The term “Illuminati” is used to refer to a number of organizations, both genuine and imagined. The term historically relates to the Bavarian Illuminati, a secret society from the Age of Enlightenment that was established on May 1, 1776, in Bavaria, which is now a part of Germany. The society’s claimed objectives were to fight against abuses of state power, obscurantism, religious influence in public life, and superstition. “The order of the day,” they stated in its basic statutes, “is to put an end to the machinations of the purveyors of injustice, to control them without dominating them.” With the support of the Catholic Church, Charles Theodore, Elector of Bavaria, abolished the Illuminati, Freemasonry, and other secret societies through edict in 1784,
Ferdinand of Brunswick and the diplomat Franz Xaver von Zach, who served as the Order’s second-in-command, were among the prominent thinkers and progressive politicians who claimed membership in the organization. joinilluminatitoday.com
The term “Illuminati” has been used to refer to a number of groups that are said to be a continuation of the original Bavarian Illuminati (although these connections have not been proven). In order to obtain political power and influence and create a “New World Order,” these organizations have frequently been charged with plotting to manipulate events and install agents inside of governments and corporations.
The Illuminati are portrayed as lurking in the shadows and manipulating the strings and levers of power, and they play a key role in some of the more well-known and intricate conspiracy theories.