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François Hollande, widely considered to be a failure with single digit approval ratings, has – unusually for French politics – decided not to run for a second term.

The polls are now split almost evenly between four canditates: The neoliberal Emmanuel Macron; the hard left Jean-Luc Mélenchon; the conservative François Fillon; and the nationalist Marine Le Pen.

The Socialist candidate, Benoît Hamon, a representative of the Globalist Left who advocates for greater social spending, a universal basic income, and is on record complaining about there being “too many white people” in his hometown of Brest, is trailing badly in the polls.

The two frontrunners will face off in a second round on May 7.

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Source: Data Debunk.

Who’s Who?

One of the very best summaries I’ve seen on this is from this podcast between Amren’s Jared Taylor and the French identitarian thinker Guillaume Durocher.

The power summary below is mostly based on that conversation.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon

  • Ideology: Populist Left.
  • Wikipedia: “Domestic policies proposed by Mélenchon include a 100 per cent income tax on all French nationals earning over 360,000 Euros a year, full state reimbursement for healthcare costs, a reduction in presidential powers in favour of the legislature, and the easing of immigration laws.
  • That said, the Guardian’s neoliberal warmonger Natalie Nougayrède really dislikes him for his populism and relatively Russophile positions, so he can’t be all that bad.

Emmanuel Macron

  • Ideology: Globalist Center.
  • Former banker for Rothschild & Cie Banque; Minister of Economy under Hollande, but refrained from becoming a member of the Socialist Party, and has disassociated himself from Hollande’s government; pushed for reforms to make the labor market more flexible; used that as springboard to market himself as independent candidate.
  • No such thing as French culture, there is only culture in France and it is diverse.
  • Obama at least waited until he became President to start his apology tour. Called French colonialism a crime against humanity while in Algiers.
  • Russophobe – promises he will force Putin to “respect” France.
  • According to Durocher, “a very strange dude.” Married his HS teacher at the age of 18, even though she was 24 years his senior and had three children from a previous marriage. Unusually for a French politician, he has refrained from having affairs with younger women.
  • Is seen as the favorite of the Establishment liberal elites, and usually leads in the polls.
  • Durocher: Is getting the HRC treatment – journalists love him, oligarchs love him, he is on all the trendy magazine covers! But as with HRC, this implies that there might also be an artificial character to his poll numbers.

François Fillon

  • Ideology: Globalist Right.
  • Catholic; married to Englishwoman, has 4 children; PM under Sarkozy; not radical, but went off the reservation when he said France should help Putin against ISIS – in French politics, you have to be anti-Assad (and de facto pro-Islamist).
  • Moderately Russophile: Has acknowledged Crimea is Russian in “terms of history, culture and language,” and stresses the right of national self-determination, recalling Kosovo. But is this a genuine position, or a marketing ploy to gain the support of French farmers hoping for a repeal of Russian food sanctions?
  • Started off strong, but has since become embroiled in corruption scandals – usually this happens to politicians after their Presidency, not before. He has lost the support of the UDI party, and his spokesman has resigned. Durocher notes that he has never seen this amount of pressure against a mainstream candidate. This is suspicious, because many French politicians practice petty nepotism.

Marine Le Pen

  • Ideology: Populist/Nationalist Right.
  • Not as hardcore as her father, but still the best from an HBD/IQ-realistic perspective: Wants to shut down immigration, make naturalization virtually impossible, no birthright citizenship. If she can fulfill her promises, she will at least put a tourniquet on the demographic replacement.
  • Durocher: While the National Assembly may be uncooperative, she can put some items of her program to the referendum, such as #Frexit.
  • Strongly Russophile: Has stated that Crimea is Russian, that Russia is as European a country as any, has personally met with Putin (if she is going to be accused of being a Russian shill, one supposes she might as well reap the benefits of it by posing for a photo opp with a major world leader).

Who Will Win?

france-elections-2017-media-coverage As Durocher said, the media absolutely loves Macron; according to a study by Harris Interactive, he gets more than twice as much positive as negative coverage (46% to 19%).

The numbers are almost inverse for Melenchon (20% to 35%), and unrelentingly negative for both Fillon (11% to 57%) and Le Pen (15% to 55%).

(Free Western media, folks! Not biased Kremlin TV.)

Le Pen suffers from the classic problem of all nationalists in multiparty systems – there is a hard ceiling to their support, beyond which all other forces – liberals, socialists, conservatives, maybe Islamists at some point in the future – set aside their differences to shove Hitler back into the closet.

For instance, in a Macron vs. Le Pen second round, /ourgal/ is pretty much bounded at 40%.

A vast improvement over her father, to be sure – his ceiling was around 20% – but still apparently hopeless.

In line with this, the Depuis 1958 Monte Carlo simulations model predicts the following chances of ultimate victory: Macron 91%; Melenchon 5%; Fillon 4%; Le Pen 0%.

On the other hand, if Brexit and Trump have demonstrated anything, it’s that opinion polls can be wrong – especially regarding unrespectable, or as we Russians ironically say, “unhandshakeworthy,” questions.

As Durocher points out, there is this dominant ideology in France – the only respectable and “handshakeworthy” one – that stands for globalism, for open borders, for devolution of sovereignty to the EU, for dependence on financial markets, for demographic replacement with an “endless tide of Africans and Muslims.” If you are don’t like it, then too bad, you are a fascist. Just as a Silicon Valley office drone would be well advised to keep his pro-Trump opinions to himself, so as a Le Pen supporter you will be ostracized from many French social circles.

france-elections-2002-opinion-poll And there is good evidence that there is a “Shy Tory” effect in France. In the famous 2002 elections, for instance, opinion polls had Jean-Marie Le Pen at 8%, hopelessly behind favorites Jacques Chirac and Lionel Jospin.

In the event, Le Pen stormed in to a second place finish with 16.9%, just above Jospin with 16.2%, though the forces of the Republic rallied in the second round to deny the fascist victory.

france-elections-2017-predictit More importantly, the gamblers – the people with #skininthegame, the people who put their money where their mouths are – consider that Marine Le Pen has a ~30% chance of eventual victory (Oddschecker, PredictIt).

The gamblers were more correct than the pollsters and experts on Brexit. The gamblers were more correct than the pollsters and experts on Trump. Now we are are about to see if we can complete the trifecta.

Betting against the gamblers is… a gamble.

Feel free to place your predictions in the comments.

EDIT: Rather belated, but here’s a Vote Compass for this election: https://votecompass.france24.com/president/home

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  1. My prediction (made a few hours before voting started):

    Melenchon – 18.0%
    Hamon – 8.0%
    Macron – 20.5%
    Fillon – 20.0%
    Marine Le Pen – 25.5%

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  2. As I posted earlier, Alain Soral predicted in his video recorded on Thursday that the first round will break down as:

    1st: Le Pen
    2nd: Fillon
    3rd: Mélenchon
    4th: Macron

    He visited Moscow a while ago. And did a talk and book signing. It’s at YouTube under: “Alain Soral en Russie – La conférence de Moscou”.

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    • Replies: @Glossy
    I'm curious, what does the Francophone Internet think about Macron's sexual orientation and marriage? Is there anything beyond "this looks weird"? Any evidence? And yes, of course it looks weird.
  3. As summarized by Jean-Marie Le Pen:

    “Such are the candidates: MELENCHON, communist. MACRON, opportunist. FILLON, recidivist. As for me, I’m voting for MARINE!”

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  4. @Cagey Beast
    As I posted earlier, Alain Soral predicted in his video recorded on Thursday that the first round will break down as:

    1st: Le Pen
    2nd: Fillon
    3rd: Mélenchon
    4th: Macron

    He visited Moscow a while ago. And did a talk and book signing. It's at YouTube under: "Alain Soral en Russie – La conférence de Moscou".

    https://twitter.com/AlainSoralOffic/status/739258171773030400

    I’m curious, what does the Francophone Internet think about Macron’s sexual orientation and marriage? Is there anything beyond “this looks weird”? Any evidence? And yes, of course it looks weird.

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    • Replies: @Cagey Beast
    When compared to the Anglosphere, they generally prefer not to get into the private lives of their political players but they repeatedly hint at him being a bisexual oddball.
    , @anon
    all the banking mafia candidates for the most critical roles are blackmailable

    (Presidents, Prime Ministers, NATO general secretary etc)
    , @Seraphim
    French love 'les maquereaux' (never spelt macro). Dégueulasse.
  5. Prediction:

    1.) Le Pen – 23.5%
    2.) Fillon – 21.0%
    3.) Macron – 20.9%
    4.) Melenchon – 20.0%

    2017 as 2002.

    (Macron loses some marginal supporters to Fillon, at last minute, due to the terror talk after latest shooting.)

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    • Replies: @Hail

    1.) Le Pen – 23.5%
    2.) Fillon – 21.0%
    3.) Macron – 20.9%
    4.) Melenchon – 20.0%
     
    Actual result seems to be

    Le Pen 23%
    Fillon 20%
    Macron 23%
    Melenchon 19%

    This prediction was within 1% of each actual result, except Macron's (I undepredicted him by 2%). So enough "undecideds" broke for Macron after all. Could've easily gone differently with a different news-cycle or worse weather.
  6. “Obama at least waited until he became President to start his apology tour.”

    Did Obama really go on an “apology tour”? Tbh I’ve always thought that’s some stupid Republican myth unconnected to reality. At least I can’t recall Obama apologizing for the Mexican-American war which might have been vaguely analogous to what Macron did in Algeria.
    That Macron guy is really bad news from what I can tell, he really is the establishment candidate. I don’t read much mainstream German media nowadays, but skimmed through some articles in the most recent issue of liberal globalist weekly ZEIT. It contained statements by about 20 German “intellectuals” (including that horrible Frankfurt school fossil Jürgen Habermas, and a lot of cretinous novelists) and many of them were enthusiastic about Macron. Quite telling.

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    • Replies: @Anon

    That Macron guy is really bad news from what I can tell
     
    Not for Germany. He is the German candidate.
    And unlike other establishment candidates, he and his centrism are going to wreck the established party system, creating new space for fringe parties.
    I recommend this article: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/04/france-elections-emmanuel-macron-fn-en-marche/.
    It explains why the rise of French centrism was increasingly inevitable after 2002.

    Beffa, who has joined Macron’s En Marche!, admitted in 2015 that he “dreamt to see France governed by a grand coalition with Alain Juppé as president and Emmanuel Macron as prime minister so that they can together implement Schroeder-like reforms.” In another interview, he went on, “In all successful countries . . . there is a unity of the Right and the Left around centrist positions.” But, he explained:
     

    In France, there are 20 percent on the Left, the Front de Gauche, the Greens, who do not admit the reality, and approximately the same thing, 20 percent or maybe more, who, currently, at the far right, do not accept it either. There remain 60 percent. If they split in two, well, we’ll never have a majority for reforms.
     

    Surprisingly, Beffa’s model for this grand coalition, besides Germany, comes from the centrist coalitions of the Fourth Republic. That said, he still wants to preserve the powers the executive branch gained under the current constitution, which has been a key strategy for maintaining ruling-class influence on the political system. Beffa wants to modify this system to avoid political polarization and create a broad centrist coalition. This explains why both he and Macron call for the introduction of some degree of proportional representation into legislative elections.

    Here, they clearly take inspiration from other parliamentary systems, especially Germany’s. French ruling elites now see German coalitions as a source of strength for domestic capitalism. Further, they are currently preoccupied with implementing reforms that would restore their credibility in the eyes of their German counterparts. So it comes as little surprise that they want to imitate the German system.

    Indeed, French reforms are the prerequisite for German ruling elites to embark on a broad reform of the European Union and the eurozone. This reform should create a system of fiscal transfers managed by a eurozone finance minister, further centralizing power at the supranational level. Macron, Beffa, and others have repeatedly made this point over the past years.
     

    In Germany, Schröder's move to the center and Merkel's move to the center created space for Linke and AfD, respectively.
  7. @Glossy
    I'm curious, what does the Francophone Internet think about Macron's sexual orientation and marriage? Is there anything beyond "this looks weird"? Any evidence? And yes, of course it looks weird.

    When compared to the Anglosphere, they generally prefer not to get into the private lives of their political players but they repeatedly hint at him being a bisexual oddball.

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    • Replies: @reiner Tor
    At the very least there should be some sexual perversion. I mean, gerontophilia in itself is a perversion, especially for men.
  8. MLP has only promised to reduce net immigration close to zero, unfortunately, and there are several other reasons to be dissatisfied with her, including her homosexual entourage. Still, her victory would undoubtedly be the best of the available alternatives.

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    • Agree: reiner Tor
    • Replies: @reiner Tor
    On the other hand, if there really was an alt-right candidate, would he (in this case, she) openly espouse alt-right views, or would he publicly espouse views which are at least somewhat acceptable to the establishment? Obviously it's not only difficult to find votes for the view that there needs to be an ethnic cleansing of nonwhites, but it could lead to prosecution and being dropped from the ballot.
  9. Marcon is indeed bad news, but a victory for him might not be the end of the world. I can remember the UK 2010 election, where Nick Clegg was the touted as the urban liberal Messiah. Once in office, he cucked hiss millennial supporters as quickly and brazenly as trump seems to have done to his and the party was wiped out at the subsequent election (though unfortunately not completely).

    If elected MLP will have the same problems as pre-cucked Trump; a totally hostile legislature, bureaucracy and media meaning she’d be lane duck from day one.

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  10. @Cagey Beast
    When compared to the Anglosphere, they generally prefer not to get into the private lives of their political players but they repeatedly hint at him being a bisexual oddball.

    At the very least there should be some sexual perversion. I mean, gerontophilia in itself is a perversion, especially for men.

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    • Replies: @Cagey Beast
    Yes, sexual intercourse is for making healthy babies and young women are best for that. That's yet another thing Marxist-Leninists and traditionalists agree upon and the libertarian-libertine globalists don't.
    , @Chrisnonymous
    The wife looked pretty f---able at the time they met. The strange thing is not that an 18 year old got involved with a 40 year old (I was attracted to fit 40 year olds at that age), but that it seems not to have been primarily sexual, inasmuch as they're still together.
  11. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @German_reader
    "Obama at least waited until he became President to start his apology tour."

    Did Obama really go on an "apology tour"? Tbh I've always thought that's some stupid Republican myth unconnected to reality. At least I can't recall Obama apologizing for the Mexican-American war which might have been vaguely analogous to what Macron did in Algeria.
    That Macron guy is really bad news from what I can tell, he really is the establishment candidate. I don't read much mainstream German media nowadays, but skimmed through some articles in the most recent issue of liberal globalist weekly ZEIT. It contained statements by about 20 German "intellectuals" (including that horrible Frankfurt school fossil Jürgen Habermas, and a lot of cretinous novelists) and many of them were enthusiastic about Macron. Quite telling.

    That Macron guy is really bad news from what I can tell

    Not for Germany. He is the German candidate.
    And unlike other establishment candidates, he and his centrism are going to wreck the established party system, creating new space for fringe parties.
    I recommend this article: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/04/france-elections-emmanuel-macron-fn-en-marche/.
    It explains why the rise of French centrism was increasingly inevitable after 2002.

    Beffa, who has joined Macron’s En Marche!, admitted in 2015 that he “dreamt to see France governed by a grand coalition with Alain Juppé as president and Emmanuel Macron as prime minister so that they can together implement Schroeder-like reforms.” In another interview, he went on, “In all successful countries . . . there is a unity of the Right and the Left around centrist positions.” But, he explained:

    In France, there are 20 percent on the Left, the Front de Gauche, the Greens, who do not admit the reality, and approximately the same thing, 20 percent or maybe more, who, currently, at the far right, do not accept it either. There remain 60 percent. If they split in two, well, we’ll never have a majority for reforms.

    Surprisingly, Beffa’s model for this grand coalition, besides Germany, comes from the centrist coalitions of the Fourth Republic. That said, he still wants to preserve the powers the executive branch gained under the current constitution, which has been a key strategy for maintaining ruling-class influence on the political system. Beffa wants to modify this system to avoid political polarization and create a broad centrist coalition. This explains why both he and Macron call for the introduction of some degree of proportional representation into legislative elections.

    Here, they clearly take inspiration from other parliamentary systems, especially Germany’s. French ruling elites now see German coalitions as a source of strength for domestic capitalism. Further, they are currently preoccupied with implementing reforms that would restore their credibility in the eyes of their German counterparts. So it comes as little surprise that they want to imitate the German system.

    Indeed, French reforms are the prerequisite for German ruling elites to embark on a broad reform of the European Union and the eurozone. This reform should create a system of fiscal transfers managed by a eurozone finance minister, further centralizing power at the supranational level. Macron, Beffa, and others have repeatedly made this point over the past years.

    In Germany, Schröder’s move to the center and Merkel’s move to the center created space for Linke and AfD, respectively.

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  12. Fillon’s wife is Welsh, not English.

    Macron is rumoured to be in a homosexual relationship with the head of the state broadcaster.

    He denies it, but he certainly blipped Boy George’s gaydar:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4275808/Boy-George-mocked-support-Emmanuel-Macron.html

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    Fillon’s wife is Welsh, not English.
     
    She is both. Her father was an Englishman, hence Anglo-Welsh.
  13. @5371
    MLP has only promised to reduce net immigration close to zero, unfortunately, and there are several other reasons to be dissatisfied with her, including her homosexual entourage. Still, her victory would undoubtedly be the best of the available alternatives.

    On the other hand, if there really was an alt-right candidate, would he (in this case, she) openly espouse alt-right views, or would he publicly espouse views which are at least somewhat acceptable to the establishment? Obviously it’s not only difficult to find votes for the view that there needs to be an ethnic cleansing of nonwhites, but it could lead to prosecution and being dropped from the ballot.

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  14. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @jimmyriddle
    Fillon's wife is Welsh, not English.

    Macron is rumoured to be in a homosexual relationship with the head of the state broadcaster.

    He denies it, but he certainly blipped Boy George's gaydar:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4275808/Boy-George-mocked-support-Emmanuel-Macron.html

    Fillon’s wife is Welsh, not English.

    She is both. Her father was an Englishman, hence Anglo-Welsh.

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  15. Le Pen is by a long way the best available candidate, and voting for her would be as obvious a choice as voting for Trump in the US election or UKIP in a UK election. That’s despite the reality that she has dodgy connections who will likely use their influence to push negative issues – homosexuals pushing the pro-homosexuality agenda and jewish people pushing the pro-censorship and pro-Israel/pro-interventionist issues, in particular.

    On the other hand, she clearly has infinitely more substance – both personal and political – than Trump, so won’t likely be as open to an outright betrayal as he has proved to be. And in any case, as with Trump, the mere fact of her winning will achieve most of the achievable goals anyway, regardless of what she actually does in office.

    The ideal result in the first round would be Le Pen and Melenchon first and second. That would set up the perfect second round choice – a no win for the globalist establishment. Unfortunately, as with most ideal results, it’s highly unlikely.

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    @Glossy
    I'm curious, what does the Francophone Internet think about Macron's sexual orientation and marriage? Is there anything beyond "this looks weird"? Any evidence? And yes, of course it looks weird.

    all the banking mafia candidates for the most critical roles are blackmailable

    (Presidents, Prime Ministers, NATO general secretary etc)

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  17. anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    the don’t knows are the critical segment – half of them are privately for Le Pen but are scared of the media stasi

    no idea if that’s enough

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  18. Leaked results, can’t vouch 100% for authenticity.

    Looks like Team Globalism isn’t very popular in the French colonies.

    French Guinea hosts the French space program, so presumably has many military/patriotic-scientific types. Explains why MLP did especially well there? (LDPR tends to do inordinately well at Baikonur).

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    French Guinea hosts the French space program, so presumably has many military/patriotic-scientific types. Explains why MLP did especially well there?
     
    Not quite.
    The turnout in French Guinea was quite low thanks to the local protests which lasted for the last five weeks.
    Dissatisfaction with the establishment = people do not vote for the establishment candidates.
  19. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Anatoly Karlin
    Leaked results, can't vouch 100% for authenticity.

    http://twitter.com/akarlin88/status/856129039442030592

    Looks like Team Globalism isn't very popular in the French colonies.

    French Guinea hosts the French space program, so presumably has many military/patriotic-scientific types. Explains why MLP did especially well there? (LDPR tends to do inordinately well at Baikonur).

    French Guinea hosts the French space program, so presumably has many military/patriotic-scientific types. Explains why MLP did especially well there?

    Not quite.
    The turnout in French Guinea was quite low thanks to the local protests which lasted for the last five weeks.
    Dissatisfaction with the establishment = people do not vote for the establishment candidates.

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  20. Pollster intuitions:

    French polling expert just told me their intuition (NOT their polling numbers) is Le Pen 27%, Fillon 23%, Macron 21% & Melenchon 17%

    Just bought a bunch of Fillon shares at PredictIt for 11 cents (though they’re rising fast). Looks like the Macron is a flop.

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  21. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Anatoly Karlin
    Pollster intuitions:

    French polling expert just told me their intuition (NOT their polling numbers) is Le Pen 27%, Fillon 23%, Macron 21% & Melenchon 17%
     
    Just bought a bunch of Fillon shares at PredictIt for 11 cents (though they're rising fast). Looks like the Macron is a flop.

    No, that cannot be!
    En Marche!

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  22. @reiner Tor
    At the very least there should be some sexual perversion. I mean, gerontophilia in itself is a perversion, especially for men.

    Yes, sexual intercourse is for making healthy babies and young women are best for that. That’s yet another thing Marxist-Leninists and traditionalists agree upon and the libertarian-libertine globalists don’t.

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    Nonsense. The Marxist-Leninist program was free love, abolishing marriage, promoting abortion and legalizing homosexuality and that's what Soviet Russia tried when Lenin was actually in power. "Libertine globalists" are in 100 % agreement with Marxists because they are Marxists.

    On topic, I can't imagine French voters caring one bit about Crimea. The opinions of Western European politicians on it are going to be all adopted for deal making and party political reasons which means they can flip completely if another opinion turns out to be more convenient. The only exception is if a politician has a Russian or Ukrainian spouse or something similar to provide a personal connection to the events.

    All the candidates look like complete disasters but I'm rooting for Le Pen anyway.

  23. @Cagey Beast
    Yes, sexual intercourse is for making healthy babies and young women are best for that. That's yet another thing Marxist-Leninists and traditionalists agree upon and the libertarian-libertine globalists don't.

    Nonsense. The Marxist-Leninist program was free love, abolishing marriage, promoting abortion and legalizing homosexuality and that’s what Soviet Russia tried when Lenin was actually in power. “Libertine globalists” are in 100 % agreement with Marxists because they are Marxists.

    On topic, I can’t imagine French voters caring one bit about Crimea. The opinions of Western European politicians on it are going to be all adopted for deal making and party political reasons which means they can flip completely if another opinion turns out to be more convenient. The only exception is if a politician has a Russian or Ukrainian spouse or something similar to provide a personal connection to the events.

    All the candidates look like complete disasters but I’m rooting for Le Pen anyway.

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    • Replies: @Cagey Beast
    I'm talking about Marxist-Leninists now or people raised under it and stull strongly influenced by it, not the Bolsheviks running around doing all sorts of things after the revolution. The East Bloc and Old Left were not libertines and the globalists are barely Marxist at all. All they have in common will Marx and the Bolsheviks is that they love destroying other people's religions and traditions, are internationalists and materialists in every sense of the world.

    All the candidates look like complete disasters but I’m rooting for Le Pen anyway.

    No, both Le Pen and Fillon are valid, good quality candidates.

    , @Glossy
    The USSR turned social conservative around 1935. That's when homosexuality was outlawed, school grades reinstated, modernist art replaced by realistic art, etc. For the entirely of the Cold War the USSR represented social conservatism and the US represented social liberalism.
  24. @Jaakko Raipala
    Nonsense. The Marxist-Leninist program was free love, abolishing marriage, promoting abortion and legalizing homosexuality and that's what Soviet Russia tried when Lenin was actually in power. "Libertine globalists" are in 100 % agreement with Marxists because they are Marxists.

    On topic, I can't imagine French voters caring one bit about Crimea. The opinions of Western European politicians on it are going to be all adopted for deal making and party political reasons which means they can flip completely if another opinion turns out to be more convenient. The only exception is if a politician has a Russian or Ukrainian spouse or something similar to provide a personal connection to the events.

    All the candidates look like complete disasters but I'm rooting for Le Pen anyway.

    I’m talking about Marxist-Leninists now or people raised under it and stull strongly influenced by it, not the Bolsheviks running around doing all sorts of things after the revolution. The East Bloc and Old Left were not libertines and the globalists are barely Marxist at all. All they have in common will Marx and the Bolsheviks is that they love destroying other people’s religions and traditions, are internationalists and materialists in every sense of the world.

    All the candidates look like complete disasters but I’m rooting for Le Pen anyway.

    No, both Le Pen and Fillon are valid, good quality candidates.

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    • Replies: @reiner Tor

    both Le Pen and Fillon are valid, good quality candidates
     
    Compared to a Macron or a Merkel or a Hillary, certainly, they are. Otherwise, of course, it's easy to imagine way better leaders for France.
  25. @Jaakko Raipala
    Nonsense. The Marxist-Leninist program was free love, abolishing marriage, promoting abortion and legalizing homosexuality and that's what Soviet Russia tried when Lenin was actually in power. "Libertine globalists" are in 100 % agreement with Marxists because they are Marxists.

    On topic, I can't imagine French voters caring one bit about Crimea. The opinions of Western European politicians on it are going to be all adopted for deal making and party political reasons which means they can flip completely if another opinion turns out to be more convenient. The only exception is if a politician has a Russian or Ukrainian spouse or something similar to provide a personal connection to the events.

    All the candidates look like complete disasters but I'm rooting for Le Pen anyway.

    The USSR turned social conservative around 1935. That’s when homosexuality was outlawed, school grades reinstated, modernist art replaced by realistic art, etc. For the entirely of the Cold War the USSR represented social conservatism and the US represented social liberalism.

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    • Replies: @Glossy
    But yes, Lenin and co., the Old Bolsheviks whom Stalin executed in 1937-1938, were socially liberal. They had something called the "glass of water theory of sexuality" among many other lefty ideas. If Stalin didn't turn right in the mid-1930s, the West would have never started its Cold War against the USSR.
  26. @Glossy
    The USSR turned social conservative around 1935. That's when homosexuality was outlawed, school grades reinstated, modernist art replaced by realistic art, etc. For the entirely of the Cold War the USSR represented social conservatism and the US represented social liberalism.

    But yes, Lenin and co., the Old Bolsheviks whom Stalin executed in 1937-1938, were socially liberal. They had something called the “glass of water theory of sexuality” among many other lefty ideas. If Stalin didn’t turn right in the mid-1930s, the West would have never started its Cold War against the USSR.

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    • Replies: @reiner Tor
    I understand where you come from, but Stalin executed a lot of non-Old Bolshevik people in the mid-1930s. Social conservatives don't execute random people just for the hell of it.
    , @Hunsdon
    I could be wrong, but I have always heard that Lenin derided the glass of water theory.

    I used some magic to find the following quote:

    Of course, thirst must be satisfied. But will the normal person in normal circumstances lie down in the gutter and drink out of a puddle, or out of a glass with a rim greasy from many lips? But the social aspect is most important of all. Drinking water is, of course, an individual affair. But in love two lives are concerned, and a third, a new life, arises, it is that which gives it its social interest, which gives rise to a duty towards the community.

    and

    As a communist I have not the least sympathy for the glass of water theory, although it bears the fine title ‘satisfaction of love’. In any case, this liberation of love is neither new, nor communist. You will remember that about the middle of the last century it was preached as the ‘emancipation of the heart’ in romantic literature. In bourgeois practice it became the emancipation of the flesh. At that time the preaching was more talented than it is today, and as for the practice, I cannot judge. I don’t mean to preach asceticism by my criticism. Not in the least. Communism will not bring asceticism, but joy of life, power of life, and a satisfied love life will help to do that. But in my opinion the present widespread hypertrophy in sexual matters does not give joy and force to life, but takes it away. In the age of revolution that is bad, very bad.

    Now this was quick magic, and I did find it in English, not Russian, but it comports with my general previous impression.

    Nu vot, da?
  27. @Cagey Beast
    I'm talking about Marxist-Leninists now or people raised under it and stull strongly influenced by it, not the Bolsheviks running around doing all sorts of things after the revolution. The East Bloc and Old Left were not libertines and the globalists are barely Marxist at all. All they have in common will Marx and the Bolsheviks is that they love destroying other people's religions and traditions, are internationalists and materialists in every sense of the world.

    All the candidates look like complete disasters but I’m rooting for Le Pen anyway.

    No, both Le Pen and Fillon are valid, good quality candidates.

    both Le Pen and Fillon are valid, good quality candidates

    Compared to a Macron or a Merkel or a Hillary, certainly, they are. Otherwise, of course, it’s easy to imagine way better leaders for France.

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    • Replies: @Randal
    First indications seem to be suggesting Macron-Le Pen second round.

    Pretty straightforward choice for the establishment types. Macron is probably the worst case out of the available options, with his only redeeming feature being that he will likely terminally discredit the "centrist" fanatics if things go badly for France in the next few years.
  28. @Glossy
    But yes, Lenin and co., the Old Bolsheviks whom Stalin executed in 1937-1938, were socially liberal. They had something called the "glass of water theory of sexuality" among many other lefty ideas. If Stalin didn't turn right in the mid-1930s, the West would have never started its Cold War against the USSR.

    I understand where you come from, but Stalin executed a lot of non-Old Bolshevik people in the mid-1930s. Social conservatives don’t execute random people just for the hell of it.

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    Social conservatives don’t execute random people just for the hell of it.
     
    In fairness, Franco did.

    (I don't write that as a brain-dead "antifa" or liberal ignoramus - I think Franco's victory was probably the best outcome available for Spain in the late 1930s, and I am a social conservative myself. But he was (unlike Hitler or Mussolini) a social conservative and he did kill lots of people. That's just what governments under threat by subversive and/or foreign-backed oppositions do.)
    , @Glossy
    The numbers were inflated by the side which he defeated, but it was still a lot of people. Hundreds of thousands, I think. I'm sure that a lot of them were innocent, and that was bad.

    The political violence which started in 1917 stopped in 1938. If Stalin hadn't defeated the Old Bolsheviks, it would have never stopped, unless a different Stalin-like figure would have stopped it in the same way that he did.

    The thing that was unusual about the 1937-1938 spate of violence was not the volume (the Civil War and the famines killed more people), but the fact that for the first time a lot of it was directed against Bolsheviks. The anti-kulak portion of 1937-1938 was the continuation of prior, Old Bolshevik policies. Which stopped when Stalin defeated Old Bolsheviks by shooting them, and never recurred after that.

    I had an argument with the commenter AP about this. He says that Stalin became an absolute ruler in the late 1920s or early 1930s, so he should bear full responsibility for the famines. IIRC, Stalin was not able to execute any of his enemies until December of 1936. And this great purge of the country's leadership didn't stop until 1938. Until they were eliminated, they could have always come back.
    , @Thea
    part of the reason they hold no sway
  29. Early exit polls predicting a Marcon, Le Penn runoff. On the bright side, mlp definitely won’t cuck her suppoters Trump style. The vital stats for France and the eurozone in general aren’t good, so a Marcon presidency could easily be a train wreck.

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  30. @reiner Tor

    both Le Pen and Fillon are valid, good quality candidates
     
    Compared to a Macron or a Merkel or a Hillary, certainly, they are. Otherwise, of course, it's easy to imagine way better leaders for France.

    First indications seem to be suggesting Macron-Le Pen second round.

    Pretty straightforward choice for the establishment types. Macron is probably the worst case out of the available options, with his only redeeming feature being that he will likely terminally discredit the “centrist” fanatics if things go badly for France in the next few years.

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  31. First exit polls are in and they’re not very encouraging.

    Macron (EM-*): 23.7%
    Le Pen (FN-ENF): 21.7%
    Melenchon (FI-LEFT): 19.5%
    Fillon: 19.5%

    Well, at least MLP goes through. But with those numbers, she doesn’t really have any chance in the second round.

    Since its an exit poll, I suppose “shy voter” effect is still possible.

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    • Replies: @Cagey Beast
    Those results are very good for her: she is facing a flaky lightweight and can pick up anti-globalists on the left and patriotic conservative voters from the candidates who failed to make the second round.

    https://twitter.com/JulianAssange/status/854674089218387972

  32. Which candidates are the most pro-Palestinian and which would pull France out of NATO?

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    , @anon

    Which candidates are the most pro-Palestinian
     
    A trivial issue .


    which would pull France out of NATO?
     
    None.
  33. @reiner Tor
    I understand where you come from, but Stalin executed a lot of non-Old Bolshevik people in the mid-1930s. Social conservatives don't execute random people just for the hell of it.

    Social conservatives don’t execute random people just for the hell of it.

    In fairness, Franco did.

    (I don’t write that as a brain-dead “antifa” or liberal ignoramus – I think Franco’s victory was probably the best outcome available for Spain in the late 1930s, and I am a social conservative myself. But he was (unlike Hitler or Mussolini) a social conservative and he did kill lots of people. That’s just what governments under threat by subversive and/or foreign-backed oppositions do.)

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    • Replies: @Anon
    Yes, but not "just for the hell of it". In the opening months of the war lots of people were killed by the mid- and lower-ranks of all sides and in the Republican zones anarchy often prevailed (as you might expect of anarchists) so there were plenty of capital charges to go around. Franco's "Old Guard", if you can call it that, were fairly safe (from him, at least).
    , @reiner Tor
    He killed a lot of people, but not nearly as randomly as Stalin. I like Glossy, so don't want to start a big fight here, especially since it's off topic, but why did he have to have someone like Voznesensky shot?

    I don't think Stalin could be rehabilitated even regarding his role post-1938. He did some good things, but altogether he was needlessly murderous even during this period.
  34. Eh, that’s pretty bad, horrible if that Macron becomes president as seems likely.

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  35. @reiner Tor
    I understand where you come from, but Stalin executed a lot of non-Old Bolshevik people in the mid-1930s. Social conservatives don't execute random people just for the hell of it.

    The numbers were inflated by the side which he defeated, but it was still a lot of people. Hundreds of thousands, I think. I’m sure that a lot of them were innocent, and that was bad.

    The political violence which started in 1917 stopped in 1938. If Stalin hadn’t defeated the Old Bolsheviks, it would have never stopped, unless a different Stalin-like figure would have stopped it in the same way that he did.

    The thing that was unusual about the 1937-1938 spate of violence was not the volume (the Civil War and the famines killed more people), but the fact that for the first time a lot of it was directed against Bolsheviks. The anti-kulak portion of 1937-1938 was the continuation of prior, Old Bolshevik policies. Which stopped when Stalin defeated Old Bolsheviks by shooting them, and never recurred after that.

    I had an argument with the commenter AP about this. He says that Stalin became an absolute ruler in the late 1920s or early 1930s, so he should bear full responsibility for the famines. IIRC, Stalin was not able to execute any of his enemies until December of 1936. And this great purge of the country’s leadership didn’t stop until 1938. Until they were eliminated, they could have always come back.

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    • Replies: @Seamus Padraig
    I agree with you. Stalin was not in complete control until the late 30s. It was the famine which so completely discredited the old-line Bolsheviks (Kaganovich, et al.) so that Stalin could finally get rid of them. Stalin is vilified in the west, not for what he did wrong, but for what he did right. But then, given that most western communists were actually (((Trotskyites))), this makes perfect sense.
    , @Glossy
    Whatever one thinks about Stalin's motivations for the mid-30s right-wing turn or about his culpability for the things that went on before that turn, there was a turn. That's a fact.

    Homosexuality was legalized by the Bolsheviks in 1917, banned by Stalin in 1935, legalized again by Yeltsin around 1990.

    Abortion was legalized in 1917, banned by Stalin in the mid-1930, legalized by Khruschev in the mid-1950s.

    School and university grades were abolished in 1917, reinstated by Stalin in 1935.

    Modernist art was promoted by Bolsheviks after 1917, replaced by realism in the mid-1930.

    Local, non-Russian ethno-nationalisms were promoted by the early Bolsheviks. Stalin turned away from that policy in the mid-1930s, though not completely, not as much as modern Russian nationalists would have liked.

    Free love (the glass of water theory of sexuality) was promoted by the early Bolsheviks, replaced by social conservatism in the mid-1930, replaced by the sexual revolution of the 1990s.

    Even Ded Moroz (the Russian version of Santa Claus) was brought back in the mid-1930, together with large parts of old, pre-revolutionary culture.

    The blowing up of churches stopped sometime in the 1930s. In 1943 Stalin concluded a "concordat" with the church.

    And on and on.

    , @AP

    I had an argument with the commenter AP about this. He says that Stalin became an absolute ruler in the late 1920s or early 1930s, so he should bear full responsibility for the famines. IIRC, Stalin was not able to execute any of his enemies until December of 1936.
     
    Trotsky was expelled from the Soviet Union in 1929 and Bukharin was expelled from the Comintern that same year. Stalin may not yet have had the power (or perhaps simply didn't yet think of doing this to his old comrades) to execute people at will, but had no real rivals to his power by the 1930s and no one capable of forcing policies upon the state, over Stalin's objections.

    Stalin used the "right-wing" Commies such as Bukharin to crush Trotsky, Zinoviev and Kamenev in the mid-20s, then reversed himself, adopted the defeated "left-win" Commies' policies in the late 20s and politically eliminated Bukharin. By about 1930 he was in total political control. If you disagree, perhaps you can name someone who rivaled him in power at that time?


    The anti-kulak portion of 1937-1938 was the continuation of prior, Old Bolshevik policies. Which stopped when Stalin defeated Old Bolsheviks by shooting them, and never recurred after that.
     
    1. Mass repression of kulaks occurred when the Old Bolsheviks were already purged from any positions of power and were sitting in prisons. Some of them had already been executed -
    Zinoviev and Kamenev were killed in 1936.* Attributing the mass execution of kulaks to these killed or powerless, about-to-executed people is ridiculous.

    2. It never recurred because kulaks were eliminated and the countryside was collectivized. There was nothing left to "continue."

    You forgot to mention that over 100,000 Orthodox priests were shot between 1937 and 1938.

    You forgot to mention that the surviving remnants of the pre-Bolshevik aristocracy were mostly purged in 1937-1938 as well.

    *These two guys, killed in 1936, were the peasant-haters. So Stalin's actions against kulaks could not possibly have been attributable to anyone else.

    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    So, under Stalin's rule, landowning and the traditional peasant countryside were utterly destroyed, and the Church experienced mass murder with its remnants tightly bound to and forced to serve the Atheist State. Pre-Commie elements were also destroyed, in order to create a fully new Soviet Man.

    Stalin's regime was "conservative" in the same way that Mao's or North Korea's regimes are "conservative."

    You are on record stating that Stalin's Russia was more conservative than the Russia of Nicholas II. Do you still stand by that statement?

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    @Zenarchy
    Which candidates are the most pro-Palestinian and which would pull France out of NATO?

    Mélenchon

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  37. @Anatoly Karlin
    First exit polls are in and they're not very encouraging.

    Macron (EM-*): 23.7%
    Le Pen (FN-ENF): 21.7%
    Melenchon (FI-LEFT): 19.5%
    Fillon: 19.5%

    Well, at least MLP goes through. But with those numbers, she doesn't really have any chance in the second round.

    Since its an exit poll, I suppose "shy voter" effect is still possible.

    Those results are very good for her: she is facing a flaky lightweight and can pick up anti-globalists on the left and patriotic conservative voters from the candidates who failed to make the second round.

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    • Replies: @German_reader
    How can those results be described as "good" for Marine Le Pen? According to that poll even 53% (!) of Fillon voters intend to vote for Macron in the 2nd round.
    Rather depressing really.
    , @Randal

    Those results are very good for her: she is facing a flaky lightweight and can pick up anti-globalists on the left and patriotic conservative voters from the candidates who failed to make the second round.
     
    That seems more than a little optimistic to me. The second choice figures in the tweet you included suggest Melenchon voters would go for Macron over Le Pen 30-11 and Fillon voters would do the same by 53-21, and they are by far the biggest groups.

    Granted there are plenty of ways to attack Macron, but he's the establishment candidate and is guaranteed overwhelming media bias in his favour, and blanket protection from damaging criticism in the mainstream media.

    I'd say this means we'll all have to weather a Macron presidency and make the best of it - which might mean the Front National's original game plan for winning the Presidency - in 2022 - is a good bet. If things don't go well for France in the next few years, anti-establishment feeling in France will hit new peaks under Macron.

    It's a missed opportunity to hit the EU a killing blow whilst it's rocking from Brexit, though, but that was always a long shot. Then again, I'm an instinctive pessimist who was pleasantly surprised by both the Brexit vote and the Trump victory, so you never know.
    , @Anatoly Karlin
    Agreed with German reader.

    Those numbers are catastrophic. Pretty much all the Melenchon and Hamon voters will go over to Macron, and even a majority of Fillon's.

    Even of Dupont-Aignan's voters - he is, along with MLP, the closest there is to (original) Gaullism in French politics - only about half look like they're going to go over the MLP.
  38. I’m watching French TV right now and there appear to be some protests in Paris (Place de la Bastille). One wild card for the second round might be the amount of protest/violence the Le Pen second round candidacy provokes. It’s kind of a strange thing to hope for, but serious riots might put Le Pen over the top. Otherwise she’ll top out at about 40%. But just wait until Macron tries implementing his economic reforms–the unions and civil servants will be in the streets at that point.

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  39. @Cagey Beast
    Those results are very good for her: she is facing a flaky lightweight and can pick up anti-globalists on the left and patriotic conservative voters from the candidates who failed to make the second round.

    https://twitter.com/JulianAssange/status/854674089218387972

    How can those results be described as “good” for Marine Le Pen? According to that poll even 53% (!) of Fillon voters intend to vote for Macron in the 2nd round.
    Rather depressing really.

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  40. @Glossy
    The numbers were inflated by the side which he defeated, but it was still a lot of people. Hundreds of thousands, I think. I'm sure that a lot of them were innocent, and that was bad.

    The political violence which started in 1917 stopped in 1938. If Stalin hadn't defeated the Old Bolsheviks, it would have never stopped, unless a different Stalin-like figure would have stopped it in the same way that he did.

    The thing that was unusual about the 1937-1938 spate of violence was not the volume (the Civil War and the famines killed more people), but the fact that for the first time a lot of it was directed against Bolsheviks. The anti-kulak portion of 1937-1938 was the continuation of prior, Old Bolshevik policies. Which stopped when Stalin defeated Old Bolsheviks by shooting them, and never recurred after that.

    I had an argument with the commenter AP about this. He says that Stalin became an absolute ruler in the late 1920s or early 1930s, so he should bear full responsibility for the famines. IIRC, Stalin was not able to execute any of his enemies until December of 1936. And this great purge of the country's leadership didn't stop until 1938. Until they were eliminated, they could have always come back.

    I agree with you. Stalin was not in complete control until the late 30s. It was the famine which so completely discredited the old-line Bolsheviks (Kaganovich, et al.) so that Stalin could finally get rid of them. Stalin is vilified in the west, not for what he did wrong, but for what he did right. But then, given that most western communists were actually (((Trotskyites))), this makes perfect sense.

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    Wait a minute. Does that mean that Duranty was not quite the shill he was subsequently made out to be?
  41. @Cagey Beast
    Those results are very good for her: she is facing a flaky lightweight and can pick up anti-globalists on the left and patriotic conservative voters from the candidates who failed to make the second round.

    https://twitter.com/JulianAssange/status/854674089218387972

    Those results are very good for her: she is facing a flaky lightweight and can pick up anti-globalists on the left and patriotic conservative voters from the candidates who failed to make the second round.

    That seems more than a little optimistic to me. The second choice figures in the tweet you included suggest Melenchon voters would go for Macron over Le Pen 30-11 and Fillon voters would do the same by 53-21, and they are by far the biggest groups.

    Granted there are plenty of ways to attack Macron, but he’s the establishment candidate and is guaranteed overwhelming media bias in his favour, and blanket protection from damaging criticism in the mainstream media.

    I’d say this means we’ll all have to weather a Macron presidency and make the best of it – which might mean the Front National’s original game plan for winning the Presidency – in 2022 – is a good bet. If things don’t go well for France in the next few years, anti-establishment feeling in France will hit new peaks under Macron.

    It’s a missed opportunity to hit the EU a killing blow whilst it’s rocking from Brexit, though, but that was always a long shot. Then again, I’m an instinctive pessimist who was pleasantly surprised by both the Brexit vote and the Trump victory, so you never know.

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  42. @Glossy
    The numbers were inflated by the side which he defeated, but it was still a lot of people. Hundreds of thousands, I think. I'm sure that a lot of them were innocent, and that was bad.

    The political violence which started in 1917 stopped in 1938. If Stalin hadn't defeated the Old Bolsheviks, it would have never stopped, unless a different Stalin-like figure would have stopped it in the same way that he did.

    The thing that was unusual about the 1937-1938 spate of violence was not the volume (the Civil War and the famines killed more people), but the fact that for the first time a lot of it was directed against Bolsheviks. The anti-kulak portion of 1937-1938 was the continuation of prior, Old Bolshevik policies. Which stopped when Stalin defeated Old Bolsheviks by shooting them, and never recurred after that.

    I had an argument with the commenter AP about this. He says that Stalin became an absolute ruler in the late 1920s or early 1930s, so he should bear full responsibility for the famines. IIRC, Stalin was not able to execute any of his enemies until December of 1936. And this great purge of the country's leadership didn't stop until 1938. Until they were eliminated, they could have always come back.

    Whatever one thinks about Stalin’s motivations for the mid-30s right-wing turn or about his culpability for the things that went on before that turn, there was a turn. That’s a fact.

    Homosexuality was legalized by the Bolsheviks in 1917, banned by Stalin in 1935, legalized again by Yeltsin around 1990.

    Abortion was legalized in 1917, banned by Stalin in the mid-1930, legalized by Khruschev in the mid-1950s.

    School and university grades were abolished in 1917, reinstated by Stalin in 1935.

    Modernist art was promoted by Bolsheviks after 1917, replaced by realism in the mid-1930.

    Local, non-Russian ethno-nationalisms were promoted by the early Bolsheviks. Stalin turned away from that policy in the mid-1930s, though not completely, not as much as modern Russian nationalists would have liked.

    Free love (the glass of water theory of sexuality) was promoted by the early Bolsheviks, replaced by social conservatism in the mid-1930, replaced by the sexual revolution of the 1990s.

    Even Ded Moroz (the Russian version of Santa Claus) was brought back in the mid-1930, together with large parts of old, pre-revolutionary culture.

    The blowing up of churches stopped sometime in the 1930s. In 1943 Stalin concluded a “concordat” with the church.

    And on and on.

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  43. The only second round match up that could have been better for Le Pen would be her versus Mélenchon. Anything else would have been worse than what we have now: her versus the globalist flake.

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  44. Was hoping for Fillon against Le Pen.

    Still big step forward for the NF, but she has that hard ceiling of 40%.

    Macron is globalist wet dream, disaster, a better presented Hollande. When he is similarly disastrous Marion Le Pen will have a real chance, he is indeed the Obama candidate who must inevitably fail before the NF can win.

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    • Replies: @Randal

    Macron is globalist wet dream, disaster, a better presented Hollande
     
    Agreed, though perhaps better viewed as France's Blair imo, though without Blair's fortuitous inheritance of an economy in pretty good shape from preceding Tory rule and probably (hopefully) without a similarly favourable spell (1997-2007) in the global economy.
  45. In the French race the hope lies with Macron having a scandal. Fillon had a scandal of his own in this race, both Trump and Hillary had unexpected scandals in the last days of their race. The current state of global political technology (Russian term) uses last-minute scandals more than the prior iterations did.

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  46. Pretty clear where the French political establishment stands:

    Fillon: “There is no other choice than to vote against the far right. I will vote for Emmanuel Macron.”

    Hamon: “I encourage everyone to fight as hard as they can to fight the extreme right, and to fight for Macron”

    French prime minister:”I solemnly call for a vote for Emmanuel Macron in the second round in order to beat the Front National”

    Ex-PM Alain Juppé: “The far right would lead the country to disaster.”

    Former PM Manuel Valls: “As in the first round I will vote Macron… for France”

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    • Replies: @Anatoly Karlin
    Fillon is disappointing.

    Giving up so early, and endorsing Macron while so explicitly condemning MLP. I was under the impression he was a cut above the usual cuckservatives, but I guess not.
  47. @LondonBob
    Was hoping for Fillon against Le Pen.

    Still big step forward for the NF, but she has that hard ceiling of 40%.

    Macron is globalist wet dream, disaster, a better presented Hollande. When he is similarly disastrous Marion Le Pen will have a real chance, he is indeed the Obama candidate who must inevitably fail before the NF can win.

    Macron is globalist wet dream, disaster, a better presented Hollande

    Agreed, though perhaps better viewed as France’s Blair imo, though without Blair’s fortuitous inheritance of an economy in pretty good shape from preceding Tory rule and probably (hopefully) without a similarly favourable spell (1997-2007) in the global economy.

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    • Replies: @anon

    Agreed, though perhaps better viewed as France’s Blair imo
     
    Agreed but one possibly critical difference - Blair went to work for Morgan Stanley after leaving politics. Macron worked for Goldman Sachs before.

    #

    the bad news: the second choice percentages look bad (but don't count out the secret don't knows yet)

    the good news: the centre-left vs centre-right puppet show is over in France and the hybrid establishment uniparty has revealed itself
  48. @Cagey Beast
    Those results are very good for her: she is facing a flaky lightweight and can pick up anti-globalists on the left and patriotic conservative voters from the candidates who failed to make the second round.

    https://twitter.com/JulianAssange/status/854674089218387972

    Agreed with German reader.

    Those numbers are catastrophic. Pretty much all the Melenchon and Hamon voters will go over to Macron, and even a majority of Fillon’s.

    Even of Dupont-Aignan’s voters – he is, along with MLP, the closest there is to (original) Gaullism in French politics – only about half look like they’re going to go over the MLP.

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    • Replies: @Cagey Beast
    That was always going to be the case. Macron is still the best candidate for her to be running against now. This was never going to be easy.
    , @Diversity Heretic
    A sense of perspective: this is the first time that the FN even goes to the second round since the fluke of around 2002 (I think) when Jean Marie Le Pen ended up against Jacques Chirac. And Chirac crushed him something like 80-20. Marine got more than that in the first round. Neither candidate of the two traditional major French political parties will go into the second round and the Front Gauche and Les Républicains are nearly even, with the Socialists gaining votes at minor party levels. Things are changing in France.

    If the demographics of France weren't changing so rapidly, this result might set Marine Le Pen up for a victory in 2022, when she"ll still be in her early 50s. But the number of Arabs/Muslims increases every day, both through immigration and differential birth rates. Things will just get harder and harder for the français de souche.
  49. @Randal
    Pretty clear where the French political establishment stands:

    Fillon: "There is no other choice than to vote against the far right. I will vote for Emmanuel Macron."

    Hamon: "I encourage everyone to fight as hard as they can to fight the extreme right, and to fight for Macron"

    French prime minister:"I solemnly call for a vote for Emmanuel Macron in the second round in order to beat the Front National"

    Ex-PM Alain Juppé: "The far right would lead the country to disaster."

    Former PM Manuel Valls: "As in the first round I will vote Macron... for France"

    Fillon is disappointing.

    Giving up so early, and endorsing Macron while so explicitly condemning MLP. I was under the impression he was a cut above the usual cuckservatives, but I guess not.

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    • Replies: @German_reader
    It probably shouldn't be that surprising. Given how subversive the Catholic church today is (that cretinous demagogue in the Vatican just compared refugee camps in Greece to concentration camps), most Catholic/Christian politicans aren't to be trusted anyway on the immigration/multiculturalism issue. They'll make some noises about fairly irrelevant side issues like gay marriage, but on the central issue of Muslim and African immigration they're worse than useless.
    , @Randal
    Just another reminder that when it comes down to it the only really operative part of "centre right establishment" is "establishment".
    , @Anon
    Maybe you should know that seven years ago prime minister Fillon offered Macron the position of assistant chief of staff.
  50. @Anatoly Karlin
    Agreed with German reader.

    Those numbers are catastrophic. Pretty much all the Melenchon and Hamon voters will go over to Macron, and even a majority of Fillon's.

    Even of Dupont-Aignan's voters - he is, along with MLP, the closest there is to (original) Gaullism in French politics - only about half look like they're going to go over the MLP.

    That was always going to be the case. Macron is still the best candidate for her to be running against now. This was never going to be easy.

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  51. @Anatoly Karlin
    Fillon is disappointing.

    Giving up so early, and endorsing Macron while so explicitly condemning MLP. I was under the impression he was a cut above the usual cuckservatives, but I guess not.

    It probably shouldn’t be that surprising. Given how subversive the Catholic church today is (that cretinous demagogue in the Vatican just compared refugee camps in Greece to concentration camps), most Catholic/Christian politicans aren’t to be trusted anyway on the immigration/multiculturalism issue. They’ll make some noises about fairly irrelevant side issues like gay marriage, but on the central issue of Muslim and African immigration they’re worse than useless.

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  52. @Anatoly Karlin
    Agreed with German reader.

    Those numbers are catastrophic. Pretty much all the Melenchon and Hamon voters will go over to Macron, and even a majority of Fillon's.

    Even of Dupont-Aignan's voters - he is, along with MLP, the closest there is to (original) Gaullism in French politics - only about half look like they're going to go over the MLP.

    A sense of perspective: this is the first time that the FN even goes to the second round since the fluke of around 2002 (I think) when Jean Marie Le Pen ended up against Jacques Chirac. And Chirac crushed him something like 80-20. Marine got more than that in the first round. Neither candidate of the two traditional major French political parties will go into the second round and the Front Gauche and Les Républicains are nearly even, with the Socialists gaining votes at minor party levels. Things are changing in France.

    If the demographics of France weren’t changing so rapidly, this result might set Marine Le Pen up for a victory in 2022, when she”ll still be in her early 50s. But the number of Arabs/Muslims increases every day, both through immigration and differential birth rates. Things will just get harder and harder for the français de souche.

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    • Replies: @Anatoly Karlin
    It's a race between demographics and uncuckening.

    PS. I'd also note that JMLP was considerably more hardcore than his daughter, who has made a lot of efforts to moderate the FN's image. That's fine, but in practice, it might mean there has been little in the way of a real social shift towards nationalism.
    , @Matra
    this is the first time that the FN even goes to the second round since the fluke of around 2002 (I think) when Jean Marie Le Pen ended up against Jacques Chirac. And Chirac crushed him something like 80-20.

    That reminds me that the sleazy Chirac refused to debate JMLP between the two rounds because the latter shouldn't be granted legitimacy or something. Presumably there will be a head to head debate this time.
    , @annamaria
    The Catholic church excommunicates doctors when they perform abortions to save young girls' lives from too early pregnancies (at the age of 9! and raped by their relatives), all in the name of "sanctity of life." But the same sanctimonious Catholic church prefers not to "notice" the war crimes and horrific slaughter unleashed by such devoted catholic as Tony Blair. In the name of human dignity, Tony Blair should have been excommunicated years ago.
  53. Clutching at straws but aren’t the NF more popular the younger you are, each electoral cycle they will improve?

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    • Replies: @reiner Tor
    I'd hope so. Though see what I wrote in the other thread about Jobbik in Hungary: probably the youth are less likely to support any party (but once they get older, they'll support establishment parties), and in the case of Jobbik the "they have a majority support among those below age 30" was always based on just one outlying poll, and wasn't sustained later. How many polls show this better support for them among the younger generations, and also how high is political activity among young people? I think people inclined to nationalism might become active at an earlier age.

    It's like lower turnout was predicted to help Le Pen (because FN voters are more likely to vote). Among the younger generations there's a permanent lower turnout.

    , @Cagey Beast
    These two girls supported Fillon in the first round but are voting for Le Pen in the second.

    Q: "What do you like about her?"
    A: "Her extremism. I like that."

    https://twitter.com/F_Desouche/status/856244080707350528

  54. @LondonBob
    Clutching at straws but aren't the NF more popular the younger you are, each electoral cycle they will improve?

    I’d hope so. Though see what I wrote in the other thread about Jobbik in Hungary: probably the youth are less likely to support any party (but once they get older, they’ll support establishment parties), and in the case of Jobbik the “they have a majority support among those below age 30″ was always based on just one outlying poll, and wasn’t sustained later. How many polls show this better support for them among the younger generations, and also how high is political activity among young people? I think people inclined to nationalism might become active at an earlier age.

    It’s like lower turnout was predicted to help Le Pen (because FN voters are more likely to vote). Among the younger generations there’s a permanent lower turnout.

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  55. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Randal

    Social conservatives don’t execute random people just for the hell of it.
     
    In fairness, Franco did.

    (I don't write that as a brain-dead "antifa" or liberal ignoramus - I think Franco's victory was probably the best outcome available for Spain in the late 1930s, and I am a social conservative myself. But he was (unlike Hitler or Mussolini) a social conservative and he did kill lots of people. That's just what governments under threat by subversive and/or foreign-backed oppositions do.)

    Yes, but not “just for the hell of it”. In the opening months of the war lots of people were killed by the mid- and lower-ranks of all sides and in the Republican zones anarchy often prevailed (as you might expect of anarchists) so there were plenty of capital charges to go around. Franco’s “Old Guard”, if you can call it that, were fairly safe (from him, at least).

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    • Replies: @Randal
    Indeed, but Stalin didn't kill people "just for the hell of it", either.
  56. @Diversity Heretic
    A sense of perspective: this is the first time that the FN even goes to the second round since the fluke of around 2002 (I think) when Jean Marie Le Pen ended up against Jacques Chirac. And Chirac crushed him something like 80-20. Marine got more than that in the first round. Neither candidate of the two traditional major French political parties will go into the second round and the Front Gauche and Les Républicains are nearly even, with the Socialists gaining votes at minor party levels. Things are changing in France.

    If the demographics of France weren't changing so rapidly, this result might set Marine Le Pen up for a victory in 2022, when she"ll still be in her early 50s. But the number of Arabs/Muslims increases every day, both through immigration and differential birth rates. Things will just get harder and harder for the français de souche.

    It’s a race between demographics and uncuckening.

    PS. I’d also note that JMLP was considerably more hardcore than his daughter, who has made a lot of efforts to moderate the FN’s image. That’s fine, but in practice, it might mean there has been little in the way of a real social shift towards nationalism.

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    • Replies: @iffen
    little in the way of a real social shift towards nationalism.

    It might mean that there are actual numbers of nationalists, but that they will not entertain the anti-Semitic and fascist oriented garbage. A genuine populist nationalist who appears competent and who is unencumbered by fascist tendencies might do really well in France, the US and in any number of countries.
  57. @Anatoly Karlin
    Fillon is disappointing.

    Giving up so early, and endorsing Macron while so explicitly condemning MLP. I was under the impression he was a cut above the usual cuckservatives, but I guess not.

    Just another reminder that when it comes down to it the only really operative part of “centre right establishment” is “establishment”.

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  58. @Anon
    Yes, but not "just for the hell of it". In the opening months of the war lots of people were killed by the mid- and lower-ranks of all sides and in the Republican zones anarchy often prevailed (as you might expect of anarchists) so there were plenty of capital charges to go around. Franco's "Old Guard", if you can call it that, were fairly safe (from him, at least).

    Indeed, but Stalin didn’t kill people “just for the hell of it”, either.

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  59. @Diversity Heretic
    A sense of perspective: this is the first time that the FN even goes to the second round since the fluke of around 2002 (I think) when Jean Marie Le Pen ended up against Jacques Chirac. And Chirac crushed him something like 80-20. Marine got more than that in the first round. Neither candidate of the two traditional major French political parties will go into the second round and the Front Gauche and Les Républicains are nearly even, with the Socialists gaining votes at minor party levels. Things are changing in France.

    If the demographics of France weren't changing so rapidly, this result might set Marine Le Pen up for a victory in 2022, when she"ll still be in her early 50s. But the number of Arabs/Muslims increases every day, both through immigration and differential birth rates. Things will just get harder and harder for the français de souche.

    this is the first time that the FN even goes to the second round since the fluke of around 2002 (I think) when Jean Marie Le Pen ended up against Jacques Chirac. And Chirac crushed him something like 80-20.

    That reminds me that the sleazy Chirac refused to debate JMLP between the two rounds because the latter shouldn’t be granted legitimacy or something. Presumably there will be a head to head debate this time.

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  60. @Randal

    Social conservatives don’t execute random people just for the hell of it.
     
    In fairness, Franco did.

    (I don't write that as a brain-dead "antifa" or liberal ignoramus - I think Franco's victory was probably the best outcome available for Spain in the late 1930s, and I am a social conservative myself. But he was (unlike Hitler or Mussolini) a social conservative and he did kill lots of people. That's just what governments under threat by subversive and/or foreign-backed oppositions do.)

    He killed a lot of people, but not nearly as randomly as Stalin. I like Glossy, so don’t want to start a big fight here, especially since it’s off topic, but why did he have to have someone like Voznesensky shot?

    I don’t think Stalin could be rehabilitated even regarding his role post-1938. He did some good things, but altogether he was needlessly murderous even during this period.

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    • Replies: @reiner Tor
    I also don't think it's tenable to suppose that Stalin didn't have full power until the mid-1930s.
    , @Randal

    I like Glossy, so don’t want to start a big fight here, especially since it’s off topic
     
    A fair point, and I agree.

    Perhaps we can just agree that social conservatives in power can and do kill people pretty arbitrarily when they consider it necessary. Pinochet was another example. The fact that hysterical leftists grossly exaggerate the supposed crimes of these men and ignore their reasons for acting as they did doesn't mean they didn't kill people based on pretty flimsy suspicions, often confessions under torture or security police suspicions. Conservatives aren't immune to the perceived dictates of necessity when the gloves are off, and when you are fighting a civil war or ruling in the aftermath of one with just one slip between you staying in power, and your death and likely that of most of those you hold dear, that perception probably gets pretty broad.
  61. @reiner Tor
    He killed a lot of people, but not nearly as randomly as Stalin. I like Glossy, so don't want to start a big fight here, especially since it's off topic, but why did he have to have someone like Voznesensky shot?

    I don't think Stalin could be rehabilitated even regarding his role post-1938. He did some good things, but altogether he was needlessly murderous even during this period.

    I also don’t think it’s tenable to suppose that Stalin didn’t have full power until the mid-1930s.

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  62. MLP

    18-24. 21%
    25-34. 24%
    35-49. 29%
    50-59. 27%
    60-69. 19%
    70+. 10%

    Pensioners not embracing the NF brand of change.

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    • Replies: @reiner Tor
    That's pretty far from "the younger, the more likely to vote Le Pen". Unfortunately, the growing number of Arabs/blacks among the younger generations is probably a big factor in the smaller FN percentage there.
    , @Erik Sieven
    MSM loved how old British voters voted for Brexit, they could´t stop talking about that. I suspect they will talk much less over this pattern in France
  63. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Anatoly Karlin
    Fillon is disappointing.

    Giving up so early, and endorsing Macron while so explicitly condemning MLP. I was under the impression he was a cut above the usual cuckservatives, but I guess not.

    Maybe you should know that seven years ago prime minister Fillon offered Macron the position of assistant chief of staff.

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  64. @LondonBob
    MLP

    18-24. 21%
    25-34. 24%
    35-49. 29%
    50-59. 27%
    60-69. 19%
    70+. 10%

    Pensioners not embracing the NF brand of change.

    That’s pretty far from “the younger, the more likely to vote Le Pen”. Unfortunately, the growing number of Arabs/blacks among the younger generations is probably a big factor in the smaller FN percentage there.

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    • Replies: @anon
    one way to look at those numbers is subtract the non-French percentage from the total and think what percentage of the remainder vote FN

    so
    age 70+ (guess 90%?) would mean only 9% support FN
    age 18-24 (guess 60%?) would mean 1/3 support FN

    (at a minimum, some lying)

  65. @LondonBob
    Clutching at straws but aren't the NF more popular the younger you are, each electoral cycle they will improve?

    These two girls supported Fillon in the first round but are voting for Le Pen in the second.

    Q: “What do you like about her?”
    A: “Her extremism. I like that.”

    https://twitter.com/F_Desouche/status/856244080707350528

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    Girl on the left is hot, girl on the right, I dunno. 6/10. Would bang but nothing special.

    I think Marine only gets 38 in the runoff by that's okay for now.
  66. anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Randal

    Macron is globalist wet dream, disaster, a better presented Hollande
     
    Agreed, though perhaps better viewed as France's Blair imo, though without Blair's fortuitous inheritance of an economy in pretty good shape from preceding Tory rule and probably (hopefully) without a similarly favourable spell (1997-2007) in the global economy.

    Agreed, though perhaps better viewed as France’s Blair imo

    Agreed but one possibly critical difference – Blair went to work for Morgan Stanley after leaving politics. Macron worked for Goldman Sachs before.

    #

    the bad news: the second choice percentages look bad (but don’t count out the secret don’t knows yet)

    the good news: the centre-left vs centre-right puppet show is over in France and the hybrid establishment uniparty has revealed itself

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    Blair went to work for Morgan Stanley after leaving politics. Macron worked for Goldman Sachs before
     
    And both will have worked for the international bankers whilst in office.

    the good news: the centre-left vs centre-right puppet show is over in France and the hybrid establishment uniparty has revealed itself
     
    I agree. That's why I think if things don't go noticeably better for French people over the next few years, the 2022 election will be by far the best opportunity yet to break through and see one of the "parties of national survival" finally get into office in one of the major US sphere countries. The globalists, having used up their "left" and"right" parties, will also have used up their "third way" option, and they will have nowhere left to hide.
  67. @LondonBob
    MLP

    18-24. 21%
    25-34. 24%
    35-49. 29%
    50-59. 27%
    60-69. 19%
    70+. 10%

    Pensioners not embracing the NF brand of change.

    MSM loved how old British voters voted for Brexit, they could´t stop talking about that. I suspect they will talk much less over this pattern in France

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  68. anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @reiner Tor
    That's pretty far from "the younger, the more likely to vote Le Pen". Unfortunately, the growing number of Arabs/blacks among the younger generations is probably a big factor in the smaller FN percentage there.

    one way to look at those numbers is subtract the non-French percentage from the total and think what percentage of the remainder vote FN

    so
    age 70+ (guess 90%?) would mean only 9% support FN
    age 18-24 (guess 60%?) would mean 1/3 support FN

    (at a minimum, some lying)

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  69. @reiner Tor
    He killed a lot of people, but not nearly as randomly as Stalin. I like Glossy, so don't want to start a big fight here, especially since it's off topic, but why did he have to have someone like Voznesensky shot?

    I don't think Stalin could be rehabilitated even regarding his role post-1938. He did some good things, but altogether he was needlessly murderous even during this period.

    I like Glossy, so don’t want to start a big fight here, especially since it’s off topic

    A fair point, and I agree.

    Perhaps we can just agree that social conservatives in power can and do kill people pretty arbitrarily when they consider it necessary. Pinochet was another example. The fact that hysterical leftists grossly exaggerate the supposed crimes of these men and ignore their reasons for acting as they did doesn’t mean they didn’t kill people based on pretty flimsy suspicions, often confessions under torture or security police suspicions. Conservatives aren’t immune to the perceived dictates of necessity when the gloves are off, and when you are fighting a civil war or ruling in the aftermath of one with just one slip between you staying in power, and your death and likely that of most of those you hold dear, that perception probably gets pretty broad.

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    • Replies: @reiner Tor
    In 1950 there was no civil war, nor an aftermath of one. Voznesensky was a firmly committed Stalinist, as he was led to be shot, he was pleading with his guards to let him talk to Comrade Stalin. Which is a reminder that even after the war thousands were shot each year, including successful generals of the Red Army (and the Red Air Force, I think several of the latter's senior wartime commanders were shot on some trumped up charges after the war). I think once Franco consolidated his power, no more mass murders took place.
  70. @anon

    Agreed, though perhaps better viewed as France’s Blair imo
     
    Agreed but one possibly critical difference - Blair went to work for Morgan Stanley after leaving politics. Macron worked for Goldman Sachs before.

    #

    the bad news: the second choice percentages look bad (but don't count out the secret don't knows yet)

    the good news: the centre-left vs centre-right puppet show is over in France and the hybrid establishment uniparty has revealed itself

    Blair went to work for Morgan Stanley after leaving politics. Macron worked for Goldman Sachs before

    And both will have worked for the international bankers whilst in office.

    the good news: the centre-left vs centre-right puppet show is over in France and the hybrid establishment uniparty has revealed itself

    I agree. That’s why I think if things don’t go noticeably better for French people over the next few years, the 2022 election will be by far the best opportunity yet to break through and see one of the “parties of national survival” finally get into office in one of the major US sphere countries. The globalists, having used up their “left” and”right” parties, will also have used up their “third way” option, and they will have nowhere left to hide.

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  71. LePen will never have a better chance than this. The rules are going to be changed if she comes too close.

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  72. @Randal

    I like Glossy, so don’t want to start a big fight here, especially since it’s off topic
     
    A fair point, and I agree.

    Perhaps we can just agree that social conservatives in power can and do kill people pretty arbitrarily when they consider it necessary. Pinochet was another example. The fact that hysterical leftists grossly exaggerate the supposed crimes of these men and ignore their reasons for acting as they did doesn't mean they didn't kill people based on pretty flimsy suspicions, often confessions under torture or security police suspicions. Conservatives aren't immune to the perceived dictates of necessity when the gloves are off, and when you are fighting a civil war or ruling in the aftermath of one with just one slip between you staying in power, and your death and likely that of most of those you hold dear, that perception probably gets pretty broad.

    In 1950 there was no civil war, nor an aftermath of one. Voznesensky was a firmly committed Stalinist, as he was led to be shot, he was pleading with his guards to let him talk to Comrade Stalin. Which is a reminder that even after the war thousands were shot each year, including successful generals of the Red Army (and the Red Air Force, I think several of the latter’s senior wartime commanders were shot on some trumped up charges after the war). I think once Franco consolidated his power, no more mass murders took place.

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    "Which is a reminder that even after the war thousands were shot each year"

    That's not my impression. According to the Russian Wikipedia, the specific case that you mentioned, the one in which an economist named Voznesensky lost his life, involved the execution of 23 people. 2 died in prison before trial.

    «Всего было осуждено 214 человек, из них 69 человек основных обвиняемых и 145 человек из числа близких и дальних родственников. Кроме того, 2 человека умерли в тюрьме до суда. 23 человека осуждены военной коллегией к высшей мере наказания (расстрелу)»
    , @Randal
    I'm not going to try to argue that Stalin didn't kill lots of people, nor even that he was necessarily a social conservative (though Glossy makes a good case for it, he clearly wasn't in his youth, at any rate). Just that killing lots of people doesn't preclude being a social conservative.
  73. @Anatoly Karlin
    It's a race between demographics and uncuckening.

    PS. I'd also note that JMLP was considerably more hardcore than his daughter, who has made a lot of efforts to moderate the FN's image. That's fine, but in practice, it might mean there has been little in the way of a real social shift towards nationalism.

    little in the way of a real social shift towards nationalism.

    It might mean that there are actual numbers of nationalists, but that they will not entertain the anti-Semitic and fascist oriented garbage. A genuine populist nationalist who appears competent and who is unencumbered by fascist tendencies might do really well in France, the US and in any number of countries.

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    • Replies: @Felix Keverich
    lol, are you Jewish by any chance. Why is "anti-Semitism" a concern to you? I think we can agree that when a certain ethnic minority takes over mass media, and uses it to promote non-white immigration/LGBT/invasion of Syria etc, it becomes a problem.
    , @Randal

    It might mean that there are actual numbers of nationalists, but that they will not entertain the anti-Semitic and fascist oriented garbage.
     
    I'm not aware of any genuinely "fascist" policies or attributes of any significance associated with any of the mainstream parties of national survival (Front National, UKIP, AfD). That's almost all just dishonest demonization thrown at them by those who hate them.

    Antisemitism is a slightly different thing, because the reality is that given the C20th rise of zionism and the existence of Israel as an explicitly jewish state, jewish identity politics is its own form of nationalism, which in practice (like islamist identity politics) stands in opposition to the national identity of the countries in which those who advocate it live (other than Israel, of course), which are in Europe and the US culturally Christian (or post-Christian) countries and not jewish countries. So ordinarily you would expect a nationalist party in such countries, in principle, to be opposed to undue influence of jewish identity issues just as it should be opposed to muslim and other foreign identity issues. Despite that, there is no overt anti-Semitism in UKIP, the Front National has deliberately distanced itself from antisemitism of any kind, and I suspect the AfD's official position is the same (though I'm not as familiar with German politics).

    Most accusations of "anti-Semitism" targeted at the parties of national survival seem to be as hysterically overblown, dishonest and inaccurate as are the accusations of fascism. This is as you'd expect of a dishonest smear term of this kind, like the other smear terms of the same class designed to smear political opponents of identity lobbyists: "racism", "islamophobia", "homophobia" etc.

    Not especially venerating jewish culture or people is not the same as hating jews, though I understand that in the US it is generally regarded as such in practice.
  74. By age group:

    Support for Melenchon (30%) + Hamon (10%) = 40% amongst youngest French.

    Le Pen: 21% amongst youngest; peaks at 29% amongst 35-49; then goes to 10% amongst 70+. (as per LondonBob’s comment earlier).

    The old people are huge fans of Fillon (45%), but <60s don't care for him.

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    • Replies: @Hail
    I'd love to see the cross-tabs on that support by age group controlling for race. (As we saw in November 2016, all age groups of Whites voted Trump).

    Hmm, on second thought, that'd be illegal in France, wouldn't it.
  75. Le Pen is Nationalist-Left, not Nationalist-Right (unlike her father).

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    • Replies: @Randal

    Le Pen is Nationalist-Left, not Nationalist-Right (unlike her father).
     
    Seems to me such distinctions are rather anachronistic. The issues of existential importance are nationalist-globalist, not left-right, however you define those terms (unless obviously you incorporate some of the former issues into your definitions for the latter)
  76. @reiner Tor
    In 1950 there was no civil war, nor an aftermath of one. Voznesensky was a firmly committed Stalinist, as he was led to be shot, he was pleading with his guards to let him talk to Comrade Stalin. Which is a reminder that even after the war thousands were shot each year, including successful generals of the Red Army (and the Red Air Force, I think several of the latter's senior wartime commanders were shot on some trumped up charges after the war). I think once Franco consolidated his power, no more mass murders took place.

    “Which is a reminder that even after the war thousands were shot each year”

    That’s not my impression. According to the Russian Wikipedia, the specific case that you mentioned, the one in which an economist named Voznesensky lost his life, involved the execution of 23 people. 2 died in prison before trial.

    «Всего было осуждено 214 человек, из них 69 человек основных обвиняемых и 145 человек из числа близких и дальних родственников. Кроме того, 2 человека умерли в тюрьме до суда. 23 человека осуждены военной коллегией к высшей мере наказания (расстрелу)»

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    • Replies: @5371
    Yes, after the war mostly bigwigs were shot. Small fry just got prison.
  77. @Hail
    Prediction:

    1.) Le Pen – 23.5%
    2.) Fillon – 21.0%
    3.) Macron – 20.9%
    4.) Melenchon – 20.0%

    2017 as 2002.

    (Macron loses some marginal supporters to Fillon, at last minute, due to the terror talk after latest shooting.)

    1.) Le Pen – 23.5%
    2.) Fillon – 21.0%
    3.) Macron – 20.9%
    4.) Melenchon – 20.0%

    Actual result seems to be

    Le Pen 23%
    Fillon 20%
    Macron 23%
    Melenchon 19%

    This prediction was within 1% of each actual result, except Macron’s (I undepredicted him by 2%). So enough “undecideds” broke for Macron after all. Could’ve easily gone differently with a different news-cycle or worse weather.

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  78. @Anatoly Karlin
    By age group:

    Support for Melenchon (30%) + Hamon (10%) = 40% amongst youngest French.

    Le Pen: 21% amongst youngest; peaks at 29% amongst 35-49; then goes to 10% amongst 70+. (as per LondonBob's comment earlier).

    The old people are huge fans of Fillon (45%), but <60s don't care for him.

    I’d love to see the cross-tabs on that support by age group controlling for race. (As we saw in November 2016, all age groups of Whites voted Trump).

    Hmm, on second thought, that’d be illegal in France, wouldn’t it.

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  79. @Seamus Padraig
    I agree with you. Stalin was not in complete control until the late 30s. It was the famine which so completely discredited the old-line Bolsheviks (Kaganovich, et al.) so that Stalin could finally get rid of them. Stalin is vilified in the west, not for what he did wrong, but for what he did right. But then, given that most western communists were actually (((Trotskyites))), this makes perfect sense.

    Wait a minute. Does that mean that Duranty was not quite the shill he was subsequently made out to be?

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    • Replies: @Seamus Padraig
    Of course Duranty was a shill. Living conditions were very harsh in the USSR in the 20s and 30s. No one disputes that here. The point at issue is whether or not that was the personal fault of Stalin.
  80. Does anyone have a ‘White Vote’ estimate? (Excluding non-European foreigners and descendants).

    Any good ideas on how to estimate one?

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    that's the critical data - how close to complete polarization things are among the young

    (polarization being upper middle class SJWs + immigrants vs everyone else with little or no middle ground)

    no idea how to figure it though
  81. @iffen
    little in the way of a real social shift towards nationalism.

    It might mean that there are actual numbers of nationalists, but that they will not entertain the anti-Semitic and fascist oriented garbage. A genuine populist nationalist who appears competent and who is unencumbered by fascist tendencies might do really well in France, the US and in any number of countries.

    lol, are you Jewish by any chance. Why is “anti-Semitism” a concern to you? I think we can agree that when a certain ethnic minority takes over mass media, and uses it to promote non-white immigration/LGBT/invasion of Syria etc, it becomes a problem.

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    • Replies: @Greasy William
    Nobody cares about the Jewish control of the media or finance, even you. It's just a red herring Palestinian lovers bring up.

    I can't speak for iffen, but anti-semitism is not a concern for me, it's an annoyance. You morons keep trying to run on a "save the Palestinians!" platform and then blame us when your fellow goyim don't give a shit about them.

    Marine jettisoning the Palestine/Iran stuff is the only reason the FN has gone from 18 to 36 percent. If the FN was still campaigning on the anti Israel stuff, we wouldn't even be having this conversation because nobody would give a shit about the FN.
  82. Le Pen needs to moderate her economic positions, no one will vote to collapse the economy. Sure the Euro doesn’t work but talk about kicking out Greece rather than leaving yourself, keep that to yourself. Also voters tend to, or allow themselves to, see immigration as an economic issue. Attack immigration on an economic basis, the blood and soil stuff is implied.

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    Surely Britain has shown that exit from the EU does not collapse the economy. Those Frogs need to show some spine and elect Le Pen.
  83. @iffen
    little in the way of a real social shift towards nationalism.

    It might mean that there are actual numbers of nationalists, but that they will not entertain the anti-Semitic and fascist oriented garbage. A genuine populist nationalist who appears competent and who is unencumbered by fascist tendencies might do really well in France, the US and in any number of countries.

    It might mean that there are actual numbers of nationalists, but that they will not entertain the anti-Semitic and fascist oriented garbage.

    I’m not aware of any genuinely “fascist” policies or attributes of any significance associated with any of the mainstream parties of national survival (Front National, UKIP, AfD). That’s almost all just dishonest demonization thrown at them by those who hate them.

    Antisemitism is a slightly different thing, because the reality is that given the C20th rise of zionism and the existence of Israel as an explicitly jewish state, jewish identity politics is its own form of nationalism, which in practice (like islamist identity politics) stands in opposition to the national identity of the countries in which those who advocate it live (other than Israel, of course), which are in Europe and the US culturally Christian (or post-Christian) countries and not jewish countries. So ordinarily you would expect a nationalist party in such countries, in principle, to be opposed to undue influence of jewish identity issues just as it should be opposed to muslim and other foreign identity issues. Despite that, there is no overt anti-Semitism in UKIP, the Front National has deliberately distanced itself from antisemitism of any kind, and I suspect the AfD’s official position is the same (though I’m not as familiar with German politics).

    Most accusations of “anti-Semitism” targeted at the parties of national survival seem to be as hysterically overblown, dishonest and inaccurate as are the accusations of fascism. This is as you’d expect of a dishonest smear term of this kind, like the other smear terms of the same class designed to smear political opponents of identity lobbyists: “racism”, “islamophobia”, “homophobia” etc.

    Not especially venerating jewish culture or people is not the same as hating jews, though I understand that in the US it is generally regarded as such in practice.

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    they will not entertain the anti-Semitic and fascist oriented garbage.

    I’m not aware of any genuinely “fascist” policies or attributes of any significance associated with any of the mainstream parties of national survival (Front National, UKIP, AfD). That’s almost all just dishonest demonization thrown at them by those who hate them.
     

    I don’t know the details on the European parties. I know that Marine kicked her father out and doubled her electoral support. She did the “right” thing by doing so.

    So ordinarily you would expect a nationalist party in such countries, in principle, to be opposed to undue influence of jewish identity issues just as it should be opposed to muslim and other foreign identity issues.

    I don’t have any problem with my American “nationalism” including American Jews and Ameican muslims.

    Which is not to say that I don't support an immigration hiatus for everyone except Einstein material and supermodels.

    Most accusations of “anti-Semitism” targeted at the parties of national survival seem to be as hysterically overblown, dishonest and inaccurate as are the accusations of fascism.

    Yes, you are correct. This does not change the fact that there are, in fact, anti-Semites and fascists, and if you wanted to have a “nationalist” party you would have to decide whether to include them in your group or not. The French can decide for themselves who that want to be “French,” same for AK and other Russian nationalists. My main concern is American nationalism, and I think that there is a slender path that is available that excludes overt racists and Nazi wannabes.

    Not especially venerating jewish culture or people is not the same as hating jews, though I understand that in the US it is generally regarded as such in practice.

    Your understanding is incorrect.

    , @German_reader
    "and I suspect the AfD’s official position is the same "

    They have occasional antisemitic individuals (e.g. in the state parliament in Baden-Württemberg they had one really crazy representative - a former Maoist - who apparently believes the Protocols of the elders of Zion to be basically true; once that became public the AfD quickly wanted to get rid of him and he's no longer a member of the AfD group in the state parliament), which is to be expected in any new right-wing party. But the party as a whole definitely isn't antisemitic. Of course it has still been heavily criticized by Jewish organizations because of issues like commemoration of the Nazi past, circumcision of infants/children and general "nastiness" towards "refugees" (funnily enough some of the same Jewish spokesmen now seem to be getting paranoid about the probably non-trivial number of visceral antisemites among "refugees"). Recently Frauke Petry tried to counteract this by claiming the AfD was a pro-Jewish party and by taking a pro-Israel stance, which seemed rather misguided to me. You can't win with those issues either way, and it's probably best just to ignore them.
    , @utu

    Most accusations of “anti-Semitism” targeted at the parties of national survival seem to be as hysterically overblown
     
    Jews know what they are talking about. Any nationalism will lead to to some form of anti-semitism as long as there are Jews around. One could the think that now when Jews have their own Heimat it should not be their concern.
  84. @TelfoedJohn
    Le Pen is Nationalist-Left, not Nationalist-Right (unlike her father).

    Le Pen is Nationalist-Left, not Nationalist-Right (unlike her father).

    Seems to me such distinctions are rather anachronistic. The issues of existential importance are nationalist-globalist, not left-right, however you define those terms (unless obviously you incorporate some of the former issues into your definitions for the latter)

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    I make the distinction because Anatoly states she is Nationalist Right, but the votecompass chart shows her slightly on the Left.

    I've also read this good article on the BBC:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/marine_le_pen

    ...which makes clear that her instincts are left, and her closest advisor is explicitly nationalist left.
  85. @reiner Tor
    In 1950 there was no civil war, nor an aftermath of one. Voznesensky was a firmly committed Stalinist, as he was led to be shot, he was pleading with his guards to let him talk to Comrade Stalin. Which is a reminder that even after the war thousands were shot each year, including successful generals of the Red Army (and the Red Air Force, I think several of the latter's senior wartime commanders were shot on some trumped up charges after the war). I think once Franco consolidated his power, no more mass murders took place.

    I’m not going to try to argue that Stalin didn’t kill lots of people, nor even that he was necessarily a social conservative (though Glossy makes a good case for it, he clearly wasn’t in his youth, at any rate). Just that killing lots of people doesn’t preclude being a social conservative.

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  86. @Randal

    Le Pen is Nationalist-Left, not Nationalist-Right (unlike her father).
     
    Seems to me such distinctions are rather anachronistic. The issues of existential importance are nationalist-globalist, not left-right, however you define those terms (unless obviously you incorporate some of the former issues into your definitions for the latter)

    I make the distinction because Anatoly states she is Nationalist Right, but the votecompass chart shows her slightly on the Left.

    I’ve also read this good article on the BBC:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/marine_le_pen

    …which makes clear that her instincts are left, and her closest advisor is explicitly nationalist left.

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    @Hail
    Does anyone have a 'White Vote' estimate? (Excluding non-European foreigners and descendants).

    Any good ideas on how to estimate one?

    that’s the critical data – how close to complete polarization things are among the young

    (polarization being upper middle class SJWs + immigrants vs everyone else with little or no middle ground)

    no idea how to figure it though

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  88. @Randal

    It might mean that there are actual numbers of nationalists, but that they will not entertain the anti-Semitic and fascist oriented garbage.
     
    I'm not aware of any genuinely "fascist" policies or attributes of any significance associated with any of the mainstream parties of national survival (Front National, UKIP, AfD). That's almost all just dishonest demonization thrown at them by those who hate them.

    Antisemitism is a slightly different thing, because the reality is that given the C20th rise of zionism and the existence of Israel as an explicitly jewish state, jewish identity politics is its own form of nationalism, which in practice (like islamist identity politics) stands in opposition to the national identity of the countries in which those who advocate it live (other than Israel, of course), which are in Europe and the US culturally Christian (or post-Christian) countries and not jewish countries. So ordinarily you would expect a nationalist party in such countries, in principle, to be opposed to undue influence of jewish identity issues just as it should be opposed to muslim and other foreign identity issues. Despite that, there is no overt anti-Semitism in UKIP, the Front National has deliberately distanced itself from antisemitism of any kind, and I suspect the AfD's official position is the same (though I'm not as familiar with German politics).

    Most accusations of "anti-Semitism" targeted at the parties of national survival seem to be as hysterically overblown, dishonest and inaccurate as are the accusations of fascism. This is as you'd expect of a dishonest smear term of this kind, like the other smear terms of the same class designed to smear political opponents of identity lobbyists: "racism", "islamophobia", "homophobia" etc.

    Not especially venerating jewish culture or people is not the same as hating jews, though I understand that in the US it is generally regarded as such in practice.

    they will not entertain the anti-Semitic and fascist oriented garbage.

    I’m not aware of any genuinely “fascist” policies or attributes of any significance associated with any of the mainstream parties of national survival (Front National, UKIP, AfD). That’s almost all just dishonest demonization thrown at them by those who hate them.

    I don’t know the details on the European parties. I know that Marine kicked her father out and doubled her electoral support. She did the “right” thing by doing so.

    So ordinarily you would expect a nationalist party in such countries, in principle, to be opposed to undue influence of jewish identity issues just as it should be opposed to muslim and other foreign identity issues.

    I don’t have any problem with my American “nationalism” including American Jews and Ameican muslims.

    Which is not to say that I don’t support an immigration hiatus for everyone except Einstein material and supermodels.

    Most accusations of “anti-Semitism” targeted at the parties of national survival seem to be as hysterically overblown, dishonest and inaccurate as are the accusations of fascism.

    Yes, you are correct. This does not change the fact that there are, in fact, anti-Semites and fascists, and if you wanted to have a “nationalist” party you would have to decide whether to include them in your group or not. The French can decide for themselves who that want to be “French,” same for AK and other Russian nationalists. My main concern is American nationalism, and I think that there is a slender path that is available that excludes overt racists and Nazi wannabes.

    Not especially venerating jewish culture or people is not the same as hating jews, though I understand that in the US it is generally regarded as such in practice.

    Your understanding is incorrect.

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    This does not change the fact that there are, in fact, anti-Semites and fascists, and if you wanted to have a “nationalist” party you would have to decide whether to include them in your group or not.
     
    The very fact that excluding anti-Semites is seen by some (and in particular by those controlling access to the mainstream media) as determinative of respectability imo shows the vital importance of standing up against that pov. Much as excluding "racists" cripples any chance of coherence in immigration policy, so suppressing "antisemitism" and excluding anyone even accused of it cripples any chance of resisting undue influence in the other direction, in favour of jewish identity interests, which appear (mostly, obviously) to be pro-globalist, pro-censorship and pro-Israel, all of which are imo counterproductive to the national interest, certainly for a European country.

    Of course, even suggesting that there could be such a thing as jewish identity group interests is enough to get one convicted of "anti-Semitism" (unless of course one is doing so from the pov of a jewish identity lobbyist), which again emphasises the vital importance of standing against this taboo.

    I don’t know the details on the European parties. I know that Marine kicked her father out and doubled her electoral support. She did the “right” thing by doing so.
     
    Clearly, that's what Marine LePen and her advisers think - that it was supposed "anti-Semitism" on her father's part that was holding the party back (rather laughably, since the "anti-Semitism" of which he was accused was actually just failing to pay properly inflated respect to the Holocaust taboo).

    However, the reality is that nationalism was not a big issue anywhere in western Europe in the late C20th, until the past decade, except in secessionist regions. As the impetus towards nationalism has grown and propelled formerly idealist nationalist parties closer to power, so opportunists have climbed aboard and sought to dilute any idealism in directions they think will gain them power while protecting their particular interests - a natural and inevitable process. It's impossible to disentangle the strands to reliably determine cause and effect.
  89. @Randal

    It might mean that there are actual numbers of nationalists, but that they will not entertain the anti-Semitic and fascist oriented garbage.
     
    I'm not aware of any genuinely "fascist" policies or attributes of any significance associated with any of the mainstream parties of national survival (Front National, UKIP, AfD). That's almost all just dishonest demonization thrown at them by those who hate them.

    Antisemitism is a slightly different thing, because the reality is that given the C20th rise of zionism and the existence of Israel as an explicitly jewish state, jewish identity politics is its own form of nationalism, which in practice (like islamist identity politics) stands in opposition to the national identity of the countries in which those who advocate it live (other than Israel, of course), which are in Europe and the US culturally Christian (or post-Christian) countries and not jewish countries. So ordinarily you would expect a nationalist party in such countries, in principle, to be opposed to undue influence of jewish identity issues just as it should be opposed to muslim and other foreign identity issues. Despite that, there is no overt anti-Semitism in UKIP, the Front National has deliberately distanced itself from antisemitism of any kind, and I suspect the AfD's official position is the same (though I'm not as familiar with German politics).

    Most accusations of "anti-Semitism" targeted at the parties of national survival seem to be as hysterically overblown, dishonest and inaccurate as are the accusations of fascism. This is as you'd expect of a dishonest smear term of this kind, like the other smear terms of the same class designed to smear political opponents of identity lobbyists: "racism", "islamophobia", "homophobia" etc.

    Not especially venerating jewish culture or people is not the same as hating jews, though I understand that in the US it is generally regarded as such in practice.

    “and I suspect the AfD’s official position is the same ”

    They have occasional antisemitic individuals (e.g. in the state parliament in Baden-Württemberg they had one really crazy representative – a former Maoist – who apparently believes the Protocols of the elders of Zion to be basically true; once that became public the AfD quickly wanted to get rid of him and he’s no longer a member of the AfD group in the state parliament), which is to be expected in any new right-wing party. But the party as a whole definitely isn’t antisemitic. Of course it has still been heavily criticized by Jewish organizations because of issues like commemoration of the Nazi past, circumcision of infants/children and general “nastiness” towards “refugees” (funnily enough some of the same Jewish spokesmen now seem to be getting paranoid about the probably non-trivial number of visceral antisemites among “refugees”). Recently Frauke Petry tried to counteract this by claiming the AfD was a pro-Jewish party and by taking a pro-Israel stance, which seemed rather misguided to me. You can’t win with those issues either way, and it’s probably best just to ignore them.

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    You can’t win with those issues either way, and it’s probably best just to ignore them.
     
    If only it were possible to do so....
    , @ussr andy
    OT: have you heard of the story where some SWPL do-gooders signed some kind of bail or pledge (Verpflichtungserklärung) for refugees on the understanding it would expire once they were granted residency or something. But it didn't and they had to continue to pay and courts are now looking into it. This is so great, I can't begin to describe how limited my sympathy is.
  90. Nate Silver
    ✔ ‎@NateSilver538

    Nationalist candidates have done pretty badly since Trump won. Wilders & Le Pen faded down the stretch run. Hofer underperformed in Austria.

    Interesting attempt at spin.

    Silver obviously wants us to think that “not winning spectacularly, but still getting improved and in some cases unprecedented levels of support” equates to “doing pretty badly”.

    Wilders didn’t match his former high of 15.4% in 2010, but boosted his vote from 10.1% in 2012 to 13.1% in 2017, in second place to the governing party.

    Le Pen boosted the Front National first round result from 17.9% in 2012 to 22% in 2017 and won a place in the runoff for only the second time ever, with the previous occasion in 2002 seeing her father get into the second round with only 16.9% of a much lower turnout (4.8 million FN voters then, 7.4 million today).

    Hofer won a nationalist place in the presidential runoff in Austria for the first time since WW2, and only narrowly lost with the usual wall to wall establishment and mainstream media hostility and bias.

    If that’s “doing pretty badly” by Silver’s estimation, a couple more electoral cycles of “doing pretty badly” will see parties of national survival in power across Europe.

    [Posted this to Steve's thread as well, but since it's pretty much a lottery actually getting comments approved in a timely fashion there, I don't feel bad about double posting.]

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  91. @Glossy
    But yes, Lenin and co., the Old Bolsheviks whom Stalin executed in 1937-1938, were socially liberal. They had something called the "glass of water theory of sexuality" among many other lefty ideas. If Stalin didn't turn right in the mid-1930s, the West would have never started its Cold War against the USSR.

    I could be wrong, but I have always heard that Lenin derided the glass of water theory.

    I used some magic to find the following quote:

    Of course, thirst must be satisfied. But will the normal person in normal circumstances lie down in the gutter and drink out of a puddle, or out of a glass with a rim greasy from many lips? But the social aspect is most important of all. Drinking water is, of course, an individual affair. But in love two lives are concerned, and a third, a new life, arises, it is that which gives it its social interest, which gives rise to a duty towards the community.

    and

    As a communist I have not the least sympathy for the glass of water theory, although it bears the fine title ‘satisfaction of love’. In any case, this liberation of love is neither new, nor communist. You will remember that about the middle of the last century it was preached as the ‘emancipation of the heart’ in romantic literature. In bourgeois practice it became the emancipation of the flesh. At that time the preaching was more talented than it is today, and as for the practice, I cannot judge. I don’t mean to preach asceticism by my criticism. Not in the least. Communism will not bring asceticism, but joy of life, power of life, and a satisfied love life will help to do that. But in my opinion the present widespread hypertrophy in sexual matters does not give joy and force to life, but takes it away. In the age of revolution that is bad, very bad.

    Now this was quick magic, and I did find it in English, not Russian, but it comports with my general previous impression.

    Nu vot, da?

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    Here's the Russian Wiki about this.

    "The Glass of Water theory - views of love, marriage and family which were widespread (especially among the young) in the first years of Soviet rule. They included the rejection of love and the reduction of relations between a man and a woman to an instinctual sexual need which has to be satisfied without any "conventions", as simply as the quenching of thirst. (having sex simply like drinking a glass of water.)"

    You're right though, the article goes on to say that Lenin was against this theory. I didn't know that. Before Stalin monopolized all power in the 1930s the Communist party was governed collectively, so a policy could go forward and have an effect, as the above paragraph implies it did, without Lenin's approval.
  92. @iffen

    they will not entertain the anti-Semitic and fascist oriented garbage.

    I’m not aware of any genuinely “fascist” policies or attributes of any significance associated with any of the mainstream parties of national survival (Front National, UKIP, AfD). That’s almost all just dishonest demonization thrown at them by those who hate them.
     

    I don’t know the details on the European parties. I know that Marine kicked her father out and doubled her electoral support. She did the “right” thing by doing so.

    So ordinarily you would expect a nationalist party in such countries, in principle, to be opposed to undue influence of jewish identity issues just as it should be opposed to muslim and other foreign identity issues.

    I don’t have any problem with my American “nationalism” including American Jews and Ameican muslims.

    Which is not to say that I don't support an immigration hiatus for everyone except Einstein material and supermodels.

    Most accusations of “anti-Semitism” targeted at the parties of national survival seem to be as hysterically overblown, dishonest and inaccurate as are the accusations of fascism.

    Yes, you are correct. This does not change the fact that there are, in fact, anti-Semites and fascists, and if you wanted to have a “nationalist” party you would have to decide whether to include them in your group or not. The French can decide for themselves who that want to be “French,” same for AK and other Russian nationalists. My main concern is American nationalism, and I think that there is a slender path that is available that excludes overt racists and Nazi wannabes.

    Not especially venerating jewish culture or people is not the same as hating jews, though I understand that in the US it is generally regarded as such in practice.

    Your understanding is incorrect.

    This does not change the fact that there are, in fact, anti-Semites and fascists, and if you wanted to have a “nationalist” party you would have to decide whether to include them in your group or not.

    The very fact that excluding anti-Semites is seen by some (and in particular by those controlling access to the mainstream media) as determinative of respectability imo shows the vital importance of standing up against that pov. Much as excluding “racists” cripples any chance of coherence in immigration policy, so suppressing “antisemitism” and excluding anyone even accused of it cripples any chance of resisting undue influence in the other direction, in favour of jewish identity interests, which appear (mostly, obviously) to be pro-globalist, pro-censorship and pro-Israel, all of which are imo counterproductive to the national interest, certainly for a European country.

    Of course, even suggesting that there could be such a thing as jewish identity group interests is enough to get one convicted of “anti-Semitism” (unless of course one is doing so from the pov of a jewish identity lobbyist), which again emphasises the vital importance of standing against this taboo.

    I don’t know the details on the European parties. I know that Marine kicked her father out and doubled her electoral support. She did the “right” thing by doing so.

    Clearly, that’s what Marine LePen and her advisers think – that it was supposed “anti-Semitism” on her father’s part that was holding the party back (rather laughably, since the “anti-Semitism” of which he was accused was actually just failing to pay properly inflated respect to the Holocaust taboo).

    However, the reality is that nationalism was not a big issue anywhere in western Europe in the late C20th, until the past decade, except in secessionist regions. As the impetus towards nationalism has grown and propelled formerly idealist nationalist parties closer to power, so opportunists have climbed aboard and sought to dilute any idealism in directions they think will gain them power while protecting their particular interests – a natural and inevitable process. It’s impossible to disentangle the strands to reliably determine cause and effect.

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    Well, there is no point in just going back and forth with us saying the other is wrong.

    I will stick to the politics in the US. Trump just proved that there is a populist and nationalist constituency that can elect candidates. He gathered significant Hispanic and black support in spite of the MSM continuously screaming Nazi and racist.

    You don't seem to be able to distinguish between the positions and policies of a political party and MSM propaganda.

    , @Greasy William

    Clearly, that’s what Marine LePen and her advisers think – that it was supposed “anti-Semitism” on her father’s part that was holding the party back (rather laughably, since the “anti-Semitism” of which he was accused was actually just failing to pay properly inflated respect to the Holocaust taboo).
     
    Uh no. The issue with LePen Sr. is that her father wanted FN to be the typical European far Right "Palestine/Iran" party which actually worked for picking up a handful of Muslim votes but was utterly useless in winning over real people because outside of the internet and Latin America, no non Arab/Muslims care about the Palestinians or Iran. This is why Ron Paul failed, why the BNP went nowhere, why Jobbik is dying and why LePen Sr. couldn't move the FN forward over the course of multiple decades.
  93. @German_reader
    "and I suspect the AfD’s official position is the same "

    They have occasional antisemitic individuals (e.g. in the state parliament in Baden-Württemberg they had one really crazy representative - a former Maoist - who apparently believes the Protocols of the elders of Zion to be basically true; once that became public the AfD quickly wanted to get rid of him and he's no longer a member of the AfD group in the state parliament), which is to be expected in any new right-wing party. But the party as a whole definitely isn't antisemitic. Of course it has still been heavily criticized by Jewish organizations because of issues like commemoration of the Nazi past, circumcision of infants/children and general "nastiness" towards "refugees" (funnily enough some of the same Jewish spokesmen now seem to be getting paranoid about the probably non-trivial number of visceral antisemites among "refugees"). Recently Frauke Petry tried to counteract this by claiming the AfD was a pro-Jewish party and by taking a pro-Israel stance, which seemed rather misguided to me. You can't win with those issues either way, and it's probably best just to ignore them.

    You can’t win with those issues either way, and it’s probably best just to ignore them.

    If only it were possible to do so….

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  94. @Hunsdon
    I could be wrong, but I have always heard that Lenin derided the glass of water theory.

    I used some magic to find the following quote:

    Of course, thirst must be satisfied. But will the normal person in normal circumstances lie down in the gutter and drink out of a puddle, or out of a glass with a rim greasy from many lips? But the social aspect is most important of all. Drinking water is, of course, an individual affair. But in love two lives are concerned, and a third, a new life, arises, it is that which gives it its social interest, which gives rise to a duty towards the community.

    and

    As a communist I have not the least sympathy for the glass of water theory, although it bears the fine title ‘satisfaction of love’. In any case, this liberation of love is neither new, nor communist. You will remember that about the middle of the last century it was preached as the ‘emancipation of the heart’ in romantic literature. In bourgeois practice it became the emancipation of the flesh. At that time the preaching was more talented than it is today, and as for the practice, I cannot judge. I don’t mean to preach asceticism by my criticism. Not in the least. Communism will not bring asceticism, but joy of life, power of life, and a satisfied love life will help to do that. But in my opinion the present widespread hypertrophy in sexual matters does not give joy and force to life, but takes it away. In the age of revolution that is bad, very bad.

    Now this was quick magic, and I did find it in English, not Russian, but it comports with my general previous impression.

    Nu vot, da?

    Here’s the Russian Wiki about this.

    “The Glass of Water theory – views of love, marriage and family which were widespread (especially among the young) in the first years of Soviet rule. They included the rejection of love and the reduction of relations between a man and a woman to an instinctual sexual need which has to be satisfied without any “conventions”, as simply as the quenching of thirst. (having sex simply like drinking a glass of water.)”

    You’re right though, the article goes on to say that Lenin was against this theory. I didn’t know that. Before Stalin monopolized all power in the 1930s the Communist party was governed collectively, so a policy could go forward and have an effect, as the above paragraph implies it did, without Lenin’s approval.

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    Plenty of other reasons to dislike the old rogue, though.
  95. @TelfoedJohn
    I make the distinction because Anatoly states she is Nationalist Right, but the votecompass chart shows her slightly on the Left.

    I've also read this good article on the BBC:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/marine_le_pen

    ...which makes clear that her instincts are left, and her closest advisor is explicitly nationalist left.

    Fair enough.

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  96. @Randal


    This does not change the fact that there are, in fact, anti-Semites and fascists, and if you wanted to have a “nationalist” party you would have to decide whether to include them in your group or not.
     
    The very fact that excluding anti-Semites is seen by some (and in particular by those controlling access to the mainstream media) as determinative of respectability imo shows the vital importance of standing up against that pov. Much as excluding "racists" cripples any chance of coherence in immigration policy, so suppressing "antisemitism" and excluding anyone even accused of it cripples any chance of resisting undue influence in the other direction, in favour of jewish identity interests, which appear (mostly, obviously) to be pro-globalist, pro-censorship and pro-Israel, all of which are imo counterproductive to the national interest, certainly for a European country.

    Of course, even suggesting that there could be such a thing as jewish identity group interests is enough to get one convicted of "anti-Semitism" (unless of course one is doing so from the pov of a jewish identity lobbyist), which again emphasises the vital importance of standing against this taboo.

    I don’t know the details on the European parties. I know that Marine kicked her father out and doubled her electoral support. She did the “right” thing by doing so.
     
    Clearly, that's what Marine LePen and her advisers think - that it was supposed "anti-Semitism" on her father's part that was holding the party back (rather laughably, since the "anti-Semitism" of which he was accused was actually just failing to pay properly inflated respect to the Holocaust taboo).

    However, the reality is that nationalism was not a big issue anywhere in western Europe in the late C20th, until the past decade, except in secessionist regions. As the impetus towards nationalism has grown and propelled formerly idealist nationalist parties closer to power, so opportunists have climbed aboard and sought to dilute any idealism in directions they think will gain them power while protecting their particular interests - a natural and inevitable process. It's impossible to disentangle the strands to reliably determine cause and effect.

    Well, there is no point in just going back and forth with us saying the other is wrong.

    I will stick to the politics in the US. Trump just proved that there is a populist and nationalist constituency that can elect candidates. He gathered significant Hispanic and black support in spite of the MSM continuously screaming Nazi and racist.

    You don’t seem to be able to distinguish between the positions and policies of a political party and MSM propaganda.

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    You don’t seem to be able to distinguish between the positions and policies of a political party and MSM propaganda.
     
    You accuse me of precisely what you are guilty of. As I noted, Le Pen was never meaningfully "antisemitic", except in the sense that he said things jewish lobby groups thought shouldn't be allowed to be said, and didn't see jewish lobby concerns as his concerns. As a result he was viciously and dishonestly targeted by both those lobbies and by his rivals seeking to exploit the charges to damage him and his party. This is nothing unusual - it's routine in the countries of the modern US sphere.

    And you make the point yourself - yes, Trump was (absurdly) hysterically accused of being "racist" and "anti-Semitic" when he was and is clearly neither.

    The general growth in support for nationalist parties is most likely despite the continuous accusations and the false perceptions deliberately maintained by the establishment media, because it has occurred across a wide range of countries and parties, of very different nationalist backgrounds. It has occurred because there is a clear need for it, in the face of the problems of globalisation, mass immigration and interventionism, not because of any futile attempts to pander to a mainstream media and political establishment that is not ultimately interested in compromise or honesty, only in suppressing a threat to its owners' power and wealth, or political objectives.
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    @Zenarchy
    Which candidates are the most pro-Palestinian and which would pull France out of NATO?

    Which candidates are the most pro-Palestinian

    A trivial issue .

    which would pull France out of NATO?

    None.

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  98. @German_reader
    "and I suspect the AfD’s official position is the same "

    They have occasional antisemitic individuals (e.g. in the state parliament in Baden-Württemberg they had one really crazy representative - a former Maoist - who apparently believes the Protocols of the elders of Zion to be basically true; once that became public the AfD quickly wanted to get rid of him and he's no longer a member of the AfD group in the state parliament), which is to be expected in any new right-wing party. But the party as a whole definitely isn't antisemitic. Of course it has still been heavily criticized by Jewish organizations because of issues like commemoration of the Nazi past, circumcision of infants/children and general "nastiness" towards "refugees" (funnily enough some of the same Jewish spokesmen now seem to be getting paranoid about the probably non-trivial number of visceral antisemites among "refugees"). Recently Frauke Petry tried to counteract this by claiming the AfD was a pro-Jewish party and by taking a pro-Israel stance, which seemed rather misguided to me. You can't win with those issues either way, and it's probably best just to ignore them.

    OT: have you heard of the story where some SWPL do-gooders signed some kind of bail or pledge (Verpflichtungserklärung) for refugees on the understanding it would expire once they were granted residency or something. But it didn’t and they had to continue to pay and courts are now looking into it. This is so great, I can’t begin to describe how limited my sympathy is.

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    • Replies: @German_reader
    Yes, I've heard about that as well, some do-gooders who had declared themselves Bürgen (guarantors) for refugees are apparently even threatened by financial ruin because of that. It's probably rather mean of me, but I have to admit I find that rather hilarious...
    , @Randal
    That is absolutely hilarious. Looks like it's limited to five years now, if this report is correct:

    Germany: government demands more money from some citizens who sponsored refugee families

    Of course, morally such an obligation ought to be for the lifetime of the sponsored party, and ought to be required for each and every economic migrant.

    Then again, morally all the declarations by celebrities that they would house migrants in their own homes should be legally enforceable as well.
  99. @ussr andy
    OT: have you heard of the story where some SWPL do-gooders signed some kind of bail or pledge (Verpflichtungserklärung) for refugees on the understanding it would expire once they were granted residency or something. But it didn't and they had to continue to pay and courts are now looking into it. This is so great, I can't begin to describe how limited my sympathy is.

    Yes, I’ve heard about that as well, some do-gooders who had declared themselves Bürgen (guarantors) for refugees are apparently even threatened by financial ruin because of that. It’s probably rather mean of me, but I have to admit I find that rather hilarious…

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  100. @Glossy
    "Which is a reminder that even after the war thousands were shot each year"

    That's not my impression. According to the Russian Wikipedia, the specific case that you mentioned, the one in which an economist named Voznesensky lost his life, involved the execution of 23 people. 2 died in prison before trial.

    «Всего было осуждено 214 человек, из них 69 человек основных обвиняемых и 145 человек из числа близких и дальних родственников. Кроме того, 2 человека умерли в тюрьме до суда. 23 человека осуждены военной коллегией к высшей мере наказания (расстрелу)»

    Yes, after the war mostly bigwigs were shot. Small fry just got prison.

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  101. @Cagey Beast
    These two girls supported Fillon in the first round but are voting for Le Pen in the second.

    Q: "What do you like about her?"
    A: "Her extremism. I like that."

    https://twitter.com/F_Desouche/status/856244080707350528

    Girl on the left is hot, girl on the right, I dunno. 6/10. Would bang but nothing special.

    I think Marine only gets 38 in the runoff by that’s okay for now.

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    French girls aren't so pretty to look at; it's the way they carry themselves, something you can't see in a still picture.
  102. @Randal


    This does not change the fact that there are, in fact, anti-Semites and fascists, and if you wanted to have a “nationalist” party you would have to decide whether to include them in your group or not.
     
    The very fact that excluding anti-Semites is seen by some (and in particular by those controlling access to the mainstream media) as determinative of respectability imo shows the vital importance of standing up against that pov. Much as excluding "racists" cripples any chance of coherence in immigration policy, so suppressing "antisemitism" and excluding anyone even accused of it cripples any chance of resisting undue influence in the other direction, in favour of jewish identity interests, which appear (mostly, obviously) to be pro-globalist, pro-censorship and pro-Israel, all of which are imo counterproductive to the national interest, certainly for a European country.

    Of course, even suggesting that there could be such a thing as jewish identity group interests is enough to get one convicted of "anti-Semitism" (unless of course one is doing so from the pov of a jewish identity lobbyist), which again emphasises the vital importance of standing against this taboo.

    I don’t know the details on the European parties. I know that Marine kicked her father out and doubled her electoral support. She did the “right” thing by doing so.
     
    Clearly, that's what Marine LePen and her advisers think - that it was supposed "anti-Semitism" on her father's part that was holding the party back (rather laughably, since the "anti-Semitism" of which he was accused was actually just failing to pay properly inflated respect to the Holocaust taboo).

    However, the reality is that nationalism was not a big issue anywhere in western Europe in the late C20th, until the past decade, except in secessionist regions. As the impetus towards nationalism has grown and propelled formerly idealist nationalist parties closer to power, so opportunists have climbed aboard and sought to dilute any idealism in directions they think will gain them power while protecting their particular interests - a natural and inevitable process. It's impossible to disentangle the strands to reliably determine cause and effect.

    Clearly, that’s what Marine LePen and her advisers think – that it was supposed “anti-Semitism” on her father’s part that was holding the party back (rather laughably, since the “anti-Semitism” of which he was accused was actually just failing to pay properly inflated respect to the Holocaust taboo).

    Uh no. The issue with LePen Sr. is that her father wanted FN to be the typical European far Right “Palestine/Iran” party which actually worked for picking up a handful of Muslim votes but was utterly useless in winning over real people because outside of the internet and Latin America, no non Arab/Muslims care about the Palestinians or Iran. This is why Ron Paul failed, why the BNP went nowhere, why Jobbik is dying and why LePen Sr. couldn’t move the FN forward over the course of multiple decades.

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    Uh no. The issue with LePen Sr. is that her father wanted FN to be the typical European far Right “Palestine/Iran” party which actually worked for picking up a handful of Muslim votes but was utterly useless in winning over real people
     
    You confuse your own identity group obsessions with reality.

    For the latter, here's Anne Coulter on Le Pen senior, back in 2002:

    French voters tentatively reject dynamiting Notre Dame

    "But liberals don't like Le Pen. They want Muslims to do for Paris what they did for Kabul, and Le Pen stands in their way. After years of irrelevant rants against Muslim immigrants, Le Pen's anti-immigration message has finally hit a nerve with voters.
    .....
    Liberals are hopping mad about this turn of events. Consequently, they are accusing their beloved French of "xenophobia." "Odious xenophobia," in the words of a New York Times editorial. The Times was in such blind rage that it simultaneously denounced Le Pen for capitalizing on opposition to immigrants, "mostly Arab," and for speaking in "anti-Semitic overtones." How, precisely, opposition to anti-Semitic violence committed by Arabs reflects anti-Semitism remains murky.
    "
    , @Matra
    The issue with LePen Sr. is that her father wanted FN to be the typical European far Right “Palestine/Iran” party

    I think Jean-Marie Le Pen has always been a supporter, though not a sycophant, of Israel. His problem has been with French Jews, who are overwhelmingly hostile to French nationalism and supportive of mass immigration.
  103. @Felix Keverich
    lol, are you Jewish by any chance. Why is "anti-Semitism" a concern to you? I think we can agree that when a certain ethnic minority takes over mass media, and uses it to promote non-white immigration/LGBT/invasion of Syria etc, it becomes a problem.

    Nobody cares about the Jewish control of the media or finance, even you. It’s just a red herring Palestinian lovers bring up.

    I can’t speak for iffen, but anti-semitism is not a concern for me, it’s an annoyance. You morons keep trying to run on a “save the Palestinians!” platform and then blame us when your fellow goyim don’t give a shit about them.

    Marine jettisoning the Palestine/Iran stuff is the only reason the FN has gone from 18 to 36 percent. If the FN was still campaigning on the anti Israel stuff, we wouldn’t even be having this conversation because nobody would give a shit about the FN.

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    Anti-semitism about finance is considerably older than the Palestinian affair, about which, as you say, few except Arabs and some college students really care.

    I'm willing to admit that the financial octopus has spread to include far more than Jews by now, though.
    , @Jaakko Raipala
    The problem with any such "anti-Semitic" strategyis, indeed, focus on Israel and fake tears for Palestinians. Fake tears for Palestinians works for the anti-Israel Left because Israel is everything they hate - a sort of European nationalist country that is, in their view, "colonizing" a group of non-white natives - so even if their love of Palestinians isn't genuine their hatred of Israel clearly is.

    It doesn't work for nationalist Europeans because they obviously don't hate nationalism so anti-Israelism from their side only comes across as crusading against Jews for the sake of crusading against Jews. It's also obvious that their real frustration with Jews is the media and finance influence so when they go after Israel as the substitute target it just comes across as weakness and surrender to the enemy's frame of acceptable targets.

    The Jewish question is likely to erupt again in the near future as World War II fades from memory and the right take on it would be a great opportunity for nationalists. Heavily Jewish media and academia lecturing us all that nationalism is wrong and that everyone must become diverse and multicultural and Israel following entirely different ideas is just too much of a contradiction.

    Unfortunately right now it looks like no one knows a good strategy for nationalists so the resentment of this contradiction is just likely to feed left-wing anti-Israelism.

    , @iffen
    It’s just a red herring Palestinian lovers bring up.

    Jaakko Raipala has a good comment.

    Extreme right wing types don't give a rat's ass about Palestinians; they just hate Jews.

    Left wing types do care about Palestinians because they have, as Sailer says, more victim Pokémon points. The obvious conflict for leftists is whether Jews are considered white.

    One of my objections to anti-Semitism is that it confuses the issues and lends itself to manipulation by the media, for example, as in the false accusations that we say made against Trump.

    Plus, I don't like a lot of ethnic or religious hatred unless there is no other way.

  104. […] series of precedents, above all in Greece and in the United States, it appears prudent to consider whoever wins the French election a fart, until proved […]

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  105. @iffen
    Well, there is no point in just going back and forth with us saying the other is wrong.

    I will stick to the politics in the US. Trump just proved that there is a populist and nationalist constituency that can elect candidates. He gathered significant Hispanic and black support in spite of the MSM continuously screaming Nazi and racist.

    You don't seem to be able to distinguish between the positions and policies of a political party and MSM propaganda.

    You don’t seem to be able to distinguish between the positions and policies of a political party and MSM propaganda.

    You accuse me of precisely what you are guilty of. As I noted, Le Pen was never meaningfully “antisemitic”, except in the sense that he said things jewish lobby groups thought shouldn’t be allowed to be said, and didn’t see jewish lobby concerns as his concerns. As a result he was viciously and dishonestly targeted by both those lobbies and by his rivals seeking to exploit the charges to damage him and his party. This is nothing unusual – it’s routine in the countries of the modern US sphere.

    And you make the point yourself – yes, Trump was (absurdly) hysterically accused of being “racist” and “anti-Semitic” when he was and is clearly neither.

    The general growth in support for nationalist parties is most likely despite the continuous accusations and the false perceptions deliberately maintained by the establishment media, because it has occurred across a wide range of countries and parties, of very different nationalist backgrounds. It has occurred because there is a clear need for it, in the face of the problems of globalisation, mass immigration and interventionism, not because of any futile attempts to pander to a mainstream media and political establishment that is not ultimately interested in compromise or honesty, only in suppressing a threat to its owners’ power and wealth, or political objectives.

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    • Agree: Seamus Padraig
    • Replies: @iffen
    You accuse me of precisely what you are guilty of.

    What we have here is a failure to communicate.

    Trump proved that American "nationalism" can gain majority support.

    Anti-Semitic and fascist electoral support in the US likely tops out in the 1%-2% range.

    Soft white nationalism sans anti-Semitism likely tops out in the 15%-20% range.

    If a Trump, or a populist American nationalist political group entertains and colludes with WNs and anti-Semites the electoral support will likely top out in the 5%-10% range.

    If one has a chance, a slender chance, for an populist American nationalism, why would you throw it away just to cater to obnoxious racists and anti-Semites?

    It appears to me at this distance that there is no chance to revive "French" nationalism into an electoral majority.

    I am undecided about Britain and do not have good knowledge of the other European countries.

  106. @Intelligent Dasein
    Wait a minute. Does that mean that Duranty was not quite the shill he was subsequently made out to be?

    Of course Duranty was a shill. Living conditions were very harsh in the USSR in the 20s and 30s. No one disputes that here. The point at issue is whether or not that was the personal fault of Stalin.

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  107. @Greasy William

    Clearly, that’s what Marine LePen and her advisers think – that it was supposed “anti-Semitism” on her father’s part that was holding the party back (rather laughably, since the “anti-Semitism” of which he was accused was actually just failing to pay properly inflated respect to the Holocaust taboo).
     
    Uh no. The issue with LePen Sr. is that her father wanted FN to be the typical European far Right "Palestine/Iran" party which actually worked for picking up a handful of Muslim votes but was utterly useless in winning over real people because outside of the internet and Latin America, no non Arab/Muslims care about the Palestinians or Iran. This is why Ron Paul failed, why the BNP went nowhere, why Jobbik is dying and why LePen Sr. couldn't move the FN forward over the course of multiple decades.

    Uh no. The issue with LePen Sr. is that her father wanted FN to be the typical European far Right “Palestine/Iran” party which actually worked for picking up a handful of Muslim votes but was utterly useless in winning over real people

    You confuse your own identity group obsessions with reality.

    For the latter, here’s Anne Coulter on Le Pen senior, back in 2002:

    French voters tentatively reject dynamiting Notre Dame

    But liberals don’t like Le Pen. They want Muslims to do for Paris what they did for Kabul, and Le Pen stands in their way. After years of irrelevant rants against Muslim immigrants, Le Pen’s anti-immigration message has finally hit a nerve with voters.
    …..
    Liberals are hopping mad about this turn of events. Consequently, they are accusing their beloved French of “xenophobia.” “Odious xenophobia,” in the words of a New York Times editorial. The Times was in such blind rage that it simultaneously denounced Le Pen for capitalizing on opposition to immigrants, “mostly Arab,” and for speaking in “anti-Semitic overtones.” How, precisely, opposition to anti-Semitic violence committed by Arabs reflects anti-Semitism remains murky.

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  108. @LondonBob
    Le Pen needs to moderate her economic positions, no one will vote to collapse the economy. Sure the Euro doesn't work but talk about kicking out Greece rather than leaving yourself, keep that to yourself. Also voters tend to, or allow themselves to, see immigration as an economic issue. Attack immigration on an economic basis, the blood and soil stuff is implied.

    Surely Britain has shown that exit from the EU does not collapse the economy. Those Frogs need to show some spine and elect Le Pen.

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  109. @ussr andy
    OT: have you heard of the story where some SWPL do-gooders signed some kind of bail or pledge (Verpflichtungserklärung) for refugees on the understanding it would expire once they were granted residency or something. But it didn't and they had to continue to pay and courts are now looking into it. This is so great, I can't begin to describe how limited my sympathy is.

    That is absolutely hilarious. Looks like it’s limited to five years now, if this report is correct:

    Germany: government demands more money from some citizens who sponsored refugee families

    Of course, morally such an obligation ought to be for the lifetime of the sponsored party, and ought to be required for each and every economic migrant.

    Then again, morally all the declarations by celebrities that they would house migrants in their own homes should be legally enforceable as well.

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    Of course, morally such an obligation ought to be for the lifetime of the sponsored party or his descendants, and ought to be required for each and every economic migrant.
     
    FTFY
  110. From russian perspective, I’m guessing its more favorable to have a vehemently pro-muslim multiculti president(s) in Europe if they are part and parcel of the russophobe neoliberal system.

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    @Greasy William
    Nobody cares about the Jewish control of the media or finance, even you. It's just a red herring Palestinian lovers bring up.

    I can't speak for iffen, but anti-semitism is not a concern for me, it's an annoyance. You morons keep trying to run on a "save the Palestinians!" platform and then blame us when your fellow goyim don't give a shit about them.

    Marine jettisoning the Palestine/Iran stuff is the only reason the FN has gone from 18 to 36 percent. If the FN was still campaigning on the anti Israel stuff, we wouldn't even be having this conversation because nobody would give a shit about the FN.

    Anti-semitism about finance is considerably older than the Palestinian affair, about which, as you say, few except Arabs and some college students really care.

    I’m willing to admit that the financial octopus has spread to include far more than Jews by now, though.

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    @Greasy William
    Girl on the left is hot, girl on the right, I dunno. 6/10. Would bang but nothing special.

    I think Marine only gets 38 in the runoff by that's okay for now.

    French girls aren’t so pretty to look at; it’s the way they carry themselves, something you can’t see in a still picture.

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  113. @Randal

    You don’t seem to be able to distinguish between the positions and policies of a political party and MSM propaganda.
     
    You accuse me of precisely what you are guilty of. As I noted, Le Pen was never meaningfully "antisemitic", except in the sense that he said things jewish lobby groups thought shouldn't be allowed to be said, and didn't see jewish lobby concerns as his concerns. As a result he was viciously and dishonestly targeted by both those lobbies and by his rivals seeking to exploit the charges to damage him and his party. This is nothing unusual - it's routine in the countries of the modern US sphere.

    And you make the point yourself - yes, Trump was (absurdly) hysterically accused of being "racist" and "anti-Semitic" when he was and is clearly neither.

    The general growth in support for nationalist parties is most likely despite the continuous accusations and the false perceptions deliberately maintained by the establishment media, because it has occurred across a wide range of countries and parties, of very different nationalist backgrounds. It has occurred because there is a clear need for it, in the face of the problems of globalisation, mass immigration and interventionism, not because of any futile attempts to pander to a mainstream media and political establishment that is not ultimately interested in compromise or honesty, only in suppressing a threat to its owners' power and wealth, or political objectives.

    You accuse me of precisely what you are guilty of.

    What we have here is a failure to communicate.

    Trump proved that American “nationalism” can gain majority support.

    Anti-Semitic and fascist electoral support in the US likely tops out in the 1%-2% range.

    Soft white nationalism sans anti-Semitism likely tops out in the 15%-20% range.

    If a Trump, or a populist American nationalist political group entertains and colludes with WNs and anti-Semites the electoral support will likely top out in the 5%-10% range.

    If one has a chance, a slender chance, for an populist American nationalism, why would you throw it away just to cater to obnoxious racists and anti-Semites?

    It appears to me at this distance that there is no chance to revive “French” nationalism into an electoral majority.

    I am undecided about Britain and do not have good knowledge of the other European countries.

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    Trump was perceived better on the economy, he also successfully framed immigration as an economic issue. The problem patriots have is being seen as competent, MLP has done very well professionalising her party but she still falls down on economic competency. Anyway for a lot of these parties it is about influencing the debate as much as anything else, for most being seen as open borders is electoral poison now.
    , @reiner Tor
    Trump certainly was elected, but his post-election trajectory shows Randal's point why civic nationalism is not going to work (even if it could get elected, which is not the case in many European countries):

    Much as excluding “racists” cripples any chance of coherence in immigration policy, so suppressing “antisemitism” and excluding anyone even accused of it cripples any chance of resisting undue influence in the other direction, in favour of jewish identity interests, which appear (mostly, obviously) to be pro-globalist, pro-censorship and pro-Israel, all of which are imo counterproductive to the national interest
     
    With Trump's election, there was no coherent vision as to why Somali or Syrian refugees are perpetually detrimental to the well-being of the US, nor just what was wrong with certain ethnic lobbies pushing for wars in the Middle East.

    Trump might have been honest during the campaign, but his civic nationalism left him vulnerable to influence by pro-refugee or pro-Israel scammers.
    , @Randal

    What we have here is a failure to communicate.
     
    We are in danger of talking past each other, for sure.

    The basic point is that most of the people accused of being anti-semites (like most of those accused of being "racists") are not anti-Semitic in the sense of hating jewish people. If they are "anti-Semitic" it is in the sense of not especially loving jewish people or culture, not supporting jewish identity lobby interests (especially Israel) and declining to reverence jewish idols and taboos (usually the Holocaust). For these supposed offences decent people are accused of hating jewish people (that's the implication of an accusation of anti-Semitism), smeared by association with the German Nazis, often driven out of mainstream employment or politics and sometimes even locked up (in Europe and increasingly the UK).

    They even did it to Pat Buchanan, ffs, who even (the honest amongst) his political enemies who know him well will admit doesn't hate anybody who hasn't earned it personally. I've experienced the exact same treatment myself, though only in a minor way. It's a systematic and consistent practice.

    There's every reason to suppose the same applies to Le Pen senior, and indeed by extension the party hierarchy of the Front National, and all or most of the nationalist parties smeared as "Nazis" or "anti-Semitic".

    The only way to end it, as with the similar abuse of the charge of racism, is to stop regarding "antisemites" and "racists" as beyond the pale and as pariahs, and start regarding them as just people you disagree with. That might appear to be a quixotic, unachievable goal in the current circumstances, but the fact is that these societal attitudes do change, over a period of decades, and this one will as well. It wasn't always thus, and it will not always be thus. Whether it triggers a violent backlash probably depends how far it is allowed to continue before it is reversed, and how much bitterness and hatred its enforcement creates before it is overturned.

    It appears we agree that charges of antisemitism or of racism do damage nationalist parties. As I noted above, it's impossible imo to disentangle cause and effect in the recent widespread rise of nationalist parties and the tendency for opportunists to join them when they start to rise, and seek to make them more acceptable to the establishment during the process.

    You think that nationalist parties can (in theory at least) somehow cleanse themselves of badthink and of badthinkers, and emerge as parties acceptable to the mainstream. I think that's hopelessly naïve, and that experience shows that the smears and accusations just continue anyway, until you've done a Trump and turned fully around to be exactly what you campaigned against.

    I also regard the few "genuine" racists and anti-Semites, that you would purge from any political activity or representation, as actual people, with opinions that they are entitled to hold and that should be accommodated within a broad nationalist party so long as they are not involved in violence. You regard them as unpersons who should not be allowed any human dignity as far as political activity is concerned. More to the point, I regard them as extremely important politically and socially, both as suppliers of political energy and as essential balancers against the power of the lobbies they oppose.
  114. @iffen
    You accuse me of precisely what you are guilty of.

    What we have here is a failure to communicate.

    Trump proved that American "nationalism" can gain majority support.

    Anti-Semitic and fascist electoral support in the US likely tops out in the 1%-2% range.

    Soft white nationalism sans anti-Semitism likely tops out in the 15%-20% range.

    If a Trump, or a populist American nationalist political group entertains and colludes with WNs and anti-Semites the electoral support will likely top out in the 5%-10% range.

    If one has a chance, a slender chance, for an populist American nationalism, why would you throw it away just to cater to obnoxious racists and anti-Semites?

    It appears to me at this distance that there is no chance to revive "French" nationalism into an electoral majority.

    I am undecided about Britain and do not have good knowledge of the other European countries.

    Trump was perceived better on the economy, he also successfully framed immigration as an economic issue. The problem patriots have is being seen as competent, MLP has done very well professionalising her party but she still falls down on economic competency. Anyway for a lot of these parties it is about influencing the debate as much as anything else, for most being seen as open borders is electoral poison now.

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    for most being seen as open borders is electoral poison now

    There is a distinct and committed open borders, anti-nationalist political current in the US. I suspect that it may be even stronger in Europe.

    It is not always explicit. You could just have a lack of immigration law enforcement like we have had in the US for 30-40 years.
  115. @Randal
    That is absolutely hilarious. Looks like it's limited to five years now, if this report is correct:

    Germany: government demands more money from some citizens who sponsored refugee families

    Of course, morally such an obligation ought to be for the lifetime of the sponsored party, and ought to be required for each and every economic migrant.

    Then again, morally all the declarations by celebrities that they would house migrants in their own homes should be legally enforceable as well.

    Of course, morally such an obligation ought to be for the lifetime of the sponsored party or his descendants, and ought to be required for each and every economic migrant.

    FTFY

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    • Replies: @Randal
    Thanks, rT. Damn, you make me feel like a wishy-washy liberal. :-)
  116. @LondonBob
    Trump was perceived better on the economy, he also successfully framed immigration as an economic issue. The problem patriots have is being seen as competent, MLP has done very well professionalising her party but she still falls down on economic competency. Anyway for a lot of these parties it is about influencing the debate as much as anything else, for most being seen as open borders is electoral poison now.

    for most being seen as open borders is electoral poison now

    There is a distinct and committed open borders, anti-nationalist political current in the US. I suspect that it may be even stronger in Europe.

    It is not always explicit. You could just have a lack of immigration law enforcement like we have had in the US for 30-40 years.

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  117. @Glossy
    The numbers were inflated by the side which he defeated, but it was still a lot of people. Hundreds of thousands, I think. I'm sure that a lot of them were innocent, and that was bad.

    The political violence which started in 1917 stopped in 1938. If Stalin hadn't defeated the Old Bolsheviks, it would have never stopped, unless a different Stalin-like figure would have stopped it in the same way that he did.

    The thing that was unusual about the 1937-1938 spate of violence was not the volume (the Civil War and the famines killed more people), but the fact that for the first time a lot of it was directed against Bolsheviks. The anti-kulak portion of 1937-1938 was the continuation of prior, Old Bolshevik policies. Which stopped when Stalin defeated Old Bolsheviks by shooting them, and never recurred after that.

    I had an argument with the commenter AP about this. He says that Stalin became an absolute ruler in the late 1920s or early 1930s, so he should bear full responsibility for the famines. IIRC, Stalin was not able to execute any of his enemies until December of 1936. And this great purge of the country's leadership didn't stop until 1938. Until they were eliminated, they could have always come back.

    I had an argument with the commenter AP about this. He says that Stalin became an absolute ruler in the late 1920s or early 1930s, so he should bear full responsibility for the famines. IIRC, Stalin was not able to execute any of his enemies until December of 1936.

    Trotsky was expelled from the Soviet Union in 1929 and Bukharin was expelled from the Comintern that same year. Stalin may not yet have had the power (or perhaps simply didn’t yet think of doing this to his old comrades) to execute people at will, but had no real rivals to his power by the 1930s and no one capable of forcing policies upon the state, over Stalin’s objections.

    Stalin used the “right-wing” Commies such as Bukharin to crush Trotsky, Zinoviev and Kamenev in the mid-20s, then reversed himself, adopted the defeated “left-win” Commies’ policies in the late 20s and politically eliminated Bukharin. By about 1930 he was in total political control. If you disagree, perhaps you can name someone who rivaled him in power at that time?

    The anti-kulak portion of 1937-1938 was the continuation of prior, Old Bolshevik policies. Which stopped when Stalin defeated Old Bolsheviks by shooting them, and never recurred after that.

    1. Mass repression of kulaks occurred when the Old Bolsheviks were already purged from any positions of power and were sitting in prisons. Some of them had already been executed -
    Zinoviev and Kamenev were killed in 1936.* Attributing the mass execution of kulaks to these killed or powerless, about-to-executed people is ridiculous.

    2. It never recurred because kulaks were eliminated and the countryside was collectivized. There was nothing left to “continue.”

    You forgot to mention that over 100,000 Orthodox priests were shot between 1937 and 1938.

    You forgot to mention that the surviving remnants of the pre-Bolshevik aristocracy were mostly purged in 1937-1938 as well.

    *These two guys, killed in 1936, were the peasant-haters. So Stalin’s actions against kulaks could not possibly have been attributable to anyone else.

    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    So, under Stalin’s rule, landowning and the traditional peasant countryside were utterly destroyed, and the Church experienced mass murder with its remnants tightly bound to and forced to serve the Atheist State. Pre-Commie elements were also destroyed, in order to create a fully new Soviet Man.

    Stalin’s regime was “conservative” in the same way that Mao’s or North Korea’s regimes are “conservative.”

    You are on record stating that Stalin’s Russia was more conservative than the Russia of Nicholas II. Do you still stand by that statement?

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    "You are on record stating that Stalin’s Russia was more conservative than the Russia of Nicholas II. Do you still stand by that statement?"

    Yes, of course. There was no homelessness, prostitution, no drugs in the later Soviet Union. The popular culture was more moral. The share of intact families was surely higher than in the late tsarist period. Everybody worked and there was economic equality. This was the period in Russia's history when Russia contributed the most to science and technology.

    To be anti-late-Soviet is to be against culture, civilization, and wholesomeness, for drabness, tackiness, poverty, ugliness, war, oligarchy, corruption, etc.

    That later, kinder, gentler Soviet Union would not have been born without Stalin's mid-30s rightward turn.
  118. @iffen
    You accuse me of precisely what you are guilty of.

    What we have here is a failure to communicate.

    Trump proved that American "nationalism" can gain majority support.

    Anti-Semitic and fascist electoral support in the US likely tops out in the 1%-2% range.

    Soft white nationalism sans anti-Semitism likely tops out in the 15%-20% range.

    If a Trump, or a populist American nationalist political group entertains and colludes with WNs and anti-Semites the electoral support will likely top out in the 5%-10% range.

    If one has a chance, a slender chance, for an populist American nationalism, why would you throw it away just to cater to obnoxious racists and anti-Semites?

    It appears to me at this distance that there is no chance to revive "French" nationalism into an electoral majority.

    I am undecided about Britain and do not have good knowledge of the other European countries.

    Trump certainly was elected, but his post-election trajectory shows Randal’s point why civic nationalism is not going to work (even if it could get elected, which is not the case in many European countries):

    Much as excluding “racists” cripples any chance of coherence in immigration policy, so suppressing “antisemitism” and excluding anyone even accused of it cripples any chance of resisting undue influence in the other direction, in favour of jewish identity interests, which appear (mostly, obviously) to be pro-globalist, pro-censorship and pro-Israel, all of which are imo counterproductive to the national interest

    With Trump’s election, there was no coherent vision as to why Somali or Syrian refugees are perpetually detrimental to the well-being of the US, nor just what was wrong with certain ethnic lobbies pushing for wars in the Middle East.

    Trump might have been honest during the campaign, but his civic nationalism left him vulnerable to influence by pro-refugee or pro-Israel scammers.

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    Trump certainly was elected, but his post-election trajectory shows Randal’s point why civic nationalism is not going to work (even if it could get elected, which is not the case in many European countries):

    I didn’t say that Trump was going to be successful. I said that Trump proved that there is majority populist American nationalism, some of which is latent and needed someone like Trump to bring it into focus. Had Trump not been able to self-fund and had he not been adept at media manipulation we would have President H. Clinton.

    Trump has few allies in the Congress. Congress is overwhelmingly dominated by cucks, Koch fan boys and opportunists.

    As I said, I don’t think it will work in Europe.

    America is different, we have been “diverse” since the beginning and many citizens like it that way.

    With Trump’s election, there was no coherent vision as to why Somali or Syrian refugees are perpetually detrimental to the well-being of the US,

    Few Americans think that we should permanently ban immigrants, and still fewer think that we should apply racial and ethnic "tests." Because of the extremely poor economic situation of the less skilled and able indigenes there is considerable support for a hiatus in or slowing of immigration.

    nor just what was wrong with certain ethnic lobbies pushing for wars in the Middle East.

    Israel maintains majority support in the US. That support would remain regardless of what the Israeli/Jewish lobby/Lobby does.

  119. @reiner Tor
    Trump certainly was elected, but his post-election trajectory shows Randal's point why civic nationalism is not going to work (even if it could get elected, which is not the case in many European countries):

    Much as excluding “racists” cripples any chance of coherence in immigration policy, so suppressing “antisemitism” and excluding anyone even accused of it cripples any chance of resisting undue influence in the other direction, in favour of jewish identity interests, which appear (mostly, obviously) to be pro-globalist, pro-censorship and pro-Israel, all of which are imo counterproductive to the national interest
     
    With Trump's election, there was no coherent vision as to why Somali or Syrian refugees are perpetually detrimental to the well-being of the US, nor just what was wrong with certain ethnic lobbies pushing for wars in the Middle East.

    Trump might have been honest during the campaign, but his civic nationalism left him vulnerable to influence by pro-refugee or pro-Israel scammers.

    Trump certainly was elected, but his post-election trajectory shows Randal’s point why civic nationalism is not going to work (even if it could get elected, which is not the case in many European countries):

    I didn’t say that Trump was going to be successful. I said that Trump proved that there is majority populist American nationalism, some of which is latent and needed someone like Trump to bring it into focus. Had Trump not been able to self-fund and had he not been adept at media manipulation we would have President H. Clinton.

    Trump has few allies in the Congress. Congress is overwhelmingly dominated by cucks, Koch fan boys and opportunists.

    As I said, I don’t think it will work in Europe.

    America is different, we have been “diverse” since the beginning and many citizens like it that way.

    With Trump’s election, there was no coherent vision as to why Somali or Syrian refugees are perpetually detrimental to the well-being of the US,

    Few Americans think that we should permanently ban immigrants, and still fewer think that we should apply racial and ethnic “tests.” Because of the extremely poor economic situation of the less skilled and able indigenes there is considerable support for a hiatus in or slowing of immigration.

    nor just what was wrong with certain ethnic lobbies pushing for wars in the Middle East.

    Israel maintains majority support in the US. That support would remain regardless of what the Israeli/Jewish lobby/Lobby does.

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    Few Americans think that we should permanently ban immigrants, and still fewer think that we should apply racial and ethnic “tests.”
     
    In other words, America is doomed, the question is, is it going to be 40 years or perhaps 100 years. Because currently America is pushing for multiculturalism (i.e. death and destruction) for every single white country (except Israel), I'd be happier if it died an earlier death. You are a force of evil, doomed to death, so then it's better if you die sooner than later. (Of course, I'd prefer if you managed to rid yourself of those demonic forces of evil which currently possess you. I'm just assuming it's impossible.)

    Israel maintains majority support in the US. That support would remain regardless of what the Israeli/Jewish lobby/Lobby does.
     
    All peoples have favorite countries on the other side of the globe. It just so happens that the favorite country of the American people is Israel. No need for a Jewish lobby here.

    Can you name the favorite country of Japan? Which country is it that you wouldn't be able to run for public office in Japan if you offended that country? Can you tell me India's favorite country? Or that of Brazil?

    , @German_reader
    If I understand correctly your position seems to be that Jewish nationalism in the US, manifested for instance in pro-Israel lobbies like AIPAC and the activities of neoconservative networks, is just fine and something to be accepted (because hey, white Americans just love Jews anyway and like bombing Muslims in the Mideast). Frankly, coupled with your support of the civic nation model this reeks of the double standard rightly criticised by many white nationalists. I mean ok, I actually agree that a country like the US can't work anymore as an explicitly racial state based on cultural WASP supremacy like it did for the majority of its existence before the 1960s (and unfortunately a similar state is probably true now for many Western European countries as well, due to the foolish immigration policies of recent decades). The white nationalist vision of e.g. Richard Spencer probably couldn't be made a reality without massive bloodshed, which is undesirable. So some sort of civic nationalism seems like the only possible way right now (though obviously preferably one with massive immigration restriction and renewed respect for the Northwest European cultural core of the US). For something like this to work however ALL groups will have to participate on an equal footing and ALL particularist nationalisms will have to be treated the same way (that is, they're all equally legitimate or illegitimate). In the present US context this unavoidably should mean that organized Jewish nationalism has to be criticized and cut down to size, especially given its undeniably harmful effect on US foreign policy in recent decades. Otherwise, what's your reasoning for morally condemning white nationalists? You rail at marginal, mostly powerless people expressing antisemitic opinions on the net, but somehow people whose nationalism actually has serious, negative consequences right now in the present are supposed to be beyond criticism????
  120. @AP

    I had an argument with the commenter AP about this. He says that Stalin became an absolute ruler in the late 1920s or early 1930s, so he should bear full responsibility for the famines. IIRC, Stalin was not able to execute any of his enemies until December of 1936.
     
    Trotsky was expelled from the Soviet Union in 1929 and Bukharin was expelled from the Comintern that same year. Stalin may not yet have had the power (or perhaps simply didn't yet think of doing this to his old comrades) to execute people at will, but had no real rivals to his power by the 1930s and no one capable of forcing policies upon the state, over Stalin's objections.

    Stalin used the "right-wing" Commies such as Bukharin to crush Trotsky, Zinoviev and Kamenev in the mid-20s, then reversed himself, adopted the defeated "left-win" Commies' policies in the late 20s and politically eliminated Bukharin. By about 1930 he was in total political control. If you disagree, perhaps you can name someone who rivaled him in power at that time?


    The anti-kulak portion of 1937-1938 was the continuation of prior, Old Bolshevik policies. Which stopped when Stalin defeated Old Bolsheviks by shooting them, and never recurred after that.
     
    1. Mass repression of kulaks occurred when the Old Bolsheviks were already purged from any positions of power and were sitting in prisons. Some of them had already been executed -
    Zinoviev and Kamenev were killed in 1936.* Attributing the mass execution of kulaks to these killed or powerless, about-to-executed people is ridiculous.

    2. It never recurred because kulaks were eliminated and the countryside was collectivized. There was nothing left to "continue."

    You forgot to mention that over 100,000 Orthodox priests were shot between 1937 and 1938.

    You forgot to mention that the surviving remnants of the pre-Bolshevik aristocracy were mostly purged in 1937-1938 as well.

    *These two guys, killed in 1936, were the peasant-haters. So Stalin's actions against kulaks could not possibly have been attributable to anyone else.

    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    So, under Stalin's rule, landowning and the traditional peasant countryside were utterly destroyed, and the Church experienced mass murder with its remnants tightly bound to and forced to serve the Atheist State. Pre-Commie elements were also destroyed, in order to create a fully new Soviet Man.

    Stalin's regime was "conservative" in the same way that Mao's or North Korea's regimes are "conservative."

    You are on record stating that Stalin's Russia was more conservative than the Russia of Nicholas II. Do you still stand by that statement?

    “You are on record stating that Stalin’s Russia was more conservative than the Russia of Nicholas II. Do you still stand by that statement?”

    Yes, of course. There was no homelessness, prostitution, no drugs in the later Soviet Union. The popular culture was more moral. The share of intact families was surely higher than in the late tsarist period. Everybody worked and there was economic equality. This was the period in Russia’s history when Russia contributed the most to science and technology.

    To be anti-late-Soviet is to be against culture, civilization, and wholesomeness, for drabness, tackiness, poverty, ugliness, war, oligarchy, corruption, etc.

    That later, kinder, gentler Soviet Union would not have been born without Stalin’s mid-30s rightward turn.

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    For anyone wondering why Stalin kept purging the party, looking for traitors among the top leadership long after he won:

    How did the Soviet Union fall? How did this enormius tragedy of the 1990s, which killed many millions of people happen? There was a bad apple in the leadership who sold the country to foreign powers for a chance to be patted on the shoulder and called a reformer. I don't know what Stalin would have called this - maybe leftist deviationism. It wasn't classic treason, but the effects were the same.

    Millions of lives would have been saved if Gorbachev had been repressed back when he was a regional party chief.

    It seems that in the months after Stalin's death Beria wanted to "liberalize" in the same way that Gorbachev did later. This was prevented by his arrest and execution.

    This sort of thing is always a danger. How can the Rise of China end? Some vane fellow who's read too much Economist magazine, secretly sympathized with Tian An Men protests, etc. may come to power in 20 years and lead his people back to poverty and civil war with "reforms".

    If you don't control the popular, global definition of cool, you always have to be vigilant about that kind of stuff.

    Having said this, I don't know anything about the Leningrad Case specifically. What these people advocated, did they advocate anything at all, was there anything to the case - just what I saw in the Wikipedia, and that's not enough.
    , @AP

    “You are on record stating that Stalin’s Russia was more conservative than the Russia of Nicholas II. Do you still stand by that statement?”

    Yes, of course. There was no homelessness, prostitution, no drugs in the later Soviet Union.
     
    Answer the question that was asked.

    Do you stand by the statement that Stalin's Soviet Union was more conservative than the Russia of Nicholas II?

    A conservative society would include homelessness, prostitution, and drugs on the margins because such things exist when a society is not totalitarian/utopian. Like other leftists you seem to equate "conservative" with "strict" or "moralistic" and therefore that a totalitarian society that enforces a rigid moral code must be a "conservative" one. Let me guess - you believe that Cromwell was more conservative than the monarch he replaced; ISIS more conservative than Arab tribal elders and their traditional religious leaders, Nazis more conservative than the pre-war monarchies, etc. Your twist is that unlike other leftists, who use this false idea of conservativism to attack conservatives, you embrace the lie.

    Stalin's USSR finished off what was left of the old order - most of the surviving aristocrats, many of the professionals, people once involved in capitalist trade, over 100,000 clergy, free peasants and private land. He eliminated the old world, enabling the new one to be formed.

    As for the late-period USSR, the issue is bit different. Once an old order is destroyed and a new way created and made stable, what is traditional can be radically different. We see this in how Christianity undid and remade the pagan world.

    Bolshevism is no Christianity, of course. But by the 1980s in Russia, a society with its own traditions, holidays, customs and values was in existence (two examples - New Years had really displaced Christmas as the main family holiday and most important winter holiday; abortion was seen as a normal way of birth control). To the extent that the society was in harmony with its own traditions it was a conservative one. Of course, this society was essentially a Frankenstein's monster created out of the dismembered, rotten corpse of the murdered Russian Empire. And it was quite brittle and prone to self-corruption; an animated corpse is not the same thing as living, real being after all.
  121. @iffen
    Trump certainly was elected, but his post-election trajectory shows Randal’s point why civic nationalism is not going to work (even if it could get elected, which is not the case in many European countries):

    I didn’t say that Trump was going to be successful. I said that Trump proved that there is majority populist American nationalism, some of which is latent and needed someone like Trump to bring it into focus. Had Trump not been able to self-fund and had he not been adept at media manipulation we would have President H. Clinton.

    Trump has few allies in the Congress. Congress is overwhelmingly dominated by cucks, Koch fan boys and opportunists.

    As I said, I don’t think it will work in Europe.

    America is different, we have been “diverse” since the beginning and many citizens like it that way.

    With Trump’s election, there was no coherent vision as to why Somali or Syrian refugees are perpetually detrimental to the well-being of the US,

    Few Americans think that we should permanently ban immigrants, and still fewer think that we should apply racial and ethnic "tests." Because of the extremely poor economic situation of the less skilled and able indigenes there is considerable support for a hiatus in or slowing of immigration.

    nor just what was wrong with certain ethnic lobbies pushing for wars in the Middle East.

    Israel maintains majority support in the US. That support would remain regardless of what the Israeli/Jewish lobby/Lobby does.

    Few Americans think that we should permanently ban immigrants, and still fewer think that we should apply racial and ethnic “tests.”

    In other words, America is doomed, the question is, is it going to be 40 years or perhaps 100 years. Because currently America is pushing for multiculturalism (i.e. death and destruction) for every single white country (except Israel), I’d be happier if it died an earlier death. You are a force of evil, doomed to death, so then it’s better if you die sooner than later. (Of course, I’d prefer if you managed to rid yourself of those demonic forces of evil which currently possess you. I’m just assuming it’s impossible.)

    Israel maintains majority support in the US. That support would remain regardless of what the Israeli/Jewish lobby/Lobby does.

    All peoples have favorite countries on the other side of the globe. It just so happens that the favorite country of the American people is Israel. No need for a Jewish lobby here.

    Can you name the favorite country of Japan? Which country is it that you wouldn’t be able to run for public office in Japan if you offended that country? Can you tell me India’s favorite country? Or that of Brazil?

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    "Because currently America is pushing for multiculturalism (i.e. death and destruction) for every single white country (except Israel), I’d be happier if it died an earlier death. You are a force of evil, doomed to death, so then it’s better if you die sooner than later."

    Hard to disagree with that...given what the US has become (or maybe always was?), its hegemony cannot end soon enough.
    , @RadicalCenter
    See your point, but it may overstate the support or concern for Israel among people living in the USA.

    Let's ask the tens of millions of Mexican and half-Mexican "Americans" which is their favorite foreign country. You think they'd typically say Israel, or Mexico?

    Let's ask the 40-45 million or so Africans living in the USA which is their favorite country. You really think they'd say "Israel"?

    Same question for Asians living in the USA.

    What you're effectively claiming is that white Americans are so extremely overwhelmingly in favor of Israel as their favorite foreign country that they outweigh the utter indifference or hostility of the other large and rapidly growing demographic groups in the USA. Maybe not true even now, if we could all actually be asked, and certainly won't be true soon.

  122. @Greasy William

    Clearly, that’s what Marine LePen and her advisers think – that it was supposed “anti-Semitism” on her father’s part that was holding the party back (rather laughably, since the “anti-Semitism” of which he was accused was actually just failing to pay properly inflated respect to the Holocaust taboo).
     
    Uh no. The issue with LePen Sr. is that her father wanted FN to be the typical European far Right "Palestine/Iran" party which actually worked for picking up a handful of Muslim votes but was utterly useless in winning over real people because outside of the internet and Latin America, no non Arab/Muslims care about the Palestinians or Iran. This is why Ron Paul failed, why the BNP went nowhere, why Jobbik is dying and why LePen Sr. couldn't move the FN forward over the course of multiple decades.

    The issue with LePen Sr. is that her father wanted FN to be the typical European far Right “Palestine/Iran” party

    I think Jean-Marie Le Pen has always been a supporter, though not a sycophant, of Israel. His problem has been with French Jews, who are overwhelmingly hostile to French nationalism and supportive of mass immigration.

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    I don't know about that, Jean-Marie has some strange connections...he's friend with a guy like this (even godfather for one of his children):
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dieudonn%C3%A9_M%27bala_M%27bala
    Which is pretty weird and doesn't really make sense apart from a "We have common enemies" perspective. To me it indicates poor judgement on JMLP's part. Marine may well have been right to get rid of the old man.
  123. @Glossy
    "You are on record stating that Stalin’s Russia was more conservative than the Russia of Nicholas II. Do you still stand by that statement?"

    Yes, of course. There was no homelessness, prostitution, no drugs in the later Soviet Union. The popular culture was more moral. The share of intact families was surely higher than in the late tsarist period. Everybody worked and there was economic equality. This was the period in Russia's history when Russia contributed the most to science and technology.

    To be anti-late-Soviet is to be against culture, civilization, and wholesomeness, for drabness, tackiness, poverty, ugliness, war, oligarchy, corruption, etc.

    That later, kinder, gentler Soviet Union would not have been born without Stalin's mid-30s rightward turn.

    For anyone wondering why Stalin kept purging the party, looking for traitors among the top leadership long after he won:

    How did the Soviet Union fall? How did this enormius tragedy of the 1990s, which killed many millions of people happen? There was a bad apple in the leadership who sold the country to foreign powers for a chance to be patted on the shoulder and called a reformer. I don’t know what Stalin would have called this – maybe leftist deviationism. It wasn’t classic treason, but the effects were the same.

    Millions of lives would have been saved if Gorbachev had been repressed back when he was a regional party chief.

    It seems that in the months after Stalin’s death Beria wanted to “liberalize” in the same way that Gorbachev did later. This was prevented by his arrest and execution.

    This sort of thing is always a danger. How can the Rise of China end? Some vane fellow who’s read too much Economist magazine, secretly sympathized with Tian An Men protests, etc. may come to power in 20 years and lead his people back to poverty and civil war with “reforms”.

    If you don’t control the popular, global definition of cool, you always have to be vigilant about that kind of stuff.

    Having said this, I don’t know anything about the Leningrad Case specifically. What these people advocated, did they advocate anything at all, was there anything to the case – just what I saw in the Wikipedia, and that’s not enough.

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  124. @Greasy William
    Nobody cares about the Jewish control of the media or finance, even you. It's just a red herring Palestinian lovers bring up.

    I can't speak for iffen, but anti-semitism is not a concern for me, it's an annoyance. You morons keep trying to run on a "save the Palestinians!" platform and then blame us when your fellow goyim don't give a shit about them.

    Marine jettisoning the Palestine/Iran stuff is the only reason the FN has gone from 18 to 36 percent. If the FN was still campaigning on the anti Israel stuff, we wouldn't even be having this conversation because nobody would give a shit about the FN.

    The problem with any such “anti-Semitic” strategyis, indeed, focus on Israel and fake tears for Palestinians. Fake tears for Palestinians works for the anti-Israel Left because Israel is everything they hate – a sort of European nationalist country that is, in their view, “colonizing” a group of non-white natives – so even if their love of Palestinians isn’t genuine their hatred of Israel clearly is.

    It doesn’t work for nationalist Europeans because they obviously don’t hate nationalism so anti-Israelism from their side only comes across as crusading against Jews for the sake of crusading against Jews. It’s also obvious that their real frustration with Jews is the media and finance influence so when they go after Israel as the substitute target it just comes across as weakness and surrender to the enemy’s frame of acceptable targets.

    The Jewish question is likely to erupt again in the near future as World War II fades from memory and the right take on it would be a great opportunity for nationalists. Heavily Jewish media and academia lecturing us all that nationalism is wrong and that everyone must become diverse and multicultural and Israel following entirely different ideas is just too much of a contradiction.

    Unfortunately right now it looks like no one knows a good strategy for nationalists so the resentment of this contradiction is just likely to feed left-wing anti-Israelism.

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    The Jewish question is likely to erupt again in the near future as World War II fades from memory
     
    And as whites become a minority. The Blacks or Arabs etc. in Europe won't care for Jewish sensibilities that much. The remaining white Europeans might be forced to convert to Islam, which in turn will liberate them from any residual guilt. Oh, and after Eurabia, good luck for Israel alone in a sea of Islam... Multiculturalism will be a great tragedy for Jews.
    , @Greasy William

    It’s also obvious that their real frustration with Jews is the media and finance influence so when they go after Israel as the substitute target it just comes across as weakness and surrender to the enemy’s frame of acceptable targets.
     
    No it isn't. You don't give WNs/Paleocons enough credit.

    Talk to Jobbik supporters, Stormfronters, Ron Paul supporters/Paleocons, or German Nationalists or read their writings and they will all make it clear that the Palestinians are their number 1 priority and often the Palestinians are there *only* priority. The finance/media stuff is a red herring, nobody cares who runs the Fed, the New York Times or Goldman Sachs.

    In the mid 00s a very large faction of Paleocons and WNs were advocating making peace with mass immigration as a way to better fight Israel. They have been temporarily silenced by the populist backlash over the last few years but they are still out there.

    Now don't get me wrong, most WNs are morons and not in touch with reality, but even they know that running on a Palestine/Iran platform is electoral suicide. And yet they keep doing it because it is what they really care about.

    I don't understand this need that Jews have to pretend that their enemies don't really love the Palestinians and Iranians. It is natural that enemies of the Jews would love such evil and worthless peoples.
  125. @Jaakko Raipala
    The problem with any such "anti-Semitic" strategyis, indeed, focus on Israel and fake tears for Palestinians. Fake tears for Palestinians works for the anti-Israel Left because Israel is everything they hate - a sort of European nationalist country that is, in their view, "colonizing" a group of non-white natives - so even if their love of Palestinians isn't genuine their hatred of Israel clearly is.

    It doesn't work for nationalist Europeans because they obviously don't hate nationalism so anti-Israelism from their side only comes across as crusading against Jews for the sake of crusading against Jews. It's also obvious that their real frustration with Jews is the media and finance influence so when they go after Israel as the substitute target it just comes across as weakness and surrender to the enemy's frame of acceptable targets.

    The Jewish question is likely to erupt again in the near future as World War II fades from memory and the right take on it would be a great opportunity for nationalists. Heavily Jewish media and academia lecturing us all that nationalism is wrong and that everyone must become diverse and multicultural and Israel following entirely different ideas is just too much of a contradiction.

    Unfortunately right now it looks like no one knows a good strategy for nationalists so the resentment of this contradiction is just likely to feed left-wing anti-Israelism.

    The Jewish question is likely to erupt again in the near future as World War II fades from memory

    And as whites become a minority. The Blacks or Arabs etc. in Europe won’t care for Jewish sensibilities that much. The remaining white Europeans might be forced to convert to Islam, which in turn will liberate them from any residual guilt. Oh, and after Eurabia, good luck for Israel alone in a sea of Islam… Multiculturalism will be a great tragedy for Jews.

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    • Replies: @Sunbeam
    "The remaining white Europeans might be forced to convert to Islam, which in turn will liberate them from any residual guilt. Oh, and after Eurabia, good luck for Israel alone in a sea of Islam… Multiculturalism will be a great tragedy for Jews."

    That's what I don't get.

    Look beyond Jews. A lot (but not all) are totally on board with this globalist/SJW thing.

    But it really seems to me that the globalists (what I'll call them for short) fundamentally don't understand the real situation in the world.

    They seem to think they are some kind of ... universal value or something, it's the natural new order of the world. And if some particular place happens to be unpleasant or sour, they can just pick up and "base" somewhere else, no problem.

    Only thing is I personally believe their current state of existence is a house of cards. I don't think the Asian nations will ever become comfortable habitats for them akin to New York, London, and the like.

    And unless something is done in Europe, it sure looks like what you describe is going to happen within 50 years or so.

    Then what? Where they going to go? Does someone honestly think China or India is just dying to get the elite talent at Goldman Sachs or something to set up operations there? I'm sure they wouldn't mind the new Goldman Sachs being there; only they are going to want to fill it up with Chinese or Indians.

    My take on it, perhaps informed by this site, is that you have to have a Western European mindset in a society for them to exist at all. And if the government doesn't cooperate, the current state of affairs vis a vis income distributions can't exist at all.

    I think their belief is that it is actual ability, intelligence, talent, whatever that put them in their current position. As opposed to capturing the regulators, and defacto taking over the US government (and other Western European nations).

    Only thing is one day they will have to compete with a similar group in a clannish society. Or someone like Don Corleone. What happens if the politician you buy off with the promise of eventual great wealth from post office speaking gigs comes home to find his maid has a bullet in her head, and there is a horse's head in his bed (or whatever, just saying)?

    He might decide that maybe their money isn't good if he is dead. Besides the Don pays well too.

    Now hypothetically one of this hypothetical rebased Goldmanites might decide to try and play the new game. Only they are hothouse flowers, they just aren't going to be any good at it.

    So I think perversely they are maneuvering for their own dissolution as well.
  126. @reiner Tor
    I understand where you come from, but Stalin executed a lot of non-Old Bolshevik people in the mid-1930s. Social conservatives don't execute random people just for the hell of it.

    part of the reason they hold no sway

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  127. @reiner Tor

    The Jewish question is likely to erupt again in the near future as World War II fades from memory
     
    And as whites become a minority. The Blacks or Arabs etc. in Europe won't care for Jewish sensibilities that much. The remaining white Europeans might be forced to convert to Islam, which in turn will liberate them from any residual guilt. Oh, and after Eurabia, good luck for Israel alone in a sea of Islam... Multiculturalism will be a great tragedy for Jews.

    “The remaining white Europeans might be forced to convert to Islam, which in turn will liberate them from any residual guilt. Oh, and after Eurabia, good luck for Israel alone in a sea of Islam… Multiculturalism will be a great tragedy for Jews.”

    That’s what I don’t get.

    Look beyond Jews. A lot (but not all) are totally on board with this globalist/SJW thing.

    But it really seems to me that the globalists (what I’ll call them for short) fundamentally don’t understand the real situation in the world.

    They seem to think they are some kind of … universal value or something, it’s the natural new order of the world. And if some particular place happens to be unpleasant or sour, they can just pick up and “base” somewhere else, no problem.

    Only thing is I personally believe their current state of existence is a house of cards. I don’t think the Asian nations will ever become comfortable habitats for them akin to New York, London, and the like.

    And unless something is done in Europe, it sure looks like what you describe is going to happen within 50 years or so.

    Then what? Where they going to go? Does someone honestly think China or India is just dying to get the elite talent at Goldman Sachs or something to set up operations there? I’m sure they wouldn’t mind the new Goldman Sachs being there; only they are going to want to fill it up with Chinese or Indians.

    My take on it, perhaps informed by this site, is that you have to have a Western European mindset in a society for them to exist at all. And if the government doesn’t cooperate, the current state of affairs vis a vis income distributions can’t exist at all.

    I think their belief is that it is actual ability, intelligence, talent, whatever that put them in their current position. As opposed to capturing the regulators, and defacto taking over the US government (and other Western European nations).

    Only thing is one day they will have to compete with a similar group in a clannish society. Or someone like Don Corleone. What happens if the politician you buy off with the promise of eventual great wealth from post office speaking gigs comes home to find his maid has a bullet in her head, and there is a horse’s head in his bed (or whatever, just saying)?

    He might decide that maybe their money isn’t good if he is dead. Besides the Don pays well too.

    Now hypothetically one of this hypothetical rebased Goldmanites might decide to try and play the new game. Only they are hothouse flowers, they just aren’t going to be any good at it.

    So I think perversely they are maneuvering for their own dissolution as well.

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    So I think perversely they are maneuvering for their own dissolution as well.
     
    Yes. The banking mafia are adapted to being free riders in a western society - but they don't know that yet.

    If they "win" they'll take themselves down as well which is some consolation.
  128. @reiner Tor
    At the very least there should be some sexual perversion. I mean, gerontophilia in itself is a perversion, especially for men.

    The wife looked pretty f—able at the time they met. The strange thing is not that an 18 year old got involved with a 40 year old (I was attracted to fit 40 year olds at that age), but that it seems not to have been primarily sexual, inasmuch as they’re still together.

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    Yes, hooking up for sex with a 39-year-old at age 15 is normal (I wouldn't perhaps be very happy with the teacher if I was a parent, but wouldn't terribly mind it). Falling in love with her could still be normal, though it raises the question of how the adult thought about this. (I mean, if she really loved him, would she have blocked him from having children? marrying him? I mean, in retrospect we know they stayed together, but they got married when he was 18 and she 42. She could've proposed that they stay boyfriend and girlfriend for a while, or something...) In any event, staying with her and not cheating on her as she was getting older and older, with no children or anything to keep them together. I have seen plenty of very well maintained 50-60-year-olds, on a photoshopped picture they still look more or less fantastic, up close the skin pretty much shows the age, even if, perhaps, in some cases the skin also looks perhaps 5-10 years younger. It's in itself strange, to say the least.
  129. @Chrisnonymous
    The wife looked pretty f---able at the time they met. The strange thing is not that an 18 year old got involved with a 40 year old (I was attracted to fit 40 year olds at that age), but that it seems not to have been primarily sexual, inasmuch as they're still together.

    Yes, hooking up for sex with a 39-year-old at age 15 is normal (I wouldn’t perhaps be very happy with the teacher if I was a parent, but wouldn’t terribly mind it). Falling in love with her could still be normal, though it raises the question of how the adult thought about this. (I mean, if she really loved him, would she have blocked him from having children? marrying him? I mean, in retrospect we know they stayed together, but they got married when he was 18 and she 42. She could’ve proposed that they stay boyfriend and girlfriend for a while, or something…) In any event, staying with her and not cheating on her as she was getting older and older, with no children or anything to keep them together. I have seen plenty of very well maintained 50-60-year-olds, on a photoshopped picture they still look more or less fantastic, up close the skin pretty much shows the age, even if, perhaps, in some cases the skin also looks perhaps 5-10 years younger. It’s in itself strange, to say the least.

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    Sorry, I checked, they married when Macron was 30 or almost 30. In any event, stranger things have happened. I wouldn't care for his personal life if Macron was to send the Arabs home.
  130. @reiner Tor
    Yes, hooking up for sex with a 39-year-old at age 15 is normal (I wouldn't perhaps be very happy with the teacher if I was a parent, but wouldn't terribly mind it). Falling in love with her could still be normal, though it raises the question of how the adult thought about this. (I mean, if she really loved him, would she have blocked him from having children? marrying him? I mean, in retrospect we know they stayed together, but they got married when he was 18 and she 42. She could've proposed that they stay boyfriend and girlfriend for a while, or something...) In any event, staying with her and not cheating on her as she was getting older and older, with no children or anything to keep them together. I have seen plenty of very well maintained 50-60-year-olds, on a photoshopped picture they still look more or less fantastic, up close the skin pretty much shows the age, even if, perhaps, in some cases the skin also looks perhaps 5-10 years younger. It's in itself strange, to say the least.

    Sorry, I checked, they married when Macron was 30 or almost 30. In any event, stranger things have happened. I wouldn’t care for his personal life if Macron was to send the Arabs home.

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  131. @Greasy William
    Nobody cares about the Jewish control of the media or finance, even you. It's just a red herring Palestinian lovers bring up.

    I can't speak for iffen, but anti-semitism is not a concern for me, it's an annoyance. You morons keep trying to run on a "save the Palestinians!" platform and then blame us when your fellow goyim don't give a shit about them.

    Marine jettisoning the Palestine/Iran stuff is the only reason the FN has gone from 18 to 36 percent. If the FN was still campaigning on the anti Israel stuff, we wouldn't even be having this conversation because nobody would give a shit about the FN.

    It’s just a red herring Palestinian lovers bring up.

    Jaakko Raipala has a good comment.

    Extreme right wing types don’t give a rat’s ass about Palestinians; they just hate Jews.

    Left wing types do care about Palestinians because they have, as Sailer says, more victim Pokémon points. The obvious conflict for leftists is whether Jews are considered white.

    One of my objections to anti-Semitism is that it confuses the issues and lends itself to manipulation by the media, for example, as in the false accusations that we say made against Trump.

    Plus, I don’t like a lot of ethnic or religious hatred unless there is no other way.

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    Jews opened the borders because they thought it would make them safer.

    Anti-semitism on that basis is perfectly rational and reasonable - admittedly there's also a more obsessive kind.

    Either way media control means if people want to talk about it with normies they have to use euphemisms - which is better anyway imo as it makes membership in those labels voluntary rather than ethno-sectarian.
    , @reiner Tor

    anti-Semitism is that it confuses the issues and lends itself to manipulation by the media
     
    Actually, to borrow a term from Yehuda Bauer, it is anti-antisemitism which is confusing the issues. For example "Iraq was a war for oil." Or "In retrospect, Iraq was a colossal mistake, but nobody could've known that." Or "Iraq was necessary so that the terrorists went there instead of coming to America/Europe, it kept us safe." Simply by refusing to notice the Jewish 800 pound gorilla in the room, you cannot make sense of the world.

    I don’t like a lot of ethnic or religious hatred unless there is no other way
     
    I don't like it either. You don't have to hate blacks to point out that they are prone to violent criminality. It's in our best interest (in whites' best interest, and also that of blacks) to understand this, so that we can devise social policies which take such hatefacts into consideration, to prevent or avoid many unnecessary murders. Unnecessary murders of whites by blacks, and also unnecessary murders of blacks by blacks. Also unjust indictments of white police officers. Also unjust indictments of black police officers, as happened in the Freddie Gray case.

    Similarly, if we understand Jews' tendency to support multiculturalism and for promoting policies often only tangentially beneficial to Israel (but highly harmful to the rest of the world, like toppling the Assad regime), we might be able to better criticize them (and so make them less influential). In a country where the majority of people are aware of Jewish ethnic solidarity (even to the detriment of gentiles) it's more difficult for such Jewish-influenced policies to get traction.

    I certainly don't hate Jews, labeling any criticism of Jews as "hatred" is anyway a very primitive way of thinking. I dislike Jews as a group for their disregard of gentiles' interests, while I admire them for their talents and intelligence. On a personal level, I often find Jews (at least Hungarian Jews, I have little experience with others, I also have less common cultural grounds with others) to be pleasant company, though perhaps that's just a function of their on average higher intelligence. Why is it "hatred" to point out both their failings and virtues, just as with other ethnic groups?

  132. anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Sunbeam
    "The remaining white Europeans might be forced to convert to Islam, which in turn will liberate them from any residual guilt. Oh, and after Eurabia, good luck for Israel alone in a sea of Islam… Multiculturalism will be a great tragedy for Jews."

    That's what I don't get.

    Look beyond Jews. A lot (but not all) are totally on board with this globalist/SJW thing.

    But it really seems to me that the globalists (what I'll call them for short) fundamentally don't understand the real situation in the world.

    They seem to think they are some kind of ... universal value or something, it's the natural new order of the world. And if some particular place happens to be unpleasant or sour, they can just pick up and "base" somewhere else, no problem.

    Only thing is I personally believe their current state of existence is a house of cards. I don't think the Asian nations will ever become comfortable habitats for them akin to New York, London, and the like.

    And unless something is done in Europe, it sure looks like what you describe is going to happen within 50 years or so.

    Then what? Where they going to go? Does someone honestly think China or India is just dying to get the elite talent at Goldman Sachs or something to set up operations there? I'm sure they wouldn't mind the new Goldman Sachs being there; only they are going to want to fill it up with Chinese or Indians.

    My take on it, perhaps informed by this site, is that you have to have a Western European mindset in a society for them to exist at all. And if the government doesn't cooperate, the current state of affairs vis a vis income distributions can't exist at all.

    I think their belief is that it is actual ability, intelligence, talent, whatever that put them in their current position. As opposed to capturing the regulators, and defacto taking over the US government (and other Western European nations).

    Only thing is one day they will have to compete with a similar group in a clannish society. Or someone like Don Corleone. What happens if the politician you buy off with the promise of eventual great wealth from post office speaking gigs comes home to find his maid has a bullet in her head, and there is a horse's head in his bed (or whatever, just saying)?

    He might decide that maybe their money isn't good if he is dead. Besides the Don pays well too.

    Now hypothetically one of this hypothetical rebased Goldmanites might decide to try and play the new game. Only they are hothouse flowers, they just aren't going to be any good at it.

    So I think perversely they are maneuvering for their own dissolution as well.

    So I think perversely they are maneuvering for their own dissolution as well.

    Yes. The banking mafia are adapted to being free riders in a western society – but they don’t know that yet.

    If they “win” they’ll take themselves down as well which is some consolation.

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    @iffen
    It’s just a red herring Palestinian lovers bring up.

    Jaakko Raipala has a good comment.

    Extreme right wing types don't give a rat's ass about Palestinians; they just hate Jews.

    Left wing types do care about Palestinians because they have, as Sailer says, more victim Pokémon points. The obvious conflict for leftists is whether Jews are considered white.

    One of my objections to anti-Semitism is that it confuses the issues and lends itself to manipulation by the media, for example, as in the false accusations that we say made against Trump.

    Plus, I don't like a lot of ethnic or religious hatred unless there is no other way.

    Jews opened the borders because they thought it would make them safer.

    Anti-semitism on that basis is perfectly rational and reasonable – admittedly there’s also a more obsessive kind.

    Either way media control means if people want to talk about it with normies they have to use euphemisms – which is better anyway imo as it makes membership in those labels voluntary rather than ethno-sectarian.

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  134. @iffen
    Trump certainly was elected, but his post-election trajectory shows Randal’s point why civic nationalism is not going to work (even if it could get elected, which is not the case in many European countries):

    I didn’t say that Trump was going to be successful. I said that Trump proved that there is majority populist American nationalism, some of which is latent and needed someone like Trump to bring it into focus. Had Trump not been able to self-fund and had he not been adept at media manipulation we would have President H. Clinton.

    Trump has few allies in the Congress. Congress is overwhelmingly dominated by cucks, Koch fan boys and opportunists.

    As I said, I don’t think it will work in Europe.

    America is different, we have been “diverse” since the beginning and many citizens like it that way.

    With Trump’s election, there was no coherent vision as to why Somali or Syrian refugees are perpetually detrimental to the well-being of the US,

    Few Americans think that we should permanently ban immigrants, and still fewer think that we should apply racial and ethnic "tests." Because of the extremely poor economic situation of the less skilled and able indigenes there is considerable support for a hiatus in or slowing of immigration.

    nor just what was wrong with certain ethnic lobbies pushing for wars in the Middle East.

    Israel maintains majority support in the US. That support would remain regardless of what the Israeli/Jewish lobby/Lobby does.

    If I understand correctly your position seems to be that Jewish nationalism in the US, manifested for instance in pro-Israel lobbies like AIPAC and the activities of neoconservative networks, is just fine and something to be accepted (because hey, white Americans just love Jews anyway and like bombing Muslims in the Mideast). Frankly, coupled with your support of the civic nation model this reeks of the double standard rightly criticised by many white nationalists. I mean ok, I actually agree that a country like the US can’t work anymore as an explicitly racial state based on cultural WASP supremacy like it did for the majority of its existence before the 1960s (and unfortunately a similar state is probably true now for many Western European countries as well, due to the foolish immigration policies of recent decades). The white nationalist vision of e.g. Richard Spencer probably couldn’t be made a reality without massive bloodshed, which is undesirable. So some sort of civic nationalism seems like the only possible way right now (though obviously preferably one with massive immigration restriction and renewed respect for the Northwest European cultural core of the US). For something like this to work however ALL groups will have to participate on an equal footing and ALL particularist nationalisms will have to be treated the same way (that is, they’re all equally legitimate or illegitimate). In the present US context this unavoidably should mean that organized Jewish nationalism has to be criticized and cut down to size, especially given its undeniably harmful effect on US foreign policy in recent decades. Otherwise, what’s your reasoning for morally condemning white nationalists? You rail at marginal, mostly powerless people expressing antisemitic opinions on the net, but somehow people whose nationalism actually has serious, negative consequences right now in the present are supposed to be beyond criticism????

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    Thanks, I’ll try my hand at explanation.

    One absolute key is that I do not consider American Jewish or other Americans’ goodwill toward Israel as inimical to the interests of the US. If one does not pre-suppose the attributed harmful effects, quite a bit of your argument fails.

    white Americans just love Jews anyway

    Yes, there has been a strong thread of respect for and goodwill toward Jews because of the nature of our Protestant heritage. We saw the increased use of the term Judeo-Christian as an attempt to shield Jews from anti-Semitism in the run-up to WWII. I come from an Evangelical background that reveres Jews as God’s original chosen people and that translates into my continued support for many Evangelical beliefs and ideas, especially when I think that they are not being accorded the same prerogatives as other groups in making their opinions heard and respected.

    double standard rightly criticised by many white nationalists.

    I see some legitimacy in this argument. However, America was founded by a diverse assortment of peoples and even though WASPs were predominate for a long time, we have evolved to be more inclusive of the races and religions that have been in “our” country from its beginning. Israel was founded by and for Jews. Israel can continue as a Jewish state or they can evolve, but they were not founded by a diverse population like the US so the same “rule” does not apply to them. We (the US) can’t go back to something that we never had; it would have to be a new creation.

    So some sort of civic nationalism seems like the only possible way right now (though obviously preferably one with massive immigration restriction and renewed respect for the Northwest European cultural core of the US).

    I don’t see anything here that I don’t support.

    organized Jewish nationalism has to be criticized and cut down to size, especially given its undeniably harmful effect on US foreign policy

    It is deniable and debatable. I agree that the influence of the lobby/Lobby is outsized.

    Otherwise, what’s your reasoning for morally condemning white nationalists? You rail at marginal, mostly powerless people expressing antisemitic opinions on the net, but somehow people whose nationalism actually has serious, negative consequences right now in the present are supposed to be beyond criticism????

    I only condemn WNs within the context of US politics. (Although I think that it is too late to work for Britain and many of the European countries.) If we have Armageddon that pits white against black, I will fight for the white side.

    I don’t consider Jews or Israel beyond criticism. I have some of my own and agree with some of the complaints that I see here. I will not usually join in such criticism here because I believe that if you lie down with dogs you will get fleas.

  135. @reiner Tor

    Few Americans think that we should permanently ban immigrants, and still fewer think that we should apply racial and ethnic “tests.”
     
    In other words, America is doomed, the question is, is it going to be 40 years or perhaps 100 years. Because currently America is pushing for multiculturalism (i.e. death and destruction) for every single white country (except Israel), I'd be happier if it died an earlier death. You are a force of evil, doomed to death, so then it's better if you die sooner than later. (Of course, I'd prefer if you managed to rid yourself of those demonic forces of evil which currently possess you. I'm just assuming it's impossible.)

    Israel maintains majority support in the US. That support would remain regardless of what the Israeli/Jewish lobby/Lobby does.
     
    All peoples have favorite countries on the other side of the globe. It just so happens that the favorite country of the American people is Israel. No need for a Jewish lobby here.

    Can you name the favorite country of Japan? Which country is it that you wouldn't be able to run for public office in Japan if you offended that country? Can you tell me India's favorite country? Or that of Brazil?

    “Because currently America is pushing for multiculturalism (i.e. death and destruction) for every single white country (except Israel), I’d be happier if it died an earlier death. You are a force of evil, doomed to death, so then it’s better if you die sooner than later.”

    Hard to disagree with that…given what the US has become (or maybe always was?), its hegemony cannot end soon enough.

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  136. @Matra
    The issue with LePen Sr. is that her father wanted FN to be the typical European far Right “Palestine/Iran” party

    I think Jean-Marie Le Pen has always been a supporter, though not a sycophant, of Israel. His problem has been with French Jews, who are overwhelmingly hostile to French nationalism and supportive of mass immigration.

    I don’t know about that, Jean-Marie has some strange connections…he’s friend with a guy like this (even godfather for one of his children):

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dieudonn%C3%A9_M%27bala_M%27bala

    Which is pretty weird and doesn’t really make sense apart from a “We have common enemies” perspective. To me it indicates poor judgement on JMLP’s part. Marine may well have been right to get rid of the old man.

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    Dieudonné has quite the history.

    Basically they dried to make him into one of those politically correct minority mascots but it ended up blowing up in their faces.

    There is the remarkable case of Dieudonné M’bala M’bala, a French comedian of native Breton and Black Cameroonian descent. Dieudonné was also promoted by Jewish “anti-racists” to spread multiculturalist propaganda in his comedy shows and campaign against the Front National in the town of Dreux. The early Dieudonné, in his words, “dream[ed] of the Francophonie” (i.e. of the mostly Euro-Maghrebi-Black African French-speaking world).
    But in a rare case of manly pride and civic consciousness, Dieudonné persevered in applying this same “anti-racism” he had been taught to one people too many: Israel. That was something the “liberal Zionist” Jews had not counted on, and they reacted with absolute ferocity against their former protégé. He awoke to his manipulators. But the métis stood resolute, something unheard of for any Western celebrity since Charles Lindbergh, and focused his “anti-racist” aim at the most intense, hypocritical, and deceitful racism in human history: “international Zionism.”
    Dieudonné is condemned to apatrie. He took a native French wife. Above all he embraced Jean-Marie Le Pen,[11] Alain Soral, and all those who, in their own way, fight against international Zionism and for the life of the French nation.
     
    , @Randal

    Which is pretty weird and doesn’t really make sense apart from a “We have common enemies” perspective.
     
    Seems entirely understandable to me, on precisely the terms you put it. Both men have been victims of exactly the same kind of smears, from mostly the same kinds of people (not just jewish lobbyists, but also establishment rivals or political enemies seeking to exploit charges of anti-Semitism to attack them).

    I too feel a sneaking respect for Dieudonne every time I hear he has defied another attempt to stop him exercising his right of free speech in ways that are unwelcome to the powerful, despite the fact that in most areas he represents everything I would set myself against.

    Friendships across political divides are not unheard of. You can interpret them negatively as signs of hypocrisy or positively as signs of openmindedness and decency, according to taste and particular cases, I suppose.

    To me it indicates poor judgement on JMLP’s part. Marine may well have been right to get rid of the old man.
     
    It certainly hasn't made the establishment and mainstream media any less focused on smearing the FN as unacceptable. He was getting on anyway and it was time for a change of leadership, but whether the removal of easy open goals for the establishment media outweighed the loss of integrity and betrayal of core supporters, who knows?
  137. @Glossy
    "You are on record stating that Stalin’s Russia was more conservative than the Russia of Nicholas II. Do you still stand by that statement?"

    Yes, of course. There was no homelessness, prostitution, no drugs in the later Soviet Union. The popular culture was more moral. The share of intact families was surely higher than in the late tsarist period. Everybody worked and there was economic equality. This was the period in Russia's history when Russia contributed the most to science and technology.

    To be anti-late-Soviet is to be against culture, civilization, and wholesomeness, for drabness, tackiness, poverty, ugliness, war, oligarchy, corruption, etc.

    That later, kinder, gentler Soviet Union would not have been born without Stalin's mid-30s rightward turn.

    “You are on record stating that Stalin’s Russia was more conservative than the Russia of Nicholas II. Do you still stand by that statement?”

    Yes, of course. There was no homelessness, prostitution, no drugs in the later Soviet Union.

    Answer the question that was asked.

    Do you stand by the statement that Stalin’s Soviet Union was more conservative than the Russia of Nicholas II?

    A conservative society would include homelessness, prostitution, and drugs on the margins because such things exist when a society is not totalitarian/utopian. Like other leftists you seem to equate “conservative” with “strict” or “moralistic” and therefore that a totalitarian society that enforces a rigid moral code must be a “conservative” one. Let me guess – you believe that Cromwell was more conservative than the monarch he replaced; ISIS more conservative than Arab tribal elders and their traditional religious leaders, Nazis more conservative than the pre-war monarchies, etc. Your twist is that unlike other leftists, who use this false idea of conservativism to attack conservatives, you embrace the lie.

    Stalin’s USSR finished off what was left of the old order – most of the surviving aristocrats, many of the professionals, people once involved in capitalist trade, over 100,000 clergy, free peasants and private land. He eliminated the old world, enabling the new one to be formed.

    As for the late-period USSR, the issue is bit different. Once an old order is destroyed and a new way created and made stable, what is traditional can be radically different. We see this in how Christianity undid and remade the pagan world.

    Bolshevism is no Christianity, of course. But by the 1980s in Russia, a society with its own traditions, holidays, customs and values was in existence (two examples – New Years had really displaced Christmas as the main family holiday and most important winter holiday; abortion was seen as a normal way of birth control). To the extent that the society was in harmony with its own traditions it was a conservative one. Of course, this society was essentially a Frankenstein’s monster created out of the dismembered, rotten corpse of the murdered Russian Empire. And it was quite brittle and prone to self-corruption; an animated corpse is not the same thing as living, real being after all.

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    Do you stand by the statement that Stalin’s Soviet Union was more conservative than the Russia of Nicholas II?

    Late-Stalinist USSR was more conservative than Nicholas II's Russian Empire.

    I've dealt with the nonsense contained in the other parts of your post before.
  138. @German_reader
    If I understand correctly your position seems to be that Jewish nationalism in the US, manifested for instance in pro-Israel lobbies like AIPAC and the activities of neoconservative networks, is just fine and something to be accepted (because hey, white Americans just love Jews anyway and like bombing Muslims in the Mideast). Frankly, coupled with your support of the civic nation model this reeks of the double standard rightly criticised by many white nationalists. I mean ok, I actually agree that a country like the US can't work anymore as an explicitly racial state based on cultural WASP supremacy like it did for the majority of its existence before the 1960s (and unfortunately a similar state is probably true now for many Western European countries as well, due to the foolish immigration policies of recent decades). The white nationalist vision of e.g. Richard Spencer probably couldn't be made a reality without massive bloodshed, which is undesirable. So some sort of civic nationalism seems like the only possible way right now (though obviously preferably one with massive immigration restriction and renewed respect for the Northwest European cultural core of the US). For something like this to work however ALL groups will have to participate on an equal footing and ALL particularist nationalisms will have to be treated the same way (that is, they're all equally legitimate or illegitimate). In the present US context this unavoidably should mean that organized Jewish nationalism has to be criticized and cut down to size, especially given its undeniably harmful effect on US foreign policy in recent decades. Otherwise, what's your reasoning for morally condemning white nationalists? You rail at marginal, mostly powerless people expressing antisemitic opinions on the net, but somehow people whose nationalism actually has serious, negative consequences right now in the present are supposed to be beyond criticism????

    Thanks, I’ll try my hand at explanation.

    One absolute key is that I do not consider American Jewish or other Americans’ goodwill toward Israel as inimical to the interests of the US. If one does not pre-suppose the attributed harmful effects, quite a bit of your argument fails.

    white Americans just love Jews anyway

    Yes, there has been a strong thread of respect for and goodwill toward Jews because of the nature of our Protestant heritage. We saw the increased use of the term Judeo-Christian as an attempt to shield Jews from anti-Semitism in the run-up to WWII. I come from an Evangelical background that reveres Jews as God’s original chosen people and that translates into my continued support for many Evangelical beliefs and ideas, especially when I think that they are not being accorded the same prerogatives as other groups in making their opinions heard and respected.

    double standard rightly criticised by many white nationalists.

    I see some legitimacy in this argument. However, America was founded by a diverse assortment of peoples and even though WASPs were predominate for a long time, we have evolved to be more inclusive of the races and religions that have been in “our” country from its beginning. Israel was founded by and for Jews. Israel can continue as a Jewish state or they can evolve, but they were not founded by a diverse population like the US so the same “rule” does not apply to them. We (the US) can’t go back to something that we never had; it would have to be a new creation.

    So some sort of civic nationalism seems like the only possible way right now (though obviously preferably one with massive immigration restriction and renewed respect for the Northwest European cultural core of the US).

    I don’t see anything here that I don’t support.

    organized Jewish nationalism has to be criticized and cut down to size, especially given its undeniably harmful effect on US foreign policy

    It is deniable and debatable. I agree that the influence of the lobby/Lobby is outsized.

    Otherwise, what’s your reasoning for morally condemning white nationalists? You rail at marginal, mostly powerless people expressing antisemitic opinions on the net, but somehow people whose nationalism actually has serious, negative consequences right now in the present are supposed to be beyond criticism????

    I only condemn WNs within the context of US politics. (Although I think that it is too late to work for Britain and many of the European countries.) If we have Armageddon that pits white against black, I will fight for the white side.

    I don’t consider Jews or Israel beyond criticism. I have some of my own and agree with some of the complaints that I see here. I will not usually join in such criticism here because I believe that if you lie down with dogs you will get fleas.

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    "I see some legitimacy in this argument. However, America was founded by a diverse assortment of peoples and even though WASPs were predominate for a long time, we have evolved to be more inclusive of the races and religions that have been in “our” country from its beginning. Israel was founded by and for Jews. Israel can continue as a Jewish state or they can evolve, but they were not founded by a diverse population like the US so the same “rule” does not apply to them. We (the US) can’t go back to something that we never had; it would have to be a new creation. "
     
    That seems like a highly questionable interpretation of US history to me tbh. It's of course true that there has always been an universalist strain in the American project. However the US political nation (which apart from a few marginal exceptions didn't include blacks and Amerindians) at the time of its founding consisted predominantly of various Protestants of British background who strongly identified with certain British political traditions ("the rights of free-born Englishmen" and the like); the part of the 13 colonies' white population that wasn't British by origin consisted of other Northwest European Protestants (Dutch, Germans etc.) that were relatively close to the British and in any case quite easily assimilable.
    So at its founding there definitely was a strong ethnic-cultural component to US identity. It's of course true that over the course of US history the definition of who could be an American became progressively wider (though for a long time a racial component was a core element of it - iirc the possibility naturalization was explicitly linked to whiteness, and at least in theory that remained the case until the mid-20th century) until by the later decades of the 20th century it indeed became universal. But that was a process, and maybe not inevitable.
    And if anything, Israel's founding population was actually more diverse than that of the US. Ashkenazim and Mideastern Jews are far more different culturally and genetically than the various Northern European Protestants who founded the US were. Israel has also always had a significant non-Jewish population. So by your logic, Israel definitely can't and shouldn't be a Jewish nation state (not saying that I share this perspective, it just seems to me that this is the logical consequene when one applies your view of US history to Israel - though obviously there are many important differences).

    "One absolute key is that I do not consider American Jewish or other Americans’ goodwill toward Israel as inimical to the interests of the US. If one does not pre-suppose the attributed harmful effects, quite a bit of your argument fails.
     
    That seems highly debatable to me, one can easily get a very different impression when one reads someone like Philip Giraldi (who may be somewhat obsessive and maybe even occasionally unfair...but hey, the guy is a former CIA operative and probably knows a few things about those issues). But even if it weren't inimical to US interests, the kind of relation the US has to Israel isn't healthy, especially so in a ever more diverse civic nation supposedly based on values. The kind of ethnoreligious identity politics (whether from Jews or Christian Zionists) underpinning unconditional US support for Israel is simply toxic for the kind of civic nationalism you seem to desire, because it's a blatant example that talk of universal norms, colorblindness etc. is just a smokescreen behind which ethnic and religious groups pursue their own selfish interests.

    "I don’t consider Jews or Israel beyond criticism. I have some of my own and agree with some of the complaints that I see here. I will not usually join in such criticism here because I believe that if you lie down with dogs you will get fleas."
     
    To some extent I can understand that given the various Holocaust deniers and hardcore antisemites congregating in the comment sections of some articles here on Unz (and occasional articles published here like those originally from the Occidental observer can definitely be called antisemitic with reason). But honestly, no offense, I have to say you seem to be somewhat obsessed about this issue. I have to wonder if this isn't due to the religious conditioning in your youth.
    , @anon

    However, America was founded by a diverse assortment of peoples and even though WASPs were predominate for a long time, we have evolved to be more inclusive of the races and religions that have been in “our” country from its beginning. Israel was founded by and for Jews. Israel can continue as a Jewish state or they can evolve, but they were not founded by a diverse population like the US so the same “rule” does not apply to them.
     
    Ridiculous double standards like this is why (political) anti-semitism is entirely rational.
    , @Amasius

    However, America was founded by a diverse assortment of peoples and even though WASPs were predominate for a long time, we have evolved to be more inclusive of the races and religions that have been in “our” country from its beginning.
     
    WRONG. The United States of America was founded by and for WHITE PEOPLE.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naturalization_Act_of_1795

    http://www.npiamerica.org/research/category/what-the-founders-really-thought-about-race

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immigration_Act_of_1924

    The 1965 immigration act that overthrew our country could only be passed under false pretenses-- they had to assure us that it wouldn't change our demographics because it was understood we were a WHITE NATION.

    , @reiner Tor

    One absolute key is that I do not consider American Jewish or other Americans’ goodwill toward Israel as inimical to the interests of the US. If one does not pre-suppose the attributed harmful effects, quite a bit of your argument fails.
     
    Well, Jews also often assume that what's beneficial to Jews is also beneficial to anyone else. This is a serious distortion.

    Let's take the case of Syria. The US has spent a lot of money on trying to topple the Assad regime. It led to a large number of Syrian refugees arriving in the US (and an even larger number of them arriving in Europe). If the effort would be successful, it would lead to the wholesale massacre and ethnic cleansing of Syrian Christians, Alawites, and similar other minorities. The war has already resulted in wholesale massacres and horrible, gruesome deaths of countless civilians, both minorities and those belonging to the Sunni Muslim majority.

    I consider affecting such massacres of innocent civilians (which will inevitably lead to hatred of the US and the West in general and their meddling), as well as the resettlement of large numbers of refugees into Western countries, also the toppling of a more or less secular regime in favor of Islamist militias is inimical to what I believe to be US and European interests. Even if it was neutral, spending a lot of money on something that's not beneficial is in itself inimical to our interests.

    I also think this is just pure demonic evil, at least in light of how little benefit it brings to Israel ("weakening Iran" or something). Or do you think the gruesome deaths and expulsions and rapes etc. of so many innocents is morally neutral, or even morally good?

  139. As I explain in this post, which is written in French, Le Pen has absolutely no chance: http://necpluribusimpar.net/pourquoi-le-pen-ne-peut-pas-gagner-et-autres-reflexions-sur-le-premier-tour/. She will be trounced by Macron in the second round. I will probably write a post in English to explain why soon, but the comparison with Trump is very misleading. She really can’t win.

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  140. @AP

    “You are on record stating that Stalin’s Russia was more conservative than the Russia of Nicholas II. Do you still stand by that statement?”

    Yes, of course. There was no homelessness, prostitution, no drugs in the later Soviet Union.
     
    Answer the question that was asked.

    Do you stand by the statement that Stalin's Soviet Union was more conservative than the Russia of Nicholas II?

    A conservative society would include homelessness, prostitution, and drugs on the margins because such things exist when a society is not totalitarian/utopian. Like other leftists you seem to equate "conservative" with "strict" or "moralistic" and therefore that a totalitarian society that enforces a rigid moral code must be a "conservative" one. Let me guess - you believe that Cromwell was more conservative than the monarch he replaced; ISIS more conservative than Arab tribal elders and their traditional religious leaders, Nazis more conservative than the pre-war monarchies, etc. Your twist is that unlike other leftists, who use this false idea of conservativism to attack conservatives, you embrace the lie.

    Stalin's USSR finished off what was left of the old order - most of the surviving aristocrats, many of the professionals, people once involved in capitalist trade, over 100,000 clergy, free peasants and private land. He eliminated the old world, enabling the new one to be formed.

    As for the late-period USSR, the issue is bit different. Once an old order is destroyed and a new way created and made stable, what is traditional can be radically different. We see this in how Christianity undid and remade the pagan world.

    Bolshevism is no Christianity, of course. But by the 1980s in Russia, a society with its own traditions, holidays, customs and values was in existence (two examples - New Years had really displaced Christmas as the main family holiday and most important winter holiday; abortion was seen as a normal way of birth control). To the extent that the society was in harmony with its own traditions it was a conservative one. Of course, this society was essentially a Frankenstein's monster created out of the dismembered, rotten corpse of the murdered Russian Empire. And it was quite brittle and prone to self-corruption; an animated corpse is not the same thing as living, real being after all.

    Do you stand by the statement that Stalin’s Soviet Union was more conservative than the Russia of Nicholas II?

    Late-Stalinist USSR was more conservative than Nicholas II’s Russian Empire.

    I’ve dealt with the nonsense contained in the other parts of your post before.

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    "Do you stand by the statement that Stalin’s Soviet Union was more conservative than the Russia of Nicholas II?"

    Late-Stalinist USSR was more conservative than Nicholas II’s Russian Empire.
     

    Good. It's good for others to see the extent to which you are a fool. Your other claims can be judged accordingly.
  141. @German_reader
    I don't know about that, Jean-Marie has some strange connections...he's friend with a guy like this (even godfather for one of his children):
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dieudonn%C3%A9_M%27bala_M%27bala
    Which is pretty weird and doesn't really make sense apart from a "We have common enemies" perspective. To me it indicates poor judgement on JMLP's part. Marine may well have been right to get rid of the old man.

    Dieudonné has quite the history.

    Basically they dried to make him into one of those politically correct minority mascots but it ended up blowing up in their faces.

    There is the remarkable case of Dieudonné M’bala M’bala, a French comedian of native Breton and Black Cameroonian descent. Dieudonné was also promoted by Jewish “anti-racists” to spread multiculturalist propaganda in his comedy shows and campaign against the Front National in the town of Dreux. The early Dieudonné, in his words, “dream[ed] of the Francophonie” (i.e. of the mostly Euro-Maghrebi-Black African French-speaking world).
    But in a rare case of manly pride and civic consciousness, Dieudonné persevered in applying this same “anti-racism” he had been taught to one people too many: Israel. That was something the “liberal Zionist” Jews had not counted on, and they reacted with absolute ferocity against their former protégé. He awoke to his manipulators. But the métis stood resolute, something unheard of for any Western celebrity since Charles Lindbergh, and focused his “anti-racist” aim at the most intense, hypocritical, and deceitful racism in human history: “international Zionism.”
    Dieudonné is condemned to apatrie. He took a native French wife. Above all he embraced Jean-Marie Le Pen,[11] Alain Soral, and all those who, in their own way, fight against international Zionism and for the life of the French nation.

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    I'm not sure if I would trust counter-currents' interpretation of his career...frankly, he seems like an unpleasant third-worldist, anti-white activist (maybe similar to those Nation of Islam freaks in the US who are pretty antisemitic as well). Seems pretty misguided to me to associate with someone like this. That's actually one of the problems of antisemitism and "anti-zionism"...it makes some nationalists deranged enough to consider alliances (like with hardcore Islamists) that make absolutely no sense.
  142. @Philippe Lemoine
    As I explain in this post, which is written in French, Le Pen has absolutely no chance: http://necpluribusimpar.net/pourquoi-le-pen-ne-peut-pas-gagner-et-autres-reflexions-sur-le-premier-tour/. She will be trounced by Macron in the second round. I will probably write a post in English to explain why soon, but the comparison with Trump is very misleading. She really can't win.

    Agreed.

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    Thanks. I wrote another blog post in English where I explain why Le Pen can't win.
  143. @Glossy
    Do you stand by the statement that Stalin’s Soviet Union was more conservative than the Russia of Nicholas II?

    Late-Stalinist USSR was more conservative than Nicholas II's Russian Empire.

    I've dealt with the nonsense contained in the other parts of your post before.

    “Do you stand by the statement that Stalin’s Soviet Union was more conservative than the Russia of Nicholas II?”

    Late-Stalinist USSR was more conservative than Nicholas II’s Russian Empire.

    Good. It’s good for others to see the extent to which you are a fool. Your other claims can be judged accordingly.

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    what would Stalin have to do concretely though, in order to earn the label conservative from you?
    re-creating the "Russia we lost" was not an option. Dismantling the system that began as radical-lefitst altogether and joining the NWO was not an option either (retrospectively) because you see what happened in the 90's, plus both things would be revolutionary in themselves.
    I'm not arguing, I'm just curious (even though I, too, think the repression of social ills is a good metric of conservatism, to a first approximation)
  144. @reiner Tor

    Of course, morally such an obligation ought to be for the lifetime of the sponsored party or his descendants, and ought to be required for each and every economic migrant.
     
    FTFY

    Thanks, rT. Damn, you make me feel like a wishy-washy liberal. :-)

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  145. @iffen
    Thanks, I’ll try my hand at explanation.

    One absolute key is that I do not consider American Jewish or other Americans’ goodwill toward Israel as inimical to the interests of the US. If one does not pre-suppose the attributed harmful effects, quite a bit of your argument fails.

    white Americans just love Jews anyway

    Yes, there has been a strong thread of respect for and goodwill toward Jews because of the nature of our Protestant heritage. We saw the increased use of the term Judeo-Christian as an attempt to shield Jews from anti-Semitism in the run-up to WWII. I come from an Evangelical background that reveres Jews as God’s original chosen people and that translates into my continued support for many Evangelical beliefs and ideas, especially when I think that they are not being accorded the same prerogatives as other groups in making their opinions heard and respected.

    double standard rightly criticised by many white nationalists.

    I see some legitimacy in this argument. However, America was founded by a diverse assortment of peoples and even though WASPs were predominate for a long time, we have evolved to be more inclusive of the races and religions that have been in “our” country from its beginning. Israel was founded by and for Jews. Israel can continue as a Jewish state or they can evolve, but they were not founded by a diverse population like the US so the same “rule” does not apply to them. We (the US) can’t go back to something that we never had; it would have to be a new creation.

    So some sort of civic nationalism seems like the only possible way right now (though obviously preferably one with massive immigration restriction and renewed respect for the Northwest European cultural core of the US).

    I don’t see anything here that I don’t support.

    organized Jewish nationalism has to be criticized and cut down to size, especially given its undeniably harmful effect on US foreign policy

    It is deniable and debatable. I agree that the influence of the lobby/Lobby is outsized.

    Otherwise, what’s your reasoning for morally condemning white nationalists? You rail at marginal, mostly powerless people expressing antisemitic opinions on the net, but somehow people whose nationalism actually has serious, negative consequences right now in the present are supposed to be beyond criticism????

    I only condemn WNs within the context of US politics. (Although I think that it is too late to work for Britain and many of the European countries.) If we have Armageddon that pits white against black, I will fight for the white side.

    I don’t consider Jews or Israel beyond criticism. I have some of my own and agree with some of the complaints that I see here. I will not usually join in such criticism here because I believe that if you lie down with dogs you will get fleas.

    “I see some legitimacy in this argument. However, America was founded by a diverse assortment of peoples and even though WASPs were predominate for a long time, we have evolved to be more inclusive of the races and religions that have been in “our” country from its beginning. Israel was founded by and for Jews. Israel can continue as a Jewish state or they can evolve, but they were not founded by a diverse population like the US so the same “rule” does not apply to them. We (the US) can’t go back to something that we never had; it would have to be a new creation. “

    That seems like a highly questionable interpretation of US history to me tbh. It’s of course true that there has always been an universalist strain in the American project. However the US political nation (which apart from a few marginal exceptions didn’t include blacks and Amerindians) at the time of its founding consisted predominantly of various Protestants of British background who strongly identified with certain British political traditions (“the rights of free-born Englishmen” and the like); the part of the 13 colonies’ white population that wasn’t British by origin consisted of other Northwest European Protestants (Dutch, Germans etc.) that were relatively close to the British and in any case quite easily assimilable.
    So at its founding there definitely was a strong ethnic-cultural component to US identity. It’s of course true that over the course of US history the definition of who could be an American became progressively wider (though for a long time a racial component was a core element of it – iirc the possibility naturalization was explicitly linked to whiteness, and at least in theory that remained the case until the mid-20th century) until by the later decades of the 20th century it indeed became universal. But that was a process, and maybe not inevitable.
    And if anything, Israel’s founding population was actually more diverse than that of the US. Ashkenazim and Mideastern Jews are far more different culturally and genetically than the various Northern European Protestants who founded the US were. Israel has also always had a significant non-Jewish population. So by your logic, Israel definitely can’t and shouldn’t be a Jewish nation state (not saying that I share this perspective, it just seems to me that this is the logical consequene when one applies your view of US history to Israel – though obviously there are many important differences).

    “One absolute key is that I do not consider American Jewish or other Americans’ goodwill toward Israel as inimical to the interests of the US. If one does not pre-suppose the attributed harmful effects, quite a bit of your argument fails.

    That seems highly debatable to me, one can easily get a very different impression when one reads someone like Philip Giraldi (who may be somewhat obsessive and maybe even occasionally unfair…but hey, the guy is a former CIA operative and probably knows a few things about those issues). But even if it weren’t inimical to US interests, the kind of relation the US has to Israel isn’t healthy, especially so in a ever more diverse civic nation supposedly based on values. The kind of ethnoreligious identity politics (whether from Jews or Christian Zionists) underpinning unconditional US support for Israel is simply toxic for the kind of civic nationalism you seem to desire, because it’s a blatant example that talk of universal norms, colorblindness etc. is just a smokescreen behind which ethnic and religious groups pursue their own selfish interests.

    “I don’t consider Jews or Israel beyond criticism. I have some of my own and agree with some of the complaints that I see here. I will not usually join in such criticism here because I believe that if you lie down with dogs you will get fleas.”

    To some extent I can understand that given the various Holocaust deniers and hardcore antisemites congregating in the comment sections of some articles here on Unz (and occasional articles published here like those originally from the Occidental observer can definitely be called antisemitic with reason). But honestly, no offense, I have to say you seem to be somewhat obsessed about this issue. I have to wonder if this isn’t due to the religious conditioning in your youth.

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    I have to wonder if this isn’t due to the religious conditioning in your youth

    Well, aren't you the bright fellow, since this is what I explicitly stated in several of my comments.

    Forget this comment. I am trying to learn to play nice. I'll get back to you.
    , @reiner Tor

    the various Holocaust deniers and hardcore antisemites congregating in the comment sections of some articles here on Unz
     
    I agree that obsessive Jew-haters can be annoying. Holocaust denial also offends my sensibilities regarding the truth. I mean, the holocaust really did happen, and I cannot really condone ideas which just happen to be untrue. Even if I support abolishing all "hate speech" laws, including the holocaust denial laws. I occasionally chime in in this thread in that spirit.
    , @iffen
    And if anything, Israel’s founding population was actually more diverse than that of the US.

    Jews form a genetic cluster, I don’t think that you can get a similar genetic cluster of European Protestants. Jewish religious identity overwhelms any putative Northern European Protestant identity. The European Union is coming un-raveled, not Israel.

    The kind of ethnoreligious identity politics (whether from Jews or Christian Zionists) underpinning unconditional US support for Israel is simply toxic for the kind of civic nationalism you seem to desire


    I don’t see any problem for my civic nationalism. It doesn’t upset me that some people of Irish descent identify with the Republic of Ireland rather that Northern Ireland.

    I have to say you seem to be somewhat obsessed about this issue. I have to wonder if this isn’t due to the religious conditioning in your youth.

    I am not obsessed. Where does that leave your observation? I think that I would still favor the existence of Israel even without the Evangelical background.
  146. @Anatoly Karlin
    Dieudonné has quite the history.

    Basically they dried to make him into one of those politically correct minority mascots but it ended up blowing up in their faces.

    There is the remarkable case of Dieudonné M’bala M’bala, a French comedian of native Breton and Black Cameroonian descent. Dieudonné was also promoted by Jewish “anti-racists” to spread multiculturalist propaganda in his comedy shows and campaign against the Front National in the town of Dreux. The early Dieudonné, in his words, “dream[ed] of the Francophonie” (i.e. of the mostly Euro-Maghrebi-Black African French-speaking world).
    But in a rare case of manly pride and civic consciousness, Dieudonné persevered in applying this same “anti-racism” he had been taught to one people too many: Israel. That was something the “liberal Zionist” Jews had not counted on, and they reacted with absolute ferocity against their former protégé. He awoke to his manipulators. But the métis stood resolute, something unheard of for any Western celebrity since Charles Lindbergh, and focused his “anti-racist” aim at the most intense, hypocritical, and deceitful racism in human history: “international Zionism.”
    Dieudonné is condemned to apatrie. He took a native French wife. Above all he embraced Jean-Marie Le Pen,[11] Alain Soral, and all those who, in their own way, fight against international Zionism and for the life of the French nation.
     

    I’m not sure if I would trust counter-currents’ interpretation of his career…frankly, he seems like an unpleasant third-worldist, anti-white activist (maybe similar to those Nation of Islam freaks in the US who are pretty antisemitic as well). Seems pretty misguided to me to associate with someone like this. That’s actually one of the problems of antisemitism and “anti-zionism”…it makes some nationalists deranged enough to consider alliances (like with hardcore Islamists) that make absolutely no sense.

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    I think it cuts both ways. Dieudonné, who is half white already, was also converging on some kind of French nationalism. I think he married a French woman, so his children will be three-quarters white French, and now with his friendship with Le Pen he is at least accepting of French nationalism.
    , @Randal

    it makes some nationalists deranged enough to consider alliances (like with hardcore Islamists) that make absolutely no sense.
     
    In the case of Le Pen and Dieudonne we aren't talking about any kind of political alliance, as far as I'm aware (though I stand to be corrected in this as I'm aware my knowledge is sketchy here), just (evidently) a personal mutual respect, aren't we?

    That said, unless things change dramatically, there will likely come a time when it will be necessary to make such alliances once the possibility of saving any semblance of a nation is gone. If nationalists lose the current political fight, as seems entirely possible, then all bets are off. In a multicult state, the spoils are divided amongst the identity lobbies, and what remains of the nationalists in European regions will be just another squabbling identity lobby group, albeit probably still the biggest of them.
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    @iffen
    Thanks, I’ll try my hand at explanation.

    One absolute key is that I do not consider American Jewish or other Americans’ goodwill toward Israel as inimical to the interests of the US. If one does not pre-suppose the attributed harmful effects, quite a bit of your argument fails.

    white Americans just love Jews anyway

    Yes, there has been a strong thread of respect for and goodwill toward Jews because of the nature of our Protestant heritage. We saw the increased use of the term Judeo-Christian as an attempt to shield Jews from anti-Semitism in the run-up to WWII. I come from an Evangelical background that reveres Jews as God’s original chosen people and that translates into my continued support for many Evangelical beliefs and ideas, especially when I think that they are not being accorded the same prerogatives as other groups in making their opinions heard and respected.

    double standard rightly criticised by many white nationalists.

    I see some legitimacy in this argument. However, America was founded by a diverse assortment of peoples and even though WASPs were predominate for a long time, we have evolved to be more inclusive of the races and religions that have been in “our” country from its beginning. Israel was founded by and for Jews. Israel can continue as a Jewish state or they can evolve, but they were not founded by a diverse population like the US so the same “rule” does not apply to them. We (the US) can’t go back to something that we never had; it would have to be a new creation.

    So some sort of civic nationalism seems like the only possible way right now (though obviously preferably one with massive immigration restriction and renewed respect for the Northwest European cultural core of the US).

    I don’t see anything here that I don’t support.

    organized Jewish nationalism has to be criticized and cut down to size, especially given its undeniably harmful effect on US foreign policy

    It is deniable and debatable. I agree that the influence of the lobby/Lobby is outsized.

    Otherwise, what’s your reasoning for morally condemning white nationalists? You rail at marginal, mostly powerless people expressing antisemitic opinions on the net, but somehow people whose nationalism actually has serious, negative consequences right now in the present are supposed to be beyond criticism????

    I only condemn WNs within the context of US politics. (Although I think that it is too late to work for Britain and many of the European countries.) If we have Armageddon that pits white against black, I will fight for the white side.

    I don’t consider Jews or Israel beyond criticism. I have some of my own and agree with some of the complaints that I see here. I will not usually join in such criticism here because I believe that if you lie down with dogs you will get fleas.

    However, America was founded by a diverse assortment of peoples and even though WASPs were predominate for a long time, we have evolved to be more inclusive of the races and religions that have been in “our” country from its beginning. Israel was founded by and for Jews. Israel can continue as a Jewish state or they can evolve, but they were not founded by a diverse population like the US so the same “rule” does not apply to them.

    Ridiculous double standards like this is why (political) anti-semitism is entirely rational.

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  148. @iffen
    You accuse me of precisely what you are guilty of.

    What we have here is a failure to communicate.

    Trump proved that American "nationalism" can gain majority support.

    Anti-Semitic and fascist electoral support in the US likely tops out in the 1%-2% range.

    Soft white nationalism sans anti-Semitism likely tops out in the 15%-20% range.

    If a Trump, or a populist American nationalist political group entertains and colludes with WNs and anti-Semites the electoral support will likely top out in the 5%-10% range.

    If one has a chance, a slender chance, for an populist American nationalism, why would you throw it away just to cater to obnoxious racists and anti-Semites?

    It appears to me at this distance that there is no chance to revive "French" nationalism into an electoral majority.

    I am undecided about Britain and do not have good knowledge of the other European countries.

    What we have here is a failure to communicate.

    We are in danger of talking past each other, for sure.

    The basic point is that most of the people accused of being anti-semites (like most of those accused of being “racists”) are not anti-Semitic in the sense of hating jewish people. If they are “anti-Semitic” it is in the sense of not especially loving jewish people or culture, not supporting jewish identity lobby interests (especially Israel) and declining to reverence jewish idols and taboos (usually the Holocaust). For these supposed offences decent people are accused of hating jewish people (that’s the implication of an accusation of anti-Semitism), smeared by association with the German Nazis, often driven out of mainstream employment or politics and sometimes even locked up (in Europe and increasingly the UK).

    They even did it to Pat Buchanan, ffs, who even (the honest amongst) his political enemies who know him well will admit doesn’t hate anybody who hasn’t earned it personally. I’ve experienced the exact same treatment myself, though only in a minor way. It’s a systematic and consistent practice.

    There’s every reason to suppose the same applies to Le Pen senior, and indeed by extension the party hierarchy of the Front National, and all or most of the nationalist parties smeared as “Nazis” or “anti-Semitic”.

    The only way to end it, as with the similar abuse of the charge of racism, is to stop regarding “antisemites” and “racists” as beyond the pale and as pariahs, and start regarding them as just people you disagree with. That might appear to be a quixotic, unachievable goal in the current circumstances, but the fact is that these societal attitudes do change, over a period of decades, and this one will as well. It wasn’t always thus, and it will not always be thus. Whether it triggers a violent backlash probably depends how far it is allowed to continue before it is reversed, and how much bitterness and hatred its enforcement creates before it is overturned.

    It appears we agree that charges of antisemitism or of racism do damage nationalist parties. As I noted above, it’s impossible imo to disentangle cause and effect in the recent widespread rise of nationalist parties and the tendency for opportunists to join them when they start to rise, and seek to make them more acceptable to the establishment during the process.

    You think that nationalist parties can (in theory at least) somehow cleanse themselves of badthink and of badthinkers, and emerge as parties acceptable to the mainstream. I think that’s hopelessly naïve, and that experience shows that the smears and accusations just continue anyway, until you’ve done a Trump and turned fully around to be exactly what you campaigned against.

    I also regard the few “genuine” racists and anti-Semites, that you would purge from any political activity or representation, as actual people, with opinions that they are entitled to hold and that should be accommodated within a broad nationalist party so long as they are not involved in violence. You regard them as unpersons who should not be allowed any human dignity as far as political activity is concerned. More to the point, I regard them as extremely important politically and socially, both as suppliers of political energy and as essential balancers against the power of the lobbies they oppose.

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    The basic point is that most of the people accused of being anti-semites (like most of those accused of being “racists”
     
    If you are against the existence of the State of Israel, you are an anti-semite. Period. If you against mass immigration, you are a racist. Period.

    Those are just facts. Your anti-semitism and/or racism may be *justified*, but it is no less real.
    , @iffen
    The basic point is that most of the people accused of being anti-semites (like most of those accused of being “racists”) are not anti-Semitic in the sense of hating jewish people.

    This is not the basic point for me.

    Regardless of the fact that labels are thrown about inaccurately and falsely for partisan purposes, anti-Semites actually exist. My interest is in learning how to accurately identify them.
  149. @German_reader
    I'm not sure if I would trust counter-currents' interpretation of his career...frankly, he seems like an unpleasant third-worldist, anti-white activist (maybe similar to those Nation of Islam freaks in the US who are pretty antisemitic as well). Seems pretty misguided to me to associate with someone like this. That's actually one of the problems of antisemitism and "anti-zionism"...it makes some nationalists deranged enough to consider alliances (like with hardcore Islamists) that make absolutely no sense.

    I think it cuts both ways. Dieudonné, who is half white already, was also converging on some kind of French nationalism. I think he married a French woman, so his children will be three-quarters white French, and now with his friendship with Le Pen he is at least accepting of French nationalism.

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  150. @German_reader
    I don't know about that, Jean-Marie has some strange connections...he's friend with a guy like this (even godfather for one of his children):
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dieudonn%C3%A9_M%27bala_M%27bala
    Which is pretty weird and doesn't really make sense apart from a "We have common enemies" perspective. To me it indicates poor judgement on JMLP's part. Marine may well have been right to get rid of the old man.

    Which is pretty weird and doesn’t really make sense apart from a “We have common enemies” perspective.

    Seems entirely understandable to me, on precisely the terms you put it. Both men have been victims of exactly the same kind of smears, from mostly the same kinds of people (not just jewish lobbyists, but also establishment rivals or political enemies seeking to exploit charges of anti-Semitism to attack them).

    I too feel a sneaking respect for Dieudonne every time I hear he has defied another attempt to stop him exercising his right of free speech in ways that are unwelcome to the powerful, despite the fact that in most areas he represents everything I would set myself against.

    Friendships across political divides are not unheard of. You can interpret them negatively as signs of hypocrisy or positively as signs of openmindedness and decency, according to taste and particular cases, I suppose.

    To me it indicates poor judgement on JMLP’s part. Marine may well have been right to get rid of the old man.

    It certainly hasn’t made the establishment and mainstream media any less focused on smearing the FN as unacceptable. He was getting on anyway and it was time for a change of leadership, but whether the removal of easy open goals for the establishment media outweighed the loss of integrity and betrayal of core supporters, who knows?

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    " He was getting on anyway and it was time for a change of leadership, but whether the removal of easy open goals for the establishment media outweighed the loss of integrity and betrayal of core supporters, who knows?"
     
    Hard to tell, but at least Marine seems to have been somewhat successful in increasing support for the FN (even though unfortunately it's still not nearly enough). I agree with you that there's a danger of "selling out" and being absorbed by the dominant mainstream. The question however remains "Where do you draw the line?". I have to admit I don't really have an answer to that question.
  151. @reiner Tor

    Few Americans think that we should permanently ban immigrants, and still fewer think that we should apply racial and ethnic “tests.”
     
    In other words, America is doomed, the question is, is it going to be 40 years or perhaps 100 years. Because currently America is pushing for multiculturalism (i.e. death and destruction) for every single white country (except Israel), I'd be happier if it died an earlier death. You are a force of evil, doomed to death, so then it's better if you die sooner than later. (Of course, I'd prefer if you managed to rid yourself of those demonic forces of evil which currently possess you. I'm just assuming it's impossible.)

    Israel maintains majority support in the US. That support would remain regardless of what the Israeli/Jewish lobby/Lobby does.
     
    All peoples have favorite countries on the other side of the globe. It just so happens that the favorite country of the American people is Israel. No need for a Jewish lobby here.

    Can you name the favorite country of Japan? Which country is it that you wouldn't be able to run for public office in Japan if you offended that country? Can you tell me India's favorite country? Or that of Brazil?

    See your point, but it may overstate the support or concern for Israel among people living in the USA.

    Let’s ask the tens of millions of Mexican and half-Mexican “Americans” which is their favorite foreign country. You think they’d typically say Israel, or Mexico?

    Let’s ask the 40-45 million or so Africans living in the USA which is their favorite country. You really think they’d say “Israel”?

    Same question for Asians living in the USA.

    What you’re effectively claiming is that white Americans are so extremely overwhelmingly in favor of Israel as their favorite foreign country that they outweigh the utter indifference or hostility of the other large and rapidly growing demographic groups in the USA. Maybe not true even now, if we could all actually be asked, and certainly won’t be true soon.

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    According to polls more than 60% of Americans actually would like the US to take a neutral position towards the Israel/Palestine issue:
    http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/u-s-public-opinion-and-israelpalestine/

    It's obviously true that there's significant support for Israel among the "amen corner" of the American public, many of whom seem to have a rather strange ideas not in line with the main currents of Christian tradition. But I don't buy the idea that there's some super-consensus in favour of Israel that has arisen naturally and organically.
    , @reiner Tor

    What you’re effectively claiming
     
    No, I'm not claiming this, iffen is claiming this, and I was sarcastically replying to him.
  152. @Randal

    Which is pretty weird and doesn’t really make sense apart from a “We have common enemies” perspective.
     
    Seems entirely understandable to me, on precisely the terms you put it. Both men have been victims of exactly the same kind of smears, from mostly the same kinds of people (not just jewish lobbyists, but also establishment rivals or political enemies seeking to exploit charges of anti-Semitism to attack them).

    I too feel a sneaking respect for Dieudonne every time I hear he has defied another attempt to stop him exercising his right of free speech in ways that are unwelcome to the powerful, despite the fact that in most areas he represents everything I would set myself against.

    Friendships across political divides are not unheard of. You can interpret them negatively as signs of hypocrisy or positively as signs of openmindedness and decency, according to taste and particular cases, I suppose.

    To me it indicates poor judgement on JMLP’s part. Marine may well have been right to get rid of the old man.
     
    It certainly hasn't made the establishment and mainstream media any less focused on smearing the FN as unacceptable. He was getting on anyway and it was time for a change of leadership, but whether the removal of easy open goals for the establishment media outweighed the loss of integrity and betrayal of core supporters, who knows?

    ” He was getting on anyway and it was time for a change of leadership, but whether the removal of easy open goals for the establishment media outweighed the loss of integrity and betrayal of core supporters, who knows?”

    Hard to tell, but at least Marine seems to have been somewhat successful in increasing support for the FN (even though unfortunately it’s still not nearly enough). I agree with you that there’s a danger of “selling out” and being absorbed by the dominant mainstream. The question however remains “Where do you draw the line?”. I have to admit I don’t really have an answer to that question.

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    I have to admit I don’t really have an answer to that question.
     
    You and me both.

    Fortunately we don't need to make the decisions, just second guess them :-)
  153. @RadicalCenter
    See your point, but it may overstate the support or concern for Israel among people living in the USA.

    Let's ask the tens of millions of Mexican and half-Mexican "Americans" which is their favorite foreign country. You think they'd typically say Israel, or Mexico?

    Let's ask the 40-45 million or so Africans living in the USA which is their favorite country. You really think they'd say "Israel"?

    Same question for Asians living in the USA.

    What you're effectively claiming is that white Americans are so extremely overwhelmingly in favor of Israel as their favorite foreign country that they outweigh the utter indifference or hostility of the other large and rapidly growing demographic groups in the USA. Maybe not true even now, if we could all actually be asked, and certainly won't be true soon.

    According to polls more than 60% of Americans actually would like the US to take a neutral position towards the Israel/Palestine issue:

    http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/u-s-public-opinion-and-israelpalestine/

    It’s obviously true that there’s significant support for Israel among the “amen corner” of the American public, many of whom seem to have a rather strange ideas not in line with the main currents of Christian tradition. But I don’t buy the idea that there’s some super-consensus in favour of Israel that has arisen naturally and organically.

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    But I don’t buy the idea that there’s some super-consensus in favour of Israel that has arisen naturally and organically.
     
    The idea is pretty laughable. It's something that has been intentionally manufactured by the Israel lobby, but the primary component in that lobby (by numbers at any rate, not necessarily financial clout) has been American protestant Christians, especially evangelicals and dispensationalist types (the rational equivalent of the Iranian/Saudi islamic fundamentalists, and probably more dangerous overall, albeit supposedly on "our" side).

    People like this:

    Evangelical Christians plead for Israel

    They don't (openly, at any rate) use non-state terrorism much, as the islamists do, because they mostly don't need to - they have the military resources of the world's only superpower and its allies, satellite states and protectorates to do their killing for them.
    , @RadicalCenter
    Einverstanden.
    , @Greasy William

    But I don’t buy the idea that there’s some super-consensus in favour of Israel that has arisen naturally and organically.
     
    There is a super consensus for benign indifference. Most Americans don't care about Israel. They go through their entire lives not thinking about it one way or the other, much like most Europeans. The difference is that in the US there is no organic tradition of anti semitism like there is in Europe and in fact there is a tradition of philo semitism, so there is a lukewarm support amongst the people for Israel and a much stronger support from the elites.

    The end of US support is inevitable but it also doesn't matter. When the US stops giving Israel aid, selling Israel weapons and vetoing anti Israel UN resolutions, literally nothing will change. Israel will continue to kill Arabs and the rest of the world will continue to do nothing to stop them. Then all the Unz people who are today complaining about how the US is too supportive of Israel will switch to complaining that the US isn't doing enough to help the Palestinians, and everybody will continue to ignore them just like they do now.

    It's all one big circle.
  154. @German_reader
    I'm not sure if I would trust counter-currents' interpretation of his career...frankly, he seems like an unpleasant third-worldist, anti-white activist (maybe similar to those Nation of Islam freaks in the US who are pretty antisemitic as well). Seems pretty misguided to me to associate with someone like this. That's actually one of the problems of antisemitism and "anti-zionism"...it makes some nationalists deranged enough to consider alliances (like with hardcore Islamists) that make absolutely no sense.

    it makes some nationalists deranged enough to consider alliances (like with hardcore Islamists) that make absolutely no sense.

    In the case of Le Pen and Dieudonne we aren’t talking about any kind of political alliance, as far as I’m aware (though I stand to be corrected in this as I’m aware my knowledge is sketchy here), just (evidently) a personal mutual respect, aren’t we?

    That said, unless things change dramatically, there will likely come a time when it will be necessary to make such alliances once the possibility of saving any semblance of a nation is gone. If nationalists lose the current political fight, as seems entirely possible, then all bets are off. In a multicult state, the spoils are divided amongst the identity lobbies, and what remains of the nationalists in European regions will be just another squabbling identity lobby group, albeit probably still the biggest of them.

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    That's a depressing prospect, but sadly it might not be an unrealistic one.
  155. @Randal

    it makes some nationalists deranged enough to consider alliances (like with hardcore Islamists) that make absolutely no sense.
     
    In the case of Le Pen and Dieudonne we aren't talking about any kind of political alliance, as far as I'm aware (though I stand to be corrected in this as I'm aware my knowledge is sketchy here), just (evidently) a personal mutual respect, aren't we?

    That said, unless things change dramatically, there will likely come a time when it will be necessary to make such alliances once the possibility of saving any semblance of a nation is gone. If nationalists lose the current political fight, as seems entirely possible, then all bets are off. In a multicult state, the spoils are divided amongst the identity lobbies, and what remains of the nationalists in European regions will be just another squabbling identity lobby group, albeit probably still the biggest of them.

    That’s a depressing prospect, but sadly it might not be an unrealistic one.

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  156. @German_reader
    According to polls more than 60% of Americans actually would like the US to take a neutral position towards the Israel/Palestine issue:
    http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/u-s-public-opinion-and-israelpalestine/

    It's obviously true that there's significant support for Israel among the "amen corner" of the American public, many of whom seem to have a rather strange ideas not in line with the main currents of Christian tradition. But I don't buy the idea that there's some super-consensus in favour of Israel that has arisen naturally and organically.

    But I don’t buy the idea that there’s some super-consensus in favour of Israel that has arisen naturally and organically.

    The idea is pretty laughable. It’s something that has been intentionally manufactured by the Israel lobby, but the primary component in that lobby (by numbers at any rate, not necessarily financial clout) has been American protestant Christians, especially evangelicals and dispensationalist types (the rational equivalent of the Iranian/Saudi islamic fundamentalists, and probably more dangerous overall, albeit supposedly on “our” side).

    People like this:

    Evangelical Christians plead for Israel

    They don’t (openly, at any rate) use non-state terrorism much, as the islamists do, because they mostly don’t need to – they have the military resources of the world’s only superpower and its allies, satellite states and protectorates to do their killing for them.

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    Yes, I agree, these are seriously scary people. Giraldi had a piece some years ago about how influential people with that mindset supposedly are in the US military:
    http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/old-testament-army/
    Obviously we're not in a position to judge how accurate this is, but if true it's quite disturbing.
  157. @German_reader

    " He was getting on anyway and it was time for a change of leadership, but whether the removal of easy open goals for the establishment media outweighed the loss of integrity and betrayal of core supporters, who knows?"
     
    Hard to tell, but at least Marine seems to have been somewhat successful in increasing support for the FN (even though unfortunately it's still not nearly enough). I agree with you that there's a danger of "selling out" and being absorbed by the dominant mainstream. The question however remains "Where do you draw the line?". I have to admit I don't really have an answer to that question.

    I have to admit I don’t really have an answer to that question.

    You and me both.

    Fortunately we don’t need to make the decisions, just second guess them :-)

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  158. @iffen
    Thanks, I’ll try my hand at explanation.

    One absolute key is that I do not consider American Jewish or other Americans’ goodwill toward Israel as inimical to the interests of the US. If one does not pre-suppose the attributed harmful effects, quite a bit of your argument fails.

    white Americans just love Jews anyway

    Yes, there has been a strong thread of respect for and goodwill toward Jews because of the nature of our Protestant heritage. We saw the increased use of the term Judeo-Christian as an attempt to shield Jews from anti-Semitism in the run-up to WWII. I come from an Evangelical background that reveres Jews as God’s original chosen people and that translates into my continued support for many Evangelical beliefs and ideas, especially when I think that they are not being accorded the same prerogatives as other groups in making their opinions heard and respected.

    double standard rightly criticised by many white nationalists.

    I see some legitimacy in this argument. However, America was founded by a diverse assortment of peoples and even though WASPs were predominate for a long time, we have evolved to be more inclusive of the races and religions that have been in “our” country from its beginning. Israel was founded by and for Jews. Israel can continue as a Jewish state or they can evolve, but they were not founded by a diverse population like the US so the same “rule” does not apply to them. We (the US) can’t go back to something that we never had; it would have to be a new creation.

    So some sort of civic nationalism seems like the only possible way right now (though obviously preferably one with massive immigration restriction and renewed respect for the Northwest European cultural core of the US).

    I don’t see anything here that I don’t support.

    organized Jewish nationalism has to be criticized and cut down to size, especially given its undeniably harmful effect on US foreign policy

    It is deniable and debatable. I agree that the influence of the lobby/Lobby is outsized.

    Otherwise, what’s your reasoning for morally condemning white nationalists? You rail at marginal, mostly powerless people expressing antisemitic opinions on the net, but somehow people whose nationalism actually has serious, negative consequences right now in the present are supposed to be beyond criticism????

    I only condemn WNs within the context of US politics. (Although I think that it is too late to work for Britain and many of the European countries.) If we have Armageddon that pits white against black, I will fight for the white side.

    I don’t consider Jews or Israel beyond criticism. I have some of my own and agree with some of the complaints that I see here. I will not usually join in such criticism here because I believe that if you lie down with dogs you will get fleas.

    However, America was founded by a diverse assortment of peoples and even though WASPs were predominate for a long time, we have evolved to be more inclusive of the races and religions that have been in “our” country from its beginning.

    WRONG. The United States of America was founded by and for WHITE PEOPLE.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naturalization_Act_of_1795

    http://www.npiamerica.org/research/category/what-the-founders-really-thought-about-race

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immigration_Act_of_1924

    The 1965 immigration act that overthrew our country could only be passed under false pretenses– they had to assure us that it wouldn’t change our demographics because it was understood we were a WHITE NATION.

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  159. @AP

    "Do you stand by the statement that Stalin’s Soviet Union was more conservative than the Russia of Nicholas II?"

    Late-Stalinist USSR was more conservative than Nicholas II’s Russian Empire.
     

    Good. It's good for others to see the extent to which you are a fool. Your other claims can be judged accordingly.

    what would Stalin have to do concretely though, in order to earn the label conservative from you?
    re-creating the “Russia we lost” was not an option. Dismantling the system that began as radical-lefitst altogether and joining the NWO was not an option either (retrospectively) because you see what happened in the 90′s, plus both things would be revolutionary in themselves.
    I’m not arguing, I’m just curious (even though I, too, think the repression of social ills is a good metric of conservatism, to a first approximation)

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    PS I'm aware the "no alternatives" trope is considered evil by some people (Steven Cohen), but I'm not using it to argue in favor of Stalinism or anything
    , @AP

    what would Stalin have to do concretely though, in order to earn the label conservative from you?
     
    This question is akin to asking what Franco or Horthy or Kolchak would have had to do, to earn the label of leftist. Or what would Hitler have had to do to earn the label of philosemite.

    re-creating the “Russia we lost” was not an option
     
    Yes, only in a book could Sharikov have been returned to his natural state. But...

    Enough of the lost Russia was still around in 1925 that while recreating it would no longer have been feasible, it would still have been possible to enable conditions that might have led to some sort of regeneration, stunted as it would have been. Under NEP the peasants still owned their own lands as they had done before the Revolution; this could have been left alone. Stalin did the opposite, he utterly destroyed the countryside, transforming farmers into agricultural workers. Backing off from the Church and allowing it to play its traditional role would have been another; here, too, he did the opposite, slaughtering over 100,000 priests and recreating the Church as an instrument of the Atheist state. Amnestying the old aristocracy and allowing them to return and contribute to the country, while purging the Bolsheviks and banning their party as well as that of the SRs (here there is some overlap with what he actually did - but he did so in order to finalize his own power) as punishment for the crimes of 1917. Restoring, where possible, stolen property, at l;east if owners were still alive and were willing to return to Russia if in exile abroad.
    Leaving alone the professionals and scientists who had worked during the old regime. At least these are my quick, unthought-through speculations.
  160. @German_reader

    "I see some legitimacy in this argument. However, America was founded by a diverse assortment of peoples and even though WASPs were predominate for a long time, we have evolved to be more inclusive of the races and religions that have been in “our” country from its beginning. Israel was founded by and for Jews. Israel can continue as a Jewish state or they can evolve, but they were not founded by a diverse population like the US so the same “rule” does not apply to them. We (the US) can’t go back to something that we never had; it would have to be a new creation. "
     
    That seems like a highly questionable interpretation of US history to me tbh. It's of course true that there has always been an universalist strain in the American project. However the US political nation (which apart from a few marginal exceptions didn't include blacks and Amerindians) at the time of its founding consisted predominantly of various Protestants of British background who strongly identified with certain British political traditions ("the rights of free-born Englishmen" and the like); the part of the 13 colonies' white population that wasn't British by origin consisted of other Northwest European Protestants (Dutch, Germans etc.) that were relatively close to the British and in any case quite easily assimilable.
    So at its founding there definitely was a strong ethnic-cultural component to US identity. It's of course true that over the course of US history the definition of who could be an American became progressively wider (though for a long time a racial component was a core element of it - iirc the possibility naturalization was explicitly linked to whiteness, and at least in theory that remained the case until the mid-20th century) until by the later decades of the 20th century it indeed became universal. But that was a process, and maybe not inevitable.
    And if anything, Israel's founding population was actually more diverse than that of the US. Ashkenazim and Mideastern Jews are far more different culturally and genetically than the various Northern European Protestants who founded the US were. Israel has also always had a significant non-Jewish population. So by your logic, Israel definitely can't and shouldn't be a Jewish nation state (not saying that I share this perspective, it just seems to me that this is the logical consequene when one applies your view of US history to Israel - though obviously there are many important differences).

    "One absolute key is that I do not consider American Jewish or other Americans’ goodwill toward Israel as inimical to the interests of the US. If one does not pre-suppose the attributed harmful effects, quite a bit of your argument fails.
     
    That seems highly debatable to me, one can easily get a very different impression when one reads someone like Philip Giraldi (who may be somewhat obsessive and maybe even occasionally unfair...but hey, the guy is a former CIA operative and probably knows a few things about those issues). But even if it weren't inimical to US interests, the kind of relation the US has to Israel isn't healthy, especially so in a ever more diverse civic nation supposedly based on values. The kind of ethnoreligious identity politics (whether from Jews or Christian Zionists) underpinning unconditional US support for Israel is simply toxic for the kind of civic nationalism you seem to desire, because it's a blatant example that talk of universal norms, colorblindness etc. is just a smokescreen behind which ethnic and religious groups pursue their own selfish interests.

    "I don’t consider Jews or Israel beyond criticism. I have some of my own and agree with some of the complaints that I see here. I will not usually join in such criticism here because I believe that if you lie down with dogs you will get fleas."
     
    To some extent I can understand that given the various Holocaust deniers and hardcore antisemites congregating in the comment sections of some articles here on Unz (and occasional articles published here like those originally from the Occidental observer can definitely be called antisemitic with reason). But honestly, no offense, I have to say you seem to be somewhat obsessed about this issue. I have to wonder if this isn't due to the religious conditioning in your youth.

    I have to wonder if this isn’t due to the religious conditioning in your youth

    Well, aren’t you the bright fellow, since this is what I explicitly stated in several of my comments.

    Forget this comment. I am trying to learn to play nice. I’ll get back to you.

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  161. @ussr andy
    what would Stalin have to do concretely though, in order to earn the label conservative from you?
    re-creating the "Russia we lost" was not an option. Dismantling the system that began as radical-lefitst altogether and joining the NWO was not an option either (retrospectively) because you see what happened in the 90's, plus both things would be revolutionary in themselves.
    I'm not arguing, I'm just curious (even though I, too, think the repression of social ills is a good metric of conservatism, to a first approximation)

    PS I’m aware the “no alternatives” trope is considered evil by some people (Steven Cohen), but I’m not using it to argue in favor of Stalinism or anything

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  162. @German_reader
    According to polls more than 60% of Americans actually would like the US to take a neutral position towards the Israel/Palestine issue:
    http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/u-s-public-opinion-and-israelpalestine/

    It's obviously true that there's significant support for Israel among the "amen corner" of the American public, many of whom seem to have a rather strange ideas not in line with the main currents of Christian tradition. But I don't buy the idea that there's some super-consensus in favour of Israel that has arisen naturally and organically.

    Einverstanden.

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  163. @ussr andy
    what would Stalin have to do concretely though, in order to earn the label conservative from you?
    re-creating the "Russia we lost" was not an option. Dismantling the system that began as radical-lefitst altogether and joining the NWO was not an option either (retrospectively) because you see what happened in the 90's, plus both things would be revolutionary in themselves.
    I'm not arguing, I'm just curious (even though I, too, think the repression of social ills is a good metric of conservatism, to a first approximation)

    what would Stalin have to do concretely though, in order to earn the label conservative from you?

    This question is akin to asking what Franco or Horthy or Kolchak would have had to do, to earn the label of leftist. Or what would Hitler have had to do to earn the label of philosemite.

    re-creating the “Russia we lost” was not an option

    Yes, only in a book could Sharikov have been returned to his natural state. But…

    Enough of the lost Russia was still around in 1925 that while recreating it would no longer have been feasible, it would still have been possible to enable conditions that might have led to some sort of regeneration, stunted as it would have been. Under NEP the peasants still owned their own lands as they had done before the Revolution; this could have been left alone. Stalin did the opposite, he utterly destroyed the countryside, transforming farmers into agricultural workers. Backing off from the Church and allowing it to play its traditional role would have been another; here, too, he did the opposite, slaughtering over 100,000 priests and recreating the Church as an instrument of the Atheist state. Amnestying the old aristocracy and allowing them to return and contribute to the country, while purging the Bolsheviks and banning their party as well as that of the SRs (here there is some overlap with what he actually did – but he did so in order to finalize his own power) as punishment for the crimes of 1917. Restoring, where possible, stolen property, at l;east if owners were still alive and were willing to return to Russia if in exile abroad.
    Leaving alone the professionals and scientists who had worked during the old regime. At least these are my quick, unthought-through speculations.

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  164. @Jaakko Raipala
    The problem with any such "anti-Semitic" strategyis, indeed, focus on Israel and fake tears for Palestinians. Fake tears for Palestinians works for the anti-Israel Left because Israel is everything they hate - a sort of European nationalist country that is, in their view, "colonizing" a group of non-white natives - so even if their love of Palestinians isn't genuine their hatred of Israel clearly is.

    It doesn't work for nationalist Europeans because they obviously don't hate nationalism so anti-Israelism from their side only comes across as crusading against Jews for the sake of crusading against Jews. It's also obvious that their real frustration with Jews is the media and finance influence so when they go after Israel as the substitute target it just comes across as weakness and surrender to the enemy's frame of acceptable targets.

    The Jewish question is likely to erupt again in the near future as World War II fades from memory and the right take on it would be a great opportunity for nationalists. Heavily Jewish media and academia lecturing us all that nationalism is wrong and that everyone must become diverse and multicultural and Israel following entirely different ideas is just too much of a contradiction.

    Unfortunately right now it looks like no one knows a good strategy for nationalists so the resentment of this contradiction is just likely to feed left-wing anti-Israelism.

    It’s also obvious that their real frustration with Jews is the media and finance influence so when they go after Israel as the substitute target it just comes across as weakness and surrender to the enemy’s frame of acceptable targets.

    No it isn’t. You don’t give WNs/Paleocons enough credit.

    Talk to Jobbik supporters, Stormfronters, Ron Paul supporters/Paleocons, or German Nationalists or read their writings and they will all make it clear that the Palestinians are their number 1 priority and often the Palestinians are there *only* priority. The finance/media stuff is a red herring, nobody cares who runs the Fed, the New York Times or Goldman Sachs.

    In the mid 00s a very large faction of Paleocons and WNs were advocating making peace with mass immigration as a way to better fight Israel. They have been temporarily silenced by the populist backlash over the last few years but they are still out there.

    Now don’t get me wrong, most WNs are morons and not in touch with reality, but even they know that running on a Palestine/Iran platform is electoral suicide. And yet they keep doing it because it is what they really care about.

    I don’t understand this need that Jews have to pretend that their enemies don’t really love the Palestinians and Iranians. It is natural that enemies of the Jews would love such evil and worthless peoples.

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    In the mid 00s a very large faction of Paleocons and WNs were advocating making peace with mass immigration as a way to better fight Israel. They have been temporarily silenced by the populist backlash over the last few years but they are still out there.
     
    I'm not seeing this. Could you name them and maybe link where they say this?
    , @reiner Tor

    Talk to Jobbik supporters, Stormfronters, Ron Paul supporters/Paleocons, or German Nationalists or read their writings and they will all make it clear that the Palestinians are their number 1 priority and often the Palestinians are there *only* priority.
     
    No, they aren't. Where did you get this idea?
  165. @Randal

    What we have here is a failure to communicate.
     
    We are in danger of talking past each other, for sure.

    The basic point is that most of the people accused of being anti-semites (like most of those accused of being "racists") are not anti-Semitic in the sense of hating jewish people. If they are "anti-Semitic" it is in the sense of not especially loving jewish people or culture, not supporting jewish identity lobby interests (especially Israel) and declining to reverence jewish idols and taboos (usually the Holocaust). For these supposed offences decent people are accused of hating jewish people (that's the implication of an accusation of anti-Semitism), smeared by association with the German Nazis, often driven out of mainstream employment or politics and sometimes even locked up (in Europe and increasingly the UK).

    They even did it to Pat Buchanan, ffs, who even (the honest amongst) his political enemies who know him well will admit doesn't hate anybody who hasn't earned it personally. I've experienced the exact same treatment myself, though only in a minor way. It's a systematic and consistent practice.

    There's every reason to suppose the same applies to Le Pen senior, and indeed by extension the party hierarchy of the Front National, and all or most of the nationalist parties smeared as "Nazis" or "anti-Semitic".

    The only way to end it, as with the similar abuse of the charge of racism, is to stop regarding "antisemites" and "racists" as beyond the pale and as pariahs, and start regarding them as just people you disagree with. That might appear to be a quixotic, unachievable goal in the current circumstances, but the fact is that these societal attitudes do change, over a period of decades, and this one will as well. It wasn't always thus, and it will not always be thus. Whether it triggers a violent backlash probably depends how far it is allowed to continue before it is reversed, and how much bitterness and hatred its enforcement creates before it is overturned.

    It appears we agree that charges of antisemitism or of racism do damage nationalist parties. As I noted above, it's impossible imo to disentangle cause and effect in the recent widespread rise of nationalist parties and the tendency for opportunists to join them when they start to rise, and seek to make them more acceptable to the establishment during the process.

    You think that nationalist parties can (in theory at least) somehow cleanse themselves of badthink and of badthinkers, and emerge as parties acceptable to the mainstream. I think that's hopelessly naïve, and that experience shows that the smears and accusations just continue anyway, until you've done a Trump and turned fully around to be exactly what you campaigned against.

    I also regard the few "genuine" racists and anti-Semites, that you would purge from any political activity or representation, as actual people, with opinions that they are entitled to hold and that should be accommodated within a broad nationalist party so long as they are not involved in violence. You regard them as unpersons who should not be allowed any human dignity as far as political activity is concerned. More to the point, I regard them as extremely important politically and socially, both as suppliers of political energy and as essential balancers against the power of the lobbies they oppose.

    The basic point is that most of the people accused of being anti-semites (like most of those accused of being “racists”

    If you are against the existence of the State of Israel, you are an anti-semite. Period. If you against mass immigration, you are a racist. Period.

    Those are just facts. Your anti-semitism and/or racism may be *justified*, but it is no less real.

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    If you are against the existence of the State of Israel, you are an anti-semite. Period. If you against mass immigration, you are a racist. Period.

    Those are just facts. Your anti-semitism and/or racism may be *justified*, but it is no less real.
     
    This is you employing strategic equivocation, as is the essence of the"antisemitic" or "racist" smear. It's a form of what is known as a "motte and bailey fallacy": you employ one meaning of the term and when challenged on it revert to another meaning that is more defensible.

    So you (or someone employing the same tactic as you) will claim that someone you want to demonise or whose opinion you want to delegitimise is a nasty antisemite or racist or islamophobe, implying they are motivated by bigoted hatred and associating them with the likes of Nazis, then when challenged by someone pointing out that the target of your ad hominem (an attempt to discredit an argument or position by attacking the person presenting it is just that) doesn't actually hate anyone, you revert to a much broader definition of antisemitism or racism or islamophobia to ensure that they are included.

    This is how all the ad hominem smear terms work - antisemitism, racism, islamophobia, homophobia, etc.

    The best response is to point out that in that case either the charge of "anti-Semitism" or "racism" or whatever is untrue, or being "antisemitic" or "racist" or whatever is not inherently a bad thing to be. The latter is clearly the case if they just mean "being opposed to the existence of Israel" or "opposing mass immigration", both of which positions can easily be argued for.
    , @iffen
    If you are against the existence of the State of Israel, you are an anti-semite. Period. If you against mass immigration, you are a racist. Period.

    Those are just facts.


    These are not facts, they are opinions. Further, they are opinions that do not have the support to convince me.

    I grant that most, but not all, who are against the existence of Israel do so because it is full of Jews.
  166. @German_reader
    According to polls more than 60% of Americans actually would like the US to take a neutral position towards the Israel/Palestine issue:
    http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/u-s-public-opinion-and-israelpalestine/

    It's obviously true that there's significant support for Israel among the "amen corner" of the American public, many of whom seem to have a rather strange ideas not in line with the main currents of Christian tradition. But I don't buy the idea that there's some super-consensus in favour of Israel that has arisen naturally and organically.

    But I don’t buy the idea that there’s some super-consensus in favour of Israel that has arisen naturally and organically.

    There is a super consensus for benign indifference. Most Americans don’t care about Israel. They go through their entire lives not thinking about it one way or the other, much like most Europeans. The difference is that in the US there is no organic tradition of anti semitism like there is in Europe and in fact there is a tradition of philo semitism, so there is a lukewarm support amongst the people for Israel and a much stronger support from the elites.

    The end of US support is inevitable but it also doesn’t matter. When the US stops giving Israel aid, selling Israel weapons and vetoing anti Israel UN resolutions, literally nothing will change. Israel will continue to kill Arabs and the rest of the world will continue to do nothing to stop them. Then all the Unz people who are today complaining about how the US is too supportive of Israel will switch to complaining that the US isn’t doing enough to help the Palestinians, and everybody will continue to ignore them just like they do now.

    It’s all one big circle.

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    @Greasy William

    It’s also obvious that their real frustration with Jews is the media and finance influence so when they go after Israel as the substitute target it just comes across as weakness and surrender to the enemy’s frame of acceptable targets.
     
    No it isn't. You don't give WNs/Paleocons enough credit.

    Talk to Jobbik supporters, Stormfronters, Ron Paul supporters/Paleocons, or German Nationalists or read their writings and they will all make it clear that the Palestinians are their number 1 priority and often the Palestinians are there *only* priority. The finance/media stuff is a red herring, nobody cares who runs the Fed, the New York Times or Goldman Sachs.

    In the mid 00s a very large faction of Paleocons and WNs were advocating making peace with mass immigration as a way to better fight Israel. They have been temporarily silenced by the populist backlash over the last few years but they are still out there.

    Now don't get me wrong, most WNs are morons and not in touch with reality, but even they know that running on a Palestine/Iran platform is electoral suicide. And yet they keep doing it because it is what they really care about.

    I don't understand this need that Jews have to pretend that their enemies don't really love the Palestinians and Iranians. It is natural that enemies of the Jews would love such evil and worthless peoples.

    In the mid 00s a very large faction of Paleocons and WNs were advocating making peace with mass immigration as a way to better fight Israel. They have been temporarily silenced by the populist backlash over the last few years but they are still out there.

    I’m not seeing this. Could you name them and maybe link where they say this?

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    Sobran, Michael Collins Piper, Scott McConnell. I don't have any links but read their stuff and they are pretty open about it.
  168. @Greasy William

    It’s also obvious that their real frustration with Jews is the media and finance influence so when they go after Israel as the substitute target it just comes across as weakness and surrender to the enemy’s frame of acceptable targets.
     
    No it isn't. You don't give WNs/Paleocons enough credit.

    Talk to Jobbik supporters, Stormfronters, Ron Paul supporters/Paleocons, or German Nationalists or read their writings and they will all make it clear that the Palestinians are their number 1 priority and often the Palestinians are there *only* priority. The finance/media stuff is a red herring, nobody cares who runs the Fed, the New York Times or Goldman Sachs.

    In the mid 00s a very large faction of Paleocons and WNs were advocating making peace with mass immigration as a way to better fight Israel. They have been temporarily silenced by the populist backlash over the last few years but they are still out there.

    Now don't get me wrong, most WNs are morons and not in touch with reality, but even they know that running on a Palestine/Iran platform is electoral suicide. And yet they keep doing it because it is what they really care about.

    I don't understand this need that Jews have to pretend that their enemies don't really love the Palestinians and Iranians. It is natural that enemies of the Jews would love such evil and worthless peoples.

    Talk to Jobbik supporters, Stormfronters, Ron Paul supporters/Paleocons, or German Nationalists or read their writings and they will all make it clear that the Palestinians are their number 1 priority and often the Palestinians are there *only* priority.

    No, they aren’t. Where did you get this idea?

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  169. @RadicalCenter
    See your point, but it may overstate the support or concern for Israel among people living in the USA.

    Let's ask the tens of millions of Mexican and half-Mexican "Americans" which is their favorite foreign country. You think they'd typically say Israel, or Mexico?

    Let's ask the 40-45 million or so Africans living in the USA which is their favorite country. You really think they'd say "Israel"?

    Same question for Asians living in the USA.

    What you're effectively claiming is that white Americans are so extremely overwhelmingly in favor of Israel as their favorite foreign country that they outweigh the utter indifference or hostility of the other large and rapidly growing demographic groups in the USA. Maybe not true even now, if we could all actually be asked, and certainly won't be true soon.

    What you’re effectively claiming

    No, I’m not claiming this, iffen is claiming this, and I was sarcastically replying to him.

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  170. @Anon

    In the mid 00s a very large faction of Paleocons and WNs were advocating making peace with mass immigration as a way to better fight Israel. They have been temporarily silenced by the populist backlash over the last few years but they are still out there.
     
    I'm not seeing this. Could you name them and maybe link where they say this?

    Sobran, Michael Collins Piper, Scott McConnell. I don’t have any links but read their stuff and they are pretty open about it.

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    I'm not American and only somewhat familiar with Scott Mcconnell's writings...my impression is he's somewhat fluctuating on the immigration issue. Back when The American conservative started, he wrote iirc that demographic transformation through mass immigration is NOT conservative by any meaningful definition. A few years ago he seemed somewhat more ok with it though (even stating at one point that he thinks the US will be fine with a non-white majority). Now he seems more skeptical once again. So superficially there may be something to your interpretation...it still seems like a gross over-generalization to me though (also rather obsessive...iirc at one point you asked AK what Putin was going to do for the Palestinians...that was quite bizarre).
    Weird direction this thread has taken...to get back to topic, in case anyone hasn't seen it:
    http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/03/31/big-stakes-in-the-french-presidential-election-governance-versus-the-people/
    It contains an interesting summary of Macron's career (at least I found it interesting, because of course you usually don't see it presented quite like that).
  171. @Greasy William
    Sobran, Michael Collins Piper, Scott McConnell. I don't have any links but read their stuff and they are pretty open about it.

    I’m not American and only somewhat familiar with Scott Mcconnell’s writings…my impression is he’s somewhat fluctuating on the immigration issue. Back when The American conservative started, he wrote iirc that demographic transformation through mass immigration is NOT conservative by any meaningful definition. A few years ago he seemed somewhat more ok with it though (even stating at one point that he thinks the US will be fine with a non-white majority). Now he seems more skeptical once again. So superficially there may be something to your interpretation…it still seems like a gross over-generalization to me though (also rather obsessive…iirc at one point you asked AK what Putin was going to do for the Palestinians…that was quite bizarre).
    Weird direction this thread has taken…to get back to topic, in case anyone hasn’t seen it:

    http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/03/31/big-stakes-in-the-french-presidential-election-governance-versus-the-people/

    It contains an interesting summary of Macron’s career (at least I found it interesting, because of course you usually don’t see it presented quite like that).

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    iirc at one point you asked AK what Putin was going to do for the Palestinians…
     
    Because I misunderstood what AK was trying to say in that article. I thought AK was of The Saker school, instead AK is some type of bizarre WWI style of Russian Nationalist. I apologized to Anatoly for my outburst which is something I practically never do.

    You kinda just admitted I was right with the Scott McConnell thing: in 2008 he was all about a non white majority because he thought it would be good for the Palestinians, now he is starting to walk it back but it's all just for show. Look at how many supposed Trump supporters turned on Trump for shooting up an airbase runway in Syria.
  172. @Randal

    But I don’t buy the idea that there’s some super-consensus in favour of Israel that has arisen naturally and organically.
     
    The idea is pretty laughable. It's something that has been intentionally manufactured by the Israel lobby, but the primary component in that lobby (by numbers at any rate, not necessarily financial clout) has been American protestant Christians, especially evangelicals and dispensationalist types (the rational equivalent of the Iranian/Saudi islamic fundamentalists, and probably more dangerous overall, albeit supposedly on "our" side).

    People like this:

    Evangelical Christians plead for Israel

    They don't (openly, at any rate) use non-state terrorism much, as the islamists do, because they mostly don't need to - they have the military resources of the world's only superpower and its allies, satellite states and protectorates to do their killing for them.

    Yes, I agree, these are seriously scary people. Giraldi had a piece some years ago about how influential people with that mindset supposedly are in the US military:

    http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/old-testament-army/

    Obviously we’re not in a position to judge how accurate this is, but if true it’s quite disturbing.

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  173. @iffen
    It’s just a red herring Palestinian lovers bring up.

    Jaakko Raipala has a good comment.

    Extreme right wing types don't give a rat's ass about Palestinians; they just hate Jews.

    Left wing types do care about Palestinians because they have, as Sailer says, more victim Pokémon points. The obvious conflict for leftists is whether Jews are considered white.

    One of my objections to anti-Semitism is that it confuses the issues and lends itself to manipulation by the media, for example, as in the false accusations that we say made against Trump.

    Plus, I don't like a lot of ethnic or religious hatred unless there is no other way.

    anti-Semitism is that it confuses the issues and lends itself to manipulation by the media

    Actually, to borrow a term from Yehuda Bauer, it is anti-antisemitism which is confusing the issues. For example “Iraq was a war for oil.” Or “In retrospect, Iraq was a colossal mistake, but nobody could’ve known that.” Or “Iraq was necessary so that the terrorists went there instead of coming to America/Europe, it kept us safe.” Simply by refusing to notice the Jewish 800 pound gorilla in the room, you cannot make sense of the world.

    I don’t like a lot of ethnic or religious hatred unless there is no other way

    I don’t like it either. You don’t have to hate blacks to point out that they are prone to violent criminality. It’s in our best interest (in whites’ best interest, and also that of blacks) to understand this, so that we can devise social policies which take such hatefacts into consideration, to prevent or avoid many unnecessary murders. Unnecessary murders of whites by blacks, and also unnecessary murders of blacks by blacks. Also unjust indictments of white police officers. Also unjust indictments of black police officers, as happened in the Freddie Gray case.

    Similarly, if we understand Jews’ tendency to support multiculturalism and for promoting policies often only tangentially beneficial to Israel (but highly harmful to the rest of the world, like toppling the Assad regime), we might be able to better criticize them (and so make them less influential). In a country where the majority of people are aware of Jewish ethnic solidarity (even to the detriment of gentiles) it’s more difficult for such Jewish-influenced policies to get traction.

    I certainly don’t hate Jews, labeling any criticism of Jews as “hatred” is anyway a very primitive way of thinking. I dislike Jews as a group for their disregard of gentiles’ interests, while I admire them for their talents and intelligence. On a personal level, I often find Jews (at least Hungarian Jews, I have little experience with others, I also have less common cultural grounds with others) to be pleasant company, though perhaps that’s just a function of their on average higher intelligence. Why is it “hatred” to point out both their failings and virtues, just as with other ethnic groups?

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  174. @iffen
    Thanks, I’ll try my hand at explanation.

    One absolute key is that I do not consider American Jewish or other Americans’ goodwill toward Israel as inimical to the interests of the US. If one does not pre-suppose the attributed harmful effects, quite a bit of your argument fails.

    white Americans just love Jews anyway

    Yes, there has been a strong thread of respect for and goodwill toward Jews because of the nature of our Protestant heritage. We saw the increased use of the term Judeo-Christian as an attempt to shield Jews from anti-Semitism in the run-up to WWII. I come from an Evangelical background that reveres Jews as God’s original chosen people and that translates into my continued support for many Evangelical beliefs and ideas, especially when I think that they are not being accorded the same prerogatives as other groups in making their opinions heard and respected.

    double standard rightly criticised by many white nationalists.

    I see some legitimacy in this argument. However, America was founded by a diverse assortment of peoples and even though WASPs were predominate for a long time, we have evolved to be more inclusive of the races and religions that have been in “our” country from its beginning. Israel was founded by and for Jews. Israel can continue as a Jewish state or they can evolve, but they were not founded by a diverse population like the US so the same “rule” does not apply to them. We (the US) can’t go back to something that we never had; it would have to be a new creation.

    So some sort of civic nationalism seems like the only possible way right now (though obviously preferably one with massive immigration restriction and renewed respect for the Northwest European cultural core of the US).

    I don’t see anything here that I don’t support.

    organized Jewish nationalism has to be criticized and cut down to size, especially given its undeniably harmful effect on US foreign policy

    It is deniable and debatable. I agree that the influence of the lobby/Lobby is outsized.

    Otherwise, what’s your reasoning for morally condemning white nationalists? You rail at marginal, mostly powerless people expressing antisemitic opinions on the net, but somehow people whose nationalism actually has serious, negative consequences right now in the present are supposed to be beyond criticism????

    I only condemn WNs within the context of US politics. (Although I think that it is too late to work for Britain and many of the European countries.) If we have Armageddon that pits white against black, I will fight for the white side.

    I don’t consider Jews or Israel beyond criticism. I have some of my own and agree with some of the complaints that I see here. I will not usually join in such criticism here because I believe that if you lie down with dogs you will get fleas.

    One absolute key is that I do not consider American Jewish or other Americans’ goodwill toward Israel as inimical to the interests of the US. If one does not pre-suppose the attributed harmful effects, quite a bit of your argument fails.

    Well, Jews also often assume that what’s beneficial to Jews is also beneficial to anyone else. This is a serious distortion.

    Let’s take the case of Syria. The US has spent a lot of money on trying to topple the Assad regime. It led to a large number of Syrian refugees arriving in the US (and an even larger number of them arriving in Europe). If the effort would be successful, it would lead to the wholesale massacre and ethnic cleansing of Syrian Christians, Alawites, and similar other minorities. The war has already resulted in wholesale massacres and horrible, gruesome deaths of countless civilians, both minorities and those belonging to the Sunni Muslim majority.

    I consider affecting such massacres of innocent civilians (which will inevitably lead to hatred of the US and the West in general and their meddling), as well as the resettlement of large numbers of refugees into Western countries, also the toppling of a more or less secular regime in favor of Islamist militias is inimical to what I believe to be US and European interests. Even if it was neutral, spending a lot of money on something that’s not beneficial is in itself inimical to our interests.

    I also think this is just pure demonic evil, at least in light of how little benefit it brings to Israel (“weakening Iran” or something). Or do you think the gruesome deaths and expulsions and rapes etc. of so many innocents is morally neutral, or even morally good?

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  175. @German_reader
    I'm not American and only somewhat familiar with Scott Mcconnell's writings...my impression is he's somewhat fluctuating on the immigration issue. Back when The American conservative started, he wrote iirc that demographic transformation through mass immigration is NOT conservative by any meaningful definition. A few years ago he seemed somewhat more ok with it though (even stating at one point that he thinks the US will be fine with a non-white majority). Now he seems more skeptical once again. So superficially there may be something to your interpretation...it still seems like a gross over-generalization to me though (also rather obsessive...iirc at one point you asked AK what Putin was going to do for the Palestinians...that was quite bizarre).
    Weird direction this thread has taken...to get back to topic, in case anyone hasn't seen it:
    http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/03/31/big-stakes-in-the-french-presidential-election-governance-versus-the-people/
    It contains an interesting summary of Macron's career (at least I found it interesting, because of course you usually don't see it presented quite like that).

    iirc at one point you asked AK what Putin was going to do for the Palestinians…

    Because I misunderstood what AK was trying to say in that article. I thought AK was of The Saker school, instead AK is some type of bizarre WWI style of Russian Nationalist. I apologized to Anatoly for my outburst which is something I practically never do.

    You kinda just admitted I was right with the Scott McConnell thing: in 2008 he was all about a non white majority because he thought it would be good for the Palestinians, now he is starting to walk it back but it’s all just for show. Look at how many supposed Trump supporters turned on Trump for shooting up an airbase runway in Syria.

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    Look at how many supposed Trump supporters turned on Trump for shooting up an airbase runway in Syria.
     
    This is again you interpreting things through the distorting prism of your own evident obsession with Israel and Palestinians.

    Trump supporters who turned against him over the attack on Syria, like myself, were most likely motivated by the fact that it was a fundamental betrayal of what he said or implied during the campaign to make them supporters in the first place, which was that he would turn against stupid interventionism, and turn against the stupid confrontation of Russia. It's now clear (and the attack itself was merely a crystallising point for a wider change of policy) that there is to be no end to the policy of regime change in Syria, nor to the policy of confrontation of Russia.

    It's got nothing to do with Palestinians, I'd venture, for almost any former supporter of Trump.
    , @German_reader

    " Look at how many supposed Trump supporters turned on Trump for shooting up an airbase runway in Syria."
     
    That doesn't necessarily have anything do with Israel...one doesn't have to be explicitly against Israel or care much about Palestinians to recognize that Western interventions in the region have been disastrous and that regime change in Syria is a bad idea.
    As for McConnell, you might be right...I have no way to see what's going on in that guy's head.
    , @anon

    Look at how many supposed Trump supporters turned on Trump for shooting up an airbase runway in Syria.
     
    This sums up the problem.

    Israel and neocons want regime change in Syria because they think the cost/benefit to Israel is positive - nothing strange about that, realpolitik blah blah.

    The insane part is how you can't even register that the cost/benefit from someone else's point of view might be different and therefore believe everyone who opposes it must do so for the same but opposite reason you support it i.e. they also think it's good for the Jews and are against it out of anti-semitism.

    Quite clearly regime change in Syria (and the attempted regime change up till now) would be very negative to the various religious minorities in Syria, Syrians generally, most of the surrounding countries who don't have closed borders with Syria, Europe and the rest of the Western world dealing with the refugees, all the raped children in western swimming pools being covered up by the media, plus the chance of WW3 through Russia not backing down.

    So for pretty much everyone else the cost/benefit of regime change in Syria is negative hence the perfectly rational response of the alt-right to bombing Syria.
  176. @Greasy William

    The basic point is that most of the people accused of being anti-semites (like most of those accused of being “racists”
     
    If you are against the existence of the State of Israel, you are an anti-semite. Period. If you against mass immigration, you are a racist. Period.

    Those are just facts. Your anti-semitism and/or racism may be *justified*, but it is no less real.

    If you are against the existence of the State of Israel, you are an anti-semite. Period. If you against mass immigration, you are a racist. Period.

    Those are just facts. Your anti-semitism and/or racism may be *justified*, but it is no less real.

    This is you employing strategic equivocation, as is the essence of the”antisemitic” or “racist” smear. It’s a form of what is known as a “motte and bailey fallacy“: you employ one meaning of the term and when challenged on it revert to another meaning that is more defensible.

    So you (or someone employing the same tactic as you) will claim that someone you want to demonise or whose opinion you want to delegitimise is a nasty antisemite or racist or islamophobe, implying they are motivated by bigoted hatred and associating them with the likes of Nazis, then when challenged by someone pointing out that the target of your ad hominem (an attempt to discredit an argument or position by attacking the person presenting it is just that) doesn’t actually hate anyone, you revert to a much broader definition of antisemitism or racism or islamophobia to ensure that they are included.

    This is how all the ad hominem smear terms work – antisemitism, racism, islamophobia, homophobia, etc.

    The best response is to point out that in that case either the charge of “anti-Semitism” or “racism” or whatever is untrue, or being “antisemitic” or “racist” or whatever is not inherently a bad thing to be. The latter is clearly the case if they just mean “being opposed to the existence of Israel” or “opposing mass immigration”, both of which positions can easily be argued for.

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    “being opposed to the existence of Israel”
     
    Just for the record, while I'm a bit agnostic about whether I'd have supported the creation of Israel in the first half of the 20th century, I'd strongly oppose the dissolution of Israel now, because it would lead to the unnecessary destruction of lives and property and probably wholesale ethnic cleansing (on a scale larger than what Israel committed back in the late 1940s, because the population density is much higher now). I'd also wouldn't wish for that many Jewish refugees to come to Europe or other white countries.

    I'd just leave Israel to its own considerable resources to deal with any threats that are present or might emerge in the future, and decide on a case by case basis whether or how much to help them, based on Western interests. Let's not pretend that this would lead to an immediate destruction of Israel or a second holocaust.
    , @Bill

    The best response is to point out that in that case either the charge of “anti-Semitism” or “racism” or whatever is untrue, or being “antisemitic” or “racist” or whatever is not inherently a bad thing to be.
     
    The latter is what will inevitably happen if the smear-mongers keep it up. Getting people into a frame of mind where they think racists and anti-semites are the good guys is not going to be to the interests of "minorities" in the long run.
  177. @Greasy William

    iirc at one point you asked AK what Putin was going to do for the Palestinians…
     
    Because I misunderstood what AK was trying to say in that article. I thought AK was of The Saker school, instead AK is some type of bizarre WWI style of Russian Nationalist. I apologized to Anatoly for my outburst which is something I practically never do.

    You kinda just admitted I was right with the Scott McConnell thing: in 2008 he was all about a non white majority because he thought it would be good for the Palestinians, now he is starting to walk it back but it's all just for show. Look at how many supposed Trump supporters turned on Trump for shooting up an airbase runway in Syria.

    Look at how many supposed Trump supporters turned on Trump for shooting up an airbase runway in Syria.

    This is again you interpreting things through the distorting prism of your own evident obsession with Israel and Palestinians.

    Trump supporters who turned against him over the attack on Syria, like myself, were most likely motivated by the fact that it was a fundamental betrayal of what he said or implied during the campaign to make them supporters in the first place, which was that he would turn against stupid interventionism, and turn against the stupid confrontation of Russia. It’s now clear (and the attack itself was merely a crystallising point for a wider change of policy) that there is to be no end to the policy of regime change in Syria, nor to the policy of confrontation of Russia.

    It’s got nothing to do with Palestinians, I’d venture, for almost any former supporter of Trump.

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  178. @Randal

    If you are against the existence of the State of Israel, you are an anti-semite. Period. If you against mass immigration, you are a racist. Period.

    Those are just facts. Your anti-semitism and/or racism may be *justified*, but it is no less real.
     
    This is you employing strategic equivocation, as is the essence of the"antisemitic" or "racist" smear. It's a form of what is known as a "motte and bailey fallacy": you employ one meaning of the term and when challenged on it revert to another meaning that is more defensible.

    So you (or someone employing the same tactic as you) will claim that someone you want to demonise or whose opinion you want to delegitimise is a nasty antisemite or racist or islamophobe, implying they are motivated by bigoted hatred and associating them with the likes of Nazis, then when challenged by someone pointing out that the target of your ad hominem (an attempt to discredit an argument or position by attacking the person presenting it is just that) doesn't actually hate anyone, you revert to a much broader definition of antisemitism or racism or islamophobia to ensure that they are included.

    This is how all the ad hominem smear terms work - antisemitism, racism, islamophobia, homophobia, etc.

    The best response is to point out that in that case either the charge of "anti-Semitism" or "racism" or whatever is untrue, or being "antisemitic" or "racist" or whatever is not inherently a bad thing to be. The latter is clearly the case if they just mean "being opposed to the existence of Israel" or "opposing mass immigration", both of which positions can easily be argued for.

    “being opposed to the existence of Israel”

    Just for the record, while I’m a bit agnostic about whether I’d have supported the creation of Israel in the first half of the 20th century, I’d strongly oppose the dissolution of Israel now, because it would lead to the unnecessary destruction of lives and property and probably wholesale ethnic cleansing (on a scale larger than what Israel committed back in the late 1940s, because the population density is much higher now). I’d also wouldn’t wish for that many Jewish refugees to come to Europe or other white countries.

    I’d just leave Israel to its own considerable resources to deal with any threats that are present or might emerge in the future, and decide on a case by case basis whether or how much to help them, based on Western interests. Let’s not pretend that this would lead to an immediate destruction of Israel or a second holocaust.

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    in the first half of the 20th century
     
    I think I would have turned quite understanding by 1942 at the latest.
    , @Randal
    It's not really an argument we should divert into here imo, but fwiw I've come around from my early life support for Israel (pre-1980s) to the position that its creation was one of the great crimes, and blunders, of history.

    That doesn't necessarily mean that the ending of Israel in its current form is a wise thing to seek, for the reasons you point out, among others, but my original point was merely that it's perfectly possible to argue against the continued existence of Israel in its current form without being meaningfully anti-Semitic.

    "I’d just leave Israel to its own considerable resources to deal with any threats that are present or might emerge in the future, and decide on a case by case basis whether or how much to help them, based on Western interests. Let’s not pretend that this would lead to an immediate destruction of Israel or a second holocaust."

    That is what my own position would be, in practice.

    , @German_reader
    Yes, I totally agree, whatever one thinks about the way Israel came into being, it exists now as a Jewish nation state, and its dissolution would lead to serious suffering and injustice.
    Personally I have issues less with Israel itself anyway than with many of its supporters in Western countries.
  179. @reiner Tor

    “being opposed to the existence of Israel”
     
    Just for the record, while I'm a bit agnostic about whether I'd have supported the creation of Israel in the first half of the 20th century, I'd strongly oppose the dissolution of Israel now, because it would lead to the unnecessary destruction of lives and property and probably wholesale ethnic cleansing (on a scale larger than what Israel committed back in the late 1940s, because the population density is much higher now). I'd also wouldn't wish for that many Jewish refugees to come to Europe or other white countries.

    I'd just leave Israel to its own considerable resources to deal with any threats that are present or might emerge in the future, and decide on a case by case basis whether or how much to help them, based on Western interests. Let's not pretend that this would lead to an immediate destruction of Israel or a second holocaust.

    in the first half of the 20th century

    I think I would have turned quite understanding by 1942 at the latest.

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  180. So you (or someone employing the same tactic as you) will claim that someone you want to demonise or whose opinion you want to delegitimise is a nasty antisemite or racist or islamophobe, implying they are motivated by bigoted hatred

    There is nothing wrong with bigotry or hate. You are one attaching values to these terms, not me.

    That said, it doesn’t even matter what motivates you. If you are against mass immigration (as I am), that is a racist position. It doesn’t matter whether or not you are motivated by antipathy towards immigrant groups, you could be motivated even by something like environmental concerns and it is still racist. It’s *good* racism, but still racism.

    Same deal with Israel.

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    There is nothing wrong with bigotry or hate. You are one attaching values to these terms, not me.
     
    Those are the values that are, as a matter of objective fact, attached to those terms in ordinary English language discourse.

    If you are against mass immigration (as I am), that is a racist position.
     
    Of course it isn't, necessarily. It can be, clearly, depending on how it is motivated and applied (though you'd have to carefully define what you mean by "racist" to have any really meaningful discussion because the term is so routinely abused that it cannot really be used honestly without careful definition), but it isn't necessarily. If you adopt a civic definition of nationality (as for instance Steve Sailer has argued for in the past) and seek to apply immigration restrictions on a strictly non-racist basis, then it is not by any plausible definition "racist".

    It might be arguable that most supporters of immigration controls in practice are racist in the sense that they actually apply a more blood and soil kind of definition of nationality (without necessarily admitting it even to themselves), but that's a different argument. And again, it's difficult to use such an argument in public discourse without exposing yourself to the likelihood of falling victim to the aforementioned motte and bailey doctrine.
  181. @Greasy William

    So you (or someone employing the same tactic as you) will claim that someone you want to demonise or whose opinion you want to delegitimise is a nasty antisemite or racist or islamophobe, implying they are motivated by bigoted hatred
     
    There is nothing wrong with bigotry or hate. You are one attaching values to these terms, not me.

    That said, it doesn't even matter what motivates you. If you are against mass immigration (as I am), that is a racist position. It doesn't matter whether or not you are motivated by antipathy towards immigrant groups, you could be motivated even by something like environmental concerns and it is still racist. It's *good* racism, but still racism.

    Same deal with Israel.

    There is nothing wrong with bigotry or hate. You are one attaching values to these terms, not me.

    Those are the values that are, as a matter of objective fact, attached to those terms in ordinary English language discourse.

    If you are against mass immigration (as I am), that is a racist position.

    Of course it isn’t, necessarily. It can be, clearly, depending on how it is motivated and applied (though you’d have to carefully define what you mean by “racist” to have any really meaningful discussion because the term is so routinely abused that it cannot really be used honestly without careful definition), but it isn’t necessarily. If you adopt a civic definition of nationality (as for instance Steve Sailer has argued for in the past) and seek to apply immigration restrictions on a strictly non-racist basis, then it is not by any plausible definition “racist”.

    It might be arguable that most supporters of immigration controls in practice are racist in the sense that they actually apply a more blood and soil kind of definition of nationality (without necessarily admitting it even to themselves), but that’s a different argument. And again, it’s difficult to use such an argument in public discourse without exposing yourself to the likelihood of falling victim to the aforementioned motte and bailey doctrine.

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    If you adopt a civic definition of nationality (as for instance Steve Sailer has argued for in the past) and seek to apply immigration restrictions on a strictly non-racist basis, then it is not by any plausible definition “racist”.
     
    Sure it is. Why do you think Derbyshire un-ironically describes himself as a racist white supremacist?
    , @JL

    Steve Sailer
     
    I don't read that much of him, but my understanding of one of Sailer's main themes is taking the concept of racism, and its inherent connotations, and standing it on its head. Indeed, "invading the world" is arguably much more racist than "inviting the world" is, for lack of a better term, anti-racist.
    , @jim jones
    It seems rational to me that citizens are defined by genetics rather than political fiat, Japan has followed this path and has virtually no crime.
  182. @reiner Tor

    “being opposed to the existence of Israel”
     
    Just for the record, while I'm a bit agnostic about whether I'd have supported the creation of Israel in the first half of the 20th century, I'd strongly oppose the dissolution of Israel now, because it would lead to the unnecessary destruction of lives and property and probably wholesale ethnic cleansing (on a scale larger than what Israel committed back in the late 1940s, because the population density is much higher now). I'd also wouldn't wish for that many Jewish refugees to come to Europe or other white countries.

    I'd just leave Israel to its own considerable resources to deal with any threats that are present or might emerge in the future, and decide on a case by case basis whether or how much to help them, based on Western interests. Let's not pretend that this would lead to an immediate destruction of Israel or a second holocaust.

    It’s not really an argument we should divert into here imo, but fwiw I’ve come around from my early life support for Israel (pre-1980s) to the position that its creation was one of the great crimes, and blunders, of history.

    That doesn’t necessarily mean that the ending of Israel in its current form is a wise thing to seek, for the reasons you point out, among others, but my original point was merely that it’s perfectly possible to argue against the continued existence of Israel in its current form without being meaningfully anti-Semitic.

    I’d just leave Israel to its own considerable resources to deal with any threats that are present or might emerge in the future, and decide on a case by case basis whether or how much to help them, based on Western interests. Let’s not pretend that this would lead to an immediate destruction of Israel or a second holocaust.

    That is what my own position would be, in practice.

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  183. @Randal

    There is nothing wrong with bigotry or hate. You are one attaching values to these terms, not me.
     
    Those are the values that are, as a matter of objective fact, attached to those terms in ordinary English language discourse.

    If you are against mass immigration (as I am), that is a racist position.
     
    Of course it isn't, necessarily. It can be, clearly, depending on how it is motivated and applied (though you'd have to carefully define what you mean by "racist" to have any really meaningful discussion because the term is so routinely abused that it cannot really be used honestly without careful definition), but it isn't necessarily. If you adopt a civic definition of nationality (as for instance Steve Sailer has argued for in the past) and seek to apply immigration restrictions on a strictly non-racist basis, then it is not by any plausible definition "racist".

    It might be arguable that most supporters of immigration controls in practice are racist in the sense that they actually apply a more blood and soil kind of definition of nationality (without necessarily admitting it even to themselves), but that's a different argument. And again, it's difficult to use such an argument in public discourse without exposing yourself to the likelihood of falling victim to the aforementioned motte and bailey doctrine.

    If you adopt a civic definition of nationality (as for instance Steve Sailer has argued for in the past) and seek to apply immigration restrictions on a strictly non-racist basis, then it is not by any plausible definition “racist”.

    Sure it is. Why do you think Derbyshire un-ironically describes himself as a racist white supremacist?

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    Not because he opposes mass immigration, but because he thinks whites are superior (they build better societies, create better science, better arts, etc.), and he thinks its a biological racial attribute. But this belief is neither necessary nor sufficient to oppose mass immigration. For example you might actually believe all that and still support mass immigration (thinking that whites will come out on top in any society, like Latin America), or you might not believe in it and still think immigration needs to be curtailed (like Paul Krugman some years ago wrote that it's easier to build social safety nets etc. in the absence of mass immigration).
    , @Randal

    Sure it is. Why do you think Derbyshire un-ironically describes himself as a racist white supremacist?
     
    What rT said.

    "Derbyshire self-describes as a racist and white supremacist" and "Derbyshire opposes mass immigration" does not imply "opponents of mass immigration are racist".
  184. @German_reader

    "I see some legitimacy in this argument. However, America was founded by a diverse assortment of peoples and even though WASPs were predominate for a long time, we have evolved to be more inclusive of the races and religions that have been in “our” country from its beginning. Israel was founded by and for Jews. Israel can continue as a Jewish state or they can evolve, but they were not founded by a diverse population like the US so the same “rule” does not apply to them. We (the US) can’t go back to something that we never had; it would have to be a new creation. "
     
    That seems like a highly questionable interpretation of US history to me tbh. It's of course true that there has always been an universalist strain in the American project. However the US political nation (which apart from a few marginal exceptions didn't include blacks and Amerindians) at the time of its founding consisted predominantly of various Protestants of British background who strongly identified with certain British political traditions ("the rights of free-born Englishmen" and the like); the part of the 13 colonies' white population that wasn't British by origin consisted of other Northwest European Protestants (Dutch, Germans etc.) that were relatively close to the British and in any case quite easily assimilable.
    So at its founding there definitely was a strong ethnic-cultural component to US identity. It's of course true that over the course of US history the definition of who could be an American became progressively wider (though for a long time a racial component was a core element of it - iirc the possibility naturalization was explicitly linked to whiteness, and at least in theory that remained the case until the mid-20th century) until by the later decades of the 20th century it indeed became universal. But that was a process, and maybe not inevitable.
    And if anything, Israel's founding population was actually more diverse than that of the US. Ashkenazim and Mideastern Jews are far more different culturally and genetically than the various Northern European Protestants who founded the US were. Israel has also always had a significant non-Jewish population. So by your logic, Israel definitely can't and shouldn't be a Jewish nation state (not saying that I share this perspective, it just seems to me that this is the logical consequene when one applies your view of US history to Israel - though obviously there are many important differences).

    "One absolute key is that I do not consider American Jewish or other Americans’ goodwill toward Israel as inimical to the interests of the US. If one does not pre-suppose the attributed harmful effects, quite a bit of your argument fails.
     
    That seems highly debatable to me, one can easily get a very different impression when one reads someone like Philip Giraldi (who may be somewhat obsessive and maybe even occasionally unfair...but hey, the guy is a former CIA operative and probably knows a few things about those issues). But even if it weren't inimical to US interests, the kind of relation the US has to Israel isn't healthy, especially so in a ever more diverse civic nation supposedly based on values. The kind of ethnoreligious identity politics (whether from Jews or Christian Zionists) underpinning unconditional US support for Israel is simply toxic for the kind of civic nationalism you seem to desire, because it's a blatant example that talk of universal norms, colorblindness etc. is just a smokescreen behind which ethnic and religious groups pursue their own selfish interests.

    "I don’t consider Jews or Israel beyond criticism. I have some of my own and agree with some of the complaints that I see here. I will not usually join in such criticism here because I believe that if you lie down with dogs you will get fleas."
     
    To some extent I can understand that given the various Holocaust deniers and hardcore antisemites congregating in the comment sections of some articles here on Unz (and occasional articles published here like those originally from the Occidental observer can definitely be called antisemitic with reason). But honestly, no offense, I have to say you seem to be somewhat obsessed about this issue. I have to wonder if this isn't due to the religious conditioning in your youth.

    the various Holocaust deniers and hardcore antisemites congregating in the comment sections of some articles here on Unz

    I agree that obsessive Jew-haters can be annoying. Holocaust denial also offends my sensibilities regarding the truth. I mean, the holocaust really did happen, and I cannot really condone ideas which just happen to be untrue. Even if I support abolishing all “hate speech” laws, including the holocaust denial laws. I occasionally chime in in this thread in that spirit.

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    I mean, the holocaust really did happen, and I cannot really condone ideas which just happen to be untrue.

    Do you think that there was something unique about the Holocaust, or was it just another ordinary massacre or genocide?
  185. @Greasy William

    If you adopt a civic definition of nationality (as for instance Steve Sailer has argued for in the past) and seek to apply immigration restrictions on a strictly non-racist basis, then it is not by any plausible definition “racist”.
     
    Sure it is. Why do you think Derbyshire un-ironically describes himself as a racist white supremacist?

    Not because he opposes mass immigration, but because he thinks whites are superior (they build better societies, create better science, better arts, etc.), and he thinks its a biological racial attribute. But this belief is neither necessary nor sufficient to oppose mass immigration. For example you might actually believe all that and still support mass immigration (thinking that whites will come out on top in any society, like Latin America), or you might not believe in it and still think immigration needs to be curtailed (like Paul Krugman some years ago wrote that it’s easier to build social safety nets etc. in the absence of mass immigration).

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  186. @Greasy William

    If you adopt a civic definition of nationality (as for instance Steve Sailer has argued for in the past) and seek to apply immigration restrictions on a strictly non-racist basis, then it is not by any plausible definition “racist”.
     
    Sure it is. Why do you think Derbyshire un-ironically describes himself as a racist white supremacist?

    Sure it is. Why do you think Derbyshire un-ironically describes himself as a racist white supremacist?

    What rT said.

    Derbyshire self-describes as a racist and white supremacist” and “Derbyshire opposes mass immigration” does not imply “opponents of mass immigration are racist“.

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  187. @Randal

    There is nothing wrong with bigotry or hate. You are one attaching values to these terms, not me.
     
    Those are the values that are, as a matter of objective fact, attached to those terms in ordinary English language discourse.

    If you are against mass immigration (as I am), that is a racist position.
     
    Of course it isn't, necessarily. It can be, clearly, depending on how it is motivated and applied (though you'd have to carefully define what you mean by "racist" to have any really meaningful discussion because the term is so routinely abused that it cannot really be used honestly without careful definition), but it isn't necessarily. If you adopt a civic definition of nationality (as for instance Steve Sailer has argued for in the past) and seek to apply immigration restrictions on a strictly non-racist basis, then it is not by any plausible definition "racist".

    It might be arguable that most supporters of immigration controls in practice are racist in the sense that they actually apply a more blood and soil kind of definition of nationality (without necessarily admitting it even to themselves), but that's a different argument. And again, it's difficult to use such an argument in public discourse without exposing yourself to the likelihood of falling victim to the aforementioned motte and bailey doctrine.

    Steve Sailer

    I don’t read that much of him, but my understanding of one of Sailer’s main themes is taking the concept of racism, and its inherent connotations, and standing it on its head. Indeed, “invading the world” is arguably much more racist than “inviting the world” is, for lack of a better term, anti-racist.

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    “invading the world” is arguably much more racist
     
    You would think that, but that's not how it works.

    For example the letter of the law allows President Trump to prevent any foreigners or any groups of foreigners from entering the US. The law (according to the majority of the same interpreters of it) also allows him to kill any number of foreigners by ordering military attacks (like drone attacks) on them. So you would think that either both of these things have the same constitutional status (both constitutional or both unconstitutional), or only the cruise missile strikes / drone attacks are unconstitutional. You would be wrong! Trump can order any number of military attacks on any groups of foreigners (it's constitutional), but he cannot deny entry to those same foreigners into the US (that's unconstitutional). Therefore, strangely, the only seemingly constitutional way for President Trump to deny visa to foreigners is to have them killed in drone strikes or cruise missile strikes.

    I think racism works the same way: it's not racist to bomb the shit out of Muslim countries, starting wars in them (which then lead to the violent deaths of hundreds of thousands or even millions of them), but it's racist to deny them their right to immigrate.
    , @Randal
    I was only referring to his argument specifically on immigration, whereby he has argued for limiting immigration on explicitly non-racist grounds in opposition to the white nationalist position adopted by Jared Taylor. He justifies it as protecting the interests of all existing US citizens, rather than one group over the others.

    Sailer vs. Taylor, Round II —”Citizenism” vs. White Nationalism

    There are many ways to argue against mass immigration, and the racist ones are not necessarily the least forceful, but it's certainly very easy to construct non-racist arguments.
  188. @JL

    Steve Sailer
     
    I don't read that much of him, but my understanding of one of Sailer's main themes is taking the concept of racism, and its inherent connotations, and standing it on its head. Indeed, "invading the world" is arguably much more racist than "inviting the world" is, for lack of a better term, anti-racist.

    “invading the world” is arguably much more racist

    You would think that, but that’s not how it works.

    For example the letter of the law allows President Trump to prevent any foreigners or any groups of foreigners from entering the US. The law (according to the majority of the same interpreters of it) also allows him to kill any number of foreigners by ordering military attacks (like drone attacks) on them. So you would think that either both of these things have the same constitutional status (both constitutional or both unconstitutional), or only the cruise missile strikes / drone attacks are unconstitutional. You would be wrong! Trump can order any number of military attacks on any groups of foreigners (it’s constitutional), but he cannot deny entry to those same foreigners into the US (that’s unconstitutional). Therefore, strangely, the only seemingly constitutional way for President Trump to deny visa to foreigners is to have them killed in drone strikes or cruise missile strikes.

    I think racism works the same way: it’s not racist to bomb the shit out of Muslim countries, starting wars in them (which then lead to the violent deaths of hundreds of thousands or even millions of them), but it’s racist to deny them their right to immigrate.

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  189. @Glossy
    Here's the Russian Wiki about this.

    "The Glass of Water theory - views of love, marriage and family which were widespread (especially among the young) in the first years of Soviet rule. They included the rejection of love and the reduction of relations between a man and a woman to an instinctual sexual need which has to be satisfied without any "conventions", as simply as the quenching of thirst. (having sex simply like drinking a glass of water.)"

    You're right though, the article goes on to say that Lenin was against this theory. I didn't know that. Before Stalin monopolized all power in the 1930s the Communist party was governed collectively, so a policy could go forward and have an effect, as the above paragraph implies it did, without Lenin's approval.

    Plenty of other reasons to dislike the old rogue, though.

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  190. @reiner Tor

    the various Holocaust deniers and hardcore antisemites congregating in the comment sections of some articles here on Unz
     
    I agree that obsessive Jew-haters can be annoying. Holocaust denial also offends my sensibilities regarding the truth. I mean, the holocaust really did happen, and I cannot really condone ideas which just happen to be untrue. Even if I support abolishing all "hate speech" laws, including the holocaust denial laws. I occasionally chime in in this thread in that spirit.

    I mean, the holocaust really did happen, and I cannot really condone ideas which just happen to be untrue.

    Do you think that there was something unique about the Holocaust, or was it just another ordinary massacre or genocide?

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    "Do you think that there was something unique about the Holocaust, or was it just another ordinary massacre or genocide?"

    Loaded question.

    But to answer it on face value, there have been so many massacres and genocides in history, there probably has to be one similar somewhere.

    As for unusual features of the Holocaust?

    1) Record keeping. Not so much that lack of records has been a strategy for conquerors, tyrants, genociders to avoid prosecution (that was a non-issue until relatively recently). Rather it's just that writing stuff down wasn't Genghis Khan's bag. That was an occupation of the massacree.

    And as usual the Germans wound up this feature to the nth degree. Used to be a luxury massacre was a trench with some quicklime thrown on you. Most of the time the corpses were a feast for buzzards.

    2) The whole Rube Goldberg approach. Classically you just break someone's skull, burn down their hut and call it a day.

    The Germans had this elaborate prison camp, poison gas, incinerator thing. Oh yeah, and details like extracting teeth for gold fillings, and whatever the story is on the skin and whatnot.

    The Great Khan's guys would most likely have been happy to pull teeth if anyone had gold ones (it's debatable if they would kill you first - guess that is the most practical though). But the rest of it? Fancy is when the Mongols bothered to decapacitate the corpses to build a mountain of skulls (google what they did to Islam. That was a hatchet job).

    3) The relative lack of brutality. Yeah, I said that. The motif in history has been a chaotic nightmare of fires, screams, rapes, and gangs of men savagely beating one of the victims to death amid laughter and glee.

    Hmmm google "Blood Eagle." That was a scandinavian thing. The Swedes had some act I can't remember the name of, where they took someone and filled his mouth with sh*t, piss, or whatever else was foul to basically drown you (that was relatively recently when Sweden was a big noise about 1700).

    That is one thing the Germans did differently. So industrial, bloodless. The Russians just put one bullet in your head and moved on. A quiet grave in the forest no one will ever find again was the way they rolled.

    Anyway that's my take on things.

    , @reiner Tor
    I think when you ask "unique", you mean "uniquely evil" or "uniquely cruel" or "uniquely bad in some hard to define way", and my answer to these is no. There was plenty of cruelty, evil and other bad things in it, as in other instances of mass murder and genocide. But not more than in many other instances of mass murder.
  191. @German_reader

    "I see some legitimacy in this argument. However, America was founded by a diverse assortment of peoples and even though WASPs were predominate for a long time, we have evolved to be more inclusive of the races and religions that have been in “our” country from its beginning. Israel was founded by and for Jews. Israel can continue as a Jewish state or they can evolve, but they were not founded by a diverse population like the US so the same “rule” does not apply to them. We (the US) can’t go back to something that we never had; it would have to be a new creation. "
     
    That seems like a highly questionable interpretation of US history to me tbh. It's of course true that there has always been an universalist strain in the American project. However the US political nation (which apart from a few marginal exceptions didn't include blacks and Amerindians) at the time of its founding consisted predominantly of various Protestants of British background who strongly identified with certain British political traditions ("the rights of free-born Englishmen" and the like); the part of the 13 colonies' white population that wasn't British by origin consisted of other Northwest European Protestants (Dutch, Germans etc.) that were relatively close to the British and in any case quite easily assimilable.
    So at its founding there definitely was a strong ethnic-cultural component to US identity. It's of course true that over the course of US history the definition of who could be an American became progressively wider (though for a long time a racial component was a core element of it - iirc the possibility naturalization was explicitly linked to whiteness, and at least in theory that remained the case until the mid-20th century) until by the later decades of the 20th century it indeed became universal. But that was a process, and maybe not inevitable.
    And if anything, Israel's founding population was actually more diverse than that of the US. Ashkenazim and Mideastern Jews are far more different culturally and genetically than the various Northern European Protestants who founded the US were. Israel has also always had a significant non-Jewish population. So by your logic, Israel definitely can't and shouldn't be a Jewish nation state (not saying that I share this perspective, it just seems to me that this is the logical consequene when one applies your view of US history to Israel - though obviously there are many important differences).

    "One absolute key is that I do not consider American Jewish or other Americans’ goodwill toward Israel as inimical to the interests of the US. If one does not pre-suppose the attributed harmful effects, quite a bit of your argument fails.
     
    That seems highly debatable to me, one can easily get a very different impression when one reads someone like Philip Giraldi (who may be somewhat obsessive and maybe even occasionally unfair...but hey, the guy is a former CIA operative and probably knows a few things about those issues). But even if it weren't inimical to US interests, the kind of relation the US has to Israel isn't healthy, especially so in a ever more diverse civic nation supposedly based on values. The kind of ethnoreligious identity politics (whether from Jews or Christian Zionists) underpinning unconditional US support for Israel is simply toxic for the kind of civic nationalism you seem to desire, because it's a blatant example that talk of universal norms, colorblindness etc. is just a smokescreen behind which ethnic and religious groups pursue their own selfish interests.

    "I don’t consider Jews or Israel beyond criticism. I have some of my own and agree with some of the complaints that I see here. I will not usually join in such criticism here because I believe that if you lie down with dogs you will get fleas."
     
    To some extent I can understand that given the various Holocaust deniers and hardcore antisemites congregating in the comment sections of some articles here on Unz (and occasional articles published here like those originally from the Occidental observer can definitely be called antisemitic with reason). But honestly, no offense, I have to say you seem to be somewhat obsessed about this issue. I have to wonder if this isn't due to the religious conditioning in your youth.

    And if anything, Israel’s founding population was actually more diverse than that of the US.

    Jews form a genetic cluster, I don’t think that you can get a similar genetic cluster of European Protestants. Jewish religious identity overwhelms any putative Northern European Protestant identity. The European Union is coming un-raveled, not Israel.

    The kind of ethnoreligious identity politics (whether from Jews or Christian Zionists) underpinning unconditional US support for Israel is simply toxic for the kind of civic nationalism you seem to desire

    I don’t see any problem for my civic nationalism. It doesn’t upset me that some people of Irish descent identify with the Republic of Ireland rather that Northern Ireland.

    I have to say you seem to be somewhat obsessed about this issue. I have to wonder if this isn’t due to the religious conditioning in your youth.

    I am not obsessed. Where does that leave your observation? I think that I would still favor the existence of Israel even without the Evangelical background.

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    "Jews form a genetic cluster, I don’t think that you can get a similar genetic cluster of European Protestants. Jewish religious identity overwhelms any putative Northern European Protestant identity. The European Union is coming un-raveled, not Israel."
     
    I'm admittedly hardly an expert on genetics, but I don't think that view is tenable. It seems to be true that most Jewish populations have common ancestors in the ancient Near East, but as far as I know Ashkenazim (who genetically are about 50% South European), Sephardim and other groups like Yemeni Jews (not to mention Ethiopian ones who genetically seem to be just Judaized East Africans) are quite distinguishable by genetic tests. And on a cultural level there were and are clear differences betweeen the different groups. Even today despite decades of intermarriage surveys seem to indicate enduring differences (e.g. Ahskenazim are more likely to be secular and regard Jewishness as an ethnic identity, whereas Mideastern Jews seem to be more likely to regard it rather as a purely religious identity). Israeli nationalism, while clearly based on ancient traditions and group identities, is quite obviously a modern creation - the very fact that Zionists revived an ancient, liturgical language for its purposes, shows how "artificial" it is in some ways. Now personally, I don't think that makes Israeli nationalism illegitimate...but your contrast with the supposedly diverse founders of the US is really quite strange and imo not based on the facts.

    I don’t see any problem for my civic nationalism. It doesn’t upset me that some people of Irish descent identify with the Republic of Ireland rather that Northern Ireland.
     
    It may not upset you, but I guess people in Britain didn't find it that great when Irish-Americans in Boston donated to the IRA...but I suppose such kind of dual identities and their consequences are supposed to be just normal in the US.

    "I am not obsessed. Where does that leave your observation? I think that I would still favor the existence of Israel even without the Evangelical background.
     
    It isn't primarily about Israel (despite my misgivings about certain aspects of it, I'm actually in favour of its existence as a Jewish nation state as well...given the largely successful attempt by Germans and some German allies like Romania to exterminate Jews during WW2, there's a good rationale why a Jewish nation state is necessary). But most of your posts on Unz review seem to be about looking for antisemites and getting in net feuds with them. Now undoubtedly there are quite a few on this site, including some rather deranged individuals. Whether it's productive to get this agitated about them, seems doubtful to me though. But that's your decision of course.
    , @Jaakko Raipala
    European Protestants are an extremely tight genetic cluster (with the exception of Finns who were not a significant part in America's founding population) or two clusters very slightly separated by the North Sea. The genetic distances between the Englishmen, Dutch, Germans and Scandinavians that make up the majority of the American founding population are very small compared to the genetic distances between the Jewish subgroups that formed Israel.

    It's true of course that this genetic cluster nearly seamlessly transitions to Czechs, Frenchmen and other neighboring non-Protestant groups but the point is, if you just limit yourself to European Protestants (without Finns), you're going to get people so close to each other that you'd never expect them to be different ethnic groups just by genes alone.

    This is one of the conclusions of genetic research that should be getting tons of attention but isn't because it doesn't fit the ruling ideology of the West: Europeans are extraordinarily close to each other if you compare similar subcontinental regions, with a few fringe exceptions like Finns and Sicilians. The white race is a real thing, a whole cluster of its own, and America as an example of nation-building from a diverse set of peoples is actually only successful as far as it drew from the linguistically and state historically diverse but genetically very un-diverse Europeans.

    France, to return to the topic of the thread, is another example of success at nation-building from linguistically but not genetically diverse peoples and their decision to attempt the same recipe with distant peoples has not worked out the same way.
  192. @Greasy William

    The basic point is that most of the people accused of being anti-semites (like most of those accused of being “racists”
     
    If you are against the existence of the State of Israel, you are an anti-semite. Period. If you against mass immigration, you are a racist. Period.

    Those are just facts. Your anti-semitism and/or racism may be *justified*, but it is no less real.

    If you are against the existence of the State of Israel, you are an anti-semite. Period. If you against mass immigration, you are a racist. Period.

    Those are just facts.

    These are not facts, they are opinions. Further, they are opinions that do not have the support to convince me.

    I grant that most, but not all, who are against the existence of Israel do so because it is full of Jews.

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  193. @Randal

    What we have here is a failure to communicate.
     
    We are in danger of talking past each other, for sure.

    The basic point is that most of the people accused of being anti-semites (like most of those accused of being "racists") are not anti-Semitic in the sense of hating jewish people. If they are "anti-Semitic" it is in the sense of not especially loving jewish people or culture, not supporting jewish identity lobby interests (especially Israel) and declining to reverence jewish idols and taboos (usually the Holocaust). For these supposed offences decent people are accused of hating jewish people (that's the implication of an accusation of anti-Semitism), smeared by association with the German Nazis, often driven out of mainstream employment or politics and sometimes even locked up (in Europe and increasingly the UK).

    They even did it to Pat Buchanan, ffs, who even (the honest amongst) his political enemies who know him well will admit doesn't hate anybody who hasn't earned it personally. I've experienced the exact same treatment myself, though only in a minor way. It's a systematic and consistent practice.

    There's every reason to suppose the same applies to Le Pen senior, and indeed by extension the party hierarchy of the Front National, and all or most of the nationalist parties smeared as "Nazis" or "anti-Semitic".

    The only way to end it, as with the similar abuse of the charge of racism, is to stop regarding "antisemites" and "racists" as beyond the pale and as pariahs, and start regarding them as just people you disagree with. That might appear to be a quixotic, unachievable goal in the current circumstances, but the fact is that these societal attitudes do change, over a period of decades, and this one will as well. It wasn't always thus, and it will not always be thus. Whether it triggers a violent backlash probably depends how far it is allowed to continue before it is reversed, and how much bitterness and hatred its enforcement creates before it is overturned.

    It appears we agree that charges of antisemitism or of racism do damage nationalist parties. As I noted above, it's impossible imo to disentangle cause and effect in the recent widespread rise of nationalist parties and the tendency for opportunists to join them when they start to rise, and seek to make them more acceptable to the establishment during the process.

    You think that nationalist parties can (in theory at least) somehow cleanse themselves of badthink and of badthinkers, and emerge as parties acceptable to the mainstream. I think that's hopelessly naïve, and that experience shows that the smears and accusations just continue anyway, until you've done a Trump and turned fully around to be exactly what you campaigned against.

    I also regard the few "genuine" racists and anti-Semites, that you would purge from any political activity or representation, as actual people, with opinions that they are entitled to hold and that should be accommodated within a broad nationalist party so long as they are not involved in violence. You regard them as unpersons who should not be allowed any human dignity as far as political activity is concerned. More to the point, I regard them as extremely important politically and socially, both as suppliers of political energy and as essential balancers against the power of the lobbies they oppose.

    The basic point is that most of the people accused of being anti-semites (like most of those accused of being “racists”) are not anti-Semitic in the sense of hating jewish people.

    This is not the basic point for me.

    Regardless of the fact that labels are thrown about inaccurately and falsely for partisan purposes, anti-Semites actually exist. My interest is in learning how to accurately identify them.

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    Regardless of the fact that labels are thrown about inaccurately and falsely for partisan purposes, anti-Semites actually exist. My interest is in learning how to accurately identify them.
     
    If this is your interest, then I'd have thought the fact that most of those accused are not in fact what they are accused of being would be pretty basic for you, wouldn't it?

    By seeking to identify and (in actual practice, whether or not in intent) hold up for special dehumanisation (removal of political activity rights, employment and even liberty, in some cases) those who hold these opinions, you help to sustain the motivation for the false accusations that make your task impossible.

    I'd say "good luck with that", but actually however inherently futile your quest is, your attitude fuels the problem warping our societies and politics.
  194. @iffen
    I mean, the holocaust really did happen, and I cannot really condone ideas which just happen to be untrue.

    Do you think that there was something unique about the Holocaust, or was it just another ordinary massacre or genocide?

    “Do you think that there was something unique about the Holocaust, or was it just another ordinary massacre or genocide?”

    Loaded question.

    But to answer it on face value, there have been so many massacres and genocides in history, there probably has to be one similar somewhere.

    As for unusual features of the Holocaust?

    1) Record keeping. Not so much that lack of records has been a strategy for conquerors, tyrants, genociders to avoid prosecution (that was a non-issue until relatively recently). Rather it’s just that writing stuff down wasn’t Genghis Khan’s bag. That was an occupation of the massacree.

    And as usual the Germans wound up this feature to the nth degree. Used to be a luxury massacre was a trench with some quicklime thrown on you. Most of the time the corpses were a feast for buzzards.

    2) The whole Rube Goldberg approach. Classically you just break someone’s skull, burn down their hut and call it a day.

    The Germans had this elaborate prison camp, poison gas, incinerator thing. Oh yeah, and details like extracting teeth for gold fillings, and whatever the story is on the skin and whatnot.

    The Great Khan’s guys would most likely have been happy to pull teeth if anyone had gold ones (it’s debatable if they would kill you first – guess that is the most practical though). But the rest of it? Fancy is when the Mongols bothered to decapacitate the corpses to build a mountain of skulls (google what they did to Islam. That was a hatchet job).

    3) The relative lack of brutality. Yeah, I said that. The motif in history has been a chaotic nightmare of fires, screams, rapes, and gangs of men savagely beating one of the victims to death amid laughter and glee.

    Hmmm google “Blood Eagle.” That was a scandinavian thing. The Swedes had some act I can’t remember the name of, where they took someone and filled his mouth with sh*t, piss, or whatever else was foul to basically drown you (that was relatively recently when Sweden was a big noise about 1700).

    That is one thing the Germans did differently. So industrial, bloodless. The Russians just put one bullet in your head and moved on. A quiet grave in the forest no one will ever find again was the way they rolled.

    Anyway that’s my take on things.

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    I take your response as a tentative yes, pending the finding of a genocide that matches the characteristics of the Holocaust.
  195. @Sunbeam
    "Do you think that there was something unique about the Holocaust, or was it just another ordinary massacre or genocide?"

    Loaded question.

    But to answer it on face value, there have been so many massacres and genocides in history, there probably has to be one similar somewhere.

    As for unusual features of the Holocaust?

    1) Record keeping. Not so much that lack of records has been a strategy for conquerors, tyrants, genociders to avoid prosecution (that was a non-issue until relatively recently). Rather it's just that writing stuff down wasn't Genghis Khan's bag. That was an occupation of the massacree.

    And as usual the Germans wound up this feature to the nth degree. Used to be a luxury massacre was a trench with some quicklime thrown on you. Most of the time the corpses were a feast for buzzards.

    2) The whole Rube Goldberg approach. Classically you just break someone's skull, burn down their hut and call it a day.

    The Germans had this elaborate prison camp, poison gas, incinerator thing. Oh yeah, and details like extracting teeth for gold fillings, and whatever the story is on the skin and whatnot.

    The Great Khan's guys would most likely have been happy to pull teeth if anyone had gold ones (it's debatable if they would kill you first - guess that is the most practical though). But the rest of it? Fancy is when the Mongols bothered to decapacitate the corpses to build a mountain of skulls (google what they did to Islam. That was a hatchet job).

    3) The relative lack of brutality. Yeah, I said that. The motif in history has been a chaotic nightmare of fires, screams, rapes, and gangs of men savagely beating one of the victims to death amid laughter and glee.

    Hmmm google "Blood Eagle." That was a scandinavian thing. The Swedes had some act I can't remember the name of, where they took someone and filled his mouth with sh*t, piss, or whatever else was foul to basically drown you (that was relatively recently when Sweden was a big noise about 1700).

    That is one thing the Germans did differently. So industrial, bloodless. The Russians just put one bullet in your head and moved on. A quiet grave in the forest no one will ever find again was the way they rolled.

    Anyway that's my take on things.

    I take your response as a tentative yes, pending the finding of a genocide that matches the characteristics of the Holocaust.

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    Most modern mass murders or genocides are quite unique. Can you name me one genocide which matches the characteristics of the Cambodian genocide?

    The Soviet massacres are not unique in the sense that they were copied by other communist regimes, but even there there was a lot of variation, like the Great Leap Forward was quite unique in that they destroyed not only lives but a lot of property, too. They brought down some third of the Chinese housing stock, for example, after which people were left without adequate housing. They destroyed a lot of agricultural tools, too, and it was one of the reasons for the ensuing famine. It wasn't good for anyone, not even Mao.

    Since the Armenian genocide (to which Hitler himself referred to several times as an example) was quite different from the holocaust, I take it it was unique as well, I guess.

  196. @iffen
    I take your response as a tentative yes, pending the finding of a genocide that matches the characteristics of the Holocaust.

    Most modern mass murders or genocides are quite unique. Can you name me one genocide which matches the characteristics of the Cambodian genocide?

    The Soviet massacres are not unique in the sense that they were copied by other communist regimes, but even there there was a lot of variation, like the Great Leap Forward was quite unique in that they destroyed not only lives but a lot of property, too. They brought down some third of the Chinese housing stock, for example, after which people were left without adequate housing. They destroyed a lot of agricultural tools, too, and it was one of the reasons for the ensuing famine. It wasn’t good for anyone, not even Mao.

    Since the Armenian genocide (to which Hitler himself referred to several times as an example) was quite different from the holocaust, I take it it was unique as well, I guess.

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    Top Trump Administration counterterrorism adviser Sebastian Gorka abruptly left a panel on fake news at Georgetown University on Monday after he was questioned about his work at Breitbart and links to a far right Hungarian group with Nazi ties, three people who were there told NBC News.
     
    This topic that we are on is very important.
    , @iffen
    genocide which matches the characteristics of the Cambodian genocide

    They targeted intellectuals and the educated.

    Katyn Forest comes to mind.

    Massacres motivated by religious differences are a dime a dozen.