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White Privilege, Jewish Privilege, or Bankster-Cartel Privilege?
Some questions raised by the Sam Bankster-Fraud saga and the public conversation about "privilege" that ensued.
[Note: I originally posted this as a “Thread,”which was my first time trying out this feature in Substack. It will probably also be the last time, as the formatting in Threads is shite, you cannot edit it once it’s been posted, etc. Since the “Thread” is barely readable due to formatting, I’m just going to redo it as a regular post. My apologies for any confusion and for the extra email in your inboxes.]
This is my first time starting a "thread" on Substack, so I figured we could start with something nice and inoffensive: the issue of "white privilege" and "Jewish privilege," as illustrated by the recent case of Sam Bankster-Fraud.
Earlier this year, when the charges against SBF were dropped, the anti[white]racist crew on Twitter started proclaiming that it was yet another example of white privilege. Then, some folks on the dissident Right started replying with "Actually, he's Jewish;" and that happened so many times that the phrase started trending on Twitter. Now, are either of these accusations (that he has white privilege or that he has Jewish privilege) accurate? And if so, what do these privileges even mean and how to they operate? And what should our response to these alleged privileges be?
I'll give you my take on it, and then you can tell me whether you think I'm right, wrong, retarded, or whatever.
Back in the day, Chicago mobster Sam Giancana managed to avoid prison, despite being arrested for crimes like auto theft and being the undeniable suspect in multiple murders. All the usual stuff happened to keep him from doing any real time: uncooperative witnesses, crooked cops and judges, clever lawyering, etc. Now, did Giancana benefit from white privilege, Sicilian privilege, or mafia privilege? Of course, you couldn't really discuss the Chicago mafia without also discussing its relationship to the Sicilian diaspora, but were the privileges enjoyed by Giancana available to *all* Sicilians? And what about "white privilege?" One way the mafia became entrenched in America was that Sicilians faced discrimination, and they tended to believe that they could not get justice from the police or from the courts, so they were better off siding with the mafia bosses and appealing to them for help. Maybe Sicilians were privileged relative to blacks, but they certainly did not enjoy the same privilege, by and large, as WASPs did. Moreover, there were a lot of white people alive at the same time as Sam Giancana, and few of them were able to routinely beat the rap like Giancana and his fellow mobsters. So Sam Giancana really had mafia privilege, rather than white privilege or Sicilian privilege, but . . . how could you address his mafia privilege without talking about Sicilian culture and the criminal networks that operated openly among the Sicilian elite?
Joe Colombo was a vocal advocate of Italian-American interests. He frequently organized what were essentially cancellation campaigns to stop media depictions of Italians as gangsters. Of course, Colombo was himself a mafia boss. In one interesting case of over-the-top chutzpah, he negotiated with NBC to call off a hit on Johnny Carson in exchange for NBC agreeing to air the NYC Columbus Day Parade, since positive media coverage of Italian-Americans would help counteract the harmful stereotypes that so deeply offended Colombo. (See, e.g., https://nypost.com/2013/10/09/mob-wanted-johnny-carson-dead-after-drunken-flirtation/.) So if conversations about organized crime could be shut down by alleging anti-Italian prejudice, how could you have a serious conversation about fighting organized crime in America?
In later years, the Sicilian mafia was cut down to size in the USA. One notable prosecutor who was particularly effective in taking down big-time mob bosses: Rudy Giuliani -- a Sicilian.
Now, there is presently a criminal cartel that operates with increasing openness in the world. It involves some goyim (Bill Gates, Klaus Schwab, the Clinton/Obama/Biden crime families), but a disproportionate number of its key players are Jewish. Then, there's the undue influence of the State of Israel on America's government and its foreign policy (e.g., the CIA/Mossad joint honeypot operation known as Jeffrey Epstein). Of course, there are also Jews who are vocal critics of the globalist bankster cartel, just as Rudy Giuliani was a vocal critic of the Sicilian mafia. And obviously there were Sicilians back in the mob's heyday who had zero connection to organized crime and who, therefore, suffered all the detriment associated with the negative stereotypes but enjoyed none of the benefits of mafia membership. Similarly, today there are plenty of Jews who are not connected to the globalist bankster cartel and who, therefore, suffer the detriment of negative stereotypes without receiving any benefit from the cartel.
Another thing: the ambiguity of the term "Jewish." It can be an ethnicity, it can be a religion, it can be a style of corny Borscht-Belt comedy, etc.
And while American Jews tend to be liberal (or even globalist-friendly) in their cultural beliefs and political associations, there is a stark exception: Orthodox Jews, who are generally 180 degrees opposite the Reform and non-religious Jews in terms of their cultural and political values. (See, https://www.pewresearch.org/religion/2013/10/01/chapter-6-social-and-political-views/.) And the surveys don't even include Messianic Jews who are almost certainly just as right-wing as Orthodox Jews.
So my take is that we desperately need an organized law enforcement campaign against the globalist/bankster/spook-state cartel, but the cartel will label any such campaign "antisemitic." Moreover, because the cartel controls the executive branch, the DOJ, and the FBI, we are unlikely to get such a campaign anytime soon. Because of that, regular people will continue to see high-profile cartel members -- a disproportionate number of them Jewish -- getting away with terrible crimes and flaunting their corruption in everyone's face, as if to dare anyone to do anything about it; and any time anyone talks about doing anything to resolve the problem (which everyone with a pair of eyes and a functioning brain can plainly see), all the bad-faith PR men (e.g., Jonathan Greenblatt of the ADL) will do their best to shut the conversation down by censoring its participants and de-platforming them on the grounds that they are "antisemitic." And this will exacerbate and accelerate a vicious cycle (more people getting radicalized and demanding action against the cartel, more desperate attempts by the cartel and its allies to silence anyone who makes such demands, etc.). In the meantime, Jews (particularly Orthodox and Messianic Jews), who mostly hate the cartel as much as anyone, may be pushed into its arms for the sake of self-preservation.
What should we do? How should we respond? This is an honest question to which I certainly do not have the answer. Let me know your thoughts and suggestions.
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The absolutely most die-hard anticommunist I ever met was a Cuban Jew I once worked with. Whatever the globalist/bankster cartel is doing in our world, I guarantee you he hates it even more than you do. I also knew a guy in the Army who was a blue-collar redneck like Larry the Cable Guy pretended to be; he hailed from a small town in middle Tennessee, and he was Jewish. He had about as much Jewish privilege as your average Appalachian out-of-work coal miner has white privilege.