By Ronald Glenn
The 2009 Bilderberg Conference, named after the Hotel de Bilderberg in the Netherlands where it was originally held in 1954, met from May 14 to May 16 at the Astir Palace resort in Athens, Greece. The meeting consisted of 130 to 150 of the richest people and/or most important government and corporate leaders from the West, all of whom gathered to discuss the world’s most important issues of the day. This year, the attendees list supposedly included: James Jones, National Security Advisor to the White House; David Patraeus, U.S. General; Timothy Geithner, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury; and Lawrence Summers, Director of the White House’s Economic Council.
For a growing number of Americans, Bilderberg has become synonymous with the concept of the “shadow government,” an organization that runs the world but is separate from governmental concerns, answering to no one. (Sounds a lot like the Federal Reserve Bank.) To others, it represents the old, imperialist West, since the participants represent the Western powers only. In that sense, this conference is a throwback to the 19th century conferences when Europe would have divided up the world over tea.
I have heard the public discussion about Bilderberg for the last couple weeks and I am still unable to confidently state how much power Bilberberg has over world affairs, but I believe its symbolic significance cannot be underestimated.
Barack Obama promised an open government throughout his presidential campaign, yet some of the highest ranking officials in his administration were listed as attendees at this secret meeting. We only know the minutes of the meetings by rumor. The participants are held to a vow of silence. That being said, America has a right to know what Timothy Geithner told the leaders of the world about American economic policy, and if he made any promises.
Lawyers with whom I have spoken tell me it is actually illegal for a government representative to attend such a meeting, though I’ll admit that such legal matters are above my pay grade. Even if it is not, however, this kind of secrecy reinforces the growing fear among Americans that the world is in the midst of a devastating concentration of power. Because the U.S. government not only controls but owns banking, insurance and the auto industry and maintains the most powerful military in the world, the United States is arguably run by fewer people today that at any time its history. The Obama administration does not just influence American life, it makes our decisions for us. Bilderberg, consequently, puts a face on the modern Politburo way of running a government — a rich, powerful elite decides what is good for us all.
American fears are based on an understandable reaction to an economic downturn, specifically the concern that there may not be enough proverbial bread for everyone in the capitalist marketplace. The Obama administration has given us every indication that the age of rationing is on its way. Therefore, such an outlook is not the outcome of paranoia, but rather one which solidly rests upon historical realities.
In the past, one way to obtain wealth was through brute force. In Western history, the most notable example of this was ancient Rome . Whole populations were enslaved to maintain the lavish lifestyles of the very few at the top, culminating with the Roman Emperor. This kind of government distributes wealth under the bribery and “who-knows-who” system. It is a system full of intrigue, murder, and blatant state brutality to anyone who interfered with the system of acquisition, a system which never contemplated the possibility of affluence for the majority.
In modern times, the communist system in Soviet Russia had the same appearance, but there was one major difference. It supposedly did not lock up its citizens in gulags or force people into bread lines out of selfishness. It supposedly did it out of a desire for equality and the betterment of humanity. To express it as cynically as possible, the Communist Party chief lived for his people and they died for him. In this system, power not only comes from the police state but resides in the moral imperatives of the rulers — the Romans wanted obedience, the Soviet communists wanted obedience and they wanted its citizens to like it.
In 2009, in modern America, the government is discounting the idea that consumption can be controlled by market forces. It is going to increase limits on energy consumption, and the word is out in political circles that water rationing could even be on the horizon (in fact, it’s alive and well in central California!). The magazine racks are full of articles now about how the financial crises was not just due to the Federal Reserve System, but is also to be placed on the shoulders of the greedy, insatiable American public. The government is ready to teach us restraint. It forced us to stop smoking after all. Now it will teach us to eat less and drive less and we will like it because it is for the good of the whole world. Barack Obama said as much during his campaign last year, and Nancy Pelosi said as much during a visit to Communist China last week.
The Bilderberg Conference shows us that committees exist both inside the government and outside the government, committees which want to be in charge of the world’s resources. By the time these decisions reach the White House, they will be decided by a committee of one. All Americans have a right to fear these secret decisions made by people who may not have the nation’s interest at heart. We all need to remember that when the Soviet citizens stood in the bread lines with their rationing cards, none of the Politburo members were in line with them. They were gorging themselves on caviar and vodka in palaces, weary from the struggles of running a police state.
Let’s see if next year’s Bilderberg Conference is done by conference calls in order to save fuel for all those private jets. Of course, there is as much chance of that happening as there is in the possibility that Al Gore will give back his Nobel Prize.
Ronald Glenn has worked in real estate and law for more than twenty years. He now works in Philadelphia, and lives outside the city with his wife. Ron has been writing for America’s Right since January 2009.