The Unz Review Digest - January 22, 2018
Ranking first among this week’s main features was Philip Giraldi’s discussion of the bizarre ideological blindspot found in the bulk of America’s (overwhelmingly liberal) Jewish community, as exemplified by the characterization “Progressive Except for Palestine.” Exactly the same government policies or attitudes that would be massively and harshly condemned if enacted by American leaders or those of any other country in the world are either ignored or even defended when found in Israeli leaders. This gigantic double-standard, long suppressed by America’s (overwhelmingly Jewish) mainstream media has gradually leaked out across various websites, leading to an increasingly angry reaction among many Americans across the ideological spectrum. Unsurprisingly, this thesis provoked a vast outpouring of nearly 500 contentious comments, totaling over 50,000 words.
The second and sixth most popular articles, by John Derbyshire and Fred Reed respectively, focused on Donald Trump’s notorious “shithole” remarks in explaining his opposition to immigration from numerous African countries, with both these writers arguing that although the president’s words may have been crude, they were also largely accurate in factual terms, and just as he suggested, immigrants from orderly, prosperous Norway would be a far better fit for American society. The nearly 500 comments totaling 40,000 words across the two columns largely supported the positions of the two authors, though they diverged into all sorts of related topics.
Coming in third was Anatoly Karlin’s discussion of the bizarre British media firestorm recently engulfing Dr. James Thompson of University College London and our own publication over his several of his organized meetings to discuss recent developments in genetic studies related to IQ, which a moderately prominent British political figure named Toby Young was found to have attended. Many of the accusations leveled are totally absurd, and this Twitter-fueled controversy is yet another example of what ordinary Chinese regularly ridicule as the ongoing “Cultural Revolution” taking place in the West.
The Saker’s fourth-ranking piece argued that the sheer stupidity of so many policies being currently pursued by the Trump Administration may actually be rather beneficial in that they are serving to rapidly undercut the remainder of America’s prestige and influence in the world, which have been misused to cause so much international damage over the last couple of decades.
Finally, rounding out our top articles was Stephen Sniegoski’s fifth-ranking piece, a sharp deconstruction of the strange character of Masha Gessen, a leading public scourge of the current Russian government of President Vladimir Putin. Her bizarrely extreme views seem almost entirely motivated by her background as a militantly Jewish Lesbian, eager to see huge Russia once again run for the almost sole benefit of that tiniest slice of its total population, and who seems to evaluate American society based on almost identical criteria.
Progressive except for Palestine
Jerry Seinfeld, the Jewish American comedian, who was performing in Tel Aviv Israel at the Menora Mavtichim Arena at the end of December, recently made the news over his real live adventure at an anti-terrorism tourism camp. The so-called Counter Terror and Security Academy named Caliber 3 is a tourist training camp near the Efrat... Read More
America's greatest strategic mind of global recognition, Alfred Thayer Mahan, in his seminal work The Influence of Sea Power upon History saw the World Ocean and activity in it as the foundation for national greatness and power. The pivot of this greatness was a powerful navy. Through Mahan, the Theory of Navalism reached American elites... Read More
Informationclearinghouse recently posted an article by Darius Shahtahmasebi entitled "Israel Keeps Bombing Syria and Nobody Is Doing Anything About It". Following this publication I received an email from a reader asking me the following question: While in his article Darius Shahtahmasebi wonders why the world is not doing anything to stop the Israelis ("Why haven’t... Read More
Masha Gessen and Her Questionable Views
“I have spent a good third of my professional life working to convince the readers—and often editors—of both Russian and American publications that Vladimir Putin is a threat to the world as we know it.” Thus spake Russian-born journalist and author Masha Gessen, a current heroine of the more intellectual part of the PC hive.... Read More
Stark Madness and Inmiscibility
Mr. Trump’s comment regarding his preference for immigrants from Norway instead of “shithole countries” such as Haiti engendered among the commentariat a great squealing. I cannot fathom this. Are they geographic virgins, and just don’t know anything of the world? Is it only the usual schadenfreudian gotcha pile-on? The if-A-then-B response to stimulus of a... Read More
President Trump's questioning of immigration into the United States from what he crudely called "shithole" countries masks a more vexing question: What makes a country, the place or the people? Does "the country" create the man or does the man make the country? To listen to the deformed logic of the president's detractors, it's the... Read More
Just a few days shy of the first year since the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States I think that it would be reasonable to say that pretty much everybody, besides the Neocons and a few unconditional supporters, is now feeling quite appalled at what the past year brought to the... Read More
For the past thirty-five years (officially since 1986) the third Monday in January has been celebrated as a federal holiday, Martin Luther King Day. Federal and state offices and many businesses either close or go on limited schedules. We are awash with public observances, parades, prayer breakfasts, stepped-up school projects for our unwary and intellectually-abused... Read More
(Will Syria Be Partitioned?)
Russia avoided the Syrian quagmire despite dire predictions. Putin minimised his footprint, his war is almost over, ISIL has been defeated. Trump could also exclaim “Mission is completed!” – and fly home. But it seems he is eager to rush in where angels fear to tread. Trump does not mind doing for the Israeli Prime... Read More
Friday finds me in an unusually buoyant mood about the immigration outlook—long term. But first, was the President’s much-denounced remark fair? Let’s investigate. In Haiti‘s case the President’s remark was very apt. From the National Public Radio website, dated July 29th 2017: You Probably Don’t Want To Know About Haiti’s Sewage Problems (by Rebecca Hersher)... Read More
Mao Reconsidered, Part III
Part One of this trilogy described in detail how Mao did more good for more people than anyone in history. In Part Two, his logistical genius saved millions from dying in what could have become an epic famine. In this final episode Mao spends his last decade ending peasants’ ‘deaths from hunger, cold, insult, cruelty... Read More
Fearing that peace might break out with the two Koreas talking to each other, Washington instructed South Korean President Moon Jae-in to keep the message about anything but peace. It is not just Trump. A former top official for the Obama administration warned Moon that South Korea was not going to get anywhere with the... Read More
I find nothing more useless than debating the existence of racism, particularly when you are surrounded by evidence of its existence. It feels to me like a way to keep you fighting against the water until you drown. The debates themselves, I believe, render a simple concept impossibly complex, making the very meaning of “racism”... Read More
Indoctrinated for decades by relativism, we’re supposed to consider all life styles equal and never pass judgments. There must be legitimate reasons for a culture to embrace, for example, child marriage, bride kidnapping, female circumcision, Oprah Winfrey, or universal, all day long access to pornography. Shit, though, is a hard sell, thus open sewers or... Read More
Thanks to a recent White House conference, the debate over America’s “school-to-prison pipeline” is for the umpteenth time back in the news. These pow-wows inevitably offer up a standard litany of talking points and putative remedies. First, there is the obliquitory outrage over having far too many black males in prison. Second, the entire system,... Read More
As America braces for the annual fawn-fest on Martin Luther King Day (January 15), it’s worth noting that a recent revelation from the FBI archives might have threatened King’s hallowed status—if it had been honestly reported. But coverage in the Washington Post in particular exemplified what President Trump calls “fake news.” On November 4, 2017,... Read More
Henry Kissinger rightly noted that it’s often more dangerous being an ally of the United States than its enemy. The latest victim of this sad truism is Pakistan, a loyal ally of the US since the dawn of our era. President Donald Trump’s visceral hatred of Muslims (never mind what kind, or why, or where)... Read More
In response to the overwhelmingly partisan censorship on major social media platforms against conservatives, I drafted a proposal to ensure American’s lawful speech would be protected by an exceptionally light-touch Federal statute. One would think that, after having called for something to be done for years, at least one major conservative media outlet would have... Read More
Most people know about, but few are willing to condemn, the strict taboo in the media, of criticizing Jews as a group, using that term. One cannot even criticize a small subsection of Jews, a miniscule percentage of the Jewish population, even when they richly deserve it. Obviously, this is a ridiculous way to run... Read More
The Trump administration has settled on a plan for sabotaging the Iranian Nuclear deal that does not explicitly violate the terms of the agreement. Trump will continue to suspend sanctions, as is required under the terms of the deal, but at the same time, he will warn that if the agreement isn’t changed to meet... Read More