Someone on Twitter remarked that they didn’t understand why we didn’t pick an occultist who is more “public friendly.” Here, as promised, is our answer.
We didn’t pick Crowley for his popularity or his occultism. We picked him because he is the only one who offers an unambiguous message of freedom which recognizes the divinity and sovereignty of every man and woman. As he wrote in a recently uncovered letter to C. S. Jones:
“The strategical aspect of our position at present is that we have the three things necessary – a Sacred Book, historical authority, and leadership of genius. The many Occult bodies in existence possess none of these things except sometimes the last of them in a very diluted and defective form. They are constantly put to new shifts to keep up the bluff.”
Some of Crowley’s particular views on specific issues may be difficult for many to stomach. The point here is the underlying principle of Light, Life, Love and Liberty. We may disagree with Crowley on how this or that policy ought (or ought not) be implemented. Regardless of the specifics, we feel that the more important question is the underlying philosophy. Occultist or otherwise, we feel that the underlying philosophy of most potential candidates, including many occultists, falls in at least one of two objectionable categories:
- Slave morality
Aleister Crowley’s philosophy partakes of neither of these. Crowley is the one who guarantees a message of total freedom, scientific religion, and absolute & inalienable sovereignty of the individual.
“It is I, not another, that willeth your whole Freedom, and the arising within you of full Knowledge and Power. Behold! the Kingdom of God is within you, even as the Sun standeth eternal in the heavens, equal at midnight and at noon.”
If we had picked someone more “public friendly,” we would have lost our cause.