Aleister Crowley was an English poet, novelist, painter, and mountaineer who is most famous as an occultist, ceremonial magician, and founder of the religion and philosophy of Thelema. But ironically Crowley’s supposed Satanism and Black Magic are far less frightening to most people than his politics. For Aleister Crowley was also a man of the Right, whose work inspired such important 20th-century Rightists as novelist and essayist P. R. Stephensen and military strategist and historian J. F. C. Fuller.
For more information on Crowley’s life, work, and significance for the Right, I recommend the following pieces on this site:
- Kerry Bolton, “Aleister Crowley as Political Theorist,” Part 1, Part 2
- Julius Evola, “Aleister Crowley“
- Juleigh Howard-Hobson, “Crowley the Poet: A Different Look at Aleister Crowley on this, the Occasion of his 136th Birthday“
- James J. O’Meara, “‘The Name is Crowley . . . Aleister Crowley’:
Reflections on Enlightenment & Espionage“
Another important work on Crowley and the Right is Marco Pasi’s Aleister Crowley and the Temptation of Politics (New York: Routledge, 2014), which we will review at Counter-Currents.