Why are some “socialist” or “anarchist” Jews upset by attacks on the Jewish Establishment? This is a puzzle to me. Some examples:
- Mark Ames once lavished praise on bigoted Jewish ethnic activist Deborah Lipstadt. When I called him out on this, he made vague references on social media about “holocaust deniers” making comments at his site. I made no comments about the holocaust, I merely embarrassed him for his hypocrisy (Ames frequently calls others “racist”).
- Occupy Wall Street activist Daniel Sieradski got upset with me for being mean to Jewish billionaires.
- Why does Corey Robin consider “white privilege” to be a legitimate subject of discussion but not “Jewish privilege”?
I find it strange that these men are so attached to their ethnic identity that they consider attacks on Jewish elites as attacks on themselves. I don’t have any delusions that wealthy and powerful people of Western European backgrounds are one of my kind — I could drop dead tomorrow, and Kerry Stokes wouldn’t give a shit. So why does the tribalist mindset still motivate these people?
If you ask Greg himself, he might say ‘fearless investigative reporter, grassroots progressive activist, enemy of the Koch brothers’; and if you were to read Palast’s articles, this sounds about right.
But there’s a problem.
Greg Palast is not merely the sum of his written works — he appears on other media, and those other media have a rather dubious background.
Palast has made numerous appearances on Infowars, home of fat-faced right-wing freak Alex Jones. Why? My answer would be the Stratfor connection. I’ve long suspected that Jones’ kooky performances are a kind of online Venus flytrap created to lure internet wackos into a single, easy-to-monitor cyberspace — but that’s just a theory.
What is not a theory is Palast’s connections to Mossad. These have been exposed by none other than Christopher Bollyn, whose controversial appearance at Brookln Commons was the subject of a previous post here. Palast being a relative of David Kimche could actually be disregarded, if Palast’s views on Middle Eastern affairs weren’t aligned with the those of the Israeli government.
When America’s Mongo-in-Chief bombed a Syrian airbase after an alleged sarin attack, you might have thought that erstwhile “progressive” Palast would be none too thrilled with this act of US imperial aggression.
Not only does he support the military action against a long-time enemy of Israel, Palast even managed to crack a boner over Hillary Clinton! Whatever gets you through the night, Greg.
Sadly, a lot of wide-eyed young people will turn up to public events to watch this bloke speak, without knowing the full story. If they knew the truth, maybe they’d find someone better to listen to.
A remarkable scientific discovery was announced today: there are seven (yes, SEVEN) “Earth-like” planets revolving around a single star, named TRAPPIST-1. Even better news is that at least three of these planets are in the habitable zone.
We don’t know what atmospheres (if any) these planets have, but if these three could support life, then we can gift them to some this planet’s more quarrelsome residents. For example, you could have:
*A planet for the Sunnis
*A planet for the Shi’ites
*A planet for all the people who think we should import large numbers of Muslims to Western countries
Of course there would be plenty of objections to this idea. Getting rid of the Muslims and Islamophiles won’t rid us of the Catholics, the Baptists, the Orthodox Jews who create dramas when they are seated next to women on an airplane, or the depressingly large number of fuckwitted atheists around today.
To this I say: “Be patient! There is no shortage of stars out there. Some day, one day, we will find an interstellar home for all of this planet’s fucktards, then we shall live in peace!”
A continuation of a Twitter conversation
Of the three Abrahamic religions (spoken of in general terms for the sake of brevity), the easiest to dismiss with regards to this question is Islam. This ideology contains no internal moral dialectic; that is, there is no method to decide, by argument, if an action is right or wrong — there is simply “Islamic” and “non-Islamic”.
With Judaism, the situation is more complex, though few would argue that Orthodox Judaism is a progressive ideology. The Reform version of the Jewish religion is more an outgrowth of nineteenth-century liberalism, composed it seems mainly of those who retain some sense of Jewish identity while being assimilated to the general population.
Christianity has severe problems reconciling itself to any progressive doctrine. To take the example of the Roman Catholic Church, not only do you have an organization with an atrocious human rights record that has opposed every effort of human beings to improve themselves, you have a leader who is “infallible” — a creature that shares 98% of its DNA with a chimpanzee is incapable of error! Apart from this, Christianity is by definition a non-materialist philosophy, which puts it in direct contradiction with Marxism. There is no getting away with this: the Christian religion is not concerned with this world. There can never be a true reconciliation between materialist socialism and the ethereal doctrines of any Christian church — there is no argument here.
The treatment of these topics have been too brief, I admit; Marxism, for example, is not the be-all of progressive politics, obviously. Another point to ponder is this: At what point does a religion move so far from its original premises that it is unrecognizable as an ideology? Are Reform Jews “real” Jews? My answer would be ‘no’, though I expect to be hammered for that position. There is no group more correct in its interpretation of the Koran than ISIL. I’d rather be a devil on the side of Truth, than an angel on the side of untruth, as Feuerbach might say.
The art of trolling is not an easy one. Targets are surprisingly hard to find, and repeated attacks on the Usual Suspects soon becomes a dreary task. A thin skin and a decent helping of self-righteousness create the best quarry (PZ Myers and Jerry Coyne, in particular), but even these men wise up eventually.
Muslims are the worst, owing to their natural cowardice; the #tcot brigade aren’t much fun either, owing to their lack of intelligence; SJWs also run when confronted. So where to from here?
I need something dramatic to spice up my online life — I need to feel alive. That’s why I’m issuing a challenge to Felix Biederman for a fist fight — to the death.
“Why Felix?” you may ask. Well, the first thing is that he is a jock. A victory for myself would be a small victory for the cultivated people of this world. Biederman is also, I’m led to believe, a Jew. Given the mayhem that filthy Judaic ideologies have created over the past two millenia, this would be a triumph for the noble-minded people of this planet.
No doubt Felix gets a lot of harassment from weirdos on the internet; but I doubt that he has encountered anyone as weird as me. I’m a very sick man, who has very sick thoughts. I know I will never get any better, but I trudge on — Sisyphus-like — regardless. I am a man who is easily amused, and usually docile. But the depravity of Muslims is eating away my sanity. Having to share a planet with these creatures is making my life unbearable. The solution to this problem is obvious, but of course no-one is willing to act.
Another pro to this situation is that I don’t really dislike Felix all that much. There would be some dignity in losing to him, something that wouldn’t be the case in many other situations. There would be something obscene about someone like myself dying at the hands of, say, a Sunni Muslim — one more triumph of the subhuman over the human.
So this is a genuine challenge, to remain in perpetuity. Any time, any where.