The book that woke me up to face the truth.
January 23, 2015
[Sixth in a series of articles telling the stories of how each of the top ten influential books made my list.]
“FDR once said, “In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.” He was in a good position to know. We believe that many of the major world events that are shaping our destinies occur because somebody or somebodies have planned them that way. If we were merely dealing with the law of averages, half of the events affecting our nation’s well-being should be good for America. If we were dealing with mere incompetence, our leaders should occasionally make a mistake in our favor. We shall attempt to prove that we are not really dealing with coincidence or stupidity, but with planning and brilliance. This small book deals with that planning and brilliance and how it has shaped the foreign and domestic policies of the last six administrations.”—from Chapter One.
As illustrated in the lyric from Cabaret, “Money makes the world go ‘round.”
In May of 1970 I graduated from high school and began pre-pharmacy studies.
The United States involvement in events in Southeast Asia had begun to escalate into what most of us called a “war.”
I woke up one morning and discovered that adulthood was bearing down on me at a faster pace every day.
A college deferment was all that kept me out of the rice paddies.
Fear motivated me to study.
Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock was published. The title comes from the phenomenon of change invading our lives at an ever increasing pace.
I was living it.
I was too busy becoming a pharmacist, an adult, and (four years later) a husband.
In the year of America’s bicentennial, a co-worker handed me a copy of this book.
None Dare, as it was referred to in casual conversation taught me the same axiom later to be made famous by the anonymous “Deep Throat,” “Follow the money.”
How naive I had been. Our country had not been founded and governed by the poor working men and women. It was, in 1976, still being run by the wealthy. Little has changed. I believe those conditions continue. As George Carlin said, “They let us vote so we’ll think we have a say in how things are run.”
Huey P. Long asserted the only difference between Republicans and Democrats is the direction from which they skin us—either from the neck down or the ankles up.
Gary Allen wrote in None Dare that if we believe in conspiracies we are considered by mainstream media and intelligentsia to be “kooks.” If that’s true of everyone who read his book, then there are a lot of kooks running around in the United States today. But it seems like not enough of them are running to the polls to vote.
Then again, maybe the kooks have learned that voting does little to change the outcomes.
None Dare Call It Conspiracy is on my list because it woke me up, it educated me, and it changed how I view our country, our government, and the relationship of the world’s governments.
What’s the conspiracy? The conspirators operate under many guises, many names, and the result is the same. A few years ago, protesters on Wall Street complained about the “one percenters.” The key players number much less. The actual figure is most likely less than one percent of the top one percent.
It’s no wonder that conspiracy theorists and members of the elite groups play key roles in my novels.
It’s the only way I can influence any of them.
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