Check this out …

Revealed – the capitalist network that runs the world

by Andy Coghlan and Debora MacKenzie, 24 October 2011

The 1318 transnational corporations that form the core of the economy. Superconnected companies are red, very connected companies are yellow. The size of the dot represents revenue (Image: PLoS One)




From New Scientist:


2 responses to “Check this out …

  1. interesting how they are using a mathematical approach. Normally i would just brush this aside as a a delusional conspiracy theory. I still think this is a little far fetched, but it presents some good evidence. I think one can read this, and see why it is that capitalism will never end.

    -Conrad Booth

  2. I think that this points out exactly the contrary: why capitalism will end.

    There’s that whole premise that capitalism is everlasting BECAUSE it does not form monopolies (competition will make sure that no company will get too big). This article proves that this very theory is false, capitalism does form monopolies all the time and would have collapsed a long time ago if it wasn’t for anti-trust laws.

    Indeed, what they want is to make the system more stable: “By finding the vulnerable aspects of the system, economists can suggest measures to prevent future collapses spreading through the entire economy. Glattfelder says we may need global anti-trust rules, which now exist only at national level, to limit over-connection among TNCs.”

    They even suggest that “firms should be taxed for excess interconnectivity” which shows that that is their natural tendency (all conspiracy theories left aside).

    “The super-entity is unlikely to be the intentional result of a conspiracy to rule the world. …Such structures are common in nature,”

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