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 +====== Protocol No. 12 ======
  
 +[[the_protocols_of_the_learned_elders_of_zion:the_protocols_of_the_learned_elders_of_zion|The Protocols Of The Meetings Of The Learned Elders Of Zion]]
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 +<html>
 +<p>1. The word <i>"freedom,"</i> which can be
 +interpreted in various ways, is defined by us as follows - </p>
 +<p>2. Freedom is the right to do what which the law allows. This
 +interpretation of the word will at the proper time be of service to
 +us, because all freedom will thus be in our hands, since the laws
 +will abolish or create only that which is desirable for us according
 +to the aforesaid program. </p>
 +<p>3. We shall deal with the press in the following way: what is the
 +part played by the press to-day? It serves to excite and inflame
 +those passions which are needed for our purpose or else it serves
 +selfish ends of parties. It is often vapid, unjust, mendacious, and
 +the majority of the public have not the slightest idea what ends
 +the press really serves. We shall saddle and bridle it with a tight
 +curb: we shall do the same also with all productions of the printing
 +press, for where would be the sense of getting rid of the attacks of
 +the press if we remain targets for pamphlets and books? The produce
 +of publicity, which nowadays is a source of heavy expense owing to
 +the necessity of censoring it, will be turned by us into a very
 +lucrative source of income to our State: we shall lay on it a
 +special stamp tax and require deposits of caution-money before
 +permitting the establishment of any organ of the press or of
 +printing offices; these will then have to guarantee our government
 +against any kind of attack on the part of the press. For any attempt
 +to attack us, if such still be possible, we shall inflict fines
 +without mercy. Such measures as stamp tax, deposit of caution-money
 +and fines secured by these deposits, will bring in a huge income to
 +the government. It is true that party organs might not spare money
 +for the sake of publicity, but these we shall shut up at the second
 +attack upon us. No one shall with impunity lay a finger on the
 +aureole of our government infallibility. The pretext for stopping
 +any publication will be the alleged plea that it is agitating the
 +public mind without occasion or justification. I BEG YOU TO NOTE
 +THAT AMONG THOSE MAKING ATTACKS UPON US WILL ALSO BE ORGANS
 +ESTABLISHED BY US, BUT THEY WILL ATTACK EXCLUSIVELY POINTS THAT
 +WE HAVE PRE-DETERMINED TO ALTER. </p>
 +<h3 align="center"><b>WE CONTROL THE PRESS</b></h3>
 +<p>4. NOT A SINGLE ANNOUNCEMENT WILL REACH THE PUBLIC
 +WITHOUT OUR CONTROL. Even now this is already being attained by
 +us inasmuch as all news items are received by a few agencies, in
 +whose offices they are focused from all parts of the world. These
 +agencies will then be already entirely ours and will give
 +publicity only to what we dictate to them. </p>
 +<p>5. If already now we have contrived to possess ourselves of the
 +minds of the GOY communities to such an extent the they all come
 +near looking upon the events of the world through the colored
 +glasses of those spectacles we are setting astride their noses; if
 +already now there is not a single State where there exist for us
 +any barriers to admittance into what GOY stupidity calls State
 +secrets: what will our positions be then, when we shall be
 +acknowledged supreme lords of the world in the person of our king of
 +all the world .... </p>
 +<p>6. Let us turn again to the FUTURE OF THE PRINTING PRESS. Every
 +one desirous of being a publisher, librarian, or printer, will be
 +obliged to provide himself with the diploma instituted therefore,
 +which, in case of any fault, will be immediately impounded. With
 +such measures THE INSTRUMENT OF THOUGHT WILL BECOME AN EDUCATIVE
 +MEANS ON THE HANDS OF OUR GOVERNMENT, WHICH WILL NO LONGER ALLOW
 +THE MASS OF THE NATION TO BE LED ASTRAY IN BY-WAYS AND FANTASIES
 +ABOUT THE BLESSINGS OF PROGRESS. Is there any one of us who does
 +not know that these phantom blessings are the direct roads to
 +foolish imaginings which give birth to anarchical relations of
 +men among themselves and towards authority, because progress, or
 +rather the idea of progress, has introduced the conception of every
 +kind of emancipation, but has failed to establish its limits ....
 +All the so-called liberals are anarchists, if not in fact, at any
 +rate in thought. Every one of them in hunting after phantoms of
 +freedom, and falling exclusively into license, that is, into the
 +anarchy of protest for the sake of protest.... </p>
 +<h3 align="center"><b>FREE PRESS DESTROYED</b></h3>
 +<p>7. We turn to the periodical press. We shall impose on it,
 +as on all printed matter, stamp taxes per sheet and deposits of
 +caution-money, and books of less than 30 sheets will pay double. We
 +shall reckon them as pamphlets in order, on the one hand, to reduce
 +the number of magazines, which are the worst form of printed poison,
 +and, on the other, in order that this measure may force writers
 +into such lengthy productions that they will be little read,
 +especially as they will be costly. At the same time what we shall
 +publish ourselves to influence mental development in the direction
 +laid down for our profit will be cheap and will be read voraciously.
 +The tax will bring vapid literary ambitions within bounds and the
 +liability to penalties will make literary men dependent upon us. And
 +if there should be any found who are desirous of writing against us,
 +they will not find any person eager to print their productions. Before
 +accepting any production for publication in print, the publisher or
 +printer will have to apply to the authorities for permission to do
 +so. Thus we shall know beforehand of all tricks preparing against us
 +and shall nullify them by getting ahead with explanations on the
 +subject treated of. </p>
 +<p>8. Literature and journalism are two of the most important
 +educative forces, and therefore our government will become
 +proprietor of the majority of the journals. This will neutralize the
 +injurious influence of the privately-owned press and will put us in
 +possession of a tremendous influence upon the public mind .... If we
 +give permits for ten journals, we shall ourselves found thirty, and
 +so on in the same proportion. This, however, must in no wise be
 +suspected by the public. For which reason all journals published by
 +us will be of the most opposite, in appearance, tendencies and
 +opinions, thereby creating confidence in us and bringing over to us
 +quite unsuspicious opponents, who will thus fall into our trap and
 +be rendered harmless. </p>
 +<p>9. In the front rank will stand organs of an official character.
 +They will always stand guard over our interests, and therefore their
 +influence will be comparatively insignificant. </p>
 +<p>10. In the second rank will be the semi-official organs, whose
 +part it will be to attack the tepid and indifferent. </p>
 +<p>11. In the third rank we shall set up our own, to all appearance,
 +opposition, which, in at least one of its organs, will present
 +what looks like the very antipodes to us. Our real opponents at
 +heart will accept this simulated opposition as their own and will
 +show us their cards. </p>
 +<p>12. All our newspapers will be of all possible complexions --
 +aristocratic, republican, revolutionary, even anarchical - for so
 +long, of course, as the constitution exists .... Like the Indian
 +idol <i>"Vishnu"</i> they will have a hundred hands, and
 +every one of them will have a finger on any one of the public
 +opinions as required. When a pulse quickens these hands will lead
 +opinion in the direction of our aims, for an excited patient loses
 +all power of judgment and easily yields to suggestion. Those fools
 +who will think they are repeating the opinion of a newspaper of
 +their own camp will be repeating our opinion or any opinion that
 +seems desirable for us. In the vain belief that they are following
 +the organ of their party they will, in fact, follow the flag which
 +we hang out for them. </p>
 +<p>13. In order to direct our newspaper militia in this sense we
 +must take special and minute care in organizing this matter. Under
 +the title of central department of the press we shall institute
 +literary gatherings at which our agents will without attracting
 +attention issue the orders and watchwords of the day. By discussing
 +and controverting, but always superficially, without touching the
 +essence of the matter, our organs will carry on a sham fight
 +fusillade with the official newspapers solely for the purpose of
 +giving occasion for us to express ourselves more fully than could
 +well be done from the outset in official announcements, whenever, of
 +course, that is to our advantage. </p>
 +<p>14. THESE ATTACKS UPON US WILL ALSO SERVE ANOTHER PURPOSE,
 +NAMELY, THAT OUR SUBJECTS WILL BE CONVINCED TO THE EXISTENCE OF FULL
 +FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND SO GIVE OUR AGENTS AN OCCASION TO AFFIRM THAT
 +ALL ORGANS WHICH OPPOSE US ARE EMPTY BABBLERS, since they are
 +incapable of finding any substantial objections to our orders. </p>
 +<h3 align="center"><b>ONLY LIES PRINTED</b></h3>
 +<p>15. Methods of organization like these, imperceptible
 +to the public eye but absolutely sure, are the best calculated to
 +succeed in bringing the attention and the confidence of the public
 +to the side of our government. Thanks to such methods we shall be
 +in a position as from time to time may be required, to excite or to
 +tranquillize the public mind on political questions, to persuade or
 +to confuse, printing now truth, now lies, facts or their
 +contradictions, according as they may be well or ill received, always
 +very cautiously feeling our ground before stepping upon it .... WE
 +SHALL HAVE A SURE TRIUMPH OVER OUR OPPONENTS SINCE THEY WILL NOT HAVE
 +AT THEIR DISPOSITION ORGANS OF THE PRESS IN WHICH THEY CAN GIVE FULL
 +AND FINAL EXPRESSION TO THEIR VIEWS owing to the aforesaid methods
 +of dealing with the press. We shall not even need to refute them
 +except very superficially. </p>
 +<p>16. Trial shots like these, fired by us in the third rank of our
 +press, in case of need, will be energetically refuted by us in our
 +semi-official organs. </p>
 +<p>17. Even nowadays, already, to take only the French press,
 +there are forms which reveal masonic solidarity in acting on the
 +watchword: all organs of the press are bound together by
 +professional secrecy; like the augurs of old, not one of their
 +numbers will give away the secret of his sources of information
 +unless it be resolved to make announcement of them. Not one
 +journalist will venture to betray this secret, for not one of
 +them is ever admitted to practice literature unless his whole
 +past has some disgraceful sore or other .... These sores would be
 +immediately revealed. So long as they remain the secret of a few
 +the prestige of the journalist attacks the majority of the
 +country - the mob follow after him with enthusiasm. </p>
 +<p>18. Our calculations are especially extended to the provinces.
 +It is indispensable for us to inflame there those hopes and impulses
 +with which we could at any moment fall upon the capital, and we
 +shall represent to the capitals that these expressions are the
 +independent hopes and impulses of the provinces. Naturally, the
 +source of them will be always one and the same - ours. WHAT WE NEED
 +IS THAT, UNTIL SUCH TIME AS WE ARE IN THE PLENITUDE POWER, THE
 +CAPITALS SHOULD FIND THEMSELVES STIFLED BY THE PROVINCIAL OPINION OF
 +THE NATIONS, I.E., OF A MAJORITY ARRANGED BY OUR AGENTUR. What we
 +need is that at the psychological moment the capitals should not be
 +in a position to discuss an accomplished fact for the simple reason,
 +if for no other, that it has been accepted by the public opinion of a
 +majority in the provinces. </p>
 +<p>19. WHEN WE ARE IN THE PERIOD OF THE NEW REGIME TRANSITIONAL TO
 +THAT OF OUR ASSUMPTION OF FULL SOVEREIGNTY WE MUST NOT ADMIT ANY
 +REVELATION BY THE PRESS OF ANY FORM OF PUBLIC DISHONESTY; IT IS
 +NECESSARY THAT THE NEW REGIME SHOULD BE THOUGHT TO HAVE SO PERFECTLY
 +CONTENDED EVERYBODY THAT EVEN CRIMINALITY HAS DISAPPEARED ... Cases
 +of the manifestation of criminality should remain known only to
 +their victims and to chance witnesses - no more.</p>
 +</html>
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