Let's Briefly Indulge A Crazy Person

July 2nd, 2016 | T. Carter
behold a pale horse

It was recently pointed out to me by a friend that a 1991 book entitled Behold A Pale Horse, accurately predicted a rise in mass shootings and the growing sentiment against the Second Amendment that would eventually begin to follow. I immediately dismissed the book when I found out who the author was, but as I read some of the book's passages out of curiosity, I realized that the coincidences deserve some attention – despite the fact that they stem from the author's obvious paranoia and delusion. The author's name is Milton William Cooper and he was best known in the 1990s as a conspiracy theorist who ran a shortwave radio show called “The Hour Of The Time”. It was also said that the Oklahoma City bomber, Timothy McVeigh, was a fan of his show. All of this information is enough to discourage any sane minded person from even picking up Behold A Pale Horse, let alone reading the first few pages, but I like to consider myself open minded.

A neighbor of mine, who once considered himself a Bernie supporter, handed me a copy of the book after I expressed some curiosity and told him that I read some of it online. The book talks about everything from government engineered diseases to extraterrestrial conspiracies, most of which is complete nonsense, but some that also rings eerily accurate in 2016. I'm not willing to do more than brush Cooper's book off as coincidental rubbish – which I really think it is – but I find myself compelled to share the passages and moments from the book that struck me the most. I'm not a big fan of conspiracy theories, but I do get a little bit excited when some of them hit close to home as a result of pure coincidence. I find myself more fascinated with the accuracies that are accidentally conjured up by a paranoid – and possibly insane – mind. Discussing Cooper's theories also creates a platform to bring up relevant concerns and realities that are afflicting America's more impoverished communities.

Before we get into the thick of it, it's important to note that Milton William Cooper was a Vietnam War veteran and he did serve in the United States Navy in the 1970s. It is also alleged, but not verified, that he served in the Air Force and worked in Naval intelligence. Cooper was eventually holed up in his Arizona home in 2001, where he was shot after shooting an Arizona deputy in the head following a stand-off. It is reported that Cooper was dodging an arrest warrant issued in 1998 for tax evasion. Before the incident, Cooper was convinced that the Clinton Administration had been targeting him. Based on his circumstances, it shouldn't be considered crazy to conclude that Cooper may have been suffering from untreated PTSD.

In Behold A Pale Horse, Cooper goes into bizarre detail about a lot of things, including naming exact government processes like “Orion” and backing up his claims with some documentation. Keeping in mind that 1991 was exactly 17 years before the economic meltdown of 2008, there is some interesting parallels between Cooper's claim of “economic shock testing” and the events that unfolded 17 years later.

The objective of such studies is to acquire the know-how to set the public economy into a predictable state of motion or change, even a controlled self-destructive state of motion which will convince the public that certain “expert” people should take control of the money system and re-establish security (rather than liberty and justice) for all. When the subject citizens are rendered unable to control their financial affairs, they, of course, become totally enslaved, a source of cheap labor.”Behold A Pale Horse, Milton William Cooper, 1991

The housing bubble that was created in the mid-1990s by regulations and new cheap lending practices has been credited as a major harbinger of the 2008 meltdown. Firstly, it's important to note that – when adjusted for inflation – average US salaries and wages have not recovered to the levels they were during most of the 1990s. Following the meltdown, salaries sunk slowly and then plummeted to historic lows. Wages didn't start to recover until 18 months following the meltdown, in late 2009. To date, wage growth is lower on average than it was through the 1990s and most of the 1980s.

Sadly, to the delight of Bernie Sanders supporters and their war against the 1%, salaries for the top 5% of earners has actually increased while wages for people in the lower 95% have stagnated, according to the US Census Bureau.

Immediately following the economic meltdown, the US government purchased and took control of large corporations and banks, including GM, and bailed out other entities with taxpayer funds to cushion the fallout. The biggest but less talked about consequence of the 2008 meltdown was the expansion of the Federal Reserve's authority under Barack Obama. The Washington Times reported on the expansion in 2009:

The Federal Reserve, already arguably the most powerful agency in the US government, will get sweeping new authority to regulate any company whose failure could endanger the US economy and markets under the Obama administration's regulatory overhaul plan.

To accommodate dissenting views, the administration will propose that a council of regulators advise the Fed, although the Fed will have the final say, according to administration officials. The new powers augment the Fed's existing broad authorities to intervene to prevent crises that could seriously damage the markets and economy.”

In his book, Cooper goes on into more complex theories that are allegedly being employed by the US government regarding “economic amplifiers” and techniques being used on American households for study and behavior modification. It's important to also note that, in his book, Cooper blames the Kennedy assassination on the former president's intention of revealing the existence of a covert alien invasion to the American public.

Cooper's book touches on all sorts of craziness, but his coincidental awareness of economic catastrophes and their outcomes aren't the only raw meat his book throws out to hungry Alex Jones types. That raw meat's materialization in truth only makes conspiracy theorists feel more validated.

The government encouraged the manufacture and importation of military firearms for criminal use. This is intended to foster a feeling of insecurity, which would lead the American people to voluntarily disarm themselves by passing laws against firearms. Using drugs and hypnosis on mental patients in a process called Orion, the CIA inculcated the desire in these people to open fire on schoolyards and thus inflame the anti-gun lobby. This plan is well under way, and so far is working perfectly.”Behold A Pale Horse, Milton William Cooper, 1991

With the injection of radicalized Islamic terrorism, the gun debate has reached a fever pitch in the United States, leading Democratic Congressmen to stage an unprecedented “sit-in” inside the House Of Representatives to protest a lack of action on gun control. Even members of the more centrist factions of the Democratic Party, from actual Senators and Congressmen to comedians and pundits, have publicly called for the complete abolition of the Second Amendment. Under Barack Obama's two terms, mass shootings have in fact increased to historic highs. Under the Bush Administration, from 2000 to 2008, there were 25 mass shootings. Under the Obama Administration, from 2008 to 2016, there have been 62 mass shootings. This has resulted in a constant, fast paced, fevered outcry over a lack of gun control.

On June 13, Rolling Stone published a piece called “Why It's Time To Repeal the Second Amendment”, in which David S. Cohen says:

As much as we have a culture of reverence for the founding generation, it's important to understand that they got it wrong – and got it wrong often. Unfortunately, in many instances, they enshrined those faults in the Constitution.”

During what is now called the “Fast And Furious Scandal”, Eric Holder's gun walking program to track military grade weapons back to criminals and drug lords in Mexico and the United States went sideways when it was revealed that many of the guns went missing and ended up at the scenes of murders. Some of the unaccounted guns were traced back to mass murders and slaughters in Mexico and, just a few days ago, one of the guns used in the Paris massacre was traced back to Phoenix – the home of Eric Holder's gun running program. This breaking news was first reported by Judicial Watch:

A Report of Investigation (ROI) filed by a case agent in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) tracked the gun used in the Paris attacks to a Phoenix gun owner who sold it illegally, “off book,” Judicial Watch’s law enforcement sources confirm. Federal agents tracing the firearm also found the Phoenix gun owner to be in possession of an unregistered fully automatic weapon, according to law enforcement officials with firsthand knowledge of the investigation.”

The very purpose of Eric Holder's whole program was to prevent automatic weapons from finding their way onto the black market, but it ended up doing exactly what it was supposed to prevent. The very guns that were supposed to be tracked were lost into the black market, making them available for criminals across America for easy purchase. Most of the guns were “walked” into the hands of homicidal Mexican drug cartels. There is no question that some of those guns will – if they haven't already – end up in the hands of Islamic terrorists and criminals who have been constitutionally barred from purchasing them.

Milton William Cooper covers a lot of ground in his book. Most of it enters into absurdity, but it's inside that absurdity that coincidences emerge to reinforce what conspiracy theorists have believed for decades. As I presented here, those coincidental accuracies can be used to shed light on troubling facts that expose government abuses. Those who suffer the most from gun violence, stagnant wages and poverty are disadvantaged Americans who live in inner cities. Coincidentally, many of those inner city Americans refuse to vote or choose to remain willfully ignorant and disenfranchised. Fast and Furious received little to no media coverage as it unfolded, while Barack Obama's expansion of the most powerful institution in Washington went mostly unnoticed. It may be time to take notice of these realities and if it means having to shed some light on ridiculous conspiracy theories, then so be it. Let the light shine.