The global elite
In a capitalist democracy, such as the United States, it is controlled by what Professor C. Wright Mills has called the Power Elite. This Power Elite directly employs several millions of the country's working force in its factories, offices and stores, controls many millions more by lending them the money to buy its products, and, through its ownership of the media of mass communication, influences the thoughts, the feelings and the actions of virtually everybody. To parody the words of Winston Churchill, never have so many been manipulated so much by so few.
The financial elite
This is the first time a ranking of economic actors by global control is presented. Notice that many actors belong to the financial sector ... and many of the names are well-known global players. The interest of this ranking is not that it exposes unsuspected powerful players. Instead, it shows that many of the top actors belong to the core. This means that they do not carry out their business in isolation but, on the contrary, they are tied together in an extremely entangled web of control.
The goal is control. They want all of us enslaved to debt, they want all of our governments enslaved to debt, and they want all of our politicians addicted to the huge financial contributions that they funnel into their campaigns. Since the elite also own all of the big media companies, the mainstream media never lets us in on the secret that there is something fundamentally wrong with the way that our system works.
The corporate elite
The military elite
Donald H. Rumsfeld and the Commander of U.S. Central Command General Tommy Franks, March 5, 2003.
Turning to the present, he maps America's expanding empire of military bases and the vast web of services that support them. He offers a vivid look at the new caste of professional militarists who have infiltrated multiple branches of government, who classify as "secret" everything they do, and for whom the manipulation of the military budget is of vital interest.
The judicial elite
Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan Chase, Lloyd Blankfein of Goldman Sachs, John Mack of Morgan Stanley, Brian Moynihan of Bank of America Corp. at a hearing on Capitol Hill on January 13, 2010.
By comparison to other democratic countries, the United States political influence in the selection of judges and, consequently, the dependence of the judicial elite on the governing political elite has been uncommonly pervasive. ... In both the appointment and election of judges political influence has been prominent.
The political elite
Political leaders at the 36th G8 summit
A global economy that has benefited a small elite is no accident: it was carefully designed by politicians who often worked for transnational corporations and at times were rewarded by them after leaving office.