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The Illuminati in Hollywood: Celebrities, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies in Pop Culture and the Entertainment Industry

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Phillip Jose Farmer in his books Tarzan Alive (1972) and Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life (1973) and The Other Log of Phileas Fogg (1973) linked the fictional characters to various Illuminati, plots and conspiracy theories.

Utt, Walter C. (1979). "Illuminating the Illuminati" (PDF). Liberty. 74 (3, May–June): 16–19, 26–28 . Retrieved 24 June 2011. Media analyst Mark Dice will show you exactly how Hollywood uses celebrities and entertainment as a powerful propaganda tool to shape our culture, attitudes, behaviors, and to promote corrupt government policies and programs. Barkun, Michael (2003). A Culture of Conspiracy: Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America. Comparative Studies in Religion and Society. Berkeley: University of California Press. ISBN 978-0-520-23805-3.Then again, there might be a more pragmatic reason why hip-hop latched on to the idea of the Illuminati. As Rakaa Iriscience of the trio Dilated Peoples pointed out in a 2014 interview with Hiphopdx.com, “There were a lot of organizations that existed. That one [the Illuminati] just happened to rhyme with body, party, naughty and a lot of other things. It sounds cooler than some of the other ones do.” Bandmate DJ Babu agreed: “Yeah, Templars doesn’t sound cool. Illuminati is way tighter.” This has led to claims that some of the American Founding Fathers were members, with Thomas Jefferson accused in the aftermath of the War of Independence. Both conspiracy theories are rooted in a belief that “a cabal of elites is working behind the scenes to orchestrate global events to enslave the global populace”, explained the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. The Illuminati symbolism is so blatant that even Billboard called it out , referencing the numerous triangles, an upside down cross and all-seeing one eye. The video even begins with a flashing skull and crossbones. According to conspiracy theorist The Vigilant Citizen , “Illuminati symbols are becoming more prevalent because that was the plan all along: To gradually make them part of popular culture.” It’s all part of the brainwashing, y'all!

Hermann Schüttler, Reinhard Markner, Forschungsliteratur zum Illuminatenorden / Research Bibliography at Illuminaten Wiki Payson, Seth (1802). Proofs of the Real Existence, and Dangerous Tendency, Of Illuminism. Charlestown: Samuel Etheridge . Retrieved 27 January 2011. Weishaupt, Adam (1790). Pythagoras oder Betrachtungen über die geheime Welt- und Regierungskunst. Frankfurt and Leipzig: Frankfurt; Leipzig. p.670.Another key sign of being part of the Illuminati? Never seeming to age. In other words, Beyoncé and Rihanna have a tonof explaining to do. Organ harvesting is the least of your worries as a clone, though. In his original tell-all Facebook post from 2011, Marshall explained: Some artists play into the conspiracies, possibly to further a sense of mystique. In the making-the-video clip for the heavily Illuminati-imaged visuals for “Run This Town,” Jay Z was spotted wearing a sweatshirt brandishing the phrase “Do What Thou Wilt,” the official dictum of the Ordo Templi Orientis and Aleister Crowley, an occultist who founded the philosophical religion Thelema and believed himself to be a prophet at the turn of the 20th century.

As a generation of flower children stumbled into the 1970s, they were filled with disillusionment over a slew of assassinations (JFK, RFK, etc), Kent State, lies about the Vietnam War, and the upcoming Watergate scandal. No longer touting peace and love, Baby Boomers evolved into the “Me Generation”—a term that arose from novelist Tom Wolfe. Jaded and cynical, cinema in the 1970s reflected more conspiratorial-related themes than at any other time in American history. Whereas films such as Network exposed the hypocrisy of corporate news, others like The Parallax View and Executive Action completely exposed the Warren Report’s phoniness. As the co-founder of Paranoia magazine in 1992 and currently its associate editor, not to mention author of the recently released anthology Conspiracy Geek, Joan d’Arc has seen her fair share of high strangeness over the decades. The Illuminati's continued existence will probably never be proven or disproven. But the fact that the rumors refuse to die points to a sense that people feel increasingly powerless in the face of rapid societal change, increasing inequality and continued injustices against minorities and poor people. It's human nature to find a scapegoat for your problems, especially when they seem so insurmountable. If it isn’t the Illuminati behind it all, it’s certainly somebody. The works of Robison and Barruel made their way to the United States and across New England. The Rev. Jedidiah Morse, an orthodox Congregational minister and geographer, was among those who delivered sermons against the Illuminati. In fact, one of the first accounts of the Illuminati to be printed in the United States was Morse's Fast Day sermon of 9 May 1798. Morse had been alerted to the publication in Europe of Robison's Proofs of a Conspiracy by a letter from the Rev. John Erskine of Edinburgh, and he read Proofs shortly after copies published in Europe arrived by ship in March of that year. Other anti-Illuminati writers, such as Timothy Dwight, soon followed in their condemnation of the imagined group of conspirators. [26] Founded by Adam Weishaupt in Bavaria in 1776, the Illuminati have been referred to in popular culture, in books and comics, television and films, and games. A number of novelists, playwrights and composers are alleged to have been Illuminati members and to have reflected this in their work. Early conspiracy theories surrounding the Illuminati have inspired various creative works, and continue to do so.

Gordon, Alexander (1911). "Illuminati". In Chisholm, Hugh (ed.). Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol.14 (11thed.). Cambridge University Press. p.320.

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