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Mitch Horowitz eloquently presents the history of mysticism in America at A.R.E.'s annual Ancient Mysteries conference. Mitch's talk, based on the content of his best-selling and award-winning book Occult America, spans from Freemasonry to Spiritualism, from Madame H. P. Blavatsky to Edgar Cayce-and speaks to how each dramatically altered the nation's culture, politics, and religion.
This was probably worth the 1.99 to rent it, however, probably not worth my hour and a half of time spent watching. To say this covers in a meaningful way all the people that it implies is not accurate. He spends a great deal of time hashing and rehashing some early folks (like the Shakers), however, he doesn't touch on much of their actual practices and what was going on. Boring if you know anything about the period. It's an academic presentation at best, what his point was seemed irrelevant.
For those who haven't seen it, this is Mitch Horowitz standing between a curtain and a crowd of senile and credulous New Agers. He was obviously too lazy to do slides, so it's basically just him pacing back and forth and spewing out lots of "ums" and "you knows" with a few dates thrown in (give or take a decade) as he attempts to idolize a handful of obscure charlatans and charismatics.
Mitch Horowitz will tell you that there is nothing sinister about Freemasonry and freemasons never manipulate events or conspire to form oppressive slave states. Hmmm....I guess he has never heard of the American, French and Bolshevik revolutions, Communism, The Fabian Society or the European Union for that matter. Then again, it's really hard to take anything he says seriously as he continues throughout this video to claim that "Jesus Christ" was a real historical figure who actually walked the earth 2000 years ago.
In Horowitz's defense, his psychosis was probably chemically induced as he spent at least five minutes of this video sucking down fluoridated water from a plastic bottle.
Use your brain for a second and ask yourself this question:
How is it that Horowitz is the darling of the mainstream media?
People who tell the truth are not on television. If you want a real history lecture on the occult, go watch Michael Tsarion or Jordan Maxwell.
Mitch Horowitz proves himself to be the one of the foremost researchers, lecturers, and authors covering the history of esotericism, specifically in America. Along with his book of the same name, this lecture demonstrates the significance of American religious freedom to the dissemination of mystical, initiatic, and esoteric doctrines. This lecture is both informative and entertaining, in my opinion, and I enjoyed it. Mitch is a dynamic and eloquent presenter whose passion for his subject shines.
As someone who's serious about historical accuracy and recognizes the mysteries of the universe, I appreciate Horowitz's approach ... and I think you will too.
A very lively presentation on the history of mysticism in America from a Fall 2010 conference at the Edgar Cayce Foundation in Virginia Beach, VA. This lecture is filled good historical detail, great energy, and it is clearly marked as a lecture presentation.