Consolidation of Power
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In preparing for Part IV of this blog’s ongoing series on the Occupy protests, I’ve realized that something should be said about “monstrous moral hybrids” as organizations that will surely impede the kinds of democratic reforms that protesters may wish for. So I do not have to say too much in that future post, this post provides extended background.
Illustrator Chris Piascik paints a picture of a massive disconnect in our political system
Dec. 23, 2008 — The fact that many cultures emphasize the concept of “noblesse oblige” (the idea that with great power and prestige come responsibilities) suggests that power may diminish a tendency to help others. Psychologist Gerben A. van Kleef (University of Amsterdam) and his colleagues from University of California, Berkeley, examined how power influences emotional reactions to the suffering of others. A group of undergraduates completed questionnaires about their personal sense of power, which identified them to the researchers as either being high-power or low-power.
(NaturalNews) Biotech giant Monsanto has been genetically modifying the world's food supply and subsequently breeding environmental devastation for years, but leaked documents now reveal that Monsanto has also deeply infiltrated the United States government. With leaked reports revealing how U.S. diplomats are actually working for Monsanto to push their agenda along with other key government officials, Monsanto's grasp on international politics has never been clearer. Amazingly, the information reveals that the massive corporation is also intensely involved in the passing and regulations concerning the very GM ingredients they are responsible for.
Three brothers from one of America's political families: John , Robert , and Edward Kennedy , pictured together in July 1960.
by G. William Domhoff This document presents details on the wealth and income distributions in the United States, and explains how we use these two distributions as power indicators.
“Never has a truer notion been expounded upon in any film of any genre in the history of filmmaking — ever.” -Tim Cogshell – Box Office Magazine
WASHINGTON -- A critical document from President Barack Obama's free trade negotiations with eight Pacific nations was leaked online early Wednesday morning, revealing that the administration intends to bestow radical new political powers upon multinational corporations, contradicting prior promises.
AS PROTESTS against financial power sweep the world this week, science may have confirmed the protesters' worst fears. 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 study's assumptions have attracted some criticism, but complex systems analysts contacted by New Scientist say it is a unique effort to untangle control in the global economy.
Network topology with a zoom on some major transnational corporations in the ﬁnancial sector. Image from arXiv:1107.5728v1 [q-fin.GN]. (PhysOrg.com) -- For many years conventional wisdom has said that the whole world is controlled by the monied elite, or more recently by the huge multi-national corporations that seem to sometime control the very air we breathe.
October 31, 2012 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. In October of 2011, New Scientist reported that a scientific study on the global financial system was undertaken by three complex systems theorists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland.