Knigge on the Illuminati (According to Knigge) and Other Reflections (According to the Historical Record)

by Terry Melanson, July 6th 2012

The exposure and persecution of the Illuminati had barely commenced. Adam Weishaupt fled from the Bavarian authorities in February of 1785.

Two weeks after his hasty escape, Elector Karl Theodor issued his second edict against secret societies (and the Illuminati specifically). More than a year would pass before he reached safety at the court of fellow-Illuminatus, Duke Ernst II of Saxe-Gotha. Bobbing in alleyways, hiding in chimneys, and witnessing a friend drop dead from lightning, Weishaupt somehow managed to pen and publish five apologetic pamphlets concerning his activities as “General” of the Order.

After the writings and correspondences of the Illuminati were published in 1787 – reputations and livelihoods at stake – his cohorts penned their own accounts, most notably Christoph Friedrich Nicolai (1733-1811), Franz Xaver von Zwack (1755-1843) and Baron Thomas Franz Maria de Bassus (1742-1815). However it wasn’t until after these developments that Adolph Freiherr von Knigge (1752-1796) saw fit to issue his own account in 1788.

The latter work (Philos endliche Erklärung und Antwort …) has been translated by Jeva Singh-Anand: Philo’s Reply To Questions Concerning His Association With the Illuminati (lulu.com, April 5, 2012). It’s the first full English translation of a primary Illuminati source, and, for that reason alone, is highly recommended. You can read Jeva’s forward here and purchase it at Lulu or Amazon.

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Society Is Being Programmed By A Black Box

It Knows You Better Than You Know Yourself. Where do we go from here? Data has become the tail that wags the dog; and we are pets, not free individuals in this configuration. And things are growing Darker.


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HyperNormalisation

HyperNormalisation is a 2016 BBC documentary by British filmmaker Adam Curtis. The film was released on 16 October 2016

HyperNormalisation wades through the culmination of forces that have driven this culture into mass uncertainty, confusion, spectacle and simulation. Where events keep happening that seem crazy, inexplicable and out of control—from Donald Trump to Brexit, to the War in Syria, mass immigration, extreme disparity in wealth, and increasing bomb attacks in the West—this film shows a basis to not only why these chaotic events are happening, but also why we, as well as those in power, may not understand them. We have retreated into a simplified, and often completely fake version of the world. And because it is reflected all around us, ubiquitous, we accept it as normal. This epic narrative of how we got here spans over 40 years, with an extraordinary cast of characters—the Assad dynasty, Donald Trump, Henry Kissinger, Patti Smith, early performance artists in New York, President Putin, Japanese gangsters, suicide bombers, Colonel Gaddafi and the Internet. HyperNormalisation weaves these historical narratives back together to show how today’s fake and hollow world was created and is sustained. This shows that a new kind of resistance must be imagined and actioned, as well as an unprecedented reawakening in a time where it matters like never before.

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President Trump & the Establishment (Part 3)

The New Face of the Plutocracy

By Will Banyan (Copyright © 12 April 2017)

 “A newspaper criticized me and said, ‘Why can’t they have people of modest means?’ Because I want people that made a fortune! Because now they are negotiating [for] you, OK?”

President-elect Donald J. Trump, Des Moines, Iowa, December 9, 2016

“New Administration is lookin’ good. Haven’t seen this many billionaires in 1 place since I staked out Bilderbergs w/Alex Jones. Good times.”

Senator Rand Paul, Twitter, December 23, 2016

 

According to Time magazine’s feature on its “Person of the Year” (Dec. 19, 2016) – Donald J. Trump – the president-elect’s three floor “princely pad” in Trump Tower, New York, was “not a natural place to refine the common touch.” Trump’s apartments were “gilded and gaudy, a dreamscape of faded tapestry, antique clocks and fresco-style ceiling murals of gym-rat Greek gods.” Yet it was here, “under dripping crystal, with diamond cuff-links”, where staff must wear cloth slipcovers on their shoes, “so as not to scuff the shiny marble or stain the plush cream carpets”, that the president-elect lived. Trump, though was not only well aware of the contradiction, but basked in it, jubilantly telling Time’s reporters: “What amazes a lot of people is that I’m sitting in an apartment the likes of which nobody’s ever seen. And yet I represent the workers of the world.” “I care more for the workers”, he told Time when discussing his plan for corporate tax breaks; “My love is for the workers.”

During the campaign Trump seemed to exhibit that “love” when he repeatedly attacked the “hedge fund managers, the financial lobbyists [and] the Wall Street investors”, who were backing Hillary and had become “very wealthy” from globalization while leaving “millions of our workers with nothing but poverty and heartache.” Yet there were also moments when Trump seemed to take their support for granted; where he seemed to demonstrate, in the words of Trump critic and former Brietbart reporter Michelle Fields, that he “isn’t an outsider who understands the struggles of the American people”, but one of the entitled class he claimed to oppose. Trump’s controversial declaration that “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters,” was proof, Fields argued, of his sense of “entitlement” and that he “doesn’t value his supporters.”

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The Last Internationalist? 101 Years of David Rockefeller (1915-2017)

By Will Banyan (Copyright © 23 March 2017)

The death of plutocrat David Rockefeller, at the very advanced age of 101 from congestive heart failure on the morning of the 20th of March, has been greeted with a predictable display of grief and adulation from the usual suspects. Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, for example, issued a statement praising Rockefeller as a “kind, good man” as well as a “consummate businessman, a great humanitarian and serious scholar.” Another former President, George H.W. Bush, mourned the passing of a “wonderful friend”, and “one of the most generous philanthropists.” Former New York mayor and fellow billionaire Mike Bloomberg considered himself “fortunate to call him a good friend…” Another New York billionaire, President Donald Trump, however, was strangely silent.

Recipients of Rockefeller’s largesse, both financial and reputational, have also publicly affirmed their grief. The president of Harvard University, Drew Faust, lamented the loss of “a visionary leader, an extraordinary philanthropist, and a devoted friend.”  “The world has lost a giant of a man,” claimed the Asia Society in its statement. According to the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Rockefeller had been “a pillar of the institution for more than half of a century” and a “beloved and widely respected man for all those who knew him”, who would be “truly missed.” CFR President Richard N. Haass tweeted that it was a “Sad day” for the CFR “family” with the passing of a “wonderful man”:

Rockefeller University “deeply” mourned the loss of its “beloved friend and benefactor, Honorary Chairman, and Life Trustee” and praised Rockefeller’s “inspired leadership, extraordinary vision, and immense generosity.” The Synergos Institute (founded by his daughter Peggy Dulany) grieved at the loss of “a close friend and a source of great inspiration.” International House (co-founded by his father John D. Rockefeller Jr), noted the passing of its Honorary Trustee whose “legacy of leadership and support is deep and enduring…” “David Rockefeller led an extraordinary life – making an indelible, positive mark on our world as a leader in philanthropy, the arts, business and global affairs” said Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO of JP Morgan Chase (JP Morgan had merged with Rockefeller’s former bank, Chase Manhattan, in 2000 ). He was “one of the world’s most distinguished business statesmen as well as a leading philanthropist”, according to the Japan Society; and a “visionary philanthropist” in the brief statement from the Population Council about the loss of its “long-time supporter.”

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President Trump & the Establishment (Part 2)

From “Clinton’s Stooge” to Secret Insider

By Will Banyan, Copyright © 22 February 2017

“Trump is so obviously a Clinton plant and people just ignore the facts because right now he’s ‘telling it like it is’. More like he’s tell you what you want to hear at a time when people are desperate to hear any truth coming out of the American political-industrial complex.

Melissa Dykes, The Daily Sheeple, August 21, 2015

“Yes, Donald Trump is shrewd and really wants to sell himself as an outsider. He understands how to stir the many people who are unhappy. But when you get beyond the theatrics, he’s not really an outsider at all.”

Ron Paul, Ron Paul Liberty Report, March 21, 2016

Throughout much of last year’s campaign, the belief that Donald Trump truly represented not only a repudiation of the Establishment’s pro-globalization consensus, but was unsullied and unconnected to the elite’s overt and covert networks, had many adherents. Writing in the Siskiyou Daily News (Oct. 14, 2016), for example, columnist Nita Still accused President Obama and Hillary Clinton of being “mechanical creatures” of a network of “invisible major organizations” that included the Illuminati, the Committee of 300, Skull and Bones, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), and the Bilderberg Group. Trump and Mike Pence, though, were not “part of this desperate, tangled web to deceive and conquer”, and therefore “should become our next president and vice president!” Texe Marrs claimed the Establishment was “frightened and in a panic” because Trump threatened to “overturn their New World Order applecart.” Infowars owner and Trump supporter Alex Jones, claimed in December 2015 to have heard from the “top people” that Trump was “for real”, that he was part of an internal war within the elite against the “globalists” who “want to have a world government”, and what he was doing was  “epic” and “George Washington level”.  Jones also issued numerous warnings that the “globalists” were plotting to assassinate Trump.

But even within what some mainstream media commentators assumed would be Trump’s natural constituency – the conspiratorially minded – this view was not unanimous. There was considerable suspicion about the fact he was a billionaire who was close to Wall Street and the Clintons and other members of the ruling classes he was running against; and then there were various alleged links to the American and Russian Mafias. There were two main theories expressing this scepticism: the first was that Trump was a “false-flag” candidate who was covertly working with the Clintons to put Hillary into the White House; while the second was that despite his bluster, Trump was actually a secret insider, possibly even a member of the Illuminati, who would promise everything, but actually change nothing.

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President Trump & the Establishment (Part 1)

Is The Donald Really An ‘Outsider’?

By Will Banyan, Copyright © 11 January 2017

“Hillary’s an insider fighting only for herself and her special interests. I’m an outsider. I’ve become an outsider fighting for you. I’m not a politician.”

Donald J. Trump, November 6, 2016, Speech at Sioux City, Iowa

Among the millions of Americans, not to mention other interested parties worldwide, who were completely stunned by the result of the 2016 US Presidential Election on November 8, was the victorious candidate himself, real estate mogul, former reality TV star, alleged serial groper of women, currently presidential-elect and shortly to be President, Donald J. Trump. According to his advisers, “Trump was shocked when he won the election” (New York Times, Nov. 11, 2016), his victory over Hillary Clinton “caught him by surprise” as he had believed private polling that he was “headed for defeat.” Instead of elation, Trump was reportedly “startled” by the news, and then “subdued” as he “turned to the enormous task of assembling government” (New York Times, Nov. 9, 2016). Trump’s grim mood was more apparent when he visited President Obama on Thursday (Nov. 10) at the White House prompting some observers to interpret his demeanour as “absolutely terrified”, “shocked and more somber”, and “almost chastened.”  A body language expert told the Daily Mail (Nov. 10, 2016), Trump looked “serious and showed indications he heard information that made him fearful.”

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Murdoch’s Illuminati: The “Expanded Canvas” of National Geographic Magazine

By Terry Melanson (9/8/2016)

A Rupert Murdoch company purchased a 73% controlling interest in National Geographic Magazine in September 2015. In November they layed off 180 employees in what The Washington Post called the “biggest layoff in its history.” Several fact-checkers were also sacked.

One article in the July/August issue of National Geographic History definitely could have used some fact-checking.

Titled Adam Weishaupt: Founder of the Illuminati, it was adapted from an article in the Spanish edition online.

The most egregious errors in the piece, written by Isabel Hernandez, are the following:

“Born in 1748 in Ingolstadt, a city in the Electorate of Bavaria (now part of modern-day Germany), Weishaupt was a descendant of Jewish converts to Christianity.”

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“Weishaupt initially thought of joining a lodge. Disillusioned with many of the Freemasons’ ideas, however, he became absorbed in books dealing with such esoteric themes as the Mysteries of the Seven Sages of Memphis and the Kabbala, and decided to found a new secret society of his own.”

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“Over the following years, Weishaupt’s secret order grew considerably in size and diversity, possibly numbering 600 members by 1782. They included important people in Bavarian public life, such as Baron Adolph von Knigge and the banker Mayer Amschel Rothschild, who provided funding.”

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Cremation of Care Ceremony at the Bohemian Grove

Charles K. Field (1946, 1953) [Ritual still used at the Bohemian Grove]

The Sire

Bohemians, by the power of our fellowship,
Dull care is slain.
Hearken!
High up the hill you may hear Care’s funeral music.

[Tolling of the bell and faint, far strains of the funeral dirge (DENKE). Torches are glimpsed in the distance. Music and light approach.]

The Sire

Behold, the effigy of this, our enemy, is carried hither for our ancient rites.

[Music ceases, drumbeat accompanies the descent of cortege. The cortege passes through the dinning circle and down the main isle as the Band and the effigy of Care proceed down the road to the floor of the Grove. When the torch bearers are leaving the dining circle, followed by the Old Guard.]

The Sire announces

Bohemians, follow to Bohemia’s Shrine!

[The band resumes the funeral dirge ( Denke ). The band turns into the traffic road, where it continues to play; the spectators pass to their seats opposite the shrine, through the two columns of the Torch Bearers who flank the path to Edwards Road. The shrine is bathed in the soft, flickering light from the lamp of fellowship. The radiance of the rising full moon touches the crown of Hamadryad’s tree. 0ffstage chorus of woodland voices. The Hamadryad emerges from the bark. Music by Jan Philip Schirhan and W.J. McCoy]

Lamp of Fellowship

Members of the class of 1912, University of California, Berkeley, California, at Bohemian Grove.
(The Lamp of Fellowship, next to Owl Shrine.)

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