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Author Daniel Estulin at the European parliament
The goal of the Bilderbergers, the powerful elite invited annually to a private and protected meeting from which world events are steered, is power, plain and simple, according to an author who spoke on the subject today before the European Parliament.
But Daniel Estulin, author of the hot-selling book “The True Story of the Bilderberg Group,” said in the text of his remarks he believes the very efforts by the power-hungry to manipulate the world economy is awakening the masses, who now have an opportunity to change history and give mankind back its future.
Estulin was invited to speak to the European Parliament, considered one of the most powerful legislative bodies in the world, by Mario Borghezio, Italy’s most senior member, about what many have considered a “conspiracy” or “secretive cabal.”
“These people want an empire,” he said. “That’s what globalization is. … Too many people believe that in order to have an empire, you need money. You have all heard of the phrase – the money[ed] elite. But money is not a determinant of wealth and the economy. Money does not make the world go around.”
He explained it is the power that derives from money and the ability to make decisions affecting other people that is central.
“The idea behind each and every Bilderberg meeting is to create what they themselves call the aristocracy of purpose between European and North American elites on the best way to manage the planet. In other words, the creation of a global network of giant cartels, more powerful than any nation on Earth, destined to control the necessities of life of the rest of humanity, obviously from their vantage point, for our own good and in our benefit – the great unwashed as they call us,” he said.
Sometimes, he said, this power comes through the destruction of economies.
“They are destroying the world economy on purpose,” he explained. “This isn’t the first time either. This was done in the 14th century New Dark Age: 30 percent of the population wiped out.”
But there is a light, he asserted.
“We are now in a position to change history. I finally believe that mankind has a future. A once-demoralized population with no moral purpose is coming out of [a] prolonged slumber. In this general awakening, people are beginning to ask the right questions,” he said.
“It’s no longer, ‘What will I get out of it?’ but rather ‘What’s right?’ It’s an international phenomenon of response and reaction to a … perception that the entire world is doomed to catastrophe unless we the people do something about it.”
He said the concept of the Bilderbergs is easy to understand.
“In the world of international finance, there are those who steer the events and those who react to the events. While the latter are better known, greater in numbers, and seemingly more powerful, the true power rests with the former,” he said.
He explained the Bilderberg organization is dynamic, “in that it changes with the times, absorbs and creates new parts while excreting the remains of the decaying parts. Members come and go, but the system itself has not changed.”
“It is a self-perpetuating system, a virtual spider web of interlocked financial, political, economic and industry interests,” he said.
Actually, it’s not much of a secret any longer and not much conspiracy, said Estulin.
“It’s a meeting of people who represent a certain ideology,” he said. “The ideology is of a one world company limited.
“Bilderberg is a medium of bringing together financial institutions which are the world’s most powerful and most predatory financial interests. And at this time, it is that combination which is the worst enemy of humanity,” he said.
He said the citizens of the world have forced the higher level of awareness about the plots and plans “by becoming very aware that presidents and prime ministers and your little shrinking queens and kings are puppets of powerful forces working from behind the scenes.”
He said that’s where the door to success may open.
“Something has happened to us, the people in the midst of this general economic collapse. People at large are gripped by something they don’t always understand. But, it compels them to act in a certain way, in their own interest. That’s what they are doing in Greece. That’s what they are doing in Spain, in the United States. It’s called the anthropic principle. It’s like a tidal movement came upon us and washed our fears away. As people realise that their existence is threatened, they have lost their fear, and Bilderberg and others sense it,” he said.
“Perhaps that’s why at a recent Council on Foreign Relations speech in Montreal, Zbigniew Brzezinski … warned that a ‘global political awakening,’ in combination with infighting amongst the elite, was threatening to derail the move towards a one world government,” he said.
“What I am talking about is not a scientific problem or economic question, but rather a morality question. A question of immortality. Do we as nation states, as people of the planet believe in the future of mankind? And what kind of future will we have 100 or 200 years in the future. What about 10,000 years from now? Do we have a right to dream? If we have a sense of purpose for being here, then the bad guys can’t win,” he said.
The Bilderberg Group is an annual, invitation-only conference usually with more than 100 of the globe’s most influential leaders, including heads of state and business tycoons. It always is closed to the public and press, a privacy frequently ensured by armed agents.
WND reported attendance at last year’s event included U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner; Larry Summers, the director of the U.S. National Economic Council; Richard Holbrooke, the Obama administration’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan; World Bank President Robert Zoellick; European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet and European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso.
“Bilderberg is not a bogeyman,” Estulin told WND before his parliamentary address, “but it is a powerful organization. It’s a medium for bringing together financial institutions – the largest, predatory institutions in the world – which acts in ways that are now the worst enemy of society.”
He said the elite consider the national resources their own, not “everyone’s.”
“They want us to work for them, where our children and our children’s children work for an elite group, the oligarchy,” he said.
He has cited David Rockefeller’s own admission. Rockefeller, a Bilderberg member, wrote: “Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as ‘internationalists’ and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure – one world, if you will. If that’s the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.”
He connected the dots between the Bilderberg Group, world events, politicians and corporate tycoons over a period of 15 years.
Estulin revealed how the web of people and organizations has become a “shadow government whose top priority is to erase the sovereignty of all nation-states and supplant them with global corporate control of their economies under the surveillance of ‘an electronic global police state.’”
He says not all members of the group are “bad,” explaining that membership is structured like concentric circles, with varying responsibilities and relationships. But it includes almost every famous player in politics and finance, such as George W. Bush, George Soros, George McGovern and Jimmy Carter.
Estulin writes: “This parallel world remains unseen in the daily struggles of most of humanity, but, believe me, it is there: a cesspool of duplicity and lies and double-speak and innuendo and blackmail and bribery. It is a surreal world of double and triple agents, of changing loyalties, of professional psychotic assassins, brainwashed black ops agents, soldiers of fortune and mercenaries, whose primary sources of income are the dirtiest and most despicable government-run subversive missions – the kind that can never be exposed.”
The conference this year is scheduled June 3-6 in Sitges, Spain.
Former British cabinet minister Lord Denis Healey, one of the founders of the group, explained the purpose of the group to Jon Ronson of the Guardian.
“Those of us in Bilderberg felt we couldn’t go on forever fighting one another for nothing and killing people and rendering millions homeless,” he said. “So we felt that a single community throughout the world would be a good thing.”
Estulin reports the following items will be on the Bilderberg Group’s 2010 agenda:
Will the Euro survive?
Development in Europe: Europe’s exit strategy … on hold?
Do we have institutions to deal with the world economy?
Greece: Lessons and forward-looking strategies
NATO and Afghanistan: The practical agenda for the alliance
Iran and Russia: Economic and financial threats to the alliance
The consequences of war against terrorism
The influence of domestic issues on American foreign policy
The outlook for Japan’s economy
The future of the U.S. dollar: Alternative scenarios