aliens and masons and Nazis, oh my!

October 7, 2008

Conspiracy writer Jim Marrs has a new book out, Rise of the Fourth Reich: The Secret Societies That Threaten to Take Over America. The bad guys trying to rule the world this time are (insert dramatic pause) Nazis. But hold on folks, not your garden variety World War 2 Nazis but those who started building businesses in Europe as Germany was being rebuilt and those brought over by Project Paperclip and ended up as corporate magnates who espouse Nazi ideology by being… well… erm… corporate magnates. The fact that the scientists brought over to America after the end of World War 2 to share their classified knowledge of top secret Nazi projects were far from loyal SS troopers and were most likely slated for execution so the Allies would never find out how to build V2 rockets, doesn’t enter the picture. Neither does the opposition they faced from war veterans who found it repugnant to “work with the enemy.” It’s also downright insulting to Wernher von Braun who created the Saturn V rocket and was one of the people who lobbied the US government to see space as more than a place from which to hurl nukes at the Russians.

Fourth Reich essentially creates a new definition of Nazism vague enough to become anything Marrs wants it to be and then uses it to attack people the author doesn’t like by tying them to wars, authoritarian laws and incendiary speeches. He might have had a stronger argument if he focused on the love Hitler received from powerful people around the world before he invaded Poland and the companies that used slave labor he provided to make Nazi war machines. But by focusing on scientists with very dubious loyalties to the Nazi Party working in the Swiss Alps on last minute attempts to miraculously win the war at the 11th hour and unwilling members of the Nazi party trying to survive Hitler’s oppression and make a few marks so they could feed their families after the war, he undermines his basic premise. In short, the book is one long Ad Nazium.

There’s another thing with which Marrs confused me. Between all the evil neo-conservatives, Trilateralists, the Illuminati, the Freemasons, Rothchilds the Builderberg Group, aliens, energy companies hiding extraterrestrial goodies and now, Nazi bogeymen heading all the top global corporations all fighting for control of the human race, how can any one of these conspiracies function without being undermined by at least three or four others? By this point, all of the evil forces trying to control us should be tripping over each other and unleashing an interstellar war for control of a tiny blue planet floating around a run of the mill star in Nowhere, Milky Way.

Unless of course there’s an uber-conspiracy on top of all this playing the other secret rulers and orders for chumps in their ultimate quest to do… something. I guess we’ll find out in the next book, won’t we? After all, this is why it’s so good to be a conspiracy writer. You’ll always need to create a new layer of evil on top of the layers you already laid down to explain the holes in your theories. That means more books, more sales and another book in the making as soon as the ink dries on the first edition of your latest potboiler. If people object, just accuse them of being sheep brainwashed by the government controlled mass media or a government stooge out to discredit you, the truth-seeker, in the same way a politician running for office would counter his foes. Yes, it’s a good business being a conspiracy theorist…

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  • I spent years writing and researching two occult-oriented novels and had a ball seeking out odd theories and notions and doing my best to incorporate them into SO DARK THE NIGHT and OF THE NIGHT. There are a lot of strange people out there, strange ideas. Neo-Lovecraftians who genuinely believe the Old Ones are trying to break through to our dimension and wreak havoc. Satanists and occultists who spout the most inane B.S. imaginable, better than anything a fiction writer could devise.

    Good post, thanks for this…

  • Earlier this year I bought a shortwave radio and some of the strange stuff fringe Christians spout on the air makes the Book of Revelations seem like kid’s stuff.

    Makes for fascinating listening. Great meeting a fellow student of the weird and wacky. With folks like Marrs around, why the hell do we need fiction writers, eh?

  • Greg Fish

    Mr. Burns,

    I’ve also spent several years researching the Occult for certain entertainment projects and I know what you mean. The curious thing about Jim Marrs is that he does really believe what he writes unlike a number of conspiracy and alternative subject matter writers who simply write for the money. He also seems to be able to overlook contradictory things or things that don’t seem to mesh with his ideas of the world and contribute them to his lack of knowledge of the Great Conspiracy. And while I do and will harp on him and many other conspiracy theorists, I do admire his passion for his art.

  • A major premise of The Illuminatus! Trilogy is that there really are all these different conspiracies tripping over each other. The idea is played with very well in Steve Jackson’s Illuminati game which is a lot of fun (there aren’t many other contexts where one gets to say things like “ok. The Pentagon aided by the Boy Scouts is now trying to wrest the Feminists from the control of the Orbital Mind Control Lasers.”

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