By Marco Pasi
Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) is without doubt one of the most famed and critical authors within the historical past of western esotericism. Crowley has been lengthy overlooked through students of faith when the tales of magical and sexual perform which circulation approximately him proceed to draw well known curiosity. "Aleister Crowley and the Temptation of Politics" appears to be like on the guy in the back of the parable - via environment him firmly in the politics of his time - and the improvement of his principles via his huge and terribly assorted writings. Crowley was once a rationalist, sympathetic to the values of the Enlightenment, but additionally a romantic and a reactionary. His look for an alternate strategy to exhibit his non secular emotions led him to intricate his personal imaginative and prescient of social and political swap. Crowley's advanced politics ended in his involvement with many key participants, agencies and teams of his day - the key provider of assorted nations, the German Nazi celebration, Russian political activists, reporters and politicians of assorted persuasions, in addition to different writers - either in Europe and the USA. "Aleister Crowley and the Temptation of Politics" offers a lifetime of principles, an exam of a guy formed via and shaping the politics of his instances.
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Mathers, who lived in Paris at the time, was actively involved in the Jacobite and legitimist causes. An enthusiast of Scottish history and lore, he had added to his family name the name of the MacGregor clan, remembered historically for their loyalty to the House of Stuart, and from which he claimed direct descent. Yeats, not yet a world-famous poet but already a fellow member and opponent of Crowley in the Golden Dawn, had been on good terms with Mathers before the schism of the Order and had been often his guest in Paris.
This page intentionally left blank ❧ 2. Magical politics … my curse is No sooner in an iron word I formulate my thought than I Perceive the same to be absurd. (Aleister Crowley, “The Sword of Song”) Crowley was a wanderer1 not only in the physical sense, as a traveller and explorer, but also – perhaps above all – in the intellectual and spiritual sense. In him we find, for example, the influence of several Oriental mystical and religious traditions, particularly yoga and Buddhism. We find the influence of the Decadent movement2 and of positivism, or, more correctly, scientific naturalism3, coming in both cases from his Cambridge days.
34 Here we see the same kind of naïve nationalist exaltation as in the passages cited earlier. 35 He was inspired by the pleasant conversation he had with them. We must also recall, however, that the work was written shortly before the brief Spanish–American war over Cuba (1898), which ended in an overwhelming US victory, Cuba being converted from a Spanish colony to an independent state subject to American influence. During the war, the powers of continental Europe had supported Spain, even proposing sending an armed intervention, while Britain alone had supported the United States and made any potential European intervention impracticable.
Aleister Crowley and the Temptation of Politics by Marco Pasi