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Also, Mozart’s Abduction From the Seraglio is Orientalist, plus even a light-hearted reminder of the Muslim slave trade in European Christians is punching down against marginalized groups, like Sultans.

 

 
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  1. Trump caught in arachface:

  2. eah says:

    OT

  3. Dan Hayes says:

    Steve,

    Trudeau spotted in the black-faced chorusline?

  4. Cortes says:

    Recently read Patrick O’Brian’s short history of the rise of the Royal Navy (non-fiction) and noted that in one despicable action against les grenouilles Cochrane, hero of Chile, Greece &c &c, had won his encounter through blackfacing the entire crew.

    No doubt the Aubrey/Maturin novels are now themselves damned to the memory.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    , @Gordo
  5. Kronos says:

    They were going to get him sometime.

  6. Hail says: • Website

    There is great subtlety in The Magic Flute, hiding behind what appears to be an absurd fairy tale; but there is nothing absurd about it. Goethe recognized this at once and wrote a sequel. When informed of Mozart’s death, the creator of Faust (the character Spengler chose to signify our whole culture) is said to have cried, “Now there is no one, who can make an opera of my Faust!”)

    From “Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Apollo’s Anamuensis?” by Ursus Major

    Magic Flute premiered in Vienna in Sept. 1791. Mozart died in Dec. 1791. From 1790, Goethe was publishing things with the character Faust in it, and continued with the Faust character in published material through 1831 (the year before his death).

    Spengler coined the term/concept Faustian Man (or Faustian Spirit) in the 1910s (Der Untergang des Abendlandes first published in 1918), and the term/concept first enters English suddenly in 1926 (acc. to Ngram), which is the year the first English translation is published.

    Muslims were raiding European coastlines for Christian slaves through the end of the 18th century, taking thousands a year. Hundreds of US sailors were also captured and enslaved in the 1780s and 1790s, before the USA’s first foreign war freed some of them.

    • Replies: @Hail
    , @Joe Stalin
  7. SFG says:

    If I may address the esteemed blog owner:

    I 100% agree the endless attempts to ‘cancel’ the pillars of Western culture are ridiculous (destruction of the other side’s kings, prophets, and monuments is pretty routine ideological warfare, but who would think we’d be ripping down pictures of medical scientists? ), but I kinda fear stuff like this is just going to give the SJWs ideas. I haven’t seen them go after Mozart yet, and instead of ‘this is ridiculous, because it’s going to lead to getting rid of Mozart, who’s one of the giants of Western culture’, we’re going to get ‘see, we really should get rid of Mozart’s stuff, it’s orientalist.”

    I mean, why help them?

    • Agree: HammerJack
    • Replies: @Counterinsurgency
    , @Gordo
  8. Hail says: • Website
    @Hail

    Muslims were raiding European coastlines for Christian slaves through the end of the 18th century

    Do we have any data of the scale of the Muslims-enslaving-WhiteChristians problem by time period and when it ended?

    It looks like it effectively ended about 1800, falling off sharply thereafter. (In other words, it was still current when Magic Flute premiered, even if probably past its peak)

    All I find on the “end” is that a large number of Christian slaves were freed in a treaty negotiated in 1815-1816. Exactly two centuries later (2015-2016), the script had flipped in Western-Islamic relations and a German chancellor issued a total stand-down order and encouraged the former tormentors to come into the heart of Europe with “no limit” (keine Obergrenze — Madman Merkel’s words, Sept. 2015).

    • Replies: @Charon
    , @Peter Frost
    , @JMcG
  9. @SFG

    I mean, why help them?

    There are several ways to look at this video.

    * Point and sputter: Mozart is evil because his civilization was evil. You know that because I’m pointing and sputtering.

    * Force majure: The composers of the video will win, and showing the video will only accelerate their victory.

    * Strategic: Pointing and sputtering won’t produce victory for the people doing it because the cities in which the pointers/sputterers live have exhausted their political ability to control their cities’ hinterlands, and have no economic base beyond finance, which is in serious trouble.

    * There is a dispute between the cities and their hinterlands, but most people don’t know just how basic it is, and how seriously they could be hurt for what they consider trifles, and so are not defending themselves now, while they still can.

    * The pointers and sputterers are obviously idiots, and should no be voted for, as they probably can’t manage to dress themselves in the morning.

    I’m of the opinion that the final way of viewing this would affect low information voters most, since it’s prima facie true.

    IMHO, of course.

    Counterinsurgency

  10. Charon says:
    @Hail

    That second pic is kind of epic.

    Definitely saving it for future use!

    Meanwhile, did Merkel really say “without limit”? Well, I see she did, and then backtracked a bit. How about our leaders? Everyone knows only Nazis have borders.

    • Replies: @Maciano
  11. @Hail

    Great 1926 movie on the USS Constitution. Love the oversized “Old Glory” on the small boats.

    • Replies: @Hail
  12. anon[338] • Disclaimer says:

    It’s amazing to see the towers erected along the European coastline of the Mediterranean as watch posts to provide warning of raiders who would kidnap and pillage.

    • Replies: @Cortes
  13. Ironically the Sultan is the good guy in this opera.

    • Agree: baythoven
  14. RickinJax says:

    The Brits and the Dutch made a massive naval attack on Algiers shortly after the end of the Napoleonic Wars. I think 1817 or 1818. They freed more than 3000 slaves, mostly Christian.
    The problem was not completely solved until the French began the conquest of North Africa c. 1830.

  15. Cortes says:
    @anon

    Exactly.

    Along the SE coast of Spain many place names are a giveaway:

    Torrevieja, Torremolinos, Guardamar (several), Torreblanca, Torre Pacheco…

    • Replies: @Alfa158
  16. Peter Frost says: • Website
    @Hail

    “Do we have any data of the scale of the Muslims-enslaving-White Christians problem by time period and when it ended?”

    It began in the eighth century with the Islamic conquest of Spain and southwest France. Initially, the captives were mostly prisoners of war. Peaceful trade began with the sale of Slavic captives from eastern Europe (who became prisoners of war through intertribal fighting or fighting with Germans on the Elbe). Later, from the 15th century to the early 19th, the trade became increasingly predatory: North African corsairs raided the shores of Western Europe and Tatar horsemen raided what is now Ukraine, southern Russia, Belarus, and Poland. It essentially ended with the French annexation of Algeria in 1830 and the Russian annexation of the Crimea in 1783.

    The numbers are difficult to nail down. Alexandre Skirda estimates that several tens of thousands to several hundreds of thousands were exported from Europe between the eighth and twelfth centuries, mostly young women and boys on the brink of puberty. For later periods he cites estimates between two million and two and a half million for eastern European captives.

    Skirda, A. (2010). La traite des Slaves. L’esclavage des Blancs du VIIIe au XVIIIe siècle. Paris: Les Éditions de Paris Max Chaleil.

    Other sources put the number at a million and a half from eastern Europe. It’s difficult to say because many captive Europeans died on the way to the slave markets.

    “It is known that for every slave the Crimeans sold in the market, they killed outright several other people during their raids, and a couple more died on the way to the slave market.”

    Britannica. 2019. “Slavery” in Encyclopedia Britannica
    https://www.britannica.com/topic/slavery-sociology

    Also see:

    Fisher, A. (1972). Muscovy and the Black Sea slave trade. Canadian-American Slavic Studies 6 (4): 575-94.

    Kolodziejczyk, D. (2006). Slave hunting and slave redemption as a business enterprise: The northern Black Sea region in the sixteenth to seventeenth centuries. Oriente Moderno 86 (1): 149-59.

    Davis (2004) estimates that more than a million people were abducted from western Europe during the same period.

    Davis, R. (2004). Christian Slaves, Muslim Masters: White Slavery in the Mediterranean, the Barbary Coast, and Italy, 1500-1800. Palgrave-Macmillan.

    The grand total is somewhere between three and five million. That’s a lot of people for pre-1830 Europe.

    • Replies: @Whiskey
  17. Ano says:

    Hang on Mr Sailer, I’m confused.
    Isn’t Mozart a negro?
    Wasn’t it in African-American History Year (sorry, I mean Month (for now)) I heard about how Black Mozart was the finest composer eva? (Sure, there was some honkey cat with a similar name, but didn’t he just steal all BM’s best moves and rhythms ?)

    Why was he cancelled? Did he go public saying Trump isn’t all bad? Or did somebody dig up old tweets where he joked about homos or dissed trannies?

    Has someone whitefaced his photo yet?

    Meanwhile, I’ve find another picture of Justin Trudeau for you…

  18. Hail says: • Website
    @Joe Stalin

    The introductory text to this 1926 silent film may be worth reproducing:

    The liberty of mankind rests on the Freedom of the Seas. Without that, nations are imprisoned within their own boundaries. They cannot live!

    In 1798, the Mediterranean lay at the mercy of the North African pirates, who exacted toll from all the great powers.

    When a nation was tardy with its tribute, the insolent corsairs swooped down, pillaged its ships and sold its men and women into bondage.

    A young, weak republic alone dared to question their despotic power. . . . To grapple with this problem, the Fifth Congress met at Philadelphia, at that time the capital of the United States.

    [First scene opens with horse-and-buggy along a Philadelphia street scene; people are shown milling around in front of the Congress building]

    The five people responsible for this film’s production, acc. to its Wiki entry, are:

    – Director: James Cruze (b.1884, Utah; Mormon ethnic origin);
    – Co-Writer: Dorothy Arzner (b. 1897, raised in Los Angeles; elite education [Harvard-Westlake High School and USC]; Christian; surname is strongly associated with SW Germany’s Black Forest area; mother’s maiden name is Young);
    – Co-Writer: Harry Carr (b. 1877; White-Protestant, by 1890s or earlier in California);
    – Scenario: Walter Woods (b. 1881 in Pennsylvania; likely White-Protestant);
    – Intertitles: Rupert Hughes (b. 1872; White-Protestant from Missouri and Iowa; from 1946 he was head of the anti-Communist American Writers Association).

    Average year of birth: 1882
    Average place of origin: Western US
    Median religion: Protestant Christian

    ________________

    As a mental experiment, imagine the same ‘median people’ born a mere century later, b.1982 instead of 1882, together approaching the production of a movie about the Barbary pirates in the 2020s, to be released in 2026, not 1926.

    What would the result be?

    (And they ask about cultural decline!)

  19. Wagner is better for triggering snowflakes.

    • Replies: @Amerimutt Golems
  20. Alfa158 says:
    @Cortes

    In Italy the towers are known generically as “Saracenos”. Because there is one on every headland, there are so many that each tower doesn’t always have a dedicated name.

  21. Whiskey says: • Website
    @Peter Frost

    Viking wealth was amazing. Hoards of Islamic silver and gold. In the West Muslim Spain was kept going by British and French slaves. Since when have Muslims ever wirked? In the East Baghdad was run on Eastern European slavery.

    Islam suffered its first collapse after Vikings Christian ized and stopped slaving. The Ottoman Turks took slaves direct.

    Now if course our women want to sell us into slavery for tingles and Facebook likes.

    • Replies: @Neoconned
  22. Timely Halloween costume suggestions Justin time for Labour Party Canadians!

    Get it? Groans…

  23. J.Ross says:
    @Cortes

    There is a running joke on 4channel’s /tv/ board that the true test of masculinity, which no woman may pass, is “the boat movie.” It specifically refers to Master and Commander but works well with that other masculine wartime movie about a certain boat, or Captains Courageous (which is literally a masculinity coming-of-age story), and for that matter, most movies about boats.
    Any given boat movie is almost always going to be heavily about discipline, teamwork, reliability, self-sufficiency, fighting, and the virility-recharging properties of herring.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  24. @Laurence Whelk

    Cazzo! Just imagine, Ed Buck is in an LA area jail tonight, which is likely one of his go-to fantasies. Esultate indeed!

  25. Maciano says:
    @Charon

    That’s ironic, because one of the big problems with the real nazis was that they didn’t really understand or respect the concept of borders.

  26. MEH 0910 says:

    OT:

  27. Gordo says:
    @Cortes

    No doubt the Aubrey/Maturin novels are now themselves damned to the memory.

    In the earlier novels Maturin ‘hated a Moor’.

    In the later ones not so much, O’Brian was not unaware of the currents surrounding him.

  28. Gordo says:
    @SFG

    I mean, why help them?

    I assume it’s accelerationism.

  29. JMcG says:
    @Hail

    Pretty much the entire population of Baltimore, a town in the south of Ireland, was enslaved in a raid by Muslims in 1631.
    Only a handful ever saw Ireland again. There’s an interesting book on the subject called The Stolen Village.

  30. @Redneck farmer

    They have been trying to Africanize the Bayreuth festival since the 1960s.

  31. This story has little to do with Muslims. What you need to understand is that our “world” government is trying to build a global narrative that includes everybody. First, we had air travel and the 747 to invade the world; and step-on everybody’s culture. Now, for the second act, we have the internet to finish the job. You need to bear in mind that our “Leaders” take the long view. Arab youth can easily be turned into “Apple People” in just two or three generations. So allowing Arabs to come to the West doesn’t matter: it’s their grandchildren that matter. Imagine a completely unified human race, with not even one person left out. That’s their objective, and they’re not going to let culture get in the way. Everybody must share exactly the same values, and they will do so by being conditioned to believe that cooperating is the only way to survive. Even now, cell phone apps require a debit card just to be activated. Soon, those apps will automatically charge kids for everything: they’ll be broke all the time. But opportunity will knock in the form of social engagement jobs; which will place young girls in compromising situations. Have to pay the rent!

    All of this belies one simple fact: The Arabs were originally a much smaller group of desert people.
    They don’t belong to the modern world; and their population growth is hurting everyone. There shouldn’t be more than fifty million Arabs worldwide. And there shouldn’t be any iPhones at all.

  32. Before society regains its senses (if it ever regains its senses), they will come for everyone, because, you see, they are perfect. They believe in the perfect fantasy religion of equality, which gives them complete moral authority to accuse anyone of anything they might suspect at any time, objective reality be damned.

  33. I saw Otello at the Met last year and a white guy played him, which was racist enough, but not in black face.

  34. Pat Boyle says:
    @Laurence Whelk

    Yes Domingo is now in trouble. In this clip he’s in trouble because Otello isn’t really his role. I’ve heard him in the role at SF Opera twice. The second time was the famous cross continent last minute replacement for Carlos Cossutta. It was opening night for the season. I had rented a tux and in those days the War Memorial Opera House had no air conditioning. So we in the upper balcony (where the best sound was) were pretty uncomfortable as we waited and waited for Placido to fly across from the East Coast. I think Gordon Getty lent him the use of his private jet.

    I would like to report that after all that dramatic build up Domingo triumphed. But he didn’t. He was exhausted. We were exhausted. And as you can hear in this clip he was never a real dramatic tenor. He could sing dramatic tenor roles of course but it’s not the same thing and this little entrance arioso reveals that truth only too clearly. This was Del Monaco’s territory.

    I know a bit about Placido’s sex life too. That’s not much of a distinction. Lots of people knew.

    I was dating a girl in the opera chorus. She was quite beautiful. He had been a contestant in the Miss America contest. She can be seen in the movie about the SF Opera chorus. Alas she was a little crazy. But crazy in an attractive way to a young man. She was a nymphomaniac. When I first went out with her she had just had an abortion so our activities that evening were circumscribed. I think she had had about a half dozen abortions by that time. She was pretty promiscuous. Her day job was as a medical assistant for a gynecologist.

    He went out together for a month or two. One day in bed she proudly told me about sleeping with Domingo. Many girls in the chorus slept with the visiting opera stars but she assured me that Domingo was a gentleman. It wasn’t just a sleazy coupling behind the props and flats. He took her to a nice hotel. She recounted this story smiling and happy. She was a celebrity fucker and she got the best celebrities.

    She assured me that he was nothing like the infamous Giacomo Aragal – who legend had it – demanded that the opera management provide him with a chorus girl girl for a blow job in his dressing room between acts. Placido like many other top tenors who travel continuously had to get his companionship where he could. But he was nice about it.

  35. Pat Boyle says:

    Yes Domingo is now in trouble. In this clip he’s in trouble because Otello isn’t really his role. I’ve heard him in the role at SF Opera twice. The second time was the famous cross continent last minute replacement for Carlos Cossutta. It was opening night for the season. I had rented a tux and in those days the War Memorial Opera House had no air conditioning. So we in the upper balcony (where the best sound was) were pretty uncomfortable as we waited and waited for Placido to fly across from the East Coast. I think Gordon Getty lent him the use of his private jet.

    I would like to report that after all that dramatic build up Domingo triumphed. But he didn’t. He was exhausted. We were exhausted. And as you can hear in this clip he was never a real dramatic tenor. He could sing dramatic tenor roles of course but it’s not the same thing and this little entrance arioso reveals that truth only too clearly. This was Del Monaco’s territory.

    I know a bit about Placido’s sex life too. That’s not much of a distinction. Lots of people knew.

    I was dating a girl in the opera chorus. She was quite beautiful. He had been a contestant in the Miss America contest. She can be seen in the movie about the SF Opera chorus. Alas she was a little crazy. But crazy in an attractive way to a young man. She was a nymphomaniac. When I first went out with her she had just had an abortion so our activities that evening were circumscribed. I think she had had about a half dozen abortions by that time. She was pretty promiscuous. Her day job was as a medical assistant for a gynecologist.

    He went together for a month or two. One day in bed she proudly told me about sleeping with Domingo. Many girls in the chorus slept with the visiting opera stars but she assured me that Domingo was a gentleman. It wasn’t just a sleazy coupling behind the props and flats. He took her to a nice hotel. She recounted this story smiling and happy. She was a celebrity fucker and shee got the celebrities.

    She assured me that he was nothing like the infamous Giacomo Aragal – who legend had it – demanded that the opera management provide him with a chorus girl girl for a blow job in his dressing room between acts. Placido like many other top tenors who travel continuously had to get his companionship where he could. But he was nice about it.

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