Venice called itself the Serene Republic, but its sinister institutions provide an unmatched continuity of the most hideous oligarchical rule for more than 15 centuries, from the Roman Empire, through the British Empire until the present.
Venice was the centre of efforts to destroy the advanced European civilization of the 11th & 12th centuries & bears a burden of guilt for the ascendancy of the #BlackNobility Guelphs & the black plague.
The Venetians were spies for Ghengis Khan guiding them to sack Baghdad.
Napoleon forced the end of this vile organism during his Italian campaign of 1797, but the cancer had already infected Geneva, Amsterdam, London & elsewhere.
Though the sovereignty of Venice had been extinguished, its methods lived on to the 20th century.
We know it as #Fascism.
Venice is today, through its Cini Foundation & its Societé Europeenne de Culture, the #ClubOfRome think tank. Venice is the supranational homeland of the #NewDarkAges gang, the unifying symbol for the Utopian lunatic fringe in the international intelligence community today.
Between 300 & 400 AD the Roman aristos who later became infamous: Candiano, Faliero, Dandolo found the islands of #Venice lagoons provided an invulnerable refuge as they fled the Goth, Hun & Langobard armies.
The main influx came during the raids of Attila the Hun in 452 AD.
Venice survived thanks to alliance with Emperor Justinian in Constantinople, an alliance underlined by intermarriage of Venetian oligarchs with the nobility of Byzantium.
Thus, a faction embodying the traditions of the Roman Senate continued beyond the fall of Rome in 476.
The basis of Venetian opulence was slavery, practiced against Saracens, Mongols, Turks & Christians.
This included Italians & Greeks, who were most highly valued as galley slaves. Germans & Russians were shipped in from Tana.
Later, black Africans became a fad among the nobility.
Islands like Crete, Cyprus, Corfu, Naxos & smaller holdings in the Aegean were worked by slave labour, directly under the Venetian regime.
In later centuries, the harems of the entire Ottoman Empire, from the Balkans to Morocco, were stocked by Venetian procured slaves.
Venice became the leading port of the Mediterranean. Indistinguishable from slave operations were piracy & buccaneering, other staples of the Venetian economy.
Wars with Genoa or others were opportunities to loot. Piracy was routine commerce during decades of treachery & mayhem.
Venetian production from the earliest period was essentially nil, apart from salt & the glass manufacture of Murano. The role of the Venetian merchant was as a profiteer who conned both buyer & seller, backing up his monopolisation with war galleys of the battle fleet.
Venice remained impervious to invasion from the first settlement until 1797.
In the typology of Plato’s Republic, Venice was an oligarchy, “a constitution according to property, in which the rich govern & the poor man has no share” “rule of the few, a constitution of evils”.
By 1297 all male members of the 150 noble families had the permanent right to a seat in the Gran Consiglio, or Great Council, which grew to 2000 members around 1500 & thereafter slowly declined.
They kept ambassadors in all national courts, war ministers & naval officers.
Dante visited Venice in 1321. He died shortly after leaving. He was forced to follow a path through the swamps, caught malaria & died.
A boat may have been available, but to board it meant certain assassination!
Venetian records of the event have conveniently disappeared.
What was the Venetian political method?
The weaker power plays off 2 or more major empires.
First the Langobard Kingdom of Italy was played against the Byzantines. Then they attempted to play the Byzantines off against the Carolingian Empire in the West, which almost misfired.
In the 11th century, the Venetians successfully incited Norman barons, operating out of Sicily under Robert Guiscard, to attack Byzantium & then moved in to offer the desperate Byzantines protection. The price for that protection was mentioned in the famous Golden Bull of 1082.
It was a decree of the Byzantine Emperor by which Venice acquired customs-free access to the eastern empire, where the Greeks themselves had to pay a tax of 10% on their transactions. Thus began a hatred for Venice among the Greek population which persists to the present day.
In the 16th century, Venetian strategy was to play the Ottoman Turks against the Spanish & Austrian Hapsburgs & then to play the Hapsburgs off against the French!
Venice played the Portuguese off against the Dutch & the Dutch against the English, the English against the French!
The Venetians also goaded forces of the East to attack Christendom. Venice was the manipulator of Saracens, Mongols & Turks.
In particular, the Venetians were more willing to see territory (except Venetian territory) occupied by Turks than any other power.
Venice was repeatedly confronted by a triumphant enemy who had to be manipulated to self-destruct, not in any old way, but in a precise & specific way that served the Venetian interests.
Does this sound impossible?
What is astounding is how often it has succeeded & still does!
Effectively, they used their enemies as mercenaries by ensnaring them in debt & offering to cancel the debt if they fought for Venice!
From 1203 to 1204, Constantinople was besieged by the joint Franco-Venetian force & Byzantium was sacked in an orgy of violence & destruction.
Venice took over part of Constantinople, created a permanent Venetian colony with its own battle fleet. Lemnos, Gallipoli, Crete, Naxos, related islands & the large island of Euboa were annexed.
On the Ionian side, the Venetians snatched Modon, Koron & several islands incl Corfu.
The loot from Constantinople was greater than anything Europe saw until the Spanish fleets from the Americas centuries later!
Venice acquired an empire of naval bases in the eastern Mediterranean & the sultan of Egypt bribed them to keep the Crusaders out of Palestine!
Another factor was the Mongol hordes.
At the time the Venetians were sacking Constantinople, Ghengis Khan ruled over an empire from Korea to Iran & which was advancing West. Batu, a nephew of Ghengis, defeated the Bulgarians in 1236, captured Ukraine in 1240 & swept into Poland.
The Mongols did not go in like reckless barbarians. They advanced according to a careful plan. At every stage, the Mongols were informed by Venetian merchants, like Marco Polo’s father.
Later, Polo himself was welcomed at the court of Kublai & became an administrator to the Khan.
So the great Marco Polo & the Venetian family from which he came, was responsible for directing the destruction of Ghengis Khan against Europe. The omnipresent Venetian intelligence was also a factor in the Mongol destruction of the Arab cultural center of Baghdad in 1258.
Shakespeare’s play “Othello, The Moor of Venice” is an analysis of the Venetian technique. It was written & performed shortly after 1603, when the Venetians & Genoese had acquired power in England through the accession of their puppet James I to the throne.
Othello is hired out to Venice as a mercenary & at the apex of his power having just won a victory over the Turkish fleet attacking Cyprus.
He enjoys the full confidence of the Senate & has just married Desdemona, the daughter of a patrician.
Othello, the moor barbarian, is something of a dumb giant! His proficiency in war is unmatched, but his emotions tend decidedly toward the naive & infantile. He has no insight into affairs of state or psychology.
Above all, he is superstitious & is inclined to be jealous.
These weaknesses are exploited by Iago, a member of Othello’s staff who intends to destroy him.
Iago is like a Venetian intelligence officer, an expert manipulator:
"Make the Moor thank me, love me & reward me for making him an ass & practicing upon his peace even to madness."
He sets up a fight that leads to a wounding.
After this, he manipulates Desdemona’s naive desire to help a friend into prima facie evidence that Desdemona is an adulteress. Iago is then able to goad Othello all the way to killing Desdemona & finally, himself.
So we can see that Shakespeare & presumably his audience were familiar with the style & cruelty of Venetian geo-politics.
The real danger for Venice by 1600 was a hostile power that developed defenses against manipulation & deceit.
In the face of such, Venice did, & does kill.
The foundation of a new Roman Empire became, in Venice, from the middle of the 15th century on, the leading obsession of the oligarchs.
Much Venetian energy was devoted to a rapid expansion up the Po Valley toward Milan but they were stymied for 40 years by the Medici.
Machiavelli noted that the two most dangerous forces in Italy around the turn of that century were the Venetians & the Pope. His hatred was directed especially against Venice for wanting to subjugate Italy in a new Roman Empire & he despised Venice for its armies of mercenaries.
All Europe turned against Venice.
Machiavelli exulted when the Venetians lost everything that they had conquered over 800 years.
With nothing left but the lagoons, the Venetian position was desperate due to their reputation for arrogance, violation of promises, lechery & sodomy.
The Italian Renaissance during the rest of the 16th century was only one event of several in Europe.
Another was the Protestant Reformation.
Luther’s real clout was publicity that owed much to the Venetian publishing presses turning out 40,000 copies of his "heretical" writings.
Playing both sides of the religious argument against each other the Venetians supported Ignatius Loyola from abject poverty, to Jerusalem & back until he established the Jesuits who were dedicated to serve the Pope in crushing Protestantism.
They sat back & watched the fireworks.
Around 1570 Venice had the first example in Europe of a “salon” for socialising & literary discussion: the Ridotto Morosini, sponsored by the ancient family of the same name. Here the seeds were sown that would later produce free-thinking, l’esprit libertin & the Philosophes.
They initiated the Enlightenment.
The Ridotto Morosini salon was in favor of tolerance & science, against everything doctrinaire & narrow. They sheltered Galileo against the Inquisition. Out of the Morosini salon came a rare public faction in Venetian history, the Giovani.
The Giovani wanted profound innovations in Venetian foreign policy. They wished to cement alliances with the countries to whom they felt the future belonged: France, England & the Netherlands.
The main supporter of Venice internationally was James I, the Stuart ruler of England & Scotland.
In 1603, Venice & Genoa teamed up, created a banking dynasty & assumed direction of the finances of Stuart England imparting their characteristic ruthless methods to the British East India Company.
The financial centre of old Venice was on the move north.
They created the Amsterdam Bank, the financial hinge of the 17th century & the Dutch East India Company.
Venice & Genoa were also the midwives for the great financial power growing up in Geneva, which controlled the French public debt & they continued to foster the Enlightenment.
The Venetians began a major move into maritime & other types of insurance. These ventures live on today in the biggest business enterprise associated with Venice, the Assicurazioni Generali Venezia, one of the biggest insurance & real estate holdings in the world.
On May 12, 1797 the Gran Consiglio of Venice obeyed Napoleon’s ultimatum & voted itself out of existence.
4,000 French infantrymen paraded where foreign troops had never before in history been seen.
The Venetian “Republic” was gone, yet it now existed in a more clandestine form.
3,000 Venetian naval personnel, about 1/3rd of their available strength, were serving the British Royal Navy just as the American Revolution began.
During the 19th century & onwards, with its military & financial power hidden, Venice’s political power grew greater than ever.
Count Coudenhove-Kalergi, founder of the Pan-European Union, lived in Venice & Nietzsche visited.
Thomas Malthus plagiarised a Venetian when he wrote his Essay on Population.
Plans for destroying the Ottoman & Russian empires, (ie WW1) were made by Venice spook Alexander Parvus.
Today, the Club of Rome is the influence that represents the essence of Venetian methods. The Club of Rome convinces people to commit collective suicide by accepting the genocidal doctrine of zero growth.
It seeks to abolish sovereign nations & create a totalitarian global state.
Perhaps the most daring of plans by the Club of Rome is to financialise nature itself.
ClimateChange is its most spectacular propaganda.
Truly, the most urgent task of this generation is to definitively liquidate the manipulative horror that is Venice & its oligarchic hierarchy.
Find out a bit more about Webster Tarpley, who inspired this article, by listening to this:
How the Venetian System Was Transplanted Into England
by Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D.
New Federalist, June 3, 1996
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