There we were, standing in a dilapidated kitchen holding sponges and paint scrapers. A big bucket of wall cleaner sat on the corroded tile floor next to us. We knew it would take a monumental effort to renovate this house. My friend George asked “How does it feel to be David Rockefeller’s scum scraper? I said “Darn, how did we ever allow the Trilateral Commission to take over our lives? Then we laughed. We were heavily into conspiracy theory.
As you will see the story takes place before I had a chance to become a Reluctant Objectivist. However, I began the journey that took me away from mindlessness…and ignorance.
The Coin Store
It seemed to start innocent enough. In the previous October, George invited me to go to the coin store with him. I asked him why he was going there. He said he was buying a Krugerrand. I wondered what the heck that was.
We arrived, parked the car and walked in. George told the guy behind the counter that he wanted a Krugerrand. The next thing I knew, I was staring at a beautifully designed ounce of gold. Suddenly, it occurred to me to buy one. We walked out with the coins in our front pockets. I never thought to ask him the purpose of his purchase and he never volunteered any information. I took the coin home and placed it in my dresser drawer, not knowing I was about 6 months from the season of conspiracy and economics.
The New Year
It’s hard for me to imagine that there was a time when I knew nothing about Objectivism or free market economics. I just drifted along, working in the day and getting high with my first wife on evenings and weekends. As long as I had enough money to indulge in my pleasures nothing else mattered.
In late January, a bad case of the flu attacked me. Since I couldn’t partake in my pleasures, it gave me a chance to think about my life. Often, I felt the gods of the universe conspired to see me fall flat on my face. It didn’t occur to me to take charge of my destiny. It seemed much easier to escape into worlds of fantasy and unreality. When I recovered from my illness, I went back to my mindless existence.
Early Spring in April
One day, George and I were sitting around smoking a joint and drinking some beer. It seemed like there wasn’t much to talk about. Suddenly, he said he had something to show me. He reached under a large round wooden table and pulled out some material and handed it to me. I said “What’s this?” He said “Look it over.”
What I read fascinated me, although to this day I don’t know why. Regardless, my entry into reality began. Over the years, I attempted to escape into non-reality only to return.
One newsletter explained what caused inflation. Another gave an expose on the Trilateral Commission. I said “George this is amazing, I never realized our social system was the result of a conspiracy.” Of course, that was long before I saw the movie “The Matrix” and conceived my ideas about the Social Maze. When the evening was over, he told me to take the information home.
Once I got the newsletters home my interest accelerated. The first one I read was the right-wing newspaper “The Spotlight.” It displayed one conspiracy after another, especially if it had to do with the Trilateral Commission. In retrospect, it was the “National Enquirer” of politics.
Next, I looked over the “LT Patterson Strategy Letter.” He was also big on conspiracy theory. He explained that gold was the only way to protect yourself from the treachery of the Trilateral Commission. At the end of each issue he would display the fish symbol. I got a chance to meet him. He was a hard-core character.
Then there’s the “Pink Sheet on the Left.” It reinforced my belief about the evils of communism. It was even worse than you could have believed, if you accepted the BS of the Mainstream Press. Of course, the newsletter claimed that liberals existed as the deadly enemy of personal liberty and freedom. In addition, it appealed to right-wing Christians.
Jerome Smith’s Silver Reports. For the life of me I can’t remember the exact name of his newsletter. Still, he was the silver expert of the 70’s and 80’s. His writings introduced me to the Austrian School of Economics. He was 100% correct about silver soaring to $50 per ounce. Unfortunately, his prediction of $100 per ounce was way off because eventually it collapsed to around $5 per ounce. He is no longer around, but his prediction will one day be fact. You can read a troubling story about Jerome Smith by clicking here.
In addition to the above, we enjoyed the conspiracy theories of Antony Sutton. One of his controversial books is “America’s Secret Establishment.”
George and I had been friends a long time, but that summer we became best friends. He told me I was his only friend who showed any interest in conspiracy theory and economics.
That summer we worked on the house, talked about our newfound theories, drank beer and smoked weed. The teachings stimulated my mind and emotions. Purpose in life brings many rewards.
You can imagine how our discussions were a mix of fact and fantasy. Objectivism was still more than a year away. We tried to inform other people about our newly discovered knowledge. I’m not sure if we were helpful or dangerous. We probably wandered around with a double-edged sword. We were also enthralled with gold and silver. It felt like we possessed something special, a treasure that nobody else had.
Some of our liberal friends didn’t understand where we were coming from. It amazed them that we endorsed right-wing teachings. If only we could have told them that eventually we would wield the logical weapon of Objectivism. That would have really thrilled them.
Autumn Debates and Discussions
We finally finished working on the house (which I had purchased) and moved our discussions and debates to his place. Fortunately, his wife Nancy and my wife Barb were friends. Once in the while, we would disagree on a finer point of right-wing philosophy. I still remember him saying “How are you going to prove that statement?” I would make the attempt. Then he would say “I see you managed to weasel out of that one.” We were having a great time.
Soon we discovered the teachings of Harry Browne, which led to the wisdom of Ludwig von Mises. Libertarianism was just around the corner. Of course, that sends you directly to Ayn Rand and Objectivism. Eventually conspiracy theory took a back seat to the philosophy of reason, individualism and laissez faire capitalism.
RA Meyer – Master the Social Maze