Below you see another structure doing this-----the flooding of the US economy with foreign corporations that act as an umbrella to bring other foreign corporations to set up shop in the US. These will be the global corporations allowed to ignore the US Constitution because they are headquartered in the developing world. If you want a job with that US foreign corporation---a US citizen will have to work like a developing world worker.
'The TPP would also set up corporate tribunals, in which corporations could sue any government over any environmental or labor regulation for infringing on the company’s expected future profits'
'Maybe this would be acceptable if national sovereignty were lessened for the sake of better coping with global problems affecting Mankind as a whole – for the Common Good – however increasing famine, disease, contamination and war shows a very different picture. Why? The reason is that basically World Government is not emerging around robust global public institutions that have (or should have) the Public Good of We the People in the forefront, but rather around private organisations that have sectorial profit and interests at their forefront. In fact, the World Government we see rising before our eyes has one key, seldom mentioned, characteristic: it’s private'.
US corporations are not moving their headquarters overseas only to avoid corporate taxes-----since Obama has been in office the IRS has allowed hundreds of billions of dollars in corporate tax evasion to go with no oversight.....so, US corporations are not really even paying taxes in the US. The reason US corporations are headquartering in developing world nations is that Trans Pacific Trade Pact allows global corporations to operate in the US as they do in their nations of origin. So, a US corporation headquartered here would have to abide by US labor and justice laws while a US corporation headquartered in Asia or Africa would be able to operate as they do in Asia and Africa. So, Obama and Clinton neo-liberals have opened the gate to US corporations moving overseas by sending trillions of dollars of free money to do so-----while broadcasting worldwide for foreign corporations to come to the US. See how they are turning the US economy around? This is all so the US Constitution can be subverted and labor and justice protections and rights guaranteed in the US Constitution can be ignored.
NONE OF THIS IS LEGAL FOLKS---THEY ARE SIMPLY PASSING LAWS THAT ARE UNCONSTITUTIONAL BECAUSE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE NO AVENUE TO CHALLENGE THIS. US DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND STATE ATTORNEYS GENERAL ALL WORK AS THOUGH TRANS PACIFIC TRADE PACT IS ALREADY IN PLACE.
We can reverse this by voting these incumbents out---taking the Mayor and Governor executive offices is key. RUN AND VOTE FOR LABOR AND JUSTICE IN ALL PRIMARIES!
More U.S. corporations moving headquarters overseas for tax haven
May 01, 2014|John McCarron
First they took away our jobs.
Now they're taking away their taxes.
Don't look now, but while our corporate-owned media have us worried about congressional expense accounts and city workers getting free parking, big business is busy nailing the coffin lid on this nation's middle class.
Over the past few weeks a quiet trickle of corporate relocations to lower-tax countries has turned into a gurgling flood.
Deerfield-based Walgreen, the nation's largest drugstore chain, is talking about moving its headquarters to Switzerland. Pfizer Inc., the nation's second-largest drugmaker, is negotiating a deal that would land it in Great Britain.
Major Illinois stalwarts like insurance brokerage Aon, Chicago Bridge & Iron Co. and several others already have vamoosed.
The pace is quickening. The newest maneuver is called an "inversion." U.S. corporations merge into foreign companies so that more than 20 percent of the expanded firm's stock is owned overseas. That allows them to relocate "headquarters" elsewhere for tax purposes, though for practical purposes they can still run things from here and take advantage of U.S. goodies.
Goodies? You know: property rights, enforceable contracts, top-notch health care and educational institutions for executives and their families and, most important, continued unlimited access to America's commercial marketplace.
The other factor speeding the Great Vamoose is the rise of activist investors. Billionaires like Carl Icahn and Barry Rosenstein (the guy pushing Walgreen toward Switzerland) say corporate boards are slacking off in their obeisance to the One Great Commandment: Maximize shareholder value. They've been buying big chunks of stock in "underperforming" corporations, pushing their way onto governing boards and demanding action to benefit stockholders in the short run. (They rarely stay for the long haul.)
Meantime, the billionaires and their tax-exempt front organizations wag their fingers at us voters and at Congress for maintaining one of the highest corporate income tax rates among developed nations. There's a grain of truth to this. Our top rate of 35 percent is higher than rates levied in the tax havens.
Not mentioned is that our effective tax rate — the rate corporations actually pay after taking advantage of loopholes in our tax code — is actually less than most of our competitors' effective rates.
The beauty of moving their letterheads overseas is that lower corporate taxes are good for business and really good for shareholders. Some analysts say Pfizer could save $1 billion a year. Think of the dividend. The rest of us schlubs can make up the difference. Or make do with fewer government services, per the balanced budget plan being pushed by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.
Don't expect Washington to do anything. A bipartisan consensus has evolved over the past 20 years that holds what's good for Big Business is good for America. Anyone who opposes "free trade" or globalization of labor markets, no matter how one-sided the deal, is derided as a flat-Earth protectionist.
So powerful is the consensus — reinforced daily by corporate-owned media — that even we baby boomers think it's reasonable, or at least inevitable, that communist China, the godless enemy of our Cold War youth, be handed our jobs, our technology, our industrial plants.
Meantime, outrage is being focused on those congressional expense accounts, on free parking for city workers and, most egregious of all, lavish public employee pensions. That's what's forcing Illinois to contemplate a tax increase, right?
Public pension abuses do need to stop. But with your typical state retiree with 27 years of service collecting less than $37,000 a year, I'll save some outrage for Mr. Rosenstein and his $10 billion investment firm.
If he succeeds in moving Walgreen to England, I may just move my prescriptions to CVS. Until they vamoose. After all, who's going to stop them?
John McCarron teaches, consults and writes on urban affairs.
You can see why the Maryland elections were allowed to be rigged----for Governor especially as it is the Governor of a state that is going to continue to allow these structures to take over a state like Maryland. Both Anthony Brown and Larry Hogan would do that as neo-liberal and neo-con. It is why I was censured with my platform of building a domestic economy.
Now, we are not zenophobic and we love immigrants but the American people have to understand what these policies mean. Throughout Obama's terms and with help from a neo-liberal/neo-con Congress and statehouses-----a huge number of foreign corporations are setting up shop in the US. Clinton neo-liberals are saying to the Chinese for example-----
YOU ALLOWED US TO ABUSE YOUR CITIZENS AND ENVIRONMENT AND BECAME RICH FROM THIS---NOW YOU CAN COME TO THE US AND ABUSE OUR CITIZENS AND ENVIRONMENT AND WE WILL GET RICH FROM IT.
Global pols are loading the US with foreign corporations because Trans Pacific Trade Pact allows global corporations to operate in the US as those foreign corporations operate in their own nations. It makes a developing world of the US.
Below you see that an umbrella foreign corporation comes to the US to bring other foreign corporations to the US and not only that----but those rich umbrella groups will subsidize those new foreign corporations in the US. HOW IS THAT FREE TRADE AND FREE MARKETS? An American small or regional business owner would not be able to compete with that.
More than 100 Chinese Companies Coming Through Atlanta
by Trevor Williams | July 28, 2009 Global Atlanta
Trevor Williams Chinamex Chairman Hao Feng talks with Mayor Shirley Franklin at the NACA dinner, where the company announced that it will open a new facility in Atlanta in October. After more than three years of building ties with Atlanta, a firm from China's Hubei province that helps other Chinese companies penetrate overseas markets announced July 28 that it will open its headquarters for the Americas here by October.
Chinamex, which has offices in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and Dubai, has helped more than 3,000 Chinese companies “achieve their globalization” goals since 2000 and will bring more than 100 companies through its first U.S. office in Atlanta, Chinamex Chairman Hao Feng told GlobalAtlanta in an interview.
Through the Chinamex facility, companies will receive financial and promotional assistance that will help them succeed and expand in the U.S., Mr. Hao said.
About 160 Hubei companies will apply for a presence at the facility, called Chinamex Hubei Enterprise Centre America, which will be established in partnership with the Hubei provincial government.
Chinamex will choose among the applicants based on their track records, how actively they've sought to expand overseas, their likelihood of success in the U.S. and the types of products they make, Mr. Hao said during a dinner hosted by the National Association of Chinese-Americans.
The companies will likely have combined assets of 20 billion Chinese yuan, or about $3 billion. Asked which industry sectors would be represented, Mr. Hao said, “Mainly we promote manufacturers.” The Amsterdam office, which opened in June, represents “100 quality (small- to medium-sized enterprises) in lighting, hardware and small household electronics,” according to the company's Web site.
Officials are eyeing a certain Atlanta location for an office and showroom but declined to reveal it because the terms have not been finalized. Citing business reasons, Mr. Hao would not disclose how much the company is investing here, but “I can tell you it's a big amount,” because the Atlanta office will be the conduit for the company's entire Western Hemisphere operations, he said.
Mr. Hao said the global access provided by Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Georgia's strong ports helped persuade Chinamex to choose Atlanta over other American cities.
“Several states and cities came to us, but we chose Atlanta because we think that the city is better to feed the concept of the project,” Mr. Hao said. “Besides active economic development and multinational companies having headquarters located in Atlanta, the city can also be a portal to South America.”
Business considerations aside, government leaders from both sides hailed the friendship developed over the last three years between Atlanta and Wuhan, Hubei's capital, as a main catalyst for the partnership.
In 2006, Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin helped lead the Metro Atlanta Chamber's first business mission to China. Wuhan, also the location of the Chinamex headquarters, was one of the main stops.
In remarks at the NACA dinner, Ms. Franklin recalled seeing “stunning” parks in Wuhan. She extolled the city's efforts to reduce pollution, expand green space and improve quality of life for its citizens.
In the wake of that first trip, the Atlanta City Council considered Wuhan as an official sister city for Atlanta. While it eventually recommended the city of Ningbo, the council never voted to confirm that relationship, and now both cities have been named “friendship cities” of Atlanta.
“This is a very big treat for us,” Ms. Franklin said. “We do not take our friendship lightly, and we intend to meet conditions necessary for us to have a successful and fruitful relationship for a long, long time to come.”
That friendship took considerable effort from Atlanta. The Metro Atlanta Chamber has sent official delegations to Wuhan twice since 2006. Lani Wong, the NACA chair, unofficially represented the chamber during an April trip and has visited the city three times in the last four months.
As you see here-----almost all of the stimulus money sent by Congress and Obama was spent expanding US global corporations and when Clinton neo-liberals say this is a jobs bill they mean lots of people will be hired overseas as the stimulus money is spent in this expansion. This is how US global corporations keep the US economy stagnant and unemployment so high and they like that because it maximizes profit and power for them in the US. Even as Obama and Clinton neo-liberals pretend they are bringing US manufacturing and corporations home for jobs-----they are passing laws that allow immigrant labor to come with these corporations.
STOP ALLOWING CLINTON NEO-LIBERAL TO CONTROL THE PEOPLE'S DEMOCRATIC PARTY. RUN AND VOTE FOR LABOR AND JUSTICE IN ALL PRIMARIES!
Remember, US unemployment is between 25-35% according to all legitimate analysts. The 6% unemployment number is just the number of people receiving unemployment benefits. Think how this unemployment will grow as foreign corporations take the share of businesses and they bring immigrants from developing world nations to work in the US. This is how they plan to take the US third world.
Many U.S. companies are hiring ... overseas One reason why U.S. unemployment remains as high as it is
By PALLAVI GOGOI updated 12/28/2010 6:15:56 PM ET NBC News
Actually, many American companies are — just maybe not in your town. They're hiring overseas, where sales are surging and the pipeline of orders is fat.
More than half of the 15,000 people that Caterpillar Inc. has hired this year were outside the U.S. UPS is also hiring at a faster clip overseas. For both companies, sales in international markets are growing at least twice as fast as domestically.
The trend helps explain why unemployment remains high in the United States, edging up to 9.8 percent last month, even though companies are performing well: All but 4 percent of the top 500 U.S. corporations reported profits this year, and the stock market is close to its highest point since the 2008 financial meltdown.
But the jobs are going elsewhere. The Economic Policy Institute, a Washington think tank, says American companies have created 1.4 million jobs overseas this year, compared with less than 1 million in the U.S. The additional 1.4 million jobs would have lowered the U.S. unemployment rate to 8.9 percent, says Robert Scott, the institute's senior international economist.
"There's a huge difference between what is good for American companies versus what is good for the American economy," says Scott.
American jobs have been moving overseas for more than two decades. In recent years, though, those jobs have become more sophisticated — think semiconductors and software, not toys and clothes.
And now many of the products being made overseas aren't coming back to the United States. Demand has grown dramatically this year in emerging markets like India, China and Brazil.
Meanwhile, consumer demand in the U.S. has been subdued. Despite a strong holiday shopping season, Americans are still spending 18 percent less than before the recession on furniture, and 10 percent less on electronics, according to MasterCard's SpendingPulse.
THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE BEING MADE IMPOVERISHED AND UNABLE TO CONSUME.....DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE ABOUT A GROWING MIDDLE-CLASS OVERSEAS-----ALL NATIONS TIED TO CLINTON NEO-LIBERALISM HAVE THE SAME WEALTH INEQUITY WITH A FAILING MIDDLE-CLASS.
"Companies will go where there are fast-growing markets and big profits," says Jeffrey Sachs, globalization expert and economist at Columbia University. "What's changed is that companies today are getting top talent in emerging economies, and the U.S. has to really watch out."
With the future looking brighter overseas, companies are building there, too. Caterpillar, maker of the signature yellow bulldozers and tractors, has invested in three new plants in China in just the last two months to design and manufacture equipment. The decision is based on demand: Asia-Pacific sales soared 38 percent in the first nine months of the year, compared with 16 percent in the U.S. Caterpillar stock is up 64 percent this year.
"There is a shift in economic power that's going on and will continue. China just became the world's second-largest economy," says David Wyss, chief economist at Standard & Poor's, who notes that half of the revenue for companies in the S&P 500 in the last couple of years has come from outside the U.S.
Take the example of DuPont, which wowed the world in 1938 with nylon stockings. Known as one of the most innovative American companies of the 20th century, DuPont now sells less than a third of its products in the U.S. In the first nine months of this year, sales to the Asia-Pacific region grew 50 percent, triple the U.S. rate. Its stock is up 48 percent this year.
DuPont's work force reflects the shift in its growth: In a presentation on emerging markets, the company said its number of employees in the U.S. shrank by 9 percent between January 2005 and October 2009. In the same period, its work force grew 54 percent in the Asia-Pacific countries.
"We are a global player out to succeed in any geography where we participate in," says Thomas M. Connelly, chief innovation officer at DuPont. "We want our resources close to where our customers are, to tailor products to their needs."
While most of DuPont's research labs are still stateside, Connelly says he's impressed with the company's overseas talent. The company opened a large research facility in Hyderabad, India, in 2008.
A key factor behind this runaway international growth is the rise of the middle class in these emerging countries. By 2015, for the first time, the number of consumers in Asia's middle class will equal those in Europe and North America combined.
"All of the growth over the next 10 years is happening in Asia," says Homi Kharas, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and formerly the World Bank's chief economist for East Asia and the Pacific.
Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent often points out that a billion consumers will enter the middle class during the coming decade, mostly in Africa, China and India. He is aggressively targeting those markets. Of Coke's 93,000 global employees, less than 13 percent were in the U.S. in 2009, down from 19 percent five years ago.
The company would not say how many new U.S. hires it has made in 2010. But its latest new investments are overseas, including $240 million for three bottling plants in Inner Mongolia as part of a three-year, $2 billion investment in China. The three plants will create 2,000 new jobs in the area. In September, Coca-Cola pledged $1 billion to the Philippines over five years.
The strategy isn't restricted to just the largest American companies. Entrepreneurs, whether in technology, retail or in manufacturing, today hire globally from the start.
Consider Vast.com, which powers the search engines of sites like Yahoo Travel and Aol Autos. The company was founded in 2005 with employees based in San Francisco and Serbia.
Harvard Business School Dean Nitin Nohria worries that the trend could be dangerous. In an article in the November issue of the Harvard Business Review, he says that if U.S. businesses keep prospering while Americans are struggling, business leaders will lose legitimacy in society. He exhorted business leaders to find a way to link growth with job creation at home.
Other economists, like Columbia University's Sachs, say multinational corporations have no choice, especially now that the quality of the global work force has improved. Sachs points out that the U.S. is falling in most global rankings for higher education while others are rising.
"We are not fulfilling the educational needs of our young people," says Sachs. "In a globalized world, there are serious consequences to that."
If you don't understand what I am shouting when I say TPP allows global corporations to come to the US to work as they did in their developing world nations and bring immigrant labor to do that----telling US workers that if they want a job they will work as that global corporation tells them-----ignoring all US labor and justice laws-----this article does a good job explaining this. It is important to know that national labor and justice organization leaders have known this was the goal and should have been educating US citizens for a dozens years as has happened all over the world where citizens are protesting by the millions. But in the US national labor and justice leaders work for the global corporations and Clinton neo-liberals and not for their membership so they have been silent.
IF YOUR PUNDIT, POL, LABOR AND JUSTICE LEADERS HAVE NOT BEEN SHOUTING THIS FOR YEARS----THEY DO NOT WORK FOR THE PEOPLE---THEY WORK FOR GLOBAL CORPORATIONS.
'The TPP would also set up corporate tribunals, in which corporations could sue any government over any environmental or labor regulation for infringing on the company’s expected future profits. If the TPP were ratified, any attempt to break up the big banks or regulate toxic derivatives trading would be prohibited, and enable corporations to shift even more profits overseas to avoid paying domestic taxes. The only thing that could affect corporate power after the TPP’s ratification would be a general strike – particularly in the U.S., where a lot of these corporations rely on American customers to buy their products'.
Below is a good comparison of how Europe and the US are being squeezed by global corporations of all the public wealth and how each fight this. Belgium has strong unions and it is the unions who educate and organize citizens to protest austerity and Trans Atlantic Trade Pact---the twin of TPP. American unions have been made so small a share of labor that union leaders affiliate themselves with Clinton global corporate neo-liberals rather than run their own candidates. American unions are taking a global corporate structure and they are more often giving up union rights like strikes a bargaining.....a death knell to US labor unions. This is happening because Americans do not support unions as do Europeans. What Americans gained with union activism they are now losing by allowing unions to be bullied and busted by Clinton global corporate neo-liberals.
Unions in Europe are showing their power while unions in the US are teaming with global corporations killing the American people.
Banks, Multinationals, and Governments Are Stealing Our Future. Here's How We Win it Back
Wed, 12/17/2014 - by Carl Gibson
On Monday, Dec. 15, all of Belgium was completely shut down from a nationwide general strike in protest of economic reforms that largely punish working people. The strike cancelled 600 flights for 50,000 passengers at the Brussels airport. High-speed trains to France, Netherlands, and the UK were all cancelled, buses didn’t run their routes, workers didn’t come to the office, and nobody went to school. While numbers aren’t yet available, Belgian workers certainly demonstrated that they are the ultimate deciders of whether or not the economy works for everyone or grinds to a halt. The U.S. should take a page from the Belgian playbook if we want to beat back the corporate assault on our livelihoods, homes and futures.
Belgium Fights Back
The general strike was the climax of a series of actions that started on Nov. 6, when over 100,000 workers mobilized to launch a movement resisting the new government’s austerity measures. After being elected in October, Prime Minister Charles Michel laid out plans to raise the retirement age, freeze a cost-of-living increase for public workers, and drastically cut budgets for public services like healthcare and education. Michel says the programs, recommended by the IMF and the European Union, will save an additional $13.7 billion over five years, but workers say the new government’s austerity measures will end up costing the economy an additional $2.5 billion. For a good example of how central banks’ forced austerity doesn’t work, look to Greece.
Banker-imposed austerity in Greece worked precisely how it was supposed to – punishing the poor to reward the rich. On average, Greeks are 40 percent poorer than they were in 2008, while rich Greeks are 20 percent richer, according to a 2014 report from the Levy Economics Institute at Bard College. That same report points out that Greeks’ purchasing power is down 37 percent after wages were slashed by 25 percent. While big banks were bailed out, the Greek unemployment rate has climbed to 27 percent while pensions and social services have been slashed. Anywhere in the world the austerity agenda is implemented, it only brings more misery to working people.
How Belgium’s Class War Mirrors the U.S.
When it comes to economic inequality, Belgium and the United States have a lot in common. While the U.S. is the world’s second-richest country, Brussels, Belgium is the third-richest region in the European Union. Yet, while the richest 1 percent of the United States captured 95 percent of all gains from the recent economic "recovery" the U.S. still has the second-highest child poverty rate in the world. Similarly, one in three children in Brussels lives in poverty.
The employment picture in the U.S. and Belgium is equally bleak. Youth unemployment in Belgium is 24 percent as of October 2014. In the US, a staggering 12.8 percent of youth are unemployed. While there are jobs available for highly-educated workers in both countries in certain high-tech industries, education is only available to the economically privileged. For most living-wage jobs in the U.S., a prerequisite to consideration is a college degree. However, the average American college graduate is $30,000 in debt upon leaving school, and 18 percent of Americans say they'll be in debt for the rest of their lives.
In Belgium, there are 112 inquiries for every one job vacancy, and jobs that do pay enough to make a living are unavailable to the country’s vast migrant population. This is largely due to persisting education inequality that leaves Belgium’s immigrants at a crippling disadvantage. A 2012 report from L’appel pour une ecole democratique (APED) analyzed data from the Program for International Student Assessment and found that schools in both Belgium and France ranked behind all other countries in providing equal opportunity for both migrant and native students to succeed. In Belgium, there was a far higher representation of migrant children in underprivileged schools, higher dropout rates, and widespread discrimination against students based on their country of origin.
Likewise in the U.S., a 2012 report by the Schott Foundation for Public Education found that in New York City, black and latino students are four times as likely to be enrolled in understaffed, underfunded schools than white students. The report also found that none of New York City’s highest-performing schools were located in majority black and latino neighborhoods, like Central Brooklyn, South Bronx, and Harlem. Likewise, in Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel closed 54 public schools in mostly poor neighborhoods with a high concentration of black students, while allocating over $300 million to a slush fund that largely benefits his campaign donors. Philadelphia closed 23 schools in low-income neighborhoods while spending $400 million on a new prison. See the pattern yet?
The Escalating Class War in the U.S.
While there’s no call for a general strike in the U.S., there should be, given the austerity budget that just passed Congress. The $1.1 trillion “cromnibus” spending bill that will fund the federal government through next September includes a Christmas wish list for the banks and a stocking full of coal for those who need the most help. $300 million was diverted from Pell Grants to student loan debt collectors, making access to higher education even more of a pipe dream for low-income would-be college students. $300 million was cut from support housing programs that help ease chronic homelessness. Another $93 million was cut from the program that provides food assistance to low-income women, infants, and children. In the meantime, Congress spent $479 million on the F-35 jet, which not even the Pentagon wants, and used taxpayers as the cushion for the big banks whenever the $700 trillion derivatives bubble pops. But the crominbus is just the beginning.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which has been negotiated in secret between government officials and over 600 corporate lobbyists for over a year, is likely to become a reality after the 114th Congress is sworn in this January, and possibly even before then. President Obama may try to fast-track the deal through Congress, meaning it will be put to an up-or-down vote without even a chance for discussion or debate of its contents. The reason the details of the TPP have been so closely guarded and why the process is being rushed is due to the horrific nature of the agreement, at least the parts that have been made available to the public.
If the TPP were put into place, it would effectively make world governments subservient to multinational corporations. It would make it easier for companies like Walmart to ship jobs to Vietnam, where workers are paid half as much as in China, and enable the same hazardous working conditions that led to the collapse of a Bangladesh clothing factory in 2013, or the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in New York during the Industrial Revolution.
The TPP would also set up corporate tribunals, in which corporations could sue any government over any environmental or labor regulation for infringing on the company’s expected future profits. If the TPP were ratified, any attempt to break up the big banks or regulate toxic derivatives trading would be prohibited, and enable corporations to shift even more profits overseas to avoid paying domestic taxes. The only thing that could affect corporate power after the TPP’s ratification would be a general strike – particularly in the U.S., where a lot of these corporations rely on American customers to buy their products.
General Strikes Give Corporations a Dose of Their Own Medicine
IWW organizer Big Bill Haywood accurately described the relationships between working people and the ownership classes in that workers have “always been taught” to care for the capitalist’s private property, while owners will readily go on a capital strike and shut down a factory or ship jobs elsewhere if anything happens to their profits. A general strike thereby flips the tables on the capitalists, depriving the ownership class of their profits if owners do anything to upset workers’ wages, working conditions, or benefits. In doing so, workers remind owners and political leaders that the performance of the economy is entirely dependent on workers being happy and having their needs met.
General strikes have been used throughout the last century as a means for working people to assert power over the ownership class, in countries from Honduras to Yemen. In 2000, a general strike stopped the Bechtel Corporation from privatizing Cochabamba, Bolivia’s water supply. During the initial popular revolt in Egypt in 2011, before the movement was co-opted by the military, protest organizers successfully organized strikes that cost the Egyptian economy $310 million a day. The April 6 movement that preceded the 2011 uprising successfully organized a nationwide general strike several years before that had similar impacts on the economy.
There’s never been a better time to organize a general strike in the U.S. than right now, with both the corporate owners and political leaders pillaging public resources for their own private gain. If the Trans-Pacific Partnership is ratified, or if the government authorizes another bailout of the big banks with our money, the citizens can choose to either shut down the corporate establishment by depriving it of their labor and purchasing power, or succumb to the global corporate coup. The choice is ours to make.
This article does a great job showing the global structures built to create what Clinton neo-liberals and Bush neo-cons call THE NEW WORLD ORDER. If you look at a local level as I do here in Baltimore and Maryland you see these structures are in place. The movement to privatize all public structures in Baltimore is almost complete and in Maryland happening fast. These privatized structures report to global corporations and not me and you. Place the newest global level on top of that----Trans Pacific Trade Pact with its global corporate tribunal as a world government and you have a finished project. That is why it is so important to fight TPP and its installation. We do that locally -----and do it statewide----and we keep it from becoming law in Congress. This is not hard folks----we are 300 million strong and simply need to educate others where our labor and justice leaders are failing to do. Nations around the world are stopping TPP through activism and voting out of pols embracing these pols and we can too! GET RID OF CLINTON NEO-LIBERALS AND BUSH NEO-CONS----ALL MARYLAND POLS ARE GLOBAL CORPORATE POLS!
The article below is long but please take time to glance----remember, all this new world order needs Trans Pacific Trade Pact and we the people simply need to stop that! This Argentine scholar obviously is suspect of democracy and capitalism ever being a successful governing structure but I keep relating back to our years with social democracy in America----if we had not allowed the Reagan/Clinton neo-liberalism to join the Republicans in dismantling all those social democratizing structures----if Rule of Law had kept monopolies from creating global corporations as it should have.......I think social capitalism could have been sustainable and it would have continued to close the gap of injustice. What we have today is NOT A DEMOCRACY AND IT IS NOT FREE MARKET----IT IS TOTALITARIANISM as this author states.
By admin December 7, 2012
The Coming World Government
Adrian Salbuchi, New Dawn
Lucid and aware people observing world events unfold over the past decade or so – say, since September 11, 2001 – will have surely asked themselves what on Earth is going on here? We see ever-growing violence, war, outright lies, invasions, false flags, social upheavals, poverty, ruin and the death of millions… The world’s become a pretty dangerous and pitiful place to live in, and it only gets worse…
Which leads us to the obvious question: Why? Why is all this happening? Can we explain it away as Man’s wicked nature? Or his folly and ignorance? Perhaps just a series of bad mistakes and wrong turns on key issues?
Most everybody will have a ready reply, no doubt coloured by his or her own philosophical outlook. The more rational will say it’s just wrong decisions taken by normal people in an environment of growing complexity. Optimists will shrug their shoulders playing things down with the quaint statement that there’s always been war, persecution, poverty and corruption… Pessimists, as always, will complain that we’re all doomed, especially if they are “2012-repent-the-end-of-the-world-draws-nigh” types. What, then, should we think?
First, A Word About “Conspiracies…” If you don’t buy any of the above explanations, and you feel that today’s calamities are being purposefully engineered – that some group of people somewhere control the course of world events – then be careful because you risk being branded another paranoid, hallucinating, conspiracy theory kook.
Don’t let that worry you too much because those who disqualify as mere “conspiracy theories” any attempt to put together an alternative model of how global power really works are either, (a) blissfully ignorant and believe in the “world according to CNN and FoxNews”; (b) near-sighted on key long-term geopolitical processes; or (c) purposely deceptive and thus have an axe to grind protecting the Global Power Elite, which always reacts with uneasiness whenever someone shines a light on them. I will only deal with the last of these options.
Debunking “conspiracy theory” accusations is really not all that hard because what is thus branded is really just normal human behaviour. Or should we yell “Conspiracy!” every time two or more people having common interests and goals come together to coordinate and articulate their actions, joining forces to promote such goals and objectives more easily and with a higher degree of certainty? We see this at work in our community, schools, even in our own families. Such normal human behaviour is so ubiquitous that nobody bothers to mention it – that is not until you point out the highest echelons of world power also do exactly the same.
Every time somebody says very powerful individuals and entities quite predictably also engage in common actions, planning, and agreements in order to achieve common goals, the “C-word” kicks in with all its might ready to kill any such line of thought or investigation dead in its tracks.
How dare you say that global bankers plot to manipulate money and finance so they can control economies, markets, governments and the media! How dare you insinuate that the rich and powerful create organisations like the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) or the Trilateral Commission to do their geopolitical mega planning supporting long-term Global Power Elite interests bent on imposing World Government on Mankind! How can you be so paranoid as to even suggest that Money Power uses its clout to place “their people” in the White House, Parliament, Downing Street, the Casa Rosada, and Editors’ desks in all major media outlets?
That is the mainstream reaction whenever we speak of bankers, oil men, defence contractors, politicians, journalists and their respective corporations, organisations, banks, lobbies, lodges, armies – who all most clearly do have common interests and objectives – coming together and using their vast money flows to exert iron-fist control over society. This is all so obvious that only very naïve people (or very cheeky “analysts” on the Elite payroll!) conclude otherwise. What is really naïve is to think that George Soros never picks up the phone to discuss mutual plans with Sir Henry Kissinger or Christine Lagarde; or that David Rockefeller never dines with his Rothschild, Morgan and Warburg brethren.
Don’t be taken aback by the “C” word. Whoever uses it to silence lucid and aware people do so because they know nothing is more dangerous to them than… lucid and aware people!
Let’s now take a look at how the world really works, call it “conspiracy” or otherwise.
The dream of erecting a world government controlled by a very small, extremely powerful and elusive minority goes back several centuries. Its roots lie not just on the political stage but, more so, in social, cultural and religious spheres, often with symbolic, “occult” overtones.
In our time it has been variously described under the guise of “New World Order,” “One World,” “Over-World” and, more recently, “Globalisation.” Call it what you will, the facts are that national sovereignty, which is the ability of the People to organise around nation-states, to make the final decisions on their own affairs, from being a sharply defined concept is now so eroded and diffuse that no one can readily define exactly what sovereignty means today.
Maybe this would be acceptable if national sovereignty were lessened for the sake of better coping with global problems affecting Mankind as a whole – for the Common Good – however increasing famine, disease, contamination and war shows a very different picture. Why? The reason is that basically World Government is not emerging around robust global public institutions that have (or should have) the Public Good of We the People in the forefront, but rather around private organisations that have sectorial profit and interests at their forefront. In fact, the World Government we see rising before our eyes has one key, seldom mentioned, characteristic: it’s private.
Private Power Let’s start from basics: what drives the world today is not justice, it’s not the pursuit of the Common Good, nor international law, nor ethical values, nor democracy. What governs the world is Power and today Power has been illegitimately amassed in the hands of a tiny usurping minority. What do we mean by “Power”?
Firstly, Power is the concrete ability to plan, promote, organise, and carry out actions, the results of which invariably lead to specific and desired objectives and goals in the short, medium and long terms. Power is the capacity and ability to make certain things happen irrespective of any resistance, and at the same time blocking certain other things from happening irrespective of their force; if need be by war…
This definition spans political, economic, industrial, financial, business, technological, cultural, psychological and (usually, in the last instance) military stages. The exercise of Power requires coordinated and intelligent use of all resources at hand – whether plentiful or lean, physical or virtual – with the view of achieving concrete objectives and goals.
Secondly, we should differentiate Formal Power from Real Power. What the media show us are the very high profile visible results of actions carried out by Formal Power structures, i.e., national governments, financial markets and the media. However, Real Power levers that make things happen are far less visible. They plan out what happens in the world, when it happens, where, and who makes it happen. Symmetries between Real Power and Formal Power help explain how our global system works. Let’s recap:
Real Power is centred on discrete proactive structures and organisations that drive concrete and effective political, economic and social processes in a nation, a region, a social class, a public or private institution, or a combination of these. Its effectiveness stems from its continuity in time that allows it to grow and leverage its capacity for world domination. Real Power structures drive causes which, although themselves not visible, nevertheless generate highly visible results.
Formal Power is centred on structures that are for the most part reactive executors of strategies and decisions emanating from Real Power structures. These include high profile structures like major multinational corporations, transnational banks, multimedia monopolies, key universities and the top echelons of government in all countries (presidents, cabinet members, congressmen, judges). Formal Power structures are accountable for high-profile effects that have their roots in low profile causes emanating from Real Power structures.
The conquest and use of power has much in common with surfing: a dangerous staying balanced, a perilous not falling off the board, a flexible control of speed, direction and pitch. Good surfers “ride the wave” just as Italian philosopher Julius Evola recommended we learn to “Ride the tiger...” Come to think of it power also seems to have a feline, hunting and preying style and gait to it.
This leads to the need of clearly grasping a fundamental and harsh “Law of Power”: Those who have Power use it to promote and drive their objectives and interests; those who do NOT have Power must suffer the consequences of the actions of those who do have the Power to promote and drivetheir objectives and interests.
Here lie the roots of the dramatic situation most countries suffer today because power is no longer in the hands of people and organisations working towards the Common Good.
The Pyramid It helps to approach Power from a Corporate viewpoint. After all, the modern corporation developed, thrived and survived enormously over centuries of time becoming a key driver in the on-going shift that “privatised” power, transferring the reins of control from public political institutions to eminently private economic structures articulated in three vertical hierarchical levels:
Shareholders, who are the real owners and controllers of the Corporation, even if they seldom or ever become involved in its operational and administrative processes. Shareholders focus on finance, not economic production;
Directors, who represent shareholders and supervise/oversee the correct, efficient and proper operation of the Corporation in accordance with shareholder interest. They are accountable for ensuring maximum growth of present and future stock yields with minimum expense, thus making the capitalist corporation intrinsically an antisocial agent.
Managers, who are well-paid employees accountable for the day-to-day running of the Corporation. Normally, they are trained and hard working specialists who add value to the Corporation through their talent, organisational skills and discipline.
Today the superstructure of a veritable World Government already exist, but for the most part we do not recognise it as such because the paradigms normally associated with the concept of “government” are not readily visible. Rather, since power has become privatised, today’s World Government has much more in common with traditional private power structures described above. This lies at the very foundations of “globalisation,” where power is private and “democracy” is the preferred political system through which private power structures control public government i.e., through money.
Therefore public power – “government” – in almost every country can only occupy the lower level of decision-making (President, Prime Minister, Congress, Parliament, etc.). Medium and upper level decisions all lie above or outside national governments and countries, so we the People have no access or control over them, even though they deeply affect us all. Let’s have a closer look at how this hierarchy of global power plays out in practice:
Top Level Decisions (i.e., the “Owners” of this world) – Geopolitical Scope
In the private corporate world, upper level decisions are taken by shareholders. In the public World Government this is done by the Global Power Elite. Save in major countries as the US, UK, Russia, China and France, national governments have little or no access to this upper decision level where the “Masters of the World” wield Real Power. This is all coordinated by and grouped around the following major axes dealing with the geopolitical:
Think Tanks – A compact, hierarchical, seamless and very powerful global network of geostrategic planning centres – so-called “think tanks” – notably, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Trilateral Commission (TC), Bilderberg Group, Royal Institute of International Affairs (“Chatham House”), World Economic Forum, Project for a New American Century (PNAC), amongst others. Their job is to plan out the long-term development of complex political, economic, financial, technological, military and cultural processes, integrating them into consistent, sustainable and complex geopolitical models, geared to achieving growing long-term national, regional and global domination.
Finance Dynastic Families wielding immense economic, financial and social power and fortune since generations, even centuries: i.e., Rothschild, Rockefeller, Morgan, Mellon, Bin-Laden, Bush, Buffet and others.
Royal Dynasties and Noble Bloodlines who wielded social, economic, religious and financial Power for centuries (i.e., the ruling nobilities of Britain, Holland, Spain, Belgium, as well as the “uncrowned nobilities” in France, Germany, Austria, Italy and Portugal). They closely link-in with their counterparts in Islamic sheikdoms and patrician financial “nobilities” in the US and Far East.
Religious Organisations – Political structures of key religious faiths, notably The Vatican, Church of England, Lutheran and Calvinist Churches, the Jewish Sanhedrin, Evangelical and Pentecostal organisations, many of them staunchly pro-Zionist;
Supranational Political Structures – Freemasonry, Zionism, International Social Democracy, International Christian Democracy, various NGO’s and lobbies. Here we find the highest echelons of global power coming together at its pyramidal apex. No doubt, whatever lies behind “Illuminati” tradition dwells here: a compact Round Table of “Elders” representing money power, Dynastic families, Kings, Queens and Sheiks, Vatican priests, Rabbis, Lutheran and Anglican clergy, and the bloodlines from where the future “King of the World” shall arise. The buck stops there.
Organised Crime – Not surprisingly organised crime interacts with “legitimate” power structures and may even be created by them under various “operational agreements.” This brings under the fold variousMafias, arms dealers, drug cartels, money launderers, plus their respective financial managers. Boundaries are not clear-cut because organised criminal groups seem to have successfully embedded themselves into “legitimate” organisations, including the CIA, MI6, Mossad, DEA, FBI, SEC, financial institutions, stock exchanges, and armed and security forces. The New World Order power structure contains pacts and agreements forged with major criminal organisations willing to respect and abide by unwritten guidelines and rules of engagement.
Mid-Level Decisions (the “Deciders”) – Strategic Scope In the private corporate world, these are in the hands of the Directors. In the public World Government this refers to a set of major players: multinational corporations, transnational financial institutions, media monopolies, major universities, and specific sectors in all national governments, notably in the areas of foreign policy, economics and defence.
They direct and channel huge resources to finance political campaigns that promote previously screened, selected and approved political parties and candidates, maintaining a credible balance and image in order to ensure the electorate always have the – albeit, false – impression that “the people elect those who govern them”: let’s call this the “democracy game.”
Monopoly multimedia organisations, in turn, execute intense short-term PsyOps campaigns (e.g., right before an election), whilst the educational system executes medium- and long-term psychological pressure to ensure the population at large believe, accept, embrace and play the “democracy game” questioning little or nothing about it.
Lower Level Decisions (Day-to-Day “Operators”) – Operational Scope In the private corporate world, these are in the hands of Managers. In the public World Government, these are “the Authorities”: i.e., governments, law enforcement agencies, armed & security forces, controlling and supervisory entities, and the like. It includes “The President” or “Prime Minister” as head of the Executive Branch, Congressmen and women (or Parliamentarians) in the Legislative, and judges in the Judiciary branches of public government.
A nation’s president or prime minister is thus limited to merely executing short-term management level decisions during their short tenures in office (usually, three or four years with, perhaps, one possible re-election term: clearly too short a span to consolidate continuity of power). They can be described as the “CEO’s” of our countries with clipped wings and permanently challenged by a similar tightly controlled group of pre-selected “opposition” candidates, also canvassed, screened and approved by the “Directors” and “Shareholders” of the Global Power Elite who control the whole democracy game, financing costly election campaigns and media-based PsyOps.
Dynamics Another major cause of violence and conflict today is that financial, economic and social processes have very different dynamics and their own “time” factors, so to speak:
Finance (High Speed Change) – Modern technology allow finance to move instantaneously as financial operators and players around the world speculate, invest, divest, migrate from one market to another, from one currency to another, using extremely powerful computer, software and telecom networks at the speed of light, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Dynamics: Finance’s “time” runs in seconds and minutes, and has become highly automated. This huge advantage helps to explain why Finance today reigns supreme over us all.
Economy (Moderate Speed Change) – Economic processes run at a much slower pace because building cars, airplanes, and TV sets; manufacturing cookies and clothing; rendering services, erecting plants and factories; training and recruiting workers, requires planning, knowledge, time and effort.
Dynamics: Economy’s “time” runs in days, weeks, months, even years. The Real Economy thus operates at a slower speed than Virtual Finance to which it is unnaturally subordinated.
Societal (Slow Speed Change) – Collective processes governing changes in mental paradigms, ethical values, social customs, habits and styles, etc., are much, much slower still. Today, we experience unprecedented social and cultural “re-engineering” on a planetary scale. The two main instruments driving Social Change are:
The School System – Education on social, cultural, economic and political matters has become distorted, contaminated, deconstructed, eroded, emptied of content and turned upside down, on all manners that need accommodating and alignment to support and promote the mental profile that Global Power Elite planners demand.
The Media – Aside from distorting our world view of reality through the press, it also uses “entertainment” and “show business” to promote demoralising, destructive, often perverse content, inspired by the age-old collective dumbing-down method prevalent in the latter days of the Roman Empire – panem et circenses: bread and circuses – with the “added value” of today’s technologies.
Dynamics: Social and cultural change is very slow. Its “time” runs in decades, generations; even centuries.
The “Wheel” of World Power Today’s global geopolitical power architecture would look something like this:
Major Multinational Industrial Corporations – The Fortune 500 of industry, services, retailing, oil, energy, mining, R&D, defence, aerospace, foodstuff, agricultural, chemical, construction, shipping, consulting, etc.
Private Financial Institutions – Inter- and trans-national banks, financial consultants, risk-rating agencies, stock exchanges, fund managers, insurance and reinsurance companies, pensions and investment funds, etc.
Multilateral National and Supranational Entities – The International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), Bank of International Settlements, all national central banks, notably the US Federal Reserve Bank and the European Central Bank, the United Nations, and others.
Universities and Academia – In political science, international and government relations, and economics (i.e., Harvard, MIT, Columbia, Princeton, Yale, Johns Hopkins, Chicago, Stanford, Georgetown, Oxford, Cambridge, London School of Economics).
Multimedia Monopolies – The New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, CNN-Time Warner, CBS, MSNBC, Fox, BBC, The Economist, Der Spiegel, Foreign Affairs, Reuters.
Government – Key domestic and foreign policy, economic, financial and monetary posts.
In order to serve New World Order goals and interests, this “Wheel of Power” must spin in a specificdirection, steered from its hub which is controlled by a discrete, though not secret, network of think-tanks and geopolitical planning centres, acting flexibly, sequentially and consistently. It gives each of the major axes of power their specific “libretto,” to act out so that each, at the right time, does what it needs to do within a much wider plan spanning the world for decades to come.
This is a highly hierarchical, disciplined, pyramid-like scheme and as we observe its operators and players further down the pyramid they become increasingly numerous and less aware of the “full picture.” As in the intelligence community, each player operates on a “need to know” basis, where only those at the very top or near the apex can have a bird’s eye view of what is happening, and how everything ties in neatly into a long-term Master Plan. For those with a taste for the symbolic, that’s the All-Seeing Eye symbol on the US one-dollar bill…
Big Money Power
Big money power is profoundly anti-democratic. It has always surprised me the way politicians, the media, “intellectuals,” academics and opinion-makers speak mouthfuls about “democracy” insisting it be imposed upon everybody everywhere and yet we never hear a word about the urgent need ofdemocratising finance and the economy. There’s a taboo around that idea, even though it is absolutely plain for all to see that finance and the economy are governed by strict authoritarianism of a most undemocratic flavour. However, none of the people who should point this out to global public opinion – journalists, analysts, politicians – dare do so.
“Poderoso Señor es Don Dinero” – Money is a Powerful Lord – wrote Spanish poet Don Francisco de Quevedo y Villegas four centuries ago. And it is certainly sobering to see how this powerful gentleman, “Lord Money,” marches ever so strong in our terrible 21st century.
World Government is already upon us. For many decades it has functioned as a sort of global “shadow government” preparing to take a major leap to become a formal and “legally” binding World Government. It confronts the world with a system of thought in which “democracy” and capitalism contain their own values, which means that in order to participate in them, we must accept those values; even transcendental values on such matters as justice, happiness and the like. Citizens must therefore give up their minds to the System, which is neither political nor economic, but rather a system of consciousness.
Democracy and capitalism are systems of consciousness. People do not realise this but their minds are determined by these systems. This is why democracy and capitalism represent a totalitarian regime. Totalitarianism means total control of society… never has there been totalitarianism as strong as we have today. The totalitarianism of the democratic and capitalist systems is so sophisticated, that even our desires are determined by the System. We desire that which society wishes we desire.
It cannot be said loud enough. If true democracy is government of, by and for the majority of We the People for the purpose of protecting and promoting the Common Good, and the “democracy game” we’re all forced to play today is fully subservient and subordinated to UNdemocratic money power, then it follows that there is NO democracy, anywhere.
Not to understand this is not to understand how the global power system really works which, in turn, means not being able to arrive at a correct diagnosis as to why things are going badly in this world. And if we don’t get our diagnostics right, then no cure will ever be found for this sickly state of affairs. It’s high time we open our minds and eyes to this!
About the Author ADRIAN SALBUCHI is a political analyst, author, speaker and radio talk-show host in Argentina. He has published several books on Geopolitics and Economics in Spanish, and recently published his first eBook in English: The Coming World Government: Tragedy & Hope? which can be ordered through his web site www.asalbuchi.com.ar, or details can be requested by E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Salbuchi is 58 years of age, married, with four adult children, and works as strategic consultant for domestic and international companies. He is also founder of the Second Republic Project in Argentina, which is expanding internationally (visit: www.secondrepublicproject.com).