The illuminated ones.
In a Bavarian forest in 1776, somewhere near the city of Ingolstadt, five men met under the light of the moon to plot.
Far from the reaches of any potentially prying ears, they convened to discuss the rules that were to govern a secret society they believed would change the world.
At the time, Bavaria—and Europe as a whole—was ruled by religious doctrine. The governance of the Holy Roman Empire was generally reluctant to accept many of the era’s more progressive ideas, or to accept concepts that could be considered to violate the sacred sanctity of its holy laws.
Many were critical of the Empire’s thought-stifling approach. And none more so than one Johann Adam Weishaupt.
Weishaupt was a German philosopher, and a professor of the legal arts. He strongly believed that the church and monarchy were guilty of repressing free thought throughout the realm, and that the fostering of open discourse was vital to the advancement of humanity.
It was these beliefs that had driven him to gather with four of his closest confidantes to form a society that would help direct all of Europe, and eventually the world, towards a more enlightened future. An illuminated one.
For this reason, they named the group the Illuminati.
The rules of membership were simple. First, any future potential candidates must receive the approval of all existing members. A hopeful aspirant must also have a strong reputation in society, and well-established social connections. And lastly, it was essential that they must also be wealthy, so that they would have the resources to exert the secret society’s will over the land.
It was a group for the rich and powerful. Designed to spread the philosophies of the rich and powerful.
Within a few short years, the group’s numbers would swell to almost 3,000 members. But a mere eight years after its founding, the Illuminati would come to an apparent end.
A bitter ex-member named Joseph Utzchneider wrote a letter to Archduchess Maria Leopoldine of Bavaria, warning her of the group. He accused the Illuminati of loathing religion, on top of another set of vicious lies that he hoped would spur the duchess to act against them.
His tactic worked. Maria conveyed the letter’s allegations to her husband, who just happened to be the most powerful man in the land.
And so it was that in June of 1784, with concerns that this clandestine society might be conspiring against Bavaria, Prince-Elector Karl Theodor issued an edict banning all societies that were not authorised by law.
Weishaupt was ostracised from society and eventually fled Bavaria. The order he founded was banned, and its members swiftly dispersed. Thus, marking the end of the Illuminati forever.
But was it really the end?
Throughout history, no organisation has been tarred by more accusations of conspiracy, or had more charges laid against it for acting as the secret puppet-masters of humanity as the Illuminati.
That is, until possibly now.
Enter the World Economic Forum.
Founded by a young economist called Klaus Schwab in 1971, the WEF has grown to become the world’s most concentrated gathering of the powerful. Possibly, in all of human history. And whenever power gathers so overtly, it comes with the territory that it will draw the ire of those who believe there is something devious going on.
The WEF has been the target of countless conspiracy theories, ranging from relatively reasonably sounding stories, to the totally absurd. And it hasn’t helped that its leader Schwab talks openly about “penetrating” the cabinets of governments around the world, and could easily have a successful career moonlighting as an impersonator of the Austin Powers character Dr Evil.
But how nefarious is the WEF, really? Well, let’s consider some of the facts.
If you’ve ever read the WEF’s website, you’ll likely know that it’s littered with more corporate jargon than you can shake a Disney diversity handbook at. And to reinforce its apparent mission of being a force for good, it heavily repeats many of its core values like “inclusion”, “equality”, “diversity”, and “equity”.
Let’s put those values to the test. Starting with what it takes to become a member of the WEF in the first place.
The WEF’s membership starts at a very inclusive price of CHF60,000 ($62,000 USD) per year, and goes all the way up to 600,000CHF ($620,000 USD) to be named as a fully-fledged corporate partner. A price that I’m sure you’ll agree isn’t within the reach of a minimum-wage worker who is barely scraping enough together to survive.
But that’s not enough if you also want to attend the WEF’s yearly event in Davos. In 2022, a ticket cost a reported CHF27,000 ($28,000 USD)—or almost three times the global median household income. Not to mention that Davos draws a record number of private jet flights to and from any major global event, numbering around 1,500 per year.
If this is what the WEF means by inclusion, they’ve clearly lost their platinum-plated marbles.
But what does the WEF do with all the money it generates, anyway? After all, it is a registered non-profit.
In 2021, the WEF reported their revenue from partnership contributions and members to be just over a quarter-billion dollars. And they say this money has helped them to achieve a better future for the world, by focusing on values like “cooperation” and “leadership.”
What they don’t tell you, however, is how nearly half of the WEF’s yearly revenue is spent on providing salaries to its staff, including over a million Swiss Francs per year to Schwab. A man who despite past comments that high corporate management salaries were “no longer socially acceptable”, doesn’t seem to mind being on the receiving end of one himself.
They also don’t tell you how in the past, the WEF’s revenues have been used to build its luxurious lakeside Swiss headquarters, and to purchase nearly $100 million worth of land in the area—including two parcels that lie directly between the WEF’s HQ building and Schwab’s own home, so that the properties would be connected.
It would be a travesty if Schwab would have to traverse land he doesn’t own on his way to work in the morning.
But the acquisition of some of the world’s most exclusive property isn’t all that Herr Klaus has used the WEF’s money for. He has also turned its treasury into his own private venture capital fund, which he’s used in launching several successful businesses.
With the aid of his nephew Hans, he has previously invested millions of dollars of the WEF’s money into private for-profit enterprises he either owns or controls. These include an events company that once handled all the Forum’s events, as well as a video conferencing company.
By considering all the above, it appears that the WEF isn’t so much a vehicle for Schwab to achieve a better state for the world, as it is for him to achieve a fattening of his purse.
And also, to fatten the bank balances of the WEF’s members as well.
In a reflection of how the Illuminati required its members to be wealthy, so does the WEF. And unless you can pay the price of admission, you can’t have a say in the decision-making and world-shaping that the organisation is taking part in.
It’s a veritable circle-jerk for the elites of the world; one that praises diversity, as long as it’s the kind of diversity that can afford the price of entry.
Outwardly, it could be argued that Schwab resembles a hairless sentient scrotum. But beneath that drooping fleshy exterior, lies the cunning of a man who has managed to convince a large chunk of the planet he’s a force for positive change in the world. And he’s achieved this through the creation of a forum for the rich and powerful to become even more so, while also enriching himself.
So with all that in mind, let’s get to the big question at hand:
Do I believe the WEF is the cover for some grand Illuminati-like conspiracy, where the attendees are convening in secret to take over the world? No.
But at the same time, do I believe the Forum is also good for the state of our planet, or acting to benefit the average person? No, I don’t.
In my opinion, the WEF is an accelerator that will achieve not much more other than to help big business gain more control over global economic activities, eventually leading to an increased concentration of wealth and power. An assembly of elites promoting some frankly terrifying ideas of increased financial controls, including the implementation of a global digital identification system, as well as programmable Central Bank Digital Currencies.
It’s a club for the powerful, making decisions for the powerful, that will benefit the powerful. And it’s happening out in the open, right in front of our very eyes.
There’s no conspiracy here. But that doesn’t make what’s happening any less concerning.
Neither Schwab, nor the WEF itself, was created, elected, or approved by any of us. But that doesn’t mean you can’t vote them out of directing your life, by way of the decisions you make to improve the quality of your existence.
You always have a choice. But those choices will require action.
Make sacrifices to start that business, grow your income, diversify (or decentralise) your wealth, or skip to another nation that isn’t talking about the kinds of impositions on freedom that some of the WEF’s members are promoting. And maybe, you could start taking steps towards attaining another citizenship or residency, or acquire that second passport you should have secured for yourself years ago.
Karl Theodor can’t save you from the will of the WEF. But he doesn’t have to—you have the power to do that for yourself.
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