Secret Societies By John Bissonette

WHAT ARE SECRET SOCIETIES?

A secret society is a group whom is unaffiliated with a national government, may keep private membership rolls, may or may not disclose the contents of their meetings to the public, and/or may hide their funding from journalists or the public at large. Their organizational structure could also define a group as a secret society. Most importantly, though, a secret society's intentions must be considered "nefarious" - that is, antithetical to the common good of society in general.

Oftentimes, the conspiracy theorist alleges the goal of a secret society to completely subvert the market economies of the capitalist nations - to either turn them socialist, communist, or fascist.

Another oft-stated goal is to propel one of their own to the highest seats of power in the world's governments. This is one of the prime allegations against the Trilateral Commission: Jimmy Carter was a charter member of the Commission before being elected as the 39th President of the United States.

Some may focus on the concept of "freedom" - by liberating the people from oppressive forces. This is one of the tenets of the conservative movement known as the Tea Party. Their goals are to remove the influence of the old "Establishment Elites". It is a populist movement that has seen a surge of support in the past decade.

Or by imposing upon the population their own view of what society should be. The dangers of a society wholly determined by a small subset of its populace is self-evident. Modern culture is composed of members from across the spectrum of humanity, and government that only considers its views and not that of others dangerously borders fascism.

Modern Secret Societies

Here we will focus on just three groups alleged of being secret societies: the Bilderberg Group, the Trilateral Commission, and the American Tea Parties.

Common tropes of the secret society and associated conspiracy theories (L-R, Top to Bottom): Astrological symbology commonly associated with secret society heraldry; Black helicopters, representing oppressive government forces; Contrails alleged to be "chemtrails", poisons that are used by oppressive governments and regimes for mind control and to subdue the populace; New World Order symbolism, including the barcode to track human beings' movements and actions

The Bilderberg Group

The Bilderberg Group was formed in 1953, in response to growing Anti-Americanism within Europe. It was established to bring together distinguished members of academia, industry, finance, and government, to provide a forum for members to discuss frankly the issues facing the nations of Western Europe and the United States.

The Hotel de Bilderberg, first meeting place of the Bilderberg Group.

The Bilderberg Group is not a think tank. It does not issue position papers nor policy white-papers. It does not also provide an editorial for members to publish. The Group operates under the Chatham House Rules: any member may speak openly about what was discussed, provided that they do not name any other member. Members of the Bilderberg Group have had close ties to the intelligence agencies of the United States and the United Kingdom, as well as with influential think tanks such as the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations. The interconnectedness of these groups and their members are part of the driving force behind the conspiracies surrounding the Bilderberg Group.

The Trilateral Commission

Logo of the Trilateral Commission

The Trilateral Commission was founded as an offshoot of the Bilderberg Group specifically for inclusion of Japan. The Trilateral Commission suffers from some of the same “guilt by association” conspiracies as does the Bilderberg Group and the Council on Foreign Relations.

There are accusations that the Trilateral Commission is a communist conspiracy. There are also conspiracies that the Trilateral Commission aims to gain control of the executive branches of Western governments, and install their own presidents and prime ministers.

Ties with Bilderberg Group, Council on Foreign Relations

The Trilateral Commission was partly founded by David Rockefeller, who is an extremely influential member of the Rockefeller dynasty of bankers and industrialists. Rockefeller was a director of the Council on Foreign Relations, and throughout his life has associated with many powerful individuals, including nearly every President of the United States since Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Allen Dulles and John Foster Dulles, first Director of Central Intelligence (CIA Director) and Secretary of State for Dwight D. Eisenhower's administration respectively.

David Rockefeller launching the International Executive Service Corps from the Rose Garden of the White House in 1964, with President Lyndon B. Johnson at his side.

American Tea Parties

The American Tea Parties are a loose coalition of grassroots sociopolitical conservative groups, formed in response to the 2008 Global Financial Crisis. While the origin of the term "Tea Party" can be traced back to a comment on CNBC by Rick Santelli, the current incarnation of the term came from influential conservatives mounting an "astroturfing" campaign before the 2010 midterm elections, when Tea Party-backed candidates launched a successful bid for many House and Senate seats traditionally held by Establishment Republicans.

(L-R): The Gadsden Flag, a historical flag of the American Thirteen Colonies, used as a symbol of the Tea Party Movement; a Tea Party march in Washington, D.C., Sept. 12, 2009

The Tea Party has been largely funded by a network of organizations created by the billionaire Koch brothers, Charles and David. Through this network they are able to funnel money to local and national candidates and lobbying groups, spreading their fiercely-right wing brand of conservatism. Due to the landmark Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court decision, the Kochs are able to disguise themselves and the amount of funds that they donate from federal disclosure laws.

An infographic connecting the various financial ties between Tea Party groups and the Koch-brothers network of entities, detailing the support given by Koch-funded charities and PACs.

WHY DOES THIS MATTER?

It is imperative for the continued success of the American nation, and by extension, the rest of the world, that the government of the People, by the People, For the People is not co-opted or coerced to further the gains of a select few. It is equally imperative that the transparency of policy initiatives be paramount, that the individuals and groups whom lobby on behalf of, or against, any policy initiatives be identified that their influence not mar the process by which this nation works to create our government. While the Bilderberg Group and the Trilateral Commission may evoke suspicion, the moves and actions of the Tea Party movement, as an extension of the Koch brothers vast lobbying and legislation-crafting empire, is a threat to the continued democracy of the United States. The influence of money, and the ability to conspire at local, municipal, state, and national levels means that the laws and policies of our nation conform only to the viewpoints of a small few, and the rest are at the mercy of their operation.

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