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By Michael H. Brown

There it was -- not on a site dedicated to the apocalypse, not on a conspiracy or "rapture" blog, not on a late-night radio show -- but in the Financial Times of London (one of the world's leading business news organizations).

"I have never believed that there is a secret United Nations plot to take over the U.S.," wrote one of The Times' columnists, Gideon Rachman, this week. "I have never seen black helicopters hovering in the sky above Montana.

"But, for the first time in my life, I think the formation of some sort of world government is plausible.

"It seems, everything is in place.

"For the first time since homo sapiens began to doodle on cave walls, there is an argument, an opportunity and a means to make serious steps towards a world government."

That has been the fear in prophetic circles for two decades (they are way ahead of the secular press) -- and while no one is seriously contending that the beast of Revelation on the scene (it seems he would be above immediate identification), there is a definite international coalescence that spans borders and involves governments, banks, corporations, the media, secretive aristocrats (see: Bohemian Grove, or the Bilderbergers), multi-national treaties, and New Age-style religions that have an international reach.

In recent years, problems deemed to necessitate an organized global system of rule that has more teeth than the United Nations have spread, including financial meltdowns that link nations, worries over terrorism, and environmental problems that also know no borders and warrant concerted multi-national action.

"A 'world government' would involve much more than co-operation between nations," notes Rachman. "It would be an entity with state-like characteristics, backed by a body of laws. The European Union has already set up a continental government for 27 countries, which could be a model. The E.U. has a supreme court, a currency, thousands of pages of law, a large civil service, and the ability to deploy military force."

This move to globalize (with the U.N. as a forerunner) has coincided with a dismantling of American institutions.

In the U.S., there has been a sudden and incredible meltdown of huge banks, investment houses, insurance giants, major mortgage firms, brokerages, pension funds, credit-card companies, and corporations -- including the megalithic General Motors, which is in effect being nationalized, as are other firms.

That the government would intervene to save giants like Citigroup and Wachovia is startling. That GM would be on the brink of bankruptcy, along with the two other major auto manufacturers in the U.S., is even more so.

At the same time, faith in domestic institutions (legal, educational, state governmental, Congressional, presidential, and religious) is at an all-time low, or close to it.

Newspapers that were once the bedrock of communities are dissolving before our eyes.

This week the Tribune Company -- which owns the major papers in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Baltimore -- filed for bankruptcy.

The New York Times had to mortgage its new building to raise cash.

NBC News is on the ropes to the extent that it may scale back programming as the internet has taken over.

At the same time that the U.S. is moving in a socialistic-type direction, the federal government itself is incurring staggering debt it may never be able to pay, especially when one considers the not-too-distant crisis that will occur when masses of baby boomers retire -- leaving a smaller percent of the populace to service that debt, pay health-care costs, and support an aging population.

Incredibly the U.S. already is in debt to China to the tune of more than a trillion. In fact, China is now the world's largest holder of U.S. Treasury notes.

"The financial crisis also underscores China’s importance," notes Bloomberg News. "Its $1.9 trillion in foreign reserves will be indispensable in helping to avert a global economic meltdown.

If the figures published by Bloomberg are correct --  $ 7.74 trillion in rescue packages — the U.S. eventually will be in public debt to the tune of  about $23.3 trillion of public debt, or 169 per cent of gross national product -- way above sixty percent long held as the danger point for a monetary crisis.

This will not only make the U.S. beholden to China -- and the rising axis with India -- but push forward support for a global bank, which is already proposed.

"A 'transnational' oligarchy is emerging that includes central banks, the Chinese Communist Party, Russia’s oligarchies and oil sheiks," notes another observer. The transport and communications revolutions have shrunk the world so that, as Geoffrey Blainey, an eminent Australian historian, has written: "For the first time in human history, world government of some sort is now possible."

Blainey foresees an attempt to form a world government at some point in the next two centuries.

We see it as happening much faster. Upheavals triggered by economic conditions, terrorism, and natural disasters will provide the momentum (see the recent riots in Greece). 

Like the European Union, there is talk of a great Western alliance, perhaps even a consolidation of the U.S. with Mexico and Canada, while African nations may soon combine, others speculate, into a single entity. Muslims already have a tight bond spanning not just the Middle East but chunks of Europe.

A unification of alliances -- an "alliance" of alliances -- would quickly form a one-world government, one that will almost surely ignore Christian heritage. The fear always has been that formation of a new world order with global rule could pave the way for persecution of Christians, institution of a global paganism, and an evil personage -- an "anti-christ" -- who affects that new order.

"Today an attempt is underway to create on the ashes of the dollar a new de facto world central bank, or perhaps a new Euro-American currency, or perhaps only a North American currency, the Amero," frets Asia News. "We don’t know. This may be good for the World Bank, the World Trade Organization, the International Monetary Fund, the Financial Stability Forum, and the various United Nations agencies, the people in charge of the U.S. Federal Reserve, the European Central Bank, the People’s Bank of China, and other central banks. It is not clear whether it is good for the rest of the world."

[see also: Treasury notes plunge, deepest since 1929, Car czar?, and Schools need bailout?]

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And now ready for world government?