The next annual meeting of the Bilderberg is just around the corner.
The mainstream media had in the past denied the existence of said group but are now covering this. The stories, rumor and gossip that surround Bilderberg range from the credible to the ridiculous.
So who are this group, what do they do and why are we kept in the dark?
A brief history of the group might give you the information you need to decide.
Firstly they are known by many names, The Bilderberg Group, Bilderberg conference, or Bilderberg Club. They meet annually; these meeting are kept unofficial and are by invitation only.
Each conference consist of approximately 120 to 140 guests from government officials to royalty and high powered business leaders, most of whom are people of great influence. These Meetings are closed to the public are there in lays the ground for concern.
The origin of the conference can be traced to a meeting that was held at the Hotel de Bilderberg, near Arnhem in the Netherlands; from 29 to 31 May 1954.The name of the hotel has since become the public name for the group.
Bilderberg was founded by several people, they were Polish politicians Józef Retinger and Andrew Nielsen, they had concern about the growth of anti-Americanism in Western Europe, they proposed an international conference at which leaders from European countries and the United States would be brought together with the aim of promoting Atlanticism.
Retinger approached Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands who agreed to promote the idea, together with former Belgian Prime Minister Paul Van Zeeland, and the head of Unilever at that time, Dutchman Paul Rijkens. Bernhard in turn contacted Walter Bedell Smith, then head of the CIA, who asked Eisenhower adviser Charles Douglas Jackson to deal with the suggestion.The guest list was to be drawn up by inviting two attendees from each nation, one of each to represent conservative and liberal points of view. Fifty delegates from 11 countries in Western Europe attended the first conference, along with 11 Americans.
The success of the meeting led the organizers to arrange annual conferences. A permanent Steering Committee was established, with Retinger appointed as permanent secretary. As well as organizing the conference, the steering committee also maintained a register of attendee names and contact details, with the aim of creating an informal network of individuals who could call upon one another in a private capacity. Conferences were held in France, Germany, and Denmark over the following three years. In 1957, the first US conference was held in St. Simons, Georgia, with $30,000 from the Ford Foundation.
The founders of the group might have had the idea to steer powerful nations, people and business towards peace and cooperation but, and it is a big BUT, when you have persons with this much influence meeting in private with no public accountability, agreeing on issues that will directly affect the public and the path of nations we need to be concerned. This could become or may well be, the leadership of a global dictatorship.
This brings us to the next issue, who does attend?
Here is a list of past Bilderberg participants; Bilderberg_participants
So what are these powerful men and women doing, what are they discussing, what are their plans?
A Google search will return millions of hits, videos, articles and whole sites covering the group. For many years this was the realm of conspiracy and many said fantasy, recently we have seen mainstream media reporting and questioning the actions of this group. They themselves are becoming main-stream and may soon face a lot more scrutiny. So what have they done and what are they accused of. The following covers some theories.
Chairman Étienne Davignon says, a major attraction of Bilderberg group meetings is that they provide an opportunity for participants to speak and debate candidly and to find out what major figures really think, without the risk of off-the-cuff comments becoming fodder for controversy in the media. However, partly because of its working methods to ensure strict privacy, the Bilderberg group is accused of conspiracies. This outlook has been popular on both extremes of the political spectrum, even if they disagree on what the group wants to do. Some on the left accuse the Bilderberg group of conspiring to impose capitalist domination, while some on the right have accused the group of conspiring to impose a world government and planned economy.
This brings us onto plans such as Agenda21, The New World Order, one world governments and other theories of world domination by a small elite.
Politico journalist Kenneth P. Vogel reports that it is the “exclusive roster of globally influential figures that has captured the interest of an international network of conspiracists,” who for decades have seen the Bilderberg meetings as a “corporate-globalist scheme”, and are convinced powerful elites are moving the planet toward an oligarchic “new world order”. He goes on to state that these conspiracist’s “populist paranoid worldview”, characterized by a suspicion of the ruling class rather than any prevailing partisan or ideological affiliation, is widely articulated on overnight AM radio shows and numerous Internet websites. Proponents of Bilderberg conspiracy theories in the United States include individuals and groups such as the John Birch Society, political activist Phyllis Schlafly, writer Jim Tucker, political activist Lyndon LaRouche, radio host Alex Jones, and politician Jesse Ventura, who made the Bilderberg group a topic of a 2009 episode of his TruTV series Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura. Non-American proponents include Russian-Canadian writer Daniel Estulin.
We have watched these people come from the fringes where they were classed as ‘crazies’ to now being asked to give information and comment on mainline T.V radio and internet channels.
In 2001, Denis Healey, a Bilderberg group founder and, for 30 years, a steering committee member, said: “To say we were striving for a one-world government is exaggerated, but not wholly unfair. Those of us in Bilderberg felt we couldn’t go on forever fighting one another for nothing and killing people and rendering millions homeless. So we felt that a single community throughout the world would be a good thing.” In 2005 Davignon discussed these accusations with the BBC: “It is unavoidable and it doesn’t matter. There will always be people who believe in conspiracies but things happen in a much more incoherent fashion… When people say this is a secret government of the world I say that if we were a secret government of the world we should be bloody ashamed of ourselves.”
In a 1994 report Right Woos Left, published by the Political Research Associates, investigative journalist Chip Berlet argued that right-wing populist conspiracy theories about the Bilderberg group date back as early as 1964 and can be found in Schlafly’s self-published book A Choice, Not an Echo, which promoted a conspiracy theory in which the Republican Party was secretly controlled by elitist intellectuals dominated by members of the Bilderberger group, whose internationalist policies would pave the way for world communism. Also, in August 2010 former Cuban president Fidel Castro wrote an article for the Cuban Communist Party newspaper Granma in which he cited Daniel Estulin’s 2006 book The Secrets of the Bilderberg Club, which, as quoted by Castro, describes “sinister cliques and the Bilderberg lobbyists” manipulating the public “to install a world government that knows no borders and is not accountable to anyone but its own self.”
G. William Domhoff, a research professor in psychology and sociology who studies theories of power, sees the role of international relations forums and social clubs such as the Bilderberg group as a place to share ideas, reach consensus, and create social cohesion within a power elite. He adds that this understanding of forums and clubs such as the Bilderberg group fits with the perceptions of the members of the elite. Domhoff warns progressives against getting distracted by conspiracy theories which demonize and scapegoat such forums and clubs. He argues that the opponents of progressivism in the United States are conservatives within the corporate elite and the Republican Party. It is more or less the same people who belong to forums and clubs such as the Bilderberg group, but it puts them in their most important roles, as capitalists and political leaders, which are visible and therefore easier to fight.
Author James McConnachie comments that conspiracy theorists have a point, but that they fail to communicate it effectively. He argues that the Bilderberg group acts in a manner consistent with a global conspiracy, but does so without the same “degree of nefariousness”, a difference not appreciated by conspiracy theorists, who “tend to see this cabal as outright evil.” McConnachie concludes: “Occasionally you have to give credit to conspiracy theorists who raise issues that the mainstream press has ignored. It’s only recently that the media has picked up on the Bilderbergers. Would the media be running stories if there weren’t these wild allegations flying around?”
So to sum it all up, Bilderberg is a meeting of the world’s most powerful, they discuss what path they will steer the world. We get no vote, no hearing and no reports on what they have planned.
When you consider the fact that elected leaders attend, we should have knowledge of what is going on. These people have been elected by us (manipulation of elections is yet another topic) they should be answerable to us. The people that we have entrusted are betraying us; they are discussing business, politics and defense issues. All issues in which we should have the public voice heard and represented.