The article below on the Violet Flame website serves as a good introduction as to who or what the Illuminati are and how they operate. It's not definitive by any means but it is a good place to start if you've never heard of them before.
"There are none so enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free."
When a few people wish to control and direct a mass of humanity, there are certain key structures that have to be in place. These are the same whether you are seeking to manipulate an individual, family, tribe, town, country, continent, or planet.
The elite families, no more than 13 at the peak of their pyramid, created and manipulate this system of control through a network of secret societies. This network and the bloodlines it serves have become known as the Illuminati, the “Illuminated Ones”. In other words, they are illuminated into knowledge that everyone else is denied. The Illuminati is an organization within all significant organizations. It is like a cancer. All the major secret societies feed carefully chosen recruits into the Illuminati and these are the ones you find in positions of power throughout the world. They infest all colours, creeds, and countries. Most Freemasons never progress higher than the bottom three levels of degree, the so-called Blue Degrees. They have no idea what their organization is being used for. Even most of those who make it to the apparent peak, the 33rd degree in the Scottish Rite, know relatively little. Only the tiny few, all from a particular bloodline, move through the top of their “individual” secret society into the Illuminati degrees above that. These are the levels into which all the major secret societies feed. Yet at least 95% of their members have no idea that these levels exist, never mind who is in them.
It is these Illuminati bloodlines, manifesting as political leaders and administrators of government, that introduce the “laws” that will best serve their plan to keep humanity in ongoing servitude. These laws, which the masses have no say in creating, are then enforced by members of those same masses – soldiers, policemen, security guards, and so on. These guys, and many women today, are just system-fodder. They are not encouraged to think for themselves and it would not be good for promotion if they did. They are paid to do as they are told, carry out orders, and administer the letter of the “law”: the law of the elite families. My father used to say that rules and regulations were for the guidance of the intelligent and the blind obedience of the idiot. But how many of those in the peaked caps administer the law in a sensible, every-case-on-its-merits, think-for-yourself manner? A mere fraction. And often they are far from popular with those higher up the ladder. Soldiers don’t ask for justification for blowing away men, women, and children they have never met and know nothing about. They don’t question their superiors about why they have to commit genocide. They just do it because they are told to do it and those doing the telling are themselves carrying out orders from those above them. In the end, all roads of command lead ever upwards to the 13 family bloodlines and their offshoots that are orchestrating an agenda to take over the planet. That agenda demands a world government, central bank, currency, and army, underpinned by a micro-chipped population connected to a global computer network. A ridiculous conspiracy “theory”? Oh really? Well have another look around you and you’ll see that this is happening today, NOW.
The self-policing of the human herd goes far deeper than people in uniform or administrators of government. It starts with conditioned parents who impose their conditioning on their children and pressure them to follow their religious, political, economic, and cultural norms. There is no more extreme example than those who insist their offspring succumb to arranged marriages because of the rules of their ludicrous religion; or the children of Jehova’s Witnesses who have been denied life-saving blood transfusion because their brain-dead parents insist on conducting every aspect of their lives according to the contradictory dictates of a book purveying stories of pure fantasy. The creation of the mental and emotional sheep pen of norms, which imprisons 99% of humanity, goes on minute by minute in subtle and less subtle ways. There are children of Christian, Jewish, Muslim, or Hindu parents who don’t accept the religion, but still follow it because they don’t want to upset their family. Then there is the almost universal fear of what people think of us if we speak a different version of reality or live a different kind of life. Note that the fear for those who wish to break out of the sheep pen is not the fear of what the elite families, the Illuminati or “Illuminated Ones”, will think of them. Most have no idea that such a network exists. No, the fear is for what their mother or father will think, or friends and workmates – the very people who are conditioned by the system to stay in the pen. The sheep are keeping the other sheep in line and making life unpleasant for anyone who tries to escape. It is so easy for a small group of interbreeding family bloodlines to control the lives – in other words the minds – of billions, once the key institutions of “information” are in place, as they have been for thousands of years in their various forms. There are not enough of these manipulators and their stooges to control the population physically and so they have had to create a structure in which humans control themselves through mental and emotional imposition.
Once you have the herd mentality policing itself, there is a third phase in this entrapment of human conciousness. You create factions within the herd and set them to war with each other. This is done by creating “different” belief systems (which are not different at all) and bringing them into conflict. These belief systems are known as religions, political parties, economic theories, countries, cultures, and “isms” of endless variety. These beliefs are perceived as “opposites” when, as I pointed out in one of my books, they are opposames. The vision of reality and possibility within the pen is so limited that it contains no opposites. So the elite have to create the perception of them to manufacture the divisions that allow them to divide and rule. I mean, what is the difference between a Christian bishop, Jewish Rabbi, Muslim or Hindu priest, or a follower of Buddha, imposing their beliefs on their children and others? There is none because while the belief they seek to indoctrinate may be slightly different, often very slightly, the overall theme is exactly the same – the imposition of one person’s belief on another. Look at the opposames in politics. The Far Left, as symbolized by Josef Stalin in Russia, introduced centralized control, military dictatorship, and concentration camps. The “opposite” of that was the Far Right, as symbolized by Adolf Hitler. What was he into? Centralized control, military dictatorship, and concentration camps. Yet these two opposames were set at war with each other amid propaganda that claimed they were opposites. The only difference between the Sovjet Union and the so-called “West” during the Cold War was that the Sovjet Union was openly controlled by the few and the West was secretly controlled by the few. And, when you get to the capstone of the pyramid, you find they were the same few controlling both “sides”. The same force operating through Wall Street and the City of London funded all “sides” in the two world wars and that’s provable.
So let us summarize the scam. (a) You need to first imprison the human mind with a rigid belief and a fundamentally limited sense of reality – the sheep pen. It doesn’t much matter what these beliefs may be, so long as they are rigid and discourage free thought and open-minded questions. Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and all the rest, each make their contribution to human servitude while apparently claiming different “truths”. (b) You encourage those who follow these rigid beliefs to impose them on others and make life very difficult and unpleasant for anyone who does not conform. (c) You bring these beliefs into conflict, so ensuring the divide and rule you so desperately need for control by the few. While the masses are so busy fighting each other and seeking to impose their beliefs and views on each other, they don’t see that the Illuminati have strings attached to all of them. Humans are like moths buzzing around a light, so mesmerized by their religious belief, the football scores, the latest row on a soap opera, or the price of friggin’ beer, that they fail to notice the preparations being made to smash them on the arse with a swatter.
Pyramids within pyramids
The Illuminati have created a pyramid structure throughout society that allows them to operate a global agenda that only a relative handful of people know exists. It is like those Russian dolls with one doll inside another with the biggest one encompassing all of them. The Illuminati replace the “dolls” with pyramids. Every organization today is a pyramid. The few at the top know what the organization is really about and what it is trying to achieve. The further you go down the pyramid the more people work for the organization, but the less they know about its real agenda. They are only aware of the individual job they do every day. They have no idea how their contribution connects with that of other employees in other areas of the company. They are compartmentalized from that knowledge and told only what they need to know to do their work. These smaller pyramids, like the local branch of a bank, fit into bigger and bigger pyramids, until eventually you have the pyramid that encompasses all the banks. It is the same with the transnational corporations, political parties, secret societies, media empires, and the military. If you go high enough, all the transnational corporations (like the oil cartel), major political parties, secret societies, media empires, and the military (via NATO, for instance), are controlled by the same pyramids and the same people who sit at the top of all pyramids. In the end there is a global pyramid that encompasses all the others, the biggest “doll” if you like. At the top of this you will find the most elite of the Illuminati, the “purest” of their bloodlines. In this way, they can co-ordinate through apparently unconnected, even “opposing” areas of society, the same policies. This is how they have created the explosion of centralization in every area of life: government, finance, business, media, military. It is not by accident or natural occurrence. It is by coldly calculated design.
Jim Shaw, a former 33rd degree Freemason, exposes the Craft in his book, The Deadly Deception (Huntington House Inc., Lafayette, Louisiana, 1988). He describes how Freemasonry is based on the same compartmentalized pyramids. At the bottom are the three degrees known as the Blue Degrees and the vast majority of Freemasons never progress beyond that through either the 33 degrees of the Scottish Rite or the 10 degrees of the York Rite. (The 33 degrees of the Scottish Rite an 10 degrees of the York Rite, both include the Blue Degrees, of course.) Even at the 33rd degree of Freemasonry you still don’t know the real secrets unless you are one of the chosen few (bloodline). Shaw says he was surprised when a fellow 33rd degree Mason said that “they” had told him he was “going higher” and the guy left the temple by a “different door”. There is, officially, no higher than the 33rd degree. But, of course there is. The top levels of the secret societies are only the top of their pyramid. They are also encompassed by a bigger pyramid, which includes all the secret societies and they feed their chosen bloodline initiates into the unofficial Illuminati degrees where the real action and the real secrets are. But even at that level, the knowledge is still compartmentalized. So you have this vast web of secret societies with millions of members worldwide who think they know what they are involved in, but, in truth, only a tiny few have any idea of what is going on and who, ultimately, is calling the shots. Albert Pike, who died in 1891, was one of the most pre-eminent figures in world Freemasonry. Among his titles were Sovereign Grand Commander of the Supreme Council of the 33rd degree and Supreme Pontiff of Universal Freemasonry. In his book, Morals and Dogma, written for higher degree Freemasons, he reveals the way the lower levels are misled:
“The Blue Degrees are but the outer court or portico of the Temple. Part of the symbols are displayed there to the initiate, but he is intentionally mis-led by false interpretations. It is not intended that he shall understand them, but it is intended that he shall imagine that he understands them… their true implication is reserved for Adepts, the Princes of Masonry.”
Exactly. Jim Shaw says that there are two kinds of Freemason. One just sits through the meetings and doesn’t make much effort to understand the ritual, and the other does all the work, but only keeps to the ritual and memorizes or reads the words without understanding what they really mean. That’s correct, but there is a third kind: the very few who know the truth of who really controls Freemasonry and what the rituals and initiations are really designed to achieve. Shaw also confirms from his own experience how the Freemasons manipulate their own into whatever positions they choose. At work, his department director, a fellow Freemason, advised him to apply for a particular job. Shaw felt he was under-qualified for the post and would fail the test paper. Only through the urging of his Freemason boss did he apply. When he arrived to take the test he was amazed to see that there were only two other applicants for a job he believed would be keenly contested. When he turned over the test paper, he saw that the questions were very easy and he finished them quickly. His two rivals, however, were clearly finding the paper very tough and could not complete it in the allotted time. Shaw got the job. Why? Because he was not given the same paper as the other two. When he walked out of Freemasonry, the opposite happened. He found his bosses far less supportive to say the least. This is just one small example of how the Illuminati and their secret society web ensure that their guys are in the positions that matter. It is actually astonishing how few people you need to control to dictate your agenda through the whole system if they are (a) in the key positions of decision-making and (b) they have the power to appoint those in the important positions below them. An example: you control the chief of police who decides the policy and he can appoint the heads of the various departments in his force. He introduces Illuminati policy and chooses his major subordinates from the secret society initiates. They, in turn, can appoint the people within their departments and can thus choose more secret society initiates for the positions below them. So it goes on. Once you have control of the top man in any organization, the pyramid is built in his, i.e. the Illuminati’s, image. Governments are structured in the way.
Mind over masses
There are two techniques of mass manipulation that people need to understand if they are to begin to see through the game. One I call “problem-reaction-solution” and the other I term the “stepping-stones approach”. These have been used for thousands of years to advance the agenda and, together with fear, they remain the two most effective weapons of the Illuminati. The first technique works like this: you know that if you openly propose to remove basic freedoms, start a war, or centralize power, there will be a public reaction against it. So you use problem-reaction-solution. At stage one you create a problem. It could be a country attacking another, a government or economic collapse, or a terrorist bomb. Anything in fact that the public will think requires a “solution”. At stage two, you report the “problems” you have covertly created in the way you wish the people to perceive them. You find someone to blame, a patsy like Timothy McVeigh in Oklahoma, and you spin the background to these events in a way that encourages the people to demand that “something must be done”. These are the words you wish to hear because it allows you to move on to stage three, the sting. You then openly offer the solutions to the problems you have yourself created. These solutions, of course, involve the centralization of power, the sacking of officials or politicians that are getting in your way, and the removal of more basic freedoms. With this technique you can so manipulate the public mind that they will demand that you do what, in normal circumstances, they would vehemently oppose. The Oklahoma bomb at the James P. Murrah Building on April 19th 1995 was a problem-reaction-solution classic. In …And The Truth Shall Set You Free, I expose how McVeigh was set up by forces he did not understand and how a fuel fertilizer device in a Ryder truck could not possibly have cause that horrific damage. And what followed this death and destruction? “Anti-terrorism” laws went through Congress without challenge that removed fundamental freedoms from American People. I have no sympathy with the political views of McVeigh and the Christian patriots in general, except to the extent that they seek to expose the basics of the global agenda. But that’s not the point. Establishing the truth of what happened is the point, no matter what the views and attitudes of those involved. I think it is called justice. If you are wondering why McVeigh offered no defence and later asked to be executed, see the section on mind control. The two most effective problem-reaction-solutions in the 20th century were the two global wars. They changed the face of the world, as wars always do, and led to a massive centralization of power. The United Nations, like its predecessor, the League of Nations, was an Illuminati creation to act as a Trojan horse or stalking horse for world government.
The media play their part to perfection in these “P-R-S” scenarios. At ownership level, people like Conrad Black at the Hollinger Group know what is going on and use their newspapers to pursue the Illuminati agenda. The key editors they appoint might know something of it and also certain columnists. But most of the journalists will have no idea. The editor is always there to block anything they write that is against the interests of the Illuminati and if they insist on pursuing an unwelcome story they find themselves looking for another job. And, anyway, most of what journalists write comes from official (Illuminati) sources. In the immediate aftermath of a major event such as Oklahoma, where are the reporters getting their information? From official sources. We are told that White House sources say this and FBI sources say that. This is how the Illuminati transmit through the media the version of these events that they wish the public to believe. These reports are blazed across the front page of newspapers and the top of radio and television news bulletins throughout the world and what they say becomes the “norm”. In the weeks and months that follow, researchers who are interested in the real truth begin to dig away. Over and over they establish and document the proof of how the official version was a lie from start to finish. But where are their reports published? In small-circulation newsletters and on radio stations that operate with a fraction of the money and audience of the Illuminati empires. Years after the official version has been demolished it still prevails in the public mind. Stop people in London, New York, Cape Town, Sydney, anywhere, and ask them what happened in Oklahoma, the Second World War, or Kosovo. Every time they will give you the official story because that is the only one they have heard.
The bedfellow of problem-reaction-solution is the stepping-stones approach. You know where you intend to lead people, but you realize that if you gave them the true picture you would, once again, face substantial opposition. So you travel to your destination in little steps and each one is presented in isolation and as unconnected to all the others. It is like a drip, drip, drip, to global centralization. This technique was used most obviously with the fascist super-state now known as the European Union. If the politicians had suggested a centralized Europe with common laws and currency there would have been an outcry. People would have said they had been fighting Hitler to stop just such a European dictatorship and there was no way they were accepting another. To overcome this, the Illuminati offered a “free-trade area” and even used the problem of their manipulated world wars to encourage more cooperation between the countries of Europe. Once they had the free trade area, however, the foot in the door, they began to expand its powers until it became the fully fledged fascist political and economic dictatorship it is today. The same is happening with NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, and APEC, Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation, the “free trade area” for Asia and Australia. Look at today’s newspapers and television news bulletins and you’ll see problem-reaction-solution and the stepping-stones technique played out day after day. One extremely effective way to see through this scam is to keep asking yourself: “Who benefits from me believing this version of events or accepting the solutions and changes being offered as a result?” The answer will be almost every time: anyone who wishes to centralize power and suppress more freedoms.
Over thousands of years, religion has best served this structure for human control and I will highlight later in this book the historical background and present-day manipulation of these “faiths”. But, in short, they have created rigid belief systems that should never be questioned; imposed those beliefs through fear, indoctrination, isolation, and the mass genocide of non believers; and fought each other for dominance of the human mind, thus producing an orgasm of opportunity for the Illuminati to divide and rule for millennia. Another question. Is it more likely that an Illuminati which has its origins in the ancient past, long before these religions were created, just happened to “get lucky” when such a perfect vehicle for human control independently emerged? Or is it rather more probable that these institutions of human enslavement were purposely created by these very same Illuminati to advance their agenda? But religion is not the conspiracy, and nor are economics, politics, and all the rest. They are part of a vast web of interconnected manipulation designed to persuade the masses to put themselves in prison and throw away the key. The Illuminati work through every belief system – religious, political, economic, racial, and cultural – and through every side in the major “debates”. The reason is simple: If you want to know the outcome of a game before the game has even started, you need to control all sides. The manager of a football team cannot dictate the result if he only controls one side. If, however, he is managing both sides, he can decide the result before a ball is kicked. So it is with the Illuminati, the hidden hand behind the events that affect our lives and our world every day.