Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Astrologer Olavo de Carvalho calls for Brazilian Federal Police to investigate Julio Severo on the allegation that accusations against him involving the Inquisition and occultism are collusions paid by the Russian government that threaten the Brazilian national security


Astrologer Olavo de Carvalho calls for Brazilian Federal Police to investigate Julio Severo on the allegation that accusations against him involving the Inquisition and occultism are collusions paid by the Russian government that threaten the Brazilian national security

Olavo de Carvalho and the art of pretending to be a victim, the art of dissimulating, the art of slandering and the art of making veiled threats

By Julio Severo
In a video published on January 27, 2019, Olavo de Carvalho called for the Brazilian Federal Police to investigate me on the grounds that I am an “attacker with connections to the Russian government,” as if the exposés I make about him were some conspiracy in which I am paid by the Russian government to disrupt his “wonderful” plans to save Brazil.
The video is here: https://youtu.be/Uaxn1W3KZXQ
Carvalho added: “Julio has made several trips to Russia paid by the Russian government. Why do not [the Federal Police] investigate it?”
The implication of his complaint is that I am paid by the Russian government to “attack him,” and this, according to his allegation, deserves the actions of the Federal Police.
Reinforcing an alleged gravity of the situation, he said, “Is not that a foreign intervention on a national matter?”
That is, in his view it is impossible for my exposés against him not to have the collaboration of the Russian government, indicating that exposing his ideas of the Inquisition and occultism are a matter of national security and, to protect his ideas from these exposés, he alleges that such exposés are a “foreign intervention” worthy of a Federal Police investigation.
There is no escaping the fact that such a mode of thinking is similar to the way of thinking of Islamic and communist dictatorships. Whenever a blogger’s view bothers, a totalitarian regime (communist China, Saudi Arabia, North Korea, etc.) claims that the blogger violated national security and is involved in some foreign conspiracy.
The Bolsonaro administration in Brazil has already made an ugly mistake by following some “suggestions” from Carvalho, appointing two ministers suggested by him. These appointments have displeased Brazilian generals, who have publicly criticized Carvalho’s ministers. According to Carvalho, these suggestions were made through his public videos. If the Bolsonaro administration follows the latest video “suggestion” of Carvalho — of a Federal Police investigation against Julio Severo over alleged conspiracy by the Russian government against his ideas, which have become a matter of national security —, Brazil is going to lower itself to the level of communist China, Saudi Arabia, North Korea, etc.
Carvalho’s complaint video came shortly after he complained about the generals in several comments, one of which he said in:
“I alone did more against communist mental hegemony than all the generals combined. That’s why so many of them do not like me. I am a living proof of their omission, ineptitude, and cowardice.”
Sooner or later, he will call for an investigation of the Federal Police against the generals, for the simple fact that they do not recognize his supreme greatness that all his adherents who have undergone brainwashing recognize.
The generals are worried about that. One of them, General Paulo Chagas, wrote yesterday a Facebook post curiously entitled “Olavo ‘Rasputin’ de Carvalho.” As it is well known, the name Rasputin was given to Carvalho by me months ago in the article “Jair Bolsonaro’s Rasputin? How to Weaken a Right-Winger.” It seems the generals are reading my articles. Will Carvalho now say that the generals are being influenced by “Russian propaganda” from a “Russian agent”?
I am not worried about the slander and lies of Carvalho, but about the almost submissive way in which Bolsonaro follows his “suggestions.” Since Carvalho has put his own person as an uncriticizable subject of national security that deserves to be protected by the Federal Police against an “intervention” of the Russian government in collusion with me against him, I will repeat what is already notorious.
I traveled to Russia in 2014 for a big pro-family conference at the Kremlin. I did not attend it alone. I was with evangelical, Catholic and Jew leaders from the United States. Unlike Carvalho, who boasts of having links with American occultists like Steve Bannon and Wolfgang Smith (both adherents of the Islamic occultist René Guénon), I have connections with pro-family leaders in the United States.
I have already attended large pro-life Catholic conferences, including in Aparecida and at the headquarters of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops of Brazil, at the invitation of national Catholic leaders. After this participation, many called me a Catholic or enthusiastic Catholic, especially since I also participated in the founding of great Brazilian pro-life Catholic movements, including the National Pro-Life and Pro-Family Association in 1994 and the National Pro-Life and Pro-Family Network in 2007. My deep connection to the Catholic pro-life movement since the 1980s has made me to be seen as an enthusiastic Catholic.
Many of these trips and participations were paid by Catholic leaders. But I have never been accused of being a “Catholic agent.” Will Carvalho now want to produce a video urging the Federal Police to investigate if I am a Catholic agent paid by the Vatican?
I attended a single Russian pro-life event, along with U.S. pro-life Jewish, Catholic and evangelical leaders, and I’m being accused by a man who never had the support of these U.S. leaders.
While the American left accuses Trump of collusion with Russia, Carvalho makes the same accusation against me.
I made a single trip to Russia. Thus the accusation of Olavo de Carvalho that I have made several trips to Russia is simply slander.
His accusation that such travels were paid by the Russian government is also slander, since the trip I made to Russia was exclusively funded by voluntary donations from Americans and Brazilians. My trip to Russia was encouraged by Dr. Scott Lively, one of America’s greatest evangelical leaders.
To claim that my exposés are motivated by a “Russian conspiracy” paid by the Russian government constitutes slander, because before traveling to Russia I was already denouncing Carvalho because of his advocacy of the revisionism of the Inquisition, which tortured and killed Jews and Protestants. The revisionism that Carvalho advocates diminishes and even denies the suffering, torture, cruelty and deaths of these Jews and evangelicals.
As far as I know, the theme of the Inquisition has nothing to do with Russia. So to deal with Carvalho’s pro-Inquisition obsession, what helped me most was American literature. No country in the world produced more books against the Inquisition than the United States. So, on this important subject, my base is the U.S., not Russia. Is Carvalho going to say that there is an American collusion with me against the Inquisition?
Interestingly, the Inquisition alleged accusations against its Jewish and Protestant victims and put all the state force against them for their view against any dogma of the Catholic Church. In the spirit of the Inquisition, Carvalho is using the same kind of low blow against me.
I have disagreements with Catholicism, but that has never prevented me for more than 30 years from supporting Catholic efforts, including from the popes, to defend the lives of babies against legal abortion.
I have disagreements with Russia, but that does not stop me from supporting the exemplary Russian law that protects children and adolescents against homosexual propaganda. I also support other conservative measures from Russia.
I have disagreements with the U.S. government, especially regarding the neocons and its nasty support of the Islamic dictatorship of Saudi Arabia, but that does not stop me from supporting the U.S. pro-life movement. I also have meetings with American evangelical leaders.
In fact, when I was at the pro-family event in the Kremlin, there was also the greatest member of the Inter-American Institute, which Carvalho claims he founded, but which was actually founded by John Haskins, an astray evangelical. The sole purpose of the existence of such an institute, which has no activities, seems to facilitate visa issues for members of the Carvalho family. Shouldn’t it be investigated by the FBI?
If Carvalho wants to insist on his slander campaign that because I went to the pro-life event in Russia I am a kind of paid agent of the Russian government whose trip was paid by the Russian government, he has an obligation to make the same accusation to the member of the Institute Inter-American. More: He has a legal obligation to prove what he is saying. He will have to raise the same slander against all the U.S. evangelical, Catholic, and Jewish leaders who attended, just like me, the pro-family event in Russia.
Interestingly, Dr. Larry Jacobs of the World Congress of Families told me in Moscow that homosexual and leftist organizations were pressuring the U.S. government, which was then under Obama, to investigate all Americans who dared to attend the Russian event. Obama had imposed sanctions against Russia, so the World Congress of Families could not officially take part in the event, not to be punished by Obama. But many of the World Congress of Family leaders, including Jacobs, attended the event, even under the threat of homosexual and leftist organizations that wanted them to be investigated by the U.S. government for collusion with the Russian government.
In a delayed effect, now Carvalho wants against me the same governmental pressure that homosexual and leftist organizations wanted against the U.S. pro-life Jewish, Catholic and evangelical leaders who dared to take part in the pro-life event in Russia.
In any case, Carvalho has an obligation to launch the same slander against all the Americans who went to the event. He’s going to have to prove that they and I are all paid agents.
In 2015, Carvalho raised the same slander and I challenged him publicly, saying:
my challenge is for a commission of international investigative officials to examine our bank accounts (of me, Hank, Kincaid and Carvalho) to reveal to the world our financial sources. Let us open our financial books. Let such a commission investigate us. Only in this way will everybody know who is really being paid to lie.
After 4 years, Carvalho has not yet accepted the challenge of opening his bank accounts for investigation.
It would be a shame for the Bolsonaro administration to call on the Federal Police to satisfy the slander of a man who has lived as a self-exiled immigrant in the United States for 15 years and does not open his own accounts for investigation. Instead, from a distance, he prefers to sit in his chair smoking a pipe and causing confusion among everyone, from generals to an evangelical blogger.
However, it would be interesting for the Bolsonaro administration to call on the Federal Police to investigate the real reasons for Carvalho’s flight from Brazil. He claims that he received “thousands” of threats and that he had to flee because he had no support. How could he have no support? One of his children worked for the police and he already had friends in the Federal Police, including Eduardo Bolsonaro. Neither of them wanted to help him?
Did he send a copy of these “thousands” of threats to all his friends and relatives in the police?
Carvalho’s case is not, as he claims, a national security case that merits actions by the Federal Police against an evangelical blogger who denounces his connections with the occult and exposes his insanity minimizing and even denying the suffering and death of Jews and Protestants under the Inquisition.
Yet, his case may be national security because of his attitude of slander, falsehood and lies to self-promote himself, causing confusion and conspiracies even against generals.
There are other important issues that also deserve to be investigated.
Has Carvalho properly paid his income taxes in Brazil and the U.S.?
Has he hired for 15 years Brazilians with a registered job at his house giving them visas following American law or, as a cult leader, did he use schemes to get free work by volunteers deceived by his power of persuasion?
Why did he need the Inter-American Institute to get visas for his family?
Cannot the Federal Police investigate this?
Cannot the FBI to investigate this?
In my case, if the Federal Police is driven by the Bolsonaro administration to investigate me, it will find out that for more than 10 years I worked at Carvalho’s Mídia Sem Máscara website, which I thought was conservative, Catholic and pro-life. While I worked for free, without ever having received a single penny of salary, the site received various sponsorships, even from large companies. Have such sponsorships been declared to the IRS? Can the Federal Police make an audit of Mídia Sem Máscara and its sponsorship profits? If the sponsorship money never went to pay columnists’ salaries, where was it going?
Do labor laws allow such an arrangement, where a site profits from sponsorship and columnists get nothing?
Perhaps to ease his conscience, later, once or twice, Carvalho appealed to the public to help me, as if that compensated for the absence of salaries for me for more than ten years.
Inciting the Federal Police against an evangelical blogger, who was used to work for free for a man who took advantage of more than ten years of his work as a columnist in Mídia Sem Máscara, is the attitude of an opportunist. To slander the victim who was used for more than ten years in free labor is treacherous. It is the conduct of a treacherous opportunist, typical of adherents of René Guénon. But like communists, who love to portray themselves as victims while oppressing and threatening, Carvalho portrays himself as a victim and portrays me as the oppressor.
What is the Bolsonaro administration, who seems to love the video “suggestions” of Carvalho, going to do with the “suggestion” of the latest video of the treacherous opportunist against me? Will it charge the Federal Police to investigate the treacherous opportunist or his victim?
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Saturday, January 26, 2019

Everyone Should Remember the Holocaust


Everyone Should Remember the Holocaust

By Julio Severo
The Holocaust, which was perpetrated by Nazi Germany against over 6,000,000 Jews, who were monstrously abused, tortured and slaughtered, is a genocidal crime that should be remembered by all nations.
The International Holocaust Remembrance Day happens every 27 January as a memory that on 27 January 1945, Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi concentration and death camp, was liberated by the Red Army from the Soviet Union. While the Nazi Army destroyed Jews, the Red Army had many Jewish soldiers that helped liberate German Jews.
Jews are correct to point that the Nazi genocide against them should never be forgotten.
Christians — both Catholics and Protestants — should remember because the largest Holocaust against the Jews happened exactly in a Christian nation, Nazi Germany, which was about 50% Catholic and 50% Protestant, especially Lutheran. Even though a minority of courageous Catholics (including Claus von Stauffenberg) and Protestants (including Lutheran minister Dietrich Bonhoeffer) opposed Hitler and even tried to kill him, most German Protestants and Catholics supported Hitler, who was nominally Catholic.
Some wicked Christian traditions helped Hitler in his campaign to perpetrate the Holocaust. Catholics have a tradition, in words and actions, of anti-Semitism, especially through the Inquisition. Protestants have a tradition of anti-Semitic words of Martin Luther, even though Protestants, especially in the United States — the largest Protestant nation in the world — have a tradition of fight against anti-Semitism. In fact, the U.S. fight against anti-Semitism, the Holocaust and the Inquisition is the most important fight the world ever saw.
Right-wingers and left-wingers should remember because the largest Holocaust against the Jews happened exactly in a nation, Nazi Germany, which used right-wing and left-wing imageries in its campaign against the Jews, even though the predominant imagery was right-wing and Hitler had a clearly anti-Marxist speech, which drew Catholics and Protestants.
Most Jews who were exterminated by the Nazis in the Holocaust were socialist. In fact, the founder of Marxism was a German Jew, a descendant of rabbis. The few Jewish survivors of the Holocaust were also Marxist and they founded the State of Israel.
Hitler wanted to exterminate the Jews because he thought they were an inferior race and because they were Marxist. His “solution,” the Holocaust, was genocide.
Nazis hated the Jews because they thought that they were an inferior race or because most Jews were socialist. Others hate the Jews because a minority of them are capitalist tycoons.
Yet, the Holocaust is not a past threat. Its modern advocacy or revisionism or denial brings new threats. And this threat is especially today among Muslims.
Muslims should remember the Holocaust against the Jews because Hitler’s autobiography, Mein Kampf, has been a best-seller in Muslim nations. Many Muslims express admiration for Hitler and the Holocaust, but strangely they are not criticized and condemned in the Western media for their hatred of the Jews. This hatred is manifested in their unending campaign to use any situation, especially the Palestinian case, to condemn the Jews as “criminals” — as if Palestinian Muslims, who have illegally occupied the Promised Land, were innocent victims.
The effort to portray the victim as the aggressor and vice-versa is the soul of the Holocaust’s revisionism, very similar to the Inquisition’s revisionism. Muslims love the Holocaust’s revisionism, which diminishes the Jewish suffering and numbers of Jewish victims.
Even during Hitler’s time Muslims helped Nazis in their campaign to exterminate the Jews.
Today, Muslims use two dishonest revisionist methods to attack the Jews. They intentionally underestimate the Jewish suffering in the Holocaust and they intentionally overestimate the defensive actions of Jews to protect the State of Israel against Palestinian terrorists. This is a natural result: if Muslims admire Hitler and the Nazi atrocities against the Jews, they will support any Palestinian terrorist attack against the Jews.
Muslims do not only advocate the Holocaust’s revisionism. They also advocate the revisionism of the Genocide of Armenian Christians. They do to Christians the same thing they do to the Jews.
Yet, while many Christians fight against the Holocaust’s revisionism, few Jews fight against the revisionism of the Genocide of Armenian Christians. In fact, the Israeli government has resisted every effort to recognize the Genocide of Armenian Christians. It is time for Christians and Jews to recognize genocide against them. It is time also for Israel to recognize ISIS’s Holocaust of Christians in Syria and help Christians persecuted by ISIS.
The remembrance of the Holocaust is most important now that Europe has been invaded by hordes of Muslim immigrants who are threatening Christians and their culture and threatening the Jews and their survival, including by intentionally underestimating the Holocaust and its Jewish victims and reviving anti-Semitism.
It is time to remember the Holocaust before the next European generations, who will be significantly Muslim, forget that the Jews are a people victim of genocide.
Nevertheless, left-wing Jews think that the only threat of a repetition of the Holocaust is coming from conservative Christians. Osias Wurman, who is the honorary consul of Israel in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, said,
“Today, more than ever, it is necessary to warn the world public opinion about the dangerous change of course rightward that has been ravaging Europe and some nations in the American continent. A global poll, held in 2014, found that 46% respondents had never heard about the Holocaust!”
Mr. Wurman made an impossible comparison. He sought to equalize the conservative change of political course in Europe and probably in the United States with indifference to the Holocaust. In a worse tone, he has said that this change is “dangerous,” and he talks about the need to warn the world against the change rightward that is “ravaging” Europe and probably the United States.
As far as evangelicals are concerned, conservatism, especially the U.S. conservatism, is pro-Israel and against the Holocaust, against abortion, against the Catholic revisionism of the Inquisition and against the Islamic revisionism of the Armenian Genocide. Comparing pro-Holocaust feelings with the U.S. conservative evangelicalism is nonsense. Jews would only face problems with some right-wing Catholics who have been defending the revisionism of the Inquisition, which tortured and slaughtered Jews. Sooner or later, they may also defend the revisionism of the Holocaust.
Just as Christians need be informed to remember the Holocaust, Jews also need to be informed that before the Nazi Holocaust against the Jews there was the Islamic Turkish Genocide of Armenian Christians. Regardless if Israel does not recognize such genocide against Christians, it makes no sense for the Jews to encourage nations about the importance of remembering the Nazi Holocaust against the Jews if the Jews refuse to recognize the Islamic Turkish Genocide of Armenian Christians.
Besides, there is a modern Holocaust that should be remembered by all of us who remember the Nazi Holocaust against the Jews: The Holocaust of abortion, where millions of innocent unborn babies are medically exterminated under insane laws. Even Israel has such insane laws allowing the slaughter of innocents. In fact, Israel has one of the most liberal abortion laws in the world. It makes no sense. The Jewish people, who were innocent victims in the Nazi Holocaust, should be prominent voices against the Holocaust of abortion.
On this January 27, while we remember the past suffering of millions of Jews in the Nazi Holocaust, let us remember also the present suffering of millions of innocents through legal abortion. Let us remember to fight the Holocaust of abortion, because the goal of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day is to hinder new holocausts from happening. While we are remembering the Holocaust against the Jews, babies are being tortured and murdered right now by legal abortion in the United States, in China, in Israel, in North Korea, etc.
If Holocaust is criminal, why is the Holocaust of abortion allowed to continue?
Portuguese version of this article: Todos precisam lembrar o Holocausto
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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Steve Bannon and Olavo de Carvalho Together: Two Occultists Promoting an Occult “Conservatism”


Steve Bannon and Olavo de Carvalho Together: Two Occultists Promoting an Occult “Conservatism”

By Julio Severo
Last Thursday, Steve Bannon visited Olavo de Carvalho at home. Carvalho’s adherents in Brazil celebrated such visit as an evidence that he is getting close to the White House, because they think that Bannon is very close to Trump.
Olavo de Carvalho visiting Steve Bannon
And last Friday, Carvalho visited Bannon at home. And again Carvalho’s adherents in Brazil celebrated such visit as an evidence that he is getting close to the White House, because they think that Bannon is very close to Trump.
Steve Bannon visiting Olavo de Carvalho
What do both Bannon and Carvalho have in common? Traditionalism. More specifically, the traditionalism of the Islamic occultist René Guénon, admired by Bannon and Carvalho.
Is Carvalho actually getting closer to Trump by getting closer to Bannon? What does Trump have to do with Bannon? According to Trump himself, nothing. 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.
This is the official letter of Trump about Bannon published last year. In sum, with his experience Trump defined Bannon as a treacherous opportunist.
With my experience, I can do just as Trump did and also define Carvalho as a treacherous opportunist. There is no other proper definition for Bannon and Carvalho. There is no other proper definition for Guenonians and other occultists.
Even though Carvalho and Bannon portray themselves as “Catholic,” their activities and ideas betray their Catholic appearances. But they do not betray their Guenonian nature.
When Carvalho visited Bannon at home, their dinner began with the traditional Christian prayer “Our Father.” The pictures of the meetings were taken by Josias Teófilo, who in his Twitter account said:
 “A great moment in the dinner at the Breitbart Embassy was when Steve Bannon (a Catholic) asked Olavo de Carvalho to say a prayer before the meal, and Olavo began to pray Our Father, which was followed by all. I took this picture of this moment. THIS IS THE NEW AGE.”
Teófilo is so alienated as other Carvalho’s adherents, who think that Bannon is close to Trump. Teófilo thinks that Bannon’s house is still a Breitbart headquarters, which actually was in the past. But after Trump expelled Bannon, Breitbart also got rid of him.
Is the prayer “Our Father” an evidence that Bannon and Carvalho are Christian? Is the prayer “Our Father” a sign that those praying it are Christian? Not in Brazil. Brazil is the largest Catholic nation in the world, and its Catholicism is syncretic. In their syncretism, Brazilian Catholics attend the Catholic Mass at Sunday and attend overtly and not so overtly Satanic rituals at other days.
Brazilian spiritualistic medium “John of God” also often prayed the “Our Father,” as confirmed by one of his sexual victims in the Brazilian newspaper Metropoles in a report titled “John of God prayed Our Father full of evil intentions.” Years ago he was praised by Oprah Winfrey and now he has become a police case as over 500 women, so far, report they were victims of his sex abuses.
He did his spiritualistic operations and sexual abuses in the facilities of his organization, called “Saint Ignatius of Loyola House,” a distinctly Catholic name, just as “John of God” is a Catholic name. So in a syncretic Catholic Brazil, where a spiritualistic medium rapes hundreds of women, Catholic names and the “Our Father” are not evidence of real Christianity. On the contrary, they are evidence that occultists know how to use Catholic names and practices to fool the gullible.
“John of God,” who was praised by two Brazilian presidents and many Brazilian celebrities, knew how to pray the “Our Father” and abuse girls and women at the same time.
Brazilian presidents, who are traditionally Catholic, and Brazilian celebrities traditionally value occultists. All of them have their favorite “Catholic” occultist.
Vulnerability to syncretism is a part of the Brazilian Catholic culture. In fact, it is impossible to understand Brazilian Catholicism without understanding syncretism. Josias Teófilo himself is an adherent of Theosophy, which is a mixture of philosophy and occultism. He produced the movie “The Garden of Afflictions,” whose premier in New York in 2017 did not draw the presence of an American audience. The movie is an effort to offer a cinematographic personality cult to Carvalho.
So when Teófilo said that the dinner of Bannon with Carvalho “is the New Age,” he said exactly what he meant. Theosophy and all kind of occult philosophy are an integral part of the occult movement that came to be known as New Age.
Bannon is not the only adherent of Guénon in America in contact with Carvalho. Wolfgang Smith is another contact. All of them have in common a “Catholic” appearance and they are adherents of Guénon, who had also been a Catholic, but converted to Islamic esotericism.
Therefore, no one more qualified to define their meetings as New Age than Teófilo is.
New Age, with its cloak of traditionalism, is mesmerizing Catholic leaders and hijacking conservative and nationalist movements around the world.
Jair Bolsonaro, the new Brazilian president, is an example. According to the American, Brazilian and Israeli press, his victory was thanks especially to evangelicals — a phenomenon that also happened in Trump’s election. But Bolsonaro is mesmerized. He and his sons have propagandized Carvalho as vital for his election, as only adherents of a cult could do, even though some adherents of Carvalho have publicly admitted that the current conservative wave in Brazil is evangelical.
J.R. Guzzo, a journalist at Veja magazine (the Brazilian counterpart of Time magazine), said on a 13 January 2019 tweet:
“The plain, simple and unadorned fact is this: evangelicals are today the greatest anti-leftist force in Brazil. They are stronger, more numerous and more active than the Army, Air Force and Navy combined. There has never been such force in Brazil. The left has no idea how to defeat it.”
Guzzo is an admirer of Carvalho. But in the cases where admiration is surpassed by blind adherence, all that the adherents can see is Carvalho as “the man who saved Brazil.” This could also have happened in the U.S. with Bannon, but Trump was able to see on time that Bannon was a treacherous opportunist. What hinders Bolsonaro from achieving Trump’s level of insight?
While Bolsonaro and many other Catholics are unable to see the treacherous opportunists who are hijacking conservative and nationalist movements around the world, let us compare some traits that make the adherents of Guénon so treacherous and opportunistic. Specifically, let us compare Bannon, called by Trump as a treacherous opportunist, with Carvalho, to see if they are different.
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 it “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 authored 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. newspaper had this headline, “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.
Slogan of the Italian fascism: Mussolini is always right
Yet, some Brazilian newspapers could rightly have this headline, “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 Julius Evola, 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 has been in contact with Eduardo Bolsonaro, son of Jair Bolsonaro.
Eduardo Bolsonaro, son of the Brazilian president, with Steve Bannon
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).
The meeting between Bannon and Carvalho can catapult Carvalho to national fame, in the U.S., among traditionalist and other occultist groups, but not among conservative Christian groups.
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.”
Carvalho’s fear is justified: Where evangelicalism is strong, Guenonianism is weak. The strong evangelical influence on Trump was decisive to expel Guenonianism from the White House.
With Trump, a Guenonian almost achieved huge political power, but with Bolsonaro, a Guenonian is achieving it. The last time a traditionalist (another term for a Guenonian) got as close to political power, says author Mark Sedgwick, “it was Evola with Mussolini.”
The best treatment to Guenonians came exactly through Trump’s letter to Bannon. Let us review it.
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…”
Guenonians just love to exalt themselves, but Trump put Bannon in his due place: He had been just a staffer. And to those, especially Carvalho’s adherents, who love to say that Trump’s victory was thanks to Bannon, Trump’s words are clear: “Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency.” And Trump noticed the obvious about Bannon: “he lost his mind.”
I have pity of any president, especially Bolsonaro, who behaves contrary to Trump by propagandizing Guenonians insinuating that they have everything with him and his presidency. Guenonians have lost minds.
Trump said about Bannon, “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.”
Trump is right. Now that Bannon is alone, he is achieving no political progress or victory for himself. Perhaps he hopes that by connecting himself to Carvalho he may do just as Carvalho did: To surf on Carvalho just as Carvalho has been surfing on the massive conservative evangelical wave in Brazil. Trump saw a Guenonian as an opportunist — a surfer who exploits the influence of others. Bolsonaro, as a syncretic Catholic, has had a hard time to discern his own Guenonian, seeming to love to let an opportunist surf on his fame.
Trump said, “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.”
Here very clearly Trump describes Guenonian Bannon as a man who pretends to be at war with the media — just as Carvalho does by attacking the liberal media, but all the time being interviewed and promoted by it. I could say that Carvalho follows Bannon’s approach, but this is not so. Both follow Guenon’s approach of chaos, contradictions and subversion.
Trump said that Bannon “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.” While Carvalho’s adherents portray Bannon as an important celebrity in the right-wing movement, Trump portrayed Bannon as a producer of fake news to exalt himself. Guenonians do anything to make themselves seem far more important than they are.
Trump said that Bannon “only pretends to have had influence to fool a few people with no access and no clue.” He just perfectly described Guenonians.
So while Carvalho’s adherents in Brazil are praising him as if his meeting with Bannon were a big conservative event because they were misled to believe that Trump became president thanks to Bannon, Trump showed exactly who Bannon is.
Trump has had many kind words to evangelicals, recognized by him as representing his real base that gave him the victory. And Trump made it very clear: “Steve doesn’t represent my base.”
What do I see? Bannon, in his Guenonian ideas and character, is very similar to Carvalho.
About the pictures where Carvalho poses haughtily with Bannon, only a treacherous opportunist could have an arrogant pleasure to be with another treacherous opportunist, especially because Bannon was not only fired from the White House, but he was described, by the U.S. president himself, as a treacherous opportunist. I would have a huge pleasure to pose in a picture with Trump, but no with Bannon.
I would like Bolsonaro to be similar to Trump — without the neocon pressures on him — to identify and expel Guenonians.
Yet, Bolsonaro of Brazil is very different from Trump because while Bolsonaro is mesmerized by a Guenonian, Trump is not. Perhaps Trump could invite Bolsonaro and give him some advice on how to identify an opportunist Guenonian — um redundancy, of course, but not unnecessary, considering how Guenonians are able to fool so many Catholics in Brazil, including Bolsonaro and his sons.
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