Yes. There are Masonic temples everywhere here. Fun fact a lot of the Enlightenment era revolutions had major backing/formation in the Masonic lodges. The entire modern ideal of democracy and brotherhood and Western liberalism was largely derived from these groups or people like the Rosicrucians etc. The American Revolution in particular had a major Masonic influence. There are Masonic lodges everywhere here especially near institutions of learning. I think every town I've been in I've known where the nearest lodge was.>>12049
That was my funniest point to make to troll people, particularly when I was going on about CIA/NSA stuff or government corruption and people talking about "wild conspiracy theories" I simply posed as the opposite insisting that Freemasonry is made up and doesn't exist. Although to be fair I've only known iirc three Masons, one of whom is an uncle.>>12041
Honestly this is the biggest thing to me that's a huge turnoff. I think a ton of cops are involved in such things. These are American cops, so anything associated with American cops I look upon with great disdain or hate even, as the way our police act is in its own right justification for a violent overthrow of the government late 18th century style.>>12036
It largely is. The way one can think about Masonry is quite similar to like an early version of the *chans. By and large it was a place for men to get together and act like fools and tell baudy jokes and swap stories, sometimes having female entertainment etc. Quite a few lodges functioned as large philosophical clubs, however unlike the *chans they actually did and still do lots of IRL charity work, as opposed to ramming themselves with dragon dildos like imageboarders do. And then there is a small, much, much smaller cadre of politically active Masons who tended to get that whole conspiracy theory thing so well known about in much the similar manner as /b/ and /i/ boards got the public aware of and brought so much notoriety upon the *chans, to the point where a lot of people just associated imageboards with raids.
Another thing is some of these groups could function quite well as revolutionary hotbeds and intelligence networks, which reputedly included some famous spies and occultists, hence a part of why certain men of high position either looked more favorably or way more disfavorably upon the lodges. I think that at least some reforms had always been a certain motive to these brotherhoods which is part of why the monarchies of Europe and the Catholic Church feared and hated secret societies.>>12037
Yeah my understanding is Masons particularly hate these social climbers who join for no other reason than personal advancement and using the brotherhood to their own ends. This is greatly frowned upon. They are not going to get you a job and stuff your wallet with cash just for taking an interest in joining. Most of the social networking happens as a result of longstanding membership that frankly can more easily come from joining a fraternity or relying on college friends. Will your college friends give you a job and stuff cash into your wallet? Well, your odds are probably better there.