This kind of material certainly needs to be available to the public where they can find it. This afternoon, the Rev. Dante Fortson, a Nephilim theorist whom you will remember from my piece about him last year, informed me that he has created a presentation on “101 Facts That Prove Nephilim Giants Existed” and posted it online this morning. Most of the “evidence” is old newspaper stories of giant bones and examples of ancient art done in hieratic scale, where more important people are drawn larger than less important ones. Fortson takes this as proof of literal giants, and he told me that the page has received more than 1,000 hits per hour since it went online this morning. Try getting 1,000 people per day or even week to read American Antiquity.
Finally today, BoingBoing.com published an article by Robert Balkovich tracing the white supremacist ideology behind various facets of the New Age movement, particularly the Theosophical material that fed into the ancient astronaut theory. “From Blavatsky to Ancient Aliens, there’s is a long history of new age belief opening the door to racist ideology. This is a problem not just with individual practitioners, but with philosophies at the core of the movement.” I would differ from Balkovich only in noting that as Ancient Aliens tries to find enough material to fill out eight seasons they have added more involvement between aliens and white people, though even then it is more often in the realm of collaboration than tutelage as it is with non-white people.
Much of this will be familiar to readers of this blog, but he offers an interesting examination of the way Victorian scientific racism, particularly the imperialist-colonialist ideology of a natural hierarchy of races, became inseparable from the pseudo-history and pseudoscience it influenced. Thus, we read of Madame Blavatsky setting the Aryan race atop the pyramid of races, the most developed and intelligent, and her offshoot, Alice Bailey, decrying African people as animalistic and childlike as late as 1942 in her Treatise on the Seven Rays (Esoteric Psychology vol. 2): “These are child souls, and though the mental equipment is there and some of them can be trained to use it, the preponderance of the life emphasis is entirely upon physical activity as it is motivated by the desire for satisfaction of some kind…” As opposed to white people, who are only happy when they are dissatisfied? You know, white people problems.
Bailey, writing in 1942, also decried the Jews and the “Jewish problem,” even as Hitler was planning a Final Solution. In her discussion of the Jewish Problem, Bailey makes recourse to the Pillars of Wisdom from the Watchers myth (cited in the same passages as the “fall of the angels”), in its late recension in Masonic lore where she seems to have confused or conflated them with the two pillars of Solomon’s Temple. She wrote that “the clue to the problem is to be found back in the very night of time and, literally, when the sun was in the constellation Gemini. At that time the two pillars were set up which, as all Masons know, are two great landmarks in Masonry. Hence the Jewish colouring of all the Masonic work, though it is not Jewish in the sense that that word conveys today.” She accused the Jews of being under the influence of the “third ray” in her astrological system, which governs ego: “Because of this third ray influence, you have the tendency of the Jew to manipulate forces and energies, and to ‘pull strings’ in order to bring about desired ends. As a race, they are natural law makers, and hence their tendency to dominate and govern, because their egoic ray is the first.”
She goes on to say that the Jews are an accidental offshoot of the original Atlantean race, which is the original founding race of Freemasonry, but she praises the Jews for producing “our greatest men” and for being so perniciously segregationist that they alone have preserved their racial purity from the intermarriage of the other branches of the Atlantean race. Her solution to the “Jewish problem” is different than Hitler’s: She wants to assimilate them out of existence by promoting intermarriage to restore the unity of the original race of Atlantis!