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There has been a lot published on Trump and the alt-right over the last couple of years, but it’s gotten pretty repetitious. Now, though, somebody has come up with something new. On Amazon:

Dark Star Rising: Magick and Power in the Age of Trump Paperback – May 29, 2018
by Gary Lachman (Author)

Within the concentric circles of Trump’s regime lies an unseen culture of occultists, power-seekers, and mind-magicians whose influence is on the rise. In this unparalleled account, historian Gary Lachman examines the influence of occult and esoteric philosophy on the unexpected rise of the alt-right.

Did positive thinking and mental science help put Donald Trump in the White House? And are there any other hidden powers of the mind and thought at work in today’s world politics? In Dark Star Rising: Magick and Power in the Age of Trump, historian and cultural critic Gary Lachman takes a close look at the various magical and esoteric ideas that are impacting political events across the globe. From New Thought and Chaos Magick to the far-right esotericism of Julius Evola and the Traditionalists, Lachman follows a trail of mystic clues that involve, among others, Norman Vincent Peale, domineering gurus and demagogues, Ayn Rand, Pepe the Frog, Rene Schwaller de Lubicz, synarchy, the Alt-Right, meme magic, and Vladimir Putin and his postmodern Rasputin.

Come take a drop down the rabbit hole of occult politics in the twenty-first century and find out the post-truths and alternative facts surrounding the 45th President of the United States with one of the leading writers on esotericism and its influence on modern culture.

Oddly, this isn’t, by the way, an utterly deranged perspective on the tradition Trump was brought up in, that of Norman Vincent Peale’s Power of Positive Thinking.

Trump attended Peale’s services as a boy and was married to Ivana by Peale.

Peale was considered very conventional socially.

But that’s mostly because America has had a religion of practical success going way back.

By the way, author Gary Lachman used to be Gary Valentine, the first bassist in Blondie. He wrote Blondie’s early singles “Presence” and “X Offender.”

 
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  1. BenKenobi says:

    “Napoleon, Alexander the Great, Donald Trump. We’re all cut from the same cloth.”

    In the Warhammer 40k mythos, the God-Emperor is an all-powerful human who has apparently lived throughout history. Many historical figures were actually the God-Emperor.

    Kek and His Prophet Pepe (PBUH) sit at the nexus of all pop-culture. Forget “six degrees of Kevin Bacon.” We live in the age of “two degrees of Kek.”

    Feels good, man.

  2. Dave Pinsen says: • Website

    One of the two songs he wrote ended up on Blondie’s greatest hits album, and you post the video for the other one.

    Just remembered he mentions Theosophy in Presence.

  3. @Dave Pinsen

    Was it destiny?
    I don’t know yet
    Was it just by chance?
    Could this be kismet?
    Something in my consciousness told me you’d appear
    Now I’m always touched by your presence, dear
    When we play at cards you use an extra sense
    (it’s really not cheating)
    You can read my hand, I’ve got no defense
    When you sent your messages whispered loud and clear
    I am always touched by your presence, dear
    Floating pass the evidence of possibilities
    We could navigate together, psychic frequencies
    Coming into contact with outer entities
    We could entertain each one with our theosophies
    Stay awake at night and count your r.e.m.’s when you’re talking with your super friends
    Levitating lovers in the secret stratosphere
    I am still in touch with your presence, dear
    I am still in touch with your presence, dear
    I am still in touch with your presence, dear, dear, dear, dear, dear

  4. When Pepe the Frog is listed among the “trail of mystic clues,” I’m sold.

  5. You should look at Twitter user Western Identity for more in this vein.

    If you don’t believe in the occult tho you’re not paying attention.

    • Replies: @Rapparee
  6. Anonymous[322] • Disclaimer says:

    Good catch. This looks like it could be extremely interesting. I’m somewhat (but not greatly) familiar with Lachman as a rocker reincarnated as a historian of esotericism, and my sense is that he puts in the work. He is absolutely discerning a crucial aspect of the Trump/Alt-Right phenomenon (an aspect that might not be so evident from someone who only reads unz.com), and he might be someone who can offer some actual insight on it. My initial hunch is that he is probably somewhat hostile, but also honest, and willing to take seriously all those who take esotericism seriously.

    I have some knowledge of Western esotericism in the last several millenia (not as great as I’d like) and some familiarity with the more redditish/chanish alt-right stuff (and some of the more esoteric friendly “alt-rightish” sites), and I’d say there is clearly some actual phenomenon here. Love it or hate, there is a phenomenon.

    • Agree: Simon in London
  7. The whole Kek thing was a pretty funny, vaguely spooky coincidence all right

  8. Anonymous[322] • Disclaimer says:
    @BenKenobi

    I basically know nothing about Warhammer 40k, but a brief review of wikipedia shows the creator (as expected) citing Dune as one source, and so I take it that the “God Emperor” locution ultimately derives from there.

    If the enemy had a clue, they would “expose” Dune as “Muslim-inspired” and mock GEOTUS. But the enemy is gripped by fear; fear is the mind-killer.

    (Some recent comment mentioned Dune and Islam, which probably sparked this line of thinking – thanks.)

    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
    , @Anonym
    , @Anon
  9. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:

    Lachman, as Valentine, was fired for upstaging D and for swinging the neck of his bass onstage once nearly whacking her in the face. Chris tried paying bass for a while but the role didn’t suit him so they hired Nigel Harrison, who had played with Ray Manzarek.

    Harrison was a very good utility bass player who was fired from the band for unspecified reasons initially in the wake of The Hunter tour. After joining Frank “The Freak” Infante (as he was credited on at least one Blondie album) in legal action he was declared persona non grata by C and D.

    My personal story is that I ran into him one day in Los Angeles when I was dead broke and visiting and he bought me lunch. He told me that he was doing semi-okay even by LA standards because, a couple of songs he co-wrote had gotten heavy Muzak play and generated some royalties.

    ((Lachman/Valentine)) was temporarily rehabilitated after C and D decided to reform Blondie and did a few early gigs in the late 90s (’97 was her doing the Jazz Passengers stuff, so this might have been ’98) before being re-released, so to speak, in favor of Leigh Fox who had played with D on all those famous solo albums…..uh, you do remember those, no? Oh, yeah , that’s right, they all completely flopped in the US.

    The only genuinely key musician in the band was, and is, drummer Clem Burke, who is a first rate rock and roll drummer who would be considered in every Top 10 magazine list of rock drummers had he joined a prog , heavy metal or hard rock band instead of a bunch of nerds with a girl singer.

    Destri (a great songwriter in his own right), Infante and Harrison have been replaced by studio pros who are technically very good but are not going to add anything to songwriting. Surprisingly enough their last couple of albums had a number of new songs that are pretty good. Of course, they got zero airplay in the US, but the record (and yes, there is vinyl) is not bad at all-its only failing is too many cooks spoiling the soup as they had a lot of collaborators.

  10. @Steve Sailer

    This reads like the perfect Waldorf School anthem – except that the German Waldorfians at least loathe Rock.
    Steiner was a performer of sorts though – he knew how to impress audiences – a basic skill in the bohème-scene he stemmed from/ got big (=a “star”…) in.

  11. Anonymous[551] • Disclaimer says:

    Pepe the Frog doesn’t actually exist.

  12. The giveaway words in the publisher’s blurb are ‘cultural critic’. That spells a kookery recipe:

    Double, double toil and trouble;
    Fire burn and caldron bubble.
    Cool it with a baboon’s blood,
    Then the charm is firm and good.

  13. Anonymous[551] • Disclaimer says:

    The only Satanists are The Economist editorial board.

    • Agree: YetAnotherAnon, L Woods
  14. Anonymous[551] • Disclaimer says:

    I wonder if Gary Lachman is a lurker at iSteve?

  15. I read Dark Star Rising a couple of months ago, in a review copy; but have been holding-off publishing my thoughts until after the official publication date.

    Gary Lachman is a very solid and well known writer on ‘occult’ topics – I have read quite a few of his previous books (e.g. on Rudolf Steiner, Swedenborg, and historical surveys of sixties spiritual counter culture, Western estorericism etc). All are very good.

    He also wrote a really *excellent* biography of Colin Wilson called Beyond the Robot (indeed, I first came across Lachman around 2000 when we both used to contribute to a small, Colin Wilson oriented magazine).

    Having said all that positive stuff, and to my surprise and disappointment – I found Dark Star Rising a poor book; far below the high standards I have come to expect from GL – lacking both (minimal) objectivity; and with a meagre, distorted, and fundamentally mistaken factual basis. Histrionic and sloppy.

    I’ll say more specifcially, when I review it properly on my blog. But I would say: please don’t be put off reading Lachman’s earlier work by this book; which is probably, unfortunately, going to get a fair bit of publicity…

  16. Anonymous[322] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    Jordan Peterson disagrees.
    (I think.)

  17. Anon[150] • Disclaimer says:
    @Dave Pinsen

    Your comment shows that you were a Johnny-come-lately to Blondie. X Offender was on the first album, and was the rawer, more original Blondie sound. People tend to like stuff from the first album they buy for a group. I bought the first Blondie album, and for me that’s the one. On the other hand I bought the second Ramones album first, so the first album has always seemed too primitive and raw to me.

    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
    , @anonymous
  18. Anonymous[551] • Disclaimer says:

    As the great Ozzy Osbourne said, when questioned by a TV chat show host about alleged ‘occult proclivities’, “The only ‘Black Magic’ I know comes in a chocolate box”*

    *Cadbury’s ‘Black Magic’, a popular budget priced selection of dark fondant chocolates, retailing in the UK. Made famous by a long running iconic TV advertising series involving a James Bond style stuntman.

    • Replies: @(((They))) Live
  19. Anon[150] • Disclaimer says:

    Without the tribe, there would be no punk: Jews in punk:

    https://punkpioneers.com/jewish-punks/

    They’re missing Alan Vega, né Bermowitz, of Suicide.

    • Replies: @Abe
    , @Anon
  20. El Dato says:

    Yeah, I’m saddened that the Multiverse is not mentioned even one.

    I how many Satanic Verses of the Multiverse did Trump win the Election and how much Eldritch Dark Energy was actually involved?

    But at least we have Evola and probably Himmler.

  21. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
    @Anonymous

    The connections between Dune and Islamic history couldn’t be more obvious (desert planet, jihad, etc.), but Paul Atreides isn’t from the desert – he’s from green and lush Caladan. He’s Lawrence of Arabia, but with an imperial opponent much more formidable than the Ottomans – one more like peak Ancient Rome or the Mongols under Genghis Khan. And, the novels state that the lineage of House Atreides goes back to Ancient Greece. So he represents civilization attempting to co-opt the barbarians.

    • Agree: Percy Gryce
    • Replies: @Anonym
  22. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
    @Anon

    Absolutely I was a Johnny come lately – my first and only Blondie record was the greatest hits I got in the mid-90s with one of those “buy 13 CDs for a penny” deals. But I’m not the one who decided to put Presence and not X Offender on the greatest hits album.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  23. Lot says:

    I recently read two long articles on Counter Currents on Evola and Hinduism.

    All I can say is I want that 20 minutes of my life back. Mumbo jumbo babble wabble all of it.

    Evola was a crank and all of Western religions are better than all Indian religions.

  24. @Dave Pinsen

    “Presence” seems like the better song, but I wasn’t familiar with it until now (it wasn’t released as a single in the US), whereas I think X Offender was played a lot on Rodney on the Roq in 1977 on KROQ, so I associate it with early Blondie.

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @anon
  25. DFH says:
    @Lot

    It pains me to say it, but I agree. It’s a mystery to me why he is so popular.

  26. Anonym says:
    @Anonymous

    If the enemy had a clue, they would “expose” Dune as “Muslim-inspired” and mock GEOTUS. But the enemy is gripped by fear; fear is the mind-killer.

    Freakin lol man

  27. @Anonymous

    Pepe the Frog doesn’t actually exist.

    Oh, ye of little faith!

  28. Anonymous[413] • Disclaimer says:

    Apparentky, ‘Magick’ with a ‘k’ refers specifically to the Crowleyan corpus of occultism.

  29. Anonym says:
    @Dave Pinsen

    That’s a pretty interesting take. I should read it again as the first and only time I read it I was about 15-17.

    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
  30. Anonym says:

    Uhhhh… remember spirit cooking and Podesta? Democrats were way more occulty but they got the semen/blood ratio wrong with their recipes. Or something.

  31. Tiny Duck says:

    Why do white males commit a disproportionate amount of crime?

    Dear white people- let’s get this straight. You can’t be victims of racism. Racism means that the whole culture, society, economy and much of what is considered law is against you because of your race. All of those things support white people. So stop claiming it, ever. Period.

  32. … Norman Vincent Peale, domineering gurus and demagogues, Ayn Rand, Pepe the Frog, Rene Schwaller de Lubicz, synarchy, the Alt-Right, meme magic, and Vladimir Putin and his postmodern Rasputin.

    What? No discussion of Marina Abramović and her ‘spirit cooking’ sessions with the Pedosta Bros.? No new details on Jimmy Alefantis ‘sacrificing chickens to Molloch’ at Comet Ping-Pong Pizza? No Bohemian Grove?

    What a fraud!

    https://dcpizzagate.wordpress.com

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  33. It would seem foolish not to acknowledge the spooky power of (ironic) belief in Pepe and Kek in granting victory over the Serpent. The power of positive thinking. Shadilay.

    I have seen Evola mentioned a lot by both the genuine Alt Right (more in the early Radix era than more recently), and by esoteric MAGApedes; but I don’t know if he directly influenced the 4channers at all.

    One thing that seems clear is that whatever spell was cast, was entirely focused around the defeat of Clinton and election of Trump, there was no what-comes-next, which allowed for a big counter offensive by the combined Forces of Evil after November 2016.

  34. @Lot

    Yes, that sort of stuff at Counter-Currents repels me. Add to that all their pro-Fascist stuff and what’s left hardly seems worth the visit. There’s a French podcast I listen to that’s as close to neo-Fascism as Counter-Currents — ie. neo-Fascist in everything but name — but doesn’t get bogged down in all that mystical, neo-pagan rubbish.

  35. tyrone says:

    hilary’s spirit cooking should at least get a look in…….Oh come on ,we all know the democrats are demonically possessed (you can tell by the eyes)

  36. One occult concept I do think applies in our time is the egrigore:

    Egregore (also egregor) is an occult concept representing a “thoughtform” or “collective group mind”, an autonomous psychic entity made up of, and influencing, the thoughts of a group of people. The symbiotic relationship between an egregore and its group has been compared to the more recent, non-occult concepts of the corporation (as a legal entity) and the meme.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egregore

    The legacy media works tirelessly to create and maintain an egrigore they call “the Narrative”. “Perception is reality”, my dear.

    Trump’s surprise win, and his “no f**ks given” tweeting style, seriously threatens faith in the Narrative. The high priests of this low cult know Trump must be seen to be destroyed by the Narrative or it’s all over for them.

    • Replies: @Cagey Beast
  37. Clyde says:

    With Clem Burke the Blondie member -drummer- most likely to be a Trump voter.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  38. El Dato says:
    @Jenner Ickham Errican

    Am I looking at Buddha Hitler? (Would that be “Butler”?)

    • Replies: @Jenner Ickham Errican
  39. Anon[147] • Disclaimer says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Rodney also gave heavy rotation to Valentine’s solo album and The Know, good stuff.

    Also, there’s Valentine’s version of Presence on YouTube, written for his girlfriend, a parting present to Blondie on his way out.

  40. Adding to the previous literary genre comparing Trump to a certain mid-20th-century Aryan-European god-emperor is the recent book (pretty good) by the historian Thomas Childers, “The Third Reich: a history of Nazi Germany”. The author must have written the manuscript in 2016, because a whole chapter is titled “Making Germany Great Again”. (On page 413-14 is the tidbit that Benito Mussolini was the de facto chairman of a pre-war summit meeting, because he was the only one who spoke all four languages: German, English, French, and of course Italian.)

  41. JackOH says:
    @Lot

    Lot, I’d read a bit of Evola years ago, and liked it well enough. He just seems to me a salon philosopher, literate and sincere to be sure, but with nothing practical to offer on how to get from Point A to Point B.

    I suppose I could write something on how the Ohio of 1818 was superior to today’s Ohio in terms of the moral agency the individual enjoyed then compared with now. But, and this applies to Evola and other political “mystics”, what of it?

  42. “not spoon-bending or horoscopy, not the Golden Dawn or make-believe shamanism, astral projection or the Satanic Mass — if it’s mumbo jumbo you want go for the real stuff, banking, politics, social science — not that weak blavatskian crap” — T.A.Z.

  43. Kirt says:

    This sounds like it might be a very interesting book – or a very silly one. Gnosticism, formerly the domain of elitist secret societies such as the Masons and Skull and Bones, has in recent years become much more varied and available to the masses. From best sellers to movies to radio shows to youtube channels, it permeates pop culture and has some influence on practically everyone. It would be interesting to know which types of Gnosticism have influenced Trump and the Alt-Right and to what extent. With respect to the Alt-Right, Evola certainly stands out.

  44. Neoconned says:

    Steve there’s this Netflix show called Glow about female wrestling….somehow I think you’ll enjoy it.

    It reminds me of that phrase”the old, weird America…..”

    • Replies: @Brutusale
  45. @Anonymous

    I think it was Milk Tray that had the Bond style stuntman, and all because the lady loves………

  46. Anon[147] • Disclaimer says:

    OT

    How about a post containing an annotated list of recommended reading on ancient Rome?

  47. BB753 says:

    Wait a second! I thought it was the Democrats who were into Alesteir Crowley’s “sex magick” and spirit cooking! Hillary, the Podestas, Brock, etc are tight with Marina Abrahamovic.
    Perhaps Trump’s side was using White magic against Hillary’s Dark Magick (she’s now a certified witch enlisted in a coven. Look it up!).

  48. Let’s give him credit, Te Genius Coates was onto this last year when he wrote, “But whereas his forebears carried whiteness like an ancestral talisman, Trump cracked the glowing amulet open, releasing its eldritch energies.”

    Trump’s eldritch energies were sufficient to beat back the satanic forces unleashed by Hillary’s spirit cooking.

  49. Luke Lea says:

    I was a little surprised Scott Adams wasn’t mentioned. His worldview is kind of magical. Facts don’t matter. It’s all about persuasion. People are infinitely manipulatable. Sounds like sorcery.

    • Agree: Dave Pinsen
    • Replies: @Samuel Skinner
    , @jim jones
  50. Anonymous[128] • Disclaimer says:

    Reminds of that classic 1970s pop song by the Scottish band, Pilot, ‘Oh, Oh, Oh It’s Magic’.

    Can someone, for nostalgia’s sake please post a YouTube link.

    • Replies: @Percy Gryce
  51. Abe says: • Website
    @Anon

    Without the tribe, there would be no punk: Jews in punk

    Makes sense. Punk (can you tell I’m not the biggest fan?) is the sound that results when someone who’s primarily interested in delivering rants and political screeds realizes they can more effectively do so by sugarcoating them in song form, and so obtains the absolute minimum instrument playing skill necessary to begin immediately doing so.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  52. JoelsBlog says: • Website

    Hian..THIS got me rolling on the floor anyways….

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  53. Anonymous[128] • Disclaimer says:

    Perhaps Donald Trump should ditch the Rolling Stones as his court musicians, be patriotic, skip a generation or two, and go back to the ‘great American songbook’, and in particular Frank Sinatra – the official bard of the ‘greatest generation’.

    To appease Lachman Trump should utilize to Sinatra standards in particular – ‘ That Old Black Magic’ and ‘It’s Witchcraft’.

  54. Anonymous[128] • Disclaimer says:

    - and how the ‘liberals’ and ‘progressives’ just loved to laugh and point the finger at those ‘benighted superstitious credulous fools’ at Salem.

    And, oh! ‘Witch-hunt’ was used as the catch-all term of abuse to categorize Sen. Joe McCarthy.

  55. @Anonymous

    Unz, quickly!
    Where is our “heretic” button?!

  56. @Bruce Charlton

    lacking both (minimal) objectivity; and with a meagre, distorted, and fundamentally mistaken factual basis.

    Rather like the Book of Mormon then. I’m surprised you didn’t embrace it on the basis of its narrative appeal to you.

  57. @Luke Lea

    He is sort of right. You can get people to say nearly anything as long as they think it is socially mandatory. The catch is human behavior isn’t as malleable and in the long run things return to an equilibrium.

  58. Can’t wait to read this, as it will be fascinating to see a normie’s perspective on Esoteric Kekism.

    This is a great primer; https://www.counter-currents.com/2016/09/esoteric-kekism-is-a-religion-of-peace/

    Lawrence Murray did a bunch of articles on meme magic at the now defunct Atlantic Centurion blog. IIRC, he eventually came to the conclusion that Pepe (PBUH) was the final avatar of Vishnu.

    • Replies: @MEH 0910
  59. The fact that any significant number of people actually care what some inveterate rock star guy has to say on anything of any importance, much less has to say about the occult per se, is just another manifestation of the loss of true faith and true religion in this age.

    Therefore, let’s make it all really simple:

    -Most so-called rock and roll, under whatever moniker you’d like to use, is the devil’s music. It arouses base passions in its melodies and rhythms (such as they are) and suggests sinful acts in its lyrical content more often than not.

    -The occult is the devil’s religion.

    -Avoid both, and avoid people who are associated with both to any significant degree and endorse either.

    St. Michael the Archangel defend us in this our day of battle.

  60. Trump won because he controlled his cartoon/meme, and Hillary had hers imposed:

    http://www.epsilontheory.com/this-is-why-we-cant-have-nice-things/

    Magick!

    • Replies: @Haxo Angmark
  61. “Change your thoughts and change your world” Norman Vincent Peale

    “…Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind” St. Paul in his letter to the Romans 12:2 (KJV)

  62. JohnnyD says:

    Well, at leas this guy is being creative and isn’t just copying and pasting the SPLC’s latest intelligence report.

  63. @BenKenobi

    Wasn’t there a Star Trek (the original series) episode with a plot along those lines: an immortal who takes on various roles, then pretends to die and move on?

  64. Anon[288] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    Pioneer bands like the Stooges weren’t Jewish, and neither were very influential pioneers like Johnny Rotten or the Clash. There were a whole raft of great British punk bands from the Damned to the Buzzcocks during the 1976-1979 era who were not Jewish. Frankly, Jews were a lot more like scenesters hanging around than anything else, and the ones doing the best music weren’t Jewish. For example, the vast majority of the Ramones’ songs were written by their non-Jewish member, namely Dee Dee Ramone.

    • Replies: @dfordoom
    , @duncsbaby
  65. Altai says:
    @BenKenobi

    He was also born about 6000 BC in Anatolia. Is Trump the manifestation of primeval glory of the noble savage proto-Hittite?

  66. eD says:

    There is about as much reason to believe that Donald Trump became President of the United States because be was influenced by Norman Vincent Peale as there is to believe that Barack Obama became President of the United states because he was influenced by Jeremiah Wright, but then Steve Sailer probably really does believe that Obama became President because he was influenced by Jeremiah Wright.

    • Replies: @AndrewR
    , @Alfa158
    , @duncsbaby
  67. RudyM says:

    And some key members of Blondie had a serious interest in occultist cum [ahem] artist, Austin Osman Spare.

  68. Anon[250] • Disclaimer says:

    The memes are become real.

  69. anon[112] • Disclaimer says:
    @Steve Sailer

    X Offender is way more punky and silly and fun though. The Mayor of Sunset Strip knew his stuff.

  70. anon[112] • Disclaimer says: • Website
    @Lot

    Weird but true? Was Julius Evola helped by Ebola constantly in the news at the same time?

  71. utu says:

    A book about Chabad-Lubavitch circles around Trump and Putin and Netanyahu would be much more interesting. What is their plan for the World? Trump moving among the slum lords of NY and NJ whole his life, being close to Kushners who ‘know all the crooks in Israel.’ Chassidism, Kabbalah and antinomian Frankists forms of Judaism fit the definition of occult as good as anything but unlike in stories about Blavatsky or Steiner there is also real money and power.

    • Agree: Seamus Padraig
  72. jim jones says:
    @Luke Lea

    Scott Adams was the man who convinced me that Trump would win.

  73. I was a somewhat typical boomer normie in 2015. Trump’s message appealed to me. I found my way to 8chan /pol/ later that same year. I watched a funny frog meme grow into the Religion of Irony.

    Some things to consider after further investigation.

    4chan was owned by Moot, who was also the only mod there for some time. A board there called /b/ (random) became the hotbed of angst in the GamerGate era. At the same time Moot began dating a Jewish game journalist, and so began taking steps against people on his boards who were critical of game journalism. The first thing he did was create /pol/ (POLitically Incorrect) as a containment board. Later he banned them all.

    Hot Wheels then created 8chan, and /pol/ was THE most active board there. It’s where most of the /b/ board refugees wound up. Some of them became the “hacktivists” known as Anonymous.

    That last doesn’t seem to be general knowledge. Practically all of the original members of Anonymous were former posters on /b/. It’s where “Anonymous” originated, as everyone posts as Anonymous (except for namefags aka tripfags). Anons refer to each other as faggots, fags, and /pol/lacks. Also Britbongs, Burgers, and other names I won’t post here.

    Anonymous the group was infiltrated by the FBI in June of 2011 with the arrest of the hacker Sabu. He turned the very next day, and rolled on everybody he knew. Google “LulzSec” if you want to read more about this. There are also some documentaries on all this on Anonymous Official on YouTube. Which is odd, because the FBI founded AntiSec about a week after Sabu flipped, and they arrested all members of the group. All of them. Draw your own conclusions about Anonymous today.

    Another thing to consider is, what is the business model of an Asian finger painting board with no ads? How do they make enough money to even stay afloat? Who exactly would advertise on “the Darkest Corner of the Internet,” after all.

    Also read up a little on Aladdin and BlackRock. Aladdin is an AI of sorts, which predicts the probable outcome of business deals based on historical data; not just business data, but world history, and human behavior. It’s business is advertised as Risk Management. It has been astonishingly accurate. What is the likelihood of such a system not being adapted to Game Theory, and predicting human behavior in order to control it?

    Another part of this is the fact that meme warfare by intelligence organizations of many nations, and by business as well, is a fact. This is an internet division of public relations, or narrative control. Just what does the NSA do with all that data besides looking for terrorists, which they appear to do badly, judging from the successful terrorist attacks that have happened in the last decade. It’s almost as if looking for them weren’t the prime reason for gathering all that data.

    There’s no doubt the FBI and other three letter agencies monitor the boards. Other nations do, too, especially since the election. The weaboos there crow loudly that a bunch of autists living in mother’s basement, wacking off to anime girls, won the 2016 election.

    Is this plausible? Possible, perhaps, but is it likely? I think that among the amateurs, there were paid professionals at work as well. The FBI, at least, has been learning about board culture from the top sh!tposter on the net since five years before the election.

    A possible theory is that there are those in the FBI who are /ourguys/ and fight for traditional American culture and government. The leadership is definitely globalist, and in the end, when you think it all through, this makes perfect sense. Globalsim = Western hegemony, though the very definition of “Western” is being attacked and phased out.

    Kekism, and the Great Meme War will be studied for years, I think, by people who will never understand it. A hundred years from now people may take it as fact that a cult group of Americans in the early 21st Century worshipped a fascist frog.

  74. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    I always thought Dune was somewhat Islamic; the desert, covering up when outside to avoid dehydration, an entire way of life based on survival in the desert.

    Then it veered off into spice making artificial babies, Beni gesserit and the rest.

  75. anonymous[227] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    Did you buy Blondie’s first on the Private Stock label? A hotter pressing than the six-month later Chrysalis re-release.

    Fred Smith from the critics darling band Television was Blondie’s original bassist – he quit to go to Television, cost him some money but he was more artistically fulfilled.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    , @Anon
  76. It is quite magical when one realizes that THE TRUMPSTER won Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin by a combined total of only about 80,000 votes (yes, that’s right, only eighty thousand votes – – – not a misprint!)

    Would Creepy, Touchy Uncle Joe or would Commie Nut Feel-the-Bern have beaten Trump? We’ll never know! The worst Democrat candidate for President in history is now wearing a back-brace in order to stay vertical and mobile – – – but she still wobbles from time to time.

    Hillary came out of the Jaws of Hell to get your vote! She outspent Trump 4 to 1 and she still lost but, of course, she skimmed some of that campaign cash off the top. Expenses, don’t you know!

  77. MEH 0910 says:
    @Gunnar von Cowtown

    What Magic Got Trump Elected?

    In the book, we also learn how Pepe the frog became a so-called egregore and took on a diabolical life of its own as a hate-symbol around which the so-called alt-right could rally. The cartoon character was created in 2005 as a form of likable slacker dude but quickly morphed into the hate-filled persona after presidential candidate Hillary Clinton dubbed supporters of then-candidate Donald Trump as a “basket of deplorables.” The response from the political right was a photo-shopped picture based on the movie “The Expendables” featuring the images of Trump, Pepe, and others, instead of the actors.

    In some ways, that part of the story is even scarier than the part involving Russia’s Dugin as a geopolitical architect. Why? Because once an egregore gains life in the way that Pepe did, its creators have little they can do to stop it, at least if you believe Lachman. Worse still, there are no ‘good’ egregores, he writes.

  78. Ookie says:

    The science-fiction author and technology prophet Arthur C. Clarke once said that a technology sufficiently advanced from our own would be indistinguishable from magic.

  79. @Abe

    But they fight for our right to pa-a-a-arty.

    So give them that.

  80. AndrewR says:
    @eD

    Obama became president in part due to throwing Wright under the bus, but Obama’s actions in office were in large part motivated by thinking similar to Wright’s. The only question is how much influence did Wright really have on Obama vs. how much of the similarity between the two men’s worldviews was coincidental.

  81. Mr. Anon says:

    A New Angle on Trump and the Alt-Right: Magick!

    I’m sure this will become a popular idea among the “reality-based community” of the left.

  82. Mr. Anon says:

    OT – A new take on Reparations: 40 acres and a cocktail

    Reparations Happy Hour

    Remember, POCs, not to thank those white people for the drink. If you say “thank you”, it’s not reparations.

  83. Listen, every single man or woman that I’ve known who’s been into occult, witchcraft, Indian sweat lodges (yeah, you’re supposed to get magical visions, I got visions of the big Kool-Aid guy, is all), whatever, has been a hard-core lefty. Keep in mind though, a hard-core lefty back then would still be more conservative than President Trump.

    No, I’m not getting the book, even out of the library. I’ve got nothing against bass guitarists by the way. The best rock sounds come from bands in which the bass player writes songs, IMO. The Police, That band after the Quarrymen, but before Wings, and. of course, the Killer Whales, come to mind:

    (If you don’t have big woofers, don’t click!)

  84. Roland says:

    Oddly enough, in the “X Offender” video, Lachman/Valentine is “playing” guitar, and Chris Stein (Blondie’s main squeeze) is “playing” bass.

  85. BTW, anyone who consistently spells Magick that way has spent way too much time in the basement. Ya gotta get outside, people!

    Thanks for the Blondie – I’d never heard either, but the second one, I’m Touched by your Presence, sounds better at first listen.

  86. Reportedly, Lachman originally wrote the song “Sex Offender” about his experience of having the police come to his house and arrest him for statutory rape (17-year-old girlfriend or something).

    Then Deborah Harry had the idea of re-writing the lyrics to make it a story about a prostitute who falls in love with her arresting officer. Seems like a bad idea, the original lyrics were probably better.

  87. fish says:
    @Anonymous

    Pepe the Frog doesn’t actually exist.

    BLASPHEMER!

  88. @Jenner Ickham Errican

    “Magic” is from Xanadu (1980), a so-so movie with a couple of catchy tunes.

  89. Sean says:

    Nietzsche:

    Whoever is incapable of laying his will into things, lacking will and strength, at least lays some meaning into them, i.e., the faith that there is a will in them already.

    The philosophical objective outlook can therefore be a sign that will and strength are small. For strength organizes what is close and closest; “men of knowledge,” who desire only to ascertain what is, are those who cannot fix anything as it ought to be.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyDbOHvfdiE&t=2m4s

  90. songbird says:

    Maybe, he should embrace this rumored strategy and hire a bunch of African witch doctors to put a hex on anyone who votes against him.

  91. Alfa158 says:
    @eD

    I’m willing to bet Steve believes neither of those things.
    Here’s my own theory: Trump was partially inspired to run for President because of his attendance at a White House Correspondents dinner several years ago. The speakers could not engage in the traditional roasting of the President because the office was occupied by The Sacred Negro, so they chose to riff on Trump’s past casual mentions that he might be interested in running for President some day. You can see in videos Don staring stone-faced while Obama mercilessly lampooned him with a drawing of a Trump Tower type remodel of the White House. It’s conceivable that after getting piled on like that at an event where the people in power were supposed to be the targets, he resolved to get even and make their nightmares come true. Notice that he doesn’t attend these dinners as President. Trump is someone who understands that everything in life is personal and he takes it that way.

    • Agree: Simon in London
    • Replies: @Jack Hanson
  92. Unless you take occult to mean supernatural, much of what is discussed on iSteve is certainly occult knowledge today. And it’s very useful occult knowledge.

  93. @Alfa158

    One of the better exchanges from The Godfather novel is when Michael goes off about how everything is personal.

    Also, as much as infernal forces are probably involved to some degree, I’m not prepared to let women involved with Repeal the 8th off the hook for their ghoulish displays to be able to murder their children, or to forgive the supine cowardice of Ireland’s Catholic clergy, by placing the blame solely on Hell.

  94. Jim Given says:

    Any theory that understands the secret connection between Norman Vincent Peale, Ayn Rand, and Pepe the Frog clearly has important things to teach us-

  95. @BenKenobi

    That video is so great.

    The world that the cultural marxists stole from us while we slept.

    • Agree: BenKenobi
    • Replies: @BenKenobi
  96. Dark star crashes, pouring its light into ashes.
    Reason tatters, the forces tear loose from the axis.
    Searchlight casting for faults in the clouds of delusion.
    Shall we go, you and I while we can?

    - Robert Hunter

    • Replies: @Seamus Padraig
  97. @BenKenobi

    Well, I want to use bolters, chainswords, and power armor to crush heresy!

    • Replies: @BenKenobi
  98. @anonymous

    I saw Television play at the music industry nightclub The Roxy around 1978 or 1979. Two lead guitarists who each did very long solos. Impressive, but the guitarists looked like they were feuding that night.

    • Replies: @Eric Novak
  99. I’ve read Lachman’s Turn Off Your Mind and Jung the Mystic. Turn Off Your Mind, a survey of the occult influences in sixties pop culture, is an enjoyable read. If you are a hardcore materialist with no patience for that which cannot be measured or tested, Lachman is not for you. I find his explorations of the esoteric a pleasant diversion from the visible world.

    For those of us who came of age in the late 70s/early 80s Debbie Harry was a cool, sexy goddess.

  100. “Actress Eleanor Tomlinson, who plays feisty Demelza, believes she should be paid the same as Aidan Turner, the star turn as Captain Ross.

    Eleanor isn’t sure how much Aidan takes home.”

    ME!ME! magic from an ill informed actress.

  101. This clip from the movie Robert Williams Mr. Bitchin’ may be interesting to Blondie fans.

    • Replies: @Percy Gryce
    , @Anonymous
  102. J.Ross says: • Website

    Two things:
    Magick (reframing: see Bandler and Grinder if you don’t like the Loch Ness Beachcomber, or the German writer Jan Fries) helps along something that already has a snowball’s chance in hell. If you want ex nihilo, then you need that magick-hating, jealous, four-letter word.
    A lot of what the Mighty Wurlitzer says about Trump and 4chan is true — about the Mighty Wurlitzer. It is very condescending and dishonest of them to pretend that critics of the great borderless new order have no real point, but when they talk about relying on “magical thinking” where objective facts don’t exist and words have no fixed meaning, they’re better describing the folks who decided that an economic migrant is a refugee, that speech is violence, a man is a woman, pedophilia is not really objectively evil, a restaurant can simultaneous have and not have a basement, and that slavery is only a crime when it happens between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries (and only in one place). This is objectively proven every time a self-announcing shill stumbles into /pol/ and misuses terminology and fails. If the terms didn’t mean anything then they wouldn’t fail.

  103. The current Gary Valentine is Kevin James’ older brother and has worked steadily with/for his brother. Neither was born with the last name they currently use.

  104. jim jones says:
    @Jenner Ickham Errican

    Olivia Newton-John has metastatic cancer now, she looked so healthy but her DNA was flawed.

  105. BenKenobi says:
    @Stebbing Heuer

    What’s great about the vid are the instances of meme magic from years ago: Trump on Oprah talking about presidential aspirations, Kathy Griffin pitching a MAGAzine to Trump on some sitcom, etc.

    I can state with absolute certainty:

    –> HE’S HERE <–

  106. @El Dato

    Gautama Gauleiter
    Siddhartha War
    Zyklon Zen

    I happened upon the image on Frog Twitter. It’s from an Italian RPG.

  107. @jim jones

    Thanks for the update, Debbie Downer. :|

    • Replies: @jim jones
  108. Anon[109] • Disclaimer says:

    Well, not THAT new:

    “It’s not all about frog cartoons and alt-Right memes. Learn about Donald J. Trump’s roots in the Positive Thinking of Norman Vincent Peale, and delve further into the Hermetic teachings of Neville Goddard. Learn how the White House was won by the power of the Imagination within YOU!”

    https://www.amazon.com/Trump-Meme-James-J-OMeara-ebook/dp/B01NBLFMIR/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1527374876&sr=8-1&keywords=trump+art+meme

  109. @Diversity Heretic

    Wasn’t there a Star Trek (the original series) episode with a plot along those lines: an immortal who takes on various roles, then pretends to die and move on?

    Requiem for Methuselah.

  110. @Jenner Ickham Errican

    Wow, she looked amazing.

    And, as is only fitting for iSteve, we should note that Olivia’s grandfather was Nobel Laureate in Physics Max Born:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Born

    • Agree: MEH 0910
  111. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Clyde

    With Clem Burke the Blondie member -drummer- most likely to be a Trump voter.

    He isn’t going to say so if he is. D is on the rag over Trump having spurned her because she is too short for his tastes.

    • Replies: @Clyde
  112. @Bruce Charlton

    (indeed, I first came across Lachman around 2000 when we both used to contribute to a small, Colin Wilson oriented magazine)

    Me too. I first came across Lachman in Fortean Times (in which I published a short book review a decade and a half ago).

  113. Anonymous[199] • Disclaimer says:
    @Lot

    Ridiculous. Every Indian and Chinese religion is deeper and more rational than xtianity and izzlam.

    Judaism is respectable, though. The best of the western religions.

    The only thing xtianity and izzlam are better at, when compared to Eastern religions, is at expanding themselves. Through fanaticism, appeals to the lowest common denominator and sustained focus on fertility and xenophobia.

    Sure, Asians believe in a lot of zany stuff. But most of that is myth, not to be taken literally. None of that is as zany as insisting on belief in a Virgin birth and in a corpse coming back to Life.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Seamus Padraig
  114. @Anonymous

    Done and done:

    There’s also the Lovin’ Spoonful’s “Do You Believe in Magic”:

    And B.o.B.’s “Magic”:

  115. jim jones says:
    @Jenner Ickham Errican

    Luckily she founded the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute several years ago.

  116. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @the one they call Desanex

    D is, for all her faults, is probably the most fascinating ‘rock star’ I have ever spent any appreciable tine with. Certainly one of the highest IQ, and in a lot of ways very knowledgeable if not formally educated. She’s sixteen years older than I am and I could have seen myself married to her, which is not to say she could have seen herself married to me……or to anyone else as it has turned out. Unlike her rival Little Miss Muffett she’s a barren doe and her genetic line-a mistake in the first place, she was adopted-is over. Too bad really.

  117. Anon[416] • Disclaimer says:
    @anonymous

    No, I don’t think I got the Private Stock pressing. Here was my record acquisition routine:

    1. I live in Los Angeles, which is the center of the record industry. At that time, late 1970s/early 1980s, the record industry distributed “promo” copies of albums to anyone and everyone who they thought could give them publicity, people like rock critics, even for fanzines, and other opinion leaders. These people tended to be broke, so they sold the promos to Rhino Records on Westwood Blvd. south of UCLA. I went there frequently and flipped through the stacks for my half price or less record albums. They all had PROMOTIONAL COPY – NOT FOR SALE stamped in gold foil on them. There were two other categories of cheap records, cut-outs, which might be older releases, maybe overstocks, but also might be defective (I seem to remember a non-centered hole in one, drove me crazy), and another category that didn’t have a name, but consisted of stuff liberated from warehouses all of a sudden. For instance, an early Phil Spector collectors item suddenly flooded the market at one point, and prices dropped to nothing for it.

    2. Other small record stores sold imports and 45s, including all the local labels. There was Bomp in the Valley, and another in Long Beach, another in Pasadena, for instance.

    3. And the biggie, the Capital Records swap meet, a monthly, midnight, bring-your-own-flashlight get-together in, originally, the Capital Records parking lot, later in a parking lot across the street. It was the ultimate vindation of the broken windows theory: Suddenly hundreds of suburban youth show up on Hollywood Blvd., and the cockroaches skittered away into the darkness. The swap meet had small vendors selling imports, collectors items, and bootlegs, which at the time consisted of the Sex Pistols and the like, along with some oldies bootlegs. The occasional celebrity could be seen going through the boxes of records.

  118. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jenner Ickham Errican

    They call her “Oblivious Neutron Bomb” for a reason. She’s a little smarter than Britney Spears, but not a hell of a lot.

  119. @Jenner Ickham Errican

    Almost forgot Ladyhawke! More Magic:

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  120. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jenner Ickham Errican

    That’s Michelle Pfeiffer, not ONJ.

  121. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    Judaism in any form, and Christianity in its Orthodox, Coptic, and (duh!) Eastern Rite Catholic forms, are not Western religions. Dr. Oliver makes this correctly clear in his magnum opus ,
    Christianity and the Survival of the West.

    It is readily available as a .pdf or from interlibrary loan and is well worth reading. Since he died without heir (his marriage to Mrs. Oliver was without issue) the book is technically within copyright, but no one is about to enforce it, so the text is widely available.

    • Replies: @Amasius
  122. @Lot

    Rene Guénon is much clearer, more interesting, and a better writer

    • Agree: sayless
  123. Yes, there are some Trump-voting alt righters who are into left-field mysticism. But on balance there are a lot more left-wing liberals into this sort of thing.

    https://www.vox.com/2017/6/20/15830312/magicresistance-restance-witches-magic-spell-to-bind-donald-trump-mememagic

    An attack on New Age mysticism can only turn into an own-goal for the left.

  124. dfordoom says: • Website
    @Anon

    Pioneer bands like the Stooges weren’t Jewish, and neither were very influential pioneers like Johnny Rotten or the Clash.

    Surely Mick Jones of The Clash was Jewish?

  125. @BenKenobi

    What do you think about Mike Pence look alike Roboute Guilliman returning to lead the Empire?

  126. BenKenobi says:
    @Redneck farmer

    My only dream is to be part of the first orbital combat drop in history.

    My only regret is that I have but one life to give to the God-Emperor.

  127. MEH 0910 says:
    @jim jones

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olivia_Newton-John#Early_life_and_beginnings

    Olivia Newton-John was born in Cambridge, England to Welshman Brinley “Bryn” Newton-John and Irene Helene (née Born). Her Jewish maternal grandfather, Nobel Prize-winning physicist Max Born,[4][5][6][7] fled with his family to England from Germany before World War II to escape the Nazi regime. Newton-John’s maternal grandmother was of paternal Jewish ancestry as well.

    Recalling Cochran, Hardy, and Harpending’s paper, Natural History of Ashkenazi Intelligence, I wonder if Olivia Newton-John inherited, through her Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry, the mutations of BRCA1 or BRCA2, giving her susceptibility to breast cancer.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashkenazi_Jewish_intelligence#”Natural_History_of_Ashkenazi_Intelligence&#8221;

    4.Today’s Ashkenazi Jews suffer from a number of congenital diseases and mutations at higher rates than most other ethnic groups; these include Tay-Sachs, Gaucher’s disease[15], Bloom’s syndrome, and Fanconi anemia, and mutations at BRCA1 and BRCA2.

  128. Anonymous[145] • Disclaimer says:
    @Percy Gryce

    Thanks.

  129. @dfordoom

    Maybe half, although he looks like a bald Jerry Seinfeld. Strummer was a little bit Jewish, like an eighth. He might have been a quarter Armenian from India through his father who was born in Peshawar. He was predominantly Scottish, but didn’t pay much attention to that side of himself until late in life.

    • Replies: @Clyde
    , @Anonymous
  130. @Anonymous

    The only thing xtianity and izzlam are better at, when compared to Eastern religions, is at expanding themselves. Through fanaticism, appeals to the lowest common denominator and sustained focus on fertility and xenophobia.

    Xenophobia would work against spreading a religion to new races. The New Testament of the Bible famously declares, “He knoweth neither Greek nor Jew.”

    If xenophobia is what you’re after, try reading the Talmud.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  131. Surprised no one’s mentioned the 60s/70s rock flirtation, Crowley on the Sgt Pepper cover, Jimmy Page buying his house, Boleskine (then Robert Plant’s young child dying – coincidence?), the film maker Kenneth Anger, and the late Graham Bond, who took it all very seriously.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graham_Bond

    • Replies: @BB753
  132. Well most of the commenters on 4 chan/pol are wizards.

    Does that count?

  133. Clyde says:
    @Anonymous

    Clem will keep his Trump support on the QT and interesting about DH and The Donald. Here’s more >>>>> https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/blondie-singer-debbie-harry-takes-9846436

    Blondie’s guitarist Chris Stein had some stinging comments about President Donald Trump ahead of Pollinator’s release, the band’s 11th album, due out in May.
    Recalling when Trump nearly chatted up Debbie, he said: “He was not part of the New York scene back in the day. Everybody thought he was an a*******.

  134. Clyde says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Jerry Seinfeld is a bald headed Jerry Seinfeld. Once a skinny hungry guy, a comedian with hair, now a wide middle aged schlub worth almost a billion and not funny in the least. His wife looks like someone who would drive a guy crazy but it must work out for them somehow.

  135. Anonymous[182] • Disclaimer says:
    @Seamus Padraig

    Xenophobia as in hatred of other religions. Maybe there’s a better term for that, I’m not sure.

  136. @Percy Gryce

    Don’t forget America, You Can Do Magic

    And Steve Miller Band, Abracadabra

    • Replies: @Percy Gryce
  137. @Cagey Beast

    Here’s one of the high priests of the low cult of the Narrative singing its praises.

  138. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
    @Anonym

    I’ve read all 6 Dune books by Frank Herbert. The first 4 are worth a read.

    • Replies: @Anonym
    , @Brutusale
  139. Anonymous[230] • Disclaimer says:
    @dfordoom

    He is.

    ‘Jones’ is surely not the original family name.

    I believe he is the cousin of Tory MP Grant Schapps.

  140. Anonymous[142] • Disclaimer says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Apparently, Joe Strummer contracted the fatal Hepatitis B from a ‘fan’ ‘gobbing ‘* into his open mouth whilst performing on stage. ‘Ancient punk greeting’ as ITN news circa 1978 would have it.

    *spitting.

  141. Anonym says:
    @Dave Pinsen

    I really struggled with book 2, and my dune experience finished a few pages in. Amazon says 4.2 (vs 4.6 for the first) so it is probably worth a read as you say.

    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
  142. BB753 says:
    @YetAnotherAnon

    Well I knew about Led Zeppelin and the Beatles being into occultism and Crowley (many hippies were too), but had never heard of Graham Bond.
    Ozzy Osbourne famously dedicated a song to Crowley.

  143. Amasius says:
    @Anonymous

    Thank you; the Abrahamic revelation is not Western.

    Lawrence R. Brown’s “The Might of the West” is very good as well. Oliver himself wrote a review of it:

    https://nationalvanguard.org/2010/10/the-might-of-the-west/

    Hunter Wallace is on this Christianity kick where he’s even implied that the Afro-Semitic proto-muslim fatalist Augustine was “Western” and all I can do is shake my head. It’s like we haven’t learned a damn thing after Nietzsche, Spengler, Brown, et al.

  144. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
    @Anonym

    Really, the most interesting of the four with the exception of 1 is 4. I suppose you could jump to that if you wanted, and just read summaries of 2 and 3.

    • Replies: @Anonym
  145. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Seamus Padraig

    Video on the library website (not on YT)

    https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2016/10/28/marina-abramovic

    Known for her performance art, in which she bares her body and presence in the most intimate of ways, Marina Abramović now offers insight into the person behind the work—her ruminations, her thoughts, her experiences—in her new memoir, Walk Through Walls. In celebration of her captivating oeuvre, LIVE welcomes her to its stage in conversation with Blondie’s Debbie Harry.

    MARINA ABRAMOVIĆ has pioneered performance as a visual art form, creating some of the most important early works since the beginning of her career in Belgrade during the early 1970s. The body has always been both her subject and medium, withstanding pain, exhaustion and danger in her quest for emotional and spiritual transformation. She has presented her work at major institutions in the US and Europe, including Berlin’s Neue National Galerie and the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford. She has also participated in many large-scale international exhibitions including the Venice Biennale (1976 and 1997) and Documenta VI, VII and IX, Kassel (1977, 1982 and 1992). In 2010, Abramovic had her first major U.S. retrospective and simultaneously performed for over 700 hours in “The Artist is Present” at Museum of Modern Art, New York. Awards include the Golden Lion for Best Artist at the 1997 Venice Biennale; the Austrian Commander Cross for her contribution to Art History; and Officer to the Order of Arts and Letters in France. Abramovic founded the Marina Abramovic Institute, a platform for immaterial and long durational work to create new possibilities for collaboration among thinkers of all fields.

    DEBBIE HARRY is a vibrant global force and shaper of pop culture, with chart-topping success, more than 40 million albums sold worldwide, acclaimed solo projects, and a fearless spirit and rare longevity that led to an induction into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame for Blondie in 2006. With Blondie, one of the most trailblazing and influential bands of our time, she and co-founder Chris Stein brought the worlds of rock, punk, disco and ska together, and broke ground by combining hip-hop and pop. She continued to defy expectations with genre-busting efforts as a solo artist. As an actor she has over 30 film and television roles to her credit.

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    Become a Friend of the Library to save 20% on general admission tickets and subscriptions, have exclusive access to presales, plus discounts at The Library’s Shop and Amy’s Bread Café in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Join Now.

    Check out our LIVE Shorts here!

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  146. @Dave Pinsen

    Way off topic, but who cares with this thread on the goofy book.
    Anybody remember watching the old B&W Blondie serial movies based on the comic strip?
    Penny Singleton was quite the beauty – she enters the scene at 1:45.

  147. duncsbaby says:
    @Dave Pinsen

    X Offender is a great song. I first heard it on the soundtrack for Mad Magazine’s first produced comedy movie, Up The Academy. Never saw the movie but the soundtrack was pretty good. Here’s more grist for the conspiracy mill though: The movie had a character named “Keck” played by the very ungoyish looking Leonard Frey.

  148. Anonymous[401] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    Says there she has over 30 movie and TV roles. Which ones has Sailer reviewed?

  149. Anonym says:
    @Dave Pinsen

    These days with Amazon or goodreads, if the rating is high (and 4.2 I think is pretty good), you’d know to persist. Back when I read it, I wouldn’t have had the depth of knowledge to appreciate it, perhaps. And since Amazon didn’t exist I wouldn’t have known it was worth persisting.

  150. Steve, these lyrics contain the word “kismet”, which I’d not ever read or heard prior to the New Yorker magazine interviews with the former girlfriends of demented alcoholic New York AG Eric Schniederman, which, two weeks ago, revealed him as a megalomaniacal progressive sadist. Did this word not make it to Chicago, or am I just clueless about the lingo of insular NYC, such as Trump’s “schlonged”? “Kismet” sounds Levantine.

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  151. @dfordoom

    Eee gads, Mick Jones is Jewish. Where’s Steve on this? Steve? Steve? Check check, one two…

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  152. @Eric Novak

    “Kismet” was an Orientalist hit musical comedy in 1954 and made into an MGM musical by V. Minelli in 1955:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kismet_(musical)

    Kismet means “fate, destiny” in Arabic and some other Middle Eastern languages.

  153. @Steve Sailer

    Television was the main musical influence on U2′s Edge. With one cut brake line on the band’s rented van back in ’78, you could have saved us all a lot of misery in the form of U2.

  154. duncsbaby says:
    @Anon

    Mick Jones of the Clash was half Jewish. Joey Ramone was the only Jewish member of the Ramones. I didn’t look at the list but there were a fair amount of Jews involved in punk rock as there are for any avant-garde activity (at one time), but you can definitely overstate it too. They weren’t the driving force for punk rock by any means.

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  155. duncsbaby says:
    @eD

    If you read Steve’s book on Obama, America’s Half Blood Prince, I seem to recall that Obama became President despite the fact he was influenced by Jeremiah Wright.

  156. BB753 says:
    @Eric Novak

    On his mother’s side, Welsh on his father’s. That makes him Jewish for Jews but not for Gentiles. It all comes down to self-identification. Mick Jones doesn’t seem to identify as Jewish.

  157. Rapparee says:
    @Jack Hanson

    If you don’t believe in the occult tho you’re not paying attention.

    Occult forces are real, alright. There are too many reliable witnesses for too many centuries to deny it (spend a few hours with firsthand accounts, if you’re skeptical- if you’re being honest with yourself, you won’t be skeptical afterward). But people who think they can employ them for their own ends are like chimpanzees playing around at the controls of a nuclear reactor- meddling with forces far beyond their comprehension or control.

    The spirits will do what one asks them to do, until they feel like doing something else- and God have Mercy upon the occultist then. Demons are expert liars, and the fairies love to play tricks, and woe to him who forgets this time-honoured wisdom.

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  158. @Superposition

    Trump “won”

    because ‘Murka is to some degree

    still a Republic,

    not a democracy.

  159. Anonymous[326] • Disclaimer says:
    @Bruce Charlton

    Here is his follow-up:

    http://charltonteaching.blogspot.com/2018/05/negative-notice-of-dark-star-rising.html

    Charlton’s mention of the omission of Mencius Moldbug and Vox Day seems pertinent, but he seems to ignore the Norman Vincent Peale angle wrt Trump, which does seem interesting.

  160. Brutusale says:
    @Dave Pinsen

    I’m with Dave. You can stop at God Emperor.

  161. BB753 says:
    @Rapparee

    Occult practices only seem to work and make you powerful because:

    -If you’re willing to partake in or carry out yourself human sacrice it means you’re ruthless and won’t stop at anything to achieve your worldly goals.
    -It also means you’re powerful and rich enough to be able to do almost anything illegal and know plenty of powerful people who can get away with anything. It also means you’ve got friends and fellow occultists in the police and the judiciary. The MSM and the Deep State will cover your crimes.
    - You can blackmail loads of influential people

    To sum up, “magick” doesn’t actually achieve anything by itself but it helps your advancement in society through association with other powerful people through strong and nefarious bonds.

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  162. @BB753

    What’s that line about the devil’s greatest trick being convincing people he doesn’t exist?

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