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"...we deal with a mythology which even at its height was denounced on rational and empirical grounds and is clearly nonsense. Why then, were such ideas effective? Why are books embodying them still finding audiences?"
All these fears rest on simplifying, dramatising visions of politics. In the background there is still a belief in hidden manipulation. Those who hold them have abandoned some of the stage machinery, but the plot is the same."
"All human institutions can be described in terms of function, mythologies as much as any other. They are all responses to a need to master reality."
John M. Roberts

William Guy Carr repeats the lies
In the mid-1950s William G. Carr promoted the antisemitic variant on conspiracism with books such as Pawns in the Game and Red Fog over America. "According to Carr, an age-old Jewish Illuminati banking conspiracy used radio-transmitted mind control on behalf of Lucifer to construct a one world government. The secret nexus of the plot was supposedly the international Bilderberger meetings on banking policy." 1
At least one edition included a glossary of terms and phrases. including a definition for "Forces of Evil" which also defined Carr’s personal perspective: "Every person who thinks and acts contrary to the Commandments of God and the teachings of His Divine Son Jesus Christ. As Christ said : 'He who is not with me is against me'. There can be no compromise between 'Good' and 'Evil' forces."
The antisemitic Noontide Press distributed Pawns in the Game for many years.
The following excerpts from Carr’s Pawns in the Game2 detail his unsubstantiated theories. Although he fails to provide reference or citation for any of his claims, this has not stopped subsequent conspiracy theorists, anti-masons and self-styled masonic critics from quoting him. A major source for his basic premise can be found on the inside front cover where the publishers cite "other important books on the world revolutionary movement": a list of nine books includes John Robison’s discredited Proofs of a Conspiracy, three books by Nesta H. Webster and an additional ten books on the communist threat.3
His underlying belief is that a Luciferian conspiracy was first transfered from heaven to Eden. [p. ix] "The Old Testament...relates how the synagogue of Satan was established on this earth." " Christ...identified the Money -Changers (Bankers) the Scribes, and the Pharisees as the Illuminati of his day." [p. x] He further charges that the "...Illuminati killed Christ...." [p. 12]
"Adam Weishaupt, a jesuit trained professor of canon law, defected from christianity, and embraced the Luciferian ideology while teaching in Ingoldstadt University. In 1770 the money lenders (who had recently organized the House of Rothschild), retained him to revise and modernize the age-old 'protocols' designed to give the Synagogue of Satan ultimate world domination...." [p. x]
He claims, incorrectly, that "The word Illuminati is derived from Lucifer, and means 'holders of the light'." [p. x] He also makes use of the phrase "One World Government" [p. xi]
In his introduction, Carr erroneously depicts the USA seal as an insignia of the Illuminati and describes the "all spying eye" without citing any source or documentation. In a later footnote he again claims: "the Great Seal of america is actually the insignia of the illuminati." [p. 53 footnote]
"The significance of the design is as follows: the pyramid represents the conspiracy for destruction of the Catholic (Universal Christian) Church and the establishment of a "One Uorld", [sic] or UN dictatorship, the secret" of the Order; the eye radiating in all directions, is the "all-spying eye" that symbolizes the terroristic, Gestapo-like, espionage agency that Weishaupt set up under the name of "Insinuating Brethren", to guard the "secret" of the Order and to terrorize the population into acceptance of its rule." [p. xiii]
With a breathtaking lack of historical accuracy, Carr claims: "It should be noted that this insignia acquired Masonic significance only after merger of that Order with the Order of Illuminati at the Congress of Wilhelmsbad, in 1782." [p. xiii]
Jumping off from Taxil’s lies, Carr continues: "...[Albert] Pike accepted the idea of a one world government and ultimately became head of the Luciferian Priesthood. Between 1859 and 1871, he worked out the details of a military blue-print, for three world wars, and three major revolutions which he considered would further the conspiracy to its final stage during the twentieth century." [p. xiv] "Pike organized the New and Reformed Palladian Rite." [p. xv]
When Carr makes the following claim, it is time to seriously question his sources: "Long before Marconi invented wireless (Radio), the scientists who were of the Illuminati had made it possible for Pike and the Heads of his councils to communicate secretly." [p. xv]
Carr purports to quote Pike’s August 15, 1871 alleged correspondence in the British Museum Library but neglects to provide citation. [p. xvi] He also quotes Taxil’s lie about worshipping Lucifer citing it as being in a letter sent to his Palladian councils July 14th, 1889 [p. xvi]
He claims that "The Holy Scriptures mention Lucifer only a few times Isa. 14; Luke 10:18; Rev. 9:1-11" [p. xviii] but neglects to mention that Luke refers to Satan, not Lucifer, and Revelation refers to a falling star without any name.
"After the Bavarian Government exposure in 1786, the High Priests of the Luciferian Creed established their headquarters in Swizerland; since World War Two the world headquarters have been in the Harold Pratt Building New York." [p. xix]
Carr pushes the creation date of the debunked fraud The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion back to before the founding of the Bavarian Illuminati. He may have taken his lead from the introduction to Victor E. Marsden’s English translation of the Protocolswhere he writes under the heading 'A Fifteenth Century "Protocol"': "Here is one from the Fifteenth Century which Jews can hardly pronounce a forgery, seeing that it is taken from a Rothschild journal." This appears at the bottom of page 7 but when the reader turns to page 8, there is a new headline and a unrelated topic.
Without any citation or documentation, Carr charges Amschel Mayer Bauer (1743-1812) who started the House of Rothschild (Red Shield) in Frankfort-on-the-Main, with plotting the French revolution of 1789. [p. 15] He parrots antisemitic accusations of Jews forcing Christian women into prostitution, and a lack of ethics in commercial transactions and claims that they caused the English division into Protestant and Catholic and the later division of Conformist and Non-conformist. [p. 19] Quoting the Catholic Gazette of February 1936, he claims that Jews introduced Calvinism into England, erroneously claiming "Calvin’s real name was Coen!" [p. 20]
He claims that Mayer Rothschild and twelve others met in Frankfort "where the above meeting is said to have taken place in 1773.". [p. 26-31] "I am satisfied that the documents which fell into the hands of Professor S. Nilus in 1901, and which he published under the title 'The Jewish Peril' in 1905 in Russia were an enlargement of the original plot." [p. 31]
"This matter is referred to later, when the intrigue leading up to the abdication of King Edward VIII is explained. [on page 157] The translation Mr. Victor Marsden made of The Jewish Peril. was published by The Britons Publishing Society, London, England, under the title The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion in 1921." "It appears logical to say that the discovery of the later document confirms the existence of the earlier one." [p. 31] Carr’s definition of logic is a logical fallacy.
Without citing any specific document, Carr erroneously claims that papers found on a courier struck by lightning in 1785 while passing through Ratisbon from the "Jewish Illuminati" in Frankfort to Duc D'Orleans, are the source of his claim. "The documents he carried fell into the hands of the police who turned them over to the Bavarian government. A record of historical events told in chronological order connects the House of Rothschild with the Jewish Illuminati in Frankfort and the Illuminati within Free Masonry known as the Grand Orient Lodges as will be shown." [p. 32] Carr fails to show anything but only makes unfounded claims.
Again, without citation, Carr claims: "The Supreme Council of the Jewish Illuminati numbered thirteen. They were, and still remain, the executive body of The Council of Thirty Three." [p. 32] Without proof, Robespierre, Danton, Marat and Mirabeau are erroneously claimed as Freemasons. [p. 39]
In an attempt to find support for his beliefs he notes: "Sir Walter Scott in Vol. two of The Life of Napoleon, gives a clear story of the initial moves. He then sums up the situation with these words -- 'These financiers used the Government (French) as bankrupt prodigals are treated by usurious money-lenders who, feeding the extravagance with one hand, with the other wring out of their ruined fortunes the most unreasonable recompenses for their advances. By a long succession of these ruinous loans, and various rights granted to quarantee them, the whole finances of France were brought to a total confusion'." [p. 38]
In context Scott does not define these financiers or detail their rates of interest and notes of loans made. Nowhere in the book is the Illuminati or a Jewish conspiracy mentioned. Carr tries to add to the implied conspiracy by noting that Scott’s Life of Napoleon is never mentioned or reprinted with his other works. [p. 41] Perhaps the fact that it is a strongly opinionated and error-ridden evaluation of the period may have something to do with its out of print status. 4
Carr cites the self-serving and politically inspired book, The Spanish Arena by William Foss and Cecil Gerahty, The Right Book Club, London: 1939. for the details it ascribes to Grand Orient intrigue in France and Spain from 1923 to 1939.
Carr further claims the USA civil war was an attempt by illuminati leader Rothschild to establish economic control and that Lincoln was killed by Booth, a Jew, who was in contact with international bankers: this is proven by a coded message found in Booth’s effects.
Carr continues to make uncited claims for twentieth century events. He claims that Illuminati symbols were formed on the death celler where Tzar Nicholas II was murdered in Ekaterinburg on July 17th, 1918. [p. 64] He claims that when Lenin published Iskra, the Spark, in Switzerland in 1900, "The copies were smuggled into Russia, and other countries, by way of the underground system organized by the Grand Orient Masons." [p. 70] He may be referring to a group of Russian emigrés in Paris who called themselves the Grand Lodge of Russian Peoples, but it is impossible to tell. He goes on to claim that "Rasputin was undoubtedly of the Illuminati and the Synagogue of satan." [p. 75] and that "...the Illuminati acting through the Grand Orient Masons were responsible for these political assassinations...." Empress of Austria, 1898; King Humbert, 1900; President McKinley, 1901; Grand Duke Sergius of Russia, 1905; King and Crown prince of Portugal, 1908. [p. 76]
Carr quotes the Sept. 16, 1912 Revue Internationale des Societes Secretes ed. by M. Jouin p. 787-788: with reference to the future assassination of Ferdinand on June 28, 1914.
He provides the following quote without citation, claiming that on October 12, 1914, the president of the military court [in Serajevo] questioned Cabrinovic, who threw the first bomb at the Archduke’s car.
The President : "Tell me something more about the motives. Did you know, before deciding to attempt the assassination, that Tankosic and Ciganovic were Freemasons? Had the fact that you and they were Freemasons an influence on your resolve?
Cabrinovic : "Yes".
The President : "Did you receive from them the mission to carry out the assassination?"
Cabrinovic : "I received from no one the mission to carry out the assassination. Freemasonry has to do with it because it strengthened my intention. In Freemasonry it is permitted to kill. Ciganovic told me that the Freemasons has condemned the Archduke Franz Ferdinand to death MORE THAN A YEAR BEFORE." [p. 77]
After all this, he softens his accusations by noting: "The Atheistic Grand Orient Masons must not be confused with other European and American Freemasons, whose principles are above reproach, work philanthropic, and whose ritual is based on belief in The Great Architect of the Universe." [p. 76 footnote]
The murder of the Austrian Arch-Duke and his wife at Sarajevo in 1914 was blamed on the Freemasons in Miss. Elizabeth Durham’s The Sarajavo Crime. She offered a document of the minutes of the trial of the murderers as evidence. This was proved to be a forgery of Father Puntigam, a Jesuit of Sarajevo. "Substantial evidence pointed to the fact that the author had been the dupe of one named H.C. Norman, an anti-Mason, and one Horatio Bottomley, later proved to be a swindler." [AQC Vol 80 (1968) p. 251]
Carr maintains that: "It would take volumes to quote all the evidence to prove that the international bankers organized, financed, and directed the Russian Revolution in order to obtain control of a vast territory so that the Illuminati could try out their ideas for totalitarianism" [p. 93] "Theirs has been a Long Range Plan. It started 3,000 years ago." [p. 94] "Communism and Naziism "both use a form of Grand Orient Masonry for proselytizing purposes." [pp. 107-8]. Carr refers to "Lenin, the first canonized saint of the Illuminati totalitarian creed." [p. 143]
Not recognizing the long history of antisemitism, Carr claims that the antisemitic movement started in England early in 1921, after Mr. Victor E. Marsen returned from Russia where he had been imprisoned by the Bolsheviks. Mr. Marsen had been correspondent in Russia for the London Morning Post since before 1914.
"When Mr. Marsden returned to England he was in possession of the document which Professor Sergei Nilus had published in Russian in 1905 under the title "The Jewish Peril". Professor Nilus claimed the original documents had been obtained from a women who had stolen them from a wealthy international Jew when he returned to her apartments after addressing top-level executives of the Grand Orient Lodges in Paris in 1901." [p. 156]
"Following the publication of the book, by the Britons Publishing Society, Mr. Marsden was denounced internationally as a bare faced anti-Semitic liar. The book caused one of the greatest controversies the world has ever known. My own research work has caused me to believe that the documents published by Professor Nilus in Russia in 1905 as "The Jewish Peril", and by Mr. Marsden in England in 1921 as "The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion", are the Long range Plan of the Illuminati which was explained by Amschel Rothschild to his associates in Frankfort in 1773 as recorded in Chapter 3 of this book." [p. 157] Carr fails to document his "research".
In 1945 James V. Forrestal attempted to convince Roosevelt that the American banks were closely affiliated with international bankers and that they were the Illuminati and were responsible for the outbreak of two world wars. This is detailed in Forrestal Diaries, Viking Press, New York: 1951. Although Forrestal committed suicide, Carr suggests he was murdered.
Carr concludes his collection of lies and errors with a call to action: "People who wish to remain FREE can follow only one plan of action. They must support Christianity against ALL forms of atheism and secularism." [p. 178] He further warns that: "The United Nations is the Trojan Horse of the International Conspiracy." "Alger Hiss... wrote most of the U.N. charter." [p. 180]
While exempting mainstream Freemasonry and the greater number of Jews from his claims, unfortunately he does so in footnotes and oblique asides that can be overlooked in the onslaught of accusations. Carr provides no documentation but has been widely quoted by later conspiracy theorists5 who would lift accusations out of texts that support their preconceived notions rather than check source documents.

1. Dances with Devils. Chip Berlet 1998
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2. Pawns in the Game. (4th Edition, April, 1962), William Guy Carr [b.1895/06/02, d. 1959/10/02] St. George Press Los Angeles, California. pb 193 p. no publication date. [originally in collection of College Jesus-Marie in Shippegan, NB, now in Prince George B.C. public library]. Carr wrote his introduction in Clearwater Fla. on Oct. 13th, 1958. He was president of the Federation of Christian Laymen which published this and other similar books. A footnote on p.48 is dated 1954. Capitalization and spelling have been retained. A later edition includes a photo (seen above) and biography on the back cover. ^
3. As a footnote to his definition of Illuminism on an unnumbered page 198, Carr claims "While this book was in galley proof stage Mr. Ron Gostick, editor of Canadian Intelligence Service, was so impressed by the fact that my independent research reached the same conclusions as Mrs Nesta Webster in "Secret Societies and Subversive Movements", a book I had not then read, that he made arrangements to obtain some copies from England. He gave me a copy and turning to Weishaupt on pages 255-257, I find that this modern historian agrees with what I say in this regard." ^
4. Life of Napoleon Buonaparte. with a preliminary view of the French Revolution. Sir Walter Scott. Bart. A. & C. Black, Edinburgh., Adam and Charles Black North Bridge. MDCCCLV. University Press Thistle Street, Edinburgh: 1834, 1 [25.75cm x 17cm] (1st ed 1827). Ch. III, p. 21. ^
5. Cf. Cassettes and records of The Illuminati and the Council on Foreign Relations, recorded, likely in 1967, by Myron C. Fagan (1887 - 1972), playwright, head of the Cinema Educational Guild, "a one man crusade to unmask the Red Conspiracy in Hollywood," and author of over 50 brochures decrying desegregation, press freedom, the United Nations and communism. ^


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