The government, which was designed for the people, has got into the hands of the bosses and their employers, the special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy.
U.S. President Woodrow Wilson
"Abolish plutocracy if you would abolish poverty."
U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes
"The real rulers in Washington are invisible and exercise power from behind the scenes."
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter
"The Trilateral Commission doesn't secretly run the world. The Council on Foreign Relations does that"
― Sir Winston Lord, President of Council on Foreign Relations, 1978
"once the ruling members of the CFR have decided that the U.S. Government should adopt a particular policy, the very substantial research facilities of CFR (the Tavistock Institute) are put to work to develop arguments, intellectual and emotional, to support the new policy, and TO CONFOUND AND DISCREDIT, intellectually and politically, any opposition. The CFR has as a goal, submergence of U.S. sovereignty and national independence into an all powerful one world government. This lust to surrender the sovereignty and independence of the U.S. is pervasive throughout most of the membership. In the entire CFR lexicon, there is no term of revulsion carrying a meaning so deep as 'America First'"
― Admiral Chester Ward, former Judge Advocate General, U.S. Navy