Investigative journalist and bestselling author Daniel Estulin is this week’s guest on Real Politik. Based in Spain, Mr. Estulin is renowned for his reportage and research on the transnational power elite, whose agendas and deliberations greatly influence the trajectory of global economic and political events. His book, The True Story of the Bilderberg Group (2005), is an international bestseller that has been translated into over 40 languages. He has recently been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for this and related journalistic work.
Estulin’s research has led him to conclude that the true rulers are not elected. Rather, they effectively vet and choose those vying for public office who will carry out broader agendas beyond public view. “Many years ago,” he recalls, “when I began researching these people I came across them by chance. I asked myself a fairly simple question, ‘If presidents and prime ministers of countries don’t really have much to say in terms of real body politics, then who runs the world from behind the scenes?”
The Bilderberg Group itself dates to the immediate post-World War Two era.
It was a very important element of the oligarchical structures of the Cold War period. That in and of itself is a pretty significant factor because what it meant was that it was one of the vehicles through which private financier oligarchical interests were able to impose their policies over what were nominally sovereign governments. The biggest scandal part of this whole Bilderberg organization is that it was heavily populated by people who came out of the World War Two Nazi apparatus and who were basically cleaned up, dusted off, and deployed to become a hardcore of the Cold War anti-Soviet structures in the West.
The Bilderberg Group and similar organizations are invoked under various terms, such as “‘one world government, new world order, an all-seeing eye, a Jewish-Masonic conspiracy. But not matter how you want to spin this thing,” Estulin points out, “it’s not a conspiracy theory. It’s a conspiracy reality. These organizations–the Bilderbergers, the Trilateral Commission, the Council on Foreign Relations, Bohemian Grove–they’re not the power centers of anything really. They’ve had an important role to play in the past, especially Bilderberger, but much less so today as its role has been diminished. Today these organizations, they’re basically conveyor belts of opportunities. The real decision making process is done at a much higher level. That said, it’s an important medium-sized organization where a lot of important decision making processes are [conducted] and passed on to higher organizations, higher entities, to where these debates are put together into a concrete policy initiative.”
There has been an almost complete news blackout of the Bilderberg Group and its meetings, thus allowing for the association to exist under the radar for much of its sixty year existence. “The media has always participated, talking about the mainstream press. They’re invited. They’re part of the Bilderberg conspiracy, Estulin argues.
When you look at the individuals and groups that attend these meetings, we see presidents, prime ministers, secretaries of state, royalty, billionaire financiers, presidents of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and so on. And, of course, among them you have the ‘fifth estate’–the New York Times, Washington Post, Le Monde, Economist, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, etc., and they all attend these meetings with the understanding that whatever the information, the decisions and discussions that take place at these meetings, they’re never revealed in the mainstream press’ publications. The world’s media … are just a source to legitimize a lot of these policy decisions taken by the elitists at these meetings.
Estulin also discusses recent geopolitical and economic events–the foremost being the standoff between Western countries and Russia. He argues, for example, that Vladamir Putin’s de facto opening of the “gold window” for the first time since Richard Nixon closed it in 1971 is a game changer that will eventually have major repercussions for the US petrodollar and broader political economy. “Nothing happens by accident,” in terms of volatility and the financial sector, the author observes.
A lot of the decision making takes place at these meetings. They’re discussed. They’re ironed out. Obviously not all of that stuff can be controlled. But without any doubt whatsoever, especially some of the conditions and situations that affect society in general, a lower strata of society, they’re very much discussed at these meetings.
I’ll give you one example. At this year’s Davos meeting they discussed an important issue for the rest of us, which is ‘fiscal austerity.’ Fiscal austerity is something that the media–the fifth estate–is trying to sell to us as people as something positive in a sense because in an age when the economy is spiraling out of control, fiscal responsibility, fiscal austerity is important, because allegedly the governments’ are going to be penny-pinching, watching the spending. It’s nonsense! It has nothing to do with reality. Fiscal austerity, as far as the elite is concerned, is kind of a vague term which actually refers to cutting social spending and increasing taxes. That’s what fiscal austerity means.
And the effect is that the public sector is devastated, obviously, as all assets are privatized, public workers are laid off en masse, unemployment becomes rampant, health and education disappear, taxes rise dramatically, and then currencies are devalued to make all assets cheaper for the international corporations and banks to buy up while internally causing inflation, which of course increases the costs of fuel and food. In short, this vaunted fiscal austerity which allegedly helps save money for the lower classes, implies in real body politic social destruction, as the social foundations of nations and peoples are pulled from under them. States become despotic and oppress the people who actually are revolting against austerity policies, and they have a term for that as well, which is called the “sterilization” of society.
The True Story of the Bilderberg Group is now being produced as a feature-length documentary film that will debut at film festivals with a subsequent theatrical run in late spring (preview below). A movie based on the book has been attempted twice over the past several years but ran into unforeseen difficulties whereupon the project was abandoned. The initial US producer “was scared into giving up on the project.” (See December interview with Kris Millegan, Estulin’s US book distributor.) “Then another producer came along and, basically, he was bankrupted.” Then “three-and-a-half years ago a producer in Spain, who had a big name in Spain, he was bankrupted. If you believe in conspiracies or coincidence theories, three banks called in his loans all in the same day. The loans had nothing to do with the Bilderberg documentary. Finally, we decided to put our money–over $200,000 over the past three years–for getting this out there. Right now we’re in the final stages of postproduction. We’ve traveled to 11 countries, interviewed some of the biggest experts in the world, and we’re about three three weeks away from finishing this.”
The project is still in need of about $25,000 in funding to complete postproduction. Mr. Estulin has established a site at rockethub to accept donations toward this goal.
Additional information on Estulin and his work is available at danielestulin.com.
Professor James F. Tracy is an Associate Professor of Media Studies at Florida Atlantic University. James Tracy’s work on media history, politics and culture has appeared in a wide variety of academic journals, edited volumes, and alternative news and opinion outlets. James is editor of Union for Democratic Communication’s Journal Democratic Communiqué and a contributor to Project Censored’s forthcoming publication Censored 2013: The Top Censored Stories and Media Analysis of 2011-2012. Additional writings and information are accessible at memoryholeblog.com.