Just as Adam Weishaupt established in 1776, we are still a republican (not the U.S. political party, as it did not exist then) freethought movement which advocates freedom from church domination over philosophy and science, release from the excesses of state oppression, and educating women and treating them as intellectual equals. (In case you were wondering, women are accepted into the Order as peers.) These ideals were very unorthodox in the beginning, and still are in some parts of the world. We have come a long way, but we still have a very long way to go.
The Illuminati Order (IO) has evolved into a global network organization that promotes a general knowledge and acceptance of the concept of individual rights and the proper role of government as protector of these rights.
We work together to spread the seeds of freedom far and wide. John Adams said, “Liberty can not be preserved without a general knowledge among the people … Let us dare to read, think, speak and write.” We could not agree more! It is one of our goals to establish a local influence in as many countries as possible.
To learn what we mean by the concept of individual rights, read “Man’s Rights”; to learn what we mean by the proper role of government, read “The Nature Of Government.” Both essays are by Ayn Rand and can be found in either The Virtue Of Selfishness (VOS) or Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal (CUI), though we strongly recommend VOS for its other valuable essays dealing specifically with rights. These books are usually kept in stock at most major bookstores, or easily ordered through them or online.
We must emphasize, however, that the Illuminati Order is not an Objectivist organization, per se. Accepting Objectivism, the philosophy of Ayn Rand, is not a requirement of membership.
All who support individual rights–which include life, liberty, justly acquired property, and the pursuit of happiness–are encouraged to join us!