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Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke is the author of several books on modern history and politics. His book, The Occult Roots of Nazism, has remained in print since its publication in 1985 and has been translated into eight languages

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Goodrick-Clarke, Nicholas
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Data de falecimento
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Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England, UK
Local de falecimento
Torquay, Devon, England, UK
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England, UK
Lancing College
Bristol University (BA)
Oxford University (D.Phil | 1978)
Professor of Western Esotericism
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University of Exeter
University of Oxford

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Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke B.A. (Bristol), D.Phil. (Oxon) is a professor of Western Esotericism at University of Exeter and author of several books on esoteric traditions.

He is the author of several books on modern occultism and esotericism, and the history of its intersection with Nazi politics. His book, The Occult Roots of Nazism, has remained in print since its publication in 1985 and has been translated into eight languages. He has also written on the occultist aspects of neo-Nazism in Black Sun: Aryan Cults, Esoteric Nazism and the Politics of Identity.

He is Professor of Western Esotericism and Director of the Centre for the Study of Esotericism (EXESESO) within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom. He lives in Southern England.



I don't remember what made me want to read this but I've been interested for a while and finally opened it up and (this may seem counterintutive) checked out the short conclusion. And my jaw dropped. It's a 4 page polemic on how multiculturalism is 1) inherently dangerous and destructive to Good White Nations (general implication) 2) responsible for the rise of neo-nazi groups. He imputes a terrifying level of reasonableness in neo-Nazi views, imo. He attacks affirmative actions for "discriminating against Whites" and complains about white guilt. Try this paragraph on for size:

"But liberal support for affirmative action has gone further in producing a climate of white guilt. The causes of black crime, drug involvement and welfare dependence are often sought in white racism. Black on white crime in terms of murder, rape and robbery with violence is many times greater than white on black crime. However, the national media typically highlight instances of white racial attacks, while many reports of black crime are "color- blind”and mostly confined to the local press.The massive overrepresentation of blacks in the penal system, evident testimony of black crime, violence and underperformance are largely ignored by the liberal media, or otherwise invoked as further evidence of black disadvantage and white racism... This disabling of white criticism through accusations of individual and “institutional” racism,coupled with a compensatory attitude toward black identity, has been a further factor in the stimulation of the racist far right."

This is some thoroughly vile shit. In his mythology, racial minorities' struggles for rights is what causes the rise of neo-Nazis and therefore these struggles deserve strong criticism!

"Writing after the First World War, the American racial theorist Lothrop
Stoddard perceived the threat of immigration in both economic terms — forcing down the level of wages—and its cultural consequences, affecting religion, rules of conduct,laws and customs.By 1940—in the middle of the Great Restriction of immigration—Time found it fashionable to mock Stoddard’s fear of the “yellow peril”as a delusion.Nowadays, the same magazine predicts the inevitable eclipse of the white, Western world."

Is he referencing Stoddard *approvingly* here?

There's more along the same lines, although I don't know how much I can quote. To me, it shows strong sympathy with the racial aspect of the neo-Nazi project, which is horrifying. I don't see how I can read the rest of the book without knowing where his views lie. I'm now open to suggestions on books about post WW2 Nazi groups which are written by like you know anti-fascists
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tombomp | 3 outras críticas | Oct 31, 2023 |
A great bibliography for hermetic and theurgic writers ranging from ancient Greek mystery religions up to modern New Age.
I'm probably not of the same temperament as most of the subjects of this book, but the absolute flood of names, references, and suggested readings throughout is a heartily welcome resource, a great addition to the bookshelf.
schumacherrr | Feb 21, 2022 |
Nazis. They just refuse to go away, don't they? Why are people still so fascinated with them? In this respect, the somewhat salacious title seems to play into this fascination, combining as it does with the suggestion of secret evil cults intend on world domination. There is that, to an extent, but Goodrich-Clarke's book is actually a well-researched, sober, in fact quite dry treatment of the influence of religion and spirituality on the rise of Nazism. It begins with the 18th century pagan renaissance and interest in occult matters, and traces it through the various Germanic cults, societies and social movements that would have influenced the milieu in which young Hitler grew up. As I say, all this is quite dry, and it takes some determination for the casual reader to get to the end of it. As to what point such readers will draw from it, it's difficult to say. Nazism seemed to have no one point of origin, and it's plausible to argue that it was a hodgepodge of various political, philosophical and spiritual influences, from the kooky and cranky to the mainstream and respectable, all topped off with a dash of ad hoc opportunism. Whatever your take, the main moral of the book would seem to be that Nazism cannot be dismissed as the influence of irrational fringe elements, because such influences also underpin the mainstream - albeit less visibly.

Gareth Southwell is a philosopher, writer and illustrator.
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Gareth.Southwell | 1 outra crítica | May 23, 2020 |
There are people out there that believe some odd things, including that there is a Nazi base in Antarctica, Jews are evil, whites are superior to all other people, and so on. Goodrick-Clarke mixes all these odd people and ideas in together and tries to show links between them all.

With all the different groups, political parties and acronyms, "Black Sun" can be very difficult to follow at times, and Goodrick-Clarke doesn't do the poor reader any favours with many an impenetrable sentence littered throughout the book. However, any book where Aleister Crowley comes out looking like one of the lesser wankers going around is an impressive feat. One to read with Wikipedia on hand.… (mais)
MiaCulpa | 3 outras críticas | Jan 11, 2020 |

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