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How the Elite Control the World: The Rich Getting Richer, the Upper Class & Money in America (1996)

Lewis H. Lapham (born January 8, 1935) is an American writer. He was the editor of the American monthly Harper's Magazine from 1976 until 1981, and from 1983 until 2006. He is the founder of Lapham's Quarterly, a quarterly publication about history and literature, and has written numerous books on politics and current affairs.

The term ruling class refers to the social class of a given society that decides upon and sets that society's political policy by mandating that there is one such particular class in the given society, and then appointing itself as that class.
Sometimes, there is a ruling class in a particular sector of the upper class that adheres to quite specific circumstances: it has both the most material wealth and the most widespread influence over all the other classes, and it chooses to actively exercise that power to shape the direction of a locality, a country, and/or the world.
A sociologist, C. Wright Mills, argued that the ruling class differs from the power elite. The latter simply refers to the small group of people with the most political power. Many of them are politicians, hired political managers, and military leaders.
Under the Marxist view of capitalism, the ruling class, the capitalists or bourgeoisie, consists of those who own and control the means of production and thus are able to dominate and exploit the working class, getting them to labor enough to produce surplus-value, the basis for profits, interest, and rent (property income). This property income can be used to accumulate more power, to extend class domination further. The economic power of such a class gives it extraordinary political power, so that state or government policies almost always reflect the perceived interests of that class.
Ruling classes tend to be looked at negatively because they are often viewed as having little respect of or interest in the rights of the inferior classes.

Analogous to the class of the major capitalists, other modes of production give rise to different ruling classes: under feudalism, it was the feudal lords, while under slavery, it was the slave-owners. Under the feudal society, feudal lords had power over the vassals because of their control of the fiefs. This gave them political and military power over the people. In slavery, because complete rights of the person's life belonged to the slave owner, they could and did every implementation that would help the production in the farm.[1]
Mattei Dogan, in his recent studies on elites in contemporary societies, has argued that because of their complexity and their heterogeneity and particularly because of the social division of work and the multiple levels of stratification, there is not, or can not be, a coherent ruling class, even if in the past there were solid examples of ruling classes, like in the Russian and Ottoman Empires, and the more recent totalitarian regimes of the 20th century (communist and fascist).
Globalization theorists argue that today a transnational capitalist class has emerged.

There are several examples of ruling class systems in movies, novels, and television shows. The 2005 American independent film The American Ruling Class written by former Harper's Magazine editor Lewis Lapham and directed by John Kirby is a semi-documentary that examines how the American economy is structured and for whom. Although it is a US film, the same principles also apply to many other countries as well.
In the novel Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley, everyone is genetically made and classified. The Alpha class is the ruling class because they have the highest positions possible and control most of the world in the novel. This situation can also be found in the George Orwell novel Nineteen Eighty-Four where Big Brother and the government literally control what the nation hears, sees, and learns.
Examples in movies include Gattaca where the genetically-born were superior and the ruling class and V for Vendetta, which had a severe totalitarian government in Britain. The comedic film The Ruling Class was a satire of British aristocracy, depiciting nobility as self-serving and cruel, juxtaposed against an insane relative who believes that he is Jesus Christ, whom they identify as a "bloody Bolshevik".

Steve Quayle and Augusto Perez - Trunews 5/9/14

In what's sure to be a memorable program, Rick is joined by a dynamic duo of end time watchmen in Steve Quayle and Augusto Perez to discuss the prophetic significance and root symbolism behind of the bizarre "Game of Thrones"-themed photo of Barack Obama. Officially released by the White House, the photoshopped image depicts Obama as a king sitting on a massive iron throne, crown in hand, with a large crossbow and what appears to be dragon eggs sitting in front of him.

Alice Walker -- Alex Jones Show: Friday (5-9-14)

On this Friday, May 9 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Infowars Nighty News host David Knight covers the latest socialist redistribution rhetoric issued by the Pope, the FCC on net neutrality and the free market versus oligarchy, the ongoing dictatorial saga at the Albuquerque city council, and the latest on Ukraine and the House of the Trade Unions fire and the possibility of such a scenario unfolding in the U.S. On today's worldwide broadcast, David talks with renowned international author and activist Alice Walker about the creative process and other topics. Ms. Walker is the author of numerous books, including The Color Purple, You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down, and We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting for: Inner Light in a Time of Darkness.

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Freedom From Choice - New Documentary

 Life is about choice. What we eat, what we read, who we elect; every day we make choices that determine how we want to live.

But what if these choices are just an illusion?

In an era where regulations and red tape rule every industry, where lobby groups and big business wield more influence than ever before, our daily choices have become increasingly limited. And with all our options so deliberately hand-picked, are we really making a choice at all?

Freedom From Choice is a feature-length documentary examining the current state of life and personal choice in America today. Experts from many different fields offer a frank and startling look at the hidden limitations in our daily lives. Focusing on key areas such as food, medicine, finance, and media, Freedom From Choice provides viewers with a glimpse at the myriad of ways their lives are being dictated, and tells us who stands to gain.

Presented in an entertaining style, Freedom From Choice is a film not about the choices we make, but rather the choices that are being made for us.

Ralph Nader on How to Dismantle the Corporate State

Ralph Nader, Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State, joins Thom Hartmann on his new book

Road to WW3 -- Russia Holds Massive 'Victory Day' Parade

Russia held a massive military parade to mark 'Victory Day,' the day Nazi Germany was defeated in World War II. Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke, but he did not mention the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. (May 9)

Victory Day parade on Moscow's Red Square 2014 (FULL VIDEO)
Victory Day is one of the most important holidays for Russia, as it marks the capitulation of Nazi Germany to the Soviet Union in the Second World War on May 9, 1945. Tanks, fighter jets & unrivalled missile defense systems -- the Victory Day parade will stage a military show in the heart of Moscow to mark the 69 year of WWII Victory

Gerald Celente : The latest in Ukraine Crisis

Gerald Celente - Gary Null Show - May 8, 2014 . Gerald discusses the latest in Ukraine and highlights the Spring edition of the Trends Journal.

Gerald Celente is One of the best-known futurists in the country is Gerald Celente. He is the founder of the Trends Research Institute. He is also the best-selling author of Trends 2000 and Trend Tracking. He has appeared on several of the largest media outlets in the world, offering his predictions for the future. His forecasts have often proved to be highly accurate.

 Gerald Celente
The Trends Research Institute The Martial Artist of Trend Forecasting —The purpose of trend forecasting is to provide insights and directions in anticipation of what the future may bring – and to be prepared for the unexpected.
Gerald Celente, a Close Combat practitioner and black belt trainer, well understands the importance of proacting rather than reacting: "The first rule of Close Combat is to attack the attacker. Action is faster than reaction. The same holds true for the future. You know the future is coming … attack it before it attacks you."

Founder of The Trends Research Institute in 1980, Gerald Celente is a pioneer trend strategist. He is author of the national bestseller Trends 2000 and Trend Tracking (Warner Books) – "Far better than Megatrends," and publisher of the internationally circulated Trends Journal newsletter.
Political Atheist — Gerald Celente is a political atheist. Unencumbered by political dogma, rigid ideology or conventional wisdom, Celente, whose motto is "think for yourself," observes and analyzes the current events forming future trends for what they are – not for the way he wants them to be.

UKRAINE Crisis 2014 -- Violence breaks out in Mariupol

Fighting has broken out between Ukrainian troops and separatists in the eastern city of Mariupol.The violence on Friday took place at police headquarters, which had been seized by a pro-Russian group.The building was set on fire and attempts are underway to contain the blaze.But Al Jazeera's Jonah Hull, reporting from Mariupol, says it is still unclear exactly what is happening outside the police headquarters.

No Bank "Too Big to Jail -- Greg Hunter

Even though Russia says it is backing off in Ukraine, the economic and psychological war is intensifying. Big headline in USA Today says "Putin Diffuses Tensions in Ukraine Crisis." Putin says it is backing some troops off from the border, but NATO says there is "no evidence of withdrawal." My sources say Russia will not do an overt invasion; it will just let Ukraine sink into chaos.

An IRS official at the center of the IRS targeting scandal is now in contempt of Congress. The House voted to this week to hold Lois Lerner in contempt for not answering questions in the investigation over the IRS targeting conservative groups.

Trey Gowdy has been picked to head up a committee to get to the Benghazi scandal where our Ambassador and three others were killed in a terrorist attack. Gowdy is a former federal prosecutor. The White House said the attack was "spontaneous" and did not have al-Qaeda ties. Both points are 100% false.

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