The Real Illuminati: A Secret Society of Enlightenment

TLDR The Illuminati was a secret society founded in 1776 by Adam Weishaupt in Bavaria, promoting anti-monarchy, anti-church, and pro-science ideals. Despite its diverse membership and initial success, internal conflicts and exposure led to its downfall, but conspiracy theories and popular media have kept the myth alive.

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00:00 The real Illuminati was a society created in 1776 for like-minded individuals who upheld the values of the Enlightenment.
01:43 The Illuminati was a real group founded by Adam Weishaupt in 18th century Bavaria, who was a proponent of the Enlightenment and believed in anti-monarchy, anti-church, and pro-science ideals.
03:09 Adam Weishaupt founded his own secret society, the Illuminati, in 1776 after finding Freemasonry too expensive and not aligned with his beliefs, and by 1784, the Illuminati had between two and three thousand members.
04:43 The Illuminati had a diverse membership, with members from various professions, and had different levels of initiation, but internal conflicts and exposure to the public led to its downfall.
06:14 The Illuminati was banned and disbanded by the Duke of Bavaria in the late 18th century, but conspiracy theories linking them to the French Revolution emerged at the end of the century.
07:41 The Illuminati myth resurfaced in the 20th century through the Discordism movement and the writings of Robert Anton Wilson.
09:10 The idea of the Illuminati became popularized through various forms of media, leading to a significant number of Americans believing in its existence.
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