‘Conspiracy theory’ is now a widely familiar term, albeit generally referred to with sarcasm and scorn. Yet ‘criminal conspiracies’ are heard before law courts. The Mafia, the Thuggee in India, and Triads in China are all recognised criminal conspiracies that have ritualistic and religious elements. During the Cold War there were government investigations into a ‘communist conspiracy’.
President Dwight Eisenhower in his ‘Farewell Address’ referred to a wide-ranging conspiracy he called the ‘military-industrial complex’. However, if political conspiracies are referred to that involve secret societies such as Freemasonry, the suggestion is met with derision. The situation is not helped when there are ‘conspiracy theorists’ who make outlandish claims and fail to support their allegations with reliable sources.
In ‘The Occult and Subversive Movements’ Dr. Kerry Bolton applies scholarly methodology, in layman’s terms, to the question of conspiracies and the occult. Belief in magic, mysticism and the supernatural are unnecessary. What is relevant is that such notions are acted on by those who do believe them. Bolton uses reliable sources to marshal the evidence that there are occult initiates who have for centuries been fomenting revolutions, and using materialistic, rationalistic and communistic ideologies that appear contrary to occultism. Bolton examines the lineage of occult societies, occult doctrines of power conflict, the role of occult societies in revolutions, the undermining of traditional religions in pursuit of a one-world ‘syncretic religion’, the use of the United Nations and the European Union, and the centuries’ old dream of rebuilding the Temple of Solomon as the centre of a universal republic.
Dr. Bolton understands the power of conspiracy and secrecy in history. All readers, from all traditions, will find this book worthy of attention. – Mark L. Mirabello, Ph.D., Professor of History.