Marcello Veneziani on the Spirit of Giovanni Gentile’s Actualism and Rebuilding Italy

“It would take Gentile to rebuild Italy” outlines Gentile’s thought, and place in Italian intellectual history. Like Mazzini, Gentile understood nationalism in the sense, that it was a faith and a spiritual philosophy for unifying the people of a nation, which has its destiny. The philosopher states in The Residues of the Old Italy (p. Continue reading Marcello Veneziani on the Spirit of Giovanni Gentile’s Actualism and Rebuilding Italy

Flaw in the Fascist Ideal of the New Woman – Victoria de Grazia on Fascism and Women in Italy

What are these Spanish women smiling gleefully about? I had read Victoria de Grazia’s “How Fascism Ruled Women: Italy, 1922-1945,” and we find that the New Woman (Nuova Italiana!) in the Italian Fascist Ideal was not as one might imagine, as displayed in Italian and German pictures, and in the propaganda of Athena-esque women, marching, Continue reading Flaw in the Fascist Ideal of the New Woman – Victoria de Grazia on Fascism and Women in Italy

Before Sono Tornato and Vincere: Antonio Banderas as “The Young Mussolini” – Angelica Balabanoff on Mussolini’s Problem

Benito Mussolini is quite a very intriguing figure to me, even more than Adolf Hitler, and I had neglected to learn more about him, his mind and romantic passion, his life and influences; and in comparing him with his predecessor, Risorgimento (Italian Unification) republican patriot and “political terrorist” of his day, Giuseppe Mazzini who he Continue reading Before Sono Tornato and Vincere: Antonio Banderas as “The Young Mussolini” – Angelica Balabanoff on Mussolini’s Problem

Noam Chomsky on the Populist Groundswell and ‘Off The Spectrum’ Republican Party

Living outside of the Republican social media bubble? Take a look back at philosopher, historian and activist Noam Chomsky’s accurate warning of the success a crooked “charismatic figure,” appealing to particular sectors of society would have, while promising to cure society’s ills. Chomsky’s analysis of the Republican Party, before Mr. Trump even decided to run for Continue reading Noam Chomsky on the Populist Groundswell and ‘Off The Spectrum’ Republican Party

Marc Demarest on the Armchair Occultist, Godfrey Higgins: Modern Occultism, and the Professionalization of History

The Armchair Occultist: Godfrey Higgins, Anacalypsis and Modern Occultism Lecture. Emma Hardinge Britten Archive. The Church, Christian Spiritualists, and the professional establishment sought to control the influence of occultists. Anacalypsis becomes a popular rediscovery of literature at the time Isis Unveiled is published. Marc Demarest explains how the tyros of Occult Literature and Mythography (1820s-1870s) Continue reading Marc Demarest on the Armchair Occultist, Godfrey Higgins: Modern Occultism, and the Professionalization of History

U.G. Krishnamurti: Recollects the Second-Generation Theosophical Society

Second Generation refers to a shifted leadership in the Theosophical Society, with international headquarters in Adyar, Madras, post-1890’s, and led by Annie Besant in 1907 til her death. The second generation Theosophists drift from a teaching of progressive evolution to a program of “progressive millenialism,” says Catherine Wessinger, in her The Second Generation Leaders of Continue reading U.G. Krishnamurti: Recollects the Second-Generation Theosophical Society

The Identity of Koot Hoomi of Kashmir, and College and Travels

This will briefly give independent information about Helena P. Blavatsky’s teacher K.H., apart from her own information. Since we have often quoted “The Mahatma Letters,” and K.H., it may be beneficial to know that we are not quoting some channelled, imagined disembodied spirit, who may or may have not existed. K.H. and Morya was said to have encouraged Continue reading The Identity of Koot Hoomi of Kashmir, and College and Travels

The Mystery of Comte de Saint-Germain

“Anyone who admits one of the practical truths of the Occult Sciences taught by the Cabala, tacitly admits them all. It must be Hamlet’s “to be or not to be…” A FEW QUESTIONS TO HIRAF The noble courtier, Comte de Saint-Germain — not to be confused with Frenchmen Claude Louis de Saint-Germain (1707-1778) — was Continue reading The Mystery of Comte de Saint-Germain

Julius Evola on ‘Modern Occultism’ and Theosophists

“On the whole, however, I always preserved my independence, frequently even voicing my lack of regard for modern ‘occultism’. Modern occultist currents certainly played a useful, if limited, role in my case, the role they generally play in the contemporary world: that of providing an initial starting point. It is then up to each individual Continue reading Julius Evola on ‘Modern Occultism’ and Theosophists