04Jul Echoes Of The Architects
“… So far as I am acquainted with the principles and Doctrines of Free Masonry, I conceive them to be founded on benevolence and to be exercised for the good of mankind. If it has been a Cloak to promote improper or nefarious objects, it is a melancholy proof that in unworthy hands, the best institutions may be made use of to promote the worst designs.” – George Washington
Freemasonry is as often misunderstood by its critics as by its supporters. Knowledge of its history sheds light upon the largest misconceptions – as well as important insight into our present…
“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” – Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride
Origins Of Architecture
Though myths and legends …
“The reason written laws were such a breakthrough is that they permitted lossless digital replay over distance . . . Orally communicated laws were limited by the travel radius and the memory of the speaker. Subject to a game of telephone when repeated. [Now we can] communicate what we see/hear – digitally, losslessly, over great distance . . . for photo/video, not just characters.”
This notion started a long chain of thought…
The earliest forms of government appeared when societies began to use writing to create laws and decrees for mass distribution.
To monopolize this knowledge was to claim the authority that came with it. One of history’s …
“Following her immutable law, nature, having changed the form of competition, proceeded to select a quality of mind to correspond with the new conditions of life.” – Brooks Adams, The Law Of Civilization And Decay
Nature Abhors A Vacuum
The end of a monopoly leaves a void that must be filled. (See: Part 1)
Some assume the fourth monopoly will end with an economic collapse – returning large parts of the world to the second monopoly. Though some are quick to paint members of the prepper movement as kooks, their strategy could serve as a strong hedge against such a scenario.
Fate may intervene. Some politicians, already supporting a return to violence, have found themselves …
“The evolution of this centralized society was as logical as every other work of nature. When force reached the stage where it expressed itself exclusively through money, the governing class ceased to be chosen because they were valiant or eloquent, artistic, learned, or devout, and were selected solely because they had the faculty of acquiring and keeping wealth.” – Brooks Adams
Something Runs In The Family
Brooks Adams was the grandson of a U.S. President, and the great grandson of another. Perhaps not surprisingly, he shared his ancestors’ distrust of excessive wealth and power in the hands of an elite.
His best known work, The Law of Civilization And Decay, discusses the predictable cycles by which civilizations rise and fall:
“At first, commercial activities flourish in …