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Fact Check: Illuminati Conspiracy on the One Dollar Bill?

If there’s one thing we folks at Irregular Times can depend on, it’s interesting correspondence. In this morning’s inbox, I found this analysis of the One Dollar bill, rife with references to diabolical Illuminati influence:

Is the U.S. Dollar Bill an Illuminati Recruitment Tool?

You can find this image and its claims at various places around the Internet, too. My favorite is web page that also finds Illuminati influence in the Batman TV cartoon series.

A quick fact check reveals the analysis of the dollar bill to be full of errors. A check of Latin reveals that Annuit Coeptis doesn’t mean “announcing conception,” but rather “endeavors are favored.” “Novus Ordo Seculorum” has nothing to do with the word “secular”; the word means “of the Ages.” While it is true that the Roman numeral MDCCLXXVI does refer to “666” if you remove an M, a C and an X, there’s no reason why a person would do that; “THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” at the top of the dollar bill refers the notion that TUNIS ATE ERIC if you remove some letters there. Poor Eric. I hope for Tunis’ sake that he’s digestible.

The “72 bricks of the pyramid” are said here to refer to the 72 powers of the name of God but in other conspiratorial musings are said to refer to the “72 demons of Goetia” and a sacred reference to the Tower of Babel. There’s just a little problem with that. I encourage you to find yourself a dollar bill and look at it. How many bricks do you count?

Does the One Dollar Bill Contain 72 Bricks?

I spend about 10 minutes trying over and over to count the “bricks” of the pyramid, and I just can’t come up with a consistent number. In one attempt I arrived at 52 bricks, and in another I came to 63. I challenge you to give it a shot: how many bricks do you count? I imagine you’ll come up with a different total, because there simply aren’t enough clear brick lines to arrive at any definitive count of bricks. You can’t even take a representative brick and try to intuit how many of that brick would fit in the space, because some of the clearly delineated bricks are narrower than others. Why would the grand conspiracy of the Illuminati be trying to send a message about its existence through an image on which the number of bricks involved can’t be counted?

The analysis of the one dollar bill has so many errors and flaws in it that I can’t take its claim seriously. That’s just what the Illuminati would want. For the conspiracy theorist, there is no better proof of the existence of the Illuminati than shoddy evidence. Clearly the Illuminati disseminated the dollar-bill theory in order to discredit the idea that the Illuminati exist, making it that much easier for the shadowy group to stay out of view.

2 comments to Fact Check: Illuminati Conspiracy on the One Dollar Bill?

  • Tom

    The concept of money as paper is the root cause of the problem.

    In the beginning – there was no currency at all, people gathered what they needed to survive and consumed local herbs, flowers, nuts, berries, roots, and then got around to animals and fish.

    As we grew in number and went from families to tribes and changed from hunter-gatherers and barter to organized agrarian enclaves, things changed and objects and stones became collectible and valuable possibly due to their utility and/or rarity. Once the number of people passed a certain point, it became cumbersome to haul around objects, livestock, large stores of grain or wine or olive oil and gold or silver was somehow settled upon as a representation of these things.

    That’s where we went wrong, according to some – become organized agrarian enclaves lead to larger and larger populations which started the vicious cycle we’ve been on for thousands of years now. Then we “clever” humans decided it was just fine to use up all the resources in one place and simply move to another – like it would never end. The planet became our source of free resources and a great place to pollute – it was so big and we were such an insignificant part of it that nobody would even notice! Becoming lazy and stupid due to this agrarian lifestyle (which was the basis of trade) humanity continued going in the wrong direction, procreating exponentially for as long as we could – like yeast in a petri dish – and consuming all the resources as fast as we could and the whole idea of “wealth” came along somewhere in our history. Finally we changed to paper money and poof – here we are today with trillions of worthless electronic bits being the new wealth and awash in “debt.”

    Now this is an overly simplified version of human history, but it’s enough to get the point across. There are simply too many of us and we’ve fouled our nest to the point of no return.

  • I love the way how you crushed this “iluminati” theory.
    We also study USD or different currencies at todays local markets and I found some interesting stories to tell. Anyway, back to topic.

    For example paper money are not useless as Tom says, from my point of view it is just ultimate value storage. It is no difference if it is made out of paper, gold or sea shells. There is just trust behind this “medium” and it is trust that someone else will accept this and give you some goods or service instead.
    And it really makes no sence whether it is gold or paper.
    When nobody wants gold, then it is useless as well, right? There are even more precious metals with much lover price than gold, for example Tantalium, yet nobody actually wants it that much as gold even though it is more scare, because ppl dont trust it as money. It can change during time, so it can with gold or paper or whatever.
    So those theories are quite useless and it only can cause brutal deflation and stop of investments.

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