Everything Is under Control: Conspiracies, Cults, and Cover-Ups

Everything Is under Control: Conspiracies, Cults, and Cover-Ups

by Robert A. Wilson

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Before the X-Files, before alt.conspiracy, there was Robert Anton Wilson and his legendary Illuminatus! Trilogy. Now this avatar of conspiriology, renowned for his razor wit and progressive philosophy, takes you on a fascinating, eclectic ride through what Wilson has termed the "Cultic Twilight" where conspiracy theories flourish.



Before the X-Files, before alt.conspiracy, there was Robert Anton Wilson and his legendary Illuminatus! Trilogy. Now this avatar of conspiriology, renowned for his razor wit and progressive philosophy, takes you on a fascinating, eclectic ride through what Wilson has termed the "Cultic Twilight" where conspiracy theories flourish.

Everything Is Under Control covers the range of Wilson's kaleidoscopic knowledge, from John Adams to the Voronezh (former Soviet Union) UFO sighting, the Campus Crusade for Cthulhu to the Mothman prophecies, and everything in between. What do the Freemasons, the Kennedys, and Princess Diana have in common? All are at the center of gigantic conspiracy theories with incredibly complex and endlessly multiplying twists, turns, highways and byways. Arranged by alphabetical entries which include cross-references to other entries in the book and also provide addresses to related sites on the Web, this book is truly interactive--you can dip in, read through, or follow one of the URLs from an interesting entry onto the internet.

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To call Wilson (b. 1932) merely a prolific sf writer is both to underrate his output -- at least 2000 articles and 20 books by 1996 -- and to limit what he does in generic terms. Most famous for two trilogies that are indeed identified mostly as science fiction -- Illuminatus! (1984) and Schroedinger's Cat (1988) -- Wilson revels in alternate consciousness, 1960s-flavored mysticism, the Internet, and making connections among phenomena that often appear to be disconnected. All those concerns make this book both fascinating and useful but perplexing. Wilson has always had great fun mining contemporary conspiracy cultures (his best-known works are based on millennium-old notions that all of human history is shaped by secret societies), but the problem with this encyclopedia of plots and plot-discoverers is his thorough authorial embrace of irony and humor. Just when a reader is convinced that Wilson's aim is to deflate a particular canard, he seems to affirm another's legitimacy. In the final analysis, this exhaustive work provides both fun and information; each entry closes with a source citation, often and appropriately a website. While not exactly balanced, this work is a good addition to libraries with strong science fiction or popular culture collections. Academic libraries with browsing or "lighter entertainment" sections should also consider.
--Scott H. Silverman, Bryn Mawr College Library, Upper Darby, PA

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Everything Is Under Control
Conspiracies, Cults, and Cover-ups

A-Albionic Consulting and Research

The most plausible of the multiconspiracy theories--i.e., those scenarios that do not claim that one supersecret criminal gang rules this planet, but rather that at least two such "gangs" exist, at war with each other--comes forth from an outfit styling itself A-Albionic Consulting and Research, in Ferndale, Michigan.
A-Albionic began in 1985 with a common or garden-variety uniconspiracy theory, blaming everything on the British royal family--rather like Lyndon LaRouche, who may have served as their original inspiration. In 1989, however, A-Albionic revised their model of the world (yes, they actually use the scientific word "model" and show other signs of some technical education). The post-1989 A-Albionic scenario holds that, in their own words (capitals included), "The Overt and Covert Organs of the Vatican and the British Empire are Locked in Mortal Combat for Control of the World."
A-Albionic traces this Mortal Combat back to the reign of the first Queen Elizabeth, when Protestant-Catholic warfare raged all over Europe--the time when the English, typically, made their pioneer scientific rationalist, Sir Francis Bacon, a high government official, while the Vatican took their pioneer scientific rationalist, Giordano Bruno, and burned him at the stake. The British Crown and the Throne of Peter have continued to make war on each other ever since, in this model, and every other "interest group," "trade union," "association of manufacturers," Mafia family, international bank or intelligence agency--everything that might qualify as aconspiracy in anybody's mind--have all become puppets, unknowingly, in this megastruggle.
Thus, the Windsor Family Mega-Conspiracy manipulates a motley crew, which A-Albionic sums up as "Comsymp-International Banker-Judeo-Masonic-Labour Party-British Intelligence-Socialist International-Social Democrat-Fabian-AFL-CIO-UAW-KGB"--the same unlikely bedfellows that appear in many anti-Illuminati theories. The Vatican, on the opposite side of the world power struggle, controls an assembly of "CIA-Fascist International-Georgetown Jesuits-McCarthyite-Buckleyite-Knights of Malta." (See Knights of Malta and P2.)
Duoconspiracy theories, like uniconspiracy theories, often lead to logical conclusions that seem bizarre to outsiders. Thus, the late Carroll Quigley, professor of history at Georgetown University, appears as a member of the Insiders in the John Birch Societytheory, and these alleged Insiders, who sound a lot like the Illuminati, all belong to the British Royal Family Jumbo Conspiracy in A-Albionic's system. In fact, many right-wing theories become compatible if one identifies Insiders with Illuminati and both with international bankers (Jewish, Dutch, or whichever suspects you prefer). . . . Ergo, Quigley was an agent of the Windsor Gang.
But Prof. Quiqley taught at Georgetown, which the Jesuits own, so this makes him actually a tool of the Vatican conspiracy according to A-Albionic. He had entered the Windsor-InsiderInternational Banker-Illuminati conspiracy, A-Albionic says, but only to expose it. Quigley's book, Tragedy and Hope, usually cited by right-wingers as "inadvertently" revealing the Insider's plot for world government, had nothing inadvertent about it at all. The Jesuits sent Quigley to spy out the enemy and publish their secrets, according to A-Albionic.
This minor detail in the conspiratorial mosaic became a matter of passionate debate among conspiriologists during the 1992 presidential race, because Bill Clinton, in one speech, mentioned Prof. Quigley as a teacher who had vastly inspired him in his youth. To the majority of right-wing conspiracy buffs, this "proved" that Clinton worked for the Insiders, or the Illuminati or at least the international bankers. But A-Albionic insisted on their own analysis. If President Clinton really received inspiration from a Jesuit school, they claim, then he has become a tool of the Vatican/CIA, or anti-Illuminati, conspiracy.
See also:
The Con, Princess Di's Death, Terra Papers, Yankee and Cowboy War

The A...A... is the Supreme and Eternal Inner School of initiates who have in all times overseen the evolution of consciousness on this planet (and, presumably, elsewhere). This order has assumed various forms and names throughout history.
--from the A... A... web page:
The A...A... must rank as the most secretive secret society in the world. Perhaps nobody, not even the few writers who have discussed it, knows for sure when the A...A... began, which group claiming to be the A...A... at present is the real A...A..., or even what the symbols A...A... stand for--although many claim to know all these things, of course.
The best documented form of this secret society dates from ca. 1906 and already claimed a long underground history. It advertised itself as a "magick" society for advanced adepts of the occult. (Magick, pronounced mage-ick, as in Magus or the Three Magi, deals with altering consciousness and enlarging perception, using chants, rituals, drugs, jewels, symbols such as the pentagram, and special exercises to strengthen will and imagination.) The leader, known only by the initials V.V.V.V.V., also claimed that the A...A... held the rank of "higher order" above the G... .D... (Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn), then the most "advanced" Freemasonic or pseudo-Freemasonic order in England, at least in its own judgment. Thus, by claiming a higher rank, the A...A... guaranteed itself a curious audience, at least among those who really take occultism seriously. Just as the Golden Dawn had ten degrees, so did the A...A..., but you needed to have graduated from the tenth degree of the Golden Dawn to begin the first degree of the A...A....
Everything Is Under Control
Conspiracies, Cults, and Cover-ups
. Copyright © by Robert A. Wilson. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Robert Anton Wilson has authored more than 30 books, teaches at Esalen, Oasis, Interface, and Open Center, maintains an award-winning website, and has been a guest artist on a punk rock record with Golden Horde.

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