Cults, Conspiracies, Secret Societies: The Straight Scoop on Freemasons, The Illuminati, Skull and Bones, Black Helicopters, The New World Order, and many, many more
By Arthur Goldwag
Here’s a tome from our vaults that seems fitting for our times.
Reality is a hard master for some, even for the brightest, and best educated, as Goldwag demonstrates in his most helpful introduction to very and less familiar fantastical beliefs. Some question his three broad classifications; however, they work well, for the most part. In any case, it’s the content that matters and his descriptions of everything noted in the 19th century-style title, and much more, is on the money. In certain instances, he skillfully weaves many related items together into lengthier and revealing histories—revealing in the sense you see how a kernel of truth becomes distorted, spreads, and grows until it is a lush, full field of corn. An example is his treatment of Area 51, Stealth Blimps, Majestic-12, Alien Abductions, and Divine Revelations that encompasses Groom Lake, current colonies on the Moon and Mars, Roswell, Barney and Betty Hill, Carl Jung, Gloria Lee, the Trilateral Commission, and the biggest bugaboo of them all, the omnipresent Illuminati—a 22-page head-spinning web of delusion.
If you shake your head in disbelief and wonder how people can possibly believe the above, or in any of the other cults, conspiracies, and secret goings Goldwag recounts, test yourself. Tune into an episode of a program running on the History Channel titled “Ancient Aliens,” featuring the thinking of what the announcer intones as Ancient Alien Theorists. You’ll find the show entertaining and seductive, and illustrative of how a fact can be morphed into what might strike you as a plausible alternative to actual historical fact, and scientific theories and conclusions. Particularly fascinating is the episode entitled “Aliens and the Founding Fathers,” wherein you learn of George Washington’s possible encounter with aliens (in addition to the Hessians) at Valley Forge, secret communications in Washington D.C.’s architecture and, indeed, in the layout of the city itself.
Or you might think currently of the conspiracies being spun during this most unusual of presidential elections. If you see nefarious goings on at every turn, with the Clintons, with Wall Street, with Congress, and on and on, well, perhaps you might pay even closer attention to the points made by Goldwag.
Goldwag also provides a useful general introduction, as well as prefaces to each of the book’s three sections that aid you in understanding who are susceptible to the scores of fantasies referenced. Perhaps you’ll find this personally revealing? w/c