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Freemasonry, Zionists, and Social/Digital Media

Reader comment on item: [Michael Barkun on] Old Conspiracies, New Beliefs

Submitted by Robert (United States), Jan 14, 2022 at 20:38

Dear Dr. Daniel Pipes,

You have not Updated, Amended this article in 18 years. I think you should updated somewhat for the time span since 2004. Of particular importance is the rise of Social Media (aka Digital Media), and the demise the previous Print (Newspapers & Journals), Newsreels, Radio, & Television Media.

Furthermore, Modern Conspiracy Theories I maintain fall into two (2) classes.

(1) Antisemitism. Traditional Anti-Semitism arose out of the religious Christian thesis that Jews were for the Crucifixion and Killing of Christ. The consequences of that religious dogma are old and complex and were the tools to discriminate against and oppress throughout Christian Europe the Russian Empire. That changed with the publication of a weekly newspaper in 1903 in Tsarist Russia of serialized set of article under the heading of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion (there are variations of this title ...). What made this imprint unique was that it a Secular (not Religious) "attack" on the Jews. Furthermore, this imprint, was Edited several times in the Russian language in Booklet and Book form between 1903 - 1920; and always with new Front and Back Matter. However, in 1920 there was an international explosion of the publication of this text in translation into all the major languages of the world that continuous to this day (in 2022). Each re-issuance of the notorious secular Antisemitic text is accompanied by new Front and Back Matter to "explain" how current events allegedly "verify" it's "Truth." Incidentally, the Zionist Congress was established in 1897 by Theodor Herzl; this Zionist Congress continued to convene regularly in 1998, 1899, 1900, 1901, 1903, 1905, ...; it appears that the term "Zion" was taken from the name of this Zionist Congress (that's my theses, incidentally).

By 1906 there emerged, fused into these "Protocols" of Antisemitism, the Conspiracy Theory that "Masonry" (aka "Freemasonry") was Jewish in nature, or an arm of worldwide Jewry (Jews). This is connected with the "Illumination" (which is merely a version of the Anti-Masonry Conspiracy Theory. And this Anti-Masonry Conspiracy Theory is Older, going back to the reaction to the French Revolution in it's aftermath.

A third source of this family of "Modern" Conspiracy Theories is in the expression "New World Order" ("Novus Ordo Seclorum" in Latin) which occurs on the Great Seal of the United States, and is dated 1776. This has obvious connection to our formation of the United States of American during our year of Declaration of Independence. According, it is anti-American and a misreading and twisting of our country's creation and purpose. The "New World Oder" is also connected to the Woodrow Wilson Administration and his 14 Points to be implemented as policy ending WWI (1914-1918). Ironically, the seminal idea of Wilson was to create the League of Nations - which the United States did not join when it was created. However, after WWII (ending, 1945) a new international organization, the United Nations was created, and became the successor to said League.

Most of the common "new" Conspiracy Theories are merely addenda to these three ("elements").

If the texts of of the Bible and Koran are the Holy Books of the Abrahamic Religions, I submit that these Malevolent Texts should be titled "Satan's Sacred Scriptures" or, in the alternative the "Books of the Anti-Christ." In fact, incidentally, in 1905, Serge Nilus, the Russian Orthodox Church's "Holy Man," re-publish the so-called "Protocols of Zion" as a final chapter of his 1903 text (a book) on the "Coming of the Anti-Christ."

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Daniel Pipes replies:

Under your prompting, I re-read it. Not sure that social media, etc. change much.

On the positive side, one does not hear much about reptilians. On the negative side, one hears too much about stolen elections and fake vaccines: https://www.danielpipes.org/20925/fellow-conservatives-please-reject-conspiracy.

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