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In Praise of James Petras

Power-200x300by Dr. Edmund Connelly

I’M THRILLED to see that retired scholar James Petras is still punching above his weight. Last month he published yet another powerful essay on his website, this one explicitly bringing to our attention the whopping over-representation of one particular ethnic group at the top of America’s power structure. He begins: “Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court marks a continuation and deepening of the lopsided ethno-religious representation in the US judicial system. If Garland is appointed, Jewish justices will comprise 45% of the Court, even though they represent less than 2% of the overall population.”

Petras, retired Bartle Professor of sociology at Binghamton University whose views are generally on the left, came to my attention nearly a decade ago when he released three books that were extremely critical of not just Israel but Jewry as a whole. First was the 2006 book The Power of Israel in the United States, followed a year later by Rulers and Ruled in the US Empire: Bankers, Zionists and Militants. Then, in 2008, came Zionism, Militarism, and the Decline of US Power. (For those interested, my forty-two-page review of The Power of Israel and Rulers and Ruled appeared in the Winter 2007–2008 issue of The Occidental Quarterly.)

Obviously, it’s rare to see such critical prose from an academic. Despite his stature and wide exposure, Petras has continued to this day his principled criticism of Jews and Zionism — and has not been silenced by the usual tactics. I’m impressed.

Petras, I believe, should be known for coining the phrase “Zionist Power Configuration” (ZPC), which of course includes, in addition to Israel itself, Jewish organizations such as AIPAC, The Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations, the American Jewish Committee, and the Anti-Defamation League. Crucially, in my view, Petras also includes most “ordinary Jews” who we normally do not consider an active part of this conscious configuration.

Petras writes that “the ZPC’s formal and informal structure has a crucial dynamic element to it: each power center interacts with the rest, creating a constant ‘movement’ and activity, which converges and energizes both leaders and followers.” Petras is right to stress this “crucial dynamic element,” for it explains how a small number of actors drawn from a small portion of the American population (Jews constitute roughly two percent of the U.S. population) could effect such large changes throughout the world.

In The Power of Israel, Petras, given the year he was writing, begins by focusing on the question “Who Fabricated the Iraq War Threat?” His answer echoes that of others such as Pat Buchanan, Kevin MacDonald, and Mearsheimer and Walt: “The Jewish Lobby.” In a nutshell, Petras argued, “The tyranny of Israel over the US has grave consequences for world peace and war, the stability and instability of the world economy, and for the future of democracy in the US.”

zionism-200x300I think what most impressed me was Petras’s willingness to go beyond naming just the big political organizations like AIPAC and such. What makes these organizations so potent, Petras believes, is that “thousands of their activists — doctors, dentists, philanthropists, real estate magnates, financiers, journalists, media moguls, and academics — acted in concert with key Jewish politicians and ideologues.” These sayanim, or Jewish helpers, allow Mossad and other Jewish assets to operate smoothly in countries throughout the world.

Also, Petras is courageous enough to describe the massive plunder of Russia, orchestrated in part by none other than the president of Harvard University, Lawrence Summers and some of his Jewish professors. Petras also concludes that this plunder consisted of “over a trillion dollars worth of factories, transport, oil, gas, iron, coal, and other formerly state-owned resources.” That is not a typo; Petras wrote trillion. This figure is consistent with that of Jeff Gates, as I noted in my recent review of his book.

Consistently, Petras in all three books (and others) hammers away at the misuse of power by powerful Jews. For example in Zionism, Militarism he writes:

It is this slavish obedience to the official Israeli policy that marks out the Zionist Power Configuration as something much more than just another lobby as its ‘left’ apologists and even Walt and Mearsheimer claim. The ZPC is much more sinister both as a transmission belt for the policies and interests of a colonial power hell-bent on domination in the Middle East and as the most serious authoritarian threat to our democratic freedoms: no single individual who dares criticize can escape the long hand of the pro-Israel authoritarians.  Book sellers are picketed, editors are intimidated, university presses and distributors are threatened, university presidents are blackmailed, local and national candidates are browbeaten and smeared, meetings are cancelled and venues are pressured, faculty are fired or denied promotion, corporations are blacklisted, union pension funds are raided, theater performances and concerts are cancelled.  And the list of repressive actions taken by these authoritarian Zionist organizations at the national and local levels runs on, arousing fear among some, anger among many more and a slowly burning resentment and growing awareness among the silent majority.          

Colorfully, he describes how this “Judeo-fascism” enforces its will with “‘private visits,’ abusive phone calls by Zionist zealots, including death threats,” which are not uncommon among “‘respectable’ Zion-fascists.” I don’t suppose you’d hear most social scientists using such language, especially ones who are still employed.

Followers of Petras’s website will know that he has continued to address the power of and threats from the ZPC, including his latest blog, as I mentioned in the first paragraph. Mocking the argument that “merit” is responsible for the appointment of Jewish justices such as Elana Kagan, he instead writes that her relationship with former Harvard president Summers (ethnic nepotism by any other name) was responsible. Both Kagan and nominee Garland, in Petras’s view, have meager, mediocre and pedestrian academic publication records. Yet Kagan now sits on the bench and Garland conceivably could.

While reading his three books eight or nine years ago, I remember thinking that, given the way he described how the ZPC advanced the interests of Israel, the same tactics could be used to enhance Jewish power in America more generally. With last month’s essay, I’m happy to read that Petras has come to this conclusion as well. As he writes, “Today the major issue has turned into an ‘American Problem’: how a powerful ethno-religious elite can use its multi-faceted power to secure (and create) strategic positions in the state while excluding contenders, repressing critics and actively promoting policies in the interest of a foreign state, Israel.”

The gist of the essay is that many American Jews have degrees from America’s best universities, but their policies in top positions have resulted in almost universally dismal results — if you are measuring by the effects on America as a whole. In the area of foreign affairs, Petras writes, “If we evaluate foreign policy ‘performance’ in terms of US political, economic and military interests, their policies have been costly in lives, financial losses and military defeats for the nation as a whole. They rate ‘summa cum lousy’. However if we consider their foreign policies in the alternative terms of Israel’s political, economic and military interests, they regain their ‘summa cum laudes’!”

Petras shows how the US government is to some degree a private tool for advancing Jewish interests. He points, for example, to the position of Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence within the US Treasury Department, filled by Stuart Levey. Showing his sense of caustic humor, he notes who followed Levey: “Levey’s successor, David Cohen (who else!) followed the same policy.” The result was that  “Multi-national banks and corporations, which had corrupted officials, swindled investors, evaded taxes and laundered illicit funds were never investigated, let alone charged. Cohen devoted his time and effort, at Israel’s behest, enforcing sanctions against Iran and endeavoring to sabotage any US.-Iran nuclear negotiations.”

Think how rarely we hear about obvious Jewish dominance in the West. Yet Petras shows no fear in revealing it:

Jack Lew, Secretary of the Treasury (2013-2016) heads an ethno-Chauvinist quintet dictating US foreign and domestic economic policy (with Michael Froman, Chief Trade Negotiator; ‘Penny’ Pritzer, Secretary of Commerce; Lawrence Summers, Director of National Economic Council and Janet Yellen, head of the Federal Reserve Bank). Lew pushed policies favoring the wealthiest 1% along with his co-religionist Michael Froman, while millions of Americans were plunged into poverty and stagnation. Their policies include Free Trade Agreements in Europe, Asia and Latin America which have led to the relocation of US MNC overseas, massive job losses at home, further deepening inequalities and degrading work conditions and wages. Recently, in his stellar public career, Jack Lew was investigated for lying to the US Congress about the national debt, the size and growth of which he deliberately understated. Thanks to his ‘backers’, he was never charged. … Of course, Lew has his BA from Harvard and JD from Georgetown, which accounts for his success on behalf of the leisure class.

Perhaps of most interest to me is the Jewish plunder of American wealth over the last decade. Petras sees this, too, writing how former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan’s policies “led to the greatest financial crash since the Great Depression and his successor, Benjamin Bernanke, who presided over the trillion-dollar bailout of Wall Street banks while millions of American’s lost their homes.”

There’s that number again — one trillion dollars.

Regular readers know I have been interested in how these Jewish financial predations have been rendered into fare understandable to the common man, specifically through Hollywood. As I believe I’ve shown, Jewish identity has been thoroughly cleansed from the films that deal with Wall Street misbehavior, so the common man is just not learning about these things that negatively affect so many of us.

This is not the least bit surprising, since it really is Wall Street that funds Hollywood through an ethnic division of labor. Does anyone remember David McClintick’s expose of Wall Street’s power in Indecent Exposure: A True Story of Hollywood and Wall Street? There he showed how Jewish power in the East coast dictates to Jewish power in the West coast. Very revealing. (In 2006, McClintick published a long article called “How Harvard Lost Russia,” where, unlike Petras, he wisely chose to keep the ethnic identity of so many players in that plunder a secret. In fact, the only time he used the word ‘Jewish’ was when one woman accused Russians of discrimination against Jews.) …

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Source: Read the full article at the Occidental Observer

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7 Comments

  1. WHITE_WARRIOR
    April 19, 2016 at 4:19 pm — Reply

    The sad and often overlooked point is that the Jews have no real power by themselves. They exist in a position of power only because we let them do so. We let them plunder. We let them kill. We let them destroy our societies. Jews are pathetic – physically weak pieces of filth, yet we let this filth control us. There are many reasons why we let this happen, but let us not forget the salient point that the majority of our people do let it happen. When the day of the rope does arrive, Jews will not be the only ones dancing on air. Those who supported the Jews either by omission or commission will get their free dancing lesson too. Ignorance of the obvious is no excuse for leniency!

  2. Anthony Collins
    April 20, 2016 at 6:14 am — Reply

    “Petras, I believe, should be known for coining the phrase ‘Zionist Power Configuration’ (ZPC), which of course includes, in addition to Israel itself, Jewish organizations such as AIPAC, The Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations, the American Jewish Committee, and the Anti-Defamation League. Crucially, in my view, Petras also includes most ‘ordinary Jews’ who we normally do not consider an active part of this conscious configuration.”

    Regarding the Jewish community and “ordinary Jews,” two quotations from Dr. William L. Pierce stand out in my mind.

    One is from the second part of “Background to Treason”:

    “They [i.e., the Jews] are by far the most highly organized of ethnic groups. Every Jewish neighborhood in America has not only a synagogue, but also a staggering array of Jewish business, cultural, recreational, fraternal, youth, women’s, philanthropic, and political organizations.

    “Furthermore, each of these local Jewish groups is part of an international network, with hardly an individual Jew anywhere not tied into it, regardless of his particular circumstances, sympathies, and interests. If an earthquake in India leaves six Jewish families there homeless today, a relief fund for those six families will be on the agendas of thousands of local chapters of Jewish philanthropic societies all over America tomorrow; if a prominent Jewish racketeer is arrested by the police in Chicago, 16 different Jewish legal defense organizations in New York will know about it before he is even fingerprinted and photographed in the Chicago precinct station; if a tipsy Congressman is overheard making a less-than-adulatory remark about Jews at a Washington cocktail party, the Jewish War Veterans, the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Congress, and 44 other national Jewish organizations will have angry letters denouncing him on the editorial pages of every major newspaper in the country the next morning, while the members of all 11 synagogues in his congressional district will be knocking on doors to collect signatures on a recall petition.

    “And, unlike nearly all non-Jewish organizations, every Jewish organization is wholly, enthusiastically, aggressively, self-righteously — often hysterically — ethnocentric. Beside this Jewish racism, those of the Mafia, the Black Muslims, and the Ku Klux Klan seem anemic. For the Jews are both more exclusive and more ruthless than the Sicilians in advancing their own kind, infinitely cleverer than the Blacks, and simultaneously more brazen and more subtle than most White racists.”

    The other is from the ADV broadcast, “Seeing the Forest”:

    “One aspect of the Jewish problem which adds to the difficulty many people have in coming to grips with it is that the Jews are not just a scheming and sinister kehillah of adult male media bosses. They are a complete community, with women and children and many members on the fringes: part-Jews, dissidents, and so on — even a few anti-Jewish Jews. There are approximately six million Jews in the United States, by their own count, and they can’t all be film studio owners or newspaper publishers or promoters of ‘rap’ music or Hollywood scriptwriters. Most of them live and work in a way which gives them relatively little personal opportunity for damaging our society. They are simply teachers and businessmen and merchants and lawyers and doctors, earning a living more or less like everyone else — but not quite.

    “You must back off a bit in order to see the forest rather than just the trees. The essential thing about the forest is that it is destroying our world. It is a parasitic forest. It is injecting spiritual and cultural poison into our civilization and into the life of our people and sucking up nutrients to enrich itself and grow even more destructive. Perhaps only 10 per cent of the trees in this Jewish forest have roots deep enough to inject their poison into us, and the other 90 per cent play only supporting roles of one sort or another. It is still the whole forest which is our problem. If the forest were not here we would not have had to endure the curse of Bolshevism. If the forest were not here America would not be growing darker and more degenerate by the year. It is the whole forest, not just a few of the most poisonous trees in it, which must be uprooted and removed from our soil if we are to become healthy again.

    “The essential point again is this: not every Jew has a leading role in promoting the evils which are destroying us, and not every person is a Jew who is collaborating with the leading Jews who are promoting evil, but it is only because the Jews as a whole are among us that the evils they always promote are overwhelming us. If the Jews were not present we could overcome the evil men of our own race. The evil men of our own race may seek their own profit at the expense of the rest of us, but they do not seek to destroy our race. Only the Jews seek that.”

  3. Bruce Arney
    April 20, 2016 at 11:58 am — Reply

    Identifying the thousands of sayanim foot soldiers behind Jewish power is a good idea whose time has come. Identifying the enemy is always the first step in any battle, especially one that involves the death and destruction of the White race.

    • Anthony Collins
      April 21, 2016 at 5:40 am — Reply

      It would be good to impose a tax — or should that be a levy? — on the sayanim for their kosher activism.

      • Bruce Arney
        April 21, 2016 at 10:47 am — Reply

        They can certainly afford a tax, or levy. To be taxed, they first must be identified. What is imperative is that they be monitored for unamerican activities. Hopefully there are people in intelligence who are aware of the danger they pose to us.

        • Anthony Collins
          April 24, 2016 at 5:32 am — Reply

          Of course, in my previous comment I was using “tax” and “levy” in an extended metaphorical sense, i.e., to impose a cost, to make one pay, to vex. The measures needn’t be exclusively financial.

          Incidentally, I recall reading of a nineteenth-century newspaper article that remarked that the Jews in Britain were powerful enough to tax the government, while the government in Russia was powerful enough to tax the Jews.

  4. Bruce Arney
    April 24, 2016 at 11:54 am — Reply

    Either one controls the Jews or the Jews control us. I don’t think there is any middle ground. With Hillary in as President, they will have achieved near complete control. She’ll be quite eager to make her bones with Netanyahu.

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