New World Order is a pretty frightening theory, even if you choose not to believe in conspiracies. But it doesn’t come as a surprise that millions of people believe there is something going on that we, mere mortals, can’t fully comprehend yet. And it might just be too late in a few years or so. Millions of people believe that there are certain groups consisting of this world’s ‘elite’ that seems driven to get rid of democracy in any way possible. It doesn’t have to be blunt, they can rule the world under the illusion that people still have choices, but in the end only a small group of a few chosen ones will decide the fate of the world – similar to the old Communist Party Politburo in Soviet times. At least that’s what most of conspiracy theories are all about. Here are 10 scary secret societies that might or might not control the world.
The Illuminati is one of those less secret ‘secret societies’ that have been around for a long time. They first appeared as early as 1776 as a group of scientists and philosophers who opposed the power of the Roman Catholic Church. Since then the group has grown quite large and is believed to consist of thousands of members. Events like 9/11, the JFK assassination, Area 51 and many more are linked to the Illuminati. Famous people like Beyoncé, Kanye West and Jay-Z are believed to be the members of this secret society.
As surprising as it may sound, Freemasons are actually allowed to tell other people that they are, well, Freemasons. This secret society is not very secretive after all. To become a member of the Freemasons in US you have to be male, while in Europe women can also join the party. The Vatican believes that Freemasons are as bad as the Devil himself and that they sell their souls for his unholy promises and god-like status in the afterlife. Freemasons themselves believe in free will that doesn’t depend on religion in any way. There were 8 Freemasons among the men that signed The Declaration of Independence. These guys might not be so bad after all.
The Bohemian Grove
Located somewhere in Monte Rio, California, Bohemian Grove is a place where the country’s most prominent people head to escape the civilized world and enjoy some nice time outdoors with theatre and pagan rituals. Yes, you heard that right. Not only do they dress up for the occasion, they also perform a ritual of burning up a coffin effigy named ‘Care’ in front of a huge Owl statue surrounded by Redwood trees. Their pastime is usually described as ‘a musical drama that celebrates summer and nature’. Rumor has it Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan took part in this ancient ritual.
The Opus Dei
The Opus Dei is a relatively young secret society that got quite famous due to Dan Brown’s The DaVinci Code. In the book, the author depicted them as quite radical bearers of secret knowledge that will go to great lengths to protect it. Opus Dei is supported by many leaders of the Catholic Church, including the Popes. Many believe the group’s cult-like practices to be suspicious and that there’s much more to them than meets the eye.
The Ku Klux Klan
These guys need no introduction for they’ve had a long history marked with racism and violence. The Klan became the terror arm of the newly emerging Democrat party after the American Civil War. The black slaves had been officially freed as a result of the war but elements persisted to hold them back and prevent them from becoming part of the mainstream. The late Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia had been a Grand Klegal in the Klan. It’s hard to believe that something as unjust and horrifying as Ku Klux Klan could still exist in modern days, but the truth is, it still operates in 25 states and has around 8,000 members all in all. Today the Klan has special websites where they introduce their hateful racist programs.
The Black Hand
This group of people was doing their best to create a powerful force that would unite all Serbian people by all means possible. Founded in 1911, the Black Hand consisted of the officers from the Army in the Kingdom of Serbia. Over time it turned into a mafia-like structure that was assassinating the nation’s leaders and replacing them with their own people. Little did they know that the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand would lead to the beginning of WWI!
The Knights of Templar
The Knights of Templar have been around since the medieval times. Back in 1139, a group of Catholic military joined together to form the Knights of Templar who were fighting for their own interests (mostly wealth and annihilation of Protestants and all ungodly religions). They had close ties to the infamous Crusades and vowed to do virtually anything to protect fellow Christians against foreign evil. They are no longer on the ‘battlefield’ today, but their values live on.
The Bilderberg Group
The Bilderberg Group has been having its annual meeting since the early 50s. Around 150 people of the world’s crème de la crème gather each year to do who knows what. No one except the attendees are allowed to know what the participants are discussing during those meetings! Conspiracy theorists have been going crazy trying to figure out what a bunch of wealthy people and scientists have been concocting during those conferences. They believe the Bilderberg Group has the power to wipe out world’s economics, turn the world into a police state and use bio-weapons to erase humanity. For whatever good it will do them.
No list of secret societies is complete without the lizard people. Yes, you heard that right. Thousands of conspiracy theorists believe our planet is infested with malicious lizard-like creatures that have learned to shape-shift into human form. They have mishaps from time to time and we get a glimpse of their true identity. They are powerful creatures that can be found in each and every sphere of human life from politics to music. It is believed they manipulate humanity and distract people from their true malicious agenda. Which is – rule the world. Or something like that.
Out of all the hideous and frightening secret societies, Anonymous is a relatively good one. This modern group is an international network that consists of vigilante hackers whose sole purpose is to uncover the crimes of shady governments and let all the people know the truth. They are more of a subculture, rather than an organization. They are spread all over the world and don’t have one leader (hence, the logo of a man without a head).