Reprinted from www.libertylobby.org, home of The SPOTLIGHT archive
Is it the 'Illuminati' or the 'illuminati'?
Many readers of the mainstream Washington Post were probably shocked, or puzzled, by the following headline that appeared on Page A 23 of the Oct. 10 edition: "The Illuminati Rally around the President."
Was the Post referring to the Illuminati, the capital "I" version denoting the secret society of globalist elite who have been conspiring to seize and perpetuate control of the world for centuries, or the illuminati, with the small "I" the "enlightened," if you dan find a dictionary that even has the word in it?
The Post headline reached its audience with an op-ed piece by writer Nat Hentoff, critical of what he described as the small "I" illuminati who were defending to no ends President William Jefferson Clinton in his current impeachment problems stemming from the so-called Monica-gate sex scandal at the White House.
THE ILLUMINATE RALLY
"Illuminati," as the writer described them, such as Nobel laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, were mentioned as having signed, along with others, a petition demanding an end to the "inquisitorial harassment of a fanatical prosecutor with unlimited power," who we assume must be Independent Counsel Ken Starr.
The others included such again-described "illuminati" as writers William Styron and Arthur Schlesinger Jr., as well as actresses Sophia Loren and Lauren Becall. Hentoff further added to the "illuminati" list Harvard Law School Professor Alan Dershowitz and film director Bernardo Bertolucci.
According to Hentoff, these "illuminati" have instructed us in their petition to remember that "a statesman is answerable to public opinion or to the law only for his public acts."
That doesn't sound very "enlightened," but it could pertain, one could suppose, to Hentoff's "illuminati" or the Illuminati.
This brings to mind the use by the Associated Press (AP) a couple of years ago of the little "i" version of the word in describing a group of supposed "world leaders," including House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), in Europe to discuss global affairs, probably like those the Illuminati would no doubt be interested in.
In any case, it waxes strange that the mainstream media has suddenly decided to use a word that most dictionaries fail to mention, either the big "I" or small "i" versions. A coincidence, perhaps?