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excerpted from the online version of The Insiders
The Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission
Most Americans have never heard of these
two organizations. But knowing something about them is essential to
understanding what has been going on in America for several decades.
So, let us examine, first, the Council on Foreign Relations and
then...the Trilateral Commission.
The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
Council on Foreign Relations (7) was incorporated in 1921. It is
a private group which is headquartered at the corner of Park Avenue
and 68th Street in New York City, in a building given to the
organization in 1929.
The CFRís founder, Edward Mandell House, had been the chief adviser
of President Woodrow Wilson. House was not only Wilsonís most
prominent aide, he actually dominated the President. Woodrow Wilson
referred to House as "my alter ego" (my other self), and it is
totally accurate to say that House, not Wilson, was the most
powerful individual in our nation during the Wilson Administration,
from 1913 until 1921.
Unfortunately for America, it is also true that Edward Mandell House
was a Marxist whose goal was to socialize the United States. In 1912
House wrote the book,
Philip Dru -
Administrator. In it, he said he
was working for "Socialism as dreamed of by Karl Marx." The original
edition of the book did not name House as its author, but he made it
clear in numerous ways that he indeed was its creator.
In Philip Dru: Administrator, Edward Mandell House laid out a
fictionalized plan for the conquest of America. He told of a
"conspiracy" (the word is his) which would gain control of both the
Democratic and Republican parties, and use them as instruments in
the creation of a socialistic world government.
The book called for passage of a graduated income tax and for the
establishment of a state-controlled central bank as steps toward the
ultimate goal. Both of these proposals are planks in The Communist
Manifesto. And both became law in 1913, during the very first year
of the House-dominated Wilson Administration.
The House plan called for the United States to give up its
sovereignty to the League of Nations at the close of World War I.
But when the U.S. Senate refused to ratify Americaís entry into the
League, Edward Mandell Houseís drive toward world government was
slowed down. Disappointed, but not beaten, House and his friends
then formed the Council on Foreign Relations, whose purpose right
from its inception was to destroy the freedom and independence of
the United States and lead our nation into a world government-if not
through the League of Nations, then through another world
organization that would be started after another world war. The
control of that world government, of course, was to be in the hands
of House and like-minded individuals.
From its beginning in 1921, the CFR began to attract men of power
and influence. In the late 1920s, important financing for the CFR
came from the Rockefeller Foundation and the Carnegie Foundation. In
1940, at the invitation of President Roosevelt, members of the
gained domination over the State Department, and they have
maintained that domination ever since.
By 1944, Edward Mandell House was deceased but his plan for taking
control of our nationís major political parties began to be
realized. In 1944 and in 1948, the Republican candidate for
President, Thomas Dewey, was a CFR member. In later years, the CFR
could boast that Republicans Eisenhower and Nixon were members, as
were Democrats Stevenson, Kennedy, Humphrey, and McGovern. The
American people were told they had a choice when they voted for
President. But with precious few exceptions, Presidential candidates
for decades have been CFR members.
But the CFRís influence had also spread to other vital areas of
American life. Its members have run, or are running, NBC and CBS,
the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Des Moines Register,
and many other important newspapers. The leaders of Time, Life,
Newsweek, Fortune, Business Week, and numerous other publications
are CFR members. The organizationís members also dominate the
academic world, top corporations, the huge tax-exempt foundations,
labor unions, the military, and just about every segment of American
Letís look at the Councilís Annual Report published in 1978. The
organizationís membership list names 1,878 members, and the list
reads like a Whoís Who in America. Eleven CFR members are U.S.
senators; even more congressmen belong to the organization. Sitting
on top of this immensely powerful pyramid, as Chairman of the Board,
is David Rockefeller.
As can be seen in that CFR Annual Report, 284 of its members are
U.S. government officials. Any organization which can boast that 284
of its members are U.S. government officials should be well-known.
Yet most Americans have never even heard of the Council on Foreign
One reason why this is so is that 171 journalists, correspondents
and communications executives are also CFR members, and they donít
write about the organization. In fact, CFR members rarely talk about
the organization inasmuch as it is an express condition of
membership that any disclosure of what goes on at CFR meetings shall
be regarded as grounds for termination of membership.
...The CFR publishes a very informative quarterly journal called
Foreign Affairs. More often than not, important new shifts in U.S.
policy or highly indicative attitudes of political figures have been
telegraphed in its pages. When he was preparing to run for the
Presidency in 1967, for instance Richard Nixon made himself
acceptable to the Insiders of the Establishment with an article in
the October 1967 issue of Foreign Affairs. (14) In it, he called for
a new policy of openness toward Red China, a policy which he himself
later initiated in 1972.
The April 1974 issue of Foreign Affairs carried a very explicit
recommendation for carrying out the world-government scheme of CFR
founder Edward Mandell House. Authored by State Department veteran
and Columbia University Professor Richard N. Gardner (himself a CFR
member), "The Hard Road to World Order" admits that a single leap
into world government via an organization like the United Nations is
Instead, Gardner urged the continued piecemeal delivery of our
nationís sovereignty to a variety of international organizations He
called for an end run around national sovereignty, eroding it piece
by piece." That means an end to our nationís sovereignty.
And he named as organizations to accomplish his goal the
International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the General Agreement
on Tariffs and Trade, the Law of the Sea Conference, the World Food
Conference, the World Population Conference, disarmament programs,
and a United Nations military force. This approach, Gardner said,
"can produce some remarkable concessions of sovereignty that could
not be achieved on an across-the-board basis."
Richard Gardnerís preference for destroying the freedom and
independence of the United States in favor of the CFRís goal of
world government thoroughly dominates top circles in our nation
today. The men who would scrap our nationís Constitution are praised
as "progressives" and "far-sighted thinkers." The only question that
remains among these powerful Insiders is which method to use to
carry out their treasonous plan.
The Trilateral Commission
Unfortunately, the Council on Foreign Relations is not the only
group proposing an end to the sovereignty of the United States. In
1973, another organization which now thoroughly dominates the Carter
Administration first saw the light of day. Also based in New York
City, this one is called the Trilateral Commission.
The Trilateral Commissionís roots stem from the book Between Two
Ages (16) written by Zbigniew Brzezinski in 1970. The following
quotations from that book show how closely Brzezinskiís thinking
parallels that of CFR founder Edward Mandell House.
On page 72, Brzezinski writes: "Marxism is simultaneously a victory
of the external, active man over the inner, passive man and a
victory of reason over belief."
On page 83, he states: "Marxism, disseminated on the popular level
in the form of Communism, represented a major advance in manís
ability to conceptualize his relationship to his world."
And on page 123, we find: "Marxism supplied the best available
insight into contemporary reality."
Nowhere does Mr. Brzezinski tell his readers that the Marxism "in
the form of Communism," which he praises, has been responsible for
the murder of approximately 100 million human beings in the
Twentieth Century, has brought about the enslavement of over a
billion more, and has caused want, privation and despair for all but
the few criminals who run the communist-dominated nations.
On page 198, after discussing Americaís shortcomings, Brzezinski
writes: "America is undergoing a new revolution" which "unmasks its
obsolescence." We disagree; America is not becoming obsolete.
On page 260, he proposes "Deliberate management of the American
future...with the...planner as the key social legislator and
manipulator." The central planning he wants for our country is a
cardinal underpinning of communism and the opposite of the way
things are done in a free country.
On page 296, Mr. Brzezinski suggests piecemeal "Movement toward a
larger community of the developed nations...through a variety of
indirect ties and already developing limitations on national
sovereignty." Here, we have the same proposal that has been offered
by Richard Gardner in the CFR publication Foreign Affairs.
Brzezinski then calls for the forging of community links among the
United States, Western Europe, and Japan; and the extension of these
links to more advanced communist countries. Finally, on page 308 of
his 309-page hook, he lets us know that what he really wants is "the
goal of world government".
A Meeting of Minds
Zbigniew Brzezinskiís Between Two Ages was published in 1970 while
he was a professor in New York City. What happened, quite simply, is
that David Rockefeller read the book. And, in 1973, Mr. Rockefeller
launched the new Trilateral Commission whose purposes include
linking North America, Western Europe, and Japan "in their economic
relations, their political and defense relations, their relations
with developing countries, and their relations with communist
The original literature of the Trilateral Commission also states,
exactly as Brzezinskiís book had proposed, that the more advanced
communist states could become partners in the alliance leading to
world government. In short, David Rockefeller implemented
Brzezinskiís proposal. The only change was the addition of Canada,
so that the Trilateral Commission presently includes members from
North America, Western Europe, and Japan, not just the United
States, Western Europe, and Japan.
Then, David Rockefeller hired Zbigniew Brzezinski away from Columbia
University and appointed him to be the Director of the Trilateral
...As with the CFR, we do not believe that every member of the
Trilateral Commission is fully committed to the destruction of the
United States. Some of these men actually believe that the world
would be a better place if the United States would give up its
independence in the interests of world government. Others go along
for the ride, a ride which means a ticket to fame, comfortable
living, and constant flattery. Some, of course, really do run things
and really do want to scrap our nationís independence.
What It All Means
...The Council on Foreign Relations was conceived by a Marxist,
Edward Mandell House, for the purpose of creating a one-world
government by destroying the freedom and independence of all
nations, especially including our own. Its Chairman of the Board is
David Rockefeller. And its members have immense control over our
government and much of American life.
The Trilateral Commission was conceived by
Zbigniew Brzezinski, who
praises Marxism, who thinks the United States is becoming obsolete,
and who also wants to create a one-world government. Its founder and
driving force is also David Rockefeller. And it, too, exercises
extraordinary control over the government of the United States.
The effect of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral
Commission on the affairs of our nation is easy to see. Our own
government no longer acts in its own interest; we no longer win any
wars we fight; and we constantly tie ourselves to international
agreements, pacts and conventions.