Aleister Crowley Running For President In 2012?!?

When I was growing up in the UK we had some wonderful political parties competing in our national elections, including Screaming Lord Sutch and the Monster Raving Loony party. In comparison the choices in the U.S. are decidedly dull (although New York’s 2010 gubernatorial race did feature the fantastic Jimmy McMillan‘s Rent Is Too Damn High party).

It’s a relief, then, to find that some nuttiness is in store for the presidential elections in 2012: as well as the Sarah Palin freak-show, it appears that the Great Beast 666, Aleister Crowley, is in the running (I know, he’s been dead a long time and he’s not American…). Here are his campaign’s top ten reasons to vote for the Beast in 2012:

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  • 10. If you are fed up with the election process, for whatever reason, Aleister Crowley provides a more meaningful choice than Mickey Mouse, Cthulhu, or Jackie Broyles.
  • 9. You can get a photo posted here — of yourself, your favorite hang-out, or anything else which includes an AC2012 poster, t-shirt or other propaganda that you can make yourself.
  • 8. Looking for a way to stir up controversy at the next party you attend? Mention AC2012.com to a couple partisan voters and watch the sparks fly!
  • 7. The campaign provides an easy way to change the subject when someone starts talking about the Mayan calendar or Terence McKenna.
  • 6. Whether your aesthetic sense could be called goth or punk, and whether you are anarchist, communist, syndicalist, or fascist, our campaign image will match your wardrobe.
  • 5. Since this campaign is a means to promulgate the Law of Thelema (thereby helping to establish your own freedom), supporting this campaign (whether you actually vote for Aleister Crowley or not) could reasonably be considered part of your True Will.
  • 4. Help to overturn the ubiquitous slave morality of both Christianity and secular humanism.
  • 3. Help to educate people who have only heard the tabloid journalism about Crowley propagated by the Spectacle.
  • 2. Why settle for the lesser wickedness?
  • 1. Aleister Crowley only needs 1% of the vote to send his message of liberty around the world.
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    • Hadrian999

      I’d vote for him for the sex scandal alone, he would make kennedy and clinton put together look like puritan virgins

      • http://twitter.com/nanamin93 Not Assange

        If we got him up to 1 million votes, his name would actually show up in the media and similar since he’d have 1% of the election–the equivalent of all the third party votes combined. This would be such an unusual occurrence that it would gain worldwide notoriety and possibly create some really interesting changes in social attitudes. After all, his philosophy is likely to catch on with at least a few people as a result, and it would ripple out from there.

        • JS Bach

          I’m pretty sure that anyone likely to “catch on” with the writings and philosophy of Aleister Crowley have already done so. It takes some serious digging and devotion to care, let alone learn about, a sadistic, delusional, synchophantic religion-creator who arrogantly fancies himself as intelligent enough to be the collective conscience’s version of “evil”. Truth aside, I’d vote for him. ;)

          • Joseph

            “sadistic, delusional, synchophantic”

            Interesting opinions. On what evidence do you base these descriptions?

            “religion-creator”

            He certainly did create a religion, as he was instructed to do by the book he received.

            “fancies himself as intelligent enough to be the collective conscience’s version of ‘evil’”

            Actually, the “collective conscience” of yellow journalism applied the label of “evil,” and it doesn’t have much to do with Crowley’s vast intelligence. Rather, it is because he in fact overturned the philosophical paradigms of the last 2000 years.

            “Truth aside”

            That you consider your opinions to be “truth” reveals your own arrogance.

            “I’d vote for him.”

            After all, even as a dead brit, he’d be better than any of the candidates from which we’ll be permitted to select in the full election!

            • JS Bach

              “Interesting opinions. On what evidence do you base these descriptions?”

              None really. I’m bored.

              “Actually, the “collective conscience” of yellow journalism applied the label of “evil,” and it doesn’t have much to do with Crowley’s vast intelligence. Rather, it is because he in fact overturned the philosophical paradigms of the last 2000 years.”

              Quite a claim! Could you recommend readings or elaborate?

              “That you consider your opinions to be “truth” reveals your own arrogance.”

              Touche! I totally agree.

              “After all, even as a dead brit, he’d be better than any of the candidates from which we’ll be permitted to select in the full election!”

              I’m open to this, though I consider the entire spectrum of world politics to be void of higher truths and inspiring creativity. So, if Crowley is as you claim, then I am glad for him he never had political aspirations.

              In essence, great response!

            • Joseph

              “I’m bored.”

              Understandable! As am I. Thanks for the sparring entertainment ;-)

              “Could you recommend readings or elaborate?”

              Now you’re asking me to work! Well, I would strongly recommend the new edition of the definitive biography, called “Perdurabo,” which should cover this subject pretty well along with providing complete info about his life.

              “I am glad for him he never had political aspirations.”

              Oh but he did! Another book sure to be worth reading (though also sure to be highly academic by nature) is the upcoming “Aleister Crowley and the Temptation of Politics” by Dr. Marco Pasi. If you can read German or Italian, you can get it now, though I understand the English version will be thoroughly updated with new information that has come to light in recent years. Also I recommend “Secret Agent 666,” (author’s name escapes me but teh google should serve you well) which goes into his career as a spy for Britain.

              Cheers!

            • Davyp

              with an irish general election on the cards after our unfeasibly incompetent governemnt finally collapsed, maybe there should be an AC for Taoisoch campaign to Lol :-)

              oh and look forward to seeing Pasi’s book alright :-)

            • Joseph

              I agree Davy, there are probably a lot of governments that could use some of Aleister Crowley’s insight! In particular the whole EU situation and the bank bailouts leading to economic crisis could benefit from his idea of just letting them fail! There is even a post about that on the AC2012 site: http://ac2012.com/2010/11/27/the-euro-crisis/

          • http://drwho.virtadpt.net/ The Doctor

            You mean, like a lot of political bloggers and analysts out there today?

    • Hadrian999

      I’d vote for him for the sex scandal alone, he would make kennedy and clinton put together look like puritan virgins

    • http://twitter.com/nanamin93 Not Assange

      If we got him up to 1 million votes, his name would actually show up in the media and similar since he’d have 1% of the election–the equivalent of all the third party votes combined. This would be such an unusual occurrence that it would gain worldwide notoriety and possibly create some really interesting changes in social attitudes. After all, his philosophy is likely to catch on with at least a few people as a result, and it would ripple out from there.

    • JS Bach

      I’m pretty sure that anyone likely to “catch on” with the writings and philosophy of Aleister Crowley have already done so. It takes some serious digging and devotion to care, let alone learn about, a sadistic, delusional, synchophantic religion-creator who arrogantly fancies himself as intelligent enough to be the collective conscience’s version of “evil”. Truth aside, I’d vote for him. ;)

    • Joseph

      “sadistic, delusional, synchophantic”

      Interesting opinions. On what evidence do you base these descriptions?

      “religion-creator”

      He certainly did create a religion, as he was instructed to do by the book he received.

      “fancies himself as intelligent enough to be the collective conscience’s version of ‘evil’”

      Actually, the “collective conscience” of yellow journalism applied the label of “evil,” and it doesn’t have much to do with Crowley’s vast intelligence. Rather, it is because he in fact overturned the philosophical paradigms of the last 2000 years.

      “Truth aside”

      That you consider your opinions to be “truth” reveals your own arrogance.

      “I’d vote for him.”

      After all, even as a dead brit, he’d be better than any of the candidates from which we’ll be permitted to select in the full election!

    • Liam_McGonagle

      Intriguing. Could start a whole new “Occultist” party in the U.S.

      Perhaps they’ll introduce legislation paralelling many of the ancient folk traditions James George Frazer documented in his book, “The Golden Bough”. Who knows what crazy ideas they’d push? They may lobby for legislators to be ritually slaughtered at the end of their terms, stoned to death for failing to bring a bountiful harvest, etc.

      It’d be a 180 degree turn from the current practice of punishing the constituents for the politicians’ failures.

    • Liam_McGonagle

      Intriguing. Could start a whole new “Occultist” party in the U.S.

      Perhaps they’ll introduce legislation paralelling many of the ancient folk traditions James George Frazer documented in his book, “The Golden Bough”. Who knows what crazy ideas they’d push? They may lobby for legislators to be ritually slaughtered at the end of their terms, stoned to death for failing to bring a bountiful harvest, etc.

      It’d be a 180 degree turn from the current practice of punishing the constituents for the politicians’ failures.

      • Aleister Crowley 2012

        Indeed, such rituals as those described by Frazer would be entirely appropriate in a society led by Aleister Crowley. As he writes:

        “Each [of the four Elements] may then have its appropriate ritual. Many such in crude form are described in The Golden Bough of Dr. J.G. Frazer, the Glory of Trinity!

        “In particular the entry of the Sun into the cardinal signs of the elements at the Equinoxes and Solstices are suitable for festivals.”

        However, while these festivals would surely involve dancing around a fire, ritual sacrifice would be unnecessary and uncalled-for. In the same commentary, Crowley writes:

        “… acts invasive of another individual’s equal rights are implicitly self-aggressions,” and “… may therefore be justly regarded as offences against the Law of Liberty, and repressed in the interests of that Law.”

        Watch for a blog post inspired by your comments on http://ac2012.com/ in the coming days :)

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4Z62YPY47M436DV27FHXE3NSSY Reese N

          Politicians have become a class of people who no longer understand their responsibility to their constituents, but seek after public office for personal power and aggrandizement, to the detriment of others freedoms. Sacrifice of an incumbent that fails in their chosen duty would truly be a great motivator. Such sacrifices, if passed into law, would not be destructive of an individuals rights, freedom, or working their true will. As an accepted consequence of running for and obtaining public office, death may deter excessive government expansion. By legislating the removal from office by execution of such parasites that treat their sacred duty as an entitlement we would in fact insure that those offices be filled by bold and worthy persons.

    • JS Bach

      “Interesting opinions. On what evidence do you base these descriptions?”

      None really. I’m bored.

      “Actually, the “collective conscience” of yellow journalism applied the label of “evil,” and it doesn’t have much to do with Crowley’s vast intelligence. Rather, it is because he in fact overturned the philosophical paradigms of the last 2000 years.”

      Quite a claim! Could you recommend readings or elaborate?

      “That you consider your opinions to be “truth” reveals your own arrogance.”

      Touche! I totally agree.

      “After all, even as a dead brit, he’d be better than any of the candidates from which we’ll be permitted to select in the full election!”

      I’m open to this, though I consider the entire spectrum of world politics to be void of higher truths and inspiring creativity. So, if Crowley is as you claim, then I am glad for him he never had political aspirations.

      In essence, great response!

    • Joseph

      “I’m bored.”

      Understandable! As am I. Thanks for the sparring entertainment ;-)

      “Could you recommend readings or elaborate?”

      Now you’re asking me to work! Well, I would strongly recommend the new edition of the definitive biography, called “Perdurabo,” which should cover this subject pretty well along with providing complete info about his life.

      “I am glad for him he never had political aspirations.”

      Oh but he did! Another book sure to be worth reading (though also sure to be highly academic by nature) is the upcoming “Aleister Crowley and the Temptation of Politics” by Dr. Marco Pasi. If you can read German or Italian, you can get it now, though I understand the English version will be thoroughly updated with new information that has come to light in recent years. Also I recommend “Secret Agent 666,” (author’s name escapes me but teh google should serve you well) which goes into his career as a spy for Britain.

      Cheers!

    • Anonymous

      I’m sitting at work laughing my head off. My cow-orkers think I’ve finally lost it.

      My day is this much brighter.

    • Anonymous

      You mean, like a lot of political bloggers and analysts out there today?

    • http://drwho.virtadpt.net/ The Doctor

      I’m sitting at work laughing my head off. My cow-orkers think I’ve finally lost it.

      My day is this much brighter.

      • Joseph

        Reading your comment, at first I wondered what it meant to ork a cow!

    • Davyp

      with an irish general election on the cards after our unfeasibly incompetent governemnt finally collapsed, maybe there should be an AC for Taoisoch campaign to Lol :-)

      oh and look forward to seeing Pasi’s book alright :-)

    • Joseph

      I agree Davy, there are probably a lot of governments that could use some of Aleister Crowley’s insight! In particular the whole EU situation and the bank bailouts leading to economic crisis could benefit from his idea of just letting them fail! There is even a post about that on the AC2012 site: http://ac2012.com/2010/11/27/the-euro-crisis/

    • Joseph

      Reading your comment, at first I wondered what it meant to ork a cow!

    • Aleister Crowley 2012

      Indeed, such rituals as those described by Frazer would be entirely appropriate in a society led by Aleister Crowley. As he writes:

      “Each [of the four Elements] may then have its appropriate ritual. Many such in crude form are described in The Golden Bough of Dr. J.G. Frazer, the Glory of Trinity!

      “In particular the entry of the Sun into the cardinal signs of the elements at the Equinoxes and Solstices are suitable for festivals.”

      However, while these festivals would surely involve dancing around a fire, ritual sacrifice would be unnecessary and uncalled-for. In the same commentary, Crowley writes:

      “… acts invasive of another individual’s equal rights are implicitly self-aggressions,” and “… may therefore be justly regarded as offences against the Law of Liberty, and repressed in the interests of that Law.”

      Watch for a blog post inspired by your comments on http://ac2012.com/ in the coming days :)

    • EAGD

      Vote What Thou Wilt!

    • EAGD

      Vote What Thou Wilt!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4Z62YPY47M436DV27FHXE3NSSY Reese N

      Politicians have become a class of people who no longer understand their responsibility to their constituents, but seek after public office for personal power and aggrandizement, to the detriment of others freedoms. Sacrifice of an incumbent that fails in their chosen duty would truly be a great motivator. Such sacrifices, if passed into law, would not be destructive of an individuals rights, freedom, or working their true will. As an accepted consequence of running for and obtaining public office, death may deter excessive government expansion. By legislating the removal from office by execution of such parasites that treat their sacred duty as an entitlement we would in fact insure that those offices be filled by bold and worthy persons.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4Z62YPY47M436DV27FHXE3NSSY Reese N

      Politicians have become a class of people who no longer understand their responsibility to their constituents, but seek after public office for personal power and aggrandizement, to the detriment of others freedoms. Sacrifice of an incumbent that fails in their chosen duty would truly be a great motivator. Such sacrifices, if passed into law, would not be destructive of an individuals rights, freedom, or working their true will. As an accepted consequence of running for and obtaining public office, death may deter excessive government expansion. By legislating the removal from office by execution of such parasites that treat their sacred duty as an entitlement we would in fact insure that those offices be filled by bold and worthy persons.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4Z62YPY47M436DV27FHXE3NSSY Reese N

      Aleister Crowley for President
      Cthulhu for Vice President
      Imagine the conflagration.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4Z62YPY47M436DV27FHXE3NSSY Reese N

      Aleister Crowley for President
      Cthulhu for Vice President
      Imagine the conflagration.