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Why reconstructing reality with magic and occultism is the most urgent political project: I talk with anarchist philosopher of magic, Federico Campagna on AEWCH 198!

6 Sep

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One of life’s great pleasures is coming across a thinker or artist who articulates your own project and thoughts with the same spirit, but in a different way; someone who has reached the same conclusions as you by walking a totally different path. What a sense of kinship. In Alan Bennet’s funny novella, The Uncommon Reader, we find the line “You don’t put your life into books. You find it there.”

How astonishing to find so much of my complex occult project in books by a living leftist anarchist, Federico Campagna!

Federico is a philosopher, author of Prophetic Culture: Recreation for Adolescents, as well as other books including Technic and Magic: The Reconstruction of Reality and host of the Overmorrow’s Library podcast, which covers mysticism, politics, mythology, philosophy, video-game design and more (and features some AEWCH guest crossover!).

Talking with Federico has re-inspired my own commitment to the work of asking What is the human being? and unfurling my politics and economics and culture from the answers I find. (And offering all that to you!). It also made me feel less lonely.

I’m so happy to share this episode with you.

SHOW NOTES

WHAT BOOK YOU SHOULD READ?
One of my very favorite philosopher is Michel Serres, who died in 2019. I’m currently finishing his last book, which he rushed to finish on his deathbed, Religion: Rereading What Is Bound Together. It’s is an occult lesson, whether he intended it to be or not.

WHAT OTHER AEWCH EPISODE YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO?
One of Federico’s closest collaborators is a hero of mine and has been on the show: Franco “Bifo” Berardi, who was on AEWCH 83. Bifo and I talked around mysticism, his concept of “breathing” and “potency” and how that relates to the etheric body, and more.

MORE ON FEDERICO
Federico’s other books include The Last Night: Anti-Work, Atheism, Adventure and the co-edited book resistance, What We Are Fighting For: A Radical Collective Manifesto. His website, which features lots of info, links, and a few short blog pieces, is here. Also, my favorite episode of Federico’s podcast is when he talks with his six year-old son, Arturo, about children’s books.

Until next time friends,
Create!
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