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A longtime Facebook executive has admitted the company’s platform helped Donald Trump win the 2016 election, and it may happen again this year. In an internal memo, Facebook Vice President Andrew Bosworth wrote, “So was Facebook responsible for Donald Trump getting elected? I think the answer is yes.”

The Weaponization of Data: Cambridge Analytica, Information Warfare & the 2016 Election of Trump

Targeted: The Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower's Inside Story of How Big Data, Trump, and Facebook Broke Democracy and How It Can Happen Again

Gary Lachman's Dark Star Rising

page 61ff

talks of Frithjof Schuon, and his book "The Transcendent Unity of Religions."  REAL TURKEY!

Then opens discussion of Rene Guenon, and this of course leads to Julius Evola.

We have now mention of a book and writer who look most interesting:

Mark Sedgwick, Against the Modern World (2004)  Seems to be about this "Traditionalism" movement and Sedgwick is said to be a historian of esotericism.

Mark Sedgwick

Against the Modern World: Traditionalism and the Secret Intellectual History of the Twentieth Century

Key Thinkers of the Radical Right: Behind the New Threat to Liberal Democracy Paperback  – February 5, 2019

Since the start of the twenty-first century, the political mainstream has been shifting to the right. The liberal orthodoxy that took hold in the West as a reaction to the Second World War is breaking down. In Europe, populist political parties have pulled the mainstream in their direction; in America, a series of challenges to the Republican mainstream culminated in the 2016 election of Donald Trump.

In Key Thinkers of the Radical Right, sixteen expert scholars explain sixteen thinkers, providing an introduction to their life and work, a guide to their thought, and an explanation of their work's reception. The chapters focus on thinkers who are widely read across the political right in both Europe and America, such as Julius Evola, Alain de Benoist, and Richard B. Spencer. Featuring classic, modern, and emerging thinkers, this selection provides a good representation of the intellectual right and avoids making political or value judgments. In an increasingly polarized political environment, Key Thinkers of the Radical Right offers a comprehensive and unbiased introduction to the thinkers who form the foundation of the radical right.

Yes, both Mark Sedgwick books and his others are readily available.

Lachman also talks much about Putin't guy Alexander Dugin

^^^^  a real piece of work. Occult fascism is indeed on the rise world wide.


Nigel Farage

Again, what I find most telling is from Mark Sedgwick,

"Since the start of the twenty-first century, the political mainstream has been shifting to the right. The liberal orthodoxy that took hold in the West as a reaction to the Second World War is breaking down. In Europe, populist political parties have pulled the mainstream in their direction; in America, a series of challenges to the Republican mainstream culminated in the 2016 election of Donald Trump. "

so page 60ff Lachman writes:

Power is perhaps the greatest intoxicant because it is linked to the feeling of life itself.  Nietzsche knew this, and it helped him to outgrow Schopenhauer's pessimism.  "What is goo?" he asks in The Antichrist.

All that heightens the feeling of power, the will to power, power itself in man.

What is bad? -- All that proceeds from weakness.

What is happiness? -- The feeling that power increases -- that a resistance is overcome.

Nietzsche's rhetoric is powerful itself and is too often quoted out of context to support attitudes and beliefs he did not share; that is an occupational hazard of a good writer.  Nietzsche is not advocationg power over others, as he is often said to be, but power over oneself.  Life Nietzsche tells us, is that "which must overcome itself again and again."  His Ubermensch -- usually mistranslated as "superman" -- is not a demigod or a member of a master race lording it over the rest of us, but someone who has "overcome" himself, an "overman."  When Nietzsche's prophet Zarathustra addresses the people in the market place and says that "as long as I can conceive of something better than myself I cannot be unless I am striving to bring it into existence or clearing the way for it."  The greatest sense of power comes from overcoming one's own weaknesses and strengths, from growing beyond oneself.  This is what creative evolution is about.

(Creative Evolution is the title of a work by Henri Bergson.  Lachman has to know this. )

But Nietzsche the psychologist knows that often this will to power finds other more immediately stimulating channels and that it is all to easy to develop the habit of following those rather than developing the more legitimate means of heightening our sense of power, that is of growth.  Indeed, one sign of self-mastery is that one outgrows the temptation to get a quick, cheap thrill at the expense of one's development.

As Colin Wilson discovered, one of the avenues for this is sex.

Dark Star Rising : Magick and Power in the Age of Trump, by Gary Lachman


Both Hitler and Mussolini wanted people to believe in them, and both found that fhis was precisely what many people wanted to do.  They, it seemed, were made for each other.  ow Hitler and Mussolini got millions of people to believe in them was by believing in themselves an d their respective causes, in Hitler's case National Socialism and in Mussolini's fascism.  They did not win this believing through argument, persuasive reasoning, or a convincing display of facts. They didn't force people to believe nor did they buy their compliance.  Something much deeper and more immediate was at work.  Something that is a part of the very fabric of our being.

Mussolini and Hitler gathered the masses beind them by fulfilling a need, a very powerful one, and also by meeting a desire.  The need is to believe that our lives have some meaning and purpose beyond that of fulfilling our basic animal appetites.  This is the essence of all religion.  We need to feel there is some reason for our existence.  This lack of belief leads to nihilism, that belief in nothing, a condition that postmodernism seems to hvae saddled us with today.  Man, we know, does not live by bread alone; if he did, any feasible plan for the equitable distribution of the planet's resources would solve the world's problems overnight.  As George Orwell, a witness to the rise of populist demagogues in pre-World War II Europe, "Hitler...knows that human beings don't only want comfort, safety, short working hours, hygiene, birth control and, in general, common sense; they also want struggle and self-sacrifice, not to mention drums, flags and loyalty parades."

... Hitler and Mussolini were adept at providing many people in Germany and Italy with the sense that they belonged to some larger reality beyond their everyday lives.  This is why all attempts to explain Hitler's success through economic, class, or some other "rational" reason are ultimately inadequate.  They leave what we might call the "existential" element out of their reckoning, the need for a meaning to life more significant that a full stomach.
The desire Hitler and Mussolini met in millions of people was a simple one: to be free of the burden of giving meaning to their lives themselves, of fulfilling their hunger for "struggle and self-sacrifice," for some greater purpose than the satisfaction of their own appetites, though their own efforts.

There seems to be an inverse ration between a people's lack of self-belief, and the enthusiasm with which they embrace a belief in someone else, provided he displays enough self-belief to fill the void within them.  The examples above refer to how "charismatic leaders," as the sociologist Max Weber called them, do precisely this.  For Weber such figures are set apart from ordinary men and are often seen as superhuman or supernatural.  Charisma is of Greek origin and means a "gift of grace."

Then it goes into endorsement of a book I have long admired,  "Feet of Clay" by Anthony Storr.


Jewish Community Denounces Anti-Semitic Attacks Fueled by a “White Nationalist Administration”

First Lady of the World: Eleanor Roosevelt’s Impact on New Deal to U.N. Declaration of Human Rights

Zion SRT

Whitesnake - Still of the Night

So from page 78ff

... is the brainchild of white supremacist Richard Spencer, and it came to global prominence when Hillary Clinton inadvertently gave it the best publicity it could ask for.  In her campaign speech in Reno, Nevada, on August 25, 2016, Clinton spoke out against her opponent, Donald Trump.  She accused him of basing his campaign on "prejudice and paranoia," of supporting anti-Semitism and white nationalism, and of bringing what had until then been a "paranoid fringe" in American politics into the mainstream.  This "paranoid fringe," in American politics into the mainstream.

This "paranoid fringe," she said, was the "alt-right," or "alternative right," a "loosely organized movement, mostly online," that--as she quoted from The Wall Street Journal--"rejects mainstream conservatism, promotes nationalism and views immigration and multiculturalism as threats to white identity."  They call themselves "racialists" rather than "racists" and speak of "white nationalism" rather than "white supremacy,"....

Steve Bannon, who through the right-wing website, gave the alt-right a place to air its views. ....

Through this she believed that "a fringe element has effectively taken over the Republican Party."


part of a "rising tide of hard-line, right wing nationalism around the world."

She included in this the far right British politician Nigel Farage and Vladimir Putin.

"There's always been a paranoid fringe in our politics,"..."But it's never had the nominee of a major party stoking it, encouraging it, and giving it a national megaphone."


Clinton spoke out against Trump's endorsement of conspiracy theories and his intransigence when criticized for accepting the support of people like David Duke, head of the KKK.  She complained  of his retweeting white supremacist propaganda and giving his approval to the ideas of talk show host Alex Jones of InfoWars infamy....

Richard Spencer  ...  watched Clinton's speech in a hotel room in Tokyo. ....  spreading the alt-right word since 2008.

(a campaign to destabilize President Obama. )
Alt Right, Pepe the Frog, Something Awful, Anime, 4chan, Tulpas, KEK, Brietbart News, Norman Vincent Peale

Dark Star Rising : Magick and Power in the Age of Trump, by Gary Lachman

Reading from page 78ff

Read Anything Gary Lachman has written.

Computers, Math, Science, Technology / Alternative Educations
« Last post by forbitals on December 27, 2019, 05:42:05 pm »
Re-posting something from above:

People need far more than they get in a conventional college program. Need far more just to know how you want to live, what values you want to support. College is always too limited, too narrow, and out of date.

Most college is already too much like job training, too narrow, and too shallow, inherently exploitative.

And then there is this legitimacy issue. Young adults are under incredible pressure to conform in their aspirations. And so this is forced pertaining to college. They can only do what is considered legitimate.

And then since with your impacted programs in elite colleges, these are largely incompatible with even part time employment. And the school programs themselves are pretty much forced to be full time.

So the college program locks out everything else, and so one is forced to derive their social legitimacy from that program. This then makes one take the interpretation which is being pitched. Hard to defend any alternative interpretation.

I needed far more breadth and far more depth.
Certainly like that for me, and I needed much much more. I needed to be able to be a creative person, like an artist, in what every I was to do. College exposed me to many things, and I did learn much, but it still amounted to a continuation of adolescence, delayed adult status.

College tends for force people to accept mainstream and societally approved aspirations. As such what they can learn is constrained and limited. And their original goals get twisted.

Think about it, in a trade school people are lectured at and they get watered down text books, but they don't get the real stuff.  Well I feel that lots of other types of college are also the same way.

We need something different!

Yes - Yours Is No Disgrace - Live at Beat-Club - 1971

There is Life After College

There is life after college : what parents and students should know about navigating school to prepare for the jobs of tomorrow / Jeffrey J. Selingo. (2016)

The path of the everyday hero : drawing on the power of myth for solving life's most important challenges / Lorna Catford, Michael Ray. (1991)

Do what you love, the money will follow : discovering your right livelihood / Marsha Sinetar. (1989)
So Gary Lachman is talking about Ernst Holmes and lots of others.

Let me try and capture some of it:

George Bernard Shaw, play
Back to Methuselah

R. A. Orage

Thomson Jay Hudson, The Law of Psychic Phenomenon (1893)

Robert Place, The Tarot, History, Symbol, Divination (2005)

Jaq D. Hawkins, Understanding Chaos Magic (1996)
^^^^  not in libraries

Dave Evans, The History of British Magic After Crowley

^^^^^  not in libraries, book looks extremely interesting!  See cover picture!

So after in 1960 when Norman Vincent Peale was campaigning against John F. Kennedy over his Catholicism, many turned against him.  Newspapers stopped carrying his column and some in his own congregation started denouncing him.  They accused him of preaching a Christianized Magic.

And then Albert Ellis, though offering a kind of self-improvement of his own, he turned into a major critic of Peale!

And then we have Ralph Waldo Trine:

And then Neville Goddard
Computers, Math, Science, Technology / FinFET's and analog IC design Webinar, Cadence
« Last post by forbitals on December 18, 2019, 05:26:16 pm »
FinFET's and analog IC design Webinar, Cadence

Analog Mixed-Signal Design in FinFET Processes Webinar

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