Better World is Possible
essential and honored part of the acknowledged heritage of the CHURCH OF GNOSTIC LUMINISM
will be the many individuals and groups throughout history, and at the present time, who
have put, or are putting, their “lives, fortune, and sacred honor” on the line
to aid in the creation of a truly civilized society, as we have defined the term above, on
movements have had widely varying beliefs, from devout religion to atheism; but they have
shared an essential vision: the possibility, and the necessity, of a worldwide
voluntary-cooperative society on Earth, and a worldwide economy based on mutual aid rather
many cases, these views have placed these movements at odds with State and Church, and
there have been bitter centuries of cruel persecutions, which continue to this day.
some periods, there has been actual warfare and genocide perpetrated against the
Libertarian Visionaries; and this, also, to our sorrow, continues today.
of the major elements of this movement have been the following:
vision of a society based on cooperation and liberty was elaborated in the writings of
(612-531 BC), the Chinese founder of Taoism; and by
(c. 400 BC) and
of Citium (334-262 BC), representatives
of the Greek Cynic and Stoic philosophies respectively.
(572-479 BC) put many similar ideas into practice at his school in Crotona, as did the
Essenes of Palestine in the first
of the New Testament portrays the essential anarchist vision in many of his
teachings, particularly the Sermon on the
Mount, the parable of the judgment in Matthew
25: 31-46, and the tales of the woman taken in adultery
Gnostic-influenced Alexandrian philosopher
founded a communitarian
society in the second century CE.
the medieval period in Europe, the utopian vision was kept alive as a secret tradition by
the Knights Templar.
renaissance period saw the emergence of the
Diggers, proto-anarchist movements, as well
as many communitarian religious movements.
Illuminati of Bavaria,
founded in the 18th century, preserved the vision of a social system based on liberty,
equality and fraternity, and pledged to work toward its establishment on Earth.
19th century Europe and America there was a widespread and popular utopian movement.
communists like the
Bruderhof, and many others, fled repression on the
Continent and established colonies in the New World.
religious communist movement reached its pinnacle with the Perfectionists and
John Humphrey Noyes
(1811-1886), founder of the
in New York.
was also a secular communitarian movement, built largely around the ideas of
strand in the 19th century tapestry was the transcendentalist movement, including
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Henry David Thoreau
word “anarchy” comes from the Greek an, indicating negation, and archos,
meaning rule or coercion. The anarchist vision is of a society based on
voluntary cooperation rather than order imposed by the threat of force.
philosophy of anarchism is expressed in the words of
“...all forms of government rest on violence, and are therefore wrong and harmful,
as well as unnecessary.”
“To be governed is to be at every move,
at every operation,
at every transaction,
noted, registered, enrolled,
taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, forbidden,
reformed, corrected, punished. It
is, under pretext of public utility, and in the name of the general interest, to be placed
under contribution, trained, ransomed, exploited, monopolized, extorted, squeezed,
then, at the slightest resistance,
the first word of complaint,
to be repressed, fined, despised,
harassed, tracked, abused,
clubbed, choked, imprisoned, shot, machine-gunned, judged, condemned, deported,
sacrificed, sold, betrayed;
and, to crown all,
mocked, ridiculed, outraged, dishonored. That
that is its justice;
that is its morality.”
has developed into several distinct schools, as roughly outlined below.
proponents of these traditions will all be respected by the Church of Gnostic Luminism as
our spiritual forebears, one branch of the Revolutionary Luminist family tree.
continued persecution, the anarchist movement remains alive today; and the Church of
Gnostic Luminism will attempt to support, nurture, and network with it in every possible
anarchism was expounded by
recent names include
anarchism was propounded by
libertarians who acknowledge this tradition include
movement anarchism is represented by the anarcho-syndicalists, and was elaborated by
Mary “Mother” Jones
D. “Big Bill” Haywood
the Haymarket Martyrs, and
Sacco & Vanzetti.
anarchism was preached by
John Humphrey Noyes
William Lloyd Garrison
20th century anarcho-pacifist movement has roots in religious anarchist thought as well as
the transcendentalism of Thoreau and Emerson; major names in this area include
Mahatma Mohandas Gandhi
the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
spontaneous emergence in the American Empire of a massive and overwhelming spiritual
awakening of a visionary-libertarian nature was the primary event of historical
significance in the 1960s.
in the view of the Church of Gnostic Luminism, it was of comparable importance to the
advents of Buddha and Christ in previous generations, or to the discoveries of Copernicus
called “the psychedelic revolution,” this movement was a culturally shared
experience of expanded consciousness,
and a glimpse attained by millions of a higher, truer reality than that admitted by the
voices that gave utterance to the ideals of this movement included:
is often the case with radical spiritual movements on Earth, the Rainbow Tribes were
subjected to immediate reaction and persecution from the civil and ecclesiastical powers
of the day.
psychedelic counterculture that sprang from the revelations of the 1960s was, and is still
being fought by the Empire in a ruthless campaign of violent suppression amounting to
virtual cultural genocide.
vital remnants of the Rainbow Tribes survive underground today, as did the early
Christians persecuted by Rome in the 2nd and 3rd centuries of the common era, and the
Knights Templar, who were massacred en masse by Church and State in the early 14th