6.14.2016 In Depth Look

SOMEHOW BARELY NOTICED: BILDERBERG’S BRASH BRAVADO
https://www.popularresistance.org/what-actually-happens-at-worlds-most-secretive-gathering-of-global-elites/ – A premise, were a scrappy scribe or stalwart citizen to imagine it as the initiation of a ‘thriller,’ that would cause a sheepish grin, perhaps a blush–that planetary elites could meet in plain view and yet have the entire affair an open secret about which only attendees knew much–and yet an apt description of the underlying facts of human life right now in relation to all sorts of such goings-on, most recently the annual congress of the Bilderberg Group, which, just as the organs of ‘our’ establishment press–of which not a single obvious one of which so much as uttered a tiny ‘peep’–have ignored this year’s gathering in Germany, so too have grassroots groups–Popular Resistance to begin; then an overall analysis  from Waking Times; then an quick look from The Conversation that calls for ‘an open mind;’ then, from Activist Post, a pair  that look at the interconnections of Bilderberg attendees with power and the prediction of new tech fetishes on the horizon–given ‘the time of day’ to the events there, without having the access necessary actually to report on what has transpired but with enough insight and gumption to establish that in a sane and rational world, folks would insist that such matters could only occur ‘on the record’ and that such occurrences in secret were actually illegal, even treasonous: “Among 126 participants discussing an agenda that – we are also told – will include China, Europe, migration, the Middle East, Russia and the ‘geo-politics of energy and commodity prices,’ will be Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, and Jose Manuel Barroso, the former president of the European Commission. … also worth paying attention to might be the future fortunes of attendees who  seem obscure.  Bill Clinton was a conference attendee in 1991, as a mere governor of Arkansas, a year before he was elected US President.  Tony Blair was only a shadow minister when he got his invitation – (you can’t apply to attend, you must be invited) – in 1993.  Conference organisers have previously insisted there is no conspiracy to crowbar their chosen people into top jobs, they just have excellent talent spotters.

When he is not at his home on the Boulevard Saint-Germain, on Paris’ left bank, Henri de Castries, who will be the chairman of the 2016 Bilderberg Conference, can, according to the left-leaning French newspaper Libération, often be found relaxing in his castle in rural Anjou.  (Unlike forebears who fought in the crusades and other more modern imperial adventures), (t)he Bilderberg Conference chairman, however, chose a civilian career, attending the École Nationale d’Administration, (ENA) the ‘Grande École’ often regarded as a factory for producing future French prime ministers and presidents including Jacques Chirac, Francois Hollande and Alain Juppé – (who was listed as an attendee at last year’s Bilderberg Conference.) …(He worked as a privatizer for the Chirac government before cashing in with an financial giant).  He joined AXA in 1989 and in May 2000 he became chairman and chief executive of the Paris-based global insurance group, which is thought to have assets of 552 billion euros (£430 billion.)

Sir John (Sawers) is listed by the Bilderberg organisers as ‘Chairman and Partner, Macro Advisory Partners,’ a consultancy that according to its website provides corporations and governments with ‘strategic insights to navigate the intersection of global markets, geopolitics and government policy.’  Sir John is also a former head of the Secret Intelligence Service MI6. Prior to heading MI6 between 2009 and 2014, Sir John was Foreign Policy Advisor to Tony Blair from 1999 to 2001 and Political Director of the Foreign Office (2003-7). …(After an unsurprising stint in Baghdad), (i)n May 2015 the oil and gas giant BP appointed Sir John to its board … . to help BP deal with difficult political environments in some of the countries in which it operated.  BP will also be represented at the Bilderberg meeting by Robert Dudley, its group chief executive.

Listed on the Bilderberg website as ‘Chairman, KKR Global Institute,’ Mr. (David) Petraeus is also a former director of the CIA.  Appointed by George W Bush as the general commanding the multinational force in Iraq in 2007, he orchestrated what became known as ‘the surge’, bringing in 30,000 more troops to the country in a move which appeared to quell the insurgency there.  An expert in counter-insurgency, he was made director of the CIA by Barack Obama in 2011.  He resigned, however, in November 2012 after it was reported that he had had an affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell.

(The attendees come from the monopoly finance sector, from the top levels of politics, from the hybrid economy where public administration meets private profit.  They are mostly men, gentle fellows like ‘Medici of the District’ James Johnson, whom publications such as Atlantic describe) as ‘famously reluctant to talk to the Press, which is one reason why he has become a trusted advisor to so many politicians.'”—Popular Resistance

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          “Every four years, the illusion of democracy and accountable government is reinforced to the public by an expensive media circus and presidential election.  Meanwhile, an annual conference of members of the world’s wealthiest and most influential is held in near-secrecy with little attention given to the significance of such a gathering. …(a gathering of oligarchic proclivities, to say the least).  An intensive research study by Princeton University in 2014 concluded that the US is indeed more accurately described as a functioning oligarchy, … . a small group of people who effectively control a country, a business, or an institution.  Rulers may distinguish themselves as royalty, politicians, businessmen, wealthy, highly educated, or as people in positions of military control.

Attendees and organizers of the Bilderberg conference hold key positions of influence in government, industry, or are of significant social influence.  They have the capacity to affect world events in ways that elected officials simply do not.  The conference is a chance for them to congregate without the burden of official responsibilities or a permanent record. …, (according the Bilderberg itself), ‘held under the Chatham House Rule, which states that participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s) nor of any other participant may be revealed.  Thanks to the private nature of the meeting, the participants (elude any ‘public responsibility’ while taking part)
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Bilderberg represents the globalization of empire, a form of international rule where the ideas and goals of a wealthy elite are realized through an organization of business and personal contacts.  Coverage of this event is mostly done by independent journalists who face serious harassment and intimidation by law enforcement and private security, which is in stark contrast to the volume and type of media attention given to presidential politics.

(As a Canadian thinker stated the case), ‘(w)hat most Americans believe to be ‘Public Opinion’ is in reality carefully crafted and scripted propaganda designed to elicit a desired behavioral response from the public.’  And noted Australian academic and activist Alex Carey (1922 – 1988) explained the three most important 20th century developments – ‘The growth of democracy, the growth of corporate power, and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy.’

The passion that the American people have for self-governance is evident in how seriously people take local and national American politics.  It would be impressive to see this same energy directed at the roots of global problems by re-directing accountability onto those who are better deserving of our collective attention.”—Waking Times
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          “We live in an age of conspiracies about a world shaped by shadowy plots, secret organisations and deals made behind closed doors.  And while they are often viewed as the fictions of sad people wearing anoraks and tin foil hats, they can relate to the real business of global politics.  Conspiracy theories surround the likes of TTIP, Davos, the CIA, and this week, the Bilderberg meeting.  Haven’t heard of Bilderberg?  That’s because security is very heavy, journalists are not invited, and all participants are forbidden from talking about the discussions.  This year’s meeting starts on June 9 and takes place in the rather pleasant looking Taschenbergpalais in Dresden.  Other details, however, are kept under wraps.

People have been suspicious of the meeting since its inception in 1954 at the Hotel De Bilderberg in Oosterbeek, Netherlands.  Since at least the mid-1960s, the meetings have been seen by commentators on the right and left as one of the places where the New World Order does its business.  Like Bohemian Grove, the Trilateral Commission, and Area 51, Bilderberg attracts the paranoia of conspiracy theorists who claim that a varied collection of people spend time talking about how to enslave us.  There are plenty of websites with colourful hotlinks making connections between Bilderberg and the Illuminati, the Freemasons, the death of Diana and so on.  It’s a spiralling world of madness.

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Jon Sullivan – public domain

Or is it?  Rather famously, Adam Smith (beloved of free-marketeers) once said: ‘People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices.’  So imagine what really happens in those hotels, in between the heavy meals and the raids on well-stocked minibars.

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The official line is that the informal discussions concern megatrends and major issues facing the world.  Last year, the topics discussed included artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, chemical weapons threats, Greece, Iran, NATO, Russia, terrorism and the US elections.  Because the meeting is private, the people who take part don’t have to worry about repeating particular policy or party lines.  They can instead explore scenarios and say what they really think, because there are no agendas, no resolutions, no votes and no statements issued at the end of the meeting.

(Whatever the specificity of what transpires here, however trivial or objectionable, mundane or malicious), (t)his is exactly the sort of process that the psychologist Irving Janis described as ‘groupthink,’ where dissent is marginalised and consensus amplified.  If the participants at Bilderberg really want to explore global challenges, talking to each other is the last thing that they should be doing.  We already know that the powerful organise the world for us – it is common knowledge.  What Bilderberg exposes is that what goes on at endless summits and conferences across the globe is a mountain of smugness that is much more frightening than anoraks muttering about the Illuminati.”—The Conversation
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          “In the age where even the Davos elite are preoccupied with the wealth gap and the power of the 1% over the ‘revolutionary’ masses… the term ‘precariat’ is a modern spin on the proletariat of the (previous) era… getting by from gig-to-gig in an economy with no clear future and uncertain job security. ‘Like the sardonic question posed by Bilderberg in 2014 – Does Privacy Exist? – the precariat is meant to poke at all the American Dream leftovers who will find themselves without direction, meaningful employment or much other hope for the coming decades of innovation under robotics and automation.

(Guy Standing is a progressive professor who advocates universal basic income and analyzes precariousness).  ‘Standing defines the precariat as an emerging class of people facing lives of economic insecurity, moving in and out of jobs that give little meaning to their lives.  As such, they develop emotions of anomie, anxiety, alienation, and anger.  The precariat is a “’angerous class’ because it is internally divided, including college graduates without career prospects, adjuncts and other involuntary part-time workers, migrants and other vulnerable groups that tend to be vilified, as well as what Standing called ‘atavists’ and ‘nostalgics.’  Lacking agency, its members may be susceptible to the calls of political extremism.
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What will happen to people when millions can no longer find work?  Who will support their cost of living and what will justify their place in society?  How will a dead broke government pay for all its dependents in the larger collectivist society? …In considering these questions, please also note the presence of David M. Cote, the Chairman and CEO of Honeywell (a major defense contractor) who has not previous shown up on any Bilderberg attendee rosters.  He is almost certainly in Dresden to give a special presentation on: US political landscape, economy: growth, debt, reform.

How will financial futures be dealt with in the face of bankrupt and bloated obligations for benefits?  How can governments pay for all those people to retire, have health care and live decent lives?  David M. Cote is there to give an answer bankers can believe in.  David M. Cote is an expert on financial ‘risk’ who is known for losing $2 billion in derivatives while at JP Morgan Chase, who served on the NY Federal Reserve board and who was appointed by President Obama to a key committee on debt wherein Cote has recommended cutting social benefits in order to reduce the budget deficit.

(Such ‘authoritative’ voices as these are at Bilderberg to establish capital’s party line).  These insider titans stand to prosper through the management of pension funds and their investment in derivatives and other vehicles, through increased profits in health care and through the management of a soci etythat has become entirely dependent upon social welfare and benefits just to get by.  In the wake of continuing technological revolution, human labor has officially been discounted, rendered obsolete and has become secondary in usefulness only.  The effects of that truth are about to widely felt.  The bureaucrats know it.  The banksters know it.  The executives know it.  The Silicon Valley elite know it.  And here they are, gathered round the table to discuss how to handle the public relations problem of a society about to tear into pieces, or become completely under the thumb.  What happens then?”—Activist Post