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Politics and the Occult: The Left, the Right, and the Radically Unseen Paperback – November 1, 2008
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Like all of Lachman's works, this is both scholarly and approachable with a style and pace equal to any political thriller on the market today. Rich in detail with a calvacade of portraits of individuals who made their mark in the western esoteric tradition. Lachman clearly pays homage to researchers that have gone before in exploring similar terrain, including Christopher McIntosh and the late James Webb.
I must also recognize Quest Books, the publishing wing of the Theosophical Society in America. For too long they published the staid and rather tame canon of Theosophical literature and its stable of writers. With this work and Mr. Lachman's previous Quest book, "In Search of P.D. Ouspensky", as well as other recent titles, Quest has rescued itself from the oblivion of mundane metaphysical comfortability.
This work concludes with a concise and brilliant overview of Geunonian inspired Traditionalism, leading one to conclude with Sinclair Lewis, "When Fascism comes...Read more ›
This book begins with an Introduction entitled "Hidden Superiors and the Retreat from the Modern World". Here, Lachman considers the role of "illuminated politics" as it relates to the modern world. Lachman considers the arguments of Umberto Eco, author of _Foucault's Pendulum_, concerning occultism and fascism, as well as the occultist opposition to modernity and the longing for Tradition. Lachman explains the "cosmic state" as well as the movement of occult politics from progressive to reactionary.Read more ›
I'm given many books and products to review. I'm not swimming in them, but at this point, I've had my share of emails from publicists and delightful packages of goodies sent my way. Yet nothing could prepare me for the email I received from Quest Books asking me to review "Politics and the Occult: The Left, the Right, and the Radically Unseen" by Gary Lachman. That's right music fans, Gary Lachman, also known as Gary Valentine, bassist for the to die for band Blondie. What was this emotion I was experiencing? Could it be giddiness? Yes, I'm embarrassed to say, I was "as happy as a school girl".
It took awhile to get into the book. Not because it wasn't engaging, but because I kept sitting there thinking to myself, I'm one person removed from Gary Valentine! How cool am I? Once I finally pushed past the girlish giggles and congratulatory pats on my back, I came to a startling and delightful realization. Lachman has got game. (For the record, I have very little game, just enough to recognize the fact that Lachman has it.) "Politics and the Occult" isn't pop culture fluff, and it's not a rehashing of the ever popular Hitler and the occult genre, it's a fascinating, thoroughly researched, and entertainingly presented look at the subtle influence that occult movements have on societies.
In fact, Lachman himself says in the introduction, "So as not to disappoint a reader who is expecting a different sort of book, I should point out what this book isn't about, a practice most publishers frown on, but which I feel may be appropriate here. It isn't, for example, an expose of secret societies whose occult machinations are behind the political movements of today.Read more ›
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"Politics and the Occult: The Left, The Right and The Radically Unseen" is a book by Gary Lachman (Gary Valentine), a rock artist with an alternative career in alternative... Read morePublished on July 25, 2013 by Ashtar Command
There is no depth to this book. One must look up further information for this book to be useful. Vast disappointment.Published on February 11, 2013 by Grace O'Malley
"The larger the mass in movement, the stronger the effect of irrational impulses, the more powerfully the soul's innermost currents begin to roar... Read morePublished on November 3, 2009 by Justin Ritchie
Lachman finished the book before the 2008 election, but he warns about the possibility of a recurrence of "spiritual authoritarian theocracies. Read morePublished on August 29, 2009 by none
This book should have been titled, "Politics and the Occult: A History Edited by the Theosophical Society of America. Read morePublished on July 9, 2009 by Ed the Editor
Clearly an incredible amount of research and thought went into this book, but despite its dense and intricate subject matter, it's extremely readable and entertaining. Read morePublished on March 19, 2009 by Gsorme