Philip K. Dick, Neo-Nazis and the National Security State

It is well known in science-fiction circles that author Philip K. Dick was a mad, drug-induced psychic shamanic figure who glimpsed into the future realms on an almost daily basis for over thirty years, much to his detriment in most cases.

What isn’t known so much is that during the 1950s he was friends with an FBI agent and that during the early 1970s a neo-Nazi organization tried to enlist him to their cause:

“In 1972, a far-reaching neo-Nazi organisation discreetly began to contact various high-profile authors in the U.S. with a view to enlisting their help; the plan being to covertly plant codewords into millions of science fiction novels and spread a secret message to certain sections of society. The message related to a new, deadly, and incurable strain of syphilis – deliberately unleashed on the country by enemies of the U.S. – that was currently sweeping the land at an incredible pace, its existence denied by the government. This was, in fact, the beginning of World War III.

The scene I just painted was lifted from the following two letters – intriguing letters to say the least – both of which were written by science fiction novelistPhilip K. Dick in 1972 and sent, in all seriousness, to the FBI. Interestingly, within two years Dick began to experience the ‘visions’ he would later document in his book, Exegesis.

Transcripts follow.

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Transcripts

Letter #1

October 28, 1972

Federal Bureau of Investigation
Washington, D.C.

Gentlemen:

I am a well-known author of science fiction novels, one of which dealt with Nazi Germany (called MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE, it described an “alternate world” in which the Germans and Japanese won World War Two and jointly occupied the United States). This novel, published in 1962 by Putnam & Co., won the Hugo Award for Best Novel of the Year and hence was widely read both here and abroad; for example, a Japanese edition printed in Tokio ran into several editions. I bring this to your attention because several months ago I was approached by an individual who I have reason to believe belonged to a covert organization involving politics, illegal weapons, etc., who put great pressure on me to place coded information in future novels “to be read by the right people here and there,” as he phrased it. I refused to do this.

The reason why I am contacting you about this now is that it now appears that other science fiction writers may have been so approached by other members of this obviously anti-American organization and may have yielded to the threats and deceitful statements such as were used on me. Therefore I would like to give you any and all information and help I can regarding this, and I ask that your nearest office contact me as soon as possible. I stress the urgency of this because within the last three days I have come across a well-distributed science fiction novel which contains in essence the vital material which this individual confronted me with as the basis for encoding. That novel is CAMP CONCENTRATION by Thomas Disch, which was published by Doubleday & Co.

Cordially,

Philip K. Dick
3028 Quartz Lane Apt. #2
Fullerton,
Calif 92361.

P.S. I would like to add: what alarms me most is that this covert organization which approached me may be Neo-Nazi, although it did not identify itself as being such. My novels are extremely anti-Nazi. I heard only one code identification by this individual: Solarcon-6.

Letter #2

November 4, 1972

Inspector Shine
Marin County Sheriff’s Office,
Marin County Civic Center,
San Rafael,
Calif 94903.

Dear Inspector Shine:

As you may recall, on or about November 17, 1971, my house at 707 Hacienda Way, Santa Venetia, was extensively robbed. The last time I talked to you, during February of this year, you informed me that you had broken the case; a man named Wade (Jerry Wade I believe) had been arrested with the Ruger .22 pistol of mine stolen during this robbery. I have been in Canada and now in Southern California and hence out of touch. Have any more of my possessions been recovered? Have there been any more arrests made? Do you have anything more you can tell me at this date?

While I was in Canada evidently my house was robbed again, during March of this year. I did not know this until what remained of my things arrived down here; my realtor, Mrs. Annie Reagan, had stored them, and at least one entire room of stuff is missing: the bedroom in which the control system of the burglar alarm was located, the one room not covered by the scanner. Obviously it was robbed by someone who intimately knew the layout of the alarm system and how to bypass it. I recall that Inspector Bridges thought that the November 17 robbery was an inside job, at least in part. I believe that this later robbery in March of this year proves it. Only two or three persons that I can recall knew the layout of the burglar alarm system. One was Harold Kinchen, who was under investigation by Airforce Intelligence at Hamilton Field at the time I left (Mr. Richard Bader was conducting the investigation; through Sergeant Keaton of Tiberon he asked me to come in and give testimony. It had to do with an attempt on the arsenal of the Airforce Intelligence people at Hamilton on I recall January first of this year). I have more reason to believe now than I did then that Kinchen and the secret extralegal organization to which he belonged were involved in both robberies of my house, although evidence seemed to point more toward Panthers such as Wade. I say this because this is Orange County where I live now, and I have come to know something about the rightwing paramilitary Minutemen illegal people here — they tell me confidentially that from my description of events surrounding the November robbery of my house, the methods used, the activities of Harry Kinchen in particular, it sounds to them like their counterparts up there, and possibly even a neo-Nazi group. Recently I’ve obtained, by accident, new information about Kinchen’s associates, and the neo-Nazi organization theory does seem reinforced. In this case, the November robbery was political in nature and more than a robbery. I have thought this for some time, but until now had less reason to be sure.

As to the motive of the assault I’m not sure at all. Possibly it had to do with my published novels, one of which dealt with Nazi Germany — it was extremely anti-Nazi, and widely circulated. I know for a fact that Harry Kinchen and the Japanese relatives he had through his wife Susan had read it. Kinchen’s Japanese-born mother-in-law, Mrs. Toni Adams, had read the novel in the Japanese edition. Beyond any doubt, Kinchen is an ardent Nazi trained in such skill as weapons-use, explosives, wire-tapping, chemistry, psychology, toxins and poisons, electronics, auto repair, sabotage, the manufacture of narcotics. Mr. Bader is of course aware of this. What I did not pass on to anyone, because I feared for my life, is the fact that Kinchen put coercive pressure, both physical and psychological, on me to put secret coded information into my future published writings, “to be read by the right people here and there,” as he put it, meaning members of his subversive organization. As I told you in November, he accidently responded to a phonecall from me with a code signal. Later, he admitted belonging to a secret “worldwide” organization and told me some details.

The coded information which Kinchen wished placed in my novels (I of course refused, and fled to Canada) had to do with an alleged new strain of syphilis sweeping the U.S., kept topsecret by the U.S. authorities; it can’t be cured, destroys the brain, and is swift-acting. The disease, Kinchen claimed, is being brought in deliberately from Asia by agents of the enemy (unspecified), and is in fact a weapon of World War Three, which has begun, being used against us.

In a recent confidential discussion which I had with my Paris editor, a close friend of mine, this editor ratified my conviction that to allow this coded “information,” undoubtedly spurious, to get into print, would be a disaster for this country. These neo-nazis or whatever they are would “break” their own code and make public this phony information, thus creating mass hysteria and panic. There is, of course, no such new untreatable paresis, despite rumors we have been hearing from Servicemen returning from Viet Nam. I have contacted the F.B.I. on the advice of my editor-publisher friend, but I felt I should contact you, too. You may wish to pass this information about the coded information in novels onto Mr. Bader.

I will hope, then, to hear from you. Thank you.

Cordially,

Philip K. Dick
3028 Quartz Lane #3
Fullerton,
Calif 92361.

P.S. Harold Kinchen introduced me to only one individual, who asked me to write for his underground pornographic publications; I refused. By accident I recently learned that this man, “Doc” Stanley, of Corte Madera, “was a student of the speeches of Hitler during his college days at the University of Chicago, advocating their doctrines and reading them to people.” Neither Stanley nor Kinchen mentioned this to me.”

Interesting that the University of Chicago comes up here. It is a well known fact that the U of C is a hotbed of nonconservative/Trotskyite philosophy where Leo Strauss spawned acolytes such as Bill Kristol, Paul Wolfowitz, Clarence Thomas, John Podhoretz, and Robert Bork (link).

And if neocons aren’t synonymous with neo-Nazis, I don’t know what is.

Maybe the drugs brought PDK some clarity, hmm?

Neo-Nazis, Syphilis, and World War III

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  2. According to Tessa Dick, Philip was not a drug user.

    1. Maybe not when she was married to him, but of course I’m only repeating (in my ever so humble opinion) what his early semi-autobiographical character “Horselover Fat” was claiming in ‘VALIS’, which was supposedly based on his life. That is why I called him a ‘shamanic figure’ because of his seeming ability to ‘see’ and ‘visit’ another reality.

      What’s your opinion Lesley, were PKD’s abilities partially drug induced, or was he a ‘natural genius’ in which he walked a very tight line between this world and another in his mind?

      1. So, I discovered about 16 years ago that there was in fact an FBI investigation regarding the allegations as mentioned in PKD’s letters above (I came into this knowledge by coincidence as I am a fan of science fiction, and Phillip K Dick). PKD and my Father partied a lot together during the 60’s/70’s. They shot around interesting ideas for potential future SCIENCE FICTION publications while snorting lots of blow. The story is PKD, like most highly intelligent, creative people was struck with addiction, and after longterm use of stimulants and hallucinogenics became paranoid. The drugs enhanced his genius, but also induced quite grand delusions. His brilliant ability to seemingly foresee the future will never be under-minded. He was an incredible science fiction writer, and will be remembered as such. -TK

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  4. The Highwayman | Reply

    “Beyond any doubt, Kinchen is an ardent Nazi trained in such skill as weapons-use, explosives, wire-tapping, chemistry, psychology, toxins and poisons, electronics, auto repair, sabotage, the manufacture of narcotics.”

    Sounds like he could have been an American “adviser” like those in place all over the globe, wherever fine wars are sold. No matter. It’s pretty much common knowledge, these days, that you can’t trust the “gubmint” as the Geez would say. Any gubmint.

    What do you think, Dad… might a few lines of blow enhance the already razor-edged ken of The Highwayman, that bane of all NWO proponents and elitist-minded ne’re-do-wells?
    ;-)

    1. What do you think, Dad… might a few lines of blow enhance the already razor-edged ken of The Highwayman, that bane of all NWO proponents and elitist-minded ne’re-do-wells?

      Hell no!

      You’re shamanic enough to see things from another reality, you have no need for ‘artificial’ stimulation! ;)

  5. The Highwayman | Reply

    :lol:

    True. My mind is ‘fertile’ enough. I’ve never claimed any kind of clairvoyance, however, my ‘gut’ has saved my ass on several occasions. I suspect that divine providence has played a part in much, if not all, of my having survived as long as I have.

    This Dick fellow is similar to that younger guy in a previous post you put up… those two guys interviewing each other in the video? (Too lazy to look it up) Maybe he *was* snorting some strange weed to get his ‘visions’. Even totally wasted, I never got any visions… except one, which was the result of having drove non-stop for three days straight. (Don’t ask me why) I was seeing all kinds of weird things, then, but I can’t claim it was anything other than a rebellious body driven to the edge from lack of sleep and food.

    We all have a psychic element in our being, a latent ability that gradually fell into disuse after we developed ‘intelligence’… :roll:

    Some of us have probably retained more than others… the latter, of course, finding secure employment in government service.

    1. Sorry to say HW, Philip K. Dick was a science-fiction writer of some notoriety when he shook off his mortal coil in 1982. But his stories have a reputation these days of being prescient, especially of this particular timeline we’re currently inhabiting.

      Many of his stories have been made into movies, the most famous being ‘Bladerunner’ which was based on his story ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?'(I had the original story at one time).

      Mr. Dick had a reputation of partying with the Haight-Ashbury crowd of the 1960s, although he did party earlier than that the legend goes. His novel ‘VALIS’ was semi-autobiographical and based on some ‘visions’ he experienced during the mid-1970s. I had to read it twice to get the idea of it and I just might read it again since I’m doing a little research on modern day shamans.

  6. I believe he was a natural genius, though, I suppose that in his early years he experimented as most people do.

    1. I think he was mostly a natural genius also Lesley, but I think some of the partying he did in his early years helped open the ‘door’ to his visions he experienced during the 1970s.

      If he realized that he would be as famous as he his now, I think he would’ve chuckled to himself and shook his head in disbelief!

      Here is a tidbit I didn’t know, although I should have, PDK was once diagnosed a ‘semi-functioning’ schizophrenic:

      Starting in seventh grade, however, Dick began suffering from bouts of extreme vertigo; the vertigo recurred with special intensity during his brief undergraduate stint. In his late teens, Dick later recalled, he was diagnosed as suffering from schizophrenia – a label that terrified him. Other psychotherapists and psychiatrists in later years would offer other diagnoses, including the one that Dick was quite sane.

      Leaving aside medical terminology, there is no question that Dick felt himself, throughout his life, to suffer from bouts of psychological anguish that he frequently referred to as “nervous breakdowns.” His experience of these was transmuted into fictional portraits, most notably of “ex-schizophrenic” Jack Bohlen in Martian Time-Slip (1964).

      http://www.philipkdick.com/aa_biography.html

      Like most geniuses, he walked a very tight line.

  7. I only heard stories from Harold Kinchen about PKD in the mid 80’s. He said they partied together in Marin County. Kinchen was in the Army working at the Presidio Hospital Pharmacy at the time. I wonder…….

    1. Hi Christiane, long time no talk. So I discovered about 16 years ago that there was in fact an FBI investigation regarding the allegations as mentioned in PKD’s letters above (I came into this knowledge by coincidence as I am a fan of science fiction, and Phillip K Dick). PKD and my Father partied a lot together during the 60’s/70’s. They shot around interesting ideas for potential future SCIENCE FICTION publications while snorting lots of blow. The story is PKD, like most highly intelligent, creative people was struck with addiction, and after longterm use of stimulants and hallucinogenics became paranoid. The drugs enhanced his genius, but also induced quite grand delusions. His brilliant ability to seemingly foresee the future will never be under-minded. He was an incredible science fiction writer, and will be remembered as such. -TK

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