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Monday, February 13, 2017

Gorka, Breitbart, anti-Semitism

Trump raised a few eyebrows when he hired Sebastian Gorka, the National Security Editor for Breitbart, who promptly scrubbed his own website. After I wrote about him previously, one of my readers reminded us not to forget about his wife Katherine, another Trump hire with an unsettling resume.

Sebastian Gorka turns out to be even scarier than we originally thought. After he vigorously defended the omission of Jews from the Holocaust Remembrance Day statement, a reporter found a photograph of Gorka wearing a medal issued by a WWII pro-Nazi group in Hungary.
Gorka, who worked in the UK and Hungary before immigrating to the U.S., was photographed at an inaugural ball wearing a medal from the Hungarian Order of Heroes, Vitezi Rend, a group listed by the State Department as taking direction from Germany’s Nazi government during World War II.
Miklós Horthy, regent of the Kingdom of Hungary from 1920 to 1944, established Vitezi Rend for both civilian and military supporters of Horthy’s government. The group was initially open to non-Jews who served in distinction during World War I.

Although Horthy’s personal views about Jews are still debated, he was explicit in endorsing anti-Semitism even while showing some unease with the pace of the Holocaust. In an October 1940 letter to Prime Minister Pál Teleki, Horthy said:
As regards the Jewish problem, I have been an anti-Semite throughout my life. I have never had contact with Jews. I have considered it intolerable that here in Hungary everything, every factory, bank, large fortune, business, theatre, press, commerce, etc. should be in Jewish hands, and that the Jew should be the image reflected of Hungary, especially abroad. Since, however, one of the most important tasks of the government is to raise the standard of living, i.e., we have to acquire wealth, it is impossible, in a year or two, to replace the Jews, who have everything in their hands, and to replace them with incompetent, unworthy, mostly big-mouthed elements, for we should become bankrupt. This requires a generation at least.
The new fascists and anti-Semitism. Gorka's odd behavior forces us to confront the larger question of the new international fascist movement (largely founded on the writings of Alexsandr Dugin) and its complex relationship with anti-Semitism. This issue deserves a long article of its own. No: a book of its own.

The man who first alerted the world to the presence of this "new" strain of fascism was Anders Brevik, the neo-Nazi Norwegian mass-murderer. He is a supporter of Israel who frequented Pam Geller's site.

I believe that the neo-fascists have finally learned the lesson that Julius Streicher instinctively grasped while on trial at Nuremberg. (You should read his testimony, which is online. Pretty amazing stuff.) In the last moments of his odious career, Streicher fastened his claws onto a new strategy: The easiest way to "sell" anti-Semitism is to adopt a strong pro-Zionist stance -- because when you think about it, Zionism and a "Juden raus!" ideology are perfectly congruent.

That's what's going on right now. Unfortunately, America is filled with ill-educated dullards who define "fascism" purely in terms of Hitler-worship and a desire to exterminate Jews. In order to understand the current political threat, we need to get our heads around a couple of counter-intuitive facts:

1. Modern fascists usually avoid all mention Hitler -- in fact, some of them truly seem to detest Hitler. (They also know better than to wear the swastika or to apply the f-word to themselves.)

2. The new fascists continually bleat about how much they love, love, LOVE Israel. Many of them may not like Jews very much on a personal level. Many of them have fastened onto a conspiratorial weltanschauung that comes straight out of The Protocols of Zion. Nevertheless, they will yowl and howl about how much they love, love, LOVE the idea of a Jewish state.

Just as Julius Streicher did at Nuremberg.

That's pretty much Steve Bannon's whole act these days, isn't it? From the Guardian:
For Bannon is the boss of the far-right Breitbart website, which as well as attacking women, Muslims and African-Americans has targeted Jews. A recent column denounced the journalist Anne Applebaum: “Hell hath no fury like a Polish, Jewish, American elitist scorned.” Another slammed the Republican editor of the Weekly Standard as a “renegade Jew”. Of course, one should always be wary of the accusations divorcing spouses make against each other, but Bannon’s ex-wife testified that he once objected to her choice of school for their daughters because “he didn’t want the girls going to school with Jews”. (Bannon denies this happened, pointing to the fact that his wife prevailed in her choice of school.)

If it were just Bannon’s back-catalogue that was at issue, perhaps the concern could be contained. But the problem is that Trump’s campaign trafficked in the full range of antisemitic motifs and tropes. It’s not just that Trump himself retweeted neo-Nazis, or that his campaign put out an image of Hillary that had been lifted from an antisemitic site – depicting Hillary Clinton against a giant backdrop of cash and a six-pointed star uncannily like a Star of David. It’s that last month Trump warned that Clinton “meets in secret with international banks to plot the destruction of US sovereignty” – a line that could have been lifted straight from the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the notorious Tsarist-era forgery that purported to be evidence of a global Jewish conspiracy.
But you can't accuse Bannon of anti-Semitism. If you do, he will simply insist that he loves, loves, LOVES Israel, as though that settles that. Most of the other followers of Dugin do likewise. A canny lot, they are.

These protestations of love provide small comfort to those concerned about stuff like this:
Yiannopoulos and Bokhari acknowledged that a large contingent of alt-right posters on social media were trafficking in blatantly racist and anti-Semitic material, often using it to harass Jewish critics of Trump. But they not only hand-waved this conduct as mere rebellious antics by young people fed up with PC nannyism but lavished compliments on the alt-right “meme brigades” known for anti-Jewish caricatures and gas chamber jokes: “fresh, daring and funny,” an “outburst of creativity and taboo-shattering.” Real neo-Nazis, the article assured readers, were a tiny percentage of the alt-right, openly derided and scorned by the rest of the movement.

In fact, as I wrote at the time, a look at alt-right Twitter profiles shows that most of its active posters seem to be quite serious about their white supremacist and anti-Semitic beliefs. And it’s not just a handful of marginal users: One of the leading alt-right accounts, “Ricky Vaughn,” who made MIT’s list of 200 top “election influencers” before being banned from Twitter in early October, tweeted regularly about “feral blacks” and the evil of Jews.
Bannon hired Yiannopoulos to write for Breitbart, the site which Bannon himself considers the vanguard of the Alt Right movement. And yet we dare not call Bannon an anti-Semite -- because Bannon loves, loves, LOVES Israel.

We should also note that Breitbart has published scary articles on the dangers facing Jews in Europe. I don't think that those pieces exist in order to make life easier for European Jews. I don't consider these articles to be a plea for tolerance and brotherhood. I think that they function as a subtle re-phrasing of the message "Juden raus!"

If the Breitbarters truly cared about the Jews of Europe, they would denounce the growing Alt-Right movement on that continent. That's the real menace.

Nevertheless, as long as they scream about how much they love, love, LOVE Israel, the Breitbarters and their partners-in-paranoia have the freedom to indulge in all sorts of ancient canards about Jewish banking conspiracies. All they have to do is change the nomenclature a bit: Instead of railing against the Rothschilds, they rant against "globalists" and "international bankers." When addressing the particularly gullible, they talk about the Illuminati.

As I've said before: They serve up every slice of the Nazi sausage except for that really nasty bit at the end.

Proclaiming allegiance to Zionism offers another benefit. For the nonce, at least, the Alt Rightists can rely upon the ultimate strange-bedfellows partnership -- a partnership with Israeli far right. Believe it or not, there are Israelis who consider Netanyahu to be an old softie. These people genuinely seem to think that Jews will be safer if they all leave America and Europe and relocate to a tiny, easily-nuked strip of real estate by the Mediterranean.

The Alt-Rightists like that idea just fine.

Of course, once the relocation program is largely complete, the disciples of Dugin will all turn on a dime. That's when they'll show the world what they really think of Jews. Nukes away!

He's back, True Believers: The murderous menace of...SAUL ALINSKI! Let us return to the comedy stylings of Sebastian Gorka. I direct your attention to a recent Breitbart story which bears the charming headline "Gorka: Left Cares About Alinsky Tactics and Political ‘Triangulation’ More Than Safety of Americans."

In this piece, Gorka comes to the defense of Michael Flynn, whom he considers the latest victim of the dreaded ALINSKI MENACE.
Marlow proposed that Flynn was but the latest target of the Left’s “pick a target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it” strategy, as defined by Saul Alinsky in Rules for Radicals.
No, Sebastian. That's what the right does. You'd have to be completely insane to argue that the right does not personalize, demonize and polarize.

Let's say it yet again: The Alinski conspiracy is pure delusion.

I've been locatable somewhere on the left for all my life, and to the best of my recollection, I've run into only one person who made a passing reference to Alinski -- and this was, what, the better part of thirty years ago. I had completely forgotten about that man until the Breitbarters and other right-wingers started to blather on and on about him. These days, right-wing conspiracy-peddlers are the only ones who read Rules For Radicals. Nobody else gives a shit about that book.

As I said on an earlier occasion...
What a bizarre situation! I've been chatting with lefties since the Carter administration, yet I've never run across anyone who said: "You've gotta read Rules For Radicals! Saul Alinksy is a friggin' genius!" The guy simply hasn't been on my radar, and my radar takes in a rather large amount of territory.

Yet if you wander into RightWingerLand, you'll soon see that the folks there believe that guys like me have spent the past forty years eating, drinking and breathing Alinksy. The right thinks that Alinkyism controls our every action and every utterance.

Oddly enough, if you type the name "Saul Alinsky" into Google, you'll see that only right-wing political sites make the front page. Very few people on the left care about Alinsky -- even though the reactionaries love to hallucinate otherwise.
Question: Does Gorka himself actually take this Alinski crap seriously? I know that the lumpenprole nitwits who get all their news from Breitbart and Alex Jones are dumb enough to believe this malarky. Is Gorka captiously trading on the foolishness of his audience, or does he believe in his own inane propaganda?

About Flynn: We've seen a spate of stories lately claiming that Flynn is hanging on by a thread. This one, for example. My prediction: Flynn is not going anywhere. One the most important goals of this fascist conspiracy was to put Flynn into position; he's more important to that movement than is Trump himself.
Gorka lied about himself being an expert witness in the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev case. There are a couple of good background pieces on Gorka (via one of your previous commenters) here and here.
Yeah, these new fascists attempt to evade accusations of racism and anti-semitism by focusing on "nationhood identity." You may want to check out this overview on Dugin here, particularly the section on "veiled anti-semitism". (Link goes to PDF)

Bess Truman wouldn't allow a Jew into her and Harry's home, Harry said it's her house. Really, how many POTUSes can you name whose daughter observes the Jewish sabbath? How many POTUSes can you name with three Jewish grandchildren?

Saul Alinsky made his bones organizing labor unions and advocating tactics for desegregating public spaces, like Macy's. Read his Playboy Interview in that underground fringe magazine.

Milo is a Jew. Bannon has also hired other Jews, such as Ben Shapiro. Trump's family included several jews, including his favourite daughter.

And, as a socialist, I've got a few things to say about globalists and international bankers.

I think the Zionism is real.

We need a term other than fascism. Think how absurb right wingers shrieking about commies sound. Calling Trump a fascist is like calling a cruise missile a doodlebug.
Milo claims he's part Jewish as a deflection.
The Nuremberg Laws would have classified him a Christian Mischling. With marginal
proscription of rights.

Let's set the record right on Dugin and Duginites. Dugin lauds Russia's alliance with Iran.
He lauds Shia mysticism about Armageddon. This as Iran threatens Israel with holy war and funds and trains Hezbollah along with Assad's forces.
Meanwhile the BBC just ran a piece outlining how Israel's northern border has never been
as threatened by Iran and Iranian allies as it is in the present.

There is nothing "pro-Zionist" about Dugin's geopolitics and indeed he has warned Israel it should find a way to grant the Palestinians a state.

There is nothing more unrealistically idealistic than a Flynn idolizer who both lauds his
assumed pro-Russian and his definite anti-Iranian stance. This is because Russia is NOT going to do a deal withe the US that sells out Iran or Syria...or even China for that matter. Moreover you can't do America First Charles Lindbergh isolationism and right wing imperialism at the same time.
If Trump can do a grand bargain with Putin without insisting on such betrayal it will be for America's better, for Europe's better and for the betterment of world peace.
you can't do America First Charles Lindbergh isolationism and right wing imperialism at the same time

Sure you can. It's called "appeasement." Or in the case of Russia, the state can marginalize an actual nationalist like Alexi Navanly at home while continuing to wink at Duginist meddling in other countries. Little wonder that most western NatSec types see Eurasianism as a pseudo-intellectual fig leaf for Russian imperialism. Nazis are such fucking tools.

The KGB backed neo-Nazi groups in Germany and other countries long before Dugin came on the scene. Those groups played to the meme of the threat of a resurgent and revanchist Germany. Going back further, the KGB practically owned the "Trust". They're very good at this stuff. It's not like on the far left when a tiny band of cult-like nutters starts operating that is obviously fake, run by Chinese, South Korean or US intelligence.

But anyway, on to the issue of the relationship between the rising Israeli-backed international fascism and anti-Semitism. Yonatan Zunger's writing is quite useful on this.

The billionaire Jews in the US will be fine. They're making money from Trump. Even the millionaire Jews will probably be fine. It's possible that some of them may be given some heat, but if they are, they will go to Israel, or to Israel and elsewhere. Eventually, once the trucks have taken away millions of Latinos, though, some of the US Jews who are further down the pecking order may be in some trouble. It warmed my heart to see the woman demonstrator holding a sign at JFK airport saying "Jews Welcome Refugees".

Zionist misuse of the memory of the mass murder of Jews by the Nazis has for a long time been enough to turn any decent person's stomach. Many of those arrested by the Nazis as "Jewish" didn't consider themselves Jewish. Some of the survivors had no time for Zionism - which is only another name for Jewish Nazism - and first and foremost the experience for them was of what happened to PEOPLE in the camps. People were treated like livestock in particularly unpleasant farms and abattoirs where the guards were sadists who had no time for animal rights. Thus those survivors who weren't grabbed by Zionism empathised with later victims of similar experiences in Kenya, in Algeria, in Kampuchea, in a way that Zionist racists never will, their minds being dominated by fascist ethnic supremacism.

The whole attitude of Rothschild-funded Zionism towards Nazism was to ask what was good for their own shitty little Zionazi project. They didn't give a shit how many Jews or Nazi-designated "Jews" got killed. One cannot unhypocritically condemn the Aryanism at the German 1936 Olympics while also upholding the values of the Maccabi Jewish Olympics.

Today, Marine Le Pen is saying she would ban yarmulkes, the argument being that if you ban the hijab then you gotta be fair about it and ban the yarmulke. She is also saying that she will not allow French people to hold joint citizenship of France and a non-European country such as the US or Israel.

Why the fuck does she say this? She has no serious competitor on the anti-Semitic far right. Dugin's friend Alain Soral is backing the "socialist" candidate Benoit Hamon, it's true, but his endorsement won't account for many votes. So why does she say it?

The answer is not because "she's an anti-Semite". The whole question of whether she is or isn't is for thickos. Proper politics is always realpolitik, OK? The correct answer is because THE ZIONISTS WANT MORE IMMIGRATION TO PALESTINE FROM FRANCE. Yes, the whole raising of Islam as an "issue" in France also raises the issue of Christianity, of Judaism, of the Jews, and of secularism. But that doesn't mean the Zionists aren't looking to get some more settlers in Palestine (whether to the part occupied in 1967 or the other part). Would they let the opportunity go to waste?
"These days, right-wing conspiracy-peddlers are the only ones who read Rules For Radicals. Nobody else gives a shit about that book"

Aaarrghhh! Puh-lease!! It's a great book. I give a shit about it. Alinsky's stuff is well worth reading. I wish the young lefties of today had even half the sense that would come from a few hours' attentive reading of Alinsky. Always personalise. He got that spot on. I've heard ultralefties say they're not against individual capitalists, just against the terribly horrible capitalist "system", blah blah. Not surprising that such clueless morons never get anywhere.
Dugin is a KGB front man. The "fourth political theory" - pfft! People should have look at his Youtube videos. He does them in English and French.
Here's a piece by Bradley Burston in Haaretz, in which he suggests that "the largely evangelical Christians United for Israel may be gearing up to challenge the primacy of AIPAC as the leading Israel lobby in Washington".

That's a crazy idea. But it points up the position that within Zionism itself it's the most maniacal who are in the ascendant, as has pretty much been so - and increasingly so - for generations. See for example the relationship between the JA and the WZO, the rise of the Haredim, Avigdor Lieberman, etc. The "Oslo process" wasn't ever meant to work. It was fake. It was about chucking a few of the Palestinian elite a casino in Jericho while turning the remaining basically third-world Arab towns on the West Bank into prison camps ever more similar to Gaza. It didn't even go as far as Camp David two decades before which bought off a whole Arab country's elite.

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