Peace Revolution episode 044: The Ultimate History Lesson w/
John Taylor Gatto / Hour 4 + Commentary
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Plural of L. illūminātus, It. -ato ‘enlightened’, used in fig.
Illuminati: ‖‖ illuminati, n. pl.
a.a Applied to a sect of Spanish heretics which existed in the
16th c. under the name Alumbrados or ‘enlightened’; subsequently,
to a similar but obscure sect of Familists which arose in France in
Louis XIII's reign.
1599 Sandys Europæ Spec. (1632) 166 An other pestilent Sect
there was not long since of the Illuminati in
Aragon. 1652 R. Boreman Countr. Catech. ii. 5 The
Illuminatoes of the times, the Anabaptists. 1686
tr. Bouhours' St. Ignatius ii. 77 The Inquisitors‥were induced to
believe, that‥the Person‥might either be an Illuminato or a
Lutheran. 1749 G. Lavington Enthus. Methodists
& Papists (1754) I. ii. 114 The Alumbrado's or Illuminati of
A name assumed by or applied to various societies or sects
because of their claim to special enlightenment in religious, or
(later) intellectual, matters.
1797 J. Robison (title) Proofs of a Conspiracy against all the
Religions and Governments of Europe, carried on in the secret
meetings of Freemasons, Illuminati, and Reading
Societies. 1798 Washington Lett. Writ. 1893 XIV.
119 The doctrines of the Illuminati and principles of
Jacobinism. 1802 Kett Elem. Gen. Knowl. 71 (Jod.)
The Freethinkers of England, the Philosophists of France, and the
Illuminati of Germany.
b.b Used to render Ger. Illuminaten, the name of a celebrated
secret society, founded at Ingolstadt in Bavaria, in 1776, by
Professor Adam Weishaupt, holding deistic and republican
principles, and having an organization akin to freemasonry; hence
applied to other thinkers regarded as atheistic or free-thinking,
e.g. the French Encyclopædists.
1816 T. L. Peacock Headlong Hall i, The conversation among
these illuminati soon became animated. 1846 H.
Rogers Ess. I. iv. 157 What was dark to himself was happily quite
clear to these illuminati [the alchemists]. 1850
Marg. Fuller Life without & Life within (1860) 41 Wilhelm is
deemed worthy of admission to the society of the Illuminati, that
is, those who have pierced the secret of life, and know what it is
to be and to do. a 1878 Sir G. Scott Recollect.
iii. (1879) 111 All thanks and honour‥to the older Pugin, however
much our illuminati may sneer. 1887 Contemp. Rev.
Apr. 592 An illuminato like Katkoff may write as if Russia was
invincible; practical men know better.
c.c gen. Persons affecting or claiming to possess special
knowledge or enlightenment on any subject: often used
Bavarian Illuminati Reference materials
1911 Encyclopedia Britannica 11th Edition (Pre-Censorship for
At first (1774) he aimed at an arrangement with the Freemasons.
Closer inquiry, however, destroyed his high estimate of this
organization, and he resolved to found a new society which,
surrounded with the greatest possible secrecy, would enable him
most effectually to realize his aims and could at all times be
precisely adapted to the needs of the age and local
See also: "As Weishaupt lived under the tyranny of a despot
and priests, he knew that caution was necessary even in spreading
information, and the principles of pure morality. This has given an
air of mystery to his views, was the foundation of his
banishment.... If Weishaupt had written here, where no secrecy is
necessary in our endeavors to render men wise and virtuous, he
would not have thought of any secret machinery for that
The Morgan Affair of 1826 (Death of William Morgan)
Creation of Mormonism: "Mormonism is designed to appear to be a
religion, but it is instead a secret society at its core. In fact,
since its inception, it had a structure and goals similar to the
Bavarian Illuminati. Its mysticism and religious doctrine read just
as if lifted from Masonic texts and Kabbalistic writings. It was
created after the Morgan Affair of 1826 when the Freemason sect was
nationally under attack and virtually came to an end. Mormonism was
a means of continuation by another name, but with clever modern
occult doctrines of communism and plural wives added in the mix.
(Book) Jack Herer “The Emperor Wears No Clothes” (See Links
It’s like public schooling puts blindfolds on us, and the elite
are so confident that everyone is blinded by the school system;
that they’re now walking around nakedly exhibiting their greed and
malign for the public… and it’s time we called them out, and show
everyone how to un-blindfold themselves.
“Collegia could function as guilds, social clubs, or furerary
societies; in practice, in ancient Rome, they sometimes became
organized bodies of local businessmen and even criminals, who ran
the mercantile/criminal activies in a given urban region, or
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