Relax North America, this time it’s the UK scene that has roundly embarrassed themselves so I encourage you all to turn your critical eyes towards the Old World for a moment and join me in a round of tut-tutting. Occulture being what it is many of you will have already got wind of the ‘Black Front Press’, the propaganda arm for one of the UK’s innumerable fascist collectives. Black Front took it upon themselves to publish an anthology regarding Crowley, not amazingly surprising. More surprising was the list of willing contributors, which I am more than happy to reproduce in full right now.
From lashtal.com ‘An illustrious roll-call of contributors includes David Beth, Troy Southgate, Dr. George J. Sieg, Vadge Moore, K.R. Bolton, Damon Zacharias, Keith Preston, Christopher Pankhurst, Hekate Perseia and Julius Evola.’ That’s quoted directly from the first post of a discussion thread announcing the great boon to the world that is the 19,586,747,772,948th book on Crowley. The trend which has followed the Scarlet’s illumination of Black Front’s political agenda has been to excuse these cats as though they couldn’t have possibly known that the dude they were working for advocates racial hatred and xenophobia. The very first reflex of the community was to prevent a black listing of Black Front’s contributors. Wow guys, wrong fucking reflex.
Now I think these writers should get the opportunity to defend themselves but the reality of the situation is that it was actually pretty obvious who and what Black Front is. Also, they are supposed to be like master sorcerers or whatever. It takes about a third of the way through that discussion thread for the thelemites to stop congratulating each other on being awesome and superior and actually confront the revelation that they had been duped into validating the social perspective of and simultaneously materially enriching a hateful bigot. No one is grateful for having the error pointed out. So while I will argue for space for these cats to put the record straight I will also argue that any of them who do not take the opportunity to do so should be promptly labeled and called names and generally mocked as throw-backs to the dark ages.
If any of these authors were actually sorcerers who had just been duped into financially and philosophically supporting a bigot, you would fucking burn his ass. Holy shit UK occulture, grow a pair. Literally any other action on the part of Black Front’s contributors is suspect.
As an aside and in general, drop the freaking anti-syncretism trend, not helpful. Sure the kids are clumsy sometimes but it’s a process isn’t it. These never-ending arguments regarding the historical purity of your paradigm actually make it pretty easy for bigots to co-opt occulture. You are a bunch of thieving sorcerers for fucks sake. The scholars love the occult because it unravels forever, everyone can be an expert! Few however will ever really make the transition to practitioner. The Schoolmen own that shit in the UK right now, fuck Wiccans and Thelemites they want impious and irreverent exposes regarding their favorite dead practitioners and the secret and contrived origins of the contemporary magical orders. All the schoolmen can do is show you how to work your syncretism right, with respect and honesty or wrong with hatred and fear. If they have convinced you that there is only one right and true and British way, then you’re already totally fucked.
Also, Crowley was a spoiled syphilitic heroin burn-out who shit on peoples carpets and sexually assaulted strangers. Stop. Writing. Books. About. Crowley.