Occult Politics and the Center


One could, perhaps, consider the Center and where it sits in terms of Left and Right wing politics by grafting onto this vocabulary ideas which are common to eastern spirituality, as well as the occult.

   In the eastern thought, the Right, in a metaphysical sense, represents what is known - that toward which one should be working; the source of life. It respresents tradition and one's striving toward the correct path. This is known as the Right Hand Path.

   The Left, on the other hand, represents what is unknown. It is about mystery. It is often associated with darkness, what is untested and untried. It is often associated with evil and danger, but these are really just parts of our own natures we haven't properly brought into the light. There is also an intense focus on the body and one's total immersion in the physical. This is called the Left Hand Path.

   Both paths actually contain elements of one another within them. The known is advanced by the unknown; the shadow follows an object in the light.

   Then, there is the Middle Path. This comes from Buddhism, but one will happen upon a similar doctrine in Taoism. It represents balance; ultimate liberation from both the indulgence of sensual pleasure and immersion in the physical on the Left and the self mortification and devotion of the Right.

   Now, I'm often highly critical of the politicization of spiritual concepts, but I find this one theoretically useful, if only to paint a colorful metaphor. Just how separate, in the end, is the Left from the Right? What was the Conservative Revolution if not the introduction of Leftist mechanics and passion into the Right? The Right's reactionary vocation in large part depends on the daemonic nature of the Left and its apocalyptic thirst for destruction, just as the Left dreams of a standardization beyond the initial violence of its revolutionary nature.

   The Center, in this sense, is not simply a fusion, as these are positions which can only exist in an interdependent antagonism. It is, rather, a general recognition of either position's insuffiency at the mere expense of the other. If the Left exalts nonbeing to rob being of essence, and if the Right wants to establish being without the very nonbeing  by which one can even trace the course of reality, in either event we're left with the violence of alienation, from possibility itself, and from the reality of our own finitude in this world. With no chance to confront death, we slump off into a pale, colorless reality.

   There are many options for an esoteric reading of a political Center. Rather than fusion, one option is to read one side through the other. It strikes me that the Conservative Revolution and Traditionalism both sought to answer the Leftist call for a post-capital world, freed from the realm of the political.

   On the other hand, on the far Left, Situationist International was critiquing, not simply capitalism, but the society of the spectacle, which to my mind doesn't seem much different from Rightist critiques of Modernity. Likewise, the Autonomists were opting for a form of 'communism' beyond a merely work-based, material revolution. And yet, a predecessor to both of these was Bataille's secret society, Acéphale, in which they insisted on maintaining a mythic, tragic, religious nature in keeping with the mystery traditions of history.

   Aside from such cross-readings, one can also envision an entirely different Center which might appear altogether alien to western social life. One can imagine a privately owned government in which the sovereign's personality plays absolutely no part, and whose very sovereignty is based on how well it can hide itself; a sovereign holed up somewhere maintaining his first priority, which would be defense against outside and inner acts of aggression, as well as the maintenance of all practical matters. The more he controls, the more people are under the perfect illusion that things are working organically. Or, perhaps, he is the ultimate agent of the organic...

   Another option would be to envision by what mechanism radically different, autonomous units of social organization, whether states, cities, communes or tribal territories could possibly form an alliance or at least a mutual respect. Such a mechanism would constitute the very nature of a Center itself; perhaps it would be an empire or union of some form, benevolent, inspiring and heroic beyond anything we have heretofore been able to comprehend.

   The goal is ultimately harmony. Harmony doesn't come with a formula.