Saturday, October 23, 2010

Thomas Paine and Anarcho-Zionism

We recommend that you all read or reread Thomas Paine's classic "Common Sense". It is a priceless historical document and also remains politically interesting. One aspect is his espousal of something very much like what we have termed Samuelianism- a pre-monarchic and anarchic Jewish society. He views this society as a republic, but his appraisal of the "sin" of a monarchy is pertinent to our philosophy. In the second section of "Common Sense", "Of Monarchy and Hereditary Succession" we find the following:
... Government by kings was first introduced into the world by the Heathens, from whom the children of Israel copied the custom. It was the most prosperous invention the Devil ever set on foot for the promotion of idolatry. The Heathens paid divine honours to their deceased kings, and the Christian World hath improved on the plan by doing the same to their living ones. How impious is the title of sacred Majesty applied to a worm, who in the midst of his splendor is crumbling into dust!

As the exalting one man so greatly above the rest cannot be justified on the equal rights of nature, so neither can it be defended on the authority of scripture; for the will of the Almighty as declared by Gideon, and the prophet Samuel, expressly disapproves of government by Kings.

All anti-monarchical parts of scripture have been very smoothly glossed over in monarchical governments, but they undoubtedly merit the attention of countries which have their governments yet to form. "Render unto Cesar the things which are Cesar's" is the scripture doctrine of courts, yet it is no support of monarchical government, for the Jews at that time were without a king, and in a state of vassalage to the Romans.

Near three thousand years passed away, from the Mosaic account of the creation, till the Jews under a national delusion requested a king. Till then their form of government (except in extraordinary cases where the Almighty interposed) was a kind of Republic, administered by a judge and the elders of the tribes. Kings they had none, and it was held sinful to acknowledge any being under that title but the Lord of Hosts. And when a man seriously reflects on the idolatrous homage which is paid to the persons of kings, he need not wonder that the Almighty, ever jealous of his honour, should disapprove a form of government which so impiously invades the prerogative of Heaven.

Monarchy is ranked in scripture as one of the sins of the Jews, for which a curse in reserve is denounced against them...

Definitely food for Jewish and anarchist thought.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A Real Cousin

Here is a truly inspirational man, who gives even us cynics hope for true peace... May there be many more such people as this holy cousin.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Rock Attack Against Israel Activist

Meir Indor, a prominent Israeli activist, and chairman of the Almagor Terror Victims Association, was attacked by an Arab mob on the Mount of Olives last Wednesday. He and his wife, Batsheva, were in the car at the time. Their car sustained extensive damage, and Meir, bleeding from a head wound, was brought to Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital. Read more here.
May he have a complete recovery. Let us hope for a real peace, which will only come when Israel's security, and the security of it's inhabitants, is not on the bargaining table.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Gilad Schalit

This video is an interesting perspective on the complicated Gilad Schalit issue.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The Battle of Cable Street

A B"ZAYON comrade mentioned to us an interesting episode in the fight against fascism, one which seemed appropriate to post here. The Battle of Cable Street is an interesting example of some of our favorite type of anti-fascists (Jews, anarchists, the Irish) teaming up against a fascist antisemitic march. In other random news, Fidel Castro has some bizarrely astute things to say about antisemitism. May we all be sealed in the book of life this Rosh Hashanah, and may this year bring the full redemption/revolution.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Ron Paul...

...exposes himself again as an anti-Semite and fool:
It is quite disturbing that anyone pretending to be a libertarian could hold such anti-freedom views...

Thursday, June 3, 2010

We Con the World

Great spoof of "We Are the World" about the flotilla:
The Dylan impression is pretty weak, but that aside, a good video.

Stand and Be Counted!