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Who Runs Our World?

Our world is run by oligarchs, the holders of vast

wealth from monopolies in banking, resource
extraction, manufacturing, and technology.
Oligarchs have such power that most of the
world doesn’t even know of their influence over
our lives. Their overall agenda is global power —
a world government, run by them — to be
achieved through planned steps of social
engineering. The oligarchs remain in the
background and have heads of state and entire
governments acting in their service. Presidents
and prime ministers are their puppets.
Bureaucrats and politicians are their factotums.
JANUARY 30, 2013
Michael Snyder
Economic Collapse
Jan 30, 2013
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
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
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 debtfrom 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
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)
New Line Cinema
Time Warner Cable
Cartoon Network
America Online
Castle Rock
Sports Illustrated
Marie Claire
People Magazine
Walt Disney
ABC Television Network
Disney Publishing
Disney Channel
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)
MTV Canada
Nick Magazine
Nick at Nite
Nick Jr.
Spike TV
The Movie Channel
TV Land
News Corporation
Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
Fox Television Stations
The New York Post
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Fox Business Network
Fox Kids Europe
Fox News Channel
Fox Sports Net
Fox Television Network
My Network TV
News Limited News
Phoenix InfoNews Channel
Phoenix Movies Channel
Sky PerfecTV
Speed Channel
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
The Wall Street Journal
Fox Broadcasting Company
Fox Interactive Media
HarperCollins Publishers
The National Geographic Channel
National Rugby League
News Interactive
News Outdoor
Radio Veronica
Sky Italia
Sky Radio Denmark
Sky Radio Germany
Sky Radio Netherlands
CBS Corporation
CBS News
CBS Sports
CBS Television Network
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
NBC News
NBC Sports
NBC Television Network
SciFi Magazine
Syfy (Sci Fi Channel)
USA Network
Weather Channel
Focus Features
NBC Universal Television Distribution
NBC Universal Television Studio
Paxson Communications (partial ownership)
Universal Parks & Resorts
Universal Pictures
Universal Studio Home Video
And of course the elite own most of our politicians as
well. The following is a quote from journalist Lewis
“The shaping of the will of Congress and the choosing of the
American president has become a privilege reserved to the
country’s equestrian classes, a.k.a. the 20% of the population
that holds 93% of the wealth, the happy few who run the
corporations and the banks, own and operate the news and
entertainment media, compose the laws and govern the
universities, control the philanthropic foundations, the policy
institutes, the casinos, and the sports arenas.”
Have you ever wondered why things never seem to
change in Washington D.C. no matter who we vote for?
Well, it is because both parties are owned by the
It would be nice to think that the American people are
in control of who runs things in the U.S., but that is not
how it works in the real world.
In the real world, the politician that raises more
money wins more than 80 percent of the time in
national races.
Our politicians are not stupid – they are going to be
very good to the people that can give them the giant
piles of money that they need for their
campaigns. And the people that can do that are the
ultra-wealthy and the giant corporations that the
ultra-wealthy control.
Are you starting to get the picture?
There is a reason why the ultra-wealthy are referred
to as “the establishment”. They have set up a system
that greatly benefits them and that allows them to pull
the strings.
So who runs the world?
They do. In fact, they even admit as much.
David Rockefeller wrote the following in his 2003
book entitled “Memoirs”…
“For more than a century, ideological extremists at either end of
the political spectrum have seized upon well-publicized incidents
such as my encounter with Castro to attack the Rockefeller
family for the inordinate influence they claim we wield over
American political and economic institutions. Some even believe
we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests
of the United States, characterizing my family and me as
‘internationalists’ and of conspiring with others around the world
to build a more integrated global political and economic
structure — one world, if you will. If that is the charge, I stand
guilty, and I am proud of it.”
There is so much more that could be said about all of
this. In fact, an entire library of books could be written
about the power and the influence of the ultra-wealthy
international bankers that run the world.
But hopefully this is enough to at least get some
conversations started.