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Insights on the State of Affairs of Our Civilization

We ought to be living in a civilization, which is more democratic, transparent and inclusive – meaning that people are more involved in decision-making and those in power are governing for the well-being of our societies and mankind. Is that really so or is it another apparent mask, which hides the real trends of our civilization?

Several well-known personalities and persons in prominent positions have described and analyzed the state of affairs of our civilization during the last centuries. Some have done it in a straightforward manner and warned of the ingrained negative trends and implications of politics and economics. Others have boasted on being amongst the “chosen ones” and considered the elitist approach essential for deciding the affairs of the world and guiding the rest of mankind. Also, there have been many disclosures of the real goal of such guidance – creating a “New World Order” and setting up a one-world government.


In the following just a few of the views are presented. May the seeker dive into discovering the broader picture of the world’s affairs using his own wit and capacity for making reasonable conclusions.

Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) – Prime Minister of United Kingdom from 1874 to 1880

The world is governed by very different personages to what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes.1

Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) – 26th president of the United States from 1901 to 1909

Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to befoul the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics, is the first task of the statesmanship of the day.2

Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) – 28th President of the United States from 1913 to 1921

Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men’s views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of somebody, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.3

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) – Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and from 1951 to 1955


From the days of Spartacus-Weishaupt to those of Karl Marx, and down to Trotsky (Russia), Bela Kun (Hungary), Rosa Luxembourg (Germany), and Emma Goldman (United States), this world-wide conspiracy for the overthrow of civilization and for the reconstitution of society on the basis of arrested development, of envious malevolence, and impossible equality, has been steadily growing. It played … a definitely recognizable part in the tragedy of the French Revolution. It has been the mainspring of every subversive movement during the Nineteenth Century; and now at last this band of extraordinary personalities from the underworld of the great cities of Europe and America have gripped the Russian people by the hair of their heads and have become practically the undisputed masters of that enormous empire.4

John F. Hylan (1868-1936) – New York City Mayor from 1918 to 1925

The real menace of our Republic is the invisible government, which like a giant octopus sprawls its slimy legs over our cities, states and nation. To depart from mere generalizations, let me say that at the head of this octopus are the Rockefeller-Standard Oil interests and a small group of powerful banking houses generally referred to as the international bankers. The little coterie of powerful international bankers virtually run the United States government for their own selfish purposes.

They practically control both parties, write political platforms, make catspaws of party leaders … and control the majority of the newspapers and magazines in this country. They use the columns of these papers to club into submission or drive out of office public officials who refuse to do the bidding of the powerful corrupt cliques which compose the invisible government. It operates under cover of a self-created screen [and] seizes our executive officers, legislative bodies, schools, courts, newspapers and every agency created for the public protection.5


Joseph Kennedy (1888-1969) – businessman, the patriarch of the Irish American Kennedy political family and the father of JFK.

Fifty men have run America, and that’s a high figure.6

Edward Bernays (1891-1995) – PR-consultant, considered “the father of public relations” and a nephew of Sigmund Freud

The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. … We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. … In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons … who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.7

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) – Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and from 1951 to 1955

Unless some effective world supergovernment, for the purposes of preventing war, can be set up and being its reign, the prospects for peace and human progress are dark and doubtful … Without a United Europe there is no prospect of world government.8


Carroll Quigley (1910-1977) – historian, geopolitical analyst and professor at Georgetown University

The powers of financial capitalism had another far-reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole. This system was to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements arrived at in frequent private meetings and conferences. The apex of the system was to be the Bank for International Settlements in Basle, Switzerland, a private bank owned and controlled by the world’s central banks which were themselves private corporations.9


Curtis Bean Dall (1896-1991) – American stockbroker and son-in-law of Franklin D. Roosevelt (32nd President of the United States)

For a long time I felt that FDR had developed many thoughts and ideas that were his own to benefit this country, the United States. But, he didn’t. Most of his thoughts, his political “ammunition”, as it were, were carefully manufactured for him in advance by the Council on Foreign Relations-One World Money group.10

Few members of the Council on Foreign Relations know the long-range plans of its small top-management group. Hence, giving effect to all of the foregoing status areas, ninety per cent or more of the membership do not remotely comprehend just who “plays the piano upstairs.” The piano is continuously played, nevertheless, and no time is lost by the C.F.R. in teaching many of our duly elected officials to dance.11

The United Nations is but a long-range, international-banking apparatus neatly set up for financial and economic profit by a small group of powerful One-World revolutionaries, hungry for profit and power. The One World Government leaders and their ever close bankers have now acquired full control of the money and credit machinery of the United States of America, via the creation and establishment of the privately owned Federal Reserve Bank.12

James P. Warburg (1896-1969) – a banker, the son of Paul Warburg (the founder of Council on Foreign Relations and the “father” of the Federal Reserve System)

In 1950:

"We shall have world government, whether or not we like it. The question is only whether world government will be achieved by consent or by conquest.13

In 1959:

We are living in a perilous period of transition from the era of the fully sovereign nation-state to the era of world government.14

The logo of the Trilateral Commission

David Rockefeller (1915-2017) – a banker and the patriarch of the Rockefeller family. Former director of the Council on Foreign Relations and co-founder of the Trilateral Commission

In 1991:

We are grateful to the Washington Post, The New York Times, Time Magazine and other publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subject to the bright lights of publicity during those years. But the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march toward a world government. … The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries.15

In 1994:

We are on the verge of a global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis, and the nations will accept the New World Order.16

In 2002:

Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as ‘internationalists’ and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure — one world, if you will. If that’s the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.17


Lawrence P. McDonald (1935-1983) – a Congressman, member of the US House of Representatives from 1975 to 1983

Money alone is not enough to quench the thirst and lusts of the super-rich. Instead, many of them use their vast wealth, and the influence such riches give them, to achieve even more power. Power of a magnitude never dreamed of by the tyrants and despots of earlier ages. Power on a world wide scale. Power over people, not just products. … The Rockefeller File is not fiction. It is a compact, powerful and frightening presentation of what may be the most important story of our lifetime, the drive of the Rockefellers and their allies to create a oneworld government, combining super-capitalism and communism under the same tent, all under their control. … Do I mean conspiracy? Yes, I do. I am convinced there is such a plot, international in scope, generations old in planning, and incredibly evil in intent.18

Harold Pratt Building in NY, where the headquaters of the Council on Foreign Relations and some related societies reside

Henry Kissinger (1923-…) – a diplomat, served as US Secretary of State and National Security Advisor under Presidents Nixon and Ford. Member of the Bilderberg Group and the Council on Foreign Relations

Today Americans would be outraged if United Nations troops entered Los Angeles to restore order; tomorrow they will be grateful. This is especially true if they were told there was an outside threat from beyond, whether real or promulgated, that threatened our very existence. It is then that all peoples of the world will plead with world leaders to deliver them from this evil. The one thing every man fears is the unknown. When presented with this scenario, individual rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of their well being granted to them by their world government.19

Strobe Talbott (1946-…) – former Deputy Secretary of State from 1994 to 2001 under president Bill Clinton, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Trilateral Commission

In the next century, nations as we know it will be obsolete; all states will recognize a single, global authority. National sovereignty wasn’t such a great idea after all.20

Richard N. Gardner (1927-2019) – an American diplomat and ambassador, member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission

The “House of World Order” will have to be built from the bottom up rather than from the top down … run around national sovereignty, eroding it piece by piece will accomplish much more than the old-fashioned frontal assault.21

Elliott Roosevelt (1910-1990) – Brigadier general of the United States Army Air Forces and a son of US President Franklin D. Roosevelt

There are within our world perhaps only a dozen organizations which shape the courses of our various destines as rigidly as they regularly constituted governements … The impact of their decisions reach … into every home and office building in the modern world.22

Barry Morris Goldwater (1909-1998) – five-term US Senator from Arizona and 33rd degree Freemason

The Trilateral Commission is intended to be the vehicle for multinational consolidation of the commercial and banking interests by seizing control of the political government of the United States. The Trilateral Commission represents a skilful, coordinated effort to seize control and consolidate the four centers of power political, monetary, intellectual and ecclesiastical. What the Trilateral Commission intends is to create a worldwide economic power superior to the political governments of the nation states involved. As managers and creators of the system, they will rule the future.23


Richard Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) – inventor, architect and futurist

The United States of America is not run by its would be “democratic” government. All the latter can do is try to adjust to the initiatives already taken by (leaders of the) great corporations. Nothing could be more pathetic than the role that has to be played by the President of the United States, whose power is approximately zero. Nevertheless, the news media and most over-thirty-yeards-of-age USA citizens carry on as if the President has supreme power.24

George H.W. Bush (1924-2018) – 41st President of the United States from 1989 to 1993

We have before us the opportunity to forge, for our selves and for future generations, a New World Order, a world where the rule of law, not the law of the jungle, governs the conduct of nations. When we are successful, and we will be, we have real chance of this New World Order, an order in which a credible United Nations can use its peace keeping role to fulfil the promise and vision of the UN founders.25

Zbigniew Brzezinski (1928-2017) – US National Security Advisor under president Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981 and the co-founder of the Trilateral Commission

Nation state as a fundamental unit of man’s organized life has ceased to be the principal creative force: International banks and multinational corporations are acting and planning in terms that are far in advance of the political concepts of the nation-state.26

Another threat, less overt but no less basic, confronts liberal democracy. More directly linked to the impact of technology, it involves the gradual appearance of a more controlled and directed society. Such a society would be dominated by an elite whose claim to political power would rest on allegedly superior scientific know-how. Unhindered by the restraints of traditional liberal values, this elite would not hesitate to achieve its political ends by using the latest modern techniques for influencing public behavior and keeping society under close surveillance and control. Under such circumstances, the scientific and technological momentum of the country would not be reversed but would actually feed on the situation it exploits.27

Bilderberg hotel in Oosterbeek, where the Group first met in 1954

Klaus Schwab (1938-…) – founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, former member of the steering committee of the Bilderberg Group

While it may not feel momentous to those of us experiencing a series of small but significant adjustments to life on a daily basis, it is not a minor change – the Fourth Industrial Revolution is a new chapter in human development, on a par with the first, second and third Industrial Revolutions, and once again driven by the increasing availability and interaction of a set of extraordinary technologies. /…/ After all, technologies are tied up in how we know things, how we make decisions, and how we think about ourselves and each other. They are connected to our identities, worldviews and potential futures. From nuclear technologies to the space race, smartphones, social media, cars, medicine and infrastructure – the meaning of technologies makes them political. Even the concept of a ‘developed’ nation implicitly rests on the adoption of technologies and what they mean for us, economically and socially.28

Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies will not stop at becoming part of the physical world around us—they will become part of us. Indeed, some of us already feel that our smartphones have become an extension of ourselves. Today’s external devices—from wearable computers to virtual reality headsets—will almost certainly become implantable in our bodies and brains. Exoskeletons and prosthetics will increase our physical power, while advances in neurotechnology enhance our cognitive abilities. We will become better able to manipulate our own genes, and those of our children. These developments raise profound questions: Where do we draw the line between human and machine? What does it mean to be human?29

Jacques Attali (1943-…) – an adviser to French President Francois Mitterand from 1981 to 1991 and close associate to present French President Emmanuel Macron, first president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) from 1991 to 1993 and member of the Bilderberg Group

History teaches us that humanity only evolves significantly when it is really afraid: it then first sets up defense mechanisms; sometimes intolerable (scapegoats and totalitarianisms); sometimes futile (distractions); sometimes effective (therapeutics, discarding if necessary all previous moral principles). … This beginning pandemic [H1N1 pandemic in 2009] could boost one of these structuring fears. … And, even if, as we must obviously hope, this crisis is not very serious, we must not forget, as with the economic crisis, to draw lessons from it, so that before the next, inevitable one, prevention and control mechanisms and logistical processes for the equitable distribution of medicines and vaccines are put in place. To do this, we will have to set up a world police force, a world stockpile and therefore a world tax system. We will then come, much more quickly than would have been possible on economic grounds alone, to set up the foundations of a true world government.30

Norman Mailer

Norman Mailer (1923-2007) – American writer, film-maker and activist

There´s nothing but magic at the top. It´s the little secret a few of us keep to ourselves, but that, my friend, is one reason it´s not very easy to get to the very top.31

  1. B. Disraeli Coningsby, Book 4, Chapter 15, p 131 ↩︎

  2. T. Roosevelt Social Justice and Popular Rule (1910-1916) ↩︎

  3. W. Wilson The New Freedom: A Call for the Emancipation of the Generous Energies of a People (1913), p 5 ↩︎

  4. W. Churchill Zionism versus Bolshevism in Illustrated Sunday Herald, February 8, 1920, page 5 ↩︎

  5. J.F. Hylan speech quoted in New York Times March 26, 1922, p 3 ↩︎

  6. J. Kennedy in the New York Times, July 26, 1936 ↩︎

  7. E. Barnays Propaganda (1928), pp 9-10 ↩︎

  8. Alfred M. Lilienthal Which Way to World Government? in Foreign Policy Association Headline Series, nr 83 (September-October 1950), p 43 ↩︎

  9. C. Quigley Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time (1966), p 242 ↩︎

  10. C.B. Dall F.D.R.: My Exploited Father-in-Law (1967), p 186 ↩︎

  11. Ibid, p 92 ↩︎

  12. Ibid, p 60 ↩︎

  13. J.P. Warburg testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on February 17, 1950 stated in Senate Report: Revision of the United Nations Charter: Hearings Before a Subcommittee of the Committee on Foreign Relations, Eighty-First Congress, p.494 ↩︎

  14. J. Warburg The West in Crisis (1959), p 30 ↩︎

  15. D. Rockefeller in a June, 1991, at the Bilderberg meeting in Baden-Baden, Germany ↩︎

  16. D. Rockefeller in 1994 at a U.N. dinner ↩︎

  17. D. Rockefeller Memoirs (2002), p 405 ↩︎

  18. L.P. McDonald introduction to a book The Rockefeller File, November 1975 ↩︎

  19. H. Kissinger at the Bilderberg Group meeting at Evian, France on May 21, 1992, recorded by a Swiss delegate ↩︎

  20. S. Talbott in America Abroad: The Birth of the Global Nation in “Time” magazine, July 20, 1992 ↩︎

  21. R. Gardner The Hard Road to World Order in Council on Foreign Relations journal “Foreign Affairs”, April 1974; also see ↩︎

  22. E. Roosevelt The Conservators (1983), p 320 ↩︎

  23. B. Goldwater autobiography With No Apologies (1979) ↩︎

  24. R. Buckminster Fuller Critical Path (1981), p 117-119 ↩︎

  25. G.H.W. Bush speech to the United Nations on September 21, 1992 ↩︎

  26. Z. Brzezinski Between Two Ages: The Technetronic Era (1971), p 26 ↩︎

  27. Ibid, p 97 ↩︎

  28. K. Schwab Shaping the Future of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (2018) ↩︎

  29. Ibid ↩︎

  30. J. Attali article in the French weekly L’Express on May 3, 2009 ↩︎

  31. N. Mailer An American Dream (1965), p 246 ↩︎