Re: Satanism and Objectivism

From: Mike Linksvayer (
Date: Tue Sep 04 2001 - 11:44:59 MDT

On Tue, Sep 04, 2001 at 07:15:21AM -0700, Technotranscendence wrote:
> On Monday, September 03, 2001 11:20 PM Joe Dees wrote:
> > If you wanna become familiar with Ayn Rand's Objectivist philosophy and
> > cannot fins a copy of ATLAS SHRUGGED or THE FOUNTAINHEAD, read
> > Anton Szander levay, who ripped off her version of ethical egoism as a
> > framework for his books on satanism (or setianism).
> Care to elaborate on that? says:

    LEGEND: ASL wrote the Satanic Bible, his principal work, to
    fulfill his congregation's need for a scriptural guide.

    REALITY: The Satanic Bible was conceived as a commercial vehicle
    by paperback publisher Avon Books. Avon approached ASL for some
    kind of Satanic work to cash in on the Satanism & witchcraft
    fad of the late 1960s. Pressed for material to meet Avon's
    deadline, ASL resorted to plagiarism, assembling extracts from
    an obscure 1896 tract - Might is Right by Ragnar Redbeard into
    a "Book of Satan" for the SB, and claiming its authorship by
    himself. [Ironically these MiR passages are the ones most
    frequently quoted by ASL disciples.] Another third of the SB
    consists of John Dee's "Enochian Keys", taken directly but
    again without attribution from Aleister Crowley's Equinox. The
    SB's "Nine Satanic Statements", one of the Church of Satan's
    central doctrines, is a paraphrase, again unacknowledged, of
    passages from Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. The last words in the
    SB - "Yankee Rose" - have been puzzled over for years by readers.
    "YR" is actually the name of an old popular tune in ASL's
    nightclub repertoire.

    SOURCES: ASL, The Satanic Bible; Ragnar Redbeard, Might is
    Right, Port Townsend: Loompanics (reprint), 1896; Ayn Rand,
    Atlas Shrugged (Galt's speech, ca. pages #936-993); "Yankee
    Rose" by Sidney Holden & Abe Frankl (Irving Berlin Music, 1926).

  Mike Linksvayer

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