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Who Runs The World? Solid Proof That A Core Group Of Wealthy Elitists Is Pulling The Strings ^ | January 31, 2013 | Michael Synder

Posted on 01/31/2013 9:35:54 AM PST by B4Ranch

Does a shadowy group of obscenely wealthy elitists control the world? Do men and women with enormous amounts of money really run the world from behind the scenes? The answer might surprise you. Most of us tend to think of money as a convenient way to conduct transactions, but the truth is that it also represents power and control. And today we live in a neo-fuedalist system in which the super rich pull all the strings.

When I am talking about the ultra-wealthy, I am not just talking about people that have a few million dollars. As you will see later in this article, the ultra-wealthy have enough money sitting in offshore banks to buy all of the goods and services produced in the United States during the course of an entire year and still be able to pay off the entire U.S. national debt. That is an amount of money so large that it is almost incomprehensible.

Under this ne0-feudalist system, all the rest of us are debt slaves, including our own governments. Just look around - everyone is drowning in debt, and all of that debt is making the ultra-wealthy even wealthier. But the ultra-wealthy don't just sit on all of that wealth. They use some of it to dominate the affairs of the nations.

The ultra-wealthy own virtually every major bank and every major corporation on the planet. They use a vast network of secret societies, think tanks and charitable organizations to advance their agendas and to keep their members in line. They control how we view the world through their ownership of the media and their dominance over our education system.

They fund the campaigns of most of our politicians and they exert a tremendous amount of influence over international organizations such as the United Nations, the IMF, the World Bank and the WTO. When you step back and take a look at the big picture, there is little doubt about who runs the world. It is just that most people don't want to admit the truth.

The ultra-wealthy don't run down and put their money in the local bank like you and I do. Instead, they tend to stash their assets in places where they won't be taxed such as the Cayman Islands.

According to a report that was released last summer, the global elite have up to 32 TRILLION dollars stashed in offshore banks around the globe.

U.S. GDP for 2011 was about 15 trillion dollars, and the U.S. national debt is sitting at about 16 trillion dollars, so you could add them both together and you still wouldn't hit 32 trillion dollars.

And of course that does not even count the money that is stashed in other locations that the study did not account for, and it does not count all of the wealth that the global elite have in hard assets such as real estate, precious metals, art, yachts, etc.

The global elite have really hoarded an incredible amount of wealth in these troubled times. The following is from an article on the Huffington Post website...

Rich individuals and their families have as much as $32 trillion of hidden financial assets in offshore tax havens, representing up to $280 billion in lost income tax revenues, according to research published on Sunday.

The study estimating the extent of global private financial wealth held in offshore accounts - excluding non-financial assets such as real estate, gold, yachts and racehorses - puts the sum at between $21 and $32 trillion.

The research was carried out for pressure group Tax Justice Network, which campaigns against tax havens, by James Henry, former chief economist at consultants McKinsey & Co.

He used data from the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, United Nations and central banks.

But as I mentioned previously, the global elite just don't have a lot of money. They also basically own just about every major bank and every major corporation on the entire planet.

According to an outstanding NewScientist article, a study of more than 40,000 transnational corporations conducted by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich discovered that a very small core group of huge banks and giant predator corporations dominate the entire global economic system...

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.

The researchers found that this core group consists of just 147 very tightly knit companies...

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.

The following are the top 25 banks and corporations at the heart of this "super-entity". You will recognize many of the names on the list...

1. Barclays plc 2. Capital Group Companies Inc 3. FMR Corporation 4. AXA 5. State Street Corporation 6. JP Morgan Chase & Co 7. Legal & General Group plc 8. Vanguard Group Inc 9. UBS AG 10. Merrill Lynch & Co Inc 11. Wellington Management Co LLP 12. Deutsche Bank AG 13. Franklin Resources Inc 14. Credit Suisse Group 15. Walton Enterprises LLC 16. Bank of New York Mellon Corp 17. Natixis 18. Goldman Sachs Group Inc 19. T Rowe Price Group Inc 20. Legg Mason Inc 21. Morgan Stanley 22. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc 23. Northern Trust Corporation 24. Société Générale 25. Bank of America Corporation

The ultra-wealthy elite often hide behind layers and layers of ownership, but the truth is that thanks to interlocking corporate relationships, the elite basically control almost every Fortune 500 corporation.

The amount of power and control that this gives them is hard to describe.

Unfortunately, this same group of people have been running things for a very long time. For example, New York City Mayor John F. Hylan said the following during a speech all the way back in 1922...

The real menace of our Republic is the invisible government, which like a giant octopus sprawls its slimy legs over our cities, states and nation. To depart from mere generalizations, let me say that at the head of this octopus are the Rockefeller-Standard Oil interests and a small group of powerful banking houses generally referred to as the international bankers. The little coterie of powerful international bankers virtually run the United States government for their own selfish purposes.

They practically control both parties, write political platforms, make catspaws of party leaders, use the leading men of private organizations, and resort to every device to place in nomination for high public office only such candidates as will be amenable to the dictates of corrupt big business.

These international bankers and Rockefeller-Standard Oil interests control the majority of the newspapers and magazines in this country. They use the columns of these papers to club into submission or drive out of office public officials who refuse to do the bidding of the powerful corrupt cliques which compose the invisible government. It operates under cover of a self-created screen [and] seizes our executive officers, legislative bodies, schools, courts, newspapers and every agency created for the public protection.

These international bankers created the central banks of the world (including the Federal Reserve), and they use those central banks to get the governments of the world ensnared in endless cycles of debt from which there is no escape. Government debt is a way to "legitimately" take money from all of us, transfer it to the government, and then transfer it into the pockets of the ultra-wealthy.

Today, Barack Obama and almost all members of Congress absolutely refuse to criticize the Fed, but in the past there have been some brave members of Congress that have been willing to take a stand. For example, the following quote is from a speech that Congressman Louis T. McFadden delivered to the U.S. House of Representatives on June 10, 1932...

Mr. Chairman, we have in this country one of the most corrupt institutions the world has ever known. I refer to the Federal Reserve Board and the Federal Reserve Banks. The Federal Reserve Board, a Government board, has cheated the Government of the United States and the people of the United States out of enough money to pay the national debt. The depredations and iniquities of the Federal Reserve Board has cost this country enough money to pay the national debt several times over. This evil institution has impoverished and ruined the people of the United States, has bankrupted itself, and has practically bankrupted our Government. It has done this through the defects of the law under which it operates, through the maladministration of that law by the Federal Reserve Board, and through the corrupt practices of the moneyed vultures who control it.

Sadly, most Americans still believe that the Federal Reserve is a "federal agency", but that is simply not correct. The following comes from

The stockholders in the 12 regional Federal Reserve Banks are the privately owned banks that fall under the Federal Reserve System. These include all national banks (chartered by the federal government) and those state-chartered banks that wish to join and meet certain requirements. About 38 percent of the nation’s more than 8,000 banks are members of the system, and thus own the Fed banks.

According to researchers that have looked into the ownership of the big Wall Street banks that dominate the Fed, the same names keep coming up over and over: the Rockefellers, the Rothschilds, the Warburgs, the Lazards, the Schiffs and the royal families of Europe.

But ultra-wealthy international bankers have not just done this kind of thing in the United States. Their goal was to create a global financial system that they would dominate and control. Just check out what Georgetown University history professor Carroll Quigley once wrote...

[T]he powers of financial capitalism had another far-reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole. This system was to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements arrived at in frequent private meetings and conferences. The apex of the system was to be the Bank for International Settlements in Basle, Switzerland, a private bank owned and controlled by the world’s central banks which were themselves private corporations.

Sadly, most Americans have never even heard of the Bank for International Settlements, but it is at the very heart of the global financial system. The following is from Wikipedia...

As an organization of central banks, the BIS seeks to make monetary policy more predictable and transparent among its 58 member central banks. While monetary policy is determined by each sovereign nation, it is subject to central and private banking scrutiny and potentially to speculation that affects foreign exchange rates and especially the fate of export economies. Failures to keep monetary policy in line with reality and make monetary reforms in time, preferably as a simultaneous policy among all 58 member banks and also involving the International Monetary Fund, have historically led to losses in the billions as banks try to maintain a policy using open market methods that have proven to be based on unrealistic assumptions.

The ultra-wealthy have also played a major role in establishing other important international institutions such as the United Nations, the IMF, the World Bank and the WTO. In fact, the land for the United Nations headquarters in New York City was purchased and donated by John D. Rockefeller.

The international bankers are "internationalists" and they are very proud of that fact.

The elite also dominate the education system in the United States. Over the years, the Rockefeller Foundation and other elitist organizations have poured massive amounts of money into Ivy League schools. Today, Ivy League schools are considered to be the standard against which all other colleges and universities in America are measured, and the last four U.S. presidents were educated at Ivy League schools.

The elite also exert a tremendous amount of influence through various secret societies (Skull and Bones, the Freemasons, etc.), through some very powerful think tanks and social clubs (the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, the Bilderberg Group, the Bohemian Grove, Chatham House, etc.), and through a vast network of charities and non-governmental organizations (the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the World Wildlife Fund, etc.).

But for a moment, I want to focus on the power the elite have over the media. In a previous article, I detailed how just six monolithic corporate giants control most of what we watch, hear and read every single day. These giant corporations own television networks, cable channels, movie studios, newspapers, magazines, publishing houses, music labels and even many of our favorite websites.

Considering the fact that the average American watches 153 hours of television a month, the influence of these six giant corporations should not be underestimated. The following are just some of the media companies that these corporate giants own...

Time Warner

Home Box Office (HBO) Time Inc. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. CW Network (partial ownership) TMZ New Line Cinema Time Warner Cable Cinemax Cartoon Network TBS TNT America Online MapQuest Moviefone Castle Rock Sports Illustrated Fortune Marie Claire People Magazine

Walt Disney

ABC Television Network Disney Publishing ESPN Inc. Disney Channel SOAPnet A&E Lifetime Buena Vista Home Entertainment Buena Vista Theatrical Productions Buena Vista Records Disney Records Hollywood Records Miramax Films Touchstone Pictures Walt Disney Pictures Pixar Animation Studios Buena Vista Games Hyperion Books


Paramount Pictures Paramount Home Entertainment Black Entertainment Television (BET) Comedy Central Country Music Television (CMT) Logo MTV MTV Canada MTV2 Nick Magazine Nick at Nite Nick Jr. Nickelodeon Noggin Spike TV The Movie Channel TV Land VH1

News Corporation

Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Fox Television Stations The New York Post Fox Searchlight Pictures Beliefnet Fox Business Network Fox Kids Europe Fox News Channel Fox Sports Net Fox Television Network FX My Network TV MySpace News Limited News Phoenix InfoNews Channel Phoenix Movies Channel Sky PerfecTV Speed Channel STAR TV India STAR TV Taiwan STAR World Times Higher Education Supplement Magazine Times Literary Supplement Magazine Times of London 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment 20th Century Fox International 20th Century Fox Studios 20th Century Fox Television BSkyB DIRECTV The Wall Street Journal Fox Broadcasting Company Fox Interactive Media FOXTEL HarperCollins Publishers The National Geographic Channel National Rugby League News Interactive News Outdoor Radio Veronica ReganBooks Sky Italia Sky Radio Denmark Sky Radio Germany Sky Radio Netherlands STAR Zondervan

CBS Corporation

CBS News CBS Sports CBS Television Network CNET Showtime CBS Radio Inc. (130 stations) CBS Consumer Products CBS Outdoor CW Network (50% ownership) Infinity Broadcasting Simon & Schuster (Pocket Books, Scribner) Westwood One Radio Network

NBC Universal

Bravo CNBC NBC News MSNBC NBC Sports NBC Television Network Oxygen SciFi Magazine Syfy (Sci Fi Channel) Telemundo USA Network Weather Channel Focus Features NBC Universal Television Distribution NBC Universal Television Studio Paxson Communications (partial ownership) Trio Universal Parks & Resorts Universal Pictures Universal Studio Home Video

And of course the elite own most of our politicians as well.

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To: Revolting cat!
Better hope The Pentaverate doesn't hear about this...if you ever want to eat chicken again.
101 posted on 01/31/2013 2:24:43 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: svcw

I hope you did read #78 too.

102 posted on 01/31/2013 3:01:15 PM PST by B4Ranch (When democracy turns to tyranny, we still get to vote. We just won't use voting booths to do it.)
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To: IronJack

Oh yes it is. Tell me one organized religion that is not socialist in nature. Everyone of them tells you their religion is the only true religion and without them you will not be saved. Exactly the same spiel that a socialist government spouts out. They demand that you support them financially so they can grow and earn more money.

I know, I know. That is a cold hard look at the organized religions of the world and it certainly will offend some but that’s how I tend to look at things. I strip away all the pretty fluff and examine the bare bones. Organized religions are continually making an effort to control their believers into behaving the way they see fit.

Some say Saturday is a Holy Day and the others say No, you are wrong! Sunday is the day when we must worship. But you have to admit the ones who have got it down pat sure have built up vast fortunes and strong power holds.

Me, I’m free to worship Jesus everyday and in any way that I believe is proper because I don’t have to answer to a priest or rabbi about my sins or regressions. I have had people tell me that I must join their way of worshiping or else. I just laugh at them.

103 posted on 01/31/2013 3:19:41 PM PST by B4Ranch (When democracy turns to tyranny, we still get to vote. We just won't use voting booths to do it.)
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To: drypowder
stuffed ballots, more votes cast than there are registered voters, 100 % of voters in a number of precincts cast votes for obozo

We did not lose because of vote fraud. If only if were that easy. Do the Democrats cheat where they can? Sure. Was it anywhere near enough to account for our beating? Not even close. Romney lost by 5 million votes, in the end it wasn't really as close as it seemed election night. Heck, we only held the House due to clever gerrymandering - the reality is over a million more people even voted for a Democrat House candidate than a Republican. We are simply following in Europe's footsteps down the road of secular socialism. And the result of that is predictable - stagnant growth, high unemployment, ever greater debt, etc. Add in the rapidly growing Hispanic demographic that overwhelmingly votes Democrat (especially if we amnesty in 11 million more) and you can see how difficult this is going to be to reverse.

Don't hang your hat on vote fraud. We have the same problem the Europeans have - a people problem. Take a good look at Greece. Their problem isn't vote fraud, monied "globalists", Jews, "banksters" or any other nefarious conspirators. They have a population that wants to maintain a massive social welfare state they can't afford. Even when it's obvious they can't afford it they don't want to cut anything. Even when they are begging for cash, the people still don't want to cut anything. That is coming to the US soon. California is flat broke and in a steep decline, yet voting overwhelmingly Democrat and it isn't because of vote fraud. I wish that's all it was, but the problem is far worse.

104 posted on 01/31/2013 3:33:57 PM PST by Longbow1969
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To: B4Ranch
The massive debt is how you control people.

No, at least in the West, the massive debt is because people vote for politicians that promise them expensive social welfare states that we can't really afford. Socialism is a drug and people will easily fall for politicians that promise it to them.

The free trade agreements are opening the world to a whole new third world population of potential consumers who will yearn to have everything that is on TV, just like Americans do.

Good, why shouldn't they? I lived in a 3rd world country and I am glad to see standard of living increasing. Never believe a liberal when he/she tells you that farmer living in a decrepit hut still using a water buffalo to plow the fields doesn't want a nice house and a tractor. 3rd world people want the same nice things we have. More power to them.

They’ll send their kids to public indoctrination classes - public schools to get an education so they too can earn cold hard cash in a job that promises it will enable them to live a better life.

So? What are you babbling about?

We are getting new taxes that will control us from reaching too far into the hole. The leaders know how to control the masses.


I'm guessing you're regular over at InfoWars and PrisonPlanet? Supported Ron Paul?

105 posted on 01/31/2013 3:49:28 PM PST by Longbow1969
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To: Slings and Arrows

LOL. you gave away the secret of post #12. I already had a few falling for it.. darn...

106 posted on 01/31/2013 4:17:02 PM PST by mnehring
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To: discostu

IMHO, read the bios of advisors to Presidents starting with Wilson, read up on the Council of Foreign relations.

Read up on George Peabody (1795-1869) who gave J S Morgan his start in London banking and its gold cartel, setting up for J P Morgan (son of JSM) to be European banking’s main representative in America.

The capital funding for American expansion, the slave trade, etc., all this was the invested in by European banking.

The fortunes don’t evaporate when people die, and the business associations and relationships don’t evaporate either. Peabody setup a lot of foundations, all with a purpose, that would help the businesses in the long run, many were education-focused. This gives the foundations great sway over the direction of education, i.e., how the “common man” is to be taught and how the elites are to be taught. You’ll notice that elites even to this day send their children to the Ivy League schools.

You will almost never hear this history mentioned in the media or in schools.

If you research, things become obvious. George Soros is using the exact same formula; endowing universities, tax-free organizations, etc. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, that’s how we can know that he’s not just doing his thing on his own, and what he’s doing is no accident. He must, therefore, have the Eastern-Europe and Middle Eastern “franchises”, the way the Rockefeller and Morgan line has the American “franchise”.

The Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve is all people on the same team, the Fed itself was founded by the same team. If you could create a central bank for a country - you’ve got an off-the-charts amount of power and influence in that country, beyond that of any particular politician.

The only way this is not all real is if these bankers founded the Fed, all these foundations, universities and the Council on Foreign Relations, then sort of just let their influence die out and kind of “let them go”.

107 posted on 01/31/2013 4:26:20 PM PST by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: Longbow1969
Obozocare, the national debt, the creeping erosion of our freedom, cost of living skyrocketing, the unemployment rate, the adminstrations selective enforcement of our laws, obozo’s constant lies, illegal invasion of Lybia, his first term was failure after failure for this country and our law. Given the turnout of the crowds prior to the election where Romney and Ryan had thousands showing up at every ralley and obozo and Biden turnouts had mere hundreds showing up at theirs, what did that say with respect to who the people no longer trusted and who they intended to choose on election day. With that and as long as electronic programmable vote and vote counting machines are the predominant means of casting and tallying votes and the allowed stuffing of absentee ballots, it will be hard to convince me and whole lot of other people that the 2012 election was not stolen. Obviously the people didn't like Romney because he is establishment but the mood was that the people have had enough of the obozo and his Marxist policies. Obozo owes many thanks to Mr. Soros, Mr. Hagel and the Dibold Corp. Not to be contentious but maybe it might do for you to reconsider where your hat hangs.
108 posted on 01/31/2013 4:33:17 PM PST by drypowder
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To: B4Ranch

It’s narrarated in English.

109 posted on 01/31/2013 4:39:39 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike!
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To: drypowder
Given the turnout of the crowds prior to the election where Romney and Ryan had thousands showing up

That does not measure depth of support, only intensity of supporters. You know who else had massive rallies right up to election day? George McGovern. That didn't work out so well for him did it. Nader could fill arena's during his presidential runs, but that didn't amount to squat. Heck Ron Paul could get huge crowds near college campuses, but again, that just shows what followers he has are intense about him.

With that and as long as electronic programmable vote and vote counting machines are the predominant means of casting and tallying votes and the allowed stuffing of absentee ballots, it will be hard to convince me and whole lot of other people that the 2012 election was not stolen.

The same thing the Democrats said when they lost the off year elections in 2002 and the presidential election in 2004. Kerry had huge crowds, and the intensity of an opposition and media that hated Bush with a passion - he still lost. The left blamed Diebold and other nefarious plots with voting machines. They didn't really let go of their "black box voting" conspiracies till they started winning again in 2006.

We are simply following along the same path Europe is. They are voting secular socialist, and we are doing the same. I understand it is hard to accept that the American public is so far gone, but think about how dramatically the demographics have changed. Look at California. California is in the gutter yet just voted for a Democratic legislative super majority. It ain't vote fraud man, its a public that is growing increasingly ethnic, ignorant and dependent. Sorry, but that's the reality. We're just not the same country we once were.

110 posted on 01/31/2013 4:50:03 PM PST by Longbow1969
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To: B4Ranch
I read the Daily Bell. It drops a newsletter in my mailbox.

Interesting issues about the elite.

Read about the Internet Renaissance.

111 posted on 01/31/2013 5:39:33 PM PST by Chickensoup (200 million unarmed people killed in the 20th century by Leftist Totalitarian Fascists)
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To: mountainlion

So who are those 300 families?

112 posted on 01/31/2013 5:49:08 PM PST by Chickensoup (200 million unarmed people killed in the 20th century by Leftist Totalitarian Fascists)
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To: mnehring

People these days got no appreciation of the classics.

113 posted on 01/31/2013 8:27:24 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: B4Ranch

Then are you saying that some family in the Church is part of this shadowy cabal dedicated to the promulgation of international socialism? That organized religion is just another tool in the Illuminati’s kit?

114 posted on 02/01/2013 5:30:50 AM PST by IronJack (=)
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To: PieterCasparzen

Problem here is that you’re declaring the normal behavior of powerful captains of industry as a conspiracy. Rich people do rich people things, people that want to become leaders to leader things, that’s not a conspiracy, that’s normal life. Yes the rich people send their kids to ivy league school, and so do others, thanks to online stuff Harvard is projecting to have 10 million students soon. Yes they invest in similar things. Yes they belong to the same clubs. That’s just normal reality. That doesn’t mean they control things, that doesn’t mean they’re pulling the strings, that doesn’t mean there’s some massive conspiracy. It means people hang out with their own kind.

115 posted on 02/01/2013 7:22:57 AM PST by discostu (I recommend a fifth of Jack and a bottle of Prozac)
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To: discostu

I hear you, rich hang with rich, sounds plausible.

I can’t explain J P Morgan founding the Council on Foreign Relations, though. That does not square as normal behavior for rich people.

116 posted on 02/01/2013 11:02:08 AM PST by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: PieterCasparzen

Why wouldn’t a many involved in international business want to be in a group of high powered businessmen and politicians from multiple countries? The more information he has the more business opportunities he can capitalize on. The more people he knows in foreign countries the more business allies he has. It’s rich hanging with rich.

117 posted on 02/01/2013 11:40:04 AM PST by discostu (I recommend a fifth of Jack and a bottle of Prozac)
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To: discostu
Why wouldn’t a many involved in international business want to be in a group of high powered businessmen and politicians from multiple countries?

The Council on Foreign Relations is not a "group of high powered businessmen", etc.; if you take a look at their membership lists, you'll see who's a member and who's on the Board. For example, it has historically included the leadership of the U.S. news media. How are they helping to gather information for the rich ? The news media leadership controls the dissemination of information, they're not at CFR to find stories. It's quite obvious, because, although these news media heads are members and directors of CFR, the CFR is kept as low-key as possible in the news media and one virtually never hears about. One never hears about its founders, its purpose and mission, its membership, etc., whether in education, news or entertainment. It is impossible to have a leadership position in the State Department or be a foreign policy advisor to a President without the approval of the CFR.

The more information he has the more business opportunities he can capitalize on.

Being the personal advisors to U.S. Presidents, filling the State Department leadership - that's not about gathering business information. I don't think Madeleine Albright, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Henry Kissinger, etc., simply gather information for rich people (I'm sure they would chuckle at the thought).

The more people he knows in foreign countries the more business allies he has. It’s rich hanging with rich.

The rich man already has business connections anywhere he wants. Government connections are had for one reason. Just like a local town, where land developers want to have their men on the planning boards, zoning boards, etc. It's not so they know what's going to happen, it's to make happen what they want to happen. If I'm a big developer and want to develop some land that's off limits to development, that's where I want to control the government, not come begging it for permission.

Bottom line - the CFR functions as a shadow foreign policy agency that controls U.S. foreign policy. If this was not the case, it would not be necessary for it to exist; diplomats could simply work for the State Department without belonging to a foreign policy "think tank". Or, they could found their own think tank that ONLY had diplomats, instead of including banking, industry, news media, etc., leaders in with them. As I look back in history it seems painfully obvious that CFR's influence as an organization is unprecedented.

Long-term permanent control versus individual influence:

If those who control the CFR chose to rely on individual people to influence the State Department for them instead of having created the CFR, they'd have to keep working on the careers of the individuals one at a time so as older ones retired new ones could get established. And there would be much more traceable links from the influencers back to their "masters". Having the CFR means that the CFR brand name automatically confers acceptence upon new individuals. Those that control the CFR are completely out of the public eye, hidden behind the CFR, while all the members of CFR, old and new, can easily be installed in State Department leadership positions and White House advisory capacities without needing to develop the personal connections to arise to those positions. The CFR is "foreign policy outsourced", a situation that is inherently and invariably dangerous for a nation.
118 posted on 02/01/2013 12:59:31 PM PST by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: IronJack

No, I’m say the organized religions are a hotbed of socialist for change.

119 posted on 02/01/2013 1:19:56 PM PST by B4Ranch (When democracy turns to tyranny, we still get to vote. We just won't use voting booths to do it.)
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To: Chickensoup

Thanks, I signed up too.

120 posted on 02/01/2013 1:26:39 PM PST by B4Ranch (When democracy turns to tyranny, we still get to vote. We just won't use voting booths to do it.)
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