The veneer of sophistication, tolerance and intellectual rigour that had previously attached to the member for times long past Jacob Rees Mogg began to fracture recently with his use of Parliamentary privilege to defame someone of inconvenient view. It has, whisper it quietly, now been utterly shattered after an outburst during a Commons debate.
Rees Mogg used a crude and blatant anti-Semitic smear to attack Tory MP Oliver Letwin and Speaker John Bercow. You may not have heard about this; after all, newly-anointed anti-Semitism supremo John Mann has said and done nothing about it. Our free and fearless press has said and done likewise. There have been no carefully phrased articles from Gabriel Pogrund and Jake Wallis Simons. Why not?
Ah well. Here we need to consult Michael Berkowitz, historian at University College London, who has posted on “Jacob Rees Mogg’s alarming cry of ‘Illuminati’”. Here is what he has to say about the episode. “Few seem to have noticed an expressly antisemitic sentiment articulated by Jacob Rees-Mogg in the vociferous Brexit debate during the evening of Tuesday, 3 September 2019”. There is more.
“As a historian of antisemitism who has published on the stereotype of ‘Jewish criminality’ used by the Nazis and their accomplices, it was extremely unsettling for me to hear Rees-Moog castigate his opponents, particularly his two fellow Tories of Jewish background, Sir Oliver Letwin and Speaker John Bercow, as ‘Illuminati who are taking the powers to themselves.’” The utterance came as the Bill removing a No Deal Brexit was debated.
Here is what Berkowitz says about the term “Illuminati”: “Superficially, the term ‘Illuminati’ refers to a short-lived Central European fraternal organisation of the late eighteenth century. But far more significant than the actual, inconsequential history of this small organisation is the afterlife it has assumed in a number of conspiracy theories, which have been frequently used as justification for violence”. Do go on.
After noting three works which use the term, he tells “Common to all these works is the allegation that the ‘Illuminati’ infiltrated the ranks of European Jewish bankers in the nineteenth century. Following the lines of the notorious forgery, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, these books assert that the bankers/Jews/Illuminati were behind the Bolshevik Revolution - as well as the creation of the Federal Reserve system in the United States. They then, so the tale continues, went on to form the influential American think tank Council on Foreign Relations and subsequently what the far-right refers to as The New World Order - whose tentacles are said to be comprised of institutions such as the United Nations and the European Union”. The full set of anti-Jewish conspiracy theories.
Berkowitz concludes “There is no other, anodyne usage of this term in current political discourse … With his nod to ‘Illuminati’ - pointed at Letwin and Bercow - Rees-Mogg is knowingly trafficking in the portrayal of Jews as underhanded and sinister … while studiously avoiding the word ‘Jew’, he has exhumed, embellished, and rebroadcast one of the most poisonous antisemitic canards in all of history”. Rees Mogg bang to rights.
As he’s entirely consistent, I expect John Mann to be down on Rees Mogg like the proverbial tonne of bricks, camera crew and all. Once someone has explained it to him.
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Remeber when mann asked for instances of racism & antsemitism so he could have labour members summarily expelled?
Well I gave him an instance of stella greasy's casual racism with this tweet
Sent not 8 weeks after she complained about casual racism towards Diane Abbot, here
And greasy claimed she didn't realise her tweet was racist.
Also greasy's boyfirend's racist tweet that I forgot to inform mann of.
Anyway - nothing was done in any of those instances, neither. Mann's a hypocrtical shithouse
What a surprise, not a word from the MSM about this. Meanwhile every tired 'satire' on the BBC will inevitably bring up the subject of Jeremy Corbyn and alleged A/S in the Labour party and I'm sure it'll be front and centre for every political interviewer when the campaigning for a GE kicks in, in the same way that the IRA was at the last GE.
As for Mann, why are we not surprised?
Mann, of course, will do little or nothing in this matter.
Where the Labour Party is concerned - particularly Jeremy Corbyn - Mann's attacks are mounted against anybody who criticises the Israeli government for its illegal settlement expansion and military attacks on the Gaza concentration camp it created. Antisemitism has virtually nothing to do with it. One look at Mann's twisted hate-filled face will tell you his true nature.
The tragedy of all this is that it actually deflects attention from the centuries-old roots and current version of Western antisemitism. Thanks to one dimensional idiots like Mann - just who ARE his fellow travellers? - it's almost as though Dan Goldhagen wasted his time writing on the subject.
Rees Mogg is but one example of the long established two faced Brit public school version. Which is precisely why Mann will look away.
I agree with the thrust of this post and of Berkowitz's insights but we need to be a little careful with auto-condemnation of certain terminologies and expressions. I think it was actually Hitler who used the term New World Order to describe his own ambitions for the Third Reich. Later it was used by George Bush Snr to describe the post-Soviet world just after the first Gulf War over Kuwait. Churchill too may have been into proclaiming something like it following WWII. But then Churchill was both a self-declared Zionist and a believer in a global Jewish leftist conspiracy from what can be gleaned from his article, Zionism vs Bolshevism. He seemed to think that the founder of the actual Illuminati secret society, Adam Weishhaupt was himself Jewish. He wasn't. https://www.theguardian.com/theguardian/2002/nov/28/features11.g21
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