posted on Sep, 22 2011 @ 06:09 PM
I just finished watching a TED talk
about ngrams. Basically, by mining
all the books that have been scanned by Google, we can determine the frequency of different words or phrases as they've been published over the last
few hundred years.
So out of curiosity, I decided to map the phrase "Masonic charity" vs "Masonic conspiracy". Both seem to come active around 1810, so I focused the
chart on 1810 to 2008 (the most recent in the system).
What's interesting to me is where these lines cross—1932/1933, right with Hitler's rise to power. Of course Mein Kampf
famously espoused that
the Freemasons were helping the Jews, but I'm wondering if the zeitgeist of Freemasonry as a conspiratorial force may actually stem from Hitler's
propaganda? (Or, perhaps more accurately, the downplaying of the charitable works Freemasonry does…)
Also curious to see the sharp rise in the conspiracy aspect that coincides with Robert Shea & Robert Anton Wilson's fiction The Illuminatus!
(and it looks like around 1994, the belief in Masonic conspiracy begins to decline, and the belief in Masonic charitable works begins to rise
the ngram viewer.
edit on 2011.9.22 by JoshNorton because: (no reason given)