Its a fact of life that people who have money, power and who hold influence over others tend to stick together.
How, though, do they meet and where do they go to talk about the important issues of the day?
More importantly, perhaps, is the question of what those issues may be and how they plan to deal with them.
Enter the Bilderberg Group.
HOTEL DE BILDERBERG
The first ever meeting of such people took place at the Hotel de Bilderberg in the Netherlands in 1954 and the group of around 130 attendees has been known as ‘the Bilderbergers’, ‘the Bilderberg Group’ and such like ever since.
The original meeting was initiated by several people and those invited change each year – there is a steering committee of around 20 members who then draw up a list of approximately 100 others who they feel can contribute to their meeting.
Those who have been invited tend to be well established in the realms of politics and business, though sometimes an upcoming politician or businessman may also be asked to attend too.
When the annual meetings take place they are often held within luxurious hotels around the world and security is extremely tight.
For instance, it has been reported that a meeting was recently held in Greece and that it was protected by police, commandos and even F-16 fighter planes.
Beyond that, not much is known about the Bilderberg Group.
As soon as the meetings commence there is a media blackout.
The paparazzi get nowhere near the meetings with their long lenses, no news channel reports on the proceedings and no-one ever leaks any information, deliberately or otherwise.
In other words, this group of individuals, politicians and businessmen is accorded a level of privacy that celebrities and royals would die for!
Should that prompt the man in the street to question what is discussed at the Bilderberg meetings?
Or should the level of secrecy lead us into questioning what they are talking about and planning?
MISTRUST TO THE LEFT, DISTRUST TO THE RIGHT
The Bilderberg Group has raised concerns amongst people of differing political persuasions.
The ultra-right, for instance, believe that Bilderberg is part of a Zionist plot which has world dominance as one of it’s aims.
The far left, on the other hand, has issues with what they perceive as being a capitalist agenda.
Another group, the conspiracy theorists, believe that the Bilderberg Group are plotting a New World Order via careful and clever manipulation of world events over the years.
Do any of those 3 groups have legitimate concerns?
There is, of course, no way of knowing because of the complete lack of reporting which, to my mind, is the real issue – people need answers and when they don’t get them they will create scenarios in their minds that explain the hitherto unexplained.
I think that if the Bilderberg Group were more transparent then a lot of the conspiracy theories that follow them around would probably cease to exist.
WHO BELIEVES IN A BILDERBERG CONSPIRACY?
Conspiracy theories attract a variable number of people depending upon the subject matter.
Typically these people are a random selection of the population who relate to a particular issue in a certain way.
Of course there will also be other believers who will think that a conspiracy exists because they mistrust everything or think it is trendy or cool not to believe anything they are told.
Where the Bilderberg Group is concerned, however, there are/were some more infamous believers who reportedly include Osama Bin Laden and the Oklahoma City Bomber, Timothy McVeigh, who believed that Bilderberg manipulated the government.
REPORTED BILDERBERG ATTENDEES
Those who are believed to have attended past Bilderberg meetings tend to come primarily from the spheres of politics, business, media and education.
Some of the more famous names that have been reported to have attended include –
- George W Bush
- Tony Blair
- David Rockefeller
- Bill Clinton
- Henry Kissinger
- The Crown Prince of Belgium
- The Queen of the Netherlands
Whatever these people talk about, it cannot be argued that they lack influence.
WHAT DO BILDERBERG DISCUSS?
As mentioned previously, no-one outside of the Bilderberg Group knows what takes place, or what topics are discussed, during their meetings.
There has been plenty of speculation and conjecture put forward put there are no facts.
Considering the attendees, it seems likely to me that important world issues are debated and that solutions are sought, all out of the public’s gaze.
Whilst this privacy may facilitate far more open dialogue than that which would occur in regular politics, it does lead to suspicion.
As Alasdair Spark, a journalist interested in conspiracy theories, said –
The idea that a shadowy clique is running the world is nothing new..Shouldn’t we expect that the rich and powerful organize things in their own interests? It’s called capitalism.
WHAT ARE YOUR VIEWS ON THE BILDERBERG GROUP?