It appears the original Freemasons of the Enlightenment were liberals and progressives. The Wikipedia page has the following to say on The Age of Enlightenment: The same source states the following with regard to the connection between Freemasonry and The Age of Enlightenment: Such progressive thinking inevitably played a part in the American and French revolutions: However the question has to be asked, can the present day Freemasons still be regarded as liberals and progressives? The Freemasons of today have the reputation of being conservative and pro-establishment, i.e. the exact opposite of The Age of Enlightenment Freemasons, with many of its leading members being high ranking members of the establishment. Has anyone else noticed this apparent historical contradiction?