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Rule by Secrecy: The Hidden History that Connects the Trilateral Commission, the Freemasons, and the
by Jim Marrs (Harper Collins, 467 pp., $27.00)
"History is the lie commonly agreed upon," wrote Voltaire.
So it goes that most history books are wrong, or at best, highly inaccurate. Disfigured by the
lies of the times, they typically present factoids without context -- and usually without any hint of
the power struggles and conspiracies of realpolitik.
Written by academicians and other hacks employed by the Power Elite, mainstream history books
usually present a biased world view, so the Ruling Class can govern without interference.
There are, however, rare exceptions.
Jim Marrs' "Rule by Secrecy" is a challenging and provocative history of the world framed by the
realities of secret societies. It is a literal encyclopedia of hidden knowledge.
"Secret societies not only exist," he writes, "they have played an important role in national and
international events right up to this day."
Marrs begins with modern public policy and political action groups of the Power Elite -- the
Trilateral Commission, Council on Foreign Relations, Bilderbergers, the Royal Institute of
International Affairs, the Round Table Group, and the Order of Skull and Bones.
He then assesses current world affairs manipulated by the financial dynasties --the Rockefellers,
Morgans, and Rothschilds, as well as their private centralized banking cartel -- the
euphemistically-named Federal Reserve Board.
"The concept of conspiracy has long been anathema to most Americans who have been conditioned by
the mass media to believe that conspiracies against the public only exist in banana republics or
communist nations," writes Marrs.
"This simplistic view, encouraged by a media devoted to maintaining a squeaky clean image of the
status quo, fails to take into account human history or the subtleties of the word conspiracy."
Marrs then probes the history of the 20th Century -- the Wars in Vietnam, Korea, World War I and
World War II, explaining how Wall Street and City of London bankers have financed not only the Nazi
War Machine, but the Russian Revolution and the Rise of Communism as well.
Surprised? Every person indoctrinated by establishment textbooks believes that historical events
are the result of accident -- not the carefully laid strategems of men who make money on wars -- men
with connections to secret societies and the politics of the occult.
Moving back through the so-called US Civil War, or War Between the States, Marrs reveals the
history of secret society agitation, the Anti-Masonic Movement, the French Revolution, Jacobins and
Jacobites, and of course, the American Revolution and the interference by the Illuminati and their
plots against Liberty and Freedom.
Marrs also tells the story of ancient secret societies like the Knights Templars, Rosicrucians,
Assassins, Priory of Sion, the Merovingians and the far reaching web of conspiracy which dominates
Going back even further, Marrs relates the history of the Road to Rome, the Cabala, the enigma of
the Sumerian civilization, the Annunaki, and the Floods and Wars of primordial earth.
"Rule by Secrecy" is clearly written, thought provoking, and totally entertaining. And it's the
best available alternative history of Planet Earth.
A former journalist, Jim Marrs is the author of the landmark deconstruction of the JFK
Assassination, "Crossfire" (1987), "Alien Agenda" (1997) and "Psi Spies" (2000).
Standing on the shoulders of independent researchers and authors like the late Gary Allen, A.
Ralph Epperson, G. Edward Griffin, John Coleman, Jonathan Vankin, Dr. Antony C. Sutton and Eustace
Mullins to name a few, Marrs admits that the book he's written is "the kind of book I would have
liked to have read fifteen years ago."
"The immense wealth of information on secret societies, most of it written long ago, is filled
with names, dates and events that are meaningless to modern readers,"
writes Marrs. "Therefore judicious editing and space limitations make this study somewhat cursory by
necessity. It is my hope that just enough detail has been retained to support this account of secret
society activity while still providing ease of reading over a very complex and controversial
Marrs notes, for example, that court hagiographer Niall Ferguson, a 1998 Oxford Fellow, history
tutor and author of an extensive Rothschild Family history, is "a self-styled atheist from a
Calvinist backgroundU who paid no attention whatsoever to the metaphysical aspects of the Rothschild
background, their knowledge of Cabalistic tradition, or their connecrtion to Freemasonry and other
Is it willful ignorance? Or calculated omission of the facts?
By dismissing occult politics in its historical context, many authors miss the mark in their
analysis. They miss the hidden interconnections which reveal the power struggles of realpolitik and
vouchsafe the reputations of the Ruling Class Criminals.
Media watchdog organizations like the right-wing Accuracy in Media (AIM) are especially suspect,
even though they pretend to watch out for the public interest.
"Writer Michael Collins Piper in 1990 made public that AIM founder Reed Irvine was paid $37,000 a
year as an 'advisor for the division of international finance of the Federal Reserve System,'" writes
Marrs. "Noting that many Fed members also belong to the secret societies, Piper wrote, 'To this day,
Irvine and AIM never touch on any subject which is sensitive to the interests of the international
Establishment: whether it be the Bilderberger group, the Trilateral Commission, the Council on
Foreign Relations or the truth about the privately owned Federal Reserve.'"
Marrs also deals with the current trend toward world domination under the guise of globalism or
"The question of whether or not a plan for one world government is a sinister conspiracy to
subjugate the population or simply an attempt to facilitate a natural evolutionary step is a matter
still to be decided, apparently with little or no help from the media," writes Marrs .
"But one thing is absolutely clear," he continues. "It is apparent that globalization or one world
government or the New World Order is not simply the imaginings of conspiracy theorists or paranoids,
but the articulated goal of the secret brotherhoods, organizations and groups, all of which carry the
imprint of the old orders of Freemasonry, the Round Tables and the Illuminati..."
"If the CFR, the Trilateral Commission, and the Bilderbergers are simply innocent well-intentioned
people working to bring about a peaceful and prosperous world, as they claim, then why all the
secrecy?" he asks. "Why all the front organizations, some of which are the antithesis of others? Why
do they obviously distrust public attention?"
Marrs' conclusion is chilling -- "Which leads to the single most important question: If they do
create a centralized one-world government, whatUs to prevent some Hitler like tyrant from taking
The fingerprints of conspiracy also have taken Marrs to examine the roots of war in the context of
"American capitalism needed international rivalry -- and periodic war to create an artificial
community of interest between rich and poor, supplanting the genuine community of interest among the
poor that showed itself in sporadic movements,"
says history professor Howard Zinn.
Marrs agrees. "World War II was fought to stop fascists in Germany, Italy and Japan who had been
created and financed by secret society members in the West. Despite the deadly nature of the war,
American and British society members continued to do business with the enemy and then rearranged
their reconstruction afterwards. Nowhere was the duplicity more evident than in President RooseveltUs
failure to alert American troops at Pearl Harbor of the impending Japanese attack brought on by his
own containment policies."
"Rule By Secrecy" is a fascinating history of insider world politics. It should be required
reading for every high school and college student.
"It is evident that, to whatever degree, individuals connected by blood, titles, marriage or
membership in secret societies have manipulated and controlled the destinies of entire nations
through the fomenting and funding of war," writes Marrs. "These people consider themselves above the
morality and ethics of the average man. They obviously look to some higher purpose whether that be
sheer wealth, power or perhaps some hidden agenda concerning mankind's origin, destiny and
"Rule by Secrecy" is an absolute must for every thinking person's library. In a call to action,
the book ends with a self-empowering concept that "knowledge is indeed power. It is time for those
who desire true freedom to exert themselves to fight back against the forces who desire domination
through fear and disunity."
"It is a time for truth -- about our past and our present, about who really rules and about what's
being done to this planet in the name of progress and profit....The time for secrecy is at an end."
"Don't wait for the corporate controlled media to inform and explain," writes Marrs. "Read and
listen to everything within reach and search for sources of alternative information -- on the
Internet, in documentaries, in old library books and unconventional bookstores. Read and watch things
you normally wouldnUt. Then quietly contemplate. Use that God-given supercomputer called your
'brain.' Perhaps more important, feel whatUs right within your heart, your soul, your innermost
And, by all means, read "Rule by Secrecy."
Rule by Secrecy
Copyright © 2001 Uri Dowbenko. All Rights Reserved.
Uri Dowbenko is CEO of New Improved Entertainment Corp. He can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org