Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Psychedelic Neoreaction

I'm beginning to realize that I am part of a very small, very radical avante-garde cultural movement, which I'm calling "psychedelic neoreaction." Allow me to briefly describe the main components of our ideology.

Neoreaction: An umbrella term for various factions which oppose the entire narrative that leftists have constructed over the past two or three centuries, in which the Right are the designated losers, forever fighting a rearguard action against the inevitable march of Progress. The enemy here is “the Cathedral” (see below) and the "progress" meme itself, which is a fanatical secular religion that consigns entire cultures, religions, ideologies, tribes and ways of life to the dustbin of history. Michael Anissimov at offers the following useful map of the neoreactionary memosphere:

Anissimov defines the Cathedral as follows:

The Cathedral: The self-organizing consensus of Progressives and Progressive ideology represented by the universities, the media, and the civil service. A term coined by blogger Mencius Moldbug. The Cathedral has no central administrator, but represents a consensus acting as a coherent group that condemns other ideologies as evil. Community writers have enumerated the platform of Progressivism as women’s suffrage, prohibition, abolition, federal income tax, democratic election of senators, labor laws, desegregation, popularization of drugs, destruction of traditional sexual norms, ethnic studies courses in colleges, decolonization, and gay marriage. A defining feature of Progressivism is that “you believe that morality has been essentially solved, and all that’s left is to work out the details.” Reactionaries see Republicans as Progressives, just lagging 10-20 years behind Democrats in their adoption of Progressive norms.

In more conventional right wing and conspiracy circles, the Cathedral may sometimes be referred to as “the New World Order.”

Psychedelic: Psychedelic neoreactionaries are the subset of neoreactionaries who find various psychonautic techniques, such as psychedelic drugs, Eastern mysticism and occultism, to be useful in deconstructing the Cathedral and freeing their minds from its programming. A psyneo uses these methods as a “red pill” to awaken himself from the progressives' propaganda matrix and find out how deep the rabbit hole goes.

One of the great appeals of psychedelic neoreaction for me is its power to mindfuck the pedantic, pedestrian partisans of Cathedral indoctrination. In the groupthink environment created by progressives in our academic, cultural and governmental institutions, consciousness alteration can provide both a sense of liberation and an enhanced individuality. Such individuality is threatening to good progressive citizens of the Cathedral, who are often so deep in its matrix that they must be shocked into realizing the extent of their mental colonization. Psychedelic neoreactionaries are therefore a true counterculture, unlike the psychedelic pseudo-counterculture of Timothy Leary and friends, who embraced the Cathedral’s entire political platform (and may even have been an engineered advanced guard for its agenda).

Note that Anissimov lists “popularization of drugs” as part of the Cathedral platform, yet this is not inconsistent with psychedelic neoreaction. Psyneos consider the baser addictive drugs, such as heroin, methamphetamines, cocaine and alcohol, to be little more than party drugs, painkillers and sedatives, which are no threat to the Cathedral/NWO program of a docile, medicated, consumerist population. Nor do we favor psychedelics for the raucous masses; we believe, like Aldous Huxley and most of the pre-Leary psychonauts, that psychedelics are best used by a responsible cognitive elite.

Finally, as we psyneos continue to turn on and rewrite both history and the future, I would like to offer the following individual as a hero of our countercultural revolution:

This is Alfred “Captain Trips” Hubbard, the arch-conservative hillbilly genius and “Acid Messiah” who first popularized LSD among the Western elites. Hubbard’s story is one of the most incredible, yet little known of the 20th century, probably because it doesn’t fit the standard narrative of the psychedelic left. Sadly, Hubbard’s revolution was hijacked by clowns like Timothy Leary, and has languished in obscurity ever since.

Read more about Al Hubbard here, and don’t miss this podcast about Hubbard by fellow psychedelic reactionary Todd Fahey.

That’s all for now; until next time, keep on tripping and mindfucking those Cathedral sheeple, my fellow psyneos!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Thought Fragments for Another Age

Increasingly, my thoughts, aspirations and inspirations can be described by four words: NOT OF THIS AGE. Backward to the archaic imperiums, or forward to the Galactic Empire, but somehow, man must find a way past this soul-starving Age of Progress to a new Age of Greatness. To wit, a few recent thought fragments...

One age's villains are the next age's heroes (and vice versa). If you do not share the spirit of this age, yet you refuse to let your fire die, then you have little choice but to play the villain. Embrace your fate with style and panache; twirl your mustache, shake your fist, enchant the hearts and terrorize the minds of all who would keep you bowed before their emaciated gods. Feed your soul with art, poetry, writing, rituals, myths and gods of your own creation. Grow strong in your own soul-power, then unleash it upon the world. Do this, or die, for the sake of your dignity and your immortal soul, and know that future generations will glorify you, just as the mundane of today vilify you.

The shallow, soulless rulers of this age must be overthrown, to allow a new order of poets, prophets, warriors and magicians to take their place upon the Overthrone.

This age needs new poets and prophets; it needs the sword of Islam and the steel of the Khans. This age needs a new Empire to rise, and wash away all that is weak, passionless and mundane.

In dreams I have seen dark armies marching amidst the flames of the Apocalypse. In visions I have seen a dark sorcerer leading them into battle. In nightmares I have smelled the smoke of a billion burning bodies, and witnessed the death of the age in fire from horizon to horizon.

In a psilocybin-enhanced state, I wrote this:

I am in a rare shamanic state of mind tonight. I feel like I am walking with the immortals. This is the place where empires take shape in the mind, and whole ages are imagined. Before you die, I hope you get such a taste of immortality!

I challenge the depressive scientists at Sean Carroll's blog to embrace Endarkenment:

I think this hypothesis says more about those positing it than about the cosmos itself — it strikes me as a statement of personal and civilizational exhaustion and lack of imagination. There are so many ways this universe can stay interesting without creating cosmically detectable structures or physically conquering the galaxy. For example, LSD was only discovered in the 1940s, well after Copernicus, Einstein and Hubble, yet it has opened up inner vistas for exploration that were scarcely imagined by Western man previously. So I think the great frontier for science going forward is the inner cosmos, which scientists seem to have little to say about, but which mystics have been exploring for millennia with no sign of having done more than scratch the surface.

It may indeed be the case that the Enlightenment, as conceived by 17th century European rationalists, is approaching some asymptotic limit to its novelty, but that just means that it is time for an “Endarkenment”, to re-discover the magic and mystery which kept mankind from despairing at having figured it all out for millennia before modern science came on the scene. And in a Darwinian sense, those who find life interesting will propagate themselves, while those who are bored will die out, so the problem is presumably self-correcting.

An example of what is possible is Jack Parsons, sorcerer, scientist and co-founder of the JPL, who said:

“If we wish to unite with the universe, let us court the whole of nature, all experience, all truth and the splendour of the awesome cosmos itself. For ‘out there’ lies the great campaign that comes first and last; the ultimate adventure of the individual into himself. He must go down like Moses into his unknown self, out into the new dimension, out with Orpheus and the barque of Arthur, with Tammuz and Adonis, with Mithra and Jesus, into the labyrinths of the Dark Land. There he will meet The Mother and hear Her final question: “What is man?”. Thereafter, close by the heart of the cryptic Mother, he may find the Graal; ultimate consciousness, total remembrance, instinct made certain, reason made real. For it is he, wonderful monster, embryo god who has swum in the fish, shed the skin of the crocodile, peered from the eyes of serpents, swung with the apes and shaken the earth with tramp of the tyrannosaur’s hoof. It is he who has cried out on all crosses, ruled on all thrones, grubbed in all gutters. It is he whose face is reflected and distorted in all heavens and hells – he, the Child of the Stars, the son of the ocean; this creature of dust, this wonder and terror called MAN.”

I weigh in on a discussion of neoreaction:

The way to understand neoreactionaries, Islamists, and other targets of progressive scorn is not as inherently bad people, but simply as people who are spiritually and intellectually not of this age.

Notions of "the good" within any strong civilization aren't really open to debate; they always come down to quasi-religious principles which can't be proven ("all men are created equal", "Mohammed was the last messenger of God and the Koran is his message", etc.). The reason neoreactionary ideas get any hearing at all is because we are living at the fin de siecle -- the end of the age, a time of chaos when even foundational principles are open to aggressive challenges from all sides.

Julius Evola, mentioned in the article, is the guy to read here. He suggested ways to "ride the tiger" and "revolt against the modern world", while awaiting (and working to hasten) the changing of the age. Fortunately for neoreactionaries, this change is likely to come sooner rather than later, now that the old order's magic has lost much of its potency, and the world seems to be on a trajectory toward several apocalypses at once. So rather than debate the specifics of politics and ideology within this dying age, my advice to neoreactionaries is to play the long game, to begin establishing the new institutions, orders and ideas that will characterize the post-progressive age that is so clearly headed our way. Good luck.

And comment on rationalist cult leader Eliezer Yudkowsky's hasty disavowal of same:

This is an extraordinary claim by Eliezer Yudkowsky that progress is a ratchet that moves in only one direction. I wonder what, say, the native Americans circa 1850 thought about Western notions of progress? If you equate "power" with "progress" this claim is somewhat believable, but if you're also trying to morally characterize the arc of history then it sounds like you've descended into progressive cultism and fanaticism.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Morning of the Black Magicians

[This essay was written in my role as Emperor at one of my current projects, Temple of the Black Sun. Enjoy!]

It is a useful viewpoint to see all of human civilization as a battleground of black magicians. Down through the ages, opposing occult schools and orders have waged endless metaphysical battles – their magical conflicts often manifesting in terrible wars upon the material plane.

For more than a thousand years, Western civilization was dominated by the Catholic magocracy centered in Rome – an order of sorcerers who employed strange rituals of symbolic cannibalism, performed liturgies in a dead language, employed brutal violence to suppress heretics and used sophisticated memetic engineering to convert heathens and control societies. But the reign of the Roman sorcerers waned due to two great historical events: The Protestant Reformation led by Martin Luther, which would spark a brutal Thirty Years War and a reordering of power in Europe, and the dawn of the Enlightenment, which saw a new breed of rationalist philosophers and scientists become the ascendant magi in the Western world. These new Enlightenment cultists wielded reason, science and industry as their primary tools of power, and for the past several centuries they have been highly successful in spreading their potent brand of magic across the globe.

At around the same time that the Enlightenment was dawning, a new empire was being conceived by occultists across the English Channel in Britain. There, in the 16th century, magician-mathematician John Dee is said to have created the "British Empire" meme, and promoted an ideology of Anglocentric Christianity, British-Israelism and naval power as a means of dominating the world. The following centuries of British imperial expansion across the planet, which saw Britannia become an empire of unprecedented global reach, is a testament to the power of Dee's vision, and a source of inspiration to the Black Sun Obscurati.

In the 18th century, the United States of America was born, the brainchild of Freemasons and Enlightenment cultists like Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. America's founding fathers saw an opportunity to create a new kind of nation, one based on Enlightenment ideals of pragmatism, reason, capitalism and republicanism rather than monarchy, magical thinking, religion and tradition. The American revolution, and the French revolution which soon followed, would inspire the overthrow of the entire European feudal order during the 19th century, and sow global disruption throughout the 20th. America has had a brilliant run, but by now it is all too obvious to the Obscurati that its magic is waning and its civilization has gone into terminal decline. It is said that the candle that burns twice as bright burns half as long, and for a nation that has burned as brightly as the United States, it is not surprising that its candle has begun to flicker out after less than a century as world leader.

America's rise to global dominance was made possible by perhaps the most dramatic manifestation of metaphysical warfare in world history. For World War II was really a cosmic war between opposing occult ideologies; on one side, you had the Anglo-Saxon, Jewish and Freemasonic descendents of John Dee and Benjamin Franklin, whose magic expressed itself in ideals like financial capitalism, liberalism and democracy. On the other side, you had the Axis sorcerers, whose pagan, theosophist, Shinto, Imperial Way Zen and Islamic magic manifested as fascism, holy war, theocracy and large scale occult power rituals. Truly, the world has never seen such an awesome contest of magical wills, and only the industrial might of the Allies and some good fortune (or some would say, divine providence) allowed them to escape the thousand year Reich of "dark lords" Hitler, Hirohito and their minions.

In the Near East, the Islamic sorcerers have reigned supreme for 1400 years, spreading their rituals of obeisance to moon god Allah, stone worship and obedience to the Quran to Europe, Africa, Asia and now the New World. But the Islamic empire went into decline centuries ago, unable to compete with the might of the West's technological wizardry, and has been bitterly trying to regain its lost glory ever since. In recent years, Muslim magic seems to have increased in potency and ambition, bringing revolutions in Iran and Egypt, the 9-11 attacks (or did it?), global jihad, and the prospect of a renewed war of civilizations that could result in World War III. It remains to be seen whether this new outbreak of Islamic will to power represents the rise of a new Caliphate, or the death throes of a dysfunctional and obsolete religion.

Meanwhile in China, the dragon has awakened and begun to shake the world. The metaphysical significance of this epochal event was hinted at by a Taoist sorcerer this way:
"A new era is now dawning for mankind. As the curtain opens on a new century, a new play with new performers is about to replace the one that is currently running on the world stage. After a period of fifteen hundred years, the order of power is about to change drastically. From now on, those who understand the principles of Chi, the vital energy of the universe, will rule the world. The future of any nation will soon be measured by the level of intelligence of its citizens and the strength of their Chi energy. Since the measure of a person's intelligence is commensurate with the amount of Chi energy in his body, the knowledge needed to increase an individual's internal power will soon be of paramount importance to all." –Min Tzu, Chinese Taoist Sorcery
This is a beautiful statement of the Black Sun magical worldview; for we too believe that an individual's chi or "dark energy", and the collective dark energy of organizations and nations, will be the true measure of power on this planet going forward. Nor do we dispute Min Tzu's implication that China, with its vast population, cosmic ambitions, ancient traditions of celestial emperors, Taoist sorcery, chi-powered supermen and collective destiny, may soon become this planet's leading empire.

There are many more examples of the role of magical cabals in building empires and new orders that I could discuss: From the lost beginnings of the Pharaohnic dynasty to the occult origins of the Third Reich; from the roots of classical civilization in the Greco-Roman mystery religions to the Zen-Shinto mysticism which animated Imperial Japan; from the Tantric and Shamanic foundations of the Tibetan Lamacracy to the influence of Kabalists upon the creation of modern Israel; much of history has been written by esoteric orders who harness the power of their magically-enhanced wills and imaginations to remake the world.

In the Star Wars universe, the magical battlefield was simplified down to two opposing schools: the Jedi and the Sith. On our planet, the situation is considerably more complex and the antagonists have different names, but the essence of the struggle is the same. Jew vs. gentile, Muslim vs. infidel, Christian vs. pagan, Catholic vs. Protestant, atheist vs. believer, and all sides seeking the same prize: unlimited power. Darth Sidious said that "the Sith and the Jedi are similar in almost every way, including their quest for greater power," and this is also true in our galaxy. For we, the Black Sun/Sith Sorcerers of this planet, understand that there are no good guys in these eternal cosmic struggles – only contests of wills to determine whose Force power is supreme, and whose visions of empire will be victorious. In this unsettled era, when the old orders' magic is so clearly fading, may it be our Black Sun sorcery that prevails, and brings a new dawn to this world!

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