Psychedelic culture predates Bernays, but you should wonder about the Deep State and psychedelia

Western intellectuals were agitating for drug culture long before W. B. Yeats started up the Golden Dawn.  The Golden Dawn saw more than its share of psychedelic apologists – people who believed that weird drugs would expand the minds of their users for the betterment of all.

Thus it is sheer ignorance to claim that the attempt to push drug culture started with Bernays.

However, the following essay argues that the Deep State in the USA pushed drug culture. I agree with that claim.  I don’t think that drug culture is automatically to be disrespected simply because the Deep State took an interest in it.

Further, I note that the Golden Dawn had a high opinion of the mysteries of Eleusis, and I am nonplussed to see that some people deride those mysteries as mere instruments of political power.


The authors are in disagreement about the use of mind-altering drugs. One believes that we do should not dismiss the potential of these substances as biological tools to open doorways of the mind, and possibly spiritual dimensions; but those who consider these substances as only spiritual tools often ignore their dark side and never consider that they can be easily used as much for control. He recommends they not be used without a prior thorough study in something such as the trivium method, and suggests that, like a knife which may be used to cut your food, and also used to kill; psychedelics can be used to empower or control. It is important for people who use these substances to consider what others think of them who don’t use them for spiritual purposes. The other believes that given their provenance, they should not be taken under any circumstances.

We must consider: Does the predator think that these substances are tools for spiritual awakening, or for the control of others? What the reader may believe is not necessarily the whole truth.

How the elite of ancient Athens controlled the masses was through drug mystery initiations at Eleusis that they managed to keep secret for 2000 years during their reign, and the secret agenda of how the mysteries were actually used for control hasn’t been revealed for all to see until now – nearly 4000 years since the mysteries at Eleusis began.

Huston Smith in the introduction to The Road to Eleusis says:

The Greeks, though, created a holy institution, the Eleusinian Mysteries, which seems regularly to have opened a space in the human psyche for God to enter. The content of those Mysteries is, together with the identity of India’s sacred Soma plant, one of the two best kept secrets in history […] For by direct implication it raises contemporary questions which our cultural establishment has thus far deemed too hot to face.
The first of these is the already cited question Nietzsche raised: Can humanity survive godlessness, which is to say, the absence of an ennobling vision – a convincing, elevating view of the nature of things and life’s place within it?
Second, have modern secularism, scientism, materialism, and consumerism conspired to form a carapace that Transcendence now has difficulty piercing?
If the answer to that second question is affirmative, a third one follows hard in its heels. Is there need, perhaps an urgent need, to devise something like the Eleusinian Mysteries to get us out of Plato’s cave and into the light? [emphasis added] ~ Huston Smith – Intro Road to Eleusis, p. 10.

Apparently that’s what was actually done: The elites and oligarchs, based on their own arrogance and ad verecundiam, or false appeal to authority, recreated the Eleusinian mysteries to pull the masses from one of Plato’s caves, and not into the light but, rather, into another cave.

The meaning of “the noble lie,” referred to as “an ennobling vision” by Smith, above, is defined: “In politics a noble lie is a myth or untruth, often, but not invariably, of a religious nature, knowingly told by an elite to maintain social harmony or to advance an agenda. The noble lie is a concept originated by Plato as described in the Republic.”[59]

I know that many of my readers don’t want to slog through 14000 words in a single blog post, so I won’t quote the entire essay, but the original can be found at:

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