In 1990, while spokesman for the Green Party, he visited a psychic who he said told him he had been placed on earth for a purpose and would begin to receive messages from the spirit world.:103 These events led him to announce the following year that he was a "Son of the Godhead" and that the world would soon be devastated by tidal waves and earthquakes, a prediction he repeated on the BBC's primetime show Wogan.:192–194 Icke's appearance on the show led to public ridicule in the United Kingdom.
Over the next 11 years Icke wrote The Robots' Rebellion (1994), And the Truth Shall Set You Free (1995), The Biggest Secret (1999), and Children of the Matrix (2001), in which he developed his worldview of New Age conspiracism.:103 His endorsement of the antisemitic forgery The Protocols of the Elders of Zion in The Robots' Rebellion and And the Truth Shall Set You Free led his publisher to refuse to publish his books, which were self-published thereafter.
This is not a sentiment that is going to resonate with many people here I wouldn't think and it certainly doesn't resonate with me but it does make me rememeber living in Sydney and how people there read the Business pages the way we read the sports pages. Everyone invests. Everyone follows the market. I assume America is similar. Far more familiarity and comfort with capitalism. No sense that money and an interest in money is vulgar.
I've talked on here before, loads, about this American tendency to elevate business leaders to culture heroes. Steve Jobs occupies the same position as Elvis Presley. There's a hero worship there. Again seems strange and disturbing to European sensibilities.