How the Illuminati conspiracy theory started | BBC Ideas

Is Jay-Z really in the Illuminati? Is Donald Trump? Is Katy Perry? Am I? Everyone from the BBC to Beyoncé has been accused of
being part of the Illuminati – a secret group said to comprise of
the world’s most powerful people seeking to establish
a new world order. Even if you haven’t
heard of the Illuminati, chances are you’ve probably seen one
of the symbols associated with them. Pentagrams, goats, even the all-seeing eye
that’s found on US banknotes. References have also cropped up
in music videos, such as Rihanna’s S&M, which featured a fake newspaper
with a headline declaring her… So why do musicians and artists like to play around
with references to the Illuminati? I think quite simply,
they’re just having fun. They’re just entertained by these
stories like many of us are. I’m reminded of a conspiracy
theory from 1966 that Paul McCartney of The Beatles
had died in a car crash on the way home after
doing some recording and he’d been replaced
by a Canadian DJ who looked a lot like him and quickly
learned to play the bass and sing. Paul McCartney has never denied
this conspiracy theory. He’s always kept quiet about it and I think McCartney,
like Jay-Z, Rihanna and others, is just entertained by the story. So who are the Illuminati? Are they really a shadowy elite
who control the world? The Illuminati were,
to the best of our knowledge, a Bavarian secret society
formed in the 18th Century. It opposed superstition, religious
influence and state authority. They even created a rule book
which stated that… The Bavarian group
eventually faded into irrelevance and has nothing to do with modern
concepts of the Illuminati. The conspiracy theory
that we know about today stems from the Discordian movement. The story goes that
Discordianism began in 1965 in the office of
a Texas drug attorney. Two schoolmates… …used the office photocopier
to publish copies of the Principia Discordia,
the movement’s founding text. The book promoted the idea that… …and Discordianism gathered steam
throughout the 60s and 70s with Hill and Thornley
actively trying to cause mischief
and spread disinformation. Their mission was expanded even
further by two other Americans – a writer called Robert Anton Wilson
and his friend Robert Shea. Wilson was editor at Playboy and the two of them decided
they would write a novel and they would throw all of the great
conspiracy theories into this novel and call it Illuminatus. And in fact, they enjoyed it so much
they turned it into a trilogy. They decided that it would
be fun to try and spread a little chaos and misinformation
deliberately about the Illuminati and they did this by writing letters
to the mainstream press, by writing letters to fanzines –
which were popular at the time – but also through the
letters page of Playboy itself. They would also write in letters
from imaginary readers saying that the Illuminati
weren’t real at all or were kind of sitting on the fence. It didn’t really matter, what did
matter is that all these people seemed to be generating this
conversation about the Illuminati. And the idea was that you,
as the reader, were supposed to question that, interrogate it, ask,
“Are they really real?” The myth travelled far and wide. Wilson and Shea’s
The Illuminatus Trilogy attributed some of the
mysteries of the time, such as, “Who shot John F. Kennedy?”
to the Illuminati. Although the multitude
of conspiracy theories that appear in the trilogy
are imaginary, they’re blended with enough truth
to make them seem plausible. Probably the oddest theory
was the suggestion that Adam Weishaupt, the founder
of the Bavarian Illuminati, assassinated George Washington
and assumed his identity {as President of the USA. Believers of this theory
point to Washington’s portrait on the US one dollar bill which they suggest
is actually the face of Weishaupt. Despite its lack of mainstream sales
the trilogy became a cult favourite. It was even made into a mammoth
eight-hour stage play in Liverpool, launching the careers of British
actors Bill Nighy and Jim Broadbent. The 70s print magazine culture
seems distant now from our globalised
hyper-connected internet, but Illuminati rumours are still rife
on websites such as 4chan and Reddit where believers swap their favourite
versions of the conspiracy and champion evidence
to prove it’s still in existence. Ultimately it’s not down to a shadowy
elite whether you choose to believe in the Illuminati
conspiracy theory or not. It’s up to you. Thanks for watching. Don’t forget to subscribe and click the bell to receive notifications for new videos. See you again soon!

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  1. Conspiracy theory is the coming of the antichrist ( dajjal ) in islam….. they say , there would be thousands of music sounds spread off of one hair of dajjal's.

  2. Conspiracy???But evidences and circumstances prove it again and again.
    "Conspiracy Theory" labeled by their puppet to go ahead their agendas.Because its founder believed in secrecy and slow penetration .

    My Questions: Why musicians/singers/pol/etc represent One Eye/Devil Horn Curse Symbol(Founder of Church of Satan said it)/Why Pyramid is so beloved to USA/USA is secular govt but on their Dollar which god they pay allegiance ??
    There are many more…

  3. 7:27

    O ye Children of Adam! Let not Satan seduce you, in the same manner as He got your parents out of the Garden, stripping them of their raiment, to expose their shame: for he and his tribe watch you from a position where ye cannot see them: We made the evil ones friends (only) to those without faith.


    When they do aught that is shameful, they say: "We found our fathers doing so"; and "Allah commanded us thus": Say: "Nay, Allah never commands what is shameful: do ye say of Allah what ye know not?"


    Say: "My Lord hath commanded justice; and that ye set your whole selves (to Him) at every time and place of prayer, and call upon Him, making your devotion sincere as in His sight: such as He created you in the beginning, so shall ye return."

  4. The BBC Ideas are trying to take it as a joke, a lot of satanic symbols in music videos, song lyrics that talk about promiscuity, drugs, prostitution and everything that leads to depravity, and you come to say it's a conspiracy? Imagine Dragons vocalist who refuses to say why the band has that name, posted a video on Twitter claiming to be Iluminatti and said it was a joke, answer me one thing, who in good conscience would record a video claiming to be a drug dealer , pedophile, killer for a joke?

  5. BELIEVE WHAT I TELL YOU TO BELIEVE! hahah more eveidence of the nwo than there is a god who made the universe in seven days..

  6. BBC set up by Julian Huxley…so was UNESCO..totally Darwinism ie eugenics..why Seville got free pass for life to rape psyche patients and pimp them while BBC hid it and royal gave him highest honor

  7. These innocent-looking videos are not really innocent. 

    Understand Banking System, Then you decide for yourself. 

    anyways before there were Kings, Emperor, then dictators, Then Church, Now Illuminati. Always there existed someone powerful controlling the weak population. It's just as the Life on earth is. Somebody eats and somebody gets eaten.

    Problem is the way Americans, Europeans created an awesome democratic system, A life of luxury, That might be taken away. The rest of the world are anyways being oppressed, and area living slave-like lives.
    The poverty you see in Africa, India are all man-made. If Americans Did not protect their democracy, They might live shit slave lives like most Africans and Indians. Plain simple.

  8. Fake news ..disinformation..goes back to Rockefeller, mk ultra and mind control ..from Nazi to APA..Rockefeller even ran mk u investigation..stop spreading lies..but that's job of BBC

  9. All big media like bbc cnn and more belong to illuminati and you would Never say that they exist and ofcourse illuminatis control the US music all those superstars

  10. The likes and dislikes proves people are waking up , BBC are controlled by the illuminati there a joke and everyone knows it and for that fella with the glasses you are an absolute clown

  11. This is funny because a month ago, youtube deleted any videos supporting the theory and now, all of a sudden, BBC are forced to make it look like a joke idea or 'having fun'. Ridiculous, people are being manipulated constantly by this awful cult. The media will do anything in their power to make people not see what is REALLY happening!

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