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Freemasonry "The governments of the present day," spoke Benjamin Disraeli, former Prime Minister of England, "have to deal not merely with other governments, with emperors, kings and ministers, but also with the secret societies which have everywhere their unscrupulous agents, and can at the last moment upset all the governments' plans.
There is something else over them and behind them; and that thing is more powerful than they. It first attracts and then retains its associates by the bait of worldly advantage which it secures for them.
It bends governments to its will sometimes by promises, sometimes by threats. It has found its way into every class of society, and forms an invisible and irresponsible power, an independent government, as it were, within the body corporate of the lawful state.
Within the bosom of almost every State in Europe and America there exist at the present time secret societies firmly established and actively functioning. Like a parasite embedded within the human body, which needs must be a constant source of pain, disease and unrest, these underground associations are something apart from the natural life and activities of the State.
They are linked up directly, or indirectly by a community of principles, aims and methods, with the great International Masonic Order, controled and financed from behind the scenes by the "Learned Elders of Zion". Aided by international finance, the press, and other more unscrupulous means, Freemasonry and allied forces can paralyze legitimate government activities and thwart its endeavors for the protection and prosperity of the people.
During the past two centuries Freemasonry has been an ever-growing power in European and American politics, taking an increasing role in directing the course of events, until today it is almost a super-government "bestriding our narrow world like a colossus.
The partial dechristianization of France, the unification of the German States under an anti-Christian hegemonythe temporary destruction of the Papal monarchy, the Portuguese revolution, the constant upheavals and revolutions in South America, and the ruse of Bolshevism have all worked under the guidance and with the aid of secret societies among which Freemasonry is the paramount.
Today we see an apparent paradox wherein the government of the capitalistic United States aids and abets the disruptive and tyrannical measures of anti-Christian government of Mexico, which unknown to the average American citizenis avowedly Bolshevist in principle and aim, and openly professes a close alliance with Russia.
We also see the capitalistic press in a conspiracy of silence or misrepresentation regarding Mexico.
The phenomena ceases to be strange when we recollect that the capitalistic press, the governments of America, Mexico and Russia, apparently antagonistic to one another in many ways, are all equally Masonic and more or less under Jewish control or influence.
The results are familiar to every student of contemporary history. The forces of international Freemasonry Judaismthrough the press and the news agencies, have carried on a persistent campaign of misrepresentation against the newly established governments.
Obstinate efforts were made in both countries to overthrow them by assassinations or uprisings; although in the meantime the restored Christian organizations, incomplete and confronted with difficulties as they were, had inaugurated a new era of security, prosperity and social peace.
Freemasonry exerts its influence beyond political and military spheres as its more subtle and permeating activities are in the social and intellectual life of the people. During the past two hundred years Western society has become permeated by Masonic and Liberal principles which operate as a dissolvent on the whole Christian system.
The striking contrast between the tenor of the repeated Papal pronouncements on Freemasonry the strength and uncompromising character of which have never weakened or wavered during the past two thousand yearsand the attitude of so many well-meaning Christians towards it, seems to be an indication of the extent to which the Masonic and Liberal mentality has interpenetrated our public life.
This attitude and the prevailing ignorance among the Christians' teaching as to the real character of Freemasonry, and Judaism, are an effect of the Masonic characteristic of Jewish methods; and which has led a great Christian publicist to say that modern so-called history is largely a conspiracy against the truth.
Belloc has called attention to the conspiracy of silence in regard to the "Jews" which is or was until recent times so noticeable in English society and English literature. Up to the post-war period, or at least up to the Russian revolution, there existed an unwritten rule prohibiting all special reference to the "Jews" as such; while all the time the leading members of the Jewish nation were silently interpenetrating the higher ranks of English, French and American society and gradually winning control of nearly the entire economic and political life of the three nations.
Nearly sixty years before, the penetrating mind of Bishop Ketteler had observed a similar phenomenon in regard to Freemasonry. German and French publicists, historians and university professors, themselves predominantly Masonic, scarcely ever referred to Freemasonry in their ordinary writings or public lectures; although some of these same men knew well, and actually described in works destined only for Masonic readers the dominating influence of the Masonic movement upon public life.
Everybody fears to speak of it as if it were a kind of evil spirit. This strange position of affairs is of itself a proof of the immense power which Freemasonry exercises in the world.
Indeed, the seventeen-page article in the "Catholic Encyclopedia" by Herman Gruber, a German Jesuit, is until this bookwe believe, the only comprehensive study of Freemasonry in the English language.
How small has been the interest taken in the subject among English speaking Christians is further illustrated by the fact that there is no English version of the Papal condemnations of Freemasonry. All this would at first sight seem strange in view of the fact that the English speaking countries are the real stronghold of Freemasonry, while they contain at the same time countless Christians.
The explanation is that the large Christian population, the greater part of which is of the Anglo-Saxon and Germanic people, nowhere forms a homogeneous Christian body maintaining its own Christian social system and traditions. They are scattered over immense areas, intermingled with non-Christian or anti-Christian populations like the Christian communities of the early centuries within the Roman Empire: They are thus largely out of touch with True Christian culture and tradition; and have to maintain a constant struggle in defense of the bare essentials of their Christian life.
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