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The Robots' Rebellion
on 19 August 2013
This is the first David Icke book I have read (and will probably be the last). I have obviously heard of him having seen him on TV as a sports commentator and recall his infamous appearance on the Terry Wogan show in 1991 during which he was severely ribbed both by Wogan and also by the audience. He seemed like a nice guy and I don't think that he deserved such nastiness. In his more recent TV appearances, I think he seems rather bitter and sarcastic when questioned by anyone who doesn't accept his particular world view.
The Robots' Rebellion was written in 1994 and doesn't contain any of the allegations of 12 foot lizard aliens for which David Icke is notorious. The majority of the book is a whistle stop tour of history from biblical times up to the present and a number of targets are attacked
- the educational system for indoctrinating and brainwashing people
- the banking system for its manipulating systems through lending money that it doesn't possess
- the established churches (of all religions and dominations) for creating autocratic systems of belief
- the law
Surprisingly, I found little to disagree with. I don't think the points he was making were new or particularly original. I could argue with them on the basis that they were rather Manichean and over generalised.
However, the ghost at the feast was the thing that gets David Icke such flak. He has been blessed (or cursed) with a certain insight that there is an unseen force that links all these things together. He calls it the Brotherhood, which pulls the strings through a network of secret organisations like the Bilderberg Group, the Illuminati, the Freemasons, Chatham House, and the Rosicrucians etc. This Brotherhood's activities have all the institutions listed above in thrall so that our lives are blighted. We are poorer, less healthy, less educated less fulfilled and less happy than we should be - and it's all by design of the Brotherhood. On the way, we are asked to accept that extra terrestrials came to the Earth in spaceships and it is through them that the Brotherhood came about and that there really was place called Atlantis (it's not a legendary/fictional place at all). I'm afraid that as debatable as some of his comments were about his targets were, this talk of extraterrestrials and secret brotherhoods did not convince and it would seem that the evidence is highly circumstantial/non-existent.
I could go through the many logical inconsistencies in the book but frankly, I can't see any point. If you have a mind to agree with this book, you would not be convinced by my reasoning.
David Icke has some interesting (but rather unworkable if not illegal) proposals as to how to defeat the Brotherhood and strangely, the effect of reading the book put me in a rather bad mood. I am glad I finished it. It was more coherent and readable than Mein Kampf or the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion (a book that David Icke quotes extensively) and so I don't want to criticise it too harshly.
Finally, I have my own reflection on conspiracy theories and David Icke. I still think David Icke seems like a nice genuine man who believes what he writes and has the best of intentions. He is also very articulate and coherent. However, I think that people believe conspiracy theories because they have a fear of the sheer randomness of life. By trying to attribute bad things (like wars and financial collapse) to a deliberate policy by a shadowy organisation rather than just the fact that one group's pursuit of happiness conflicts with another's, then one feels slightly more in control of the world. Has anyone noticed that no-one ever attributes good things to secret brotherhoods?