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Legacy system at the Council on Foreign Relations?

By Laurie Bennett

January 8, 2013 at 10:20am

Conspiracy theorists tend to regard the Council on Foreign Relations as an elite cabal on the order of the Yale secret society, Skull and Bones.

They might better consider CFR as an elite intellectual institution on the order of the Ivy League.

The council, like many top colleges, has an application process that appears to consider not only brains, achievement and promise, but family connections.

Admitting relatives is a long tradition at the CFR, beginning and continuing with the Rockefellers.

John D. Rockefeller Jr.
John D. Rockefeller Jr.

John D. Rockefeller Jr. provided early funding for the organization, which launched in 1921, after the post-WWI peace negotiations. His son, David Rockefeller, chaired the board for 36 years. David Rockefeller and his son, David Jr., are current members.

The Rockefellers, with their ties to other organizations such as Bilderberg and the Trilateral Commission, no doubt fan the flames of New World Order conspiracies.

But they’re certainly not the only family with multiple CFR memberships.

Others include the Brzezinskis, the Kerrys, the Clintons, the Lauders and the Soroses.
Family connections are shown in the above Muckety map, which is more easily viewed in the large version.

The council hasn’t yet responded to our query about whether it has a legacy system. We’ll update this post when it does.

The CFR application process, outlined on its web site, calls for nomination by a member, seconded by at least three others. Members cannot nominate or second their relatives, but the restriction doesn’t apply to family friends.

When we matched the CFR’s membership rolls of almost 4,700 people with our list of major U.S. influencers, we found 114 members with relatives who are also current members. (No doubt there are others, outside the Muckety database.)

Here they are:

Mika Brzezinski
Mika Brzezinski
Chelsea Clinton
Chelsea Clinton
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