World Trade, World Bank, Privatization

Its About Money, Stats and Drug Abuse Government Style

The Crporatist State and Globalization, Exposed--jk
Neoliberalism exposed -- concise summary -- jk
Neoliberalism exposed--jk
WTO fact sheet--jk
Egypt, a Lesson in Globalizer's Crisis Management
Globalization--Palast's Armed Madhouse
NEOLIBERALISM--the economics favored by big business, banks, and Our Government
A fact filled review of Neoliberal economic policies
Neoliberalism's Myth on Benefits of Free Trade
Neoliberalism roots for the war in Iraq
Top Reasons to Oppose the WTO
They have stolen democracy--Tom McCain, Republicans, Deomocrats
Free trade for globalization--Quackers speak out
2010 Bilderberg Conference
What has changed--Thom Hartmann
China, What Free Trade has Done!
Mounting Opposition to Neoliberalism and Why
World Bank & IMF, What They Really Are About--Greg Palast
IMF Insider Goes Public--Greg Palast
IMF Chief Economist Goes Public
World Bank's Plan Adopted by Ecuador--Greg Palast
GAFT Can Overturn U.S. Laws in the Interest of Commerce--Greg Palast
Its About Money, Stats and Drug Abuse Government Style
Biograrphy of Paul Wolfowitz with links
Biography of Paul Wolfowitz

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Examples of the system in action





How the System Works (or doesn't work) and What to Do About It

  • Of the world's 100 largest economic entities, 51 are now corporations and 49 are countries. (see chart)
  • The world's top 200 corporations account for over a quarter of economic activity on the globe while employing less than one percent of its workforce. (source)
  • The richest 1 percent of Americans own 40 percent of the nation's household wealth (as of 1997). (source)
  • The assets of the world's 358 billionaires exceed the combined annual incomes of countries with 45 percent of the world's people. (source)
  • The average CEO in the U.S. made 42 times the average workers pay in 1980, 85 times in 1990 and 531 times in 2000. (source)
  • The courts have given corporations the basic Constitutional rights of persons, but workers lose those rights on entering the workplace.
  • The corporate share of taxes paid has fallen from 33 percent in the 1940's to 15 percent in the 1990's. Individuals' share of taxes has risen from 44 to 73 percent.
  • The World Trade Organization effectively gives corporations veto power over our U.S. environmental and labor laws, weakening your right to protect ourselves and our land by our legislation




In 1983, 50 corporations controlled the vast majority of all news media in the U.S. At the time, Ben Bagdikian was called "alarmist" for pointing this out in his book, The Media Monopoly. In his 4th edition, published in 1992, he wrote "in the U.S., fewer than two dozen of these extraordinary creatures own and operate 90% of the mass media" -- controlling almost all of America's newspapers, magazines, TV and radio stations, books, records, movies, videos, wire services and photo agencies. He predicted then that eventually this number would fall to about half a dozen companies. This was greeted with skepticism at the time. When the 6th edition of The Media Monopoly was published in 2000, the number had fallen to six. Since then, there have been more mergers and the scope has expanded to include new media like the Internet market. More than 1 in 4 Internet users in the U.S. now log in with AOL Time-Warner, the world's largest media corporation.


In 2004, Bagdikian's revised and expanded book, The New Media Monopoly, shows that only 5 huge corporations -- Time Warner, Disney, Murdoch's News Corporation, Bertelsmann of Germany, and Viacom (formerly CBS) -- now control most of the media industry in the U.S. General Electric's NBC is a close sixth.


"The $150 billion for corporate subsidies and tax benefits eclipses the annual budget deficit of $130 billion. It's more than the $145 billion paid out annually for the core programs of the social welfare state: Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), student aid, housing, food and nutrition, and all direct public assistance (excluding Social Security and medical care)."


"After World War II, the nation's tax bill was roughly split between corporations and individuals. But after years of changes in the federal tax code and international economy, the corporate share of taxes has declined to a fourth the amount individuals pay, according to the US Office of Management and Budget." --Boston Globe series on Corporate Welfare






Eldridge Cleaver said, “show me a capitalist, and I’ll show you a pig.”  Or as I prefer, “Capitalism is a piggish system,” because not all capitalist will do major harm for the sake of profits.  However, once they operate as a group, it is the rare exception when profits do not come first.  Thus the tobacco industry fights for their right to kill 450,000 people a year.  But each industry when there is a like conflict behaves similarly.  We read of how the utilities want to undo EPA regulations on airborne mercury from their coal burning plants, and how drug companies design the legislation which passed in 1992 which reduced funding for the FDA to follow drugs after they have been approved.  This is mass murder.  The pain medication Vioxx which in 5 years resulted in an estimated 140,000 heart attacks resulting in 55,000 premature deaths.  Both the FDA and Merck had reason to follow up on evidence of Vioxx causing heart attack when it was approved in 1999, but such follow up was beyond the funding of the FDA and not in the financial interest of Merck.  Moreover, Merck actively worked to silence the 7 clinicians who had gone public over the then suspected premature deaths.  Vioxx was withdrawn until 2004, and by that time Merck had made billions. 


Penylpropanolamine (PPA), an over-the-counter diet drug has been available since the 1970’s, and since then there were reasons to question its safety.  Finally, at the behest of the FDA, a study funded by the trade association  contracted Yale University School of Medicine to do an epidemiological study of  PPA.   In 1999 it confirmed that PPA caused hemorrhagic stroke.  Instead of withdrawing the drug with $500 million annual sales, the manufactures hired Weinberg Group, a product-defense consulting firm based in Washington D.C. to attack that study.   A year later the FDA advised the industry to withdraw PPA.  Extrapolated from the study is the estimate that PPA caused 200-500 stokes per year among 18 to 49-year old people.[i] 


This is unwillingness to confirm adverse consequences coupled with active resistance to regulations is similar to the response of the cigarette industry.  Given how this pattern of maximization of profits, there is a dire need to make public well being an integral part of the rules for corporate success.  This can be accomplished in four fundamental ways:  regulations, oversight, punishment, and rewards.  EPA regulations are an example of regulations, OSHA inspections an example of oversight, law suits and finds are examples of punishment, and government contracts are example of reward.


Is it desirable to have advertising influence the selection of drugs by clinicians?  First such information, coming from the supplier, is always slanted.  The impact of advertising is to create confusion, to make much more likely the less than ideal choices, to increase the cost of drugs, and to divert funds from new research, by making the dollar barrier that much higher for releasing a return on a new drug sufficient to cover all expenses including the numerous dead-ends. 



[i]  Source, Doubt is Their Product, David Michaels,  Scientific American, June 2005, p.98.

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I have repeated commented about the link between neocons, the WTO, and the effects of globalization.  Among the effects is the ability to over ride national interest, labor laws, environmental laws, public services through decisions made by the WTO and empowered through trade sanctions and fines.  It is the power of finance that has created them as the shadow government.  Watch The Money Masters at