Women of the Revolution: The Female Image in Revolutionary Propaganda

The woman warrior and the female image — sometimes mythological — have long played a significant role in stirring men to action, both in ancient tribal society and the modern era. The ancient Norse, for example, believed that the Valvyrie (choosers of the slain) decided which warriors were to live, and which were to dies, […]

Gnosis, Politics, and the Inevitability of Dystopia

Recent events in the USA have some celebrating the power of government institutions to enact progress upon society from above, and others decrying the very same activities as a form of tyranny. This statement doesn’t date this article, given that the only part of the narrative which ever changes is the side which is decrying […]

Mytho-phobia: Radical Conformity, Spirituality, And Daring

Aleister Crowley's Tarot

“Security is mostly a superstition,” said Helen Keller, “Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” Today, however, society seems in the final stage of making itself so safe that it has become a danger to the human spirit. Indeed, we live at […]

Traditionalism, Freemasonry and Anti-Freemasonry

Freemasonry and Traditionalism

Although small, “Traditionalism” is a broad and influential movement — or, rather, various overlapping movements, to different degrees political and spiritual. It’s founder, French esotericist Rene Guenon (1886-1951), was involved, as a young man, in Theosophy, Freemasonry, and conservative Catholicism, but later found these too liberal and too modern, though he retained a respect for […]

Hustler: Porn, Politics, and Progress? Michael Lee Nirenberg in Interview

In People of Shambhala’s latest podcast, we speak with independent movie director Michael Lee Nirenberg about his Back Issues: The Hustler Magazine Story. The controversial documentary, exploring the curious characters and anarchy behind the rise of the porn magazine, was released in the USA in 2013, and last week (May 26) — through Solo Media — in […]

A Vision In A Dream: S. T. Coleridge on Imagination and Politics

The Sufis by Jean-Leon Jerome.

[Editor’s note: Below is the first part of Prof. Thomas F. Bertonneau’s essay on Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s theory of the imagination. The argument of part two — which will be published next week — is dependent on that of part one, since the two constitute a complete essay. There are, however, insightful and thought-provoking comments throughout, perhaps […]

Technology, Terror, And Transcendence: An Interview With Greg Kaminsky

Occult of Personality has become well known for its high quality podcast interviews with authors, historians, and practitioners of spirituality, ranging from Western esotericism to Voudon. Here we turn the tables on Greg Kaminsky, publisher of Occult of Personality, and interview him about his thoughts on technology, terror, and the possibility of transcendence in the internet era. Among […]

Nazi Girls Are Easy: Porn, Cinema, And The Body In Anti-Racist Politics

Porn has a political message. At least at times. Partly because the center-Right claims to stand for “family values,” and to oppose sex out of wedlock and other “sins” (including, often, pornography), political propaganda of the pornographic type has tended to emanate from the Left-wing. More than just an open rejection of the center-Right’s values, certain theories on […]

Indo-Europe Rising: A Book Review

Russian philosopher Azsacra Zarathustra with eagle.

Containing 69 theses, Indo-Europe Rising by Azsacra Zarathustra (43 pages; published by Cyberwit, India) is a manifesto that lays the groundwork for a revolution of spirit and action in Asia and Europe. However, the work does not present rational arguments about certain political or social points in an appeal to the ordinary man or woman. Rather, it is a […]