Rogue Retort 2022-10-26
Another academic tries his hand at pooh-poohing a real conspiracy. Slate: “Why the Founding Generation Fell So Hard for the Illuminati Story” His PhD thesis is on “the history of bullshit,” according to his Twitter. Ok, then. Let’s talk about bullshit.
Jordan E. Taylor writes:
Robison’s book provided rich source material for Morse’s imagination. It was full of dramatic details, such as an account of the Illuminati possessing “tea for procuring abortion” as well as a mysterious “composition which blinds or kills when spurted in the face.” The Illuminati, according to Robison, defended suicide and discouraged patriotism and property owning. Claiming to worship human reason above all else, they practiced a blinkered ethics in which the means always justified the ends, as long as those ends were the growing power of the organization.
These accounts of the Illuminati were, of course, utterly false.
I searched through his ‘Misinfo’ book and the only source he cites on the real Illuminati is the tertiary account by Vernon Stauffer (1918), who wrote his PhD about the American Illuminati scare in the late 1790s. Here’s what Stauffer actually writes on the matter, which Mr. Taylor decided to misinform us about.
Once more the suspicions of the government were aroused; a search was made by the police for further evidence, and in the month of October, 1786, at Landshut, in the house of Xavier Zwack of the order’s most prominent leaders, decisive results were achieved. A considerable number of books and papers were discovered, the latter containing more than two hundred letters that had passed between Weishaupt and the Areopagites, dealing with the most intimate &airs of the order, together with tables containing the secret symbols, calendar, and gee graphical terms belonging to the system, imprints of its insignia, a partial roster of its membership, the statutes, instruction for recruiters, the primary ceremony of initiation, etc. 1– New England and the Bavarian Illuminati, pp. 180-181
Stauffer, here, is writing about the Original Writings of the Illuminati – the primary source – which Stauffer didn’t actually read himself (like Taylor). Let’s go to note “1” at the end of the above-quoted paragraph. Stauffer cites Engel and Le Forestier – i.e., historians who did consult the primary sources.
Among these papers were found two smaller packets which gave a foundation for the most inveterate hostility to the order. These contained intimations of the order’s right to exercise the law of life and death over its members, a brief dissertation entitled, Gedanken uber Selbstmord, wherein Zwack, its author, had recorded his defence of suicide (c.f. Engel, p. 262), a eulogy of atheism. a proposal to establish a branch of the order for women, the description of an infernal machine for safeguarding secret papers, and receipts for procuring abortion, counterfeiting seals, making poisonous perfumes, secret ink, etc. (Cf. Forestier, pp. 499, et seq.) The receipts for procuring abortion were destined to have a very ugly personal association in the public mind. Weishaupt, while still a resident of Ingolstadt, had stained his private life because of a liaison with his sister-in-law. On the 8 of February, 1780, his first wife had died. Her sister, who was his housekeeper at the time, continued in the household, and during the time that Weishaupt was waiting for a papal dispensation, permitting his marriage with her, she was found to be with child. Thrown into a panic on account of the failure of the dispensation to arrive (as a matter of fact it did not reach Ingolstadt until three years after it was first applied for), Weishaupt contemplated recourse to the method of procuring an abortion, in order to extricate himself from his painfully embarrassed position. In August, 1783, he wrote Hertel, one of the prominent members of the order, admitting the facts just stated. This letter fell into the hands of the authorities and was published by them in the volume entitled, Nachtrag von weiteren Originalschriften, Munich, 1787, vol. i, p. 14. The stigma of a new disgrace was thus attached to the order. Weishaupt made a pitifully weak effort to suggest extenuating circumstances for his conduct, in his volume, Kurze Rechtfertigung meiner Absichten, pp. 13 et seq. Taken in connection with the objectionable papers referred to above, this private scandal of the head of the order made the accusation of gross immorality on the part of the Illuminati difficult to evade. A spirit of intense revulsion penetrated the public mind.
And, by the way: The Illuminati’s plan “to establish a branch of the order for women,” was so they could con the Freemasons with sex and thus steal their secrets. Illuminati pimps and whores. (In an interview for one of those secret society specials on the National Geographic channel, Freemason and Illuminati apologist, Trevor W. McKeown, out of ignorance, had the gull to call them feminists!)
At any rate, the real reason why the Illuminati conspiracy theory was not a “theory,” is because they really did infiltrate and subvert the state and political apparatus, not to mention every Freemason lodge within reach.
Not try. Did.
Taylor is right, though, that they didn’t make it to America. They had a plan to, however.
The Illuminati scare in America happened because it was proven that some Illuminati had, in fact, joined the Jacobins (in Mainz) after the Order’s suppression. What wasn’t proven, however, was that the Illuminati had taken over the Grand Orient of France or that the Masons and the Illuminati had, in cahoots, started and/or engineered the French Revolution. That was/is the “theory” part. So, when Morse started sniffing around those French lodges in America for hidden Illuminati and Jacobins, it was a dead end.
Bilderberg barely needs an introduction, as it is the most famous international “secret society” in existence: an annual transatlantic conference between businessmen, politicians and a variety of experts that was founded in 1954.
16,000 JFK assassination files still being kept secret, despite the law signed by Bill Clinton they be released in full by 26 October 2017. Trump passed the buck and now Biden too. What part of “the law” don’t they understand? Oh, that’s right, deep state spooks call the shots. Forgot.
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- Doesn’t it always come down to this with totalitarians? Robespierre himself was a Mesmer fanatic; it was all the rage among French revolutionaries.