the idiotplayers podcast 15: Jon Rappoport

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The idiotplayers podcast is a caravanserai of conversations with important thinkers, be-ers and doers. The idiotplayers podcast aims to explore art, creativity and expression.  If there is an elephant standing in the dark, as the Sufi story goes, we want to do more than grope and theorize. We invite conversations with people who aim from the heart to make practical, the far-reaching.


Jon Rappoport

Jon Rappoport has worked as a free-lance investigative reporter for over 30 years.

He has written articles on politics, health, media, culture and art for LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, Village Voice, Nexus, CBS Healthwatch, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe.

In 1982, the LA Weekly submitted his name for a Pulitzer prize, for his interview with the president of El Salvador University, where the military had taken over the campus.

Jon has hosted, produced, and written radio programs and segments in Los Angeles and Las Vegas (KPFK, KLAV). He has appeared as a guest on over 200 radio and television programs, including ABC’s Nightline, Tony Brown’s Journal (PBS), and Hard Copy.

In 1994, Jon ran for a seat in the US Congress from the 29th district in Los Angeles. After six months of campaigning, on a very small budget, he garnered 20 percent of the vote running against an incumbent who had occupied his seat for 20 years.

In 1996, Jon started The Great Boycott, against eight corporate chemical giants: Monsanto, Dow, Du Pont, Bayer, Hoechst, Rhone-Poulenc, Imperial Chemical Industries, and Ciba-Geigy. The Boycott continues to operate today.

Jon has lectured extensively all over the US on the question: Who runs the world and what can we do about it?

For the last ten years, Jon has operated largely away from the mainstream because, as he puts it, “My research was not friendly to the conventional media.”

Over the last 30 years, Jon’s independent research has encompassed such areas as: deep politics, conspiracies, alternative health, the potential of the human imagination, mind control, the medical cartel, symbology, and solutions to the takeover of the planet by hidden elites.

A painter, Jon’s work has been shown in galleries in Los Angeles and New York. His poetry has been published by The Massachusetts Review.

He is a graduate of Amherst College (BA, Philosophy), and lives with his wife, Dr. Laura Thompson, in San Diego.




Working as a writer in the alternative and mainstream press; the scope of mind control, political and personal; it’s not just the information that people get, but it’s also who is the narrator; television anchors; why do we impose a ceiling on our own creative capacity?; consciousness club; being in the classroom with young people; creativity and imagination; doing nothing as a creative invite; Exit from the Matrix — visualization exercises; inner practices of ancient Tibet; John Blofeld; Alexandra David Neale; where the teachers of Tibet came from; buried sources of human power; practical teachers versus the academy; Gurdjieff, Tibet and the Sufis; the formula of the secret society and the tradition of imagination; 1999 book “The Secret Behind Secret Societies”; manufacturing reality; de-centralization and waking up; Dun Huang caves; creativity and paranormal experience; being a law unto one’s self; path of imagination; noncreativity; painting in New York; Jim Marr’s “Rule by Secrecy”; what is happening in the world; the thing that you create can trap you; John Pungente’s 8 Key Concepts of Media; the media construct reality; the leader/follower paradigm; Walter Lippman; building empire; media as a psy-op; Jack True; hypnosis; the nuts and bolts of the media trance; you can’t put people under hypnosis in order to wake them up; the story of the river; having a choice; don’t dawdle; do you want to be artist of your own reality or not?; “The Matrix Revealed” and “Exit the Matrix” available from Jon’s website.


intro music: urgent carnival by the idiotplayers

outro music: advice to the drunk at heart by the idiotplayers

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