I'm here to chew bubblegum and talk about weird shit. And I'm fresh out of bubblegum.
Trump's new favorite website.
Good god, is this
what the country has come to? I've always said that conspiracy addiction is close kin to drug addiction. Yes, some conspiracies are real -- just as some drugs are beneficial. But even a "good" drug can turn you into an addict, and addicts always seek a more powerful high. The MAGA Pill site
is for addicts desperate for an armful of something stronger than heroin, crystal meth, or crack. MAGA Pill
is the krokodil of paranoia sites.
And our president wants you to read it.
The image above comes from this site; in order to read the small print, click to enlarge.
Franken photo funnies.
There's a theory going around
that the photo of Al Franken and Lindsay Menz was manipulated via Photoshop. Color me unpersuaded. Cannon's Third Law: Any
photograph, even one you just snapped, will start to look photoshopped if you stare at it hard enough.
Are the BernieBots going after Franken? Sure looks like it.
The Berners (whom we know
to be manipulated by Russia
) are trying to convince their sheep-like followers that getting rid of that awful sexist corporate shill Al Franken will result in his automatic replacement with Keith Ellison
, who will help Dear Leader Bernie usher in socialist utopia.
In the real world, of course, there will be a special election which will undoubtedly be won by Norm Coleman (pro-lifer, gay marriage opponent, big supporter of the Iraq invasion) or someone exactly like him. That's a lock. You have two choices: Either accept Franken's apology or live with a Coleman. Don't listen to the deceivers who beguile with with the myth of Door #3, because there just ain't gonna be
a Door #3.
Bernie can't pretend that there is any distance between himself and this "Justice Democrats" ratfucking operation: See here
The Secret Doctrine and fascism
. NYT writer Richard Fausset interviewed a neo-Nazi named Tony Hovater
and came away perplexed as to how a seemingly-normal fellow would make the slide into fascism. Fausset feels that his story has a "hole" because he can't find the Rosebud-like key to the man's personality. I would argue that one of the lessons of Citizen Kane
is that even when you learn the meaning of "Rosebud," you still won't have all the answers.
That said, I think that this nugget contains a Rosebud-esque revelation:
Mr. Hovater was exceedingly candid with me — often shockingly so — but it seems as though his worldview was largely formed by the same recombinant stuff that influences our mainstream politics. There were exceptions, of course: I saw, on his bookshelf, two volumes of Helena Blavatsky’s “The Secret Doctrine,” 19th-century work of esoteric spiritualism whose anti-Semitism influenced Nazi thinking.
But even if I had called Mr. Hovater yet again — even if we had discussed Blavatsky at length, the way we did his ideas about the Federal Reserve Bank — I’m not sure it would have answered the question.
When I made my own explorations of the conspiracy buff subculture, I was shocked and perplexed by the way Theosophy and The Secret Doctrine
kept coming up. Back in the 1990s, whenever one visited "crank" conventions or certain oddball bookstores, one inevitably ran into images of Master Kuthumi and Saint Germain and El Morya and all the other demigods of the Blavatsky pantheon.
Intrigued, I purchased both volumes of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky's The Secret Doctrine
and tried my damnedest to make my way through the author's irritating prose (much of which she shamelessly cribbed from other works). I also spent more time than I should have studying the history of her movement.
In case you don't know: Old Theosophical books -- the ones published before WWI -- usually feature HUGE swastikas on the title pages. Even today, the official Theosophy logo displays a swastika, a Star of David and an Ouroboros snake.
(Let me guess: Right now you're just dying
to give me the predictable lecture on how the swastika originally was not a negative symbol. Right? Well, spare me. Understand: I'm older
than you. The first time I heard that rap was before you were born.)
Those older Theosophical books also talk a lot about the wonderful, glorious "Aryan" race. Although Blavatsky's use of that word differed from Hitler's, I can demonstrate that there is a direct link between Theosophy and the fascism that we're fighting today.
I'll give you three examples:
An esoteric philosopher named Dietrich Eckhart was a Theosophist; see here
. Why is Eckart important? Look at the dedication page for Mein Kampf
. Eckart was the one who first advised Hitler to make use of the swastika symbol
An adventuress/spiritualist/oddball named Yuliana Glinka became, for a while, a close aide to Madame Blavatsky. Glinka played a still-misunderstood role in the transmission of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion
hoax to Russia and points beyond. James Webb's The Occult Establishment
-- once quite rare but now online
-- is your best place to start reading about Glinka, although you can learn more about her from the standard Blavatsky biographies and from a deep delve into the history of the Protocols.
William Dudley Pelley, leader of the Silver Shirts (the most important pro-Nazi group in America during the 1930s) was a hermeticist inspired, in part, by Blavatsky. His movement gave rise to the I AM cult, which in turn gave rise to Ramtha (remember him/her?) and to Elizabeth Clare Prophet's Church Universal and Triumphant, which was and is extremely right-wing and racist
. If you think Pelley had no link to Theosophy -- well, start here
. Pelley also disseminated (and probably wrote) an anti-Semitic hoax document called The Franklin Prophecy
Blavatsky's contribution to modern racism traces back to the second volume of The Secret Doctrine
, which outlines her theory of the root races. In this system (which her followers modified), the first four Root Races were proto-human while the Fifth Root Race -- the Aryan race -- constitutes all of humanity, which is divided into sub-races. At this point, modern Theosophists usually assure us that these sub-races were unified and equal, although Blavatsky's original text did not really convey that impression. It can't be denied, however, that Blavatsky advocated a eugenics program to engineer the next stage of human evolution. In other words, she foresaw the creation of a master race.
Theosophists deny that HPB countenanced racism. I must admit that the Theosophists I met "back in the day" seemed like reasonable people who bore no resemblance to our modern tiki-torchers. Gary Lachman's comments here
are probably on the right track.
Nevertheless: One must judge a tree by its fruit. We've seen far too many poisonous apples dropping from this particular tree.
The Evola connection.
As most of you know, Steve Bannon and other Alt Rightists revere Julius Evola, the Italian fascist hermeticist who advocated a return to pre-Enlightenment thinking. Evola had a massive influence on the thinking of Alexander Dugin, the mentor to Vladimir Putin. The major intellectual influence on Evola was, in turn a French occult philosopher named René Guénon, who can be called a Theosophist of a sort
, even though he turned against
Earlier today, I stumbled across Aristocrats of the Soul
, an elaborate website devoted to presenting the wit and wisdom of Evola and Guénon. That site offers an introduction to Evola's magnum opus, Revolt Against the Modern World
Evola discusses how in early ages, concepts like regality, the state, and religious rites were all ordered from a higher plane, and practices like initiation and societal rules like the caste system were ordered from above to align with the transcendent order. He discusses the differences between man and woman, along with the current dysgenics caused by the stronger animal-like impulse toward procreation that’s found in the lower classes. Also in Revolt Against the Modern World Evola presents a theory of root races that echoes the ideas of Theosophy.
In recent days, this book has gained a vast new readership. You can even get it on audiobook. I downloaded my free copy from a lovely site called Wrath of the Awakened Saxon
. From Chapter 21, "The Decline of the Superior Races":
It is no wonder the superior races are dying out before the ineluctable logic of individualism, which especially in the so-called contemporary “higher classes,” has caused people to lose all desire to procreate. Not to mention all the other degenerative factors connected to a mechanized and urbanized social life and especially to a civilization that no longer respects the health and creative limitations constituted by the castes and by the traditions of blood lineage. Thus proliferation is concentrated in the lower social classes and in the inferior races where the animal-like impulse is stronger than any rational calculation and consideration. The unavoidable effects are a reversed selection and the ascent and the onslaught of inferior elements against which the “race” of superior castes and people, now exhausted and defeated, can do very little as a spiritually dominating element.
of Evola's life and thought is as good as any I've seen:
You read enough of this stuff and it all becomes absurdly predictable. Liberty in all its forms is the enemy; hatred, tribal violence, dictatorship, mythological love of the lie, is the philosophical aspiration of superior people. Though Evola’s books poured out in the years before the war, each was a variation on the same theme.
As the Nazi party made advances in German politics, Evola was enraptured, placing all his hopes and dreams into the great cause, and became a full-time propagandist working in Germany. He spoke on behalf of the Third Reich, and became good friends with Nazi official and extermination-camp builder Heinrich Himmler. His services were so appreciated that Evola eventually became a top intellectual in Nazi circles, a genuine intellectual insider of a cause who provided ideological cover for its crimes, while cheering every aspect of Hitler’s war and regime as the best possible hope for humanity. He even ended up escorting Mussolini to Hitler’s hideout during the war. Evidentally, the slaughter of innocents was not only just fine by him but embodied some realization of what he believed must happen.
This is the philosopher idolized by Steve Bannon, architect of the modern right.
It must always be remembered that Evola was an occult
philosopher, even though he wanted Catholic monarchies to rule much of Europe. (He differed in this regard from HPB, who was ultra-paranoid about the Jesuits.) Keep that thought in mind as you try to understand how The Secret Doctrine
came to rest on Mr. Hovater's bookshelf.
Most of his modern admirers don't like to admit that Evola -- for all his emphasis on traditional male/female relations -- was (probably) gay. That's one paradox. Another paradox stems from his advocacy of both esoterica and pre-Enlightenment Catholicism. Still another paradox may may be found in the fact that the prophet of capital-T Traditionalism sprang out of the avant garde
art movement of the early 20th century.
Increasingly, I have come to feel that the avant gardists of a century ago opened a door to the very fascism that eventually declared all Modern Art to be Entartete Kunst
. As much as I love many of the paintings and works of literature produced in the early 20th century, I now believe that the Modernists took a wrong turn when they declared that the ultimate virtue is not beauty or wisdom but transgression
. This wrongheaded decision opened up a trail leading toward G.G. Allin, who "critiqued" the work of serial murderers as if they were fine artists and who literally sung the praises of misogyny, pedophilia and racism.
This idealization of transgression and the fetishization of shock still prevail in "arty" circles. My response: What could be more transgressive and shocking than wielding a tiki torch and chanting "Jew will not replace us"? If Marcel Duchamp disrupted bourgeois complacency, so did Julius Streicher -- and so does Alex Jones.