(Melchizedek Communique, MC051709) Early results show the movie, "Angels and Demons", at number one this week for ticket sales. However its numbers do not match thus far the huge success of the previous Ron Howard film, "The DaVinci Code".
"Angels and Demons" has as its anti-star The Illuminati, a subversive secret society born in 1776. For this reason, The Illuminati has been somewhat "in the news." This would be obviously contrary to the wishes of a secret society.
The previous huge success of "The DaVinci Code" spawned a host of books delving into the history of whether Jesus had married Mary Magdalen and that children were born from that union. The Illuminati do not want a repeat circumstance, where books dealing with The Illuminati climb the bestseller list! For this reason, it is surmised, movie reviews of "Angels and Demons" have been "damning with faint praise."
Nesta Helen Webster (1876 - 1960, image shown at age 22) is probably the best author to consult on the subject of The Illuminati. Unfortunately, some of her books are tainted with anti-Semitism and she herself had Fascist leanings. Nonetheless, her work was cited respectfully by Winston Churchill. 
Having read some of her books, this editor finds their focus to be more on secret societies and subversive movements than on Jewish influence, per se.
One of Webster's most profound books offers a dissident view of the French Revolution. The popular mythology (called history by some) envisions the French Revolution as some sort of glorious uprising. The true history is "unknown to the working-classes in our country -- the true history of revolution has very carefully been kept from them by the propagandists on whom they depend for instruction..." 
"The popular conception of the Reign of Terror as a procession of powdered heads going to the guillotine seems strangely naive when we read the actual records of the period," reported Webster, who had spent more than three years immersed in historical research, primarily in the archives of the British Museum and Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris. 
"According to Prudhomme the total number of victims drowned, guillotined, or shot all over France amounted to 300,000, and of this number the nobles sacrificed were an almost negligible quantity, only about 3000 in all." 
"At Nantes 500 children of the people were killed in one butchery and according to an English contemporary 144 poor women who sewed shirts for the army were thrown into the river." 
Webster perceived the hand of The Illuminati being ultimately responsible for these mass slaughters. The Order of the Illuminati "'abjured Christianity, advocated sensual pleasures, believed in annihilation, and called patriotism and loyalty narrow-minded prejudices incompatible with universal benevolence'". 
The plan of world revolution was, as of 1919, still being carried out by the successors of The Illuminati, in Russia. The "art of working on the public mind by calumny, corruption and terror", the "terrible secrets of engineering popular tumults" had been handed down from lessons learned during the French Revolution. And these diabolical methods of social engineering employed by the Jacobins of France were born from The Illuminati. 
Contrary to opinion that the Illuminati had been erased with the capture of founder Adam Weishaupt, the apparent break-up of The Illuminati "admirably served the purpose of the conspirators, who now  diligently circulated the news that Illuminism had ceased to exist -- a deception carried on ever since by interested historians anxious to suppress the truth about its subsequent activities." 
Commenting on her previous book, The French Revolution, Mrs. Webster "frankly admitted" that "in my French Revolution I underrated the importance of Illuminism..." 
Although some authors, such as John Robison, discern the hand of the Jesuits pulling the strings of The Illuminati, Mrs. Webster was inclined to think otherwise. While true that The Illuminati was first organized according to Jesuit discipline, in reality Weishaupt "perpetually intrigued against the Jesuits." In fact, according to one author cited by Mrs. Webster, Weishaupt incurred "the implacable enmity of the Jesuits, to whose intrigues he was incessantly exposed." 
------- Sources -------  "Nesta Helen Webster", Wikipedia, May 17, 2009  The French Revolution, by Nesta H. Webster. Hawthorne, CA: Christian Book Club of America, 1969. (First published 1919)  World Revolution or The Plot Against Civilization, by Nesta H. Webster. Kessinger.net reprint, originally published in 1921  Secret Societies and Subversive Movements, by Nesta H. Webster. Brooklyn: A&B Books, 1994. (First published 1924)
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