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In those days there actually was an Illuminati.
Personally I find it shocking Washington even mentioned the word "Illuminati" perhaps it wasn't so taboo in those days
The Illuminati (plural of Latin illuminatus, "enlightened") is a name given to several groups, both real and fictitious. Historically, the name usually refers to the Bavarian Illuminati, an Enlightenment-era secret society founded on May 1, 1776. The society's goals were to oppose superstition, obscurantism, religious influence over public life and abuses of state power. "The order of the day," they wrote in their general statutes, "is to put an end to the machinations of the purveyors of injustice, to control them without dominating them."[1
Yes. As explained in the link.
As far as I am aware the very word Illuminati means illumined and infers enlightenment.
Apparently Washington's letter part of series correspondence about a book by John Robison.
But why would Washington relate them to the Jacobite's and mention "their diabolical tenets"?
Sounds a bit like someone on ATS posting a youtube video and saying "Watch this!" It's not clear if Washington actually even read the book he was given.
I send you the “Proof of a Conspiracy &c.” which, I doubt not, will give you Satisfaction and afford you Matter for a Train of Ideas, that may operate to our national Felicity. If, however, you have already perused the Book, it will not, I trust, be disagreeable to you that I have presumed to address you with this Letter and the Book accompanying it. It proceeded from the Sincerity of my Heart and my ardent Wishes for the common Good.
“The idea I meant to convey, was, that I did not believe that the Lodges of Free Masons in this Country had, as Societies, endeavoured to propagate the diabolical tenets of the first, or the pernicious principles of the latter (if they are susceptible of seperation). That Individuals of them may have done it, and that the founder, or instrument employed to found, the Democratic Societies in the United States, may have had these objects—and actually had a seperation of the People from their Government in view, is too evident to be questioned.
My occupations are such, that but little leisure is allowed me to read News Papers, or Books of any kind; the reading of letters, and preparing answers, absorb much of my time. With respect—I remain Revd Sir Your Most Obedt Hble Ser. Go: Washington
originally posted by: Phage
a reply to: BO XIAN
Are you asking me what the known unknowns are? Or the unknown unknowns?
You asked, I gave you my opinion.
originally posted by: Phage
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That Individuals of them may have done it, and that the founder, or instrument employed to found, the Democratic Societies in the United States, may have had these objects—and actually had a seperation of the People from their Government in view, is too evident to be questioned.
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Could that be the black squadrons I personally witnessed while in the Navy???
Want me to tell you where you can put that?
Sooooooooooooo Esteemed Intellectual that you truly are
In his 1796 farewell address, Washington doubled down on his rejection of the Democratic-Republican Societies. He declared that, “The very idea of the power and the right of the people to establish government presupposes the duty of every individual to obey the established government.” He warned that popular associations would interfere with the electoral process.