Fwd: "PRIVILEGE" -- Peeling the Onion
- Begin forwarded message:Subject: "PRIVILEGE" -- Peeling the OnionYou mentioned PRIVILEGE -- rang a helluva bell for me.When I first saw that film in 1968, it evoked a strong emotional response in me --sure, maybe not as deep as the reaction I had to Fowles' The Magus (first the book, then the movie) or to McGoohan's The Prisoner, but it did register significantly-- so, after decades of never getting to see it again, I finally set out in 2001-2002 to obtain a bottleg VHS, which I proceeded to dupe for my friendly neighborhood video store so that a younger generation of viewers could appreciate it. I still have it around here somewhere, along with a few other out-of-circulation gems like Siddhartha, Meetings With Remarkable Men, and Steppenwolf, which I've got to burn to DVD one of these days. (Yes, I do know that PRIVILEGE, in the meantime, has finally come out on DVD.)Speaking of "mind control" in the form in which you addressed it: yep, for collective programming, "It takes a village" and at least a generation. But that's old news (except to our "American exceptionalist" CIA) since such was already understood when it was tried generations ago, when Freud's nephew Edward Bernays was dispatched to America to reshape our mass-mind as a new "consumer society" and assist Walter Lippmann in employing the same techniques to do what Cheney's neocons did when persuading the ignant American public to believe in a "war on terror" that was basically just a hostile takeover of Iraq's oil by Anglo-American robber barons and their private mercenaries, hidden behind a uniformed US military bodyguard. Likewise in another roughly analogous attempt launched one generation ago, toward the end of WWII, by the "tribal elders" of "insider" families ["insider" meaning having held high positions in intelligence or counterintelligence during WWII, and afterwards, in the early postwar period, still functioning within a network composed of former compatriots moving into civilian life, esp. in politics and the business world] conscious that they were shaping the next generation by the "upbringing" they provided to their children, who'd be destined (thanks to inherited wealth and power) to become cultural "exemplars" to the Baby Boomers, "hippies" in the Sixties.In an attempt to prove my point, by demonstrating how that "incubation" process worked in practice, I offer you the following hypothetical roadmap ... Following it carefully, you'll get glimpses of the Big Picture that conditioned the peculiar cultural and political circumstances under which "PRIVILEGE" came into being, and hopefully you'll arrive at your destination, in 1968, with a fuller grasp of the "war in heaven" (Hegelian "Thesis" pitted against its "Antithesis," resulting in a "Synthesis" we've been stuck with ever since) responsible for it.===============TAVISTOCK and THE SCHOOL OF INTEGRATIVE SOCIAL RESEARCH:Studying the "Herd Instinct" in Humans / The Change-Resisting and the Change-Embracing as Opposite Psychological Types / Observing the Effects on a Group and on Individuals When Both Types Interact in a Familial or Communal Setting
Valentine Fleming, <son of Anglo-American financier Robert Fleming* and Conservative> MP for South Oxfordshire, bought [Braziers Park] in 1906. His son Ian Fleming briefly lived there in early childhood.
*Robert Fleming LL.D (1845 - 1933) was a Scottish financier, the founder of merchant bank Robert Fleming & Co. He launched the Scottish American Investment Trust in 1873 and went on to become an international financier in London. A contemporary of JP Morgan and a close business associate and friend of Jacob Schiff of the Wall Street firm Kuhn, Loeb & Co., Fleming, an acknowledged expert in the financing of American railroads, was widely known and respected in financial circles on both sides of the Atlantic. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Fleming_(financier)
Sir Ernest Moon* (1854-1930), counsel to the Speaker of the House of Commons, bought the house from Fleming in 1911,
*Sir Ernest Moon was a son of the late Sir Richard Moon, Baronet, chairman of the London and Northwestern Railway. A Bencher of the Inner Temple, he was counsel to the Speaker of the House of Commons from 1908 to 1929. He was chairman of the Munitions Tribunal for the Southwest Midland district, 1915-17; of the Enemy Trading Committee, 1916-19; and a member of several other important committees. Up to the time of his death he was chairman of the board of directors of the Wallarah Coal Company. http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/16667562
--and Moon's widow sold the house to Norman Glaister* (1883-1961) in 1950. Glaister set up the School of Integrative Social Research, which still exists at the site.
The School, partly a commune, aimed “to explore the dynamics of people living in groups "
*Norman Glaister was a medical student during the period when Wilfred Trotter** was Professor of Surgery at University College Hospital ... [After] serving as a Captain in the RAMC in Palestine in 1918, he felt that he could only face the future if he could find some meaningful research and activity that would improve the human condition. The chance finding of Trotter’s "The Instincts of the Herd in Peace and War" gave him his inspiration. Back in England, he studied psychiatry, worked for the TAVISTOCK Clinic and built up his own practice. http://www.braziers.org.uk/research-and-publications/john-norman-glaister/
**Wilfred Trotter (1872-1939) was the greatest surgeon of his day and a pioneer in neurosurgery. In his thirties, Trotter made a major contribution to social psychology in his emphasis on “the herd instinct”. He was the first to study the psychology of animals. He showed that belonging to a herd made for homogeneity so that the many could act as one. In exploring three types of gregariousness, in a beehive, a flock of sheep and a wolf pack, he suggested that there were implications for humanity: The individual could only function satisfactorily, he thought, through a full interaction with his herd.
***Trotter distinguished two <opposite> types of people, the '[change-]resistive’ (the conservative majority which maintain the status quo) and the '[change-]sensitive’ (the radical minority open to change), often in conflict. Unless some way of reconciling differences between the two types could be found, disaster would result. But if conscious resolution was achieved, the human species might realize its full potential, in a multifaceted, unified [psychological] state, "multimentality." Trotter's ideas were first published in the Sociological Review, 1908-1909, later reprinted with more material in 1914 as "The lnstincts of the Herd in Peace and War". http://www.braziers.org.uk/research-and-publications/wilfred-trotter/
**[Trotter] was a member of the Council of the Royal Society that conferred Honorary Membership on Sigmund Freud, whom he attended after his move to England. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in May 1931.
It was under Trotter that Wilfred Bion* worked in his own medical training before going on to study groups and train as a psychoanalyst at the TAVISTOCK Institute. In her account of his life 'The Days of Our Years', Bion's wife writes that Trotter greatly influenced the direction of Bion's work on group relations. Edward Bernays, author of Propaganda and nephew to Freud, also cites Trotter in his writings. Trotter's writings on the herd mentality in animals was a breakthrough in the understanding of group behaviour in human beings, something which would afterwards become important in a variety of fields, from workplace relations to marketing.
"Origins and Context of Bion's Contributions to Theory and Practice" by Robert M. Lipgar & Malcolm Pines, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2003
p. 9: "Wilfred R. Bion ... has left us with twin legacies that have never ... been brought into a unified synthesis: his contributions to the theory of groups and his contributions to psychoanalysis. ... When he first came to Los Angeles in the 1960s, many group therapists consulted him unaware that he was a psychoanalyst, and psychoanalysts approached him unaware that he had been connected with [the psychology of] groups. ... Bion had been a 'social psychiatrist' prior to becoming a psychoanalyst."
p. 25: "Bion's theory of groups and recommendations on how they should be conducted, the 'TAVISTOCK Method,' has been legendary in its effects here in the United States on psychiatric residents, amongst others."
p. 14: "Bion's description of group phenomenology is suggestive of what might be called ESP (extrasensory perception) elements. He states that there is such a thing as the psychology of the group but that [its] origins lie solely within the individuals comprising the group, but he also seems to believe that [it] is activated by the group, i.e., the [prior] existence of the group evokes what we call 'group psychology.' Bion describes how individuals become caught up in the group as if they were puppets being controlled and manipulated by an invisible ["outside"] puppeteer -- a mysterious, potentiating, synergistic summation and transformation of the combined <unconscious urges and ego defenses> of the individuals in the group."
Glaister became interested in the Order of Woodcraft Chivalry, a camping movement fostering new ideas coming from the study of evolution and psychology. [There] in 1924 he met Dorothy Revel, a progressive educationist, who became his wife. Theodore Faithfull was also there with his own school, Priory Gate, including his son Robert Glynn Faithfull.
At the beginning of the Second World War, Glaister and his friends joined Common Wealth, the new political party formed by Sir Richard Acland.
Richard Acland [began as] a junior whip for the Liberals. His politics changed course and in 1942 he broke from the Liberals to found the Socialist Common Wealth Party with J. B. Priestley, opposing the coalition between the major parties. The Common Wealth Party had shown signs during World War II of a breakthrough, especially in London, but the 1945 general election was a severe disappointment. Only one Member of Parliament was elected. Acland then joined Labour and won the Gravesend by-election in November 1947 with a majority of 1,675. Back in Parliament, he resigned from Labour in 1955 in protest against the party's support for the Conservative government's nuclear defence policy. He helped form the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in 1957. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Acland
Common Wealth was founded in July 1942, during World War II, by the alliance of two left wing groups, the 1941 Committee – a think tank brought together by Picture Post owner Edward G. Hulton, and their 'star' writers J.B. Priestley and Tom Wintringham – and the neo-Christian Forward March movement led by Liberal MP Richard Acland, along with independents and former Liberals who believed that party had no direction. Disagreeing with the electoral pact established with other parties in the wartime coalition, key figures in the 1941 Committee began sponsoring independent candidates. After the electoral success of Tom Driberg with their support in 1942, there was a move to form the 1941 Committee into a political party through, a merger with Acland's Forward March. Many members disliked the idea of being a political party rather than a social movement, so the word 'Party' was never formally part of Common Wealth's name.
Led by Richard Acland, Vernon Bartlett, J. B. Priestley, and Tom Wintringham, Common Wealth called for economic as well as political democracy and morality in politics. One proposal was that all incomes should be subjected to an absolute upper limit. Its programme of common ownership resembled that of the Labour Party but stemmed from a more "libertarian socialist" perspective. It rejected the State-dominated form of socialism adopted by Labour under the influence of Sidney and Beatrice Webb, aligning itself instead with co-operative, syndicalist and guild traditions.
One of the 1941 Committee's most important members, and a financier of Common Wealth, was David Astor, publisher of the UK daily The Observer. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Astor (Note that he was psychoanalyzed by Freud's daughter Anna around the time that the TAVISTOCK Institute was founded, and later used his media empire to bring down the government of British prime minister Sir Anthony Eden after the Suez Crisis of 1954.) British members of the Astor family --Anglo-American in heritage-- have always played an important role in the Rothschild & Salisbury/Balfour "Society of the Elect," ever since its inception at the turn of the century overseeing the coordination of the British group's activities with its American agents (including JP Morgan and Kuhn Loeb).
Common Wealth’s political philosophy was pervasively influenced by James Burnham’s The Managerial Revolution (1941). Burnham argued that the rise of a managerial class, accompanied by the withdrawal of shareholders from active involvement in the running of businesses, had transformed the nature of capitalism, creating a split between ownership and control. CW used this idea to develop a modified Marxist analysis, interposing "managerialism" as a new mode of production between capitalism and socialism. This proved to be a powerful tool for understanding the Attlee government’s nationalisation programme. In 1948, CW set out its critique in a pamphlet, Nationalisation is not Socialism. Many features of Labour’s programme appeared to confirm the theory that power, in ‘socialised’ economies as much as market ones, was now in the hands of a largely unaccountable managerial class serving the owners of capital at arm’s length. Ministers refused to answer Parliamentary questions on operational matters, meaning in effect that the managements of nationalised industries were not subject to ongoing democratic control. The extent to which ex-military leaders were appointed to run the nationalised industries led Common Wealth to warn throughout the 1950s and 1960’s against trends towards regimentation in society and later the growing cult of the ‘expert’ technocrat.
Other influences during this era included humanistic psychology <and psychiatry>. Noted psychologists Dr Don Bannister and Dr James Hemming were Common Wealth members. CW enthusiastically adopted the 'executive-sensory nexus' model of organisation, derived from left/right brain theory. Under this model, the Executive Committee, responsible for current decision-making, is shadowed by a scrutiny panel, known in CW as the Sensory Committee, whose role is monitoring and review, research and longer-term development. CW's interest in optimising social organisation consistent with its principles also led it to develop close links with the School of Integrative Social Research at Braziers Park, Oxfordshire. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Wealth_Party
This small group held three Summer Schools (1947-9) in which they decided that the resistive/sensitive experiment*** <see above> needed a residential component to develop further, so, the Braziers Park School of Integrative Social Research was set up in 1950, and the experiment continues ...
One of the founders*, and a important member of the community, was Robert Glynn Faithfull (died 1996), who had met Glaister through the Order of Woodcraft Chivalry. Faithfull had been in British espionage during the Second World War.[Robert Glynn Faithfull] was married to Baroness Eva Erisso, a former ballerina. Having opposed Hitler since the Anschluss, and witnessing atrocities against Jews in the streets of Vienna, Erisso and her parents used their home to conceal Socialist pamphlets, narrowly evading detection by the Gestapo. When the British arrived to occupy part of the liberated city, Erisso fell in love with Faithfull, a British army officer and spy. The couple married in 1946 and later that year had their only child, Marianne Faithfull. They lived together at Braziers Park for six years before separating [in 1952]. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eva_von_Sacher-MasochMarianne Faithfull was born in Hampstead, London. Her father, Major Robert Glynn Faithfull, was a professor of psychology and British military officer. <<He worked for the Ministry of Information in Vienna during the last years of World War Two>>. Her mother, Eva von Sacher-Masoch, Baroness Erisso had aristocratic roots in the Habsburg Dynasty and Jewish ancestry on her maternal side. Faithfull's maternal great great uncle was Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, 19th Century Austrian nobleman whose erotic novel, Venus in Furs, spawned the word masochism. Quoting her: "I'm half English, half Austro Hungarian. I've inherited the title Baroness Sacher-Masoch."<Marianne's grandfather: "Theodore Faithfull, a contemporary of A S Neill and Bertrand Russell, had been a Major in the Veterinary Corps. He was the founding Principal and self styled "resident psychologist" of Priory Gate School. Marianne Faithfull, the singer, was scathing of her grandfather and his apparent obsession with things sexual. Priory Gate was a private school built around Baden Powell-type woodcraft principals which combined love of the outdoors and extensive participation of the pupils in the school's community. Principal [Faithfull] encouraged what he described as "sun battling" -- nudity [of children in groups]."Faithfull began her singing career in 1964 as a folk music performer in coffeehouses. She soon began taking part in London's exploding social scene. In early 1964 she attended a Rolling Stones launch party with artist John Dunbar and met Andrew Loog Oldham, who discovered her. "As Tears Go By", her first major release, was written by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Oldham, and became a chart success."My first move was to get a Rolling Stone as a boyfriend. I slept with all three and decided the lead singer was the best bet," she told the "New Musical Express." [Pregnant,] Faithfull married John Dunbar in May 1965 and after giving birth to a son [six months later], "left her husband to live with Mick Jagger"
She began a much publicised relationship with Mick Jagger [in 1966]. The couple became notorious and part of the hip Swinging London scene. In 1966 she stayed with Brian Jones and Anita Pallenberg, started smoking marijuana, and became best friends with Pallenberg. (In two guest appearances in the British sitcom Absolutely Fabulous, she played the role of God opposite Pallenberg as the Devil.)
Faithfull's involvement in Jagger's life would be reflected in some of the Rolling Stones' best known songs. "Sympathy for the Devil", featured on the album Beggars Banquet (1968), was in part inspired by The Master and Margarita, by Mikhail Bulgakov, a book Faithfull introduced him to.
Wikipedia: In the novel Moscow in the 1930s is visited by Satan in the guise of "Professor" Woland or Voland, a mysterious gentleman "magician" of uncertain origin, who arrives with a retinue that includes a mischievous, fast-talking black cat named Behemoth, the fanged hitman Azazello (hinting of Azazel), the pale-faced Abadonna (a reference to Abaddon) with a death-inflicting stare, and the witch Hella. The havoc wreaked by this group targets corrupt social-climbers and their women (wives and mistresses alike), bureaucrats and profiteers, and skeptical unbelievers in the human spirit. Major scenes include Satan's magic show at the Variety Theatre, satirizing the vanity, greed, and gullibility of the new rich.
A young and enthusiastically modern poet, Ivan Ponyrev, [makes] a futile attempt to chase and capture the "gang" and warn of their evil and mysterious nature. That lands Ivan in a lunatic asylum, where he is introduced to The Master, an author so embittered by [the atheistic Communist Party elite's rejection of his historical novel about Jesus of Nazareth and Pontius Pilate] that he has turned his back on the "real" world, including his devoted lover, Margarita.
The Master's mistress Margarita, however, refuses to despair of her lover or his work. She is invited to the Devil's Walpurgis Night midnight ball, where Satan (the magician Woland) offers her the chance to become a witch with supernatural powers. (But it just happens to be one of those years when Walpurgis Night coincides with Good Friday, and in the Master's novel, when Christ's fate was sealed by Pontius Pilate and he was crucified, the same coincidence had occurred.) Learning to fly and control her unleashed passions (but not without exacting violent retribution on the atheistic bureaucrats who condemned her beloved), taking her enthusiastic maid Natasha with her, Margarita enters naked into the realm of night. Flying over the deep forests and rivers of the USSR, she bathes and returns with Azazello, her escort, to Moscow as the anointed hostess for Satan's great Spring Ball. Standing by his side, she welcomes the dark celebrities of human history as they arrive from Hell ...
In addition to her music career, Faithfull has had a career as an actress. Her first professional theatre appearance was in a 1967 stage adaptation of Chekhov’s Three Sisters. She appeared in the 1967 film I'll Never Forget What's 'is Name alongside Orson Welles (where she notedly became the first person to say "fuck" in a mainstream studio picture), in the 1968 French film (English titles Girl on a Motorcycle or Naked Under Leather), and in Kenneth Anger's 1969 film Lucifer Rising, in which she played Lilith.
Mick Jagger came to stay with Marianne Faithfull at Braziers Park after his release from prison in 1967. In her autobiography she described Braziers Park as a “mixture of high utopian thoughts and randy sex”.
Mick Jagger had long had a fondness for Ginsberg, Burroughs, Kerouac, Ferlinghetti and the other Beat writers and poets. But by late 1967 his interests had veered in another, more sinister direction.
Barry Miles, Mick's friend and owner of the Indica bookshop, noticed a distinct change in his reading habits. Jagger began calling with some bizarre requests. "Mick started ordering lots of occult stuff during this time," recalled Miles.
Ever the chameleon, Jagger had been searching for a way to outrage and offend his fans' parents, and nothing fit the bill better than Satanism. The black arts offered it all: heresy, violence, spectacle, and -- best of all -- sex. What better role model for rock's quintessential antihero than the Antichrist?
Jagger was encouraged in this by Kenneth Anger, a disciple of the notorious Edwardian black magician Aleister Crowley who, like Crowley, claimed to be a magus, a satanic wizard of the highest degree.
In 1966, Anger moved into the ground floor of a large nineteenth century Victorian house in San Francisco known as the Russian Embassy. Around this time he began planning for a new film, which he planned to title Lucifer Rising and which would echo his Thelemite beliefs about the emerging Aeon of Horus. He had the name of Lucifer tattooed upon his chest and began searching for a young man who could symbolically become Lucifer, "the Crowned and Conquering Child" of the new Aeon, for Lucifer Rising.
He met various young men who could fit the position, inviting each to live with him at the Russian Embassy, although eventually he settled upon a man named Bobby Beausoleil. Then, in 1967, Anger claimed that the footage which he had been filming for Lucifer Rising had been stolen and he blamed Beausoleil for it. Beausoleil and Anger fell out, with the former getting involved with Charles Manson and his cult, the Family, eventually carrying out Manson's bidding by torturing and murdering Gary Hinman.
Anger decided to publicly reinvent himself. In the October 26, 1967 issue of Village Voice he placed a full-page advert declaring "In Memoriam. Kenneth Anger. Filmmaker 1947–1967".
The following year <1968> he travelled to London where he first met J. Paul Getty, who would subsequently become Anger's patron, and where he also met and befriended Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones and Richards' drug addicted girlfriend Anita Pallenberg.
Anger decided to use much of the older footage created for Lucifer Rising in a new film, Invocation of My Demon Brother, which starred Beausoleil, Anton LaVey, Jagger and Richards as well as Anger himself, and for which Jagger composed the music. It was released in 1969, and explored many of the Thelemic themes that Anger had originally intended for Lucifer Rising
With Invocation of My Demon Brother having used up much of the footage originally intended for Lucifer Rising, Anger once more set about to create this film, which was designed to be a symbolic analogy of the coming Aeon of Horus as prophesied in the Thelemic sacred text, The Book of the Law. Anger persuaded the singer and actress Marianne Faithfull to appear in it, and tried to convince his friend Mick Jagger to play the part of Lucifer in the film, although he refused, and instead offered his brother Chris for the part, something Anger accepted, but was not happy about.
"[Lucifer is] a teenage rebel. Lucifer must be played by a teenage boy -- it's type-casting. I'm a pagan and the film is a real invocation of Lucifer. The film contains real black magicians, a real ceremony, real altars, real human blood, and a real magic circle consecrated with blood and cum."
Anger also befriended Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page [a little later] around this time, with the two having a great mutual interest in Crowley. At Page's invitation, Anger would travel to Boleskine House on the shores of Loch Ness in Scotland, where Crowley had once lived and which Page had purchased. Page agreed to produce the soundtrack for Lucifer Rising and used the editing suite which was in the basement of his London home to shape the music which he produced. Anger later fell out with Page's wife Charlotte, who kicked him out of the house. In retaliation, Page's music was dumped from the film and replaced in 1979 by music written and recorded by the imprisoned Bobby Beausoleil, with whom Anger had made up.
It was in 1981, a decade after starting the project, that he finally finished and released the 30-minute long Lucifer Rising. Based upon the Thelemite concept that mankind had entered a new period known as the Aeon of Horus, Lucifer Rising was full of occult symbolism, starring Miriam Gibril as the Ancient Egyptian goddess Isis and Donald Cammell as her consort Osiris, as well as Marianne Faithfull as Lilith and, this time, Leslie Huggins as Lucifer. Anger starred as the Magus, the same role played in Invocation to My Demon Brother. He surrealistically combined all these characters with footage of ancient Egyptian temples and a Crowleyan adept reading from the man's texts.
In late summer of 1965, while Mick Jagger's "Satisfaction" was hitting the top of the charts, Kenneth Anger sought out Donald Cammell, who claimed that he grew up sitting on Aleister Crowley's knee (his father had known Crowley, practically his next-door neighbor, well enough to write an autobiography of him). Anger found him in Paris, with Anita Pallenberg, living in a hip "aristo" enclave shared with Robert Fraser, an Carnaby Street boutique owner and art dealer who'd introduced John Lennon and Paul McCartney to LSD.
--p. 260, "Villains' Paradise: A History of Britain's Underworld," by Donald Thomas (Note the reference to Maudsley Hospital, part of the TAVISTOCK Clinic.)
Fraser was also a very close friend of Anger's eccentric millionaire patron in London, John Paul Getty III.
As early as 1964, American artist, actor and would-be filmmaker Dennis Hopper (of EASY RIDER fame) -- someone close to Marjorie Cameron and acquainted with Anger too, hence well aware of Aleister Crowley-- was making periodic visits to Paris and often hung out with Robert Fraser, who was widely rumored to be a Thelemite. The facts are still fuzzy in this regard, but one's best guess is that it was Hopper who had first referred Anger to Cammell and Fraser, if JP Getty hadn't already. Dennis Hopper was counted among Brian Jones' friends, along with Peter Fonda and Luana Anders. Since Jones was Anita Pallenberg's lover in an apparent menage a trois with Donald Cammell, Hopper would also have known the latter.
Throughout 1964 and 1965, Mick Jagger would not have been as readily accessible to Kenneth Anger. Jagger still had supermodel Chrissie Shrimpton as steady girlfriend and wouldn't hook up with Marianne Faithfull until a few months later, in winter 1965-1966. However, once Anger had "initiated" Pallenberg into "black magic," Pallenberg would predictably introduce him to her best friend, Marianne Faithfull, and Faithfull's new paramour, Mick Jagger.
"Coincidentally," then, Kenneth Anger started "grooming" Mick Jagger for some future "Messianic" role at the very same time fellow Thelemite Tom Driberg was doing the same, supposedly from a different angle.
Mick Jagger's first known contact with a politician was in the Sixties, when he met Tom Driberg, the eccentric and promiscously homosexual Labour MP.
"Driberg was impressed with Mick Jagger, to whom he was introduced in 1965, and tried hard over a number of years to persuade the singer to take up active Labour politics." http://www.pus.gnorimiesgiasex.com/p-Tom_Driberg,_Baron_Bradwell
Driberg contemplated launching a new political party for the young, with Jagger and his girlfriend, Marianne Faithfull, as figureheads.
This was shortly before the police raid in which Jagger and the Rolling Stones' guitarist, Keith Richard, were caught in possession of drugs. The police also came upon Faithfull, wrapped in nothing but a rug.
As Marianne Faithfull describes it in her autobiography:
"By the spring of 1968 Mick had become restless. He was beginning to feel his role as lead singer of a rock 'n roll band was too confining ... he was casting about for something new. As a culture hero Mick could have become almost anything he wished. For a while, he flirted with the idea of becoming a Labour Member of Parliament!
It was that pivotal moment in the late 60's when all our fantasies about taking over the world seemed to be coming true. Mick wasn't really that interested in politics, certainly not left-wing politics. But I was, I'd come from a socialist background ... so when the charismatic Labour MP Tom Driberg contacted us, I was delighted.
He came over one afternoon to ask Mick to run for a seat in Parliament. And at this point Mick really could have done it. Mick was very principled then. He had been taken aback by the vindictiveness of the Establishment following the Redlands bust and was going around saying a lot of semi-radical things at that time. "Teenagers the world over are being pushed around by half-witted politicians who attempt to dominate their way of thinking and set a code for their living."
It was all taken quite seriously for a while. ...It was a wild idea... The right-wing establishment had tried to crush us and here was an offering from the other side. This was the moment when it all made sense, and it also, I think, made Mick and me feel quite sick.
Mick felt that the Stones were a more pervasive influence than any politician. He also knew that it would be unbelievably dull! I suppose on the most banal level it must have come down to them wanting to get the youth vote. I don't think Mick liked that idea, being bait.
Keith finally did the idea in. When Mick asked Keith what he thought, Keith told him it was about the worst idea he'd ever heard. He knew that it would have taken Mick completely out of his sphere.
He was very clever, Driberg, because he could see exactly what Mick wanted, which was a form of respectability -- and he came within an inch of success with Mick. Politics was an honourable forum, in Tom Driberg's eyes, but to Keith it wasn't at all. It would have meant a break-up of the Stones."
What Marianne Faithfull fails to mention in the foregoing is that Tom Driberg was no stranger to her; he was, in fact, a long-time "friend of the family." Driberg was an associate of her ex-spy / psychologist father and a fellow member of the "1941 Committee" responsible for the independent third party Common Wealth (led by Faithfull), under whose banner Driberg first began his career in politics in 1942. [Another member was Julian Huxley (Aldous Huxley's brother) who, as the first chief of the newborn United Nation's UNESCO, rescued rocket scientist Frank Malina from a fate his co-worker Jack Parsons wasn't lucky enough to escape.]
Or that Driberg, nominally --and by reputation in the British mainstream press, an effective cover-- a "Communist" (as many were in the postwar Labour Party), was by the early Sixties (the time of the Profumo scandal) a double agent actually working for MI5. His specialty seems to have been setting up gay politicians in homosexual "honey traps," from which --in exchange for whatever price MI5 had set-- Driberg also had the ability to "pull strings" to extricate them. (On this, see: http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/2FPRdribergT.htm.)
Along with that, Driberg was notorious for being in bed (literally) with the Krays (top British mobsters) who "had connections with the American Mafia, 'protecting' their gambling interests in London." The Krays not only backed the seedy clubs the earliest rock musicians played but also imported the drugs available in them. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/the-pm-the-peer-and-the-gay-gangster-1566219.html So, one has to wonder if Driberg, while "grooming" Mick Jagger, hadn't played both "good cop" AND bad cop" (triggering an incident which he subsequently capitalized on, turning it into a kind of crusade) in the following:
The Guardian reports that Mick Jagger was convinced he was framed in a 1969 drug raid, according to newly released reports.
The controversy around the May 1969 police raid, led by the head of the Chelsea drug squad, the curiously named Detective Sergeant Robin Constable, on Jagger's Cheyne Walk home was to prove typical of its time. Only a few years later senior detectives of Scotland Yard's drug squad found themselves on trial at the Old Bailey for just such corrupt practices.
The DPP file released this month at the National Archives shows that Jagger's allegations were taken seriously because his came with the backing of Labour MP Tom Driberg and future Conservative attorney general, Michael Havers. .
The DPP file says that Mr Constable decided to raid Jagger's Chelsea home in May 1969 after he was phoned by "an informant" who told him there was cannabis in the house. The informant also suggested they turn up at 8 pm when Jagger would be leaving to go to a recording session. </
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- Driberg there is so far the most likely candidate for influence toward
the cross-dressing bi-sexual influence, bras for men on an album cover,
which we may presume to be more of the naughty nuance of rebellion
calculated to woo the adolescent weaning complex to identify and act out
and buy records, if not more sinisterly to dead-end questioning and
cynicism and rebellion in synthetic, irrelevent token rebellion.
Had a great sound to it.
Elsewhere in cia-drugs we have material about Mick Jagger backing off
and drawing a line on occultism due to Altamont. "Blood and cum", the
blood there is not blood of martyrs and rebels and witnesses who won't
back off, but rather the opposite, the blood of innocent and righteous
shed to mutually incriminate, shared knowledge of horrors, push up
heaven by offense as Atlas/Nimrod in order to create a vacuum for
inferior agency and inferior loyalties, as witness mere conspiracy and
know-nothingism trooping by us here now daily in the form of southern
denialism and such low-mindedness. Jagger could safely fool around with
sex, but the blood, well, that drew a bad business image in red for the
Rev. Pat Robertson said that he is only a businessman, and he bought
blood diamonds from child hand hackers via Ibrahim Bah. Robertson's
cover is deeper so he can make a business pact with more blood than cum,
including Guatemalan religious monopoly by way of a pact written in
blood there, too, while Jagger had to settle for street fighting man
mere fisticuffs, a bloody lip or nose, more cum than blood. Either way,
business draws money by at least a semblance of feisty underdog
pragmatist lifting some earthly system on his shoulders as cult father
to be identified with as right-might lawgiver.
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