...But of these sophisms and elenchs of merchandise I skill not...
Milton, Areopagitica

Except he had found the
standing sea-rock that even this last
Temptation breaks on; quieter than death but lovelier; peace
that quiets the desire even of praising it.

Jeffers, Meditation On Saviors



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Evidently I've been banned from Crooked Timber. Or at least parts of it.
The irony of Cory Robin disemvowelling a different comment, as he did, on another thread, to the satisfaction of the pigs monitoring his excited championing of Steven Salaita's public disciplining, because I took Salaita's outrage two clicks further toward the truth, is likely unavailable to the wimps of academic progressive liberal whatever that shit is. Free speech, unless it bothers us.
Fuck Jews who have no courage. And don't give me that idiocy that Robin's doing anything even mildly valiant. He's protecting far more than he threatens. He's ultimately an athletic coward.

This comment is a response to the philo-Semitic wound-licking of the thread. Like most public displays of Jewish woundedness these days the tone and assumptions in many of the comments are hypocritical and historical dishonest.
It is an incoherence to speak of Jewish villainy in a context of Jewish victimhood. As though both aspects of character can't be displayed in the same people.
It is a form of Holocaust denial to imply the Nazis were after the Jews exclusively. They were racial supremacists, just like Israel is, and they were removing racial impurities from their expanding territories, just like Israel is.
They operated to a vision of racial superiority, just as Israel does, just as many non-Israeli Jews do, however publicly restrained that racial arrogance is.
Israel is acting for something much larger than the tiny population of that tiny country - this is not a controversial statement.
Robin and his affinity group are acting for that same thing, under a different flag.
Jewish chauvinism at a time like this is loathesome.

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An American veteran commits suicide every 65 minutes, because of the soul-damage of the conflicts they're being sent into, the things they've seen and done, for reasons they've found to be lies, and the failure of the ineffectual and incompetent "support" they receive when they return from those conflicts.
American police kill someone every day, a hugely disproportionate number of those deaths are black and brown and poor.
Conditions in some Central American countries are so dystopic now, children travel at great risk 1000's of miles just to chance the border. In places like Honduras those dystopic conditions are a direct result of the simultaneous War on Drugs and narco-trafficking enabling of American agencies.
The environmental destruction that's looming just ahead of us is being caused by corporations and policies that have in many instances a primarily American origin.

Those are just a few seriously wrong things that are happening right now, and the ambiguous nature of knowledge and culpability in the American public, the control of information and attitude, means most citizens can legitimately claim not to know, and can still claim to be basically decent people, because most of them really "don't know".
More germane to the thread, one feature of the cathartic post-war Nuremberg Trials was the "Doctors' Trial" where the medical enablers of the Nazi death camps were tried for, among other things, human experimentation. I believe nine of the 20 plus doctors on trial were executed.
At the same time as those trials, and throughout the 20th century, human experiments were being conducted in America, often on the captive institutionalized, often glossed with deceptive legalisms and dubiously gained "consent". These were not heartless Aryan scientists doing these things. The famous Salk vaccine for polio was developed in part through human experiments that were far from above-board.
But you didn't know that. You didn't see it.

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