Anton LaVey: just another Jewish plagiarist

Zeena and Nikolas Schreck – February 2, 1998

The Satanic Bible was conceived as a commercial vehicle by paperback publisher Avon Books. Avon approached Anton Lavey (ASL) for some kind of Satanic work to cash in on the Satanism & witchcraft fad of the late 1960s. Pressed for material to meet Avon’s deadline, ASL resorted to plagiarism, assembling extracts from an obscure 1896 tract – Might is Right by Ragnar Redbeard into a “Book of Satan” for the SB, and claiming its authorship by himself. [Ironically these MiR passages are the ones most frequently quoted by ASL disciples.] Another third of the SB consists of John Dee’s “Enochian Keys”, taken directly but again without attribution from Aleister Crowley’s Equinox. The SB‘s “Nine Satanic Statements”, one of the Church of Satan’s central doctrines, is a paraphrase, again unacknowledged, of passages from Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. The last words in the SB – “Yankee Rose” – have been puzzled over for years by readers. “YR” is actually the name of an old popular tune in ASL’s nightclub repertoire.


Author: National-Satanist

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2 thoughts on “Anton LaVey: just another Jewish plagiarist”

  1. The Satanic Bible is plagiarized verbatim from Might is Right, an inconoclastic anti-Christian book published in 1896 by Ragnar Redbeard (pseudonym). Later, LaVey would acknowledge this, saying “nobody’s even heard of the damned book. …The copyright, even with renewal; would have recently expired.”



  2. Anton Lavey was involved with militant Israeli groups, some of which were running guns to the newly emerged nation – organizations with names like Betar, Hashimer Hatzair, Poale Zion, the Stem Gang, and Irgun. Those Zionist gunrunners could best be called ideological mercenaries.

    Anton Lavey: “I would be hired to play for a fashion show or variety show, then I’d get through and go right down to the docks where crates of guns were being loaded onto ships to Israel. Many of the guns were ones that had been ‘liberated’ during the war by American soldiers and were slated as DEWAT [deactivated war trophies]. But before they had a chance to be officially deactivated they were cosmolined up and sent to Israel. They’d wind up in a crate marked ‘menorahs’ or something- mostly German MP 40’s and P-38’s, but even Japanese Nambus, anything could get their hands on. Afterwards, I’d get letters of praise from the fashion show organizers saying how much I’d added to their presentation; little did they know what I’d been doing after their show.”



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