Regular viewers of Ancient Aliens will immediately remember David Wilcock. He’s the blond-haired spiritual ancient astronaut theorist who bears an uncanny resemblance to David Spade. He also has a penchant for saying some of the most fact-free and unsupportable assertions made on the H2 series. However, since the audience for Ancient Aliens peaked at around 2.5 million people in season two and has bottomed out at around 1 million currently, Wilcock has apparently felt compelled to expand his brand to a larger audience.
As a result Wilcock agreed to appear in an anti-Western Russian propaganda program airing on a REN-TV, an independent Russian broadcaster controlled by a firm linked to a close friend of Russian president Vladimir Putin. The holding company that owns REN-TV is linked to Yury Kovalchuk, who is the target of ant-Russian sanctions put in place as a result of the Ukraine crisis. REN-TV, which was the last channel running programming not directly controlled by the Kremlin, came under fire earlier this month for canceling Russia’s last independent political program that was not towing the government line.
Wilcock appeared recently on a program called Wars Between Worlds seen by 21 million Russians, and he wrote a companion article for his website expanding on his views. The program was about two and half hours in length, and frankly I do not have the time to sit through all of its hodgepodge of paranoid ranting. I watched about 90 minutes of the show, skimming through the sections on gold hoarding and international banking conspiracies. It was more than obvious, though, that the program reflected Russian anxieties about the West and used David Wilcock to give “Western” cover to their conspiracy claims about attempts by a shadow government within the U.S. to impose a global regime of population control, mass murder, and genocide. Wait, you might say, wasn’t that on America Unearthed? Indeed it was, but here it’s given the more paranoid, fearful interpretation possible.
According to Wilcock, the program originated as an adaptation of a 2011 radio interview with Wilcock on a conspiracy program. War Between Worlds featured a new interview with Wilcock recorded just for the show. The show, following Wilcock’s claims, alleged that the New World Order was operating out of underground bunkers in the United States and involved an international alliance of Western powers. Wilcock also asserted that protective space aliens launched earthquake weapons to help destroy the New World Order’s underground bases. War Between the Worlds goes much farther than Wilcock and asserts that rockets were fired at the Fukishima nuclear plant in Japan in 2011 as part of a coordinated nuclear and earthquake attack on a Westernized Asian power.
Wilcock believes that in 1989 he had a dream that predicted the space aliens’ use of earthquake weapons to take out the NWO underground bases, and that this dream came true in 2011 when an earthquake hit Washington, D.C.
According to Wilcock, a shadow government has been using U.S. military aggression as cover for building up stockpiles of weapons and cash to take over the world. He claims that the “Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Apollo moon missions, the Cold War nuclear buildup, the two billion-dollar stealth fighter jets and much more” were “money-laundering schemes” to fund the New World Order.
David Wilcock, in his companion article, asserted that:
The shadow government, as some call it, had been trying -- and failing -- to get a massive social collapse to happen for quite some time. 9/11 was apparently well-known by this group in advance, and was hoped to create such a breakdown in our society.
Let me repeat that: David Wilcock is a 9/11 Truther. And he is given air time on H2.
Is there no level too low for H2?
Wilcock asserts in the program that the shadow government wishes to kill 6.5 billion people, taking his numbers from the 1979 Georgia Guidestones, like Scott Wolter before him on America Unearthed and Brad Meltzer before him on Decoded. The Guidestones have inscribed on them the claim that the world population should not exceed 500 million people, which some take to be orders for mass extermination.
The Russian program makes quite plain that the “New World Order” is for them a proxy for all the evil that they project onto the United States, and Wilcock is happy to go along with it to sell 21 million Russians on his line of books, lectures, and assorted spiritual products. “It’s not a myth,” the narrator says, claiming that the Western-run shadow government is real. The program links the shadow government running the United States to fascism, as well as to a global financial conspiracy. They really go into financial conspiracies and gold hoarding, almost as much as Glenn Beck. They are especially concerned with Western banking interests, asserting that international financiers are part and parcel of a conspiracy to control the world and enact global genocide. John F. Kennedy, they say, was assassinated for opposing fiat currency and the Federal Reserve.
The parallels between the paranoid conspiracy presented on War Between Worlds and the Protocols of the Elders of Zion is striking, both because the Protocols was also a Russian propaganda effort (from the time of the Tsars) but also because they both posit an international conspiracy of Westernized foreigners who are somehow going to destroy the world through financial shenanigans. And of course, don’t you know, like the mythic Jews, the financiers are all about hoarding gold. Wilcock appears to support these claims, discussing the end of the gold standard in America as an effort to “hide” all the gold where only conspirators could access it, while everyday people had to content themselves with imaginary paper money. The program then chooses to tie this to the Rothschild family, because: Jews. Sorry, international financiers.
The long and short of it is that the program blames the world’s (and Russia’s) problems on fiat currency, the U.S. Federal Reserve, and America hoarding all the world’s gold.
The program also makes much of the aforementioned Georgia Guidestones, and in a propaganda coup manages to excuse the excesses of communism through an appeal to them. According to the show, the Khmer Rouge were the result of American manipulations of Cambodian politics, a punishment for the former regime enacting socialist reforms against American demands for “tribute” to the NWO. Pol Pot’s murderous rampage in Cambodia was a betrayal of the benefits of communism and undercut the glory of communism, but his murders occurred not due to communist ideology but because the New World Order demanded he enact their population reduction plan in order to avoid the NWO taking out his regime. It’s a clever bit of political manipulation, but disturbing nonetheless. The U.S. did indeed have a role in the Cambodian Civil War, but arranging for the rise of Pol Pot to punish the former regime wasn’t part of it.
The show also claims that Dick Cheney is an NWO agent—not because he wants to be but because they are controlling his pacemaker to force him to enact an evil agenda. The show throws every possible conspiracy out there—that vaccines are causing mass sterilization, that the shadow government is behind every coup d’état, and that Wilcock’s own beloved aliens are really a secret cover for NWO population control efforts. In fact, that’s the most important part—the “aliens” are a Western cover story to hide their genocidal imperial ambitions.
It’s probably important to recognize here that Russia is suffering a population decline, from 148.6 million people in 1991 to 143.5 million today. It doesn’t take much to read into this show a paranoid attempt to blame the population decline on a conspiracy of Western powers. That said, the CIA recently admitted that in the past they used UFO stories as cover for spying mission on the Soviet Union, so that part of the paranoia has at least a tenuous connection to historical facts.
Wilcock, for his part, believes that the plot of the X-Files is real, and that the shadow government is in league with evil space aliens in a deal that exchanged political power for acquiescence to UFO abductions (and anal probes). “Good” aliens, on the other hand, are actively working on behalf of the average citizen to free us from the domination of the NOW/US government evildoers and the evil aliens.
Wilcock has immunized himself against criticism by asserting that “Those in the ‘skeptic’ category typically try to find any tiny mistake or hole in the logic -- and then infer that this must mean the entire concept is bogus.” He calls attempts to criticize him “social media hatorade.”
But it doesn’t take a “hater” to see that Wilcock has lent his dubious reputation, gained from Ancient Aliens, to anti-Western Russian propaganda. Paranoid claims that are made within the United States read as anti-government here at home, but in a Russian context they read as anti-Western, and specifically anti-American. Wilcock, though, says that he is “proud” of the Russians for producing this show.
I am an author and researcher focusing on pop culture, science, and history. Bylines: New Republic, Esquire, Slate, etc. There's more about me in the About Jason tab.
Enter your email below to subscribe to my newsletter, The Skeptical Xenoarchaeologist, for updates on my latest projects, blog posts, and activities, and subscribe to Culture & Curiosities, my Substack newsletter.
Terms & Conditions
Please read all applicable terms and conditions before posting a comment on this blog. Posting a comment constitutes your agreement to abide by the terms and conditions linked herein.