Prophet or Profit? Nikola Tesla’s Vision vs J.P. Morgan’s Greed...

Prophet or Profit? Nikola Tesla’s Vision vs J.P. Morgan’s Greed

New original art by Abel, published on Earth Day, 2014

Around 1900 the basic framework was being put in place for the industrial
architecture that still shapes many aspects of our global civilization.

A Serbian immigrant who settled in New York City, Nikola
Tesla was by far the most brilliant and of the inventors to emerge at a
time when it was possible to conceive and apply whole new complexes of
technology on rapidly expanding frontiers of science.

Tesla worked with George Westinghouse on Alternating Currents, AC.

Their endeavors along these lines far outpaced the development by Thomas
Edison and his General Electric Company of Direct Current, DC.

After winning the contract to electrify the lighting system at the World’s
Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893, Tesla’s AC system was quickly
adopted as the standard for electric utilities first in the United
States and then throughout the world.

Fossil fuel magnet, John D. Rockefeller, reacted to the growing
popularity of electric illumination, which preempted the oil-based
technology of kerosene lamps, by backing Henry Ford’s motor car company.

Ford’s Detroit-based enterprise would help entrench the gas-guzzling
internal combustion engine as the primary medium of ground transport.

Rockefeller backed Ford because he feared Tesla was about to limit the
scale of the fossil fuel industry by mapping out a way to manufacture
and propel cheap electric cars.

Beginning with the construction in 1894 of power stations run by the
descending waters at Niagara Falls, Tesla and Westinghouse entrenched
their system for generating, transporting, and using huge amounts of AC electricity.

At age 38 Tesla was just beginning the most fruitful part
of his career in applying breakthroughs in science, including some of
his own discoveries, to the development of paradigm-shifting technologies.

In his legendary public presentations Tesla introduced many new
theories, including those that enabled him to display dramatically
wireless systems of electric lighting.

For a time many of the leading financiers of the day vied with one
another to invest in Tesla’s projects.

Eventually the most important US banker of his generation, J.P. Morgan, became Tesla’s exclusive backer during the period when he experimented most actively using the earth
itself rather than wires for conducting electrical current.

First at Colorado Springs and then with his Wardenclyffe installation
on Long Island New York, Tesla worked on ways for drawing electricity
from the ionosphere, the earth’s outer atmosphere.

He combined his work on tapping naturally-occurring systems of electrical interaction with
wireless means for communicating text, pictures, and sound.

Morgan is said to have turned against Tesla’s work when he realized
the scale of its revolutionary implications.

The financier, who was a conduit between the Rothschild family’s European and American financial interests, complained famously that Tesla’s technological innovations
were problematic because it was not clear how meters could be imposed
for the buying and selling of energy.

Morgan could easily see that Tesla’s main motivation was not to make
money but to emancipate humanity with new forms of technology that would
liberate people from darkness, drudgery, and various forms of top-down oppression..

Neither Morgan nor the class he represented shared Tesla’s goal of conducting research and development to make life easier and better in ways that operate within, rather than against, prevailing patterns of nature, including what is best in human nature.

Tesla suffered a nervous breakdown after 1904 when Morgan betrayed him.

Tesla’s famous tower and laboratory at Wardenclyffe were
subsequently destroyed even as Morgan placed many obstacles in the way
of the inventor’s ability to gain financial support from other financial backers.

The next four decades of Tesla’s life remain shrouded in mystery.

Some believe that Tesla fully recovered and returned to his work
covertly with a new set of secret backers.

Some believe his secret inventions include devices for teleportation and
communication with other life forms in the universe.

Whatever transpired, the FBI intervened to seize his papers and prototypes when
Tesla died penniless in 1943.

There is good reason to believe that to this day the US military
continues to exploit Tesla’s inventions and theories in ways that
directly violate the animating philosophy of the person who was perhaps
the most gifted and enlightened inventor ever given to humankind.

One of the best example of such a military abomination is HAARP, the
High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program based in Alaska. Rather
than following through with Tesla’s goal of deriving electric power
from the ionosphere to provide humanity with free energy, HAARP has
become a vehicle to advance the goal of what the US Armed Forces has
described as “full-spectrum dominance.”

Among those systems of electromagnetic warfare being developed by
HAARP’s technologists are, quite likely, devices to assist in the
geo-engineering of weather patterns and the targeted generation of

Such hostile interventions in the harmonious workings of
nature run against everything that Tesla stood for.

Looking back it seems seems clear that humanity was forced in the
early 1900s into a very wrong turn when it came to establishing the
basis for systems to generate, transform, and use energy.

While his early innovations were adopted as the basis of AC systems of global
electrification, Tesla’s more advanced theories and inventions were
eschewed in order to clear the way for more for the further development
of more primitive but profitable means of running the engines of commerce.

The consequences of our wrong turn in the early 1900s are showing up
in the grotesque obscenities entailed in the derivation of energy from
ecologically-disastrous activities like fracking and mining the Alberta Tar Sands.

Most illustrative of the the utter insanity of the energy business in its current form is the slow motion holocaust of radioactive contamination being spewed into earth,
air and ocean at Fukushima.

This disaster is still in its infancy.

Much depends on revisiting the wrong turn forced on humanity during
the early years of the twentieth century. We still have it in our power
to return to Nikola Tesla’s vision of a global political economy of
peace, harmony and equity.

We can still turn away from the vision of for-profit energy historically promoted by the likes of Morgan, Rockefeller, Edison and Ford.