What Is the Council on Foreign Relations?
The Council on Foreign Relations was founded in New York on July 29, 1921. It was based on a similar British council which called itself the Royal Institute of International Affairs (RIIA). Both of these organizations were meant to work as affiliates; instead, they separated and became independent of each other. They do, however, maintain a casual acquaintance. In this article, I will provide my own take on common questions and conspiracy theories associated with the CFR.
The meetings of the CFR are held in secret, away from the scrutiny of the public. The only way that a person can become a member is by invitation. Similar to the Trilateral Commission, the list of members is available to the public. The CFR publishes a periodical called Foreign Affairs, which is perhaps the most influential publication to be printed. The Council on Foreign Relations is located at the Harold Pratt House, 58 East 68th Street in New York City, New York 10021.
Who Is on the Council?
Similar to its counterpart, the Trilateral Commission, the Council on Foreign Relations is composed of Wall Street types, international bankers, executives of powerful foundations, members of various think tanks, and other tax-exempt foundations. There are also ambassadors, past and present presidents of the United States, and secretaries of state. Other members include lobbyists and media conglomerate owners as well as university presidents and professors. Even federal and Supreme Court judges and members of the military from both NATO and the Pentagon appear on the Council on Foreign Relations.
Some say that the Council on Foreign Relations was almost entirely composed of people with J.P. Morgan interests. In 1927, the Council gained impetus with funding coming from both the Rockefeller and Carnegie Foundations. John W. Davis was the founding president of the CFR; not only was he a millionaire, but he was also the personal attorney for J.P. Morgan. Members of the CFR included names like Henry Davison, Thomas Thacher, Harold Swift, W. Averill Harriman, John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, Thomas Lamont, and Paul Cravath.
Paul Warburg, the creator of the Federal Reserve, as well as Mortimer Schiff, were also members. So was J.P. Morgan's partner Russell Leffingwell, and various other partners of the Morgan dynasty.
Although mostly secretive, it is believed that funding for the CFR came from large banking interests and financial interests like Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, Bernard Baruch, Jacob Schiff, Otto Kahn, and Paul Warburg. Today the funds to continue the Council on Foreign Relations are received by large corporations like Xerox, General Motors, Bristol-Meyers Squibb, and Texaco.
There are also other entities that finance the CFR, including several trusts and funds like the German Marshall Fund, McKnight Foundation, Dillion Fund, Ford Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Starr Foundation, and the Pew Charitable Trusts. The CFR has created smaller junior chapters which are called Committees on Foreign Relations. The Junior Chapters meet occasionally at dinner meetings.
Does the CFR Engage in Humanitarian Efforts?
There are many people who have researched the Council on Foreign Relations, many of them agree that the CFR consists of an inner core and an outer core to the CFR and its various "think tanks". The members who exist on the outer core are simply there to distract the people from the motivations of the inner core. At the inner core is the steering and advisory committees that pursue the actual agenda of the CFR.
Just like the Trilateral Commission, the CFR tries to appear to be a humanitarian committee to the public. The Annual Reports issued by the CFR actually just consists of a smoke and mirror public image. In 1993-1994 the CFR Annual Report stated that
"The Council on Foreign Relations is a non-profit, and non-partisan membership organization dedicated to improving the understanding of U.S. foreign policy, and international affairs through the exchange of ideas."
The fact is that what they are doing is illegal, immoral, unethical, unpopular, and/or unconstitutional, they will do anything possible to keep their actual actions a secret.
Is the CFR a Secret Government?
The CFR has been described as an innocent forum for academics, businessmen, and politicians. It's said that within its covering actually exists a power center that is the focal point for decisions made on U.S. foreign policy. This power may be unknown to members of the outer ring, as they are just a facade to be seen by the public.
Many believe that the true objective of the Council on Foreign Relations is to acquire markets and consolidate economic power for a small number of humongous multinationals that are controlled by a very small number of banking and investment firms controlled by global banking families.
There is an invisible government operating in the United States. The leadership of this secret government consists of a very few sinister human beings. Although most of the members of the Council on Foreign Relations are simply seekers of fame, the ultimate goal of the CFR itself is to create a one-world socialist system.
To the public, the well known and powerful members of the Council have good intentions. Whenever you see the word Socialism you know that this stands for a tyrannical dictatorship, to be governed by large corporate conglomerates and international bankers.
Who Can Join the CFR?
There are some members of the CFR who are invited into the Council simply because they have a well-known name or other beneficial qualities. Some of these members join the Council unaware of the actual purpose of the Council. The majority of members, however, do hold pro-socialist and global government opinions without having actual knowledge of the nefarious agenda of the CFR. The members of the inner core, however, are not only aware of the agenda, but they also encourage it.
For the first 50 years that the Council on Foreign Relations existed, it was never mentioned by any of the magnates of the mass media. This can be understood knowing that the CFR counts executives from The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, the Knight newspaper chain, NBC, CBS, Time, Life, Fortune, Business Week, US News and World Report, as well as many other media organizations. It is not just a coincidence that the CFR has remained anonymous to the general public.
Did the CFR Take Over the American State Department?
The Reece Committee investigations tried to scrutinize the tax-exempt foundations that were part of the CFR. It seems that the Council on Foreign Relations retains so much power that not even a Congressional committee has the power to infiltrate the foundations that provide support to the CFR. It was in 1939 that the Council on Foreign Relations started the gradual takeover of the American State Department.
Admiral Chester Ward, who was once the Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Navy, was a member of the CFR for twenty years. He stated that once the rulers of the CFR made a policy decision they felt the U.S. government should implement, the full power of the CFR was put to task to create arguments both intellectual and emotional to support the policy. They also used their power to discredit any political or intellectual opposition.
Is It Just a Think Tank?
Admiral Chester Ward claimed that the ultimate goal of the CFR was the:
"submergence of US sovereignty and national independence into an all-powerful one-world government."
During August 1978, former CFR president Winston Lord claimed that it was not the Trilateral Commission that secretly ran the world. It is the Council on Foreign Relations that is the actual secret government.
Rene Wormser was part of the Reece Commission who attempted to conduct an investigation into the multi-billion-dollar foundations that were intertwined in the CFR. He claimed that the Council on Foreign Relations is a virtual agency of the government. He also claimed that the CFR was financed by both Rockefeller and Carnegie foundations, both of which perpetrates the idea of a Global Government. The Council on Foreign Relations and these major foundations were associated with other so-called think tanks.
What Is a Think Tank?
These so-called "think tanks" are all tax-exempt organizations calling themselves educational groups. They receive their funding from other tax-exempt foundations; the main donors are the Ford, Rockefeller, and Carnegie foundations. These "think tanks" work very closely with agencies of the United States Government. Senator Goldwater once wrote that the CFR had infiltrated themselves into the White House. Even to the point that almost all key positions in every administration since the Roosevelt administration has been staffed by the CFR.
The Senate became quite concerned with this White House infiltration by the CFR. A Congressional Record quote from December 15, 1987, vol. 133 stated that Senator Jesse Helms noted the CFR's position within the establishment. He felt that the establishment of the day was actually globalism. He felt that the globalists' opinion was that the ideas of nation-states and national boundaries were irrelevant. He felt that political philosophy and principles had become relative. Even the constitution had become nothing but a useless document no longer holding any actual power.
What Is the CFR's Purpose?
In July 1958, Harper's Magazine published an article entitled "School for Statesmen." The columnist and CFR member, Joseph Kraft, claimed that the CFR was the seat for some basic government decisions. He also claimed the CFR was a recruiting tool for high ranking officials. There was also the claim that policies dictated by the CFR in the defense and foreign relation fields with regularity became the policy of the United States government.
The CFR is still actively promoting the agenda of a one-world government in which the insiders and their allies would retain control. The ultimate goal of the Council on Foreign Relations is the eradication of the United States and its constitutional guarantees of freedom and liberty. This is no secret agenda; the CFR published Study #7 on November 25, 1959, this study supported building an international order which would aspire to creating world peace as well as social and economic restructuring. This global order would consist of states that define themselves as Socialist/Communist.
Is the CFR an Invisible Government?
The Council on Foreign Relations is often referred to as an "invisible government" and is considered the most powerful organization of its kind. Many people are persuaded into believing that the CFR along with other tax-exempt organizations, actually is a secret government that sets most of the major policies of the federal government.
It is also believed that the CFR controls or influences many of our government officials whose job it is to form government policies. They use propaganda campaigns to convince the public to influence members of Congress to support CFR-created policy. The ultimate goal of this invisible government is to transform the United States into a Socialist state and then to merge the nation into aone world government Socialist system.
What Does "One World Government" Mean?
In 1968 President Johnson consulted with his advisors concerning the Vietnam War. All of the advisors were members of the Council on Foreign Relations. Some of these advisors were: Andrew Goodpaster, Averell Harriman, Cyrus Vance, Maxwell Taylor, Walt Rostow, Richard Helms, William Bundy, Nicholas Katzenbach, Dean Rusk. Jesse Helms was not a CFR member at this time but became a member later.
Testifying before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee on February 17, 1950, James Warburg, CFR member, stated:
"We shall have world government whether or not you like it--by conquest or consent."
If someone were to look into back issues of Foreign Affairs (a CFR publication), it will be plain to see that the CFR published articles about a world government many times. It is easy to see that the Council on Foreign Relations supports the construction of a global government.
Does the CFR Answer to "the People"?
The CFR has pushed the idea of a world government for decades. An article printed in Foreign Affairs in 1974 stated "We shall have world government whether or not you like it--by conquest or consent." Some other articles published in Foreign Affairs had titles such as "Toward European Integration," "Beginnings in Agriculture," "Toward Unity in Africa," "Toward a Caribbean Federation."
There are not many people who are conscious of the actual purpose of the CFR. This same truth holds for the other intertwined "Think Tanks" like the Bilderbergers and the Trilateral Commission. There is probably not one person in a thousand who would be able to identify the CFR, even though it is probably the most powerful political entity in the country. It is doubtful that many Americans have even heard of the Council on Foreign Relations never mind knowing its intents and purpose.
The Council on Foreign Relations is a mega-powerful organization that even overshadows Congress. Its financing comes from tax-exempt foundations and it tries to convince the public that it acts for humanitarian needs. The actual agenda of the CFR is to negate national sovereignty and to incorporate the United States into a global government with its members holding control, which also include the extremely wealthy.
It seems that the purpose and goal of the CFR is to create a global fascist state. The CFR sets major policy decisions without knowledge or scrutiny by the public. It seems as though the Council operates above and outside the systems set in place by the original Constitution, requiring elected representatives that are responsible to answer to the people.
This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.
Scott P Williams on March 19, 2014:
Interesting read. These people that are chosen all stick together as well. The only date, marry and party within the group. Really hard NOT to see it when you think about it.
charlotte thomson iserbyt on January 28, 2012:
This is an exceptionally good description of the CFR. Be sure to read and bookmark for future reference.