Speculatively, we are supposed to look away from the single individual; therefore, speculatively, we can speak only superficially about sin. The dialectic of sin is diametrically contrary to that of speculation.Søren Kierkegaard 
In the same year that Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels published their Communist Manifesto (1848), Søren Kierkegaard published his remarkable book, The Sickness Unto Death. Part II of that book was titled, “Despair is sin.” If we indulge in diversionary speculations, said Kierkegaard, instead of living in faith, we fall into a labyrinth in which one error follows another. Speculations founded on despair are often used to justify spiritual rebellion, leading to violence and crime. Such speculations ignore that every individual is responsible before God. In their eagerness for change (as if through change they could escape from themselves), people tend to divert attention from the central questions of life; namely, what is good and what is true? (Signifying an obligation.)
The nihilist will answer, “What does it matter? Nothing good can come of anything!” Then he will point to our dismal political situation. Of course, no sensible person would argue that we live in a paradise (though fools often argue that we should be living in a paradise). Yet, our political situation is not the cause of the existential despair we see today; rather, it has emerged out of that despair. In fact, we have Russia and China openly joining forces because many individuals in the West turned their back on the truth, on their duty (dare I say, before God). Despairing of the good, Americans and Europeans decided to make money instead; and so, we have built up the economic power of the murderous Chinese Communist Party. That is why Chinese President Xi Jinping is telling the People’s Liberation Army to “prepare for war” against America. The West fed him, and now he is hungry for more. Some might say that taking Xi seriously is a form of despair. Some might say that, in this case, economic optimism is obligatory. And so the sinner soothes himself with an ever-false optimism. Consequently, Europe and America continue to turn a blind eye as Western businessmen soak up Chinese cash. Few of our businessmen act as though they were responsible before God. And so, they continue to trade with mass murderers as they drift toward certain destruction.
Western elite capture, by Chinese communist agents, would never have gotten so far if Western institutions were on a sound moral footing; that is, if people saw themselves as morally responsible actors. At the same time, major personalities on the American right, uninterested in opposing naked Russian military aggression, denounce Ukraine as the most corrupt country in the world. The Russian Army has devastated Ukrainian society with troops, artillery, and missiles. Here is the first major war in Europe since the Second World War, and half the American right is ready turn its back on an important potential ally.
The United States and NATO support Ukraine. But this support has not been wholehearted, timely, or sufficient. Fearing a Russian nuclear attack, the West is afraid to do the right thing for Ukraine. There are many politicians, as well, who are on the hook to Russia. For the moment they are compelled by public pressure to support Ukraine. But if public pressure in this area declines, those Western politicians that have been compromised by Moscow will turn against Ukraine. In that event, Russia’s armies will reach NATO’s borders and God only knows what the next move will be.
The West has suffered from decades of ideological subversion and cultural deconstruction. The communist left has weaponized race, sex, and class. Subversives are inside the White House, inside the Pentagon, inside Congress, and inside NATO. Making matters worse, the West’s religious and political institutions are intellectually mediocre and ideologically disoriented. The left and the right believe in false narratives. Add to this the gangsterism of the drug trade, stemming from casual drug use by everyday Americans and Europeans. Drug trafficking has long been part of communism’s program of subversion, as outlined by Joseph D. Douglass’s book, Red Cocaine. Operation “Friendship of Nations,” an operation to flood the West with illegal narcotics, began in 1960 under Nikita Khrushchev. And what is the result, 63 years later? Money laundering operations have enabled communist intermediaries to bribe public officials, engage in election fraud, and blackmail banks.
Corruption is now pervasive: first, corruption of the truth by the distortions and lies of expedient practice; second, the corruption of leaders; and third, the corruption of the masses who have been misled and misinformed. This is our modernity, which resembles the modernity of 2,000 years ago described by the Roman historian and contemporary of Augustus, Titus Livy. In fact, Livy wrote his history to inspire a return to traditional Roman values. As he explained,
I invite the reader’s attention to the much more serious consideration of the kind of lives our ancestors lived, of who were the men, and what the means both in politics and war by which Rome’s power was first acquired and subsequently expanded; I would then have him trace the process of our moral decline, to watch, first, the sinking of the foundations of morality as the old teaching was allowed to lapse, then the rapidly increasing disintegration, then the final collapse of the whole edifice, and the dark dawning of our modern day when we can neither endure our vices nor face the remedies needed to cure them.
Explaining his work in these terms, Livy added that “history is the best medicine for a sick mind…. The collapse of the ancient world, which took four centuries to play out – with Livy’s history being a kind of literary rearguard action – provides twenty-first century man with a mirror. What happened to Rome is happening to us. What unfolded before is unfolding again. Philosophers and theologians (pagan and Christian) have supposed that our corruption problem is spiritual, involving alienation from God (or the divine ground), the source of life and wisdom. Man has lost his connection to Heaven.
In healthy societies we find the Primacy of the Vertical, in the “mandate of heaven,” in the Divine Right of Kings – where Popes crowned emperors and high priests guided kings (if the kings themselves were not priests). Even the epicurean usurper, Gaius Julius Caesar, sought the office of Pontifex Maximus as a stepping-stone to absolute power. It is useful for ambitious people to appear as God’s instruments. And so, an ever larger number of people have adopted religion as a hollow pretense – making society itself hollow. Through most of history, men have looked to Heaven for authority. Only in modern times was the formula inverted, so that authority no longer comes from Heaven, but from “the people.” And now we are making a sad discovery: namely, that the people are not God; and Democracy, as a system where the leaders are first the follow, has given us hollow men.
The ancient Romans looked for divine favor or disfavor by studying the entrails of animals or the flight of birds, or signs in the sky. The Churchmen of the Middle Ages prayed and looked for answers in scripture and theologizing. Secular leaders of today ignore the sky, ignore scripture and theology. Yet some are looking to the most curious sign of all – the Unidentified Flying Object (UFO).
Consider, by way of example, the story told by Chris Bledsoe of North Carolina, who wrote a book titled UFO of God, which has become a number one bestseller in the U.S. – with a forward by a former CIA clandestine operator, and an introduction by a retired Pentagon colonel who specialized in paranormal research. Here is the story of strange “beings,” dancing orbs of light, and apparitions of “a lady” in ancient attire giving out apocalyptic prophecies. Bledsoe and his witnesses say the phenomenon is real; and like the scientist, Jacques Vallée, Bledsoe remains dubious as to what the phenomenon is; – yet he believes it is “of God.” A strange claim, indeed, from a Baptist. Since he is not Catholic, he does not want to say the “lady” he encountered is the Virgin Mary. Yet healings have been alleged in the vicinity of Bledsoe’s mysterious orbs, which are attended by visionary warnings. At the same time, Bledsoe has come under attack from his community and church, suffering what he calls “ostracism … and misery.” Bledsoe’s critics say that his orbs are demonic. Others say they are angelic.
When Bledsoe resolved to quit the phenomenon, the phenomenon refused to quit him. Being drawn by voices to a strange rendezvous, he would find himself chastised. “Before me,” wrote Bledsoe, “a woman floated in a circle of light, poised, still and silent. She gazed down at me. Her beauty tranquilized me, and my fear vanished.” On his knees, Bledsoe was compelled to listen. “You know why I am here,” said the apparition. “You cannot quit now. You made an agreement that must be kept.” The lady told Bledsoe that the flying orbs were her “tools.” The beings that attended her orbs were “guardians.” The apparition further explained that Bledsoe’s apocalyptic visions were of a “possible” future for mankind. The floating lady wanted Bledsoe to trust her absolutely, that she would protect his family. Symbolically, Bledsoe was given a lump of living fur as an icon of humanity; that is, a creature without head or tail – “senseless, in dire need of protection and guidance.” Of further interest, Bledsoe wrote, “She warned that there were forces at work to cast phenomena like this in a negative light, and that if this view went out humanity would be set on a path to ruin. She said that my work was to prevent this dangerous deception from taking root.”
Here is one of those staged encounters with the unknown, which Jacques Vallée has tried to interpret. “Once we have entered this maze,” wrote the French scientist, “there is no turning back. We can only go deeper into the darkness, accumulating new data with an uneasy knowledge that much of what we find is distorted and perhaps deliberately biased to confuse us into an irreversible belief in extraterrestrials.”
As we have lost our moorings, being disconnected from our vertical in the Great Chain of Being, should we be surprised to find a hand reaching down to pull us back from the brink of destruction? Or is it a hand dragging us to Hell?
the Darkening Mind
UFO investigator Jacques Vallée has expressed the concern that narratives rising out of the UFO phenomenon may become “the next form of religion.” Should our political systems fail, people may pin their hopes on extraterrestrial rescuers. We should not be surprised if a variant of ET ideology has been gradually building on the fringes. Here we find a new political rhetoric, centered on ET contact, gaining adherents. This is not to the good, since the ideology of ET contact dovetails with totalitarian narratives – with anti-capitalist, anti-American, and anti-Western themes.
Could the so-called “Great Reset” be propelled, ultimately, by a belief in extraterrestrial contact? A socialist who wants us to live as one planet, under one Reich, with one Führer, might say that our admittance to the Galactic Federation will require planetary unification. Imagine the wonderful new technologies, cures for diseases, longer life, unlimited free energy that would then flow down to us from heaven. Who could resist such a seductive political program?
When world politics is viewed in terms of interplanetary politics, speculative despair becomes the key. Men who refuse to accept the realities of existence are liable to imagine a hedonistic, science fiction future. In their corruption, they are primed to embrace magnificent space aliens – or the representatives of aliens on Earth. However entertaining science fiction may be, political science fiction and its false narratives will only produce tyranny. This game is not for immatures minds or hollow men. Discernment is needed here, most of all; yet our light has been growing dimmer and our intellectual powers are on the wane. Most people do not know when a thing is proved. They do not know how to analyze or think.
In his memoirs, the political philosopher Eric Voegelin related how he happened upon Professor Cleanth Brooks while crossing the LSU campus. “I met him deep in sorrow,” wrote Voegelin, “I asked him what worried him. He told me he had to prepare a chapter on typical mistakes for a textbook on English style….” The difficulty was that typical mistakes were hard to find. Oh yes, he said, many mistakes could be found in any education textbook – a dozen on every page. According to Voegelin, “He then explained to me that he could not use this method because educationists were far below the level of average literacy, and their mistakes could not be considered typical for the average English-speaking person.” But not to worry, Cleanth brooks found a way out of his dilemma. He could use sociology textbooks to find examples of typical mistakes in English usage.
We appear to be approaching an age of illiteracy and superstition – an age that may have already dawned. Much of the “knowledge” that passes through our universities today is anti-knowledge, bearing the same relationship to knowledge that antimatter bears to matter. It seems, indeed, that we are overrun by academic dogmas that close the mind and shut off the soul. Karl Jaspers wrote:
If we think we have seized upon the total historical process as an objective knowledge, if we think that thus we have visualized wherein and whereby we exist, we have lost the sense of the encompassing source from which we live…. Whenever an observer thinks he knows what man is, what history is, what the self is as a whole, he loses his touch with the encompassing [source] and thus is cut off from his origin and his essence.
If the first rule is honesty, then the second rule is that we do not have all the answers. The universe is a mystery, and behind that mystery lies the creator of the universe. Atheists and positivists will balk, but everything we know bespeaks order and purpose. There is a higher intelligence behind it all. Evidence of this higher intelligence appears in the human genome, in the calibration of gravity and other physical forces that allow the existence of living things.
With this UFO business we want, very badly, to connect with something or someone “above” us. We instinctively want to reestablish our vertical linkage. The UFO alien, supposedly far in advance of us, has become a God substitute. Consider the case of Dr. Steven Greer of the UFO Disclosure Project. His rhetoric may appear non-ideological on the surface, but his statements contain the seeds of a fearful doctrine. Greer promises to roll back greed (i.e., market capitalism) and end global poverty by giving ET technology to humanity. The problem, says Greer, is that “a bunch of fascists are keeping this away from us. They are fascists. Full stop.” (He is referring to core players in the “evil” U.S. military-industrial complex.)
Greer teaches paying customers how to contact ETs through meditation protocols. His teachings bear a curious resemblance to spiritualism. At the same time, Greer talks of battling “dark forces.” For example, he said, “I invited Neil Armstrong to the Disclosure Project Event [at] the National Press Club, and this really good friend of his on my team said, he was informed that … [Armstrong’s] wife, his kids, and his grandkids would all be killed if he did that…. They would end up in accidents or something. And that’s true.”
Buzz Aldrin, a Presbyterian who read from the New Testament when he reached the Moon, told Howard Stern in August 2007 that he saw nothing extraterrestrial during the Apollo 11 mission. The UFO he famously reported, which was following the Apollo 11 command module into space, turned out to be a panel that broke off from the Saturn V booster rocket. Yet Greer, in effect, is saying that Aldrin is a lair. So who should we believe?
The first question is: – why would the government threaten the family of an American hero like Armstrong, one of the most famous men who ever lived? Neil Armstrong is so famous, he could have called a press conference any day of the week. Who, then, would have dared lay a finger on him? He could have said whatever he wanted, and the entire nation would have hung on his every word. What kind of conspiracy could have survived Neil Armstrong going public? So, if there was a conspiracy, why did they fail to kill Armstrong in some accident years ago. He was, almost certainly, an inconvenient witness who could not be controlled – and certainly not by threats! And, for that matter, if the conspiracy is so bloodthirsty why is Greer still breathing? Surely, if sinister forces wanted to suppress the truth, Greer and his entire family would have disappeared long ago.
Greer, of course, made his allegation about Armstrong after the astronaut’s death in 2012. In other words, Armstrong is not able to contradict the story. Yet the story is contradicted by Armstrong’s life and character. A test pilot, an astronaut, the first man to walk on the moon, is not rolling over for some government thug. He also did not like people enriching themselves from his fame. When Armstrong’s barber sold the astronaut’s hair clippings without permission for $3,000, he demanded that the barber give the $3,000 to charity. And now, if the famous astronaut were alive, how much would Greer be forced to give away?
Greer has also put words into the mouths of other famous people. For example, Greer made claims about briefing former CIA Director Jim Woolsey on UFOs. Woolsey reacted by sending Greer a letter, with the signature of three other witnesses, chastising Greer for misrepresenting a dinner conversation they once had. The demagogy of maligning the U.S. Government while promising people a better life from reverse-engineered UFO technology, is a pretty odd grift.
If Greer is not to be trusted, then how do we explain all those “former” intelligence officials and military types attached to his Disclosure Project? Jacques Vallée offered an insight on this when he wrote, “Those who claim to bring us these amazing revelations are generally linked to the military or to the intelligence community themselves. What they are exposing is not the real secret group, but an outer layer of outright lies and deceptions that were meant to be exposed in the first place.” Devastatingly, Vallée offers three examples of men who made UFO-related disclosures as follows: “Not only was John Lear a pilot for a CIA-controlled airline, and Bill Cooper a Naval Intelligence man, but Bill English served as an information analyst at a listening post north of London. Bill Moore has admitted that he was an informant for the Air Force – and possibly for other agencies as well – and his main contact, Richard Doty, was trained in disinformation and in psychological warfare.”
The Rise of Magical Thinking
The attending contagion of irrational thought, once unleashed, can spread rapidly through a population, destroying constitutional government and the rule of law (especially if constitutional government is already severely weakened). At present we can see a rising tendency toward magical thinking on the right and the left, where dangerous policies are aggressively pushed as if the future of humanity depended on actions that cannot rationally produce the promised results.
Speculative despair leads to magical thinking and to conspiracy theories which are akin to magical thinking. These are theories involving evil cabalists who rule the world through banks and Masonic lodges; of baby-sacrificing Satanists in high places; of shapeshifting interplanetary reptiles who drink human blood, and little grey perverts in flying saucers. In all these scenarios the universe is in the grip of an invincible, invisible, superhuman oppressor. (The individual sinner, once again, is taken off the hook.) Here is a Gnostic mythology that attracts despairing humans as moths to a flame. Cut off from authentic spirituality, alienated millions are likely to succumb to an inverted faith where the Creator is depicted as a demon who has imprisoned us in the “Concentration Camp Universe of Eternal Return.”
Speculative despair has many outward forms but is always the same underneath. Some exponents make their inverted faith sound reasonable. Others are less skilled at hiding their madness. Miguel Serrano, the Chilean high priest of Esoteric Hitlerism, wrote a schizophrenic hymn to the Hitlerian Age – which calls on “the Hero to transmute himself into more than a God before exiting … the illusory ‘Concentration Camp Universe’ of the Demiurge.” Serrano’s ravings about “the black virgin,” “Kristianity versus Christianity,” and Hitler’s “spiritual victory” in the Second World War, are so explicitly Gnostic as to require no explanation. Serrano’s mad occult gibberish, introduced to the reader with a jolting “Heil Hitler,” shamelessly presents what other ideologists take pains to hide.
Eric Voegelin warned of “magicians” whose “metastatic faith” (i.e., magical thinking) tries to transfigure reality into paradise. Serrano’s magic sought to transform reality through the “Tantrism of the SS” and the ecstatic “eternalizing” of the god Hitler. Marxists perform their magic through the dialectic of revolution. Yet there is no prospect of a better reality through Esoteric Hitlerism or Marxism. These prescriptions merely weaken the dividing wall between the world and Hell.
Magical thinking, of course, allows the magician to believe he is God. “If the true divine is eclipsed or rejected,” noted Glenn Hughes, “some parts of finite being will be inflated to the status of gods.” Man’s hunger for the divine, having been thwarted by Gnostic inversions and “progressive” scientism, may lead an increasingly insane humanity to embrace a self-destructive fable. Hughes noted that when our “interpretive tools fall into disuse” we may not be able to distinguish the genuinely spiritual from “the magically exotic or charmingly occult or the demonically intoxicating.”
What is the Structure of Reality?
It was Eric Voegelin who pointed to the complex of “consciousness-reality-language” as a way of getting at the structure of reality. Turning to the Book of Genesis, Voegelin pointed out that God created the world through speech. “And God said, ‘let there be light.’” A Divine command calls Creation out of the void. Voegelin noted, “The spoken word … is more than a mere sign signifying something; it is a power in reality that evokes structures in reality by naming them.” Here we catch a glimpse of what Richard M. Weaver was describing in his little book, Ideas Have Consequences, where he presented his “intuition of a situation.” According to Weaver, “At the beginning I should urge examining in all seriousness the ancient belief that a divine element is present in language. The feeling that to have power of language is to have control over things is deeply imbedded in the human mind.” Weaver further explained,
We see this in the way men gifted in speech are feared or admired; we see it in the potency ascribed to incantations, interdictions, and curses. We see it in the legal force given to oath or word. A man can bind himself in the face of contingencies by saying Yea or Nay, which can only mean that words in common human practice express something transcending the moment.
Weaver suggested that humanity lost its way with the advent of nominalism; that is, the doctrine that universals (or general ideas) are merely names without any corresponding reality. For the nominalist, only particular objects exist. The nominalist therefore denies the reality of transcendentals – unity, truth, beauty, and goodness. Imagine a society that thinks truth and goodness are nonsense. Worse than that, in terms of nominalism’s narrowing tendency, the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy tells us that a person who believes in universals might still be a nominalist if he believes “that everything that exists is spatiotemporal….” What then is left of the spiritual, of morality or goodness?
According to Weaver, “The issue ultimately involved is whether there is a source of truth higher than, and independent of, man; and the answer to the question is decisive for one’s view of the nature and destiny of humankind.” The most immediate result of nominalism, he added, “is to banish the reality which is perceived by the intellect and to posit as reality that which is perceived by the senses. With this change in the affirmation of what is real, the whole orientation of culture takes a turn, and we are on the road to modern empiricism.” 
And why is this a bad thing?
“The denial of universals carries with it the denial of everything transcending experience,” noted Weaver. And that signifies the denial of objective truth, of moral goodness, and beauty. In other words, empiricism is entirely focused on the temporary rather than the eternal. In failing to relate the temporal to the eternal, it does not provide spiritual nourishment but leads instead to nihilism. Unable to see truth, beauty, or goodness, empiricism sucks the meaning out of reality.
Weaver is right to say that nominalism has been a catastrophe for mankind. Failing to find meaning in material objects, man has trivialized himself – despiritualized and demoralized himself – with empiricism, scientism, and materialist ideology. Isn’t it curious that we are suddenly confronted with unidentified flying objects that challenge empiricism, scientism, and materialist ideology in everything they do? What if these objects represent a disturbance in the field of reality – pulling us back to universals? Watch the comedy unfold, then, as modern man attempts to study these “unidentified objects” that do not behave as objects. Jacques Vallée wrote, “The things we call unidentified flying objects are neither flying nor objects. They can dematerialize, as some reliable photographs seem to show, and they violate the laws of motions as we know them.”
What if UFOs are, in themselves, a reflection of modernity’s chief transgression? In this context, Vallée said that UFOs seem to be “metalogical.” The phenomenon, said Vallée, is apparently absurd; yet it has “the deep poetic and paradoxical quality of Eastern religious tales … and the mystical expressions of the Cabala, such as references to a ‘dark flame.’ If you strive to convey a truth that lies outside the semantic level made possible by your audience’s language, you must construct apparent contradictions in terms of ordinary meaning.”
In his Ted Talk, “A Theory of Everything (Else),” Vallée offers what he calls the “missing sister” of physics. Here is what Vallée proposes:
The other side of energy, says Vallée, is “information.” And what is information? Ordered thought, ordered language, significance, meaning – the logos! Thus, Vallée’s notion of the flipside of physics can be linked to Voegelin’s postulated constellation of “consciousness-reality-language,” where information is what gives the void its structure and reality its meaning. What is form, after all? Language is the essence of form, as it represents ordered information. Thus, the universe is not a random chaos of colliding particles where species originate from mutations plus natural selection; for how can mere randomness give way to order, or truth, or goodness, or beauty, or self-conscious creatures who can appreciate truth, goodness, and beauty? Materialist physics postulates a universe without intentionality, without teleology – without God. But as Aristotle pointed out, a full explanation of something must consider its final cause as well as its efficient cause. What is a thing for? Why does it exist at all? And what would it mean to say that something has no reason to exist?
As Vallée suggested in his talk, physics is beginning to open its eyes under the concept of “double causality”; yet Vallée may not know that a further elaboration has been given by the Ukrainian physicist Victor Kulish, in a book titled, Hierarchic Electrodynamics and Free Electron Lasers: Concepts, Calculations, and Practical Applications, where Kulish shows that all systems (i.e., things nested in other things) are hierarchical, and that every system is ordered according to a God Principle. Voegelin cited Genesis to the effect that God spoke the universe into existence (even as speech is not gibberish, but ordered information). To remove the order and meaning of creation, one removes the primacy of the word through nominalism. Thus we return to Weaver’s “intuition of a situation,” where “in the beginning was the Word [logos]” and nothing of consequence would exist without “the Word [logos].”
When Science Has No Answer
In his journals, Vallée expressed the view that when the UFO phenomenon was making headlines in the 1950s and 60s, most scientists who showed interest in the subject were more concerned with their pensions than with getting at the truth. “Actually,” he wrote, “very few of them put a high priority on real science.”
Vallée is not your usual scientist. For more than six decades he painstakingly groped his way through the subject of UFOs, looking at every conceivable angle. At no point did he become a wild-eyed believer. Rather, he has remained cautious and meticulous in his approach. At the same time, a host of pseudo-scientific speculators, who are anything but cautious, have presented the public with a continual stream of sensational but dubious “revelations.”
In recent years the History Channel produced a fictionalized TV series called Project Blue Book, depicting astronomer J. Allen Hynek and his wife Mimi as heroes caught between the sinister intrigues of the United States Air Force and the KGB. The reality, however, had many more layers. To give readers a taste of how things were, Vallée’s first meeting with Hynek’s “UFO committee” at the astronomer’s home in Evanston, Illinois on 17 November 1963, was nothing like the TV series. Mimi Hynek took Vallée to task when he expressed dissatisfaction with terms like “flying saucer” and “UFO,” preferring the term “Arnold Phenomenon.” Vallée wrote, Mimi “thinks the whole subject is utter nonsense, and argued emotionally against me. She did not believe there would ever be a time when the topic would be seriously studied at a major university under the term UFO, Arnold Phenomenon or any other name.” Professor Hynek watched Vallée and his wife argue. “Wisely,” wrote Vallee, “he avoided getting into the dispute.”
Professor Hynek’s temperament was described by Vallée as “witty and gentle.” Hynek, as the scientific consultant for Project Blue Book, could not avoid controversy forever. The country at large was not his dinner table, with Vallée on one side and his wife on the other. The U.S. Air Force turned to a committee under Professor Edward Condon to debunk the whole inconvenient subject (as Mimi expected). After Project Blue Book was terminated, in Vallée’s presence, a French researcher began to blame the United States for lying about UFOs. Ever reasonable, Vallée asked, “Why is the U.S. always to blame for everything? I don’t believe the French Air Force is telling the truth about UFOs either.”
Vallée has offered some ideas on why governments want UFO sightings to go away. First, the subject opens a can of worms touching on religion, the paranormal, and the meaning of existence. These are not comfortable topics for government officials. In fact, it is humiliating when you are expected to provide answers and there are no ready answers at hand. And so, the United States Air Force attempted to bury the UFO question with the Condon Committee at the cost of half a million dollars. The resulting eight-hundred-page report said that the study of UFOs “cannot be justified in the expectation that science will be advanced thereby.” Of course, that depends on what you mean by “science.” Vallée wrote, “Professor Edward Condon, who led the study, felt so strongly about the uselessness of the whole thing that he destroyed the project files. Three days before his death, in March 1974, he was still urging a physicist friend to drop his study of UFOs. When Condon was told that a documentary was being prepared, he advocated that all the footage be burned.”
Why was Condon so determined to shut down the subject of UFOs altogether? Condon probably shared an attitude that has permeated mainstream science for two centuries. It is the belief that humanity’s salvation lies in scientific knowledge. Therefore, Condon did not want to acknowledge impenetrable mysteries. Such mysteries might call science into question. Therefore, the existence of something like the UFO, with all the attending paranormal elements, threatens science as faith. Yet this is no faith at all, where the suppression of truth becomes necessary. It is, once again, existential despair painted over with an inversion of faith. So the scientist mocks the UFO and marginalizes the witnesses – not because he is hiding the truth about UFOs. Rather, he is hiding from his own spiritual bankruptcy.
Of interest in this regard, Wired Magazine published a piece titled “Jacques Vallée Still Doesn’t Know What UFOs Are.” Here we find Vallée handling a clump of metal that slurped off a roundish, reddish UFO in molten liquid form – in front of eleven witnesses. According to the article, Metallurgical analyses showed that the UFO metal “consisted mostly of iron, with traces of carbon, titanium, and other elements – basically, steel alloy scrambled to what looked like cast iron.” Vallée wanted a cutting-edge scientist to tell him where and how this “shallot-sized” lump of metal was made. The answer: “It was made of isotopically ordinary elements, atypically mixed together.” The same answer has come up with other fragments, though in the Trinity case (published last year), a “panel” allegedly stripped from a crashed UFO proved to be manufactured by someone using the metric system. (!)
With the advent of mind-altering drugs, hypnosis, and psychotronic weapons, it may be possible for human technology to simulate an extraterrestrial contact event (e.g., an alien abduction). Vallée, suspects that governments have already faked UFO incidents. In a brainstorming session with Professor J. Allen Hynek almost fifty years ago, a much younger Vallée suggested that the UFO may be entirely human – produced by the human mind. “In this framework it has nothing to do with any external object,” Vallée proposed. “It may be that there is inherent in our species, a sort of built-in defense mechanism that reveals itself only at times of extreme social stress.”
In his discussions with Hynek, Vallée also wondered whether occultists might be behind the UFO phenomenon. Hynek asked if he was suggesting whether “people in occult societies … may have discovered other ways of doing things….” Vallée then offered an intriguing and frightening scenario, familiar to conspiracy theorists:
Suppose a group had investigated along the lines of rational thinking and finally contacted other forms of consciousness? They would have kept it secret, because their leaders were worried of the consequences of releasing it in an unprepared world. Why didn’t we keep secret the fact that E=MC2? … Because we were unwise. Suppose they were wise and they did keep their findings secret. And now they are making UFOs in their backyard. How is that for a wild theory? 
Vallée then attempted to critique this “scenario,” saying that occult organizations in the United States are usually groups of crackpots, idealists, and little old ladies. But then, maybe there are groups and occult societies that really have kept themselves secret. If so, a group like that could have … the means to manipulate public opinion on a grand scale.”
We need not go far afield to discover evidence of not-so-secret occult organizations. Heinrich Himmler’s SS, under the Third Reich, originally consisted of several research bureaus. One of them was occult-related – led by highly educated men, sworn to secrecy – called the Ahnenerbe (Ancestral Heritage). It was an organization in search of Atlantis and the Holy Grail. In fact, SS-man Otto Rahn was tasked with finding the Grail. He even wrote a book titled Lucifer’s Court: A Heretic’s Journey in Search of the Light Bringers. In its pages Rahn attacked St. Augustine and Christianity.
It is believed that Himmler wanted to revive German paganism. At Wewelsburg Castle, Himmler met with occultists – perhaps with the beautiful Maria Orsitsch (aka Orsic), who led a group of female mediums tasked with channeling otherworldly intelligences. Osric’s team allegedly contacted (through psychic means) aliens from the Aldebaran system. These entities supposedly passed technological secrets to Osric’s group.  Supposedly, Osric had a pile of channeled papers in an illegible script, which turned out to be ancient Sumerian. When translated it was found to be a blueprint for a circular flying machine. Some have said that Osric invented the flying saucer; unless, of course, the story is bunk (which it probably is). One thing that may not be bunk, however, is that Osric disappeared in the spring of 1945 – when Soviet troops entered Vienna. Her fans would like to think she left for Aldebaran. More likely, she was taken to Moscow.
So, what does this all amount to?
Charles Upton has argued persuasively that the authentic UFO phenomenon is demonic in nature. He further suspects that the “intelligence/social engineering community” would like to use the phenomenon to advance a set schedule of “revelations”: (1) that UFOs are tracked on radar and seen by military aircraft; (2) that our military has recovered ET spaceship debris; (3) that alien abductions are real; (4) that the U.S. is back-engineering ET craft; (5) that we have recovered alien bodies; (6) that the government is in contact with aliens; (7) that we have enjoyed longstanding diplomatic relations with aliens races or a Galactic Council; (8) that aliens created mankind; and (9) that the aliens in question are interdimensional, and were once superstitiously regarded as demons or angels (completing the circle). Upton emphasizes that these steps are meant to debunk Christianity. From my research into the subject, it does appear that “former” U.S. officials are advancing these “revelations” as outlined by Upton. Here, speculation regarding extraterrestrials might be shamelessly presented as truth; that is, a false truth designed to shatter traditional beliefs.
Eric Voegelin once complained that “an unbroken chain of speculations” has plagued mankind since the High Middle Ages; especially, speculations about establishing a paradise on earth. Time and time again, noted Voegelin, humanity’s “liberation” has been “proclaimed in a wide spectrum of sectarian, Gnostic, alchemic, apocalyptic, and ideological moods.” In terms of today’s belief in extraterrestrial contact, Voegelin might say that we are dealing with the “pathos of thinkers who exist in a state of alienation and libidinous obsession.”
In this context, it seems that Dr. Steven Greer’s anti-fascist Disclosure Project “is a libidinous act of self-salvation” that, in Voegelin’s analysis, inverts the terms of human existence and its mysteries.  The most dedicated investigator of the UFO phenomenon, Jacques Vallée, has said “the UFO phenomena are not consistent” with the extraterrestrial hypothesis. According to Vallée,
Somebody is going to an awful lot of trouble to convince the world that we are threatened by beings from outer space. In support of this idea many of the facts … have been distorted to the point where even the believers in UFOs are abandoning their field of research and the investigation of real sightings by real witnesses in favor of armchair speculation about crashed saucers and alien autopsies.
It should be pointed out, and emphasized, that widespread belief in extraterrestrial visitation coincides in history with the rise of Nazi and Soviet totalitarianism; and this may not be accidental. If the genuine UFO phenomenon is associated with “a form of non-human consciousness that manipulates space and time in ways we do not understand,” perhaps we are dealing with demonic or angelic phenomena which have intentionally manifested at this time. Perhaps the horrors of the Third Reich and the Soviet gulag coincide with the first mass sightings of UFOs for a reason. Perhap a nuclear war is coming, and the UFO is a portent.
Notes and Links
 Søren Kierkegaard, The Sickness Unto Death: A Christian Psychological Exposition for Upbuilding and Awakening (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1980), p. 120.
 Ibid, p. 77.
 Insofar as the word “modern” signifies the present-time, as opposed to the nonsense concept of “postmodernity,” which is one of Marxism’s assaults on the integrity of language.
 Titus Livy translated by Aubrey de Selincourt, The Early History of Rome (Middlesex: Penguin Books, 1984), pp. 33-34.
 See T.S. Eliot; also, Thomas Carlyle’s On Heroes, Hero-Worship, & the Heroic in History where Carlyle discerns the hand of Providence in men who have the courage to take a stand. Carlyle’s view of historical development was non-materialist. While there are many problematic formulations in Carlyle, his insights about honesty and courage are essential reading.
 Chris Bledsoe, UFO of God (Audible, 2020).
 Ibid, chapter 14.
 Jacques Vallée, Revelations: Alien Contact and Human Deception (New York: Ballantine Books, 1991), p. 165.
 Jacques Vallée, Messengers of Deception: UFO contacts and Cults (Berkley, California: And/Or Press, 1979), pp. 221-223. In the conclusion to his book, Vallée wrote, “The writing of this book has not been an easy task. In fact, it was outright difficult and painful. Few of the facts I have had to state in these pages were to my liking. They shocked earlier theories of mine, destroyed my accepted and familiar thoughts.” Vallée was baffled by the psychology of the UFO cultists. He was not equipped (to look at them “from the inside.” The following dark thought entered into his mind: “If something bigger or smarter than the ordinary human mind is around, if some clever deceivers use it to feed us phenomena that have been designed to fool us by Machiavellian spies or benevolent masters, then a ‘scientific’ investigation will be useless.” Vallée then wondered about late antiquity, when people were “fed up with science.” In turns out, science could not tell people why they are here. So science was swept away in favor of a new religion. “Will the same thing happen to our science?” he asked. Vallée continued, darkly, “There is another system. It is sending us messengers of deception. They are not necessarily coming from nearby stars. In terms of the effect on us, it doesn’t matter where they come from. In even suspect that ‘where’ and ‘when’ have no meaning here.” He then concluded, “Receiving a visit from outer space sounds almost as comfortable as having a God. Yet we shouldn’t rejoice too soon. Perhaps we will get the visitors we deserve.”
 Eric Voegelin, Autobiographical Reflections (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1989), p. 60.
 From Jaspers’s book, Nietzsche and Christianity as quoted by Glenn Hughes in Transcendence and History (Kindle), p. 84.
 To understand how unlikely Steven Greer’s claims about Neil Armstrong are, it is worth reading the comments posted on the Above Top Secret Forum, https://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread878621/pg1. Greer began embellishing Armstrong’s lunar experiences, by way of anonymous sources, shortly after Armstrong’s death. One poster in the cited chat wrote, “if Greer’s dog died he’d post it up on Twitter and send out the mails about how (sob) his dog (may he see the light) was assassinated by black-ops (he was a good dog … sniff) to scare him off.” Astronaut Buzz Aldrin has publicly denied claims that he and Armstrong saw other spacecraft on the Moon. Anyone can simply google what Aldrin said. As for Greer, he makes a living collecting money from people who want to talk to aliens.
 Vallee, Revelations, p. 166.
 Miguel Serrano, Resurrection of the Hero (55 Club), p. 47.
 Eric Voegelin, The Collected Works of Eric Voegelin, Vol. 18, Order and History: In Search of Order, (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2000), p. 33.
 Richard M. Weaver, Ideas Have Consequences (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1962), p. 148.
 Weaver, p. 3.
 Jacques Vallee, Dimensions: A Casebook of Alien Contact (New York: Ballantine Books, 1988 ), p. 159.
 Logos: the Word of God, or principle of divine reason and creative order, identified in the Gospel of John with the second person of the Trinity incarnate in Jesus Christ.
 Jacques Vallee, Hidden Science, Vol. I: Journals 1957-1969 (USA: Documatia Research, LLC, 2010), p. 90.
 Ibid, p. 91.
 Ibid, p. 350.
 Vallée, Dimensions, p. 150.
 Hynek and Vallée, The Edge of Reality: A Progress Report on Unidentified Flying Objects (Chicago: Henry Regnery Company, 1975), p, 241.
 Ibid, p. 256.
 Ibid, p. 257.
 Charles Upton, The Alien Disclosure Deception: The Metaphysics of Social Engineering (USA: Sophia Perennis, 2021), p. 84-86.
 Eric Voegelin, Order and History, Vol. IV, p. 260.
 Ellis Sandoz, The Voegelin Revolution: A Biographical Introduction (New York: Routledge, 2017), p. 240.
 Vallée, Revelations, p. 255.
 Ibid, p. 236.
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