Black Rock has emerged from the swamp in Washington DC as a private investment firm that is virtually unregulated – – a firm that drains billions of dollars from America’s taxpayers, and wields unprecedented power over the Federal Reserve and the U. S. economy.
As F. William Engdahl points out: “It is the epitome of what Mussolini called Corporatism, where an unelected corporate elite dictates top down to the population.”
Black Rock possesses over $9 trillion in client funds.
With such liquidity, the firm – – together with Vanguard, its parent company – – has seized control of every leading bank and business throughout the world.
Black Rock’s control is not limited to finance.
It has gained ascendancy over the Biden Administration. This is evidenced by the president’s appointment of Brian Deese as the Director of the National Economic Council and Biden’s chief economic advisor.
Regarding Deese, Biden said: “Brian is among the most tested and accomplished public servants in the country—a trusted voice I can count on to help us end the ongoing economic crisis, build a better economy that deals everybody in, and take on the existential threat of climate change in a way that creates good-paying American jobs.”
Deese’s advice has resulted in the halting of the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and the banning of all oil and natural gas leases on public land. His council also gave rise to the gargantuan stimulus programs that have increased the fortune of the Fortune 500 (almost all of which are owned by Black Rock and Vanguard); the expansion of federal entitlement programs; runaway inflation, and the flood of illegal aliens across the country’s southern border.
Prior to his appointment to the Biden Administration, Deese served as Black Rock’s Global Head of Sustainable Investing, and, played a key role in the forging of the Global Warming Paris Accord.
Deese is not the only Black Rock executive within the Biden White House. Adewale “Wally” Adeyemo now serves as the Deputy Treasury Secretary under Janet Yellen. Prior to his appointment to this pivotal position, “Wally,” a Nigerian native, served as a chief advisor and Chief of Staff to Black Rock’s CEO Larry Fink.
Michael Pyle, yet another Black Hawk honcho, recently joined the Biden team as the Senior Economic Advisor to Vice President Kamala Harris. Formerly, Pyle served as the Global Chief Strategist at Black Rock.
Black Rock’s think tank is run by Tom Donilon, a former member of the Carter, Clinton, and Obama administrations. Michael Donilon, Tom’s brother, was Biden’s chief political strategist during the 2020 presidential campaign.
The bonds between Biden and Black Rock were tightened in 2019 when Larry Fink became instrumental in funding the primary campaign of “Middle Class Joe.”
Fink also spearheaded the shadow campaign by mega-corporations to “ensure” the results of the election. This campaign, according to reputable sources, including Time magazine, consisted of the recruitment of a vast army of paid poll watchers, the employment of thousands of lawyers to change voting laws in red and purple states, and the miraculous appearance of millions of mail-in ballots from first-time voters.
Small wonder the Campaign for Accountability (CFA), a nonpartisan, nonprofit watchdog organization, has launched the Black Rock Transparency Project to investigate the influence of the financial colossus on governments and public policy.
Black Rock influence over Washington, DC is enormous.
Since 2004, it has shelled out $22 million on direct lobbying, and, since 2010, has donated many millions more to the campaign committees and super PACs of progressive Democrats.
It remains the top contributor to the war chest of Charles “Chuck” Schumer, the Senate majoring leader, ar as revealed in Shumer’s financial campaign disclosures:
|Paul, Weiss et al||$214,400||$214,400||$0|
Next Era is a green energy firm, whose largest shareholder is Vanguard. Alphabet is a company under the complete control of Vanguard and Black Rock.
Alphabet is also the leading contributor to the political campaigns Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Nancy Pelosi, Bernie Sanders, and, from 1989 to 2021, Joe Biden. This last assertion supported by the following disclosure from the president’s campaign committees:
|Apple Inc ||$1,892,948||$1,892,948||$0|
It is noteworthy to add that the leading shareholders of Amazon are Vanguard/Black Rock, as revealed in the firm’s latest mandated public disclosures:
Top Institutional Holders
|Holder||Shares||Date Reported||% Out||Value|
|Vanguard Group, Inc. (The)||33,280,421||Sep 29, 2021||6.56%||109,327,514,201|
|Blackrock Inc.||28,129,970||Sep 29, 2021||5.55%||92,408,076,648|
|State Street Corporation||16,322,646||Sep 29, 2021||3.22%||53,620,545,015|
|Price (T.Rowe) Associates Inc||16,173,783||Jun 29, 2021||3.19%||55,640,401,325|
|FMR, LLC||15,446,833||Jun 29, 2021||3.05%||53,139,577,013|
|Geode Capital Management, LLC||6,997,644||Sep 29, 2021||1.38%||22,987,540,445|
|Morgan Stanley||5,148,390||Jun 29, 2021||1.02%||17,711,285,342|
|Northern Trust Corporation||4,840,325||Jun 29, 2021||0.95%||16,651,492,452|
|Norges Bank Investment Management||4,567,893||Dec 30, 2020||0.90%||14,877,307,748|
|Capital Research Global Investors||4,009,847||Sep 29, 2021||0.79%||13,172,507,788|
State Street, Geode Capital, Morgan Stanley, Northern Trust, Norges Bank, and Capital Research Global are also owned by Vanguard/ Black Rock. The same holds true for Apple as the firm’s latest financials reveal:
|Holder||Shares||Date Reported||% Out||Value|
|Vanguard Group, Inc. (The)||1,266,332,667||Sep 29, 2021||7.72%||179,186,072,380|
|Blackrock Inc.||1,026,223,983||Sep 29, 2021||6.26%||145,210,693,594|
|Berkshire Hathaway, Inc||887,135,554||Sep 29, 2021||5.41%||125,529,680,891|
|State Street Corporation||622,163,541||Sep 29, 2021||3.79%||88,036,141,051|
|FMR, LLC||350,462,986||Jun 29, 2021||2.14%||47,999,410,562|
|Geode Capital Management, LLC||259,894,947||Sep 29, 2021||1.58%||36,775,135,000|
|Northern Trust Corporation||193,253,001||Jun 29, 2021||1.18%||26,467,931,016|
|Price (T.Rowe) Associates Inc||192,697,039||Jun 29, 2021||1.17%||26,391,786,461|
|Norges Bank Investment Management||167,580,974||Dec 30, 2020||1.02%||22,236,319,440|
|Bank Of New York Mellon Corporation||149,381,117||Sep 29, 2021||0.91%||21,137,428,055|
Berkshire Hathaway, Apple’s third top shareholder, is a firm controlled not by Warren Buffet, but rather Vanguard/Black Rock and companies within their financial orbit, which have gobbled up 70% of Berkshire Hathaway’s shares.
Black Rock’s use of the revolving door to exert influence in Washington, DC sets it apart from all other financial institutions. According to CFA, ninety-nine people have moved from Black Rock’s corporate offices into plump government positions and vice versa. In 2016, journalist David Dayen wrote of the “veritable shadow government full of former Treasury Department officials” that Black Rock has assembled within its financial empire.
Black Rock’s control is not limited to the United States. Its tentacles extend throughout the world. The firm manages U. S. securities purchases for the central bank of Israel. Its current vice chairman is Philipp Hildebrand, who used to run Switzerland’s central bank.
George Osborne, the former U.K. chancellor, is a senior adviser at Black Rock. Friedrich Merz, a former high-ranking member of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU party, was chairman of Black Rock Deutschland.
In Mexico, Black Rock handles the country’s pension funds, while simultaneously owning and controlling the companies in which the Mexican government has invested. Black Rock also secured a lucrative contract with the European Commission to integrate climate change into EU’s banking regulation.
In 2021, Black Rock became the only American company to enter the Chinese investment banking market. The global asset management company has raised US$1.03 billion as mutual funds for their first Chinese venture.
These investments has secured the company’s foundations into the Beijing soil, making Black Rock the first Western company to be able to operate completely on its own in the communist country.
Black Rock’s wealth now exceeds that of all European countries and Russia.
What is Black Rock?
According to its own website, Black Rock is an international investment management company that was founded in 1988 by Larry Fink and remains in the control of Fink and a small group of investors.
But the truth about Black Rock is far murkier and infinitely more sinister. It remains a company that is owned by Vanguard, Inc., a private company that is not compelled to make public disclosures.
What is Vanguard?
The answer is “Mammon” and its wealth and power remain beyond calculation.
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