David Rockefeller was a very nice evil man. So was his father.
He always thought he was doing the right thing. Maybe once in a while, he did something really good. I just can't think of anything.
Rockefeller was a big promoter of modern art. So was his brother Nelson. The brothers promoted an artistic rebellion against the common man's taste. The more that a typical citizen would regard a piece of art as ugly or silly or meaningless, the more money a Rockefeller would pay for it. Americans love Norman Rockwell's paintings. The Rockefellers did not. I can think of no one who better qualified as the emperor with no clothes in the field of painting and art. Doubt me? Click here. His mother was a co-founder of the Museum of Modern Art. When it comes to modern art, I am in agreement with E. Michael Jones' thesis and book title for his book on Picasso: Degenerate Moderns.
He created the Trilateral Commission, which promotes globalism without meaningful national borders. Fortunately, the whole globalist vision is coming undone. He lived to see Brexit.
He was a big promoter of the Council on Foreign Relations, beginning in 1941. He was Chairman for 15 years. It is the heart of the American establishment. It is, as Dam Smoot labeled it in 1960, the invisible government.
He was a multinational banker. The New York Times obituary of him pointed out that he was not a good banker.
Some faulted him for spending so much time abroad. He was accused of neglecting his responsibilities at Chase and failing to promote aggressive, visionary managers. Under his leadership, Chase fell far behind its rival Citibank, then the nation's largest bank, in assets and earnings. There were years when Chase had the most troubled loan portfolio among major American banks.
He earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago at the age of 25 in 1940. I knew a man who once visited his office. He noticed a copy of Ludwig von Mises's book, The Theory of Money and Credit (1912), on one of the bookshelves. He mentioned that to Rockefeller. Rockefeller dismissed the book as being old-fashioned. He didn't say why it was not a good book. He just thought it was old-fashioned. He did not have an analytical mind.
He spent his whole life flying around and visiting important people in foreign nations. He had a list of something like 150,000 people he had met. Basically, the man was a multi-billionaire gadfly.
He once paid a visit to my friend Paul Weyrich, the conservative political activist. He had donated to Weyrich's non-profit think tank. That kept Weyrich from being critical of him. It was chump change for Rockefeller but was a large donation for Weyrich. Weyrich didn't like his politics, but he figured he might as well keep quiet and get more donations. It was a smart strategy on Rockefeller's part. He did it with more than one conservative Beltway think tank. He did not buy praise; he bought silence. It was money well spent.