Cry for Argentina, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Debt-Bomb(((Part 1 and 2)))

This short series (two of two) was originally published on Radix Journal at http://www.radixjournal.com/ It has since been re-edited by the author. The original was   removed from Radix due to its content, apparently the Richard Spencer AltRight is not against usury!

 

“Don’t cry for me Argentina, the truth I never left you, all through my wild days, my mad existence, I kept my promise, don’t keep your distance!”

– Evita on the balcony of the Casa Rosada in Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Evita.

“There are two sorts of wealth-getting, as I have said; one is a part of household management, the other is retail trade: the former necessary and honorable, while that which consists in exchange is justly censured; for it is unnatural, and a mode by which men gain from one another. The most hated sort, and with the greatest reason, is usury, which makes a gain out of money itself, and not from the natural object of it. For money was intended to be used in exchange, but not to increase at interest. And this term interest, which means the birth of money from money, is applied to the breeding of money because the offspring resembles the parent. Wherefore of any modes of getting wealth this is the most unnatural.”

–          Aristole

Argentina, along with Uruguay, are abnormalities within the mulatto stud farm that is the South American melting pot – they are two countries whose genetic makeup is estimated at 97% and 88% respectively of European descent and thus of particular importance to European Nationalists as potential safe havens. However, Argentina is also the home of some 250,000 Jews, the sixth largest concentration of the tribe in the world, many of whom are descendants of Maurice de Hirsch’s, Rothschild funded, Jewish Colonisation Association, which imported Jews from Russia to Argentina and South Africa in 1891 – both countries exploding with potential profits (Just in time for the Boer Wars) –places in which big Hebrews, like Hirsch and Rothschild, needed little Yids for their eyes and ears?

It is not difficult to conflate the current President of Argentina, Cristina Kirchner with that of the third wife of the fascist dictator Juan Peron, Isabel Perón. Isabel Peron, known as Evita, was in fact the world’s first female President. As the only two women to be head of

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Evita Peron

Argentina it is as if the two occupy and give form to the same psychic image of the nation – resilient, defiant, pound, and yet oppressed and preyed upon by far away cabals. Indeed these two cultural giants fit narratively as the feminization of the Latin underdog standing up to the tyrant of international finance which pokes and prods its way into places it does not belong leaving a wake of devastation behind – not unlike the former head of the IMF, Jewish banking scion and all around scumbag Dominique-Strauss Khan’s unsolicited anal penetration of a prostitute at an ‘Eye’s Wide Shut’esque orgy. Perhaps illustrating why Dante, following Aristotle and Aquinas, placed usury and sodomy within the same circle of hell. Indeed, recently Harvard historian Niall Ferguson, called the inflationary trickle-down economist John Maynard Keynes “a childless gay man who couldn’t give his wife conjugal satisfaction and had no concern for the impact of deficits on posterity.” Interestingly the mixed economy of Keynesian economic theory allows for both private play and government intervention during recessions – not unlike the lifestyle of Keynes’ free play with young men outside the stability of his marriage, not surprisingly, now that the global economy has bust again, a resurgence of Keynesian theory in the form of stimulus packages has been issued. Why is it that so many that advocate for a free market also want free ‘anal’ love? But what does this all mean for Argentina?

 

Back to Kirchner, who, like Isabel Peron before her, “inherited” the Presidency of Argentina when her husband and predecessor had suddenly died. However, unlike Eva Peron, Kirchner has been re-elected and not ousted by a Western backed military coup; she has inherited a different circumstance of usurpation; a ‘soft power’ financial strong-arming that is as pernicious as the former and certainly more insidious – or as journalist Rodolfo Walsh, who was murdered by the junta which precipitated the current crisis, wrote: “the economic policy of this government, rather than a justification for its crimes, is a greater atrocity that punishes millions of human lives with its planned misery.”

Former Argentine dictator Jorge Rafael Videla, pictured here in 2010, aged 85, was army chief and president of the first of a series of military juntas that ruled the country from 1976 to 1983

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Former Argentina dictator Jorge Rafael Videla

Indeed, this ‘planned misery’ goes back the to the time of Isabel Peron’s disposal and to the 1976-81 ‘civic-military’ junta which installed the Videla Dictatorship, which set the neo-liberal policies that Kirchner is battling in motion. Cristiana Fernandez de Kirchner’s administration has reopened crime proceedings against those responsible for the tens of thousands of people who disappeared in the secret prison system of the “dirty war,” and set precedence by prosecuting those in the private sector who facilitated the crimes for economic gains.

 

This is why of those who ‘disappeared,’ (supposedly “leftists”) a total of 31 were employees of Argentina’s national bank, and a handful were from the Central Bank which Juan Peron had nationalized exactly 30 years prior to the junta on March 24, 1946. This coup represented a virtual purging of the institutions that protected the Argentinean people from the arbitrage and foreign direct investment (FDI) schemes of what would precipitate and necessitate, what Kirchner has called the “vulture capitalists” who are sucking the nation dry today. Those, like the rich parasitic Jewish hedge fund CEO Paul Singer, who is also on the board of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs and Commentary. Singer is the main figurehead in despoiling Argentina through the implementation of the neo-liberal economic model that was installed via state terrorism in the 1970s as Eva Peron, and Juan Peron’s fascist inspired government were removed. The opening up of the country to foreign direct investment, meant saddling the nation in debt that it could not repay and then asking for outrageous interest. The latest series of which led to a payout that was a substantial gain for the private creditors, however a few held out, unsympathetically for the struggling nation woe’s and demanded the full sum of their interest payments – usury demands its pound of flesh.

When we observe the facts, that when the holdouts on the payout had to emerge from beyond the swampy, shadowy, opaque world of private investments, to claim their pound of prime triple A Argentinian flesh – it is non-other, than the usual suspects behind the scene (scheme). Paul Elliott Singer, a real New York Jew and CEO of Elliott Management Corp, who is described by Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez as a “vulture capitalist”, and whose “principal investment strategy is buying distressed debt cheaply and selling it at a profit or suing for full payment,”[1] and another tribesman Mark Brodsky of Aureilus Capital, as the principal holdouts on the restructuring of the debt. While fellow tribesman George Soros has emerged as another of the bond buyers who is suing BNY Mellon for withholding funds from the initial settlement with Argentina. Of course calling the whole thing a criminal enterprise, a form of usury that Western Civilization as old as Aristotle has long fought against. The fact that this bloodsucking will negatively impact millions of Argentinians for generations, only to enrich a handful of Jewish investors like Soros, Brodsky and Singer, is beyond the pale of Argentina’s political or economic power to contend. Not to worry, because the tribe has one of their own, Axel Kicillof, the Minister of the Economy, overseeing the whole transaction of a nation’s wealth into the pockets of some Jewish hedge fund types.Besides the Ashkenazi Jew Kicillof, Mario J. Blejer President of the Central Bank is another Argentinean-Jewish financial insider, along with Hector Timerman who is the Foreign Minister.

There are times when the world renders scenarios that perfectly elucidate a kind of comic book farce of social-political discourse that seems to comply validate and vindicate Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime’s stance upon the menace of International Jewry perfectly. In fact Aristotle’s quote about the two sorts of wealth-getting, one good and one bad, reflect perfectly in National Socialist Economist Gottfried Feder’s distinction between industrial (good) and finance (bad) capital. Plus ca change plus ca meme chose, oddly one could also point to Magnus Hirschfeld and others homosexual advocacy in Germany both before and after the Treaty of Versailles and link it to Paul Singer’s advocacy for gay rights today – it seems that Dante putting usurers and sodomites in the same ring of hell was rather perspicacious.  But, back to Singer: “Paul Singer’s Cayman Islands-based hedge fund NML Capital Limited is the principal litigant in this dispute; having paid USD49 million in the secondary market for bonds worth USD832 million by 2014.” Singer is listed on Wikipedia as a philanthropist – the tax relief must be nice – and is an ardent supporter of gay rights, his son is a sodomite, (again the linkages between usury and sodomy) and has spent over 10 million pushing Republicans to support gay marriage – economic liberalism and social liberalism are intricately linked.

In 1996 Singer bought Peru’s debt for pennies on the dollar at 11 million and threatened to bankrupt Peru if they didn’t give him 58 million, which they did. Similar circumstances turned a ten million dollar bond debt of the Congo into a staggering 127million dollars payout for Singer.

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The Merchant of New York: Paul Singer

Singer also had  an Argentinean naval vessel seized by officials off the coast of Ghana by over the 2002 debt default by NML Capital Ltd, an affiliate of Elliot Management. Singer was also a top funder for Mitt Romney and the GOP and even had enough clout to get then President George W. Bush to hold a television conference to denounce workers of a distressed asbestos company he had just bought, as faking their exposure to the harsh chemicals, thereby increasing the value of the company on the market with the official approval of a White House celebrity endorsement. Make no mistake this first class piece of shit wields real power.[2]

 

(((Part 2)))

In the first of this series I pontificated on the connection between usury and sodomy by way of a quote from ‘he who knows, the reason for this was to show the deep Western roots against these practices which is embedded in the holistic concept of the cosmos. The cosmos is the opposite of the metaphysical principle of chaos; it is the order of the universe. Order is of course the principle metaphysical element of fascism. For the Greeks the great divide was one between ‘order’ and ‘chaos,’ Apollo and Dionysius. And to us in our struggle this is essentially the same thing, liberalism in all its guises is chaotic and Dionysian – whether in the social sphere; in the boundless pornographic miscegenation of mass immigration, multiculturalism and gay rights or in the economic sodomy of foreign direct investment of licit usury and corruption. The flux of liberalism is the opposite of the soul of the West. Perhaps when usury reigns sodomy gains?

“There is a flipside to this tradition of seeing sodomy as the enemy of the natural economy of the household: The counter-tradition of liberal economics founded by Adam Smith challenged the household model by seeing economics as rooted in the free trade of goods between households and nations. Precisely because Smith was more receptive to previously condemned or taboo economic activities like trade and manufacturing, he was also more open to sexual liberalism.

It’s no accident that in 1787 Bentham wrote a ‘Defence of Usury,’ which tried to convince Adam Smith to take a more benevolent view of the hitherto morally sanctioned economic activity. On the subject of both usury and sodomy, Bentham’s inclination was to take Smith’s liberal impulses to their logical end. Bentham was in favour of consensual adult acts (be they sexual or economic) that led to greater happiness, whether they violated pre-existing taboos or not.”[3]

In so far as the British by the time of Smith and Bentham had become Judaized is a subject best left to another more thorough study. But the connection between usury and sodomy in this regard has never been more clearly elucidated. Perhaps the merchant of Venice had a little cubby full of catamites… But we should shift our focus back to the subject matter at hand.

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At the same time that the CIA was backing Pinochet’s coup in Chile in order to install the neo-liberal economic policies that the “Chicago Boys” had learnt at the knee of Milton Freidman, Argentina was targeted for a similar doom. Chile and Argentina were the dress rehearsals for the usurers of a new age. The Videla military dictatorship through their finance minister Jose Alfredo Martinez de Hoz had weakened the internal stability of Argentina’s long fought for protection from foreign direct investment and international cabals through its synthesis of left-wing socialist and right-wing nationalist traditions expressed in Peronism, which stressed autarky. De Hoz weakened Peronism by privatizing state assets and murdering his political and business rivals. Following this destabilization Argentina oscillated violently between successive military coups culminating in the foreign policy calamity of the Falklands. All-the-while the country plummeted further and further down the foreign debt tunnel – a cycle that included 700% inflationary spikes, 140% increase in foreign debt in less than a seven year period and multiple recessions.

The narrative begins in 1976 started with the coup, which installed measures imposed from Wall Street as finance minister Martinez de Hoz opened up Argentina’s markets. De Hoz who was head of steel company Acindar used his position to consolidate his wealth by murdering his business rivals and through acts of simony, he was a close friend of David Rockefeller who facilitated a Chase Manhattan an­d IMF loans of $1billion.

“Inflation was curbed and business investment was up 25% but real wages lost nearly 40% of purchasing power. High savings rates lessened the shock. Inflation revived again and Martinez de Hoz deregulated in June 1977 financial markets removing checks on banks and transferring responsibility of bad loans to the state.”

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Télam Buenos Aires 27/04/2010 La Corte Suprema declaró la inconstitucionalidad del indulto que el ex presidente Carlos Menem le concedió al ex ministro de Economía de la dictadura militar José Alfredo Martínez de Hoz. Foto Archivo: Télam/cl

By making bad loans the responsibility of the state rather than the financial institutions that were involved, de Hoz was the hand that implemented the masterminded criminal theft of a nation’s wealth in the manner of the Wall Street Bailouts. De Hoz’s slogan was “too minimize the state is too maximize the nation,” funny how that turned out. De Hoz froze wages and introduced new labour laws in favor of corporations, deregulated banking, and obstacles to international trade and investment flows were eliminated and privatized national industries. “Decades of industrialization were wiped away as domestic producers, for so long protected by the state, could not cope with the flood of cheap imports.” This ushered in the era know as plata dulce (sweet money) and deme dos (give me two) in which the elite were making a killing while, “Real wages slumped by 40%, and unemployment, poverty, and child mortality, areas in which Argentina had long been an example for Latin America, all rose dramatically.” Implemented are same sorts of austerity measures being implemented in Greece and Spain by the EU. Up until his death, de Hoz denied any involvement in the kidnappings and was a remorseless defender of the dictatorship-era economic policies.

 

By the time the Syrian Carlos Saúl Menem was President from 1989 to 1999 the country was nearly completely devastated. Menem was a member of the social justice Justicialist Party – which is one of the Parties which claim Peronism as its predecessor, but only in name. Menem would finish the job that de Hoz and the Wall Street backed military coup had begun. Menem was to Peronism what Ronald Regan was to Conservatism – an actor playing a role. But Menem and de Hoz are particularly evil political cunts – as their criminal rap sheet of political scandals is impressive even in the corruption-filled-halls of South American politics.Menem’s furthering of neo-liberal policies pushed the nation into hyperinflation which saw the peso decrease to one/one-hundred-trillionths of its pre-inflation value.

Menem like the Videla administration whose legacy he was in effect fulfilling was shitting all over the pillars of the Peronist ideal, known as the “three flags”; social justice, economic independence, and political sovereignty. Indeed Menem, who represented the same international Cabal as the Videla junta, pardoned Martínez de Hoz from criminal prosecution, though this was annulled 16 years later when the Gutheim case was reopened by the Kirchner government.

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Evita Redux

 

The Jewish Angle                

The Jews have had an ambivalent relationship with Argentina since Juan and Evita Peron allowed the so-called ‘rat-lines’ to be used to give amnesty to former Nazis following the war. Since being re-elected in October 2011, Kirchner has turned the tide of the nation back to its traditions of Peronist principles. “She has tightened currency controls to stem capital flight that intensified after she seized a majority stake in oil company YPF SA last year from Spain’s Repsol SA. She’s also challenging a U.S. court order to pay $1.3 billion to defaulted bondholders who didn’t partake in restructurings in 2005 and 2010.” Kirchner is blatantly defying the international usury cabal; in 2007 her late husband fired the statisticians at INDEC (the Argentine Bureau of Statistics) and replaced them with his own cronies. This was done in an attempt to keep inflation rates low. “The gap between the official and private inflation rates has enabled the country to save about $6.8 billion since 2007 on debt payments, according to Buenos Aires-based research firm ACM Consultores.” This caused the IMF to threated the beleaguered nation with sanctions and the threat of losing its G20 status.[4]

Jewish relations in Argentina are much the same the world over wherever the tribe dwells, although I have been told by Argentinians that the assimilation there was more complete than in other nations – but I find this to be a naïve simplification.

That the international financers are ‘putting the screws’ to Argentina and that this has resulted in allegations of anti-Semitism in the ruling party and instances of Jew baiting by populists on the streets. A Jewish source had this to say about a recent speech of President Kirchner to the UN:

“Kirchner appeared to draw a link between Jewish opposition to Argentina’s cooperation with Iran on the AMIA bombing, the “vulture funds” – commonly known as hold-out funds – that her country owes money to, and Israel’s Gaza war, in her speech at the General Assembly. She devoted a large portion of her speech to the need to confront “economic terrorists” like the hold-out funds.”

Over two decades ago the Israeli embassy in Buenos Ares was bombed, two years later, in 1994; the AMIA bombing happened in Buenos Ares, killing 85 people, mostly Jews. Disgraced former neoliberal President Menem was named by Judge Galeano in the investigation as accepting a 10 million dollar payment from Tehran or Syria to block the investigation into the 1994 bombing of the Argentine Jewish Mutual Association (AMIA).[5] This is the same charge that was being leveled against Cristina Kirchner when the Special Prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who is a Jew, was investigating the bombing and found murdered in his apartment. Nisman allegedly was filing a 24 page report naming President Kirchner as carrying over Menem’s cover-up (initially reported for Syria but later changed to Iran) for an energy-food trade agreement between the nations. Nisman, probably working for Singer and Jewish tribal interests was looking for an angle to blackmail the President and was going to lobby for her arrest and/or probable political resignation – to be replaced by a government that would be more acquiescent to the usurers. The journalist that broke the Nisman story, Damian Pachter who is also Jewish, has fled the country to Israel after receiving numerous death threats. The prosecutor who is now investigating Nisman’s execution style murder, Viviana Fein, is also Jewish. The death of Nisman has sparked Jewish led protests across the nation; the protestors hold placards that read “Yo soy Nisman,” and “Justicia.” That Argentina is at war with the Jews, is just a slightly hyperbolic statement only if we take war in the literal sense instead of von Clausewitz’s “war is politics extended” and especially Foucault’s reversal “politics is war continued by other means.” That vulture capitalist Paul Singer might be colluding in an alliance with boarder Jewish interests is almost certain – for what is Jewish power without the purse?

Kirchner had also irked the Jews through close cooperation with Iran supporting both their nuclear project and inviting them to help in the investigation of the AMIA bombing, whose culpability for the Jews was a foregone conclusion. Israel and the US objected to meeting between Argentina and Iran and the bilateral agreement. By allying itself to countries like Iran and Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela, especially Chavez’s Bank of the South initiative, along with Brazil all three countries had vowed to never borrow from the IMF again, Argentina is complicit in forming a second tier BRIC – how could they not when even U.S. courts are enforcing the licit corruption which has crippled the nation and left their children starving.  And while Kirchner has alluded to an international cabal, Jewish newspapers are frothing at the mouth in calling her an anti-Semite and a “populist.”

While during the Videla military junta the Israeli Ambassador to Buenos Aiers Ram Nirgad declared that “since the military junta came to power there has been an improvement in the relations between Israel and Argentina.”[6] 30% of Israeli arms exports went to Argentina and the military training of Argentinean troops; all this while Jews claimed that Videla was murdering Jewish far-leftists. Marcel Zohar in his book “Let My People go to Perdition: Betrayal in Blue and White,” documents the cases where Jews who were persecuted where denied visas to Israel by Israel because they were too left-wing. The most famous Jewish prisoner was journalist Jacob Timerman who is the father of the current Foreign Minister, who was a far-left Montoneros, but interestingly got asylum in Israel regardless. If anything the Jews certainty got special treatment by being allowed to leave.

Youth Movement

La Campora Youth Movement is named after former left-wing Peronist president Hector Jose Campora, who abdicated to Peron in 1973. Many that comprise La Campora are the children of the radical left Peronist group the Montoneros. It is currently headed by Kirchner’s son Maximo Kirchner. The Ezeiza massacre which took place on June 20, 1973 with the return of Juan Peron from exile in Franco’s Spain provoked a clash of forces which resulted in the definitive split between the left and right wing Peronists fractions – it is the roughly the equivalent of the ‘Night of the Long Knives’ in ideological terms – as the far-leftist were purged. Like Italian Fascism and German National Socialism, Peronism is the third way, between the extremities of communism and capitalism, neither right nor left, but a synthesis comprising elements of both – with its goals of nationalism of key utilities, national sovereignty,  autarky and assuagement of class antagonism. La Campora, the populist youth Party which Kirchner’s son leads has adopted the Golden Dawn strategy of going directly to the poor and offering aid.

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Popular Youth Movement La Campora

 

While the Jewish press opines the reductio ad hiterlum about Kirchner, while Kirchner herself is quick to level the claim of Nazism back when she criticized a major paper for focusing on her Minister of Finance’s Jewish background, what she is doing is using their weapons against them. Her Youth Party has been compared to the Hitler Youth, and while it has many Jewish members, some of whom may be sincere ideologues, the Kirchner government knows the score.

 

[1] Sheehan, Michael (November 15, 2011). “Vulture funds – the key players”. The Guardian (London).

[2] http://www.cepr.net/index.php/blogs/the-americas-blog/argentina-vs-the-vultures-what-you-need-to-know

[3] http://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2013/05/sodomy-and-usury.html

[4] http://www.businessinsider.com/the-imf-has-censures-argentina-2013-2#ixzz3TDZk4Sao

[5] While Menem denied the original claim he confessed to having a secret Swiss Bank account over allegations of bribery with the multinational technology company Siemens – revealing only a trifle of his dirty laundry.

[6] http://scottishpsc.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=91&Itemid=200139

 

Woody Allen’s Café Society

“I have never been so upset by a poll in my life. Only 22% of Americans now believe “the movie and television industries are pretty much run by Jews,” down from nearly 50% in 1964. The Anti-Defamation League, which released the poll results last month, sees in these numbers a victory against stereotyping. Actually, it just shows how dumb America has gotten. Jews totally run Hollywood.” [i]

– Joel Stein

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Woody Allen’s crepuscular film Café Society (2016) is as boring as it is instrumentally instructive as a testament to Jewish cosmopolitanism, domination and reshaping of American values and culture. Set in the 1930s the film centers on Bobby Dorfman (Jesse Eisenberg), the youngest son of a New York Jewish family, who leaves his father’s jewelry business for Hollywood. If Fellini used Mastroianni, as an idealized surrogate-self, Eisenberg is used rather as Allen’s mirror image, neurotic, shlumpy, physically weak, lascivious, overtly sentimental but quick-witted, clever with high verbal acuity – a certain Jewish je ne sais quoi. The conflation of Dorfman and Allen is made even more obvious with Allen’s voiceover narration throughout. The trio of Dorfman’s family functions as a trio of Jewish stereotypes, his elder brother a gangster, his sister married to a Marxist intellectual and both he and his uncle settled in the entertainment industry. The trio of crime, radical intellectualism and entertainment represents the latter duo of Jewish cultural enterprise, and the explicitly crude expression of usurious tendencies in the form, each supporting and affirming the other. Without missing the other edict of the Protocols, Allen intersperses economic Jews, who fleetingly pass off information of a stock option, whispering in an ear at a party – implicitly showcasing an ethnic networking. The film, no doubt, is illustrative of the immense and impressive interpenetration of the Jews into American elitism as it happened, but with a focus on the cultural elements rather than the purely economic and criminal. Jews dominated the cultural scene in American life, much as they had in the cosmopolitan centers of Europe, in fact knowing nothing of the movie, I had assumed that its title referred to Vienna, the central hub of Jewish Mittel-Europa known for its famous ‘café society.’ As such the parallels between Jewish control and domination of fin-de-siecle Vienna and modern America are too numerous to be merely coincidental. From Jewish domination of finance to the arts, as one pan-German paper of the period put it, “the products of a ‘degenerate afterculture’ of the ‘modernists’ should well be banned… Everything that is sacrosanct to us, our people’s customs, our ancestor’s way,’ was in danger of becoming ‘Jewish-contaminated.’”[ii]

Unlike the rich cultural traditions of the Old World, America with its explicit liberalism, heterogeneous population mixtures, utilitarian and egalitarian philosophies and hyper-capitalism, and anti-traditionalism was already, whether it knew it or not, Jew-friendly. Jews had far less obstacles towards domination and used culture as a springboard to alter American perceptions and values further to their advantage. As Harold Cruise puts it in Crisis of the Negro Intellectual:

“But the Anglo-Saxons and their Protestant ethic have failed in their creative and intellectual responsibilities to the internal American commonweal. Interested purely in materialistic pursuits—exploiting resources, the politics of profit and loss, ruling the world, waging war, and protecting a rather threadbare cultural heritage—the Anglo-Saxons have retrogressed in the cultural fields and the humanities. Into this intellectual vacuum have stepped the Jews, to dominate scholarship, history, social research, etc.”[iii]

In this passage Cruise accounts for two aspects of the Jewish cultural control, as represented by the film’s characters. The third of gangsterism, and general lawlessness (Meyer Lansky, Bugsy Siegel, Dutch Schultz) is related metaphysically to the other two elements, and is a direct expression of a central feature of Jewish consciousness, as each is aimed at the radical extenuation of a society’s limits, for Jews the rules do not apply, since after all the rules are established by a society that is not their own.

The film is set half in California and half in New York, the two central hubs of Jewish domination of American culture and society, as Michael Novak wrote, “A relatively small number of Jews in New York and Los Angeles set a style for Jewishness that may be foreign to Jews in Cleveland or Utica,”[iv] or rather a style for Americanism that is foreign to most gentiles the world over.

The central focus of the film is the story of how Jews came to dominate American culture and both secondarily and incidentally how they came to dominate gentile women. Indeed the central narrative element moving the story along is the romantic one of Jewish men with gentile WASP women. Dorfman travels to Hollywood to work for his Uncle Phil (Steve Carell) an industry powerbroker. Dorfman is stunned by his Uncle’s young assistant, Veronica (Kristen Stewart), who is tasked with showing Dorfman around Hollywood. During these pseudo-dates the two grow fond of one another and begin an intimate relationship. The relationship, however, is complicated with the kind cronyism-cum-Freudian love triangle that Jews are so apt at, as Veronica is secretly seeing Dorfman’s married Uncle Phil, although in this case the gentile woman is playing the field. While, the film is set in the 1930s, I was too reminded of the treatment and condition of scores of gentile women in “Hollywood’s seedier cousin,” another Jewish dominated enterprise, the adult film industry, wherein white women are passed around like ‘liberated’ Valley of the Dolls extras to reenact the tragedy of Norma Gene on film:

“It is clear,” says Anthony Summers in his biography, “that Marilyn made judicious use of her favors. A key beneficiary was the [Jewish] man who got Marilyn that vital first contract at Fox — Ben Lyon. According to writer Sheila Graham, Lyon had been sleeping with Marilyn and promising to further her career . . . Lyon called the casting director for Sol Wurtzel, a [Jewish] B-movie producer of the time [and Monroe was awarded a small part in the 1947 film Dangerous Years]” (Summers, 35).

In olden times,” Upton Sinclair once remarked, “Jewish traders sold Christian girls into concubinage and into prostitution, and even today they display the same activity in the same field in southern California where I live.” Or as F. Scott Fitzgerald summed up the Hollywood scene of his era — “a Jewish holiday, a Gentile tragedy” (Gabler, 2).[v]

 

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When the revelation of the love triangle is discovered Veronica makes the decision to marry the established and wealthy Phil, explicitly on those materialistic conditions, who then divorces his wife, and Dorfman goes back to New York with memories of his idle time spent with Veronica, a woman vastly out of his league. Dorfman had already expressed his intention to marry Veronica and move back to New York with her. Back in New York Dorfman runs a high-end nightclub that his gangster brother Ben (Corey Stoll) started. There Dorfman meets an even more out-of-his-league gentile woman, the statuesque Veronica Hayes (Blake Lively), and the two begin to date, marry and begin a family. Hayes is used as a kind of prized Rainbow Lorikeet in a gilded birdcage, the shiksa in the designer dress and lush apartment. The fact that both are named Veronica may point towards the effective consumable quality of each.

The Sunday evening audience, comprised mostly of geriatric Jews, gasped at southern belle Hayes’ initially slight anti-Semitic remarks as Dorfman hard-pressing himself onto her, “god you people are pushy” (gasp), and ‘where I’m from, you’re not supposed to mix with Jews.’ Of course Hayes is not where she is from, but rather her one-dimensional prop usage is illustrative of the prototypical liberated woman who can choose her associations regardless of group-loyalty, her loyalty is the Carrie Bradshaw variety; of brands, cosmopolitanism and sexual liberation. If the audience was chided by the slight insider offense of antiquated and toothless anti-Semitism, it relished in anti-Christian comedy on display; the gangster brother, had converted to Christianity before being electrocuted for his crimes because Judaism does not contain an afterlife, his mother laments, “my son first a murderer, now a Christian,” implying the latter is worse (laughter).

Overall the film was overly sentimental, with one-dimensional characters and a bathetic ending. In content and execution it reminded me of Steve Martin’s Shopgirl (2005) with the same monotonous sweeping aimlessness, aridness and nearly pointless, except for the little invisible signposts that read ‘Juden was here.’

 

Review has since been published at the Occidental Observer: http://www.theoccidentalobserver.net/2016/09/woody-allens-cafe-society/

 

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[i] http://articles.latimes.com/2008/dec/19/opinion/oe-stein19

[ii] Hamann, Brigitte. Hitler’s Vienna : a portrait of the tyrant as a young man. London: Tauris Parke Paperbacks, 2010. Print. 84.

[iii] Cruse, Harold. Crisis of the Negro intellectual. London: W.H. Allen, 1969. Print.

[iv] Novak, Michael. Unmeltable ethnics : politics & culture in American life. New Brunswick, U.S.A: Transaction, 1996. Print.

[v] http://www.counter-currents.com/2011/08/who-killed-marilyn-monroe/

Die Werwolf Excerpt

A tale told in parts by: Ribaldo B Innocenti

 

“Just as Christ tormented the flesh through the spirit, the God of this time will torment the spirit through the flesh.”

–          C.G. Jung, The Red Book

 

“And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?”

–          W.B. Yeats, The Second Coming

 

“Bare history hardly ever offers us, and always incompletely, the material for a judgment of the inmost (and so to say, instinctive) motives of the ceaseless struggles of whole peoples and races; that we must seek in religion and saga.”

–     Richard Wagner, The Wibelungen

“When you’re out in the woods, look straight ahead like a good little girl.”

–          The Brothers Grimm, Little Red Riding Hood

 

 

One: Birth Pangs

 

It was as though the Beast had broken out from the woodcut borders of some medieval grotesquery – something fantastical and horrific; imagined by the superstitious minds of those times. Perhaps, it was within a work depicting hellish scenes of eternal damnation that it first gained consciousness of itself, as a thing distinct and individual; naked. And in being in that condition, left alone to come to terms with its own nature, it grew more conscious and more powerful, more concretized and self-assured. Perhaps it was through the self-conscious reflexive state that it first leered out, beyond its mere imaginings, through opaque chiaroscuro, into a world whose time was yet to come. Though, it is too often said that works such as those strike the observer as somewhat ludicrous in their gauche overrepresentation, their overwhelming cornucopia of odd grotesqueries which over stimulate the senses, such that for something distinct to be drawn out from them, it must first draw out from within. But this only illustrates the point further; that in the Bosch-like cacophony of bestiary exhibitionism, our semi-human-demon presented himself as a more ardent and horrid sort; closer to Mankind and yet irreducibly removed and thus capable of approaching the most harrowing aspect of the poetic sublime. One could always mark the contrast in these works between those demonic smiles and those who screamed with their faces all contorted and full of pain; yet both facets somehow found ample mediation within the configuration of the beast. This ghastly chimera, this horrendous fabled creature; who dared to break the spell of the canvass, who at first leered and then gashed and then erupted from some black oleaginous unknown depth, bursting forth from amongst the reveling momento mori and the sadistic pitchforked demons delighting in their vocations as torturers of the damned in this dim garden of unremitting entanglement and despair. It was as if it moved throughout the framed work in a spectral and incomprehensible darkness from shadow to sorrow, from torturer to tortured; feeding off of the pomposity, pleasure, and bloodlust of the overlords, and the tragedy, pain and damnation of the underlings as facets of its own being; both damned and damning for all eternity, and somehow deciding that this narrow two-dimensionality was not enough.

This creature whose very real existence seemed to stretch the mind’s limit of fathoming to the razor’s edge of unreality – to the precipice of credulous fantasy – also seemed to counterbalance in an elasticity of the unbelieving psyche to that further and higher precipice of terrified mystification which is a precondition for a leap-of-faith – demonic or otherwise. The quality of the sublime was taut inside that unreality and the capacity of terror which was both its capability and its material fabric – primal and horrific, bestial and godly, yet underneath that rough appearance both human and recognizable – as in the divination of the older demi-gods; in the time when man himself was casting off the yoke of nature, weaving a golden thread through labyrinths of bestial entanglement. The beast-man, the man-beast, the beast inside the breast of man and the man inside the breast of beast, the thing without precedence or equal was brought forth from within the bedlam of carnage that is the setting of this story. Indeed, it was the chaos of the Second World War that had birthed it, that gave it form, vigor, and vitality – nay, the war had given it necessity itself by laying the world in the blood-soaked material cloth of the gale of creative destruction. By painting a canvass through which it could self-actualize.

It was as though the martial-industrial composition of howling howitzers and storming stukkas performed as the angel trumpets and stork wings that announced and delivered this abominable creation into the fire-pit which Europe had become. With a fixed chorus of screaming agonies it emerged from the blood bedewed earth as an enfant terrible; the essence of terror incarnate in a revenge of Nature upon Man, of a reckoning of the blazing sword of some primordial sleeping energy, of a half-forgotten faith shredding through the antinomies of the clean and blighted rationality of a world driven spiritless and wholly material, a reminder of all that lay before in the bloody sediment of the historical bowel movement.

 

But it was through a particular man, a condemned man, a man without faith, without religion, a man of his age, a man of science, a man of progress. Yes, it was in the most abhorrent and dire circumstances that the beast sprang upon the World as unsuspectingly as the molten slag of Vesuvius flung upon Pompeii so long ago. The ash of its birthing and the shadow of this man transformed, cast upon even the life giving sun, a giant umbra of its former glory – as the mark of the beast – the heavens themselves became enshrouded in unfathomable obscurity, in a darkness that reflected the furthest recesses of a condemned soul, a nebulous and unceasing hopelessness pervading the horizons in all directions. The reasons, the projections, the insinuations and the possibilities of this terrible phenomenon enraptured the mind in eternal and perhaps unknowable questions regarding the limits of Man’s infinite curiosity and ingenuity and the consequences thereof.

It was as if all the sense and reason of the world had been spent and twisted to the point of absurdity, until that last tinsel fiber holding the seams of reality together was to be cut by the most unsympathetic shears of fate, that something abnormal, some mutation, must occur in order to render the World sensible again. Following the thread of this wrestling logic, it was as though the monstrosity of its existence was only given proper form as a return to the bosom of Nature, holding within it the promise of the savage innocence of the animal kingdom, a promise that absolved Mankind of its own bloodlust – to warp oneself snugly within in the skins of beasts, as in a shamanic practice of preternatural reconciliation. Within the poetics of this hybrid creature one could reconcile a kind of coronation of Blake’s tyger and lamb into a singular element within Man that transcended the purely metaphysical, as both captive and participant to this transformation and transvaluation – “as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves,” as it was written elsewhere of the possibility of housing two opposing natures within one soul – comprising a trinity yet.

That the Werwolf appeared as the total war’s perfect offspring is somehow cruelly fitting – as in some ways the beast was more terrible and yet brutally magnificent and awesomely sublime in its own dark creation, than the wanton destruction wrought by the making and deployment of the atomic bomb and other instruments of ingenuous annihilation and incineration that the war produced. Somehow the beast took within its breast that cold inhumanity and technical mastery that managed the work and death camps with a rational scientific precision and amoral objectivity. As though, in a dialectical fissure between the exacerbated disciplines of techno-scientific progress and martial order and the wild abandonments held within the throes of war, a synthesis was conceived within its twofold nature of these incongruous, yet inseparable halves of the whole. In this sense, this unholy metamorphosis falls within the mechanisms of the alchemical and mystical systems of thought, was not God himself unknowable to himself without first becoming Man and only by becoming Man could Man assent to knowing God? That this Thing, ‘this Beyond Evil,’ must be expressed in terms of a Creaturely Something, in order to be reconciled with the Unconcealedness, the naked disclosure, of the apocalyptic times that shaped it. As the war progressed the pageantry of cruelty, which always lay behind the veneer of civil society, grew heavier and curler aggravating and intensifying into a malignant cloud that descended upon the World, holding such weight as to explode, but it held not evaporated water, but the accumulation of dark and hideous accretions. Such that the beast’s transformational ancestry seemed to comprise the catalogue of gruesomeness that shaped the contours of Creation’s twisted balustrade that stretched across oceans of rotting flesh and nature’s own struggle for mutation and adaptation and evolution – survival. Whole cities, now rebuilt to house the murderous frenzy, were once monstrous grave markers and before incineratory infernos and before dwellings once again drawing closer to the primordial act – such as Cain. The Werwolf was spawned within the insides, within the very bloody intestinal weight of such things, the seed of its gestation manifesting itself through sheer force of will to being-in-the-world.

It was as though the beast fused its becoming with the heretofore unimagined range of heartrending crime and subsequent numbness that the war produced. Nigh, heroism died upon the scaffold of murderous intent and there was only the weight of recriminations that remained, holding itself together as some distant form – becoming in the ether, burrowing in the earth, howling in the darkness. The mass consciousness of those caught in the grand game fell to the resolve of hopelessness and a grisly doomed fatalism that dispelled any higher virtues and kept only survival and even then only out of habit, rather than desire. The carnage seemed unrelenting, undying, as though a pursuant specter carrying a bloodstained scythe were always one step ahead, waiting around each turn in the rubble, but that was rather hopeful.

The weight of the mass raping and the slaughter of innocent girls with dainty bows in their hair by pursuing armies of slave-solider-menfolk, whose own sense of hopelessness and meaninglessness mingled with the satyriasis of their guilty pleasures, like unrepentant death row inmates given over to one last rite of profanation – they were the damned, so why should young girls have dainty bows in their hair? The whole World was damned and in Gotterdammerung all things were permissible since all things were equally condemned.

In its cruelty was wrought the despair of those loved ones whose husbands, wives, sisters, brothers, sons and daughters they would never hear, nor see, nor touch again – and in the anguish of uncertainty and despondency therein lay the foundations of this tale; therein lay its most tragic element.

But it was also cataloged in those Machiavellian handshakes professing the lesser of two evils thereby trivializing the lives of many innocents into bulldozed piles of statistical collateralization, the pawn sacrifices and cannon fodder of the greater game, those who could not bite back. It was in the innumerable dustbins of human folly and frailty that life was breathed onto the beast.

Perhaps, perceptively, its presence could be felt nourishing itself off of the shame of the emaciated tattooed victims with their gaunt skin stretched over sharp and brittle bones which seemed to press out of the film of the dirty membranes that encased them, like insects undergoing the imago stage of a metamorphosis. Those who stumbled like living skeletons in zebra suits through barbed wire crossings of compromised emancipation; they would never truly be free. Within all those disfigured souls, those undignified lives, of the experimented upon – with their vivisected and lacerated lesions – exposed bone, muscle, sinew and organ, pulsing brain matter and oozing wound – puss, bile and blood – the crying shouts of the damned and all those condemned from all salvation – inside a reprobate and ungodly world. Hundreds of innocent souls huddled in churches set ablaze in some eastern backwater, piled like some grotesque layer cake next to grandmother’s ravine or lined up and shot en mass, burnt and bludgeoned and blasted and fragmented and disfigured and wounded. Within the accumulated frenzy of utter tribulation blood spilled most freely into overflowing pools of gore and unsanctified revulsion, literally creating a hell on earth. The coagulated odor of death mingled with the most awful smells of rotting flesh, filth, disease, petroleum and sulfur, which streamed into the unconscious sense memories of those given participation to these dark days of the Apocalypse. All of it pales and somehow merges, as in some bloodstained collage, into the uncanny figure of the beast – somehow, it was as though, it were suckling upon the blood tit of the very transubstantiation of the World made flesh and bone in its dismal cruelty – as though it were some gnostic demiurge feeding upon its own fashioning in the time before all time’s reckonings had been or come to pass – working away, unseen, in the primordial and chaotic darkness. Somehow it was as if its presence had always been there, behind the swastika, and in the dry retching stomach of starvation. A stalking presence from within the subterranean torture chambers of the gulag from which no light enters and no noise escapes. Yes, it was there too; but was it not also carefully manufactured and idly awaiting its curtain call from within some trap door beneath the European theater? Whispered inside the counterfeit neutrality of speculation perhaps spawned in some estaminet in London or New York, wherein profiteers spoiled the mantle of young men’s courage? Perhaps, the beast was there, breathing down the necks of the faithful in their boardrooms and stock exchanges, stalking in the shadows, waiting to reveal itself as the perfect synthesis of the destruction and creation of this bellum – of its inhuman and superhuman dimensions. Perhaps one can come to understand the beast as the constellation of these manifold callous machinations that the moral fabric of the World gnarled through a contortionist series of horrors culminated in its abhorrent birthing. Its mother lay screaming, its father not breathing, but dying – the soul of Mankind electrified in the torment of this hell all the while the moneychangers kept their craft within the confines of the temple.

All the unmentionable repulsions of this war, the blasted and the burnt, the mutilated and the crippled, the psychologically wounded, and the dead and dying were somehow seen in the light of the revelation of the beast as mere offerings upon some ancient heathen blood altar to its own adoration. Perhaps it is best to preserve its origins in storied mythos as some supernatural pagan abomination – a demonic bastard mischling conjured by Mars and Vulcan in full concert with the bacchantes in some reptilian sodomite’s parthenogenesis. From the cromlech of Morta herself, damned and damning the whole of creation with the stench of its womb. And perhaps the whole rite was further profaned by the presence of Mammon overseeing the birth of genuine tragedy while the God of the Israelites turned his back and wept crocodile tears.

Somewhere in the workings of all the machinations and mechanisms that facilitated the war’s destruction and refashioning – it was there – waiting to be unearthed like the accumulated souls of all the sufferers; of the murdered and of the damned. As if those condemned were trapped in some nether region, some godforsaken heathen limbo awaiting liberation and confrontation with the almighty indifference of a god who was not there. As in that infamous box of Pandora’s, those restless and murderous souls whose lives on earth had been reduced to animalistic survival, devoid of beauty and driven to a monstrous end, holding within their torment a cold demand for vengeance upon a world that had been so ugly, cruel and prejudiced against their ambitions, hopes and dreams. And in that darkness they reached towards the light and towards the sun but as in Tantalus, the logos recoiled from their outstretched arms and all became enveloped once more in doleful night. But there was still Hope in this mythological allegory was there not? Hope itself born from the opening of things better left locked and forgotten, clinging fugitively to the bottom of the box, as the last testament of a service to the world – a gift of compassion from the Gods – so that Mankind in its deepest despair, could not question whether there was not also a light which shown in the most harrowing darkness, which somehow made it all hallow. Hope, that bastion of both human conceit and humility, held within it the promise of eternal salvation, never fully abandoning its desolate post within the furthest flung prayers of Mankind.

While I have been in the presence of the manifold speculations of the origins of the beast, and as I am one of the few who know the truth; I am therefore condemned to a conspiracy of silence because of it. But now, after these many, many years, rumors are beginning to be whispered again, rumors amid whispered rumors – perhaps it is now time to lift the veil and to tell this tale, for the very future of Mankind may rest upon its faithful rendering. Perhaps it is best to begin when the World first encountered rumors of the beast, rumors amid whispered rumors you understand, which, upon honest confession, I did not initially believe and upon first inquiry neither will you.

 

 

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Of PIGS and Men: A Review of Michael Novak’s Unmeltable Ethnics

“Industrialists like Henry Ford were bitterly anti-union and made a practice of playing one ethnic group against the other in keeping the workers under control and wages low. One of the groups which Ford favored the most was southern Blacks…”
                                              – E Michael Jones, The Slaughter of Cities, 43.
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Michael Novak’s Unmeltable Ethnics (1996) is indispensible reading for the AltRight, specifically focusing on the ethnic experiences of southern and eastern Europeans, who will find exceptional resonance and relevance. But it should also be mandatory reading for WASPs, as they are the favorite target of Novak’s pen and often times justifiably so. Novak sees a WASP tendency to externalize faults, the world is impure outside of themselves and though much of Novak’s criticism may come from angles and perspectives that seem a little distorted, they are on the whole worth it. Unmeltable, is the second edition, the first was optimistically titled The Rise of the Unmeltable Ethnics (1972), the change in the book’s name perhaps corresponds to a change in the author’s perceptions and political aspirations. The new edition runs a little long at over 450 pages with added chapters amended from follow up essays for academic journals filling out the final four chapters. In Novak’s own words in the introduction to the ‘transaction’ edition:
“The publication of this book in 1972 marked my own declaration of independence from the cultural Left, at the time the preeminent force watching over what could be said and what couldn’t in American culture. As readers will see firsthand in this new edition (which leaves unchanged most of the original text), I was still writing as a man of the Left, certainly a man of the anti-capitalist Left. But I was, in truth, departing from leftwing orthodoxy in singling out cultural issues, rather than economic issues, as the primary neuralgic point in American (and not only American) life. I was defending – no, calling into political and cultural self-consciousness, and trying to inspire – those whom the elites liked to picture as paunchy fascists in undershirts, bigoted and unwashed. I was repelled by ‘the bigotry of intellectuals’ and the unworthy prejudices of the cultural Left. At the time celebrating the ‘liberation’ of the swinging singles, I thought intellectuals ought to be stressing the importance of family, even the psychological differences between ‘family people’ and those who find the unencumbered self a more fundamental reality. They ought to admire the latent strengths of traditional values and ethnic neighborhoods… To say the least, these ideas were premature. At the time, they were regarded as reactionary. They were said to be – the insult our elites hurl when they are being unmasked – ‘spreading hate.’”
The critics tend to misjudge the work from their own liberal pretensions, as one put it, “‘A Pole who knows he is a Pole, who is proud of being a Pole, who knows the social cost of being a Polish worker in American, who knows he stands in power, status and integrity – such a Pole can face a black militant eye to eye.’ Such writing, regardless of its literary power, regardless of whether or not it accurately depicts the feelings of a South Chicago steelworker – leaves me cold. Perhaps it brings back too many bad memories of Cicero, Marquette Park and Trumbull Park.” What they completely miss is that it is precisely Novak’s intention to redress Cicero, to return to it and provide the missing and obfuscated narrative of white ethnics themselves – “If you are the descendant of southern and eastern Europeans, everyone else has defined your existence. A pattern of ‘Americanization’ laid out.” E Michael Jones, has done the best work to date unmasking liberal pretensions and revealing integration as a way for elites to destroy white ethnic, largely Catholic communities, and political power. “The melting pot… may have been a rationale for deculturizing immigrants, depriving them of their cultural values and strength, and thus reducing their political and economic power. If one deprives people of their affective bonds to family, culture, and value, then one can reconstruct them afresh.”  Jones points out for example, the Racial Imbalance Act of 1965 “defined racial imbalance as schools having student bodies which were more than 50 percent black, a stroke which eliminated the need for racial redress in every suburban community in the state.”  Meaning that integration of blacks into ‘white schools’ meant largely only into urban ethnic schools, while WASPs and Jews pushed and laughed from their suburban incubations.
Novak sees the immense injustice of such policies, but unlike Jones is unable to conceive of a conspiracy or give proper voice beyond pretensions of injustice; Novak’s solution is for a black-Jewish-ethnic coalition to replace the black-Jewish-liberal-WASP one. In part this is because of a less rigorous collection of resources and texts, thus Novak’s solutions reek of liberalism, “If there is to be bussing of children in such circumstances, ethnic whites should be promised equal gains with blacks: equal opportunity for an experience in the better, more advanced suburban schools.”  Rather than outright disavowing such social engineering, Novak seeks to egalitarianize it.
Novak similarly identities specific insistences and techniques in the weaponization of the negro, “Many ethnics in particular do not object to school integration unless the ration of whites to blacks falls below 60 to 40. If it does, they claim, quality and services deteriorate.” – A very liberal estimate of the Peak Negro phenomenon.
“It is in their interest as an ethnic group to insist on high quotas for blacks in schools and jobs, and not to accept as valid the argument that equality is only for those who ‘qualify.’… hence blacks have seen fit to ‘change the rules’… They know that whites will not commit genocide – that is their ace. But whites do wish the race problem would ‘go away’; and that is a fantasy of genocide. It is a deeply buried fantasy precisely because it is too awful, difficult, and normally impossible to contemplate. Rather than face such fantasies, whites will pay a ransom. Still, whites both hate themselves for giving in and feel guilty for their fantasies. So the taunt of genocide intensifies their desire to be generous.”
Herein Mau-mauing, white guilt and ethno masochism are given adept psychological examination and expression. However Novak justifies ethnic resentment he cannot seem to condone political violence, in part because he knows that such use of violence will be, as it has been, used as a red herring to cover liberal WASP and Jewish machinations and thereby justify them.
“Special treatment and open enrollment and quotas are designed only for certain segments of the population. Among those most upset are ‘white ethnics.’ Their spokesmen argue that in the old days meritocratic principles were what they accepted as the measuring rods of success. Each person had to make it on his own… Black Power Movement…. In addition to the general reaction -anger and fear heaped upon ignorance and, in some instances, blatant anti-Negro sentiment… was astonishment at capitulations being made to demands for group rights rather than for greater access to individual opportunities. A sense of righteous indignation was apparent, especially since, as many argued, they were loyal, decent, hardworking, God-fearing Americans who never had anything to do with slaving but were being forced to pay for the sins of other peoples’ fathers.”
Despite his shortcoming Novak gives voice to white ethnics, who “do not like all that has happened to America these last fifty years. They look at it, not as a genuine expression of America, but as a betrayal.”
Novak writing the second edition more than two decades after the publication of the first, disavows the “new beast called ‘multiculturalism’”  despite being credited for paternity. Novak briefly challenges radical feminists, gay activists and environmentalists, as metaphysically “returning to gnostic worldviews” before God. Indeed Novak is a Catholic, and most of his extensive literary output is put in the service of Church themes, in this Unmeltable is rather unique. One of the problems and perhaps the principle contention of the book, is that ‘white ethnics’ were historically discriminated and taken advantage of from above by Nordics, and liberal Jewish intellectuals on the one hand, and are now excluded from considerations of historical remunerations from below historically blacks but now by all nonwhites (in whatever form – affirmative action, employment equity, media attention). “Two forms of prejudice stamped the immigrants. Both had a peculiar ‘northern’ quality: one was racial, the other ‘progressive.’ According to one view, it was his race and religion that made the southern European inferior. According to the other, it was his social and political backwardness.”  Novak further points to political maneuvering in this system of ethnic betrayal and dispossession, “Just as they were excluded before the early 1970s, the ethnics from Southern and Eastern Europe are again today given no place in curricula about ‘diversity.’ Ethnicity doesn’t seem to matter, only race, sexual preference, and gender. Intolerance is the new agenda. It never occurs to the ‘new multiculturalists’ that ethnic differences among Europeans alone… are full of passionate power, and heavy with political significance. All this lies beyond their own narrow, politicized agenda.”  Novak lists “nine perversions of ‘multiculturalism’” all of which could have come from an AltRight perspective. Without going into each of them: Anti-Americanism, victimology, ego-boosting, evasion, tactical relativism, censorship, groupthink, egalityranny and double standards. In this Novak identifies what is called cultural Marxism, “Multiculturalism tends to divide the world into a privileged set of victims and their alleged oppressors, through the lens of a loose and vulgar Marxism. This Marxism is cultural rather than economic…. It further pretends that its privileged groups are innocent.”
On immigration Novak recognizes that massive increases in 1970s and 1980s and that “most of these new immigrants were nonwhite” and he also recognizes that “They succeeded perhaps, even more quickly often in one generation.” This recalled a corporate meeting I was once compelled to attend working as a deracinated cog in a MNC in which a Vietnamese woman, who was a superior in another department, told us of her mother’s and other nonwhites immigrants struggles to get parity with Canadians – according to her it takes about 15 years, this was said without the slightly hint of irony. Novak also seems to miss the radical implications, he acknowledges that those “who migrated from entrepreneurial or market cultures” (Koreans, Chinese, West Indians and Middle Easterners) tended to adapt much better than those who came from peasant cultures (southern and eastern Europeans), the major problem Novak and the Vietnamese woman both miss is the radical change in the nature of the work these immigrants who expected to perform. For the older Europeans it was immigration into a subservient and well defined field, which is immigration for a specific purpose in poorly paid hard labour wherein they had to fight collectively for better wages and unionization. While for the new nonwhite immigrants it is preferential treatment in white collar and service industry and often well-paying jobs in an infrastructure built largely on the sweat and blood of those PIGS – PIGS being Novak’s acronym for Polish, Italians, Greeks and Slavs. This double-betrayal is not approached but I have felt and known it my whole life. “When the immigrants from southern and eastern Europe arrived in America industry was unregulated and capitalism was cruel.”
“They were, in a word, “peasants”-looked down upon not only by WASPs, who saw them as socially, religiously, and, yes, racially inferior, but intellectuals (of varying backgrounds themselves), who saw them as unwashed, uneducated, and uncouth, as culturally inferior.”  Novak also misses the radical changes involved in the growth of the service industry and the decline of manufacturing and a goods-producing economy, which should be the subject of another investigation.
As one reviewer put it, “There is little of empirical evidence in this book, little of historical proof. The book’s validity is simply that upon reading comment after comment (frequently funny, often pathos) the reader realizes the truth of Novak’s position.”
Novak’s primary focus is the big cities in the northeast; rarely does he discuss poor Appalachian WASPs or Midwestern ranchers, etc. On issues of immigration and elsewhere Novak is woefully liberal and often understudied. Hinting at a possible reason for this radical demographic shift that forecasts “a third world ethnic and racial composition for our future population” but never delving deep enough to criticize or understand, only in fact offering pathetically inept metaphors for getting along better, “symphony” rather than “melting pot.” In this and in his later radical shift towards cuckservatism (market liberalism), The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism, Novak betrays his own ‘constituency,’ for lack of a better term. He oddly confuses socialism with communism and the Soviet Union, something I cannot imagine an intellectual mistaking unless deliberately. However there are precious and insightful gems buried in Unmeltable Ethnics, which make it well worth it. Finally Novak admits that he may have been too hard on WASPs, perhaps somewhat identifying with whiteness and pan-European identity? Writing, “If I had had the faintest notion of how weak the WASP establishment actually was I think I would have rushed to shore up their resolve.”  Is Novak proposing a secular ecumenism along racial lines? In fact Novak’s initial publication has been heavily criticized, as a “WASP-baiting… hatchet job,”  and perhaps there is some validity to such objections.
In the new intro Novak writes some kind remarks on British institutional traditions even on English manners. He points to the wrongness of his prediction of a rising ethnic Democratic Party and coalition with blacks, “the growing alientation of liberal elites from the masses of liberal voters… only Jews (mostly) remain comfortably democratic.”  Novak believed that the 70s would be the time for a formation of ethnic power bloc and consciousness, however the revolution he thought would occur never formulated and instead the ethnics took on ‘white identity’ and ‘class identity’ as their markers. David A. Hollinger’s notion of the “ethnoracial pentagon” or “quintuple melting pot,” of European Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans, more accurately describes the present reality of identity and politics, than Ruby Jo Reeves Kennedy’s 1944 “triple melting pot” theory, Hollinger refers to this as “Postethnic America.”
This corresponds to all the early notions of “the melting pot,” which either implicitly or explicitly referred to a fusion of European people (“white people”) to form the American citizenry – on loose hierarchic grounds reflected in immigration preferences. The fragmentation of the American ideal built on ethnocentric assimilation into the ‘ethnoracial pentagon’ is a perversion of the original intention of the Anglosphere (‘White Australia’) ideal, exacerbated by the weaponization of black resentment, the incursion of white guilt and the systematic changes to the immigration and cultural policies of Western countries brought about largely by Leftist elites. Because of the demonization of all Europeans, the ethnocracial pentagon model is conceptually outweighed by the polarization of a dichotomy Whites vs. Others as a social model – this is confirmed by official policy of the minority statuses of other groups (with white women included as historically disadvantaged as Others). All European males are conflated into the White categorization regardless of nuance and all non-European people are conflated into the status of ‘visible minority’ – this creates a tension and dichotomy which can only strengthen both the in-group feeling of European males systematically discriminated by policies of affirmative action, and the in-group feeling of Others, those heterogeneous members of the privileged minority groups. Liberals then seem astonished to discover white males collectively forming a voting bloc, because even though they are being systematically dispossessed and discriminated against, in the countries they built no less, that would be racist, and racism is evil, expect when its Leftist racism directed against white men. Leftist then simultaneously ignore the political bias of the “privileged minorities” – as in this article titled: “Trump’s support base pits white males against the rest of America” – the growth of a ‘white male base’ of the Republican Party is wrongfully blamed on ‘racists’ when in fact cultural Marxist policies have marginalized white males and created divisive politics in which for whites to stand up for their own group interests, something every other group is encouraged to do is deemed racist!
Novak writing in the 1970s has not yet seen the waves of immigration that would inflate the Other category and this massive injustice – the model he is working under is a tripartite hierarchy of liberal WASPs and Jews, Ethnics and Blacks.
In other areas Novak comes off as more liberal than he would like to imagine himself to be, in unsympathetically ascribing Mayor Frank Rizzo as a backlash politician who was thwarted by “The Project in Group Pluralism sponsored by the American-Jewish Committee, ably led by Irving Levine… as did the National Center for Urban Affairs led by Monsignor Geno Baroni,” these are the exact same groups that E Michael Jones points to as destroying the white ethnic neighborhoods with integration and urban renewal. Furthermore Novak’s treatment of Frank Rizzo is typically leftist partisan; in their view Rizzo “terrorized civil rights activists”  not that blacks supported by liberal Jews and WASPs were terrorizing, using black criminal gangs, their ethnic communities, hence from an essay on Rizzo:
“Whether we say ‘Italian’ or ‘Irish’ is not important, and yet we know we are talking about roughly the same people… the people are the same, and the issues are the same: their feelings that they have been ignored, have received little from government in recent years, and have borne the brunt of the costs involved in the economic and political rise of the Negroes.”
In effect “these feelings” are objective facts, but never let those get in the way of a good progressive story. The rise of Rizzo was in fact more legitimate than the marching of Martian Luther King jr and the demands for integration from blacks, Jews and liberal WASPs. Novak summarized it when he wrote: “There are, at present, no social rewards for integration, only penalties… but their persistent question is why the gains of blacks should be at their expense.”  To the WASP limousine liberal, or the Jewish intellectual, ethnic perception of reality is subject to subjectification and emotional error – and is generally always ‘bigoted.’ “They also resent the actual, daily contacts of their own culture with black culture. No amount of good will, theory or ideology blinds them to the actual experience.”
The most fundamental difference between PIGS and WASPs for Novak, a point tautologically expressed, is that ethnics are communal peoples, while Nordics are individualists. Novak is not a genetic determinist, but rather a cultural-historical one. “The Anglo-Saxon cult of the individual” is rather a result of protestant culture, Enlightenment thinking and the industrial revolution than genetics. At times the book is a series of observations, pithy points, and ranting, no rant more perspicacious than:
“’The poorer strata everywhere’… ‘are more liberal or leftist on economic issues…’ ‘But when liberalism is defined in non-economic terms – as support of civil liberties, internationalism, etc. – the correlation is reversed. The more well-to-do are more liberal, the poorer are more intolerant…’ why is it not open to persons of the poorer strata to assert that it is ‘extremist’ and ‘radical’ for privileged, educated persons to pursue their own interests and to solidify their own power by neglecting the fundamental economic needs of the poor and concerning themselves with luxuries like civil liberties and internationalism?
The basic interests of privileged, educated persons in a technological society lie on the side of superculture. A rationalized social order will function more efficiently if attitudes are universalized and if local pockets of tradition, ‘prejudice,’ and ignorance are made to give way to atomistic conceptions of self, society, and happiness. The pressures for civil rights are not simply moral; they are largely technological and economic.”
Novak gets a lot right, and by taking so many chances, gets some wrong, however what is beyond dispute is the insightful and thought-provoking quality of the work, with this in mind, I imagine categorically sharing quotes to be beneficial.
WASPs
(By WASPs, Novak means educated liberal Protestant establishment of the northeast.)
“They take their own power, status, and sense of reality for granted, as no others in America can.”
“WASPs have been reduced to equality with other ethnic groups.”
“Not all WASPs are alike.”
“Their strong moral sense and their vulnerability to guilt feelings.”
“Irrepressible condescension.”
“Pilgrim’s progress never ends.”
“A sense of moral superiority is signaled in a thousand ways.”
“It is possible that Anglo-Saxon political creativity is exhausted.”
“Specialization, objectivity and technical proficiency, is notoriously sterile for the emotions, the instincts, the imagination. The rebellion of the elite youth against ‘corporate liberalism’ was in large measure a revolt in the name of instinct.”
“The body is more or less a machine.”
“Old America believes pain is useless.”
“Whereas the Anglo-Saxon model appears to be a system of atomic individuals and high mobility, our model has tended to stress communities of our own, attachment to family and relatives, stability and roots.”
“The reduction of metaphysics to a single test: success.”
“Much more than Catholics, Protestants emphasized the ascetical value of works. But the actual operation of the American system was a boondoggle of favors from government to ‘captains of industry…’ America was socialism for the entrepreneurial classes, capitalism for the rest.” (116).
“Seek your own interest and help humanity in the bargain. Grace has seldom come so cheap.”
“What Anglo-Saxons mean by religion is control, propriety, conscience, order, mastery – all their symbols run in the patterns of dominating reason.”
“Both puritans and partisans of sexual liberation seem to see their essential task as the expansion of Reason.”
“Far too strong was the overriding Anglo-Saxon imperative to ‘civilize’ and ‘subdue’ the continent – as a mirror of course, of his own self-mastery.”
“By disdain for more lustful and relaxed races, he vindicated his fidelity to purer ideals than others were able even to imagine.”
“Stephen Thernstrom opened my eyes to the poverty and degradation exercised by upper-class WASPS for lower-class WASPS. He helped me to see more vividly how threatening to poor WASPS cheap immigrant labor must have been.”
“English conceptions of order, decorum, social planning, the free marketplace (of goods and ideas), friction-free consensus, etc., dominate American life so thoroughly that most WASPS seem unaware of them as ethnic preferences.”
“What used to be regarded as dignified reserve is now mocked as uptightness.”
“Who wants to be WASP? Not even WASPS are certain.”
“…the pressures of Americanization – which was really WASPification.”
“Kevin Phillips argued in The Emerging Republican Majority… that ethnic Catholics who, in Phillips’ acid scheme, had come to hate Jews and Negroes more than they hated WASPS.”
“Protestantism is the culture religion of modernity.”
“…a synthesis of WASP individualism and corporate teamwork, with a new sensuous mobility to fill up free time purchased by technology.”
“An Anglo-Saxon elite dominated America until the emergence of a national culture…”
“The WASP and the utilitarian like to handle difficult political decisions politely; it is called ‘civility’ but it is in fact a device useful for keeping power within a small circle… ugly scenes and direct confrontations are not ‘civil’… people in power who fear the ‘dirty hands’ essential and always implicit in the exercise of power. The Anglo-Saxon conscience is out of tune with Anglo-Saxon behavior, and internally divided as well. That peculiar form of duplicity – too unconscious to be called hypocrisy – is despicable in American culture. Ethnics perceive it just as clearly as blacks do.”
“The heart of WASP culture is the property relation. Upon property, the most easily rationalized of relations, WASP notions of freedom are founded.”
“The central WASP words are having and controlling… no expression therein of the dark struggles of the whole human spirit.”
“Protestantism, Mailer thinks, ‘was never that concerned to capture the private parts of a man.’ It is, he thinks, ‘not so much a religion as a technique in the ordering of communities, able to accelerate the growth of the scientific spirit.”
“The WASP way of life had made brilliant contributions to world history, but it was also profoundly sick.”
“Mastery of environment, mastery of self, mastery is given highest priority. The organism of the self is whole, healthy, ration; its underside… seems to be ignored.”
“Decorum and self control.”
“The WASP way – the almost universal industrial way of the modern age – is to put a harsh rein upon the impulses of man’s animal nature, to place him in the halter of the industrial machine, and to order him docilely to produce… Its God is law, order, and industrious Reason. Against it, man’s human instinct, his very flesh rebel.”
“The unspoken premise of WASP culture is violence and madness at a distance.”
“No race has ever designed techniques more efficient for distancing itself from the effects of its own power.”
“WASP culture insists upon formality and reason in such a way that the non-WASP feels suffocated.”
“WASP culture channels private rage into public horror.”
“A society of Marlboro men and ‘liberated’ women (for Women’s Lib, too, is infected with WASP individualism and the WASP metaphor of domination, despite its appeals to sisterhood) is condemned to being a lonely crowd.”
“There is nothing that so infuriates me as the disguised aggression of a Quaker.”
“When troubles arise in Anglo-Saxon democracies, the imagination immediately leaps to the language of ‘social problems,’ ‘programs,’ ‘reconstruction,’ ‘priorities,’…  ‘People’ is an organic, nongeometric, nonrational, nonmechanical concept.”
“Built into the language of Anglo-Saxon social work… is a scheme of manipulation.”
“Protestant American myths of personal success and self-help required immigrants to change their conception of themselves, their families, and society.”
PIGS
“Deciding not to continue trying to become what they are not, can never be.”
“The question is, Can ethnic Americans be persuaded to side with nativist Americans in an ‘emerging Republican majority”?
“In a psychologically confused state. They are unable to be WASPS; they have lost confidence in being themselves.”
“The Church in America… has become Protestant, individualistic, and pietist in character.”
“Italians have been symbolic villains in American imagination ever since the puppet shows that Huck Finn went to see.”
“The establishment of systems of identity and self-respect is as crucial for whites as for blacks.”
“Only one out of four high-school seniors (males) desires blue-collar work. But almost half of the jobs in our economy are blue –collar. Much frustration. About half of Irish, Polish, and Italian households are in blue-collar work.”
“The psychological cosmos of workingmen and their wives is different than that of our professional elites.”
“Their lives are not political or social so much as familial and centered in the neighborhood.”
“Pain is one of the most poignant occasions for community, sympathy, tears caresses.”
“Family and food – the two great Italian joys.”
“The Irish… have qualities that make men interesting rather than successful.”
An ethnic group “a group with historical memory, real or imaginary. One belongs to an ethnic group in part involuntarily, in part by choice.”
“Yet Polish feelings do not go easily into the idiom of happy America, the America of the Anglo-Saxons and yes, in the arts, the Jews.”
“What is a Catholic but what everybody else is in reaction against. Protestants reformed ‘the whore of Babyon.’”
“English Catholics have little of the sense of inferiority in which many other Catholic groups tend to share.”
“We have most ambivalent feelings about suburban assimilation and mobility.”
“It must be said that ethnics think they are better people than blacks. Smarter, tougher, harder working, stronger in their families.”
“By being made conscious of our olive skin, brawny backs, accents, names and cultural quirks not plain to us.”
“…’humanism’ or ‘progress,’ it seems to ethnics like moral pressure to abandon their own traditions, their faith, their associations, in order to reap higher rewards in the culture of national corporations.” (72)
“To ethnics, America is almost a religion… Many millions proved that they were men, not PIGS, by expressing a willingness to die beneath those colors.”
“The feeling for religion among Slavic and Italian peoples is almost totally different from the feeling of WASP or Irish Catholics: more pagan, more secular, closer to earth, aesthetic rather than moral, meditative rather than organizational.”
“But in general the Catholic soul finds it difficult to value success.”
“This ‘Catholic difference’ is valuable. It weighs against the myth of personal success both by its sense of communal interdependence and by its holistic sense of society. In its view, society is not a machine composed of individual atoms, but an organism giving life to families, and through them, to persons.” (119)
“There is an untamed wildness in the Irish breast, a rebellion against neatness and order, an underlying Celtic rage, flash, imagination.”
“…the sexual attitudes of ordinary people in Italy or Greece or the Slavic countries are amply suggested by the life of Tolstoi, by ‘Zorba the Greek,’ by Fellini’s films. For unmarried persons to make love is to violate something sacred, but in the name of something healthy, attractive and wholly expected. The violation of the sacred adds to the enjoyment. It is wrong to fornicate; but it is delicious… One does not expect human beings to be strong, masterful, iron-willed; one anticipates ‘human weakness.’” (125).
“How desperately many tried to prove they were proper, reliable, chaste, self-disciplined, controlled. How earnestly they worked against their instincts, impulses, gestures, feelings, drives, and perceptions. How urgently they worked to find sex ‘dirty.’ The melting pot was a cauldron of lead for the purging and the encasement of passion. If one could not be a WASP, one could make oneself into a good metallic soldier.”
“The ethnic American is accustomed to direct expressions of anger; direct violence seems to him an ineradicable part of human life.”
“The innocence of Johnny Carson’s face insults the night. Even serious literature scarcely reflects the brutality most of the immigrants endured.”
“But concerning the urban experience of immigration, it is as though our grandfathers did not live and did not count: as if they were only grains ground to tasteless, powdered meal. Consumed.”
“When he despairs of WASP rationality, a Catholic does not automatically unfurl the banner of irrationality.”
“The Catholic does not have the WASP qualms about handling power, does not feel the WASP’s need to hide the exercise of power and to distance himself from its effects. Catholics are tougher, more direct – ‘ruthless’ is, shall we say, the ethnic slur.”
“The human being is a social network, necessarily dependent and psychically interrelated, a social organism, a political animal. The self is not an ‘I’ but a ‘we.’”
“I prefer entanglement to distance.”
“The religion of southern and eastern Europeans is not, as it is for northern peoples, a matter of morality and ethnics. It is rather a way of feeling, an attitude, a sentiment… There is a pagan quality to the religion of southern and eastern Europe that I find beautiful… In the south and east, the split between secular and sacred has not been thoroughly established in the soul. To be lusty, natural, enchanted with the earth, in agony or in despair is to be religious: everything is within God’s presence, enveloped by him.”
“The value deepest in the psyche of southern and eastern Europeans (I say yet once again) is an instinct for family and community.”
“they consciously cherish (unlike many Jewish and WASP intellectuals) a cultural history antedating the Enlightenment.”
“There were only two aristocracies ready to receive the immigrants: city ‘machines’ and labor unions. These ‘aristocracies of the working man,’ moreover, were in large measure his own creation; they were seldom WASP in inspiration.”
“… the characteristically Catholic vice of extolling authority at the expense of liberty.”
Blacks
“The white-black polarization is gross.”
“Martin Luther King came to Chicago as if its symbolic structure were the same as Alabama’s.”
“… the Negro represents the id of promiscuity, destruction and looseness.”
“Someone must make the argument in America, because it is true, that black militance can push some WASPS and some liberals around, but it will not push ethnics around.”
“The ethnics believe that they chose one route to moderate success in America; namely loyalty, hard work, family discipline, and gradual self-development. They tend to believe that some blacks… want to jump via revolutionary militance… over the heads of lower-class whites. Instead of forming a coalition of black and white lower classes, black militants seem to prefer coalition with white intellectual elites.”
Jews
“A relatively small number of Jews in New York and Los Angeles set a style for Jewishness that may be foreign to Jews in Cleveland or Utica.”
“The Jew represents the superego goals of ambition, money, and group loyalty.”
“The technique of the first wing of intellectuals has been to look upon ordinary Americans as backwards and unenlightened. The technique of the second wing has been to deliver a slap to the face of middlebrow America: the girl lifts her skirt and asks the cop, ‘This is what you want?’”
“The Jewish writer in particular, although not alone, set out to liberate the self-consciousness of Americans from WASP patterns of perception.”
“The most rigorous cultural standards in American life were maintained among the aliens by the family of New York intellectuals, almost all Jewish… they opened the way for ethnic pluralism.”
“The Anglo-Saxon imagination is radically individualistic; the imagination of most other cultures, not least the Jewish, is radically communal.”
“The single most liberating contributions given him has been made by Jewish writers. Almost without help from other ethnic groups, Jewish writers have broken the WASP hegemony over the American imagination and sensibility.”
“the Catholic, despite his social and political backwardness in several respects, is psychically more the brother of the Jew than of the Protestant. Both feel the weight of the WASP.”
“It is graphed that the Jewish experience is distinguished among all others in the West…”
“The Jew is seldom, if ever, a ‘self’ in the way an Anglo-Saxon is a self: atomic, alone, solitary.”
“For the time being, it will suffice to note the Jewish struggle against WASP consciousness.”
“I am the Raskolnikov of jerking off… One’s orgasm is the clue to how one is living.”
“Less than any other people have the Jews lived by property, or by production; more than others, by the arts of commerce and finance.”
“Like the Catholic, the Jew is not comfortable in conceiving of liberty in purely individualistic terms; to do so runs against the grain of his experience of life. More often than the Catholic, the Jew tries to imagine liberty without fully imagining the social and political institutions – with their inevitable authorities – that would enflesh it… Neither individualistic nor collectivist, it is in fact a sort of mirror image of the Jewish community through the ages: a people who without governmental or coercively structured economic institutions nourish in their midst strong persons, strong cultural selves.”
“The communal tradition of Jewish thought has ceded too much to WASP individualism.”
“The Jewish imagination, fortified by centuries of opposition to various penalizing and alien establishments, is anti-establishmentarian.”
Miscellaneous
“… the phrase ‘white racism’ has become for the Left what ‘communism’ was for Joe McCarthy: an indiscriminate scare word designed to prevent clear thought and apt strategy.”
“There are, at present, no social rewards for integration, only penalties.”
“By integration, intellectuals lose nothing, for them a moral gravy train.”
“But this particular class warfare finds the upper classes rhetorically on the side of revolution in values and structure, and the lower classes rhetorically on the side of stability, slower evolution, and loyalty.”
“No ‘enlightenment provides a purely rational, universal form. There is no such form.”
“To become professional is ordinarily to acquiescence in separation by no little gap from the people among whom one was born.”
“The professional classes describe themselves as a ‘constituency of conscience.’… They are the ‘human beings,’ others the barbarians.”
“The ‘constituency of conscience’ prides itself on its concern for the poor and oppressed in America and the Third World. But they do so in full knowledge that their own professional careers, economic security, neighborhoods, educational opportunities for their children, and summer homes are not going to be threatened.” (43).
“Behind the screen of universal values, the ‘constituency of conscience’ is far more coercive and self-interested than it cares to admit.” (45)
“Especially in America has the myth of homelessness been allowed to thrive, and a rootless class to grow.”
“The realism of ‘enlightenment’ creates a windswept vacuum in the soul, into which, finally, only naked power can rush.” (57)
“to be modern is decidedly not to be medieval; to be reasonable is not to be dogmatic; to be free is clearly not to live under ecclesiastical authority; to be sciencific is not to attend ancient rituals, cherish irrational symbols, indulge in mythic practices.”
“Liberal education tends to separate children from their parents, from their roots, from their history, in the cause of a universal and superior religion.”
“In love with change, the new social activist dreads apathy and inertia, is excited by ‘breakthroughs.’ He likes things that are ‘forward-loooking.’ ‘Liberation’ is his banner.”
“A new religion is implanted: power over others, enlightenment, an atomic (rather than communitarian) sensibility, a contempt for mystery, ritual, transcendence, soul, absurdity, and tragedy; and deep confidence in the possibilities of building a better world through scientific understanding.”
“Becoming modern, then, is a matter of learning to be solitary.”
“The mobile ones, the swinging atoms, the true practitioners of the new religion.”
“Bigness, largeness, impersonality, national patterns of thought, and national methods began to reward men of a different social type than those who had been rewarded earlier.”
“The warmth and security of a vanished organic community was an attractive image to set against the realities of the present – the factory, the immigrant, the reign of the market.”
“The most revolutionary force in American life for the past hundred years has been the nationalizing, standardizing superculture shaped by industry.”
“Those in America who call themselves conservative are the chief agents in the destruction of what they claim to value.”
“The world of television is inherently visual, rich, baroque, and Catholic; Protestant sensibility was doomed by the cathode rays.”
“anti-Catholicism is – or perhaps was – the anti-Semitism of the intellectuals.”
“traditional New England WASP intellectuals and Jewish intellectuals. It is the prejudice of the enlightened against the unenlightened.”
“The intellectual appears to be in reaction against the family. Almost every cause he espouses destroys the tissue of the family.”
“Good words like ‘honesty’ and ‘authenticity’ become lost in the libidinal jungles of competing desires.”
“The pursuit of individual authenticity is stupid if a human is not a private but a social animal, not primarily an individual but primarily a member of communities.”
“America is sick because her intellectual classes are also sick…”
“America lack an aristocracy and a ‘truly conservative’ respect for elite institutions.”
“What these writers call ‘enlightenment’ is an imposition of values and attitudes that may be less humane, less than humanly satisfying, less than worthy of concrete men and women.” (173).
“Feudal hierarchies look to the past; lower classes live in the present; the middle class invent the future.”
“Joy and delight come from acceptance of the finite. There is no freedom without the finite. There is no freedom without ‘repression.’”
“The planet could well use, perhaps, a thousand years of slowing down…”
“The chief transition in recent Western history has been a transition from the legitimation of choices made through aristocratic-monarchical elites to the legitimation of choices made through corporate, professional elites.”
“… democracy is an ideology and a procedure which appeal most to privileged and relatively leisured elites… ‘more than one road seems to suggest the elitist underpinnings of pluralist doctrine.’”
“Democracy is in actual practice and in a very wide range of matters extremely fatiguing, inefficient, and a vast nourisher of illusions… It is a quasi-religious ritual of the most superficial and degrading sort.”
“The more educated people are, the more they cherish enlightenment values – is almost a tautology.”
“For enlightened persons, of course, ‘tolerant’ is a highly charged moral word. It is a little like telling Irish clergymen that ‘Jewish intellectuals are not chaste,’ when one perhaps only wants to say that chastity does not rank high in the moral priorities of one group as compared to another with a different morality.”
“Why, above all, do objective and value-neutral social scientists allow themselves to use of others words they would not like applied to themselves? Working-class consciousness seems coherent, in some respects enviable, in some ways weak, but above all appropriate to the real conditions of working-class life. The interests of the working-class are not those of the educated and privileged class.”
“For democracy is not a system for resolving real differences, only a procedure for neutralizing or displacing them.”
“I dream of more people on the land, of policies that make life on farms socially and economically attractive.”
“The Sovietization of the world and the Americanization look too uncomfortably alike.”
“The effective ideology of the modern world is neither socialism nor capitalism, it is pragmatism.”
“… conventional wisdom is that class identifications are important, but not ethnic identifications.”
“Human beings are imagined as monadic parts of a great social machine. No wonder that’s the way they feel.”
“Professionalization is necessarily an abstraction; a person concentrates upon becoming good at a narrow sliver of life. Many interests are reduced to one. All energy goes into a single wavelength. Earsplitting distortion accumulates. Human beings become grotesque.”
“In America it is wiser for ethnic groups not to throw stones.”