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

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Macmillan, Mar 18, 2008 - Social Science - 400 pages
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Each of them is one in a million. They number six thousand on a planet of six billion. They run our governments, our largest corporations, the powerhouses of international finance, the media, world religions, and, from the shadows, the world's most dangerous criminal and terrorist organizations. They are the global superclass, and they are shaping the history of our time.

Today's superclass has achieved unprecedented levels of wealth and power. They have globalized more rapidly than any other group. But do they have more in common with one another than with their own countrymen, as nationalist critics have argued? They control globalization more than anyone else. But has their influence fed the growing economic and social inequity that divides the world? What happens behind closeddoor meetings in Davos or aboard corporate jets at 41,000 feet? Conspiracy or collaboration? Deal-making or idle self-indulgence? What does the rise of Asia and Latin America mean for the conventional wisdom that shapes our destinies? Who sets the rules for a group that operates beyond national laws?

Drawn from scores of exclusive interviews and extensive original reporting, Superclass answers all of these questions and more. It draws back the curtain on a privileged society that most of us know little about, even though it profoundly affects our everyday lives. It is the first in-depth examination of the connections between the global communities of leaders who are at the helm of every major enterprise on the planet and control its greatest wealth. And it is an unprecedented examination of the trends within the superclass, which are likely to alter our politics, our institutions, and the shape of the world in which we live.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
3
CHAPTER 1
23
the New Order
51
CHAPTER 3
77
The Power of History The Power of Institutions The Power
95
CHAPTER 4
111
The Corporate Cluster Within the Superclass The Interlinked Corporate
143
FOR A NEW CENTURY
145
DECLINE OF THE TITANS
190
THE POWER OF IDEAS
221
Fresh and Yet Strangely Familiar An Ascendant Voice of Change
251
Considered an Academic Elite Society If George W Bush Was a Member?
260
Less Than Meets the Eye?
280
The Future of the SuperclassAnd What It
296
NOTES
325
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
357

The Power Vacuum Gangsters for Capitalism? The Rules Change
162
CHAPTER 6
179

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David Rothkopf is the widely acclaimed author of Running the World: The Inside Story of the National Security Council and the Architects of American Power. He is the president and chief executive of Garten Rothkopf, an international advisory firm; a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; and a teacher of international affairs at Columbia University's Graduate School of International and Public Affairs.

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