This concludes the 5 part article. Part 1, click here , warned of the danger that would accrue if powerful banking and industrial forces ran amok. Part 2, click here, provided insights into American Round Table, the Federal Reserve System, the American Liberty League, the League of Nations, and introduced the Council on Foreign Relations. Part 3, click here , explored two particularly odorous knots, the conclusion of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Liberty League. Part 4, click here , relates to the 1944 Bretton Woods Conference, The United Nations, Central Intelligence Agency, the Bilderberg Group and the Chicago School.
In part 5 the Trilateral Commission, NAFTA, the World Trade Organization, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the Chamber of Commerce are reviewed. Each contributes to the diminution of citizens' influence and, in the case of the Trilateral Commission, NAFTA, and the World Trade Organization to the diminution of national sovereignty.
Trilateral Commission (TC): Other than David Rockefeller, no one is more responsible for the TC than is Zbigniew Brzezinski. The two were associated through both the CFR and the BG. Rockefeller was interested in expanding the "Atlantacism" of the BG to include Japan. While Brzezinski believed in a one world government, he added that the aim to abolish national governments should be done subtly and quietly over the course of gradual regionalization, so as not to provoke adverse reactions from "the masses". In his 1970 Book Between the Ages, he wrote, "people, governments and economies of all nations must serve the needs of multinational banks and corporations. (The Constitution is) inadequate ... the old framework of international politics, with their sphere of influence -- the fiction of sovereignty is clearly no longer compatible with reality".
On this thesis, Rockefeller and Brzezinski cofounded the TC to coordinate the economic and other interests of the U.S., Western Europe and Japan. Other founding members included Alan Greenspan and Paul Volcker. Jimmy Carter was an early, but not a founding, member. Funding was provided by David Rockefeller, the Charles F. Kettering and Ford Foundations. A group of prominent political and business leaders from the three geographic areas initiated the TC in Tokyo in 1973 for the purpose of strengthening relations among the three most industrially advanced regions of the capitalist world. Since, membership has been greatly increased to include many more countries in both in both Europe and Asia. The TC meetings were scheduled biannually.
A TC task force report in 1975 includes the words, "managing the world's economy". Another report states, "The overriding goal is to make the world safe for interdependence by protecting the benefits which it provides for each country against external and internal threats which will constantly emerge from those willing to pay a price for more national autonomy. This may sometimes require slowing the pace at which interdependence proceeds, and checking some aspects of it. More frequently however, it will call for checking the intrusion of national government into the international exchange of both economic and non-economic goods."
Senator Barry Goldwater wrote in his book With No Apologies: "In my view, the Trilateral Commission represents a skillful, coordinated effort to seize control and consolidate the four centers of power: political, monetary, intellectual, and ecclesiastical. All this is to be done in the interest of creating a more peaceful, more productive world community. What the Trilateralists truly intend is the creation of a worldwide economic power superior to the political governments of the nation-states involved."
Holly Sklar, in her book, Trilateralism, wrote, "Powerful figures in America, Europe, and East Asia let 'the rich' safeguard the interests of Western capitalism in an explosive world - probably by discouraging protectionism, nationalism, or any response that would pit the elites of one against the elites of another, in their common quest for global dominance".
Both Rockefeller and Brzezinski assisted Jimmy Carter win both the Democrat nomination and presidential election. The Carter Administration contained at least 40 TC and 250 CFR members.
North American Trade Association (NAFTA): The European Common Market, officially the European Economic Community was established by the Treaty of Rome in 1957. It is the closest parallel existing to NAFTA.
Trilateral trade negotiations between Canada, the U.S., and Mexico, dating back to 1986, were concluded in late 1992. President Bush-41, Mexican President Salinas, and Canadian Prime Minister Mulroney signed the NAFTA agreement in San Antonio, TX. President Clinton favored NAFTA, obtained ratification from Congress, and signed it into law effective January 1, 1994.
While the future "trilateral cooperation" between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico remains unknown, the European Union (EU) which came into existence by way of the Maastricht Treaty in 1993 required member nations to dilute their national sovereignty. Intergovernmental decisions are negotiated within supranational independent institutions of the EU.
While the future does remain unknown, the CFR published an Independent Task Force report, which it sponsored, entitled Building a North American Community in 2005. In it, the Community would have boundaries "defined by a common external tariff and an outer security perimeter within which the movement of people, products, and capital will be legal, orderly and safe. Its goal will be to guarantee a free, secure, just, and prosperous North America".
The CFR, of course, establishes plausible deniability of endorsement with its standard disclaimer, "THE COUNCIL TAKES NO INSTITUTIONAL POSITION ON POLICY ISSUES AND HAS NO AFFILIATION WITH THE U.S.GOVERNMENT. ALL STATEMENTS OF FACT AND EXPRESSIONS OF OPINION CONTAINED IN ITS PUBLICATIONS ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE AUTHOR OR AUTHORS", which the reader may choose or not choose to accept as truthful.
World Trade Organization (WTO): The WTO was established in 1995 superseding GATT which was established at the Bretton Woods Conference in 1944. It acts as an international court to resolve trade disputes amongst its more than 150 member nations doing more than 95% of the world's international trade. It is the first instance where the U.S. has ceded a sovereign right.
Supreme Court of the United States: The Supreme Court is mentioned because of its 2005 decision in Kelo v. City of New London and its 2010 decision in the case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. In the former, Government's right of eminent domain was expanded from "for the public good" to include "for proposed economic enhancement", meaning much of your property no longer enjoys the protection it enjoyed for almost 200 year.