THE RPSTOVAL REVIEW
ISSUE #2 FEBRUARY\MARCH 1991 $1.50 U.S.
THE WAR ON HYPE
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
"For the first time this century, a war is being fought on
American soil." So goes the advertisement for a new television
series about the War on Drugs. And they are right. The United
States Government is literally waging a war against its own
citizens, involving the military as well as the local police,
complete with all the trappings. These include widespread civil
rights abuses, financed by massive spending of taxpayer dollars
and justified by patriotic fervor and moral fanaticism.
The supposed "enemy" of the people is no more than an icon for
everyone to rally against -- DRUGS (shudder). Mere mention of
the word DRUGS now carries negative connotations, even though
asprin and pennicilin are also drugs. It is interesting,
however, that tobacco, alcohol, and caffeine, all highly
addictive and arguably more dangerous than substances such as
marijuana and LSD, are not counted as DRUGS in this war.
The government has apparently succeeded in making DRUGS the
convenient scapegoat to take notice away from the real domestic
problems which they created in the first place. A good example
of this is the increasing gang problem in the nation's cities.
Every newscast is careful to mention that DRUGS are behind the
gangs, and immediately the prejudices of the audience are brought
to bear against anyone involved. They are now seen as just a
bunch of addicts, junkies, pushers, etc. -- no longer human
beings. The pervasive attitude is "there is nothing we can do
while they are in the grip of the horrible evil DRUGS!"
Chief Daryl Gates of the Los Angeles Police Department has gone
so far as to describe gangs as widespread "significant organized
crime units" comprising a nationwide drug distribution network
(Los Angeles Times, 20 January 1990). We already know how
unbiased and professional Gates' view of the problem really is
(see "Little Napoleon Award" in this issue). Such conspiracy
theories are eagerly seized upon by the media to create mass
hysteria and prioritize the DRUG problem, diverting our attention
from the real issues.
Drugs are an effect of the gang phenomenon, not the cause.
Nobody mentions the factors of extreme poverty, segregation,
discrimination and oppression in the urban environment which
alienates young people. Within the ghettos, there is not much
hope for a kid to "become someone", gain any status in the white
middle-class world. And so they begin to form cultural enclaves,
miniature societies with their own power structures and status
devices. The gang offers brotherhood and self-esteem, uniting
the downtrodden against public oppression and police brutality.
This fact is slowly becoming realized among a minority of law
enforcement officials and politicians. Los Angeles County
Sheriff Sherman Block recently stated that the commonly-held
position that drugs are the primary motivator for gang violence
is nothing more than a misconception (Los Angeles Times, 20
January 1990: article entitled "Drugs Not Main Cause for Gangs,
Sheriff Says" is highly recommended).
The gang outlaws, uneducated and unwanted by employers, must
resort to underground economies in order to survive. In the time
of prohibition, bootlegging moonshine became a profitable
venture. Gambling and prostitution have also flourised where
their suppression was heaviest. But today the government has
made drugs into the most lucrative enterprise of all. The more
severe the crackdown, the more scarce the drugs become, driving
prices sky-high. More profits encourage the illicit drug
business while increased risk breeds more violent crime.
Although skirmishes are being fought in the streets and at the
borders, clearly the main front of the War on Drugs is in the
minds of the people. The battle lines have been drawn in the
schools and on our television sets. The targets here are the
impressionable young and captive audiences. Not only does every
kid have to go to school, but every one wants to watch T.V. as
well, and thus the "one-two punch" is delivered.
These media presentations are often entirely false, unscientific,
and illogical. For example, much is said about the dangers of
"gateway" drugs. The argument is that although drugs such as
marijuana are not very dangerous in themselves, experimentation
with them always leads to the use of addicting drugs such as
heroin. The evidence cited to support this claim are statements
such as "the majority of addicts started out by using marijuana".
They also started out by drinking mother's milk, but nobody's
trying to ban breast-feeding! Attempting to prove a hypothesis
in this manner is just plain stupid. Just because all pregnant
women breathe, doesn't mean that breathing causes pregnancy!
This fallacy is well-known to students of logic, and yet it is
constantly used by scientists and teachers, then irresponsibly
disseminated by the media, and commonly accepted by the vast
majority of the population who never think to question what
they've been told by the "experts" on T.V.
Such false education only serves to contribute to serious drug
problems. When children experiment for the first time with
marijuana, they inevitably find out that it does not harm or
derange them in the slightest, contrary to what their parents,
teachers, and all of society (as perceived through television and
other mass media) have told them. Now they learn not to trust
any information they have been given about drugs, since most of
it is lies. So the few bits of valuable advice, such as warnings
about the dangers of addiction, are ignored.
"Just Say No" is the latest slogan. It is hip, it is
fashionable, it is cool, they would have us believe. The nature
of it is limiting. "Don't ask for information, don't bother to
get educated, don't consider science... Just Say No!"
We must realize that we are constantly being manipulated and fed
misinformation on issues ranging from the AIDS crisis to the
Middle East conflict, through the news media and popular
entertainment, in order to create a uniform American opinion
controlled by the wealthy White Christian heterosexual males at
the top of the corporate power structure. The motivation behind
this control is pure commercialism. Enormous profit comes with
the ability to excite the entire population into a marketable
hysteria, as is evidenced by television programs such as
The real danger is that we are being robbed of our freedom
without even having the chance to struggle, due to this
brainwashing. In suppressive countries such as the Soviet Union,
Poland, South Africa, and the United States until recently, the
citizens knew that the government was merely spouting propaganda,
and we protested against it. The governments' only weapon was
physical suppression, as if that would make the problem go away.
Now they are far more subtle, as they realize the way to truly
make the problem go away is to control then minds of the people.
Don't be complacent and think that you are immune. The fight for
freedom begins in your own mind.
Love is the law, love under will.
Semper Lucem Quaerebo
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A NEW THOUGHT FOR A NEW WORLD
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
At the present time the increase of crime and gang related crimes
is rising at an incredible pace. The law enforcement agencies do
not know how to handle this problem, and they are even less
willing to do the things necessary to keep the problem from
escalating. Instead they are creating job opportunities for
criminals by outlawing drugs and guns. By outlawing abortions
they will open up yet another lucrative business for the criminal
while they turn decent women and doctors into delinquents.
What is it that brings people together to form a gang? People
are fraternal creatures. We seek to unite with others that share
the same opinions, morals, religion, goals, etc. The reason
gangs are formed is simple. The problem reflects the need to be
accepted into a group of people who will make them feel worthy
and needed, while at the same time punishing those they feel to
be responsible for not having given them a chance to succeed in
We no longer depend on our neighbors for our well being.
Instead, we pay several hundreds of government backed
organizations millions of tax dollars a year to fulfill the
function that the individuals of the community should be handling
for themselves. And to make matters worse these organizations
more often than not show poor results in their objectives. This
is because tax dollars go to other causes which benefit those in
power. The rich keep getting richer and the poor keep getting
poorer. It's an old story.
This is not to say that the politician has done this without our
approval. After much television campaigning and media brainwash
we put them in office, where they dictate how we are to live,
what we are to watch and listen to, and even how to love. What
if this politician was not needed?
We as a people have become somewhat lazy in our survival. The
only thing we see anymore is the almighty dollar and the pursuit
of the "American dream", thereby leaving very little time to the
welfare of ourselves and of our neighbors. Instead, we depend on
these organizations too much for our own good. As a result, we
have lost our sense of self worth, and have left the work that
the members of the community should do in the hands of those who
do not have to live in them.
The only way which I see that we can return the pride to the
people is for the people to do their own work, thereby bringing
that sense of brotherhood and belonging back to the people of the
community. Of course this idea will be opposed by those in
government. They don't want to be out of work, after all, as
they are after the "American dream" also.
This great country was built by those who understood that we had
to work together to achieve our goals, not by overpaying some one
else to do it. If this country ever readapts these methods of
community participation we will see a decline in gang violence &
crime; a decrease in homelessness, and an increase in American
pride and brotherhood. But this will not happen so easily.
First we must return to the basics. We must return the power to
the people. The people must then realize that when one in their
community has accomplished something they all have, and that they
are all responsible for the evolution of their community. This
solution will not only reduce gang related crime and violence, it
will put to rest several problems which plague our society at the
present time. The rest is up to us.
For more on building a better society read Crowley's "Duty" and
"Liber Oz". "Duty" will explain how to live a Thelemic lifestyle
and how to help others also enjoy the fruits of Thelema. This
will give you a great deal of insight on the proper way to live
in harmony with Nature. "Liber Oz" is, for most people, a little
hard to swallow unless you understand its implication. It is the
rights of Man, plain and simple.
Most who oppose this Law have very little background in history.
All battles have been fought either because some one had been
denied one or more of the rights listed in OZ, or because one or
more of them had been violated. Man does kill those who thwart
these rights. This is nothing new, but simply explains the
nature of man and the reasons man goes to war. Liber Oz is the
Law of Thelema, and those who do not accept it are not
"If the people lead the leaders must follow."
Love is the law, love under will.
LITTLE NAPOLEON AWARD
This award is dedicated to those whose vision of greatness and
power has led them away from all that is just, right and good.
Remember when your parents tried to make you believe that when
you were in danger you should always seek a policeman? They made
law enforcement agents look like angels who could do no wrong. I
wonder how many children today look up at police officers waiting
for the day that they too can "protect and serve". On Sept 6th
1990 Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl Gates announced before a
congressional committee that he felt "casual drug users should be
taken out and shot". He later declined the opportunity to
retract his statement when a reporter asked him if he was
serious. I wonder how many psycho vigilante right winger
fundamentalist rednecks are cleaning their gun barrels now,
waiting for the opportunity to snuff out their neighbor while he
enjoys an after dinner joint with his wife. I wonder how many
casual drug users he thinks are robbing or killing others for
their grass. Maybe it's because he is loosing the make believe
"drug war" that he has decided to turn the populace against the
most nonresistant drug user, one who is docile, anti-violent,
respected. I wonder if he is going to take responsibility for
any repercussion he may cause to the innocent. I wonder if he
thinks his son should be shot too, since he has been in and out
of jail and detox centers for a decade.
By Frater W.I.T.
People in the Ordo Templi Orientis and others of like mind use
the word "Thelema" in many different ways. We all call ourselves
Thelemites. What the hell is Thelema? Well, I'll tell you.
It is more than a religion, more than a philosophy. It's a whole
new set of underlying assumptions about how the universe works
and what is humanity's relationship to it.
Many religions today view the universe as absolute and static.
There is right and wrong with no gray areas. Human beings are
viewed as helpless, essentially sinful creatures lost in
darkness. Our only hope lies with the ministrations of religious
To us Thelemites this is BULLSHIT! We view the universe as a
free and elastic place. There is room for all sorts of things,
all types of life. Reality is ultimately malleable with no
absolutes. As The Book of the Law, our Holy Book, says:
"Existence is pure joy."
As humans we are gods, all of us! "Every man and every woman is a
star." "There is no god but man (human)." We determine our
destiny and we don't need a minister to tell us what to do.
Every human being on the face of the earth is truly a source of
Life and Light, being in essence a True Will which is one with
Universal Will. This True Will can guide each of us in the way
of life perfectly suited to our natures whether it be the way of
material pursuits, spiritual enlightenment, homosexuality,
worship of God or Goddess, whatever. Each person is the only one
capable of discovering and doing his or her True Will and so
everyone is worthy of respect.
With this understanding, our favorite motto, Do what thou wilt
shall be the whole of the Law, becomes sensible. It is the
declaration of human independence. It is the canon of
righteousness and truth.
The central concept of this statement is True Will as described
above. It is universal in nature and specific to each human
being. Nowhere does the word "want" appear in that sentence.
"Will" has little to do with "want" although "want" may provide a
clue to the nature of "Will". Each Thelemite is to discover
exactly his or her own inner nature, in every detail, and express
the patterns of that essence to the world: to do his or her True
Will and nothing else. Anything else would only be a pain and a
If everyone consciously followed their own True Will then there
would be paradise and perfection all over the world. I dream of
the day when a Christian, a Moslem, a Jew, and a Thelemite can
all live on the same street in peace and tolerance. It can
"Okay, so how the hell do I discover my True Will? My
personality is damn confused!" There are many exalted and
mystical practices around and mysterious systems of psychic
development abound. Do any of them work? Maybe, but here's a
simple start. Be honest with yourself. How do you truly feel
deep down in your heart of hearts about this issue or that
person, this religion or that event. Deep down is where your
True Will lies and it's always trying to reach the surface. All
you have to do is really listen to yourself.
Only by respect and tolerance can we come to terms with ourselves
and be able to heal the planet, end world hunger, end tyranny,
etc. It can happen.
THE SHIT LIST...REDEEMED!
This space is usually reserved for a list of companies which have
given in to tyranny and oppression from special interest groups
who are opposed to freedom. Happily, however, there are a few
corporations out there which stand up to this mistreatment and
continue to support the cause of liberty.
This month we honor the Dayton-Hudson Corporation, which owns the
successful Hudson department store chain in the midwest and runs
the following local stores:
Dayton-Hudson was under extreme pressure from Christian
fundamentalist groups to cancel their financial support of
Planned Parenthood's sex education and counseling programs. The
ever-vigilant editors of the RPSTOVAL REVIEW watched this story
carefully to see if yet another business would fall to the forces
of ignorance and oppression. We are happy to report that they
did not, and the funding of this important service continues.
We find it ludicrous that fundamentalist groups are opposed to
abortion and birth control while at the same time insisting that
the population be kept in the dark about the dangers and
responsibilities of sex. This kind of medieval thinking is
socially detrimental and downright dangerous in these times of
increasing teenage pregnancy and the epidemic spread of the AIDS
Apparently Dayton-Hudson agrees with us and we applaud their
decision to encourage free choice. One way to show your support
for such responsible corporate thinking is to patronize the
stores listed above. While you are shopping, fill out a comment
card expressing your approval of Dayton-Hudson's pro-choice
stance and continued funding of Planned Parenthood. With our
purchasing power, we can make a difference in the minds at the
GO ASK ALICE
It is our intent to use this column to answer personal,
political, social, and Magickal questions as applied to a
Thelemic viewpoint. Readers are encouraged to ask questions, but
the policy of the RPSTOVAL REVIEW is to promote the exchange of
ideas based on free thought. Letters to Alice can be addressed
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This month's letter comes to us from Los Angeles, California:
I've been involved with the O.T.O. for some time now and feel
that the time is now right to share that with my family. However,
they are extremely religious (Catholic, what else?) and will not
easily understand my decision. What would be a simple, clear way
to explain the O.T.O. and Thelema to them?
-- Self Misunderstood
Dear Self Misunderstood,
You have stated that you feel the time is right; however, your
insecurities seem to indicate otherwise. I would start out by
finding out why I was compelled to tell them in the first place,
but since you've asked I will have to do better than that. Here
are a few things to think about. Alot of people I personally
know refrain from telling anyone they are in the O.T.O. because
they feel that the Order's connection to Crowley will somehow
damage their reputation or credibility. Start by assuring your
family that you too are very religious and that your religious
views have changed since you were a child. Then, describe
Thelema. The connection to Crowley isn't as noticeable. They
should be proud of the fact that their child has grown up to be
such a self-reliant, free thinking, intelligent human being. If
they act disappointed in you, neutralize the situation by acting
as though you were SURE that they would have been proud of you.
I hope that this has helped you...I remember being in your very
Our Holy Book tells us that eating and drinking are Sacraments
unto the Goddess. Therefore, we have created this column to
bring you exotic dishes and drinks from exotic places. This
space is dedicated to making this form of worship a pleasant
(an Indian dish)
by Soror Alice
If you like Eastern cuisine you'll love this recipe. It
resembles a Mexican empanada, in that it has a crunchy shell.
Serve over a rice pilaf.
2 cups of cauliflower (cut into small
1 cup of peas
1 cup white flower
1 cup whole wheat flower
1/3 cup of butter or margarine
1 minced green chili
1 1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of cumin seeds
1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon of turmeric
1/4 teaspoon of hing (found in Indian
1 tablespoon garam masala (ground
Coriander, Cumin, and Ginger)
1 teaspoon of coriander powder
THE STUFFING: Put cauliflower and peas into the same pan and
steam until VERY tender. In a frying pan put about 3 tablespoons
of vegetable shortening and add to it the green chili, mustard
seeds, and cumin seeds. When things start to crackle and pop add
the turmeric and hing. Add the steamed vegetables and the rest
of the spices on the list. Mash this mixture and cook over
medium heat until its texture resembles mashed potatoes. This
takes about 20 minutes. Put aside and allow to cool.
THE DOUGH: Mix both flours with 1/3 cup of butter. Add about 1/2
cup of water, or enough to make a rollable dough. Roll dough
into twelve balls and roll each one into a five inch circle. Cut
circles in half. Fold the half-circle in half and seal the two
ends together. Put 1 tablespoon of stuffing into each piece and
seal opening tightly enough to endure frying. Heat shortening
until it is medium hot and add samosas. Fry for 15 to 20
minutes, stirring and turning over occasionally. This will make
And remember: "A man's castle is in his stomach".
"Practical Sigil Magic"
by Frater U.D.
1990 Llewellyn Publications
While some Thelemites might find the author strongly opinionated,
the dogmatic aspects of the "pragmatic" philosophy come so close
to the Thelemic network that it demands respect and appreciation
for the author as well as his work. Practical Sigil Magic is a
comprehensive work explaining in a very easy to understand
language the mechanics of the mind, and how Sigil Magick has
become the preferred method by which Magicians do their work.
Drawing on a work by Austin Osman Spare, Frater U.D. discloses
the mysterious "Alphabet of Desire" and the methods by which the
Magician can create a talisman, charge it, and banish within a
few minutes. All without the use of correspondences or archaic
languages which require memorization or reference. Although
Practical Sigil Magic appears to have been written for the
lackadaisical novice, it provides the experienced Magician with a
very little known method by which to access the subconscious mind
and execute specific commands. Frater U.D.'s command of the
English language and the large easy-to-read type makes this a
book worthy of applause. A MUST for every serious student of
Magick, specially for those who use Sigils and Tantra in their
Work. I wouldn't be surprised or disappointed if we saw many
more works from this author in the future.
-- Reviewed by Frater S.K.
We'd like to offer a warm welcome and a big 93 to our newest
members Sis, Nek, Athena, and Mardin. They were initiated into
our Holy Order October 6th in San Diego by members of RPSTOVAL
and LVX CAMPS. We are quite happy to finally have a group of
O.T.O. Initiates in San Diego! Keep your eyes on these guys
folks, they're a enthusiastic bunch!
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