Josef Wäges gives the death-blow to Illuminati conspiracies, as strings of repeated hearsay, devoid of historical fact. He goes into the references made by George Washington, a Freemason, who equated the Illuminati with the Jacobinism of the French Revolution.
Illuminati History of the Secret School of Wisdom
“THERE are lives that Theosophists and all others would do well to study for many reasons, not the least of which is that mankind may learn to do justice to its benefactors. If, as the MASTERS of theosophical teaching and example affirm, “ingratitude is a crime in Occultism,” then no true Theosophist but should do his utmost to “vindicate calumniated but glorious reputations,” if he would not be accessory to one of the basest of crimes — a crime with which history’s pages are filled; worse still, a crime that history constantly commits. Perhaps one of the greatest barriers to that help which all need and which MASTERS long to afford, is the almost universal prevalence of the ingratitude which suffers the name and fame of those Great Souls who have labored in our midst to lie buried under obloquies, with few, indeed, to “do them reverence,” or to defend the purity of their mission.
The great unthinking — rather, misinformed — mass still relies upon the knowledge and the good faith of its “authorities,” accepting as the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, whatever it finds in its books of instruction — histories, encyclopedias, biographies. Thus every pioneer, every heroic figure in certain departments of human affairs, is invariably misrepresented and distorted, where not positively calumniated; not only during his lifetime, but for long centuries after. Mankind suffers inconceivably from this lamentable fact; for who will pay attention to the testimony of a discredited career? Thus one of the greatest of duties rests continuously upon all those who would serve the cause of Humanity; the duty to uphold the reputations of those calumniated philanthropists, that the World may not, through the heedlessness of the many, the calculated sophistries of the few, lose the priceless benefactions that should be the incorporeal hereditaments of succeeding generations. We purpose, then, from time to time, to write of some of those whom mankind has been led by subtle arts and specious half-truths to ignore, deride, despise, in order that justice may be done, ingratitude in some part diminished, and the whole armor of loyalty be put on by all who believe that there is no religion higher than Truth.” (Great Theosophists: Thomas Paine, Theosophy, Vol. 11, No. 4, February, 1923.)
Can it not be said, verily, this man was a theosophist? Sounding like a Confucian, or Daoist, such thinking is rare from a Westerner, and of a philosophy that soars to a degree above materiality; but does not forget that we live in the earthly realm. If he held certain anarchist leanings, how could he be so unjustly derided for all the other things he thought that were admirable? He suffered the same rep as H.P.B.
“Wishaupt seems to be an enthusiastic Philanthropist. He is among those (…) who believe in the indefinite perfectibility of man. He thinks he may in time be rendered so perfect that he will be able to govern himself in every circumstance so as to injure none, to do all the good he can, to leave government no occasion to exercise their powers over him, & of course to render political government useless” (Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Reverend James Madison, 31 January 1800).
“It has been claimed that Dr. Weishaupt was an atheist, a Cabalistic magician, a rationalist, a mystic; a democrat, a socialist, an anarchist, a fascist; a Machiavellian amoralist, an alchemist, a totalitarian and an “enthusiastic philanthropist.” (The last was the verdict of Thomas Jefferson, by the way.)” (Robert Anton Wilson in Cosmic Trigger: Final Secret of the Illuminati, 1977).