Okay, I’ll admit I get a kick out of conspiracy theories. Most of them are just humorous consequences of the human need for explanations. However, some of weirdest ones may have a kernel of truth. For example, this cabal of Omega-rich who are, allegedly, guiding politics to the ultimate death of the middle class — or more likely, everyone less wealthy than they are.

Is there an order of Illuminati directing politics and finance from the shadows? I don’t know. However, ever since money was deemed Free Speech, the ultra-rich have, at least periodically, had their way with us. You can tell they’re in charge because the economy tanks.2 Which begs the question: how can Barack Obama be a member of that cabal when, under his administration, the economy recuperated from the disaster of the previous administrations?

Lists of these economic villains vary a little bit, but, as a general rule, they include the most well known of the wealthiest people: Lady Gaga and Michael Jackson, for example. Also, if it fits the theorist list generator’s political agenda, Obama, the Clintons, the elected Bushes, Sarah Palin, nearly every elected president of my lifetime.

My favorite inclusion on this list is Mary Astor (1906-1987), actress and author, who, according to a list on the Ranker website, “is a descendant of the Astor family, who are believed to be one of the most influential families associated with the Illuminati.” Except Mary Astor is the stage name of Lucile Vasconcellos Langhanke of Quincy, Illinois, whose parents: a German immigrant, Otto Ludwig Langhanke, and an American mother from Illinois, Helen Marie Vasconcellos, of Portuguese and Irish ancestry, were teachers according to Wikipedia.3 And, according to an article referenced on the Internet Movie Database,4 her father dressed windows for a local store. Hardly fit the bill, do they? On the other hand, Mary Astor Paul, Philadelphia socialite (1889-1950), whose family was nestled in the Astor clan does fit the profile.5 Conspiracy theorists do tend to fall down in the research department.
An ancillary conspiracy states that the head of each family in the basic 300 family Illuminati committee are full-blood reptiles, manipulating us from the shadows.6 They’ve interbred with humans giving us half-breeds with reptilian features who are easily manipulated by their reptilian progenitors. According to theorists, since Biblical times, reptiles have been using humans as chess pieces. They go on to posit, while some humans are half-reptile, all of us have reptilian DNA in our brains which keeps us from using all of our neurological power. Which probably explains the success of modern republicans.
Mitch_McConnell_portrait_2016While I did not find an “official” website for reptiles, the Illuminati seem to have one.7 It states: “The selfish pursuit of money is a hollow goal, but the pursuit of the goodness that money can create is one of humanity’s greatest responsibilities.” They go on to say, “Money has no feeling, no voice, and no soul — it’s  a choice between good or evil is decided by those who use it.” A far cry from a terrifying cadre of faceless behemoths in robes with hoods directing from the shadows the destruction of everyone but themselves.

Just because there may not be a cadre of destroyers who would stop at nothing including murder,8 doesn’t mean the most vulnerable members of society are safe. Cries of danger from the far right and other bastions of fascism have been heard here, from as near as Canada and as far as Israel.

ZiaRahmanA wonderful article called “Not Another Brexit Jeremiad” by Zia Haider Rahman9 posits the silver lining in the Brexit cloud is that it has shed light on the need for national introspection concerning their beliefs and practices in democracy. Sound familiar? Many overly white countries have elected the sort of ultra-conservative governments that legitimize THEM VS US attitudes and actions. So many, that most of them are learning that a majority of their citizens are disgusted by it. Maybe we have our own saving grace in that our elections were manipulated (with or without outside influences) by deceptive politics and selfish politicians. Moreover, in most places, our interim elections reflected a major dissatisfaction with the whole thing — just as so many grassroots voices against Brexit have surfaced.

Most conspiracy theories won’t cut the logic mustard. However, with all of the political rhetoric flying — and make no mistake, politics are just one of the distractions the reptiles are throwing at us — it’s hard not to buy into this one despite its obvious flaws. Nor is the problem right or left, democrat or republican. As Rahman found, in crises like these, parties let you down. I felt his pain.

President Clinton continued the Reagan deregulation helping to legitimize criminal behavior in business. Nancy Pelosi’s response to hate speech against Jews was so inadequate as to give it a pass. Both are good Democrats with social agendas which in the past have strengthened not only society, but also supported the economy by bringing more citizens into it. Deregulation helped pave the way for the DC debacle we’re facing which more and more Republicans are railing against; God only knows where the House resolution will lead.

Like the online Illuminati say of money u\it is action not in the abstract of opinion that is good or evil. Every religion has true followers, who stay under the FO'Connorradar with their good actions, and usurpers that lie about their own religion to manipulate others. As Flannery O’Connor said, “Truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.”

Moreover, the problem not only stems from extremism and selfishness, but is also exacerbated by a willingness for citizens to vote against their own interest, to believe rhetoric even when their personal knowledge and experience tells them it’s a lie; the willingness to be so distracted by conspiracies that they vote for politicians who address their fears rather than their problems. Apparently, it’s the reptile in us.

Photo Credits:
The Eye of Providence, or the all-seeing eye of God, seen here on the US$1 bill, has been taken by some to be evidence of a conspiracy involving the founders of the United States and the Illuminati.1[Some say this is not connected to the Illuminati.]
Mary Astor in “Meet Me in St. Louis”
Mary Astor Paul
Flannery O’Connor from Wikipedia

1.Issitt, Micah; Main, Carlyn (2014). Hidden Religion: The Greatest Mysteries and Symbols of the World’s Religious Beliefs. ABC-CLIO. pp. 47–49. ISBN 978-1-61069-478-0. Via Wikipedia

About Judy M. Goodman

Freelance writer, aspiring novelist, and board member of Jane Stories Press Foundation.
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1 Response to Conspiracies

  1. drgeraldstein says:

    I’ve missed your voice, Judy. As to voting against one’s self-interest, sometimes economic self-interest is only a part of the equation. If a person feels his pain is heard, believes (however wrongly) that he has someone on his side, feels affirmed rather than disparaged, he is voting in his self-interest. At least, he thinks so.

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