The Soros Myth

Recently I had to correct some one who asserted Jews control the world, the banks, the media/Hollywood.  It amazes me how many Nazis and Nazi symps believe this sort of bullshit.

From Jewish Currents:  https://jewishcurrents.org/essay/the-soros-myth/

Dove Kent
October 11, 2018

FOR DECADES, the right has undermined Black protest and resistance movements as “violent,” “dangerous,” and “un-American” and has responded with militarized force. Under this administration, Trump and his allies are replicating and amplifying this strategy, using misogyny and antisemitism to further erode the basic foundations of political participation.

In response to weeks of women and trans protests demanding that Judge Kavanaugh, who has been accused of sexual assault, be removed from consideration for the Supreme Court, Donald Trump tweeted out:

The very rude elevator screamers are paid professionals only looking to make Senators look bad. Don’t fall for it! Also, look at all of the professionally made identical signs. Paid for by Soros and others. These are not signs made in the basement from love! #Troublemakers

This was quickly followed by a retweeted antisemitic message from Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s lawyer and a longtime Republican leader, calling Soros the enemy of Christ:

Follow the money. I think Soros is the anti-Christ! He must go! Freeze his assets & I bet the protests stop.

Trump and his allies’ deployment of misogyny and antisemitism in this moment are attempts to  undermine our movements, echoing ways the right wing has long attacked protest movements on the left. The power of protest lies in its credibility as the voice of public opinion. If women and trans protestors can be dismissed as pawns or operatives rather than agents of social change, then the power of protest is weakened. If a single Jew can be blamed for orchestrating the whole affair, then the power of protest is further eroded.

This antisemitic rhetoric from the state echoes among white nationalists. In the days following Trump’s tweet and Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, fliers (created by the Daily Stormer) appeared on college campuses and in cities in California and New York. The fliers blamed Jews for orchestrating the assault allegations brought against Judge Kavanaugh. They read: “Every time some anti-white, anti-American, anti-freedom event takes place, you look at it, and it’s Jews behind it.” The Northern Virginia Jewish Community Center (the community center I grew up in) was vandalized with dozens of swastikas.

Trump’s white nationalist audience knows what he means when he points the finger at Soros—he’s invoking a time-tested antisemitic strategy for undermining social movements. According to Jews for Racial & Economic Justice (JFREJ) Board Member Dania Rajendra:

Antisemitism and the idea of “outside agitators” is the right’s most effective tool for delegitimizing both the message and messengers of social justice. If protest can be blamed on those outside of the state, then both the message and the messenger are untrustworthy. Delegitimizing both is necessary to eventually repress or expel said “troublemakers” by the forces of “law and order.” And in fact, we saw the president say exactly that to a conference of police the same week as his post-Kavanaugh-protest Soros tweet.

We know that we need a strong, vibrant, awake electorate holding elected officials accountable. Undermining the credibility of protest is an extremely effective tool of protecting those in power.

Right-wing regimes have long broken down the fabric of political protest by using the antisemitic notion of rich Jewish financiers as the “puppet masters” of social unrest. During the Russian Revolution, the Tsar’s secret police disseminated the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a fictional account of a meeting of rich Jews plotting to break down the society of their “host countries” and rule the world through the promotion of social upheaval. For a period, the Protocols did its job to undermine and destabilize the revolution against the Tsar. Because of its success, it’s been translated and promoted by right-wing ideologues around the world ever since.

The Protocols gave us dog whistle terms like “globalist,” a slur associated with Jews that paint them as untrustworthy, ready to betray the nations of their residence in service of an unseen authority. The general idea, from JFREJ’s resource Understanding Antisemitism: An Offering to our Movement, is that “Jews are a powerful, corrupting influence on otherwise good, pure people—insidious troublemakers with a nefarious agenda at odds with that of the good, ‘true’ citizens of a nation.”

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5 Responses to “The Soros Myth”

  1. edith pilkington Says:

    At the Inquisition one wonders how this sentiment will play . . . :

    “Sashaying around the world on Open Society or Rockefeller or Ford money is fun!”

    . . . If the sarcasm is recognized.

    https://www.jacobinmag.com/2018/10/clean-slate-labor-law-unions-janus?fbclid=IwAR2ekfuq8p-rp2SFKVDIQ_aMh5KZkKGMIsu_oZxlnDgME30Fj4q1GzoRI54

    Somewhere between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea is a place that waits for me . . . just another Infidel.

    • Suzan Says:

      I’ll be elated if we manage to have a Democratic Party take over of the House and Senate. Watching the Baseball play-offs i think the term is playing small ball. Putting the brakes on the Nazi’s ascent to total Fourth Reich Status seems more important than some academic’s idea of a “Big Picture”.

      • edith pilkington Says:

        Your answer to me is kinder than I expected. This November I will again support two politicians that I absolutely loathe. One of them went to the same Catholic grammar school and high school as me. She’s an awful neoliberal. There is a price to pay just not as large a price if I didn’t vote against their opponents. That offers me little comfort.

        Since 2011 the trans activist movement has become monolithic and totally averse to any kind of criticism to the point where it is almost dictatorial.

        Example, from the Trans Student Education Resources definitions page:

        “Transsexual

        A deprecated term that is often considered pejorative similar to transgender in that it indicates a difference between one’s gender identity and sex assigned at birth. Transsexual often – though not always – implicates hormonal/surgical transition from one binary gender (male or female) to the other. Unlike transgender/trans, transsexual is not an umbrella term, as many transgender people do not identify as transsexual. When speaking/writing about trans people, please avoid the word transsexual unless asked to use it by a transsexual person.”

        I think this group receives a lot of Open Society Funding. They also have a “trans grammar” page. All definitions of “trans people” circle back to a person’s assigned sex at birth. Forget about me. How is that relevant to you?

        For the record, I’m not arguing about the semantics involved. It’s having language that is not descriptive of me or my experience being forced down my throat.

        The funders choose voices compatible with their aims. Soros isn’t the only one. Dependence on the noblesse oblige of billionaires is as medieval and as patriarchal as one can get. Raise legitimate criticisms of Soros’s hold over and co-optation of social justice movements and one is accused of anti-semitism, raise legitimate concerns over many of Obama’s policies and one is accused of being racist, raise legitimate concerns about the influence of the Clinton Foundation and one is accused of being misogynist. Sorry, I am not for African Americans , women, and Jews being used as human shields to keep the billionaire class from being attacked by its critics.

        • Suzan Says:

          When Trump’s Proud Boys are acting as his SA. When Black Folks are getting killed left and right. When antisemitism is on the rise. When Trans-folks are having to fight to maintain hard won rights. When women are being shove back into the 1950s…

          I have a hard time criticizing those fighting on my side. My being transsexual is a matter of history. My present is one of being an old hippie dyke, pondering conversion to Reform Judaism, a transactivist emeritus, a pioneer of sorts.

          As for depending on the noblesse oblige of billionaires… Barring a revolution which I fear the Left would lose badly as most aren’t willing to take up arms against fascism then a war of words and ballots is all we have.

          Better a neo-lib than a Nazi.

          • edith pilkington Says:

            Yes, I hear everything you’re saying. I looked up a little bit on the Youndahl person I linked to. I’m not on the same page he is, either, but this person, who is an elite person of color who I am not sure I trust, either, has a lot to say about all these things and even the dire need some of the people who he so criticizes provide for, which he readily acknowledges. He touches on Soros and Tom Steyer at 13:00 minutes into the program. It isn’t really about Soros. There are so many other foundations – Walmart, Ford, Rockefeller, Gates, etc. What he says about climate change and Steyer’s role as “savior” is worth considering.:

            https://www.kqed.org/forum/2010101867565/anand-giridharadas-on-the-dark-side-of-elites-and-philanthropy

            If I lived in a swing state I would have voted for Hillary Clinton. I wonder how many hate me because I voted for Jill Stein. I had followed her pretty closely since 2012 when I had a chance to meet her at a small barroom fundraiser here.

            It really bothers me that in order to say what I think I have to run the risk of being associated with neanderthals because they can tell the time as well as any broken clock. What Giridharadas has to say really gets right to the point about the disjunction between “innovation” a word, in which he points out the obvious, that is, you hear it everywhere and the disjunction between “innovation” and progress. If we ever get beyond Trump, then what???


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