The Bilderberg Meeting has been one of the longest-running soaps on the Conspiracy Channel. This year’s episode takes place in Turin, Italy, June 7-10. Since 1954, top business people, academics, and industry leaders from all over the world meet, greet, and listen to some of the most influential people in the world, including various politicians and state leaders. And they’re all very secretive.
We who don’t attend the meeting only get a brief trailer for the content to be discussed. The truth is probably a lot more mundane than the most conspiratorial would like to believe. It’s mostly merely a fancy conference with the glamour of secrecy attached to it – a place to be seen.
While the meeting is probably a lot less dodgy than many people think, it does reflect a corporatist worldview that is worrisome for those who care about liberty. Corporatism is the partnership between government and industry, the halfway point between capitalism and socialism first popularized by the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, and then later picked up by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
The premise of corporatism is that there is very good reason for business and government to talk to each other, because industry becomes a tool for policy implementation through regulations.
The topics of the meeting are surprisingly well-debated in the open media. They lump together into distinct groups: “populism in Europe”, “fake news”, “free trade”, “the ‘post-truth’ world” and “the US world leadership” seems to be euphemisms for “what do we do about Trump and the rise of nationalism?”
Although stated in as neutral terms as possible, they do reflect a globalist agenda and the concern we hear touted so often in the media. The only surprise is perhaps how unsurprising and bland the topics are.
However, far more interesting and worthy of the concern of the international elite is perhaps the second bulk of topics: “The inequality challenge”, “the future of work”, “artificial intelligence” and “quantum computing.” They may seem somewhat unrelated, but they do weave together to form a coherent theme: automation.
In the past, automation always led to new jobs. Technology merely made people more productive. Now, however, there is a growing concern that artificial intelligence is getting so good that they are entering the human domain to a degree that those who are at the bottom end of the IQ bell curve are permanently outcompeted. They will never be able to work again.
What then? What if we get a permanent underclass of outdated people who are permanently deprecated in the workplace? That would be a social disaster and create a chasm between those who are smart enough to work and those who aren’t.
Bill Gates is one of those who are concerned about this, and he has proposed a tax on robots for welfare redistribution. You may vigorously disagree with that solution and be dismayed at how socialist the framework is, but the topic is a legitimate concern for discussion. You can be sure that solutions such as this will be presented at the Bilderberg Meeting.
Not exactly diversity
In the end, the Bilderberg Meeting is a demonstration of how diversity doesn’t refer to diversity of ideas and opinions. It seems clear from the agenda that the topics are streamlined for a certain train of thought going in a narrow direction with only a few destinations in mind. If anything, it is a remnant of the Cold War way of thinking: Small groups of important people meet to solve problems through central planning.
Onar is a Norwegian author who has written extensively on politics, technology, and science. He has a mathematics and physics background and has been a technological entrepreneur for twenty years, working in areas ranging from biomass gasification and AI to 3D cameras and 3D TV. He is currently also the Editor of the alternative news site Ekte Nyheter (Authentic News) in Norway.