Heart of Bone
Rebecca (43) is a personal assistant to billionaire poison merchant, Mr. Gilly Clay. She's trapped in a ruinous employment contract and her life flashes past through a mane of ginger hair and stress. Rebecca keeps her sanity through a secret love affair with celebrity psychologist and author, Tom Snowdon. Snowdon's new book - Sustainability and the Superclass - promises to illuminate the motivations of the powerful men who run the world so badly. One day, Gilly adopts an 8-year-old boy, Montgomery Earle, and begins to groom him as the heir to both the business empire and his defective moral compass. Seeing this, all of Rebecca’s certainties slip away. She's forced to make a choice between keeping silent and watching the young boy being corrupted, or risking everything by speaking out.

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About Heart of Bone

To paraphrase David Rothkopf (see youtube, below), "The elites will always be with us. And it's not necessarily a bad thing. They create stuff, they run things. But when the elites consistently make bad decisions, then you have a problem." In my view, the world's elites do consistently make bad decisions, and we do have a problem.

Heart of Bone investigates the raw power of the super-rich and how wrecks havoc on the environment. The story is told through Rebecca Parry, personal assistant to Gilly Clay, the poison merchant. Rebecca goes where Gilly goes, travelling on a private jet. From New York to London, to Sydney, London, Davos, Switzerland and back to London again.

The novel speaks to the Eradicating Ecocide legislation, and the ease with which noble initiatives such as this can be wrecked by a small initiative of uber-powerful people. Through the character Tom Snowden, we get inside the heads of the superclass to understand how they relate to the sustainability crisis. Or, more accureately, how they don't.

 

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

David Rothkopf

Riz Kahn interview with David Rothkopf and Jeff Faux

 

The Pathology of The Super Rich

Chris Hedges

23 November 2014

"When you have an elite that is that unplugged - which our elite is - they will push and push and push, myopically, out of ignorance until something erupts, and that's exactly where we're headed."

“I think that they know its going to be toast. I think they think they’re going to retreat into their gated compounds and survive it. And they may survive longer than the rest of us, but in the end climate change alone is going to get us.”

“Not only that, they are creating systems in terms of exploitation, not only of us but of the ecosystem, that if left unchecked will ensure the extinction of the human species. It may already be too late, of course, but allowing the fossil fuel industry to or these corporations to our determine our relationship to the environment is a form of collective insanity at this point.”

Let's get this class war started

 

Bilderberg:
Interview with Al Jazeera News

The Oxfam report referred to in the video:

In 2015, just 62 individuals had the same wealth as 3.6 billion people – the bottom half of humanity.

Where Is All the World’s Money Going?

 

Global Wealth Inequality:
What you never knew you never knew

 

C. Wright Mills:
The Power Elite

 

The network of global corporate control

The structure of the control network of transnational corporations affects global market competition and financial stability. So far, only small national samples were studied and there was no appropriate methodology to assess control globally. We present the first investigation of the architecture of the international ownership network, along with the computation of the control held by each global player. We find that transnational corporations form a giant bow-tie structure and that a large portion of control flows to a small tightly-knit core of financial institutions. This core can be seen as an economic “super-entity” that raises new important issues both for researchers and policy makers.

 

Plutocrats:
The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich & the Fall of Everyone Else

Chrystia Freeland

Carlos Slim: by one measure, the wealthiest person to have ever lived.

See the Forbes 400 List

 

Robert David Steele on Global Power in an intervew with Sean Stone

18:53 - 20:16

When asked where global power lies, Steele says:

There is a counterveiling powerful elite in China and Indonesia to the West. There’s probably 12 families at the top - then theres three hundred families around them - then interlocking boards of directors of banks and major corporations - and then the best of the sevant class Kingsand Queens, Presidents and Prime Ministers and their political appointees - nd all of these people feed at that trough.

 

Eradicating Ecocide
The 5th Crime Against Peace

Polly Higgins