Politics and the Occult: The Left, the Right, and the Radically Unseen

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Quest Books, Nov 1, 2008 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 276 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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User Review  - Gus diZerega - Goodreads

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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User Review  - Nick Mather - Goodreads

If you're looking for an occult conspiracy book then this is not what you are looking for. Instead, Lachman offers a work that examines the links between individuals interested in or engaged in occult ... Read full review

Contents

Rosicrucian Dawn
1
Invisible Colleges
19
Masonic Maneuvers
37
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

Gary Lachman 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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