23 Books for Counterculture Conservatives, Tea Party Occultists, and Capitalist Wizards
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October 20, 2012 - 3:00 pm
Part II: History
4. Counterculture Through the Ages: From Abraham to Acid House by Ken Goffman and Dan Joy
Publication Date: September 13, 2005
As long as there has been culture, there has been counterculture. At times it moves deep below the surface of things, a stealth mode of being all but invisible to the dominant paradigm; at other times it’s in plain sight, challenging the status quo; and at still other times it erupts in a fiery burst of creative–or destructive–energy to change the world forever.
But until now the countercultural phenomenon has been one of history’s great blind spots. Individual countercultures have been explored, but never before has a book set out to demonstrate the recurring nature of counterculturalism across all times and societies, and to illustrate its dynamic role in the continuous evolution of human values and cultures.
Countercultural pundit and cyberguru R. U. Sirius brilliantly sets the record straight in this colorful, anecdotal, and wide-ranging study based on ideas developed by the late Timothy Leary with Dan Joy. With a distinctive mix of scholarly erudition and gonzo passion, Sirius and Joy identify the distinguishing characteristics of countercultures, delving into history and myth to establish beyond doubt that, for all their surface differences, countercultures share important underlying principles: individualism, anti-authoritarianism, and a belief in the possibility of personal and social transformation.
Ranging from the Socratic counterculture of ancient Athens and the outsider movements of Judaism, which left indelible marks on Western culture, to the Taoist, Sufi, and Zen Buddhist countercultures, which were equally influential in the East, to the famous countercultural moments of the last century–Paris in the twenties, Haight-Ashbury in the sixties, Tropicalismo, women’s liberation, punk rock–to the cutting-edge countercultures of the twenty-first century, which combine science, art, music, technology, politics, and religion in astonishing (and sometimes disturbing) new ways, Counterculture Through the Ages is an indispensable guidebook to where we’ve been . . . and where we’re going.
Why Counterculture Conservatives Should Read It:
The key insight in reconciling counterculture and conservatism comes when we define the term historically, beyond just the caricature of the 60s hippie counterculture.
A counterculture is just any group of people who choose to reject some aspect of a dominant culture and then live peacefully in opposition to it. The Jews were a counterculture. So were Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. So were the Christians in ancient Rome. So were the Pilgrims. And the Transcendentalists. And the Mormons.
Counterculture Through the Ages presents an alternative way of understanding the West: what if “Western Civilization” was actually just the compilation of all the best countercultural ideas that worked? What if Western Civilization wasn’t really about places or people or things but about a process to understand ourselves, one another, and our purpose in the world? And how do we figure out what that purpose is?
5. The Temple of Solomon: From Ancient Israel to Secret Societies by James Wasserman
Publication Date: November 8, 2011
A fully illustrated history of the Temple of Solomon
• Examines the Temple of Solomon in the Hebrew Scriptures, the New Testament, and Apocryphal writings
• Explores its role in the founding of Freemasonry, the legends of the Knights Templar, the doctrines of the Kabbalah, and the teachings of Islam
• Explains the sacred nature of the Temple Mount–the site of the Temple of Solomon–and the secrets that may still be hidden there
• Richly illustrated, including many photos and images from rare archives
The spiritual heart of many esoteric societies, the Temple of Solomon was located atop the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, a site venerated by the three great monotheistic religions as the intersection of Divine and human. Built by King Solomon at the peak of ancient Israel’s power, the Temple of Solomon housed the golden Ark of the Covenant in its Holy of Holies, a sacred chamber where one could communicate directly with God. Centuries after the temple’s destruction, the Temple Mount was used as the headquarters for the Knights Templar during the Crusades, and countless legends have come down through the centuries about the secrets they may have uncovered there, including discovery of the Holy Grail or the Ark of the Covenant.
Richly illustrated with biblical and Masonic illustrations, photographs, and ancient and modern paintings–many from rare archives–this book explores the Temple of Solomon in the Hebrew Scriptures, the New Testament, and Apocryphal writings as well as its role in the founding of Freemasonry, the legends of the Knights Templar, the doctrines of the Kabbalah, and Muhammad’s visionary journey from the Temple Mount through the heavens. Seeking to understand the powerful desire of many religions and secret societies to re-create the temple through ritual and prayer, James Wasserman explains why it was built, the magical forces King Solomon may have used in its creation, what its destruction meant for Jews and Christians alike, and why the Knights Templar as well as several modern secret societies named their orders after it. Detailing the sacred architecture of this perfectly proportioned mystical edifice through words and art, the author reveals the Temple of Solomon as the affirmation of God’s presence in human affairs, the spiritual root of Western culture, and an important monument to the Divine nearly forgotten in today’s secular times but sorely needed to bridge the divide between our ancient past and our spiritual future.
Why Counterculture Conservatives Should Read It:
We need a place to go to be with God. We need to designate time and a place where we take a break from just trying to survive and instead work to transform ourselves into better, happier, strong, holier, more Godly people. That’s why we all — whether Jewish, Christian, secular, or mystic — need a Temple. Yes, a physical place to separate ourselves so we as individuals can take time to acknowledge, confront, and repair our own brokenness. That’s the essence of counterculture — recognizing the spiritual emptiness of a more dominant culture and then rejecting it to retreat to holiness.
Later on in the list, in the portion on the founding of America, David Gelertner’s Americanism reveals how the religious dissident’s drive for the freedom to worship God in his own way fueled the colonization of America. What were they after? A place where they could build their own temples in imitation of the Jews of the Old Testament.
Why Tea Party Occultists and Capitalist Wizards Should Read It:
The frequency I hear the question only makes it more depressing: “How come you’re always going on about Israel and antisemitism when you’re not Jewish?”
To the Islamists enforcing Sharia law in the Muslim world the witch and the sorcerer deserve execution as much as the Jew, the apostate, the heretical Muslim, and the homosexual. Here’s a sign from an Occupy rally that expresses a variation of the same “The Jews and the Masons are Trying to Enslave the World” conspiracy theory popularized by Adolf Hitler in Mein Kampf, a perennial bestseller in the Muslim world too.
Christianity, Americanism, Occultism, Classical Liberalism, Science, Rational Thought, Capitalism — these are all just expansions beginning with the foundation of the Torah. Thus the modern day Nazi Mystics, those who combine antisemitism with spirituality, hate all of them. Archetypal example: Derrick Bell, Critical Race Theory founder, gnostic, Barack Obama mentor, and author of Afrolantica Legacies. (Future editions of this list will feature more books on antisemitism, racism, and Nazism.)
Next, a book revealing the hidden history of a heretical Muslim sect persecuted by the same ideology America and Israel fight today, James Wasserman’s The Templars and the Assassins.