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The Drip Drip Of Conspiracy Theories.

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There has long been an argument that the drip drip of antagonism towards Israelis which is prevalent in the British media class and the intelligentsia would poison the political climate and make racism towards Jews more acceptable.

It is a contentious argument no doubt, but the evidence of how a Morning Star reviewer could write such a glowing review of a book, a conspiratorial book written by neo-Nazi is all the more surprising, and gives some credence to that argument.

A few minutes research into the nature of the book’s publisher, Progressive Press, would have sounded alarm bells to any competent antifascist, or anyone literate.

Still, worse was the seeming unfamiliarity with Nick Kollerstrom, a well-known holocaust denier.

Leaving aside the obvious ignorance on the part of Geoff Simons, I wondered if there was another reason that he was so accepting of Kollerstrom’s dubious arguments.

Now bear in mind that what unites Progressive Press, some of its authors, Kollerstrom and Hallett, etc is an obvious paranoia and a belief in antisemitic conspiracy theories, as seen in the publishers’ web pages.

But I couldn’t believe that a Morning Star contributor would have those hang ups, that was until I saw the following article by the same Geoff Simons.

It is full of inflammatory language, distorted history and a stock of dubious quotes, rather similar to those normally found on Far Right web sites.

Now I can see why Geoff Simons liked Kollerstrom’s book.

Update 1:
Rachel from North London dealt with Kollerstrom in 2008.

Update 2:
I am getting some spam from Jew hating nutbars, so I would like to refer them to my moderation policy.

Written by modernityblog

05/08/2009 at 00:57

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  1. You forgot to mention “Eurabia” – the modern protocols, which posit there is a secret conspiracy by Muslims to talk over Europe, a theory promoted and much loved by the zionist far right and other extreme right wingers

    me

    05/08/2009 at 20:41

  2. Yes you are right, and if I ever write a comprehensive guide to conspiracy theories I will include that.

    But the post was about conspiracy theories as related to **Jews**, I find that people are more ignorant of them and the point needs emphasizing time after time.

    modernityblog

    05/08/2009 at 21:19

  3. It’s this horrible situation where people who would otherwise be excluded from rational debate because of their unsavoury views are praised and lauded *just because* of how their work can somehow contribute to the anti-Zionist movement and/or the anti-imperialist movement.

    So people can praise Neturei Karta’s anti-Zionism without really caring about their take on Judaic eschatology, they can praise a Hamas cleric without considering the Muslim Brotherhood’s designs for a global caliphate, and they can praise Colin Chapman’s writings on Israel/Palestine without stopping twice to consider that his views premised upon the replacement theology myth.So too we have left-wingers who would otherwise reject conspiracy theories embracing Kollerstrom’s writings.

    Antisemitism is the socialism of fools, and increasingly it is becoming the ‘interfaith dialogue’ of fools.

    seismicshock

    06/08/2009 at 01:06

  4. Well put.

    modernityblog

    06/08/2009 at 01:16

  5. […] Press TV has been caught, again, pushing the vile Protocols of the Elders of Zion. The author of the piece at PressTV.ir is Mark Dankof, a friend of the one time KKK ex-Grand Wizard, David Duke. The two are pictured here. Astute readers will remember that Press TV has a long tradition of publishing material from neo-Nazis and their friends, Lady Renouf and Nick Kollerstrom. […]


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