The best answer is provided by Carrol Quigley in his monumental 1348 page book on the subject entitled Tragedy and Hope. Quigley (now deceased) was a
history proffessor and Bill Clinton's mentor at Georgetown University, while he was a student there. He was the one who nominated Clinton for his
Rhodes scholarship, and he was one of only two people mentioned by name at Clinton's Inaugural address.
Quigley claimed to be the the official historian of the elite shakers and movers who, while remaining hidden behind the scenes, have shaped the
history of the world for the last century or so. He was granted unfettered access into the archives of the Council on Foreign Relations to conduct his
research and write his history.
The 1348 page book, written in small print, is erudite, droll, and largely boring. However, it contains bombshells of information regarding the
organization, operations, and activities of the elite powerbrokers over the course of the last century or so.
According to Quigley, the CFR, Builderburgers, and Trilateral Commission are but "fronts" for various inner circles of shadowy, powerful, and
influential individuals who ultimately set the agenda for the members of those organizations.
The first such inner circle, called a Round Table group, began in London around the turn of the 20th century, and was funded by Cecil B. Rhodes secret
will, after his death. At the time of his death, Rhodes' fortune (Debeer monopoly) was considered one of the largest in the world, second only
perhaps to the Rothschild fortune.
Another of his wills, (he had seven separate wills and nothing was passed on to his heirs), set up the Rhodes scholarship fund, to provide a
recruitment and indoctrination program for bright and promising graduate students, especially in the field of politics, such as Clinton.
One of the founding members of the London Round Table group was Lord Rothschild, who had largely funded Rhode's operations and consolidation of the
gold and mining industry in Africa. Rhodesia was named after Rhodes, because he basically owned it at one time, lock, stock, and barrel..and he was
financed by Lord Rothschild.
Shortly after the formation of the London group, a US based group was organized by the Rockerfellers and Morgans and other wealthy Wall Street tycoons
and banksters. They then set up the Council on Foreign Relations to be their "public face" front group, while the London group eventually set up the
Bilderbergers to be their front group.
In both cases, these organizations were to bring together leaders in all areas of public, governmental, and corporate life, so that they could be
indoctrinated, incentivized, and marshalled under the guidance of the inner circle (Round Table) groups--whose membership (and existence) was largely
Large endowments, foundations, and NGOs were set up to influence the social trends, education, and politics of the various nations, especially the
United States. See the following 1982 interview with Norman Dodd, who headed up a Senate investigation into the "un-american" activities of these
organizations in the 1950s. It will make your hair stand on end.
Eventually Round Table groups were established in various regions of the world to implement the "program" in various regions, including Asia, whose
front organization is the Trilateral Commission. The program, or long term agenda, as described by Quigley follows in the subsequent post.