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May 1, 2018


Media theorist Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980) 
wrote Ezra Pound in 1953 that
the arts and sciences 
"are in the pockets of secret societies." 

Page 235 of Letters of Marshall McLuhan, 1987 

from 1953
Dear Pound,

Last year has been spent in going through the rituals of secret societies with fine comb. As I said before I'm in a bloody rage at the discovery that the arts and sciences are in the pocket of these societies. It doesn't make me any happier that Joyce, Lewis, Eliot, yourself have used these rituals as a basis for art activity.

Monopolies of knowledge are intolerable; The use of the arts for sectarian warfare! ugh; The use of the arts as a technique of salvation! as a channel of supernatural grace! ; The validity of the rituals is entirely in the cognitive order; Art is a limitation of the process of apprehension, clarification of " "

Now that I know of the nature of the sectarian strife among the Societies I have no intention of participating in it any further until I know a good deal more. To Hell with East and West.

Scruples - the game of moral dillemas

Henry Makow received his Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Toronto in 1982. He welcomes your comments at