Follows from Anti-Semitism
Trumping the Jews
2017 08 21 I’ve long seen the vicious anti-everything just under the verneer of civilization, but I never expected to see it bald, menacing, and unapologetic the way it’s been since Trump’s campaign began monopolizing public blather.
Should governments be expected to obey the law? How about their very own laws, laws they legislated themselves? If they don’t, what do you do about it? Is there any danger greater than the tendency of people raised under laws, people wth the delusion that they had a hand in composing and validating their laws, than they therefore in fact have those laws? that the laws are meaningful?
In Rome in the time of Tiberius it was illegal for Rome to execute anyone who hadn’t broken Rome’s law. According to the gospels the Temple egged Rome to murder Jesus for them anyway. Is it true? or is it not even very good myth? Wouldn’t white supremisists threatening people be against dozens of laws? Wouldn’t it have been illegal to drive vehicles into crowded pedestrian ways? Did the cops stop the maybehm? or did the cops stand around with their thumb in their ass, waiting to be told to herd people into camps?
interruptions, i be back
Jews Won’t Replace Us
2017 10 08 The white supremicists are back in Charlotesville. Some chant “You will not replace us”; some chant “Jews will not replace us”. Is it incumbent on chatgers that what they chant actually refer to anything? Can sanity be a requirement of groups? Is there any basis for white supremacist fear? If there is, should law limit what they can do about it? When Nazi antiSemites swore that Jews always had a pile of gold on them or nearby, shouldn’t some gold have turned up when they were arrested? murdered? what do we call belief without basis? Shouldn’t we be sick of it when it resurfaces?
Good movie on the related subject of Nazis chasing gypsies around southern France in the early 1940s.
I’m reminded of Gerald, my friend Anton’s friend. He spent WWII as a Jewish boy passed from farm to farm in south France, narrowly escaping the scrutiny of the Nazis. I don’t know Gerald that well, but he seems to have turned out OK: a professor at Holy Cross, last I knew.
I’ve called myself “the voluntary n-” for decades: I could have said voluntry “Jew”: – “chink”, anything like that.
2015 07 20 I consider myself a gourmet of hypocrisy, a non-pareil misanthrope, but watching The Long Way Home I feel amateur, like a beginner: stuff even I didn’t know: though it doesn’t surprise me. Hard to take, self-lashing: I’m sipping this Holocaust documentary a minute here, a few minutes there.
The Allies come upon the death camps. The soldiers stand outside the barbed wire and stare, the Jews penned within do their own staring. Weeks, months, years later: the allied soldiers still hold the Jews in the pens: still malnourished, still no sanitation. Ike visits, Ike tells Patton to treat them better: and ease up on the guards. Patton writes in his diary that Ike is wrong: letting the Jews escape, to return to society would be a mistake: the Jews, Patton noted, are not human, sub-human, sub-animal: “clearly” Patton wrote.
Clearly? Something is clear?! Then how come there’s so much disagreement?
Boy, have I seen some good Anti-Semitism WWII movies the last few years.
Note: Ike, Patton don’t question their “right” to order the earth, don’t doubt their competence, their judgment, don’t question their knowledge. I say, leave it all alone, and mere survival will in its own time prove suitability, fitness, competence.
2017 01 29 Trump’s White House issued a Holocaust Memorial statement that didn’t mention the Jews! And Didn’t Mention Anti-Semitism!!!
One of my perennial jokes these decades has been to grouse about Jews pushing to remember Jews killed: there were also gypsies, Commies, dissidents, anarchists (my own non-group “group”) I meant the joke; but I never meant to follow suit with Patton. That’s a good comparison: Patton and Trump! (and of course Hitler, etc.)
For decades I’ve been tempted by Zionist feelings: wish I could have worked to help Brichah (the Flight). On the other hand I’ve always been repelled by the politics of “Israel”: fiated, created out of nothing, by magic. Sure it would be nice if the Jews had a nice homeland. It would be nice if God would create one for them, ex nihilo: maybe manage a land fill in the Pacific, maybe convert an asteroid. What I hate about the real Israel is that it was authoritarian, kleptocratic, all the way: Britain etc. “gave” Israel to the Jews, but they were giving Palestinian’s land!
Some kid in the documentary is asked why he wants to go to Israel. “Ask the world”, he answers. He continues: everybody has a homeland, the French, the Germans, the Americans. (Yes, all kleptocracies, all stolen somehow, all labeled and relabeled, following war, war, war.) Lincon gave away Western land: but only after exterminating the occupants: the aboriginal owners.
I’d like to see the Cheyenne get their land back, the Lakota, but I don’t want Lincoln, or Bush, to give them Cree land, or Innuit land. Why don’t we give them France? Wy don’t we give them Turkey? I’ve never liked the Turks.
2015 07 22 Watching The Long Way Home, that history is precised, movingly, and now I have to apologize for my former ignorance and prejudice: current ignorance and projudice are bad enough.
Culture Wars: Phobias, Pogroms
2016 03 07 There are many classic authors I’ve started to read but never got anywhere with. Some catch me later, and I become a huge fan and proselitizer; others I still haven’t completed more than a paragraph or two of. Virginia Woolf is among the latter, though I may be about to modify that: it’s past time I shored a conception or two against a stack of misconceptions. My conversion got jolted yesterday when I read some of her antisemitic statements, then saw some of her corrections. Ferinstance, she hated Jews, but married a Jew: had deep prejudices against Jews, then modified them by offsetting prejudices, excuse me, judgments, not prejudices, against Christians. Etc. I’ll scribble something related on homophobia: explaining, defending, some familiar attitudes: especially with regard to the young forever correcting their elders.
Intolerance Scrapbook, Racism Notes
White Man’s Disease
2017 05 29 I just surfed a bit on Peter Lorre. He was a Jew?! I once had a hard enough time absorbing that he’d make movies in Germany before making movies in Hollywood. Fortunately by the time I knew Peter Lorre by name and cultural association I no longer thought that Jews had cloven hooves and webbed feet. And it was just a couple of days ago that I learned that Bobby Fischer wasn’t just that kid from Brooklyn; he was that Jew from Brooklyn! Now by a different set of biases both “facts” make perfect sense: of course the chess wizard was a Jew! what else should he have been?
Anyway: wonderful Peter Lorre story: in his early twenties, he was on the stage in Berlin, expressing Expressionism: a nut case with those bugged outo eyes of his. And someone in the audience became terrified and called on the audience to help stop him. Help, help, stop him!
I just relived the original moment when I declared that Lorre was a genius, a great actor: a exercized a series of facial expressions like a high speed manual of arms. It would have been in The Maltese Falcon, one of those.
2017 10 11 Jeez, is this disgusting Harvey Weinstein every giving a worse name to a lot of already bad names: Jews for example, Hollywood for example.
I’ve reported how my own prejudices smouldered around normal throughout grade school. It was only around the seventh grade that I caught myself in some antisemitic feelings, and corrected them. My friend Doroth told me she was Jewish. I was shocked. I looked at her, I didn’t seen any cloven hoof, I didn’t see any mark of Satan. I was left high and dry, so I decided that the common claims were false, worthless, and I abandoned them. I never had any trouble making friends with Jews ever since: though looking back I guess I have to admit that bucking prejudice is a costly exercise: I’ve been taken advantage of by Jews, by blacks: my liberalism put me in harm’s way.
And now that I live on prime racist turf, inland Florida, I see ancient flotsam polluting my social beach. Prejudices reassert themselves, liberalism erodes.