(OPE-L) Re: Capitalism and Satanism

From: Gerald A. Levy (Gerald_A_Levy@MSN.COM)
Date: Mon Oct 25 2004 - 10:31:53 EDT


Good timing: Halloween is due later this week.

The analogy of Satanism to capitalist ideology, despite
some similarities, is probably misleading.  

In any event, let the capitalists have the Satanists.
We can strive to build alliances with the progressive
witch and warlock community.  These groups have a
long history of persecution for their beliefs and lifestyle
and often identify with movements of the poor and
for the protection of the Earth from corporate and
state assaults.  In the Lower East Side of Manhattan
there is a progressive community of witches which has
supported the homeless and squatters and opposed
gentrification and police brutality.  Good people, by and
large.  Politically, they often tend to have anarchist 

Witches, at least in most Western cultures, are
non-violent and do not seek harm towards others.
This is one thing that separates them from some 
Satanists.  One reason for this is the "law of three"
widely believed in by the witch community: basically
it states that if you wish harm on someone else (i.e.
cast a 'curse' upon someone else) then it will 
come back on you three times over!

In solidarity, Jerry

PS: speaking of the LES,  there is an excellent recent 
photo book by Margaret Morton called _Glass House_ 
(The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2004) which
tells the story -- in their own words -- of the squatters 
who lived in an abandoned glass factory on Avenue D
from 1992 to 1994.   It's a bit of a nostalgia trip for me
since most of the Glass House tenants  are or were good
friends and comrades of mine.  Politically, many of the 
squatters were anarchists but there was also a Marxist 

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