Friday, August 7, 2015

John Adams Afternoon Commute, w/ guest Adam Parfrey

Hoax Busters: Conspiracy or just Theory? - Live & Recorded Episodes:

John has an excellent discussion with Adam Parfrey about his book, Ritual America: Secret Brotherhoods and Their Influence on American Society an amazing publication full of Masonic print material from various eras and interesting information on this most influential and ubiquitous secret society.

From the site:

Just five or six decades ago as many as a third of all American males belonged to a fraternal order.

The substance of so-called secret rituals could easily be purchased in cheap paperback books. The true secret of these fraternal orders may be that all the classified information was hidden in plain sight.

Secret societies had extraordinary influence on practically everything in our culture, from business networking, entertainment, friendships, life insurance, and the structure of the government to the nuclear family itself.

The pomp and circumstance, the patriarchy, the racism, the misogyny it's all revealed in Ritual America with more than 400 rare images, and strange and humorous text that goes far beyond impenetrable esoterica or near-psychotic conspiracy theory.

This expansive visual guidebook unveils the strangest sort of American history accessed from personal scrapbooks, snapshots, news service photos, lost era magazines, internal documents. Here's a way of "coming to grips" with the strange phenomenon of fraternal organizations in America, both yesteryear and today.

Commute Music: Mambo Jambo by Perez Prado

John Adams's Recommended Reading List.

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