Who Really Runs the World?
Posted in the Gerber Forum
#1 Jan 28, 2013
Conservatives like to boil down most political issues to free-enterprise versus socialism/communism'. But new evidence supports the fact that this is NOT the larger issue.
The facts show that the real power is in the hands of the super-elite 1%(and mostly with the top .1%). The power in our world is held by this elite corporatocracy.
Towards the end of 2011, three young, very smart and tenacious mathematicians specialising in complexity theory at the Zurich Polytechnic published the paper the rest of us had been waiting forexcept, to be truthful, we didnt even know wed been waiting for it. Nobody had ever assumed it might be possible to put the powerful structures of corporate control in an unarguably rigorous scientific framework." Their conclusion:
One percent control 40% of TNCs (Trans-national corporations)
An analysis of the relationships between 43,000 transnational corporations has identified a relatively small group of companies, mainly banks, with disproportionate power over the global economy."
These are the REAL powers in our economy and in the world economy. They're actually more powerful than any of our governments. In fact, they 'own' many of our politicians, and their self-aggrandizing propaganda rules the right-wing media and blogosphere.
#2 Jan 28, 2013
More about this super-elite:
"But the study, by a trio of complex systems theorists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, is the first to go beyond ideology to empirically identify such a network of power. It combines the mathematics long used to model natural systems with comprehensive corporate data to map ownership among the world's transnational corporations (TNCs).
When the team further untangled the web of ownership, it found much of it tracked back to a "super-entity" of 147 even more tightly knit companies - all of their ownership was held by other members of the super-entity - that controlled 40 per cent of the total wealth in the network.
"In effect, less than 1 per cent of the companies were able to control 40 per cent of the entire network," says Glattfelder. Most were financial institutions. The top 20 included Barclays Bank, JPMorgan Chase & Co, and The Goldman Sachs Group."
#3 Jan 28, 2013
This small but extremely powerful group of highly placed multi-national corporate executives support each other, and often are members of the board of directors in the others' corporations.
Their mutual goal is to enforce the status quo.
This dominant class "has an ideology but virtually no ideas and no imagination. Their programme since the 1970s, usually called neoliberalism, is based on freedom for financial innovation, no matter where it may lead, on privatization, deregulation, and unlimited growth; on the supposedly free, self-regulating market and free trade that gave birth to the casino economy."
So they're for 'financial freedom' and de-regulation-- no matter the results for the rest of us. The financial industry's high-stakes gambling brought our economy to its knees in 2008... and we taxpayers, who were playing the nickle slot machines had to bail them out.
And they're right back into their high-stakes gambling, making billions every year. It's incredible that we're letting them do this again.
#4 Jan 28, 2013
> Great series of articles SOLUTION .... and that is the reason why I refer to our conservative buddies here and elsewhere as "the useful idiots" for voting against their own interests and always siding with the 1%....
#5 Jan 29, 2013
Thanks, GRANDPA. Yeah, the 1% keep the useful idiots pre-occupied with a false debate about 'free-enterprise' versus 'government takeover', while these plutocrats quitely amass more power and wealth.
#6 Jan 31, 2013
It looks like few of you want to actually talk about those who hold the REAL power in our world. Why is that?
I guess you'd rather rant about the talking points the super-elite have given you.
Do righties ever notice that almost all of your political stances are pro-corporate and pro-plutocracy?
You're anti- AGW (pro-Big Oil).
You're against raising taxes on the rich (pro-plutocracy).
You're anti- regulation (pro-corporate).
You're against gun enforcement (pro- gun manfacturers).
The list goes on and on. The plutocrats have you right where they want you.
#7 Feb 1, 2013
And on the other side of the coin please explain how the left is reduced to begging $5 and $10 donations only. Show how the unions, in their gifts to the dems, were not asking for anything in return. And explain to any not in love with Obama policies, just exactly WHY we have to use our drones to kill kids in towns with families of religious islamists we don't agree with. Show how the previous phoney assualt weapon magazine ban was a failure but how now we're supposed to pull the wool over our eyes and forget this ever happened.
And show how the libs are all but ignoring the present danger to our school kids in their rush to ban guns, even after Biden has agreed and now says banning guns will NOT stop school violence.
#8 Feb 1, 2013
That's right. The anti-union stuff is another pro-corporate agenda.
Unions are (were) the one viable counter-force to the corporate agenda. Even if a worker is not part of a union, his wages, benefits, and safety were improved by unions.
Why do you think the Fat Cats push their anti-union agenda through state and federal legislatures? They get richer and more powerful as unions are made weaker. If corporations can pay smaller wages, less benefits, and pay less for safety, they make more money. Isn't that obvious?
How quickly righties are made to forget that unions brought us out of the gilded age, with its 12 hour workdays, no weekends, rampant child labor, and runaway worker deaths and injuries.
Did you notice that the anti-labor propaganda escalated soon after the Wall Street crash? The best defense is going on the offenses. Don't blame the obvious culprits-- the plutocratic Wall Street firms and the Big Banks-- for the worst financial disaster since the Great Depression.
Instead, the corporate-backed right-wing media and blogosphere immediately blamed the unions. It's all their fault. Don't look at the plutocrats and the billions they made before-- and after-- the crash. Blame the workers instead.
It was an outrageous attempt to shift the blame-- and it worked, at least among the ditto-heads.
If the corporate-backed righties got their way yes, we'd get more jobs-- at $10 a day.
I'm not in love with drones.
If it was phony it was because it had too many loopholes. Regarding armed people in schools, Obama has approved them, if the schools want them.
And of course banning certain kinds of military-style weapons will NOT stop ALL deaths, in school or elsewhere. No one has ever said that-- except in the right-wing bubble.
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