Ever Wonder Who “They” Are? We Name Names And Explain How The Global Elites Operate

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In 2017, eight men controlled half of the world’s wealth and 70% of the world controls 5% of the wealth. Global elites, the 1%, are consolidating their fortunes without regard for the remaining 99% or the welfare of the planet. It is important to understand how this small number of people control the world and who they are so that we know what we’re up against and whom to hold accountable. We speak with Peter Phillips, author of “Giants: The Global Power Elite,” about his decades of work tracking the power holders and what we do to create a more just and sustainable world.

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Peter Phillips is a Professor of Political Sociology at Sonoma State University since 1994, former Director of Project Censored 1996 to 2010 and President of Media Freedom Foundation 2003 to 2017. He has been editor or co-editor of fourteen editions of Censored, co-editor with Dennis Loo of Impeach the President: The Case Against Bush and Cheney (2006), editor of two editions of Progressive Guide to Alternative Media and Activism (1999 & 2004). His most recent book is Giants: The Global Power Elite. He was a co-host of the weekly Project Censored show on Pacifica Radio with Mickey Huff from 2010 to 2017, originating from KPFA in Berkeley and airing on forty stations nationwide. He teaches courses in Political Sociology, Sociology of Power, Sociological of Media, Sociology of Conspiracies and Investigative Sociology. He was winner of the Firecracker Alternative Book Award in 1997 for Best Political Book, PEN Censorship Award 2008, Dallas Smythe Award from the Union for Democratic Communications 2009, and the Pillar Human Rights Award from the National Associations of Whistleblowers 2014. He lives in a redwood forest near Bodega, California with his wife Mary Lia.

  • Steven Berge

    Excellent show! I’ve always wondered who “they” were. We’re blessed to have you two as truth warriors. I often refer people to your work here and on Popular Resistance. I hope we are approaching a critical mass of aware people in the fight against the FOG.

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  • mwildfire

    Very interesting–first time I’ve listened to one of your podcasts because I really dislike audio-only format. But the “Who are They” hooked me. Naturally, I have a couple comments. One: I bristle at the repeated phrasing about asking the elite to do the right thing. Fuck that! Their having all the power is what’s wrong in the first place. We must boot them from their thrones, not approach in supplication. Anyway, that’s unlikely to yield any results because Two: this idea that “they’re human beings, so some of them will care” ignores a key reality: the existence of sociopaths and the likelihood that the people we’re talking about are, virtually to a man (and very occasional woman) sociopaths. YES they know what a crisis climate change is, but likely the top question in most of their minds is, Will it hit in the time I’m alive, and with such force and universality that my wealth can’t buy me a cozy haven? If not, why care? (which is a broad hint on where that dividing wedge might be inserted–between the old men who hold most of the power and the younger generation who will lose out no matter how much money they can amass.) As for the notion that they “believe in trickle down”, really? Why would they believe in this against decades of evidence? If they really believed it, would they be building a global police state? I suspect there are extremely private conversations going on about how many people they need in the world and how to get rid of the rest without overtly reaching out to kill us. Because they know limitless green growth is impossible, that seven billion people on the planet is unsustainable, and likely they blame the masses for not being willing to give up flying and driving and having more than one child, excusing their own enormously outsized footprints with a nod to their low numbers.

  • Excellent podcast !!!

  • You’re comment is a blast,

    Indeed where’s the accountability for politicians to their electorate?

    It simply doesn’t exist in the Western world.

    Not even in China or Russia for that matter, only the working class are ever held accountable while there’s nary a change of the guard in sight, if you get my drift.

    I love and appreciate the podcast, since last year I travel quite a bit now and frequently end up out of range of even an ordinary radio, apart from the BS being broadcasted needless to say no mobile internet signal either.

    The podcast are brilliant to me in that I’m able to listen and learn from them while doing other tasks such as driving coast to coast through the desert which took several days of the worlds longest straight roads, then unfortunately broken down for a week…. which was when the podcast proved their worth — must make sure to download even more podcast [then there’s sharing aspect with people who’d normally don’t have access to this type of information]

  • mwildfire

    It’s not some philosophical thing–I don’t do audio-only because I don’t learn well through my ears. Maybe it’s brain wiring I was born with or maybe it’s because my mother deprived us of television (for which I’ve thanked her many times and imposed the same on my own kids) and so I grew up as a bookworm–text is what makes immediate sense to me, and videos work too. I never listen to radio, I feel blind. But this podcast was worth it.

  • All good, for me they both have their own advantages.

  • sabelmouse

    i have this issue as well, though never deprived of tv. i read, and find it hard to keep attention on just speaking. prefer video if it’s a lecture. what i will do once i am fully blind i don’t know as i don’t envoy listening to books.
    optician keeps telling me that my eyes have barely got worse since last checkup but they sure feel worse.

  • sabelmouse

    funnily enough when in car i can concentrate to such.

  • Joao M. Alvarez

    Peter Phillips from project censored, nice!

  • Wally

    Good post. I, like so many others, believed the AGW. Until I woke up and started researching EVERYTHING. The rabbit hole goes deep. It would take a novel to appropriately respond to your post, so I won’t engage in that. Let’s just say that I too grieve that so many are still trapped in the delusion and won’t see or prepare for whats coming.

    “The common enemy of humanity is man.
    In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up
    with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming,
    water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill. All these
    dangers are caused by human intervention, and it is only through
    changed attitudes and behavior that they can be overcome.
    The real enemy then, is humanity itself.”
    – Club of Rome