Review: L.H. SHOUP: Wall Street’s Think Tank: The Council on Foreign Relations and the Emp ire of Neoliberal Geopolitics, 1976-2014

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Martin Zeis, 07.10.2015

Dear all,

yesterday Counterpunch published Paul STREET’s review of Laurence H. SHOUP’s book: Wall Street’s Think Tank: The Council on Foreign Relations and the Empire of Neoliberal Geopolitics, 1976-2014 (published Oct 1, 2015, Monthly Review Press, U.S., 27,95 Euro). Since 2006 we’ve spread various articles, analysis about the “Politbüro der USA” (Der Spiegel, Nr. 50/1975, p 142-46 ) related to the Power-Structure-Research, in Germany publicized by Prof. Hans-Jürgen KRYSMANSKI.*

Hereafter an excerpt of Street’s article + two statements by Noam Chomsky and Peter Dale Scott. Further see attachment (pdf, 7 p).

* see: H.J. Krysmanski: Zur geopolitischen Bedeutung der Machteliten der USA; Münster (Germany), 15.01.2002 — URL:

best regards,
Martin Zeis


Counterpunch, Oct 6, 2015 —
Yes, There is an Imperialist Ruling Class

Contemporary history is neither a series of random occurrences nor the predetermined plaything of a small cabal of super-empowered conspirators. The truth is somewhere in-between. A sizeable cadre of class- and system-conscious deep-state and imperial planners from the heights of concentrated private and governmental power join together to shape the outlines of much of recent history. Along with professional class “experts” agreeable to their basic aims, they do so in accord with their shared interests in the endless upward accumulation of wealth and power. They serve the profits system that is still headquartered primarily in the United States even as it develops ever more and varied outposts across a globalizing world.

They exercise vastly disproportionate influence on the course of events and policy largely behind the scenes, in the darkly deceptive name of democracy. But it isn’t about conspiracy. The planners in question are numerous. Their names, activities, and backgrounds and the record of their influence are all open to investigation by those with the time, skill, energy, and willingness to make the connections. (…)

Nowhere is the planning and influence of the ruling class of the world’s and history’s most powerful capitalist state, the United States, more evident than in the Council of Foreign Relations (CFR). There are hundreds of institutions and organizations in which elite planning and networking occurs both at home and abroad. But, as the left historian Shoup shows in his indispensable new book Wall Street’s Think Tank: The Council of Foreign Relations and the Empire of Neoliberal Geopolitics, 1976-2014 (Monthly Review Press, 2015), no such group remotely approximates the CFR in scale, reach, and influence when it comes to articulating the national and global class interests of the U.S. capitalist elite and a growing transnational capitalist ruling class. With an individual membership of 5000 (boasting an average household worth of $1.4 million), a top Fortune 500 corporate membership of 170, a staff over 330, a budget of $60 million, and assets of $490 million, the Council is “the largest and most powerful of all U.S. private think tanks that presume to discuss and decide the future of humanity in largely secret meetings behind closed doors in the upper-class neighborhoods of New York and Washington. During the last four decades,” Shoup observes, “the CFR has not only successfully continued its central position as the most important private organization in the United States, one with no real peer in the country. It has succeeded in expanding its key role, and remains at the center of the small plutocracy that runs the United States and much of the world.” (…) — emphasis, m.z. —


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