ADL has received inquiries about conspiracy theories regarding the
Bilderberg group, a legitimate business entity with ties to Europe and
America. The following information from the ADL's Civil Rights
Information Center debunks a recurring myth, circulated via the
Internet, that the group is part of a conspiracy to promote a "new world order" under their control.
Deriving its name from the Dutch hotel where it first met in 1954,
the Bilderberg group is an actual, legitimate entity whose members
consist of approximately 100 influential European and American figures
in politics, business and academia who meet annually to discuss and
advocate political, diplomatic and economic policies.
Various far-right extremists and conspiracy theorists, however,
charge that the group is a shadowy force seeking to control world
events, exerting allegedly dominating powers of international influence
to promote a "new world order" under their control. The
extremists claim that Presidential candidates of both major U.S.
political parties are controlled by the Bilderberg group; among those
often mentioned in such conspiracy-oriented propaganda are David
Rockefeller, the Clintons and Henry Kissinger. Other Bilderberg leaders
are said to be members of the Trilateral Commission and the Council on
Foreign Relations -- groups which themselves are often central players
in far-right conspiracy theories of secret efforts at domination of the
world's political and financial institutions and the press. Such charges
about the Bilderberg group were a regular feature in The Spotlight, the
recently-defunct weekly tabloid of the far-right, anti-Semitic Liberty