While Google, Amazon, and GE are already on our radar with their sentient robots, drones and massive media empires, other companies are stealthily gaining a terrifying amount of power – and you might never have even heard of their names.
In 1998, Google was just a small internet search company that started in a Californian garage. Today, it’s worth more than $400 billion and has spawned such technological behemoths as driverless cars, Google Glass and Big Dog –the massive, humanoid robot with ties to the US military.
But while many of Google’s (and Amazon’s and GE’s) products are kept tightly under wraps before their releases, all of these companies make no secret about their “grand plans” for world domination. Google even seems to embrace the public perception of their super villain force, hiring the grandson of “the father of the hydrogen bomb” to lead their most advanced operations from a secret bunker hidden beneath their California headquarters.
Jeff Bezos is even more public about his company’s plans for world domination, revealing in a 60 Minutes interview that Amazon will soon leverage drones to complete same-day deliveries faster. Which means that in addition to his plan of putting traditional bricks-and-mortar retail stores out of business (which has already largely been accomplished), Amazon is now taking over the world of delivery – and who knows what after that. With every interview and every new press release from Amazon, it only becomes clearer that they’re just getting started.
Meanwhile, other companies are keeping their grand plans – and the power they’ve been wielding for years – on the down low. Which do you think is more terrifying – a company who publicly promises to “take over the world” and looks like they might succeed, or a company who’s already been running everything from behind closed doors for years – yet never made a sound about it?
The following companies are making what seem like significant moves towards world domination by secretly obtaining immunity from military authorities, pulling the strings behind an alarming amount of the world’s cash flow – they could even be responsible for your family’s very existence.
These are the 3 companies you may well be unfamiliar with, but who may well be secretly taking over the world.
3. InterActive Corp.
It started with a couple of ladies just showing off some shiny jewelry to the late-night viewers at home. If you like what you see, just pick up the phone and order any item, right from the comfort of your own home. Yes, this is the story of how what started as The Home Shopping Network is now taking over the world.
InterActive Corp has been known by many names and has spawned a number of widely known, and widely used digital assets. Beginning in 1986 as HSN, Inc., it became USA Networks in the 90s, then USA Interactive in the early 2000s before finally settling on IAC.
How They’re Taking Over The World:
InterActive Corp. has spent the last couple of decades plotting numerous ways to set us all up. No, not in an elaborate, murder-scheme kind of way. Well, not explicitly. Give up? We’re talking about online dating.
IAC owns Match.com, OKCupid, SpeedDate.com, Tinder and several other top dating sites. One third of all couples on the planet met using one of these services – and that number is expected to explode to more than 70% by 2040. If these numbers tell a story, it’s that IAC holds the secret to living happily ever after.
If the name InterActive Corp. sounds familiar, you may have seen it popping up in headlines recently as a result of their most recent, inflammatory venture – it’s just a couple of millennials, showing off their sexiest Facebook photos to smartphone users nearby. If you like what they see, just swipe right – right in the palm of your hand…
Yes. Somehow, somewhere between 1986 and 2014 The Home Shopping Network evolved into Tinder and just about every other dating website you might ever have used. And now it’s taking over the world.
Formerly known as Blackwater and founded in 1997 as a private security services provider, Academi’s original mission was to “do for national security what FedEx did for the Postal Service.” A little alarming, considering privatising overnight and express deliveries carries a little less weight than, say, privatizing the handling of a nation’s weapons training and aggressive foreign campaigns.
How They’re Taking Over The World:
Between 2000 and 20011, Blackwater received more than a billion dollars from the US federal government in security contracts, with jobs ranging from security details to surveillance to more aggressive roles. The CIA alone funded at least $600 million in similar, classified contracts.
It’s not too hard to connect the dots here. Consider what happens when someone in the military oversteps – the government immediately faces massive backlash both from the media and from the private citizens who support it. Not so with a private company like Blackwater/Academi. In 2007, employees murdered 17 Iraqi unarmed citizens – and rather than face military prison or any other form of accountability, those employees were able to not only walk free; they were back in the Middle East under different contracts within months of the murders.
Being in cahoots with one of the most powerful militaries in the world, compounded by a status that’s basically immune to foreign law puts you in a pretty fair position for potential world domination. Consider this: Even if or when the US officially does pull its troops out of Iraq, one of the most volatile and tactically significant locations on the planet, the number of (powerful, and highly unaccountable) private contractors there is expected to triple.
Barclays is a massive, multinational bank headquartered in London. It’s not the largest bank in the world – it falls in 7th place with total assets only reaching about $2.42 trillion. It’s not an overarching conglomerate with multifaceted investments affecting every aspect of your life – its operations stick fairly stringently with banking, wealth management, mortgage lending, credit cards and other financial services. It’s not even close to the most evil corporation in the world, despite recent controversies surrounding international money laundering schemes and tax avoidance. But Barclays quietly wields a huge, undeniable level of power.
How they’re taking over the world:
Barclays controls one of the largest bond indexes in the world. If you don’t know what that means, you’re not alone. But basically, it means Barclays doesn’t need to have the highest cash count to dominate the world’s finances. Their power lies in the fact that they get to choose where the vast majority – we’re talking 95% – of the world’s investment funds are spent.
For example, let’s say Barclays wants to publish an index of how many bonds its issued worldwide. However, since it owns such a large portion of the market share, there’s absolutely no way it can even include a great percentage of what’s actually been issued. So when they go to publish, they pick and choose which bonds to include in their index – effectively picking and choosing which companies in the world will flourish, and which will tank due to lack of investment.
Still not following? Just know this. If you’ve ever invested any amount of money in anything, it’s incredibly likely that it’s been counted by some pencil pushers at Barclays, and has been used as leverage to tip the scales of the biggest world markets in their favor.