A Grateful Dead/Phish Government Connection?
The FASCINATING connection here involves one of the Dead's inner circle pals, Alan Trist. Check out the GD bio "Sweet Chaos" by Carol Brightman, chapter 4 - "How the Balloon Was Launched" and you'll read about Trist's friendship with Jerry & Robert Hunter and the other Palo Alto bohos in the early 60s. Trist would go on to head the Dead's publishing arm, Ice 9.... Key excerpts:
"What we were interested in was art," recalls Alan Trist, who was 19 when he and his father, Eric Trist, a Visiting Fellow at Stanford who founded the
Tavistock Institute in London, arrived in Palo Alto in 1960. It was the business of being an artist that totally captured Jerry and Hunter," Alan states, that it was "art in the sense in which art is free of the political frame of reference."
"Alan," according to Robert Hunter, "was a heavy prime mover in getting us together to recognize ourselves as a group".
We cannot underestimate the weight of this last statement in light of the following information... Now break out your copy of author Jim Keith's "Mind Control World Control", a primary selection from the Stardog Library... Chapter 5 -"Tavistock"... The Tavistock Institute was a major mind control experimentation center in the 20th century, going as far back as the 1920s. (If you are unfamiliar with the concept of secret government mind-control projects, please visit Stardog2012.net's Conspiracy page.) By the early 60s, the chairman of Tavistock's board was the aforementioned ERIC TRIST, Alan's father! Feast your mind on these excerpts:
"Tavistock, born from the collaboration of the international monied elite, military intelligence, and the materialistic psychiatric community, refers to its self-admitted military orientation as Operation Phoenix - again, a Freemasonic symbol that it shares with the infamous Vietnam War assassination program. One is reminded of the Freemasonic legend 'Ordo Ab Chao', Order Out of Chaos... Throughout the Tavistock literature... they reiterate their 'global vision' and make it clear that the institute is intended to work it's long-term 'societry' on the world regardless of the wishes of individuals who inhabit it...
"Eric Trist, the chairman of Tavistock's governors, in 1963 described his and Tavistock's work on mass brainwashing, delineating in detail his theory of 'social turbulence'... Trist postulated that the administering of a series of traumatizing shocks upon a society would destabilize it, lowering the overall character of the society's reasoning. Trist suggested that by late 1963 the world had moved into a condition of 'permanent social turbulence' that would serve to usher in a new condition of society, a new paradigm, and a new possibility for remaking the face of the planet."
Later in the chapter:
"The final and most disrupted state of society is termed disassociation, in which the individual becomes the entirety of society for himself, and is isolated from other members of the group. The dominant culture of the society becomes fantasy and superstition.
According to Trist, the current 'wired society' where the main interaction of the individual is with electronic media is only a metaphor for disassociation. Cyberpunks, New Agers, and couch potatoes take note. It is interesting to note that the same progression can be seen in microcosm with the induction of the multiple personality, an oft-asserted goal of intelligence agency brain-banging...
...the primary impetus towards the evolution to the post-technological society are the repeated shocks and chaos taking place, including such events as the Kennedy assassination, the Vietnam war, and the assault on traditional institutions and thinking by the psychedelic counterculture"
Now, I know I just beamed a lot of info at you dear reader, so let me summarize:
The connection with Alan Trist and the Dead is very difficult to view as a coincidence. There is something going on there. Don't get me wrong - anyone who knows me knows that I champion the benevolent spiritual power of the GD and Phish as much as anyone. But this evidence seems to indicate that there is more going on than meets the eye. Robert Hunter stated that Alan Trist was a "heavy prime mover" in getting him and Jerry to recognize themselves as a group. And Alan Trist's father was head of the Tavistock Institute - that is what I call a Siriusly interesting connection. It suggests that Tavistockian elements helped create the psychedelic counterculture.