Foster Gamble endorses Fulford’s Dragon Society

Foster and Kimberly Gamble have launched a new initiative, Thrive Together, through their Thrive website. Despite the community rhetoric, it appears to be a fairly standard ‘subscriber exclusive content’ arrangement of the type than many providers of free content are using in the modern information economy.

What caught my eye, however, is that in the first video, Foster and Kimberly talk about the Dragon Family, an Asian secret society supposedly in control of Japanese politicians and bankers. This is a narrative which stems entirely from Benjamin Fulford, formerly Asia-Pacific Bureau Chief for Forbes magazine until 2005, now operating as an independent writer based in Japan, and was significantly promoted by David Wilcock during 2012 (for example). As I wrote in my forthcoming book:

Fulford claims to have been “the first Westerner for 500 years to be admitted into the ranks of the Eastern secret societies”, collectively known as the White Dragon Society (Fulford 2008, 11)… unknown to the majority, a war for power is raging between competing secret societies, including the Illuminati (the Rothschilds, representing the old European royal houses), the Sabbatean Mafia or military industrial complex (essentially the Rockefellers, in control of the US following a coup d’état in 1913) and the White Dragon Society, who promote free energy and an open press (Fulford 2008, 16). Fulford claims to have been elected as a spokesperson for the White Dragon Society, tasked with bringing the message to the Illuminati “that they must recognise their time is over, step down without a fight and allow the world to thrive as it should”.

 

The question that we’re being asked most by our network, even more than Ebola, Ukraine, and Isis (which we will be addressing in the future) is “What’s really going on with the economy?” “Are we really in a recovery? Are we on the verge of some even greater catastrophe? Or, is it perhaps something else entirely?” With the current launch of our new ThriveTogether subscription option, we decided to share the following as a sample of the type of in process thinking that we’ll now be sharing with our subscribers. So, I’ll start in and then hand it off to Kimberly.

Regarding the global economy… What we’re actually seeing is unprecedented developments leading toward a possible complete global economic transformation. We see, very probably, a new, more humble, more peaceful role for the United States, a new role for the dollar, and, possibly, new roles for you and me. Here are some facts about a few recent developments that can provide critical background:

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Carole Cusack: Invented Religions

Long-term readers (or perhaps “reader” would be more accurate) will remember me hinting at a SECRET PROJECT over the last few months. Well, that project is secret no more – www.religiousstudiesproject.com. On the website, we’re publishing a weekly interview with leading scholars on cutting-edge research, important themes and paradigmatic methodologies in the contemporary social-scientific study of religion. They’re designed to get the interesting points across without being dry, long-winded or riddled with jargon. We’re hoping it will build over time into a great resource for undergraduate students and interested members of the public. We are also publishing other features and resources of use to young religious studies scholars like myself (ahem).

I suspect that readers of this blog will be particularly interested in hearing Carole Cusack  (Associate Professor in Studies in Religion at the University of Sydney) discussing “Invented Religions”. What is an “Invented Religion”? Why should scholars take these religions seriously? What makes these “inventions” different from the revelations in other religions? Discussion flows through Discordianism, the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, Scientology, Jediism and the New Atheism – and demonstrates how the works of authors such as Robert A. Heinlein can be transformed by others and take on a life of their own. In her own words, “This is a fiction so good it should be true…” Listen here to stream it, or you can find it on itunes here. If you enjoy it, please subscribe and tell your friends.

Also of interest is this response to Foster Gamble’s Thrive movie, which I blogged about recently, by sceptical blogger Muertos. Although his debunking agenda is obviously different to my approach, he comes to some interesting conclusions which we are very much in agreement with, regarding the meaning of this blend of New Age spirituality and NWO conspiracy theories. A short extract follows, but I recommend you read the whole thing:

Once you start to consider Thrive from this angle, everything falls into place. It suddenly makes sense why Thrive carefully strokes the various tropes of New Age belief systems: UFOs, ancient astronauts, alt-med miracle cures, benevolent aliens and magical free energy machines. It also makes sense why, once the movie has proclaimed its sympathy with these themes, it turns on a fire hose of conspiracy craziness, theory after theory thrown willy-nilly at the audience in an attempt to make one or more of them stick. The movie’s point, therefore, is this: “The reason that our New Age beliefs haven’t transformed the world is because the evil conspirators are thwarting us.”

This also explains why Thrive’s supporters aren’t generally swayed by factual arguments or applications of logic and critical thinking. The point is not to establish literal, verifiable truth (though the film seems, on the surface, to want to do this as well). The point is to validate an essentially spiritual belief system. At its core, then, seen from this angle, Thrive is basically a religious text. A Thrive supporter is no more likely to abandon his support for the film, when presented evidence that crop circles are terrestrial in origin or the Global Domination Agenda does not exist, than a Mormon is to leave the Church of Latter-Day Saints when told that there is no archaeological evidence that the Nephites and Lamanites actually existed.

“Thrive: What on Earth Will it Take?”

Long-term readers will remember that I’m working on a PhD about a field called Metaphysical Conspiracism, in which the holism and millennialism of the New Age Milieu is combined with a theodicy drawn from conspiracism, frequently involving UFOs.

Any doubts as to the existence of such a field should be put aside after the 11.11.11 release of the film Thrive: What on Earth will it Take?, and associated website. Here’s the official blurb:

THRIVE is an unconventional documentary that lifts the veil on what’s REALLY going on in our world by following the money upstream — uncovering the global consolidation of power in nearly every aspect of our lives. Weaving together breakthroughs in science, consciousness and activism, THRIVE offers real solutions, empowering us with unprecedented and bold strategies for reclaiming our lives and our future.

The production standards are unusually high – perhaps because it was made, written and presented by Foster Gamble, heir to the (considerable) Procter and Gamble fortune. Which has led to some conspiracy theories of its own. But this one has everything – UFOs, crop circles, New World Order, David Icke, a coming “awakening”, the Rothschilds. Most importantly for me, it is clear evidence of how some fully-signed-up, meditating, vegan, reflexology New Agers turn to NWO conspiracies to explain why the New Age hasn’t come yet.

And don’t tell anyone, but the whole thing’s here.