The Evil Clown Club


In 1985, the Los Angeles Times published an article in the Science Section titled: Scientists Urged to Ease Threats of Global War.  Excerpt - emphasis added: 



Scientists Urged to Ease Threats of Global War

The threat of global war is so great that people all over the world need to rethink their ideas about national security, scientists were told here Sunday as the 151st national meeting of the American Assn. for the Advancement of Science got under way.

The role of the scientist in matters of war is a major theme in the weeklong conference.

John D. Marks, executive director of the Washington-based Search for Common Ground, chaired a workshop session designed to challenge scientists to think more deeply about the causes of international conflict. The free-swinging discussion brought spirited rebuttals, however, from some participants who questioned the value of such discussions in this country if the people of the Soviet Union do not have an equal opportunity to bring about change in their country's

"Nothing can happen as long as the Iron Curtain remains in place," one scientist said with more than a little hostility. Marks, however, said that the thirst for peace is universal and that the greatest obstacle lies in attitudes toward how that goal can be achieved.

"If you scratch deep enough, people want the same thing," said Marks, who has presented the same program in several countries. "But our political process doesn't get us there."

The political process, however, can have a major impact, he said.

Marks cited the change in attitudes toward China after President Richard M. Nixon's historic visit to that country in 1972. Before the President's trip, Marks said, China represented the "yellow peril." After the trip, China was viewed in this country as an ally that could do no wrong.

China has not changed, he said. Only our perception of it has changed.

"We were looking at it through a new prism," he said.

"How can we do that with the Soviets?" he asked.

An anthropologist in the audience suggested that although the process worked with China, it might not work with the Soviet Union. It worked with China, she said, because the President's trip helped turn China against a much more powerful enemy, the Soviet Union.

Common Enemy

It might be more effective, she added, to find a common enemy that would unite the United States and the Soviet Union in the need to overpower a far greater threat.

Perhaps, Marks suggested, that threat could be the possession of nuclear arms by radicals in such countries as Iran.


I first encountered the name of John Marks in a 1989 RAND report produced by terrorism expert, Brian Jenkins, titled, "The Possibility of Soviet American Cooperation Against Terrorism". 

"In his 1987 book, Perestroika, Mikhail Gorbachev wrote, "The Soviet Union rejects terrorism in principle and is prepared to cooperate energetically with other states in eradicating this evil."  He went on to say, "We are prepared to conclude special bilateral agreements."  In a November 1988 interview, Igor Belayev, a senior political editor of Literaturnaya Gazeta, a newspaper in the vanguard of the new glastnost spirit, said, "Maybe we should discuss some joint actions with the United States against international terrorism."  And in January in January 1989, Lieutenant General Vitaly Ponomarev, deputy commander of the KGB, referring to terrorism, said, "We are willing, if there is a need, to cooperate even with the CIA, British intelligence service, and the Israeli Mossad and other services in the West."  Hypocrisy?  A propaganda ploy?  An invitation?

What do the Soviets have in Mind?  To explore the possibilities of Soviet-American cooperation in combatting terrorism, a small group of American and Soviet scholars and journalists met in Moscow for five days during the fourth week of January.  The meeting grew out of discussions between John Marks, President of The Search for Common Ground, an organization that has brought Soviet and American officials and scholars together to discuss many problems of common interest, and Igor Belayev.  Looking for topics of mutual concern and future meetings, the idea of international terrorism came up.  Each man agreed to recruit a small team of knowledgeable people. 

Armed with the knowledge of how non-governmental organizations have become unconstitutional shadow government agents, I sought more information on John Marks and found that he was not only conspiring with the enemy as a private citizen, the concept originated at the premier New Age, Evil Clown Club: The Esalen Institute in Southern California.   The following is a brief bio on one of the Founders of the Esalen Institute - original leader of the Evil Clown Pack:

Michael Murphy is the co-founder and chairman of Esalen Institute and the author of both fiction and non-fiction books that explore evidence for extraordinary human capacities. During his forty-year involvement in the human potential movement, he and his work have been profiled in the New Yorker and featured in many magazines and journals worldwide. After graduating from Stanford University, he did graduate work there in philosophy, practiced meditation at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in South India in 1956 and 1957, and co-founded Esalen in 1962. In the 1980s, he helped organize Esalenís pioneering Soviet-American Exchange Program, which became a premiere vehicle for citizen-to-citizen relations between Russians and Americans. In 1989, Boris Yeltsin's first visit to America was initiated by Esalen. Murphy is author of The Future of the Body, The Life We Are Given (with George Leonard), In the Zone: Transcendent Experience in Sports (with Rhea White), The Physical and Psychological Effects of Meditation (with Steven Donovan), God and The Evolving Universe (with James Redfield and Sylvia Timbers), and four novels Golf in the Kingdom, The Kingdom of Shivas Irons, Jacob Atabet, and An End to Ordinary History.

In 1967, Time Magazine published an article about Esalen titled, "Learning:  School for the Senses"

The curious lesson in feeling took place at California's Esalen Institute, 35 miles south of Carmel in the Big Sur country, where a staff of uninhibited social scientists are engaged in the new technique of "sensitivity training." Their aim is to make business executives, doctors, lawyers, Peace Corpsmen and assorted self-searching women more aware of themselves and of their "authentic" relations with others through sensual and physical rather than verbal experience. Such sensitivity training is suddenly in vogue across the nation to help community leaders, clergymen and businessmen in their dealings with people. Some 350 officials of the State Department, including ambassadors, have taken sensitivity classes at Washington's NTL Institute for Applied Behavioral Science. About 150 trainees at the federal Job Corps Center in Clearfield, Utah, hope to improve their "interpersonal relations" with the same technique.

Listen to the Body. As practiced at Esalen (named after an extinct Indian tribe), sensitivity training draws upon elements of the inner-directed meditation of Eastern religions and the interaction emphasis of Gestalt psychology. On the theory that modern urban man smothers his feelings under layers of intellectual abstractions and thus loses his sense of wholeness, Esalen President Michael Murphy, 37, a Stanford psychology graduate, also accents emotional release and an awareness of the body. "We have to learn to listen to our bodies if we are ever to enrich and expand our life of feeling," he says. No far-out cultist, Murphy has attracted such top academic psychologists as Harvard's B. F. Skinner and Abraham H. Maslow of Brandeis, who is also president of the American Psychological Association.

(No far-out cultist?!! ... )

Now five years old, Esalen's appeal is so broad that a Jesuit moral theologian from Loyola University of Los Angeles and a curriculum expert for the State University of New York are among its 21 resident fellows...More than 1,000 people heard a lecture this month by Maslow at the First Unitarian Society Church in San Francisco...Also intrigued by the institute is the Ford Foundation's Fund for the Advancement of Education, which recently gave Esalen a $21,000 grant to train five public school teachers, who will then try some of its techniques in their home classrooms.

Holy Crap!  As they say in the Land of the Real.    This is Svengali U.  Hippie Central.  It's a New Age Cult brainwashing and training center.  And public school teachers were sent there?  Fascinating - click HERE for more on this thread... 

On the Esalen Center History page, the first and second entries (emphasis added):  

1981-1987: six conferences on "Citizen Diplomacy" organized first by James
Hickman and subsequently by James Garrison. During the first of these conferences,
Joseph Montville coined the term "track-two diplomacy" to refer to private-sector
initiatives between Soviets and Americans that supplemented formal diplomatic
channels. Participants: James Hickman, Joseph Montville, Jay Ogilvy, John Marks,
Michael Murphy, Dulce Murphy, Peter Schwartz, and David Harris. The first
conference provided John Marks with his primary inspiration for the creation of the
NGO Search for Common Ground in 1982
, which now has offices in Washington,
Brussels, Amman, Bujumbura, Gaza City, Kiev, Luanda, Monrovia, and Skopje. This
group engages in creative conflict-reducing and bridge-building activities in many of
the world's most troubled zones.

1982: pioneered the first spacebridges, allowing Soviet and American citizens to speak
directly with one another via satellite communication. These spacebridges inspired
subsequent satellite teleconferences between Soviets and Americans, including an
ongoing Congress-to-Supreme Soviet teleconference

1985: signed one of the first agreements between an American private-sector group
and the USSR Ministry of Health, brokered by Dulce Murphy. This agreement
facilitated work in the areas of health promotion, productivity in the work place, and
non-pharmacological methods of treating disease and stress.

1986: co-produced a spacebridge on Chernobyl and Three Mile Island with the
American Association for the Advancement of Science and the USSR Academy of

1986: major delegation of Soviet writers toured the United States under the auspices of the Soviet-American exchange program.

1987: convened a conference on "Sino-American Dialogues on Social and Economic Transformation" led by James Garrison.

1988: hosted Academician Abel Aganbegyan for his first visit to the United States as one of Gorbachev's chief economic advisors. This led to the development of a management training program in Moscow with senior executives from across the Soviet Union.

1988: sponsored the first Russian conference on psychoneuroimmunology (PNI), an interdisciplinary field concerned with the relationship between psychological processes and the functioning of the immune system. Inspired by Dulce Murphy, this conference led to productive Russian-American collaborative research in the field and to a follow-up conference, held in 1991 at Leningrad's Institute for Experimental Medicine.

I'm overwhelmed.   Esalen and these conferences - the "citizen diplomacy" - the "citizens" involved in the diplomacy are the center of the circle from which all my research ripples.  American Association for the Advancement of Science, nuclear threat, John Marks, Dulcy Murphy, Ira Magaziner, Jackson Hole Group, Al Gore, Internet, National-Global Information Infrastructure, Anthony Lake, Project 88, Gorbachev at the Presidio, Dov Zakheim, William Cohen, sabotage of the military systems and government systems, the genome project, redesign of health care system, applied genetics research, fusion centers, conspiracy to eliminate borders and break our nation.

This is indeed the center cell of the evil clown club.      


Vicky Davis
December 7, 2010