Bohemian Grove Encampment 2016
The Bohemian Club’s annual Hijinks encampment will convene at Bohemian Grove July 14, 2016. No demonstration is being planned by BGAN, but we are reaching out to Bernie Sanders to see if he feels the “Boho Bern,” if he’d be inclined give this small fraction of the top 1%, the men Wall Street most wants to please, a nod from the candidate’s podium for the threat to democracy these oligarchs and their gathering represent to our republic.
Since The Bohemian Grove Action Network (BGAN) started it’s work some 30 + years ago, it’s been successful in focusing some national media attention on this place, a place where the elite decision makers shed their pretenses, engage in all sorts of unbridled truth telling (to each other), and perhaps more importantly, as the articles we link to below demonstrate, NETWORKING, as they engage in some decidedly “unchristian” shenanigans as they let their hair down and show who, and what, they really are, and more importantly, what they, via their “Lakeside Talks want for the world.
How is what they do and say at the Bohemian Grove relevant here, and now, and ever? And why should I care?
Some insight is provided below.
A good start is a link to subject matter of past “Lakeside Talks” BGAN has exposed.
Their motto, “Weaving Spiders, Come not here.” doesn’t quite wring true somehow, when you know just a little bit about them.
Below is a list of links to articles inspired by the Bohemian Grove Action Project and other activists.
This is the cover graphic to a story we inspired Mother Jones to write in August of 1987.
The Bohemian grove story starts on page 28.
New York Times, JULY 27, 2010
“Here, in 1942, the Manhattan Project was conceived. Here, in 1967, Richard M. Nixon and Ronald Reagan were said to have settled on who would first seek the presidency. And here, in 1981, Caspar Weinberger, then the secretary of defense, gave a “lakeside talk” that seemed to hint strongly of the military buildup to follow.”
Spy Magazine, November 1989
Article Starts on page 58
What can we say? Read it and weep. Merv Griffin and Henry Kissinger.
Boys will be boys, harmless?
Not so much.
Fortune Magazine, AUGUST 26, 2014
“One event is exclusive to a fault and exceedingly odd: men urinating on redwoods and dressing in drag to perform theater. The other is exceedingly open (until tickets sell out) to those who can afford the trip and exceedingly odd: normally buttoned-down professionals cavorting, experimenting, and making radical art—then returning to their soul-crushing jobs in Silicon Valley.”
VANITY FAIRE, MAY 2009
“Members of the ultra-exclusive Bohemian Club—2,500 of America’s richest, most conservative men, including Henry Kissinger, George H. W. Bush, and a passel of Bechtels, Basses, and Rockefellers—are known to urinate freely against the ancient redwoods that cover their 2,700-acre property. Have they been chopping down the trees as well? According to one former member turned whistle-blower, the San Francisco–based society may have logged some of its old-growth forest. Drawing on his own Ivy League ties, the author investigates, with a daring sortie into the ceremonial kickoff of the Bohemians’ annual encampment.”
Fortune Magazine, August 5, 1985
” WHILE the women’s movement has altered American business life forever, it appears to have mightily reinforced one atavistic tradition: male managers going off into the rugged countryside to commune with one another and with nature. No women is the rule. Cutting themselves off from the outside world, these masculine corporate masters indulge in vast camaraderie and picturesque rituals, often with druidic or old Western overtones, and come back refreshed. Perhaps more important to many of them, they may also come back with powerful new friends in the world of business”
Bohemian Grove mystery broken down
“Mary Moore, co-founder of Bohemian Grove Action Network, unearths a photograph from the summer of 2007, when a talk was given called “Afghanistan, the unexpected upside.” Seven months later, President Obama called for 20,000 new troops to be sent overseas.
There are other connection to be made as well, between the lakeside talks and public policies that follow.
There are rumors of extreme drunkenness, prostitutes and homosexual activities by members. But for the most part, it is the secret back room agreements critics say should be brought to light.
For Mary Moore, who has been researching Bohemian Grove for more than three decades, what happens inside here is symptomatic of a much larger problem.
“We’re all told that we elect representatives…they go to Washington, we have total influence of them and they make decisions that are in the best interests of us,” says Moore.”
“According to several reports, this is where for the idea for the Manhattan Project was conceived back in 1942. It’s also where every Republican president since the 60s has spent time before actually becoming the nominee.
“We know for sure that Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan sat down and had conversation about who was going to run for president when and they made a deal,” said Sonoma State University sociology professor Peter Phillips.
Phillips wrote his dissertation on the Bohemian Club in 1994 and was invited to attend for four days. He witnessed first-hand the opening event — the Cremation of Care, where the power elite leave their cares behind in a symbolic ceremony beneath Mollock the Owl.”
About The Bohemian Grove Action Network
BGAN’s first protest in 1980 uncovered more than was made apparent by sociologist G. William Domhoff’s 1974 “The Bohemian Grove and other Retreats”, which helped spark the protest. During the two week encampment, protesters vigiled 24 hours a day at the front gate; members passing by on foot sometimes stopping to talk, very open about their faith in the “Invisible Hand of the Marketplace”, thrilled by presidential candidate Ronald Reagan, a fellow Grover, and his promise to release industry at long last from profit taking regulation.