A highly respected writer, blogger, and independent scholar John Michael Greer joins me to talk bout his new book, The King In Orange: The Magical And Occult Roots of Political Power.
Magic and politics seem like unlikely bedfellows, but in the King in Orange, Greer goes beyond superficial memes and extreme partisanship to reveal the unmentionable realities that spawned the unexpected presidential victory of an elderly real-estate mogul turned reality -TV star and which continue to drive the deepening divide that is now the defining characteristic of American society.
Greer convincingly shows how two competing schools of magic were led to contend for the presidency in 2016 and details the magical war behind the campaign’s scenes. Through the influence of many occult forces, from Julius Evola to chaos magicians as well as the cult of positive thinking, Greer shows that the main contenders in this magical war were the status quo magical state–as defined by the late scholar Ioan Couliano–which has repurposed the “manipulative magic” techniques of the Renaissance magi into the subliminal techniques of modern advertising, and an older, deeper, and less reasonable form of magic–the “magic of the excluded”–which was employed by chaos magicians and alt-right internet wizards, whose desires coalesced in the form of a frog avatar that led the assault against the world we knew.
Examining in detail the magical actions of Trump’s opponents, with insights on political magic from occultist Dion Fortune’s war letters, the author discusses how the magic of the privileged has functioned to keep the comfortable classes from being able to respond effectively to the populist challenge and how and why the “Magic Resistance,” which tried to turn magic against Trump, has failed.
Showing how the political and magical landscape of American society has permanently changed since the 2016 election cycle, Greer reveals that understanding the coming of the King in Orange will be a crucial step in making sense of the world for a long time to come.
Author’s Blog/Website: https://www.ecosophia.net/
Author’s Dreamwidth Journal: https://ecosophia.dreamwidth.org/