Invisible Empire: The Real Illuminati
Mitch Horowitz

There is one positive aspect of our eagerness to believe these conspiracy theories, they show an optimism for human perfectibility (these plots are conducted with a level of cunning and planning and secrecy we never see in real human life). Our actual governments and businesses are either run by fools or thwarted in their workings by fools, and yet the Illuminati could not be more clever, and devoted to their aims. It’s nice that we still believe this is possible despite all the evidence to the contrary.