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because he epitomizes in himself everything that is vile in capitalist
Society in the period of its imperial decay. A few words will also be
said about his publisher Mr. Warburg whom he saved financially,
as well as Lord Longford who seems to represent almost the very
antithesis of my own approach to life. The chapter is rounded up
by a lively defence of my political stance and a vigorous polemic
against those who once again poison the wells of international amity.

Chapter 8 spices the appreciative remarks about my American
friends with malicious gossip about some of my colleagues in Seattle,
Berkeley and Santa Barbara. This is a somewhat self-defeating
exercise. While these people are alive they can sue for libel. Once
they are dead, no one will want to know any more about them.
Posterity nevertheless may be interested to learn about the calibre
of the people whom the American Imperialists entrusted with the
task of gathering the information which would guide their incursions
into Asia and their assaults on its inhabitants.

Finally, the 'Astrological Considerations' of chapter 9 were at
first scattered throughout Parts I and II. There they seemed,
however, to distract and annoy people who are strangers to the
subject, proved a constant irritant to those too enlightened to believe
in it, and were incomprehensible to those unfamiliar with it. Having
practised the Art without interruption for now forty years, I have
become fairly proficient in it, particularly because I never charge a
fee. My discourse thus proceeds on a fairly high level and requires
considerable knowledge on the reader's part. This is rather a pity
because in my view the astrological background often provides a
simple and easy clue to what otherwise would appear to be mean-
ingless.

It has come to me as a surprise to find how much we are no
longer allowed to say in the England of the Seventies. Looking back
on the amputations I had to make I resent them very much indeed.
They have caused quite unnecessary gaps here, and quite
unnecessary bulges there, frequently distorting the harmonious
symmetry of my narrative. One might get round this by printing in
Korea. More probably one will just have to knuckle under. It was
St. Thomas More who disclosed to us the name of the one country
in which we would be allowed to express our thoughts quite freely,
and without hindrance. The name, as we all know, is 'Ou-topia',
because it is nowhere to be found.