In this issue we are running the first half of something not originally written for the
Lobster. It's not that we're short of copy, just that there is a lot of US material which
we would like to recycle in this country, and this Marshall piece seemed like as good a
piece as any to begin. We would be interested in reader's responses to the idea of
reprinting work which has appeared first elsewhere.
Sorry if having only half the Secret Societies and MacGregor pieces is irritating. What
happened was we had decided to run Marshall's piece and then, just before paste-up
the MacGregor thing arrived and it seemed too good and too topical to ignore. But
running them both together in full would have meant dropping other material which
seemed worth putting out. Hence the compromise - or mistake - of the halves. If there
are strong feelings about doing this (waiting two months for the second half of a story
may be irritating) please let us know for future reference.
to him to ask him if they could reprint it. He automatically said yes,
having no idea whatsoever of the nature of the periodical, believing it
merely to be some local Conservative newsletter.
I know Leigh and when I first read this story in Searchlight I was
amazed. There is no way Leigh has any sympathies with fascism,
national socialism, racialism or anti-semitism. (Incidentally, his close
friend and co-founder of the Coalition For Peace Through Security,
Julian Lewis, is Jewish.)"
"Re: Shooting the Pope. I have fired thousands of rounds through all
sorts of hand guns. A 9mm Browning Hi-power (used by Agca) is not
fired with any intent of hitting a moving target (moving on multiple
planes simultaneously) when held over one's head and fired blind.
It is quite as silly as Lee Harvey Oswald's having been the lone assassin
with a piece of pre WW2 bolt action junk, with a cheap 1 inch diameter 4
Technical ignorance allows a lot of bullshit to float by. Hinkley's
'explosive bullets' are another example. I happen to know that had he
been using what the FBI claimed, no one would have even gone to the
hospital. Maximum penetration would have been less than a half inch of
Most Western political scientists, following in the traditions of Marx or Weber, scorn
the study of secret and occult societies as irrelevant to understanding the politics of the
age. In their view, politics can best be understood as the working out, in public arenas,
of bureaucratic, interest group, or class struggles. The study of secret societies smacks
instead of pursuing discredited "conspiracy" theories of history. In part, this attitude
stems from a general ignorance of the existence and power of such groups. But they do
exist: "modernisation" has not made them a thing of the past. Their importance derives
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