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Rule by Secrecy: The Hidden History That Connects the Trilateral Commission, the Freemasons, and the Great Pyramids Paperback – April 24, 2001
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In this unconvincing potboiler, Marrs, who charged that conspiracies were behind the JFK assassination (Crossfire) and government cover-ups of the UFO phenomenon (Alien Agenda), now offers a sweeping view of world history through the warped prism of conspiracy theory. The world's richest and most powerful individuals, he opines, wield excessive influence over governments and news media through their control of multinational corporations and organizations he refers to as "secret societies," such as the Council on Foreign Relations, the international Trilateral Commission and the Bilderberg group (which holds annual closed-door conferences around the globe). The aim of these "secret societies," suggests Marrs, is one-world government and centralized social control, and in this respect, he adds, all these groups and their offshoots carry the imprint of older secret brotherhoods, including Freemasonry and the Illuminati. Conspiracy buffs will have a field day wading through this morass, but other readers will remain unpersuaded by a tract that proceeds by way of innuendo, quotation of other conspiracy researchers' extremist opinions and unsubstantiated statement. Marrs squeezes into his procrustean framework the origins of WWI and WWII, Nazis' occult dabblings, the Russian Revolution, the Morgan and Rothschild banking dynasties and the Knights Templar, and he uncritically entertains a host of maverick theories. His conspiracy trail winds up back in Mesopotamia, as he plies territory mined by Zecharia Sitchin, who believes that extraterrestrials founded the earth's earliest civilizations. Ultimately, this mishmash lacks the semblance of plausibility that helped make Alien Agenda a bestseller. (Apr.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Jim Marrs is a celebrated journalist and the author of Our Occulted History, The Trillion-Dollar Conspiracy, The Rise of the Fourth Reich, Rule by Secrecy, Alien Agenda, and Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy. He lives in Texas.
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The book takes a retrospective-chronological path, starting with today's secret and semisecret societies, such as the Bilderbergs, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Trilateral Commission (to name a few) and works their way back to the Egyptians, the Sumerians, and beyond. Interesting to note how many members of secret societies today occupy positions of power and influence which greatly affect national policies and world situations. Marrs shows how true this is especially in government, industry and finance, where the CFR, the Trilateralists, the Bilderbergs and Bonesmen constitute at least a skeletal shadow government in the United States - unelected, and unaccountable to the general public or the laws of the land.
The historical sweep of Rule By Secrecy details how today's Bilderbergs, Trilateralists and Bonesmen derived from European Freemasons, Rosicrucians and Bavarian Illuminati. Centuries ago, at the height of the Church's power, these, collectives of "enlightened free thinkers" went underground to evade the tyrannical crush of the Roman Catholic Iron Fist which brutally dominated European life for nearly two thousand years. Ultimately, the spread and development of secret societies is traced back through the Templar Knights, to ancient Egypt, and then from Mesopotamia, to the Sumerians. The final chapter deals with the assertion that we were created by the Annunaki - an extraterrestrial civilization living on a semi-rogue planet, Nibiru, that has many new-agers and E.T. worshipers in such a heated twitter. But I digress . . .
Some long standing puzzles are adequately explained in the light of secret societies. In particular, the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion, and infamous forgery, attributed to the Czar's secret police, may have been plagiarized from an even earlier Illuminati or Masonic plan for subverting the Catholic Church and corrupting Christian society. Marrs offers satisfactory evidence that this is so, rendering the Protocols as sort of a template for slandering and demonizing any target group by merely changing the names to those intended.
Ultimately, I can have little faith in the completeness or accuracy of what is disclosed here. How can an outsider possibly discern all that lies hidden and deliberately obfuscated or misrepresented? In particular, I have trouble accepting the scientific implications of a large planetary body swinging through the solar system every few millennia without seriously disturbing the stable orbits of at least a few planets.
But, as a reference providing insight into the network of secret societies, their agendas, their motives, and modes of operation; this book is well worth the price, and the read. One cannot attain a reasonably complete or accurate assessment of the world stage without a proper apprehension of the major players manipulating affairs behind the scenes.