Around 1900 the foundations were being put in place for the industries that still shape many aspects of our society today and a certain Serbian immigrant named Nikola Tesla was responsible for a great deal of that innovation. Nikola Tesla settled in New York City and was by far the most brilliant of the inventors to emerge at a time when it was possible to conceive and apply whole new areas of technology on rapidly expanding frontiers of science.
(Nikola Tesla on the left and Thomas Edison on the right, lifelong rival inventors.)
Tesla worked with a chap called George Westinghouse on Alternating Currents, or AC. Their efforts along these lines far outpaced the developments made with Direct Current, or DC, by Thomas Edison and his General Electric Company. After winning the contract to electrify and illuminate the lighting system at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893, Tesla’s AC system was quickly picked up as the standard for electric utilities first in the United States, and then throughout the world.
Fossil fuel tycoon John D. Rockefeller reacted to the growing popularity of electric lighting, which was far superior to the oil-based technology of kerosene lamps, by backing Henry Ford’s motor car company. Ford’s Detroit-based organisation would help solidify the gas-guzzling internal combustion engine as the primary power source for ground transport. Rockefeller decided to back Ford because he had fears Tesla was about to hamstring the scale and profitability of the fossil fuel industry by conceiving a way to manufacture and propel cheap electric cars.
And that is how we ended up with Petrol and Diesel cars today, due to the explosion of Gasoline powered cars in the early 1900's (take the Model T, for example) which was because of Rockefellers investment in Ford and his easily monetised, fossil-fuel powered vision.
Starting with the construction in 1894 of power stations run by power of the falling water at Niagara Falls, Tesla and Westinghouse solidified their system for generating, transporting, and using huge amounts of AC electricity. At age 38 Tesla was just beginning the most successful and 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 presentations to the public, Tesla introduced many new theories, including those that enabled him to display wireless systems of electric lighting.
For a time many of the leading financiers of the day competed with one another to invest their money into in Tesla’s projects. Eventually the most renowned US banker of his generation, J.P. Morgan, became Tesla’s exclusive backer during a period when he experimented using the earth itself rather than wires for conducting electrical currents.
First at Colorado Springs and then with his Wardenclyffe installation on Long Island, New York, Tesla worked on ways for drawing electricity from the the earth’s outer atmosphere, the ionosphere. He made a breakthrough when he combined his work on tapping into naturally-occurring systems of electrical interaction with wireless systems for communicating text, pictures, and sound. Wi-Fi, anyone?
Allegedly, Morgan turned against Tesla’s work when he came to realize the scale of its revolutionary implications. The financier, who was a middle-man between the Rothschild banking family’s European and American interests, complained famously that Tesla’s innovations were a problem because it wasn't clear how meters could be implemented for the buying and selling of energy, and in turn, making a profit.
It was obvious to Morgan that Tesla’s main motivation was never to make money, but rather to gift humanity and civilisation with new forms of technology and areas of science that would liberate the people from darkness and various forms of top-down systematic oppression. Neither Morgan nor the class and peoples he represented shared Tesla’s end goal of conducting research and development to make life easier and better in ways that operate in tandem with, rather than against, prevailing patterns of nature.
in 1904 Tesla suffered a nervous breakdown after Morgan betrayed him. Tesla’s famous tower and lab at Wardenclyffe were then destroyed and to add insult to injury Morgan did his utmost to discredit Tesla, and make sure he would find it practically impossible to gain backing from other financiers.
(Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) in his laboratory in Colorado Springs in 1899, with the book "Theoria Philosophiae Naturalis" by Ruđer Bošković, a famous Croatian scientist from the 18th century.)
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 collaborators. 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 New York 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 philosophy of, perhaps, the most gifted and enlightened inventor, ever. One of the best examples of this is a military program called HAARP, the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program based in Alaska. Rather than following through with Tesla’s goal of tapping into electric power from the atmosphere to provide humanity with free energy, HAARP has perhaps become a vehicle to advance the goal of what the US Armed Forces has described as “full-spectrum dominance.”
(The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) was initiated as an ionospheric research program jointly funded by the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). It was designed and built by BAE Advanced Technologies (BAEAT). Its original purpose was to analyze the ionosphere and investigate the potential for developing ionospheric enhancement technology for radio communications and surveillance. As a university-owned facility, HAARP is a high-power, high-frequency transmitter used for study of the ionosphere.)
Among those systems of electromagnetic warfare being developed by HAARP’s technologists are, allegedly, devices to assist in the geo-engineering of weather patterns and the targeted generation of earthquakes. Such hostile interventions in the harmony and workings of nature run against everything that Tesla stood for.
Looking back, it 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 most advanced theories and inventions were pushed aside in in favour of further development of less sophisticated, but more profitable, means of running the engines of commerce (and our cars). A lot depends on reversing the wrong turn forced onto humanity during the early years of the twentieth century. We still have it in our collective power to turn away from the vision of for-profit energy historically promoted by the likes of Morgan, the Rothschilds, Rockefeller, Edison and Ford.