The Economist: A Powerful Elite IS Secretly Running Things…but You’re Still Crazy


A rather strange article recently appeared in the Economist admitting to a global elite deciding issues in secret. The article still calls those questioning those methods “conspiracy theorists” and makes them sound crazy…even though they were right all along. Just to refresh everybody’s memories, here’s the definition of  “conspiracy”.

“a secret agreement between two or more people to perform an unlawful act”

If we look at the Bilderberg Group, it is definitely made of secret agreements between two or more people. Are the acts discussed unlawful? They are surely undemocratic – little to no elected officials attend to those meetings. In a democracy, elected officials have the mandate to decide public policies. Not CEO’s of corporations.  I am only stating the obvious here, but the obvious does not seem obvious anymore.

Here’s the article from the Economist (whose editor attends the Bilderberg group

“YOU can do nothing against a conspiracy theory,” sighs Etienne Davignon. He sits in a lofty office with a stupendous view over Brussels, puffing his pipe. He is an aristocrat, a former vice-president of the European Commission and a man who has sat on several corporate boards, but that is not why some people consider him too powerful. He presides over the Bilderberg group, an evil conspiracy bent on world domination. At least, that is what numerous websites allege; also that it has ties to al-Qaeda, is hiding the cure for cancer and wishes to merge the United States with Mexico.

In reality, Bilderberg is an annual conference for a few dozen of the world’s most influential people. Last year Bill Gates and Larry Summers hobnobbed with the chairman of Deutsche Bank, the boss of Shell, the head of the World Food Programme and the prime minister of Spain. One or two journalists are invited each year, on condition that they abstain from writing about it. (Full disclosure: the editor of The Economist sometimes attends.)

Because the meetings are off the record, they are catnip to conspiracy theorists. But the attraction for participants is obvious. They can speak candidly, says Mr Davignon, without worrying how their words might play in tomorrow’s headlines. So they find out what other influential people really think. Big ideas are debated frankly. Mr Davignon credits the meetings for helping to lay the groundwork for creating the euro. He recalls strong disagreement over Iraq: some participants favoured the invasion in 2003, some opposed it and some wanted it done differently. Last year the debate was about Europe’s fiscal problems, and whether the euro would survive.

The world is a complicated place, with oceans of new information sloshing around. To run a multinational organisation, it helps if you have a rough idea of what is going on. It also helps to be on first-name terms with other globocrats. So the cosmopolitan elite—international financiers, bureaucrats, charity bosses and thinkers—constantly meet and talk. They flock to elite gatherings such as the World Economic Forum at Davos, the Trilateral Commission and the Boao meeting in China. They form clubs. Ethnic Indian entrepreneurs around the world join TiE (The Indus Enterprise). Movers and shakers in New York and Washington join the Council on Foreign Relations, where they can listen to the president of Turkey one week and the chief executive of Intel the next. The world’s richest man, Carlos Slim, a Mexican telecoms tycoon, hosts an annual gathering of Latin American billionaires who cultivate each other while ostensibly discussing regional poverty.

Davos is perhaps the glitziest of these globocratic gatherings. Hundreds of big wheels descend on the Swiss ski resort each year. The lectures are interesting, but the big draw is the chance to talk to other powerful people in the corridors. Such chats sometimes yield results. In 1988 the prime ministers of Turkey and Greece met at Davos and signed a declaration that may have averted a war. In 1994 Shimon Peres, then Israel’s foreign minister, and Yasser Arafat struck a deal over Gaza and Jericho. In 2003 Jack Straw, Britain’s foreign secretary, had an informal meeting in his hotel suite with the president of Iran, a country with which Britain had no diplomatic ties. But Davos is hardly a secretive institution: it is crawling with journalists. The other globocratic shindigs are opening up, too. Even Bilderberg has recently started publishing lists of participants on its website.

Some American organisations, such as foreign-policy think-tanks, are also well placed to exert global influence. The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, for example, has established itself as one of the most globally trusted talking-shops, with offices in Beijing, Beirut, Brussels and Moscow, as well as Washington—though it has yet to fulfil the vision of its founder, Andrew Carnegie, who wanted it to abolish war. The key to wielding influence, says Jessica Mathews, Carnegie’s president, is “very simple. You hire the best people.”

In countries where think-tanks are subservient to the state, such as China and Russia, foreign outfits such as Carnegie enjoy a reputation for independence. If they can back this up with useful knowledge, they can sway policy. For example, Carnegie scholars advised the authors of Russia’s post-Soviet constitution. And when relations between American and Russia grew frosty under President George W. Bush, Carnegie’s Moscow office helped keep a line of communication open between the two governments.

Such meetings are “an important part of the story of the superclass”, says Mr Rothkopf, the author of the eponymous book. What they offer is access to “some of the world’s most sequestered and elusive leaders”. As such, they are one of “the informal mechanisms of [global] power”.

Some globocrats think the importance of forums like Davos is overstated. Howard Stringer, the boss of Sony, is the kind of person you would expect to relish such gatherings. Welsh by birth, American by citizenship, he took over Japan’s most admired company in 2005, when it was in serious trouble, and turned it around in the face of immense cultural obstacles. He says he has enjoyed trips to Davos in the past but will not attend this year. He can learn more, he says, by listening to his 167,000 employees.

On the face of it there seems much to be said for the world’s shakers and movers meeting and talking frequently. Yet for all their tireless information-swapping, globocrats were caught napping by the financial crisis. Their networks of contacts did throw up a few warnings, but not enough to prompt timely action.

The limits of jaw-jaw

Jim Chanos, a hedge-fund manager who made his first fortune betting that Enron was overvalued, warned the G8 finance ministers in April 2007 that banks and insurance firms were heading for trouble. He made another fortune when bank shares crashed, but is still furious that his warnings were politely ignored. He thinks it an outrage that several senior regulators from that period are still in positions of power. And he accuses some bankers of “a wholesale looting of the system” by paying themselves bonuses based on what they must have known were phantom profits. He thinks they should be prosecuted.

Globocrats failed to avert the crisis, but they rallied once it struck. Rich-country governments acted in concert to prop up banks with taxpayers’ money. In America the response was led by a well-connected trio: Hank Paulson, George Bush junior’s treasury secretary and a former boss of Goldman Sachs; Tim Geithner, Barack Obama’s treasury secretary and a former boss of the New York Federal Reserve, as well as a veteran of the IMF, the Council on Foreign Relations and Kissinger Associates; and Ben Bernanke, of Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Princeton and the Bush White House, who is now chairman of the Federal Reserve. The bail-outs were unpopular everywhere, but may have prevented the world’s banking system from imploding.

Governments are now trying to craft rules to prevent a recurrence. Lots of people have offered advice. Among the weightier contributions was a report from the Group of Thirty (G30), an informal collection of past and present central-bank governors. The Volcker Report, advocating a central clearing mechanism for derivatives trading and curbs on proprietary trading by banks, helped shape America’s Dodd-Frank financial-reform bill. The G30 is influential because it consists of people with experience of putting policies into practice, says Stuart Mackintosh, its director. So when it makes recommendations, they can be turned into action, he adds.”

– Source: The Economist

According to the article : a cosmopolitan elite—international financiers, bureaucrats, charity bosses and thinkers—constantly meet and talk. They flock to elite gatherings such as the World Economic Forum at Davos, the Trilateral Commission and the Boao meeting in China. They form clubs. Still, if you question this, you are a tagged as a “conspiracy theorist” and therefore a nut job.

To desire open, public debates between democratically elected officials is simply crazy. Either you accept undemocratic proceedings or you’re crazy. Are you crazy? Because if you have any concerns or opinions regarding what is happening, they are surely not rational. They are crazy-conspiracy-theorist-ramblings. That’s the underlying message of the article. I love those kinds of articles.

Thank you Bilderberg-owned The Economist.


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5 years 3 months ago


5 years 7 months ago
You are the crazy one my friend. I agree the government is runned by 1-5 people. Powerful people that use the media , news , and politics as a cover for the truth behind the curtian. The president is mearly a puppet he has been since the cold war. When these selection of people were picked and now run the world and decide what marketing things will be in fad. Wether its a new car a new food or what ever they decide what the people want by puting it in commercials and advertising it and such. T.V is all sensored the news as well is all told what the people behind the curtian thing we can handle what they think we want to know. But some people citizens of america and other countrys know bits and pieces of the truth by listening to talk radio and other things online.… Read more »
5 years 8 months ago

By the way, Al Quaeda does not actually exist.

5 years 8 months ago

Well shit, I guess we all better sit back and let this oligarchy give it to us where the sun don't shine. They've got every right to brainwash and poison us, send our sons and daughters to slaughter innocents in another country without cause, and just wait for the goodly Illuminati to develop a super virus that won't mutate out of control and lose its effectiveness after the first six hosts so we can finally have that five-hundred-million-man golden age. Our gods are just! Glory to them! A thousand year reich! All hail!

Let's lynch 'em. XD

5 years 8 months ago

Men and women with lots of money and power meeting in secret in order to gain more money and power. That's just human history in a nutshell. Anyone who is appalled and surprised by this is really naive. If you had a lot of money and power, wouldn't you want to keep it and get more of it without everyone in the world knowing about it? Sure, there are definitely shady, possibly illegal deals going on and whatnot, but that's just business as usual. Humans are deceitful creatures by nature. How else do you think we got to the top of the food chain?

5 years 8 months ago

"If we look at the Bilderberg Group, it is definitely made of secret agreements between two or more people. Are the acts discussed unlawful?"

It may be unlawful but definitely it's not illegal 🙂 Lawful and legal are two different but similar notions. They carefully craft their art in the borders of legalise 🙂

5 years 8 months ago

God save us from Zionism

5 years 8 months ago

Silly question, if only because I think it will provoke an interesting response, but:

At what socioeconomic level are you no longer able to privately talk about politics without it being a malicious conspiracy?

5 years 8 months ago
The real question is, Schadrach, do you understand that those at the highest socioeconomic are doing far more than just talking in secret? They are making the policies, setting the prices and interest rates, and deciding exactly how many jobs will be cut and/or slaved out to China and India for bottom dollar payscales. Not politely talking in private, but DOING criminal things in secret according to their own selfish motives and greed that we are told can only be done (legally) by the elected representatives of the people in a Constitutional Republic, in the case of the United States, as well as other "democracies" in the case of Europe and many other nations. So, while I do understand your point, I have to wonder if you understand that the question you pose is more than a little bit naive, considering the reality that those people in the upper echelons… Read more »
5 years 8 months ago

Revolting article! It says that you are right, there IS a conspiracy, and there ARE secretive meetings, where power-freaks decide major things about the world, but if you dare to deal with the matter you will be labeled a lunatic, because they are that powerful: they can make majority of the people think that people who point to the truth and ask questions are crazy. It is almost like they are laughing into our faces. But I don't mind. We will see who will be the last one laughing.

5 years 8 months ago

Like in the movie The International (2009) Freemasons kill inconvenient people.

5 years 8 months ago

In other words, this Economist article reeks of "nothing to see, move along. Move along."

Little do they know that they all are selling their souls. Everyone is in a race to the top, but there is only cannibals at the top.

5 years 8 months ago
From what I learned it wasn't really a conspiracy. The information was there. The documents were there….we just never paid attention. I mean sometimes the words came right out of the people own mouth. We were just too stupid. Anyway it's the way things are done and has been done for a long time. A lot of things done is for self-gain, political power, pure evil, mainly money & power…'s a mixture of many things. You have to ask who built this country, and where did they come from. What did we as a country get our selves into from the start of this country. The things is we are blotching a lot of things together ( politics, boule, masons, Illuminati, devil worshipers ) when in reality they may not actually go hand in hand. Where do we go from here & what exactly is the mess created & what… Read more »
5 years 8 months ago

I remember reading a New Yorker article on the Crash of 1907. While the story was interesting, it was a sentence towards the end that caught my attention; while I don't remember the exact quote I do remember what it imparted:

"The rich want the system to continue, as they would suffer. Ergo, they're benevolent rulers."

That's what The Economist's article is saying. That, and "Anyone willing to impugne the powerful are losers."

5 years 8 months ago
First of all let's not forget that 'conspiracy theory' has now become (largely thanks to the mainstream media) little more than another dumbed down cultural meme. For a start the idea of a 'conspiracy theory' view of the world immediately defines the world as operating *by default* as a 'non conspiracy' which is absolutely absurd! Even official history books tells us how absurd that idea is with conspiracies large and small shaping world events over and over and over again. World history is in many ways the history of conspiracy. The term 'conspiracy theory' is obviously being used as a form of 'aversion branding' designed to influence public opinion at an emotional/ subconscious level. One mention of 'CT' and we all now imagine tin foil hats and nutters and geeks in basements on forums… and now we being encouraged to imagine lunatics with guns as well. No one wants to… Read more »
Gift Of Wisdom
5 years 8 months ago
If you people don't understand by now that wealthy, elite, crypo-Jews rule the world, then you will never understand why this world is so corrupt. These groups of cryto-Jews include: the Bilderburg, Illuminati, Masons, multitudes of political leaders, the entertainment industry and of course CEO's of major corporations and may others. They are in power to continue with their plan to destroy America and to dominate the world economy. They are controlled by greed, envy, lust and especially satanic worship which is the primary cause of destruction in the earth today. The apostasy is that most of them are descendants of the tribe of Dan, the original Jewish tribes from the Old Testament, who has rejected Christ as the Son of God and accepted Satan as their god. If you don't know this by now, consider yourself lost and clueless as to how the real world operates. Go back to… Read more »
2 years 4 months ago

I'm intrigued. How does one find more info about the tribe of Dan lineage and dogma?

5 years 8 months ago

ups sorry, I mistake the page, this comment is for other post haha

5 years 8 months ago

Why are you so sure that this things happening are made by "god"? after all we have read it's obvious that man can do all that thing with tecnology, and make you believe is god. And then, they run the new system.

5 years 8 months ago

excuse my language-

5 years 8 months ago


"The world is a complicated place, with oceans of new information sloshing around. To run a multinational organisation, it helps if you have a rough idea of what is going on."

And others don't.

Your suggestion the author of this site is intentfully embelishing a "spin" on it is a funny example of irony. Did you read the article in full? Good, don't, it is complete bullshit.

Resist their systematic response to our numbers. Fuck The Economy and The Economist.

Not Blind
5 years 8 months ago

This is the problem we're facing as a people. We can read, but not comprehend. Brian is a perfect example of this.

heart broken
5 years 8 months ago

my ex-boyfriend works for the club of rome and refuses to believe that they are pure evil.

i asked him a hundred times to leave it because his hands was full of blood. he didn't listen to me and we just broke up. i feel so sorry for him, i still care a lot about him, but seems that he was brainwashed and is completely blind about what this organization is about. to make things worst he has just married a woman that family are masons. sometimes i think he just married her to become a freemason. all that i can do is pray to jesus to save his soul, because i believe is loosing it. it's so sad…

5 years 8 months ago

By the way I do appreciate the response.

5 years 8 months ago

You're making this "You're still crazy" point without mentioning one substantial fact:

You guys suggest Bildeberg group is evil and secretive. The Economist does not. That's where you two disagree.

It doesn't contradict itself like you so passionately say it does, Vigilant. And I don't see anywhere in the article that strongly asserts conspiracy theorists as being "crazy".

You have to stop embellishing so much, VC. It's making you seem less passionate about the truth and more zealous about keeping your agenda alive. No different from any other political machine.

5 years 8 months ago
I am willing to bet you that the writers of the Economist are smart enough to know that broad generalizing statements about any group of people (regardless of if one believes them or not) is considered a "no-no" in modern day (American) society. And I am smart enough to read "inbetween the lines" and figure out that the writer of this article does not think highly of "conspiracy theorists". Even though he never comes out and says that publicly. As flips says, "…The writer slips the idea that you must be ridiculous to see a conspiracy early on. The rest of the article says how great and praises the elite ventures making it acceptable and pallatable that so much world power is thrown around a few elite in private (not elected, with private interests, no loyalty to a country or a people)…" Although I deem the term "praises" to be… Read more »
5 years 8 months ago

Holy crap! How did you comment from the future? Has Vigilant done a post on time-travellers yet?

5 years 8 months ago

Oh hey, it was a time zone deal. Stupid.

5 years 8 months ago

i am absolutely crazy. and grateful.

5 years 8 months ago

You know whats the worst thing about this illuminati thing is ive analyzed my whole childhood and life and everything that had deep meaning to me was connected to them in one way or another i feel so robbed of my idenity

Sarah Connor
5 years 8 months ago

You know what sweetie? I can totally relate to how you feel and have likened it myself to a 'death in the family' kind of feeling. Even though it stinks when you are going through it, like we all are, all the time, just in different places, it is a good thing to start realizing you are not just a product of your environment. You are not just a manifestation of all the crap you have been inidated with and all of it's shallowness, and materialistic nature, or vein patriotism, admiration of things topical in nature. You are much more than that…..and it is a good thing to start to realize. You new identity will be better, I promise.

5 years 8 months ago

@ "hmmm" : you've got to be joking. have some common sense.