There seems to be no shortage of conspiracy theories claiming that the secret organization known as the Illuminati are plotting to take over the world one Jay-Z album at a time. You will find many websites and blogs claiming to supply evidence of government officials acting alongside Illuminati in order to achieve world domination. Of course, no conspiracy theory is complete without at least a kernel of truth somewhere.
The Illuminati did exist at one time in history. It was established in Bavaria in the year 1776 by a German philosopher. Adam Weishaupt established this secret organization as a way to gain access to intellectual power and French enlightenment ideas. At the time, the Catholic Church invested most of their powers into domineering Bavaria, hence the need for a secret society meaning “the enlightened ones” in Latin.
The Illuminati were short-lived even though they had 3,000 members at one time spanning the regions of Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. Unfortunately, factional fighting led to the downfall of the group in 1787 when the Bavarian government crushed them. Though many may have believed there would be a resurgence of the Illuminati, the fact is that the government threatened to execute any members, therefore, we can make the assumption that the society never reformed.
Why have rumors of this secret society withstood the test of time? According to SearchTides, French writers used the existence of the Illuminati as a way to blame the French for the French Revolution. Of course, Bavaria was one of the last places to join with Enlightenment ideas, making this accusation false.
Will rumors of a modern Illuminati ever die down? Perhaps not, but it’s important to understand the reality of where some of the conspiracy theories stem from. As for the so-called evidence, that’s for you to judge!
There is a wide range of research, speculation, and theories regarding connections between Nazism and occultism together, particularly regarding Nazisms origins. These notions have had pop culture appeal since the early 40s, so one has to wonder if any of it had roots in the war propaganda perpetuated by the Allied forces fighting in and around Europe.
The topic however gained new popularity later in the 60s, thanks to a number of documentaries and books. Fictional works like “Raiders of the Lost Ark” definitely burned the possibility into people’s minds, especially as they tried to comprehend how a movement like Nazism could rise from the ashes of a nation defeated and battered by World War I and the Depression only to gain power over most of mainland Europe, slaughtering millions along the way.
Some historians have found that there were substantial links between parts of Ariosphy and the eventual ideology of Nazism. However, a central tenant of those that believe in connections between the Nazi founders and the occult believe the Hitler himself was subject to a demonic influence or possession of some kind. “Hitler Speaks” by Hermann Rauschning is often presented as source material for this, although most contemporary authorities on related subjects do not think Raushning’s works are reliable evidence. In fact, some evidence exists that his works were fabricated.
Given that much of Nazi property was destroyed, lost, or simply looted over the course of World War II, combined with the deaths of many Nazi leaders over the course of the conflict, first-hand accounts are practically impossible to come by regarding the early days of the Nazi movement. Considering that even third-party witnesses are now largely passed away, it may never be truly known what the connection was between Hitler and his early Nazis and the occult.
Any true conspiracy theorist will understand the importance of this book. The first of it’s kind. Absolutely horrifying and as we progress 25 years later incredibly accurate. What seems like visions of fantasy are now coming into reality and it’s frightening. What shook me to the core the most is the fact that in the book he mentions the police are going to be more and more brutal to enforce martial law. If you take a look to your left and right you can see this going on. When the pope said that believing in UFO’s isn’t anti-christian I thought to myself OF COURSE not. He was right…