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Author Lagalisse, Erica, author.

Title Occult features of anarchism : with attention to the conspiracy of kings and the conspiracy of the peoples / Erica Lagalisse ; [foreword by Barbara Ehrenreich].

Publication Info. Oakland, CA : PM Press, 2019.


Location Call No. Status
 New Britain, Main Library - Non Fiction  320.57 LAG    Check Shelf
Description xix, 138 : illustrations ; 21 cm
Series Kairos
Kairos (PM Press (Firm))
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction -- First Premises: The Theology of Politics -- A Heretical Account of the Radical Enlightenment -- Freemasonry, Pantheism, and the Hermetic Tradition -- The Revolutionary Brotherhoods -- Illuminism in the IWA -- Theosophy and Other Esoterica of Nineteenth-Century Socialism -- Occult Features of the Marxian Dialectic -- Coda -- Anarchism as a Historical Object: Attending to Questions of Race, Class, and Gender -- The Conspiracy of Kings: Attending to the "Conspiracy Theory" Phenomenon -- Acknowledgments -- Bibliography -- Index.
Summary In the 19th century anarchists were accused of conspiracy by governments afraid of revolution, but in the current century, various conspiracy theories suggest that anarchists are controlled by government itself. The Illuminati were a network of intellectuals who argued for self-government and against private property, yet the public is now often told that they were (and are) the very group that controls governments around the world. Intervening in such misinformation, Lagalisse works with primary and secondary sources to set straight the history of the Left and illustrate the actual relationship between revolutionism, pantheistic occult philosophy, and the clandestine fraternity. Exploring hidden correspondences between anarchism, Renaissance magic, and New Age movements, Lagalisse also advances critical scholarship regarding leftist attachments to secular politics and the influence clandestine masculine spheres continue to have on contemporary anarchist understandings of power and politics as oppressively male.
Subject Hermetism.
Hermetic philosophers.
Gender identity -- Political aspects.
Religion and politics.
Occultism. (OCoLC)fst01043123
Hermetism. (OCoLC)fst00955517
Hermetic philosophers. (OCoLC)fst00955514
Anarchism. (OCoLC)fst00808387
Gender identity -- Political aspects. (OCoLC)fst00939596
Religion and politics. (OCoLC)fst01093842
ISBN 1629635790
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