The Illuminati Society was founded in Europe in 1776, the same year American won its battle for independence from England. The society was formed as a free-thinking society, and its structure was based on the Freemasons. Over the years, there have been interesting conspiracy theories about the Illuminati, and these stories have spread like wildfire thanks to popular books, films, and even video games.
The Illuminati are thought to hold the most powerful political positions, lead religious groups, and control entertainment, the news media, and the global education system.
The First Conspiracy Theorist
Augustin Barruel, a French Jesuit priest in the late 18th century, published the first book linking a conspiracy to the Illuminati. Barruel stated that the Freemasons and the Bavarian Illuminat played a key role in the French Revolution. Adam Weishaupt in part founded the Illuminati to fight the influence of the Jesuits in Bavaria. Most historians today disagree that the Illuminati had anything to do with the revolution.
The Most Famous Conspiracy Theory
The Illuminati are rumored to be a super-secretive sinister world power that are supposedly behind the scenes of every great human achievement in history. They are known as the supreme secret ruling society with one goal: a New World Order for a single-government rule that controls power, money and religion to bring about lasting change in society.
The U.S. Currency Conspiracy Theory
Illuminati founder Adam Weishaupt, a professor at the University of Ingolstadt in Bavaria, patterned his organization after the Freemasons. Many Illuminati members also joined the Freemasons and vice versa. Many of our U.S. founding fathers were Freemasons, so mysterious symbols on paper money and even monuments in Washington, DC have been attributed to Masons and Illuminati. Many conspiracies say that the great seal, pyramid and eagle are all unmistakable signs of the Illuminati evil plot for world domination. The glowing eye atop the pyramid is said to represent the Illuminati’s supernatural power and to be a symbol for their secretive nature. The 1776 indicates the founding of the United States, but it is also the founding date for the Illuminati. And the Latin slogan Novus Ordo Seclorum which means "a new order of the ages" definitely adds fuel to the conspiracy fire. It was added in 1934 by President Franklin Roosevelt, who was a freemason. He also added the great seal, but says that the Latin phrase was a translation error that should have been "A New Deal of the Ages” but conspiracy theorists aren’t buying it.
The Great Depression Conspiracy Theory
Illuminati have been blamed for the Great Depression in that the overlords created a financial depression and used the fluctuation in the economy to drain the wealth off the nation. It is said that the ultimate goal is Illuminati control of a cashless, one-currency world banking system. Illuminati are blamed for creating the great stock market crash in October 1929, which started a worldwide depression that lasted 10 years. By 1933, 25% of the U.S. workforce was unemployed.
The World War Conspiracy Theory
Illuminati are rumored to have started both WWI and WWII. In a famous letter written in 1871 between top ranking Illuminati, called Pike’s Letter to Mazzini, the leaders outline their plan for three world wars seen as necessary to achieving the One World Order. It is actually amazing how accurately the letter predicted real events. The letter states that WWI must be conducted to permit the Illuminati to overthrow the Czars in Russia and instead make the country a powerhouse of atheistic communism. The letter goes on to say that a second world war is needed to destroy Nazism and create a sovereign state of Israel in Palestine.
Shockingly, in 1871, the letter already calls for the need for World War Three so that Islam and political Zionism (meaning the State of Israel) destroy each other.
Nesta Helen Webster
Radical right-wing British political activist is responsible for resurrecting Illuminati conspiracy theory after it had been dormant for a century. She came across Barruel’s work, and twisted his words to support a theory that the Bavarian Illuminati was run by Jews. Her pot stirring helped to fan the flames of an anti-Semitic worldview. Webster’s theories of Jewish domination are a bit hard to believe, because founder Adam Weishaupt had explicitly banned Jews from joining his Illuminati organization.
The JFK Assassination Conspiracy Theory
The Illuminati have long been suggested as the orchestrators of the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy. Kennedy and his brother Robert were thought to be a threat to the Illuminati world power, and this theory is strengthened by the bullet theories from the autopsy and the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald, which many claim was done to silence the truth forever.
The 9/11 Conspiracy Theory
There are obviously numerous conspiracy theories about the 2001 9/11 attack at New York’s Twin Towers, but one of them involves the theory that the US government, filled with Illuminati, either planned the attack or looked the other way and let it happen. An overarching belief is that governments often attack their own people in order to serve the Illuminati. Why? To justify retaliation and infiltration of the Middle East. See that third world war theory….hmmmmm.
The Historical Accidentalism Theory
This theory suggests that tragic events like mass shootings and terrorist attacks are not random events, but instead events planned by the Illuminati for the purpose of instilling restrictive new laws on the citizenry. The belief is that terrorists and murderers are guided by Illuminati entrenched in the FBI, CIA, or foreign government.
The Puppet Conspiracy Theory
Of course, you might guess that the Illuminati have been blamed for creating the world’s most evil people, like: Karl Marx, the founder of communism; Albert Pike, the founder of the Ku Klux Klan; Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, Mussolini, and other dictators who had connections to the Illuminati.