Oil Price Manipulation and the Global Capitalist Crisis
Presentation given by Caleb Maupin at the Second Congress of the Trade Union Center of Brazil, February 25, 2016 in Brasilia.
Who is the richest person in the world? The international media often tries to answer that question for us. Names get floated around like Bill Gates, Carlos Slim, Warren Buffet — sometimes they’ll mention an Arab sultan or prince. Forbes magazine publishes a list of the richest people in the world.
All of this utter nonsense.
Bill Gates, Carlos Slim, Warren Buffet, the king of Saudi Arabia, all of these people are poor men compared to the ones who have real power. These people are listed as the richest people in the world, because they are so poor, that they have all of their money listed in their own name.
Those who are really rich, those with the most wealth, power and influence, have astronomical amounts of wealth, often so much money that their total net worth cannot even be calculated.
The richest people in the world can be described in two words: oil bankers.
The House of Rockefeller, the House of Morgan, the Carnegies, the Rothschilds, the Mellons, the Du Ponts —
A lecture by Caleb Maupin, a member of the United Nations Press Corps, and recently returned from traveling on the Iran Shahed, a Red Crescent aid ship that traveled to Yemen, but was turned back by Saudi violence and forced to deliver its cargo to the U.N. at a U.S. base in Djibouti. The Red Crescent doctors and medical service providers on the ship were very disappointed. Caleb addressed to a gathering organized in New York City by Fight Imperialism, Stand Together (F.I.S.T.), an Anarchist youth organization.
The antiwar movement in the United States is severely divided at present. Even discounting the people who have drunk the Kool-Aid of the MSM or take at face value the pronouncements of US officials on foreign policy, there is much discussion around what divides the antiwar movement and how can it be reformulated in a broader context.
There are some who have said that as revolutionary socialists they don’t always agree with’pacifists’. I guess that is one guideline, but ‘revolution’ is different things to different people, and if you have ever gone to a nonviolence training you might have learned that the same is true of ‘pacifism’. I consider myself both nonviolent and a revolutionary thinker. There is a broad stroke that reflects the widest division of the antiwar movement as I see it. That is the division between those who ‘buy’ U.S. hegemony and those who don’t ‘buy’ it.
A couple of months ago when I first returned from being an Election Observer in Syria, the sense of the people there, that victory was near, and that they would soon be rebuilding, was brutally crushed by the news of ISIS flooding into Iraq where they obtained new resources, US Weapons and Iraqi cash, and then returning to the base […]
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Here are the videos that Al Brundage Made of mine and Scott Williams’ presentations in Rochester. We also gave the presentation in Buffalo, Syracuse and Albany. We discuss the damage done by US Imperial wars in the Middle East. Our discussion is informed by our visit to Syria as Election Observers in early June. The subject is still pretty […]
if you are in New York on the 27th: (I hope to eventually get a recording, but you never know) Re-presenting Pakistan: Journalism, Justice and the War on Terror Pakistan has been called a failing state and the most dangerous country on earth. Yet, stories about the Pakistani victims of the “war on terror” remain scant even though thousands of […]