The Private Forums Of The World’s Elites

Worst. Spin. Ever. This is as laughable as it is infuriating. From the henceforth discredited publication, The Economist:

“You can do nothing against a conspiracy theory,” sighs Etienne Davignon. He sits in a lofty office with a stupendous view over Brussels, puffing his pipe. He is an aristocrat, a former vice-president of the European Commission and a man who has sat on several corporate boards, but that is not why some people consider him too powerful. He presides over the Bilderberg group, an evil conspiracy bent on world domination. At least, that is what numerous websites allege; also that it has ties to al-Qaeda, is hiding the cure for cancer and wishes to merge the United States with Mexico.

Partial listing of Bilderberg Steering Committee from official site.

Partial listing of Bilderberg Steering Committee from official site.

In reality, Bilderberg is an annual conference for a few dozen of the world’s most influential people. Last year Bill Gates and Larry Summers hobnobbed with the chairman of Deutsche Bank, the boss of Shell, the head of the World Food Programme and the prime minister of Spain. One or two journalists are invited each year, on condition that they abstain from writing about it. (Full disclosure: the editor of The Economist sometimes attends.)

Because the meetings are off the record, they are catnip to conspiracy theorists. But the attraction for participants is obvious. They can speak candidly, says Mr Davignon, without worrying how their words might play in tomorrow’s headlines. So they find out what other influential people really think. Big ideas are debated frankly. Mr Davignon credits the meetings for helping to lay the groundwork for creating the euro. He recalls strong disagreement over Iraq: some participants favoured the invasion in 2003, some opposed it and some wanted it done differently. Last year the debate was about Europe’s fiscal problems, and whether the euro would survive.

The world is a complicated place, with oceans of new information sloshing around. To run a multinational organisation, it helps if you have a rough idea of what is going on. It also helps to be on first-name terms with other globocrats. So the cosmopolitan elite—international financiers, bureaucrats, charity bosses and thinkers—constantly meet and talk. They flock to elite gatherings such as the World Economic Forum at Davos, the Trilateral Commission and the Boao meeting in China…

[continues in The Economist]

14 Comments on "The Private Forums Of The World’s Elites"

  1. What a crock of BS, how could a banker make a fortune of plummeting stocks and ‘still be angry’ that his advice was ignored? These people do not help anything or anyone other than themselves. They were ‘caught off guard’ by the financial crisis? THEY CREATED THE FINANCIAL CRISIS. You blind piece of crap news organization, didn’t you just say you only get invited to the conferences because you can’t write about it? Well then what you’ve said here is obviously a perversion of the truth because for some reason you were allowed to write about it, i’ll bet they even edited the article for you. The reason they all meet behind closed doors is because they know that if they showed their faces in public they’d probably be shot, they deserve worse. What did they ‘save’ when they used the taxpayers money to fuel a bailout that only the rich wanted? They saved the rich! Their system should have failed because they ran it into the ground! They’re trying to control the world and they can’t and shouldn’t, and when america looks like germany after WWI they will be counting their gold and watching the new police state on tv from a high tower on a private island somewhere.

  2. What a crock of BS, how could a banker make a fortune of plummeting stocks and ‘still be angry’ that his advice was ignored? These people do not help anything or anyone other than themselves. They were ‘caught off guard’ by the financial crisis? THEY CREATED THE FINANCIAL CRISIS. You blind piece of crap news organization, didn’t you just say you only get invited to the conferences because you can’t write about it? Well then what you’ve said here is obviously a perversion of the truth because for some reason you were allowed to write about it, i’ll bet they even edited the article for you. The reason they all meet behind closed doors is because they know that if they showed their faces in public they’d probably be shot, they deserve worse. What did they ‘save’ when they used the taxpayers money to fuel a bailout that only the rich wanted? They saved the rich! Their system should have failed because they ran it into the ground! They’re trying to control the world and they can’t and shouldn’t, and when america looks like germany after WWI they will be counting their gold and watching the new police state on tv from a high tower on a private island somewhere.

    • Ironaddict06 | Jan 24, 2011 at 11:53 am |

      Amen.

      • must be nice running the entire black market, that way you can flip off the fools who think your markets are your only source of power….

    • Liam_McGonagle | Jan 24, 2011 at 12:21 pm |

      Of course you’re right here.

      On the other hand, you’ve got to admit that their public relations strategy is very effective. Cooly, calmly paint a smileyface on the side of your death machine in full view of the public, and don’t even bother to deny the essential facts of the matter, and the public will be so caught off guard that they’ll be unable to effectively react.

      It’s worked for at least 30 years. Don’t fix what ain’t broken. Well, I’m sure that’s how they see it, anyway.

  3. Ironaddict06 | Jan 24, 2011 at 3:53 pm |

    Amen.

  4. Liam_McGonagle | Jan 24, 2011 at 4:21 pm |

    Of course you’re right here.

    On the other hand, you’ve got to admit that their public relations strategy is very effective. Cooly, calmly paint a smileyface on the side of your death machine in full view of the public, and don’t even bother to deny the essential facts of the matter, and the public will be so caught off guard that they’ll be unable to effectively react.

    It’s worked for at least 30 years. Don’t fix what ain’t broken. Well, I’m sure that’s how they see it, anyway.

  5. must be nice running the entire black market, that way you can flip off the fools who think your markets are your only source of power….

  6. WhiteRose | Jan 25, 2011 at 7:42 pm |

    I’m kind of with him I mean really he’s hiding the cure for cancer? I would be selling that like hot cakes to starving kids in Africa… World domination? If that were the case it wouldn’t be such a mess and they would put a tax on it to bail themselves out. The fact is the consumer, the average joe doesn’t want to take part responsibility for the mess the world is in. They are too busy facebooking their 2000+ friends and making sure their picture look pretty. There seems to be the extremely lazy to the extremely crazy ie the Laughners of the world.

  7. WhiteRose | Jan 25, 2011 at 3:42 pm |

    I’m kind of with him I mean really he’s hiding the cure for cancer? I would be selling that like hot cakes to starving kids in Africa… World domination? If that were the case it wouldn’t be such a mess and they would put a tax on it to bail themselves out. The fact is the consumer, the average joe doesn’t want to take part responsibility for the mess the world is in. They are too busy facebooking their 2000+ friends and making sure their picture look pretty. There seems to be the extremely lazy to the extremely crazy ie the Laughners of the world.

  8. Anonymous | Jan 26, 2011 at 3:45 am |

    I think you’re supposed to say “Rothschild-owned” the Economist — that way the spin is entirely understandable.

  9. drewhempel | Jan 25, 2011 at 11:45 pm |

    I think you’re supposed to say “Rothschild-owned” the Economist — that way the spin is entirely understandable.

  10. Good to see the Deutsche Bank is represented. Didn’t I see them mentioned as one of the villains who created the Financial Crisis?

  11. Good to see the Deutsche Bank is represented. Didn’t I see them mentioned as one of the villains who created the Financial Crisis?

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