a discussion with david Rothkopf about his book called ‘superclass


say the world is 6 billion , there are 6000 people who really influence the world

they are interconnected and have abnormal power, but are heterogeneous and do not always have a similar agenda. they include members of government, military, religious, media stars, terrorists, criminals

they are 1 in a million

there is a huge pareto in wealth and power, there is alos a huge pareto within the group. the top 60 are way ahead of the top 6000, who are way ahead of the top 600,000 who are all millionaires.

the superclass is the new royalty.

next book is ‘power, inc.’ gross inequality. corporations are bigger than most nations

key takeaways:

none does policy. too many short term, fire fighting

in politics, power of media can not be overstated. management of media is crucial

trading is a daily referendum

reading is an old technology. people like video

people have electronic media on all day long. when do you stop to think


Marshall McLuhan media observer

the medium is the message

internet as:

  • decentralization of news sourcing
  • accelerate and amplification -> volatility

most people do not read. they consume video

they vote for who they like. the age of emotions. with volatility can cause panic. SARS as example


cross border constituents.  conflict of interest vs common good.


are they becoming younger? what will the retired ones do. meetings of the superclass?

Clinton Global Initiative. kissinger.

people live longer. there is a surplus of leaders. they can not all come to yale. lots of experience will be waisted if old standards regarding retirement are used.

there is a governance gap

many governance systems have been designed to be ineffective.


if you have to ask the price, you can not afford it

events are about people. people is the agenda

democracy works pretty well, over the long run, on the average

we did not get out of the stone age because we ran out of stones

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2 Responses to “Superclass”

  1. Kevin Says:

    I question the heterogeneity assumption. Seems to me this global elite is dominated by the government, media, entertainment, and business personalities, whose numbers dwarf those in military, religious, criminal, or terrorist categories by a factor of 9 or 10-1. These media-made elites almost without exception swim in a pool of globalism, groupthink, political correctness, and contempt for the opinions of “little people”. They may indeed be, “the best and the brightest”, but for all their earnest pieties it is by no means clear that their motivations are any nobler than those of the average citizen, and their groupthink makes for some surprisingly dumb decisions. Water? What water?

  2. adisababa Says:

    agree that there is a pareto in this class.
    but ben-laden is a part of it, so there is some differences as well
    regarding the 9/10th that are more homogeneous
    they still come from many different backgrounds, not all are well educated, and may disagree on some fundamental issues.
    the western ones amongst them, who are currently over represented, (this will change soon- only 2% of davos attendees are Asian) are rather homogeneous

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