Editor’s Note: We have previously written about BlackRock. A lot. Yes, this company is very bad for everyone other than the globalist elite. Here are just three of the articles we’ve posted about them, followed by Fred’s article…
- BlackRock: One Company to Rule Them All
- BlackRock and Vanguard: The Same Shady People Own Big Pharma and the Media
- Yes, BlackRock’s Home-Buying Spree Should Concern You
A consumer advocacy group asserts that New York-based BlackRock’s push for investing in “environmental, social, and governance” issues, known as ESG, is intended to distract from the vast wealth that the corporation has injected into Communist China despite human rights abuses there.
“They are hamstringing U.S. corporations with bean counting on board membership and diversity quotas while they are pouring billions into China,” William Hild, executive director of the nonprofit Consumers’ Research, said of BlackRock in an interview with The Daily Signal.
“They are virtue-signaling while having a relationship with a ruthless regime, and we believe one is being used to cover for the other,” Hild said of the politically connected corporation.
In late October, Consumers’ Research launched a digital and TV ad campaign that is heavily critical of BlackRock’s ties to China.
“BlackRock is propping up Chinese Communist Leaders,” the advertisement says, adding: “Even left-wing billionaire George Soros knows BlackRock is harming US national security. [BlackRock] CEO Larry Fink loves to tell Americans how to live, but he negotiated against America, sucking up to China.”
.@BlackRock is taking your money and betting on China.
— Consumers' Research (@ConsumersFirst) October 27, 2021
BlackRock’s portfolio amounts to more than $9.5 trillion. Former executives at BlackRock hold influential positions in the Biden administration, and were part of the Obama administration before that.
“As a fiduciary to our clients, BlackRock focuses on matters like diversity in the boardroom and climate risk because we believe these are material issues that can affect the long-term value of our clients’ investments,” a BlackRock spokesman told The Daily Signal in an email statement. “Those are the issues the funders and leaders of this campaign do not appear to agree with.”
Here are four things to know about BlackRock and its ties to China.
1. ‘Surveillance Companies’
The commercial from Consumers’ Research asserts that BlackRock is “putting money into surveillance companies used by the Chinese military.”
BlackRock has invested millions in the Chinese surveillance companies Hikvision and iFlytek, The American Prospect, a liberal magazine and website, reported. The U.S. government prohibits both companies from buying American products or selling to American companies.
In 2019, BlackRock began investing in Hikvision and iFlytek, which are among 28 Chinese companies on the U.S. government’s “entity list” because of repression of the Uyghur Muslim population in China’s Xinjiang province.
The BlackRock spokesman did not address China in the corporate statement, nor respond directly to The Daily Signal’s questions about surveillance. But the BlackRock website does tout the value of China for investors, saying:
To help discover the opportunities these changes provide, you need a trusted partner who is not only an expert on China but can apply their knowledge, expertise and judgment in creating portfolios that can deliver the best of Chinese markets to you. BlackRock’s large and experienced team can provide you with a truly differentiated perspective on China and our breadth of solutions across active and index strategies give you a multitude of ways to access the market.
Hikvision has advertised itself as the world’s largest manufacturer of video surveillance technology; iFlytek is a voice recognition and AI company. BlackRock reportedly invested more than $15 million in Hikvision, but has a significantly more modest investment in iFlytek.
2. George Soros: BlackRock Forced US Investors to Fund Chinese Companies
The American Prospect isn’t the only critic on the left of BlackRock’s ties to China.
In August, left-wing billionaire George Soros wrote an op-ed for Financial Times asserting that BlackRock CEO Larry Fink’s focus on environmental, social, and governance issues would harm the United States and boost China.
“In BlackRock’s ESG Aware emerging market exchange-traded fund, Chinese companies represent a third of total investments,” Soros wrote. “These indices have effectively forced hundreds of billions of dollars belonging to U.S. investors into Chinese companies whose corporate governance does not meet the required standard—power and accountability is now exercised by one man who is not accountable to any international authority.”
By “one man,” Soros was referencing Chinese President Xi Jinping, who has near total control in the communist nation. In his op-ed, Soros called for U.S. government intervention:
The U.S Congress should pass a bipartisan bill explicitly requiring that asset managers invest only in companies where actual governance structures are both transparent and aligned with stakeholders. This rule should obviously apply to the performance benchmarks selected by pensions and other retirement portfolios.
3. Biden Administration Ties
Fink, BlackRock’s CEO, reportedly was under consideration by President Joe Biden’s transition team to serve as treasury secretary.
In November 2020, shortly after the presidential election, The Wall Street Journal ran a story under this headline: “BlackRock Emerges as Wall Street Player in Biden Administration.” That same month, the New York Post published a story with this headline: “BlackRock poised to replace Goldman Sachs inside the White House.”
The Biden team didn’t tap Fink for the Cabinet position, but at least two prominent former BlackRock executives play key roles in the Biden administration. Most notable is Brian Deese, director of the National Economic Council at the White House. Deese was the global head of sustainable investing at BlackRock, where he focused on environmental, social, and governance issues.
Deese previously served in senior roles with the Obama White House’s National Economic Council and in its Office of Management and Budget. Wally Adeyemo, deputy secretary of the Treasury Department, previously was a senior adviser to BlackRock.
The BlackRock connection isn’t limited to the Biden and Obama administrations. During the Trump administration, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin hired former BlackRock executive Craig Phillips in 2017.
4. Leveraging ExxonMobil Board
In May, BlackRock used its leverage to help an activist hedge fund group, Engine No. 1, replace three ExxonMobil board members with environmental activists who oppose further drilling for oil and gas.
In a February 2019 memo, BlackRock said: “Our work fuels our conviction that the future of investing is sustainable [energy].”
And in a January 2020 letter to CEOs of other corporations, Fink wrote that BlackRock “was a founding member of the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures” and called on all companies to issue sustainability reports. He added: “We hold ourselves to this same standard.”
On environmental, social, and governance investing, or ESG, Fink wrote:
Questions of racial justice, economic inequality, or community engagement are often classed as an ‘S’ issue in ESG conversations. But it is misguided to draw such stark lines between these categories. For example, climate change is already having a disproportionate impact on low-income communities around the world—is that an E or an S issue?
What matters is less the category we place these questions in, but the information we have to understand them and how they interact with each other. Improved data and disclosures will help us better understand the deep interdependence between environmental and social issues.
Big Pharma’s Five Major Minions that Everyone, Vaxxed or Unvaxxed, Must Oppose
This is not an “anti-vaxxer” article, per se. It’s a call for everyone to wake up to the nefarious motives behind vaccine mandates, booster shots, and condemnation of freedom.
The worst kept secret in world history SHOULD be that the unquenchable push for universal vaccinations against Covid-19 has little if anything to do with healthcare and everything to do with Big Pharma’s influence over the narrative. Unfortunately, that secret has stayed firmly hidden from the vast majority of people because of the five major minions working on behalf of Big Pharma.
What’s even worse is the fact that Big Pharma’s greed is merely a smokescreen to hide an even darker secret. We’ll tackle that later. First, let’s look at the public-facing ringleaders behind the vaccine push, namely Big Pharma. But before we get into their five major minions, it’s important to understand one thing. This is NOT just an article that speaks to the unvaccinated. Even those who believe in the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines must be made aware of agenda that’s at play.
Let’s start with some facts. The unvaccinated do NOT spread Covid-19 more rampantly than the vaccinated. Even Anthony Fauci acknowledged the viral load present in vaccinated people is just as high as in the unvaccinated. This fact alone should demolish the vaccine mandates as it demonstrates they have absolutely no effect on the spread of the disease. But wait! There’s definitely more.
This unhinged push to vaccinate everyone defies science. Those with natural immunity may actually have their stronger defenses against Covid-19 hampered by the introduction of the injections which fool the body into creating less-effective antibodies. Moreover, the push to vaccinate young people is completely bonkers. The recovery rate for those under the age of 20 is astronomical. Children neither contract, spread, nor succumb to Covid-19 in a statistically meaningful way. What they DO succumb to more often than Covid-19 are the adverse reactions to the vaccines, particularly boys.
All of this is known and accepted by the medical community, yet most Americans are still following the vaccinate-everybody script. It requires pure cognitive dissonance and an overabundant need for confirmation bias to make doctors and scientists willingly go along with the program. Yet, here we are and that should tell you something.
Before I get to the five major minions of of Big Pharma, I must make the plea for help. Between cancel culture, lockdowns, and diminishing ad revenue, we need financial assistance in order to continue to spread the truth. We ask all who have the means, please donate through our GivingFuel page or via PayPal. Your generosity is what keeps these sites running and allows us to expand our reach so the truth can get to the masses. We’ve had great success in growing but we know we can do more with your assistance.
Who does Big Pharma control? It starts with the obvious people, the ones who most Americans believe are actually behind this push. Our governments at all levels as well as governments around the world are not working with Big Pharma. They are working for Big Pharma. Some are proactive as direct recipients of cash. Others may oppose Big Pharma in spirit but would never speak out because they know anyone who does has no future in DC.
This may come as a shock to some, but it’s Big Pharma that drives the narrative and sets the agenda for the “experts” at the CDC, FDA, WHO, NIH, NIAID, and even non-medical government organizations.
Most believe it’s the other way around. They think that Big Pharma is beholden to the FDA for approval, but that’s not exactly the case. They need approval for a majority of their projects, but when it comes to the important ones such as the Covid injections, Big Pharma is calling the shots. They have the right people in the right places to push their machinations forward.
That’s not to say that everyone at the FDA is in on it. Big Pharma only needs a handful of friendlies planted in leadership in order to have their big wishes met. We have seen people quitting the FDA in recent weeks for this very reason. The same can be said about the other three- and five-letter agencies. Too many people in leadership have been bribed, bullied, or blackmailed into becoming occasional shills for the various Big Pharma corporations. Some have even been directly planted by Big Pharma. That’s the politics of healthcare and science that drives such things as Covid-19 “vaccines.”
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