Twitter is going through another spate of "reexamining RAW, what should we criticize about him?" and the remarks are all over the map; if you want to sample it you can look for Ted Hand's account and follow various threads. (At times, the likes of Erik Davis and Prop Anon weigh in.)
I don't know what I'm supposed to say about this. It's one thing to say "he's capable of often getting his facts wrong." (I admitted as much when I wrote about The New Inquisition.) It's another to say, "I'm so disillusioned to discover RAW isn't an expert on everything!" Doesn't that say more about you than it says about Robert Anton Wilson? Many problems are solved by thinking of Wilson as "an influential and interesting writer" as opposed to "my personal guru."
And many people who criticize RAW's politics have political beliefs that strike me as puerile, so much of this seems like a matter of taste.
And I don't think RAW is someone you read for a balanced, scholarly treatment of feminism, but does that mean he can't criticize the "Beethoven is a rapist" college professor?
I think some of Wilson's books are really, really good. Some of them are not so great, but have bits that I like.
Perhaps it might be interesting to consider specific Tweets. Here's one:
He thought it was totally cool and funny to write a book with a title that plays off a huge antisemitic trope. The Rand thing is *not* the bottom of the barrel. pic.twitter.com/JWrxTpQ1zi— Francis Jervis (@f_j_j_) May 26, 2021
I don't know Francis Jervis. The Tweet is referring to TSOG: The Thing That Ate the Constitution. Setting aside "the Rand thing" (Robert Anton Wilson was hardly an Ayn Rand acolyte), what about the main point of the Tweet?
Presumably the claim is that the title plays off of Zionist Occupation Government.
Page 33 of my New Falcon paperback explains that TSOG stands for "Tsarist Occupation Government." That would fit with other RAW references to "drug tsars," as folks such as William Bennett were known. So if you want to be generous, you could say that RAW is referring to a common term in the "war on some drugs." It also seems germane to note that he wasn't known as an anti-Semite.
Having said that, I can't say I'm thrilled with the title, which seems to invite misunderstandings. I often have the impression that New Falcon didn't really edit RAW's books very much. That must have given Wilson a sense of freedom, but a good editor likely would have asked for a better title. Perhaps this illustrates the limitations of going without a real editor.
Hilaritas Press eventually will get around to its own version of TSOG. Will it keep the same title?