The Bilderberg official web site is here. It explains the goals and funding of this organization, which is a foundation. It provides general information about who attends, but no names of this year’s participants. They are selected by the Steering Committee.
The latter critical function involves behind-the-scenes considerations that we can hypothesize are at work. The Committee may solicit prospects and then run them by key people before that year’s list of attendees is finalized. It is likely that consensus dominates this important facet of the process, as opposed to voting; but that consensus is probably skewed to the input of the most powerful people. The key people are probably those now in key positions in government and finance, primarily within Europe and America, or those who held such positions in past years. The Steering Committee probably solicits suggestions from a fairly wide circle of people before drawing up a list for a given year. The list of attendees will be responsive to what are seen as popular and pressing concerns about which attendees want to know more. Those who are invited to make presentations will include those thought to be best in a position to provide new and useful ideas and frameworks.
The Bilderberg meeting is a forum for presenting points of view frankly and in private about matters of world governance. The private conversations help powerful and busy people with large responsibilities to form concepts and frameworks for understanding and dealing with issues they may encounter or be able to affect. The Meeting is something like any academic meeting. Such meetings involve both presentations and lots of private interactions, discussions and gossip in which people meet other people.
For detailed easily available information about the Bilderberg agenda that emerges over the years, see this source which draws from Daniel Estulin’s book “The True Story of the Bilderberg Group”. According to this source, the overriding Bilderberg goal is “a One World Government (World Company) with a single, global marketplace, policed by one world army, and financially regulated by one ‘World (Central) Bank’ using one global currency.”
A Bilderberg press release provides us with this year’s topics. They are
1. Populism in Europe
2. The inequality challenge
3. The future of work
4. Artificial intelligence
5. The US before midterms
6. Free trade
7. US world leadership
9. Quantum computing
10. Saudi Arabia and Iran
11. The “post-truth” world
12. Current events
This list alerts us to the current worries and concerns of the Bilderberg powerful. It clearly reveals the supra-national and worldwide perspective of the Bilderberg meeting, with topics ranging over Europe, the U.S., Russia, the Middle East, and the world, as well as global economic issues. European populism heads the list, and it most directly challenges the one-world, one-government concept because populism and nationalism are making a comeback. Inequality is a related challenge, the connection being that restive masses are more receptive to populist appeals. These two Bilderberg concerns (#1 and #2) tie in directly to the income-generating power of the masses, which is covered in topics #3 and #4. The powerful are worried about unemployment and how to fund social welfare schemes to pacify the masses.
Next come three topics related to Donald Trump (#5, #6 and #7), but it would have been terribly gauche to have simply made him a topic. Although European leaders and EU proponents would like Europe with one voice to play a decisive role in world government, they recognize that the U.S. predominates. Besides, about one-third of Bilderberg attendees come from North America, so that these topics are important to them. Trump’s world leadership has moved in an America-centric direction, with trade being a key Trump issue; this is bound to horrify the Bilderberg elites. They are no doubt hoping for a repudiation of Trump in the mid-term elections, but if the European elections are any indication, they’re not going to get it.
Russia is a topic this year. It could be a topic every year because of its position with respect to Europe. Why an interest in quantum computing? Maybe it’s a concern about cryptography or military applications, because this technology will soon make standard computing obsolete. The “post-truth” world is a nod in the direction of how a world government is to face an age in which truth is out of philosophical fashion, in which verities are said to have no moorings in reason or custom, in which religion is seen as superstition, in which families are superfluous, and in which morality can’t seem to find any foundations. If the masses increasingly do not believe in anything, why should they believe in a world government and how can they be controlled?9:12 am on June 18, 2018 Email Michael S. Rozeff