In light of recent events involving NSA spying, Edward Snowden, the IRS bullying the Tea Party and so forth, I decided to finally pick up The Illuminatus! Trilogy by Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shea. It’s a sci-fi novel written around 1970 and published in 1975 about a secret society that controls world events. That’s pretty much it in a nutshell and it’s a highly amusing read if you have a better-than-average grasp of world history. However, I came across this one passage that made me do a spit-take. In it, the character Hagbard is explaining how the Illuminati is planning to assassinate some American leaders.
Remember, this was written around 1970:
“Their grip on Washington is still pretty precarious. They’ve been able to socialize the economy. But if they showed their hand now and went totalitarian all the way, there would be a revolution. Middle-roaders would rise up with right-wingers, and left-libertarians, and the Illuminati aren’t powerful enough to withstand that kind of massive revolution. But they can rule by fraud, and by fraud eventually acquire access to the tools they need to finish the job of killing off the Constitution.”
“What sort of tools?”
“More stringent security measures. Universal electronic surveillance. No-knock laws. Stop and frisk laws. Government inspection of first-class mail. Automatic fingerprinting, photographing, blood tests, and urinalysis of any person arrested before he is charged with a crime. A law making it unlawful to resist even unlawful arrest. Laws establishing detention camps for potential subversives. Gun control laws. Restrictions on travel. The assassinations, you see, establish the need for such laws in the public mind. Instead of realizing that there is a conspiracy, conducted by a handful of men, the people reason—or are manipulated into reasoning—that the entire populace must have its freedom restricted in order to protect the leaders. The people agree that they themselves can’t be trusted. Targets for assassination will be mavericks of left or right who are either not part of the Illuminati conspiracy or have been marked as unreliable. The Kennedy brothers and Martin Luther King, for example, were capable of mobilizing a somewhat libertarian left-right-black-white populist movement. But the assassinations that have occurred so far are nothing compared to what will take place. The next wave will be carried out by the Mafia, who will be paid in Illuminati gold.”
I’m no conspiracy theorist, but damn…that’s too familiar for comfort. Nice job, Roberts.