This blog is intended as a tool to identify the most powerful and influential people in the world -- criminals, academics, politicians, and even possibly a "well-regarded philanthropist" or two. Will we end up with a pyramid? Concentric rings? Let's find out. Those advocating lynch mobs are not welcome. With any luck, we'll be able to paint a picture of the true pecking order of society, and with that knowledge be able to prevent it from causing further catastrophic damage. Existing lists of "The 100 Most Influential" are helpful and we should definitely link to them, but let's dig deeper to find out the names behind the names; who marches to whose drum. Please provide valid arguments and evidence. Doesn't have to be fancy and poetic, but please make it intelligible and informative. If anyone would like to be a country specialist, city, state, or organization specialist, please let us know and we'll approve you for posting. It looks like the best way to manage and organize the information is with "labels." After composing posts, we can use the label box at the bottom to indicate the name of the country, organization, or person(s).