Salaam, Peace! This is addressing the 'culture shapers' component of prof Atwill's ideas, rather than the 'Caesar's Messiah' side of things, but perhaps there is a connection. I was speaking to someone about MK ULTRA and how it may have been used by 'the elites', for want of a better word, to deliberately drive the society in a direction of their own choosing, as the Platonists would have it. The person with whom I was conversing, who has some experience with psychedelics/entheogens, opined that, no, they didn't know what they had when these substances were introduced into the culture worldwide. As he put it, it was akin to "opening Pandora's box", and the effects went out of their control. Hmmm?