Sunday, May 15, 2016

Mysterious Indiana Masonic Revolution?

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There isn't a great deal to report on in this story yet, but watch for more to unfold. It sounds as if a revolution is afoot. Worshipful Masters in Indiana have been receiving a "seditious" letter in the mail, which seems to be asking them to lead some sort of insurrection against the management of the Grand Lodge. It urges Worshipful Masters to lead the lodges in taking over Freemasonry in that State.

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There seems to be no immediate information available as to who is sending these letters and no suggestion has been made thus far as to how they have the mailing addresses of the WMs of that state. The obvious conclusion is that is some sort of an inside job. Of course, who else would care if Freemasonry dies or not in these days? I can think of only two parties who would be truly motivated to see Freemasonry survive. Those are Freemasons themselves, and apart from Freemasons, David Icke. After all, David Icke stands to loose most if Freemasonry disappears.

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As far as I can see, Masons online are making fun of the effort, and it is unlikely to generate as much light as it does heat, but I suspect someone is going to take it quite seriously.

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For some time I have been suggesting that change needs to come to Freemasonry if it is to survive. I have also suggested that if Freemasonry has a future, it will end up being a much slimmer model, one with either no Grand Lodges, or with Grand Lodges that have essentially been turned into the hand maidens of the local lodges, and which are lean but not mean. It would seem that such an idea has some takers.

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While it may be hard for some to imagine that this effort would likely result in actual change, it is quite likely that so long as there is any sort of Freemasonry left, there will be calls to action like this one. Where ever you as an individual Mason may think the solution lies, unless one of these calls to action achieves success and a wide response, the number of people involved in Freemasonry will continue to shrink until it is zero.

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Perhaps it is not considered newsworthy by some because they think it improbable that such an effort will bear fruit.

At the very least it highlights if not corruption, then a tendency for unaffordable and irresponsible oppulence, and just how out of touch with reality the Grand Lodge leadership has become. In fairness to the officials in Indiana, it is unlikely that the leadership of Indiana's GL is very much different from those of the other Grand Lodges.

Whatever you may think of this, from where I sit, it is very big news, precisely because someone actually cares enough to do it.

This should be interesting to watch.

Thanks to Colin Peterson, Adam Bauer, and Chris Hodapp

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Freemason Leads Coup d'Etat in Brazil

American "news" outlets, which most recognize are now no more than propaganda machines,  are already incapable of reporting accurately on what happens in the US. For the most part they simply do not report on what happens elsewhere in the world at all. Such was the case this past week when what amounts to a Coup d'Etat occurred in Brazil.

Dilma Rousseff, loved by some and highly criticized by many in Brazil, was none the less the legitimate and duly elected president of that nation. She is a woman, and one with strong leftest ties, in a country where an overwhelmingly non-white population and a fifty percent female demographic makes a figure with those credentials unsurprisingly quite popular.

One might wonder why her opponents had to resort to an impeachment procedure to gain power. Well, we have the answer. The "interum" president, who was obviously not elected to office, and who has alleged ties to US spy agencies, a 70 year old Brazilian Freemason, has appointed an all white, all male cabinet.

It should be noted that the last time Brazil, a nation which, if you will forgive me for repeating myself, is largely made up of people of color, indeed it has the largest black population of any nation in the world after Nigeria, had an all white, all male government was over 30 years ago, and that was a military dictatorship which, perhaps unsurprisingly, had support from the US government.

Even commentators in Brazil's center-right mainstream media, which have been extremely critical of Rousseff's administration, such as the large national O Globo, note that this government is looking like a return to the past.

A number of the members of Temer's new government have been linked to a variety of scandals. Three are under investigation by authorities, and another four have been mentioned in a wide ranging corruption investigation led by the Federal Police, popularly referred to as the "Car Wash." They may even be implicated in criminal activity. Temer is quite likely ineligible by Brazilian law to run for public office because he has recently been convicted of violating campaign finance laws

Despite Freemasonry's tendency to be supportive of its own, in this case Freemasonry in general, and Brazilian Freemasonry in particular, should be swift in condemning what is happening. It looks like the makings of an old style dictatorship. And we know the only way these men could gain control of the government in today's Brazil is by an illegal Coup d'Etat, which is precisely what they have done under the fairly transparent guise of a questionable "impeachment".

Many Brazilians lost their lives in the past opposing precisely this sort of governance. It is to be hoped that Brazilian Freemasons will not willingly play a role in bringing it back.  We will be watching to see how Brazilians and especially Brazilian Freemasons will respond to this assault of democratic principles.

NB: This addendum is essential, since perhaps unsurprisingly, a few have already attempted to critique this post suggesting that I am blinded by leftest thinking and writing in support of a political figure they abhor and consider guilty of all evil in the world. Personally, I have no allegiance to Dilma. I am not allied to any Brazilian political institution nor to any international political movements. If she is corrupt, she should be voted out of office, and if her opponents have enough support, they should push for earlier elections. However, the only reason this impeachment has been pushed through is to aid a blatant attempt to steal the control of government away from the people, and to effect a Coup d'Etat. I am less concerned with who is in office than I am with how they get there. This is no way to do it, and if Dilma was perceived as corrupt, then replacing her with yet more corrupt individuals does not serve the public good.