Bob Carr was thrilled when Henry Kissinger invited him to join a camping trip in the woods last year. And not just any old camping trip. It was part of the weirdest ritual in American elite politics, the Bohemian Grove festival held annually since 1872.
About 2700 of America’s rich and powerful camp under mighty Californian redwood trees in a forest north of San Francisco for the last two weeks of July. It’s been described as ”midsummer frolics of the titans of the military-industrial complex”.
In a famous 1989 account for Spy magazine, Philip Weiss wrote: ”You know you are inside the Bohemian Grove when you come down a trail in the woods and hear piano music from amid a group of tents and then round a bend to see a man with a beer in one hand and his penis in the other, urinating into the bushes.
”This is the…
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