Sup f—ers. So, I hear you’re interested in starting a secret society because you’ve already done everything this school has to offer, and you need something more pretentious than Greek Life or Civic Scholars or Chimes Honorary to fill your time. Don’t worry, I get it. I too feel stifled by the overwhelming pressure this school puts on us to stack our resumes and not speak our mind. I too want people to look at me with equal parts hatred and admiration. I too once wanted to start my own secret society. With that in mind, I put together this handy guide (later to be published on a different anonymous medium as “exclusive” because “someone” “leaked” it) on how to build your own totally useful and not at all obnoxious secret society.
1. Pick a number, any number. Preferably between one and ten but TwilVE will do if you really, really want it. You picked three? Why? No, honestly, why did you do that? OK, OK, we’ll roll with three, but you’re going to need an additional name to make up for how crushingly stupid that is. Green Skull? You went with the whole color plus noun format? Are you supplementing this guide with your own “what would your wizard name be” bargain store meme bulls- –? Fine. Two wrongs will have to make a right then.
2. Start disappearing without reason at least once a week. Make sure that people see this random disappearance. Refuse to answer their questions. For example, midway through your weekly resident adviser meeting, stand up and say: “I have to go.” After about three weeks, people will start to question your motives.
3. Coordinate your random disappearances with cryptic flyers left around campus. Put random numbers on everything and have them correspond to something…you don’t really need to know what. The people will figure it out. Pair the flyers with an image of Chancellor Mark Wrongton’s face over Chance the Rapper. The iconic “3” hat will be just enough brand marketing to pique people’s interest.
4. Find a house. This is critical. No secret society can exist without a house. You need this sacred, uncorrupted meeting space. Best way to go about finding a house? Just pick a group of people who live together that you find somewhat unobjectionable and initiate them. These are the newest members of your secret society.
5. Now that you are no longer the only member of your secret society, start telling your peers that you are a member of a secret society. Maybe start with an RA you trust who has been asking about your disappearances. Lead them on a bit. “Oh, I’m being recruited for Three,” you say coyly. “I can’t say much more than that; the other members would kill me.” Wow, look at you, already on the right side of history. Nevermind that the other members still probably have no idea that they are members. You are resolute in your moral supremacy. Resolute I say.
6. Build legitimacy. Tell your friend on Student Libel that you’ve started learning more about secret societies lately. Say that you know a guy who knows someone who used to be in Three who said they get their tuition paid for by the University. Say there are pipelines from RA, Civic Scholars, Chimes into Three. Incriminate literally every student leader. Hope they start snooping around.
7. Quit your own secret society. There is no valor in going down with the ship. You know the tides are a roiling, and Three isn’t going to last much longer. Student Libel has literally no information other than what you’ve told them, but when have they ever cared about publishing fake news? Take it a step further and spill all the beans. Tell everyone about the initiation rituals (that you made up) what happens when in Green Skulls (probably nothing) and that you never received any privileges, but stop short of saying who’s in the society. Allude to a house. Watch the witch hunt begin.
Congrats! You have effectively started your own secret society. Even though the only current members probably have no idea what’s really going on, you’ve cemented your status as the good guy who was upstanding enough to quit! Go on, talk about how the appeal was so enticing but on the inside it was just one big circle jerk. Talk about how it invalidated your other accomplishments and that you never asked for any of this. Keep talking about it to everyone who will listen, but make sure to frame it with the phrase, “I wish it would all just go away.” The social capital of being cool enough to be in a secret society but being moral enough to quit is honestly better than walking a puppy on campus during class change.
But remember, starting your own secret society is a dangerous proposition because sometimes you can delude yourself into thinking that you actually have power and that this little organization of yours is actually a good thing for the campus community. Avoid this line of thinking at all costs. You’ve really just created a group of friends, nothing more. Also, maybe apologize to that house of people you just roped into this for no reason at all and everyone hates now because they weren’t moral enough to drop the organization they only halfway knew existed. Or so I hear. That seems like a plausible hypothetical.
One more thing: You’re f—ing sweet for reading this.
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Sunday, August 30, 2009
How to Create a Secret Society
Realize first that a secret society cannot be an actual secret. To have membersand meetings, the secret society itself must be public knowledge. The secret of a secret society lies behind the closed doors of the meetings.
Choose the secret of your society. Whether you have a religious relic to guard,an ancient site to protect or simply the formula for eternal life, a secret isessential to the purpose of your organization. Get a good secret to help createa buzz about your group.
Create a buzz about your newly formed secret society. In this modern era, thereare several ways to get people talking and curious about your organization.Utilize the Internet, social networking sites and good old-fashioned word of mouth to let people think they know a secret.
Determine your core membership. Every society needs founding members who are privy to more than the rest of the members. Choose carefully among the most loyal and secretive people you know.
Decide on the complexity of your society’s initiation rituals and write them down. Creating a rulebook or society manual is essential to uniformity in practice and consistency in membership. Take your time and proofread carefullybefore handing out to members.
Make the location of your meetings secret or keep a guard on the closed door as you meet. Keeping the details of your organization very secret will help raise interest in your club. Making people want to join your secret society is half the fun of having a secret society.
Step 7:Use puzzles, code words and dead-letter drops to add mystery to your society.
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Perhaps you’ve fantasized about belonging to an elite organization but never found any you were interested in or suited for. You don’t have to wait for one to open up. You can start your own group or secret society in which you can be the one in charge and choose the people you want to be a part of it. Setting up a secret society requires certain considerations to get it off the ground.
Decide what your secret society will be about.
Determine an appropriate name for your secret society that is catchy, unique and easy to remember. Make sure it is legally feasible, however, and doesn’t infringe on a trademark.
Speak with friends you know would be interested in helping you start a secret society. Begin with two or three individuals you consider trustworthy and who will not share what you’ve discussed. Invite others through special invitation only to join, if you and other current members feel they would be suitable and bring something positive to your organization. In order for your group to maintain its secrecy, limit how many individuals are allowed to join.
Determine what dues you require members to pay, whether monthly or annually.
Come up with a written charter. Include a description of your secret society and its purpose, specific rules and regulations, a conduct code, a commitment to secrecy, and penalties for betraying that secrecy. Require new members to sign a copy of this charter upon being approved.
Create special rituals such as a secret oath, a special ceremony for initiation or induction into the group and secret passwords to which only members are privy.
Find a special place to meet, such as a single location or different locations each time. Wherever you meet should be a physically safe place that provides you with the utmost privacy. Establish what days, dates and times you will congregate.
Keep things enjoyable. Maintain the interest of members by having regular activities and events that are legal and cause no harm to others.
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Every secret society started somewhere — with a group of unknowns who eventually managed famous deeds, or were made famous by the deeds of their successors, which escalated the total brand value of their society. The point is, you don’t need to be another George Washington to head your own secret society. Ever heard of John Heath? No? Well, he’s the fellow who started the American Greek student system in 1776, because he failed admission into the two existing Latin fraternities at his college. Today, the result is not only a thriving and flourishing system, but it counts as the pinnacle of US collegiate social life for most students, and provides a valuable network of alumni, including ex-Presidents, Senators, Fortune-500 CEOs, and many other notables among its ranks. But beyond their potential future impacts, secret societies are fun! And they’re so incredibly easy to start, it’s a surprise there aren’t hundreds of them. Oh wait, maybe there are? I guess we’ll never know, since we can’t count them if they’re secret.
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Few ideas are sexier than joining a secret society. There are tons of secret societies out there, and the mere concept is one that has sparked numerous conspiracy theories and Hollywood screenplays over the years. But most of these secret societies – even the famous and numerous Freemasons – spend their time trying to have a positive impact on their community through charity work and other means. It’s not exactly what Dan Brown portrays in his books and movies, unfortunately.
As far as joining a secret society, there are numerous reasons to do so, and methods as well. Many colleges have closed-door societies (like Yale’s famous Skull and Bones, for example) which you can get involved with on campus. For others, petitioning a Masonic lodge, or getting involved in some of the more clandestine aspects of your church or religious group is sure to put you in some strange social circles.
Joining one of these groups isn’t as easy as just showing up, though. They want you to commit to their philosophy, and invest what you can. You could be rewarded with contacts and networking opportunities, which may or may not help you in terms of career advancement – though it’s recommended that you don’t commit yourself for reasons of self-interest. The main goal is to commit to service of some kind.
So, which secret societies can you actually join? Here are a handful of the most notorious, some of which are easier to get into than others.
The Freemasons are probably the most well-known secret society in America, if not the world. They have a long and extensive history, and a great deal of America’s most famous names were said to be associated with them in one way or another. Chances are, you’re probably not too far from a Masonic lodge as you read this – there are lodges in nearly every city and town all across the country.
You can join, but there are a few prereqs to take care of first. Most notably, you’ll need to profess a faith in a higher power, and get other Masons to “sponsor” you, or vouch for your character. The way to get the ball rolling, however, is to visit your local lodge, and ask questions. If you like what you see, ask about joining up. But don’t expect crazy Satanic ceremonies, or New World Order talk – most Masonic lodges do a good deal of charity work rather than nefarious deeds.
2. Knights Templar
You may know the Templars from their villainous role in the Assassin’s Creed video game series. Though both the Assassins and the Templars are rooted in reality, you can actively petition the Knights Templar to join up. But it’s not easy, and takes some serious commitment. The group has its origins during the Crusades, and there are several groups and sects around today.
But the main sect, which operated during the Crusades, were the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon. They are still around today, and you can join up. Of course, you won’t be doing any sort of Crusadic activity, and the requirements are somewhat stringent.
3. Opus Dei
Opus Dei is another secret society deeply involved in the church. Anyone can join, so long as you want to “aim at holiness” in your life. What does that mean? Per the organization’s official channels, “holiness means following Jesus Christ, imitating Him in thoughts, feelings, words and deeds. It means loving God and neighbour, with a love that gives rise to other virtues, such as humility, justice, integrity, and solidarity. Holiness is attained only with God’s assistance and our constant striving.”
That doesn’t sound too sinister – in fact, it sounds pretty good. Difficult, perhaps, but good. Read more about Opus Dei, and give some serious thought as to whether you have what it takes. And no, it’s nothing like Dan Brown portrays in his novels.
4. Bohemian Grove
What’s more appealing than joining a bunch of powerful businessmen and artists in the Redwood forests north of San Francisco, to have a secret meeting and worship an owl god? Interested? Well, you just need to join the Bohemian Grove. It’s a mysterious secret society, and one which not a whole lot is known about. But some people have gotten close to members, and even infiltrated meetings. The reported prereqs to get in include having a lot of money and influence, and the ability to wait decades for acceptance.
Like Freemasonry, it seems that you can’t just join – you have to be invited. There has been a lot written (even by ex-employees) about what happens at the Grove, so you may want to do some research before dedicating all the time and money necessary to be accepted. Still, it’s all very interesting, albeit strange, stuff.
5. The Rosicrucian Order
The Rosicrucian Order (also known as the Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis, or AMORC) isn’t exactly a household name like the Freemasons, but they are still very much a secret society, and one which has tons of readily available information. You can go to their main site, or even visit their Facebook page – that’s how open they are about their practices and enrollment. Rosicrucianism is a philosophy that has roots in medieval Germany, and has a long, complicated history. Basically, modern members describe themselves as “a community of mystics who study and practice the metaphysical laws governing the universe.”
You’ll want to read more about it, but for $150 per year, you can sign up.
All jokes aside, members of college secret societies generally do keep mum about their activities, and some may keep mum about their membership status too. That’s why you won’t find much information if you go scouring the web about secret societies. As the name implies, they like to keep an air of mystery about themselves.
I’ve long suspected that a friend of mine was a member of a secret society on his college’s campus. I have my reasons (i.e. the secrecy, the mysterious networking with alums, the strange red mask he kept hidden in the trunk of his car). When I finally confronted him about it, he said, “What? Of course not!” Denial—exactly how a member of a secret society would react!
So, what exactly is a secret society?
A secret society is exactly what it sounds like: a club or organization whose agenda is a secret to anyone on the outside. Because they’re so mysterious, most of our conceptions of secret societies have to do with what we see in pop culture. In fact, if you head to the secret societies in pop culture Wikipedia page, you’ll notice that the list of fictional secret societies is longer than the list of real secret societies by more than tenfold. That isn’t to say that there aren’t dozens more secret societies than Wikipedia knows about; it’s just to say that some real ones are very good at maintaining their secrecy and privacy.
What part of a secret society is a secret: a person’s membership status or the group’s activities?
At the University of Virginia, for example, a person’s association with the secret Seven Society is only revealed after his or her death, when a bouquet of black magnolias shaped like a “7” appears at the gravesite or the university chapel’s bells toll for seven minutes in memoriam. Some of the group’s activities are known, however, especially when it comes to donations. The society often bestows gifts and scholarship funds on the UVA campus which involve the number seven.
Orange is the New Black / Giphy
Other societies may allow members to reveal themselves while they’re alive but forbid them from commenting on society activities. For example, both George W. Bush and John Kerry admitted they were members of Yale’s Skull and Bones, one of the most prestigious and mysterious undergraduate societies in the country, but they have yet to reveal anything more. When they ran against each other in the 2004 presidential election (coincidence or conspiracy? ask YouTube commenters), both Bonesmen-cum-candidates fielded questions from the media about their membership. “It’s so secret, we can’t talk about it,” said Bush; “It’s a secret,” echoed Kerry.
Do secret societies exist at every school?
No—well, probably not. While we know that the Seven Society and Skull and Bones are among a few dozen established college secret societies, there are surely many others that we don’t know about. Not only are their membership lists and activities a secret, but so is their very existence.
Which schools have secret societies?
It’s impossible to put together a complete list of campuses that are home to secret societies; Wikipedia takes a stab at it here, but it’s by no means comprehensive and it never will be. On the bright side, however, we can make educated guesses about which schools are more likely to have secret societies than others. Many secret societies are rooted in tradition, which means old private universities likely host more secret societies than their younger for-profit or online counterparts.
What type of student is most likely to be in a secret society?
This generally depends on the society’s values. If a society values tradition, it may prioritize legacy candidates (students whose parents or grandparents are not only school alums but also society alums). If a society values academic achievement, it may prioritize students at the top of the class. If a society values school spirit or monetary donations—well, you get the idea.
What are the benefits of being in a secret society?
Oakland Raiders / Giphy
So much about the secret society experience is specific to the one you’re in. Generally, you will find camaraderie by joining a secret society. Think about it: you’re automatically accepted into a group of peers. That sense of community is hard to replicate so quickly in any other way, especially if you’re feeling overwhelmed on a big campus. By joining a secret society, you also have access to exciting networking opportunities, which can improve your social and professional life now and in the future. Similar to going Greek, joining a secret society means you become part of the society’s legacy. Former members may be happy to help current members find jobs, internships, and scholarships. In fact, it’s possible that alums are contributing money directly to the society so that its current leadership can sponsor special scholarships and fun events for members. You may also find that to participate or qualify for those opportunities your society is presenting to you, you’ll need to maintain a certain GPA, which can be the motivation you need to work hard in school.
What if I am tapped to join a secret society but don’t want to?
Easy. Thank the members for their time, but decline the opportunity.
Is there hazing involved if I join?
Probably. Every society has its own traditions. Yours may have a number that’s of special importance to the group, a legend, a bucket list, whatever. A lot of times, to be inducted into a secret society is to do more than just participate in a candle lighting ceremony; new members often have to prove that they are trustworthy, that they will be committed to the group, and that they will keep the society’s agenda and traditions a secret.
Initiation activities vary from society to society. Maybe members will “kidnap” you from your dorm at midnight and take you to society headquarters; maybe you have to pass some kind of test; or maybe you will be asked to do some kind of hijinks on campus. This “hazing” should be harmless to you, other inductees, and the campus community. If it’s not, it’s bullying, and it doesn’t matter if the hazing ritual has been going on for a hundred years, it should be stopped. If your society is asking you to do something that will make you feel uncomfortable/unsafe or humiliate you or others, it is dangerous. Ask the society to rethink its initiation policies, or report the incident to an administrator, call the antihazing hotline anonymously (1-888-668-4293), or visit the Stop Hazing website.
Arrested Development / Giphy
If you are currently a member of a secret society that asks new members to participate in an initiation, think hard about whether the ritual is potentially harmful. Although you are tasked with upholding your society’s traditions, there is no reason you can’t tweak those traditions to make them safer and more welcoming to new members.
So if I join a club like this, will people stop making fun of me for wearing a cape wherever I go?
Because I may have superpowers, but words still bruise my mighty heart.
Just by posting in this thread, I am now on double secret probation.
See what you did!
. but then i’d have to kill you and that’s really against one of our main tenets
/i may have said too much
This is a little spooky. I’m a Discordian, and as such have ended up being involved with the Illuminati (the discordians actually control the illuminati)
I wish I could divulge more, but it’s, like, a secret.
/Also member of: FSSEU (Fark Secret Santa Elf Union)
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The code to attack is Black rabbit!
/you never heard this message
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1) Order of the Holy Hand Grenade
2) Don’t make us use it, we’ve only got one!
5) I solemnly swear to uphold the integrity of the holy hand grenade, and endeavor to prevent use in any situation that does not justify relieving the order of its only weapon.
I’d tell you more, but it would anger the head of the order, a man I know only as Testosticles
I’m breaking the laws of my charter, but I will reveal the secrets of a society known as SPANK CLUB.
Every time you masturbate place a black mark on your mirror in your bathroom.
Every time you fill the mirror you erase it and start over.
The first rule of Spank club is to never discuss spank club.
The second rule of Spank club is to use Vaseline Intensive Care lotion while spanking, or you may be forced to not participate in spank club for a certain period of time.
Inducting a member into spank club is illegal and punishable by exclusion from spank club unless done by the sacred 4 with the holy hat while listening to a live Pearl Jam album.
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How to make a Secret Club
Having a top-secret club is loads of fun. So here’s some ways you and your friends can make your own secret club.
S cout out a location for a club house where you can have club meetings. It can be anywhere where people would not intrude.
E ach club member should be appointed a special role. Roles can include club president, club treasurer, club note-taker and etc.
C reate a secret password or knock that each member must use to gain entry to the clubhouse.
R ead a special pledge to not spill any club secrets to anyone. Remember, the club is secret so t ry not to talk about your club in public.
E ach member of the club must be invited to join.
T ry not to talk about your club in public in case people find out about your secret club business.Instead, make up a secret hand signal for when you need to call an emergency meeting.
C reate a club scrapbook to capture all the fun moments you and your friends had. You can also paste your club meeting notes and any clues you find as part of your club missions.
L ock in a regular club meeting time each week.
U ltra-important missions should be devised by the club at each weekly meeting.
B e super secretive by writing all club correspondence using invisible ink(lemon juice). To read, just hold the paper up to a light.
Ok, that’s all folks. Hope you and your pals can have a fun time at your club meetings.
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With as much hype as secret societies have surrounding them, it’s shocking that any one of them has managed to maintain their secrecy for as long as they have.
The concept of a group of people, meeting in secret to discuss anything — no matter what it is, from elections to corporate values, to social engagements — has long fascinated the American public on an individual level as well as a larger scale.
Perhaps that’s part of the allure around them, the exclusivity. It’s also what inspires the conspiracy theories.
Almost every society, whether or not their practices and rituals are actually that secret, has at some point or another found themselves at the center of a conspiracy theory.
The Knights Templar, founded as a Christian military organization, has long since been the topic of conversation amongst religious conspiracy nuts, as well as the subject of several books. Of course, being long since dissolved (that we know of), there’s no way to confirm or deny any of the rumors.
But, organizations like the Bilderberg Group or the Bohemian Club, which are still very much alive and thriving, are also constantly at the center of controversy, as many of their members are elite politicians or executives. And, despite the controversy surrounding them, the groups haven’t done much to deter any possible theories from coming to light.
It seems that in order to truly find anything out about the groups, one has to become a member — though, of course, with most of them, that’s easier said than done.
Enjoy this article on secret societies? Next, check out the story behind the Skull and Bones Society. Then, read about the conspiracy theories that turned out to be true.
As with any question of proper inclination and conduct, a Christian must first have laid down a solid foundation of principles based on GodвЂ™s wisdom through His Spirit (John 14:26; 16:13–14; 1 John 5:6) and His Word (Psalm 119:105; 2 Timothy 3:16–17). This concept is especially important when a Christian considers joining a secret society. The term secret society is often controversial and incendiary, much like the word cult. Those belonging to what most would categorize as a secret society often deny their organization is just that. With this in view, it is important to define what a secret society is.
Alan Axelrod, author of the International Encyclopedia of Secret Societies and Fraternal Orders, defines a secret society as an organization that is highly exclusive, claims to be the purveyor of special secrets, and has a membership that is strongly inclined toward one another.
David V. Barrett, in Secret Societies: From the Ancient and Arcane to the Modern and Clandestine, lists these characteristics:
вЂў It has вЂњcarefully graded and progressed teachingsвЂќ
вЂў Teachings are вЂњavailable only to selected individualsвЂќ
вЂў Teachings lead to вЂњhidden (and вЂuniqueвЂ™) truthsвЂќ
вЂў Truths bring вЂњpersonal benefits beyond the reach and even the understanding of the uninitiatedвЂќ
So, secret societies (such as Freemasonry) are organizations that are exclusive to their members, keep certain вЂњtruthsвЂќ from outsiders, and often, through teaching and rituals, promote a hierarchy of progression its members strive to attain—ostensibly to improve themselves and society at large.
Secret societies pose a number of problems for a believer. First, the very concept of a secret society is extra-biblical at best, and anti-biblical at worst. The Bible sets no precedent that encourages joining an organization marked by secrecy and вЂњhidden truth.вЂќ God never commands it, and there are no examples of godly men in Scripture who joined one.
Some tend to relate secret societies to the Holy of Holies in the Jerusalem temple, a place where access was forbidden to anyone except the high priest—and he could only enter on one day a year. But there is no true relation. Although only the high priest could enter the Holiest Place, everyone knew what he did while there. He performed no secret rituals or rites. Everything he did was laid out in the Law of Moses. Any suggested similarities between the Holy of Holies and various secret societies are extra-biblical contrivances, and they do not follow GodвЂ™s prescription for pleasing Him.
Before joining a secret society, a Christian should ask 1) what are they hiding? and 2) why are they hiding it? There are many resources put together by former members of secret societies that can answer these questions truthfully. It would be wise to consult those as well.
Research of the various known secret societies will uncover some common themes, including practices and symbols from ancient Egypt. This fact alone should be enough to steer away any Christian. Egypt in ancient times was known for pharaoh-worship and dedication to various false gods. Some secret societies seek to strip new members of all established notions about their lives and philosophies in order to rebuild them as more вЂњenlightenedвЂќ beings. This practice is also dangerous.
Death is also a common narrative in secret societies. Anything that embraces or heavily relies on death as a theme is inappropriate. Death is the enemy (1 Corinthians 5:16). God gives us life (John 3:16; 1 John 5:11), and everything godly promotes life.
Further, Christ commanded His followers to be a light in the world. We are not to hide our personal development in darkness (Matthew 5:14–16). Light exposes things in the dark, and light is even used to describe God (1 John 1:5). Darkness signifies sin and death (John 3:19).
Also, on a practical scale, membership in a secret society can easily sow seeds of distrust of outsiders and can cause strained relationships. This is counter-productive to a chosen people who are commanded to make disciples of men (Matthew 28:19). Indeed, why would a Christian take the time to learn all the intricacies of a new philosophy when God has given us His Word and His Spirit? Christians should not take time away from biblically based spiritual endeavors.
Finally, secret societies concentrate on self-fulfillment and improvement, rather than love for the One True God and love for others. GodвЂ™s Word, the power of His Spirit, and the fellowship of other believers are within the scope of His design to draw us closer to Him and to each other.
If I wanted to destroy an enemy society, and had a long-term focus, wanted to do it stealthily, and effectively, to make the society destroy itself and the ability to defend itself, I would do the following:
1. I would destroy the religious ideals that built the country and held it together, allowing it to thrive and be exceptional. In short, I would destroy Christianity in the West.
2. I would destroy the family, the fabric of society. I would tear apart the nuclear family, that produced stable children, future contributors to the nation’s wealth and power. I would promote a “gay agenda,” one that targeted fertility and the subsequent lowering of the birth rate. I would make children not know what gender they are; I would confuse them. I would destroy the centuries-old family unit that produced generations of Americans that became the most powerful nation on earth. A society that does not reproduce is a dying society.
3. I would promote the concept “toxic masculinity” and extremist feminism. What better way to make the society less masculine, less able to field a strong military?I would push to have as many women as possible in the armed forces. I would push to put women in frontline infantry units. I would make the military conduct societal experiments rather than focus on fielding the strongest armed forces possible — the most lethal, the most dangerous. I would make officers-in-training wear high heels to feel what is was like to be a woman. In short, I would feminize the male population, making it less effective in battle.
4. I would destroy the education system. I would plant Marxist professors throughout the university system, teaching new generations nothing about American history, but filling their heads full of communist propaganda. They would know nothing of Washington, Lincoln, or Jefferson, but of Malcolm X and Lenin.
5. I would divide the races. What better way, what better method of “dividing and conquering,” than to foster a race war, filling minorities’ heads full of lies of police brutality, and developing a culture of hate towards law enforcement?
6. I would corrupt the federal government. I would fill the intelligence and security services with traitors to the nation’s founding. When any political figure arose which threatened my diabolical agenda, I would use these corrupt agencies to target and frame any rising star who loved America, even if he was a duly-elected president of the United States.
7. I would take away the population’s means to defend itself – meaning, I would take away their guns. The fear of an armed population would stop any invasion. I would get rid of this problem.
8. I would destroy self-reliance and ingenuity by making over half of the population dependent on the government, unable to take care of themselves.
9. I would use big-tech to completely remove any viewpoints or ideas that were associated with the “old America.” I would ban them from the internet. Heck, I’d take over the internet. I would work with other tyrannical powers to develop internet censorship to eventually prevent any opposing views to be heard by anyone.
10. I would corrupt the nation’s leadership with money, finding those who would sell out the country for pieces of silver. I’d make sure they were strategically placed in powerful positions. I’d shell out money throughout the legislature to make sure no laws were passed that opposed my agenda.
11. I would promote the disrespect of the nation’s symbols. I would have people kneel during the national anthem, burn the flag, tear down statues of the nation’s history. I would make people hate the very fabric of the nation that gave them such wealth and power.
12. I would find a straw man, a country who is also a malicious adversary to America, though much less powerful, and I would focus all the negative energy and recriminations towards this straw man country. In this manner, the targeted nation would be ignorant of my true intentions.
The regime that would promote all of this change in the targeted country would be the largest communist regime in the world. It would have a 100-year plan to destroy its enemies and become the dominant force on the planet. It would have millions of its own citizens in concentration camps. It would force abortions on women and the sterilization of those it didn’t want to reproduce within its own borders. Many of its workers would live as slaves, with a life of no meaning. Its factories would have suicide nets around the roofs to prevent these workers from killing themselves in despair. This nation would kill tens of thousands of its own citizens who dared stand up for a future of freedom.
Everything I have written above is happening right now in front of your eyes.
I’ll give you a hint – it’s not Russia.
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- More than a few powerful men throughout world history have been part of the Freemasons and elite Skull and Bones society.
- Organizations such as the Bilderberg Group and Trilateral Commission foster international cooperation, but stir discontent with the conspiratorial-minded populace.
- Famous leaders and executives have routinely engaged with these groups, fueling only more intrigue over the years.
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Leave it to the conspiracists to leave no stone unturned when it comes to the rich, powerful, and global elite. According to some conspiracy theorists, the Illuminati, New World Order or extraterrestrial satanic Zionist cabal — or what have you — has many international organizational fronts to further their conquest of the world and your mind.
Most of these absurd conspiracies sound like fodder for some hack superhero film plot. You can really only pity them, after all the Illuminati conspiracy started from a humble satirical book. Though, the existence of such organizations can’t be entirely ruled out — people in power may very well scheme to stay in power.
This said, the following are the few organizations and secret societies that are supposedly involved in the shady dealings of the world’s elite coterie. Some of their origins are shrouded in mystery or intrigue. Many famous leaders have cavorted around in their secret halls. For the most part, they’re also not open to the public and have had a hand in major world historical decisions throughout the years.
Mural of George Washington in Masonic National Memorial Hall — Allyn Cox. Creative Commons Wikimedia
The Freemasons encompass one of the largest secret fraternal organizations worldwide. Spread through the conquest and advancement of the British Empire throughout the last few centuries, Freemasonry remains popular in countries that were once under British rule. Estimates of membership in this group number anywhere from 2–6 million. Anyone is allowed to join. If you’re an American, you’ve most likely passed a Freemason lodge in your town or even went to some kind of local event there.
Freemasonry evolved from the guild culture that was flourishing during the Middle ages. As the name implies, it was originally for stonemasons and church builders. During the 17th and 18th centuries, the Masons began to take on a more religious and ritualistic role in their organization. It became a place for men to meet, philosophize, and deal with political issues. The first Grand Lodge opened up in England 1717.
There are numerous independent lodges around the world with millions of members. There is no controlling governance from a central lodge. While men like George Washington were Masons and held political sway back in the day, it’s unlikely that the local boy scouts troop leader camped out in the lodge basement is involved with any elite plot of world domination.
Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon at the Bohemian Grove
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The Bohemian Club
There are very few public comments about the the Bohemian Club from its many members. Mostly old Republicans and other conservative men. The existence of the club and its members is no secret. Every Republican president since Herbert Hoover has either been a member or visited the summer camp — the Bohemian Grove. It was said that in 1942, J. Robert Oppenheimer who headed the Manhattan Project, led a meeting in one of the clubhouses just a few years before the atomic bomb was set off over Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The Bohemian Club was founded in 1872 and, in its earlier days, had more of a liberal and artistic flair to it back then. Mark Twain and Jack London were members. Over the years it’s turned into what we know commonly know it as — a gathering where rich conservative men can let loose and put on bad theater… Supposedly, a number of low-level employees of the summer camp gave their experiences on the innocuous and somewhat boring retreat for the rich and powerful.
Oscar Wilde, who once visited the camp, snarkily remarked: “I never saw so many well-dressed, well-fed, business-looking Bohemians in my life.”
Purported to be a wing of the shadowy world government, the Bilderberg Group is a secretive gathering where the elites of the world go to discuss a wider range of topics. An annual conference, the Bilderberg group was created in 1954 by Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands. The goal was to create a better connection between Europe and North America.
Big tech CEOs, heads of state and other powerful people of the world are routinely invited to the yearly conference.
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How to Start a Secret Sister Program. Secret Sisters are typically promoted through a common group, such as a church, work or social group. The women are paired up secretly and swap unexpected gifts, cards, poems or prayers, encouraging one another until the big reveal.
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- Determine if a Secret Sister program
- Create a questionnaire
- Write the guidelines for the Secret Sister program
- Set a dollar amount
- Distribute questionnaire form
- Assign Secret Sisters as randomly as possible
- Explain the Secret Sister system
- Monitor the program throughout the year
- Plan a reveal party
1 Determine if a Secret Sister program
Determine if a Secret Sister program is of interest to your group. Ask around or have a quick vote. Make sure to explain that it is a voluntary program, for a specific length of time and with monetary limits.
2 Create a questionnaire
Create a questionnaire to be used for the Secret Sister program. Include name, address, email account, favorites (foods, gifts, candles, books, magazine, music, etc.), dislikes, birth dates, anniversaries and other pertinent information.
3 Write the guidelines for the Secret Sister program
Write the guidelines for the Secret Sister program. Include a time frame, the monetary limits, the expectations and rules.
4 Set a dollar amount
Set a dollar amount that can be easily met by your participants. Be clear on how many gifts or notes are expected and the limitations on money spent.
5 Distribute questionnaire form
Distribute questionnaire form. Allow them to take it home to fill out but make sure you remind them to return the completed forms to the Secret Sister Coordinator.
6 Assign Secret Sisters as randomly as possible
Assign Secret Sisters as randomly as possible. The Coordinator won’t be able to participate but needs to keep track of the master list, address any problems and plan the reveal party.
7 Explain the Secret Sister system
Explain the Secret Sister system thoroughly as you hand out names. Give simple ideas for gifts and cards. Emphasize the monetary limit and expectations so everyone has a good experience.
8 Monitor the program throughout the year
Monitor the program throughout the year. Make no one has moved away, gotten sick or dropped out without addressing it. Keep an eye on the swap table to assure everyone’s gifts and cards are being picked up. Answer questions as they arise.
9 Plan a reveal party
Plan a reveal party. It can be as simple as a swapping of notes or as big as a luncheon or cook-out. Match up your Sisters and allow them some time to get to know one another and to give thanks. Don’t forget each person has two people to socialize with at the reveal-their Secret Sister and the Sister who had them.
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The Hidden Brotherhood (Adelphon Kruptos) is the only organization of its kind in the world today, a real secret society for real people. It does not restrict its membership solely to those born into wealth, privilege and power, but opens the doors of fraternal friendship to those who desire and need most to overcome the limitations of their past circumstances.
Through superior knowledge and an organized hidden brotherhood of power, we shall each and everyone of us attain to wisdom, wealth and success.
WEALTH – POWER – SUCCESS – For All Members , obtained and shared though the Hidden Brotherhood’s secret knowledge and hidden circles of power — these are our aims.
The Hidden Brotherhood teaches a secret system of power, hidden knowledge and united brotherhood which can raise the poorest and most humble of men into the ranks of the rich and powerful, and achieve even the most impossible dream.
The venerable sages of ancient times taught that if two or more people would unite their inner forces, together they could conquer the world, even though alone they might be weak and powerless. Joining forces, we become Stronger United , and can achieve great things which we cannot obtain alone.
The Hidden Brotherhood offers the bonds of brotherhood to anyone with a brave heart and a daring spirit who will cast their fortunes with us. We will lead you upon the path to power and a brave new life filled with golden opportunities, friends, money and success.
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Note from Chase: this is a very thoughtful – and pretty deep – article by Alek exploring the cultural mechanics underlying social controls placed on individual sexual expression in modern Western societies. This isn’t a “how-to” article; it’s more a “here’s how things work a few levels down” type piece. It’s somewhat heavy stuff, but a rewarding read if you don’t mind letting your brain work a bit. Here’s Alek.
After having produced a number of practical articles recently, I wanted to write a more theory-heavy post on sexual ethics.
Before I begin, I would like to deliver a disclaimer. It should be noted that this piece is purely theoretical and an abstraction of how the mating game works. The world is a complex place, and it is impossible to describe every aspect of a social phenomenon.
Further, I would also point out that even though this essay might have anthropological elements, it remains a work in political/social theory.
Feb. 10, 2010 – PRLog — It become simple more than you think
Jakarta, Indonesia – financial distress – Today economic crisis put lot of people in difficult situation. They read the news of recession, job cut, high competition, price increase, less job opening opportunity etc. The worst from this crisis is the impact thatinfluent people that they will always become worry about their financial future.
When most of the people feel their fear, some people create their own happy life with stress free from lack of money. These people create a “mastermind group” to support each of their own business. Due to their background distiction of each member, their support become objective. People whose job is owner of car dealer will support his peer whose job is travel agent. They share their knowledge, experience and resources to accelerate the success.
Today internet technology enable more people to become member of the mastermind group. Each member can access a specific website which provide them the respurces of knowledge, experience and discussion notes which can be used as their guide. All the knowledge have digital format that can be accessed by internet – 24 hours a day.
If you have watched the movie “Angel & Demons”, you must know the existence of secret society name Illuminati. This society control everything in the world. Their existence become secret for most of the people.
Now people may create their own secret Illuminati for their resources to achieve their success .
There are no initiations, blood sacrifices, etc. We are a non-political, non-religious LEGAL organization operating in a strictly legal manner. Anyone found committing a crime is automatically dismissed and disqualified from membership.
There are so many scams out there – How do I know that The Hidden Brotherhood is genuine?
The Hidden Brotherhood has been on the worldwide Web for 10 years. If we were not genuine, we would have vanished a long time ago. This can be easily proven by going to the Wayback Machine of archive.org (see link below).
Why the name The Hidden Brotherhood? What does it mean?
The Hidden Brotherhood is the outer organization and the name by which we make ourselves known to people who are interested in joining. The real name is known only to Members of the Inner Circle. It comes from the Greek “Adelphon Kruptos” and the Latin “Fraternitas Occulta,” both of which mean “Hidden Brotherhood.” It accurately describes the organization as a ” secret society ” or society possessing valuable secrets or hidden knowledge and working towards mutual interests. It also describes the membership as a true brotherhood, whose Members are known only to each other and hidden from outsiders.
Who can become a Member of The Hidden Brotherhood?
Anyone with a brave heart and a willing spirit who is ready to cast their fortunes with us and join us in the quest for riches, wisdom and power. It could be your boss, the stranger on the bus, or the person next door. It might be the rich CEO of a corporation or the janitor struggling to make ends meet. In The Hidden Brotherhood, we are all brothers to one another.
Is The Hidden Brotherhood legal?
Absolutely. The Hidden Brotherhood is completely legal and all its activities kept perfectly within the bounds of the law. Its high morals and code of honor mandate that it operate in a strictly legal manner. We have no need to break the law or “cheat” to attain to wealth and power. That is for the weak and powerless.
Then why all the secrecy?
Secrecy must be kept where confidences are shared and alliances forged. This is a normally accepted practice in big business, where secrecy is often essential to success. Knowledge is power, and power shared is power lost.
Does The Hidden Brotherhood have political motives?
No. The Hidden Brotherhood has no political agenda.
Is Membership in The Hidden Brotherhood limited to only certain countries?
No. The Hidden Brotherhood is international in membership. It is open to all nationalities, races and creeds. The Brotherhood forms an invisible legion of friends around the world, working together and helping each other. In countries where private associations or “secret societies” are outlawed, we are simply friends helping one another.
Is The Hidden Brotherhood a cult or an occult group?
The word “occult” comes from the Latin and only means “hidden.” The term is widely used in the medical field to describe medical conditions that are hidden. In popular usage, however, occult has come to mean something that is evil or a cult that “brainwashes” its members. Usually, such charges are found to be baseless.
The Hidden Brotherhood is not a cult. It does not practice any kind of mind-control over its Members or promote anything that any sane person would consider evil or criminal. It teaches its Members how to free themselves from being dominated by others and control their own mind.
Members come from a wide variety of belief systems and may freely exercise the practice of any faith (or none) as a Member.
Does it cost a lot to join? Are there initiation fees? Do I have to pay dues?
Membership in The Hidden Brotherhood is not cheap but is easily affordable by anyone. Some join having nothing more than social security or an unemployment check.
Members are required to pay dues and to tithe a small percentage of the money they make as a result of their membership in The Hidden Brotherhood.
Dues are only a small part of what it takes to show us you are committed. If we are to share in the Brotherhood’s honors and rewards, we must each have a stake.
You will find the amount to be much less than what many private clubs charge but the benefits gained are much greater. You can benefit physically, spiritually, mentally and materially. Members can progress more in 2 years in the Brotherhood than they would in 20 years elsewhere.
By applying the secrets of wealth taught by The Hidden Brotherhood, anyone can easily recover the costs of membership within the first year, and usually much sooner. As with anything else, you get what you pay for.
Can The Hidden Brotherhood help me make money?
A life well lived is more than just money although the lack of money is often the source of much unhappiness.
If we possess the same knowledge as the rich and powerful and use the same strategies and tactics, does it not also follow that we, too, can become rich and powerful?
Think about it – take any millionaire and bankrupt him, take away everything he has and it won’t be long before he’s back on his feet and makes his next million.
How long will it take for me to become rich and powerful?
The Hidden Brotherhood is about more than just wealth and power, as anyone who observes the often tragic lives of the rich and famous can attest to.
Without true wisdom and inner power, the outer trappings of success are all in vain, for spirit is ascendant over matter. That which is eternal is of far greater value than that which turns to dust. The Hidden Brotherhood’s teachings are not aimed merely towards self-aggrandizement but for the greater happiness of the Member and so that they, in turn, may bless and help others upon the path of life.
With that said, let us say that anyone, having the right knowledge, inner power and a circle of powerful friends, with grit and determination can attain to success and prosperity.
The rich rewards of fortune and success are never obtained overnight. It takes time to be mentored and to learn the secret knowledge, to build a “millionaire mind-set,” to work one’s way through the ranks and to prove one’s loyalty and devotion to the Brotherhood.
Advancement in the Brotherhood’s degrees of wisdom and power can, however, translate into a virtual guarantee of lifetime security because you are building a power within yourself that can never be taken away. Success is not handed to anyone on a silver platter and only you can guarantee your future happiness.
Why not start today building that happiness, prosperity, inner power and peace by joining The Hidden Brotherhood?
Freemasons reportedly have a number of secret handshakes that they employ when meeting fellow travelers. Thumbs are pressed against knuckles or wrists in various permutations depending on the greeters’ position within the society. Members of the Illuminati might be seen declaring their affiliation with hand signals that make them look suspiciously like classic rock fans. The Karstphanomen (the secret society in my new book, The Devil’s Workshop) whisper Latin phrases to one another, conveying their mutual agreement that the “end justifies the means.”
But beyond all the special handshakes and code words, there doesn’t seem to have been much point to most secret societies other than self-interest. Once an invitation was secured, membership in one of these societies guaranteed a person certain considerations: political favors, appointments to influential positions, business and financial opportunities. Some societies with a more religious (or perhaps sacrilegious) bent believed they could gain mystical abilities or accrue occult powers and artifacts.
Secret societies still exist today, but the advent of the Internet has made real secrets much harder to keep. Masons ride in parades and the Karstphanomen now work out in the open with lawyers and public advocates. Only Anonymous, the tech-savvy Internet entity has captured the popular imagination in the same way that secret societies once did. But even they don’t fully follow the tradition of selfishness, since they seem to want to entertain us while dragging others’ secrets out into the open.
Children still make tree houses and ice forts with signs that read “keep out” and “no girls allowed.” Exclusivity abounds. Secret societies may be a relic of a bygone time, but they still have the power to intrigue us. These lucky seven are thought by some to have some vestige of influence even now.
The Freemasons are the longest-lasting secret society (that the general population is aware of) still in existence. They’ve become synonymous with secret handshakes, bizarre rituals and a hierarchy in which members move up through various levels as they gain experience and respect within the society. Originally formed by the union of several smaller societies, the first “lodge” was founded in London in 1717, but at that time rumors of the Masons’ existence had already been circulating for at least a century. Most modern secret societies take their cue from the Freemasons by incorporating handshakes, code words, private rituals and complex chains of command.
Although the Illuminati originally branched off from, and broke away from, the Freemasons, they have since become a prime focus for conspiracy theorists, many of whom credit Illuminati agendas for every conceivable disaster, mystery, and economic downturn. In point of fact, there is no evidence that the Illuminati still exist, but that only seems to add to their mystique.
The Skull and Bones
Perhaps the least secret of all secret societies, the Skull and Bones Society at Yale University was founded by William H Russell in 1832. Originally called the Eulogian Club, the Skull and Bones boasts many prominent heads of state (including at least three presidents), captains of industry, and heads of covert agencies among its membership. The society meets twice a week for rituals that are purported to closely follow Masonic rites, but many claim the organization is really nothing more than a glorified college fraternity.
Founded in the early fifteenth century by Christian Rosenkreutz, the Rosicrucians were purported to be using occult practices to bring about a global transformation. Two centuries later, the publication of three manifestos launched them into the popular consciousness. They are believed by discerning conspiracy theorists to have founded the Freemasons, the Illuminati, and the Invisible College, and to have been the guiding force behind every significant revolution in modern history.
In 1954, the world’s most influential movers and shakers met in a hotel to discuss and plan the coming year’s global agenda. They have continued to meet every year, but the content of their talks has remained a zealously guarded secret. They are not technically a secret society, since their existence and membership are not in question, but many conspiracy theorists worry about the influence and reach of their annual meetings.
The Elders of Zion
In 1920, a newspaper owned by industrialist Henry Ford ran a series of articles reprinting a Russian document called the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. The document was quickly debunked as a hoax, but those articles were collected as a book, newly titled The International Jew: The World’s Foremost Problem. Adolph Hitler read the book, was influenced by it, and appropriated many of its ideas for himself. Anti-Semitic theorists around the world still believe that the Protocols were genuine and that there was once a Jewish conspiracy to achieve world domination.
The Knights Templar
Early in the twelfth century, nine knights took a vow to protect pilgrims traveling through the Holy Land. More knights joined the cause and the organization grew, gathering wealth, fame and power as their influence spread. Popular culture has cast them in the role of funders of many other secret societies and guardians of the most sacred Christian treasures. But the members of the Knights Templar were eventually tortured and executed, and the society was disbanded. There is no compelling evidence that they ever possessed the Ark of the Covenant, the Holy Grail or the blood of Jesus Christ.
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As a kid, I loved the idea of being a detective or a secret spy. They got to wear cool clothes, go on adventures, and solve mysteries. A couple of weeks ago I tried playing a detective game with Chuck. I hid his favorite stuffed pig and then left 5 clues for him to follow. The clues were all written as secret messages. We had to do something to the paper to revel the hidden words.
5 Ways to Write Secret Messages
Chuck was onboard with the game. We’ve recently been gobbling up Nate the Great books from the library, so he really enjoyed being a detective and solving the case.
5 Super Easy Ways to Write Secret Messages:
1. Use White Crayon and Watercolors
We’ve used crayons and watercolors before to make lovely designs for our DIY magnetic fishing game, handmade notebooks, and watercolor photo frames. This time I thought it would be a great way to write secret messages too!
I simply wrote a message on watercolor paper with a white crayon. Then, we used watercolor paint to reveal the hidden message. Chuck loved seeing the words magically appear when the paper got wet.
2. Press down to Write Clues
I used to watch Matlock as a kid. (Did anyone love that show too?) There’s one episode where Matlock rubbed a pencil on a notebook to reveal a previously scribbled note. So I thought we could try that here too.
I placed 3 sheets of paper on top of each other. Then, I wrote a note on the top sheet of paper, making sure to press really, really hard. It left marks on the second sheet of paper. Then, we revealed the clue when we rubbed crayon over it.
3. Lemon (or lime) Juice and Heat
I’ve seen this method before on countless other sites. but it never worked for me. This time, I upped the heat and voila! Secret message revealed!
To write secret messages with lemon (or lime) juice, I used a paintbrush and painted a message onto a sheet of watercolor paper. Then, I waited for the message to dry. (This took a lot longer than I expected.) To reveal the message I used a pair of tongs and held the sheet of paper over our kitchen stove. The heat turned the invisible lime juice brown! (Using a blow dryer definitely did NOT work for me.)
4. Write Really Small
Ok. So this method seems a bit lame compared with the others. But we enjoyed using a magnifying glass to read the clue.
And last, but not least.
5. Write Backwards!
Da Vinci did it to throw off those who read his work. So we thought to try it out too. Using a mirror, I practiced writing on another sheet of paper. (Boy, was that hard to do.) Once I knew which way to orient the letters, I wrote the clue out cleanly for Chuck. We then used a mirror to reveal the letters in the right orientation.
This activity was really, really fun and Chuck’s already requested that we do it again. It’s pretty cool seeing hidden messages “appear” before your very eyes.
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The 10-page recruitment letter recently sent to Charles Snook made clear that he was wanted by a mysterious and elite organization called the League.
“We know a great deal about you,” the letter said. “You’d be surprised at how much we know.”
The League hadn’t reached out before, it said, because Snook wasn’t ready to learn all that the League could teach him about attaining wealth and power. That’s changed.
“You’re no longer judgmental or negative,” the letter said. “You’re no longer feeling sorry for yourself.”
He’s also no longer alive.
Snook died in a Pennsylvania nursing home almost a year ago at the age of 98.
“I wouldn’t say my father was a mover and shaker,” Snook’s son, Greg, told me. “He made a modest living with a photography studio. He took people’s high school photographs.”
In other words, he was perhaps not the first candidate you’d think of for a secret society touting itself as “the most exclusive, privileged and powerful organization that has ever existed.” The letter was unsigned, but the sender said he or she was “one of the most famous people in the world.”
“I don’t mean to brag,” the sender bragged, “but I have all the wealth, power, sex and authority that I will ever need.”
Before we go any farther, two questions.
A snail-mail pitch? That’s so 20 th century.
And who believes this sort of thing?
“Lots of people,” answered Stephen Greenspan, a psychologist and author of “Annals of Gullibility: Why We Get Duped and How to Avoid It.”
He said that even when it should be obvious something appears too good to be true, people often suppress common sense in favor of believing their good fortune will be the exception. “Gullibility is part of human nature,” Greenspan said. “It’s part of human nature to be trusting.”
I’m not saying the League is a total scam. It’s entirely possible that some people gain valuable tips and insights from the thing.
In any case, this wasn’t my first brush with these guys. Several years ago, I wrote about a near-identical letter making the rounds from what was then called the Society.
A fresh look seems warranted since they’re once again courting the unwary with promises of free information that, the letter promises, “is not a joke, a gimmick, a hoax, a come-on or a con job,” — which should immediately raise suspicion that it’s all those things.
The fact that a dead man has been “on our radar for quite some time” also makes one question the veracity of the League’s outreach efforts.
“That happens sometimes,” acknowledged Mark Hamilton, who I reached on his cellphone at a coffee shop near his home in Henderson, Nev. “It’s inevitable.”
Hamilton, 57, runs Integrated Management Associates, which does business as NeoThink and Neo-Tech Publishing, which send out the League and Society letters.
He’s the son of Frank R. Wallace, a.k.a. Wallace Ward, a chemist and professional poker player who, Hamilton said, read Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” and concocted his own libertarian/objectivist philosophy, dubbed Neo-Tech.
Wallace was convicted of income tax evasion in 1997. He died in 2006 at age 73.
Hamilton said his endeavors, called NeoThink, represent ways his father’s philosophy can be applied to the real world. For example, time management.
“Deadlines really enhance one’s productivity,” Hamilton explained. “They make you more efficient and focused.” That insight led to development of what he calls the “mini-day system” and the “division of essence.”
There’s undoubtedly more to NeoThink than that. To be honest, I haven’t read any of Hamilton’s books, which are the bread and butter of Integrated Management Associates.
It works like this: People receive the 10-page recruitment letter. Those sufficiently intrigued (or flattered) by the overture return an enclosed membership certificate, which results in their receiving a 56-page pamphlet that includes hints of the NeoThink information available in Hamilton’s books.
To go any deeper requires a significant financial investment.
The first book in the NeoThink series — all 1,200 pages of it — sells for $135.50, Hamilton said. Most of the remaining nine volumes in the set sell for $99.95 apiece, except for one 3,000-page tome that goes for $300.
Hamilton bristled when I suggested that, whatever the value of his books, his sales pitch might be a tad misleading. He countered with what could be called the Lucky Charms defense.
“I’ve seen cereal commercials with a leprechaun running around chasing a rabbit,” Hamilton said. “It’s obviously fantasy. Everyone knows there are no leprechauns chasing rabbits.
“If I show you a bowl of cereal and say it tastes good, people won’t buy it. You need the leprechaun.”
The League letter is the leprechaun. The books are the vitamin-fortified combination of frosted oats and colored marshmallow bits.
Hamilton also wanted me to know that “there is a very dangerous philosophy permeating the country that business, and making a profit, is somehow wrong and very bad.”
“All the values we have, they could not exist if someone, somewhere wasn’t making money,” he said. “The only way values exist is from someone making a profit.”
I seem to recall reading something along those lines in “Atlas Shrugged” or “The Fountainhead.” Admittedly, I once viewed selfishness and self-interest as virtues. Then I stopped being a teenager.
If nothing else, Hamilton said the League and NeoThink “are not some made-up thing,” and that selecting people worthy of League membership is “a very, very involved thing.”
“By the time someone receives our letter, we’ve spent a lot of time and money determining what kind of person this is,” he said. “We’re looking for people who are looking for something — searchers. It’s a very involved process.”
Snook’s son had this to say:
“When they’re sending a letter like this to a dead man, you get the sense that everything in there is probably nonsense.”
Origin of the Illuminati
When the word Illuminati is mentioned, there are several things that immediately come to mind; Bilderberg, New World Order, the Cabal, celebrities and politicians to name a few. But, whether or not the Illuminati is a covert organization of reptilians with an esoteric agenda for global domination via subliminal enslavement, or a secret club of elites who throw strange occult parties, it does have a traceable origin similar in nature to the Freemasons.
The Illuminati date back to the mid-1700s, founded by a Bavarian professor at the University of Ingoldstadt named Adam Weishaupt. Weishuapt was a law professor, followed by an even higher honor of Professor of Natural and Canon Law. Unfortunately, he butted heads with the Jesuit priests of the University. Weishaupt’s world-views were more cosmopolitan and liberal than the bucolic, dogmatic views of the priesthood. In response, he created the Illuminati, a secret society eponymously promoting enlightenment as well as moral progress.
The priesthood, waging significant political power in those days, revoked his academic credentials and had him banished from the country. He moved on to Germany where he was better received and free to form the foundation of the Illuminati and its philosophy.
The mission statement of Weishaupt’s Illuminati was, “by the mutual assistance of its members, to attain the highest possible degree of morality and virtue, and to lay the foundation for the reformation of the world by the association of good men to oppose the progress of moral evil.”
While his ambitions were ostensibly noble, Weishaupt intended to change the way European nations were run, by subversive means. Acceptance requirements to become a member of the Illuminati consisted primarily of wealth, societal influence and political pull. Members of the society consisted of bankers, politicians, doctors and those of general upper-class importance. Thus, planting the seeds for the modern conception or iteration of the Illuminati. One of the original member’s name that is still highly recognized and associated today with the Illuminati was Mayer Amschel Rothschild.
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Secret Societies Control the World
If you were really a member of the global élite, you’d know this already: the world is ruled by a powerful, secretive few. Many of the rest of us peons have heard that in 2004 both candidates for the White House were members of Yale University’s secretive Skull and Bones society, many of whose members have risen to powerful positions. But Skull and Bones is small potatoes compared with the mysterious cabals that occupy virtually every seat of power, from the corridors of government to the boardrooms of Wall Street.
Take the Illuminati, a sect said to have originated in 18th century Germany and which is allegedly responsible for the pyramid-and-eye symbol adorning the $1 bill: they intend to foment world wars to strengthen the argument for the creation of a worldwide government (which would, of course, be Satanic in nature). Or consider the Freemasons, who tout their group as the “oldest and largest worldwide fraternity” and boast alumni like George Washington. Some think that despite donating heaps of cash to charity, they’re secretly plotting your undoing at Masonic temples across the world. Or maybe, some theorize, the guys pulling the strings aren’t concealed in shadow at all. They might be the intelligentsia on the Council on Foreign Relations, a cadre of policy wonks who allegedly count their aims as publishing an erudite bimonthly journal and establishing a unified world government not necessarily in that order.
The conspiracy is rumbled: Jay Z does ‘that hand thing’. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA
The conspiracy is rumbled: Jay Z does ‘that hand thing’. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA
Name: The Illuminati.
Appearance: A pyramid with an eye on it, a hand signal, a tattoo on a rapper’s back, a giant lizard dressed as the Queen. Take your pick.
Really? Are we still pretending that the Illuminati is a thing? Of course it’s a thing. Haven’t you seen the signs? Haven’t you read Dan Brown? Haven’t you heard We Do, the Stonecutters’ Song, from that episode of The Simpsons?
You’re referencing works of fiction here. It’s fact. He might look like a simpering, polo-necked millionaire, but Brown exposed the real truth about the Illuminati.
Which is? It’s a shadowy conspiracy that has existed since the dawn of time, secretly pulling the strings of every major organisation in the world. It manipulates finances and dictates policy so as to usher in a terrifying new world order.
The dawn of time? But it’s only 237 years old. Well, if you want to swallow society’s blue pill, then we’re discussing the Bavarian Illuminati, a secret society opposed to superstition, abuse of state power and religious influence that was formed in 1776 and disbanded in 1785. But that’s what they want you to think. The truth is much more sinister. Even celebrities are in on it.
Really? Yes, according to the latest, absolutely conclusive, reports. Look at Lindsay Lohan’s tattoos. Or Lady Gaga’s videos. Or that hand thing that Jay Z does. Or the way Barack Obama shakes hands with the pope.
But surely this can all be attributed to people reading too much into innocuous happenstance, because believing that we’re all being controlled by secret organisations is much less frightening than accepting the lonely purposeless reality of life on Earth? No. Shut up. Everyone’s in the Illuminati.
Everyone? Even the Guardian? Especially the Guardian. What are all those articles about quinoa for, if not to deliberately make it too expensive for Bolivians and further the rise of McDonald’s, which is also part of the Illuminati, in the developing world?
Damn, rumbled [disappears in a puff of smoke]. I knew it.
Do say: “Every third letter of every fifth sentence of this article makes up an anagram. Decode that for the real truth.”
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THE BLACK ‘SKULL AND BONES’ – The “Boule”
December 18, 2009
Caption: Senator Barack Obama, Archousai, Lisa Grain and Archon David Grain (Sarasota, Florida’s Gamma Xi Boulé)
By Lesley Terry
In 1904, the first African -American Greek Secret Society was formed in Philadelphia, by Dr. Henry Minton and five of his colleagues. The Boule, (an acronym for Sigma Pi Phi) and pronounced “boo-lay”), was formed to bring together a select group of educated Black men and women.
Fashioned after Yale’s Skull and Bones, the Boule historically takes pride in having provided leadership and service to Black Americans during the Great Depression, World Wars I and II, and the Civil Rights Movement.
What could the Boule offer America’s Blacks in the early 20th century? Joining the exclusive secret society offered advancement and perks to select Blacks in return for loyalty to its objectives.
The upper tenth of Blacks started to live the good life as Boule members, while the majority of ordinary Blacks were disenfranchised. But what were the Boule’s objectives?
REMAKING OF THE HOUSE NEGRO
The Boule recruits top Blacks in American Society into its ranks. Today, 5000+ Archons, (male Boule members) and their wives, (Archousais), with 112 chapters, make up the wealthiest group of Black men and women on the planet. “Archon” means “demon” – the kind that like to keep hidden.
But to who does the Boule really serve? The Satanic (mostly white) global elite! As long as the Black member conforms to the rules, the riches will be in abundance; if not, down comes the hatchet. Blackmail is part of the deal. This Masonic secret society has a pyramid style like all the rest. The lower ranks are kept from knowing what the upper ranks are doing.
The early 20th century was a period of reconstruction. Marcus Garvey’s “Back to Africa” Movement was in full swing. Garvey represented genuine Black leadership. W.E.B. Dubois, founding member of the NYC chapter of the Boule said, “The Boule was created to keep the black professional away from Marcus Garvey”.
The remaking of the House Negro was necessary to institute a group of Blacks who had a vested interest in protecting the Elite White System. It was about selling out brothers and sisters for power and money. The majority of Black lawyers, doctors, engineers and accountants were members of this secret club.
According to Bobby Hemmitt, underground Metaphysician and Occultist lecturer, “This Black elite society based on Skull and Bones (Yale) was chosen by the U.S. Government (Illuminati) to run Black neighborhoods.” See here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PA6jmaoG7V8
Conspiracy Theorist and Futurologist Steve Cokely, had this to say: “Anywhere there are prominent professional Blacks, chances are they’re in the Boule”. Martin Luther King and Jesse Jackson are reported to have been Boule members, among many other high profile, successful and moneyed Blacks such as Barack Obama, Bill Cosby, Al Sharpton and Thurgood Marshall. See this:
The members of the Boule pose as Freedom Fighters or Civil Rights Activists on the surface. In truth, the elite members are operating for personal gain. The Boule works in concert with their masters in maintaining the grip of Illuminati supremacy on their people.
ADVISERS TO THE KING
The Boule is another arm of the nefarious secret societies that recruit, indoctrinate and cull for the dark forces. Therein are perks galore, power and notoriety all lying in wait for the easily compromised soul.
In the Greek system, the Boule was the Lower House of Parliament. Charged with organizing the affairs of the city for the King. Let that sink in.
This is an ancient story. The New World Order is The Old World Order. The elite Blacks of the Boule are culling and controlling their own for a slice of the elite white man’s pie.
Like other secret societies, the Boule encourages homosexual trysts as initiation practices. This must be done to join the ranks. Bobby Hemmit says, “Any kind of top-notch Negro gets together and they f*ck each other.”
These perversions are then cataloged and stored on record. Later, if needed, these abuses may be used as bargaining tools in the ULTIMATE GAME. What is the Ultimate Game? Capturing human souls.
The enemy may appear to have a white face but it goes much deeper than that. This is a force cloaked within many facades, personas, fictions and governing powers. See here: http://masonfitup.blogspot.com/2009/12/masonic-initiation.html.
We, the people, have been handed cultural, political and religious belief systems used to great advantage by these generational Satanists and lying collectives.
These elite systems promote dissension, division, hatred, bigotry and war. According to the ruling powers, people are objects that need to be controlled. Therefore, we have men and women in high places that are soulless and beyond the reach of normal reasoning processes.
We have an ancient enemy with a large collection of demonic assistants. The evil elite has had a good run. Though they may be certain skin colors, certain nationalities and creeds, they are apart from you and me. They have long ago abdicated any and all connections to a shared humanity.
December 8, 2013 / 10:03 AM / CBS News
(CBS News) The Square and Compasses are among the traditional tools of stonemasons. They also form the symbol of a group that has been misunderstood and even maligned for many centuries. This morning, Mo Rocca takes us inside:
It’s the world’s most well-known secret society. Rich with symbols and ritual, it’s the source of legends . . . parodies . . . and conspiracy theories.
Welcome to the world of Freemasonry.
True or false? The Masons are a secret society. “No. That’s false,” said UCLA history professor Margaret Jacob, one of the world’s leading experts on Freemasonry.
True or false? Freemasonry is a religion. No, said Jacob.
True or false? Masons were behind the American Revolution. “False, false, false,” she said.
“Okay, but what about on the dollar bill? The eye and pyramid?” asked Rocca.
“Oh, yeah, the eye, yeah,” said Jacob. “Everybody says it’s Masonic. In fact, it’s commonplace in the 18th century, that particular set of symbols.”
True! Freemasons laid the cornerstone of America — well, at least some of its most iconic structures, like the National Cathedral in Washington and the Statue of Liberty.
So what is Freemasonry? Simply put, it’s the world’s oldest and largest fraternity. Its membership is a Who’s Who of world history — George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Winston Churchill, Mozart, Davy Crockett, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Houdini, Gerald Ford, Henry Ford, John Wayne, even Colonel Sanders.
If you want to be a Mason, you can petition a local lodge for membership. You’ll need to demonstrate good character and belief in some sort of Supreme Being. Oh, and in almost all lodges, it’s men only.
Next, you’re up for a vote, explains New York State Grand Master James Sullivan. “The lodge votes to accept you, and then you have your three degrees that you go through.”
Once you earn “the third degree” (and yes, that’s where the phrase comes from), you can join any number of Masonic off-shoots.
Take Brent Morris. He’s a 33rd degree Mason and a historian at the House of the Temple for the Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite of the Southern Jurisdiction. (It’s that big building in Washington, D.C.)
“This isn’t like the Masonic Vatican, but it’s an important building,” said Rocca.
“It’s an important building, absolutely right,” said Morris. “It’s one branch of Freemasonry in the United States, and that’s our headquarters.”
Inside, the temple lodge room is a stunner. And downstairs, you can see the flag that Buzz Aldrin took to the Moon with him.
Now, if tiny hats and small cars are your thing, there are the party animals of Freemasonry, the Shriners.
You may know them better for their 22 childrens’ hospitals, where patients don’t have to pay a cent — the Masons are philanthropic. They reportedly donate $2 million to charity every day.
Freemasonry began in medieval Europe as a guild for stonemasons, but lived on as a social organization. The first grand lodge was created in London in 1717. “Now there are many men in these lodges that are not associated with a trade organization; they’re ‘gentleman Masons,'” said Morris. “They’re not stonecutters.”
A modern fraternity had been created.
It wasn’t long afterward that those conspiracy theories began.
“All these men with different neighborhoods, different professions meeting in the cafe, breaking bread together, doing rituals — what could this be?” said UCLA professor Jacob. “So the response on the part of the authorities was, Oh my God, this is a conspiracy!“
And so in 1738 Pope Clement XII issued the Catholic Church’s first decree against Freemasonry — and it still applies today.
In the U.S., Freemasonry flourished until its secrecy made it the object of suspicion here, spawning America’s first third party, the Anti-Masonic Party.
It elected eight Congressmen, but lost the 1828 presidential election to Andrew Jackson — a proud Mason.
Today, Freemasonry has about 1.3 million members in the U.S., down from 4 million in 1959.
Among the members today: African-Americans, formerly relegated to a separate, black-only branch of Freemasonry.
And then there are members like those in Colonial Lodge No. 1821 of Washington, D.C. Most of them are in their twenties, and some were attracted to Freemasonry by Dan Brown novels and movies like “National Treasure.”
“Who here was sort of drawn by the mystery?” Rocca asked a group of young Masons.
“I think all of us,” they replied.
“I think it’s a combination of history [and] tradition,” said one.
Another said it was the allure of ritual: “I mean, that’s the reason people join Freemasonry and not the Rotarians.”
So what about those secrets?
“What would happen if I found out the secret handshake and I weren’t a Mason?” Rocca asked. “You wouldn’t have to kill me?”
“We might take you out and buy you a beer,” said Morris. “The secrets of a Mason represent my integrity as a man. I took a promise that I would not tell you what the secrets of the Mason are. I didn’t take a promise that I would care if you know what they are.”
Also a big secret : the meetings. No non-Masons, or cameras, are allowed. But St. John’s Lodge No. 1 of New York agreed to give us a glimpse of one.
For meetings Masons dress up in their Sunday bests and — just like the original stonecutters — wear aprons.
At the center of any lodge room is an altar.
“All the activities of the lodge take place about the altar,” said Piers Vaughan, the Lodge Master.
“Now, would people talk about religion here in a meeting?” Rocca asked.
“Absolutely not,” said Vaughan. “There are certain subjects which are prevented from discussing within the Lodge. And religion is one. Politics is another.”
And then there are the ceremonies. Each one teaches a moral lesson related to the legend of one Hiram Abiff, the architect of King Solomon’s temple. They can be a little unusual, as pointed out in a recruitment video:
“Even while blindfolded, try to concentrate on what you are asked, what is said to you, and what is happening around you. Everything will be explained to you in later sections of the degree.”
“When a candidate comes in through the door, he’s blindfolded because, symbolically, he is in a state of darkness,” said Vaughan, “because Masonry is all about moving from darkness into Masonic light.”
As for what happens after that . . . well, that’s a secret. But for members, Freemasonry is about something much simpler.
“I have met a group of men that I enjoy being with,” said Morris. “These are people that I go out to dinner with, we socialize together. They’re guys I like to hang with. They’re my friends.”
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Secret sister programs, often connected with churches, charity organizations and moms’ clubs, provide an entertaining, low-stress way for participants to support and encourage each other. Sending a greeting card every month plus a special something to your secret sister graciously fulfills the basic guidelines for gentle, routine, one-way communication. But with just a little extra planning, plotting and pizzazz, you can turn the secret sister experience into a joyful era of caring and support for someone who doesn’t even know who you are.
Make It Personal
The questionnaire your secret sister filled out to join the program is full of hints, so you don’t need to become an incognito stalker to personalize cards, gifts and notes. Is her favorite color yellow? Next time you’re in the home improvement store, pick up several of the complementary paint chip cards in shades of that color to give with a quick note about how the cheery tones reminded you of her. Is her birthday in the fall? A week or two before sending a traditional greeting card, slip a few autumn-colored leaves in an envelope. Add a note about what a lovely season it is for a birthday plus a quote, like Albert Camus’ “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” If you’ve become secret sisters through a women’s ministry group, occasionally let her know she’s included in your prayers.
Stay the Course
The initial excitement of undercover friendship can wane after a few months. Avoid leaving your secret sister out in the cold by making a personal commitment to carry on through the entire year, or whatever time period your group has agreed upon. Enter a “to do” alert on your calendar for each month throughout the year, plus an alert for your secret sister’s birthday and any other important dates you want to acknowledge. Buy a box of a dozen pretty cards and write her name on the envelopes as a way to reinforce your dedication. If you move away or are unable to continue offering behind-the-scenes support and secret friendship for some other reason, contact the secret sister program leader and ask for a substitute to take your place.
Secretly Saying “I Care”
Little presents like a coffeehouse gift certificate, an inspirational book or a pair of cute socks will give your secret sister a boost, especially when they’re unexpected. Kind words, funny stories and uplifting comments are just as important. Some secret sister groups put a limit on the amount of money to be spent. Homemade goodies and inexpensive items with simple wrapping and a handwritten note speak just as loudly as more glamorous gifts. Jot “Wishing you sweetness and warmth” on a notecard and tie it to a packet of hot chocolate mix with a pretty ribbon to make a quick, low-cost pick-me-up for your secret sister in winter. Clip interesting articles from magazines, write down a silly joke you heard and make copies of a beautiful sunrise or flower pictures you took to share. Always sign “From Your Secret Sister,” but take care to leave no clues that could lead to your identification before the designated time.
The Big Reveal . and After
Your secret sister will find out who’s been quietly supporting her, cheering her on and covertly communicating with her at the program’s year-end event. These are traditionally scheduled around Mother’s Day, the winter holidays or another natural break in the organization’s calendar. Make the event extra special for her with one final gift that’s meaningful and memorable, such as a fancy picture frame, a festive basket of spa products or a living plant for her garden. Take selfies together and ask a fellow participant to take a more formally posed photo so that you can both have a copy. Let your no-longer-secret sister know when you’re available for in-person get-togethers and phone conversations because she’s become an important part of your life.
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- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum – Holocaust Encyclopedia – Freemasonry under the Nazi Regime
- The Grand Lodge of Ohio – What is Freemasonry?
- JSTOR Daily – The Strange History of Masons in America
The origins of Freemasonry are not known definitively. National organized Freemasonry began in 1717 with the founding of the Grand Lodge—an association of Masonic lodges—in England. However, Freemason societies have existed for much longer. The most popular theory is that Freemasonry emerged out of the stonemasonry guilds of the Middle Ages. Working stonemasons had lodges where they discussed their trade, but, with the decline of cathedral building, some lodges began to accept honorary members. Some of these operative lodges thus became “speculative” lodges, giving rise to symbolic Freemasonry. In the 17th and 18th centuries these lodges adopted the trappings of ancient religious orders and chivalric brotherhoods. Freemasons themselves, over the centuries, have developed a mythologized history for their society, tracing their lineage back to King Solomon.
Freemasonry has always been religious in character, though it subscribes to no particular orthodoxy. To become a Freemason, the applicant has to be an adult male and must believe in the existence of a supreme being and in the immortality of the soul. The teachings of Freemasonry enjoin morality, charity, and obedience to the law of the land. It is not, however, a Christian institution, though it is often taken to be such. In fact, Freemasonry has received considerable opposition from organized religion, the Roman Catholic Church in particular. In practice, some lodges have been accused of religious prejudices, specifically against Jews and Catholics. They have also been accused of anticlericalism in Latin American countries. In Anglo-American countries the membership consists of mostly white Protestants; some lodges have been accused of prejudice against nonwhites.
Freemasonry remains most popular in the British Isles and countries that were originally within the British Empire. Estimates of the worldwide membership of Freemasonry in the early 21st century ranged from about two million to more than six million. Affirmation of a belief in a higher being is still a requirement to join Masonic lodges, though they are largely secular institutions that serve social networking purposes and often serve as charitable donors. They have been met with criticism over the years for being elitist men’s clubs. Today there are separate Freemason lodges in Britain for women as well as for men. Additionally, there are a number of groups—prevalent especially in the United States—that have no official standing in Freemasonry but draw their membership from the higher degrees of Freemason society. There are also special orders for boys and girls. English Freemasons are forbidden to affiliate with these quasi-Masonic societies.
Freemasonry, the teachings and practices of the fraternal (men-only) order of Free and Accepted Masons, the largest worldwide secret society—an oath-bound society, often devoted to fellowship, moral discipline, and mutual assistance, that conceals at least some of its rituals, customs, or activities from the public (secret societies do not necessarily conceal their membership or existence). Spread by the advance of the British Empire, Freemasonry remains most popular in the British Isles and in other countries originally within the empire. Estimates of the worldwide membership of Freemasonry in the early 21st century ranged from about two million to more than six . (100 of 551 words)
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If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
Political language – and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists – is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four.
Political language has to consist largely of euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness.
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“Individual commitment to a group effort — that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” So said legendary football coach Vince Lombardi, and his words can help us understand what a society truly is.
Society is made up of individuals who have agreed to work together for mutual benefit. It can be a very broad term, as we can make generalizations about what the whole of Western society believes, or it can be a very narrow definition, describing only a small group of people within a given community. But no matter the size, and no matter the link that binds a society together, be it religious, geographic, professional or economic, society is shaped by the relationships between individuals.
There has been much debate over what makes a society successful. Philosopher Thomas Hobbes believed that without society, human life would be “nasty, brutish and short.” Man’s natural state, he argued, would be to preserve only oneself — a man without society would steal another family’s food, seduce other men’s wives and kill anyone who got in his way. Of course, the same man would be in constant danger of those things happening to him, his wife and his children. What people needed, therefore, was a society, which would provide protection by subjecting everyone to a set of rules. But the number of governments, tribes and communities today demonstrate that there’s no single way to form or govern a society.
Philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau dubbed the set of rules that a society lives by “the social contract.” In other words, people must play a part in agreeing to certain laws and in choosing a given leader. If people lose that right, then society won’t function as well. To return to Coach Lombardi’s area of expertise, a society without an agreed-upon code of conduct would be like football without rules or a referee. People will cooperate and commit to a society only as long as they can choose the person who mediates and voice an opinion on the rules.
It’s interesting, then, to observe the effects of the Internet on society. On the Internet, there’s no referee, and the rules that govern our interpersonal contact don’t seem to hold much sway. With the anonymity provided by a screen name, people feel like they can say things they wouldn’t otherwise say, things that may even be hurtful or dangerous. And because you can do everything from order a pizza online to pay your electric bill, some academics worry that the Internet will erode our real societies, as people opt out of participating in real life in favor of participating in cyberspace. On the other hand, some would argue that the Internet has only made our societies larger — a person in Delaware, after all, can now converse easily with a person in China. It will be interesting to see how technology shapes society in the future.
An unofficial biography alleges that British prime minister took part in bizarre ritual at the Piers Gaveston Society, reported to encourage ‘ostentatious decadence’
Picture depicting Piers Gaveston, the alleged lover of Edward II. The society that bears his name was formed at Oxford in 1977. Photograph: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images
Picture depicting Piers Gaveston, the alleged lover of Edward II. The society that bears his name was formed at Oxford in 1977. Photograph: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images
What have we learned about David Cameron today?
An unofficial biography of David Cameron written by the Conservative donor Lord Ashcroft contains a series of allegations. They include that the prime minister spent time in a drug-taking environment at university, that he took part in a bizarre dinner club initiation ritual, and another claim about Cameron’s knowledge of the peer’s offshore tax status.
One specific allegation is that, in the words of the Daily Mail, Cameron took part in an initiation ceremony in which he “put a private part of his anatomy” into a dead pig’s mouth. It cites a source – a current MP – who claims to have seen photographic evidence. It allegedly took place at a notorious Oxford University drinking club, the Piers Gaveston Society.
Downing Street has declined to comment on the book but a Conservative source said No 10 did not recognise any of the allegations made on the front page of the Daily Mail.
What is the Piers Gaveston Society?
“Piers Gav” is highly exclusive, made up of a self-selecting group of 12 undergraduates. The men-only club, named after the alleged male lover of Edward II, king of England from 1307 to 1327, was founded in 1977 and carries the motto: “Fane non memini ne audisse unum alterum ita dilixisse.” It translates to:
Truly, none remember hearing of a man enjoying another so much.
The Mail reports that the club encourages “excess, high camp [and] ostentatious decadence”.
Piers Gaveston members are understood to be given obscure titles such as “Poker”, “Despenser” and “Catamite”, and they all follow the Sicilian code of Omertà – or maintaining silence about the club. In fact, it prides itself on being a clandestine organisation.
What do people say about it?
Valentine Guinness, one of the founders of the society, once told the journalist Toby Young that the appearance of Piers Gav and other similar societies in the 70s “was a conscious effort to say, look, you know, the country may be in a mess but we’re still going to have a good time”.
And so they do. For its summer ball, members each invite 20 guests – preferably more women than men, who were last year given 72 hours’ notice, when they were told to turn up for a hired coach that would drive them to an undisclosed destination in the countryside. “Cross-dressing is as likely to feature as speed-laced jelly,” says the Telegraph of these parties. “The rules are simple – there are none.”
The journalist Danny Kemp went to the Piers Gaveston ball in summer 1995. He has a different take on the club. “I guess the first thing to say is that it really wasn’t very debauched,” he said. “I was invited by a friend of a friend who was in the Piers Gaveston Society. The most obvious thing is that it is meant to be raunchy fancy dress. This means a lot of people going in drag [myself included unfortunately], others in what back then looked like bondage-type gear.
“Invitees were told to gather in a central Oxford location, where a coach picked everyone up and drove them to a location in a field on the outskirts of the city. There was a big marquee in the field, with what was again meant to look like louche decor, velvet, etc, and bowls of free punch to drink. I think they had some kind of burlesque-type dancing on a stage, but it was mainly just 90s house, techno and people dancing, in drag.
“I was expecting it to be a bit more interesting than it was. And, really, that was it. No pigs’ heads. The whole thing really seemed like not-terribly-debauched public schoolboys’ idea of debauchery.”
The broadcaster Julia Hartley-Brewer went to Piers Gaveston parties in 1989-91. She said they were “just big, fairly wild parties. Lots of drink, lots of very rich posh kids getting wasted – probably lots of drugs [but not my thing so I wouldn’t know]. They were fun bashes – very hot and sweaty and very much about getting off with people.”
Jules Evans, author of Philosophy for Life: And Other Dangerous Situations and policy director at Queen Mary’s Centre for History of Emotions, was a member of Piers Gaveston in 1997. He said it was not a secret society, rather just a club that organised a summer party. “They were pretty innocuous – basically a fancy dress rave. Not nearly as decadent as the media or the participants themselves liked to think. Didn’t stop the Sun sending a reporter and photographer and calling it an ‘orgy’,” he said.
What’s the difference between Piers Gaveston and the Bullingdon Club?
The Bullingdon Club is the other drinking society Cameron was known to be a member of. Most of the sonorous members of the Bullingdon are old Etonians. The prime minister was one such member, as was the London mayor, Boris Johnson.
They wore a bespoke uniform of tailcoats, waistcoats and bow ties, which could cost thousands of pounds, making membership difficult for ordinary students. One MP who was once asked to join the club said he walked out of a gathering in disgust. “What it basically involved was getting drunk and standing on restaurant tables, shouting about ‘f***ing plebs’. It was all about despising poor people,” he told the Daily Mail of the scene reminiscent of film The Riot Club, based on Laura Wade’s play Posh.
There is no evidence that Cameron, Osborne or Johnson were involved in the excesses described by the MP.
The Bullingdon is still banned from meeting within a 15-mile radius of Christ Church after members smashed 400 windows at the college in 1927. When Evelyn Waugh published his novel Decline and Fall the following year, he probably did not expect Oxford’s secret drinking club the Bullingdon, or Bollinger as it is satirised in the book, to still be filling headlines in decades to come.
For Waugh, the club consisted of “epileptic royalty from their villas of exile; uncouth peers from crumbling country seats; smooth young men of uncertain tastes from embassies and legations; illiterate lairds from wet granite hovels in the Highlands; ambitious young barristers and Conservative candidates torn from the London season and the indelicate advances of debutantes; all that was most sonorous of name and title”.