The Pranksters' Plot

I have an article up at Disinfo.com called "Robert Anton Wilson & Operation Mindfuck." It's an excerpt from my book The United States of Paranoia; here's an excerpt from the excerpt:

Hello, Bob.Wilson laid out the basic instructions for Operation Mindfuck in a memo sent to several friends....Participants were "to circulate all rumors contributed by other members," and they were "to attribute all national calamities, assassinations or conspiracies to the other member-groups." The one great risk, he cautioned, was that "the Establishment might be paranoid enough to believe some wild legend started by one of us and thereupon round up all of us for killing Abraham Lincoln."

So they sent a letter on Bavarian Illuminati stationery to the Christian Anti-Communist Crusade, just to confirm that "we've taken over the Rock Music business. But you're still so naïve. We took over the business in the 1800s. Beethoven was our first convert." Robert Welch of the John Birch Society got a letter informing him that Gary Allen was an Illuminati agent. When a New Orleans jury refused to convict one of the men Jim Garrison blamed for the JFK killing, Garrison's booster Art Kunkin of the leftist Los Angeles Free Press received a missive from the "Order of the Phoenix Angel" revealing that the jurors were all members of the Illuminati. The telltale sign, the letter explained, was that none of them had a left nipple.

In related news:

• We're having a party to celebrate the book's release at Reason's D.C. headquarters tonight. If you'd like to come, you can RSVP here.

• Steve Malzberg interviewed me about the book yesterday for Newsmax's radio/video operation. Our conversation can be heard here.

• The book and I have a cameo in a column in The New York Times.

• Robert Herritt has reviewed the book for Commentary. The piece is behind a paywall, so you'll just have to trust me when I tell you it's a positive review.

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  • sarcasmic||

    Oh wow! Someone at Reason wrote a book? That's so cool!

  • Libertymike||

    Don't you think that they should do more shameless promoting of their tomes?

  • Brett L||

    reason pays them in free publicity. If they don't have a book to shill, they starve.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Is TWA Flight 800 covered in the book? Because after watching that recent documentary I am convinced it was a massive cover up.

  • RBS||

    What about the Denver airport thing?

  • Almanian!||

    How can you guys worry about that when there are still people who believe we landed men on the moon?

  • UnCivilServant||

    We couldn't afford the sets or the Screen Actor's Guild requirements, so we faked it on the moon to avoid the regulatory hassle.

  • RBS||

    That's probably closer to the truth.

  • Almanian!||

    Sheer. Evil. GENIUS.

  • sarcasmic||

    I like xkcd's take on the moon landing.

    http://xkcd.com/1074/

  • Brett L||

    Buzz Aldrin just got in his car, you should leave the country.

  • ||

    I've tried to read the Illuminatus trilogy like four times. I always get bored and lose interest at some point after the apple-fucking scene.

    There is no rational plot, the conspiracy just keeps getting more complicated until your get bored of it.

  • sarcasmic||

    One of my coworkers is a Freemason. He likes to joke about it by saying "If we were trying to take over the world, don't you think we'd done it by now?"

  • Almanian!||

    I'M a freemason, and I ask people, "We can't even agree on what to have for dinner at the meetings - you think we have the organizational ability to take over the world?"

    Or, as I tell the union at work when they come up with their conspiracies about how management is fucking them...."Guys, come on...we're just not that smart."

  • sarcasmic||

    Sadly for me, as an atheist I can't join the club. =-(

  • Killazontherun||

    I hear the happy hour is a downer compared to the Moose lodge, anyway.

  • RBS||

    You can fake it, learn all their secrets, advance to the highest level then try to have your father sacrifice you in order to become an ultra powerful demon god.

  • Killazontherun||

    So, its basically like reliving the eighth grade while getting stoned and listening to Black Sabbath? Where do I sign up?

  • Libertymike||

    How about getting stoned and listening to the Stylistics?

  • ||

    All of the half dozen or so Freemasonry window decals I've seen were in Lawton, OK. If membership dooms you to live in places like that it's the worst conspiracy ever.

  • ||

    Or the most effective disinformation campaign...

  • robc||

    The best way to read it is to just flip to random pages.

  • anon||

    So pretty much like we "read" H&R posts?

  • Nando||

    does each chapter have a comment section?

  • ||

    You read the posts?

    Fucking noob.

  • ||

    Schrodinger's Cat Trilogy is much better.

  • R C Dean||

    I've read Illuminati. Umm, twice. Some of the more obviously drug-induced gibberish I skipped over, but I think a lot of the charm of the book is that it is (was?) that its subject matter and approach are so completely unlike nearly anything else.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    We're having a party to celebrate the book's release at Reason's D.C. headquarters tonight. If you'd like to come, you can RSVP here.

    Will there be cocktails?

  • The Late P Brooks||

    What about the Denver airport thing?

    What Denver airport thing?

  • Jesse Walker||

    Google "denver airport conspiracy." A world of fun awaits you.

  • UnCivilServant||

    Since when was denver allowed to grow an airport - bulldoze it immediately.

  • Gadianton||

    Stapleton, or DIAF?

  • Almanian!||

    Die In A Fire is an airport?

    IT'S A CONSPIRACY, MAN!!

  • Libertymike||

    I thought Stapleton went the way of the Edsel?

  • anon||

    wait is the airport made out of pot?

  • Nando||

    whoa.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    Googling is hard.

  • ||

    "When marriage is illegal, only outlaws will have in-laws."
    -RAW

  • Nando||

    Stonecutters!

  • Killazontherun||

    When you discover your own brother is a conspiracy theory nutcase who has joined a right wing militia.

    Oh,and huge spoilers if you've never played. How does Star Drek get more reference than this awesome game, seriously. What's wrong with people?

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    If I buy a copy will you shut up about it?

  • Nando||

    you'll just encourage them to talk about how successful it is and then they will write even more books to shill

  • ||

    To be fair, this is not even close to the treatment we got from The Jackets fucking book.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    My Amazon review:

    Jesse Walker is merely attempting to dismiss conspiracy 'theory' to further Reason's laissez faire conspiracy to enslave the human race to the pan dimensional being who takes on the 3D avatar that humans without the proper sunglasses see as a leather jacket usually worn by the lizard people's representative to the human race, Nick Gillespie, who the Reptilians have placed as editor of Reason Magazine so he and Walker can get themselves invited to the proper cosmopolitan cocktail parties where their monocles are polished using the tears of a human/sheep hybrid named Tony, who supplies their needs for tears, milk, wool, and inane left wing commentary. Don't be fooled.

  • Geoff Nathan||

    I won't be fooled, but I may assign that sentence to my class next week as a sentence-diagramming exercise.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Conspiracy. Theorists. Are,nt known? for proper use of ! punctuation.

  • UnCivilServant||

    Or logic.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    The Reptilians are real man!!

  • UnCivilServant||

    So they're human?

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Can't you read man? They're reptiles!!!

  • UnCivilServant||

    So, this is one of those "can't use punctuation" misunderstandings then? I thought it was a misspelling. Commas are your friend, and in your case at the moment, so are comas.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Commas,,are, part of, the plot,

  • UnCivilServant||

    All right Johnny, have some nice Amnesia juice, and go to sleep. When you wake up you'll be all better.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    YOU'RE ONE OF THEM!!!!!!

  • R C Dean||

    Needs moar CAPS.

  • Brett L||

    They really need to lift the Hercule ban for these posts so people can see how its done.

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