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When an argument is so indefensible on its face and it succeeds, it is testimony to the power of those making the case. That alone would be impressive. However, the stark power of the group is even better illustrated by the fact that when markets did come up on the shoals of greed, mismanagement, and minimization and misunderstanding of complex new risks, these same financial titans who told government to stay out were able to persuade government in many cases to step in and pull their fat out of the fire Absolute power is kind of neat.
I have been a totalitarian ruler. And I have to admit, it was a great job while it lasted. Wright Mills, [The national "power elite" is] composed of men whose positions enable them to transcend the ordinary environments of ordinary men and women; they are in positions to make decisions having major consequences They are in command of the major hierarchies and organizations of modern society.
They rule the big corporations. They run the machinery of the state and claim its prerogatives. They direct the military establishment. They occupy the strategic command posts of the social structure, in which are now centered the effective means of the power and the wealth and the celebrity which they enjoy.
The total influence-economic, political, even spiritual-is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications.
Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society. In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.
The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. They have more allegiance to Davos and their ilk than they do to the people at home.
Their fortunes are tied to enterprises that operate across national boundaries They have more in common with their counterparts in Brussels or Hong Kong than with the masses of Americans not yet plugged into the network of global communications.
So, it would be odd if global markets did not create an international upper class of people whose economic interests had more in common with each other than with the majority of people who share their nationality. Although I disagree with some of Faux's more extreme antiglobal, antitrade impulses, his concerns about the dislocations caused by glob- p11 Karl Marx, at the beginning of The Communist Manifesto The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.
Freeman and slave, patrician and plebeian, lord and serf, guild-master and journeyman, in a word, oppressor and oppressed, stood in constant opposition to one another, carried on an uninterrupted, now hidden, now open fight, a fight that each time ended, either in a revolutionary reconstitution of society at large, or in the common ruin of the contending classes.
In the earlier epochs of history, we find almost everywhere a complicated arrangement of society into various orders, a manifold gradation of social rank. In ancient Rome we have patricians, knights, plebeians, slaves; in the Middle Ages, feudal lords, vassals, guild-masters, journeymen, apprentices, serfs; in almost all of these classes, again, subordinate gradations.
Or, as another metric of growing influence and global scope, consider the increase in the number of international subsidiaries of global corporations: Inthe one hundred largest corporations in the world had 1, foreign subsidiaries. Bythe top one hundred had more than 10, such subsidiaries.
These ten thousand funds are, according to some estimates, responsible for between 30 and 50 percent of the trading on most major equity and debt markets in which they participate means that the individuals controlling these funds' trading activities, along with a handful of other major institutional and professional investors, play the central role in determining the share price of the world's largest companies.
Within the top 10 percent While this particular "elite" controls 85 percent of global wealth, the top 2 percent in this group owns half the planet's wealth, and the top 1 percent possesses around 40 percent. This top 1 percent of global adults, this group of quasi-millionaires, represents about 40 million people.
Within this group, however, according to a report by Merrill Lynch and Capgemini, there are 9.
And we know that within this group there is another approximately 1 percent elite, the world's thousand or so billionaires. Because its holdings include Internet sites and services, News Corp. Its annual sales are five times greater than those of Microsoft, and more than those of Ford and General Motors combined.
The company is three times the size of the entire U. Indeed, not only is the gap between rich and poor in Chile worse than it was during the decidedly unsentimental Pinochet years, it is among the worst in the world.
For all its progress, Chile is much like a number of other countries in the developing world, in that it has a handful of elite families and individuals who dominate. It is true of the oligarchs of Russia, the men and women who run Korea's chaebol, the leading family-owned companies of the Philippines and elsewhere in Southeast Asia.
Markets seek efficiency, and this often means consolidation of resources and power, economies of scale, and considerable human costs.
They just kind of put the blinders on and run their particular enterprises.In both spheres, however, it is considered as an instrument to improve governance by the State (to maintain elites in power) or to make administration more efficient (to cater more efficiently to the interests of these elites).
Even if we do solve our energy problem and automate everything, we still have the problem of how do you keep 8 billion people under control from a political and societal standpoint.
A system in which people toil on a daily basis for survival solves a good portion of that question, currently. What is a ruling class or elite and How do elites maintain power?
These elites maintain power by force, propaganda, success, and checking powers. In this paper we consider the relationship between social change and religion using perspectives other than secularization.
Specifically, we utilize perspectives from (1) broad currents of world-historical change, (2) communication and media studies, and (3) postmodernism. Power: Ways to Gain It and Keep It. Power: Ways to Gain and Maintain It Power is a way for people control and dominate others; it takes a lot of work to maintain and use effectively.
It can take years, or possibly seconds to gain power of others. It all depends on the how you create that power, and who you are using it against. First, many lawmakers are themselves economic elites, so simple self-interest may make them hesitant to pursue redistributive policies, or at least more ambivalent about inequality (Carnes ).