Screw them! Screw the government!
-- Legends of the Fall
Keep your confidence in the Almighty -- or whatever
makes all the wheels go around..
-- The Miracle of Morgan's Creek
The strange people who have already started looking
for Satanism in school books, Rock lyrics, Dungeon-and-dragon games etc. will
really wig out when they start to feel the multi-media and Virtual Reality
revolutions. The right wing will have nightmares in the late '90s that will
make the 62 Satanism panics of 1982-1993 seem sedate by comparison.
Most intellectuals don't realize how big those panics grew in most
cases, since the accused and accusers all usually came from poor, ignorant and
rustic enclaves, and nobody got hanged. But think of it -- Every one of these
panics in the United States involved more accused "Satanists" and longer
hysterias than the Salem witch-hunt of 1692. We think of the Pilgrims as
unbalanced because of that single outbreak of mob paranoia, but what must we
think of of our fellow citizens today who have had 62 such outbreaks in little
more than a decade? Think of three Salem witch-hunts per year, extending over
24 States. And remember that, during the same years, hundreds of our
had experiences (in other realities....) which they explained as sexual or
genetic tampering by Monsters from Outer Space. I only need add that organized
bigots still fight a last-ditch battle against Darwin, biology and science in
This mass hysteria I see as part of the Future Shock of our accelerated social
destabilization as "life as we know it" vanishes and gets replaced more and
more by "life as we used to read it in science-fiction." Naive people have
grown terrorized by text books, by pop music, by games, and even by
school-teachers (the most inoffensive persons around); accusations of
"Satanism" have targeted all of these, as you will see in Dr. Victor's book.
The whole modern (or post-modern) world seems incomprehensible, and therefore
sinister, to millions of our citizens.
If you want to grok what these ordinary beer-and-hotdog Americans feel when
they see a Gay Pride parade on TV, try to imagine your own reaction to a
Cannibal Pride parade. I do not mean that Gays should go "back in the closet,"
or that any other genies should or can go back into their bottles. I just mean
that the world has begun to freak out a lot of ignorant people, and America
more ignorant people than any other industrial nation, because of certain
differences between European and American capitalists.
In general, European capitalists usually have broad educations, keep up with
artistic and cultural trends, have long accepted some degree of socialism as
inevitable, and believe they can make bigger profits with very well educated
workers who understand the science behind the technology they use. American
capitalists usually have narrowly specialized educations, no interests beyond
profit itself, fear that any degree of socialism will destroy them utterly,
believe they can make bigger profits with an ignorant and docile working
But, once again, out of the chaos I see us emerging to another (temporary)
stability, in which more advances in knowledge and art will occur than at any
previous time in history because we now process more information per week than
most earlier societies processed in a generation.
NARRATOR walking in pleasant woodland scene.
NARRATOR: The anal-territorial reality-tunnel has its origin in mammalian
ritual. Excreting on a territory is a ritual signal that the territory has
Dog peeing on tree.
NARRATOR walking through stills from Olivier's HENRY V.
NARRATOR: Domesticated primates -- humans, that is -- outline their
territories by ink excretions on paper. Every national border marks a place
where two gangs of domesticated primates got too exhausted to fight anymore
made a new territorial mark.
Footage from Welles' CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT. The armies of Henry IV and the rebels
rushing forward into combat.
Dubbed voice: Hail Eris! All hail Discordia!
More footage from CHIMES: dead bodies in the mud.
NARRATOR walking past collage of photos from Vietnam War.
NARRATOR: We all enter this reality-tunnel by age 3 -- and most never grow out
of it. This new reality-tunnel is again formed by imprinted neurotransmitter
networks in the brain. It is called Patriotism.
Footage from Eisenstein's ALEXANDER NEVSKY. The two armies in panoramic shot
rushing to destroy each other.
Dubbed voice: Holy Russia! Long live the Tsar! Hail Eris!
Second dubbed voice: The Fatherland. Long live the Kaiser! All hail Discordia!
Third dubbed voice: Anybody got any ludes?
IGNATZ wandering down the dark hall.
Voice (off screen):: American life bomb went authoritarian. We leap from human
bodies. Fast forward.
CLOSE UP of finger pushing FORWARD button.
A new ACTOR sitting at the TV Announcer desk. He has all the charm and
sincerity of a professional TV anchorman. Behind him are front Jand back
sketches of John Kennedy's body as observed as Parkland General Hospital in
ACTOR: This is the neck wound that all the doctors at Parkland Hospital in
Dallas identified as the entrance wound. (Points to neck.) It looks like an
entrance wound. This is the huge gaping wound in the back of the head (Points
to back of head ) that the doctors regarded as the exit wound. It looks like
an exit wound. This is what they saw and wrote down and testified, and it
indicates the shots came from the front, from the Grassy Knoll.
The crucial sequence of the Zapruder film. Kennedy is hit and his head jerks
back, like any man shot from the front.
The TV studio, as before Zapruder insert. The Parkland hospital sketches
disappear and are replaced by by two new sketches of the corpse.
ACTOR: These are the sketches of what the doctors at Bethesda Hospital saw
later that evening. The wound in the neck has been enlarged, you will note, to
make it look like an exit wound. A new wound has been added in the back,
between the shoulders, which was not there at Parkland Hospital in Dallas.
Look. Do you see the changes? In making these alterations, the whole brain
disappeared. It has never been found or its absense explained. All this was
necessary to make it look as if the shots were fired from the rear, from the
School Book Depository. Now the Mafia couldn't do this. The pro-Castro Cubans
couldn't do it. The anti-Castro Cubans couldn't do it. No group of rich
right-wingers outside the government could do it. The changes were made while
the corpse was in the hands of government agents. And the changes were made
immediately, as soon as the corpse was put on Air Force One. Only a group
within the government could do this. And the only group in the government with
the motive and the means and a history of arranging assassinations was the
(slow emphasis) C...I....
Screen goes blank, as if film broke. Weird extraterrestrial noises. Sign
IT IS REALITY THAT IS MALFUNCTIONING
NARRATOR standing before TV announcer set. In the background, two men in white
are forcibly administering a hyperdermic sedative to the Assassination Buff
NARRATOR: We don't know how he got in...some wandering nut, obviously....He'll
get the medical attention he needs...
ACTOR, sedated, zombie-like, is dragged off by the men in white.
The unconvincing UFOs from PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE
VOICE #1: End Kennedy sequence. Rewrite past time.
VOICE #2: Yes. We must not destroy their reality-tunnel too fast. Let there be
VOICE #3: No goddam anchovies, I said.
Mercator map of the world.
NARRATOR (voice over) The trajectory of human history can be stated in four
simple words -- Fast Westward, Fast Forward. Those with neophobic imprints --
"Oh, Mommy, take me home" -- stay in one place, where they were born.
A dot appears over Thailand.
NARRATOR: Those with neophilic imprints -- "It's fun to explore" -- keep
moving Westward, against the spin of Earth, creating new ideas as they travel.
Consider the order of the discovery of the chemical elements -- which is one
trajectory of the direction and acceleration of human progress...
Each element is represented by a dot lighting up and flashing on the map. They
move steadily in an East-to-West direction.
NARRATOR: In this simulation, one minute equals 6000 years, or one hundred
years per second. The first nine elements were discovered in Asia, before the
birth of Christ...
We see the dots lighting up.
NARRATOR: Then, faster and faster, the elements were discovered in Europe,
moving from South-East to North-West...The Holy Inquisition sort of killed off
science in Southern Europe, as you can see...
We see the dots lighting up and clustering in Northern Europe.
NARRATOR: By 1932 we knew all the natural chemical elements. Since then we
have created quite a few new elements, all of them in Southern California.
We see the dots moving West to California in the last part of the last second.
NARRATOR: Fast Westward, Fast Forward...
Alleged extraterrestrial in gorilla suit with diving helmet (from ROBOT
MONSTER.) He is walking across desert. We dub dialogue.
GORILLA: No, there were no little green men for Lee Harvey Oswald. So soft
this public nuisance is beginning.
Medium shot. IGNATZ is in a grubby hippie pad, wearing Punk clothes. He has a
joint in his mouth and is laying out Tarot cards for a "reading." Poster of
John Lennon on wall behind him.
AUTHORITARIAN VOICE (off screen ) You think you're pretty damned smart, don't
you, you insignificant little turd?
IGNATZ looks up guiltily, awed by Authoritarian Voice.
VOICE: Oh, you know all about Tarot and the Tree of Life and how to get high
on Weed. You dig the latest in art and music and film. You're fuckin' HIP,
baby. But what about the left brain? Do you know anything about that, melon
Camera pans around room, highlighting air conditioner and stereo as VOICE
drones on in tones of rebuke.
VOICE: How does the Mysterious Stereo function? Why does the mystic Air
Conditioner make the air cooler? Have you ever wondered about these things?
you using only HALF your brain power?
Long shot of jet airplane taking off.
VOICE (still off-screen) What is the Magic Art that allows a super-jet to
lift 400 people off the ground and put them down safely over 4000 miles away?
IGNATZ in hippie set, looking downcast and Bottom Dog.
The brain on black background, revolving.
VOICE: The long-hidden secrets of the left brain are known to High Adepts at
the Princeton Institute for Advanced Studies. Now they are willing to share
their mystic knowledge with nerds like you. Yes, YOU, and any other jerk like
you. Now is your chance to learn about the syllogism, which tells when an
argument is sound and when it's just hot air. Or about the equation, which
predicts physical events before they happen. Or the Experiment, which shows
secrets of nature stark naked before your gaping moronic eyes. Sign up before
it's too late.
The living room. IGNATZ and BETTY watching the above on TV. In the corner,
NARRATOR is reading INFO-PSYCHOLOGY by Dr. Timothy Leary.
BETTY: Gee, I wonder if this stuff is anything like yoga? I hate those bending
IGNATZ: Advanced sages... hidden knowledge...Ha! Sounds like bullshit to me.