Seamus Bruner, the Director of Research at the Government Accountability Institute, joined the First Things podcast to discuss his new book ‘Controligarchs: Exposing the Billionaire Class, their Secret Deals, and the Globalist Plot to Dominate Your Life’.

Oligarchs are typically extremely wealthy people with a close relationship with the government.  Recently we’ve heard the term “Big Tech oligarchs” referring to the wealthiest in Silicon Valley, Bruner explained. 

What makes Controligarchs different from oligarchs is that they really do want to control every aspect of our lives.

“These people have like a god complex but on steroids,” Bruner said.

“Of the 3,100 or so billionaires in the world, there’s only about 30 in this book [Controligarchs] … People like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, George Soros … and his son Alex Soros – these guys use their wealth to do not-so-great things,”  Bruner told host of First Things Mark Bauerlein.

He crunched the numbers and found that these billionaires in some cases have doubled their net worth since the beginning of 2020.  “Mark Zuckerberg went from $60 billion or so to almost $120 billion today through the pandemic because everyone was locked down, stayed at home and was scrolling through Facebook … and Jeff Bezos close to doubled his net worth,” he said.

It’s not surprising that while small businesses were closed and schools were closed etc. online businesses would soar.  But what is surprising is Bill Gates and his takeover of farmland.

“They used the pandemic, in the words of Klaus Schwab the World Economic Forum founder, as an opportunity.  The pandemic was an opportunity to rejigger society and ‘build back better’ in a ‘greener’ way,” Bruner said. 

“People didn’t really understand in July 2020 when Klaus Schwab announced ‘The Great Reset’ what a pandemic had to do with climate change. But we’re starting to see that ‘climate change’ is just the next crisis they want to leverage as an opportunity to not just get richer but to construct systems of tyrannical control.”

The systems of tyrannical control, Bruner explained, include food control, energy control, electric vehicles, cell or mobile phones, the Internet of Things, smart cities and financial control.

Controligarchs are Depopulationists

The inaugural meeting of the Good Club took place in 2009 at Rockefeller University in Manhattan, New York.  The Good Club is the name given to the tiny global elite of billionaire “philanthropists.”  Some of the members are familiar figures such as Bill Gates, George Soros, Warren Buffett, Oprah Winfrey, David Rockefeller and Ted Turner. But there are others, too, like business giants Eli and Edythe Broad, who are equally wealthy but less well known. All told, at the time its members were worth $125bn.

“Bill Gates, George Soros and David Rockefeller are kind of like the three co-hosts [of the first meeting of the Good Club],” Bruner said. “They invited half a dozen or a dozen of their billionaire buddies … They all got together in the spring of 2009.”

“The context is the tail end of the global financial crisis … they could sense that the ‘peasants’ were about to get unruly … The other part [of the context] is that Barack Obama has just been elected president [and] a lot of people at the Good Club meeting in New York had done a lot to get him there, George Soros especially, so they wanted to leverage the Obama opportunity to their advantage.”

At this meeting, Bill Gates suggested that they find an umbrella cause that they could unite their resources around to solve. They could have picked, for example, malaria, poverty, starvation or climate change as causes to unite their resources around.  But “this meeting was all about solving the problem, in their minds, of overpopulation,” Bruner said. The Good Club is all about pouring money into projects that ensure there are fewer people in the world. “Their way of helping humanity is to make sure there is less of it,” Bruner said.

“Most of these [Controligarchs] in this book are sort of these Malthusian, overpopulation types who think that the Earth is overpopulated … That’s a myth, it’s never been proven conclusively that the world is overpopulated. 

“There’s a lot of evidence to the contrary, that [the world] can hold a lot more people than [today’s 8 or 9 billion].  Bill Gates says we need to cut that by 15%.  Ted Turner, the founder of CNN, is a little more extreme – he thinks that under 2 billion is the ideal population of the planet.  Other World Economic Forum agenda setters, Jane Goodall … says closer to 500 million.  They haven’t publicised what they think is the ideal total global population should be but it’s a lot less, billions less.”

Controligarchs are Heavily Invested in Digital IDs

Bill Gates is heavily invested in digital identities (“IDs”) through various projects for digitising and creating central databases that hold every piece of information about us, Bruner said.

In 2016, the UN held its inaugural ID2020 Summit to discuss how to provide a unique digital identity to everyone on the planet by the year 2020.  In 2017, Accenture partnered with Microsoft and Avanade to provide blockchain and biometric technologies to support ID2020.  In 2019, Microsoft joined the ID2020 Alliance.

“All the Big Tech, all the Controligarchs, as I call them, poured their money into ID2020,” Bruner said.  “And the supranational organisations – the World Health Organisation and the United Nations – were all very on board with this … digital IDs would be a great way to keep track of people’s vaccination records – they said this before the pandemic,” Bruner said.

“This digital ID can essentially become like a Chinese-style social credit score where if you are in the wrong caste of society – you’re among the unvaccinated, let’s say –  you’re not going to be able to access goods and services … If you don’t comply with some government mandate … your digital ID will block entry for you.”

In November 2023, the 50-in-5 campaign was launched.  It aims to implement digital public infrastructure in 50 countries by 2028.  Digital public infrastructure is an underlying network of components such as digital payments, ID, and data exchange systems, which is a critical accelerator of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (“SDGs”). 50-in-5 is a “country-led” advocacy campaign in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

“We are just around the corner from this becoming not an optional thing,” Bruner said.

“These people have like a god complex but on steroids,” he added.

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  1. Yes we know all about these wicked front men working for the Satanic Jesuit Black nobility who hate everyone who is not one of their evil kind, we have got all that they are all anti human gangsters got all that – just wondering why are they all still breathing? action needs to be taken by those who are trained to do it root them out round them up and overturn this. Then start going in a completely different direction to a better place of growth and prosperity both physical and spiritual. I think we have made progress and they are and will all go down their house of cards is falling down because it never had a good foundation and people can now see that they are all a bunch of criminals trying to kill and control them. Let's take action on that arrest them all 🪱🪰🐍😡🤬 The bully must be made to stop

  2. Obviously, the world really is overpopulated with billionaires and control freaks. We should drastically reduce their numbers.

  3. Unbelievable: there appears to be in of this a shy tip of a red pen skip-flip on the paper in error to this write. So much in missing be-twitch all lines as to by its start "Wealthy ppl in close relationship with Gov"? Ah this is incorrect. These all since a very long time ago generations in hold carry on the plan. Call these really the Black Beavers owning the all forest around their little pond of sparkly Riches buried beneath their castle homes tunneled all to each other.
    They have designed ALL such governments already own manipulate patsy blackmail control reward the gov as their one of 1st play boards to dam/board high flow and or channel their flow to action as by such devised plans in doing so Police to make you pay more and more endless TAX, deceive all populace forcing all to the firing lines they will all happily exterminate with entertainment of such their playbook methods have put into action.
    Other 3 digit cube built, named in arms are simply the support fields they also provide the great deception to all. Yet in seeing knowing now experiencing such their insecticides sprayed injected into our feature. We still await someone else to figure it out and close the book on them, 'Ah just let them be and do what they want.'
    Even too obvious they express in snips to ward. Would think $7.129 Tillion or about and at least $2.01 trilli also robbed of tax USA/CDA wide. And report with the smile snicker upon their brow tell you out right. Even their bully systems have shown to fail their own inside jobs to such and similar theft from the pockets of all. What about the value to all other nation. numbers are printed what is the right value is any actuary real to numbers rights. just hit numbers on your calculators and call it a print to share to blind eyes caught by the other foolish trinkets . "The Wholly Worship of the Friday Night Hockey nite in deception entrap" Simple dress hockey to any other placid name/game ball bounce hipno-addictions.

    Sure to feel those thinking as such will be 1st on the agenda to hold, insert their blade whilst in the hand of such trap. Even if they are under the same arm and clan of secrets. Skull and Bone is in its rights to decay.

    They treat all living thing as the pestilence infection to their mind set. As 2 billion or 500 million pro-ports their Georgia Guide Stone NWO to express their aim still in progress to achieve its order of result agenda.
    Breaking the stone print does nothing to their secret evil radiation still in progress as they Murder Millions and continue to escape any universal laws they step right over and laugh by the ease its supreme memberships are all under their arm pit to also command.
    Social index digital id is the last cellophane wrap for top head nose and mouth. Squeeze and snuff all to death. The silent pillow assassination they are in progress action on all. Some are all still awaiting to see how if " A Good man shall up-rise to do the Right Thing.
    as .001 of the 1% they are. what can just 1 wolf in sheep clothing will do inside a flock where by the shepherd is drunk-drugged to duty and also fail the illusion all is accounted for and well.

    The drivers are all falling asleep at the wheel whilst swamp-gassed on a steep ridge its riding. The Other brave Drivers are attempting to TRY! As even those attempts are swept under carpet of to the Asking.
    woah does not even care to come close what is next in chance. Has any one really awakened to know to learn to better let alone get up off the couch to make that next move of "The Right Thing to Do"

    And we still do nothing. [ no that was not just a flesh wound. ] It is already far to late Less we entrap let alone walk into their all and put them in cage to stop the flurry of already put in action event process.

    Green Gases of death flowing to each an every one of us world wide. Oh that? nah its just vapor trails. everything is in jeopardy.

    Check Ma.e


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