KBOO-FM Interview with Robert Anton Wilson by Cliff Walker
Posted by invizweb on September 2, 2009
In 1990, Cliff Walker conducted an interview with the late Robert Anton Wilson for KB00-FM in Portland, Oregon. Here is an excerpt.
Walker: The New Inquisition: persecution of scientific inquiry. What prompted you to write this book?
Wilson: I began to notice that there are atheistic religions as well as theistic religions. Of course, Buddhism is an atheistic religion that has been around for a long time, but Buddhism has got the Oriental, relativistic attitude built into it. In the Western World, the atheistic religions have the same intolerance as the theistic religions of the Western World.
As a mater of fact, from the eighteenth century to the present, there has been a steady decline of theistic religions as reasons for people murdering one another and a increase in atheistic religions as an excuse for people murdering one another. In the Near East, they’re still killing each other over the old theistic religions: the Jews are killing the Arabs, the Arabs are killing the Jews, the Christians are killing both Arabs and Jews, and so on, and this has been going on forever in the Mid-East. This is their metier: religious fanaticism.
But atheistic religions have pretty much the same structure — in the Western World, anyway — the same dogmatic structure. Marxism is very similar to fundamentalist Protestantism: they know the truth; they don’t care how many people they have to kill till they get their “truth” established. Objectivism is very similar, that’s another atheistic religion. I’ve always believed Ayn Rand was really the Grand Duchess Anastasia. I think that one in West Virginia is a fake. Ayn Rand acted a hell of a lot more like a Romanov than that woman in West Virginia. And I think after the Bolsheviks killed her family and she escaped, she decided she would found another atheistic religion to compete with Communism, and that’s how Objectivism got created.
And then there’s the Committee for Scientific Investigation of Claims Of the Paranormal, or C.S.I.C.O.P. [pronounced sci-cop]. That is one of the most dogmatic, fanatical, and crusading of the atheistic religions around now. That’s what inspired me to write The New Inquisition. It’s an examination of atheistic religions as a phenomenon in the modern world.