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Dark star rising : magick and power in the age of Trump / Gary Lachman.
Publication Information:
New York, New York : A Tarcher Perigee Book, [2018]
Physical Description:
xxii, 233 pages ; 21 cm
General Note:
"A TarcherPerigee book."

Includes index.
New world disorder -- "I'm a winner" -- Positive chaos -- Gurus and demagogues -- Alt-right now -- It's tradition -- A war of all against all -- The politics of chaos.
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.
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First the good news- Various forms of magick and mind-metaphysics are on the rise. Now the bad news- Leading the revival are alt-right nationalists who do not want you to have a nice day.

Here is the definitive account of how esoteric practices and chaos magick relate to Trump's victory-and your future. No conspiracies, no fantasies- a steely eyed work of realism and a triumph of historical journalism written from within a world where most religion chroniclers never tread, by acclaimed historian Gary Lachman.

Author Notes

Gary Lachman is the author of many books on consciousness, culture, and the Western esoteric tradition, including The Secret Teachers of the Western World; Beyond the Robot: The Life and Work of Colin Wilson; Rudolf Steiner: An Introduction to His Life and Work; In Search of P. D. Ouspensky; A Secret History of Consciousness; Politics and the Occult; and The Quest for Hermes Trismegistus . He writes for several journals in the US and UK and lectures on his work in the US, UK, and Europe. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages and he has appeared in several radio and television documentaries. He is assistant professor in Transformative Studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies. A founding member of the rock group Blondie, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. He can be reached at

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