Illuminati became associated with the New World Order and world domination in the 1960s. Throughout this era of counter-culture developed a distrust of the wealthy and the government, and literature reflected society's penchant for villainizing those in positions of authority. The text Principia Discordia aimed to playfully and satirically highlight the contradictions of society by creating discordianism, a parody religion seeking chaos. Kerry Thornley, one of the authors of this text teamed up with Robert Anton Wilson took to this religion and advocated chaos in our society since it was too orderly. They did this by disseminating misinformation, including the existence of the Illuminati. They wrote letters to Playboy magazine pretending to be readers with stories of Illuminati exploits. Eventually, Wilson and one of the Playboy writers wrote the Illuminatus! Triliogy, claiming that the Illuminati killed J.F.K. The books became a huge success, spreading our modern-day concept of the Illuminati.
Illuminati is one of several words that are associated with secret groups, ultimate control, and evil intentions. See some of the EtymologyRule cards below for more Illuminati words.