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Nikos Michaloliakos and his Golden Dawn: Nazis with fanny packs

Nikos Michaloliakos and his Golden Dawn: Nazis with fanny packs

The Golden Dawn made their entrance to the cocktail party like a pachyderm on roller skates – all violent momentum destined to doom your seersucker with spilt vermouth. The party host, left flummoxed, was impotent against the impolite immigrant-bashing and the beastly slaughter of charcuterie. The neo-fascist Golden Dawn regurgitated behind the sofa, wiped shit off their shoe and made off with the silverware. In the ruins of Greece’s economy, such manners were tolerated. The Greek people were desperate and their desperation gave way to anger, anger fueled by the vitriol nationalism upchucked by this upstart – the political party of the Golden Dawn.

Contemporary Golden Dawn with Nazi symbolism

Contemporary Golden Dawn with Nazi symbolism

The Nazi-ish organization known as the Golden Dawn had not completely taken over Greek politics, but they goose-stepped their way into a sizeable foothold in the Greek parliament with 2012’s elections. The rise of the Golden Dawn, however, lurched to a halt this last week after members of the party were linked to the gruesome murder of outspoken liberal Greek rapper Pavlos Fyssas. The police, who were once supportive (the BBC reported that in Athens’ elections last year, 1 in every 2 police voted for a Golden Dawn candidate), now turned on the Golden Dawn on suspicion of being a criminal organization. While previous orchestrated violence against immigrants was ignored, the murder of a left-wing artist of Greek blood was enough to finally begin the crackdown on party organizers.

If the name sounds familiar, it should. A hundred years ago, the Golden Dawn was a Hermetic Order whose occultist members included Bram Stoker, W.B. Yeats and Aleister Crowley. The two separate organizations could not be more unalike, yet this did not draw pause in the scrutiny of yours truly. Last year, I compared the two organizations – the Greek Neo-Nazis with the Victorian Era wizard cult

It befalls to me, Vic Neverman, or someone like me, perhaps less-bearded, but someone who is an apt student of the occult with a keen eye on current events to explain the ironic difference between two unrelated groups with the same optimistic name. Please allow me, dear trusted reader, to explain to you both the Golden Dawn and the Golden Dawn. Neither of these groups include amongst their ranks Goldie Hawn, but I have not fact-checked this. If you came to this blog in search of Goldie Hawn news, I plead you to please look elsewhere.

– Vic Neverman, May of 2012

While the coincidence between the two groups would seemingly end in common names, the earlier, mystical Golden Dawn was not wholly without Nazi ties. Please allow me the luxury of harping back to Europe, 1941… England and Germany were at war. Hitler and the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht are not entirely occupied by English aggression because to the east all they see is Red: Communist Russia. In his dreary memoirs, Mein Kampf, Hitler mentions that an Anglicized-ally in England would be important to defeat communism. Back in England, Winston Churchill would have none of it. Churchill seemed unwilling to budge in his distaste for Germany, despite England being on the verge of collapse after the pyrrhic victory of the Battle of Britain. The British Royal Family, however, was not entirely united with Churchill.

it was reported that the Duke of Windsor entered into an agreement which in substance was to the effect that if Germany was victorious in the war, Hermann Gering through his control of the army would overthrow Hitler and would thereafter install the Duke of Windsor as the King of England.

– FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover in a memo to President Roosevelt

Rudolf Hess, Hitler's left hand man

Rudolf Hess, Hitler’s left hand man

Enter the Nazi 3rd in command, Rudolf Hess. Rudolf and Adolf were playmates in the early days of the Nazi party and were a part of the 1923 failed German coup known as the Beer-hall Putsch. Both men would eventually serve time for their rebelliousness, allowing them to grow faster friends (and collaborate on Mein Kampf). Adolf Hitler and Rudolf Hess were also associated with the mysterious Professor Haushofer, who was a member of the Vril, a secret society who believed in the Aryan ubermensch. Sound familiar? This occult shit was all the rage. Years later, as war between England and Germany dragged on; Professor Haushofer was a known supporter of peace with England. His pupil Rudolf Hess felt the same. Rudolf Hess may have also been influenced by a Swiss Astrologer who passed him advice advocating a peace mission to England. Curiously, the Swiss astrologer was likely under the employ of British Secret Agent, Ian Fleming – the very man who would go on to author the James Bond novels. Complicated story cut short: there were vast undercurrents pushing for peace in both England and Germany in the first half of 1941.

Haushofer and Hess, Professor of the Occult and his Pupil

Haushofer and Hess, Professor of the Occult and his Pupil

In May, Rudolf Hess flew on an apparent peace mission to England. In his possession, he had contacts given to him by Professor Haushofer, including names of members of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Occultists of the world unite! The alignment of planets in the constellation of Taurus made 5/10/1941 the best day for Hess to make his trip. Perhaps the astrologer did not properly calibrate the density of Uranus… Low on fuel, Hess had to bail from his plane somewhere south of Glasgow and was promptly put under arrest by some lymie bloke with a pitchfork. Hess begged to see the Duke of Hamilton, but was eventually thrown into the Tower of London. Hitler spurned his old chum, calling Rudolf Hess insane for making such a journey. Winston Churchill called Hess’ peace mission a “frantic deed of lunatic benevolence.”

Rudolf Hess, second in line of succession behind Hermann Goering, was a Nazi with a plan for peace. The friends he sought were the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. For his deeds, Hess was tried as a war criminal at Nuremberg and spent the rest of his life in Berlin’s Spandau prison. In 1987, the 93 year-old Rudolf Hess committed suicide. No good deed goes unpunished.

And so the historical “what-if?” must be asked… If Nazi Germany allied itself with England, it would by extension be allied with the United States. Perhaps the Germans calm their Axis partners in Tokyo and Pearl Harbor is left in tranquility through 1941. Perhaps, then… instead of the eventual cold war between western Europe and the USSR for the next forty-odd years, we would actually have had a hot war between western democracies (with plenty of National Socialism in the mix) and Communist Russia. What sort of post-apocalyptic wasteland would Europe be now if that were the case?

We shall never know. After Rudolf’s “suicide”, the Hess family insisted on a separate autopsy. This new investigation found the body exhibited signs of strangulation versus hanging from a noose. What’s more – Rudolf Hess’ nurse claimed he would not have been able to raise his arms above his shoulders to assemble the self-euthanizing bow-tie. Conspiracy theories abound that Her Majesty’s Assassins where there in Spandau and put an end to Hess before he was released in order to ensure the Truth about a potential peace was kept from the public.

Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin enjoying the spoils of war

Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin enjoying the spoils of war

It befalls to me, Vic Neverman, or someone like me, perhaps less-bearded, but someone who is an apt student of the occult with a keen eye on current events to explain the ironic difference between two unrelated groups with the same optimistic name. Please allow me, dear trusted reader, to explain to you both the Golden Dawn and the Golden Dawn. Neither of these groups include amongst their ranks Goldie Hawn, but I have not fact-checked this. If you came to this blog in search of Goldie Hawn news, I plead you to please look elsewhere.

Golden Dawn Party Leader Nikolaos Mihaloliakos and his Goon Squad at a Press Conference

First, allow me to explain the current Golden Dawn. Europe is in what we economists call a “fucking shit storm”. Everywhere established powers are shower-stall shanked by former fringe elements benefiting from the financial chaos. In France, Sarkozy was just beat out by a socialist in the Presidential election. In Greece, the two dominant parties of the last few decades were upstaged by a pair of new comers – extremist parties on either side. On the left, the Syriza Party has won enough votes to be a legitimate contender in Greek policy. On the extreme right, a fascist party has also emerged to claim parliamentary power in Greece. The fascist nationalist party is the Golden Dawn: neo-Nazis who surround their xenophobic politicians with juiced meatheads to protect their candidate, exude a physical superiority and rough up their enemies. There have been many reports of Greek police stepping aside as these thugs routinely beat immigrants and burn the flags of the United States and Israel.

Aleister Crowley in 1923. Certainly a Scoundrel…

The Greek neo-Nazis should not be confused with the Victorian era “Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn”, a group of wealthy and eccentric Brits who practiced magic and occultism. This earlier Golden Dawn was founded in the late 19th century by members who were both Freemasons and Rosicrucian. They adapted their secret society rituals and added new occult practices given to them through mysterious cipher manuscripts and from their “Secret Chief” spirit realm chauffeurs. Unlike their masonic brethren, the Gold Dawn was an order that gladly accepted women in a move that was either proto-feminist or merely just scoundrel.

Victorian England was not short of scoundrel and the Golden Dawn claimed many acclaimed members such as Bram Stoker, W.B. Yeats and Aleister Crowley. This latter character was also known as the wickedest man in the world. Aleister Crowley was a poet, a philanderer, a dark sorcerer and a raging douchebag. According to Lambshank Family lore*, over the course of one weekend at the Lambshank Manor in the Lake District, Aleister Crowley deflowered a milk maid, made a cow drop dead by staring at it, defecated on Tudor era carpets, all while his wife drank the cellar dry. Patriarch and fellow Golden Dawn initiate Horace H Lambshank would later go bankrupt and dishonored in a set of coincidences he always blamed on a Crowley curse. Such unfortunate circumstance drove Horace Lambshank to seek out new opportunity in Chicago. If there was any justice, it was that Aleister Crowley was never truly welcomed back into Golden Dawn circles.

Portrait of Horace H Lambshank, Great-Great-Grandfather to Vic Neverman

*In full disclosure, I should admit my paternal grandmother was born Olivia Lambshank. She used to scare me with stories of a boogie-man named “Crowley” who was watching from just outside my window. She forced my father to throw away his “Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band” record because the Beatles album cover art featured a picture of the wicked man. Even on her deathbed, she cursed Aleister because of the stories passed down from her great-grandfather, Horace.

Aleister Crowley – DO NOT LOOK HIM IN THE EYE!

In conclusion, what links can we find between the Victorian warlocks and the contemporary neo-Nazis? Perhaps a mutual fondness for urinary fetishism? Maybe. The Victorian Golden Dawn was a “Hermetic Order” and Hermes was Greek, wasn’t he? Perhaps. The 3rd Reich was intrigued with the occult and once gave an award to a Yeats poem, but these are weak circumstantial connections, especially since the Greek Golden Dawn hasn’t outright embraced the National Socialism of Hitler (though they do have a very Swastika-esque symbol on their flag). The Greeks – and much of the global economy – might be cursed, but I do not foresee any black magic coming out of their neo-Nazi politicians. Theirs is a Golden Dawn of fascist isolationism and xenophobic in-breeding, not a gnostic movement of occult magic and gnostic theology. Though I wouldn’t put it past Aleister to be a sister/cousin-fucker too.

Dawn of a New Era of Douchebaggery in Greece?

UPDATE October, 2013:
The Golden Dawn is under increased scrutiny following their alleged involvement in the murder of a Greek musician.
Read here for a new blog detailing a curious even during world war II when the occultist Golden Dawn may have attempted to find peace between England and the Nazis.