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Gab@StFerdinandIII - Plenty of cults exist - every cult has its 'religious dogma', its idols, its 'prophets', its 'science', its 'proof' and its intolerant liturgy of demands.  Cults everywhere:  Islam, the State, the cult of Gay and Queer, Marxism, Darwin and Evolution, 'Science', Globaloneywarming, Changing Climate, Abortion....a nice variety for the human-hater, amoral, anti-rationalist to choose from.  It is so much fun mocking them isn't it ?

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Friday, August 8, 2008

Jews vs. Arabs: Just a slight difference in productivity and relevancy.

Where again are those great Arab contributions to mankind ?

by Lego Acies



If you read a history of the Jewish people [oh yes, how fascist a person you must be!], one has to be amazed at not only the resiliency of a persecuted race and tribe which survived and thrived over 2 millenia of pogroms, holocausts and racism; but as well, one has to be amazed at the sheer vast scope of Jewish contribution in so many areas of modern world development. The Jews have proven themselves productive, rational, enterprising, as well as revolutionary in social-economic ideas and actions [and sometimes quite to the negative]. But on balance the civilising and energetic force of the Jewish tribe is astounding. Which leads one to ask the obvious - what can the Arabs demonstrate and show against this long Jewish history of achievement and ambition ? [Answer: not a hell of a lot.]

Only a simpleton ascribes Jewish success to conspiracy theory; manipulation; luck; or the capitalist rape of the superior and poor 'other'. Marxian illogic, Arab inferiority complexes; Muslim supremacist swagger; pagan racism; and other such 'theories' say more about the morbid and dark illiteracy of the holder, than they do about reality. Jewish history is complex, riven by ideological debate, differences and sectional rivalry. There is the great divide between the fundamentalist Mosaic-rule based teachings of the Torah and their strict codes; with the enlightened rationalist approach of Jewish thinkers and leaders such as the 12 th century sage and doctor Maimonides, Freud, or the Herzl-Weizmann partnership which developed and sold the idea of a modern Israel to British colonial masters. Jewish history is therefore not a linear progression of anything, anc certainly not an easy phase development of rational inquiry. It is but a jumble mash of starts, stops, successes, failures, persecution, acceptance, rejection and opportunity making. That is why it is so interesting.

Jewish history is too varied and complex to be dealth with in short space, but some facts do emerge from the long Jewish experience of being a dispossessed and largely unique, separate and vilified people. When the Romans wiped out the two great Jewish state rebellions in 70 A.D. and again in 135 A.D. the Jews became for 1800 years a people without a national home. Resident in Israel since the time of Moses in 1200 B.C. the Jewish state was irrevocably destroyed and Jews forced into exile, resettlement or conversion to non-Jewish ideologies. At the time of the great destruction of the ancient Jewish state, the Jews numbered some 8-10 million in a Roman empire of a 100 million. Within a few hundred years that number dwindled down to 1-3 million. Today there are 13-15 million Jews worldwide. From oblivion, to recovery, to success in 2 millenia.

How extensive is the Jewish imprint on the modern world? It transcends any real description, but it is not an exagerration to say that the Jewish tribe has had more impact on the modern world than any other group excepting that of the Anglo-Saxons and their tribal affiliates in Germany. Out of all proportion to their size and numbers, the Jews have impacted the world in fundamental ways. They are almost too innumerable to catalogue but would include inter alia: monotheism including the ideologies of Islam and Christianity which were formed out of Judaist philosophy; the idea of private property; personal wealth accretion; separation of church and state; state based welfare; alms and aid to the poor as an obligation; mandatory charity giving; work as a means to discover faith and 'god'; rationality in business and economics; psychology; scholarship as literature and a profession; equal and state funded education.

This is only a very partial list. The Jewish tradition informs almost all key aspects of what drives a modern world system. The Jewish diaspora created a vast network during the late Roman era and into the Middle Ages which naturally turned to trade, the exchange of ideas and 'cosmopolitanism'. By the 11th century the Jews had massive business networks stretching from Spain to Indonesia globalising trade long before the term was re-invented in the late 20th century. Christian doctrine as practiced by Christ which forswore Jewish Mosaic rules for the establishment of a simpler and more accessible mental therapy program for the masses of poor, ignorant, illiterate and dispossessed, was in itself heavily influenced by the importation of cultural ideas from the East and North Africa which naturally flowed along Jewish trading and diaspora networks, which even by the time of Christ in the first century AD stretched around the Meditarranean basin and deep into Asia. The Jews along with the Greeks and Romans, were the most prolific and successful of the ancient 'internationalists'. Even Islam, the pagan fascist bane of 1400 years of world history, was premised almost entirely on Jewish ideas, with Mohammed wanting to supplant Jewish influence in Arabia with an Arab version of the Torah.

The Jewish impact is massive at the most basic and exalted levels of human activity. It was the Jews who forced man to contemplate true faith and spiritual awareness. Jews invented the idea of analysing the mind and the brain – some Jewish philosophers pre-dating the Jew Freud by 800 years wrote tracts on psychotherapy and mental healing. Jews have been active in all varieties of ideological development. Pernicious anti-Semite Jews like Karl Marx, Trotsky, Rosa Luxembourg and others developed monstrously deranged theories of communalism, dialecticism, and socialism – theories based at least in part on Jewish Torah-scripture and ideals of communitarian development. Other more intelligent rational, and humanistic Jews participated in the European enlightenment, scientific revolution and applied Jewish rationality to processes, technologies and new market opportunities offered by the industrial-technological revolution which 'started' or became more apparent in and around 1740 and still continues to this day.

And what then of the Arab contribution? Arabs were never displaced. There was never an Arab holocaust. No progroms of Arabs in Arab countries are recorded. Arabs conquered, subdued, killed, enslaved and destroyed non-Arab, and non-Muslim groups and civilisations. They engaged in wide ranging slave trading of blacks and whites, [sometimes with Jewish middle men broking the sale of European whites]; squatting on richer empires and trade routes; with easy access to all the learning, history and resources of Greek, Roman and Persian learning. So what have the Arabs done and what did the Arabs do with all these advantages? The short answer is of course nothing. The Arabs retreated into dogma, state centered stultification, ritual and a hatred of progress, thinking and modernity.

How different the Jewish outlook. Poor Jews fleeing from various persecutions and pogroms learnt to adapt, acquire new skills, get an education, work and get ahead in life. The Arabs have never had such a disposition, not even in the modern era, whilst squatting on vast tracts of black gold. Itinerant Jews were preeminent in French and German banking circles by the early Middle Ages. Peddlar Jews from Eastern Europe created whole industries in England and the United States. Some of the greatest scientists, writers, philosophers, artists and inventors in world history, were diaspora Jews, and Jews living on the edge of destruction in societies which were always suspicious of the unique, separate and 'occultish' Jew sect.

And the Arabs? Settled, never persecuted, never hated or vilified on some of history's richest lands. They destroyed the environment [there is a reason why North Africa is denuded of trees]; never developed a rational framework for living; treated other non Muslims as dhimmis and slaves; and closed their collective minds to outside influences, learning and development. Arabs are in fact the exact opposite of Jews in every single important way. This is why the Arab is impoverished, mentally, spiritually and physically and this is why the Jew can and will continue to prosper.

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A very partial abrogated list of Jews who impacted the world – try developing a similar list of Arabs.

Philosophy
Abraham - First patriarch of the Jewish People. Born in Ur of the Chaldeans around the 19th century BC. God established a Covenant with him symbolized by male circumcision.

Moses – faith leader and politician - inventor of 'Mosaic' law or rules which governed the Jewish state and the creation of the Torah or Old Testament of the Bible, circa 1200 B.C.

Maimonides – the most famous intellect of the 12th century, world reknowned doctor, psychotherapy inventor and Jewish rationalist.

Henri Bergson - Outstanding French Philisopher. Winner of Nobel Prize in Literature 1928. b. 1859 in Paris, France.

Isaiah Berlin - Intellectual giant. b. 1909 in Riga, Latvia. Philosopher and political scientist.

Emile Durkheim - The founder of Modern Sociology. b. 1858 in Epinal, France.

Franz Kafka - Influential European Novelist. b. 1883 in Prague, Czech Republic. Czech writer. Recognized as one of the greatest figures of modern European literature.

Walter Lippmann - Dean of American Journalists. b. 1889 in NYC.

Moses Mendelssohn - German Philosopher. b. in Desau, Germany in 1729.

Baruch Spinoza - Philosopher and Excommunicant. b. 1632 in Amsterdam, Holland. His writings provided the basis for modern biblical criticism. He was forced to endure the most famous excommunication in Jewish history for his heretical views on Judaism.

Entertaintment:
Irving Berlin - America's most beloved songwriter. b. 1888 in Temin, Siberia Russia. Wrote thounsands of songs as "God Bless America", and "White Christmas". Life magazine chose him as one of its 100 most important Americans of the 20th century.

Leonard Bernstein - The greatest maestro of his era. b 1918 in Lawrence, Massachusets. Composed "West Side Story" ranked as one of the greatest musical theater pieces written by an American.

George Gershwin - American Composer. b. 1898 in Brooklyn, NY. Composer of the Opera "Porgy and Bes".

Samuel Goldwyn - Early Hollywood Mogul. b. 1882, Warsaw, Poland. American film executive.

Benny Goodman - "The King of Swing". b. 1909 in Chicago, Illinois. Clarinetist and orchestra leader.

Groucho Marx - Wisecracking American comedian. b. 1890 NY.

Louis b. Mayer - Hollywood Mogul. b. 1885 in Minsk, Russia. American film executive. Gave American Greta Garbo and Jimmy Stewart.

Dustin Hoffman - One of Hollywood's Best Actors. b. 1937 in LA, California.

Harry Houdini - "The greatest escape artist of all Time". b. 1874 in Budapest, Hungary.

Al Jolson - American entertainer. b. 1886 in Srednik, Lithuania. American actor and singer.

Larry King - America's premier talk show host. b. 1933 in Brooklyn, NY.

Artur Rubinstein - American Pianist. b. 1889 in Warsaw, Poland. A child prodigy. Considered one of the finest pianists of his era.

Steven Spielberg - American Filmmaker. b. 1947 in Cincinnati, Ohio. His movies: E.T, Jurassic Park, Close Encounters of The Third Kind, the Indiana Jones trilogy, and Schindler's List were all-time box-office hits.

Business:
Andre Citröen - Major French Industrialist dubbed the "French Henry Ford".

Bernard Baruch - Financial wizard. Born 1870 in Camden, South Carolina. Stock analyst and statesman. Served as advisor to several US presidents including Wilson and Roosevelt.

Milton Friedman - Nobel Prize-winning Economist. b. 1912, in Brooklyn NY. Invented supply side economics and monetary theory supporting capitalism.

Calvin Klein - Pioneer in Casual Chic. b. 1942 in the Bronx, NY.

Ralph Lauren - Preeminent American Fashion Designer. b. 1939 in the Bronx, NY.

Mayer Amschel Rothschild - Banker and Financier. b. 1743 in Frankfurt, Germany. The Rothschild family helped in large part finance the founding of Belgium, and the building of the Suez Canal.

Medicine:
Paul Ehrlich - Curer of Syphylis. b. 1845 Strehelen, Poland. German medical researcher. Discovered Salvarsan, the drug that cured syphylis.

Jonas Salk -Developer of the First Effective Polio Vaccine. b. 1914 in NYC. American epidemiologist. Founded the Salk Institute where research is now being conducted to develop a vaccine to precent AIDS.

Science:
Albert Einstein - Profoundly influential Theoretical Physicist. b. 1879, Ulm, Germany. Won Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921 for his research on the photoeletric effect.

Sigmund Freud - Founder of Psychoanalysis. Famous psychologist and Austrian Physician. b. 1856 in Frieberg, Moravia (now Czech Republic).

J. Robert Oppenheimer - co-inventor of the Atomic Bomb. b. 1904 in NYC. American physicist. Directed the ultra-secret Manhattan Project during WWII.



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