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TOTD 07 Mar 2002

The growth of federal power over all the traditional checks and balances is the worst single event of this dying century and I hope it will be reversed in the next century.

This is not just a matter of one medical heresy; the FDA is cracking down more and more often on any doctor who does not obey orthodoxy, and orthodoxy always turns out to be that which benefits the billion-dollar pharmaceutical industry. Materialists may consider that match between orthodoxy and profits mere coincidence, Jungians may call it synchronicity, but to me it looks like a conspiracy to rip off the public.

-Robert Anton Wilson

Conspiracy-fetishism is a truly malignant trend that undermines every Western effort at reaching diplomacy down to the level of suspicious masses. Formal agencies are helpless to counteract it because of their purported complicity. But private systems of debunking ... enhanced by a myriad personal contacts ... could prove far more effective.

-David Brin

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vyoma
Mar. 7th, 2002 05:27 pm (UTC)
Is that Wilson quote from one of his books or from some other place?
kmo
Mar. 7th, 2002 06:12 pm (UTC)
Wilson quote
Hey Bhairavan,

I took the RAW quote from an interview with Philip H. Farber.
carocrow
Mar. 7th, 2002 05:48 pm (UTC)
Uh... Yeah
As the old saw sez, just because I am paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get me.
seeker9
Mar. 8th, 2002 05:50 am (UTC)
Of course, one wonders why the 'shadow government' was activated long after the 9/11..
kmo
Mar. 8th, 2002 09:25 am (UTC)
I like Brin's writing and thinking, but...
it would be ludicrous to propose that people in government do not conspire to accomplish ends that they could not accomplish openly and under the scrutiny of the media and public.

Con*spire, v. i. To make an agreement, esp. a secret agreement, to do some act, as to commit treason or a crime, or to do some unlawful deed; to plot together.
seeker9
Mar. 8th, 2002 09:35 am (UTC)
Re: I like Brin's writing and thinking, but...
There's probably a large number of conspiracies going on.. As long as they don't involve me and my friends and family, I'm not going to worry about them.. The government, like any large organization (like companies) don't always know what one hand is doing from the other, especially with the number of different agencies and sub-agencies within the Government.
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