Conversation with Tom Hart on the ideological polarity, the dominance of liberal -progressivism, and the occult thread of Gnosticism in politics and group identity
Part One: A Purity Spiral (0 mins – 36 mins)
Tom’s interests, from journalism and academia, a bid for honesty, moving to the right, writing comics, occultism & Jung, Colin Wilson, Julius Evola, meeting John Cussans, finding a place on the ideological landscape, getting lumped with the right, ideology vs. religion, belief in the supernatural, a new secular priestcraft, The Guardian worldview, three major ideologies, fascism, Marxism, liberal progressivism, leaving the left, a purity spiral, liberal one-upmanship, mass-state education & mass media, narrative collapse, high-status narrative control crumbling & the arrival of populism.
Part Two: The New Church of the Liberal Progressive (36 – 57 mins)
The left and power, free speech, the impositions of the vocal minorities, Apartheid, minority rule in Africa & Israel, inside and outside views of the Left, the dominant western ideology, the power of the Marxist, the quest for real socialism, national socialism as the rightest part of the left, entropy & homogeneity, identity politics, gender & sex, gingers as acceptable white men, the meta-identity of good liberal, meaningless categories of morality, the modern-day Church, Hitler as Satan.
Part Three: Spiritual & Biological Value Systems (57 mins to end)
Occult and the right-wing, depth psychology, body awareness and pain, the scientific method & religion, constraining consciousness, nature loves to hide, awareness and the body, the interdependence of left and right, chaos & order, female & male, creating hierarchies, confronting death, spiritual & biological value systems, the third way, the worship of science, materialism & idealism, the problem of mind, the supernatural, transgender & Gnosticism, the denial of reality, the fallen state, working back to God.
Part Four: The Gnostic Heresy (0 – 32 mins)
The will to power, the gnostic heresy, the difference between wisdom and knowledge, Crowley’s OCD, the wisdom of forgetting, a cabbie’s advice, Brexit, the cognoscenti & the myth of progress, the primacy of education, scientific method & religion, the theory of evolution, the quaternity of religion, science, art, and magic, the presence of ego, the use of will, two ways to see magic, shamanic culture & early religion, the esoteric tradition, killing the ego, siddhis and enlightenment, Taoism & renunciation, what is hidden, the lost child state, the zombie ego, trauma and the nervous system.
Part Five: Immanentizing the Eschaton (32 – 59 mins)
Nietzsche, Dionysus & Apollo, the contest between left & right, Nietzsche’s end, looking at the whole life, Crowley’s toxicity, sorting the seeds, Crowley’s magic powers, soul rescue writing, Crowley’s influence, immanentizing the eschaton, the Fabian Society, Luciferian liberal progressivism, two lives through technology, integrating the shadow, the power of the imagination, Jung & reconciliation of opposites, right-wing Gnosticism, the evolution of politics, defining fascism.
Part Six: A Second Dreamtime (59 mins – end)
Nuclear policy, the erosion of freedom, egalitarian fascism, the hierarchy of intersectionality, a second dreamtime, virtual hunter-gatherers, wokeness & consumerism, status products, view on conspiracy, giving up belief, bursting bubbles, using language as a knife, the label conspiracy theory, aspiring to guru status, moving past language boxes.
Songs: (Audio one:) “Pirates” by Entertainment for the Braindead; “Fine Care,” by Monokle Galun; “The Night I Proclaimed Your Love” by Emerald Park; “Horses in the Chest” by Short Hand. (Audio two:) “Pirates” by Entertainment for the Braindead; “Pilgrim Song Live,” by The Water Tower Bucket Boys; “Where You Stop for a Minute” by Cotton Jones; “What I Ain’t Got” by Rabbit Island; “Changes” by Short Hand.