people who can stand up and be counted and maybe one day we will look back on these people as heroes who were trying to make us wake up to the truth

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  7. What do you make of this piece? It's written by a fellow of the Henry Jackson Society and in favour of the deal.
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/iran-blog/2015/aug/12/iranian-american-divided-between-israel-nuclear-deal

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  8. White supremacist? Are you sure?

    Funny thing is the only other online article that reads like yours is from the actual white supremacist wiki-style online encyclopedia Metapedia:

    http://en.metapedia.org/wiki/Henry_Jackson_Society

    Er....

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  9. THINK TANK = NWO. Let's be absolutely clear about this. Any org that's promoting human rights, climate gate, sustainable development etc and is registered as a charity are doing the exact opposite. To understand their psychotic twisted mentality we need to study three main authors and philosophers, all of whom were white women. Madam Blavatsky and her prodigies Alice Bailey and Annie Besant. All these ladies promoted world government by deception and despotism. The Externalisation of the Heirarchy makes this absolutely clear that they worship Satan, though they claim Lucifer as a god. Lucifer does not exist because he was defeated and cast out of Heaven by God. His power was greatly diminished although God has granted him limited power and time to bring the New World Order which will ultimately be destroyed by our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and outlined in the book of Daniel. It's time they repent and stop worshipping the snake that will betray them all in the end to the lake of fire where they will burn for eternity for denying Christ. It is not Satan whom I fear but God Almighty. The great and Holy One of Israel whose kingdom on earth will be established once the Synagogue of Satan has been utterly destroyed and removed from the minds of men.

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  10. Who the hell is nafeez ahmed we can also ask.
    Never 'eard of him guv !
    Years ago it used to be reds under the beds
    Now we have the M25 groupthink morons telling us what to think
    Krushchev said
    ' the debate is over ' and this guy clearly thinks something similar.
    As if he knows what people would want
    There are just as many left wing nutty fruitcakes and Nafeez knows what is good for us all
    Errggh!

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  11. its a bitch when people tell the truth.
    Irrational fear of Islam, sorry but your actions made it rational.

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    1. And what is a rational fear of Islam?

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  12. Now the war on terror is no longer highly lucrative for the military industrial complex and is coming to an end, the direction of focus is on the situation Putin has exposed and highlighted the US Washington neo cons move to a new cold (maybe hot) war with Russia in the west and with China in the east. The arms industry is rubbing its hands to get the contracts for the new NATO built up on the Russian boarder and pushing Japan in the east to rearm in spite of the post WW2 restrictions on them. Interesting but dangerous times.

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