Professor Emerita, Political Science
WARNING: When I first saw the pictures that you’ll see below, I felt sick to my
stomach. It wasn’t a physical sickness but a spiritual sense of such
palpable evil that my soul felt ill. Whether you’re
been on the Internet cannot avoid coming across dark warnings about the Illuminati — a
purported conspiratorial organization that acts as a shadowy “power behind the
throne” or “the power that be” (TPTB), a modern incarnation or continuation of
the Enlightenment-era Bavarian Illuminati, a secret society founded on May
1, 1776. It is said that the Illuminati are the masterminds who actually
control world affairs through governments and corporations, eventuating in
the establishment of a one-world government — the
Membership of the Illuminati variously is said to include the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, the Jesuits, the British Royal family, other European royal families, and a number of non-royal family bloodlines that include, most prominently, the Rockefellers and the Rothschilds. Here’s the first paragraph of the Wikipedia entry on the Rothschild family:
family (known as The House of Rothschild, or more
simply as the Rothschilds) is a European family of German [Ashkenazi] Jewish
origin that established European banking and finance houses from the late
eighteenth century. Five lines of the Austrian branch of the family were
elevated into the Austrian nobility, being given hereditary baronies of the
Habsburg Empire by Emperor Francis II in 1816. The British branch of the family
was elevated into the British nobility at the request of Queen
Frederick Morton, in his 1962 book, The Rothschilds, gave an estimate of the Rothschild wealth at over $6 billion in 1850. The blogger who calls himself Markus Angelicus (the Angel Mark, most certainly a pseudonymous nom de plume) estimates that taking $6 billion (and assuming no erosion of the wealth base) and compounding that figure at various returns on investment (a conservative range of 4% to 8%) would suggest the following net worth of the Rothschild family enterprise, as of 1997:
· $1.9 trillion (@4%)
· $7.8 trillion (@5%)
· $31.5 trillion (@6%)
· $125,189.1 trillion (@7%)
· $491,409 trillion (@8%)
Some claim the Illuminati to be mainly if not wholly Jewish. Others, such as Henry Makow (who is a Jew), identify the Illuminati not with a particular racial or ethnic group but by their common spiritual perversity — Satanism. In Makow’s words:
The Illuminati consist of…some of the world’s richest families including the Rothschilds, the Rockefellers and the Windsors. While they pay lip service to religion, they worship Lucifer. Their agents control the world’s media, education, business and politics. These agents may think they are only pursuing success, but success literally means serving the devil. Prisoners of their wealth, the Illuminati prefer hatred and destruction to Love. Understandably, they can’t go public with this. They pretend to be moral while working behind the scenes to degrade and enslave humanity in a “new world order.”
At this point you’re probably rolling your eyes and making the “ding-ding ding-ding ding-ding” Twilight Zone sound. Admittedly, while this mother of all conspiracy theories makes for interesting reading, I’d always retained my skepticism.
For one, conspiracy theories by their very nature are difficult, if not impossible, to prove/verify or disconfirm –” It’s secret ’cause it’s a conspiracy!” If you ask a conspiracy theorist (CT), “If it’s such a conspiracy, then how do you know all this?”, the CT either says “I just know” or “Well, TPTB leak clues and leave hints of their plans because they are so arrogant and cocky.” If you bring up a counter-argument such as “But how do you account for there being these powerful wealthy groups that don’t agree with each other?,” the CT replies, “You see, there are contending factions within TPTB.” And so on and so forth. In other words, the CT is always right no matter what, which makes the Illuminati conspiracy theory air- and water-tight, impervious to counter-evidence or counter-arguments.
The flawed epistemology of conspiracy theories such as the one about the Illuminati makes me all the more skeptical until I saw pictures of a Rothschild — the Baroness Philippine de Rothschild — in an article on Makow’s website.
The Baroness Philippine Mathilde Camille de Rothschild (born Paris, France, 22 November 1933) is the only daughter of the vintner Baron Philippe de Rothschild, a member of the Rothschild banking dynasty and owner of the French winery Château Mouton Rothschild.
entered her father’s wine business in the late 1970s. When Philippe died in
1988, Philippine inherited three winery estates in
Below are photos of the Baroness. Note that in every picture she wears a heavy chainlinked gold necklace with a pendant. The pendant in the first pic below is a huge image of Baphomet, a pagan deity that, since the 19th century, has become a figure or synonym of Satan.
The humanoid goat Baphomet figure was first drawn and popularized in 1854 by occultist Eliphas Lévi. In his book, Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie (“Dogmas and Rituals of High Magic”), Lévi included an image he had drawn himself which he described as Baphomet and “The Sabbatic Goat” — showing a winged humanoid goat with a pair of breasts and a torch on its head between its horns. Levi called his image “The Goat of Mendes.” Lévi’s Baphomet is the source of the later Tarot image of the Devil, in the Rider-Waite design. The symbol of the goat in the downward-pointed pentagram was adopted as the official symbol — called the Sigil of Baphomet — of the Church of Satan, and continues to be used among Satanists. [Source: Wikipedia]
There are pics of Rothschild wearing pendants that are more stylized or abstract versions of the Baphomet: The goat's or ram's horns
Remember that this woman is one of the wealthiest people on Earth who can wear any piece of jewelry she desires, but again and again she chooses to wear these big ugly Satanic pendants on big, heavy, gold chain necklaces.
Here’s a younger Rothschild wearing a pendant of an angel silhouette (remember that Lucifer and the other demons are fallen angels!). It’s interesting that as she grows older, she’s become bolder and more in-your-face with her Satanic jewelry, now wearing unmistakably Baphomet pendants as the one in the first pic above:
Here’s a pic of a bottle of red wine from one of her wineries, Chateau Mouton Rothschild. Note the serpent; the words “cou cou” (which is French for “neck neck”) coming out of the mouth of the bodiless head in top right; the headless female figure below the serpent on the left; and the glass of red liquid (wine or blood?) right below “cou cou”:
I leave you to draw your own conclusions….