[Disinfo ed.’s note: The following is an excerpt from Jesse Walker’s new book, The United States of Paranoia: A Conspiracy Theory. The excerpt is part of the chapter “Operation Mindfuck” and focuses on the role of the Discordian Pope, Robert Anton Wilson.]
[Robert Anton] Wilson laid out the basic instructions for Operation Mindfuck in a memo sent to several friends (including [Paul] Krassner). 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. READ THE REST at DISINFO
Join me in celebrating a day of not being sure about anything. But don’t expect the Certain to thank you for it
Today is Maybe Day, a day inspired by the late writer Robert Anton Wilson. It was his hope that on this day people of all creeds and beliefs would come together and chant, “Jesus is the only son of God, maybe” “Hear O Israel, the Lord thy God is one, maybe” and “There’s no God but Allah, maybe, and maybe Mohammed is his prophet.” At this point the world would suddenly become a far saner place.
Over 10 years ago, I discovered that I could save MSword documents as html files and upload them to my ISP user home page, and RAWilsonFans was born out of the alt.fan.rawilson FAQAFUQ (Frequently Answered Questions and Frequently Unanswered Questions), the Crowley article from The Realist, and The Chocolate Biscuit Conspiracy mp3s I liberated from Napster. Marc “elmyr” Lutter developed the original FAQAFUQ with the help of many of the alt.fan.rawilson regulars back around 1999-2000 and I always felt it needed a more prominent presence on the web. Over the years, I’ve received contributions from a variety of folks across the infosphere and wish I had kept better records on all that. Wilson-heads Eric Wagner and Michael “RMJon23” Johnson deserve special mention for their extensive help, advice, and contributions, and now RAW blogger Tom Jackson deserves a shout-out for his recent efforts in analog to digital conversion.
A few years ago, Joseph Matheny began hosting this site on the Alterati servers, and now he has converted the base site to this new platform. With the new platform, we’ve gone through and updated all the links and content, and added a wealth of new material that has emerged over the past year or two. Take a look around and fnord.
It has been a long while since this site has had an update and many of the links below may have already crossed your path.
One of the most requested items (2nd only to The Sex Magicians) I’ve had over the years is the Mystic Fire movie Borders, with Steve Buscemi, which has only very recently been uploaded to YouTube in one full, uncut video by the prolific RAWarchive channel.
I’ve completed and published a long anticipated index of the Realist Archive Project.
If you’ve never been to Tom Jackson’s RAW Illumination blog, set aside some time prior to venturing into the featured contents including a dozen new essays, two new interviews, and a handful of collected letters.
Other videos incude the Prophets Conference from Dec, 2000 and a gig with Leary from 1998 in LA. Meanwhile, 3 new interviews have been added to the roster: Obscure Research Interview 1991, Rabbit Warren Report 1997, and Future Life Interview, Sept 1981.
Last but not least, we have an audio interview on Finnegans Wake and Joseph Campbell.
Scott writes a series of three posts on Wilson including a round about discussion on Wilson’s influence on comic books.
In honor of the 5th anniversary of Wilson’s departure from the physical plane, Boing-Boing is celebrating RAW Week with contributions and remembrances by Paul Krasner, Douglas Ruskoff, Antero Alli, Jay Kinney, R.U. Sirius, Erik Davis, Ivan Stang, Richard Metzger, David Jay Brown, RAW blogger Tom Jackson, and more.
Fond remembrances of the life and work of Robert Anton Wilson, featuring Douglas Rushkoff, Antero Ali, Tiffany Lee Brown, David Jay Brown, Zac Odin, and Joseph Matheny.
And on Archive.org for free