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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Demystifying The Bilderberg Group and Libertarian Suspicions Thereof

Why yes, The Bilderberg Group is, as a matter of fact, an annual conference of some of the world's most influential, powerful, and wealthy people. And yes, as a matter of reason, people with wealth and power tend to want to keep their wealth and power and take measures to that effect. And yes, also as a matter of historical record, people with wealth and power will often do unscrupulous, malicious, and heinous things to hang on to their wealth and power, and because of their wealth and power, they often get away with it.

Now there is a certain species of libertarian that will drone endlessly on about The Bilderberg Group and its machinations, often alleging some very odd (and entirely impossible to prove) things about them, and to distance myself from them as much as possible I hardly mention the "Bilderbergers," and to be quite frank, I hardly think of them much myself.

That's because in an age of unlimited information, unprecedented freedom, and functionally limitless means for more and more of the free world's population to live their lives however they choose, the problem isn't any establishment elitist that imagines he "owns" us and can dispose of us as he sees fit, but rather lies with those of us who don't seem to mind too much being owned and disposed of, so long as we have our iPods, violent entertainments, prescription drugs, and enough food in our bellies. If the world's elite abuse us, it's because we let them.

So instead of appealing to the primitive fear centers in my readers' brains, I assume better of them. I believe they're intelligent enough for something deeper than what the conspiracy and fear-peddlers use to rally their audiences. Eleanor Roosevelt is attributed with saying: "Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people." Rather than appeal to small minds and discuss people, rallying them behind the fear of this or that bogeyman, I prefer to discuss ideas (with the liberal use of events to illustrate those ideas at work). I prefer to teach people what freedom is and why it's good and how to achieve it.

But at the same time, the way mainstream journalists and even libertarians (who over-compensate with the best intentions in mind) dismiss the newsworthiness and importance of the Bilderberg meetings is astonishingly dishonest. When the Fed meets behind closed doors, we want to know what they're up to. When Congress hashed out the details of Obama's health care law behind closed doors, Americans were incensed. When the President held a "beer summit" between a cop and a man he wrongly arrested, which should have never been more than a local news story, the entire media was captivated. So by any fair standard of media attention, the deafening media silence during each year's annual conference of the world's most powerful people is conspicuously suspicious.

As the editors at Taki's Magazine write:

From June 9-12, while the American media was focusing its cruel klieg lights on, oh, Betty White switching her brand of adult diapers or something, over a hundred of the world’s most powerful financiers and policymakers convened in Switzerland to nearly inaudible fanfare.

One would think an event that clustered together high-ranking officials from some of global finance’s biggest names—the Federal Reserve, the IMF, the WTO, World Bank, Bank of Canada, European Central Bank, Citigroup, Barclays, Chase Manhattan, Goldman Sachs, and numerous European national banks—would have attracted more attention.

One would think wrong.

It would seem to be a major news story when corporate titans from Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Alcoa, NestlĂ©, Fiat, Airbus, Siemens, Shell, and Pfizer joined all of the above behind closed doors, wouldn’t it?

Only to a paranoid mind.

And only a lunatic would suggest that bringing together avowed globalists such as David Rockefeller and Henry Kissinger alongside such globalist and quasi-globalist organizations as the Council on Foreign Relations, the European Commission, the European Council, the Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics, and the United Nations World Food Programme would have anything to do with attempts to shape a global agenda.

So please, for the sake of your sanity, sweep away all such suspicions from your mind.

Since 1954, the Bilderberg group—named after the Hotel de Bilderberg in the Netherlands, home of their first meeting—have secretly convened yearly in Europe and America to ear-splitting silence and a blinding absence of media coverage.

But don’t ask why. There’s no reason. No reason at all. Nothing to see here, folks. Keep moving along. This is merely a bunch of old, washed-up farts sipping tea, playing miniature golf, and giving each other prostate massages.

If you suspect they are doing anything more than that, you are a “conspiracy theorist”—a meaningless ad-hominem attack used to shame and silence anyone who’d dare suggest that the world’s elites would ever so much as lift a pinkie to maintain, consolidate, and even enhance their power.

You can't argue with that kind of reasoning.

Wes Messamore,
Editor in Chief, THL
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