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PurelY as an academic exercise, would anyone care to read and comment on the following 19 point plan?


1 Encourage alcoholism and the annihilation of the privileges of aristocracy, among other topics.
2 The propagation of ideas, such as Darwinism, Marxism, Nietzsche-ism, Liberalism, Socialism, Communism, Anarchism, and Utopianism, with the task of undermining established forms of order.
3 Foster materialism.
4 Foster world government.
5 Foster world wars.
6 The staging of catastrophes against one's own people, then claiming a moral high ground for leverage (False flag).
7 Universal suffrage.
8 The curtailment of civil liberties with the excuse of defeating the enemies of peace.
9 Creating the impression of the existence of freedom of press, freedom of speech, human rights and democracy, all of which are subsequently undermined and become mere illusions or deceptive smokescreens behind which actual oppression lies.
10 Encourage general distractions.
11 Encourage pornographic literature.
12 The destruction of Christianity, Islam and other religions and cultures, followed by a transitional stage of atheism, followed finally by hegemony.
13 Brainwashing.
14 Economic depressions.
15 Undermining financial systems by foreign loans, creating national bankruptcy, destroying money markets and replacing them with government credit institutions.
16 Justification of previous acts of evil and expectation of a great new society.
17 Reduction of the manufacture of articles of luxury, destruction of large manufacturers, prohibition of alcohol and hashish, unleashing forces of violence under the mask of principles of freedom, only to have the 'Prince of the World' demolish those very forces to make him appear a saviour
18 Training of the king, direct heirs, irreproachability of exterior morality of the Prince of the World.
19 Control of the media and finance would replace the traditional sources of social order with one based on mass.
David - I know the identity of the document.

Item 13 is especially suspect in this context since "brainwashing" is a term with a very specific history, and is primarily linked with attempts to shape the public response to certain incidents in the Korean War. Indeed, Edward Hunter, a journalist and CIA asset, is often cited as a popularizer of the term around 1950 - which is much later than the document in question.
Yes Jan, I figured you'd see it straight off. And a few others will too.

I posted a modern summary of an older document (coz I'm lazy! --- and I wanted to camouflage it a little bit too), hence the modern language use.

What we have on the one hand is allegedly an occult (Martinist) document that was written, it is argued, by the French magus Papus, that came to the surface in Russia.

On the other hand it is argued that it is a document derived from the forbidden Ordo Illuminati Bavarensis that was/is equally occult. The Yale Order of the Skull and Bones derives from he Bavarian Illuminati by all accounts, including one I trust - that of the sorely missed Prof. Antony Sutton.

Then there is the popular view that it is a fraud, a simple fake inspired by anti-semitism.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn disagrees with the fraud argument:


The Protocols show a blueprint of a social system. Its design is well above abilities of an ordinary mind, including that of its publisher. It is a dynamic process of two stages, of destabilization, increasing freedom and liberalism, which is terminated in social cataclysm, and on the second stage, new hierarchical restructuring of society takes place. It is more complicated than a nuclear bomb. It could be a stolen and distorted plan designed by a mind of genius. Its putrid style of an anti-Semitic grubby brochure [intentionally] obscures the great strength of thought and insight.


I think we must take Solzhenitsyn seriously. Especially the argument that it's anti-semitic style is intentionally designed to obscure "the great strength of thought and insight". I am extremely far from being a Solzhenitsyn, but when I first read the Protocols almost 20 years ago it seemed obvious to me that the overt anti-semitic style was a blind. I was also struck by its occult character too.

So welcome to the Protocols of the Elders of Zion...

Quite chilling predictions eh.
I just rented the "Protocols" on DVD for the first time last week.:eek:As for my earlier post,you mentioned many people will believe all that crap.You are certainly correct about that.It was sent to me by my youngest son.At least he put a WTF? along with the email.

What that crazy email did to me though was to try to think of what a 20 year old is going through in this financial crisis.I think most of us here have probably seen some hard times.We've been through recessions etc.Now imagine a young person who is just coming into his adulthood.He sees a Nation-World in economic collapse.He doesn't know what the hell his future is gonna be.He's angry!His generation is angry!The youth of today are pretty aware.They know about the new rules for martial law.They know about the Fema prison camps.I'm starting to think that maybe this crisis today could be the same type of catalyst that put my generation in the streets(the draft).It will be interesting to see how things all play out.No matter,we're in for a rough ride..........

The youth of today overflow with rage
Keith, As a caveat, I do think the Protocols need to be treated with great care, but having said that it is intriguing how they sometimes seem to have been played out in reality. They certainly were, as Solzhenitsyn said, the product of a highly intelligent and forward looking mind.

My concern with the 20-year old is that way the media sets out to blind them to reality. The good sign is that so many of them these days see right through that and are able to make really quite astute observations of the world in which they live.

David Guyatt Wrote:Keith, As a caveat, I do think the Protocols need to be treated with great care, but having said that it is intriguing how they sometimes seem to have been played out in reality. They certainly were, as Solzhenitsyn said, the product of a highly intelligent and forward looking mind.

My concern with the 20-year old is that way the media sets out to blind them to reality. The good sign is that so many of them these days see right through that and are able to make really quite astute observations of the world in which they live.


The 'Protocols' need to be held in contempt as fakes - and bigoted ones at that. Every group has its good and bad - no one by race, religion nor ethnicity has a corner on 'evil'. Only the Oligarchy - by class - which span all of the above catagories.

As to the anger the current youth may feel, I can only hope you are correct. I personally don't see/feel it to the extent I experienced and participated in it in the '60s and '70s....I hope I'm wrong or things will soon change. Without some real change, the planet and humans on it, are really doomed in very short order.

Klein and her Shock Doctrine are really 'right-on' IMO. We are being shocked and the forced changes are to be foisted on most of us very has begun with the bailout[S] and will proceed with other wars [Iran likely] and new draconian laws.....
Peter, you might be entirely right that they are nasty anti-semitic fakes. On the other hand they might be something far nastier and far more wide-reaching still.

I appreciate that this is very ticklish subject and one that is subject to a lot of subjectivity. This causes great caution and also deters anyone in their right mind from commenting on them. Fortunately, I am not always in anyones' right mind and so will sometimes step where others fear to tread.

My own position is that they deserve deeper and more thorough objective analysis. As I mentioned earlier, when I first read them I was struck by the possibility that they were far more important than the ravings of a nasty racist. It seems that Solzhenitsyn also considered this to be the case, hence his quote that I provided earlier.

I also am fascinated by Guy Patton's interpretation of them which I paste-in below. If, as he says, they are of Martinist origin, and I specifically asked him about this a couple of years ago, then it throws a completely new light on the matter.

I have bolded ad italicized the two relevant paragrphs below that deal with the Protocols...

Saunière and the occult
Part 1

One vigorously debated aspect of the Rennes-le-Château mystery is the possibility of Saunière’s involvement with the world of the Occult societies.
There is certainly physical evidence of his support for a restoration of the Monarchy, confirmed by his anti-Republican sermon.
This is also ample physical evidence of the Abbé Saunière’s devotion to the Sacred Heart in his private domain and church at Rennes-le-Château. The Sacred Heart movement, interwoven with the Monarchist movement, had strong links to, and received support from, Occult and Esoteric Societies.
A socio-political ideology, often referred to as Synarchy, arose from the movements dedicated to the restoration of the Monarchy and Catholic authority; an ideology shared by many of the Occult societies of the time.

But was Saunière involved in secret activities not normally expected of a conscientious parish priest? And if he had been drawn into this secretive world of Occult societies, what was it that had attracted him?

From village records we know that there was more to Saunière than we would expect from a parish priest. His refusal to allow access to his water cistern during a village fire; his nocturnal secret digging in the cemetery; the installation of an upside-down cross; his unusually high financial income and expenditure and refusal to explain it to his superiors; the letter from a colleague endorsing his right to such income; other village gossip; all tend to indicate that Saunière had a hidden side and indulged in mystery.

Priory of Sion documents, published from the 1950s, allege that Saunière discovered ancient coded parchments during the restoration of his church and that he took these to the Seminary of St Sulpice in Paris for translation and decryption. During this visit, he is said to have met the Abbé Hoffet (at that time only a novice in training but interested in esoteric studies). Through Hoffet’s connections, Saunière, it is claimed, was introduced to the Parisian Cultural and Occult circles that included Mallarme, Debussy and Emma Calve – with whom Saunière is said to have conducted a passionate love affair.

There is no independent corroboration for any of these allegations that were first published in the early works of Gérard de Sède. However, one more recently established fact could well shed some light on this alleged episode in the life of the Abbé Saunière.

It is now known that in 1900, Saunière attended at least three meetings of a Martinist lodge in Lyons. Pages of the Lodge minute book reveal his presence as an honourable guest.
Dans la registre de la Très Révérente Loge à l'Orient de Lyon "La haute Philospophie"... sur la liste le présent 'd'honneur' , L’Abbé Saunière.

To be invited to a lodge meeting as an honourable guest, Saunière must have known someone who was already a member of the Lyons lodge; a lodge that was a considerable distance from Rennes. Who might Saunière have known and why go all the way to Lyons?
We know that at this time most Martinists were clerics; but what attracted them to Martinism and how could they reconcile occult activity with their Faith?

To attempt to answer these questions it is necessary to start by looking at the nature of Martinism and those involved with it.

Although not known by this name until much later, Martinism developed out of the masonic-affiliated Order of the Elus Cohen founded by Martinez de Pasqually around 1750. In 1768, Louis Claude de Saint Martin, known as the Unknown Philosopher, became his secretary and eventually took over the Order after Pasqually’s death. At this time there was no centralised administration but a number of independent lodges practising his system.

Pasqually’s book “Traite de la Reintegration” explains his belief in the theory of Reintegration. The central belief being that Man can return to the divine state that he was assumed to have possessed before the 'Fall’; that is, he can become closer to God.

The system of ritual designed to achieve Reintegration employed a specific style of magic called “theurgy”. Theurgy was the merging of personal Will with God’s Will and was called in authentic Martinism `the Inner Way’ or `the Way of the Heart’. It was believed that the creative power of Man was a gift from God, the ultimate Creator; and that Man can acquire the ability to will something to happen or to manifest.

But as a Theurgist, the initiate would invoke God’s Will to bring about a manifestation or happening. Thus Man becomes an agent of God’s Will.

Saint-Martin rejected some of Pasqually’s magical rites, which employed the intercession of spirit beings, as being medieval, and substituted a more Christ- and God-centred Theurgy that he called “Magism of God”.
The ultimate aim as stated by Saint-Martin was to “restore order, peace and life in the world”. He further claimed that it was the duty of the individual to work for Reintegration: a reaffirmation of Pasqually’s teaching if not his methods.

There was a Gnostic dimension summed up by the belief that Man’s wisdom (Sophia) blossoms when the individual recovers his `sensitivity’, that is his spirituality which is normally submerged in his inner darkness. Thus with the progress towards Reintegration came increased spiritual knowledge: a greater understanding of Man’s divinity and God’s purpose.

Saint-Martin died in 1803; there were a number of attempts to reform and although many other Rose-Croix and esoteric orders were formed at this time, it wasn’t until about 1890 that Martinism itself underwent a major revival in the form of the new Ordre Martiniste. The Grand Council based in Paris included such notable occultists as, Papus (Gérard Encausse), Stanislas de Guaita, Sedir, Maurice Barres, Georges Montieres and Josephin Peladan.
Appointed Grand Master, Papus began to unite the various Martinist lodges creating a more structured movement.

“As a young man, Encausse spent a great deal of time at the Bibliothèque Nationale studying the Qabalah, the Tarot, the sciences of magic and alchemy, and the writings of Eliphas Lévi ". Papus also studied material that came from Charles Nodier, writer, occultist and chief librarian of the famous Arsenal Library in 1824. Papus became aquainted with a circle of Gnostics, Rosicrucians, and 'older' Martinists, all students of the late Eliphas Levi.
His meeting with M Philippe from Lyon c1886 upsets his vision of the world. From this time on Papus becomes the propagator of Christian Mysticism and "the Way of the Heart", which Saint-Martin called the "Inner Way". The core of this philosophy, as described by Papus, is published in his The Cardiac or Mystic Path '. Papus deals in this publication with the importance of simplicity and the purification of body, soul and mind in one's spiritual quest. Another text of Papus which reflects the philosophy of the 'Inner Way' is appropriately called 'the Way of the Heart'.

On the purpose and aim of the Martinist Order Papus wrote:
"...the Order, as a whole, is especially a school of moral knighthood, endeavouring to develop the spirituality of its members by the study of the invisible world and its laws, by the exercise of devotion and the intellectual assistance and by the creation in each spirit of an all the more solid faith as it is based on observation and science."

Papus actively sought an alliance between the clergy and occultists to restore the forces of tradition against the trend of modernisation that he considered was responsible for a loss of social order.

So far we have not encountered anything that could be considered contradictory to the Faith of a traditionalist priest. And certainly the socio-political message would have been equally acceptable to the Catholic Church. But could there have been another aspect that may have attracted the Abbé Saunière and other priests to Martinism?

Spiritualism, popular in America, had taken hold in Europe in the second half of the nineteenth century and had become a key feature of Martinist ritual. We know that Papus himself held seances for contacting spirits. One can easily see how attractive such activity would have been to a questioning priest. Despite being outlawed by Rome, direct contact with the dead would have held a fascination to those whose lives were dedicated to preparation for the afterlife.

Papus and his involvement in esoteric movements became widely known amongst those with an interest in occultism. In 1905, Papus was summoned to the court of Tsar Nicolas II to hold a “Spiritual Seance” at which the spirit of his son Alexander III was raised. The Russian Court had been witness to many seances arising from the interest of Tsar Alexander II and his wife in occultism. In fact as early as 1861, the Scottish medium DD Home, accompanied by the French writer Alexander Dumas, held seances at the Winter Palace, St Petersburg for the Tsar, his Courtiers and other Russian aristocrats.

It is during this episode that we become aware of the notorious Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Allegedly the minutes of the World Zionist meeting that took place at Basle in 1897, they caused quite a stir at the Russian Court where they were used to cast a slur on certain political factions.
Contrary to popular belief, they are not a forgery, nor a fiction; but neither are they of Zionist origin. In fact they formed the basis of a Martinist plan for Synarchic government. Papus himself wrote of such a plan as a necessary counter to what he saw as creeping anarchy. Aware of their political potential, they were used by a faction of dissident Russian exiles to discredit Russian noblemen involved in Freemasonry who were believed to be involved in a conspiracy to influence the Tsar.

This Martinist document was then seen by Sergei Nilus; who confused the Martinist symbol - a six-pointed star - with the Zionist Star of David. He immediately interpreted the document as being a Zionist plan and part of a Zionist conspiracy. The Martinists were duly attacked as belonging to this illusory Judeo-masonic plot. Anti-Semitic tendencies of the time greatly helped to fuel this confusion and added to its propaganda value that continues even until today.

But the indefatigable Papus had other interests and beliefs.
In 1896, he published the Tarot of the Bohemians. A look at the preface to the book reveals some of his other occult beliefs.
“The Tarot pack of cards, transmitted by the Gypsies from generation to generation, is a primitive book of ancient initiation. …The uninitiated reader will find in it the explanation of the lofty philosophy and science of ancient Egypt…”
Papus further states that the wisdom of the Caballa, the Freemasons and the ancient Egyptians had been kept alive by the Tarot of these nomadic gypsies.

Very influenced by Freemasonry, Papus evidently believed in the transmission of sacred wisdom and occult science from the times of antiquity that stretches back as he saw it through the gypsies, Rosicrucians, Templars, Christ, the Old Testament, ancient Egypt to the Garden of Eden and the Fall of Man. His quest was to discover and reveal the Synthesis that in his words “condenses in a few simple laws the whole of acquired knowledge.”

This very precisely confirms the element of Gnosis found at the heart of Martinism. We can now more easily understand the role of Cathar enthusiast, Jules Doinel in this esoteric world and its connections to the Abbé Saunière.

In 1888, while working as archivist for the library of Orleans in France, Jules Doinel discovered an original charter dated 1022, which had been written by Canon Stephan of Orleans, a schoolmaster and forerunner of the Cathars who taught Gnostic doctrines (He was burned for heresy that same year). Doinel had a vision in which the "Aeon Jesus" appeared, who charged him with the work of establishing a new church. Doinel was a "Grand Orient Freemason" and a practising Spiritualist. "In May of 1890, Jules Doinel attended a séance in the oratorie of the ' Duchess of Pomar (The Countess of Caithness)…. It is said that the disembodied spirits of ancient Albigensians, joined by a heavenly voice, laid spiritual hands on Doinel, creating him "Valentinus II, Bishop of the Holy Assembly of the Paraclete (Holy Ghost) and of the Gnostic Church".

Thus the EGLISE GNOSTIQUE was founded by Jules Doinel in 1890. In 1892 Doinel consecrated Papus as Tau Vincent, Bishop of Toulouse; he also consecrated other Martinists, such as Paul Sedir and Lucien Chamuel. These three men formed the 'nucleus' of the newly built Gnostic Universal Church.

Jules Doinel, Patriarch of the Gnostic Church entered into Papus’ Martinist lodge in 1891. As we saw he made Papus Gnostic Bishop of Toulouse and in 1893, he founded the Ordre Gnostique de la Colombe du Paraclete. In 1896, he was appointed Archivist/Librarian at Carcassonne and two years later became Secretary to the Society for Arts and Sciences in Carcassonne: at which time he is thought to have visited Rennes-le-Château. This becomes an even more credible possibility since Saunière’s colleague, the Abbé Boudet, Cure of Rennes-les-Bains, was also an erudite member of the Society.

But most interestingly in 1900, the year when Saunière attended Martinist meetings in Lyon, Doinel became Gnostic Bishop of Mirepoix – which include Montsegur, and of Alet les Bains – which included Rennes-le-Château.

It is not known if Saunière continued his interest in Martinism or whether he ever became a full member. However, the inextricable link between the Gnostic Church and Martinism offers some interesting possibilities.
"In 1908 a schism occurred within the Gnostic Church: the branch at Lyon under Joannie Bricaud took another name; 'Église Gnostique Catholique' (EGC); later changing again to the EGLISE GNOSTIQUE UNIVERSELLE (EGU). The EGU would later change its name once more to "EGLISE GNOSTIQUE APOSTOLIQUE".

In 1911, the E.G.A. headed (since 1908) by Joannie Bricaud, Patriarch of the Gnostic Church, became the official church of Papus’ "ORDRE MARTINISTE".
Furthermore, Joannie Bricaud himself was later to become head of this MARTINIST Order.

But were Martinist’s beliefs, or those of the Gnostic Church, in conflict with the doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church?

Jules Doinel, the founder of the first Gnostic Church had dreamed of a church that would give back to Christianity its gnostic dimension. But gnosis needs to be defined so as not to confuse the very holy gnosis which, as Clement of Alexandria said, does not oppose faith but perfects it, with the “gnosis whose name is a lie” denounced by Saint Irenaeus in his treatise against heresies in the 2nd century.

Many of the Gnostic Churches can be considered heretical, but those that have remained true to Doinel’s tradition are not.

For part 2 of this essay click the link below:
I have long thought that Lloyd Miller had it correct regarding the origins of the “Protocols.” I believe there is more in his materials, but here are the two quotes from the old A-Albionic book catalog (ca 1995) for starters.

[COLOR="Blue"]The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion by ? or The Learned Elders of Zion, ?...

The "Protocols" are, of course, classic in their field. Originally, distributed by the Czar's secret police and used to stir the populace into frenzied anti-Semitic pogroms, it was later picked-up by Hitler and used to buttress the anti-Semitic passions that brought him to power. Though it contains profound pieces of Machiavellian insight that are well worth reading and considering, it contains rather obvious pieces of propaganda for "Throne and Altar" style statism of the "Ancient Regime" that betray its fraudulent origins. It is clearly plagiarized from Maurice Joly's Dialogues in Hell. That is where the "good parts" came from....

Dialogues in Hell Between Machiavelli and Montesquieu: Or the Policies of Machiavelli in the Nineteenth Century--"Soon will be seen a frightful calm, during which all will reunite against the infringing power of the laws. When Sulla desired to restore liberty to Rome, she was no longer able to harbor it." (Montesquieu, Espirit des Louis) by Maurice Joly, 1864…

The "Dialogues" are, of course, the actual source from which Czarist fanatics plagiarized the brilliant parts of the "Protocols." the anti-Semitic parts were all added by the Czarist agents--Joly in no way saw the Machiavellian techniques which were the subject of his covert exposè as tools of "Jewish" power over gentiles. Last gasp defenders of the Protocols such as Nesta Webster have asked where Joly obtained his information, as if the Machiavellian ideas he expressed in such a romantic original fashion were in any way new or unknown. Of course, the elitist philosophy and techniques of exploiting the masses behind a mask of humanitarianism, justice, liberty, and democracy are as old as history albeit the naive of each generation are always shocked when first exposed to them. Joly explains himself well enough in his preface: "This book has characteristics that can be applied to all governments, but its goal is more exact; it personifies on particular political system (obviously Napoleon III's regime--Editor) which has not varied once in its methods since the fatal and alas! already too distant date of its enthronement...opinion in modern nations is too regimented to accept violent truths about contemporary affairs. The supernatural duration of certain successes is, moreover, making for the corruption of honesty itself; but the public conscience is still alive and providence will one fine day interfere in the game being played against it. One judges better certain facts and certain principles when one sees them outside of the framework in which they usually exist in our sight; the change in point-of-view sometimes terrifies the eyes!"[/COLOR]
I'm not gonna get sucked into a debate on the Protocols.... I think the outline of the story is below and HERE. Whether other entities were in the picture before/during or now to add to the mix, I'd not be surprised. I'm not angry....just not interested in the effort on this non-issue [IMO].

Protocols of the Elders of Zion

"The only statement I care to make about the Protocols is that they fit in with what is going on. They are sixteen years old, and they have fitted the world situation up to this time. They fit it now." --Henry Ford, 2-17-21, whose newspaper, the Dearborn Independent, cited the Protocols as evidence of an alleged Jewish threat until at least 1927

"To what extent the whole existence of this people is based on a continuous lie is shown incomparably by the Protocols of the Wise Men of Zion...." --Adolph Hitler, Mein Kampf

The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is a forgery made in Russia for the Okhrana (secret police), which blames the Jews for the country's ills. It was first privately printed in 1897 and was made public in 1905. It is copied from a nineteenth century novel by Hermann Goedsche (Biarritz, 1868) and claims that a secret Jewish cabal is plotting to take over the world.

The basic story was composed by Goedsche, a German novelist and anti-Semite who used the pseudonym of Sir John Retcliffe. Goedsche stole the main story from another writer, Maurice Joly, whose Dialogues in Hell Between Machiavelli and Montesquieu (1864) involved a Hellish plot aimed at opposing Napoleon III. Goedsche's original contribution consists mainly of introducing Jews to do the plotting to take over the world.

The Russians used big chunks of a Russian translation of Goedsche's novel, published it separately as the Protocols, and claimed they were authentic. Their purpose was political: to strengthen the czar Nicholas II's position by exposing his opponents as allies with those who were part of a massive conspiracy to take over the world. Thus, the Protocols are a forgery of a plagiarized fiction.

The Protocols were exposed as a forgery by Lucien Wolf in The Jewish Bogey and the Forged Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion (London: Press Committee of the Jewish Board of Deputies, 1920). In 1921, Philip Graves, a correspondent for the London Times, publicized the forgery. Herman Bernstein in The Truth About "The Protocols of Zion": A Complete Exposure (1935) also tried and failed to convince the world of the forgery.

The Protocols were published in 1920 in a Michigan newspaper started by Henry Ford mainly to attack Jews and Communists. Even after they were exposed as a forgery, Ford's paper continued to cite the document. Adolf Hitler later used the Protocols to help justify his attempt to exterminate Jews during World War II.

The Protocols hoax continues to fool people and is still cited by certain individuals and groups as the cause of all their woes.

See also Holocaust denial, Illuminati, and shoehorning.

further reading
The Protocols of the Elders of Zion
What's the story with the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion"? The Straight Dope

Bronner, Stephen Eric. A Rumor About the Jews : Reflections on Antisemitism and the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion (St Martins Press, 2000)

Cohn, Norman Rufus Colin. Warrant for Genocide; the Myth of the Jewish World-conspiracy and the Protocols of the Elders of Zion (New York: Harper & Row, 1967).

Goldberg, Isaac. The so-called "Protocols of the Elders of Zion"; a Definitive Exposure of One of the Most Malicious Lies in History (Girard, Kansas, Haldeman-Julius Publications, 1936).

Segel, B. W. A Lie and a Libel: the History of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, Richard S. Levy, translator & editor, (Lincoln, NE : University of Nebraska Press, 1995).

United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on the Judiciary.
Protocols of the Elders of Zion; a fabricated "historic" document; a report prepared by the Subcommittee to Investigate the Administration of the Internal Security Act and Other Internal Security Laws ... Washington, U.S. Govt. Print. Off., 1964.

Wolf, Lucien. The Myth of the Jewish Menace in World Affairs; or, The Truth About the Forged Protocols of the Elders of Zion (New York, The Macmillan company, 1921).
On the other hand, if you erase from your mind the words "fake", ignore the anti-semitic overtones and read the document as the long term goal of a secret society, it takes on an altogether different aspect.

When I read the Protocols all those years ago, the anti-semitic aspect was (I may be misremembering here - it was almost 20 years ago) really very limited and I remember being surprised by this because I had assumed it would be far heavier, in view of what I had read about the Protocols as opposed to reading the Protocols themselves (and forgive me if I do have this wrong but that's what my memory is telling me).

If Guy Patton is right, that it was the machinations of a Catholic occult secret society this might explain why the word "gentile" was used so frequently (again I am relying on distant memory). Gentile does mean one who is not o the Jewish faith. But it also means one who is a pagan or heathen which dovetail with the Catholic occult possibility beautifully (gentile also means a non-Mormon too - its use is fairly widespread in fact).

I also remember the use of a "33rd degree" at the end of the document. This very clearly connects to either Freemasonry and/or Martinism and other occult lodges. In fact, Louis Claude de Saint-Martin from whom the name "Martinism" is derived was trained in Freemasonic studies by Martinez De Pasqually of the “Ordre des Chevelier Maçons Élus Cohen de L’Univers” - Freemasonic Lodge ( ). It is therefore perfectly reasonable to see the term "33rd degree" in a Martinist document and, arguably, in the Protocols too...

[Image: 180px-Martinist_Pentacle.jpg]

The above image is the same as the intertwined six-pointed star of Judaism, but in this case is the Martinist Hexagram. It is this that Patton believes caused Sergei Nilus to confuse it with the Star of David which in turn led him to conclude the document was anti-semitic. Whatever one may think of this suggestion, it is logical and makes perfect sense.

Therefore, despite numerous understandable doubts there are, in fact, some internal proofs within the Protocols that point to the possibility of a Martinist origin and which cast doubt on the anti-semitism it projects.

Of course, over the decades untold numbers of nazis, fascists and racists have grabbed hold of the Protocols as a vehicle for projecting their hate. No on can seriously doubt that this is the case.

But the argument I am advancing is that Protocols may have been contaminated later in their life and that this contamination arguably created a perfect mechanism for disinformation aimed at causing widespread suspicions that resulted in wholesale disregard of the chilling guile of the guiding mind that wrote them.

In my view Guy Patton should be congratulated for having the courage to take a second look at the Protocols. Few people have the courage to do this and, as history regularly shows, misinterpretation and deceit are a large part of daily life.
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