Melissa Martin, Ph.D.

Op-Ed: Power People / Profit is not a Dirty Word, but Violations of Civil Liberties and Human Rights are Crimes against Humanity

Opinion-Editorial by Melissa Martin, Ph.D.

Power is neutral. It’s what individuals and groups do with power that determines whether their motives are for or against humanity – on a continuum scale. Who are the puppet masters and who are the puppets of the power pie? Profit is not a dirty word, but the violations of civil liberties and human rights are crimes against humanity. And money equals power.

Exploring the fingers in the power pie is interesting – and there are a lot of the same fingers in the same power pie. It’s thought-provoking when you find the same people are here and there and everywhere in the circle of influence in the United States and around the globe. 

However, people that use their power to help others can be found around the planet as well. But some do-gooders unknowingly champion the causes of wrongdoers. 

Recently, I perused an article in the Washingtonian entitled “Washington DC’s 500 Most Influential People.” 

Next, I watched the YouTube video “Monopoly - Who owns the world?” a documentary by Tim Gielen. The shareholders of BlackRock and Vanguard are major players with lots of fingers in lots of pies.   

Next, I perused several websites, both national and international, seeking to cross-reference what powerful people belong to the same powerful groups. 


Business Insider: 

Council on Foreign Affairs: 


World Economic Forum: and 

Open Society Foundations: 

Federal Reserve: 

World Bank: 

International Monetary Fund: and 

United Nations: and 

World Health Organization: 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: 

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: 

Meta (aka Facebook): 

JP Morgan Chase, one of the largest financial institutions in the world: 

“The real locus of power is not the White House, but the Goldman Sachs headquarters on New York’s 200 West Street,” asserted Josef Joffe at 

Who rules and runs the world? Is there an elite cabal of people that govern the planet from behind the scenes? Who owns the world economy? Does the Council of the 13 wealthiest families influence major world events? Who is the Big Cheese of global capitalism? Does Big Pharma rule healthcare? Does the “Deep State” reign supreme? Who controls economic, political, and technological issues? Does a sect control elections near and far? Who controls mainstream media? Who calls the shots in world affairs? It depends on who you ask. Theories on secret societies, mega business moguls, wealthy families, and Royal families abound. Theories on the Great Reset (aka New World Order or One-World Order) abound.  

Is China and Russia in cahoots to dominate Earth? What happens when megalomaniacs obsessed with power use covert and overt tactics to deceive and dictate? Read your history books.  

The faith-based clan believe the power fight is a longstanding feud between God and Satan – and people have freewill to choose a side. And God is the ultimate winner.     

“…It’s a big club, and you ain’t in it…I’m talking about the real owners now, the real owners, the big wealthy business interests that control things and make all the important decisions. Forget the politicians. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don’t…They own everything. They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. They’ve long since bought and paid for the senate, the congress, the state houses, the city halls, they got the judges in their back pockets and they own all the big media companies so they control just about all of the news and information you get to hear…Well, we know what they want. They want more for themselves and less for everybody else, but I’ll tell you what they don’t want: They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. -George Carlin

Who’s in charge? Citizens, what say you?  

Melissa Martin, Ph.D., is a syndicated opinion-editorial columnist. She lives in the Tri-State area of OH, KY, WV. 


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