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Dark Star Risible: Gary Lachman’s Goofy Exploration of the Trumpian Occult

In the midst of the spew of generically Trump-trashing pseudo-solemnity about “Russiagate” and the Alt-Right cash-in books exposing the it-can-happen-here threat posed by 4chan and dudes in MAGA hats, one recent offering stood out as something that might be worth my time – even if only for the proverbial LULZ. In Dark Star Rising: Magick and Power in the Age of Trump, the prolific popularizer of esoterica Gary Lachman throws his sorcerer’s cap in the ring to confront the disturbing question of whether Trump’s election was not the work of Russians alone, but the doing of Russians and magicians.

The problem with Lachman’s book from the outset is that he does not appear to be able to decide between, on the one hand, pointing and laughing at all of the silly, superstitious things that right-wingers believe and, on the other, attempting to spook the reader with vague suggestions of the shadowy occult forces guiding the GOP and Putin’s “totalitarian” Russia. Attempting to do both at once does not work. Similarly, Lachman wants to have it both ways with regard to “conspiracy theories”. In his introduction to Dark Star Rising, he ridicules Trump as “a keen believer in and promoter of conspiracy theories” and refers condescendingly and without relevance to “believers in a flat earth, fake moon landings, and other conspiracies.”1 A few pages later, however, Lachman writes in perfect earnest, “The Russians are believed to have attempted to influence the U.S. presidential election via some cyber-sabotage, and by all accounts this is not just a paranoid idea.”2 There is no refuting “all accounts”! “I am not conspiracy minded,” Lachman writes, attempting to rationalize his blatant hypocrisy on this score, “although conspiracy consciousness will play a large part in the account that follows.”3


Feels lacking, man.

Whatever his level of “conspiracy consciousness”, Lachman appears to be utterly unaware of the unintentional humor he occasions with his own obnoxious and overblown fearmongering. “Dugin’s remarks about globalization are often little short of hysterical,” Lachman observes with smirking detachment4 – before knitting his brows again on the following page at the rise of right-wing extremism and asking, “Is some kind of occult war on its way, or has it already begun? […] Are the end times near?”5 Nor does Lachman appear to feel he sacrifices any credibility as an investigator by mentioning “the ‘mass spell’ cast by witches around the world, begun in February 2017, ‘binding’ Trump and all his associates, which seemed to have some effect. If that isn’t occult politics,” he adds, “I don’t know what is.”6 But remember: stupid, superstitious, right-wing Trump supporters who believe in “conspiracy theories” are the ones who deserve our derision – not witches whose activities actually “have some effect.”

Lachman’s general premise in Dark Star Rising is stated more or less concisely in the following two passages:

If we accept the reality of synchronicity, of events in the inner and outer world happening in a synchronized manner, with no apparent causal relation but a very significant meaningful one, then we have no reason to deny a priori the possibility that chaos magick, and New Thought, can work. That they do work is a different question. If this is so, then the idea that a cartoon frog appropriated by a far-right group helped to put the positively thinking Donald J. Trump in the White House is not beyond the realm of possibility. And one has to say that is precisely the sort of thing – and through precisely such methods – that a chaos magician would like to bring about. […]7

If reality is not as “objective” as we believe, and if it and the mind somehow interpenetrate, then what was to stop them? If life imitates art, and “art is what you can get away with” – as Oscar Wilde and Andy Warhol tell us – then it should follow that, as Robert Anton Wilson said, “reality” – another word for life – “is what you can get away with.” The users of 4chan were discovering they could get away with a lot.8

Like Tarl Warwick, Lachman considers the possibility that Pepe the Frog is an “egregore”, a “kind of thought form or imaginal entity created and fed by the devotion of a group of followers” and how, after being “brought into existence, an egregore is difficult to control and much harder to put down than to raise up,” Lachman warns9:

Am I saying that Pepe the Frog is an egregore or tulpa or is on his way to becoming one? Perhaps. Or that he and his devotees are being used by some supernatural entity for its own purposes? Again, perhaps. Is Trump himself a tulpa or egregore, brought into existence by his fan base? It is not inconceivable. Pranksters are amused when their jokes are taken for real, a tactic employed by many alt-righters to show that “social justice warriors” can get into a panic about practically anything. But perhaps they themselves are being pranked by some unknown power for its own purposes? Perhaps some entity’s entry into our plane is facilitated by agents unaware of their participation, who think their activities are just for “lulz”? Is Cthulhu calling? Whatever may be the case, strange coincidences have happened around Matt Furie’s disaffected amphibian. These suggest that it may be a good policy to keep an open mind about the matter.10


Aleister Crowley: proto-Trumpian Alt-Right occultist?

As is to be expected with such hackwork, much of Dark Star Rising is dedicated to highlighting the eerie similarities between Trump, Crowley, Hitler, Mussolini, and other dictators, gurus, and demagogues. Lachman has only gotten one page into his book before he feels compelled to remind the reader that the racial ideas of Germany’s National Socialists were “odious”11. “Hitler, Mussolini, and Trump all share a very bleak vision of life, a dog-eat-dog outlook in which the strong prosper and the weak go under, an outlook that Crowley shared.”12 “Oddly, Trump and Crowley share some striking characteristics,” Lachman adds in a note. “Both are fond of ostentatious excess, both have an insatiable hunger for attention, both have a contempt for truth, both are sexist, both have a great appetite for power, both are unconcerned how their actions affect others, both are vindictive, both are prone to hold grudges, and both like to spend other people’s money.”13 In a pathetic attempt to bolster the Trump-as-crypto-Nazi case, Lachman irrelevantly notes that “during World War I while he was living in New York [Crowley was] writing pro-German propaganda”14 – neglecting to mention that Crowley was in the employ of British intelligence. Noting Trump’s supposed alternate identities as “John Baron” and “John Mills” for the purposes of prank phone calls, Lachman ingeniously conjures another Great Beast connection: “Aleister Crowley adopted different identities when the mood struck him – and, like Trump, did his best to keep his name in the newspapers”15. Characterizing Trump’s appeal to his followers as that of an abusive guru, Lachman also wonders aloud about “the odd hand gestures he makes when addressing a crowd, which often seem like the mudras used as meditation devices in Hinduism and Buddhism.”16

Because the case to be made for Trump as a neo-Nazi occultist elected to the presidency through 4chan group mind machinations and Russian chaos magick is so tenuous and flimsy, Lachman’s book is necessarily padded with mostly irrelevant digressions covering everything from mesmerism to Ayn Rand, René Guénon, Julius Evola, and Genesis P-Orridge, whose Throbbing Gristle performances utilized “hard pornography and Nazi imagery”17 – spooky! In the most egregious instance of filler in Dark Star Rising, Lachman invites the reader to ponder Nike advertising:

[Ronald Reagan’s motto] “It CAN be done” is a perhaps more cautious affirmation than “Just Do It”, Nike’s tempting mantra to help us purchase more sportswear, but it is of the same ilk. And “Just Do It” is not that far removed from Aleister Crowley’s indulgent maxim “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law”, a writ of permission that has fueled many a magician – chaos or otherwise – since the Great Beast first uttered it in the early twentieth century. Other exhortations to not be stymied by false limitations include the U.S. Army’s recruiting slogan “Be All You Can Be”, some version of which can be found in scores of self-help, motivational, and self-improvement teachings, calling on us to actualize to the full our many potentialities.18

The most plodding portions of Lachman’s book, however, are those in which he tediously insists on inserting HuffPost-tier diatribes about how Ann Coulter is “a post-truth alternative fact spokesperson”19; how, “As in the Hitler era, Jews were a standard target” at Breitbart20; and how “Trump seems in many ways to be modeling his administration on the kind of system Putin has had in place for years, in which the business of politics entails not only the practical concerns of running a government, but the wider, more inclusive activity of creating reality.”21 His reference to “‘freedom of speech’ in the era of post-truth,” situating that liberty within scare quotes, is also telling22. Lachman’s most ridiculous attempt to keep the alarmist Trump-Russia connection alive in the reader’s mind is this reflection on New Thought preacher and motivational guru Norman Vincent Peale, whose sermons Trump attended as a child:

To “prayerize”, for Peale, means to keep the problem or concern constantly in mind, talking it over with God – the source of prayer power – as one goes about one’s day. It’s unclear if Peale knew that this seems a variation of the Russian Orthodox “Jesus prayer” or “Prayer of the Heart”, in which, as St Paul advises in 1 Thessalonians 5:17, one is to “pray without ceasing.”23

Connecting the dots yet? Putin’s puppet Trump probably even prays like a Russian!

Lachman, to his credit, has actually bothered to read some Traditionalist texts and has obviously spent many hours reading articles about the Alt-Right – which is more than many journalists can claim to have done – but reading his take on millennials’ iteration of nationalism is still rather painful on the order of listening to Jerry Falwell trying to explain the punk ethos to people whose primary reference point for rock is Frankie Avalon. Lachman misquotes Richard Spencer’s “Hailgate” speech24 and also shudders at “Spencer’s notorious Hitler salute”25. Ominously, he also observes that the National Policy Institute is “an innocuous name for what many believe is a white nationalist organization”26 – a startling revelation for which Lachman credits the website of the Southern Poverty Law Center in his endnotes. Meanwhile, “Clinton spoke out against Trump’s endorsement of conspiracy theories and his intransigence when criticized for accepting the support of people like David Duke, head of the KKK”27 – a bit like identifying Jimmy Carter as the current Commander in Chief. My favorite howler, however, is when Lachman fingers “Russian television host Lana Lokteff”28.


The book that exposes Red Ice for the neo-Soviet Russian front that it is!

Lachman, one suspects, must have been having a giggle as he wrote some of the more ridiculous portions of his book, like this one:

Even stranger was the rash of fictional characters standing for office in local [Ukrainian] elections. At least fifteen Darth Vaders and other Star Wars figures campaigned  for votes across Ukraine; one “Emperor Dmitry Palpatine” even won a seat on the Odessa council, and a Chewbacca was arrested at a rally in the city. The spate of Vaders may only be the kind of postmodern joke that groups like Anonymous get up to, a kind of 4chan nose thumbing to the “establishment”, a half-serious “destabilizing tactic”. But as Odessa is a prime port figuring in Putin’s plans for the “Russia of tomorrow”, something more Sith-like may be in the cards.29

Is Dark Star Rising the dumbest book that will be published on the Alt-Right and on Donald Trump’s presidency – or are there others out there, not yet written and waiting to be conjured into existence? “Let us look out on the horizon,” as Lachman invites in his introduction, “and see what dark stars are coming into view.”30

Rainer Chlodwig von K.

Rainer is the author of Protocols of the Elders of Zanuck: Psychological Warfare and Filth at the Movies – the DEFINITIVE Alt-Right statement on Hollywood!


  1. Lachman, Gary. Dark Star Rising: Magick and Power in the Age of Trump. New York, NY: TarcherPerigee, 2018, p. xiii.
  2. Ibid., p. xviii.
  3. Ibid., p. xx.
  4. Ibid., p. xix.
  5. Ibid., p. xx.
  6. Ibid., p. 96.
  7. Ibid., p. 48.
  8. Ibid., p. 89.
  9. Ibid., p. 90.
  10. Ibid., p. 93.
  11. Ibid., p. x.
  12. Ibid., p. 57.
  13. Ibid., p. 206.
  14. Ibid., p. 69.
  15. Ibid., p. 76.
  16. Ibid., p. 77.
  17. Ibid., p. 46.
  18. Ibid., p. 11.
  19. Ibid., p. 82.
  20. Ibid., p. 100.
  21. Ibid., p. 137.
  22. Ibid., p. 84.
  23. Ibid., p. 32.
  24. Ibid., p. xi.
  25. Ibid., p. 80.
  26. Ibid., p. xi.
  27. Ibid., p. 79.
  28. Ibid., p. 84.
  29. Ibid., p. 146.
  30. Ibid., p. xxii.

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26 comments on “Dark Star Risible: Gary Lachman’s Goofy Exploration of the Trumpian Occult

  1. icareviews
    June 17, 2018

    Reblogged this on icareviews.


  2. Tyrone Trump
    June 17, 2018

    The difference is that no one on the right actually took any of the kek / pepe esoterica seriously. I hope.

    Lachman probably doesn’t take it seriously either, if the cash in theory is accurate.

    I guess we can be grateful that someone is establishing a link between SJW anti-Whites, Russia hysteria and Cthulhu.

    Hopefully some left-wing version of Alex Jones will start claiming that Jared Taylor and Pat Buchanan are actually reptilian occultists from the (Aryan) New World Order attempting to make negroes retarded via satanic rituals in the Bohemian Grove.

    “people like David Duke, head of the KKK”
    “Russian television host Lana Lokteff”

    BS. Everyone knows they are the same person.

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    • icareviews
      June 17, 2018

      I forgot to mention that Lachman describes Richard Spencer as a “high priest” of Pepe the Frog, which is awesome.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Verbal Diarrhoea
      June 19, 2018

      Last year one of their influencers told me in all seriousness, that showing pictures of sarcastic green frogs was a more effective tactic, than calling anti-whites anti-white, or reminding whites of their own genocide. He has since left the Alt-Right like most, and calls them hopeless degenerates who live imaginary online fantasy lives.

      While others were out there doing the hard work of repeating their message to the people for years, the Alt-Right intellectual leadership wrote books no one read and attended conferences (lunches) talking to each other. Then when Trump announced his run to take advantage of the rising tide, the Luncheoneers showed up and said, “I made this!” After Trump won office the Alt-Right under its own leadership fell apart. To think these people are capable of creating anything on their own is utterly laughable. There are those who do the work and there are those who take credit. Taking credit is a profession all of its own.

      The sky fairies didn’t do it, nor did the jews’ favourite enemy of the moment Russia do it. It was a local with actual competence and an old fashioned work till you collapse ethic.

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      • VB
        June 19, 2018

        Horus gives a history of what happened in 5 mins and explains the methods that were used to awaken Whites here. The only magic involved were memes that discredit anti-Whitism and constant repetition of them. I know, because I was there.

        The jew with verbal diarrhoea is smart enough to know he won’t sell any books telling the simple boring truth about repetition. If he wants to raise money selling his books, he has to spice them up with stories about demon gods, magic, and exciting conspiracy theories about his favourite enemy Russia.

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      • Hipster Racist
        June 19, 2018

        Horus is the greatest. FINALLY someone wants us White people to WIN. FINALLY someone is doing something EFFECTIVE.

        I’m 100% pro-Horus, pro-White. No one else wants to WIN.


      • VB
        June 20, 2018

        Horus is a great asset, but IMO the best asset they ever had was their SWARM. They set it up so BUGSERS could sally forth as Bob called it, into normie forums and news sites and post the White Genocide Mantra there.

        When the resident anti-Whites posted their usual hate under it, the BUGSERS would use a single prepared talking point to expose and demolish them in front of all the people there. Then the BUGSER would report what he did in the SWARM and move onto the next site or request further help if they needed it. It was industrial demolition of the anti-Whites in territory that they controlled. It was done 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week, globally for YEARS.

        It was a far different affair than what we saw on Twitter with Alt-Right kids with mental problems trying to show people how clever they are, by saying something random/funny each time, or just blowing their own feet off.

        The BUGS SWARM was allowed to die because the anti-Whites paid people to watch it and close the participants accounts down. So eventually the people there stopped reporting. That should never have been allowed to happen. They should have figured out a way to control who sees it, or sees a part of it.

        If a company really cares about quality, it does not outsource its manufacturing to companies it has no control of. It brings everything in house. For that reason the damaged children of the Alt-Right aren’t going to get it done, any more than the American Freedom Party got it done. They are a totally different cultures.

        BUGS needs to figure it out. How to beat the agents and restart their SWARM in a way that cannot be disrupted.

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      • Hipster Racist
        June 21, 2018


        Then the BUGSER would report what he did in the SWARM and move onto the next site or request further help if they needed it. It was industrial demolition of the anti-Whites in territory that they controlled. It was done 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week, globally for YEARS.

        Good generals think in terms of tactics, great generals think in terms of strategy, the greatest generals think in terms of logistics.

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      • Arch Stanton
        June 21, 2018

        Good generals think in terms of tactics, great generals think in terms of strategy, the greatest generals think in terms of logistics.

        This bears some pondering.

        Liked by 1 person

  3. Arch Stanton
    June 17, 2018

    This passes for what?


  4. Bill
    June 17, 2018

    My favorite kook book is Picturing Extraterrestrials, by John Moffitt, published by the good atheist folks at Prometheus Books, who also put out Round in Circles, about crop circles.

    In PE, Moffitt, with no apparent editorial control, rages for over 500 hardcover pages about how aliens and UFOs are portrayed in media. There are a lot of block quotes, as in your Protocols, but unlike your tome, there are endless self-justifications that the author is a credentialed art historian. Seriously, they’re on almost every page. It’s a great book.


  5. bob saffron
    June 18, 2018

    This guy played in Blondie. Sounds like he’s got his own cult:

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  6. Hipster Racist
    June 18, 2018

    You actually read that whole book? You have a stronger stomach than I, I could barely get through this:

    Liked by 1 person

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  8. Mike
    June 18, 2018

    A couple of minutes into “My Journey from Blondie to Jung” (inspired by this article) and Lachman is going on about how rock music in the early 1970’s was dominated by Yes and ELP and “you had to go to Juilliard to play it” until the New York Dolls came along. Interpretation: “It’s from Lester Bangs and Robert Christgau that I learned that the key to being a successful cultural dictator is crafting a narrative of hyperbolic half-truths.”

    Of that 1970’s CBGB’s scene, I always preferred the cute Anglo girl, anyhow:


    • Hipster Racist
      June 18, 2018


      For all the whining about the Baby Boomers, hippies, and the Woodstock generation, when it comes to self-important sniffing of your own farts, no one can hold a candle to the “Punk Rockers” of the 1970s and the 1980s. Proof?

      Henry Rollins. Has there ever been a single person with such an over-inflated opinion of themselves?

      Or a band whose self-importance was only matched by their lack of talent and originality than the Dead Kennedys? I’m actually surprised Jello Biafra agreed to do his bit on Portlandia, I don’t think he really got that the joke was him and his entire life.


      • Mike
        June 18, 2018

        Someone needs to have a talk with Jello about wearing loose-fitting shirts.Talk about growing old gracelessly.

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      • Hipster Racist
        June 18, 2018


        I saw David Byrne play “Life During Wartime” in October of 2001, in Lower Manhattan, the Bowery I think. He says, “this song is probably not appropriate right now, or maybe it’s very appropriate.” The crowd went nuts.

        The Talking Heads were always all about their rhythm section. If you haven’t heard their album without Byrne, you should. It’s called – what else? “No Talking, Just Head.”


      • eyeslevel
        June 24, 2018

        It’s tough to beat this boomer who says we need to shut up about the non-white invasion she let in to replace the children she didn’t have because they might be treating her in a nursing home. “And if I ever end up in a nursing home, God forbid, the people caring for my ancient, helpless self will often be black and brown and immigrants. It is already true. Those are the facts. It would be better for me if ‘my people’ are not on record for hating their guts.”

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      • Hipster Racist
        June 26, 2018


        That woman is basically threatening people: “you better be properly submissive to the non-whites we’re replacing you with because otherwise they will abuse you in the old folk’s home. You don’t want to be tortured in the old age home by hostile non-whites do you?”


    • bob saffron
      June 18, 2018

      Great clip, thanks. She has that very distinctive style of dancing.


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  10. indravaruna
    June 22, 2018


    In the Neocon Judeosphere there is some complaining that Russiagate became Israelgate.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. james
    June 24, 2018

    Very good.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Jenni
    August 10, 2018

    He seems to have plagiarized his whole stupid thesis from traditionalist Branko Malic (Kali Tribune) and a severely mentally ill internet kook named Wahid Azal.

    Lachman has written gushing things about Evola in other books, and often dog whistles as an esoteric Fascist when he goes on right-occultist podcasts.

    His book is full of basic factual errors and he makes statements about Bannon and Breitbart that are defamatory and blatantly false.

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