Want to be frightened by phony statistics – repeated daily without ever checking the source?
Pick a number, any number, twist it, turn it, feed it to the gullible, everyone from Barney Fife to Donald Trump. For extra fun, listen to the fools repeat your lies, day after day, like twits stupidly loving their fake followers.
Much propaganda can be excused as entertainment. Were Rock Hudson and Phyllis Gates (no relation to “Bill”) happily married as portrayed in the Press? Will Joe Biden pick Michelle Obama as running mate? Does our President secretly watch On the Waterfront reruns when depressed?
But if lives and livelihoods are at stake, fake news, false statistics and unfounded conclusions should be exposed by smart Media outlets that ask questions and don’t always excuse bureaucratic bungling.
The model from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington now forecasts more than 137,000 Americans will die by early August, up from its previous forecast of 134,000 deaths.
That rise is largely due to Americans moving around more, IHME Director Dr. Christopher Murray said in a news release, adding that in some places the upward trend in movement began before statewide measures were relaxed.
Researchers tracked that movement through anonymous cell phone data, according to the release, Murray, who used to work for W.H.O., explained.
That death number prediction today followed a total of 750 deaths in the U.S. on Sunday from the virus, according to IHME data.
But in the model, IHME projected 1,842 deaths for that same day, nearly 1,100 more victims than necessary to make their projection grow to 137,000. The model is not updated from their own new data daily or even every two or three days. Staff must be busy with other chores?
Examining the IHME model, the level of 750 U.S. deaths should not have been reached until June 11 – nearly at the bottom (and end) of the curve.
The model is obviously flawed and vague. For example, U.S. deaths yesterday were predicted at 1,789. but in parentheses it warned somewhere between 1,346 and 2,617. Actual deaths listed were 1,008, again far below even the bottom range of prediction.
The lighter pink in the graph is the giant deviation allowed by IHME.
Adding to that distortion, the model was changed on April 15 to permit observation alone to determine new coronavirus cases and deaths. Testing is no longer required.
The apparent deception, deliberate or stupid – doesn’t stop there.
This is yesterday morning’s IHME summary of total U.S. cases and deaths:
The headlines from all the media and IHME reported more than one million active cases. You would interpret that as existing now (the adjective definition of active).
It may be possible to have explained Santa Clause to eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon by citing hope, love and charity, but I doubt if even she would have fallen for today’s faulty stats.
We start with IHME cases -1.367,638 – then subtract deaths of 80,787 to equal 1,286,851 for cases remaining. Total recovered is 256,336, which must be subtracted from the 1,286,851 to yield IHME active cases of 1,030,515.
How can there be more than a million active COVID-19 cases remaining in the U.S. after months of testing that accumulated a total of 1.367 million cases?
That’s impossible. Either more folks died, recovered, or do we have a huge number still being treated?
None of those possibilities are true.
What IHME has done that fools us is exaggerate the number of serious, hospitalized cases to include the patients tested positive with little or no symptoms, who were just sent home.
On another page (right) IHME notes on its world results (not on U.S. page) that 98% of described active cases are “mild condition” and the rest – 2% – are serious or critical.
Putting these scattered facts together, we can conclude there were 1.03 million active cases, but nearly all of them (98% or so) were judged mild.
IHME does not provide an actual number of these mild cases for the U.S. After months nearly all of those tested mild positive must have fully recovered – even if they had any symptoms at outset. It would be correct to say there has been an accumulated million positive test cases.
There is an answer from IHME to just how many Americans are currently seriously ill with COVID-19, and it shows (see summary above) under the heading Serious, Critical, as 16,514 tested or observed current hospitalized COVID-19 patients.
The headline should read COVID-19 patients total more than 16,500 in U.S. hospitals – not some misleading million active cases.
New York State’s status confirms this conclusion of what are real U.S. numbers, as Governor Andrew Cuomo explained Saturday:
New York’s number of coronavirus hospitalizations and intubations continues to decline. Total (N.Y. State) hospitalizations fell to 8,196 on Friday.
We’re finally ahead of this virus.
The IHME report, however, does not show a total of New York’s hospitalized or serious/critical cases – just a misleading 260,494 active cases, instead of 8,196 hospitalized. If there was really one quarter of a million seriously ill, it would be an impossible challenge to a state with just 55,000 hospital beds.
Is IHME deliberately misleading the public, politicians and working to inflate the severity of the virus?
The Microsoft founder, William Gates (no relation to “Phyllis”), is the major funder of this institute.
“IHME provides critical data about global health trends that can empower policymakers worldwide to identify better solutions in the fight against disease,” Gates, co-chair of the $46 billion Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said.
Taken from a past IHME press release:
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) announced today the foundation’s commitment to invest $279 million in IHME to expand its work over the next decade.
…IHME is now considered the trusted source for the World Bank, the United States Agency for International Development, the National Institutes of Health, the Wellcome Trust, and a range of other national and global organizations.
A critic of President Donald Trump, Gates says the US needs to be testing 20 million people a day by midsummer. He urges ten more weeks of total national shutdown.
He has also described the need to develop software, including smartphone apps, to keep accurate track of virus testing and predict future trends – which would also record every person you meet and every place you go.
The 2020 Trilateral Commission membership list is included in this posting. Each member’s current and past major affiliations are described.
Long-time member Michael Bloomberg announced his candidacy for the 2020 Democrat nomination for President, and then withdrew. New members this year include Fiona Hill and David Petraeus.
The organization, founded in 1973, meets annually in secret with participants from media, international business, think tanks, finance, education, lobbying and government. All major countries are represented, except Russia. The organization’s goal is diminished nationalist interests, and future government policies influenced by a globalist approach.
The Trilateral Commission’s agendas often sync with those of the Group of Seven (G7) summits between the leaders of the world’s largest economies.
Bertrand-Marc Allen, President, Boeing International, Arlington
Graham Allison, Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge; former Dean, John F. Kennedy School of Government; former Special Advisor to the Secretary of Defense and former Assistant Secretary of Defense
Rona Ambrose, former MP, former Interim Leader, Conservative Party; former Minister on the Status of Women, Environment, Health and Public Works, Ottawa
Bruce Andrews, Vice President for Global Public Policy, SoftBank Group, Washington; former Deputy Secretary of Commerce
Doug Beck, Vice President, Americas and Northeast Asia for Apple, Inc, San Francisco
Michael Beckerman, President and CEO of Internet Association, Washington
Dominic Barton, Worldwide Managing Director, McKinsey & Company, London
*Catherine Bertini, Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University; Distinguished Fellow, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Herminio Blanco Mendoza, Chairman, IQOM, Mexico City; former Mexican Secretary of Commerce and Industrial Development; former Chief NAFTA Negotiator
Tony Blinken, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, WestExec, Washington; former Deputy Secretary of State
Michael Bloomberg, Candidate for the Democrat nomination for President of the United States, founder and CEO, Bloomberg LP, New York, and former Mayor of New York City
Esther Brimmer, Executive Director and CEO, NAFSA, Association for International Educators, Washington
Mark Brzezinski, President & CEO, Brzezinski Strategies LLC, Washington; former US Ambassador to Sweden. Brzezinski is the son of Emilie Benes Brzezinski and Polish-born co-founder of the Trilateral Commission and former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski
Nicholas Burns, Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Politics and Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge; former U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs
Steve Bunnell, Partner, O’Melveny & Myers LLP, Washington; former General Counsel at Department of Homeland Security
Ash Carter, Director, Harvard’s Belfer Center, Cambridge; former Secretary of Defense
Jean Charest, Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Former Premier of Quebec, Member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada
*Michael Chertoff, Chairman and Co-Founder, The Chertoff Group; former Secretary of Homeland Security; Former Judge, U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; Former Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, Department of Justice, Washington
Raymond Chrétien, Strategic Advisor, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Montreal, QC; Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Montréal Council on Foreign Relations (MCFR); former Associate Under Secretary of State of External Affairs; former Ambassador to the Congo, Belgium, Mexico, the United States, and France
Jared Cohen, Founder and President of Jigsaw, New York; former member of Department of State’s Policy Planning Staff
Timothy Collins, CEO and Senior Managing Director, Ripplewood Holdings, Inc., New York
Richard N. Cooper, Maurits C. Boas Professor of International Economics, Harvard University, Cambridge; former Chairman, National Intelligence Council; former U.S. Under Secretary of State for Economic Affairs
Heidi Crebo-Rediker, CEO, International Capital Strategies, Washington; former Chief Economist, State Department
Helima Croft, Managing Director and the Global Head of Commodity Strategy at RBC Capital Markets, New York; former Senior Economic Analyst at CIA
Lee Cullum, Contributing Columnist, Dallas Morning News; Radio and Television Commentator, Dallas
Luis de la Calle, Managing Director and Founding Partner, De la Calle, Madrazo, Mancera, S.C. (CMM), Mexico City; former Undersecretary for International Trade Negotiations
Arthur D. DeFehr, CEO and President, Palliser Furniture Holdings Ltd., Winnipeg
André Desmarais, Deputy Chairman, President and Co-Chief Executive Officer, Power Corporation of Canada, Montréal, QC; Executive Co-Chairman, Power Financial Corporation
James T. Demetriades, CEO and Founder, Kairos Venture Investments
John M. Deutch, Institute Professor emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge; former Director of Central Intelligence; former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense and Undersecretary of Energy
Paula J. Dobriansky, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge; Vice Chair, National Executive Committee, U.S. Water Partnership; former U.S. Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs
Wendy Dobson, Professor and Co-Director, Institute for International Business, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, Toronto; former Canadian Associate Deputy Minister of Finance
Gary Doer, former Canadian Ambassador to the United States, Winnipeg
Thomas Donilon, Partner and Vice Chair, O’Melveny & Myers LLP, Washington; Non-resident Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University; former U.S. National Security Advisor
*Kenneth M. Duberstein, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Duberstein Group, Washington; former Chief of Staff to President Ronald Reagan
Michael Duffy, Deputy Op-Ee Editor, The Washington Post, Washington and former Executive Editor, TIME Magazine, Washington
Juan Gallardo, Chairman of the Board, Grupo Embotelladoras Unidas, SA de CV, Mexico City
*David Gergen, Professor of Public Service and Director of the Center for Public Leadership, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge; CNN Senior Political Analyst
Gordon Giffin, Partner, Dentons US LLP, Atlanta; former U.S. Ambassador to Canada
Donald Gogel, President and Chief Executive Officer, Clayton Dubilier and Rice, Inc., New York
Jamie S. Gorelick, Partner, WilmerHale, Washington; former Deputy Attorney General; former General Counsel, Department of Defense
Bill Grahamformer Member of Canadian House of Commons; former Minister of Foreign Affairs and former Minister of Defence, Ottawa; Chancellor, Trinity College, University of Toronto; Hon. Col. of The Governor General’s Horse Guards, Chair of Canadian International Council; Founder of The Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History; Former Chairman of The Atlantic Council of Canada.
Donald Graham, Chairman of the Board of Graham Holdings Company, former owner of The Washington Post Company, Washington
Peter Harder, Member, Senate of Canada, Ottawa
*Jane Harman, Director, President, and CEO, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington; former Member, (D-CA, 36) U.S. House of Representatives
Linda Hasenfratz, President and CEO, Linamar Corporation, Ontario
Alexandra Haas-Paciuc, President, the National Council to Prevent Discrimination (CONAPRED)
Kerry Healey, President, Center for Advancing the American Dream, Washington; former Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
Carlos Heredia, Associate Professor, Department of International Studies, Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE), Mexico City; Coordinator, Program for the Study of the United States, CIDE
John B. Hess, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Hess Corporation, New York
Fiona Hill, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution, Washington; former Senior Director for European and Russian Affairs on the NSC
*Carla A. Hills, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Hills & Company, Washington; former U.S. Trade Representative; former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
*Karen Elliott House, writer, Princeton, NJ; Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; former Senior Vice President, Dow Jones & Company, and Publisher, The Wall Street Journal
Joseph K. Hurd, III, former Director, Emerging Business, Facebook, Menlo Park
David Ignatius, Columnist, The Washington Post, Washington
Merit E. Janow, Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Practice, International Economic Law and International Affairs, Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), New York; former Member, Appellate Body from North America, World Trade Organization
P. Thomas Jenkins, Chair, Open Text, Waterloo; Chair, National Research Council of Canada
Robert Johnston, Managing Director, Global Energy and Natural Resources and Executive Advisor, Eurasia Group, Washington
Lewis Kaden, Chairman, Markle Foundation Board of Directors; Former Vice Chairman, Citigroup, New York
Andy Karsner, Managing Partner of the Emerson Collective; Senior Strategist at X; former Assistant Secretary of Energy for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge; Former Columnist, Boston Globe
Timothy Keating, Senior Vice President, Government Operations, The Boeing Company, Arlington
Robert M. Kimmitt, Senior International Counsel, WilmerHale, Washington; former U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Treasury; former U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs; former U.S. Ambassador to Germany
Henry A. Kissinger, Chairman, Kissinger Associates, Inc., New York; former U.S. Secretary of State; former Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs; Lifetime Trustee and co-founder of the Trilateral Commission
Scott Kleinman, Co-President, Apollo Global Management, New York
Stephanie Kusie, Member of Parliament, House of Commons, Ottawa
Fred Langhammer, Chairman, Global Affairs, The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc., New York
*Monique Leroux, Strategic Advisor, Corporation Fiera Capital, Montreal
Leonard Levie, Chairman of American Industrial Acquisition Corporation, New York
Marne Levine, former Chief Operating Officer, Instagram, Menlo Park
Santiago Levy, Vice President for Sectors and Knowledge, Inter-American Development Bank, Washington
David Lipton, First Deputy Managing Director, International Monetary Fund, Washington
Linda Koch Lorimer, CEO, Abundantior; former Vice President for Global & Strategic Initiatives, Yale University
*John Manley, Chair CIBC, CIBC Bank USA, and Chair CAE Inc.; former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance
James Manyika, Chair, McKinsey Global Institute; Senior Partner, McKinsey, San Francisco
Judith A. McHale, President and CEO, Cane Investments, LLC, Hastings on Hudson; former U.S. Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs; former President and Chief Executive Officer, Discovery Communications
Thomas F. McLarty , III, President, McLarty Asssociates, Washington; former Chief of Staff to President William Clinton
Lourdes Melgar, Program Director at DAI and Board Member at Grupo Santander Energy and Sustainability Scholar
Antonio Ortiz-Mena, Senior Vice President, ASG
Jami Miscik, President and Vice Chairman, Kissinger Associates, Inc., New York; former Deputy Director for Intelligence, Central Intelligence Agency
Andrea Mitchell, Spouse of Alan Greenspan (former Chairman of the Federal Reserve), Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, NBC News, Washington
Susan Molinari, Vice President for Public Policy, Google, Inc., Washington; Former Member of Congress
Heather Munroe-Blum, Chairperson, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Toronto; Principal Emerita and Professor, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University
Lori Esposito Murray, Distinguished Chair for National Security, U.S. Naval Academy; former President & Chief Executive Officer, World Affairs Councils of America; former Special Advisor to the President on the Chemical Weapons Convention; former Assistant Director, U.S. Arms Control & Disarmament Agency
Scott Nathan, CEO, Atlantic Neptune, Washington; former Associate Director for General Government Programs (GGP) at the Office of Management and Budget
John D. Negroponte, Vice Chairman, McLarty Associates, Washington; former Deputy Secretary of State; former Director of National Intelligence; former Ambassador to the United Nations, Honduras, Mexico, the Philippines and Iraq
Michelle Nunn, President and CEO, CARE USA, Atlanta
*Joseph S. Nye, Jr., University Distinguished Service Professor and former Dean, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge; former Chair, National Intelligence Council; former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs; former North American Chairman, Trilateral Commission
Ben Nye, Chief Executive Officer, Turbonomic, Boston; former Executive Secretary and Senior Advisor, Department of Treasury
Michael Olshan, Managing Partner, O-Corp Investments, New York
*Meghan L. O’Sullivan, Evron and Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge; former Special Assistant to President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan; North American Chairman, Trilateral Commission
Eric Pelletier, Vice President and Head of International Government Affairs at Alibaba, New York; former Deputy Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs
David Petraeus, Chairman of the KKR Global Institute, Washington; former Director of the CIA and Commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan
John A. Quelch, Leonard M. Miller University Professor and Vice Provost, University of Miami. Dean, Miami Business School. Former Senior Associate Dean, Harvard Business School. Former Dean, London Business School. Former Dean, China Europe International Business School, Miami
John Risley, President of CFFI Ventures Inc, Bedford
David Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent, The New York Times, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard University, Cambridge
Eric Schmidt, Technical Advisor and Board Member, Alphabet, Inc (Google)
Susan Schwab, Professor, Maryland School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, College Park; former U.S. Trade Representative
Gerald Seib, Executive Washington Editor, The Wall Street Journal, Washington
*Jaime Serra, Chairman, SAI Law and Economics; Founder, Aklara, the Arbitration Center of Mexico, and the NAFTA Fund of Mexico, Mexico City; former Deputy Chairman, North American Trilateral Commission
Rajiv Shah, President, Rockefeller Foundation; Distinguished Fellow in Residence, Edward A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Washington; former Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development
Wendy Sherman,, Director, Center for Public Practice, Harvard Kennedy School, Professor of Practice of Public Leadership, Senior Advisor, Albright Stonebridge Group; Resident Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics; former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs
Jeffrey Simpson, retired, National Affairs Columnist, The Globe and Mail, Toronto
Olympia Snowe, Former U.S. Senator; Senior Fellow, Bipartisan Policy Center, Portland
Cecilia Soto Gonzalez, Federal Congresswoman, Mexico City
Nancy Southern, President and Chief Executive Officer, ATCO Ltd. and Canadian Utilities Limited, Calgary
*James B. Steinberg, former dean of Maxwell School, and University Professor of Social Science, International Affairs and Law, Syracuse University, Syracuse; former Deputy Secretary of State, former Deputy National Security Advisor
Bret Stephens, Op-Ed Columnist, The New York Times, New York
Jake Sullivan, Visiting Fellow, Yale Law School, Hanover NH; Former Director of Policy Planning at Department of State
*Carole Taylor, Chancellor Emeritus, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver; former Minister of Finance, British Columbia; former Chair, CBC/Radio-Canada; former Chair, Canada Ports; public affairs broadcaster
Luis Téllez Kuenzler, Special Advisor, KKR; President, NTT Everis; former Chairman of the Board, Mexican Stock Exchange, Mexico City; former Secretary of Communications and Transportation of Mexico
G. Richard Thoman, Managing Partner, Corporate Perspectives, New York; Adjunct Professor of International Business, Columbia University; Professor of Practice in International Business, the Fletcher School, Tufts University; former President and Chief Executive Officer, Xerox Corporation; former Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, IBM Corporation
Michael Tiedemann, Founding Partner, Tiedemann Advisors, New York
*Frances Townsend, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Government, Legal and Business Affairs, MacAndrews & Forbes Inc., New York; former Assistant to the President for Homeland Security
Louis Vega, VP Government Affairs & Advocacy for the Dow Chemical Company, Washington
Melanne Verveer, Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, Georgetown University, Washington
Guillermo F. Vogel, Director and Vice President of the Board, Tenaris, Mexico City
*Paul Volcker, former Chairman, President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board; former Chairman, Wolfensohn & Co., Inc., New York; Frederick H. Schultz Professor Emeritus, International Economic Policy, Princeton University; former Chairman, Board of Governors, U.S. Federal Reserve System; Honorary North American Chairman and former North American Chairman of the Trilateral Commission
Yuen Pau Woo, Senator, Senate of Canada, Ottawa
Robert Zoellick, Chairman, AllianceBernstein, New York; former President, The World Bank
Daniel Yergin, Vice Chairman, IHS, Cambridge
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Alesha Black, Director, Global Food & Agriculture Program, Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Chicago
Ann-Kristin Achleitner, Scientific Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial and Financial Studies (CEFS), Technische Universität München (TUM), Munich
Nuno Amado, Chairman of the Executive Committee, Millennium bcp, Porto Salvo
*Peter Andronov, Country Manager KBC Group, CEO of UBB, Sofia
Vyara Ankova, Executive Director, Nova Broadcasting Group, Sofia
Jacques Aschenbroich, Chairman and CEO, Valeo, Paris
Jerzy Baczyński, Editor-in-Chief, Polityka, Warsaw
*Estela Barbot, Member of the Board & Audit Committee at REN – Redes Energéticas Nacinais;President of the General Council at Universidade NOVA de Lisboa; former Director, Bank Santander Negócios; former Member of the Board & Audit Committee at the IFD – Financial Institution for Development, Porto
Ornella Barra, Chief Operating Officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance, London
*Ladislav Bartoníček, Chief Executive Officer, SOTIO; PPF Group Shareholder, Prague
Oliver Bäte, Chief Executive Officer, Allianz, Munich
Marek Belka, Member of the European Parliament, ECON Committee (S&D Group), Brussels; former President, National Bank of Poland; former Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Poland, Warsaw
Dick Benschop, President & Chief Executive Officer, Royal Schiphol Group, Schiphol; former Deputy Foreign Minister of The Netherlands
*Georges Berthoin, International Honorary Chairman, European Movement; Honorary Chairman, The Jean Monnet Association; Honorary European Chairman, The Trilateral Commission, Paris
*Carl Bildt, Co-Chair, European Council on Foreign Relations; former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden; former Chairman, Nordic Venture Network, Stockholm; former Member of the Swedish Parliament, Chairman of the Moderate Party and Prime Minister of Sweden; former European Union High Representative in Bosnia-Herzegovina & UN Special Envoy to the Balkans; European Deputy Chairman, Trilateral Commission
Manfred Bischoff, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Daimler AG, Munich; former Member of the Board of Management, Daimler AG; former Chairman, EADS
*Franjo Bobinac, President of the Management Board of Gorenje Group, Ljubljana; Vice President for Marketing, Hisense International Co. Ltd.; Honorary Consul of Monaco
Jean-Louis Bourlanges, former Member, State Audit Court (Cour des Comptes), Paris; Associated Professor, Institute for Political Studies in Paris; former Member of the European Parliament, Brussels; former President of the European Movement in France, Paris
*Dame Nicola Brewer, Vice-Provost (International), University College, London
Samir Brikho, former Chief Executive Officer, Amec Foster Wheeler, London
Jean-Louis Bruguière, former Judge on anti-terrorism; former EU High Representative to the United States on the Terrorism Finance Tracking Programme (TFTP/SWIFT), Paris
John Bruton, former Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland, Dublin; former European Union Ambassador Head, Delegation of the European Commission to the United States
Patrick Buffet, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, ERAMET; Chairman of P.B.A. Sas; Member of Supervisory Boards or Senior advisor for industrial and insurance companies; Member of the French “Académie des Technologies”, Paris
François Bujon de l’Estang, Ambassadeur de France; Chairman, FBE International Consultants, Paris; former Chairman, Citi France; former Ambassador to the United States
Luis de Carlos, Managing Partner, Uría Menéndez Abogados, Madrid
*Jaime Castellanos, Chairman, Lazard Spain; Chairman, Willis TowersWatson Iberia, Madrid
Gianluigi Castelli, Chairman, Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane (Italian State Railways), Rome
Heinrich Christen, Partner, BLR & Partners AG; former Managing Partner Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Ernst & Young, Zürich
Bertrand Collomb, Honorary Chairman, Lafarge; Member of the Institut de France, Paris
Patrick Combes, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Compagnie Financière Tradition and Viel & Cie., Paris
*Richard Conroy, Chairman, Conroy Gold and Natural Resources, Dublin; Member of Senate, Republic of Ireland
Eduardo Costa, Executive Vice Chairman, Banco Finantia, Lisbon; Member, Forum Portugal Global
Vivienne Cox, Chairman, Vallourec, France; Member of the Board, BG Group, London
*Enrico Tommaso Cucchiani, former Group Chief Executive Officer, Intesa Sanpaolo, Milan; Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer, TGI (Think Global Investments), London
Caroline Daniel, Partner, Brunswick Group; former Editor, FT Weekend, Financial Times, London
Yves-Louis Darricarrère, Senior Advisor, Lazard Frères Bank; Senior Lecturer in Energy Geopolitics, Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris; former Member of the Executive Committee of Total and former CEO of Total Upstream, Total Exploration and Production and Total Gas and Power, Paris
Marta Dassù, Senior Director of European Affairs, The Aspen Institute; Editor-in-Chief, Aspenia, Aspen Institute Italia; former Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Rome
Sol Daurella, Chair, Coca-Cola European Partners, Madrid
Michel David-Weill, former Chairman, Lazard LLC, worldwide; Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Eurazeo, Paris
Thierry Déau, Founding Partner, Chief Executive Officer, Meridiam Infrastructure, Paris
Marie-Ange Debon, Group Suez Senior Executive Vice President in charge of France, Italy and Central Europe, Paris
Jean-Luc Decornoy, former Partner, KPMG France; former Deputy Chairman, KPMG EMA, Paris
Admiral Giampaolo Di Paola, former Italian Minister of Defence; former Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, Livorno
Vladimír Dlouhý, President of the Czech Chamber of Commerce; International Advisor, Goldman Sachs; former Czechoslovak Minister of Economy; former Czech Minister of Industry & Trade, Prague
Ivana Dragičević-Veličković, Executive Producer, International News at N1 Television, CNN affiliate for Adria Region, Zagreb
Aleksandra Drecun, Director of Intersection – Center for Science and Innovation, Belgrade; President, Harvard Club of Serbia; Co-Chair of the Woman’s Government of Serbia
Karsten Dybvad, Chairman, Danske Bank, Copenhagen; former Director General and Chief Executive Officer, Confederation of Danish Industry
Trine Eilertsen, Political Editor, Aftenposten, Oslo
Guy Elliott, Deputy Chairman, SAB Miller plc; non executive director, Royal Dutch Shell plc; former Chief Financial Officer, Rio Tinto, London
Manuel Falcó, Global Co-Head of Banking, Capital Markets and Advisory, Citi, London
Franz Fischler, President, European Forum, Alpbach, Vienna; former Member of the European Commission (Agriculture)
Jürgen Fitschen, Senior Advisor – former Chief Executive Officer, Deutsche Bank AG, Frankfurt-am- Main; former President, Association of German Banks (BDB), Berlin; Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Ceconomy AG
Mark FitzPatrick, Chief Financial Officer, Prudential, London
Seamus FitzPatrick, Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner, CapVest Associates, London and Dublin
Simon Freakley, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Alix Partners, London
Louise Fresco, President of the Executive Board, Wageningen University & Research; former Member of the Board of Non-executive Directors, Unilever; former Member of the Supervisory Board of Rabobank; former Assistant Director-General, Head of Agriculture Department, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome
Luc Frieden, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Banque Internationale à Luxembourg; Chairman of the Board, St Paul Luxembourg; former Minister of Finance, Defence and Justice, Luxembourg
Hugh Friel, former Chief Executive Officer of Kerry Group plc, and former Chairman of Tourism Ireland
Uwe Fröhlich, Co-Chief Executive Officer, DZ Bank, Frankfurt am Main
*Michael Fuchs, former Member of the German Bundestag, Berlin; former Deputy Chairman of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group; former President, National Federation of German Wholesale & Foreign Trade
Sigmar Gabriel, former Member of the German Bundestag; Chairman, Atlantik-Brücke; former Foreign Minister of Germany, Berlin
Cristina Garmendia, Chair, SILO; Chair, Cotec Foundation, Madrid; SYGNIS (Spain-Germany); former Spanish Minister of Science and Innovation, Madrid
Ignacio Garralda, Chairman, Mutua Madrileña, Madrid
Brian Gilvary, Group Chief Financial Officer, British Petroleum plc, London
Sinead Gorman, Executive Vice President Finance Integrated Gas & New Energies, Shell International Exploration and Production, The Hague
Patrizia Grieco, Chairman, Enel, Rome
Vittorio Grilli, Chairman of Italy and Chairman of the Corporate & Investment Bank, EMEA at J.P. Morgan, London; former Minister of Finance of Italy
Elisabeth Guigou, former Member of the French National Assembly and Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee; former Minister for European Affairs, Paris; President, Anna Lindh Foundation
Christian Gut, Chief Executive Officer, Prosegur, Madrid
Håkon Haugli, Chief Executive Officer, Innovation Norway; former Member of the Norwegian Parliament, Oslo
*Beat Hess, Chairman of the Board, LafargeHolcim, Zürich
*Nigel Higgins, Chairman, Barclays plc, London
Alexandra de Hoop Scheffer, Senior Transatlantic Fellow and Director of The German Marshall Fund’s Paris Office; Head GMF Transatlantic Security Task Force
Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, former Secretary General of NATO and Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, The Hague
*Satu Huber, Chief Executive Officer, Elo Mutual Pension Insurance Company, Helsinki
Vivian Hunt, Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company, London
Michael Inacker, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, WMP EuroCom, Berlin
*Mugur Isarescu, Governor, National Bank of Romania, Bucharest; former Prime Minister
Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman, Munich Security Conference; Senior Professor for Security Policy and Diplomatic Practice, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin; former German Ambassador to US and UK, former German Deputy Foreign Minister
Lady Barbara Judge, Chairman, Astana Financial Services Authority; Chairman, Cifas, the UK fraud prevention agency, former Chairman, UK Pension Protection Fund, London; former Chairman, UKAEA (United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority); former US Securities Exchange Commissioner
Rastislav Káčer, Chairman, Globsec; former Ambassador of Slovakia to the United States
Sylvie Kauffmann, Editorial Director and Foreign Affairs columnist, Le Monde, Paris; contributing writer, the New York Times
Piia-Noora Kauppi, Chief Executive Officer, Finance Finland, Helsinki
Yasmine Kherbache, Member of the Flemish Parliament, Antwerp; former Chief of Staff of the Prime Minister of Belgium
Sir John Kingman, Chairman, Legal & General Group plc; Chair of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), London
Klaas Knot, President, Dutch Central Bank, Amsterdam
*Jovan Kovačić, President, East West Bridge; Chief Executive Officer, GCA Global Communications Associates Ltd; CEO of Henderson Asset Protection, Serbia; former Advisor to the Serbian Government, Belgrade
Árpád Kovács, Chairman, Fiscal Council of Hungary; Professor, Szeged University; former President, State Audit Office of Hungary, Budapest
Gábor Kovács, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Bankar Holding; Founder, KOGART (Kovács Gábor Art Foundation), Budapest
Jerzy Koźmiński, President and Chief Executive Officer, Polish-American Freedom Foundation; former Ambassador to the United States; former First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Warsaw
Idar Kreutzer, Chief Executive Officer, Finance Norway, Oslo
*Ulysses Kyriacopoulos, Member of the Board and former Chairman, Imerys Industrial Minerals Greece; former Chairman, Federation of Greek Industries, Athens
Francisco de Lacerda, Chairman Banco CTT, Lisbon; NED Endesa, Madrid; Former CEO, CTT (Portugal Post), Lisbon
Count Alexander Lambsdorff, Member of the German Bundestag and Deputy Chairman of the FDP Parliamentary Group, Berlin; former Member of the European Parliament
*Kurt Lauk, former Member of the European Parliament (EPP Group-CDU); Chairman, Globe Capital Partners, Stuttgart; President, Economic Council of the CDU Party, Berlin; former Member of the Board, DaimlerChrysler, Stuttgart
*Eli Leenaars, Vice-Chairman Wealth Management, UBS AG, Zurich, Switzerland; former Member of the Executive Board, ING Group NV and ING Bank NV, Amsterdam
*Jean Lemierre, Chairman, BNP Paribas, Paris; former President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
*Thomas Leysen, Chairman, KBC Group; Chairman of the Board, Umicore, Brussels
*Bo Lidegaard, Writer; Contributor and former Executive Editor-in-Chief, Politiken, Copenhagen
Tove Lifvendahl, Political Editor-in-Chief, Svenska Dagbladet, Stockholm
Joy Lo Dico, Columnist and Executive Editor, The Evening Standard, London
Peter Lukeš, Serial Entrepreneur and Investor; Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Ditec, Bratislava
*Franjo Luković, former Chairman of the Management Board, Zagrebačka Banka – UniCredit Group, Zagreb
Cecilia Malmström, former European Commissioner for Trade, European Commission, Brussels
Hervé Mariton, former Member of the French National Assembly; former Minister for Overseas Territories, Paris
Victor Massiah, Chief Executive Officer, Ubi Banca, Bergamo
Giampiero Massolo, Chairman, Fincantieri, Rome; former Italian Ambassador
Lord Maude of Horsham, Member of the House of Lords; former Minister for Europe and Trade; FMA Partners; Senior Adviser Covington and Burling, London
Carlo Messina, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Intesa Sanpaolo, Milan
Staffan de Mistura, former United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Milan
Peter Mitterbauer, Honorary President, The Federation of Austrian Industry, Vienna; President and Chief Executive Officer, Miba, Laakirchen
Dominique Moïsi, Senior Counsellor, Institut Montaigne, Paris; Professor, King’s College, London
Maurizio Molinari, Director, La Stampa, Turin
*Mario Monti, Member of the Italian Senate; President, Bocconi University, Milan; former President of the Council of Ministers, Italy; former Member of the European Commission (Competition Policy and Internal Market); Honorary President, BRUEGEL, Brussels; Honorary European Chairman, Trilateral Commission
Klaus-Peter Müller, former Chairman of the Board, Commerzbank, Frankfurt-am-Main; former CEO, Commerzbank, Frankfurt-am-Main; former President, Association of German Banks (BDB), Berlin
Manuel Muñiz, Dean, Rafael del Pino Professor of Practice of Global Leadership, IE School of Global and Public Affairs, Madrid
Arkadiusz Muś, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Press Glass; Vice President, Polish Business Roundtable, Warsaw
Claudia Nemat, Member of the Board of Management, Deutsche Telekom, Bonn
Ewald Nowotny, Governor of the Austrian National Bank; former Chief Executive Officer, BAWAG P.S.K., Vienna
Sean O’Driscoll, Director and Advisor, Glen Dimplex Group, Dublin
*Andrzej Olechowski, Chairman, Supervisory Board, Bank Handlowy; Professor, Vistula University; former Minister of Foreign Affairs and of Finance, Warsaw
Lucas Papademos, Member and former President of the Academy of Athens and holder of the Chair in Economic Sciences; Honorary Governor of the Bank of Greece; Senior Fellow at the Center for Financial Studies, Goethe University, Frankfurt; former Prime Minister of Greece; former Vice- President of the European Central Bank, Athens
*Alexandra Papalexopoulou, Group Strategic Planning Director, Titan Cement Company, Athens; European Deputy Chairman, Trilateral Commission
Claudia Parzani, Western Europe Managing Partner, Linklaters; Chairman, Allianz S.p.A., Milan
Stephen Peel, Founder, SMP Policy Innovation; former Senior Partner of TPG Capital, London and Hong Kong
Joachim Pfeiffer, Member of the German Bundestag and spokesperson for economic policy of the CDU/CSU party, Berlin
*Ursula Plassnik, Ambassador of Austria to Switzerland; former Member of the Austrian Parliament; U.N. Special Envoy for International Women Issues; former Federal Minister for European and International Affairs, Vienna
Rosen Plevneliev, former President of the Republic of Bulgaria, Sofia
*Borja Prado, Co-Founder of Peninsula Capital, Madrid, London; Director of the Board of Mediaset España, Madrid
Marc Puig, Chairman and CEO, Puig, Barcelona
Rasvan Radu, Chief Executive Officer, UniCredit Tiriac Bank, Bucharest
Maria Rankka, Executive Vice President, Business Development Takura, Stockholm
Olli Rehn, Chairman of the Board, Bank of Finland, Helsinki; former European Commissioner
Monika Ribar, Chairwoman, Swiss Federal Railways (SBB), Zurich
Jon Riberas, Chairman and CEO, Gonvarri Steel Industries, Madrid
Gianfelice Rocca, Chairman, Techint Group of Companies, Milan
Lars Rohde, Governor by Royal Appointment, Chairman of the Board of Governors, National Bank of Denmark, Copenhagen
Jean-Pierre Roth, Member of the Board of Directors of MKS (Switzerland); former Chairman of the Swiss National Bank, Geneva
Pietro Salini, Chief Executive Officer, Salini Impregilo, Milan
Ilkka Salonen, Chairman, East Office of Finnish Industries, Helsinki
Michael Schaefer, Chairman of the Board, BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt, Berlin; former German Ambassador to China
*Magnus Schöldtz, Senior Advisor, Wallenberg Foundations AB; former Swedish Ambassador, Stockholm
Maurizio Sella, Chairman, Gruppo Banca Sella, Biella; former Chairman, Association of Italian Banks (A.B.I.), Rome
Tomasz Sielicki, Chairman, Sygnity, Warsaw
Sławomir Sikora, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bank Handlowy w Warszawie; Citi Country Officer, responsible for Citigroup’s operations in Poland, Warsaw
Miroslav Singer, former Governor, Czech National Bank, Prague
*Kristin Skogen Lund, Chief Executive Officer, Schibsted Media Group; former Director General, Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO), Oslo
Anne Skovbro, CE0, CPH City & Port Development, Copenhagen
Harald Solberg, Chief Executive Officer, Norwegian Shipowners’ Association; former State Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Oslo
*Ivan Šramko, Chairman of Council for Budget Responsibility; former Governor of the National Bank of Slovakia, Bratislava
Keir Starmer, Member of the British Parliament; Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, London
István Stumpf, Justice, The Constitutional Court of Hungary; former Deputy Prime Minister, Budapest
*György Surányi, Professor of Finance, Corvinus University, Budapest; former Regional Head of Central Eastern Europe, Intesa Sanpaolo Group; former Chairman, Central European International Bank (CIB); former President of the National Bank of Hungary
Emil Tedeschi, President and Chief Executive Officer, Atlantic Grupa, Zagreb
Andreas Treichl, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Erste Group Bank AG, Vienna
*Jean-Claude Trichet, Chairman, Group of Thirty; Chairman, Bruegel, Brussels; Honorary Governor, Banque de France; former President of the European Central Bank; European Chairman, Trilateral Commission, Paris
Marco Tronchetti Provera, Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Pirelli & C., Milan; Deputy Chairman, Confindustria, Rome; former Chairman, Telecom Italia
Liviu Tudor, Owner, Genesis Property; General Secretary of the Romanian Chapter, The Club of Rome, Bucharest
Baron Frans Van Daele, Honorary Chief of Staff, HM the King of Belgium, Brussels
Count Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council emeritus; former Prime Minister of Belgium; President, European Policy Centre, Brussels
*Raivo Vare, Entrepreneur and Statesman serving on Supervisory Boards in Estonia; former Minister of State and former Minister of Transport and Communication, Tallinn
Zivorad Vasic, Vice President, Delta Holding, Belgrade; Regional Director, Intercontinental Hotels Group for Crowne Plaza Belgrade, InterContinental Ljubljana, Bucharest and Sofia
*George Vassiliou, former Head of the Negotiating Team for the Accession of Cyprus to the European Union; former President of the Republic of Cyprus; former Member of Parliament and Leader of United Democrats, Nicosia
Jeroen van der Veer, Chairman of the Supervisory Boards, Koninklijke Philips N.V., Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. and Technical University of Delft; Board member, Equinor; former Chief Executive Officer, Royal Dutch Shell; former Chairman of the Supervisory Board, ING Group, Amsterdam
Marco Veremis, Executive Chairman of the Board, Upstream SA, Athens
Christian Vollmann, Digital Entrepreneur (Nebenan.de) & Business Angel (ResearchGate, SumUp, Trivago, Airhelp); Board Member German Startups Association, Berlin
Jacob Wallenberg, Chairman, Investor AB; Vice Chairman, ABB Ltd, Ericsson AB; Board Member, Nasdaq Inc., Stockholm
Axel Weber, Chairman of the Board, UBS Group AG, Zürich; former President of the Deutsche Bundesbank
Heinrich Weiss, Chief Executive Officer, SMS Group, Düsseldorf; former Chairman, German-Russian Chamber of Commerce; former Chairman, German-Chinese Business Council; former Chairman, Economic Advisory Council of the CDU-Party
Hans Wijers, Deputy Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell; Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Heineken, Amsterdam; non-Executive Director, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), London; former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Akzo Nobel; former Dutch Minister for Economic Affairs; former Senior Partner, BCG
Lord Willetts, Member of the House of Lords, London; Chairman, Resolution Foundation; former Minister for Universities and Science
Matthias Wissmann, President of the International Automobile Manufacturers’ Association Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d’Automobiles (OICA); Partner at the international law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, Berlin; former Member of the German Bundestag and former Federal Minister
Corien Wortmann-Kool, Chairman of the Board, ABP Pension Fund, Amsterdam; Member of the Supervisory Board AEGON NV; Vice President European People’s Party and former Member of European Parliament and Vice Chair of EPP Parliamentary Group
Merja Ylä-Anttila, Chief Executive Officer, Yleisradio Oy (Finnish Broadcasting Company), Helsinki
Fouad M. T. Alghanim, Chairman, Fouad Alghanim & Sons Group of Companies, Kuwait
Sheikh Humaid Bin Ali Bin Sultan Al-Maani, Diwan of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman; former Ambassador to France and to India
Karim El Aynaoui, President, Policy Center for the New South; Dean, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences of the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, Morocco
Jacob A. Frenkel, Chairman, JPMorgan Chase International, JPMorgan Chase & Co., New York; Chairman of the Board of Trustees, The Group of Thirty (G30); former Governor, Bank of Israel
Mmusi Maimane, Leader of “Democratic Alliance” political party, South Africa
Fouad Makhzoumi, Chairman of Future Group; Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Future Pipe Industries, Lebanon
Güler Sabancı, Chairman, Hacı Ömer Sabancı Holding A.Ş., İstanbul
Igor Yurgens, Chairman of the Management Board of the Institute of Contemporary Development (INSOR), Moscow
DAVID ROCKEFELLER FELLOWS
Rebecca Adler-Nissen, Professor, Institute of Political Sciences, University of Copenhagen; Director of Diploface
Diego del Alcázar, Executive Vice Chairman, IE Business School & IE University, Madrid
Mark Boris Andrijanič, Public Policy Associate (CEE), Uber Technologies, Warsaw
Alexia Bertrand, Chief of Staff to Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium, Brussels
Jane Burston, Director, Clean Air Fund, London
Edoardo Campanella, Eurozone Economist, UniCredit Bank, Milan
Ferdinando Giugliano, Columnist and Editorial Writer, Bloomberg View, Rome
Marta Guzzafame, Project Leader (Strategy & Digital), The Boston Consulting Group, Madrid
Niki Kerameus, Member of the Hellenic Parliament; Kerameus & Partners Law Firm, Athens
Christian Nordholtz, Partner and German M&A lawyer, GÖHMANN Lawyers, Hanover
*Claudia Olsson, CEO, Exponential AB, Stockholm (DRF Representative)
Antonio Poncioni, Senior Advisor, Sovereign Advisory Team, Lazard, Lisbon
Zita Schellekens, Director Corporate Relations, HEINEKEN the Netherlands
Christophe Schramm, Manager New Technologies, Solvay Specialty Polymers – Business Incubation, Milan
Ludovic Subran, Head of Macroeconomic Research, Allianz and Euler Hermes, Paris
Matteo Villa, Research Fellow, the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI), Milan
FORMER MEMBERS IN PUBLIC SERVICE
Anna Ekström, Minister for Education in Sweden, Stockholm
Kolinda Grabar Kitarović, President of the Republic of Croatia, Zagreb
Elsbeth Tronstad, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway
Margrethe Vestager, Member of the European Commission (Competition), Brussels
(Chinese and Korean names are listed surname first)
Teruo Asada, Senior Corporate Advisor and Member of the Board, Marubeni Corporation, Tokyo
Bark Taeho, President, Lee & Ko Global Commerce Institute, Seoul; Professor Emeritus and former Dean, Graduate School of International studies, Seoul National University, Seoul; former Trade Minister of Korea; former Chairman, International Trade Commission of Korea
*Chen Naiqing, Former Vice President of the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs, Beijing
Cho Hyun Joon, Chairman and CEO, Hyosung Group, Seoul
Chung Mong-Joon, Chairman, The Asan Foundation, Seoul; Former Member, Korean National Assembly
Cesar Consing, President of the Bank of the Philippines Islands (BPI), Manila
*Tarun Das, Chairman, Institute of Economic Growth; Founding Trustee, Ananta Aspen Centre, New Delhi
*Barry Desker, Distinguished Fellow, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore; Asia Pacific Deputy Chairman, Trilateral Commission
*Naushad Forbes, Co-Chairman, forbes Marshall Pvt. Ltd.; Chairman, Ananta Aspen Centre, New Delhi
Takuya Fujii, Chief Director, The Shimonaka Memorial Foundation, Tokyo
Ichiro Fujisaki, President, Nakasone Yasuhiro Peace Institute; President of America-Japan Society; former Japanese Ambassador to the United States
Yoichi Funabashi, Chairman, Asia Pacific Initiative; former Editor-in-Chief, The Asahi Shimbun, Tokyo
Jamshyd Godrej, Chairman & Managing Director, Godrej and Boyce Manufacturing Co. Ltd., New Delhi
Quentin Grafton, Professor, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU; Chairholder, UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance; Director, FE2W Network; Editor-in- Chief, Policy Forum.net
Allan Gyngell, Convenor, Coombs Forum; Director, Crawford Australian Leadership Forum
Toyoo Gyohten, Honorary Advisor, Institute for International Monetary Affairs; Honorary Advisor, MUFG Bank, Ltd., Tokyo
Han Sung-Joo, Honorary Chairman, The International Policy Studies Institute of Korea (IPSIKOR), Seoul; Professor Emeritus, Korea University; former Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs; former Korean Ambassador to the United States; Honorary Asia Pacific group member
Yasuchika Hasegawa, Honorary Chairman, Asia Pacific Group, Trilateral Commission; Former Chairman, Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.; former Chairman, Japan Association of Corporate Executives (Keizai Doyukai), Tokyo
*John R. Hewson, Professor and Chair Tax and Transfer Policy Institute , Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU; former Leader, Federal Opposition, Australia
Nobuyuki Hirano, Chairman and Member of the Board of Directors, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc.;Member of the Board of Directors, MUFG Bank, Ltd., Tokyo
Hong Seok-Hyun, Chairman, JoongAng Holdings, Seoul; former Korean Ambassador to the United States; Honorary Deputy Chairman, Asia Pacific Group, Trilateral Commission
*Akinari Horii, Special Advisor and Member of the Board of Directors, The Canon Institute for Global Studies, Tokyo; Asia Pacific Treasurer, Trilateral Commission
Rastam Mohd Isa, Chairman of the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia
Ren Ito, Executive Officer, Mercari Inc., Tokyo
*Jung Ku-hyun, President, The Seoul Forum for International Affairs, Seoul
Shigesuke Kashiwagi, President and Representative Director, Schroders Investment Management (Japan ) Limited., Tokyo
Eijiro Katsu, President COO, Internet Initiative Japan Inc., Tokyo
Bilahari Kausikan, Chairman, Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore; Former Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore
Yuko Kawamoto, Professor, Waseda Business School (Graduate School of Business and Finance), Waseda University, Tokyo
Koichi Kawana, Director Vice Chairman, JGC Corporation, Tokyo
Kim Kihwan, International Advisor, Goldman Sachs, Seoul; Honorary Asia Pacific group member
Sanjay Kirloskar, Chairman and Managing Director, Kirloskar Brothers Ltd., Pune
Eizo Kobayashi, Senior Representative for Business Community Relations, ITOCHU Corporation, Tokyo
Izumi Kobayashi, Director and a member of the Board, ANA Holdings Inc., Tokyo
Mitsuomi Koizumi, Special Advisory Fellow, Japan Tabacco Inc., Tokyo
Akira Kojima, Senior Fellow, Japan Center for Economic Research ( JCER ); Member of the Board of Trustees and Visiting Professor at National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) and Ritusmeikan University (Kyoto); Chairman, World Trade Center Tokyo, Inc
Tom Kompas, Director, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU; Director, Australian Centre for Biosecurity and Environmental Economics (ACBEE); Editor-in-Chief, Asia and the Pacific Policy Journal
Takeshi Kunibe, Chairman of the Board, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc., Tokyo
Lawrence Lau, Ralph and Claire Landau Professor of Economics and former Vice-Chancellor/President, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Lee Hong Koo, Former Korean Prime Minister, Seoul ; Honorary Asia Pacific group member
Lee Jay Y., Vice Chairman, Samsung Electronics, Seoul
*Lee Shin-wha, Professor, Department of Political Science and International Relations, Korea University, Seoul; Member on Public Diplomacy Committee, Korea
Lee Sook-Jong, President, East Asia Institute, Seoul; Professor, Graduate School of Governance, SungKyungKwan University
Li Zhaoxing, Former Foreign Minister of PRC, Beijing
Lu Shumin, Former Vice President of the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs, Beijing
Mike Moore, Former New Zealand Ambassador to US; former Director-General, World Trade Organization, Geneva; former Prime Minister of New Zealand
Satoru Murase, Partner, Mayer Brown LLP, NY
Koji Nagai, Group CEO, Nomura Holdings, Inc.,Tokyo
Kuniharu Nakamura, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Sumitomo Corporation: Chairman, Japan Foreign Trade Council, Inc.
Hiroaki Nakanishi, Chairman of the Board and Representative Executive Officer, Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo; Chairman, Japan Business Federation (KEIDANREN)
Philip Ng, Chief Executive Officer, Far East Organization, Singapore
Knji Nishiura, Member of the Board, Executive Vice President, Mitsubishi Corporation, Tokyo
*Roberto F. de Ocampo, Chairman, Board of Advisors, RFO Center for Public Finance & Regional Economic Cooperation, Manila; former Philippine Secretary of Finance
*Akio Okawara, President, Japan Center for International Exchange., Tokyo
*Ryu Jin Roy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Poongsan Group., Seoul; Asia Pacific Deputy Chairman, Trilateral Commission
Ruan Zongze, Executive Vice President of China Institute of International Studies, Beijing
Sakong Il, Chairman & CEO, Institute for Global Economics (IGE), Seoul; former Korean Minister of Finance; Honorary Asia Pacific group member
Kengo Sakurada, Chairman, Sompo Holdings, Inc., Tokyo; Chairman, Japan Association of Corporate Executives (Keizai Doyukai), Tokyo
Takayoshi Sato, President, MRA Foundation, Tokyo
Yasuhiro Sato, Chairman, Mizuho Financial Group, Inc., Tokyo
Shin Dong-Bin, Chairman, Lotte Group, Seoul
Tobby Simon, President, The Synergia Foundation, Bangalore
Sio Chi Wai, Deputy to the 13th National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China
Sivasamban, Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs, Tata Sons Limited
Jacob Soetoyo, Executive Director, The Gesit Companies, Jakarta
Sohn Jie-Ae, Professor, Ewha Womans University; Senior Communications Consultant for the Korean Green Growth Trust of the World Bank, Seoul
Yasuhisa Shiozaki, Former Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare; Member, Japanese House of Representatives; former Chief Cabinet Secretary, Tokyo
*Shigemitsu Sugisaki, Vice Chairman, Goldman Sachs Japan Co., Ltd., Tokyo; former Deputy Managing Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF)
Dato’ Sri Dr. Tahir, President & CEO, Mayapada Group, Jakarta
Akio Takahara, Professor, University of Tokyo
Keizo Takemi, Member, Japanese House of Councillors; Senior Fellow, Japan Center for International Exchange; former Vice Minister for Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan, Tokyo
*Akihiko Tanaka, President, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Tokyo; Asia Pacific Chairman, Trilateral Commission
Hitoshi Tanaka, Chairman, Institute for International Strategy (IIS), Japan Research Institute, Ltd., Tokyo; Senior Fellow, Japan Center for International Exchange; former Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs
Naoki Tanaka, President, Center for International Public Policy Studies, Tokyo
Nobuo Tanaka, Chairman of The Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Tokyo; former Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA)
Somkiat Tangkitvanich, President, Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI)
Keiko Tashiro, Deputy President, Corporate Executive Officer and Member of the Board, Daiwa Securities Co, Ltd., Tokyo
Teh Kok Peng, Senior Advisor, China International Capital Corporation; Former Chairman, Ascendas Pte Ltd., Singapore
Kiyoshi Tsugawa, Former Board Member of Aozora Bank., Tokyo
Shingo Tsuji, President and CEO, Mori Building Co., Ltd.
Masaaki Tsuya, Chairman of the Board, CEO and Reresentative Executive Officer, Bridgestone Corporation., Tokyo
*Jusuf Wanandi, Senior Fellow and co-founder, Centre for Strategic and International Studies (Indonesia), Jakarta; Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees CSIS Foundation
Lukito Wanandi, President Director, Santini Group, Jakarta
Hiroshi Watanabe, President, Institute for International Monetary Affairs, Tokyo
*Tarisa Watanagase, Former Governor of the Bank of Thailand
Michael Wesley, Director, Academic Outreach and Research, National Security College, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU
Hassan Wirajuda, Former Foreign Minister of Indonesia, Jakarta
YY Wong, Chairman and Founder, Wywy Group, Singapore
Wu Xinbo, Director of the Center for American Studies and Executive Dean of the Institute of International Studies, Fudan University, Shanghai
Zhao Weiping, Vice President of the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs, Beijing; Former Chinese Consulate General to Chicago
Zhou Wenzhong, Member of the Consultative and former Secretary-General of Boao Forum; Former Chinese Ambassador to U.S.; Former Vice Foreign Minister
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Dhruva Jaishankar, Fellow, Brookings India, New Delhi
Michael Rubens Bloomberg has spent $211 million in self-promoting ads since November 24, including $866,000 for messages just on Saturday, Jan. 11.
Pundits say the effort is paying off, and they point to the Real Clear Politics poll average that has him at fifth place in the race for Democrat Party nomination for President.
The polls place him less than 2% behind the “Oracle of South Bend”, Peter Paul Montgomery Buttigieg, also known as Mayor Pete by the fawning media. Buttigieg/Bloomberg seems sort of David versus Goliath – Mike the former mayor of America’s largest city, and Pete, who was most recently elected with 8,515 votes in South Bend, IN.
After passing Pete, Mike must make the big jump to the so-called top tier of Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. These candidates have anywhere from about double to four times his current national poll support.
While spending hundreds of millions on ads can make your brand almost as well known as Gaines was in its day. Bloomberg has already become a common name, thanks to his Bloomberg News. In the spirit of I’m the Boss, his staff was recently instructed to cover him and the Democrats in the Presidential contest, but not to give positive ink or bytes to the Republican incumbent.
It you only print stories that favor your medium’s owner, it’s called public relations or marketing, but never journalism.
Back to the $211 million.
Both Warren and Sanders can pull ten thousand or more to a rally. Even Biden and Mayor Pete can manage 500.
Imagine Mike’s elation-deficit depression, when he had Judge Judy at his side in a San Antonio, Texas rally, and only 45 folks turned up to hear his stump speech. When this dismal attendance was reported, his staff reached out for a clarification – urging that there were 130, not 45. Some advisor must have thought 130 for $211 million was much better than 45.
The real question is whether an audience of a thousand or more would have attended if Judge Judy was there without him.
Is there a company somewhere that supplies audiences? At $100 a pop, Mike could have paid a thousand of the neediest by just reducing his ad buy to just $766,000 on that recent, record-breaking Saturday.
Putting aside the idiocy of a little man trying to fill big shoes, voters should send a message by ignoring his ads, and instead, examine the dangers of a Bloomberg President.
Bloomberg told the San Diego Union-Tribune on January 5:
I think two things are true. One, this country needs more immigrants and we should be out looking for immigrants… for those who need an oboe player for a symphony, we want the best one. We need a striker for a soccer team, we want to get the best one. We want a farm worker, we want to get the best one. A computer programmer, we want to get the best one. So we should be out looking for more immigrants. And other countries are doing this and we’re not…
Of course, in the world of elites, “best” usually means cheapest, more likely to put up with employer abuse, and under a Visa system – unable to easily change jobs.
Some estimates show many large tech companies have far more foreign workers than Americans, and that imported worker availability is forcing engineers and technical experts to take jobs in other fields.
Take an environmental engineer, starting salary with a five-year degree – half earn less than $50,000 a year.
The best and brightest with an eye to paying their bills would be better off using their math and problem-solving abilities on Wall Street:
The average 2018 salary, including bonuses, for New York City’s securities industry employees was $398,600, according to the New York Post.
No wonder, big financial firms are recruiting from MIT and other top engineering and science institutions.
Mark Krikorian, director of the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), said Bloomberg’s philosophy is “immigration laws are not one of those things that should be allowed to interfere in shareholders’ value.”
In December, Bloomberg said additional immigrants could “improve our culture, our cuisine, our religion, our dialogue, and certainly improve our economy.”
A Rasmussen survey shows likely voters by 2:1 want Congress to make companies hire and train US grads and workers instead of importing more foreign workers. The survey also shows Americans have great sympathy for refugees.
In 2013, Bloomberg and FOX’s Rupert Murdoch created the Project for a New American Economy (PNAE), a group of investors and politicians who pushed for passage of the Gang of Eight amnesty in 2013.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said that planned “Gang of Eight” amnesty would shift more of the nation’s new wealth from workers to investors, and some 30 million immigrants in ten years would cause Americans’ wages to shrink.
Because the bill would increase the rate of growth of the labor force, average wages would be held down in the first decade after enactment,” the CBO report said.
The rate of return on capital would be higher under the legislation than under current law throughout the next two decades,” says the report, titled “The Economic Impact of S. 744.
Bloomberg is following President George Bush’s lead.
New immigration laws should serve the economic needs of our country. If an American employer is offering a job that American citizens are not willing to take, we ought to welcome into our country a person who will fill that job, Bush said.
He aspires to a single global labor market, and everything else follows from that. A concern about improving the lot of less-skilled American workers is by definition contrary to that view because there is no such thing as an American labor market. There is only a global labor market, Krikorian explained.
Domestic employers are not thinking about the consequences for people from Pennsylvania, when they hire people from Tennessee, and Bloomberg wants that same approach across the entire world.
Bloomberg’s job-killing stance of foreign workers is just part of an elitist attitude – probably to be expected from a rich New Yorker worth $55 billion. He takes the stance that he knows best for the rest of us, including his attempts at creating a Nanny City in New York.
His agenda for three terms as NYC mayor included control of alcohol, calorie counts, carbon, cell phones, cigarettes, contraceptives, composting, fingerprinting, gasoline, noise, politics, privacy, Second Amendment, soda, sodium, Styrofoam, taxis, tanning, traffic congestion and trans fats.
But don’t count out Bloomberg. He plans to spend another $800 million, and much of that just to get the nomination.
In the spirit of “flaunt it if you’ve got it”, Mike has scheduled one $10 million, 60-second ad for the Super Bowl. After news of that buy reached the White House, President Donald John Trump also bought a $10 million ad.
While few of us look forward to the $20 million of Mike and Don ads in the Battle of the Rich New York Guys, there will be the opportunity to admire the other end of horses, thanks to Budweiser’s purchase of four minutes of commercials.
The Economist/YouGov poll of Aug. 3-6 on Wednesday, last week, listed the standings of candidates for the 2020 Democrat Party primary, and it was a somewhat different result than last week’s blog on the Harvard-Harris survey.
Joseph Biden – 22%
Elizabeth Warren – 16%
Bernie Sanders – 13%
Pete Buttigieg – 8%
Kamala Harris – 8%
Tulsi Gabbard – 3%
Andrew Yang – 2%
Beto O’Rourke – 2%
All others – 1% or less
Unfortunately for some of the candidates, this was not one of the DNC-selected polls, which count as the four 2% results required to qualify for the September tv debates.
For example, Gabbard’s 3% finish is meaningless, and since she is facing two weeks overseas as an Army Major on reserve duty, it seems unlikely she will be on the stage next month.
Who would sit on the phone and answer that many questions without falling asleep?
The answer is: no phone necessary or ever used.
If you have loads of time and a computer, you, too, can be a molder of public opinion, simply by filling out an online form and waiting for an email. And you can earn money for doing this. Just sign in here:
A look inside the primary poll reveals the type of respondent participating to YouGov on the Internet.
Question: Do you have a favorable or an unfavorable opinion of the following people?
Here’s the list of those who just said “Don’t know” by % – lower is better:
Joe Biden – 18%
Cory Booker – 34%
Pete Buttigieg – 39%
Julian Castro – 34%
Bill de Blasio – 42%
John Delaney – 58%
Tulsi Gabbard – 48%
Kirsten Gillibrand – 42%
Kamala Harris – 29%
Jay Inslee – 59%
Amy Klobuchar – 47%
Beto O’Rourke – 35%
Tim Ryan – 56%
Bernie Sanders – 18%
Elizabeth Warren – 24%
Marianne Williamson – 50%
Andrew Yang – 48%
This raises the question of how do you ask someone’s opinion on voting when they have no opinion at all on the candidate(s)?
Some 34% said they weren’t sure or just wouldn’t vote in the 2020 primary, and 58% said they were not interested in watching the most recent debates. Only 12% said they watched an entire debate.
And these are the folks who reflect public opinion for the rest of us?
Two high-ranking conservative British politicians Stephan Adrian Shakespeare and Nadhim Zahawi – founded YouGov in 2000. Major shareholders of the company are BlackRock and Standard Life Aberdeen.
BlackRock, Inc. is an American global investment management corporation founded in 1988, and is is the world’s largest asset manager with $6.84 trillion in assets under management as of June 2019. It was founded in 1988 by Larry Fink, who had worked at First Boston, where he pioneered mortgage-backed securities.
Fink sought funding (for initial capital) from the late Pete Peterson of The Blackstone Group. Peterson called it Blackstone Financial Management for a 50 percent stake in the bond business.
Peterson spent some $1 billion in a campaign since 2008 to raise the Social Security retirement age, cut its benefits and ultimately make it into a Wall Street-managed pension fund. He also wanted to end Medicare and Medicaid, and was a confidant of our Presidents since Richard Nixon, headed the Federal Reserve, and was active in the Trilateral Commission (TC).
You don’t take sexual advantage of girls more than 20 years younger than you, and then lie about it.
Tell that to Bill Clinton and Jeff Epstein, close friends who flew together, worked on charities together, partied together, and plotted together as members of the world government secret organization – the Trilateral Commission.
Epstein is in jail, suffering a throat ache, and Bill has his own pain in the rump.
But you can’t feel sorry for either of them, because perhaps, their biggest sins are in the arenas of power, finance and their distaste and rules for treatment of the “deplorable” class.
Clinton – to his everlasting discredit – changed the Democrat Party from a populist advocate of working folks into a cesspool of corporate hacks and international elites, sick supplicants to lobbyists and their masters.
It was Bill Clinton, who reduced our Social Security benefits, signed NAFTA into law, “reformed” welfare, eliminated tariffs, lowered capital gains taxes on the very rich and pushed us into the World Trade Organization.
A committed philanthropist with a keen sense of global markets and an in-depth knowledge of twenty-first-century science. I especially appreciated his insights and generosity during the recent trip to Africa.
He reached that judgment after spending a month with Epstein on a trip to Africa to boost AIDS awareness, according to a letter that attorneys Gerald Lefcourt and Alan Dershowitz wrote to federal prosecutors in defense of Epstein in 2007.
The letter also said Epstein was a founding donor to the Clinton Global Initiative.
Epstein was more than a convicted pervert. He was a power broker, who managed money for businessmen, who could afford a minimum investment of $1 billion. Epstein made a fortune from this enterprise, buying giant private jets and a $77 million house in Upper Manhattan East. The property has a heated sidewalk so his servants don’t have to shovel snow.
He admitted most of his money came from one client, Leslie Wexner, whose holdings included Victoria’s Secret and Abercrombie & Fitch.
The big headline was that Epstein flew Clinton and actor Kevin Spacey to Africa to promote AIDS awareness, but flight logs show Clinton traveling on Epstein’s private Boeing 727 more than 20 times in the early 2000s, to destinations in Asia, Europe as well as Africa.
Epstein’s Palm Beach butler, the late Alfredo Rodriguez, stole his phone book and allegedly turned it over to the FBI. He died in 2015.
Epstein’s phone numbers included Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger, Alec Baldwin, Naomi Campbell, Jimmy Buffett, Barbara Walters, Mike Wallace, Rupert Murdoch, Conrad Black, Michael Bloomberg, Richard Branson, Steve Forbes, Edgar Bronfman Jr., Kennedys and Rockefellers.
The book lists 16 phone numbers for the Duke of York and his aides, and 18 for the Duchess of York and her court, according to one report.
Not everyone agrees these numbers are just business or social contacts. Conchita Sarnoff, executive director of the Alliance to Rescue Victims of Trafficking and author of the book TrafficKing, said:
Celebrities, politicians and Hollywood producers hang out with Epstein for one reason … he’s got all the toys.
Sarnoff, who met Epstein when a mutual friend showed him her photo and he came knocking at her door, said that he was “no party boy.”
I spent several New Year’s at parties where he was, and he always left early and he never drank. But he had a purpose in being there: he was always focused on being seen with the right people.
A New York Times recent article recalls how Epstein allegedly operated as a pervert:
In May 1997, Alicia Arden, a model in California, was introduced to a man who identified himself as a talent scout for Victoria’s Secret. He invited her to his Santa Monica hotel room to audition for the brand’s catalog. When she arrived, Ms. Arden said, the man grabbed her, tried to undress her and said he wanted to “manhandle” her. Ms. Arden, then 27, fled in tears.
It was the type of crisis that should not have come as a complete surprise to leaders at L Brands, the parent company of Victoria’s Secret. In the mid-1990s, two senior executives had discovered that the same man, a close adviser to the company’s chief executive, Leslie H. Wexner, was trying to pitch himself as a recruiter for Victoria’s Secret models. Mr. Wexner was alerted, according to the two executives.
…the man — Jeffrey E. Epstein, a New York financier — had developed an unusually strong hold on Mr. Wexner, one of the country’s most influential corporate titans.
When Epstein was charged, Wexner broke all ties with the soon-to-be convicted pervert. The Trilateral Commission also had removed him from the rolls.
But Clinton was not the first or last of President associating closely with the Trilateral Commission.
President George H. Walker Bush was a founding member of the Trilaterals in the 70s.
Within two weeks, President Barack Obama had appointed these commission members to his administration:
* Secretary of Treasury, Tim Geithner
* Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice
* National Security Advisor, Gen. James L. Jones
* Deputy National Security Advisor, Thomas Donilon
* Chairman, Economic Recovery Committee, Paul Volker
* Director of National Intelligence, Admiral Dennis C. Blair
* Assistant Secretary of State, Asia & Pacific, Kurt M. Campbell
* Deputy Secretary of State, James Steinberg
* State Department, Special Envoys, Richard Haass, Dennis Ross and Richard Holbrooke
Like Bush and Clinton, Obama perpetuated the ideals of the Commission – create an international order that eliminates tariffs and separate currencies, promote unlimited immigration of labor, reduce taxes on individuals, corporations and foreign investments, all while continuing to feed more money to the defense establishment.
Fortunately, Epstein will just be a footnote to history, but sadly the Trilaterals and their allies like Clinton, will continue to use association to the best and brightest as a way to continuer their quest for world dominance by their members – the most favored elite.
The group, founded in 1973, meets annually in secret with participants primarily from media, international business, think tanks, finance, education, lobbying and government. All major countries are represented, except Russia. The organization’s goal is diminished nationalist interests, and future government policies influenced by them and their organizations.
The Trilateral Commission’s agendas sync with those of the Group of Seven (G7) summits between the leaders of most of the world’s largest economies.
Television’s historic moments include: America’s landing on the moon, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the tearing down of the Berlin Wall and for some, various Super Bowl touchdowns, and for others, multi-millionaires accepting honors from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).
An interview in 1994 of Sir James Goldsmith by recently humiliated PBS legend Charlie Rose is never on the list of great TV moments, but it should be.
Rose – longtime darling of the Trilateral Commission (TC) and the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) – was ecstatic with the Bill Clinton administration and the globalism the President promoted with NAFTA and other trade treaties.
Goldsmith was one of the world’s richest men. He believed that America would lose its middle class when manufacturing moved overseas, and he argued that so-called free trade would eventually reduce America to a third world country.
In the video above from 25 years ago, the usually cordial Rose grows angrier as the interview continues, and when Goldsmith overwhelms him with facts, Rose adds Laura Tyson, Clinton’s economic whiz, in an attempt to shout down Goldsmith.
There are amazing predictions of job loses, and Goldsmith muses that American workers will be competing with four billion workers around the world, most earning about 2% of our average wage. He also predicted the world will be involved in mass migration from poor to rich countries, as they search for better wages.
While Rose and Tyson argued in the video that American factories will only open in foreign lands to produce for foreign consumption, Goldsmith explains that the factories will produce overseas at dirt wages and import these goods here.
That was before virtually all production of appliances, electronics and clothing moved overseas, and Made in China was this nation’s most favored label.
Rose and Tyson scoffed at the suggestion that auto production would move to Mexico.
The United States now imports 4 million vehicles a year from Mexican plants. We produced 3.1 million cars in America in 2017, and China manufactured 24.8 million cars the same year – up from just 7 million in 2008.
Goldsmith said that when faced with the choice of cheap foreign labor, corporations would see no viable choice, and the American worker would lose bargaining power. Who needs to pay for American labor, plus vacations, FICA, health insurance, overtime, when the minimum wage is 59 cents an hour in Mexico, and a fraction of even that in China?
Goldsmith predicted that we would lose jobs with trade treaties like the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). Later events proved him right. America removed tariffs and quotas, but other nations have continued usual business practices, blocking our imports, while we allow free access to U.S. markets.
The above is a long video – some 56 minutes. It can be watched in snatches, and you are excused for yelling at the screen when Laura and Charlie try to talk over Goldsmith.
Rose, 76, is no longer on TV. Most of his awards have been withdrawn after 37 women accused him of abusive behavior and sexual harassment.
His downfall began in November, 2017, when eight women, who were employees or wanted to work for Rose, accused the news emperor of contriving to be naked in their presence, groping them, and making lewd phone calls.
Tyson is currently a member of the Board of Trustees at UC Berkeley’s Blum Center for Developing Economies. She has published a number of books and articles on industrial competitiveness, trade, and also on the economies of Central Europe.
Goldsmith was a critic of the mass media. After he started the Referendum Party in 1994 to withdraw from the European Union, he mailed a VHS video cassette film to some five million homes in Great Britain “to allow him to address the electorate free from the editorial control of the nation’s mainstream media.”
Goldsmith died in July, 1997, and is probably best known as the man who retired from his financial empire and liquidated his assets, when he correctly predicted the Black Monday stock market crash in 1987.
The 2018 Trilateral Commission complete membership list is included in today’s blog. Each member’s current and past major affiliations are described.
UPDATE: 2019 Trilateral list now available.View here!
This group meets annually in secret and participants are primarily from media, big business, think tanks, finance, education, lobbying and government. All major countries are represented, except Russia. The organization’s goal is a new world order without nationalist interests and a future dictated by elite technocrats.
Former North American Trilateral chairman Joseph Nye last month outlined the group’s opposition to President Trump’s populist trade policies, comparing him to Richard Nixon:
Will US leadership in Asia survive the Trump years?
History provides some perspective. In 1972, President Richard Nixon unilaterally imposed tariffs on America’s allies without warning, violated the framework of the International Monetary Fund, and pursued an unpopular war in Vietnam…The following year, David Rockefeller and Zbigniew Brzezinski created the Trilateral Commission, which meets once a year to discuss such problems.