The Trilateral Commission
was established in 1973. Its founder and primary financial angel was
David Rockefeller, longtime
chairman of the Rockefeller family-controlled Chase Manhattan
Bank and undisputed overlord of his familyís global
Rockefellerís idea for establishing the commission emerged
after he had read a book entitled Between Two Ages written by
an Establishment scholar, Prof. Zbigniew Brzezinski of
In his book Brzezinski proposed a vast alliance between North
America, Western Europe and Japan. According to Brzezinski,
changes in the modern world required it.
"Resist as it might," Brzezinski
wrote elsewhere, "the American system is compelled gradually to
accommodate itself to this emerging international context, with
the U.S. government called upon to negotiate, to guarantee, and,
to some extent, to protect the various arrangements that have
been contrived even by private business."
In other words, it was necessary for the
international upper class to band together to protect its interests,
and to ensure, in the developed nations, that political leaders were
brought to power who would ensure that the global financial
interests (of the Rockefellers and the other ruling elites)
would be protected over those of the hoi polloi.
POCANTICO HILLS CONFABS
Although the initial arrangements for the commission were laid out
in a series of meetings held at the Rockefellerís famous
Pocantico Hills estate outside New York City,
Rockefeller first introduced the idea of the commission at an
annual meeting of the
Bilderberg group, this one
held in Knokke, Belgium in the spring of 1972.
The Bilderberg group is similar to the
Trilateral Commission in that it is funded and heavily
influenced by the Rockefeller empire, and composed of
international financiers, industrialists, media magnates, union
bosses, academics and political figures.
However, the much older Bilderberg groupís membership
is strictly limited to participants from the United States,
Canada and Western Europe: i.e. the
The Trilateral Commission was unique, though, in that
it brought the Japanese ruling elite into the inner councils
of the global power brokers, a recognition of Japanís
growing influence in the world economic and political arena.
RULING CLASSES UNITE
purpose is to engineer an enduring partnership among the
ruling classes of North America, Western
Europe and Japan -- hence the term íTrilateralí
-- in order to safeguard the interests of Western capitalism in
an explosive world. The private commission is attempting to mold
public policy and construct a framework for international
stability in the coming decades.
"To put it simply, Trilateralists are saying: The people,
governments and economies of all nations must serve the needs
of multinational banks and corporations.
"In short, Trilateralism is the current attempt by ruling
elites to manage both dependence and democracy -- at home and
critic, now-retired Sen. Barry Goldwater (R-Ariz.),
views the commission as a Rockefeller family operation
through and through. According to Goldwater:
"The Trilateral organization
created by David Rockefeller was a surrogate -- the
members selected by Rockefeller, its purposes defined by
Rockefeller, its funding supplied by Rockefeller.
David Rockefeller screened
and selected every individual who was invited to participate."
David Rockefeller and Brzezinski then began the
process of selecting from among the "Trilateral"
nations the several hundred elite power brokers who would
be permitted to join in Trilateral policymaking in the coming years.
One of the commissionís primary goals was to place a
Trilateral-influenced president in the White House in
1976, and to achieve that goal it was necessary to groom an
appropriate candidate who would be willing to cooperate with
Rockefeller and Brzezinski selected a handful of
well-known liberal Democrats and a scattering of
Republicans (primarily of the liberal-internationalist
bent) to serve on the commission.
And in an effort to give regional balance to the commission
Rockefeller invited the then-obscure one-term Democratic
governor of Georgia, Jimmy Carter, to join the commission.
ROCKEFELLER CENTER SOUTH
Rockefeller had longtime ties to the local Atlanta political
and economic Establishment. In fact, much of Rockefellerís
personal investment portfolio is in Atlanta real estate. (According
to David Horowitz, co-author of The Rockefellers,
"Atlanta is Rockefeller Center South.")
And Rockefeller himself had once even invited Carter
to dine with him at the Chase Manhattan Bank several
years before, as early as 1971, the year Carter began serving
Carter very definitely impressed Rockefeller and
Brzezinski, more so than another Southern Democrat, Florida Gov.
Reuben Askew, also selected to serve on the commission and
viewed, like Carter, as a possible Trilateral
In fact, according to Brzezinski,
"It was a close thing between
Carter and Askew, but we were impressed that
Carter had opened up trade offices for the state of Georgia
in Brussels and Tokyo. That seemed to fit perfectly into the
concept of the Trilateral."
Carter, in fact, like Askew,
did announce for the 1976 Democratic presidential nomination, but
because of Rockefellerís interest, Carter had the
So much so that in a speech at the commissionís first annual
meeting in Kyoto, Japan in May of 1975, Rockefellerís man
Brzezinski promoted the then-still obscure Carter to
his fellow Trilateralists as an ideal presidential candidate.
CUT AND DRIED
From that point on, it was all cut and dried. According to
Brzezinski found Carter to be their ideal candidate.
They helped him win the Democratic nomination and the
"To accomplish this purpose they mobilized the money-power of
the Wall Street bankers, the intellectual influence of
the academic community -- which is subservient to the wealth of
the great tax-free foundations -- and the media controllers
represented in the membership of the
CFR and the
Council on Foreign Relations
-- is another Rockefeller-financed foreign policy pressure
group similar to the Trilateralists and the Bilderberg group,
although the CFR is composed solely of American
In his book The Carter Presidency and Beyond, published in
1980 by the Ramparts Press, Prof. Laurence H. Shoup devotes
an entire chapter to demonstrating how the Trilateral-linked
and Trilateral-controlled Establishment media promoted the
presidential candidacy in 1976 of the then-obscure Georgia Gov.
Carter, of course, campaigned as a "populist" -- as a "man of
the people" -- as an "outsider" with no ties to the Establishment.
The fact is, however, Carter, who said heíd never lie, was an
elitist, an insider, the Trilateral Commissionís "man
on the white horse."
And with the power of the commission and the Rockefeller
empire and its media influence behind him, Carter made his
way to the presidency, establishing the first full-fledged
Trilateral administration, appointing numerous Trilateralists to
key policymaking positions and carrying out the Trilateral agenda to