Network of Deception
The image above of a globe formed of points of light is taken from a scientific report published by systems theorists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland. The points of light represent 1,318 transnational corporations (TNCs) which form the core of the world economy. Strongly Connected Components (corporations) are depicted as red lights, while very connected companies are yellow. The size of the dot represents revenue.
In the journal PLOS One, the report titled The Network of Global Corporate Control was published on October 26, 2011. This scholarly article has proven to be a boon to “truthers” who have long asserted that there is a cabal of global financiers and industrialists who constitute an invisible government which dictates the policies of nations, controls the global economy, foments wars, and is responsible for a myriad of deceptions foisted upon mankind, including numerous false flag events such as 911, the London subway bombings, the Boston Marathon bombings, etc.. The men and women who control these transnational corporations are able to get away with their heinous atrocities and acts of deception due to the fact that they also control the global media. This gives them control over the news narrative. They also control a majority of politicians and government officials, providing them with immunity from any prosecution.
I am going to cite sections of this landmark study published in 2011, for although the corporate landscape appears different today than it did in the 1960s and 1970s, the situation present today also existed during the years in which the Apollo moon missions were conducted. There has long been an interlinking network of corporate entities which constitute an unseen hand that rules over the affairs of nations. These corporations are experiencing a continual merging into a smaller number of colossal super-corporations, but the network has been present for centuries.
It is important that Christians see the world as it really is, not as it is portrayed by the media, public and private education systems, educational textbooks, and the government. The journal PLOS ONE features reports of original research from all disciplines within science and medicine. They are an independent, peer-reviewed journal for scholarly research. Excerpts from the article they published appear below.
The Network of Global Corporate Control
Stefania Vitali, James B. Glattfelder, Stefano Battiston
Published: October 26, 2011
A common intuition among scholars and in the media sees the global economy as being dominated by a handful of powerful transnational corporations (TNCs). However, this has not been confirmed or rejected with explicit numbers. A quantitative investigation is not a trivial task because firms may exert control over other firms via a web of direct and indirect ownership relations which extends over many countries. Therefore, a complex network analysis is needed in order to uncover the structure of control and its implications…
In terms of connectivity, the network consists of many small connected components, but the largest one (3/4 of all nodes) contains all the top TNCs by economic value, accounting for 94.2% of the total TNC operating revenue…
A generalization is a strongly connected component (SCC), i.e., a set of firms in which every member owns directly and/or indirectly shares in every other member… The second characteristics (sic) is that the largest connect component contains only one dominant strongly connected component (1347 nodes). Thus, similar to the WWW (World Wide Web), the TNC network has a bow-tie structure. Its peculiarity is that the strongly connected component, or core, is very small compared to the other sections of the bow-tie… The core is also very densely connected, with members having, on average, ties to 20 other members. As a result, about 3/4 of the ownership of firms in the core remains in the hands of firms of the core itself. In other words, this is a tightly-knit group of corporations that cumulatively hold the majority share of each other.
In detail, nearly 4/10 of the control over the economic value of TNCs in the world is held, via a complicated web of ownership relations, by a group of 147 TNCs in the core, which has almost full control over itself. The top holders within the core can thus be thought of as an economic “super-entity” in the global network of corporations. A relevant additional fact at this point is that 3/4 of the core are financial intermediaries. Figure 2 D shows a small subset of well-known financial players and their links, providing an idea of the level of entanglement of the entire core.
Figure 2 D
The image below represents the transnational corporations control relationships, with the power being primarily held by the small number of entities in the center of the bow-tie.
The Strongly Connected Components in the center number 147 corporations at the time the report was published. This number has since shrunk as power is even more concentrated now due to the shakeup in the financial and corporate world which began in 2008. Following the publication of this study, it was commented on by numerous other magazines and Internet websites. Immediately below is an excerpt from an article posted on the Forbes website.
The 147 Companies That Control Everything
Bruce Upbin, October 22, 2011
Three systems theorists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich have taken a database listing 37 million companies and investors worldwide and analyzed all 43,060 transnational corporations and share ownerships linking them. They built a model of who owns what and what their revenues are and mapped the whole edifice of economic power.
They discovered that global corporate control has a distinct bow-tie shape, with a dominant core of 147 firms radiating out from the middle. Each of these 147 own interlocking stakes of one another and together they control 40% of the wealth in the network. A total of 737 control 80% of it all… This is, say the paper’s authors, the first map of the structure of global corporate control.
Next is an extract from an article published by New Scientist.
Revealed – the capitalist network that runs the world
New Scientist, October 19, 2011
As protests against financial power sweep the world this week, science may have confirmed the protesters’ worst fears. An analysis of the relationships between 43,000 transnational corporations has identified a relatively small group of companies, mainly banks, with disproportionate power over the global economy…
The idea that a few bankers control a large chunk of the global economy might not seem like news to New York’s Occupy Wall Street movement and protesters elsewhere. But the study, by a trio of complex systems theorists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, is the first to go beyond ideology to empirically identify such a network of power. It combines the mathematics long used to model natural systems with comprehensive corporate data to map ownership among the world’s transnational corporations (TNCs)…
When the team further untangled the web of ownership, it found much of it tracked back to a “super-entity” of 147 even more tightly knit companies – all of their ownership was held by other members of the super-entity – that controlled 40 per cent of the total wealth in the network. “In effect, less than 1 per cent of the companies were able to control 40 per cent of the entire network,” says Glattfelder. Most were financial institutions. The top 20 included Barclays Bank, JPMorgan Chase & Co, and The Goldman Sachs Group.
The last article I will cite was published on the website of Global Research Canada.
Bankers Rule the World: “The Network of Global Corporate Control”
Stephen Lendman, December 16, 2011
The study says 147 powerful companies control an inordinate amount of economic activity – about 40%. Among the top 50, 45 are financial firms. They include Barclays PLC (called most influential), JPMorgan Chase, UBS, and other familiar and less known names.
Twenty-four companies are US-based, followed by eight in Britain, five in France, four in Japan, and Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands with two each. Canada has one.
Moreover, “top ranked” companies “hold a control ten times bigger than what could be expected based on their wealth.”
As a result, they have enormous influence over political, financial, and economic activity…
Transnational giants are the dominant institution of our time – especially financial ones with money power control of everything.
They decide who governs and how, who serves on courts, what laws are enacted, and whether or not wars are waged. Corporate dominance, especially financial power, and democratic values are incompatible.
They operate ruthlessly as private tyrannies…
Nothing in America’s Constitution or statute laws endow corporations with their rights. They usurped them by co-opting Washington, the nation’s courts, state capitals, and city halls.
As a result, over half the world’s largest economies are corporations. Financial ones controlling the power of money are most dominant.
Corporate personhood enhanced their power, yet imagine: Although corporations aren’t human, they can live forever, change their identity, reside in many places globally, can’t be imprisoned for wrongdoing, and can transform themselves into new entities for any reason.
I found some of the statements in this last review to be thought provoking. Consider how well the entity known as a corporation meets the needs, and serves the plans, of Satan. He too is not human. He can live forever. He changes his identity to suit the situation. He resides in many places globally, and he is beyond the reach of the justice system of man. Satan is the ultimate architect of the corporation, for it serves his purposes well. He wanted to create an entity that did not suffer the limitations imposed upon mankind. By placing power and wealth into the hands of corporations, his schemes can continue on without interruption when key men die.
Why is it important to know that the world is controlled by a network of transnational corporations? Men and women interpret the information they are confronted with through the filter of their worldview. If their understanding of the world is skewed, inaccurate, or false, then so will their interpretation of the events in the world around them be wrongly understood.
As an example, if you are a Christian residing in the United States, a deception has been promulgated that asserts that America is a democracy with free elections, and any citizen of the nation can run for, and be elected to, public office. Any Joe on the street has the potential to become President of the United States. The idea that the individual citizen’s vote counts, and that government is “of the people, by the people, and for the people” is believed by a great many who have had this notion taught to them since their earliest days in school.
There were many years that I walked in naivete, believing what I had been taught, a false worldview reinforced to me even by spiritual leaders who urged their congregations to get out and vote. The scales fell off of my eyes in 1992 when the Presidential race was between three men: George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and H. Ross Perot. With a little investigation I learned that all three men had direct ties to the Rockefeller money trust in America. No matter who Americans voted for, they were electing a Rockefeller agent. I realized at that time that the elections were all rigged and I have not voted since. Americans do not actually choose the candidates they get to vote on. They are handpicked by the powers-that-be.
In the book Dragon Flood I wrote of the deception carried out by powerful men who have followed a carefully crafted plan of deception. These ruling elite convince the average citizen that the power to rule themselves is a reality guaranteed to them by the U.S. Constitution. The citizens are led to believe that they are the ones in charge of choosing their elected officials and approving the laws of the land. Edward Bernays, a nephew of Sigmund Freud, and considered the father of American advertising and political propaganda, revealed the truth of the matter. Following is an excerpt from the book Dragon Flood.
Bernays had a true “insider’s” perspective into the machinations of government. Stuart Ewen in his book PR! A Social History of Spin, describes a visit he paid to Bernays at his home.
He led me through a dark room off the landing. Its walls were covered with scores of framed black and white photographs, many of them inscribed. Wordlessly, yet eloquently, the pictures placed my ancient host close to the heartbeat of a century. Bernays on his way to the Paris Peace Conference, 1919. Bernays standing with Enrico Caruso. Bernays and Henry Ford. Bernays and Thomas Edison. Bernays and Dwight David Eisenhower. An inscribed photo portrait of his uncle, Freud, was also conspicuous. Bernays with the “great men” at the “great events” of the twentieth century.
Bernays and President Eisenhower
Bernays wrote of the power a small group has in selecting even those candidates who will become President of the United States.
A presidential candidate may be “drafted” in response to “overwhelming popular demand,” but it is well known that his name may be decided upon by half a dozen men sitting around a table in a hotel room.
[Source: Propaganda, Edward Bernays]
Things have not changed much since the day in which the above statement was written. Much has been written about the Bilderberger Group in recent years. This group of extremely wealthy and powerful global persons derives their name from the hotel they met at for their first annual meeting. It is true that a small number of men and women still meet today in hotel rooms to determine who will be given the rule of the nations. Both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were whisked away during the midst of campaigning for the Presidential nomination of their party in 2008. Their sudden absence was the subject of much speculation. It became known that they were taken to attend the annual Bilderberger conference, at which it was determined that Obama would become President and Hillary Clinton Secretary of State. Those elected to public positions are acting as the pawns of the true powers that have placed them there.
There are invisible rulers who control the destinies of millions. It is not generally realized to what extent the words and actions of our most influential public men are dictated by shrewd persons operating behind the scenes.
[Source: Propaganda, Edward Bernays]
As one reads the writings of men like Edward Bernays, Walter Lippman, Ivy Lee, and other pioneers of modern propaganda, it becomes evident just how pervasive the practice of manipulating public opinion has become. The following statement of Bernays, written in 1928, could have been written as a commentary on America’s current President.
Again, the objection is raised that propaganda is utilized to manufacture our leading political personalities. It is asked whether, in fact, the leader makes the propaganda, or whether propaganda makes the leader. There is a widespread impression that a good press agent can puff up a nobody into a great man.
Truly, there has seldom been a less accomplished man who was portrayed as a great statesman, than the current President (Barack Obama). Many were astonished when after his election to the Presidency he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. There was no basis for the award. He had not brokered any peace agreements. He had no political history of accomplishment. All the awards and popular press he was receiving were part of a massive, organized plan to manufacture an image of a great man out of a nobody. The ruling elite chose Obama as a figurehead to accomplish their purposes. They manufactured a false history for his life, and the public by and large has accepted it due to the universal and continuous flood of propaganda that has attended his ascension to public office.
Although Obama is a willing instrument of men in carrying out the destruction of America as a wealthy nation of great liberty, he is not the one making decisions. Those who created his public image and arranged his election to the Presidency are the true powers behind the throne. As far back as 1928 Edward Bernays wrote:
The public actions of America’s chief executive are, if one chooses to put it that way, stage-managed.
Edward Bernays did not apologize for his views. He believed that it was right and necessary for an enlightened minority to guide the masses.
Ours must be a leadership democracy administered by the intelligent minority who know how to regiment and guide the masses. Is this government by propaganda?… It must be enlightened, expert propaganda through the creation of circumstances, through the high-spotting of significant events, and the dramatization of important issues.
Consider carefully what is declared here. An “intelligent minority,” a global elite, believe it is their right and duty to regiment human behavior. They accomplish this control of mankind through creating events and circumstances that will provide a context to move the masses in a particular direction. That which passes for spontaneous news events today are seldom spontaneous, or news. They are dramatizations played out on a world stage with the intent of manipulating mankind. The global elite need the masses to consent to their schemes leading to a one world government. They refer to the work of propagandizing the masses as “manufacturing consent.” By deceiving and manipulating the people, the consent of the nations is gained.
Do you perceive this deception all around you? Are your eyes opened to perceive the hidden hand that guides events? Or do you still believe that America is a nation where the government serves the people? Are you so blinded by propaganda that you believe America can be changed by electing a Republican instead of a Democrat for President? Do you perceive that the candidates of both parties have been hand picked, and they are equally servants of an invisible government?
I groan inwardly when I hear from Christians today who speak with effusive praise of men like Donald Trump. Trump is saying all the things that patriotic American conservatives want to hear. He appears to be a champion of the common man. Brothers and sisters, it is all an ILLUSION. We live in a world where many illusions are manufactured to deceive the people. It is necessary that you practice the discernment needed to determine what is true and what is a lie. Donald Trump is a servant of the global elite. He is a corporation man. He has received financing amounting to billions of dollars for his real estate investments from the same transnational banking interests that control the policies of national governments.
With a word these financial rulers could bring Trump’s empire crashing to the ground. He could be left financially destitute, his reputation sullied, and his life ruined at the whim of the corporate masters. Although he speaks defiantly, and gives an appearance of being independent, he is in reality a corporate slave. Donald Trump is playing the role that has been assigned to him. He will do the will of those who hold the reins of power, for he knows very well the consequences of defying them. Donald Trump’s real estate empire is heavily leveraged with debt. The debtor is always slave to the lender.
Like Ronald Reagan, Trump is an actor. His words do not match his life and actions. He is a godless, proud, sexually immoral, dishonest, scheming individual who has risen to wealth and power through the assistance of the Luciferian financial corporations that dictate the course of nations. If Trump were elected he would betray every promise made while campaigning, in the same manner that Barack Obama did after his election. There are a large number of videos on YouTube that have juxtaposed Obama’s campaign promises with his words and actions after he was elected President, revealing that he has done just the opposite of what he promised to those who voted for him.
Brothers and sisters, if you are engaged in watching the American political process on corporate media, you are observing political theater. It is play-acting. It is hypocrisy. There is no truth in it. It is an illusion that has been pulled over people’s eyes. Edward Bernays spoke the truth when he stated that the actions of America’s Presidents are “stage-managed.” The political world set before the eyes of the populace is puppet theater for the sleeping masses. Hollywood has been surreptitiously telling people this for many years. They know the public is so bewitched by illusion as they stumble sleepily through the dream world they are living in, that no one will take notice.
In the film clip below from the science fiction movie Serenity based on the television show Firefly, there is a scene when the crew of the ship seek information from Mr. Universe. Mr. Universe is a computer expert who is tapped into all forms of communications of the Empire which spans 30 worlds. Mr. Universe informs the crew that there is “the signal” which is raw and unedited, and then there is the “puppet theater” to entertain the somnambulant masses.
Serenity – Puppet Theater Clip
Mr. Universe: Do you think you are in a hot place?
Crew Member: That is what we are looking to learn. Is there any follow-up on News wave?
Mr. Universe: There is no news. There is the truth of the signal – what I see. And, there is the puppet theater, the Parliament jester’s voice for the somnambulant public.
Crew Member: Well what about this? Did this make the puppet theater?
Mr. Universe – The Truth of the Signal
The movie Serenity was released in 2005. Significant to the subject at hand, the movie’s plot revolves around the crew of the Serenity uncovering a government plot to add a drug called Pax, or Paxilon Hydrochlorate, to the air processors of one of the worlds they have terraformed. The drug was intended to render the citizens of this world passive so they would not resist the control of the interplanetary government. The drug had an unintended effect, however, as most of the people lost the will to do anything. They even quit eating and just laid down and died.
There is a parallel present in this movie to the unseen government of our world, a government which is using the airwaves to render the populace amenable to their control. In Latin, the word Pax means Peace. The illusions that the global elite are spreading through the airwaves and various media are intended to render the populace pliable to their will and cooperative with their goals, even if those goals mean the ultimate death of the majority of mankind.
Mr. Universe stated, “there is the puppet theater, the Parliament jester’s voice for the somnambulant public.” The word “somnambulant” is defined as “walking or having the habit of walking while asleep, resembling or having the characteristics of a sleepwalker.” Sadly, this word describes not only the majority of people in this world, it also is a fitting description of most Christians. The apostle Paul wrote:
I Thessalonians 5:5-6
We are not of night nor of darkness; so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober.
Brothers and sisters, if you are not perceiving the world of illusion all around you, you are neither alert nor sober. You are stumbling sleepily through this world and doing so can only result in great harm for there are evil men and devils who seek to devour you.
I will mention one other well known and often quoted Hollywood reference to the deception that has been perpetrated by men and devils upon humanity. These words come from the movie The Matrix.
Morpheus: The Matrix is everywhere. It is all around us. Even now, in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window, or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work… when you go to church… when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.
Neo: What truth?
Morpheus: That you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else you were born into bondage, into a prison that you cannot taste or see or touch. A prison for your mind.
What is expressed here is true. There is an illusory world that has been pulled over the minds of men. Like a drug, the deception being poured forth through the media, through entertainment, from the government, from advertising, even from the church pulpits, induces men and women to see the world as something it is not. This was equally true in the 1960s and 1970s. The government and media, even religious leaders, acted in concert to persuade humanity that America’s space agency was able to repeatedly send men to the moon and return them safely back to Earth.
I have not yet begun to present the evidence of this deception. It is necessary at the beginning to show you the level of control present in this world system. A control that reaches into every facet of society, controlling the flow of information, shaping the ideas and beliefs that are required for an “intelligent minority… to regiment and guide the masses.” This intelligent minority see themselves as the Illumined ones, the Illuminati. In their minds, those who are deceived by the illusions of the ruling elite deserve to be deceived and to experience the consequences brought on by their lack of discernment.
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