Individuation, Cognitive Development, and Education
postmodern elites: the clinton foundation (the production of subjectivities)

•this is a work in progress that will never be finished, but hopefully will be found useful

it is entirely dependent on the quantum-leap in symbol-using capacity made possible by the Internet

Elites are utterly and unavoidably open to scrutiny: they leave impressive traces in the internet-accessible semiosphere

that these elites are not "seen" is the effect of the Cartesian a-priori underpinning the emergence of all that  can be uttered in the media, and pre-operational cognitive performative modality (ego-centric

see FDR to Felix Frankfurter, January 24, 1930, page 7 of the PDF ("The Republican press is howling for the appointment of 'non-partisan' commissioners: i.e., people who have no preconceived notioins whatsoever.  In the first place, nobody with any real intelligence has gotten this far without having some pre-conceived notions.")  Kant-Hegel/Dewey

•Elites are denounced by both sides (the Fascist GOP and the global-nihilists dominant in the Democratic Party--the subject of this page), but conceptualized by neither.  As an aid to enriching your view of fascist GOP, I can reccommend Paxton, Sinclair Lewis, Joseph Conrad (Heart of Darkness), The Butcher’s Tale: Murder and Anti-Semitism in a German Town (New York, 2002); The Continuities of German History: Nation, Religion, and Race across the Long Nineteenth Century (New York, 2008)

these denuciations emerge governed by the generative code

In Hacked D.N.C. Emails, a Glimpse of How Big Money Works (the New York Times, July 25, 2016)

After Lying Low, Deep-Pocketed Clinton Donors Return to the Fore (the New York Times, July 28, 2016)

Ego Clashes Exposed in Leaked Emails From Democratic National Committee (the New York Times, July 24, 2016)

1.  The public discourse on campaign contributions as a means of influence over specific pieces of legislation unfolds on a grade-school level.  Campaign contributions are just the icing on the cake.  The term "establishment" is actually a morally-charged content-free epithet--not a concept.

2.  The historical formation of historically specific political-economic elites and their role in shaping broad strategic frameworks, as well as providing the personnel of the state, is a proper question. 

3.  So is the question of the synthesis of the strategic objectives of such elites and the exigencies of the mobilization and manipulation of specific segments of the population.  Donald Trump has, in a fantastic example of twenty-first century patrimonialissm, has stolen the herd from the old guard elite of the GOP.  It remains to be seen if the Romneys and Bushes and others of similar provenance can recapture their party.

4.  These specific segments of the population, from the standpoint of such elites, are cultural resources (e.g.,the GOP's racist base) and political problems (e.g., the British citizens who voted for Brexit).  Rarely are potential voters addressed as citizens (although this sometimes does happen, as in FDR's 1936 election campaign). 

5.  The historical formation now associated with the name "Clinton" emerged with the creation of the Democratic Leadership Council in 1985 (See 1992 membership list  here.)

6.  In the praxis of elites, family and other kinds of close ties are of great significance.  Note that four of the nine directors of the Clinton Foundation have such close ties (three family and one a close working relationship): Clinton, Ibrahim, Jackson, and Saban.

7.  The three New York Times articles above are extraordinary in the light they cast on the everyday workings of the elite milieu associated with the name "Clinton".

8.  The institutional milieu of the Directors of the Clinton Foundation is sketched below.  This should be studied in the context of the New York Times articles.
Directors of the Clinton Foundation

BRUCE R. LINDSEY is a partner at Wright, Lindsey & Jennings, a law firm in Little Rock, where he is currently of counsel. Wright Lindsey Jennings has built a reputation for excellence in ability, service and professionalism as one of the premier law firms in Arkansas and the region.

CHELSEA CLINTON.  Chelsea previously worked at McKinsey & Company and Avenue Capital. Chelsea serves on the boards of the Clinton Health Access Initiative, the School of American Ballet, the Africa Center and the Weill Cornell Medical College.  Clinton has worked for NBC, McKinsey & Company, Avenue Capital Group, and New York University and serves on several boards, including those of the School of American Ballet, Clinton Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative, Common Sense Media (founded by Jim Steyer), Weill Cornell Medical College and IAC/InterActiveCorp

On July 31, 2010, Clinton and investment banker Marc Mezvinsky were married.

Marc Mezvinsky (born December 15, 1977) is the son of former members of Congress Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky (D-PA) and Edward Mezvinsky (D-IA).  Mezvinsky graduated from Stanford University in 2000 before working for eight years as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs. In 2011, he founded Eaglevale Partners.  In 2010, Mezvinsky married Chelsea Clinton in an interfaith ceremony in Rhinebeck, New York.[4] The senior Clintons and Mezvinskys were friends in the 1990s; their children met on a Renaissance Weekend retreat in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.[2] They first were reported to be a couple in 2005, and became engaged over Thanksgiving weekend in 2009.[5]  Coverage of the 2010 wedding reported the absence of Mezvinsky's father, attributing the absence to strained family relations in the aftermath of his father's acts of fraud committed toward Mezvinsky's friends and family.[6]

Following their wedding, the couple lived for three years in New York City's Gramercy Park neighborhood,[4] later purchasing a condominium in the Flatiron District of Manhattan for $10.5 million.[7]

FRANK GIUSTRA is president and chief executive officer of Fiore Financial Corporation, a private firm managing a broad portfolio of private equity investments. Frank has an established track record of building natural resource companies through access to capital and creative deal-making. As president and later chairman and chief executive officer of Yorkton Securities in the 1990s, he grew the firm into a leading natural resource investment bank. As chairman of Endeavour Financial from 2001 to 2007, his vision and leadership led to the successful launch of numerous resource companies, including Wheaton River Minerals (acquired by Goldcorp), Silver Wheaton, and Pacific Rubiales Energy. Frank's entrepreneurial successes also include the founding of Lionsgate Entertainment, now one of the world's largest independent film companies.

ROLANDO GONZALEZ-BUNSTER is the chairman and chief executive officer of InterEnergy Holdings. Prior to founding InterEnergy, he founded and managed InterEnergy's predecessor, Basic Energy Ltd. (Bahamas), a holding company that owned and operates electrical generation and distribution assets in the Dominican Republic, Panama and Jamaica. Rolando is a pioneer of the electric sector of the Dominican Republic, being credited with the signing of the country's first state utility PPA, as well as being one of the key participants in the privatization of the state controlled electricity businesses. he led all significant aspects of project development, financing and the relationship with governments and multilateral organizations such as the World Bank's International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Prior to founding Basic Energy, Rolando was the international vice president of New York-based multi-billion dollar conglomerate Gulf & Western Industries Inc., reporting directly to Chairman and CEO Charles Bludhorn. Rolando is the chair of the International Initiatives Committee of Georgetown University, a member of the Latin American Board of Georgetown University, and serves on the Board of Advisors of the Georgetown College of Arts and Sciences, his alma matter.


HADEEL IBRAHIM is the founding executive director of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, which was established in 2006 to support leadership and governance in Africa.

Dr Mohamed "Mo" Ibrahim (Arabic: محمد إبراهيم‎; born 1946) is a Sudanese-British mobile communications entrepreneur and billionaire. He worked for several other telecommunications companies before founding Celtel, which when sold had over 24 million mobile phone subscribers in 14 African countries. After selling Celtel in 2005 for $3.4 billion, he set up the Mo Ibrahim Foundation to encourage better governance in Africa, as well as creating the Mo Ibrahim Index, to evaluate nations' performance. He is also a member of the Africa Regional Advisory Board of London Business School.

LISA JACKSON is vice president of Environmental Initiatives at Apple Inc., reporting to CEO Tim Cook. She oversees Apple’s efforts to minimize its impact on the environment, including removing toxics from its products, incorporating renewable energy in its facilities, and continually raising the bar for energy efficiency in the electronics industry. Lisa previously served as administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Appointed by President Barack Obama, she focused on reducing greenhouse gases, protecting air and water quality, preventing exposure to toxic contamination, and expanding outreach to communities on environmental issues.

Lisa has also served as chief of staff to New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine (Goldman Sachs, MF Global) and as commissioner of the state’s Department of Environmental Protection. She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Tulane University, where she currently serves on the board of directors, and a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University.

CHERYL MILLS is founder and chief executive officer of the BlackIvy Group, a company that grows and builds businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to founding BlackIvy, Cheryl served as counselor and chief of staff at the U.S. Department of State where she managed the foreign policy and operational priorities for the $55 billion agency. Prior to joining the State Department, she served as senior vice president for administration and operations as well as general counsel at New York University. During her tenure, Cheryl identified and convened strategic partners and negotiated the structure, framework, terms and conditions for the establishment of the University’s campus in the United Arab Emirates. Cheryl came to New York to join Oxygen Media, where she served as senior vice president for corporate policy and public programming. She previously worked in Washington, D.C., where she served as deputy counsel to the President at the White House. Cheryl's legal experience also includes serving as associate counsel to the President, as deputy general counsel of the Clinton/Gore Transition Planning Foundation, and as an associate at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Hogan and Hartson. Cheryl currently serves on the boards of BlackRock, Inc. (BlackRock is by far the world's largest asset manager with over $4.5 trillion in assets under management), the Clinton Foundation, and the See Forever Foundation

CHERYL SABAN (/səˈbɑːn/; born April 30, 1951) is a philanthropist, advocate for women, and the wife of billionaire entertainment mogul Haim Saban.[1]

Haim Saban (/səˈbɑːn/; Hebrew: חיים סבן‎; Arabic: حاييم صبان‎; born October 15, 1944) is an Israeli and American media proprietor, investor, philanthropist, musician, record, film & television producer.[2] An accomplished businessman primarily involved with business interests pertaining to financial services, entertainment, and media, and an estimated net worth of $3 billion, he is ranked by Forbes as the 143rd richest person in America.[1] Saban is the founder of Saban Entertainment, producer and distributor of children's television programs in the US such as Power Rangers. He headed up consortiums which purchased the broacasters ProSiebenSat.1 Media and Univision Communications. He is a major donor to the US Democratic Party and active in pro-Israel political efforts in the US.