Conspiracy theories: The Illuminati

Writer: Rawan Elshiwy

Photographer: Saeed Yousef

Our modern society nowadays is full of equivocal claims concerning stealthy organizations, such as freemasonry, that threaten the peace of governmental constitutions and laws as well as public opinions. However, there has been no verified evidence whatsoever in the hands of those who initiated these claims except for ambiguous banners on the streets or tortured people who have demanded to escape the wrath of the infamous “Illuminati”. There are many resources that prove their palpable existence, so read at your own risk.

? Who are the Illuminati and What is the “New World Order”

The original Illuminati group was founded in Bavaria in the 18th century by Adam Weishaupt, a professor who wanted to limit the interference of the Church in public life. The society’s goals were to oppose superstition and religious influence over public life, and abuses of state power. The Illuminati was stamped out by a government crackdown on secret societies in the late 1780s, but rumors have it that it continued to survive as an underground organization and persisted into the modern day.

The society is often alleged to conspire to control world affairs, by masterminding events and planting agents in government and corporations, in order to gain political power and influence and to establish a New World Order. The spread of the internet basically gave conspiracy theorists a global platform to expound their beliefs and present their evidence to a massive audience.

Conspiracy theorists obsessively analyze public events for “evidence” of Illuminati influence. The symbols most associated with the Illuminati include: triangles, pentagrams, goats, the all-seeing eye – such as the one that appears on US bank notes – and the number 666.

?Who is supposedly a member

The ties between power and conspiracy is that they always point at someone who is supposedly powerful. You never hear a conspiracy theory about the homeless guy in the street or a gang of poor children. Many public figures such as Beyonce, Jay Z, The Kardashians, and Rihanna are potential suspects.

In conclusion, today’s interest in the Illuminati has lasted because some people believe the group continued long after Theodor’s ban on secret societies. Over the course of the next centuries, it’s thought that the Illuminati have courted the world’s biggest players in politics, industry, media, and entertainment altogether.