Hello, I think this is the right forum to post this on. I were reading through an answer by Cecil on the question “Is the dollar bill’s eye-on-a-pyramid the symbol of a secret society?” I understood the answer for most part, however, I didn’t understand the last paragraph which is:
“And then, of course — you knew I was getting to this — there’s the Illuminati connection. As you know from our previous discussions of this subject, the Illuminati are the grand cabal behind everything, including, some think, weird stuff on money. The question is, who’s behind the Illuminati? Wise individuals, I venture to say. Indeed, we may characterize them as wise guys. I’m thinking of Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shea, who in the mid-70s wrote the conspiracy satire Illuminatus!, which has become a cult classic. Wilson et al have been shoveling baloney about the Illuminati/eye on the pyramid/world-domination conspiracy for more than 20 years, and some credit them with single-handedly keeping the thing alive. At the risk of belaboring the obvious, it’s a joke intended to separate hip folk (who get it) from right-wing losers (who don’t) So Jason, let me ask you. You think it’s real?”
Maybe I’m just too dumb to understand but I don’t really know what Cecil meant by this paragraph. What do you guys think he meant?
Mr.NoName, has your question been answered? Cecil first defines what the illuminati is thought to be. He then contends that the belief in the illuminati is primarily kept alive by a few people writing satire that others gullibly believe to be fact. Is there some specific point about the paragraph that confuses you?
Alright, I get what the get what the paragraph was about: it’s describeibing the illuminati in the conspiracy theory way and it’s saying that people make jokes about the illuminati which separates normal people (who believe in common sense) from cranks (who believe in their little conspiratorial world). Rational people get that it’s a joke whilst CTs don’t and think it’s real. Thank you all for commenting and helping me clear things up I appreciate that.
With the further little political jibe that “cranks” == “right-wing losers”. Generally, we aren’t allowed to make political jabs around here, but Cecil, of course, gets to do that. (I myself just might agree with that, but it would probably be considered a forbidden political jab if I said so.)