There’s an old Usenet rule called Godwin’s Law that dictates that the longer a discussion goes on, the likelihood of someone comparing his opponent to Hitler approaches one. In a world still dealing with the violence of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, emotions still run hot enough that politicians and activists manipulate the masses through the use of ethnic stereotypy. The relationship between lineage and faith in question, antisemitism has become cardinal to many conspiracy theories, from the forged (such as the Protocols of Zion) to the outlandish (David Icke’s claims that antisemitism was being used against him by the shapeshifting reptilian elite and the Anti-Defamation League’s equally bizarre on-camera insistence that just implying that some Jews were secretly lizards was antisemitic.)
From Adam Fogle at The Palmetto Scoop
Bamberg County GOP Chairman Edwin Merwin and Orangeburg County GOP Chairman James Ulmer penned a piece together responding to criticism by state Rep. Bakari Sellers over [South Carolina Senator Jim] DeMint’s opposition to Congressional earmarks.
The defense of DeMint, however, was anchored in an ethnic stereotype.
“There is a saying that the Jews who are wealthy got that way not by watching dollars, but instead by taking care of the pennies and the dollars taking care of themselves,” Ulmer and Merwin wrote. “By not using earmarks to fund projects for South Carolina and instead using actual bills, DeMint is watching our nation’s pennies and trying to preserve our country’s wealth and our economy’s viability to give all an opportunity to succeed.”
Even earlier, late September, the editor-in-chief of RedState.com accused now-conspicuous Florida Congressman Alan Grayson (D) of having revealed a certain callousness by supposedly accompanying his description of failed American health-care policy as a “holocaust” with claims that the Anti-Defamation League was a “crazy, racist institution.” The truth was that the quote actually came from a Grayson policy adviser, Tom Stoller. Yet even more fascinatingly, Grayson’s Wikipedia page describes him as Jewish.
Realities like these show that, whatever your views on the state of Israel and/or Judaism, accusations of antisemitism have become the centerpieces of vast conspiracy theories involving memes that are sometimes borrowed for the creation of other theories that have absolutely nothing to do with Judaism and/or the state of Israel. This is best embodied in the fact that the term “cabal,” derived from the Jewish mystical scriptual interpretation Kabbalah, is now used to describe a potentially secular, ethnically ambiguous occult group acting in intrigue. Of course, many ethnic groups, insofar as their necessarily temporal descriptions will even allow, are the subjects of collective blame, but they will just have to wait for another night because we’ve got an awesome guest.
Thursday night, Ashnfara Judy and I will be joined by Jewish Defense Organization Activist A.J. Weberman, as we try to put our finger on the roots of these phenomena. Tune in at blogtalkradio.com/they Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 8 p.m. EST, and we’ll even make some time for you to call in. Friend us on Facebook or at myspace.com/theyradio.