Pizzagate and the Luciferian Agenda

On 7th April, I presented a paper at the CenSAMM conference, Violence and Millenarian Movements, at the Panacea Trust in Bedford. My paper was entitled Pizzagate and the Luciferian Agenda, and you can watch the whole thing below. Here’s the abstract:

In November and December 2016, online accusations of a paedophile ring operating out of a Washington pizza restaurant led to the arrest of Edgar Welch (28) after threatening staff and firing several shots in an apparent attempt to liberate “child sex slaves”. This panic, known as pizzagate, began when leaked emails from Hillary Clinton’s aide, Mike Podesta, were suggested to contain coded language by a number of users on web forums, who began to elaborate upon the narrative until it was widely taken as evidence of a nationwide satanic paedophile ring involving numerous politicians and other power brokers. It is rare is for a conspiracy theory such as this to escalate into violence so quickly, but two things are of particular interest here. First, this ties into the satanic ritual abuse scare of the early 1990s – a phenomenon intimately tied to a Manichaean understanding of the world promoted by certain evangelical millenarian Christians. These ideas have been nurtured and promoted by high-profile independent broadcasters such as Alex Jones, for whom they are part of a sweeping millennial narrative in which a global (and sometimes cosmic) cabal of Luciferians seek to decimate the world’s population and enslave the remains.

I recorded three interviews which will appear on the Religious Studies Project in future, and a full report will appear in the BASR Bulletin next month.

[Updated 28/04/2017 – higher quality video added.]

6 thoughts on “Pizzagate and the Luciferian Agenda

  1. Ravn Thor April 17, 2017 / 10:42 pm

    It’s interesting how pedophiles and child abuse are a reoccurring theme within these conspiracy narratives. The Satanic Panic of the ’80s never went away. David Wilcock, David Icke, and Alex Jones are all hocking this fear-mongering claim. I wish these people cared more about the legit $32 billion-a-year industry that is on the rise in the US rather than this imaginary claim in order to bolster views, listeners, and clicks.
    (Source: Rather than working with organizations that fight exploitation, they go after make-believe monsters in order to feed their own agenda. And in turn line their pockets through sales of books, films, speaking engagements, and so on.

  2. Ravn Thor April 18, 2017 / 3:26 am

    Great presentation, by the way! Thank you for uploading this.

    • adamkadmon April 18, 2017 / 8:07 am

      Thanks Ravn! I do agree with you, though I think it’s important to note that this stuff comes from a good place – they are genuinely concerned for children. It’s just that they take problematic testimony at face value. It’s similar to how some start off with legitimate concerns about state secrecy and foreign policy but end up focusing on reptilians.

  3. Ravn Thor April 18, 2017 / 7:06 pm

    I was wondering if you could link some more information about that Government misinformation campaign within the UFO community? I remember watching the documentary Mirage Men that talked about that sort of thing.

    In my undergrad I minored in Women’s and Gender studies(Majored in Media Production). I’ve focused a lot on masculinities and conspiracy ideation. I have aspirations to continue research in graduate school, however, with the new administration here in the US it makes going to grad school a bit daunting, because it’s uncertain how loans and things would pan out and if it would be a good idea at this time. Who knows. I still have plans to apply over the summer.
    My interest in conspiracy theories comes from an intersectional feminist framework which I find to be a really fascinating lens to look through. I also like your religious studies approach.
    I presented my work, “Wake up, Sheeple!: The Mainstreaming of Conspiracy Theories in Popular Culture and the Crisis of White Masculinity” at a couple conferences last year. Here’s my abstract:
    Using a feminist analytical approach, this paper explores the commodification of conspiracy culture into the mainstream popular culture and the connection between the crisis of masculinity and conspiracy ideation. While there has been research into why people believe in conspiracy theories (Walker, Barkun) and many texts about the crisis of masculinity (Kimmel), the re-occurring motif of white masculine anxieties within conspiracy narratives parallels to a connection between them. Conspiracy theories proliferation from being a fringe subculture into mainstream popular culture is evident in many different kinds of media texts such as television (Doomsday Preppers, The X-Files, Ancient Aliens), film(Conspiracy Theory, The Conspiracy) talk-radio(Alex Jones, Glenn Beck), and the internet(conspiracy youtube videos, reddits, facebook groups, etc). All of these texts dominantly follow white male characters and individuals. The cottage industry of conspiracy belief also peddles products that are specifically marketed to the white male demographic. Not only has conspiracy belief infiltrated into popular culture, but has seeped into reality in the form of political leaders, militia/patriot groups, and lone-wolf terrorism. It has also taken the form of online harassment, for example, people harassing grieving parents of the Newtown massacre due to the conspiracy belief that it was a “false-flag” operation planted by the government to take everyone’s guns away. Prophetic conspiracy belief was also an underlining reason of the Oregon Stand-off last winter, and a strong Birther conspircist is the GOP presidential nominee. Conspiracy ideation’s popularity to the demographic of white heteronormative cisgender men can be seen as a manifestation of masculine anxieties and another escapist coping mechanism due to changes in society perceived as a threat.

    I stumbled upon your blog last year while I was doing research and putting together my power-point. I’d be happy to send it to you if you’re interested in looking at it. =)

  4. adamkadmon April 21, 2017 / 5:03 pm

    There’s a book version of Mirage Men that has a lot of detail on that stuff. Jack Brewer’s “The Greys Have Been Framed” has some additional material about the abduction scene. Also Jacques Vallée’s Revelations (1991) has info on Bill Moore’s admission of working for government intelligence at the 1989 MUFON conference – I used to have a url for the video, but I can’t find it at the moment…

    I’d love to have a look at your presentation, if you’d send it to me 🙂

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