Unedited Original Text of two articles appearing in The New American,
Special Conspiracy issue, September 16, 1996
Summary Early History of the Master Conspiracy
by William H. McIlhany
In dealing with an emotionally-charged topic such as conspiracy, to avoid
confusion it is necessary to begin with a definition of the concept. Conspiracy
is a human activity involving (1) more than one person, (2) the parties
to this activity are advancing basically the same or common objectives,
and (3) they are advancing objectives which, by very reasonable standards,
are personally harmful, evil or destructive. And, finally, (4) they're doing
all this either in secret or without fully advertising in advance what they're
planning to do, and certainly not to their potential victims.
Note that the definition says the parties to a conspiracy are doing the
same things, or advancing common objectives, but not at all necessarily
are they all doing so for the same personal reasons or motivations. And
the essential focus of conspiratorial research should be on the actions
of individual persons, not merely their backgrounds or organizational affiliations.
Down through the ages there have been many secret societies and conspiratorial
movements that had as their goals absolute rule of the world, overthrow
of all existing governments, and the final destruction of all religion.
It is possible (with much study-see Annotated Bibliography) to trace the
origins and developments of these many movements: the early anti-Christian
mysticism of the Gnostics; the conspiracy against orthodox Islam and for
world power that was founded by Hasan Saba in Persia in 1090 A.D. as the
Order of the Assassins; the Catholic Order of the Knights Templar, whose
heretical leaders imitated the Assassins' system for the destruction of
Christianity. During the thirteenth through seventeenth centuries such groups
as the Luciferians, Rosicrucians, Levellers and many others continued the
war against Christianity that had begun in Europe with the Templars. It
is even possible to establish that some of these groups were not merely
imitating each other or some older system of belief and a few organiza-tional
links can be found.
Because much of these earlier movements have left little and very fragmentary
evidence, it is not possible to come to the conclusion that any continuing
organizational structure existed from 1100 to 1700, or before, which was
engaged in a coordinated and centrally controlled plot for world rule and
the destruction of monarchical and ecclesiastical power.
By the middle of the eighteenth century remnants and parallels of various
destructive movements began to associate under a central group which was
to plan and create a continuing organizational structure that would someday,
its founders hoped, rule the world after all existing religions and governments
had been destroyed.
The philosophical base for this movement was laid in the mid-eighteenth
century by Voltaire, Rousseau, Diderot and other members of the Paris Academy,
The influence Voltaire had over King Frederick of Prussia and the publication
of Diderot's Encyclopédie, beginning in 1751, were measures of their
early success. The conspirators hoped that the Encyclopédie would
become a standard reference source wherein every literate person would seek
knowledge on all subjects and thus receive propaganda against civil order
and the Christian religion. Its publication caused the influence of this
group to grow rapidly.
In his correspondence, Voltaire reveals a major concern to be the destruction
of all religion (first and foremost, the Catholic Church) and of all monarchs
(even ultimately those like Frederick who were sympathetic to the plot)
and of all morality derived from religious belief. Out of the resulting
chaos an elite group of aristocratic philosophers would rule the world.
Inspired by these radical philosophers and instructed by a mysterious occultist
from what is now Denmark named Kölmer, it was a professor of Canon
Law at the University of Ingolstadt (Bavaria, Germany) who established a
continuing organizational structure to direct the worldwide attack on religion
and monarchy, and which organizational structure would, it was hoped, eventually
rule the world. His name was Adam Weishaupt and the organization he founded
on May 1, 1776, was called the Order of the Illuminati.
Weishaupt planned for the Order to maintain publicly the image of a charitable
and philanthropic organization. It was this image which attracted so many
German educators and Protestant clergymen. When they joined they were convinced
that the goal of the Order was the purest form of Christianity, to make
of all mankind "one happy and prosperous family." When the novice
or Minerval advanced to the rank of Illuminatus Minor (and only those who
were obviously ready for this knowledge were allowed to advance), he was
told that the only obstacle which lay in the path to the Order's goal of
universal happiness was the power being held by the religious and governmental
institutions of the world which were just not going to allow such happiness
to occur at their expense.
The leaders of these institutions, monarchs (or future monarchs) and clergymen,
had to be either brought under the control of the Order or destroyed. If
such a prospect frightened the new Illuminatus Minor, if he still possessed
any sense of traditional morality, he was kept inactive at this level until
his ethical concepts were altered.
As Weishaupt stated, "These [ruling] powers are despots when they
do not conduct themselves by its [the Order's] principles; and it is therefore
our duty to surround them with its members, so that the profane may have
no access to them. Thus we are able most powerfully to promote its [the
Order's] interests. If any person is more disposed to listen to Princes
than to the Order, he is not fit for it, and must rise no higher. We must
do our utmost to procure the advancement of Illuminati into all important
Finally, after the candidate had proved his absolute devotion to the secrets
of the Order, he was allowed to enter the top-level circle of initiates
as an Illuminatus Major, just below the position of Rex held by Weishaupt.
By now, all conventional idealism had been removed from the candidate and
he was told about the real objectives of the Order: rule of the world, to
be accomplished after the destruction of all existing governments and religions.
He was now required to take an oath which bound his every thought, action,
and his fate to the administration of his superiors in the Order.
He was even required to learn how to write with both hands so that his
handwriting would not remain the same and traceable if any correspondence
he wrote were intercepted by civil authorities. His copy of the writings
of the Order was kept in a special container in his home which would ignite
and destroy its contents if a non-member attempted to open it.
An elaborate spy network was set up so that all members would constantly
be checking on the loyalty of each other.
The secret police of the Order killed anyone who tried to inform the authorities
about the conspiracy. This band was known as the "Insinuating Brethren"
and had as its insignia an all-seeing eye.
The structure of the Order was pyramidal with Weishaupt at the top and
two or three immediate subordinates, Each of these had three men under their
orders, Each of those three had several men who carried out their dictates,
and so on.
In their correspondence they were required to use false names for themselves
and the names of different ancient cities when they referred to cities where
the Order was active. Weishaupt called himself Spartacus; others were Cato,
Marius, Brutus, Pythagoras, Socrates and Hannibal.
Much of the organizational system of the Jesuits was adopted for the Order.
Weishaupt had been raised and educated by the Jesuits and had rebelled against
them. He adopted those same institutions to destroy thrones and altars which
the Society of Jesus had established to support them.
In reward for selling himself totally to the Order, the top-level Illuminatus
(and there were not very many of these) was granted all the material and
sensual benefits that could possibly be obtained, Weishaupt intended that:
"The power of the Order must be turned to the advantage of its members.
All must be assisted. They must be preferred to all persons otherwise of
equal merit. Money, services, honor, goods and blood must be expended for
the fully proved Brethren."
Sometimes this policy became a necessity instead of a perverse luxury.
It seems in 1780 Spartacus-Weishaupt had gotten his own sister-in-law pregnant
and had to eradicate this embarrassment. He planned to procure an abortion,
and, of course, admitted all this to a few other Illuminati who understood
that the woman's life was quite expendable in order to protect the Conspiracy.
Frequently the character of his members was quite an embarrassment to Weishaupt
when prospective recruits were being convinced how idealistic the Order
How successful was this intricate conspiratorial structure of economic,
social, political and cultural elite in Bavaria? Within two years after
the founding of the Order, all but two of the professorial chairs at the
University of Ingolstadt were held by members of the Order.
Before 1789 it is estimated that there were at least two thousand members
of the Order in the German-speaking lands. Many of these were ministers,
mostly Protestant, lawyers, doctors, and even a few princes. None were members
of the lower classes, the agricultural working masses, or the serfs. This
would also be true with regard to France by 1789.
In just a few years after the Order's creation, Weishaupt could boast:
"We have been very successful against the Jesuits, and brought things
to such a bearing, that their revenues, such as the Mission, the Golden
Alms, the Exercises and the Conversion Box are now under the management
of our friends. All the German schools and the Benevolent Society are at
last under our control. We have got several zealous members in the courts
of justice, and we are able to afford them pay and other good additions.
Lately we have got possession of the Bartholomew Institute for Young Clergymen,
having secured all its supporters. Through this we shall be able to supply
Bavaria with fit priests."
The influence of the Order on German education and the German clergy were
devastating. By 1800 many German ministers no longer believed the most basic
tenets of Christian doctrine. They had been converted to the worship of
The original writings of the Order contained detailed instructions on how
hatred and bloodshed might be created between different racial, religious,
ethnic, and even sexual groups. The idea of promoting hatred between children
and their parents was introduced.
Even the kinds of buildings to be burned in urban insurrections were outlined.
In short, virtually everything subversive one sees in the twentieth century
essentially was planned and written down by Adam Weishaupt over two hundred
years ago. An examination of his writings will fully substantiate this claim.
It was not until the summer of 1782 (six years after the founding of the
Order), that it really began to grow in power and influence outside Bavaria.
Having already contemplated the possibility of infiltrating the freemasonic
bodies of Western Europe and then taking control of them, Weishaupt and
his brilliant disciple, Baron Adolf von Knigge (Philo), at last had their
That summer leaders and delegates of the continental European freemasonic
bodies were to meet at the town of Wilhelmsbad. Weishaupt's agent, von Knigge,
joined them and presented quite an enticing promise of the secrets which
the Illuminati had to offer.
In response many of the German and French delegates joined, bringing the
influence of the Order back to their individual lodges. The two leaders
of German freemasonry, Duke Ferdinand of Brunswick and Prince Karl of Hesse,
joined the Order, thus bringing the whole of German freemasonry under the
control of the Illuminati.
The Illuminatus Mirabeau was brought into the order while in Germany and
was chosen to bring Weishaupt's system to France, to the lodges of the Amis
Reunis, together with Bonneville. Among Mirabeau's recruits were the Duke
of Orléans (Philippe Egalité), Brissot, Condorcet, Savalette,
Grégoire, Garat, Pétion, Babeuf, Barnave, Sieyes, Saint-Just,
Camille Desmoulins, Hébert, Santerre, Danton, Marat, Chenier, and
just about every other leader in the impending French Revolution.
Other members included Herder, Goethe, Lafayette, and Talleyrand. The charge
of actually spreading the doctrines throughout France was give to Bode (Aurelius)
and Busch (Bayard). So well did the Illuminati missionaries work that by
1788 every lodge under the French Grand Orient-and they numbered in that
year 266-is said to have been indoctrinated with the system of Weishaupt.
The Illuminatus Duke of Orléans was the leader of the Grand Orient
Lodge in Paris. While key instructions were being sent to the Jacobin Club
houses in Paris (which the Illuminati-dominated Grand Orient lodges created
and controlled) from the directorate under Weishaupt's command in Bavaria,
the Elector of Bavaria uncovered the entire plot.
A courier sent from Frankfort to Paris in 1785 was accidentally killed
by a bolt of lightning. On his body were found incriminating papers about
the Order and the name of Xavier Zwack. His home in Landshut was raided
by the Elector's police and his copy of Weishaupt's writings was taken.
The Elector publicly outlawed the Order and closed many of the freemasonic
lodges known to be under its control. The Elector also sent printed copies
of the Order's writings to all the important monarchs in Europe. It was
from copies of the Order's writings that Prof. Robison and the Abbé
Barruel gathered the information contained in their books.
When Weishaupt was banished from Bavaria by his sovereign in 1785, he was
received at the court of the Duke Ernest-Louis of Saxe-Gotha who, besides
a pension, gave him the title of Honorary Councilor. Several of Weishaupt's
principal subordinates, including the Marquis de Constanza and Count Saviola,
were banished from Bavaria back to their homelands on the Italian peninsula
where they also received pensions.
In 1788, after the suppression of Illuminism in Bavaria, Karl Bahrdt and
Baron von Knigge attempted to revive it under the name of the German Union
which soon came to control the book selling and publishing business in the
German lands, thus assuring that only those books on religion, philosophy
and politics which were acceptable to the Order would be available and read
by the public.
However, it was not until 1810 that the Order was to be revived in what
is now Germany, this time under the name of the Tugendbund.
In his "Lectures on the French Revolution", Lord Acton observed:
"The appalling thing in the French Revolution is not the tumult, but
the design. Through all the fire and smoke we perceive the evidence of calculating
organization. The managers remain studiously concealed and masked; but there
is no doubt about their presence from the first."
In France the ten years prior to 1789 had seen the development of greater
social and political reform by the monarchy than ever before. The lot of
the common people had steadily improved and there was no visible discontent
due to economic misery, unlike other states such as Prussia. In other words,
there was less excuse in 1789 for a revolution in France than ever before.
In order to conduct a first experiment in destruction of monarchy, reliogion
and morality, the Illuminati had artificially to engineer a revolt. The
Illuminist Joseph Balsamo or "Cagliostro" engineered the "Diamond
Necklace" scheme to bring disgrace to the Church and to an innocent
Queen Marie Antoinette. The technique of the manufactured smear was thus
The Duke of Orleans bought up a huge quantity of bread and grain and had
some hidden and some sent out of the country. He did this deliberately so
that when the starving people demanded something to eat, the Duke's agents
could tell them that their food had been taken by the King. By this means,
the Illuminists created an artificial famine.
The siege of the Bastille, July 14, 1789, so fictitiously portrayed by
Thomas Carlyle, was an excellent example of how the Illuminati stage-managed
the events of the Revolution. Only one out of every thousand people in Paris
participated in this "siege." The incident was merely an attempt
to obtain guns and ammunition rumored to be in the Bastille so that those
loyal Frenchmen who participated could use the weapons to put down a Jacobin
disturbance in another part of Paris. Even though the guards at the Bastille
did not know the true motive of the mob, only one of the fifteen available
cannons was fired at the crowd.
After the mob got inside they found only seven inhabitants, all living
quite comfortably in this "horrible monstrosity of despotism:"
four forgers, two lunatics who were mad before they were imprisoned, and
the Comte de Solages, who was incarcerated for "monstrous crimes"
at the request of his family. Needless to say, they found none of the instruments
of torture about which they had heard. Similar fully orchestrated contrivances
were going on during the March on Versailles, the invasion and siege of
the Tuilleries and the massacres of September.
The clergy was particularly an object for extermination and unbelievable
persecution. The churches were profaned and prostitutes worshiped on their
altars. The rule of civil government and authority in Paris dropped to an
unprecedented low during the Reign of Terror which began in 1794. It also
resulted in many of the Illuminists losing their lives as the mobs were
no longer controllable.
About the time of his execution in 1794, the Illuminist Robespierre, director
of much of the Terror, advocated the policy of deliberately murdering fifteen
million Frenchmen so that the remaining food supplies would be adequate.
Although this prototype ecological "depopulation" program was
not fully carried out, it is estimated that over three hundred thousand
Frenchmen died during the Terror, two hundred and ninety-seven thousand
of those murdered were members of the middle and the lower agricultural
and working classes. As always, the "revolution" only victimized
its alleged beneficiaries.
Also during this time, the whole calendar was changed because it had religious
significance (seven days in a week, why?-l,794 years since what?), and the
first conscription for military service was put into effect.
The Illuminist Gracchus Babeuf and his followers objected to the chaotic
course of events and planned an insurrection for 1795. One of their members
confessed to the government and the attempt was crushed. Babeuf and others
Illuminists hoped that an agent of the Order would seize control of France
and militarily conquer the rest of the world, thus establishing the Order's
goal of a Universal Republic or New World Order.
Although Napoleon Bonaparte was recruited into the Illuminati and prepared
for such a role, as his imperial power grew, he set his course rather independently
of the Order's objectives. It is well established that both Napoleon's later
military defeats and his personal demise were engineered by his former Illuminist
comrades. The failure of utilizing Napoleon was a temporary setback for
To some extent, they were also delayed by the legal rulers of Europe who,
in 1815 at the Congress of Vienna, set about the task to restore Europe
to what it had been prior to 1789 and Napoleon. They were determined to
make sure the Illuminati's conspiracy, about which they were all, particularly
the Austrian statesman Clemens von Metternich, fully aware, would never
again be successful in an attempt to overthrow the entire existing social
By 1815, however, Weishaupt's ambassadors had begun to spread the Conspiracy
into many parts of the world beyond Bavaria and France. Some of these agents
were Weishaupt's close subordinates in the Order and others were Illuminists
from France, many of whom had been connected with the Babeuf plot.
Among those responsible for extending the Illuminati's infiltration and
power all over Europe were: Xavier Zwack, Anacharis Clootz, Prince Nubius,
Piccolo Tigre, Filippo Michele Buonarroti and his organization after 1809
called the Sublimes Maitres Parfaits (Sublime Perfect Masters) and Louis
Auguste Blanqui and the Société des Saisons (Society of the
Seasons). The latter two branches of the Illuminati formed the source of
the League of the Just which became the Communist League in 1848.
Among the subversive and revolutionary nineteenth and early twentieth century
movements created by the Illuminati (primarily through European Grand Orient
freemasonry, not British and American freemasonry) were the Marxian and
"utopian" socialist movements; anarchism; syndicalism; Pan Slavism;
Irish, Italian and German "nationalism;" German Imperialism; the
Paris Commune; British "New Imperialism;" Fabian Socialism and
Their projects over subsequent decades included:
1. The creation of hatred and violence between Catholics and Protestants
in Ireland, aimed at breaking Ireland away from the United Kingdom and bringing
Ireland under Communist control. This would serve as the model for many
future "anti-Colonialist" movements aimed at British, French and
other overseas possessions and territories. The destruction of remaining
Catholic influence and the building of Communist power in Mexico from Benito
Juarez to the present.
2. In 1815 both the Italian- and German-speaking areas of Europe were loose
confederations of small monarchies with strong church influence. The Conspiracy
created and controlled "nationalist" or "unification"
movements (Italy - Carbonari, Young Italy; Germany - Tugenbund, Burschenschaft)
in those areas between 1820 and 1870, both resulting in the creation of
a totalitarian socialist central government which not only destroyed the
sovereignty of the prior confederation states but also undermined Catholic
and Protestant influences there. These same Illuminist structures would
be used in the early twentieth century to create the German National Socialist
and Italian Fascist movements.
3. In other parts of Europe which were already nation-states (France, Austria-Hungary,
Russia, etc.), the Illuminati staged insurrections and revolts (simultaneously
in 1848) aimed at subversion, infiltration and control of those governments.
4. The United States was established as a Constitutional Republic in 1789,
the same year the Illuminati's devastation of France began. Illuminists
began organizing insurrectionary and secessionist movements to destroy the
American Republic as early as 1794. Their efforts were delayed by widespread
public exposure. American branches of the Illuminati's European network
(Young America and the Knights of the Golden Circle) finally established
the secession movements that produced the rebellion ("civil war")
of 1861-1865 and their agents assassinated President Abraham Lincoln after
he defeated their plans to destroy the Union.
5. Illuminist influence in the governments of Imperial Germany, Italy, France,
Russia, Great Britain and the United States combined to trigger a totally
unwanted and avoidable world war in 1914 and U.S. entry in 1917, all for
the purpose of justifying a world government structure (the unsuccessful
League of Nations) after the war. The strategy was repeated again with another
world war in 1939 and the framework for a world government structure was
created in 1945 as the United Nations.
Introductory Annotated Bibliography on the Master Conspiracy Thesis
by William H. McIlhany
The problem with documenting the Master Conspiracy thesis is certainly
no lack of evidence. If anything, the challenge is dealing with such vast,
cumbersome and time-consuming research material, and then communicating
a concise summary of the thesis clearly and convincingly. There are mountains
of evidence in three standard categories.
1. Primary source material consist of original documents, diaries, records,
correspondence and physical evidence from the persons directly involved
in the events. 2. Contemporary sources are accounts written about the events
close to the time they occurred. 3. Secondary source material, overwhelmingly
the easiest to obtain, consist of accounts written much later about the
events by persons who are relying solely upon one or more of these three
categories of evidence.
Therefore, unless a secondary source utilizes verifiable primary or contemporary
sources, its content proves little more than the opinion of the author.
This is true not only of many so-called "conspiracy" books in
recent decades, but also of many mainstream histories and biographies.
In this bibliography we have concentrated on primary and contemporary sources,
using more available secondary sources only when they contain and cite the
original source material. Many of the original sources are available in
major national, university and private libraries, as well as some in recent
reprint editions. They can also be searched by antiquarian book dealers.
I. Order of the Illuminati
The original published form of the Order's papers include: Einige Originalschriften
des Illuminatenordens (Munich, 1787); Nachtrag von weitern Originalschriften,
etc. (Munich, 1787); Die neuesten Arbeiten des Spartacus und Philo in dem
Illuminatenorden (Munich, 1794). Published collections of the Illuminati
papers include: Richard van Dülmen, ed., Der Geheimbund der Illuminaten
(Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt: frommann-holzboog, 1977) and Henry Coston, La
Conjuration des Illuminés (Paris: La Librairie Française,
Two contemporary works which utilized the original documents were:
John Robison, Proofs of a Conspiracy Against All the Religions and Governments
of Europe, (New York: George Forman, 1798, reprint (Boston: Western Islands,
1967), the first chapter of which is unrelated background.
Abbé Augustin Barruel, Memoirs Illustrating the History of Jacobinism,
4 vols., (London: T. Burton, 1797-1798), much more detailed and more persuasively
written than Robison.
The most important secondary general history is:
Nesta H. Webster, World Revolution (Boston: Small, Maynard and Co., 1921).
I much prefer the revised and updated edition published by Britons, Devon,
England, 1971, with index and bibliography. This contains the important
corrections Webster made prior to her death in 1960, always ignored by those
who attempt to discredit her as anti-Semetic. Nesta H. Webster, Secret Societies
and Subversive Movements (London: Boswell, 1924) very important, but unfortunately
the last two chapters were never revised. There are unauthorized paperback
reprints of all three.
James H. Billington, Fire in the Minds of Men. Origins of the Revolutionary
Faith (New York: Basic Books, 1980), see Chapter 4 and references.
II. French Revolution and Napoleon
Two primary sources in which the Illuminist Mirabeau expressed a plan to
use French freemasonry to bring about a revolution are:
Mystäres de la Conspiration (Paris, 1791), p. 16: "Croquis ou
Project de Revolution de Monsieur de Mirabeau."
"Les Idées de Mirabeau sur la Franc-Maconnerie" Révolution
Française, October, 1882, as translated in H.C. Bruce Wilson, "Mirabeau's
Scheme for the Political Penetration of Freemasonry," Transactions
of the Quatuor Coronati Lodge, vol. LVII (1944) pp. 138-148.
Anonymous [Marquis de Luchet], Essai sur la Secte des Illuminés (Paris,
1789), written in 1788 to warn that the Illuminati intended to use French
freemasonry to foment the revolution which occurred after the book was published.
Nesta H. Webster, The French Revolution, A Study in Democracy (London: Constable,
1919). Her master work documented with primary sources, it reads like a
textbook of subversive strategy as carried out ever since 1789.
Nesta H. Webster, Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette Before the Revolution (London:
Constable, 1936), and Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette During the Revolution
(London: Constable, 1937).
The evidence that Napoleon was initiated into French lodges controlled by
the Illuminati is given in: J.E. S. Tuckett, "Napoleon I. and Freemasonry,"
Transactions of the Quatuor Coronati Lodge, vol. XXVII, 1914. The way Napoleon
was used, and disposed of, by the Illuminati is discussed in:
[Nodier], Histoire des Sociétés Secrètes de l'Armée
(London: Longman, Hurst, 1815).
N. Deschamps and Claudio Jannet, Les Sociétés Secrètes
et la Société, 3 vols., (Avignon: Fr. Seguin Ainé,
1876), much of which is summarized in English in: Msgr. George F. Dillon,
The War of the Antichrist with the Church and Christian Civilization (Dublin:
M.H. Gill & Son, 1885). This very important work has been reprinted
(with an inaccurate preface) as: Grand Orient Freemasonry Unmasked as the
Secret Power Behind Communism (London: Britons, 1965).
Ben Weider and Sten Forshufvud, Assassination at St. Helena Revisited (New
York: John Wiley, 1995), on evidence of Napoleon's murder.
III. Survival and Continuity of the Illuminati, 1789-1848
Benjamin Fabre, Un Initié des Sociétés Secrètes
supérieures "Franciscus, Eques A Capite Galeato" 1753-1814,
Portrait et Documents inédits Nombreuses reproductions en Photogravure,
Preface de Copin-Albancelli (Paris: La Renaissance Française, 1913),
containing correspondence between Weishaupt's agents up to 1814.
Arthur Lehning, "Buonarroti and His International Secret Societies,"
International Review of Social History, (1956), I, pp. 112-140.
Elizabeth L. Eisenstein, The First Professional Revolutionist: Filippo Michele
Buonarroti, 1761-1837, (Cambridge: Harvard, 1959).
Lucien de la Hodde, The Cradle of Rebellions: A History of the Secret Societies
of France (New York: John Bradburn, 1864).
Mildred Headings, French Freemasonry and the Third Republic (Baltimore:
Johns Hopkins Press, 1949).
Henry Coston, La Republique du Grand Orient (Paris: La Librairie Française,
IV. The Communist Movement: An Illuminist Spawn
Carl Wittke, The Utopian Communist: A Biography of Wilhelm Weitling, Nineteenth-Century
Reformer (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1950).
V. Italian and German Unification
Memoirs of the Secret Societies of the South of Italy, Particularly the
Carbonari. Translated from the Original Ms. (London: John Murray, 1821).
J. Cretineau-Joly, L'Église romaine en face de la Révolution,
2 vols., (Paris: Plon, 1860). Cretineau-July's account is essential on Buonarroti
and his followers in Italy. It utilized primary source documents from the
Carlo Francovich, "Gli Illuminati di Weishaupt e l' idea equalitaria
in alcune societa segrete del Risorgimento," Movimento Operaio, (1952)
IV, pp. 553-598; Albori Socialisti nel Risorimento, Contributo Allo Studio
Delle Società Segrete (1776-1835) (Firenze: Felice Le Monnier, 1962).
Leti, La Carboneria, Massoneria nel risorgimento italiano (Genoa, 1925).
Dufoureq, Le régime jacobin en Italie, (Paris: Perrier et Cie, 1900).
Memoirs of General Pepe, Bentley, London, 1846.
Lombard (Vincent) de Langres, History of the German Secret Societies and
Their Work in Other Countries, (Paris, 1819).
VI. American War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865, Lincoln Assassination and
The most extensive documentation of long-term Illuminist plotting to destroy
the American Republic, from before the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794 to the
leadership of the secession movements that provoked the war of 1861-65 and
the assassination of Abraham Lincoln is: William H. McIlhany, No Civil War
At All: Eighty Years of Conspiracy to Destroy the United States, 1790-1870,
serialized in Journal of Individualist Studies, Vol. 1, Nos. 1-2 (Winter,
Fall, 1992). A few of these sources include:
Orville J. Victor, History of American Conspiracies: A Record of Treason,
Insurrection, Rebellion, &c. in the United States of America, from 1760
to 1860 (New York: James D. Torrey, Publisher, 1863, reprinted, New York:
Arno Press, 1969)
An Authentic Exposition of the "K.G.C.", "Knights of the
Golden Circle;" or A History of Secession from 1834 to 1861 (Indianapolis,
Felix G. Stidger, ed., Treason History of the Order of Sons of Liberty,
Formerly Circle of Honor, Succeeded by Knights of the Golden Circle, Afterward
Order of American Knights. The Most Gigantic Treasonable Conspiracy The
World Has Ever Known (Chicago: Published by the Author, 1903). John Smith
Dye, History of the Plots and Crimes of The Great Conspiracy to Overthrow
Liberty in America (Freeport, New York: Books for Libraries Press, 1969).
John A. Logan, The Great Conspiracy: Its Origins and History (New York:
A.R. Hart & Co., 1886), pp. 757-779.
John W. Headley, Confederate Operations in Canada and New York (New York:
Ollinger Crenshaw, "The Knights of the Golden Circle: The Career of
George Bickley," American Historical Review, vol. LXVII, no. l (October,
1941), pp. 23-50.
Roy Sylvan Dunn, "The K.G.C. in Texas, 1860-1861," Southwestern
Historical Quarterly, vol. LXX, no. 4 (April, 1967).
George Fort Milton, Abraham Lincoln and the Fifth Column (New York: Vanguard
Wood Gray, The Hidden Civil War: The Story of the Copperheads (New York:
Viking Press, 1942).
James D. Horan, Confederate Agent: A Discovery in History (New York: Crown,
Elbert J. Benton, The Movement for Peace Without a Victory During the Civil
War (New York: Da Capo Press, 1972).
Izola Forrester, This One Mad Act ... The Unknown Story of John Wilkes Booth
and His Family by His Granddaughter (Boston: Hale, Cushman & Flint,
1937). Proves that Booth was acting as an agent of the K.G.C.
Theodore Roscoe, The Web of Conspiracy: The Complete Story of the Men Who
Murdered Abraham Lincoln (Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1959),
pp. 3-19. Roscoe's work is largely based on the pioneering research of Otto
Eisenschiml. Independent corroboration for this thesis, without emphasis
on the K.G.C. or its international connections, is: William A. Tidwell,
James O. Hall and David Winfred Gaddy, Come Retribution: The Confederate
Secret Service and the Assassination of Lincoln (Jackson: University of
Missi-ssippi Press, 1988).
Michael J. Schaack, Anarchy and Anarchists (Chicago: F.J. Schulte, 1889),
in recent hardback reprint, an exhaustive history of the Chicago Haymarket
Square bombing in 1886.
VII. World War I and the League of Nations
Francis Neilson, How Diplomats Make War (New York: B.W. Huebsch, 1921).
The Earl Loreburn, How the War Came (London: Methuen & Company, 1919).
Charles Seymour, ed., Intimate Papers of Colonel House, 4 vols. (New York:
Houghton Mifflin, 1928).
Anonymous [Edward Mandell House], Philip Dru: Administrator, A Story of
Tomorrow, 1920-1935 (New York: B.W. Huebsch, 1912).
Charles Callan Tansill, America Goes to War (Boston: Little Brown, 1938).
Colin Simpson, The Lusitania (Boston: Little Brown, 1972).
A. G. Michel, La Dictature de Ia Franc-Maçonnerie sur Ia France,
Documents (Paris: Editions Spes, 1924), for Illuminist origin
of League of Nations.
VIII. The Bolshevik Coup in Russia
Edgar Sisson, One Hundred Red Days: A Personal Chronicle of the Bolshevik
Revolution (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1931. Stefan A. Possony, A
Century of Conflict (Chicago: Henry Regnery, 1953).
George Katkov, "German Foreign Office Documents on Financial Support
to the Bolsheviks in 1917," International Affairs, vol. 32, no. 2 (April,
Antony Sutton, Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution (Westport, Connecticut:
Arlington House, 1974), the evidence presented rather than the author's
R. H. Bruce Lockhart, British Agent (New York: G.P. Putnam's, 1933).
IX. Communist Revolution in Ireland, Mexico and Spain
H.B.C. Pollard, The Secret Societies of Ireland, Their Rise and Progress
(London: Philip Allan, 1922).
Michael Kenny, No God Next Door: Red Rule in Mexico and Our Responsibility
(1991 paperback reprint of 1935 edition), price including postage: $9.95
from: G.S.G. & Associates, P.O. Box 6448, Eastview Station, Rancho Palos
Verdes, CA 90734.
Francis McCullagh, Red Mexico (New York: Louis Carrier, 1928).
Jorge Vera Estanõl, Carranza and His Bolshevik Regime (Los Angeles:
The General Cause, The Red Domination in Spain, Preliminary Information
Drawn Up By the Ministry of Justice (Madrid, 1946).
Nesta H. Webster, Surrender of an Empire (London: Boswell, 1931), detailing
the destruction of the British Empire by Communist-controlled "anti-colonialist"
movements abroad and influential conspirators in the British government.
Claude Mouton, La Contrerévolution en Algérie (Vouillé:
Diffusion de la Pensée Française, 1972).
XI. Great Depression, The New Deal, Soviet Agents in Executive Branch
G. Edward Griffin, The Creature From Jekyll Island, A Second Look at the
Federal Reserve (Westlake, CA: American Media ).
Antony C. Sutton, Wall Street and F.D.R. (New Rochelle, New York: Arlington
Hearings, House of Representatives, Select Committee to Investigate Certain
Statements of Dr. William Wirt, 73rd Congress, 2nd Session, April 10 and
17, 1934 (Washington: G.P.O., 1934).
James Burnham, The Web of Subversion (Boston: Western Islands, 1965).
XII. Illuminist Roots of the Nazi Movement and How It Came to Power
Rudolf von Sebottendorff, Bevor Hitler Kam (Munich, 1934).
Rene Alleau, Hitler et les sociétés secrètes. Enquete
sur les sources occultes du nazisme (Paris: Editions Bernard Grasset, 1969).
Jean-Michel Angebert, The Occult and the Third Reich (New York: MacMillan,
Francis King, Satan and Swastika, The Occult and the Nazi Party (St. Albans,
Herts: Mayflower, 1976).
Cecil F. Melville, The Russian Face of Germany, London: Wishart, 1932.
Jan Valtin, Out of the Night (New York: Alliance, 1944), especially Chapter
24, "The Shadow of the Swastika."
Antony C. Sutton, Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler (Sea Beach, CA: '76
XIII. World War II: Making it Happen in 1939
David Irving, Churchill's War (New York: Avon Books, 1991). Probably the
most important and best documented study under this topic by one of the
outstanding historians of the century. Francis Neilson, The Churchill Legend
(Appleton, Wisconsin: C.C. Nelson, 1954); The Makers of War (Appleton, Wisconsin:
C.C. Nelson, 1950), and his major work, The Tragedy of Europe, A Commentary
on the Second World War, 1938-1945, 5 vols. (Appleton, Wisconsin: C.C. Nelson,
XIX. World War II: Pearl Harbor and America's Entry
John Toland, Infamy: Pearl Harbor and Its Aftermath (Garden City, New York:
Doubleday, 1982). Among the many earlier books proving the Roosevelt Administration
knew about in advance and encouraged the attack on Pearl Harbor for an excuse
to enter the war:
Harry Elmer Barnes, ed., Perpetual War For Perpetual Peace (Caldwell, Idaho:
Caxton, 1953). Charles Callan Tansill, Back Door to War, The Roosevelt Foreign
Policy, 1933-1941 (Chicago: Henry Regnery, 1952).
XX. The United Nations and The New World Order
G. Edward Griffin, The Fearful Master, A Second Look at the United Nations
(Boston: Western Islands, 1965).
William F. Jasper, Global Tyranny ... Step By Step (Appleton, WI: Western
XXI. The Executive Branch - Foundations - Domestic & Foreign Policy
Carroll Quigley, Tragedy and Hope (New York: MacMillan, 1966), documentation
for which is supplied in his: The Anglo-American Establishment (New York:
Books in Focus, 1981) XXX and, Walter Nimocks, Milner's Young Men: The
"kindergarten" in Edwardian Imperial Affairs, Durham: Duke University
William H. McIlhany, II, The Tax-Exempt Foundations (New Rochelle: Arlington
House, 1980), containing the only in-depth coverage of the findings of Norman
Dodd, Research Director of the Reece Committee investigation in Congress,
1953-54, including the roles played by Wayne Hays, former CIA Director William
Casey and, regrettably, René Wormser (author, Foundations: Their
Power and Influence, New York: Devin-Adair, 1958) in sabotaging the investigation.
James Perloff, The Shadows of Power (Appleton, WI: Western Islands, 1988).
XII. Maintenance and Expansion of Communist Power Since 1917
Antony C. Sutton, Western Technology and Soviet Economic Development, 1917-1965,
3 vols., (Stanford: Hoover Institution, 1968-1973). Details the total dependency
of the Soviet Union on western aid and technology, most of that from the
United States or subsidized by U.S. taxpayers. Summarized and updated in
his: National Suicide, Military Aid to the Soviet Union (New Rochelle, New
York: Arlington House, 1974) and The Best Enemy Money Can Buy (Billings,
Montana: Liberty House, 1986). Joseph Finder, Red Carpet (New York: Holt,
Rinehart & Winston, 1983).
R.J. Rummel, Lethal Politics: Soviet Genocide and Mass Murder Since 1917
(New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction, 1990); China's Bloody Century: Genocide
and Mass Murder Since 1900 (New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction, 1991).
XIII. Communist Strategy for Conquest: Selected Strategy
Subversion and destruction of religious faith:
Marvin Antelman, To Eliminate the Opiate (New York: Zahavia, 1974).
Mary Ball Martinez, The Undermining of the Catholic Church (Published by
the author, second edition, address: Amsterdam 99-501, Mexico, D.F., 06100,
Mexico, 1991). $12.50 plus $2.50 postage.
Divide and Conquer
Alan Stang, It's Very Simple, The True Story of "Civil Rights,"
(Boston: Western Islands, 1965).
William H. McIlhany, II, Klandestine, The Untold Story of Delmar Dennis
and His Role in the F.B.I.'s War Against the Ku Klux Klan (New Rochelle,
Arlington House, 1975).
Terrorism: The KGB's International Network
Pierre deVillemarest, Histoire Secrète des Organisations Terroristes,
4 vols., (Genève: Éditions Famot, 1976).
Claire Sterling, The Terror Network (New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston,
Ray S. Cline and Yonah Alexander, Terrorism: The Soviet Connection (New
York: Crane Russak, 1984).
XIV. U.S. Foreign Policy After 1945: Promoting Communism Everywhere
Arthur Bliss Lane, I Saw Poland Betrayed (New York: Bobbs-Merrill, 1948).
Robert Welch, The Politician (Boston: Belmont Publishing, 1964).
Alan Stang, The Actor, The True Story of John Foster Dulles (Boston: Western
Hilaire du Berrier, Background to Betrayal, The Tragedy of Vietnam
(Boston: Western Islands, 1965).
Earl E.T. Smith, The Fourth Floor (New York: Random House, 1962) on Cuba.
Anastasio Somoza and Jack Cox, Nicaragua Betrayed (Boston: Western Islands,
XV. Glasnost and Perestroika: The KGB's Massive Deception Since 1989
Anatoliy Golitsyn, New Lies For Old (New York: Dodd, Mead), 1984, available
in two unauthorized paperback reprints.
Edward J. Epstein, Deception: The Invisible War Between the KGB and the
CIA (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1989).
Soviet Analyst, edited and published by Christopher Story ($350 for 10 issues
per year, from: World Reports Limited, 108 Horseferry Road, London SW1P
2EF). Since 1991, this periodical has provided detailed analysis of Soviet
disinformation strategy written from the perspective of Anatoliy Golitsyn
including articles by Golitsyn and excerpts from his second volume, The
Perestroika Deception, (London: Edward Harle Ltd., 1995). This book is available
for $19.95 plus $2 shipping from: General Birch Services Corp., P.0. Box
8040. Appleton, WI 54913. The reader is strongly urged to purchase and read
New Lies For Old and The Perestroika Deception very carefully.
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