The Unz Review Digest - June 24, 2018
Ranking first this week with nearly as much readership as the next two items combined was my own analysis of the JFK Assassination, certainly one of the most famous American events of the twentieth century. Although I had spent nearly my entire life fully believing in the “lone gunman” theory of the Warren Commission, that Lee Harvey Oswald had been the sole assassin, once I happened to grow interested in the topic and began an exploration, the evidence for a “conspiracy” became absolutely overwhelming. Ironically enough, exactly the same evolution around that same time period seems to have occurred at The New York Times, the very font of respectable journalism, with a top academic scholar publishing a glowing review of a leading “JFK conspiracy” book in The Sunday Book Review, and the newspaper itself also carrying a long and flattering obituary of Mark Lane, the leading conspiracy researcher, whom it had previously spent decades ridiculing or dismissing. Although these events occurred over a half-century in the past, they still provoked enormous interest, with the comments already totaling well over 100,000 words and still going strong.
Occupying the next two spots were articles also focused on historical events, in this case World War II. Mark Weber’s second place article discussed the very considerable fighting process of the German troops of that war, far superior in many respects to that of America, Russia, or the other countries they faced, with the main reasons for their defeat being the far greater numbers of their opponents and the enormous productive capabilities of their larger industrial base. Meanwhiel, Eric Zuesse’s third-ranking article sharply critiqued the historiography of David Irving, arguing that he was sharply biased and even dishonest in the ways he ways he attempted to minimize the reality of the Jewish Holocaust. Taken together, these articles drew over 1,100 comments, totaling well over 130,000 words.
The other top featured articles included Linh Dinh’s discussion of the depressing state of literacy in today’s America, Anatoly Karlin’s analysis of the physical strength profile of the different nations of Europe, and as a continuing hold-over from the previous week, Philip Giraldi’s critique of the enormous current extent of Jewish power in America.
About a decade ago, I got a Netflix subscription and was amazed that the Internet now provided immediate access to so many thousands of movies on my own computer screen. But after a week or two of heavy use and the creation of a long watch-list of prospective films I'd always wanted to see, my... Read More
Here is how the cliodynamician Peter Turchin, in his book War and Peace and War (which I reviewed here), describes the outcomes of different pit-fight scenarios between the Romans and the Gauls: Upon inquiry, it emerged that this assessment wasn't backed up by statistical evidence: Even so, the stereotype that Northerners are stronger than Southerners... Read More
I was just interviewed by two Temple journalism students, Amelia Burns and Erin Moran, and though they appeared very bright and enterprising, with Erin already landing a job that pays all her bills, I feel for these young ladies, for this is a horrible time to make and sell words, of any kind, and the... Read More
Who is he and what does he want to do?
I had coffee with a foreign friend a week ago. The subject of Donald Trump inevitably came up and my friend said that he was torn between describing Trump as a genius or as an idiot, but was inclined to lean towards genius. He explained that Trump was willy-nilly establishing a new world order that... Read More
I don't know about you, but I'm getting a little tired of waiting for the Hitlerian nightmare that the corporate media promised us was coming back in 2016. Frankly, I'm beginning to suspect that all their apocalyptic pronouncements were just parts of some elaborate cocktease. I mean, here we are, a year and half into... Read More
Why They Were the Best, and Why They Still Lost
The German soldiers of World War II have often been portrayed, both during the war and in the decades since, as simple-minded, unimaginative and brutish. Hollywood movies and popular U.S. television shows have for years contrasted confident, able and “cool” American GIs with slow-witted, cynical and cruel Germans. “Propaganda is an inescapable ingredient of modern... Read More
Introduction by the Saker: I have always had a passion for theology in general and the studies of religions in general. Several years ago I discovered, quite by chance, a book written by Michael A. Hoffman II entitled Judaism's Strange Gods which I found most interesting and thought provoking. Reading that book, I felt that... Read More
I got a bit carried away with congressional maneuvering over immigration issues last week, leaving myself no time for other topics in the news. Here's one of those topics: the assault on meritocracy. Now, the whole issue of meritocracy is problematic. It needs some serious thought and public discussion, but isn't getting much of either.... Read More
Who has helped create a war-addicted America?
I recently was asked to speak at an online conference entitled Deep Truth: Encountering Deep State Lies. My panel addressed Understanding Zionism: Deconstructing the Power Paradigm and my own topic was How Jewish Power Sustains the Israel Narrative. Working on my presentation, I was forced to confront the evolution of my own views on both... Read More
The June 1967 conflict was launched to destroy Gamal Abdel Nasser and eradicate Arab nationalism. The latter posed a serious threat to Western interests in the middle east. Nasser was not responsible for the outbreak of war and took significant steps to prevent it. He was aware that Egypt was in no position to defeat... Read More
These long summer days are good for forest walks or swimming; in the evenings, I read classics with my 10 year old son who otherwise spends too much time at video games. This time, it happens to be the Odyssey, the poem I translated some 25 years ago, and yesterday I came to read Book... Read More
I don’t believe I’m exaggerating when I say that Kevin MacDonald’s Culture of Critique is one of the most important books of our age. Despite this fact, it has garnered remarkably little attention in traditional spheres, particularly academic circles. Of course, the reasons for this are obvious — the book is critical of Jewish behavior,... Read More
Freedom of movement is the founding value of the European Union. The “four freedoms” are inscribed in the binding EU treaties and directives: free movement of goods, services, capital and persons (labor) among the Member States. Of course, the key freedom here is that of capital, the indispensable condition of neoliberal globalization. It enables international... Read More
The re-nomination (albeit somewhat reshuffled) of the "economic block" of the Medvedev government has elicited many explanations, some better than others. Today I want to look at one specific hypothesis which can be summed up like this: Putin decided against purging the (unpopular) "economic block" from the Russian government because he wanted to present the... Read More
In response to Ron Unz’s “The Remarkable Historiography of David Irving”, this note will pick up on and elucidate the reader-comment to that from James N. Kennett, which stated: “It seemed to me that the problem with his work was not the possible inaccuracy of the details that he included – but the things he... Read More
I'm very pleased to announce that our selection of HTML Books now contains works by renowned World War II historian David Irving, including his magisterial Hitler's War, named by famed military historian Sir John Keegan as one of the most crucial volumes for properly understanding that conflict. [articlelink][title]Hitler's War[/title][byline]David Irving • 1991 • 397,000 Words[/byline][/articlelink]... Read More
I had only been vaguely aware of the Elizabeth Holmes saga until recently. My impression from all the magazine covers had been that the celebrated Silicon Valley startup foundrix had invented some revolutionary disruptive new method for testing blood and made the Forbes 400 off her invention. Back in 2014, this high tech startup's board... Read More
I don’t get it. I know, I know, I’m just some mutt in Mexico with a computer, and easily puzzled. But…huh? Trump, we are told, pulled off a master stroke in Singapore. All the world reels at this astonishment. We see Talleyrand and Metternich rolled into one gorgeous taco. But…but…. Who did the doing, and... Read More
How Donald Trump’s Trade Wars Could Lead to a Great Depression
Leaders are routinely confronted with philosophical dilemmas. Here’s a classic one for our Trumptopian times: If you make enemies out of your friends and friends out of your enemies, where does that leave you? What does winning (or losing) really look like? Is a world in which walls of every sort encircle America’s borders a... Read More
Islamophobia Enters the Government, Is Incorporated into the Law, and Becomes Increasingly Acceptable in America
Imagine that a nominee for secretary of state had shared platforms with white nationalist Richard B. Spencer and been given a major award by his National Policy Institute, which describes itself as "an independent organization dedicated to the heritage, identity, and future of people of European descent in the United States and around the world."... Read More