On this basis, which was originally financial and goes back to George Peabody, there grew up in the twentieth century a power structure between London and New York which penetrated deeply into university life, the press, and the practice of foreign policy.
In addition to their power over government based on government financing and personal influence, bankers could steer governments in ways they wished them to go by other pressures.
It is this power structure which the Radical Right in the United States has been attacking for years in the belief that they are attacking the Communists.
This persistence as private firms continued because it ensured the maximum of anonymity and secrecy to persons of tremendous public power who dreaded public knowledge of their activities as an evil almost as great as inflation.
..a state is not the same thing as a society, although the Greeks and Romans thought it was. A state is an organization of power on a territorial basis.
The link between a society, whether it be made up of communities or individuals, and a state is this: Power rests on the ability to satisfy human needs.
Politicization means the expansion is slowing up and you are no longer attempting to achieve increased output per capita, or increased wealth, or increased satisfactions.. But you are doing so by mobilizing power. We have seen this going on for almost a century.. Increased militarization.
In its final stages the civilization becomes a dualism of almost totalitarian imperial power and an amorphous mass culture of atomized individuals.