Order, the Secret, and the Kill. To study the nature of rhetoric, the relation between rhetoric and dialectic, and the application of both to human relations in general, is to circulate about these three motives. (265)
In this Burke discusses the motivation of hierarchy (Order), mystery (Secret), and conquest (Kill). It is fascinating how he discusses dialectic as the means to Kill, and the Kill as a mode of dialectic. This triad of motives brings forth the image of the Illuminati for me. Conspiracy, hidden authority, and obsession of control.