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who controls the world?

If we take all the 252 political leaders of all sovereign nations and territories on the planet and add the business leaders of the top 500 richest companies, we arrive at 752 decision-makers, elected or not.

These individuals rely upon and are influenced by an inner circle of five advisors, partners, cabinet members, opposition leaders or generals each. That adds 3760 more folks into the command flow.

There are perhaps an additional 100 religious leaders with influence over a sizeable group of people, another 100 leaders of international institution, organizations and unions participate on the global scene and fewer than 100 heads of criminal organizations have any significant sway.

A total of 4812 people dominate the world's decision-making process. Less than 5000 people determine what you eat, where you can move to, what your child learns in school, how much you earn, what you see on television and how many bombs drop on your head.

5000 people are less than 0.000000077% of the world population.

99.999999923% of us are effectively shut out of the decision making process.


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ph4red
May. 14th, 2007 01:04 pm (UTC)
No real surprise there considering the line from the movie Wall Street (pseudo-fact) that 1% of the population controls approximately 98% of the nation's wealth.
zensandy
May. 16th, 2007 04:51 am (UTC)
I'm not sure the numbers are accurate, but they certainly seem close enough.

Years ago I participated in the creation of an Environmental Impact Statement. Anyone can do this. All one has to do is contact the EPA and say they want to participate. The issue was the re-introduction of wolves into Yellowstone National Park, a move which was violently opposed in many quarters at the time. Less than two hundred groups and corporations participated, along with less than 100 individuals. In that instance, far fewer than 1% of the population of the country made recommendations which became law.

Based on my experience, I can completely believe the "control pyramid."
melissamuse
May. 16th, 2007 09:40 am (UTC)
pretty sad....and, bear in mind, these are estimated international numbers, not just the US...which is bad in itself. :)
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