James Clair Lewis wrote back in 2009:
Much has been made in the Conspiracy Theories about how the Illuminati control the world, and are also seeking total world domination. You can’t have that both ways. Either they control everything, or they don’t. Well, they don’t, but they sure would like to.
I’ve been aware of the Conspiracy Theories since the late 1960s, and I most certainly enjoyed the Illuminatus fiction books by Robert Shea, and Robert Anton Wilson, which became very popular during the mid 1970s, and early 1980s. Those books managed to include just about every Conspiracy Theory around from all sources imaginable, and maybe from a few sources which aren’t imaginable at that!
Now if you really, really dig into these Conspiracy Theories, you will find two things :
A) Some come from people doing real researching into skullduggery in high places. These get little press, and are soon forgotten.