The ArchDruid John Michael Greer wrote a most interesting blog post this week. In it he compared Anton Lavey's Satanism, Ayn Rand, and elements of GOP and various purported Christian agendas. As the favored tendencies of the GOP so resemble Lavey's diabolical morality and Rand's Objectivism, Greer speculated as to whether Rand-isms (paeans to Ayn) had become code between the followers of the prince of lies:
"...The Satanic Bible....a book-length screed denouncing Christian morality and upholding an ethic of raw selfishness and might-makes-right. It’s still very much in copyright, so I’m not going to quote it here, but any reader who turns its pages will find the present social policy of the GOP precisely reflected in LaVey’s dismissal of two thousand years of Christian teaching about our duty to care for one another, his shrill denunciations of the vulnerable and needy as “parasites” and “vampires,” and his insistence that the successful owe nothing to anybody else.
Greer called his post satire, but it cuts a little TOO close to the truth.
As the number of devil worshippers in evangelical churches and the Christian end of the Republican Party increased, though, their most pressing need would have been some surreptitious way to signal their involvement to those who shared their convictions, without believers in the Christian gospel being any the wiser. Coming up with a Satanic shibboleth that would be instantly recognizable to other devil worshippers, but completely opaque to devout Christians, might seem like a tall order, but it’s one that seems to have been met with aplomb.
Yes, this is where we discuss Ayn Rand.
I love it. I encourage everyone to read it :) From the comments:
William Hunter Duncan said...[
So I was visiting my parents this week. Christmas Eve, my father was watching Fox news. Eric Bolling was celebrating a young entrepreneur, as a "maker, not a taker." Then he was celebrating $10,000 tips to servers for dinner (on bills around $500-600), "Tips For Jesus" [It perhaps not occurring to many Christians, the irony of a rich man giving tips to Jesus, about giving. 'the best way to give to the poor is to get super rich!] I turned to my born-again Christian mother and said, "It's Jesus birthday, let's celebrate money making and rich people!" She gave me as close to an evil eye as I have ever seen from her.
Then my father turned it to CNN. They were wailing
She's no Satanist, but she'll believe just about anyone who claims to be Christian. And she's been taken in....
Incidentally, thinking further, I was wondering what Christians would have to say if those who initiated the total surveillance states were proto-satanists, and not really the Christians they claim to be? ;)
John Michael Greer said...
William, a good point. I'd encourage you and other readers to spread the word! ;-)
Bolling and his Fox News ilk were not merely busy managing a proto-satanic moral agenda about rich and poor (are autistic people makers or takers?), they were busy blaming the deflationary 2013 holiday retail numbers, on The Affordable Care Act. Because of course, the shitty retail numbers couldn't have anything to do with a trillion dollars of student loan debt (due predatory capitalistic institutions of higher education and their investors and creditors); or turning half the workforce into marginalized, economically insecure part time/seasonal/contract "associates"; diluting the dollar with 85 billion dollar-a-month shifts of private loss to private gain/public debt; generalized global resource constraints; or guys like Bolling making millions, sanctifying expanding inequality and the rights of multi-national corporate/banking/finance overlords to run rough over everything and everybody.
It's a dark magic, the way they are silent about Fukushima. What were the topics that could be talked about this holiday Christmas season? Retail sales, Duck Dynasty, Health Care Hijinks, and South Sudan. NSA was in the news, but only to talk about what was being done to fine-tune the total surveillance state. Notice there is not a serious national discussion about who set it up, how and why. What for? Why do we really need it? For whom? You (whom) want to be able to record every digital communication - but you won't talk about Fukushima, and you stopped measuring radiation in the atmosphere? You want to know what everyone is saying and doing digitally, at all times, and record that information for eternity - but you don't want us to read the global trade pacts you are negotiating, before you enact them into law? The only thing we can talk about, apparently, is that which will service economic growth no matter what cost. We cannot talk about Fukushima anymore than we can talk about nuclear facilities here in the States. Cannot talk about corporate/finance takeover of nation states, evisceration of existing law. Cannot talk about what crisis could initiate what nightmare expansion of the existing military/police state with full internal dispersal of drones/total surveillance?
It hardly matters if there are genuine satanists in the various levels of government. Capitalism mirrors any serious definition of demonic, the way it is so dependent on lies and evasion of the truth, the show of force. Even the current guy in the typically uber-obtuse-about-the-poor office of the Pope gets it! LOL. If you were part of a cabal of Satanists or proto-satanists attempting to destroy the earth or enslave it, just because, you couldn't invent a better way than to convince most people they are consumers, that producers can be rich without limit. Or invent a more powerful machine for the managing of mass consciousness than the MSM. Seriously, does "devour the body of the earth without limit, that we might become rich without limit," sound like Jesus talk to you? Sound sense, even? But that is basically the message of Christ-mass, and consumerism generally.
Which, btw, few Americans could believe those towers could be brought down by Christians. Which initiated this total surveillance, increasingly paramilitary state. But what if the perpetrators were Satanists, or proto-satanists, masquerading as Christians? Could you believe it then? What then, if some of the the most basic tenets of Capitalism are effectively Satanic? Why is Capitalism so dependent on proto-fascist, mercenary, all-seeing controls?
Of course Marxism is as dead as industrialism, so don't go there. Marx saw Capitalism devouring itself. He didn't see how readily and unremittingly his glorious centralized workers party would devour and despoil the earth. Jobz! Jobz! Jobz!
So it would seem time for some revisioning, eh, about where we are headed? Because they are otherwise setting up more wars, Christian-Muslim-Jew, Capitalist-Socialist, rich-poor, white-nonwhite. Strong-weak. Divide and conquer.
I mean, seriously, if you were a Satanist, assorted minion of the devil, wouldn't you totally glory in the spread of nuclear energy, weapons? How would you get off, setting off one, or hundreds of nuclear charges over the years? The people cowering before you! What wicked glee, Fukushima. And if you don't get cancer from radiation, wait for long term immersion in systemic chemical toxicity! Off-shore, deep water oil platforms? Fracking? The price of progress? Or a plan to enslave the earth? Or simply to destroy it? How to make the people glory in their self-destruction? Seriously, how would you laugh and laugh to hear the monarch butterfly population has crashed? What proverbial orgasm would be the total surveillance state, military/industrial complex? Drones? Seriously, demon.
So btw, how far along the continuum of societal and biosphere/specie collapse are we, if monarch butterfly go from 100 million to 3 million, 2012-2013? About time something shifted for the better? But then, most everybody thinks that means, more growth, more stuff, more money, which only exacerbates the problem. Societal collapse may mean an extended period of lawless consumption, war and pollution; laws barely protect what's left.
What's needed is not a change in behavior, or even a weeding out of Satanists or proto-satanists, but a mass shift in consciousness. Mass consciousness now capitalist/consumer/proto-satanic, is fundamentally indifferent to and uncaring about the health of the earth. If we are to survive as a species and not be enslaved, some new consciousness will have to learn to care for the earth. To care for each other. To care for all things.
Simple . As . That