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The Conspiracy Bool Another podcast interview with JMG, this time on Jim Harold's Conspiracy Corner podcast. The theme, of course, is the history of secret societies, with reference to JMG's new book The Conspiracy Book. You can listen to it online here

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Date: 2019-02-16 03:10 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] kayr
Nice podcast. I have this book on the check it out soon list.

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Date: 2019-02-17 01:16 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Bought my copy at the Barnes & Noble here in Boise. It’s a lovely book, and an enjoyable read. I had no idea how many secret societies there were/are! The Family of Love picture and description conjures up a feeling of sweetness and longing for me, with a dusting of sorrow, even though I’m not Christian.

Very much enjoyed the podcast!



Date: 2019-02-20 04:57 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
You mentioned in the podcast that Masonry has to reinvent itself roughly every 50 years and that some state lodges are doing a better job of attracting young people right now. What are some of those changes to attract young people and in what states have you seen that change occurring?

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Date: 2019-02-25 04:43 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Thanks for this. I've been visiting lodges and this seems like good criteria for picking one. I recently moved and was surprised by the contrast in lodges. In California, the two I visited had around 100 in attendance, a fine meal and dressed in suits, although they clearly came from all social strata.

Out here in the Midwest, the first I visited had about half young guys but gave the impression of a dying lodge. It is unclear as I didn't get much of a chance to talk to the young guys. This was a town that an industrial family build out a beautiful historic building that has since been turned over to other purposes. They seem attached to the glory days. They had a group of young guys, but they seem a lot more standoffish. They seemed eager to get my membership and I'm worried it will be too easy.

The second lodge was much better attended, had an older population - though they had a very young guy in leadership. Dress and meal were about the same - but they seemed in better spirits and less concerned with decline.

I had some great philosophical talks visiting the lodges in California and I'm looking for more of the same here.

Doe this seem like a sensible list of questions to ask:

How much work is required for the rituals?
Are the rituals the same as they were?
How many young members do you have?
How many young members are in leadership?

Any other things I ought to look out for?


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