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Superclass: The Global Power Elite and the World They Are Making

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2008

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    David Rothkopf, an ex-director of Kissinger Associates, has written a revealing book. He notes that a tiny group of about 6,000 people has vastly more power than any other group on the planet, and that the richest 1,000 have more than twice the wealth of the poorest 2.5 billion. This class comprises mostly top businessmen, mainly from the USA and the EU. Concentration of capital leads to fewer and richer CEOs. Giant firms, banks and private equity companies are this class¿s base. It advances its interests through self-regulation, liberalised markets, privatisation, and the free movement of capital, labour and services. Increasingly, private firms now decide what public, elected bodies used to decide. This class pretends to help solve AIDS and Africa¿s poverty by throwing money at the problems ¿ but who does the work of doctoring and nursing, of planting and harvesting? Not Bill Gates or George Soros! What drives this accumulation of wealth at one pole and of poverty at the other? Could there be some connection? Rothkopf never thinks to ask where all this wealth comes from. He notes that some `defend elites for their role in globalization, believing that by globalizing they will ultimately help create a more equitable system¿. But this globalising has created this hugely unjust system. How could it turn into its opposite and create a fairer society? He argues, of course, against national sovereignty, and praises all capital¿s favoured bodies - the EU, the IMF, the World Bank, etc. But far from analysing what is happening and why, Rothkopf tells us little stories about his brief chats with the rich and famous. His favourite meeting is the annual World Economic Forum at Davos, where he can fawn on the godlike figures of Merkel, Sarkozy, Brown and Straw. This is an embarrassing book, like a long Hello! Magazine without the pictures. Preparing it doubtless extended Mr Rothkopf¿s social network, but it reveals little of the class he dotes on, while showing all too clearly that he has the mind and morals of a groupie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2008

    Global Elites Agenda

    This is one of many books that states the globalist agenda for mankind. In no way is this agenda good for the common people of this planet. Eveything that the 'superclass' have done and will do is furthering their agenda of destroying the sovereignty of all counties, and yes that means America too. Destroying America's sovereignty will mean the end of our constitution and our way of life as we know it. If you think this book is out to help you fasion ways to join the elite you're sadly mistaken. Living in a half a million dollar house and driving a Mercedes does not make you apart of the elite. This book is a must read, in my view, because it is a way to learn why these people are your enemy. The first part in beating your enemy is learning about them.

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  • Posted June 28, 2010

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    In-depth exploration of the global elite

    Conspiracy theories thrive on mystery, and no group is more mysterious than the planet's richest, most powerful people. Former U.S. Undersecretary of State David Rothkopf attempts to shed light on these shadowy figures using his experience with - and his detailed research into - their feeding habits and environments. Rothkopf deftly intersperses firsthand knowledge with hard data in describing the clout, backgrounds and goals of the people he identifies the "superclass." The result is a thorough examination of the 6,000 members of the global elite, their sources of power and the staggering amounts of money they control. The book comes alive in its behind-the-scenes tales of how these movers and shakers really roll. Rothkopf coyly demurs from listing them, while name-dropping plenty - but he sometimes bogs down in theory and conjecture. getAbstract suggests his who's who of the rich and famous for those seeking a glimpse of how the superclass runs the world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2008

    SuperClass is a Must Read

    If you want to be all you can be, you need to understand what the world looks like through the eyes of those at the top. SuperClass is an excellent book that will help you to know yourself better as you get to know the elites better. Once you better understand the Elites, you can then proceed to reach out to them, because they are in the best position to change the world in directions that perhaps only those NOT at the top can fully appreciate the need for. You must let them know you exist and are important and that with their reach and leverage, while adopting the correct approach, they can change the world in ways few fully appreciate. Specifically you want to understand the coming 'Robotic Wageless Economy', and then reach out to the elites and persuade them to steer the world in the direction where the 'Robotic Wageless Economy' can become a reality in our lifetimes, emancipating humans from the machinery of economy and ushering in an Age of Recreation never before possible, and more likely if the SuperClass realizes its potential to achieve it, so READ the book SuperClass, you will enjoy it, and you will be better positioned to change the world by leveraging the SuperClass yourself !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2008

    Shakira's a global elite??

    I bought this book based on the jacket description but I was disappointed. Unlike 'Revolt of the Elites,' cited by the author, this book didn't seem to have much of a central thesis. It was more an amalgamation of information about the world's upperclass and, quite frankly, little that a casual reader of newspapers and magazines wouldn't already know: namely, that being male, scion of a wealthy family, and having the right connections via elite schools and jobs puts one in a position to become a member of the superclass. But the biggest disappointment was the author's failure to actually come up with a list of global elites. Bill Clinton, the Google founders, Bono and, yes, even Shakira apparently make the 'list', but none is provided. Everyone likes lists, whether it's David Letterman's top 10 or the Newsweek 100 best law schools editions. The author argues that there are 6,000 members of the 'superclass' but only touches on a few. I would have liked the author to take a stab at creating a list and given us readers something to discuss and argue about. Shakira?????

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