10 Compelling Pieces Of Evidence That Prove The Illuminati Are Real

9. And Descendants Still Exist

The Bavarian Illuminati may have ceased to be as soon as Karl Theodor passed that royal decree in 1777, with many of the original members fleeing the country or else being exposed by the new laws, but that didn't mean that confirmed secret societies of a similar nature stopped existing. Far from it, in fact. It's just that some of their priorities got lost amongst people wishing to copy the clandestine movements of the original Illuminati, rather than upholding any of their goals. Between 1797 and 1798, Augustin Barruel's Memoirs Illustrating The History Of Jacobinism and John Robison's Proofs Of A Conspiracy tried to make out that the Bavarians still controlled things, being behind (amongst other things) the French Revolution. People got all excited and paranoid for a little while after, but soon calmed down when it turned out to be hogwash. Several recent and present-day fraternal organisations claim to be descended from the original Bavarian Illuminati, however, and continue to operate to this day. One group which kept the Illuminati Order title was nothing more than a chance for secretive rich people to hang out and get drunk, and they retired the name after (apparently) 250 years thanks to negative associations with conspiracy theories and the like. Another group, that is actually in existence, falls more in line with the modern Illuminati we've all come to know and fear: they want to control the world, have us all share a common language and currency, control the population through mandatory birth control, and end taxes. Sounds like they're worse than the bloomin' EU, eh, eh.
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