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  • Despite media assertions Russia is behind DNC hack, US government does not say so
    • PHIL- (Eric Schultz quote)- "We do know — and the President has spoken to this — that Russia has a record of engaging in this activity."

      What activity? Julian Assange has publicly stated that the Wikileaks release was based upon primary documents, that it was a leak not a hack. The empire has coalesced around Clinton and is engaging in full spectrum propaganda to protect her and to further demonize Putin. It should be remembered that several years ago, the elites meeting in Davos identified Putin as a problem for empire who needed to be eliminated.

  • Dershowitz will play Trump in Clinton's debate rehearsal, WNYC reports
    • PHIL- "...Alan Dershowitz will play Donald Trump ahead of the first debate, on September 26 at Hofstra University."

      Birds of a feather flock together! What ties Alan Dershowitz, Bill Clinton and Donald Trump together? Jeffrey Epstein! Will they all party hearty after the debate?

  • The omnipresent hawks-in-waiting of the Clinton administration
    • HOPHMI- "Funny how you can’t just admit the truth – you stand with the butcher Bashar al-Assad."

      Funny how you can't just admit the truth - you stand with al-Nusra and al Qaeda terrorists! Good for Israel? Good for the empire? Good for the Jews?

    • PHIL/JAMES- "Have you noticed the distressing pattern in the media these days?"

      Indeed I have. It would appear that the imperial elite have united behind Clinton as their champion of increased militarism. If we put the personalities of Clinton and Trump aside and simply look at who is advising them and who is likely to be a high level official in a Clinton administration, it becomes rather obvious that the virtually assured Clinton administration will be a neocon dominated war administration. We are at the end of an era and the elites are pursuing hegemony at all costs prior to the turbulent transition to the new order. They have chosen Hillary as the soon to be Warmonger-in-Chief. Danger? Everyone should be aware that Presidential authorization is for strategic nuclear weapons only. Tactical nukes (up to 100 kt) are approved for operational use and can be launched by a three star general. Cheers. Below is a quote and link guaranteed to bring you down.

      "A new Clinton presidency can be expected to further boost the U.S./NATO drive to strangle and isolate Russia, which means aggravated “crises” in Ukraine and worrisome encounters with a rival military power in a region saturated with (tactical, “usable”) nuclear weapons. Regime change in Syria? Hillary has indeed strongly pushed for that self-defeating act of war, combined with an illegal and provocative no-fly zone — having learned nothing from the extreme chaos and violence she did so much to unleash in Libya as Secretary of State. There are currently no visible signs she would exit the protracted and criminal war in Afghanistan, a rich source of blowback (alongside Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, and Israel). Increased aerial bombardments against ISIS in Iraq, Syria, Libya, and elsewhere? More deployments of American troops on the ground? Such ventures, with potentially others on the horizon, amount to elaborate recipes for more blowback, followed by more anti-terror hysteria, followed by more interventions. Uncompromising economic, diplomatic, and military support of Israeli atrocities in Palestine? Aggressive pursuit of the seriously mistaken “Asian Pivot”, strategy, a revitalized effort to subvert Chinese economic and military power – one of Clinton’s own special crusades? No wonder the Paul Wolfowitzes and Robert Kagans are delighted to join the Hillary camp." (Carl Boggs) link to

  • The Palestine-Israel language trap
    • AVIGAIL ABARBANEL- "I cannot see Israel or Zionism separately from its Jewish roots...."

      Israel Shahak provided extensive documentation of this in "Jewish History, Jewish Religion: The Weight of Three Thousand Years."

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    • Yet again, a serious comment of mine trashed in moderation. Am I really that threatening? I am becoming confused about what side you are on versus what side I am on. Perhaps an email to clarify my ongoing moderation problems?

  • Jill Stein defends BDS in CNN town hall
    • CITIZEN- "I can’t think of a reason except the Goldstone syndrome: fear of shunning by local Jewish community, including perhaps members in their own extended family."

      I think you are probably right. Throw in Noam Chomsky's de facto support for Hillary and Bill Blum's recent de facto clash of civilizations nonsense and you have these senior citizens coming home to family. I was really surprised that Jill Stein even mentioned her Jewishness, which shouldn't even be an issue but apparently is.

      Suggestions? Pray for a miracle? The way things are going, the 2020 elections may be a moot point.

    • WILSON DIZARD- (Jill Stein quote)- "“I believe all our allies are special allies. Israel and all of them."

      Jeez, what a weak answer. I like Jill Stein, however, we all know she isn't going to be elected. Why then answer so as not to offend? Why not provide answers which reflect reality regardless of the consequences? I didn't listen to the whole thing, however, I would be astonished if Jill ever referred to the American empire. And yes, Israel is special. Thanks to American Jewish Zionist power it is not a vassal and, in fact, has too much influence on American Middle East foreign policy. Some honest and forthright straight talk is long overdue. Jill needs to turn a spotlight on Hillary and her neocon buddies.

  • The politics of Jewish ethnocentrism
    • CATALAN- "There is no Jewish ethnocentrism."

      No doubt the staunch American Jewish support for Israel simply derives from the fact that American Zionist Jews simply want the Palestinians to stop abusing their downtrodden Jewish neighbors. If the situation was reversed, they would support the Palestinians, that is for sure!

    • CATALAN- "There is no Jewish ethnocentrism."

      Indeed, the very notion of Jewish "peoplehood" an alien concept forced upon unsuspecting Jews by the shifty Goyim. We Gentiles are all alike.

  • The last Gaza war worried Scotland's Jews-- for all the wrong reasons
    • CATALAN- "...I still feel that being French is where it’s at."

      Is Bernard-Henri Levy hiring? It wouldn't hurt to send a CV just in case. Hint: if you get an interview, it helps to be able to spell hors d'oeuvres without having to Google it like I just did. Good luck!

  • Beinart calls anti-Zionists 'revolutionaries'
    • PHIL- "Changing the American Jewish mind is the most important step toward accomplishing this revolution bloodlessly."

      I think that it would be more accurate to say "changing the American Jewish elite's support for Zionism and Israel." Here as elsewhere, it is the elites that chart the course, the faithful followers following faithfully. The problem is that Zionism and Israel has rekindled the Jewish kinship solidarity which has been so helpful to the Jewish elites in their quest for power. And make no mistake, Zionist Jewish elites are Empire Jews. It is all about power. And Israel, Zionism and empire have become so entangled it is difficult to see a way out. Perhaps the end of empire and a more egalitarian society is required. But what is the chance of that happening?

      There is an old Chinese curse that goes "May you live in interesting times." Guess what? We live in interesting times which are soon going to be a lot more interesting.

  • Chosen indeed: all 7 letters run by 'NYT' on Mideast article are by Jews
    • HOPHMI- "Unfortunately, your errors go way beyond spelling."

      Had the situation been reversed and I had misspelled Shanker's name as many times as you did in spite of the correct spelling right in front of me, you would have claimed that as proof positive of anti-Semitism, a claim you make more-or-less all of the time anyway. If it is any consolation, Albert's brother Ravi spells it Shankar.

    • MOOSER- "How many times do I have to tell you “Hophmi”, Shankar should have simply transferred those nine Brownsville teachers."

      Shankar? Aaaaaaaarrrrrrrrggghh! Hophmi's influence is pernicious. How many times did Hophmi misspell Albert Shanker's name on that thread before I finally felt compelled to correct him? I had never before corrected another commenter's spelling but it was becoming embarrassing.

  • White Jews and uppity blacks
    • I find it curious that my more substantive comment concerning Yoni Falic's comment didn't pass moderation. Any hidden agendas someone would care to share?

    • SILAMCUZ- "Reading your comments."

      The types of comments only "Whitey" would make? Ethnicity determined by opinions and phraseology? Or is it my punctuation? Where is RoHa when you need him?

    • CATALAN- "I totally agree that we are elites, and also we were in charge in Europe too."

      The vast majority of Jews are not part of the power elite, functioning much like faithful followers everywhere. And the notion that Jews as a group were in charge in Europe is absurd. One must question your motivation in making the statement.

      As for people of color, all non-elites would benefit from a breakup of concentrated economic power through taxation and income redistribution. And a public rather than private financial system. And yes, free college, free healthcare, and free education for all. Unfortunately, it won't happen as long as there is an American empire. And Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban, et al, want just the opposite. Neofeudalism and debt servitude is where we are headed. And, of course, war.

    • SILAMCUZ- "Keith is the archetypical over-confident white male...."

      What makes you think that I am white?

    • TOKYOBK- "You just don’t know/read enough about the subjects you expert on. The Irish and whiteness has been a pretty worked subject in studies of racial formation. Here is one of the more popular books on the subject:"

      What did I say? "...I have never heard an Irishman asking what would happen if the Irish stopped being white.” Have you? One of the reasons that the Irish and the Ashkenazi Jews were able to succeed in this country is that their skin color allowed them to blend in with the dominant elites in a way impossible for Blacks. Do you dispute this? The fact that the Irish at one time were not treated as well as other whites does not change the reality of their skin pigmentation. Do you deny this? And now that the Irish have been accepted, I can't imagine an Irishman wondering what would happen if he stopped being white, although Jews seem to retain this sense of victimhood. Hardly a controversial point I would have thought. Perhaps you can provide some recent quotes from your book or other sources of some Irish folks doubting their whiteness?

    • ABBA SOLOMON- "What if Jews stop being “white”?"

      You mean like Al Jolson? Perhaps it would be better if you didn't confuse the issue by racializing power relations. At one time the Irish were treated poorly, however, I have never heard an Irishman asking what would happen if the Irish stopped being white. While skin color has been a factor in determining power relations, let us not conflate the two.

      ABBA SOLOMON- "The honorary “whiteness” of Jews in the United States has been a key to Jews’ successful sojourn here...."

      What "honorary" whiteness? The Ashkenazi ARE white, cloaking Jews in Black victimhood is fundamentally dishonest, an attempt to keep alive the never ending tale of woe of those with considerable power and privilege.

      ABBA SOLOMON- "The 1968 Ocean Hill-Brownsville parents’ community school board conflict with mainly Jewish school teachers in New York caused some Jews to see assertive African Americans as threats to the liberal structure in which Jews had prospered."

      What crap! There was no threat to the "liberal structure," there was a threat to Jewish privilege. The Jews were relatively better off and intended to keep it that way, and Albert Shanker wanted to maintain his union power and ward off community control. In fact, the situation involving black and community disempowerment was anything but liberal. Your choice of words seem intended more as spin than analysis.

      ABBA SOLOMON- "...identification of US and Israeli power as guarantors of the liberal order protecting Jews...."

      "Liberal order?" An empire and a militarized local hegemon represent a liberal order? You are playing word games. "Protecting Jews?" Don't you mean protecting Jewish power? More word games.

      ABBA SOLOMON- "Feldman explores the tandem views of Zionism that emerged in ‘60s America: the national liberation movement of the Jewish People, and an imperial settler-colonial Israel allied with mother colonial nations."

      "Imperial settler colonial Israel" is the reality. "National liberation movement of the Jewish People" is the Zionist myth-history which has obviously had a large impact upon your thinking.

  • Solidifying behind Clinton, foreign policy establishment gins up a cold war with Russia/Iran
    • INBOUND39- "Keith….public opinion counts when it comes to election of representatives."

      Public opinion is rather easily manipulated if you have the campaign funding and the support of the MSM. That is why politicians grovel in front of AIPAC with little concern for negative consequences. For cry sakes, look at Hillary Clinton's positions on the Middle East and then tell me that public opinion has had a big effect on either her positions or her electability.

    • JLEWISDICKERSON- "Among the signatories was John Negroponte; and where John Negroponte goes, death squads are sure to follow!"

      You got that right! Negroponte's main "diplomatic" mission appears to be organizing death squads. Once Negroponte took over the embassy in Bagdad he brought in, among others, Col. (ret) James Steele who actually organized and ran these death squads which were referred to as the "Salvadoran option." Steele had done this before for Negroponte in Central America. And people complain about Jihadists? Key-riced, Uncle Sam is a serial killer! Couple of quotes and a link.

      "US sponsored death squads were recruited in Iraq starting in 2004-2005 in an initiative launched under the helm of the US Ambassador John Negroponte, [image: right] who was dispatched to Baghdad by the US State Department in June 2004.


      Under the “Salvador Option,” “Negroponte had assistance from his colleague from his days in Central America during the 1980′s, Ret. Col James Steele. Steele, whose title in Baghdad was Counselor for Iraqi Security Forces supervised the selection and training of members of the Badr Organization and Mehdi Army, the two largest Shi’ite militias in Iraq, in order to target the leadership and support networks of a primarily Sunni resistance. Planned or not, these death squads promptly spiralled out of control to become the leading cause of death in Iraq." (Michel Chossudovsky) link to

    • JLEWISDICKERSON- "Hopefully, a new progressive party will emerge at some point to challenge the rightist-dominated Democratic Party."

      And how will this "new progressive party" of your dreams differ from the current U.S. Green Party?

    • INBOUND39- "Palestinians have more support globally than Israel."

      Public opinion counts for little in the corridors of power where Israel has overwhelming support and the Palestinians little, if any.

    • TOIVOS- "Little did I realize at the time they only opposed wars led by Republicans."

      This harkens back to the Bill Clinton administration and the "humanitarian" intervention in the former Yugoslavia. This was an imperial intervention designed to break up Yugoslavia and convert NATO into a US controlled out of area imperial strike force. The propaganda campaign to demonize the Serbs was the most monolithic and effective I had ever seen, similar to what is happening now against Putin, et al. The "liberal" Democrats just ate it all up. As a consequence, the Democrats have demonstrated that they are the more effective implementers of the elite agenda from trade deals to neoliberal globalization to war. Lesser evil my you-know-what.

    • TOIVOS- "I too was struck by Walt’s statements. His comments reported here are at odds with much of his writing in FP over the last decade."

      Curiously, he isn't the only one sounding strange. William Blum recently posted a strange sounding anti-ISIS screed on his Anti-Empire report which sounded a lot like the clash of civilizations meme downplaying imperial support for these terrorist assets. I am not sure what is going on, however, the anti-Trump, anti-Putin, let us intervene bandwagon has reached surreal proportions. There is a totalitarian uniformity to this which fills me with dark foreboding.

    • PHIL- "That’s a declaration of war....""

      I certainly hope that "liberal" Democrats re-evaluate their knee-jerk "Hillary is the lesser evil" mantra. She is not. Trump is a jerk, no argument, however, it should be obvious to anyone except the willfully blind that a Hillary Clinton administration (she is a shoo-in) is going to be a neocon dominated war administration. No, I am not suggesting a vote for the loathsome Donald Trump. I am voting for Jill Stein, you all do what you want. Something unusual, a quote from my blogspot followed by a link to the fuller discussion.

      " A Hillary Clinton administration will likely represent a neocon dominated war administration, the militarists throwing caution to the wind as they seek to remake the Middle East, weaken or destroy Russia and contain China thereby securing complete hegemony for the U.S. led global corporate/financial empire. The risk of a nuclear holocaust has never been higher. How this can be described as a lesser evil is beyond comprehension." link to

  • Sanders-backed candidate in FL says Wasserman Schultz won't 'protect' Israel
    • Okay, prohibit Harvard and Yale lawyers from the Presidency.

    • RAPHAEL- "If he is not 100% kosher Jewish; he will not take away any of Wasserman Schultz’s loyal Jewish voters."

      Surely the donkey's endorsement will count for something?

    • PHIL- "Law professor Tim Canova, a 56-year-old Jew who is left on economic issues...."

      Says who? What exactly do you consider to be "left" on economic issues? Does he support the TPP? If so, he is not to the left. How "left" are his economic policies versus Jill Stein? Besides, the labels "left" and "right" have become almost meaningless. In 2016, virtually all of the candidates are corporate militarists. Finally, he is yet another lawyer running for office when we already have too many lawyers in office. Few seem aware that about 2/3 of US Presidents have been lawyers. Harvard lawyers are a particular plague as evidenced by the Bill Clinton, the Obama and probably the Hillary Clinton administration. And not just the President either, but the first spouse as well. Lawyers seem to have the necessary verbal skills to camouflage their (and the system's) moral deficiencies. I propose a constitutional amendment to prohibit Harvard lawyers from the Presidency.

  • Jewish organizations' response to Black Lives Matter platform demonstrates inability to engage with reality in Israel
    • YONI FALIC- "In general over the last millennium Euro Jews have not been a poor and oppressed group. In general they were de jure or de facto part of the 2nd Estate and in at least one case in France they seem to have been treated as members of the 1st Estate."

      Glad to hear you say this. I have said similar things in the past and have been labeled a Jew hater for my opinion that much of what historically has been considered anti-Semitism is the consequence of power struggles in a turbulent and violent Europe, the Jewish elites an integral part and willing participants in these violent upheavals. Quoting Israel Shahak on Jewish historiography:

      "All modern studies on Judaism, particularly by Jews, have evolved from that conflict, and to this day they bear the unmistakable marks of their origin: deception, apologetics or hostile polemics, indifference or even active hostility to the pursuit of truth. Almost all the so-called Jewish studies in Judaism, from that time to this very day, are polemics against an external enemy rather than an internal debate." (p22, "Jewish History, Jewish Religion," Israel Shahak)

  • Israeli mayor: No Arabs in our pools because their 'hygiene culture is not like ours'
    • TCHOUPITOULAS- "Silamcuz, aka A4Tech, aka (briefly) Princess, aka Catalan, aka CraigSummers (in the Intercept threads, aka…"

      How are you able to determine this?

  • Sam Harris and the politics of 'good intentions'
    • SAM HARRIS- “Intention is the only guide to what someone is going to do next.”

      This is a strange post. Sam Harris is a credentialed propagandistic jerk who earns his living as an apologist for imperial interventions. Shaukat Ansari should easily be able to shred Harris's pilpul without dragging in Noam Chomsky, which only serves to provide the illusion of gravitas to Harris' agitprop. And yet, the quoted statement has merit. The rather obvious problem is how do we determine a person's or organization's intention? The only way I know is to ignore their rationalizations (people lie, particularly those in power) and observe their actions and from their actions infer their intentions. Actions speak louder than words. And unless you are brain dead, it should be obvious that empires don't exist to do good deeds. The purpose of all empires has been and will always be to secure and increase the power of the empire's dominant elites. Period. Full stop. Only an imbecile would believe that an empire is destroying a country for humanitarian reasons. Yet, many do. This is the modern version of the white man's burden. Namely, the grotesque misrepresentation of vile deeds as somehow noble and laudable. And people believe because they want to believe. Liberals are particularly susceptible to these types of conscience salving rationalizations.

      I bring this up because of the contention among the "liberal" cadre that Hillary is the lesser of two evils. A defensible position only if you believe what she and The Donald say while ignoring her long history of saying one thing and doing another, and of up front warmongering. The current outrageously dishonest demonization of Putin is similar to the demonization of the Serbs in the Bill Clinton administration prior the imperial intervention there. It would seem that the American people are being prepared for yet another intervention against Russia, this one infinitely more dangerous than the Yugoslavia intervention. We are at the end of an era and the empire is attempting to achieve total hegemony prior to a restructuring of the global financial system and the entire global political economy. Hillary has surrounded herself with hyper-militaristic neocons who are pathological risk-takers, Victoria Nuland (Mrs. Robert Kagan) a telling example. For all of these reason's and more, I have concluded that Hillary Clinton may well be the most dangerous person on the planet, hardly the lesser evil. Even though I predicted much of what is happening, to actually experience it is frightening.

  • Who has ever succeeded in taming patriotism?
    • ILENE COHEN- "But we should never lose sight of the fact that militaristic patriotism is the default setting. And the tendency is always to revert to the default. That’s why I could love Michelle Obama’s speech at the convention. And Barack Obama’s speech."

      I take it that you are a Clinton supporter and this curious post ostensibly on "patriotism" is, in reality, a Trojan horse to vilify Trump as the worser evil? Trump is a buffoon, his comments repugnant. But, I ask you, whose policies have killed more Muslims, Clinton or Trump? Who is more militaristic, Clinton or Trump? Who was involved in the decision to expand NATO eastward to Russia's borders, Clinton or Trump? Who is by far the greatest warmonger to run for President? Hillary, that is who. It is the Democrats who have dangerously ramped up the Putin bashing in preparation for a confrontation with Russia. And blaming Putin for the consequences of the imperial destabalization of the Ukraine is both dangerous and dishonest. Who is in bed with the neocons such as Victoria Nuland of the notorious Kagan Clan of militarists? As for Obama, he is as dishonest as he is eloquent, his flaws too numerous to mention. A man who says he wants to eliminate nuclear weapons even as he supports a $1 trillion nuclear upgrade over the next 30 years.

      You seem to think that words speak louder than actions. Not me. I believe in holding people accountable for their actions. That is why I will never support Hillary the warmonger. No, I don't support Trump either. How could I? Jill Stein gets my vote. At least I won't be supporting empire and neoliberalism with my vote. A vote for Hillary is a vote for war and empire, says I.

  • Jews need to study the Torah in order to criticize Israel, Beinart says
    • SIBIRIAK- (AP Quote)- "Taiwan’s president on Monday apologized on behalf of the government to the island’s aboriginal peoples for 400 years of conquest and colonization, saying the facing of difficult historical facts was necessary for society to move forward."

      While an apology by itself may do little to right a historical wrong, nonetheless the replacement of myth-history with actual history can influence future actions. Misrepresenting reality is standard for empires. A classic example is the US failure to honestly describe the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Ending the war and saving lives is pure crap. Letting the USSR see that we had doomsday weapon and were willing to use it even when it was not necessary, and field testing these new weapons were the primary reasons. The Hiroshima bomb had a uranium core whereas the Nagasaki bomb had a plutonium core. Both bombs were dropped in the middle of the cities to test their effect, even though both had American POWs. Immense war crimes and terrorism, pure and simple. When will this be acknowledge and Harry Truman be mentioned alongside Josef Mengele? Shining city on the hill my you-know-what. A quote from John Pilger on the official narrative followed by Diana Johnstone on the reality. How many Mondoweissers are even aware of this?

      "A few years ago, I attended a popular exhibition called “The Price of Freedom” at the venerable Smithsonian Institution in Washington. The lines of ordinary people, mostly children shuffling through a Santa’s grotto of revisionism, were dispensed a variety of lies: the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki saved “a million lives”...." (John Pilger) link to

      “The atom bombs were not dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki ‘to save lives by ending the war’. That was an official lie. The bombs were dropped to see how they worked and to show the world that the United States possessed unlimited destructive power.
      The decision to destroy Hiroshima and Nagasaki was a political not a military decision. The targets were not military, the effects were not military. The attacks were carried out against the wishes of all major military leaders. Admiral William Leahy, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, wrote in his memoirs that “the use of this barbarous weapon at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan. The Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender…” General Eisenhower, General MacArthur, even General Hap Arnold, commander of the Air Force, were opposed. Japan was already devastated by fire bombing, facing mass hunger from the US naval blockade, demoralized by the surrender of its German ally, and fearful of an imminent Russian attack. In reality, the war was over. All top U.S. leaders knew that Japan was defeated and was seeking to surrender."
      (Diana Johnstone) link to

    • YAKOV HIRSCH- "It's all well and good to educate yourself, but the "religious" fanaticism of a Dershowitz and Jennifer Rubin and Bret Stephens and Elliot Cohen and Marty Peretz and Rabbi Shmuely, .etal. are not impressed with your level of Jewish knowledge. You either are on their side or the side of their enemies. They are all PR agents for the Jewish people. Which ultimately means they are PR agents for themselves."

      Nicely put. The essence of Judeo-Zionism is self-serving tribal solidarity, belief in a deity optional, anti-Semitism redefined to include virtually anything which interferes with the tribal agenda which, nonetheless, is proclaimed as Jew-hatred, some level of anti-Gentilism inherent in the ideology of victimhood.

  • Democratic platform is more militant against Iran than it was before Iran deal
    • EMORY RIDDLE- "Ah yes, the Chomsky gate-keeping approach."

      David Nelson made the comment, not Noam Chomsky. What, exactly, is gained by bringing in Chomsky? Do you have some kind of fetish? Let us put Chomsky aside. How, exactly, does David Nelson qualify as a gatekeeper?

    • PHIL- "Sheyman said that President Obama’s policy of resorting to diplomacy first is at risk in the coming election."

      Diplomacy first? Is this a sick joke? The coup in the Ukraine was hardly diplomacy first. The bombing of Libya was hardly diplomacy first. Doubling the size of the Special Operations Forces isn't meant to emphasize diplomacy. The reality is that Obama has only engaged in (duplicitous) diplomacy when the military situation necessitated it. Hillary won't even do that, preferring to escalate regardless of consequences. A couple of quotes. John Pilger on Obama and Pepe Escobar on Hillary.

      "In 2009, Obama promised to help “rid the world of nuclear weapons” and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. No American president has built more nuclear warheads than Obama. He is “modernising” America’s doomsday arsenal, including a new “mini” nuclear weapon, whose size and “smart” technology, says a leading general, ensure its use is “no longer unthinkable”. (John Pilger) link to

      "Every sentient being remotely familiar with Hillary Clinton’s record knows by now that, if elected, she will preside over a Warfare State – which, incidentally, is bound to further bankrupt Washington....
      With Hillary in power, Secretary of State Victoria Nuland has got to be seen as a surefire bet."
      (Pepe Escobar) link to

  • Palestine stands for the larger divide in the Democratic party
    • PHIL- "In fact the two sides seem to hate one another; they need couples counseling."

      No, they need a divorce. It has gone on far too long as it is. Failure to hold these neoliberal warmongers accountable has facilitated both war and neoliberalism.

  • Democratic Party consultant asked about Palestinian rights: 'Not my problem'
    • DONALD- "I hope Trump loses and will vote accordingly, but will continue to point out Clinton’s flaws."

      Has it come to this? Our best hope for the future that Hillary will read comments like this and die laughing?

  • Democrats big tent shrinking as Clinton ties up nomination
    • RAPHAEL- "I’m guessing that Trump will win easily."

      Funny, I am guessing that Hillary will win in a landslide. Now that neocons like the Kagans and right-wing social engineers like the Koch brothers have abandoned Trump for Hillary, the warmongering imperial elite have united behind Hillary and the empire is being psychologically prepared for war. With Victoria Nuland as Secretary of State (watch for it), and the rest of Hillary's uber warmongers in high positions, we will have a war administration which will risk nuclear war to control and weaken Russia. The demonization of Putin is without precedent, and is part of this campaign. Between the money, Madison Avenue and the mainstream media, the public will be made terrified of Trump, Hillary the only hope against consummate evil, Jill Stein supporters aiding and abetting Trump and his puppet master Putin, who is worse than Hitler, etc, etc. Ludicrous as all of this sounds, it is the way American elections are decided. No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people. And now that "progressives" like Chomsky have de facto supported Hillary (lesser evilism BS), the totalitarian nature of the system will crush all opposition to the preferred candidate of the global elite. I have long ago concluded that the American people will never revolt at the polls. Once upon a time, perhaps, but no longer.

  • Clintonites on message: Vote for Trump, and you get Putin
    • ROHA- “Putin seems to be the most intelligent, the most sensible, the most grown-up, and the most effective of prominent world leaders.”

      A good example of his intelligence and grasp of geostrategic reality is his warning to journalists in the link I provide below which occurred in June of 2015. What people don't seem to be aware of is that this eastward march of NATO entails the installation of missile defense systems on the border of Russia. Don't be fooled by the name "missile defense." These missiles would be incapable of stopping a Russian first strike against the US. Their sole purpose is to blunt a Russian retaliatory launch after a US first strike against Russia. This wildly provocative policy could precipitate a nuclear war. The neocons and others pushing this are pathological risk takers. Putin's warning: link to

    • ROHA- "Putin seems to be the most intelligent, the most sensible, the most grown-up, and the most effective of prominent world leaders."

      If nothing else, he appears to be sane. I am not so sure about Hillary and the neocons she cavorts with. They seem determined to eliminate Russian independence from empire at all costs, and seem willing to risk the survival of the species to achieve their goals. They are pathological risk takers. An example of their thinking is the quote below from either Richard Perle of Michael Ledeen (I have seen the quote attributed to one or the other numerous times).

      “If we just let our vision of the world go forth, and we embrace it entirely and we don’t try to piece together clever diplomacy, but just wage a total war… our children will sing great songs about us years from now.” (Michael Ledeen or Richard Perle)

    • MOOSER- "And if I am reading it right, Zionist influence isn’t worth mentioning"

      Of course you are reading it right. The level of intellectual dishonesty is mind boggling, worse than I recall ever seeing it. How does one misrepresent the reality that Hillary is running to the right of The Donald? Things have sunk so low that the Democrats are actually red-baiting Trump with this Putin nonsense. Red-baiting, for cry sakes!

      Elections can be stressful times in my home. Our friends (mostly my wife's) are stereotypical middle class "liberal" Democrats. Nice people, reasonably intelligent normally, well educated with mostly masters degrees, they shriek at me that a vote for Jill Stein is really a vote for Trump! How do I respond without alienating these idiots? If you were a Republican would you shriek that a vote for Jill Stein was a vote for Hillary? No, of course not. My what a stupid thing to say. Perhaps I should point out that since they will always claim that the Democrat is the lesser of the two evils, then they will always vote for the Democrat, never holding that person accountable for their actions, lesser evilism nothing more than a psychological trick to salve their conscience for habitually voting for someone who will implement policies they oppose? Maybe that will work. Who needs friends anyway? Besides, once they realize that my ridicule is with the best of intentions, all will be forgiven.

    • HOPHMI- "I have little doubt that Phil supports dismantling NATO."

      I doubt that Phil does, but I certainly do. NATO was always intended as the organizational means to permit US control of European affairs, including the funding of militaristic right-wing elements. Bad as that was, Clinton turned NATO into an out of area imperial strike force which has been involved in numerous acts of military aggression, Libya and Syria recent examples. The NATO military actions in the former Yugoslavia were the culmination of an imperial destabilization campaign, the loss of life primarily a consequence of this outside intervention. Some of this was initiated by the German BND (CIA equivalent). The first head of the BND was none other than Reinhard Gehlen, former General in charge of "intelligence" on the Eastern Front for Nazi Germany during World War Two. You do recall what went on under the Nazis on the Eastern Front? Also, both the Muslims and the Croats were allies of Nazi Germany during the war, the Serbs comprised the bulk of the partisan forces. But don't let mere facts get in the way of your demonstration of Zionist solidarity in support of Hillary.

      Your comments on this particular issue are even more out of touch with reality than normal. As a citizen of empire you really do have an obligation to at least be aware of what that empire is doing. Right now the empire is on a rampage which could well lead to a nuclear war and the termination of the species. Lying to misrepresent this threat to humanity is not something to be proud of. The two major obstacles to eliminating nuclear weapons while we still can are the US and Israel.

    • PHIL- "This has to be seen to be believed. In the last week a whole crowd of neocons and liberal internationalists has made the assertion that Trump is acting in Russia’s interest."

      You are quite right, it has to be seen to be believed. The neocons and liberal Zionists in bed together. Such is the power of ethnic solidarity that it completely overwhelms rationality. We always knew that the imperial intelligentsia was a bunch of liars, but now it is obvious the extent of the control of information and shutting out of rational discourse.

      PHIL- "When is someone going to talk about Netanyahu’s influence?"

      A perfect example of this is the article at TPM by Josh Marshall where he tries to substantiate Putin's influence by claiming that Russian oligarch money is influencing Trump. He tries to tie Trump with "...Alexander Mashkevich, a billionaire once charged in a corruption case...." (Josh Marshall, TPM) link to He implies that Mashkevich is an oligarch favored by Putin. Case closed. God forbid that he should mention that Mashkevich has Israeli citizenship and travels around on an Israeli passport. Wrong message. Further, "On April 6, 2011, Mashkevitch announced his intention to found a Jewish version of Al-Jazeera that will "represent Israel on an international level, with real information." (Wikipedia) link to Based upon the facts, a better case can be made that Trump is, in fact, heavily influenced by Jewish Zionist money. The fact that Trump appears to be somewhat less of a warmonger than Hillary shouldn't be upsetting these "liberals" so much. And this gross and propagandistic misrepresentation of reality by esteemed members of the imperial doctrinal system is in itself both revealing and worrisome.

  • 'Does he believe in a God'? -- DNC leaders wanted to undermine Sanders
    • SILAMCUZ- "Legally, one has no right to “disinherit” their spouse, children and other legal dependents from their estate after death. So Mooser claiming inheritance is a gift is lawfully invalid."

      You are as obstinate as you are ignorant. Depending upon circumstances, a wife can claim one-half of the community property. Adult children have no legal claim whatsoever unless the parent dies intestate. Perhaps you should begin quoting the law which you claim supports your position?

    • ECHINOCOCCUS- "The “various senses of being Jewish” are totally self-invented by tribal nationalists who well know that there isn’t anything outside religion to allow those various senses in non-tribal language."

      I agree that Jewish ethnicity and "Jewishness" are essentially manufactured constructs for those non-religious Jews who still identify as Jewish. I would suggest, however, that Zionism has constructed a secular identity and vocabulary to augment the religious imagery. First of all, Israel was founded by Blood and Soil atheists, the appeal being a "Jewish" homeland. The identification of Israel as a "Jewish" state with a right of return for Jews buttresses the appeal of a Jewish identity when combined with the reality of the Holocaust and the feeling this engendered among Jews that non-Jews considered Jewishness to be a birth fate. I have long believed that without Hitler and the Holocaust, Zionism would have faded away and there would be no Jewish state in the Middle East. The Holocaust and perceived anti-Semitism provides much of the ideology and vocabulary of Jewish Zionists. One doesn't have to be religious to believe in eternal and irrational anti-Semitism, and to adopt some degree of anti-Gentilism which this belief necessarily entails. In my view, Zionism has been remarkably successful in resurrecting Jewish tribalism.

  • Israeli flag is wielded as weapon against Berlin protesters of apartheid
    • DABAKR- "Yet you can surely explain the exploding assimilation / intermarriage rate of these Jews and Gentiles who Are happily contributing the next generation of voters!"

      If you divide Jews into two groups, organized Zionists versus unorganized secular Jews, you would likely find that the so-called intermarriage primarily occurred among the unorganized secular Jews. It is the tribalists who are significantly biased against non-Jews, and who would skew the results in that direction. I personally consider the label "intermarriage" between a secular Jew and a secular non-Jew to be a questionable label. There seems to me to be little difference between secular Jews and secular non-Jews, the "Jewishness" of the secular Jew being primarily a state of mind imparted by upbringing. And if it wasn't for the Holocaust, the number of folks who identify as Jews might actually be less than it currently is, the label secular Jew considered odd. On the other hand, tribal nepotism has undeniable benefits and a means of identifying kinship could be desirable, marriage augmenting birthright.

    • YONAH FREDMAN- "off topic. here’s a piece from haaretz regarding the overlap of antisemitism and antizionism."

      You are like a junkie desperately searching for his next "anti-Semitism" fix. Feel better? Do you have any data whatsoever to indicate that American Jews have it any worse than American non-Jews? If you did opinion surveys of Gentile attitudes towards Jews versus Jewish attitudes towards non-Jews, I am sure that you would find that anti-Gentilism among Jews vastly exceeds anti-Semitism among Gentiles. And what does the real world empirical data show? Unprecedented Jewish power and privilege. Yet, you continue to whine about anti-Semitism.

  • 'Power is what matters': Alt Right leader Richard Spencer explains his admiration for Trump and Israel
    • GLORIE- "Historically, and especially after WW2, Jews and non-Jews alike generally eschewed the notion that Jews represented a race or ethnic group."

      The early Zionists applied a racist definition to "Jewishness," frequently referring to the unalterable nature of Jewish blood versus German blood, etc. Jabotinsky was notorious for this. Much of what they said was hardly different from the racist ravings of the Nazis. This notion of inherent Jewish uniqueness remains strong in Zionist ideology.

    • ROHA- "So of course a lot of history is Eurocentric, but that doesn’t make it fantasy, any more than the Sinocentric history is fantasy."

      Had Marnie said myth-history rather than fantasy, she would have been spot on. History as taught in the primary schools involves a significant misrepresentation of events in order to make the tale consistent with the prevailing ideology. This ongoing misrepresentation of historical reality beyond normal bias, either wittingly or unwittingly, is an integral part of social control. This is one reason why people tend to place way too much emphasis on the political system which is currently subservient to the economic system, finance capital in particular. An honest discussion about power and social control is not in the interest of the elites. And professional historians rarely rock the boat with unacceptable views. That is why some of the best radical history comes from people like Chomsky or Shahak.

    • RICHARD SPENCER- "I respect Israel as a homogenous ethno-state...."

      Israel is somewhat racially diverse with a manufactured ethnicity. This guy doesn't know what he is talking about, nor, I suspect, does he care. His ideology is calculated to provide career oportunities within the white supremacy niche, nothing more. The only reason I bother to respond is that it provides an opportunity to link to an Uri Avnery article on CounterPunch which I found interesting. The glue which binds Israelis together is hatred of Arabs and war.

      "The Zionist perception that all Jews are the same, with slight differences of language and skin color, is anachronistic. The “oriental” Jews show no inclination to being thrown into any melting pot. They are different in almost all respects.

      The melting pot is broken. Oriental Jews (often falsely called Sephardis) are proud of their heritage. They rebel against European superiority.

      This fight now dominates Israeli life. No area of life is exempt from it. It is social, economic, cultural, political – often hidden behind a different facade, but there all the time." (Uri Avnery) link to

  • Hillary Clinton gains backing of neocon megadonor who funds Islamophobic groups
    • YAKOV HIRSCH- "The Jewish billionaires that aren’t as tribal as the, “my one issue is Israel” plutocrats, would rather donate money to fight hunger or cancer or other universal challenges...."

      The best way to fight hunger or cancer or nuclear war or global warming or other universal challenges would be to oppose empire and neoliberal globalization. I am unaware of any billionaires doing that. Yet the question remains, why such overwhelming support for Israel? How does this support relate to their wealth and success? Tribal nepotism, perhaps?

    • Yet another Jewish Zionist billionaire supporter of Israel. How many Jewish billionaires are there? How many are diehard supporters of Israel? Are there any, ANY Jewish billionaires who support the Palestinians? Are there any, ANY Jewish billionaires who are anti-Zionist? Why is this? What do these guys gain from this?

  • Outside RNC, Cornel West has inspiring words for the Palestinian people
    • ROHA- "You mean you have actually listened to the speeches?"

      I'm with you RoHa, you have to draw the line somewhere.

    • GENESTO- "Anyway, I’m preparing for the worst, i.e. Trump becoming President – and having a First Lady that’s a college dropout, jewelry designer! :-{("

      Thank you for pointing out that Melania Trump would be a welcome respite from First Ladies who are Harvard Lawyers. Both Michelle and Hillary suffered from Ivy League elitism, as did their husbands. Too many Ivy league lawyers in Washington,says I. Don't worry about Melania, The Donald say that she has a good head on her shoulders and he should know.

    • KALITHEA- "Today the Trump campaign had a woman associated with Melania’s speech take the fall for the plagiarism that they still refuse to call by its name...."

      Is it possible to plagiarize cliches? If so, then a more valid criticism would be that Trump set her sights too low.

  • Iran deal is still imperilled by deep state-- hardliners, Israel lobby, Hillary Clinton
    • ANNIE- "great article phil."

      I agree. This Zionist network of influence explains a lot about imperial policy and needs to be made visible. It is not possible to connect the dots if the dots are invisible. I have always objected to describing much of this as a Zionist Lobby because I don't think that "lobby" correctly defines the phenomenon. The Lobby is but a part of a larger network of influence that includes a significant chunk of the imperial elite. We have reached the point where Israel and American Zionist Jews are thoroughly embedded within the imperial power structure. Perhaps this is why The Saker refers to the Anglo-Zionist empire.

  • Democrats and GOP are in a race to the bottom on Israel
    • SILAMCUZ- "They would be merely be unable to effectively control and influence the process of warmongering and genocide that will take place regardless."

      A President who is "unable to effectively control" the implementation of the elite agenda is preferable to one who would effectively implement this disastrous agenda. You contradict yourself.

      SILAMCUZ- "And as for Hitler, I would consider him to be quite incompetent...."

      Really? Funny, I would describe Hitler and the Nazis as ruthlessly efficient mass-murderers. I suspect that most would agree with me. I have yet to hear people complain that Hitler and the Nazis were incompetent. The Nazis are usually depicted as being quite good at what they did. Unfortunately. And we are indeed fortunate that the USSR at great sacrifice was able to stop and effectively defeat Nazi Germany at the battle of Stalingrad, an example of Russian heroics, not German incompetence. And nothing you have said makes the case for a ruthlessly efficient warmonger as President.

    • ANNIE- "i’d choose an incompetent fool over a competent war mongering genocidal maniac any day."

      Me too! The more effective evil is almost always worse than the less effective evil. When was the last time you ever heard anyone describe Hitler as "incompetent?"

  • Bible justifies rape in times of war, despite rabbis' efforts to spin or hide the teaching
    • HOPHMI- " continue to cite Israel Shahak, who was neither a scholar of Judaism nor a well-regarded author on the subject."

      According to you and other Zionist apologists. What do others have to say? "But it is as a scholar of Judaism that he towers over so many others, since it is Judaism that has occupied his energies as a scholar and political activist from the beginning." (Edward Said from the foreword to Jewish History). "Those who heed him will certainly be wiser and - dare I say? - better. He is the latest, if not the last, of the great prophets." (Gore Vidal from the foreword to Jewish History). He is a widely respected and frequently cited author, Noam Chomsky makes multiple references in "Fateful Triangle." Interesting that you attempt to smear Shahak rather than discussing his unassailable facts and conclusions.

      HOPHMI- " a world where there are many, many scholars of Judaism...."

      If that is the case, then it should be child's play for you to provide a well referenced rebuttal rather than your typical argument by name-calling. In the above article, Michael Lesher notes that “Israel Shahak’s savage critique of the Orthodox rabbinate on this score was, alas, quite justified.” Since Michael Lesher seems to be making similar observations to Shahak, you might care discuss his observations with him rather attempting to insult a deceased human rights activist.

    • JONATHAN OFIR- (Michael Lesher quote)- "Israel Shahak’s savage critique of the Orthodox rabbinate on this score was, alas, quite justified."

      Indeed it was. This is a very important discussion insofar as Israeli policies seem to be based at least as much on a medieval religious ideology rather than upon cold rationality. Quoting Shahak:

      "The persistent attitudes of classical Judaism toward non-Jews strongly influence its followers, Orthodox Jews and those who can be regarded as its continuators, zionists. Through the latter it also influences the policies of the State of Israel. Since 1967, as Israel becomes more and more 'Jewish', so its policies are influenced more by Jewish ideological considerations than by those of a coldly conceived imperial interest. This ideological influence is not usually perceived by foreign experts, who tend to ignore or downplay the influence of Jewish religion on Israeli policies." (p99, "Jewish History, Jewish Religion," Israel Shahak).

    • HOPHMI- "...and you’re doing this in a forum already predisposed to believe the worst about Jews."

      You essentially prove the validity and importance of this topic by your attempt to keep this highly relevant discussion inside the tribal tent away from Gentiles. That is the traditional approach. Yet, Israel Shahak maintained that Israel and its actions could not be properly understood without reference to the teachings of Classical (medieval) Judaism.

      "It became apparent to me, as drawing on knowledge acquired in my youth, I began to study the Talmudic laws governing relations between Jews and non-Jews, that neither Zionism, including its seemingly secular part, nor Israeli policies since the inception of the State of Israel, nor particularly the policies of the Jewish supporters of Israel in the diaspora, could be understood unless the deeper influence of those laws, and the worldview they create and express is taken into account." (p1, "Jewish History, Jewish Religion: The Weight of Three Thousand Years," Israel Shahak)

  • 'NYT' editors twist themselves into knots not to say the word 'Jewish'
    • HOPHMI- "The Middle East is a mess. Is it the fault of Israel? Is it the fault of the Jews?"

      The Middle East is a mess largely due to the machinations of Western imperialism, of which Jews and Israel are an integral part. Both the US and Israel are cozy with the worst of the Gulf Monarchies, and in opposition to the few secular Arab nations remaining. The record of the warmonger neocons is well known, as is the US creation of the Mujahideen which eventually morphed into ISIS which US/Israel continue to support to create chaos in the region. Below is a link to Norman Finkelstein discussing Israel as a "lunatic state." link to

    • HOPHMI- "Apparently, Phil is content to let the white supremacists answer for him."

      More name-calling from our one trick pony.

    • HOPHMI- "Why is it necessary to repeat again and again the religion of the owner of the Times?"

      Perhaps if the NYT wasn't so obviously biased in its coverage, it wouldn't be. Since it is, and since the ideology of organized Jewry, religious and secular, is strongly biased in support of Israel, the ideological orientation of the ownership and much of upper management suggests a reason for this obvious bias, therefore, it is highly relevant. Again you bounce between religion, ethnicity, tradition and culture to define Jewishness to suit your argument such as it is. As for that jerk Rupert Murdoch, do you have evidence that he is a member of a powerful Christian group with an agenda? If so, lets hear it. A Christian Zionist, perhaps?

    • HOPHMI- "Look at this piece, and all of the others in which Phil notes that the owner of the Times is Jewish, and suggests that it's not possible for Jews to cover the Middle East objectively."

      Not only that, but he suggested that Dennis Ross and Martin Indyk might be biased in favor of Israel. Go figure. How long before he suggests that even you might have a smidgen of pro-Israel bias? Phil's problem is that he fails to realize that it is a serious breach of tribal solidarity to even mention tribal solidarity.

    • "Rudoren: .... there’s also so much American philanthropy."

      Well, I suppose that is one way to describe it.

      "Rudoren: ....It’s not based on kind of an idea, it’s based on experience."

      She is on to something, but not the way she intends. Norman Finkelstein makes the point that although the American empire is brutal and vicious, most Americans do not experience this first hand. In Israel, on the other hand, the number of Palestinians to be controlled relative to the Jewish population requires that the vast majority of Israeli Jews perform military service and routinely engage in dehumanizing actions against the Palestinians such that this hands-on behavior becomes normalized in a desensitized population. He continually describes Israel as a crazy society, hatred and brutality considered normal.

  • As Dems vote against Palestine, Cornel West warns it is the 'Vietnam War' of our time
    • ATLANTAICONOCLAST- "There is this need to portray Blacks as eternal victims and it is getting old. It trivializes the Palestinian plight."

      Acknowledging the reality of the situation does not in any way trivialize the plight of the Palestinians. What a strange thing for you to say. And if hearing about it is getting old for you, then just be grateful that you are not living it. Anyone who claims that we are living in some sort of post-racial America needs to get better informed.

    • ATLANTA ICONOCLAST- "They are NOT shot disproportionately by cops relative to the percentage of Whites shot who are involved in a police interaction."

      Nonsense. It varies from year to year and the figures are haphazard, however, over a recent forty year period, "a black person was on average 4.2 times as likely to get shot and killed by a cop than a white person." link to Furthermore, the rates of black versus white prison incarceration are even worse. Calling attention to the ongoing discrimination against non-white people in the US is a necessary part of bearing witness and hardly detracts from the plight of the Palestinians. This is particularly true in view of the militarization of the US police and their training involving Israeli population control techniques.

    • MOOSER- "They will take cruel advantage of this breakdown in tribal unity, mark my words."

      Not if Hophmi can prevent it! He and his loyal sidekick Sancho Fredman do battle with the evil forces of the new anti-Semitism (led by you-know-who) as they fight to save Jewish culture on Mondoweiss. I best go back into hiding before they find me and slay me with ritual incantations. Jeez, I hope they don't bring in their ultimate weapon: Israel Man! link to

    • MAXNARR- "Totally agree with hophmi and I must applaud his steadfast battle against the antisemites on this website."

      Well you would, wouldn't you? So does Yonah Fredman. It says volumes about the intellectual caliber of Zionist commenters that Hophmi is who you all look up to.

    • HOPHMI- "Actually, antisemitism is a philosophy that opposes the influence of Jews and Jewish culture in society."

      It is not everyday that one hears ethnocentric tribalism and kinship nepotism described as "Jewish culture." And all of this time I thought that was a consequence of the Zionist led resurrection of the ideology of the medieval Judaism of Maimonides. Go figure.

      HOPHMI- "It's completely apropos to describe the paranoia that leads people to worry about the influence of Jews in secular society, or to put it as Keith does, "the Judaization of the elite,"

      My words exactly! Jeez, I can't even celebrate the incomparable rise of Judeo-Zionist power within our society without being labeled an anti-Semite? But Hophmi, Zionist Jews ARE disproportionately powerful.

      HOPHMI- "...because, you see, when Jews are in a position of power, they're in a position of power as Jews, their influence is "Jewish," and they act in their own interest, rather than the interest of the countries they inhabit."

      Surely, you will agree that Zionist Jews support Israel right or wrong? And yes, Jewish elites, like all elites, place their own interest above the 99%. And yes, most of the Jewish elites have a self-serving tribal orientation which has worked well for them, particularly recently. Unfortunately, this self-serving power-seeking is firmly anchored in imperialism which Zionist Jews loyally support. Zionism has effectively crippled progressive Jews in favor of blood and soil nationalism. Israel uber alles. No wonder you hate Phil and Noam and Norm but find it more convenient to attack me.

  • Ozick says Obama needs 6-volume history of Jews on his bedside table
    • Everyone, below is a link to an old Seafoid comment containing a link to a part of the "Defamation" film in which Norman Finkelstein discusses this very issue. The video runs about 9.5 minutes and is worth a look. I am in agreement with Finkelstein on this issue.
      Link to Seafoid link to Finkelstein in Defamation-
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    • YONAH FREDMAN- "if one wished to write a book about the overlap of antisemitism and antizionism, keith’s comments would be a fine place to start."

      The old anti-Semitism or the new anti-Semitism? Under the old anti-Semitism, an anti-Semite was someone who hated Jews. Under the new anti-Semitism, an anti-Semite is someone the Jews hate. Awful lot of new anti-Semitism perceived by Zionists such as you. As the Chinese say, "May you live in interesting times!"

    • DONALD- "Wiesel was a Holocaust survivor and Ozick’s family immigrated to America to escape pogroms, so if I want to use understatement I’d say it would be natural for them to be concerned about antisemitism."

      Concerned? More like fealty to Zionist dogma. In Wiesel's case, it is how he earned his living and got rich in them process. This is the gilded victimhood of the Jewish elite.

    • TOKYOBK- "At Occidental Observer, Veterans Today, Stormfront and"

      You spend a lot of time at these websites, do you? If any Mondo Gentile was to spend as much time perusing these sites, you would consider that as prima facie evidence of anti-Semitism. But you and other Jews go to these sites searching for evidence of rampant anti-Semitism, as if these sites represented the mainstream. Anything to support your unfounded ideology of victimhood.

      TOKYOBK- "...its Gospel that the Jews have fearfully prevented the the English publication of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s Two Hundred Years Together...."

      Who, besides you, cares what is "Gospel" at these websites? Why are you dishonestly trying to conflate Citizen with Stormfront? You have engaged in a strawman argument loosely based upon Citizen's comment. His main point, as I interpret it, is that Ozick has focused on Jewish myth-history rather than more object sources, "The Jewish Century" by Yuri Slezkine, for example. For his part, Citizen may be overestimating the significance of Solzhenitsyn’s book compared to Slezkine's, but so what? Hardly a justification for conflating him with Stormfront, etc.

    • PHIL WEISS & DONALD JOHNSON- "If they did discuss it, it would raise the obvious point that concern for anti-semitism has in some people morphed into anti-Palestinian racism."

      Concern for anti-Semitism rather understates the case, don't you think? Myopic emphasis on anti-Semitism and the Holocaust is at the core of Zionist ideology, a Judeocentric focus the logical outcome. Both Wiesel and Ozick seem to have profited from tribal solidarity and the propagation of Zionist mythology. And anti-Palestinian racism is but a more extreme manifestation of hostility towards non-Jews in general.

  • Modern-day lynchings: an international view
    • ALICE ROTHCHILD- "Since 9/11, at least 300 high ranking US sheriffs and police, FBI, US Customs and Border Protection agents have traveled to Israel to learn through the military justice system how to subdue a population under the guise of fighting terrorism."

      Jeff Halper writes about this in his book "War Against the People." Israel has developed a niche market in the area of population control utilizing techniques developed to control the Palestinians. This is a growing field as police forces are being militarized and turned into occupation forces controlling their domestic population as neoliberalism produces discontent and resistance. Additionally, giving hiring preference to former military who served as US occupation forces in Iraq and Afghanistan tends to exacerbate the problem (our problem, the elite plan). These ex-military tend to view the civilian population as dangerous threats, and to quickly resort to "spray and pray" when in doubt. Notice how these civilians are shot multiple times. We live in dangerous times which will likely get worse as the sorrows of empire come home to roost.

  • Jewish entitlement, and Jewish populism
    • HOPHMI- "How about the Aboriginization of the Australian Elite?"

      Even more preposterous than Islamicization of the imperial elite. Is there no bottom to your barrel? Has your Judeocentric Zionist ideology completely blinded you to the world around you? The Aborigines of Australia continue to suffer real discrimination and abuse, not the relatively minor stuff blown out of proportion by an ideology of eternal victimhood. You would know this if you read John Pilger. Why do you continue to intellectually debase yourself?

    • HOPHMI- "You really need an explanation for why the phrase “the Islamicization of the Imperial elite” is Islamophobic?"

      The "Islamicization of the imperial elite" is a ludicrous statement contradicted by empirical reality. Are Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban Muslims? Is AIPAC a Muslim organization? Have the last three Federal Reserve Chairmen been Muslims? Is Hollywood a bastion of Muslim power and bias? Are we inundated with films on the Nakba? Nakba education and museums? Is US foreign policy demonstrably biased in favor of the Palestinians? Do US Presidential candidates prostate themselves in front of Muslim organizations pledging unfailing loyalty to Muslims? Muslim Iraq, Libya and Syria's right to exist? Etc, etc, etc.

      Is the phrase "the Judaization of the imperial elite" an irrational observation born of bias or is it a brief and concise way of describing the rapid increase of Jewish Zionist power among the ruling elites? Have you never heard of the ever increasing Jewish settlements in the occupied territories described as the Judaization of the Galilee?

      You are fundamentally an anti-intellectual Zionist attack dog who has dedicated himself to attempting to scuttle any discussion of the power dynamics of the global political economy and of Zionism's role in influencing the course of events in our changing world.

    • HOPHMI- "...much as his writing seems like a dog whistle for bigots like Keith."

      Have you no shame? Does your tribal loyalty mean the abandonment of even an ounce of intellectual integrity? What do you do other than engage in tribalistic ritual incantations? You are the consummate Zionist cadre. Zionism uber alles! Reality anti-Semitic!

    • ANNIE- "keith, people don’t necessarily primarily access archives for their own commentary."

      Yes, there may be other commenters out there who view my older comments as revealed truth to be cherished forever. Hophmi immediately comes to mind.

    • PHIL- (Quoting Leon Wieseltier)- “If Merrick Garland is appointed to the Supreme Court, there will be four Jews on it. Eventually, there won’t be any goyim.”

      A distraction from where real power lies. How about joking about the Federal Reserve System and finance in general. In capitalism, money is power.

      PHIL- "We’re like the WASPs were in the establishment in the 1960s...."

      Much more powerful, I should think. WASPs refers to the non-Jewish East Coast elites who also happened to be WASPs. I am unaware that these elites had any significant support among the less privileged members of the White, Anglo-Saxon community. Surely, nothing to compare to the Conference of Presidents of the Major American Jewish Organizations. I fail to see a WASP version of the tight tribal solidarity of Judeo-Zionism. Or the focused organization. The harsh reality is that the Zionists have largely succeeded in resurrecting the "us" versus "them" mentality of medieval Judaism, albeit in a less visually obvious mode. This "is it good for the Jews?" mindset is the tradition which some commenters seek to recapture and preserve.

      PHIL- "...precipitate another Holocaust."

      A Holocaust of Jews in America is inconceivable. However, a lot of Black men are being killed by the police. Throw in Muslims and non-white immigrants and the racist ravings of Pam Geller and her ilk and there could be significant violence, but not against the Askenazi. Speaking of which, I think that Black men should all begin wearing yarmulkes in self defense. Those cops would think twice before shooting a Jew. If yarmulkes proliferated, how long before impersonating a Jew became a crime?

      PHIL- "It has always been my contention that honesty about the Jewish role in the establishment is not going to spark another Holocaust: because history doesn’t repeat itself, because people already know about that presence...."

      I seriously doubt that most Americans have even the vaguest idea of either Jewish power or Jewish identity. Before Mondoweiss, I had no idea that Larry Summers, Dennis Ross, Martin Indyk, Janet Yellen or Merrick Garland are Jewish. I think that most Americans would be shocked at the Judaization of the imperial elite. How they would feel about that is another matter. In any event, little would change, Jews hardly in danger.

      PHIL- "Emily Bazelon spoke at the conference; the Yale scholar who has admitted that she has a “Zionist core” only consults Jews on foreign policy questions...."

      Yet, there are those commenters who will deny that there is such a thing as a Jewish bias.

      PHIL- "I understand the Jewish tradition of being wary of populists. This is because Jews have, like it or not, been linked to western elites in the last 150 years; and populist resentment of those elites fed anti-Semitism and helped to create the Jewish question in Europe."

      Many (most?) pogroms in reality peasant uprisings? Sounds like something Israel Shahak would say. In his book "The Fatal Embrace," Benjamin Ginsberg maintains that much anti-Semitism can be explained by the relationship of Jews and the state (also Hannah Arendt's claim). That is, they find themselves on the side of the state against the lower classes. I would suggest that Ginsberg should substitute "centers of power" for "state." This ongoing dynamic struggle for power during turbulent, violent times surely explains the root of much of the conflict. And the Jewish tribal solidarity in opposition to the majority of the lower classes would cause the Jews to be seen as a group rather than as individuals. One thing should be clear. The folks gathered at the Aspen Ideas Festival are part of the elite and intend to stay there, the 99% viewed primarily as a threat to their power and privilege.

    • Jeez, am I the only one that views the loss of the older archives as a minor inconvenience and not a major problem? The only one who does not feel that his older comments represent revealed truth to be cherished forever? Yeah, it is a shame, but so what? Today is the first day of the rest of your life, so get a life. Mondoweiss doesn't owe me or any other commenter anything. It has been a privilege to be published in the first place.

  • Elie Wiesel is Dead
    • KAY24- "Here you go Annie, Israel’s devoted and America’s shameless politicians in action:"

      Jeez, reading your quotes I had an image of Hillary and The Donald fighting over who loved Elie the most and vice versa. Then I had a vision of Hillary throwing herself on Wiesel's coffin sobbing hysterically. Then came visions of our US Congress rushing to pay tribute, etc. If one can keep the right frame of mind, this whole farce can be funny.

  • 'NY Jewish Week' speaks bluntly of 'Israel firsters' in US politics
    • YONAH FREDMAN- "Here’s the link to the piece: link to"

      You have an unrivaled ability to see anti-Semitism in everything and everyone, and to grossly misrepresent what others say. The only "Jews" Vidal refers to are the homophobic neocons who refer to themselves as the "new class." That you can interpret an article in which Vidal calls for an alliance of Jews, Blacks and homosexuals as anti-Semitic is highly indicative of your irrational mindset. Personally, I thought that Vidal was pandering to non-neocon Jews who are not in any danger from some future pogrom as Vidal seems to think. I encourage my fellow Mondoweissers to use your link and judge for themselves both Vidal's alleged anti-Semitism and your irrationality and anti-Gentile bias.

  • Clinton to Palestine: Drop dead
    • MR.T- "So, serious students of history should not attempt to argue away the evil done to European Jews over the millennia...."

      Evil done to the Jews over the millennia? For most of this time, European Jews functioned as service nomads (Yuri Slezkine), functioning a a kind of nascent middle class assisting the Gentile nobility in administering the peasant society. They were tradesmen, jailers, tax collectors, professionals businessmen and money lenders. Some of them poor, no doubt, but compared to the surrounding peasant societies they were relatively well off, some acquiring considerable wealth. It was the town versus the country which permitted the Jews to acquire at least rudimentary literacy, a big advantage. Sure, they had their ups and downs during turbulent times, however, prior to modern anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, the average Gentile (peasant) had it worse. One doesn't have to compare European Jewish life to American slavery to make my point. And it is not anti-Semitic to point out that there were Jewish slave traders, however, I am unaware of the Jewish slaves referred to in the Seattle Jewish Federation's op-ed. Finally, whatever anti-Semitism which did exist, and I am sure it did, was reciprocated by Jewish anti-Gentilism, particularly in regards to the peasants who were regarded as filth. And the Talmud of medieval Judaism is full of anti-Christian references. The two societies were separate and antagonistic even as they were mutually dependent. If you have a radically different take on all of this, please feel free to present it, however, the Judeo-Zionist myth history of unwavering Jewish victimhood is an ideological construct, nothing more.

    • YONAH FREDMAN- "Sibirak- and here’s the quote from Keith that deserves condemnation by all students of history: “And I have yet to see any evidence from a reliable source (not you) that prior to Nazi Germany Jews were persecuted more than other groups, or were in more danger than other groups. “

      Students of history? Well, that leaves you out. First of all, I was responding to the Jewish Federation op-ed claiming unrelenting Jewish suffering for two millennia. I said that I saw no evidence that Jews were persecuted more than other groups. No doubt Jews fared better in some locations and times and worse in others. But this victim of all victims nonsense is pure bunkum. On balance, Jews fared better than the average Gentile, and continue to do so. That is why Jews have remained Jews. As usual, you presented no evidence or argument to contradict what I said, relying on insults as usual.

      As for Czarist Russia, you seem fixated on the years 1881 through 1917, yet I see no evidence that Jews were worse off under the Czar than other ethnic minorities. It is all relative. As for Jewish immigration from Russia, the industrialization of Russia was altering economic opportunities as Gentile peasants entered professions formerly the exclusive province of Jews under the old system. Obviously there was conflict. Yuri Slezkine discusses this in some detail in The Jewish Century. As I have said again and again, there was conflict all over Europe during much of the period and the Jews were involved in all of it, both the good and the bad. As Slezkine notes, "There was nothing particularly unusual about the social and economic position of the Jews in medieval and early modern Europe." (p4) But you consistently ignore actual historicity in favor of selected incidents which reinforce your bias and ideology of eternal victimhood. I am weary beyond belief of your misrepresentations of my comments, and only respond because both you and Hophmi seem to go out your way to libel me and misrepresent me. Enough already!

    • HOPHMI- "Because, you see, Yonah, when you talk about antisemitism, anti-Jewish bigots with guilt complexs take it as personal criticism. For them, mentioning antisemitism is the same as being anti-Gentile."

      You are totally incapable of responding to anything I say without resorting to flagrant misrepresentation. The notion of eternal and irrational anti-Semitism (Jew hatred) posits a murderous and irrational Gentile nature, and is profoundly anti-Gentile. If a non-Jew were to refer to an inherent Jewish essence, that would be evidence of anti-Semitic racism. Anti-Gentilism is the mirror image of anti-Semitism, the demagogic creation of an irrational Gentile essence. This is a throwback to medieval Judaism and tribalism. And the op-ed I referred to was a one-sided misrepresentation of historical reality in support of the Zionist assault on BDS. You are an incredibly dishonest person. A lawyer who fancies himself clever and cares naught for the truth.

    • YONAH FREDMAN- "Historians attribute this migration to antisemitism, but according to you, keith, life was beautiful or what?"

      What part of "The European nation states were forged in blood, wars among the various groups common." don't you understand? Speaking of Russian Jews, are you familiar with the life and times of Genrikh Yagoda? Your total lack of empathy for the lives of non-Jews is not something to be proud of. And your ongoing misrepresentation of my comments indicates a lack of fundamental intellectual integrity.

    • SIBIRIAK- “This occupation continues today with no end in site”

      Ouch! Corrected. Thanks.

    • HOPHMI- "You appear to feel that because the writer mentioned the length, location, and nature of the antisemitism that Jews experienced, the writer is “anti-gentile.”

      You are ignoring the intent of these Zionist writers which is to divert attention from Israel's behavior onto the BDS movement and anti-Zionism in general. What better way to avoid trying to defend the indefensible than to attack the messengers? Below is my letter to the editors in response to the ADL letter. I doubt that it will be published.

      "The June 29, 2016 Letter to the Editor by Hilary Bernstein is yet another dishonest attempt to label BDS and other opposition to Israeli policies as anti-Semitic.

      Since it became a state in 1948 following the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinian natives, Israel has treated its non-Jewish citizens as second class citizens. This blatant ethnic discrimination continues today. Additionally, Israel continues to occupy the territories it conquered in the 1967 war, violating numerous UN resolutions in the process. This occupation continues today with no end in site. Netanyahu and other Israeli politicians assure their supporters that there will be no two state solution even as they claim to be seeking a two state resolution for the Western media. In any event, ongoing illegal Israeli settlement of the occupied territories has rendered a two state solution doubtful, as was intended. This is what BDS and other critics of Israel are trying to put a stop to. And this is what the Jewish Federation and the ADL are defending with their scurrilous charges of anti-Semitism. Is equal rights for all Israeli citizens anti-Semitic? Is calling for an end to Israel's brutal occupation an act of anti-Semitism? It is time to stop the name calling."

    • HOPHMI- "You appear to feel that because the writer mentioned the length, location, and nature of the antisemitism that Jews experienced, the writer is “anti-gentile.”

      No, it is anti-Gentile because it factually misrepresents actual Jewish history and Jew/Gentile relations claiming an ongoing irrational hatred of Jews among Gentiles. How is that not anti-Gentile? Jews were not forced out of Israel en masse and the Jews of Europe were better off than the overwhelming majority of Gentiles who were peasants. And I have yet to see any evidence from a reliable source (not you) that prior to Nazi Germany Jews were persecuted more than other groups, or were in more danger than other groups. Europe was a violent place for much of its history. During the Thirty Years War, about one-third of Prussia was killed. The European nation states were forged in blood, wars among the various groups common. As a group, the Jews prospered as professionals and tradesmen, Jewish bankers dominating European finance in the 19th century, both the Suez and Panama canal financed with Jewish capital. This is hardly consistent with the proffered image of Jews "suffering murder, rape, slavery and expulsions, with only intermittent times of peace and safety.” For Zionists such as you, effective misrepresentations are much preferred to counterproductive truth, and charges of anti-Semitism are a useful tool to secure Zionist objectives.

    • HOPHMI- "Typical antisemitic response from Keith."

      Typical anti-Gentile trope from Hophmi.

      HOPHMI- "Then he cites an article about antisemitism in a Seattle newspaper and calls it “anti-gentile,” which is his term for any article that discusses antisemitism in historical perspective."

      Did you read the op-ed that I linked? You are actually going to defend the historicity of that Zionist boilerplate? Another quote from that shameful screed so everyone will be aware of what you are defending:

      "For two millennia, anti-Semitism forced Jews from their homeland, compelled them to practice their faith in secret, and was the root of the worst genocide the world has ever seen. Jews have faced ongoing hatred in Europe and Arab lands, suffering murder, rape, slavery and expulsions, with only intermittent times of peace and safety." (Jewish Federation of Seattle op-ed, Seattle Times 6/26/16) link to

      You are going to hang your hat on this? Claims that anti-Zionism and BDS are fueled by " irrational hatred of the Jewish people." and that this represents " eternal campaign against the Jewish people.”? Well, you will be pleased to know that in the Seattle Times letters to the editor today, an official of the ADL wrote in to support this scurrilous op-ed, claiming that:

      "As correctly pointed out in “Recognize and speak out against anti-Semitism” [Opinion, June 26], the “boycott, divestment, sanctions movement” (BDS) is, at its core, anti-Semitic.

      Many intelligent, passionate supporters of Palestinian rights will balk at this assessment. They have been persuaded that BDS is the best way to effect positive change in the Middle East. Unfortunately, they are unaware, or choose to ignore, that the founding goals of BDS are firmly rooted in hatred of Jewish people. BDS employs inflammatory language and imagery to equate all Jews everywhere with Israeli government policy, and Israeli government policy with Nazism." (Hilary Bernstein, Pacific Northwest Regional director, Anti-Defamation League) link to

      I wrote a response to this garbage which is unlikely to be published. It is a demonstration of power that these Jewish organizations are able to publicize these propagandistic misrepresentations of reality as part of the current anti-BDS campaign orchestrated by Israel and American Zionists. One of the perks of power is to be able to lie with impunity.

    • MHUGHES976- "...but 62% of Americsns and 50% of us British think BDS is anti-Semitic."

      Quite possibly true and not all that surprising considering Jewish Zionist influence on the doctrinal system in general and the media in particular. Below is a quote and a link to a truly vile op-ed from the Seattle Times by members of the Jewish Federation of Seattle which is incredibly dishonest and reeks of anti-Gentilism. The Times published one tepid letter to the editor response which, under the circumstances, could be interpreted as de facto mild praise due to faint damn. My letter to the editor never saw daylight, as was to be expected. Propaganda works.

      "Both anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism are fueled by irrational hatred of the Jewish people." (Jewish Federation of Seattle op-ed, Seattle Times 6/26/16) link to

  • Israel should be deeply disturbed by the Brexit vote
    • JONATHAN COOK- "That, in turn, reflected a key failing of modern politics, not only in Britain but in most of the developed world: the re-emergence of an unaccountable political class."

      Unaccountable to the citizenry but not to the Fat Cats who bankroll their election campaigns and provide other perks including future employment. This is capitalism and money rules, more so than ever. This notion that government is independent from the needs and demands of financial/economic power is an illusion.

      JONATHAN COOK- "The old order is breaking down because it is so thoroughly discredited, and those who run it – a political and economic elite – are distrusted and despised like never before."

      Old order breaking down? You could have fooled me. The ongoing success of neoliberal globalization indicates that the global empire of elites is stronger than ever. The elites are transforming the global economy to create a rentier economy of debt servitude somewhat similar to modern feudalism, hence, neofeudalism. Currently, the global financial system holds the mortgage on the global economy and is foreclosing (privatizing). Of course, during this transition period, this system of fragile interdependencies could implode suddenly, however, that has nothing to do with a discredited old order breaking down. And if the new capitalist nobility is distrusted and despised, so what? We all need money to live and they control the purse strings.

      JONATHAN COOK- "If the EU starts to unravel, and US neoliberal hegemony weakens, Israel will be in trouble."

      Yes, if the empire implodes, Israel will be affected. Who won't be? The whole section on Israel reads like so much wishful thinking. As long as American Jewish Zionist elites support Israel, the U.S. will continue to support Israel. Additionally, as civil disturbance and turbulence increase globally, there will be an increasing demand by governments for the means to control their rebellious citizenry. As Jeff Halper indicates, Israel has positioned itself as the leader of the market for a matrix of control thanks to their expertise in controlling the Palestinians. In a neofeudal dystopia, the instruments and techniques of coercion will be in demand.

  • Brexit vote leaves progressives suspended between nativists and neoliberals
    • "Because, Britons voting today should not be in any doubt that a vote to remain in the EU is a vote to catalyse the Lehman Brothers disasters of the future. The EU exists –pre-eminently – to forge a deregulated world with vulture funds and private equity that contaminates every aspect of relations between human beings. From cradle to grave, there will be the privatisation of public space let alone education, health and aspiration. Not only that, but there’s something even more financially lucrative than the European health market : war" (Afshin Rattansi) link to

      "The EU is one of the key trans-national institutions, along with others like the IMF and World Bank, whose role is to claw back on behalf of the US the social democratic gains made by many European publics after the Second World War. After all, were left wing politics to be seen as a viable or even preferable alternative to US neoliberalism, then European national publics might demand the right to take back governance of their countries – and Washington’s global dominance would be at an end." (Jonathan Cook) link to

      "The EU serves Washington and the One Percent. It serves no one else. The EU is a murderer of sovereignty and peoples. The intent is for the British, French, Germans, Italians, Greeks, Spanish, and all the rest to disappear as peoples. Brexit is the last chance to defeat this hidden agenda, and apparently the British will vote tomorrow without having a clue as to what is at stake and what the vote is about." (Paul Craig Roberts) link to

    • Let us begin by noting that passage of this referendum does not guarantee that Britain will, in fact, exit the EU. It is possible, perhaps likely, that the British Parliament will ignore the vote, which is not legally binding, and remain in the EU. If so, pressure will be applied to eliminate Britain's special exemption forcing Britain to adopt the Euro and eliminate the Pound which would have interesting consequences in regards to London as a powerhouse financial center.

      All of this talk of right wing racism versus left wing progressivism tends to ignore the essence of the situation in regards to what, exactly, the EU is in the organizational sense. The EU is an extremely dysfunctional bifurcation of the political economies of the member nations such that the individual member states are politically weakened whereas the financial sector as represented by the European Central Bank is essentially calling the shots. As such, Big Finance backed by the transnational corporations essentially sets policy at the macro level, individual governments, except maybe Germany, more or less go along or do without. Witness the giant screwing of Greece to bailout French and German banks. It is instructive that the current head of the ECB is Mario Draghi, former vice chairman and managing director of Goldman Sachs International. Can't get much more obvious than that!

      Consequences? If Brexit actually occurs (I hope), the long term consequences would be an improvement over our current rule by the financial oligarchy. Short term, however, there would likely be dire consequences as the financial elites punish the uppity voters. Historically, Monarchs tended to crush peasant rebellions with considerable savagery. There is no reason to believe that the new capitalist nobility will behave any differently.

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