Conspiracy theorists are easily and, it seems, almost inevitably, ridiculed. Sometimes it’s quite understandable: not all conspiracies are credible. But to deny that conspirators exist, and that they can be men of power and influence, capable of changing the very world in which we live, is preposterous. The fact of conspiracies is obvious.
A problem, I suppose, is the negative connotation to the word "conspiracy." The word is constructed from the Latin "com," meaning "with," and "spirare," "to breathe." Conspirators, in other words, are people who are breathing together. Today we would describe them as "putting their heads together," whereas the Romans thought of them as breathing together. Take your pick.
The G8 group has been meeting in Tokyo. It’s a private organization, consisting of the chief executives of the U.S., Japan, Russia, Germany, France, Britain, and Canada. It was the G7 until Russia was invited in, in 1998, and the G6 prior to Canada’s admission, in 1976. It probably had its origins as the "Library Group," formed in 1973, consisting of the chief financial officers of the six initial countries. These were men with clout! (President Chester Arthur is said to have remarked that anyone who controls the volume of money is absolute master of all business and commerce.) The Library Group became the G6 when the heads of the respective states wanted to get in on the act, and why not? The bankers may own the earth (and governments), but the politicians are the front men, who carry out their policies and take the heat, if any.
At the latest G8 meeting, the members discussed such things as global warming, terrorism, food prices, oil, etc., but you’re not likely ever to read the minutes of their discussions. Meetings are closed to the public, and the only record of what transpires consists of notes taken by the group’s flunkies, called "sherpas," who do the actual work. If a member needs a bit of information about, say, oil production, he’ll ask his sherpa (one sherpa per nation) to get it for him. (If the sherpa doesn’t know, he’ll send his "sous sherpa" to find out. There are two "sous sherpas" per nation.) The sherpas meet several times a year to agree on agendas and other arrangements.
Rich and powerful men are not going to meet regularly, whether as the G8 group, the Bilderbergers, the Trilateral Commission, or the Club of Rome (to name a few) just to have a chat about current events. These men are able, and willing, to put their ideas for the world into action, which means legislation and treaties, although they may put it indirectly, as in this statement from the G8: "This global challenge (rising world temperatures) can only be met by a global response, in particular, by the contributions from all major economies." Guess who’s going to contribute, dear reader! Japanese Prime Minister Fukuda, the host of G8 this year, said, "The G8 will implement aggressive midterm total emission reduction targets on a country-by-country basis." Guess whose car may be running — inefficiently — on ethanol in the near future!
China and India can sit in on the meetings, but not otherwise participate, although China’s Gross Domestic Product is second only to the U.S.’s, and far greater than that of the other seven countries. China and India issued a statement calling on the G8 countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 45% by 2012. Is that possible? I doubt if anyone knows. Does it matter? Does human activity, in other words, cause global warming? There doesn’t seem to be any evidence of it. But never mind. Whether or not such measures will have any effect upon "global warming" may be irrelevant: they WILL have an effect upon your life.
Policies that will significantly influence how you live are being made for you, by strangers, mostly foreigners, in secret meetings. The men making these life-altering decisions are the most powerful men in the world. Their decisions will affect you, but your opinion will not be sought. That’s only fair: they are rich and powerful, and know what ought to be done (or so they think), whereas we are uninformed and venal, and know nothing (or so they think).
Looks like a conspiracy to me!