Qualche giorno fa ho acquistato da Amazon questo libro: "Superclass: the Global Power Elite and the World They Are Making".
L’ho comprato praticamente a "scatola chiusa" (il che vuol dire che non ho fatto precedentemente ricerche su internet per individuare recensioni e commenti sul testo) perchè in passato ho letto con soddisfazione un altro libro dello stesso autore, Rothkopf, oltre a vari articoli minori.
Ovviamente il libro l’ho comprato soprattutto perchè mi interessa capire come entrare nell’elite dei padroni del mondo ma questa è una cosa che non dico in giro… anzi… vi prego di tenervelo per voi altrimenti, quando sarò alla Casa Bianca, mi vendicherò.
Dato che il libro ancora non m’è arrivato (e l’ho pure ordinato con spedizione urgente, maledetta DHL) ieri ho deciso di leggere un po’ di commenti.
In questo lo stesso autore individua le otto regole per diventare ricchi e potenti (chiarisco che della ricchezza non so cosa farmene… è il potere la cosa cui miro, è ovvio!!):
"1. Be born a man. No group is more disproportionately over-represented among all of the world’s elites than men. Women make up only about 6 percent of the superclass.
2. Be a baby boomer. For now, it is the boomers’ time to rule. Only 3 percent of the superclass is under 40; 45 percent are over 60. The median age is 58.
3. Trace your cultural roots to Europe. No country has even half as many superclass members as the United States, and North America and Europe together make up half of today’s global elite. (Although the fastest-growing source of new members is Asia.)
4. Attend an elite university. From a sample of the larger group, we found that almost a third of the small community of the most powerful people in the world went to one of only 20 elite universities. Only 2 percent of the group are high school drop-outs.
5. Go into business or finance. Elites in the past not only had more national power bases, but more were linked to government or the military. Modern war is too costly to fight these days, however, and national governments have less and less power in the global environment, which is why the people who control the truly global institutions of our era — private-sector giants from finance or the corporate world — make up 60 percent of the superclass.
6. Have an institutional power base. Money alone isn’t power. You need support, and networks and institutions give most superclass members these things. Fewer than 2 percent of the group are not associated with a company, a government, a military organization, a church, a media outlet or a shadow entity of the criminal kind.
7. Get rich. Even if money doesn’t always equate to power, it often does. It is estimated that about two-thirds of the superclass are millionaires.
8. Be lucky. Demography is not destiny. There are plenty of 60-ish, Harvard-educated, male American millionaires who are not members of the global elite. Don’t feel too sorry for them. There are also plenty of people just as smart and hardworking who had the misfortune to be born in the developing world who haven’t even had the opportunity to make a decent living. Talk to most members of the superclass and almost all will acknowledge that luck (usually accompanied by a lot of hard work) plays a big part in their achievements."
Accidenti difetto del punto numero 2… !!!