The Unz Review Digest - May 22, 2019
Ranking first this last week was my own long article recounting some of the hidden history of World War II, starting with the undeniable reality of the Allied preparations to attack the then-neutral USSR early in the war, planning to launch the largest strategic bombing offensive in world history to destroy her oil fields, only called off when Hitler’s panzers defeated the French armies and occupied Paris. Bringing Russia into the war on the German side would have meant certain Allied defeat, and although the facts were widely known at the time, they were subsequently suppressed for more than seventy years in all our books and media. Similarly, there is considerable evidence that Germany’s later attack on Russia was a desperate bid to defeat Stalin’s looming invasion, which would have conquered all of Europe. These and many other surprising historical elements grew a huge outpouring of contentious comments, already totaling over 100,000 words.
Placing second was a closely-related article by Paul Craig Roberts, a remarkable reassessment of the enormous falsehoods that have shaped our misunderstanding of the Second World War and the roles of Hitler and Churchill, based on lies and wartime propaganda and protected for over seventy years by harsh reprisals against anyone who challenges them. The last situation is best exemplified by the truncated career of David Irving, once hailed as the most internationally successful British historian of the last one hundred years, but eventually blacklisted, driven into bankruptcy, and even imprisoned for his stubborn commitment to real rather than propagandistic history. During the 1980s, Roberts himself had held numerous illustrious positions, include Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under Reagan, and William E. Simon Professor of Economics at Georgetown CSIS, but his similar refusal to submit to the disastrous Neocon takeover of Conservative Republican politics led to his removal from the seats of power. This important piece drew over 50,000 words of contentious commentary.
Third place was held by Mike Whitney’s analysis of the factors behind the bizarre “RussiaGate” conspiracy claims that have heavily dominated American politics since the 2016 election, and the likely role of former CIA Director John Brennan in organizing his effort to subvert the will of the American electorate. With those claims now debunked, perhaps a Justice Department investigation will lead to serious charges against Brennan for organizing the political spying that constituted the true scandal of the 2016 campaign.
Rounding out our most popular featured articles were James Kirkpatrick’s discussion of the diverging political views of younger Israelis and American Jews, the Saker’s coverage of the continued unsuccessful policies of our “Anglo-Zionist Empire,” and Philip Giraldi’s harsh critique of the Trump Administration’s proposal for a political settlement between Israelis and Palestinians, that largely sells out the interests of the latter, the last item provoking almost 40,000 words of comments.
In the aftermath of a war, history cannot be written. The losing side has no one to speak for it. Historians on the winning side are constrained by years of war propaganda that demonized the enemy while obscuring the crimes of the righteous victors. People want to enjoy and feel good about their victory, not... Read More
A couple of years ago I happened to be reading the World War II memoirs of Sisley Huddleston, an American journalist living in France. Although long since forgotten, Huddleston had spent decades as one of our most prominent foreign correspondents, and dozens of his major articles had appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic,... Read More
How much could you learn about a person in two minutes, just getting them to answer written questions? I suppose you could ask them their favourite colour or song, or quiz them about their other preferences, occupations, and sundry other demographic matters. Getting them to reveal marital status, religion, politics, earnings and savings might be... Read More
Last week saw what was supposed to be a hyperpower point fingers for its embarrassing defeat not only at Venezuela, which successfully defeated Uncle Shmuel's coup plans, but also at a list of other countries including Cuba, Russia, China and Iran. It's is rather pathetic and, frankly, bordering on the comically ridiculous. Uncle Shmuel clearly... Read More
Since the end of the Malthusian era, science-based technological growth has been the source of almost all long-term economic growth. However, we also know that it didn't accrue in all regions evenly. For instance, Charles Murray in Human Accomplishment showed that the vast majority of "eminent" figures in science and the arts hailed from Europe,... Read More
Shooting unarmed Palestinian demonstrators "preserves Israeli values"
Israel’s public face, sustained and propagated by a wealthy and powerful diaspora that has significant control over the media, insists that the country is the Middle East’s only true democracy, that is operates under a rule of law for all its citizens and that its army is the “most moral in the world.” All of... Read More
So, the election-meddling Putin-Nazi disinformationists are at it again! Oh yes, while Americans have been distracted by Russiagate, Obstructiongate, Redactiongate, or whatever it’s being called at this point, here in Europe, we are purportedly being bombarded with Russian “disinformation” aimed at fomenting confusion and chaos in advance of the upcoming EU elections, which are due... Read More
Ben Shapiro got DESTROYED, as one of his own fanboy videos might put it—and as he has admitted [Conservative pundit Ben Shapiro admits he was ‘destroyed’ after cutting short TV debate, by Rob Picheta, CNN, May 13, 2019]. Shapiro surprisingly lost his cool and cut short a BBC interview with UK media Big Foot Andrew... Read More
See also: Oakland’s Gentrification Wars Expose Democratic Coalition’s Contradictions Some 3,000 people, almost every one of them black, swarmed onto the intersection of Washington D.C.’s 14th and U Streets last week for the #DontMuteDC protest known as “Moechella”—part of a gathering protest following T-Mobile’s order that its Metro PCS storefront stop blaring “go-go” music. But... Read More
Introduction The bombing of Dresden remains one of the deadliest and morally most-problematic raids of World War II. Three factors make the bombing of Dresden unique: 1) a huge firestorm developed that engulfed much of the city; 2) the firestorm engulfed a population swollen by refugees; and 3) defenses and shelters even for the original... Read More
Many moviegoers will remember the 1997 film, “Wag the Dog,” starring Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman—not my favorite actors by any means, but nevertheless, the movie made a significant and critical point in this age of corrupt FBI and intelligence agencies working in tandem with a major political party to stage a veritable coup... Read More
James Fulford writes: John Derbyshire made his now-annual visit to the American Renaissance conference in Burns, TN, held under the protection of the Tennessee Park Police and State Police, which left four antifa arrested. The conference has been held annually since 1994, but recent years have shown that while never a hate group, the attendees... Read More
Convinced I was destined to become an oil painter, I attended art school, and during my art fag days, I honed in on art museums, wherever I went. As a writer, however, I quickly realized I needed to scrutinize the streets, for even without people, a community reveals much about itself through its houses, shops,... Read More
For the last two and a half years, the Democrats have led the country on a wild goose chase that has been a complete waste of time and achieved absolutely nothing. The absurd conspiracy theory that the President of the United States was an agent of the Kremlin has been thoroughly debunked by the Mueller... Read More
Trump Team and Netanyahu conspire to sell out the Palestinians
In the aftermaths of both the First and Second World Wars national borders were readjusted to suit the victors and entirely new countries were created from the ruins of the empires that had collapsed as a result of the conflict. The process continued with the end of the Soviet Union but the new states were... Read More
https://si.wsj.net/public/resources/images/B3-DA266_aristo_HD_20190130102246.jpg Aristotle in blue. The consensus among political and economic leaders today is that we must maximize economic growth. This assumption affects virtually the entire political spectrum, with the exception of a radical minority of anti-growth Greens advocating décroissance (“de-growth”). Everybody would like more money in their personal pocketbook, on their company’s balance sheet, and/or... Read More
Jeeves, the excellent valet of Mr Wooster, had an ace up his sleeve: if going was tough, he had used his access to the records of the Junior Ganymede club, and there he could find embarrassing stuff against anybody who had ever employed a valet or a butler, for these gentleman’s gentlemen were obliged to... Read More
It sucks being young, male, and single. Don't think so? Go to the Interactive Singles Map of the United States and see how it looks for the 20 to 39 age group. Almost everywhere single men outnumber single women. And the real picture is worse. For one thing, the imbalance is greater among singles without... Read More
Last month, I received an email from a young Mexican, “I am a DREAMER (I find the term infantilizing) someone who was brought to the U.S as a child illegally and raised here. I received a work permit through DACA, I can only work legally, I can't step out of the country and step back... Read More
Ron Unz is the publisher of the Unz Review, a controversial but widely read alternative media site hosting opinion outside of the mainstream, including from both the far right and the far left. Unz studied theoretical physics at Harvard, Cambridge and Stanford. He founded the software company Wall Street Analytics, acquired by Moody’s in 2006,... Read More