The Bohemian Grove is a club for the elite at a 2,700-acre private camp, located within the Redwood Forest, in Monte Rio, California, near Napa. It contains accommodations for 2000 people to "camp" in luxury. It is owned by the Bohemian Club. The Bohemian Club is a private, all-male club, which is headquartered in San Francisco.
The Bohemian Grove was formed in 1872 by Henry Harry Edwards, intended as a place for bohemians artists and writers to rest and relax. However, the club eventually became an association of rich and powerful men, mostly from the United States. Some artists are allowed to join because of their social status and entertainment value. The membership list has included every Republican U.S. president except Donald Trump (as well as many Democrats such as Bill Clinton and Lyndon Johnson) since 1923, many cabinet members, and directors & CEO's of the largest corporations, including major financial institutions. As a place for the wealthy elite, they likely talk policy at the club's meetings. Its membership also has grown to about 2,400 by 2011. The Bohemian Grove has annual meetings.
- See also: Deep state
While a secret organization – it and its members do not divulge on the proceedings of its annual meetings – evidence suggests that the Bohemian Grove has a large influence in political decisionmaking. For example, Dwight Eisenhower gave an important speech at the club in 1950, shortly before becoming a presidential candidate, and Gerald R. Ford was popular among the other club members as Richard Nixon's presidency was coming to an end. Nixon himself recounted that his speech to the club in July 1967 was very important to his upcoming presidential campaign – despite the speech being off the record and, thus, not receiving publicity so that non-club members could read about it.
The Bohemian Grove hosted a meeting in December 1942 on the Manhattan Project, attended by several important people, including high-ranking military officers. When the United Nations was founded in 1945 and held its conference in San Francisco that year, the club held several receptions for the delegates and invited every delegate to another event near the end of the conference.
Elitism and globalism
- See also: War on Sovereignty
The Bohemian Grove has a very elitist general attitude, where common people and the thought of them setting policy is disdained, something illustrated by a 1994 speech that promoted this viewpoint and received a standing ovation because of it. According to a Washington Post article on the club, its "purpose" is "to escape the 'frontier culture,' or uncivilized interests, of common men."
The club's members abhorred Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election, as leaked emails from Colin Powell to Peter MacKay revealed. Powell said in the email that "Grove attendees know that Trump is a disaster. Most will vote against, but quite a few will not vote for Hillary and will vote for a third party candidate." Trump was not a member of the Bohemian Grove or any other secret society.
Suspicions of perverse and occult activities
The Bohemian Grove has been suspected by its critics to hold perverse and occult activities. Powell appeared to allude to this when stating that "Strange doings down here" when emailing MacKay. According to Phillip Weiss of Spy Magazine in 1989, after infiltrating the club, public urination is "the most gloried-in ritual of the encampment." Other perverse activities, including public nudity and heavy drinking, have been documented.
In 2000, radio talk show host Alex Jones infiltrated a Bohemian Grove meeting and filmed an occult ritual taking place at the event. He later interviewed club-member David Gergen on camera and questioned him on the rituals, with Gergen's response being "frankly, I do not think that is something I need to talk to you about." Gergen, believing that Jones took the pledge never to disclose what goes on at the meetings, criticized Jones for discussing the events of the meetings.
- Adelmann, Bob (July 13, 2011). Bohemian Grove: Where the Elite Meet to Eat (and Conspire). The New American. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
- Newman, Alex (January 8, 2017). Deep State: Secret Societies: Skull and Bones, Bohemians, Illuminati. The New American. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
- Jones Report
- Flock, Elizabeth (June 15, 2011). Bohemian Grove: Where the rich and powerful go to misbehave. The Washington Post. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
- Shaw, C. Mitchell (September 20, 2016). Powell E-mail: Bohemian Grove's Pagan Elites Reject Trump. The New American. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
- The Role of Secret Societies in the Deep State, by The New American, December 21, 2017.