Invisible Government

[A] dual state exists when a part of the constitutional elite, in order to preserve the current system [of power], forms a hidden power, with a principle of legitimation of its own — outside and in contra-position to that of the formal constitution — in order to permanently condition the political system through illegal methods, without going so far as to subvert the formal one, which partly maintains its efficacy.

— Rosella Dossi, “Italy’s Invisible Government” (CERC Working Papers Series, 2001), p. 6, citing/translating Cucchiarelli, P. and Giannulli, A. (1997), Lo Stato parallelo. L’Italia “oscura” nei documenti e nelle relazioni della Commissione Stragi, p. 18

Terry Melanson

Webmaster/editor of Conspiracy Archive; author of Perfectibilists: the 18th Century Bavarian Order of the Illuminati.

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5 Responses

  1. Will B says:

    Fascinating. And an apt description of how elite power functions in most democracies, hiding behind the facade of the legitimacy of the elected government, and retaining the real power in that society.

  2. This is why coups are so few and far between in the West. Business as usual is part of the racket.

  3. Thankfully, in such circumstances, their power isn’t complete, since the formal system still maintains some efficacy. As long as the formal state remains stronger than the hidden power structure, then there’s still an opportunity to free ourselves.

  4. “In a word, we must establish an universal empire over the whole world, without destroying the civil ties. Under this new empire, all other governments must be able to pursue their usual process, and to exercise every power, excepting that of hindering the Order from attaining its ends and rendering virtue triumphant over vice.” — Adam Weishaupt

  5. “The world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes.” — Benjamin Disraeli

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