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Jason Bermas talks with Gary Lachman, author of Politics and the Occult: The Left, the Right, and the Radically Unseen, on Prison Planet’s The Alex Jones Show.
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Aired December 2, 2009
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Host Miguel Conner and Gary Lachman discuss the marriage of occult and politics! Ever since Church and State began to separate during the Age of Enlightenment, Esoteric ideas have heavily influenced government institutions. It has been more of a norm than an exception, even and especially today. Secret Societies, Mystic Thinkers and Mercurial Occultists have repeatedly changed the course of history. From the Great Revolutions to the World Wars, we study this strange matrimony that is often as beneficial as it is disastrous. And how the precursor of the fall of great civilizations eerily parallels our modern times.
Topics discussed in this not-to-be-missed interview:
–The reasons the Occult and the Secular tend to blend during certain historical moments.
–Why the Occult and Esoteric are blind when it comes to backing Right or Left wing causes.
–How Hitler and other despots understood and tapped into the power of mythology, the mass consciousness and the mystical traditions.
–The reality most secret organizations, like the Rosicrucians or the Illuminati, never really existed or weren’t monolithic but were projections of the mass consciousness in need for healing.
–The reality that the occultist and politician (especially when they mingle) at their heart aren’t interested in a better world but really just despise the modern, scientific world.
–Paralleling our modern days with other seismic historical upheavals, including our political landscape, our obsession with end time scenarios like 2012 or the Rapture, and our finding meaning in several utopian ideals.
–Understanding why spiritually attuned people will warp in the political arena, like Joseph Campbell’s anti-Semitism, CG Jung’s Nazi-sympathizing and other examples.
–The concept of the Egregore—a psychic or even real godlike entity that is created from the mass trauma of a people.
Gary Lachman, founding member of the band Blondie and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, is the author of Politics and the Occult: The Left, The Right and The Radically Unseen, Turn Off Your Mind: The Mystic Sixties and The Dark Side of the Age of Aquarius.
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Gary talks about the connections between the halls of power and the “other world” which pre-date the typical discussions about the Founding Fathers–a fascinating discussion of how occult thought has permeated politics!Listen to the interview FREE!
It is unusual for a book on the occult to be not only brilliant and serious but also highly readable; Lachman has done it with ease and grace!
—Colin Wilson, author of The Occult and Mysteries
Gary Lachman is the author of several books on counterculture and alternative thought. His books include Turn Off Your Mind: The Mystic Sixties and the Dark Side of the Age of Aquarius; A Secret History of Consciousness; In Search of P.D. Ouspensky; A Dark Muse; Rudolf Steiner: An Introduction to His Life and Thought; The Dedalus Book of Literary Suicides: Dead Letters; and his most recent release Politics and the Occult. As Gary Valentine he was a founding member of the rock group Blondie, played guitar with Iggy Pop, and fronted his own groups the Know and Fire Escape. New York Rocker: My Life in the Blank Generation is an account of his years on the New York and Los Angeles underground music scenes in the 1970s and 80s, and in 2006 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is a regular contributor to Fortean Times, Independent on Sunday, Strange Attractor, What is Enlightenment and other journals in the US and UK. A frequent lecturer, Lachman has appeared in several UK television documentaries and has broadcast for the BBC. He lives in London.
Politics and the Occult:The Left, the Right, and the Radically Unseen, by occult writer and Blondie founding member and former bassist Gary Lachman, is this month’s latest review on the reflective, witty blog A Robot, I Am Not.
“When most think occult politics, they think the overblown claims of Nazi Occultism and the Thule Society…Lachman debunks these fantastical claims by laying down the actual (and much less colorful) history of the Thule society…Lachman closes the book with some of his own thoughts on “illuminated politics” in the current years. His concerns about American Fascism are not overblown or misplaced. When the majority of a country is expecting a rapture or deliverance from above, its desires could be easily manipulated by overzealous demagogues…When a society is desperate it may look to any alternative that combines religion with political solutions.”
–JRITCH, A Robot I Am Not
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The June ’09 issue of Fortean Times has reviewed Gary Lachman’s Politics and the Occult: The Left, The Right, and the Radically Unseen.
“Though exquisitely researched, Politics (and the Occult) is most illuminating when Lachman detours from straight reporting to offer up analysis…without a whiff of paranoia or wobbly speculation…Ultimately, Politics and the Occult is concerned with how the world is understood and particpated in. This excellent work, built on revolutions both Earthly and spiritual, attests to the protean nature of ideas.” –Mike Pursely, Fortean Times
“A fascinating work that’s a breath of fresh air.” –NEXUS
NEXUS is available at your local Borders, Barnes & Noble, and fine indie booksellers everywhere!
Leipzig Book Fair 2009, March 12-15
Second only to the Frankfurt Book Fair in size, this is Germany’s first major industry event of the year. In 2008, 2,345 publishers from nearly 40 countries were represented at Leipzig Book Fair, drawing a whopping 129,000 visitors!
…In this Unbound interview, EnlightenNext’s Carter Phipps speaks with Lachman about his latest book, Politics and the Occult: The Left, the Right, and the Radically Unseen, and the rich history of the often overlooked intersection between Western esotericism, social change, and politics…
New World Orders, the closing chapter in Gary Lachman’s Politics and the Occult: The Left, the Right, and the Radically Unseen, is excerpted in the latest issue of Evolve! magazine.
“Politics deals with the possible, not the ideal; it inhabits the messy world of becoming, not the stable world of being. Ideas from the world of being can inform the politics of becoming, but they cannot take its place, which means that as long as the world is the world, there will always be change. Attempts to force some ideal, whether right or left, into existence will fail, or success will come at such a cost that failure would have been preferable.” –Gary Lachman
Politics and the occult seem an unlikely couple, but the truth is that the two have had a long and remarkably influential relationship involving some of the key turning points in western history and spanning the political spectrum.–Gary Lachman
Join Gary Lachman on Just Energy Radio, airing Friday, February 27th. Lachman and Dr. Rita will discuss his recent release Politics and the Occult!
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Gary Lachman’s excerpt Dark Sides: The Jung Case argues the Nazi’s fervent belief in myth rather than the occult. Lachman explores C.G. Jung, like Hitler, as a great believer in the almost magical power of myth. Jung, whose complex political opinions are far too muddled to be labeled as simply fascist, is often charged with a certain nebulous nazi-ness.
In the end, Lachman classifies Jung as “one of the “good guys” who said “bad things.” “
Gary Lachman’s recent blog post on his book Politics and the Occult, entitled ‘Strange Bedfellows’, explores why politics and occult practice aren’t such an odd pairing after all; and in reality, aren’t quite as fantastical as some would like to believe either.
…one of the ironies I discovered while writing this book is that, although ideological enemies, the radical extremes of left and right often meet in their shared detestation of modernity. Both believe that the modern world, the one we wake up to everyday, is a dark desolate place…
–Gary Lachman, Strange Bedfellows on Reality Sandwich posted 1-14-09
Gary Lachman’s Politics and the Occult gets a mention on BBC Radio 3! Gary Lachman discusses the widespread cultural and theosophical impacts of Victorian author Edward Bulwer Lytton’s The Coming Race in this captivating feature on the mysterious energy called Vril.
Aired on BBC Radio 3, 9:30pm Sunday 4th January. Duration: 45 minutes
Listen to the audio, available until 10:17pm Sunday 11th January
The Magical Buffet has posted an amusing appraisal of Gary Lachman’s Politics and the Occult: The Left, the Right, and the Radically Unseen.
“…nothing could prepare me for… Quest Books asking me to review “Politics and the Occult: The Left, the Right, and the Radically Unseen” by Gary Lachman…What was this emotion I was experiencing? Could it be giddiness? Yes, I’m embarrassed to say, I was “as happy as a school girl”…Once I finally pushed past the girlish giggles…I came to a startling and delightful realization. Lachman has got game…“Politics and the Occult” isn’t pop culture fluff, and it’s not a rehashing of the ever popular Hitler and the occult genre, it’s a fascinating, thoroughly researched, and entertainingly presented look at the subtle influence that occult movements have on societies.”
–Rebecca Elson, Publisher of The Magical Buffet
Read this review in full.