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The Vice of Kings

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In today's "post-truth" world, we are becoming inundated with fantasy fictions, "alternate news," and grossly oversimplified (and wildly exaggerated) conspiracy theories that identify cryptocratic power structures ruling our fates. But suppose the truth is both stranger than any fiction and more nuanced and disturbing than any theory? Suppose it is not conspiracy but complicity that creates our world?Beginning as an investigation into the author's childhood inside a closet aristocracy of "progressive" British entrepreneurs, The Vice of Kings uncovers a history both disturbingly personal and shockingly universal. By juxtaposing disc jockey Jimmy Savile's secret cultural, criminal, and political affiliations in the second half of the 20th century with the life and teachings of Aleister Crowley in the first, it uncovers an alarming body of evidence that organized child abuse is not only the dark side of occultism, but the shadowy secret at the heart of culture, both ancient and modern.

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Chapter I: The Grandfather: Alec Horsley, Northern Dairies, the Fabian Society

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CHAPTER I

The Grandfather: Alec Horsley, Northern Dairies, the Fabian Society

“Even though meritocracy is their reliable cover, social stratification was always the Fabians’ real trump suit. Entitlements are another Fabian insertion into the social fabric, even though the idea antedates them, of course.”

—John Taylor Gatto, Underground History of American Education

The first thing that stood out about my family history was my brother's relationship to Jimmy Boyle. My brother first met Boyle at Stevenson College, Edinburgh where Boyle was doing a “Training for Freedom” course, working two days a week at the local community center then returning to Saughton Prison at night. I knew he'd met Boyle via our paternal grandfather, so that was the next logical place to focus, in terms of seeking the beginning of the rot that eventually felled the tree. My brother was the eldest son of the eldest son of my grandfather, so back to the paternal ancestors I would go.

 

Chapter II: A Brief History of Fabianism: Co-Opting the Left and Right

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CHAPTER II

A brief history of Fabianism: co-opting the left and right

“To speak of scientific management in school and society without crediting the influence of the Fabians would do great disservice to truth, but the nature of Fabianism is so complex it raises questions this essay cannot answer. To deal with the Fabians in a brief compass as I'm going to do is to deal necessarily in simplifications in order to see a little how this charming group of scholars, writers, heirs, heiresses, scientists, philosophers, bombazines, gazebos, trust-fund babies, and successful men and women of affairs became the most potent force in the creation of the modern welfare state, distributors of its characteristically dumbed-down version of schooling.”

—John Taylor Gatto, Underground History of American Education

As a child and teenager attending private school, I never had any time for history. I hated school with a passion and experienced its regimentations as suffocating and oppressive. Every class was an ordeal to be endured, and my overall ambition was simply to avoid as much as possible being in any way influenced, shaped, or informed by the “masters” and their regimens. In terms of historical facts, I retained almost nothing of what we were taught in history (just a bit about Mussolini getting the trains to run on time). So for me to be writing a historical work overflowing with names, dates, and events, all of which I fear may be numbing to the reader, and to find my own interest so keen, is ironic, to say the least. But then, a large part of my ennui at school related to my felt sense that what I was being taught was not the real truth.

 

Chapter III: Havelock Ellis, Lolita, and the Sexual Child

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CHAPTER III

Havelock Ellis, Lolita, and the sexual child

“Once again, you need to remember we aren't conspiracy hunting but tracking an idea, like microchipping an eel to see what holes it swims into in case we want to catch it later on.”

—John Taylor Gatto, Underground History of American Education

The link between the Fabian Society and the Paedophile Information Exchange, while unmistakable, is also inconclusive. It's necessary to go further back, to the founding Fabians, to get a better sense of the philosophy which my grandfather embraced.

As far as I can trace it, the Fabian Society (originally the Fellowship of New Life) began with the sexologist Henry Havelock Ellis (some accounts have spiritualist Frank Podmore as the originator). The son of a sea captain, born in Croydon in 1859, Ellis traveled widely in Australia and South America before studying medicine at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London. In 1883, he joined a socialist debating group established by Edith Nesbit and Hubert Bland, and in 1884 the group became known as the Fabian Society. At these meetings, Ellis met Annie Besant, Graham Wallas, George Bernard Shaw, Edward Carpenter, Walter Crane, H. G. Wells, and Sidney and Beatrice Webb.

 

Chapter IV: Progressive Politics and Witchcraft: Brazier's Park, Order of Woodcraft, Common Wealth

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CHAPTER IV

Progressive politics and witchcraft: Brazier's Park, order of Woodcraft, Common Wealth

“Under Socialism, you would not be allowed to be poor. You would be forcibly fed, clothed, lodged, taught, and employed whether you liked it or not. If it were discovered that you had not character and industry enough to be worth all this trouble, you might possibly be executed in a kindly manner; but whilst you were permitted to live, you would have to live well.”

—George Bernard Shaw, The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Socialism and Capitalism

It would be nice if, somehow, I could lay all of this information out as a straightforward, linear narrative; but that would be a little like hoping to put a leash on an octopus. If the connections I am attempting to map were simple, straightforward, and linear, they would already be obvious for all to see. Octopi do not come to heel when called. Of course, there is a danger that, since I am selecting the material in order to show how it is all interconnected, I will create a picture that exists only in my own mind due to my perceptual bias. The only remedy I know of for this is to resist the temptation to emphasize the connections, and focus primarily on the facts that appear to be connected.

 

Chapter V: Progressive Schools: Abbotsholme, Theosophy, Wicca, Grith Fyrd

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CHAPTER V

Progressive schools: Abbotsholme, Theosophy, Wicca, Grith Fyrd

“Darwin made it possible to consider political affairs as a prime instrument of social evolution. Here was a pivotal moment in Western thought, a changing of the guard in which secular purpose replaced religious purpose, long before trashed by the Enlightenment. For the poor, the working classes, and middle classes in the American sense, this change in outlook, lauded by the most influential minds of the nineteenth century, was a catastrophe of titanic proportions, especially for government school children. Children could no longer simply be parents’ darlings. Many were (biologically) a racial menace. The rest had to be thought of as soldiers in genetic combat, the moral equivalent of war. For all but a relative handful of favored families, aspiration was off the board as a scientific proposition. For governments, children could no longer be considered individuals but were regarded as categories, rungs on a biological ladder. Evolutionary science pronounced the majority useless mouths waiting for nature to dispense with entirely. Nature (as expressed through her human agents) was to be understood not as cruel or oppressive but beautifully, functionally purposeful—a neo-pagan perspective to be reflected in the organization and administration of schools.”

 

Chapter VI: Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll, and Dandies: Marianne Faithfull, the Stones, Tom Driberg, and LSE

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CHAPTER VI

Sex, drugs, rock & roll, and Dandies: Marianne Faithfull, the Stones, Tom Driberg, and LSE

“From an evolutionary perspective, schools are the indoctrination phase of a gigantic breeding experiment. Working-class fantasies of ‘self-improvement’ were dismissed from the start as sentimentality that evolutionary theory had no place for.”

—John Taylor Gatto, Underground History of American Education

This work began as an attempt to better understand my older brother's self-destructive path and uncover the poison-roots beneath it. Ironically—or perhaps not—Sebastian was as far from a hippy or a liberal as it's possible to get (though he did once call Jesus a dandy). He mocked granola-crunching hippies, political correctness, and New Age/neoliberal values, and was infinitely more likely to speak fondly of Hitler than to praise Gandhi or Mother Teresa. Does this imply that the Fabian indoctrination didn't take, or that he rebelled against paternal influences by adopting the very inverse values (as so many of us do)? Or does it imply something subtler and more obscure, namely, that the value-set apparently promoted by Fabians, Quakers, Grith Fyrdians, and progressive leftists concealed a very different set of values, and that there was a wolf lurking under the liberal fleece? In fact, dandyism is far more compatible with the “back to nature” aesthetics of the Order of Woodcraft and Grith Fyrd—and with fascism—than might at first be supposed.

 

Chapter VII: Food Control, World Control: Suez Crisis, Northern Dairies, Marks & Spencer

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CHAPTER VII

Food control, world control: Suez Crisis, Northern Dairies, Marks & Spencer

“You needn't carry a card or even have heard the name Fabian to follow the wolf-in-sheep's-clothing flag. Fabianism is mainly a value-system with progressive objectives. Its social club aspect isn't for coalminers, farmers, or steam-fitters. We've all been exposed to many details of the Fabian program without realizing it. In the United States, some organizations heavily influenced by Fabianism are the Ford Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Stanford Research Institute, the Carnegie Endowments, the Aspen Institute, the Wharton School, and RAND. And this short list is illustrative, not complete.”

—John Taylor Gatto, Underground History of American Education

In the early 1950s, Northern Dairies was approached about going public and the firm was approved by the aforementioned Lord Piercy, who then approached Labour MP and Fabian Society member Ian Mikardo. Mackintosh was also represented in the Northern Dairies board, and Alec was “reasonably certain of a successful issue in 1956” (Ounsworth, 1987, p. 10). It was at this point that Alec was approached by the Orthodox Church of Russia to take a team of churchmen to the Soviet Union. “Then came the Northern Dairies share issues in 1956,” Alec writes in his short memoir, “and happily, providence decided that General Nasser would nationalize the Suez Canal on that very day, so demand was not high” (ibid.). I am not well-versed in stock-talk (despite being myself a major shareholder in Northern Foods from the age of eighteen to twenty-four), but what I deduce from this is that, because of the timing of the company going public with an international crisis, there was a flurry of insider trading while the price of shares remained low. “Although all shares were taken up the price hovered around…the same price that our friends and customers the Mackintosh Group had acquired theirs.” Alec adds that “several members of the Mackintosh family actually bought significant quantities of our shares, and a happy relationship has continued to this day” (ibid.).

 

Chapter VIII: Mass Observation and Dance Halls: Jimmy Savile's Beginnings

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CHAPTER VIII

Mass observation and dance halls: Jimmy Savile's beginnings

“[I]t would not be too far out of line to call the twentieth century the Fabian century. One thing is certain: the direction of modern schooling for the bottom 90 percent of our society has followed a largely Fabian design—and the puzzling security and prestige enjoyed at the moment by those who speak of ‘globalism’ and ‘multiculturalism’ are a direct result of heed paid earlier to Fabian prophecies that a welfare state, followed by an intense focus on internationalism, would be the mechanism elevating corporate society over political society, and a necessary precursor to utopia. Fabian theory is the Das Kapital of financial capitalism.”

—John Taylor Gatto, Underground History of American Education

On January 2, 1937 (Northern Dairies’ birth year, again), a British surrealist poet named Charles Madge published a letter in the Fabian magazine New Statesman and Nation. With the title “Anthropology at Home,” the letter announced the formation of a group of writers, painters, and filmmakers committed to social documentation. Soon after, Madge (who was married to poet Kathleen Raine) joined forces with Tom Harrisson, whose poem was “coincidentally” published on the same page as Madge's letter.1 Harrisson was an ornithologist-cum-anthropologist who wrote for The Observer and did intelligence work during WWII.2 They were then joined by the filmmaker, Humphrey Jennings. Jennings had founded the Cambridge literary periodical Experiment in 1928, with two of my grandfather's known cohorts, Jacob Bronowski and Yorkshireman William Empson (who later joined Mass Observation). Jennings worked for Crown Film Unit, a filmmaking propaganda arm of the Ministry of Information, during WWII. Together, these “artists and poets” created an organization dedicated to developing what they called “a science of ourselves.”

 

Chapter IX: Evolutionary Theory and Social Engineering: Richard Acland's Common Wealth

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CHAPTER IX

Evolutionary theory and social engineering: Richard Acland's Common Wealth

“I've neglected to tell you so far about the role stress plays in Fabian evolutionary theory. Just as Hegel taught that history moves faster toward its conclusion by way of warfare, so evolutionary socialists were taught by Hegel to see struggle as the precipitant of evolutionary improvement for the species, a necessary purifier eliminating the weak from the breeding sweepstakes. Society evolves slowly toward ‘social efficiency’ all by itself; society under stress, however, evolves much faster! Thus the deliberate creation of crisis is an important tool of evolutionary socialists. Does that help you understand the government school drama a little better, or the well-publicized doomsday scenarios of environmentalists?”

—John Taylor Gatto, Underground History of American Education

At the beginning of World War II, Norman Glaister and his friends joined Common Wealth, the new political party formed by Sir Richard Acland. Acland began as a “junior whip” for the Liberals. His politics apparently changed course and, in 1942, he broke from the Liberals to found Common Wealth with J. B. Priestley, thereby opposing the coalition between the major parties (see Acland, 1981). He helped form the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in 1957, of which my grandfather was a cofounder and, according to family history, helped design the famous Peace symbol that would be adopted by the counterculture. Common Wealth's interest in optimizing social organization consistent with its principles also led it to develop close links with the School of Integrative Social Research at Braziers Park.1 But we know all this.

 

Chapter X: The Gates of Hell: MKULTRA, Robert Graves, William Sargant, and Wasson's Magic Mushroom

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The Gates of Hell: MKULTRA, Robert Graves, William Sargant, and Wasson's Magic Mushroom

“Fabianism was a principal force and inspiration behind all major school legislation of the first half of the twentieth century. And it will doubtless continue to be in the twenty-first. [T]he ‘purpose of education’ was to supply the teacher with ‘fundamentals of an everlasting faith as broad as human nature and as deep as the life of the race.’”

—John Taylor Gatto, Underground History of American Education

All of this inevitably conjures associations with the CIA's notorious mind control program of the 1950s and beyond, MKULTRA. In case anyone is unfamiliar with this subject (or only aware of it via Hollywood product such as Conspiracy Theory, The Bourne Identity, or American Ultra), MKULTRA is the codename given to a program of experiments on human subjects, at times illegal, designed and undertaken by the CIA for a number of reasons, including developing drugs and procedures to force confessions through mind control. Organized through the Scientific Intelligence Division of the CIA, the project coordinated with the Special Operations Division of the US Army's Chemical Corps. It began in the early 1950s, was officially sanctioned in 1953, reduced in scope in 1964, further curtailed in 1967, and officially halted in 1973. The program engaged in many illegal activities, including the use of unwitting US and Canadian citizens as its test subjects. MKULTRA research included at least 80 institutions, 44 colleges and universities, as well as hospitals, prisons, and pharmaceutical companies. The CIA operated through these institutions using front organizations, although sometimes top officials at these institutions were aware of the CIA's involvement. The program consisted of some 149 subprojects which the Agency contracted out to various universities, research foundations, and similar institutions. At least 80 institutions and 185 private researchers participated. Most of the official records were destroyed in 1973 by order of then CIA director Richard Helms.1

 

Chapter XI: A Scientific Outlook: Congress for Cultural Freedom, Bertrand Russell, William Empson, and the New Criticism

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CHAPTER XI

A Scientific Outlook: Congress for Cultural Freedom, Bertrand Russell, William Empson, and the New Criticism

“The state not only had a vested interest in becoming an active agent of evolution, it could not help but become one, willy-nilly. Fabians set out to write a sensible evolutionary agenda when they entered the political arena. Once this biopolitical connection is recognized, the past, present, and future of this seemingly bumbling movement takes on a formidable coherence. Under the dottiness, lovability, intelligence, high social position, and genuine goodness of some of their works, the system held out as humanitarian by Fabians is grotesquely deceptive; in reality, Fabian compassion masks a real aloofness to humanity. It is purely an intellectual project in scientific management.”

—John Taylor Gatto, Underground History of American Education

According to a citation-free source which is possibly apocryphal, another of Graves's affiliations was with a late-night drinking circle at Oxford consisting of poets and occultists, some but not all of whom were contributing writers for Alfred Orage's magazine The New Age. This latter is worth a brief mention. It began as a journal of Christian liberalism and socialism before being reoriented to promote the ideas of Nietzsche and Fabian socialism. It famously published a debate on the role of private property, with H. G. Wells and G. B. Shaw on one side, and G. K. Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc on the other. It also discussed the need for a socialist party as distinct from the newly formed Labour Party. The editorial line moved from initial support to bitter opposition over the issue of women's rights in 1912. As The New Age moved away from Fabian politics, the leading Fabians founded The New Statesman and Nation to counter its effects, in 1913. The New Age also concerned itself with the definition and development of modernism in the visual arts, literature, and music, and consistently observed, reviewed and contributed to the activities of this movement. It also became one of the first places in England in which Sigmund Freud's ideas were publicly discussed.

 

Chapter XII: Tentacles Across the Ocean: Edward House, Woodrow Wilson, the Council on Foreign Relations

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CHAPTER XII

Tentacles across the ocean: Edward House, Woodrow Wilson, the Council on Foreign Relations

“As trusty Fabian Socialists, frequently wearing the ‘liberal’ or ‘progressive’ label, established themselves gradually, firmly and increasingly in the professions, literature and popular journalism; in higher education and research; in reform movements, labor union leadership, politics and government service, they trained and carried their successors along with them. Thus the movement for ‘peaceful’ social revolution in the United States expanded, becoming ever more diffuse and more difficult to pinpoint, until it assumed the aspect of a nationwide fraternity with a largely secret membership held together by invisible ties of ideology.”

—Rose L. Martin, Fabian Freeway

One obvious question at this juncture is, how influential can Fabianism have been in the shaping of world history when most people have never heard of it—or if they have, would be hard-pressed to say what it is? Ironically, Fabian influence seems dependent on a degree of historical invisibility or apparent marginality. I am aware that this is rather like the skeptics’ trope about how conspiracy theorists claim that a lack of evidence is itself proof of conspiracy. Of course this is absurd, and in my experience it's generally a straw man argument, meant to discredit a claim without really addressing it. While lack of evidence of a conspiracy obviously does not suggest a conspiracy, evidence that certain key individuals, ideas, and events have been highly influential in world history, and have been downplayed almost out of existence by the history books, does indicate a conspiratorial element at work. This appears to be very much the case with Fabianism—the very meaning of which is incremental (hence largely invisible) change.

 

Chapter XIII: Jimmy's Kingdom: LSE, NHS, and the Beginnings of Psychiatric Social Work and Child Care

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CHAPTER XIII

Jimmy's Kingdom: LSE, NHS, and the beginnings of psychiatric social work and child care

“These ‘educational missionaries’ spoke of schools as if they were monasteries. By limiting the idea of education to formal school instruction, the public gradually lost sight of what the real thing was. The questions these specialists disputed were as irrelevant to real people as the disputes of medieval divines; there was about their writing a condescension for public concerns, for them ‘the whole range of education had become an instrument of deliberate social purpose’ [emphasis added].”

—John Taylor Gatto, Underground History of American Education

As a possibly last series of connections to map, I am returning to Robert Graves's buddy William Sargant, who worked at St Thomas’ Hospital from 1948 to the end of his career as head of the department of psychological medicine. In 1962, Sargant found himself a new assistant in one David Owen, a neurology and psychiatric registrar who had only just qualified as a doctor. Two years prior to becoming Sargant's assistant, Owen had joined the Vauxhall branch of the Labour Party and the Fabian Society. Before that, Owen studied at Mount House School, Tavistock, an English town written about by Arthur Conan Doyle and Neal Stephenson. Tavistock is tied from late medieval times with the Russells, the family name of the Earls of Bedford and, since 1694, the Dukes of Bedford (the same family Bertrand belonged to). The second title of the Duke of Bedford is the Marquess of Tavistock. The importance of this Devon town to the Russell family fortunes is attributed in part to its hinterland and the minerals beneath it, and the Russell family is said to retain considerable interests in the locality. According to writer David Livingstone, the Tavistock Institute took its name from Bertrand Russell's cousin Herbrand, the 11th Duke of Bedford/Marquess of Tavistock. It is this Russell family connection through the Bedford Estates which gives the name (by ownership) to Russell Square and Tavistock Square in London, home to the Tavistock Clinic. Tavistock Square was also the location of the exploding bus of 7/7/2005, the last bomb to go off in an alleged series of coordinated “terrorist” attacks in central London using the public transport system during rush hour.

 

Chapter XIV: Strategy of Wolves: UK Child Care System as Sex Abuse Network

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CHAPTER XIV

Strategy of wolves: UK child care system as sex abuse network

“Tavistock underwrites or has intimate relations with thirty research institutions in the United States, all of which at one time or another have taken a player's hand in the shaping of American schooling.”

—John Taylor Gatto, Underground History of American Education

Is it really possible that Savile's predations of various care homes and psychiatric institutions were facilitated by Lord David Owen, Labour MP, not merely out of some sleazy tit-for-tat, but as part of a decades-long, multinational agenda (related to Owen's former boss William Sargant, and thence to MKULTRA) involving the deliberate sexual abuse of children as both a form of dark research/experimentation and a fully operational social engineering program, dating at least as far back as Havelock Ellis and the formation of the Fabian Society? If the answer is no, is it really possible that all of this is just “coincidence”? If the answer is again no, what does that leave? Is there a middle ground between “all a plot” and “just coincidence”?

 

Chapter XV: Child Abuse as Sex Magick and Sexual Research: Aleister Crowley, Margaret Mead, Alfred Kinsey

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Child abuse as sex magick and sexual research: Aleister Crowley, Margaret Mead, Alfred Kinsey

“For that group, the book of books was Davidson's History of Education. William James called its author a “knight-errant of the intellectual life,” an “exuberant polymath.”…Its purpose was to dignify a newly self-conscious profession called Education. Its argument, a heady distillation of conclusions from Social Darwinism, claimed that modern education was a cosmic force leading mankind to full realization of itself.”

—John Taylor Gatto, Underground History of American Education

An Evening Standard report from 1994 regarding the Islington care home child abuse wrote that, “For years a group of gay social work academics were able to abuse young boys with terrifying ease shielded—unwittingly—by colleagues who didn't dare challenge their views on child-sexuality for fear of appearing anti-liberal.” They described Scotland Yard's Obscene Publications Squad as “investigating a network of gay intellectuals who are believed to have run child sex rings for decades through schools and children's homes” (Payne & Fairweather, 1994).

 

Chapter XVI: World Process: Kinderladen, Paedophile Information Exchange, and Labour

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CHAPTER XVI

World process: Kinderladen, Paedophile Information Exchange, and Labour

“My endeavor has been to present education as the last and highest form of evolution…. By placing education in relation to the whole process of evolution, as its highest form, I have hoped to impart to it a dignity which it could hardly otherwise receive or claim…when it is recognized to be the highest phase of the world-process. “World process” here is an echo of Kant and Hegel, and for the teacher to be the chief agent in that process, both it and he assumes a very different aspect.”

—Thomas Davidson, History of Education

Returning to the twentieth-century history of homosexuality, the Homosexual Law Reform Society was founded in Britain in 1958, publicly supported by Clement Attlee, Isaiah Berlin, Julian Huxley, J. B. Priestley, and Bertrand Russell, among others, with members including Victor Gollancz, Stephen Spender, MP Kenneth Younger, and the aforementioned Antony Grey. Most of the founders were not homosexual, at least openly. That same year, a related charity, the Albany Trust, was set up, using J. B. Priestley's apartment for its first meetings (Grey joined in 1962). The following year, in 1959, the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of the First Amendment rights of a gay and lesbian magazine, marking the first ruling on a case involving homosexuality. UK's ITV, at the time the only national commercial broadcaster, broadcast the first gay drama, South, starring Peter Wyngarde.

 

Chapter XVII: A Master Key: Northern Foods, MI5, Groucho Club, Lord Haskins

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CHAPTER XVII

A master key: Northern Foods, MI5, Groucho Club, Lord Haskins

“Here is the intellectual and emotional antecedent of ‘creation spirituality,’ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin's assertion that evolution has become a spiritual inevitability in our time. Suddenly mere schooling found itself elevated from its petty, despised position on the periphery of the known universe into an intimate involvement in the cosmic destiny of man, a master key too important to be left to parents.”

—John Taylor Gatto, Underground History of American Education

So where does all this leave me? Do I think my grandparents, my uncles and aunts, my father, were involved in/victims of the sexual abuse of children disguised as sociological research and/or radical leftist reform? Or simply that they were that way inclined? Or was my grandfather only trying to brush shoulders with those people and groups he recognized as having the power and influence that he so desperately coveted for himself? And at what point does the line, once reached, get crossed?

 

Chapter XVIII: A Lamb Among Wolves: Richard Dawkins, Gore Vidal, the Secret of Secrets

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CHAPTER XVIII

A Lamb among Wolves: Richard Dawkins, Gore Vidal, the Secret of Secrets

“The loss of the religious understanding of the human condition—that Man is a fallen creature for whom virtue is necessary but never fully attainable—is a loss, not a gain, in true sophistication. The secular substitute—the belief in the perfection of life on earth by the endless extension of a choice of pleasures—is not merely callow by comparison but much less realistic in its understanding of human nature.”

—Theodore Dalrymple, Our Culture, What's Left of It

My grandfather sent all of his children to school at extremely young ages. My father was sent away at five, and his youngest sister, Gilda (the only other family member to suffer from the degenerative disease), was sent away at age three. I have looked into the schools but found no evidence of any direct affiliation with Fabian agendas, or with any kind of child abuse. But then, if John Taylor Gatto is right, education itself was a Fabian agenda; and in those days, people had a very different idea of abuse. Add to that the possibility that sexual interference with children may be an unacknowledged, intrinsic part of British schooling, particularly for the upper classes, then while the gun may not be smoking, there's definitely an echo of a shot.

 

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