“In another situation, and in an active station in life, I should have been keenly occupied, and the founding of an order would have never come into my head. But I would have executed much greater things, had not government always opposed my exertions, and placed others in situations which would have suited my talents.

It was the full conviction of what could be done, if every man were placed in the office for which he was fitted by nature and a proper education, which first suggested to me the plan of Illumination. I am proud to be known to the world as the founder of the Illuminati.”  — Adam Weishaupt

Adam Weishaupt was clearly reluctant to form the Illuminati, which was certainly a surprise to me..To understand why, join us as we continue with Part 2 of ‘The Masonic Agenda’, considering the motivations behind the formation of the Illuminati.

Adam Weishaupt & The Formation Of The Illuminati: Enlightened Progressives

Adam Wieshaupt is celebrated in the history of Freemasonry as the founder of the Order of Illuminati of Bavaria.

He was born in February 6, 1748, at Ingoldstadt, and was educated by the Jesuits, toward whom, however, he afterward exhibited the bitterest enmity, and was equally hated by them in return. In 1772 he became Extraordinary Professor of Law, and in 1775, Professor of Natural and Canon Law, at the University of Ingoldstadt. As the Professorship of Canon Law had been hitherto held only by an Ecclesiastic, his appointment gave great offense to the Clergy.

Weishaupt, whose views were cosmopolitan, and who knew and condemned the Bigotry and superstitions of the Priests, established an opposing party in the University, consisting principally of young men whose confidence and friendship he had gained.

They assembled in a private apartment, and there he discussed with them philosophic subjects, and sought to imbue them with a liberal spirit. This was the beginning of the Order of the Illuminati, or the Enlightened -a name he bestowed upon his disciples as a token of their advance in intelligence and moral progress.


Illuminati Founder: Adam Weishaupt

Connections To Freemasonry, Jesuit Conflict & Exile

At first, the Illuminati was totally unconnected with Freemasonry, of which Weishaupt was not at that time a member. It was not until 1777 that he was initiated in the Lodge Theodore of Good Counsel, at Munich. Thenceforward, Weishaupt sought to incorporate his system into that of Freemasonry.

But the Clergy, and especially the Jesuits, redoubled their efforts to destroy Weishaupt. In 1784, all secret Associations were prohibited by a Royal decree, and in the following year Weishaupt was deprived of his Professorship and banished from Bavaria.

He was exiled to Gotha, where he was kindly received by Duke Ernest, who made him a Counselor and gave him a pension.

There he remained until he died in 1811.

Publications In Exile

During his exile at Gotha he wrote and published many works, some on philosophical subjects and several in explanation and defense of Illuminism.

His Jesuit detractors continued to vigorously oppose him, and Weishaupt’s response can essentially be crystallised in the opening quote. Weishaupt clearly sought to live in a Meritocracy in which Europe’s Clergy and Monarchy would automatically lose their Monopoly on Social, Economic and Political Power.

It is probably the reason Weishaupt became so vilified by his detractors who quickly grasped the undesirable implications of his Rationalist Liberal Philosophy for them, and actively sought to prevent the sort of ‘Enlightened/Illuminated’ Social Order Weishaupt sought to create.


Adam Weishaupt’s ambition was a virtuous one; that it failed may perhaps be the world’s misfortune. Weishaupt’s place in history should therefore be among the unsuccessful Reformers and not among evil Conspirators.

In time, Weishaupt’s Rationalist Liberal Philosophy paved the way for Liberal Democracy Worldwide, and can be regarded as part of the Protestant Reformation extending it beyond questions of Religion to Social, Political and Economic questions…The shockwaves could not be contained because Iluminism quickly manifested in the American Revolution…A Liberal Revolution against the Monarchy and Clergy of England which in turn served as inspiration for the French Revolution.

In light of the discrepancy between what Weishaupt sought to achieve by forming the Illuminati, and the infamous, vile corrupt agenda the Organisation is now identified with, we are compelled to trace how it is that Weishaupt’s Noble Society was corrupted, becoming the face of the same evil Conspiracy that Weishaupt himself sought to prevent by forming the Organisation?

Stay tuned for Part 3…The link to Part 1 of ‘The Masonic Agenda’ is at the bottom in case you havent had a chance to check it out.

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