[quote]I might have already asked this, but what's their goal? Mass manipulation? Tons of money? [/quote]
Their ultimate goal is to create a unitary, fully controlled one-world government & society controlled by them. It's not about money. It's about power and control. They have control of the entire monetary system - meaning not only do they already have all the money they could ever want, but literally [i]all money[/i] belongs to them. Every country in the world with the exception of three - North Korea, Iran, and Cuba - have Illuminati-run central banks.
Prior to the U.S. invasion of the Middle East in 2001, there were two other counties on that list.
Those countries were Iraq and Afghanistan.
[quote]And how do they go about doing their business? Have they really infiltrated powerful governments?[/quote]
They have powerful people in powerful positions throughout all strata of society.
The primary means of influencing governments is via intelligence agencies. For example, the United States has been effectively governed by the CIA for over fifteen years now. Prospective presidents are chosen by the establishment, groomed for the job, and controlled by a series of direct and indirect methods, including false intelligence, the use of subversives within their administrations, bribery, blackmail, and (when necessary) assassination.