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Black Iron Prison[]

"The Black Iron Prison" is a concept of an all-pervasive system of social control postulated in the Tractates Cryptica Scriptura, a summary of an unpublished Gnostic exegesis included in VALIS. Philip K. Dick wrote:

Once, in a cheap science fiction novel, Fat had come across a perfect description of the Black Iron Prison, but set in the far future. So if you superimposed the past (ancient Rome) over the present (California in the twentieth century) and superimposed the far future world of The Android Cried Me a River over that, you got the Empire, as the supra- or trans-temporal constant. Everyone who had ever lived was literally surrounded by the iron walls of the prison; they were all inside it and none of them knew it.

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The Black Iron Prison: Discordia Revisited is a booklet by Various/Anonymous.

Colbertgasm, part of OMGASM, was a Black Iron Prison project to recruit Stephen Colbert (which he acknowledged on air by saying "23 Skidoo") and Mr. Stewart to the secret societies that they would best benefit.


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