The Makings of Modern Society
~ Marx, Mammon, Molech and Masonry ~
The following is an attempt to winkle out some realities underlying the "spin" dressing with which modern society presents itself. It consists mainly of quotations from three publications (all emphases are inserted, unless otherwise stated).
The first is an article entitled Why is everybody losing their cool? by Mick Brown, which appeared in the Daily Telegraph Colour Supplement for 23rd October, 1999. The author quotes the work of Oliver James, clinical psychologist and author of Britain on the Couch.
The notable thing here is the progression from psychology, registering the states of mind associated with rage, to philosophy, seen as the vehicle of ideas and values underlying those states of mind. It would probably have been "uncool" for either Mick Brown or David Lewis to indicate that the underlying problem is the absence of religion and its supporting philosophy. It does not take much nous to identify that religion as Christianity, and the philosophy as Scholasticism.
It is highly significant that Oliver James, approaching the problem from the psychological point of view, should identify the basic movement away from the world of reality to the world of desire: "people are judged not by who they are, but by what they achieve", that is, the replacement of being by doing. In the terms of Scholastic Philosophy, it is a shift from substance (one's innermost being) to accident (those qualities inhering in the substance, one of which is the ability to act). Another aspect of it is the cult of the informal (form here is the external manifestation of substance) and the disordered, leading progressively to the shapeless, the ugly and the horrific. That is all linked with evolution "theory" by which no species is stable, but is forever changing.
If the current philosophy underlies a dominant state of mind (road-rage, air-rage, etc.) in society, and needs to be supplanted by one alien to it, and that alien culture is the Christian one, then it is a short step to identifying Marxism as a major component of the current philsophy. I can hear the cries of protest: "Oh, Communism collapsed ten years ago". That is true of the political systems of Europe, but it is as well to remember that a large proportion of our race are still under Communist political domination in China. However, the collapse of Marxism as a political system in Europe has simply enabled it to pass unnoticed over the ruins of the Iron Curtain to dominate the ostensibly democratic societies of the West from inside. You do not have to look far for Marxism and its ramifications:
From Marx we pass on to Mammon, and the quotations, with linking passages, are taken from Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution, by Anthony C. Sutton.
After Marx and Mammon, we have Molech, the god of the Semites, who intrudes into the history of the Jews at various points in Scripture, and who symbolises, for the purpose of this article, the occult powers battling against God and His creation. The quotations are from Randall N. Baer, Inside the New Age Nightmare, a title derived from his horrendous experience of the Satanic realities underlying the exciting attractions of New Age thought and practice, in which he had been a leading figure for ten years. The revelation of what it was really all about traumatised him severely, and he converted to Christianity. The various facets are arranged under headings.
Altered States of Consciousness (ASC): "The basic idea is that there are thousands of different levels of higher consciousness available to man, each level accessing a different type of universal experience and corresponding benefit. It is said that man’s evolutionary imperative is to claim these aspects of his unlimited divine heritage in order to grow into a more evolved, more advanced human being – the New Age god-man of unlimited consciousness abilities… There are many associated tools and methods used for inducing ASCs, including: mystical New Age music, guided creative visualisation, hypnosis, swirling, psychedelic light shows, twirling occult dances and repetitious body movements, repetitious drum beating, repetitious chanting… all types of New Age meditation."
Yoga: "The aim of the many kinds of yoga schools of thought is for the individual to be absorbed into a state of Universal Oneness-Bliss, like a drop of water dissolving into a great cosmic sea. Individual identity is lost, as a type of selfless Nirvana is attained. Self becomes ‘God’ – the root of New Age heresy. In order to do this, the different yoga traditions all have systematic disciplines for awakening the kundalini – serpent power, which is said to reside dormantly at the base of the spine. Through long, diligent hours of emptying the mind or endlessly repeating mantras (Hindu deity-names) in meditation, a progressive evolutionary ladder is said to be climbed over thousands of reincarnations." (The author mentions a number of "extreme dangers involved in awakening the kundalini practices. They include nervous-system burn-out, outrageous ego-inflations, sexual obsessions, hallucinations").
Create your own reality: the "Health, Wealth and Godhead" Doctrine: "One of the loudest trumpet calls in the New Age Movement is CREATE YOUR OWN REALITY. You are god and can create things. By my power, all things are created by me. Mind power creates all success. Thought power creates all reality."
Family Structure Devaluation and Breakdown: "The enormous amount of self-centredness among New Agers plus a severe breakdown of morals leaves many families broken, dismantled or ignored to an alarming degree... I often came across New Age parents who either didn't live with their children or who had left them. Often the parents did so out of preference, not necessity... Subtle and overt neglect of children, while the parents cater first and foremost for their own desires, is a widespread phenomenon in the New Age."
Free-thinking Sexual Ethics: "Waiting to have sexual intercourse until marriage is quite rare. The belief that sex should take place only in marriage is considered old-fashioned and even 'limiting your potential'."
"Me! me! me!": the New-Age Chorus: "A basic New Age axiom is: to discover yourself is to discover the entire universe, for you and the cosmos are one ... A famous guru, Swami Muktananda, takes this to its logical conclusion: 'Kneel to your own self. Honour and worship your own being. God dwells within you as You!'."
Personal Identity Problems: New Agers create problems of their own identity as persons because of invasion from outside. "... This is considered part and parcel of everyday thinking, widely accepted as normal, e.g., thinking that you are a "walk-in" - this is where a highly advanced celestial being or master comes into an adult body and possesses it, as the original soul is displaced. Such a walk-in is supposed to be here on Earth on a crucial mission to enlighten the human masses... The belief in reincarnation is an exceptionally fertile ground for sprouting false identities, such as believing that one is, e.g., a reincarnated priestess of the magical mysteries of the Isis cult (goddess worship)."(3)
Channels, Channels, Everywhere: 'Channels' are occult lines of communication, conveying to the recipient information from outside sources. "... channeling is hot on the New Age scene. The demonic agents and the sly, slick mediums and psychic readers feed people what they want to hear - advice on problems, projections of success for the future, the glories of self."
The Extent of the Problem: "A 1978 Gallup Poll indicated 10 million Americans to be engaged in some form of Eastern mysticism. Forty million Americans believe in astrology... There are over 200,000 registered witches in America. Untold numbers are unregistered."
It seems only a matter of time before the three Ms of the title of this article finally triumph. Yet Satan thought he had finally triumphed when Jesus was laid in the tomb - Easter Day proved him wrong.
Masonry: The Invisible ‘M’
The difference between this ‘M’ and the others is that they can all be seen in our midst: the Marxist machinations of governments are discernible, however much clouded by "spin"; the publicised activities of big business and high finance are reported in the daily press; the New Age ideas and methods are found in publications, business meetings, even in schools. But Freemasonry is a secret society, which cultivates a public image when necessary. What really goes on is kept secret from the public, and even from its own members, as we shall see.
In its present form, the society was founded in 1717, but its antecedents stretch back into ancient times. Cardinal Caro y Rodriguez, Archbishop of Santiago, Chile, says in his book, The Mystery of Freemasonry Unveiled, written in the early 1920s:
Dealing with the initiation-rite of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, he says:
There we have the battle-cry of the modern Masons, 'modern' referring to the period from the end of the Middle Ages onwards. Again, from the same period:
The Templars and Cabbala
Here the historical extension of the abominable acts of blasphemy are indicated, the Templars, i.e., the Knights Templar, being mediaeval, and the Gnostics dating back to the time of Our Lord, with roots extending to the mystery religions of ancient times. The Order was founded in 1118, in the course of a crusade against the Saracens in the Holy Land, 'Templar' referring to the Temple at Jerusalem. Unfortunately, they became rich (Mammon again) and fell away from their founding ideals. The following is an account of the interrogation held by Pope Clement V in 1307 taken from Nesta H. Webster's book, Secret Societies:
On the subject of the Templar Tradition, we read:
Yet the origins of the Order goes back much further. The Cabbala is
Nesta Webster again: "Edersheim asserts that: 'It is undeniable that, already at the time of Jesus Christ, there existed an assemblage of doctrines and speculations that were carefully concealed from the multitude. They were not even revealed to ordinary scholars, for fear of leading them towards heretical ideas. This kind bore the name of Kabbalah, and, as the term (Qibbel, to receive [instruction]) indicates, it represented the spiritual traditions transmitted from the earliest ages, although mingled in the course of time with impure or foreign elements'."
Illuminized Masonry and 1789
There seems to have been, down the ages, a unity of direction in the development of organized evil, pointing to a single mind: Satan, ever opposing his Arch-enemy, God. The element of deception has been ever-present in the Order. One degree does not know what happens in a higher degree, and that is true right through to the two top degrees, 32 and 33.(7) As we have seen, the Order, as we have it today, was founded in 1717, and was aimed at the heart of the Catholic Church to accomplish its destruction. Its first "achievement" was the French Revolution of 1789, followed by the Terror, in which nobles and clergy were done to death, the monarchy obliterated and general destruction wrought on the Church. But there had taken place a vital development in the years leading up to the Revolution. Here is Nesta Webster:
Referring to the support given by the upper echelons, including royalty, the writer makes the following statement:
Here we see the embracing of the irrational, which is one of the most disturbing features of present-day society in its responding to emotion rather than to reason.
Perhaps the most permanent and damaging deception of the Illuminati's revolutionary campaign is the motto, Liberty, Equality, Fraternity. They are all attractive concepts: who wants to be coerced into accepting something undesirable, or to be treated unfairly in society, or to suffer from a lack of brotherly love? However, the version imposed by the Illuminati was perverted into an attack on all those human basics.
"Liberty" is freedom from the natural law governing our being, which is implanted in our humanity - the law is, so to speak, God's users' instructions for the proper handling of ourselves. It is supplanted by the vagaries of personal choice, which, of course, create endless clashes of interest in a group. Here is what the Catechism of the Catholic Church has to say:
Its in-built nature is illustrated forcefully by the following quotation from the writings of the Roman statesman, orator and philosopher, M. T. Cicero (C.C.C. #1956):
Cicero died in 43 B.C., and therefore some seventy years before Christ came to give the pagan writer's words His divine authentication. Liberty, in revolutionary usage, means a liberal interpretation of the natural law, by which everyone is free to think and do whatever does not clash with revolutionary thought. Hence the Terror, under the auspices of Madame la Guillotine.
Likewise with "Equality": in the natural law, all men (used in the generic sense of standard English) are equal, as persons created in the image and likeness of God, as Genesis says.
People are therefore equal in dignity as human beings, with all the rights that accrue to that dignity; but the overwhelmingly dominant feature of creation, apart from its structural complexity, is its variety. In every respect other than their human dignity no two people are identical, and hence there can be no equality. The "Illuminated" sense of the term is well expressed by George Orwell in Animal Farm: "All men are equal, but some are more equal than others." In other words, that concept of equality is irrational: the reality is twisted round into an ideal to be achieved by social engineering, the classic example of which is the French Revolution. The aristocracy and clergy were seen to be violating the principle of equality, so "justice" required that they be forcibly removed from society permanently.
"Fraternity" we have seen already, rising to its peak of brotherly love in the ministrations of Sister Guillotine.
Nesta Webster quotes a remarkable prophecy from the Essai sur la Secte des llluminés, made by the Marquis de Luchet, a liberal noble, at the very outset of the Revolution:
That was written in 1789; today we see the tentacles of Illuminist Masonry creeping across the country as it drives relentlessly on to a World Government and a World Religion. Its ends are unwittingly pursued by hosts of "useful idiots", who are deceived by the high-sounding rhetoric of those in authority, of "experts" and the media, and by the apparently desirable objectives proposed by them. We have seen the quotation from de Luchet, in which the kings and princes (i.e., the upper class, which was to fill the tumbrels rattling along the streets of Paris to the guillotine) were so completely bemused by the seductive words of the Illuminati that they were no longer open to the exercise of reason. The quotation continues:
Highly significant here is the mention of religion. One of the stated objectives of the Illuminati was the destruction of Christianity, for which they substituted a pseudo-religion, and we are back at the threefold rallying-cry of the Revolution, which, as we have seen, was based on the irrational.
Behind the Lodge Door
We shall now see that theme elaborated in a book by James D. Shaw, who reached the very heart of Masonry, the 33rd Degree, and Tom McKenney, The Deadly Deception:
How very revealing! False ecumenism, which is perhaps the most deleterious of the false belief-systems undermining the doctrines and practice of the Roman Catholic Church, is part of the Masonic belief-system. The authors go on to explain, in Appendix A, under the heading "MASONIC DOCTRINE":
And so we are right back at the pagan pantheon with its array of sun-gods, e.g. Re-Atun in Egypt, Shamash in Babylon (cf. Hebrew common noun SHeMeSH, 'sun'), Phoebus Apollo in Greece, Sol in Rome. The text goes on:
"To the 'advanced, enlightened ones,' the adepts at the top, this nature worship is understood as the worship of the generative principles (i.e. the sex organs), particularly the phallus. Human Nature is also worshipped by some as 'Deity', as are Knowledge and Reason. Since Masonry is a revival of the ancient pagan mystery religions its god can also be said to be Nature, with its fertility (sex) gods and goddesses representing the Sun and Moon (in Egypt, Osiris(9) and Isis)."
From Appendix B, 'MASONIC SYMBOLISM': "... the phallus, the male 'generative principle', has been worshipped as representing the Sun's rays. In this way, the phallus has been worshipped and the rituals climaxed with sexual union in the mystery religions of Isis and Osiris, Tammuz and Baal(10) etc. In summary, then, since the Ancient Mysteries (especially those of Egypt) are in fact the 'Old Religion', of which Freemasonry is a revival, the symbols of Masonry should be expected to be phallic in true meaning. This, in fact, is the case."
From Appendix C, 'MASONIC MORALITY': "The masses of 'ordinary' (Blue Lodge - i.e., belonging to the initial degrees) Masons, who pay their dues and work faithfully to make the entire system possible, are deliberately deceived as to the true nature of what they are saying and doing. But this deliberate deception becomes 'right' in Masonic morality, simply because the elite decides that it is right."
Examples of this deceitfulness are given: "The Master Mason swears not to 'violate the chastity' of the mother, wife, sister or daughter of another Master Mason, 'knowing her to be such.' This may sound good superficially, but it permits intercourse with anyone else's mother, etc., etc."
Under the heading, 'LYING AND PERJURY': the obligations, if Masonic teachings are believed, may require a Mason to give false testimony, perjure himself or (in the case of a judge) render a false verdict in order to protect another Mason.
Under 'CHEATING, WRONGING, DEFRAUDING': the Mason swears to keep the secrets of another, protecting him even if it requires withholding evidence of a crime. In some degrees, treason and murder are excepted, in other, higher degrees, there are no exceptions to this promise to cover up the truth.
Serving the Deeper Conspiracy
We return to Nesta Webster and the French Revolution for our conclusions.
That all happened some two hundred years ago.
The author was writing in the early 1920s - the book was published in 1924; so she is referring to the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. The most important development in the revolutionary campaign is that direct action, such as the public propaganda described above and the exiling of enemies of the Communist regime to the Gulag Peninsula by a totalitarian government, has given way to policies overtly democratic, but covertly achieving the revolutionary ends.
Examples of the above are the policies attacking life, such as abortion and the morning-after pill, under the guise of "reproductive health", and the promotion of extra-marital sex and one- parent families under the guise of enforcing the "right" of individuals to enjoy whatever kind of sexual relationship they may want.
The author continues:
The Nudity Explosion
Very significant is that last quoted sentence ("The heart of the people, etc."): the process of corruption works at the deepest level, striking at the very heart of individuals and therefore of society. The soundness of heart was maintained until the fifties; then the steady erosion of moral principles and of finer feeling resulted in the 'nudity explosion'. The strict roles governing the relationship between the sexes were observed generally by society. Boys, schooled separately, were brought up to respect girls and their privacy. A young man would discreetly approach the girl of his choice. After a suitable deepening of acquaintance, he would court her and they would get to know one another. He would then propose marriage to her, and, if accepted, they were under serious obligation, externally indicated by the engagement ring, to break the commitment only by mutual consent. All being well, they would get married with due ceremony, and the marriage would last until one of the spouses died. There was no thought of going to bed immediately for an experimental session, followed perhaps by marriage, perhaps not; hence there was no pre-marital sex. The couple would look forward to bringing up children, and the woman would give up her job to devote herself to her real vocation: motherhood and making a home.
At least, those were norms imposed by the standards observed in society as a whole, although, of course, there was always the small wayward minority which failed to do so. The totally different moral climate obtaining before the sixties is reflected in the films made before 1960. Immoral scenes were taboo, and they were so because the public was offended by any sexual immorality shown on the screen, or, for that matter, in the printed media. For instance, if a woman's skirt was accidentally raised above the knee in the course of the action, she would hastily pull it down again. The rule was for modesty in clothing styles: arms, legs and bosoms were, generally, covered. Engaged couples would look forward to having four, five or six children. Divorce was frowned upon. However, it must be said here that there was some relaxation of attitude portrayed in American films: e.g., divorce and "'wolf-whistles" were featured in some of them. Then came the 'nudity explosion'. In 1966 I returned home from a thirteen-year absence in Africa, to be plunged into a welter of mini-skirts. It signalized a departure from the moral norms that had obtained in the preceding ages. It was, of course, unashamedly presented in the press; adverts appeared that would never have been allowed. As for contraception, abortion, teen-age sex, homosexual relationships, generally speaking, they did not even enter the day-to-day thought-processes - they were unthinkable.
Theological Dimensions of Satanic Degradation
It must be difficult for the present generation, never having known the difference, to grasp the significance of the change. Some insight may be obtained from a consideration of the religious dimensions. After the Fall of Adam and Eve, God tackled them in the garden of Eden. They had already found their sexual motions disturbed, since they wore fig-leaves over their genitalia: God demanded an explanation of their conduct, and proceeded to eject them from Paradise. Their fall from supernatural grace came about because, egged on by Satan in the form of a serpent, they sought to master the secrets of life, which they had to do in order to be equal to God, as promised by the Tempter.
Now, the secret of the transmission of life is in sexual union of some sort; and the divide between God's activities and Satan's are marked in their demands on human sexual relations. In the Law of Moses, there was strictest of control over intercourse. Any violation was punishable by stoning to death, for example, the woman taken in adultery, whom Christ admonished to go and sin no more. He had just saved her from execution. Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed by fire for their obsession with homosexual acts - sodomy. The word for Hell in the New Testament, Gehennah, refers to the Valley of Hinnom, just outside Jerusalem, where Satanic worship, that is, human sacrifice, took place. Satanic rituals are attended by naked dancers, and the climax of the Black Mass ritual is sexual intercourse. All those abominations are attacks on life, and hence on God's sovereignty; and such perversions are systematically fostered by Western society, "the culture of death", in the words of Pope John Paul II.
The other signs of Satan's attack on men mentioned by Nesta Webster, such as the attack on art and the reign of ugliness and disorder in self-expression, are all present in modern society. Here also there has been an escalation since 1960. There are six main areas of development since 1924:
Emphasis, however, remains on the Satanic assault on life. That includes, of course, the life of the soul, the supernatural life, and here Satan is at his most menacing.
The remarkable thing about Webster’s commentary is that it was written almost eighty years ago, yet it reflects perfectly the present state of our society, necessarily omitting those features which have developed in the intervening period of time. The most serious item she considers is the winning over of the Christian Intelligentsia. That process has been steadily advancing since before the French Revolution, and we now suffer the tragic situation of having the Church divided into Roman Catholic and Newchurch, the latter based on the heretical teachings of the Modernist Intelligentsia, which ideas have been steadily injected into Christian thought, increasingly since about the middle of the 18th century, now permeating the life of the Church right down to parish level.
In this regard, I once wrote an article titled On the Threshold - Comments on Talks 2 & 3, which dealt with a speaker's references to the God/god of personal experience, the implications of which I further dealt with in a critique of a talk by Sister Mercy Buckley. They revealed that the logical conclusion to the current ideas about the God/god of experience is New Age doctrine and its associations with the occult. So, as indicated earlier in excerpts of "MASONIC DOCTRINE" from The Deadly Deception, we have Masonic ideas injected into the official course of instruction for catechumens, On the Threshold being the parish R.C.I.A. course, and also into a talk given to lay people by a nun, which, in turn, is reported in detail in a magazine for the Lay Associates of the Congregation. It is also the God/god taught in many Catholic schools.
The impact of all this on the Church over the last forty years is devastatingly obvious, at least to those who knew the Church before Vatican II. We Roman Catholics face a stern fight to achieve the victory of true Church teachings. The counter-attack of the faithful, and those who are loyal to the true Church, must be grounded in prayer and sacrifice, and express itself in action. May God help us and guide us through His holy Mother.
(1) It is assumed that he does not mean a socialistic collectivism, but a society in which the individual sees himself as part of a collectivity, in which he is happy to assume the role allotted to him by his position in society, as determined by family background, education and the requirements of the community in which he lives. At least, that characterises the society into which my wife and I were born in the years between the wars, and I take it that that is what James is alluding to.
(2) There is no intention here to impugn the integrity of those teachers who genuinely believe that teenage abortions can be reduced by more and more sex-education. The increasing degeneracy of society is marked by the efforts of well-intentioned people who believe the "spin" and cannot see the reality.
(3) Cf. the tenets of Feminist Theology.
(4) Pierre Proudhon (1809-1865), French anarchist and writer. His works cover philosophy, history of religions and political economy.
(5) The structure of the Masons is hierarchical each stage being known as a degree. The highest degree is the 33rd. Each one has a name, such as "Knight Rose-Croix".
(6) Sidney Klein: Ars Quattuor Coronatorom.
(7) Cf. Jim Shaw & Tom Chase McKenney, in The Deadly Deception: "Hear the arrogant words of Albert Pike, Supreme Pontiff of Universal Freemasonry, that pre-eminent Masonic authority: 'The Blue Degrees (the ordinary Masons) are but the court or portico (porch) of the Temple. Part of the symbols are displayed there to the initiate, but he is intentionally misled by false interpretations. It is not intended that he shall understand them; but it is intended that he shall imagine that he understands them... their true explication is reserved for the Adepts, the Princes of Masonry, i.e. those of the 32nd and 33rd Degrees" [Morals and Dogma, Page 819].
(8) That is, inducted into the secret society known as the Illuminati. It was founded by Adam Weishaupt in Germany, and infiltrated the French Masonic lodges. Notice the arrogance of the name, implying that the initiates possessed a knowledge superior to that of other men, i. e. gnosticism.
(9) According to An IlIustrated History of the World’s Religions, Ed. Geoffrey Parrinder, Osiris was chiefly god of the dead.
(10) Tammuz was a Babylonian god, mentioned by Ezekiel, Ch. 38; Baal was a Canaanite-Phoenician (i.e. Palestinian) god. The word is a common noun meaning 'lord', 'master', 'husband'. It occurs frequently in the Bible.
(11) Note that the graphic arts should reflect the beauty of God's creation. The attack on them results in the ugliness, that is, disorder, which is distressingly obvious in our society, especially in the liturgical context.