The Left, Hitler, Satanism and the Peace Symbol’s Common Heritage

The rise of the Church of Satan’s popularity is most welcomed by the Left. In July 2015, the largest public ceremony of Satanists in recorded history convened to erect the monument to the demon Baphomet. The event, which charged $25 per ticket, forwarded the proceeds “to support Satanic Temple campaigns such as our reproductive rights legal action fund.” The ticket website invited patrons “to join us for… the Unveiling, a hedonistic celebration introducing the controversial Baphomet monument accompanied by provocative performances and installations.” In effect, it was an orgy whose participants paid a rather steep cover charge to raise money to celebrate the killing of the unborn unabated in the name of Satan. It could have passed as a script for a 21st Century sequel to Rosemary’s Baby — only of course, it was very real.

One urban legend explains that modern Satanism originated with the iconic peace symbol, which also is seen on Baphomet’s forehand. The most popular explanation involves its innovator, Gerald Herbert Holtom, who released it to the public in February 1958; and Bertrand Russell, the left-wing activist, philosopher, historian, mathematician and fellow associate of Holtom’s on the Direct Action Committee against Nuclear War, who supported his peer’s claim while aggressively promoting the symbol “as part of its arms down” message.

Image of J B Priestly and Bertrand Russel at Nuclear Disarmament Day in 1958
J.B. Priestly and Bertrand Russell organized the Founding of Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) on 17 February 1958 in Britain.

Russell, a member of the Fabian Society of socialism, called for a “Black Death” in his book The Impact of Science on Society as the centerpiece for bacteriological warfare designed to depopulate the world each subsequent generation. Believing the state must consume all elements of the individual’s life, he did not exclude the medical profession.

“Diet, injections, and injunctions will combine, from a very early age, to produce the sort of character and the sort of beliefs that the authorities consider desirable, and any serious criticism of the powers that be will become psychologically impossible. Even if all are miserable, all will believe themselves happy, because the government will tell them that they are so.”
— Bertrand Russell, The Power of Science on Society  (1952). p. 62.

A staunch ideological supporter of Communism in the Soviet Union, he endorsed eradicating the presence of God from civil society by first dissolving representative governments, right to private property ownership, food independence and the family unit as part of his anti-Christian crusade. In his effort to divert attention, Russell wrote that the peace symbol, “… was invented by a member of our movement (Gerald Holtom) as the badge of the Direct Action Committee against Nuclear War, for the 1958 Aldermaston peace walk in England. It was designed from the naval code of semaphore, and the symbol represents the code letters for ND.’” But while American journalist Herb Greer supported Holtom’s explanation as legitimate, he also believed Russell’s intention was to unleash an anti-christian dialogue globally. This Grand Plan by design was to apply defeatism and despair as the primary weapons to desecrate the name of Jesus Christ which, as Russell explained his disdain for Christianity in Why I am Not a Christian, was a fable authored by the Apostles, whom he characterized as “ignorant men”.

The Fabian Society, Britain’s oldest think tank, was established more than 30 years prior to the Bolshevik Revolution in 1884. Deriving its name from the Roman general Quintus Fabius, renowned for his successful strategy of delayed attacks that led to Rome’s defeat of Carthage, provided the inspiration behind the first Fabian pamphlet, featuring the quote, “For the right moment you must wait, as Fabius did most patiently, when warring against Hannibal, though many censured his delays; but when the time comes you must strike hard, as Fabius did, or your waiting will be in vain, and fruitless.” Its founders — George Bernard Shaw, Graham Walls, Sidney Webb, Sydney Olivier and Annie Besant — favored the power of local councils and trade unions over bloody warfare to alter Britain’s political destiny. The Fabians laid the foundation for Britain’s democratic socialist political party, Labour, in 1900, and remains the glue uniting the Labour movement behind the method of permeation, which Dr. Robert Sullivan explains is its weapon for acquiring power.

“The Fabians preferred the method of ‘permeation’ or what Margaret (Postgate) Cole termed ‘the honeycomb effect’. Instead of undertaking direct confrontational action… the Fabians sought to change the system from within, and would achieve this by a process of infiltration. Through their great intellectual weight, they would persuade members of ‘government’ (whatever Party), civil servants, and other people in power that ameliorating the plight of the less fortunate in society was a necessary and just cause.”

In 1928, science fiction author H.G. Wells published Open Conspiracy: Blueprints for a World Revolution, in which he elaborated his ideas for a New Republic as a world governed entirely by an intellectual minority. He further impressed that this “… open conspiracy… will have become a great world movement as widespread and evident as Socialism and Communism. It will have largely taken the place of these movements. It will be more. It will be a world religion.” Through infiltration of religious institutions, schools and universities, “This large, assimilatory mass of groups and societies will be definitely and obviously attempting to swallow up the entire population of the entire world and become the new human community.” And the Fabians wasted little time infiltrating America’s infrastructure when Webb and Edmund R. Pease visited Harvard University in 1888 to meet with the American Economic Association.

Franklin D. Roosevelt developed a Fabian-influenced postwar vision that stressed international free trade, national sovereignty and shared security. He was very well-connected, and almost certainly himself a fellow Fabian given his economic adviser Stuart Chase, the architect behind the New Deal (1932), was a Fabian; while his wife, Eleanor, who chaired the launch of the Universal Human Rights Drafting Committee (UHRDC) that on January 19, 1948, was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, was another. The 1941 U.S./U.K. Atlantic Charter crafted the development of global institutions such as the United Nations, the UDHR, International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Trade Organization (WTO), World Bank and NATO, and would influence the rise of the European Union and proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The U.N.’s role for Britain’s anti-nuclear war policy, influenced by Russell and Winston Churchill, addressed in the September 1946 edition of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, “The Atomic Bomb and the Prevention of War”, called for blackmailing Moscow into submitting to an agreement not for peace or an end to communism, but to transform the world into a global Malthusian dictatorship under the United Nations.

Fast-forward now to the 1960’s, where the youth Anti-War movement and “sex-drugs-and-rock ‘n roll counterculture” advocated by the New Left disciples of the “Frankfurt School” reprogrammed a reeling Democratic Party into a polymorphic “Rainbow Coalition” between 1969 and 1971. Today’s Left fervently subscribes to Russell’s method for exploiting human nature’s two most illicit instincts — jealousy of those accumulating wealth based on their merits; and from Freud, sex — into a form of advocacy based on the erotic marriage of the “independence of mind” (think “open-mindedness”) and its instinctive carnal joys in life.

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The Crucifixion of St. Peter, by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. (1600)
Church of Satan Altar
Photograph of Church of Satan founder Anton LaVey’s sanctuary.

The inverted “Man-rune” figure commonly viewed to mean “peace” was also employed by Anton LaVey, founder of the Church of Satan during the 1960’s, at the centerpiece for his altar. But many centuries had elapsed since the first use of the Teutonic rune of death at the heart of the Satanic benediction rituals. It is also true that leftists, radicals and contemporary Satanists popularize it, perhaps even employing the “V-Sign” for the very purpose Russell did allegedly. It was used extensively by Communist organizations such as Young Socialist Alliance, Vets for Peace in Vietnam and Students for a Democratic Society to attack Christianity as the source of all evil. Perhaps the singular event in history inspiring the rise of Satanism was the legend of the Apostle Peter’s crucifixion at the order of the psychotic emperor of Rome, Nero, during his bloody persecution of Christians.

Austrian Nazi Symbol on SS Tombstone
Tombstone of Nazi SS Officer Gisbert Katzwendel from Austria.

Peter, tasked by Jesus to head his church nearly 2,000 years ago, is said to have been the first pope. As his execution approached, Peter requested he be crucified on an inverted cross because he viewed himself as unworthy to die in the same manner as Jesus. The inverted cross itself bore striking similarities to its Teutonic cousin that would become a popular pagan insignia. Renamed as the Neronic cross, it also bears a likeness to the sacred Vedic character “Aum”’ (the split “Y”) which, when chanted, is said to awaken “the serpent power of Brahma” from the base of the human spine. The occultist and alleged co-founder of the Ku Klux Klan, Albert Pike, identified and employed the Neuronic cross and the “Aum” in his book Freemasonry Morals and Dogma. And not only did Adolf Hitler, as history’s most consequential occultist, employ pagan mysticism at the foundation for Nazi ideology, he ordered it stamped on German military death notices and engraved as the official Nazi inscription on the tombstones of SS officers.

Nazi Party Emblems
Various Nazi emblems based on the Occult.
Peace Sign and Communists
Nuclear Disarmament symbols as they appear in logos of Marxist revolutionary organizations.

Baphomet Peace Symbol

Carolyn Dupuy, author of Identifying and Tearing Down Strongholds: A Journey to Wholeness, wrote of the peace symbol as representing “a Pythagorean emblem of the course of life, in the form of a rising path with fork roads to Good and Evil” that symbolizes fertility. With its arms pointing downward, it becomes the inverted “Man-rune” denoting evil and death. But even further:

Common Meaning Behind Peace Symbol Swastika Neronic Cross

“It is an ancient and powerful symbol of Antichrist. During the dark ages it was used in Druid Witchcraft and by Satanists of all sorts during the initiation of a new member to their order. They would draw the magic circle and give the initiate a cross. The initiate would then lift the cross and turn it upside down. He would then renounce Christianity in all three dimensions (sic) of time (past, present and future) and break the horizontal pieces downward forming the design of the ‘Raven’s Foot.’ This ugly symbol is nothing short of blasphemy against the Holy Ghost. For one to wear or display this symbol is to announce either knowingly or unknowingly that you have rejected Christ. Remember, symbolism is a picture language, and a picture is worth a thousand words.”

Russell certainly succeeded in his roles with the U.N. and the 1960’s counterculture movement. But the individual must decide if he is modern history’s most evil man, or if he designed the peace symbol with a different, even Satanic, agenda in mind. It is doubtless, however, that Russell played a critical role in crafting the collectivized cult of the New Left, which today ideologically drives the Democrats’ political machine.

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