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A sudden career advancement, such as might happen to a deep state functionary who attends a Bilderberg meeting

The "Bilderberg effect" or "Bilderberg boost"[1] refers to the sudden boost in a career trajectory of relatively junior officials after having attended a Bilderberg meeting. By extension, it also refers to any such spookily fast success.


Kenneth P. Vogel used the phrase "Bilderberg effect" in 2009.[2]


The Deep State's subversion of hierarchical organisations such as national governments is carried out by deep state operatives within them, and the more senior the better. However, since the top people in hierarchies tend to be older, richer and more independent, attempting to recruit them is a risky business. By contrast, those at junior levels tend to be younger, more impressionable, and less inclined or able to blow the whistle. As a result, deep state functionaries are often recruited while still in relatively junior positions in society, and then aggressively promoted with the interference of the deep state. This process is termed the "Bilderberg effect" since it often happens to those who are 'approved' by senior deep politicians, such as may happen after attending a Bilderberg.

Similar effects

The effect is distinct from simple nepotism (handing out big jobs as rewards to friends) although there is an overlap. Russ Baker's Family of Secrets highlights a number of cases of spectacular career advancement.