So Who Really Runs The World? A Network Analysis Reveals ‘Super Entity’ of Global Corporate Control …

Who Runs The World?An outline of the adversary emerges from Michael Ricciardi on PlanetSave:

In the first such analysis ever conducted, Swiss economic researchers have conducted a global network analysis of the most powerful transnational corporations (TNCs). Their results have revealed a core of 787 firms with control of 80% of this network, and a “super entity” comprised of 147 corporations that have a controlling interest in 40% of the network’s TNCs.

When we hear conspiracy theorist talk about this or that powerful group (or alliance of said groups) “pulling strings” behind the scenes, we tend to dismiss or minimize such claims, even though, deep down, we may suspect that there’s some degree of truth to it, however distorted by the theorists’ slightly paranoid perception of the world. But perhaps our tendency to dismiss such claims as exaggerations (at best) comes from our inability to get even a slight grip on the complexity of global corporate ownership; it’s all too vast and complicated to get any clear sense of the reality.

But now we have the results of a global network analysis (Vitali, Glattfelder, Battiston) that, for the first time, lays bare the “architecture” of the global ownership network. In the paper abstract, the authors state …

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  • Thealien

    The Kraken lives.

  • Thealien

    The Kraken lives.

  • Stumage

    It is time to wake up the Dragons. This has gone on long enough.

    • do not disturb

      release the titans!

    • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

      The problem with waking the Dragon, is he burns everyone.

  • Stumage

    It is time to wake up the Dragons. This has gone on long enough.

  • Stumage

    It is time to wake up the Dragons. This has gone on long enough.

  • Mr Willow

    But perhaps our tendency to dismiss such claims as exaggerations (at best) comes from our inability to get even a slight grip on the complexity of global corporate ownership; it’s all too vast and complicated to get any clear sense of the reality.

    It’s quite simple, actually. There has been a grand push since the Industrial Revolution to make one thing the sole purpose of being: making money. Over time there have been several people, families, and companies that have been, quite simply, better at it than anyone else that have squashed and/or bought all of their competition so that there now exists only a handful of entities owning and controlling the vast majority of the world’s wealth (somewhere around eighty percent). 

    What is ‘all too vast and complicated’ for most people is grasping to what lengths the aforementioned handful of individuals are willing to go to keep their wealth and influence, and indeed to extract more from the (quite foolish) system of thought that was established so long ago. After all, most people would prefer to think of humanity as compassionate, empathetic, and generous (for the most part), and conceive in their own minds an impossibility that an unfeeling, stone-hearted (or outright heartless) individual could possibly come to any position affording them millions of dollars and the ability to make decisions regarding the lead content of our toys or paint or whether or not to spray fields of crops that feed a nation with chemicals known beforehand to be harmful in any number of ways. It just can’t happen. 

    And yet, we now live in a society entirely controlled by the sorts of people who would burn the world to the ground to collect the insurance money and shoot everyone in the head if it served their purposes (neither of which do, mind you, as then there would be no more workers, and therefore noöne left to drive their machines, not to mention noöne else to buy the useless merchandise most of them sell). People have forgotten the value of compassion, empathy, contemplation, and art. Everything has become some crude form of market strategy perpetuated by the same people who invented the strategy and own all the markets. 

    What is really sad is that most people just don’t care. They just have to keep the system going because it’s the only thing they’ve been taught to trust, and for the most part the only thing they really believe in. I’m reading Nineteen Eighty-Four at the moment, and a line I read not two hours ago really speaks to this:

    Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.

  • Mr Willow

    But perhaps our tendency to dismiss such claims as exaggerations (at best) comes from our inability to get even a slight grip on the complexity of global corporate ownership; it’s all too vast and complicated to get any clear sense of the reality.

    It’s quite simple, actually. There has been a grand push since the Industrial Revolution to make one thing the sole purpose of being: making money. Over time there have been several people, families, and companies that have been, quite simply, better at it than anyone else that have squashed and/or bought all of their competition so that there now exists only a handful of entities owning and controlling the vast majority of the world’s wealth (somewhere around eighty percent). 

    What is ‘all too vast and complicated’ for most people is grasping to what lengths the aforementioned handful of individuals are willing to go to keep their wealth and influence, and indeed to extract more from the (quite foolish) system of thought that was established so long ago. After all, most people would prefer to think of humanity as compassionate, empathetic, and generous (for the most part), and conceive in their own minds an impossibility that an unfeeling, stone-hearted (or outright heartless) individual could possibly come to any position affording them millions of dollars and the ability to make decisions regarding the lead content of our toys or paint or whether or not to spray fields of crops that feed a nation with chemicals known beforehand to be harmful in any number of ways. It just can’t happen. 

    And yet, we now live in a society entirely controlled by the sorts of people who would burn the world to the ground to collect the insurance money and shoot everyone in the head if it served their purposes (neither of which do, mind you, as then there would be no more workers, and therefore noöne left to drive their machines, not to mention noöne else to buy the useless merchandise most of them sell). People have forgotten the value of compassion, empathy, contemplation, and art. Everything has become some crude form of market strategy perpetuated by the same people who invented the strategy and own all the markets. 

    What is really sad is that most people just don’t care. They just have to keep the system going because it’s the only thing they’ve been taught to trust, and for the most part the only thing they really believe in. I’m reading Nineteen Eighty-Four at the moment, and a line I read not two hours ago really speaks to this:

    Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.

  • Mr Willow

    But perhaps our tendency to dismiss such claims as exaggerations (at best) comes from our inability to get even a slight grip on the complexity of global corporate ownership; it’s all too vast and complicated to get any clear sense of the reality.

    It’s quite simple, actually. There has been a grand push since the Industrial Revolution to make one thing the sole purpose of being: making money. Over time there have been several people, families, and companies that have been, quite simply, better at it than anyone else that have squashed and/or bought all of their competition so that there now exists only a handful of entities owning and controlling the vast majority of the world’s wealth (somewhere around eighty percent). 

    What is ‘all too vast and complicated’ for most people is grasping to what lengths the aforementioned handful of individuals are willing to go to keep their wealth and influence, and indeed to extract more from the (quite foolish) system of thought that was established so long ago. After all, most people would prefer to think of humanity as compassionate, empathetic, and generous (for the most part), and conceive in their own minds an impossibility that an unfeeling, stone-hearted (or outright heartless) individual could possibly come to any position affording them millions of dollars and the ability to make decisions regarding the lead content of our toys or paint or whether or not to spray fields of crops that feed a nation with chemicals known beforehand to be harmful in any number of ways. It just can’t happen. 

    And yet, we now live in a society entirely controlled by the sorts of people who would burn the world to the ground to collect the insurance money and shoot everyone in the head if it served their purposes (neither of which do, mind you, as then there would be no more workers, and therefore noöne left to drive their machines, not to mention noöne else to buy the useless merchandise most of them sell). People have forgotten the value of compassion, empathy, contemplation, and art. Everything has become some crude form of market strategy perpetuated by the same people who invented the strategy and own all the markets. 

    What is really sad is that most people just don’t care. They just have to keep the system going because it’s the only thing they’ve been taught to trust, and for the most part the only thing they really believe in. I’m reading Nineteen Eighty-Four at the moment, and a line I read not two hours ago really speaks to this:

    Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.

  • Anonymous
  • do not disturb

    release the titans!

  • do not disturb

    pay no mind to the man behind the curtain. most people feel they need guidance in life and their corporate leaders are more then happy to provide the illusion of guidance to their employees for a profit. The new religions are the corporations.

  • do not disturb

    pay no mind to the man behind the curtain. most people feel they need guidance in life and their corporate leaders are more then happy to provide the illusion of guidance to their employees for a profit. The new religions are the corporations.

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    I am Jack’s complete lack of surprise.

    • Anarchy Pony

      YEEEEEEESSSSSSS!!!! That made my morning!
      Also, I find that photo demeaning to wolves, animals which have never engaged in a global corporate/industrialist conspiracy to control all aspects of human life. 

      • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

        but they would like to eat a sheep or two

        • Anarchy Pony

          That’s fine by me. You try and herd sheep where wolves live and what do you expect will happen? They were doing their thing long before anyone started that practice.

          • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

            the same thing could be said about predatory humans. except there used to be some shepherds around that cared somewhat about the sheeple

          • ….

            just wolves in a Shepherd’s cloth. stop being sheep its dangerous, but dont listen to me think for yourself.

          • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

            It might not have a long history but I prefer not to live in a reality tunnel that believes that it is utterly impossible to have someone in a high position that is not evil to the core.

            I know you’re probably going to say something to the likes of “power invariably corrupts”, but that’s a perspective, that when taken to its ultimate logical destination is no different than the christian view that man is fallen and always will be. Its a weak view where existence is too “hard” to have the desire to actually better the world through personal action, because there is “no point”. I’m sorry you feel you have to eat your neighbor to survive, and I’m sorry you lost your faith in humanity.

            (by the way, “thinking for myself” involves looking down a different perspectives and making the better choice among those given, you should probably think for yourself and leave the cynical perspective if you still can)

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    I am Jack’s complete lack of surprise.

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    The problem with waking the Dragon, is he burns everyone.

  • Wanooski

    YEEEEEEESSSSSSS!!!! That made my morning!
    Also, I find that photo demeaning to wolves, animals which have never engaged in a global corporate/industrialist conspiracy to control all aspects of human life. 

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    In later news: rich people might have more power than you. More at 7:00

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    In later news: rich people might have more power than you. More at 7:00

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    but they would like to eat a sheep or two

  • Wanooski

    That’s fine by me. You try and herd sheep where wolves live and what do you expect will happen? They were doing their thing long before anyone started that practice.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    the same thing could be said about predatory humans. except there used to be some shepherds around that cared somewhat about the sheeple

  • Guest

    those that “pull the strings behind the scenes” are the ones that receive the BLACK BUDGET… you know, the ones HOARDING the technology from the rest of the world?  Yeah, them.. 

  • Guest

    those that “pull the strings behind the scenes” are the ones that receive the BLACK BUDGET… you know, the ones HOARDING the technology from the rest of the world?  Yeah, them.. 

  • drlechter

    Pretty lame responses.

    The significance of the study this
    article refers to could not be overstated, at least if there is any
    hope that the planet is to become something other than a fascist
    slave state for the super rich.
     

    In the past when monopolies or trusts
    were created by the powerful to eliminate competition and keep the
    workers in a state of wage slavery they were eventually broken up by
    the governments of the countries they resided in, through the
    creation of anti trust laws.

    This study is the first outline or
    picture of how those previously regulated entities have covertly
    regrouped into a multinational trust or monopoly (in clear
    violation of the antitrust laws that the governments of the
    industrial world already have on their books).

    If the planet is going to be saved from
    this regrouping of the robber barons, it is going to have start with
    identifying their network.

  • drlechter

    Pretty lame responses.

    The significance of the study this
    article refers to could not be overstated, at least if there is any
    hope that the planet is to become something other than a fascist
    slave state for the super rich.
     

    In the past when monopolies or trusts
    were created by the powerful to eliminate competition and keep the
    workers in a state of wage slavery they were eventually broken up by
    the governments of the countries they resided in, through the
    creation of anti trust laws.

    This study is the first outline or
    picture of how those previously regulated entities have covertly
    regrouped into a multinational trust or monopoly (in clear
    violation of the antitrust laws that the governments of the
    industrial world already have on their books).

    If the planet is going to be saved from
    this regrouping of the robber barons, it is going to have start with
    identifying their network.

  • K. M. Marco

    All I can say is that there is definitely something going on. I stumbled upon http://www.truthreporter.com and have been watching conspiracy videos from there non stop. They have a lot. It’s crazy what’s going on in the world; chemtrails, illuminati, aspartame, amero. I don’t know.

  • K. M. Marco

    All I can say is that there is definitely something going on. I stumbled upon http://www.truthreporter.com and have been watching conspiracy videos from there non stop. They have a lot. It’s crazy what’s going on in the world; chemtrails, illuminati, aspartame, amero. I don’t know.

  • ….

    just wolves in a Shepherd’s cloth. stop being sheep its dangerous, but dont listen to me think for yourself.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    It might not have a long history but I prefer not to live in a reality tunnel that believes that it is utterly impossible to have someone in a high position that is not evil to the core.

    I know you’re probably going to say something to the likes of “power invariably corrupts”, but that’s a perspective, that when taken to its ultimate logical destination is no different than the christian view that man is fallen and always will be. Its a weak view where existence is too “hard” to have the desire to actually better the world through personal action, because there is “no point”. I’m sorry you feel you have to eat your neighbor to survive, and I’m sorry you lost your faith in humanity.

    (by the way, “thinking for myself” involves looking down a different perspectives and making the better choice among those given, you should probably think for yourself and leave the cynical perspective if you still can)

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