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.
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
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.
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.