Bilderberg: Talk Shop, World Government, or a Bit of Both?
Commentary on the secretive Bilderberg group – whose annual meeting is fast approaching – tends to fall into one of two polarized camps: those who claim it is a mere talk shop for global ‘has-beens’ who get together to discuss past glories and triumphs, and those who claim the group is a secretive global government, pulling the strings of global order from behind the scenes.
Instead of choosing one of these two positions, I propose viewing the institution in its sociological context: as a global think tank, not concerned with ‘conspiracy’ but with establishing consensus among ruling elites. The organization has a particular socializing function for the super rich and elite, partly a forum for discussion and debate, and partly a forum for establishing policy and grooming up-and-coming politicians. With the group’s 60th meeting approaching, it is important to place the organization in its sociological context, to understand both its weaknesses and strengths, and thus, to increase the level of discourse about this secretive and powerful global organization.
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