So is there an occult elite driving some nefarious agenda within our culture? I do not think there is. Is there a marginally occult-literate 'elite' influencing pop culture in this manner? Probably - but for the kind of influence and exploitation that has been part of pop culture for decades.
I just don't think it's that easy to dismiss. For example, the writings of Dave McGowan (Weird Scenes Inside the Canyon) and some of the podcasts put out by Jan Irwin at Gnostic Media radio (though I think he's got an agenda), among others, reveal relationships and unlikely "coincidences" that suggest, at the very least, some strange and persistent connections between the deep state/occult and pop culture/social engineering. I think Chris is also trying to reveal such connections, and remove more layers, but he just doesn't seem interested in or able to do it for a larger, less "inside baseball" audience.
I have a fundamental problem with some conspiracy theorists who assume they are blessed with a singular insight that allows them to discern truths that 'secular' or 'establishment' subject matter experts miss because they are sucked into the fog manifested by the bullshit machine of the elites. So on the one hand they want to exhibit their prowess and influence in public and on the other they obstruct the most erudite and educated - revealing their dastardly plots to a cohort of weirdly gifted outsiders.
Also, in my experience, so-called "conspiracy theorists" are far more open-minded and willing to do the research on both sides of any particular issue than the highly educated academics and educated liberal friends I know in real life who are stuck in their safe media-of-record comfort zones and get angry and snarky when asked to step outside them. I have a lot of respect for the "conspiracy theorists" I've met so far -- and after some very dark nights of the soul, now consider myself a "conspiracy theorist by default" (meaning that I tend to believe that almost every official narrative of any event of note is full of half-truths/lies/propaganda and an oligarchical profit motive).
With respect to not obstructing or deferring to secular and establishment subject matter "experts" to discern/reveal "truth," while some subject matter experts undoubtedly have something to offer and are likely genuine, I think it's also pretty clear that quite a few so called experts in a variety of subject matter disciplines have been corrupted/discredited, at the least, by corporate agendas and the profit motive....
And finally, with respect to experts on "bracketed reality" events -- like 9/11 or occult rituals held in plain sight, I think it's become disappointingly clear that even former heroes who seemed to be legitimate critics of Empire are likely to be little more than gatekeepers. I count Noam Chomsky and my once beloved Chris Hedges (Death of the Liberal Class) among the fallen.