"While outlining a not-yet-titled book about the emerging social alternatives, I thought again about the peculiar form of this movement; its atypical leadership, the patient intensity of its adherents, their unlikely successes. It suddenly struck me that in their sharing of strategies, their linkage, and their recognition of each other by subtle signals, the participants were not merely cooperating with one another. They were in collusion. It -- this movement -- is a conspiracy! … There are legions of conspirators. They are in corporations, universities, and hospitals, on the faculties of public schools, in factories and doctors’ offices, in state and federal agencies, on city councils, and the White House staff, in state legislatures, in volunteer organizations, in virtually all arenas of policy making in the country."
Marilyn Ferguson
member of the Association of Humanistic Psychology, the Association of Transpersonal Psychology, and is a member of the board of directors of the Institute of Noetic Science
The Open Conspiracy: Blue Prints for a World Revolution: The Aquarian Conspiracy (1980)
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This is part of a huge shift of a revolutionary nature that is going on even as I key this in and/or you read it. It is the bleeding edge of planet consciousness for and of the masses. Their will be multiple conspiracies out there at all times as you are talking about billions of egos. What will emerge will surprise, constantly. The Bible tells the story of the Tower of Babel. We are at it again. It is fine to be an ivory tower thinker on this shift, but you do that at your own peril. As you plot, some ego is in the street rallying the mob. They may well burn your ivory tower with you in it sipping lattes. Be afraid!
 -- J. B. Wulff, Bristol, CT     
    Speaking of a Stockholm Syndrome in hyper drive, here we are.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    J. B., the Tower of Babel was finally completed in NYC in 1948. It's called the UN.
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
    Sounds like democracy in action to me. An open conspiracy. I guess electing Obama was considered THE RIGHT THING TO DO by the body politic but yes I am sure there are some (and you know who you are) consider it to have been a conspriacy. Sometimes an idea or innovation comes along and catches fire and people gravitate to it because it is the new and imporved model. This model can be a physical product or a model of a way to act, behave, proceed, function, govern, or economic organization. The greatest recent revolution (if not a conspiracy) has been the movement towards economic freedom and diverstiy in Communist China. I withhold one star because the quote does not say what The Aquarian Conspiracy is! I will google it.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
    Okay it was a BS book about how mountain climbes, and I guess bicyclists, and back packers, were going to change the social and political consciousness of the nation and the world. Yippee! Editor there must be better stuff out there than this!
     -- Waffler, Smith     
    No idea who this person is but this is another example of people becoming more aware of the evil within. Good.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    Sigh. In 1932 Dad said Jews would soon take over the world. A friend of his said it would be the Irish. Another disagreed, saying it would be the French. Conspiracy, manipulation, call it what you like. There are those who truly believe in a one world government, an idea I oppose and would conspire against.
     -- Ken, Mississippi     
    Right on Cal, Lewisville, so true. I once thought Waffler lived in Arkansas, but now we know he lives on The Big Rock Candy Mountain in La La land.
     -- jim k, austin     
    Just because you don't like it doesn't mean it isn't true...
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    Jim k, Waffler definitely has his little cubbyhole that he thinks is well protected as many do and so the understanding that there will be a whole lot of shocked people when the time comes. Even the author of the quote showed surprise when it "suddenly struck" her. That's how it happens, all of a sudden a light comes on and depending on the point in time and history the light comes on does and will determine the severity of the shock felt.
     -- Anon     
    "The real menace of our Republic is the invisible government which like a giant octopus sprawls its slimy legs over our cities, states and nation. At the head is a small group of banking houses. This little coterie run our government for their own selfish ends. It operates under cover of a self-created screen seizes our executive officers, legislative bodies, schools, courts, newspapers and every agency created for the public protection." --N.Y. Mayor John Hylan 1918-25 (1922)
     -- Permindex, Texas     
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