Barbara Malthusian Hubbard: From Limits to Growth to UN Agenda 2030

Did Barbara Marx Hubbard call for the culling of one-fourth of the human population? John Klyczek investigates the truth about the Malthusian bent of Hubbard’s “co-creative” gospel of “conscious” transhuman evolution.

For decades, New Age guru Barbara Marx Hubbard preached a futurist gospel of “conscious evolution” guided by “love and light.” Yet, at the same time, in stark contrast, Hubbard also touted Malthusian population control. If Hubbard called for the human population to be culled, then how could she have genuinely floated her dreams of conscious evolution sincerely upon the “self-actualization” mantras of the Human Potential Movement or the “co-creation” ethos of her New Age homilies?

While Hubbard’s advocacy for population control contradicts the benevolent rhetoric of her New Age spiritualism, her Malthusianism cohesively aligns with her championing of transhumanism. As I historicized in a previous article entitled Barbara Marx Hubbard: Godmother of Transhumanism and Synthetic Spirituality, transhumanism was conceptualized by Julian Huxley as the second phase of eugenics, which would artificially enhance Darwinian evolution by merging human biology with machines. In fact, according to Darwin’s autobiography, his theory of evolution by natural selection, which inspired his cousin Francis Galton to develop the pseudo-science of eugenics, was conceived as the biological consequence of growing populations competing for limited resources in a Malthusian ecology:

“I [Darwin] happened to read for amusement ‘Malthus on Population,’ and being well prepared to appreciate the struggle for existence which everywhere goes on from long continued observation of the habits of animals and plants, it at once struck me that under these circumstances favourable variations would tend to be preserved, and unfavourable ones to be destroyed.  The result of this would be the formation of new species. Here then I had at last got a theory by which to work.”

In brief, Malthusianism is the bedrock of Darwinism, which is the foundation of eugenics, which is the cornerstone of transhumanism. Put another way, transhumanism encompasses both the Malthusian-sustainable control of population quantity and the Darwinian-eugenic control of population quality by means of technocracy. 

In my first installment in this series, I documented how Hubbard, bankrolled by Rockefeller “philanthropy,” teamed up with Abraham Maslow’s Eupsychian Network, including the Esalen Institute, to push trans-eugenic evolution through partnerships with the HeartMath Institute, which propagates transhumanist neurofeedback wearables that are programmed to induce synthetic spiritual bliss. In this current installment, I will explain how Hubbard’s vision for “conscious” transhuman evolution is inseparable from her Malthusian outlook on human population growth and sustainable ecology. More specifically, I will expose how:

  1. Hubbard championed Malthusian population control policies advanced by the environmentalist forecasts of the Club of Rome’s Limits to Growth and the sustainable development initiatives of United Nations (UN) Agenda 2030.
  2. Hubbard collaborated with World Economic Forum (WEF) globalist, Maurice Strong, who spearheaded UN Agenda 21’s sustainable development program, and Club of Rome member Mikhail Gorbachev, who co-created the Earth Charter “sustainable development” initiative in partnership with Strong.

In future installments of this series, I will reveal how Hubbard’s Malthusian environmentalism was shaped by her spiritual muse, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin; her kindred “psychological mutant,” Jonas Salk [2]; and her longtime financial benefactor, Laurance Rockefeller. I will also unveil how Hubbard’s affiliations with the World Future Society, the Human Potential Movement, and the Foundation for Conscious Evolution were connected to networks of alleged pedophiles and sexual abuse cults.

Hubbard and the “Riders of the Pale Horse”

The following quote, which has been widely circulated as a purported excerpt from Hubbard’s 1993 Book of Co-Creation, declares that “one-fourth” of humanity will need to be culled in order to usher in a utopian New World Order:

“[o]ut of the full spectrum of the human personality, one-fourth is elected to transcend and one-fourth are destructive, defective seeds. In the past they were permitted to die a natural death. Now, as we approach the quantum shift from the creature-human to the co-creative human―the human who is an inheritor of god-like powers―the destructive one-fourth must be eliminated from the social body. Fortunately, you are not responsible for this act. We are. We are in charge of God’s selection process for planet Earth. He selects―we destroy. We are the riders of the pale horse, Death.”

To be sure, this passage cannot be found within the pages of Hubbard’s Book of Co-Creation. However, The Mail Archive, which records “archived postings” and “active mailing lists,”logs an email exchange in which Hubbard reportedly acknowledged that this passage was excerpted “from a manuscript which has not been published.” According to The Mail Archive, on “Thursday, November 04, 1999,” Hubbard replied to an email from a Dave Hartley, who had shared the misattributed passage with his email list:

Dear Dave: whoever you are, this quote is taken completely out of context from a manuscript which has not been published. The passage you refered [sic] to referred to the thought that we do not need to go through the Armageddon scenario that was predicted in the book of Revelation. The whole purpose of the Book of Cocreation [sic] is to say that the human species has the freedom to avoid the massive destruction predicted. The meaning of that particular passage, which I never published, because I do not believe it at all, came from the possiblity [sic] that if there is to be any further massive destruction on this earth, it will not be perpetrated by humans, but by some other force.

I personally do not believe this, have not published this, will never published it. My whole life is dedicated to bringing greater peace and gentleness to the human race.

This quote has been used by a small minority of people seeking to damage the reputations of many people and I ask you to release it, tear it up. IT is not viable. I totally refute it, and ask you to be kind enough to do the same.

With appreciation for your concern, Barbara Marx Hubbard

Email from Barbara Marx Hubbard to Dave Hartley, The Mail Archive

According to this email, Hubbard took ownership of the infamous passage while simultaneously disavowing it. Although she “totally refute[d]” the quote, emphasizing how she “never published” it, she did not deny ever writing it; rather, she admitted that she had written it in “a manuscript which has not been published.” Indeed, she even tried to rescue “the meaning of that particular passage” by suggesting that the passage emphasizes how the Malthusian “destruction” of the human population would “not be perpetrated by humans, but by some other force,” and only if humankind abdicates its “freedom to avoid the massive destruction predicted.” Obviously, this is contradicted by Hubbard’s use of the personal pronoun “we” in the active-voice construction of the final sentences, which proclaim, “[w]e are in charge of God’s selection process for planet Earth. He selects―we destroy. We are the riders of the pale horse, Death.”  

Notice here that she also did not outrightly reject the premise that some form of Malthusian depopulation, whether voluntarily or by means of “some other force,” would be a necessary precondition for the conscious evolution of the human species. In fact, this theoretical dilemma, which posits that humans must rein in population growth or else suffer “massive destruction” from “other forces” of ecological catastrophe, is the crux of Malthusian theory. In the 1803 edition of An Essay on the Principle of Population, economist Thomas Malthus enumerated that “(1) Population is necessarily limited by the means of subsistence. (2) Population invariably increases where the means of subsistence increase, unless prevented by some very powerful and obvious checks.” Based on these “Principles of Population,” Malthus called for “preventive checks” on overpopulation in order to avert “massive destruction” from “other forces” of ecological catastrophe, including “famine,” “plague,” and “pestilence.”

To be sure, this email exchange between Hubbard and Hartley cannot be verified. Under the “Original Message” header, the email addresses are “protected”: “From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto: [EMAIL PROTECTED]] . . . To: [EMAIL PROTECTED].” Furthermore, at the very top of the email thread is a heading that reads “Caveat Lector,” which basically translates as “reader beware,” indicating that the information contained therein may not be accurate.

If this email is not fabricated, and Hubbard did in fact write the passage, then her genocidal vision of Malthusian-eugenic population reduction, even if only drafted in an unpublished manuscript, cannot be reconciled or spirit-washed with any amount of benevolent rhetoric she touted. That she would draft such a genocidal proposition at all, even if she disavowed it later, reveals a window into the darker undercurrents behind her dreams of conscious evolution, especially since she never outrightly denounced the need for depopulation. 

It is worth noting that, in The Revelation: Our Crisis Is a Birth (The Book of Co-Creation), which is the book that is supposed to contain the infamous quote in question, there is a passage that reads as if it could be a revised version of the notorious “pale horse” quote:

“at a time of Quantum Transformation, the momentum of past activities forces those activities to overshoot the mark. ‘Be fruitful and multiply’ goes too far and becomes overpopulation. ‘Preserve human life’ goes too far and results in undesirable prolongation of creature/human existence. ‘Give food and shelter to the people’ becomes the overindustrialization, pollution, inflation, and resource depletion by the developed world.  . . .

‘Be fruitful and multiply’ now becomes ‘Consciously conceive children who will be given the opportunity of optimum development.’ 

‘Preserve all life’ now becomes ‘Avail yourself of the opportunity for chosen death, and chosen extended life.’ Thanatology and gerontology enter the scene. Death can be chosen by those who have finished their work on Earth. The purpose of advanced medical technologies is not to maintain creature/human bodies in a semivegetative state. It is to be used by those minds that are motivated to do new work on Earth and especially in the new environments of outer space, to extend life, change bodies, and eventually build new bodies accustomed to the new conditions of universal life, whatever they may be.  . . . 

‘Give food and shelter to the people’ now becomes ‘Activate the creative revolution–building new worlds on Earth, new worlds in space,’ an environment of resources capable of meeting the needs of all members of that body. The population overgrowth on Earth must cease. Only those who choose to live on, shall. The others will voluntarily go to their rest. This is the new condition toward which the magnificent achievements of the past have taken you” [1].

Barbara Marx Hubbard, The Revelation: Our Crisis Is a Birth (The Book of Co-Creation) (Sonoma, CA: Foundation for Conscious Evolution, 1993).

Notice that this passage from the Book of Co-Creation refers to a “Quantum Transformation” while the unpublished passage refers to a “quantum shift.” Notice also that both passages call for human population to be culled; the unpublished passage proclaims that “one-fourth [of humankind] must be eliminated from the social body” while the Book of Co-Creation declares that “[t]he population overgrowth on Earth must cease. Only those who choose to live on, shall.” The only real difference between these passages is that the unpublished excerpt glorifies how Hubbard and her evolutionary “riders of the pale horse” will selectively cull the population while the Book of Co-Creation prophesies that the “unfit” will voluntarily cull themselves from the human population. Although the rhetoric in the Book of Co-Creation is less menacing than the rhetoric in the unpublished excerpt, the former nonetheless asserts the Malthusian prognosis that human population must be culled in order for the human species to consciously evolve into the New Age. 

To be fair, it is possible that the unpublished passage is actually a counterfeit. But even if it is a fabrication, there are multiple other excerpts from Hubbard’s writings, as you will see, in which she promotes Malthusian means of population control. 

Malthusian Limits to Growth: Hubbard and the Club of Rome

Hubbard’s Malthusian overpopulation theories were partly inspired by the Club of Rome’s Limits to Growth: A Report for the Club of Rome’s Project on the Predicament of Mankind. In fact, in Hubbard’s Book of Co-Creation, there are multiple passages which warn of Malthusian “limits to growth” that could lead to ecological catastrophes [1]. She also met personally with Club of Rome Co-Founder, Aurelio Peccei [2], who prompted the World Economic Forum to adopt the Malthusian tenets of the Limits to Growth at the World Economic Forum’s Third Annual Meeting in 1973.

Established in 1968, the Club of Rome is a globalist non-governmental organization (NGO) that convenes meetings between heads of states, members of royal families, business leaders, international financiersacademic scholars, laboratory scientists, and administrators of global governance institutions, such as the UN, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Modeled after the “Round Table” structure of the Bilderberg Group, the Royal Institute for International Affairs (RIIA), and the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), the Club of Rome facilitates meetings where delegates plan the global economy through public-private stewardship of the world’s natural and human resources in accordance with the Malthusian ecology of  sustainable development. Club of Rome member André Hoffmann is also a trustee of another Round Table NGO, the WEF, which is advancing the Great Reset to usher in public-private stakeholder sustainability for the technocratic Fourth Industrial Revolution.

In 1972, the Club of Rome’s Limits to Growth published the results of computer-simulated forecasts calculated by a team of scientists recruited from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The Club of Rome’s MIT team was led by Dennis Meadows, who is a member of the WEF. Another central architect of the Club of Rome’s Project on the Predicament of Mankind was MIT Professor Jay W. Forrester, who was commissioned by the Club of Rome to apply his System Dynamics theory to design computer models that would graph population growth, resource consumption, and environmental pollution forecasts, all of which provided the basis for the Malthusian thesis of Limits to Growth. While working at MIT, Forrester programmed the World One computer, which modeled a prediction of the Malthusian collapse of civilization in 2040. According to Big Think “2020 is the first milestone envisioned by World One.  . . . ‘At around 2020, the condition of the planet becomes highly critical.'” In several publications and speeches, Hubbard concurred with the World One computer forecasts as she predicted that 2020 would be the “shift” point for a “new norm.”

At the same time, Hubbard’s Book of Co-Creation explicitly invokes the Club of Rome’s Malthusian “limits to growth” rhetoric. In a chapter titled “The Journey,” she writes, “[o]ne more doubling of the world population will destroy our life-support system. Our Mother will not support us if we continue to grow in numbers! We must stop.  . . . The so-called ‘population crisis’ is a crisis of our planetary birth. The limits to growth on Earth shift us from procreation to co-creation” [1]. Note here how Hubbard asserted that human population has reached a Malthusian “limits to growth” which will render “Mother Earth” incapable of sustaining life unless we collectively curtail “procreation.”

The Club of Rome’s Limits to Growth is not only Malthusian in principle, but a survey of its bibliography reveals that it is also backed by extensive citations from an array of Malthusian-eugenicists and affiliated institutions that have been dedicated to population control. These include:

  1. Jospeh J. Spengler: a eugenicist who contributed to the League of Nations World Population Conference, which was orchestrated under the leadership of Malthusianeugenicist Margaret Sanger.
  2. Frank Notestein: an American Eugenics Society (AES) member, who was the founding director of the Population Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA); an “Organizer” of the Second UN World Population Conference; anda president of both the Population Association of America and the Population Council
  3. Alexander Morris Carr-Saunders: a secretary of the Research Committee of the British Eugenics Education Society and a protégé of eugenicist Karl Pearson, who was himself a protégé of the founding father of eugenics, Francis Galton.
  4. The Population Reference Bureau: an international NGO that advances Malthusian population control programs through partnerships with the UN Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA); the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; the Population Council; and the Population Association of America, which was founded by AES President Henry Pratt Fairchild and AES Co-Founder Frederick Osborn, who was also a president of the Population Council
  5. Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment: a book written by Paul Ehrlich (author of the Population Bomb) and John P. Holdren (US President Barack Obama’s White House Science Czar), both of whom postulated Malthusian population control policies, including the spiking of drinking water with sterilants and the imposition of a government-issued “long-term sterilizing capsule that could be implanted under the skin. . .and might be removable, with official permission.”
Reinventing Prosperity: Managing Economic Growth to Reduce Unemployment, Inequality, and Climate Change (Vancouver: Greystone Books, 2016).

In 2016, Jørgen Randers, who was another captain of the MIT team that produced Limits to Growth, co-authored another Malthusian “Report of the Club of Rome.” Titled Reinventing Prosperity: Managing Economic Growth to Reduce Unemployment, Inequality, and Climate Change, this “Report,” which reasserts the Malthusian forecasts of Limits to Growth, declared that “the poor world should seek to improve the lot of its population by using whatever means necessary,” including “follow[ing] the example of China and seek[ing] to limit their populations, not with a one-child policy necessarily but through improved education and health, more easily available contraception―and ideally, by paying a bonus to those families who have had fewer than two children” [3].

Not only were the Malthusian-eugenics of Limits to Growth adopted rhetorically by Barbara Marx Hubbard, but she also met personally with the co-founder of the Club of Rome. In her 1989 autobiography, The Hunger of Eve, Hubbard relayed how she “had met Aurelio Peccei, head of the club [of Rome], in Bucharest in 1972 at a World Futurist Congress” [2]. Hubbard disagreed with Peccei’s outlook on the extent to which civilizational growth must be curtailed to avoid ecological catastrophe. However, she nonetheless concurred with Peccei that environmental resource consumption must be curbed to at least some degree in order to avoid the ecological catastrophes forecasted in Limits to Growth

In fact, Hubbard promoted the Committee for the Future’s “Choiceful Future,” which “accepted the Limits to Growth position of the necessity for conservation of nonrenewable resources, for decentralization, diversity, self-sufficiency, use of appropriate technology, and respect for nature, the environment and all people as members of our own body” [2]. To put it another way, Hubbard assimilated Peccei’s push for the rationing of limited “nonrenewable resources” while she also synthesized his environmental “conservation” with her own call for sustainable economic development through innovative “use[s] of appropriate technology.”

Similarly, Hubbard also affirmed that “[t]here was much that was positive and right about” the Limits to Growth thesis even though she was critical of the Limits to Growth “advocates” who resolved that ecological catastrophes could only be averted by means of ultra-Malthusian checks on the global population-growth/resource-consumption ratio. She stated that:

“the Club of Rome’s Limits to Growth . . . considered earth [sic] a finite system with fixed resources and counselled us to adapt to the current limitations, or even to ‘return’ to a simpler stage of life as proposed by the deep ecologists. There was much that was positive and right about this perspective: restoration of the environment, decentralization, self-sufficiency, re-location of industry, energy efficiency, non-money economies, the barter system, cooperatives and the rebuilding of community. However, many of its advocates denied even the possibility of a concurrent and complementary, and equally natural, development of a new environment beyond our biosphere.” [2]

The Club of Rome Logo

Again, Hubbard assimilated the Club of Rome’s policies concerning the “restoration of the environment” through resource conservation while she also synthesized the Club of Rome’s policies with her own call for sustainable development through outer-space technologies that can enable the “development of a new environment beyond our biosphere,” thereby increasing the global population-growth/resource-consumption ratio.

In The Book of Co-Creation, in a chapter titled “Revelation,” Hubbard expounds on the ways in which “resource shortage” and “overpopulation” can be transcended with “‘postnatal’ technologies . . . such as astronautics, genetics, longevity, cybernetics, robotics and nanotechnology” that can be utilized to capitalize on “the universal environment beyond the biosphere”: 

“[t]he meta-crises of limits began: resource shortage, overpopulation, alienation, confusion, malaise about the future, disconnection with the past. Experts with an Earthbound perspective advocated a return to the simpler past, an adaptation to limits, a program of maximum conservation, and no growth. At the same time, some futurists wrote of a paradigm shift from self-centeredness to whole-centeredness. And some evolutionaries proclaimed the extended gospel of ‘postnatal’ technologies, to be developed within the womb of Earth for use after birth in the universal environment beyond the biosphere, such as astronautics, genetics, longevity, cybernetics, robotics and nanotechnology.” [1]

Barbara Marx Hubbard, Conscious Evolution: Awakening the Power of Our Social Potential (Novato, CA: New World Library, 1998).

In sum, Hubbard affirmed the Malthusian premises of the Club of Rome’s Limits to Growth, and she believed that human population growth should be regulated accordingly. At the same time, she believed that Malthusian population control should be complemented with transhumanist technological innovations which would enable humans to efficiently steward interplanetary resources at sustainable rates of consumption.

Malthusian “Sustainability”: Hubbard, Strong, Gorbachev

On top of adopting the Malthusian tenets of the Club of Rome’s Limits to Growth, Hubbard collaborated with Maurice Strong, who was instrumental in setting up the UN Environmental Program (UNEP), coining the term “sustainable development,” and launching UN Agenda 21, which has since been revamped as Agenda 2030. Hubbard also collaborated with a cohort of New Age Soviets during the political rise of the first and only President of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev [2], who was a Club of Rome member who partnered with Strong to set up the Earth Charter global sustainability project in conjunction with the launch of Agenda 21. Altogether, Hubbard’s Malthusian outlook on “limits to growth” and “sustainable development” was evidently shaped by her connections to Strong and Gorbachev, who played pivotal roles in ushering in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are now pillars of the WEF’s Great Reset for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Strong served alongside Hubbard on the World Future Society’s (WFS) Global Advisory Council. Under the directorship of Hubbard and Strong, the WFS’s flagship publication, The Futurist, printed at least one issue that advocates for “sustainable lifestyles,” including “sustainable consumption habits,” for a “sustainable economy” in a “sustainable future.” In this 2014 issue of The Futurist, an article titled “Demographics, Consumption, and Climate Change” reports that “[m]odels for climate-change scenarios need to dig beneath population-growth projections to understand their potential impact on the environment. While it’s true that more people consuming more resources will have more impact, it’s where the population growth is happening that matters.” Of course, Strong was one of the founding fathers of Neo-Malthusian sustainable development.

In 1972, the same year that the Club of Rome published its Malthusian treatise in Limits to Growth, Strong led the UN Conference on the Human Environment (UNCHE), which resulted in the formation of the UNEP where he became its first executive director. Then, in 1987, Strong, who was also a member of the WEF Foundation Board, became a member of the UN World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED) where the term “sustainable development” was coined in the “Report of the WCED,” which contains 298 references to “population.” Five years later, the Club of Rome officially adopted the term “sustainable development” in its publication of Beyond the Limits: Confronting Global Collapse, Envisioning a Sustainable Future, which is the sequel to Limits to Growth. That same year, in 1992, Strong led the UN Earth Summit Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, resulting in the kickoff of UN Agenda 21, which established “sustainability” as one of the 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that are now revamped as the 17 Agenda 2030 SDGs. It is important to note here that SDG 5.6, which “[e]nsure[s] universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights,” is explicitly guided by the Neo-Malthusian “family planning” tenets of the Program of Action of the UN’s 1994 International Conference on Population and Development.

In Hubbard’s 2001 Emergence: The Shift from Ego to Essence, she echoed the Malthusian overpopulation catastrophism and sustainable environmentalism touted in both the Club of Rome’s Limits to Growth treatises and the UN’s environment and population conferences: “[y]ou hit a definitive limit to growth in your current mode” in which “[t]here are no adult Universal humans who have been through the transition from a high-technology, over-populating, polluting world at the edge of destroying its own life-support systems to a new world that is sustainable, compassionate, and life-enhancing” [4]. Later in the same chapter, Hubbard writes, “[w]herever they have the choice, women are shifting from massive procreation to co-creation. We have reached a limit to population growth on Earth. One more doubling of the population will take us over ten billion. We will have fewer children―whether by choice or catastrophe is the only question” [4]. In other words, for Hubbard, sustainable development encompasses not only the elimination of environmental pollution, but also the Malthusian limitation of human population growth. 

Based on this sustainable-Malthusian equation, human population itself can be equivocated to a form of pollution that must be expunged from the planet, which is essentially what the Club of Rome proclaimed in The First Global Revolution. Published one year before the UN set up Agenda 21, this “Report by the Council of the Club of Rome,” which calls for global “sustainable development,” contains a section titled “The Common Enemy of Humanity Is Man,” declaring that: 

“[i]n searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill. In their totality and in their interactions these phenomena do constitute a common threat which demands the solidarity of all peoples. But in designating them as the enemy, we fall into the trap about which we have already warned, namely mistaking symptoms for causes. All these dangers are caused by human intervention and it is only through changed attitudes and behaviour that they can be overcome. The real enemy, then, is humanity itself.”

Stated differently, since humans are the cause of pollution, “humanity itself” can be equivocated to the greatest environmental pollutant which is the “real enemy” of the planet; in turn, environmental pollution must be prevented by eradicating human pollutants from the population.

Shortly after the launch of Agenda 21 at the UN Earth Summit, Strong partnered with Club of Rome member Gorbachev to launch Earth Charter, which combined Gorbachev’s Green Cross International with Strong’s Earth Council to form a global sustainable development initiative that would buoy UN Agenda 21 projects. It should be noted that Strong and Gorbachev were introduced to each other by Club of Rome and Bilderberg Group member, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, who is the daughter of Bilderberg Founder, Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands. A former Nazi stormtrooper, Prince Bernhard was the “honorary sponsor” of the Third Annual WEF Meeting where Peccei presented the Club of Rome’s Malthusian Limits to Growth to the WEF, which is now bolstering the UN’s SDGs through its Great Reset projects, including “Environmental, Social, and Governance” (ESG) scoring schemes designed to penalize companies that fail to comply with SDG benchmarks. In brief, the Gorbachev-Strong sustainability alliance was orchestrated to operate a crucial pivot point in the global governance nexus of the UN, the Club of Rome, the Bilderberg Group, and the WEF; and Hubbard had ties to this nexus through Gorbachev, Strong, the UN, and the Club of Rome.

Barbara Marx Hubbard, The Hunger of Eve: One Woman’s Odyssey Toward the Future (Eastsound, WA: Island Pacific NW, 1989).

Hubbard’s ties to Gorbachev stem from her collaborations with Soviet New Agers during the 1980s. According to her autobiography, The Hunger of Eve, in 1985, the Director of the Center for Soviet-American Dialogue, Rama Vernon, who was a yoga instructor, swayed Hubbard to travel to the Soviet Union. While visiting the Union of Socialist Soviet Republics (USSR), Hubbard met with a leader in the Soviet “citizen diplomacy movement,” Joseph Goldin, who enthusiastically discussed prospects of Soviet-American “co-creation” aimed at achieving the utopian futurist visions of her mentor, R. Buckminster Fuller [2], who is cited in the Club of Rome’s Limits to Growth. Hubbard was even “given buttons that said ‘Co-creator’ in English and Russian, with a diagram of the evolutionary spiral” [2].

A couple years later, in 1987, Hubbard met at the: 

“Cosmos Hotel . . . with Gennadi Alferenko, who was the founder of the Foundation for Social Inventions in the Soviet Union, and Rustem Khairov, who was working with Yevgeny Velikhov, the special science advisor to Gorbachev. We were planning the next major symposium, to be held in March, 1987, in Moscow entitled ‘A New Way of Thinking in the Nuclear Age — Social Innovations for the Third Millennium.” [2]

The next year, Hubbard “was amazed and delighted when on December 7, 1988 Gorbachev addressed the General Assembly of the United Nations, calling for ‘the kind of cooperation that could more accurately be termed co-creation and co-development'” [2]. Notice here that, according to Hubbard, both she and Gorbachev invoked the “co-creation” rhetoric of “conscious evolution.”

Hubbard went on to praise Gorbachev as a preeminent global leader who could “be our co-creative partner in restoring the environment . . . and expanding outer space peacefully”:

“I thought of Gorbachev as a political Sputnik. When Khrushchev put up Sputnik, he surprised us, and we responded with Apollo. If we recognized that the Soviet Union need not be our enemy, but could be our co-creative partner in restoring the environment, freeing people’s creativity and expanding outer space peacefully, what would happen over here?  . . . It could usher in the greatest age of cooperation and co-creation on a global scale that has ever been seen on earth [sic]. I felt that this is what we are preparing for now.” [2]

Emphasizing the globalist, environmentalist, and futurist affinities between herself and Gorbachev, Hubbard reported that even UN Assistant Secretary General, Robert Muller, who authored the UN’s World Core educational curriculum, highlighted how she and Gorbachev shared kindred visions of “co-creating” global sustainable development enterprises dedicated to “restoring the environment” and “expanding outer space”: “Robert Muller, former Assistant General of the United Nations called me up and said, ‘Barbara, you are the person in this world who sounds most like Gorbachev'” [2]. It is worth noting here that Gorbachev’s close advisors, including Hubbard’s comrades, Velikhov and Goldin, also collaborated with the Esalen Institute, which, along with Hubbard, was part of Abraham Maslow’s transhumanist Eupsychian Network.

To sum it all up, Hubbard endorsed the sustainable development directives of UN Agenda 21, and she was connected to two of its most powerful architects: Gorbachev and Strong, who were leading figures at the epicenter of the global governance nexus of the UN, the Club of Rome, the Bilderberg Group, and the WEF. Simply put, Hubbard played an influential role in the historical development of UN Agenda 2030’s Neo-Malthusian SDGs, which are now being instituted across the globe through the WEF’s Great Reset for the Fourth Industrial Revolution and other means.

Malthusian Globalization: The UN, the State of the World Forum, and the Round Table Oligarchy

The liaisons between Hubbard, Gorbachev, and Strong were not limited to their associations through the Center for Soviet-American Dialogue and the World Future Society [2]. Hubbard also crossed paths with Strong and Gorbachev through the UN and the State of the World Forum (SWF). In brief, Hubbard not only echoed Strong and Gorbachev in their “co-creative” advancement of the sustainable development initiatives of the UN, the Club of Rome, the WEF, the WFS, and the SWF; she also worked directly with the SWF and the UN to push the MDGs and SDGs of Agenda 21 and Agenda 2030 respectively.

In 2016, Hubbard addressed the UN High Level Forum on the Culture of Peace where she gave a speech at a panel titled “Enhancing Synergy between Sustainable Development Goals and 8 Action Areas of the UN Program of Action on the Culture of Peace.” During this speech, she pontificated that “the Culture of Peace adds a dimension to the SDG goals, a vision. Inherent in the Culture of Peace movement is a vision of a new world. The SDG goals are more or less key items as to how to get there.” Emphasizing how “[c]risis is a driver for evolutionary breakthrough,” Hubbard asked, “[h]ow do we enhance SDG basic goals with the actions for a culture of peace?” In brief, Hubbard worked directly with the UN to advance the SDG agenda that was set in motion by her fellow WFS Board Member, Maurice Strong, who spearheaded the UNCED, the UNEP, the UN WCED, the UN Earth Summit, and UN Agenda 21

Both Strong and Hubbard also participated in the State of the World Forum, which was formed and led by Mikhail Gorbachev. The SWF’s “Mission” statement declared that the State of the World Forum was committed to “building a global coalition” of “stakeholders” who would “participate with partners worldwide in a spiritual renaissance to keep pace with humanity’s scientific and technological advancement, believing that humanity must be as committed to ecological sustainability as the generation of wealth; global governance as national sovereignty; and to a compassionate society as much as to the global flow of capital.” Stated differently, the SWF’s mission aimed to usher in a global “stakeholder capitalist” economy regulated by “sustainable development” provisions from technocratic world governance institutions, such as the UN and the WEF, propped up by evolutionary beliefs in a futurist “spiritual renaissance.” 

Modeled after the WEF, the Bilderberg Group, and the Club of Rome, the State of the World Forum was structured as a globalist Round Table NGO. Like its Round Table predecessors, the SWF brought together delegates from national governments, multinational companies, corporate foundations, UN agencies, and a host of other Round Table NGOs, such as the WEF, the Club of Rome, and the Council on Foreign Relations. In contrast with its Round Table predecessors, the SWF was unique in that its participants included a remarkable number of “Religious & Spiritual Leaders,” including an array of New Agers and futurists, many of whom were also Hubbard’s associates.

Hubbard’s New Age and futurist comrades included the following SWF participants:

  • Deepak Chopra was listed as one of the SWF’s “Religious & Spiritual Leaders.” Both he and Hubbard were Fellows of the World Business Academy, and he was an “ally” of Hubbard’s Birth 2012 Campaign [5]. Chopra praised Hubbard as “the voice for conscious evolution of our time.”
  • Stanislav Grof spoke on an SWF Panel titled “Legacy of Wisdom.” In The Book of Co-Creation, Grof is noted as one of Hubbard’s “[c]olleagues and teachers of conscious evolution” [1].
  • Jean Houston was listed as one of the SWF’s “Religious & Spiritual Leaders.” In Birth 2012 and Beyond, Houston is recorded as an “ally” of Hubbard’s Birth 2012 Campaign [5]. Additionally, Both she and Hubbard were Fellows of the World Business Academy.

In addition to all of these New Age and futurist “co-creators” who have bolstered Hubbard’s gospel of conscious evolution, other SWF participants included numerous top-level administrators of UN agencies that have been propagating Malthusian population policies in conjunction with sustainable development initiatives. Some of these UN figureheads, who were commissioned as delegates to the SWF, also collaborated with Hubbard.

For instance, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Federico Mayor, served as a co-chair of the SWF; and he also spoke at the UN High Level Forum on the Culture of Peace where Hubbard gave her speech promoting Agenda 2030’s SDGs. Additionally, UN Assistant Secretary General, Robert Muller, served on the SWF International Coordinating Council. As Assistant Secretary General, Muller served under UN Secretary General Kurt Waldheim, who was previously a Nazi Wehrmacht officer. According to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Muller was ” instrumental in the conception of . . .  the UN Development Programme” (UNDP) and the “UN Population Fund” (UNFPA); and he ” helped” Maurice Strong “orchestrate the first-ever UN Conference on the Human Environment.” In a blurb on the back cover of Hubbard’s autobiography, Muller exalted Hubbard with the following accolades: “[i]f I have ever met a person who is fully conscious of her responsibilities toward the earth, humanity and the cosmos, it is certainly Barbara Marx Hubbard. She is a true 21st century woman” [2]. 

Another UN delegate to the SWF was Nafis Sadik, who was the Secretary General of the 1994 UN International Conference on Population & Development, which stipulated the Neo-Malthusian family planning policies that guide Agenda 2030’s SDGs. Other UN delegates to the SWF included UNEP Executive Director Elizabeth Dowdeswell, UNESCO Director-General Koichiro Matsurra, UNDP Director Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, UNDP Administrator Mark Malloch Brown, and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director, Carol Bellamy.

These UN agencies, which partnered with the SWF, have all worked to advance the SDGs. At the same time, according to the executive producer of the SWF, the final State of the World Forum was convened “in conjunction with the UN Millennial Summit [sic],” which established the UN MDGs that are now revamped as the SDGs. Evidently, the UN-SWF alliance, which encompassed Hubbard’s circle of New Age futurists, was instrumental in laying the groundwork for the Agenda 2030 SDGs that are now being accelerated by the WEF’s Great Reset for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Not only has the WEF taken up the SDG mantle of the UN and the SWF, but the State of the World Forum also hosted several top officials of the World Economic Forum along with other high-ranking Round Table globalists, including prominent members of the Club of Rome and the Council on Foreign Relations. For instance, Club of Rome member Wouter van Dieren and Club of Rome President Ashok Khosla were “Additional Speakers” at the SWF. Khosla is also a member of the WEF, and he has served as an advisor to the UNDP, the UNEP, and the UN WCED, the latter two of which were spearheaded by Maurice Strong, who was a WEF Foundation Board Member and a “Featured Speaker” at the SWF. Another SWF “Featured Speaker” was WEF Trustee Marc Benioff while WEF member George Soros was a “Distinguished Guest” of the SWF. Additionally, CFR member Stephen Rhinesmith served on the SWF International Coordinating Council, and he “conducted a session on global leadership” for the WEF’s Young Global Leaders program, which recruits national leaders to adopt SDG initiatives. Rhinesmith was also the Chairman of the Board of Advisors of the Esalen Soviet-American Exchange Program where Hubbard’s “co-creators,” Velikhov and Goldin, were Russian liaisons. 

It is worth noting here that the SWF was sponsored by Time Warner, which was bankrolled by its largest shareholder: WEF member Ted Turner, who has been a vocal proponent of population control. On the “Supporters” page of the State of the World Forum’s website, which is archived in the Wayback Machine, there was a quote from Turner warning that “[t]he population problem and environmental destruction that is going on in the world will eventually lead to our demise if it is not reversed.”

Altogether, the SWF helped launch the UN MDGs, which became the SDGs, by bringing together representatives from the UN, the WEF, and the Club of Rome, the latter of which propagated the “limits to growth” theories that paved the way for the SDGs. At the same time, Hubbard and her cohort of New Age “evolutionaries” were positioned in the middle of this sustainability nexus between the SWF, the UN, the WEF, and Club of Rome. In sum, the SWF yoked together Hubbard and her New Ageco-creators” with UN representatives and Round Table globalists, including Strong and Gorbachev, who laid the groundwork for the UN SDGs. This was done in order to advance the Club of Rome’s Malthusian sustainable development policies through the UN MDGs that have been revamped through Agenda 2030, which is currently being bolstered by the WEF’s Great Reset.

Caveat Lector 

In response to my first installment in this investigative series on Hubbard, several of her colleagues have critiqued my report, arguing that I unfairly represented Hubbard’s character. These Hubbard apologists have suggested that she was well intentioned, but that she was taken advantage of by globalist oligarchs, who hijacked her ideas and co-opted her image to usher in a technocratic New World Order under a veneer of New Age spirituality. 

To be sure, with all due respect, neither this nor my previous article is intended as a judgment of Hubbard’s personal character. Rather, this investigative series aims only to document her involvement in the transhumanist and Malthusian-eugenic agendas of the UN-Round Table oligarchy. While it may be possible that Hubbard was naïve to the machinations of her comrades at the UN, the Club of Rome, the SWF, and the WEF, it is hard to believe that she was totally ignorant of the techno-fascist ambitions of many of her associates. 

But even if you’re convinced that Hubbard was unwittingly beguiled by these international oligarchs, it cannot be ignored that she cooperated with the top brass of some of the very same Round Table NGOs and global governance institutions that are now at the epicenter of the Great Reset and the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Beyond her liaisons with the UN-Round Table syndicate, Hubbard explicitly championed transhumanism and Malthusian sustainable development, which are the crux of the Great Reset and the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Regardless of whether Hubbard was gullibly seduced by unsavory elitists, or whether she willingly lent her New Age ethos to trailblaze for the technocratic enterprises of globalist oligarchs, it cannot be denied that Hubbard’s writings and speeches explicitly call for transhumanism and Malthusian population control on several occasions. 

In the next installments of this series, I will dig deeper into the key influencers behind Hubbard’s Malthusian-eugenic transhumanism. These include Jonas Salk, Laurance Rockefeller, and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. I will also unveil how Hubbard’s affiliations with the World Future Society, the Human Potential Movement, and the Foundation for Conscious Evolution were connected to networks of alleged pedophiles and sexual abuse cults.


[1]  Barbara Marx Hubbard, The Revelation: Our Crisis Is a Birth (The Book of Co-Creation) (Sonoma, CA: Foundation for Conscious Evolution, 1993).

[2]  Barbara Marx Hubbard, The Hunger of Eve: One Woman’s Odyssey Toward the Future (Eastsound, WA: Island Pacific NW, 1989).

[3]  Graeme Maxton and Jørgen Randers, Reinventing Prosperity: Managing Economic Growth to Reduce Unemployment, Inequality, and Climate Change (A Report to the Club of Rome) (Vancouver: Greystone Books, 2016).

[4]  Barbara Marx Hubbard, Emergence: The Shift from Ego to Essence (10 Steps to the Universal Human) (Charlottesville, VA: Walsch Books, 2001).

[5]  Barbara Marx Hubbard and The Welcoming Committee, Birth 2012 and Beyond: Humanity’s Great Shift to the Age of Conscious Evolution (USA: Shift Books, 2012).

  1. Thank you for deep investigation, good job… I haven’t read the first part, but I agree with the critics of the first part about the second one… on a more introspective reading, I don’t know what to criticize Hubbard for. as a woman who grew up in the time of communism and whose relatives were in prison for simply declaring human freedom, or were executed (milada horáková), as a person who grew up on Russian culture and the Russian language, in the context of the war in Ukraine and the connotation of biolaboratories (as a form of transhumanism) I would also reproach you that although you have processed a large amount of reference material, that you are guided by the right instinct (which could excuse some zeal), but as a woman I find no fault with Ms. Hubbard in the quotes you have published or in most of her contacts. The Club of Rome was at the birth of the EU and Gorbachev was at the demise of the USSR. In an event that (as postulated by Hubbard and Esalen) could have brought Russia and Europe together. In other words, re-glazing: when you watch the Congress of Vienna, the Paris Peace Conference, Tehran 43 or Yalta – Russia was always part of the then “agenda 2030”, which became global thanks to technology and infrastructure. just like when you watch the Pasteur Institute in Paris and the “death fighters” – most scientists in the “esalen” at that time were Russians – read Axel Munthe – The Book of Life and Death. or otherwise: I am in contact with scientists from the Pasteur Institute in Paris, and the communication is, believe me, extraordinarily complex, as complex as the legacy of our predecessors. I can’t be this harsh if I can’t say the words I’m writing to their faces. however, you did a great job, the connecting of the dots is excellent, maybe it needs some infographic for better clarity, in which Hubbard herself gets lost and substantiates your perspective as one of the pillars of humanity’s current borderline situation. we were looking forward to the robots not knowing that we were supposed to be the robots… we are united in that. but I would not suggest to her that she wanted this, nor that she caused this. and with that draining of humanity – it’s true that there is a certain percentage of defections – even in ourselves. but remember the 19th century and the asylum in Paris: there in the basements mentally ill people were chained to the walls and poured with ice water to “exorcise the devil”, this line of selection beyond the Darwinian error was always there and its current apostles about Hubbard and the new age they never heard. they sit in every psychiatric office – if they want to keep their license (see Jordan Peterson or forced euthanasia in Canada)

  2. What is the need for this kind of analysis about someone who is now deceased? And why is one an “apologist” for saying that this portrayal of Hubbard is nothing like the experience of knowing her or appreciating the perspectives found in The Revelation: Our Crisis is a Birth. I never had any sense that her vision of transformation was anything other than an evolutionary leap of humanity that was framed as a significant shift of consciousness. I understand that some people do suggest that a technology-driven, trans-human agenda is the way forward. I don’t count Hubbard among them. If anyone is exiting life on this planet, I expect it will be those who have positioned themselves as superior to others and are unable to accomodate the real transformation that I perceive to be well under way.

    1. Chris,
      Hard to resist the sarcastic response here, but I will:
      You don’t think Jesus Christ had great power even AFTER he died? You don’t think people co-opted his ideas to suit their own agendas? …The fact that he didn’t exist doesn’t refute my point in the least! In fact it reinforces it! Come on man, put that coffee on and…well, you know.

  3. I thank you for all your work on these issues. Do you have any knowledge of mechanisms that have been bringing LGBTQ……. BS into schools I can’t believe it is simply organic, they have been knocking the man out of men for along time. Everybody’s mad but it doesn’t stop.

  4. Honestly, it seems these initiatives are designed to protect the well resourced members of our population, but after living in a place that has been slated to be a so-called smart city and witnessing the destruction of my home by mass migration, I cannot say that I entirely disagree with the agenda at large. The problem is I’m not included in the protected class so I will not benefit from it’s entitlements. But it is clear to me that they aren’t entirely wrong about the defective humans who are basically self selecting for termination and sterilization. I actually tried to read Jonas Salks book survival of the wisest but it was quite boring. The year of the lockdowns was one of my favorite times because I was able to travel to a bunch of national parks and they were sparsely populated. It was beyond ephemeral and the beauty was unfathomable. It was a rare opportunity that I will never forget and one I will never be able to replicate. All the public spaces and lands are being overcrowded by tourists and subsequently defiled. Never have there ever had to be signs plastered all over my beautiful state about cleaning up after yourself, like one might need to post in kindergarten classroom filled with 5 year olds. The signs are largely ignored, I’ve never seen so much trash piling up around my home on the trails, just generally everywhere, in my entire life. This used to be a beautiful place to live, a wonderful place to live. Now it’s been turned into a large dumpster fire that I can’t even afford to enjoy.. And that is because of all the people who have moved here. So yeah, as I read these articles as someone who has been following transhumanism for a couple of decades, I feel very conflicted about starting to find myself in agreement with some of these objectives. I long for times past before life started to feel incredibly onerous and out of control with all these changes being deployed strategically on our populations. I have no idea what we little people can do about it, so maybe if you can’t beat them…. Join them.

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