Re: (OPE-L) Re: Capitalism and Satanism

From: Paul Bullock (paulbullock@EBMS-LTD.CO.UK)
Date: Thu Oct 28 2004 - 18:56:35 EDT


this no doubt puts Harry Potter etc in the camp of the progressives  (at least of the lower middle class sort) ... which might explain why the series received so much criticism from the religious right in the States at the start. 

Paul  ;-)
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Gerald A. Levy 
  Sent: Monday, October 25, 2004 3:31 PM
  Subject: [OPE-L] (OPE-L) Re: Capitalism and Satanism


  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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