The fact is that this book has had a major effect on history. Whether it is indeed a forgery, as its detractors claim, or whether it is true as its author claims, peoples' ideas have been set into motion as a result of this collection of these protocols and perhaps to understand the previous century and the one we are now in it is necessary to read such a book to see what, if any, effect this book may have had.
I myself will offer no comment except to note that the protocols have a very detailed and profound understanding of the human condition and in a C.S. Lewis, Screwtape Letters type of way, the Protocols view the human being in the reverse of the Benevolent God Who desires the healing of the human being through union with Himself and Who accurately expounds on the human condition so as to bring about this healing.
In the Protocols we have the same viewing of the fallen condition which is prone to sin and error but with the aim of exploiting this weakness to bring about the subjugation of the human being using this understanding of the psychology of the fallen human condition against itself. There is a certain wisdom in these protocols which surprised me.
Also, interestingly, Plato's Republic came to mind when I read this book. As the reader may know, in his work, Plato argued that Rule should be in the hands of a born and bred Philosopher King whose rule alone should be desired over the other forms of government he speaks of in descending value from the Philosopher King: Tyranny(and remember that a "tyrant", in the ancient Greek usage of this word denotes something other what a modern user of this word means, Oligarchy(the rule of the few) and in Plato's mind the worst form of government, Democracy.
Along these lines, it must be noted that in the aim of the protocols there is also manifested a certain desire by those orchestrating the events to bring about the good of those to be ruled for their own good as they, if left to themselves cannot rule. So the "takeover" is viewed in a "positive"light by the one being instructed in the protocols for the ultimate good of those to be ruled who cannot, because of an inherent weakness, rule themselves.
I will over the course of time print all the protocols. It is a fascinating work. I will preface each post with the above primer I have provided.
1. It is indispensable for our purpose that wars, so far as
possible, should not result in territorial gains: war will thus be
brought on to the economic ground, where the nations will not
fail to perceive in the assistance we give the strength of our
predominance, and this state of things will put both sides at the
mercy of our international AGENTUR; which possesses
millions of eyes ever on the watch and unhampered by any
limitations whatsoever. Our international rights will then wipe
out national rights, in the proper sense of right, and will rule
the nations precisely as the civil law of States rules the
relations of their subjects among themselves.
2. The administrators, whom we shall choose from among the
public, with strict regard to their capacities for servile
obedience, will not be persons trained in the arts of
government, and will therefore easily become pawns in our
game in the hands of men of learning and genius who will be
their advisers, specialists bred and reared from early childhood
to rule the affairs of the whole world. As is well known to you,
these specialists of ours have been drawing to fit them for rule
the information they need from our political plans from the
lessons of history, from observations made of the events of
every moment as it passes. The GOYIM are not guided by
practical use of unprejudiced historical observation, but by
theoretical routine without any critical regard for consequent
results. We need not, therefore, take any account of them - let
them amuse themselves until the hour strikes, or live on hopes of new forms of enterprising pastime, or on the memories of all they have enjoyed. For them let that play the principal part which we have persuaded them to accept as the dictates of science (theory). It is with this object in view that we are constantly, by means of our press, arousing a blind confidence in these theories. The intellectuals of the GOYIM will puff themselves up with their knowledges and without any logical verification of them will put into effect all the information available from science, which our AGENTUR specialists have cunningly pieced together for the purpose of educating their minds in the direction we want.
3. Do not suppose for a moment that these statements are
empty words: think carefully of the successes we arranged for
Darwinism, Marxism, Nietzsche-ism. To us Jews, at any rate, it
should be plain to see what a disintegrating importance these
directives have had upon the minds of the GOYIM.
4. It is indispensable for us to take account of the thoughts,
characters, tendencies of the nations in order to avoid making
slips in the political and in the direction of administrative
affairs. The triumph of our system of which the component
parts of the machinery may be variously disposed according to
the temperament of the peoples met on our way, will fail of
success if the practical application of it be not based upon a
summing up of the lessons of the past in the light of the
5. In the hands of the States of to-day there is a great force that
creates the movement of thought in the people, and that is the Press.
The part played by the Press is to keep pointing our requirements supposed to be indispensable, to give voice to the complaints of the people, to express and to create discontent. It is in the Press that the triumph of freedom of speech finds its incarnation. But the GOYIM States have not known how to make use of this force; and it has fallen into our hands. Through the Press we have gained the power to influence while remaining ourselves in the shade; thanks to the Press we have got the GOLD in our hands, notwithstanding that we have had
to gather it out of the oceans of blood and tears. But it has paid is, though we have sacrificed many of our people. Each victim on our side is worth in the sight of God a thousand GOYIM.
Protocol III1. To-day I may tell you that our goal is now only a few steps
Methods of Conquest
Methods of Conquest
off. There remains a small space to cross and the whole long
path we have trodden is ready now to close its cycle of the
Symbolic Snake, by which we symbolize our people. When
this ring closes, all the States of Europe will be locked in its
coil as in a powerful vice.
2. The constitution scales of these days will shortly break
down, for we have established them with a certain lack of
accurate balance in order that they may oscillate incessantly
until they wear through the pivot on which they turn. The
GOYIM are under the impression that they have welded them
sufficiently strong and they have all along kept on expecting
that the scales would come into equilibrium. But the pivots -
the kings on their thrones - are hemmed in by their
representatives, who play the fool, distraught with their own
uncontrolled and irresponsible power. This power they owe to
the terror which has been breathed into the palaces. As they
have no means of getting at their people, into their very midst,
the kings on their thrones are no longer able to come to terms
with them and so strengthen themselves against seekers after
power. We have made a gulf between the far-seeing Sovereign
Power and the blind force of the people so that both have lost
all meaning, for like the blind man and his stick, both are
3. In order to incite seekers after power to a misuse of power
we have set all forces in opposition one to another, breaking uj
their liberal tendencies towards independence. To this end we
have stirred up every form of enterprise, we have armed all
parties, we have set up authority as a target for every ambition]
Of States we have made gladiatorial arenas where a lot of
confused issues contend ... A little more, and disorders and
bankruptcy will be universal...
4. Babblers, inexhaustible, have turned into oratorical contest
the sittings of Parliament and Administrative Boards. Bold
journalists and unscrupulous pamphleteers daily fall upon
executive officials. Abuses of power will put the final touch ii
preparing all institutions for their overthrow and everything
will fly skyward under the blows of the maddened mob.
POVERTY OUR WEAPON5. All people are chained down to heavy toil by poverty more
firmly than ever. They were chained by slavery and serfdom:
from these, one way and another, they might free themselves
These could be settled with, but from want they will never get
away. We have included in the constitution such rights as to t
masses appear fictitious and not actual rights. All these so-
called "Peoples Rights" can exist only in idea, an idea which
can never be realized in practical life. What is it to the
proletariat laborer, bowed double over his heavy toil, crushed
by his lot in life, if talkers get the right to babble, if journalists
get the right to scribble any nonsense side by side with good
stuff, once the proletariat has no other profit out of the
constitution save only those pitiful crumbs which we fling
them from our table in return for their voting in favor of what
we dictate, in favor of the men we place in power, the servants
of our AGENTUR ... Republican rights for a poor man are no more than a bitter piece of irony, for the necessity he is under of toiling almost all day gives him no present use of them, but the other hand robs him of all guarantee of regular and certain earnings by making him dependent on strikes by his comrades or lockouts by his masters.
WE SUPPORT COMMUNISM6. The people, under our guidance, have annihilated the
aristocracy, who were their one and only defense and foster-
mother for the sake of their own advantage which is
inseparably bound up with the well-being of the people.
Nowadays, with the destruction of the aristocracy, the people
have fallen into the grips of merciless money-grinding
scoundrels who have laid a pitiless and cruel yoke upon the
necks of the workers.
7. We appear on the scene as alleged saviours of the worker
from this oppression when we propose to him to enter the ranks
of our fighting forces - Socialists, Anarchists, Communists - to
whom we always give support in accordance with an alleged
brotherly rule (of the solidarity of all humanity) of our
SOCIAL MASONRY. The aristocracy, which enjoyed by law
the labor of the workers, was interested in seeing that the
workers were well fed, healthy, and strong. We are interested
in just the opposite - in the diminution, the KILLING OUT OF
THE GOYIM. Our power is in the chronic shortness of food
and physical weakness of the worker because by all that this
implies he is made the slave of our will, and he will not find in
his own authorities either strength or energy to set against our
will. Hunger creates the right of capital to rule the worker more
surely than it was given to the aristocracy by the legal authority of kings.
8. By want and the envy and hatred which it engenders we
shall move the mobs and with their hands we shall wipe out
those who hinder us on our way.
9. WHEN THE HOUR STRIKES FOR OUR SOVEREIGN
LORD OF ALL THE WORLD TO BE CROWNED IT IS
THESE SAME HANDS WHICH WILL SWEEP AWAY
EVERYTHING THAT MIGHT BE A HINDRANCE
THERETO. (The Biblical "Anti-Christ?")
10. The GOYIM have lost the habit of thinking unless
prompted by the suggestions of our specialists. Therefore they
do not see the urgent necessity of what we, when our kingdom
comes, shall adopt at once, namely this, that IT IS
ESSENTIAL TO TEACH IN NATIONAL SCHOOLS ONE
SIMPLE, TRUE PIECE OF KNOWLEDGE, THE BASIS OF
ALL KNOWLEDGE - THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE
STRUCTURE OF HUMAN LIFE, OF SOCIAL EXISTENCE
WHICH REQUIRES DIVISION OF LABOR, AND,
CONSEQUENTLY, THE DIVISION OF MEN INTO
CLASSES AND CONDITIONS. It is essential for all to know
that OWING TO DIFFERENCE IN THE OBJECTS OF
HUMAN ACTIVITY THERE CANNOT BE ANY
EQUALITY, that he, who by any act of his compromises a
whole class, cannot be equally responsible before the law with
him who affects no one but only his own honor. The true
knowledge of the structure of society, into the secrets of which
we do not admit the GOYIM, would demonstrate to all men
that the positions and work must be kept within a certain circle
that they may not become a source of human suffering, arising
trom an education which does not correspond with the work which individuals are called upon to do. After a thorough study of this knowledge, the peoples will voluntarily submit to authority and accept such position as is appointed them in the State. In the present state of knowledge and the direction we have given to its development of the people, blindly believing things in print - cherishes - thanks to promptings intended to mislead and to its own ignorance - a blind hatred towards all conditions which it considers above itself, for it has no understanding of the meaning of class and condition. JEWS WILL BE SAFE
11. THIS HATRED WILL BE STILL FURTHER MAGNIFIED BY THE EFFECTS of an ECONOMIC CRISES, which will stop dealing on the exchanges and bring industry to a standstill. We shall create by all the secret subterranean methods open to us and with the aid of gold, which is all in our hands, A UNIVERSAL ECONOMIC CRISES WHEREBY WE SHALL THROW UPON THE STREETS WHOLE MOBS OF WORKERS SIMULTANEOUSLY IN ALL THE COUNTRIES OF EUROPE. These mobs will rush delightedly to shed the blood of those whom, in the simplicity of their ignorance, they have envied from their cradles, and whose property they will then be able to loot.
12. "OURS" THEY WILL NOT TOUCH, BECAUSE THE MOMENT OF ATTACK WILL BE KNOWN TO US AND WE SHALL TAKE MEASURES TO PROTECT OUR OWN.
13. We have demonstrated that progress will bring all the GOYIM to the sovereignty of reason. Our despotism will be precisely that; for it will know how, by wise severities, to
pacificate all unrest, to cauterize liberalism out of all institutions.
14. When the populace has seen that all sorts of concessions
and indulgences are yielded it, in the same name of freedom il
has imagined itself to be sovereign lord and has stormed its
way to power, but, naturally like every other blind man, it has
come upon a host of stumbling blocks. IT HAS RUSHED TO
FIND A GUIDE, IT HAS NEVER HAD THE SENSE TO
RETURN TO THE FORMER STATE and it has laid down iti
plenipotentiary powers at OUR feet. Remember the French
Revolution, to which it was we who gave the name of "Great"
the secrets of its preparations are well known to us for it was
wholly the work of our hands.
15. Ever since that time we have been leading the peoples frot
one disenchantment to another, so that in the end they should
turn also from us in favor of that KING-DESPOT OF THE
BLOOD OF ZION, WHOM WE ARE PREPARING FOR
16. At the present day we are, as an international force,
invincible, because if attacked by some we are supported by
other States. It is the bottomless rascality of the GOYIM
peoples, who crawl on their bellies to force, but are merciless
towards weakness, unsparing to faults and indulgent to crimes,
unwilling to bear the contradictions of a free social system but
patient unto martyrdom under the violence of a bold despotisi
- it is those qualities which are aiding us to independence.
From the premier-dictators of the present day, the GOYIM
peoples suffer patiently and bear such abuses as for the least a
them they would have beheaded twenty kings.
17. What is the explanation of this phenomenon, this curious inconsequence of the masses of the peoples in their attitude rards what would appear to be events of the same order?
18. It is explained by the fact that these dictators whisper to the sles through their agents that through these abuses they are cting injury on the States with the highest purpose - to sure the welfare of the peoples, the international brotherhood foem all, their solidarity and equality of rights. Naturally y do not tell the peoples that this unification must be »mplished only under our sovereign rule.
19. And thus the people condemn the upright and acquit the guilty, persuaded ever more and more that it can do whatsoever it wishes. Thanks to this state of things, the people are destroying every kind of stability and creating disorders at by step.
20. The word "freedom" brings out the communities of men to it against every kind of force, against every kind of authority even against God and the laws of nature. For this reason we, when we come into our kingdom, shall have to erase this word from the lexicon of life as implying a principle of brute force which turns mobs into bloodthirsty beasts.
21. These beasts, it is true, fall asleep again every time when y have drunk their fill of blood, and at such time can easily riveted into their chains. But if they be not given blood they will not sleep and continue to struggle.
Materialism Replaces Religion1. Every republic passes through several stages. The first of these is comprised in the early days of mad raging by the blind mob, tossed hither and thither, right and left: the second is demagogy from which is born anarchy, and that leads inevitably to despotism - not any longer legal and overt, and therefore responsible despotism, but to unseen and secretly hidden, yet nevertheless sensibly felt despotism in the hands of some secret organization or other, whose acts are the more scrupulous inasmuch as it works behind a screen, behind the backs of all sorts of agents, the changing of whom not only does not injuriously affect but actually aids the secret force by saving it, thanks to continual changes, from the necessity of ending its resources on the rewarding of long services.
2. Who and what is in a position to overthrow an invisible force? And this is precisely what our force is. GENTILE masonry blindly serves as a screen for us and our objects, but plan the plan of action of our force, even its very abiding-place, remains for the whole people an unknown mystery.
WE SHALL DESTROY GOD3. But even freedom might be harmless and have its place in State economy without injury to the well-being of the peoples if it rested upon the foundation of faith in God, upon brotherhood of humanity, unconnected with the conception
of equality, which is negatived by the very laws of creation, for they have established subordination. With such a faith as this people might be governed by a wardship of parishes, and would walk contentedly and humbly under the guiding hand of its spiritual pastor submitting to the dispositions of God upon earth. This is the reason why IT IS INDISPENSABLE FOR US TO UNDERMINE ALL FAITH, TO TEAR OUT OF TH MIND OF THE "GOYIM" THE VERY PRINCIPLE OF GOD-HEAD AND THE SPIRIT, AND TO PUT IN ITS PLACE ARITHMETICAL CALCULATIONS AND MATERIAL NEEDS.
4. In order to give the GOYIM no time to think and take note,
their minds must be diverted towards industry and trade. Thus
all the nations will be swallowed up in the pursuit of gain and
in the race for it will not take note of their common foe. But
again, in order that freedom may once for all disintegrate and
ruin the communities of the GOYIM, we must put industry on
a speculative basis: the result of this will be that what is
withdrawn from the land by industry will slip through the
hands and pass into speculation, that is, to our classes.
5. The intensified struggle for superiority and shocks delivered
to economic life will create, nay, have already created,
disenchanted, cold and heartless communities. Such
communities will foster a strong aversion towards the higher
political and towards religion. Their only guide is gain, that is
Gold, which they will erect into a veritable cult, for the sake of
those material delights which it can give. Then will the hour
strike when, not for the sake of attaining the good, not even to
win wealth, but solely out of hatred towards the privileged, the
lower classes of the GOYIM will follow our lead against our
rivals for power, the intellectuals of the GOYIM.
Despotism and Modern Progress
Despotism and Modern Progress
1. What form of administrative rule can be given to
communities in which corruption has penetrated everywhere,
communities where riches are attained only by the clever
surprise tactics of semi-swindling tricks; where loseness reigns:
where morality is maintained by penal measures and harsh
laws but not by voluntarily accepted principles: where the
feelings towards faith and country are obligated by
cosmopolitan convictions? What form of rule is to be given to
these communities if not that despotism which I shall describe
to you later? We shall create an intensified centralization of
government in order to grip in our hands all the forces of the
community. We shall regulate mechanically all the actions of
the political life of our subjects by new laws. These laws will
withdraw one by one all the indulgences and liberties which
have been permitted by the GOYIM, and our kingdom will be
distinguished by a despotism of such magnificent proportions
as to be at any moment and in every place in a position to wipe
out any GOYIM who oppose us by deed or word.
2. We shall be told that such a despotism as I speak of is not
consistent with the progress of these days, but I will prove to
you that it is.
3. In the times when the peoples looked upon kings on their
thrones as on a pure manifestation of the will of God, they
submitted without a murmur to the despotic power of kings:
but from the day when we insinuated into their minds the conception of their own rights they began to regard the occupants of thrones as mere ordinary mortals. The holy unction of the Lord's Anointed has fallen from the heads of kings in the eyes of the people, and when we also robbed then of their faith in God the might of power was flung upon the streets into the place of public proprietorship and was seized by us.
MASSES LED BY LIES4. Moreover, the art of directing masses and individuals by
means of cleverly manipulated theory and verbiage, by
regulations of life in common and all sorts of other quirks, in
all which the GOYIM understand nothing, belongs likewise to
the specialists of our administrative brain. Reared on analysis,
observation, on delicacies of fine calculation, in this species of
skill we have no rivals, any more than we have either in the
drawing up of plans of political actions and solidarity. In this
respect the Jesuits alone might have compared with us, but we
have contrived to discredit them in the eyes of the unthinking
mob as an overt organization, while we ourselves all the while
have kept our secret organization in the shade. However, it is
probably all the same to the world who is its sovereign lord,
whether the head of Catholicism or our despot of the blood of
Zion! But to us, the Chosen People, it is very far from being a
matter of indifference.
5. FOR A TIME PERHAPS WE MIGHT BE
SUCCESSFULLY DEALT WITH BY A COALITION OF
THE "GOYIM" OF ALL THE WORLD: but from this danger
we are secured by the discord existing among them whose
roots are so deeply seated that they can never now be plucked
up. We have set one against another the personal and national reckonings of the GOYIM, religious and race hatreds, which we have have fostered into a huge growth in the course of the past twenty centuries. This is the reason why there is not one State which would anywhere receive support if it were to raise its arm, for every one of them must bear in mind that any agreement against us would be unprofitable to itself. We are too strong - there is no evading our power. THE NATIONS CANNOT COME TO EVEN AN INCONSIDERABLE PRIVATE AGREEMENT WITHOUT OUR SECRETLY HAVING A HAND IN IT.
6. PER ME REGES REGNANT. "It is through me that Kings reign." And it was said by the prophets that we were chosen by God Himself to rule over the whole earth. God has endowed us with genius that we may be equal to our task. Were genius in the opposite camp it would still struggle against us, but even so, a newcomer is no match for the old-established settler: the struggle would be merciless between us, such a fight as the world has never seen. Aye, and the genius on their side would have arrived too late. All the wheels of the machinery of all States go by the force of the engine, which is in our hands, and that engine of the machinery of States is - Gold. The science of political economy invented by our learned elders has for long past been giving royal prestige to capital.
MONOPOLY CAPITAL7. Capital, if it is to co-operate untrammeled, must be free to establish a monopoly of industry and trade: this is already being put in execution by an unseen hand in all quarters of the world. This freedom will give political force to those engaged in industry, and that will help to oppress the people. Nowadays it is more important to disarm the peoples than to lead them into war: more important to use for our advantage the passion which have burst into flames than to quench their fire: more important to eradicate them. THE PRINCIPLE OBJECT OF OUR DIRECTORATE CONSISTS IN THIS: TO DEBILITATE THE PUBLIC MIND BY CRITICISM; TO LEAD IT AWAY FROM SERIOUS REFLECTIONS CALCULATED TO AROUSE RESISTANCE; TO DISTRACT THE FORCES OF THE MIND TOWARDS A SHAM FIGHT OF EMPTY ELOQUENCE.
8. In all ages the people of the world, equally with individuals
have accepted words for deeds, for THEY ARE CONTENT
WITH A SHOW and rarely pause to note, in the public arena,
whether promises are followed by performance. Therefore we
shall establish show institutions which will give eloquent proof
of their benefit to progress.
9. We shall assume to ourselves the liberal physiognomy of all
parties, of all directions, and we shall give that physiognomy a
VOICE IN ORATORS WHO WILL SPEAK SO MUCH
THAT THEY WILL EXHAUST THE PATIENCE OF THEIR
HEARERS AND PRODUCE AN ABHORRENCE OF
10. IN ORDER TO PUT PUBLIC OPINION INTO OUR
HANDS WE MUST BRING IT INTO A STATE OF
BEWILDERMENT BY GIVING EXPRESSION FROM ALL
SIDES TO SO MANY CONTRADICTORY OPINIONS AND
FOR SUCH LENGTH OF TIME AS WILL SUFFICE TO
MAKE THE "GOYIM" LOSE THEIR HEADS IN THE
LABYRINTH AND COME TO SEE THAT THE BEST
THING IS TO HAVE NO OPINION OF ANY KIND IN
MATTERS POLITICAL, which it is not given to the public to understand, because they are understood only by him who guides the public. This is the first secret.
11. The second secret requisite for the success of our government is comprised in the following: To multiply to such an extent national failings, habits, passions, conditions of civil life, that it will be impossible for anyone to know where he is in the resulting chaos, so that the people in consequence will fail to understand one another. This measure will also serve us
in another way, namely, to sow discord in all parties, to
dislocate all collective forces which are still unwilling to
submit to us, and to discourage any kind of personal initiative
which might in any degree hinder our affair. THERE IS NOTHING MORE DANGEROUS THAN PERSONAL INITIATIVE: if it has genius behind it, such initiative can do
more than can be done by millions of people among whom we
have sown discord. We must so direct the education of the
GOYIM communities that whenever they come upon a matter
requiring initiative they may drop their hands in despairing
impotence. The strain which results from freedom of actions
saps the forces when it meets with the freedom of another.
From this collision arise grave moral shocks, disenchantments, failures. BY ALL THESE MEANS WE SHALL SO WEAR DOWN THE "GOYIM" THAT THEY WILL BE COMPELLED TO OFFER US INTERNATIONAL POWER OF A NATURE THAT BY ITS POSITION WILL ENABLE
US WITHOUT ANY VIOLENCE GRADUALLY TO ABSORB ALL THE STATE FORCES OF THE WORLD AND TO FORM A SUPER-GOVERNMENT. In place of the rulers of to-day we shall set up a bogey which will be called the Super-Government Administration. Its hands will reach out in all directions like nippers and its organization will be of such
colossal dimensions that it cannot fail to subdue all the nation of the world. (League of Nations and subsequent United Nations Organization - Ed.).
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