Inching Back to the Internet

I know things have been quiet here since the reboot.  Between the day job, a new home – definitely a “fixer-upper”, and the new addition to our family, there hasn’t been much time for blogging.

If you miss my particular brand of pedantry, I’m back with my friends John and Joe from the Logical Anarchy web-cast tomorrow night from 7 till 8 PM PST live. The night’s topic will be “Western Civilization”. See you there!

As a teaser, here are some of my show notes:

Edmund Burke, a compact between the living, the dead, those yet to be born.

Three ways of looking at history:  Nietzsche’s Monumental, Antiquarian, Critical

The problem of Culture.  Where does culture come from?  Geographical, Historical, Ethnic, Philosophical [ Technical, Political, Metaphysical ]

The problem of mere Geography.The problem of Racialism

Carl Schmidt: Politics as the distinction between friend and enemy.  

Applied metaphysics – Athens and Jerusalem.  The “west” as a child of this union.  The terms of the union.  The dissolution of the union: Judeo-Christian historical claims, multiculturalism, the scale of values -Nietzsche again..

The rejection of values and post-modernism.  Tradition vs “Traditionalism”.  

Inertia and “hardening” of positions.  

Evola, Guenon, Plato revisited: the map of the decline – from transcendent values to momentary desires.  

The way forward: Heidegger, Poesis, a guardian caste, problems for anarchists.

Update from the wilderness

I know things have been quiet lately.   Personal obligations have made blogging low on my priority list, but I have content coming – I promise.

To re-open comms, I’ll be a guest on the Logical Anarchy show tomorrow night from 7:30 – 8:30pm Pacific Standard Time.

You can tune in here: http://www.logical-anarchy.com/

Or subscribe on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC13AgynyGrqRJxW0_YKJgNw

This will be a departure from my usual posts, as we’ll be discussing current hot-button political issues like immigration.

Introduction to Thelema: Part I

Apologia

I am opposed, as a matter of principle, to the “dumbing down” instinct.  This impulse, found throughout modern life, seeks to reduce every concept and experience to a commodity that can be pleasantly consumed by the lowest common denominator.  No-where do I find this trend more noxious than in the realm of occultism.  My recommendation is always to go to the source as soon as possible.  Liber AL vel Legis, The Magical and Philosophical Commentaries on Liber AL vel Legis, Magick without Tears and Book 4 should clear up 75% of the problems a new student of Thelema encounters.   However, I realize that three of these books are out of print, and all of them assume the reader possesses a fairly high degree of cultural capital.  Many of the people approaching Thelema today will simply not have immediate access to these books, or be able to understanding them.

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Quote of the day…

There is a highly popular school of “occultists” which is 99 % an escape-mechanism.  The fear of death is one of the bogeys; but far deeper is the root-fear—fear of being alone, of being oneself, of life itself.  With this there goes the sense of guilt.  The Book of the Law cuts directly at the root of all this calamitous, this infamous tissue of falsehood.

What is the meaning of Initiation?  It is the Path to the realisation of your Self as the sole, the supreme, the absolute of all Truth, Beauty, Purity, Perfection!  What is the artistic sense in you?  What but the One Channel always open to you through which this Light flows freely to enkindle you (and the world through you) with flowers of inexhaustible fervour and flame?

-A. Crowley,  Magick Without Tears