Item description for The Unseen Hand: An Introduction to the Conspiratorial View of History by A. Ralph Epperson...
It is the contention of the author that the major events of the past, the wars, the depressions and the revolutions, have been planned years in advance by an international conspiracy. This view is called the Conspiratorial View of History, and is definitely not the view held by the majority of historians today. The more traditonal view is called The Accidental View of History, and it holds that no one really knows why events happen--they just do.
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Studio: Publius Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.34" Width: 5.16" Height: 1.52" Weight: 1.3 lbs.
Release Date May 15, 2006
Publisher Publius Press
ISBN 0961413506 ISBN13 9780961413507
Reviews - What do customers think about The Unseen Hand?
Sickeningly true! May 5, 2008
This should be required reading in all public schools throughout the world. Very informative. Sources checked out. Very well written, a must read.
The truth will make you free Mar 23, 2008
if you hate history it is probably because you find it boring. this is a great beginners book for those you would like to read about a different slant on history. i assure you that if you read this book with an open mind you will never look at world events and history the same. more than likely you will start your own research projects to uncover more information about historical facts.
Conspiracies and Truth: Practice or Theory? May 31, 2007
I have had this book since about 1985, when I was 18, and I have read every chapter at one time or another. Since very few chapters are related to each other, this book is more like a collection of pamphlets than a single volume, which is fine with me.
When I was young, immature and highly impressionable, I thought the claims and message of this book were of utmost importance. I have since learned otherwise. The truth about evil acts committed by government are important, but without the right philosophy from which to view those facts, they are useless. (There is no such thing as a 'bare fact.' 'Facts' only aquire the value that their viewer imputes to them, which is determined by that viewer's presuppositions. Facts, fossils, statistics, results are just like a fiat dollar. They have no intrinsic value. Their value is subjective, not objective. Study Gordon Clark's dogmatism and you'll understand.)
In The Unseen Hand you read about the ACTS of tyranny and the violation of Austrian (read: Christian) ideals such as private property rights, personal freedom, the right to the medical treatment of your choice, laissez-faire capitalism, sound money, and the evils of legal plunder, false philanthropy, economic interventionism, and more. The problem with the conspiratorial view is that it focuses on evil intent (to murder and enslave or cause widespread suffering) as of primary importance. While this is probably true in many cases, I have come to see it as immaterial. This is a dead-end road. You can't do anything about it even if it is true, and promoting these ideas will profit you nothing. In fact, doing so will be socially counter-productive to your own goals. If you follow my advice, you'll be taking a short-cut to what you would learn by experience anyway. Let me save you the trouble.
In Austrian economics we leave such speculations behind to focus on the principles and theories which we see violated in all of the accounts found in The Unseen Hand. If governments followed Austrian theory, there would be no conspiracies. If the majority of voters were educated in Austrian theory, and let their voice be heard, governments would not enjoy the power they now have. The Unseen Hand focuses on evil ACTS (practice); Austrian economics focuses on evil IDEAS (theory). All ACTS are the practice of some theory. Without the knowledge of THEORY, your moral philosophy concerning the ACTS will be disjointed and inconsistent. So, while I encourage you to buy The Unseen Hand, please don't stop there. Move on to Austrian economics and leave conspiratorialism behind.
And by the way, Epperson does provide some excellent theory concerning freedom and collectivism in the first couple of chapters of the book. Learning about the conspiracies will develop in you a healthy skepticism of government, even if some of them are a little far-fetched. And I'm not saying they are.
Whether the accounts in The Unseen Hand happen by design or are the result of stupidity, they are still sin. All of it is a violation of some biblical (Austrian) principle. What difference does it make, especially when they are so difficult to prove, and they are only allowed to happen because of the moral ignorance of the masses anyway? Stick with theory.
"NOTHING IS SECRET THAT WILL NOT BE REVEALED" (Luke 8:17) May 30, 2007
"The man in the street does not notice the devil even when the devil is holding him by the throat." ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
How many books have you ever read in which the author printed their home phone number on the first page, allowing readers to contact them directly? Well, you'll find Mr. A. Ralph Epperson's number just inside the stark black, white, and gold cover of his excellent "Introduction to the Conspiratorial View of History", THE UNSEEN HAND. I have never met Mr. Epperson, though I have spoken with him by phone on 3 or 4 occasions over the last 12 years; he is one of the nicest, most accommodating authors I've ever been in contact with, and this 1985 book is one I would strongly urge every red, white, black, brown, and yellow American who deeply cares about the Red, White, and Blue to read.
THE UNSEEN HAND is the first of Mr. Epperson's publications I perused - that was about a dozen years ago. I subsequently read several more, and while they all contained valuable information, this nearly 500 page tome with the small print and comprehensive approach to the infamous "New World Order" was easily his best.
(In the year 2000, I was practically forced by The Spirit to undertake an extensively detailed study of Freemasonry. This is far too complex a subject to address in this review, but that same year, I managed to persuade a high-ranking Mason to give me a personal tour of "The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge" of Phoenix, and I was granted a limited time to study that same afternoon in their library located in the Grand Lodge. Part of my mission was to confirm to my satisfaction that the quotations that Mr. Epperson used in his book "Masonry: Conspiracy Against Christianity" did indeed originate with genuine Masonic publications, and that he was not quoting out-of-context in order to twist and misrepresent their meaning. Not only did I find Mr. Epperson to be a very reliable researcher who was adhering to truth, but when I was unable to locate a particular book even in the Masonic library, he xeroxed the pages in question from his copy of it and mailed them to me at his own time and expense. A VERY nice gentleman! And for my part, I was happy to relate to him a few pieces of interesting information that I was able to gain knowledge of as a result of my guided Lodge tour by maintaining an "Aw shucks, gee-whiz, golly-gosh, I'm so impressed" attitude. It's amazing what you can learn by playing dumb. Of course, in my case, some folks swear it ain't an act.)
THE UNSEEN HAND is a thoroughly researched and referenced study that briefly examines nearly every aspect of the "New World Order" conspiracy, from Forms of Government to Science, from Laetrile to The Atomic Bomb, and everything in between, such as Secret Societies, The Federal Reserve, Population Control, Income Taxes, The Civil War, and about 32 other related topics. With each chapter addressing a separate facet of the conspiracy, obviously no subject herein is given a full treatment, for that you will need to search out books targeting a particular area in question, and those books ARE out there. Nevertheless, THE UNSEEN HAND is a remarkable overview, large and densely packed with solid information (including an index) that draws a lucid, meticulous, and faithful picture of the unseen forces that shape our world while we sit mesmerized in front of the glowing box of superficial and misleading images that serve only to fill our minds with the ideas "they" wish us to entertain.
Although this book does contain some, what on its face would seem to be, outrageous and insane charges, I would caution everyone not to dismiss ANYTHING out-of-hand. Dig deeper before dismissing! It has been suggested on this Product Page that Epperson's contention that Jesse James lived to the age of 107 and that Karl Marx was a satanist raises some doubt about the validity of his book. While I tend to believe that the outlaw's assassination by a Robert Ford bullet has been fairly well established now, there is reason to believe that James may have been a member of the Knights of the Golden Circle, as Epperson claims. And though Marx's connection to satanism is unproven (and thus Epperson ought not to have framed it quite so affirmatively), I've looked into that question sufficiently to state that the suspicion most definitely is not without merit. (See "Was Karl Marx A Satanist?" by Richard Wurmbrand.) As for Epperson's opinion of the John Birch Society: buy the book, dial his phone number, and ask him directly.
Overall, THE UNSEEN HAND is an illuminating Introduction to the Conspiratorial View of History by a very serious researcher. The book collects an enormous body of evidence from a massive amount of sources and organizes it in a very logical way. Along with "The Creature From Jekyll Island" by Griffin, "None Dare Call It Treason: 25 Years Later" by Stormer, and "Foundations: Their Power And Influence" by Wormser, I consider THE UNSEEN HAND a "must-read" for all American patriots. It may be a history book, but don't kid yourself, it is really all about our future!
This being the last review I intend to write for this website, I would like to close by quoting those immortal words of Admiral Yoey O'Dogherty, spoken to the brave men aboard the U.S.S. Queeg after the rout of Communist Chinese forces at the battle of Phatphuc Mao: "Men, we've kicked enough Red heinie for one day; let's get some pizza 'n' beer and study America's Constitution. We'll have strawberry blondes for dessert."
Very poorly written Oct 1, 2006
While I am quite interested in the subject matter, the author's horrible presentation (including poor citations and inadequate attributions, grammatical and punctuation errors, poorly-constructed sentences that must be reread several times to understand the meaning, unnecessary explanations of the obvious [such as explaining who Rose and Joe Kennedy were and what "immutable" means] and fallacious reasoning make this book a complete and total loser. If you can find a copy of this book (which may not be easy to do since the author is self-published) in the hands of a friend or at your local library, for a good laugh you can read the chapter entitled "Science versus Reason" -- it's quite entertaining! I never laughed so hard.....