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A REAL CASE AGAINST THE JEWS • I

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One of Them Points Out the Full Depth of Their Guilt
MARCUS ELI RAVAGE

F COURSE, you do resent us. were not grotesque it would be

O It is no good telling me you
don't. So let us not waste
any time on denials and alibis. You
irritating.
It is not as if you were amateurs:
you have been at it for over fifteen
know you do, and I know it, and we centuries. Yet watching you and
understand each other. To be sure, hearing your childish pretexts, one
some of your best friends are Jews, might get the impression that you
and all that. I have heard that before did not know yourselves what it is
once or twice, I think. And I know, all about. You resent us, but you
too, that you do not include me cannot clearly say why. You think
personally-"me" being any par- up a new excuse-a "reason" is what
ticular individual Jew-when you you call it-every other day. You
fling out at us in your wholesale have been piling up justifications for
fashion, because I am, well, so yourselves these many hundreds of
different, don't you know, almost as years and each new invention is mpre
good as one of yourselves. That laughable than the last and each new
little exemption does not, somehow, excuse contradicts and annihilates
move me to gratitude; but never the last.
mind that now. It is the aggressive, Not so many years ago I used to
climbing, pushing, materialistic sort hear that we were money-grubbers
you dislike-those, in a word, who and commercial materialists; now the
remind you so much of your own complaint is being whispered around
up-and-coming brethren. We under- that no art and no profession is safe
stand each other perfectly. I don't against Jewish invasion.
hold it against you. We are, if you are to be believed,
Bless my soul, I do not blame at once clannish and exclusive and
anybody for disliking anybody. The unassimilable because we won't in-
thing that intrigues me about this termarry with you, and we are also
anti-Jewish business, as you play climbers and pushers and a menace
at it, is your total lack of grit. You to your racial integrity.
are so indirect and roundabout with Our standard of living is so low
it, you make such fantastic and that we create your slums and
transparent excuses, you seem to be sweated industries, and so high that
suffering from self-consciousness so we crowd you out of your best
horribly, that if the performance residential sections.
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We shirk our patriotic duty in in your churches, your schools, your
wartime because we are pacifists by laws and your governments, and the
nature and tradition, and we are the very thoughts you think every day?
arch-plotters of universal wars and A clumsy Russian forges a set of
the chief beneficiaries of those wars papers and publishes them in a book
(see the late "Dearborn Independ- called "The Protocols of the Elders
ent," passim, and "The Protocols of Zion," which shows that we plot-
of the Elders of Zion"). ted to bring on the late World War.
We are at once the founders and You believe that book. All right.
leading adherents of capitalism and For the sake of argument we will
the chief perpetrators of the rebellion underwrite every word of it. lt is
against capitalism. genuine and authentic. But what is
Surely, history has nothing like us that beside the unquestionable his-
for versatility! torical conspiracy which we have
And, oh! I almost forgot the carried out, which we have never
reason of reasons. We are the stiff- denied because you never had the
necked people who never accepted courage to charge us with it, and of
Christianity, and we are the criminal which the full record is extant for
people who crucified its founder. anybody to read?
But I tell you, you are self-
deceivers. You lack either the self- If you really are serious when you
knowledge or the mettle to face the talk of Jewish plots, may I not direct
facts squarely and own up to the your attention to one worth talking
truth. You resent the Jew not about? What use is it wasting words
because, as some of you seem to on the alleged control of your public
think, he crucified Jesus but because opinion by Jewish financiers, news-
he gave him birth. Your real quarrel paper owners and movie magnates,
with us is not that we have rejected when you might as well justly accuse
Christianity but that we have im- us of the proved control of your whole
posed it upon you! civilization by the Jewish Gospels?
Your loose, contradictory charges You have not begun to appreciate
against us are not a patch on the the real depth of our guilt. We are
blackness of our proved historic of- intruders. We are distu~bers. We
fense. You accuse us of stirring up au subverters. We have taken your
revolution in Moscow. Suppose we natural world, "your ideals, your
admit the charge. What of it? Com- destiny, and played havoc with
pared with what Paul the Jew of them. We have been at the bottom
Tarsus accomplished in Rome, the not merely of the latest great war but
Russian upheaval is a mere street of nearly all your wars, not only of
brawl. the Russian but of every other major
You make much noise and fury r~volution in your history. We have
about the undue Jewish influence in brought discord and confusion and
your theaters and movie palaces. frustration into your personal and
Very good; granted your complaint public life. We are still doing it.
is well-founded. But what is that No one can tell how long we shall go
compared to our staggering influence on doing it.
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Look back a little and see what understanding what we were doing to
has happened. Nineteen hundred you, you became the agents at large
years ago you were an innocent, of our racial tradition, carrying
care-free, pagan race. You wor- our gospel to the unexplored ends of
shipped countless gods and god- the earth.
desses, the spirits of the air, of the Our tribal customs have become
running streams arid of the wood- the core of your moral code. Our
land. You took unblushing pride in tribal laws have furnished the basic
the glory of your naked bodies. You groundwork of all your august con-
carved images of your gods and of stitutions and legal systems. Our
the tantalizing human figure. You legends and our folk-tales are the
delighted in the combats of the field, sacred lore which you croon to your
the arena and the battle-ground. infants. Our poets have filled your
War and slavery were fixed institu- hymnals and your prayer-books.
tions in your systems. Disporting Our national history has become an
yourselves on the hillsides and in the indispensable part of the learning of
valleys of the great outdoors, you your pastors and priests and scholars.
took to speculating on the wonder Our kings, our statesmen, our proph-
and mystery of life and laid the ets, our warriors are your heroes.
foundations of natural science and Our ancient little country is your
philosophy. Yours was a noble, Holy Land. Our national literature
sensual culture, unirked ·by the is your Holy Bible. What our people
prickings of a social conscience or by thought and taught has become
any sentimental questionings about inextricably woven into your very
human equality. Who knows what speech and tradition, until no one
great and glorious destiny might among you can be called educated
have been yours if we had left you who is not familiar with our racial
alone. heritage.
But we did not leave you alone. Jewish artisans and Jewish fisher-
We took you in hand and pulled men are your teachers and your
down the beautiful and generous saints, with countless statues carved
structure you had reared, and in their image and innumerable
changed the whole course of your cathedrals raised to their memories.
history. We conquered you as no A Jewish maiden is your ideal of
empire of yours ever subjugated motherhood and womanhood. A
Africa or Asia. And we did it all Jewish rebel-prophet is the central
without armies, without bullets, figure in your religious worship.
without blood or turmoil, without We have pulled down your idols, cast
force of any kind. We did it solely aside your racial inheritance, and
by the irresistible might of our spirit, substituted for them our God and
with ideas, with propaganda. our traditions. No conquest in
\Ve made you the willing and history can even remotely compare
unconscious bearers of our mission to with this clean sweep of our conquest
the whole world, to the barbarous over you.
races of the earth, to the countless How did we do it? Almost by
unborn generations. Without fully accident. Two thousand years ago ~
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nearly, in far-off Palestine, our to the Gentiles, he who hitherto had
religion had fallen into decay and been one of the most active persecu-
materialism. Money-changers were tors of the band. And so well did
in possession of the temple. Degen- Paul do his work that within four
erate, selfish priests mulcted our centuries the great empire which had
people and grew fat. Then a young subjugated Palestine along with half
patriot-idealist arose and went about of the world, was a heap of ruins.
the land calling for a revival of faith. And the law which went forth from
He had no thought of setting up a Zion became the official religion of
new church. Like all the prophets Rome.
before him, his only aim was to This was the beginning of our
purify and revitalize the old creed. dominance in your world. But it was
He attacked the priests and drove only a beginning. From this time
the money-changers from the temple. forth your history is little more than
This brought him into conflict with a struggle for mastery between your
the established order and its support- own old pagan spirit and our Jewish
ing pillars. The Roman authorities, spirit. Half your wars, great and
who were in occupation of the coun- little, are religious wars, fought over
try, fearing his revolutionary agita- the interpretation of one thing or
tion as a political effort to oust them, another in our teachings. You no
arrested him, tried him and con- sooner broke free from your primitive
demned him to death by crucifixion, religious simplicity and attempted
a common form of execution at that the practice of the pagan Roman
time. learning than Luther armed with our
The followers of Jesus of Nazareth, gospels arose to down you and re-
mainly slaves and poor workmen, enthrone our heritage. Take the
in their bereavement and disappoint- three principal revolutions in modern
ment, turned away from the world times-the French, the American
and formed themselves into a and the Russian. What are they but
brotherhood of pacifist non-resisters, the triumph of the Jewish idea of
sharing the memory of their crucified social, political and economic justice?
leader and living together commu-
nistically. They were merely a new And the end is still a long way off.
sect in Judea, without power or We still dominate you. At this very
consequence, neither the first nor the moment your churches are torn
last. asunder by a civil war between
Only after the destruction of Fundamentalists and Modernists,
Jerusalem by the Romans did the that is to say between those who
new creed come into prominence. cling to our teachings and traditions
tiftI Then a patriotic Jew named Paul or literally and those who are striving
Saul conceived the idea of humbling by slow steps to dispossess us. In
the Roman power by destroying the Dayton, Tennessee, a Bible-bred
morale of its soldiery with the doc- community forbids the teaching of
trines of love and non-resistance your science because it conflicts with
preached by the little sect of Jewish our ancient Jewish account of the
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leader of the anti-Jewish Ku Klux taking no thought for the morrow.
Klan in the Democratic National In your industrial struggles, when ...
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Convention, makes the supreme fight you would smash a strike without
of his life in our behalf, without compunction, you are suddenly re-
noticing the contradiction. Again minded that the poor are blessed and
and again the Puritan heritage of that men are brothers in the Father-
Judea breaks out in waves of stage hood of the Lord. And as you are
censorship, Sunday blue laws and about to yield to temptation, your
national prohibition acts. And while Jewish training puts a deterrent hand
these things are happening you on your shoulder and dashes the
twaddle about Jewish influence in brimming cup from your lips. You
the movies! Christians have never become Chris-
Is it any wonder you resent us? tianized. To that extent we have
We have put a clog upon your failed with you. But we have forever
progress. We have imposed upon spoiled the fun of paganism for you.
you an alien-book and an--alien-faith So why should you not resent us?
'Yhi~lJ. you. cannot swallow or digest, If we were in your place we should
wliich is at cross-purposes with your probably dislike you more cordially
native spirit, which keeps you ever- than you do us. But we should make
lastingly ill-at-ease, and which you no bones about telling you why.
lack the spirit either to reject or to We should not resort to subterfuges
accept in full. and transparent pretexts. With mil-
In full, of course, you never have lions of painfully respectable Jewish
accepted our Christian teachings. shopkeepers all about us we should
In your hearts you still are pagans. not insult your intelligence and our
You still love war and graven images own honesty by talking about com-
and strife. You still take pride in the munism as a Jewish philosophy.
glory of the nude human figure. And with millions of hard-working
Your social conscience, in spite of all impecunious Jewish peddlers and
democracy and all your social revolu- laborers we should not make our-
tions, is still a pitifully imperfect selves ridiculous by talking about
thing. We have merely divided your international capitalism as a Jewish
soul, confused your impulses, para- monopoly. No, we should go straight
lyzed your desires. In the midst of to the point. We should contemplate
battle you are obliged to kneel down this confused, ineffectual muddle
to him who commanded you to turn which we call civilization, this half-
the other cheek, who said "Resist Christian half-pagan medley, and-
not evil" and "Blessed are the peace- were our places reversed-we should
makers." In your lust for gain you say to you point-blank: "For this
are suddenly disturbed by a memory mess thanks to you, to your prophets
from your Sunday-school days about and to your Bible." •