I’ve always been puzzled and in wonderment of “them” and “they” and the “illuminati”. This amorphous, elevated, mythical bunch that doesn’t seem to have an address or phone number. I almost liken “them” to Al Qaeda – perhaps they are simply an illusion, and idea, a creation – an abstract that one clings to only in mind. Perhaps they are a subset of the secret societies we are told exist – like the Jesuits or the Masons.
Cluesforum members have an interesting discussion on this worth your time.