Lessons and Questions from Bohemian Grove

MEDIA ROOTS – For two weeks every July, elite diplomats, oil executives, U.S. presidential hopefuls, Ivy League Presidents, media CEOs, and other members of the .01% carouse together at a secluded Redwood camp out called the Bohemian Grove in Monte Rio, CA.

The Bohemian Club of San Francisco hosts the powerful soiree, where the rich and powerful network, give talks, discuss policy and drink heavily. Regrettably, like other closed door gatherings of the global elite, the public is largely ignorant of this annual meeting.

Aside from the heavy partying, probably the most peculiar thing that happens at the Grove is the ‘Cremation of Care’ ceremony, where 50 men in monk robes ritualistically sacrifice a life size coffin effigy to a giant 40 foot owl called ‘Molock.’

Media Roots and RT’s Abby Martin went to find out if people in DC know about the Bohemian Grove:

Bohemian Grove: Orgy of Power for the Ruling Elite

The Occupy Wall Street movement and those who protest the Bohemian Grove share some stark commonalities.  Both are justifiably concerned that an elite group of men make political and economic decisions behind closed doors, without due transparency.  Both are justifiably concerned that police in riot gear – who themselves belong to the 99% – go against their own socioeconomic interests when guarding the power structure of the elite.  Finally, both OWS and Bohemian Grove protestors are outraged that money purchases political power, and those without wealth consequently have no voice in the U.S. political process.  To counteract the ‘Cremation of Care’ ritual, protesters held a ‘Creation of Care’ ceremony to show how they want the Grove’s policy makers to care about the impact made by their policies, not burn them away.  Abby’s interviews with women and men from Occupy the Bohemian Grove protest shed light on these common concerns:

Occupy Protesters Take on the Bohemian Grove

The Bohemian Grove highlights a glaring problem within the U.S. political system: elites meet in secret and deliberate policy behind closed doors, with no transparency, away from the electorate.  As the Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Bohemian Grove movements acknowledge, our own ignorance and idleness allows these activities to continue unabated.

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  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    > the public is largely ignorant of this annual meeting

    we could take that a little further and say
    the public is largely ignorant
    and this story helps keep them that way

    Bohemian Grove, at best is a little R&R for the elites
    the real evil planning is done using MS Excel
    in corporate cubicals
    by well trained robots

    • The Baffler

      Very good. You are learning.

      • Jin The Ninja

        dude, he’s probably known for a long while.

  • chinagreenelvis

    WHO

    THE FUCK

    GIVES

    A SHIT

  • The Baffler

    Their worship of Moloch is intentional.

    The joke is on them. Moloch is no more real than any other demon.

    • Irving Greenfield

      Problem is that Moloch, a canaanite deity was symbolized by a bull, or a man with a bulls head, not an owl.
      The owl, a symbol of wisdom, is more associated with the Greek goddess Diana, or Artemis, the Roman version. This whole Molech thing is a creation of Alex Jones, et al.

      • http://twitter.com/mattstaggs Matt Staggs

        Hoo-hooo says that?

      • Investinourftre

        No that’s Ball (sp?), husband of Ashura.  Moloch is the Owl, what are you reading?

      • http://twitter.com/jasonpaulhayes jasonpaulhayes

        Pagan FM just did a podcast discussing why other religions fear Paganism.

        Full Transcript:  http://paganfm.com/wordpress/

        Re: Abrahamic Religions

        The deity of these fearful people is one that is undeniably
        blood-thirsty. He loves those whom he loves, but when it comes to his
        enemies, he is without mercy. That is the God of Abraham, the God of the
        Christians, Jews and Muslims. Those who follow him – if they see this
        God with these attributes, will necessarily act accordingly. They look
        at Paganism as a rejection of their God – and Pagans, Occultists and the
        like, as the enemy of their God.

        To the followers of El, Yahweh, Christ, Allah, there is but God, and
        the Devil or Satan. When they adopted monotheism and rejected other
        gods, theirs became a binary system. No longer were there many Gods with
        one ruling deity, but two – the good God and the bad God – except that
        the bad God wasn’t quite a God – merely an angel with some god-like
        qualities. In the person of Lucifer, the Devil, these religions have a
        reason for evil. In El, they have a reason for good. And we, as humans
        choose one side or the other. If we choose El, yet live a damnable life,
        this means that we are either insincere and damned, or perhaps God
        knows something about our hearts that is not visible to others. If we do
        not choose El, then it doesn’t matter how we live our lives. That we
        believe something is, according to Christian theology, at least, a tacit
        declaration of war upon Christianity (or Judaism or Islam).

        And that is the primary source of fear of the Occult. It doesn’t
        matter what the Pagan or the Occultist or the witch believes. Our
        beliefs do not matter. What matters is that our beliefs are not theirs.
        El, Allah, Yahweh, requires that all believe him – and all others, no
        matter what they believe, are the enemy – followers of the evil one. The
        fear comes from the very definitions. If an individual is not a
        follower of the one God, then by the definition of the monotheists, such
        an individual is a follower of the evil one.

  • Nunzio X

    I imagine a secret ceremony where all the participants strip naked.

    Then they get down on all fours, in a single-file line, and insert their nose into the asshole of the “person” in front of them, forming a rather comical conga-line.

    If someone took a picture, the caption would read: BUSINESS ON PARADE.

  • 6Blackie6

    Bohemian:  “a socially unconventional person, especially one who is involved in the arts.”
    The art of control that is.

  • Monkey See Monkey Do

    More distractions for the idiocracy. Turn off your televisions and get educated you idiots.

  • Calypso_1

    Your most blatant OWS co-opt piece yet. 

  • rus Archer

    the only less from bohemian grove = pay attention to shit that matters
    bugs bunny matters more than this

  • http://twitter.com/jasonpaulhayes jasonpaulhayes

    The Bohemian Grove is just a few miles from my house and it’s the least of our concern in my community what Rituals take place there. Sonoma County was recently rated 2nd most tolerant community in the United States and I argue that it may in fact be the most tolerant, it certainly is in my experience.

    It seems that this specific protest straddles a line that needs to be drawn in the sand. Historically Conservatives fear Pagans because they are made to believe they are the servants of Satan. So … Pagan Rituals aside, since they also have a Patron Saint as a mascot, this is a matter of secrecy and a matter of powerful people (in violation of the several laws) discussing policy and agenda where they shouldn’t be.

  • SFog

    So an old high school buddy who is the original Deadhead works at the Grove. Another friend of mine just worked  there for a playing in a band for the Boho’s entertainment . As he put it’s Burning Man for the 1%. I used to wok at a restaurant near the Grove and it was a mix of very nice celebrities, rich business assholes, and politicians. The mostly got drunk and screwed expensive call girls.

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