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David Icke: His Life and Work

David Icke—now best known for his theory concerning an organization known as the Brotherhood, a global dynasty led by reptilian creatures who systematically enslave all of mankind through thought control and mastery over the fourth and fifth dimensions—David Icke began his career as a sportscaster. He attained some fame as a garrulous commentator on the BBC-2 network, and after this even enjoyed some success in poltics. Before writing his first book, The Robots' Rebllion, which would become the basis for his more sophisticated global-enslavement-at-the-hands-of-lizards theories, Icke worked as a spokesperson for the Green Party of Great Britain.


  • The Robots' Rebellion (1994)
  • ...And the Truth Shall Set You Free (1995)
  • The Biggest Secret (1999)
  • Children of the Matrix (2001)

Progression of Work

Michael Barkun, in his book A Culture of Conspiracy: Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America, describes Icke's earliest work, The Robots' Rebellion, as a reprisal of "early New World Order concepts." In other words, his vision of the network of secret overlords who reign over the entire Earth was fairly derivative. Though the book references "robots" in its title, the work is not about diabolical machines at all; even UFO's are only mentioned once. "Robots" are merely used as an epithet for us, the human race, mechanically carrying out the wishes of our overlords without any thought of insubordination. But it was in this first book that Michael Barkun introduced the concept of the Brotherhood (also called the Babylonian Brotherhood), which he would develop in later works.
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...And the Truth Shall Set You Free introduced more details concerning the Brotherhood's pyramid structure and the various sub-organizations it comprises, giving details of the division of authority and naming more prominent global figures who were included in its ranks. Among those named as members were George W. Bush, Henry Kissinger, Bob Hope, the Clintons, and Queen Elizabeth. It was also in this work that an extraterrestrial, non-human element was first ascribed to the Brotherhood.

Though Icke's earlier work is interesting in its own right, it was only in his magnum opus, proclaimed on its own bookjacket as "the blockbuster of blockbusters" which would revolutionize the world, that the Reptilian aspects of the Brotherhood were exposed. Even Icke's latest work, Children of the Matrix, is merely an elaboration upon the ideas presented in The Biggest Secret.

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Icke's Vision

In Icke's world, the Brotherhood is composed of extraterrestrial creatures who appear to be human and walk on two legs, but upon closer examination exhibit reptilian characteristics (how this optical illusion remains so impossible to unveil to the vast majority of the public is never fully explained). The Illuminati and other organizations which are the subject of popular conspiracy theories are subsumed under the Brotherhood in a pyramidal structure. Collectively, the organization has been responsible for the majority of tragedies and mass casualty incidents in human history. The pattern is that whenever genocide, mass enslavement, or acts of terrorism have been perpetrated, a leader of the Brotherhood, often himself an authority figure, has benefited from the results.

The extraterrestrial creatures of the Brotherhood manipulate mankind through their mastery over the fourth and fifth dimensions, which in turn allows them to create a massive psychic force field around the Earth which controls the thoughts of humans and keeps them ignorant of the Brotherhood's rule. However, if humans begin to wake up to the presence of the Brotherhood, the organization's psychic hold over the human race will be broken, the force field will dissipate, and mankind will be freed.

Sampling of Prominent World Events Attributed to the Brotherhood

  • The 9/11 attacks
  • The Oklahoma City Bombings
  • The Holocaust

Responses to Criticism

When Icke introduced the concepts of the manipulation of the fourth and fifth dimensions in his work, he also discovered a foolproof method for deflecting criticism. Icke has responded to criticisms of his work several times by portraying his critics as "materialists" who cannot grasp concepts beyond their immediate physical reality. His critics, he apparently believes, are doomed to live out their lives as slaves due to their lack of intellectual capacity for highly developed abstract thought.

Principal WOKS Used by David Icke

  • Imagination
  • A strict logical adherence to rules of physics which he made up.

Commentary on the WOKs

Imagination and logic make a dangerous combination. Icke's theory has internal consistency despite being a work of fantasy, much like the vaguely Latinate incantations used in the Harry Potter saga; while there is a systematic element characterized by vast invention (and which is all the more admirable for using reality as a jumping-off point), the whole thing still requires a willing suspension of disbelief in order to function at all.

What we end up with in Icke's case are hundreds of pages of historical speculation, surprisingly well-researched, which support a premise based on a completely made up science of psychokinetic force fields and reptile-humans. The details are all there, but the basic absurdity of the conclusion is never properly explained. With three hundred pages of more or less sane argument Icke tries to hide the fact that his premise is essentially a non-sequitur. His theory could be described as decapitated, with a fantastical head quite separated from a well-constructed body.

Using imagination and logic in tandem, one can spend hundreds of hours promoting a theory that makes no sense at all. And does one admire a paranoid man who has spent his adult life analyzing, say, newspaper clippings and the movements of the stars in order to prove his own delusions? The major difference between Icke and a hospitalized schizophrenic is that Icke sold books.

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Above: an artist's low-budget depiction of the force field which the Brotherhood uses to enslave mankind.

Explanations of David Icke's Work

Michael Barkun describes Icke's work as the acme of what he calls "New Age Conspiracism", praising him, in a strange sense, as the most sophisticated writer in the genre.

In The Reptoid Hypthesis: Utopian and Dystopian Represenational Motifs in David Icke's Alien Conspiracy Theory, academics Richard Kahn and Tyson Lewis argue that the reptilian overlord idea could just be a highly developed satire, comparing Icke to Jonathan Swift. From this perspective, Icke's work is viewed as a comic narrative with which people can question the world as well as a commentary on the fundamental absurdity of life.

Closing Comments

David Icke is a hero from both of the perspectives described above. On the one hand, he could be a prolific lunatic who sincerely believes in his cause, in which case his persistence in the face of popular ridicule is exceptional. On the other hand, should he simply be the author of an intricate satire, his devotion can only be described as sublime. Here is a man who has dedicated his entire public life to the deadpan delivery of an absurd joke, a man who was willing to dispose of whatever pride he had in order to recreate himself completely in the image of his persona and give his works a higher purpose.

Of course, such speculation may simply be another sort of conspiracy theory. After all, the most popular opinion is that David Icke really does believe in what he writes. Though, truly, wasn't the essence of his work questioning everything you see around you?

Is David Icke himself a reptilian overlord?

Perhaps not, but he is definitely some kind of evil genius.

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