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ISBN-13: 978-0971887015 ISBN-10: 0971887012

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I am much impressed. This work should be required reading for those who think--rare as they may be. It is as noted ''preaching to the choir,'' but then so is the Declaration of Independence. --Colonel Jeff Cooper, USMC (Ret.) author of C Stories

Destined to be a classic in the literature of freedom. --Steven J. Greenwald, Ph.D.

About the Author

James Wasserman is the author of The Templars and the Assassins: The Militia of Heaven, a religious history of the Crusades, and of the beautifully illustrated Mystery Traditions. He is the producer of the widely acclaimed benchmark edition of The Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Book of Going Forth by Day, edited by Ogden Goelet. His latest book is In the Center of the Fire: A Memoir of the Occult 1966-1989
He has appeared in numerous documentaries on The History Channel, National Geographic,  and The Discovery Channel, addressed the National Press Club on esoteric symbolism, and been a guest on Coast to Coast AM, Thelema Now! and other radio broadcasts and podcasts.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Sekmet Books (February 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971887012
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971887015
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,627,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Wasserman is a lifelong student of religion and spiritual development. His writings and editorial efforts maintain a focus on spirituality, creative mythology, secret societies, history, religion, and politics. He is a passionate advocate of individual liberty. An admirer of the teachings of Aleister Crowley, he has played a key role in numerous seminal publications of the Crowley literary corpus. A book designer by trade, Jim is the owner of Studio 31. He is married with two children.

He has recently provided a window into the creation of his benchmark edition of the Papyrus of Ani--The Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Book of Going Forth by Day. Please visit the link below for A Treasure of Antiquity Reborn:


In 2009, he participated in an address to the National Press Club with Brother Akram Elias. The occasion was the publication of Dan Brown's book The Lost Symbol. Jim's portion of the talk may be found on Youtube. In it, he expresses both the truths of esoteric symbolism and the beauty of America's Masonic heritage.


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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Steven J. Greenwald on February 21, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book was a great pleasure to read, due to the authors' wonderful writing style. But in another sense it was a horrible book to read. I have never been a fan of the horror genre, and reading this book is akin to reading a Stephen King novel, except that it IS NOT FICTION! In this new book there are no gods, devils, or other evil spirits; the monsters are all too human. If you are easily scared by true events, then this is NOT a book for you. But if you want to learn the truth about what is going on in the world, and why the world seems so insane lately, then this book does a wonderful job of explaining things. The writing style is very easy to read, and it is not a heavy scholarly tome.
The book begins with the author's chronicle of his very personal experiences that brought him to the point where he felt compelled to write this book. Then there is a look a look at the various major strains of political thought, such as statism, collectivism, libertarianism, and so forth.
Next, a look at a subject painful to everyone: Waco. This is not the usual "such and such happened at 11:03 AM" type of chronicle (though I am not criticizing some of those very useful accounts). This is a personal account. One man trying to cope with an obvious disaster of truly epic proportions that literally stripped the veil from his eyes regarding American politics. All those people dead over a $200 tax!
It gets worse, since he then covers September 11th. I say "worse" because what other adjective can I use to describe 9/11? But the author gives a very detailed account of the forces at play. This is not your usual New York Times article on why terrorists hate us. He lays bare the actual foundations of the evil, showing how the actual issue is about a
thousand years old.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Walker VINE VOICE on January 6, 2005
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This book is a sort of talisman, in that it was clearly produced to bring about changes in the world. Whether the author's goal was to champion the rights of the individual and thereby weaken the power of the state, or simply to get occultists to join the NRA, is a matter open to debate. Nonetheless, it is an interesting book.

Mr. Wasserman advocates a peculiar philosophy in "The Slaves Shall Serve", blending gun control statistics and the facts of Waco and Ruby Ridge with the teachings of Aleister Crowley and the Libertarian Party to advance the idea that the individual is at the very least sovereign, if not god. Few readers of this book would agree with the author on every point on religion and politics, but his views are logically consistent and worthy of consideration. Additionally, Mr. Wasserman offers valuable and penetrating insight into the minds of the 9/11 hijackers with his analysis of militant Islam.

My only complaint about this book is that it is too short (nearly half the book could have been condensed to a page of URLs), but I suspect that the author did this on purpose, sneaking a printed copy of the U.S. Constitution into the "New Age" section of bookstores and libraries. Regardless of its shortcomings, any reader of "The Slaves Shall Serve" will be compelled to draw two conclusions - that the rights of the individual are under attack from enemies both foreign and domestic, and that these liberties are worth fighting for - and that is reason enough for me to recommend the book.
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48 of 68 people found the following review helpful By kill_the_elvis on August 12, 2004
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The Slaves Shall Serve - Meditations on Liberty

James Wasserman (2004)

When I bought this book, I had hopes that I had come to the end of a long search for a book that combined a genuine understanding of both politics and the occult. That sense of hope mainly hinged on the fact that Wasserman is a Thelemite, one of the few modern esoteric traditions which I consider not fluffy. Unfortunately, what I found was yet another magician who seems to have spent so long on the astral plane that he has been able to develop only the most superficial understanding of the social-political realm.

Wasserman has seen the smokescreen of liberal ideology for what it is... only to trade it for the most common and silly ideas put out by conservatives. For example, while condemning the "liberal" notion of gun control, he states that he thinks Senator McCarthy was right, and believes than an invasion of blue-helmeted U.N. troopers is imminent. One of the most amusing claims he makes is one parroted by right-wing talk-show host almost daily: that there is a leftist bias in mainstream media. As evidence, he points out a Media Research Center report that found a 10-to-1 ration of "anti-gun" to "pro-gun" stories on major news channels between 7/1/97 and 6/30/99. Well and good, but if the media is really so left-biased, then why did the same research organization find a *100-to-1* ratio of pro-war to anti-war stories in the months leading up to Gulf War II, at a time when the most conservative polls showed over half of all Americans opposing the war?
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