Really, people who think Aleister Crowley ever was the “wickedest man in the world” are fooling themselves

Really, people who think Aleister Crowley ever was the “wickedest man in the world” are fooling themselves, perhaps even desperate for a distraction from the truly wicked, as pointed out in “The Mysterious Mr. Zedzed: The Wickedest Man in the World” by Mike Dash over at the Smithsonian Magazine blog.

“In his prime, Zaharoff was more than a match for the notorious Aleister Crowley in any contest to be dubbed the Wickedest Man in the World. Still remembered as the inventor of the Systeme Zaharoff—a morally bankrupt sales technique that involved a single unscrupulous arms dealer selling to both parties in a conflict he has helped to provoke—he made a fortune working as a super-salesman for Vickers, the greatest of all British private arms firms, whom he served for 30 years as ‘our General Representative abroad.’ He expressed no objection to, and indeed seemed rather to enjoy, being referred to as ‘the Armaments King.'”