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D. Rolling Kearney


The Order has either set up or penetrated just about every significant research, policy, and opinion-making organization in the United States, in addition to the Church [Ed. note: i.e. most ecclesiastical institutions], business, law, government and politics… The evolution of American society is not, and has not been for a century, a voluntary development reflecting individual opinion… On the contrary, the broad direction has been created artificially and stimulated by The Order.

“It’s a situation very much as [Carroll] Quigley found in “The Group” [Ed. note: probably referring to the Milner Group, which is based at Oxford University in England, which Quigley championed in his book Tragedy and Hope]:

““It is probable that most members of the outer circle were not conscious that they were being used by a secret society.””

W. Cleon Skousen, a celebrated LDS Constitutional and scriptural scholar, and close personal associate of LDS Church general authorities such as David O. McKay and Ezra Taft Benson, published a book in 1970 called The Naked Capitalist. This book is primarily a review and commentary on Quigley’s Tragedy and Hope. It was an early trail-blazing effort to expose how all these seemingly-separate secret cabals actually are connected to each other. One year later, Gary Allen published the book None Dare Call It Conspiracy, which also heavily cited Quigley’s Tragedy and Hope, and which was recommended in General Conference by then-apostle Ezra Taft Benson.

Continuing from Sutton’s Introduction to the Order of Skull and Bones (emphasis added):

“The Order gets the ball rolling in new organizations; [it] puts in the first President or Chairman, and the ideas, and then when operations are rolling along, often just fades out of the picture.

“Among universities we can cite Cornell University, where Andrew Dickson White (1853) was its first President, and Johns Hopkins University, based on the German educational system, where Daniel Coit Gilman (1852) was the first President (1875-1901).

“Among academic associations [including] the American Historical Association, the American Economic Association, the American Chemical Society, and the American Psychological Association were all started by members of The Order or persons close to The Order.

“The first President of the Carnegie Institution (from 1902-05) was Daniel Coit Gilman, but other members of The Order have been on Carnegie boards since the turn of the century. Gilman was on the scene for the founding of the Peabody, Slater and Russell Sage foundations. McGeorge Bundy (1940) was President of the Ford Foundation from 1966-79.

“The first Chairman of the American Society for the Judicial Settlement of