Frederick William Engdahl (born August 9, 1944) is an American writer based in Germany. He identifies himself as an "economic researcher, historian and freelance journalist."[1]

Frederick William Engdahl
Born (1944-08-09) August 9, 1944 (age 79)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

Early life and education Edit

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States, Engdahl is the son of F. William Engdahl Sr., and Ruth Aalund (b. Rishoff). Engdahl grew up in Texas and earned a degree in politics from Princeton University in 1966 (BA) followed by graduate study in comparative economics at the University of Stockholm from 1969 to 1970. He then worked as an economist and freelance journalist in New York and in Europe.[citation needed]

Career Edit

Engdahl began writing about oil politics with the first oil shock in the early 1970s. He has also been a long-time associate of the LaRouche movement and served as an economics editor for LaRouche's Executive Intelligence Review.[2][3]

His first book, entitled A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order, discusses the alleged roles of Zbigniew Brzezinski and George Ball and of the USA in the 1979 overthrow of the Shah of Iran, which was meant to manipulate oil prices and to stop Soviet expansion. Engdahl says that Brzezinski and Ball used the Islamic Balkanization model proposed by Bernard Lewis. In 2007, he completed Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation, in which he criticized Monsanto's strategy with GMO seeds, such as Roundup Ready soybeans. He has also written for newsmagazines such as the Asia Times.

Engdahl is a contributor to the Global Research website of the conspiracist Centre for Research on Globalization, the Russian website New Eastern Outlook,[4] and Veterans Today (on whose advisory board he sits).[5][6][7][8] He is a regular contributor to RT (formerly Russia Today) and Voice of Russia.[8][9][10] He is on the scientific committee of the journals Geopolitica, alongside Michel Chossudovsky and others,[11] and Eurasia, alongside Aleksandr Dugin and others.[12][8] He was a keynote speaker at the conference "Geopolitics of Multipolarity", held at Moscow State University in 2011, alongside Dugin.[13]

Personal life Edit

William Engdahl has been married since 1987 and has been living for more than two decades near Frankfurt am Main, Germany.[citation needed]

Beliefs Edit

George Soros conspiracies Edit

Engdahl has written of the alleged secret power of Jewish financiers such as George Soros and the Rothschilds. Author Michael Wohlraich identifies Engdahl as the first US populariser of Soros conspiracy theories: In 1996, he wrote in the Executive Intelligence Review that "The most important of such 'Jews who are not Jews,' are the Rothschilds, who launched Soros’s career. Soros is American only in his passport,"[14][15] which has been described by the anti-fascist group Unicorn Riot as "an example of the anti-Semitic "rootless cosmopolitan" trope.[3]

Abiogenic petroleum Edit

Engdahl stated in 2007 that he had come to believe that petroleum is of geological origin, a view contrary to the scientific understanding that it is of biological origin.[16] He believes oil to be produced from carbon, by forces of heat and pressure deep underground. Engdahl calls himself an "ex peak oil believer", stating that peak oil is actually a political phenomenon known as petrodollar warfare.[17][non-primary source needed]

Skepticism of global warming Edit

Engdahl argued that the problem of global warming is much exaggerated.[18] He claims that global warming is merely a "scare" and a "thinly veiled attempt to misuse climate to argue for a new Malthusian reduction of living standards for the majority of the world while a tiny elite gains more power."[18][non-primary source needed]

Greater Middle East Project theories Edit

According to Engdahl, the ultimate goal of the US is to take the resources of Africa and Middle East under military control to block economic growth in China and Russia.[19][non-primary source needed]

CIA role in global politics Edit

Al-Monitor has described how in August 2016 Engdahl told a right-wing Russian think tank that "Former vice chairman of the National Intelligence Council of the CIA, Graham E. Fuller, was on Princes' Islands, 20 minutes from Istanbul, the entire night of the coup, monitoring developments until the coup collapsed" - when in fact Fuller was in Washington. Al-Monitor describe Engdahl's intervention as part of a collaborative Russian-Turkish disinformation campaign.[20]

Selected publications Edit

  • A Classical KGB Disinformation Campaign: Who Killed Olof Palme?, with Goran Haglund, William Jones, and Paolo Serri. EIR Special Report (1986).
  • A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order. London: Pluto (2004), revised ed. ISBN 074532309X; Progressive Press (2012). ISBN 1615774920.
  • Seeds of Destruction. The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation. Centre for Research on Globalization (2007). ISBN 0973714727.
  • Full Spectrum Dominance: Totalitarian Democracy in the New World Order. Boxboro, Mass.: Third Millennium Press (2009). ISBN 978-0979560866; Progressive Press (2011). ISBN 1615776540.
  • Gods of Money: Wall Street and the Death of the American Century. Wiesbaden: edition.engdahl (2010). ISBN 978-3981326314; Progressive Press (2011). ISBN 1615778055.
  • Myths, Lies and Oil Wars. Wiesbaden: edition.engdahl (2012). ISBN 978-3981326369.
  • Target: China -- How Washington and Wall Street Plan to Cage the Asian Dragon. San Diego, Calif.: Progressive Press (2014). German and Chinese editions (2013).
  • The Lost Hegemon: Whom the Gods Would Destroy. Wiesbaden: mine.books (2016).
  • Manifest Destiny: Democracy as Cognitive Dissonance. Wiesbaden: mine.books (2018). ISBN 978-3981723731.

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ Staff writer (Jun. 2008). "The Seed Barons: How Big Ag, Big Oil & Big Government are Hijacking the World's Food Supply" (interview). Acres U.S.A.: A Voice for Eco-Agriculture, vol. 38, no. 6. ISSN 1076-4968.
  2. ^ Susan Welsh (Sep. 11, 1999). Masthead. Executive Intelligence Review, vol. 26, no. 36. Full issue. Accessed Oct. 3, 2019.
  3. ^ a b ""Eat the Children": Decades of Far-Right LaRouche Provocations Renewed". UNICORN RIOT. 2019-10-05. Retrieved 2021-07-09.
  4. ^ Corporation, Rand (2018). "Russia's Use of Media and Information Operations in Turkey" (PDF). Retrieved 2023-04-04.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ Kirchick, James (22 July 2014). "Inside the Bizarro World of 'Russia Today'". Time. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  6. ^ "F. William Engdahl - New Eastern Outlook". 2017-02-13. Archived from the original on 2017-02-13. Retrieved 2021-07-19.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  7. ^ "Board & Staff - Veterans Today". (in German). 2017-11-29. Archived from the original on 2017-11-29. Retrieved 2021-07-19.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  8. ^ a b c "Pro-Russian network behind the anti-Ukrainian defamation campaign". Anton Shekhovtsov's blog. 2014-02-03. Retrieved 2021-07-19.
  9. ^ Sanchez, W. Alejandro, "The Russian Media in Latin America." (2015). Research Publications. 4.
  10. ^ "Where Foreign "Experts" and "Political Scientists" on Russian Television Come From". SRB Podcast. 2016-01-05. Retrieved 2021-07-19.
  11. ^ "Comitato Scientifico | Geopolitica // La Rivista dell'IsAG". Archived from the original on 2012-01-12. Retrieved 2012-01-12.
  12. ^ "Comitato Scientifico". (in Italian). 2014-11-04. Archived from the original on 2014-11-04. Retrieved 2021-07-19.
  13. ^ "ЕВРАЗИЯ :: Многополярность наносит ответный удар". (in Russian). 2017-12-25. Archived from the original on 2017-12-25. Retrieved 2021-07-19.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  14. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 May 2015. Retrieved 12 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ Wolraich, Michael (2010). Blowing smoke : why the right keeps serving up whack-job fantasies about the plot to euthanize grandma, outlaw Christmas, and turn junior into a raging homosexual. Cambridge, Mass: Da Capo Press. ISBN 978-0-306-81937-7. OCLC 668208755.
  16. ^ Glasby, Geoffrey P. (2006). "Abiogenic origin of hydrocarbons: an historical overview" (PDF). Resource Geology. 56 (1): 83–96. doi:10.1111/j.1751-3928.2006.tb00271.x. S2CID 17968123. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-02-26. Retrieved 2008-02-17.
  17. ^ Engdahl, F. William (September 25, 2007). "Editorial: "Confessions of an 'Ex' Peak Oil Believer"". Retrieved 2009-02-08.
  18. ^ a b ""Global Warming or Global Freezing: is the ice really melting?" by F. William Engdahl. FSO Editorial 09/24/2009". Archived from the original on 2009-09-27. Retrieved 2009-09-25.
  19. ^ Engdahl, F. William; Zhen, Wang (2014-04-03). "The Rise of China and World Order: An Interview with F. William Engdahl". International Critical Thought. 4 (2): 131–141. doi:10.1080/21598282.2014.906536. ISSN 2159-8282. S2CID 143691671.
  20. ^ "Turks accuse CIA of engineering failed coup". Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East. 2017-12-03. Retrieved 2021-07-19.

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