In today's "post-truth" world, we are becoming inundated with fantasy fictions, "alternate news," and grossly oversimplified (and wildly exaggerated) conspiracy theories that identify cryptocratic power structures ruling our fates. But suppose the truth is both stranger than any fiction and more nuanced and disturbing than any theory? Suppose it is not conspiracy but complicity that creates our world?
Beginning as an investigation into the author's childhood inside a closet aristocracy of "progressive" British entrepreneurs, Vice of Kings uncovers a history both disturbingly personal and shockingly universal. By juxtaposing disc jockey Jimmy Savile's secret cultural, criminal, and political affiliations in the second half of the 20th century with the life and teachings of Aleister Crowley in the first, it uncovers an alarming body of evidence that ritual child abuse is not only the dark side of occultism, but the shadowy secret at the heart of culture, both ancient and modern.
In the process, Vice of Kings reveals an invisible culture behind the one we know, a secret hierarchy that impacts our lives, in ways both subtle and profound, from birth until death. It is a cryptocratic superculture that operates via traumagenesis (intentionally traumatic child-rearing practices), secret initiation/recruitment rituals (abusive social structures), and collective cultural "inception" via mass media and the arts. By shaping our world implicitly, from the inside out, it makes us complicit with itlike the sleeping subjects of hidden monarchs.
About the Author
Jasun Horsley is a writer, filmmaker, artist, and musician. He is on the autism spectrum and sees creativity, spirituality, and the autistic experience (in its purest form) as synonymous: a going inward in order to make sense of what's outside, and vice versa. Writing as Aeolus Kephas, he is the author of The Lucid View.
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The Grandfather: Alec Horsley, Northern Dairies, the Fabian Society
"Even though meritocracy is their reliable cover, social stratification was always the Fabians' real trump suit. Entitlements are another Fabian insertion into the social fabric, even though the idea antedates them, of course."
— John Taylor Gatto, Underground History of American Education
The first thing that stood out about my family history was my brother's relationship to Jimmy Boyle. My brother first met Boyle at Stevenson College, Edinburgh where Boyle was doing a "Training for Freedom" course, working two days a week at the local community center then returning to Saughton Prison at night. I knew he'd met Boyle via our paternal grandfather, so that was the next logical place to focus, in terms of seeking the beginning of the rot that eventually felled the tree. My brother was the eldest son of the eldest son of my grandfather, so back to the paternal ancestors I would go.
There isn't much online about Alec Horsley; fortunately, a cousin, who was also interested in our family background, sent me a PDF of a short memoir Alec wrote in 1987, as a foreword to a collection of poems by a prisoner he'd befriended in his seventies, Joy and Woe by Trevor Ounsworth. Ounsworth was a convicted rapist and one of the poems is allegedly about rape. I wasn't able to read the poems, but Alec's short introduction-memoir provided me with some names and dates that allowed for a whole latticework of associations to emerge.
My grandfather was born in 1902 and went to Oxford, Worcester College, probably in 1922. By his own account, he won a scholarship that almost entirely paid his way there. Who did he meet there and what was his involvement, if any, in the arcane Oxford secret societies and hazing rituals? My initial guess is that, since my grandfather (apparently) wasn't from the aristocracy, it was here he made the connections that sent him on the road to "Bilderberg" thereafter. As he writes: "My family progressed from working class to lower middle. And as for me, thanks to Oxford, country sport, and colonial appointment, I was busy scaling the class ladder, without being aware of my own drives" (Ounsworth, 1987, p. 5, emphasis added). There is some reason to question Alec's account of things, however. His father, George Horsley, drove a Rolls-Royce some of the time (a habit my brother unconsciously copied in his early twenties), apparently alternating between wealth and poverty depending how well his enterprises were going. A Rolls-Royce is not a well-known perk for the "lower middle."
After Oxford, Alec worked in Nigeria from 1925 to 1932, either as assistant to the district officer or as district officer, depending on the source (Alec himself claimed the former, so it's most likely accurate). After he returned to the UK, got married, had children, and founded Northern Dairies, World War II broke out and my grandparents established their family home Talbot Lodge, in Hessle. "From the start," he writes, "we gained a reputation for holding 'open house' and encouraged and of course enjoyed the visits of our many friends ... They came from all over Britain and several far off and sometimes exotic places abroad" (Ounsworth, 1987, p. 8).
As I wrote in Seen and Not Seen, among Alec's lifelong pals were
Jacob Bronowski (The Ascent of Man), who worked for the Ministry of Home Security during World War Two (i.e., he was a spy), and Baron Eric Roll. Roll was appointed Professor of Economics and Commerce at University College, Hull, with the backing of John Maynard Keynes, the famous economist and (not so famous) pederast. This would have been around the time my grandfather met Roll. Roll worked for the Ministry of Food, went on to become director of the Bank of England, and between 1986 and 1989 acted as chairman of the notorious (among conspirologists) Bilderberg meetings. (p. 274)
In 1954, Alec held the office of sheriff of Hull. The position was abolished in 1974 for whatever reason, and then reestablished in 2013. Since then it has been held by Virginia Bottomley, who was a governor of the London School of Economics for thirty-one years! The closely-related office of high steward of Kingston upon Hull has been occupied by the infamous Peter Mandelson since the same year, 2013, having also been abolished for the same period. Mandelson is accused of being a high-level "Satanist" at some of the more extreme conspiracy theory internet sites (e.g., Henry Makow), as well as, jokingly, of making a "satanic pact" for immortality by The Independent. Leaving such lurid claims aside, he has also been more legitimately accused of involvement in child sexual abuse cover-ups, as reported in "Blair Paedophile Minister? Ask Peter Mandelson" (The Needle, 2014). Like Roll, Mandelson has chaired the mysterious Bilderberg meetings, and is, or was, closely tied to my uncle Chris Haskins, since they belong to some of the same think tanks (social engineering groups), as described in Chapter XVI.
I also found an interesting ancestral lead via the man who is listed at Wikipedia as sheriff of Hull for 1949:
Rupert Alexander Alec-Smith, TD (5 September 1913, Beverley, Yorkshire — 23 December 1983, Hull, Yorkshire) was an Englishman with an abiding interest in local history and founded the Georgian Society for East Yorkshire in 1937 [Northern Foods' start date, again]. ... He was Lord Mayor of Hull in 1970–71 and made Lord Lieutenant of Humberside in 1980. ... Personal papers include over 500 letters of his parents, Alexander Alec-Smith and Adelaide Alec-Smith (née Horsley), largely sent during the First World War, and about 300 letters Rupert Alec-Smith sent during the Second World War.
Since Alec-Smith is a double-barreled combination of the names Alec and Smith, that means both the surnames Alec and Horsley are linked to someone who was the sheriff of Hull five years before Alec took the title. This can hardly be dismissed as a coincidence; yet if it is not, the suggestion is that Alec belonged to the same line as Robert Alec-Smith and is descended from Adelaide Horsley. If so, why has this part of my family history been so thoroughly buried?
In the early 1950s, Alec was invited to visit the USSR as part of a British team for an "East-West trade conference." In Moscow he met Lord Boyd Orr, who became president of Northern Foods. Alec then traveled to Siberia, Outer Mongolia, and China on unspecified business. What was he doing there? These were not the sorts of places one went for holidays back then (or even now), nor is it obvious how or why running a dairy would require visiting communist countries. I am not sure how easy it was to get into these countries at that time either.
Orr is an interesting character. He was born in Scotland and studied at Glasgow University. Like Alec's slightly spurious claim for himself, Orr apparently worked his way up from working class roots to the pinnacle of wealth and power.
In the years following the Second World War, Boyd Orr was associated with virtually every organization that has agitated for world government, in many instances devoting his considerable administrative and propagandistic skills to the cause. "The most important question today," he says in his autobiography, "is whether man has attained the wisdom to adjust the old systems to suit the new powers of science and to realize that we are now one world in which all nations will ultimately share the same fate." (Nobel Media, 2007)
Soon after Alec's various sojourns, at the very start of the Suez Crisis, Lord Piercy and John Kinross of Industrial & Commercial Finance Corporation (formed by the Bank of England) approved Northern Dairies as a public firm. Then, in 1954, my grandfather was "approached by the Orthodox Church of Russia to organize a group of British churchmen to go to the USSR to visit their churches, without any strings. The visit proved most useful" (Ounsworth, 1987, p. 10. He wrote a booklet about it).
In passing, I note that Lord Piercy became a full-time undergraduate student at the Fabian-created London School of Economics in 1910. He worked for the Inland Revenue during World War One, as well as being a minister of food. During World War Two, he was head of the British Petroleum mission in Washington D.C., principal assistant secretary in the Ministry of Supply and the Ministry of Aircraft Production, and personal assistant to the deputy prime minister, Clement Attlee. From 1945 to 1964, Piercy served as chairman of the Industrial & Commercial Finance Corporation which was set up to provide means to smaller businesses in the United Kingdom. He was also a director of the Bank of England from 1946 to 1956. That's a total of two directors of the Bank of England (the B of E helped found the National Socialist Party in Germany during the 1930s) whom my "socialist" grandfather chose to single out in his seven-page memoir.
During this same period (the mid- to late 1950s), Northern Dairies became affiliated with Mackintosh (Quality Street) and Terry's chocolate companies. My grandfather also mentions a trip to Dublin — Northern Ireland being the first place which Alec's company extended its business to: "The Irish gave me ...a better understanding of the men of history and conviction who will fight to the end and achieve little. So often such men are better at dying than living. They will not even consider that it is possible to be good at both" (Ounsworth, 1987, p. 10).
In 1962, the year my brother was born, Alec received a letter from Errol Barrow, the premier of Barbados, inviting him to bring dairy trade there. As it happens, Barrow also studied at the London School of Economics. Jumping ahead several decades, my father spent the last years of his life in Barbados, having moved there after he left Northern Foods. He ran an ice cream business during his retirement years: a return to his roots, since his first major success as a director of Northern Dairies was to acquire a stake in the Mr. Whippy ice cream company and then sell it at a large profit two years later.
In the 1980s, while my father was going from success to success as the chairman of Northern Foods, my grandfather, in his late seventies, entered into "very active voluntary work both with Hull's top security prison and Age Concern" (Ounsworth, 1987, p. 8.) (Age Concern was the banner title used by a number of charitable organizations concerned with the needs of older people and based chiefly in the four countries of the United Kingdom.) It was presumably the former activity that led to Alec's involvement with Jimmy Boyle. I don't know much about his work with Age Concern, but I do know that he was involved with some sort of scandal in his later years concerning a bicycle business by which he allegedly embezzled money by stealing old people's pensions.
I also know that my father disliked Alec for his entire life. Even after Alec had died, he appeared to bear ill feelings for him. Yet beyond indicating that Alec was a bully, I never really knew why.CHAPTER 2
A brief history of Fabianism: coopting the left and right
"To speak of scientific management in school and society without crediting the influence of the Fabians would do great disservice to truth, but the nature of Fabianism is so complex it raises questions this essay cannot answer. To deal with the Fabians in a brief compass as I'm going to do is to deal necessarily in simplifications in order to see a little how this charming group of scholars, writers, heirs, heiresses, scientists, philosophers, bombazines, gazebos, trust-fund babies, and successful men and women of affairs became the most potent force in the creation of the modern welfare state, distributors of its characteristically dumbed-down version of schooling."
— John Taylor Gatto, Underground History of American Education
As a child and teenager attending private school, I never had any time for history. I hated school with a passion and experienced its regimentations as suffocating and oppressive. Every class was an ordeal to be endured, and my overall ambition was simply to avoid as much as possible being in any way influenced, shaped, or informed by the "masters" and their regimens. In terms of historical facts, I retained almost nothing of what we were taught in history (just a bit about Mussolini getting the trains to run on time). So for me to be writing a historical work overflowing with names, dates, and events, all of which I fear may be numbing to the reader, and to find my own interest so keen, is ironic, to say the least. But then, a large part of my ennui at school related to my felt sense that what I was being taught was not the real truth.
Another, even deeper reason for my ennui at school was that the methods of teaching — which as we'll see directly relate to Fabian methods of social engineering — were very much meant to be soul-deadening and mind-crushing. It was only that I would not, or could not, submit to them. As it happens, the first thing that really tipped me off that something was missing from my family's "official" history was the Fabian link to my grandfather. And one of the first really shocking discoveries was that two of the schools which my siblings and I had attended also had Fabian affiliations, even though there was no reason to think my grandfather had anything to do with our being sent there. In fact, in all the time I spent with my family, I don't remember ever once hearing anyone mention the Fabian Society.
Yet once I began to follow that lead, I quickly found out that the Fabians are the conspiracy bugaboo of the right. This presented a problem so far as finding reliable information about them, because a great deal of the unofficial history of the Society seems to be confined to websites with axes to grind. Actually, what I was initially looking for was some sort of concrete evidence of sexual abuse in my family history, since all the signs seemed to point that way. The Jimmy Boyle/Kray connection certainly did, and I began to wonder: Did the Fabian octopus share a tentacle or two with that of organized crime and child sexual abuse?
Early Fabians tended to downplay their interest in — or debt to — Karl Marx but there can be little doubt that they were inspired by his work, directly or otherwise. I say directly because Marx lived in London from 1849 up to his death in 1883, and spent countless hours working on his Das Kapital in the reading room of the British Museum (which then housed the British Library collection). George Bernard Shaw was introduced to Marx's work by Henry Hyndman, who discovered The Communist Manifesto in 1864 and formed Britain's first socialist political party, The Social Democratic Federation, in 1881. He was the first author to popularize Marx's works in English and introduced them to Shaw around 1882. The Fellowship of the New Life (which later became the Fabian Society) was founded the following year, in 1883, the year of Marx's death.
Shaw described Marx's Kapital as
not a treatise on Socialism: it is a jeremiad against the bourgeoisie. ... It was addressed to the working classes; but the working man respects the bourgeoisie, and wants to be a bourgeois. Marx never got a hold of him for a moment. It was the revolting sons of the bourgeoisie itself ... like myself, bourgeois, who painted the flag red. The professional and penniless younger son classes are the revolutionary element in society: the proletariat is the Conservative element. ... Marx made me a Socialist and saved me from becoming a literary man. (1949, pp. 49–50)
The Fellowship of the New Life dissolved in 1898, after which the Fabian Society grew to become a preeminent academic society in the UK. Many Fabians participated in the formation of England's Labour Party in 1900. The party's constitution, written by Sidney Webb, borrowed heavily from the founding documents of the Fabian Society. As seen in the Labour Party Foundation Conference in 1900, the Fabian Society claimed 861 members and sent one delegate. (See World Heritage Encyclopedia, no date given.) The Society grew throughout 1930–1940 over many countries under the British rule, and many future leaders of these countries were influenced by the Fabians during their struggles for independence from the British. These leaders included India's Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru (whose fashion sense — "the Nehru jacket" — influenced the counterculture), Obafemi Awolowo, who later became the premier of Nigeria's defunct Western Region, and the founder of Pakistan, barrister Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Lee Kuan Yew, the first prime minister of Singapore, had a political philosophy strongly influenced by the Fabian Society. In the twenty-first century, the Fabian Society's influence is felt through Labour Party leaders and former prime ministers of Great Britain, such as Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.(Continues…)
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Table of Contents
Cock-up or Conspiracy? (Author's Note) xv
Introduction Glamor vice xix
Part I Occult Yorkshire: Fabian Family Secrets and Jimmy Savile's Britain
Chapter I The Grandfather: Alec Horsley, Northern Dairies, the Fabian Society 3
Chapter II A brief history of Fabianism: co-opting the left and right 9
Chapter III Havelock Ellis, Lolita, and the sexual child 21
Chapter IV Progressive politics and witchcraft: Brazier's Park, order of Woodcraft, Common Wealth 27
Chapter V Progressive schools: Abbotsholme, Theosophy, Wicca, Grith Fyrd 33
Chapter VI Sex, drugs, rock & roll, and Dandies: Marianne Faithfull, the Stones, Tom Driberg, and LSE 39
Chapter VII Food control, world control: Suez Crisis, Northern Dairies, Marks & Spencer 47
Chapter VIII Mass observation and dance halls: Jimmy Savile's beginnings 53
Chapter IX Evolutionary theory and social engineering: Richard Acland's Common Wealth 61
Chapter X The Gates of Hell: MKULTRA, Robert Graves, William Sargant, and Wasson's Magic Mushroom 67
Chapter XI A Scientific Outlook: Congress for Cultural Freedom, Bertrand Russell, William Empson, and the New Criticism 73
Chapter XII Tentacles across the ocean: Edward House, Woodrow Wilson, the Council on Foreign Relations 83
Chapter XIII Jimmy's Kingdom: LSE, NHS, and the beginnings of psychiatric social work and child care 91
Chapter XIV Strategy of wolves: UK child care system as sex abuse network 99
Chapter XV Child abuse as sex magick and sexual research: Aleister Crowley, Margaret Mead, Alfred Kinsey 107
Chapter XVI World process: Kinderladen, Paedophile Information Exchange, and Labour 117
Chapter XVII A master key: Northern Foods, MIS, Groucho Club, Lord Haskins 127
Chapter XVIII A Lamb among Wolves: Richard Dawkins, Gore Vidal, the Secret of Secrets 139
Part II The Crowley Joke
Chapter XIX Pedophilia and organized ritual abuse 151
Chapter XX None dare call it insanity: Crowley, occultism, and child sacrifice 163
Chapter XXI Island of the Ipsissimus: the Abbey of Thelema 173
Chapter XXII To the assault! or: why should we take Crowley seriously? 181
Chapter XXIII Hangdog with a Hard-On 191
Chapter XXIV A sodomitic will: from the Crow's mouth 201
Chapter XXV Necessary offense: the left-hand path and sexual liberation as social engineering 209
Chapter XXVI A Luciferian Lighthouse: an act of unconscious animal sacrifice 217
Chapter XXVII Circles of denial: checking in with the experts 225
Chapter XXVIII Over to Satan's Side: Espionage, Black Mass, and Blackmail 233
Chapter XXIX A worn-out toy: Poupée's death, God-identification, Garbanzo's passing 239
Chapter XXX Spectral justice: the unconscious confession of the taboo-breaker 249
Chapter XXXI Abuse culture and the law of the strong 257
Chapter XXXII Blood Treason 267
Afterword: The truth of affect 273
About the Author 323