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A Review of the Reviewer of Max Blumenthal's Book
September 9, 2015 12:56 pm
Hi, Gilad. Great to see you at Taxi's. Thanks very much for all that you do.
September 9, 2015 8:20 pm
Maybe---but that will be their problem. As per our discussion on tribalism vs universalism on the other thread, those who subscribe to tribalism will find themselves increasing isolated in a world that is rapidly moving past that mentality. If that's what they want--their choice--- as long as they don't harass the rest of us as we attempt to live inclusive, expansive lives.
September 10, 2015 1:35 am
I think I understand your point, American, although I'm not quite sure. Personally, I prefer to be identified as an individual and I just assume that most people prefer to be identified that way as well. I have noticed that some people don't mind identifying with a group if they feel that it's personally advantageous or if they feel that the group protects or shields them in some way. Group identity, if motived by either personal gain or fear, is generally temporary, as it drops away if there is nothing to be gained or when the fear is overcome. We're all also identified, usually by others (but often we self-identify) as members of a group--either by race, ethnicity, religion etc., but I've noticed that even this may be falling away, particularly among young people. There seems to be much less focus on identifying and labeling others and labeling themselves as members of a particular racial or ethnic group and much more acceptance and a pursuit of a diverse racial and ethnic environment. I find this a very hopeful sign for the future.
September 9, 2015 8:23 pm
PS. Taxi, when you have a moment, would you contact me? Thanks.
September 10, 2015 1:08 am
One other thought. About the "guru words." I sincerely appreciate the kind words, Taxi---I really do---- but you should know that that's not me......verrrrrrry far from it, actually---and those who know me would be happy to confirm that fact. :)
September 10, 2015 4:38 am
Thanks for the additional explanation. It seems to me, and please correct me if I'm wrong, that we share common thoughts on the subject, with perhaps the difference being that you may feel that group identity has more of an influence on one's behavior and choices and I would like to believe that it has less...but you may be right. I may be underestimating its significance.
September 9, 2015 7:46 pm
"First, the whole world saw the assault on Gaza through social media in real time, plenty of it and for 51 days and more and more and more – everybody and their uncle Don saw what was going down, so why should anyone feel the need to buy an unoriginal book on it thereafter?...Max should be told by someone that his unprovoked and despicable smear-assaults on solidarity movement members through his twitter and through his interviews is the very reason why a growing chunk of the solidarity movement are not interested in his views or his books anymore... he’s a lousy ‘visionist’ and an egocentric..." That nails it, Taxi. Many of us are growing increasing exasperated in witnessing the attempt by some Jews to filter history. Even if he is presenting a first hand report of his experience in Gaza (and I haven't read the book and certainly don't intend to), who would believe him now? He has absolutely no credibility given his lies about a respected member of the solidarity movement. You know, this policing of the speech and actions of world's 7 billion non-Jews by a some in the Jewish community is becoming quite tiresome. There are corrupt Jews, just as there are corrupt members of all of the various races, ethnicities and religions that comprise the human family. We have every right to discuss the role that corrupt Jewish individuals played in historical atrocities (the holocaust, the Spanish civil war etc,) just as we have the right to discuss the role that corrupt individuals of any ethnicity or religious group have played. The key, imo, is to be careful not to generalize about any group because we are, after all, individuals, ultimately each responsible for our own actions and in the end, we're members of only one tribe--- the human family.
Jewish Anti-Goyism and the Entrenched Divisions in the Palestine Movement
September 7, 2015 12:15 pm
Hi Jeff--great to see you here at Taxi's. Like many others, I have great admiration and respect for you and consider you a "virtual mentor" (to quote Thomson Rutherford of MW of old). In addition to Taxi's question, I wonder about your thoughts on why the Palestinians leading the solidarity movement are so easily manipulated by Jewish groups to betray their true supporters?
What now, Einstein?
August 24, 2015 4:25 am
Couldn't agree more, giulio. Expose the gatekeepers and then ignore them. Their intent is to distract us--- stories of perceived victimization and wrongs committed against the tribe, endlessly consuming valuable time and attention. My advice--ignore.
Cedars, Sewers… and Plato’s Guns
August 2, 2015 8:33 pm
"the silence that came before it was of a deeper fabric of beatitude. It was good to know the silence of the mind – ephemeral, as it may have been." Just beautiful, Taxi. I agree with the sentiments of peacefly and Cloak. You're an incredible writer. The essay reminds me of a quote from the Bhagavad Gita when Krishna (the guru) says to Arjuna (his disciple)--"get away from this ocean of suffering, death and misery".... the admonition to be in the world, but not of it and that peace and joy are to be found within. The are many non-msm sites now reporting positive and uplifting changes in the world. One of my favorites is " Daily Good--news that inspires"--http://www.dailygood.org/ From the site: "Today, DailyGood leverages the internet to promote positive and uplifting news around the world to more than 100,000 subscribers through the daily and weekly newsletters. Readers receive a news story, an inspiring quote, and a suggested action that each person can take to make a difference in their own lives and the world around them. Often times, watching the nightly news and reading mainstream newspapers it's hard to remember the presence of good in the world. And yet it is constantly around us. The world is full of everyday heroes and true stories of transformation. They have helped sustain life down the ages in a multitude of ways, small, simple and profound. DailyGood aims to shine a light on these stories and in doing so to change the nature of our conversations. If it can spread a few smiles along the way it's purpose is served." Regarding Los Angeles--you may be pleasantly surprised. Yes, the film industry and zionist consciousness are still very prevalent, but I've noticed another more evolved impulse and consciousness on the West coast ---a receptivity to universalism, meditation and spirituality (not dogma) that you may find appealing.
A Musical Shout-out from Plato’s Guns to All My Blogging Pals at FriendFeed!
April 9, 2015 4:55 pm
Dear Taxi, Thanks. and Chu, yes--definitely props to Sean----a lot has transpired in those few years...
April 9, 2015 4:33 pm
Hi Taxi, You've done a great job! The site is beautiful and elegant and your cartoons (especially of Netanyahu) are priceless. :) And Chu, I agree--thanks for the Blankfort discussion. It will be fun to look over....526 comments--incredible!
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