Book Review: Future Esoteric: The Unseen Realms by Brad Olsen, 413 pages, CCC Publishing, San Francisco.
The internet didn’t invent the conspiracy genre. But nothing has given more life to it. Long before there were websites and URLs, people were poking holes in the established perception of our world. For his part, few have done a better job than Brad Olsen of capturing the gestalt of what the entirety of conspiracy theories mean. Why are there conspiracy theories in the first place? The answer is really quite simple and is a truism in itself: the world we see with our eyes is not what it seems to be.
Olsen doesn’t consider his book a compendium of conspiracy theories and it isn’t, really. It’s more an invitation to the reader to be like Dorothy and pull back the curtain that obscured the Wizard of Oz and see, or at least consider seeing things, differently from the way they appear.
I suppose there are a few among us who have never bothered to question the reality that looms before us every day, presented by oral histories and media likening. With the advent of the 24/7, instant-on information glut that is the internet, I believe the number of skeptics who doubt mainstream political pabulum and fabrications is growing exponentially. As Olsen points out, polls show that the vast majority of Americans don’t believe or trust the government and mainstream media. With this book, Olsen neither rants nor raves about little green men, hidden agendas, military dominations, Illuminati or monetary conspiracies. He simply presents, eloquently, a huge amount of fascinating and documented information that can inspire the reader to look, learn and listen.
Google-icious With every page I read of Future Esoteric, I found myself grabbing my laptop and googling topics. Olsen has done his homework and found information that the reader will twitch to find out more about. Did Bush really buy a 100,000-acre ranch in Paraguay just before leaving office? (Undecided but looks like it.) Is Fox News banned in Canada? (It was.) Were all these free-energy scientists Olsen writes about really killed just before going public? (Turns out some were, mysteriously.) Did J.P. Morgan squelch Nikolas Tesla’s plan to provide free energy to the masses? (Yep.) Have more than a dozen highly trained United States astronauts seen UFOs and even alien bases on the moon? (Yep, everyone from Buzz Aldrin to Neil Armstrong.) Is cold fusion really possible? (Yep, looks like it. Why don’t we have it?) Are fossil fuel reserves really worth $200 trillion? (Yep.) Fossil fuel actually is a biological process and doesn’t take millions of years. (New evidence points.)
Find out who “they” are. It’s challenging to compile a list of the reasons so many of us doubt the veracity of the media and government leaders. There are so many activities that bear inspection, provoke suspicion. What red-blooded American among us has not used the ambiguous, mysterious pronoun “they” in describing the “powers that be?” Somewhere in the nebulous ethers of politics, finance or industry, live the people who pull the strings. Who are they? Olsen goes a long way toward answering that question.
The book is fastidiously organized into three primary sections, making it easy to pull the strings together into a tapestry that depicts how this civilized world is run. In “Secrets,” Olsen tells us what is being withheld from us, who is doing it and their agenda. In, “Cosmos,” he shares some “out there” stuff hidden behind the curtain. Finally, in “Utopia,” we learn what Olsen believes the world could look like when that curtain is raised for good.
Olsen is a world traveler with an impressive resume of previous written work. There are few shortcomings in this, his newest example. Personally, there were only three things that initially bugged me: The book is rife with graphics, images, still photos, maps — all quite helpful. But, disappointingly, none are credited. Second, of all the ways described that the manipulators operate, there is no mention of the food system oligarchy. That to me is a significant oversight. Finally, though Olsen acknowledges that we are being shown only the illusion of things as they really are, he doesn’t go far enough. The obscurers and the secret-keepers may be presenting the physical world in a hall of smoke and mirrors. But metaphysically speaking, the physical world itself is an illusion. Those who perpetrate illusion are actually part of the game.
That said, Olsen fills the book with wonderful detail, a comprehensive index and considerable documentation. He skillfully collates a field that is generally seen as rambling, giving readers an easy-to-follow glimpse into the world that really exists. Future Esoteric: The Unseen Realms is undeniably the best book I’ve read all year.
Benjamin Disraeli said, “It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.” It’s a delight to find that author Olsen has found a way to be both.
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