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From my new movie review in Taki’s Magazine:

Keeping Up With ‘Mr. Jones’
Steve Sailer

July 29, 2020

In the biopic Mr. Jones, the insidious Peter Sarsgaard plays Walter Duranty, the sinister New York Times Moscow correspondent who covered up Stalin’s Ukraine famine of the early 1930s.

Duranty, who won a 1932 Pulitzer Prize for his PR work for the Kremlin in the Times, remains something of an enigma despite his notoriety as a propounder of Fake News. What motivated Duranty to paint such a rosy picture of the Five-Year Plan?

In an era of grim ideologues, Duranty was a charming mountebank. Journalist Malcolm Muggeridge, who knew him in Moscow during Duranty’s glory days in the 1930s, recalled four decades later:

I always enjoyed his company; there was something vigorous, vivacious, preposterous, about his unscrupulousness which made his persistent lying somehow absorbing.

In the years after the stock market crash of 1929, when only the Soviet Union appeared to have any money to spend, many intellectuals quickly became converts to Marxism. (Few, though, wondered where Stalin was getting the money to buy foreign factories and subsidize visits by luminaries like George Bernard Shaw.)

But the chauvinistic Englishman Duranty was never a true believer in leftism. He liked free speech and capitalism just fine in the West. Instead, he saw Russians as Asiatics racially incapable of democracy, requiring a cruel czar to rule over them.

Read the whole thing there.

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  1. Neoconned says:

    Alleged far right EDL Leader Tommy Robinson has left the UK after an alleged arson attack on his wife’s home….

    Who else thinks he’s a honey pot?

    • Disagree: Achmed E. Newman
  2. There’s not a huge body of work about the Ukrainian famine and forced collectivization in the 1930s. Genocidal catastrophes of the 20th century really only focus on one. And since in the Ukrainian Holocaust Jews mostly were on the other side of the gun barrels, it is especially verboten as material for movies, cable mini-series, endless documentaries, and big fat publicly-funded PBS specials.

    This one sounds like honest summary of what happened then and there. So it’s amazing that I even got made.

  3. Whether Duranty was a true believer or not doesn’t really matter; the only certainty in life is that there is no upside to telling the emperor he has no clothes.

  4. Whiskey says: • Website

    Idris Elba, he if “slit every White throat” is the next James Bond. Unless it’s a tranny.

    Hollywood does not care and has never cared about money. It just rolls in.

    • Replies: @James Speaks
  5. kihowi says:

    Does Taki do the linking of words in your article? Or do you do that yourself? Because “Chronicles of Wasted Time” goes to an illegal copy uploaded to It’s not out of copyright.

  6. @Whiskey

    Excellent review. Now if only we could figure out where Antifa and bLM get their money?

  7. Lot says:

    “ he saw Russians as Asiatics racially incapable of democracy, requiring a cruel czar to rule over them.”


    • LOL: Redneck farmer
  8. @Lot

    “ he saw Russians as Asiatics racially incapable of democracy, requiring a cruel czar to rule over them.”


    As czars go, he’s probably the kindest they’ve had, after Yeltsin, and possibly the most capable, of any.

    • Agree: Almost Missouri
    • Replies: @Redneck farmer
    , @Lot
  9. Anon[347] • Disclaimer says:


    Why are there no black leads in this movie?


    • Replies: @Rouetheday
  10. @PiltdownMan

    But the stories about him aren’t as entertaining as the ones about Catherine The Great.

    • Agree: Lot
  11. BB753 says:

    Duranty and the NYT lied because American bankers were making money in the USSR and the Anglo-American establishment was totally on board with Stalin.
    For balance, the British later bankrolled Hitler. Which is why Chamberlain thought they were still under control, the Allies weren’t wiped out at Dieppe and later Hess flew to England.

    • Replies: @JMcG
    , @Anonymous
  12. Anon[218] • Disclaimer says:

    The fact that Duranty chose to grovel to an unpleasant little monster like Aleister Crowley should have been a tipoff that Duranty wasn’t a decent or normal man. It also indicates that Duranty was attracted to the personality of a dominant male cult leader who demanded absolute submission.

    In other words, Stalin was just a Crowley-substitute for Duranty. Duranty participated in ‘magic’ rituals with Crowley. Substitute ‘magic’ for ‘communism that’ll solve all the world’s problems’ and you have a man, Duranty, who is fundamentally a pre-modern, magical thinker.

    However, so many of the press were leftists at the time that Duranty didn’t stand out at all for his lies. All leftists are magical thinkers who want to be grovel in front of a cult leader promising miracles. This is the main reason why the left is hysterically bent on taking a knee. They are absolutely wild to grovel from sheer excess of masochism.

  13. @San Fernando Curt

    The New York Times and friends are interested in anti-russian propaganda these days.

    • Replies: @fnn
    , @Nico
  14. Perhaps Duranty, who had previously served as right-hand man to Satanist Aleister Crowley (who preached, “Do as thou wilt shall be the whole of the law”), found the genuinely evil man he’d always been looking for in Stalin.

    A sociopath.

    The Walter Duranty story should be pushed on anyone who asks “why can’t the media just be honest they used to be?”.

    • Agree: Hibernian, Prester John
  15. @Anon

    What do you think of people who grovel in front of Trump?

  16. Counterpoint opinions re Walter Duranty and 1930s Ukraine –

    ‘The “Holodomor” and the Film “Bitter Harvest” are Fascist Lies’ by Grover Furr

    ‘Holodomor Hoax’ book by a Canadian Marxist – ‘Fraud, Famine and Fascism: The Ukrainian Genocide Myth from Hitler to Harvard’ by Douglas Tottle,1987

    • Replies: @Hibernian
    , @Hibernian
  17. duncsbaby says:

    Alleged far right EDL Leader Tommy Robinson has left the UK after an alleged arson attack on his wife’s home….

    Where to now, white man?

  18. “Duranty” is a most unusual “English” name. Pretty much every Duranty in England (not many) stems from the Liverpool Durantys. Sounds more like the Italian Durante.


    Duranty was born in a middle-class Merseyside family to Emmeline (née Hutchins) and William Steel Duranty. His grandparents had moved to Birkenhead on the Wirral from the West Indies in 1842 and established a successful merchant business in which his father worked.

    I wonder when and whence they arrived in the West Indies, and what their business there was?

    Must admit I’d no idea about the Crowley connection (he married Jane Cheron, one of his many Scarlet Women), or that Duranty lost a leg in a French train crash, aged 40-odd.

    • Replies: @Hibernian
  19. dearieme says:

    Polish director Agnieszka Holland has excessive confidence in her audience’s historical literacy

    She has yet to master the art of appealing to Americans, then?

    • LOL: Hibernian
  20. @Anon

    “the fact that Duranty chose to grovel to an unpleasant little monster like Aleister Crowley should have been a tipoff that Duranty wasn’t a decent or normal man”

    Might be true, but Crowley was a very charismatic individual who attracted some very intelligent and successful people – for a time.;_advancing_JATO_and_foundation_of_Aerojet:_1939%E2%80%9342

    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
  21. JMcG says:

    The allies weren’t wiped out at Dieppe? Both Hess’s flight to England and his subsequent life imprisonment in Spandau are completely inexplicable in any conventional sense. I’d really love to know what what was going on there.

    • Replies: @BB753
  22. Dan Smith says:

    I had a high school English teacher who was a gentle person, a Unitarian minister, and an old school Communist. He explained the unfortunate events in the Ukraine as “sweating out the capital.” Quite a turn of phrase.

    • Replies: @Hibernian
  23. Altai says:

    How much of the film being made is due to Ukraine becoming the actor through which the neocons chose to strike at Russia for putting a spanner in the works of regime change in Syria?

    Not saying the Ukrainians don’t have reason to hate or mistrust the Russians though.

    • Agree: Liza
  24. @Neoconned

    I disagreed for 2 reasons, NC:

    1) You’ve got to be a sexy woman to be a honey pot. I’m not sure what definition you have, but it’s pretty damn hard to be male honey pot, unless you are a Soviet spy in the Castro district of San Francisco.

    2) I think Tommy Robinson is the real deal, a good bloke who wanted to speak his mind in now-Orwellian formerly-Great formerly-Britain. Please see my writing in “More on Tommy Robinson and the Soldiers” Unfortunately, the video embedded therein, which shows a grinning and truly appreciative Tommy Robinson (with almost tears in his eyes) in camaraderie with his white sympathizers. It was just too much for youtube… INAPPROPRIATE as ALL HELL!, apparently.

    Thank you anyway for the news. From the article, which is still jumping around with ads and crap, he’s heading to Spain. “I can see the red tail lights … “

    • Agree: YetAnotherAnon, JMcG
    • Replies: @Hibernian
    , @Neoconned
  25. Steve, thank you for the good, informative review. I will try to get this from the library when it ever opens and if this movie has not been pre-cancelled.

    I didn’t need to know about the musical score and the actors and all that, as that’s not my kind of thing, but if you say that the movie is not biased as if produced by the NY Times themselves, then I’m up for this one. All your background information is very interesting too.

    I ask you commenters, what proportion of war/suspense/thriller movies about the whole 1st half of the 20th century are about the Nazis vs. the Soviets? I’d say a ratio of 100, Nazis/Soviets.

  26. Hans says:

    Excellent, Steve!

    “It is impossible to explain how a press usually so eager to exploit the little incidents of life has been able to remain silent about the horrors perpetrated in Russia…and that it should have so little to say concerning a world organization as vast as Russian Communism. This silence…is favored by various occult forces which for a long time have been working for the overthrow of the Christian Social Order” – Pope Pius XI, Divini Redemptoris, 1937

    “From the days of Spartacus-Weishaupt to those of Karl Marx, and down to Trotsky, Bela Kun, Rosa Luxembourg, and Emma Goldman, the world-wide conspiracy for the overthrow of civilization has been steadily growing…it has been the mainspring of every subversive movement during the 19th Century; and now has gripped the Russian people by the hair of their heads…In the Soviet institutions the predominance of Jews is even more astonishing. The same evil prominence was obtained by Jews in the terror under Bela Kun in Hungary.” – Winston Churchill ( Illustrated Sunday Herald, Feb 8, 1920, p.5)

    Malcolm Muggeridge went over an idealistic youngster. The reality of the new Schiff-Warburgized Russia quickly opened his eyes. He detested Duranty. His Moscow in Winter is a great, neglected book.

    • Replies: @Alden
  27. @San Fernando Curt

    Let me take a wild guess that the Jewish prominence in the NKVD and their role in the Holdamor will not be mentioned in this movie.

  28. fnn says:
    @Hugo Silva

    Yes, and Ukraine is the only country in the world where “white supremacy” is not a taboo. That’s because the Azov Battalion (an army battalion with its own political party) and other Banderites are part of the State Dept-kosher front against Russia.

  29. Hibernian says:

    Yea, if Hitler says there was a Ukrainian genocide, everyone who says there was a Ukrainian genocide is a Nazi.

  30. Word on the street is that Key & Peele’s next comedic blockbuster will be a sci-fi romp titled “Portland Needs Blacks”.

  31. Steve, may I be the first to ask: did you just happen to know all this background information about Duranty, Jones, Orwell, the nuances of 1933 newspaper publishing schedules, and obscure omissions from Muggeridge’s memoirs, or did you rapidly research all of this in time for your review?

    P.S. Where was Stalin/the Soviets getting all of that money/foreign exchange?

  32. @Hugo Silva

    Who is grovelling in front of Trump? All I see is disappointed voters (correctly) accusing him of not doing enough for them.

    • Replies: @Hibernian
  33. @Neoconned

    He was a good man unjustly persecuted by the British government. But he was bailed out by zionists and is now their plaything meant to push issues they want. He took money from his working class supporters, ostensibly for a documentary about rape gangs in Britain, to instead make some crap about antisemitism.

    He should have just gone to prison as a martyr but he knew what would happen to his family. He’d still be freer in a cell than under the thumb of zionists

  34. Nico says:
    @Hugo Silva

    Sadly they can get away with this bypassing of the cosmopolitan nature of the evil that was Soviet Communism (a trait not shared by Maoism, Maoist-inspired movements and most anticolonial actual or nominal Marxists apart from the IRA more recently) due to widespread ignorance about the true origins of Trotsky, Lenin, Stalin, etc.

  35. Hibernian says:
    @Almost Missouri

    I think there are still a few grovelers left.

  36. @San Fernando Curt

    “…in the Ukrainian Holocaust Jews mostly were on the other side of the gun barrels,”

    Psst…don’t let the word get out!

  37. Hibernian says:

    Counterpunch is utterly Stalinist.

    • Agree: Lot
    • Replies: @Jane
  38. JMcG says:
    @Almost Missouri

    Wall Street. Armand Hammer. There are books on the subject. Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution for instance.

  39. Given that farmer Jones was a stand-in for the Czar in Animal Farm, it’s doubtful Orwell would have been thinking of Gareth Jones.

  40. @San Fernando Curt

    There’s Ann Applebaum’s excellent book on the Holdomor

    as well as Stephen Kotkin’s description in his biography of Stalin

    Although Kotkin doesn’t think the animus was just directed at the Ukraine but was part of a larger terror on agricultural institutions throughout the Soviet Union.

    On a personal note, although Jews were involved with this, they did not do so as Jews but as communists and were more than willing to kill Jewish peasants. I have an interesting personal note on this. My grandmother stopped getting letters from her relatives who were still living in the Ukranian shtetl she was born in (near the town of Rivne). Her dentist who was a communist from the same town went to the Soviet Union in 1937 (yes really) and investigated. He found the town was gone and overgrown. He could not find anybody (unsurprisingly) who could tell what happened and it remained a family mystery. In Applebaum’s book there was a map on the severity of the Holdomor in the Ukraine. It turns out that this town was part of the hardest hit region.

    • Thanks: San Fernando Curt
    • Replies: @utu
  41. Jane says:

    The Holodomor was not the first, and they who scream anti-semitism if they are named, always demand Trotsky and Lenin be left out of any discussion, and only the Stalin who never would have been in power to impose the 3rd were it not for Trotsky and Lenin. There were 3 false famines, 1918-19, 1920-21 and 1931-32. False because these were not actual famines caused by weather, drought, or pest but imposed by the genocidal bolsheviks, who seized ALL grain, ALL livestock, all stores of food from the Ukraine and areas of Russia that were devotedly Christian and resisted giving up their little farms and livestock to government control. The so called dictatorship of the proletariat, was actually a dictatorship over the proletariat. The scum of the neo-klan antifa /blm don’t know their neo-bolshevik p1mp5 always eliminate their terrorist shock troops after they have served their purposes.

    “You must understand. The leading Bolsheviks who took over Russia were not Russians. They hated Russians. They hated Christians. Driven by ethnic hatred they tortured and slaughtered millions of Russians without a shred of human remorse. The October Revolution was not what you call in America the “Russian Revolution.” It was an invasion and conquest over the Russian people. More of my countrymen suffered horrific crimes at their bloodstained hands than any people or nation ever suffered in the entirety of human history. It cannot be understated. Bolshevism was the greatest human slaughter of all time. The fact that most of the world is ignorant of this reality is proof that the global media itself is in the hands of the perpetrators.” – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008)

    • Thanks: JMcG
  42. Lot says:

    “ and possibly the most capable,”

    He’s in the top quintile, but he hasn’t added a large new territory to Russia, nor fixed their birthrate issue, their single biggest concern. Recovering Crimea was good but fairly easy, and keeping Chechnya at high cost seems like a mistake.

    For peaceful diplomacy, high oil prices via an OPEC deal is in Russia’s interest, but he failed to sustain that.

  43. Wasn’t Duranty American?

    Jones reported on a famine that went far beyond the borders of Ukraine into the Lower Volga and as we now know was at its worst in Kazakhstan. Jones gets boosted in Ukraine because his mother was governess to the children of Arthur Hughes, John Hughes son. Hughes founded or greatly expanded the cities in the Donbass now occupied by Russian irregulars. Jones’ reporting was turned into a Ukranian cause by Randolph Hearst who empoyed him after Duranty denounced him. The fact that Muggeridge, anonymously, published a piece in the Guardian the same week as Jones’ scoop rescued Jones’ credibilty for Hearst. Hearst had his European residence (another fake castle by the sea) near Cardiff where Jones was based. Hearst was vehemently anti Bolshevik.

    I saw the film at its world premiere in Cardiff last year. It struggled for a while to find commercial distributors. Cannibalism is not thought to be entertaining. Lots of Ukrainian and Baltic exiles came to watch handing out Ukrainian poppies to the rest of us.

    Trotsky had seized the seed corn from Saratov to feed the Red Army during the civil war, prompting Herbert Hoover to set up USAID. So seizing grain and thus starving the ungrateful private peasants to death to pay for hydrogenerators wasn’t new. (I did my apprenticeship at the firm that made the hydrogenerators. I own this story).

    • Thanks: JMcG
    • Replies: @syonredux
  44. Jane says:

    Stalinist is as false a descriptor as the race card is. Stalin was a vile man, but he only was in power because Trotsky, Lenin and their p1mp5 put him in power. Bolshevik is the correct term, the bolsheviks.

  45. Jane says:
    @Almost Missouri

    Bolsheviks, prior to 1917, Trotsky went to NY and was given millions by the banker Jakob Schiff (any relation to Aaron?), banker Bernard Baruch, son of one of the cofounders of the kkk and others, Lenin similarly received millions from the Rothschilds and others in London and Europe to finance the bolshevik revolution.

  46. J1234 says:

    Another great moment in Ukrainian famine denial is the movie, The North Star, though it doesn’t reference the event. It does show Ukranians of the 1930’s as happy healthy farmers who were thrilled to go to war to stop Hitler, however. It would be interesting to know if Duranty had any input into the film, given his high profile connection to the Soviet Union and pro-Stalin perspective. It was released in ’43, and had some notable Hollywood talent involved: Anne Baxter, Dana Andrews, Walter Huston, Walter Brennan and Farley Granger. The music was written by Aaron Copland, the lyrics by Ira Gershwin.

    Duranty may not have been a true believer, but the author of The North Star, Lillian Hellman most certainly was. Despite being quite possibly the most historically inaccurate non-comedic movie ever made, I definitely recommend everyone watch it to get an idea of just how in line with Stalin’s communism and tyranny many people in Hollywood were in the 1930’s and 40’s.

    • Thanks: Liza
    • Replies: @yanouz
  47. @Hugo Silva

    What do you think of people who grovel in front of Trump?

    Does this ever actually occur?

    I can’t think of an example of it, and I suspect you cannot either.

  48. @Anon

    I think most people are magical thinkers and it’s a mistake to structure society based on rationalist assumptions.

    The Catholic Church understood that.

  49. There’s a pretty good book on The Holodomor, written by Anne Applebaum, called “Red Famine.” That Applebaum is otherwise a neocon doesn’t detract from the quality of the writing and the depth of research. Inevitably comparisons are drawn with the much more famous Holocaust and they are always pointless. In the case of The Holodomor between four and five million perished in what can only be described as orchestrated mass murder carried out at the direction of an amoral regime.

    • Replies: @Jane
  50. Anonymous[130] • Disclaimer says:
    @San Fernando Curt

    But does it mention the Jewish element? Or is it just meant as a Polish-Globalist Anti-Russian screed?

    Holland isn’t much of a director. EUROPA EUROPA was a middling work and not very convincing.
    But SECRET GARDEN is delightful.

    FDR’s foreign policy regarding USSR is hardly scandalous since foreign policy has always been a form of gangsterism. But it’s dispiriting that so many news organizations and intellectuals fell for the Big Lie.

    As for governments, Nixon met with Mao and was full of praise for a killer worse than Stalin. Reagan called Afghan Jihadis ‘freedom fighters’. Granted, those were brave men who were resisting Soviet Occupation but also adherents to an extreme form of Islam.

    US went from War on Terror with War with Terror. Foreign policy is for gangsters. Jews now ally with quasi-nazis in Ukraine while supporting Antifa in the West.

  51. Anonymous[304] • Disclaimer says:

    Duranty was more the rule than the exception. Still is. Just look at most reporters today, and they are either utter shills of Power or craven opportunists. All these reporters pushed the Russia Collusion Hoax. Some were dumb enough to believe it, some were willing to believe in it out of anti-Trump hatred, and others knew it was BS but still pushed it.

    US media have been lying about Zionist-Palestinian conflict from day one. An entire people and culture have been destroyed but all we get is ‘muh Israel’ from all sides.

    In the case of Duranty, it was especially egregious because so many died in the Great Famine. Still, countless peoples were killed in wars and horrors that were willfully or insanely mis-reported by the ‘free press’ in the West. Most of what people have been told about Syria in recent yrs have been utter lies.

    And Jewish Power is greater than ever in the media.

    • Agree: BB753
  52. Anon[150] • Disclaimer says:

    On topic.

    Aleister Crowley led the first expedition to make an attempt on K2 in 1902. He had the Pakistani porters carry his bed and mattress, along with his reading library, up to the Baltoro glacier. The English climbers didn’t make it too far up the mountain, partly due to Crowley’s coming down with malaria. Galen Rowell recounts this in “Throne Room of the Mountain Gods.”

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    , @Mactoul
  53. syonredux says:
    @San Fernando Curt

    There’s not a huge body of work about the Ukrainian famine and forced collectivization in the 1930s.

    There is stuff out there, though. For example, in 2017, Anne Applebaum’s Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine was published. I haven’t read it, but I did like her Gulag: A History:

    • Thanks: San Fernando Curt
  54. syonredux says:
    @Almost Missouri

    P.S. Where was Stalin/the Soviets getting all of that money/foreign exchange?

    Agricultural products were a good source of income…..

    Cereals (in tonnes):

    1930 – 4,846,024
    1931 – 5,182,835
    1932 – 1,819,114 (~750,000 during the first half of 1932; from late April ~157,000 tonnes of grain was also imported)
    1933 – 1,771,364 (~220,000 during the first half of 1933;[52] from late March grain was also imported)[53]

    Only wheat (in tonnes):

    1930 – 2,530,953
    1931 – 2,498,958
    1932 – 550,917
    1933 – 748,248

    In 1932, via Ukrainian commercial ports the following amounts were exported: 988,300 tons of grains and 16,500 tons of other types of cereals. In 1933, the totals were: 809,600 tons of grains, 2,600 tons of other cereals, 3,500 tons of meat, 400 tons of butter, and 2,500 tons of fish. Those same ports imported the following amounts: less than 67,200 tons of grains and cereals in 1932, and 8,600 tons of grains in 1933.

    Michael Ellman states that the 1932–1933 grain exports amounted to 1.8 million tonnes, which would have been enough to feed 5 million people for one year.

    • Replies: @Yngvar
  55. anon[296] • Disclaimer says:
    @San Fernando Curt

    There’s not a huge body of work about the Ukrainian famine and forced collectivization in the 1930s.

    More than most people realize, but for some reason or other it’s kind of hidden. Does that make the millions of Ukrainian Christian corpses into some sort of “hidden figures”, I wonder?

    Robert Conquest had a major uphill struggle to get this book published at all.

    (((Anne Applebaum))) is a latecomer who appears to have tagged along on Conquest’s shoulders.

    There is this movie from 2017, many critics hated it for some reason or other. Perhaps telling the ugly truths about Stalin is still unacceptable to lieberals even in the Current Century?

  56. Forbes says:

    Muggeridge describing Duranty:

    I always enjoyed his company; there was something vigorous, vivacious, preposterous, about his unscrupulousness which made his persistent lying somehow absorbing.

    This is fascinatingly consistent with how people described Soviet-defector and former MI-6 agent Kim Philby–part of the Cambridge Four (later Five) Spy Ring. Of course, the lying was suspected, but only confirmed after Philby has defected.

    At least as described in the documentary “The Spy Who Went Into The Cold.”

  57. @Anon

    Exactly. The filmmakers could have made Paul Robeson his (fellow) traveling companion.

  58. Yngvar says:

    This explains Mr. Sailer’s unnecessarily cryptic allusions. The Great Helmsman Mao did similar.

  59. Hibernian says:

    Maybe he was related to Jimmy.

  60. Hibernian says:
    @Dan Smith

    “…a gentle person…”

    No he wasn’t. Not if he said what you say he said.

    • Replies: @BB753
  61. Hibernian says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Isn’t the phrase “honey pot,” in addition to the usual use with the obvious sexual connotation, used to mean the kind of political entrapment engaged in by the FBI?

  62. @Lot

    Still worrying about those pesky Cossacks?

  63. @YetAnotherAnon

    And I haven’t even mentioned his women. You’d think a woman would be put off by a guy with a tooth specially sharpened to draw blood when he kissed a lady’s hand or lips. Not a bit of it.

    “At heart, women are creatures of darkness all of the time” says the old officer in Robert Aickman’s Ringing The Changes.

    “The new year of 1927 began with Crowley recording in his diary that he had nine mistresses over the previous year… It was an extremely quiet period in Crowley’s life. ”

  64. Neoconned says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    I don’t know much about him but i randomly stumbled on tje article and said “….isnt he the EDL guy….?”

    Anyway its just I’m REALLY anti social & i love my anonymity…..he seems to like the media a bit too much. You could be right and i totally wrong. I don’t follow him or UK politics much.

    If he is the real deal i wish him well though I’m not sure where he’d go…..

  65. James Norton is the next James Bond? We’ve fallen a long way since Sean Connery.

  66. and played a major part in shaping President Roosevelt’s policies vis-a-vis the USSR

    …and within the US.

    To Duranty, it hardly mattered that millions were famished due to Stalin’s economically illiterate decision to collectivize agriculture.

    To [American voters], it hardly mattered that millions were famished due to [Roosevelt’s] economically illiterate decision to collectivize [almost everything through “new social controls”– his very words].

    A really good liar can go far.

  67. Jane says:
    @Prester John

    No, it wouldn’t detract as Trotskyites (that is what neocons are, communist internationalists) solely referring to Stalin as the big bad is their path of avoidance. “Stalin purged the Jews!”, no he didn’t. Stalin made a show of chasing a Jewish bolsheviks out of the USSR, Trotsky being one, after the Russian people rose up as one after putting up with the bigotry and hatred they were subjected to by Jews and it frightened Stalin. He kicked out a few but the rest remained in control. Stalin’s three wives were all Jewish. There were no massive pogroms or purges, EVERY Christian church in the USSR was destroyed, not one synagogue. It’s the reason why the Holocaust is taught in US history but not the butchery of the communist revolutions and the ugly reality of the communist/socialist plantation slavery state.

  68. Zach says:

    It sounds like the BBC documentary on Jones is better viewing.

  69. BB753 says:

    Well, the Germans could have finished off the Brits and the French at Dunkirk (not Dieppe, my bad) but didn’t.
    Hitler hoped that the British would side with them against the Soviets. So he sent Hess to negotiate but had to disavow him to avoid responsability for the failure of the negotiation. The British establishment was torn between both sides, but ultimately US double agent Churchill and his clique prevailed, joined the Americans and Soviets, and the British Empire lost everything, including sovereignty . A pyrrhic victory if there ever was one.

    • Agree: JMcG
  70. BB753 says:

    Unitarians are rarely good persons and not even Christians.

    • Replies: @Alden
  71. yanouz says:

    Walter Brennan? The Bircher who reportedly danced a jig when he heard MLK was shot? Lotta ch-ch-ch-changes over those decades in Hollywood.

    • Replies: @syonredux
    , @J1234
  72. syonredux says:

    “When you pull a gun, kill a man!”, Walter Brennan as Old Man Clanton in My Darling Clementine

  73. utu says:
    @Larry, San Francisco

    “…Jewish peasants…” – An unknown animal.

  74. @Anon

    When I read this line in your comment, I broke out laughing out loud, not just LOL but really:

    Aleister Crowley led the first expedition to make an attempt on K2 in 1902.

    I mean, it’s true, but it’s like reading that Harry Houdini led the first attempt to land men on the Moon.

    Or that Donald Trump got himself elected President of the United States. I voted for him though, and I will again. What other choice is there? The world is not quite real. Maybe Mr. Crowley would agree.

    I’m organizing an expedition to Mars, if anyone is interested…

  75. J1234 says:

    I have a hard time figuring out Walter Brennan’s accent. I mean regionally. Because of old movies, we reflexively associate him with the west, and like a lot of people in the early west, he has rather southern vernacular, but more New England-ish inflections. His wiki page says he was born is Mass. That fits. I can’t figure out if he was a guy from Massachusetts trying to do a southern accent, or an actor who came up with his own stylized inflections, like John Wayne. I’ve met a whole lot of people from Iowa, and none of them ever spoke like John Wayne. Both Brennan’s and Wayne’s “accents” worked well for their roles and seemed natural in a theatrical context.

  76. Alden says:

    Try Eugene Lyons Assignment in Utopia for more information. He was a NYC Jew communist. Then one of the US liberal commie front newspapers sent him to report on the glorious revolution.

  77. Alden says:
    @Almost Missouri

    Some of the money came from Armand Hammer’s selling fake treasures of the Czars. All sorts of antiques, icons, even dishes looted from Russian homes. Lenin also gave Hammer the genuine stamps the Faberge workshop used to stamp the trademark. Just those brand new fraudulent faberge eggs brought in millions. Both for Hammer, the Soviet Union and the CPUSA which his father Julius founded.

    Then there were the vast oil fields in Baku and the rest of southern Russia.

  78. Alden says:

    Unitarians really are the Puritan non Christian cause people Jake is always writing about.

    • Agree: BB753
  79. @J1234

    I’ve met a whole lot of people from Iowa, and none of them ever spoke like John Wayne.

    Too true. I remember when I was a kid (growing up in Iowa) and found out that good old Marion Morrison was from Winterset — I was surprised. His accent and general manner of speech were certainly striking, but not very Iowa.

  80. Mactoul says:

    There weren’t any Pakistani porters in 1902. Which shouldn’t be surprising as there wasn’t a Pakistan then,

  81. Rob McX says:

    One of the most interesting articles I’ve ever read on the Soviet Union is Our Kind of Enemy, American Capital’s Love Affair With Soviet Communism, by Matthew Raphael Johnson.

    Some excerpts:

    A key to understanding this relationship between Big Business and Communism is the Congressional Overmann Commission of 1919, a document that is universally ignored by standard texts on the Cold War. The Overmann Commission was called, in large part, to gauge the opinions of American capitalists regarding the USSR. The consensus was that it was quite positive.

    One who testified was Roger Simmons, from Hagarstown, Maryland, who was in a Commerce Department Mission in the USSR as Trade Commissioner with the Red State. He was there for 11 months in the transitional period. His entire purpose was to help build the Soviet Union through grants and raw materials from the U.S. He attended a huge business consortium taking place in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where about 800 businessmen were deciding how best to begin investing in the USSR. He spoke of their “misinformed” admiration for the Soviet Union and the potential for profit there.

    Not only did the U.S. and Western Europe build the USSR, but did so as their own populations were struggling. The West was so involved in the development of the USSR that the 14th Party Congress, mentioned above, was concerned about the loss of Soviet independence.

    In 1968, Fiat motors created the world’s largest automotive plant in the world at Volgograd. ZIL was created by New Britain Machine Company. In 1972, Nixon personally approved the Kama truck plant deal, the creation of an automotive and trucking plant manufacturing 100,000 vehicles per year, which at the time was more than all U.S. automakers combined. The plant itself came to occupy 36 square miles, every inch created by the U.S.

    • Replies: @Rob McX
  82. Rob McX says:
    @Rob McX

    From the same article:

    Nixon and Johnson actively went out of their way to stop any move to stifle trade with the USSR, even in the midst of the Vietnam War. The Gorki Truck plant was shipping hundreds of vehicles a month to North Vietnam, with the full blessing of the State Department. It was, of course, a Ford Motors plant, and it was largely staffed by Americans. Henry Ford created the Soviet automotive industry, especially in the development of trucks. His Gorki plant was also making rockets and other military equipment for the USSR, without comment from Washington. Soviet rockets were fired on Ford GAZ-69 chassis.

  83. The Soviet Union enjoys schmaltzy affection from America’s intelligentsia, and has for decades, as the movie indicates. Cognitive dissonance recognizing inescapable horrors is buffered by blaming all such evil on Stalin. Nobody wants to admit Marxism is a failure because they don’t want to admit they were wrong supporting it.

    Yet, it fails.

  84. syonredux says:

    or an actor who came up with his own stylized inflections, like John Wayne.

    Golden Age Hollywood was full of actors who spoke distinct idiolects: Cary Grant, Bogart, James Stewart, etc. Grant’s was particularly interesting, as he somehow managed to combine Bristol, RP, New York City, and General American/California.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  85. syonredux says:
    @Philip Owen

    Wasn’t Duranty American?

    He was a Brit:

    Duranty was born in a middle-class Merseyside family to Emmeline (née Hutchins) and William Steel Duranty. His grandparents had moved to Birkenhead on the Wirral from the West Indies in 1842 and established a successful merchant business in which his father worked. He studied at Harrow, one of Britain’s most prestigious public schools, but a sudden collapse in the family business led to a transfer to Bedford College. Nevertheless, he gained a scholarship to study at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a first-class degree.

  86. @syonredux

    Bertie Wooster’s vocabulary on the page was a mix of English slang and New York City Broadway slang. Wodehouse was a lot more American in his influences than is usually realized, just as Raymond Chandler was a lot more English.

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