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PROLETKULT 6 - Cult vs. Commune w/ Joseph L Flatley + SPACE STRIKE

In this episode of the Antifada sideproject about space, sci-fi, the paranormal, and parapolitical, we talk to Joseph L Flatley -- the investigative journalist behind "The So-Called Prophet from Pittsburgh" podcast.

Through interviews with ex-members, Flatley provides new details about Gabriel of Urantia and his small UFO apocalypse cult in the desert of Tuscon, inspired by psychedelic culture, intentional communities, and a cosmic self-help book of unknown authorship from the twenties. It is a thoroughly "destructive cult," but is there any other kind? We ponder the possibilities through a wide-ranging discussion of Raelianism, Scientology, Posadism, Marxism-Leninism, and the militia movement.

Stay tuned after the interview for an audio essay about a 1973 strike at Skylab, the Anti-Space movement, Ad Astra, and the Star Wars trilogy!


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Audio taken from the Aquarian Concepts episode

Rael Encourages World Revolution

Unarius: the "good UFO cult" near San Diego I mentioned

Closing clip: TaliasVan & The Bright & Morning Star Band • Energy Master

Interstitial music: Sparks - Tryouts for the Human Race

The Skylab 4 Mutiny

Salish Anti-Space Symposium

Don't Let Them Leave, anti-space zine

Hannah Arendt - The Conquest of Space and the Stature of Man

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Other music:

Gil Scott-Heron - Whitey on the Moon

John Williams - Ewok Celebration

Opening music: Giorgio Moroder - Racer