Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Extremist Rabbis: Talmudic prophecies call for destruction of Europe, war between Christians and Muslims

Extremist Rabbis: Talmudic prophecies call for destruction of Europe, war between Christians and Muslims

by Sean Jobst
15 August 2017

We are living in chaotic times when events in the world are often couched in religious terms of "end times," given an apocalyptic explanation that especially becomes dangerous for the world when its politicized and backed by armed groups. Whether the modern fanatics of ISIS carrying out their blood-drenched reign of terror throughout Syria and Iraq, or the Evangelical Rapture enthusiasts who want to use U.S. foreign policy to hasten "the second coming," much has been written in mainstream media. Far less attention is focused on Jewish extremists that promote a very politically-influential, supremacist agenda of hate and vengeance against entire nations. This is especially pertinent with the mass-migration crisis in Europe and the disproportionate Jewish role in promoting the Kalergi Plan.




Rabbi Baruch Efrati is head of a yeshiva and the community rabbi of the West Bank settlement of Efrat. He is not some fringe rabbi; he heads the "Derech Emunah" (Way of Torah) movement of leading Israeli Orthodox rabbis, and is frequently interviewed as an authority by Israeli media. In a November 2012 sermon that was uploaded online and quoted in Israeli media, Efrati said:

"Jews should rejoice at the fact that Christian Europe is losing its identity as a punishment for what it did to us for the hundreds of years we were in exile there. We will never forgive Europe's Christians for slaughtering millions of our children, women and elderly. Not just in the recent Holocaust, but throughout the generations, in a consistent manner which characterizes all factions of hypocritical Christianity.

"And now, Europe is losing its identity in favor of another people and another religion, and there will be no remnants and survivors from the impurity of Christianity, which shed a lot of blood it won't be able to atone for. With the help of God, the Gentiles there will adopt a healthier life with a lot of modesty and integrity, and not like the hypocritical Christianity which appears pure but is fundamentally corrupt. Even if we are in a major war with the region's Arabs over the Land of Israel, Islam is still much better as a Gentile culture than Christianity."





In a sermon uploaded directly to his Liveleak account on 20 November 2013, Rabbi David Touitou, a French-speaking Haredi rabbi based out of Ashdod, Israel (according to his Facebook) and appears to be connected to the Jewish supremacist Chabad movement, proclaimed:

"You will pay dearly for it Europeans! To such an extent that you have no idea! And you will have no place to run to. Because all the evil you have done to Israel [the Jews], you will pay for it a hundred-fold. When Italy will be gone, when Edom (that is why Christianity's headquarters, which come from 'Hessal', is there), when that place will be gone, and that's what Islam is going to do. Islam is the broom of Israel, you have to know it. So, instead of having us do all the job, He sends Ishmael to solve the problem. When he is going to clean all this and that the wine will come back home, then it's Melah Ramachiar(?).

"The war of God and Magog, this furious war that we are all waiting for. The Rafet Israim(?) said: 'Do not expect to see anything other than Islam stand up against Edom [Europe/Christendom].' According to the Rafet Israim(?), the Gog and Magog war is that Islam in Europe will rise as one man and they have everything to succeed. This war in the world we live in is necessary. Why is it necessary? Because one is going to use the other so that Israel does not enter war, and this will cause Ishmael [Arab world] to rise against Islam.

"What you are undergoing in France, in Europe, which is so scary, it should be for us the most beautiful news of our Jewish history. Finally, we begin to approach it! Finally, we begin to realize what the sages had predicted before. What I told you before is written in Sanhedrin [book of the Talmud]. The Messiah will come only when Edom, Europe, Christianity will have fallen completely. So, I am asking you the question: Is it good news that Islam is invading Europe? It's excellent news! It's announcing the arrival of the Messiah! Excellent news!"




In the same compilation video, another French-speaking Haredi rabbi said: "And that at the end of time everyone will see his account settled. Great carnage will be prepared in the country of Edom (Rome). It is a day of vengeance for the eternal year of retaliation for the cause of Sion. All of this is written by the Prophet Isaiah."

These are stunning admissions, especially in light of the mass-migration of mostly Muslim migrants into Europe that has been promoted from the top-bottom by Jewish bankers and politicians, NGOs, think-tanks and organizations - even while solidifying the exclusively Jewish character of Israel. The main reason behind this is revealed by these rabbis: a deep-seated hatred of Europeans, whom they collectively blame for centuries of "anti-Semitism". Another reason is a "clash of civilizations," wars between Christians and Muslims for the benefit of Zionism.





Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt is a Lithuanian-born Haredi rabbi, with close ties to both Putin and Israeli-Russian oligarch and politician, Arkady Gaydamak. He now serves as president of the Conference of European Rabbis. "There is a clash of civilizations, and we the Jews are in the middle of this clash of civilizations," Goldschmidt said in an interview on Russia Today's "Worlds Apart" show in February 2015. Condemning "the reaction of the old Europe," he noted that while Jews and Muslims fight in the Middle East: "We see ourselves fighting with our Muslim brothers, who want a free Europe, a peaceful Europe, who want to integrate like our forefathers integrated in western Europe 100, 200 years ago, and they are our natural allies."

The Proverbial "Rome" as Symbolic Antithesis to Judaism

In two of the statements above, "Rome" is specifically mentioned as being "destroyed," of course in a gloating schadenfreude. Part of this is being the symbolic home of the Roman Catholic Church, but it goes deeper than that. In the popular Jewish consciousness, Rome was the destroyer of the Temple of Jerusalem, which over two millennium later is still lamented and remembered. Even the term "Gentile" comes directly from the Latin "gens," race - the word used by the Romans to describe themselves. So that which is different from Jews is regarded as "Roman," as the Jewish historian Josef Kastein (1890-1946) writes:

"To the Jews, Rome constituted the quintessence of all that was odious and should be swept away from off the face of the earth. They hated Rome and her device, arma et leges, with an inhuman hatred. True, Rome had leges, laws, like the Jews. But in their very resemblance lay their very difference; for the Roman laws were merely the practical application of the arma, the arms....but without the arms, the leges were empty formulae." (Josef Kastein, History and Destiny of the Jews, Garden City, NY: Garden City Publishing Company, 1936, p. 192)




Similarly, ISIS and many Islamic extremists of the Wahhabi and Muslim Brotherhood streams, often evoke hadith prophecies about "the conquest of Rome." The presence of such extremists among many of the migrants flowing into Europe is an accepted fact, so holding on to such prophecies about Rome brings greater significance to Efrati and Touitou's statements about Jews benefitting from the mass-immigration of Muslims into Europe, pitting the two against each other and seeing another people displace and replace the "anti-Semitic" Europeans. Rabbi Goldschmidt evoked such a "clash of civilizations." Henry H. Klein (1879-1955) was a Jewish attorney who exposed Zionist and Communist machinations, earning him enmity from other Jews. He warned even before the State of Israel was founded:

"Political Zionism is an agency of Big Business. It is being used by Jewish and Christian financiers in this country and Great Britain, to make Jews believe that Palestine will be ruled by a descendent of King David who will ultimately rule the world. What seclusion! It will lead to war between Arabs and Jews and eventually to war between Moslems and non-Moslems. That will be the turning point of history." (Henry H. Klein, A Jew Warns Jews, 1947)




Sigmund Freud on "Semitic" Revenge Against Rome

The founder of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), was motivated by his Jewishness. "In print and in public, Freud insists, with the voice of the wounded savant, that psychoanalysis is a science like any other and has nothing to do with Jewishness. In person an in private, however, he identifies psychoanalysis, with the voice of the prophet militant, as a Jewish creation and possession. One of Freud's most powerful motives in life was the desire to inflict vengeance on Christianity for its traditional anti-Semitism." (Thomas Szasz, The Myth of Psychotherapy: Mental Healing as Religion, Rhetoric, and Repression, New York: Anchor Press/Doubleday, 1978, p. 146). As Freud wrote in The Interpretation of Dreams:

"I had actually been following in Hannibal's footsteps. Like him, I had been fated not to see Rome; and he too had moved into the Campagna when everyone had expected him in Rome. But Hannibal, whom I had come to resemble in those respects, had been the favorite hero of my later school days. Like so many boys of that age, I had sympathized in the Punic Wars not with the Romans but with the Carthaginians. And when in the higher classes I began to understand for the first time what it meant to belong to an alien race, and anti-Semitic feelings among the other boys warned me that I must take up a definite position, the figure of the Semitic general rose still higher in my esteem. To my youthful mind Hannibal and Rome symbolized the conflict between the tenacity of Jewry and the organization of the Catholic Church. And the increasing importance of the effects of the anti-Semitic movement upon our emotional life helped to fix the thoughts and feelings of those early days. At that point I was brought up against the event in my youth whose power was still being shown in my dreams.

"I may have been ten or twelve years old, when my father began to take me with him on his walks and reveal to me in his talk his views upon things in the world we live in. Thus, it was on one such occasion that he told me a story to show me how much better things were now than they had been in his days. 'When I was a young man,' he said, 'I went for a walk one Saturday in the streets of your birthplace; I was well dressed, and had a new fur cap on my head. A Christian came up to me and with a single blow knocked off my cap into the mud and shouted: 'Jew! get off the pavement!' 'And what did you do?' I asked. 'I went into the roadway and picked up my cap,' was his quiet reply. This struck me as unheroic conduct on the part of the big, strong man who was holding the little boy by the hand. I contrasted this situation with another which fitted my feelings better: the scene in which Hannibal's father, Hamilcar Barca, made his boy swear before the household altar to take vengeance on the Romans. Ever since that time, Hannibal had had a place in my phantasies." (Cited in ibid., pp. 146-147)

The Hungarian-born psychoanalyst Thomas Szasz (1920-2012), himself Jewish, analyzes Freud's statement: "Hannibal, the African - whom Freud calls a 'Semite' - takes vengeance on the Romans who conquered and humiliated the Carthaginians. Freud, the Semite, takes vengeance on the Christians who conquered and humiliated the Jews. Hannibal was tenacious and had a secret weapon: elephants. Freud, too, was tenacious and he, too, had a secret weapon: psychoanalysis. Hannibal's elephants terrorized his enemies whom the animals then trampled to death. Freud's psychoanalysis terrorized his enemies whom his 'interpretations' then degraded into the carriers of despicable diseases. The story of Freud's life and the story of psychoanalysis in his lifetime are variations on the theme of justified vengeance in the pattern not only of the legendary Hannibal but also of the literary Count of Monte Cristo: the humiliated but morally superior victim escapes from dependence on his morally inferior victimizers; he hides, schemes, and grows powerful; he returns to the scene of his defeat, and there remorselessly humiliates and subjugates his erstwhile victimizers as they had humiliated and subjugated him." (ibid., p. 147)




Israeli Nuclear Threats Against Europe

The Dutch-Israeli military historian Martin van Crevald, made a general nuclear threat against Europe, specifically mentioning Rome: "We possess several hundred atomic warheads and rockets and can launch them at targets in all directions, perhaps even at Rome. Most European capitals are targets for our air force. Let me quote General Moshe Dayan: 'Israel must be like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother.'...Our armed forces are not the thirtieth strongest in the world, but the second or third. We have the capacity to take the world down with us. And I can assure you that that will happen before Israel goes under." (Elsevier Weekblad, Amsterdam, 27 April 2002, no. 17, pp. 52-53; cited in David Hirst, "The war game," The Observer/The Guardian, 20 September 2003)

Displacement, Replacement, Emigration

The Kalergi Plan cannot be understood without the Oded Yinon Plan. The Israeli destabilization of the Levant, as well as the IMF/World Bank undermining of economies throughout Africa and the Middle East, is directly linked with the Kalergi Plan to bring large numbers of mostly Muslims from those regions, to weaken the ethnic, cultural and economic foundations of Europe. The failure to recognize the relationship means serving Zionist objectives: On the one hand, the Muslims and others who promote mass-immigration into Europe; on the other hand, the Europeans and Westerners who promote more wars for Israel and the bankers.





Will the Islamic presence in Europe mean a backlash against Jews? Certainly, Ariel Sharon thought so: "Since the Moslemic [sic] presence in Europe grows by the day, the life of Jews will surely be threatened." (Die Welt, 25 November 2003, p. 17). However, as noted by the rabbinical statements cited above, there is a more deeply-seated hatred and vengeance against European peoples held by many Jews, to the extent many prefer Muslims. Lawrence Auster, a Jewish convert to Christianity, wrote in the Zionist/Neocon Front Page Magazine: "There is something that many American Jews fear in their heart of hearts even more than they fear Moslem anti-Semitism, and that is white Christian anti-Semitism." (Lawrence Auster, "Why Jews Welcome Muslims," FrontPageMagazine.com, June 22, 2004)

Corollary to all of this is the increasing demographic crisis within Israel. There is a growing disillusionment with Zionism among many younger Israelis, with such factors as high prices, compulsory military service, and a high poverty rate. Many young Israelis now have a second passport, often European, Canadian or American. An increasing number that have emigrated from Israel haven't returned to Israel. As Stephen Landman writes, "Israelis want out." Some of this has been mitigated by increasing Jewish immigration from Russia, with these immigrants playing many influential roles within Israel and being catalysts for Israel's intensifying alliance with Putin. So that some of the population figures have been reversed.





"Three million to four million maybe altogether, it could change the geopolitics," Israeli Rabbi Dov Maimon, author of The Absorption Plan, said in an interview with Vice News in 2016. "The demography is the key to everything, as you know. Between Jordan and the Mediterranean, these are borders [for] 10 million people, about half [of them] Jews and half [of them] Arabs. And if we want to remain a democratic state, we have to have a majority of Jews in this place." When asked if immigrants could shift the balance, he replied: "Absolutely, sure. Already the birth rate among Arabs is decreasing and the birth rate among Jews is increasing, so it's already a change. The train of history is on its way."

Many Jews in France and other European countries are also floating the idea of immigrating to Israel. These Jewish leaders specifically cite the rising number of "anti-Semitic" actions in Europe, many of them I'd suspect are false-flags designed to goad the Jews into Israel. Certainly, its accepted fact that Haganah committed bombings against Iraqi Jews in 1951 to goad Iraqi Jews into Israel, and then there is also the Mossad's involvement in the Lavon Affair in Egypt in the mid-1950s. So there is a precedence, and what better way than to instill fear into the Jewish masses of Europe? A presence of Jews in the United States and Russia is regarded as more important for Zionist objectives, given those countries being more powerful, so Jewish financial and political influence can be utilized for Israel.




Despite contrary belief, Zionism is not only about the ingathering of Jews into Palestine. They still require a certain number of Jews in more powerful countries so as to influence their policies for Israel. But those Jews in other countries are goaded into leaving for Israel, even if it requires false flag attacks and staged "anti-Semitism" to do so. This is because the expansionist dictates of the Israeli state need a steady number of Jewish immigrants to settle lands and build more settlements. The Israelis are solidifying their control over the West Bank and Jawlan Heights demographically, by bringing in more Jewish settlers to change the facts on the ground.

Europe is at a crisis because of the migration crisis and the terrorist attacks - many of them genuine but many others false-flags that benefit Israel. On 28 July 2014, Knesset member and former Deputy Director of Shin Bet, the Israeli internal security service, Yisrael Hasson, spoke at an "urgent meeting" of a Knesset committee on the situation of Jews in Europe: "If European countries fail to protect their Jews, the State of Israel will. Jewish blood is not cheap blood." He then made a veiled threat to a group of European diplomats from nine countries, warning them that if their countries did not stand with Israel, "the day when Islamic terror will reach your homes, your beds, and your kindergartens will come soon."


 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

My Interview on Our Interesting Times

My Interview on Our Interesting Times

by Sean Jobst

2 August 2017





Yesterday (1 August), I was interviewed by Timothy Kelly of the excellent Our Interesting Times podcast. We discussed a vast array of deep and controversial topics, including: how usury and the global banking system has subjugated nations and individuals; mass-consumerism and mass-urbanization has broken up families and communities; the Kabbalistic origins of the top levels of secret societies and how the occult is used to perpetuate the elites' backdoor deals; the synthesis of economic capitalism with cultural Marxism after 1945; the Zionist roots of "race war" theories (via Moses Hess, who represented a direct convergence between Zionism, Marxism and Social Darwinism); Zionist and banking ties to Hitler; the anti-German boycott declared by world Jewish organizations in 1933; how certain WWII propaganda is still used to keep the Germans subjugated psychologically and politically; the racist origins of the ADL and SPLC; the dialectic of pitting the blacks and whites against each other through a manipulation of history, shame/guilt, and the militarization of police; and the role of Globalist NGOs and Zionist organizations/politicians behind the Kalergi Plan of promoting mass-immigration in Europe accompanied with destabilizing Africa and the Middle East, as part of a broader Globalist push for a consumerist, debt-based monoculture lacking any identity or attachment to family, land or tradition.

Check out our discussion and also check out Tim's podcast, which puts out many excellent programs and discussions.....

Sunday, July 30, 2017

In Defense of Evola: Geopolitics and Refuting Media Claims of Bannon Links

In Defense of Evola: Geopolitics and Refuting Media Claims of Bannon Links

by Sean Jobst

30 July 2017




The media cannot be accused of a penetrating analysis of philosophy. It skirts deep issues, examines only the surface about which it exhibits only the most cursory understanding, and displays its penchant for sensationalism when it makes political connections where there are none. Such can be seen in a recent Vanity Fair article, which attempts to link White House Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon to the Traditionalist philosophical school of René Guénon and Julius Evola. For full disclosure, I am far more of an Evolian than a Guénonian (for a multitude of reasons). I even contributed a lengthy chapter to a volume about Evola published by the excellent Black Front Press in 2013.

However, I don't purport to be even a minor authority on Evola's philosophy, so will leave that to Alexander Morse, whose article I include at the end. I share his perspective on how its ridiculous and appallingly dishonest to ever link any person involved with Trump to Evola or Guénon. My specialties are in politics and geopolitics, and thus will I examine these in light of false attempts to link Traditionalist philosophers to various political movements. Aside from these are the frequent claims about "Fascism", so repeated by certain political and ideological figures that that term has largely lost its actual meaning based on a specific historical context.

Who is Stephen Bannon?

There can be no different contrast from Evola's philosophy than the activities and personality of Stephen Bannon. He personifies the very mammonism and profane, hedonistic materialism with its base values which Evola opposed. Whereas Evola advocated revolting against the modern world on multiple fronts (spiritually, metaphysically, culturally), Bannon revels in a modern world structured in such a way as has allowed him to profit and carve out his own sensational media niche. Under the truly revolutionary (or, more accurately, counter-revolutionary) banner of "cavalcare la tigre" (riding the tiger), Evola boldly rose above a world that had sunk to such decline and decadence. In stark contrast, Bannon is a former Goldman Sachs mergers and acquisitions banker who then profited from purveying the decadence of Hollywood via his work as an entertainment banker.




Despite the hysterical alarm certain media outlets have sounded about Bannon, he has little actual power in the White House as the cycle of the last several months has revealed time and time again, as people Bannon opposed were hired and those he liked were either forced out or marginalized. The truth is that Bannon is a naive fool who thought he could manipulate Trump as his own "blunt instrument", but ended up being duped himself by the Kushner-Cohn-Mnuchin cabal which does actually call the shots. He attempted to play the Svengali but ended up becoming the court-jester. This is the danger of ego: It can either cause you to be manipulated by anyone willing to stroke it, or you develop such a high opinion of your own chess moves that you end up being outplayed.

This is because Bannon worships the illusion of "power" for power's own sake, with no actual Traditionalist underpinning. How could he when he made an entire career out of usury and Hollywood filth?! Cognizant of the circles he previously hobnobbed in, his first interview after Trump won the election was to The Hollywood Reporter. "Darkness is good: Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan," Bannon told the tabloid. "That's power. It only helps us when they get it wrong. When they're blind to who we are and what we're doing."




My contention is thus that Bannon has cited many philosophical sources as part of an illusionary mish-mash with no ideological or political consistency whatsoever. He projects his nihilistic worship of "power" onto various thinkers and figures who challenged authorities in some way. This warped motive of his will be examined later in the section about Bannon and Leninism. In any case, I'd suspect that Bannon read certain general criticisms Evola made against modern civilization but that he failed to comprehend the Italian's context. Certainly, Bannon is completely at odds with Evola in his worship of political power (so long as his friend Trump is at the helm), elevation of Mammonism, and blind support for even the worst qualities of Western "civilization" (the last stage of decline, as opposed to actual Tradition and organic culture).




Bannon's Profane Capitalism

Underlying the profane economic basis of his ideology, Bannon gave a speech from Los Angeles via Skype, to the conference of the Human Dignity Institute in the Vatican in July 2014. Keep in mind that Bannon identifies spiritually as a Traditionalist Catholic (perhaps why media sensationalists link him to the broader philosophy of Traditionalism, which has nothing to do with the Catholic movement), but attacks the very foundations of Catholic faith when he continues to live off and has never repudiated the profits he made from usury and Hollywood decadence. Quite the contrary, he still idolizes Mammon in his various statements and actions. He sees the generation of wealth as the central feature of the Capitalism which he extols:




"The underlying principle is an enlightened form of capitalism, that capitalism really gave us the wherewithal. It kind of organized and built the materials needed to support, whether it’s the Soviet Union, England, the United States, and eventually to take back continental Europe and to beat back a barbaric empire in the Far East. That capitalism really generated tremendous wealth. And that wealth was really distributed among a middle class, a rising middle class, people who come from really working-class environments and created what we really call a Pax Americana. It was many, many years and decades of peace. And I believe we’ve come partly off-track in the years since the fall of the Soviet Union and we’re starting now in the 21st century, which I believe, strongly, is a crisis both of our church, a crisis of our faith, a crisis of the West, a crisis of capitalism."




It's significant that Bannon conflated Western liberal capitalism with Soviet communism, as the idea of usury and a central bank certainly unites both sides of the Marxist-Capitalist dialectic. Is this the "enlightened form of capitalism" he extols? It's a superficial view that only looks at the exteriors of conflict but not the roots of conflict. Without digressing, I'll just state that anyone who wants to know the true roots of conflict needs to research the central role of international financiers. Their "power" rests on the perpetuation of debt worldwide, propping up an internally decaying system in an artificial quest for more "wealth". Profit for the few - debt for the masses. Because its for no higher purpose or social utility, this becomes an endless, futile search for more "wealth" - and perpetual debt calls inevitably for perpetual warfare.

One should not be fooled when Bannon claims to speak for either the middle-class or working-class, despite his own working-class background. He knows full well that any wealth distribution for those classes is built upon debt: they have to continuously borrow just to get by, while they're constantly inundated with consumerist advertising - a manufacture of needs - designed to perpetually prop up the system Bannon extols. He bought into a cruel nightmare of an "American dream" which has led to the social and economic problems currently wrecking havoc in our communities. In an illusionary elevation of wealth for wealth's sake, Bannon earned a minor place at the table of his Goldman Sachs bosses - being thrown enough left-over scraps to now make him bow down before Mammon.




Bannon's "traditionalist Catholicism" is a fraud, because Jesus and the Church fathers resolutely condemned usury in all its forms, and an entire tradition of social justice (not Marxist social-engineering under the guise of "social justice") exists within Catholicism. Although I come from a Catholic background, I am not now a Catholic but still deeply respect the tradition enough to expose Bannon as yet another superficial mammonite who twists and exploits religion to serve a profane economic or political agenda. Thus, I defer to the great Revisionist historian Michael A. Hoffman II, a practicing and professing Catholic who has done much work about the early Church fathers' opposition to usury and the modern efforts of Ayn Rand and Ludwig von Mises adherents within the Church to completely overturn any vestiges of that rich tradition.




The "Judeo-Christian" Myth

In his 2014 speech, Bannon refers to "the Judeo-Christian West" as being in a "crisis." This is because of "a form of capitalism that is taken away from the underlying spiritual and moral foundations of Christianity and, really, Judeo-Christian belief." Pointing out two distinct strands of capitalism as the "crony" and the "libertarian" variety, he then refers to his own belief in a third, "the 'enlightened capitalism' of the Judeo-Christian West." This is all in keeping with his staunch Zionism, as I documented in an article after last year's election. Perhaps Bannon thinks repetition can make even the biggest lie true, but nothing changes the fact that invoking a shared "Judeo-Christian" West/civilization/belief is a myth.

Harold Bloom, Jewish-American literary critic, said in an interview: "It is absurd to talk about a Judeo-Christian tradition. I say this in spite of the political good that this does for the State of Israel or the remnant of Jewry. Nevertheless, it is an absurd fiction. There is no Judeo-Christian tradition." (Michael Kress, "A Year-End Chat with Harold Bloom," JBooks.com, 2009)

The French-Swiss Jewish scholar and Zionist activist, Josué Jéhouda, wrote in 1958: "The current expression 'Judaeo-Christian' is an error which has altered the course of universal history by the confusion it has sown in men's minds, if by it one is meant to understand the Jewish origin of Christianity....If the term 'Judaeo-Christian' does point to a common origin, there is no doubt that it is a most dangerous idea. It is based on a 'contradictio in abjecto' which has set the path of history on the wrong track. It links in one breath two ideas which are completely irreconcilable, it seeks to demonstrate that there is no difference between day and night or hot and cold or black and white, and thus introduces a fatal element of confusion to a basis on which some, nevertheless, are endeavoring to construct a civilization." (Josué Jéhouda, L'antisémitisme, miroir du monde, Geneva: Éditions Synthesis, 1958)

Stressing the Talmudic nature of Judaism as entirely at odds with Christianity, the Talmudic scholar Jacob Neusner writes emphatically that "...there is not now and there has never been a dialogue between the religions, Judaism and Christianity." He then firmly writes (contrary to Bannon and countless other legions of Gentile Zionists): "Theologically and historically, there is no such thing as the Judeo-Christian tradition. It's a secular myth favored by people who are not really believers themselves." (Jacob Neusner, Jews and Christians: The Myth of a Common Tradition, Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2003)




Bannon's Connections with Zionists 

Bannon has called himself an "economic nationalist". This is construed in the liberal media outlets as being a "white nationalist", further given the eternal slander words "fascist" or "neo-Nazi." They obscure the truth of the ardently pro-Jewish - not just pro-Zionist - Bannon. The dialectic is set up in such a way that if you criticize one side, it has to be on the same grounds as the other dialectic's narrative. My approach is to firmly oppose both dialectics by rejecting disinformation on both sides, in light of consistent principles. To put it bluntly, both narratives are controlled by the Zionists, who want to control the entire discourse so that the followers of each dialectic will only attack the others based on a false, controlled narrative.

Although his 2014 speech (the main focus of this article) didn't mention Israel, Bannon has really cut his teeth with his slavishly pro-Israel activism. One of his close associates was Ari Davis, the late founder and president of the American Freedom Alliance, who was a staunch Zionist with dual citizenship in Israel. As with many of these other characters, the ideological loudmouths (such as Davis) are fronting an organization with deep pockets - and those pockets were kept filled by the Zionists Aubrey and Joyce Chernick, whose Fairbrook Foundation funded American Freedom Alliance to the tune of $120,000 according to their Foundation's 2008 IRS 990 Report. The Chernicks also fund a host of Zionist and Neocon groups: the Zionist Organization of America, MEMRI, American Jewish Congress, Anti-Defamation League, JihadWatch, and Aish HaTorah. Bannon himself is merely the over-inflated sugar-baby of the powerful Mercer family, which funds Breitbart and Cambridge Analytica (CA); keep the CA in mind with some themes discussed later in this article.

In any case, I document Bannon's myriad of links with Zionist donors and even Israel, here: "Zio-media pushes false narrative about Bannon."   




Bannon's Links to European Faux-Nationalists

Bannon has praised and even cultivated links with a number of faux-nationalist movements throughout Europe, most notably Nigel Farage's UKIP and Marine Le Pen's Front National. "Bannon's a political entrepreneur and a remarkable bloke," gushed Farage to Vanity Fair. "Without the supportive voice of Breitbart London, I'm not sure we would have had a Brexit." He could just as well have thanked the Mercers' Cambridge Analytica (CA), a company specializing in data mining and data analysis with strategic communication for the electoral process. CA was instrumental in the Brexit referendum.

I am not expressing an opinion one way or another about Brexit. I support an organic, regionally-strong, decentralized Europe of a hundred flags rather than a bureaucratic super-state managed by a bureaucratic elite and Globalist-Zionist financiers and political pressure groups. But I have my suspicions about the financial forces behind, and the timing for the sudden push for countries to leave the European Union. Not surprising given his connections to such anti-EU figures as Farage and Le Pen, Bannon used his influence in the White House to subvert U.S. foreign policy in favor of his faux-nationalist friends. "When he got to the White House, he also leveraged U.S. trade policy to strengthen opponents of the E.U."

Bannon has praised Marine Le Pen's niece, Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, as "the new rising star" who is both "practically French medieval" (does Bannon even comprehend the higher values of the medieval period?) and predicted "She's the future of France". Ever the Francophile, Bannon has cited French nationalist icon Charles Maurras as a philosophical inspiration and approvingly quoted Maurras to a French diplomat. Maurras was fanatically Germanophobic and his modern-day disciple, Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, denounces the "forced march towards a German federal Europe".




This is the same false narrative that is promoted by even many far-left and Marxist groups around Europe, and I'm not surprised that Le Pen would also engage in such disinformation given shared links various far-left and far-right movements in Europe have with Israel and the Kremlin. Germany itself is blamed for the crimes and machinations of the European Union. This is despite the fact that Germany is an occupied country, kept down by an imposed system of shame-guilt, milked annually by billions in "reparations" to Israel and worldwide Jewish organizations, led by traitors such as Merkel who have forced mass-immigration upon the nation despite the wishes of the majority, and whose taxpayers bear the burdens of propping up the EU.

I am descended from an area of Deutschland (Schwaben) that was frequently invaded by French imperialist forces, most recently in 1945. Our city, Stuttgart, suffered atrocities at their hands. Yet, I don't blame the common French people and I support peace. But Le Pen wants to cling to an outdated phony "nationalist" vision that's more tied to powerful financial forces than an organic France. Whose agenda is actually being served by a false narrative that puts all the blame on a humiliated and subjugated Germany, rather than the Zionist-Globalist elites that actually control the EU? I discussed this issue in a May 2015 article about the Greek financial crisis, whose political observations are outdated and I've long since repudiated but nevertheless still agree with the points about Germany.




Leninist Comrade Bannon

By now, it should be clear Bannon holds to the anti-Traditionalist and thoroughly modernist/liberal position of destruction for its own sake. Yet the media overlooks these facts and desperately seeks to link him with an Evola whose philosophy is consistently at odds with him. At a book party held in Bannon's Capitol Hill townhouse on 12 November 2013, Bannon told former Marxist-turned-Conservative Ronald Radosh that "I'm a Leninist". Taken aback, Radosh asked what he meant and Bannon replied without any hesitation: "Lenin wanted to destroy the state, and that's my goal too. I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today's establishment." Bannon was employing Lenin's strategy for Tea Party populist goals against the entire Republican Party establishment and the conservative press. I oppose this establishment and press, too - but likewise know that he's merely a new face to the very same agenda.

The Israeli-Russian Connection to Faux-Nationalists of Europe

The whole lot of these personalities - Bannon, Farage, Le Pen, Wilders, etc. - are faux-nationalists, because they have sold out to two foreign powers: Israel and Russia. They are pawns in a broader geopolitical game to destabilize the West in a dialectical controlled chaos where both them and their opposition are maneuvered by the same forces. Their readiness to abandon even core principles, seen for example in Marine Le Pen's recent announcement that Front National would abandon the push for leaving the Euro currency after their electoral defeat, is indicative of an occultic will for attaining power above any other principle. If the Euro is wrecking the destruction upon France which her party and her has been stating for so long, and if that is indeed their conviction, why abandon it so readily just for political expediency? At the least, this indicates playing politics and clearly attests to the dirty game that is politics, where people adopt whatever "principles" will get them elected. 




Upon succeeding her father Jean-Marie as head of Front National, Marine Le Pen expelled him from the party he founded; his past statements about Jews, Israel and Holocaust Dogma were no longer "respectable" to the new links of the party. In 2014, she was bought off with a multi-million dollar loan from a Kremlin-linked Russian bank, which coincided with her involvement in a Russian-sponsored "observer" delegation sent to legitimize the very Crimean referendum (under the watchful guns of Russian tanks and soldiers) that Putin himself later admitted was window-dressing for an annexation he planned before the "green men" casus belli.

This dirty game of politics - shilling for foreign leaders, seeking money, rubber-stamping and legitimizing corrupted elections - has nothing to do with any Evolian Traditionalist understanding, despite the media's attempts to conflate them. Dialectical rigidity is so entrenched that some may assert my criticism of these faux-"nationalist" parties are anyhow endorsement of their opposites - the liberal or conservative parties of the Establishment. This is not an endorsement in any way, shape or form of, for example, Emmanuel Macron, the French President who came out of nowhere onto the political scene (à la Bilderberg) after working for the Rothschilds, and who has vowed to continue the bankers' wars through French interventionism. My contention is that the elites can just as well use openly Globalist tools as they can - and do - phony nationalists.


Marion's Mossad agent father


Not one to let her aunt have all the fun, Marion Maréchal-Le Pen made her own political pilgrimage to Russia when she took part in a forum organized by the Duma in Moscow in December 2012. She discovered in 2013 that her biological father was French journalist Roger Auque, who revealed in his autobiography posthumously in 2015 that he had been a long-active Mossad agent from his time in Lebanon in the 1980s. Another member of the broad pro-Putin coalition is Geert Wilders, another Bannon ally who also exhibits these convergences of staunch Zionism, pro-Kremlin activism, and a sudden agitation to leave the EU. The Dutch daily De Volkskrant reported that Dutch General Intelligence and Security Service (AVID) agents investigated him between 2009 and 2010 due to "the possibility that Geert Wilders is influenced by Israeli factors". The report was concerned after he visited Israel in 2008, meeting with "Gen. Amos Gilad in his office in the main military headquarters in Tel Aviv, and regularly attended meetings with Israel's ambassador to Holland at the time."




Bannon's Russian Connection

One of the forms of capitalism Bannon discussed in his 2014 speech is what he termed Russian state-capitalism. Although he viewed this as inferior to his own "enlightened capitalism," he was quick to call for an alliance with Putin: "We, the Judeo-Christian West, really have to look at what he's talking about as far as Traditionalism goes - particularly the sense of where it supports the underpinnings of nationalism - and I happen to think that the individual sovereignty of a country is a good thing and a strong thing. I think strong countries and strong nationalist movements in countries make strong neighbors, and that is really the building blocks that built Western Europe and the United States, and I think it’s what can see us forward. You know, Putin’s been quite an interesting character. He’s also very, very, very intelligent."

One should see right through the hallowed praise of sovereignty coming from a faithful steward of Israel, just as one can see his warped sense of "Traditionalism" is not Evolian in any sense. Politics has always been filled with charlatans who pretend to speak passionately for what they despise in their heart - and by their actions. There could just as well be financial motives, such as the Mercers' company Cambridge Analytica - of which Bannon is a board member - being implicated in efforts to coordinate Russian propaganda in the United States using its micro-targeting capabilities. Bannon has praised Alexander Dugin, ideological leader of the Russian Eurasianist movement who publicly welcomed Trump's election victory. The self-proclaimed Leninist Bannon "is a believer in what is called Duginism", as noted by one analyst.




In an interview with Mother Jones, Bannon boasted that Breitbart is "the platform of the alt-right." One of the leaders of the Alt-Right is Richard Spencer, who was elated when the arch-Zionist, former Goldman Sachs and Hollywood banker Bannon was appointed to the White House. This is the same Spencer who floated the idea of an alliance with Likudist-Kahanist Zionists and whose Russian-born wife, Nina Kouprianova, is a staunch Russian propagandist who translates Dugin's books into English and appears regularly on the Kremlin-funded network, Russia Today (named after a 1967 issue of Look Magazine that celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution with the most myopic pro-Soviet propaganda). In an interview with Dugin's Katehon think-tank, Spencer defined the Alt-Right as "the fourth political theory", using Dugin's own name for Eurasianism.




Eurasianism: A (((Zionist))) Russian Imperialist Movement Against the West

A man is known by the company he keeps, and when we look into Dugin's connections, we see a host of figures spanning both the far-right and the far-left. Knowing how the elites use dialectics, we should be suspicious of a Svengali with an apparent endless source of funding and interlocking network of websites, think-tanks and NGOs who can so effortlessly united such disparate groups into a common geopolitical vision that ultimately serves the oligarchic interests behind the Kremlin. The same pattern of converging interests occurs again, no matter what angle we examine.

One of the most notable links is Avigdor Eskin, a Russian-born Israeli who is a staunch Kahanist and has cultivated his own links to far-right movements in Europe and South Africa. A close friend of Dugin whom he often consults with in Moscow, Eskin has used his links with ten U.S. congressmen and the Israeli Knesset to lobby support for Russian aims in Ukraine. Alt-Right websites publish glowing interviews of this fanatical Zionist. Eskin participated in a Cabbalistic ceremony called a "pulsa dinura," in which a "death curse" was invoked against Yitzhak Rabin. The Cabbala has been praised by Dugin, who presented it as a "traditionalist" link binding Judaism and Russian Orthodoxy. This is in keeping with Eskin's own appearance on Russian State TV, "praising both Jews and Russians as the true spiritual and messianic people - the audience responded with a standing ovation".


Dugin and Eskin


Dugin in His Own Words

Why have I included Dugin in this discussion? That he has been cited by Bannon as an inspiration is one thing, but a more alarming trend is the length to which he has been idolized in Traditionalist and other alternative meta-political movements. For all his talks about a multipolar world, he merely wants to replace the "unipolar world" of American power with a Russian-dominated Eurasian union with the strength and power to steamroll over all opponents. Traditionalists who speak against Western cultural or racial supremacists, should likewise be consistent and oppose this Russian supremacist who subverts and perverts true Traditionalism.




Dugin presented his vision of a Russian Manifest Destiny in his Foundations of Geopolitics: The Geopolitical Future of Russia (1997), approvingly quoted on a Duginist website. Its proposals have never been repudiated by Dugin or his followers, so clearly they are part and parcel of Eurasianism. The cornerstone of Dugin's ideology is a geopolitical alliance against the  unipolar world of American power. He proposes his Russocentric "Eurasianism" against American "Atlanticism." But does Dugin only advocate a "multipolar world" as a strategic weapon until after the decline of America, Russia can lead a new unipolar world? What follows are direct citations from his own book....

Dugin admits that his opposition to U.S. global power is not principled, but to merely replace it with Russia. "The battle for the world rule of Russians has not ended"(213). This is because the Russians are "the bearers of a unique civilization," a messianic people who possess "universal, pan-human significance"(189). Remember his friend Eskin's words about the Jews and Russians both being special "messianic" peoples, as well as Dugin's own praise of the messianism of Cabbalism. What are his anti-liberal credentials when he proclaims his own utopian vision? Its a perverse hypocrisy when he asserts relative truth to Western audiences to justify what he terms as "our special Russian truth", while elevating the "universal, pan-human" qualities of Russians, to a Russian audience.




Eurasianism is not a defensive posture of Russian identity within its own borders. "A repudiation of the empire-building function would signify the end of the Russian people as a historical reality, as a civilizational phenomenon. Such a repudiation would be tantamount to national suicide"(197). If not for an empire ruling over other peoples, the Russians would "disappear as a nation"(251). Eurasia should be reconstituted as a great "supra-national empire" wherein ethnic Russians would naturally occupy "a privileged position"(251-252), indeed "the central role"(253) based on the model of the Soviet Union whose loss he has repeatedly lamented.

Thus, Dugin calls for the annexation of Finland into "Murmansk oblast"(371-372), that Belarus is "part of Russia"(377), Moldova "the Russian South"(343), and Ukraine "has no particular cultural import or universal significance, no geographic uniqueness, no ethnic exclusiveness"(377), so that "without resolving the Ukrainian problem, it is in general senseless to speak about continental politics"(348). His words against Ukrainians, even denying their very existence as a distinct people or culture, parallels Zionist talking-points against the Palestinians. And what about the rest of Europe in this Eurasian Empire? "The maximum task is the 'Finlandization' of all of Europe"(369).




Western 'Postmodernity" as Ally of Russian "Traditionalism"?

He expanded on these geopolitical topics and even gave an apparent critique of Western liberalism, in The Fourth Political Theory (2012). But read between the lines and its very clear he defends Russia and its empire from the standpoint of "Tradition," while criticizing the West from the perspective of postmodernism and even cultural Marxism. Not surprising given one who proclaimed himself a "National Bolshevik" and has sanitized the atrocities of Stalin, even now this alleged "Traditionalist" praises Karl Marx's ideas as "tremendously useful and applicable"(50). He welcomes the attacks of postmodernists and cultural Marxists upon Western societies "from all directions, from the political (the events of 1968), to the cultural, philosophical, artistic, the very presentation of man, reason, science, and reality"(132). Keep in mind the similar context in which Bannon called himself Leninist.

Despite the idealization of a "traditionalist" Russia by European faux-"nationalists" and American Alt-Righters, Dugin's critique of liberalism is actually masking his intrinsic critique of Western history and cultures. "In order to adequately understand the essence of liberalism, we must recognize that it is not accidental, that its appearance in the political and economic ideologies is based on fundamental processes, proceeding in all Western civilization. Liberalism is not only a part of that history, but its purest and most refined expression, its result"(140). Its the West itself that carries "all the signs of intellectual racism, apartheid, and other totalitarian prejudices"(133).

These various forces - Bannon, the American Alt-Right, European phony nationalist parties, and the various Putin and Dugin cultists, from across the far-left and far-right - are being utilized by the elites to set up a new dialectic that would further entrench Globalism under the clever disguise of anti-Globalism and Traditionalism. We should always remain consistent and see beyond anything that would subordinate or claim these values are to be carried by a political party or ideology. - SJ




ADDENDUM

https://crazyradiotalk.wordpress.com/2017/07/19/does-bannon-accurately-reflect-the-views-of-guenon-and-evola/

Does Bannon accurately reflect the views of Guenon and Evola?
by Alexander Morse
July 19, 2017

.... However, having said that it’s important to note, as I have said multiple times before, that if Guenon was alive today, he would have nothing but contempt for Bannon. If Evola would slap Bannon into next week, Guenon would blast him into eternity. This article already does a satisfactory job explaining their differences. However, I do need to add something important.

Guenon in his early career believed it to be possible to bring about a “restoration” in the west. However, after he settled in Egypt, until he died in 1951, he rejected the possibility of resurrecting any “traditional” civilization, and openly denounced fascism on more than one occasion. He also adamantly rejected nationalism, civil or racial, in all of its forms, and specifically likened it, together with Capitalism, Communism, Freudianism, Theosophy, Spiritism, Religious fundamentalism, and environmental destruction as symptoms of modern decadence.

On the subject of environmental destruction, Trump’s denial of the science of global warming, his support for the keystone pipeline, and all of his other fronts in the war on life itself are at the polar opposite of what Guenon and Evola advocated, as they both saw respecting the environment as an important feature of traditional civilization. Seyyed Hossein Nasr, professor at George Washington University has written on this subject in detail and his lectures are available for public view on youtube.

In regards to Evola, I have stated before and will state again, that Evola would not support Trump or Bannon, in any way shape or form. For Trump represents the very decadence that Evola disdained, A manifestation of Capitalism and Populism, specifically the two things Guenon and Evola disdained most about American culture. Evola, contrary to Bannon, was also an ardent Islamophile, writing extensively in his magnum opus Revolt against the Modern World:

“Islam, which originated among the Semitic races also consisted of the Law and Tradition, regarded as a formative force, to which the Arab stocks of the origins provided a purer and nobler human material that was shaped by a warrior spirit. The Islamic law (shariah) is a divine law; its foundation, the Koran, is thought of as God’s very own word (kalam Allah) as well as a nonhuman work and an “uncreated book” that exists in heaven ab eterno. Although Islam considers itself the “religion of Abraham” it is nevertheless true that (a) it claimed independence from both Judaism and Christianity; (b) the Kaaba, with its symbolism of the center, is a pre-Islamic location and has even older origins that cannot be dated accurately; (c) in the esoteric Islam tradition, the main reference point is al-Khadir, a popular figure conceived as superior to an pre-dating the biblical prophets (Koran 18:59-81). In early Islam the only form of asceticism was action, that is, jihad, or “holy war”; this type of war, at least theoretically, should never be interrupted until the full consolidation of the divine Law has been achieved. Finally, Islam presents a traditional completeness, since the shariah and the sunna, that is, the exoteric law and tradition, have their complement not in vague mysticism, but in full-fledged initiatory organizations (turuq) that are categorized by an esoteric teaching (tawil) and by the metaphysical doctrine of the Supreme Identity (tawhid). In these organizations, and in general in the shia, the recurrent notions of the masum, of the double perogative of the isma (doctrinal infallibility), and of the impossibility of being stained by any sin (which is the perogative of the leaders, the visible and invisible Imams and the mujtahid), lead back to the line of an unbroken race shaped by a tradition at a higher level than both Judaism and the religious beliefs that conquered the West.”

However, more specifically, what Evola despised most about Americanism is the notion of a “Self-made man” Which Evola found to be the opposite of true traditional civilization. I think anyone can infer what Evola would say to Trump, given his following paragraph on American decadence.

“in a society which has lost all sense of tradition the notion of personal aggrandisement will extend into every aspect of human existence, reinforcing the egalitarian doctrine of pure democracy. If the basis of such ideas is accepted, then all natural diversity has to be abandoned. Each person can presume to possess the potential of everyone else and the terms ‘superior’ and ‘inferior’ lose their meaning; every notion of distance and respect loses meaning; all life-styles are open to all. To all organic conceptions of life Americans oppose a mechanistic conception. In a society which has ‘started from scratch’, everything has the characteristic of being fabricated. In American society appearances are masks not faces. At the same time, proponents of the American way of life are hostile to personality.”

Trump represents the very “self-made man” that Evola blasts in his paragraph. No, Evola and Guenon were not right about everything, however, there is still a lot of timeless wisdom in their works, especially for those interested in philosophy, theology, and the history of religions. However, if for nothing else for the sake of intellectual honesty, Bannon and Trump should not be seen as their byproduct.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

En las huellas del Hidalgo: Travels in the Path of Cervantes

En las huellas del Hidalgo: Travels in the Path of Cervantes

by Sean Jobst
19 July 2017
 
One of the most rewarding parts of travelling is making the history of a place "come alive". Stories and accounts read about the past are made all the more relevant, and so too the historical personalities associated with a specific area. As mentioned in a previous blog entry, I recently visited Spain. A leading interest of mine was to trace the footsteps of the great Castilian novelist and writer, Miguel de Cervantes, whose influence upon the Spanish language is such that its often been termed la lengua de Cervantes. I visited several important places associated with this great writer, so that his personality, works and legacy were made alive to me as an expression of la alma castellana.
 
 
 
 
 
This is the modest house in Alcalá de Henares where Miguel de Cervantes was born on 29 September 1547. However, he spent much of his childhood moving from town to town, given his father's work as a barber-surgeon. Nevertheless, this house was an important site for me to visit, on 18 June 2017. I even made some notable "friends" right outside this Museo Casa Natal de Cervantes, whom I met a year previously in Madrid....



 
 
 
 
Barely more than a week old, Cervantes was baptized in the Church of Santa María la Mayor, on 9 October 1547. The church is today at one end of the Plaza Cervantes in Alcalá de Henares, whose skyline is dominated by a statue of the great writer within sight of the church.
 
 
 

 

Alcalá de Henares continues to celebrate its renown as Cervantes birthplace, with many murals and street art featuring the novelist and my two "friends," the hidalgo Don Quixote and squire Sancho Panza from Castilla-La Mancha.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Venturing through some alleyways pass Plaza Mayor in Madrid, on 16 June 2017 I came across a yellow-brick building on Calle de la Villa, near the Plaza de la Cruz Verde. The current building dates back only to 1870, but the site was originally the Estudio de la Villa as was uncovered by the Spanish prose and travel writer, Ramón de Mesonero (1803-1882), whose explorations around his beloved city reinvigorated a madrileño public with a new passion for their history and literature. 
 
This is where a young Cervantes studied the craft of creative writing under the inspiration of his teacher, the great poet Juan López de Hoyos (1511–1583). This teacher made it his mission to instruct a new generation of budding writers in the humanities. Madrid was relatively new at this point, so the Estudio de la Villa was closely bound up with the cultural foundations of this great city. It also harkens back to my mind the great Guild structures of medieval Europa, with Hoyos being the "master" who instructed a whole generation of "apprentices" such as Cervantes, whose works would become "immortalized" even after their mortal deaths. Is it not fitting that a writer such as myself "found" this site by coincidence, much like Mesonero?
 
 
 
 




Although a prolific writer, Cervantes' most renown work came within the last decade of his life: Don Quixote. The first edition was published in 1605 by the printer Juan de la Cuesta. His shop still stands on Calle Atocha (87), now the headquarters of the Sociedad Cervantina. The neighborhood that grew around the print shop came to be known as Barrio de las Letras, due to the role of Cervantes and his contemporary, the great playwright and dramatist Lope de Vega. The Sociedad Cervantina building was under renovation during my venture into the Barrio on 20 June 2017.




 
On the aptly-named Calle Cervantes (2), I found the house Cervantes lived in prior to the nearby one where he died. In 1833, the proprietor wished to demolish the house to make room for a new one. Thus alerted, the vigilant literary-cultural hero Mesonero wrote a passionate article in Madrid's literary newspaper warning about the impending destruction. This attracted the attention of el Rey Fernando III, who acted after the demolition by ensuring that an alternative entrance was constructed on the side-street (Calle Francos) now named Cervantes.
 
 
 


 
Now, throughout this article it should be clear I'm not a biographer. But some mention should be made of another important aspect of his life. He joined the Spanish Navy, serving with great distinction in Lepanto and other battles against the Ottomans from 1571 to 1574. He refused to abandon the battle even when taken with fever, and kept fighting even after he lost the movement of his left hand. In this and other aspects, he embodied the later character of Don Quixote whom we may suspect was at least partly modeled on the author himself. This was indeed a common practice of the Renaissance works of Chivalry; he had pursued his own "quest" in the warm waters of the Aegean and Mediterranean, just as his characters pursued their "quest" on the plains of La Mancha. And in both cases, it was from the inner desire to make a mark upon history and an outer desire to serve the higher ideal of Castilla y España.
 
 
 
 
A most traumatic yet defining period of Cervantes' life occurred after his capture by Barbary pirates in 1575, which began his five-year sojourn as a slave in Algiers. This is a very dark period in history which has largely been covered up due to European self-guilt and Political Correctness, but over a million white Europeans - including a very large number of Spaniards, such that large areas of the Spanish coast remained depopulated over the next few centuries - were simply snatched up in coastal raids or at sea (like Cervantes), and taken as slaves by the Barbary states of North Africa. Ever possessive of the will to survive, Cervantes attempted escape four times. He remained resilient throughout his enslavement, until he was finally ransomed by his parents and the clerical order of the Trinitarians. This experience inspired his two plays and the "Captive's tale" in Don Quixote.
 
Ever the hidalgo, with that deep Castilian self-pride and chivalrous upholding of higher, more noble values, Cervantes used the experience not to feel like the victim but rather to compel him to new heights in his writings - and its indeed no accident nearly all his works came afterwards. These values are not indicative of rank, for he was and remained a man of humble means. As is common with many writers, he struggled with the ability to make a living from his words, so that he often had to take various jobs in accounting.
 
Although best known for his fictional characters upon whom he projected his own wit, Cervantes was a philosopher with many thoughts on life, love and ethics. Some have even pointed out his observations about government that could be viewed as proto-Anarchic. He had a certain detachment from the elites, both due to his own humble background and his concern with certain higher ideals that he viewed as quickly in decline during his time. His aphorisms and observations are straightforward, indicative of a man who was unwilling to degrade himself by flattering the elites for cheap favors. Those would never appeal to his humility and detachment, in any case. 
 
 

 




Cervantes knew how to appreciate life and those who had enriched or impacted it in some way. Under his own advice that "La ingratitud es la hija de la soberbia" (Ingratitude is the daughter of pride), Cervantes was so grateful to the Trinitarian order that had rescued him from slavery that he issued express wishes that upon his death, he lay to rest in their convent. So it was that upon his death on 22 April 1616, he was buried in the Convento de las Monjas Trintarias (Calle Lope de Vega, 18). Unfortunately, when I visited this Convent of the Barefoot Trinitarians, on 20 June 2017, it was closed for repair work. Reburied elsewhere in 1673, his remains could have been lost to history if not for the advances of forensic archaeology, so that they were rediscovered in 2015 and thereafter re-buried in the Convent. How fitting that even after his death, interesting stories still abound around his life, his character - even his remains.
 
 
 


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