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The Saudis don't even make the varsity team

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Submitted by Michael S (United States), Jan 4, 2016 at 04:53

Hi, Philip

All the Saudis have to offer anyone is money. Is your post an involved way of saying "Money talks"? If so, I agree. I've got my eye on more than the Saudis, though, as masterminds of evil in the world. Let me list a few of the "usual suspects":

  1. Carlos Slim $69bn Telecoms Mexico
  2. Bill Gates $61bn Microsoft US
  3. Warren Buffett $44bn Berkshire Hathaway US
  4. Bernard Arnault $41bn LVMH France
  5. Amancio Ortega $37.5bn Zara Spain
  6. Larry Ellison $36bn Oracle US
  7. Eike Batista $30bn Mining and oil Brazil
  8. Stefan Persson $26bn H&M Sweden
  9. Li Ka-Shing $25.5bn Diversified Hong Kong
  10. Karl Albrecht $25.4bn SupermarketsGermany

These people, and the handful of others slightly "poorer" than them, don't just control the things we need for our lifestyles, like computer software and cellphones; they MADE most our our lifestyles as they are, so that we have become dependent on them. They have monopoly positions in several industries, thanks to government patronage; and they get that patronage through selectively channeled money.

Over 100 years ago, the Socialists warned that the world would come to this. They stirred masses up in rebellion to prevent it, and to substitute their "enlightened society" for this capitalist "evil". The Soviet Union fell; China became mostly Capitalist. Now both countries support some of the richest people in the world.

Someone once said that only two things control the market movements on Wall Street: Greed and Fear. Now that "Wall Street" is largely in cyberspace, the underlying motivations are the same. In a very real sense, Greed and Fear are the Masters of the Universe; and star performers such as those shown above are their henchmen; and people fawn after them because of, well, greed and fear!

The Saudis will have influence as long as their money holds out; but even long before then, they don't even make the varsity team.

The Saudis are far down the list

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