Illuminati: a myth or reality?
"Beneath the broad tides of human history there flow the stealthy undercurrents of the secret societies, which frequently determine in the depth the changes that take place upon the surface” (1) quotes Arthur Edward Waite, a scholarly mystic who had particular interest in occult and esoteric schemes. Secret societies have existed since the dawn of mankind, as some people deem it necessary to hide certain ideas and plans from the general public, mostly due to their wicked nature. Skull & Bones originating from The Yale University, The Bilderberg Group and The Freemasons are few examples of secret societies, each of them have included an elite and influential group of members ranging from representatives of major corporations to renowned politicians, such as George W. Bush, Winston Churchill and Benjamin Franklin.
Another such society, though having much more sinister goals, is that of the Illuminati. The Illuminati, meaning “the enlightened ones”, was founded in May 1776 by Adam Weishaupt, a Jesuit lawyer in Bavaria, with the intention of disbanding all the governments and religions in the world in order to create a one-world government, i.e. a New World Order (NWO). However, after the discovery of its plans by the Bavarian government, the order was outlawed and it eventually met its demise. Since then, certain events across the globe have indicated the brotherhood’s presence. Many people are of the view that Illuminati had come to its end after this incident, while conspiracy theorists believe that the Illuminati survived and went underground, executing its plan from therein. Then again, a good secret society is the one not known about. Adam Weishaupt quotes, “The great strength of our Order lies in its concealment; let it never appear in any place in its own name, but always concealed by another name, and another occupation” (1). Although many people consider the modern conspiracy theory regarding the Illuminati a hoax due to lack of credible evidence, however progress towards the establishment of an NWO, widespread symbolism, whistleblowers’ accounts and media’s role in advocating the agenda of Illuminati, all point towards Illuminati’s presence within the society.
The debate has attracted scholarly attention as well and many authors have written books regarding the presence of Illuminati and its malicious plots. William Carr’s ‘Pawns in the Game’ discusses the subject in great detail where he has explained Illuminati’s origin and its ominous schemes about establishing an NWO and that, considering they are ‘the enlightened ones’, it’s their right to rule over the general public, which is considered inferior. This agenda of NWO can be seen today in how the Illuminati have, possibly, infiltrated the government machinery of the U.S. and are conducting economic policies that will establish them as the Monarch of the world, with other nations under their domain. According to Carr, the brotherhood came into being when Adam Weishaupt embraced the ‘Luciferian’ (Carr 5) conspiracy of establishing a ‘synagogue of Satan’ (Carr 5) in the world after defecting from Christianity. He planned on achieving this goal by forming the ‘Order of the Perfectibilists’, which was later known as The Illuminati. An evil plot was designed by him which included the termination of all the governments, starting with that of Bavaria, and religions, followed by splitting of the nations into two and equipping each side for taking part in what would be a ‘social cataclysm’ (Carr 5); a disaster so great that it would leave the people with no choice but to accept a one-world government, i.e. the NWO. David Rockefeller, who admits to having conspired towards a one-world government in his biography, i.e. Memoirs, quotes, “We are on the verge of a global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis and the nations will accept the New World Order” (Flynt 1). In ‘Pawns in the Game’, Carr explains how the Illuminati...
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