posted on Aug, 4 2005 @ 11:17 PM
I'm going to divide your list of six into two groups:
Group A: Food/Water/Land/Money
Group B: Energy/Military
IMHO, Group B is the one that is probably controlled by a very few people, and Group A is probably controlled by many people. I'll try to explain a
bit, going through each of your six points. All of these could be argued in many ways, depending on the definition of 'supply' and 'rule' used,
amongst other things.
1) Food Supply
Food is something that we can provide for ourselves, by growing crops or raising livestock. People have done it throughout history. Granted, it's a
heck of a lot more inconvenient than driving to the grocery store and picking up a few weeks groceries, but its doable. I would say that
convenient food is in the hands of a few, but food in general is in the hands of pretty much anyone capable of doing physical labor.
2) Water Supply
Pretty much the same as #1, with additional geographic constraints. Convenient water, i.e the water distribution system, is controlled by a
few, but anybody can go down to the river with a bucket and light a fire to boil it. (providing you live near a source of potable water)
3) Energy Supply
Obviously in the hands of a few. Those who own the electrical companies, the oil producers, etc, control the energy supply. If they were to withhold
energy, we'd be in big trouble.
I suppose this argument could easily be made either way, but I would say land is in the hands of the many. (at least in wealthy countries; it is less
so in the poorer nations) A significant portion of the population owns a home and a small patch of land. Of course, there are the few rich people
who own massive tracts of land. There is also the government; the reason I say the argument could go either way depends on what land you consider the
government to own. Do they 'own' the public land? The entire country, including 'private land?'
5) Money Supply
This could be argued in a number of ways, as well, but I am going to say that it is in the hands of many. Money is essentially wealth, but it is by
no means the only measure of wealth, although it is the most significant in our society. Indeed, many societies in history have gotten along just
fine on non-cash systems, such as the barter system. The only reason money even has any value is because everyone agrees that it represents something
greater than what it is. I mean, money is just pieces of paper and chunks of metal. They have value, certainly, but when they are pressed with the
stamp of the mint, they take on a wholly different value. (Which would you rather have, a quarter, or a piece of metal the same weight and shape as a
quarter, with no markings?) I see money supply as largely artificially created.
Definitely controlled by a few. This one is probably obvious to everyone, but I'll go at it anyway. The military is controlled by a small group of
officers at the top, as well as the top politicians, who decide when, where, and if the military is to be used. 'Nuff said.
Since you asked for numbers in your post, I'll throw out a few (incredibly rough!) guesses, out of 6.5 billion.
1) billions (as I said earlier, pretty much anyone who can do the physical work)
2) billions, but slightly less than #1, due to geographical limitations
3) few hundred thousand to a couple million. (that might be way too high, even) Anyone who owns an electrical powerplant, an oil refinery, a coal
mine, etc, is going to have a stake in this, but certainly not the average joe off the street.
4) billions, although most just have small pieces to live on, while a few have most of the land
5) hard to say, since its mostly artificially created. Banks, financial institutions, government officials, and the like are going to be included
here. Probably similar to #3.
6) depends how high up the command chain you go, but worldwide, including government officials, generals, colonels, admirals, and other big ranks that
actually have a say in how the military is used, probably a few hundred thousand.