by Will Banyan
Mocking David Icke’s judgment has long been the sport of various wags in the mainstream media. Back in 1991, he memorably came to grief on BBC1 when Terry Wogan punctured his seemingly confident façade with a scathing reminder to the savant in the turquoise shellsuit that the studio audience was actually, ”laughing at you. They’re not laughing with you.”
Since then Icke has managed to attract ridicule from his fellow conspiracists, most notably when he launched into his reptilian thesis all guns blazing, convinced that he alone had happened onto the truth. The ”biggest crock to be foisted on the public in many moons,” declared an incredulous Jim Keith, after reading Icke’s magnum opus on the reptilians, The Biggest Secret (1999).Despite some testiness, Icke insists such criticism has been water off a duck’s back.
Such defenses are definitely an asset as Icke continues to feed perceptions that his judgment is suspect. Mid-way through 2006, Icke announced on his website that he was forced to take legal action against long-time collaborator Royal Adams, who had taken control of all his writings. This was an ironic turn of events, given that Icke had dedicated his most recent book, Infinite Love is the Only Truth, Everything Else is Illusion (2006), to Royal Adams for his “magnificent work” in keeping his books “in circulation.” Icke had also dedicated The Biggest Secret, “to Royal, for all his great work in America.” To have misjudged the trustworthiness of a close collaborator for so long is quite a feat, but in his efforts to deal with this thorny legal issue Icke seems to have made another blunder.
The Freedom Foundation
Going to court is costly, even for a man who seems to believe the world we live in is, in fact, a hologram. In February 2007, Icke’s fundraising took an interesting turn with an announcement titled: “The Freedom Foundation: Funding the Truth Instead of the System.” Icke’s website gave U.S. citizens the opportunity to make a “charitable” tax-deductible donation to Icke’s Freedom Foundation through the International Humanities Center (IHC). The donee was offered the chance to, “support someone working full-time for up to 12 hours a day to expose those behind the global conspiracy to enslave us all.”
Tax-exempt foundations were first identified as a tool of New World Order conspirators back in the 1950s by the Congressional Committee to Investigate Tax-Exempt Foundations (Reece Committee). According to that Committee:
In the international field, foundations, and an interlock among some of them and certain intermediary organizations, have exercised a strong effect upon our foreign policy and upon public education in things international. This has been accomplished by vast propaganda, by supplying executives and advisors to government, and by controlling much research in this area through the power of the purse. The net result of these combined efforts has been to promote ‘internationalism’ in a particular sense; a form directed toward ‘world government’ and a derogation of American ‘nationalism.’
Numerous researchers drew on that report and the book, Foundations: Their Power and Influence (1958), written by the Committee’s general counsel, Rene Wormser, to conclude that such foundations were a problem. John A. Stormer’s path-breaking None Dare Call It Treason (1964), for example, devoted an entire chapter to explaining how “the money of American capitalists—Ford, Rockefeller, Carnegie, Guggenheim, etc.—has largely financed those working for the establishment of a ‘new world order’” (Stormer, 173)…