23 Books for Counterculture Conservatives, Tea Party Occultists, and Capitalist Wizards
We are a nation created by generations of religious whack-jobs who just wanted to live strangely, create stuff, and be left alone! Version 1.0
October 20, 2012 - 3:00 pm
Part VI, Science
I also first encountered Howard Bloom’s ideas through Richard Metzger’s Disinformation TV show. The video interview I saw with Bloom was once relegated to an obscure DVD, now like everything else it’s available for all on YouTube. (Kids nowadays are so spoiled!) Here’s the first half now and the second comes at the bottom of the page.
[Small but relevant anecdote: at the time when Metzger interviewed Bloom in the video above, he lived as a capitalist running his own promising new media publishing company. He advocated his own variety of Gen-X hipster libertarian corporate counterculture. Referring to corporate sponsorship and angel investors, his mantra was, "If they give, you should grab." All that changed for him after the economic crisis. In 2009 Metzger announced his conversion to Orthodox Marxism at the popular tech blog Boing Boing.
I always hoped someday to meet Metzger and thank him for introducing me to counterculture, the occult, chaos magic, and writers like Rushkoff and Bloom whose ideas changed my life. The only time we've crossed paths was when I commented on a post here at his new leftist counterculture blog Dangerous Minds, warning him that he'd been duped by a propaganda video produced by a Muslim Brotherhood front group. The comments have since been scrubbed -- we got into a pretty heated argument -- but I seem to recall it ending with him calling me an asshole, banning me from commenting further, and refusing to consider anything I might say after I identified as a colleague and supporter of Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller. Oh well, maybe if we bump into each other another decade down the line he'll be over his Marxism; people can change after all...]
Publication Date: March 13, 1997
The Lucifer Priciple is a revolutionary work that explores the intricate relationships among genetics, human behavior, and culture to put forth the thesis that “evil” is a by-product of nature’s strategies for creation and that it is woven into our most basic biological fabric.
Why Counterculture Conservatives Should Read It:
The difference between what we call “Right” and “Left” in America today ultimately boils down to one disagreement: does evil exist? Are there acts which are objectively evil or is something evil only if a person or culture deems it evil?
What is evil? Where does it come from? Howard Bloom is an atheist and science his religion but he comes to the same conclusion as the ancient Israelites writing the Torah, just updated for the modern vernacular: Mother Nature is a Bloody Bitch. Evil acts are side effects of our innate impulses, hardwired into us from millennia of evolving up from bacteria. It remains our responsibility as individuals to learn to conquer these demons left over from mankind’s rise out of the jungle.
And that includes for the authors writing about them. The overall theme of this list has been personal transformation. And looking back on where Bloom was more than a decade ago compared to today shows how far he’s come. In the second half of his interview with Metzger, Bloom at times sounds like one of the New Atheists. By the time we come to Bloom’s most recent book released in August, The God Problem, we’ll see how far he’s come — and why.