It is global and it is calling the shots, whether termed: The Council on Foreign Relations, The Bilderbergers, or any other "New World Order" consortium. However, any mention of this thing is quickly dismissed as "a conspiracy theory":
"We are dealing, Ryan Grim and Daniel Marans recently wrote at The Huffington Post, with “a worldwide capitalistic system in which oligarchs, corporate CEOs and celebrity heads of state mingle to form a global elite that dictates a global agenda. This can sometimes take the form of quid pro quos, but it is more often a subtle form of exchange, in which exclusion from or inclusion within an elite club depends as much on whom you know as the size of the check you can write."
And while few things are more despicable than having underwater homeowners subsidize bonuses to crooked bankers (the same ones who gamed the economy resulting in massive losses), I think it's factually inaccurate to say that the banks immediately paid back the loans.
That was the cover story. You know, using the magic "7" to identify the $700 billion loaned.
It does NOT speak to the various Q.E. (Qualitative Easing) "programs" that essentially gave big banks the chance to print money to the tune of several TRILLION dollars; and THAT was never paid back.
As a matter of fact, while savings obtained a near ZERO interest rate, credit cards remained in double digits.
So the banksters hustled the economy. Sunk it and then were bailed out. On top of that they were literally handed trillions and as a "thanks" to good ole taxpayers, they gave US the royal screw in the form of high interest on our credit card and student loan and medical debt payments.
The only thing worse are those who make a $--a killing from war, and therefore have incentive to make wars and keep foreign lands awash in bloodshed.