posted on Apr, 20 2014 @ 10:53 PM
Brand’s excoriation of the political class felt to many like a breath of fresh air. But while Brand’s humor-infused brew of Marxism, anarchism and
New Age spirituality may seem like the mere rantings of a rebellious entertainer who frequently refers to himself as a “Jungian Trickster,” I
would argue he represents a more dangerous omen.
The Occupy Wall Street “movement” (if there ever was such a thing) – and emerging generations of young Americans more generally – is being led
by Brand and other pied pipers away from practical reality and into an illusory “world of pure imagination”.
As Timothy Leary succeeded in getting a certain number of anti-war protestors to “turn on, tune in and drop out,” OWS leadership turned righteous
indignation into irrationalism. Occupy started with tremendous political potential and became something of a middle-class laughing stock for its
stated demand of “no demands.” What was expected to produce political reform became instead an unwashed, “leaderless” mob camping in the park,
marching across bridges to nowhere, and claiming to have “changed the conversation,” a change which was sadly short-lived.
With a growth in the popularity of psychedelic drugs like ayahuasca, we should underscore their historical importance as tools of mass cultural
control. The psychedelics that played a central role in cementing the hippies and other subcultures of the late 1960s were provided en masse by the
CIA, as detailed in books like Acid Dreams. The agents behind their popularization turned out in most cases to be agents of British and American
intelligence like Aldous Huxley, Timothy Leary, Ken Kesey, the Grateful Dead—the latter of the two (Kesey and the Dead’s Robert Hunter), along
with others like “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski, having been participants in the CIA’s clandestine MKUltra program. Psychedelic mushrooms were
popularized by R. Gordon Wasson, a vice president of public relations for JPMorgan bank, one-time chair of the elite Council on Foreign Relations, and
confrere of figures like ousted CIA chief Allen Dulles. Wasson co-authored The Road to Eleusis with '___' pioneer Albert Hofmann, tracing the
programmatic use of psychedelic-fueled “mystery rites” back to Ancient Greece.
Hints of psychedelia began to re-emerge during OWS. One example was the presentation of “Social Dreaming” seminars by London’s notorious
Tavistock Institute, where residents of OWS’ “tent city” were guided through the process of collective dreaming and psychoanalysis. Tavistock
figured heavily in the creation of the 1960s hippie culture, where it played a parallel role to the CIA and cutouts like the Esalen Institute.