Books I Read last month (Jan2021)

The Heart of the Master – Aleister Crowley
The Stakes: America at the Brink – Michael Anton
Making the Mind – George Makari
The Book of Enoch – trans. by R.H. Charles
Call It Conspiracy- Larry Abraham
Paris Trout – Pete Dexter
Humanity Get Off Your Knees – David Icke
The Four Dimensional Human: Ways of Being in the Digital World – Laurence Scott
Saint Maybe – Anne Tyler

as you’e probably noticed, this column is a few months tardy. That’s because I was struggling internally on how to approach the subject matter. I dont like to overtly cover political themes because 1. this isn’t a political blog and 2. in today’s charged political climate, the woke police make a point to ruin the lives of people who disagree with them (or may compete for their power). 

You may object, “but bro, aren’t you already in prison! how much worse can it get?!” True, true, but I dont wanna chance it. theyre the type to ruin any pleasures and good things an inmate can still avail himself of.

A concerted hate campaign from the mob to smear your reputation will quickly give rise to bullying your employer, and scare any prospective employers from ever giving you a job. a felony on the record, in comparison, seems like an unfortunate detail thats more hiccup than setback to a prospective employers. Plus, tax breaks! 

so, anyways, my reading month began with “Call It Conspiracy” and “The Stakes” by Michael Anton. the first, as I later learned, is a classic of the new-world-order, shadow government type of conspiracy–naming names, listing connections, thinking thru the implications.

Larry Abraham limns the operations of an international cabal (what some would term the “illuminati”) that secretly control the levers of power, both within the government, and at the head of global corporations. He explains how the federal reserve’s role in controlling the money supply benefits the super-rich at the expense of everyone else; there’s a thorough breakdown of their divide-and-conquer tactics, where the elite secretly fund Marxist cultural movements, and other “grassroots” movements purporting to help the poor when they’re really just pawns or tools with which to bludgeon the middle class. This arrangement of power and political strategy has become even more pronounced in the interim after the book’s publication in the early 70s.

Anton’s book surveys the political landscape as it appeared at the end of the summer 2020, from a populist, right-leaning perspective. he assesses the threat of an ascendant and unchecked Democratic party, while identifying the defining dynamic of our political discourse: elites gin up division among the populace around race and boutique cultural issues as both sleight-of-hand and as a moral imprimatur. Notice how all the wealthiest corporations are all “woke” and anything that would raise wages for their workers happens to be “racist” or “white supremacist” somehow.

These cultural clashes are clever sleight-of-hands, anton explains, as the dems play for keeps; they long gave up on trying to persuade you on an intellectual level. Their ultimate goal is to turn the whole country into California, ensuring their permanent electoral majority via mass mail-in balloting and mass immigration. the best parts are Anton’s speculative forays on the possible political situations in a future u.s. where our current issues are not remedied, and the country has, alternately, slid into disunion, dictatorships, or no-go zones. 

“the book of Enoch” is the infamous bibical ufo abduction story, and the Crowley book was a mixture of occultism and new age mantras; I couldnt quite tell if it was a spell book or a record of ancient affirmations. 

Then, I read a mindfuck of a tome, an LSD trip in words authored by David Icke. even the most cursory Google search outs him as a complete nut job, a conspiracy quack, by prominently displaying his most out-there beliefs. but this book, thru sheer audacity and ingenious synthesis, often makes a compelling case, esp. the moon as an artificial alien ship.

I think, Ickes main problem is a stylistic one. Outlandish language distracts from his real arguments.

I tried to maintain a skeptical stance throughout but there were certain passages where I faltered, and started accepting his arguments, timidly at first and then with more conviction.

Icke’s discursive mind combines seemingly disparate elements, and hurdles any contradictions with an original synthesis of old ideas (much like Freud does in Makari’s “Revolution in Mind”). The topics and sources are electic, myriad, suggestive of the others: anicent alien theory; the elite control of governments with the aid of secret societies; the presence of aliens and inter dimensional beings today; psychedelic therapy; the holographic, 2d nature of reality; and a new-agey-while-hating-the-new-age conception of self within the universe. Basically, all my intellectual darlings and pet obsessions. 

“Paris Trout” tackles the corrosive effect of racism on a community and upon the individual soul; “Saint Maybe” is a charming story about a man trying to create a meaningful life and atone for a mistake made as a teenager but with grave consequences. I can finally say I’ve read an Anne Tyler novel.

Laurence Scott’s “The Four-Dimensional Human” is a thoughtful, reflective, a tad pretentious essay on the ways social media has changed the way we live and experience things. e.g. it’s changed the way we talk about things, simple verbs replaced by proper nouns. For example, sliding into a room is now “the Kramer” as in “Kramer-ing into the room.” 

Scott has the irksome habit of overstating his central points with slight rewording, or making his demonstrably true conclusions seem far more profound/the thought process more counterintuitive than it was, like all Malcolm Gladwell essays. Still, a stimulating, thought-provoking analysis of the effect of these revolutionary technologies.

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