In the response to the events of this past Jan. 6th , Jack “The Agnostic” Garcia travels back a century to explore the deep venomous roots of the current waves of Fascism and antisemitism ravaging the nation like a deadly cancer. First off, its political gangs , thugs and criminals that managed to reach the pinnacles of power in Washington. Groups like The American Protective League – who were given nifty badges and with the help of the F.B.I , the police , draft boards and vigilante volunteers rounded up tens of thousands of socialists , pacifists and intellectuals during a period of martial law that was virtually been erased from the history books. Then its The Ohio Gang – who managed to latch themselves onto a dim-witted , over sexed dark horse Republican presidential candidate – Warren G Harding , who gets elected in 1920. The Ohio Gang then sets up an alternative White house where they loot and pillage the federal government from top to bottom, in an orgy of corruption. And last but not least its Henry Ford, Uber titan of industry and king of the American Antisemites. His series of hateful newspaper articles (The International Jew) were reprinted in book form and translated into several languages (including German) . The unholy text highly influencing Adolf Hitler and the rapidly rising Nazi party.
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Jack “The Agnostic” Garcia continues his examination of the transcendentalists , a significant if under appreciated group who played a decisive role in the introduction of Eastern thought and spiritual values into American culture. This time out its the 2nd and 3rd wave, later followers like James Freeman Clarke and Samuel Johnson – who dedicated their lives to writing informative volumes on the religions of Persia, India and China. The dynamic duo also helped to form The Free Religion Association and were instrumental in the concept of a World Congress of Religions. Next up – its Paul Carus – a spiritual maverick who edits two groundbreaking periodicals and collaborates with experts from Asia , working endlessly to cultivate lasting friendships and creating contacts between East and West. And last but not least …Lafacadia Hearn – who decides to take an oceanic pilgrimage to Japan and transforms himself , in an almost superhuman effort to burrow deeply into its inner soul (every aspect of Japanese spirituality and culture).
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In the first of a series of programs dealing with interfaith spirituality , Jack “The Agnostic” Garcia examines the transcendentalist movement of the mid 19th century. A decisive event that ignites the first flowering of American artistic genius and lays the foundation for the modern interest in Eastern philosophy , spirituality and art. A loosely bound group of rebellious philosophers and writers from rigid puritanical and Calvinistic New England , the transcendentalists many of whom were Unitarian ministers , firmly believed in the essential unity of all creation and assimilated eastern thought and spiritual values into their own intellectual views. In part 1 – its the Father of The Transcendentalists – Ralph Waldo Emerson – who devours the great literary classics of the East (44 books) and then infuses the spiritual values of Hinduism and Confusianism into his journals, essays and poetry. Then its his friend and acolyte – Henry David Thoreau – who finds himself attracted to the Eastern concepts of self discipline and detachment , and decides to undertake a two year Zen-like experiment at Walden pond.
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In the conclusion to GRR’s epic examination of the origins and development of astrology, Jack “The Agnostic” Garcia takes a wild ride around the cosmic circle of the zodiac and documents the largely unknown story of the mystic astral arts. First off, its the early stages of human development as pre historic star gazers feel compelled to paint , carve and engrave signs of the constellations (celestial maps) transforming their humble cave dwellings into cavernous cathedrals. Linking the star patterns to animals , the symbol of the circle and the far more ancient totemistic primal religion in the process. Over the course of many centuries the planets and stars (visible to the naked eye) are assigned specific qualities , associations, rituals and purposes. This astral mythology and celestial spirituality merges and is transferred, adapted , and absorbed by virtually every culture growing more and more complex and sophisticated over time. Next up, its the casting of a celestial map (horoscopes) , the astral configuration at the exact time and place of an individual’s birth – which can determine the cosmic forces that act on each of the 12 stellar mansions or houses (the signs of the zodiac) and can be used as a guide by the astrologer to tap into a persons full spiritual potential. Then last but not least – Jack visits the 12 signs aka the celestial houses or astral mansions of the zodiac digging deeply into each individual signs rich amalgamation of symbolism , allegory , mythology and spirituality.
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In The GRR season #12 premiere -Jack “The Agnostic” Garcia zig zags his way through the latitudes and longitudes of space and time and chronicles the mysterious origins and extraordinary development of the mystic art of astrology. First off, it’s the land of the fertile crescent (Mesopotamia) as the Sumerians endlessly search the night skies in a quest to fully understand the secrets of cosmic harmony and divine celestial order. Linking the planets and stars to their own supreme deities, they formulate a mystical system of divination. Up next, it’s the Hellenistic world as the Greeks who not only loved astrology but democratized it, start to develop theories on the place of humanity and the celestial bodies in the universe. Then its the ancient Israelites who much to the surprise of modern day scholars and historians , sometimes placed beautiful mosaics of the zodiac in the center of their synagogues . Perhaps as a testament to the presence of God among the planets and stars. Next up, the Roman empire who import astrology from Greece and make it their own, even contributing the names of the planets still in use today. Then its off to Asia , where the Chinese develop their own elaborate system – one which associates each year with a particular animal. And India whose astrologers use Hellenistic techniques but infuse Indian social values and spiritual beliefs into the astral mix. And last stop…the Americas , where pre-Colombian stargazers sat patiently watching and calibrating the movements of the supreme celestial bodies. A serious and sacred task since the calculations decided the correct time for their blood ritual sacrifices.
To help celebrate this strangest of years independence day (July 4th) , Jack “The Agnostic” Garcia debuts a new ongoing GRR exclusive series exposing the steaming soft-white underbelly of American history. First off, its the venomous senator from Wisconsin – Joe McCarthy . A heavy drinker with a trumped up war record who manages via a series of anti-communist speeches to become a media darling and one of the most powerful men in Washington . “Tailgunner Joe” , wielded his sword of power like a vengeful , angry God and took special delight in destroying countless peoples lives in the process. Next up, its a historical overview of post Civil War reconstruction in the south, as progressive republicans in congress attempt a noble but ultimately failed experiment to ensure the civil and political rights of freed African Americans. An experiment that hoped to build a more equiltarian society amidst the ashes of a war ravaged nation. And last but not least … its the perverse history of America’s very own home grown white supremacist terrorist organization – the klu klux klan . Jack chronicles the unholy path of this fraternal order of bigoted thugs over the course of 150 years. As they spew their venom across the decades and sometimes even manage to bring their hateful ideology into the halls of government and houses of worship.
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In the exciting conclusion, Jack “The Agnostic” Garcia rides the whirlwind of history and giddy-ups into the lusty lives and rowdy legends of those Robin Hood like desperados of the old west – The James and Younger gangs who held the nation spellbound with their exploits for 15 years (1866-1881). Ex confederate guerilla fighters and on the losing side of the Civil War , The James boys return home to the family farm in Missouri only to find the land under siege by corrupt railroad agents, bankers and industrialists. Victims of predatory capitalism, the angry young men decide to form a criminal band that can strike swiftly with commando precision and then vanish with ghostly ease. With an ever changing cast of characters , a grand sense of style and a touch of P.T. Barnum like showmanship , the James-Younger gang would become folk heroes as the defenders of the rural Arcadia against the invading carpetbaggers. Jack also provides detailed analysis of the Jesse James legend in film and examines six movies from classic Hollywood era (1939-1950). Including the cinematic visions of such master movie makers as Fritz Lang,Sam Fuller and Nicholas Ray.
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In the second installment of GRR’s epic 3 part miniseries, Jack “The Agnostic” Garcia saddles up and rides like thunder through the dusty winds of time and gallops back to the bygone days of the untamed American frontier. First up, its vigilante justice as citizens who felt that the law was too weak , slow to act or corrupt take matters into their own hands and formed gangs of vengeance. Some of these wolf packs ran amok (The East Texas Regulators & The Hounds of San Francisco) and turned out to be far worse than the desperados they were supposed to be pursuing. Then its the kinky story of the most unique of these gangs – The Slicker Spankers of Missouri , who seemed far more interested in humiliating their victims with bondage and discipline than lynching them. Next up, its the little known story of Maurice Barrymore, founder of the legendary acting dynasty – who in desperate need of cash decides to take his theatrical troupe on a tour of the west , and its a smashing success . That is until one dark and stormy night the prince of players runs into one of the meanest gunslingers in Texas , Big Jim Currie. And last but not least , its the fateful tale of the last of the western outlaws and perhaps the most bungling bandit of them all – Al Jennings of Oklahoma. A legend of his own making , Jennings writes a highly fictionalized autobiography and by chance becomes an actor and technical consultant to many B movie westerns.
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GRR returns from the Cov-19 induced lockdown as Jack “The Agnostic” Garcia continues the popular and ground breaking series on the American Western frontier. First off, its the truth and consequences of Manifest Destiny as militant protestant religious fervor merges with national policy and an endless stream of white topped wagons and railroad boxcars roll across the plains. Then its the sad but inspiring story of Modoc indian chief Captain Jack – who betrayed and enslaved by the government , decides to pack up the entire tribe and vanish from the reservation sparking off an uprising that ultimately will fail. Next up, its the exciting exploits of two legendary bands of outlaw brothers. The Renos – who with six guns drawn invented the new and successful technique of boarding and robbing a train followed by The Reynolds – who not only held up stagecoaches for their own gain but also stole lots of gold for the confederacy. Then its the King of the outlaws – Bill Doolin – who had a cool, shrewd head on his shoulders and planned carefully thought out and executed robberies. And last but not least , Jack joins the last ride of The Dalton gang – who become famous for pulling off the most bungled bank robbery in the history of the west.
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It’s Springtime, the season of life’s opening and renewal – and its also a time of special spiritual significance for Christians as they remember and celebrate the conception , death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jack “The Agnostic” Garcia (The heavy metal Joseph Campbell) examines the christian mysteries , their sacred stories of springtime and the many links and parallels to the ancient religions of the middle east and Mediterranean regions. For the ancient tales of the pagan and heathen deities and heroes share the same archetypes and form a flowing fertile river that nourished the new faith of Christianity. Next up, its the Judeo/christian connection and the many links between the christian Easter celebration and the far more ancient Passover ritual. Jack also checks out the importance of Old Testament biblical prophecy to the sacrifice , death and resurrection of Christ (the light of the world and eternal paschal lamb) and the New Testaments promise of salvation and everlasting life. And last but not least – Jack digs deeply into the symbolism , allegory and numerology found within the ancient christian legends folktales and holy scriptures in order to piece together a type of chronology of events to a pivotal moment in history that is shrouded in mystery – and has not always been made crystal clear or easy to understand.
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