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    They take an oath of secrecy, swear each other eternal fidelity and go through controversial rituals together. The Swedish Freemasonry has turned out to have a strong foothold in the city of Umeå, with many of its members high-ranking politicians and could be a problem for democracy.

    A total of 277 local businessmen and politicians representing different parties in the Swedish city of Umeå are members of the same Masonic lodge and support each other in many ways, reports Västerbottens-Kuriren (VK). While the politicians publicly play the role of opponents, they have sworn each other eternal fidelity and loyalty and have even undergone bizarre bonding rituals as Freemasons.

    A senior politician who desired to remain anonymous, described the situation as follows:

    "So we are sitting at a conference table, and then suddenly a politician is a Freemason appears. His arguments can get another politician, also a Freemason, to completely reverse his opinion."

    An investigation carried out by the local newspaper revealed that a number of well-known politicians and officials, all freemasons, kept contact with representatives of the business community. They met at least once a week in closed rooms, dressed in either tuxedos or dark suits and black ties.

    Håkan Järvå, a psychologist with extensive knowledge of manipulation and influence in closed groups, has conducted a research on the impact various cults have on their members and has penned a book about influence and peer pressure.

    "Rituals help strengthen a community, creating ties that happen to be stronger than laws and regulations. The members will be more like a family," he told Västerbottens-Kuriren.

    Peter Ullgren, associate professor of history at Lund University, pointed out that Freemasons make use of various ways to help and support each other. According to him, this is clearly a problem for Swedish democracy as Freemasons may be perceived as a "mafia-like" organization.

    "They can also destroy the careers of non-Masons who fail to do what they want," he told Västerbotten Kuriren. "It happened that Freemasons within the academia questioned my competence and even tried to sully me," he said.

    Historian Andreas Önnerfors thinks that there is a historic undertone to the new revelation, as there was the same tendency in provincial Sweden a century ago, which still lingers on.

    "The phenomenon was that the headmaster, the police chief, the judge and the newspaper editor was in the same lodge. This was very common in provincial towns some 100 years ago. Such things may tend to persist," Andreas Önnerfors told Västerbottens-Kuriren.

    According to the newspaper, a number of present and former members declined to appear in the article "for fear of their lives being destroyed."

    Freemasonry in Sweden dates back almost 300 years. The country's largest Masonic lodge numbers some 15,000 members.

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      armor
      Interesting, thank you. Freemasonry is a subject which is hardly ever touched in the whole world, one talks about politics, elections, wars, the economy, the weather, but that word never crops up... They wield power all right, at all echelons, in all organisations. Plus they have the secrecy factor.
    • Drain the swamp
      Somebody please tell these freemason fools, its just a trick by the "chosen" to get superior goyim cattle on their side ie freemasnry is a trick to make dem fools egos think they are now an "honorary" chosen ! Whilst wallenburg always remains the boss.
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      dvdgrg09
      Men playing at being boys. Wonder how many secret women's societies there are? None, maybe.
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      real_democracy
      "...the headmaster, the police chief, the judge and the newspaper editor was in the same lodge. This was very common..."

      It is still common nowadays. The same pattern occurs in Portugal, as everywhere else in the world.

      In 2012, a leak disclosed the names of about 1950 current portuguese freemasons and respective lodges. In 2016, an analysis based on this data showed that the freemasons have been secretly occupying a very significant part of the deputy places in the portuguese parliement (20 to 80%). Many places in the governments (local, regional and national) and other institutions are also strategically occupied by freemasons. There is a large uncertainty in the upper limit of the above estimated range (80%), because only a small fraction of all the freemason names was disclosed and the total number of freemasons in Portugal is unknown (it can be estimated as 6000-30000). The general public is unaware of this, in part because this was discovered only a few months ago and also because the freemasons essentially control the media: the new information was sent a few months ago to the main media (TV, newspapers) but was ignored - only a few blogs published the data.

      The list of 1950 Freemasons also shows that the freemasons infiltrate and dominate all the different powers: political, mediatic, religious, judicial, military, etc. They dominate culture: freemason artists are more spoken about in the media and frequently are preferred by other freemasons in influential positions, leading to a lot of free publicity for freemason's culture to the detriment of others. This has been happening for many decades and even centuries. On the other hand, architecture all over the world has many traces and signs that show the overwhelming massonic power in plain sight to anyone able to see those signs (the freemasons). Statues and street names in cities usually pay homage to freemasons. It sounds crazy, but unfortunately it's the truth...

      Please inform yourself about this extremely serious problem of our so-called "democratic" societies. In many places all around the world we are "democratically" choosing between a freemason candidate or... a freemason candidate.
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