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Politics and the Occult: The Left, the Right, and the Radically Unseen (2008)
by Gary Lachman
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0835608573, Paperback)
The gritty business of politics is not something we usually associate with the occult. But esoteric beliefs have influenced the destiny of nations since the time of ancient Egypt and China, when decisions of state were based on portents and astrology, to today, when presidents and prime ministers privately consult self-proclaimed seers. Politics and the Occult offers a lively history of this enduring phenomenon. Author and cultural pundit Gary Lachman provocativly questions whether the separation of church and state so dear to modern political philosophy should be maintained. A few of his fascinating topics include the fate of the Knights Templar and the medieval Gnostic Cathars, the occult roots of America and the French Revolution in Freemasonry, Gurdjieff and the swastika, Soviet interest in UFOs, the CIA and LSD, the Age of Aquarius, the millenarian politics that inform the struggle with Islamic terrorism, fundamentalism, and more.
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"The link between the occult and politics is as old as politics itself. In ancient Egypt and China, magi translated the messages of the gods into the edicts of the land." "These days that link has become obscure, limited mostly to studies on the "dark side" of fascism. But countercultural critic Gary Lachman shows there is a "progressive," democratic occult politics as well. Focusing on notions of "hidden superiors" and the "retreat from the modern world," he traces how occult ideas have informed politics in the West ranging from the Knights Templar and Freemasonry to the French and American Revolutions, Spiritualism and Feminism, Theosophy and India, the search for Shambhala, the roots of Nazism, the occult revival of the 1960s, and Christian fundamentalism in the U.S. today.""Lachman's critique of occult politicians like Annie Besant, Emanuel Swedenborg, Nicholas Roerich, Rene Guenon, Julius Evola, Rudolf Steiner, Mircea Eliade, C. G. Jung, and Aleister Crowley shows that politics is as swayed by the occult now as it ever was. His fresh and conscientious view proves him one of the most reliable writers on this matter in the English-speaking world."--BOOK JACKET.
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