R. Gordon Wasson: The Man, the Legend, the Myth; Beginning a New History of Magic Mushrooms, Ethnomycology, and the Psychedelic Revolution by Jan Irvin – #144

Articles in this series:

1) R. Gordon Wasson: The Man, the Legend, the Myth. Beginning a New History of Magic Mushrooms, Ethnomycology,and the Psychedelic Revolution. By Jan Irvin, May 13, 2012
2) How Darwin, Huxley, and the Esalen Institute launched the 2012 and psychedelic revolutions – and began one of the largest mind control operations in history. Some brief notes. By Jan Irvin, August 28, 2012
3) Manufacturing the Deadhead: A Product of Social Engineering, by Joe Atwill and Jan Irvin, May 13, 2013
4) Entheogens: What’s in a Name? The Untold History of Psychedelic Spirituality, Social Control, and the CIA, by Jan Irvin, November 11, 2014
5) Spies in Academic Clothing: The Untold History of MKULTRA and the Counterculture – And How the Intelligence Community Misleads the 99%, by Jan Irvin, May 13, 2015

Overview:

R. Gordon Wasson (front) with Albert Hofmann

"The role of drugs in the exercise of political control is also coming under increasing discussion. Control can be through prohibition or supply. The total or even partial prohibition of drugs gives the government considerable leverage for other types of control. An example would be the selective application of drug laws permitting immediate search, or "no knock" entry, against selected components of the population such as members of certain minority groups or political organizations.

But a government could also supply drugs to help control a population. This method, foreseen by Aldous Huxley in Brave New World (1932), has the governing element employing drugs selectively to manipulate the governed in various ways."
~ Louis Jolyon West, Hallucinations: Behavior, Experience, and Theory. 1975. p. 298.

Why is Gordon Wasson important?

He's considered the discoverer of the magic mushrooms, the man who launched the psychedelic movement, and is also considered the father of the field of ethnomycology.

I've discovered the following information - most of which has been verified with primary documentation. Some of the details may change as we flush them out completely:

Council on Foreign Relations, R. Gordon Wasson - Chairman

Council on Foreign Relations, R. Gordon Wasson - Chairman

1) Wasson headed the CIA's MKULTRA Subproject 58 program.
2) Wasson served as a chairman to the Council on Foreign Relations (the CFR).
3) Wasson was a director of the Free Russia Fund, Inc. "has been founded to support the "morale" of "exiles from Soviet powers": surely "morale" must be spelled out in terms of Russian values, not what our values might be if we were exiles."
4) Wasson worked as a VP to JP Morgan Bank at 23 Wall St, a.k.a. "The Corner".
5) Wasson was PR (propaganda) VP for JP Morgan, and helped to sell the current financial system created by his boss, JP Morgan, at Jekyll Island (see Secrets of the Federal Reserve by Eustace Mullins).
6) Wasson had close ties to Allen Dulles, head of the CIA.
7) Wasson earned a directorship at a pharmaceutical company for his mushroom discovery. See Letcher, Shroom.
8) Wasson was an account manager to the Pope and Vatican for JP Morgan. – This reveals an agenda to protect
9.) Wasson was in charge of promoting the Russian Orthodox Church for Russian immigrants. – This reveals an agenda to protect
10) Wasson had a Russian wife, Valentina, who was religious. - agenda to protect. Valentina was from the Russian intelligentsia – or Russian elite. Their story of her collecting mushrooms as a Russian peasant in the woods on their honeymoon seems patently absurd. This fact has been pointed out by their daughter: "Such an explanation seemed to me like a Hollywood soap opera, something out of character for my father.".
11) Wasson plagiarized many of his ideas of Soma from John G. Bourke's book on Scatology - 1892.
12) Primary documents reveal that Wasson was involved in helping to cover up JP Morgan's involvement in the Civil War's Hall Carbine Affair, and that Wasson directed the disinformation campaign. It appears that this act earned Wasson a position as VP of PR for JP Morgan Bank.
13) Wasson's direct boss at JP Morgan, Henry Davison, was Skull & Bones. Henry Luce at Time-Life was Skull & Bones. Davison created Time-Life for his boss, JP Morgan. CD Jackson, head of US psychological warfare (purchaser of the JFK Zapruder film), was VP at Time-Life. Jackson is famous for his footage at the Buchenwald camp. Jackson later became president of Time-Life. Wasson claimed "by a chance meeting with Luce", that he published his "Seeking the Magic Mushroom" (May, 1957) with Life Magazine (http://www.imaginaria.org/wasson/life.htm). Luce and Wasson were long time members of the Century Club.
14) Wasson launched a campaign to destroy John M. Allegro's work before it was even available. All of Wasson's claims against Allegro have subsequently been disproved (see The Holy Mushroom, Irvin, 2008).
15) Wasson covered up that Andrija Puharich was CIA/ARMY/MK-Ultra when he attacked Allegro, calling Puharich merely "a man". (see The Holy Mushroom, Irvin, 2008).
16) Wasson was a runner up (1 of 8.) as chairman to the Securities and Exchange Commission running Wall Street and the NY Stock Exchange.
17) Wasson authored the Stock Exchange Act. (global impact of this legislation is something still unknown)
18) Wasson helped to launch the psychedelic revolution - sending thousands of beatniks to Mexico in Search of the "Magic Mushroom".
19) Wasson was associated to no less than 6 persons suspected of being involved in the JFK assassination. See Jackson and Luce, above, as examples. Primary documents link Wasson to the JFK assassination from many angles, including directly to George de Mohrenschildt (the close friend of Lee Harvey Oswald) and the Zapruder film. de Mohrenschildt's wife worked for Abe Zapruder, and de Mohrenschildt himself worked directly with Wasson. On de Mohrenschildt's suiciding, Wasson's number was found in his pocket - along with others such as George H. W. Bush (another suspect).
20) Wasson was close friends with Edward Bernays, whom he hung out with for at least 10 years. Bernays is the father of propaganda and spin and nephew to Sigmund Freud.
21) Wasson was on the executive committee for the Research Program on the U.S.S.R.
22) Wasson served as chairman to the Committee for the Promotion of Advanced Slavic Cultural Studies.
23) Wasson was in a top position in the Century Club. The Century Club is an elite/CIA/OSS intelligence front posing as an exclusive "art club". Wasson gave lectures there on his mushroom research to the private/intelligence members.
24) Wasson ran the Russian Student Fund, Inc., for the CIA.
25) Valentina ran the St. Saraphim Foundation.
26) Wasson worked as director to Sandoz pharmaceuticals (above Hofmann? Same position as mentioned by Letcher? See #6. See also B.H. Friedman, Tripping, pg. 48ff.).
27) Wasson may have worked with Dr. Timothy Leary to distribute LSD (See also B.H. Friedman, Tripping, pg. 48ff.).

Gordon Wasson nominates George Kennan and John Foster Dulles to the Century Club. Foreign Affairs (CFR) letter head.

Gordon Wasson nominates George Keenan and John Foster Dulles to the Century Club. Foreign Affairs (CFR) letter head.

28) Wasson nominated John Foster Dulles, Walter Lippmann, George Kennan, and other infamous characters to the Century Club.
29) Wasson was friends with Allen Dulles, the head of the CIA.
30) Wasson was friends with George Kennan, one of the people behind Operation Paperclip – a program to secretly bring top Nazi officials and scientists into the USA and elsewhere for research and other covert purposes.
31) The Wasson family has intentionally suppressed this information and has prevented access to the Wasson archives at Harvard to anyone who does not uphold the current Wassonian myth. Wasson's family requires all researchers to tell them exactly what they're going to write about Wasson before they've even seen the documents (!) – a logical impossibility - forcing researchers to lie or commit the fallacy of ad ignorantium - if they want access.
And this is just the start.

Online Brain investigation database:
Investigating Wasson Brain – MK-ULTRA and the launching the psychedelic and environmental movements

More on how to use the Brain database may be found here:

The following radio and podcast interviews provide more information regarding this investigation as the different hosts' questions bring up more of the important data.

Frater X interview:
https://logosmedia.com/frater-x-interviews-jan-irvin-the-secret-history-of-magic-mushrooms-the-story-continues/

Red Ice Radio interview:
http://www.redicecreations.com/radio/2012/08/RIR-120809.php
Or https://logosmedia.com/red-ice-radio-jan-irvin-hour-1-2-gordon-wasson-the-secret-history-of-magic-mushrooms/


Download the full paper on PDF:

R. Gordon Wasson: The Man, the Legend, the Myth. Beginning a New History of Magic Mushrooms, Ethnomycology, and the Psychedelic Revolution https://logosmedia.com/txtfiles/GordonWasson_TheMan_TheLegend_TheMyth_byJanIrvin.pdf

Français (French) translation: http://triangle.eklablog.com/l-histoire-secrete-des-champignons-hallucinogenes-i-a117653746

Français (French) translation PDF: www.logosmedia.com/txtfiles/Gordon_Wasson_TheMan_TheLegend_TheMyth_byJanIrvin_French.pdf

Play the audio of the below paper:

This episode is a presentation given by me, my first solo show, titled “Magic Mushrooms and the Psychedelic Revolution: Beginning a New History” – or “The Secret History of Magic Mushrooms” and is being released on Sunday, May 13, 2012.

Today is the 55th anniversary since the publication of the May 13, 1957, Life magazine article, Seeking the Magic Mushroom, published by Gordon Wasson, which is what is largely considered to have launched the psychedelic revolution.

Today we’re going to toss out the last 55 years of academic history regarding the discovery of magic mushrooms, the beginnings of the field of ethnomycology, and this major event in launching the psychedelic revolution; and we’re going to start a new history – one based on truth and verifiable facts rather than legends and myths.

Six years in the making, this episode exposes one of the largest coverups in modern academic history – something that may one day be regarded as large as the Piltdown Hoax. We’re going to reveal how the psychedelic revolution was launched by the CFR, CIA and the elite, and how R. Gordon Wasson, the so called discoverer of magic mushrooms, and the founder of the field of ethnomycology, was himself a government asset, a friend of Edward Bernays – the father of propaganda, and is one of the key figures for launching one of the largest mind control operations in history – information never before revealed until today. And it doesn’t stop there. I’m going to provide information that shows how R. Gordon Wasson may have been one of the key players in the organization of the JFK assassination.

  

R. Gordon Wasson

The Man, the Legend, the Myth

Beginning a New History of Magic Mushrooms, Ethnomycology,

and the Psychedelic Revolution

By Jan Irvin

May 13, 2012

Legends are often history processed to point some moral. They are misleading as history, but they help us to understand the people who invent and believe in them. Usually the world recognizes as legends only the outgrown cables of earlier generations. But this is merely because, believing as we do our own legends, we do not recognize them for what they are.[1]
~ R. Gordon Wasson

The fields of ethnobotany and ethnomycology often pertain to studying the myths and legends (and fables) of the many cultures around the world, including our own, and attempting to understand how these myths and legends have been influenced by entheogens, or psychedelic plants and drugs. A curious idea that has come about as a result of focused research is that the entire genesis of the field of ethnomycology, the stories about its origins and history, about the discovery of magic mushrooms, and the start of the psychedelic movement, may themselves be based upon myths and legends.

The word myth is derived from the Greek mythoi, or mythos (µῦθος). Webster's Third New International Dictionary[2] defines the word, in part, as:

1: a story that is usually of unknown origin and at least partially traditional, that ostensibly relates historical events usually of such character as to serve to explain some practice, belief, institution, or natural phenomenon, and that is especially associated with religious rites and beliefs – compare EUHEMERISM, FABLE, FOLKTALE. 2 a: a story invented as a veiled explanation of a truth […][emphasis – mine]

The word legend is derived from the Latin legenda, meaning 'what is read'. Webster's, in part, defines the word Legend as:

1 a: the story of the life of a saint b: a collection of such stories c: ACCOUNT, HISTORY […] 2 a: LECTIONARY 1 b: PASSIONAL 3 a: a story coming down from the past; especially: one handed down from early times by tradition and popularly regarded as historical although not entirely verifiable […] b: the total body of such stories and traditions; especially: the collective stories and traditions of a particular group […][emphasis – mine]

The myths and legends that surround psychedelic culture, our culture, are rarely questioned. Specifically, I mean the stories that grew up about the pioneers and founders of the field itself. For instance, it was believed for decades that John M. Allegro stole his ideas from Gordon Wasson for his book The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross.[3] But by going line by line through Allegro's research, as I showed in my 2008 book The Holy Mushroom[4], I proved there was no evidence to substantiate these myths against Allegro – myths that had been started by Gordon Wasson himself and propagated by Jonathan Ott for over a decade. On the contrary, Allegro had not taken his ideas from Wasson and had been very careful in checking his citations, though he had left a few very minor errors, such as transposed numbers and letters.

Due to working on The Holy Mushroom book, I came to study the legends and myths surrounding R. Gordon Wasson – the popularizer of magic mushrooms, one of those considered responsible for launching the psychedelic movement, and also considered to be the founder of the field of ethnomycology. We're told that his work is solid, and that he would turn over every stone in his tireless quest for truth. We're told that this pioneer's work is unassailable, and that as the father of ethnomycology his research is almost unquestionable.

His apparent contradictions were the outward indications of an enigmatic, complex personality. He [Wasson] was both a respectable banker and, like it or not, a "founder" of the psychedelic movement; an elitist about sacred mushrooms but also, through his article in Life, their popularizer; a level-headed scientist whose scholarly writings, while grounded in fact, yet inspire many readers to regard the sacred mushrooms with religious awe and reverence; the Father of Ethnomycology but also, to many a kind of New Age patriarch[5]
~ Thomas J. Riedlinger

And while R. Gordon Wasson really existed as a man, and he really was a mushroom researcher – which gives us a nucleus of historical fact – it seems we are dealing with a partly fictitious narrative, and apparently actions and events, embodying some popular ideas concerning a historical phenomenon.

This is a difficult and sensitive topic for many in the various fields of psychedelic studies. Many people have based their work in the field on apparently unquestionable foundations. Over the years, when I have raised the issues covered within this essay with various professionals, I've been told time and again that "I knew Wasson personally, and he couldn't have acted this or that way" – often in the face of primary documentation proving otherwise, in Wasson's own words, right before them. Some will feel that because they met or had conversations with Wasson, that he could not have possibly acted outside of their perceived relationship with him, as if he had no life prior to or outside his interactions with them.

How do we approach a topic that many will feel personally threatened about? Should we bother to tiptoe around common sensitivities and beliefs? Or should we let the evidence speak for itself, and accept as truth only what we can verify through actual research?

It's my opinion that we should let the evidence speak for itself. We should follow the proper process of discovery, emotionally detached from the findings, asking who, what, where and when along the way. We'll amass the evidence and check each citation, letting it stand on its own. Once we've gathered the evidence, rather than allowing our emotions or our long-standing bias in favor of Wasson to intervene, and so that we can understand why, we'll sort out any contradictions in that evidence before we reach a conclusion about it, so that we are able to see the whole situation clearly. Finally, with the contradictions, emotions, and fallacies removed, we'll be able to explain how we arrived at our conclusion – the truth – regardless of how we may feel on the matter.

Temple Worship

Prof. Bartholomew Dean of the University of Kansas at Lawrence, who studied under Richard Evans Schultes at Harvard, claimed in a recent conversation that, aside from the Wasson library, there is a temple at Harvard dedicated to Wasson. Dean said that he was once taken there and requested to sign a guest list, which he says he refused to do. No doubt such a guest list would be revealing. It's a list I'd love to get my hands on.

It is fitting that there is a temple dedicated to Wasson at Harvard, because, as I'll show, we are, in fact, dealing with "a story that is […] of such character as to serve to explain some […] belief, institution, or natural phenomenon […]." Webster further defines the word legend as:

c: a popular myth usually of current or recent origin […] d: one around whom such stories and traditions have grown up; one having a special status as a result of possessing or being held to possess extraordinary qualities that are usually partly real and partly mythical.

As told by Gordon Wasson in the May 13, 1957, edition of Life magazine, this myth begins:

It was a walk in the woods, many years ago, that launched my wife and me on our quest of the mysterious mushroom. We were married in London in 1926, she being Russian, born and brought up in Moscow. She had lately qualified as a physician at the University of London. I am from Great Falls, Montana of Anglo-Saxon origins. In the late summer of 1927, recently married, we spent our holiday in the Catskill Mountains in New York State. In the afternoon of the first day we went strolling along a lovely mountain path, through woods criss-crossed by the slanting rays of a descending sun. We were young, carefree and in love. Suddenly my bride abandoned my side. She had spied wild mushrooms in the forest, and racing over the carpet of dried leaves in the woods, she knelt in poses of adoration before first one cluster and then another of these growths. In ecstasy she called each kind by an endearing Russian name. She caressed the toadstools, savored their earthy perfume. Like all good Anglo-Saxons, I knew nothing about the fungal world and felt that the less I knew about those putrid, treacherous excrescences the better. For her they were things of grace, infinitely inviting to the perceptive mind. She insisted on gathering them, laughing at my protests, mocking my horror. She brought a skirtful back to the lodge. She cleaned and cooked them. That evening she ate them, alone. Not long married, I thought to wake up the next morning a widower.

These dramatic circumstances, puzzling and painful for me, made a lasting impression on us both. From that day on we sought an explanation for this strange cultural cleavage separating us in a minor area of our lives…[6]
~ R. Gordon Wasson

I say it's a myth because even Wasson's own daughter, Masha, found it to be questionable:

As much as I respected my father's integrity, I recall that for years I did not believe him when he said his interest in mushrooms began on his honeymoon in 1927. Such an explanation seemed to me like a Hollywood soap opera, something out of character for my father. Eventually, however, I concluded that the story was true, for he told it sincerely and consistently.[7] [emphasis – mine] ~ Masha Wasson Britten

But notice how Masha threw in that added caveat for good measure:

"Eventually, however, I concluded that the story was true, for he told it sincerely and consistently."

Also notice how she starts out the paragraph with an assertion of her respect for her father's integrity, almost as if to say that she doesn't respect his integrity: "As much as I respected my father's integrity, I recall that for years I did not believe him." Often when someone has to assert their belief in something, it's because they're actually questioning it, or they wouldn't mention it at all.

And when we understand that Wasson's wife, Valentina Pavlovna, was from the Russian intelligentsia, or Russian elite,[8] Wasson's story of her acting the role of a Russian peasant woman in the woods on a mushroom hunt seems even more absurd – "like a Hollywood soap opera." One might question whether a member of the Russian elite would have as much understanding of mushrooms as the common peasant folk, and be so familiar with all of the mushroom names from childhood, as Valentina claimed.[9]

The more I contemplate this story the more absurd it seems, and the more justifiable Masha's doubt becomes. With this in mind, it seems that Masha, intentionally or not, left us a breadcrumb of skepticism. And though he missed the underlying implications, Andy Letcher in Shroom picked up on this same issue, also identifying it as a myth:

It must be said that while this hoary old story has become something of a foundational myth for modern mushroom enthusiasts, it was repeated by Wasson ad infinitum and grew ever taller in the telling. Its growing resemblance to a Hollywood movie script made Wasson's own daughter, Masha, question whether it had any substance at all, but eventually she conceded that the incident had genuinely occurred, however embroidered the story had become over the years. This is itself telling for, as we shall see, Wasson had a knack of overworking dry empirical facts in the interests of a good story.[10]
~ Andy Letcher

It's less widely known that Valentina did her own write-up on their mushroom experiences in Oaxaca, Mexico, and her article was also timed for publication the same week as Wasson's article that was published in Life on May 13, 1957. Valentina's article was published in This Week magazine on May 19, 1957, which went out to approximately 12 million newspaper subscribers.[11] We'll return to this topic in a moment.

But some might ask: why should we dwell on such minor, insignificant contradictions? Or are they minor and insignificant? Is it possible that such clues lead us to places that tell a very different story? Is Masha using a fallacy to dismiss it? Essentially, what is being said here is that if someone repeats a lie often enough, then, based on an appeal to sincerity and consistency, we can accept it.

Rather than allowing fallacies to determine our conclusion for us, what would be the process of proper investigation to find out if Masha's doubt regarding her father was valid? What would it take? Do we need to go to Wasson's Harvard archive to find out?

Well, if we could, Harvard might be a good place to start. But I suppose that I should provide a little preamble to this issue here.

I've been working on this investigation since about 2006, and I knew, and had heard from others, that I might get banned from the Wasson archive at Harvard's Herbaria if I approached them directly and honestly, as in fact I did (below). However, in the interim years I went through many university archives and searched out all sorts of things on Wasson and acquired thousands of pages of material on him, nearly all of which I didn't find listed any place in the Harvard University Herbaria website index. This led me to the conclusion that the Harvard collection is an extremely selective assortment, a façade of specific items that further the Wassonian legends and myths. In other words, early on I realized that every conversation has two sides, and that Wasson's archive at Harvard would only have his side of any collection of the letters. By going to other university archives I was able to reconstruct much of the information simply by following the leads of the names of the wealthy elite and intelligence members with whom Wasson was associated, and who also happened to maintain their own archives at other universities. This way I reverse engineered everything I needed through these other archives at other universities. And before I ever sent my inquiry to Harvard I was already certain that what they hold there is only a carefully selected presentation, mostly only pertaining to Wasson's ethnomycology work, which furthers the Wassonian myth and leaves out most of what might lead researchers to question not only the very foundations of the field, but its so-called founder as well.

But unfortunately Masha Wasson Britten, Wasson's adopted daughter, oversees the Wasson archive at Harvard herself and doesn't allow anyone in without first getting them to tell her what they want to see and what they're going to say about it – before they've even seen it! This of course is a logical impossibility and requires a bit of argumentum ad ignorantium, or even worse, just plain lying and bullshitting.

Here is Harvard's response after sending them my initial inquiry:

Your request was forwarded to me. Are you interested in setting up an appointment to use these materials? If so I need a formal proposal submitted. Nothing too long, just a few sentences about your scholarly affiliation (if any), your purpose (book, article, dissertation, etc...), and what point you are making about Wasson. The heirs are very involved with the use of this collecting and any request to publish must be approved by them.
~ Lisa DeCesare, Head of Archives and Public Services, Botany Libraries, Harvard University Herbaria. June 15, 2011

My reply to Lisa at Harvard, from January 20, 2012:

Dear Lisa,

Thank you for your reply. My apologies for such a long delay in getting back to you.

I'm an independent scholar, though my work in this field is stored permanently at Purdue. I'm affiliated via research with many dozens of professors and scholars in the field.
I'm writing a biography on Gordon Wasson titled: The Secret History of Magic Mushrooms: Magic Mushrooms, the CIA, and the Legend of R. Gordon Wasson.

(Part of) The point I'm making about Wasson is in regard to his ties to the intelligence establishment – esp. Allen Dulles and John Foster Dulles, the Council on Foreign Relations – he acted as chairman, the Century Club and Pilgrim Society, MK-ULTRA, public relations, George de Mohrenschildt and the various Russia funds that they ran together for J. P. Morgan. I'm also interested in why his daughter, Masha, felt that his story about his walk through the woods was "like a Hollywood soap opera." I think I have the answer to her reservation on the matter but there are documents that I'd like to verify and go through in context.

I'm especially interested in missives that would show Wasson to have intentionally created the psychedelic movement via his ties to Luce through the CFR and Century and the head of the CIA – Dulles. As well as any documents showing his side of the conversation regarding such actions or ties to intelligence and/or media establishment, including George Kennan, Edward Bernays, and many many others. I know that he and Kennan and Bernays were all close.

I would need to see what the missives actually say before I could possibly know exactly what I'd write about them, else I commit the fallacy of argumentum ad ignorantium. I think that's a fairly impossible request to ask what one is going to write about something before they've actually seen it. But I'd be happy to share my work and findings with Wasson's family.

Of course much of my biography will also cover the more mundane aspects of his life, so I'd like to see what I can in that regard as well.

Those that I've listed below are from months ago and I have many others that I'd like to request once access is granted.

Thank you for your time. I look forward to meeting you and viewing the archives.

Sincerely,
Jan Irvin

Lisa's response of February 03, 2012:

Jan,
I am sorry to report that at this point your request to access the collection has been denied.
Lisa D.

I replied on February 3, 2012:

Hi Lisa, was there any reason stated as to why?

To which she replied, February 3, 2012:

No, sorry, there wasn't.
Lisa D.

Of course this was the response I was expecting I'd get. Myself and several professors interested in investigating this matter had discussed this topic and how I should proceed. If I were granted access to the archives, then great, I'd be able to verify a handful of the other, less important materials. If, on the other hand I was denied access, then I'd just publish their refusal to grant access and bring attention to the issue. In fact, publishing their notice of refusal to grant access is almost better than giving me access, as it shows a probability that there is a concerted effort to keep people out of the Wasson archives if they aren't likely to perpetuate the Wassonian legends and myths.

I proceeded with the truth, letting the Harvard Herbaria know exactly my intention for the book, and, as has happened to others who intended to do honest research on Wasson, my request was denied by Masha herself, the Guardian of the Wassonian Legends and Myths.

No other archive at any other university, or any place for that matter, that I've ever come across, has ever made such a requirement in connection with acquiring documents. I've filed CIA FOIA requests, I've been through CFR (Council on Foreign Relations) archives, Yale, Stanford, Princeton, Columbia, and on and on, and none has ever made such an absurd request, nor has any one of them ever failed to provide a document – until now.

Others, such as Robert Forte, have also been blocked from the Wasson archive at the Harvard Herbaria. Forte claims he was blocked from the archive for merely asserting during a public lecture in New York in 2008 that Wasson was associated with the inner circle of American fascism. To paraphrase Forte's lecture:

Scholars of the psychedelics have frequently commented on the synchronicity of Hofmann's discoveries with the discovery and propagation of nuclear weapons. The effect of LSD was discovered just six months after the atom was split. Huxley might have been the first to call LSD the atom bomb of the soul, and Frank Barron wondered if nature was keeping itself in balance by slipping these sacraments into society at the time they were most needed. Since man now had this savage power of nuclear weaponry it better have a corresponding leap in consciousness. Not only was this synchronous in time, but recently I've learned that psychedelics came into America through individuals associated with this dark, destructive, and anti-democratic forces. Gordon Wasson, it is well known, was a Wall Street Banker. I've learned that not only was he employed on Wall Street by Morgan, but he was actually on the inner most circle of American fascism...[12]
~ Robert Forte

Due to space constraints on this essay I must reserve much of this story for my upcoming book and video on this subject, The Secret History of Magic Mushrooms, though I will provide here some of the best discoveries I've made over recent years.

Soma

Returning to our doubt regarding the myth of Wasson and Valentina's walk through the woods in 1927, we come to what may have been, at least in part, the inspiration for Wasson's studies of mushrooms as Soma, as well as his original interest in the Mexican mushroom practices.

 

A comparison of the effects of Soma with those of the Amanita muscaria and cannabis was first proposed in the book Scatalogic [sic] Rites of All Nations by John G. Bourke, 1891.[13] The author dedicated more than 30 pages (pp. 65-99) to the study of the ritualistic use of mushrooms, including the Siberian Amanita muscaria urine-drinking custom, and Mexican mushroom practices. This is probably where Wasson first learned of the ritualistic use of mushrooms, urine consumption, and Soma. On page 98 is a letter to Bourke by a Dr. J. W. Kingsley:

I remember being shown this fungus by an Englishman who was returning [...] from Siberia. He fully confirmed all that I had heard on the subject, having seen the orgy [mushroom rituals] himself. ... Nothing religious in this, you may say; but look at the question a little closer and you will see that these 'intoxicants,' [...] were at first looked upon as media able to raise the mere man up to a level with his gods, and enable him to communicate with them, as was certainly the case with the 'soma' of the Hindu ecstatics and the hashich [sic] I have seen used by some tribes of Arabs.

Most scholars claim that Wasson was the progenitor of these ideas, but this is not wholly accurate. It appears that Wasson may have 'borrowed' several key ideas from Bourke's research and expanded upon them throughout his career, subsequently creating the field of ethnomycology. Thereafter it appears that Bourke was relegated mostly to rare catalogue and bibliographical entries published by Wasson and a few other scholars of his ilk.[14] However, Bourke is not to be found, as one should expect him to be, given the extent of his studies on the subject, in the main body of text in most of the books published on the subject for the last half century.

The coincidences don't stop there. J. P. Morgan, Jr. was also involved in mushroom research, and, as Donald H. Pfister points out in Mycologia, Morgan appears to have funded Harvard's Herbaria:

In 1928, Wasson entered the banking world and joined the Guaranty Trust Company of New York. He spent extended periods of time in Argentina and London. In 1934, he joined the staff of J. P. Morgan and Co. (which merged with Guaranty Trust to become Morgan Guaranty Trust) and remained with the firm until 1963, from 1943 as a vice president. The Morgan connection is an interesting one upon which I will digress for a moment. J. P. Morgan, Jr. (Harvard, class of 1889) took courses with Farlow and wrote an undergraduate thesis under his direction. He was a student while Roland Thaxter was a graduate student. If Harvard tradition represents the situation correctly, Morgan was devoted to mycology. His generosity was important, particularly to Thaxter, during the period of the establishment of the Farlow Reference Library and Herbarium as a separately endowed unit. In a letter to Farlow upon that man's 70th birthday, Morgan thanked Farlow for allowing him to work under "your inspiring presence." Certainly something mycological lived on at Morgan Guaranty Trust with Wasson as a vice president.[15]
~ Donald H. Pfister

In a future essay or book, I'll also show that J. P. Morgan, Sr. was also interested in collecting mushroom art in relation to Shakespeare from as early as the 1850s.

I wondered if his Morgan bank employers had expressed reservations when told he was about to reveal to the world that he had partaken of the magic mushrooms.
"Not at all," Gordon said. "I suspect that only Morgan would have tolerated what I did." [italics – from the original][16]
~ Thomas Riedlinger

J.P. Morgan Bank and Skull and Bones Created Time-Life Inc.

Wasson's direct boss at J. P. Morgan was Henry P. Davison Jr. Davison was a senior partner and generally regarded as Morgan's personal emissary.[17] As it turns out, it was Henry P. Davison who essentially created (or at least funded) the Time-Life magazines for J.P. Morgan in 1923. After a row with Henry Luce for publishing an article against the war for Britain in Life, Davison "became the company's first investor in Time magazine and a company director."[18]

Another J.P. Morgan partner, Dwight Morrow, also helped to finance the Time-Life start-up.

Davison kept Henry Luce in charge of the company as president, as he and Luce were both members of Yale's Skull and Bones secret society, being initiated in 1920. In 1946 Davison and Luce then made C. D. Jackson, former head of U.S. Psychological Warfare, vice-president of Time-Life. It seems to me that the entire operation at Time-Life was purely for spreading propaganda to the American public for the purposes of the intelligence community, J.P. Morgan, and the elite.

On a side note, Henry P. Davison's brother Frederick Trubee Davison was Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of War, and also became Director of Personnel for the CIA. Frederick was also a Skull and Bonesman, initiated in 1918. Frederick's son, Daniel P. Davison, also became a banker and a Skull and Bonesman, 1949, and headed United States Trust.

Yet another Skull and Bonesman behind the establishment of Time-Life was Briton Hadden, who worked with Davison, Luce and Morrow in setting up the organization. Hadden was also initiated into Skull and Bones in 1920. The list of Bonesmen that tie in directly to Wasson and his clique is astounding, and also includes people like Averell Harriman, initiated 1913, who worked with Wasson at the CFR[19], and was a director there.[20] Harriman was a financial backer of the Nazi Party until 1938, as was Prescott Bush, initiated to Skull and Bones in 1917.

In the Executive Intelligence Review of June 25, 2004, Steven P. Meyer and Jeffrey Steinberg explain:

Luce's personal lawyer, who would come to represent his entire media empire, was his brother-in-law Tex Moore, of Cravath, deGersdorff, Swaine and Wood, the same firm which deployed both Allen and John Foster Dulles to facilitate bringing Hitler to power in the early 1930s.

Luce was an intimate of Britain's Lord Beaverbrook and the Prince of Wales, who were notoriously pro-Hitler and members of the Cliveden set. He also formed an extremely close relationship with Winston Churchill, himself a promoter of Hitler in the early 1930s. [emphasis – mine]

Documents also reveal that Luce was a member of the Century Club, an exclusive "art club" that Wasson had much ado with and may have held some position with, and which was filled with members of the intelligence and banking community. Members such as George Kennan, Walter Lippmann and Frank Altschul appear to have been nominated to the Century Club by Wasson himself.[21] Graham Harvey in Shamanism says that Luce and Wasson were friends, and this is how he came to publish in Life:

A New York investment banker, Wasson was well acquainted with the movers and shakers of the Establishment. Therefore, it was natural that he should turn to his friend Henry Luce, publisher of Life, when he needed a public forum in which to announce his discoveries.[22]
~ Graham Harvey

It was Luce, Wasson's friend, who featured Hitler as man of the year for 1938 in the January 2, 1939, issue of Time.

However, here's the most common mythical version of the story that we've all been fed – as told by Time magazine in 2007:

Wasson and his buddy's mushroom trip might have been lost to history, but he was so enraptured by the experience that on his return to New York, he kept talking about it to friends. As Jay Stevens recalls in his 1987 book Storming Heaven: LSD and the American Dream, one day during lunch at the Century Club, an editor at Time Inc. (the parent company of TIME) overheard Wasson's tale of adventure. The editor commissioned a first-person narrative for Life.

[…]

And being that this article was written in the post-Luce and Jackson age, the author was a little more candid about the Wasson/Luce/J.P. Morgan/psychedelic revolution connections:

After Wasson's article was published, many people sought out mushrooms and the other big hallucinogen of the day, LSD. (In 1958, Time Inc. cofounder Henry Luce and his wife Clare Booth Luce dropped acid with a psychiatrist. Henry Luce conducted an imaginary symphony during his trip, according to Storming Heaven.) The most important person to discover drugs through the Life piece was Timothy Leary himself. Leary had never used drugs, but a friend recommended the article to him, and Leary eventually traveled to Mexico to take mushrooms. Within a few years, he had launched his crusade for America to "turn on, tune in, drop out." In other words, you can draw a woozy but vivid line from the sedate offices of J.P. Morgan and Time Inc. in the '50s to Haight-Ashbury in the '60s to a zillion drug-rehab centers in the '70s. Long, strange trip indeed.[23]

In The Sacred Mushroom Seeker, a third version of this story is told by Allan Richardson:

"Sometime just before or soon after our return from the '56 expedition, Gordon and I were dining at the Century Club in New York. He noticed Ed Thompson, the managing editor of Life magazine, alone at a table nearby, and asked him to join us. We talked about the article Gordon was working on to publicize what he'd discovered in Mexico. Thompson said Life might be interested in publishing it, and invited us to make a presentation at his offices."
~ Allan Richardson

As we noted above, nowhere do these accounts mention Valentina's own write-up in This Week magazine, which was coincidently released that same week (May 19, 1957) to 12 million newspaper subscribers. Also coincidently, This Week was published by Joseph P. Knapp, who was a director of Morgan's Guarantee Trust, where Wasson had begun working for Morgan in 1928.

In light of the above, the idea that Wasson published his "Seeking the Magic Mushroom" article in May, 1957, in Life, due to a "chance meeting with an editor" seems ridiculous. In fact, Abbie Hoffman is quoted as saying that Luce did more to popularize LSD than Timothy Leary (who first learned of mushrooms through Wasson's Life article). Luce's own wife, Clare Boothe Luce, who was, interestingly, also a member of the CFR, agreed:

I've always maintained that Henry Luce did more to popularize acid than Timothy Leary. Years later I met Clare Boothe Luce at the Republican convention in Miami. She did not disagree with this opinion. America's version of the Dragon Lady caressed my arm, fluttered her eyes and cooed, "We wouldn't want everyone doing too much of a good thing."[24]
~ Abbie Hoffman

Here we see their elitist, secretive philosophy shining through. Due to space constraints we'll have to save the details for another article, but what we see here is a dialectic: both the popularizing and outlawing of psychedelics by the same group of people through propaganda. And the main reason to occult things is to be able to use them against others.

Did the editor overhear Wasson? Did Wasson ask him to join them? Why the contradictions? Or, should we follow Graham Harvey's inference that Luce and Wasson were already friends, which seems the most likely?

With the fact that Wasson's boss, Davison, was a director and investor of Time-Life, and that Knapp was a director of Morgan's Guarantee Trust, and that Wasson and Luce were both members of the Century Club (an intelligence community front) and the CFR, where Wasson served as a chairman[25], and with all of the ties to J.P. Morgan and Skull and Bones, it's hard to believe that Wasson published in Life due to a chance meeting. So I must ask: what are the mathematical possibilities of so many coincidences happening, as pertains to the stories, myths and legends about Wasson? Are we to believe in coincidence theory – that he bumped into the editor at the Century Club? Or are we to look in the direction that the evidence points – using logic and reason – that Wasson worked with and was involved with the intelligence community on many levels, as was Luce, and that the "'Seeking the Magic Mushroom" story was published in Life to further some secret agenda for the banking elite? This should now be coming clear. But what was their agenda?

There are several reasons why the psychedelic movement may have been launched, including attempts to distract people from government policy failure; extracting information from people under the influence, such as with MK-ULTRA; making money from the drugs through the pharmaceutical industry; and even pacifying people with a Huxleyan-like soma or with positivist spirituality so that they could be more easily controlled.

Furthermore, documents from Yale reveal that Wasson had been sharing his mushroom research with intelligence officials since at least 1950.[26] Wasson had also sent copies of his book Mushrooms, Russia and History to George Kennan[27] and Frank Altschul[28], amongst many others, as soon as copies were available. Kennan worked with the OSS (the precursor of the CIA) in Germany,[29] was the Ambassador to the U.S.S.R., and also worked with the CFR. There is more on him and Altschul below. It would be fascinating to see a complete list of exactly who received the one hundred copies of Mushrooms, Russia and History that Wasson gave away. I have a fairly well-supported suspicion that many of the receivers belonged to the Century Club, CFR or CIA, or a mixture of all three.

Enter Edward Bernays, the father of propaganda

And there's one more connection here. Wasson was friends with Edward Bernays, the father of propaganda and spin, who was also a friend of Henry Luce and, as it turns out, was a major influence on Goebbels, the man in charge of Nazi propaganda.

The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. ...We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. ...In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons...who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.[30]
~ Edward Bernays

It was based on a hunch alone that I searched out the ties between Wasson and Bernays. The following was the only citation I could find revealing that the two had spent extensive time together, though, no doubt, in some other archive, there is much more yet to be discovered.

In a file located at the U.S. Library of Congress is an odd draft, likely intended to be some form of propaganda or endorsement, wherein Bernays discusses his relationship with Wasson. This letter also reveals that Wasson and Valentina had adopted Masha, and "lived on East End Avenue." Bernays further states:

Gordon Wasson was one of those newspapermen who consciously or unconsciously recognized the implications of the contacts he made in that capacity. He found these contacts important, outstanding. This led to other places and other things. In the New York Tribune financial department he had made contact with the house on the corner, Broad and Wall – J. P. Morgan. Then he had given up newspaper work and become associated with the home [Morgan's "house on the corner"]. First he was in the publicity department. When Martin Eagen died, he assumed the function of publicity man with J. Pierpont Morgan. He was highly respected by his own people. He was intelligent, smooth. His mind was a highly, splendidly geared functioning mechanism. […] Wasson made it his business and he got pleasure out of it too, of associating with a broad segment of society. This was not unimportant in maintaining contacts for the house on the corner [Broad and Wall – J.P. Morgan], with the rest of the world.

Not until long after I knew him did I find out in [Prof. Raymond] Moley's book "The First Seven Years" [sic] published in 1939, a reference to Gordon Wasson. Moley wrote a memo in 1934 and made recommendations for the Stock Exchange Commission membership. Next to Gordon Wasson, whom he recommended, he added, "a resident of New Jersey, handled foreign securities for Guaranty Company, has acted a liaison between Wall Street and Landis, Cohen and Corcoran because his friendship with them was known downtown. Knows security business and the Act thoroughly having helped in its drafting, very well-liked by treasury and commerce, would certainly be recommended by the Guaranty and Stock Exchange and therefore would be acceptable to Wall Street.

Bernays' letter concludes with:

"I saw Wasson very often between 1934 and '44; I never had the slightest inkling he had been thought of for this position. His conversation was bland, never personal, always on the most general subjects.[31]"
~ Edward Bernays

Though speculation, I've long been of the opinion that Bernays personally trained Wasson during the decade from 1934 to 1944 in the arts of propaganda and public relations spin for J.P. Morgan. I'll provide more evidence of this claim in a moment. I find it interesting, though, that it is from Bernays, the very father of public relations, where we find the most about Wasson's position in PR with Morgan.

Thomas Riedlinger's book The Sacred Mushroom Seeker, which may be seen as the official biography on Wasson, only touches on his work in "communications, public relations—that sort of thing":

DeWitt Peterkin, retired vice president in charge of domestic lending, joined J.P. Morgan & Co. in 1937. Gordon was already there, initially as a credit banker. He soon proved himself "a great person for putting together the background and history" of Morgan's accounts, recalled Peterkin.

[…]

In subsequent years, Gordon's role as a credit banker gave way to new responsibilities. Eventually, as vice president, he would [end] up in charge of "communications, public relations—that sort of thing," recalled Peterkin. Personal contact with overseas clients was part of the job.

Unbeknownst to most people, we for many years were one of the bankers for the Vatican," Peterkin said. "And Gordon used to have private audiences with the Pope." Though he could not recall which particular Pope, other sources later told me it had been Pius XII – and that Gordon had not liked him much.[32] [emphasis – mine] ~ Thomas Riedlinger

And doesn't it seem rather irregular that Wasson would have private audiences with the pope, and yet not remember which pope?

The case of Wasson's "remorse"

On September 26, 1970, Wasson published an article in the New York Times wherein he's supposedly distraught and expresses remorse regarding the then recent reports of "hippies, psychopaths and adventurers and pseudo-research workers" descending on Huautla de Jimenez in Oaxaca, Mexico:

Huautla, when I first knew it as a humble out-of-the-way Indian village, has become a true mecca for hippies, psychopaths, adventurers, pseudo-research workers, the miscellaneous crew of our society's drop-outs. The old ways are dead and I fear that my responsibility is heavy, mine and Maria Sabina's. […]

As for me, what have I done? I made a cultural discovery of importance. Should I have suppressed it? It has led to further discoveries the reach of which remains to be seen. Should these further discoveries have remained stultified by my unwillingness to reveal the secret of the Indians' hallucinogens?

Yet what I have done gives me nightmares: I have unleashed on lovely Huautla a torrent of commercial exploitation of the vilest kind. Now the mushrooms are exposed for sale everywhere—in every market-place, in every village doorway. Everyone offers his services as a "priest" of the rite, even the politicos. […] The whole of the countryside is agog with the furtive movements of hippies, the comings and goings of the "federalistas," the Dogberries with their blundering efforts to root them out.[33]
~ R. Gordon Wasson

Here's a very startling conversation between Wasson and Bertram Wolfe that I found in the Bertram Wolfe papers at The Hoover Institute at Stanford, which puts Wasson's New York Times article in a whole new light:

October 8, 1970:

Dear Mr. Wasson:

I was greatly interested in your article in the New York Times on "The Sacred Mushroom." […] I marked your note of sadness near the end and wish to tell you that you have nothing to reproach yourself for. Knowledge will out. If one man doesn't spread it another will. The hippies, peddlers, and Dogberries will in, for nature abhors a vacuum. You may have hastened it a little by publishing in Life, rather than in a magazine of anthropologists, but the process was inevitable […][34]
~ Bertram Wolfe

October 13, 1970:

Dear Mr. Wolfe: [...] Do you remember your last letter to me? I was asking you where Tolstoy had said the printing press was a mighty engine for disseminating ignorance. This Mazatec affair is a case in point.[35] [emphasis – mine]

~ R. Gordon Wasson

In other words, what we're dealing with in this essay is this very group of propagandists: "Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. ...men we have never heard of." In fact, many of them we have heard of, two of them being Edward Bernays and R. Gordon Wasson.

The ramifications of Wasson's above statement affect so many things on so many levels that it's disturbing to contemplate: First, in the New York Times article, Wasson sheds crocodile tears over his so-called dilemma of releasing the information about the mushrooms, while at the same time disparaging entire groups of people with sweeping generalizations and ad hominem remarks, and relishing his power to create commerce and distraction among the people he despises. Then he casts half the blame on Maria Sabina. He never once addresses his intelligence agendas: that he worked with the CFR and CIA (more on this in a moment). As Maria Sabina relates, had Wasson not gone to the town mayor's office and spoken to Cayetano García Mendoza, who was acting as mayor, Sabina would not have given him the mushrooms. She thought the mayor's visit to her home was official business, so she felt obligated to serve Wasson:

Cayetano then explained to Doña María that he had told the visitors, "I know a true wise woman." Cayetano asked Doña María if he could bring the strangers to her home so that she might teach them the true knowledge of the mushrooms. Doña María replied, "If you want to, I can't say no."

Years later, María Sabina stated that she felt compelled to accept Wasson's request because of Cayetano's official position, and she assumed Cayetano's visit to her humble dwelling that hot summer day was official business. […] In 1971, Wasson read an interview with María Sabina which appeared in the European magazine L'Europe, published in Milan. It reported that when Cayetano had requested her aid in helping the foreigners, she did so because she felt she had no choice. But she also declared that when she was asked to meet them [Wasson and Richardson] that she "should have said no."[36]
~ John W. Allen

But even more disturbing is what Wasson wrote to Bertram Wolfe: "Tolstoy had said the printing press was a mighty engine for disseminating ignorance. This Mazatec affair is a case in point." Here it's clear that Wasson is a disciple of Edward Bernays and is using PR, or propaganda, to manipulate the public's opinion. He is making himself out to appear remorseful while at the same time furthering his campaign against Huaulta de Jimenez by publishing the article in the New York Times. And Wolfe appears gratifyingly dazzled by Wasson's intellect, so Wasson lets him in on the secret of the hidden agenda, while sharing his contempt of the common people at the same time.

Whatever secret consequences Wasson and his friends expected from their exploitation of mushrooms, it had severe and direct consequences for the people who passed on their knowledge to him:

From the moment when the strangers arrived the 'Holy Children' lost their purity. They lost their strength. They were profaned. From now on they will serve no purpose. There is no help for it. Before Wasson I felt that the Holy Children elevated me. I no longer feel so. [37]
~ Maria Sabina

[T]he divine mushroom no longer belongs to us [the Indians of Mesoamerica]. Its sacred language has been profaned. The language has been spoiled and it is indecipherable for us...Now the mushrooms speak NQUI LE [English]. Yes, it's the tongue that the foreigners speak...The mushrooms have a divine spirit. They always had it for us, but the foreigners arrived and frightened it away...[38]
~ Apolonio Teran

In response to Maria Sabina's words, above, Wasson stated:

These words make me wince, but I was merely the precursor of the New Day. I arrived in the same decade with the highway, the airplane, the alphabet. The Old Order was in danger of passing with no one to record its passing. The Wisdom of the Sabia, genuine though it was, has nothing to give to the world of tomorrow.[39]
~ R. Gordon Wasson

I couldn't disagree more that the wisdom of the Sabia (wise one or wise woman) has nothing for the world of tomorrow – as the last three decades of hindsight have shown us since Wasson wrote that in 1980. And maybe someone without an agenda would have made a more accurate recording. And there is a big difference between being the precursor for the New Day, and being a tool for the elite, and using Sabina and the mushrooms for PR and secret intelligence purposes.

The Hall Carbine Affair

It appears that Wasson was able to gain his position at J. P. Morgan bank as VP of Public Relations (propaganda) by helping to cover up J. P. Morgan, Sr.'s involvement in the Civil War's Hall Carbine Affair, to which Wasson titled his own book on the matter. Documents uncovered at Yale University in the Andrews archives reveal that Wasson had been telling the Civil War historian, Allan Nevins, what to write about J. P. Morgan and the carbine affair[40], and then Wasson would turn and cite Nevins as an appeal to authority in his own arguments on the matter – which is an obvious conflict of interest, not to mention that someone working in PR for Morgan might likewise have a conflict of interest in writing an account of the matter. Furthermore, Wasson had been telling Prof. Charles McLain Andrews about the entire affair,[41] and Andrews had forwarded Wasson's manuscript to Nevins.[42] Here are a few quotes on Nevins from Wasson's Hall Carbine Affair:

In 1939 three books appeared in which, at long last, the Hall carbine affair was presented in true perspective. Allan Nevins in his revised life of Fremont told the story accurately, with emphasis on Fremont's part in it.

Shortly afterwards F. S. Crofts & Co. published a Casebook in American Business History, by two Harvard professors, N. S. B. Gras, who holds the Straus chair in Business History, and Henrietta M. Larson. In the chapter on Morgan they wrote:

". . . The other episode is the Hall carbine affair. The story is too long to recount here, but an extensive search has failed to uncover any contemporary proof that justifies the deductions about Morgan's business character which many writers have drawn from the episode."

Before the end of the year Macmillan brought out Herbert L. Satterlee's life of J. Pierpont Morgan, in which the episode was summarized. In reviewing this work for The New York Times, Allan Nevins called special attention to the carbine matter:

"Mr. Satterlee offers a convincing exculpation of Morgan from one of the charges most frequently brought against him: the allegation that in 1861 he assisted one Simon Stevens in operations which defrauded the Federal Government upon a sale of defective Hall carbines to General Fremont's army. The carbines were not really defective, but were a valuable arm. What loss the government suffered was attributed in the main to the carelessness of its own War Department, and Morgan was never a party at interest in the transaction, being merely the person from whom one of those parties borrowed some money. [Dec. 17, 1939]" [43]
~ R. Gordon Wasson

The Nevins review was only one of many references by critics to the new account of the carbine episode in the Satterlee book. The Associated Press carried the story at some length on November 26, 1939. The reviewer in Time raised a question about it in the issue of December 18, which prompted letters of comment from Herbert L. Satterlee, Lewis Corey, and Gordon Roberts in the issues of February 5 and 19, 1940.[44]
~ R. Gordon Wasson

Here are a few of the quotes I've found from the Andrews archives at Yale on Wasson's and Nevins' behind-the-scenes interaction on the matter. It's clear that Wasson is attempting to make J. P. Morgan, Sr. look innocent – despite his guilt:

December 15, 1937

I could make a very good use of the copy of my Civil War Carbine monograph that Mr. Nevins has, if he is back from California. My recollection is that he would be returning about this time. I hope it is not too much trouble for you to make sure that he returns it.

I think my name does not appear on the monograph. Do you happen to remember whether you let him know who wrote it? If not, there might be an advantage in leaving him in the dark if we should publish the manuscript through some other medium. [emphasis – mine][45]
~ R. Gordon Wasson

August 15, 1939

Dear Mr. Andrews:

I hasten to write you to assure you that Allen [sic] Nevins treated my manuscript exactly as I would've wished him to do. He refers and is taxed to a "careful investigation" which "has shown that he must announce transaction and was really prudent and commendable." In an appendix he summarizes the episode in two or three pages. He doesn't identify "the recent investigation", and for this I am very glad. Since his revised Life came out, he and I had an exchange of cordial letters on the subject. [emphasis – mine][46]

~ R. Gordon Wasson

October 28, 1941

I am most grateful to you for your comments on the Hall Carbine paper, and we shall give earnest consideration to your advice. I have sent a copy of it to Allan Nevins, with whom I have often discussed it, and also to our good friend Steve Benet. We wish to think out carefully our procedure, and, fortunately, we can choose our own time. Perhaps after we let the matter simmer for some months we may bring out a second and larger edition. [emphasis – mine][47]
~ R. Gordon Wasson

Here's what historian Charles Morris had to say on the matter in The Tycoons:

For the Hall carbine affair, see R. Gordon Wasson, The Hall Carbine Affair: A Study in Contemporary Folklore (New York: Pandick Press, 1948), although Wasson (and Carosso) would have it that Morgan did not know that the rifles were being resold to the government, which is implausible. For the muckraker version of the affair, see Mathew Josephson, The Robber Barons: The Great American Capitalists (New York: Harcourt, Brace and World 1962), pp. 60-61. [emphasis mine][48]
~ Charles Morris

And historian Matthew Josephson had this to say about the affair in Robber Barons:

A certain Simon Stevens, who had an option for 5,000 Hall carbines, through another dealer named Eastman, came to Morgan with an urgent request for a loan against this war material which he soon hoped to sell to the government at a profit. In advance, he had by telegraph arranged to sell them to General Fremont, who headed the Western Army quartered near St. Louis. Stevens, who had long been engaged in obscure transactions with customhouse officials, may or may not have divulged that he needed the sum of $17,486 from Morgan in order to purchase the carbines from the very same government at Washington whose army in the West clamored for guns. This paradoxical situation was caused by the fact that the carbines in question were found by inspection to be so defective that they would shoot off the thumbs of the soldiers using them. The quartermaster at Washington sold them for $3.50 apiece. "The government had sold one day for $17,486 arms which it had agreed the day before to purchase for $109,912," as a Congressional committee later discovered. That young Morgan [then 24] knew of this situation is plain from the fact that after arrival of the consignment of guns at General Fremont's division, he bluntly presented his claim not for the money he had advanced, but for all of the $58,175, half of the shipment having been already paid for in good faith.

Morgan's claim for the full sum of $109,912, where he had loaned only $17,486, may have been an indication to the Congress that his part in the affair was something more than a passive money-lender's. In the ensuing investigation, March 3, 1863, a Committee on Government Contracts, amid such outcry on "pillage, fraud, extortion," had demanded that Morgan disclose the terms upon which he had entered the transaction, though without breaking his obdurate silence. The Congressmen had not been convinced that this large and sullen young man's operations "inured to the benefit of the people," and had seen fit to lecture him. Of him and his fellow their report had said:

He cannot be looked upon as a good citizen, entitled to favorable consideration of his claim, who seeks to augment the vast burdens, daily increasing, that are to weigh on the future industry of the country, by demands upon the treasury for which nothing entitled to the name of an equivalent has been rendered. … Worse than traitors in arms are the men who pretending loyalty to the flag, feast and fatten on the misfortunes of the nation, while patriot blood is crimsoning the plains of the South and bodies of their countrymen are moldering in the dust.[49]
~ Matthew Josephson

I wonder if when Morris and Josephson wrote these passages they knew that Wasson was working in PR for J. P. Morgan, and that Wasson had actually sent Nevins his manuscript so that their stories would match up? I highly doubt it, however. Chances are that I'm the first to make this discovery – unfortunately. And while the story has been well evidenced that Morgan did in fact swindle the U.S. Government, it couldn't be any more suspicious that a man, Wasson, who worked for J. P. Morgan Bank in PR, should write such a story and then become Vice President of Public Relations, and also happened to have spent time with Edward Bernays during this book's writing. There are just too many coincidences stacked on top of coincidences for there to be any coincidence!

Securities and Exchange Commission

Prof. Raymond Moley's book After Seven Years, mentioned by Bernays, above, states:

I had asked the President to talk over these appointments with me because, since the time I had assisted him in formulating his New York State parole system, I had seen so much good legislation for which he fought partly nullified by the appointment of poor administrators. At that very moment he was in process of frittering away his Communications Act in the same familiar way. It was clear that the Securities and Exchange Commission might be transformed into a purely perfunctory body if it fell under the influence of those interests it was supposed to supervise.Or, equally bad, it might fall under the domination of men who had no knowledge of the practical operation of the stock exchange.

The President listened to a recital of these facts good-naturedly and asked for a list of recommendations. This I laid before him early in June, 1934. It read as follows:

STOCK EXCHANGE COMMISSION MEMBERSHIP

MEMORANDUM
1. Kennedy The best bet for Chairman because of execu-
tive ability, knowledge of habits and customs
of business to be regulated and ability to mod-
erate different points of view on Commission.
2. Landis Better as member than as Chairman because
he is essentially a representative of strict con-
trol and operates best when defending that
position against opposition from contrary
view.
3. Mathews Familiar with operation of blue sky laws and
with present Securities Act. He is a Republi-
can from Wisconsin and failure to take him
over would antagonize Republican Progres-
sives in Wisconsin.
4. Ben Cohen He is as able as Landis and more experienced.
He has participated to a greater extent than
anyone else in the drafting of both Securities
and Stock Exchange Acts. His personality
would gain friends as people grew to know
him. Enormously well thought of by Judge
Mack Frankfurter, etc.
5. Paul Shields Expresses progressive ideas about regulation
by law. Strongly recommended by Averell
Harriman. Was associated with Dillon, Reed
and probably would be strongly recommended
by Clarence Dillon.
6. Gordon Wasson A resident of New Jersey. Handled foreign
securities for Guaranty Company. Has acted
as liaison between Wall Street and Landis,
Cohen and Corcoran, because his friendship
with them was known downtown. Knows se-
curities business and the act thoroughly, hav-
ing helped in its drafting. Very well-liked by
Treasury and Commerce. Would certainly be
recommended by the Guaranty and the Stock
Exchange and therefore would be acceptable
to Wall Street.
7. Frank Shaughnessy Hiram Johnson would be an excellent judge
of him. He is well thought of by Charles B.
Henderson of the R.F.C. who knows him.
8. Judge Healy Could be counted upon to be sound and lib-
eral in his interpretation. However, he would
be a better member of the Federal Trade Com-
mission.

Party affiliations: Democrat--Kennedy, Landis, Cohen, Shaughnessy. Republican--Wasson, Mathews, Healy [50]

And it's here that we discover that Wasson actually helped to draft the Stock Exchange Act. A study of the Stock Exchange Act in light of the current financial crisis would be interesting in view of Wasson's participation in its authoring. And it was also Wasson's boss's father, J. P. Morgan, Sr., the same J. P. Morgan who swindled the government in the carbine affair, above, who secretly established the U.S. Federal Reserve at Jekyll Island.[51] But we also discover here that Wasson was one of eight nominees selected to chair the Securities and Exchange Commission for the U.S. government.

 

Thomas C. Wasson

Robert Gordon Wasson had a brother: Thomas Campbell Wasson. Thomas was assassinated in Jerusalem by Jews while he served as the first Consul General of the new state of Israel, a position he had only begun a few weeks before he was assassinated. At 2 pm on May 22, 1948 he was shot with a .30 caliber rifle while he was approaching the U.S. Consulate. He died on May 23, 1948 – just ten days after the establishment of the State of Israel on May 13.

Thomas looked incredibly like R. G. Wasson, almost close enough to be twins. And interestingly, one writer even reported that it was Robert Wasson, and not Thomas Wasson, who had been killed:

Our American Consul, Mr. Robert Wasson was shot by Jews on Friday and died today.[52]
~ Bertha Spafford Vesta, May 23, 1948

With all of the PR and false information put out by Wasson up to this point, I want to say that there is no evidence, at least at this moment, to show that there was some cover-up with the assassination, other than news reports initially trying to pin it on the Arabs. The confusion between Thomas and Robert seems to be just that – though I admit I've not looked into the matter any further.

Thomas had also served as the U.S. Vice Consul in Melbourne, Australia, as well as in Puerto Cortes, Honduras, and Consul in Lagos, Nigeria.

The main point is that Gordon Wasson had direct ties in his own family to high levels of the U.S. government and international politics – which may provide a lead for possible future research.

 

The JFK Assassination

 

And in an even more bizarre twist that is far stranger than fiction, readers may be shocked to discover that all of this ties into the Kennedy assassination. Several names mentioned above are involved, including: Henry Luce and C. D. Jackson. C. D. Jackson purchased the Zapruder film of JFK's assassination. Jackson and Henry Luce stored the film away from the public in the vaults at Time-Life for decades – again, a company funded by J. P. Morgan and Wasson's boss. Furthermore, Wasson was close friends with George De Mohrenschildt, with whom he ran the Russian Student Fund for Russian immigrants on behalf of the CIA (below), and he also worked on various Russian programs with George's brother, Prof. Dimitri Von Mohrenschildt.[53] George De Mohrenschildt's wife worked for Abe Zapruder – who, ironically, filmed the assassination. And of course de Mohrenschildt was close friends with Lee Harvey Oswald, the so-called "lone gunman." De Mohrenschildt apparently committed suicide just minutes before reporters arrived to interview him, and when his body was found there was a phone book in his pocket with Gordon Wasson's name and number, along with others such as George H. W. Bush, the former President and Director of the CIA.


(Evidence obtained from the West Palm Beach Sheriff's Office. Acquired by and republished with thanks to Bruce Adamson.)

 

Soon after JFK's assassination, Jackson and Luce also successfully negotiated with Marina Oswald the exclusive rights to her story.

Bruce Campbell Adamson is considered a leading researcher on the JFK assassination, having published 11 volumes on his investigation. In this series Adamson repeatedly lists Wasson as one of the key suspects in the plot's organization. Over the last few years I've researched out and acquired and verified all of Adamson's references to Wasson. In every instance they checked out – many of them are listed in this essay's endnotes. Here are just a few of his references:

From Bruce Adamson's series on the JFK assassination

From volume 3a (JKF Assassination Timeline Chart):

Jan. 1948: George Kennan spoke at CFR on Soviet Policy. Also present were Arthur

  1. A. Houghton, Jr., Stephen Duggan, Sr., J. C. Campbell, Henry V. Poor and R. Gordon Wasson.

1952: Alexander Dallin was associate director; P. Mosely was director of

research; R. G. Wasson and F. Barghoorn were on the executive committee of the Research Program of the USSR. All tied to CIA.

1953: George Allen spoke at the CFR on Yugoslavia's relationship with the West. NAR, J. T. Duce, P. Mosely and R. Gordon Wasson were in attendance.

George Allen was introduced to Joseph Kennedy by Robert D. Murphy. Alexander Tarsaidze = D. V. Mohr., in book Four Myths.

From volume 3b (JKF Assassination Timeline Chart):

1959: Jan. 15 Anastas I. Mikoyan spoke at CFR. In attendance: HFA (CIA), Geo. Kennan, Sig Michelson (CBS), J. Jessup (Luce), Philip Mosely (CIA), K.

Roosevelt (CIA), H. Sargeant (CIA), John Gunther, R. G. Wasson (CIA), Fred and James Warburg.

1960: Sept. 30 Josip Tito spoke at CFR. In attendance were John Gunther, J. N. Hazard, Arthur A. Houghton, Jr., H. Luce, J. J. McCloy, R. G. Wasson and Daniel Schoor.

1962: May 8 Philip Mosely presided for Luce's man in Moscow at CFR. Others in attendance J. Jessup, R. G. Wasson (CIA).

Dec. 27 H. Salisbury spoke at CFR, (CIA agent) R. Gordon Wasson presided.

1963: Oct. 31 CIA consultant, Philip Mosely spoke at CFR on "Russia Faces East and West." Others in attendance include A. Doak Barnett, R. Blum, J. C. Campbell, R. Donald [Gordon][54] Wasson (CIA), (AD), and Professor Frederick Barghoorn was supposed to have been there. Barghoorn was arrested two days later in Moscow.

From Adamson's JFK – volume 4a, p. 22:

Was Salisbury's analysis at the Dallas right wing conspiracy theory directed at H. L. Hunt or the oil depletion allowance? He does not say specifically. We know that Harrison was tied to Dimitri Von Mohrenschildt and also many of the same acquaintances. On December 27, 1962, Harrison E. Salisbury spoke at the CFR on the subject of Implications of the Sino-Soviet Rupture. R. Gordon Wasson (CIA agent) presided. Other important members included, Frank Altschul, Robert Blum, Spruille Braden, Alexander Dallin, George S. Franklin, Jr., and Howland Sargeant. All except Blum are tied to Dimitri and Dulles. […]

While de Mohrenschildt was entertaining Oswald, Salisbury was contending that Communism was not a unitary and monolithic movement. […].

p. 29:

In 1952, while Alex Dallin was Associate Director and Philip E. Mosely (CIA consultant) was Director of the Research Program on the USSR, R. Gordon Wasson (CIA agent) and accused CIA agent Frederick C. Barghoorn were on the Executive Committee of the Research Program. […]

From Adamson's JFK – volume 4b, p. 57:

Kennan spoke in January of 1947 at the Council on Foreign Affairs meeting in New York City. The meeting was on The Soviet Way of Thought and Its Effect on Soviet Foreign policy. (53)

(53). Princeton, Seely G. Mudd Library, Dulles Papers, Kennan File, Council on Foreign Relations report January 7, 1947.

Kennan was the discussion leader and others present who were interconnected with this work included: Frank Altschul; Arthur H. Dean; George S. Franklin and Arthur A. Houghton. […]. Other members of the CFR who were friends with Dimitri Von Mohrenschildt included John C. Campbell of Time-Life; Stephen Duggan Sr., whose son sat on the editorial board of the Russian Review; Henry V. Poor, of Amcomlib and R. Gordon Wasson, a CIA agent and a Director of the Russian Student Fund.[…]

p. 58:

On May 18th 1959, Director of Studies at the CFR, Philip Mosely gave a speech on "The Impressions of Moscow." Frank Altschul presided. Others in attendance were Hamilton Fish Armstrong, (husband of Carmen Barnes who was a friend of George de Mohrenschildt's); Frederick C. Barghoorn (friend of Dimitri's and arrested by KGB in November 1963); John N. Hazard; C. D. Jackson (bought Zapruder's film); Henry V. Poor and Howland Sargeant. […] It is important to note that Wasson was an officer of the Research Program on the USSR, located at 401 West 118th Street in New York City. Other officers of the program included […] Philip E. Mosely, Alexander J. Dallin, Frederick C. Barghoorn and R. Gordon Wasson. In 1952 this Research Program was seeking Dimitri's advice for counseling seriously on USSR organization on the role of classics in Soviet culture. (57)

(57). Hoover Institute, Russian Review Papers, Box, 2, Alexander Dallin to D.V. Mohrenschildt April 11, 1952.

In 1950 Dulles approved George Kennan's membership into the Century Association, located at 7 West 43rd Street in New York. Apparently Hamilton Fish Armstrong nominated Kennan and Gordon Wasson (CIA agent) had seconded it. On November 15, 1950 Dulles said of Kennan that he was one of the most capable writers in foreign affairs and "Certainly, he would make a most desirable member of the Century Club." (59)

(59). Princeton, Seely G. Mudd Library, Dulles Papers, Kennan File, A. Dulles to the Committee on Admissions, Nov. 15, 1950.

From Adamson's JFK – volume 8a, p. 3:

On September 30, 1960, Marshal Josip Tito spoke in New York at the CFR meeting on Yugoslav Foreign Policy. Other important people who knew Dimitri Von Mohrenschildt [and] Dulles and who are important for the study of JFK and RFK's assassinations were: John Gunther, John N. Hazard, Arthur A. Houghton, Jr., Henry R. Luce, John J. McCloy, Edward V. Poor, Daniel Schoor and CIA agent R. Gordon Wasson. (10) [55]

(10). CFR meetings vol. XXXVIII, July 1960-June 1961 (S-Z).
~ Bruce C. Adamson

James Moore and the Red Herring

As I have considered all of these connections over the years, one question always comes up. What about James Moore? Moore was a CIA agent. He contributed $2000 to Wasson's trip. Here's how this myth begins:

Apparently, one of the "various foundations" from which Gordon was hoping to obtain a grant was the Geschickter Fund in Washington, D.C. It had been mentioned to him as a possible source of funding by James Moore, the CIA operative, when he initially contacted Gordon in August 1955. Unknown to Gordon, the Fund was a front for the CIA to channel money secretly. According to John Marks' book The Search for the "Manchurian Candidate" (New York: Dell, 1979), it anted up $2,000 to help finance Gordon's expedition in the spring of 1956.[56]
~ Allan Richardson

"Nervous and paranoid" correctly describes a "short-order chemist" for the CIA, James Moore (Lee & Shlain, 1985; Marks, 1979; Stevens, 1987), who secretly infiltrated one of Wasson's small expeditions into the Sierra Mazateca in 1956.
A scientist from the CIA's "Project ARTICHOKE" had traveled to México in search of a so-called "stupid bush" and other plants which might derange the human mind, politically useful to control enemies' minds in war time. Large quantities of morning glory seeds were sent to CIA laboratories for analysis by CIA scientists searching for compounds useful for extracting confessions, locating stolen or lost objects, perhaps even predicting the future. Visionary mushrooms were of special interest in these investigations. According to documents obtained via the Freedom of Information Act, James Moore was an expert in chemical synthesis who worked for the CIA. In 1956, Moore invited himself into one of Wasson's expeditions to México. He offered Wasson a grant for $2,000 dollars from a CIA- front known as the Geschickter Fund for Medical Research, Inc. In 1955, Wasson had declined to collaborate openly with the CIA." […] Moore collected specimens for his CIA-sponsored research and returned to Maryland, where he endeavored to isolate for the CIA the active principle of both the mushrooms and morning glory seeds. Unfortunately for Moore he was unable to find the active ingredients in the mushrooms and lucky for the world that he didn't find them since they would of most likely been used as tools of mind war under the direction of the CIA.[57] [emphasis – mine] ~ John W. Allen

Notice that the above passage does not say that Wasson declined to collaborate with the CIA. It says that "In 1955, Wasson had declined to collaborate openly with the CIA." In other words, if Allen's statement is correct, while Wasson may have refused to collaborate "openly" with the CIA, this does not mean that he declined to collaborate with the CIA – two very different things. Then how would Wasson collaborate? He would need a cover story.

Here's how MK-ULTRA expert Hank Albarelli describes the myth in A Terrible Mistake:

Especially significant in the history of LSD and psychotropic drugs is the work of Gordon Wasson and his wife Valentina Pavlovna. The couple traveled the globe in search of exotic and rare psychoactive mushrooms, and they were the first to use the term 'ethnomycology'. Over a forty year period, the two collected and catalogued the "food of the Gods." In 1977, Wasson commented that throughout his many excursions to Mexico from 1952 through 1962, "I didn't send a single sample to an American mycologist. I didn't get a penny, not a single grant from any government sources. I'm perfectly sure of that."

There is no reason to doubt Wasson, but what he did not know at the time of his excursions was that the United States government was closely monitoring every one of his trips and that each and every one of his collected samples found their way back from Mexico to CIA-funded laboratories. Wasson also sent his samples to Albert Hofmann at Sandoz Labs in Switzerland. Hofmann, according to Wasson, "was doing the key work synthesizing the active ingredients" of the samples. What Wasson again did not realize was that the fruits of all of his and Hofmann's labors were being plucked from the vine by the U.S. Army and CIA both of whom, since at least 1948, had covert operatives working in the Sandoz Laboratories.

Wasson also was unaware of CIA penetration into a number of his Mexico excursions. In 1956, Dr. James Moore of the University of Delaware, under secret contract with the CIA's TSS, traveled to the Oaxaca section of Mexico to collect rivea corymbosa samples. Moore, according to Wasson, was collaborating with the Argentine-based mycologist, Dr. Rolf Singer, a Bavarian-born Jew who had fled Nazi Germany in 1933 for Czechoslovakia. Eventually, he traveled to the United States where he secured a job doing research at Harvard University, and in 1948, he left the U.S. to go to Argentina to study hallucinogenic mushrooms.

Wasson, in a 1977 interview, implied that Singer had some sort of ties to the CIA through Moore, but the specifics are unclear and it must be stated here that Wasson reportedly did not care much for Singer and considered his work "rushed" and often "borrowed" from others. Wasson only traveled once with Moore, in 1956, and the experience was horrible, he said. Said Wasson: "he was an awful ass… He expected to have a water closet in Mexico. It was laughable."

Wasson also reported that he had once been approached by either the CIA or FBI. "I'm not sure which," he said. They wanted him "to do work for the government." He turned them down, saying he thought the effort "patriotic," but did not want his work being classified secret. "I wanted to publish all my findings," he explained.

In the same interview, Wasson said that Albert Hofmann "work in some way with the CIA" and that Hofmann's "discoveries were imparted in whole by Sandoz to the U.S. government. Sandoz wanted to be on the right side of things." Hofmann's connection to the CIA has never been officially confirmed by the CIA, which maintains a policy of not commenting on or revealing information on foreign citizens who find their way into its employment.[58] [emphasis – mine] ~Hank Albarelli

There seems to be a repeated theme with Wasson disparaging people he actually knows are agents. I brought attention to this in my book The Holy Mushroom in regards to Wasson's actions with Dr. Andrija Puharich,[59] and I think he's doing the same here with Moore. Wasson wants to conceal his own identity as a CIA agent or asset, and to make himself look more innocent in the entire affair.

The above accounts seem absurdly impossible in light of all of the information regarding Wasson's own participation in the CFR and CIA and with all of his own connections to all of these people in the CIA and intelligence. I consider the entire James Moore story to be a red herring. A red herring is a fallacy that leads someone from one topic to another. In other words, he's a decoy or a scapegoat. When we consider Moore as a decoy, the contradictions in the storyline disappear. Wasson and Allen Dulles were friends; the CIA had known all along about Wasson's work; Dulles worked with the German conglomerate IG Farben, which was related with Sandoz AG.[60] It's hard to believe that the CIA needed a field agent when they had Wasson himself. Rather than admitting that the entire project was an elite/CIA/intelligence operation, it was best to slip an agent into the story line who would serve to lead researchers astray for decades. That way Wasson didn't have to work for the CIA openly, and he could still publish his books, which he just published in elite publishing houses – too expensive for anyone to acquire – and delivered many of them to the CIA and CFR himself. It was a slick move, and fooled many hundreds of researchers – but like all lies it was bound to get figured out. If anything, Wasson could likely have been Moore's superior at the CIA, and Dulles himself would have likely approved the $2000. Surely Dulles and Wasson had already discussed it over dinner at the Century Club. Wasson possibly needed a chemist along for the trip who could also aid in collecting mushroom samples – and would act as a possible future scapegoat should someone uncover their plot.

Masha Wasson Britten

And it seems hard to believe that Masha isn't aware of many of these things. Found in the Frank Altschul archives at Columbia University is a hand-written letter from Masha to Altschul thanking him for a weekend they spent together in 1958 after the death of her mother, Valentina, who, as it turns out, was also a friend of Altschul. If Masha and Altschul were lovers it's not clear, though she would have been about 23 at the time.

January 20, 1959

Dear Mr. Altschul,

Please forgive me for not writing sooner. I do wish to thank you for the lovely time I spent with you in the country. I really needed to get away and I cannot think of another place I would have enjoyed as much.

I had a good rest, something I have not had in a long time. It was also comforting to be with friends since at that time I was just beginning to feel the real impact of what had happened […]

Again, I thank you for the wonderful weekend and I'm sorry for the delay.

Love,
Masha[61]

Altschul was not only a banker, but, like Allen Dulles, was a Director of the CFR (1944-72)[62], and also served at several of the same CFR meetings that were chaired by Wasson himself – where Luce was also present.[63] Altschul was also a member of the Century Club[64], and was also one of those behind such secret operations as Operation Mockingbird, a CIA "psychological information campaign against the American people."[65]

On February 17, 1951, Wasson gave a lecture on Russian policy to the Practicing Law Institute. He later had 1,000 copies of the lecture published in small book form, titled Toward a Russian Policy,[66] which he published anonymously with Frank Altschul's publishing firm, Overbrook Press. Included in Columbia University's Overbrook Press collection is Wasson's personal list of people that he had this book sent to, which include: Allen W. Dulles, John Foster Dulles, General Dwight Eisenhower, C. D. Jackson, Henry Luce, Robert Oppenheimer, David Rockefeller, and Frank Wisner – just to name a few.[67]

But I should wish you to see the whole talk, which will be appearing shortly in an edition being printed by Frank Altschul's Overbrook Press. Since Frank is in constant touch with Mr. C. D. Jackson, I suggest you call this fact to Mr. Jackson's attention, if he is interested in going ahead with your project. […][68]
~ R. Gordon Wasson

Frank Altschul's son, Arthur G. Altschul, was also a member of the CFR with Frank and Wasson,[69] and became a partner of the infamous Goldman, Sachs & Co. that defrauded the American public for billions of tax dollars in 2008, though Arthur had died in 2002.

Who doesn't have their hands dirty in the world of psychedelics and deep politics?

And so the investigation continues...

Moving Forward

Clearly the study of entheogens in religious myths and practices is a valid one.

What is not clear from Wasson's work is how much of his work is a real, honest investigation of mushrooms in religion, and how much concerns his secret elitist agendas. In a court of law, if someone is shown to lie under oath, everything they say is to be dismissed. And while Wasson wasn't under oath, and while much, though not all, of his research appears genuine, it seems clear that we'll need to fact-check every detail of his research, point by point, before we can ever again use him as a credible source in the fields of ethnomycology and ethnobotany.

Those who twist the facts of reality to their own selfish agendas, sacrificing truth and humanity in the process, bring the whole of the world down with them. If what they did were based in integrity, they wouldn't need to act in secrecy, to commit sophistry, to occult the truth at the cost of the many to profit the few.

Conclusion

It's often hard for us to look at our own legends and myths and to question our own beliefs. In fact, many people think it's easier to go on believing a myth than it is to do the research and ground work to discover the truth or the actual history behind such legends and myths.

Some legends and myths are created by those with ill intentions to occult (keep secret) information for their own gain – "a story invented as a veiled explanation of a truth." When information is occulted, those who maintain that secret knowledge have control over those who don't.

We can go through our entire lives believing in all sorts of legends and myths, being misled by those who wish to fool us, to manipulate and control us, and violating natural law, for their own irrational, selfish ends. And as the mushrooms have the power to free our minds, so does the truth. And true to its purpose, the study of ethnomycology has revealed more legends and myths, some of the biggest legends and myths thus far discovered to be based around mushrooms: those of R. Gordon Wasson.

At the start of this essay we began with a quote from Wasson that came from the introduction of his book The Hall Carbine Affair. Here is the rest of that quote, where Wasson provides us with a page of philosophizing that serves to bring this article full circle:

Legends are often history processed to point some moral. They are misleading as history, but they help us to understand the people who invent and believe in them. Usually the world recognizes as legends only the outgrown cables of earlier generations. But this is merely because, believing as we do our own legends, we do not recognize them for what they are.

It is proposed in this little essay to dissect sinew by sinew, and nerve by nerve, a living legend, a legend born in our own generation and [...] palpitant with the vitality of unchallenged acceptance. This specimen of mis-belief will be tested as real history is tested. In its own right it is only a modest little yarn, but we shall scrutinize it as rigorously as if it made all the difference. Its start is an obscure happening of some three-quarters of a century ago, of no great importance then and of none at all for a long time after, until it was taken hold of, clothed upon, and finished off [...], by a school of writers who call themselves historians and serious thinkers.

Starting with nothing, or as good as nothing, these molders of opinion by a very act of creation have built up from it a history, a moral, a warning, an economics, and in reverse a vision of a new and better world. A mouse having labored, a mountain was born. Legends that take hold on the popular imagination are the ones that tell the people what they wish to believe, and this legend took hold. Thus fact became fiction, and fiction History: a little incident, released by uncorking the bottle, magically swelled before our very eyes into a Horrible Example, solemnly authenticated as Truth by our college of augurs.

Only a trifle, you may say, to give so much time to. But the history of this legend will point a moral: a moral that the authors of the legend surely never dreamed of![70]
~ R. Gordon Wasson

Through our own belief in his legends and myths, we had refused to look at, much less acknowledge, the gravitas of the truth. We wanted to believe that we knew him, and that he couldn't have done such a wrong.

And while Maria Sabina said there was no remedy for the damage done, maybe this article is the first step in the right direction. If there is a way, having honesty and integrity and bringing forth the truth about Wasson and the elite's psychedelic agenda may be the first step. Through honesty and integrity we can begin to cure and heal the misdeeds caused by such incredibly blind selfishness, and move forward into the light of truth, free of such malicious deception and agendas that have weighed our field of study down since its inception.

What was the purpose of the Wassons publishing in Life and This Week magazines, rather than in an anthropology journal? With the ties to Morgan, Skull and Bones, Edward Bernays, C. D. Jackson, Henry Luce, the CFR and the CIA, it seems that their campaign against Huaulta de Jimenez was intentional, as was the influx of "hippies, psychopaths and adventurers and pseudo-research workers" who descended upon the place. Was it an experiment in economics, to see how the banking elite and CIA could fully corrupt and commercialize a remote, indigenous village, while at the same time launching a positivist psychological warfare campaign?

From spies and intelligence, to propaganda and mind control operations for the elite, to the assassination of presidents, the real story behind R. Gordon Wasson is far more interesting, and disturbing than we've ever envisioned.

In the endnotes of this essay I've included dozens of references to major university archives where stores of Wasson documents are held – outside of Masha and Harvard's control. By publishing these sources for the first time I'm providing other researchers the path to work around this blockade and to begin to reassemble the documents necessary to amass the real history behind R. Gordon Wasson and the foundations of ethnomycology – and the launch of the psychedelic movement. This was just the tip of the iceberg.

And now the dyke has broken, and Masha sits there with her finger in a hole, in a fruitless attempt to stop the flood. If I'm wrong, then let her simply open up the Wasson archive at Harvard for all to see that there's nothing there to hide, and to also disprove these citations I've provided herein – and I'll admit that I'm the fool.

But if I'm correct, what are the implications? We've seen a cover-up of a mind control and propaganda campaign regarding mushrooms and the field of ethnomycology that reaches to the highest levels of the U.S. government, intelligence, and banking, and may tie directly into MK-ULTRA. We've also seen a concerted effort to cover up the origins of one of America's wealthiest banking families – the Morgans. We've seen ties to the American fascists. And what's worse, we've uncovered a possible cover-up of a conspiracy to commit the murder of a U.S. president – John F. Kennedy.

In this study of contemporary psychedelic mythology we've dissected, borrowing from Wasson's words, almost sinew by sinew, nerve by nerve, a living legend that lived in our own generation, and a myth that began some three-quarters of a century ago. We've tested the myth's mis-belief as real history is tested; peeled the clothes off and scrutinized all that was piled upon it by the college of augurs – as if it made all the difference in the world. Underneath it all we've found a wretched little mouse – a solemn little creature, now unmasked, that we must ironically thank for uncorking the bottle. Indeed, a moral the author surely never dreamed of!

A mouse having labored a mountain was born, but it's the truth that shall set you free.

534


[1] R. Gordon Wasson, The Hall Carbine Affair, 1948, p. v ff.
[2] Webster's Third New International Dictionary, unabridged, Encyclopedia Britannica, 1986.
[3] John M. Allegro, The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross, 1970, Gnostic Media, 2009.
[4] Jan Irvin, The Holy Mushroom: Evidence of Mushrooms in Judeo-Christianity, Gnostic Media, 2008.
[5] Thomas J Riedlinger, The Sacred Mushroom Seeker, 1990/1997. p. 10.
[6] R. Gordon Wasson, Seeking The Magic Mushroom, Life magazine, May 13, 1957
[7] Masha Wasson Britten, in The Sacred Mushroom Seeker, ed. by Thomas J Riedlinger, 1990/1997. p. 33ff.
[8] R. Gordon Wasson and Valentina Pavlovna Wasson, Mushrooms, Russia and History, Pantheon Books, 1957, p. 4ff
[9] Ibid.
[10] Andy Letcher, Shroom, HarperCollins Publishers, 2007, p. 81.
[11] Valentina Pavlovna Wasson, I Ate the Sacred Mushrooms, in This Week Magazine, May 19, 1957. p. 8ff; see also Wikipedia's entry for This Week magazine's 1957 circulation numbers.
[12] Robert Forte at the September 2008, Horizons conference, New York City, New York.
[13] John G. Bourke Scatalogic Rites of All Nations, 1891.
[14] Botanical Museum Leaflets, Harvard University, March 10, 1963. Vol. 20, No. 2a, p. 39
[15] Donald H. Pfister, R. Gordon Wasson 1898 - 1986, in Mycologia, 80(1), 1988, pp. 11-13.
[16] Thomas Riedlinger, "A Latecomer's View of R. Gordon Wasson", in Sacred Mushroom Seeker, ed. by Thomas Riedlinger, 1990, p. 209
[17] Eustace Mullins, Secrets of the Federal Reserve, 1993. p. 1
[18] Ron Chernow, The House of Morgan, 2001 p. 466
[19] The CFR archives, Princeton University, Mudd Library: MC104, box 451: folder 1 - Mikoyan
[20] CFR Historical Roster of Directors and Officers - http://www.cfr.org/about/history/cfr/appendix.html
[21] Hamilton Fish Armstrong, Wasson Archives, Harvard Botanical Museum. Foreign Affairs (CFR) letterhead, dated November 10, 1950. "Dear Gordon: I have written these Century members to say that you and I are proposing George Kennan for membership: Boris A. Bakhmeteff, Charles C. Burlingham, Allen Dulles, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Philip C. Jessup, Geroid Tanquary Robinson, William L. Shirer, Dean G. Acheson, James B. Conant, Edward Mead Earle, Herbert B. Elliston, Joseph C. Grew, William L. Langer, Robert A. Lovett. In addition George gave me some other names: Imrie de Vegh, John Foster Dulles, Thomas S. Lamont, Russell C. Leffingwell, Vannevar Bush, Everett Case […]
[22] Graham Harvey, Shamanism, 2002. p. 433
[23] John Cloud, When the Elites Loved LSD – Time Magazine, April 23, 2007
[24] Abbie Hoffman, Soon to be a Major Motion Picture, New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1980, p. 73
[25] The CFR archives, Princeton University, Mudd Library: MC104: Box 451: Folder 1, Folder 6; Box 455: Folder 1; Box 459: Folder 4
[26] Paul Charles Blum Papers, Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library, MS 900, 2005-M-080, Box 2: folder 26.
[27] George F. Kennan papers, Princeton University, Mudd Library, (MC #076), Box 51: folder 2.
[28] Frank Altschul archives, Columbia University Rare Book & Manuscripts Library, Box 58, folder 1 and 2.
[29] George F. Kennan papers, Princeton University, Mudd Library, (MC #019), Box 35: folder 27.
[30] Edward Bernays, Propaganda, 1928, Ch. 1, P. 1.
[31] US Library of Congress, Bernays collection: Part I: Book File, 1890-1965, n.d. BOX I:459, Wasson, Gordon
[32] Thomas Riedlinger, "A Latecomer's View of R. Gordon Wasson", in Sacred Mushroom Seeker, ed. by Thomas Riedlinger, 1990, p. 210
[33] Gordon Wasson. "Drugs: The Sacred Mushroom." The New York Times, 26 Sept 1970, p. 29.
[34] Hoover Institute, Stanford University. Bertram D. Wolfe papers. Box: 15, Folder: 72
[35] Ibid.
[36] John W. Allen, Wasson's First Voyage, http://www.erowid.org/plants/mushrooms/mushrooms_article5.shtml
[37] Alvaro Estrada, María Sabina: Her Life and Chants, 1981. pp. 90-91, quoted from Gordon Wasson's The Wondrous Mushroom, 1980. p. 222.
[38] Alvaro Estrada, María Sabina: Her Life and Chants, 1981. p. 205.
[39] Gordon Wasson, The Wondrous Mushroom, 1980. p. 223.
[40] Andrews papers, Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library, box 24: folder 287; box 25: folder 296; box 31: folder 355; box 32: folder 370; box 37: folder 418, 419, 420; box 40: folder 441; box 42: folder 456, 460; box 43: folder 465; box 46: folder 500, 507; box 47: folder 512.
[41] Ibid.
[42] Andrews archive, Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library, Box 40: folder 441.
[43] Gordon Wasson, The Hall Carbine Affair, 1948. p. 114
[44] Ibid., p. 115
[45] Andrews archive, Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library, Box 37: folder 419.
[46] Ibid., Box 40: folder 441.
[47] Ibid., Box 42: folder 460.
[48] Charles Morris, The Tycoons, 2005, p. 337
[49] Matthew Josephson, Robber Barons, The Great American Capitalists, 1861-1901, 1962. p. 61ff
[50] Raymond Moley, After Seven Years, University of Nebraska Press, 1971. p. 287
[51] Eustace Mullins, Secrets of the Federal Reserve, 1993.
[52] "Our Jerusalem. An American Family in the Holy City 1881-1949." p. 379. Published by the Middle East Export Press.INC. Printed in Lebanon. Copyright, 1950 Bertha Spafford Vesta and Evelyn Wells.
[53] Russian Review records, Hoover Institute, Box 2: folder 1952.
[54] "Donald is a type o. I remember most of the sources came from the CFR while I was in New York in 1995." – Bruce Adamson
[55] Republished with permission and thanks to Bruce Adamson. For all of Adamson's research on the JFK assassination, please see http://www.ciajfk.com/jfkbooks.html
[56] Allan Richardson in The Sacred Mushroom Seeker, ed. by Thomas Riedlinger, 1990, p. 203.
[57] John W. Allen, Wasson's First Voyage (from Mushroom Pioneers) http://www.erowid.org/plants/mushrooms/mushrooms_article5.shtml
[58] Hank Albarelli, A Terrible Mistake: The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA's Secret Cold War Experiments, Trine Day, 2009. P. 359
[59] Jan Irvin, The Holy Mushroom: Evidence of Mushrooms in Judeo-Christianity, Gnostic Media, 2008, p. 24
[60] See the Allen Dulles entry on WikiPedia, and see also Encyclopedia Britannica's entry on Novartis AG: http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/421043/Novartis-AG
[61] Frank Altschul archives, Columbia University Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Box 58: folder 1 and 2.
[62] CFR Historical Roster of Directors and Officers - http://www.cfr.org/about/history/cfr/appendix.html
[63] The CFR archives, Princeton University, Mudd Library: MC104: Box 451: Folder 1, Folder 6; Box 455: Folder 1; Box 459: Folder 4
[64] Frank Altschul archives, Columbia University Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Box 58: folder 1 and 2.
[65] Peter Phillips, Lew Brown, and Bridget Thornton, US Electromagnetic Weapons and Human Rights, Sonoma State University, Project Censored Media Freedom Foundation, 2006. http://globalresearch.ca/articles/ElectromagWeapons.pdf
[66] Alexander Kazem-Bek papers, Columbia University Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Box 9: folder 13.
[67] Overbrook Press collection, Columbia University Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Box 9: folder 287.
[68] Dwight MacDonald Papers, Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library, Box 55: folder 346
[69] The CFR archives, Princeton University, Mudd Library: MC104, box 451: folder 1 - Mikoyan
[70] R. Gordon Wasson, The Hall Carbine Affair, 1948, p. v ff.

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3) Manufacturing the Deadhead: A Product of Social Engineering, by Joe Atwill and Jan Irvin, May 13, 2013
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  108 comments for “R. Gordon Wasson: The Man, the Legend, the Myth; Beginning a New History of Magic Mushrooms, Ethnomycology, and the Psychedelic Revolution by Jan Irvin – #144

  1. May 12, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Thank you for including the transcript.

  2. Vigilius
    May 13, 2012 at 7:44 am

    I’m probably going to agree with pretty much everything you say, and I’ve always found Wasson to be suspect. However, you should know that you sound completely insane here. LOL. Also, “Verifiable.” Spelling.

    • Jan Irvin
      May 13, 2012 at 7:48 am

      Exactly how do I sound “insane”? Do you have anything intelligent or constructive to say? Or just playing the “hatefulnerd”. Did you even bother to look at the citations?

      • Vigilius
        May 13, 2012 at 5:32 pm

        I love you man. I’m just saying. WE know how messed up shit is. But to the casual observer, your claims are going to seem far out. OH AND HE ALSO WAS IN ON THE KENNEDY ASSASSINATION. My intelligent and/or constructive contribution is to suggest that when you present this thesis to audiences who do not necessarily have our background in conspiracy theory, that you maybe start out a little slower or with more specific dastardly claims about Wasson, then bring them along to the greater issues of social engineering and whatnot.
        Again, I haven’t listened to what you have to say here yet. I’m just reacting to the teaser. Personally, I think this is the best podcast on the net. Whenever I think of people to recommend to you, you’re always like ALREADY HAD HIM ON. LOL. So you do a great job. I don’t agree with all your stuff, but you are awesome. I mean that.
        And btw, you should check out Vyzygoth, Dave McGowan and Dan Russell in case you haven’t done so already. I think they would agree with you mightily. Vyz and Dave in particular, vis a vis the psychedelic movement as being a massive socially engineered open air mind control experiment. To reiterate: I love you man.

        • Henk
          May 14, 2012 at 1:22 am

          Vigilius maybe you should actually listen to the podcast so that you can establish for yourself that Jan sounds far from insane instead of basing your opinion on a introductory note.

          I am sure Vyzygoth, Dave McGowan and Dan Russell will agree with Jan once they check out the citations themselves. No need to guess there I guess.

          • casual observor
            May 14, 2012 at 7:42 am

            Well, just by reading the teaser Mr. Irvin DOES indeed sound insane. I am sure he has evidence to support what he believes, but just by reading this page I am less inclined to listen to the audio than I was when I followed the link here. I am sure you are a great guy, but by saying; Oh, and he was involved on the Kennedy thing makes you sound off your rocker. #JS.

          • Jan Irvin
            May 14, 2012 at 8:37 am

            You seem to be one of those types who uses fallacies to reach your conclusions before looking at the evidence, which is provided in both the transcript and audio, with links to citations. I’ve no concern with people who resort to ad hominem attacks and kill the messanger and put their logic before their research. You can either educate yourself and not use fallacies here, or go someplace else. Around here we teach critical thinking and, well, if you’re not using it, or are incapable of doing so, you’ll be chased out.

            Smart people would simply click on the transcript link and view what evidence is there BEFORE they waste mine and everyone else’s time with empty comments and ad hominem attacks – simply for the reason that they’re too goddamned lazy or don’t think clearly. Had you actually put your research before your conclusions, you’d have found this, along with images, in the transcript that was provided for your download BEFORE you ever commented:

            The JFK Assassination

            And in an even more bizarre twist that is far stranger than fiction, readers may be shocked to discover that all of this ties into the Kennedy assassination. Several names mentioned above are involved, including: Henry Luce and C. D. Jackson. C. D. Jackson purchased the Zapruder film of JFK’s assassination. Jackson and Henry Luce stored the film away from the public in the vaults at Time-Life for decades – again, a company funded by J. P. Morgan and Wasson’s boss. Furthermore, Wasson was close friends with George De Mohrenschildt, with whom he ran the Russian Student Fund for Russian immigrants on behalf of the CIA (below), and he also worked on various Russian programs with George’s brother, Prof. Dimitri Von Mohrenschildt. George De Mohrenschildt’s wife worked for Abe Zapruder – who, ironically, filmed the assassination. And of course de Mohrenschildt was close friends with Lee Harvey Oswald, the so-called “lone gunman.” De Mohrenschildt apparently committed suicide just minutes before reporters arrived to interview him, and when his body was found there was a phone book in his pocket with Gordon Wasson’s name and number, along with others such as George H. W. Bush, the former President and Director of the CIA.

            (Evidence obtained from the West Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office. Acquired by and republished with thanks to Bruce Adamson.)

            Soon after JFK’s assassination, Jackson and Luce also successfully negotiated with Marina Oswald the exclusive rights to her story.
            Bruce Campbell Adamson is considered a leading researcher on the JFK assassination, having published 11 volumes on his investigation. In this series Adamson repeatedly lists Wasson as one of the key suspects in the plot’s organization. Over the last few years I’ve researched out and acquired and verified all of Adamson’s references to Wasson. In every instance they checked out – many of them are listed in this essay’s endnotes. Here are just a few of his references:

            From Bruce Adamson’s series on the JFK assassination
            From volume 3a (JKF Assassination Timeline Chart):

            Jan. 1948: George Kennan spoke at CFR on Soviet Policy. Also present were Arthur
            A. Houghton, Jr., Stephen Duggan, Sr., J. C. Campbell, Henry V. Poor and R. Gordon Wasson.

            1952: Alexander Dallin was associate director; P. Mosely was director of
            research; R. G. Wasson and F. Barghoorn were on the executive committee of the Research Program of the USSR. All tied to CIA.

            1953: George Allen spoke at the CFR on Yugoslavia’s relationship with the West. NAR, J. T. Duce, P. Mosely and R. Gordon Wasson were in attendance.
            George Allen was introduced to Joseph Kennedy by Robert D. Murphy. Alexander Tarsaidze = D. V. Mohr., in book Four Myths.

            From volume 3b (JKF Assassination Timeline Chart):

            1959: Jan. 15 Anastas I. Mikoyan spoke at CFR. In attendance: HFA (CIA), Geo. Kennan, Sig Michelson (CBS), J. Jessup (Luce), Philip Mosely (CIA), K.
            Roosevelt (CIA), H. Sargeant (CIA), John Gunther, R. G. Wasson (CIA), Fred and James Warburg.

            1960: Sept. 30 Josip Tito spoke at CFR. In attendance were John Gunther, J. N. Hazard, Arthur A. Houghton, Jr., H. Luce, J. J. McCloy, R. G. Wasson and Daniel Schoor.

            1962: May 8 Philip Mosely presided for Luce’s man in Moscow at CFR. Others in attendance J. Jessup, R. G. Wasson (CIA).

            Dec. 27 H. Salisbury spoke at CFR, (CIA agent) R. Gordon Wasson presided.

            1963: Oct. 31 CIA consultant, Philip Mosely spoke at CFR on “Russia Faces East and West.” Others in attendance include A. Doak Barnett, R. Blum, J. C. Campbell, R. Donald [Gordon] Wasson (CIA), (AD), and Professor Frederick Barghoorn was supposed to have been there. Barghoorn was arrested two days later in Moscow.

            From Adamson’s JFK – volume 4a, p. 22:
            Was Salisbury’s analysis at the Dallas right wing conspiracy theory directed at H. L. Hunt or the oil depletion allowance? He does not say specifically. We know that Harrison was tied to Dimitri Von Mohrenschildt and also many of the same acquaintances. On December 27, 1962, Harrison E. Salisbury spoke at the CFR on the subject of Implications of the Sino-Soviet Rupture. R. Gordon Wasson (CIA agent) presided. Other important members included, Frank Altschul, Robert Blum, Spruille Braden, Alexander Dallin, George S. Franklin, Jr., and Howland Sargeant. All except Blum are tied to Dimitri and Dulles. […]
            While de Mohrenschildt was entertaining Oswald, Salisbury was contending that Communism was not a unitary and monolithic movement. […].
            p. 29:
            In 1952, while Alex Dallin was Associate Director and Philip E. Mosely (CIA consultant) was Director of the Research Program on the USSR, R. Gordon Wasson (CIA agent) and accused CIA agent Frederick C. Barghoorn were on the Executive Committee of the Research Program. […]

            From Adamson’s JFK – volume 4b, p. 57:

            Kennan spoke in January of 1947 at the Council on Foreign Affairs meeting in New York City. The meeting was on The Soviet Way of Thought and Its Effect on Soviet Foreign policy. (53)
            (53). Princeton, Seely G. Mudd Library, Dulles Papers, Kennan File, Council on Foreign Relations report January 7, 1947.

            Kennan was the discussion leader and others present who were interconnected with this work included: Frank Altschul; Arthur H. Dean; George S. Franklin and Arthur A. Houghton. […]. Other members of the CFR who were friends with Dimitri Von Mohrenschildt included John C. Campbell of Time-Life; Stephen Duggan Sr., whose son sat on the editorial board of the Russian Review; Henry V. Poor, of Amcomlib and R. Gordon Wasson, a CIA agent and a Director of the Russian Student Fund.[…]

            p. 58:

            On May 18th 1959, Director of Studies at the CFR, Philip Mosely gave a speech on “The Impressions of Moscow.“ Frank Altschul presided. Others in attendance were Hamilton Fish Armstrong, (husband of Carmen Barnes who was a friend of George de Mohrenschildt’s); Frederick C. Barghoorn (friend of Dimitri’s and arrested by KGB in November 1963); John N. Hazard; C. D. Jackson (bought Zapruder’s film); Henry V. Poor and Howland Sargeant. […] It is important to note that Wasson was an officer of the Research Program on the USSR, located at 401 West 118th Street in New York City. Other officers of the program included […] Philip E. Mosely, Alexander J. Dallin, Frederick C. Barghoorn and R. Gordon Wasson. In 1952 this Research Program was seeking Dimitri’s advice for counseling seriously on USSR organization on the role of classics in Soviet culture. (57)

            (57). Hoover Institute, Russian Review Papers, Box, 2, Alexander Dallin to D.V. Mohrenschildt April 11, 1952.

            In 1950 Dulles approved George Kennan’s membership into the Century Association, located at 7 West 43rd Street in New York. Apparently Hamilton Fish Armstrong nominated Kennan and Gordon Wasson (CIA agent) had seconded it. On November 15, 1950 Dulles said of Kennan that he was one of the most capable writers in foreign affairs and “Certainly, he would make a most desirable member of the Century Club.” (59)
            (59). Princeton, Seely G. Mudd Library, Dulles Papers, Kennan File, A. Dulles to the Committee on Admissions, Nov. 15, 1950.

            From Adamson’s JFK – volume 8a, p. 3:

            On September 30, 1960, Marshal Josip Tito spoke in New York at the CFR meeting on Yugoslav Foreign Policy. Other important people who knew Dimitri Von Mohrenschildt [and] Dulles and who are important for the study of JFK and RFK’s assassinations were: John Gunther, John N. Hazard, Arthur A. Houghton, Jr., Henry R. Luce, John J. McCloy, Edward V. Poor, Daniel Schoor and CIA agent R. Gordon Wasson. (10)

            (10). CFR meetings vol. XXXVIII, July 1960-June 1961 (S-Z).
            ~ Bruce C. Adamson

          • Troy Bledsoe
            July 12, 2012 at 4:55 am

            The truth sometimes seems insane to those who were raised in fallacies.

          • iwilliam
            September 29, 2012 at 2:03 pm

            Jan – I absolutely agree when you say that some (even many) people….

            “…uses fallacies to reach {their} conclusions before looking at the evidence, which is provided in both the transcript and audio, with links to citations,”

            however, I am not sure he was just talking about “ad hominem” attacks. I think the point he was trying to get across is that a certain segment of the population will automatically write you off, or want to look no further when you make a claim like the one about the kennedy assassination *in a descriptive blurb.* In other words, some people may read no further.

            I can understand wanting to include the JFK-association in the description. To an entirely different segment of the population, such a statement will act as a magnet. I think he was just suggesting that your ideas could reach a wider audience if you kept some of the absolute most shocking claims a bit more veiled until the actual presentation.

            Maybe you’re not concerned with those who don’t apply logic. I genuinely am. Schools are failing us. Parents are failing us. It would be a shame if someone didn’t hear your message simply because their cultural programming and propaganda-indoctrination is causing knee-jerk reaction toward a statement that pushes them outside their comfort zone.

            I’m sure you understand that there are few events in the recent american consciousness with a greater impact (and dividing power) than the JFK assassination. And while many more americans now believe there was a conspiracy in Dallas than ever in the past, it is true that to someone who hasn’t already had their mind opened somewhat, that this can sound equally “crazy” as “we never landed on the moon, but the aliens have a base there.”

            I have even seen otherwise seemingly logical and intelligent people fooled on this issue. I think it may come down to some combination of pride and fear. Lots of people won’t believe it because they don’t WANT to. That could mean the country they love / have fought for / which “represents” them is possibly “evil”, and the implications of that are, I believe, literally too frightening or depressing for some minds to entertain.

            Remember the comfort-driven culture we’ve been brought up in. I’m not sure if you went to the same kind of public schools as me — but I was taught (daily) from a very young age that we are the greatest country in the world. That we stand for freedom. That we are different, better, an example to the rest of the world. As far as I could tell, just about everyone around me believed it. Even through high school, college, and now adulthood.

            Thank you for your awesome work, Jan!

          • Jan Irvin
            September 30, 2012 at 8:18 am

            Hi, thanks, I don’t sugar coat, nor do I feel the need to withhold information from the readers. They can get that from the MSM or any other crap news outlet out there that intentionally withholds, sugar coats and fools. You’re more than welcome to do it your way on your own show. I’m worried about the ones whom are capable of thinking, because those who don’t, sugar coating lies by omission, et al, don’t normally get them to look at information any faster.

        • mike
          May 14, 2012 at 10:08 am

          Jan, I think Vigilius is saying that to the average person on the street, all of this does sound insane. I think most people that come to your website are already outside-the-box enough to accept what you’re saying, but if you want to initiate the average minded person into this stuff, it’s better to ease them in rather than slap them in the face with facts and overwhelm them. People are conditioned to dismiss information that goes against the mainstream, when you start linking mushrooms to elites and conspiracy theories, even though you have facts, the conditioning kicks in and they’ll label you insane. I know these people are not your audience, but it’s good keep in mind where most people’s heads are at.

          • Vigilius
            May 14, 2012 at 8:44 pm

            Correctomundo.

          • Jason
            May 16, 2012 at 8:24 pm

            Why does linking an insider and proven liar and manipulator R. Gordon Wasson to the JFK assassination sound “crazy”?

            You think Jan should shy away from illustrating such a despicable connection? I’m curious as to why…do you think this connection he has drawn lacks merit?

            Or do you think “mainstream” people visiting the site are so biased and conditioned, that if and when they ever hear reference to the JFK assassination, they quickly dismiss all info connected to said claims as “crazy”?

          • CScotland
            May 24, 2012 at 10:57 am

            Jan,
            Thank you for a great interview.
            I can’t wait to see the rest of the work.

            I will say that Casual observor and Vigilius are not setting aside their own preconcieved biases before they ascually LISTEN to the content of the material.

            ” I am less inclined to listen to the audio than I was when I followed the link here. ” That statement right there is one of the more frustrating attitudes I find when sharing this information with others.

            I got into it with a “friend” one time when I posted an addmitely shoddy link to Mark Passio’s presentation on the Occult in Law enforcement.. which was an EXCELLENT talk btw.. However.. the link I provided was from someone in the audience (I didn’t realize it at the time) and he was automatically “turned off” by the entire talk Because the camera was shaking and Mark brought up about Satanism. Granted.. it is always a good thing to put your best food forward. Go in wearing a tie to an interview than a ratty t-shirt and cutoffs.. but even when I reposted a better link he was already locked down into his preconcieved and very hostile attitude and accused me of being a “conspiracy nut”.. Obviously I triggered him about something.. but again.. HIS issues..

            However, if we are going to move forward if folks are TRULY invested in the truth.. they need to step back from any initial prejudices and preconcieved notions and listen to the entire content before casting such judgement.

            Granted.. I have wandered into podcasts initially thinking they sounded great and posted it BEFORE I finished listening to it and regretted my actions because the person wasn’t all they seemed to be.. .

            But people need to do their homework..

            I know some of the stuff you discuss I currently don’t “agree” with… and admittedly triggers me.. Having limited time available I can’t delve more into the material to overcome that.. so I currently just have to set it aside.. but still keeping an open mind.

            I think your research is solid. Keep up the good work!

      • Dwight
        May 25, 2012 at 9:59 am

        Justin, where does any of this sound insane? If you can’t be specific your opinions are just random typing to be dismissed out of hand.

      • James
        July 26, 2012 at 12:44 am

        As a complete stranger who clicked here by fortuitous accident, I am glad you outlined your material just as you did. How often are advocates of truth, the just, and the illuminating, told to reconfigure or transform ther message or its asthetic wrapper, metely to sugarcoat it for some proverbial third party who might be incredulous for their still dormant qualities, Nonsense. Truth must be put only as we see fit, without any distortions on our part to appease those mght themselves be on divergent paths along the principle route to recovery from the collective social hypnosis.

        In 911 Truth, these conformity police suggest we do not question certain politically sensitive areas, or scientifically far-fetched. As is well known to the illuminated, your incredulity at What Is says more about you than it does me, or that sacred truth I bring.

        Good on ya’ mate for sticking to your guns. I hear you, and it was your JFK reference that made me tarry here long enough to listen to your whole podcast. Now you have a new neophyte in your circle and someone who will help your particular campaign.

        Thank you.

        J.

  3. Robert Forte
    May 13, 2012 at 9:34 am

    My first impression of Jan Irvin’s investigation into Wasson’s interference with John Allegro’s research–before i read his work– was that he was a just a bright angry person with an axe to grind; not much substance to his claims. But finally I have over come my prejudice and examined his first book, The Holy Mushroom, and I’ve read a early draft of this presentation. Although I haven’t sen the original documents I am now convinced that he is on to something very important that is going to cause a lot of cognitive dissonance in those who, like me, saw psychedelics as an important key to human evolution and religious experience. It appears that the official story of the origins of psychedelia–like most of the official myth making stories of our society, may well be not only false, but a contrivance meant to manipulate and deceive, rather than liberate human consciousness from its enslavement. Whenever you see psychedelics covered in the mainstream media–which is better understood as propaganda–do suspect that someone is trying to deceive you. Jan Irvin’s investigations show how this deception began more than 55 years ago and is getting stronger everyday. I for one will be most interested in course of his studies and how they are perceived.

    • Jan Irvin
      May 13, 2012 at 11:07 am

      Thanks for the kind words, Robert. It’s great when we put our grammar before our logic, isn’t it? 😉

    • phil
      July 29, 2012 at 10:36 am

      Just finished listening. THanks Jan for your untiring work. Will send a few bucks.

      Imagine if you were of a higher civilization that operated in conscious awareness of the interconnectivity of all life, say a “galactic” enterprise travelling on light and spores, a la McKenna channeled shroom messages, then perhaps we have the cart before the horse. Perhaps the “shroom” beings have been watching over humanity and it was time to release an OS upgrade to the human genome.

      So what would be the most efficient delivery system? Why the “elite” who control the flow lines of information, banking, trade, media… or at least would like to believe they are in control. Their weakness is that they have grown up being preened and educated into believing that they are better than the rest of us, and need to control our unruly impulses. And bright they are. But trapped by their own cleverness and meta-programming by the over-culture than runs them. They are not the top of the food chain even if they think they are. Who is behind them? This is the dicey area we are now getting into thanks to psychedelics which allow us to inspect the sub-programs that were laid into our epigenetics. Dark forces? Satanists? AI creatures from the collective Id?
      No matter, they are being outed.

      I think of how war, the medium of the dominators, often leads to the exchange of information, DNA and cross pollinization, and increasing Open Source, which is counter productive to the dominators intentions. Railroads across America in the 19th century were built by ambitious men in it for the profit; then they overbuilt, many companies crashed and were consolidated into bigger combines. But the inter-connectiviyt increased. Ideas flowed. People moved.

      Likewise the Internet starting with the military ARPANET. The dominators created thw apparatus that will lead to the dismantling of their control systems.

      So I would like to believe that the superior mind of the mushroom people has been making use of the “nervous structures” dominators have laid into society, not knowing they were being used by a higher evolutionary impulse.

      It may be that Wasson et al., did not want the genie to get out of the bottle as it did. This just leaves me with more respect for the maligned Tim Leary who had the faith that even with all the messiness and collateral damage, releasing psychedelics would in the long run do far more good than harm. What is repressed and hidden must come out to create an honest society with mutual respect for all beings.

  4. Max
    May 13, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Really looking forward to this! Gonna listen later.
    Jan, you dont sound insane to me, you never have. I notice that you get some weird comments… Pisses me off.
    Much respect,
    M

  5. Phil Porter
    May 13, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    O’, and see if you can work in Bill Wilson (AA founder, early proponent of tripping) hanging with J.F. Dulles (Zurich, oss) and Carl Jung during the war cooking up plans. By saying you “sound insane” he means you sound noticeably overzealous and a tad manic (and rageful perhaps ?) in your vocal tonal assertion delivery style on this particular show. Which is true but is ok. It’s a symptom of being the messenger on the currently cracking consensus trance and the excitement/anxiety of doing so. I remember bringing up Wasson’s VP status at JP Morgan at some “underground” lecture/fest years ago and all the heads we’re immobilized into glazed anxiety/indifference at the implications.

  6. May 13, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    I am immediately skeptical right off the reel, I will admit. Using phrases like “verifiable facts” and “the Truth” as it pertains to history and the intentions of long dead men is a bit bold, to say the least.

    A “temple” to Wasson at Harvard is hearsay, and anecdotal, for instance

    I will not spend too much time critiquing your claims, but the first reference I made it a point to look up was your claim that Wasson’s wife, Valentina, was a member of the Russian intelligence community, or KGB.

    According to you, this “fact” was found in a book she wrote, herself, about types of mushrooms used in Nordic cultures.

    “And when we understand that Wasson’s wife, Valentina Pavlovna, was from the Russian intelligentsia… 8”
    (8 R. Gordon Wasson and Valentina Pavlovna Wasson, Mushrooms, Russia and History, Pantheon Books, 1957, p. 4ff)

    Nowhere in this citation have I seen evidence of Vaentina being a member of the KGB. It seems, just from this initial fact check, that you are attributing much more to your references than what is warranted by their actual text.

    In reference to your attempting to get into the Wasson Collection, of course the family of Watson doesn’t want you smearing his name, and would block you from viewing his intimate documents. Is that surprising to you? Your email essentially expressed that was your intention. I would block you from MY dad’s archive too, if you came in saying you hoped to destroy my dead father’s reputation.

    Some very interesting history, none-the-less. In hearing it, part of me wants all of the points of connection and quotes to be congealed into a central thesis, or answering a clearly expressed introductory question. Like “What was the actual reason for Wasson’s popularizing of psychedelics?”

    • Jan Irvin
      May 13, 2012 at 4:12 pm

      Kaleb, do you read clearly? It says that she was a member of the “Russian intelligentsia” which she herself stated there. Where does it say the KGB? Her family left before the Russian Revolution, before the KGB existed, Kaleb! I suggest you actually go through and read the citations, as you typically seem to allow things to get the best of you before proper or careful study. I will post up the citation to show your lack of critical reading.

      This is from Chapter 1, page 4, Mushrooms, Russia and History:

      Take our family for instance. We were
      Muscovites. My parents belonged to the Russian intelligentsia, and were city
      bred.
      We children spent most of our childhood in the immense cities of Moscow
      and St. Petersburg, and only our vacations in the country. Yet to no one in
      all Muscovy could it have seemed strange that Tanya and I, and all our little
      playmates, made ourselves useful, when in the country, by gathering various
      kinds of mushrooms and bringing them home in childish rivalry and glee to
      the kitchen. When we were naughty, our mother would punish us by forbidding
      us to go mushrooming.

      KGB… you’re incredible… nice way to spin things out of context from what was actually said. Fail again.

      • May 13, 2012 at 6:52 pm

        My being honest about my immediate skepticism was, a skepticism Robert Forte mentioned he also felt at first glance, was an admission of a feeling. This “first impression” has worth… as most first impressions do. If I have that immediate reaction, odds are more people than just Robert share it…

        The gut reaction comes from the fact that many of in the psychedelic community revere Wasson as a pioneer. He is widely considered a hero for his work and mycelial “gospel.” It is safe to say that, when many of the community first encounter his character being called into question, regardless of the legitimacy of the footnotes, some part of them will react strongly — if only to defend the hero of this “legend.”

        All of that, I felt, was worthwhile to you and so I admitted my immediate gut reaction to the idea of a personal hero being defamed. I mentioned it, in a constructive way, as something I felt it would be wise to be sensitive to in writing for an audience who, most likely, shares my feelings for Wasson.

        But I’m done tip-toeing around this issue, trying not to offend you with my honest feedback… its too much work and you don’t seem to appreciate the effort.

        • Henk
          May 14, 2012 at 1:31 am

          Kaleb in my experience, the Trivium is way more efficient than your gut in establishing the meaning/value of information.

          • Jan Irvin
            May 15, 2012 at 12:56 pm

            Henk, I’ve tried to tell him that a dozen times.

  7. May 13, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Awsome job Jan. And might i add great ending song \m/ \m/

  8. May 14, 2012 at 3:12 am

    Please, ignore my previous comments, here they come corrected. I didn’t read it after myself before:

    Hello, so I went through the transcript (why locked?), and here are my comments (apologies for my bad english):

    1) Masha – we read about her feelings and believes, that is no proof of anything, especially if one considers often difficult relations between parents and children

    2)Valentina Pavlovna’s origin in inteligentsia or elite, as you say, should exclude her love for mushrooms? Why? You probably don’t know anything about mycofilic nations as russians or czech (me). When you read some russian novels, you may clearly see that it was normal and common to go to woods, to nature, to enjoy it. Being from “elite” does not mean that you can not love mushroom. Such assertion is quite absurd.

    3) You say -”the more I contemplate this story, the more absurd it seems” – What do you mean by contemplation? Is that a processing of inputs and outputs as you claim thinking to be?

    4) Why are you so obsessed with that story? You talk about foundational myth. But really, why does it matter? Do you really think that all the people were seduced by it? For Gods sake, it was but a magazine story, no “foundational myth”. On the other hand, it inspired a lot of people.

    5)”This led me to the conclusion that the Harvard Collection is an extremely sellective …” Why extremely? You can say that about any library collection.

    6)”I’am especially interested in missives that would show Wasson to have intentionally created the psychedelic movement” – Ok, say that to Hoffman,Alpert, Leary, Metzner or Gingsberg or Kessey. Wasson didn’t created the movement.

    7)Lisa’s D. answer to your request is secretive and no reasons are given. That rises suspicion. But still proofs nothing.

    8) Gordon Wasson was a Wall Street Banker – We all know that. But being a banker, doesn’t automatically mean being evil fascist person. Fortes claim about Wassson being a part of American fascism circles comes without any sources or proofs again. Or you could even say that he unwilling or willingly helped to establish anti-establishmet, the underground by stealing the secrets. But on the other hand, are mushrooms a secret?

    9) Synchronicity between nuclear power and psychedelics is interesting. But it comes along with modern science that explores everything it can to get more power. Power may be used in different ways, depending on its source and the will of those with powers. As everything in humanity, it has two sides.

    10) Wasson – Bourke relation: Wasson borrows from Bourke, so what? All schollars do that. but they should be open about it. May be Wasson was not so much of a schollar.

    11) “Certainly something mycological lived on at Morgan Guaranty Trust” – What does it mean?

    12) “It seems! to me that the entire operation at Life-Time was purely for spreading propaganda to American public for the purpose of intelligence community, J. P. Morgan, and the elite.” – From my perspective, you don’t need any conspiracy for that. It is well known political fact – who controls information, controls minds. Egyptian kings new that. Wasson could be a propagandist for the evil elite, but hge could be a “good fool” as well used by them or he could even be a troy horse. The main question is, why would this american, intelligence, fascist elite want to disseminate “the mushroom meme”? For what purpose? They don’t control what mushrooms do peoples minds or do they?

    13) Winston Churchill- a promoter of Hitler – Hm. All the western world helpep Nazi Germany to rise, but not for liking them, but for being cowardly and delusionall, for bein unable to cope with catastrophic situation in Europe. Of course, you may say that the First World War was a international plot of elites, that financial crises in 30s and all the capitalist system is controlled by bank sector and so on. But still – I don’t understand how could psychedelics help them. From my experience they don’t establish control over people or do they? Where is the connection to mushrooms or something mycological?

    12) About Leary. From what I read in his memoires, he was quite open about CIA and stuff, he was elitist a bit, but can we deny that he went public and tried to be frank about psychedelics in scientific way?

    13) The main problem for me: the dichotomy of evil fascist elite and good public. How do we know that some people in power have evil intentions? Is it possible that some of them have good intentions? And how do we decide?

    • Jan Irvin
      May 14, 2012 at 8:51 am

      So you read half, listened to half, didn’t check the citations, and can’t see the larger picture because you’re too focused on nitpicking things you’ve largely taken out of context yourself. You focus all on the Masha portion, not studying it and thinking the words over carefully. I didn’t say it was proof, I said very clearly that it gives reason to doubt, and when you get to the end of the article, which it appears you didn’t, you’d see that she’s tied in with these people.

      Had you paid attention to WHY the Harvard selection is limited, it’s BECAUSE the materials found in abundance at the other university archives are not found at Harvard. This was made clear. You’re free to actually check through the citations I’ve used and verify and compare them to what’s on the Harvard site and see for yourself – you know, use thinking.

      The word contemplation means to mull something over, to review all of the contradictions, removing them, and seeing what position of the story makes the most sense in light of the other new evidence – which means when you realize that we’re dealing with elite with their own agenda. Buying the accepted version of the story without considering the contradictions is not thinking – as you’d like to think.

      6)”I’am especially interested in missives that would show Wasson to have intentionally created the psychedelic movement” – Ok, say that to Hoffman,Alpert, Leary, Metzner or Gingsberg or Kessey. Wasson didn’t created the movement.

      Do you read, listen? Hoffman has been identified as an agent, as the article discussed, as did my interview with Hank Albarelli. The article further discussed that Leary got his info from Luce, as did Kessey. But you’re using a post hoc fallacy here by not looking at the evidence and taking people that came AFTER these events and trying to place them before – except maybe for Ginsberg. I clearly discussed in the article Wasson being ONE OF THE KEY PEOPLE in LAUNCHING THE MOVEMENT.

      10) Wasson – Bourke relation: Wasson borrows from Bourke, so what? All schollars do that. but they should be open about it. May be Wasson was not so much of a schollar.

      Again, pay attention. Scholars borrow all of the time – and use citations to do so. They don’t bury the source that happens to have the very outline of their entire field of study that they later “create”.

      “8) Gordon Wasson was a Wall Street Banker – We all know that. But being a banker, doesn’t automatically mean being evil fascist person. Fortes claim about Wassson being a part of American fascism circles comes without any sources or proofs again. Or you could even say that he unwilling or willingly helped to establish anti-establishmet, the underground by stealing the secrets. But on the other hand, are mushrooms a secret?”

      The more I read your comments, the less capable of thinking clearly I think you are.

      Where did the article say that because he was a banker, that makes him evil? Are you stupid? I provided a whole lot of evidence with primary citations, I’ve even posted up pages that show his direct ties to the CfR and intelligence community, and you come back with this hair brained nonsense?

      If you’re going to talk about thinking, maybe you should.

      “11) “Certainly something mycological lived on at Morgan Guaranty Trust” – What does it mean?”

      That’s a quote. Learn how to read and “contemplate it”.

      Your comments are all over the place, poorly thought out, lacking any context of the bigger picture, or having even tried to look at or understand the citations. I won’t bother answering your posts again. You appear more as a troll trying to waste my time than someone with honest inquiries.

    • Jason
      May 16, 2012 at 8:34 pm

      Wow…

      Did you actually Listen?

  9. JustMe
    May 14, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    “534”

    That put a smile on my face 🙂

  10. BJ from MINNESOTA
    May 14, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Reminds me of a very biased reading I had the displeasure to read, Andy Letcher’s “Shroom, a cultural history of the magic mushroom” in this distasteful book he attacks and attempts to dismissing the connection of fly agaric to x-mas, john marco allegro to christianity, and glorifies wasson, he also is very critical of terrence mckennas sanity. Don’t even read it if you havent already wasted your time.

  11. John G
    May 14, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    This was a very thought provoking episode. Here are my thoughts. As to a motivation for the elites to get people to use these substances, I am gleaning some connections with my reading of John Taylor Gattos work on the creation of our school system. The elites saw Family and Church community as two major obstacles to controlling the masses. School was designed to break these, and it was designed by people in the same circles as Wasson Just from a personal perspective, after tripping, church and much of what was taught there seemed ridiculous. I also saw my parents as being very boring and unenlightened and couldn’t wait to get away from them and get on the road. Jan, you take us through wassons nefarious life up to the publication of the article in Life. Where does it go from here? Did reading this article subconciously inspire millions to trip? Can you fill in the gaps?

  12. May 15, 2012 at 6:56 am

    Re; the Gordon Wasson narrative

    “recently married we spent our holiday in the Catskills mountain in New York State.
    On the first day we went strolling along a lovely mountain path, through woods criss-crossed by the slanting rays of the descending sun. We were young, carefree and in love.
    Suddenly my new bride abandoned my side. She had spied wild mushrooms in the forest and racing over the carpet of dried leaves in the woods……..”

    Where to begin?

    walking on some random mountain path
    the descending sun- slanting rays indicating it would be darkening
    Who here has spent time in a forest? Even in the bright light of day they are heavily shaded.
    If the sun was going down as Wasson indicates the woods would be even darker.
    How is it possible that his new bride would spy mushrooms growing on the darkening, heavily leafed forest floor, at a distance????
    “racing over the carpet of dried leaves”

    I have foraged for mushrooms on multiple occasions and I mean multiple
    The odds of actually being able to see/distinguish mushrooms, from a distance, on the dark leaf covered forest floor are astronomically stacked against you.

    FYI: the colours of the vast majority of mushrooms range from whitish to grey to beige (vary shades of)
    Even the amanita mascaria in it’s orangish colour is tough to distinguish in amongst the leaves and greenery

    Most mushroomers walk along, using a stick to move aside grass and plants to find mushrooms in amongst the fauna of the forest.

    If mushrooms such as maitake are located near the base of a tree they are even tougher to find as they blend in with the bark and roots

    Just an FYI

    IMHO: It is a really nice romantic story, with the sun going down and the leaves carpeting the ground… but, that is about all it is.

    It would make way more sense, IMO, that they were out actually looking for mushrooms
    Not strolling, but mushroom foraging

    • May 15, 2012 at 2:54 pm

      oops, my dyslexic ways have reared their ugly head

      ” find mushrooms in amongst the fauna”

      mushrooms would be amongst the flora.

      the one mushroom it would be possible to see from a distance?
      A giant puffball!

      • June 12, 2012 at 9:15 am

        Proper Amanita muscaria is bright red and can indeed be spotted from a distance for this reason, but I agree that this story sounds like a Hollywood production.

        • Jan Irvin
          June 12, 2012 at 9:48 pm

          There are many types of “proper” Amanita muscaria, that range from yellow to bright red.

  13. May 15, 2012 at 6:57 am

    But, then that would be less romantic and less conducive to creating a legend..

    sorry, I forgot that part 🙂

  14. May 15, 2012 at 9:19 am

    One last thought

    I commend you, Jan, for taking all this work on.
    It must have been a lot.
    I intend to post it at my blog, including the transcript all linked back to you.

    For me, this connects the dots on so many scenarios
    Not so much the mushroom angle
    But the agenda of MKultra. The LSD ‘movement’
    the drugging of the public without their knowledge
    experimentation of prisoners and orphans
    I was aware that Wasson had been previously attached to the Kennedy assassination
    This work of yours adds another layer to all I have already read
    It also ties in with the Laurel Canyon stuff written by David McGowan
    The “creation” of the Hippie Culture, ties in to the drug culture, ties in to the intelligence apparatus.
    All very relevant. And, thoroughly enjoyable.

  15. dzango
    May 15, 2012 at 10:51 am

    BJ – this doesn’t tally with what I recall of ‘Shroom’ though being somewhat elderly my recollections may not be clear! One of the prime weaknesses of ‘Shroom’ was it’s character assassination of Allegro, Leary and Wasson. Whatever their faults of character these have no bearing on the quality of their research (Wasson, Allegro) or necessarily their contribution to popular culture (Leary). For example Andy Letcher accuses Wasson of exploiting the affections of a native American research subject to bolster his researches, based on rather slim evidence. He also condemns Wasson for being an armchair anthropologist with research methodology that belongs to the turn of the century – hardly glorification. On McKenna he goes much easier, probably because he was formerly an admirer. Letcher is strong on the popular culture of shroomers in the 80s and 90s partly because he took part in that culture. There is some other good stuff in ‘Shroom’ but imho he let’s himself down by resorting to character assassination and by his obvious determination to reveal the mythological nature of notions dear to popular shroom culture and the weaknesses of some of Wasson’s research and that Leary had feet of clay. Jan’s researches plainly do not necessarily question the validity of Wasson’s researches only his reasons for being engaged in his extraordinary mycological mission. With ‘Shroom’ you have to take to good with the bad, make use of what you find valuable a reject what you find flawed. The same applies to Wasson, Leary or McKenna. The flaws of those who make major contributions to culture are usually writ large. Whether Leary or Wasson were working for the Dark Side is another matter…

    • Jan Irvin
      May 15, 2012 at 2:18 pm

      Very well said, Alan.

    • BJ from minnnesota
      May 17, 2012 at 8:40 am

      I just read this book a month ago, I read it on vacation within a week. And I love to take new information in, some of the people I find to be the most accurate through my experiences and research include, Jan(obvoiously), MP HALL, Mckenna, Icke, Santos Bonnacci, Bill Donahue, Freeman Fly, Chris and Sheree, ONE STEP BEYOND SACRED MUSHROOM etc… I have been out of body many times and me having experienced telepathy first hand booming. The reason I say this is that for the average profane person who would read SHROOM would have a programmed view, who Andy declares is factual research, it’s very Biased and attacks on Allegro make it seem like Letcher is Christian. On Wasson it seemed as if he painted a really nice picture of him before he did any deglorification. I would not recommended the book to anyone who wants to understand the Mushroom or it’s history, as it appears to mix disinfo or bias with certain truths.

  16. Madmanintheattic
    May 15, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Jan,
    I have listened to your show avidly since you first come on the Net. I have watched both versions of you AstroShamanism documentary and I purchased the book and DVD. I have been “on your side” for that long.

    However I think you are missing the point of the the comments by Vigilus and Casual Observer. It does not matter how good your references are, how good your rhetoric, grammar and logic are, how qualified your guests are or any of that: if you sound insane, you sound insane. Period. And I have to agree, you sound insane enough often enough that I often now just can’t listen to you even when I look at the references and citations. It is about your PRESENTATION not your background material. Just sayin’ …

    Keep ’em flying.

    • Jan Irvin
      May 15, 2012 at 3:27 pm

      Thanks for the ad hominem. That’s using logic. It’s a pity that such people have to think in terms of lies like yours, attempting to kill the messenger and every other possible means of irrationality, and fallacies, rather than just looking at what’s right before them and before reaching ANY conclusion on it. It’s just logic, common sense.

      How does one “look insane” exactly, by presenting well founded evidence? Is it because my information is outside of their trained reaction, like a Pavlov dog, and because they’re so well conditioned, they have to consider me as insane, rather than dare question their own conclusions?

      Is it really that I look insane, or is it rather a reflection of the limited cognizance of those with such perceptions?

    • Jan Irvin
      May 15, 2012 at 3:34 pm

      BTW, if you’re going to say that: “you sound insane enough often enough that I often now just can’t listen to you even when I look at the references and citations.” the least you could do is show, provide the onus of proof, of exactly how one sounds insane with the citations and references, and exactly where this was, without just making unfounded generalizations as you have.

      Again, it just seems to me that this reflects your lack of critical thinking, and projects nothing what so ever on to me.

    • Jason
      May 16, 2012 at 9:04 pm

      What sounds insane?

      The letters J, F and K…and all thereafter?

      I’m sorry, but many of those involved are now well-known and the connections will continue to be exposed unless the internet is effectively shut down.

      Regarding JFK…May I be so bold as to recommend “Family of Secrets” by Russ Baker…pretty mainstream, and well researched.

      Just sayin’.

      Bring your ad hominem.

  17. Win
    May 15, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    Another great show. I enjoyed it. Gnosticmedia mp3s are probably my most favorite, and I spend a lot of time walking and listening – a health activity for me and the dog – and always look forward to Jan’s show. Co-incidently the shows are about a good walk long. All the Tragedy amd Hope broadcasts are also very good. If your new to this site be prepared to learn a great deal.

  18. Justin
    May 16, 2012 at 6:53 am

    if psychedelics are so good for your soul as i believe they are and they give humans such a profound “religious” experience as to help them dismiss the bullshit of this world we live in why would the CIA the CFR and the powers that were, want the people to be exposed to psychedelics?? wouldnt that be detremential to keeping us “slaves to the system” what with people being able to “wake up” after tripping (as i have, they are medicine and should be approached with respect and appreciation). also as a side comment…Jan im just curious if you have any knowledge of what species of psychedelic mushrooms are the most potent?? im aware that there are many species of psychedelic mushrooms and ive only been able to try[the psylocybe cubensis but im curious as to the bodily/mind effects of the other species such as the liberty cap and the cyanesis (?) mushrooms, if you have any info that might be helpful to me that would be great, or at least point me in the right direction. ive always wondered if the different species would give a different type of trip or if they are basically all the same…thanks so much for your work Jan…its helped me on this journey we call life!!

    • Jan Irvin
      May 16, 2012 at 9:14 am

      Maybe you’d better start questioning that very premise… You fail to see how they use them for power. They don’t use them for spirituality.

      When you get into studying the trivium and quadrivium, you’ll see how easy it is to mind control people using logical fallacies and the like. Take a college logic course, as the fallacies are taught there, or go to my website and I have a lot of information to get you going.

      As I discussed in the show and in the transcript, it’s my opinion that they’re using positivist spirituality to control people and benefit from them – think of the human batteries in the Matrix. You see, if someone is all about being positive all the time and not thinking critically about information that comes their way, who does that benefit? I’ll tell you. It benefits who controls you. When ever you bring up that some politician or someone is doing some wrong and you’re told “you’re being negative” or idiocy like “you’re a conspiracy theorist” – that works in the favor of those who use such techniques. It’s very simple really. But the only way you can protect yourself from it is to study logic.

      A study of the Qabalah also reveals how these things are done on a different level. As does natural law. You can study, for instance, Mark Passio’s show. He goes into detail on how this is done with both, as he’s a former priest of the church of Satan and teaches how he’d manipulate the congregation and what it was done for.

      I did an episode on my show about this with Dr. Barbarah Ehrenreich, author of Bright-Sided, How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America.
      http://media.blubrry.com/gnosticmedi…nreich_low.mp3

      When you think of all of the hippies that are all about positive thinking; and not critical, balanced thinking, verifying the facts of reality before coming to a conclusion on anything, you can see how it would be very beneficial to a ruling class to corrupt the entire youth of its culture with such methods.

      Another recommendation is for you to study John Taylor Gatto – The Underground History of American Education.

    • Henk
      May 17, 2012 at 12:00 am

      Terence Mckenna: “The idea that a small group of people is in charge of the world, is really preposterous.”

      O the fallacies I had accepted as truths from that clown..

      • Mark B
        May 17, 2012 at 9:57 am

        Henk, The scary thing is the fact that ideas and worldviews are the active ingredients published by the fearful needy to maintain power. Fear makes one quite do-BS…or, as I like to say, “It’s just BSness”.

        Jan, Thanks for continuing to scratch your itch for the reasons we all say WTF? so often. I thought it interesting that record producer Paul Rothschild http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_A._Rothchild produced “the first example of what became acid rock”(wikipedia)as well as The Doors, CSNY,and Janice Joplin. I’ve also have to question The Grateful Dead’s value in all this with all the feel good self indulgence. What an amazing century to sort out.

        As for sounding insane; I can only imagine the minds within the sheep’s clothing prefer the truth be dismissed as such. The marrow of the matter lies beyond the hardest part to breach…like the lottery, keep scratchin’.

      • June 12, 2012 at 9:40 am

        I think you didn’t read him right, he’s a clown and you took him too literally. The World.

  19. OK
    May 16, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Jan are you going to be uploading this to youtube ?

    • Jan Irvin
      May 16, 2012 at 9:15 am

      Maybe eventually I’ll get to it. I’ve got to figure out how much documentation I want to release.

  20. MammaNIta77
    May 16, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Gordon Wasson was an elitist asshole, which is what the Soma priesthood was too. It’s called Brahmanism, I believe… That said, he is right about Soma being Amanita Muscaria and I invite anyone to make serious use of this mushroom to confirm what I have experienced in its use. I know that it is the venerable soma because it gives strength, speed, confidence, mental acuity, etc… It must be done in the right way though, and at the right dose to be experienced as such. Instead of following the brahmin tradition, with all of its historic caste-racist bullshit, why not follow the the lead of the more humble and more humane users such as the Eurasian shamans? The Brahmins don’t own the mushroom ya know. It’s part of nature and anyone can partake!

  21. MammaNIta77
    May 16, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Oh and hey, another thing. I also believe that A. Muscaria was one of the first general antibiotics (antibacterial, antiviral, anti fungal) which is why I believe that ‘Jesus’ was actually the same ‘person’ as the god Soma. ‘He’ was able to cure people of bacterial and viral diseases which caused blindness, crippling, etc…. Of course, the herb and the shaman are inextricably tied together in the popular imagination…. Which is a shame, cause I’m tired of seeing that poor hippie up on a cross..

    • Henk
      May 17, 2012 at 11:29 pm

      But Jesus, in fact, never really existed.

  22. Patrick
    May 16, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    I mentioned this in the comments of the last podcast, but in case you didnt see it, what do you think about the Heffter institute? Its in part funded by Rockefeller and while I like Dennis Mckenna I have to question what Rockefeller hopes to gain from such research.

    • Mark B
      May 17, 2012 at 10:04 am

      Patrick, an early Peace Revolution podcast explains how “they” fund many angles to stay informed as well as insert agents. Influenca I call it…bad stuff.

  23. Ben Steigmann
    May 17, 2012 at 2:07 am

    This is quite amazing. There is also a tie in between some of this and social cybernetics. You know Aldous Huxley’s “Ultimate Revolution” speech? He mentioned Jacques Ellul’s The Technological Society”, for a guide to how this would be implemented. That, and other work influenced “the unabomber”.

    The Unabomber was also aware of the broader implications of this. I think he was subject to psych warfare from LSD as a student. I suggest seeing the film “Das Netz”, which goes into all this, and also explores social cybernetics.

  24. Ben Steigmann
    May 17, 2012 at 3:04 am

    I feel, though, that the tie in to Hitler is an irrelevant non-sequitur.

    • Henk
      May 17, 2012 at 3:19 am

      Isn’t basing that conclusion on a feeling, non-sequitur by itself?

    • Ben Steigmann
      May 17, 2012 at 3:23 am

      Well, actually, not really, since Wasson did have ties to them.

      • Ben Steigmann
        June 15, 2012 at 10:20 pm

        I didn’t see your comment when I posted the response. It seem like my response to you really was a non-sequitur.

  25. Jen Campbell
    May 17, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Hmmm..Jan bounced that world mushroom book off the comments section. Or maybe it’s on one of the other interviews. Anybody see that thing ? He’s a bit of a tyrant, isn’t he ?

    • Jan Irvin
      May 17, 2012 at 11:43 am

      You’re a new poster. It had to be approved.

  26. Jan Irvin
    May 17, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    I’ve reposted the Bright-Sided interview with Barbara Ehrenreich, which ties into the positive thinking stuff being used for mind control:
    https://logosmedia.com/053-bright-sided-an-interview-with-dr-barbara-ehrenreich/

  27. Andy
    May 17, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Jan – Excellent work. Thanks. I was familiar with much of this, but never in the depth you presented.

    I’ll take a risk here:
    On sounding like a Crazy Person:

    Person A presents Facts that are in contradiction with person B’s deeply held belief system.
    Person B experiences cognitive dissonance, and has an emotional need to change the circumstance.
    Person B’s dilema: One of us must be insane. I’m not insane, therefore person A must be insane.

    cause: Person B previously accepted as deeply held fact a false belief.

    I’m not quite old enough, but person B recalls first hand the 1969 southern California Peace & Drug movement as world changing goodness emerging to conquer evil. Person A tells them they were being used as lab rats in a MK Ultra experiment to perfect mind control technique for the Military industrial complex (with quality research). Person B believes his experience of the events is true, the new information is insanity.

    • el
      May 21, 2012 at 10:23 am

      this is a very common observation from our generation of the old hippies.

    • Jan Irvin
      June 25, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      This is a perfect analysis. Thank you.

  28. Roark
    May 18, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Newbee here. I like many of Jan’s podcasts – makes for a quite impressive library. I have two questions, 1) What do posters here (and Jan) think of, Daniel Pinchbeck’s idea’s, realitysandwich, and the evolver movement?and 2) Jan, what IS your take on entheogens? Pro or con or both? Thanks for any help and keep up the great work. BTW, I bought “Holy Mushrooms…” and loved it. I think that it is ahead of its time. Good work!

    • Jan Irvin
      May 19, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      I’ve done over 50 interviews on entheogens, and I’ve published books on them… so just check there.

    • June 12, 2012 at 9:30 am

      Reality Sandwich is junk food. We Are One but some are more One than others, namaste, bro.

  29. Devon
    May 24, 2012 at 12:50 am

    I have also read the David McGowan articles that Penny was referring to above. They are very interesting, however it’s disappointing that he doesn’t cite his resources. I also seem to recall a pretty good amount of fallacies in his writing, but I’ll have to go back through it. Here’s the website Penny’s referring to: http://www.davesweb.cnchost.com/
    This guy may be an good guest for a future episode, Jan. I’d also be curious if you’ve run into any similar information regarding the connections between the psychedelic movement and the entertainment industry in your research.
    And I’d also like to complement Jan on his fine work. I’m finding this type of information to be more and more important the more I contemplate it. I came to the realization that so much of our human history involves some form of mind control. This really sunk in for me listening to your Larken Rose interviews, and helped clearly define for me how government was a big superstition and lie. So what else about us (our culture) is based on lies? That’s a very hard thing for people to admit. So it’s absolutely critical for people to understand the origins of this psychedelic meme as well as how mind control works. I think we’re onto something and we’re getting to the heart of the matter. God Speed to all the thinkers out there. And I think we should all stay positive… just make sure you put grammar, logic, and rhetoric before your positivity.

    • May 28, 2012 at 9:08 am

      FYI Devon:

      The Laurel Canyon series got so popular on line that someone, unsure who, offered Dave McGowan a book deal.

      As for resources?
      I am quite certain they will be contained in the book.

      If you haven’t read his books? If I may be so bold to suggest, give them a read.
      Especially the serial killer one- Programmed to kill
      I have the first six chapters of it up at my blog

      The Laurel Canyon stuff and all that it entails, I did some digging on my own. The best kind to do… I had a number of posts at my place that bolstered The Laurel Canyon Saga and it’s ties to the intel community.
      Including a bit of a hostile visit from “Bear”
      Yes, that Bear. The LSD bear, tied to the Grateful Dead.
      Owsley Stanley III
      I could confirm by my hit counter, that the visit came from the area where Owsley Stanley was last resident prior to this death

      The fact that Owsely Stanley and the Grateful Dead set up shop near a brothel, when CIA was coincidentally conducting “Operation Midnight Climax” (Sounds like a porn show, cause that’s pretty much what it was) Is far too much of a coincidence…..
      And, I am not a coincidence theorist.

      Jan’s work on Gordon Wasson, mushrooms and intelligence fits right into this narrative, as already said another layer…

      • June 18, 2012 at 8:11 am

        There’s NO WAY AOS3’s stuff could’ve been that pure without MAJOR help. No NGOs here. Maybe the stars were just right,
        too. v. is for v.i.t.r.i.o.l.

  30. Peter
    May 25, 2012 at 4:56 am

    Jan,
    I enjoyed this Wasson information. It fits extremey well with my observations on “things”.
    From my limited perspective, I have formulated a thesis based on ethnic organized crime as a methodolgy to study how many aspects of contemporary history unfold.
    Wasson is a brilliant example of the Anglo American “Eastern Establishment”. Wasson’s role in the JFK assassination reflects a factional dispute/gang war between ethnic entities. JFK being a titular head of the Irish Catholic organized crime/mafia. LBJ has been quoted as saying, with JFK’s death that he LBJ, would not be troubled with the Irish mafia anymore (that’s a clumsey paraphrase but basically correct).
    Wasson’s brother Thomas’ assassination in Jerusalem in 1948 was new info for me and quite enthralling. Again, the Anglo American Eastern Establishment (Wasson’s brother) assassinated by I guess, Israeli Zionist organized crime. More factional gangland warfare amongst the elites.
    Throughout McGowan’s Laurel Canyon series, I perceive this same ethnic based factional gangland style warfare.
    Wrapping this up, my conclusion is, the Anglo American Eastern Establishment, as the biggest fish in the pond has had to defend itself against some lethal upstarts. The Jewish Zionist organized, crime faction and the Irish Catholic organized crime faction. These two factions, in particular, have given the Anglo American establishment great difficulties. Currently, I surmise a detente amongst the three. Based in part on economic opportunities inherent in imperial subjugation of the Islamic world and it’s natural resources. The three ethnic groups are engaged in the drive for war in the ME. Their mutual gain from predation on the Muslim world and it’s wealth of natural respources, has an indirect effect on peace between these three intensely ccompetitive
    entities.
    I, by no means, am defending the Anglo American Eastern Establishment. In fact a good case can be made that they are the worst perps in this “danse macabre” we call current events. Certainly your work on Wasson confirms this.

  31. Bradley
    May 30, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Thank you for illuminating the Wasson/Elite connection.

    Your mention of synchronicity between nuclear weapons and psychedelics is most revealing, and something I thought of just last year: that Leary may have prevented the world from annihilating itself. One good psychedelic experience will turn a soldier into a dud who can never push the button.

    So what you have is these elites doing the right thing for the wrong reason, then chasing their tails when their assumptions blow up in their faces. I read Time on my lunch break, so I know crazy these people are. They see themselves as custodians of the Universe. They think they are in charge, but as Obiwan said, “The force can have a strong influence on the weak-minded”.

    We are certainly not left to our own devices, and the mad are easily led by the collective unconscious or whatever you want to call it, to do what needs to be done. So when you see the Elite acting crazier than usual, it’s probably because special things are happening on the other side.

    • Jan Irvin
      May 31, 2012 at 10:07 am

      Pay closer attention to what I was saying. I was actually reading a quote from Bob Forte, but I’m not so sure that there’s evidence, as Leary just may have been one of them. Most of these Harvard guys are dirty and involved.

      But this rosy nonsense that the elites were out trying to do the right thing, or to enlighten and evolve the masses, even for the wrong reasons, is horseshit and there’s nothing to substantiate it what so ever. You don’t uplift a society in any way via secrecy, but only through openness, honesty and integrity. You don’t raise the population up by dumbing down their education system at the same time you’re giving them mushrooms. The two must work together.

      The agenda of the elites is ALWAYS to keep themselves in power and to dumb down the masses. Using psychedelics as mind control couldn’t be any easier – especially in a society of people raised without critical thinking and the trivium, and also haven’t seen a war on their own soil for more than 100 years… this type of rosy stuff works weal well… for control… the entire positive thinking meme was for control…

      Wasson was friends with Bernays, and it’s clear to me that he’s using these very tactics.

      I’ve also got 2nd hand information, a witness, who claims that Leary was working with Wasson and giving him all of his research findings.

  32. Wingman
    June 1, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Excellent work Jan! I enjoyed the Podcast very much and admire very much what it took to dig all this up and organize it so well.

    In case you may not know, ( and you can affirm with some more digging ) C.D. Jackson ( ‘Life Magazine’ )was former OSS and likely ( for all practical purposes, )current CIA at the time of the Zapruder film deal. Zapruder was in the club from way back also, one way or another, either a long time and priveldged ‘friend’ of the Company and or an outside long term contractor and what not of the Network also.

    So many of these players had multiple affiliations and allegiances and loyalties and flexibilities to favor varied interests, of course.

    Life Magazine was OSS ( then CIA ) owned ( or controlled anyway,).

    If you had said as much in the Podcast and I missed it, please pardon me.

  33. Lysander
    June 6, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Hey Jan, this is way off topic but it popped into my head suddenly. A while back, did I hear you say, in regard to speed-reading, that iit is possible to read a sentence at a time and even a whole page?? Was it you or perhaps I heard it elsewhere. Perhaps, with all this mushroom talk, I am hallucinating, lol!

  34. June 12, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Thanks & Keep It Coming! Enough with the lame mind control schemes! These ghouls couldn’t even cover their tracks properly, it’s insulting…

    The joke’s on them… They gambled with things they could never know… (sardonic laughter)

    On the whole they failed, and maybe saved some lives from being wasted (in attempted revolutions) in the process. The idea that psychedelics undermined a real social and political movement assumes that such a movement had a chance in the first place.

    Western society was infantile in the 50s, it is in the adolescent phase now. For some the psychedelics allowed them to grow up a bit more but on a mass scale it’s hard to see any effect apart from some great art and music that came of it.

  35. June 18, 2012 at 8:07 am

    Most extraordinary, Mr. Irvin. Happy Trails to you.

  36. oatstao
    June 19, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    A nicely connected series and looking forward to the documentary.
    I feel everything is spot on and obviously taken seriously without trying
    to make a new hero or icon out of the deal. All events in LIFE and other huge
    publications should all be supsect knowing the control factors now, that were
    involved and programmed for select consumption action.
    When you have grass roots neighbours and friends doing great things and being ignored
    by the commerc-shallow world and barely scraping by, it’s something to take note.
    Why should it be a simple coincidence some guy connected with huge banks, and huge
    investment holders of both assets and physical property on earth,have some sort of eureka
    or warm heart to show the newly connected world (TV fairly recent) some new spiritual
    miracle. Why is he held as a hero when you or someone you know/knew gets huge fines
    or locked away for growing Psilocybe species? I’m glad people are struggling with this in the comments. It shows their programme worked but it shows it is also crumbling. These scoundrels have been self appointed heros for too long now. Speaking from experience I Have held some of these old psychedelic stories in contrast with my own and the fantastical aspect imprinted through pop culture,especially music for me it’s hard not to understand why we have held some of these old tales as something great. When someone questions how outlandish Wasson is connected with the Kennedy story, it can be a good time to see the whole picture even clearer that the circle of deceit is indeed from a very small clan. Mind boggling small, for the control they impose on Earth. Peace Jan.

  37. Generalfeldmarschall von Hindenburg
    August 10, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    I’ve just got an abiding interest in this stuff. I’m interested in it from two angles. One, I’m a psychonaut and have gone as deep as I can with the mushrooms and related things money and availability permitting. But number two, I’ve always been interested in conspiratorial takes on history. I don’t believe in the single bullet theory, or that Richard III killed his nephews or a lot of consensus stuff. I am intrigued and I’m hoping to read your work, putting it alongside classics by Peter Dale Scott and all those people. I have to say, I’m not coming away from what I’ve seen so far convinced that psychedelia is so totally in the control of the CIA and the east coast WASP financial establishment. I don’t doubt that they unleashed a lot of it deliberately in order to sabotage the possibility of a left revolt in the sixties. But just like the way gas warfare was introduced in combat, once these things are out in the open, you no longer can control what happens with them. McKenna is correct that psychedelics are corrosive of systems of control. But systems of control are like programmed robots. You can take a Marxian analysis, a PoMo analysis, a James Selby Downard analysis or whatever you want, there are systems of control created around oligarchies that themselves mutate over time, but they’re always being confounded by new events, and often undone by the mess they themselves have created. Thanks to you for giving us the meat behind Gordon Wasson’s involvement in the whole thing. It’s very edifying and useful to have the raw data.

  38. King Felix
    August 13, 2012 at 12:25 am

    Excellent research Jan. You’re not the only person who has stumbled upon a lot of these connections. I came upon it while researching the The American Society for Psychical Research, trying to pin down who was trying to squeeze PKD. Keep up the good work.

    listen to this quick 10 minute video that expresses some of this research, although he definitely draws some more extreme conclusions about it.. (just bear through the first minute or so, it gets good)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BKzuzjjCro

    • Jan Irvin
      August 13, 2012 at 12:52 pm

      Thanks, King.

      I’m interested in what you have found, because, as you’ll see in my Database that I’ve just released (see the Red Ice or Frater X shows for the links) you’ll see that I traced this right up there.

      I’ve got some extreme conclusions as well.

      • King Felix
        August 13, 2012 at 3:00 pm

        That brain is pretty amazing! I think you have all the material to write one hell of a best seller.. and for some reason you’re giving it away. I wish I had the time and wordsmith skills to grab the baton and run with it.. don’t worry someone will.

        If you haven’t read John Coleman’s work then check it out. Not all of his stuff is as grounded in solid document research as your own, but you’ll find a lot of overlap between your brain-map and his. He puts Aldous Huxley sitting directly in this Committee of 300 group:

        http://i.imgur.com/2VFtd.gif

        keep up the good work and don’t stop talking about the trivium

  39. Scoops
    August 14, 2012 at 11:39 am

    I’m new to this subject and curious. But after listening to this man speak on Redice Radio as well as about half of this podcast I can’t really understand what he is getting at. A general overview of what his arguments and conclusions are at the beginning would really help. It sounds like some guy with lots of shady connections wrote an article about mushrooms in the ’50s. This alone is why the psychedelic movement is a “psyop” used for unknown purposes. What is it for? My experience with psychedelics shows me that it cuts through the bullshit of the state and makes it seem extrodinarily silly. Encouraging people to try them seems counter productive to the MAN’s agenda. Anyway if this stuff was presented in an essay format it would be easier to understand. As is stands it sounds like rambling.

    • Jan Irvin
      August 14, 2012 at 2:51 pm

      Exactly how are the connections shady? Which citations have you reviewed? Did you study the database in the Red Ice interview? How was it a psyop for “unknown purposes” when this was clearly discussed? You did listen, didn’t you? You did hear me list the university archives and read from the quotes directly no? So what’s shady? If you’d cite something specific, then we could maybe have an intelligent connection about it. But just because you’re new and haven’t done your research and reading yet bears nothing on the quality or merit of my work.

      I suggest you study the material around here, because I, like you, was once a victim to the belief that psychedelics can only be used for good. Listen a few more times to this episode and the 3 radio interviews on this where the information is all laid out, go through the citations yourself and check them before you decide what value they are. In other words, try to put your research before your conclusions.

      Because what I’m getting at, is if my research is correct, then your ass is mind controlled and you’ve fallen pray to a psy-op – a continuation of MKULTRA – and this is not “blowback”. And none of you who come here regurgitating this same argument over and over, covered many times already in the comments below before you, have yet been able to show any of the citations wrong.

      And maybe if you actually read the introduction of the show, especially the part in RED, you’d see where it says to download the transcript. At the beginning of the episode it also provided this information. So I’m in question as to whether you listened or looked or did anything at all before you commented, making your kill the messenger and appeal to ridicule fallacies. But since you seem anxious, and unable to read the intro, I’ll relink it here for you.

      But if you listen more carefully, you’ll see that each and every point you raise was already covered in depth… so please pay attention and spare me the needless replies.

      Again, here’s the transcript file that you overlooked at the top of the page: https://logosmedia.com/txtfiles/GordonWasson_TheMan_TheLegend_TheMyth_byJanIrvin.pdf

      Here’s the information for the brain database for you to follow along. The research and citations are provided throughout. Do read them before you judge them. It’s just common sense.

      Jan’s Online Brain database:
      http://webbrain.com/brainpage/brain/6FBA86B0-0C57-9FCA-5CF9-D742DA541AAA#-4411

      Download the Brain software:
      http://www.thebrain.com

      Download Jan’s entire Brain database file:
      https://logosmedia.com/Wasson/InvestigatingWassonBrain-MK-ULTRA.brainzip (170mb)

      Note: For use in the software version only (this version is the best, clearest representation of the database and the easiest to follow and research). This version must be IMPORTED into the Brain software after installation.

      http://www.gordonwasson.com

      Related programs
      Jan Irvin – Trivium Education
      Jan Irvin – The Holy Mushroom

      http://www.redicecreations.com/radio/2012/08/RIR-120809.php

      “The role of drugs in the exercise of political control is also coming under increasing discussion. Control can be through prohibition or supply. The total or even partial prohibition of drugs gives the government considerable leverage for other types of control. An example would be the selective application of drug laws… against selected components of the population such as members of certain minority groups or political organizations
      ~ Ronald K. Siegel; Louis Jolyon West (1975). Hallucinations: Behavior, Experience, and Theory. ISBN 978-1-135-16726-4.

  40. david
    August 14, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    The deception of squiggly lines. Third party rhetoric.
    How is truth derived from such nonesense.
    Critical thinking should demonstrate the function of the squiggly line on paper is to spread falsehood.
    Controlled and written in seclusion by exclusion. Made popular by the printing press which gave rise to its propagation as a carrier of truth.
    It’s use allows one to shut away the critical senses and be captured in the printed web.

    To me this essay is fine, as a spoken word piece however, I would have preferred a second party
    to conduct this in an interview format.
    My reason is the movement between first party quotes and those sighted second and third party quotes does not have set up between them.
    It’s as though you are reading a list.

    • Jan Irvin
      August 14, 2012 at 3:03 pm

      If you need a second party, listen to one of the other 3 interviews already posted on this site with others interviewing me on exactly this, and then you don’t need to take up my time whining about it here.

      There is a transcript at the top of the page that you may download and has all of the notes, since you seem to get confused with squiggly lines.

      Calling things nonsense because you’re unable to spend a few moments studying bears nothing on the research. Use the trivium and the critical thinking tools we’ve provided here and go through and fact check the citations, connections and squiggly lines. It’s common sense really – if you look and study before you judge. As the essay says, who what where and when before why.

      Thanks.

    • Jan Irvin
      August 14, 2012 at 3:09 pm

      I may be confusing what you’re saying.. you’re saying that critical thinking should reveal that squiggly lines, maybe you mean letters, spread falsehood. Well if you go through the trivium material that we’ve discussed often here, we show exactly how to spot fallacies in what people write so that you don’t fall pray to those falsehoods. Critical thinking and logic shows you how to think clearly, not to stop using words.

      • david
        August 14, 2012 at 4:13 pm

        I use my logic in first person. Relying on squiggly lines controlled by some elite entity and thinking you’ve derived truth is not the trivium.
        It can be demonstrated, you yourself and in conjuction with others have explored and exposed the system
        of education as a form of propoganda, conditioning, and indoctrination.
        I’ve heard you say “history is written by the victors”, not your personal words, but rather a sentiment shared and spoken by many.
        Yet you assume usefull knowledge can be gained from these controlled lies.
        What is in front of you, do you not see.

        • david
          August 14, 2012 at 4:36 pm

          In front of me I see billions of people’s. Their lands invaded and as consolation they are given a book.
          Their language, customs, traditions, history, and stories of their lands destroyed.
          The commons held and respected by the jurisdictional residence are made commodity and sold off to
          the educated, thinking westerner.
          The westerner justifies this parasitic behavior through written squiggly lines upon paper. Never looking up from the page to realize the injustice being commited.
          For all the reality around the westerner, it is still the word on paper that is their truth.

  41. August 14, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    EXCERPT FROM “BARDO” MATERIAL (SECTION 16):

    Nov 15th 2010 Mon

    MORE NEW WORLD ORDER PROPOGANDA FROM THE SO-CALLED GRASS-ROOTS PSYCHEDELIC SAVE-THE-EARTH MOVEMENT

    Ok, so i did a little writeup on Michiu Kaku and his sci-fi terrorist propaganda, if you are not for type1 New World Order Fascist Dictatorship then you are a terrorist bulls##t (pm- once again, pathetic!). We also did a little writeup on Terrence McKinna’s Timewave. Which is still being utilized, for some strange reason. Perhaps it’s the fascination with hexagonally embedded maths, dunno. Consider CHESSBOARDS to be a more accurate coding (pm- See: Barbara Marciniack’s book entitled “Path of Empowerment” or what is previous in this material for more on that one). But back to TERRENCE. For a fellow who was so “open minded” and on the fringe of anti-estabishment pro-shamanism/psychedelia, one has to REALLY DIG DEEP through tons of his material and video footage to find some of his “unhindered pro-illuminatus (NWO) propoganda”. And dig though i have, since about the age of 19. It’s taken a good 18 years to realise this fellow was not as FREE YOURSEVES AND YOUR MINDS AS HE WOULD LEAD ONE TO BELIEVE (p- oooh am i gonna take some SLAMS for saying this from all the DIEHARDS i’ve known thoughout the years, on with it, eat my dust).

    There are 2 video examples in particular. One is called “Prague Gnosis” with an interview with some woman (forget her name), where she is bumbling on and on about how the arts need to be promoted. Ok, sure, that is well and fine. She also bumbles on about the terms and words Terrence uses and is renowned for with really no knowledge of their meanings, she just applies them to anything she is saying. In all actuality, i think she is mentally challenged, or should i say, mentally retarded, literally… nothing against that, but needs to be noted. Meanwhile, in the midst of these two drinking fancy coffees and nibbling on flakey fluffy cakes she starts to blurt out that the change in this world is the next step in Terrence’s Eschaton ideal… and that one of those steps is how THE NEW WORLD ORDER GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES PROMOTE THIS ESCHATONAL ART MOVEMENT. She jabbers on of representatives from all over the globe conglamorating at New World Order “United Nations” meetings bringing in this new Shamanic Paradime. Terrence continues sipping away. Well, sorry for all you Terrence Enthusiasts, i beg to differ your support of this fellow, for if he was AGAINST THE GOVERNMENTAL SYSTEMS AS HE SO CLAIMED, THEN HE WOULD NOT HAVE INCLUDED THIS PROPOGANDA IN HIS VIDEOS. He simply would have EDITED IT OUT, yet he did not, therefore he DOES IN FACT PROMOTE THESE AGENCIES. Next up, his video called “Taxonomy…”. Apparently he questioned the “mushroom” what it would take to “save the world” (pm- whatever THAT means)… and, by George, out he mumbles that the Mushroom says to ENFORCE A 1 CHILD POILICY WORLDWIDE AND THAT THERE WILL BE GOVERNMENT REWARDS FOR THOSE WHO DO SUCH A POLICY. I thought Terrence was against the System, but he sure denies that anyone actually exists at the top, and claims that NO ONE ACTUALLY RUNS THE PLANET… all fine and good, yet he is promoting practically all of the PROTOCOLS OF THESE AGENCIES. For a government he claims has no one in control running the show, he sure as hell tells everyone to live by their policies. Hey, dead Terrence, here’s one for you about the “population problem”… everybody SPREAD OUT and GROW MORE FOOD. Seems enough room now.

    Now, we have his still living brother Dennis working for the Rothschild’s Science Division in their Psychedelic Studies upon willing subjects. Yes, Rothschild’s. EXACTLY WHERE MK-ULTRA LEFT OFF!!! SAME PROJECT BUT NOW UNDER A NEW NAME AND LOCATION. MK-ULTRA! ANY OF YOU RECALL THAT ONE? THE SAME ONE THAT DOSED ABDUCTED CHILDEREN (P- some even taken from public schools, entertainment parks, and even handed over from parents… the MILK CARTON KIDS, any of you remember THAT ONE? didn’t think so. It’s still very much in operation, ONLY THIS TIME WE HAVE WILLING PARTICIPANTS) STRAPPED TO CHAIRS AND BEDS ON L.S.D. WHILE RUNNING WALT DISNEY FLICKS IN FRONT OF THEM (PM- trained agents, assasins, sex kittens for political blackmail and the likes). WHELP, THIS IS EXACTLY WHOM DENNIS MCKENNA IS WORKING FOR NOW. SAME AGENCY. YOU KIDS RUNNING AROUND (PM- AND SOME OF YOU EX-HIPPIES) HAD BETTER WAKE UP TO THE REALITY OF THIS SITUATION AND GET SOBER ENOUGH TO REALIZE YOU HAVE BEEN CONNED BIG TIME WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR SO-CALLED “WE TAKE THIS BECAUSE IT EXPANDS OUR CONSCIOUSNESS” JIVE-TALK!!! By all means, explore your various senses, but i am not accepting EXCUSES. Those are your EXCUSES, and nothing more. I am sick and tired of seeing all of these kids online posting themselves FRYING THEIR BRAINS (IN THE EXTREME SENSE OF THE WORD) AND CLAIMING IT IS “EXPANDING THEM” AND REPEATING EVERY PUNCHLINE AND SLOGAN BY THIS TERRENCE MCKINNA FELLOW WITH NO UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT THEY ARE EVEN SAYING. Remember Timothy Leary from the 60’s? Same funding, same agenda (p- the peace symbol was also designed for this scam). These kids were everywhere going “turn on. tune in. drop out.”. Not much of a FREEDOM REVOLUTION, CONSIDERING THEY WERE LAYED OUT FLAT AND THE PRIVATE BANKSTER ELITES HAD THE GENERATION EXACTLY WHERE THEY WANTED THEM!!!

    I am not saying i am totally against alterations of consciousness through “intake”. But there ARE OTHER WAYS. And, sometimes… it just happens. Mind you, once it BECOMES A CRUTCH OR REFUSAL TO ADDRESS YOURSELF (pm- although many “claim” intake addresses such things, and IN SOME CASES “IT DOES”) YOU ARE GOING DOWN A SELF-DESTRUCTIVE RABBIT HOLE. And one will HAVE TO LEARN FROM THAT AS WELL, that is, if you have not become INCAPACITATED THROUGH IT. In other words, do not claim you are HAVING A SACRED RESPECT FOR THESE REALMS WHEN IN FACT YOU ARE ABUSING IT!

    I am finished with ths entry, more information on the NEW LOCATION OF MK-ULTRA MIND SCIENCES DIVISION TO COME. Just to back this up, i will attempt to provide a list of WHO IS WORKING IN THIS DIVISION AS WELL AS WHO IS FUNDING IT. ROCKEFELLOR FOUNDATION IN OTHER WORDS, THAT MUCH WE ALREADY KNOW.

    So all you old buddies, so about this entry, but i am NOT SORRY, IT NEEDS TO BE SAID. Not sorry to shed SOME LIGHT on your top-10 hitlist of ICONS.

    +P-

    BARDO? MOKSHA!!!

    8:28PM

    • Jan Irvin
      August 15, 2012 at 7:49 am

      Thanks. I agree with most of what you said. Rothschild… that’s a very interesting connection. I’ll have to go back through and look into that.

  42. August 14, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    EXCERPT 2 FROM “BARDO” MATERIAL:

    Nov 16th 2010 tues 1:49am

    A REPLY TO THE PREVIOUS TERRENCE MCKENNA ENTRY

    P= OTHER PERSONS REACTION.

    A= PHIL’S REPLY TO THE REACTION.

    P: I am fully aware of propaganda phil, i just dont think you understand the difference between someone who ignorant of the NWO like this physcist (KAKU) and people who are knowingly deceiving people.

    A: If they are ignorant of their propoganda then they are as guilty as those who do it knowingly. Of course i am aware that the ignorants are PROMOTED. that is obvious.

    P: If you are part of a secret government running the government you dont have propaganda people who lie, you get people who believe what they say, its much more convincing that way.

    A: exactly. i agree. but they also drop in those who lie through their teeth, it’s ALL THEY KNOW HOW TO DO, they contain no truth whatsoever.

    P: theres a saying “you dont know youre wearing a leash if you sit by the peg all day”

    As for Terrence, I am still no where near convinced just because he cares about the enivironment means he is illuminati?

    A: he is not illuminati. not himself. of course not. but he was promoted through false grass roots movements. and i stress FALSE. not all of the events. some of them. and yes i feel he believed in what he promoted. and some of it fell by the wayside as he was too self indulged to notice it going on.

    P: ok he was organized by grass roots enivironmentalists, do you know what grass roots means?

    A: yes i do.

    P: It means non hierarchical, from the people, there was no leader so there could be no illuminati influence, it wasnt corporate or government, most environmental things and raves are like this because its these people who care about the government, not the illuminati, they are the ones who trashed the planet.

    A: that’s what it is yes, thanks for reminding me. i haven’t forgotten.

    P: it was just people in their towns who like terrence and wanted him there.

    A: for the MOST PART.

    P: Did you miss the part about how he is totally contrary to all government and corporate values?

    A: that’s what he believes he was, yes.

    (PM-ADDITIONAL: NOT IN CORRESPONDANCE- HE WAS NOT CONTRARY, WATCH HIS VIDEOS VERY VERY CLOSELY AND SEE FLAT OUT HOW HE PROMOTES THEIR PROTOCOLS AND CLAIMS TO BE AGAINST GOVERNMENT AT THE SAME TIME. Also: NWO also utilizes any form of distraction individuals who do not even make political statements, for example, in the music industry and films, they research what’s popular, or invent it, and that group or individual is used for the time being within that agenda. Hollywood stars are a good example.)

    P: You think they put him out there to say 95% stuff that is really harmful to their agenda so that he could mention the one child policy a few times?

    A: no, for more reasons than that. remember Timothy Leary?

    P: Mention that he doesnt believe in one secret government, as if that is why people actually listen to him. I know how propaganda mixes truth with lies but mckennas message is clearly doing more damage to the NWO then good.

    A: no, not with all of these kids dosing up extensively and very very often in large amounts, no, sorry….

    P: It doesnt make any sense man.

    A: it makes perfect sense.

    P: You also seem to be really ignorant about the state of the environment, that anyone who cares about it is just an illuminati mind controlled sap.

    A: i have not mentioned what i feel the state of the environment is at, so you cannot assume what i believe the state of the envirnment is in. what is enforced by the governments in order to “save the environment” will NOT SAVE THE ENVIRONMENTS, THAT IS NOT THE PURPOSE OF IT. i do not believe anyone who cares is illuminati controlled, obviously that’s what you perceive of me, totally not the way it is. let me clarify: anyone who proposes AGENDA 21 U.N. to “save the environment” is mislead and is a mind controlled sap (p- a MCS or a MIKOSA for short, also known as a MINCONSAP).

    P: Why do you think the illuminati cares about the environment

    A: they don’t. never said they actually did, i assumed you knew that i knew it was a SCAM. but they use the real and also truped-up environmental issues as a means of enforcing dictatorship. carbon taxes, and a whooooole lot of gammit of other charges to private farming and it’s a very long list…. all in the name of the environment, disasters included. and if you don’t pay up… then off to jail with you, land seized and all the rest. this is basic stuff, everybody’s talking about it these days. if i thought they cared why would i be filming chemtrail videos? i want that footage in A COURT OF CONSTITUTIONAL LAW AS EVIDENCE.

    P: , just because they love to kill people

    A: love has nothing to do with it. or should i say… lack of love.

    P: and are using it as a cover or something?

    A: some areas are a cover. others ARE BLATANTLY IN OUR FACE.

    P: If thats what it was about they would of released some kind of germ weapon a long time ago

    A: the germ weapons are already released and will continue to be released.

    .P: They dont really care about the environment anyways

    A: you got it!!!!!

    P: i dont know why you are defending big oil bussiness’s and heavy industry

    A: never have i EVER defended these corps. tell me 1 single time i have. you are pulling shit out of your ass.

    P: they are the real illuminati man.

    A: and The Man he IS NOT.

    P:You seem to be locked into a certain kind of reality

    A: you too. i would appear to be when people see what they want to see, and not as it really is.

    P: and anyone who disagress with you

    A: anyone? this is just you and me man, hardly accounts for anyone who crosses my path. please give me an example of someone else (how defensive i have become). you misunderstood my point, so you didn’t really disagree with me, you disagreed on what you assumed was my belief. you assumed what i believed, when in fact we had the identical opinion of something and you claimed i believed something different than you. but what i believed different than you will in no way be realized at this point, unless of course we take into consideration what you stated earlier, and i quote: “i just don’t think you understand the difference between someone who is ignorant of the NWO like this physicist and people who are knowingly deceiving people”. they are IN FACT UNKNOWINGLY doing so, that is what i was pointing out to you. you missed that. and you already knew it. so do i.

    P: is seen as stupid

    A: define stupid.

    P: or mind controlled.

    A: i think it’s well time we all BROKE OUT of it

    (END…)

    have a good one over there (PM- it’s TOO LATE for the last second SWEET TALK Phil, the damage has been done).

    stay away from them MINCONSAPS

    or at least, wake them up if they are ready for it…

    Bardo? MOKSHA!!!

    – – –

    SO THERE’S A REACTION FROM A TERRENCE MCKENNA FAN (may or may not represent all of them). APPARENTLY BECAUSE I REVEAL FACTS THAT TERRENCE AND HIS BROTHER DENNIS ARE PROPOGANDA OF THE UNITED NATIONS AND POST-TAVISTOCK DIVISIONS SOMEHOW MAKES ME “A DEFENDER OF BIG OIL BUISNESS’S AND HEAVY INDUSTRY”!

    Is this the typical psychedelic self-proclaimed “anarchist” punk-rocker who takes-a-shower-once-every-2-months reaction?Or is this a “provocature” effort aimed at me? Or, is this one saying the opposite of what they mean and being sarcastic? Some people can’t tell when others are ONLY JOKING.

    Still not convinced are you? How about i just TAKE YOU DIRECTLY TO IT!!!

    I DIRECT YOUR ATTENTION IMMEDIATELY TO TERRENCE MCKENNA’S VIDEO ENTITLED: “EDUCATION IN THE NEW WORLD ORDER”!!! I MEAN, HOW MUCH MORE PROOF DO YOU NEED? this video is truely PATHETIC, and Terrence’s true being really shows, it’s the perfect example of MULTIPLE PERSONALITY. This video IS BLATANT FASCISM! I suggest you terrence followers take a good look at this video, for certain THE TITLE OF IT ALONE SHOULD BE ENOUGH FOR YOU TO SEE IT DIRECT! There is no debate at this point.

    Can’t find that SOLID PROOF? It’s right here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlOUSLAwMJ8&feature=related

    there you go, we can stop arguing now. this isn’t about who is correct here, this is about THE FORMS OF PROPOGANDA from individuals who would seem the least likely TO PROPOGATE IT!!!.

    You can follow your psychedelic fascist gurus, or you can FIND YOURSELF THROUGH YOUR OWN INNER KNOWING along with HARD INFORMATION YOU SHOULD INCORPORATE INTO DISSOLVING WHAT YOU THOUGHT YOU BELIEVED IN!

    • Jan Irvin
      August 15, 2012 at 11:24 pm

      “Terence McKenna — Educatio…”
      This video is no longer available because the YouTube account associated with this video has been terminated due to multiple third-party notifications of copyright infringement from claimant:

      David Icke Books Limited

  43. Horselover Fats
    August 21, 2012 at 2:43 am

    Hi Jan,
    Great stuff! You know you can trace all of this back much further in history. This video does an excellent job of highlighting it, starting at around the 4 minute mark. It discusses the Tavistock institute and where they originally learned about pushing psychedelics on cultures for mind control purposes.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRdDUEDuc5Q

  44. September 2, 2012 at 4:43 am

    I enjoyed listening to this very much. Thank you for uncovering this stuff. I’ve had my fair share of psychedelics and this is information is extremely fascinating. Definitely going to be keeping a close eye on this website.

  45. James
    September 28, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Hi Jan,

    Just curious if you will, at some point in the future, put the original documents that you are basing this research on as a downloadable archive? One, so we can delve deeper and two, to ensure this stuff is retrievable in case the documents are lost, stolen, destroyed, etc.

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