Ted Torbich invited me onto his delightfully-named podcast The Stench of Truth to discuss current events, as well as the now-apparent horrific effects of a decades-long program to use authoritarian religion as a weapon against the American working and middle classes, particularly those in the so-called 'Heartland' and 'Bible Belt'.
As we'll see, it's a campaign that began when a morally-dissolute cryptofascist named William Randolph Hearst threw the considerable weight of his empire behind an obscure preacher named Billy Graham, continued when a CIA-run program called Campus Crusade for Christ created a phony counterculture based on Fundamentalist Christianity, a counterculture pushed by the entire media industry (but especially so by the Luce Family) and continues to this day, with techniques perfected in phony cults throughout the 1970s now being practiced in thousands of politically-motivated churches all across the United States.
Like any real conspiracy*, this conspiracy has produced real effects. And those effects have been devastating- a deeply divided populace, a working class trained from birth to think like Medieval serfs, endemic poverty, unemployment and despair all across a country that was once the envy of the world.
Where will it end? Quiet yet persistent efforts are now being made to dismantle the United States, which I predicted would happen several years ago:
here for the article cited in the podcast, "The Battle For Your Mind: Persuasion & Brainwashing Techniques Being Used On The Public Today" By Dick Sutphen
Here's a sci-fi scenario for you: In 2015, the country is split into at two separate entities. The northern and coastal states are incorporated into a new federation with Canada, which is run on technocratic principles and gives rise to cloning farms, genetic engineering, cybernetics and mandatory, lifelong education.
Meanwhile the southern and western states are opened wide for multi-national corporations- relentless drilling, strip-mining, clear-cutting and factory farming have reduced millions of square miles into a moonscape. Unions, minimum wage and OSHA are completely dismantled in this new confederation, as are public education, health care, libraries and other New Deal legacies.
* Meaning unlike all of the ridiculous, imaginary conspiracies peddled by Luciferians and pompous little Nazi stooges.