The 46-year-old theoretical physicist began meditating during his teens and is a disciple of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) movement and the related worldwide 'moneymaking empire' that the Beatles briefly joined in the '60s. 'One of the Maharishi's deepest-held beliefs,' writes Fox, 'is that the aura created by platoons of incredibly focused meditators prevents crime and wars, an assertion backers claim is supported by scientific 'research'--much of it done by Hagelin.'
Despite being dismissed as 'nutty' and a 'levitating lefty' by the mainstream, the perpetually unruffled Hagelin says he is primed for victory, even hinting at a Jesse Ventura-like win. But Fox questions his ability to pull even from his support base--Reform Partiers disillusioned with Patrick Buchanan: 'Why put their weight behind such a strange bird,' he asks, 'or even bother to continue with Reform Party politics after the party has gone a different direction?' -- Amanda Luker
For more information on John Hagelin's bid for president, see his campaign website at www.hagelin.org or the Natural Law Party website at www.natural-law.org.