119 - Chaos Magick conversation with Gordon White

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Erronius said…
Great one, Nick. Gordon White was a great guest. So, I had myself a whopping big helping of Rune Soup.
In episode eight of Gordon's Archonology epos, I found something that cheered me up mightily. A quote from Zbigniew Brzezinski, pardon the tongue-breaker. In case you wonder what on God's green earth a Zbigniew Brzezinski might be, it's evil. For eldrich horror from beyond spacetime values of evil. It's an Archdemon of the Region of Thud. Anyway, here's the quote of it addressing the Council of Foreign Relations in 2010.
“[The] major world powers, new and old, also face a novel reality: while the lethality of their military might is greater than ever, their capacity to impose control over the politically awakened masses of the world is at a historic low. To put it bluntly: in earlier times, it was easier to control one million people than to physically kill one million people; today, it is infinitely easier to kill one million people than to control one million people,”
Yee haa. Assuming it spoke the truth, as demons sometimes do, the Leviathan can still kill us all but it can't convince us anymore. This is the Apocalypse, the end of the world - its world.
Yes, I do find Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan a useful model up to a point. But I evaluate it differently than Hobbes. I have it in one bowl with Wilhelm Reich's model of the Emotional Plague. You know how it feels bodily when your beliefs are being challenged? That's the Emotional Plague kicking in. Add in Richard Dawkins' Meme meme as an emulsifier, stir vigorously and hey presto, mayonnaise. The Memetic Plague.
There are parasites in the stuff running around our heads. Beliefs we will defend even while they are detrimental to our well-being. Most notably those tied in with our belief in ourselves, the identities we cobble together from memetic odds and ends, for a good part from our upbringing. May include the belief that there's something wrong with us that needs fixing, and that somehow Jim'll fix it.
One reason I prefer the Leviathan over, say, the Bavarian Illuminati as a metaphor, is that it emphasises the complicity, rather than victimhood, of us the hoi polloi in our enslavement. To use another gross oversimplification for the sake of Argument -Hail Eris!- it's like a huge hand-drawn festival float with some frail human being representing the Godhead sitting on top. It's nothing if we all walk away.
I'll skip going into detail about the points you brought up, Congo and FGM. The underlying point being, if i understand correctly, I wouldn't want to live on that farm, would you?
No, I wouldn't. I am formed in part by the Amsterdam TAZ that originated in the 1960s and has still not gone under. I call that exceptional good grace. But. Any fight to take back freedom, anywhere in the Multiverse, against any odds, is worthwhile. What we can do about it is take part in that, right where we are, however privileged we might think we are.
(Aside: recommended book: Against His-story, Against Leviathan by Fredy Perlman, available for free from TheAnarchistLibraryDotOrg, an invaluable resource where you will always find something to disagree with.)
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