According to latest info, it seems that since the creation of Freemasonry in the 18th Century, two factions (with splinter cells) are fighting between each other. On one side there are the "neo-aristocrats" (conservatives), while on the other are the "progressives". The latter fought (are they still fighting?) for human "freedom". What they accomplished is the transformation from 'subjects' to 'citizens', with all respective human rights, and the creation of 'democracy'. But as you can imagine, sometimes they do collaborate on certain projects, such as the election of the "Yes, we can/Hope/Dawn of a New Day" man.LoneBear wrote:That New Economist cover shows that there are still two powers competing for control of the planet
The above is based on a book written by Gioele Magaldi, an Italian (Masonic) Grand Master, who published a book entitled "Masonry - Unlimited Liability Company: the Discovery of the Ur-Lodges"  two months ago. It's the first one of the trilogy and a duology entitled "Global Powers and its Venerable Masters" will follow it.
If you would like to see some names named, the WTC/G. W. Bush/Bin Laden & ?/Jeb Bush/al Baghdadi formula etc., you can use Google Translate (Italian to English) and read the following articles: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.
Now I can give more credence to Jordan Maxwell's statement that all the world conflicts are actually clashes between various powerful secret societies - "it's nothing personal, it's strictly business," as Michael Corleone would say.
 The author explained that the word "ur" means primal/primordial in German. These Ur-Lodges are "superlodges", i. e. supranational - they don't make part of any national Grand Lodge. But when I read this expression, the City of Ur from Sumeria (today's Iraq) came to my mind, and consequently all the Middle-Eastern / Egyptian symbols and philosophy that is connected to Freemasonry and the "Illuminati". I think we should better check this side of the story.