J. Edgar Hoover, the FBI, Machiavelli, & the criminal mind without God
President William McKinley was assassinated by an anarchist in 1901.
The next President, Theodore Roosevelt wanted the government to track anarchist groups, as well as stop sex-trafficking.
This led to the creation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1908, though some Congressmen feared it might evolve into a deep-state secret police.
In 1914, an anarchist shot Archduke Franz Ferdinand, beginning World War I.
Beginning in 1924, the director of the FBI was J. Edgar Hoover, till his death on May 2, 1972.
For 48 years, under eight Presidents, J. Edgar Hoover oversaw the Federal Bureau of Investigation, becoming famous for his dramatic campaigns to stop gangsters and organized crime.
Hoover established the use of fingerprints in law enforcement and successfully tracked down well-known criminals.
Franklin D. Roosevelt gave Hoover the task of investigating foreign espionage and left-wing socialist and communist activists infiltrating the country.
"The communist threat from without must not blind us to the communist threat from within.
The latter is reaching into the very heart of America through its espionage agents and a cunning, defiant, and lawless communist party, which is fanatically dedicated to the Marxist cause of world enslavement and destruction of the foundations of our republic.”
J. Edgar Hoover stated:
"The criminal is the product of spiritual starvation.
Someone failed miserably to bring him to know God, love Him and serve Him."
Commenting on how crime increases where people forget God, Chuck Colson stated in 1981:
"Imprisonment as a primary means of criminal punishment is a relatively modern concept.
It was turned to as a humane alternative to the older patterns of harsh physical penalties for nearly all crimes.
Quakers introduced the concept in Pennsylvania ..."
"The first American prison was established in Philadelphia when the Walnut Street Jail was converted into a series of solitary cells where offenders were kept in solitary confinement.
The theory was that they would become 'penitents,' confessing their crimes before God and thereby gaining a spiritual rehabilitation.
Hence, the name 'penitentiary' - as a place for penitents."
J. Edgar Hoover wrote:
- “No amount of law enforcement can solve a problem that goes back to the family."
- “A child who has been taught the laws of God, should have little trouble respecting the laws of men.”
J. Edgar Hoover is quoted in the introduction to Edward L.R. Elson's book, America's Spiritual Recovery, 1954:
"We can see all too clearly the devastating effects of secularism on our Christian way of life.
The period when it was smart to 'debunk' our traditions undermined ... high standards of conduct.
A rising emphasis on materialism caused a decline of 'God-centered' deeds and thoughts."
"The American home ... ceased to be a school of moral and spiritual education.
When spiritual guidance is at a low ebb, moral principles are in a state of deterioration. Secularism advances when men forget God."
Forgetting God results in lawlessness was the theme of Russian author Dostoevsky, who wrote The Brothers Karamazov, 1880.
In it, one of the characters, Ivan Karamazov, contended that if there is no God, "everything is permitted."
"Everything is permitted" not only gives license to criminals on the street, but it also to gives license to criminals in the government, deep state individuals who seek to subvert from the inside.
This was the attitude of the Jacobins, a left-wing anarchist movement during the French Revolution.
Yale President Timothy Dwight described their subversive tactics to overthrow France's government in "The Duty of Americans at the Present Crisis," July 4, 1798:
"Adultery, assassination, poisoning, and other crimes of the like infernal nature, were taught as lawful ... provided the 'end was 'good' ...
The 'good ends' proposed ... are the overthrow of religion, government, and human society, civil and domestic.
These they pronounce to be so 'good' that murder, butchery, and war, however extended and dreadful, are declared by them to be completely justifiable."
Anarchistic tendencies existed in Germany's Young Hegelians, such as Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, who explained (Marx and Engels Collected Works, Vol. 10, p. 318):
"Conspirators ... organizing the revolutionary proletariat. Their business consists in ... spurring it in to artificial crises ... They are the alchemists of the revolution."
David Horowitz explained the anarchist tactic used by communists:
The issue is never the issue ... The issue is always the revolution."
Friedrich Engels wrote (London: W.O. Henderson, The Life of Friedrich Engels, 1976; Outlines of a Critique of Political Economy, 1844):
"Every new crisis must be more serious and more universal than the last ... must ruin more small capitalists and increase the workers who live only by their labor.
This will increase the number of the unemployed ... Commercial crises will lead to a social revolution."
Anarchist tactics are listed in Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals:
- "The first step in community organization is community disorganization. The disruption of the present organization is the first step."
- "The organizer must first rub raw the resentments of the people of the community; fan the latent hostilities of many of the people to the point of overt expression."
- "Search out controversy and issues, rather than avoid them, for unless there is controversy people are not concerned enough to act."
- "The organizer's first job is to create the issues or problems ... An organizer must stir up dissatisfaction and discontent."
- "The organizer ... polarizes the issue ... The organizer helps to lead his forces into conflict ... The real arena is corrupt and bloody... In war the end justifies almost any means."
The "ends justifies the means" and "everything is permitted" were amoral political tactics explained by Niccolo Machiavelli in his book, The Prince, 1515.
Five hundred years ago, Italy consisted of many independent city-states:
Venice, Genoa, Naples, Florence, Sienna, Amalfi, Milan, Corsica, Pisa, San Marino, Cospaia, Gaeta, Lucca, Noli, Trani and Papal States.
These were primarily noblemen's republics, each with their own armies and navies, and they continually fought.
Machiavelli thought that if one prince could control all of Italy, it would stop the in-fighting.
Machiavelli observed the ruthless tactics of Cesare Borgia (1475-1507), who reputedly used intrigue, deceit, seduction, incest, poisoning and assassination to usurp power.
He wrote that in politics, “one must consider the final result,” a phrase more succinctly remembered as "the end justifies the means," an adage which dates back to Ovid’s Heroides, 10 BC.
The "end" of one prince controlling all of Italy was such a good end that any "means" necessary to get there was justified.
If the prince wanted to conquer a city, in his quest to unify Italy, the people would hate him.
But if the prince paid criminals under the table to burn barns, kill cows, smash windows and set buildings on fire, thus creating crises and terror in the streets, the people of the city would cry out for help.
The prince would come in, dispatch with the "useful idiot" criminals he paid, nobody would know the better for it, and the naive people, unaware of his subterfuge, would praise the prince as a hero.
It is good marketing, create the need and fill it: go around the back of a house and set it on fire, then go around to the front door and sell them a fire extinguisher - they will pay anything for it and thank you for being there.
Adam Weishaupt (1748-1830), professor of law at the University of Ingolstadt, advocated secretly inciting anarchist dissension within countries, and between countries, to create wars, after which power could be usurped under the pretense of restoring order, ultimately resulting in a one-world government.
Termed "Machiavellianism," it is the creating or capitalizing on crises to concentrate control, or as it is more popularly put, "never let a good crisis go to waste."
Journalist Henry Louis Mencken wrote:
"The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule."
Notorious subversive tactics recorded by Machiavelli include:
- “Politics have no relation to morals.”
- “A prince never lacks legitimate reasons to break his promise.”
- “The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present.”
- “A wise ruler ought never to keep faith when by doing so it would be against his interests.”
Machiavelli explained how people actually want to believe lies from their leaders:
- "Men are so simple and so much inclined to obey immediate needs that a deceiver will never lack victims for his deceptions.”
- “Men are so simple and yield so readily to the desires of the moment that he who will trick will always find another who will suffer to be tricked.”
- “One who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived.”
This is similar to the Talleyrand, France's Foreign Minister, who demanded millions in bribes, stating:
"We were given speech to hide our thoughts."
Machiavelli gave his maleficent counsel:
- “No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution.”
- “It is double pleasure to deceive the deceiver.”
Machiavelli promised anarchist “change”:
- “I’m not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it.”
- “One change always leaves the way open for the establishment of others.”
- “Whosoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times.”
Machiavelli continued his baleful remarks:
- “It is much more secure to be feared than to be loved.”
- “It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both.”
- “Since it is difficult to join them together, it is safer to be feared than to be loved when one of the two must be lacking.”
- “Men shrink less from offending one who inspires love than one who inspires fear.”
Machiavelli's counsel was ruthless:
- “If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.”
- “Severities should be dealt out all at once, so that their suddenness may give less offense; benefits ought to be handed out drop by drop, so that they may be relished the more.”
- “The new ruler must determine all the injuries that he will need to inflict. He must inflict them once and for all.”
- “Men ought either to be indulged or utterly destroyed, for if you merely offend them they take vengeance, but if you injure them greatly they are unable to retaliate, so that the injury done to a man ought to be such that vengeance cannot be feared.”
- “Men should be either treated generously or destroyed, because they take revenge for slight injuries –- for heavy ones they cannot.”
- “Whoever conquers a free town and does not demolish it commits a great error and may expect to be ruined himself.”
Who will fall victim to Machiavelli's stratagems?
How can a community or society survive?
William Holmes McGuffey warned in his Newly Revised Rhetorical Guide, 1853:
"If you can induce a community to doubt the ... authenticity of the Scriptures ...
whether there be an eternal state of retribution beyond the grave; or whether there exists any such being as God, you have broken down the barriers of moral virtue, and hoisted the flood-gates of immorality and crime."
Samuel Adams stated January 17, 1794:
"A virtuous education is calculated to reach ... the heart, and to prevent crimes ...
Such an education, which leads the youth beyond mere outside show, will impress their minds with a profound reverence of the Deity."
Dr. Benjamin Rush, a Signer of the Declaration of Independence, wrote in Essays-Literary, Moral, and Philosophical:
"In contemplating the political institutions of the United States, I lament that we waste so much time and money in punishing crimes and take so little pains to prevent them ...
We neglect the only means of establishing and perpetuating our republican forms of government, that is, the universal education of our youth in the principles of Christianity by the means of the Bible."
Noah Webster wrote in his History of the United States, 1832:
"All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible."
U.S. Senator Theodore Frelinghuysen wrote:
"The Bible ... Seal up this one Volume and in a half century all these hopes would wither and these prospects perish forever.
These sacred temples would crumble or become the receptacles of pollution and crime."
President James Buchanan proclaimed a National Day of Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer, December 14, 1860:
"In this the hour of our calamity and peril to whom shall we resort for relief but to the God of our fathers. His omnipotent arm only can save us from the awful effects of our own crimes."
What is the answer? J. Edgar Hoover admonished:
“What we need in America today is a vigorous return to the God of our Fathers, and a most vigorous defense against the minion of godlessness and atheism."