Scams and Spam

public domain clipart courtesy of http://www.clker.comIt’s interesting how the occasional scammer and spammer reminds me that I have neglected my blog for too long. This morning, I received an invite to join the Illuminati in the spam section of my comments list — with the promise of power, influence, and the potential of earning up to $12,000 every week. I only needed to visit their website and enter my credit information in order to join their global cabal of the powerful and wealthy, the mighty string-pullers behind the shadowy veil.

They didn’t promise me a name tag, though. As everyone who has watched at least one James Bond movie knows, anyone who joins an evil, global cabal, but doesn’t get a name tag, pretty much signs his own death warrant.

While one can reasonably argue that something is always “rotten in the state of Denmark,” to borrow a phrase from Hamlet, I’m still very skeptical any time someone invokes that “master conspiracy” to usher in the New World Order (NWO). Most decry the NWO as bad, and some say it will be the exact opposite. On the positivist side of the spectrum, they are people who believe them to be enlightened spirit beings, sometimes from outer space, and on the other side there are those who think they are a genocidal cabal of the powerful and wealthy, sometimes from outer space. Others still claim that there are two Illuminati, one good and one evil. Those who do, naturally claim that they belong to the good Illuminati and that they are fighting the bad ones — sometimes in outer space!

In the absence of any credible, widely available scholarship during the 1980s and early ’90s, the works of Robert Anton Wilson and Rev. Ivan Stang became powerful inoculates for me. I quickly learned that Wilson used language as a psychedelic, shuffling fact and fiction in such a manner that the reader never knew when he was serious and when he was not. The Illuminatus! Trilogy and its sequels, but also his nonfiction works, like Ishtar Rising and The New Inquisition pushed the envelope far beyond anything Kurt Vonnegut and Thomas Pynchon could have fathomed in Cat’s Cradle and The Crying of Lot 49. Stang’s Book of the Subgenius: The Sacred Teachings of J.R. “Bob” Dobbs and High Weirdness by Mail surveyed and reinvented the extreme ends of the conspiracy spectrum in such a manner that until 2011, when I was commissioned to translate Adam Weishaupt’s A Brief Justification of my Intentions, I felt that satire was the only counterweight to the conspiracy scene’s most extreme aspects.

My own contribution to what I believed to be the good fight can be found here:

The Moon Hoax: Why We Never Went, What Really Happened to the Moon, and What’s at Stake for the Rest of Us (12 min. video, satire)

But I am done with that sort of cynicism.

While it’s neither in my power — nor my intention — do deny anyone’s right to believe whatever they choose, one had better present solid proof before making claims about extraterrestrial cabals who are out to wipe out the human race, or mystic healers who will save it, if only enough people send them enough money.

There is a small, but determined and growing body of researchers and academics who have access of the Illuminati source documents and are making them available to the English speaking public. The links list at the bottom of each blog entry here is not exhaustive, but it provides a good starting point. I have referred to the works of Terry Melanson and Marco di Luchetti in more than one post, and other English speaking academics are more than welcome to let me know they are “out there.” German speaking readers of this blog will also find the works of Reinhard Markner, and Peggy Pawlowski, Ph.D. very useful.

My translation of Knigge’s Philo’s Reply to Questions Concerning His Association with the Illuminati is also available. To boot, I am also collaborating with Josef Waeges and and Reinhard Markner on an English translation of Ritual and Doctrine of the Illuminati, a section of which will be posted on this blog July 31, 2013.

In the meantime, bear in mind that the world is much more beautiful than it often seems, and that it is not likely the Illuminati are using spam bots to recruit new members.

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4 thoughts on “Scams and Spam

  1. I cannot wait to see your upcoming work. There are always crazies.
    However, academia has been catching up quietly in little dusty corners for some time. We barely noticed it.
    For example, I have been reading a book on Thomas Paine. The Illuminati are mentioned several times in Fruchtman’s Thomas Paine: Apostle of Freedom (1994). He is aware Paine and Bonneville were Illuminati, but he does not play on that point to any great degree. There are many such scholars working on singular figures. Then the scholar bumps into reality, and has to mention the Illuminati connection. Fruchtman is one such example. So the darkness is lifting. Slowly but surely.

    Another example is Darnton’s book on Mesmerites from 1968. Darnton was aware the Mesmerites were the Illuminati, but he gently mentioned it as “Illuminism” from Germany which influenced their meetings. Darnton could not avoid this as Corberon’s diary had been recently found near 1968 showing that the Mesmerites of the 1780s recruited one into the “Illuminati” at advanced stages. So it was impossible for a specialist academic not to mention this.

    So bit by bit the Illuminati’s effort at concealment has been removed. We find the Illuminati were major players under other names in France — the Mesmerites, the Cercle Social, etc.

    When the truth becomes known, the conjecture and ongoing conspiracy theories will dissipate. Then we all can see a clear end to their activity as the former leaders like Bonneville, Paine, etc., became in time financially poor yet energetic pamphleteers post 1794. The Bavarian branch did continue under Montgelas (Prime Minister) until 1817, but that is another story.

  2. No scholar is aware (let alone has proved) that Bonneville and Paine were bonafide members of the Bavarian Illuminati. That’s just false. There’s a whole subject loosely termed “Illuminism” in which all kinds of mystics/freemasons/authors were influenced or involved with. Start with Auguste Viatte, then read the works of Ernst Benz, Antoine Faivre, Arthur McCalla, and Wouter J. Hanegraaff (especially his Dictionary of Gnosis). During Weishaupt’s time French “Illumines” and Bavarian “Illuminati” were confused as one and the same (as well as Mesmerists and Rosicrucians) – John Robison fell for it, as did Luchet and others. Joseph de Maistre tried to correct them and subsequent scholars who specialize in these subjects have a much greater grasp on what we should define as “Illuminism” as opposed to the “Illuminatism” of Weishaupt’s secret society.

    Further, Markner and Schüttler specialize in the actual Illuminati, but they are also very aware of the specialized field of “Illuminism.” They understand the difference and distinction. Non-specialist authors may not necessarily be aware of this, and so unwittingly perpetuate certain imprecisions. Bonneville and Paine were involved in the tradition now called “Illuminism” – that much is certain. But actual members of Weishaupt’s secret society – not so (at least for now, as far as we know). Moreover, this “Illuminism” referred to by specialists, did not originate with Weishaupt, his ideas, nor his secret society. Certain beliefs overlapped – sure – but they are not mutually exclusive.

  3. I was a pretty big fan of Wilson in the 90s, to the point of being obsessed with the number 23 and convincing myself that it really does appear everywhere once you look for it. I conducted most of the experiments in his “Prometheus Rising” as well, with varying degrees of success. I was also a fan of Bircher material too, Nesta Webster and such, and didn’t perceive any conflict in world views. I suspect it was/is the same for many at a certain age.

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