Posts Categorized: History

On Trump: Trump and the Deep State / The Koch Brothers’ New Brand

Just read new and updated forewords to two important book-length studies about power in the US. Both were updated to put their considerable investigations in connection with the new Trump administration. The first book is by Prof. Peter Dale Scott, co-founder of the Peace and Conflict Studies program at UC Berkeley. He wrote a new… Read more »

On Trump: Against Normalization: The Lesson of the “Munich Post” by Ron Rosenbaum

I consider Ron Rosenbaum as one of America’s best and most entertaining journalistic writers. For me memorable articles include the ones on Watergate, the CIA mole-hunt and a few articles about Yale’s semi-secret senior society Skull and Bones.[1] He also wrote a fascinating study, Explaining Hitler: The Search for the Origins of His Evil about… Read more »

On Trump: The Aspiring Pathocrat

In previous posts I have commented on some of the psychological dynamics of Trump and the political dynamics of his followers. In this post I like to explore the rather dark territory of their interaction in rather clinical terminology necessary to get a sane and objective grip on this otherwise very disturbing phenomenon. I will… Read more »

On Trump: Elias, Civilization and Trump

Last  summer I read the phenomenal study “The Civilizing Process” by the eminent sociologist Norbert Elias.[1] some of his findings can be applied to understand the rise of authoritarianism in the West as embodied in the political career of President Trump. This article will present some of the theoretical underpinnings of elias’ work, then apply… Read more »

The West Turns Eastward

The West Turns Eastward: Madame Blavatsky and the Transformation of the Occult Tradition By Mark Bevir Journal of the American Academy of Religion Vol. 62, No. 3 (Autumn, 1994), pp. 747-767 ABSTRACT THROUGHOUT THE TWENTIETH CENTURY increasing numbers of western men and women have turned to India for spiritual fulfillment. The image of meditation centres… Read more »

The Tibet Images of the Theosophists

Dreamworld Tibet: Western Illusions Martin Brauen (Trumbull, CT, USA: Weatherhill, 2004) First published as Traumwelt Tibet: Westliche Trugbilder (Berne: Verlag Paul Haupt, 2000)   Part 2 In Search of ‘Shambha-la’ and the Aryan Lamas: The Tibet images of the theosophists, occultists, Nazis and neo-Nazis (excerpt; pp. 24-37; pagination in square brackets; footnotes and relevant bibliography… Read more »