Voltaire has famously said,
To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.
This quote has recently hit home with me more than it had previously. I recently came across some material which was critical of Jews. I found it thought provoking and in accord with other things I have read before. I then posted some of this material on Twitter and the reaction was not surprising. I was un-followed (there’s a continued slow trickle) and even blocked. Then later, I was called a ‘Nazi’ by someone who as of this writing inexplicably still follows me.
You see, if you use the word Jew in any critical way—if you criticize Jews—you will be branded as a Nazi, or an anti-Semite. It doesn’t matter what the context is, it will happen eventually. Jews are simply not allowed to be criticized. If you don’t believe me, try it for yourself. (But don’t do it at your job or you may find yourself fired.)
This is no joke.
I’ve criticized feminists (haven’t we all?), and other groups before. However, the kinds of things which come back at you from that are typically benign, so long as you don’t do so at work or in some other way which gets you fired.
Call me a misogynist? Fine, I can deal with that. At this point nobody takes that label all that seriously. But being called a Nazi? Or an anti-Semite? Generally, I don’t take being labeled one of those terribly seriously either, but let’s be honest: there are much darker implications to those labels than that of ‘misogynist’.
And, it doesn’t matter that I have also re-tweeted this:
Would a Nazi, anti-Muslim, anti-Jew, anti-Semite retweet and favorite that?
The knee-jerk reactions that I’ve noticed are automatic and devoid of rational thought.
In fact, this would all be amusing to me if it weren’t sad on such a fundamental level. People have been so successfully conditioned that, merely hearing the word ‘Jew’ in any kind of critical context causes them to shut down their rational thinking process. (Of course, not everyone is so weak-minded, but many are.)
What’s worse is that the people who will react and call you such names never think rationally enough to consider whether or not what your saying is a credible criticism. Retaliation and blame is the automatic neural pathway, much as it is when you call out feminists for their insanity.
So, for the record, for what it’s worth, I will point out the following:
I am not against Jews. I am not against Muslims. I am not against Semites. I am not a Nazi.
I am against hypocrisy. I am against tyranny. I am against abuses of power and privilege.
As an example of what I’m against,
is incompatible with this: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/11/27/national-menorah-illuminates-white-house-south-lawn/
I cannot think of a way to illustrate it more clearly than that.