This posting is intended to be my take on the emerging field of "global conspiracy" research, written for both an integral audience and for readers of the work of David Icke. It will argue in favour of the proposition that rather than being the product of magical, paranoid thinking, that such research is touching on something real; that a high level global conspiracy does indeed exist, and has the end-goal of producing a rigidly hierarchical world government structure, controlled by a group of unelected technocrats wielding power over a sedated and controlled global population.
The article will draw heavily on the work of Icke, who I believe has produced the most comprehensive and well-rounded research in the field to date. However, the theory outlined here is my take on the global situation, not Icke's, for although I have great respect for what he has achieved with his books, I also have areas of disagreement with him. To readers of his work it should become fairly clear what these are as we proceed.
So as a way of beginning I would like to point out that a large part of the resistance towards accepting that a global conspiracy exists stems from a basic problem in understanding how the structures needed to implement it could possibly exist for any length of time (let alone centuries) without being exposed. It is for this reason that I have decided to begin this essay with a look at secret societies, and in particular with freemasonry.
Freemsasonry is the world's most populous secret society. According to the image it projects in the public sphere it is little more than a gentleman's club that does a lot of work for charity. It boasts, however, high ranking officials in all areas of society as members, including politicians, journalists, economists, police commanders, judges, doctors and so on. Members of freemasonry are expected to carry out instructions given to them by higher-ranking masons in whichever area of society they have influence. Freemasonry therefore constitutes a command-and-control structure completely outside the limits of the democratic process, and which exists completely free of public scrutiny. The upper echelons of the freemasonic network in any country eventually lock into the mother lodge in London, from where a global agenda could be (and is) co-ordinated. In addition to this the structure of freemasonry is rigidly hierarchical and compartmentalised, with those in the lower ranks knowing little to nothing about the true agenda of the organisation. The real goals are known only to those in the upper ranks.
If the implications of this weren't bad enough for democracy, then even more dangerous is the fact that freemasonry is a ritually-based, esoteric religion. The initiation rituals that freemasons go through are specifically designed to lock them into a certain consciousness (to be analysed later), which, from that moment on, begins to dictate their decisions and actions, and thus influences, by extension, the direction of society.
All of the world's other secret societies (such as P2, Opus Dei or the Knights of Malta etc) operate in pretty much the same way, have pretty much the same agenda and are controlled by pretty much the same people. The top strata of individuals is usually referred to by researchers as the "Illuminati", a term I will accept in the remainder of this essay.
The most common form of freemasonry, the "Scottish Rite" as it is known, has 33 official degrees of initiation, with the majority of members never making it past the third of these. The higher thirty degrees are attained only by a chosen few, with some researchers claiming that even higher and more secret levels exist, called, appropriately, the "illuminati" degrees.
Most of the individuals in the lower ranks of these secret societies have relatively innocent objectives from their membership: the desire to belong to a social club; the desire to use their involvement with the network as a means to make money through manipulated business dealings; or the desire to wield greater influence in their community. However, the top level members, the Illuminati as I am calling them, have more ambitious goals from their involvement, goals that affect the whole of society, and it is these that I will now outline.
3. The Long-Term Goals (from a five-sense point of view)
So what are the long-term objectives of the Illuminati (of which the freemasons and other secret societies are merely the vehicles)? Well, according to the people who have researched this area the ultimate goal is nothing short of establishing a totalitarian world government under their complete control (Icke, 1995). In Freemsasonry this agenda is known as "the great work of the ages".
To ensure that this world government is both stable and unimpeachable a hierarchically-structured society is also required, with the general population prevented from:
i) Achieving any centauric structure of being, which would empower them to take control of their own lives; and from
ii) Establishing networks of meaningful communication, which would enable them to bond together to construct new, healthy social structures and to defend themselves from any attacks on these.
I will attempt to outline exactly why the Illuminati want such a society a little later in this essay, but for now I would ask the reader to provisionally accept that they do want it, and let me explain some of the structures and methods being used to bring it about.
4. Structures of Control and Influence
The upper echelons of the secret society network forms the inner core of what is sometimes called the "secret government" of the world. It exerts its influence in two major ways: firstly, through the actions of major public figures who are directly involved with the network; and secondly, through its subsidiary nexus of think tanks and semi-secret organisations which mould the thinking of other individuals who have influence, but who are maybe not directly involved with any secret society.
This latter grouping of organisations includes the Bilderberg Group, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission, which are all acknowledged to exist but whose influence usually remains unexamined in the mainstream media (Icke, 1995). These organisations hold their meetings under the so-called "Chatham House rule", which means that attendees are free to use any material discussed on the proviso that they do not disclose the identity of the originator. The list of Bilderberg attendees often leaks out and always includes top politicians, advisors and business leaders, as well as "up and coming" future politicians who are being groomed for office.
David Icke describes this secret society/think tank interaction as being like a spider's web, with the real power lying in the secret societies (the spider) and percolating outwards through the think tanks (the web) to influence public policy in society at large. I agree with this view.
Another way that the Illuminati control society is through having control and/or ownership of the major worlds corporations. Some theorists hold the view that the illuminati own all of the multinationals but hide this behind front-men and through other mechanisms. I am not sure about this, but have seen enough evidence to accept that even if the illuminati don't own all the corporations directly, they have a fair amount of influence over those who do. This allows an agenda for global control to be co-ordinated through seemingly unrelated companies, with the same few individuals exercising control over all of them.
The Illuminati are particularly keen to keep control and ownership of the world's banking system. Being based on the practice of usury (lending money while demanding that more be repaid in return) this system leads inexorably to the concentration of financial (and, by extension, political) power in the hands of the few.
It is for this reason that freemasonry is absolutely rife in the world's financial centres (Knight, 1985). As will be discussed later, this simultaneous hoarding of political, economic and occult (as well as technological) power forms the backbone of the Illuminati's "full spectrum" approach toward controlling the world.
5. The Most Commonly-Used Techniques of Manipulation
As well as influencing society through the previously mentioned structure. there are certain other generic methods of manipulation used by the Illuminati (or rather their agents in the public sphere) to push society in the direction they desire. I'll outline them one by one.
Problem-Reaction-Solution (or P-R-S) is a term invented by Icke (1995) to describe a certain type of manipulation, which, once it is pointed out, can be seen in action by the day. The basic idea is that you want to engineer a certain change in society, but you know that if you announce it openly it would draw massive public resistance. You therefore don't announce it openly, but instead run a P-R-S play as follows:
i) At stage 1 you use every method at your disposal to covertly create a problem, which could for example be a terrorist attack, an economic crisis or a pandemic of a certain virus.
ii) At stage 2, you use your control of the media to provoke the desired public reaction, i.e. angry calls of "something must be done – what are they [the authorities] going to do about it?"
iii) And then finally at stage 3, you use this public outrage as an excuse to introduce the very measures that you desired all along (for example, The Patriot Act that was introduced in the United States in the wake of 9/11, and which was so complex and detailed that it clearly must have been drafted before the attacks had even occurred).
5.2 Stepping Stones
Another technique Icke has identified, which goes hand-in-hand with P-R-S, he calls the "stepping stones" manoeuvre (Icke 1995). This works as follows: You wish to move society in a certain direction, but you know that if you attempt to jump immediately to the end-goal in one giant leap, the magnitude of the change will provoke massive resistance. You therefore don't attempt to move immediately to the end-goal, but proceed instead in a series of small steps (each an individual P-R-S scenario), with each presented as being unconnected with the others. So for example, if your end-goal is to microchip the entire population, you might first propose the idea of microchipping family pets, and then, once the benefits of this have seeped into the collective consciousness ("you'll never lose Fido again!"), very gradually introduce the idea of extending this scheme to the human population (perhaps beginning by emphasising how it could help with the problem of missing children etc). Once the ground has thus been sufficiently prepared you are then able to introduce the measures you desired all along, with minimal resistance.
5.3 Dialectical Progression
A technique related to Problem-Reaction-Solution is to create two sides and play them off against each other in the pursuit of a desired higher-order integration (Icke 1995). The classic examples of this cited by conspiracy researchers are both of the two world wars, in which all sides were provably funded and controlled by the same elite, and which were used to justify the creation of the United Nations ("to stop this ever happening again"), which is said to be a major stepping-stone on the way to the creation of their sought after world government.
6. (Intermediate) Goals These Techniques Move Us Toward
In general these techniques are continually being used to make western societies more authoritarian by the month and year. They are also used on the global stage to push us gradually in the direction of a world government. The latter is achieved by creating ever wider unifications of nation-states, which usually begin as relatively benign trading blocs before being allowed to evolve gradually into full political unions. This has most obviously happened with the creation of the European Union, but is also in progress in other parts of the world with the planned North American Union, the Pacific Union and so on.
To ensure that candidates are elected who will be prepared to hand over national sovereignty to the larger body, the Illuminati need (in a broad sense, at least) control over the political systems in the targeted countries, or as a minimum control over the policies of politicians once they are elected. This is achieved by drawing prospective candidates into the secret society network, from where they can be manipulated, and by having control over the media in the target country, which is achieved in a similar fashion through having control of the media owners and corporate structures.
In the economic sphere the Illuminati have control of the banking system (in fact, it is their creation), and use this influence to create booms and busts in order to bring about ever greater concentrations of capital under their influence (the great depression being one obvious example). And, once again, they also work to bring about ever wider unifications of banking, business ("globalisation"), and currencies (the "euro", the "amero" etc) through their manipulations.
7. Engineering Events
I do not intend to give an extensive tour of all the events engineered by the Illuminati over the course of the last hundred years to push society in the direction they desire – it would take several books to do so, and the material is already out there for those willing to do a little research – but a couple of very brief examples are in order.
The 2001 attacks on the World Trade Centre are perhaps the most obvious Problem-Reaction-Solution of recent times. The anomalies surrounding the attacks themselves and the subsequent collapse of the twin towers are so numerous that entire books have been written about them. From the documented aeronautical ineptitude of the alleged "expert hijackers"; the lack of any kind of credible response from NORAD, the F.A.A. and the U.S. Air Force to the hijackings; the curious fact that exercises simulating hijackings of aircraft were being held on that very day; and the apparent controlled demolition of the towers; the questions go on and on. Icke has addressed all of these points in a very detailed fashion (Icke 2002) and has (to my mind) shown the official account to be inadequate. The alternative explanation he offers is that the attacks were engineered by the Illuminati in order to justify more repressive legislation being introduced in western countries and to make viable already-planned wars of conquest in the middle east.
The "London Bombings" that occurred on the transport system of the British capital in 2005 were also, according to many theorists, the playing out of a Problem-Reaction-Solution scenario. Once again, the anomalies in the official story are numerous; for example the trains alleged to have been taken to London by the suicide bombers were cancelled on that day; the fact that some witnesses say the explosions came from underneath the trains; and once again the curious fact that exercises were being held on that day simulating attacks on the transport network; and so on. The conspiracy theorists allege that these attacks were another Illuminati-engineered "false flag" used to further demonise the muslim community and justify the introduction of more repressive legislation in the United Kingdom (Icke 2007).
8. Advanced Understanding of Reality & Technology
According to certain insiders that Icke has had contact with (Icke 2007), there are underground bases scattered around the world populated by Illuminati-controlled scientists, who are working with a much more advanced understanding of reality than has been reached by scientists in the public sphere. Such bases are said to exist in locations such as Dulce, New Mexico and Pine Gap, Australia; and to be run by agencies such as the CIA, the NSA, NASA and DARPA.
One of the results of this underground research is that the technology is now available to have every member of the global population implanted with a microchip under the skin. This will be, ostensibly, to carry all of their individual details (bank, social security and medical records etc) in an immediately accessible and convenient form. However, the real reason (two-fold in nature) is (1) to allow them to be tracked twenty-four hours a day, and (2) to be manipulated psychologically and emotionally via the chip. I suspect that if such a chip does indeed exist it would also have the capability of closing down any possibility of spiritual awakening in the host, for reasons I will outline later. The technology to achieve this is already waiting in the wings, all that is missing is the public acceptance of such a scheme.
In addition to this microchip, according to some researchers the Illuminati have other advanced technology at their disposal with which to keep tabs on us and manipulate us both individually and en mass. This technology includes surveillance technology, network analysis tools, non-lethal weapons, crowd-influencing devices and sophisticated methods of mind-control.
The link with mind-control is interesting because this is one area where the findings of conspiracy researchers has been confirmed by the mainstream. A CIA program that had the goal of creating mind-controlled individuals entitled "MK Ultra" ("MK" standing for "Mind Kontrolle") has been officially confirmed to have existed and individuals claiming to have been victims of a horrific offshoot of MK Ultra known as "Project Monarch" have also come forward. (O'Brien 1995, Icke 1996) . It is at least likely that many of the "patsies" responsible for school shootings, assassinations and so on, are most probably victims of mind-control in some form and were not ultimately responsible for their actions at the time of the atrocities. They were instead being unwittingly used as pawns in Problem-Reaction-Solution scenarios.
9. What's At the Top (5-Sense) - Bloodlines and Conspiracy in Historical Context
So what lies at the top of the Illuminati hierarchy? Well, Icke's view, confirmed by insiders, is that at the top of the secret society and banking pyramids sit members of a group of European royal families, including the Rothschild, Habsburg and Windsor dynasties. I accept that a weakness in Icke's work is that he has not attempted to identify these individuals in more detail, but I would also point out that as we are attempting to analyse a conspiracy shrouded in secrecy, it is inherently difficult to identify exactly which individuals are involved, and have responsibility for which aspect of the agenda.
What can be said, however, is that these families trace their control of the human population back for centuries through the British Empire, the Roman Empire, Babylon and into pre-history. When we come to look at the esoteric aspects of the conspiracy it will also be argued that the Illuminati hierarchy is based on occult principles, and is organised according to which individuals posses the greatest spiritual power. The families at the top of the hierarchy (whoever they turn out to be) have hoarded such power for millennia.
10. The Luciferic Consciousness
It is my contention - and the view of Icke in his earlier books (Icke 1994, 1995) - that the consciousness which the Illuminati lock into through their rituals and practices is an extremely negative strain of awareness that has often been referred to as "luciferic" (after the fallen angel Lucifer, more usually called Satan). This consciousness is highly malevolent, dense and dark, and exists on the lower levels of the astral plane of reality. Because it is situated above the material plane (yet is still close to it) it transcends space and time and can thus be used to co-ordinate with relative ease actions and/or events separated spacially or temporally. It is this property that is a major reason why events engineered by the Illuminati often seem too complex to have been purposely directed, or too random to have been planned. 
The most extreme of these rituals, which actually involve satanism and, unbelievable as it may seem to those who have not looked at the evidence, human sacrifice, are regularly carried out by individuals at the upper echelons of the Illuminati hierarchy (Icke 1999). These rituals lock the participants into the luciferic consciousness and cause their thoughts and actions to be dictated by it. Allegiance to this consciousness gives them occult power over less developed individuals but also makes them "slaves" to the awareness they are connecting with. According to Icke (1999), this system of ritualistic practice is run like a trans-national corporation (i.e. very professionally, by very competent individuals in a very efficient manner), which is a major reason why it is never exposed by the mainstream media.
On a lower level, the initiation rituals that freemasons go through are specifically intended to lock the participant into the luciferic consciousness, although without the initiate being aware of this fact. They are instead fed lies about the nature of the awareness they are falling under the influence of – told, for example, that it is divine – and, in most cases, are not spiritually aware enough to know otherwise, but take the explanations at face value.
The Illuminati also employ powerful adherents of the "left-hand path" (i.e. black magicians) to carry out magical (manipulative) practices on the collective consciousness, and to carry out psychic attacks on individuals attempting to challenge the agenda. Many individuals involved in researching the global conspiracy have claimed to have been the victim of black magic and I believe that Adi Da Samraj also once claimed that black magic was being used on him. If this is true, and not the product of their imaginations, then it raises the question of "who is doing this?" and "why?". It is clearly a much more organised operation that the actions of a few rogue individuals.
11. Cultural Manipulation
Most members of the integral and wider spiritual communities would accept without question that it is possible for certain artifacts (religious texts or forms of music, for example) to be inspired by the divine and be passed through gifted individuals into the world at large. This is clearly true. But in the same manner, it is equally possible for music, films, art and literature to be passed via inspiration from the luciferic consciousness into devotees of that particular path working in those industries.
A possible example of this which is a popular topic of discussion in the conspiracy community is a certain rapper whose stage shows feature prominent illuminati symbolism and "low-vibrational" imagery. I must say that I have not studied this individual's material in enough detail to say for certain where it has come from, but it is undeniable that a whole slew of artists involved in popular culture have been drawn into the conspiracy and that some have allowed luciferic-inspired material to be passed off as their own. It is also common to see famous celebrities making symbolic Illuminati gestures on camera.
Bono, of the Rock Group U2, making an Illuminati hand gesture.
Lady Gaga doing the same
However, while many conspiracy researchers are focusing their suspicion on the more obvious 'big names', in my opinion they are overlooking the fact that the illuminati control of the popular music industry is extensive and reaches right down into most of the nieche markets too. It is, in fact, very difficult to achieve any kind of prominence in the music scene without have "sold your soul" to the illuminati. In many instances these individuals are not writing their own material - it is being written for them by individuals in direct contact with the luciferic consciousness (although in some instances the artists may be in contact with this consciousness themselves).
And in my opinion this situation extends beyond pop music into films and literature too (although I don't believe it is as extensive in these areas). I would, however, suggest that this holds true for many, many works of high and low-brow culture, including (but not limited to) the works of Shakespeare, which have obviously achieved a position of worldwide acclaim and have been "consumed" by millions, and of which it has been alleged that they were written by the secret society initiate Francis Bacon (Icke 2001). It is also true that Mozart was a freemason (Knight 1985), which raises the question as to the origin of his works.
If there should turn out to be such manipulation going on in the arts, this leads once again to the question of why? Why do the illuminati goes to such great lengths to influence the collective consciousness through popular (and high) culture? Well, in my opinion, the purpose of these artifacts is to bring the "consumer" under the influence of the luciferic consciousness and to lower their state of awareness in a manner which although minor in its immediate effects, is cumulative over time. I believe that anything that comes from the luciferic will have this intent behind it, and the truth is that a large part of our culture is actually and deliberately devoted to lowering our state of consciousness and holding it there.
12. Manipulation as Seen From the "Luciferic-Consciousness"-Perspective
What is clear from the foregoing is that the Illuminati agenda for global control is not the product of purely intellectual planning. It issues directly from the luciferic consciousness and manifests through inspiration in the minds of those professing allegiance to that particular awareness.
And because this consciousness transcends the material plane, it is very hard for someone whose awareness is confined to that plane (i.e. most of us) to see it in its true light. Because all of these engineered events follow the logic of something that transcends the plane of which we are aware, they all appear to be nothing more than naturally occurring, random and spontaneous responses to earlier occurrences, and logical sequences of events.
One example of this is the so-called 'dialectic of progress' that forms the backbone of Ken Wilber's model of development. Although it looks natural, I would suggest that such a dialectic is how development proceeds in a society that is under the control of the luciferic consciousness. That is, under the influence of a strain of consciousness intent on the ever-increasing centralisation of power, and should not be taken as an ideal model of development in general (O'Connor 2006, 2008).
13. The Fundamental Delusion of the Luciferic Consciousness
Exactly how much those at the upper reaches of the Illuminati pyramid understand about the consciousness they are controlled by is not clear to me, but I strongly hold the view that those at the lower levels are fundamentally deluded about its nature. They are basically imprisoned in a structure that can allow them to develop no further than the lower astral plane (and a highly negative aspect of that). The luciferic consciousness, however, deludes them into believing that they have discovered a "left-hand path", which is as valid a path as the "right-hand path" of true spiritual development. The path of "development" that left-hand adherents follow involves the accumulation of ever greater quantities of occult power (and black-magical abilities). They also believe that as long as their (highly unethical, to say the least) actions are in line with the logic of this path, that they are as karmically neutral as those of the right-hand path. This is a delusory belief, for reasons I will come to shortly.
14. The Conspiracy from a Spiritual Point of View
Some researchers, Icke included (Icke 1994-2013), take the view that the conspiracy is, at its root, spiritual in nature. As the forgoing should have made clear, I very much agree with this perspective. Icke argues that the ultimate aim of the Illuminati is to keep the masses spiritually asleep and trapped in an "eggshell" type structure that perceives the world only through the five (material) senses. In this state we are clearly more easily manipulable than when operating at our full spiritual potential (or from a place of "multidimensional infinity" as Icke calls it).
However, this is only part of the story. In reality the interaction between the luciferic consciousness and the material plane creates a structure maintained and perpetuated by the energy of fear. The illuminati therefore need to keep us trapped in a state of being where we can be manipulated into producing as much of this emotion as possible. The fear we produce is recycled through the luciferic consciousness into spiritual vitality in those who profess allegiance to the conspiracy. This is another reason for wanting us to be as spiritually undeveloped as possible, for it is generally accepted that as development proceeds fear is gradually overcome.
In addition to this, I believe that the structure of the luciferic consciousness acts as a kind of "buffer", which in some way shields the illuminati from the karmic consequences of their deeds. As soon as this structure begins to unravel, they will suddenly be faced with the consequences of their actions (think millions dead in two world wars to begin with). They are therefore desperate to keep it in existence for as long as possible.
15. The Conspiracy from an Integral Point of View
In another essay (O'Connor 2006) I have argued that the highly centralised world government structure is correlated with both a flatland and "aperspectival madness" worldview in the general population, and that this is an inherently repressive structure that is impervious to the flow of spiritual and vital energies in the individual. If this is true then the Illuminati will know so, and I believe this is another reason they desire a world government so strongly. But that aside, this is another way of approaching the conclusion that the emergence of a world government would be a step away from the integral rather than a move towards it. Never mind conspiracy theories – there are enough reasons to be wary of a world government without them. The arguments put forward by Icke and others are just another nail in the coffin.
I also would suggest that any hierarchical structure, whether individual (i.e. psychological) or collective (i.e. social), inherently possesses some sort of a shadow, and that it is in the shadows of our political and corporate structures that the illuminati operate. Without such a shadow they would be unable to do so.
16. The Awakening
Although I may have appeared to argue in this essay that the illuminati have complete control of the planet, according to Icke (1994-2013) there are reasons for believing that their plans for an authoritarian world-government will not come to fruition. There is a spiritual awakening slowly but surely working its way around the planet, which has the goal of deconstructing the luciferic consciousness and bringing the control system down.
One way in which it is achieving this is through a "volunteer consciousness" incarnating on earth with the intention of purifying the negative mental states that keep humanity in low-vibrational servitude. This involves those individuals connecting with these pathological emotions in their early lives before subsequently overcoming them and transforming them as they mature. The connection thus made with thse low-grade states thus allows the individual to contribute to dissolving that particular emotion in the collective consciousness. According to Icke, this process is a manifestation of "oneness" (the nondual) intervening in the game, causing humanity to gradually raise its level of awareness and awaken from the hypnotic trance that it has been placed under.
17. Criticisms of the Global-Conspiracy Scene
One criticism that I believe can legitimately be leveled at researchers of the global conspiracy is that they sometimes lapse into what Ken Wilber would call 'pre-trans fallacies', based on a pre-conventional/post-conventional confusion. That is, they can tend to assume that in railing against conventional knowledge, that by definition any non-conventional proposition must be true. This can sometimes lead to views being held without much in the way of supporting evidence, and occasionally pathological (e.g. racist) ones too (although I am not accusing Icke of this).
Having said this, it should also be pointed out that critics of this field very often commit a pre-trans fallacy of their own. That is, by labeling all conspiracy research as pre-rational they are throwing out the baby with the bathwater and ignoring the fact that much research into the global conspiracy is backed up with solid evidence and rational argument, and therefore deserves to be treated seriously.
The second criticism I have of conspiracy research is that it tends to be very western-centric. For example the actions of the main players involved in the US/UK invasion of Iraq are dissected in great detail (e.g. the roles of Bush, Blair, Rumsfeld and Cheney etc), showing how blatant geo-political manipulation was at play in the run up to this conflagration. However, what about the Chinese invasion of Tibet? What were the real reasons behind that particular conquest?  And who were the main players? No-one knows because Chinese society is much less open than the west and less predisposed toward disclosing such information. Yet the internal machinations of the Chinese political system have no less impact on world events than do those of our own. So despite claiming to expose areas that are usually kept secret, conspiracy research itself tends to focus on areas of research more amenable to being exposed. This needs to change if a full and balanced account of the global conspiracy is to be told.
18. Recommended Order of Reading
As Icke has published 11 books on the global conspiracy, any readers interested in reading his writings may be at a loss as to where to start. For this reason I would recommend that any study of Icke begin with three of his most important books: i) ...And the Truth Shall Set You Free (1995), which is the nearest thing Icke has to a "foundation text" and which establishes the base upon which his later writings (and seemingly wilder claims) need to be understood; ii) The David Icke Guide to the Global Conspiracy (and how to end it) (2007), which is the best summary of his later research and worldview circa the late 2000's; and iii) The Perception Deception (2013), which is his latest book at the time of writing, and therefore brings the reader right up to date with his current research and thinking.
19. Conclusion: Why the Integral Community Needs to Engage with this Research
I hope to have shown in this essay that following a certain line of reasoning should lead us into looking more intently at this emerging body of research into the global conspiracy, and to work out its connections with integral theory.
I realise that most people will not take this essay seriously, and that this is in part due to my limitations as a writer. However, I would ask that if anyone were to write a rebuttal of the points I have made, that they at least familiarise themselves with the stronger work done in the area - Icke's books being a good starting point - and to critique the field as a whole rather than just my take on it. The three books mentioned in the previous section, I would suggest, should be the minimum amount of reading done before any such critique is attempted.
And finally I would say that if there is any truth in these theories of a global conspiracy then the integral community must engage with them in order to realise its goal of building a saner, more spiritual world. If they do not then their efforts may come to nothing as they have not removed the major block in the way of realising their objectives.
 The individual in question is one Cathy O'Brien, an American lady of Irish descent, whose website is http://www.trance-formation.com. Project Monarch was a program designed to turn individuals into mind-controlled slaves by subjecting them to extreme deprivation and torture as children. Such treatment triggers multiple personality disorder in the victim, and this is then used for mind-control manipulation. In the trade this is known as "trauma-based mind-control". If you don't believe that such a program could exist and remain unexposed, then a little research, starting perhaps with Cathy O'Brien's book Trance-formation of America, as well as the work of Fritz Sprimgmeier, will show otherwise.
 It would be little problem for a group of people operating from this perspective to have two towers built in the early 1970's in the knowledge that they would be knocked down in a terrorist attack nearly thirty years later.
 The particular gesture I have in mind is that of individuals in adverts, photo shoots and music videos - often famous celebrities - covering one eye with the palm or fingers or by some other means. It has been claimed that this is in homage to the coming antichrist - a worldwide figure locked into the luciferic consciousness who will head the illuminati and who will 'pied-piper' the masses into acquiescing with the new world order (another term for the authoritarian world government) - and who is prophesied to lose an eye at some point during his reign. Whether or not these stars actually know the meaning of the gesture they are making is open to debate – the point is that whoever got them to make it most probably did.
 I think it is possible that the Chinese invasion of Tibet was a deliberate attempt by the Illuminati to wipe out the nearest thing we had to a truly spiritual community. To be sure, Tibetan society before the invasion was not perfect, but it had the potential to form a crucible where spiritual practitioners from all races could go to develop their spiritual practices in a very powerful way. That possibility now no longer exists, and the elimination of the Tulku system has removed from the face of the planet a very powerful system of empowerment and initiation.
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Icke, D. (2010). Human Race Get Off Your Knees. Bridge of Love Publications.
Icke, D. (2012). Remember Who You Are. Bridge of Love Publications.
Icke, D. (2013). The Perception Deception. Bridge of Love Publications.
Knight, S. (1985). The Brotherhood. Panther Books. (Expose of Freemasonry in Great Britain).
O'Brien, C. (1995). Trance-formation of America: The True Story of a CIA Mind Control Slave. Reality Marketing
O'Connor, J. (2006). A New Model of Development. Available on http://www.integralworld.net.
O'Connor, J (2008). Further Thoughts on the Organic-Integrative Model. Also available on http://www.integralworld.net.
Thomas, A. (2009). The Truth Agenda. Vital Signs Publishing.
David Icke Website: http://www.davidicke.com : Headlines and stories of interest to followers of the global conspiracy.
Alex Jones Website: http://www.infowars.com : Website of another "Truth Researcher".
Vigilant Citizen : http://www.vigilantcitizen.com : Analysis of "cultural manipulation"