See, now we move on to 5,001.
Here’s a little reading material if you’re interested.
I may return with another (real) column later this week. Or, next week. Etc.
Another liberal laments the passing of liberalism. Read the whole thing.
If you are an intelligent and thoughtful young American, you cannot be a progressive public intellectual today, any more than you can be a cavalry officer or a silent movie star. That’s because, in the third decade of the 21st century, intellectual life on the American center left is dead. Debate has been replaced by compulsory assent and ideas have been replaced by slogans that can be recited but not questioned: Black Lives Matter, Green Transition, Trans Women Are Women, 1619, Defund the Police. The space to the left-of-center that was once filled with magazines and organizations devoted to what Diana Trilling called the “life of significant contention” is now filled by the ritualized gobbledygook of foundation-funded, single-issue nonprofits like a pond choked by weeds. Having crowded out dissent and debate, the nonprofit industrial complex—Progressivism Inc.—taints the Democratic Party by association with its bizarre obsessions and contributes to Democratic electoral defeats, like the one that appears to be imminent this fall.
Take the “progressive” out and this is a universal truth in modern Amerika. There’s a very good reason why the neocons look just like the neolibs and the fake right looks just like the fake left. Hint: they are all satanists and whatever else one calls them doesn’t matter.
*This week, a break from WW3 and the usual madness. Herein, I smash up a little religious and literary misconception.
My titular opinion comes in response both to old rumors I’ve heard as well as more recent suggestions in line with the old rumors that, contrary to my position, the Dwarves are Jewish. The counterpoints are based on artificially-narrow stereotyping and, in my estimation, a lack of understanding of concepts both Biblical and those related to Professor Tolkien’s whole legend and mythology.
The following presupposes that the reader has read The Holy Bible, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, The Book of Lost Tales, and more. Much more. R-E-A-D. I do not care what one saw in a Peter Jackson atrocity.
I also assume that the rumor spreaders conflate anything “Jewish” with “bad,” and that they make absolutely no differentiation between the classification and labeling of Karaim, Reform, Orthodox, Rabbinical, Talmudic, secular, Ashkenazi, Sephardic, atheist, Elect, Chosen, Jewish, Hebrew, Israelite, Judean, any other division, or any subdivision within any division. They probably know little to nothing about any of these divisions and do not care. They come off just a little monomaniacal: “the Jooooos is bad!”
Tolkien, by the way, did not suffer such misunderstandings, nor did he dislike “Jewish” people. To the latter point, see his 1938 response to Joseph Goebbels via Rutten & Loening, Berlin. Furthermore, Tolkien repeatedly asserted that his works were not a Christian allegory. They were deeply steeped in his own Christianity and Christian worldview and many a reader is tempted to gainsay the great author (but really, how smart is that?). It stands to reason that the works are similarly not allegorical in a Jewish sense either. Rather, many of his themes, many of his developed situations, and many of his created peoples were influenced by his ardent Catholicism. They were also influenced by this being English, a father, a genius, a poet, a soldier, etc. His Dwarves have the characteristics are various types of peoples, real, fictional, and mythological. With a few specific exceptions, most of which do lean allegorical, I do not think he intended any of his contrived races or beings to represent certain exactly-identifiable groups. The possible non-allegorical exception would be the subset of Men who, by default, were destined to become the fictional, mythical predecessors of the English People.
The truth is, like Anglo-Saxons and all people, some Jews – however one defines the term – are bad and some are good. But, as the rumors address a monolithic Jewish People in the worst light possible, for the sake of argument, I will examine the allegedly Jewish People of Durin in accordance with the harshest interpretation of John 8:44 (NJB, 1985):
You [Jewish Dwarves] are from your father, the devil, and you prefer to do what your father wants. He was a murderer from the start; he was never grounded in the truth; there is no truth in him at all. When he lies he is speaking true to his nature, because he is a liar, and the father of lies.
I’ll leave aside that, in keeping with the monomania, the gossipers would not read that passage in pari materia. Not a lot of reading, period.
The slanders, against good Jews and good Dwarves, derive from the assertions that the Dwarves are: 1) a wandering people, and 2) in love gold and jewels.
Without going any further, both of these libels describe the Dwarves … and, to one degree or another, just about all the other races of Arda. The Valar themselves wandered down to earth at the beginning of time. Dwarves, Elves, Men, Hobbits, Orcs, the Istari, and the Ents roamed far and wide at various intervals for various reasons. We’re reliably informed that one Elf is still wandering around the world’s coastlines, mumbling to himself, to this very day! Dwarves did value gold and other precious things. So did many Elves and Men. This trait was shared by even some of the Valar and Ainur. Elves, Men, a few of the Angelic beings, and even a few Hobbits went murderously insane at times over trivial things like, say, rings, necklaces, and artificial stones. Much like our real people, these literary creations all had their bad (or misguided) apples.
There are other negative attributes that could also be falsely, solely applied to the would-be-Jewish Dwarves. Assuming they are Thirteenth Tribe, Kazarian, satanic, fake Jews – that’s how the gossipers think of them, even as most gossipers are probably unable to define those necessary terms – then shouldn’t there be other evidence of more “nation-wrecking” behavior among Dwarves? There is, here and there, but none of it is exclusive to the Dwarves. In fact, it’s arguable that the Dwarves were far less given to subversion, inversion, theft, murder, lying, and malicious conquest than Men or Elves.
Back to the Dwarves, exclusively, as the children of the devil: Christopher Tolkien tells us in no uncertain terms that originally the Dwarves were “always portrayed as an evil people.” Lost Tales, Ch. 10, “Gilfanon’s Tale…” That was the original sketch. Originally. Things changed; the same page (236 of 1st American HMC Ed. (1984)) that relates the original evil of the Dwarves also speaks of “evil fays” and “ogres.” How many fays and ogres made it into the final narrative publications?
And, most importantly for the Gospel of John analysis, who is the Dwarves father? Is he Melkor / Morgoth, the cautiously-analogized Lucifer character of the Legendarium? No. Movie-goers will be mystified by this revelation, but the Dwarves were literally carved and hammered into existence by Aule, the Vulcan / Hephaestus figure of the Valar (Tolkien’s gods or Angelics). Their spontaneous creation was a technical violation of the established natural law but, because Aule’s reasons were innocent, Eru Iluvtar (“God”) not only allowed their continued existence but blessed their being (subject to a certain timing). See: Silmarillion, Ch. 2, “Of Aule and Yavanna”, 43-45, 1st American HMC Ed. (1977).
The Dwarves were created by a good guy and sanctified by THE good guy. And, while they were at times the subject of suspicion and curses, nobody ever de-sanctified or super-bedeviled the Dwarves. While those Dwarves given the Seven Rings did succumb to partly ruinous gold lust, the hard, fair, and decent nature of the Dwarves thwarted Sauron’s ultimate gifting goals: he found Dwarves ultimately indomitable and spiritually incorruptible. Durin’s folk were also fanatically loyal to their friends even if the friends were not Dwarves.
In summary, shining the harshest light possible on the Dwarves, as suggested by those who understand neither the light, the Dwarves, nor the Jews, it is patently and literarily obvious that Dwarves are not stereotypical, bad “Jews.” Certainly, some Dwarves held both good and bad characteristics. It is possible that some Dwarves could inadvertently represent good “Jews.” How to put this in plain terms? Not all who occasionally wander with gold are Shylocks?
Now, to stoke further learned discussion, I posit that it is possible (if unlikely) that there is a better divergent two-race fit in Tolkien’s world for the ancient “real” Jew v. more modern “fake” Jew conundrum. Lakeside under the stars or something. Go ask Orome, advised that he’ll probably say something against blanket universal judgments.
BONUS: Speaking of really, really modern and really, really, REALLY good Jews! To dispel an even dumber rumor! I understand that circular whispers about nothing are presently bandied about by nameless “sources,” so say the nameless “admins” of an essentially nameless entertainment news site, the popularity of which is known only to Google AI. Bullshit, I say! I know what and who is behind this wicked idiocy. It can’t even be a lie, because it simply does not exist. My sources, and my own eyes, know the truth. Gal and Jaron have never been stronger; they’ll still be together when Melko is finally undone and Maglor gives up the wandering.
Right now, at write(ing) time, it’s late afternoon on Wednesday, February 16th. I too eagerly await this imminent Russian invasion of Ukraine. Grim business, friends, grim. Oh, that was another hoax?! Well, fooooool me.
Hola, amigos! This one will be a little short because I am more than a little tired. In fact, as the title might suggest, I’ll leave most of the work to you – reading work.
Read this JOINT STATEMENT first. Russia and China have formed the backbone of the anti-Globalist Alliance and they are actively moving ahead with this century. This partly explains the panic, lies, and … more panic and lies about the seeming nothing that is the Ukrainian situation. It is a laughing, righteous response to decades of hatred and provocation from the globo-Zionist elites who have captured and practically destroyed the USSA and much of the West. In short, the same party did the same thing to Russia and they attempted another round with China. The Russians caught and expelled them; the Chinese adamantly rejected their advances from the start. All that gibbering and wailing from the fake administration, Langley, the talking screen on the wall, and the wicked masters behind it all reflect a deep, dark antipathy mixed with impotent desperation and quite a bit of the devil’s standby emotion, fear.
The good news – heck, the great news – is that other nations are also waking up and preparing to join the winning side. Make no mistake, the good guys are winning. Mainly because they’re fighting. That’s really all it takes after one or one’s nation wakes up. India, Iran, Argentina, and probably Brazil and Turkey are boarding the high-speed train of the prosperous, free, normal future. More will follow – to include, eventually, names like Japan, Korea(s), Iraq, Afghanistan, Mongolia, Ukraine (yes), Poland (yes), Hungary (yes), France (yes), Mexico (yes), and many more. One day, perhaps places called “New England,” “[Old] England,” the “CSA,” “California,” and “New Africa” may sign up. The coup d’état will be when or if they land a country called Israel (yes).
And, all that shit in Ukraine? It’s old. Very, very, very old. Same story, different century. What’s literally happening, which is most different from the pitiful, idiotic lies the TeeVee has told you, is the latest iteration of a sequence of events in progress since about the Eighth Century. To get a more accurate picture of what’s been going on, and what will likely continue for maybe a little while longer, please read “200 Years Together” by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.
The book, a longer but powerful read, briefly covers an additional 1,000 years of history which is mostly and conveniently set in and between … Russia and Ukraine. Oddly enough, that history also involves the same two ultimate parties. Then as now, it was a struggle between Christians (the Russians) and satanists. (And no, Cleetus, the Ukrainian people are not the satanists. Read the book). Which side would you like to see prevail? The one, former side’s victory is assured, so choose wisely.
This is not a full review. But it is a shorter column. So, get to reading. Here, a final parting thought: why I had to link to the unofficial samizdat edition of such a fine and thorough work. Solzhenitsyn wrote it in modern Russia and published it in 2001. Still, as of now, we have no English translation to purchase that I am aware of. (Russian edition HERE). That’s because of the massive censorship of ideas, from the outside, allowed into places like dead Amerika. Let that sink in. A man famous in the Western world because he wrote a banned book now has another book banned by the Western world. So, as you read this illicit version in your own personal ‘Murican Gulag, kindly note all of the similarities between what Russia experienced from roughly 1800 until 2000 with what the US has experienced since around 1900. Chapters one, seven, and twenty-five are genuine eye-openers.
Open your eyes. And read. And think.
More, next time; carry on.