No Pasarán! (Weekly update, 25 March)

We are pleased to announce we’ve selected the contributors for the next issue of A Beautiful Resistance, and also have a name for it!

A Beautiful Resistance: The Fire Is Here is our exciting follow up to A Beautiful Resistance: Everything We Already Are. Edited by awenydd Lorna Smithers, foreworded by animist and anarchist Emma Restall Orr, it features the writing and artwork of:

Lorna Smithers
Mandrake
Nina George
Alley Valkyrie
Lauren Lockhart
Joe DiCicco
Nimue Brown
Yvonne Aburrow
Dutch Pagan
Pegi Eyers
Lia Hunter
Heron
Loïs Cordelia
Geraldine Moorkens Byrne
Hunter Hall
Rhyd Wildermuth
Brianna Bliss
Simcha Bensefis
Nicolas Guy Williams
Sean Donahue
William A. Young & Hanne T. Fisker
Gordon MacLellan
Kadmus
Catriona McDonald
Dr Bones
Runic John
Heathen Chinese
Finnchuill
Christopher Scott Thompson
 Sophia Burns

We’ll release the cover image soon, and have additional information for reviewers, retailers, and those who would like to get a copy but are unable to afford it.  And there’s still time to subscribe or pre-order, though the deadline for underwriting is 1 April!

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Several Gods&Radicals authors will be presenting at Many Gods West, a polytheist conference in Olympia, Washington, including: Syren Nagakyrie, Sophia Burns, Crystal Blanton, Sean Donahue, Rhyd Wildermuth, Alley Valkyrie, & Ryan Smith.

Also, Alley Valkyrie and Rhyd Wildermuth, the co-founders of Gods&Radicals and authors of A Pagan Anti-Capitalist Primer will be traveling to Europe in May and June. Gods&Radicals hopes to organise a reading and release party for A Beautiful Resistance: Bound In Fire in the UK while they are there, as well as a few in the United States. When dates are scheduled, they’ll be announced here.

While our managing editor is in Europe, Linda Boeckhout, Fjothr Lokakvan, and James Lindenschmidt have kindly agreed to take on site editor roles. Our deepest thanks to you three!

We’re sad to learn that Lillith’s Lantern has ended after 13 years.

And we’ve added a new resource page for those looking for more information about the New Right and Esoteric Fascism, and Gods&Radicals’ response.

Glossary: Metapolitics

A way of expressing and enacting political goals through cultural, spiritual, and societal change, rather than overt politics.

First expounded by Antonio Gramsci (a leftist) but later fully adopted by the New Right, metapolitics is founded upon the idea that political change cannot occur until a culture is first created which lays the groundwork for political power.

The founder of the New Right, Alain de Benoist, describes the strategy this way:

For this reason we chose a metapolitical strategy that, according to Gramsci’s teachings, allows us to gain cultural power before political power, which does not exclude that in the near future someone could bring our cultural programs to a more political plane.

A common part of this strategy is to claim that a New Right/Fascist-influenced idea is ‘apolitical’ because it is spiritual or religious (as in many metapolitical discussions of Reconstruction, Polytheism, and Occult theories) or cultural (as is seen in many Heathen, Asatru, and European Identity arguments, as well as New Right infiltration into Neo-Folk and other artistic movements).

Such a position allows the New Right to ‘hide’ behind the appearance of apoliticism while following a covert political program through cultural or spiritual activities.

To understand metapolitics, one need only look at the relationship of the supposedly apolitical cultural and spiritual ideas of the ‘Aryan Race’ and ‘the Volk’ to the political goals of Nazi Germany. The latter could not be fully accomplished without the foundation of the (metapolitical) former.

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The one thing with writing stories about the rise of fascism is that if you wait long enough, you’ll almost certainly be proved right. Fascism is like a hydra – you can cut off its head in the Germany of the ’30s and ’40s, but it’ll still turn up on your back doorstep in a slightly altered guise.
–Alan Moore

“My Body Is Not Acreage” (weekly update)

We are currently in the selection and editing process of the next journal!  In case you missed our announcement, Emma Restall Orr will be forewording this next issue, and Lorna Smithers will be the editor.

Information for ordering, subscribing to, and underwriting this next issue is here.

In the next few weeks, we’ll unveil the cover art and the final line up of contributors for this issue.

And on the site, we’ll soon have several book reviews coming up, including one of Star.Ships by Gordon White and The Incomplete, True, Authentic and Wonderful History of May Day by Peter Linebaugh.

Certainty, Coincidence, and the search for Authority

Several pieces of Pagan writing address the questions related to where we derive authority for knowledge as well as how we explain our experiences.  While mass media asserts a stranglehold upon the symbolic realm and Patriarchal and Capitalist histories exclude vast ranges of experience, what should we make of the power-relations involved in creating meaning?

First on this topic, we recommend this piece by Paul Kingsnorth (of Dark Mountain) on an alternative possibility of the Green Man’s identity.

From Alley Valkyrie on The Wild Hunt, a long-read piece called “To Crave The Luxuries of Coincidence.”

Also on The Wild Hunt, Gods&Radicals editor speaks to questioning other peoples certainties about the gods in Something Wet Came Padding In.”

And at Patheos, John Halstead questions the reliance on the authority of dictionaries and the war over the ‘true meaning’ of words.

Writer Highlight: Hunter Hall

gloriaHunter Hall is both a writer at Gods&Radicals as well as the newest addition to the board of the non-profit which runs this site.  A ferocious poet seen late last century lurking black-hooded about the rainy streets of Seattle. Reading Deleuze&Guattari while slinging brutal mochas, channeling serpents and raw riot through her spoken-word performances, she now lurks somewhere in the Salish Sea, plotting revolution while baking for her children.

Her poem, All Hail The Runners, is a beautiful paean to those who have the courage to escape abuse:

I ran so fast

my lips blistered and my skin cracked

while your howls followed me

for years and years

proclaiming your love hate and ownership of me

attempting to reassert your control,

to claim your land.

My body is not acreage

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These men of desire – or do they not yet exist? – are like Zarathustra. They know incredible sufferings, vertigos, and sicknesses. They have their spectres. They must reinvent each gesture. But such a man produces himself as a free-man, irresponsible, solitary, joyous, finally able to say and do something simple in his own name, without asking permission; a desire lacking nothing, a flux that overcomes barriers and codes, a name that no longer designates any ego whatever.

He has simply ceased being afraid of becoming mad. He experiences and lives himself as the sublime sickness that will no longer affect him.

Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, “Anti-Oedipus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia”

 

“Stealing Them Back”

Updates

We just learned who will be doing the foreword for the next issue of A Beautiful Resistance!  We’ll announce them on March 1st (sorry to be a tease!).

Also! March 1st is the deadline for submissions to the next issue.

Decolonizing Paganism

A very important criticism of “modern Paganism” is that it’s often quite colonialist, particularly in North America.  From the appropriation of First Nations beliefs by mainstream Paganism to the appropriation of African Diasporic Traditions by Polytheists to justify animal sacrifice, it would seem Paganism is unavoidably Colonialist.

Here are some links that may help us answer the question, how do we decolonize Paganism?

Occasional Gods&Radicals author Heathen Chinese has written a review of Pantheacon, but rather than focusing on the “Big Names,” he draws attention to indigenous voices and struggles:

Pantheacon is an annual “conference for Pagans, Heathens, Indigenous Non-European and many of diverse beliefs,” which is held on the unceded land of Tamien Ohlone-speaking peoples in the city of San Jose, California….

A really useful resource on the matter of decolonizing our beliefs and relationships is the site, Awakening The Horse People. We particularly recommend this essay.

And though there are vital problems in the historical analysis of this essay, some of the questions the author asks are quite relevant regarding the ways Pagans–especially Wiccans and Polytheists–view Empire.

InstagramCapture_f5284d7d-4db3-4982-a56e-f5b17c0978c9(1)And we received a letter-to-the-editor regarding A Pagan Anti-Capitalist Primer which brings up some important questions regarding Paganism as a white, male, Colonialist religion.  Since we did not secure permission to reprint the letter, we’d like to summarize their critique and our response

They’d read A Pagan Anti-Capitalist Primer and thought it was great except that Alley and I seemed to ignore the fact that modern Paganism was created by upper class colonialist white guys (like Gardner, Crowley) and is sustained by Capitalist whites selling books and seminars. How dare we suggest that Paganism isn’t anything but white colonialist bullshit?

A reply, from Rhyd Wildermuth:

We tend to take the opinion that, rather than being created by white middle-class men, Pagan beliefs were co-opted by them. You’re right–there is a lot of bourgeois books and festivals and teachers who profit off of Paganism and Witchcraft. Our hope is to overthrow them, or at least displace them enough that the rest of us can reclaim it from them.

Instead of tracing the birth of “modern” paganism to Wicca and Gardner/Crowley etc., we trace it back further, to the early resistance to industrialisation and Capitalism. Luddites, Whitboys, and many other early resistance movements invoked gods, spirits, and magic to fight landlords and factory owners.

Silvia Federici has convincingly shown that the creation of the ‘working class’ was founded on the death and oppression of women-as-witches.

Yet, as you say, the narrative of modern paganism is that white men with colonialist jobs (like Gardner) founded this stuff. This narrative remains specifically because they need us to believe that. They need to make sure that we don’t question the Capitalist system from which they profit.

They stole our paganism. They stole our witchcraft. They stole our gods.

We’re stealing them back.


Writer Highlight: Syren Nagakyrie

syrenOne of the founding members of Gods&Radicals, as well as the treasurer of our board, is Syren Nagakyrie,  According to her bio, Syren is a Polytheistic Goddess-centered Witch, feminist, herbalist, and radical bridger of worlds. She is a Priestess in relationship with various Goddesses, primarily Hekate. Her heart sings for the sea, her body yearns for the mountains; her spirit is a Wandering Hermit.

Along with her work behind the scenes for Gods&Radicals, Syren has written several pieces, including her series, Liberation Magic, a review of H. Byron Ballard’s recent book, and a poem, Dis-Re-Member-Ment:

My torso becomes a tree
Beautiful and strong
Standing tall and proud
Among its sisters and brothers
And the tree is cut down
Used as logs in a pyre
Flames burning high
In this ephemeral state

She just returned from India helping to organize work for gender-based domestic violence, and is writing about her reflections here.


 

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Every attempt to rethink the political space of the West must begin with the clear awareness that we no longer know anything of the classical distinction between zoē and bios, between private life and political existence, between man as a simple living being at home in the house and man’s political existence in the city….
…In the camps, city and house became indistinguishable, and the possibility of differentiating between our biological body and our political body — between what is incommunicable and mute and what is communicable and sayable — was taken from us forever.
Georgio Agamben, Homo Sacer
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“Betraying the City”

After a very long wait, the professionally-bound A Pagan Anti-Capitalist Primer has finally arrived! Originally presented as a photocopied zine at the presentation which sparked Gods&Radicals, we’re pleased to offer an expanded, 40-page, perfect-bound edition with matte cover.

Single copies are $6.00, which includes shipping within the United States.  (We are currently unable to offer the Primer outside the United States until we find a suitable distributor on account of punitively high shipping rate changes.)

Click here to purchase a single copy of the Primer for $6 including shipping (US only).

We’re also pleased to offer bulk purchase pricing. Email us at gods.and.radicals [at] gmail.com for with the word PRIMER in the subject heading for quotes.

Speaking of shipping rate changes, prices for new subscriptions and future single-issue purchases of A Beautiful Resistance will increase March 1st.  This is due both to postal rate changes and an increase in charges from our printer.

Until March 1st, you can still purchase a subscription (issues #1 and #2) within the United States for $20+$6 shipping until March 1st, or a single issue copy of A Beautiful Resistance–Everything We Already Are (#1) for $12.50 + shipping.  Digital rates will remain unchanged.  Here’s the link for purchasing.

We’ll have information on Pre-Sale prices for issue #2 as well as new subscription rates (for US and International folks) on March 1st.

Also on March 1st, we close the call for submissions for the next issue.

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Pagan traditions often involve critiques of the modern, including specifically the urban. This week, a collection of links regarding the question of the city, anti-capitalism, ‘progress,’ and nature.

Primitivist and Anti-Civilization critiques (particularly that of Deep Green Resistance) often rely heavily on the hope that a future ‘apocalypse’ will even the playing field for humanity and the rest of the world. But is it possible to have Primitivism Without Catastrophe?

And on the matter of civilisation—instead of waiting for the cities to sink in the sea, how do we reclaim the cities?

Here’s an article from a modern-day struggle for the Commons in Lancaster.

And more notes from A Beautiful Resistance editor Lorna Smithers on the struggle against Fracking in Lancashire.

Writer Highlight: Rhyd Wildermuth

Rhyd...Rhyd Wildermuth’s one of the co-founders and is the Managing Editor of Gods&Radical, as well as the editor of the first issue of A Beautiful Resistance–Everything We Already Are.  He’s also a monthly columnist for The Wild Hunt.

His experience growing up in abject poverty in Appalachia, raising two younger sisters after his mother became schizophrenic, and years of social work with the homeless (along with his own experience on the streets) taught him much about Capitalism’s hatred of the poor, while his devotion to Welsh gods and to the Forest honed his understanding of what Capitalism does to Nature.

From his essay, An Apparently Impossible Problem (also published in A Beautiful Resistance):

The way past the impossible usually just involves giving up some certainty that is keeping you on a snow-bound bus at the bottom of a hill, some habit, some reliance on an expectation that isn’t serving you any longer.

 

You can carry a rucksack full of wax and wine up a snowy hill with your lover and laugh and make mulled wine and warm yourself and each other with the love falling like rain and snow from the skies.  You can read by the light of burning barricades and plant chamomile in the cracked pavement and tell stories of what it was like when we thought we should ignore the gods and the dead.

 

We can side with the poor and the streams and forests and crows and the forgotten, because there’s so many of us, you know, and we have the best stories.

He studies druidry with OBOD and lives in Occupied Duwamish Terrority in the city called Seattle. He’s also published two books, his primary blog is Paganarch, and his writing for Gods&Radicals can be found here.

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The city’s unreal, the forest gates unhinged, and you walk always along the edge, in both worlds and neither. 

You are emissary.

You are saboteur.

You are how the forest becomes the city you’ll betray.

You are unborn dreaming remembering the past.

You are the endless taking root in the now.

–Rhyd Wildermuth, from The Forest That Will Be, in A Kindness of Ravens.

Weekly Update: January 24

 

G&R News and Updates

Want to be on our mailing list? Yay!

The Call For Submissions for the second issue of A Beautiful Resistance is open until March 1st.

You can still purchase copies of the first issue, “Everything We Already Are,” here.

Lots of Gods&Radicals writers are published authors.  We’ve compiled a selection of their books and ways to purchase them here (also accessible through the search bar), and we’ll constantly update this list.

Also, we’ve had many requests from readers for other resources.  We’ve updated our original resource list (it’s here, or in the search bar), and we’ll continuously update it, as well.

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Much of the east coast of the United States is experiencing a blizzard. The Jacobin asks the question what Snows Day Under Socialism might look like.  It’s a great article for all those who have trouble imagining what a non-Capitalist urban environment might look like.

Gods&Radicals writer Dr. Bones was interviewed on Free Radical Media. Give it a listen! (and thanks for the shout-out!!!)

At The Wild Hunt, Liz Cruse echoes Jonathan Woolley’s question regarding Pagan presence (or the severe lack thereof) in environmental activism in her essay, Ritual as Action, Action As Ritual.

Is Gods&Radicals anti-technology? Here’s a thoughtful critique of A Beautiful Resistance from Grimnirs_child, as well as a response from editor Rhyd Wildermuth

Writer Highlight: Dr. Bones

Is there a contradiction in Marxist Conjure? Or Communist Hoodoo?  Meet Dr. Bones, one of our newer–and more prolific writers.   As well-versed in Marxist and Critical Theory as he is in spirit-work and the occult, Dr. Bones writes confidently (and engagingly) on current events, modern history, and the tangled threads of state power and magic.

From his essay, Folk Magick As Insurrection:

What else is magic but the metaphysical embodiment of Anarchism, of politics on a spiritual plane? That YOU could defy the laws of the “Lord” and make new arrangements for yourself, that YOU could gain insights and knowledge beyond your “station” in life, that YOU needn’t wait for someone to save you because you were going to save YOURSELF? Isn’t that what Sorcery is all about? Wasn’t it a battle against the dragon Zarathustra spoke about, the one that must be defeated, that must be slain?

Dr. Bones has also been featured in Crafted Recordings podcast and is a regular writer at Disinfo You can find his writing at Gods&Radicals here, and follow his page here.

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You cannot buy the revolution.
You cannot make the revolution.
You can only be the revolution.
It is in your spirit, or it is nowhere.

–Ursula K. Le Guin

 

 

Weekly Update: 19 January

We’re happy to announce that the second printing of A Beautiful Resistance–Everything We Already Are arrived.  Thanks to the collaborative efforts of some kind friends (tea and Thai Curry notwithstanding), all orders will be fulfilled today.

Want to submit a piece for the next issue? All the information is here.  Pre-ordering information will be announced in March.

Also, a print copy of A Pagan Anti-Capitalist Primer will soon go on sale once the final proof is checked.  Look for more information on that in a few weeks!

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Following the water crisis in Flint, Michigan? Remember the Detroit water crisis?  You may be interested to know the same person responsible for the Flint problem is now the manager of schools in Detroit (which had its own water crisis).   And don’t forget that Dublin has experience similar government-caused water problems.

Stephen McNallen, the racist leader of the Asatru Folk Assembly has escalated his anti-muslim and Nationalist rhetoric.  We stand behind this call to keep racism, nationalism, and fascism out of the Northern Religions.

Heathen Chinese has written an essay about the magic of  Jean Genet, the French gay radical who supported the Black Panthers.

And Druid John Beckett tells of his experience in ‘Corporate Mindfulness seminars.”

Featured Writer: Heathen Chinese

Author Heathen Chinese has written three pieces for Gods&Radicals, one of which also appears in A Beautiful Resistance–Everything We Already Are.

In an interview by Accipiter Nisus he says the following regarding anti-capitalism, the gods, and the dead:

The most intense moments of revolt I’ve seen have been uprisings in the names of the Dead, specifically people of color killed by the police. While it is tempting to declare in hindsight that anti-capitalists should seized those opportunities and acted more boldly to challenge all repressive, recuperative and reformist attempts to suppress those moments, “Riding seems easy to every warrior while he is indoors/and very courageous to him who traverses the high-roads/on the back of a stout horse.” Though what Walter Benjamin called the “memory” of revolt may be possible to take control of on a microcosmic level “as it flashes in a moment of danger,” the macrocosmic is, as far I as I can tell, in the hands of the Gods. If we’re to place faith in a “historical subject,” we’re in the realm of religion anyways.

His piece “Are The Gods on Our Side?” was reprinted in A Beautiful Resistance: Everything We Already Are, and he also writes a regular monthly column for The Wild Hunt.

More of his writing on Gods&Radicals can be found here, and his occasional blog is located here.

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The evils of capitalism are as real as the evils of militarism and evils of racism.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Weekly Update, 5 January

Hello! Hope your new year’s fantastic.

We recently put out the call for submissions for the next issue of A Beautiful Resistance and announced our excitement at the selection of the next editor for the journal, Lorna Smithers.  We look forward to your submissions!

Shipping update: we are still waiting for the arrival of the second printing of A Beautiful Resistance: Everything We Already Are.  Printer delays are currently affecting UK readers (we’ve been assured they’ll arrive soon) as well as the print copy of A Pagan Anti-Capitalist Primer.

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Speaking of A Beautiful Resistance, John Beckett has this review.

Overwhelmed by the fear of a bleak future? Lupa Greenwolf has some words that may help.

“What about those of us who aren’t safe within four walls? What about those of us for whom a tent is our home?” From Alley Valkyrie, an contemplation on the perseverance of memory.

And also at The Wild Hunt, Gods&Radicals editor Rhyd Wildermuth contemplates Bastard Children of a Slaughter Empire.

Featured Author: Lia Hunter

One of the many Gods&Radicals writers who’s work also appears in A Beautiful Resistance: Everything We Already Are is Lia Hunter.

Lia is an awenydd who’s work evokes a plain, wise and profoundly poetic voice against oppression and destruction, calling the reader into the world that is and world that could be.

From The Enchanted, published in A Beautiful Resistance and also here:

We are the enchanted, who will answer the call of justice and of healing, and re-enchant the world, singing up reconnection and dancing up a real future. We have the magic – will and intention, the calling and the help of truth. Let us be the good ancestors who take up these Witches’ brooms, Druids’ sickles, and Heathens’ hammers to clear away, to build, and to relight the sacred flame at the heart of the world.

 

From her bio:

Lia Hunter is a student of anthropology and philosophy, lover of learning and homeschooling mother.  She grew up in a conservative Christian cult and had to learn critical thinking the hard way, now values it highly, and looks behind all the cultural curtains. She came home to Paganism in 2000 and blogs at SageWoman blogs (The Tangled Hedge) and her personal spirituality blog (Awenydd of the Mountains).

You can read more of Lia’s writing here.

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No General but Ludd

Did the poor any good

 

anonymous Luddite slogan

Weekly Update, 20 December

Hey!  Happy Solstice!!

Response to our first print-run of A Beautiful ResistanceEverything We Already Are has been so overwhelming that we sold out our initial print-run! A second printing has been ordered, don’t worry!

We have a small list of retailers on the west coast of the United States currently stocked with print versions. In Oakland, you can pick it up at Ancient Ways. In Portland Oregon, Reading Frenzy now carries A Beautiful Resistance.  In Olympia, Washington, you can find copies at Last Word Books. And in Seattle, Left Bank Books and Tenzig Momo.

In case you missed it, Jonathan Woolley’s excellent piece from the journal, The Matter of The Gods, was posted here a few days ago.  And you can also read Rhyd Wildermuth’s piece, An Apparently Impossible Problem. We’ll be posting at least one more essay from A Beautiful Resistance here.

By the way, a digital version of A Beautiful Resistance is now also available.

More publications are coming, too.  We’re eagerly awaiting the delivery of the expanded print-version of A Pagan Anti-Capitalist Primer, by Alley Valkyrie & Rhyd Wildermuth.  The call for submissions for the second issue of A Beautiful Resistance will be announced soon.  And Gods&Radicals will begin publishing books in 2016–more on that soon!

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Sarenth Odinsson has written a wonderful series on A Polytheist Response to Convenience, Consumption, and Peak Oil.

At The Wild Hunt, Heathen Chinese explores War, magic, and the gods.

And anarchist writer Margaret Killjoy has written a rather fantastic short story about self-driving cars over at Vice.

Featured Writer: Kadmus

Several academics writer for Gods&Radicals, including ceremonial magician and professor of philosophy, Kadmus.

While Pagan thought in the ancient world produced deep works of philosophical and political theory, Modern Paganism has for too long ignored this powerful legacy. Writers like Kadmus, however, have re-invigorated this current, and Kadmus turns his brilliant mind towards universal questions for which Paganism can provide an important tool.

In Nature’s Rights, his piece for A Beautiful Resistance, Kadmus unravels all our modern conceptions of rights and proposes a radical–yet simple–framework for understanding our way of relating to each other.

And in his most recent piece on Gods&Radicals, Magic Is The Revolution, he looks at the history of magic in relation to Authority and empire:

…likely one reason why the trickster archetype in paganism gets so much attention, it clearly sets off pagan religions from the more authoritarian cosmic tyrannies found in monotheism.

Despite this, Prometheus still ends up bound and there can be no doubt the image of Zeus and Jupiter lent force to the authoritarian political factions throughout Greece and Rome. In similar ways the glorification of power and might within elements of pagan mythology partially accounts for the abhorrent occurrence of nationalist, fascist, and racist cooption of paganism. Whether in Olympus, Asgard, or the court of Math Mathonwy all is not well.

More of Kadmus’ writing on Gods&Radicals can be found here, and he also blogs here.

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The true solution to the iniquity of Empire is not to choose an Emperor-God over a line of God-Emperors, but to dispense with the throne upon which both would sit.

-Jonathan Woolley, The Matter of The Gods

Weekly Update, 7 December

80% of pre-orders for A Beautiful Resistance have now been shipped, and we’ve already been hearing some fantastic responses from folks!

Want a copy of your own?  Can’t afford a copy? Or are a writer and would like to review a copy? Or are a retailer and would like to carry A Beautiful Resistance?  All the information is here.

And on the matter of retailers, if you’re near Seattle, you can purchase a copy from either Tenzig Momo or Left Bank Books.

Hoping to get a digital copy? We’ll have those on offer by January 1st.

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The Greek Anarchist movement has always been quite inspiring, particularly in their strong response to fascist groups such as the Golden Dawn.  Here’s a good article on their history and current state.

We were also directed to this article about an anarchist infoshop battling developers in Australia.

Worried about Fascism?  You really ought to be.

What do the Dead have to do with revolution?

And bon courage to those protesting at the Cop21 in Paris despite bans.  Particular solidarity goes out to Gods&Radicals writer Jonathan Woolley (see below).

Featured Writer: Jonathan Woolley

jonathan bwAnother of the first writers to join Gods&Radicals is the witty and brilliant Jonathan Woolley.  An academic at Cambridge, an ovate with the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids, and rumoured to be a bit of a heart-throb, Jonathan’s writing is both deeply intellectual and funny, while also very accessible.

One of our favorite pieces by him is his sharply witty essay, Reclaiming Narnia:

And what fate awaited such Narnians in The Last Battle? Most of them, confused and frightened, were swallowed up in a world-ending cataclysm, arising not simply from the misdeeds of the Evil Others against whom their Emperor rallied, but from the war itself. Only a precious few – “heroes”, in the eyes of the elite, and not ordinary Narnians at all – survive their world being overturned in fire and water, in time and the wrath of dragons.

The sad fate of the ordinary Narnians is what ultimately awaits us, should we allow the hegemonic forces of our world to set our discourse for us.

Jonathan also has an essay in A Beautiful Resistance, a hopeful analysis of the apparent shifts in Paganism on both sides of the Atlantic.  In it, he addresses the flawed attempts of Pagan theorists to fit Paganism into the molds of Christian-derived religious categories, topples the notion of a ‘big-tent’ and replaces it with a more organic, ‘Earthy City’ in which there are no rulers but rather a relentless throng of difference.

You can read more of Jonathan’s writing here.

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Paganism, as a movement encompassing a range of very distinct religions, is ever-changing, ever-moving, ever shifting.  As such, it is as profoundly un-like a tent as you can imagine.  Instead, Paganism is much more like a spontaneous gathering of people, in a place open to the elements–a crowd, a throng, a rally, a carnival.

–Jonathan Woolley, The Matter of The Gods, in

A Beautiful Resistance