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Internalised Indoctrination of the Myth of Progress – Joaquin

The 147 Companies That Control Everything

Three systems theorists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich have taken a database listing 37 million companies and investors worldwide and analyzed all 43,060 transnational corporations and share ownerships linking them. They built a model of who owns what and what their revenues are and mapped the whole edifice of economic power. Read more:


It’s the “.1 percent”

who have the power


Published on Oct 5, 2014

As the gap between the rich and the poor continues growing, it’s difficult to fathom how much wealth is truly concentrated in the hands of only a few. Far richer than the “1 percent” are the “.1 percent,” who according to Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman, are largely invisible to the average person. John F. O’Donnell of RT’s Redacted Tonight breaks down the topic and explains.

There Are 85 People Who Are As

Wealthy As Half The WORLD, Oxfam Reports

Worldwide economic inequality is looking rather bleak these days,

according to a new report by relief organization Oxfam.

Oxfam’s “Working For The Few” report looked at Credit Suisse’s

“Global Wealth Report 2013” and Forbes’ list of the world’s billionaires

from 2013 to conclude that 1 percent of the global population

controls half of the world’s wealth.

The report also found that the world’s 85 richest people own

the same amount as the bottom half of the entire global population.

The ramifications of such inequality may be dire, the report suggests:

This massive concentration of economic resources in the hands of fewer people presents a significant threat to inclusive political and economic systems. Instead of moving forward together, people are increasingly separated by economic and political power, inevitably heightening social tensions and increasing the risk of societal breakdown.

Oxfam calls on leaders gathered at the 2014 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to tackle the growing inequality through multiple pledges, such as insisting on a living wage for companies they control, and by supporting progressive taxation.

Last Thursday, the World Economic Forum stated in a risk assessment that income disparity was one of the “Ten Global Risks of Highest Concern in 2014.”



What this Millionaire Thinks of

Poverty Will Make Your Blood

Boil | Heroes & Villains

Professor William Black-Epic Epidemic of Fraud

Published on Mar 30, 2014

Fraud expert and former regulator Professor William Black says, “Even today, we are well into 2014, and the Department of Justice record is intact. There have been zero prosecutions of the elite officers who led the epic epidemic of fraud. It was the most destructive in world history, zero of them even unsuccessfully prosecuted, much less prosecuted.”

What is the result of massive rampant unprosecuted fraud? Professor Black says, “If you don’t have any accountability, you not only make certain that there is going to be a next blow-up, but it will be worse. . . . We have effectively removed the criminal laws for a particular elite class of frauds.”

Bill Gates Asks Fellow Billionaires

to Help Reduce World’s Population

The US Independent

January 24, 2014

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) have invested several billions of dollars into vaccine initiatives to fight the polio virus.

Bill Gates is encouraging fellow billionaires to do the same.

Gates is concerned about Nigeria and Pakistan because “local conspiracy theories have undermined inoculation drives.”

Gates continued: “I don’t think people like to say out loud that we want to let these kids die because there are too many of them. But by choosing not to get into health in our early days I was a victim of the myth around overpopulation. But there is just phenomenally good news here. The world’s population will peak. Now, we do have huge population growth in places where we don’t want it, like Yemen and Pakistan and parts of Africa, where we don’t have the resources to really help those people. So we need to get serious about figuring out how to make sure there’s relative health and satisfaction in those places.”
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Bill Gates Asks Fellow Billionaires to Help Reduce World’s Population

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January 24, 2014

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) have invested several billions of dollars into vaccine initiatives to fight the polio virus.

Bill Gates is encouraging fellow billionaires to do the same.

Gates is concerned about Nigeria and Pakistan because “local conspiracy theories have undermined inoculation drives.”

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How You Can Stop the TPP: Say NO

to Fast Track

Dystopia Now

The Rich and Their Robots Are About

to Make Half the World’s Jobs Disappear

Two hugely important statistics concerning the future of employment as we know it made waves recently:

1. 85 people alone command as much wealth as the poorest half of the world.

2. 47 percent of the world’s currently existing jobs are likely to be automated

over the next two decades.

Combined, those two stats portend a quickly-exacerbating dystopia.

As more and more automated machinery (robots, if you like) are

brought in to generate efficiency gains for companies, more and

more jobs will be displaced, and more and more income will accumulate

higher up the corporate ladder. The inequality gulf will widen as jobs

grow permanently scarce—there are only so many service sector jobs

to replace manufacturing ones as it is—and the latest wave of automation

will hijack not just factory workers but accountants, telemarketers,

and real estate agents.

That’s according to a 2013 Oxford study, which was

highlighted in this week’s Economist cover story. That study attempted

to tally up the number of jobs that were susceptible to automization,

and, surprise, a huge number were. Creative and skilled jobs done

by humans were the most secure—think pastors, editors, and

dentists—but just about any rote task at all is now up for automation.

Machinists, typists, even retail jobs, are predicted to disappear.

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Odark dark dark.

“Odark dark dark. They all go into the dark,
The vacant interstellar spaces, the vacant into the vacant,
The captains, merchant bankers, eminent men of letters,
The generous patrons of art, the statesmen and the rulers,
Distinguished civil servants, chairmen of many committees,
Industrial lords and petty contractors, all go into the dark.

Extract from East Coker, T.S. Eliot

Now that you know 85 people own more

than half the world, here’s what to do about it

The media has done a great job covering the 85 people who own

more than half the world statistic from the Oxfam report entitled:

Working for the Few: Political Capture and Economic Inequality.

Media examples here, here, and here.

What I didn’t realize until I read the report was that it has an excellent set

of recommendations on how to improve the situation.

Since they’re excellent, the mainstream media seems to have ignored them,

and I don’t think Oxfam would mind, here is their series of recommendations.

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From the Oxfam report

Working for the Few: Political Capture and Economic Inequality:

Call to those gathered at Davos

Those gathered at Davos for the World Economic Forum have

the power to turn around the rapid increase in inequality. Oxfam is calling

on them to pledge that they will:

• Not dodge taxes in their own countries or in countries where they

invest and operate, by using tax havens;

• Not use their economic wealth to seek political favors that

undermine the democratic will of their fellow citizens;

• Make public all the investments in companies and trusts for

which they are the ultimate beneficial owners;

• Support progressive taxation on wealth and income;

• Challenge governments to use their tax revenue to provide

universal healthcare, education and social protection for citizens;

• Demand a living wage in all the companies they own or control;

• Challenge other economic elites to join them in these pledges.

Policy recommendations

Oxfam has recommended policies in multiple contexts to

strengthen the political representation of the poor and middle

classes to achieve greater equity. These policies include:

• A global goal to end extreme economic inequality in every country.

This should be a major element of the post-2015 framework, including

consistent monitoring in every country of the share of wealth going

to the richest one percent.

• Stronger regulation of markets to promote sustainable and

equitable growth; and

• Curbing the power of the rich to influence political processes and

policies that best suit their interests.

Some starting points from developing countries

The particular combination of policies required to reverse rising

economic inequalities should be tailored to each national context.

But developing and developed countries that have successfully

reduced economic inequality provide some suggested starting points, notably:

• Cracking down on financial secrecy and tax dodging;

• Redistributive transfers; and strengthening of social protection schemes;

• Investment in universal access to healthcare and education;

• Progressive taxation;

• Strengthening wage floors and worker rights;

• Removing the barriers to equal rights and opportunities for women.

The Controllers:

#1. – Carlos Slim Helu & family

list of the world’s billionaires


Bill Gates

$67 B 58 Microsoft United States

Amancio Ortega

$57 B 77 Zara Spain

Warren Buffett

$53.5 B 83 Berkshire Hathaway United States

Larry Ellison

$43 B 69 Oracle United States

Charles Koch

$34 B 78 diversified United States

David Koch

$34 B 73 diversified United States

Li Ka-shing

$31 B 85 diversified Hong Kong

Liliane Bettencourt & family

$30 B 91 L’Oreal France

Bernard Arnault & family

$29 B 64 LVMH France

Christy Walton & family

$28.2 B 59 Wal-Mart United States

Stefan Persson

$28 B 66 H&M Sweden

Michael Bloomberg

$27 B 71 Bloomberg LP United States

Jim Walton

$26.7 B 66 Wal-Mart United States

Sheldon Adelson

$26.5 B 80 casinos United States

Alice Walton

$26.3 B 64 Wal-Mart United States

S. Robson Walton

$26.1 B 70 Wal-Mart United States

Karl Albrecht

$26 B 93 Aldi Germany

Jeff Bezos

$25.2 B 50 United States

Larry Page

$23 B 40 Google United States

Sergey Brin

$22.8 B 40 Google United States

Mukesh Ambani

$21.5 B 56 petrochemicals, oil & gas India

Michele Ferrero & family

$20.4 B 88 chocolates Italy

Lee Shau Kee

$20.3 B 85 diversified Hong Kong

David Thomson & family

$20.3 B 56 media Canada

Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud

$20 B 58 investments Saudi Arabia

Carl Icahn

$20 B 77 leveraged buyouts United States

Thomas & Raymond Kwok & family

$20 B real estate Hong Kong

Dieter Schwarz

$19.5 B 74 retail Germany

George Soros

$19.2 B 83 hedge funds United States

Theo Albrecht, Jr. & family

$18.9 B 63 Aldi, Trader Joe’s Germany

Alberto Bailleres Gonzalez & family

$18.2 B 82 mining Mexico

Jorge Paulo Lemann

$17.8 B 74 beer Brazil

Alisher Usmanov

$17.6 B 60 steel, telecom, investments Russia

Iris Fontbona & family

$17.4 B 71 mining Chile

Forrest Mars, Jr.

$17 B 82 candy United States

Jacqueline Mars

$17 B 74 candy United States

John Mars

$17 B 77 candy United States

Georgina Rinehart

$17 B 59 mining Australia

German Larrea Mota Velasco & family

$16.7 B 60 mining Mexico

Mikhail Fridman

$16.5 B 49 oil, banking, telecom Russia

Lakshmi Mittal

$16.5 B 63 steel India

Aliko Dangote

$16.1 B 56 cement, sugar, flour Nigeria

Len Blavatnik

$16 B 56 diversified United States

Cheng Yu-tung

$16 B 88 diversified Hong Kong

Joseph Safra

$15.9 B 75 banking Brazil

Rinat Akhmetov

$15.4 B 47 steel, coal Ukraine

Leonid Mikhelson

$15.4 B 58 gas, chemicals Russia

Leonardo Del Vecchio

$15.3 B 78 eyeglasses Italy

Michael Dell

$15.3 B 48 Dell United States

Steve Ballmer

$15.2 B 57 Microsoft United States

Viktor Vekselberg

$15.1 B 56 oil, metals Russia

Paul Allen

$15 B 61 Microsoft, investments United States

Francois Pinault & family

$15 B 77 retail France

Vagit Alekperov

$14.8 B 63 Lukoil Russia

Phil Knight

$14.4 B 75 Nike United States

Andrey Melnichenko

$14.4 B 41 coal, fertilizers Russia

Dhanin Chearavanont & family

$14.3 B 74 food Thailand

Susanne Klatten

$14.3 B 51 BMW, pharmaceuticals Germany

Vladimir Potanin

$14.3 B 53 metals Russia

Michael Otto & family

$14.2 B 70 retail, real estate Germany

Vladimir Lisin

$14.1 B 57 steel, transport Russia

Gennady Timchenko

$14.1 B 61 oil & gas Russia

Luis Carlos Sarmiento

$13.9 B 80 banking Colombia

Mohammed Al Amoudi

$13.5 B 69 oil, diversified Saudi Arabia

Tadashi Yanai & family

$13.3 B 64 retail Japan

Mark Zuckerberg

$13.3 B 29 Facebook United States

Henry Sy & family

$13.2 B 89 diversified Philippines

Donald Bren

$13 B 81 real estate United States

Serge Dassault & family

$13 B 88 aviation France

Lee Kun-Hee

$13 B 72 Samsung South Korea

Mikhail Prokhorov

$13 B 48 investments Russia

Alexey Mordashov

$12.8 B 48 steel, investments Russia

Antonio Ermirio de Moraes & family

$12.7 B 85 diversified Brazil

Abigail Johnson

$12.7 B 52 money management United States

Ray Dalio

$12.5 B 64 hedge funds United States

Robert Kuok

$12.5 B 90 diversified Malaysia

Miuccia Prada

$12.4 B 64 Prada Italy

Ronald Perelman

$12.2 B 71 leveraged buyouts United States

Anne Cox Chambers

$12 B 94 media United States

Stefan Quandt

$11.9 B 47 BMW Germany

Ananda Krishnan

$11.7 B 75 telecoms Malaysia

Alejandro Santo Domingo Davila

$11.7 B 36 beer Colombia

James Simons

$11.7 B 75 hedge funds United States

Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi

$11.7 B 69 drinks Thailand

Zong Qinghou

$11.6 B 68 beverages China

Dirce Navarro De Camargo & family

$11.5 B construction Brazil

John Fredriksen

$11.5 B 68 shipping Cyprus

Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor & family

$11.4 B 62 real estate United Kingdom

Harold Hamm

$11.3 B 68 oil & gas United States

Rupert Murdoch & family

$11.2 B 82 News Corp United States

John Paulson

$11.2 B 58 hedge funds United States

Azim Premji

$11.2 B 68 software India

Ernesto Bertarelli & family

$11 B 48 biotech, investments Switzerland

Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken

$11 B 59 Heineken Netherlands

Hans Rausing

$11 B 87 packaging Sweden

Jack Taylor & family

$11 B 91 Enterprise Rent-A-Car United States

Lui Che Woo

$10.7 B 84 gaming Hong Kong

Laurene Powell Jobs & family

$10.7 B 50 Apple, Disney United States

Eike Batista

$10.6 B 57 mining, oil Brazil

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