Globalization’s ‘Game of Thrones’, Part 1: Dynastic Power in the Modern World

Andrew Gavin Marshall

Globalization’s ‘Game of Thrones’, Part 1: Dynastic Power in the Modern World

By: Andrew Gavin Marshall

7 May 2014

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Think of any period in human history when empires and imperialism were common features of society, whether from ancient Egypt, Rome, China, to the Ottomans and the rise of the European and Japanese empires. There is an institution that – with few exceptions – was prevalent across most imperial societies: the family dynasty.

In a world dominated by institutions – organized hierarchically and embedded with their own functions and ideologies – the ‘family unit’ is very often the first and most important institution in the development of individuals. For the rich and powerful, the family unit has been the principal institution through which power is accumulated, preserved and propagated, precisely because the interest is multi-generational, requiring long-term planning and strategy.

In powerful states and empires, families have been essential in the…

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Globalization’s Game of Thrones, Part 2: Managing the Wealth of the World’s Dynasties

Andrew Gavin Marshall

Globalization’s Game of Thrones, Part 2: Managing the Wealth of the World’s Dynasties

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By: Andrew Gavin Marshall

27 May 2014

In part 1 of this series (“Globalization’s Game of Thrones”) I examined the concept of corporate and financial dynasties holding significant power in the modern world. In this, part 2 of the series, I examine the realities of the ‘wealth management’ industry in being responsible for handling the wealth and investments of the world’s richest families, and the role of a unique institution dedicated to protecting and propagating dynastic wealth: the family office.

A Family Affair

In 2010, Forbes – a major financial publication which publishes an annual list of the world’s richest people – noted that the richest of the richest 400 Americans were members of prominent corporate and financial dynasties, with six of the top ten wealthiest Americans being heirs to prominent fortunes, as opposed…

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VIDEO: Santa Barbara Shooting, Stabbing Spree | This is beyond bizarre! It smells like a black op.

Santa Barbara Shooting, Stabbing Spree | This is beyond bizarre! It smells like a black op. http://youtu.be/kE4OI9e3PFU

Professor James Tracy: Unanswered Questions in the Isla Vista CA Shootings http://memoryholeblog.com/2014/06/01/unanswered-questions-in-isla-vista-shooting/comment-page-1/

Witnesses report multiple shooters yet the”officials” claim it was one shooter who “committed suicide”. http://youtu.be/1oMfbZRNWMQ

Descent overview of all the anomalies regarding the Santa Barbara shooting. I personally prefer to stay away from calling it a total hoax. http://youtu.be/e5PVJdzfsYo

David Attias February 23, 2001 Isla Vista UCSB Massacre News Story KABC http://youtu.be/mX_AUvrhJrk

This guy pretty much exposes the whole thing. http://youtu.be/sttXrM32lCo

Terrible acting job exposed http://youtu.be/PQEcVbixRhM