CONSPIRACY RATING: 2 (MOSTLY TRUE)
The Bilderberg meetings is a yearly conference attended by the veritable who’s who of international affairs, including political leaders, royalty, media powerbrokers, behind the scenes influencers, bankers, and captains of industry.
You might argue that these are the people who run the world, though you’d only be partially correct.
The prominence of the meeting attendees has invited the scrutiny, and the scorn, of conspiracy theorists for decades. Do they have reason to question the Bilderbergers’ stated agenda, or are their imaginations running wild?
According to their official history, the Bilderberg meetings were originally instituted to help bridge the gap between Europe and America during the height of the Cold War.
As left-wing and communist ideologies were beginning to spread through Europe, the West’s leading elites met for the first time in 1954 in hopes of coordinating an overall response. They’ve met yearly ever since.
These meetings, attended by some of the world’s most powerful people, were hardly reported in the media during their first few decades. Given the prominence of the interests involved, this was major news; the mainstream media simply chose not to report it.
The Bilderberg Group has only relatively recently made its attendee lists public.
It is interesting to know that, according to an anonymous source, people who are not on the official list will sometimes drop in to attend a meeting. Some also watch from afar via teleconferencing. These are the behind-the-scenes players.
Beyond the heavy security and mainstream media secrecy, another reason to question the goings-on of the Bilderberg meetings is that they operate by Chatham House Rules, which essentially means that members are barred from disclosing who said what. They share very general meeting topics but do not share what is revealed.
A Ruling Cabal?
Conspiracy theorists and certain academics have pointed to the Bilderberg meetings as evidence that there is a multinational ruling elite that coordinates world activities, perhaps even with the intention of creating a world government.
“We shall have world government, whether or not we like it. The question is only whether world government will be achieved by consent or by conquest.” — James Warburg, son of CFR [Council on Foreign Relations] founder Paul Warburg, testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on February 17, 1950
This shouldn’t surprise anyone who’s been paying attention: powerful government officials and leading industrialists have explicitly said that the world would benefit from greater coordination, ultimately culminating in a one world government. It is their stated goal.
Is this truly the intention of the Bilderberg group, however? One might argue that a list of ever changing attendees meeting once per year hardly constitutes a serious effort at planetary governance.
Indeed, the world is such a big, chaotic place, with various power structures advancing competing interests, that this would seem to be a weak effort in this regard.
“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.” — Denis Healey, Labour MP, former Bilderberg attendee
What Bilderberg Is
While the Bilderberg meetings may have started as a coordinating committee of the West’s elite, it has since morphed into a different beast. It now has three primary functions.
The first has everything to do with power. Power is a nebulous concept that can be defined in different ways, one of them being: the ability to get things done in the world.
As you might imagine, many factors come into play in this regard, including: economic or financial power, political power, military power, social power, mental/psychic power, occult/esoteric power, etc.
Powerful people hold one or many of these keys, and this determines their ability to exercise their will in the world, either on a personal or planetary level.
The Bilderberg meetings are primarily concerned with cultivating social power.
“From the earliest days, the Rothschilds appreciated the importance of proximity to politicians, the men who determined not only the extent of budget deficits but also the domestic and foreign policies….” — The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World, Niall Ferguson, 2008, Professor of History at Harvard University and William Ziegler Professor at Harvard Business School.
The ability to reach out to a network of powerful individuals, in every sphere of activity on Earth, and obtain information or ask for favors is powerful indeed. Who you know and the people you surround yourself with help determine what you can accomplish in the world.
This isn’t a new concept, nor should it shock our readers. Indeed, exclusive country clubs and conferences like TED Talks partially exist for the same reason. It’s just how the world works.
The second raison d’être for Bilderberg is access to privileged information.
What you know and when you know it can make or break your country, organization, or business. Attendees are generally insiders who have exclusive information, the type of details that can win or lose fortunes.
An influential banker who understood this was Nathan Rosthschild. He had a network of couriers that alerted him of the outcome of the Battle of Waterloo a full two days before the British government even knew about it, allowing him to profit immeasurably by this via the bond market.
If you carefully examine the public attendee list, you’ll notice that every year, scientists from cutting edge industries, the type of businesses that can revolutionize the world we live in, are invited to Bilderberg.
In 2018, the captains of the artificial intelligence industry were present to share their stories.
The stakeholders who go to Bilderberg don’t have an intellectual fascination with science and technology, necessarily. Rather, they seek to utilize these tools for their own purposes, and profit by riding the waves of the world’s future trends with this insider information.
The third and last reason that Bilderberg exists is to shape the understanding, worldview, and ambitions of the Western elite class. This was its original intent and remains a potent force today.
You may have noticed that the world’s richest and most influential people, regardless of what countries or political system they inhabit, all seem to have the same talking points.
Attendees look at the world in similar ways, share interests, and indeed act as unified class. They go to the same conferences, enjoy the same exclusive vacation resorts, and read the same magazines.
The Bilderberg organization is one of many structures that furthers this goal, which is important for a global elite that desires a worldwide planetary government. It’s a means of keeping the 0.01% in line. In return, attendees benefit from the above advantages for being good little sheep.
Conspiracy Fact or Fiction?
There is definitely more than meets the eye with the Bilderberg meetings.
While it may not be the octopus controlling the many tentacles that shape the world, it’s certainly an organization that supports this goal.
As one psychic investigator stated after remote viewing the global power hierarchy, politicians and top business leaders are often “employees” of individuals that wield power behind the scenes. They come and go, but the ruling class never changes.
Not every Bilderberger is a deep insider, but many of them are the public face of a power structure that jealously guards its discretion, operating in the shadows. There’s smoke here, but the real fire lies elsewhere.
“The world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes.” — “Coningsby, the New Generation,” Benjamin Disraeli, first Prime Minister of England, 1844