If you are just getting started investigating Secret Societies, you should know that researching "Hidden History" can be disconcerting. It is difficult to adjust to the reality that many 'heroes' of history are not as they seem, and that certain 'facts' about the past that have been accepted as common knowledge are simply untrue. The following questions may help you get oriented.
What exactly do you mean by "Secret Societies"?
When we study the history of a particular conflict or country we often encounter suspicious associations that seem to exert their influence in hidden or deceptive ways. These subversive groups have been called many names: Freemasons, Council on Foreign Relations, Communists, Rockefeller Foundations, "International Jews", Illuminati, "Reds", Fascists, Zionists, Rothschilds, Nazis, Skull and Bones, I.W.W., and Jesuits, among others. Some of these are recognizable as "Secret Societies", but others appear as political, religious, or business associations.
These groups seem to operate independently, and often have opposing missions, but all are deeply interconnected. A worldwide network of "secret societies" has existed for centuries. Its members are spread far and wide, but share a common heritage and are connected by symbols, occult knowledge, perverse rites, and techniques of deception known only to "insiders". A great deal of financial extortion, political intrigue, wars and rebellions, money-manipulation, drug and human trafficking, and international crime can be traced to this network of conspirators, and the groups listed above are merely tentacles of this elusive and powerful cult.
The cult avoids detection by operating within dozens of cultural and political associations. These groups often recruit members from the general population but reserve certain offices for "insiders" who are loyal to the hidden network. Once in power these "insiders" protect each other, promote each other, and use their influence to spy and subvert. They often present themselves as dedicated leaders, but their only loyalty is to the cult. The existence of this inner network facilitates espionage and collusion and also helps to explain the rank hypocrisy so common among certain civic leaders. Outsiders have difficultly understanding how "capitalist" bankers can support "bolsheviks", or how statesmen can betray their country, or how religous leaders can be caught in flagrante. Once you realize these miscreants adhere to no principles and are part of an active network of like-minded criminals, who worship only power, and to whom everyone is expendable, a great deal of history begins to make sense.
What makes you an expert on Secret Societies?
We do not claim to be experts on anything, just well-read in certain areas. We are regular American homeschoolers with computer skills, an interest in history, and a willingness to pursue independent research.
We prepare public domain history texts for homeschoolers and independent learners. While researching 19th and 20th century history we encountered many references to Freemasonry. This led to a multi-year study of secret societies in general. The more we researched, the more clear it became that most contemporary historians were avoiding some very difficult issues. We have always found that reading older authors provides interesting perspectives, and never more so than when discussing secret societies. The problem of malevolent international networks were addressed more openly in in previous generations than they are today, so older books are sometimes more frank and informative than modern ones.
We are librarians rather than historians. Instead of attempting to rewrite history ourselves or convince people of difficult truths, we have included on this website many of the books that we have read to inform ourselves. Our knowledge of the subject is extensive, but far from perfect. We encourage people to research on their own and make their own decision what to believe.
Symbolism is important to the worldwide network of secret societies. "Insiders" use symbols to identify each other, communicate, and project their power. Many rites and symbols date back to the Phoenician civilization.
How can I know what is trustworthy and what is not?
In the field of Secret Society research, there are many worthwhile resources, but there is no single, ultimate authority. The problem of discerning truth in history is very difficult, even without the complications of occult organizations and misleading 'propaganda'. Some books were written by well-meaning "outsiders", who did commendable research but had to work with incomplete and conflicting information. Others were written by people with intimate knowledge of a particular situation but limited insight into the "big picture". Others were authored by "insiders" who provide partial disclosure, but may have written with the intent to mislead or divert attention. And several of the books that appear to provide enormously helpful disclosures are of disputed authenticity.
Most of the authors on Heritage History's Secret Society website were independent researchers who did not rely on government or corporate funding or gate-keepers. This freed them from the institutionalized lying that characterizes most "official" history, but did not make them omniscient. Try not to be put off by information that contradicts official history, seems out-of-date, or is inconsistent with other authors. The problems of deception and misinformation befuddle even the most dedicated researchers. But all who research these matters learn to see beyond the deceptions and progress towards the truth. You don't need to understand every detail to get the general idea, or see that 'hidden history' is far more complicated than you may have thought.
Be open minded. Think for yourself. Research for yourself. You are free to change your opinion or simply reserve judgement. Do not depend on "official" authorities and learn to Trust yourself.
Are the 'Jews' really behind Secret Societies?
The situation is EXTREMELY complicated!!! It is hard to discuss without making false and unfair generalizations. But Revelations 2:9 offers a good starting point: "I know about the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a Synagogue of Satan."
Many studies on Secret Societies trace the 'masterminds' of occult organizations to Jews. Others blame a network of power-crazed money-lenders. There are reasons for these observations, but they don't explain why many of the worst culprits are businessmen, entertainers, philanthropists, or religious leaders with no apparent connection to Judaism or banking. A somewhat better (but still simplistic) explanation follows:
The history of the Jews, for over 3000 years, has been associated with that of their Baal-Worshipping 'Semitic' brethren, the Canaanites (known to us in history as Phoenicians and Carthaginians). When the great cities of the Canaanites (Tyre and Carthage) were destroyed, the Phoenicians seem to have disappeared from history but they did not. They had ships, trading stations, treasure stores, and a network of colonies throughout the Ancient World so much of the population simply dispersed and used symbols and occult knowledge to maintain networks across diverse cultures. Many disguised themselves as Jews, but others settled into communities wherever they had established trading ports and lived as Greeks, Italians, Arabs, Moors, and Iberians. This occurred before the time of Christ.
The Canaanites have used symbolism and secret associations to preserve their community for thousands of years. Their cultish behavior, perfidious deceptions, perverse rites, and subversion are part of their culture and always have been. Many of the same techniques of infiltration and deception that they use today were used thousands years ago to influence the Roman Empire. Certain Canaanite families were highly influential during the Imperial age. Some married into ruling families and others used their treasure to bribe public officials. Canaanites were behind most of the 'mystery religions' of the Roman age and also the persecution of Christians. During the Severan dyansty, they ruled openly. The cult has had their hand in wars and revolutions throughout history, and Freemasonry, an enormously influential association in recent centuries, has Phoenician roots.
Canaanites were prominent among the Sephardim of Spain, the Venice oligarchy, the Hansaetic League, the "Black Nobility", the Normans, the East India Company, the Crusaders, the Barbary pirates, and Sicilian mafioso. They have also been prominent among Talmudic scholars, British bankers, merchant marines, Freemasons, Moslem mullahs, slave traders, explorers, arms dealers, lawyers, religious leaders, diplomats, professors, and revolutionaries.
A network of Canaanite money-lenders have used their gold and other methods of persuasion to influence kings and local rulers for centuries. However, only in the last few centuries have they organized to overturn, "all the religions and governments of Europe", and establish a "New World Order". Most histories of secret societies date from this time, but the Canaanite network itself is much older.
Some sects seem to have maintained 'pure' Canaanite bloodlines, and these have hidden themselves primarily within Jewish communites. But but many others have married into influential Goyim families, and identify as Moslems, Catholics, or Protestants. Some are 'handlers', some are puppets. Some know all the cult secrets, some appear to know only partial truths. There are complicated hierarchies and outsiders can only speculate on the inner workings of the cult. But of its existence, there are many proofs.
The Canaanites use Jews as well as Gentile dupes and "fellow travelers" for nefarious purposes and hide their existence behind a confusing array of contentious religious and political factions. They are liars, deceivers, blackmailers, and propagandists. They mislead and it is very difficult to avoid falling into their many traps. Although the history of these Canaanite sects is very tied up with that of the Israelites, most non-Canaanite Jews are just as befuddled as everyone else.
Misdirected "anti-Semitism" is a serious problem, but a MORE serious problem with "blaming the Jews" is that it blinds one to bad actors who ARE in fact Canaanites, but who are NOT Jews. A few obvious examples of American Canaanite families would be the Roosevelts, Rockefellers, du Ponts, Vanderbilts, Gates, etc. One cannot comprehend the influence of Canaanites on world history by focusing soley on "Jews".
If contemporary histories cannot be trusted, what should I teach my children?
There are serious problems with history texts of all ages, but in general, modern renditions are more distorted than those published in past ages. In our experience we have found that traditional, story-based student histories, such as those in the Heritage History Library, are more engaging and less politicized than modern histories. Older histories tend to focus on interesting characters and events, and to present the information in an engaging fashion, without too much analysis. This is a good a approach for students because it presents them with the basic characters and events of history without wasting too much time with false explanations. If students learn the basics facts of history while young more complicated insights can come later. Once students are ready, the books in the Conspiracy Primer section of our Secret Societies page are accessible to high schoolers.
The problem of how to correct the misconceptions in conventional histories is a difficult one, and we are not sure how to proceed. In the last few years we have made some effort to correct serious misinformation by adding additional material to our Study Resource pages. We have also made our Secret Society library available to whoever is interested. But there is much more to be done. Perhaps someday a thoroughly honest history of modern times will be written for students, but it is hard to imagine how one would make such complicated deceptions comprehensible to young people. They are challenging even for well-educated adults.
Why does Wikipedia say the authors you recommend are 'anti-Semitic'?
"When both logic and facts are against you, pound the
table and yell like hell."
— Carl Sandburg
The terms 'anti-Semitic' and 'conspiracy-theorist' are often used to belittle researchers who investigate secret societies. The object is to discredit them so that people will not bother to read their books. Serious researchers have exposed much irrefutable evidence that a world-wide network of operators work together to foment conflict and revolution, manipulate money supplies, and fund wars, political corruption, monopolistic business practices, and criminal activities. Instead of challenging specific charges, their critics seek to discredit researchers by representing them as bigoted, paranoid, and obsessed with conspiracies.
There are several books in our collection that deal explicitly with techniques for smearing and discrediting those who expose or work against the Cabal. John T. Flynn's pamphlet Smear Terror is a short but excellent study of the practice, and Blair Coan's The Red Web provides a detailed account of the successful smear campaign against Harding's Justice department.
Wikipedia has much excellent material, but it is not the trustworthy, independent source some people assume. It is 'controlled' just like most other media sources.
Why isn't this information more widely known? Why isn't it taught in history books?
The way the cabal suppresses truthful historical information is a good model of how it operates in general. Two important concepts to understand are "Gate-keeper", meaning one who controls access to something, and "Follow-the-money" meaning that when you find out who pays the bills, you have usually identified your "gate-keeper". Who hires 'historians' and decides whether they should be published or promoted? Universities, foundations, publishing companies—these are the "gate-keepers". But the more revealing question is: who funds the universities, foundations and publishing companies? Who hires and promotes the gate-keepers? Who controls the controllers?
A very small number of people control a great deal of the wealth in the world. And an even smaller number are major donors to the cultural institutions that serve as gate-keepers to most educational establishments. And these people do not appreciate being identified as part of a cabal or secret society or 'Semitic' racial group. Historians who go along with the program are treated well. Those who go down dangerous paths find themselves flipping hamburgers.
A good book in our collection that covers this exact topic is H. E. Barnes' Revisionism and the Historical Blackout. It outlines the precise methods used to suppress inconvenient facts and criticism of the official narrative. It is also important to understand that these techniques operate within 'conservative' institutions as well as liberal ones. See "Controlled Opposition".
What is 'Controlled Opposition?
One of the standard ways secret societies operate is that they put forth leaders to represent every major political party, religious movement, and question of national importance. Some people mistakenly believe 'liberals' are the 'bad guys' and that conservatives and orthodox religious leaders can be trusted. This is false. The spies and conspirators who direct secret societies have no permanent principles or beliefs. The accumulation of power is their only concern. Most people trust in leaders who say what they want to hear, so the cult is always ready with 'deep cover' agents, including political and religious 'conservatives' to provide inspiring 'leadership' on both sides of every conflict.
The job of these false-leaders is to keep the conversation focused on emotional, controversial, and transitory issues, and to crusade against their opponents, but never to educate the public about the real powers-that-be. "Infiltrate, Divide and Conquer" has been their modus operandi for centuries.
A good example of this technique from history is Daniel Defoe. We know him as the author of Robinson Crusoe, but he was also a gifted political writer, supposedly loyal to the 'Stuart' cause in England. He became one of the primary editors of a 'Jacobite' (pro-Stuart) newspaper opposed to the Hanoverian government in the early 1700s. He served as a trusted Jacobite leader for years, all while working as an informer, spy, and diversionary agent for the Hanoverian-Whig government. A more contemporary example of would be William F. Buckley, founder of the National Review, but really a 'Skull and Bones' alumni and 'conservative polemicist' for the CIA.
How is the Catholic Church affected by Secret Societies?
At this point it should be obvious to most Catholics that some among the clergy are compromised, not just on the basis of personal sin, but due to their involvement with an occult mafia intent on destroying the Church. We are long time Catholic homeschoolers. We love all that is good and true in the Church and honor all faithful Christians, but recognize that there are serious problems.
When we began researching secret societies our assumption was that the pre-conciliar Church was a bulwark against secret societies and the errors of modernism. Many of the most informed anti-Masonic writers in the 19th century were Catholic priests and the Church has made many pronouncements against secret societies. However, the more deeply we researched, the more clear in became that in spite of the excellent work of individual Catholics, the Church has been severely compromised, especially in Vatican circles and certain orders, (*cough Jesuits *cough) for centuries. We have posted a few exposés of the Catholic Church on the Secret Societies web page but there is much that remains undisclosed. We are praying for Christian unity.
What does all this have to do with Q and the Qanon Movement?
We happened upon Q in November 2017 and followed Q posts on 8chan for two years. We still follow selected twitter accounts. Much of the information Q has posted expands on research we had already done so we never questioned his authenticity. Q deals mainly with current events and we focus on history, but the symbolism, perverse rites, techniques of manipulation, and malicious deceptions are common to secret societies of all ages. We admit to being shocked by some of Q's revelations, but they were not inconsistent with what we already knew about the cult. What was most astonishing however, was to learn that the the criminal mafia behind 'hidden history' was actually being exposed. We never expected to see this in our lifetime.
The Q-disclosures involving ritualized child abuse and mind control were especially horrifying. These revelations were unsettling but they help explain the iron grip that the cult is able to maintain among its followers. Such disclosures may be necessary to understand the diabolical nature of secret societies but they are not something that we, as doting grandparents, are able to focus our attention on and we have not included any explicit references to such topics on this website. Resources that delve into these and other disturbing matters exist, but we have limited our focus to more mundane, family-friendly topics, like political upheavals, murder, barbarous wars, financial scams, and civilization-destroying revolutions. We don't want to 'terrorize' anyone.