Hello, to all involved,
I have been thinking quite a bit about our dear Dr. Peter Beter, as I am sure all of you have. This has been a great thread and I hold it as only #2,
in my opinion, to the Jerusalem UFO thread which was my introduction to ATS.
This was the mellowest, most evenly developed collaboration of members I have seen yet. I know our power must be making some feet quake in boots.
Congratulations to ATS and the OP.
I would like to share some of my thoughts in the hopes of bringing a slightly different perspective to all this.
I have noticed that some of the posts here became immediately concerned with the ‘veracity’ of some of Dr. Beter’s statements from his audio
What I am interested in, ATS, is whether it really matters whether or not what he is saying is ‘true’ or ‘accurate’ or a representative
example of what is happening in the world?
I am suggesting that maybe it is more important now, in our post-post-modern era, to look upon these documents as the possible source that Dr.
Beter’s successors have used to keep us all in thrall of all of this conspiracy stuff.
Beter obviously had a gift for spinning these particular types of tales. I gather from posts on this thread that it has been difficult to verify
Beter’s professional career this does not surprise me a bit as I personally see him as more of a writer of a particular class of fiction rather than
as I career politician and public servant.
Which brings me to another point I would like to make; our post-post-modern perspective should now allow us to begin to look at all of this conspiracy
‘literature’ as a genre of fiction and not as a bunch of truth, hidden in lies, that needs to be ferretted out in order to save us from some
I am suggesting that he (Beter) may be looked at as the possible source of the ‘Conspiracy Fashion Trend’ that has produced the likes of John
Todd, William Cooper and of course, Alex Jones.
This is terribly self-centered but I cannot help but wonder if any of my fellow members have wondered how I knew to go to John Todd and Jack Chick?
Well I’ll tell you; I can remember being ten in the seventies and the Jack Chick tracts being everywhere. My favorites were the ones with the occult
themes (go figure, huh?). I can also remember at the same time that it was very popular to try and scare your friends and others by telling them that
you were a witch from a ‘generational family’ of ‘witches’.
Uh, huh. And where did that ‘meme’ come from? John Todd.
It would be well worth the effort of any member to go to the Jack Chick website and look through some of these tracts. The things have been ubiquitous
since the 70s but there may be some who haven’t seen them before.
These tracts, or little comic books, are in my opinion, one of the biggest sources of fear mongering that produced a particular type of religious
paranoia in the 70’s that included things like ‘The Exorcist’ and playing ‘Bloody Mary’ in the mirror of a darkened bathroom. It seemed to
culminate in the 80s with the ‘Satanic Panic’ (which I believe could not have happened without John Todd).
So I knew where to go look immediately. Because over the years I have not been able to come to any other conclusion than that Todd, Cooper and Jones
are a bunch of role-playing fantasists. As far as I can tell Alex Jones is just the most successful example of this stuff being commodified.
So if they knew about Beter and (had) have been cannibalizing his material then why would any of them want his stuff to be discovered? Why had Cooper
and now Jones never mentioned Dr. Peter Beter? It seems to me that Jones could make weeks of airplay out of exposing and discussing ‘Dr. Peter D.
So I hope that makes sense. That is where my personal paranoia and suspicion lie.
I think it might be more fruitful to examine Beter’s work with an eye for how Cooper and then Jones’ rap jibes with Beter. That is what I am going
to be looking for. I am going to be looking for stylistic comparisons.
Also, I believe that if we all give it some thought we will remember some of these ‘Beterisms’ that I think of as pre-internet ‘memes’ from
the 70’s and 80’s; like robotoids.
And finally I think that the member that had the stunning sense of perspicacity and compared ‘Beterisms’ to plot devices from Bond movies is a
very large thinker. It is probably not too far off to compare Beter to Ian Fleming.