William Guy Carr

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William Guy Carr
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William Guy Carr in navy uniform
Birth date 2 June 1895(1895-06-02)
Place of birth Formby, Lancashire, England
Death date 2 October 1959 (aged 64)
Place of death Ontario, Canada
Service/branch Royal Canadian Navy
Rank Commander
Battles/wars World War I
World War II

William James Guy Carr (R.D.[1] Commander R.C.N. (R)) (June 2, 1895 - October 2, 1959) was a British-born Canadian naval officer and an author. Though his accounts of wartime naval experiences found a general audience, he is best remembered today for his works exposing subversive movements. Carr was also the author of famous books on the English submarine war as well as a popular lecturer.

In the 1950s, he was the leader of the anti-Communist National Federation of Christian Laymen of Toronto. He was also one of the presidents of the Naval Club of Toronto.[2]


Born in Formby (Lancashire, England),[3] Carr was educated in Scotland, and went to sea at the age of fourteen.[4] He served as Navigating Officer of H.M.S. Submarines during World War One (see : Royal Navy Submarine Service) and as Naval Control Officer and Senior Naval Officer in World War Two. In World War II he was Naval Control Officer for the St. Lawrence, then Staff Officer Operations at Shelburne, Nova Scotia, then Senior Naval Officer at Goose Bay, Labrador. As an Officer on the staff of Commodore Reginald W. Brock he organized the 7th Victory Loan for the twenty-two Royal Canadian Naval Training Divisions.[5]

His experiences in the submarine fleet in the First World War became the subject of By Guess and By God (1930), prefaced by his superior, Admiral S.S. Hall of the Submarine Service. Going through several printings, it was followed by sequels, including Hell's Angels of the Deep (1932). In 1931, he started giving conferences in different Canadian clubs on the topic of "International conspiracy" which was subdivided in two main subjects: "International communism" and "International capitalism", both controlled by the Illuminati and what he called the "International bankers" which, according to Carr, are represented mainly by the Rothschild and the Rockefeller families.[6]

After working for the Canadian Intelligence Service during World War II (he was a Senior Naval Officer at Goose Bay, Labrador) he wrote Checkmate in the North (1944), a book where he pretended (according to secret documents that an invasion of the Axis forces was supposed to take place in the area of the Goose Bay Air base. During 1944 and 1945 he gave other conferences on world conspiracies.

In the 1950s, after he retired from the Navy, Carr's writings essentially exposed the machinations of subversive movements from a firmly Christian standpoint. With his Pawns in the Game (1955) and Red Fog over America (1955) he became one of the most famous post-war alternative media authors (500 000 copies sold of Pawns in the Game before his death).[7]

Carr's works were notably influenced by the writings of Nesta Webster. He also refers to the works of l'abbé Augustin Barruel and John Robison who explained the French Revolution as a Freemasonic plot linked to the Bavarian Illuminati of Adam Weishaupt.[8] One of Carr's books published after his death, The Conspiracy to destroy all existing Governments and Religions clearly refers to Robison's main work: Proofs of a Conspiracy Against All the Religions and Governments of Europe Carried on in the Secret Meetings of Freemasons, Illuminati and Reading Societies (1798).

Carr has been attacked by some figures for his anti-Masonic position. For example Pierre-André Taguieff, a fanatical Zionist, anti-Christian, Europhobic propagandist from France, claims Carr's works (especially Pawns in the game), "largely contributed to popularise the themes of anti-Masonic conspiracism in the United States and in Canada; first, it reached the Christian fundamentalist milieu (mainly concerned with his "Luciferian" conspiracies), then the whole far-right movement and the new generations of conspiracy theorists".[9]

The first editions of Carr's book were mainly published by the Federation of Christian Laymen. Carr was actually the President of the Federation of Christian Laymen (Toronto). He directed the monthly newsletter of the association: News Behind The News (Willowdale, Toronto, Vol. 1, # 1, 1956-) where he published numerous articles discussing the power of the Illuminati in U.S. and world affairs.[10] In that paper, Carr defended the patriotic anti-Communist struggle of Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy, from gutter-press smears.

The political ideas of this Christian association were close to those of John Horne Blackmore the first leader of the Social Credit Party of Canada[11] and Ron Gostick, another important member of the same party. Carr's Federation was closely linked with the Californian Council of Christian Laymen (1949–1964), especially with Alfred Kohlberg, Edward Geary Lansdale and Stan Steiner.[12] The council also distributed Carr's New's Behind The News ; its president was Verne Paul Kaub who was also known for being an anti-Communist and general anti-subversive author. During the fifties, both organisations fought Communism and were involved in a campaign against water fluoridation (brochure, 1956 ; articles about this topic were also published in News behind the News in 1958).[13]

Main arguments

The Three World Wars

One of Carr's most lasting contributions to modern-day resistance to world subversion was his discussion of an alleged plan for Three World Wars (often referred as the 3WW), which he believed was developed by Confederate general and Masonic scholar Albert Pike.

In Pawns in the Game, Carr claims that the First World War was fought so as to enable the Illuminati to overthrow the powers of the Tsars in Russia and turn that country into the stronghold of Atheistic-Communism. The differences stirred up by the agents of the Illuminati between the British and German Empires were used to foment this war. After the war ended, Communism was built up and used to destroy other governments and weaken religions. After this, World War II, was fomented by using the differences between Fascists and Political Zionists. This war was fought so that National Socialism would be destroyed and the power of Political Zionism increased, so that the sovereign Zionist State could be established in Palestine. During World War II International Communism was built up until it equalled in strength that of united Christendom. At this point it was contained and kept in check until required for the final social cataclysm.

Moving into the future, Carr claimed that World War Three will be fomented by the agents of the Illuminati (also involved, according to him, with the United Nations) as they stir up between the Political Zionists and the leaders of the Moslem world. The war will be directed in such a manner that Mohammedanism and Political Zionism (including the Zionist State itself) will destroy themselves, while at the same time the remaining nations, once more divided against each other will be forced to fight among themselves until they are in a state of complete exhaustion physically, mentally, spiritually and economically.[14]

Carr states that he learned of this scheme from a letter, allegedly written by Pike and addressed to Italian revolutionary leader Giuseppe Mazzini. He states that he learned about this alleged letter from the anti-Mason, Cardinal Caro y Rodriguez of Santiago, Chile, author of The Mystery of Freemasonry Unveiled (Hawthorne, CA, Christian Book Club of America, 1971). However, Carr's later book, Satan, Prince of This World (written in 1959), includes the following footnote: "The Keeper of manuscripts recently informed the author that this letter is NOT catalogued in the British Museum Library. It seems strange that a man of Cardinal Rodriguez's knowledge should have said that it WAS in 1925."[15] More recently, the British Museum confirmed in writing to researcher Michael Haupt[16] that such a document has never been in their possession.

The reference Terry Melanson gives a good treatment to the three world war theory. Michael Haupt had taken the three world war theory from the introduction of Carr's Pawns in the Game(1958). This introduction outlines a plan that Carr attributes to Pike, but not to the letter from Pike to Mazzini. Only the last section of the three world war plan in Haupt's text is a quote attributed to the letter from Pike to Mazzini. This quote is virtually identical to the one in Rodrique's book and it can be traced to the book Le diable au XIXe siècle (1894) by Gabriel Jagond-Pager aka Leo Taxil, where it is claimed to be from a letter of Pike to Mazzini written in 1871. This quote was later considered to describe the Bolshevik revolution, but whether a hoax or not, it predates 1917. The book of Jagond-Pager is enlisted in the British Museum, which is what Rodrigues meant by his statement, and it contains the full letter be it hoax or not. The plan attributed to Pike is also described in part in Le Palladisme by Margiotta (see Margiotta) and it seems to describe the same plan as in Jagond-Pager's book, so possible that in this case the famous hoaxer Leo Taxil actually refers to some existing letter, but Dominico Margiotta may be another pseudoname of Jacond-Pager. There is nothing of the three world war plan in this letter, and nothing especially prophetic, it simply describes a Freemasonry plan to overthrow all religions.

The Synagogue of Satan

Carr's books often discuss a Luciferian conspiracy by what he calls the "World Revolutionary Movement," but he later attributed the conspiracy more specifically to the "Synagogue of Satan." The term "Synagogue of Satan" was not a reference to Judaism. Carr wrote, "I wish to make it clearly and emphatically known that I do not believe the Synagogue of Satan (S.O.S.) is Jewish, but, as Christ told us for a definite purpose, it is Template:Sic 'Them who say they are Jews ... and are not ... and do lie' (Rev. 2:9 and 3:9)".[17]

This quote is taken from Satan, Prince of this World, the book Carr had been working on at the time of his death. It was edited by his elder son W.J. Carr, Jr. and presented as the: "last manuscript [of the author] exposing the Luciferian Conspiracy, Satanism, secret societies and the Synagogue of Satan as driving forces behind the World Revolutionary Movement".[18] Carr's son also mentions he did not publish some parts of the manuscript because many references were missing.

As a Christian traditionalist, Carr believes that the world conspiracy is based on a Manichean way of thinking, this view is common to many anti-Mason and anti-Communists, who have read deeply, starting from Nesta Webster. There is another common variant seeing the world conspiracy being based on the Sabbatean/Frankist teachings, but it also acknowledges Manichean influences.


Whatever the source of the alleged plan for Three World Wars, it has become a topic for discussion among anti-subversive and alternative media activists, and is cited in seminal "conspiracy" books such as Des Griffin's Fourth Reich of the Rich (1976) who published the fourth edition of Pawns in the Game and a cassette tape of one of Carr's speech in Chicago in his own publishing house, Emissary Publications (Colton, Oregon).

William Guy Carr also inspired Dan Smoot (The Invisible Government, 1962), Gary Allen (The Rockefeller File, 1976), Phoebe Courtney, (Beware Metro and Regional Government, 1973), Richard T. Osborne (The Great International Conspiracy, 1974 ; and lately The Coming of World War III, 2006), Myron C. Fagan, (Audio Document (LP) : The Illuminati and The Council on Foreign Relations, recorded in the 1967-1968, ed. by a group calling themselves the Sons of Liberty. Fagan outlines the Illuminati world elite plans of global conspiracy for the New World Order and world domination), David Icke (The Biggest Secret, 1999), Jan van Helsing, and the French Canadian Social Credit Party member Serge Monast (1945–1996) who pretended being Carr's disciple.[19][20] All these plot theorists argue for the continuing influence of the Illuminati as Carr suggested it in his two main works.

Since 1998, Carr's most famous books (Pawns in the Game, The Conspiracy to destroy all existing Governments and Religions and Satan, Prince of this World) were translated in French.[21] His French editor Jacques Delacroix counts himself as one of Carr's successors.[22] His works have been attacked by conspirators such as Daniel Pipes, Bill Ellis and Pierre-André Taguieff, who themselves largely support the purported aims of the conspiracy.


  • By Guess and By God: the story of the British submarines in the war, with a preface by Admiral S.S. Hall, Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, Doran & Company Inc, 1930 ; London, Hutchinson & Co., 1930. (French) translation: À la grace de Dieu! Les sous-marins anglais dans la guerre mondiale, trad. par P. Reymond, Paris, Payot, 1931.
  • Hell's Angels of the Deep, London, Hutchinson & Co., 1932 ; Toronto, S.B. Gundy and Oxford University Press, 1933.
  • High and dry: the post-war experiences of the author of "By guess and by God", London, Hutchinson, 1938.
  • Brass Hats and Bell-Bottomed Trousers: unforgettable and splendid feats of the Harwich patrol ("By guess and by God II"), London, Hutchinson & Co., 1939.
  • Good Hunting ("By guess and by God III"), London, Hutchinson & Co., 1940.
  • Out of the Mists: great deeds of the navy in the last war and her role today, London and New York, Hutchinson & Co., 1942.
  • Checkmate in the North: the Axis planned to invade America, Toronto, The Macmillan Co. of Canada, Ltd., Army Museum Collection, 1944 ; 1945.
  • One world in the making: the United Nations, Boston, Ginn, 1946.
  • The devil’s poison or "The truth about fluorine, Willowdale, Ont., National Federation of Christian Laymen (NFCL) Publications Committee, [1956].
  • The Red Fog Over America, Willowdale (Ontario), National Federation of Christian Laymen (NFCL) Publications Committee, 1955 and 1957 ; Hollywood, Angriff Press, 1956 and 1957 ; Glendale, Ca., St. George Press, 1962 and 1968 ; The Britons Publishing Company, 1962 ; Legion for the Survival of Freedom Inc., 1978 ; TAB Books, 1997.
  • Pawns in the Game, Willowdale, Ont., Gadsby-Leek Co., [1955] ; Willowdale (Ontario), National Federation of Christian Laymen (NFCL) Publications Committee, 1956, this ed. includes 4 p. of information on the National Federation of Christian Laymen; Hollywood Angriff Press, 1958 [Los Angeles, St. George Press, 1958 ; Los Angeles, Christian Laymen, 1958] ; Palmdale, CA, Omni Publications/Christian Book Clum, 1960's ; Glendale, California, St. George Press, 1962 and 1967 ; Clackamas, OR, Emissary Publications, no date, reprint of the 1958 ed. ; Omni/Christian Book Club, 1993 ; Boring, OR, CPA, Book Publisher, [2005]. (French) translations: Des Pions sur l'échiquier, Éditions Delacroix, 1999 [part of] ; Cadillac (France), Éditions Saint-Rémi, 2002. Arabic translation by Abdus-Samad Sharafuddin, Jeddah, OKAZ, 1976.
  • The International conspiracy: the National Federation of Christian Laymen and what we stand for, includes the "aims and objects" of the National Federation of Christian Laymen and a membership application form. With printed broadside letter from the World Federalists of Canada laid in, Toronto, National Federation of Christian Laymen (NFCL), [1956].
  • Present personal income and corporation taxes unconstitutional, Willowdale (Ontario), National Federation of Christian Laymen, [1956].
  • The Conspiracy to destroy all existing Governments and Religions, Metairie, La., Sons of Liberty, [1960 ? ; written in 1958] ; (French) translation: La Conspiration mondiale dont le but est de détruire tous les gouvernements et religions en place, Châteauneuf (France), Éditions Delacroix, [1998]. Refers to: John Robison : Proofs of a Conspiracy Against All the Religions and Governments of Europe Carried on in the Secret Meetings of Freemasons, Illuminati and Reading Societies (1798).
  • Satan, prince of this World, Palmdale, CA, Omni Publications, 1966 ; 1997 [post. 1st ed. ; written in 1959] ; (French) translation: Satan, prince de ce monde, Cadillac (France), Éditions Saint-Rémi, 2005.
  • British Submarines in World War I, Allborough Publishing, 1992.

Cassette tape

  • Pawns in the Game (cassette tape) "100 minute recording of a speech given by Commander William Guy Carr in Chicago just before his death in 1957 [sic]. Commander Carr, the famous author of Red Fog Over America & Pawns In The Game gives a comprehensive political and philosophical overview of the Illuminati-International Banker conspiracy to undermine all nations and create a one world government" See: Illuminati History, midnight-emissary.com


  • Michael Lind, Up From Conservatism: Why the Right is Wrong for America, New York, Free Press Paperbacks, 1997 (parts on W.G. Carr). ISBN 0684831864
  • Bill Ellis, Raising the Devil: Satanism, New Religions, and the Media, University Press of Kentucky, 2000. ISBN 0813121701
  • Daniel Pipes, Conspiracy. How the Paranoid Style Flourishes and Where It Comes From, New York, Free Press, 1997 (partly studies Carr's National Federation of Christian Laymen). ISBN 0684871114
  • (French) Pierre-André Taguieff, La Foire aux illuminés : Ésotérisme, théorie du complot, extrémisme ("The Illuminati fair: Esotericism, Plot Theory, Extremism"), Paris, Mille et une nuits, 2005.[23] ISBN 2-84205-925-5
  • (French) Pierre-André Taguieff, L'imaginaire du complot mondial: Aspects d'un mythe moderne ("The World plot imaginary: about a modern myth"), Paris, Mille et une nuits, 2006. ISBN 2-84205-980-8
  • John Winton (ed.), The Submariners: Life in British Submarines 1901-1999. An Anthology of Personal Experience, Trafalgar Square, 1999. ISBN 0094802203
  • Terry Melanson, Albert Pike to Mazzini, August 15, 1871: Three World Wars?, http://www.conspiracyarchive.com/Articles/Pike-Mazzini_Three-World-Wars.htm
  • Margiotta Test extract from Margiotta in French,http://www.theconspiracyexplained.com/IntroductionAmend.html

External links


  1. [1] Awards to the Royal Canadian Navy, Reserve Officer's decoration, "CARR, William James Guy, LCdr, RD: 15/03/45a"
  2. [2] See the site of The Naval Club of Toronto, "History of the club"
  3. W. Stewart Wallace (ed), The Macmillan Dictionary of Canadian Biography, Toronto-London, Macmillan, revised ed. 1963, p. 116.
  4. W. Stewart Wallace (ed), The Macmillan Dictionary of Canadian Biography, op. cit., p. 116.
  5. These biographical details are provided by the Editor's preface of William Guy Carr, Pawns in the Game, Omni/Christian Book Club 1993 and Satan, prince of this World, Palmdale, CA, Omni Publications, 1997
  6. (French) Pierre-André Taguieff, La Foire aux illuminés : Ésotérisme, théorie du complot, extrémisme ("The Illuminati fair: Esotericism, Plot Theory, Extremism"), Paris, Mille et une nuits, 2005, p. 431
  7. (French) Pierre-André Taguieff, op. cit., p. 25
  8. [3] "William Guy Carr repeats the lies", Pawns in the Game reviewed by the Grand Lodge of British Columbia and Yukon Ancient Free and Accepted Masons and [4] History of Conspiracy Theory 101
  9. Pierre-André Tagieff, op. cit., p. 71. Personal translation, User:Eristik
  10. William Guy Carr (dir.), News Behind The News, Vol. 1, #8, June–July 1957, p. 6.
  11. [5] See "John Horn Blackmore fonds", on the Genbow Museum site
  12. [6] see Online archive of California
  13. [7] Online archive of California, documents on the Anti-Fluoridation Campaign; also studied in Daniel Pipes's, Conspiracy, 1997 (bibliography)
  14. William Guy Carr, Pawns in the Game, Emissary Publications, Clackamas, OR, pp. xv-xvi
  15. William Guy Carr, Satan, Prince of This World, Emissary Publications, Clackamas, Oreg., p. 39
  16. Michael Haupt
  17. William Guy Carr, Satan, Prince of This World, Emissary Publications, Clackamas, Oreg., p. 6
  18. William Guy Carr, Satan, prince of this World, Palmdale, CA, Omni Publications, 1997, Editorial review, back cover
  19. [8] Trevor W. McKeown, "Illuminati : Frequently Asked Questions" and Pierre-André Taguieff, op. cit., p. 434, 466, 501
  20. [9] This influence is also confirmed by this article: "Anti-CFR, Anti-Illuminati, Anti-Rockefeller Arguments", in The Sierra Times (contains an important bibliography of anti-Communist pamphlets)
  21. Éditions Delacroix and Éditions Saint-Rémi, Cadillac, France
  22. [10] (French) Éditions Delacroix, books by Jacques Delacroix on satanic conspiracies and the Three World Wars
  23. http://www.engageonline.org.uk/blog/article.php?id=182