Sunday, November 18, 2018

Brazilian Foreign Policy: From Marxism to Occultism


Brazilian Foreign Policy: From Marxism to Occultism

How to Understand the New Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo, His Guenonian Faith and His Misinterpretation about Spiritual Influences on Trump

By Julio Severo
“To try to understand Trump, you should read the traditionalist master René Guénon, a major influence on Steve Bannon, former chief strategist of the White House and still central in the movement that brought Trump to the presidency.” — Ernesto Araujo, new Brazilian foreign minister.
After years of socialism in the Brazilian foreign policy, at last a Brazilian diplomat has come to fulfill right-wingers’ expectations of reshaping it. He is Ernesto Henrique Fraga Araujo, 51, who according to Bloomberg is a “staunch anti-communist and pro-Christian diplomat.”
Brazilian Guenonian philosopher Olavo de Carvalho and Ernesto Araújo
At the first glance, his appointment could be interpreted as a result of prayers and of the massive conservative wave sweeping Brazil that eventually gave the Brazilian presidency to Jair Bolsonaro. This wave is predominantly evangelical, according to U.S. and Israeli reports.
Yet, a closer look reveals that his appointment was not an answer to prayers, and he is not connected to the evangelical conservative wave. The fact is that he is connected to an occultist movement that, by using a traditionalist and anticommunist speech, has been penetrating and parasitizing the Catholic Church.
If it was not the massive conservative evangelical wave that brought Araujo to the Brazilian foreign ministry, who did it?
The important question now is what are the spiritual influences in the man who will influence and change the Brazilian foreign policy.
A November 14, 2018 headline in the Brazilian newspaper Folha de S. Paulo says, “Novo chanceler, Ernesto Araújo foi indicado por Olavo de Carvalho” (New foreign minister, Ernesto Araújo was recommended by Olavo de Carvalho).
Eduardo Bolsonaro and Steve Bannon
On his Facebook page, Eduardo Bolsonaro, son of the Brazilian president, confirmed that “the name of Ambassador Ernesto Araújo was suggested by Olavo de Carvalho.” In fact, Araujo was a student of Carvalho.
Three months ago, Eduardo Bolsonaro met Steve Bannon in New York, saying on his Twitter account that Bannon is “an enthusiast of Bolsonaro’s campaign and we are certainly in touch to join forces,” adding that “we share the same worldview.”
Bannon is an adherent of the Islamic occultist René Guénon. Carvalho has been, for decades in Brazil, a promoter of Guénon. Not surprisingly, Araujo, writing in a Brazilian diplomatic magazine, “praised” Trump praising what he calls “master” René Guénon. In his article titled “Trump e o Ocidente” (Trump and the West), published in the magazine Cadernos de Política Exterior by the International Affairs Research Institute, Araujo said,
To try to understand Trump… you should read… the traditionalist master René Guénon (a major influence on Steve Bannon, former chief strategist of the White House and still central in the movement that brought Trump to the presidency). Guénon, writing in the 1920s, believed that the modern West had completely distanced itself from “tradition” (the spiritual core of all civilizations and which manifests itself differently, but consistently in each of them), becoming a well of materialism and ignorance, whose only principle is the denial of any spirituality.
A Frenchman converted to Islam and living in Egypt, Guénon believed that only Christianity, and specifically Catholicism, could perhaps regain a minimum of spirituality in the West and save it from complete annihilation in a deep dark age, because only the Catholic Church, according to him, preserved — although latent and incomprehensible by itself — the elements of the great tradition.
It’s impossible not to hear Guenonian echoes in Trump.
I only know Guénon because of the propaganda that Carvalho has been doing for him for years in Brazil. Without such propaganda, Araujo and I would never have heard about the unknown Islamic occultist. Even so, I heard no “Guenonian echoes” in Trump. How could Araujo hear them?
If Liberation Theology Catholics can hear Marxist echoes even in Jesus Christ and His Gospel, effectively hijacking His message, how could not other opportunists do the same with Jesus Christ, Trump and others? It is impossible not to see the same opportunism in Guenonians.
The first question is: what is a diplomat doing by introducing an Islamic occultist in a diplomatic magazine published by Itamaraty, the Brazilian Foreign Ministry?
Other issues also appear. Araujo said that Guénon is “a major influence on Steve Bannon, former chief strategist of the White House and still central in the movement that brought Trump to the presidency.”
He is right in saying that Guénon is a major influence on Bannon — as he is a major influence on Araujo and his master Carvalho. But he is obviously ill-informed when he says that Bannon is central in the movement that brought Trump to the U.S. presidency. In fact, Bannon was fired exactly because he tried to make appear that he was central to Trump’s victory! In his public message about Bannon, Trump said,
Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind. Steve was a staffer who worked for me after I had already won the nomination by defeating seventeen candidates…
Now that he is on his own, Steve is learning that winning isn’t as easy as I make it look. Steve had very little to do with our historic victory… Steve doesn’t represent my base—he’s only in it for himself.
Steve pretends to be at war with the media, which he calls the opposition party, yet he spent his time at the White House leaking false information to the media to make himself seem far more important than he was. It is the only thing he does well. Steve was rarely in a one-on-one meeting with me and only pretends to have had influence to fool a few people with no access and no clue, whom he helped write phony books.
Contrary to Araujo’s imaginary conclusion, Trump made it very clear that Bannon was not central to his victory. There was a massive movement that brought Trump to the U.S. presidency, but it was not occultist. It was evangelical. Evangelicals were Trump’s main base. Evangelicals, not Bannon or Guénon, were central for Trump’s victory. Araujo left out this important information. And, by the way, evangelicals were also central to Bolsonaro’s victory in Brazil, but adherents of Guénon — from Carvalho to Araujo — deny this reality, and just as Bannon did, they portray themselves as central to Bolsonaro’s victory.
Araujo sees Guénon guiding Trump and his ideas, even though Trump is an evangelical and has never praised Guénon. How not see Guénon guiding Araujo and his ideas, when he very clearly exalts Guénon as a “master” and talks about traditionalism just as adherents of Guénon do?
The bibliography of “Trump and the West” has Guénon and Julius Evola as the main foundation for Araujo’s defense of “traditionalism” and the West. He mentions ostensibly “The Crisis of the Modern World” (New York: Sophia Perennis, 2001.), by René Guénon, and “Metaphysics of War” (London: Arktos, 2001), by Julius Evola.
Joshua Green, author of “Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency” (Penguin Publishing Group, 2017), said that “The antimodernist tenor of Guénon’s philosophy drew several notable followers” and “The most notorious of these was Julius Evola,” who “had struck an alliance with Benito Mussolini, and his ideas became the basis of Fascist racial theory; later… Evola’s ideas gained currency in Nazi Germany.”
According to Green:
“The common themes of the collapse of Western civilization and the loss of the transcendent in books such as Guénon’s The Crisis of the Modern World (1927) and Evola’s Revolt Against the Modern World (1934) are what drew Bannon’s interest to Traditionalism (although he was also very much taken with its spiritual aspects, citing Guénon’s 1925 book, Man and His Becoming According to the Vedanta, as ‘a life-changing discovery’). Bannon… brought to Guénon’s Traditionalism a strong dose of Catholic social thought.”
If Araujo wanted to talk about Trump and spirituality, he was irresponsible by mentioning what has nothing to do with Trump — Guénon and his crazy occult ideas — and by not mentioning what has everything to do with Trump — evangelicalism.
There are excellent books on Trump’s conservatism (which Araujo treats as “traditionalism”), including “God and Donald Trump,” by Stephen Strang, and “The Faith of Donald J. Trump: A Spiritual Biography,” by David Brody. Both books show Trump’s evangelical connections and that Trump’s alleged “traditionalism” is essentially evangelical — a fact overlooked by Araujo, who chose to use two fascist occultists as his main bibliographic sources.
Following Guénon, Araujo believes that “only Christianity, and specifically Catholicism, could perhaps regain a minimum of spirituality in the West and save it from complete annihilation.” Araujo learned it from Guénon through Carvalho, who always mention it.
Occultists praise the Catholic Church as a “savior” because they know they can parasitize it and use it. Adherents of Guénon parasitize individuals and institutions. Trump is not an adherent of Guénon, but adherents of Guénon are using him as a symbol of Guenonian traditionalism. The Catholic Church is not Guenonian, but his adherents use it as a cover of their operations.
It seems left-wing tactic. In fact, in his article titled “Hijack and Pervert” in his personal blog Metapolítica, Araujo said,
“The tactic of the Left essentially consists in the following: to hijack legitimate causes and noble concepts and pervert them to serve their political scheme of total domination.”
Guenonians hijack everything and everyone for their occultist revolution. In the U.S., they under Bannon tried to hijack Trump. “Devil’s Bargain” said, “In the summer of 2016, Bannon described Trump as a ‘blunt instrument for us.’”
But Trump eventually woke up to reality. Bannon, who has for Guénon the same sympathy that Araujo has, was expelled from the White House with all his baggage of occult traditionalism.
In Brazil, guenonians are trying to hijack the conservative wave, which is predominantly evangelical, by saying that its creator is Guenonian Olavo de Carvalho.
Araujo said, “Trump’s West is the deepest symbolic heritage of the nations that make it up. In this picture, God himself does not cease from being a symbol, the supersymbol.” He mentioned symbols several times in his article. He is just following his old teacher, Carvalho, who has written several occult books, including:
* Questões de Simbolismo Astrológico [Issues of Astrologic Symbolism]. São Paulo: Speculum. (1983)
* Astros e Símbolos [Stars and Symbols]. São Paulo: Nova Stella. (1985)
Araujo said, “He who does not have symbols does not think and feel.” His immersion in Carvalho’s course gave him a fixation on symbols.
In his mindset of occult symbols, Araujo said, “Only Trump can still save the West.”
But it is not any Trump. He means the Trump that Bannon, Carvalho and he chose as “symbol” of the Guenonian revolution. Of course, Trump has nothing to do with Guénon, Carvalho, Araujo and their infatuation with Guénon. Nevertheless, they have hijacked him to be used as a Guenonian symbol.
Araujo created a Trump according to Guénon’s image and likeness and now he uses this imaginary Trump as a traditionalist model, when the real model, in his mind and life, is Guénon and Carvalho. In fact, Araujo is the author of three fiction novels. By using his experience with fiction and occultism, what is he going to do with the Brazilian diplomacy?
Actually, what he sees is not a Trump shaped by Trump himself. He sees a Trump who was profoundly shaped by Bannon, a Trump who without Bannon would not be what he is today. He sees Bannon and Guénon in Trump. How would Trump react to it?
He projects all his Guenonian idealism on Trump. He has no choice. There is no good example of Guenonian influences on a president, and the most powerful Guenonian influence in the past was Julius Evola on Benito Mussolini. But this is fascism with occultism. Even though right-wingers would be ashamed to associate themselves with anything fascist, Araujo was not ashamed to present the concept of traditionalism based on Evola himself.
Araujo did not think helpful to use directly Mussolini as an example of a national leader influenced by a Guenonian adviser, but he used Trump, who eventually expelled his own Guenonian adviser. So the only good example involving Trump and Guenonian traditionalism is that Trump expelled his Guenonian adviser. This is a good example that Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil should imitate.
But Araujo sees Trump as eternally dependent on Bannon’s Guenonian influence. His “Trump and West” uses Trump as a blunt instrument at the service of the Guenonian ideology.
Araujo could have used Carvalho himself as an example of the alleged “success” of Guenonian traditionalism and anti-Marxism, especially because Carvalho was a major influence on his thinking. But Carvalho’s troubled and complicated background would not make him a good example.
Even so, it is very troubling that he used as his bibliographical base Evola, whose traditionalist ideas influenced Mussolini and Nazi Germany.
Just as socialists use a speech of assistance to the poor to advance their occult agenda, Guenonians use a traditionalist and anti-Marxist speech to advance their occult agenda.
Araujo defends a Catholicism parasitized by occultists as the predominant force in the Western politics.
There is a difference between Steve Bannon and Olavo de Carvalho. While Bannon spent years reading Guénon and other occultists, Carvalho did much more: He spent years reading and practicing Guénon. For years he gave astrology classes in Brazil. He acquired national prominence in Brazil by having founded the first organization of astrology and Escola Júpiter (Jupiter School), the first school of astrologers in Brazil in the late 1970s.
In his capacity as chief astrologer, he was interviewed by the Brazilian counterpart of Time, Veja magazine, in 9 April 1980, and by the TV channel Manchete in the early 1980s, to address astrology issues. Both interviews catapulted him to national fame in Brazil.
In 1981 he translated into Portuguese “A Metafísica Oriental” [Eastern Metaphysics], by René Guénon, published by his Escola Júpiter. Carvalho inherited his “anti-Marxism” from Guénon, who was anti-Marxist.
In 1989, he founded Sociedade Brasileira de Astrocaracterologia (Brazilian Society of Astrocharacterology) to advance astrology ideas. You can find more information on Carvalho in this Conservapedia article.
Araujo said, “Americans are the last traditionalist people in the West.” This is obviously a contradiction in his hijacking, because if the Guenonian thinking is that the Catholic Church is the only savior for the West, then an honest conclusion would be that Brazil, the largest Catholic nation in the world, would be last traditionalist nation in the West.
If “Americans are the last traditionalist people in the West,” then an intelligent mind would question: What is their most important tradition? During the birth of their Republic, Americans were not Guenonian. They were 98 percent Protestant. They were overwhelmingly and passionately Protestant.
But Protestant and evangelical are words not valued in Araujo’s article allegedly praising American traditions. He just hijacked Trump, America and her Protestant-based traditions to be a platform for Guenonian ideas, even though the U.S. evangelical tradition has never valued Guénon. When talking about America and Trump, Araujo mentions many times more the spiritualist Guénon than Biblical Protestantism. How could he be in touch with the American spiritual reality?
So Brazil now has a proselytizer of Guénon or Carvalho serving as foreign affairs minister. In this capacity, he will teach the world, even though not directly, that the spiritual answer is not the real Gospel and Jesus Christ, but a Catholic Church parasitized by Guénon adherents.
Araujo’s speeches may deceive gullible Christians. GospelPrime, the largest evangelical website in Brazil, said, “In several articles signed by the new chancellor on his personal website, Metapolitics, he shows himself to be a practicing Christian.”
Religiously, this is a contradiction, because in his article “Em 1717, três pescadores” (In 1717, three fishermen) in Metapolítica Araujo praises “Aparecida,” the most prominent idol worshipped by Catholics in Brazil. Brazilian evangelicals usually see worshipers of this idol as “practicing idolaters.” But strangely, GospelPrime identifies him as a “practicing Christian.” If this is true, why have many Brazilian evangelicals originally left the Catholic Church, Aparecida and other idols? Did they stop from being “practicing Christians” when they left their past idols?
Perhaps GospelPrime thought that because Araujo is a “staunch anti-communist,” it makes him a “practicing Christian.” So because Guénon and his occult and esoteric adherents are “staunch anti-communist,” are all them “practicing Christian”?
Has the definition of being a “practicing Christian” changed from an individual who lives a Biblical faith on Jesus to an individual who lives a “staunch anti-communist” life? It would radically change Christianity from a Biblical faith to a spiritualistic ideological faith. Because of Guenonianism, even Brazilian evangelicals seem to be suffering a change in their attitudes.
This is not the first time GospelPrime gives way before adherents of Guénon. GospelPrime has been promoting Bernardo Kuster, who has produced “staunch anti-communist” videos. He was an evangelical and worked in an evangelical church, but after he began to study “philosophy” under Carvalho, he became a Guenonian Catholic, and now, strangely, GospelPrime has more articles on him than on Luther himself!
So the case of Araujo is similar to many other cases of Catholics who have fallen under the spell of the Guenonian traditionalism, and become enthusiastic proselytizers of this political esoteric faith.
In the diplomatic magazine, Araujo appeals to Catholicism, saying about the definition of Brazil,
“We live on the Island of Vera Cruz, in the land of the Holy Cross, but we are not interested in knowing what that original name means, in knowing the destiny that this name calls… Why did destiny give Brazilians first that name, island of the true cross, land of the sacred cross?… Why did Brazil so soon hide it and change it into the name of a tree?… tree of life of the Hebrew Kabbalah, which in the Christian Kabbalah also becomes the cross of Christ.”
He appeals at the same time to Catholicism and the Jewish Kabbalah, which means “tradition,” but which is defined by The Popular Encyclopedia of Apologetics as “a highly developed form of Jewish mysticism… at the level of the superstitious practitioner who dabbles in the occult, Kabbalah receives the strongest condemnation from the very Torah it purports to honor: ‘Do not practice divination or sorcery’ (Leviticus 19:26).”
So in Araujo’s mind the Catholic essence of Brazil is similar to Kabbalah, which is not accepted by the Bible and the Christian Church, but it is accepted by the adherents of Guénon.
Marxism politically dominated Brazil, the largest Catholic nation in the world, because the Catholic Church was already dominated by Liberation Theology. Now a minority of Guenonian Catholics, who have hijacked the massive conservative evangelical wave, seek to have the Brazilian government dominated by right-wing occultism.
Araujo said, “the West is not based on values, it is not based on tolerance nor democracy, it is based on Plato and Aristotle.”
So he thinks that the West, especially America, is not based on Jewish-Christian values, but on Plato and Aristotle. Incidentally or not, Carvalho, who was Araujo’s teacher, said that with the Bible, Plato and Aristotle were the most fundamental literature in the early American Republic, even though the U.S. historian Bill Federer has said that the three most fundamental books in the early America were the Bible, The Pilgrim’s Progress and Fox’s Book of Martyrs (which exposes the Inquisition, defended by Carvalho). According to the conservative writer Nancy Pearcey, adherents of Guénon have a fixation on Plato.
Conclusion: Araujo’s article “Trump and West” is spiritual, more specifically spiritualistic. It is a highly religious article for a diplomatic magazine. Trump is just an expedient for Araujo to address comfortably Guénon and his traditionalism and occult anti-Marxism. An article actually addressing Trump and spirituality would have mentioned evangelicalism as many times as Araujo mentioned Guénon and traditionalism. Unknowingly, Trump was used by a Guenonian.
This is not the first time Trump is used by Guenonian Catholics. Last year one of them wrote that just as Trump is maligned and attacked for his conservative stances, so the Inquisition and its alleged good role for justice is maligned and attacked. They totally reject the historic versions portraying the Inquisition as a machine of torture and death against Jews and Protestants. And Carvalho is the most prominent Brazilian rejecter.
It is impossible to understand Trump without recognizing the massive evangelical influence on his victory. In the same way, it is impossible to understand Araujo without recognizing the massive influence of Carvalho and Guénon on his life.
As a Brazilian Guenonian Catholic — Catholic syncretism is very common in Brazil —, Ernesto Araujo can accept Guénon and his occult traditionalism and reject Marxism. As usual among Guenonians, he does not recognize the massive role of the conservative evangelical wave that put Trump in the U.S. presidency and Bolsonaro in the Brazilian presidency.
Contrary to Araujo, who said that to understand Trump you should read his traditionalist master René Guénon, I would recommend that to understand Trump you should read the books of the evangelical leaders who advise Trump.
Yet, to understand Araujo and his diplomatic sophistry, you should actually read Guénon.
The big problem in the U.S. is neoconservatives and other warmongers hijacking conservative causes and drawing conservative Christians to support wars. The big problem in Brazil is Guenonians and other occultists and syncretic Catholics hijacking conservative causes and drawing conservative Christians to support their phony conservatism. Neoconservatives, Guenonians and other occultists are so dangerous as Marxists are.
As a conservative evangelical, I reject neoconservatism and the Guenonian traditionalist utopia and sophistry. And as a member of the same conservative evangelical wave that put Trump in the U.S. presidency and Bolsonaro in the Brazilian presidency, I recognize the massive role of this wave and I reject both Marxism and occultism. For me, they are both different sides of the same coin.
Portuguese version of this article: Política externa brasileira: do marxismo ao ocultismo
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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Trump Hosts Pagan Hindu Festival at the White House


Trump Hosts Pagan Hindu Festival at the White House

By Julio Severo
U.S. President Donald Trump hosted Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, at the White House on November 13, 2018.
Trump hosting Diwali at the White House in 2018.
“We’re gathered today to celebrate a very special holiday observed by Buddhists, Sikhs and Jains throughout the United States and around the world," Trump said.
“It was my great honor to host a celebration of Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights, in the Roosevelt Room at The White House this afternoon. Very, very special people!” he said in his Facebook page.
According to National Geographic Kids, Diwali is a celebration of:
* In northern India they celebrate the story of King Rama’s return to Ayodhya after he defeated Ravana by lighting rows of clay lamps.
* Southern India celebrates it as the day that Lord Krishna defeated the demon Narakasura.
* In western India the festival marks the day that Lord Vishnu, the Preserver (one of the main gods of the Hindu trinity), sent the demon King Bali to rule the nether world.
For over 200 years, U.S. presidents knew how to send greetings to pagan nations and their presidents without promoting their paganism and without using the White House to host their pagan festivals.
Yet, modern America and their presidents are changing their attitude from a kind relationship with pagan nations to celebration of their paganism.
Trump is not the first president to host Diwali at the White House. Obama did it in 2016.
Obama hosting Diwali at the White House in 2016.
Perhaps Trump did it to please Nikki Haley, his UN ambassador. She is a spiritual hybrid who practices the Protestant and Sikh faiths at the same time. In her trip to India last June, she prayed at a Sikh temple and attended churches, mosques and Hindu temples.
Are U.S. presidents embracing a spiritual hybridism to please everyone?
Such hybridism seems to have no room to the most important American tradition: evangelicalism.
Last year, the world marked the 500th year of the Protestant Reformation on October 31. As the largest Protestant nation in the world, the United States under Trump should remember the Reformation and host some special event at the White House. After all, no religious tradition was more important for the birth of America than the churches that were born from the Reformation.
Yet, Trump did no mention of the Reformation. He preferred to celebrate Halloween. Hardly a hybridism, because he “forgot” the Reformation, and he gave full room for a festival of witchcraft.
Last Christmas, he celebrated Jesus, and included a celebration of Kwanzaa, a Marxist holiday. A hybridism, with Christianity and Marxism side by side.
Last June, Trump hosted his first Ramadan, an Islamic holiday, at the White House. Of course, Obama did the same sort of thing at the White House. Everybody always expected such paganism from Obama. But Trump too?
I miss the America of her Founders. The Bible was the center of their culture, laws and spirituality. Americans were a people 98 percent Protestant during the foundation of their Republic. They would joyfully celebrate the Reformation, which taught them to focus on the Bible. And George Washington, their first president, would never use the White House to celebrate foreign festival pagans.
Today America is a different nation. There is no place for celebrations of the Reformation at the White House. But there is plenty of room to celebrate Islamic, Hindu and Marxist festivals at the White House. At least in this unholy celebrations, left-wing Obama and right-wing Trump are equal, and equally pagan.
With information from Charisma News.
Portuguese version of this article: Trump realiza festival hindu pagão na Casa Branca
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Sunday, November 04, 2018

Jair Bolsonaro’s Rasputin? How to Weaken a Right-Winger


Jair Bolsonaro’s Rasputin? How to Weaken a Right-Winger

By Julio Severo
New Brazilian right-wing president has been often compared, especially by the left-wing Big Media, as a Tropical Trump.
The White House has dispelled such comparison by saying: “There’s only one Donald Trump.”
Yet, who will dispel the other comparisons?
Trump had an adviser who, with his occult connections, was considered “Trump’s Rasputin.”
In the same way, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has an informal adviser who is seen as “Bolsonaro’s Rasputin.”
The original Rasputin was a Russian adviser in a very right-wing government in Russia.
To conquer Russia and launch the Soviet Union, communists firstly had to overthrow the right-wing orthodox Christian government of the tsar, who was a hard and inflexible ruler against communist agitators and revolutionary movements. But a spiritual adviser named Rasputin, who painted himself deceptively as a “Christian,” undermined and weakened the hardness and inflexibility of the tsar, facilitating the actions of radicals. Rasputin was indeed an esotericist, an occultist.
Even when they are not communists, occultists eventually facilitate the dirty work of communists and other radicals by weakening Christian right-wing leaders who could, without the bad influence of occultism, fight agitators and communist movements.
Spiritual advisers can help or ruin a right-winger.
In the United States, Trump’s top spiritual advisers are evangelical ministers, including Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham, and Paula White and Kenneth Copeland, charismatic televangelists. There are no occultists, esotericists, and astrologers among Trump’s spiritual advisers.
In fact, there was a top adviser to Trump who was an esoteric. Steve Bannon, an adherent of the Islamic occultist René Guénon, was eventually expelled from the White House, probably because Trump’s evangelical advisers are men and women dedicated to prayer. Their prayers had this powerful effect, expelling from the White House a troubled man.
In Brazil, the alleged top spiritual adviser of Bolsonaro — Olavo de Carvalho — is historically an astrologer, who deceptively paints himself as a Christian. The alleged adviser is, like Bannon, an adherent of Guénon, having translated a Guénon’s book into Portuguese and keeping Guénon’s books in his suggested reading list in his non-accredited “philosophy” course. To see the list of occult books Carvalho has written, use this link.
His occult connections have taken a heavy toll in his family: two of his sons are Muslim, an underaged daughter was forced to marry a Muslim in a mosque and another son is a toothless professional astrologer.
Nevertheless, Bolsonaro has never expelled him.
Brazil is spiritually far from right-wing Trump’s America and somewhat near the right-wing tsar’s Russia.
The reason Trump expelled his esoteric adviser is explained in his official letter about Bannon, where Trump says:
Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind. Steve was a staffer who worked for me after I had already won the nomination by defeating seventeen candidates…
Now that he is on his own, Steve is learning that winning isn’t as easy as I make it look. Steve had very little to do with our historic victory… Steve doesn’t represent my base—he’s only in it for himself.
Steve pretends to be at war with the media, which he calls the opposition party, yet he spent his time at the White House leaking false information to the media to make himself seem far more important than he was. It is the only thing he does well. Steve was rarely in a one-on-one meeting with me and only pretends to have had influence to fool a few people with no access and no clue, whom he helped write phony books.
In sum, eventually Trump saw his adviser — a adherent of Guénon — as a treacherous opportunist. There is no doubt in my mind that the prayers of his evangelical advisers helped free him from Bannon.
How are the former “Trump’s Rasputin” and “Bolsonaro’s Rasputin” similar?
The book “Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency” (Penguin Publishing Group, 2017), by Joshua Green, may give us some clues.
“Devil’s Bargain” said about Bannon, “Though hardly a moralizing social conservative, he objected bitterly to the secular liberalism encroaching upon the culture.”
Not different from Carvalho, known for his foul mouth, who argues that homosexuality is natural. His “opposition” to the homosexual agenda is a strange idea that just as homosexuality cannot be imposed, so cannot male/female sex.
“Devil’s Bargain” said, “Bannon… brought to Guénon’s Traditionalism a strong dose of Catholic social thought.”
Not different of Carvalho, who has mixed his experience with Guénon’s Traditionalism with a strong dose of Catholic thought.
“Devil’s Bargain” said that Bannon launched “effort to prop up Catholic traditionalists marginalized by the new Pope.”
Not different from Carvalho, who has been successful in drawing to his movement Catholic traditionalists marginalized by Pope Francis.
“Devil’s Bargain” said, “Expounding on this view at the 2014 conference at the Vatican, Bannon knit together Guénon, Evola.”
Not different from Carvalho, who has knit together ideas of Guénon and other traditionalist occultists among traditional Catholics.
“Devil’s Bargain” said, “In the summer of 2016, Bannon described Trump in this publication as a ‘blunt instrument for us.’”
Not different from Carvalho, who has used Bolsonaro and his sons as a blunt instrument for his own movement.
“Devil’s Bargain” said, “Trump also revealed his own nickname for Bannon’s nationalist (and hard-right) ideology: ‘alt-left,’ a riff on the term ‘alt-right.’”
If Trump compared Bannon’s ideology as left-wing, it is not different from Carvalho’s case. Janaína Paschoal, a prominent member of Bolsonaro’s party, voiced concern about extremists among Bolsonaro’s followers, saying, “You do not win an election with a one-sided mindset. And you do not govern a nation with a one-sided mindset.” She had already identified such extremists when she said, “Olavetes are as collective imbeciles as Workers’ Party adherents, Marxists… Wake up!” Olavete is an adherent of Olavo de Carvalho.
“Devil’s Bargain” said, “Bannon represents his own brand of conservative Catholicism.”
Not different from Carvalho, who also represents his own brand of conservative Catholicism.
“Devil’s Bargain” said, “Bannon’s response to the rise of modernity was to set populist, right-wing nationalism against it.”
Not different from Carvalho, who launched his own populist, right-wing nationalism.
Devil’s Bargain” said, “Bannon thrived on the chaos he created and did everything he could to make it spread.”
Not different from Carvalho, who has thrived on the chaos he creates and does everything he can to make it spread.
“Devil’s Bargain” said about Bannon’s fascination with Guénon: “Guénon developed a philosophy often referred to as ‘Traditionalism’ (capital ‘T’), a form of antimodernism with precise connotations. Guénon was a ‘primordial’ Traditionalist, a believer in the idea that certain ancient religions, including the Hindu Vedanta, Sufism, and medieval Catholicism, were repositories of common spiritual truths, revealed in the earliest age of the world, that were being wiped out by the rise of secular modernity in the West.”
Not different from Carvalho, who has similar fascination with Guénon and is an avid advocate of the medieval Catholicism. In fact, he is the most prominent Brazilian advocate of the revisionism of the Inquisition, a hallmark of medieval Catholicism. In this sense, how can Bolsonaro conciliate a pro-Israel administration, to please the mass of his evangelical voters, if the pro-Inquisition stance of his Rasputin is deeply disturbing, dishonest and malicious for Israelis?
While Carvalho obscenely defends the Inquisition by arguing that “condemned individuals (less than ten a year in two dozen nations) died suffocated in a few minutes, before the flames could touch them,” the father of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has a massive book of 1,500 pages proving that innocent Jewish victims by thousands died an excruciating death in the same flames. Israel agrees with Netanyahu. How could Israel agree with a Brazilian lunatic?
“Devil’s Bargain” said about Bannon that he was “a voracious autodidact” and he “embarked upon what he described as ‘a systematic study of the world’s religions,’” adding, “Taking up the Roman Catholic history… he moved on to Christian mysticism and from there to Eastern metaphysics… Bannon’s reading eventually led him to the work of René Guénon, an early-twentieth-century early-twentieth-century French occultist and metaphysician who was raised a Roman Catholic, practiced Freemasonry, and later became a Sufi Muslim.”
Not different from Carvalho, who had the same experiences.
The blatant difference is that while Bannon spent a good part of his life making money in Wall Street and Hollywood, Carvalho spent a good part of his life making money with astrology classes. With large experience writing occult books and giving occult classes, he has spent his last years giving non-accredited “philosophy” classes — where his adherents have studied for 2, 3, 7, 10 and more years, always paying the monthly fee, but with no hope of a degree. They are kept mystified by an unending course, which is actually a worship service to the mind of its creator.
While Bannon was at the White House, a U.S. headline said, “The Trump era is turning out to be a golden age for esoteric fascist intellectuals.” This prophecy was never fulfilled because Trump expelled Bannon from the White House.
Yet, some Brazilian headline could rightly say, “The Bolsonaro era is turning out to be a golden age for esoteric fascist intellectuals.” Fascist, as far as Carvalho is concerned in his advices to Bolsonaro, is not an improper title. One of the main slogans of fascism was “Mussolini Is Right.” Interestingly, one of the main slogans of Carvalho, tediously repeated by his adherents, is “Olavo Tem Razão” (Olavo Is Right). Incidentally or not, one of the most prominent advisers of Mussolini was an adherent of Guénon.
Jair Bolsonaro holding a “Olavo Tem Razão” (Olavo Is Right) shirt
I have never seen Trump with a shirt saying: “Steve Bannon Is Right.” But sadly I have seen Bolsonaro with a shirt saying “Olavo Is Right.” An adherent of Guénon has had on Bolsonaro an influence that he has not on Trump.
In his article titled “Steve Bannon Was Never That Smart,” Bill Scher asked, “How could someone so politically reckless get a reputation as a political genius? Bannon had been able to craft that image thanks to this one simple trick: impressing reporters with the fact that he reads books.”
This is the same reality regarding Carvalho.
The Daily Beast said, “Bannon does not identify as libertarian; he self-IDs as a right-wing, anti-globalist ‘nationalist,’ and libertarians widely loathe Bannon. Bannon has, however, once called himself a ‘Leninist,’ in style if not substance or ideology.”
Not different from Carvalho, as far as Lenin is concerned, who said, “Lenin knew that, in politics, he who reviles the most always runs ahead.” Carvalho has used Lenin to justify that his daily dirty comments and foul mouth are just a Lenin’s “strategy.”
There are many apparent contradictions in Bannon: He says that he is a Catholic, but he has a deep fascination with mysticism and Eastern metaphysics. He says that he is against Islamic invasion, but he greatly admires René Guénon, an Islamic occultist. Although he once worked at Goldman Sachs — a powerful capitalist bank —, he also described himself as a “Leninist” who wanted to “destroy the state.” “On the one hand, he critiques capitalism with an almost Marxist fervor; on the other, he’s an advisor to a crony capitalist real estate mogul,” said Jake Romm, of Forward.
Not different from Carvalho, who has similar contradictions, but not in the high-class style of Bannon.
At the same time Bannon praises Guénon and other occultists, he says that he rejects some of their extreme ideas.
Not different from Carvalho, who at the same time he praises Guénon and other occultists, he says that he rejects some of their extreme ideas.
In his article in National Review titled “Who Was Steve Bannon?” author Kevin D. Williamson said that Trump has told “Steve Bannon’s contribution to his rise and his success has been grossly exaggerated. Bannon has posed as many things — media magnate, shrewd political operative, and cold-eyed Svengali to Trump’s undisciplined playboy — but what he actually is is a rich dilettante with a talent for convincing other rich dilettantes that he is a deep-thinking visionary. One of those rich dilettantes was Donald Trump.”
Carvalho has the same contradictions, even though Bannon had an actual academic background, while Carvalho is self-educated.
As far as occult traditionalist connections are involved, Bolsonaro is not far away from Bannon. He has been a propagandist of Carvalho, who has as his source of “traditionalism” and “conservatism” Guénon, who incidentally is also Bannon’s source. In spite of their Guenonian inspiration and involvement, both Bannon and Carvalho equally portray themselves as “traditionalist Catholic.” You could say that Carvalho is a sort of unsophisticated Third World Bannon.
Even though Catholic Bolsonaro has received massive support from evangelicals, who determined his election, he has been unable to disconnect himself from Carvalho’s Guenonian traditionalism, while Trump has fully disconnected himself from Bannon’s Guenonian traditionalism.
A comparison between Bannon and Carvalho is appropriate not only because they are spiritualistically similar, but because both have some connections to Bolsonaro. Carvalho has been extensively recommended by Bolsonaro. And Bannon was contacted by Eduardo Bolsonaro, son of Jair Bolsonaro, last August.
Eduardo Bolsonaro with Steve Bannon
In its report titled “Brazil’s Bolsonaro denies ties to strategist Steve Bannon,” the Associated Press said,
Far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro said Thursday his campaign has no ties to former White House strategist Steve Bannon, contradicting claims by one of Bolsonaro’s sons.
In August, the Brazilian magazine Epoca quoted Eduardo Bolsonaro as saying Bannon “had put himself at our disposal to help.”
In the interview, Bolsonaro said the help would not be financial, but rather “internet tips, sometimes an analysis, interpreting data, those kinds of things.”
Also in August, Eduardo posted on Instagram a picture of himself with Bannon. The caption said that the two had met and that Bannon was an “enthusiast” of his father’s candidacy and they would “unite forces against cultural Marxism.”
Reportedly, Bolsonaro said that connections between him and Bannon are “fake news.”
I do not understand why Bolsonaro has denied connections to Bannon, because the source of this “fake news” is his own son, who in a trip to the U.S. met personally Bannon in New York, assuring his readers that Bannon is “an enthusiast of Bolsonaro’s campaign and we are certainly in touch to join forces,” adding that “we share the same worldview.” If they are certainly in touch, as Bolsonaro said, why now does he treat his own news as “fake news”?
If now Bolsonaro is disavowing Bannon because of his radicalism, why is not he disavowing his Third World Bannon because of his radicalism too? Carvalho is the most prominent Brazilian advocate of the revisionism of the Inquisition. As the Holocaust, the Inquisition sought to destroy the Jews. The revisionism of both is an offense to the Jews, because it understates the crimes and belittles the victims of the Inquisition and the Holocaust.
Even though Bolsonaro has disavowed the First World Rasputin, he has not disavowed the Third World Bannon or the Third World Rasputin. Carvalho’s influence is better seen in his own family, where some of his children are Muslim and another is a toothless astrologer. Could his influence on Bolsonaro and his administration be better than in his own family?
Carvalho has lived as a legal Brazilian immigrant in the United States for over 15 years. He has an institute in the U.S., called the Inter-American Institute (IAI). On November 2017, I had to expose some serious ethical problems in IAI. Immediately after my expose, Carvalho took down the IAI website, which had this appearance, as of May 2018. As of October 2018, the website continues down. Before the taking down, the IAI website had originally this appearance.
IAI had virtually no activity outside the Internet. And one of IAI’s main activities seemed to facilitate visa issues for Carvalho’s family members.
Even though Carvalho is not known among conservative Catholic and evangelical groups in the United States, he is known among U.S. groups that follow the Traditionalism of René Guénon. In fact, it is under production a documentary, by geocentrist Rick Delano, with traditionalists and Carvalho has already been interviewed for the movie. The other traditionalists interviewed are Wolfgang Smith (like Carvalho, a Catholic adherent of Guénon) and Seyyed Hossein Nasr (an Iranian Muslim adherent of Guénon).
Adherents of Guénon see “conservative American evangelicalism as an aberration from historical” Catholicism. Even though Bannon has never voiced openly such disdain for the conservative American evangelicalism, Carvalho has voiced a number of scornful comments against evangelicals, including his latest comment saying: “Evangelical churches have done more harm to Brazil than the entire left.”
Just because a Rasputin enters in the life of a president to offer him alleged traditionalist “Christian” advices on politics it does not follow that the president should keep the adviser. The Russian right-wing tsar kept his adviser, for his own destruction and the destruction of Russia.
Trump expelled his traditionalist Catholic adviser.
There are not many Twitter or Facebook messages by Trump recommending Bannon. At least, I have found nothing. But there are several Twitter and Facebook messages from Bolsonaro recommending Carvalho.
Jair Bolsonaro: We have just made a Skype call with Professor Olavo de Carvalho in a brief chat about Brazil! Many other calls will come, God willing!
If it was improper for the Big Media to say “Trump’s Rasputin,” what about “Bolsonaro’s Rasputin” over Bolsonaro in his untiring efforts to propagandize his own Rasputin?
In his Christian mask and occult connections, Rasputin was a disaster in his influence and advices to the Russian right-wing tsar. Trump perceived that Bannon would be such disaster too.
Will Bolsonaro be able to perceive the disaster of his Rasputin?
The U.S. press called Bannon “The Great Manipulator.” The Brazilian press has not yet called Carvalho “The Great Manipulator,” but obviously this title fits him.
Only evangelicals and their prayers surrounding Trump could save him from an occultist and his manipulation.
Bolsonaro has a disadvantage: He is a Catholic. Catholics are very easy prey to Guénon’s traditionalism and its adherents.
Only evangelicals and their prayers surrounding Bolsonaro can save him from an occultist and his manipulation — if he, as Trump did, allows them to do it.
With information from Devil’s Bargain, Politico magazine, National Review, Associated Press, American Institute for Economic Research, Newsweek, The Atlantic, New Republic and Forward.
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