“The so-called 'Left-Hand Path' - that of Kaulas, Siddhas and Viras - combines the... Tantric worldview with a doctrine of the Übermensch which would put Nietzsche to shame... The Vira - which is to say: the 'heroic' man of Tantrism - seeks to sever all bonds, to overcome all duality between good and evil, honor and shame, virtue and guilt. Tantrism is the supreme path of the absolute absence of law - of shvecchacarī, a word meaning 'he whose law is his own will'." ― Julius Evola, The Path of Cinnabar.

“It is necessary to have “watchers” at hand who will bear witness to the values of Tradition in ever more uncompromising and firm ways, as the anti-traditional forces grow in strength. Even though these values cannot be achieved, it does not mean that they amount to mere “ideas.” These are measures…. Let people of our time talk about these things with condescension as if they were anachronistic and anti-historical; we know that this is an alibi for their defeat. Let us leave modern men to their “truths” and let us only be concerned about one thing: to keep standing amid a world of ruins.” ― Julius Evola, Revolt Against the Modern World: Politics, Religion, and Social Order in the Kali Yuga.

“We are born into this time and must bravely follow the path to the destined end. There is no other way. Our duty is to hold on to the lost position, without hope, without rescue, like that Roman soldier whose bones were found in front of a door in Pompeii, who died at his post during the eruption of Vesuvius because someone forgot to relieve him. That is greatness. That is what it means to be a thoroughbred. The honorable end is the one that can not be taken from a man.” ― Oswald Spengler, Man and Technics: A Contribution to a Philosophy of Life.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

RE/Search: Effete West Coast Counterculture non-Nostalgia

I first read RE/Search "Industrial Culture Handbook" when the slick version came out in the mid-late 1980's. I was already familiar with most of the artists in it from "The Some Bizarre Show" which originally aired on NIGHT FLIGHT in the early 1980's as a replacement for "New Wave Theater" after the host Peter Ivers was murdered. The aesthetics of "Industrial Culture Handbook" were and are interesting. But then you read the interviews and realize the "artists" are just another predictable subspecies of vapid counterculture posers and faggots (re "vapid counterculture posers and faggots" see diagram of Boyd Rice and Genesis P-Orridge.), essentially a "Who's Who" of people who buy books for the titles to impress their friends.

I recall being briefly amused by Boyd Rice after reading RE/Search "Pranks" and "Incredibly Strange Films" in the 1980's, until I saw him interviewed (re "Pranks") around the same time and realized what a mind-numbingly boring blowhard he is. In all honesty I never listened to any of his audio material aside from the "People" song which is as mildly amusing and as easily forgettable as anything from the Dr. Demento show. His post-CoS spiel reminded me of a sad coffehouse impersonation of Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard, only less interesting.

 JDS

5 comments:

London said...

Interesting description of Boyd Rice considering he was the head of the Order of the Trapezoid at one point.

JDS said...

a) According to who?
b) So what?

London said...

It is something Mr. Rice has been saying for years, before he left the CoS, which the CoS has yet to refute.

My point is Anton LaVey didn't seem to think so lowly of him.

As far as the CoS is concerned, it seems their members never reveal their true opinions of each other until after some schism. Boyd Rice, SJ Leyba, Shane Bugbee.

I'm not saying they're all perfect Satanists, I'm just saying it seems odd that CoS members don't want to point out their flaws until after they've left the room.

JDS said...

Everything in-house w/CoS is on a need to know basis, and always has been, and the organization is hierarchical, no secrets there. About 99.99% of anything said among the priesthood is not shared with the rank and file. As it should be.

This post was a footnote to something discussed elsewhere. I posted it here because I felt like it. Awhile back someone gifted copies of his books to me to review and I've never found the time because frankly there are better books to read that I'm more interested in. Anyone who knows me knows I've never expressed anything but contempt for Bugbee or Leyba, two forgotten retards who I haven't even heard mentioned in any context anywhere for a few years, until now.

I don't speak for other CoS members or what their opinions are on anything, or care. Even this is exchange is mildly annoying (for being irrelevant).

London said...

I wouldn't say the comment was entirely irrelevant; really I just posted it here as it's been bothering me to see various CoS members speaking lowly of others who have decided to leave the organization only AFTER they've left.

Your comment fits into a larger picture. I understand not wanting to "Air dirty laundry," but some of the things I've seen others say about past CoS members makes me wonder why they've waited so long to do so.

You of course are correct that you only speak for yourself and give criticism where it is due. The comment hit a spot since I never read of you criticizing Boyd Rice until after his departure from the CoS and brought out some things I've been thinking the last few years.

Honestly my involvement with the CoS is nearly zero these days so I shouldn't care what any of their members do anymore. Your blog is one of the few Satanic appendages (if you can consider it that) I am still interested in only because every time I visit I learn something I feel is worth my time (which is rare). I also get a hoot out of your political analyses which are always stimulating.