Politics and the Occult: The Left, the Right, and the Radically Unseen (Google eBook)

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Quest Books, Nov 1, 2008 - Political Science - 336 pages
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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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A highly readable wide-ranging tour through Western occult movements and the politics they have been associated with and, on occasion, influenced, from the late 1500s through the present day U.S ... Read full review

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Lachmann is well informed and this volume provides a fascinating account of the role men and women involved with the occult have played throughout European history from the time of the Renaissance to ... Read full review

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Contents

ROSICRUCIAN DAWN
1
INVISIBLE COLLEGES
19
MASONIC MANEUVERS
37
EROTIC ESOTERIC REVOLUTIONS
53
ILLUMINATIONS
73
SPIRITS REBELLIOUS
95
JOURNEYS TO THE EAST
117
KINGS OF THE WORLD ON THE MOUNTAINS OF TRUTH
133
REACTIONS
159
DARK SIDES
183
ARCHANGELS OF OUR DARKER NATURE
207
NEW WORLD ORDERS?
233
NOTES
241
INDEX
263
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
280
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About the author (2008)

Born in 1955, Gary Lachman is a former student of Gurdjieff's Fourth Way, as well as a counterculture expert. He published his first book, Turn Off Your Mind: The Mystic Sixties and the Dark Side of the Age of Aquarius, in 2001, a history of the 1960s occult counterculture. During the 1980s, Gary avidly studied philosophy, psychology, history, science, and esotericism. He also traveled in Europe, visiting Chartres Cathedral, Stonehenge, as well as the site of Gurdjieff's prieure in Fontainbleau. From 1987 to 1993, he managed the renowned Bodhi Tree Bookstore in Los Angeles and helped start their catalogue. He has published several articles in the Pauper's Press Colin Wilson Studies Series and was the Science Writer for the University of California Los Angeles. He received recognition for composing music and playing bass guitar for the pop rock group Blondie. His public figure rose in the late 1970s as he toured with Blondie and earned three gold records for his award-winning song, "I'm Always Touched By Your Presence, Dear, which was a top-ten hit in Europe and the UK. His unique experience with the group was the subject of his 2002 book, New York Rocker. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. Gary beca"me a full-time writer in 1996, when he moved London. He contributes to many journals in the US and UK including: Times Literary Supplement; Literary Review; Fortean Times; Mojo; Bizarre; and Guardian. He is author of A Secret History of Consciousness and A Dark Muse: A History of the Occult, among other books. He lectures widely on the esoteric underground and the 1970s New York music scene.

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