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Aug 24, 2021Liked by Stephen from Trenchant Edges

This new investigation sounds fascinating and necessary. I recommend the works of Peter Levenda; a bit of a crank, but you're well-equipped to sift the wheat from the chaff, and he's highly informative about stuff most of us never heard of.

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Aug 23, 2021Liked by Stephen from Trenchant Edges

1) I'm really looking forward to New Age investigation, it's a mess and hard to grasp, I don't know much about it and would love to know more.

About nazi/far right stuff, I know it is important, but you have to do it really well to make it as interesting as other fringe topics. You know, to not repeat all the things said in these podcasts, but make it interesting and understandable for people who didn't listen to it.

2) My advice is "Don't assume anyone knows shit about topics you are writing about". When it comes to fringe topics, most people (myself included) have random bits of information, probably not the ones you have. With this New Age part, topic sounds super interesting, but I don't know anything about these Awakenings and I don't understand Hermeticism or Esoteric Chirstianity.

I would like to write more, but my phone is doing strange things and I'm tired, so thanks for the mail and see you tomorrow

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Yeah, I definitely don't want to be repeating work done elsewhere.

That's part of why I want to focus on the JBS and its extended network more than the big names who people recognize now. There's a whole library of these weirdos who's talking points have survived but who's names don't.

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Aug 23, 2021Liked by Stephen from Trenchant Edges

These topics totally line up with my own interests, so I of course say go for them! I have two suggestions for research venues, if you haven't already read them:

1) The work of Arthur Goldwag on American conspiracies and the far-right. Especially his book "The New Hate". His blog offers a peek into his mindset: https://arthurgoldwag.wordpress.com/

2) John Michael Greer (of Archdruid Report/Ecosophia) has been doing a series on the history of Magic in America, which could offer some good tidbits and starting points for an investigation of the occult, spiritualism, and hermetic philosophy in the the West. I think the first post in the series is here: (https://www.ecosophia.net/a-magic-republic/)

I'm excited to read what you come up with!

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Thanks for the suggestions. John Michael Greer was a big influence on me about a decade ago.

Haven't read him lately though.

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