CE entry on the Freemasons, CE entry on the Illuminati and Adam Weishaupt, CE entry on Secret Societies
Are secret societies as powerful as governments and the organs of government, especially those given intelligence-gathering and police powers? But do they need to be if their members have infiltrated government? And if they still exist and are operating, what connection do they have with global financial institutions, systems, and practices? Is there a coherent plan and goal behind all of the difficult-to-understand decisions that are made concerning money?
What is the relationship between the rise of centralized banking and the development of nation-states? The transition from monarchy to oligarchy? (For now I will refuse to concede the name of 'democracy' to the constitutions of the various modern nation-states.)
"Freemasons" by Sebastian R. Fama
An instance of someone interpreting major historical events as being the result of the machinations of secret societies. Incredible? At first reading one is inclined not to believe it, for how can such a numerical minority be able to accomplish all of this? If it can be shown that current financial arrangements work against any small group being able to accumulate mass wealth, then certain theories would have to be revised. On the other hand, if they are instead aiming for is destabilization so that a strong man can arise and unite the world... that is something else indeed.
60 Minutes on Skull and Bones (which gained some notoriety in the last presidential election).
Then there are the Protestants who argue that secret societies are the creation of Rome. A favorite target is the Jesuits, the pope's secret organization. I wonder if Opus Dei has replaced the Jesuits in the popular imagination of these conspiracy theorists. An example.
For them the Vatican is not Christian at all, and is interested only in gaining and holding on to power. Never mind the fact that it is because of the teaching authority of the pope and the bishops in communion with them that the canon of Scripture was determined, and basic "nicene Christianity" beliefs were handed on.