My posts on this blog have sometimes been called apologist, as far as the Bavarian Illuminati are concerned. Such statements neither give me a sense of pride, nor do they offend me. However, they are inaccurate because they are pointless. To me, stating that I make apologist statements on behalf of the Illuminati makes about as much sense as being an apologist for the Pleistocene. The Pleistocene was a geological epoch that began some 2.5 million years ago and ended nearly 12,000 years ago. Just like the Illuminati, it came and went, and is no more.
I am well aware that every once in a while, someone will come out of the woodwork and shout, “I’m Spartactus!” like in the final scene of Stanley Kubrick’s 1960 classic. Sometimes, these people will even make threats, but even credible threats prove nothing in the end.
I have never made it a secret that I am not conspiracy theorist. While I acknowledge that throughout history ruthless, powerful and/or wealthy persons have conspired to commit some very ugly things and still do so, no credible evidence of a master conspiracy proposed by the likes of Alex Jones or David Icke exists. Since Jones and Icke have never done me any wrong, I can honestly say that I don’t have anything against them personally, but I vehemently disagree with nearly everything they say. It’s the Internet, after all, and I live in a free country. As long as no one gets hurt, everyone has a right to say their piece.
This blog, however, is not the place to discuss the conspiracy movement in detail — only to the extend that conspiracist claims pertain to the scope of this blog. People like Edward L. Wiston have done extensive research in these matters, and the scope of the Illuminati Info blog is the study of the Bavarian Illuminati during their actual time of influence (1776 to appr. 1820).
Having made it clear that I am not a conspiracy theorist, the Bavarian Illuminati certainly were a curious historical phenomenon: Their Utopian vision for humanity was something many Libertarian-minded persons would find attractive to a large extent. Their internal implementation of a moral regimen, on the other hand, had aspects many would find disturbing by today’s standards, since this regimen meant that members who wished to advance in the order voluntarily relinquished every speck of personal privacy to their superiors. The Illuminati’s rituals were harmless, inasmuch as they did not feature human sacrifice, bloodshed, sexual depravity, blasphemy against the Christian religion, or violent revolution. They were crafty when it came to putting their ideas into practice, and this meant that their methods were not always on the level. The extent of their influence is a matter that requires much more extensive research. As is often the case within secret societies, talk was big within the Illuminati, and it was their big talk that landed the Illuminati in hot water during a politically turbulent time, especially since they had gone to great lengths of antagonizing the disbanded but still powerful Jesuits as well as esoteric groups, such as the Rosicrucians. Each of the above statements would take take several posts to explain in sufficient detail.
The tendency to be mistrustful of any secret endeavor is natural, and even former Illuminati, such as Knigge and Montgelas agreed with this concern after the order ceased to exist. And ultimately, nothing stays secret forever — there is always someone who breaks the code of silence, either out of a sense of disgruntlement or for recruiting purposes. In the case of the Bavarian Illuminati, we have more than enough available source material to entertain a rational, facts-based discussion.