Order Of Nine Angles
Order Of Nine Angles

The book titled The Radical Philosophy of Anton Long is of some 84 pages, was published in 2015 (ISBN 78-1518690433, US$6), and consists of a revised version of an old text written by a supporter of the ONA, some other more recent texts, a “critical overview of Myatt’s Life & Times”, and some appendices also containing some fairly recent texts by various ONA supporters. The book also contains a useful, comprehensive, bibliography of works by Anton Long.

The first part, A Review of The Contemporary Secret Society Known As The Order of Nine Angles, is the most interesting, partly because “no attempt [is] made to prove who is behind the pseudonym Anton Long” and does not “speculate about the contemporary ‘influence’ or the ‘importance’ of Anton Long and the esoteric group.” Instead, there is a reasonable, and well referenced, overview of ONA esoteric philosophy.

The second part, A Modern Mage, however is – with one exception – a collection of essays apparently designed to, in the words of one of the authors, show that “Myatt’s own strange life is sufficient of itself to illustrate what a dedicated, modern, decades-long occult quest for knowledge and wisdom is all about and involves. He is an example of what the Seven Fold Way means and implies in real life…”

What we get is speculation, but no evidence from primary sources. Indeed, the authors seem to have committed the fallacy of post hoc ergo propter hoc; concluding that Anton Long is (or must be) Myatt because his publicly documented life apparently fits the paradigm of what someone ONA should be like and should do in the real world.

The one exception in this second part is “A Critical Overview of Myatt’s Life & Times” and this is the exception to the foregoing speculative essays only because it is a cut-and-paste of the Wikipedia article about Myatt, dated October 2015. One can only assume the authors included it either as an example of their conclusion that Myatt fits the paradigm of the archetypal ONA person, or simply to ‘pad out’ the book.

Overall, the impression given by the book’s content is that of some ONA supporters trying to present their case that Myatt is Long, and failing to convince due to offering no evidence from primary sources. The book, however, may well be useful to those – such as other ONA supporters – who already believe that Myatt is Long and who asssume, in the words of one academic quoted in the Wikipedia article, that Myatt is “paramount to the whole creation and existence of the ONA.”

On balance, therefore – and despite the interesting first part and the useful bibliography and the low price – we cannot recommend this book. We can however recommend – given that the contents are ‘in the public domain’ – someone to republish the first part together with the bibliography as a stand alone essay. {1}

Three Wyrd Sisters
2017 ev

(1} Update: That essay, and the bibliography, are now available in one pdf document here: https://wyrdsister.files.wordpress.com/2017/02/o9a-overview-v1a.pdf