Deconstructing Zionism, Pt. I

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if you will it, it is no dream

The Jews are probably the most hated group of people on the planet, and to paraphrase Henry Kissinger, any people that is so widely hated must be doing something wrong. Now, I don’t think that Kissinger’s view is necessarily correct. Jesus was hated in his time, and so was Socrates. But whether we’re right or wrong to be hated, there is much to be said for how one deals with being hated; and a great deal of the rightness or wrongness of being hated can be measured there.

So how do the Jews deal with being hated? We demand acceptance. We castigate others as immoral for not liking us, and feel deeply entitled as victims to validation and moral support. There can be no greater accomplishment for Israel than to simply be acknowledged as existing, by Chad or Honduras or some Egyptian TV presenter. This is absolutely pathetic. North Korea has more self-respect.

When the Arabs bury their war dead, they own their choices by declaring that the fallen died on account of Islam. When Israelis bury their war dead, they say the exact same thing. Muslims take the initiative; Jews just keep having things happen to them. The Arabs have martyrs; the Jews have victims—and victims are always on the defensive. When the French lost Alsace and Lorraine, they resolved to “remember it always and speak of it never.” In contrast, it is doubtful that Israel can ever shut up about all its massacres and humiliations, which it fetishizes and nurses its children on. It’s disgusting.

Of course there are many trends and factions in Zionism, and many different personality types in Israel. But as with my prior essay series on Judaism, the question is, what is the general tendency? Well… Who is Zionism’s most representative personality? It’s not Joseph Trumpeldor or Imi Lichtenfeld. It’s Jared Kushner, or Rahm Emmanuel. They may not be the most powerful Jews in America, but they’re the best exemplars of how Jewish power in America functions, and Jewish power in America is more fundamental to Zionism than anything that goes on in Israel.

Not long ago, fashionable liberals believed Israel to be a jackbooted anachronism in a liberalizing world. I was a proponent of the corollary view that Israel is based and redpilled for a long time. But I was wrong. In fact, the opposite is true: it would be more accurate to say that Israel is to the liberal world order what Prussia once was to the Holy Alliance.

The goal of late-stage liberalism is to advance “progress” across a theoretically limitless field of human backwardness. The goal of Zionism is to secure the existence of the Jewish people against a theoretically limitless field of outside hostility. Like the enemies of Hamlet or Big Brother, these ideologies’ adversaries are everywhere and nowhere at once. Efforts to ferret them out and crush them must constantly be redoubled. The conclusion each one must eventually reach is that might makes right. And like late-stage liberalism, which functions in machiavellian fashion as its adherents go around preaching human rights, Zionism asserts in the same breath both that Israel has a non-contingent moral “right to exist,” and that its contingent, amoral strength is its ultimate justification.

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make up your mind dude

Like a man, there comes a time in the life of any regime or ideology when potentialities are null, and what you see is what you get. What we see with Zionism is a regime that cannot sustain itself without plundering and subjecting a foreign civilian population to permanent martial law. We see a state complicit in the destruction of entire nations (Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen) as a matter of its most intrinsic long-term strategy. We see a culture obsessed with victimhood, “remembrance,” and death. We see a people that believes it has special dispensation from morality, with a clandestine orientation to the outside world that is by turns vindictive and pathetic. We see an ideology that increasingly cannot tolerate criticism, because its conscience is not clean. screen-shot-2020-11-29-at-11.02.39-am

Zionism once promised a “new Jewish man,” but after seventy-two years of Zionism the Jew, and the Jewish Israeli, is every bit the specially protected creature his forbear was in medieval Europe, subject to occasional massacres as a matter of course. Where once the relationship of hofjude to crown was the thread by which the community’s safety swung, today the country is dependent on billionaire surrogates pulling strings in foreign capitals. Zionism has accomplished a great deal, but changed nothing fundamental about the Jewish character and its relationship to the world. Why not?

Part II

Also published at Affirmative Right

6 thoughts on “Deconstructing Zionism, Pt. I

  1. Liquid Phosphex says:

    Then this brings up the question: If Israel is only concerned about no higher principle the the Jews’ brute survival, then what would that mean for Jews? If Zionism is no more a vehicle for the Globohomo World Order than the Diaspora “rootless cosmopolitans” are, then what is the difference between Bibi and Soros?

    For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? – Matthew 16:26

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    • Well, I think there is a difference, and a few J-right Twitter readers who were upset with me about this piece would like to pry that difference open and get all their sunlight through it. But what I’m trying to say here is that if they want the overall trend to change, they ought to focus their energies first of all on identifying those commonalities, rather than minimizing them and defensively emphasizing the differences.

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      • Liquid Phosphex says:

        A laudable goal, and one worth pursing which should try to look into the heart of the matter, but my concern is that some might not buy into it because they’re invested so much in a negative identity that to disavow it would undermine the core of their being (or whatever part of it). But even so, it’s not an easy task and there is evidence that Israel does attempt to be a real nation even when saddled with what the world demands of it.

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  2. It’s probably an impossible goal. Jewish leadership has been an outsourced protection racket for at least 1500 years already. If Zionism hasn’t changed it by now, it isn’t going to change.

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  3. Gavriel M says:

    In contrast, it is doubtful that Israel can ever shut up even just for a moment about all its massacres and humiliations, which it fetishizes (including in a week-long national festival each year)

    I don’t disagree particularly with this article. It’s accurate in the same way that any decent exercise in deconstruction is, and it’s also unfair in the way that any exercise in deconstruction is. But I don’t know what this sentence refers to and I do, as it happens, live in Israel.

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    • The annual media and educational campaign in Israel, in schools and on TV (and now social media) in the lead-up to Holocaust Rememberence Day, is effectively a week long each spring and engages every public person and institution in the country. You’re really gonna pretend like you don’t know this? And I’m being “unfair”… how? If you knew I think you’d say. The only way something true can be unfair is that you simply object to it being said. This is an unhealthy attitude.

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