14 What concerns me the most is that the growth of cell and entrainment technologies is producing a mind-controlled society that is destroying the open minds of some cities. It is creating a closed-minded society—one closed to diversity of thought and ideas. New York is a place where, increasingly, the mediocre rise because they are good at rigging government money and carrying out financial fraud and can kill with impunity. Without its powerful open-minded culture, what does a megacity like New York become? It becomes inhuman, which makes living next to a cow pasture—as I do now—more attractive than living—as I once did—near the Metropol- itan Opera of New York. However, I still miss being able to walk to the opera! The Industrialization of Agriculture Under the “Megacities” section on this web presentation is a link to our 2016 Annual Wrap Up: The Global Harvest. One of the topics it explored was the continued industrialization of global agriculture. During the Industrial Revolution, the Unit- ed Kingdom and the United States—and the rest of the developed world—transformed from societies in which as many as 80% of the people worked in agriculture to the less than 1% now working in U.S. agriculture. Many of those peo- ple went to the cities, and then some moved to the suburbs as roads and transportation systems extended outward from the cities as hubs. We are going through a second global Industrial Revolution, if you will, in which we are dramatically reducing the number of people who work in agriculture in the emerging mar- kets. Right now, Asian countries have as many as 30% to 50% working in agriculture. With automation, robotics, and other technology, that number can decrease to as little as 1%, as it is in the United States. If that happens, the question is: Where will those people go and what will they do? One of the factors facilitating this transi- tion is what I call “financialization.” The use of government credit and debt to centralize control has given a tremendous advantage to the large urban financial centers in both the developed countries and the developing world. That helps to facilitate centralized control and industrial- ization of agriculture. A second link in the navigation bar under “Megacities” is to the Sir James Goldsmith video interview on globalization that under- scores the resulting urbanization. Sir James Goldsmith had come to the United States to try to stop Congress from passing the Uruguay Round of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), which created the World Trade Organization (WTO) and kicked off the current process of globalization. https://www.youtube.com/embed/wwmOka- Kh3-s Long-time subscribers of The Solari Report may tire of hearing me say, “You have to watch this video,” but if you have not seen it, it is a must-watch to understand the global economy today. This is one of the descriptions that Gold- smith provides on the industrialization of agriculture related to the passage of GATT, the creation of the WTO, and the resulting rapid globalization: “The idea is to create what is known to- day as efficient agriculture and to impose it worldwide. Let me just give you one impact of GATT on the Third World. The idea of GATT is that the efficiency of agriculture throughout the world should produce the most amount of food for the least cost. But what does that really mean? What is the cost? II. Megacities & the Growth of Global Real Estate Companies