John Buchan was briefly the head of the UK intelligence service. (Grumpy Old Bookman: John Buchan: The Three Hostages) He helped invent the spy novel. In his adventure story The Three Hostages (1924), John Buchan described rather accurately the way in which the world works, and the way in which a big modern conspiracy is carried out. We are introduced to the American banker Julius Victor, "one of the richest men in the world" He "had done a lot of Britain's financial business in the War." He was "once described... as 'the whitest Jew since the Apostle Paul.'" Victor says: "I am a very rich man, and my wealth has given me power, so that Governments honour me with their confidence. "I am concerned in various important affairs, and it would be false modesty to deny that my word is weightier than that of many Prime Ministers."
We are introduced to a top British policeman Macgillivray who describes a conspiracy. According to Macgillivray, "A large part of the world had gone mad, and that involved the growth of inexplicable and unpredictable crime... "Men had grown too well accustomed to death and pain... "The criminal... could mobilize ...the moral imbecile... a terribly common product... cruel, humorless, hard, utterly wanting in sense of proportion...you found it among the young Bolshevik Jews...
"Don't imagine that they are devotees of any movement, good or bad. "They are what I have called them, moral imbeciles, who can be swept into any movement by those who understand them... "This desperate degenerate stuff is being used by a few clever men who are not degenerates or anything of the sort, but only evil... "There were sinister brains at work to organise for their own purposes the perilous stuff lying about. "All the contemporary anarchisms, he said, were interconnected, and out of the misery of decent folks and the agony of the wretched tools certain smug entrepreneurs were profiting...
"The aim of the gang was money... "Partly their business was gambling in falling exchanges and using every kind of brazen and subtle trick to make their gamble a certainty. "Partly it was common fraud of the largest size. "But there were darker sides - murder when the victim ran athwart their schemes, strikes engineered when a wrecked industry somewhere or other in the world showed symptoms of reviving, shoddy little outbursts in shoddy little countries which increased the tangle.
"These fellows were wreckers on the grand scale, merchants of pessimism, giving society another kick downhill whenever it had a chance of finding its balance, and then pocketing their profits. "Their motive, as I have said, was gain... Their cleverness lay in the fact that they used the fanatics, the moral imbeciles..." "They are masters of propaganda ... using all the channels of modern publicity to poison and warp men's minds..." They are also masters of mind control.
John Buchan was probably bisexual - A BOY IN A SCHOOL BLAZER
aangirfan: THE THIRTY NINE STEPS and JEWS