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.

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