Remember "Project Censored?" They put out an annual report of the top censored stories of the year and they've been doing it for thirty years. They're not exactly conspiracy theorists, more like academic researchers.
I just finished listening to this audio talk by their director and I think it is something everybody might benefit from hearing.
The Global Dominance Group
Click here to listen to audio
The background document is available as a .pdf file at:
Although conspiracy theorists have talked about a wealthy ruling elite, this research confirms that ten wealthy families fund all the groups that have the dominant influence on U.S. policy.
There are 16 such groups, but there are some 236 people who are members of one or more such groups and/or sit on the interlocking boards of the biggest corporations. Their names are listed.
And it isn't just the defense corporations that own the media who are responsible for keeping the U.S. public in the dark, there are also the PR firms who arrange the phony stories the media covers.
What is U.S. policy and who determines it? Who profited from 9/11? Why don't we have free and fair elections?
There are some things in the audio that aren't in the background paper, and some things in the paper that aren't in the audio, so I'd advise checking them both. And there are a lot of footnotes that are of interest also.
America's ruling families have been in power for a long time. Most business leaders come from wealthy families. Advantages aren't a joke, they are exactly what the word says they are.
Why is the U.S. the only country that permits elections to be held on voting machines with proprietary (secret) software? Why do people who get the most votes keep losing elections?