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PROTOCOLS OF THE ELDERS OF ZION: Are Jews and Masons conspiring to control the world?

© 2004 by G. Edward Griffin


The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is a document, widely circulated in Europe and the United States, describing a plot by Jewish conspirators to take over the world. It is said to be the minutes of a series of meeting held in Basle, Switzerland, in 1897 at the time of the First Zionist Congress. The text reveals plans whereby Jews, working together with Freemasons, were to disrupt Christian civilization and, upon its ruin, build a new world order ruled by them from behind the scenes. This was to be accomplished with liquor and vice to befuddle national leaders, corruption of womanhood, mass propaganda, economic crises, and public violence – what we now call

There is no doubt that the Protocols accurately describe much of what is happening in our world today, but that does not prove that the document is authentic. There is considerable evidence that the Protocols are a forgery produced by the Okhrana, which was the secret police of the Czarist government of Russia. It must be remembered that, when the revolution against the Czar was gaining favor, many of its leaders were Jews. Lenin and Trotsky were perhaps the best known, but there were many others as well. This is not surprising inasmuch as Russia had absorbed the largest population of Jews in the world at that time, so there were plenty of them on hand to assume the role. Furthermore, the Czar was decidedly anti-Semitic – due, in part, to the tendency of the Jewish population to show higher loyalty to Jewry than to the Russian Crown. Masons were also in disfavor for similar reasons. Loyalty to any entity other than the government was not tolerated. Jews had been treated harshly by the Czarist government, and it was to be expected that they would support any movement to overthrow the established

The Czar was not alone in his anti-Semitism. Many Russians were resentful of the Jewish immigrants, and the Okhrana capitalized upon this animosity by portraying the Czar’s enemies as tools and dupes of Jewish conspirators. The ploy was intended to convert widespread anti-Semitism into support for the Crown.


The evidence for this scenario is impressive. Prior to the alleged “discovery” of the Protocols, there were three books widely read throughout Europe that dealt with political conspiracies and corruption of government. The first was Dialogue in Hell between Machiavelli and Montesquieu. It was a satire about Emperor Napoleon III, and was a primer on the subversion of government, the art of demagoguery, and the use of money and secret agents to control the world.

The second was a German novel entitled Biarritz, the story of twelve rabbis, representing the tribes of Israel, who meet secretly in a cemetery and, chanting like warlocks, celebrate the triumph of Jewish bankers who have acquired control over the world.

The third, called The Book of the Kabal, was written by a Russian Jew who had converted to Christianity. It was a translation of the minutes of the Jewish council, Minsk Kehilla, which contained clannish and bigoted statements that, in terms of modern times and sensibilities, are shocking. The translator characterized the Kehillah as a “state within a state” and claimed that the Jews were engaged in an international conspiracy.

The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, which supposedly is the minutes of secret Zionist meetings in Basle, is merely a composite of material drawn from these three books. Furthermore, the language of the Protocols is not the language of conspirators. It is the language of propagandists. It is written, not in self-approving terms that would place the authors in a favorable light, but in such harsh terms as to arouse animosity on the part of the reader against the authors. For example, consider this statement: “We shall everywhere arouse ferment, struggle, and enmity—we shall unleash a world war—we shall bring the people to such a pass that they will voluntarily offer us world domination.” The conclusion is inescapable that phrases such as these are the skillful work of Okhrana propagandists seeking to turn public sentiment against the revolutionaries.

One more fact should be kept in mind when evaluating the authenticity of the Protocols. It is extremely unlikely that such powerful and cunning conspirators would ever commit their master plan to writing. First, it would not be necessary, since every detail would be well known to each of them. Second, written documents of this type are dangerous and, when they do exist, usually are destroyed immediately after they have served their purpose. Yet, we are expected to believe that one of the “Elders” actually did make a written record of everything discussed and then, somehow, lost it – allowing it to be discovered by the Czarist secret service. Not very likely, to say the

On June 2, 1961, Richard Helms, who was Assistant Director of the CIA at that time, made this statement before a subcommittee of the U.S. Senate: “The Russians have a long tradition in the art of forgery. More than 60 years ago the czarist intelligence service concocted and peddled a confection called the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion.” As late as 1958, this item was still being pushed by psychological warfare organizations specializing in anti-Semitism. In the 1930s and 1940s Hitler’s propagandists “borrowed” it and added it to some counterfeiting of their own.”


In spite of these revelations, the Protocols continue to be widely disseminated throughout the world today. Most people who read them are unaware they are being lured into a trap. The trap is different from the one set a century ago by the Okhrana but it is a trap, nonetheless. Originally, the Protocols played upon existing anti-Semitism in Russia to garner support for the Czarist government. In later years, they served the same purpose for the Nazis. Today, instead of appealing to existing anti-Semitism, they serve to create it where none previously existed; and when unwary investigators are led down this path, they become marginalized in their efforts to spread the truth in other areas, no matter how correct the rest of their information may be. Equally important, this diverts attention away from the real master planners – some are Jews but most are not – who are building a New World Order based on the model of collectivism. People who accept the authenticity of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion are not likely to be paying much attention to what is happening in the Fabian and Leninist camps – and that’s where the

There are some who are not in agreement with my analysis of this issue. They insist that the Protocols are one hundred percent authentic, and anyone who says otherwise is a tool of the Jewish cabal. To them I would like to make an alternative appeal. Instead of focusing on the issue of the document’s authenticity, let us look at the practicality of what can be done about it. Even if the world were in the grip of the Elders, what is our course of action? The answer is that, whether the document is authentic or a forgery, the solution is the same either way.


The Protocols is a blueprint for world government based on the model of collectivism. Therefore, we need to oppose it no matter who wrote it. If we can dismantle collectivism, no conspiracy such as described could succeed, because that is the mechanism modern totalitarians must have to function. On the other hand, if we do not dismantle collectivism, we will be enslaved by someone, and it will make little difference who it is. Everyone who seeks to take away our freedom is our enemy, regardless of race or ethnic background. Let’s keep that fact uppermost in all we do in this struggle. Collectivists are our enemy, no one else. Collectivists come in all sizes, colors, religions, and nationalities. They belong to different groups and groups within groups. Some are Jews, some are Christians, some are Blacks, some are Orientals, some are Caucasians, some are Leninists, and some are Fabians. But they are all determined to create a world order based on the model of collectivism. If they succeed, we will be but surfs in a high-tech feudalism with them as our lords and masters. We must not let them succeed.


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