Bulletin #27 1986
No mention of counter-cultural Atlanta omits THE BIRD, although it was either more or less than counter-cultural.
First there was a BIRD. Then there was no BIRD (1976).
Then there was a BIRD (1985). Now there is no BIRD -- sorely missed by Atlanta's Marx-Leninist.
Others felt it lacked diversity.
Dedicated to Dylan Thomas - Whoever HE Was.
Bulletin #28 1986
In 1976 I began getting letters from a man I hoped was a charming crank about "why we Fascists assassinated Kennedy." How I got on Coman-Ra's mailing list in the first place some years earlier was a mystery to me. Since 1970, though, Greg Hill and I both had been receiving from him everything from advice about how to grow organic sprouts to racist newspapers published by White Christians who were armed and quite dangerous. In reply to one of my memos about Kirstein that had fallen into his hands indirectly, he wrote me to say that the tragedy in Dallas was plotted by the Secret Order of Thule in such a way as to assure that no cover-up could remain convincing forever. Motive: to make the American public paranoid about their government and mass media. For paranoia, he told me, is a big step in the direction of mental health.
People who become paranoid, Coman-Ra wrote, will not rest until they discover every last shred of truth. Among the devices used to encourage awareness of conspiracy were the many crude Oswald impersonations that occurred just previous to the assassination. Puzzled for more than a decade about exactly that mystery, I had to admit this was the first credible hypothesis to explain it without making the assassins look like idiots. And had they been less than geniuses, there'd have been no cover-up at all.
Coman-Ra further informed me that the conspiracy was constructed in concentric circles, like Chinese boxes, with descending levels, so that only the "man at the center" understood afterwards exactly what had happened. Of course, I could not ignore the possibility that man might have been the person I call Brother-in-law.
What brought the many loose ends in the John Kennedy murder mystery together for me was this realization that it was a maximum complicity crime. Various factions must have been deliberately implicated on a blind-alliance basis, so that once the event occurred, every group of conspirators was startled at evidence of participation by someone besides themselves.
Like Brother-in-law, Coman-Ran seemed morbidly fascinated with Hitler and Nazi Germany. Both men mentioned in particular little-known aspects of the Third Reich -- such as the secret pagan rituals of the SS and the occult beliefs of Hitler's cohorts. Both repeated a rumor that Nazi rocket scientists discovered energy secrets the oil companies were repressing to this day. And whether either or both were living some kind of macabre hoax or were absolutely fanatical was impossible to decide, since neither man was without humor. For instance, Coman-Ra always signed off with: "Love is Alive and Well."
As might be anticipated, it struck me that perhaps Coman-Ra and Gary Kirstein were the same person, so in 1977 I dropped in on Coman-Ra unexpectedly at his address in Sacramento, California. Not only was he not the same man I had conversed with in New Orleans, but it was plain that the spine-chilling ranting in his letters was just a big put-on. That isn't to say his information about the assassination could not have been valid. A warm, intelligent human being obviously unsympathetic to Fascism, he nevertheless seemed quite versed in secret society politics.
"I come on all hairy like that in my letters," he told me, "to scare off government agents."
Forget about Jesus! Think about the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Solar Lodge of the O.T.O. instead. They're closer to home and almost as dangerous.
Dedicated to Dylan Thomas - Whoever HE Was
Organ of the Revolutionary Surrealist Vandal Party (RSVP)
Bulletin #29 1986
Clearly, rational values must prevail over disguised traditional values within any culture that honestly merits being called revolutionary.
While among such values must be tolerance for older cultures and for cultural diversity among the world's masses, revolutionary culture is for revolutionaries -- to meet the needs of a category of people concerned with maintaining morale for a specific type of struggle against racism, classism, sexism and statism. Also, it is an outreach toward potentially rebellious individuals in the general populance. For these reasons it need not in any way tamely condescend to square notions of moral obedience.
So as to embody such strength of principle without becoming offensively intolerant it can simply avoid taking itself too seriously.
Anarcho-surrealism is shallowly criticized for being trivial when it is simply modest, tactful and psychologically strategic.
In its departure from conventions is some of the weight of its message, while its light-heartedness tends to soften the blow. Culture is returned to a sane perspective and does not, therefore, continue to serve as fodder for endless bickering.
See Alan Watts in the chapter of Psychotherapy East and West called "Invitation to the Dance." In his final book, Tao: The Watercourse Way, Watts praises the anarchism of Kropotkin.
Sex-Pol by Wilhelm Reich is also worth studying in this connection. In the first, and in my view unrivaled, synthesis of Marx and Freud this genius -- who had not yet been driven half mad by Marxist and Freudians, both -- shares with anarchists, social democrats, Trotskyists and many Stalinists of the day what was simply the popular wisdom: that puritanism is the backbone of bourgeois sexual morality. (That free-thinking materialist libertines were also to be found among capitalists was not taken as overwhelming proof that cultural rationalism was bourgeois and decadent. It seems to have taken the overlapping reigns of terror and virtue of Hitler and Stalin to establish the contemporary assumption that only 19th century Prussian values are not safely called decadent.)
"Every type of political power presupposes some form of human slavery, for the maintenance of which it is called into being. Just as outwardly -- that is, in relation to other States -- the State has to create certain artificial antagonisms in order to justify its existence, so also internally the cleavage of society into castes, ranks, and classes is an essential condition of its continuance. The State is capable only of protecting old privileges and creating new ones; in that, its whole significance is exhausted."
-- Rudolf Rocker, Anarcho-Syndicalism
Dedicated to Dylan Thomas - Whoever HE Was
Bulletin #30 1986
Secret Weapons of the Sub-Genius
Coman-Ra Said: "Sure, antigravity has been around for a long time. Townsend-Brown had a model flying saucer flitting around a may pole in 1928. He used the Bifeld-Brown effect, which involves the behavior of a charged condenser in a magnetic field. It is the free energy device, almost.... The National Socialists in Germany took the work of Townsend-Brown and had operational flying saucers in WW 2. A book on this has been published in Germany and has gone through three editions. It is, of course, not available in the U.S." (9/27/'76 Letter)
Critique Magazine Said: "Dr. Mason Rose of the University for Social Research, published a paper describing the discoveries of Dr. Paul Alfred Biefeld, astronomer and physicist at the California Institute for Advanced Studies, and his assistant, Townsend Brown. In 1923 Biefeld discovered that a heavily charged electrical condensor moved towards its positive pole when suspended in a gravitational field. He assigned Brown to study the effect as a research project. A series of experiments showed Brown that the most efficient shape for a field propelled condensor was a disk with a central dome. In 1926 T. Brown published his paper describing all the construction features and flight characteristics of a flying saucer....
"On September 10, 1981, an interesting interview was broadcast on Radio Station KTAR, Phoenix, Arizona. It featured Bill Spaulding, head of GSW (Ground Saucer Watch). The unusual interview theorized that the Government was using UFOs as a kind of mundane 'control system.' Bill Spaulding said that the American public and other portions of the world are being manipulated into a saucer belief system which is all part of a conspiracy to actually promote UFOs rather than stomp them out. The purpose is so they can carry on the things they are doing, such as cattle mutilations, Stealth aircraft testing which is invisible to radar, and mind control, among other things....
"From other sources it is claimed that the CIA, formed in 1947, took over the public image of the 'flying saucers' created by secret flights of US aircraft and artificial meteor research, etc., during the 1947-48 period. By 1950 the CIA had set into motion a plan of encouraging public belief in interplanetary travel through a psychological technique of guiding the release of planted information, ordering 'secret' tests of authentic military developments which gave misleading impressions to observers, etc. It delegated the Air Force to act as official 'investigator' to stave off public inquiry. It secretly sponsored the formation of UFO study groups and contact clubs. The CIA set up many UFO publishers, sponsored the publicity received by Adamski's books, and others. All testifying the 'extra-terrestrial'origin of UFOs; and purposely creating confusion."--Eric Wynants, "The UFO Connection," Critique, Box 11451, Santa Rosa, CA 95406
Dreamshore Magazine Said: "He (Adamski) was an ex-bootlegger and a master con artist. Originally he had written a science fantasy about the Second Coming in which Jesus lands in a spaceship. When the story was rejected, he rewrote it with 'Orthon' instead of Jesus and submitted it as fact.... Joe and Jane Average Middle Amerikan took the Space Brothers to their hearts and pocketbooks, never realizing that they'd just finished battling that very image -- blond, white, Nordic Superman -- in WWII."--Mela Quaternary, Dreamshore #29: "George Bush pilots a flying saucer", 618 S. Mitchell St., Bloomington, IN 47401
Dedicated to Dylan Thomas - Whoever HE Was
Organ of the Revolutionary Surrealist Vandal Party
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