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Giants: The Global Power Elite Paperback – August 8, 2018
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“Peter Phillips’s book is a timely reminder that as the transnational capitalist class/global power elite changes it is vital that critical researchers keep up with these changes. The reader will find impressive documentation of the institutions and personnel driving capitalist globalization in its destructive and relentless search for growth and profits.” —Leslie Sklair, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, London School of Economics and Political Science
“Giants answers, in great detail, the commonly-asked but little-known question: who really pulls the strings? This book outlines the handful of individuals who manage the most powerful think tanks, investment firms and corporate boards who make society’s decisions at the expense of the planet. ... Giants is an essential tool to understand those at the reigns of empire and capitalist hegemony, so we can be empowered to fight for our survival.” —Abby Martin, The Empire Files
“Following decades of research on power elites, Peter Phillips’s book Giants exposes the power networks that link the world’s wealthiest individuals and organizations and the ideological justifications that sustain their power. Impeccable original research provides the foundation for an impassioned call to action that reflects Phillips’s abiding commitments to social justice and human rights. This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand socioeconomic inequality in the twenty-first century, and it is vital inspiration for those committed to creating a better world.” —Andy Lee Roth, associate director, Project Censored
“If you want to know who is actually ruling the world – read this book. If you want to know the organizations they use and the networks that create them – read this book. If want to know ‘what needs to be done’ to stop them from destroying the planet – read this book and then take action.” —David Cobb, 2004 Green Party presidential nominee and co-founder, Cooperation Humboldt
“For anyone who wants to know precisely where we are today, and why – and who knows that we can and must go somewhere else – Giants is a book to read, and recommend, right now.” —Mark Crispin Miller, Professor of Media Studies, New York University
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- Publisher : Seven Stories Press (August 8, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1609808711
- ISBN-13 : 978-1609808716
- Item Weight : 15.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.95 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #83,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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However you call it, this book describes the current global economic picture, with a big difference. It starts from the bottom up. Giants first briefly explains how Global Capitalism began, how we got here, and then identifies the players from the bottom up. Phillips actually identifies the “managers” of this network, naming names, giving a roster of the usual suspects, when they were born, where they went to school, their family history and a brief employment history, and, where available, their salary. Phillips then describes the Think Tanks that provides the justifications for Global Capitalism, he describes the associations in which they work, and then lists and describes the political, monetary, and military apparatuses they service.
We see names of associations we’ve seen before in the news which are still alive and well. We see the Trilateral Commission (yes, it is still around), the Council of Foreign Relations, and the Bilderbergers. You will be surprised to see names not familiar, but nefariously present nonetheless.
The list of persons and organizations are boggling. Boggling too is their shared characteristics. Philips limits his inventory to organizations having more than one trillion — yes, that’s with a “T” — dollars in their portfolios. This is also a group which conduct business among themselves: While a small percentage of their profits are diverted to the public at large, they generally only do business with, and interlock their memberships, among themselves. This gives graphic meaning to the term, “trickle down” economics.
While it may be difficult to do so, Phillips does a good job in toning down politically loaded words and avoiding a social or political agenda. The book is intended, and Philips succeeds, in providing a neutral Who’s Who to Global Capitalism.
2) The central banks’ fiat interest and usury system are the world’s single biggest problem. As long as the elites get to print money out of thin air and collect interest on it, we’ll never ever be out of this ponzi scheme. And heaven forbid the ethnicity of the global bankster cartel/cabal be exposed. Maybe that’s why the conversation about central banks never ever surfaces, including glaringly in Philips’ book.
3) An adherence to the universal human rights declaration is pie in the sky. Not a person on the planet would disagree with the principles, but given the power of the oligarchs and their realpolitik agenda, the universal rights of man as a guiding light for global accountability are a useless do-gooder distraction.
You don’t know what you don’t know, which it would have to be if you think your book is delivering key, important info and analysis and yet fails to address the 3 deal breaker items above.
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There is a tiny reference in the index and.....Nothing in the text....
Is this is a serious study that was EDITED down at the publishing statge, to keep anubody from looking at the REAL players.
Or a sloppy cut and paste of names in the public domain, to keep up the ILLUSION of REAL SOLID INFORMATION ????
If so who actually owns the PUBLISHING HOUSE, behind the public facade?
Oh silly me, there could never be any connection there, could there?
No, of course not, nothing to see here move along...
Or is this yet another distraction and deflection from any kind of real close up scrutiny, of the ACTUAL MEN BEHIND THE CURTAIN, who really pull the global strings through their worldwide central banking empire and fund both sides in global wars, and have done since at least Napoleonic times?
Not very impressive overall, I would probably look elsehere and save your money.
With that in mind, if you choose to read it, ask your own questions, and look beyond the obvious.
Before jumping into this book, consider that the Venezuelan 2018 general election had 150 electoral observers monitoring. They wrote to the EU later condemning the EU's position on the election, saying, "we were unanimous in concluding that the elections were conducted fairly, that the election conditions were not biased, that genuine irregularities were exceptionally few and of a very minor nature. There was no vote buying because there is no way that a vote CAN be bought. The procedure itself precludes any possibility of anyone knowing how a voter cast her or his vote; and it is impossible – as we verified – for an individual to vote more than once or for anyone to vote on behalf of someone else. In short, the claims in your press release are fabrications of the most disgraceful kind, based on hearsay and not on evidence and unworthy of the EU."
So, why did the EU and governments and media around the world condemn this election? That's where you start with this excellent book.