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       America's Secret Establishment       

           An Introduction to The Order of Skull & Bones  (Liberty House Press, 1986)

                  By Antony C. Sutton

                              See also Bush, Beliefs, and elusive Bonesmen and Skull and Bones

           Video. Antony Sutton lecture: The Order of Skull & Bones   ~  Video: Skull & Bones Part 3

"Quite a mixture of beliefs and activities. Do they reflect inconsistent philosophies? How can The Order [of Skull & Bones] have a consistent objective with this potpourri of individual actions? The answer is, they are not at all inconsistent: because the objective of The Order is above and beyond these actions and in fact needs these seeming contradictions....

"The answer to this seeming political puzzle lies in Hegelian logic...." (pp.33-34)

"The Anglo American Establishment has nothing at all to do with the American establishment, which is hardly mentioned, but it has a lot to do with the British establishment.... Quigley describes in minute detail the historical operations of the British establishment controlled by a secret society and operating very much as The Order [of Skull & Bones] operates in the U.S...."

The Group

"The British secret society, known as “The Group” or just plain “US”, was founded at Oxford University, much as The Order was founded at Yale, but without the Masonic mumbo jumbo. As we noted in Memorandum Five, the Group operates in a series of concentric circles and like The Order consists of old line families allied with private merchant bankers, known in the U. S. as investment bankers."[p.30]

Modus Operandi Of The Order

"The activities of The Order are directed towards changing our society, changing the world, to bring about a New World Order. This will be a planned order with heavily restricted individual freedom, without Constitutional protection, without national boundaries or cultural distinction....

"Historically, operations of The Order have concentrated on society, how to change society in a specific manner towards a specific goal: a New World Order. We know the elements in society that will have to be changed in order to bring about this New World order.... More or less these elements would have to be--

Education — how the population of the future will behave,
Law — the authority to enforce the will of the state, a world law and a world court is needed for a world state,
Politics — the direction of the State,
Economy — the creation of wealth,
History — what people believe happened in the past,
Psychology — the means of controlling how people think,
Philanthropy — so that people think well of the controllers,
Medicine — the power over health, life and death,
Religion — people’s spiritual beliefs, the spur to action for many.
Media — what people know and learn about current events,
Continuity — the power to appoint who follows in your footsteps.

"...in the next volume, The Order Controls Education, we will describe how Daniel Coit Gilman. President of Johns Hopkins University, imported Wundt psychological methods from Germany, then welded education and psychology in the U.S., established laboratories, brought these educational laboratories into major Universities and generated hundreds of PhDs to teach the new educational conditioning system. One of the first of these Johns Hopkins doctorates was John Dewey. The result we well know. The educational morass of the ‘80s where most kids — not all — can’t spell, read or write, yet can be programmed into mass behaviour channels.

"The Order’s next move was to control the Foundations. They got all the big ones — Carnegie, Ford, Peabody, Slater, Russell Sage and so on. ... The initial objective was to establish a direction in an organization. Selection of managers, intuitive or amoral enough to catch on to the direction, kept the momentum going. In the case of Foundations, The Order has usually maintained a continuing presence over decades..."[p.32]

Activities by individual members...

• In the l920s, W. Averell Harriman [S&B] was a prime supporter of the Soviets with finance and diplomatic assistance, at a time when such aid was against State Department regulations. Harriman participated in RUSKOMBANK, the first Soviet commercial ink, bank.... The Order had a key post in a Soviet bank! But we also find that Averell Harriman, his brother Roland Harriman, and... Knight Woolley [S&B], through the Union Bank (in which they held a major interest) were prime financial backers of Hitler.

"Now our textbooks tell us that Nazis and Soviets were bitter enemies and their systems are opposites. How could a rational man support Soviets and Nazis at the same time?....

• The Bundy family... gives us another example of seeming inconsistency. William Bundy was with the Central Intelligence Agency for a decade. McGeorge Bundy was National Security Assistant to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. So the Bundys presumably support U.S-European policy which is pro-NATO. Yet the Bundys have been linked to activities and organizations which are anti-NATO arid, indeed, pro-Marxist — for example, the Institute for Policy Studies. Are the Bundys inconsistent?

• Among individual members of The Order we find a wide variety of publicly proclaimed beliefs, ideologies and politics. William Buckley periodically chews out the Soviets.... Member William S. Coffin, Jr. spent three years with CIA and then became a leader of anti-Vietnam war activity through the National Conference for a New Politics and Clergy and Laymen Concerned about Vietnam. In fact, Coffin was one of the Boston Five charged and indicted for conspiracy to violate Federal laws.

"Quite a mixture of beliefs and activities. Do they reflect inconsistent philosophies? How can The Order have a consistent objective with this potpourri of individual actions?

"The answer is, they are not at all inconsistent: because the objective of The Order is above and beyond these actions and in fact needs these seeming contradictions."

[Note: Remember the dialectic group must have diversity. The pre-planned "common ground" arises out of the growing consensus -- a synthesis of opposite beliefs and values.]

The State is Absolute

"How can there exist a common objective when members are apparently acting in opposition to one another?

"Probably the most difficult task in this work will be to get across to the reader what is really an elementary observation: that the objective of The Order is neither “left” nor “right”. “Left” and “right” are artificial devices to bring about change, and the extremes of political left and political right are vital elements in a process of controlled change.

"The answer to this seeming political puzzle lies in Hegelian logic. Remember that both Marx and Hitler, the extremes of “left” and “right” presented as textbook enemies, evolved out of the same philosophical system: Hegelianism. That brings screams of intellectual anguish from Marxists and Nazis, but is well known to any student of political systems.

"The dialectical process did not originate with Marx as Marxists claim, but with Fichte and Hegel in late 18th and early 19th century Germany. In the dialectical process a clash of opposites brings about a synthesis. For example, a clash of political left and political right brings about another political system, a synthesis of the two, neither left nor right. This conflict of opposites is essential to bring about change....

"In the Hegelian system conflict is essential. Furthermore, for Hegel and systems based on Hegel, the State is absolute. The State requires complete obedience from the individual citizen. An individual does not exist for himself in these so-called organic systems but only to perform a role in the operation of the State. He finds freedom only in obedience to the State. There was no freedom in Hitler’s Germany, there is no freedom for the individual under Marxism, neither will there be in the New World Order. And if it sounds like George Orwell’s 1984 — it is....

"So who or what is the State? Obviously it’s a self-appointed elite. It is interesting that Fichte, who developed these ideas before Hegel, was a freemason...."[p.34]

This, then, is a vital part of our explanation of The Order. When its co-founder, William Russell, was in Germany in 1831-2, there was no way he could have avoided Hegelian theory and discussion. It was the talk of the campus. It swept intellectual Germany like a Pac Man craze. Most Americans haven’t heard of it. And those who have don’t want to hear any more about it. Why? Because its assumptions are completely at variance with our sense of individual freedom and Constitutional guarantees. Most of us believe the State exists to serve the individual, not vice versa.

The Order believes the opposite to most of us. ... So any discussion between left and right, while essential to promote change, is never allowed to develop into a discussion along the lines of ... the best government is least government. The discussion and the funding is always towards more state power, use of state power and away from individual rights. So it doesn’t matter from the viewpoint of The Order whether it is termed left, right, Democratic, Republican, secular or religious.... This is the common feature between the seemingly dissimilar positions taken by members — they have a higher common objective in which clash of ideas is essential. So long as rights of the individual are not introduced into the discussion the clash of ideas generates the conflict necessary for change.

As the objective is also global control an emphasis is placed on global thinking, i.e., internationalism. This is done through world organizations and world law. The great contribution of the Tafts to The Order was on the world court system and world law — to the internationalist aspect of the New World Order." [p.35]

How "The Order" relates to the CFR and Trilateral Commission...

On the surface, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) does not fit the requirements for a secret society. They are simply too large and their membership is not secret. But their secretive inner core -- The Order -- exercises vast worldwide control -- enhanced by their Bilderberg Group connections.

While the membership list for The Order has never surfaced until now, anyone can obtain a list of members for the CFR and the Trilateral Commission....

The Role Of The Order

The Order is represented in these organizations but does not always dominate. David Rockefeller, a former chairman of the CFR, is not a member of The Order (only Percy Rockefeller has represented the family), but the present CFR chairman, Winston Lord, is. We can represent the relationship between The Order and the larger groups as a series of concentric circles. The CFR, etc. form an outer circle.... They exist in a shadow cast by an inner organization. It is this inner organization that needs to be surfaced. The Order is the inner circle and Chapter 322 is a part of this inner circle..."

In brief, it looks like three segments [similar to the Freemasons]:
1. The outer circle, made up of large, open organizations with some membership coming from The Order.
2. The Inner circle, made up of one or more secret societies.... We can only prove one chapter at this time.
3. The Inner core, a secret society within a secret society. This is the inner decision-making core. We cannot prove it exists, but
logic suggests that some members of the inner circle will form an executive committee, an action group, an inner core..."

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