The “Council on Foreign Relations” (cfr.org) (58 East 68th Street, New York, NY 10065 tel 212.434.9639 fax 212.434.9832) is said to be in control of the “two-party” system therefore “locking” the voter into an illusion of having a choice.

The two-party-same-agenda-system has basically “destroyed” or “taken the (investor’s)risk out of” democracy and the participation of citizens in politics, which used to work “pretty well” in Greece – because really important decisions were truly and directly decided by the “citizens” (male adults, allowed to wear weapons, not slaves not women) – not by “representatives”, which means: They directly voted on – should we go to war with Troja or not – instead of electing representatives that would stage an attack, create an artificial threat and then make this decisions “over the heads” of the 99%.

Let me say this – a good king serves his/her people – not him/herself.

Bismarck despised democracy – probably foreseeing that it was susceptible to corruption – which the currently western “run” version of democracy surely is – and also – the king, queen or zar was “god given” – wasn’t he/she/it? (not)

The funny thing Edward G. Edward Griffin also mentions in his Interview, is that Grass-roots-movements as big as the French-Revolution of 1798 start off with a just cause, but then either get taken over or attacked and destroyed by the “establishment” or “the elites” or “the CIA and Friends” by the means of infiltration.

“Freemasonry played an important role in the revolution. Originally largely apolitical, Freemasonry was radicalised in the late 18th century through the introduction of higher grades which emphasised themes of liberty, equality, and fraternity. Virtually every major player in the Revolution was a Freemason and these themes became the widely recognised slogan of the revolution.[35]” (src)

I probably need to learn more about that – especially important is the question if the Freemasons have anything to do with the illuminati and the “maybe forged document” – the protocols of the learned elders of zion – or not.

“After the American Revolution, independent U.S. Grand Lodges formed themselves within each state. Some thought was briefly given to organising an overarching “Grand Lodge of the United States,” with George Washington (who was a member of a Virginian lodge) as the first Grand Master, but the idea was short-lived. The various state Grand Lodges did not wish to diminish their own authority by agreeing to such a body.[51]” (src)

I am not an expert – but this could be countered by 1. a chain of trust 2. the more transparency the better.

For an NGO-think-tank it is a pretty large organization with 4900 employees (2017) (in comparison: Greenpeace’s staff is only      2,400 (2008) employees, with +15000 volunteers).

Abbreviation CFR
Formation 1921; 96 years ago (2017)
Type Public policy think tank
Headquarters 58 East 68th Street
Location
President
Richard N. Haass
Budget
Revenue: $77,485,500
Expenses: $64,757,000
(FYE June 2015)[1]
Website www.cfr.org

“The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), founded in 1921, is a United States 4900-member organization, nonprofit, publisher, and think tank specializing in U.S. foreign policy and international affairs.

It is headquartered in New York City, with an additional office in Washington, D.C..

Its membership has included senior politicians, more than a dozen secretaries of state, CIA directors, bankers, lawyers, professors, and senior media figures.

The CFR promotes globalization, free trade, reducing financial regulations on transnational corporations, and economic consolidation into regional blocs such as NAFTA or the European Union, and develops policy recommendations that reflect these goals.

The CFR meetings convene government officials, global business leaders and prominent members of the intelligence and foreign-policy community to discuss international issues.

CFR publishes the bi-monthly journal Foreign Affairs, and runs the David Rockefeller Studies Program, which influences foreign policy by making recommendations to the presidential administration and diplomatic community, testifying before Congress, interacting with the media, and publishing on foreign policy issues.”

David Rockefeller Studies Program Contacts

For more information on the David Rockefeller Studies Program, contact:

James M. Lindsay
Senior Vice President, Director of Studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg Chair

Greenberg is a son of a jewish Candy-store owner and participated in the 2nd world war, in D-Day and the liberation of Dachau.

He “is ranked 132 in the world (richest people) and 59th in the US with assets of $3.1 billion.

Recently, two of Greenberg’s sons, both executives in the insurance business, have also been tarnished by scandal.10″

src: https://publicintelligence.net/maurice-r-greenberg/

“In 1996, Mr. Greenberg participated in a a task force organized by the Council on Foreign Relations on intelligence reform.  The task force produced a report “Making Intelligence Smarter: The Future of U.S. Intelligence” which is cited in official CIA histories.18

Support for President Bush

In 2005, the Christian Science Monitor reported that Greenberg is well-known in Washington where he known for raising large amounts of money. Greenberg was one of the President Bush’s ‘Rangers’ which means he personally raked in more than $200,000 for the reelection campaign. At the same time, he is also known for his access to members of the cabinet and Congress. This access has paid-off as the administration has often supported Greenberg on a number of issues ranging from access to China to terrorism insurance.19

Give him a call: +1.212.434.9626 (NY); +1.202.509.8405 (DC)

and ask: “why
jlindsay@cfr.org

“In 1962 Greenberg was named by AIG’s founder, Cornelius Vander Starr, as the head of AIG’s failing North American holdings after working for Continental Casualty Company (CNA) in Chicago. In 1968 Starr picked Greenberg as his successor. Greenberg held the position until 2005, when he stepped down amid a major leadership scandal and was replaced by Martin J. Sullivan. He was subsequently the subject of New York State civil charges which are still unresolved.[5] Greenberg is a social friend and was a client of Henry Kissinger.

In 1987 he appointed Kissinger as chairman of AIG’s International Advisory Board.[6]

In 2008 he appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” criticizing the board of directors of AIG.[7] In an interview with Reactions magazine in March 2010, serialised over three parts, Greenberg stated that he did not condone AIG’s strategy of selling non-core assets to pay back the United States government, and believed the terms under which AIG was provided access to bail-out funds needed to be renegotiated.[8]

Janine Hill
Director, Fellowship Affairs
+1.212.434.9753
jhill@cfr.org

Amy R. Baker
Director, Studies Administration
+1.212.434.9620
abaker@cfr.org

Victoria Alekhine
Deputy Director, Fellowship Affairs
+1.212.434.9489
valekhine@cfr.org

Shira Schwartz
Deputy Director, Studies Administration
+1.212.434.9739
sschwartz@cfr.org

2017–2018 Fellowship Call for Applications

January 16 Application Deadline:
IAF in Nuclear Security

March 1 Application Deadline:
Edward R. Murrow Press Fellowship

For application instructions and more information, visit www.cfr.org/fellowships.

CFR Articles

Securing a Democratic Future for Myanmar
Council Special Report
Securing a Democratic Future for Myanmar

When the National League for Democracy, led by Aung San Suu Kyi, assumed power in Myanmar, the party inherited the long-standing problems that developed during the country’s half-century of military dictatorship. To ensure the success of Myanmar’s historic democratic transition, former Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Myanmar Priscilla A. Clapp argues that the United States should ease sanctions, expand assistance programs, work to address the statelessness of the Rohingya Muslim minority, and assist in building up Myanmar’s judicial system. Read more »

Xi Jinping on the Global Stage
Council Special Report
Xi Jinping on the Global Stage

CFR Senior Fellow Robert D. Blackwill and Chairman of the Asia Group Kurt M. Campbell analyze the rise of Chinese President Xi Jinping and call for a new American grand strategy for Asia in this Council Special Report. The authors analyze how economic growth and nationalism have long provided legitimacy for the Communist Party, and argue that as growth declines, Xi may enact policies to stoke nationalism and allay the risk of domestic political instability. Read more »

Growing Stress on Jordan
Contingency Planning Memorandum Update
Growing Stress on Jordan

In 2013, the Contingency Planning Memorandum “Political Instability in Jordan” warned that the biggest threat to the stability of Jordan came from local grievances eroding the regime’s core tribal base of support. In this update, Robert Satloff and David Schenker of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy argue that although the risk of domestic unrest has diminished, the potential for spillover from the Syrian conflict has grown, posing an increasing threat to Jordan. Read more »

Renewed Confrontation in Georgia
Contingency Planning Memorandum
Renewed Confrontation in Georgia

U.S.-Russia relations are already at their lowest point since the end of the Cold War, and a renewed confrontation between Russia and Georgia would make matters considerably worse. David J. Kramer, senior director of the McCain Institute for International Leadership, analyzes the likelihood of conflict between the two countries in the next twelve to eighteen months. Read more »

Protecting Data Privacy With User-Friendly Software
Cyber Brief
Protecting Data Privacy With User-Friendly Software

Protecting the privacy of user data from unauthorized access is essential for business executives, policymakers, and users. Although the pace of targeted attacks and massive data breaches is increasing, strong privacy protection software is often difficult for nonexperts to use and adoption rates are low. In this Cyber Brief, Sara “Scout” Sinclair Brody, executive director of Simply Secure, explains how promoting and improving open-source software can go a long way toward strengthening privacy online. Read more »

Economic and Geopolitical Fallout From China’s Slowing Growth
Workshop Report
Economic and Geopolitical Fallout From China’s Slowing Growth

In 2010, when China’s economy was expanding at an annual rate of more than 10 percent, analysts pondered the ripple effects of another decade of spectacular Chinese growth. Five years later, reality caught up with the Chinese miracle, and the world is recasting its question: What will China’s economic slowdown mean for the globe? CFR’s Asia program and Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies explore possible answers. Read more »

Avoiding a Global Food Price Crisis
Workshop Report
Avoiding a Global Food Price Crisis

A sharp increase in food prices, especially in staple grains, can have dramatic consequences for low-income families around the world and can spark conflict in politically precarious regions. The Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies and the International Institutions and Global Governance program explore the causes behind recent food price increases and the potential for future volatility, examine the broader geopolitical fallout from such events, and identify ways policymakers can help avoid them and blunt their impact. Read more »

War by Other Means
A CFR Book
War by Other Means

“Despite having the most powerful economy on earth, the United States too often reaches for the gun instead of the purse,” contend CFR Senior Fellows Robert D. Blackwill and Jennifer M. Harris in War by Other Means: Geoeconomics and Statecraft. They argue that the United States should strategically integrate economic and financial instruments into its foreign policy—what they define as geoeconomics—or risk losing ground as a world power. Read more and order a copy »

The Pragmatic Superpower
A CFR Book
The Pragmatic Superpower

In The Pragmatic Superpower, Ray Takeyh, CFR senior fellow, and Steven Simon, lecturer at Dartmouth College, reframe the legacy of U.S. involvement in the Arab world from 1945 to 1991 and shed new light on the makings of the contemporary Middle East. Cutting against conventional wisdom, the authors posit that when an inexperienced Washington entered the turbulent world of Middle East politics after World War II, it succeeded through hardheaded pragmatism—and secured its place as a global superpower. Read more and order a copy »

State Capitalism
A CFR Book
State Capitalism

The increase in state capitalism across the globe, CFR Senior Fellow Joshua Kurlantzick argues, has contributed to an overall decline in democracy. When a state controls firms, the government increases its advantage over the rest of society. State Capitalism offers the sharpest analysis yet of what state capitalism’s emergence means for democratic politics around the world. Kurlantzick also explores the rebalance to Asia and security aid in a recent CFR infographic. Read more and order a copy »

The Hacked World Order
A CFR Book
The Hacked World Order

CFR Senior Fellow Adam Segal shows how governments use the web to wage war and spy on, coerce, and damage each other. Segal describes how cyberattacks can be launched by any country, individual, or private group with minimal resources in mere seconds, and why they have the potential to produce unintended and unimaginable problems for anyone with an Internet connection and an email account. Read more »