_Sex, Drugs, and the Occult_
The following is excerpted from Robert Anton Wilson, _Sex, Drugs, and the
Occult_ (currently published by Falcon Press as _Sex and Drugs: A Journey
Beyond Limits_), chapter 1. Copyright 1973, 1987 by Robert Anton Wilson.
Typical European Typical American drug bust
witch trial circa 1570 circa 1970
The accused are arested in a wood- The accused are arrested in a rural
land meeting-place "commune"
The accused are alleged to have en- The accused are alleged to have en-
gaged in "obscene" or "bestial" gaged in "obscene" or "bestial"
orgies orgies or, at least, to be sexually
The accused are said to seek reli- The accused are said to seek reli-
gious visions with drugs, most com- gious visions with drugs, most com-
monly belladonna, thorn apple or monly LSD, hashish, peyote or mari-
The accused are typically defiant, The accused are typically defiant
in the manner of heretics, not in the manner of heretics, not
guilty in the manner of ordinary guilty in the manner of ordinary
The accused usually come from The accused usually come from
either the lower class (peasants, either the lower class (Negros,
serfs) or from the young scholars Mexican Americans) or from the
young intelligentsia (students)
The offense is a "crime without The offense is a "crime without
victims" or a "crime by definition" victims" or a "crime by definition"
not a real crime against persons or not a real crime against persons or
But society paradoxically demands But society paradoxically demands
harsher penalties than are given harsher penalties than are given
for crimes against persons or for crimes against persons or
General charges of Satanism, anar- General charges of treason, commu-
chism, black magic, murder, etc., nism, black magic, "un-American-
are often directed against the ism," are often levelled against
class of offenders (the "witches") the class of offenders (the "dope
According to a popular school of rationalistic historians of the last
century, there never were any "witches" and the Holy Inquisition was just
an outbreak of paranoia among the celibate priests of Roman Catholicism.
According to Dr. Margaret Murray's revisionist theory, there were "witches"
-- worshippers of the pre-Christian horned god of fertility, best known as
Pan or Dionysus -- and that compelled them believe that any prosexual
religion must be Satanic in inspiration. According to Rev. Montague
Sumners and other pro-Catholic revisers of Dr. Murray's revisionism, the
witches were =so= Satanists after all and delighted in all manner of murder
Perhaps, in the year 2573, some historians will claim that there never were
"hippies," while others will claim that hippies existed but didn't really
smoke marijuana, and a third group will insist that the hippies, always
stoned out of their skulls on belladonna, ran through the streets attacking