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The CIA and the Psychedelic Revolution

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imagesHippies were invented by the CIA? Not really, although this is one of the main disinfo memes being worked at the highest levels of counterintelligence propaganda today. But that doesn’t mean the CIA didn’t play a huge role in the Psychedelic Revolution. Of course they did. Any social movement of any size will immediately attract the attention of the Octopus (or if you prefer, Illuminati, that pool of energy at the center of old money in Europe and North America, a cartel that orchestrates wars for profit and social control).

I’m thinking of the damage caused by LSD abuse, especially among young teens in the 1970s. Something like that may even be happening today with ecstasy. I recommend people avoid synthetics and stick with natural plants in their safest and most dilute forms and whenever I see anyone handing out synthetics my first thought is: “CIA?” They always have access to the newest and most powerful synthetics, and usually way before anyone else. I actually believe they showered the country in LSD to prevent a cannabis inspired revival that was about to pop forth from the jazz scene after Jack Kerouac took that energy into literature.

Nothing lasts forever and the octopus cartel couldn’t keep a lid on the secrets of the shamanic plants forever, especially the Queen of the Healing Plants. In fact, the campaign to bury of all wisdom concerning medicine plants resembles the way people were held in mental slavery for centuries, a time when only priests could read and write. Sooner or later, a wave of wisdom regarding these important medicine plants had to crash onto the American consciousness, and, in fact, it already had happened mostly among jazz musicians.

wasson_r_gordon8_medGordon Wasson was a propaganda publicist for J.P. Morgan, the man who arranged the buy-out of Carnegie Steel for some absurdly high price, a deal that cemented certain European banks deep into Wall Street. For Wasson, it became all about mushrooms, particularly the Amanita. And that’s where Wasson led his rabbit holes. Other CIA operatives, like Capt. Hubbard, worked primarily with LSD provided by the CIA-connected lab in Switzerland, Sandoz. But at the same time Hubbard was promoting LSD for treating alcoholism (a program that was wildly successful), the CIA was studying ways to weaponize psychedelics and turn them into tools of mass mind control. So consider these realities next time someone offers you a free ride down any psychedelic slide.

But all this activity at the highest levels of the psychedelic revolution by the CIA does not mean the agency was driving the zeitgeist. They were not. The new children appeared in force in the fall of 1966 and were instantly recognizable in long hair and somewhat theatrical demeanor. Black leather jackets and green army jackets represented our uniforms. Like the Nozems, who had appeared earlier in Amsterdam, the original hippies were the product of a successful middle class. But rather than embrace the paradigms of our parents, we rejected their entire culture and started making up one of our own. Of course there were a ton of mistakes made, and some involved substance abuse. But that was just part of the voyage of discovery. Tim Leary took his new style from Johnny Griggs and the Brotherhood of Eternal Love. Griggs was a real hippie messiah and he was killed by synthetics at the height of his shamanic power. And his death paved the way for others to assume the throne temporarily at least. But Griggs was a vegetarian who preached universal peace, while Leary was a carnivore alcoholic who was engulfed by intel ops and preached violence for a brief time before he was remanded back to prison, where he went State’s Evidence after being tortured for a few months. While Leary tried to expose the terrorist Weather Underground that had urged him to go violent, none of his testimony ever amounted to a conviction or arrest of anyone, probably because the Weather Underground that sucked him up into their zeitgeist was a intel op in itself designed to destroy the counterculture movement from within.

So it wasn’t like the CIA invented the hippies. That’s like saying Hitler invented the Wandervogel, a pagan, back-to-nature movement that had its roots far deeper than Hitler’s arrival on the scene, although he did manage to morph it into the Hitlerjugend, his teenage death squad, which was actually brought into combat at the very end of the war. A little known fact is that refugees from the Nazi take-over of Wandervogel landed in Southern California and helped birth the hippie movement, which also involved the original surfer generation.

Intensive propaganda operations were launched during and after the 1960s to divert teens away from establishing a non-violent, independent culture. I wonder sometimes about the arrival of The Hobbit, who certainly had a huge, although not necessarily good, influence on the development of the Hippie Zeitgeist. Was this some sort of British intelligence move, taking away our black leather jackets and trying to stick a flute in our hands? The original hippie generation looked like the punks who hung out at CB’s in the early years, and, in fact, those original punks had long hair until Richard Hell cut his, and then pretty much everyone else except Joey Ramone followed. In the same way I wonder about that hobbit dude, I wonder if Harry Potter might not be a mind control experiment, seeding dark vibrations into the imaginations of a new generation? But if you want to study the art of propaganda, just turn on any TV because It goes on all day long and is especially evident in the news and commercials.

The original hippie generation was centered on resisting the war in Vietnam, which gave us a powerful central focus. We were really peace people, despite the black leathers. And that’s the tragedy because it is proving hard to pass this peace culture down to the next generation. They have been raised on such an intense diet of violence propaganda and trained to despise hippies.

Will the peace kids ever return? They have to. It’s just a matter of time. And when they do, the CIA will be ready with some intensive propaganda operations to blow them off their voyage of discovery, as well as a whole new breed of synthetic drugs.

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Written by Steven Hager

August 21, 2013 at 11:47 am

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  1. Thanks Steven ! bb4:20

    Bryan Turnbull

    August 21, 2013 at 11:51 am

    • Steven Hager, since it was a media term created in around ’65, ’66, who was the original hippie? Wasn’t that whole idea actually created by Vito Paulekas and the CIA?

      But how are Hubbard and Huxley etc, not the original guys? Al Hubbard, you know, the “Johnny Appleseed of LSD”? He was an agent worked at SRI, supplied the MKULTRA researchers with LSD, was close pals with Huxley, Osmond, etc… the ones who pioneered the whole thing. Huxley spawned it by his book The Doors of Perception, and gave the guidelines of social control in The Brave New World.

      But where did you come into the conversation on Facebook? I posted one post there late in the threat about Terence McKenna… and then you claim that “not one of the people I discussed were the original hippies? How’s that “Not one”? And considering that Huxley STARTED the entire thing, and since we talked heavily about him in the thread, then I’m failing to see the point of this who’s first thing. I’m at a loss as to what you’re trying to say since you most certainly weren’t before Huxley or Hubbard, et al.

      “Steven Hager Jan, not one of the people you talk about were actual first generation hippies (although I am)….https://stevenhager420.wordpress.com/…/”

      And we’ve done a whole show on your book, remember?

      [audio src="http://media.blubrry.com/gnosticmedia/p/gnosticmedia.com/podcast/GnosticMedia_PC_048_Steve_Hager_low.mp3" /]
      Reading what you’re saying, if you’re trying to reflect on my work, your post above is a total straw man and red herring and a distortion of the work:

      “So it wasn’t like the CIA invented the hippies. That’s like saying Hitler invented the Wandervogel, a pagan, back-to-nature movement that had its roots far deeper than Hitler’s arrival on the scene, although he did manage to morph it into the Hitlerjugend, his teenage death squad, which was actually brought into combat at the very end of the war. A little know fact is that refugees from the Nazi take-over of Wandervogel landed in Southern California and helped birth the hippie movement, which also involved the original surfer generation.”

      Try not to confuse what was being said and how. But actually, Huxley, Osmond and the rest were behind CIA, as Huxley’s own Moksha proves, so when they remarketed it, in fact they did create that movement. Obviously the CIA took LSD for a decade and never found them to be spiritual. They had to be remarketed as spiritual, which is where Huxley and Osmond come in. There were other beats and so on going on, sure, but we’re talking about the entire movement. Certainly Vito Paulekas was a huge influence behind the creation of the hippie – who was CIA and a Rockefeller heir.

      Interesting how you use this entirely irrelevant red herring to Hitler to address what the issue is. Why’s that?

      So you make a blanket statement about hippies, and then you back that up with a rant about Hitler? That doesn’t work logically at all. It’s called a “non-sequitur” – or “it does not follow”.

      BTW, I’m the one who exposed Wasson as CIA, which you don’t mention in your short piece above – which distorts the issues.

      “Gordon Wasson was a propaganda publicist for J.P. Morgan, the man who arranged the buy-out of Carnegie Steel for some absurdly high price, a deal that cemented certain European banks deep into Wall Street. For Wasson, it became all about mushrooms, particularly the Amanita. And that’s where Wasson led his rabbit holes. Other CIA operatives, like Capt. Hubbard, worked primarily with LSD provided by the CIA-connected lab in Switzerland, Sandoz. But at the same time Hubbard was promoting LSD for treating alcoholism (a program that was wildly successful), the CIA was studying ways to weaponize psychedelics and turn them into tools of mass mind control. So consider these realities next time someone offers you a free ride down any psychedelic slide.

      But all this activity at the highest levels of the psychedelic revolution by the CIA does not mean the agency was driving the Zeitgeist. They were not. The new children appeared in force in the fall of 1966 and were instantly recognizable in long hair and somewhat theatrical demeanor.”

      You say “Other CIA operatives” but you first need to acknowledge that he and Huxley created that entire thing, that he was CIA, and that I was the one who exposed these very facts. I’m also the one who exposed that he was the VP of PR for JP Morgan.

      But if you take things way out of context from all our work, you’re not going to see much of the picture and you’ll be left to writing inaccurate “debunkings” such as this.

      Please see my recent article Manufacturing the Deadhead: A Product of Social Engineering, and let’s not pretend that was common knowledge that Wasson was CIA or VP of PR when those are specifically recent discoveries to my own work.

      http://www.gnosticmedia.com/…/

      Gnostic MediaManufacturing the Deadhead: A product of social engineering… by Joe Atwill and…
      http://www.gnosticmedia.com
      Manufacturing the Deadhead: A product of social engineering… By Joe Atwill and Jan Irvin May 13, 2013 Version 3.7, May 17, 2013 In 2012 Ja…
      about a minute ago • Like • Remove Preview

      BTW, Wasson was in charge of MKULTRA Subproject 58, which is in fact does mean that the CIA created the Hippies… were you already a hippie by May 13, 1957?

      Jan Irvin

      August 21, 2013 at 7:50 pm

      • Huxley did not start the hippie movement. You’d be far better off crediting Jack Kerouac with that title. The kids who started growing their hair and revolting against the establishment were not taking LSD, at least not most of them. LSD was impossible to find in central Illinois in 1966. We did have alcohol and glue sniffing, however. Those were the main recreational drugs of youth culture in 1966. But the actual hippie movement starts in California and Johnny Griggs was one of the main visionaries. Like I said, Tim Leary copped their style. Griggs influenced Leary a lot more than Leary influenced Griggs. The word “hippie” emerged as a way to describe the new teenage beatniks that were emerging and it probably first appeared in rock and roll songs in the early 1960s, but wasn’t widely adopted until 1966. The fact that Wasson worked as a VP for Morgan has been known forever. You did bring to light his membership in the Pilgrims and have done some good research in this area. But no way did you “discover” Wasson worked for JP Morgan. That fact was always listed in his resume from day one.

        Steven Hager

        August 22, 2013 at 6:03 am

        • Steven, you distort the issues. Huxley was CIA and a key man behind MKULTRA. His book the Doors of Perception started all of this. You’re twisting the words above, yet again.

          Also, I was very clear that Wasson was CIA and CFR and was the VP of PROPAGANDA, not that he worked for Morgan. No one questioned this. Try not to twist every single word said for your sophist agendas.

          Leary admitted many times that he was an agent, as was Janiger, Osmond, Stollaroff, etc… they all admitted this. There all, every one of them, were MKULTRA, and Huxley was their director. We’ve been investigating Huxley for many years.

          Where did I say that I discovered he worked for Morgan? You’re delusional. I said he was the VP of Public Relations, or PROPAGANDA…

          I’m beginning to question your reading comprehension.

          “Try not to confuse what was being said and how. But actually, Huxley, Osmond and the rest were behind CIA, as Huxley’s own Moksha proves, so when they remarketed it, in fact they did create that movement. Obviously the CIA took LSD for a decade and never found them to be spiritual. They had to be remarketed as spiritual, which is where Huxley and Osmond come in. There were other beats and so on going on, sure, but we’re talking about the entire movement. Certainly Vito Paulekas was a huge influence behind the creation of the hippie – who was CIA and a Rockefeller heir. ”

          “You say “Other CIA operatives” but you first need to acknowledge that he and Huxley created that entire thing, that he was CIA, and that I was the one who exposed these very facts. I’m also the one who exposed that he was the VP of PR for JP Morgan.”

          Do you see the letters PR there… that means PUBLIC RELATIONS.

          But again, you ignore Vito Paulakus, and you talk of the 60s, while I’m talking about the people who created the very psychedelic movement, which is far before your diatribe above, from the 1950s.. . try to focus on the actual words rather than your distortions. Thanks.

          Jan Irvin

          August 30, 2013 at 11:35 am

          • MKULTRA was run out of Fort Dietrick and I doubt Huxley was involved in any capacity at all. The people you keep bringing up had very little influence on the rise of hippie culture. Jack Kerouac had far more influence than Huxley and most people who read Doors only did so because it was the only book on the psychedelic experience you could find. But hippies existed before LSD and would have existed without LSD. They were doing fine with Mexican pot.

            Steven Hager

            August 30, 2013 at 4:38 pm

  2. Here’s a document between Willis Harmon, proven CIA/MKULTRA asset, having a very caveated conversation about his very fact with proven CIA/ MKULTRA head man, Al Hubbard – both of SRI, a proven research center of MKULTRA. When you get the background on these guys, you can see that their wording is just typical intel cover:

    http://webbrain.com/attach?brain=6FBA86B0-0C57-9FCA-5CF9-D742DA541AAA&attach=4869&type=1

    These CIA guys are horrible at hiding their stuff. They think a bunch of sophism is enough to fool people.

    The real revolution is in critical thinking, not mystical BS spoon fed to the masses for the next Noble Lie.
    We know the tricks now. We know who most of the players, and agents are.

    There won’t be drugged out, disorganized hippies in the streets next go ’round.

    The next battle of the mind we win. We, as in WE the PEOPLE as in the commons… not this stuff marketed to them to disorient their lives… those are the bygone days of 50 years ago… left to ineptitude from both sides of history.

    Jan Irvin

    August 21, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    • LSD didn’t create the hippies and that culture would have emerged whether acid was invented or not. I agree the spread of LSD and various other synthetics was often controlled primarily by agency operatives, but the path the hippies were on was a spiritual one: we rejected the religions of our parents and began studying Eastern and Native American ideas of spirituality.

      Steven Hager

      August 22, 2013 at 6:06 am

      • That’s ridiculous that the hippies would have come about without LSD since BOTH were largely promoted by Bernays, and then the CIA who took LSD, and Paulakus and the Freaks, TOGETHER, who promoted the bands. Their entire movement that was created. It was also sold with the help of sociopaths like Henry Luce at Time Life, who was skull and bones, who used is magazines to promote it while “warning” against it. There wouldn’t have been hippies without a string of events, but especially the CIA and LSD and the idea of neo-feudalism… or as McKenna called it “the archaic revival”, otherwise known as this New Age bullshit:

        These things are all part of the New Age, but I have abandon that term in favor of what I call the Archaic Revival—which places it all in a better historical perspective. When a culture loses its bearing, the traditional response is to go back in history to find the previous “anchoring model.” An example of this would be the breakup the medieval world at the time of the Renaissance. They had lost their compass, so they went back to Greek and Roman models and created classicism—Roman law, Greek aesthetics, and so on.[5] Terence McKenna, Archaic Revival, 1991, HarperSanFransico
        [5] Ibid, p. 243

        We had to have sexual deviants like Bernays first who thought it was cool to mime masturbation in front of crowds, and without sociopaths such as him, who worked with Wasson, who promoted the drugs with the CIA and CFR, we wouldn’t have had hippies. Hippies were a creation to degrade society… this was done by irrational sophists who don’t think clearly and appeal to religious beliefs for justification of their hate crimes.

        Jan Irvin

        August 30, 2013 at 12:33 pm

        • Sorry, Jan, but hippies are just beatniks on a surfboard and little else at the beginning. I guess the beatniks were also a tool of the CIA? Why stop there. Was jazz invented by the Illuminati? Where does your rabbit trail end? I joined the counterculture in 1966, and I didn’t need LSD for that.

          Steven Hager

          August 30, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    • Stop equating all hippies as drugged out. Many were just people looking to follow a path of non violence, something the mainstream does not support.

      Steven Hager

      August 30, 2013 at 4:42 pm

  3. Yes, if I recall, it was LSD that was in the news first (Saturday Evening Post, i.e.) a good while before da’ herb took to the streets. Very strange. Would have thought it’d be the other way around, but it weren’t. Huxley ordered his mescaline sulfate crystals through a psychiatric trade publication. Sigh.

    Mark A. O'Blazney

    October 12, 2013 at 8:28 am

  4. 3 minutes of respect for Dr. Albert Hofmann, a true humanist and the father of modern alchemy. watch this, and feel the love and psitivity of the psychedelic community… http://cognitionfactor.net/cinema/LSD1.html

    Schwann

    November 20, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    • That is what the CIA wants us to do. Divert us from social action, divert idealistic Americans from the path of social action to one of introspection and self-gratification, i.e. “spiritual liberation.”

      Lonnie

      October 19, 2014 at 12:14 am

  5. As we seem to be entering a new cold war (with shooting) I think it’s worthwhile to remember that CIA was not the only intelligence agency experimenting with psychedelics. There was a Soviet Hungarian researcher named Szara who requested LSD from Sandoz, but was refused as it was considered too powerful/dangerous a substance to fall into communist hands. So he started a program with DMT instead. Apparently he had some success, because he later came to America and wound up as head of biomedical research for the National Institute on Drug Abuse. It’s interesting to consider how the KGB might have used Szara’s DMT research as the kernel for their own MK-ULTRA type of campaign.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Szára

    Bitcoin Propagandist

    August 30, 2014 at 3:57 pm

  6. “Intensive propaganda operations were launched during and after the 1960s to divert teens away from establishing a non-violent, independent culture”

    It’s the opposite. The US Imperialist state apparatus wanted to dampen the revolutionary progressive left and communists. They needed to turn them into harmless pacifists eventhough many hippies were already pacifist, not all were. They were much more outspoken and progressive. They weren’t all Jack Karouacs

    Marijuana legislation had very little to do with the LSD being strategically placed in the hippie counter culture. this was about keeping working people from acting up against the crisis of capitalism

    Lonnie

    October 16, 2014 at 5:50 am

    • Actually, going violent is the easiest way to disarm a revolutionary movement, and only non-violent strategies have any chance of success. If the oligarchy didn’t want to celebrate violence (and encourage wars), graphic violence wouldn’t be the number one meme being pushed by the entertainment industry.

      Steven Hager

      October 17, 2014 at 5:20 am

      • How so? This nonsense about non-violence is a bourgeois social democratic/anti-communist ideology and propaganda, i.e. the peaceful evolution of Capitalism into Sociaism, a People’s Capitalism, another apology for the continuance of exploitation of the bourgeosie over the working people. This is CIA propaganda if I ever heard it.

        I still don/’t see how you are linking your first sentence about violence being the only “chance of success” to your second sentence about mass bourgeois culture culture/ entertainment industry and it’s obsession with crime and sex. Are you promoting Ghandi’s non violence? Ghandi was a tool of British imperialism. They used him to keep the masses believing they could take society forward by sitting down and willfully submitting to exploitation, misery, poverty and death inflicted upon them by imperialism.

        Lonnie

        October 19, 2014 at 12:11 am

        • Dude, let’s not waste time arguing. I side with Martin Luther King and Bob Marley. You, on the other hand want to push people down a rabbit hole, if armed revolution is your game. Not to mention talk like this can soon be considered a terrorist activity, but no need to worry if spreading the meme is part of your job. Let’s just agree to disagree and move on, and I’d hate this to turn ugly and force me to delete all your posts and ban you. End of discussion. Last warning.

          Steven Hager

          October 19, 2014 at 12:23 am

  7. and what the heck does the hobbit, a high fantasy novel, have to do with controlling the politically progressive youth?

    Lonnie

    October 16, 2014 at 5:52 am

    • In 1966, hippies and political activists existed in separate camps and the hobbit ran through hippie culture fast, and for some replaced Electric Kool-Aid Acid as THE book of the moment. For some experiencing LSD for the first time, it was also an introduction of sorts to pagan spirituality. But the message and inner meanings of the book were regressive, and did not promote non-violence, but celebrated violence.

      Steven Hager

      October 16, 2014 at 6:08 am

  8. Steven Hager. You have a very eclectic appraoch to things which leaves you an agnostic. You don’t seem to have any certain knowledge or belief. You end up to be a cynic.

    Lonnie

    October 18, 2014 at 11:57 pm

  9. This is not about Zeitgeist, illuminati, masonry, green lizards, the evil Jews or Queen Elizabeth. This is about Imperialism, Capitalism in it’s last stage. It’s about the capitalist State and it’s control over working people. Marxism-Lenism is a very powerful tool in the hands of the working class. I suggest you all stop wasting your time reading (until your bleary-eyed) all these eclectic and misinformed comments.

    Lonnie

    October 19, 2014 at 12:17 am

  10. your sarcastic comment about the beatnik generation being created by the CIA may actually be true.

    Lonnie

    October 19, 2014 at 12:20 am

    • This is from The Independent in the UK:
      “Dismayed at the appeal communism still had for many intellectuals and artists in the West, the new agency set up a division, the Propaganda Assets Inventory, which at its peak could influence more than 800 newspapers, magazines and public information organisations. They joked that it was like a Wurlitzer jukebox: when the CIA pushed a button it could hear whatever tune it wanted playing across the world.”

      “This was the “long leash”. The centrepiece of the CIA campaign became the Congress for Cultural Freedom, a vast jamboree of intellectuals, writers, historians, poets, and artists which was set up with CIA funds in 1950 and run by a CIA agent. It was the beach-head from which culture could be defended against the attacks of Moscow and its “fellow travellers” in the West. At its height, it had offices in 35 countries and published more than two dozen magazines, including Encounter”

      Lonnie

      October 19, 2014 at 12:43 am

  11. Who let Jan Irvin out of his cage?

    Max Freakout

    November 6, 2014 at 7:01 am

  12. Jan is his own jailer. He’s not escaped, just roaring a bit louder. How dare he misrepresent the pioneers of the Psychedelic Revolution? Go after Dennis Marino, Stark, Bouchard, et. al. Leave Watts , Brand and Kesey out of this. You are an embarrassment to LSD. You don’t deserve another journey. Pray for Peace. And get sober.

    Mark A. O'Blazney

    January 1, 2015 at 7:59 am

  13. Super interesting article and the discussion both sides in the comments is really informative too! Thanks to all.

    Tristan

    June 27, 2015 at 7:41 am


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