The Bilderbergers are back.
Yes, it’s that time of year again when the rich, the powerful, the influential gather together behind closed doors to talk about things they don’t want the rest of the world to know about while telling us not to worry, nothing to see here, move along.
If you don’t know the Bilderberg conference, let me give you some background.
It has taken place every year since 1954 and is officially about getting leaders in politics, business and the media from Europe and North America to talk to each other.
This year 140 participants from 22 countries will meet behind closed doors in Telfs-Buchen, Austria.
Who is there?
* John R. Allen. He’s from the State Department and is Obama’s lead man on fighting ISIS.
* Ben van Beurden: He’s the CEO of Royal Dutch Shell
* Andrew Coyne, lead Editor at National Post
Also from the media, Zanny Minton Beddoes, editor of The Economist.
Eric Schmidt the CEO of Google will be there. Lots of current and former bankers, including Robert Zoellick, chairman of the board at Goldman Sachs.
All in all, a pretty impressive list of names and titles.
Some critics think of Bilderberg and the Bilderbergers (that’s what attendees are called)m well, some critics think of it as some kind of shadow government. That this is the secret cabal that runs the world.
These are pretty influential people, so it’s not crazy to think these meetings will hold some sway on public policy around the world. You have to go a bit further than that to be truly cuckoo.
On the agenda for the Bilderbergers
· Artificial Intelligence
· Chemical Weapons Threats
· Current Economic Issues
· European Strategy
· Middle East
· United Kingdom
· US Elections
That’s a pretty extensive list of discussion topics for such a large group over three days.
And there is some talk among Bilderberg critics that attendees will really be discussing how to sell artificial intelligence, like Google’s ingestible ID microchips to the general public or that they will cement Hillary Clinton as their pick to win the US presidential election.
Look, I am sure there will be a lot of support for Hillary there and maybe even backroom deals to help her and hurt her rivals.
I am sure Google’s ever creepy attempts to make Skynet real will be showcased and discussed.
I am sure this informal, unelected group has an incredible amount of sway.
But I’m not willing to go along with the idea that the Bilderbergers run the world.
I’m not ready to endorse the idea that there is a secret global government.
What I am worried about and have been for years is the very open attempt to set up a world government by the United Nations.
This isn’t a conspiracy theory, they speak openly about it at every turn.
Like his predecessors UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon attempts to lecture sovereign countries on how they should act.
The UN speaks openly about the need for a global tax to fund their programs.
“The financial needs of developing countries have long outstripped the willingness and ability of donors to provide aid. Addressing this challenge, the “World Economic and Social Survey 2012: In Search of New Development Finance” (WESS 2012), proposes an international tax, combined with other innovative financing mechanisms, to raise more than $400 billion annually for development and global challenges such as fighting climate change.”
Beyond taxation the UN wants a say in how the world is run.
“As the world becomes more interdependent, global governance, including global economic governance and the governance of the global commons, is increasingly relevant for achieving sustainable development.”
Who elects the people that run the United Nations?
Do you vote for a UN representative? I don’t. The UN is a collection of ambassadors and bureaucrats, many of them from some of the most repressive regimes in the world. Dictatorships are given as much of a vote as democracies at the UN, free countries are treated no better than repressive one.
If people are worried about creeping global government then the real target isn’t the Bilderbergers, or the people show up at places like Davos, it’s the United Nations, the ever expanding joke of an institution that supported Saudi Arabia holding a conference on religious discrimination while that country forbids houses of worship other than mosques.
Focus on the real problem and that problem isn’t meeting this week in Austria, it has a permanent home in New York City, put the focus on the UN.
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