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What Big Teeth You Have! All The Better To Eat You With

Posted in Politics, Society by muslimwire on October 23, 2009

You Tube has a video of David Rothkopf speaking a few months ago about his book, “The Superclass” at Middlebury College in Vermont. Chris Ortiz picked it up on the Chalcedon Blog (View it here.) and Covenant News as well. It is an interesting video that provides lots of startling statistics on the huge and growing disparity of wealth in the world. Unfortunately Rothkopf is an insider who is urging the formation of world government as a solution to the massive and growing problem of world inequities. He argues that we are now living in a global economy and because unrestrained international corporations have been conducting their businesses to the detriment of the proletariat, we need the restraint of world government.

He speaks in the genre of former President Clinton’s mentor Georgetown professor Dr. Carroll Quigley. In his book “Tragedy and Hope” Quigley wrote, “I know of this network because I have studied it for twenty years and was permitted for two years in the early 1960s to examine its papers and secret records. I have no aversion to it or to most of its aims and have, for much of my life, been close to it and to many of its instruments. I have objected, both in the past and recently, to a few of its policies … but in general my chief difference of opinion is that it wishes to remain unknown, and I believe its role in history is significant enough to be known.”

Rothkopf has a sound connection to the Superclass. He worked for a short time as a consultant with Kissinger Associates, is a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and now runs a consulting business, Garten Rothkopf.

His thesis is that the progress of world government is an outgrowth of the self-interests of thousands of key executives in Politics, business, and finance. A “Newsweek” article published his list of key players:

By Region…

Asia-Pacific (The source of 33 percent of the superclass)
Fu Chengyu – CNOOC (China)
Kim Jung Il – Leader (North Korea)
William Ding Lei – NetEase (China)
Ho Ching – Temasek (Singapore)
Lakshmi Mittal – Arcelor Mittal (India)
David Yonggi Cho – Yoido Full Gospel Church (South Korea)
Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah – Hizbullah (Lebanon)
Sonia Ghandi – National Congress Party (India)
Lou Jiwei – China Investment Corp. (China)
Prince Bandar Bin Sultan – National Security Council (Saudi Arabia)

European Union (28 percent)
Mike Turner – BAE (U.K.)
Josef Ackerman – Deutsche Bank (Germany)
Alexei Miller – Gazprom (Russia)
Pascal Lamy – World Trade Organization (France)
Richard Branson – Virgin Group (U.K.)
Silvio Berlusconi – Former prime minister (Italy)
Peter Brabeck-Letmathe – Nestle (Switzerland) Josef Joffe – Die Zeit (Germany)
Michele Alliot-Marie – Minister of the Interior (France)
Bob Geldof – Musician (Ireland)

North America (21 percent)
Arnold Schwarzenegger – State of California
Ronald Sugar – Northrop Grumman
Jeffrey Immelt – General Electric
James Dimon – JP Morgan
Robert Zoellick – World Bank
Oprah Winfrey—Television personality, producer
Indra K. Nooyi – PepsiCo
Al Gore – Former vice president, Nobel Prize winner
H. Lee Scott – Wal-Mart
Gen. Mike Mullen – Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff

Latin America (12 percent)
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva – President (Brazil)
Lorenzo Mendoza Gimenez – Empresas Polar (Venezuela)
Mario Molina – Nobel Prize winning chemist (Mexico)
Moise Safra – Banco Safra (Brazil)
Carlos Slim Helú – Telmex (Mexico)
Andronico Luksic – Banco de Chile (Chile)
Luis Alberto Moreno – Inter-American Development Bank (Colombia)
Genaro Larrea Mota Velasco – Grupo Mexico SA (Mexico)
Gustavo Cisneros – Cisneros Group (Venezuela)
Shakira – Singer (Colombia)

Africa (5 percent)
Aliko Dangote – Dangote Group (Nigeria)
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf – President (Liberia)
Amr Khaled – Muslim preacher (Egypt)
Cardinal Francis Arinze – Roman Catholic Church (Nigeria)
Patrice Motsepe – African Rainbow Minerals (South Africa)
Col. Muammar Kaddafi – Leader (Libya)
Nelson Mandela – Former president (South Africa)
Wangari Maathai – Nobel Prize winner (Kenya)
Amre Moussa – Secretary-General, League of Arab States (Egypt)
Odein Ajumogobia – Minister of State for Petroleum (Nigeria)

By Age…

45 and Younger
Janus Friis, 32 – Cofounder, Skype (Finland)
Hiroshi Mikitani, 43 – Founder, Rakuten (Japan)
Kalanidhi Maran, 44 – Chairman, Sun Network (India)
Andrey Likhachev, 43 – CEO, Lenenergo (Russia)
Mark Zuckerberg, 23 – CEO, Facebook (USA)
Yang Huiyan, 26 – Majority shareholder, Country Garden (China)
Oleg Deripaska, 40 – Chairman, RUSAL (Russia)
Richard Li, 42 – Chairman, PCCW Limited and Pacific Century Group (Hong Kong)
Pierre Omidyar, 39 – Founder, eBay (USA)
Lorenzo Mendoza Gimenez, 43 – CEO, Empresas Polar (Venezuela)

46-65
Mukesh Ambani, 50 – Chairman, Reliance Industries (India)
Zhou Xiaochuan, 60 – Governor, People’s Bank of China (China)
Vladimir Popovkin, 51 – Commander, Russian military (Russia)
José Manuel Barroso, 52 – President, European Commission (Spain)
Kemal Dervis, 59 – Administrator, UNDP (Turkey)
Steve Case, 50 – Former chairman and CEO, AOL (USA)
Rene Obermann, 45 – CEO, Deutsche Telekom (Germany)
Rana Talwar, 60 – Chairman, Sabre Capital Worldwide (India) Guillermo Ortiz Martinez, 60 – Governor, Bank of Mexico (Mexico)
Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, 51 – Chairman, Kingdom Holding (Saudi Arabia)

65 and Older
Osamu Suzuki, 78 – Chairman, Suzuki Motor Corp. (Japan)
Reinhard Mohn, 87 – Stakeholder, Bertelsmann (Germany)
Julio Mario Santo Domingo, 84 – SAB Miller (Colombia)
Bernard Ecclestone, 78 – President and CEO, Formula One (UK)
Sheikh Sabah IV Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, 79 – Emir, Kuwait (Kuwait)
Michael Bloomberg, 66 – Mayor, New York City (USA)
Carlos Slim Helú, 68 – Chairman and CEO, Telmex (Mexico)
Akira Mori, 71 – CEO, Mori Trust (Japan)
KP Singh, 76 – CEO, DLF Universal Limited (India)
Sumner Redstone, 84 – Owner, CBS Corporation and Viacom (USA)

By Sector

Political/Military:
George W. Bush
Vladimir Putin
Hu Jintao
Gordon Brown
Angela Merkel
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
Nicolas Sarkozy
Ban Ki-Moon
Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner
Sonia Gandhi

Business/Energy:
Jeffrey Immelt – CEO of General Electric
Rex Tillerson – CEO of Exxon Mobil
Ratan Tata – CEO, Tata Group
Ali Al-Naimi – Saudi Arabian oil minister
Tianpu Wang – CEO of Sinopec
Alexei Miller – CEO of Gazprom
Jeroen van der Veer – CEO of Royal Dutch Shell
H. Lee Scott – CEO of Wal-Mart
Indra K. Nooyi – CEO of PepsiCo
Lakshmi Mittal – Chairman and CEO, Arcelor Mittal

Finance:
Zhou Xiaochuan – Governor of People’s Bank of China
Ben Bernanke – Head of U.S. Federal Reserve
Jean-Claude Trichet – President of EU Central Bank
Khalifa Mohammad Al-Kindi – Chairman of Abu Dhabi Investment Authority
Ken Lewis – Chairman, CEO of Bank of America
Stephen Green – CEO of HSBC
Jamie Dimon – Chairman, CEO of JPMorgan Chase
Lloyd Blankfein – CEO of Goldman Sachs Group
John Varley – CEO of Barclays
Baudouin Prot – CEO of BNP Paribas

Though Rothkopf talks as if he is a proponent for those being disenfranchised his recommendations are at odds with his rhetoric. Individuals whose positions contain elements of serious truth are always the most dangerous. He documents the recent development of totalitarian concentrations of wealth and power. He speaks of the need for an elite class and by maintaining that the overthrow of one class of elitists only allows another class to take their place, he adds credence to R. J. Rushdoony’s premise that there is never a religious void.

Some of the statistics are astounding. He estimates 6000 individuals control the fate of 6 billion – one powerful person to a billion serfs. Exxon is as large as the nation of Sweden but while Sweden is governed for the benefit of its citizens Exxon’s sole objective is profit. The top 2000 corporations employ 20 million people. The top 1000 incomes are equal to the bottom 25 billion. The top 300 hedge funds control 80 to 95% of the stock market trades. CEOs earn $350 for each dollar they pay their employees. Rothkopf says the disparity is growing and will be the source of serious unrest in the near future.

At face value he appears to be exposing the malignant agenda of the 6000 members of the Superclass but that is not his ultimate intention. He maintains that society has evolved into a borderless geography and this natural phenomenon has resulted in innocent avaricious actions by the Superclass who, as a result, should be allowed to construct their own restraints.

The stage designers are conveniently forgotten. Following WWII it was not individual industries that decided to trade with the Japanese. Instead, our government gave post war Japan unlimited access to our markets without the assent of domestic manufacturers. It was sold to the American people as free trade but in reality it was government regulated trade designed to transfer United States wealth to Asia. There was a fabricated clamor to get Japan to buy U. S. products but the objective was never to institute free trade but instead to siphon off U. S. industry. With the treasonous participation of our own government entire industries were forced into bankruptcy and their products removed to foreign shores.

It was hardly a natural result of an evolutionary process that sent President Richard Nixon to China in 1972 to open the bedroom door allowing the lustful Chinese gang to rape the already ravaged U. S. markets. Nor was it American industry that sought to move production out of the United States; instead, it was government that created toxic conditions that forced emigration.

Industry did not seek to establish the League of Nations following WWI nor the United Nations following WWII. Both of these organizations were designed to overlay the sovereignty of nations with an international power structure. President Woodrow Wilson was an overt internationalist but the progress of world government has evaded public scrutiny. GATT (General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade) was quietly begun in the late 1940s and finished in the early 1990s. It is a treaty that infringes our sovereignty by binding United States businesses to international oversight.

The next step in the mysterious progress of world domination came in the form of regional treaties that set up clusters of nations in cooperative economic units. The European Union, NAFTA and CAFTA, fall into that category. Additional alliances are already planned and some partially executed.

Rothkopf lists the financial sector as just another power center; this concept is misleading and at odds with his interview of former Chairman of the New York Fed, Timothy Geithner: “Recalling an earlier crisis in global securities markets that he helped to manage, Geithner said the Fed brought together the leaders of the world’s 14 major financial firms, from five countries, representing 95 percent of all the activity in global markets. The Swiss were there, the Germans were there, the British were there. Interestingly, no Asians were there, not even the Japanese. Goldman Sachs chairman and CEO Lloyd Blankfein “jokingly called them ‘the 14 families,’ like in ‘The Godfather’,” says Geithner. “And we said to them, “You guys have got to fix this problem. Tell us how you are going to fix it and we will work out some basic regime to make sure there are no free riders to give you comfort; you know that if you move individually everybody else will move with you.”

Money is the life blood of business. International corporations, wealthy as they are, cannot function without banks and credit. The threat of financial ruin is the Achilles heel of both government and industry. There is a pecking order and on top of that order are those who control the purse strings. Governments control industry and money controls governments. The ability to successfully inflate currency to pay for wars that would otherwise cause tax revolts is a function of central banks and a necessary element for all aspiring empires.

Rothkopf wants to put the fox in charge of the hen coop. He believes the same people that are now killing, robbing, and manipulating their fellow citizens should be given power to codify their actions. He is right about the abuses but wrong about the solution.

Secular society clings to the idea that human beings are “good” and in spite of historical documentation of the murderous actions of powerful individuals they refuse to heed the obvious.

The Creator decentralized power by dividing the people at Babel. In His kingdom the basic governmental unit is the family headed by the father with all other units designed to protect and enable the success of family government. Decentralization acts as a governor over the abuse of power. The Devil centralizes; God decentralizes!

Rothkopf talks about the 80/20 principle which posits that 20 percent of the causes produce 80 percent of the effects. He says that the top 1 percent of our world control as much wealth as the bottom 2.5 billion. Nevertheless, he infers that we need an elite governing class. He is wrong again. What we need is a version of the Year of Jubilee that would allow the disproportions to be corrected. The year of Jubilee was a year of redemption in which slaves were freed, debts were forgiven, and land was returned to its original owners.

The year of Jubilee has its roots in God’s Sabbath. Every seventh year the land was to lay fallow and following the seventh seven-year-cycle was the year of Jubilee. God does not intend that the wealthiest 1 percent control wealth equal to the bottom 2.5 billion. Nevertheless, He understands that those with more ability will tend to accumulate the wealth of those who have less. The year of Jubilee was intended in part to remedy this disparity. There will always be poor but the poor should be a minority. Huge concentrations of wealth are dangerous to freedom and order. A Christian social order needs a just mechanism for preventing 80 percent of its citizens from becoming indentured servants to an elite 20 percent. Taking from the rich and giving to the poor through taxation is a violation of the Eighth Commandment. But the Year of Jubilee honors the Creator and might also serve a sterling economic purpose.

God’s Law is of paramount importance in the realm of government. The pietistic Evangelical and Charismatic Christians that are now active in Washington may be saved and on their way to Heaven but their behavior is little better than pagans when judged by Godly standards. Christians in government needs to be as strident in support of God’s Law as Congressman Ron Paul is of the Constitution.

Rothkopf sounds like granny but underneath he is a wolf!

Al Cronkrite is a free-lance writer from Florida.
He can be reached at fmsinfla@hotmail.com

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