An ..era of counter-culture mania, LSD and interest in Eastern philosophy is
largely responsible for the group’s (totally unsubstantiated) modern
incarnation. It all began somewhere amid the Summer of Love and the hippie
phenomenon, when a small, printed text emerged: Principia Discordia.
Illuminati are the supposed overlords controlling the world’s affairs,
operating secretly as they seek to establish a New World Order.
It included several well-known progressives at the time but, along with the
Freemasons, they found themselves gradually outlawed by conservative and
Christian critics and the group faded out of existence.
..authors of the Principia Discordia, .., “decided that the world was becoming
too authoritarian, too tight, too closed, too controlled”..
They wanted to bring chaos back into society to shake things up, and “the way
to do that was to spread disinformation. To disseminate misinformation through
all portals – through counter culture, through the mainstream media, through
whatever means. And they decided they would do that initially by telling
stories about the Illuminati.”
“So, the concept behind this was that if you give enough contrary points of
view on a story, in theory – idealistically – the population at large start
looking at these things and think, ‘hang on a minute’,”
The text itself never amounted to anything more than a counter-culture
curiosity, but one of the tenets of the faith – that such miscreant activities
could bring about social change and force individuals to question the
parameters of reality – was immortalised by one writer,
The Accidental Invention of the of the Illuminati Conspiracy
“Perhaps more stability will come as people fight against ‘fake news’ and
propaganda. We’re starting to understand how social media is feeding us ideas
we want to believe. Echo chambers.”
Between internet forums, nods in popular culture and humankind’s generally
uninhibited capacity for imagination, today’s truth-finders and fact checkers
might debunk the Illuminati myth for good.