Political Secret Societies: The Hidden Paths of Power

March 5, 2013 | By | 9 Replies More

James Wasserman, New Dawn
Waking Times

“Did Zanoni belong to this mystical Fraternity, who, in an earlier age, boasted of secrets of which the Philosopher’s Stone was but the least; who considered themselves the heirs of all that the Chaldeans, the Magi, the Gymnosophists, and the Platonists had taught; and who differed from all the darker Sons of Magic in the virtue of their lives, the purity of their doctrines, and their insist­ing, as the foundation of all wisdom, on the subjugation of the senses, and the intensity of Religious Faith?”  Zanoni, Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton

“The governments of the present day have to deal not merely with other govern­ments, with emperors, kings and ministers, but also with the secret societies which have everywhere their unscrupulous agents, and can at the last moment upset all the governments’ plans.”  – British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, 1876

Two very different views of secret societies are revealed in the quotations above. The first describes a spiritual brotherhood pledged to Wisdom and guiding humanity toward the realm of the Infinite; the second seeks to expose the machinations of power-seekers who cloak their manipulative agendas in darkness. In addition to spiritual and political secret societies, one could add criminal secret societies such as the Mafia, or even clandestine elite military units – neither of which will be discussed here.

All secret societies share certain fundamental themes. Membership is restricted to those who have an abiding interest in the subject. Thus, a spiritual group will attract people seeking more knowledge of a particular teacher or type of practice. The student is aware of the subject matter in advance and will approach the group for further instruction. More rarely, an individual may be “tapped” by the group because of a perceived affinity to its purpose.

In a political secret society, membership is restricted to those who share an ideological affinity with the goals the group represents. At the furthest end of the political spectrum, the mission will be revolution. Such a society will go to great lengths to defend itself. Generally there will be small semiautonomous cells working in overall concert but with cut-outs introduced at all levels to protect other members from exposure or betrayal. This type of society is represented by a contemporary group such as al-Qaeda. The infamous Weathermen of the 1960s and 1970s had a similar structure. The clandestine revolutionary model was developed and perfected by Hasan-i-Sabah, leader of the Nizari Ismaili Order of Assassins between the late 11th and early 12th centuries.

On another political plane are ideological groups such as the Council on Foreign Relations, or participants in the World Economic Forum. Here we find leaders in politics, business, finance, education, and the media who may share a belief in the value of global solutions; are in high positions of authority and influence; and represent different levels of involvement with the inner circle of the group. Most members simply welcome the opportunity to associate with other well-known luminaries and are honoured by being offered membership or attendance privileges. Yet, the ideology at the highest levels of such groups supports a world government – to be adminis­tered by a class of experts and planners, entrusted with running centrally organised social and political institutions.  Although members may be persuaded to add their considerable voices to certain transnational political and economic policies, they may not be as supportive (or even aware) of the long-range ambitions of the inner circle. While these groups quite often hold their meetings in secret, their membership lists are a matter of public record. It is the central agenda that is disguised.

Adam Weishaupt founded the Bavarian Illuminati in 1776. The Illuminati are perceived by many as spanning the chasm between the spiritual and the political secret society. Often credited (or blamed) for influencing the French Revolution in 1787, the Illuminati taught a doctrine of social and political liberation that hinged on the equal­ity of man, the embrace of rationalism, and the denial of crown and church as the legitimate institutions for the regulation of social and moral values. The bitterness of life in Europe at this time – when church and state monopolised resources and often acted in an irresponsi­ble manner toward the citizenry – created widespread resentment among all classes. While the views of the Illuminati may sound quite advanced for the time, the European revolutions they are believed to have encour­aged degenerated into brutal bloodbaths whose singular lack of moral compass was appalling.

Reprinted with permission from The Mystery Traditions: Secret Symbols and Sacred Art by James Wasserman (Destiny Books, 2005).

The above article appeared in New Dawn Special Issue Vol 6 No 6. If you appreciated this article, please consider a digital subscription to New Dawn.

© Copyright New Dawn Magazine, http://www.newdawnmagazine.com. Permission granted to freely distribute this article for non-commercial purposes if unedited and copied in full, including this notice.

© Copyright New Dawn Magazine, http://www.newdawnmagazine.com. Permission to re-send, post and place on web sites for non-commercial purposes, and if shown only in its entirety with no changes or additions. This notice must accompany all re-posting.

~~ Help Waking Times to raise the vibration by sharing this article with the buttons below…

Tags: , , , , , ,

Category: Business, Church, Community, Culture, Governance, History, Ideas, Money, Society

Comments (9)

Trackback URL | Comments RSS Feed

  1. abinico warez says:

    If it weren’t for the fact the bitch Hillary Clinton is SOS, I would never have believed in secret societies. But the facts are clear – the same old corrupt faces keep turning up over and over.

    • alex says:

      * the Jesuit credo: “give me any child between the ages of 3 & 7…& we have them for life!”…the Bill & Hillary’s of this world are inculcated from a very early & malleable state of innocence & spoon-fed with entrenched foundation grants such as ‘Rhode Scholarship’s’ et al, in special indoctrination centers (Oxford/Camebridge/District of Columbia Jesuit enclaves) programming the generational scoin of the 1% socio/psychopath’ruling class’ throughout the world.
      ..Yes! a factory production line of Manchurian Candidates, which I’m sure includes recipients of ‘brain stem scarring’ & trauma induced personality splintering …a bizarre set of (malware/virus) sentient chess pieces, for the ‘Capstone Pyramid Chess Club’ to ensure the enslavement of us all…welcome to the NWO…same as the OWO.

    • S Barringer says:

      And, have you noticed how we just can’t seem to get rid of them through the usual processes of voting, petitions, etc? No matter what we do, they keep hanging in there like a plague.

  2. halderon says:

    And the author point is? This is a history of secret societies-neither a warning against such-nor an argument for-just a matter of thought. I am certainly glad that I do nor have to continue arming myself against the Nizan Ismali Order of Assassins,since they disbanded in the 11th or 12th century.-which is good to know-I guess.
    The author makes this observation about them,”membership is limited by insuring that the new members share the same ideology that the group represents.” which seems to me to be the most obvious reason for joining a group. You would not join the “Elks club” knowing that the members were holdovers of the Order of Assassins. Some are.But the author makes no point except he won’t tackle the Mafia,which is probably a wise move.

    • dimitri says:

      The point is to subscribe to his New Dawn Magazine. But it looks as though there’s nothing new in this article. Just a repeat of many exposes of the world’s pyramidal power structure. The structure is such that there is very little transparency between the layers of the pyramid, each layer compartmentalized for the purpose of controlling knowledge. Upward mobility in this pyramid is almost entirely predetermined. In today’s more obfuscating terminology it’s known as The Matrix.

  3. alex says:

    * A little further edification regarding the Order of the Nisan Ismali’s; as having formed a mutually beneficial relationship with the Templar Knights on the latter’s sojourn to the middle east,where the knights enjoined, to dig up hidden/sequestered treasure in the legendary tunnels under the Temple Mount, reputedly rediscovering the ‘Arch’.
    …The discipline of the initiates of the Nisan Ismali was severe & harshly inculcated, through the use of opiates & crystallized hashish that when the leaders of these two factions first parlayed…the Assassins leader asked the knight to observe a man standing on a cliff edge…to which he gave a signal…& the man threw himself to his death below…this was repeated twice, until the knight admonished the man to stop the barbaric demonstration of supreme will upon another…This lesson obviously was not wasted …as it’s diabolical practice of ‘mind -control’… is as alive & well today & yielding the same results, with the psychological manipulations of the ‘dark side’ of the mass-mind employing the time honored indefatigable techniques of the contrived ‘cognitive dissonance’of control…orchestrated over a thousand years ago.

  4. Bonnie says:

    Hey, Wasserman, wise one, there ISN”T any al-quaida! There’s so many discrepancies on 9/11, that’s it’s evident it was done by a Fifth Column, the mortal enemies of Americans and the Bill of Rights.

    Do your homework!

    Temind me NOT to buy your book, because this this mis-information, makes me wonder how many more are in it.

  5. Bonnie says:

    Hey, Wasserman, wise one, there ISN”T any al-quaida! There’s so many discrepancies on 9/11, that’s it’s evident it was done by a Fifth Column, the mortal enemies of Americans and the Bill of Rights.

    Do your homework!

    Remind me NOT to buy your book, because just this mis-information, makes me wonder how many more are in it.

  6. Robert says:

    Secret Societies are dangerous to the liberties of a free people and shall not be tolerated. ~ Constitution of North Carolina

    This is the one thing he downplayed in the article. Secret Societies are dangerous. They have and will kill people. They have only one real purpose – to attain power – whether it be ecclesiatical, financial, military, or political, or all of the above.

    And they will kill you.

Leave a Reply

Must Watch Videos

Neuroscientist Exposes Dangers of Electromagnetic Fields

Neuroscientist Exposes Dangers of Electromagnetic Fields













Kevin Samson, Guest
Waking Times

Neuroscience has come under scrutiny for its involvement in an array of mind control initiatives and other ethically questionable research. But at least one neuroscientist from Sweden has gone on record to caution against the increasing dangers of Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) on human beings … More

April 14, 2014 | By | Reply More
On the Eve of Construction

On the Eve of Construction













Zen Gardner, Guest
Waking Times

I love the sound of construction. I always have. Not the industrial sound from the kind of massive, offensive structures made with other-worldly looking machines, but the intentional, gentle kind. Small structures going up, improvements on homes, road repairs, even tending to gardens whether … More

April 13, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
Are You Inadvertently Investing in Monsanto’s Toxic Legacy?

Are You Inadvertently Investing in Monsanto’s Toxic Legacy?













Brandon Baker, Eco Watch
Waking Times

Monsanto didn’t achieve $11.8 billion in sales and 404 facilities in 66 countries all on its own.

The company is valued at $60 billion in the marketplace with 525 million shares outstanding, but the three largest mutual fund shareholders, Vanguard, Fidelity and State Street, … More

April 10, 2014 | By | Reply More
7 Ways Our Children Are Being Brainwashed

7 Ways Our Children Are Being Brainwashed













Gregg Prescott, M.S., In5D Guest
Waking Times

From birth, virtually all of us have been brainwashed through various outlets that encourage materialism, ego, subservience, control and conformity. But where do the origins of mind control begin and what can we do about it?

1. Religion

As children, the brainwashing begins … More

April 9, 2014 | By | 5 Replies More
5 Videos Showing How Fracking Can Make Water Flammable

5 Videos Showing How Fracking Can Make Water Flammable













Alex Pietrowski, Staff Writer
Waking Times

Public awareness of the risks and dangers of hydraulic gas-fracturing, or Fracking, is growing daily, but not nearly as fast as the practice itself is. Across the world, fracking is creating a massive new energy boom and investors are pouring money into energy companies … More

April 8, 2014 | By | 4 Replies More

Activism Works

The Truth About Fluoride Becoming More Widely Known

The Truth About Fluoride Becoming More Widely Known













Dr. Mercola
Waking Times

Fluoride is a poisonous substance added to many municipal water supplies across the US, Canada, and elsewhere without the permission of the residents. Is there a model that communities can follow to remove it from their water supply? The short answer to this question is yesMore

April 1, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
6 Crimes Against Nature Perpetrated By The Food Industry

6 Crimes Against Nature Perpetrated By The Food Industry













Martha Rosenberg, AlterNet
Waking Times

While many procedures on factory farms are cruel, breeding animals into mutants and violating mother/offspring bonds are truly crimes against nature.

The horrors of factory farming are multifold. Treating animals like heads of lettuce—”forget it’s an animal” says one farming magazine—has created institutionalized ruthlessness toward … More

March 28, 2014 | By | 5 Replies More
Our Respective Journeys Into the Valley of Reason

Our Respective Journeys Into the Valley of Reason













Michael T. Winter, Contributor
Waking Times

The Internet awakening has given birth to a worldwide multitude of people that are disengaging from the programmed paradigm created for us, and awakening to the reality of the dangers we face. The web has supplied a platform for writers to take a crack … More

March 26, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
13 Ways Foodies Are Changing The Food Industry

13 Ways Foodies Are Changing The Food Industry













Heather Callaghan & Jeffrey Green, Guests
Waking Times

A major shift in the consciousness of food consumers is forcing the industry into a competitive race to become more natural.  The market is telling food producers that they no longer want so-called factory food because of its many harmful effects on … More

March 25, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
American Agriculture May Eradicate the Monarch Butterfly Unless Swift Action Is Taken

American Agriculture May Eradicate the Monarch Butterfly Unless Swift Action Is Taken













Dr. Mercola
Waking Times

You may be aware that bees are dying in large numbers across the globe, courtesy of the ever-increasing presence of toxins in our environment. But did you know that the monarch butterfly is also becoming endangered, and for the same reason?

As reported by the New More

March 22, 2014 | By | Reply More