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28. Aug 2008

The Marvel

The Marvel

The Marvel er en tegnet biografi af den amerikanske raketforsker og okkultist Jack Parsons (1914-52).

Jack Parsons var hele sit korte liv først og fremmest optaget af to ting, at bygge raketter og Crowley-inspireret okkultisme.

Parsons udgav i 1950 essay-samlingen Freedom is a two-edged sword, som jeg ikke har læst, men hvis forord røber en meget stærk og sympatisk liberalisme og frihedstrang:
Since I first wrote this essay in 1946, some of the more ominous predictions have been fulfilled. Public employees have been subjected to the indignity of "loyalty" oaths and the ignominy of loyalty purges. Members of the United States Senate, moving under the cloak of immunity and the excuse of emergency, have made a joke of justice and a mockery of privacy. Constitutional immunity and legal procedure have been consistently violated and that which once would have been an outrage in America is today refused even a review by the Supreme Court...

As I write, the United States Senate is pursuing a burlesque investigation into the sphere of private sexual morals, which will accomplish nothing except to bring pain and sorrow to many innocent persons.

The inertia and acquiescence which allows the suspension of our liberties would once have been unthinkable. The present ignorance and indifference is appalling. The little that is worthwhile in our civilization and culture is made possible by the few who are capable of creative thinking and independent action, grudgingly assisted by the rest. When the majority of men surrender their freedom, barbarism is near but when the creative minority surrender it, the Dark Age has arrived. Even the word liberalism has now become a front for a new social form of Christian morality. Science, that was going to save the world back in H.G. Wells' time, is regimented, strait-jacketed and scared; its universal language is diminished to one word, security.
Den endnu ufærdige web-tegneserie om hans liv, med manuskript af Richard Carbonneau og tegninger af Robin Simon, lover godt: De tyve-tredive sider, der allerede ligger klar, er begyndelsen på en fascinerende historie om en ung mand med mærkelige ideer, der gerne ville bygge raketter. Hvordan det skal ende ved jeg ikke, men det er det jo også først meningen, man skal finde ud af til sidst.

Webtegneserien The Marvel (brug linket med "First" nederst på siden for at gå til første side).

Se også:
Dagens citat: Jack Parsons om virkelighed.