by Al Benson Jr.
The late William Norman Grigg had quite a bit to say about the nature of revolutions. They are seldom spontaneous and often well planned, usually by a small group that plans to use them for their own specific purposes.
In his book Freedom on the Alter he went into this, telling us about the French Revolution. He observed: “Amid the corruption of pre-Revolutionary France , at least one author offered advance warning of the coming cataclysm. Eleven years before the Revolution began with the storming of the Bastille, Louis-Sebastion Mercier, a chronicler of the Palais-Royal social revolution, predicted that a ‘republican’ revolution would begin with that very event. The Revolution was not the product of abstract impersonal forces; it was an event that was carefully planned as the inauguration of a ‘new religion’ and a new world order. That the French Revolution was the product of a malignant design was recognized by Lord Acton in his Lectures on the French Revolution: “The appalling thing in the French revolution is not the tumult, but the design. Through all the fire and smoke we perceive the evidence of calculating organization. The managers remain studiously concealed and masked; but there is no doubt about their presence from the first.” In other words, this was a prepackaged deal with the intent of ushering in the “new religion” for the ‘new world order.”
Grigg also noted that: “Many Americans of the era, including some of the most notable figures of the founding generation, were aware of illuminism and the threat it posed to freedom. George Washington was aware of the organization and warned about ‘the nefarious and dangerous plan, and doctrines of the Illuminati…Early Federalist leader Fisher Ames, a member of the first Congress, condemned the illuminist ideology as ‘visions of bedlam (which) have visited some famous heads and explained that illuminists ‘manifest a strange heat in the heart, but no light in the brain,’…Furthermore, Ames understood that illuminism as not an affliction confined to France, but was intended to foster upheaval throughout the European continent and beyond…Ames warned Americans of an illuminist-oriented pro-French faction in America. That faction was involved in the creation of ‘Democratic Societies’ which sought to propagate illuminist ideas among struggling American citizens. Other prominent Americans who warned of the Illuminati’s designs on the infant American republic were the Rev. Seth Payson, and the Rev. Jedidiah Morse, a noted geographer, textbook author, and father of inventor Samuel Morse.” Even future president James Madison wrote about those people in February of 1792.
Mr. Grigg then told us a little about Karl Marx “…an obscure figure whose writings–particularly his poetical and dramatic offerings–suggested membership in occultic organizations. In November, 1847, Marx was approached by the…League of Just Men, which was a descendant of the Illuminist network. The League wanted Marx to compose a ‘confession of faith’ which would be used to unite the world-wide revolutionary network into an instrument of terror. Marx’s Communist Manifesto was completed in January 1848; by February 1848–a few days before the communist uprising began–Marx received a downpayment of 6,000 gold francs from the impoverished proletarian League. On Feb. 22, 1848, as if a switch had been thrown, the revolution prophesied by Marx materialized. As had been the case with Mercier’s predictions of the French Revolution, advance warning had been given.”
So these folks that” “tell you these revolutions are “spontaneous uprisings of the downtrodden” are either ignorant or they hope you don’t bother doing any homework. If you are energetic enough to do the research you will discover the absurdity of their revolutionary “spontaneity ” for yourself.
Mr. Grigg noted something else that has been a common situation even in our day. He told us that: “Frederick Bastiat, a member of the French house of deputies and one of the most eloquent defenders of the free market, noted that there appeared to be a natural affinity between the socialist radicals and the governing elites: They agreed on the premise of a government directed by ‘forward-looking’ elites, but disagreed as to the specifics of the government in question…Once again, the failure of the 1848 revolution did not destroy the illuminist design. Writing in 1897, Charles William Heckethorn declared that the views of the Illuminati , which were considered radical and subversive in 1776, ‘at the present day are held by many men of just and enlightened views.’ Following the bloody cataclysm of World War 1–a conflict which decisively overturned the political and religious institutions which had prevailed in Europe for centuries–one such ‘just and enlightened’ man resurrected the illuminist faith in a regimented society which presided over by a ‘forward-looking’ elite.” This man, “Colonel” Edward Mandell House, was the chief advisor to President Woodrow Wilson. So you can see that the influence of illuminist thought came down to what we consider modern times.
According to Grigg; “House was Wilson’s ‘silent partner’ and was referred to by the President as ‘the only person in the world with whom I can discuss everything.’ Thus it is of no small historical importance that House, President Wilson’s alter ego, was an unabashed and unapologetic socialist.” At this point, is anyone really surprised? So, the influence of illuminism hardly died out with the “official” disbanding of the Illuminati in 1784. This influence was transferred to a number of new groups that went underground and continued to spread illuminist thought and influence–even to this country after 1900–and it is still being spread in our day. Just remember, one of the main aims of the Illuminists was getting rid of Christianity. If you think they have ever ceased and desisted from that even in our day then you just haven’t been paying attention.