Bohemian Grove Fact Sheet
from Bohemian Grove website
What is the Bohemian Grove?
The Bohemian Grove is a 2700 acre redwood forest, located
in Monte Rio, CA. It contains accommodation for 2000 people to
"camp" in luxury. It is owned by the Bohemian Club.
What is the Bohemian Club?
The Bohemian Club is a private. all male club, which is headquartered
in the Bohemian building in San Francisco. It was formed in 1872
by men who sought shelter from the frontier culture (or lack of
Who are the present members?
The Club has evolved into an association of rich and powerful
men, mostly of this country (there are similar organizations in
other countries). Some artists are allowed to join (often at reduced
rates), because of their social status and entertainment value.
The membership list has included every Republican U.S. president
(as well as some Democrats) since 1923, many cabinet officials,
and director; & CEO's of large corporations, including major
What industries are represented among the members?
Major military contractors, oil companies, banks (including
the Federal Reserve), utilities (including nuclear power), and
national media (broadcast and print) have high-ranking officials
as club members or guests. Many members are, or have been, on
the board of directors of several of these corporations. You should
note that most of the above industries depend heavily on a relationship
with government for their profitability.
The members stay in different camps at the Grove, which have
varying status levels. Members & frequent guests of the most
prestigious camp (Mandalay) include: Henry Kissinger, George Shultz,
S. D. Bechtel, Jr., Thomas Watson Jr. (IBM), Phillip Hawley (B
of A), William Casey (CIA). and Ralph Bailey (Dupont). George
Bush resides in a less prestigious camp (Hillbillies) with A.
W. Clausen (World Bank), Walter Cronkite, and William F. Buckley.
What activities take place at the grove?
The grove is the site of a two week retreat every July (as
well as other smaller get-togethers throughout the year). At these
retreats, the members commune with nature in a truly original
way. They drink heavily from morning through the night, bask in
their freedom to urinate on the redwoods, and perform pagan rituals
(including the "Cremation of Care", in which the members
wearing red-hooded robes, cremate a coffin effigy of "Dull
Care" at the base of a 40 foot owl altar). Some (20%) engage
in homosexual activity (but few of them support gay rights or
AIDS research). They watch (and participate in) plays and comedy
shows in which women are portrayed by male actors. Although women
are not allowed in the Grove, members often leave at night to
enjoy the company of the many prostitutes who come from around
the world for this event. Is any of this hard to believe? Employees
of the Grove have said that no verbal description can accurately
portray the bizarre behavior of the Grove's inhabitants.
Besides this type of merriment. the annual gathering serves
as an informational clearing house for the elite. The most powerful
men in the country do their "networking" here, despite
the Grove's motto "weaving spiders come not here" (don't
do business in the Grove). At these gatherings men representing
the government, military-industrial, and financial sectors meet
and make major policy decisions. The Manhattan project, which
produced the first atomic bombs, was conceived at the Grove in
1942. Other decisions made at the Grove include who our presidential
candidates will be. There are speeches, known as "Lakeside
Talks", wherein high-ranking officials disseminate information
which is not available to the public-at-large.
What's not right about this?
When powerful people work together, they become even more
powerful. The Grove membership is wealthy, and becoming more so,
while the middle class is steadily becoming poorer. This close-knit
group determines whether prices rise or fall (by their control
of the banking system, money supply, and markets), and they make
money whichever way markets fluctuate. They determine what our
rights are and which laws have effect, by appointing judges. They
decide who our highest officials shall be by consensus among themselves,
and then selling candidates to us via the media which they own.
Important issues and facts are omitted from discussion in the
press, or slanted to suit their goals, but they are discussed
frankly at the Grove. Is there true democracy when so much power
is concentrated in so few hands? Is there any real difference
between the public and private sectors when cabinet members come
from the boardrooms of large corporations? Is the spending of
billions on weapons, which are by consensus no longer needed,
really the will of the people? Or is it the will of General Electric,
General Dynamics, and the other weapons contractors represented
at the Grove?
What can I do to make a difference?
Educate yourself about the Grove and it's inhabitants, and
the true nature of the power structure in the world. Then educate
your friends. Since most major newspapers and broadcast stations
are owned by "insiders", be wary of everything you hear
in the press. If you can, participate in protest activities during
the July retreat.
How do I get more information about the Grove?
Send a note to: Bohemian Grove Action Network, P.O. Box 296,
Occidental CA 95465. A $5 donation to cover printing and mailing
costs is requested.
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