9. The Illuminati: Subverting the
Why this attack against our body politic?
In 1785, a
bolt of lightning struck a courier en route to Paris from Frankfort-on-the-Main.
A tract written by Adam Weishaupt, founder of the Illuminati, "Original Shift in
Days of Illuminations," was recovered from the dead messenger, containing the
secret society's long-range plan for "The New World Order through world
The Bavarian Government outlawed the society and in 1787
published the details of The Illuminati conspiracy in "The Original Writings of
the Order and Sect of the Illuminati."
In Adam Weishaupt's own words:
"By this plan, we shall direct all mankind in this manner. And, by the
simplest means, we shall set all in motion and in flames. The occupations must
be so allotted and contrived that we may, in secret, influence all political
There is disagreement among scholars as to whether or not
the Illuminati survived its banishment. Nevertheless, the group had been quite
successful in attracting members and had allied itself with the extensive
The Illuminati was publicly founded May 1, 1776 at the
University of Ingolstadt by Weishaupt, Professor of Canon Law. It was a very
"learned" society; Weishaupt drew the earliest members of his new order from
among his students.
On December 5, 1776, students at William and Mary
College founded a secret society, Phi Beta Kappa. A second chapter was formed,
at Yale, in 1780. The anti-Masonic movement in the United States during the
1820s held groups such as Phi Beta Kappa in a bad light. Because of pressure,
the society went public. This is noted by some researchers as the direct cause
of the appearance of Yale's Order of Skull and Bones.
In "The Cyclopedia
Of Fraternities", a genealogical chart of general Greek-Letter college
fraternities in the United States, shows Phi Beta Kappa as "the parent of all
the fraternal systems in [American] higher education." There is only one "side"
lineal descendant: the Yale chapter of 1780. The line then continues to Skull
and Bones in 1832, and on through the other "only at Yale" senior societies,
Scroll & Key and Wolf's Head.
Phi Beta Kappa is the "first three
Greek letters, for 'Philosophia Biou Kubernetes' or 'Love of wisdom, the
helmsman of life'." A skull homophone is scull, a quick, gliding boat and part
of Skull & Bones first nomenclature.
John Robison, a professor of
natural philosophy at Edinburgh University in Scotland and a member of a
Freemason Lodge, said that he was asked to join the Illuminati. After study, he
concluded the purposes of the Illuminati were not for him.
In 1798, he
published a book called "Proofs Of A Conspiracy":
"An association has
been formed for the express purpose of rooting out all the religious
establishments and overturning all the existing governments.... the leaders
would rule the World with uncontrollable power, while all the rest would be
employed as tools of the ambition of their unknown superiors."
A Conspiracy" was sent to George Washington. Responding to the sender of the
book with a letter, the president said he was aware the Illuminati were in
America. He felt that the Illuminati had "diabolical tenets" and that their
object was "a separation of the People from their government."
Of A Conspiracy", Robison printed the ceremony of initiation of the "Regent
degree" in Illuminism. In it "a skeleton is pointed out to him [the initiate],
at the feet of which are laid a crown and a sword. He is asked 'whether that is
the skeleton of a king, nobleman or a beggar.' As he cannot decide, the
president of the meeting says to him, 'The character of being a man is the only
one that is importance'".
This is, essentially, the same as the writing
in the Skull & Bones "tomb":
"Wer war der Thor, wer Weiser, Bettler
oder Kaiser? Ob Arm, ob Reich, im Tode gleich."
was the fool, who the wise man, beggar or king? Whether poor or rich, all's the
same in death."
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