There is no American. There is no French. No Chinese. No nationalities of any kind. There is only the New World Order, a “secretive elite of globalists” that now run the entire world through an autonomous world government. There is no religion, no morality, no rule by anyone of any kind, except those in the New World Order (“New World Order”). Some believe that one day this will be the state of our world, and that even already we are being masterminded by a conspiring secret society out for world domination. With theories such as this, thankfully there is almost always a mass critical ignorance in the general population. However, looking into the history and origins of ideas such as these you may be surprised to realize that not so much of it is superstitious theory as you initially thought. The historical secret organization most widely known as the precursor and start to these outrageous conspiracy theories is the infamous Illuminati, or “Perfectibilists” of the 18th century (“Illuminati”). The factual history of the Illuminati secret organization lends help to modern theories regarding their existence and why they may have disbanded, and hopefully this will serve as a thorough and analytical examination of what the reasoning behind their actions might be. This is also aided by a look at other secret societies through out history and their fates. While a New World Order backing an autonomous world government might be unrealistic, there is certainly evidence to lend to the idea of a modernized global conspiracy that contributes to the fate of today’s industrial societies.
It is fair to say that the Illuminati was formed out of necessity. It became a necessity for the stonemasons of medieval times to band together and promote big business and monopolization, and it became a necessity for the enlightenment ideals that captured the minds of men like Adam Weishaupt to emerge, both of which are due to the suppressive monarchical empires that ruled the world of their day (Best). The medieval stone masons that banded together to form the group known as the Freemasons are historically linked to the Bavarian Illuminati. Adam Weishaupt was an Enlightenment-era thinker who founded the Illuminati, and as Berlet and Lyons remark regarding the ties between both organizations, “Because of Freemasonry’s inadvertent involvement and the misuse of Freemasonry by the Illuminati’s founder who had become a Mason, the legends of its continued existence (and influence) persist into the twenty-first century tying the organizations somehow together.” Adam Weishaupt was actually only a Mason for a couple of years, becoming disillusioned in 1776 (Best). So the Freemasons were actually independent of the Illuminati; their purpose was more economic, while the Illuminati’s was more political. The Order was actively advocating political upheaval, and the Freemasons had developed as a self-stabilized economic force which increased their profit. The Illuminati used the lodges of the Freemasons to draw in new members, and “the idea was conceived to for Illuminati members to penetrate the highest Masonic grades to take control of the [Masonic] Lodges” (Best). At its height in Bavaria the organization had 2,000 members over ten years. The Order of the Illuminati was officially disbanded however, when Karl Theodor became ruler of Bavaria in 1777 and banned all secret societies in 1784 (“Illuminati”). Following the Bavarian Order of the Illuminati’s official dissolution by the King in 1784, “Weishaupt was deprived of his chair and banished with pension from the country. He refused the pension and moved to Regensburg . . .” (“Bavarian”). This is where the factual history of the Order of Illuminati grinds to a halt, and speculation begins on modern theories concerning their existence.
While no one may ever discover cold hard evidence to illuminate the public eye to the Illuminati, their purpose is critically important for siphoning out fact from fiction, both because it can be reasoned that once a political purpose like theirs is fulfilled there is little motivation for continued existence and because it hints as to what modern conspiracy organizations might be offshoots of what dissipated in Bavaria. So regarding the status of the Order of Illuminati today, there can only be three possible options: the Illuminati are still in existence, out to fill the same Enlightenment-era goals they had in mind during the 18th century; the Illuminati completely disappeared, having fulfilled their initial purpose; or the Illuminati, like they did with the Freemasons, have evolved into another secret society with similar but more modern goals. It is also interesting to note that thinkers like Adam Weishaupt who were firmly invested in the ideals of the enlightenment would agree with this method of scrutiny, as all possible explanations for their existence are being considered rationally and scientifically.
Again before diving into the modern conspiracy theories surrounding the Illuminati, it is best to have a considerable knowledge of what their purpose was in the 18th century. The suppressive monarchies such as King Louis XVI in France and King Theodor in Bavaria
harshly treated the common people of their countries, and this was the dominant driving force for the Age of Enlightenment. The enlightenment thinkers “were then espousing the ideals of . . . freedom of thought and equality among classes of people . . .the right to think as one wishes and to exercise – within the bounds of law – their freedom of choice” (Berlet and Lyons). Obviously ideas like these, ideas common in today’s society and sometimes taken for granted, went directly against the rule of the monarchy, whose royal status is immensely higher than every one else’s. However, it was also not just the government that was being advocated against by the Illuminati, but the church as well. The extreme level of rationalist and scientific thinking expressed by men like Weishaupt soon became inextricably bound to ideas of atheism. “The objects of the order were such as to appeal to the discontented elements in a country suffering from intellectual stagnation due to ecclesiastical domination” (Stauffer). Members of the Order of the Illuminati felt as if their society had been suppressed by illogical and mystical powers that needed to be replaced.
The complete disappearance of the Illuminati or their continued existence as the same organization out to achieve the same goals as in the 18th century both seem like plausible outcomes for their present state in modern society, but the most logical outcome is that the Illuminati has transformed, in name and purpose, into a more modern and widespread conspiring secret organization that in fact has its hands in all sectors of the globe. International organizations that are currently being controlled by this secret society range from the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank to the Council on Foreign Relations or even to the CIA or UNESCO (Livengood and Tolles).
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