Bohemian Grove and Other Retreats: A Study in Ruling-Class Cohesiveness
G. William Domhoff
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The Bohemian Grove and Other Retreats: A Study in Ruling-Class Cohesiveness, published in 1974 by psychologist and sociologist G. William Domhoff, is a fascinating study of several important retreats frequented by elite businessmen, politicians, scie ...
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Tipo de documento: EPUB
Tipo: No Ficción
Temas: Ciencias sociales
Número de páginas: 89
Idioma del fichero: Inglés
Año de publicación: 1974
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The Bohemian Grove and Other Retreats: A Study in Ruling-Class Cohesiveness, published in 1974 by psychologist and sociologist G. William Domhoff, is a fascinating study of several important retreats frequented by elite businessmen, politicians, scientists, artists, and other members of the upper-class elite. These retreats and in particular the Bohemian Grove retreat are infamous for the bizarre rituals which take place during the time spent there and for the often scandalous behavior of otherwise "conservative" businessmen that allegedly takes place there. It has been further maintained by some that during these retreats important policy decisions are embarked upon and indeed it is this fact that makes such retreats so notorious given the fact that what goes on there is not covered by the press. While the Bohemian Grove has for a motto "Weaving Spiders Come Not Here" and includes a bizarre ritual called the "Cremation of Care" in which a body symbolizing the cares of the world is cremated thus serving to remind the businessmen that they are not to engage in politicking while on the retreat, it has nevertheless been maintained that such retreats offer a socially cementing process whereby the elite become unified as a class. Such cohesiveness may ultimately serve to underpin policy decisions which have effects on the United States (and indeed the rest of the world) that serve the interests of the upper-class elite. Domhoff presents the essential thesis that such retreats (while frivolous affairs on the face of it) actually serve a deeper purpose in unifying the upper-class elite which in turn is reflected in the policy decisions of important political figures. Further, Domhoff will controversially maintain that this upper-class is really a ruling-class against the "pluralist" belief that various groups come together to make policy. However, whatever one thinks of Domhoff's ultimate thesis concerning the ruling-class, there is some fascinating and bizarre information to be found in this book concerning the goings-on at certain upper-class retreats (and in particular at Bohemian Grove). In recent times, certain conspiracy theorists have become fascinated with the events and bizarre rituals that go on at Bohemian Grove and have maintained that such rituals are linked to ancient cults, Satanism, etc. Whatever one thinks of these conspiracy theories however, the rituals and events of Bohemian Grove are certainly very strange indeed and ultimately serve to cement the social structures of the upper-classes.