Conspiratorial theories of history exert an extraordinary compulsion on
anyone who once buys into them, and Pound's perspective on economic
relations conspiratorial from the beginning, having its roots both in
American populism and in the economic theories of Proudhon. Keynes,
speaking of Hayek, noted that, beginning with a small error, by rigorous
logic one could end in bedlam.
Richard Seddon wrote:
> Peter wrote: " McLuhan once wrote to Pound, seriously balling him out
> for having a secret occult design on modern culture, and
> having co-conspirators."
> Writing this away from my books so please forgive.
> Wasn't it during the early 50's and the St Elizabeth years that Pound
> surrounded himself with a group of young people at the hospital. Some of
> these young people were fairly weird as I recall. Most of them encouraged
> his obsessions particularly the racial and economic ones. I have not seen
> scholarly work done on them but would appreciate anyone's pointers to any
> such work. One of them was a young woman artist.
> It was the early 50's when Charles Olson visited Pound in the hospital and
> was sickened (Olson's words) by Pound's obsessions and by the group of
> people surrounding him.
> Not sure whether this is the same group that McLuhan was referring to or
> not. From what I recall of them they were almost acting as gate keepers to
> Pound. They held regular gatherings in his room and apparently discussed his
> fascist work primarily.
> A very interesting group that should be researched if it has not already
> been done.
> Rick Seddon
> Portales, NM