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Three Essays on Freedom

by John Whiteside Parsons

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This is a limited edition book of 418 copies. I'm a big admirer of Jack Parsons. He was a pioneer rocket scientist, co-founder of the Jet Propulsion Labratory and occultist. He was also a friend of Aleister Crowley, L. Ron Hubbard (long before he invented Scientology) and head of the American branch of the O.T.O. He was most likely assassinated by a government agency by a "freak" explosion at Parsons' lab in 1952. He was 37.

The book is divided up into three essays, as the title implies: "Freedom is a Lonely Star", "Freedom is a Two-Edged Sword", and "Doing Your Will". These essays were absolutely fantastic. I knew Parsons was a really smart guy, but I didn't know how skilled of a writer he was, that is, until now. In his essays, Parsons skillfully makes his case and exhibits remarkable prescience. I had expected them to be somewhat dated, but they still ring true and are eerily relevant even in 2008. In the final essay, "Doing Your Will", Parsons explains Crowley's LIBER AL vel LEGIS (The Book of the Law) and how Crowley's Thelemic teachings correspond with Parson's philosophy and modern politics in general. ( )
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