EVERYTHING IS UNDER CONTROL
("Everything is Under Control," by Robert Anton Wilson.)
Review by Conspiracy Nation
Robert Anton Wilson dedicates his latest book, in part, to Mimi
Hill, a "wonderfully efficient Websearcher." Mimi ought to take
a bow since she has indeed come up with a lot of material that
even the august Conspiracy Nation had not known previously.
The book, "Everything is Under Control," is a wide-ranging
compendium of various conspiracy "theories," and includes sources
for those wishing to delve further into a particular "theory."
In its all-encompassing coverage of various conspiracy stories,
Wilson's book follows trails already blazed by previous
cataloguers such as Jonathan Vankin, Kenn Thomas, Al Hidell, and
Donna Kossy. Wilson's book offers a good crash course in
conspiracy "theories" for the beginner and has new information
for the experienced connoisseur.
Wilson himself is a hard person to figure out. In his
introduction, he distances himself from conspiracy "theories" in
general, declaring that "Conspiracy theories flourish in times
and places of anxiety and uncertainty" and that the various
"theories" renew his faith in "poetic imagination." But
throughout the book itself, Wilson frequently seems to endorse
some of the "theories" as extremely likely. Then again, he keeps
throwing in references to "The Church of the Sub-Genius," obvious
kooks. There is a lot of truth camouflaged by kooks, sneers, and
pseudo-intellectualism in Wilson's book: did he have to include
the camouflage in order to get the book past the corporate
censors? Is Wilson actually "pushing the envelope," sneaking
good information to the public hidden beneath a pose of
Here are samples of various "theories" covered by Wilson which
Conspiracy Nation had not previously encountered:
** SOME SAY that the Cain-Abel story "represents lying propaganda
by the carnivores against the vegetarians." Cain, a farmer, is
non-violent versus Abel, a shepherd, who is violent. (Another
angle on the Cain-Abel story is given by Rene Girard in his book,
"Violence and the Sacred." "One of the brothers kills the other,
and the murderer is the one who does not have the violence-outlet
of animal sacrifice at his disposal.")
** SOME SAY that John Adams had opinions about banks that sound
"shockingly like some modern conspiracy theorists and money
** SOME SAY that Saint Ambrose of Milan viewed usury as not the
charging of =excessive= interest on money loaned but as the
charging of =any= interest on such loans. "His view therefore
condemns the entire structure of modern finance capitalism..."
** SOME SAY that the death of communism leaves "malcontents" as
the only remaining serious opposition to the "money-power elite."
(This idea is echoed in Michael Moore's latest, hard to find
movie, "The Big One." Moore suggests that, yes, =one= "evil
empire" is gone, but adds that the =other= "evil empire"
** SOME SAY that Ambrose Bierce's later writings (after *Devil's
Dictionary*) "deal increasingly with weird and uncanny subjects
and often concern other worlds or other dimensions of being..."
** SOME SAY that "they listen to you through your telephone
without its being off the hook."
** SOME SAY that the quatrains of Nostradamus "=reveal the past=.
The quatrains tell what really happened in past history."
** SOME SAY that the real and absolute money power originated
with the Warburg Bank of Amsterdam "and was part of the 'Orange'
take-over of England and America, after the mildly illegal
installation of the Dutchman William of Orange as King of
There's a lot more. Marina Oswald, widow of Lee Harvey Oswald,
is quoted as saying
The answer to the Kennedy assassination is with the Federal
Reserve Bank. Don't underestimate that. It's wrong to
blame it on [James Jesus] Angleton and the CIA *per se*
only. This is only one finger of the same hand. The
people who supply the money are above the CIA.
The late Howard Hughes is claimed to have believed that the
Rockefellers own the U.S. courts and judges.
David Rockefeller is claimed, through his Chase Manhattan Bank,
to be a top stockholder in the Federal Reserve Bank. That idea
is not delved into enough: The "Federal" "Reserve" is a
=private= bank; who are the other stockholders?
There's a lot more. Read the book to find out some things you
didn't know. Then delve into the sources.
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