Podcast 297 – “A Tribute to Robert Anton Wilson”


Guest speakers: Douglas Rushkoff, Antero Alli, Tiffany Lee Brown, and Joseph Matheny

Robert Anton WilsonPROGRAM NOTES:

The featured audio that I play in this podcast is part of a two-CD collection produced by Joe Matheny and given to the salon to podcast by the distributor, The Original Falcon Press, which you can find via originalfalcon.com. The voices you will here are those of: Douglas Rushkoff, Antero Alli, Tiffany Lee Brown, and Joseph Matheny.


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For the Occupy Segment, I first play a few minutes that I’ve taken from a three hour interview that Chris Hedges gave on CSPAN 2 on the first day of this year, and in it you will hear this Pulitzer Prize winning journalist explain how corporate personhood isn’t just a threat to American Democracy, it is a threat to humanity itself. . . . Following that, I play a short speech for you that Senator Bernie Sanders gave on the Senate floor as he introduced an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that will strip personhood from corporations. After those two kind of heavy duty pieces. I lighten it up with a two minute clip of country music star Willie Nelson and his wife reading a poem that he wrote about the Occupy Movement. Finally, I close with a song that was written and is sung by a young man from Salt Lake City named Noel. And this is from a YouTube video I found where Noel was singing on Day 1 of the Occupy Salt Lake City street theater.

Books and links mentioned in this podcast

“The Terence McKenna Experience” a new film by Ken Adams

Pyramid Eclipse, a Symbiosis Gathering

RAW week at boingboing.net

A few random quotes from Robert Anton Wilson

“A monopoly on the means of communication may define a ruling elite more precisely than the celebrated Marxian formula of monopoly in the means of production.”

“An Enlightened Master is ideal only if your goal is to become a Benighted Slave.”

“Belief is the death of intelligence.”

“Every war results from the struggle for markets and spheres of influence, and every war is sold to the public by professional liars and totally sincere religious maniacs, as a Holy Crusade to save God and Goodness from Satan and Evil.”

“Horror is the natural reaction to the last 5,000 years of history.”

“Most of our ancestors were not perfect ladies and gentlemen. The majority of them weren’t even mammals.”

“Nobody sees the obvious, nobody observes the ordinary. There are more miracles in a square yard of earth than in all the fables of the Church.”

“On a planet that increasingly resembles one huge Maximum Security prison, the only intelligent choice is to plan a jail break.”

“Only the madman is absolutely sure.”

“The Bible tells us to be like God, and then on page after page it describes God as a mass murderer. This may be the single most important key to the political behavior of Western Civilization.”

“The border between the Real and the Unreal is not fixed, but just marks the last place where rival gangs of shamans fought each other to a standstill.”

“The Right’s view of government and the Left’s view of big business are both correct.”

“You are precisely as big as what you love and precisely as small as what you allow to annoy you.”

“Of course I’m crazy, but that doesn’t mean I’m wrong.”

Posted in Books, Chaos, Consciousness, Creativity, Culture, Environment, Occupy, Robert Anton Wilson.


  1. @ Keith Cycloid

    No offence to you but i thought that article was pretty horrible. Kent is very inexperienced with psychedelics and a lot of what he writes reflects this, and his arrogance. His “case against the machine elves” article was laughable and proposed dmt was no more astonishing than rubbing your eyes and seeing things! and that it ‘looses its magic overtime’. And now he’s saying that inquiries into any avenue of human activty besides those outlined by science is a failure of the imagination? please..It seems silly to buy into a point of view offered by someone who talks as if they have such deep knowledge and experience when really they have next to none

  2. hey Lorenzo!
    i just gota say THANX!!! i live on an apple orchard up in northern vermont and prune trees all winter. listening to your podcast makes my days fly by happily. i plan on listening to every one of these awesome podcasts all the way back to the beginning. just heard Bernie’s speech for the first time on your show, thanks.

    [COMMENT by Lorenzo: 🙂 ]

  3. It’s great to hear from so many intelligent, creative people what Bob meant to them.

    I think RAW’s philosophy blending agnosticism, skepticism and humor will have him regarded as an important literary and cultural figure in the tumultuous years to come. Not that he would care about any accolades!

    Thanks for the podcast Lorenzo!

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