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Are the Illuminati real? The answer is Yes and No.  If you are asking, was there ever a real organization called the Illuminati? The answer is Yes.  If you are asking, is there a currently operating mega-organisation that masterminds a super-colossal conspiracy that encompasses everything from the French Revolution to Jay-Z’s latest album?  Then the answer is most certainly No. The term Illuminati has taken on a symbolic meaning in many people’s minds of being any large, well-funded secret conspiracy that has the power to influence global political events to benefit those in the conspiracy.  As such the wealthiest people in the world are always suspected of being members because their money has the potential to exert the most influence.  It’s hard to know what’s real and what’s not.


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WHAT IS THE ILLUMINATI CONSPIRACY?

The Illuminati conspiracy is a conspiracy theory which holds that there is a “global elite” society that is either in control of the world or is seeking to take control of the world. As with most conspiracy theories, beliefs regarding the Illuminati conspiracy vary widely. As a result, it is virtually impossible to give a synopsis of the Illuminati conspiracy. Popularized in recent books and movies, the Illuminati conspiracy has definitely reached “cult fiction” status.

If one were to attempt to summarize the Illuminati conspiracy, it would go something like this: The Illuminati began as a secret society under the direction of Jesuit priests. Later, a council of five men, one for each of the points on the pentagram, formed what was called “The Ancient and Illuminated Seers of Bavaria.” They were high order Luciferian Freemasons, thoroughly immersed in mysticism and Eastern mental disciplines, seeking to develop the super powers of the mind. Their alleged plan and purpose is world domination for their lord (who precisely this Lord is varied widely). The Illuminati are alleged to be the primary motivational forces encouraging global governance, a one-world religious ethic, and centralized control of the world’s economic systems. Organizations such as the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the International Criminal Court are seen as tentacles of the Illuminati. According to the Illuminati conspiracy, the Illuminati are the driving force behind efforts to brainwash the gullible masses through thought control and manipulation of beliefs, through the press, the educational curriculum, and the political leadership of the nations.

The Illuminati supposedly have a private board of elite, interlocking delegates who control the world’s major banks. They create inflations, recessions, and depressions and manipulate the world markets, supporting certain leaders and coups and undermining others to achieve their overall goals. The supposed goal behind the Illuminati conspiracy is to create and then manage crises that will eventually convince the masses that globalism, with its centralized economic control and one-world religious ethic, is the necessary solution to the world’s woes. This structure, usually known as the “New World Order,” will, of course, be ruled by the Illuminati.

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ARE THE ILLUMINATI REAL? WHO ARE THEY? WHAT DO THEY DO? ARE THEY STILL AROUND?

The real Illuminati (as opposed to the bogus conspiracy theory) was founded in Ingolstadt, Bavaria on May 1, 1776, by the German philosopher and law professor Adam Weishaupt.  At the time, the Catholic Church played a domineering role in controlling the political and intellectual life of Bavaria.  Weishaupt, who was a supporter of the French Enlightenment, decided to create a secret society that borrowed ritual elements from the Freemasons in order to popularize French Enlightenment ideas on an underground level in Bavaria.  (In fact, Illuminati is simply the Latin word meaning “the enlightened ones.”)  At its height, the Illuminati organization had chapters in several German provinces, as well as Austria and Switzerland, but it never had more than 3,000 members.  The group was weakened by factional infighting before being crushed by the Bavarian government in 1787.

According to the historian Vernon Stauffer’s 1918 book, New England and the Bavarian Illuminati,

As a final blow against the devastated order, on August 16, 1787, the Duke of Bavaria launched his third and last edict against the system.  The presentments of the former interdicts were reemphasized, and in addition, to give maximum force to the sovereign’s will, criminal process, without distinction of person, dignity, state, or quality, was ordered against any Illuminatus who should be discovered continuing the work of recruiting. Any so charged and found guilty were to be deprived of their lives by the sword; while those thus recruited were to have their goods confiscated and themselves to be condemned to perpetual banishment from the territories of the Duke.  Under the same penalties of confiscation and banishment, the members of the order, no matter under what name or circumstances, regular or irregular, they should gather, were forbidden to assemble as lodges.
Since participation in the Illuminati could get members “deprived of their lives by the sword,” I think it’s highly probable that the group never reformed after 1787.  The only reason that the group has lived on is that some counter-Enlightenment writers in France later blamed them for causing the French Revolution, even though Bavaria was actually slower to adopt Enlightenment ideas than France was.

Source: Vernon Stauffer, New England and the Bavarian Illuminati, see Chapter III, esp. 182-183.

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HOW DID THE CONSPIRACY START? WHO STARTED THESE ILLUMINATI CONSPIRACY THEORIES FIRST?

Fascist author Nesta Helen Webster (presumably one of several with these ideas) revived the concept of the “Illuminati”, a long-expired secret society, as being a part of a hidden worldwide conspiracy that included Jews, socialists and so forth. She wasn’t a nice lady and she had a massive agenda, which included vilifying Jews and claiming that the sort of thing found in the discredited Protocols of the Elders of Zion hoax document was true. In the 1950s, William Guy Carr further spread these ideas in the USA, and is probably the person most directly responsible for the current fascination with this nonsense.

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