Last Saturday I gave an interview for my friend George Ann Hughes of  The Byte Show. As usual she called a little early to go over what we'd be talking about, and she said "I want you to talk a little about the University of Oxford." Thinking she just wanted me to give a few impressions of the place, I agreed, and she began recording the show. Boy, was I in for a surprise, for George Ann began the show by informing me that one of her listeners had emailed her with the accusation that I was a member of the Illuminati - yes, that's right, I'm a fully-fledged Illuminatus! - simply because, according to her listener's 21 years of careful research, anyone who goes to the University of Oxford has to be "sponsored" and is ipso facto a member of the sinister cult out for world domination. The conclusion of her twenty-one years' of research led to the inevitable conclusion: I am an Illuminatus.

You can listen here, scroll down to the series called Alchemy and the Magic of Social Engineering, episode 12:

Joseph P Farrell an Illuminatus!

Well, needless to say, I was floored. You can hear my reaction in the show as I was informed of my lofty status as a high-ranking servant of the devil.

Later in the show, George Ann informed me that the listener in question - who had done such assiduous research and come to the conclusion that a son of Sioux Falls, South Dakota had achieved this lofty status - was a "Christian."

If it weren't so laughable, it would be tragic. Indeed, it is tragic in a way, that a religion supposedly about love and redemption and forgiveness has so many adherents with nothing better to do than hurl accusations against people they don't know, who don't fit into their narrow systems, and conclusions and accusations that are...well...just plain silly. What disturbs me here is that this "well-intentioned" person is a classic illustration of what happens to people when they put their system ahead of their heart and head, for the mentality induced by such fundamentalisms - be it those of Christianity, Communism, Socialism, Nazism, or even atheism(yes, there is a "fundamentalism of atheism" Gertrude) - is that such people seem programmed into one of two responses to people who are outside their chosen system or matrix by which they view the world: (1) they are searching always for converts to it, and (2) they are always in search for enemies of it. This is particularly true for those systems claiming to be an all-encompassing philosophical and social truth (such as Communism), or claiming to be the result of divine sanction and special revelation(such as the three monotheistic religions). The consequence of seeking converts or enemies is an inevitable logical result of such claims, and hence, an inevitable part of the social engineering, of the perception management, built into such systems.

The result? In this particular instance this servant of the religion of love and compassion has managed to turn one of my life's accomplishments and all the anguish that went with it, into an insult, an ugly smear. The result? an absurdity: accusations based on "research" and "conclusions" about people one does not even know! In this case, the result is so silly that I could only laugh, for the Illuminati indeed have fallen on hard times if they need to recruit a hack from South Dakota. I'm waiting for her to produce my membership card and badge number.

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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. Carol on February 28, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    I agree that knee-jerk name-calling – like tossing around the label of Illuminati – is a sign of ideological brainwashing…That said, as one who strongly defends the Jewish people against centuries of persecution at the hands of the Christian churches – a persecution I believe “pioneered” Hitler’s death camps and led inexorably to the Holocaust – I have wondered why Dr. Farrell’s focus on the Nazis and their state-without-borders survival does not include some focus also on Jewish post-war efforts to combat this growing global Nazi Order. Surely this is a peculiar ‘piece’ missing from the large puzzle Dr. Farrell has been assembling? At some point, failure to mention the obvious connections between survival of the Nazi State and what one must presume is a global, ongoing war between such a state-without-borders and the post-1945 Jewish State is an extraordinary gap. Dr. Farrell may fear he will risk alienating the many alternative fans who tend to see Jews behind all international strife, but he should not allow this possibility to chase him from this vital aspect of the field.

    Surely if the Nazis have a global deep state Order one would expect those who paid one of the most enormous costs of Nazism – the Jewish – to be conducting their own global war against this Nazi International. Yes, this also raises strange issues around the Jewish influence within the “Bankster Anglo-American Elite” – but again, one should not flinch from following these research trails, wherever they may lead. Otherwise, we really are left to wonder what agenda could so resolutely fail to mention even the existence, never mind vital role, of the post-war Jewish identity and Jewish state in combating a hidden Nazi State. No, kidnapping Eichmann hardly qualifies and nor do the somewhat isolated efforts of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Where is the rest of the story?

  2. jesuitgatekeeper on October 18, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    glad to see the term “jesuit” is not censored from this site like alex jones’ sites.

    yet I have not heard or read joseph farrell mention the “jesuit order” and it’s influence on the world government power structure, and the current “apocalyptic theater” , I wonder why.

  3. Aldo on May 15, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Although I enjoy your interviews with George Ann, The Byte Show is a Christian themed website, so why are you so surprised. I’m only surprised it took so long.

  4. Thomas Buhr on May 12, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Love your books, they are a part of what keeps me sane but most of the deeper critical thinking goes against the grain of the staid and happy joy joy of many church goers. This is sad because it is so excellent to have a head on your shoulders, being wise is also how Jesus intends his people to be like, because it is necessary and just right.

    There are many churchy people who make these silly associations as soon as the topic gets over their head. It reminds me of the growing up when many thought that rock and roll was of the devil, how absurd was that!

    Love your stuff, I’m just ordering the next batch of your books tonight.

  5. Robert Barricklow on May 12, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Reminds me of the good old days of high school.
    On Monday mornings I’d find out what I did over the weekend. Sometimes, the stories were so sexy, that I could only wish they were true.
    How I miss Monday mornings. They were so illuminating, or was that illuminati?

  6. paul de gagne on May 12, 2011 at 8:02 am

    These comments remind me of a story about Carl Marx: Some wit asked him if he was a Marxist and he replied “I Am Not A Marxist!” About Christians, I wonder what the response would be if somebody could ask him?

    Every ideology has its followers. Just like some people prefer to stand around or stand in lines rather than just go up to the counter for service, they like to follow some parent-like figure. It makes them feel safe.

    Why defend against rumors (as long as there are humans they will be the grapevine or gossip)? It just gives the opposition more air-time. Do what Paul Feyerabend did when “Someone exaggerated and called him the biggest “Enemy of Science.” He took this nonsense as a compliment and someone else used it as a title for a pretty good book!

    It’s all very funny when you quit worrying and don’t think of it! (sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me! — yeah, children naturally know things we forget as grown-ups. They know how to deal with this mischef!)

  7. Jon on May 11, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    I’m surprised it took so long for someone to level that accusation – that would be one of the first things the Illuminati would do to discredit you – plant stories that you are one of them, and watch the tinfoil hats converge…..

    I just thought all Oxford grads were snobs…… : )

    This also points out that the word “research” has been so diluted and co-opted that it is almost meaningless. Reminds me of a certain author (whose last name rhymes with “loon’) who considers a vague memory of someone’s grandmother reading a story about something to be hard evidence, even when said article can not be located.

    I can only fall back on Gene Wilder’s words to Cleavon Little in Blazing Saddles: “What did you expect? These are simple people – people of the land – the common clay of the New American West. You know – morons….”

  8. Mke D. on May 11, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    I love Joseph’s interviews on the Byte Show, most of his best shows are with the Byte Show. But when I heard that bit about Joseph being an illumianti member, I laughed so hard my blood sugar dropped and had to give myself an insulin shot! Mr. Farrell, keep up the great work!!

  9. Kent Brashear on May 11, 2011 at 5:57 am

    Good radio program.

  10. Stuart Smith on May 11, 2011 at 4:27 am

    She may be mistaking your intelligence and education for Illuminati, the illuminated mind. I always get the sense of a Jesuit education when I read or listen to you. Well, we can’t help who we are or what we come from. And people in your line of work always have envy and jealousy to contend with from competing personalities talking to the same audience. I hope you drop the subject quickly, and we don’t have to be witness to a Project Camelot kind of meltdown.

  11. MattB on May 11, 2011 at 4:24 am

    Social engineering 101……maybe Joseph really is an illuminatus and this whole episode is designed for us to think he is really isn’t but he really is and the whole book series is clever disinformation to hide most of the ‘truth’ in plain sight…………………………..I’m sure the folks at Above Top Secretwill start a thread as to why this could be true-and I will laugh my arse off hahahahahah

  12. Tim on May 10, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Maybe she thought you were a character in the Illuminatus Trilogy by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson. I’m thinking maybe Hagbard Celine.

    I don’t know if you’ve read anythign by Robert Anton Wilson but his work is very interesting.

    In one of his books, I think it was Quantum Psychology, he discusses how people fall into one of two groups, infophiles (love of knowledge) or infophobics (fear of knowledge).

  13. terrylee3000 on May 10, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Only a shapeshifting reptilian with a major chip on her shoulder could make such an outright character assassinating accusation. Very lame dot connecting. If Oxford=Illuminati then I guess Yale=Skull and Bones, Georgetown=Jesuits and Berkeley=Acid Heads. By the way, Joseph, you are hardly a hack.

  14. meat snorkle on May 10, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    pee-ewwww. as if…..they went to the moon for alien dna (nephilim) seven times…not for cheese.. whatdya think joesph or scuse me grand visier frater X? (zut alors)

  15. Laura Lee on May 10, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Joseph, I think your analysis of this “listener theory” is thoughtful and accurate, as your analyses generally are. Listeners, you know, perceive with an apparatus conditioned by their beliefs. Can’t get around that, though some are more thoroughly programmed than others. I suspect those of us who follow your work tend to think of themselves as more intelligent than that, and as such are willing to be informed further. Others “listeners” probably wouldn’t pay attention unless they thought you’d been abducted by aliens. Given the attention your work receives, though, I’m surprised we haven’t heard more noise of this sort. Time was, it would have been an accusation of witchcraft.

  16. Bill on May 10, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    The Illuminati? Were they not the original crew of the starship “DESTINY” some three million years ago? Chuckle…chuckle…chuckle!

  17. Mel Hatfield on May 10, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    I’ve heard it said:
    Christianity would be a great religion, if it weren’t for one thing……Christians.

    You know, I had always heard the “Illuminati” thing as those who went to Oral Roberts University…oops! Nevermind – Ha Ha

    I think anyone who has read your books and heard your interviews knows you are not Illuminati. Take heart, Joseph…truth will always out!!!

  18. Tartarus on May 10, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    So that idiot believed that everyone who’d attended Oxford University was a member of the “Illuminati” (which is incidentally, from all I’ve heard, a group that died out long ago and was never anything like the Illuminati concept that exists in the imaginations of paranoid religious fundamentalists)?

    The sheer absurdity and downright stupidity of such an accusation is simply overwhelming.

    Also, I have doubts that that person’s 21 years of research could be considered “careful”. Seems more like 21 years of looking up any reference, no matter how poorly supported, that could be fit into a preconceived dogmatic belief, and rejecting all evidence contradicting said belief.
    In other words, typical fundamentalist “logic”.

  19. Jay on May 10, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Not to mention… she could not possibly have actually read much of your material, or listened to any one of a number of interviews on The Byte Show and elsewhere. Think about it. Even if you’ve become somehow convinced that your “research” has led you to such a conclusion, surely you’d want to revisit that conclusion after having read any of your blogs or books and listened to you in interviews.

  20. Nancy on May 10, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Careful about giving someone ideas about a fake badge and membership papers. Angry people do strange things – don’t give them any ideas.

  21. Kathie on May 10, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Dr. Farrell, you can’t fool us, I see that halo over your head in the photo at the top of the page!!!!

    Tragic actually, we must remain resolute and well intentioned and not let others push us down into the muck.

  22. Duncan Phelps on May 10, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    This is such an example of why “We who are trying [among other things] to re-grow into the [ancient] Positive System based on value of the Present, and let the negative System based on [usury] debt-creation die/go-bankrupt.” are not progressing quicker. I do think people like this “researcher” who is throwing stones at you, do more damage and delay than do the Illuminati themselves! There are many many stone throwers who like the one who shot Billy the Kid want to climb up and be noticed/remembered for their act, hoping that the fact they shot Billy in the back will be soon forgotten. Didn’t a President just claim to have ordered today’s Billy The Kid be shot while unarmed in Pakistan for the same reason?

    Duncan Phelps, gov’nor 51 e-state (state of mind/being/reality: each [of us has] an estate [thanks to Trust Law] to claim, with which we may govern of our own self [“outside” The System/the-box], if we are responsible and keen!)

  23. jameske on May 10, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Well, I don’t believe it. Because the idea that The University of Oxford endorses the stuff you are writing about is quite frankly as deranged as the idea you are a member of the Illuminati. I am sure they would rather revoke your Doctorate than be associated with you. But then again, is all this any stranger than the things you write about?

  24. MQ on May 10, 2011 at 11:14 am

    That’s nothing. Wait til we hear the argument that since you’re obviously super-intelligent, you must be a space alien to boot!

  25. Michael on May 10, 2011 at 10:44 am

    I laughed so hard when I read the headline that I gave myself an asthma attack.

  26. Debra Caruthers on May 10, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Well you’re certainly not a very good Illuminatus if you keep writing books that expose their millenia-long agenda.

  27. MizGreen on May 10, 2011 at 9:43 am

    “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”
    -Mahatma Gandhi

    Keep up your “illuminating” brilliance, Dr. Farrell…..:)

  28. Vinnie on May 10, 2011 at 8:53 am

    One more proof positive that the most profound words ever spoken are “Forgive them Father…….”

  29. chris on May 10, 2011 at 8:04 am

    lol. or as i like to say ‘laffjoose’
    i think its funny but also just as sad, yes. this type of behaviour is why i am generally anti any religion these days, because they are all generally narrowly set in their black and white ways. this is black and white of me too yes, but it is based on experience. i am all for spirituality, in a practical and behavioural sense, which is where i think religions CAME from but definitely not what they are about anymore.
    sad people..
    i agree with the above poster, if you are illuminated its merely in the nonsecret sense of being very intelligent and good at elucidating tricky material!

  30. Dashiell Cabasa on May 10, 2011 at 5:41 am

    Joe…I’ve been expecting this one for a while…its a testimony to the fine work you’ve done and are still doing…that nobody believes it for a nano second!

    Coincidentally, i clocked the Bohemian Grove thing/video Alex did, only the other evening..Gobsmacking! Talk about hiding in plain sight!
    I’d listened ,riveted to the excellent interviews online with Peter Levenda also,

    I’d had a rather entertaining barber shop chat with my hairdresser about it making the point that, ‘ hey the thing is, that whether you or I believe this stuff or not, here we have evidence that the people who are always telling us via the media that such stuff is nonsense…DO! ummm…how about that then?’ lol

    Anyways,,,hoping to at last get my copy of LBJ, this week, so…soon followed by all our other books I’ve yet had the chance to read. So that might also tell you how i view this absurd accusation aimed at you.

    best dishes and mucho- respecto sir!

    p.s. Hey dude…when we gonna get to hear you on the harpsichord? I look forward to it.

  31. dirk on May 10, 2011 at 5:37 am

    you are an illuminated person, with a great mind…..but you are no illuminati……they do the same to other great minds….i bet great people like hoagland and jim marrs are also attacked in this way.
    just keep up the great work mr. Farrell, and dont worry about these kind of rodents….

  32. Ted Torbich on May 10, 2011 at 5:08 am

    I have seen this same phenomenon in action Joseph. It is sad indeed.

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