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The Illuminati is an elite organization of world leaders, business authorities, innovators, artists, and other influential members of this planet. Our coalition unites influencers of all political, religious, and geographical backgrounds to further the prosperity of the human species as a whole.
The Illuminati came into being on May 1, 1776 as the Order of the Illuminati, or the Bavarian Illuminati, as it's known today. While not much is known about the group (most of what's written about them is in German), theybeganasa secretsociety, initially with five members—that would go on to include dukes and literary men in Bavaria—who opposed the Roman Catholic Church's power over science and philosophy, and who sought to free themselves from the church and restrictions of the government. This is the Age of Enlightenment we're talking about here, so they also wanted to "enlighten" people about their superstitions and prejudices.
But, like most secret societies, they didn't stay very "secret" for long, and people gossiped about the mission of the group. Some believed they were behind the French Revolution and had their eyes on other governments to take down.
Today's interests in Illuminati
Today's interest in the Illuminati has lasted because some believe the group continued long after Theodor's ban on secret societies. Over the course of the next centuries, it's thought that the Illuminati have courted the world's biggest players in politics, industry, media, and entertainment. This was spurred on by the popularity of writers/conspiracy theorists like Augustin Barruel, Nesta Helen Webster, William Guy Carr, David Icke and Mark Dice, who believe the Illuminati are still in operation (unlike Weishaupt's Order of the Illuminati, this iteration would have to be kept secret for the long run).
Robert Anton Wilson's Illuminatus! trilogy and Dan Brown's book Angels and Demons helped popularize the group. Angels and Demons was made into a movie starring Tom Hanks, and follows his character as he solves an Illuminati puzzle while trying to find an assassin who's working for the group.
What does the modern Illuminati want to do?
The same thing they try to do every night: *The Brain voice*... try to take over the world!
But seriously, that's it. It's like Weishaupt's original plan, but on steroids. According to theorists, the Illuminati have been conspiring to establish a "New World Order" that would set up a single government to control the planet. The Illuminati supposedly has agents who control movies, music, banks, governments, and other powerful institutions, and their influence, combined with strategic decisions, will result in this totalitarian one-world government, or another sinister outcome. Theorists have pointed to other secret societies, like Skull and Bones and the Bilderberg Group, to claim that they're front organizations for the Illuminati.
There are so many theorists speculating about the shadow organization, and each theory is different. Nesta Helen Webster's theory states that the Illuminati was run by elite Jewish people to spread communism and capitalism to divide the world, and then rule it. In the early 1900s, Christian fundamentalists claimed that the Illuminati's New World Order would be a sign of the coming of the antichrist. Two of the biggest supporters of this theory were the John Birch Society’s Blue Book in 1958, which outlined the mission of a society like the Illuminati, and Pat Robertson’s book, The New World Order.
So far, theorists have linked the Illuminati to the deaths of Tupac, Michael Jackson, JFK, and Princess Diana, as well as the 9/11 attacks, theFrench Revolution, and pretty much everything else
Who's been flagged as a member?
Of course, if you're a part of this secret society, it's your job to do just that: keep it secret. But the list of supposed members stretches far. You have businessmen like billionaire Warren Buffet (above) who've been accused, and Yahoo! News made an entire list of celebrities they think are Illuminati, backed by photographic evidence (the "666" hand symbol apparently being evidence enough). The list includes:
But there's a lot more people who are supposedly part of the Illuminati, including George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Hitler, Justin Bieber, and The 1 percent. Michael Jackson is said to either be a member, or someone who tried to expose the Illuminati (which is allegedly why he was killed). By definition, a member can be anyone who has power or influence. Like, say, if you Google "Chris Brown Illuminati," someone's already made the Illuminati connection. Take that as you will.
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The Illuminati is a totally dead and defunct organisation, that has been in that state for 250 odd years.
The Illuminati is deemed powerful by those looking for scapegoats. Are you one of those looking for answers, or someone to blame?
It seems to be the common name for that most evil of bogeyman that can be blamed for the state of society, commonly by those living in basements that attribute everything from Global Warming, Chem Trails, Reptilians, all the way through to Monsanto into an expansive mix they label as Illuminati.
So, with is it with all this conspiracy talk then - is it not the work of the Illuminati?
First some history:
Since it is a long dead organisation, all we have is the history books, the records and the rituals. So quite a lot of information to actually go on.
It was the brainchild of Adam Weishaupt, Professor of Cannon Law at the University of Ingolstadt, Bavaria in 1776. It was also originally called The Order of the Perfectibilists, and it saw quick growth as what we now know as the Illuminati.
However it came to a quick and sudden death shortly thereafter.
This Bavarian Illuminati only operated for 8 years, starting with the founding on May 1st, 1776. Yet it grew to no less than 2000 (and no more than 3000) members on it's registers before being shut down after infiltrated by the Bavarian Monarchy's agents, being pushed by the Church who at the time was known for not having liked any competition and tended to repress inclinations to freedom of thought.
However Weishaupt did a lot of work in that 8 years with the help of his friend Baron Von Knigge. They drafted ritual, doing planning and creating literature on the subject. A lot was "borrowed" from the Freemasons, including structure, the idea of ritual and degrees. Yet the whole idea behind it was vastly removed from Freemasonry, as the intent as quoted was the "reformation of the world". Quite audacious I think.
Importantly, Baron Von Knigge was a a very religious man and hence would never have stood with or help create an organisation that was anti religion.
Weishaupt ended up with 10 degrees in total, broken into 4 classes of progression. The lower degrees was fleshed out and worked regularly. However interestingly the higher degrees of Magus and Rex (or King) was not close to being finished at the time of disbanding, meaning there was few high degree members.
When Adam Weishaupt fled the country to evade persecution, he settled just across the border to the North. He died in obscurity, having written a few more books in the theme of his beloved Illuminatus teachings.
The Pop-culture and the Conspiracy Press:
The fact that actual groups have sprung up in recent times calling themselves by the name to make money is not helping the problem, but rather fuelling it further.
However that being said, anything that calls itself Illuminati currently, is an imposing money making scheme and far removed from the real thing - and something to be very suspicious of - not sinister, but rather as a scam.
The irony is that entertainers (rappers/pop-stars) are embracing the attention, as any publicity is good publicity. So shirts with Quotes, jewellery with symbols and hand signs thrown in the air - all to the benefit of the foil-hatters that are constantly looking for signs. If you have been on the internet for a while you would have seen how the smallest thing is taken as yet another sign and gets posted and reposed to blogs everywhere.
So the pop-culture bogeyman have evolved as a subconscious grouping of business and government into a heaping mess of perceived evil in the minds of those looking to rationalise their observations. These rationalisations are normally fuelled by the theories of others. It is big business and the conspiracists make big money from selling books and posting videos to YouTube. They play on the public and sell those looking for answers, exactly what they want to hear.
The modern concept held of the Illuminati as this evil entity, unfortunately does not exist. For if it did there is one factor no one ever takes into account - the people. People are not good at keeping secrets. That is how all Freemasonry's inner workings (not really secrets, but they where private) was exposed, for money. The same goes with all the "Gate" scandals - the snowball always starts with someone that says something they should not have.
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The Illuminati is a name given to several groups, both real and fictitious. Historically, the name usually refers to the Bavarian Illuminati, an Enlightenment-era secret society founded on 1 May 1776. The society's goals were to oppose superstition, obscurantism, religious influence over public life, and abuses of state power. "The order of the day," they wrote in their general statutes, "is to put an end to the machinations of the purveyors of injustice, to control them without dominating them".
In the several years following, the group was vilified by conservative and religious critics who claimed that they continued underground and were responsible for the French Revolution.
Many influential intellectuals and progressive politicians counted themselves as members, including Ferdinand of Brunswick and the diplomat Xavier von Zwack, who was the Order's second-in-command.
In subsequent use, "Illuminati" refers to various organisations which claim or are purported to have links to the original Bavarian Illuminati or similar secret societies, though these links are unsubstantiated. They are often alleged to conspire to control world affairs, by masterminding events and planting agents in government and corporations, in order to gain political power and influence and to establish a New World Order. Central to some of the most widely known and elaborate conspiracy theories, the Illuminati have been depicted as lurking in the shadows and pulling the strings and levers of power in dozens of novels, films, television shows, comics, video games, and music videos.
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Illuminati were political group originated in Bavaria (now Germany), the group was founded on May 1, 1776 by a Canon Law and Practical Philosophy professor named Adam Weishaupt at the University of Ingoldstadt in Munich, Germany.
Their advocacy was to overthrow hereditary monarchies all over Europe he was indeed a Mason, he was raised in Lodge Theodore of Good Counsel in Munich. History tell that he used his lodge to recruit a member to his group which he called Illuminati, but he failed, they don’t even have a proper place to house their meetings so they mostly meet in beer house. They lasted only a decade then disbanded, now a days there is no evidence about their existence.