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Discussion #28 - The Bilderberg Group

Many middle class people are starting to wonder why the 1% (or the .1%), have all the power. Aren't there a lot more of us? Shouldn't that count for something in a mainly democratic world? If there are 100 kids playing in a schoolyard, & 99 decide to pick a fight with 1, we know who's gonna get their clock cleaned. In a Capitalist global village, it doesn't quite work that way.

In fact, what's happening is that the 1% are basically telling the 99 to donate the vast majority of their one healthy mortal lifespan to them, for peanuts. Keep in mind the almighty king of stats; 80% of all humans on this earth earn $10 (USD) per day or less, & half earn less than $2.50 a day (after conversion of currencies). We are just starting to get a sense of this global reality in the western world. Almost half the population of earth is located in China & India, where a typical wage is $1 to $2/hr.

So, how are they doing it? In a nutshell, organization & influence. One of the best examples of this is the Bilderberg Group. Named after the hotel in Holland where the first meeting took place (in 1954), this group is shrouded in mystique. A secret 4-day annual meeting that makes the G8/G20 meetings look like side-shows. 120-150 top world government leaders, politicians, businessmen & leaders in industry, finance, labour, etc. get together every year for the REAL summit. These meetings are totally private, secret, & receive no news coverage whatsoever. Doesn't sound very democratic, does it?

How they have gotten away with it all these years, is by the conspiracy "elements" that keep it off the radar for 95% of the general population. These elements include religious & ancient Egyptian origins, which give it a fictional image. There is nothing fictional about these meetings, & the decisions made there are sometimes massive in significance (one example being the European Union).

There is likely big dollar value lobbying taking place (though we have no way of knowing for sure). These meetings are just the tip of the iceberg, as this sort of thing goes on all the time. The group defends themselves by saying that the main purpose is to encourage world peace by discussing large issues, thus reducing the need for military actions. In principle this sounds like a good thing, but why not discuss them at the other summits? If these meetings are for the benefit of everyone & not just the elite few, then why all the secrecy?

What the Bilderberg Group really demonstrates, is the determination to which the already ultra-rich & powerful have to becoming even richer & more powerful. The goal should be to make the wealth/income gap smaller, not larger. Come on guys, when is enough enough! It's as if they truly believe they're taking it with them.

What the 1% are failing to realize (or believe), is that if things get bad enough, and/or the 99% get organized, they will rise up. This will happen when the majority feel they have very little to lose, & much to gain. It's really a shame that Capitalism is turning into this, because it really has the potential to be an amazing economic system (& way of life), with a few significant adjustments.

Have you noticed lately, how most government-related expenses/costs have been going up much faster than most wages? This is happening all over the world, & there is a very good reason (which has nothing to do with the environment). Sucking as many dollars out of our wallets as possible, has become the new game. Much of this money ends up as corporate profit from contracts.

An added element is that many are turned off of the idea of saving our environment, due to the perceived expense (which in reality will soon be very low). Many of the largest corporations in the world are in the business of fossil fuels, & the military. This problem is much bigger/deeper than most realize. The very few elite who are on the receiving end of all this, have been hiding behind "conspiracy theories" for a very long time. It's time for us (the 99.9%), to wake up and smell the coffee. I am NOT anti-government! In fact, I personally believe that my (Canadian) office & many others, are doing a fantastic & hugely important job (including the military). It's just a really good idea to be/remain informed about important realities, as it greatly affects political will (& therefore our future). The world military budgets necessary for effective anti-terrorism, peace-keeping & protection of borders is but a sliver of what the actual budgets are. Of course, one of the biggest sources of wealth in the world is the global banking business.

Roughly eight families possess 93% of the money in the world. The rest of us are fighting for the remaining 7%. At the top end of this pack are the Rothschilds & the Rockefellers, which interestingly are rarely seen on the Forbes list of the top wealthy. This is mainly due to the deliberate shroud of secrecy regarding their actual levels of wealth (in the trillions), and individual dilution due to the hundreds of family members since 1760, that have & do share this wealth. Also, they likely own a large portion of Forbes. Secrecy has been a top priority for both of these families, for a very long time. For this reason, it's impossible to know for sure if these numbers are completely accurate, but the odds are they're pretty close.

There are both good and bad forces at play here (with Bilderberg, the Illuminati, & the Masons). The good is that with a sense of world unity & communication, there will and have indeed been less wars and conflicts between countries. The bad, is that with all of the elitism, secrecy & greed, wealth & income inequality have & will continue to grow much larger. I do believe there are some genuinely good intentions here, to advance & protect humanity (from ourselves). As we all know, we are (by far) our own biggest threat. Unfortunately, the proof is in the pudding, and after many many centuries of "gentle guiding", the economic & environmental pudding is not all that great.

As in most "secret societies", the underlying driving force is generally elitism gone bananas, and beneath that, the all-important 3-letter word, ego. The new common knowledge that numerous 5-star underground bunkers have been built over the years, strategically located all over the world, also means that all of the secretive peace & unity talk is maybe not really the main item on the agenda. Many knew this even back in 1785, when these societies became illegal. This basically just drove them underground.

The real danger here, is the vast majority of humans on earth becoming virtually enslaved to an elite few. This is where it's all heading, as more & more power continues to flow to this small group of people. Time is money, & we all only get so much of it in our lifetime. With over 1 billion people (of 7.4) earning & living on $1.25 a day, and 50% of the world's wealth in the hands of the 1% elite, I'd say we're pretty much there now. Keep in mind that the current entire net worth of the world is just over $300 trillion, so if one or two families have somwhere between 5 and 100 trillion of this, the wealth gaps are definitely spiralling out of control. Global Stratification and a developing Caste System (similar to India) are the reality, when what we really want is economic mobility for everyone.

There are many strong indicators of globalization picking up serious steam already, both economically and culturally. The global rise of soccer, yoga, martial arts, fast food, even the game "Pokemon Go". The big "conspiracy theory" is that the main goal of Bilderberg (& the ultra-wealthy super-elite) is one world government. While I agree this seems like an extremely dangerous notion, it would matter most to me how this one government behaved. If it functioned as well as a Nordic country, I'd actually be pretty happy about it, but if more like Syria or Iraq, not so much. There is also the common religious belief in this being a big part of the end times.

Life does not need to be this viciously competitive, elitist, & complicated. It's amazing how many people really believe that it does (for a while). Eventually, everyone realizes that health is the real wealth. Nice people may not finish first in this life competitively, but in ways that matter far more, we do, and I believe that we enjoy life far more as well. The simple things matter far more than the grand, in this life, and in the next.

Obviously one global government is a really bad idea, but the concept of extreme global unity would solve most of the serious problems and threats to all of humanity. At the very least, we should take John Lennon's advice and "Imagine".
Discussion #28 - The Bilderberg Group

Many middle class people are starting to wonder why the 1% (or the .1%), have all the power. Aren't there a lot more of us? Shouldn't that count for something in a mainly democratic world? If there are 100 kids playing in a schoolyard, & 99 decide to pick a fight with 1, we know who's gonna get their clock cleaned. In a Capitalist global village, it doesn't quite work that way.

In fact, what's happening is that the 1% are basically telling the 99 to donate the vast majority of their one healthy mortal lifespan to them, for peanuts. Keep in mind the almighty king of stats; 80% of all humans on this earth earn $10 (USD) per day or less, & half earn less than $2.50 a day (after conversion of currencies). We are just starting to get a sense of this global reality in the western world. Almost half the population of earth is located in China & India, where a typical wage is $1 to $2/hr.

So, how are they doing it? In a nutshell, organization & influence. One of the best examples of this is the Bilderberg Group. Named after the hotel in Holland where the first meeting took place (in 1954), this group is shrouded in mystique. A secret 4-day annual meeting that makes the G8/G20 meetings look like side-shows. 120-150 top world government leaders, politicians, businessmen & leaders in industry, finance, labour, etc. get together every year for the REAL summit. These meetings are totally private, secret, & receive no news coverage whatsoever. Doesn't sound very democratic, does it?

How they have gotten away with it all these years, is by the conspiracy "elements" that keep it off the radar for 95% of the general population. These elements include religious & ancient Egyptian origins, which give it a fictional image. There is nothing fictional about these meetings, & the decisions made there are sometimes massive in significance (one example being the European Union).

There is likely big dollar value lobbying taking place (though we have no way of knowing for sure). These meetings are just the tip of the iceberg, as this sort of thing goes on all the time. The group defends themselves by saying that the main purpose is to encourage world peace by discussing large issues, thus reducing the need for military actions. In principle this sounds like a good thing, but why not discuss them at the other summits? If these meetings are for the benefit of everyone & not just the elite few, then why all the secrecy?

What the Bilderberg Group really demonstrates, is the determination to which the already ultra-rich & powerful have to becoming even richer & more powerful. The goal should be to make the wealth/income gap smaller, not larger. Come on guys, when is enough enough! It's as if they truly believe they're taking it with them.

What the 1% are failing to realize (or believe), is that if things get bad enough, and/or the 99% get organized, they will rise up. This will happen when the majority feel they have very little to lose, & much to gain. It's really a shame that Capitalism is turning into this, because it really has the potential to be an amazing economic system (& way of life), with a few significant adjustments.

Have you noticed lately, how most government-related expenses/costs have been going up much faster than most wages? This is happening all over the world, & there is a very good reason (which has nothing to do with the environment). Sucking as many dollars out of our wallets as possible, has become the new game. Much of this money ends up as corporate profit from contracts.

An added element is that many are turned off of the idea of saving our environment, due to the perceived expense (which in reality will soon be very low). Many of the largest corporations in the world are in the business of fossil fuels, & the military. This problem is much bigger/deeper than most realize. The very few elite who are on the receiving end of all this, have been hiding behind "conspiracy theories" for a very long time. It's time for us (the 99.9%), to wake up and smell the coffee. I am NOT anti-government! In fact, I personally believe that my (Canadian) office & many others, are doing a fantastic & hugely important job (including the military). It's just a really good idea to be/remain informed about important realities, as it greatly affects political will (& therefore our future). The world military budgets necessary for effective anti-terrorism, peace-keeping & protection of borders is but a sliver of what the actual budgets are. Of course, one of the biggest sources of wealth in the world is the global banking business.

Roughly eight families possess 93% of the money in the world. The rest of us are fighting for the remaining 7%. At the top end of this pack are the Rothschilds & the Rockefellers, which interestingly are rarely seen on the Forbes list of the top wealthy. This is mainly due to the deliberate shroud of secrecy regarding their actual levels of wealth (in the trillions), and individual dilution due to the hundreds of family members since 1760, that have & do share this wealth. Also, they likely own a large portion of Forbes. Secrecy has been a top priority for both of these families, for a very long time. For this reason, it's impossible to know for sure if these numbers are completely accurate, but the odds are they're pretty close.

There are both good and bad forces at play here (with Bilderberg, the Illuminati, & the Masons). The good is that with a sense of world unity & communication, there will and have indeed been less wars and conflicts between countries. The bad, is that with all of the elitism, secrecy & greed, wealth & income inequality have & will continue to grow much larger. I do believe there are some genuinely good intentions here, to advance & protect humanity (from ourselves). As we all know, we are (by far) our own biggest threat. Unfortunately, the proof is in the pudding, and after many many centuries of "gentle guiding", the economic & environmental pudding is not all that great.

As in most "secret societies", the underlying driving force is generally elitism gone bananas, and beneath that, the all-important 3-letter word, ego. The new common knowledge that numerous 5-star underground bunkers have been built over the years, strategically located all over the world, also means that all of the secretive peace & unity talk is maybe not really the main item on the agenda. Many knew this even back in 1785, when these societies became illegal. This basically just drove them underground.

The real danger here, is the vast majority of humans on earth becoming virtually enslaved to an elite few. This is where it's all heading, as more & more power continues to flow to this small group of people. Time is money, & we all only get so much of it in our lifetime. With over 1 billion people (of 7.4) earning & living on $1.25 a day, and 50% of the world's wealth in the hands of the 1% elite, I'd say we're pretty much there now. Keep in mind that the current entire net worth of the world is just over $300 trillion, so if one or two families have somwhere between 5 and 100 trillion of this, the wealth gaps are definitely spiralling out of control. Global Stratification and a developing Caste System (similar to India) are the reality, when what we really want is economic mobility for everyone.

There are many strong indicators of globalization picking up serious steam already, both economically and culturally. The global rise of soccer, yoga, martial arts, fast food, even the game "Pokemon Go". The big "conspiracy theory" is that the main goal of Bilderberg (& the ultra-wealthy super-elite) is one world government. While I agree this seems like an extremely dangerous notion, it would matter most to me how this one government behaved. If it functioned as well as a Nordic country, I'd actually be pretty happy about it, but if more like Syria or Iraq, not so much. There is also the common religious belief in this being a big part of the end times.

Life does not need to be this viciously competitive, elitist, & complicated. It's amazing how many people really believe that it does (for a while). Eventually, everyone realizes that health is the real wealth. Nice people may not finish first in this life competitively, but in ways that matter far more, we do, and I believe that we enjoy life far more as well. The simple things matter far more than the grand, in this life, and in the next.

Obviously one global government is a really bad idea, but the concept of extreme global unity would solve most of the serious problems and threats to all of humanity. At the very least, we should take John Lennon's advice and "Imagine".