In case people from the future (hey, that's you!) do a search for the term global klepto-corporatocracy, here's a list of the 10 biggest corporations in the world as of 2012, all of which have received billions in government bailouts, insurance deals or backings, and all of which in turn contribute billions of dollars back to their respective governments via lobbying efforts to guarantee sustained business and/or future bailouts:
|1||Royal Dutch Shell||Netherlands†||Petroleum|
|2||Exxon Mobil||United States||Petroleum|
|3||Wal-Mart Stores||United States||Retail|
|6||China National Petroleum||China||Petroleum|
† not really; its actually a multinational corporation
Here's last year's full list of the world's 500 biggest corporations. Fannie Mae - a "mortgage company" which was "spun off" from the government in the 60s and nearly went bankrupt as a privatized corporation before receiving hundreds of billions in taxpayer-funded bailouts - is still at #15. I find that to be rather, well, fucked up, Watson...
Also, there's only 15 days left on the secret poll. So vote now, or vote later, because I'll probably extend it a few years next time I dig into that code.