The Ripper, The Masons and the Protocols

Reading Jack The Ripper: The Final Solution by Stephen Knight I came across an interesting passage about the Freemasonic Protocols. The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is widely known today as an anti-Semitic fabrication emanating from Russia, but Knight’s book – which deals with the theory that the Jack the Ripper kills were part of a cover-up and carried out by Masons, who used Masonic symbolism in the killings – suggests an alternative origin of the Protocols and their relation to Freemasonry. It’s an interesting hypothesis, one steeped in speculation and controversy. Whoever wrote the Protocols, it’s impossible to miss the relevance to modern politics …

Excerpt from Jack the Ripper: The Final Solution by Stephen Knight

The fog of secrecy which envelops Freemasonry makes it virtually impossible to divine any more than the day-to-day workings and rituals of the society. But a translation of some original documents, allegedly stolen from one of the most influential and highly initiated leaders of Freemasonry in France at the turn of the century, gives an indication of the plans and ambitions of at least some of its leaders. The documents were gathered together and first published in England by Eyre and Spottiswoode in 1920. The so-called Protocols are explicit: absolute power is the ambition, at least of the Freemasons in the highest degrees, and nothing, not even human life, must stand in its way. It would be ludicrous to suggest that these documents show Freemasonry as a whole to be evil, or that Masons are all aiming to take over the world. It has been shown that in the lowest degrees Masons are, on the whole, ordinary law-abiding citizens who have no knowledge of the total allegiance and appalling demands made on the initiates to higher degrees. But with such fanatical writings set down as “protocols” by high Masons, it needs only an extreme or lunatic fringe to take them absolutely literally. Of all the hundreds of thousands of Freemasons in England in the 1880s, there were bound to be these lunatic fringes … Here, then, are some of the Protocols:

(1) Our motto must be “All means of force and hypocrisy”.

(2) Only sheer force is victorious in politics, especially if it is concealed in the talent indispensible for statesmen. Violence must be the principle, cunning and hypocrisy must be the rule of those governments which do not wish to lay down their crown at the feet of the agents of some new power.

(3) In order to obtain our ends we must have recourse to much slyness and artfulness.

(4) The main success in politics consists in the degree of secrecy employed in pursuing it. The actions of a diplomat must not correspond with his words. To help our world-wide plan, which is nearing its desired end, we must influence the governments of the Gentiles [the Masonic term borrowed from Hebrew and used to mean non-Masonic] by so-called public opinions, in reality pre-arranged by us by means of that greatest of all powers – the press, which, with a few insignificant exceptions not worth taking into account, is entirely in our hands. Briefly, in order to demonstrate our enslavement of the Gentile governments of Europe, we will show our power to one of them by means of crime and violence, that is to say by a reign of terror.

(5) We must secure all instruments which our enemies might turn against us. We shall have recourse to the most intricate and complicated expressions of the dictionary of law in order to acquit ourselves in case we are forced to give decisions, which may seem overbold or unjust. For it will be important to express such decisions in so forcible a manner, that they should seem to the populace to be of the highest moral, equitable and just nature. Our government must be surrounded by all the powers of civilization among which it will have to act.

(6) In p0litics, governments and nations are satisfied by the showy side of everything; yes, and how should they have time to examine the inner side of things when their representatives only think of amusements? The nation holds the power of a political genius in special respect and endures all its high-handed actions, and thus regards them: “What a dirty trick, but how skilfully executed!” “What a swindle! But how well and with what courage it has been done!”

(7) It is necessary for us to acquire the services of bold and daring agents, who will be able to overcome obstacles in the way of our progress.

(8) The services of the police are of extreme importance to us, as they are able to throw a screen over our enterprises, invent reasonable explanations for discontent among the masses, as well as punish those who refuse to submit.

(9) The grandness of our might will require that suitable punishments should be awarded, that is to say, that they should be harsh even in the case of the smallest attempt to violate the prestige of the authority for the sake of personal gain.

[Knight responds to these points within the framework of the Masonic nature of the Ripper killings: the “slyness and artfulness” of the murders; the “reign of terror” the Ripper killings represented (which brings to mind the alleged Freemasonic influence on the French Revolution and all that followed); the manipulation of the law and use of fraud and illegal behaviour executed with daring and audacity both in the plan itself and the manipulation of public opinion through the control of the press. It takes no great leap of the imagination to apply all of this to the modus operandi of the “powers that be” today.]

The translator of the Protocols claimed they were in the form of minutes which were removed from a large book of notesfor lectures. They were signed, he said, by Freemasons of the highest rank, the thirty-third degree.

It must be stated that the Protocols  have been the subject of debate since they first appeared in print. Hitler twisted their meaning and alleged that they proved the existence of a worldwide conspiracy by the Jews, and used them in a hopeless attempt to justify his extermination programme. Chiefly because of the Nazi atrocities many writers have attacked the Protocols as forgeries. The argument continues to rage, and there are strong arguments both for and against.

An important point to bear in mind is that they had been in existence a long time before they were finally published … Of course, even accepting for a moment that there were no question of the documents’ authenticity, it would still be ludicrous to believe that they form the code by which all Freemasons live. Most Masons do not progress beyond the third degree, so the vast majority of Freemasons before the Protocols were published would never have heard of them.

But what they would have conveyed to those high initiates, who not only read them, but took them seriously, is fascinating and disturbing


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