I’m not sure anything like this dialogue has happened before.
Last night, Tom Sunic spoke to the Institute for Historical Review. Today he spoke with me at the Beverly Hills Community Sports Center owned by JEM (Jewish Educational Movement) about Islam and the West.
Sunic was professorial and I was provocative.
One guy afterward said I tread heavily. Another lady said I could date Kate Upton (during my talk, I compared the chances of peace in the Middle East with me dating that supermodel).
Bob says: “Your tendency to tread heavily – a fair if funny characterization – is a virtue in the current climate, when everybody else is so light in their bloody loafers.”
Charles Edward Lincoln organized the event. He wrote on his blog beforehand:
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 21, 2014 at 9930 SOUTH SANTA MONICA BOULEVARD at the JEM COMMUNITY SPORTS CENTER in BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA, WE WILL TRY TO COMMIT ACTS OF UNSURPASSED POLITICAL INCORRECTNESS: Representatives of the Extreme Right will engage in Open DISCUSSION WITH THE JEWISH COMMUNITY ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE WORLD.
Rabbi Hertzel Illulian is an extraordinary man. I share with him the dream to build a New Jerusalem in California—a new center of civilization which preserves the traditional values of European Culture and Religion in this most modern of all world cities.
I appreciate the opportunity he has given me, as JEM Community Center’s new Director of Development, to create new programs at the JEM Center. He has given me a steep assignment as well. But I was persuaded to accept the challenge because the good Rabbi is an extraordinarily honorable and upright man, one of the most interesting gentlemen I have met in Los Angeles, as well as one of the most forthright. Rabbi Illulian asked me, when offering me the position, what I could do to explain and change the fact that so many of “my people” (non-Jews) hate Jews.
To that precise end, I have decided to develop a program at the JEM Center of bringing some on the members and representatives of the “Far Right” or even Fascist political movements to speak at JEM. I think we need to address all the questions that have recently arisen as a result of recent elections in Europe: IS THE NEW RIGHT IN EUROPE A THREAT TO JEWS? Is there such a thing as the “Jewish Agenda” which promotes “culturally progressive” notions such as homosexual marriage and mixing of the races? In Rabbi Hertzel Illulian, introduced to me by Julia Gelb, one of his congregation, I have found a Jewish Gentleman of great erudition who says no. Rabbi Illulian, like Julia Gelb, opposes both homosexuality and the interracial, interfaith marriages as against God’s law. In other words, he upholds traditions as much and as fiercely as any Southern Baptist Preacher.
So what is the conflict between Conservatives of Different segments of what must be in some sense a single evolving Biblical Tradition? We all start with the same five basic books: Genesis, Exodus, Deuteronomy, Leviticus, and Numbers, followed by the same Judges, Kings, and Chronicles, and relying on the same Prophets, Great and Small, with Elijah, Isaiah, Jeremiah and Daniel as perhaps the greatest of them all?
Have ethnic labels been used improperly to disparage or promote certain socio-cultural or political agendas? [Can we discuss these things in cool and calm voices, without fighting?] Do Jews have a better track record of maintaining their “group identity” than any other group of people? Is this an example of cultural choice in socio-biology, or of biological determination in culture? Is Dr. Kevin MacDonald fundamentally correct in his assessments of the relationships between Jews and Non-Jews in the 19th and 20th Centuries?
I have often noted, and would continue to insist, that the most prominent and politically active Jews in the 19th Century were allied with the forces of cultural conservatism in Europe: England’s Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli (in some sense the author of the British Empire, in that he proposed and procured for the Widowed Victory some quantum of solace in creating and giving her the title “Empress of India”), the Confederate States of America’s leading attorney and diplomat, Judah P. Benjamin of New Orleans, David Levy of Florida (another United States and Confederate Senator), and Sir Rufus Daniel Isaac, Marquis Lord Reading, a Conservative Lord Chief Justice of England and Viceroy of India). None of these named luminaries of the 19th Century were in any sense Marxists or Socialists, but were in fact solidly allied with traditional Christian Conservatives. So why did the “Socialist” and “Marxist” and in particular the “Cultural Marxist” traditions prevail among some sectors of the Jewish Populations of Europe and North America?
The first of these speakers will be Dr. Tomislav Sunic, a former Cultural Attache to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Croatia, and one of the most brilliant and articulate spokesmen for the so-called “New Right” in Europe. Dr. Sunic is a “part-time Californian” having graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara (Ph.D. in Political Science, 1988). Dr. Sunic will be speaking at JEM Center on Sunday September 21, 2014 at 3:00 PM. I want to invite all of the members and supports of JEM to attend this historical event, and to support me in bringing together many more encounters which can cross the political, cultural, and religious lines of discussion which have too long been banned in the name of “Political Correctness.” I hope that everyone, of every religious, political persuasion, and cultural background, will want to address questions such as: HOW MUCH OF HISTORY IS REALLY MYTHOLOGY? IS EVEN MODERN 20th CENTURY HISTORY REPLETE WITH DISTORTIONS AND LIES WHICH ARE DESIGNED FOR PURPOSES OF “POWER PLAY” TO SUPPORT INTEREST GROUP POLITICS OF ONE GROUP AGAINST ANOTHER?