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Robert Anton Wilson, RIP
Reason Online ^ | 1/11/2007 | Jesse Walker

Posted on 01/12/2007 7:20:03 AM PST by oblomov

The libertarian novelist, journalist, humorist, and philosopher Robert Anton Wilson died at about 4:50 this morning, Pacific Coast time. As far as I'm aware, the last thing he wrote was this, posted on his blog last Saturday: Various medical authorities swarm in and out of here predicting I have between two days and two months to live. I think they are guessing. I remain cheerful and unimpressed. I look forward without dogmatic optimism but without dread. I love you all and I deeply implore you to keep the lasagna flying.

Please pardon my levity, I don't see how to take death seriously. It seems absurd. One of the best things Wilson ever wrote was an essay for The Realist called "13 Choruses for the Divine Marquis." Here's how it ended: I dreamed I called D.A.F. de Sade on the phone and asked him, "Jesus told me that he and you agree on at least one thing and it explains freedom. What is that one thing?"

"Quite simple," he replied, "don't be afraid of the Cross. The fear of death is the beginning of slavery."

And the line went dead with a triumphant click like a barred door falling open.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cosmictrigger; discordian; drugs; eris; fnord; guns; gunsanddopeparty; haileris; illuminati; illuminatus; libertarian; robertantonwilson; sciencefiction; sex; sirius; wilson
The modern right was greatly influenced by Wilson. RIP.
1 posted on 01/12/2007 7:20:04 AM PST by oblomov
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To: oblomov

The fnords got him. RIP.


2 posted on 01/12/2007 7:22:27 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (Tell Tom Vilsack to WEAR THE BEAR!)
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To: oblomov

I think Wilson has a lot to do with why I don't buy into any doom and gloom scenario being sold by anyone. Global Warming, SARS, Avian Flu, thanks to Wilson I see those all as different ways to spell fnord.

So long RAW, thanks for the wierdness.


3 posted on 01/12/2007 7:22:45 AM PST by discostu (Feed her some hungry reggae, she'll love you twice)
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To: oblomov

bump


4 posted on 01/12/2007 7:25:22 AM PST by lesser_satan (EKTHELTHIOR!!!)
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To: oblomov

Maybe the Illuminati got to him? RIP, Robert...


5 posted on 01/12/2007 7:25:46 AM PST by Trampled by Lambs (Yeah, whatever...)
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To: oblomov

"Never whistle while you're pissing". Hagbard Celine

Rest......


6 posted on 01/12/2007 7:29:46 AM PST by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts!!)
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To: oblomov

I don't subscribe to discordia any more but the only thing that comes to mind is 'Holy Chao' -- didn't see this coming. What was the cause?


7 posted on 01/12/2007 7:29:54 AM PST by No.6 (www.fourthfightergroup.com)
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To: oblomov

Dona eis requiem.

On to the next phase.


8 posted on 01/12/2007 7:31:45 AM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: oblomov

Is Wilson the one who wrote the book about conspiracies, called "Everything Is Under Control"? I loved the double entendre of that title.


9 posted on 01/12/2007 7:32:50 AM PST by Steve_Seattle
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To: oblomov

RIP kind Sir.

Thank you for showing me the fnords.

I'll really believe you're dead when I see the corpse and a DNA match, otherwise I will believe you are cruising the seas in that cool submarine.


10 posted on 01/12/2007 7:33:45 AM PST by TC Rider (The United States Constitution 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: Bean Counter
"Never whistle while you're pissing". Hagbard Celine

"Never take a sh*t on your own time."
11 posted on 01/12/2007 7:34:03 AM PST by Steve_Seattle
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To: oblomov

From one Ostrich Czar to another.... thanks Robert. For everything. RIP...


12 posted on 01/12/2007 7:36:39 AM PST by Dead Corpse (Anyone who needs to be persuaded to be free, doesn't deserve to be.)
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To: oblomov

"It was the year when they finally immanentized the Eschaton."

(somebody had to say it)


13 posted on 01/12/2007 7:36:51 AM PST by TC Rider (The United States Constitution 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: oblomov

Condolences to Robert Anton Wilson's family and friends.


14 posted on 01/12/2007 7:37:42 AM PST by PGalt
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To: Steve_Seattle

Yes, it's an excellent book.


15 posted on 01/12/2007 7:44:42 AM PST by oblomov (Progress is precisely that which the rules and regulations did not foresee. - von Mises)
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To: oblomov
One of the best things Wilson ever wrote was an essay for The Realist called "13 Choruses for the Divine Marquis."

I looked it up and read it.

A steaming pile. His whole theory of the Divine Marquis as a libertarian protestor against authority is common in today's world. Which leads me to wonder if any of them have read either a biography of the Marquis or any of his works. The man was pure evil, or the term has no meaning.

I suspect the modern glorification of him is largely based on his being "transgressive." Anything that upsets the middle classes must automatically be good.

16 posted on 01/12/2007 8:05:07 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Bean Counter

Whip it like Wilson


17 posted on 01/12/2007 8:10:56 AM PST by rahbert
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To: oblomov
The following message is for the Powers That Be:
YOU ARE NOT CLEARED FOR THAT!

Thank you.
Farewell.

TS

18 posted on 01/12/2007 8:25:53 AM PST by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: oblomov
RAW at last passes the "appointed to a man once to die" part of life. I suspect the "and then comes the judgment" part will be un-fun for him.

Back in the day, I found his "Schroedinger's Cat" trilogy to be quite fun. More recently I tried Illuminatus, but bounced off it badly.

19 posted on 01/12/2007 9:37:22 AM PST by Lee N. Field
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To: Lee N. Field

My first Internet account was Illuminati Online, which grew out of the Illuminati BBS (then a part of Steve Jackson Games, publishers of Illuminati and Illuminati: New World Order).


20 posted on 01/12/2007 9:41:58 AM PST by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: oblomov

Rest in peace.


21 posted on 01/12/2007 12:05:41 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Cheney X -- Destroying the Liberal Democrat Traitors By Any Means Necessary -- Ya Dig ? Sho 'Nuff.)
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To: oblomov
RIP

THE MANAGEMENT

22 posted on 01/12/2007 4:26:39 PM PST by killjoy (Life sucks, wear a helmet.)
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To: oblomov
A huge influence on my life and thinking during the critical ages of 18 to 25. I later rejected a lot of his ideas as sophomoric and intellectually sloppy, but much of his body of work still holds up for those of us concerned with individual freedom, and living life with intelligence and humor. To us sex-drugs-n-rocknroll-loving young literati, he was our Ayn Rand, and no doubt will continue to be for young people alienated by ideology and theology.

Rest in peace, Bob. The Great Salon in the Sky welcomes you, and has a bowl of sticky buds and a big-boobed redhead waiting to make your acquaintance.

23 posted on 01/13/2007 2:45:10 PM PST by TFFKAMM
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To: oblomov
Réquiem fnord aéternam dona ei, Dómine. Et lux fnord perpétua lúceat ei. Requiéscat in fnord pace. Amen.
24 posted on 01/16/2007 8:25:49 PM PST by Dajjal (See my FR homepage for new essay about Ahmadinejad.)
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To: Tanniker Smith

LOL!


25 posted on 01/16/2007 8:28:37 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: Tanniker Smith

(To your post, not Mr. WIlson's death).


26 posted on 01/16/2007 8:30:26 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: Sherman Logan

Yes, De Sade was a Libertine, not a Libertarian.


27 posted on 01/16/2007 8:53:17 PM PST by BnBlFlag (Deo Vindice/Semper Fidelis "Ya gotta saddle up your boys; Ya gotta draw a hard line")
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To: Smokin' Joe

I figured as much.


28 posted on 01/17/2007 4:27:03 AM PST by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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