Politics and the Occult: The Left, the Right, and the Radically Unseen
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.
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Review: Politics and the Occult: The Left, the Right, and the Radically UnseenUser 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
Review: Politics and the Occult: The Left, the Right, and the Radically UnseenUser 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
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