Jamie Hunter is a semi-retired political commentator and writer living in Great Britain. He feeds his neighbour’s cats, who are not interested in his political opinions.
Why I was a fairly young person in 1995, I read an article which became a book in 2000. The book, Bowling Alone, by Robert D. Putnam, still is a best seller. Putnam’s main idea is that the communal structure some of us grew up with in the States collapsed owing to many reasons. The decline of community activities and volunteer work led to a decline in political involvement as well. Putnam’s ideas may not have been new in 1995, as some researchers claim the collapse of communal activities and communal life began to die even before WWII.
That the community activities in the States which I experienced growing up, like Little League Baseball, or Youth Drama Guild, still exist. However, it was the adult involvement in communal activities which Putnam decried. Men and women stopped joining groups. They stopped volunteering. Longer hours at work, and the tendency to leave Christian-based meeting during the week added to the demise of clubs.
This lack of community affected drastically political involvement.
However, the greatest detrimental cause of the lack of grass-roots political involvement, absolutely necessary for a democracy like the United States, was and is corporate America.
I use the term America to include globalised corporations, reaching across borders of the United States.
When I was teaching so long ago, I had my students in an advanced class at the university level do an in-depth research study on the control of the media in the United States. The students discovered, at that time, five men owned the largest and most powerful media corporations in the Western World, including most so-called local newspapers, which in fact, are mostly owned by one of the five big companies. The students discovered that news in all the outlets, such as television, radio, national and state news was worded the same and had the same slants. Five views, five viewpoints, and some of those five overlapped in ideology or political stance. They were amazed at the lack of independent journalism in the States.
The students did another study on the growing problem of corporation farming and the spread of GMOS through the power of Monsanto. Basically, they discovered that many of the farms in the Bread Basket of the States were then, in 2010, the year of this study, owned by big corporations. Monsanto practically owned all of the best farms in those regions were citizens get most of their food. That was in 2010. It is worse now, as Walmart has bought once-family farms, and foreign corporations from China have bought many as well. Of course, on the Monsanto farms, the polluting and poisonous products that company makes are used. The lack of bees in the States is a direct result of Monsanto products. Albert Einstein said,“If the bee disappeared off the face of the Earth, man would only have four years left to live.” The two biggest chemical groups in the world, Bayer and Monsanto are merging as I write. This should scare you. More on Bayer later…
Why? Why should we be scared? The biocides, (what Rachel Carson called pesticides and herbicides long ago), which Monsanto makes and uses, kill everything, not just bugs and weeds. Don’t kid yourself. I have friends who live in Monsanto-land, the Midwest of the United States, where the huge corporation runs farming factories, not farms are you imagine, and pollute the beautiful earth, which our forefathers and the Natives cared for organically. We are killing ourselves and the bees with GREED. Greed created the oligarchies. Greed feeds the oligarchies. The corporations are part of the small groups which form the American oligarchy.
And, now, two of the most unethical and greedy corporations are now joining hands to force you and I to use drugs we do not need and to kill the environment in which we live. Who makes money? The cartels, the politicians who support them, the rich families behind the oligarchies. Do not kid yourself, Americans, these people do not care about you, only the mighty dollar. Oligarchs only care about power.
The same problem occurred, from the 1920s, and notice that time-period, when the Rockefellers created the world’s biggest Big Pharma cartel, aligning big petrol and chemistry industries with the growing pharmaceutical industry. That Standard Oil and other oil companies, as well as banks, joined with the very same company which created the gas used in the death camps of the Holocaust, I. G. Faber, which made fertilisers, which still pollute us and the earth. One of their subsidiary companies made the abortion drug which is now used in the United States. Rockefeller money was behind both making the gas and designing the gas chambers and making RU 486, the abortion drug. Are you scared? Death money, is what I call this type of corporate profit…
Bayer is the descendant of I.G. Farben company, killers, designers of the gas chambers, and their subsidiary which developed and sold RU 486, the abortion drug. Bayer pushed our medical industry to not look into alternatives for cures and prevention, insisting on the use of drugs, some of which have never been approved by the FDA, which is not itself polluted with “special interests.” Government in the hands of corporations, in the palms of the few men who are billionaires from selling poisons and stopping research, is no longer a democracy.
Bayer and Monsanto are part of the oligarchy. Monsanto tries to destroy real research on the dangers of GMO and cancer long ago. Playing footsie with Bayer? Come on….Monsanto products such as glysophate which has been proven to cause cancer and Bayer makes drugs which supposedly cure cancer. Get it? Oligarchies protect such companies as the money bankrolls those governments. And, the media will not publish all these connections, as the media is part of the oligarchy. The EPA and FDA are also influenced by Monsanto. But, it just is not Monsanto, or just Bayer. Dow is also part of the oligarchy. The EPA and FDA has come out against one of their pesticides which they state harms cerebral growth in children. Yet, what is done? Nothing, the compound is still for sale.
Governments become corrupted. Scientific and regulatory agencies become polluted. All corruption for maintaining the status of the oligarchs.
See the connections? Greed, selfishness, the power of these corporations have created evil upon evil. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/02/23/company-that-made-zyklon-b-for-nazi-holocaust-made-ru-486-for-abortions/ Not the only information on these points, as books have been written on the above subjects. You can google for more information than you can read.
These big groups of corporations supported and still support certain political parties. In other words, folks, the United States is run by big business, not to mention the banking industry, the media giants, the insurance groups, and other moneyed interests.
With local involvement in politics dying a not-so-slow death because of monied interests squashing individuals,who could no longer afford to either support independent candidates, or candidate themselves who did not have the money to compete, national politics has become a farce, a show of supposed democracy. Those who bowl alone have no power.
Presidents and Congressmen or Congresswomen do not win elections, corporations do.
Despite the limits of political fiscal contributions, the power is now so entrenched that it may never change back to grass-roots democracy.
Who and what you do not see run your country, your state, your health systems, your banks, your schools. No one on the grass-root level can make a difference and, therefore, democracy is dead.
Many people kid themselves that they can influence, let us say, the abortion industry, part of which Planned Parenthood is involved.
The main reason why the Catholic and Evangelical pro-life groups have not been able to rescind Roe v. Wade, or vote in pro-life politicians is because Big Pharma does not want abortions to end. Simple. The powers you do not see run the government. Your congressman or woman has no power over the oligarchs, and in fact, may be in bed with the corporation giants.
This is not a Marxist ideological stand, but a common sense reflection on the reality of the elite now in power.
Who are these elite?
First of all, the elite cross party lines. There are more millionaires supporting the Democratic Party than in the Republican Party, which is always called the party of the rich. How about billionaires? Here is merely one study on this fact, from 2016. Which party has the support of most of the richest in the States.
Democrats, according to left-leaning Politifact:
We cross-checked the Open Secrets list of the top 100 individuals donating to outside spending groups in the current election against the Forbes list of the world’s billionaires and found that, as of June 19, there were 22 individuals on the Open Secrets list who were billionaires. Of those 22 billionaires, 13 — or more than half — gave predominantly to liberal groups or groups affiliated with the Democratic Party. The other nine gave predominantly to conservative groups. (A list of billionaires and how much they donated can be found here.) which So 13/22 or roughly 60%.
Interestingly the Democratic party as a whole skews towards the wealthy. The New York Times noted in October 2016 that in a recent poll 45% of households making over $100,000 were voting for Democrat Hillary Clinton opposed to 28% of Republicans voting for Trump. Those earning above $250,000 were even more skewed towards Hillary, with 53% planning to vote for her vs only 25% for Trump.
But, I ask again, who are the elite who run the government of the United States?
It is no secret that there are groups which run that nation, such as the ones I listed above: banks, Big Pharma, the media giants, and individual extremely wealthy people, the banks, the oil companies.
In other words, unelected small groups run the nation of the United States. Membership in these groups overlap.
Remember that the definition of an oligarchy is that of a nation governed by a small group. This small group may be called the elite. One of the elites to add to the list above is the Bilderberg Group, which determines international policies and national policies. You might want to check out the wiki article on this group, only one of many which make policies which you do not vote for or against. You will be surprised seeing in the back lists men and woman for whom you voted in elections, both on the state and national levels.
I copied the entire list of those who took part in last year’s meeting in Virginia. Here it is. This list varies from meeting to meeting. This was taken from the group’s website.
2017 BILDERBERG MEETING
Chantilly VA, USA 1-4 June
CHAIRMAN STEERING COMMITTEE
Castries, Henri de (FRA), President of Institut Montaigne; Former Chairman and CEO, AXA
Achleitner, Paul M. (DEU), Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Deutsche Bank AG; Treasurer, Bilderberg Meeting
Adonis, Andrew (GBR), Chair, National Infrastructure Commission
Agius, Marcus (GBR), Chairman, PA Consulting Group
Akyol, Mustafa (TUR), Senior Visiting Fellow, Freedom Project at Wellesley College
Alstadheim, Kjetil B. (NOR), Political Editor, Dagens Næringsliv
Altman, Roger C. (USA), Founder and Senior Chairman, Evercore
Arnaut, José Luis (PRT), Managing Partner, CMS Rui Pena & Arnaut
Barroso, José M. Durão (PRT), Chairman, Goldman Sachs International
Bäte, Oliver (DEU), CEO, Allianz SE
Baumann, Werner (DEU), Chairman, Bayer AG
Baverez, Nicolas (FRA), Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Benko, René (AUT), Founder and Chairman of the Advisory Board, SIGNA Holding GmbH
Berner, Anne-Catherine (FIN), Minister of Transport and Communications
Botín, Ana P. (ESP), Executive Chairman, Banco Santander
Brandtzæg, Svein Richard (NOR), President and CEO, Norsk Hydro ASA
Brennan, John O. (USA), Senior Advisor, Kissinger Associates Inc.
Bsirske, Frank (DEU), Chairman, United Services Union
Buberl, Thomas (FRA), CEO, AXA
Bunn, M. Elaine (USA), Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense
Burns, William J. (USA), President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Çakiroglu, Levent (TUR), CEO, Koç Holding A.S.
Çamlibel, Cansu (TUR), Washington DC Bureau Chief, Hürriyet Newspaper
Cebrián, Juan Luis (ESP), Executive Chairman, PRISA and El País
Clemet, Kristin (NOR), CEO, Civita
Cohen, David S. (USA), Former Deputy Director, CIA
Collison, Patrick (USA), CEO, Stripe
Cotton, Tom (USA), Senator
Cui, Tiankai (CHN), Ambassador to the United States
Döpfner, Mathias (DEU), CEO, Axel Springer SE
Elkann, John (ITA), Chairman, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Enders, Thomas (DEU), CEO, Airbus SE
Federspiel, Ulrik (DNK), Group Executive, Haldor Topsøe Holding A/S
Ferguson, Jr., Roger W. (USA), President and CEO, TIAA
Ferguson, Niall (USA), Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
Gianotti, Fabiola (ITA), Director General, CERN
Gozi, Sandro (ITA), State Secretary for European Affairs
Graham, Lindsey (USA), Senator
Greenberg, Evan G. (USA), Chairman and CEO, Chubb Group
Griffin, Kenneth (USA), Founder and CEO, Citadel Investment Group, LLC
Gruber, Lilli (ITA), Editor-in-Chief and Anchor “Otto e mezzo”, La7 TV
Guindos, Luis de (ESP), Minister of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness
Haines, Avril D. (USA), Former Deputy National Security Advisor
Halberstadt, Victor (NLD), Professor of Economics, Leiden University;
Hamers, Ralph (NLD), Chairman, ING Group
Hedegaard, Connie (DNK), Chair, KR Foundation
Hennis-Plasschaert, Jeanine (NLD), Minister of Defence, The Netherlands
Hobson, Mellody (USA), President, Ariel Investments LLC
Hoffman, Reid (USA), Co-Founder, LinkedIn and Partner, Greylock
Houghton, Nicholas (GBR), Former Chief of Defence
Ischinger, Wolfgang (INT), Chairman, Munich Security Conference
Jacobs, Kenneth M. (USA), Chairman and CEO, Lazard
Johnson, James A. (USA), Chairman, Johnson Capital Partners
Jordan, Jr., Vernon E. (USA), Senior Managing Director, Lazard Frères & Co. LLC
Karp, Alex (USA), CEO, Palantir Technologies
Kengeter, Carsten (DEU), CEO, Deutsche Börse AG
Kissinger, Henry A. (USA), Chairman, Kissinger Associates Inc.
Klatten, Susanne (DEU), Managing Director, SKion GmbH
Kleinfeld, Klaus (USA), Former Chairman and CEO, Arconic
Knot, Klaas H.W. (NLD), President, De Nederlandsche Bank
Koç, Ömer M. (TUR), Chairman, Koç Holding A.S.
Kotkin, Stephen (USA), Professor in History and International Affairs, Princeton University
Kravis, Henry R. (USA), Co-Chairman and Co-CEO, KKR
Kravis, Marie-Josée (USA), Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute; President, American Friends of Bilderberg
Kudelski, André (CHE), Chairman and CEO, Kudelski Group
Lagarde, Christine (INT), Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
Lenglet, François (FRA), Chief Economics Commentator, France 2
Leysen, Thomas (BEL), Chairman, KBC Group
Liddell, Christopher (USA), Assistant to the President and Director of Strategic Initiatives
Lööf, Annie (SWE), Party Leader, Centre Party
Mathews, Jessica T. (USA), Distinguished Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
McAuliffe, Terence (USA), Governor of Virginia
McKay, David I. (CAN), President and CEO, Royal Bank of Canada
McMaster, H.R. (USA), National Security Advisor
Micklethwait, John (INT), Editor-in-Chief, Bloomberg LP
Minton Beddoes, Zanny (INT), Editor-in-Chief, The Economist
Molinari, Maurizio (ITA), Editor-in-Chief, La Stampa
Monaco, Lisa (USA), Former Homeland Security Officer
Morneau, Bill (CAN), Minister of Finance
Mundie, Craig J. (USA), President, Mundie & Associates
Murtagh, Gene M. (IRL), CEO, Kingspan Group plc
Netherlands, H.M. the King of the (NLD)
Noonan, Peggy (USA), Author and Columnist, The Wall Street Journal
O’Leary, Michael (IRL), CEO, Ryanair D.A.C.
Osborne, George (GBR), Editor, London Evening Standard
Papahelas, Alexis (GRC), Executive Editor, Kathimerini Newspaper
Papalexopoulos, Dimitri (GRC), CEO, Titan Cement Co.
Petraeus, David H. (USA), Chairman, KKR Global Institute
Pind, Søren (DNK), Minister for Higher Education and Science
Puga, Benoît (FRA), Grand Chancellor of the Legion of Honor and Chancellor of the National Order of Merit
Rachman, Gideon (GBR), Chief Foreign Affairs Commentator, The Financial Times
Reisman, Heather M. (CAN), Chair and CEO, Indigo Books & Music Inc.
Rivera Díaz, Albert (ESP), President, Ciudadanos Party
Rosén, Johanna (SWE), Professor in Materials Physics, Linköping University
Ross, Wilbur L. (USA), Secretary of Commerce
Rubenstein, David M. (USA), Co-Founder and Co-CEO, The Carlyle Group
Rubin, Robert E. (USA), Co-Chair, Council on Foreign Relations and Former Treasury Secretary
Ruoff, Susanne (CHE), CEO, Swiss Post
Rutten, Gwendolyn (BEL), Chair, Open VLD
Sabia, Michael (CAN), CEO, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
Sawers, John (GBR), Chairman and Partner, Macro Advisory Partners
Schadlow, Nadia (USA), Deputy Assistant to the President, National Security Council
Schmidt, Eric E. (USA), Executive Chairman, Alphabet Inc.
Schneider-Ammann, Johann N. (CHE), Federal Councillor, Swiss Confederation
Scholten, Rudolf (AUT), President, Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue
Severgnini, Beppe (ITA), Editor-in-Chief, 7-Corriere della Sera
Sikorski, Radoslaw (POL), Senior Fellow, Harvard University
Slat, Boyan (NLD), CEO and Founder, The Ocean Cleanup
Spahn, Jens (DEU), Parliamentary State Secretary and Federal Ministry of Finance
Stephenson, Randall L. (USA), Chairman and CEO, AT&T
Stern, Andrew (USA), President Emeritus, SEIU and Senior Fellow, Economic Security Project
Stoltenberg, Jens (INT), Secretary General, NATO
Summers, Lawrence H. (USA), Charles W. Eliot University Professor, Harvard University
Tertrais, Bruno (FRA), Deputy Director, Fondation pour la recherche stratégique
Thiel, Peter (USA), President, Thiel Capital
Topsøe, Jakob Haldor (DNK), Chairman, Haldor Topsøe Holding A/S
Ülgen, Sinan (TUR), Founding and Partner, Istanbul Economics
Wahlroos, Björn (FIN), Chairman, Sampo Group, Nordea Bank, UPM-Kymmene Corporation
Wallenberg, Marcus (SWE), Chairman, Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB
Walter, Amy (USA), Editor, The Cook Political Report
Weston, Galen G. (CAN), CEO and Executive Chairman, Loblaw Companies Ltd and George Weston Companies
White, Sharon (GBR), Chief Executive, Ofcom
Wieseltier, Leon (USA), Isaiah Berlin Senior Fellow in Culture and Policy, The Brookings Institution
Wolf, Martin H. (INT), Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times
Wolfensohn, James D. (USA), Chairman and CEO, Wolfensohn & Company
Wunsch, Pierre (BEL), Vice-Governor, National Bank of Belgium
Zeiler, Gerhard (AUT), President, Turner International
Zients, Jeffrey D. (USA), Former Director, National Economic Council
Zoellick, Robert B. (USA), Non-Executive Chairman, AllianceBernstein L.P.
Other elitist groups which run your nation are the Trilateral Commission, and the Council for Foreign Affairs.
The Trilateral Commission is a liberal internationalist group, which includes many of those people found in the other groups I have mentioned. That the Rockefeller family members, the founders of Big Pharma, and the oil industry of Standard Oil, as well as the foundation of Chase Manhattan Bank and many other financial institutions dealing in insurance and other things, could be seen on the lists of several of the groups, is only one indication of the “inside membership” of those small groups which control the United States—the oligarchy of the United States.
Non-government control over the United States Government, as with the huge influence of the Trilateral Commission, cannot be underestimated. The last group I want to highlight is the Council for Foreign Affairs. which, not surprisingly runs the David Rockefeller Studies Program. Here is a graph of the influence of the CFA alone.
The tentacles of this octopus of non-elected, non-representative influencers of both national and international policies, control us. Each one of these last three groups have their own websites. I suggest you check those out and cringe at the influence obviously recorded there.
The only thing which will end the Oligarchy of the United States is a total collapse of the fiscal and corporate worlds. The Oligarchy is firmly in the clutches of these interests groups which have no real interest in you, dear voter, but only in obtaining and holding onto power. This collapse will eventually happen, as such power is not from God and frankly, challenges the power of God by ignoring Him completely, or worse, worshipping false gods. The god Mammon is a real creature, a demon, worshipped by many cultures and civilisations for millennials. There is nothing new under the sun, only bigger new.
None of our politicians can be free of these influences in 2018. The same is true in Great Britain, where I live. The same interests, which include Big Pharma, the banks, the national church, corporations, and even the so-called “symbolic” head of the state, control the attitudes and ideologies which push British politics to now an unreal, out-of-touch bubble world, where the true interests of individuals are daily eroded. But, democracy in Great Britain ended a long time ago. People are just waking up to its demise. The largest political party in Western Europe is the British Labour Party, which is a “large tent party,” covering died-hard socialists and centre-left democrats. I mention this party as it will sweep power away from the fumbling Tories. Neither party, however, truly “runs” the nation. The same groups which control the power behind the presidency and congress in the States, are the powers behind the throne and parliament. The only difference is that Great Britain is now a Fascist State, not a total oligarchy, as those small groups which control Britain, have allowed the State to become the centre of power, letting the government exist for the sake of itself—the state is god in Fascism. The Oligarchs are gods in an oligarchy.
Oligarchies do eventually explode. However, the explosion takes a long time to erupt, as with some volcanoes. There are several oligarchies in the world today, as I noted in another post. Iran is an oligarchy based on religion. Russia is an oligarchy, as is China. The small in-crowd rule everyone else.
What either makes an oligarchy explode or tire out?
A world-wide economic depression is the most obvious cause of the destruction of the ruling groups. A war which is lost by the oligarchy could result in its collapse. Sadly, democratic principles and desires do not destroy oligarchies. The so-called Arab Spring replaced one set of the in-crowd with another.
You and I live under Minority Rule. We shall lose more and more individual rights as time goes on, either by the increase in Fascist governments or the increase in oligarchies. Minorities are not considered in either form of government.
I did not invent this idea of the United States as an oligarchy. Some writers as early as the first half of the 20th century referred to the United States as an oligarchy. These small groups, led by greed and the hunger for power, just fooled most people for a long time.
JMJ, pray for us
God is good!