Bilderberg Group – Who they are and what they do – Conspiracy?
Video transcript:Bilderberg Group
Today is Sunday 27th December 2015 and we hope and trust that our subscribers and listeners have had a most enjoyable Christmas. This week we are producing videos on our views about Gold, Silver and other precious metals for 2016, and we shall also be covering the issue of manipulation and the TTIP.
But For today we have decided to have a change and actually speak about one of the great Conspiracy Targets of our time – the Bilderberg Group – Who they are, where they came from, what is their purpose and should we be concerned about them?
The Bilderberg Group, Bilderberg Conference, or Bilderberg Club is an annual, unofficial, invitation-only conference of approximately 120 to 140 guests from North America and Western Europe, most of whom are people of influence. About one-third are from government and politics, and two-thirds from finance, industry, labour, education and communications. Meetings are closed to the public and often feature future political leaders shortly before they become household names.
The original Bilderberg conference was held at the Hotel de Bilderberg, near Arnhem in The Netherlands, from 29th May to 31st May 1954. It was initiated by several people, including Denis Healey (Former Labour UK Chancellor of the Exchequer) and Jozef Retinger, concerned about the growth of anti-Americanism in Western Europe, who proposed an international conference at which leaders from European countries and the United States would be brought together with the aim of promoting understanding between the cultures of the United States and Western Europe.
Retinger, who was a polish political adviser, approached Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, who agreed to promote the idea, together with Belgian Prime Minister Paul Van Zeeland, and the head of Unilever at that time, the Dutchman Paul Rijkens. Bernhard in turn contacted Walter Bedell Smith, then head of the CIA, who asked Eisenhower’s adviser Charles Douglas Jackson to deal with the suggestion.
The guest list was 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 an annual conference. 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. The first US conference was held in 1957 at St. Simons, Georgia.
Since then the Group has met and meets annually at hotels or resorts throughout the world - for two consecutive years in Europe followed by a year in the United States or Canada. As already mentioned, meetings are organized by a steering committee with two members from each of around eighteen nations. Official posts, in addition to a chairman, include an Honorary Secretary General. There is no such category in the group's rules as a "member of the group". The only category that exists is "member of the Steering Committee". In addition to the committee, there is also a separate advisory group, though membership overlaps. The costs of a "small secretariat" are met "wholly by private subscription", according to the Group's official website, while the bill for the conference itself is taken care of by the committee members from the host country. The Bilderberg Group’s unofficial headquarters is the University of Leiden in the Netherlands.
The Bilderberg Group's original goal of promoting Atlanticism, of strengthening US-European relations and preventing another world war has grown and expanded down the years; it’s theme now is to "bolster a consensus around free market Western capitalism and its interests around the globe", at least according to Andrew Kakabadse ( then Professor of International Management Development, Cranfield University, School of Management and now professor of Governance and Leadership at Henley Business School University of Reading).
Interestingly in 2001, Denis Healey, a Bilderberg group founder and, a steering committee member for 30 years, 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."
According to former chairman Étienne Davignon in 2011, 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.” A 2008 press release from the "American Friends of Bilderberg" stated that "Bilderberg's only activity is its annual Conference and that at the meetings, no resolutions were proposed, no votes taken, and no policy statements issued". However, in November 2009 the Group hosted a dinner meeting at the Château of Val-Duchesse in Brussels outside its annual conference to promote the candidacy of Herman Van Rompuy for President of the European Council.
Historically, attendee lists have been weighted towards politicians, bankers, and directors of large businesses; though certain Heads of State, including Juan Carlos I of Spain and Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, have also attended. The current Chairman of the Group is Henri de Castries - Chairman and CEO, of AXA Group and he presided over the 2015 Conference which was the 63rd Bilderberg Conference which took place from 11th – 14th June 2015 in Telfs-Buchen, Austria.
The list of those who participated is available at www.bilderbergmeetings.org
The key topics for discussion this year included:
Chemical Weapons Threats
Current Economic Issues
Conducted under the Chatham House Rules, no minutes are taken, and no reports written, no resolutions proposed and no votes taken and finally no policy statements issued as a result.
Now let’s move on to the issue of Conspiracy.
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 – as abbreviated by the expression “a New World Order”.
Proponents of Bilderberg conspiracy theories in the United States include individuals and groups such as the John Birch Society, political activist Phyllis Schlafly, (who wrote in a self-published book ‘A Choice, Not an Echo’ that the Republican Party was secretly controlled by Bilderbergers to help pave the way for World Communism); writer and activist Jim Tucker, 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 accusers include Russian-Canadian writer Daniel Estulin and UK author and broadcaster David Icke – best known for his lizard conspiracies.
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 such an elite.
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 what is our view of this organisation? Well, frankly, we ourselves have been in our youth privy to a similar organisation in the UK called Common Purpose. We also met under Chatham House Rules, were invited as we were regarded as potential future leaders of our organisations and we came from business, the military, the voluntary sector, politics and public services. We met the actual leaders in each of these fields and discussed topical subjects of the day. The idea behind it was to gain an understanding of what people in other areas thought and what were the views of the Establishment at the time. We suspect that Bilderberg is similar in some respects save that its attendees are mostly, but not exclusively the decision makers themselves.
Is it possible that they could agree certain policies, of course it is, but they could do so also by phone or teleconference incognito without running the risk of being identified by activists or those opposed to such gatherings. It would indeed be naïve to think or even suppose that people in such positions of power do not call one other on a regular basis and ask favours, exert pressure or request advice from each other. So is Bilderberg such a big deal to us? Not really – as if these people really wanted to undertake nefarious activities, they have plenty of opportunity to do so with even greater secrecy via technology.
For interest, let’s listen to what a Senior UK Politician, and Former Chancellor of the Exchequer, and a 10 year Steering Group Member of Bilderberg said when questioned about Bilderberg in the House of Commons in June 2013 We think you will find his answers interesting, if not believable. …………………………………
So there we have it – fully explained by a senior politician – what more evidence do you need LOL.
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