Remembering Aleister Crowley:
October 12, 1875–December 1, 1947
Aleister Crowley was an English poet, novelist, painter, and mountaineer who is most famous as an occultist, ceremonial magician, and founder of the religion and philosophy of Thelema. But ironically Crowley’s supposed Satanism and Black Magic are far less frightening to most people than his politics. For Aleister Crowley was also a man of the Right.
Although surprising numbers of Crowley’s followers are conventional liberal humanists, those who actually grasp Crowley’s destruction of liberal humanism usually end up on the Right. Thus Crowley inspired such important 20th-century Rightists as novelist and essayist P. R. Stephensen and military strategist and historian J. F. C. Fuller — as well as some 21st-century Rightists who tag him in the pages of Counter-Currents. Crowley was also praised by none other than Julius Evola, who was every bit the political bad boy that Crowley was rumored to be.
For more information on Crowley’s life, work, and significance for the Right, I recommend the following pieces on this site:
- Kerry Bolton, “Aleister Crowley as Political Theorist,” Part 1, Part 2 (in Polish) — also included in More Artists of the Right
- Kerry Bolton, “The Influence of H. P. Lovecraft on Occultism”
- Julius Evola, “Aleister Crowley”
- Juleigh Howard-Hobson, “Crowley the Poet: A Different Look at Aleister Crowley on this, the Occasion of his 136th Birthday”
- James J. O’Meara, “Artist & Autist: Crowley in the Light of Neville,” Part 1, Part 2
- James J. O’Meara, “‘The Name is Crowley . . . Aleister Crowley’: Reflections on Enlightenment & Espionage“
- James J. O’Meara, “Put Down That Rifle & Read This Instead”
- James J. O’Meara, “The Unmaking of the Magus: Crowley and Political Animal”
- Dionýz Sokol, “The Ideological War for the Occult Scene”
Another important work on Crowley and the Right is Marco Pasi’s Aleister Crowley and the Temptation of Politics (New York: Routledge, 2014), reviewed here by James J. O’Meara.
The following articles reference Crowley in passing:
- Kerry Bolton, “P. R. Stephensen“
- Jonathan Bowden, “Wyndham Lewis’ Tarr: An Exercise in Right-Wing Psychology” (in Bulgarian)
- James J. O’Meara, “A Band Apart: Wulf Grimsson’s Loki’s Way“
- James J. O’Meara, “Battle of the Magicians: Baron Evola between the Dancer & the Druid“
- James J. O’Meara, “Lord Kek Commands! A Look at the Origins of Meme Magic“
- Christopher Pankhurst, “Giacinto Scelsi: A Soundtrack for Radical Traditionalism“
- Christopher Pankhurst, “Spengler: The Numinous Genesis of Culture“
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