Anniversary of Great Reporter’s Death
By Daily Bell Staff - November 23, 2016

We got the very sad news today, Nov. 22, 2015, that Dave McGowan passed away from cancer at 12:47 p.m.  – Truth and Shadows

We missed the anniversary of McGowan’s death, which was yesterday, but he was one helluva a writer, exposing in brief books the“directed history” of the modern era. So, we’ll remember him today. We’ve written about him before, here.

He died of an extremely aggressive form of lung cancer, which made some of his fans speculate that he’d actually been assassinated. Unfortunately, much of Dave’s work is no long freely available on the ‘Net, though some is available here.

The following is Dave’s last post here from his Blog Center for an Informed America (June 14, 2015).

Just nine weeks ago, on April 14, I presented a lengthy video deconstruction of the 2013 Boston Marathon incident through the Caravan to Midnight radio show/podcast. About a week later (on April 20, of all days), the nearly four-hour video presentation was uploaded to YouTube.

Not long after that, someone using the username Phoenix Archangel posted an interesting comment: “John [Wells, the host of the show] always signs off with some of the best advice ever. Speaking of advice: this David McGowan fella really ought to quit smoking. With all the elitist feathers he’s ruffling, he’s likely to come down with a spontaneous case of hitherto undiagnosed stage 4 inoperable Pancreatic cancer.”

… Mr./Ms Archangel … wasn’t too far off, though I’ve been told that it’s actually incurable small-cell lung cancer that has already spread to my liver and bones. And no, that’s unfortunately not a joke. It’s my new reality as of just a few short weeks ago, when my entire world was turned upside-down and I suddenly found myself being admitted to the oncology ward at Glendale Adventist Medical Center. Four days later, I was beginning my first round of chemotherapy infusions. The second round begins tomorrow, on Monday, June 15.

More from Truth and Shadows:

The first thing I read from McGowan was his series on the Apollo Moon missions called “Wagging the Moondoggie.” This amazing 14-part series is what finally convinced me that the Moon landings never took place. What struck me was not only his insight but his wit. Very dry, which is the best kind.

In addition to what became a whole series on 9/11, I was also blown away by series on the Boston Marathon “bombing” and dark side of the music scene in Laurel Canyon in the 1960s (which became a book). Other books he has written include Programmed to Kill, Understanding the F-Word: American Fascism and the Politics of Illusion, and Derailing Democracy: The America the Media Don’t Want You to See.

We ran into McGowan’s work very early in the 2000s when we were researching an article on the Peak Oil hoax. At the time, libertarian analysis was mostly theoretical, but we were trying to focus on a synthesis between free-market theory and “directed” history.

We could hardly believe McGowan’s comments on Peak Oil. Without, apparently, a deep background in Austrian free-market economics, he nonetheless fully grasped the idiocy of asserting that the modern world was running out of oil, and that since alternatives were not going to be developed in a timely manner, the only solution was drastic, government action. He even mentioned abiotic oil, see here, as we recall.

When we read his short books, we were further impressed. McGowan moved far beyond simplistic assertions of “conspiracy” to show you clearly how modern history seemed to work.

For us, the book on the mid-1960s Laurel Canyon music scene here was perhaps the most brilliant. Who knew that Jimi Hendrix was in the military, here, prior to becoming a rock star? Who knew that many of the musical stars of the early- to the mid-1960s were somehow gathered together in Laurel Canyon prior to their fame, here  – and that many or most had military ties or came from military families.

McGowan didn’t state everything. Some things he left up to you. But it was hard to come away from his books without understanding his main point, that society was directed purposefully from above and that before the Internet (and people like McGowan), you would live your entire life unknowingly according to someone else’s plan.

His short book about Laurel Canyon not only shows how directed history operates, it makes the point, resonantly, that society and even culture can be shifted according to elite strategies. In other words, in not very many pages it SHOWS (not tells) how Western social manipulation actually works. Likely it has worked this way for thousands of years.

Before McGowan, it was easy to believe that social manipulation must inevitably be a clumsy affair, imposed brutally as it was in the USSR. McGowan presents ways cultural reconfiguration can take place secretly and powerfully, without anyone but a handful knowing it is happening.

For instance, the standard story of the 1960s is that young people got upset over the war and in the process of protesting, quickly created an entire counterculture that opposed much of what “corporate America” stood for. The trouble with the 1960s counterculture was that it never adequately defined the real problem, nor did it fully explain the solution.

The hippie ethos blamed much of what was wrong with America on corporate greed and the like. This led to the conclusion that government itself could rectify what was wrong. But both modern corporations and today’s massive governments are the result of monopoly force wielded behind the scenes.

In reality, as McGowan showed, the 1960s movement was likely painstakingly created to generate certain results, mostly by reinforcing social chaos. Thus, blaming problems on corporations and looking to government for solutions was only to be expected, though it was wrongheaded on numerous levels.

As we know today from Internet information, government is seemingly supported by a handful of unfathomably rich individuals – those who likely control central banking – to provide “solutions” that inevitably generate more problems not less.

We know from Austrian economics that almost every law and regulation is surely a price fix that must drain prosperity from society. We know, via “marginal utility” here that valid prices can only be generated via market competition itself.

The 1960s hippie revolution explored little of this because – as McGowan suggested – it was created and sustained by the CIA. So many 1960s figures were apparently working with the CIA.

These may have included singer Jim Morrison, whose father helped initiate the fake military incidents that Lyndon Johnson used to generate the full-on Vietnam war here – and many other musicians, promoters and business opportunists. And also those individuals who initially dispersed CIA-created LSD, here.

In fact, one can speculate that the Vietnam War itself was created as part of a Hegelian dialectic that included the creation of a manipulated 1960s alternative “hippie” culture. Each Hegelian thesis demands an antithesis that leads to a synthesis. The war was the thesis, and the counterculture was the antithesis leading to the synthesis we have today.

The goal is always globalism, apparently. And social chaos must be regularly induced in order to reinforce additional government actions. If one has the patience and the desire, it is relatively easy to discern the evolution of these modern manipulations and even to predict their future.

It’s one reason, we continue to distrust narratives present in the mainstream media and even those being offered, sometimes, in the alternative media. We’re not sure that this presidential election, for instance, is what it seems. And we have written numerous articles suggesting that a good deal of purposeful propaganda surrounds nuclear weapons, to name one additional promotion, here.

Conclusion: McGowan helped show the way, however, and we simply need to follow his lead to better our own comprehension. It’s not pleasant to pursue such information, nor come to additional conclusions, but the alternative is living in ignorance of the true influences on our life and times. Some people are content to live without embarking on such explorations. Others are not.

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  • davidnrobyn

    I read many of his pre-book blog posts and came away with my worldview significantly altered. This guy is really worth reading. Thanks to DB for bringing this anniversary to mind.

  • northernraven

    Thanks for introducing me to Dave McGowan’s work, DB. It’s sad we lost another bright light.

    Everywhere we look we uncover so many lies that it’s easy to fall into the conspiracy trap. However, in explaining something as either conspiracy or stupidity, often stupidity is the correct answer.

    Many times, conspiracy thinking is a mental bias based on a combination of several interesting psychological phenomena such as pareidolia, data mining, hyperactive agency detection, essence and the ‘lottery fallacy’ all working together to deceive

    • OK; thanks. But after 30 years of researching this stuff, we have a great deal of difficulty dismissing all of it as stupidity.

      • northernraven

        Sorry, I didn’t mean to imply it was all stupidity. There certainly are conspiracies. DB and others have done tremendous work in exposing them.

        My point is that many people fall into the conspiracy trap and think EVERYTHING is a conspiracy.

        • Thanks. Understood.

        • autonomous

          Please don’t think I’m just jumping on. Many things that appear stupid are merely inexplicable. Further, what appears inexplicable is all too often because the person/group has carefully hidden deleterious presuppositions, revolutionary or destructive motives, or simple antagonism. Atheists are often anti-theists, virulent God haters. Many socialists are closet imperialists. Many welfare statists simply are too lazy to do the hard work necessary to being a successful entrepreneur.

        • FEEuser

          There is only one thing worse than thinking that “everything is a conspiracy”; thinking that nothing is a conspiracy.

          • northernraven

            That’s the ‘False Dilemma’ fallacy; black or white thinking
            i.e. either/or. Life is not black or white; it’s shades of gray. Often it’s not either/or; sometimes it’s both or neither.

      • FEEuser

        I have not yet read any of Dave McGowan’s books/articles. I am looking forward to those. But I have read:

        >The Unseen Hand by A. Ralph Epperson.
        >America’s Secret Establishment by Antony G. Sutton.
        >JFK and the Unspeakable, by James W. Douglas.
        >Jeb! and the Bush Crime Family by Roger Stone and Saint John Hunt.

        These are just a few of the books which changed my thinking about world history in a most profound way. For those who have trouble believing in the prevalence of conspiracies, one has only to trace where totalitarian regimes get their funding from in order for the picture to become clear. Antony Sutton’s books are especially good for studying this.

        So, I have no trouble believing in conspiracies. As a student of “Directed History,” I know they are very real.

    • gomurr

      I would say, most time “conspiracy thinking” is truth driven.

      While I don’t believe everything is a conspiracy, it amazes me just how much is. It all comes down to social engineering and how they have been able to manipulate the people. There is evidence to support almost all popular conspiracy theories available for anyone who takes the time to do the research. The more research you do, the wider the web of lies stretches. They call it going down the rabbit hole.

      If anyone told me in the sixties my generation was being molded into what was to become the “new democratic” party, that behind the scenes much of the music industry, and those in it, was being controlled by people who had an interest in more than our love of rock and roll, that the CIA was handing out free psychedelics…..I would have told you that you were crazy. We now have full on globalists shills like Beyonce, Madonna, and others prancing around on stage surrounded by high priests and priestesses in front of looming statues of Baphomet. This was all predictive.

      William Casey, former CIA director, once said:

      “We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American people believe is false.”

      And there you have it.

      • northernraven

        I would say that many times what we call conspiracy is not
        conspiracy, it’s human nature.

        And, because human nature is so predictable, it’s easy for
        greedy and power-hungry elites to allow human nature to run its course. Greed and lust for power are also not conspiracies; they too are human nature unchecked by ethics or morality.

        One certainty about human beings is our difficulty in determining cause and effect. We almost always get it bass ackwards. Prancing Beyonce and Madonna are the result of depravity (human nature unchecked by ethics or morality.)

        Former CIA director William Casey is a delusional elitist if he thinks the CIA is responsible for the dumbing down of Amerika. That’s a result of stupidity (human nature) which itself is nothing but laziness (human nature again) also known as taking the path of least resistance. It takes effort and hard work to educate ourselves. The success of Brexit and Trump and the coming
        break-up of the Euro-zone are examples of the globalists failure to manipulate human nature to their advantage.

        Human nature is not a conspiracy and to call everything a
        conspiracy is to ascribe the manipulators more power than they actually have. Another human failing is refusal to accept personal responsibility by blaming our problems on “them” rather than ourselves. That’s why we invented the devil. As Pogo said, “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

        • JohnnyZ

          I think you started conflating things here. Elemets of human nature e.g. greed and lust for power lead to conspiracies, but they are not conspiracies themselves. But then I find this whole human nature discussion wrong and misleading. Not all humans are greedy or power hungry to the extent to go over corpses and lie systematically. This is rather an aberration. These are actually the psychopaths who are not representative of human nature if they are “human” at all. Then the whole humanism, moral relativism, do what you will path is the way of satanism. Moral relativism means basically no morals and nobody is to be held accountable. So this thinking is leading you on the slippery slope whether the devil is real or abstract.

    • Samarami

      And thanks to you for the link to Gerold’s Blog. Lots of innervating stuff to meditate during this hiatus, while religio-state psychopaths once again conduct their annual public winter solstice holiday to distract the hoi polloi.

      “Balance” is indeed an insufferable acquisition — especially in this age of information overload. Psychological engineering of the masses is without question the prime experiment in the science of rulership. Just when I think I have a thing suitably analyzed, a new slant is presented to send my conclusion(s) back to the drawing board.

      Undoubtedly the Brexit and the Trump phenomena are signs that large numbers of individuals are no longer buying the filtration and the conformity of “the old media” without question. But there is also the likelihood that those psychological manipulators are two ponies ahead of the herd’s lead bull, guiding them doggies toward the fulfillment of their master plan(s).

      What a fun time to be alive. Sam

    • FEEuser

      “Conspiracy thinking” is just a silly propaganda term that some highly paid “fake news” employee dreamed up to scare off the gullible, the fearful, the unsophisticated, and the unwary.

      In any case, people have to make up their OWN minds about the quality of the information they get. There is no canned, one-size-fits-all, filtration system which can serve news up to you on a silver platter, complete with the ABSOLUTE TRUTH. That doesn’t exist, and it never will.

      There IS such a thing as a “conspiracy.” There is nothing strange or unusual about it. The world is FULL of them, and they should come as no surprise.

      Researchers, scholars, and academics, in turn, are responsible for compiling the most accurate information that they can get and for turning it over to the public.

      The problem comes into the picture when rich and powerful people with vested interests insinuate themselves into this process and hijack it. This is what they have done historically by buying up news outlets and controlling them, and this is what is now being UNDONE by alternative news.

  • alohajim

    Thanks much for the link to the new website. I could not stay away from Dave’s original site ‘center for an informed america’ and was devastated when it was taken down after his death. Thought it was gone forever for obvious reasons. What always struck me about Dave’s work was his profound common sense. His wit and humor were icing on the cake. He had a way of writing that simply destroyed the given narrative using simple logic and common sense. 9-11, moon landings, Boston bombing etc. are all laid bare for all to see. But his take on the the Lincoln assassination and the Sharon Tate/Manson murders are masterpieces. This is not top down, ‘this is what happened’ kind of writing. Rather, he presents facts that anyone can verify, reminds us of what the ‘official’ story is, and allows the reader to form his own conclusions. His humor really brought out the sheer stupidity of the given narrative to the point that one would have to be an unthinking idiot of the highest order to believe it. A great man. R.I.P. Dave.

    One is empowered after reading Dave’s writing because the message is that you and I also can arrive at the truth by using logic and common sense. The only thing we need to discover either the truth or a lie is logic, common sense, and relentless questioning. No need to search the internet for ‘experts’ take on something, we are our own ‘experts’.

    • James Clander

      Found this after reading above article : (2 min Google Search)

      “The Center for an Informed America”

      This site will serve as a permanent online archive of Dave McGowan’s research, essays, and newsletters.

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    And if you wonder about that be personally offensive, good, for that is a fine enough start which might have one stirring oneself into action and going on the offensive and with NEUKlearer HyperRadioProActive IT making a real change virtually impossible to counter and defeat.

    Methinks though, and please correct me if I may be wrong, y’all actually want only to just settle down and watch the show as IT Masters do everything relative to the matter for you, because you are in fact quite ignorant of the situation and therefore apathetic to its solution paths.

    Sometimes it is so much more exciting, and very encouraging and emboldening, to not be proven more right than it is comfortable to admit it is true.

  • oliver

    I was a kid in Manhattan in the 60’s and the pulsating feeling of revolution in the air could be cut with a knife. It was an energy that was palpable. We were questioning everything. Bob Dylan was able to put it into words. Many people like Joan Baez were silenced by threats even then and Phil Ochs was murdered by black ops for ‘talkin’ bad ’bout the government’. McGowen said Jimi Hendrix was military. What does that prove? Nothing. But in the end, Hendrix too was murdered by US black ops as Mae Brussell explained in her research.

    The questioning of the 60’s and 70’s was the forerunner — the stepping stone to the revolution that is beginning now. This growing awareness was not CREATED by the CIA but was actually enhanced by the mind-expanding, psycho-tropic drugs like peyote and mescalin. Surely the CIA’s drug trafficking of these and other narcotics helped direct much of this movement but the agency was not the driving force that McGowen makes them out to be at that time. Too much credit is given to them.

    At that time, experimentation was our mantra. And we were not going to be stopped.

    McGowan made many inferences about Stephen Stills and several of the other rock stars who I knew personally, based only on family history but if one were to judge them by their actions — there was no justification for what he wrote.

    Coming from a military family is not evidence of anything in itself. In many cases it produced the opposite effect. It produced a rebelliousness and awareness in these musicians that many young people had not yet acquired, living a hum-drum middle class life in the suburbs.

    Listen to the lyrics of Crosby Stills and Nash… they were well aware of the police state — something that I was NOT aware of at that time. I was also later in Hollywood — Laurel Canyon — and that too was a truly friendly community filled with an eclectic mix of famous and struggling writers, actors, musicians, etc.

    I was there.
    It was lovely.

    • Bruce C.

      Interesting. What you seem to be saying has been my sense all along, though I’m probably twenty years younger than you.

      I’m going to ask for the ‘laurel canyon” book for Christmas and if I get it I’ll read it to see what the DB means by history being directed. I’d like to be surprised and learn something different than what I now believe, but you seem to be affirming what I already think.

      Maybe the truth is somewhere in between, in which there are those who try to direct history but they can’t control everything so sometimes their “creations” take on a life of their own and go in a different direction. Frankly, I don’t see how the musical/lyrical artists from Laurel Canyon helped the diabolical elites since they initiated and sanctified questioning, which has led to the alternative media we have today. Wouldn’t it have made more sense to snuff them all out when they were young “nobodies” claiming they were some creepy cult (e.g, the Jim Jones group)? Why play with fire and get “the people” thinking?

      Anyway, I hope I get to read the book and see what McGowan has to say but I’m worried it’s going to be really lame. I agree, coming from military families doesn’t necessarily mean anything. But I’ll wait before I pass judgement.

  • Sebastian Puettmann

    Just wanted to say thanks. I did not know Dave McGowan and his articles and audio interviews are absolutely fascinating.

  • Bernz

    I remember well discovering McGowan’s expose of the faked moon landings. Perhaps the single most compelling revelation of directed history ever penned. A great starting point for skeptics.
    If living in this matrix means never again stumbling upon the brilliance of the McGowan’s of our time than I say pass the polonium.

    • r2bzjudge

      The Moon landing was not fake.

      Look at any Hollywood movie of men on The Moon. None of them look like the photography from the Moon landings. The astronauts photography was shot on The Moon, by the astronauts, themselves.

      • FEEuser

        That’s rather naive. If you want to talk about photography, take another look at 2001: A Space Odyssey. Looks pretty real to me, real enough that they could have used it to fake a “Moon landing.”

  • rahrog

    “There is only one good – knowledge; and only one evil – ignorance.” – Socrates

  • r2bzjudge

    “The first thing I read from McGowan was his series on the Apollo Moon
    missions called “Wagging the Moondoggie.” This amazing 14-part series is
    what finally convinced me that the Moon landings never took place”

    Man landed on The Moon. The photos taken on The Moon by the astronauts, are the real McCoy. They could not have been faked.

    The TV show Mythbusters, debunked a number of claims of those saying the Moon landing was a hoax.

    Stanley Kubrik”s daughter debunked the claim that her father had worked on a Moon landing hoax, created in a studio.

    • JohnnyZ

      Sorry but moon landing debunking videos are usually BS. Watch: “Something Funny Happened on the Way to the Moon” (BBC), check the Van Allen radioactive belts (if you are still a “spinning ball spinner”), and read Dave McGowen’s take (Wagging the moon doggie), reposted online.

      • r2bzjudge

        Mythbusters was a legitimate debunking of Moon landing hoax claims.

        Van Allen Belt was no problem for the astronauts. Look at a chart of earth orbiting manned spacecraft. On a flat map of the earth, they form a sine wave. The orbit goes from above the equator to below the equator. When the astronauts left earth orbit, they flew north of the heaviest part of the Van Allen Belt. No extra shielding was needed.

        • JohnnyZ

          I doubt anything of this is true and bet it is easily debunkable. You buy the fake news from the status quo defenders (i.e. liars)

          • r2bzjudge

            Johnny, you are funny. Mythbusters did valid testing. Mythbusters was not a status quo defender. They put myths to scientific testing. All the hoax claims they tested, failed.

  • FEEuser

    RIP, Dave McGowan.

    The unexamined life is not worth living.

    As for the Moon landings, I have another theory. They DID take place, but not as was portrayed officially on tv. The latter was indeed staged, a hoax. There was a SECRET space program which took astronauts to the Moon in either borrowed or back engineered alien space craft. You will notice how ANGRY the astronauts get when challenged about this. The reasons for this anger are:

    1. They really DID go to the Moon, but they can’t tell you the truth about how they got there because…….

    2. They were subjected to MK-ULTRA style mind control to assure their obedience and repetition of the official narrative that they had been force fed.

    This author has been on my radar screen, but I have not yet read any of his work. I shall do so now, thanks to this timely and insightful article.

  • Don Duncan

    “…social chaos must be regularly induced in order to reinforce additional govt. actions.”
    Govt. actions induce chaos, as all violence does. Masking the “cause-effect” is the main goal of propaganda. No extra chaos is needed. The govt. by its very nature is a chaos generating system, posing as order.
    The order is generated by the private sector, not govt. As the tug-a-war continues it is extremely difficult to determine who is winning the physical battle.
    The philosophical battle winner will be either capitalism or authoritarianism, and that will be decided by intellectuals, with the populace following. At present, I see the dark side winning. The US Empire, and empires in general are popular.