The back of the
USA "Great Seal"
The Spreading New Roots of the Old Illuminati
by Dennis L. Cuddy, Ph.D
Posted April 18, 2012
At the conclusion of Part 2, I quoted Alan Axelrod as saying John Ruskin was “a student of the ILLUMINATI,” and I said that Cecil Rhodes was a student of Ruskin’s at Oxford University in the 1870s. Also in the 1870s, Wilhelm Wundt established the first laboratory in experimental psychology at the University of Leipzig. Wundt’s grandfather, Kirchenrat Karl Kasimir Wundt, was a member of the Illuminati (code name Raphael), according to the “Illuminati Provincial Report” from Utica dated September 1782 (see Richard Dulman’s Der Geheimbund Der Illuminatum, and a good source for original Illuminati documents is www.bavarian-illuminati.info).
That Wilhelm Wundt’s grandfather was a member of the Order, of course, doesn’t guarantee the grandson was an adherent of the Illuminati’s principles. However, it is noteworthy that the “Father of Progressive Education,” John Dewey, was a co-author and signer of the first Humanist Manifesto (1933), and Dewey’s mentor, G. Stanley Hall, was the first of Wilhelm Wundt’s American students.
The Humanist Manifesto’s principle that ethics are autonomous and situational is basically the same as Illuminati founder Weishaupt’s principle of “do what thou wilt.” And the values of secular humanism have been taught in American public schools for at least the last 50 years.
Shortly before Cecil Rhodes attended Oxford and Wundt set up his laboratory in Leipzig, another individual like Weishaupt who believed in liberty of thought was Albert Pike. In 1871, Pike authored Morals and Dogma, in which he explained:
“Everything scientific and grand in the dreams of the Illuminati, Jacob Boehme, Swedenborg, Saint-Martin, and others, is borrowed from the Kabalah…. Liberty of thought… universal Fraternity! A new doctrine, a new religion….”
Pike praised Lucifer as the light-bearer, as did Alice Bailey whose works were first published in the early 20th century by Lucifer Publishing. In A Treatise on the Seven Rays: Esoteric Psychology (1936 and 1942), she described the goals and characteristics of what she called “the Illuminati of the world.” To Bailey, this Illuminati was comprised of the enlightened ones, people enlightened by Lucifer. And Bailey emphasized the need for a “new world order” and “points of light” connected to “service,” just as President George H.W. Bush later did in his presidency.
But before having a global “new world order,” a reshaping of America into President Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” had to occur. Given the terms “great society” and “new world order” (a type of global great society), the latter of which would be characterized by a diminished national patriotism, is it purely coincidental that in John Robison’s Proofs of a Conspiracy (1798) about the Illuminati, he related that once one became an Illuminatus Minor “the pupil is… convinced that it is a possible thing to unite all the inhabitants of the earth in one great society…. [
Then] it may frequently be no hard task to make him think that patriotism is a narrow-minded monopolizing sentiment.” This would enable the Illuminati to “rule the world,” a purpose of the Order according to Robison.
While many people understand that the Illuminati existed and may have dispersed throughout Europe, they doubt that the Order came to America. However, in Augustin Barruel’s Memoirs Illustrating the History of Jacobinism (1798) there is a joint juridical deposition by former Illuminati members Joseph Utzschneider, Georg Grunberger and Johann Cosandey before Elector Karl Theodor (September 9, 1785) in which they indicated they were informed by several of their “Brethren” that
“this Sect [the Illuminati] under different names has already spread itself in Italy,… in Austria, in Holland, in Saxony, on the Rhine,… and even as far as America.”
Edmond Charles (Citizen) Genet spent a good deal of time at the Lodge of the Nine Sisters in Paris which was frequented by the Illuminati. In 1793, he became French Envoy to the U.S., and then set up “Democratic Societies” such as the Mingo Creek Democratic Society in western Pennsylvania that fomented the Whiskey Rebellion of July 1794 (they wanted to secede and set up their own country there).
President George Washington considered Genet a threat to the U.S. and asked him to leave the country. Washington later (October 24, 1798) wrote a letter to Rev. G.W. Snyder expressing his concern over the influence of the Illuminati in America, stating:
“It was not my intention to doubt that the doctrines of the Illuminati…had not spread in the United States. On the contrary, no one is more truly satisfied of this fact than I am.” [See a longer quote at the bottom of this page]
You can see the original handwritten letter in the “American Memory” section of the Library of Congress website.
Earlier that year, on May 9, 1798 in Charlestown, South Carolina (where citizen Genet originally landed on April 8, 1793), Rev. Jedediah Morse preached the following:
“Practically all of the civil and ecclesiastical establishments of Europe have already been shaken to their foundations by this terrible organization [the Illuminati]; the French Revolution itself is doubtless to be traced to its machinations…. The Jacobins are nothing more nor less than the open manifestation of the hidden system of the Illuminati. The Order has its branches established and its emissaries at work in America. The affiliated Jacobin societies in America have doubtless had as the object of their establishment the propagation of the principles of the illuminated mother club in France.”
Then, less than two months later on July 4, 1798, Dr. Timothy Dwight, President of Yale University, delivered a discourse in which he claimed:
“In the societies of Illuminati doctrines were taught… [such as]: The being of God was denied and ridiculed;… the possession of property was pronounced to be robbery;… adultery, assassination, poisoning, and other crimes of the like infernal nature, were taught as lawful and even as virtuous actions. To crown such a system of falsehood and horror all means were declared to be lawful, provided the end was good….
Of the goodness of the end every man is to judge for himself…. The great and good ends proposed by the Illuminati… are the overthrow of religion, government and human society civil and domestic. These they pronounce to be so good, that murder… and war, however extended and dreadful are declared by them to be completely justifiable if necessary for these great purposes….
With unremitted ardor and diligence the members insinuated themselves into every place of power and trust, and into every literary, political and friendly society; engrossed as much as possible the education of youth, especially of distinction, became licensors of the press, and directors of every literary journal;… Enlisted in their service almost all the booksellers and of course the printers, of Germany;…. In the private papers, seized in the custody of the leading members of Germany, several such societies [of the Illuminati] are recorded as having been erected in America, before the year 1786.”
The threat of the Illuminati’s philosophy was especially felt in Pennsylvania after the Whiskey Rebellion to such an extent that the President of the County Courts of the Fifth Circuit, Alexander Addison, felt the need to present “A Charge to the Grand Juries” of those courts’ December 1800 sessions titled “Rise and Progress of Revolution.” In this presentation, Addison referred to a
“Conspiracy to destroy the principles which adorn, support, and connect civil society, and to bring men back to the savage state of Nature. Such was the object of the Illuminees or the Illuminati… with the daring ambition of governing the whole world…. All Government… was to be abolished; that an absolute and despotic tyranny might be exercised over the whole earth…. Have we no fear that a similar [to Europe] conspiracy exists here?”
Addison concluded by asserting that the spirit of Illuminati “seems to exist in America… by the same means, by secret societies, by the press, by occupying publications and places of instruction…. That the press is used… will not be doubted by any who see the unprincipled similarity of publications.” It is noteworthy here to mention that Cecil Rhodes’ Secret Society of the Elect’s purpose was “to take the government of the whole world,” and with J.P. Morgan’s money buy control of America’s newspapers.
Our Lord tells us: “In the world you will have tribulation;
but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
© 2011 Dennis Cuddy
Dennis Laurence Cuddy, historian and political analyst, received a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (major in American History, minor in political science). Dr. Cuddy has taught at the university level, has been a political and economic risk analyst for an international consulting firm, and has been a Senior Associate with the U.S. Department of Education.
Cuddy has also testified before members of Congress on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice. Dr. Cuddy has authored or edited twenty books and booklets, and has written hundreds of articles appearing in newspapers around the nation, including The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He has been a guest on numerous radio talk shows in various parts of the country, such as ABC Radio in New York City, and he has also been a guest on the national television programs USA Today and CBS's Nightwatch.
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