This was originally published on Cryptoscatology:
This past Tuesday evening I delivered a lecture about my book Chameleo: A Strange but True Story of Invisible Spies, Heroin Addiction, and Homeland Security to a group of Freemasons at The DeMolay Masonic Anaheim Center, specifically Santa Ana/El Toro Chapter No. 250 of The National Sojourners Organization. Assisting me with this presentation was Richard Schowengerdt, the visionary scientist featured in Chapter 19 of Chameleo.
Despite all of this, however, not one Mason in attendance expressed skepticism about the events chronicled in Chameleo. The members of the audience clearly thought the story was strange, needless to say, but not at all unbelievable… perhaps not even unlikely. In 2016, forty-two years after Yorba Linda’s homegrown golden boy, Richard Milhous Nixon, resigned the Presidency, a random sampling of Orange County citizens (as traditional and down to earth as any group of Americans could possibly be) had no problem whatsoever comprehending the full implications of what Schowengerdt and I were saying, how very deeply the country had been plunged into outright authoritarianism.
How many indeed?
Robert Guffey is a lecturer in the Department of English at California State University – Long Beach. His most recent book is Chameleo: A Strange but True Story of Invisible Spies, Heroin Addiction, and Homeland Security (OR Books).
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