Sites of Interest
(courtesy Empire Burlesque)
A Tiny Revolution
William Blum/Killing Hope
The Distant Ocean
Welcome to the Sideshow
Mark Crispin Miller
Crooks and Liars
Black Agenda Report
The Raw Story
Iraq Vets Against the War
Blues and Dreams
Bright Terrible Spirit
“I really do not understand why Alan Dershowitz believes himself to be morally superior to Duke. Dershowitz is a Zionist Jewish supremacist, he is a world leading advocate of a racist and expansionist ideology, namely Zionism. And yet, I wouldn’t say NO to an invitation for a musical gathering along together with Dershowitz on tuba and Duke playing the trumpet, just because I believe that music brings people together.”
If Dershowitz was an intellectual, which he isn’t or an artist which he certainly isn’t, one could have argued that this kind of behaviour suggests that the elder Zionist may live in a cute phantasmic solipsistic universe. If Dershowitz wasn’t aware of his deceitful actions, he could have been classified as a psychopath. But I actually, tend to believe that there is a certain level of awareness behind Dershowitz's actions. And the conclusion is, indeed, very concerning, we are dealing with an inherently dishonest person, a ‘remarkable liar’, as Noam Chomsky describes him along together many other intellectual and humanists who have reached the same conclusion.
But why is he lying? Why is he doing it so often? Can he get away with it? Clearly not anymore, yet he wouldn’t stop. At this stage he cannot stop.
In The Wandering Who I attempt to grasp the ideological, intellectual and emotional apparatus at the core of Jewish identity politics. I try to analyse the deceitful operative mode that is, unfortunately, symptomatic to Zionist campaigners, Israeli Hasbara but also to very many anti Zionist Zionists (AZZ). The book is basically an attempt to grasp the ideological continuum between the Dershowitzes of this world and their collaborators within the Palestinian solidarity movement and beyond.
It is pretty obvious that Dershowitz lies continuously because, like the Israeli Mossad, he hopes to win his Hasbara wars ‘by way of deception’.
Dershowitz lies compulsively because Zionism, which he advocates, is inherently deceitful. Dershowitz lies consciously because Zionism, which he supports enthusiastically, is also consciously impervious to ‘Truth, Justice and Peace’- Zionism strives on a continual conflict, it is based on a falsehood (the invention of the Jewish people and their homecoming) and it is also a racially driven ethnic cleansing philosophy fuelled by expansionism.
But there is obviously a deeper psychoanalytical layer here. When Dershowitz claims to detest ‘bigots’ and ‘Nazis’, he may as well admit a certain amount of self-loathing. In The Wandering Who, I elaborate on the work of Austrian philosopher Otto Weininger who cleverly pointed out that “we hate qualities (in others) to which we approximate”. If Weininger is correct, we have a good reason to believe that Dershowitz probably hates bigots and neo Nazis because he may recognise such qualities in himself. In Freudian terms, he simply projects.
Such a reading, however, would assume a certain amount of guilt at the core of Dershowitz’ psychology. But guilt as such must be driven by an elementary amount of ethical awareness. Sadly enough, there is no evidence of such awareness in Dershowitz’ conduct.
Weininger contended that his insight into self-loathing explains why the most profound ‘anti Semites’ are very often Jews. They fight ‘the Jew’ in themselves. I would add here that self-hatred may as well be the highest possible form of Jewish universal ethical awareness. It is no surprise then that the greatest Jewish humanists (Jesus, Spinoza and Marx) were all self-haters. Dershowitz could do with a tinge of self mockery or even a drop of self-loathing. Such an approach could heal his soul and even amend his reputation. Dershowitz wouldn’t even have to work too hard. The man can easily find in himself every and each possible aspect of Zionist ugliness.
The Passion of Dershowitz
Contradictions are pretty revealing. They point to a cognitive dissonance. It seems as if Dershowitz’ universe is shaken. He clearly finds it hard to cope with it all both emotionally and intellectually.
I have noticed that many Zionist as well as AZZ operators are using the exact same tactics. Inherently dishonest people tend to believe that formality can be grasped as intellectual integrity. I don’t have a doubt that Dershowitz, Zionists and AZZ ‘got away’ with this tactic for a while, however, once you buy yourself a reputation of a ‘remarkable liar’, the image of formality may even make you look more foolish and mischievous than what you are for real.
For the Left it is its emerging detachment and irrelevance reflected by the victorious rise of Islam as the leading and probably only anti imperial liberating force. For the AZZ it is the the growing awareness of its Jewish left disingenuous tribal role within the solidarity movement. For Dershowitz it is the exhausting and tormenting recognition that actually, it is him and his relentless actions that gives Jews bad name.
I initially thought that Dershowitz would benefit from playing tuba under my direct supervision. Music is the embodiment of truth and beauty and it also has a clear therapeutic value. I thought that devotion to aesthetics would elevate the suffering man and his spirit high above his tribal loyalty. I also thought that Dershowitz would benefit from sharing a musical platform with David Duke. It is not a secret that Duke bought himself very many enemies along the years but as far as I am aware, no one has ever called him a ‘remarkable Liar’. I thought that after a while alongside Duke, Dershowitz may learn to state his Judeo-centric truth in a clear and honest manner.
Being a devoted humanist I do not have any plan to give up on brother Dershowitz. He knows that he will join the band eventually. If it isn’t the tuba, we can always provide him with a bagpipe. After all, the man is full of hot air.