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Dark Star Rising: Magick and Power in the Age of Trump

Dark Star Rising: Magick and Power in the Age of Trump

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Author: Lachman, Gary

Brand: Tarcherperigee

Number Of Pages: 256

Details: Product Description Within the concentric circles of Trump's regime lies an unseen culture of occultists, power-seekers, and mind-magicians whose influence is on the rise. In this unparalleled account, historian Gary Lachman examines the influence of occult and esoteric philosophy on the unexpected rise of the alt-right. Did positive thinking and mental science help put Donald Trump in the White House? And are there any other hidden powers of the mind and thought at work in today's world politics? In Dark Star Rising: Magick and Power in the Age of Trump, historian and cultural critic Gary Lachman takes a close look at the various magical and esoteric ideas that are impacting political events across the globe. From New Thought and Chaos Magick to the far-right esotericism of Julius Evola and the Traditionalists, Lachman follows a trail of mystic clues that involve, among others, Norman Vincent Peale, domineering gurus and demagogues, Ayn Rand, Pepe the Frog, Rene Schwaller de Lubicz, synarchy, the Alt-Right, meme magic, and Vladimir Putin and his postmodern Rasputin. Come take a drop down the rabbit hole of occult politics in the twenty-first century and find out the post-truths and alternative facts surrounding the 45th President of the United States with one of the leading writers on esotericism and its influence on modern culture. Review "Lachman has written a fascinating analysis of how esoteric and occult ideas have had political consequences, without descending too far into the murky pits of conspiracy theory. " Peter J. Carroll, author of Liber Null and Psychonaut and Liber Kaos , specularium.org/ " Lachman has done us an excellent service...weaving  the story of positive thinking into its use in the world of politics and business." Forbes  forbes.com "Lachman explains how Donald Trump uses the "power of positive thinking" to will himself to victory and to charm and influence others, in much the way that the "alt-right" was able to weaponize the cartoon figure Pepe the Frog in the service of white supremacy." Chauncey De Vega, salon.com "In Gary Lachman's new book, Dark Star Rising: Magick and Power in the Age of Trump , I learned that occult and esoteric thinking permeates the alt-right, Putin's inner circle, and even Trump himself." Mark Fraunfelder, boingboing.net PRAISE FOR BEYOND THE ROBOT: "An enthralling account of the life and work of Colin Wilson, the often controversial writer who explored the nature of human consciousness in dozens of books ... Lachman writes about philosophical and mystical ideas with exceptional grace, forcefulness and clarity." --Michael Dirda, The Washington Post "Colin Wilson came to a sudden and unparalleled celebrity with his first book, The Outsider, in 1956, and after that was strenuously ignored by every respectable critic. So much for respectability. Gary Lachman has written an intellectual biography of a writer who might be called the only optimistic existentialist, and done him justice. Wilson was always far better and more interesting than fashionable opinion claimed, and in Lachman he has found a biographer who can respond to the whole range of his work with sympathy and understanding, in a style which, like Wilson's own, is always immensely readable. I enjoyed Beyond the Robotvery much." --Philip Pullman "Without question, the definitive guide to the life and ideas of one of the most stimulating writers of our time. Highly recommended." --David Fideler, author of Restoring the Soul of the World "Gary Lachman makes ideas thrilling." --Ptolemy Tompkins, author of Paradise Fever "In Beyond the Robot: The Life and Work of Colin Wilson, author Gary Lachman has done us a great service in illumining what an original and inspired thinker Wilson was. In the process of doing so, the question arose in my mind as reader: Is Lachman himself stepping into becoming the modern-day Colin Wilson? This is one of those rare books that I read cover to cove

EAN: 9780143132066

Release Date: 29-05-2018

Package Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches

Languages: English

Binding: Paperback