Friday, November 12, 2010

The Playboy Advisor



J.M. :
Here's a letter that appeared in Playboy a few years ago ("The Playboy Advisor," Playboy, April, 1969, page 62-64):

I recently heard an old man of right-wing views - a friend of my grandparents - assert that the current wave of assassinations in America is the work of a secret society called the Illuminati. He said that the Illuminati have existed throughout history, own the international banking cartels, have all been 32nd-degree Masons and were known to Ian Fleming, who portrayed them as Spectre in his James Bond books - for which the Illuminati did away with Mr. Fleming. At first all this seemed like a paranoid delusion to me. Then I read in The New Yorker that Alan Chapman, one of Jim Garrison's investigators i the New Orleans probe of the John Kennedy assassination, believes that the Illuminati really exist.....

Playboy, of course, puts down the whole idea as ridiculious and give the standard Encyclopedia Britannica story that the Illuminati went out of business in 1785.

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