The former CEO of Kissinger Associates, David Rothkopf , wrote Superclass in which he said the world was ruled by Thirty Families and their 6,000 Minions. For several years I have written brief bios of the men and women attending Bilderberg thinking that insights into the Minions of the multi-billionaire families they represent will give us a clue as to what they plan to do to us in the near future.
The key topics for discussion this year include:
- Populism in Europe
- The inequality challenge
- The future of work
- Artificial intelligence
- The US before midterms
- Free trade
- US world leadership
- Quantum computing
- Saudi Arabia and Iran
- The “post-truth” world
- Current events
CHAIRMAN Castries, Henri de (FRA), Chairman of Institut Montaigne. Former Chairman and CEO, AXA; President of Institut Montaigne. AXA,the insurance giant is the 9th largest company in the world. An American unit of AXA was involved in the Wall Street fleeces Main Street scandal which was investigated by the New York state Attorney General. Member of the Steering Committee. The Institut Montaigne is a French tank funded by Bankers A former AXA chairman founded it in 2000. It is an AXA operation. They favor social cohesion (meaning they don’t want the rabble to revolt.) They have studied in depth race riots in the Paris suburbs but have since brought in millions of unvetted refugees. Either not very bright or are working to destroy Europe.) Castries was replaced as CEO of AXA on Sept 1, 2016.
Achleitner, Paul M. (DEU), Chairman Supervisory Board, Deutsche Bank AG; Treasurer, Foundation Bilderberg Meetings. Deutsche Bank has long been a favorite of Bilderberg. They helped fix interest rates and gold and silver prices. Remember Gordon Brown’s disastrous sale of UK gold? It was designed to drive down the price of gold and to save Deutsche Bank. It was contrary to British interests to sell gold for below market prices. He went to Harvard and worked for Goldman Sachs. He is on the Board at Bayer and Daimler (Mercedes.) He was the second Jewish CEO of Deutsche Bank in recent years. Bayer is taking over Monsanto. Anyone ready for GMO Round Up Ready babies?
Agius, Marcus (GBR), Chairman, PA Consulting Group. Member of the Steering Committee. His wife is Katherine de Rothschild. Her father is Evelyn de Rothschild who was a co-founder of Bilderberg. Agius began his career at the Rothschild associated Lazard bank. PA consulting sold half of its shares to the American Carlyle Group. The Carlyle Group is tied to CIA and Sate Dept personnel from the Bush administration. They are major arms merchants.
Alesina, Alberto (ITA), Nathaniel Ropes Professor of Economics, Harvard University. Former Chairman Economics Department at Harvard. Has written lots of articles and books of interest. His academic mentor was Jeffrey Sachs. Bloomberg once said he was the favorite of fiscal hawks. He has written about stabilization in high inflation countries. He taught at Tel Aviv University. First time participant.
Altman, Roger C. (USA), Founder and Senior Chairman, Evercore. He used to be with Lehman Brothers and Blackstone Group. He was a key supporter of Hillary Clinton. He was an adviser on the GM bankruptcy collecting $46 million in fees for Evercore. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a Democratic party and Clinton insider. Speaking of infrastructure ripoffs, he helps run the Hamilton Project which is focused on rebuilding America’s infrastructure. They are linked to Brookings. Since they are liberals, the corporate press will not call them thieves if they steal a trillion dollars.
Amorim, Paula (PRT), Chairman, Américo Amorim Group. She is the daughter of the man who was the wealthiest man in Portugal. She seems to be in charge of his business interest. She divorced her first husband and married a man with two Jewish last names. First time participant.
Anglade, Dominique (CAN), Deputy Premier of Quebec; Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation. First time participant. She is a member of the Liberal party.
Applebaum, Anne (POL), Columnist, Washington Post; Professor of Practice, London School of Economics. Director of the Transitions Forum, Legatum Institute. This institute works for advancing reforms proposed by Bilderberg and other billionaires. She is a fixture at Bilderberg.
Azoulay, Audrey (INT), Director-General, UNESCO. She is a French Socialist and was Minister of Culture under Macron. She is the daughter of a Jewish family from Morocco who grew up in Left Wing politics. Her father is an advisor to Mohammad VI King of Morocco. First time participant.
Baker, James H. (USA), Director, Office of Net Assessment, Office of the Secretary of Defense. He is responsible for providing the Secretary of Defense and other senior leaders with independent assessments of the prospects of the military capabilities of the United States relative to other actors, as well as the political, economic and regional implications of those assessments. ONA focuses most on strategies and opportunities that improve the U.S. position in military-economic-political competition. ONA also studies the security environment and provides a source of deep, long term future thinking for the Department of Defense. Former colonel. First time attendee. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations which means he is a Globalist. Invited for his expert knowledge on threat assessments. America’s abilities to fight a major war and win are highly over exaggerated.
Barbizet, Patricia (FRA), President, Temaris & Associés. She just stepped down but is still on the board of Artemis. She is also the head of Christie’s auction house. Her husband is an investment banker at Barclays. She is board member and vice president at Gucci owner Kering She has a strong history in French business. Recently elevated to the Steering Committee.
Barroso, José M. Durão (PRT), Chairman, Goldman Sachs International; Former President, European Commission. Former EU president. He used to be a frequent object of Nigel Farage’s wrath at the EU parliament. Farage used to name Barroso as one of a long list of EU commissioners who were either former Maoists and Communists or were convicted felons or under indictment for felonies. He was a member of the underground Maoist MRPP . I am as concerned about his relationship with Goldman Sachs as his college days in a Maoist action group.
Beerli, Christine (CHE), Former Vice-President, International Committee of the Red Cross. Her husband has a Jewish last name. First time participant. Maybe she was invited because the Red Cross has expert knowledge of refugees.
Berx, Cathy (BEL), Governor, Province of Antwerp. Married to an expert on European law. She is a Christian Democrat politician and is Flemish. First time.
Beurden, Ben van (NLD), CEO, Royal Dutch Shell plc. Shell is owned in large part by the Dutch royal family and the Rothschilds. They are two of the 30 ruling families mentioned by Rothkopf in Superclass. He is one of their 6,000 Minions. He worked for 10 years in Houston. First time participant.
Blanquer, Jean-Michel (FRA), Minister of National Education, Youth and Community Life. He used to be a Director of Latin American studies. Bilderberg needs help explaining things to Millennials. Maybe that is why he was invited. Socialist. First time participant.
Botín, Ana P. (ESP), Group Executive Chairman, Banco Santander. Formerly head of Santander UK. This is an old drug money laundering bank with ties to Latin America and the Rothschilds. Her mother is of Irish descent (O’Shea). She worked for J P Morgan for 8 years. She is on the powerful Bilderberg Steering Committee.
Bouverot, Anne (FRA), Board Member; Former CEO, Morpho. Also a board member of GSM, a European trade group of Mobile phone companies. Morpho is an electronic security firm. Invited because she is an expert. First time. Worked in Mexico and US.
Brandtzæg, Svein Richard (NOR), President and CEO, Norsk Hydro ASA. Member of the Steering Committee. Norsk is the fourth largest integrated electrical generation and aluminum producer in the world.
Brende, Børge (INT), President, World Economic Forum. Brende served as chairman of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development 2003–2004. In 2005, he took up the appointment of international vice chairman of the China Council for the International Cooperation on Environment and Development (advisory board to the State Council). He has been managing director of the World Economic Forum. He is a member of the Conservative party but he would never make it in the Republican party in America. Returning Participant. First time was in 2016.
Brennan, Eamonn (IRL), Director General, Eurocontrol. This organisation is developing a Europe-wide air traffic management system. First time participant.
Brnabic, Ana (SRB), Prime Minister. She is gay. She is a graduate of a public policy course at Hull University in Yorkshire. Serbia is up for EU membership which she supports. First time participant. Probably want her to take some Muslim refugees. Not likely given Serbia’s recent conflicts with the Muslims of Kosovo and their history of conflict with the Ottoman Empire.
Burns, William J. (USA), President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Returnin Participant. He replaced Jessica Tuchman Matthews who was on the Steering Committee (he is not) as President of Carnegie. She retired. He is a professional diplomat and was asked first by john Kerry and then President Obama to delay his retirement.
Burwell, Sylvia M. (USA), President, American University. She worked for the Clinton and Obama admins. She worked with Robert Rubin, Erskine Bowles, the Gates Foundation, WalMart (a Jewish company), She was HHS Secretary and Director of the Office of Management and Budget. She is an expert on US budgets which is something the Pentagon and Bilderberg need to understand before starting another war. First time Participant.
Caracciolo, Lucio (ITA), Editor-in-Chief, Limes. He directs the Italian geopolitical magazine Limes which he founded in 1993 and the Eurasian Review of Heartland Geopolitics founded in 2000. He is considered one of the leading Italian experts in geopolitics. He has participated numerous times as a member of Bilderberg.
Carney, Mark J. (GBR), Governor, Bank of England. Returning Participant. Worked for 13 years with Goldman Sachs. Was Bank of Canada Governor and is responsible as anyone for their over priced real estate market. Currently at B of E. He has been in charge of the Bank for International Settlements. That means is is a primary Minion of the Ruling class.
Cattaneo, Elena (ITA), Director, Laboratory of Stem Cell Biology, University of Milan. She is there for her expertise on stem cells which is of concern for elderly billionaires. She is a pharmacologist. She is a Senator for Life in Italy which explains how the incoming populist PM was delayed by their Senate.
Cazeneuve, Bernard (FRA), Partner, August Debouzy; Former Prime Minister. Another budget expert. Has other expertise. Well connected obviously in French politics. First time Participant.
Cebrián, Juan Luis (ESP), Executive Chairman, El País. His company owns radio and TV stations and is in publishing as well. They are owned by the Phoenix Group, a British insurance company. He was a Member of the Steering Committee when he attended the last few meetings. But as of 2017 he has been removed from the Steering Committee. Some members of Bilderberg are more equal than others. Ditto for the Steering Committee. Some just recruit new members. Others set policy. But then there is this: He has been named in the Panama Papers scandal. And the Rothschilds do have an office in Reno Nevada that does nothing but use that style of financial secrecy to hide their money.
Champagne, François-Philippe (CAN), Minister of International Trade. Speaks English, French and Italian. First time Participant. Lived in Europe. Liberal party member.
Cohen, Jared (USA), Founder and CEO, Jigsaw at Alphabet Inc. Former Deputy Director, CIA Another curious case. He was a first time attendee and new member of the Bilderberg Steering committee in 2017. (No longer on Steering Committee.) He was appointed by Obama and served under John Brennan who was in charge of the Get Trump movement inside the DC Swamp.. But check out Cohen’s previous job at the Treasury Dept: He served as the Treasury Department’s Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing. The US has been funding Al Qaeda and ISIS so this job and his work with Brennan plus the fact that he is started out on the Steering Committee is a major reveal. What to do about populists is a listed Bilderberg topic of concern. He is a lawyer and worked in white collar criminal defense until 1999. He worked for Treasury in 1999 and is the author of Title III of the Patriot Act which dealt with money laundering. He left government service in January 2001. The Patriot Act was sitting there just waiting for 911 so the Bush admin could get it passed in October of that year.
Colao, Vittorio (ITA), CEO, Vodafone Group. He is stepping down as CEO. He started out working for Morgan Stanley and then for McKinsey Consultants, both American firms. He lives in England. Notice these Participants are not really representative of the nations they come from. New Participant.
Cook, Charles (USA), Political Analyst, The Cook Political Report. The NY Times said he was “one of the best political handicappers in the nation”. Looks like first time Participant but I only checked the lists for the past 4 years. Bilderberg needs an expert on American politics and populism. He is a Democrat. Worked as a pollster.
Dagdeviren, Canan (TUR), Assistant Professor, MIT Media Lab. She is a serious expert on making electronic components to adapt to human bodies. She is a First time Participant. Billionaires are interested in pacemakers but also in putting chips in the non-billionaire class.
Donohoe, Paschal (IRL), Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform. He worked for 6 years with Procter and Gamble in the UK and then for a British alcohol company in Ireland. He is a member of Fine Gael political party and has expertise on budgets. He is a First time Participant.
Döpfner, Mathias (DEU), Chairman and CEO, Axel Springer SE. Returning member. He is also head of Federation of German Newspaper Publishers (BDZV). His wife has a Jewish maiden name. Her father was in senior management at Deutsche Bank which is a Jewish run.
Ecker, Andrea (AUT), Secretary General, Office Federal President of Austria. She is an assistant to Alexander Van der Bellen who was the Green candidate against the populists who eventually won the parliament. She is pro-EU and accepts the refugees flooding Europe. She is a new Participant.
Elkann, John (ITA), Chairman, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. He owns part of the Rothschild Economist magazine. He is the grandson and heir of Gianni Agnelli. Fiat owns Lancia, Ferrari, Maserati and Chrysler. Elkann is Jewish and was born in New York. He also runs the Agnelli family investment firm Exor which owns Juventus F.C., Cushman & Wakefield and SGS. Henry Kissinger, Carla Bruni, and Ell McPherson attended his wedding. He has moved his Exor investments out of Italy. He moved their headquarters to the Netherlands. Italy is suffering and could bring down the EU. He is a member of the Steering Committee. He is a member of one of the Thirty ruling families.
Émié, Bernard (FRA), Director General, Ministry of the Armed Forces. He is a career diplomat. Makes sense to Macron to put a diplomat in charge of the military. He is a new Participant.
Enders, Thomas (DEU), CEO, Airbus SE. Airbus is important to Bilderberg. Forbes called Airbus an industrial symbol of European unity. EU might soon be reduced to symbols if not ashes. This is apparent to people understand the implications of having more Unpayable Debts than at any time in world history. They are meeting in Italy. That nation could bring down the EU, the entire global economy and the US government as well as maybe 100 or more governments worldwide. He is a member of the Steering Committee.
Fallows, James (USA), Writer and Journalist. He is a liberal and started as a speech writer for President Jimmy Carter. He has been running a series articles against Trump. Journalists are often invited to Bilderberg. Not listed in the past few years as attending.
Ferguson, Jr., Roger W. (USA), President and CEO, TIAA. He is a former Vice-Chair of the Federal Reserve Bank. He was a Bush appointee. TIAA is a teacher’s pension. American pensions are toast thanks to Bilderberg criminality. Last year he was appointed to the board of Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc. He is married to a former SEC commissioner who was also a Bush appointee. Returning member.
Ferguson, Niall (USA), Milbank Family Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He has moved from Harvard to Stanford. He was born in Glasgow and graduated from Oxford. He is an official biographer of Henry Kissinger and has written about the Rothschild family . He represents the latter at Bilderberg. He is an economic historian and one of his areas of expertise is Hyperinflation. He has said the euro is doomed and can only be saved by more centralization (and less democracy). We will all become experts in Hyperinflation at the rate at which the Bilderbergers are printing money. They are intentionally creating more debts so taxpayers will become permanent debt slaves. Returning member.
Fischer, Stanley (USA), Former Vice-Chairman, Federal Reserve; Former Governor, Bank of Israel. He was born in Rhodesia. He taught economics to Ben Bernanke and Mario Draghi. He is well thought of by Central Bankers. He favors charging bank depositors for losses made by Bankers. He is Bilderberg’s economics expert.
Gilvary, Brian (GBR), Group CFO, BP plc. He has a Ph.D and is a mathematical modeler. He has been CFO for BP since 2012. BP is a major oil firm. He is a First time Participant.
Goldstein, Rebecca (USA), Visiting Professor, New York University. She is one of 10 recipients of the humanities medal which was bestowed by President Barack Obama during a Sept. 10 ceremony in the East Room of the White House. Why in the world did they invite her? Maybe they think she can sell Globalism to trendy idiots. She is a First time Participant.
Gruber, Lilli (ITA), Editor-in-Chief and Anchor “Otto e mezzo”, La7 TV. Editor-in-Chief and Anchor “Otto e mezzo”, La7 TV. She is a native speaker of Italian and German. She was critical of Berlusconi, quit her state TV job and became a Euro MP. She returned to TV. She is fluent in English and has worked as a war correspondent. She became a Member of the Steering Committee in 2016. She is older now but she is very sexy and well liked at Bilderberg. The Steering Committee recommends new members. She is in media and is close to Italian politicians, bankers, businessmen and celebrities.
Hajdarowicz, Greg (POL), Founder and President, Gremi International Sarl. Former journalist. His company started in Pharmaceuticals. He partnered with other firms to do consulting, acquisitions and mergers. He has bought a daily and weekly newspaper. He is a new Participant.
Halberstadt, Victor (NLD), Professor of Economics, Leiden University; Chairman Foundation Bilderberg Meetings. Former Honorary Secretary General of Bilderberg Meetings.
Hassabis, Demis (GBR), Co-Founder and CEO, DeepMind, Google. He is an expert in AI. He was a world class game developer and chess champion before he earned a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience. Returning participant. Bilderberg is interested very much in his work. And Google is big at Bilderberg. He is a new Participant.
Hedegaard, Connie (DNK), Chair, KR Foundation; Former European Commissioner. She worked as a journalist for many years. She is also a Danish politician who was EU Commissioner for Climate Change serving under Bilderberg Steering committee member Barroso. She is a member of the Danish Conservative party. She had been a minister for the Environment in Denmark. The KR Foundation (http://krfnd.org/) They want to phase out coal. They say they want sustainable energy and sustainable finance. Not sure what sustainable finance means to a Bilderberger. They do want taxpayers to pay a couple trillion dollars in taxes and fees to them so they will save us from Climate Change. How about the Wigner Effect? Look it up. It says that nuclear power plants should be expected to enter into a final stage of discomposition after 30 year of service. News Flash: The US has 99 nuclear power plants with an average age of 38 years which is already 8 years beyond the Use By Date. That is not good!! Her Foundation has a program to teach us commoners how to learn to love and accept poverty.
Helgesen, Vidar (NOR), Ambassador for the Ocean, He was minister for Climate and was chief of Staff to Norway’s PM. Member of what Norwegians might think is a conservative party. He is a First time Participant.
Herlin, Antti (FIN), Chairman, KONE Corporation. He is the richest man in Finland. They need powerful people to spread their Globalist agenda. He is a new Participant.
Hickenlooper, John (USA), Governor of Colorado. He is a Democrat. He is a First time Participant. He thinks he can run for President. Colorado is a state whose politics were changed my massive immigration. They need his insight and his pull in US politics. He is a new Participant.
Hobson, Mellody (USA), President, Ariel Investments LLC. She is the current Chair of the Board of Directors of DreamWorks Animation. She is black. Third meeting. Ariel is a Chicago investment firm that manages over $10 billion in assets. She married George Lucas and had a child delivered by a surrogate birth mother. New member of the Bilderberg Steering Committee.
Hodgson, Christine (GBR), Chairman, Capgemini UK plc. They are management technology consultants. They specialize in outsourcing. Why give a job to an Englishman or an American when someone in Bangladesh can do it cheaper?Bilderberg will love her. She is a Director at Standard Chartered bank. She is a First time Participant.
Hoffman, Reid (USA), Co-Founder, LinkedIn; Partner, Greylock Partners. Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, LinkedIn. Returning participant. Bilderberg is drawing in High Tech firms. Greylock is one of the older Venture Capital firms. He is a returning Participant.
Horowitz, Michael C. (USA), Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania. He is author of the book The Diffusion of Military Power: Causes and Consequences for International Politics, which “examines how the financial and organizational challenges of adopting new methods of fighting wars can influence the international balance of power.” The book won the 2010 Edgar S. Furniss Book Award given by the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, as well as the 2011 Best Book Award from the International Security Studies section of the International Studies Association and the 2011 Harold D. Lasswell Prize, Society of Policy Scientists. I guess Bilderberg figured out America is destined to lose the next war because they stole so much money that the country is a shell of what it was. He is a First time Participant.
Hwang, Tim (USA), Director, Harvard-MIT Ethics and Governance of AI Initiative. He is a First time Participant. Obviously they want to learn more about AI and robots replacing unreliable workers and soldiers.
Ischinger, Wolfgang (INT), Chairman, Munich Security Conference. Not his first meeting. Missed 2016. This is an annual conference that brings together CEOs and heads of state and other decision makers to discuss security. That conference attracts a lot of very powerful people. I think the Uber Rich are worried what happens to them when the working people of Europe and North America have to give up eating regular meals.
Jacobs, Kenneth M. (USA), Chairman and CEO, Lazard. Lazard describes themselves as Financial advisors and asset managers. No mention of their connections to the Rothschilds. Member of the Steering Committee.
Kaag, Sigrid (NLD), Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. She worked for Shell as an analyst. She is an Arab linguist. She worked for the UN in Lebanon and for the chemical weapons control group for Syria. Syria has been falsely accused of using chemical weapons against civilians so NATO could do bombing missions to defend their hired thugs at ISIS and Al Qaeda. No wonder why she was invited. She is a First time Participant.
Karp, Alex (USA), CEO, Palantir Technologies. Palantir spied on computer users for the CIA and NSA. Co-founder is Peter Thiel also a member of the Steering Committee. Returning Participant.
Kissinger, Henry A. (USA), Chairman, Kissinger Associates Inc. Serial war criminal, He seems to be slowing down. No longer on the Steering Committee.
Kleinfeld, Klaus (USA), CEO, NEOM. NEOM is a fanciful $500 billion project to build a mega city in the Saudi desert that will connect to Egypt via a bridge over the Gulf of Aqaba. Former Chairman and CEO, Arconic He has a spotty business career. He had to quit Siemens over corruption charges. He was CEO of ALCOA and then Arconic. He used to be a member of of the board of directors of Citigroup and Bayer. For some reason he is popular with the Bankers at Bilderberg. He is a member of the Steering Committee.
Knot, Klaas H.W. (NLD), President, De Nederlandsche Bank. He was appointed by the crown. Klaas Knot has been President of DNB since 1 July 2011. By virtue of his position, he holds seats on the Governing Council and General Council of the European Central Bank, as well as on the Financial Stability Board, besides being a Governor of the International Monetary Fund. Also on board of the BIS. Returning member though he did not make the 2016 meeting. He has been appointed honorary professor of Economics of Central Banking at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen, where he will regularly give guest lectures. That sounds like it could be an exciting lecture if we were allowed to ask questions and he was required to answer. Sir, what is the difference between a non-interest bearing and an interest bearing currency? I doubt you could get past question 2 before being arrested. Returning Participant.
Koç, Ömer M. (TUR), Chairman, Koç Holding A.S.. He was the only son of Turkey’s wealthiest man. He graduated from Johns Hopkins in the USA. His company is the largest in Turkey and partners with many foreign corporations making light bulbs and cars. He is a member of the New York Yacht Club. He hired Peter Sutherland a former Head of Bilderberg Europe. He is a member of the Steering Committee. Turkey is undergoing severe economic problems as is every country with interest bearing currencies and mountains of Unpayable Debts.
Köcher, Renate (DEU), Managing Director, Allensbach Institute for Public Opinion Research. She is a pollster but writes columns as well. Her polls deliberately under reported support for populists. Bilderberg is worried about populism. She is a First time Participant.
Kotkin, Stephen (USA), Professor in History and International Affairs, Princeton University. Stephen Kotkin writes about power and the paradoxes of authoritarian regimes across the globe, how they are often simultaneously powerful and brittle, stable and unstable, long-lasting yet susceptible to precipitous collapse. Outside Princeton, he has worked for several foundations on higher education reform, mostly in the Communist countries, and serves as a consultant for investors in emerging markets. His current projects include a history of the world, as seen from Stalin’s desk. Sounds like a good match for Bilderberg. He has expertise to share on the brittle nature of authoritarian regimes. Let’s hope Bilderberg is as brittle as the members fear. Returning member.
Kragic, Danica (SWE), Professor, School of Computer Science and Communication, KTH. She is a professor of robotics. Lots of AI and robotics experts at Bilderberg 2018. She is a new Participant.
Kravis, Henry R. (USA), Co-Chairman and Co-CEO, KKR. When they bought R J Reynolds, Catherine Austin Fitts couldn’t understand how KKR could pay so much. She later learned that Reynolds sold cigarettes to terrorists and drug dealers so they could launder money. KKR takse over companies and steal their pensions. Returning member. His wife is a member of the Bilderberg Steering Committee.
Kravis, Marie-Josée (USA), Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute; President, American Friends of Bilderberg. President, American Friends of Bilderberg; Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute(founded by Herman Kahn). It is funded by Eli Lily. She is from Montreal, Quebec, and is the third wife of financier Henry Kravis. She is an economist and serves on the board of major corporations. Returning member of the Steering Committee. Head of US Bilderberg.
Kudelski, André (CHE), Chairman and CEO, Kudelski Group. Member of the Steering Committee. He serves on many corporate boards. He wrote this: Together with incredible opportunities come new risks, as the virtual and real world become one in the fourth industrial revolution. Read more here:
The asymmetry of risks that we are starting to face reinforces the need for an integrated and holistic view of security issues, and a strong synchronization between business and political action. (So what does that mean to a Bilderberg member?)
Lepomäki, Elina (FIN), MP, National Coalition Party. She is a First time Participant. She is a member of her parliament’s Finance Committee. She is a conservative? and a Globalist. Bilderberg invites people with influence back home to spread the word. She has graduate degrees in technology and economics.
Leyen, Ursula von der (DEU), Minister of Defence. Returning participant. She is close to Angela Merkel which is not a good position these days.
Leysen, Thomas (BEL), Chairman, KBC Group. This is a large European bank based in Brussels which has expanded along with the EU into eastern Europe. Returning member of the Steering Committee.
Makan, Divesh (USA), CEO, ICONIQ Capital. He also worked at The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., and Morgan Stanley. Another Silicon Valley firm. He is a Hindu from South Africa. Returning participant..
Massolo, Giampiero (ITA), Chairman, Fincantieri Spa.; President, ISPI. That company is owned by the government and builds ships. He is a diplomat. Go figure. They teach ship building in the Poli Sci Dept at major universities. He is a member of the Trilateral Commission and the Aspen Institute. He is a First time Participant.
Mazzucato, Mariana (ITA), Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value, University College London. She gave a Ted Talk in which she said the government has often made more innovations than the individual. She is married to an Italian film producer and has dual US-Italian citizenship. Italy is going under and they invite Italians with one foot in another country. Supposed expert on innovation. Has worked with the EU, Brazil and the Labour party of the UK. She is a First time Participant.
Mead, Walter Russell (USA), Distinguished Fellow, Hudson Institute. He writes the Global View column for the Wall Street Journal. He is a First time Participant.
Michel, Charles (BEL), Prime Minister. Returning participant.
Micklethwait, John (USA), Editor-in-Chief, Bloomberg LP. He used to be Editor-in-Chief, The Economist which is owned by the Rothschilds. The Economist urged Iraq to attack Iran 6 months before the war started. Returning member. Returning member but did not attend in 2016. It seems Bilderberg likes to change participants each year. They are trying to maximize their influence without getting too many people in the room. Otherwise they would become another Davos.
Minton Beddoes, Zanny (GBR), Editor-in-Chief, The Economist, a Rothschild publication. New to Steering Committee.
Mitsotakis, Kyriakos (GRC), President, New Democracy Party. Son of a former PM. Used to work for Chase Bank before the merger. Lived a lot of his life in France and the US. Returning participant.
Mota, Isabel (PRT), President, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. She is a non-executive member of the board of Santander-Totta Bank. She is also Chairman of the Partex Oil and Gas (Holdings) Corporation Supervisory Committee. In the political field, Isabel Mota has served as Secretary of State for Planning and Regional Development in the 11th and 12th Constitutional Governments, with responsibility for the negotiations with the European Union over Structural and Cohesion Funds for Portugal. That Foundation is cultural but has a major influence in Portugal. She is a First time Participant.
Moyo, Dambisa F. (USA), Global Economist and Author. She is an attractive woman from Africa. She has written 4 NY Times best sellers. She writes about the failure of aid in Africa and about China’s drive for resources. (Africans know a lot about that.) She is a First time Participant. Invited for her expertise.
Mundie, Craig J. (USA), President, Mundie & Associates. Mundie advocates that individuals be licensed before being allowed to use the Internet. Used to be part of Microsoft leadership. He was a scientific adviser to Obama. Member of Steering Committee.
Netherlands, H.M. the King of the (NLD), His family owns a large part of Royal Dutch Shell along with the Queen of England and the Rothschilds. Forbes magazine did a puff piece and said his family only had 300 million dollars. This is not credible for a family that ruled for 200 years. His mother Queen Beatrix attended in the past. Returning participant.
Neven, Hartmut (USA), Director of Engineering, Google Inc. He is from Google which is a major player. But he is also head of Quantum Computing AI at Google. Bilderberg is all about replacing those pesky workers and soldiers with robots and AI. After all, the Georgia Guidestones says we must reduce the world’s population to 500 million which means the 7 billion most disobedient people must go. New participant.
Noonan, Peggy (USA), Author and Columnist, The Wall Street Journal. Might be there to talk about Trump. She is media but has deep connections within the Republican party. And she has more insights into Trump than other writers. She said he is ‘the spark and not the fire.’
Oettinger, Günther H. (INT), Commissioner for Budget & Human Resources, European Commission. Worked with Juncker and Barroso. Formerly headed the EU Digital Commission. New participant.
O’Leary, Michael (IRL), CEO, Ryanair D.A.C. Must have liked him at his first meeting in 2015 because he was elevated to the Steering Committee in 2017. This guy is out spoken and funny. O’Leary jokingly described the airline’s planned business class travel experience as featuring “whores and rum”.
O’Neill, Onora (GBR), Emeritus Honorary Professor in Philosophy, University of Cambridge. She was made a lifetime peer by the Labour government. She is a well acclaimed philosophy professor. Not sure why they invited her. New participant.
Osborne, George (GBR), Editor, London Evening Standard. He is a former Chancellor of the Exchequer. First class idiot in economics. He and Cameron came up with this idiotic Help to Buy scheme purloined from Alan Greenspan. It got them past election day. The UK has more Unpayable Debts to cancel than the US. The next Depression will hit them harder than the US. Returning participant.
Özkan, Behlül (TUR), Associate Professor in International Relations, Marmara University. New participant. He is an expert on politics and diplomacy from Turkey. That nation is undergoing a major upheaval and has a crashing economy. They need his help.
Papalexopoulos, Dimitri (GRC), CEO, Titan Cement Company S.A. Fourth year . Member of the Steering Committee. Titan cement is a large international company which is expanding into the US and eastern Europe. He also appeared at Davos and likes to talk in public.
Parolin, H.E. Pietro (VAT), Cardinal and Secretary of State. First participant from the Vatican that I can remember. Maybe he was invited because the Pope is a committed Globalist.
Patino, Bruno (FRA), Chief Content Officer, Arte France TV. New participant. He runs media and they invite some they can trust.
Petraeus, David H. (USA), Chairman, KKR Global Institute. This is a Think Tank owned by KKR which takes over companies and steal their pensions. Through R J Reynolds tobacco they launder money for drug dealers and spies. Returning member. I am surprised they invited him back. But he is not the only one with a dodgy past at Bilderberg. Maybe not so surprising. His boss is head of Bilderberg USA. And he is a military expert.
Pichette, Patrick (CAN), General Partner, iNovia Capital. New participant. He was the CFO at Google. He is now a Venture capitalist. Not much of a Canadian is he?
Pouyanné, Patrick (FRA), Chairman and CEO, Total S.A. Total is the 4th largest oil company in the world which is why he was invited. New participant.
Pring, Benjamin (USA), Co-Founder and Managing Director, Center for the Future of Work. The name of the center is deceptive. Their main web page says every move we make is made known (even our location) is made known to those we trust. I do not trust the NSA and the US government. Seems to be a big theme at Bilderberg 2018. New participant.
Rankka, Maria (SWE), CEO, Stockholm Chamber of Commerce. New participant. Stanford grad. She advocated Global Cities for Sweden. Does not sound like a real Swede. Typical Bilderberg. Will help them when she returns to Sweden.
Ratas, Jüri (EST), Prime Minister. New participant. Like the Serbian PM he was invited to help Bilderberg sell their agenda.
Rendi-Wagner, Pamela (AUT), MP (SPÖ); Former Minister of Health. She is a doctor and trained in London. The SPO is the Austrian Social Democrat party. They are pro-EU and love millions of refugees flooding into Europe. New participant.
Rivera Díaz, Albert (ESP), President, Ciudadanos Party. Maybe Bilderberg is trying to use a little finesse to prevent the break up of Spain. His party does oppose independence for Catalonia. He uses the phrase “Catalonia is my homeland, Spain is my country and Europe is our future” to outline his party’s ideology. He represented them in the Parliament. Catalonia is seething with resentment against Madrid and the EU. But they do have a lot of migrants who will resist independence. He is young and good looking. He is a former swimmer. He studied in the US and in Finland. He founded the Ciudadanos Party. He is a lawyer. His party has settled down as Center Left and has left the rabble rousing to Podemos party. Their name translates as ‘we can.’ On 9 May 2016, Podemos formed the electoral alliance Unidos Podemos with United Left, Equo and minor left-wing parties. Spain, Italy, Greece and Portugal pose problems for Bilderberg. Diaz probably figures that Spain needs northern Europe to pay the way for the South as the southeners have no money. Socialists temporarily rule but the opposition wants snap elections. Returning participant.
Rossi, Salvatore (ITA), Senior Deputy Governor, Bank of Italy. He is a technician. Italy is in trouble. They need his expertise. New participant.
Rubesa, Baiba A. (LVA), CEO, RB Rail AS. Chair of Baltic rail, an important regional concern. New participant. Born in Canada.
Rubin, Robert E. (USA), Co-Chairman Emeritus, Council on Foreign Relations; Former Treasury Secretary. He was head of Citibank’s private bank which launders drug money. In 1999 Robert Rubin, Alan Greenspan, Larry Summers (Samuelson) and Arthur Levitt told Brooksley Born of the CFTC that she could not regulate Credit Default Swaps which were faux insurance. They went unregulated and did not require the seller to set aside money to pay claims. All sales income could be paid out in bonuses allowing the taxpayer to foot the bill when it came due as it did in AIG. American taxpayers according to Obama will have to pay hundreds of trillions of dollars in CDS after the euro bonds collapse. All four of those men are Jewish. No concern to them that a few billion people at some future date will starve to death. Returning member.
Rudd, Amber (GBR), MP; Former Secretary of State, Home Department. She was forced to resign over a deportation targets memo. She was Secretary for Climate Change. No such thing as human caused Global Warming. New participant.
Rutte, Mark (NLD), Prime Minister. He is a liberal and is in coalition with Labor. In 2009, Rutte stated that Holocaust denial should no longer be illegal. Returning member.
Sabia, Michael (CAN), President and CEO, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. He earned his graduate degrees from Yale University. His wife, Hilary Pearson, is the granddaughter of former Prime Minister Lester Pearson. In 2016, he was appointed as a Officer of the Order of Canada. First meeting for him. He is a billionaire regarded as a savior in Montreal where he is building a light rail system. Another man from a small country who is keeping a struggling nation united. Have not heard much from Quebec separatists of late. Returning member.
Sadjadpour, Karim (USA), Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He is an Iranian and consults at high levels giving expert advice on Middle East affairs. Obvious why they need him. New participant.
Sáenz de Santamaría, Soraya (ESP), Deputy Prime Minister. She was in the Rajoy government. They are hoping for snap elections to replace the Socialists. She was put in charge of Catalonia after the locals decided to secede from Spain. Her country is in turmoil. She used to be beautiful. She is a lawyer. New participant.
Sawers, John (GBR), Chairman and Partner, Macro Advisory Partners. He was Chief, Secret Intelligence Service (MI6). He was a professional diplomat being neither a spy nor a warrior. Has first hand knowledge of Iran. First meeting in 2015. Joined Steering committee in 2016. They like him.
Schadlow, Nadia (USA), Former Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategy. She is a senior program officer in the International Security and Foreign Policy Program of the Smith Richardson Foundation. She has published articles about national security in the Wall Street Journal, ForeignPolicy.com, The American Interest, Parameters, War on the Rocks, and elsewhere. She has a PhD from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. – She wrote this: Success in war ultimately depends on the consolidation of political order. Nadia Schadlow argues that the steps needed to consolidate a new political order are not separate from war. They are instead an essential component of war and victory. Returning member.
Schneider-Ammann, Johann N. (CHE), Federal Councillor. He was President of Switzerland. He is an engineer. He is a member of the Free Democrat party. The Free Democratic Party or Radical Democratic Party. On 1 January 2009 it merged with the Liberal Party of Switzerland to form FDP The Liberals. It was put under pressure by the Swiss People’s Party. That latter party is the most anti-immigrant party in Switzerland. Returning member. The current government has stated that Glyphosate is OK.
Scholten, Rudolf (AUT), President, Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue. He is a Social Democrat. They lost control of Austria. He was head of the Austrian Central Bank. The Great Depression did not get going until the Rothschild owned Credit Anstalt bank of Vienna collapsed on May 11, 1931. It had too many eastern European bad debts. This man is not a professional banker. He is a member of the Bilderberg Steering Committee.
Sikorski, Radoslaw (POL), Senior Fellow, Harvard University; Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Poland. He made uncomplimentary comments about the US in a bugged conversation. He was in charge of the Oxford Debate club. He was a member of the Bullingdon group, a very despicable bunch. David Cameron was a member. He worked at AEI while in America. They are pro-Globalist and supposedly conservative group. Returning participant. He is a new member of the Bilderberg Steering Committee.
Simsek, Mehmet (TUR), Deputy Prime Minister. Returning participant. A big change in the Turkish delegation. He was born an ethnic Kurd. He worked for Merrill Lynch in London and UBS in New York. He also has British citizenship. He is no friend of the Kurdish people.
Skartveit, Hanne (NOR), Political Editor, Verdens Gang. Another journalist invited to promote Bilderberg. New participant.
Stoltenberg, Jens (INT), Secretary General, NATO He is definitely there to talk about Iran, Russia and Syria. Returning participant. He skipped 2016. He was twice PM of Norway. In 2011, Stoltenberg received the United Nations (UN) Champion of Global Change Award in New York City. That is a black mark in my book.
Summers, Lawrence H. (USA), Charles W. Eliot University Professor, Harvard University. Major league sleaze ball. He lost a billion dollars after being told not to make a stupid CDS bet in the market. In 1999 Robert Rubin, Alan Greenspan, Larry Summers (Samuelson) and Arthur Levitt told Brooksley Born of the CFTC that she could not regulate Credit Default Swaps which were faux insurance. They were unregulated and did not require the seller to set aside money to pay claims. All sales income could be paid out in bonuses allowing the taxpayer to foot the bill when it came due as it did in AIG. American taxpayers according to Obama will have to pay hundreds of trillions of dollars in CDS after the euro bonds collapse. All four of those men are Jewish. No concern to them that a billion people at some future date will starve to death. He is a returning member.
Thiel, Peter (USA), President, Thiel Capital. He is bringing in the younger crowd of high tech billionaires the CIA and NSA will need to end anonymity on the Internet and then close down free speech. It should be noted that he is not an engineer. He is a lawyer and Stanford graduate. He worked as a derivatives trader and runs a Hedge Fund. He owned 10.2% of Facebook pre IPO. Thiel is a founder of PayPal which shuts down service to those who practice free speech on the Internet. He was an early investor in Facebook which legally should never had been offered as an IPO at anything above a dollar a share. PayPal has been linked by John Cruz to money laundering. He is a Libertarian. He defended Trump during the elections. He said: “Everyone says Trump is going to change everything way too much,” says the famed venture capitalist, contrarian and member of the Trump transition team. “Well, maybe Trump is going to change everything way too little. That seems like the much more plausible risk to me.” He is a member of the Bilderberg Steering Committee.
Topsøe, Jakob Haldor (DNK), Chairman, Haldor Topsøe Holding A/S. Returning participant. He is a Banker. Lots of Bankers at Bilderberg. He has previously been Head of Equities at ABN AMRO Bank in Denmark.
Turpin, Matthew (USA), Director for China, National Security Council. New participant. He co-ordinates policy on China for several agencies. He is inside the Trump admin. Bilderberg needs inside knowledge of the US policy to China.
Wahlroos, Björn (FIN), Chairman, Sampo Group, Nordea Bank, UPM-Kymmene Corporation. He is chairman of an insurance company and a bank holding company. He is a Leftist. Returning participant. He also favors a guaranteed income policy. Lots of luck with that. The markets will crash before anything like that happens.
Wallenberg, Marcus (SWE), Chairman, Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB. He is a member of the famous Wallenberg family which was Jewish at one time. He is a Director of several banks and of Coca-Cola. He is a member of the Steering Committee.
Woods, Ngaire (GBR), Dean, Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University. She opposed Brexit. Her husband is a Mideast expert. She was born in New Zealand. Her husband is an American. She does not represent English people. New participant.
Yetkin, Murat (TUR), Editor-in-chief, Hürriyet Daily News. New participant. He is another media invitee. Turkey and most of Europe is in turmoil.
Zeiler, Gerhard (AUT), President, Turner International. He is the president of an international media company. New participant.
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Is it time to bring a monarchy to the United States? Or is it time to end one?
The New York Times recently ran a fascinating article by Leslie Wayne putting forth arguments from the International Monarchist League. Summarizing them, Wayne wrote, “Their core arguments: Countries with monarchies are better off because royal families act as a unifying force and a powerful symbol; monarchies rise above politics; and nations with royalty are generally richer and more stable.”
What the author misses is that we already have an aristocracy here in the United States: rule by the rich. In fact, much of American history is the story of the battle between the interests of the “general welfare” of our citizens, and the interests of the #MorbidlyRich.
Here’s where we are right now:
- A billionaire oligarch programs his very own entire television news network to promote the interests of the billionaire class, with such effectiveness that average working people are repeating billionaire-helpful memes like “cut regulations,” “shrink government,” and “cut taxes” – policies that will cause more working people and their children to get sick and/or die, will transfer more money and power from “we the people” to a few oligarchs, and will lower working-class wages over time.
- A small group of billionaires have funneled so much money into our political sphere that “normal” Republicans like Jeff Flake and Bob Corker point out that they couldn’t get elected in today’s environment because they’d face rightwing-billionaire-funded primary challengers.
- The corporate media (including online media), heavily influenced by the roughly billion dollars the Koch Network, Adelson, Mercers, etc. poured through their advertising coffers and into their profits in the last election, won’t even mention in their “news” reporting that billionaire oligarchs are mainly calling the tunes in American politics, particularly in the GOP.
- Former President Jimmy Carter pointed out on my radio show that the US “is now an oligarchy, with unlimited political bribery,” in part as a result of the right-wing Supreme Court decision in Citizens United.
- Nobody in corporate media, even on the “corporate left,” is willing to explicitly point out how billionaires and the companies that made them rich control and define the boundaries of “acceptable” political debate in our country.
- Thus, there’s no honest discussion in American media of why the GOP denies climate change (to profit petro-billionaires), no discussion of the daily damage being done to our consumer and workplace protections, and no discussion of the horrors being inflicted on our public lands and environment by Zinke and Pruitt, the guys billionaire-toady Mike Pence chose to run Interior and the EPA. There’s not even a discussion of the major issue animating American politics just one century ago: corporate mergers and how they damage small business and small towns.
It’s been this way before in American history, though not in our lifetimes. The last time the morbidly rich had this much power in American politics was the 1920s, when an orgy of tax-cutting and deregulation of banking led to the Republican Great Depression.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt stepped up to challenge those he called the Economic Royalists, explicitly calling them out. In 1936, FDR said:
“For out of this modern civilization economic royalists carved new dynasties. New kingdoms were built upon concentration of control over material things. Through new uses of corporations, banks and securities, new machinery of industry and agriculture, of labor and capital—all undreamed of by the Fathers—the whole structure of modern life was impressed into this royal service.
“There was no place among this royalty for our many thousands of small business men and merchants who sought to make a worthy use of the American system of initiative and profit…
“It was natural and perhaps human that the privileged princes of these new economic dynasties, thirsting for power, reached out for control over Government itself.
“They created a new despotism and wrapped it in the robes of legal sanction. In its service new mercenaries sought to regiment the people, their labor, and their property.
“And as a result the average man once more confronts the problem that faced the Minute Man.”
Roosevelt, then the president of the United States, even explicitly called for the “overthrow of this kind of power”:
“These economic royalists complain that we seek to overthrow the institutions of America. What they really complain of is that we seek to take away their power.
“Our allegiance to American institutions requires the overthrow of this kind of power.
“In vain they seek to hide behind the Flag and the Constitution. In their blindness they forget what the Flag and the Constitution stand for.
“Now, as always, they stand for democracy, not tyranny; for freedom, not subjection; and against a dictatorship by mob rule and the over-privileged alike.”
The American people overwhelmingly agreed with FDR, particularly after they’d seen how badly “dictatorship by the over-privileged” worked out for us in 1929. The result was that from 1932 until 1980 American politicians knew how important it was for government, representing the best interests of both our nation and all of its people, to hold back the political power that the morbidly rich could marshal with their great wealth.
This was such conventional wisdom in both parties that Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower wrote to his brother Edgar in 1956:
“Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history.
“There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things. Among them are H. L. Hunt (you possibly know his background), a few other Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid.”
And business knew it, too. Big corporations and wealthy businesspeople largely stayed away from politics from the 1930s onward, not wanting to draw the ire of the American people.
Until 1971. In August of that year, Lewis Powell, a lawyer who largely defended tobacco and the interests of the Virginia’s upper classes, wrote an apocalyptic memo to his neighbor and friend who was the head of the US Chamber of Commerce. In it, he suggested that America itself was under attack from “leftists” and people on “college campuses.”
The solution, Powell proposed, was for a small group of very, very wealthy people to reshape American public opinion through think tanks, funding of universities and schools, and an all-out assault on the media. Take over the courts and at least one of the political parties, he suggested, and wrest control of our economy away from government regulation.
As I noted in The Crash of 2016:
Powell’s most indelible mark on the nation was not to be his fifteen-year tenure as a Supreme Court Justice, but instead that memo, which served as a declaration of war—a war by the Economic Royalists against both democracy and what they saw as an overgrown middle class. It would be a final war, a bellum omnium contra omnes, against everything the New Deal and the Great Society had accomplished.
It wasn’t until September 1972, 10 months after the Senate confirmed Powell to the Supreme Court, that the public first found out about the Powell Memo (the actual written document had the word “Confidential” stamped on it—a sign that Powell himself hoped it would never see daylight outside of the rarified circles of his rich friends). Although by then, however, it had already found its way to the desks of CEOs all across the nation and was, with millions in corporate and billionaire money, already being turned into real actions, policies, and institutions.
During its investigation into Powell as part of the nomination process, the FBI never found the memo, but investigative journalist Jack Anderson did, and he exposed it in a September 28th, 1972, column titled, “Powell’s Lesson to Business Aired.”
Anderson wrote, “Shortly before his appointment to the Supreme Court, Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr. urged business leaders in a confidential memo to use the courts as a ‘social, economic, and political’ instrument.”
Pointing out that how the memo wasn’t discovered until after Powell was confirmed by the Senate, Anderson wrote, “Senators…never got a chance to ask Powell whether he might use his position on the Supreme Court to put his ideas into practice and to influence the court in behalf of business interests.”
This was an explosive charge being leveled at the nation’s rookie Supreme Court Justice, a man entrusted with interpreting the nation’s laws with complete impartiality.
But Jack Anderson was no stranger to taking on American authority, and no stranger to the consequences of his journalism. He’d exposed scandals from the Truman, Eisenhower, Nixon, and later the Reagan administrations. He was a true investigative journalist.
In his report on the memo, Anderson wrote, “[Powell] recommended a militant political action program, ranging from the courts to the campuses.”
Back in 1936, Franklin Roosevelt had declared war on his generation’s Economic Royalists and booted the worst of them out of the nation’s political, economic, and cultural institutions. But now, two generations later, Lewis Powell was speaking of another war.
Powell’s memo was both a direct response to Roosevelt’s battle cry decades earlier, and a response to the tumult of the 1960’s.
He wrote, “No thoughtful person can question that the American economic system is under broad attack.”
When Sydnor and the Chamber received the Powell Memo, corporations were growing tired of their second-class status in America.
Even though the previous 40 years had been a time of great growth and strength for the American economy and America’s middle- class workers – and a time of sure and steady growth and increases of profits for corporations – CEOs felt something was missing.
If only they could find a way to wiggle back into the people’s minds (who were just beginning to forget the Royalists’ previous exploits of the 1920s), then they could get their tax cuts back; they could trash the “burdensome” regulations that were keeping the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat safe; and the banksters among them could inflate another massive economic bubble to make themselves all mind-bogglingly rich. It could, if done right, be a return to the “Roaring 20s.”
But how could they do this? How could they convince Americans to take another shot at what was widely considered a dangerous free-market ideology and economic framework and that Americans once knew preceded each Great Crash and war?
Lewis Powell had an answer, and he reached out to the Chamber of Commerce—the hub of corporate power in America—to lay out a strategy to reclaim their power with a strategy.
As Powell wrote, “Strength lies in organization, in careful long-range planning and implementation, in consistency of action over an indefinite period of years, in the scale of financing available only through joint effort, and in the political power available only through united action and national organizations.” Thus, Powell said, “The role of the National Chamber of Commerce is therefore vital.”
In the nearly-6000-word memo, Powell called on corporate leaders to launch an economic and ideological assault on college and high school campuses, the media, the courts, and Capitol Hill.
The objective was simple: The revival of a Royalist-controlled so-called “free market” system.
Or, as Powell put it, using Royalist rhetoric, “[T]he ultimate issue…[is the] survival of what we call the free enterprise system, and all that this means for the strength and prosperity of America and the freedom of our people.”
The first area of attack Powell encouraged the Chamber to focus on was the education system. “[A] priority task of business—and organizations such as the Chamber—is to address the campus origin of this hostility [to big business],” Powell wrote.
What worried Powell was the new generation of young Americans growing up to resent corporate culture. He believed colleges were filled with “Marxist professors,” and that the pro-business agenda of Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover had fallen into disrepute since the Great Depression. He knew that winning this war of economic ideology in America required spoon-feeding the next generation of leaders the doctrines of a free-market theology, from high school all the way through graduate and business school.
At the time, college campuses were rallying points for the progressive activism sweeping the nation, as young people demonstrated against poverty, the Vietnam War, and in support of Civil Rights.
So Powell put forward a laundry list of ways the Chamber could re-retake the higher-education system. First, create an army of corporate-friendly think tanks that could influence education. “The Chamber should consider establishing a staff of highly qualified scholars in the social sciences who do believe in the system,” he wrote.
Then, go after the textbooks. “The staff of scholars,” Powell wrote, “should evaluate social science textbooks, especially in economics, political science and sociology…This would include assurance of fair and factual treatment of our system of government and our enterprise system, its accomplishments, its basic relationship to individual rights and freedoms, and comparisons with the systems of socialism, fascism and communism.”
Powell argued that the Civil Rights movement and the Labor movement were already in the process of re-rewriting textbooks.
“We have seen the civil rights movement insist on re-writing many of the textbooks in our universities and schools. The labor unions likewise insist that textbooks be fair to the viewpoints of organized labor.” Powell was concerned the Chamber of Commerce was not doing enough to stop this growing progressive influence and replace it with a pro-plutocratic perspective.
“Perhaps the most fundamental problem is the imbalance of many faculties,” Powell pointed out. “Correcting this is indeed a long-range and difficult project. Yet, it should be undertaken as a part of an overall program. This would mean the urging of the need for faculty balance upon university administrators and boards of trustees.” As in, the Chamber needs to infiltrate university boards in charge of hiring faculty to make sure only corporate-friendly professors are hired.
But Powell’s recommendations weren’t exclusive to college campuses; he targeted high schools as well.
“While the first priority should be at the college level, the trends mentioned above are increasingly evidenced in the high schools. Action programs, tailored to the high schools and similar to those mentioned, should be considered,” he urged.
Next, Powell turned the corporate dogs on the media. As Powell instructed, “Reaching the campus and the secondary schools is vital for the long-term. Reaching the public generally may be more important for the shorter term.”
Powell added, “It will…be essential to have staff personnel who are thoroughly familiar with the media, and how most effectively to communicate with the public.”
He then went on to advocate that same system used for the monitoring of college textbooks be applied to television and radio networks. “This applies not merely to so-called educational programs…but to the daily ‘news analysis’ which so often includes the most insidious type of criticism of the enterprise system.”
This was not, of course, the first time that American oligarchs and their supplicants plotted to subvert American democracy in favor of a harsh capitalist-controlled “free enterprise” system that handed virtually all the spoils of business over to a wealthy few.
In the early 1880s, railroad barons funded six major attempts at the US Supreme Court to create, from the 14th Amendment, a “right of corporate personhood.” In 1886, although the Court rejected their theory for the last and final time, the Clerk of the Court, John Chandler Bancroft Davis, inserted into the not-legally-binding headnote of the Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad case that the Chief Justice had, offhandedly, certified corporate personhood.
Reacting to that and the general rise of the men then called robber barons, Democratic President Grover Cleveland, in his 1888 State of the Union address, said:
“The gulf between employers and the employed is constantly widening, and classes are rapidly forming, one comprising the very rich and powerful, while in another are found the toiling poor.
“As we view the achievements of aggregated capital, we discover the existence of trusts, combinations, and monopolies, while the citizen is struggling far in the rear or is trampled to death beneath an iron heel.
“Corporations, which should be the carefully restrained creatures of the law and the servants of the people, are fast becoming the people’s masters.”
From President Cleveland’s comments, you can draw a straight line to the trust busting and inheritance tax of progressive Republican Teddy Roosevelt in the first decade of the 20th century.
But the oligarchs fought back and, in the election of 1920, regained the power to cut taxes and regulations sufficiently that the rich got explosively richer, while the entire economy was set up for the Great Crash. (Warren Harding ran for president with two slogans – “More business in government, less government in business” [privatize and deregulate], and cutting the top tax rate from 90% to 25%…both of which he did.)
And Lewis Powell’s contribution to today’s problems is easily found in the 1976 Buckley v Valeo decision, which struck down many of the campaign finance laws that had been passed in the wake of the Nixon scandals. Money transferred from billionaires to politicians, he and his conservative friends on the court ruled, wasn’t “money” – instead, it was Constitutionally-protected First Amendment Free Speech.
Just in time for the Reagan Revolution, the morbidly rich could again own individual politicians, and with the 2013 McCutcheon case, the Court ruled that morbidly rich individuals could own a virtually unlimited number of politicians. Citizens United, in 2010, radically expanded corporate personhood and the rights of billionaires and corporations to influence politics.
Thus, here we are again.
We have a billionaire oligarch in the White House.
We have a man as VP who’s such a toady to oligarchs he actually promoted the idea in 2000 that tobacco doesn’t cause cancer, and today denies climate science on behalf of the petrobillionaires who have funded much of his political career.
We have an entire Republican Party that’s been captured by toxic-emissions corporations, petro-billionaires, and others among the morbidly rich. On the left, thanks to the DLC and its heirs, substantial parts of the Democratic Party are beholden to the banking, insurance, and pharmaceutical industries (although the Congressional Progressive Caucus is working to change this).
The Washington Post recently ran an article about how the very institutions of America are beginning to break down under the sustained assault of the oligarchs (although the Post doesn’t use that word). The main point of the article is that Donald Trump actually believes that both Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama, committed major crimes, and that the attorney general and others in the Department of Justice covered up those crimes.
Where did Trump get such a wild idea? It seems certain that he got it from billionaire oligarch Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News. And because he actually believes that previous presidents got away with committing major crimes both to win elections and to stay in office, he apparently thinks he should be able to as well.
It’s perhaps amusing to well-informed Americans when their friends and relatives spout the billionaire-enabling propaganda that Fox dishes out every day. But there’s nothing amusing about a president of the United States believing, based on what he learns in right-wing media, that he can easily get away with breaking the law. This is the result of the billionaire capture of our public spaces, driving a “profits over democracy” mentality.
To save our republic, we must acknowledge that the American aristocracy of the morbidly rich is destroying our country. And then overturn (via constitutional amendment) the twin policies of right-wingers on our Supreme Court that say that billionaires can own their own personal politicians, and that corporations are “persons” with human rights.
Once we reject America’s new self-appointed royalty, with their billionaire and corporate money fouling our system, our elected officials can restore protections for working people – and we can once again see our wages begin to rise like they did for 40 straight years before the advent of Reaganism.
Only then can we bring back rules to keep the oligarch’s poisonous money out of our political system, and begin to break up their control of American business and media so that small- and medium-sized businesses, unions, and local media can once again thrive. And, with them, we can return to something resembling a democracy.
The first time when it became clear to me that I live in a dictatorship was in 2014 when reading, prior to its publication, the landmark (and still the only) scientific empirical study to address the question as to whether or not the United States federal Government is, authentically, a democracy — or, whether, alternatively, it’s instead more of a dictatorship, than a democracy. This study documented conclusively that America’s Government is the latter.
So, on 14 April 2014, I headlined “US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy, Says Scientific Study”. Subsequently, my editor linked it to the published article at the Journal where the study was published, Perspectives on Politics, from the American Political Science Association, and the full study can be read there.
On 30 April 2014, was posted at youtube the video that remains, to this day, the best and clearest ordinary-language summary of what that badly-written academic study proved. See its explanation here:
That summary’s title is also better than the title of my article was; this excellent video headlines “Corruption is Legal in America”, which is another accurate conclusion from that study. Every American citizen should know what this 6-minute video says and shows from the academic study, because it explains how the super-rich, as a class, steal from everyone else (everyone who isn’t super-rich): They do it through corruption.
Then, that same person who created the video did another presentation of it, but this time with text accompanying the video, and this article was titled “One graph shows how the rich control American politics”, and it indeed showed how. The super-rich carry out their control via corruption, which is legal in America and which can be done vastly more by rich people than by poor people — poor people simply can’t buy the Government, and any who would even attempt to do so would be using only the illegal means, which the US Supreme Court says constitutes the only illegal means, and that’s blatant bribery, which is lower-class corruption, not the far more lucrative type of corruption that super-wealthy individuals have access to. Only the forms of corruption which are available only to the super-rich are legal in America. That’s the reason why the super-rich keep getting still-richer, while the rest of the population are lucky if they don’t become poorer.
On 28 July 2015, former US President Jimmy Carter was frank about this situation; as a caller at a progressive radio show, he said this about America’s soaring top-level corruption:
It violates the essence of what made America a great country in its political system. Now it’s just an oligarchy with unlimited political bribery being the essence of getting the nominations for president or being elected president. And the same thing applies to governors, and US Senators and congress members. So, now we’ve just seen a subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors, who want and expect, and sometimes get, favors for themselves after the election is over. … At the present time the incumbents, Democrats and Republicans, look upon this unlimited money as a great benefit to themselves. Somebody that is already in Congress has a great deal more to sell.”
Three days later, Huffington Post published my article about that statement, which was headlined “Jimmy Carter Is Correct That the US Is No Longer a Democracy,” and it had over 60,000 likes on Facebook (here the article is shown a bit earlier, when it had 56,000) but HuffPo reduced that number down to its currently shown number, 18,000; and this article turned out to have been the last submission of the 100+ that they accepted from me. They’ve rejected all of my submissions after it. No explanation was ever given, and I never heard anything from them again.
The scientific article about America’s Government had reviewed 1,779 pieces of proposed legislation during the period from 1981 to 2002, and it found that only what the super-rich wanted to become law did become law: “The preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy,” they said. That’s certainly not a democracy.
There has been speculation as to how far back historically America’s government-by-the-aristocracy (or, simply, America’s being an aristocracy — a rule over the public by the few super-rich, an “oligarchy”) has been in effect. Prior to Ronald Reagan’s Presidency, going back to the time when FDR died in office in 1945 as the President, the distribution of income and of wealth was much more equal in America than it started to become as soon as Reagan entered the White House and began the subsequent dominance of supply-side economics, which is based upon the supply-push belief that wealth trickles down from the few rich, instead of (as FDR believed) in a demand-pull way, that it percolates up from the many poor. FDR believed that what drives an economy is needs, not the products and services to fill needs. Reagan believed in the opposite, Say’s law, which says that whatever is produced will fill needs (or at least desires) — that production is what drives an economy, and that needs (and desires) just take care of themselves. So, FDR focused on “the common man” and especially the poor, but Reagan focused on “entrepreneurs” or the owners of businesses. (The middle class isn’t an issue here, but is simply the richer portion of the poor. Historically that has been the case. For example, America’s middle class has declined while the poor have mushroomed, but the top 5% are getting all of the gains; and most of that is going to the top 1% or even less. So: “poor” here includes the middle-class; and, to refer to “middle-class America” is now like referring to a dying breed — but it’s a breed of poor, not of rich.)
However, the extreme corruption at the top in this country is showing up more sharply than ever in recently declassified US Government documents about the JFK assassination — showing up as having begun much earlier than had generally been suspected, begun at least by the time when President Kennedy came into office on 20 January 1961. Kennedy found himself surrounded by the military-industrial complex that his predecessor, Eisenhower, had cultivated while he was in the White House and that “Ike” hypocritically warned the American public against, on his way out of office, only on 17 January 1961 — three days before Kennedy’s inauguration. Some of these corrupt people were ones whom Kennedy himself had brought in. Not all of them were Ike’s holdovers. But Kennedy was apparently shocked, nonetheless.
The beginnings of this profound corruption might be traced still farther back to moles in the Government (such as the Dulles brothers, Averell Harriman and Prescott Bush) who had built their careers after World War I by means of plying and mastering the revolving door between the Government’s foreign-policy Establishment and Wall Street. Starting at the very end of WW II, in 1945, agents of these moles ended FDR’s Office of Strategic Services and started Truman’s CIA. Right from the get-go, the CIA was deeply corrupt, as the following 2.5-hour BBC documentary from 1992 makes clear:
Operation Gladio – Full 1992 documentary BBC
It documents from testimony of former CIA operatives in Europe, that the CIA had been hiring European aristocrats and committed fascists and even ‘former’ Nazis, to set up terrorist incidents in Europe rigged so as to be blamed by the public against communists and against any entities that were favorable in any way toward the Soviet Union. Numberless Europeans were injured and killed in terrorist incidents that were set up by the CIA to be, basically, anti-communist propaganda. This CIA operation was called “Gladio,” and it continues to this day, even though communism itself is gone.
Subsequently, a video was done that’s far briefer, 50 minutes, and which starts with interviews of some of the survivors of these CIA-NATO operations, so that it’s far more from the victims’ perspective than was the BBC’s lengthier documentary:
NATO’s Secret Armies (2009)
When Kennedy became President, he found himself surrounded by advisors who were urging him such as, on 22 March 1962, John Kennedy’s own brother and US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy did, when RFK held a meeting to discuss “the possibility of US manufacture or acquisition of Soviet aircraft” because:
“There is a possibility that such aircraft could be used in a deception operation designed to confuse enemy planes in the air, to launch a surprise attack against enemy installations or in a provocation operation in which Soviet aircraft would appear to attack US or friendly installations in order to provide an excuse for US intervention. If the planes were to be used in such covert operations, it would seem preferable to manufacture them in the United States.”
“We could develop a Communist Cuban terror campaign in the Miami area, in other Florida cities and even in Washington. The terror campaign could be pointed at Cuban refugees seeking haven in the United States. We could sink a boatload of Cubans en route to Florida (real or simulated). We could foster attempts on lives of Cuban refugees in the United States even to the extent of wounding in instances to be widely publicized. Exploding a few plastic bombs in carefully chosen spots, the arrest of a Cuban agent and the release of prepared documents substantiating Cuban involvement also would be helpful in projecting the idea of an irresponsible government.”
Even JFK’s own brother RFK, and Secretary of ‘Defense’ Robert McNamara, and Secretary of State Dean Rusk — plus lots of holdovers from the Eisenhower Administration — thought that this sort of thing would be worth the President of the United States considering. Fortunately, JFK didn’t.
Michael Ellison had gotten to see a bit of the 12 April 1962 document decades earlier and he reported it on 2 May 2001 in Britain’s Guardian under the headline “Memos disclose US cold-war plot to frame Castro”. Ellison wrote that “The idea was an element in a wider scheme that ‘may be the most corrupt plan ever created by the US government’, asserts James Bamford.” Since Bamford is perhaps the world’s leading journalist and historian who has written about the NSA (books such as his 1983 The Puzzle Palace), for even him to have expressed surprise in 2001 that the US Government, at its top level, was predominantly staffed by people who were racking their brains to figure out ways to fake Soviet terrorism and attacks so as for the US and NATO to have a pretext to invade the Soviet Union, indicates how much more cynical we all have become after George W. Bush’s lies about ‘Saddam’s WMD’ as pretexts for the US and its collaborators to invade and destroy Iraq in 2003. Not only was John Kennedy surprised to discover it in 1962, but James Bamford was surprised to discover it even as late as 2001. Bamford in 2001 might not have said what he said there if he had seen that 1992 BBC documentary, which showed that the top level of the CIA had been like this from the time when the CIA started in 1947. But with so much history behind us now and which had still been classified information, and thus non-public, until 2001 when Bamford said that the 12 April 1962 document described “may be the most corrupt plan ever created by the US Government,” we today are hardly surprised at all to discover it. The corruption at the top of the US Government has long since overflowed its banks, out into the public’s consciousness. Not all the king’s horses and all the king’s men can put the myth of US Government decency together again.
Stupid British people glorify these parasites while their children suffer hunger pains.
Gibbins, who earned £80,000 ($105,000) per year as head of global estates at the charity, which promotes Britain’s image worldwide, was sacked for gross misconduct following her “distasteful and personal attack” on the future heir to the throne.
The Labour Party member and republican took the British Council to an employment tribunal, claiming unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal, and “belief discrimination.”
But the tribunal ruled the British Council, of which the Queen is patron, was right to fire Gibbins for her “reckless lack of judgment, inexcusable in someone in a senior position,” despite her claims that she had a “slip of judgement.”
The case relates to a picture of Prince George originally posted by the band Dub Pistols with the caption: “I know he’s only two years old, but Prince George looks like a f***ing d***head.”
The meme sparked a debate in the comments section, in which Gibbins chipped in saying: “White privilege. That cheeky grin is the (already locked-in) innate knowledge that he’s Royal, rich, advantaged and will never know any difficulties or hardships in life.
“Let’s find photos of 3yo Syrian refugee children and see if they look alike, eh?”
She posted a further comment: “I’m sound in my socialist, atheist and republican opinions.
“I don’t believe the royal family have any place in a modern democracy, least of all when they live on public money. That’s privilege and it needs to end.”
In a written ruling, the judge said: “The Tribunal agrees ‘reckless lack of judgment’ which had caused disrepute is sufficient for gross misconduct.
“We concluded that it was not the expression of republican belief that was the reason for concluding that the claimant had lacked judgment and thereby brought the respondent into disrepute.
“It was that she had associated herself with a distasteful and personal attack on a small child.”
Rebecca Walton, the British Council’s EU regional director, who oversaw the disciplinary hearing, told the tribunal: “My concern would have been the same whoever our Patron was, whether from the Royal Family or not.
“I believe there is a recklessness that comes into play when you choose to comment under a picture of a three-year-old child about that three-year-old,” she added.