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America is divided and the rupture is so deep that Americans can’t even see across that which splits them in the middle. If there was a hope at one point that someone could unite the nation, this hope has faded away. In fact, the American mainstream media works relentlessly to sustain that cultural and even metaphysical separation. It is reasonable to determine that rather than delivering something that resembles news, the American media operates as propaganda outlets. Like in the Soviet Union, American mainstream media manufactures stories that sustain premeditated narratives. The commitment to impartiality, truthfulness, honesty or any journalistic standard has been replaced with blind adherence to a ‘party line,’ an ‘ideology,’ a ‘worldview.’

On one side of that dividing line we find the so-called ‘progressives’: ‘liberals’ and Identitarians who are largely associated with cities and the urban lifestyle. On the other side we find people who are conservative, nationalist and patriotic. More than often, they are slightly removed and even repulsed by urban culture.

It doesn’t take a genius to gather that the progressive worldview is, in fact a celebration of choseness (exceptionalism). To be ‘progressive’ is to believe that someone else must be ‘reactionary.’ To be progressive is practically a severe form of self-love. As such, progressives and liberals do believe themselves to be on the right side of history and this belief legitimises their conduct, which often verges on hardcore authoritarianism. After all, ‘reason,’ progressives believe, is embedded in the core of their liberal perception.

‘Ordinary’ people, on the other hand, do not deny or refute reason. They just accept that reason is merely one aspect of the human existence. To be ‘ordinary’ is to acknowledge that ‘Being’ is prior to reason. Unlike the liberal and the progressive who adheres to the Cartesian Cogito, Ergo Sum; ‘I think therefore I am,’ the ‘ordinary’ accepts that you actually ‘think because you are’ (Heidegger). But it goes further: to be ‘ordinary’ is to accept that you actually ‘are where you do not think’ (Lacan). To be ‘ordinary’ is to let the unconscious guide you to safety. To be ‘ordinary’, as such, is to accept that ‘Being’ proceeds rationality, to acknowledge that ‘Being in the World,’ transcends beyond reason and rationality. Thus, true existential understanding is when rationality comes to terms with its boundaries. And ecstasies, as the ultimate form of existential celebration is the instant in which the reason lets off its guards and the soul is finally free to explore its true nature.

While the ‘chosen’ sees oneself as the shiniest product of enlightenment, the ‘ordinary’ is often unimpressed by the enlightenment and its ‘achievements.’ For the ‘ordinary’, family values, the church, the commitment to the soil and even ‘love’ as a thing in itself do not beg for rational ‘explanations’ or analytical explorations. The ‘ordinary’ does not see oneself as the ruler of the universe. The ‘ordinary’ is instead a humble visitor: he or she embraces the climate and accepts its changes. The ordinary people also seem slightly less fearful of ‘global pandemics.’ They are often made of combatant fabric and like soldiers they accept that temporality is inherent to existence.

People may oppose and mock Donald Trump for understandable reasons, but no one can deny the fact that Trump contributed more than anyone else to emphasise this sharp and unbridgeable divide between the ‘chosen’ and the ‘ordinary.’

Trump appeared on the world’s political stage when it seemed as if the liberal agenda had prevailed. Trump’s presidential victory in 2016 revealed that half of the American people weren’t sure about the plan to ‘revise’ the ‘World Order’. Four years later, the battle zone is fully transparent. On November 3, 2020 Trump and the Republican Party were destined to disappear electorally. Many pollsters promised us a Biden/Democratic ‘landslide victory.’ This didn’t happen. The Democratic party lost seats in the house. The Republicans gained them. And if this is not bad enough, Trump increased his raw vote tally considerably, growing stronger within diverse community segments that are traditionally associated with the Democratic party. Judging by the election results, many people actually prefer to be ‘ordinary.’

A legal battle is taking place at the moment over issues to do with the integrity of the November election. The American Progressive media pretends that this battle isn’t taking place. While Trump’s legal team fights in the swing states not one American liberal mainstream outlet is brave enough to admit that half of America has drifted away to alternative outlets. In just a matter of days those outlets increased their ratings significantly. The ‘ordinary’ doesn’t buy into the ‘chosen’ narrative. He and she actually prefer an ordinary tale.

And yet, it is important to grasp the role of Trump in all of this. How did this real estate tycoon emerge to become the voice of America’s Working Class? How is it possible that the Democratic Party, once upon a time the voice of working America, has become the mercenary force of Wall Street and Silicon Valley while the Republicans are now the voice of the Ordinary people and working Americans? Trump provides an answer.

Peculiarly enough, Trump is that which Bernie and Corbyn pretended to be but never were. Trump, himself, an exemplary ‘chosen’ character has become the favorite of the ‘ordinary.’ Trump’s communication is existentially driven. The man has managed to excite tens of millions of voters shaking his behind to the music of YMCA. As opposed to the rationalist enlightened ‘chosen’ who searches for the reasoning that connects words to meanings, the ‘ordinary’, reacts to the deafening silence between the words. Trump is a master of that deafening silence. He knows how to articulate his massage in between words. I assume Trump has never read Lacan, but he understands very well the role of the unconscious: you ARE where you do not think. You are your guts.

ORDER IT NOW

That which progressives and liberals hate about Trump is exactly what more than 74 million American voters love about the man. Liberals and progressives see Trump as a reckless, failed businessman with a trail of bankruptcies and (pandemic) deaths behind him. Yet, for his admirers, these facts make Trump into an Übermensch, a resilient human hero who prevails against all odds. Like some military figures such as MacArthur, Patton, Sharon and historical state leaders such as Hitler, Stalin and Churchill, Trump, throughout his entire adult life, has been willing to risk everything to win a battle or fulfil a dream. Like the above historical figures, Trump manages to drive his troops into ecstasy yet, unlike many of them, Trump didn’t start a single war. ‘Ordinary’ people appreciate this fact as it is often them who send their sons and daughters to fight and die in the so-called ‘American wars.’

(Republished from Gilad Atzmon by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Realist says:

    Excellent points.

    • Agree: frankie p
    • Thanks: Gilad Atzmon
    • Replies: @saggy
  2. R2b says:

    Are we gonna feel sorry for lost oppurtunities if he looses?
    Four years doing nothing but being representative.
    Playing the victim, hypnotizing the flock.
    Leading them to, you know what.
    Started no new wars.
    Well the schedule was full.
    The Big one in waiting.
    Shall that be a credit?
    He delivered lots Big time to Israel.
    You like that Gilad?
    Anyway, if Rudy-team gets him in the saddle properly, will not the covid-agenda be implemented, according to you, Gilad?

  3. Thanks Gilad for exposing the arrogance of reason and the self righteous. Those who claim to be the saviour of mankind with their utopian dreams, are the scourge of mankind. The Covid vaccine is their latest deadly project and I truly hope that the ordinaries will scuttle their plan.

    • Thanks: Gilad Atzmon
  4. @R2b

    This is your country I guess, I am not taking a political position here but actually trying to understand the meaning of the political act. As far as I can see, all parties involved are rotten to the core however, I always find empathy in me to ordinary ppl and working class in general…

    • Agree: Aristotle1
    • Replies: @R2b
  5. sonofman says:

    The “Chosen” are motivated by egoism, which is the root of all evil. Everything that they stand for is based upon deceptions that they create. Their power is sustained through fear, exploitation and oppression. But, although they try, they can never obviate the advantage that the “Ordinary” possess, and will eventually effect the collapse (wie immer) of the “Chosen”: Humanity’s oneness with God and the essence of diligence, integrity and compassion. Notwithstanding President Trump’s policies, his disdain by the “Chosen” has given the ordinary people a star with rocker status to follow. With all of their efforts to get rid of President Trump, the fact has escaped from the “Chosen” that their main goal is still to keep the masses oblivious and satisfied. But now, with the blatant and devious voter fraud, the “People” are in charge now, and they will dictate the President’s actions. And they don’t play politics.

  6. Wyatt says:

    Liberals, progressives and democratic socialists are garbage—total and complete refuse. These idiots bitch and moan about all the poor dark folk in America and how they’re treated, but are perfectly content to elect a president whose early appointments are zionists who will happily bomb the fuck out of brown people in the middle east.

    Lefties don’t believe in anything but their own moral superiority and their own over-estimated intelligence. As long as they don’t have to confront reality, they’re perfectly fine to condescend to all the hicks and rednecks and “ignorant” people that voted for the President who halted America’s overt attacks on non-whites and tried to end the Neocon wars. If the country is to be saved, leftists can have no place in it. They will ruin whatever’s left of this nation just to satisfy their own egos and everyone else, international as well as domestic, will have to pay for it.

    May they all burn in the fires they created.

  7. TG says:

    I agree with much of this, but here’s another angle.

    The country is in the grip of a corrupt elite that seeks only to strip-mine it of wealth. As you say, ‘journalism’ is pure propaganda, but unlike the old Soviet Union with it’s classical propaganda, modern Western propaganda is more like Jazz: it’s improvisational, has no memory, and serves only to muddy the waters and divide and conquer. It’s more like jamming a radar system with noise and false targets than providing a coherent false narrative.

    Trump said some things that people were desperate to hear, but after all, he was just one man, and had no organization behind him, and no apparent interest in building one. His genius was his outrageous self-promotion, which let him avoid the fate of more rational populists who are simply ignored and left crying in the wilderness. Now Trump is on the way out, and there will be nothing like him again. The slim chance he presented for reform is, I think, very much dead and gone.

    • Replies: @cronkitsche
  8. I really do not think the division here is between “chosen” vs. “ordinary”. Such a comparison dignifies the Organized Global Fascist/Corporatist Technocracy / Aristocracy to some level above sociopathic greed, tribal narcissism, advanced degeneracy and collective delusion. The fact that this self appointed body (less than a few thousand) is funding a coordinated attack on self-reliant middle class economies across the world with their COVID false flag psyop does not really harken to a description as “chosen”.

    The “ordinary” in this comparison represent to a large extent the traditional cultures and ideals of the communities of a Multi Polar World of Sovereign Nation States. They may be many, but they are far from ordinary. That term is better suited to the frightened sheople who serve as useful puppets for the BLM and SJW identity narratives of the “walking woke”. It is a color revolution decades in the making, with worldwide centers of psychological (and migratory culture) attack. That the USA has to deal with it today is quite a fitting occurance of Karma, in that the Deep State has turned against and among itself.

    While we do recognize the use of sarcasm, these are serious times and there is little room for further confusion beyond what these global terrorists (a much more descriptive term) have already created.

    https://roacheforque.blogspot.com/2020/11/the-battle-between-globalism-and.html

    • Agree: Bill Jones, cronkitsche
  9. The perfect candidate would have been someone with) Jeremy Corbyn’s heart and policies and Donald Trump’s testosterone levels and functional boorishness.

    Trump: too dumb and manipulated
    Corbyn: too timid and unable to create a cult of personality.

    Great work Gilad. I follow a Marxist academic(a WASP who grew up in a trailer park) on twitter and he babbles academically about Freud, Lacan, Deleuze and others. I am in shock how this supposed marxist and left winger and the academics he represents communicate about inane topics in a way that makes them more difficult to understand.

    You on the other hand are bringing relevant abstract topics(I am amazed you found something in Lacan that can be communicated and matters in our time) to the level of the thinking common man. Thank you.

    • Thanks: cronkitsche
    • Replies: @HallParvey
  10. Ugetit says:

    Like in the Soviet Union, American mainstream media manufactures stories that sustain premeditated narratives.

    How is that “mainstream?”

    • Replies: @Gilad Atzmon
  11. sarz says:

    Ann Coulter, who’s been paying a lot more attention than Gilad, is for Trumpism without Trump. Several writers, going back decades, have used the same language to describe Trump: he is without a soul. One remembers Jesus: What doth it profit a man if he gain the whole world but lose his soul?

    Trump, like his father before him has put all his energy into serving his own people, Jews, while pretending to be a heritage Christian American. At least he’s taken the trouble to pretend to identify with them. Who else do they have?

    Trump was very, very closely associated with Epstein, over decades, including credibly alleged activity such as the joint rape of a twelve and a thirteen year old, and they only split because Trump screwed Epstein in a land deal, and to forfend Epstein’s revenge got him charged with pedophilia. Epstein and Maxwell were not just about the sexual violation of young Christian girls. There was the temple of Moloch. When you put the known facts together it is hard to avoid the conclusion that Trump is a talmudic satanist. Behold the lack of soul.

    In place of a soul is Trump’s burning quest to be a winner. If the Jew thing does not work out for him, who knows, maybe he’ll go all out with his heritage American persona.

    • Disagree: Skeptikal
    • Troll: Nisbe, Bill Jones
    • Replies: @Priss Factor
    , @anonomojoe
  12. Basing philosophy and action on reason is not what is wrong with the left.
    The problem is that they don’t reason well or honestly.

    • Replies: @Gilad Atzmon
  13. Jews are chosen. Goy elites are favored. Rest are ordinary.

    Jewish elites and Goy elites are different. Jews not only have power and wealth as individuals but have the right of identity and nationalism. Thus, Jews have urban elite power and national-populist power. After all, it’s perfectly fine for rich Jews to identify with regular Jews and stand up for working class Jews in Israel. So, Jews got elite individualism and national populism. They can succeed via individualism and unite around identity.

    In contrast, goyim can succeed only as individuals. Thus, successful goyim are not ‘chosen’. They are ‘favored’. They have no right of identity. As they function merely as individuals, they cannot unite into a power bloc. Only Jews can. So, goy individuals end up serving the united power of Jews.

  14. @sarz

    Can we have Coulterism without Coulter? She was for Iraq War and waved the Israeli flag forever as a neocon pet whore. She saw the light only later but still won’t name the Jew.

    • Replies: @sarz
    , @Kelso
  15. I’ve read that Trump’s support comes mainly from upper middle class affluent white males. so the idea that Trump or the Republicans are now the party of the working class is absurd. Trump is the result of decades of Clintonism, with Clintonites like Pelosi, Obama, etc. The Democrats have thrown their base under the bus a long time ago and the cluster fuck we now are in is the result. I would say a good deal of Trump voters were voting against Biden and not without cause. Personally, After watching Nancy “It ain”t gonna happen” Pelosi end up with less than half the money Trump offered a few weeks ago for a stimulus, and the Democrats fuck you to their constituents I hope the Democratic Party implodes. By the way, the word “rational” comes from the Italian Renaissance where if you could understand ratios as in gear ratios say, you were said to be rational. That’s what rational means.

  16. One of your best. It’s getting linked elsewhere.

    • Thanks: Gilad Atzmon
  17. ‘…While Trump’s legal team fights in the swing states not one American liberal mainstream outlet is brave enough to admit that half of America has drifted away to alternative outlets. In just a matter of days those outlets increased their ratings significantly. The ‘ordinary’ doesn’t buy into the ‘chosen’ narrative…’

    So what you’re saying is that we may overcome?

    • Replies: @Gilad Atzmon
  18. @Priss Factor

    ‘Jewish elites and Goy elites are different…’

    I think your analysis is worth thinking over.

    It’s worth considering that there used to be a coherent gentile elite — they were called WASP’s — but somehow they were subverted, fragmented, and put into harness to serve — okay, I’ll say it — the Jewish agenda.

    There is now — albeit it is denied — a cohesive Jewish elite instead, that promotes its agenda. Its center lies somewhere around the type that is described as ‘Progressive Except for Palestine.’ To my mind, Jody Rudoren, formerly of the New York Times and now editor of The Forward, epitomizes it.

  19. @Colin Wright

    Prophecy is not my field, it is a battle and we have to fight for what we believe to be true and ethical ….

  20. @john cronk

    There is no Left philosophy as Left is based on the the denial of essentialism and essentialist thought . Philosophy is a right wing domain. I delve into it in Being in Time. The Left replaces philosophy with a set of commandments or shall we say, tyranny of correctness.

    • Agree: Aristotle1
  21. Most Trump voters would have voted for Sanders if given a chance.

    Giving the lie to this dumbass blue-red fallacy that some dumbass journalists thought up. Or did the fuckers in charge think it up? So they could mock the the the the hoi polloi by coloring them communist red?

    Be that as it may, Trump is a protest vote. So would a Sanders vote have been. The majority nowadays will vote for anyone who bucks the current dispensation. Blue or Red or Green or Color-blind.

    • Agree: gay troll, nokangaroos
  22. Anon[304] • Disclaimer says:
    @Priss Factor

    If people in group A are sensible enough to understand the benefits of playing as a team, and people in group B aren’t and play a free-for-all, the outcome needs to be what you say it is.
    The not-so-easy part is to see how that is group A’s fault, or misdeed.

  23. gay troll says:

    People may oppose and mock Donald Trump for understandable reasons, but no one can deny the fact that Trump contributed more than anyone else to emphasise this sharp and unbridgeable divide between the ‘chosen’ and the ‘ordinary.’

    You’re saying that Donald Trump exacerbating this divide is a good thing? You are sure the divide is unbridgeable? Maybe the divide is a work in progress which you are here abetting. Projecting the sins of your own faulty reasoning onto progressives.

    You’re telling me that Donald Trump, the long awaited Mashiach of the Jews, is ordinary and not chosen? The guy who has been in front of a TV camera for the last 40 years? You’re telling me that Christians, who make up most of what you call ordinary in America, do not consider themselves to be elect? You’re telling me that these people are guided by the subconscious and not the dogma of their bibles? You are implicitly defending religion over reason, but it is religion that originated and propagated the entire notion of being chosen. It is reason that rejects claims of being chosen. Both political parties are corrupted; I won’t defend either of them. Nor will I bow to a progressive authority. But by picking a side in the divide and conquer culture war, you prove that you are part of the problem contributing to the polarization of the American politic. By vilifying reason you suggest that we would be better off sticking to the revelations of prophets.

    • Agree: Skeptikal
    • Replies: @The Soft Parade
  24. ariadna says:

    Not one of Atzmon’s best pieces. While the “chosen”/“”ordinary” taxonomy is serviceable, the description of the two categories is forced and rings false.
    The chosen’s compass is not “reason” and its guiding principle is not “Cogito ergo sum” but “Habeo ergo sum.” No students of Decartes, they are grand grifters with a messianic complex at the top and sheisters bent on plunder at the lower levels.
    Their palaver of pretend “science” worship is but a self-serving lie or they would not bow to the dictates of WHO (mostly financed by Bill Gates, a college dropout) whose director (Bedros) is not even a doctor. They follow the 2030 Agenda and get well remunerated for their service.
    No “reason” involved, only a ferocious thirst for unlimited power over the “ordinary.”
    It is the “ordinary” who have a strong grasp on reason, known in its forme fruste as common sense, not the “unconscious.”
    I fail to see the Republican Party as a born-again defender of the working class, which is why they did not support Trump’s populist moves.
    Trump is an anomaly. He was not supposed to get into the White House. He is the only POTUS who was never invited to the Bilderberg club’s meetings. He threw sand into the engine of the Great Reset and kept insisting on making “America Great Again,” not heralding the New World Order, which Dubya (a Republican) specifically called for and promised.
    Trump does not have what Bush Father disdainfully called “the vision thing,” but he has the showman’s instinct to tune in to his audience and play to it. For applause. For “winning.” No Lacan, Shmacan, or “understanding the role of the unconscious.” And no overheideggerizing either.
    The comparison with generals of fame is unwarranted.

    • Agree: Skeptikal
    • Replies: @Skeptikal
  25. @Gilad Atzmon

    There is no Left philosophy as Left is based on the the denial of essentialism and essentialist thought . Philosophy is a right wing domain.

    Nah, I don’t buy that.

  26. sarz says:
    @Priss Factor

    Coulterism without Coulter? You mean if she’s thinking of running for president? If that’s what you’re hinting at, actually she would be a huge improvement over Trump. As for “naming the Jew”, as you put it, maybe someone capable of a level of politeness in dealing with the Jewish Problem is called for. Maybe she’s just the one for that.

    Please name your favorite public figures who would deal with the Jewish Problem and might want to run. I put it to Giraldi in Unz comments and drew a blank. Is there anyone? Unz maybe. Can we come up with five names?

    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
  27. @Priss Factor

    In contrast, goyim can succeed only as individuals. Thus, successful goyim are not ‘chosen’. They are ‘favored’. They have no right of identity. As they function merely as individuals, they cannot unite into a power bloc. Only Jews can. So, goy individuals end up serving the united power of Jews.

    It is Jews who are steadfast opponents of goyim kith and kin nationalism because of consequences in the past. That’s why people like Kevin MacDonald are vilified by the ADL and ruling class.

    In England Jewish behavior led to clauses in the Magna Carta, the Statute of Jewry, and ultimately Edict of Expulsion.

    The Aliens Act 1905 was passed mainly because of Eastern European Jews in London’s East End. Several of these were suspected of being Jack the Ripper.

    Equally in the U.S. the Immigration Act of 1924 was a reaction to Eastern European immigrants including Jews. Years prior Jewish businessman Leo Frank was lynched over the murder of a 13-year-old girl.

    In Germany Martin Luther, Heinrich von Treitschke, Houston Stewart Chamberlain (English-born) Werner Sombart, and Hans Günther share an obvious common denominator – Jewish social norms.

    Chamberlain influenced National Socialists.

  28. @R2b

    Y’know, I bin thinking of all’a da munny Trump gives Israel.
    First of all, you must realise that Trump was a political innocent when he took office, and he had to be “re-oriented” in the first 48 hours to conform to the realities of The System. He did not understand that the Swamp is actually also the drinking-water reservoir, so to speak. But he learned quick…
    America has been Zion’s bitch since December 1913, when the Federal Reserve Act stole the entire economy for the Zionist bankers. America has been stopping money and weapons and technology up Zion’s arse every day since, including attacking Germany to rid the world of the ONLY democratic economics policy ever tried; National Socialism.
    The one thing Trump did otherwise? He showered Israel with gifts already bestowed by previous administrations, openly and with much fanfare. Before Trump, none of us realised just how much money and material is actually flowing to Tel Aviv, Paris and London, the Bolshevik strongholds.
    Thanks to Trump, we now know how much is stolen from the working class and given to those who hate White people and see Black people as too stupid to be a real threat.

  29. @sarz

    As for “naming the Jew”, as you put it, maybe someone capable of a level of politeness in dealing with the Jewish Problem is called for. Maybe she’s just the one for that.

    That might not exactly be what most Jews who know of Ron Unz’ ideas about the Holocaust would want to look at him. Another aspect of this story, that might cause people to roll their eyes in bewilderment is, that he too went for polite ways of framing your subjects in an interview recently. – This is really – I mean. Ron Unz was not brought up studying the Holy Bible, I mean especially the part with the splinter in the eye of the other and …that’s for sure. And I don’t blame him for that. But anyhow. You would have thought that he had heard something about this – sector of human behavior, be it in whatever form it might be (Freud and his neurotic defense mechanisms would come to your mind, or Goethe, about the errand (=self-deceptive) nature of the human mind, but…).

  30. There is no Left philosophy as Left is based on the the denial of essentialism and essentialist thought . Philosophy is a right wing domain.

    May I hint at Erich Fromm’s work? Fromm made almost the same use of Heidegger as you do here – in your very insightful essay. And he was also supporting the important role of religion for us humans.

    As did lefty Jürgen Habermas – from about his 70ies on. Last year, he wrote a two-tome book of 1400+ pages showing how intertwined the evening empire’s culture and thinking/philosophy is with – religion: This too a History of Philosophy.

  31. The chosen are narcissists, and at the root of narcissism is always found a deep self loathing. In this case the self loathing is for themselves as human beings connected to the earth. They have “progressed” now so far in their escape from the mundane that they are becoming untethered from reality.

    The rage is projected onto those more content and accepting of ordinary life.

  32. I don’t know if I agree with this:

    To be progressive is practically a severe form of self-love

    but I think you really hit the mark with this:

    To be ‘ordinary’ is to let the unconscious guide you to safety. To be ‘ordinary’, as such, is to accept that ‘Being’ proceeds rationality . . etc.

    Wouldn’t it follow then that “progressives” actually hate and fear themselves?

  33. Peg B says: • Website

    I confess, the article uses so many political and other labels that I found translating it too much of a chore and gave up.
    But it drew such interesting comments, so thanks to all, both author and commenters, for taking the time.
    I always thought I was a flaming liberal for believing in justice, economic and personal opportunity, kindness, peace etc. for all. While I still believe, I guess I’m not a “liberal “any more? I haven’t got a bureaucratic bone in my body.
    Right now though we’re so bogged down by deliberate political cons and fears that we can’t properly focus on what’s going down, or so it seems to me.
    We’re being herded into factions – race, religion, country versus urban, citizenship, political leanings, masking versus not (freedom) – and we are taking the craziness out on one another. Oddest of all to me are the laws against antisemitism, because I think that could come back on working class people of Jewish heritage by giving non-Jews something more to fear. So it’s not helping us all to get along. Must be a different agenda in doing that, it seems.
    Meanwhile the wealthiest people on the planet, of whatever heritage, are conniving mightily to control everyone else. Or is this too simple an idea to focus on?

  34. GuestAug says:

    The commitment to impartiality, truthfulness, honesty or any journalistic standard has been replaced with blind adherence to a ‘party line,’ an ‘ideology,’ a ‘worldview.’

    “has been replaced” suggests that this did not used to be. When exactly was the U.S. mainstream media anything other than the elites’ (the media owners’) propaganda outlets?

    He who pays the piper calls the tune. Always!

    Time watch Chomsky’s Manufacturing of Consent again.

  35. Skeptikal says:
    @ariadna

    GA seems to be demonizing the idea of progressivism by equating it with the worst of what “the left” has become in the USA.

    That really is not fair, nor is it particularly useful, nor even accurate.

    I don’t know exactly who these days self-identifies as a progressive.

    I know that there are many who a support what they consider to be truly progressive goals of income distribution, universal health care, environmentally responsible policies, mass transit, etc. and who call themselves progressive to distinguish themselves from the Dem Party, which did used to have some genuinely progressive elements, but they have deteriorated since Bill Clinton’s administrations into pure identity politics and triangulation with Big Everything.

    It is a travesty that worthwhile social goals have been trashed because they have been exploited by politicians who are, simply, insincere or weak or cowards (Sanders), and these are the current Democratic Party.

    GA has the baby and the bathwater all mixed up together as he throws it all out the window without a backward glance or a quick check of his terms and assumptions.

    I agree, not one of GA’s better pieces. Lacan, shmacan is about right.

    It is a goddamn insult to state as an item of belief that Trump supporters cannot think logically and deploy reason. This has been the basic cry of the Democratic elites who have not themselves noticed that their own Trump Hatred / TDS is not a rational political position. (I just wonder how long it will take for their Biden buyer’s regret to start setting in.) They have never credited Trump supporters with having any rational reasons for supporting Trump, only irrational emotions. They have never in good faith asked a Trump supporter why he/she supports him.

    Henry James was one who noted that the (American) rube had a different type of intelligence from the city mouse. And it wasn’t his “unconscious.” It was born of practical experience and failure to be impressed by flashy superficiality.

    Fie on Gilad for getting on board the anti-deplorable bandwagon with all of his jumped-up fancy-pants oratory.

  36. ariadna says:
    @Skeptikal

    Addendum
    True, those that are Trump’s base are less likely to be college educated than those in the Clinton/Biden/Harris base. Nevertheless it is simplistic and false to assume that they are less astute. Actually the opposite is true. A college education in the US these days, far from equating to more education, means years of intense and debilitating exposure to brain washing and indoctrination with critical race theory, gender “studies,” and all the rest of the rigid “left” orthodoxy expressed in slogans. Lethal to the capacity for independent thinking, lethal to common sense and common decency.

  37. @Skeptikal

    I don’t know exactly who these days self-identifies as a progressive.

    In my experience, those who do obsessively adhere to a prescribed set of views. If anybody’s to remain one, he may not so much as question, for instance, the Climapocalypse, even if he’s extra ardent about transgenderism and every other orthodoxy.

    Self-styled “progressives” are, not surprisingly, leading the war against free speech. When no one else can talk, much less work, with them, they’re left to distill their pure views, as indicated by Mr. Unz’s struggle to keep any here on the roster of columnists. (He’s had to settle for Ted Rall to replace the lightweight Tom Engelhardt, and apparently failed to persuade the much more valuable Caitlin Johnstone to allow publication here.)

    When I’m around these people, there’s often a whiff of witch sniffing; the constables in the group loudly recite a part of the creed, daring anyone to differ so silence conveys assent. So I have gradually and regretfully learned to avoid them.

    And it’s all drop dead serious — no jokes allowed. They’re as humorless as Puritans, because that’s what they are.

    • Replies: @Greta Handel
    , @Skeptikal
    , @Ace
  38. anon[271] • Disclaimer says:
    @Skeptikal

    I don’t know exactly who these days self-identifies as a progressive.

    Sorry you haven’t been paying attention to a newsfeed.
    Here are a few known progressive entities.

    [MORE]

    Old.

    Young.

    Portland.

    Minneapolis

    Kenosha

    Not to worry, there are more. Many more.

  39. R2b says:
    @Gilad Atzmon

    I estimate your answer.
    Though somewhat, how shall I say, lacking nutrition.
    And maybe, its because youre out of your discipline?
    I mean, theres some really Big things happening out there, that could make use of a brain like yours.
    So why dont you follow up, what you initiated?
    Corona is a crime.
    Remember?
    Heres your turning point.

  40. @Greta Handel

    P.S.

    Consortium News has published nothing by Caitlin Johnstone since November 19. Does anyone know why?

  41. Skeptikal says:
    @Greta Handel

    “In my experience, those who do obsessively adhere to a prescribed set of views”

    This is exactly the same and GA’s position, and it is exactly what I contest regarding the trashing of the term and the concept “progressive.”

    Your experience is limited.

    Sorry that you know and know of such a limited and and “obsessive” group of people who call themselves progressives.

    Transgenderism has nothing to do with progressivism.

    Many political designations are being degraded and inverted.

    I agree that Tom Engelhardt is a lightweight.

    • Replies: @anon
  42. anon[300] • Disclaimer says:
    @Skeptikal

    This is exactly the same and GA’s position, and it is exactly what I contest regarding the trashing of the term and the concept “progressive.”

    Oh, “No True Progressive”, ok. Got it.
    Your comrades in Portland might disagree.

    • Replies: @Skeptikal
    , @Ace
  43. Vojkan says:
    @Skeptikal

    Thus, true existential understanding is when rationality comes to terms with its boundaries.

    That doesn’t sound to me as demeaning of Trump supporters. On the contrary, that and this

    They (the ordinary people) are often made of combatant fabric and like soldiers they accept that temporality is inherent to existence.

    credit the “ordinary” with more elevated reason than “progressives”.

    What I believe Atzmon is opposing is the instinct for life of the “ordinary” vs the arid materialism of the “progressives”, acceptance and transcendence rather than rejection and transformation of oneself or others.

    I am not American and yet I definitely recognise myself in Atzmon’s description. I even think that based on this and several previous articles, there is salvation down the road for him.

  44. Skeptikal says:
    @anon

    “My comrades”??

    U R nuts.

    • Replies: @anon
  45. anon[117] • Disclaimer says:
    @Skeptikal

    “My comrades”??

    ANTIFA is the street wing, the “muscle” if you wish, of American Progressivism.
    The ANTIFA know that only Black lives matter; they know that AmeriKKKa is a Fascist state; they know that Nazi’s are all around them and need to be suppressed; they know that all cops are Fascist bastards; they know that looting is just a form of reparations; and so forth.

    All very Progressive positions!

    If you are a Progressive, they are your comrades.
    If they are not your comrades, then you are not a true Progressive.

    Easy to understand!

    • Replies: @Skeptikal
  46. WEF announced on 12/07/20 that they will move the 2021 WEF to Singapore because of “Covid-19.” This will be the second time in its history that it has been moved, the other time being moved to NYC to show “solidarity” after 9/11.

    It’s probably just a coincidence that they happened to keep mentioning both events prior to their occurence through “predictive programming” often referred to as veiled mob threats, and Satanic Occult cabalist practices. Like it was also probably a coincidence that TIP Transition Integrity Project 
    “predicted” that what is taking place with the 2020 presidential election also took place. Predicted, or threatened and organized, as in violations of RICO laws?!

    We are not amused or impressed! 

    I predict that you will go to prison where you belong! 

    Andrea Iravani

  47. Anonymous[114] • Disclaimer says:

    Very insightful–thanks!

  48. Centaur says:

    Trump lost the popular vote by six million votes, three million more votes than he lost it by in 2016. He lost the electoral college by a margin he himself asserted was “A historic landslide” in 2016. Reading this would give you the impression that he won.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  49. I don’t think it’s that complicated. “Progressives” are gullible idiots. They’re just plain stupid. They truly believe that Biden is going to change things for the better. They truly believe that it is good that children can transition to the opposite sex. They truly believe that shutting down the economy will defeat the virus. They truly believe that flooding the country with brown barbarians is good for society and the economy. They truly believe that Blacks, as a population, can be rehabilitated. For all they’re arrogance about “science,” they ignore it continually. For all their arrogance about “reason,” they are ruled by their passions.

    I’m not a huge fan of Reagan, but he did say some smart things. “It isn’t so much that liberals are ignorant. It’s just that they know so many things that aren’t so.”

    “Normal” people realize you can’t completely understand anything. Cause and effect rule in their minds: if you don’t work, you don’t eat; flooding an area with people of a totally foreign culture causes conflict; ignoring biology leads to mental illness; a gropy and senile 78 year old will not be an effective leader; shutting down the economy eliminates the very tool we need to survive this (weak, barely dangerous) pandemic; without children society has no future.

    It is been said many times, but “normal” people live in the real world.

    • Replies: @HallParvey
  50. @Gilad Atzmon

    My take on our political system is that is FUBAR–it is broken and completely not reparable. Neither side has any hope of representing working class people. So the attempt cast either party as favoring ordinary people is not facing the truth. We are permanently divided-the question is what to do about that.

  51. @Centaur

    ‘…Reading this would give you the impression that he won.’

    Whether Trump won depends on whether one thinks what matters is who votes or who counts the votes.

  52. What’s next for our foundation? I’m particularly excited about what the next year could mean for one of the best buys in global health: vaccines. https://t.co/MbjNWPEl5l

    — Bill Gates (@BillGates) December 19, 2019

    https://sputniknews.com/columnists/202012091081409875-2020-vision-the-stranger-than-fiction-new-abnormal-year-in-review-part-1/

    Thank you Neil Clark! 

    Andrea Iravani

  53. Ace says:
    @R2b

    Full marks for vagueness.

  54. Ace says:
    @anon

    OT but looking at your photo, but one of many we’ve all seen, I find it simply bizarre that our entire nation is helpless when it comes to removing masked fanatics, obviously equipped for violent action, from streets and other venues.

    A normal nation would instantly enact laws against public masks and make it a priority to crucify such organized assaults on others and, thus, the King’s peace. But everywhere in the West officials protect these filth. Not for nothing has Soros worked to elect stupid but vicious prosecutors.

    Self preservation and common decency are absent without tidings and active, malevolent destruction of the nation is an obvious objective. At this very hour our feeble nation is about to embrace or surrender to blatant electoral fraud that will pass state power to clueless grifters and opportunists, or preserve their hold on it.

    • Replies: @anon
  55. Ace says:
    @Greta Handel

    Ms. Johnstone is always worth reading and, like Jimmy Dore, no fan of Imperial America. They’re both honest and willing to stray off the res though the pull of “progressivism” is strong for both. Kind of like Dr. Strangelove’s errant hand. I doubt either is bothered by opposition.

    Mr. Dore has appeared here iirc. I wonder if progressivism for these two is nothing more than “not this” which will evolve into something less cool but more Orwell.

    • Replies: @Greta Handel
  56. @gay troll

    You are implicitly defending religion over reason, but it is religion that originated and propagated the entire notion of being chosen.

    Yall shut up …the gay troll prophet has his own reasonable religion…

    and it was a rockin sermon right up to the point of “the dogma of their bibles”

    “They” do not villify the religion of gay trolls, they merely suggest that for their own purposes they are better off sticking to the revelations of heterosexual prophets.

  57. anon[174] • Disclaimer says:
    @Ace

    I find it simply bizarre that our entire nation is helpless when it comes to removing masked fanatics, obviously equipped for violent action, from streets and other venues.

    It is bizarre. Get used to it.

    https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=anarcho-tyranny

  58. @TG

    Trump did three things that no other candidate of the last 30 years has done. He did not malign America or White people. And he called for nationalist economic policy. And he rejected the calls for attacks on more Middle Eastern countries. He is almost revered for those three “radical” deviations from deep state doctrine. Is that simple and blunt enough?

    • Agree: anarchyst
  59. @anyone with a brain

    Great work Gilad. I follow a Marxist academic(a WASP who grew up in a trailer park) on twitter and he babbles academically about Freud, Lacan, Deleuze and others. I am in shock how this supposed marxist and left winger and the academics he represents communicate about inane topics in a way that makes them more difficult to understand.

    Obfuscation is mothers milk to Academia. The more indistinct buzzwords a paper contains, the greater it’s Academic value.

  60. The supposedly great ideological divide in America exists mainly in the fervid imaginations of extremist conservative activists, whose knee-jerk reaction to change of any kind is panicked resistance. We are Americans, we don’t give a damn about politics. Almost half of us know the game is rigged and don’t dignify the scam by voting, while the other half is sure that this system is the ne plus ultra of human achievement. Nevertheless we all love to curse our politicians and complain about taxes, then we go back to watching TV, because in reality no one anywhere on earth has it better than we do right here, right now.

    This is real life, not a video game. Only loons spook at shadows and want to fix by violence what ain’t broken. Glorifying the insane orgy of death and destruction fought by the inscrutably strange people who lived here a century and a half ago, and implying that a repeat would be a good idea is just so beyond the pale of rational thought.

    In defeat Trump is becoming a Shakespearean character, the fallen king brooding in his empty palace, abandoned by his courtiers one by one, unable to countenance his defeat, incredulous that in the end, more subjects saw through his magic act than mistook it for a thing of value. I do believe he would pull the country down to ruin, if he could manage it, like Hitler cursing the unworthiness of the German people at his Gotterdammerung (finally, Trump does one thing which recalls the bourgeois icon of evil endlessly conjured by his rivals). But now instead, onstage springs to the rescue a new cast of villains, every bit as cruel and venal as the former sovereign, led by a crafty old man and a cunning she-wolf, smiling their crocodile smiles to “deplorables” they despise no less than the man whose pleasure it was to misgovern and betray them for four long years.

  61. @Jimmy le Blanc

    without children society has no future.

    And who is required to produce children? A functional female. One who is willing to forgo the pleasures of parties at the Ritz in favor of diaper changes in the housetrailer.

    Not an easy sale, is it.

  62. Toza says:

    I’ve been trying to find the ideological essence or the philosophical basis of the widening divide for some time (not only manifested in politics, but in other aspects of society and culture, especially related to the present “Covid” crisis), and you’ve provided an interesting idea, Mr. Atzmon. Thank you.

  63. @Ace

    Sorry, just saw this.

    Caitlin Johnstone’s one and only article here was days later vaporized; you can’t even find it using her name in the AUTHORS search tool.

    I don’t know if Mr. Dore was ever published here, but his name likewise brings up nothing.

  64. Skeptikal says:
    @anon

    Making up a syllogism to fit your requirements does not make it valid.

    Don’t be silly.

  65. @Priss Factor

    What about White Latin American elites?

  66. I mostly just voted Trump because I hate the other side. I used to be a Dem but it all changed during the Clinton-Bush-Obomber era. After Clinton, I never voted Democrat again. Mr. Atzmon is correct that the Dems have abandoned the working classes and have bowed to Technocracy & finance. But it’s even worse, as they supported aggressive invasions & destruction of foreign nations (based on lies).

    But we now hear that Trump has Pardoned 4 Mercenaries for Blackwater that pulled off a war crime many years ago in Iraq. They murdered men, women, children in an unprovoked attack. They really thought they could get away with something like that….And now they have, thanks to Trump.

    The situation is beyond repair. So we continue to wait….not really knowing for what.

  67. Kelso says:
    @Priss Factor

    If Coulter names the Jew the MSM will drop her like Dorothy Thompson.

  68. Absolutely brilliant. A precise encapsulation of the elements at play.

    Thank you very much.

  69. @sarz

    Donald J Trump = Talmud Porn DJ

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