It’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:
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.