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A Saigon McDonald’s is hardly the ideal place to muse about Kafka, but that’s where I am, because I crave ketchup this morning, and I have just enough free time to pose as a writer. Running ragged, I spent this past week hosting two Korean salesmen. They’re in Vietnam for Metalex, a trade convention of machine tool manufacturers.

In a dozen interviews going back two decades, I’ve always cited Kafka and Borges as key influences. From each, I learnt about the ludicrous dignity of futile pursuits, the terrors of random injustice and how the weather in a sentence can suddenly shift, even several times. I encountered both masters at 19 years old. Since my parents were not readers, I had no serious literature at home, growing up.

Of course, they’re very different. Compared to Borges, Kafka is much more pared down and tactile, without that erudite surface. He’s more folksy, archetypal or even cartoonish.

Embarrassed and exasperated, an aging bachelor is depicted as “having to carry one’s supper home in one’s hand,” and to “stand there with a palpable body and a real head, a real forehead, that is, for smiting on with one’s hand.”

Psychological states are often depicted as physical conditions. In his first letter to Felice Bauer, this is how Kafka describes their budding relationship, “Now that the door between us is beginning to move, or at least we are both holding the handle, surely I can, in fact I even must, say it. Oh, the moods I get into, Fräulein Bauer!”

A door, a forehead.

In “Josephine the Singer, or the Mouse Folk,” the listening audience feels this communal comfort, “Here in the brief intervals between their struggles our people dream, it is as if the limbs of each were loosened, as if the harried individual once in a while could relax and stretch himself at ease in the great, warm bed of the community.”

Writing to Felice, Kafka talks about biting onto a thought, “The night before last, or the one before that, I dreamed continually about teeth; they were not orderly teeth in a mouth, but a mass of teeth fitted together, exactly as in children’s jigsaw puzzles, and the whole lot, guided by my jaw, were in some kind of sliding motion. I mustered all my strength to express something which, above all else, was very close to my heart; the movement of these teeth, the gaps between them, their grinding, the sensation when guiding them—all this was in some way closely related to some thought, some decision, a hope, a possibility, which I was trying to grasp, hold on to, and realize, by means of this continual biting.”

As one of the 20th century’s most admired writers, Kafka has been discussed from every angle, so what can I possibly add? I’m bringing him up because there’s an inadequately interpreted story, “Jackals and Arabs,” that’s very pertinent to this moment, and our understanding of it.

A visitor “from the North” comes to Palestine. There, he’s approached by talking jackals who try to get him to kill Arabs with a pair of rusty scissors. Surrounded by jackals, the visitor is held in place by two young ones. With their teeth “well in,” they grasp him by his coat and shirt.

Naturally, the European demands to be released, to which an old jackal replies, “They will, of course, if that is your wish. But it will take a little time, for they have got their teeth well in, as is our custom, and must first loosen their jaws bit by bit.” So that’s how even a friend and potential benefactor is treated.

This violent detainment is actually “a mark of honor,” for the biting jackals are “trainbearers.” Old jackal, “We are poor creatures, we have nothing but our teeth; whatever we want to do, good or bad, we can tackle it only with our teeth.”

Entangled with Arabs in a “very old quarrel,” jackals wish to be “troubled no more by Arabs; room to breathe; a skyline cleansed of them,” but they can’t get rid Arabs on their own, so must enlist outside help. Howling in unison, a kind of melody from afar, they plead to the European, “Sir, we want you to end this quarrel that divides the world.”

Very curious, this local, desert quarrel that embroils and divides the world.

Chasing the jackals away, a laughing Arab explains to the European, “So long as Arabs exist, that pair of scissors goes wandering through the desert and will wander with us to the end of our days. Every European is offered it for the great work; every European is just the man that Fate has chosen for them. They have the most lunatic hopes, these beasts; they’re just fools, utter fools.”

Critics have interpreted the Arabs in this story as representing the spirit, natural law, Kafka’s father or Gentiles. The jackals symbolize matter, rebellious humanity, Kafka himself or Jews. The narrator is sometimes deciphered as the Messiah.

Eating a sausage muffin in a Saigon McDonald’s, dumbshit me think the Arabs are simply Arabs, the European “man from the North” is, well, a European, and the jackals are obviously Jews.

Far from being utter fools, jackals have gotten Europeans to mass murder Arabs for decades, and this genocide won’t be done until the horizon is purged of the Jews’ enemies. “So we shall draw blood from them and the quarrel will be over.”

Kafka paints these jackals most unflatteringly, “They all began to pant more quickly; the air pumped out of their lungs although they were standing still; a rank smell which at times I had to set my teeth to endure streamed from their open jaws.”

Though actual jackals are omnivores that hunt in packs, Kafka’s are strictly carrion eaters, for they complain of the Arabs, “They kill animals for food, and carrion they despise.”

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Though they keep stressing their need for cleanliness, they devour cadavers, and in this story feast on a dead camel, a particularly unclean animal, according to Jews. These jackals just want be left alone to drain carcasses and pick bones clean, for that, to them, is cleanliness. “Cleanliness, nothing but cleanliness is what we want.”

Slithering and swooning in the putrid flesh and blood, “They had forgotten the Arabs, forgotten their hatred, the all-obliterating immediate presence of the stinking carrion bewitched them.”

Writing to Milena Jesenská, Kafka explains the Jewish bite, “Their insecure position, insecure within themselves, insecure among people, would above all explain why Jews believe they possess only whatever they hold in their hands or grip between their teeth.”

Kafka must have been quite an anti-Semite to portray Jews so nastily. He probably hated Jews so much because he didn’t know any. Ignorant, Kafka judged Jews only from Marlowe, Shakespeare and Luther, etc. A proto Nazi, Kafka preemptively justified the six million deaths of the Holocaust, and that’s why his books must be burnt tomorrow, and his two admittedly beautiful statues in Prague blown up. Moreover, sculptors David Cerny and Jaroslav Rona must be prosecuted for glorifying such a trumped up asshole. Kafka outtrumps Trump.

To continue our multicultural long march and holistic healing process, Kafka’s ghost must be deplatformed.

Linh Dinh’s latest book is Postcards from the End of America. He maintains a regularly updated photo blog.

 
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  1. Yawn, did someone run out of Marx matérielle?

    • Troll: Tusk
  2. orionyx says:

    This smells like a paid puff piece, totally un-Linh like – and totally unworthy of him.
    I guess times are tough in the plastics recycling biz in Vietnam. Oh well, times are tough all over.

  3. swamped says:

    “A proto Nazi, Kafka preemptively justified the six million deaths of the Holocaust, and that’s why his books must be burnt tomorrow”…might have a hard time doing that: after a long drawn-out legal imbroglio, lengthy files with hundreds of letters, manuscripts, journals, sketches and other items of the literary estate of Franz Kafka were sent for permanent deposit to the National Library of Israel at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, in August. Kafka’s literary archive, after his pre-mature passing, had originally gone to his confidant, playwright & author Max Brod. Interestingly, Kafka had instructed Brod to burn these works after his end (saving woke warriors the trouble) but Brod didn’t comply & kept them instead. Brod himself moved to Zion & lived out the remainder of his life there but when his own time came, Brod’s & Kafka’s papers & manuscripts fell into the hands of Brod’s secretary. Brod had designated them for the Israel National Library, but just as Brod had not followed Kafka’s last desire, she didn’t follow Brod’s, but kept the collected papers herself in Europe, selling some for profit. But now they’ve arrived where Brod – but not Kafka – finally intended. So if someone does actually somehow burn them, ironically, they will be fulfilling Kafka’s own last wishes. But first they have to get past all the checkpoints.

  4. Franz says:

    Kafka was both Jewish and nuts, so who can say what he meant at any given time?

    An actual quote from his diary at Wiki:

    The tremendous world I have inside my head, but how to free myself and free it without being torn to pieces. And a thousand times rather be torn to pieces than retain it in me or bury it. That, indeed, is why I am here, that is quite clear to me

    World inside head… yeah, that’s also contagious.

  5. OldGringo says:

    Good one, Linh.
    Thanks for having the courage to stand up and speak out.

    • Agree: Colin Wright
  6. Nodwink says:

    Kafka was a socialist and a pacifist, and would have hated lunatic Israeli settlers, and much about modern Zionism.

  7. 6dust6 says:

    First article by Linh Dinh that left me scratching my head. On first reading
    I thought it satirical. I read it a second time and decided it was not tongue-in-cheek.
    Or was it?

  8. dearieme says:

    I always liked the story of the New Yorker who thought so highly of Kafka that she taught herself Czech so she could read him in the original.

    • LOL: Bardon Kaldian
    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
    , @George F. Held
  9. PPB says:

    I don’t think it’s all that uncommon for people to develop at least a partial “familiarity breeds contempt” attitude towards certain elements of culture in which they were raised, even if they feel positive about some of its other aspects. The most anti-semitic comments I’d ever heard from anyone were from a former Jewish girlfriend, whose attitude towards Jews and Jewish culture in general was at least moderately positive. As someone who grew up binationally and bilingually, my own attitude towards the two streams of my national and cultural heritage has followed a similar pattern. Given that all developed cultures have both their bright and less bright sides, none of this should be all that mysterious.

  10. Excellent analysis of a fairly obscure (I mean, little read or studied) Kafka piece,

    A trend in modern Kafka studies to Kafka the Aryan. I wrote this piece claiming him for our side:

    https://www.counter-currents.com/2014/07/kafka-our-folk-comrade/

  11. Is it better financially for Linh to buy his book on Amazon or to make a PayPal contribution to him?

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  12. @Franz

    ” You think the whole world revolves around whatever rattles inside that little kike head of yours.

    — Jack Lipnick to Barton Fink

    • Replies: @Franz
  13. Uh, carrion —

    Eating a sausage muffin in a Saigon McDonald’s, dumbshit me thinks —

    Bacon muffin probably a safer choice.

    • Agree: fish
  14. @Linh Dinh

    Correct. But only manuscripts remained in German. First editions of his woks were in Czech.

    • Agree: Twodees Partain
  15. I like Kafka, he’s honest, and writes … rather well.

  16. dearieme says:
    @Linh Dinh

    Kafka wrote in German.

    Yes, that is what makes it a good story. You’ve spent too many years in the US.

  17. @Franz

    ‘Kafka was both Jewish and nuts, so who can say what he meant at any given time?’

    I haven’t read the actual story, but as Linh describes it, the meaning seems perfectly clear — particularly as Kafka lived in a time when the Zionists and their machinations were first becoming a serious nuisance.

    Perhaps it all only becomes obscure if one prefers not to accept the obvious interpretation.

    • Replies: @Franz
  18. @snowmanpdq

    ‘Is it better financially for Linh to buy his book on Amazon or to make a PayPal contribution to him?’

    It might be better for the world in general to buy the book on Amazon.

    The more money there is in selling such works, the more reluctant Amazon will be to comply with demands that they stop doing so.

    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
  19. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @Colin Wright

    Hi all,

    For nearly a decade, I’ve derived a substantial part of my income from PayPal donations, but very little from book royalties, so the best way to support my writing is to donate via PayPal. There’s a button at the top of my blog.

    Thanks!

    Linh

    • Replies: @Cucksworth
  20. @dearieme

    I’ve read all of Kafka’s fiction in its original German. He writes beautifully clear German…well suited for someone wanting to learn German.

    • Replies: @Damocles
  21. AaronB says:

    You can get Lin away from Jews, but you can’t get the Jews out of Lin’s mind 🙂

    Like Palestine, Lin’s mind has been conquered by Jews.

  22. Saggy says: • Website

    To continue our multicultural long march and holistic healing process, Kafka’s ghost must be deplatformed.

    You don’t understand. Kafka was a Jew, and Jews are sacrosanct. The Jews do not fear exposure, or contradiction, or criticism. They have been exposed many times, continuously throughout history as a matter of fact. It’s water off the duck’s back.

    • Replies: @Miggle
  23. ‘You can get Lin away from Jews, but you can’t get the Jews out of Lin’s mind 🙂

    ‘Like Palestine, Lin’s mind has been conquered by Jews.’

    So, Aron, I take it you’re mispelling Linh’s name intentionally in an attempt to bait him. The happy face is another clue you’re trying to piss him off.

    🙂

    As you may now realize, neither tactic is particularly effective.

    You really are pretty low. In all seriousness, you can help fight anti-semitism.

    Just shut up. Never post.

    • Replies: @AaronB
  24. “Kafka must have been quite an anti-Semite to portray Jews so nastily. He probably hated Jews so much because he didn’t know any.”

    Seems unlikely. His best friend Max Brod was Jew, and his parents and other relatives. But, as the saying goes, it’s familiarity that breeds contempt. Otoh, a Jew-friendly interpretation of the story might cast the jackals as anti-semites, and the Arabs as the soon-to-be holocausted Jews. The jackals’ obsession with cleanliness echoes the well-known German one. Under this interpretation, the anti-semites have the European man in their grasp. They’ve been awaiting the arrival of a Führer who will deliver them from the Jews, and think he’s the one.

    One of the things that makes Kafka and Borges great writers is the many different ways their writings can be understood.

    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
  25. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @Dr. Robert Morgan

    Herr Doktor,

    The latest scholarship has clearly established that Kafka was a German speaking Namibian who never encountered a single Jew. In fact, he would cross the street in terror should he spot anything Jewish from even half a mile away. The pale, thin-lipped visage commonly associated with this great African writer has been much retouched, predictably. It’s yet another example of the white man’s desperate attempt to claim each black achievement as his own.

    Linh

    • LOL: Twodees Partain
    • Replies: @Miggle
    , @Germanicus
    , @Richard B
  26. @AaronB

    You can get Lih away from Jews, but you can’t get Lih away from Bibiphilia.
    http://www.gallup-international.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/2017_Global-Leaders.pdf
    There is only one other country in the world where the rate of Bibiphilia is higher.
    Have fun guessing.

  27. AaronB says:
    @Colin Wright

    First of all, Lin is in a constant pissed off state – nothing I can do can add to his smoldering anger.

    Second, I did not realize dropping the h was demeaning. But I like it 🙂

    Third, I am merely pointing out that Lin’s mind is Israeli occupied territory.

    Fourth, who said I wanted to end anti-Semitism? It is a necessary feature of our world. Everything in this world must have its opposite to exist. If I would abolish anti-Semitism I would abolish Jews. This is deep mystical stuff I don’t expect your puny Western mind to understand 🙂 It’s called non-duality, or polarity – everything must exist in polarity with its opposite. You abolish one you abolish the other.

    Fifth, it would be deeply shameful if we Jews did not manage to make enemies in our long sojourn through history. I’d have to consider abandoning Judaism. Even such banal people as the British and the Germans have managed to be hated by a not inconsiderable portion of mankind. I expect much better from Jews.

    In the end, Lin is just jealous that the only people the Vietnamese have managed to get to hate them passionately are the Cambodians.

  28. Miggle says:
    @Saggy

    But he gave us a new name for the Jews of Palestine. Jackals. Highly appropriate, it needs wider use when referring to the Israelis. I thank Kafka for giving us this usage.

  29. Miggle says:
    @Linh Dinh

    The latest scholarship has clearly established that Kafka was a German speaking Namibian who never encountered a single Jew. In fact, he would cross the street in terror should he spot anything Jewish from even half a mile away. The pale, thin-lipped visage commonly associated with this great African writer has been much retouched, predictably. […]

    Are you joking, Linh? Do you want to be half-credible? Your “latest scholarship”, “clearly established”: references please. Explain the terror, please.

    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
  30. Franz Kafka

    Without any doubt he is all the way up there as a crowned king of dead Nihilists.
    He was a German Jew who moved with two sisters from Germany to Prague at the times around Hitler coming to power.
    All three of them were infected with Tuberculosis.
    As you know that TB at that time was a dead sentence, but the dying did take many years.
    Kafka himself was sad, and unhappy person. He disliked everything around him he hated government and particularly abhorred the bureaucracy. (who does not). He generally despised everything in society. He wrote about hopelessness uselessness and pointlessness of life. I have read two books by him but no more because they made me feel as masochist. At time of writings the books could have been considered as a reason for uprising against system, as an escape from misery caused by system. But the insinuations were very subtle.

    Only Dostoyevsky with his work of “Oppressed and debased” comes somehow close to Kafka but not entirely.
    I have read from some French author book “Sufferers” (or Suffering people) which measures up to this Nihilistic category.
    “Cancer ward” in comparison to these is more like pleasant reading.

  31. TKK says:

    I always felt a strong empathy for Josef K.

  32. No one’s asking the most important question of all: is that oddly cylindrical blob on the hash brown ketchup?

  33. Franz says:
    @Colin Wright

    Kafka lived in a time when the Zionists and their machinations were first becoming a serious nuisance.

    You could be right.

    Kafka died young enough not to change his mind.

    The joke here is that Jews in my area were “American Jews, Not Israelis” till 1967 or 1973. Proudly assimilated Americans became Israelis-in-America about the time Nixon was leaving office, or at least my grandpa insisted that’s what he saw them do.

    Just as possible they would have disgusted Kafka, cannot say.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  34. /it would be deeply shameful if we Jews did not manage to make enemies/

    Interesting. A religion wherein making enemies of non-Jews has become a central tenet.

    Thanks for the lesson.

    • Agree: Poco
  35. Franz says:
    @James J. O'Meara

    ” You think the whole world revolves around whatever rattles inside that little kike head of yours.”

    Ah, world revolving around…

    Better example was Ayn Rand where the whole world revolved in that stinky cat-sprayed NYC apartment of hers.

    She had a gift for writing about the “wonders of America” but never left her dump. Except for the brief shining moment when the Brandons rented some basement space in the Empire State Building and she lived out her Napoleon /Dagny complex. Fun and then some. Ended when NBI went boom.

    Claiming Kafka and Rand both for Aryans makes sense, actually. The European concept of artist-as-nut applied equally to each. Having met Rand, I can tell you she was nuttier, but Kafka has slightly more clout in academia.

  36. Moreover, sculptors David Cerny and Jaroslav Rona must be prosecuted for glorifying such a trumped up asshole.

    Wouldn’t it be more humane to take them to a quarry and execute them with a butcher’s knife like the dogs they obviously are?

  37. @Linh Dinh

    Kafka was an Eskimo, who considered all his life emigrating to Palestine to build igloos there.

    It is a boring pain to read Kafka in German, it was compulsory reading in school, and I started to hate his style. He can’t compete linguistically with the German great writers not compulsory read any longer at school and uni.

    A junk food restaurant is the proper place for Kafka in my view.

  38. @Ilyana_Rozumova

    Dostoyevsky and Solzhenitsyn are ultimately redemptive. I see their works as detailed journeys toward spiritual salvation. “The First Circle” contains some of the best passages on the meaning of suffering ever written. Not so with Kafka.

    Simone Weil summed it up best in one of her notebooks: “The supernatural greatness of Christianity lies in the fact that it does not seek a supernatural remedy for suffering but a supernatural use for it.”

    • Agree: utu
  39. @Ilyana_Rozumova

    As an example of Nihilism you find it in “Fifty shades of gray” where you see overwhelming desire for love but never achieved.

  40. Anonymous[102] • Disclaimer says:
    @AaronB

    > your puny Western mind

    Kvetch more.

    NASA photographed the crash site of Israel’s failed moon lander, and it’s not pretty
    https://www.businessinsider.com/nasa-pictures-israel-beresheet-moon-lander-crash-site-2019-5

  41. Jake says:

    I’d never heard off ‘Jackals and Arabs.’

    The Jewish problem is a religious problem, a theological problem. It cannot be addressed effectively in any other way. In fact, most other ways make the problem worse.

    Once you accept the above, it should become easier to discern why you cannot separate the Jewish Problem from the WASP Problem, which was born of Judaizing heresy: Anglo-Saxon Puritanism.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  42. Republic says:
    @orionyx

    Looks like LD got a side gig as an interpreter/translator for those Korean salesmen attending that metal convention in Saigon.

  43. Linh Dinh: “The latest scholarship has clearly established that Kafka was a German speaking Namibian who never encountered a single Jew.”

    Well, no wonder then. Thank God for experts!

  44. @orionyx

    I echo Rev. Spooner. Why is this a puff piece and why would it, in particular, be paid for by someone? What is unworthy about it?

  45. onebornfree says: • Website

    Regards, onebornfree

  46. Very interesting! Clearly the subtext is about the Arab/Israeli conflict, but the story must have been written before its 1919 publication date! The story suggests that the political contours of Zionism were already in play and defined well before 1948 or the Nazi persecution of the Jews, similar in character to the present and similarly obstreperous. Notice the jackal jaws “all we have” they lament. All the same crap, basically. It just shows one how all human behavior is genetic.

    I was always skeptical of kafkas fame, figuring he was being blown up because of his ethnic origins, but I’ve come across several gems of late, making me want to read more of him. Thank you for explicating this.

    • Replies: @Happy Tapir
  47. theMann says:

    Whew, the one thing I take away from every one of Linh’s articles.

    How incredibly lucky I am to be an American, ethnically Irish.

  48. @Franz

    ‘… The joke here is that Jews in my area were “American Jews, Not Israelis” till 1967 or 1973. Proudly assimilated Americans became Israelis-in-America about the time Nixon was leaving office, or at least my grandpa insisted that’s what he saw them do…’

    This is true. A Jewish friend of mine who went to Israel and came back disgusted described them as ‘superjews.’ They discover Israel and become Superjew.

    It’s really kind of sad. Up until 1967/1973, all those Eastern European Ashkenazim were undergoing the same process of assimilation all the Germans and Irishmen and Italians and Slovenes and so on had undergone — slowly become primarily Americans, with a half-nostalgic, half-mildly bored look backwards at grandpa and his incredible mustache.

    Then came Israel. It was all so unnecessary.

    • Replies: @Anonymouse
  49. @AaronB

    Actually, LD went years with little or no comment on Jews in his writing. How many of you dear sweet ones ever get to the Friendly Lounge? Naturally, as a self-obsessed, self-pitying Jew parasite, you weren’t interested in any of that.

    It is instructive that only recently, LD has turned his attention to the malevolent international Jew and his inveterate conniving. But then, in this day and age of Jew-induced wars that wreck the Middle East and Jew-promoted diversity-fetishism among the diaspora that is rotting the underpinning of the West, the aggressive repulsiveness of the Jew simply can’t be ignored even by someone as good-hearted as LD.

    And you, sweet one, self-indulgently interpret this progression of consciousness as some abstract obsession with Jews rather than an involuntary awakening to the relentless and very concrete predations of “the tribe.”

  50. Emslander says:

    Linh is becoming more clinical with each submission. An anti-Jew orientation to his profession has destroyed a once-promising career. Some of Linh’s writing is masterful. Kafka was a troubled soul. It does no good to hold him up as a valid interpretor of modern political matters.

    The Jews are an important sector of the American culture because they worked for it. If the German-American Christians, who once promised to dominate the culture, had maintained their morality and struggled against the prejudices fomented by Woodrow Wilson, the culture would benefit from their points of view, as well.

  51. Anonymous[102] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jake

    You cannot separate the Jewish Problem from the WASP Papist Problem, since the Catechism of the Catholic Church openly states, “To the Jews belong the sonship, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship,” Jew-worshiper.

  52. @Happy Tapir

    And notice that the general sense of the possibility of the stare of Israel seems laughable to the Arab, much as in Longfellows Jewish Cemetary at Newport: ..”a nation that cannot rise again.” Who’s laughing now?

  53. Yes, Kafka hated the ghetto jew. That’s why he was a Zionist and dithered about making aliyah there because he was a ditherer.

    To the extent that the jew transcends the ghetto jew which is the aim of the Zionist movement, she may contrinbute mightily to the human/humanistic/Western enterprise.

    The Arab is the natual man as you point out. The jackels are ghetto jews who cannot change their spots nor become the natural man and are cursed for all time. Kafka was a first-class neurotic and pessimist. Put through the crucible of 20th century history, the post-ghetto jew emerged. Actually he has been emerging since the 19th century.

    So why do you hate the post-ghetto jew, Mr. Dinh?

    Perhaps an inverted self-hate when you think of the trapped man inside yourself.

    • Replies: @Oscar Peterson
  54. Richard B says:
    @Linh Dinh

    My gut response to your writing in general, and this piece in particular, is that you’re pulling our leg and having a laugh at the expense of anyone silly enough to take it too seriously.

    In any event, here’s a great article about a group’s desperate attempt to claim the achievement of others as their own.

    https://www.theoccidentalobserver.net/2019/10/16/do-jews-think-differently-aspects-of-jewish-self-glorification/

  55. Alfred says:

    Many years ago, I tried reading “Das Schloss” in German. It was way over my head. I decided that either the writer was brilliant or I was really stupid. Maybe both. 🙂

  56. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @Miggle

    Hi Miggle,

    Google “Kafka” with “Namibia” or “Africa,” and you’ll find millions of articles in all languages. Just seconds ago, I discovered these:

    1) “For 41 years, I was Kafka’s Lover,” a profile of Lisa Ngwangwama in the Windhoek Observer, September 10th, 2001. In Namibia’s newspaper of record, the 106-year-old Ngwangwama laughingly recounts Kafka’s habit of always “crossing the street in terror at the sight of anything Jewish, even bits of bagel on the sidewalk.”
    2) “Kafka’s Darkest Shade.” Haaretz, December 25th, 2001. In this crestfallen admission that Kafka has no Jewish blood whatsoever, Rachel Karpo still concludes, “but he’s still one of us, since blacks and Jews are one in suffering. Eternally persecuted, we’re the world’s cockroaches.”
    3) “Spooky Cracker is a Brother!” The Final Call, May 1st, 2002.

    Linh

    • Replies: @Miggle
  57. Yes, that pair of rusty scissors goes wandering through the desert to this day, which would be of no concern, if not for the fact they are lodged firmly in the back of the U.S. Military.

  58. @Anonymouse

    “So why do you hate the post-ghetto jew, Mr. Dinh?”

    The more relevant question is about the subject of the story that LD highlights–“Jackals and Arabs.” It certainly doesn’t seem to be about “ghetto Jews.” So maybe you should be more concerned about Kafka’s hate of “post-ghetto Jews” than LD’s.

    • Replies: @Anonymouse
  59. aandrews says:

    “…the ludicrous dignity of futile pursuits….”

    Right on.

  60. TKK says:
    @Emslander

    It does no good to hold him up as a valid interpretor of modern political matters.

    Well said!!! What a relief to read a thoughtful and highly literate comment.

    Reading the constant obsession with Jews is boring and alarming at the same time.

    No mention of the horrors of a monstrous bureaucracy (The Trial and Josef K) or waking up to find you are a cockroach. (The Metamorphisis).

    Reading literature through the fishy filthy glasses of identity politics is to not read it at all.

    And at the heart of it, these Jewish hysterics, are no different than a hairy tranny beating on the door of the ladies room in outrage.

  61. DaveE says:
    @AaronB

    Fortunately for Gentiles, you’re too dumb to understand the meaning(s) of “duality”.

    The more you piss and whine about every other ethnic group, the more you expose, and BROADCAST to the world, the unlimited arrogance, conceit, treachery and depravity of your own ethnic group.

    THAT is duality, Shlomo. Keep it up, you’re doing us all a favor.

    • Agree: Poco
  62. @Linh Dinh

    linh – how is it that you know kafka wrote in german, not czech [dearieme also knows this, i suspect] but you don’t know he was jewish? ’tis a puzzlement

  63. @Colin Wright

    Would that it were so! The jewish self-consciousness before Israel came along was qualitatively different from the self-consciousness of gentile immigrants who quickly became white Americans with foreign last names. I can speak to this from personal experience having grown up in the 40s.

    The jew had more cultural baggage than Irish, Italian, Polish, etc. immigrants. In contrast to the latter, they were subject to a certain degree of mistreatment by gentile society because of their non-Christian religion (with its tortured relationship with Christianity). That prejudice and concommittant discrimination (=mistreatment) was palpable enough to be sensed as a real thing by this jew growing up in NYC. The defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945 apparently made genteel American anti-semitism re-examine itself and the result for whatever the reason was that Jew hate and de facto discrimination ebbed away. Fast forward many decades and the historical events that obtained, and prejudice against jews has come roaring back as may be evidenced by the comments in this forum.

    It is heartening to me that a sizeable number of non-Jew hating commenters here swim against the tide which may reflect a yet surviving American sense of fair-play towards others and based on pleasant or at least neutral acquaintanceship with actual American jews.

  64. @Oscar Peterson

    No. He hated old-timey jews, notably his father. (You are not familar with his writings). And the old-timey jew in himself which he drew on to write Jackels and Arabs.

    The post-ghetto jew who contibutes so mightily to the humanistic/Western enterprise is not the neurotic jew that Kafka so famously was. The jew is not an immutable essence. There are no immutable essences as Darwin showed. History changes things.

    • Replies: @Oscar Peterson
  65. @TKK

    My theory.

    A powerful Jewish publisher met with Mr. Linh in his office.

    “You’re going to be the next Amy Tan. I’ve got producers from Hollywood on the phone right now. Your book is going to be the next JOY LUCK CLUB. Every power player in Hollywood wants the rights ”

    “But…” the Jewish publishing magnate unzips his fly. “You have to do something for me. It is how it works.”

    Mr. Linh refused to compromise his principles.

    • LOL: AaronB
    • Replies: @AaronB
  66. @Anonymouse

    ‘Would that it were so! The jewish self-consciousness before Israel came along was qualitatively different from…’

    Now, my reaction when I read something like this these days is kind of schizophrenic.

    One the one hand, it’s all perfectly congenial. ‘Maybe he’s right!’ says my inner progressive. Could be. Matter of nuance, where one is in the country, blah, blah, blah. It’s certainly true about 1945 having put an end to a kind of mild, genteel anti-semitism.

    The other Colin says, ‘He’s Jewish; what’s his position on Israel?’

    I’m no longer able to think of Jews without reference to Israel. I’m just not.

  67. @TKK

    “Reading literature through the fishy filthy glasses of identity politics is to not read it at all.”

    So literature and identity politics are somehow hermetically sealed from each other?

    Literature is about humanity. Identity and the politics it generates are part of the story.

    You simply wish to eliminate from discussion topics you find threatening or unpleasant. If you want that, best to go somewhere else.

    And as for The Trial and Metamorphosis, they’ve received endless attention elsewhere. Why rehash them again here? LD is focusing on a much lesser known work and its very peculiar focus. But you’d rather get back to something you feel comfortable with. I bet you can find dozens of websites where the pallid discussion you claim to want is taking place right now, and yet here you are!

  68. @Anonymouse

    “prejudice against jews has come roaring back”

    And you attribute that phenomenon to what?

    • Replies: @Anonymouse
  69. AaronB says:
    @Jeff Stryker

    More than a little uncomfortable truth here 🙂

    I just hope his father in law doesn’t sack him from his recycling plant…

    Lin will then discover that Dostoevsky and Dickens were really writing about evil Vietnamese fathers in law who own recycling plants, and we will treated to 20 essays on just how awful this species of mankind is.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  70. Kafka was wrong about the 6 million. Unless he is talking about the number of lies of the lying mainstream media. Hypocrites, that is their defining characteristic, still, after 2000 years.

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
    , @Kiel
  71. @Linh Dinh

    Linh, recently you wrote of Jack London, who died at 40. Now Kafka who died at the same age. It appears that writing must be bad for one’s health. Interesting that Kafka was an anti-Semite Ashkenazi Jew, but I guess there are many of them around. Perhaps their forced circumcisions when they were 8 days old has something to do with it. I know mine, fresh from the womb, has made me a self-hating gentile.

  72. JimDandy says:

    I had that exact interpretation when I first read the piece many years ago. And I have always wondered how “problematic” it will someday be considered once some shrill academic sounds the alarm in a scholarly journal. But Kafka’s Jewishness and the surreal quality of the tale–open to all kinds of interpretation–probably mean such a paper will never be published by Jewish-SJW-controlled academia.

    I also always assumed that Jackals and Arabs was an actual dream that Kafka had–Kafka’s subconscious whispering uncomfortable truths in his enormous ear.

  73. @Emslander

    ‘… The Jews are an important sector of the American culture because they worked for it. If the German-American Christians, who once promised to dominate the culture, had maintained their morality and struggled against the prejudices fomented by Woodrow Wilson, the culture would benefit from their points of view, as well.’

    That, to say the least, is ironic.

    German-Americans overwhelmingly rejected Nazism. There were maybe twenty million Americans who could reasonably be called ‘German-American’ in the 1930’s. At its height, the German-American Bund attracted ten thousand supporters. That works out to about one twentieth of one percent.

    Most Jewish Americans support Israel. A lot wish it were a nicer Israel — but they mostly support it. A good eighty percent, I would say.

    Not one twentieth of one percent. Yet it is German-Americans, not Jewish-Americans, who have abandoned their morality.

    I see.

    • Replies: @Jeff Stryker
    , @Emslander
  74. @Anonymouse

    Oh, he hated “old-timey” Jews?

    Do “old-timey Jews” include the estate-managing, rack-renting, tax-farming, slave-trading Jews of Eastern Europe? Or the Jews who came flooding into Spain on the back of the Arab conquest or into Ukraine on the back of the Polish conquest? How are they different than the “new-timey” Jews who came flooding into Palestine on the back of the British conquest? How about the Jews who claimed that Yahweh whispered in their ear and told them to kill every living thing so God’s favorite tribe could have the land? Those old-timey, neurotic Jews?

    The old-timey Jew sounds just like the new-timey Jew except that the latter has refined the art of conniving even beyond the expansive talents of the former. Aren’t the old-timey Jew and the new-timey Jew just imaginary representations of the eternal Jew?

    So whether the jackals in this story written in 1917 are looking for a “Balfour” to impose them on the Arabs of Palestine or whether the “Arabs” of the story are meant as some larger tableau of “hateful” goyim who have ostensibly made the “old-timey Jew” what he is, what we have here is the same larger reality of Jews as always–now whimpering and ingratiating, now aggressive and demanding, always duplicitous and conniving.

    New-timey Jew–just like the old-timey Jew.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  75. Linh may find this offensively patronizing, and in any case, I could be wrong, but my theory about why he fell beneath the wheel is that he took all our American values too literally.

    I’ve seen this with Asians before. They can be almost touchingly idealistic about Western values such as the right to free speech, etc.

    This isn’t to say us white folks don’t rate them equally highly. It’s just that over the generations we’ve learned that yes, that’s the way things should be — but be prepared for them to not be that way. If you say something to annoy someone powerful, and they respect your right to say it, that’s mighty fine. It’s mighty fine if you drive to Alaska and back and nothing goes wrong with the car.

    Just be ready for the alternative. I wonder if Linh was aware of that nuance.

  76. @Colin Wright

    German-Americans were more interested in staying out of the war. The prevailing German-American opinion was they had not immigrated to the US to see the country caught up in the European theater.

    Nazism did not catch on with German-Americans refugees from World War I.

    I say this as a German-American.

    And I would also add it was the Jewish-American gangsters and brawlers who attacked German-Americans, not vice versa. The only violence in the US was Jewish-on-German.

    Donald Trump mentions this. His own German immigrant father suffered mistreatment at the hands of Jewish tenants during World War II and began telling people he was Swedish.

  77. @AaronB

    ‘… Lin will then discover that Dostoevsky and Dickens were really writing about evil Vietnamese fathers in law who own recycling plants, and we will treated to 20 essays on just how awful this species of mankind is.’

    Maybe Kafka should have inserted a postscript at the end of the story for your benefit. It could read:

    ‘Palestine is really Palestine, the Arabs are really Arabs, the ‘man from the North’ represents Europe, and the Jackals are those Zionist assholes in Palestine.’

    Would that help clear up the obscurity for you? But perhaps you’ve got some alternative interpretation of the tale you’d like to share with us?

    …if you think we’re not too ignorant to comprehend you.

    • Replies: @AaronB
  78. AaronB says:
    @Colin Wright

    I think I mentioned this to you – or some other anti-Semite here – that I am not particularly interested in politics. Politics are ephemeral. I am interested in the graaaand questions of life, Colin, the eternal questions. The big stuff.

    Even my forays into the Israeli issue focuses mainly on the larger themes of Jewish religion and spirituality. And what I love about Israeli culture is its poignant spirituality, its sense of yearning and nostalgia, of brotherhood and friendship amidst darkness, its bittersweet quality, that reminds of the Buddhist sense of life’s fleeting impermanence, that I find so poignantly evoked in Japanese art and literature, and some German literature.

    Therefore the least interesting thing about Kafka would be his politics, whatever they are. The only interesting about him is his metaphysical and literary vision – elusive, mysterious, and disturbing. I’d like to explore that.

    Only a failed poet – someone who basically lacks poetic sensibilities – would single out Kafka’s one possibly political story for discussion lol.

    Israel is pretty much a done deal. It will last another 500 years. There is no need for me to defend it, and you may attack it to your heart’s content if it’s cathartic for you. You serve a useful purpose – Jews need people like you around.

  79. @AaronB

    First of all, Lin is in a constant pissed off state – nothing I can do can add to his smoldering anger.

    Careful now, you wouldn’t want to push him over the edge or make him snap and turn into the Kinh version of Hui Chow.

    • LOL: AaronB
  80. @AaronB

    ‘I think I mentioned this to you – or some other anti-Semite here…’

    It’s not Jews I dislike, Aaron.

    It’s you.

    • Replies: @AaronB
  81. @Oscar Peterson

    ‘Do “old-timey Jews” include the estate-managing, rack-renting, tax-farming, slave-trading Jews of Eastern Europe? Or the Jews who came flooding into Spain on the back of the Arab conquest or into Ukraine on the back of the Polish conquest? How are they different than the “new-timey” Jews who came flooding into Palestine on the back of the British conquest?

    …’

    I think this is one of the many, many evil things about Israel.

    Of course there is much that was unattractive in the ‘old-time’ Jew. There was much that was unattractive in ‘old-time’ Europe in general: arrogant nobility, incredibly ignorant peasants, often oppressive churches, gross inequality, filth, etc, etc. Finally, of course — to put it mildly — Jews not only sinned but were sinned against: the pogroms associated with the First Crusade, the expulsions from Spain, Bogdan Khmelnitski’s uprising, and so on. All that covers a lot of loan-sharking and slave-dealing.

    But we left all that behind us, and entered a new era, where at least our failings assumed new guises. This included Jews, who if still identifiably different in America, weren’t particularly unattractive — at any rate, no more unattractive than the rest of us. It was a new world, and there was no need to dwell on the sins of the past.

    …except then there came Israel. And there it is, dragging Jews back to fulfill every single one of the worst aspects of their traditional character.

    • Replies: @Oscar Peterson
  82. @AaronB

    No offense Aaron, but Jews tend to be more neurotic than Buddhists. Not that I have been to Israel. I know nothing about the place.

    Jews are not “Semitic” in culture. They are Mediterraneans. Their culture, food, even most of their genes are Mediterranean. They are more like Italians than any other race of people.

    As for Kafka, he was diagnosed in life as a paranoid schizophrenic. No surprise with works like THE TRIAL. This was supposedly a result of an abusive overbearing father. He became an alcoholic and lived (Lived, literally) in whorehouses. However, he found time to father a child with a Jewish woman and never acknowledged his child. I don’t think any of this has anything to do with his Jewishness, by the way. But his work oozes paranoia and all-night drinking sessions and a complete solipsism.

    • Replies: @AaronB
    , @Reality Cheque
  83. @AaronB

    “Only a failed poet – someone who basically lacks poetic sensibilities – would single out Kafka’s one possibly political story for discussion lol.”

    Talk about a non sequitur!

  84. AaronB says:
    @Colin Wright

    Naahhh, you’re an anti-Semite. You’re just less courageous than other ones. A bit smarter and subtler, also. But its perfectly clear.

    Not that there’s anything wrong with being an anti-Semite. Jews need people like you. We should thank you. You are a necessary part of the dance.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
    , @Poco
  85. AaronB says:
    @Jeff Stryker

    No offense taken 🙂 Certainly American Jews are more neurotic than Buddhists lol. No doubt about it. Perhaps that’s why so many are attracted to Buddhism. Israel is a different story, though. A very cool and relaxed place, while at the same time not without a certain intensity. Great place that in some ways reminds me of Asia – you should visit.

    I remember last time I was there I traveled to Jordan to catch a flight to Thailand, because the flights were cheaper. And there is a very similar “run down funkiness but also modern and wealthy” feel to both places, that is kind of exciting.

    You are right – Israel is far more similar to Med cultures than Arab ones. A Noerweigan I met in Israel said it reminded him of Spain.

  86. @Jeff Stryker

    No offense Aaron, but Jews tend to be more neurotic than Buddhists.

    Ha, they got nothing on the adherents of The Religion of Peace(TM).
    http://www.unz.com/anepigone/islam-clean-bill-of-mental-hea/

  87. Reading all truly bad & inarticulate comments here, I can only offer, for n-th time, some literature..

    [MORE]

    • Replies: @Jeff Stryker
  88. Bookish1 says:
    @AaronB

    In order to last another 500 years israel is going to have to use nukes and wipe out whole segments of enemy populations. There are some big forces organizing against israel.

    • Replies: @AaronB
  89. @Colin Wright

    I guess my basic point, Colin, is the rejection of the old-timey/new-timey dichotomy. I see much more continuity than discontinuity. I don’t think anything much was “left behind,” as you are suggesting. Jews in the US assimilated only in the sense that they bided their time until they were in a position to subvert the culture and maximize the political, cultural and economic space they could arrogate to themselves. They have been quite adept at adopting and discarding political alliances in pursuit of that goal.

    The sins against Jews are overwhelmingly in response to the sins of Jews. And I see no prospect of that changing.

    Israel merely makes manifest and obvious the “Is it good for the Jews” mentality that dominates the Jewish mind whether in the Judenreich or the diaspora.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  90. I congratulate AaronB on presenting us with the most revealing comment in the entire string:

    “You can get Lin away from Jews, but you can’t get the Jews out of Lin’s mind”

    Linh Dinh has been writing for many, many years, and only the slightest and quite recent fraction of it has much to do with Jews. The vast majority of Linh’s essays, over decades, are focused on humble bars and other out-of-the-way spots in Philadelphia and other decaying cities and their struggling lower and lower middle class habitués. It’s always been very empathetic stuff without saccharine artifice–a sort of updated Down and Out in London and Paris.

    But of course AaronB has never read any of that. There were no Jews–or almost none–so it held no interest for a Jew-fixated Jew. AaronB has only taken any notice of Linh’s essays since the latter began quite recently to explore the global role of international Jewry and its conniving ways.

    So in a supreme act of projection, AaronB’s Jewish self-obsession is transformed–in his mind–into a supposed Jew-fixation on the part of Linh, as expressed above in the absurd notion that “you can’t get the Jews out of Lin’s mind.”

    AaronB has perfectly, though of course unwittingly, illustrated the utterly self-referential Jewish mind. And what a nasty piece of work it is.

  91. @AaronB

    ‘Naahhh, you’re an anti-Semite. You’re just less courageous than other ones. A bit smarter and subtler, also. But its perfectly clear.’

    Suit yourself, Aaron. It’s nothing to do with you, and it’s nothing to do with Israel. It’s because I’m an anti-Semite.

    • Replies: @Poco
    , @4justice
  92. @AaronB

    ‘…Israel is a different story, though. A very cool and relaxed place, while at the same time not without a certain intensity. Great place…’

    Why is it then that forty percent of all Israeli Jews say they would leave if only they could?

    Any theories on that one, Aaron? Or will you just not answer the question?

  93. @AaronB

    Well Buddhism is supposed to free oneself from expectation and American Jews are raised with the pressure of expectations much of the time.

    Many US Jews I knew moved to Israel for economic reasons when I was young. They could serve a year in the IDF and then they had the rest of their life in a more relaxed sunny environment than the freezing cold competitive middle-class ghettos of Long Island or whatever. Having to kill to eat is sort of a drag. I worked with some Jews sales who just tired of the rat race and said “screw this, I’m moving to the beach”.

    If anybody could go to Israel and serve a year in the army and spend the rest of their life in the Mediterranean sunshine just chilling out many would.

    Of course Jews would be similar to Spanish. After all, Sephardic Jews were from Spain. And Mediterranean is Mediterranean from Ibeza to Tel Aviv, in my opinion.

    • Replies: @AaronB
  94. Dude…install CLASSIC SHELL

    Or rather the replacement, Open Shell.

    Why on Earth would you want to subject yourself to Microsoft’s criminally poor replacement for the Start Menu?

    Original project (still works): http://classicshell.net

    OpenShell: https://github.com/Open-Shell/Open-Shell-Menu
    Alternate download: https://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/classic_start.html

  95. @Oscar Peterson

    Naturally, Lih knows he has to be brought into line to hew to the editorial line’s idée fixe, otherwise he stands a risk of getting JayManed sooner rather than later.

    • Replies: @Oscar Peterson
  96. @Bardon Kaldian

    Kafka stinks of paranoid schizophrenia and life of around-the-clock sex and alcohol binges. His father was abusive, we know that. He was diagnosed paranoid schizoid and his work oozes this (False accusation, persecution). He lived in whorehouses. Lived in them. As a Jew he was a lousy one-he fathered a child with a Jewish woman he refused to acknowledge.

    Not that this has anything to do with his Jewishness.

    But I am unimpressed with Kafka’s insight into Zionism. It seems more like his usual rant at Bureaucrats impersonally eating away at the self.

    • Replies: @Julian of Norwich
  97. @Dennis Gannon

    Kafka was wrong about the 6 million.

    Considering Kafka died in 1924, we can cut him some slack.

  98. HEREDOT says:

    unz thanks priceless I learned a lot from writers and commentators.

  99. @Reality Cheque

    Oh, I see–you meant that screen name ironically.

  100. Emslander says:
    @Colin Wright

    By morality I mean primarily the acceptance of family bonds as the highest values. As you can tell from my moniker, I also am German-American. My people came from Saxony in the 1850’s. I grew up in solid family circumstances in the 1950’s. They were traditional and ancient. Even Tacitus saluted the family values of the Allemani that kept them from ever being conquered by the Romans. (The greatest defeat of the Roman legions took place in the Northwest forests of Saxony at Tuetoburg.) There was also strong religious identity among Germanic peoples.

    The great fraud of secular liberalism began its good work in about 1960 and turned women into feminists and men into irresponsible children. Adherence to Nazism wasn’t necessary to assert Saxon values, simply living humble working lives was all that had ever been required. No one, Jewish or Irish or any other ethnic group would dare mess with the solidity of a German community. Then these communities weakened themselves by accepting the liberal arguments about religious values and natural procreation.

    Our disappearance from influence is our own fault.

  101. @Oscar Peterson

    I wish I knew the answer. Possibly resentment of Israel’s success may be the major reason. May I turn the question around? Do you accept my claim that discrimination against jews such as it was ebbed at the end of WW II with the defeat of Hitler and the realization what extremes anti-jewish sentiment might lead to?

    And you jew haters, what is your true sentiment? Do you wish that the jews cease to exist and are you prepared to take steps to effect your wish?

    The notion that the jews only became evil and subversive after Israel came into existence seems quite nuts. I don’t need to tally the enormous positive contributions of American jews and jews in general to the improvement of human existence for the number of names is huge and is probably greater in terms of their small population than any other ethnicity.

  102. frankie p says:
    @Oscar Peterson

    Herve Ryssen calls it “accusatory inversion”, and it can be seen throughout Jewish history.

    • Replies: @Oscar Peterson
  103. Art says:

    Writing to Milena Jesenská, Kafka explains the Jewish bite, “Their insecure position, insecure within themselves, insecure among people, would above all explain why Jews believe they possess only whatever they hold in their hands or grip between their teeth.

    Kafka explains why Jews love ready cash money – they are insecure – they always fear that they are going to be thrown out for dishonesty by their neighbors.

  104. @Anonymouse

    “Why do the hate us, papa?”

  105. Poco says:
    @Colin Wright

    As always. They are innocent both individually and collectively. Aaron wasn’t baiting Linh, he wasn’t insulting Europeans, he wasn’t trolling you. He just can’t understand why he and his ilk are catching any flak. He doesn’t understand it yet he’s interested in the graaaand questions. What a stupid fucking morally preening, self righteous punk.

    • Agree: Colin Wright
  106. Damocles says:
    @George F. Held

    Which titles would you recommend for someone keen on improving their German through Kafka?

  107. @Anonymouse

    “I wish I knew the answer [to the question of why ‘prejudice against jews has come roaring back.’] Possibly resentment of Israel’s success may be the major reason. May I turn the question around?”

    What a typically mendacious Jew pilpul answer! You whine–above–that anti-Jewish sentiment “has come roaring back” without providing any explanation, so I ask you to give a view of why the phenomenon you are asserting might have come about.

    And what response do I get? A mindless, absurd, one-sentence non-answer–“Gee, maybe the success of Israel”–and then an evasive request to “turn the question around”!

    Soon, the “answer” to my question has devolved into typically self-pitying Jew blather about what the Jew has given to the world.

    No, sweet Jew, you have not provided any meaningful reply to the question I posed. You have merely deployed the usual Jew pilpul smokescreen to divert the exchange away from the original point–a point which obviously made you uncomfortable.

    So, no, you are not in a position to “turn the question around.”

  108. Poco says:
    @AaronB

    Right or wrong you’re creating more.

  109. AaronB says:

    I think we finally have to admit that everything the anti-Semites say about us is true.

    We just don’t care 🙂

    Nyanyanyanya! 😜

    And there is not a thing you can do about it lol, except stew in your own anger.

  110. sarz says:

    Hi Linh. I saw an essay by the recently departed Harold Bloom that had this little observation about Kafka. I thought of you.

    Franz Kafka brooded that he might have created a New Kabbalah but for the burgeoning of Zionism, and Kafka is to Jewish literature what Dante is to Catholicism or John Milton to Protestantism: the archetype of the Writer. No matter that Kafka was equivocal about Judaism until his final relationship with Dora Dymant, when he returned to the study of Hebrew and dreamed of emigrating to Palestine with Dora

    .

  111. AaronB says:
    @Bookish1

    order to last another 500 years israel is going to have to use nukes and wipe out whole segments of enemy populations. There are some big forces organizing against israel

    Then that’s what we will do. It’s your death wish.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  112. @AaronB

    “We just don’t care”

    If you truly didn’t care, you wouldn’t be here all the time.

  113. @Oscar Peterson

    ‘I guess my basic point, Colin, is the rejection of the old-timey/new-timey dichotomy. I see much more continuity than discontinuity. I don’t think anything much was “left behind,” as you are suggesting. Jews in the US assimilated only in the sense that they bided their time until they were in a position to subvert the culture and maximize the political, cultural and economic space they could arrogate to themselves. They have been quite adept at adopting and discarding political alliances in pursuit of that goal.’

    Where I part ways with this is the implication that Jews are a corporate body — even a corporate body able to reason and act as one. As an identified anti-Semite myself, I’ll point out this is the classic anti-semitic paradigm.

    Jews aren’t a corporate body; in fact, they’re singularly fractured and quarrelsome. AaronB’s pathetic fantasies notwithstanding, Israel is more or less a demonstration of that. In fact, consciously or unconsciously, Israel works to ensure she always has an external enemy — since otherwise, the nation would fly apart.

    ‘The sins against Jews are overwhelmingly in response to the sins of Jews. And I see no prospect of that changing.

    Israel merely makes manifest and obvious the “Is it good for the Jews” mentality that dominates the Jewish mind whether in the Judenreich or the diaspora.’

    Well, that’s kinda my point. However, I wouldn’t say Israel made anything ‘manifest and obvious.’ I knew a lot of Jews, growing up on the West Coast. Most of them were getting away from that ghetto siege mentality. They were Americans. Sure, they knew they were Jews. Greeks know they’re Greeks, Italians know they’re Italians, Jews know they’re Jews.

    Nu? But a priori, they knew they were Americans. In the eighties, they bought American-made cars to support American industry. An older Jew I knew — at least I think he was a Jew — had been the quarterback of his high school team in Los Angeles, had won the Silver Star for knocking out a German tank (good story there), and fumed and ranted as a teacher of English at an inner-city junior college.

    These people weren’t some Borg collective. If the least of them, such as AaronB, keep clinging to that Israeli ubermensch collective identity as a substitute for actual self-esteem, the better of them had dared to step out beyond the ghetto walls and become like the rest of us — differentiated in all kinds of ways, but ultimately, in it together with the rest of us. I don’t see a ‘Jew’ as inherently more distinct from me than my Italian neighbor to the east, or the daughter of working-class parents across the street, or the actual, native Oregonder to the west. The differences are there — but nothing more than usual.

    I don’t believe in your evil Jewish entity. Israel is regrettably bringing something like it to life, but absent Israel, I’m not convinced there’d be a problem.

    • Replies: @AaronB
    , @Saggy
  114. Dumbo says:
    @AaronB

    A lot of us don’t really hate Jews, we just wished they would shut up and stop playing the victims at the same time that they play global controllers.

    I personally like a few Jewish writers and filmmakers, but I don’t like Jewish bankers, and I don’t like to hear about Jews all the time, and it’s one of the reasons I don’t come here at UR so often as before. It’s just too much sometimes.

    In the end, both extreme philo-semitism and anti-semitism one and the same thing – and both are useful to Jews. The only thing they really hate is being ignored.

    As for me, I’d rather just ignore them as much as I can. I don’t think that they’re as important as they or the anti-semites think.

    Maybe they are really like the jackals in the story – they think they are really important and great, when maybe they are just scavengers from a desert.

    Re: Kafka, “Josefine or the Mouse people” is also very likely about the Jewish people – and again, a very ambiguous portrayal of Jews. Although of course like all good literature it can be read in other ways too.

    • Replies: @AaronB
  115. AaronB says:
    @Colin Wright

    Didnt you just say that 80% of Jews support Israel? Sounds pretty monolithic to me.

    Nearly all of us support Israel, and Israel is evil.

    Ergo, most of us are evil.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  116. Colin Wright: ” At its height, the German-American Bund attracted ten thousand supporters. ”

    Twenty thousand attended the Bund rally at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 20, 1939. But you’re right that German-American support for the German cause never materialized. In retrospect, it appears that trying to unite National Socialism with the American tradition of egalitarianism was a fool’s errand, destined to fail from the start. As Hitler said, NS was not for export. Still, though I can’t really say I’m surprised by human treachery and betrayal, it’s stunning how easily America’s largest minority was induced to fight a total war of extermination against its racial homeland. The reasons for it are complex, but truly, blood loyalty is dead among whites.

  117. @AaronB

    ‘Then that’s what we will do. It’s your death wish.’

    Now that is a brilliantstrategy. A group, hemmed in in a strip of semi-desert surrounded by peoples they have taught to hate them, utterly dependent on the support and continued goodwill and power of parties on the other side of the planet, decides to start issuing threats.

    That’s a winner, Aaron; a real winner. Got any stock market tips?

  118. Saggy says: • Website
    @Colin Wright

    I don’t believe in your evil Jewish entity. Israel is regrettably bringing something like it to life, but absent Israel, I’m not convinced there’d be a problem.

    ??? There has been a problem for 2000 years. For a blow by blow account read ‘The Zion Controversy’ by D. Reed, or ‘The Jewish Revolutionary Spirit’ by EM Jones. Or just look around you at the incredible cultural disintegration of the US …

  119. @AaronB

    ‘… And there is not a thing you can do about it lol, except stew in your own anger.’

    That’s right, Aaron. Israel is completely invulnerable and all powerful. You just keep abusing everyone in sight.

    It’s a great strategy. I only regret we can’t get all Zionists to imitate you.

    Goddamn, you’re a moron. There are some other people around here who are perceptibly advocates of particular causes. They’re not dishonest, exactly — but you can see them thinking carefully before they shoot their mouths off.

    But you keep it up. I like where you’re headed and the effect you’re going to have. You go, girl!

    • Replies: @AaronB
    , @Poco
  120. Miggle says:
    @Linh Dinh

    Interesting. Doing a bit of searching, the lie that Kafka was a German-speaking Bohemian Jew born in Prague in 1883 is everywhere! Liars everywhere!

    I did a DuckDuckGo search for “Kafka” with “Namibia” and came up with nothing but irrelevancies, the name Kafka yes, everywhere, talk of his books, Wikipedia lying about his place of birth, the occasional use of “Kafka” as part of a trade name, Apache Kafka …, but the word Namibia nowhere.

    Thank you, Linh, for alerting me to the fact that every single biped on this planet is an insane liar. Every one, that is, except Linh Dinh.

    Thanks for pointing that out.

    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
  121. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @Miggle

    Surely you’re not imputing dishonesty to the recently deceased Lisa Ngwangwama?! In Windhoek, there’s an elegant statue of Ngwangwama at the corner of Fidel Castro and Robert Mugabe. Prostrated before it, I couldn’t help but weep. Racism alone prevents this magnificent lady from being internationally known, for she wasn’t just Kafka’s lover but the secret author of all his books. You should be ashamed of yourself for spitting on Ngwangwama’s memory.

    • Agree: byrresheim
    • LOL: Tusk
  122. AaronB says:
    @Colin Wright

    That’s right, Aaron. Israel is completely invulnerable and all powerful.

    Pretty much 🙂

    Israel is a done deal. Not much you can do about it, Colin. Sorry.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  123. AaronB says:
    @Dumbo

    That’s a cool attitude. But lots of people are obsessed with Israel and Jews, out of the blue. Colin Wright, for instance.

    I agree it’s weird. On the other hand, something about the Jewish “idea” brings out obsessions in others. Everything depends on its opposite, in the end.

  124. Miggle: “Interesting. Doing a bit of searching, the lie that Kafka was a German-speaking Bohemian Jew born in Prague in 1883 is everywhere!”

    Just goes to show how Jews have nearly complete control over the publishing industry, academia, and the internet too. But take heart! The world is waking up to their lies and perfidy. As LD has pointed out, the latest scholarship reveals the truth of K’s Namibian origins, and his absolute hatred of Jews. In light of that, “Jackals and Arabs” makes perfect sense as an anti-semitic parable. One has to admire his cleverness, too, in somehow getting such virulent anti-semitism published in a Zionist magazine. Smart fellows, those Namibians!

    • LOL: AaronB
  125. Poco says:
    @Colin Wright

    Aaron has let it be known in several comments on various threads that jews believe in a medieval pre-enlightenment morality.
    By this proclamation shouldn’t Gentiles also embrace our own pre-enlightenment medieval morality and therefore isolate jews from gentile society?
    He would say no. No, gentiles should remain more open minded and enlightened while medieval moralists run rampant among us. After all we are immoral children of the enlightenment and deserve what we get, or we are evil medievalists, while they’re morally medieval. Full of mystic superiority. Or something. Heads they win tails we lose.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
    , @Miggle
  126. Frank k says:
    @Anonymouse

    Yes, it stinks when your leaders are corrupt, but those on this site have not been brainwashed, like you, by your leaders’ propaganda.

    “Jew haters” being the string tying it all together.

    As to your last paragraph diversion, but really denial, tactics, there’s a good dictum a simple man told me that might get you to stand back and self-assess: one “oh-shit” negates 10 “atta-boy”s.

    Siding with the Moors when they conquered Spain after the Christians treated you so well, being a major economic player in the triangle slave trade, concocting, implementing and enforcing a system of barbaric rule on Russians, Hungarians, and so many others, are just 3 “oh-shit”s to get you going.

    All done with “[your] small population”, which has led one (great) Jewish person to correctly admit that by #3 above, this “population” has killed more people per capita [sic] in the 20th century, by a large factor, than any other “ethnicity “.

    When you’ve finished, come back here for more examples of the patterns of your rulers.

    Or maybe after those doozies you could see with true eyes the evidence right in front of your face: the similar barbarity you are visiting on first the original owners of the land of Israel, and now all their neighbors.

    It stinks, I can imagine, but the truth will set you free.

  127. Though late in so saying, Linh, this is one of your best reviews to date.

    May you be well.

  128. @AaronB

    ‘…Nearly all of us support Israel, and Israel is evil.

    Ergo, most of us are evil.’

    Hopefully you feel bad about that.

  129. @Poco

    ‘Aaron has let it be known in several comments on various threads that jews believe in a medieval pre-enlightenment morality.
    By this proclamation shouldn’t Gentiles also embrace our own pre-enlightenment medieval morality and therefore isolate jews from gentile society?
    He would say no. No, gentiles should remain more open minded and enlightened while medieval moralists run rampant among us. After all we are immoral children of the enlightenment and deserve what we get, or we are evil medievalists, while they’re morally medieval. Full of mystic superiority. Or something. Heads they win tails we lose.’

    Aaron’s completely full of shit. I wouldn’t attempt to draw any conclusions from his remarks beyond that.

    • Replies: @Poco
    , @Poco
  130. @AaronB

    ‘That’s a cool attitude. But lots of people are obsessed with Israel and Jews, out of the blue. Colin Wright, for instance.

    I agree it’s weird. On the other hand, something about the Jewish “idea” brings out obsessions in others. Everything depends on its opposite, in the end.’

    We should just accept it. Israel draws us into wars on her behalf, manipulates us into shielding her from the consequences of her crimes, drains us of billions of dollars every year, steals our technology and state secrets and sells them to the highest bidder, and has managed to corrupt our entire political system.

    But we should just accept it. Not get upset about it.

    Be good gentiles, eh, Aaron? Serve our masters while you sit like an effendi and eat.

  131. @AaronB

    ‘Pretty much 🙂

    Israel is a done deal. Not much you can do about it, Colin. Sorry.’

    You be sure and go back. I want you there when the end comes.

    • Replies: @AaronB
  132. Poco says:
    @Colin Wright

    Yes. I know he is. My comment was an illustration of his bullshit philosophy. But, he’s not alone among his brethren.

  133. Poco says:
    @Colin Wright

    Make no mistake. He wants you and yours completely at his mercy or dead.

  134. @AaronB

    I’m hardly obsessed with the Jews, but I live on the East Coast, where there are plenty. As a general rule, they are the most obnoxious, least well behaved, rudest, most aggressive, and least honest people I have ever encountered. If you go into a crowded Jewish deli around a Jewish holiday, you might get pushed around by people who will tell you to move it, though you can’t push through the crowd any better than they can. Once I turned around and raised my voice to one of them, an older man who had barked at me to move. When I turned around, he looked intimidated and shut up.

    Frankly, it’s the behavior of so many of the Jews — on the East Coast, at least — that induces more dislike of them than anything else. Few people are thinking, These are the bastards who have brought all the immigrants into the country or who are starting all the wars. Few, I’m saying — not that there is nobody who thinks that. I personally don’t know anyone.

    Also, there is no end of Jewish boosterism and promotion of the “brilliant Jewish geniuses” who supposedly abound among the Ashkenazis. (Geniuses such as David Brooks and Thomas Friedman, I suppose. Or David Gregory. Or Chuck Todd. Or Michael Isikoff and David Corn.) A major city newspaper ran a story on the front page about a group of orthodox rabbis in black hats surveying a wheat field in Kansas, I believe, where they were cultivating grain for matzoh. The next day, riots broke out in Tahrir Square in Egypt. Obviously, the lead-up to that event was less important than growing wheat for matzoh.

    People get tired of all this. That’s what induces “anti-Semitism.”

    • Agree: RadicalCenter
    • Replies: @AaronB
  135. Miggle says:
    @Poco

    Aaron has let it be known in several comments on various threads that jews believe in a medieval pre-enlightenment morality.
    By this proclamation shouldn’t Gentiles also embrace our own pre-enlightenment medieval morality and therefore isolate jews from gentile society?

    So, let’s become extra-enlightened and give the Jews back the autonomy the Persians gave them under Ezra and Nehemiah, as the Romans gave the Talmudic rabbis rule over all Jews of the Empire, Talmudic and not, in about AD 200, and as certain European kingdoms gave the Jews autonomy, placed them under the life and death rule of their rabbis, right up to the Enlightenment.

    How could they complain about that? What’s wrong with autonomy? Is it “anti-Semitic” to give the Jews self-rule under Ultra-Orthodox rabbis, which would make them all visible? Wouldn’t the rabbis love it?

    An implication of that autonomy is that they cease to be citizens of the Gentile state, they have in effect their own scattered state within a state. So the US Government would become independent of Jewish rule and could clean the brown stuff off their noses.

    There would be terms and conditions controlling the rabbis, so there could be some provisions requiring the rabbinical court to order a Jew to be flogged to death, or else suffer themselves.

    Not “anti-Semitic”. They would have to obey Jewish law. But the problems they cause would largely go away.

    • Replies: @AnonStarter
  136. Kafka was not the only Jewish artist from that time and place with anti-semitic tendencies. Gustav Mahler was, at best, ambiguous about his feelings towards German Jewry and outright disgusted by his Eastern European kinfolk. “Life here has an unusual look,” he wrote to his wife while on tour in Lwów/Lviv (formerly Lemburg). “Strangest of all are the Jews who run about here the way dogs do elsewhere. It is extremely entertaining to watch them! My God, am I supposed to be related to them?” (Not for nothing would Anton Webern declare decades later that with the Anschluß Mahler’s music would finally be played!) Arnold Schoenberg, too, was another. It was telling that when he told Josef Rufer about the twelve-note method, he described it as a “discovery which will ensure the supremacy of German music for the next hundred years.” Only later did he return to Judaism, albeit in a defensive sort of manner similar to how some Whites today have embraced racial solidarity as a defense mechanism.

    Slightly off-topic. But when you get the chance please do read Robert Walser. He was a contemporary of Kafka (they admired each other’s work) and has a joyful strangeness altogether his own, rather the inverse of his more famous colleague. Whereas Kafka found the quotidian within the grotesque, Walser quietly revealed the grotesque within the quotidian.

    Thank you, Linh Dinh. Another splendid essay.

    • Replies: @utu
    , @Linh Dinh
  137. @Anonymouse

    ‘I wish I knew the answer. Possibly resentment of Israel’s success may be the major reason. May I turn the question around? Do you accept my claim that discrimination against jews such as it was ebbed at the end of WW II with the defeat of Hitler and the realization what extremes anti-jewish sentiment might lead to?

    And you jew haters, what is your true sentiment? Do you wish that the jews cease to exist and are you prepared to take steps to effect your wish?

    The notion that the jews only became evil and subversive after Israel came into existence seems quite nuts. I don’t need to tally the enormous positive contributions of American jews and jews in general to the improvement of human existence for the number of names is huge and is probably greater in terms of their small population than any other ethnicity.’

    This is a singularly offensive and revolting post.

  138. @Jeff Stryker

    Having known a fair number of people with the mental health condition paranoid schizophrenia, I think all of them were more endearing, fair minded and courageous than you.

    • Agree: utu
    • Replies: @ploni almoni
    , @AnonStarter
  139. @Julian of Norwich

    It’s a mystery why it is called “mental illness.”

  140. Tomas says:

    Don’t eat shit at McDonald’s, Dinh. You know it’s not good for you.

  141. utu says:
    @Nicolás Palacios Navarro

    Jewish “anti-semites” from Vienna: Otto Weininger, Karl Kraus

    Karl Kraus and the Jewish Self-Hatred Question, Paul Reitter
    Jewish Social Studies, New Series, Vol. 10, No. 1 (Autumn, 2003), pp. 78-116

    Kraus managed to find credibility in certain anti-semitic stereotypes. Where they occur in A Crownfor Zion,his critical discourse shifts. It becomes more shrill and flatter. Although Kraus
    spends most of the text hectoring assimilationist absurdities, he also lobbies for assimilation. He wants total integration, because only the “dissolution”of Judaism will end the “thoroughly corrupt Jewish society”. By “corrupt Jewish society,” Kraus means the often highly assimilated Jews who played such an important role in the liberal Viennese press. These Jews, according to Kraus,promote “Jewish interests,”especially the interests of the “moneyJews”(Geldjuden) who fi-
    nance their newspapers, while feigning objective nonpartisanship. Newspapers like the NeueFreiePresse,which was owned by a Jew, and whose cultural pages none other than Herzl edited, are much more in- sidious than manifestly propagandistic publications. The former
    newspapers dupe their readers with false pretenses about journalist integrity and disinterested information and thus deform the Viennese public sphere. The latter present themselves as nothing other than what they are, “partyorgans.”

  142. @Miggle

    /There would be terms and conditions controlling the rabbis, so there could be some provisions requiring the rabbinical court to order a Jew to be flogged to death, or else suffer themselves./

    Originally, the Ten Commandments were all capital offenses.

    I wonder if Aaron realizes that such recrudescence would herald a genuine holocaust for his people, given their current condition.

  143. @Damocles

    The first thing to read by Kafka is his most famous work, the short story: The Metamorphosis (Die Verwandlung). The second thing would be in my opinion the short story: Der Bau. “The Burrow” is the usual translation of “Der Bau,” but is somewhat misleading as such. Bau refers to a burrow only when the context makes clear that an animal has built it and lives inside it. Normally Bau means building or edifice. The animal that lives inside this burrow thinks of it as a magnificent building, not as a burrow (a hole in the ground). The text of the story is the stream of conscious thoughts of this animal about his great home, its advantages and disadvantages, how it might be improved, whether he should leave it or stay in it, etc. He in fact does leave it after an extremely repetitive/boring debate with himself about whether he should do so. He then returns to it after another such debate with himself about whether he should do so. This animal is totally self-occupied and bores us with his self-centered repetitive thoughts, in the same way as our often self-centered repetitive thoughts would bore anyone else privy to them. In this way the animal is humanized, and we are made to identify with him. When he hears a sound from an unidentifiable source which is inside the burrow and coming ever closer to him, we are as frightened for his sake as is he. The end of the story has supposedly been lost, but I suspect that that is how this story tragically ends… Kafka’s great novels are just as repetitive as the thoughts of this self-centered animal. If Der Bau is not to your liking, you probably won’t like the novels.

    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
  144. @Julian of Norwich

    I’ve known people who had the ability to successfully deceive psychiatrists into diagnosing them with mental illness, including schizophrenia. Others did as much for the diagnosis of dissociative amnesia.

    Jeff has openly admitted to being some kind of smut peddler for a considerable portion of his life, so I’d take his musings with a grain of salt.

  145. Kiel says:
    @Dennis Gannon

    “Hypocrites, that is their defining characteristic, still, after 2000 years.”

    Hypocrisy is a cardinal sign of Clinical Narcissism, among other disorders such as sociopathy/psychopathy, BPD, etc.

    Imagine that, an entire ethnicity that epitomizes the Cluster B Spectrum.

    In fairness to them, just look at the character of the personality disordered Old Testament ‘God’ that made them in its image, and you’ll realize they didn’t stand a chance.

    Nonetheless, it’s not all their fault as they needed an entire army of dirty, corrupt, and complicit Gentiles (across the generations) to pull off what we see today.

  146. AaronB says:
    @Stochastic Determinist

    As a general rule, they are the most obnoxious, least well behaved, rudest, most aggressive, and least honest people I have ever encountered.

    This is why we are your rulers. We have more masculine vim than you. You need to show Jews you meet more respect, and they might treat you a bit better. Be more subservient and self-effacing around them, give way more, let them cut in line, etc.

    Social relations work best when everyone understands their position.

  147. AaronB says:
    @Jeff Stryker

    If anybody could go to Israel and serve a year in the army and spend the rest of their life in the Mediterranean sunshine just chilling out many would.

    Yep, its s good life over there. Amazing food, sunshine, nature, good looking people, cool, chilled out atmosphere, a little excitement now and then 🙂

    Even military service is pretty enjoyable. About a third of my American Jewish friends have emigrated. They love it.

    • Replies: @AnonStarter
    , @Jeff Stryker
  148. AaronB says:
    @AnonStarter

    It is because the Palestinians are not docile. They attack Jews and are violent. So, they will have run ins with the army and police, naturally. And some people in the army and police are not very nice.

    Very simple solution for the Palestinians. Stop causing problems. Learn to abide by law and order. Submit to your lawful rulers, Israel.

    The Palestinians will eventually become a docile and submissive millet population, like the Muslims used to have in regions they governed, and Talha always recommends. It’s the obvious solution – its already a millet system in all but name anyways. The liberal world order is breaking down and political solutions that were not considered legitimate are being revived.

    In about 50 years I suspect the Palestinians will simply be recognized as a subject population in a millet system.

  149. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @George F. Held

    If I was teaching an Introduction to Kafka course, this would be my reading list, in order:

    The Next Village
    Bucket Rider
    A Country Doctor
    Report to an Academy
    Jackals and Arabs
    First Sorrow
    A Hunger Artist
    The Cares of a Family Man
    The Judgement

    • Replies: @ChuckOrloski
    , @Damocles
  150. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @Nicolás Palacios Navarro

    Hi Nicolás Palacios Navarro,

    I discuss Walser’s “The Walk” in this article.

    Linh

  151. Adrian says:

    I entered (Dutch) high school not long after the war and our German teacher obviously still thought it prudent to stick to “safe” authors, that is authors she had not been allowed to teach on during the German occupation. One of them was the Viennese-Jewish author Stefan Zweig. His novel Ungeduld des Herzens” (translated in English under the misleading title “Beware of Pity”) which I have never reread since made then quite an impression on me.

    Zweig published an amazing amount of stuf in various literary genres and he had quite a solid reputation during his lifetime. More recently he has been dismissed as a lightweight in some quarters, Yet when I compared his biography of Erasmus with that of Johan Huizinga I found this dismissal rather unfair. Huizinga was incomparably the greater scholar but his biography seemed rather dessicated and uninspired compared to the lively and rather dramatic portrait Zweig presents us with.

    Zweig knew Theodor Herzl personally and this is what he has to say about his Zionist project in his very interesting autobiography “Die Welt von Gestern” (The world of yesterday) of which he sent the manuscript to his publisher one day before he and his wife committed suicide (they had spent their last few years in the Brazilian-German colony Petropolis)

    Herzl had “formulated the fantastic plan to end the Jewish problem once and for all: Jewry was to unite itself with Christianity by means of a mass baptism. Always thinking dramatically, he had pictured to himself how he would lead the thousands and thousands of Jews of Austria, in an exemplary symbolic act, in long procession to the Cathedral of St. Stephen, there to absolve the persecuted, homeless people of the curse of separation and hatred for all time. Soon he realized the unfeasibility of this plan,”

    The decisive moment apparently came when he had to witness the degradation of Dreyfus. He realized then, so it is said, that the Jews would always remain an alien and suspected group wherever they dwelt (it is now also said that Herzl exaggerated retrospectively the importance this event had for his thought).

    “And so he published his pamphlet, “The Jewish State,”
    in which he proclaimed that all attempts at assimilation and all hope for total tolerance were impossible for the Jewish people. They had to create a new homeland of their own …

    I was still in the Gymnasium (classical high school A.) when this short pamphlet, …, appeared; but I can still remember the general astonishment and annoyance of the bourgeois Jewish circles of Vienna. What has happened, they said angrily, to this otherwise intelligent, witty and cultivated writer? What foolishness is this that he has thought up and writes about? Why should we go to Palestine? Our language is German and not Hebrew, and beautiful Austria is our homeland. Are we not well off under the good Emperor Franz Josef? Do we not make a decent living, and is our position not secure? Are we not equal subjects, inhabitants and loyal citizens of our beloved Vienna? Do we not live in a progressive era in which in a few decades all sectarian prejudices will be abolished? Why does he, who speaks as a Jew and who wishes to help Judaism, place arguments in the hands of our worst enemies and attempt to separate us, when every day brings us more closely and intimately into the German world? The rabbis thundered passionately from the pulpits, the head of the Neue Freie Presse (of which paper Herzl was associate-editor A.) forbade the very mention of the word Zionism in his “progressive” newspaper. Karl Kraus, the Thersites of Viennese literature, the master of invective, wrote a pamphlet called “The King of Zion,” and when Theodor Herzl entered a theater, people whispered sneeringly: “His Majesty has arrived!”

    Yet “how mighty a movement, already growing beyond his control, he had brought into being with his few dozen pages. True, it did not come from the well-situated, comfortable bourgeois Jews of the West but from the gigantic masses of the East, from the Galician, the Polish, the Russian proletariat of the ghetto. Without realizing it, Herzl with his pamphlet had brought to flame the glowing coal of Judaism, long smoldering in the ashes, the thousand-year-old messianic dream, confirmed in the Holy Books, of the return to the Promised Land. … But soon “he was made to realize how divided his people had become among various races and destinies—the religious on the one hand, the free thinkers on the other, here the socialist, there the capitalistic Jews—all competing eagerly with one another in all languages, and all unwilling to submit to a unified authority. In the year 1901, when I saw him for the first time, he stood in the midst of this struggle and perhaps he was even struggling with himself; he did not have sufficient faith in its success to relinquish the position that fed him and his family…”

  152. @AaronB

    /It is because the Palestinians are not docile./

    How can you expect them to be docile when Israel advances war against them to this day?

    The obvious evidence of this is that Israel, having the upper hand and wherewithal to do so, has refused to agree to fixed borders while it has lost precisely no territory to Palestinian “terrorism.”

    Let’s not kid ourselves, Aaron. We both know that Israel is gunning for a lot more terrain which it holds to be its inheritance. It won’t stop until it attains the Eretz, Nile to Euphrates. That’s all we need to know about the so-called “peace process,” which is nothing but the legerdemain of keeping up appearances for the purpose of buying time until more land can be stolen in the fog of war. Even Schneerson was caught on tape implying as much (in Hebrew, naturally).

    It would be nice if Israel returned the favors that Muslims accorded them for over one millennium, but given their current track record, I don’t see any evidence that’s going to happen. Here’s a small sample of what Arabs, Africans and other non-Jews on Israel’s side of the front have had to endure in recent memory:

    Israel’s Arab citizens fight for a roof over their heads
    Israeli city revives historic mission to keep out Arabs
    ‘Every dark skin in Israel is now a target’
    Israeli death penalty for terrorists won’t apply to Jews
    Israel’s war on the Arabic language
    Jewish Syrian, now a Muslim, not allowed to immigrate to Israel
    ‘Hundreds of thousands can’t marry in Israel’
    The Wanted 18: Israel Blocks Palestinian Filmmaker from Making NYC Film Premiere

    And that doesn’t even begin to describe the degradation Palestinians outside the front routinely suffer.

    Furthermore, Israel isn’t poised to survive the coming demographic transformations. In terms of population, Palestinian Arabs continue to outpace Jews; the Haredim, the most rapidly expanding community of Jews in Israel, pose a significant problem in that most are unwilling to serve in the military.

    Of course, Israel might still exercise its influence over American government and media to embroil the region in further chaos as a strategy by which to buy more time. I don’t think we’ve seen the worst of what’s to come.

    • Replies: @frankie p
    , @Kiel
    , @Miggle
  153. frankie p says:
    @AnonStarter

    I think an even more important factor than the demographic transformation of Palestine/Israel that will contribute to the impending crisis for the Jews of Israel is the changes in military balances brought about by accurate guided missiles and drones of the type used by the Houthis against Saudi Arabia. With the solidification of the transport route through the Shia crescent from Iran to Lebanon, Israel will soon be facing a veritable encirclement of accurate ballistic missiles to its north, from Lebanon to Syria and on to Iraq, not to mention of course Iran. It’s pretty much clear that all those American Jews that Aaron loves boasting about, as well as all the Askenazim who hold foreign passports will be booking their tickets after any significant missile barrage on Northern Israel. Will they be able to fly out of Tel Aviv, though? Will the airport be functional? Will the subsequent implosion of the Israeli economy, already fragile, lead to an even larger exodus? Will the Arab resistance troops of Hezbollah march into northern Israel? Will the Syrians take back the Golan Heights after a heavy missile barrage? Aaron loves talking about the Samson Option, but I just don’t see it happening. Are they going to drop a nuke on Damascus on a windy day and wait for the radiation to blow down into Israel? Would the Russians give the call to Russian speakers in Israel to evacuate? Would the Russians erase Israel in the case of Israel use of a nuclear weapon?
    All of these scenarios bring about the same result: the end of the Jewish apartheid state of Israel.
    May it happen with as small a loss of life as possible. As unlikely as it seems from their history, may the Jews see the errors of their ways and take part in a just resolution of the I/P problem.

    Frankie P

  154. Thea says:
    @Anonymouse

    I think you know that high-profile anti-heritage America groups and movements are generally led by Jews. If a foreign group settled in Israel and began organizing against Jewish culture, history and people, Jews worldwide would be outraged and support bull dozing their homes.

    It’s likely too late to fix things but…
    We don’t want to bull doze your homes. We want you to assimilate and then deal with your communist relatives trying to sink our country. If you don’t get them under control, then someone else surely will. If assimilation is too much to ask, then why the hell are you all here? The only possible answer is to take over.

  155. @AaronB

    Ha! To judge from what you write, you’re lucky if you’re even the master of your own shoelaces.

  156. @frankie p

    /May it happen with as small a loss of life as possible. As unlikely as it seems from their history, may the Jews see the errors of their ways and take part in a just resolution of the I/P problem./

    Ameen, bi idhnillah. By His leave.

    At least 1/3 of the Arabs, we’re told. May it bear the reward of martyrdom for victims who endure the enemies’ wrath in patient struggle.

    Ameen.

  157. Dumbo says:
    @AaronB

    You need to show Jews you meet more respect, and they might treat you a bit better.

    And then you wonder why people don’t like Jews…? I’m now wondering if Aaron is a troll on orders to incite more anti-semitism amongst the gentiles… 😀

    Also, I don’t think that Jews are traditionally viewed as “more masculine”. Actually, Jews are pretty much like women: devious, duplicitous, neurotic, more verbal than logical, etc.

    On a separate note, I met nice Jews and not-so-nice Jews. Some seculars can be OK, at least on a superficial level. I don’t like the Ortodox.

    Their religion is stupid, the way they dress is weird, they tend to be extremely annoying, they barely talk to you if you ask a question (once I gost lost in an orthodox neighborhood and tried to ask for directions).

    Sometimes, it’s almost unbelievable that Christianity originated from the same source/region as Judaism. They are almost polar opposites as religions. Islam is a little more similar to Judaism.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
    , @Miggle
  158. Kiel says:
    @AnonStarter

    ” It won’t stop until it attains the Eretz, Nile to Euphrates.”

    The real irony being that there is not a bit of physical evidence ANYWHERE that a Davidic/Solomonic EMPIRE ever existed, beyond a single half-assed fragment of an inscription on a stele from a foreign ruler, and of debatable authenticity/translation at that.

    At best ‘JUDAH’ was a pathetic petty local chiefdom of dirt, populated by illiterate polytheistic Canaanites, speaking a dialect of Canaanite, and living under the rule of Egypt.

    At worst, neither douche-bag tribal chief ever existed, much less ruled a kingdom.

    • Agree: Colin Wright
    • Replies: @AnonStarter
  159. @AaronB

    ‘…In about 50 years I suspect the Palestinians will simply be recognized as a subject population in a millet system…’

    The arrogance of that is obscene.

    …but when it all starts going wrong, you’ll change your tune. It’ll be ‘we just wanted to be friends.’

    You certainly aren’t very palatable when you’re winning — I imagine you’ll be equally graceless in defeat.

  160. @Dumbo

    …I’m now wondering if Aaron is a troll on orders to incite more anti-semitism amongst the gentiles…’

    That is getting to be the only explanation for his posts. Aaron’s worked himself into some kind of semantic corner where he doesn’t seem to feel able to do anything else.

    If he wasn’t such a nasty piece of work, I’d feel sorry for him.

  161. @AaronB

    Goldberg was a Jew I knew my first year in college years ago. He was from Dearborn. He was useless, to be honest. He managed to get into college, a miracle really, but was such a huge stoner that he failed out his first semester. He was also a hardcore drunk who would pay bums to buy him a bottle and they would share it in the park (Saw this once when I ran into him downtown). And finally, a crackhead who drove to Detroit to sell his body for crack.

    His parents sent him to Israel. He was about eighteen or nineteen. Already far far gone into the bottom-feeding world of drugs and alcohol and hustling.

    Alona was a rebellious girl of Hungarian Jewish parents who had a bad attitude from day one. You meet some Jewish girls like this. Just rebellious and antisocial She stole a car in her late teens and her parents sent her off into the Israeli Army (They would take ANYBODY in those days early 90’s)

    God Bless Israel for accepting the Jews who happen (I’m not saying they all are) to be run-of-the-mill lowlifes who would end up on welfare or in social services in the US.

    Israel is kind of like America’s Australia for Jewish American dregs.

    I don’t mean to offend you Aaron and I am not saying that Jews produce more lowlifes or dregs than any other ethnicity but ultimately Israel accepts the lowlifes, drunks, antisocial dregs, sluts, druggies that every ethnic group produces.

    When your average Jewish drug addict or failure is feeling restless, he often immigrates to Israel to try his luck there in a Mediterranean country where he won’t freeze to death.

    Better they go to Israel than hang around the US restless and unemployed with nothing to do but raise hell.

    The fact that Israel is willing to accept the 10% of the Jewish American population who would simply be a burden on US society and raise hell is justifiable in itself for the existence of Israel.

    How Israel deals with these types I don’t know, as a Gentile. But I do know some fairly rebellious, useless or downright anti-social Jews I knew in my youth emigrated and were never heard from again.

    So that is one less person in jail, in the social workers office, selling their body until they end up with AIDS, selling or dealing crack, stealing…

  162. @Kiel

    Well, arguendo, let’s say you’re correct.

    That won’t change the reality that many more than you affirm its truth, act in accordance with such faith, and, as such, bear significant influence upon the world. You might satisfy yourself with such words, but there is one truth Aaron has presented which I respect: In every faith tradition, there is a means to peaceful coexistence. When you militate against the Tents of Shem (Christianity, Judaism, and Islam), you might as well thrust your head against an anvil in an effort to break it.

    It ain’t gonna happen.

    • Replies: @Kiel
    , @James Forrrestal
  163. @frankie p

    frankie p,

    If that scenario were to come to pass I think the Jews would quickly reach a one state settlement with Palestinians and then slide into an Arab version of South Africa with the poorer Jews who can’t move out getting harassed and murdered for the past misdeeds of all Jews. Some rich Jews could still do well for themselves staying on to help run things. But then they’d have to give up the plan for building the Third Temple on the site of the Al Asqa mosque, and how many fanatical Jews will settle on losing that after being so close yet so far from achieving the prophecy? No Messiah, no Satan, and no second coming of Jesus for the Zio Christians waiting patiently and praying daily.

    • Agree: AnonStarter
  164. @Franz

    Indeed, consider the lovely little story “The Jewbird”. Would that be considered anti-Semitic these days? It was written by a Jew.

    Times must indeed be rough in the plastic recycling biz …. at what point is Dinh going to realize that he only got what fame he’s gotten in the US and hence the world, due to “diversity points” and that a much more eloquent White voice, a present-time Gorky, would not be heard? Trash recycling is a dirty and dangerous business, why not teach English?

    • Replies: @Jeff Stryker
    , @Franz
  165. WackyJew says:

    “Jackals and Arabs” is what one could call an anti-Semitic story, but you ignore the time of writing, it is 1917, Palestine was still part of Ottoman Empire, or the British had just marched in, a serious conflict between Jews and Arab was yet to begin. If you want more of Kafka’s thoughts about Jews, read “Investigations of a dog”, it is full of hints about Jews, including a made-up Talmudic dispute.

  166. @alex in San Jose AKA Digital Detroit

    Teaching English doesn’t pay anything unless you teach at the university level and colleges in Asia will want at least an MA and valid teaching license. More often, they want a PHd professor.

    So far as I know, Mr. Linh did not attend college.

    Also, even to teach English you have to have a CELTA or TOEFL certification which costs a few thousand dollars.

    Some schools will forgo that but we are talking real low, low pay. Like $500 to $1000 a month. You could live on it but not well.

    Linh probably makes about $2000 a month in his present occupation. That isn’t bad money for SEA. As he himself pointed out, he’d be on skid row in the US like the welfare drunks and minimum wage paupers he drank with in Philly.

    Whereas in Asia he can live quite well. I’m sure he is living in a nice bungalow with a flat screen and all the amenities whereas in the US he might be sleeping in the park. From what Mr. Linh said to me, and I understand only all to well, he immigrated for survival.

    I’ve been in SEA for a decade and met many foreigners who hate their jobs.

    Bruce for example owned a girly bar in Philippines. He hated the place. So I asked him why he did it. He proceeded to tell me about his divorce, how his wife kept the condo in a no-contest divorce, how he checked into a homeless facility in Connecticut on a freezing cold night and a black crackhead got up and walked totally nude to his cot and started to jack off on his head and how he eventually got an inheritance.

    Southeast Asia is better. You won’t freeze to death in the park. You won’t be sodomized in a homeless shelter. You live in some filthy walk up with crackheads.

    • Replies: @frankie p
    , @Franz
  167. Nodwink says:
    @AaronB

    It will last another 500 years.

    A “Demi-Reich”?

    • Replies: @cassandra
  168. Kiel says:
    @AnonStarter

    A ‘profound’ statement of the obvious in your mind, perhaps – feel better?

    A dam breaks, one hairline crack, one micro-fissure at a time – and lies can live for a very long time, but not forever.

    The fact that this website even exists, honey-trap though it undoubtedly is, is testimony to that.

    And, concerning your ‘Tents of Shem’ allusion – there were no Tents of Shem, and the shit story of Noah was a ripoff of Gilgamesh, retooled & retold by retards, in exile, in Babylon – and it’s not even a very good retelling either.

    • Replies: @AnonStarter
  169. @Linh Dinh

    Yo Linh!

    Having suffered & survived🥴the brunt of my “Homeland’s” punishing 3-decade marriage & then impersonal divorce process,precisely 2 years plus 4 months, I’d add Kafka’s “The Trial” to your recommendations.

    For me, and too late after Pennsylvania’s “Domestic Relations” clobbered me with a killer $684/month obligation to pay “spousal support,” (Zigh), I learned how Franz Kafka long ago foresaw that it’s way better for a trusting Amerikan Family Guy to be in Donald J. Trump’s “Above The Zion Law League,” 🤑 especially when absurdly charged with “abuse,” & then having to cough up money in order to make either a former bride or a “squeeze”💃 just shutup and go away.

    Another great article, Linh, “thanks,” miss you, & I trust we’ll enjoy another adventure before too long.

    • Replies: @Bardon Kaldian
  170. Yo Linh!

    You’re missing lots of crazy political Scranton shit going on now.

    For examples, Mayor Bill Courtright is going to prison for getting caught having indulged incredibly stupid acts of taking bribes. Also, in November’s election, Jessica Rothschild, a Jersey girl, Jesuit U. of Scranton grad, lesbian, & proud LGBTQY supporter is on the slate for Scranton Council.

    You’d love it, Linh, & fyi, Ms. Paige Cognetti, ex-Goldman Sachs,🤗 is running to get the Mayor job opening.

  171. @Kiel

    /A dam breaks, one hairline crack, one micro-fissure at a time/

    An apt analogy, given the implicitly masonic image. Indeed, dams break, only to be reconstructed. Only when man ceases to be man will faith end. I do not deny that day will come, though it will not be so felicitous for our species when the deluge breaks loose upon the world.

    Of course, you’re more than free to work toward that end in a forum you believe — on faith, I take it — to be tailored for the purpose of deception.

    Swing that hammer, sport. Swing away.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  172. @AaronB

    ‘Obsessed’

    Jewish rule has been an unmitigated disaster for the West. So debilitating then even the biggest Jews like David Goldberg, whilst still inverting and lying, are starting to panick.

    Jews own 96% of media – AOL Time Warner, The Walt Disney Company, Vivendi Universal, News Corporation, Viacomm, Bertlesmann AG. So it’s literally impossible to exist without being pummelled with Jewish consciousness. And it’s ridiculous. No white people can own anything without it being a racial cartel. Jews get away with absolute murder.

    Everything the Christian convocation on the Jewish question said in the 1800’s has come to pass.

    The West is satanic, corrupt, demoralised, and failing because of Jews and their preferences.

    If you think people are a bit antsey now – just wait and see what occurs where there is a major economic contraction and the gibs stop flowing into the inner cities. See how your coloured proxy goyim golems treat all the Jews in the cities then.

  173. @AaronB

    That’s exactly the same attitude Jews have to the entire set of Western Democracies.

    Submission to so-called lawful rulers, who completely ignore the law. Completely.

    We all just have to pretend that Jeffrey Epstein wasn’t running a child-rape blackmail farm by which to assert leverage over gormless goyim authorities for the benefit of world Jewry, Israel and Satan.

    We all just have to pretend.

    No, I think the Palestinians will win. Their population and world sympathy will mean that in the end, the Palestinians will be the Neo-Palestinians in the end.

    Between the Bolshevik revolution and the instigation of world wars, Jews have been waging ethnic war against Europeans for more then a century, and we’re just the tattered remnant.

    In the end, the Palestinians will get their land back, and the neo-Palestinians will be removed from that land. Because Jews are incapable of sustained rule. We’ve seen it before we’re going to see it agian.

    • Replies: @Kiel
  174. frankie p says:
    @Jeff Stryker

    “Teaching English doesn’t pay anything unless you teach at the university level and colleges in Asia will want at least an MA and valid teaching license. More often, they want a PHd professor.”

    Although I admit that I am earning well above the average, your comment here is patently false. Your long history of commenting shows that you have at best a superficial understanding of expat living in Asia, but you proclaim to be an expert. I have been living in Asia for 32 years, and as I have stayed in Taiwan for most of the time, I hesitate to present myself as being an authority on all Asian countries. That said, I have earned an average of US$5,000 a month in 2019. As I said, that is above average for English teachers here in Taiwan, who earn around US$3,000 a month if they work a full schedule, less if they are here to party and have fun and work 20 hours a week. Even those earn US$2,000+ per month and enjoy coverage in a single payer health insurance system that covers everything, including medicine, therapy and dental. I know quite a few teachers who left Taiwan to go and teach in China, landing jobs at universities where I imagine they are earning above what they were making here. There are hoops to jump through in the application process, and in many cases a TOEFL cert is necessary, but going through that training is quite easy. These teachers possess a four-year university degree; none have Master’s or PhDs.

    • Replies: @Jeff Stryker
  175. Kiel says:
    @Flint Clint

    “Because Jews are incapable of sustained rule. We’ve seen it before we’re going to see it agian.”

    Indeed!

    Even if the 2nd rate plagiarized mythology of the Old Testament is to be believed, David & Solomon couldn’t even maintain their ‘United Monarchy’ for 150 years, due to mismanagement and incompetence.

    At the end of the day, from observation and reading the ‘holy’ scriptures, the only thing Jews (Canaanites that they are) dislike more than Gentiles are other Jews.

  176. @AaronB

    It is because the Palestinians are not docile. They attack Jews and are violent.

    They’re right to do so.

  177. cassandra says:
    @Nodwink

    “Demi-Reich”

    Glad you noted the irony.

  178. ivan says:
    @Oscar Peterson

    I have not read Linh for any significant length of time, but I started turning away from Jewish self-serving propaganda when I realised the full and pervasive extent of it. By no means would I consider myself an anti-semite, but I can relate to many who no longer worship the Jew as unequaled exemplars of humanity and civilisation. Jews have a good PR department in Christians, who in spite of all the calumny heaped on themselves through the centuries continue to maintain that the Jews are after all the “elder brothers in faith” and therefore something special.

  179. ivan says:

    Franz Kafka is one of those writers who can convince a reader, that he too can be a writer. I suspect that accounts for much of his popularity. For example, Metamorphosis where he imagines himself turned into an insect : What is that? Did he expect anyone to love him after that? The story just writes itself. Or going on to the Trial, which can be seen as an excruciating meditation on the Book of Job. I cannot imagine myself writing like Charles Dickens or Dostoevsky whose shorter stories are devastating examples of high art, but I can try my hand at short stories in the manner of Kafka.

    By no means is this another one of my anti-semitic screeds. I conside Bellow, Mailer and Stanley Elkin to be great writers. But Kafka relies for his effect too much on the prior reading and shared culture of his reader. I am however open to the suggestion that I was simply not the sympathetic reader that Kafka was aiming for.

  180. Miggle says:
    @Dumbo

    Also, I don’t think that Jews are traditionally viewed as “more masculine”. Actually, Jews are pretty much like women: devious, duplicitous, neurotic, more verbal than logical, etc.

    They are very aggressive. That’s why there is an organized “Jewish Onslaught” when any Gentile, in their opinion, misbehaves in public. However slightly. An onslaught intended to destroy the boy for his naughtiness. Aggression. We don’t call criminality masculinity, but maybe they do. But devious, duplicitous, yes, definitely. One only has to look at their trolling here.

  181. Miggle says:
    @AnonStarter

    And that doesn’t even begin to describe the degradation Palestinians outside the front routinely suffer.

    And the Bedouin of the Negev, look how horribly they’re treated. Living on land where they’ve lived for a thousand years, but arrested for trespassing! And their houses repeatedly demolished.

    And they are Israeli citizens! Have always lived within the Armistice Line that counts as the border of Israel. Even within the UN Partition, which included the Negev! Citizens since “Israel” was created in 1948.

    But that’s what happens when Jews rule. The deep, deep, deep, deep evil of Judaism is exposed.

  182. @frankie p

    I live in Southeast Asia. I have never been in Taiwan or mainland China.

    For an English teacher in SEA with no TOEFL or CELTA certification you are looking at $500 to $1000 a month at best. Certified TOEFL or CELTA instructors make $2000 max.

    Mr. Linh has no college degree (According to him) although I believe you can take the TOEFL course without out one.

    On the other hand, university instructors in the Philippines make far more. I’m talking about Professors. This I know because I played cards with one. He earned a solid $30,000 a year. Maybe more.

    Bear in mind that Southeast Asia is not East Asia and I have no experience-do not pretend to have any-in East Asia. As I said, I’ve never set foot there beyond the Hong Kong airport.

    • Replies: @Frankie P
  183. Franz says:
    @alex in San Jose AKA Digital Detroit

    Would that be considered anti-Semitic these days? It was written by a Jew.

    Reminds me of a story about the American Jewish Committee’s magazine Commentary, from many long years ago….

    They reviewed a book by Joseph Heller called Good As Gold, about a Jewish State Department clown, named Gold, clearly based on Henry Kissinger.

    The Commentary reviewer noted “This book would be anti-Semitic… if it weren’t written by a Jew.

    At that one I had to laugh for the rest of the day. Especially since I thought hating Kissinger was OK for everybody at the time.

  184. Franz says:
    @Jeff Stryker

    I’ve been in SEA for a decade and met many foreigners who hate their jobs.

    And quite a few of us who just plain started hating this country and are getting ready to jump.

    You gave me some interesting advice some time ago here on Unz, and I checked out on some. By curious coincidence I was able to correspond with some English and American retirees in the Philippines.

    Evidently if you have a retirement and are willing to pony up 20K (US) the Philippine government can grant you a retirement visa… for good. Amazing if true.

    The wife and I are both still working, but the state of her health worries me. I think getting out of shitsville is all the cure she needs, but she’s resisting. You know the sort.

    Both of us have pensions, both still working. Payday to payday even so. We are the Rustbelt Okies of the 21st Century, but nobody gonna write any Grapes of Wrath for us.

    Except for Linh’s Postcards from the End of America. It’ll have to do for our bunch.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  185. Frankie P says:
    @Jeff Stryker

    Jeff,

    I quoted you. The quote refers to Asia.

    Thanks for clarifying.

    • Replies: @Jeff Stryker
  186. @Frankie P

    I should have mentioned that I personally never worked as an English teacher. What I know is second-hand.

    Most foreigners who live in SEA are older and invest in a business. Bar. Restaurant. Call center. Build a hotel. Taxi fleet.

    You can quote me on saying I know nothing about the salary of English teachers in Taiwan or mainland China. Both are countries I’ve never set foot.

  187. @AaronB

    Kind of like the way Overseas Israelis feel compelled to engage in a combination of incoherent attempts at telepathic psychoanalysis, and failed efforts to promote long-discredited semitic canards — rather than actually address the subject at hand.

  188. @AnonStarter

    Ah the old “Forget about the truth — just stick to the narrative, goy!” argument.

    lol

    • Replies: @AnonStarter
  189. @Emslander

    Try to control your virulent, toxic, hate-filled semitism, please.

  190. @ChuckOrloski

    Having suffered & survived🥴the brunt of my “Homeland’s” punishing 3-decade marriage & then impersonal divorce process,precisely 2 years plus 4 months, I’d add Kafka’s “The Trial” to your recommendations.

    Sorry to hear that. It seems a new norm, marriages dissolving after such a time….

    • Replies: @ChuckOrloski
  191. @James Forrrestal

    If you’d familiarized yourself with me, you’d know how mistaken you are.

    I’m the last one who’ll seek to compel you to believe anything, and my own writing has consistently borne that out. Contrary to the popular trend of bashing religion as the source of all evil, the un-newsworthy reality is that faith traditions remain among the most effective means — if not the most effective means — of ensuring the preservation of humankind from one generation to the next. One may contend that a person doesn’t need religion to live cleanly and decently in a cooperative spirit with others, but I would suggest that such living, of itself, constitutes adherence to a natural, instinctively intuited path of well being. One’s confidence in this way of life is, quite simply, faith in its goodness, which is pragmatically no different from religion.

    One way or another, faith — confidence, trust, reliance, conviction — is inevitable. A more practical approach toward People of the Book is to discuss their interpretation of what they hold to be historical truth. Some Jews read Deuteronomy 20 as an eternal imperative for martial warfare against goyim, others see it as a series of commands that no longer apply in today’s world. Some Christians read Matt 10:34 as a justification for literal war, others consider it figurative, and still others present a more nuanced perspective.

    No, there’s no guarantee that such discussion will yield desirable results, but it’s a far cry more effective in so doing than lambasting revered religious figureheads (e.g. calling them “douche-bags”), even if one believes they never existed.

  192. @AnonStarter

    Notice you didn’t address the statement that the Noah story is an adapted retelling, without attribution, of an older myth from another people.

    Accusing him of deception, without more, isn’t a response.

    Lastly, one need not believe all the stories and assertions in the Bible to have faith in God as an eternal, all-powerful being who created all existence, even to believe that he is all good.

    • Replies: @AnonStarter
    , @AnonStarter
  193. @Franz

    It is true. Very cheap to get a retiree visa in the Phils, which means permanent residency for the rest of your life and the right to travel freely in and out of the country.

    https://www.philembassy.no/consular-services/visa/special-resident-retirees-visa-srrv

  194. @RadicalCenter

    /Notice you didn’t address the statement that the Noah story is an adapted retelling, without attribution, of an older myth from another people./

    Which is, in turn, a retelling, without attribution, of an older myth from another people, and so on, and so forth. The point being what? Are we interested in a copyright on flood epics?

    Most people take a lot on faith and do so for far less beneficial reasons than Jews, Christians and Muslims who affirm Abraham as their Patriarch. It is not the man himself, but what he represents: singular, unremitting devotion to God. Tell them he never existed and it wouldn’t matter to them. They are convinced they know him and will remain even more tenaciously convinced to the extent you seek to deprive them of such knowledge.

    The cornerstone of more than a few American courthouses bears a monument to its date of dedication in both Gregorian years and Anno Lucis, the Year of Light, evidence that our institutions of jurisprudence are established upon faith in God, long a requisite of lodgecraft.

    /Accusing him of deception, without more, isn’t a response./

    Kiel made the claim that unz.com is “undoubtedly” a “honey-trap.” I merely described his claim. No accusation.

    /Lastly, one need not believe all the stories and assertions in the Bible to have faith in God as an eternal, all-powerful being who created all existence, even to believe that he is all good./

    Certainly.

  195. Franz says:

    It is true.

    Thanks.

    I’m almost tempted to cash what bonds I have and start a routing service.

    The number of Americans — of all ages — who just want to bail is at an all time high.

    Call it rats deserting a sinking ship or what, but it’s a fact.

  196. @RadicalCenter

    FWIW, I also didn’t address Kiel’s error in alluding to the Tents of Shem as a past tense phenomenon rather than a prophecy. The Tents of Shem allude to the houses of faith affirming Abraham, descendant of Shem, as their Patriarch. Today, long after the prophecy, the progeny of all three sons of Noah reside therein — in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

    Of course, cursing the darkness is a poor substitute for lighting candles.

  197. Johan says:
    @Linh Dinh

    There is something, something.. entarted? so to speak about Kafka, so i’d be surprised if he was not a..
    Nevertheless, in our youth we are susceptible to things so to speak.. I also read Marcuse and some others of that school.., and like with Kafka, I ignored the voice of my soul, its shrinking in the barren desserts of the abstract word worlds of such writers, worlds devoid of earth, moistly green, sunshine and fountains of fresh water.

  198. @Bardon Kaldian

    Bardon Kaldian offered: “Sorry to hear that. It seems a new norm, marriages dissolving after such a time….”

    Thanks for offering condolence, Bardon.

    After emerging from the initial breakup, shock & awe, April 8, 2017, I tried to gain inner strength & a semblance of control over haunting memories of once having had a beautiful family.

    At present, am doing okay, & now I know more about the pitiful lives of Americans who were taken down by morphine painkiller addiction. Friends and meditation were always there for me to a point where neither Al Anon counseling nor psychologist appointments were needed.

    My vain motto was, “I should be AARP’s Poster Boy for The Opiod Addiction Crisis.” 🙁

    Linh Dinh spent Thanksgiving, 2017, with me at my Lighthouse apartment, West Scranton, Pa. Shall never forget how his eyes near popped when he saw the old kitchen & parlor dinner table where a rather large & homemade turkey dinner lay out for him.

    Fyi, was a “dry” residence with Roman Catholic art throughout, & to counter such “Comstock” regulation, 🙄we smuggled s brown bagged quart of Yuengling into The Lighthouse refrigerator rear.

    Now, I gasp at times when Linh displays photographs of his Ea Ky workplace; an old “new” norm which works for him, I suggest.

    Nonetheless, & by observation, whether he rest upon a Grayhound bus station seat, sit upon Bacwal’s bar stool, or upon a U. of Scranton campus bench, I knew Linh Dinh’s intentions were good. Thanks again, B.K.!

    • Replies: @Talha
  199. Talha says:
    @ChuckOrloski

    May God grant you a long and healthy life and replace any sorrows with times of contentment and happiness, Chuck.

    Stay strong.

    Peace.

    • Replies: @ChuckOrloski
  200. @Talha

    Thanks very much, Talha. Fyi, I am tenaciously reaching a stride into states of coping & “contentment.” And happiness?
    Like most, such goes “day to day,” and I practice laughter whenever even bizarre opportunities prevail.

  201. Damocles says:
    @Linh Dinh

    Thank you Mr. Dinh, Mr. Held.

  202. Bookish1 says:
    @frankie p

    Now just imagine someone like Bennett sitting back and watching Israel getting plummeted with missiles and doing nothing about it. That brings us back to the nuclear option. Bennett would do whatever it would take to keep Israel a country.

  203. 4justice says:
    @AaronB

    Even my forays into the Israeli issue focuses mainly on the larger themes of Jewish religion and spirituality.

    Yes, a deep person like yourself has no time to ponder the reason for Palestinians, including children and medical workers, being murdered for simply protesting being caged inside Gaza. Your Jewish supremacist views might not survive a close examination of the facts on the ground created by “Jewish religion and spirituality” as manifested in Palestine. Best to look away if you insist on being a coward.

    Only a failed poet – someone who basically lacks poetic sensibilities – would single out Kafka’s one possibly political story for discussion lol.

    One of the most amusing things is to watch is how Jewish supremacists attack honest critics of Israel as “failures” after such critics have been spat out by a system completely corrupted by Jewish criminal syndicate behavior. Even in engineering, honesty is punished and servile spin is rewarded when it comes to topics close to the heart of Jewish criminal syndicate interests such as how fire could possibly bring down three skyscrapers on 9/11.

    Please, Aaron, tell me who you consider the “successful” poets so I can know whom to avoid.

    Israel is pretty much a done deal. It will last another 500 years.

    The criminality that Israel was founded on is rotting it from within. It will be lucky to last another decade. How can criminals and con artists possibly found a functioning society? I hope this doesn’t mean an interruption in your income stream, AaronB. We know the Israeli government has to pay people to troll for Israel on sites like this one. Perhaps you got a gig with them? It would explain your weak reasoning and failure to produce compelling arguments if your heart wasn’t really in it.

  204. 4justice says:
    @Colin Wright

    By anti-Semite, AaronB means someone who refuses to submit to Jewish rule. We “cattle” are even supposed to submit to his claimed ability to read minds. He can tell a “hater” simply by the topics they choose to notice in the world and the criminality they refuse to ignore. Since he can’t win on the facts, he has no choice but to resort to personal attack.

    • Agree: Colin Wright
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