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None Dare Call It Conspiracy , an exercise in early 1970s conspiracy theory, is part of a long tradition. Preceded by Nesta Webster’s antisemitic Secret societies and the spiritual theories of William Guy Carr, they all find some root in the writings of Robison and Barruel
It is an interesting study in logical fallacy, paranoia and fear of communism. Although only mentioning Freemasonry twice in passing, several claims are made which have allowed subsequent writers to build further unsubstantiated accusations against Freemasonry.
Author Gary Allen’s close ties with Robert Welch’s John Birch Society and his documented fabrications and distortions are detailed in Morris Kominsky’s The Hoaxers.
Students of conspiracy theory should also be aware of another stream of early 1970s conspiracy mythology. Noteworthy for its lack of masonic references, the Skeleton Key to the Gemstone File, was compiled by Playgirl journalist, Stephanie Caruana in 1975 from Bruce Porter Roberts' letters currently in the possession of Virginia McCullough, curator of the Mae Brussell Archive.
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"(*Karl Marx was hired by a mysterious group who called themselves the League of Just Men to write the Communist Manifesto as a demogogic boob-bait to appeal to the mob. In actual fact the Communist Manifesto was in circulation for many years before Marx’s name was widely enough recognized to establish his authorship of this revolutionary handbook. All Karl Marx really did was to update and codify the very same revolutionary plans and principles set down seventy years earlier by Adam Weishaupt, the founder of the Order of Illuminati in Bavaria. And, it is widely acknowledged by serious scholars of this subject that the League of Just Men was simply an extension of the Illuminati which was forced to go deep underground after it was exposed by a raid in 1786 conducted by the Bavarian authorities.)"
[footnote, p. 30.].
The only similarity between Weishaupt’s Illuminati and Dr. Marx’s communism was a belief that the world could be improved and that ideally mankind should be able to co-operatively manage its affairs without the enforced intervention of government.
The Illuminati’s goal "to attain the highest possible degree of morality and virtue, and to lay the foundation for the reformation of the world by the association of good men to oppose the progress of moral evil" is not reflected in the Communist Manifesto’s call for an abolition of class, private property, and religion, and "the forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions".
No documentation or reference is given for these "serious scholars." The existence of the Illuminati was widely known prior to the first edict of suppression issued in 1784. [Cf.: Vernon L. Stauffer, "The European Illuminati"].
The endnotes for this chapter, in the hardcover edition, reference John Robison’s Proofs of a Conspiracy, Western Islands, Boston, but don't note the original 1797 publication date. Robison’s research into the alleged causes of European revolutions was discredited shortly after its publication.
This "extension" is neither defined nor documented.
See The Anti-masonry FAQ for information on Karl Marx.
In reference to Cecil Rhodes' first will written at age 24, Frank Aydelotte’s American Rhodes Scholarships is quoted: "The 'Confession of Faith' enlarges upon these ideas. The model for this proposed secret society was the Society of Jesus, though he mentions also the Masons."
[p. 91]
The context of this mention of Freemasonry is not given. Cecil Rhodes was a Freemason from 1877 until his death in 1902.
"It should be noted that the originator of this type of secret society was Adam Weishaupt, the monster who founded the Order of Illuminati on May 1, 1776, for the purpose of conspiracy to control the world. The role of Weishaupt’s Illuminists in such horrors as the Reign of Terror is unquestioned, and the techniques of the Illuminati have long been recognized as models for Communist methodology. Weishaupt also used the structure of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) as his model and rewrote his Code in Masonic terms."
[p. 91.].
What type of secret society is undefined, but the use of secret groups to affect change in oppressive societies is as old as civilization and certainly did not originate with Weishaupt. Labeling Weishaupt a monster is an ad hominum and irrelevant attack.
The Illuminati’s role in the French Revolution was an unsubstantiated, and discredited, theory promoted by John Robison and the Abbé Barruel, in the 1790s.
The links between the Illuminati and communism are specious, spurious and unsubstantiated; and no references are cited.
"This group calls itself the Bilderbergers."
[p. 104.].
See The Anti-masonry FAQ for information on the Bilderberg Conference.
Excerpted from: None Dare Call It Conspiracy. Gary Allen and Larry Abraham. Double A Publications, Seattle, Washington: Copyright 1971, 1983. [In the paperback third printing, April 1972, by Concord Press, Seal Beach, California, 144 pages, there are no footnotes or index. 5.6 million copies had been printed to date.]

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