A SYMBOL FOR FREEDOM
by G. Edward Griffin
During the Vietnam War, there was a powerful anti-war movement in the United States and Western Europe. Although the idealistic participants did not know it, the program was a Soviet stratagem directed from Moscow. The Leninist goal was to foster disunity and conflict within target nations and to create internal political pressure for their disarmament. That would have given the Soviets a nuclear superiority and allowed them to blackmail the free world into submission. The innocents were drawn mostly from college campuses where Leninist professors had implemented the party line by scaring the wits out of them with visions of global annihilation - not realizing that, if disarmament actually had been pursued, the chances of a nuclear attack against the United States and Western Europe would have been greatly increased. (This has been documented by numerous Soviet defectors and government investigations during the Cold War, but one of the most comprehensive and scholarly references for this history is The Soviet Peace Offensive, published by the Western Goals Foundation, Alexandria, Virginia, in 1982.)
The so-called “peace symbol” for this movement was a circle containing a vertical line and two downward sloping lines, one on each side. Pacifists had been told that the symbol was created in 1958 for use in the Aldermaster Easter Peace Walk in England. Supposedly, the design was a combination of semaphore signs for the letters N and D, standing for Nuclear Disarmament. The reality, however, is quite different. It was fashioned after a medieval symbol of Satanism, depicting the broken cross of Christianity. The “witch’s foot” or “raven’s foot,” as it was called in Europe, was then adopted by the Muslim world. When the Saracens invaded Spain in 711 A.D., the broken cross decorated their shields. In 1099 A.D., the Saracens fought the Crusaders under the same symbol. The symbol was chosen for the Aldermaster Easter Peace Walk by its well-known organizer, Bertrand Russell. The story about the semaphore symbols was an afterthought. Russell was fiercely opposed to all religion, but particularly Christianity. He had been an officer in the Communist Teachers League of England. The Daily Worker, which was the official newspaper of the Communist Party in the U.S., quoted Russell as saying: “There is no hope in anything but the Soviet way.” Russell was also a prominent member of the Fabian Society. After 1958, the so-called peace symbol became an indispensable accessory for just about every Communist-led movement throughout the Western world.
(For more information about the origins of the peace symbol, see Oliver Day Street, Symbolism of the Three Degrees (New York: George H. Duran Co., 1922); also Cathy Burns, Masonic and Occult Symbols Illustrated (Mt. Carmel, PA: Sharing, 1998), pp. 234-236; also Carl Liungman, Dictionary of Symbols (New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1991), p. 253.)
The recent war in the Middle East has once again brought the symbol back onto our streets. Once again, well-intentioned participants flock behind this banner totally unaware of its origins. They do not question the agendas of the individuals leading these demonstrations. They do not question how this movement has sprung up simultaneously throughout the entire Western World, exactly the same as during the Vietnam War, and they are not curious about the tremendous funding and coordination that such movements require. They do not recognize the old-line Marxist-Leninist slogans against capitalism spouted by their leaders. Therefore, they are not aware that most of these organizations have been aligned with the Leninist branch of world collectivism for decades. For them, it is sufficient only to know that the cry is for peace.
In the Vietnam War, we were given a false choice of supposedly being hawks or doves. We were expected to be either for the war or against it. Considering that the conflict was fought as a war of containment in which victory was not the goal, we actually were given a choice of being in favor of pulling out of the war and turning Vietnam over to the Vietcong quickly or doggedly staying in the war and turning the country over to the Vietcong slowly. That was no real choice at all. Yet those were the false options that divided so much of the free world at that time.
Once again, we find ourselves being maneuvered into that same trap. We are being asked to choose between two horrible options that are not real choices at all. We are expected to be either for peace or for war with no questions allowed. The war in the Middle East, we are told, is necessary to protect us from terrorism. Yet, for reasons explained in The Issues section of this web site, it has little to do with overcoming an enemy. That may be what makes it acceptable to voters who are afraid for their safety, but at the strategic level, it is motivated primarily by economic lust for oil reserves, a contest for power between two powerful collectivist camps (The Leninists and the Rhodesians), and a desire to expand the role of the UN in world affairs. If we continue to follow this path, the war will be relatively limited in scope but prolonged. Real victory will not be the goal. The predictable outcome of all the destruction and bloodshed on both sides will be the establishment of regimes just as totalitarian as the ones they will replace -- to say nothing of the accelerated loss of liberty in what is left of the free world.
What has all this to do with our symbol? It has everything to do with it. Let us recall the origin of the so-called peace symbol. Satanists are fond of opposites. They reverse graphic designs; create new words by spelling old ones backward; they even play music backward to create eerie sounds and hidden messages. OK, two can play that game. If we turn this symbol upside down, we immediately see a figure of man reaching upward. What a powerful image it is - the upward reach of mankind: reaching up for good over evil; light over darkness, enlightenment over deception; freedom over slavery. I knew immediately it was what I was seeking to symbolize Freedom Force.
Then, much to my dismay, I discovered that the Nazis had used that same symbol (with side lines drawn upward) on their badges. They placed a swastika at the top of the figure, but it was similar to the concept I thought I had invented. Drat! The ideology of freedom is the exact opposite of Nazism, and there was no way I was going to adopt that symbol. But the idea of an upward reach was too good to discard. I began to look for a way to preserve the concept without relying on symbols of Satanism or Communism or Nazism. After experimenting with various lines and angles, the solution suddenly popped onto the page. It was a vertical line for man, a V for the upward reach, and a circle in the middle of the V, which completed the image by putting a head on the shoulders of man. The head, of course, represents the power of reason, and it created a symbol quite different in appearance from all the others.
It is important to understand that this is not a variation or adaptation of a Satanic symbol. A vertical line with upward angles was an ancient symbol for man long before it was turned upside down and used by Satanists. When Satanists take the cross of Christianity and turn it upside down, that does not mean that the cross is now their symbol. They do not own something just because they desecrate it. Likewise, when they turn the symbol of man upside down, that does not mean that the symbol now belongs to them. To the contrary, it continues to be exactly what it always has been: a depiction of man, and all we have done is add our own touch to make a powerful symbol for freedom.
Imagine a throng of men and women standing in unison, arms stretched upward, palms facing inward, showing their solidarity by displaying such a positive and powerful gesture. The concept is compelling. It is now my hope that “The upward reach” will become the universal symbol of our movement.
These peace marchers in New York on May 31, 1961, were typical of thousands of good-intentioned people in the U.S. and Western Europe who were hoodwinked into supporting a cause that was the opposite of what they thought. The so-called peace symbol they display is a satanic symbol, called the Witch's Foot, used in medieval times and during the Saracen Crusades as an emblem depicting the broken cross of Christianity.
Thirty-two years later, the symbol was back on the streets of the Western world, as illustrated by this newspaper article dated February 16, 2003. This time the protest was against the war in Iraq. Once again, innocent idealists were being led by Leninist organizations with a hidden agenda that has nothing to do with peace.
DOES THIS MEAN FREEDOM FORCE IS IN FAVOR OF WAR?
A reader warns his friend that because Freedom Force rejects the so-called peace symbol, we must be in favor of war. Our response is at the end of this page - or click here.
OTHER FREEDOM FORCE SYMBOLS
Other Freedom Force symbols (shown below) appear in the gold and silver medallions that are the foundation of the membership awards program. They also are featured in the Freedom Force Coat of Arms.
The Freedom Force Medallion (the Libertatem) was conceived as a membership achievement award for outstanding performance in pursuit of the Freedom Force mission. It was created to meet two criteria. The first was to make it elegant and desirable as a piece of fine art. The second was to arouse curiosity about the symbolism of the images and, thus, make the medallion a teaching tool. Images were placed into a shield that represent the Three Commandments of Freedom. These Commandments are stated below, but those who seek a deeper understanding of the rationale behind them will want to explore The Creed of Freedom and an essay entitled The Chasm, which are available on this web site.
In addition to the three symbols in the shield, there are five others that represent important features of the Freedom Force worldview. These also are explained below. Altogether, these eight symbols can serve as a course outline for almost everything there is to learn about the nature and requirements of freedom. As far as we know, this may be the world’s first teaching coin.
The Libertatem was designed by Freedom Force Founder, G. Edward Griffin. The exquisite drawings were created by Joan Lehmann Hunter, who is a professional artist internationally recognized for her vibrant illustrations of exotic animals. She is a member of Freedom Force and is Mr. Griffin’s administrative assistant.
The most conspicuous element on side 1 is the image of a horse reared to strike an adversary. In Heraldry, this is called Horse Rampant. The significance is explained by the Latin phrase around the edge of the medallion: “Impotentes defendere libertatem non possunt.” That means: “Those without power cannot defend freedom,” which is the Freedom Force motto. The horse represents power, and the stance of confrontation suggests courage and determination.
Side 2 contains seven symbols plus text. The phrase: “An idea whose time has come” is taken from a quotation by Victor Hugo: “Greater than the force of mighty armies is the power of an idea whose time has come.”
The shield is divided into three parts, each representing one of the Three Commandments of Freedom. They are:
>> Open hands releasing bird into flight. This represents the Freedom-of-Choice Commandment: “Thou shall not use coercion for any purpose except to protect human life, liberty, or property.”
>> Human figure holding a scroll in the air. The scroll represents the Individual-Rights Commandment: “Thou shall not sacrifice the rights of any individual or minority for the assumed rights of the group.”
>> Blindfolded Lady Justice holding a scale. This represents the Equality-Under-Law Commandment: “Thou shall not endorse any law that does not apply to all citizens equally.”
There are four additional symbols that appear between phrases around the edge:
>> Open book. This represents knowledge of history. Those without it are doomed to repeat its mistakes, a paraphrase from Will Durant.
>> Freedom Force symbol. This represents the upward reach of man.
>> Gavel. This represents peaceful and lawful reform through action within the organizations that constitute the power centers of society.
>> The capital letter I within a circle. This represents individualism, which is the ideological orientation of Freedom Force.
COAT OF ARMS
The Freedom Force Coat of Arms (technically this is called the Achievement) displays the same primary symbols as the medallion except that they have been brought together into one image and color has been added.
Joan Hunter's art may be viewed at www.joanlehmann.com.
DOES THIS MEAN FREEDOM FORCE IS IN FAVOR OF WAR?
On February 22, 2008, we received the following email:
Dear Freedom Force,
I am a member of the San Diego Ron Paul Meetup. We are having a Freedom Force meeting tomorrow. One of our members objected to Freedom Force and wrote this:
"At their web site, click on "About our Symbol" and read their position on the Vietnam war. THEY SUPPORTED IT. They think the U.S. should have done MORE to win it! That's all I need to see to know that this organization is NOT FOR RON PAUL SUPPORTERS. They approve of that occupation of a nation that was no threat to the U.S. What would Dr. Paul say?"
So, my comment is that, from the info on your website, it does not seem clear where you stand on the Vietnam War, and I wonder if you would clarify it?
This was my reply:
It looks like your friend has swallowed the bait that a person either has to endorse every organization that opposes war or they are FOR war. As a matter of record, I was strongly opposed to the war in Vietnam, but that did not make me a patsy for the so-called “peace” movement led and funded from behind the scenes by Soviet agents. Their agenda was, not peace, but U.S. disarmament so they would have no military obstacle to their goal of world domination – a goal that was identical to that of the Neocons today.
Please ask your friend to re-read the explanation of our symbol. There is nothing there about supporting the war in Vietnam. We certainly do not support the war in the Middle East, either, because it is an aggressive war, not defensive. That is in keeping with the principles expressed in The Creed of Freedom. But that does not mean we should ignore the origin of the alleged peace symbol and wear it on our T-shirts.
If we allow the “either-or” mentality to motivate our political decisions, we will forever be at the mercy of the public-opinion engineers. We must not remain silent about the collectivist manipulators on either the right OR the left.
Freedom Force endorses Ron Paul’s position, not just on the Iraq War, but ALL war. Your friend will be very much at home here.
Thanks for writing.
This page revised 2008 February 25