Friday, February 3, 2023

The oligarchical takeover of the world's essential supplies


Sundance, over at The Conservative Treehouse, has an excellent article pointing out how corporate and oligarchical interests have taken over much of the world's supply of essential materials.  Riffing off a recent report of how Canada is forcing farmers to dump tens of thousands of gallons of milk that's over their official quota, he lays out how such regulations, both national and international, stifle production and distribution worldwide.

He warns:

This is modern corporatism, the nexus of govt intervention, regulations and the multinational exploitation of industry.  This is also the globalist example that shows how the concepts of “capitalism” and “free markets” have been destroyed.

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Understanding how trillions of trade dollars influence geopolitical policy we begin to understand the three-decade global financial construct they seek to protect.

That is, global financial exploitation of national markets.


  • Multinational corporations purchase controlling interests in various national outputs (harvests and raw materials), and ancillary industries, of developed industrial western nations.
  • The Multinational Corporations making the purchases are underwritten by massive global financial institutions, multinational banks. (*note* in China it is the communist government underwriting the purchase).
  • The Multinational Banks and the Multinational Corporations then utilize lobbying interests to manipulate the internal political policy of the targeted nation state(s).
  • With control over the targeted national industry or interest, the multinationals then leverage export of the national asset (exfiltration) through trade agreements structured to the benefit of lesser developed nation states – where they have previously established a proactive financial footprint.

For three decades economic “globalism” has advanced, quickly. Everyone accepts this statement, yet few actually stop to ask who and what are behind this – and why?

Every element of global economic trade is controlled and exploited by massive institutions, multinational banks and multinational corporations.

Institutions like the World Trade Organization (WTO), World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF), control trillions of dollars in economic activity. Underneath that economic activity there are people who hold the reins of power over the outcomes. These individuals and groups are the stakeholders in direct opposition to principles of America-First national economics.

There's much more at the link.

Sundance's article is a long, meaty one, but very well worth your time to read and understand.  He brings together many of the elements of our national and international economy and shows how they're all related, interconnected, and controlled.  Essential reading, IMHO.

I saw the results of this at first hand in many Third World countries during the 1980's.  Nations whose populations were starving as a result of drought, war and other disasters appealed for help.  At the same time, First World countries were destroying millions of tons of produce, millions of gallons of milk, and so on, because they were producing more than they could sell in the markets available to them.  That surplus could have kept millions of people alive, but the producers would have made no money out of it, and could not countenance the thought that if they helped once, they might be expected to make next year's surplus available, too.  Furthermore, governments could not stomach the costs of shipping it to where it was needed, and getting it "the last mile" to those dying of hunger.  They did little or nothing to help - and millions died.

There are many who'll argue that basic economics make it unrealistic to help people in that way.  All I can say is, try holding an emaciated child in your arms, all its bones sticking so far out through the skin that it looks as if their epidermis is about to rupture.  Listen to them cry, weakly and breathlessly, for food you cannot give them.  Watch them die.  Listen to the lamentations of their mother and siblings as they prepare them for burial.  They're already so weak they can't lift the body, or wrap it in cloth - they have to be helped.  Know, as you're watching, that you're going to be burying the rest of that family during the coming week, unless a miracle happens.  Then tell me about "basic economics".  It may be true, from an economic perspective . . . but from a human one, it sounds very, very hollow.

Welcome to modern industrial and commercial priorities.



Paul said...

Old song. That is how Jacob became so powerful in the Egyptian world thousands of years ago. He foresaw a drought and told Pharaoh to make store houses for the current surplus.

Our church helps some people in Malawi. When we first went there I saw that water was to be there savior. We have put up a lot of pumps and that is helping there. Once that ground gets water it will grow anything.

Basic pump.

Anonymous said...

We can’t ship extra food to where it’s needed, but we can ship 100 billion worth of arms overseas, can’t we?

Xoph said...

We've bought into the mantra that the purpose of a business is to make a profit, and that only. While getting my MBA very briefly lip service was paid to anything else, but businesses are there to help complex societies work together to solve our problems. This is not just Pournelle's Iron Law in motion, but also the fact people like to base all their actions on one simple easy to measure metric (profit) as opposed to acting like human beings. (Big business will virtue signal charitable work by employees but that is all it is).

The second issue is size of corporations. I've come to the conclusion there should be a maximum size for a corporation, somewhere between 100-1000 people. Other limits need to be put in place but I would outlaw any multi-national. Our whole financial system is setup to facilitate greed and to siphon wealth away from all but the 0.1% and to place our children into debt slavery. The system needs more checks and balances. I believe the government should provide NO foreign aid, nor should any business (Yes I'm aware this may seem in contradiction to Paragraph 1-it's not). Charity should be done by people as a personal choice. The difficulty is finding an amalgamator that is trustworthy (As Peter has noted in the past). I'm very aware I used the word should and that if wishes were fishes ....

The expectation of helping year over year is a real issue, have faced that in my personal life and it has made me very cynical. Anyone who gives seems to be labeled as a mark to be milked. This is in part due to the amount of greed and corruption within the charity industry (it is an industry).{Another check, anyone working on behalf of a charity should not get paid or reimbursed in any way.}

There is no easy path given where we are at today. A reset is coming, certainly based on what is taking place with the US Dollar. We should be looking at the lessons of the last 50-100 years and thinking what have we learned. I would submit delegating the government to do our charitable giving for us has been a foreign and domestic disaster.

Anonymous said...

If I remember correctly, it was reasoned that if the starving populations were fed and their lives spared, it would only have postponed the inevitable and the delayed starvation would have even been more widespread.

Anonymous said...

No tax deduction/write off for any "charity" that uss more than 5% of contributions outside of USA.
No use of tax code to finance "missions". You want to save the heathen or feed them do it on your dime.
Charity begins at home....we have a decades long backlog from my observations

Anonymous said...

Um, I believe that was Joseph

Michael said...

I hope when trouble is in your house that someone will find mercy for you and your American Family.

Isaiah 1:17
“You must not afflict any widow or orphan. If you afflict them in any way and they cry to me, I will surely hear their cry, and my anger will burn and I will kill you with the sword, and your wives will be widows and your children will be fatherless.

Micah 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

He who judges your soul knows your heart.

The Wraith said...

For most of my life, I've been a hardcore libertarian capitalist. These days, I'm starting to think that the socialists are making some damn good points. The unmitigated greed of corporatism has got to stop.

E. C. said...

My church sends service missionaries (especially older people who worked in relevant fields) to third-world countries to teach them how to grow foods suited to the regions in which they live, working in concert with the more successful local farmers. We send those with expertise and manpower to help build wells and water access for those who do not have it, and we send retired medical professionals to teach local nurses and give basic medical help. None of this is remunerated labor, except insofar as we have 'done it to the least of these'.
We also own and maintain, with mostly volunteer labor, farms, vineyards, ranches, and canneries, and send the resulting food wherever it is most needed.
But because our church leaders keep a financial reserve in case of emergencies (as they encourage members to do individually where possible), the government and disaffected former members are trying with all their might to take away our church's tax-exempt status and destroy our ability to help those who need it most.
It's not just a corporation problem. It's anti-Christian sentiment that works against those with a will and a way to help the poorest of the poor.

Anonymous said...

Welcome to the New World Order

PeterW. said...

If you don’t like how somebody does business, DON’T BUY THEIR PRODUCT.
If you don’t want your children to be in debt, TEACH THEM TO LIVE WITHIN THEIR MEANS.

Remember that anything the socialists can do to a corporation, THEY WILL DO TO YOU.

The biggest trick that politicians have ever played, is to convince you that SOMEBODY ELSE is the villain, and that they will SAVE you - usually by hidden taxes and driving up profit. It is politicians who have the power. It is politicians who will send the men-with-guns (police) to lock you up and take your property if you do not comply. Not “business”.

Big Business LOVES regulation. They are the ones who can afford the accountants, lawyers, researchers and analysts to deal with it. It’s the small businesses, the sole-operators and the mom-and-pops who don’t make enough turnover to pay for all those imposts.

Get your heads around one thing. Profit is nothing more than how people who work for themselves, get paid. Profit is no more “greedy” than you are when you want a higher wage or a better return on your superannuation

PeterW. said...

It’s the politics of envy.
Many a Church was built on a hill outside the village, on land that was too stony to be good ploughing, and too far from water to be the best place to live. Hundreds of years later, it’s one of the most valuable building sites in the middle of what is now a big city, and people whine because the Church is “rich”.

Church schooling cost the taxpayer far less per student than government schooling.
Church counselling services save the government enormous amounts in mental health that would otherwise be paid for through the public system , at no cost to the public purse.
Church charity -on average - gets a far higher percentage of donated funds to the targeted recipients, than government agencies or secular charities.

The complainers need to understand that the Churches have tax-free status because they are (a) NOT FOR PROFIT organisations, and (b) do more good with the money than the government which the complainers want to have it.

Anonymous said...

This only works until the government changes, usually due to pressure from the people - a great example is the recent change in Sri Lanka.
The people doing this better plan to make their money quick and better have a good place to flee to!

RSR said...

Corporatism isn't capitalism. And there's little difference between the former and fascism.