I came to the point of starting this blog after starting a bunch of other rarely read, rarely written blogs, in a number of other areas. At the beginning of this series of blogs was my interest in the paranormal. If you spend any amount of time looking at the paranormal you will come across the name of Whitley Strieber, well-known for writing The Wolfen, and even more well known, perhaps infamous, for writing Communion, a story about his initial experiences with the alien abduction phenomenon.
If you’ve followed Strieber for a little longer you know that his experiences with the visitors (as good a term as any other I’ve found), have been the dominant subject of his writings for the last 2+ decades. As you also probably know, Strieber has said on a number of occasions, he is sometimes able to write more effectively if he writes non-fiction under the guise of fiction. Taking true events and concepts and placing them into a fictional narrative, the idea being that if you label it as fiction, you can pretty much say anything you damn well please and no one in powerful circles will care because it can always be denied as just fiction. The technique forces the reader to decide where the truth ends and the fiction begin, but also allows the author to say things that would be much more problematic in a non-fiction format. Strieber used this technique specifically in his book “The Secret School: Preparation for Contact”, although I would imagine he’s used it elsewhere.
If you spend a little more time in the paranormal, you’ll find that there are many people who have jumped down the rabbit hole over the years, doggedly pursuing the truth in the “ET” phenomenon. Invariably you’ll come across stories of researchers being fed disinformation provided by government agents. Very often the researcher will say that the agent gave them lots of information, some of which turned out to be true (or at least confirmed by other sources) and some of which turned out to be false. It provides the informant some degree of cover to say what they need to say, when it is couched in falsehoods because it provides a degree of plausible deniability.
Another example that I’ve run across was from Sibel Edmonds (FBI whistleblower) on her recent book “The Lone Gladio”. You can hear a good interview with Ms. Edmonds by James Corbet in the following youtube interview, but the idea is that she created a fictionalized account of her FBI experiences in order to bypass any governmental approval process that she would be forced to go through in order to get a non-fiction book published allowing her to get her experiences and ideas out into the sphere of discussion.
Why bring all this up? Well, I’m a little surprised myself that I never heard anything much about it from the alternative press/blogosphere after it was published a year ago. But James G Rickards, author of Currency Wars and The Death of Money wrote what might be considered a similar work of speculative fiction.
A little about Mr. Rickards. He was a lawyer with Long Term Capital Management when they fell in 1998 during the Asian financial crisis, nearly dragging down the entire financial system with it. He’s financial war-gamed with the Pentagon, leading some to believe that he’s an intelligence insider or what some people would call a shill for the powers that be. I can see how some would make that claim, but I don’t have any information in that regard.
My point with this post came from a tweet and post that I saw from Mr. Rickards in October, 2014 (date of original post is somewhat unclear given tweet date and posting date) shown here (click image for link):
Its basically a “fictional” account of a dystopian version of the future when cash is gone, gold has been forcibly confiscated, and the SDR settles international trade. Coming from John Rubino, I would read it is as an interesting piece of fiction. Coming from someone with ties to the intelligence community, I don’t know that you can just dismiss it as fiction, given what others with those ties have done in the past. This is something he seems to agree with in another, earlier tweet:
I’ve often heard people in UFO circles say that they (TPTB) only care if you can prove something, because unless you can prove something, no one of consequence will believe you. In other words, non-fiction is about accuracy (provable), fiction is about truth (getting your point across). In the end, Mr. Rickards speculation isn’t all that outlandish if you’ve been paying attention to the world, and could have been written by almost anyone, but because they were written by him, in the format he chose, its certainly given me pause to wonder what exactly he knows about what the future brings us.