Before we go any further, let me just say that I’m no Alex Jones. I’m not a paranoid conspiracy theorist who finds the ultimate evil around every corner. That being said, there’s no question in my mind that the Bilderberg Group is a very dangerous prospect. I did a little informal survey before writing this piece and people seem to recognize the name, but none of them had any idea what the Bilderberg Group is all about. That’s why the group is so dangerous. It flies under the radar by swearing the media to secrecy. (Indeed, as you will see, members of the media are also members of the Bilderberg Group.) It is the ultimate shadow government of the elites.

The Bilderberg Group first met on May 29-31, 1954, at the Hotel de Bilderberg in the Netherlands. The idea was to foster greater understanding and cooperation between the United States and Western Europe in the areas of economics, politics and defense. They have been meeting ever since. This year’s meeting – their 60th – was held from May 31-June 3 in Chantilly, Virginia. This is taken from their press release:

The 60th Bilderberg Meeting will be held in Chantilly, Virginia, USA from 31 May – 3 June 2012. The Conference will deal mainly with political, economic and societal issues like Transatlantic Relations, Evolution of the Political Landscape in Europe and the US, Austerity and Growth in Developed Economies, Cyber Security, Energy Challenges, the Future of Democracy, Russia, China and the Middle East.

Approximately 145 participants will attend of whom about two-thirds come from Europe and the balance from North America and other countries. About one-third is from government and politics, and two-thirds are from finance, industry, labor, education, and communications. The meeting is private in order to encourage frank and open discussion.

Here’s a sampling of who’s on the 2012 attendee list:

Keith B. Alexander (USA), Commander, U.S. Cyber Command; Director National Security Agency

Nick Boles (GBR), Member of Parliament

Reid Hoffman (USA), Co-founder and Executive Chairman, LinkedIn

Frank McKenna (CAN), Deputy Chair, TD Bank Group

Jorma Ollila (FIN), Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell

Paul Polman (NLD), CEO, Unilever PLC

Past attendees have included Tim Geithner, Larry Summers, Angela Merkel, Condoleeza Rice, Colin Powell, Alan Greenspan, George Soros, Ben Bernanke, Bill Clinton, and Donald Rumsfeld.

The buzz phrase you hear constantly when conspiracy theorists like Alex Jones or Jesse Ventura discuss the Bilderberg Group is New World Order. The term refers to a totalitarian one-world government ruled by elites and policed by a one-world army, effectively replacing sovereign nation-states. Daniel Estulin, another conspiracy theorist who claims to have spent 14 years studying the Bilderbergs, has postulated the group’s grand design in his book, The True Story of the Bilderberg Group:

  • one international identity (observing) one set of universal values;
  • centralized control of world populations by “mind control;” in other words, controlling world public opinion;
  • a New World Order with no middle class, only “rulers and servants (serfs),” and, of course, no democracy;
  • a “zero-growth” society without prosperity or progress, only greater wealth and power for the rulers (elites);
  • manufactured crises and perpetual wars;
  • absolute control of education to program the public mind and train those chosen for various roles;
  • centralized control of all foreign and domestic policies; one size fits all globally;
  • using the UN as a de facto world government imposing a UN tax on “world citizens;”
  • expanding NAFTA and WTO globally;
  • making NATO a world military;
  • imposing a universal legal system; and
  • a global “welfare state where obedient slaves will be rewarded and non-conformists targeted for extermination.”

A trip through YouTube will reveal a number of videos on the subject of the Bilderberg Group. In these videos, you’ll see Alex Jones, Jesse Ventura, Glenn Beck and other less-than-credible talking heads. (Although I find Jesse Ventura much more credible than the other two.) All you need to do is type the name of the group in the search bar. I invite you to do so. However, I did find a few credible reports on the group, one of which is posted here:

At the very least, the notion of a ‘secret society’ that meets in private to discuss the future of the world is disquieting. The fact that these are ‘elites’ is even more disturbing. That the United States is so heavily invested in the Bilderberg Group is what bothers me the most because it undermines the very basis for American democracy: Transparency.

With everything that is going on in our nation – voter suppression, the Citizens United ruling and the influx of millions of dollars of corporate money into the election process, the use of unmanned drones on sovereign nations, endless wars with no known objective or resolution, an “assassination” list supposedly designed to fight terrorists (drones are even being used in select states within the U.S. for other purposes), the destruction of the middle class that has been 30 years in the making – it’s easy to see why conspiracy theories revolving around the Bilderberg Group exist.

Perhaps, as one observer of the Bilderberg Group has postulated, the notion of crazy conspiracy theorists is what they want you to believe.

Have they been working toward a New World Order? The jury is still out for me. However, I find the fact that the richest and most powerful people on the planet are discussing the future of the United States and the world — without anyone else’s input — frightening.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject.