f you've crossed my path often, the odds are pretty good you've seen a comment about the Bonesmen. It's a topic rarely mentioned in either traditional or alternate media. Many have no clue the group exists; others have the sense that the entire subject is mired in wild conspiracy theory.
Occasional inquiries about Bonesmen come my way and the last came with a suggestion that a Bonsey, information piece would be helpful. Quite a lot of information is historical fact is readily available but here's my two cents and some links in the comment box to give you some basics to start with. It's a reality that sometimes takes some adjusting to.
For one hundred and fifty one years Skull & Bones was one of the world's most powerful, secret societies. In 1983 Antony Sutton broke the silence and exposed the members, by publishing America's Secret Establishment, An Introduction to the Order of Skull & Bones.
The landmark book is every bit, the meticulously researched, academic work that one would expect from an author of Sutton's calibre. It lists the members of each graduating class from 1832 to 1985, includes copies of documents and memorabilia like the engraved invitation for George Herbert Walker Bush's class. It offers a research historian's view of their impact through the decades.
Antony Sutton was a Hoover Scholar at Stanford. He had 25 years of Soviet economic research, and 16 books under his belt, before the Bonesmen debuted in his work. His trilogy of Western Technology and Soviet Economic Development was a pivotal work, published by the Hoover Intuition at Stanford, in 1968.
The volumes stand in acknowledgement of Sutton's expertise and understanding; they dovetail into his findings of the Bonesmen.
No one was more surprised than Sutton, by the world view that emerged upon discovering Skull & Bones. An anonymous member believed that things with the group had gone too far. He betrayed his oath of silence and his sworn allegiance to The Order, and lent Sutton his copy of the little black book with the handwritten names of all the members.
Sutton describes his reaction to reading the list of names, as the moment when a career of seemingly unanswerable questions, finally made sense. In the manner of a patient professor he goes to great lengths to delineate between history, conspiracy and theory as he traces their legacy. His comments at the conclusion are that if he has a magnum opus, this is it.
Every spring since 1832, fifteen new members are "tapped" or invited to join Yale's fraternity Skull & Bones. When they graduate they are given $15,000 and a position under the tutelage of another Bonesmen in government, industry or education. Their companies, careers, positions of influence and appointments reveal a wholly different view of world events once they are seen through the lens of their secret society.
Events from the Supreme Court ruling, giving corporations the rights of personhood, to the domination of intelligence operations is a bit different when it becomes an act by the group.
Programs at Land Grant Universities take on new meaning as you see funding from taxpayers coffers, directed into research supporting the Skull and Bones businesses. It explains so many things like how ADM is thriving solely on Federal largess or why BCCI and S&L failures of Silverado could have billions of loss to taxpayers but netted the Bush boys a tidy profit and a means to walk away.
Secrets protect their keepers. That's not conspiracy theory it is common sense. We all have information we'd rather not make public and we all know the benefit of a friend who has got your back, no questions asked. It is human nature to network with friends and build circles of trust but to what extent this fraternal, band of brothers have operated as a covert, political element, does involve a measure of theory.
Examining, the now public list of members and asking how the group functioned with respect to their relative places in history gives us a good idea of how valuable the secret alliances may have been.
They officially incorporated in the State of Connecticut, as the Russell Trust Association, in 1856. Corporate records on file in Connecticut show this was amended in November of 1983 to be RTA, Incorporated. The change, concurrent with Sutton's publication suggests it may be a reaction to the book, but it does not reveal anything more than the fact that the group's charter allows for absolute secrecy.
Occasional public comments by Skull & Bones members have downplayed the group and suggested it is a relatively unimportant, social part of the college experience. History says something different.
What emerges is a picture of the Bonesman as a class of corporate royalty with a golden touch and a toxic trail behind them. They hold among their members the all the secrets of Americans for nearly 200 years.