The Illuminati as Infiltrators
The Illuminati moved freely within the many secret societies of the time seeking to utilize the liberal ideology of freemasonry as a bait for those who lacked knowledge of its true purposes.
“All Illuminati are freemasons but far from all freemasons are Illuminati,” stated Professors Cosandey and Renner from Munich in their testimonies in April 1785.
Only a minority was allowed to reach the highest mystery degrees.
Only those few knew of the true intentions of the order. Cosandey and Renner, together with several other witnesses, claimed that “there was constant talk of the purpose” without any explanation of what this was. Those of the lower degrees (“useful idiots”) were only to obey, without understanding why.
Weishaupt’s plan for seizing power was ingeniously simple. The moulders of public opinion (priests, writers, public officials) were to be made obedient tools, whereupon they would, in Weishaupt’s words “surround the princes”. As “advisors” they were to influence political decisions in favour of the Illuminati’s aims.
When entering the Order, the new brothers had vowed:
“I shall never use my position or post against another brother.”
This corrupt group loyalty did not relate to the brothers as individuals, however; they were only tools for the invisible powers within the Order. It could just as easily be turned against any particular brother if the “purpose” (i.e., Weishaupt himself) decreed it.
So the brothers of the lower degrees were made to provide information (on printed forms) each month on their own actions and those of fellow brothers (the so-called Quibus licet).
The leaders of the Order compiled information from these “confessions” which they could use later against any refractory brothers.
Weishaupt also encouraged the Illuminati to steal or copy secret and government documents. The Order needed these documents for its revolutionary activities but it also wanted the brothers to lose any feelings of loyalty for the established order by having them constantly seeking to betray it. Religion, nationalism, patriotism, loyalty to the ruler, family ties – all such feelings were to be replaced by a single strong loyalty to the Illuminati’s cause.
A defector, Joseph Utzschneider, a professor at the Military Academy in Munich, revealed that the constant preaching against the fatherland disgusted him so much that he left the Order. The supranational socialist power the Illuminati aspired to was summed up in the concept of Novus Ordo Seclorum (The New World Order).
Some of the main points of this program were:
- Suppression of all religion, including all communions and doctrines which could not be subjected as tools for Illuminism.
- Suppression of all feelings of nationality and – in the long term -abolition of all nations and introduction of an Illuministic world-state.
- Successive transference of all private and national property into the hands of the Illuminati. The methods whereby to accomplish this were new taxation laws which Illuministic officials were to introduce. Weishaupt’s original plans also included a progressive income tax (so this is no new invention!) and an even more confiscatory inheritance tax. Karl Marx, too, wanted a high, progressive income tax in his “Communist Manifesto”. The intention was to weaken society.
- An all-encompassing espionage and denunciation system with the “insinuating brothers” as prototype. The symbol of this was the all-seeing eye, an eye within a pyramid, which was the Illuminati’s symbol of power.
- A global moral rule, a complete standardisation of all people’s innermost will, wishes and aspirations beneath “the one will”; the will of the Illuminati.
The Illuminati simply wanted to abolish all forms of ordered government, patriotism, religion and the family to finally set up a world government.
Upright people would never work for such an abhorrent program, so the “normal” Illuminati were filled with fair phrases about love, charity and suchlike which we call “ideology” today. The further up one advanced, the more primitive were the members. The more primitive the individuals, the lower the ideals enthusing them.
Therefore, the Illuminati have used all sorts of ideologies (Nihilism, Liberalism, Fascism) or made them up themselves (Marxism, Communism, Socialism) whereas they themselves were perfectly independent of all ideology.
In 1933 The Greater Soviet Encyclopaedia published a large amount of information about Adam Weishaupt and the Illuminati, but after this year the entries were blatantly inconsequential.
A conference was held at Mayer Amschel Rothschild’s castle in Wilhelmsbad on the 16th July 1782, where the freemasons and Illuminati forged a complete alliance. In this way, the leading secret societies began a closer co-operation with the Illuminati. Thereby, Weishaupt gained no less than three million tools to work with. In time, the Illuminati were to bring death and suffering to hundreds of millions of people.
At the Masonic conference in Wilhelmsbad, a decision to murder Louis XVI of France and Gustavus III of Sweden was made. (Charles de Hericault, “La Revolution”, p. 104.)
The initiative for this conference was Jewish. (A. Cowan, “The X Rays in Freemasonry”, London, 1901, p. 122.) A decision to murder emperor Leopold of Austria was also made at the conference. He was poisoned on the 1st March 1792 by the Jewish freemason Martinowitz. Gustavus III of Sweden was murdered the same month.
The freemasons had gathered in Lyon in 1778 to discuss the coming revolution. Further congresses were held in Paris in 1785 and 1787 and in Frankfurt am Main (where Rothschild had his bank) in 1786. The Illuminati sought control over the press and began placing their infiltrators behind the scenes as “experts”. The Order also wanted to influence schools.
In 1800, the Illuminati were active in Sweden, Austria, Russia and many other countries. Three years earlier, Professor John Robison had written a thorough exposure of the Illuministic plot in his book “Proofs of a Conspiracy” (London, 1797).
The English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley was initially also fooled by the Illuminati’s propaganda, despite Weishaupt having stated fairly distinctly that the purpose of the Illuminati was to act tirelessly until “leaders and nations disappear without violence from the Earth, humanity becomes one great family and the world a residence for sensible people”. But later Shelley came across a copy of Abbe Barruels’ sensational book “Memoirs, Illustrating of History of Jacobinism”, which had been published in 1798.
This book revealed, with the help of certain Bavarian documents, the Illuministic Jews’ conspiracy.
Shelley took these revelations seriously and recommended the book to his friends. He began to regard the Illuminati as evil incarnate and even suggested to Leigh Hunt, the outspoken author that they found a society where the sensible members would stand against “the society of freedom’s enemies”. Shelley afterwards continued to see through the machinations of the Illuminati behind the political scenes.
The Americans Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton became acquainted with Weishaupt’s doctrine in the 1790s. Jefferson and Hamilton opened the Masonic lodges in the United States of America to European Illuminati, despite many voices being raised in warning against this action. Among these protestants was John Quincy Adams, who was later elected president (1825).
He wrote a letter to Colonel William L. Stone revealing how Jefferson exploited the Masonic Order to undermine society.
The Illuminati retaliated by making Adams’ attempted re-election impossible. Adams was subjected to a vicious smear campaign by the national press, which had already come under the control of the Illuminati. Adams also tried to publish a revealing book about the Illuminati but the manuscript was stolen. Captain William Morgan, who had reached a high degree within freemasonry and had a central position in the order, found some of the terrible secrets of the Illuminati in his Batavia Lodge No. 433 in Batavia, New York.
He became aware of the Illuminati’s goals and travelled around the USA to warn the Masonic lodges. In 1826, he explained that it was his duty to warn the public about the secret plans of the Illuminati. Morgan wanted to expose the shady activities of the Masonic elite in a book. He signed a contract with the publisher, Colonel David C. Miller.
The book, “Freemasonry Exposed”, was published in 1826. This brought the members of the concerned lodges to the verge of nervous collapse. At that time there were 50 000 freemasons in the USA. After the publication of this book, 45 000 freemasons left their lodges. Nearly 2000 lodges were closed. Many of the remaining lodges cancelled their activities.
In the state of New York alone, there were 30 000 freemasons. After Morgan’s book was published, the number of members decreased to 300. (William J. Whalen, “Christianity and American Freemasonry”, 1987, p. 9.)
Richard Howard, an English Illuminatus, was sent to America to murder Morgan. Together with four others he kidnapped Morgan and drowned him in a lake, the intention being to scare other freemasons into submission. (Michael di Gargano, “Irish and English Freemasons and their Foreign Brothers”, London, 1878, s. 73.)
The American historian Emanuel M. Josephson revealed in his book “Roosevelt’s Communist Manifesto” (New York, 1955, p. 24) that the Illuminati’s Columbia Lodge was founded in New York in 1785. Its first leader was Governor DeWitt Clinton, followed by Clinton Roosevelt. In 1786 the Illuminati lodge in Virginia was founded and Thomas Jefferson became its leader. When Weishaupt was exposed in Bavaria, Jefferson defended him as an “enthusiastic philanthropist”. Within a short time the Illuminati had opened fifteen lodges in America. Thomas Jefferson did all he could to finally get the Illuminati’s pyramid accepted by Congress as the national (great) seal on the 15th September 1789.
In 1789, the publicist, statesman and scientist Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), himself a freemason, demanded that the United States of America defend itself against the Jewish immigration and influence with the help of the constitution, since the Jews had become a state within the state. This demand was refused and instead the Star of David became the symbol of the military and police in America.
George Washington, who had become a freemason in 1752 when he was 20 years old, also attempted to oppose the Illuminati’s work in America after he was convinced in 1796 that they posed a threat to the nation. Due to this, Weishaupt had made plans to murder Washington if he became too troublesome. (Neal Wilgus, “The Illuminoids”, New York, 1978, p. 33.)
David Pappen, President of Harvard University, also came out with a warning against the Illuminati on the 19th of July 1798, and somewhat later Timothy Dwight, President of Yale University, followed suit. This led Henry Dana Ward, Thurlow Weed and William H. Seward to form an anti-Masonic party in the United States of America in 1829. The Party took part in the presidential elections in 1832 but 1840 had already outmanoeuvred it…
Weishaupt, like Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) in the Republic of Florence, believed that power should be held exclusively by certain chosen people – all the others were unreliable nobodies.
In his posthumously published book “The Prince” (1532), Machiavelli advocated the introduction of an unlimited dictatorship.
(to be continued)