The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Trilateral Commission (TLC), and Bilderbergers (with covert assistance from others) are said to run the world through manipulation of the banking and financial systems. 

In the United States it is the Federal Reserve, a private organization that most Americans incorrectly assume is owned, run, and/or controlled by our government. In other countries, the World Bank is in control of international finance and ultimately tied to a group some call the "Illuminati."
           Webster’s Illustrated Encyclopedic Dictionary gives the following definition under the word “illuminati,” and it couldn’t be more accurate if it had been written by your traditional right-wing conservative.

1) Persons claiming to be unusually enlightened with regard to some subject. 2) a. The members of a secret society of freethinkers and republicans that flourished in Germany during the late 18th century. Also called “Illuminaten.” b. Persons regarded as atheists, libertines, or radical republicans during the 18th century (such as French Encyclopedists, the Freemasons, or the freethinkers). 3) The members of a heretical sect of 16th-century Spain, who claimed special religious enlightenment.

Consider the first definition: “Persons claiming to be unusually enlightened with regard to some subject.” Members of the Illuminati consider themselves to be the only ones qualified and sufficiently enlightened to run the world, and they are power-hungry enough to scheme until they actually control it…and us. The second definition (part “a”) refers to a “secret society” going back to Germany as far as the eighteenth century; part “b” says they were regarded as atheists, libertines, and radicals, and further adds a reference to the Freemasons. The third brings in the religious aspect of the Illuminati, calling it a heretical sect claiming special religious enlightenment.

Where the CFR, Trilateral Commission, and Bilderbergers emphasize control of the world through control of world finances, the Illuminati/Freemasons, Skull & Bones, and similar secret societies found on university campuses around the world focus on education, or the control of the minds of our future leaders. Of course, they all adhere heavily on the “good ol’ boy” network, where anyone who belongs to the organization is assured successful placement in a position of power and prominence. In personnel or other selection, priority is always given to candidates who are brothers of this elite group over applicants or candidates who are not.

Antony Sutton, former research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, as well as professor at California State University, Los Angeles, authored the book America’s Secret Establishment: An Introduction to the Order of Skull & Bones. It details the Order of the Skull & Bone (without becoming an initiate), gives a brief background on the origin of the Illuminati, and makes the case for a plausible link between the two groups, though the author is careful to point out that his documentation is inconclusive as yet.

The Illuminati [a secret society] was a group of Bavarian conspirators dedicated to the overthrow of government. The society was founded on May 1, 1776, by Adam Weishaupt, Professor of Canon Law at the University of Igolstadt [while in America we were busy drafting the Declaration of Independence]. The Order of the Illuminati presumably ceased to exist when it was raided by the Bavarian police in 1786.… The Order was dissolved and its seized papers published. Because the Bavarian state ordered the Illuminati papers published, we have authentic information about the organization and its methods of operation.… Subsequent investigation [of those documents] determined that the aim of the Illuminati was world domination, using any methods to advance the objective, i.e., the end always justifies the means. It was anti-Christian although clergymen were found in the organization. Each member had a pseudonym to disguise his identity [a truly secret society in every sense of the term]. (See: Antony Sutton, “America’s Secret Establishment—An Introduction to Skull and Bones,” American Buddha Online Library, last accessed September 25, 2013.)

The Illuminati’s concept of education can be traced to the influence of early nineteenth-century German philosophers. These concepts were introduced in the United States by postgraduate students studying in Europe, bringing their ideas back home with them, then instigating the Illuminati plan to educate our youngsters according to their goals and philosophies.

Antony Sutton states (quoting John Robinson in Proofs of a Conspiracy): “So far as education is concerned, the Illuminati objective was as follows: ‘We must win the common people in every corner. This will be obtained chiefly by means of the schools, and by open, hearty behavior, show, condescension, popularity, and toleration of their prejudices which we shall at leisure root out and dispel’” (emphasis added; ibid.).

Johann Friedrich Herbart was a major German philosopher when the Yale postgraduate students were studying there. Herbart adhered to the Hegelian philosophy (the state is superior to the individual) and thoroughly indoctrinated his protégés in this teaching.

Therefore, “For Herbart, education had to be presented in a scientifically correct manner, and the chief purpose of education,” in his opin­ion, was:

…to prepare the child to live properly in the social order, of which he is an integral part. The individual is not important. The mere development of individual talent, of individual fitness, mental power, and knowledge is not the purpose of education. The purpose is to develop personal character and social morality, and the most important task of the educator is to analyze the activities and duties of men within society. The function of instruction [according to Herbart] is to fulfill these aims and impart to the individual socially desirable ideas. (emphasis added; Antony Sutton, “America’s Secret Establishment”)

In today’s vernacular, we would call this being “PC” (politically correct). All these ideas in today’s American educational philosophy can be recognized as originating and being transmitted by members (knights and patriarchs) of Skull & Bones, having been learned at the feet of Illuminati educators.

As we progress further into this investigation, you will become increasingly aware of how many people are members of two or more such orders. For example, former president George H. W. Bush is a member of the Order of Skull & Bones (as was his father before him), as well as a member of both the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission. Other prominent contemporary members of Skull & Bones include Winston Lord, former ambassador to China; US senators David Boren of Oklahoma and John Chaffe of Rhode Island; as well as William F. Buckley (was the conservative publisher of The National Review), among others.

According to Sutton, those on the “inside” of Skull & Bones know it simply as “The Order.” Others have known it for more than one hundred and fifty years as “Chapter 322” of a German secret society, which we will discuss in the next entry. For legal purposes it was incorporated in 1956 as the Russell Trust. It was also once known as the “Brotherhood of Death.” The casual name (or the name sometimes used derogatorily) is “Skull & Bones,” or just plain “Bones,” and it is not just another Greek letter campus fraternity with passwords and secret handshakes. It is far more insidious. Chapter 322 is a secret society whose members are sworn to silence (they are supposed to actually leave the room if someone outside the Order even mentions the name Skull & Bones). So far as we can determine, it exists only on the campus of Yale University, though rumors are beginning to surface indicating there may be a select number of other locations; additionally, rumors have begun to circulate regarding possible links to a couple of other secret societies on the Yale campus: the Scroll & Key and Wolf’s Head, both founded in the mid-nineteenth century. Allegedly, these are competitive societies; however, Sutton believes them to be part of the same network. It has rules and rituals…ceremonial rites which we will mention briefly a little later.

Sutton states that its members “always deny membership…and in checking hundreds of autobiographical listings for members, [he] found only half a dozen who cited an affiliation with Skull & Bones” (ibid.). He is concerned about whether the many members of the various administrations (either elected or appointed) have declared their membership in the biographical data supplied to the FBI for their obligatory “background checks,” implying that it is not likely.

Further, Sutton asserts, then documents, that the Order is unbelievably powerful.

Skull & Bones is an organization of only senior students at Yale University. Each year, only fifteen initiates are selected in their junior year. The Patriarchs (see below) only meet annually on Deer Island in the St. Lawrence River.
PICTURED: Skull & Bones Members George W. Bush & John Kerry
Admission to Skull & Bones is by invitation only; there is no lobbying, electioneering, or applying for membership. During commencement week, the juniors are privately “tapped.” The junior is given an option: “Skull & Bones. Accept or reject?” This method has not changed since the Order’s inception in 1832. “Those who accept, presumably the greater number, are invited to attend the Bones Temple on campus to undergo an initiation ceremony [described briefly below]… For the ambitious, ‘tapping’ is the magic password to a future [success-guaranteed] career.” Potential candidates are apparently selected based on their school and extracurricular activities, their support of Yale, and particularly their sports ability—teamwork is held in very high esteem. The most unlikely choice would be “a loner, an iconoclast, an individualist, [a person who] goes his own way in the world.” They want people who put the Order first, without question, and who will abide by the rules at all costs. Sutton states:

The most likely potential member is from a Bones family, is energetic, resourceful, political, and probably an amoral team player. A man who understands that to get along you have to go along. A man who will sacrifice himself for the good of the team. A moment’s reflection illustrates why this is so. In real life, the thrust of the Order is to bring about certain objectives. Honors and financial rewards are guaranteed by the power of the Order. But the price of these honors and rewards is sacrifice to the common goal, the goal of the Order. Some, perhaps many, have not been willing to pay this price. (Antony Sutton, “America’s Secret Establishment”)

Initiates undergo bizarre rituals and initiation ceremonies with sexual overtones, conducted on the order of brainwashing techniques designed to strip the initiate of all pride and sense of self. The initiates are then “reprogrammed” to embrace only the philosophies and goals of the Order. (Sutton describes these rituals in great detail in his book.)

At any given time, about five to six hundred members are alive and active. Roughly about one quarter of these take an active role in furthering the objectives of the Order; the others either change their minds or just lose interest and become silent dropouts.
To be continued