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Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) is among the most famed and demanding authors within the heritage of western esotericism. Crowley has been lengthy neglected by means of students of faith while the tales of magical and sexual perform which move approximately him proceed to draw renowned curiosity. "Aleister Crowley and the Temptation of Politics" seems to be on the guy at the back of the parable - via environment him firmly in the politics of his time - and the improvement of his rules via his huge and terribly diverse writings. Crowley was once a rationalist, sympathetic to the values of the Enlightenment, but in addition a romantic and a reactionary. His look for another option to show his non secular emotions led him to difficult his personal imaginative and prescient of social and political swap. Crowley's complicated politics resulted in his involvement with many key contributors, organizations and teams of his day - the key provider of assorted nations, the German Nazi get together, Russian political activists, reporters and politicians of assorted persuasions, in addition to different writers - either in Europe and the United States. "Aleister Crowley and the Temptation of Politics" offers a lifetime of rules, an exam of a guy formed via and shaping the politics of his instances.

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To these considerations I should add another, which is directly connected with them. Crowley lived the contradictions of his time to the fullest. As a young student at Cambridge in the years when psychoanalysis was making its first steps and Nietzsche’s philosophy was beginning to gain recognition, we find in him the same inclination to explore the depths of the soul, and the same fragmentation of personality that had begun to manifest itself in different ways among generations of artists, writers and intellectuals.

In fact, the period of his life in which his conservative attitude seems to have been most prominent is that of his teenage years, prior to entering university. Crowley recalls his perception of politics in those days as follows: In those days of adolescence I had no inducement to do any political thinking. The atmosphere was one of prosperity and stability. It was taken for granted that England was the greatest country in the world and that nothing could go wrong. One heard about Ireland as a perennial nuisance; and Mr.

Among Crowley’s acquaintances at the time, two should be mentioned who surely played a significant role in his flirtation with legitimism and Jacobitism. 53 The two families had been on friendly terms for years, and DuncombeJewell had been acquainted with Crowley since the latter was a teenager. When Crowley was spending much of his time at Boleskine, in the second half of 1903, DuncombeJewell was a regular presence in the house, as a sort of secretary and factotum, and probably even managed the estate when Crowley was away (for instance during his extended travels in the East between 1903 and 1904).

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