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Unless you move in certain leftist circles, you may not have heard about one of the Russians’ most insidiously evil active measures, an active measure so insidiously evil that it could only have been dreamed up in Moscow, the current wellspring of insidious evil. Its official Russo-Nazi-sounding code name is still being decided on by leftist cryptographers, but most people know it as the “Trumpenleft.”

The Trumpenleft (or “Sputnik Left,” as it is also called by professional anti-Putin-Nazi intelligence analysts) is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. It is a gang of nefarious Putin-Nazi infiltrators posing as respectable leftists in order to disseminate Trumpian ideology and Putin-Nazi propaganda among an assortment of online leftist magazines that hardly anyone ever actually reads. The aim of these insidious Trumpenleft infiltrators is to sow confusion, chaos, and discord among actual, real, authentic leftists who are going about the serious business of calling Donald Trump a fascist on the Internet twenty-five times a day, verbally abusing Julian Assange, occasionally pulling down oppressive statues, and sharing videos of racist idiots acting like racist idiots in public.

The Trumpenleft is determined to sabotage (or momentarily disrupt) this revolutionary work, mostly by tricking these actual leftists into critically thinking about a host of issues that there is no good reason to critically think about … global capitalism, national sovereignty, immigration, identity politics, corporate censorship, and other issues that there is no conceivable reason to discuss, or debate, or even casually mention, unless you’re some kind of Russia-loving Nazi.

Angela Nagle’s recent piece in American Affairs is a perfect example. Nagle (who is certainly Trumpenleft) puts forth the fascistic proposition that mass migration won’t help the world’s poor, and she claims that it creates “a race to the bottom for workers” in wealthier, developed countries and “a brain drain” in poorer, less developed countries. After deploying a variety of Trumpenleft sophistry (i.e., fact-based analysis, logic, and so on), she goes so far as to openly suggest that “progressives should focus on addressing the systemic exploitation at the root of mass migration rather than retreating to a shallow moralism” … a shallow moralism that reifies the dominant neoliberal ideology that is causing mass migration in the first place.

This is the type of gobbledegook the Trumpenleft use to try to dupe real leftists into putting down their phones for a minute and actually thinking through political issues! Fortunately, no one is falling for it. As any bona fide leftist knows, there is no “mass migration problem.” The whole thing is simply a racist hoax concocted by Putin, Alex Jones, and other Trumpian disinformationists. The only thing real leftists need to know about immigration is that immigrants are good, and Trump, and walls, and borders are bad! All that other fancy gibberish about global capitalism, Milton Friedman, labor markets, and national sovereignty is nothing but fascist propaganda (which needs to be censored, or at least deplatformed, or demonetized, or otherwise suppressed).

But Angela Nagle is just one example. The Trumpenleft is legion, and growing. Its membership includes a handful of prominent (and rather less prominent) fake leftist figures: Glenn Greenwald, who many among the “Resistance” would like to see renditioned and indefinitely detained in some offshore Trumpenleft gulag somewhere; Matt Taibbi, who just published a treasonous article challenging the right of the US government to prosecute publishers as “enemy agents” for publishing material they don’t want published; Julian Assange, who is one such publisher, and who the US has scheduled for public crucifixion just as soon as they can get their hands on him; Aaron Maté of the Real News Network, a notorious Trump-Russia “collusion denialist“; Caitlin Johnstone, an Australian blogger and poet who the Red-Brown Putin-Nazi hunters at CounterPunch have become totally obsessed with; Diana Johnstone, who they also don’t like; and (full disclosure) your humble narrator.

Now, normally, the opinions of some political journalists and rather marginal political writers wouldn’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world, but there’s a war on, so there’s no room for neutrality. As I mentioned in my latest essay, over the course of the next two years, the global capitalist ruling classes need to make an example of Trump, and Assange, and anyone else who has had the gall to fuck with their global empire. Part of how they are going to do this is to further polarize the already extremely polarized ideological spectrum until everyone is forced onto one or the other side of a pro- or anti-Trump equation, or a pro- or anti-populist equation … or a pro- or anti-fascist equation.

As you probably noticed, The Guardian has just launched a special six-week “investigative series” exploring the whole “new populism” phenomenon (which began with a lot of scary photos of Steve Bannon next to the word “populism”). We are going to be hearing a lot about “populism” over the course of the next two years. We are going to be hearing how “populism” is actually not that different from fascism, or at the very least is inherently racist, and anti-Semitic, and xenophobic, and how, basically, anyone who criticizes neoliberal elites or the corporate media is Russia-loving, pro-Trump Nazi.

And this is where this “Trumpenleft” malarkey fits into the ruling classes’ broader campaign to eliminate any kind of critical thinking and force people to mindlessly root for their “team.” See, the problem with us “Trumpenleft” types is not that we support Donald Trump. For the record, none of us really do. Some of us think he us a dangerous demagogue. Others of us think he is a blithering idiot. None of us think he’s Fidel Castro, or that he cares one iota about the working classes, or about anyone other than Donald Trump.

No, the problem is not that we’re on the wrong team; the problem is that we are asking people to question the propaganda of the team that we’re supposed to be on, or at least be rooting for. We are asking people to pay attention to how the global capitalist ruling establishment is going about quashing this “populist” insurgency (of which Brexit and Trump are manifestations, not causes) so they can get back to the business of relentlessly restructuring, privatizing, and debt-enslaving everything, as they’ve been doing since the end of the Cold War. We’re asking folks, not to join “the other team,” but to pay close attention to how they are being manipulated into believing that there are only two “teams,” and that they have to join one, and then mindlessly parrot whatever nonsense their team decides they need to disseminate in order to win a game that is merely a simulation they have conjured up (i.e., the ruling classes have conjured up) in order to inoculate themselves against an actual conflict they cannot win and so must prevent at all costs from ever beginning … which, they are doing a pretty good job of that so far.

In other words, the problem with us Trumpenlefters is, the prospect of defeating a fake Russian Hitler, and restoring neoliberal normality in the USA and the rest of the West, is just not all that terribly inspiring. So, rather than regurgitating the Russia hysteria and the fascism hysteria that is being produced by the global capitalist ruling establishment to gin up support for their counterinsurgency, we are continuing to focus on the capitalist ruling classes, which are actually still running things, globally, and will be running things long after Trump is gone (and the Imminent Threat of Global Fascist Takeover of Everything has disappeared, as the Imminent Threat of Nookular Terrorist Backpack Attack disappeared before it).

Or maybe all that is just a ruse, an attempt on my part to dupe you into going out and buying a MAGA hat and shouting racist abuse at Honduran kids, assuming you can find some in your vicinity. You never know with us Trumpenleft types. Probably the safest thing to do to protect yourself from our insidious treachery is to start your own personal Trumpenleft blacklist, and spread lies about us all over the Internet, or just report us to Twitter, or Facebook, or somebody, whoever you feel are the proper authorities. The main thing is to shut us up, or prophylactically delegitimize us, to keep us from infecting other leftists with our filthy, nonconformist ideas. The last thing we need at a time like this is a bunch of leftists thinking for themselves and questioning official leftist dogma. Who knows what that kind of behavior might lead to?

N.B. As far as I could gather from my research, the “Trumpenleft” label was coined by Paul Street, a regular columnist at Truthdig and CounterPunch and all-around professional leftist. Like the editors of The New York Times, Street understands the importance of sloppily Germanicizing terms you want to frighten people with, because there’s nothing quite as terrifying as Nazi morphology!

C. J. Hopkins is an award-winning American playwright, novelist and satirist based in Berlin. His plays are published by Bloomsbury Publishing (UK) and Broadway Play Publishing (USA). His debut novel, ZONE 23, is published by Snoggsworthy, Swaine & Cormorant. He can be reached at cjhopkins.com or consentfactory.org.

 
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  1. Well at least you can make fun of them, which is really a kind of turkey shoot, since they practically write the material themselves. Which in itself is even funnier, because they in no way have a sense of humor, or are intentionally self-mocking.

  2. Tusk says:

    Look at the recent Hillary case, everyone freaking out because she suggests slowing down migration (against the ZOG elite) but so called leftists are freaking out trying to justify why they shouldn’t believe her. The propoganda machine is essential in drumming up support for the ’cause’

  3. The caravans are a propaganda stunt, like Khashoggi, intended to distract from the very real problems of the working class. The system is collapsing, and the people at the top are trying to keep people distracted by any means.

    They are cooking up something big behind the scenes. Stay tuned.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  4. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:
    @TimeTraveller

    War? That’s always been a sure bet to fire and line up the sheep.

    We may look fondly back at the time when the Official Issues Of Our Era were transgender statues and Confederate bathrooms.

  5. This is the type of gobbledegook the Trumpenleft use to try to dupe real leftists into putting down their phones for a minute and actually thinking through political issues! Fortunately, no one is falling for it. As any bona fide leftist knows, there is no “mass migration problem.” The whole thing is simply a racist hoax concocted by Putin, Alex Jones, and other Trumpian disinformationists.

    finally you’re seeing the light

  6. Slapper says:

    This was awesome. Thank you. Remember when the left protested corporate globalism? Remember when they talked about disaster capitalism, CIA coups d’etat, COINTELPRO false flags, the concentration of news media into ever fewer hands, and labor’s international race to the bottom? Remember when they listened to Rage Against the Machine and organized anti war rallies?

    What happened?

  7. Nonny says:

    I’m pleased with the fame given to Caitlin Johnstone in this article, but Julian Assange still languishes.

  8. Maybe Hopkins has gone too far.

  9. chris says:

    None of us think he’s Fidel Castro, or that he cares one iota about the working classes, or about anyone other than Donald Trump.

    … err not that the actual ‘Fidel’ [sic] Castro actually cared one iota about the ‘working classes’ either; making yourself dictator for life, while your people live in squalor for the duration (and beyond) is not exactly the touchstone of altruism.
    Otherwise, another great article!

    • Agree: lavoisier
    • Replies: @Stupid as stupid does
  10. Pft says:

    There is no more left, at least not in public. The few remaining leftists/liberals are locked in closets or something. The Fake Left/Liberals we see in public are far to the right of center except on cultural issues.

    I saw a poll the other day on who had it most right, Orwell (1984) or Huxley (Brave New World). The answer is simple. Both had it right in part. We are today a synthesis of Cultural Marxism and Political and Economic Fascism.

  11. Anon[145] • Disclaimer says:

    The only remarkable thing about the Trumpenleft is that they’re getting older, and older people grow more conservative as they wise up.

  12. Excellent article! Thanks for the tip: it took me to the site of ADL-Left minor Hasbara activist Louis Proyect who attacked Unz and everybody who does not toe ADL’s line as Nazis. They really insist that everybody who is not with them has to be a Nazi. Proyect did it to me, years ago. Now he tried to push Norm Finkelstein into obedience, but Norm resisted and said he could write even for NY Times. This annoyed Proyect properly. But he succeeded to establish himself as an eminence gris beyond Counterpunch. Since untimely death of Cockburn, this once excellent site had been taken over by usual suspects, and now it preaches against Trump like small Guardian. Pity Cockburn’s co-editor Jeff St Clair could not sustain the site’s independence!
    And you are right once again: only Trumpenleft is a true left)))

  13. Anonymous[295] • Disclaimer says:
    @Slapper

    Good questions all. Here’s another: whatever happened to Occupy Wall Street? That was only 7 short years ago, but it seems almost like it never happened. As soon as St. Hillary lost the election in 2016, we lost the left.

    • Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic
    , @anon
  14. @israel shamir

    Reading this my idea is: just loyalty seems to matter, facts, justice, unimportant.
    Lasch already long ago wrote that in the Nixon era truth became irrelevant.
    The book about the development of the concept ‘truth’ describes that, not even so long ago, truth was what the leader says, the catholic church even around 1870 stated that the pope was always right.
    In discussions with jews I often wondered if the concept ‘objective truth’ exists for them.
    For jews, not all of them, of course, just loyalty matters: who does not agree with me is my enemy, an antisemite’.
    Christopher Lasch, ‘The Culture of Narcissism, American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations’, 1979, 1980, London
    Felipe Fernández-Armesto, ‘Truth, A History and a Guide for the Perplexed’, New York 1997

  15. @Anonymous

    No. This has been in the works much longer, starting with the 1968 Democratic convention and the Hard Hat Riots in New York and bussing riots in Boston. The Left thinks the working class is too white, too armed, too religious and too provincial. So they adopted globalism and identity politics.

    • Replies: @Sic Semper
  16. anon[177] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    whatever happened to Occupy Wall Street?

    they began directing their anger at the 1% and then (((you know who))) started getting nervous (since they make up so much of the 1%) and decided it was time to shut it down

    • Replies: @the grand wazoo
  17. The real threat that America has is Zionism and their goal of the destruction of America and that is the only threat that we have, read The Protocols of Zion and The Controversy of Zion by Douglas Reed and the Committee of 300 by Dr. John Coleman!

  18. Agent76 says:

    Nov 22, 2018 It’s Official: We’re Living in the Prequel to ‘Blade Runner’

    • Replies: @Zumbuddi
  19. Durruti says:

    Attention:

    Thankyou Mr. Hopkins.

    In the spirit of your article, and of the Christmas Season…..

    We at Anarchist Collective wish to work with other activists: to-

    1. Take down all 5 remaining statues of Straight White Men.

    2. Take down the Statue of Liberty, as she is an embarrassment to the Zionist oligarchs who control our Nation, as well as their puppets in Congress, the Executive, as well as Judiciary.
    Liberty? Huh? Liberty?

    3. Remove the Lincoln Memorial, as it is not absolutely certain that Lincoln was Gay. What we know, is that Lincoln was married, and Mrs. Lincoln gave birth to children.

    4. Ban all of Ernest Hemingway’s books, as he was a Straight White male author. There are at least 3 other American authors in that category. Yes, Hemingway was an American Veteran, and displayed physical courage. More reason to ban him.

    5. The MOSSAD and their CIA underlings should receive the Nobel Prize for their actions at removing John F. Kennedy – who was a proud father, veteran, author, and American Patriot. Whew!!! Thank goodness!!! Can’t have someone like that in the Oval office!!!

    Back to the Future:

    Washington DC should be filled with statues of Non-white female lesbian and Gay, shemale, shape shifters, and all those Senator who are .01% (or less), of Native American descent.

    Speaking of all those Senator:

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/warren-demands-lobbying-firms-come-clean-on-saudi-ties/ar-BBQeX5F?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=iehp

    This hypocrite conveniently avoids mention of the far more effective Zionist lobbying firms, whose foreign land thieving terrorist leaders She serves, such as AIPAC.

    NO -

    6. Senator Pocahontas definitely deserves a statue. (no- 2 statues – one in Tel Aviv).

    7. The coffee is wearing off - you continue the list. There must be some more of our beloved Country that we can rip down.

    Restore Our Republic: Wait! that last remark doesn’t belong here.

    Durruti – alias, Peter J. Antonsen

    • Replies: @follyofwar
  20. There are lots of old school Democrat types out there, they just refuse to show them in the media. All part of the divide and rule games they play. All of the fake commenting (sock puppets-hasbara) also give a false image of the left, and right too. I think people take all the comments they see around the web to seriously, theres a major operation in the Govt., military and big business putting out all of these fake comments to influence our minds. Places like WAPO and Breitbart are loaded with them.

    In other news:

    Reason to Stay’: Trump Says US Troops Will Remain in Mideast for Israel’s Sake

    https://sputniknews.com/us/201811281070194665-trump-israel-us-presence/

    At least Donald is honest.. go and read the comments here:

    https://www.timesofisrael.com/trump-says-us-troops-will-remain-in-middle-east-for-israels-sake/

    Its amazing how the Israelis think of themselves as totally independant of the US, almost like they don’t know about all of the money our Govt. gives them, or the weapons, or the soldiers….. they’re freaking out over Trump saying this, and his comments about Israel would be in trouble if not for Saudi Arabia.

    In a historic move, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky) may filibuster against massive aid package to Israel. AIPAC issues action alert to pressure Paul, predicts Congress will pass the aid package – largest in US history

    https://www.sott.net/article/401317-In-historic-move-Sen-Rand-Paul-puts-hold-on-38-billion-Israeli-aid-package

    • Replies: @Durruti
  21. @The Anti-Gnostic

    The Bolsheviks are sure that Europeans simply breathe too much and it outrages them into a blood lust where they intrude into every crevice to impose their will and root out any of our despised people. Once in the open, and at their abject mercy – unlike their holocaust that at a near 100% survival rate – we will be like our holodomored cousins: completely erased from history. Not a single witness to the atrocities we are to suffer, the unspeakable tortures, the starvations, the medical “experiments” – all of it will be lost to history as will our unmarked mass graves.

    • Replies: @follyofwar
  22. @israel shamir

    ADL loves Nazi’s, when it fits their agenda.

    How the Israel Lobby Protected Ukrainian Neo-Nazis

    https://www.alternet.org/world/how-israel-lobby-protected-ukrainian-neo-nazis

    Rep. John Conyers wanted to block U.S. funding to neo-Nazis in Ukraine. But the ADL and Simon Wiesenthal Center refused to help.

    If passed, Conyers’ amendment would have explicitly barred those found to have offered “praise or glorification of Nazism or its collaborators, including through the use of white supremacist, neo-Nazi, or other similar symbols” from receiving any form of support from the US Department of Defense.

    The amendment was presented by congressional staffers to lobbyists from Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the Simon Wiesenthal Center, two of the country’s largest established Jewish pressure groups. Despite their stated mission to combat anti-Semitism and violent extremism, the ADL and Wiesenthal Center refused to support Jeffries and Conyers’ proposal.

    According to Democratic sources in Congress, staffers from the ADL’s Washington office and the Simon Wiesenthal Center rejected the amendment on the grounds that right-wing Ukrainian parties like Svoboda with documented records of racist extremism had “moderated their rhetoric.” An ADL lobbyist insisted that “the focus should be on Russia,” while the Wiesenthal Center pointed to meetings between far-right political leaders in Ukraine and the Israeli embassy as evidence that groups like Svoboda and Right Sector had shed their extremism.

    The ADL’s Washington office and the Simon Wiesenthal Center did not respond to numerous requests by email and telephone for comment.

  23. Durruti says:
    @redmudhooch

    “In a historic move, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky) may filibuster against massive aid package to Israel. AIPAC issues action alert to pressure Paul, predicts Congress will pass the aid package – largest in US history”

    Thanks for mentioning our courageous Senator Rand Paul. He is the son of America’s finest Statesman, Ron Paul.

    It is sad we are not able to organize a massive demonstration (of hundreds of thousands), in support of Rand Paul‘s efforts to have our citizens regain our sovereignty. Our puppet Nation’s continuing gift of hundreds of Billion$ to a criminal state, which has financial reserves (Rothschild Banks, etc.), of Trillion$, displays America as being a pathetic Beggar Government at the service of foreigners. And these foreigners LOOT our people (rob us blind – in plain view for all to see).

    We ae not even allowed to close the door when we shit.

    Committees of Correspondence! to

    Sons of Liberty! to

    Minutemen! to

    The Declaration of Independence

  24. @redmudhooch

    Rep. John Conyers wanted to block U.S. funding to neo-Nazis in Ukraine. But the ADL and Simon Wiesenthal Center refused to help.

    If passed, Conyers’ amendment would have explicitly barred those found to have offered “praise or glorification of Nazism or its collaborators, including through the use of white supremacist, neo-Nazi, or other similar symbols” from receiving any form of support from the US Department of Defense.

    i wonder if Conyers has figured it out yet

  25. m___ says:

    The irony, alas cynicism of the article beats the whining about Counterpunch, also published by unz.com. Could it possibly be that Hopkins is somehow Jewish, thus the favor granted by Ron?

    Hopkins will meet history as the scibe who denounces but never suggests any action to be taken outside of conventional systemics. A guideline adhered to by all and Jewish contributors at unz.com. “Align and return to convention.”

  26. @chris

    Chris, You say Castro was no friend of working class can you give me an example of what he did against his people to loot their fortunes or enslave them? I personally think if the US didn’t try to screw him and Cuba to teach a lesson to the upstart with sanctions and all other financial instruments he would have pretty well for his people. Remember what did they do Allende because he was a bastard and gleefully we replaced by a democratic general Pinochet?

    • Replies: @chris
  27. @israel shamir

    In my estimate, St. Clair is a swine. I don’t exactly know what game Alex Cockburn was playing and how many sides of it, but he was an intellectual and a delightful writer (to put myself in a good mood, I just re-read the piece on Bill O’Reilly’s loofah :).

    Alex’s corpse was still warm when St.Clair brought Proyect on board, who had been shitting on Alex for years… so much for friendship. The scumbag Proyect has surely erased those posts from his site, but I don’t care to check.

    Then, St.Clair promotes Frank, Draitser, as well as an assortment of other mediocrities and tribesmen, while independent minds like Linh Dinh disappear. And voila, the New Counterpunch.

    As other UR commenters have noted, I don’t quite understand why CJ Hopkins still smarts from being jilted by this dirty crowd.

  28. @Sic Semper

    If this is indeed to be our fate then perhaps we gentiles of European heritage deserve it. The future always belongs to the strong, a condition to which, judging by your comment, we decidedly are not.

  29. @anon

    The leaders of ‘occupy’ were given book deals, and lofty jobs. It seems to have sated their revolutionary lust.

  30. @Durruti

    Don’t take down the Statue of Liberty, but remove the dreadful poem by early Zionist Emma Lazarus which sits at it base. The one that goes “Give me your tired your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, etc…” It wasn’t even on the original statue given to us by the French. I can think of no work of literature which has done so much damage to the Republic as this paean to open borders.

  31. Another divide and conquer article, like every single article in the media. I used to stop by Counterpunch so I could keep abreast of fake issues introduced by government writers to gaslight and emotionally manipulate the confused readers. I soon called it CIA-punch. Sometimes it’s a slew of important sounding nonsense other times it’s light heart-ed – ‘ every other part of the media lies but we don’t’ fare. The audience is separated and super dumb. Brainwashed fools think they get the “truth” from Paul Street or Matt Taibbi or Jennifer Rubin – what you get is the same brand of psychological warfare that keeps the flock spinning in a tightly controlled circle. Rational discussion cannot happen in a country full of angry, fearful people who hate each other. Prime the sheep with a hallucination to weaken them, have a playwright sound like a drug abuser roiling in accusations of the others. A fit of snark filled projection – a master technique to blur reality. Yukk, yukk, yukk. Agent C.J. needs to include Obama’s jokes about killing children with drones and slaughtering wedding parties. The entire White House press corps laughed so the audience will too. Nothing like a snuff film for a few laughs.

  32. @redmudhooch

    I read the Alternet article, in my opinion it tells me exactly nothing.
    Those considered to be neonazis and/ or antisemites, what exactly are they blamed for ?

    Ukraine has a long history of not liking jews, the bolsjewik seizure of grain in the thirties, causing the deaths by starvation of two to three million Ukrainians, has not been forgotten.
    Bolsjewists acting in Lenin’s 1917 coup, and the civil war thereafter, also not.
    Indeed in WWII Ukrainians cooperated with the Germans, these Germans, in their view, liberated them from the bolsjewist USSR; and indeed, as with Lithuanians, Ukrainians did not like jews then.
    Massacres perpetrated in Kiev before the arrival of the German armies by the NKVD have been blamed on the Germans.

    The present situation in Ukraine, highly unclear.
    The EU, Verhofstadt, Van Baalen, Timmermans, tried to make the Ukrainian people rebel, they succeeded.
    Immediately Brussel concluded an association treaty with Ukraine, the one and only EU treaty with a military paragraph, clearly against Russia.
    We Dutch voted in referendum against this treaty, no avail.

    So what political games are played in and around Ukraine, including MH17, totally unclear.
    Wiesenhal and ADL, in my opinion parts of Deep State, that want war with Russia.
    In these games ‘praise or glorification of Nazism or its collaborators’ means nothing, of course.
    ‘The end justifies the means’.

    Voline ( Vsevolod Mikhailovitsch Eichenbaum), ‘The unknown revolution (Kronstadt 1921 Ukraine 1918-21)’, New York 1955
    Morgan Philips Price (edited Tania Rose), ‘Dispatches from the Weimar Republic, Versailles and German Fascism’, London 1999,
    Price witnessed starving Ukrainian families
    Alfred M. de Zayas, ´Die Wehrmacht-Untersuchungsstelle, Dokumentation allierter Kriegsverbrechen im Zweiten Weltkrieg’ , 1979, 2001, München
    The Kiev massacres

    BTW, Hungary began an anti Verhofstadt campaign

    https://www.vrt.be/vrtnws/nl/2018/11/29/hongarije-hangt-guy-verhofstadt-nog-eens-aan-de-schandppal/

    • Agree: chris
  33. chris says:
    @Stupid as stupid does

    Ok, other than killing something something like a hundred thousand people and putting 100s of thousands more in prisons and, as I think Yuri Maltsev has pointed out, beating ISIS by 50 years in televising executions, maybe he really did something for ‘his people,’ in the same way Bill Clinton had done ‘something’ for Monica Lewinsky (though to be fair, Cubans were never as fat as she was).

    Even though I agree with you that US sanctions are terrible, Castro’s adopting the very opposite of an economic system doesn’t speak much for him either. When people are risking their lives to escape your country, when the ‘economic system’ you’ve adopted has exactly a zero RBI in ever single country it’s been tried in as compared to all other types of economies, when owning a car was only allowed a couple of years ago, then I have to postulate that maybe he should have tried a little harder.

  34. El Dato says:
    @Slapper

    Nothing happened. “The left” was never serious, neither in thinking nor execution. Basically dumb and angry kids, looking for drugs & sex & high times, protesting without rhyme or reason, doing the necessary placard waving for some cause that may have been engineered in the first place. Twitter, the social media explosion and the overheated Société du Spectacle (complete with staged photos of gimmegrants dragging children away from wafting tear gas) has brainfugged them good, they have transformed into complete tools and ADHD freaks.

  35. You know an article is total bs when the Bolshevik propagandist shamir shows up to praise it. The same shamir who denies jew-bolshevisms atrocities.

    CJ and Shamir: liars/propagandists, truth deniers and scum. Ship them to Venezuela.

    • Replies: @El Dato
  36. El Dato says:
    @steinbergfeldwitzcohen

    I dunno, the article was satire, so how can it it be bs?

    Did you know that Israel Shamir is linked to Wikileaks? I just found out.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Leigh_(journalist)#WikiLeaks

    In 2011, after Private Eye magazine criticised an allegedly antisemitic Wikileaks associate Israel Shamir, editor Ian Hislop reported that Assange telephoned and complained of a campaign led by The Guardian to smear Wikileaks and deprive it of Jewish donations. Three people involved, including Leigh, according to Assange, were Jewish. Hislop says he pointed out that at least one of the three was not in fact Jewish and that this “Jewish conspiracy” was unconvincing. Assange eventually backed down and told Hislop to, “Forget the Jewish thing.” In response, Assange said, “Hislop has distorted, invented or misremembered almost every significant claim and phrase.”

  37. S says:

    Yes, the fanatical hatred directed at Donald Trump is all too reminiscent of the daily ‘Two Minutes Hate’ directed at Adolf Hitler..err.. Emmanuel Goldstein…found within the pages of George Orwell’s 1984 complete in each instance with their respective illogical and nonsensensical conclusions.

    As for the ‘two teams’ of Capitalism and Communism, Left and Right, etc, referenced towards the end of the article, the ‘convergance’ of late of the same within the construct of global Multi-culturalism is causing much cognitive dissonance amongst the true believers in their respective ‘team’.

    That these teams would converge and revert rather openly back to their plutocratic origins today ought not to be too surprising though when one realises that the Capitalist 1776 Revolution and the Communist 1789 French Revolution share the same Founding Fathers in Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, apparently Ben Franklin as well, amongst likely others.

    In other words, with all sorts of unpleasant implications, the founders of Capitalism were also heavily involved in the creation of that system’s own opposition, Communism.

    ‘..Somewhere or other he was still alive and hatching his conspiracies: perhaps somewhere beyond the sea, under the protection of his foreign paymasters..’

    Part 1, Chapter 1 – 1984

    The programmes of the Two Minutes Hate varied from day to day, but there was none in which Goldstein was not the principal figure. He was the primal traitor, the earliest defiler of the Party’s purity. All subsequent crimes against the Party, all treacheries, acts of sabotage, heresies, deviations, sprang directly out of his teaching. Somewhere or other he was still alive and hatching his conspiracies: perhaps somewhere beyond the sea, under the protection of his foreign paymasters, perhaps even — so it was occasionally rumoured — in some hiding-place in Oceania itself…

    And…

    …The Hate rose to its climax. The voice of Goldstein had become an actual sheep’s bleat, and for an instant the face changed into that of a sheep. Then the sheep-face melted into the figure of a Eurasian soldier who seemed to be advancing, huge and terrible, his sub-machine gun roaring, and seeming to spring out of the surface of the screen, so that some of the people in the front row actually flinched backwards in their seats. But in the same moment, drawing a deep sigh of relief from everybody, the hostile figure melted into the face of Big Brother, black-haired, black-moustachio’d, full of power and mysterious calm, and so vast that it almost filled up the screen. Nobody heard what Big Brother was saying. It was merely a few words of encouragement, the sort of words that are uttered in the din of battle, not distinguishable individually but restoring confidence by the fact of being spoken. Then the face of Big Brother faded away again, and instead the three slogans of the Party stood out in bold capitals:

    WAR IS PEACE

    FREEDOM IS SLAVERY

    IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

    http://www.george-orwell.org/1984/0.html

    • Replies: @Sin City Milla
  38. @El Dato

    I would draw your attention to metamessage, that which is implied, and that which is denied, smeared or obscured. To say that sarcasm is not without these features is childish or naive.

    The modern, hard left denies the cruelty and brutality of jew-bolshevism: 50-100 million murdered in the 20th century. It is time for the useful idiots to hear the truth about the 20th century and thus cease to be idiots and be useful in protecting western civilization from being destroyed. Now, are there those on the right, like the fascist Soros, who are guilty as well? Absolutely! I would be happy to see Kissinger on trial. That man is heading straight to hell.

  39. @S

    Trotsky (Goldstein) n the propaganda media of the Soviet Union has morphed into Trump n the Deep State’s CNN mouthpiece. I could have sworn I just saw that episode on CNN hosted by Wolf Blitzer.

  40. @follyofwar

    Of all the outmoded statues that should be taken down, the Statue of “Liberty” should head the list. It’s the ultimate symbol of uncontrolled global empire, paid for with the blood of a sacrificed white working class n grinding taxes imposed on an increasingly impoverished middle class, while all sense of community has vanished in a rising tide of identity tribalism. The legacy of all such “Liberty” is what happened to Yugoslavia n India: partition n brutal civil war.

    • Replies: @renfro
    , @jilles dykstra
  41. renfro says:
    @Sin City Milla

    I suggest we put up a truly American statue in its place……one that signifies the original spirits of the land.

    Something like this one.

    • Replies: @RobinG
  42. Headlines this morning ‘possible that Merkel’s plane has been sabotaged, departure for G20 postponed’.
    Now, if there was sabotage, I do not know, but reading the headline my first thought was ‘why just now ?’.

    In how far this is known in the USA I do not know, but German pensioners, not just a few, can no longer pay the rent (relatively few Germans own houses), trying to find still usable food in dustbins is no exception any more, in maybe the richest country on earth.
    At the same time Willkommen, and the Marrakech worldwide migration treaty, of which I think it probable that Merkel is the Mutti.

    I fear the reaction in Germany, even if it is made official that there was no sabotage.
    Paranoia in Germany over neonazis, fascists, exstreme right, FvD, anti EU people, etc, will escalate further.
    A secret police, Verfassungsschutz, ‘protection of the constitution’, no country except Germany does have such a secret police, will be very busy, the next weeks.

    The most cynical thought possible is that the Gutmenschen tried to create the idea of sabotage.
    Present Europe, in any case Germany, maybe worse than the DDR was, where Merkel grew up.

  43. @Sin City Milla

    Tearing down such symbols of the past I highly regret.
    Just as with removing Stalin statues in Russia.
    Now there were so many that even I understand the Russians do not want to keep them all.
    But leaving one here and there, with an explanation such as ‘this man was one of the worst psychopaths in human history, yet he ruled Russi from 1922 or so until 1953, let us take care that something like this never happens again’.
    At Manzanar, near Mammoth Lakes, I by chance, found one of the USA WWII concentration camps for Japanese, even for USA citizens with Japanese background.
    A copper plaque there says somehing like ‘let us take care that such a shame never happens again’.
    Guantanomo Bay thus is on Cuban sail.

  44. @El Dato

    Those who read a few things about Shamir, true or not, and read something about his writings, such as his book Flowers for Galilee, wonder what kind of person he is.
    His parents when he was a child left the USSR for Israel.
    This is, as far as I know, about the only sure thing about him.
    Our former Dutch prime minister, Dries van Agt, strongly anti zionist and pro Palestinian, alas he just found out about Israeli atrocities long after he left politics, said about Shamir ‘I met this man just once’.
    The Dutch expression he used was not complimentary.

    Quite often here Shamir demonstrates a partial knowledge of the history of zionism, and of the history of Israel.
    Cannot remember ever having read anything from him squarely condemning zionism.
    So I do not know what to think of Shamir, maybe he’s just one of the many jews alternating between loyalty to jewry, fear for the existence of Israel, and seeing how Israel sees Palestinians as some disease, that must be dealt with.
    This last idea about Israeli zionist ideas is from Anja Meulenbelt.

    This brings me to the soul searching question: what policy would I support if I were an Israeli atheist jew ?
    I suppose I’d support accepting the Arab League peace offer: give back the West Bank to Palestinians, pay for what has been stolen and destroyed until 1967, and allow the Palestinian state an extraterritorial connection between West Bank and Gaza.
    And of course, try to make Israeli jews realise that Israel is just a tiny ME country, and behave as such: stop acting as if Israel is the headquarters of an international group, a group meddling in politics all over the world.

    ‘Het beroofde land’, Anja Meulenbelt, 2000, Amsterdam. ‘Beroofde land’ literally is ‘robbed country’, it’s a ‘pun’ on ‘the promised country’, ‘het beloofde land’

  45. RobinG says:
    @renfro

    Long ago I heard that there were no horses on this continent before the Spaniards brought them here. Do you know if that’s still considered accurate?

    • Replies: @renfro
  46. renfro says:

    There were horses here but not the modern horses of today. They have 100′s of million years of evolution, the first were three toed , the ones in forest areas were leaf eaters, they died off , the ones on the plains were grass eaters and survived.

    But ..this ‘evolution’ took place on all continents …..so its hard to say there were no modern day horses in America until the Spanish brought them. With the vast grass lands in the US the modern grass eating horse could have evolved here very easily just as they did every where.

    Worth researching when I have more time.

    • Replies: @Sparkon
  47. renfro says:
    @RobinG

    This is a interesting study.
    Seems horse bones have been found that date back to after the Ice Age

    This is important because the claim there were no horses in North Amer was based on claiming that the Ice Age hit North Amer harder then it did other continents and wiped out the horses….and none were left here until the Spanish re introduced them to North Amer.

    I personally doubt that there were no horses, there are numerous reports in the early 1500′s from explorers that saw Indian tribes all over the lands west of Kentucky with large herds of horses and reports of sighting wild herds of horses. I doubt that between 1492 and the early 1500′s a span of ten or twenty years the limited number of horses the Spanish left could have proliferated into the numbers reported.

    excerpt..

    ”In conclusion, using state-of-the-art dating methods, we along with other researchers have found radiometrically-dated evidence for the existence of horses in North America long after the last ice age and before the arrival of Columbus. These data challenging the existing paradigm. Further DNA analyses will provide additional data and insights.”

    https://thewildhorseconspiracy.org/2013/07/02/exciting-article-about-by-phd-steven-jones-re-more-recent-surviving-native-horse-in-north-america/

  48. Sparkon says:
    @renfro

    There were horses here but not the modern horses of today. They have 100′s of million years of evolution, the first were three toed…

    Maybe you meant to write 10s of million years of evolution, as the first horses date from about 55 million years ago. Furthermore, new research shows that the first horses had 5 toes, four on the floor, each with its own tiny hoof.

    While it is largely believed that horses simply evolved with fewer digits, researchers pose a new theory that suggests remnants of all five toes are still present within the hooves of the horse.
    [...]
    Humans and horses are descendants of a common ancestor with five digits.

    Researchers pose revolutionary theory on horse evolution

    In my view, the most likely explanation for the demise of most megafauna in the western hemisphere at the conclusion of the most recent glacial episode is a great flood — or series of them — as the ice sheets melted. See, for example, the Kankakee Torrent, which was a great flood unleashed when an ice dam broke near modern Lake Michigan and which is thought to have carved out the entire Illinois River valley over the course of a few days about 19,000 years ago.

    It is possible that some few horses did in fact survive in N. America after the great extinctions some 12,000-20,000 years ago, but if there were great numbers of horses remaining in N. America by 1492, or if the natives possessed the horse in any appreciable numbers, then surely there would be numerous accounts of this fact in the historical record, but I am aware of precisely none.

    I note too that the author of this article you’ve linked is none other than Dr. Steven E. Jones — the same researcher who claimed to have found thermite in WTC dust.

  49. Russia and most of Eastern Europe are not participating in the “invite the world” mass immigration fest. So far as I know from reading rightist sites like this one, these countries, as well as China and the entire Far East are quite cool to the idea of allowing much of any of the immigration from Latin America or Africa into their homelands. Has no asked if these countries would stand to gain from a future USA or EU badly fragmented at least politically from unwise immigration? A hundred years from now, it is quite possible that either of these will have happened: (peaceful outcome) The USA is now majority Latino, with all the high quality of government that one would expect from Latin America’s history (not!); meanwhile EU is a new Caliphate with a generous mix of African squalor thrown in. (war-like outcome): something resembling civil wars in former USA or EU have taken place, resulting in fracturing into smaller countries or zones. Chaos reigns. Millions have died. Of course, there could be a mix of these scenarios. But in any case, I would expect Russia, China, etc. to remain relatively racially intact. Point: it might be in the interest of Russia & co. to promote mass migration into the West.

  50. @Slapper

    Thank you very much for that. Good additions to the list I’m keeping.

    http://www.unz.com/isteve/getting-to-denmark-vs-staying-denmark/#comment-2654592

    Also worth quoting, from the essay here:

    We are asking people to pay attention to how the global capitalist ruling establishment is going about quashing this “populist” insurgency (of which Brexit and Trump are manifestations, not causes) so they can get back to the business of relentlessly restructuring, privatizing, and debt-enslaving everything, as they’ve been doing since the end of the Cold War. We’re asking folks, not to join “the other team,” but to pay close attention to how they are being manipulated into believing that there are only two “teams,” and that they have to join one, and then mindlessly parrot whatever nonsense their team decides they need…

    We currently have the Ruling Class prosecuting a Race (and Gender) War masquerading as a Class War, to ensure that a real Class War can’t gain purchase.

  51. @israel shamir

    Your testimony is appreciated. Sort of puts meat on the bones of what happened to CounterPunch, which really mattered, once upon a time. CP is no longer on my list of bookmarks.

  52. @follyofwar

    Indeed. The Statue is “Liberty Enlightening the World” not “The Ruling Class Inviting the World”

    Immigration had nothing to do with it, and as we’re finding out nowadays, seems very much to get in the way of Liberty.

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