A question has dominated my thought for a long while now. In this theatrical illusion that is the modern world, who is the Man Behind the Curtain?
Different sites denounce different bad guys. Illuminati. Freemasons. The old aristocratic bloodlines. Bankers. The Vatican. Jews. Or some other tribe of Super-Semites. Putin. Reptilians. Cultural Marxists … Alas, it is an embarrassment of riches. It can’t be all these groups (real or imagined) working together. Because the world doesn’t work like that: in human affairs, cooperation is a limited commodity with a short half-life.
As I sort through the candidates year after year, I am left with the same sinking feeling: that the “revelations” are actually just another pleat in the curtain that hides the ones turning the wheels and pulling levers. (The wheels and levers being the military/police and the civilian intelligence agencies.) No one out there really makes a solid point-by-point case for their identification of Oz the Great and Powerful: either they simply assume it and argue from it axiomatically; or they offer a modicum of inductive thinking built around very selectively cherry-picked data. It all reeks of red herring …
I was intrigued, therefore, to come across this piece at The Unz Review by Israel Shamir, entitled “Do Spies Run the World?” He invites us to consider the possibility that there isn’t any Mr. Big or Fearless Leader hiding in the darkness behind Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale. Rather, the intelligence agencies themselves—sometimes squabbling, sometimes colluding—are at the top of the conspiratorial food chain. He draws examples from history to buttress his contentions. This is the first time I have come across this theory.
I am not highlighting the Shamir article here because I am thoroughly convinced by it. Certainly, I have quibbles with points in the exposition. (He seems to believe, for example, that American presidential elections are truly democratic enterprises and not a form of Kabuki theater; and that Vladmir Putin is a unique person instead of a role filled by several actors.) I am offering it here because I think it merits discussion. And so I put it forth for your consideration.
The comments over at The Unz Review are worth wading through as well. I look forward to your thoughts and analysis here.