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Meet the Elite Business and Think-Tank Community That's Doing Its Best to Control the World

The large foundations of America's industrial giants have played a truly profound – and largely overlooked – role in the shaping of modern society.

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In the United States there are prominent industry associations like the Business Council, the Business Roundtable, and the Financial Services Forum. The Business Council describes itself as “a voluntary association of business leaders whose members meet several times a year for the free exchange of ideas both among themselves and with thought leaders from many sectors.”

Likewise, the  Business Roundtable describes itself as “an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies with more than $7.3 trillion in annual revenues,” which believes that “businesses should play an active and effective role in the formation of public policy.”

Finally, the  Financial Services Forum proclaims itself to be “a non-partisan financial and economic policy organization” which aims “to pursue policies that encourage savings and investment, promote an open and competitive global marketplace, and ensure the opportunity of people everywhere to participate fully and productively in the 21st-century global economy.”

Andrew Gavin Marshall is an independent researcher and writer based in Montreal, Canada. He is project manager of The People’s Book Project, and he hosts a weekly podcast, “Empire, Power, and People,” on BoilingFrogsPost.com.