Conspiracy theories show up all the time about Freemasonry. They show up here, and they show up on the
Hitler History Channel and they show up all over the place.
What do you know about Masons? Are they plotting and planning beyond their scholarships and their bean suppers? Do we run the world?
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This little bit from the Wiki should tell you all you need to know:
Freemasonry is a fraternal organisation that traces its origins to the local fraternities of stonemasons, which from the end of the fourteenth century regulated the qualifications of masons and their interaction with authorities and clients. The degrees of freemasonry, its gradal system, retain the three grades of medieval craft guilds, those of Apprentice, journeyman or fellow (now called Fellowcraft), and Master Mason. These are the degrees offered by craft, or blue lodge Freemasonry. There are additional degrees, which vary with locality and jurisdiction, and are now administered by different bodies than the craft degrees.Emphasis mine.
The basic, local organisational unit of Freemasonry is the lodge. The lodges are usually supervised and governed at the regional level (usually coterminous with either a state, province, or national border) by a Grand Lodge or Grand Orient. There is no international, world-wide Grand Lodge that supervises all of Freemasonry. Each Grand Lodge is independent, and they do not necessarily recognise each other as being legitimate.
There is no CT here. We laugh at it, in fact. We're just brothers. Nothing else, and it's pretty funny that people think we are more than that.