This last weekend in Chantilly, Virginia, USA there met the notorious Bilderberg Group, exposed in my books Treason at Maastricht (1994) and Europe’s Full Circle (1997) as the corporatist fascist, euro-federalist, globalist anti democratic power broker it has been since 1954 when it was founded by a former Nazi SS Intelligence Officer and a Polish socialist (who had been expelled from both France and Britain during the First World War!)
The similarity between the German-dominated Europe today (where large corporations, socialist globalists and anti democrats rule over disaffected and powerless peoples) and the Nazi dominated Fascist Europe of the 1930s and 1940s is no coincidence. Few organisations demonstrate better than Bilderberg why this is so.
Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands (in fact a German who married into the Dutch Royal Family) founded Bilderberg which in its core (if not in all those who have attended its meetings) played a central role in the process of destroying the nation states of Europe, their constitutions, their parliaments and – through the Euro – their economies and social structures. And the Polish socialist was Joseph Retinger who founded the European Movement and after the War, flush with CIA funds channelled through the “American Committee on a United Europe”, had approached Prince Bernhard (through Unilever) to found Bilderberg.
In my book Europe’s Full Circle chapter 6 is called “Joseph Resigner – From Personal Intrigue to Collective Power” (ebook, Amazon)
Prince Bernhard was a Nazi party member from 1933 until 1937, who resigned one day after his controversial marriage to the future Queen of the Netherlands. The timing of his resignation letter (in order to marry into the Dutch royal family) tells us more than his later apparent support for the Allied cause. An unsigned copy of Prince Bernhard’s resignation letter was found in the National Archives, Washington. The letter ended “Heil Hitler” – hardly a renunciation of the Nazi party. In 1934 he was the subject of a report by a US Congress committee which identified him as an SS officer attached to the Nazi government’s principal industrial ally, I G Farben.
He resigned from Bilderberg in 1976, the year in which he was revealed by the Dutch Government’s Donner Commission as having accepted a US$lm bribe from the Lockheed Corporation. As reported in the Times of 10th and the 12th June 1976, one of the witnesses, on his way to the Commission with tapes and documents, was run over by a car and his briefcase stolen. That witness was a British zoologist, Tom Ravensdale, former PR officer with the World Wildlife Fund of which Prince Bernhard was president.
The origins of this secretive international group of businessmen, principally corporatist and socialist politicians, journalists (who conveniently forget their devotion to open democratic discussion when invited by Bilderberg) and a few misguided continental royals, lie in post-Second-World-War American-European relations.
Bilderberg apparently represents and attracts the kind of people who regard corporatist and state power as more “efficient” than the wishes of individuals, families and nations. The former American ambassador to Bonn, George McGhee, was on record as saying that,
“The Treaty of Rome which brought the European Community into being was nurtured at Bilderberg meetings”.
Richard Aldrich, a former CIA operative turned academic, wrote in Diplomacy and Statecraft, March 1997:
“Although Bilderberg and the European Movement shared the same founders, members and objectives arguably Bilderberg constituted the more effective mechanism….it is clear that the Rome Treaty was nurtured at Bilderberg in the proceeding year.”
Aldrich further asserts (and he should know) that the American Committee for a United Europe which shared so many “founders, members and objectives” with Bilderberg:
“…reveals the style of early covert actions, not least the reliance on private organisations – albeit coordinated by a close circle of friends”
The minutes of the first Bilderberg meeting declared their aim:
“… to evolve an international order which would look beyond the present day crisis. When the time is ripe our present concepts of world affairs should be extended to the whole world.”
The key phrases, indeed code words, for this self-appointed elite, include “international order” – a phrase common to both naive modern-day corporatists and the pernicious leaders of Nazi Germany. “When the time is ripe” indicates both the long-term planning of their project (“our present concepts”) and an element of secrecy. The phrase “the whole world” reveals their supranational power cravings and the intention to eliminate untidy elements like national democracies. Today we would call this supranational corporatism “Globalism”.
Virtually all the leading Bilderberg figures are also members of the US-based Council on Foreign Relations which (despite the presence of many sound liberal and conservative inter-nationalists) was founded by the most fanatical of all “world government” proponents, Paul Warburg. Warburg’s activities included being a director of IG Farben America which, during the Second World War, entered into technology transfer agreements with the Rockefellers’ Standard Oil as well as benefiting from Standard Oil’s monopoly in synthetic rubber which greatly enhanced Nazi Germany’s foreign exchange earnings and its capacity to manufacture war materials. Iso-octane technology, essential for German aviation fuel was provided exclusively by Rockefeller’s Standard Oil of New Jersey.
It was Paul Warburg’s son James who, in evidence to a US Senate committee in 1950, best articulated the aims of the world collectivists:
“We shall have world government whether we like it or not The only question is whether World government will be achieved by conquest or consent.”
So the principal European pillar of the Bilderberg group was a once well connected Nazi while the American pillar was a Rockefeller whose family company, Standard Oil, had been so helpful to the Nazi regime and had a joint venture from the 1920s to 1942 with the Nazis’ principal industrial ally (IG Farben).
James Stewart Martin, the former chief of the Economic Warfare Section of the Department of Justice, noted in his 1950 book “All Honourable Men” how German and American corporatists controlled “global business” in the 1930s and 40s and so were ideally positioned to do the same thing after the war – as they conspired to create the European Union:
“a picture began to emerge of an enemy that did not need the services of spies and saboteurs. By agreement between German and American producers of magnesium (needed for aircraft) production in the United States before the war was limited to no more than 5,000 tons per year. In contrast, Germany in 1939 alone used 13,500 tons and during the next five years consumed magnesium at the rate of 33,000 tons per year.”
Reuters reported (5.10.96) on recently declassified American Intelligence documents which confirmed an August 1944 meeting between the SS and representatives of 7 German companies including Krupp, Rochling, Messerschmidt and Volkswagen. At this meeting (The Red House Meeting) in Strasbourg plans were made to build up wealth, power and industrial capacity abroad, “so that a strong German empire can be created after the defeat”. A US Treasury Department analysis of 1946 reported that the Germans had transferred $500m out of the country before the end of the war.
The aim was to prepare “for a post war commercial campaign” in other words the very kind of political-industrial planning which this book describes as “corporatist”. German companies were encouraged to make alliances with foreign companies and the SS referred to the kind of international patent sharing agreements which Krupp made with US companies – and of which the above mentioned IG Farben-Standard Oil agreement was a classic example.
What politicians forget today is that in the late 1940s and early 1950s, before the Soviet Communist invasion of Hungary and the construction of the Berlin Wall, Germany was pursuing the same nationalistic (i.e. aggressive national) aims as in the 1930s but using the “building of Europe” as the means to this end.
The links between Nazi Germany’s Europe and Hitler’s “world order” and today’s crisis in Europe and the “New World Order” lie in this post-war period. This should not be surprising since 134 of von Ribbentrop’s Foreign Office civil servants served under Adenauer and the same man appointed by Hitler as secretary of his “Europe Committee” (Heinz Twetschler von Falkenstein) was chosen by Adenauer in 1949 for a similar job as Director of the “European Division” of the West German Foreign Office. Consider the common theme in these three quotations from 1931, 1950 and 1951. First Dr Duisberg of IG Farben in 1931:
“Only an integrated trading block will enable Europe to gain innermost economic strength … the longing for a thousand year Reich cries for a new approach. For such a purpose we can use the mirage of a pan Europe.”
From 1934 onwards IG Farben became the principal industrial vehicle for Hitler’s war preparations. Notice here what modern German leaders suppress but which the Nazis did not disguise – that for many Germans “Europe” and “das Reich” are one and the same.
Secondly Konrad Adenauer himself (the German founder of the European Community and indeed of modern Germany) in 1950:
“A federated Europe will be a third force … Germany has again become a factor with which others will have to reckon … If we Europeans colonise Africa we create at the same time a supplier of raw materials for Europe.”
Even for Adenauer therefore “Europe” was a grand imperial ambition rather than just a national interest. And from 1951, Adenauer’s Minister of Commerce, Dr Seebohm (anticipating the British Government’s favourite phrase “Britain at the heart of Europe”!):
“Does free Europe want to join Germany? Germany is the heart of Europe and the limbs must adjust themselves to the heart not the heart to the limbs.”
BILDERBERG is a statist corporatist, anti democratic meeting partly of conspiratorial power mongers but mainly of the naive, the political-social climbers and “the kind of people who” think nothing of bypassing democracy and nation states, of believing themselves “powerful” “behind the scenes” planners of the “destiny” of the world. For decades their watchword was “secrecy” – which makes the presence of journalists who do not report at their gatherings all the more reprehensible.
David Rockefeller expressed his gratitude to the “free press” of the democratic nations for their silence when he addressed a secretive reunion of Bilderberg in Sand, Germany in June 1991. The following is a translation from the French journal “Minute” of June 19th 1991.
“We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our re-union and have respected their promises of discretion for almost four decades.”
The definition of a “great publication” is evidently one which publishes nothing of great significance. It is certainly one which realises that the “freedom of the press” is not the freedom of the people and the right to know is a right of governments, not of the governed. Rockefeller continued:
“It would not have been possible to develop our world project if we bad been subjected to the full fire of publicity all these years. But the world is now more sophisticated and disposed to move towards a world government which will not know war but only peace and prosperity for all mankind.”
Those who meet behind closed doors, plotting the end of nation states, defying democracy and emphasising the elite nature of their group and the inadequacy of everyone else – such people are of course outraged if the democratic will does not fall in with their schemes. They also believe that their skills are precisely those which are indispensable to a governing elite. The banker Rockefeller therefore naturally asserts:
“The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and of world bankers is surely preferable to the self-determination which has been practised for centuries past.”
It is of course just because they fear that the world will reject their ideas that the Bilderberg elite meet in secret, seeking to establish their fantastic “new world” before the people can wake up and prevent its realisation.
KENNETH CLARKE AND BILDERBERG
Those attending are often financed out of Bilderberg funds and some are asked by their governments to attend officially (confirmed by Dr David Owen and Tony Blair), thus disproving the Bilderberg claim that everyone attends as a “private individual”. Some have rather hazy memories about who paid for what and fail to enter their paid-for trips in the parliamentary register of members interests. Kenneth Clarke, like most politicians attending these meetings, claims complete ignorance of the background of the founder of Bilderberg.
It was in 1993 that Lynn Riley and I – by pursuing the undeclared Bilderberg expenses of Kenneth Clarke – managed to get an official British document (a report on the affair by the House of Commons Committee on Standards in Public Life published Her Majesty’s Stationery Office) to mention the Bilderberg Group for the first time!
Many will wish to know why those who owe their positions to national electorates should attend (at the expense of taxpayers or a secret group) meetings of an organisation founded by a former Nazi party member and SS officer, to pursue a secret agenda with leading international businessmen which, as we have seen in the “European Union”, can have serious consequences for their own unconsulted electorates.
Every MP is elected openly on a manifesto, democratically debated, to sit in his national parliament to make decisions solely in the interests of his own national electorate. Attending secret meetings of groups with a covert agenda, most of whose members were never elected, in well guarded locations is not at all what their voters had in mind.
The book Treason at Maastricht (Amazon ebook and available as a physical book through this website) listed those who attended the 1993 Bilderberg meeting in Greece. They included three Britons – Kenneth Clarke, Tony Blair and Sir Patrick Sheehy (the then Chairman of BAT, the same post later occupied by Kenneth Clarke!) who within a few weeks of each other in early 1995 all wrote articles in British newspapers in support of the abolition of the Pound and of the Bank of England as a central bank – i.e. in favour of a European Single Currency. In 1995 and 1996 a new British name started to appear on the Bilderberg list of guests – John Monks, the President of the Trade Union Congress. A leading trade unionist fits Bilderberg’s corporatist politics. Like corporate executives, civil servants and politicians, trade unionists believe in “organising” capital, labour, prices, parliaments and ultimately, of course, nations. Monks soon started promoting the abolition of the Pound!
For a more detailed examination of Bilderberg see chapter 7 of my book “Europe’s Full Circle” available as an ebook on Amazon.
20 years after the publication of that book Bilderberg is still going strong. The attendees are as usual 95% corporate executives – sprinkled with a few democratically elected politicians and a few journalists – prominent being those from the Financial Times and the Economist while the London Evening Standard is represented this year by the former Tory MP and former Chancellor George Osborne whose eurofederalist crusade was brought to a sudden halt by the people of Britain in the Brexit Referendum of June 2016.
BILDERBERG ATTENDEES 2017;
CHAIRMAN Castries, Henri de (FRA), Former Chairman and CEO, AXA; President of Institut Montaigne
Achleitner, Paul M. (DEU), Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Deutsche Bank AG
Adonis, Andrew (GBR), Chair, National Infrastructure Commission
Agius, Marcus (GBR), Chairman, PA Consulting Group
Akyol, Mustafa (TUR), Senior Visiting Fellow, Freedom Project at Wellesley College
Alstadheim, Kjetil B. (NOR), Political Editor, Dagens Næringsliv
Altman, Roger C. (USA), Founder and Senior Chairman, Evercore
Arnaut, José Luis (PRT), Managing Partner, CMS Rui Pena & Arnaut
Barroso, José M. Durão (PRT), Chairman, Goldman Sachs International
Bäte, Oliver (DEU), CEO, Allianz SE
Baumann, Werner (DEU), Chairman, Bayer AG
Baverez, Nicolas (FRA), Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Benko, René (AUT), Founder and Chairman of the Advisory Board, SIGNA Holding GmbH
Berner, Anne-Catherine (FIN), Minister of Transport and Communications
Botín, Ana P. (ESP), Executive Chairman, Banco Santander
Brandtzæg, Svein Richard (NOR), President and CEO, Norsk Hydro ASA
Brennan, John O. (USA), Senior Advisor, Kissinger Associates Inc.
Bsirske, Frank (DEU), Chairman, United Services Union
Buberl, Thomas (FRA), CEO, AXA
Bunn, M. Elaine (USA), Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense
Burns, William J. (USA), President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Çakiroglu, Levent (TUR), CEO, Koç Holding A.S.
Çamlibel, Cansu (TUR), Washington DC Bureau Chief, Hürriyet Newspaper
Cebrián, Juan Luis (ESP), Executive Chairman, PRISA and El País
Clemet, Kristin (NOR), CEO, Civita
Cohen, David S. (USA), Former Deputy Director, CIA
Collison, Patrick (USA), CEO, Stripe
Cotton, Tom (USA), Senator
Cui, Tiankai (CHN), Ambassador to the United States
Döpfner, Mathias (DEU), CEO, Axel Springer SE
Elkann, John (ITA), Chairman, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Enders, Thomas (DEU), CEO, Airbus SE
Federspiel, Ulrik (DNK), Group Executive, Haldor Topsøe Holding A/S
Ferguson, Jr., Roger W. (USA), President and CEO, TIAA
Ferguson, Niall (USA), Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
Gianotti, Fabiola (ITA), Director General, CERN
Gozi, Sandro (ITA), State Secretary for European Affairs
Graham, Lindsey (USA), Senator
Greenberg, Evan G. (USA), Chairman and CEO, Chubb Group
Griffin, Kenneth (USA), Founder and CEO, Citadel Investment Group, LLC
Gruber, Lilli (ITA), Editor-in-Chief and Anchor “Otto e mezzo”, La7 TV
Guindos, Luis de (ESP), Minister of Economy, Industry and Competiveness
Haines, Avril D. (USA), Former Deputy National Security Advisor
Halberstadt, Victor (NLD), Professor of Economics, Leiden University
Hamers, Ralph (NLD), Chairman, ING Group
Hedegaard, Connie (DNK), Chair, KR Foundation
Hennis-Plasschaert, Jeanine (NLD), Minister of Defence, The Netherlands
Hobson, Mellody (USA), President, Ariel Investments LLC
Hoffman, Reid (USA), Co-Founder, LinkedIn and Partner, Greylock
Houghton, Nicholas (GBR), Former Chief of Defence
Ischinger, Wolfgang (INT), Chairman, Munich Security Conference
Jacobs, Kenneth M. (USA), Chairman and CEO, Lazard
Johnson, James A. (USA), Chairman, Johnson Capital Partners
Jordan, Jr., Vernon E. (USA), Senior Managing Director, Lazard Frères & Co. LLC
Karp, Alex (USA), CEO, Palantir Technologies
Kengeter, Carsten (DEU), CEO, Deutsche Börse AG
Kissinger, Henry A (USA), Chairman, Kissinger Associates Inc.
Klatten, Susanne (DEU), Managing Director, SKion GmbH
Kleinfeld, Klaus (USA), Former Chairman and CEO, Arconic
Knot, Klaas H.W. (NLD), President, De Nederlandsche Bank
Koç, Ömer M. (TUR), Chairman, Koç Holding A.S.
Kotkin, Stephen (USA), Professor in History and International Affairs, Princeton University
Kravis, Henry R. (USA), Co-Chairman and Co-CEO, KKR
Kravis, Marie-Josée (USA), Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute
Kudelski, André (CHE), Chairman and CEO, Kudelski Group
Lagarde, Christine (INT), Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
Lenglet, François (FRA), Chief Economics Commentator, France 2
Leysen, Thomas (BEL), Chairman, KBC Group
Liddell, Christopher (USA), Assistant to the President and Director of Strategic Initiatives
Lööf, Annie (SWE), Party Leader, Centre Party
Mathews, Jessica T. (USA), Distinguished Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
McAuliffe, Terence (USA), Governor of Virginia
McKay, David I. (CAN), President and CEO, Royal Bank of Canada
McMaster, H.R. (USA), National Security Advisor
Micklethwait, John (INT), Editor-in-Chief, Bloomberg LP
Minton Beddoes, Zanny (INT), Editor-in-Chief, The Economist
Molinari, Maurizio (ITA), Editor-in-Chief, La Stampa
Monaco, Lisa (USA), Former Homeland Security Officer
Morneau, Bill (CAN), Minister of Finance
Mundie, Craig J. (USA), President, Mundie & Associates
Murtagh, Gene M. (IRL), CEO, Kingspan Group plc
Netherlands, H.M. the King of the (NLD)
Noonan, Peggy (USA), Author and Columnist, The Wall Street Journal
O’Leary, Michael (IRL), CEO, Ryanair D.A.C.
Osborne, George (GBR), Editor, London Evening Standard
Papahelas, Alexis (GRC), Executive Editor, Kathimerini Newspaper
Papalexopoulos, Dimitri (GRC), CEO, Titan Cement Co.
Petraeus, David H. (USA), Chairman, KKR Global Institute
Pind, Søren (DNK), Minister for Higher Education and Science
Puga, Benoît (FRA), Grand Chancellor of the Legion of Honor and Chancellor of the National Order of Merit
Rachman, Gideon (GBR), Chief Foreign Affairs Commentator, The Financial Times
Reisman, Heather M. (CAN), Chair and CEO, Indigo Books & Music Inc.
Rivera Díaz, Albert (ESP), President, Ciudadanos Party
Rosén, Johanna (SWE), Professor in Materials Physics, Linköping University
Ross, Wilbur L. (USA), Secretary of Commerce
Rubenstein, David M. (USA), Co-Founder and Co-CEO, The Carlyle Group
Rubin, Robert E. (USA), Co-Chair, Council on Foreign Relations and Former Treasury Secretary
Ruoff, Susanne (CHE), CEO, Swiss Post
Rutten, Gwendolyn (BEL), Chair, Open VLD
Sabia, Michael (CAN), CEO, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
Sawers, John (GBR), Chairman and Partner, Macro Advisory Partners
Schadlow, Nadia (USA), Deputy Assistant to the President, National Security Council
Schmidt, Eric E. (USA), Executive Chairman, Alphabet Inc.
Schneider-Ammann, Johann N. (CHE), Federal Councillor, Swiss Confederation
Scholten, Rudolf (AUT), President, Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue
Severgnini, Beppe (ITA), Editor-in-Chief, 7-Corriere della Sera
Sikorski, Radoslaw (POL), Senior Fellow, Harvard University
Slat, Boyan (NLD), CEO and Founder, The Ocean Cleanup
Spahn, Jens (DEU), Parliamentary State Secretary and Federal Ministry of Finance
Stephenson, Randall L. (USA), Chairman and CEO, AT&T
Stern, Andrew (USA), President Emeritus, SEIU and Senior Fellow, Economic Security Project
Stoltenberg, Jens (INT), Secretary General, NATO
Summers, Lawrence H. (USA), Charles W. Eliot University Professor, Harvard University
Tertrais, Bruno (FRA), Deputy Director, Fondation pour la recherche stratégique
Thiel, Peter (USA), President, Thiel Capital
Topsøe, Jakob Haldor (DNK), Chairman, Haldor Topsøe Holding A/S
Ülgen, Sinan (TUR), Founding and Partner, Istanbul Economics
Vance, J.D. (USA), Author and Partner, Mithril
Wahlroos, Björn (FIN), Chairman, Sampo Group, Nordea Bank, UPM-Kymmene Corporation
Wallenberg, Marcus (SWE), Chairman, Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB
Walter, Amy (USA), Editor, The Cook Political Report
Weston, Galen G. (CAN), CEO and Executive Chairman, Loblaw Companies Ltd and George Weston Companies
White, Sharon (GBR), Chief Executive, Ofcom
Wieseltier, Leon (USA), Isaiah Berlin Senior Fellow in Culture and Policy, The Brookings Institution
Wolf, Martin H. (INT), Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times
Wolfensohn, James D. (USA), Chairman and CEO, Wolfensohn & Company
Wunsch, Pierre (BEL), Vice-Governor, National Bank of Belgium
Zeiler, Gerhard (AUT), President, Turner International
Zients, Jeffrey D. (USA), Former Director, National Economic Council
Zoellick, Robert B. (USA), Non-Executive Chairman, AllianceBernstein L.P.