Oct 27

America’s Secret Establishment; An Introduction to the Order of Skull and Bones, by Antony Sutton ★★

America’s Secret Establishment is an exposé of the secret society located at Yale University called the Order of the Skull and Bones.  Sutton managed to obtain a modest amount of documentation and information detailing the character and nature of this very obscure society, where even the most inane details of the society are considered top secret. The Order initiates only 15 people per year, all male, and thus maintains a tight seal on the membership and activities of the Order. For the most part, much of what Sutton had to say about the Order was entirely conjectural, since information was not available. What Sutton was able to determine was the membership of the Order, and thus to identify influences in America and throughout the world that these individuals played. Through extrapolation, Sutton was able to conclude that the Order had every intention on turning the world into one massive socialist state, the New World Order.

Though Sutton is quite informative about the Skull and Bones, his book left too much out to make it of value. First, he concludes that the Order controls every aspect of American society, not only from politics, but religion, economics, business, education, and law. This is hypothesized, since there happen to be members of the Order who are prominent lawyers, and high up in politics (presidency), and religion (control of Union Seminary). Yet, the Order tends to pick top of the Yale class students who are active in sports, highly sociable, i.e, the most-likely-to-succeed candidates. Thus, Sutton’s identification of members of the Order being involved in all aspects of society is slightly more profound that saying that there is an Ivy League or New England secret society conspiracy. That is not to say that I don’t find it bothersome that so many prominent leaders in society are members of a secret society. Unfortunately, our act of taking the Order seriously only increases the sense of significance that society members maintain.

The first chapter is a review of the evidence for the society, and the known structure of the society. Sutton makes it clear that this is not a right or left-wind political society, in that it has members from both stripes, including many liberals, as well and George Bush and William Buckley.  Chapter 2 tries to show how the Order has attempted to destroy education in America. He does this first by complaining against the new methods of teaching reading. He then outlines how educational theory came from Germany, and was brought into the US in an attempt to make every schoolchild a servile entity for the state. The basis for education, Sutton would say, is Hegelian. Perhaps it is also Kantian. Sutton has to blame all defects on Hegel, since it was Hegel that gave rise to both Karl Marx (socialism) and Adam Smith (capitalism). Plus, Hegel explains (according to Sutton) why the Order can make entirely opposite actions and be internally consistent—they merely are trying to create a Hegelian dialectic of two opposites, that will lead to a resolution, and the Order profits off of the entire process of resolution. The secret society of the Illuminati is occasionally thrown in, even though this society was eliminated in the late 1700’s. I guess Sutton figures it still lives on as a super-secret society, and the parent of the Order as well as the Fabian Society in England.

The third chapter delves into the Order creating war. Sutton leaves enormous gaps. He was able to identify various members of the Order acting as banking personnel that provided loans to both the Bolsheviks and to Hitler. With Hitler, it was a matter of shear corporate greed, and I doubt a conspiracy was involved, even members of the Order might have been involved in the secret trades with Hitler. With the Bolsheviks, it is another story, as Sutton presupposes that those Bankers that operated in Russia were able foretell the future of Soviet communism. It seems (correctly) that members of the Order perhaps saw an advantage of a strong Bolshevik influence in diminishing Western trade, such as with competition for the supply of oil.

The fourth chapter attempts to prove that the Order of Skull and Bones is deeply entwined with the occult, and is a Satanic society. He mentions certain rituals, and certain symbolism within the Order headquarters that offer unquestioned “proof” of such occultism occurring. Such may be the case, but Sutton’s evidence is flimsy, at best. The use of skull and bones, the note that initiates take a bath naked in mud, etc. seems more sophomoric than representative of a deep evil.

I read this book with the understanding from brother Dennis that Sutton was one of the more insightful investigators into the secret societies and conspiracies that are besetting America. Perhaps, but this book is so weak as to be laughable if it wishes to develop that thesis. Sutton so often has to provide conjectures. He suggests that there is a big circle of influence, through the Council of Foreign Relations, a tighter circle of the Order of Skull and Bones, but then, even in the Order, there is only a select few in the inner circle that truly control the Order, and thus control the world. This suggests that there is a substantial chain of command between circles, yet Sutton provides no evidence that this exists. Sutton must constantly bring back Hegel in order to explain why the Order seems to continually act in odds with itself. I find this reasoning entirely non-convincing. Even Christ noted that a house divided cannot stand, should the person be the devil himself.

After reading this book, I quickly reviewed another conspiracy book in my library, Bloodlines of the Illuminati by Fritz Springmeier.

This book does not seem to be intended to be read cover to cover. It covers a number of families, including the Rothschilds, Onassis’, Kennedy’s, DuPonts and Russells. Springmeier is a mostly self-acclaimed preacher with two years of bible school. He notes how these families have intimate ties with Judaism, Roman Catholicism, the Jehovah Witnesses, and Mormons, and thus indites them all as part of the conspiracy. He is able to trace various families, and thus hypothesize regarding secret influences that these families have held on society.

The ultimate bottomline is that as I read more and more about the secret societies that rule the world, and create their own wars, stock market collapses, educational failures, etc., etc., I am less convinced that there is anything organized and controlling. I am more convinced that there is much out there that we will never know about; secrets exchanged, deals engaged, money, weapons, and technology transferred, all against the law, but all supporting the notion that all of mankind is fundamentally and to the core, evil. So it is not surprising that evil desires darkness to work its dirty deeds.

Sutton even admits that the John Birch Society has disagreed with him regarding the absolute significance of highly organized conspiracy. I agree with the JBS that the Order feeds the system with individuals that hold their own interests to the disadvantage of the rest of society. But, I must return to my book review by Peter Leithart, and heavily criticised by brother Dennis. Dennis even had the audacity of calling Peter Leithart an idiot, and simply did not understand the fundamentals about how the world really works. My final conclusion is that Leithart is the wiser, and perhaps the idiot is one who simply cannot believe that others might possess the more Scriptural insight. Perhaps Dennis did not realize that Leithart had studied under Gary North, and sits in the Reformed camp. To reiterate, Leithart emphasized that the “us” and “them” are not the people vs. the conspirators, but it is the people of God vs. the people of the devil. Leithart has a correct (and Reformed as compared to Anabaptist) sense of how Christians should interact with society. While the Anabaptists (and Dennis) create a gnostic sense of body/soul dualism, the Reformers see mankind as a monism, and that interaction in society is not in itself wrong. Thus, Christians can be active in politics, in public debate, in working to offer a Christian influence to society. To hide will not avoid the tarnish of secularism as the heart, even of the Christian, will remain to corrupt and destroy.

For those texts that are loved and devoured by conspiracy theorists, I have yet Caroll Quigley’s Tragedy & Hope. It may be a while before I get to that text. I plan to read yet a book by a physician on the brotherhood of darkness, as well as a book by Gary North on conspiracy theories. This whole subject of conspiracy theories looks interesting, and I certainly wouldn’t disagree that there is a handful of bankers and politicians that operate in a clandestine fashion to pretend that they “control” the world. Those who seek world domination are the greatest fools, failing to see how God controls them, and laughs at them. It is worth memorizing the second Psalm, that couldn’t have summarized things better, …

Why do the nations rage
and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers take counsel together,
against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying,
“Let us burst their bonds apart
and cast away their cords from us.”
He who sits in the heavens laughs;
the Lord holds them in derision.
Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
and terrify them in his fury, saying,
“As for me, I have set my King
on Zion, my holy hill.”

 

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2 Responses to “America’s Secret Establishment”

  1. Onkel Dennis says:

    “… his book left too much out to make it of value.”
    “… much of what Sutton had to say about the Order was entirely conjectural,”

    Sutton’s account of the Bonesmen is not as tantalizing as other more recent accounts such as that of John Poge, a former initiate, who wrote and directed the movie Skulls. Yet Sutton does provide more than just lists of names, though when followed through is quite telling of itself. He gives the account of the break-in to the Crypt in the 19th century, and that is somewhat revealing. The origin of the Bones in Germany, traced by some to the Illuminati, is an entirely reasonable conjecture for which there is some evidence.

    “… our act of taking the Order seriously only increases the sense of significance that society members maintain.”

    No matter how outsiders take the Bones, the significance that Society members maintain does not depend on it one bit. Don’t fancy yourself to have any influence on the Bones!

    ” The secret society of the Illuminati is occasionally thrown in, even though this society was eliminated in the late 1700′s.”

    The Bavarian govt officially outlawed it, but as I wrote in a previous post, it merely resurfaced elsewhere, including the P-2 Lodge in Italy.

    “Hitler, it was a matter of shear [sic] corporate greed, and I doubt a conspiracy was involved,”

    Hitler, Martin Bormann, Heinrich Himmler and other top members of the National Socialists had their common origin in the Thule Society, another secretive occultic group to which other European royalty have some connection (some English). The point behind the referral to Sutton’s book is that there is more than a money interest at the top of the power pyramid in the world. The Bones, as revealed by Sutton (and Poge and others), is clearly more than an old-boy’s fraternity, with its occultic symbolism and preoccupation with death and devilish rituals. These clues are important in trying to gain visibility into how the power structure of the world is driven.

    “Sutton’s evidence is flimsy, at best. ”

    Not when you ask the right questions of it, such as: how is it that, of all the rituals and activities that a fraternity might engage in, the ones that actually are true of the Bones have so much in common with Satanic occult ritual? Combine this with Alex Jones’ expose on the Bohemian Grove, involving many of the same people, and some of us begin to connect the dots.

    ” this book is so weak as to be laughable if it wishes to develop that thesis.”

    I can see that you are disappointed that Sutton did not provide you a full expose on the Bonesmen. It is, after all, a secret society. My recommendation for the book is that it is a place to start because Sutton is careful to lay out the facts as he found them in what is publicly available. His account (unlike Pogue’s) does not include eyewitness testimony from inside the Crypt. It is a place to start and is, I think, quite sufficient to alert the astute reader to the fact that there is a strong undertone in Skull and Bones that resembles what is found in related groups such as the Illuminati and high-level Freemasonry. It is left for you to connect the dots. Sutton does some of that but he also starts with known facts, and that is an important start.
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    Springmeier is interesting to me (and this is probably not in the book) in regard to what some of the people he has attempted to expose have done to try to silence him, especially in his involvement with the mind control cover-up.

    ” I am less convinced that there is anything organized and controlling.”

    Then you will never understand the social order in any basic way. You are still thinking too much in terms of the simple stereotypes of “conspiracy theory” that the afferent conditioning of the Power Elite have put into most people’s heads. To disabuse yourself of this form of mind control, I recommend that you read something by G. William Domhoff – or just read the relevant parts of The Grand Conspiracy booklet that I sent around some time ago (if you still have it). In it, I let the power elitists themselves tell you of the nature of the organized effort. What do you have to say to them? These are the very people with the power. They explain convincingly the nature of that power as shared among them.

    “the absolute significance of highly organized conspiracy”

    This is too highly nuanced and stereotyped to mean anything. I do not think that Mr. Sutton and Mr. Welch would have been all that different in their overall views.

    “Dennis even had the audacity of calling Peter Leithart an idiot”

    Well, I didn’t want to put too fine a point on it. I could have been more truthful.

    “Perhaps Dennis did not realize that Leithart had studied under Gary North, and sits in the Reformed camp.”

    Too bad such background did not help him much in clarifying the nature of the world order in his book, as you reviewed it. Gary North’s book on the scheming of the Rulers precluded the need for Leithart to write anything.

    “Leithart emphasized that the “us” and “them” are not the people vs. the conspirators, but it is the people of God vs. the people of the devil.”

    If that is all he can tell us, and is not be able to make any connections between God’s people, the Devil’s people, and the existing world order, no less identify who these groups people are, then he is not adequately studied in the matter. Sorry, he just did not (through the information of your review) show much of an understanding of how the world works.

    “While the Anabaptists (and Dennis) create a gnostic sense of body/soul dualism, the Reformers see mankind as a monism, and that interaction in society is not in itself wrong. ”

    Ken, this is baloney. Now you are starting to show YOUR ignorance. Leave that to Leithart.

    “Caroll Quigley’s Tragedy & Hope.”

    Quigley was one of Them, one of the examples of the Rulers themselves (or their hired intellectuals), telling how they rule. Quigley will bog you down – if you can even get a copy of his book. Some of the choicer comments from it are in The Grand Conspiracy. It would help you to read TGC, to get a view of the landscape.

    “God controls them, and laughs at them”

    God might laugh but the world system is no laughing matter for us.

  2. This book is dammed scary. It lists all of the Yale secret society’s members, the rites of initiation, and who’s who in government from the time Yale was started up as a college.

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