That is something that I have been chewing on since I wrote this entry two days ago. Now such an unexpected help as a columnist of The Independent, S. Foley, cries the same truth with even more data: Goldman is not just taking over Italy, Greece and the BCE but nearly all EU states.
Technocrats my ass! They all belong to a tiny political clique of right-wing powermongers, no wonder that they appointed a Nazi as minister in Greece: for them all is the same unless they are true socialists, communists or anarchists, challenging their sense of entitlement over the World and our lives.
Even before the upheaval in Italy, there was no sign of Goldman Sachs living down its nickname as "the Vampire Squid", and now that its tentacles reach to the top of the eurozone, sceptical voices are raising questions over its influence.
It may be too late.
Simon Johnson, the former International Monetary Fund economist, in his book 13 Bankers, argued that Goldman Sachs and the other large banks had become so close to government in the run-up to the financial crisis that the US was effectively an oligarchy.
But Europe is not too different. We just have been blind until recently, hoping that somehow the evilness of the various oligarchs canceled each other. Maybe but now they all serve the same dark master: Goldman Sachs. No competition anymore, no markets anymore but in name, just concentrated property in a single vortex of boundless greed and megalomania.
But who owns Goldman Sachs? Because behind such a corporate facade there's always one or a handful of key people who own the key votes and key councilor seats and who ultimately appoint the executive decision makers.
Incidentally a shallow answer can be found with relative ease: the main stockholder is FMR (Fidelity Investments), owning slightly more than 7 million shares.
Fidelity and other four finance corporations own really all what matters in North America, Europe, Japan and probably most of the rest of the planet. But as far as I know they are middle-men, hiding the tracks of the investors they serve to.
Who are they? Or who is he/her? Maybe there's a single masterful monopoly player who has managed to accumulate all the key stock in his/her hands but we all are oblivious to his/her identity. This is the answer I (and you) want to know? Where is Anonymous and Wikileaks when you really need them?
In the meantime I blame personally Edward Johnson III for all what happens in Europe. This is him, don't let his smile deceive you: