Josef Wages on the Bavarian Illuminati (Anti-Conspiracy Video 1)
As an inaugural introduction to my Anti-Conspiracy video series, I present an interview with Josef Wäges where we discuss the Bavarian Illuminati. Josef Wäges is a researcher of 18th century Masonic history and that includes related fraternities such as the Illuminati and the Gold und Rosenkreuz. Wäges has attained some of the highest degrees in Freemasonry with an eye towards historical research, archival work, preservation, and understanding.
The Illuminati is easily the arch-conspiracy theory, allegedly lording over everything ever to have happened, its activities considered particularly corrosive to provincial minds, fundamentalists, and nationalists. The real Illuminati’s activities are quite anticlimactic considering their mythos, being entirely thermosanguinarian in thought and conviction, much to the disappointment of Alex Jones and David Icke fans. To add fuel to the fire, reality really does have a ‘liberal’ bias, as Stephen Colbert tried to remind us.
The real Illuminati — the Bavarian Illuminati — were a society of scholars, diplomats, professors, bureaucrats, philosophers, poets, and freethinkers who were committed to realizing Enlightenment ideals in their locales. These were people who wished to develop a democratic republic, complete with healthcare, a social safety net, and the transformation of organization religion into a deistic and philosophical avenue for human spirituality. That’s probably the only point where the Illuminati myth corresponds to the Illuminati reality: they both terrify the right wing and fundamentalists to no end! Contrary to myth, the Bavarian Illuminati were leftists and would have gladly stood alongside the likes of Bernie Sanders, Jeremy Corbyn, and the like.
In this interview, we cover the philosophy of the Illuminati, their guidance and tutelage of several young German Idealists (Fichte and Hegel), as well as the lessons we can learn from them to apply to today’s world.
Perhaps the best part of all is that a terrifying myth hides an optimistic and beautiful reality: that collective efforts based on respect, dignity, and autonomy and rising from the grassroots can exact incredible change in a short amount of time.
Here are the references and recommendations for the video!
• Josef Wäges’ Bio
• On Materialism and Idealism
• Secret School of Wisdom
• Illuminated Movie
• Members list of the Illuminati: