The Summit Outside the Bilderberg Summit

From the Daily Mirror in 1980. Click for a larger view.Last summer, an encampment of protesters appeared outside a meeting of the Bilderberg Group, an annual private gathering rumored in various conspiracist quarters to be the secret government of the world. Michael Tracey's report on Occupy Bilderberg (as the protest was dubbed) appeared a few days ago in The Awl, and while the year's delay means the piece isn't exactly ripped from the headlines, it also means Tracey was able to do some interesting follow-ups on the stories he found there.

Tracey notes at the beginning that there is "plenty one might mock about last year's anti-Bilderberg crowd," starting with the "endless far-flung confabulations" on display. (The article opens with a woman declaring that Bilderberg circles are rife with Satanism and pedophilia.) But while he isn't afraid to let the weirdness on display shine through, Tracey skips the easy mockery to take a well-rounded, fair-minded look at the protesters and their place on the political spectrum. And he doesn't neglect the subject of the Bilderberg meeting itself, which isn't a conclave of child-molesting devil-worshippers but does include many of the the world's most powerful and influential people, falling somewhere on the spectrum separating a Davos forum from a G8 summit. Except it's secret, and power + secrecy = suspicions outside the walls.

Bonus links: The prime mover behind Occupy Bilderberg—the conspiracy-hunting broadcaster Alex Jones—recently interviewed Mike Judge of Beavis and Butthead, King of the Hill, Office Space, and Idiocracy fame. It was a pretty interesting conversation. (Yes, they bring up Dale Gribble.) And I ought to stick in a plug for my upcoming book The United States of Paranoia, which includes a few Bilderberg cameos.

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  • Dweebston||

    falling somewhere on the spectrum separating a Davos forum from a G8 summit

    There are forums dedicated to a SoIaF bit-character? The obsession with Game of Thrones has gotten out of hand.

  • Dweebston||

    OT: I have no problem with the reasonable suspicions of influential and wealthy people congregating. What goads me is the idea that protesting it somehow derails global corporatocracy, as though influential, wealthy people can't interact outside a fancy retreat once a year.

  • Adam.||

    You just don't understand because you're still entrapped by the Moon Matrix™

  • The Late P Brooks||

    If the Bilderbergers are so damned powerful and secretive, how did a bunch of ignoramuses find out where they were having their baby-eating festival?

  • WTF||

    That's just to throw you off, so you don't realize how powerful they really are.

  • Dweebston||

    Precisely. The concern-troll left pays for stooge protesters to flesh out their ranks, and the cigars-and-monocles right pays for Alex Joneses and Marxist hippies.

  • CE||

    Isn't this the type of meeting of the rich and powerful where Lex Luthor would show up and sell them all on his plan to download their brains into mechanical bodies to live forever and rule the world? No wait, that was the 2045 conference last week.

    http://www.cnbc.com/id/100559031

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