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ARCHIVE for Thursday 22nd November 2001 - Is it all a conspiracy?

"The world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes." That was said by Benjamin Disraeli, prime minister under Queen Victoria.

He was also a novelist. His books are largely about schemes and plots behind the scenes in politics and high finance. He was a cunning man, and that is how he saw the world. People still see it like that today. Some of them are paranoid and find conspiracies everywhere. Their ideas are mostly stupid and harmless. But there is a branch of conspiracy-hunting that is occult and dangerous. It is the theory of Global Conspiracy, or of a Hidden Hand behind world affairs.

There are many different versions of this theory. A stupid one (I think) is that our real rulers are space aliens who have taken over all governments. In older versions, some race, sect or secret society is the villain of the piece.

An English lady, Nesta Webster, was the queen of conspiracy theorists around the 1920s. She was a scholar, a world-traveller and a lover of mysteries. One day she had a vision of her past life, during the French Revolution. From this she learnt that the Revolution had not been a popular uprising. It had been carried out by certain occult societies, dedicated to overthrowing law and order everywhere.

At the root of these societies, said Mrs Webster, were the Illuminati. Founded in Bavaria in 1776 by Adam Weishaupt, a Jesuit and Freemason, the Illuminati believed that civilisation has spoilt us. We were happier in primitive times. So they worked secretly to bring back those times. Their object was to undermine traditional authority. Their method was to spread confusion by terrorism and false propaganda.

The Illuminati were officially suppressed by the Bavarian police. But their members spread out across Europe, and beyond. According to Mrs Webster, they are still going, and more active than ever. That is why the world is in such a state. It is not by chance. It is because evil men in high positions are conspiring to destroy it.

If you believe that you are in danger of insanity. The trouble is that you cannot disprove it to anyone. Nor can you disprove the theory that aliens have taken over our government. As David Icke points out, it sometimes seems like that.

Since you are reading Jonathan Cainerís page, you already know that the world cannot be controlled by our conspiracies. The course of history is determined by influences which are more than human. It is written in the stars. some people say. It is certainly not scripted by businessm~ and politicians. That is why I can never believe in the Global Conspiracy. But I still enjoy reading about it.

John Michell

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