Now, what in the world would be the similarity between Juan Peron, former dictator of Argentina, and Professor PZ Myers, present dictator of Pharyngula?
More than you’d think, perhaps…?
Well, they’re both examples of demagogues with massive egos for a start.
Also, they’re both prime examples of populists – who like to think they’ve got the ‘power’ to appeal to what they (mistakenly) regard as the ‘masses’.
It’s kind of ironic, then, when what they mistake to be ‘power’ and popularity (supposedly through the dynamic force of the ‘greatness’ of their personalities) in fact masks something that is actually their profound and inescapable fundamental weakness: their desperate desire to be popular which means they’ll say or do (or, importantly in many cases, not do and pretend to ignore) whatever they calculate to be likely to make them unpopular amongst their support cults they have built up.
Hence, as a consequence of such a desperately pathological desier to maintain their popularity at all costs we find another astonishing similarity between Peron and PZee. Totalitarian, within the confines of their own insular minds and worlds they may be, but, at the same time, far from being powerful caudillos they, perhaps, could – on the contrary – more accurately be described as slaves to oligarchical populism.
Why, they’re so desperate not to upset the applecart that they’ll even tolerate (or at least ignore) the most obnoxious Nazis within their realms, that’s what! Just not to rock the boat and in the interests of keeping things peaceful and less challenging.
Yes, what’s glaringly clear – at least to the rest of us outsiders whose brains the keen-to-be-populist Professer failed to wash – is the amount of the Nazis and Crypto-Nazis who find asylum on Pharyngula; not just the latent Jewhaters and those weakling liberals like Rorschach who (like many cultured Germans of the 1930s & ’40s) shrug their shoulders and pretend to look the other way and even make excuses for fascism when real, scary Nazis turn out to play (I mean, paper progressive all of whom are ten a’ penny on Pharyngula) but we see there also people revealing some obviously latent anti-Jewish and anti-Semitic tendencies.
The phrases, words and themes that they dwell on are fairly easy to spot – even amongst those of us who are fairly unassuming and don’t tend to automatically read-between-the-lines.
Take, for instance, the following posts from a thread which appeared on Pharyngula the other day about this guy called Rabbi Daniel Lapin who claimed to have many atheist friends but found atheists to be largely parasites:
And I quote:
Posted by: hznfrst | September 15, 2010 8:25 PM
What’s the Yiddish word for ‘dick’ again?
What incredible nerve to single out a group and call them parasites, and this from someone whose homeland has been sucking on America’s overgenerous tit for the last 62 years!
Fuck him and FUCK ISRAEL! Let’s se how they get along with their lovely neighbors once we cut them off for good!
(I looked up Rabbi Lapin on Wikipedia and his ‘homeland’ is actually the Republic of South Africa. Just another example of how no matter how many Jewish people are maimed and die defending their country to a Jewhater they’ll always be seen as Israeli. Btw. considering their history, the USA bigging themselves up as the ‘land of the free’ and ‘over-generous’ is a wee, bit hypocritical isn’t it?)
Posted by: ‘Tis Himself, OM | September 15, 2010 8:49 PM
Parasites, where have I heard that term before? Oh yeah:
Never yet has a state been founded by peaceful economic means, but always and exclusively by the instincts of preservation of the species regardless whether these are found in the province of heroic virtue or of cunning craftiness; the one results in Aryan states based on work and culture, the other in Jewish colonies of parasites. -Adolph Hitler, Mein Kampf
Hmmm…I seem to recall that the above person posted a comment on this blog a few months ago informing me that I was ‘a fucked-up person’. Impressive that you can recite parrot-fashion large chunks of ‘the Fuhrer’s Masterwork, ‘mate. Maybe I should also take in a copy of Mein Kampf as some bedtime reading and cure my insomnia that way.
Posted by: Rey Fox | September 15, 2010 8:54 PM
Correction to the first footnote of my above comment: Have you ever seen a face you MORE wanted to forcibly insert a brick into?
Posted by: Rey Fox | September 15, 2010 8:58 PM
“But I did notice that he had a “are you serious; you really believe what you’re saying?” look on his face when the rabbi made his statement.”
Looked to me more like a smug, shit-eating grin. A “Ahhh, my hatreds are being justified by someone, a Jew, no less!” grin.
A grin that cries out for a brick.
Um…yes, you said…I think we get the general idea, ‘liebling’…
Posted by: Newfie | September 15, 2010 8:54 PM
Suspend Belief – Receive Bacon
from a Rabbi, no less
Oh no, not that old Jews n’ Pigskin thing: don’t you Nazi comics have any new material…like stuff that was written since 1945???
Posted by: Feynmaniac, Chimerical Toad Superhero. | September 15, 2010 9:08 PM
Just goes to show you that members of a hated minority can fail to learn from history and end up being just as bigoted as some of those in the majority.
Ha…to PZee, no doubt, an impartial opinion but to you, my friend, a dead give-a-way as a ten-a-penny Pharyngula Jewhater.
I mean, why assume that everyone else regards Jewish people as a ‘hated minority’ like you, bigot? Next…!!!
Posted by: ThirdMonkey | September 15, 2010 10:27 PM
Hey Rabbi Asshat! I am much better off now than when I was one of the blind sheep. I see the universe with eyes unclouded and I am happier for it! I am mentally stronger and can no longer be manipulated by the lies of people like you.
Rabbi Lapin, I can say with strong conviction, GO FUCK YOURSELF. You are a lying, scumbag, con-artist who has gained all of his wealth and power by keeping people ignorant so that you can steal from them. You are a flee, a tick, a blood-sucking leech and are beneath contempt. If I were saying this to your face I would spit on it.
Oh wait… was I being a dick?
Ah, at last, someone who cuts to the chase and doesn’t even bother to hide their Nazi credentials. Classic anti-Semitic analogy there.
Oh, and yes, you were.
Posted by: Rorschach | September 15, 2010 10:29 PM
Oh wait… was I being a dick?
Depends on who you ask.
Great to see certain self-styled, progressive German liberals have learnt so much in the years since the Third Reich that they put up such a vigorous fight against the plague of Nazism these days – unlike their historical antecedents of 1930s and ’40s vintage, of course;)
Posted by: Mattir | September 15, 2010 10:32 PM
Oh wait… was I being a dick?
Yes, but many people appreciate a highly skilled…
Translated as: Yay! No worries, Third Monkey you’re just our cuddly, resident Pharyngula Nazi bastard. Feel free to come here and spout hardcore extreme right hatespeak as much as you like. I mean, PZee’s not gonna ban ya – it’s not like you’re called Becky and you’re a transsexual who picks up on Our Lord PZee’s ‘imagined’ transphobia, or something:)
Posted by: ThirdMonkey | September 15, 2010 10:32 PM
Oh, and Rabbi, let’s compare our income tax returns before we talk about who is or isn’t a parasite.
Says Third Monkey: Hey, Rorschach n’ Mattir! I will, thanks, – I mean, let’s dole out that dusty old medieval stereotype about all Jews being wealthy and laden with gold. Cheers & (teehee) ‘Heil Hitler’!
Posted by: Rorschach | September 15, 2010 9:39 PM
It is not physically possible for me to watch any footage of Beck, it makes me ill.In this case it seems to be saving me from having to listen to some intolerant, reality-challenged jewish fringe loon, even better !
Translated as: Yay, well no offence Herr Third Monkey, but us peace-lovin’ German liberals and progressives don’t say that ‘Heil Hitler’ thing anymore – I mean, hey, that was all in the past anyway, wasn’t it? Tssk…although, strangely, as you can see the very look of some Jews makes me feel physically sick anyway. I mean, I don’t mind them being Jews (after all there’s not that many left in Germany in this day-and-age), but why do they…I mean, why some of them have to go around looking so Jewish?
Bah, Rorschach: some Superhero! As the skinhead said after beating up the 90-year-old nun: Thought you would have been tougher than that, Batman!
Oh well, don’t worry your pretty, little ‘progressive’ head about it, macho man defender of the weak etc. or whomsoever you’re currently fantisizing about being…(cue yawn): This stupid, little damsel for one, will save herself.
Right, now that we’ve dealt with the mice; in the interests of NEVER forgetting the sort of evil that PZ Myers and his merrie band of sycophants pathetically fail to stand up to by gingerly sweeping under the carpet in the interests of neatly maintaining group cohesion, how about some photographic documentation of the actual horrific work of Nazi vermin? Warning some very disturbing and heartbreaking images follow:
By the way, on second thoughts, I take that back about the similarity between Juan Peron and PZ Myers: Juan Peron was obviously much better at hiding his Nazi fugitives.