Shadow Elite

Shadow Elite

How the World's New Power Brokers Undermine Democracy, Government, and the Free Market

Book - 2009
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It can feel like we're swimming in a sea of corruption. It's unclear who exactly is in charge and what role they play. The same influential people seem to reappear time after time in different professional guises, pressing their own agendas in one venue after another. According to award-winning public policy scholar and anthropologist Janine Wedel, these are the powerful "shadow elite," the main players in a vexing new system of power and influence.

In this groundbreaking book, Wedel charts how this shadow elite, loyal only to their own, challenge both governments' rules of accountability and business codes of competition to accomplish their own goals. From the Harvard economists who helped privatize post-Soviet Russia and the neoconservatives who have helped privatize American foreign policy (culminating with the debacle that is Iraq) to the many private players who daily make public decisions without public input, these manipulators both grace the front pages and operate behind the scenes. Wherever they maneuver, they flout once-sacrosanct boundaries between state and private.

Profoundly original, Shadow Elite gives us the tools we need to recognize these powerful yet elusive players and comprehend the new system. Nothing less than our ability for self-government and our freedom are at stake.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c2009.
ISBN: 9780465091065
0465091067
Characteristics: xv, 283 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.

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StarGladiator
Mar 08, 2014

It isn't unusual for college grads to have heard of C. Wright Mills, who supposedly wrote of the financial elites but, as the great sociologist and investigative journalist, Ferdinand Lundberg wrote, somehow Mills conveniently either forgot, or neglected, to mention the most important financial/economic study of his time, the TNEC study, instigated by President Franklin Roosevelt. In other words, Mills was something of an apologist and misdirection specialist for the super-rich, much in the same way Wedel appears to be. Yes, lackey Richard Perle is always around to do the bidding of the Rockefeller family (Perle, along with David Rockefeller and Henry Kissinger, are listed as directors of American Friends of Bilderberg, Inc. on their tax returns). The author concentrates on the employees who do the bidding for the global elites (Larry Summers, Perle, et al.), which is who she can consistently help to keep them in the shadows.

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StarGladiator
Feb 24, 2013

An atrocious book, I'm not surprised Ariana Huffington gushed so much about it at HuffPost (another neocon claiming to be a "liberal"). Wedel first off claims such a thing as the "free market" exists or existed! How utterly absurd! Wedel would have us believe EVERYTHING takes place at the lowest level - - the Political Theater of the Absurd - - somehow exempting the actual plutocrats (the Families Rockefeller, Morgan-Schilling, Mellon, du Pont-Donaldson, Kochs, Waltons and so forth). In Wedel's Bizarro Universe, the actual owners (self-described as "philanthropists" as once they were correctly known as Robber Barons) simply don't exist - - which this book shouldn't either.

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