Through a Glass Onion
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s GOP opponent is a dead-in-the-water weirdo 72-year-old white libertarian economics professor named Anthony Pappas (No Wikipedia page as of this writing). His main campaign issue involves his personal vendetta against divorce court judges. His message and persona hasn’t resonated well with the district’s 51% latino population. As of Summer 2018, he did not have a single endorsement.
Cheetahs have rough tongues that they use to strip the meat from the bones of their prey. If you let one lick your arm, you’ll start bleeding in less than a minute. I’m told it feels like being raked by small knives, or industrial-strength sandpaper.
“The Jews are nervous and inquisitive, the Orientals are sinister, the Italians are unsanitary.” In Jacob Rees’ landmark work, How The Other Half Lives (1890), the author conducts social research of the various slums and ethnic districts of New York City, often through the lens of the emerging social darwinism (racism) of the era. Still, it was relatively progressive by the standards of the time, drawing attention to the plight of poor people and immigrants, instead of pretending that they simply didn’t exist.
Mulberry Street, 1890. “Bandit’s Roost, 59 1/2” A hive of scum and villainy.
But they weren’t all happy days! By far, one of the most racist (or “problematic”, in ‘wokespeak’) parts is Chapter 10, “Jewtown.” Rees gets down and dirty (from afar) with the lower east side NYC tenement-dwelling Eastern Europeans Jews who lived 36 families deep in five-story buildings. Crumbling, horrid conditions sustained by slumlords in the good old “free market.” A neighborhood whose population density was over 330K/people per square mile (!). For perspective, the most squalid, densely populated part of Dickensian London at the time had a population density of 175K/people square mile. For perspective, Mumbai today has (diffused across the entire city) 73K/people per square mile and it’s one of the most densely populated cities on Earth.
Rees’ cognitive dissonance regarding Jews has many of the same characteristics of the broader anti-semitism to come in the 20th century. He pities and loathes the vast tidal wave of desperate Jews who came to America in abject poverty, but finds it distasteful how obsessed they seem to be with money and working. That is to say, he resents their efforts to improve their lot in the eyes of the Jacob Reeses of the world.
Of course, we know where this all leads: Jews assimilated perhaps too well. The obsession with success, the desire to make the most of the American dream, the tradition of education stemming from their own cultural tradition, and the widespread shunning of Jews by Whitey until the late 60s prompted them to create their own law firms and banks, businesses, movies, comedy, and comic book heroes. Jewish scientists pioneered our understanding of science, and one of the reasons that the Nazis lost the war is because they got a late start on the Atomic Bomb, which they originally derided “Jewish science.” Then today’s generation of American anti-semites came onto the scene and wondered where all these Jews came from, and what dark kaballah media magicks granted them such money and influence.
No longer useless, now they were all powerful. Controlling media, criminals, caravans, and even- retroactively- Nazi activity. Sometimes, it doesn’t pay to try.
Why is this relevant to bring up now? Hmmm. Could not say why!
Superman is a story of an extraordinary immigrant who Anglicanizes his name so as to better fit in with his new country/planet. He was created by two immigrants Jews whose parents escaped persecution in Europe, but this is entirely coincidental.
Seems like a good time to review Umberto Eco’s 1995 essay, Ur-Fascism!
Vote early, vote often! Vote illegally. Vote using the identities of the dead. Vote using people who have yet to be born. Bus in Illegals to vote. Bus in African-Americans who are legally allowed to vote, but are having their votes suppressed. Let Lizard People vote. Your pets should vote. The mounted deer head up in the lodge should vote. The ghost living in your mouth should vote. Your spirit animal should vote. Your daemon must vote. Your ancestors should vote. The Founders would demand that all of these conscious entities vote, unless they were black or if they were women. I’m not telling you who to vote for, just vote.
LOL, no but seriously, you have to vote Democratic down the line or we’re all going to die. Vote for them now and we can argue about moving the party further to the Left soon thereafter. If you’re planning a protest vote or staying at home to “send a message” then you haven’t learned anything from the past two years.