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MONTAGE: Operation Mindfuck

Salon mit Micha Piltz, Aliki Schäfer und Andreas Vogel

War eine lose Verabredung von Hippies ein entscheidender Grund für die weitere Verbreitung von Verschwörungstheorien bzw. wurden einige von ihnen erst erfunden? Die unglaubliche Geschichte von Kerry Wendell Thornley, Gregory Hill, Robert Anton Wilson und Robert Shea. Thornley beendete den ersten Roman über Lee Harvey Oswald ein Jahr vor dem Kennedy Attentat.

„OM was originally instigated by Ho Chi Zen, of the Erisian Liberation Front, who is the same person but not the same individual as Lord Omar Khayyam Ravenhurst, author of The Honest Book of Truth. The guiding philosophy is that originally proposed in The Theory of Games and Economic Behavior by von Neumann and Morgenstern: namely, that the only strategy which an opponent cannot predict is a random strategy. The foundation had already been laid by the late Malaclypse the Younger, K.S.C., when he proclaimed, „We Discordians must all stick apart.“ This radical decentralization of all Discordian enterprises created a built-in random factor even before Operation Mindfuck was proposed. To this day, neither Ho Chi Zen himself nor any other Discordian apostle knows for sure who is or is not involved in any phase of Operation Mindfuck or what activities they are or are not involved in as part of that project. Thus, the outsider is immediately trapped in a double-bind: the only safe assumption is that anything a Discordian does is somehow related to OM, but, since this leads directly to paranoia, this is not a „safe“ assumption after all, and the „risky“ hypothesis that whatever the Discordians are doing is harmless may be „safer“ in the long run, perhaps. Every aspect of OM follows, or accentuates, this double-bind.“ (Discordian Wiki)