Monday, September 17, 2018
An ultra small coterie dictates world events and demand results they want. However, they are painfully aware that forces from down below are growling, growing very restless! Wealth concentration has gone ballistic! In 2016 62 people held as much wealth as the bottom half of the world population. By 2018 that figure was 8 people. Think about the implications. Is something about that awry, amiss, or maybe nonsensical? There is growing concern among reformist elements of the transnational elite that unchecked inequality threatens the stability of global capitalism and that there must be some sort of redistribution. These elites are scrambling to find ways to reform the system in order to save capitalism from itself and to undercut more radical challenges from below. Author Peter Phillips describes an elite world order, this leviathan cadre are all interrelated as they literally control the world order, inclusive of everything from advertising for consumer goods to outer space missions.
A new book by Peter Phillips lays out a riveting story of world domination by elites, a thoroughly researched analysis from A-to-Z: Giants The Global Power Elite (Seven Stories Press, 2018) Understanding how power and inequality is sustained can perhaps offer us opportunities to fight for and win democracy and equality in today's world. The harsh reality, however, is that Phillips' greatest wishes may not materialize, meaning forget about the great democracy revival, no equality as the world turns, wiping-out all of the vestiges of democracy and equality. The loss of the effectiveness of democratic institutions brings in its wake ironclad statism leading to purest of fascism, thus playing directly into the hands of the powerful elite, as their wildest dreams come true. It has become clear that the Global Power Elite uses NATO and the US military empire for its worldwide security as countries shift from the social welfare state to the social control (police) state. In order to maintain "roughshod capitalism" militantly strong statism is required. Along that path, the rug is pulled out from under labor, loss of decent pay, stripped benefits, bringing in its wake guaranteed loss of self worth plus degradation of dignity, which in turn spirals downwards into extremely deep fits of anger, elect Trump, "hate others," tough language, glorify the strong man/nation/state as the only apparent pathway to retrieve loss of dignity.
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