Book review: Perfectibilists: The 18th Century Bavarian Illuminati by Terry Melanson
Max Davies - April 30, 2009
The all-seeing eye, so many wigs, and an international secret society bent on world domination. All these get wrapped up in Terry Melanson’s book on the 18th Century Bavarian Illuminati, formerly known as the Perfectibilists, who sought to seize power by insinuating itself into governmental positions, other secret societies, and education.
Most of us think only of Dan Brown’s portrayal of the Illuminati when we hear the name –if that. Over so many years, the reams of paper on the Illuminati has only added to the mystery and the misunderstanding of this secret society. And as colorful as some of these accounts are, the truth is more surprising in many ways.
No longer the subject of an eccentric card game named Illuminati, this book lays bare the initiative made by former Jesuit Adam Weishaupt to create a society in which “for the first 11 years of its existence this amazingly successful secret society managed to penetrate nearly every court in the Holy Roman Empire and had initiated some of the most intelligent and influential adherents of the Enlightenment.”
Comment: Jesuit-taught! … Don’t get me started