Money makes the world go around. The people who hold the most money, have the most power. Under advanced capitalism, as found in our country, the corporations with the most capital can buy politicians. If a billion dollar industry finances a campaign, when elected the politician will do what is in the best interest of that company, and not the best interest of the nation. This is why George W. Bush promised to limit the carbon dioxide emissions that are slowly killing our planet, and then decided not to in the best interest of the oil industry. This is also why he is willing to drill for oil in the small areas we have designated as wild life reserves. When money rules over logical reasoning, and positions are bought by the richest corporations, eventually you will have a society controlled by the people who control the biggest companies. When there are hidden societies who help in positioning people into power who will fulfill their goals, the masses are controlled in an even more directly secretive way. This is the network of power that exists today, and many people consider it the Illuminati, if not directly so then because it maneuvers in the same fashion.
The word Illuminati goes back thousands of years as a description of a group who had a higher level of knowledge, but as an organized society it dates back to 1776. This is the year that the Bavarian Illuminati was founded by Adam Weishaupt . His goal was to establish a secret society that would carry out true masonry and through its secretive measures of establishing power, purify the system of rule. It was originally called the Order of Perfectibilists. Although secretive, his intentions were initially good, however the society soon developed in to an elaborate network of spies and counter-spies, and was banned by Bavaria's government in 1783. Some think the society continued underground.