Political and economic power in the United States is concentrated in the hands of a "ruling elite" that controls most of U.S.-based multinational corporations, major communication media, the most influential foundations, major private universities and most public utilities. Founded in 1921, the Council of Foreign Relations is the key link between the large corporations and the federal government. It has been called a "school for statesmen" and "comes close to being an organ of what C. Wright Mills has called the Power Elite - a group of men, similar in interest and outlook shaping events from invulnerable positions behind the scenes. The creation of the United Nations was a Council project, as well as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
~ Steve Jacobson
Mind Control in the United States