Scott Free, February 2013
Portland, Oregon, has at different times witnessed outpourings of activism directed at Justice and Social change: Central American Solidarity, South African Solidarity, Anti-War activism and demonstrations, demonstrations and calls to end racist violence in Portland, many demonstrations and activism against sitting Presidents, calling for impeachment and prosecution, all by dedicated volunteers who believed in notions of universal brother/sisterhood with equality and justice. 9-11 proved to be the watershed moment when “the organized left” quickly aligned with the racist approach to the “war on terror” demonizing Arabs and Muslims and Persians. This profound contradiction in supposedly core “left values” rapidly destroyed most activism in Portland.
Dissident activity began to focus around activists who questioned the 9-11 narrative and all that issued from it. This dissident group quickly became the locus for disruption and demonization. It became clear to the activists that refused to buy the 9-11 narrative that 9-11 was not the only historical event that had been fictionalized for political purposes.
In this context, The Mass Psychology of Anti-Fascism made its appearance. Jay Knott through his pamphlet and then in person made a strong case for linking many, if not all, “left causes” especially anti-fascism, to Zionist activists. Thus began a rethinking of much of what had come before.
Meanwhile, the brief appearance of Palestinian Solidarity, led by Palestinians came to an abrupt end sometime after Cast Lead. Though many of us remember that Portland has many Palestinian exiles; fully aware and able to lead efforts to liberate their country. Current “Palestinian Solidarity” mirrors what has happened to the British Palestinian Solidarity Groups, coopted and ineffectual except at removing voices for Palestinian Liberation.
Thanks to the internet, Gilad Atzmon was spotted as a powerful voice articulating the elephant in the room: Jewish identity politics. Ironically, his ready credibility came from his Jewish/Israeli past. Other critics, perhaps with even more urgent messages, like Nahida Izaat, still have to overcome the even more vehement attacks from the Tribe.
We started an Atzmon reading group in December 2012, meeting fortnightly. It reflects the diverse nature of the 9-11 dissidents. Few are prepared to accept any position at face value, this is what the realization of deception will do. Atzmon’s book The Wandering Who, has been a great jumping off place because of his clear presentation of ideas. His ability to bring up a lot of concepts and positions without being overly wordy is a blessing. In Portland it is clear now that a “Herem” has been placed on Atzmon and any who support him. Operating in this environment is beginning to resemble Elizabethan England of the 1580’s, or perhaps more accurately, operating in Palestine under the Übermensch.
To the future or to the past, to a time when thought is free, when men are different from one another and do not live alone — to a time when truth exists and what is done cannot be undone: From the age of uniformity, from the age of solitude, from the age of Big Brother, from the age of doublethink – greetings!
By Scott Free, February 2013