Bad Books: PLEZ Section 4

The Protocols is not an organized book.  It is rambling, repetitive and sometimes imbecile.  But these qualities contribute to its literary effect as an exposé because they set the book’s clear declarations in a world of shadows and strange sounds.  The Protocols remind me of Dostoyevsky’s Notes from Underground, or of a monologue by a man who has something important to say but who frequently mumbles and is not entirely sober.  The tone shifts from sly to bombastic to muttering.  Sudden segues enhance the cloak-and-dagger mood.

Section four begins obscurely but soon returns to what Benjamin Disraeli called “those subterranean agencies of which the world in general knows so little, but which exercise so great an influence on public events” (Coningsby (1844)).  Disraeli was himself a Jew and this line appears in his description of Sidonia, a fictional Jew whose pleasure and pastime was to discern “the secret history of the world.”  Disraeli tells us Sidonia was wise because he knew events were shaped by hidden hands.

The Protocols affects Sidonia’s wisdom.  It tells us that the world is governed by an extralegal and irresponsible power that “is concealed and invisible, but, all the same, lets itself be felt.”  It tells us there is “some secret organization, which acts behind the back of some agent, and will, therefore, be the more unscrupulous and daring.”  These agents are the puppets, the patsies, the dupes.  Wise man follows the example of Sidonia and look through this human façade to what Disraeli called the “subterranean agencies” that pull their strings.

The faces in the human façade change, some exiting in supposed disgrace, others entering with supposed new ideas; but these superficial changes do not reflect changes in the permanent power.

“The secret power will not mind changing its agents who mask it.”

Indeed changing the agents perfect the disguise of the mask.  And so this question answers itself,

“Who or what can dethrone an invisible power?”

Who or what can turn a deep state out of office?

The Protocols tell us the invisible power of supremacist Jews also operates behind and by way of fronts, which is to say masquerade organizations that serve the invisible power as a stalking horse.

“The masonic lodge throughout the world unconsciously acts as a mask for our purpose.”

But the deep plans of the hidden puppeteers “remain perpetually unknown to the world at large.”

* * * * *

The Protocols then abruptly shifts, as is its wont, to the corrosive doctrine of absolute liberty.  It is quick to declare that there is no danger when liberty is balanced by just notions of legitimate authority and due obedience, but insists absolute liberty can only lead to riot and then the antidote of despotism.

“Liberty could be harmless and exist in governments and countries without being detrimental to the welfare of the people, if it were based on religion and fear of God, on human fraternity, free from ideas of equality, which are in direct contradiction to the laws of creation, and which have ordained submission.”

This is no doubt correct.  Liberty is rightly dear to all good men; but perfect liberty, absolute liberty, radical liberty—this is an inhuman monster that that will tear any human society to pieces.  The Protocols of course prizes perfect liberty because it has this power to disintegrate, dismember,  decompose.

To unleash the monster of perfect liberty it is necessary to erase from men’s minds every conception of legitimate authority.  As we have seen in earlier sections, the first step in the establishment of a tyranny is to denounce all legitimate authorities as tyrants.  This unleashes the monster of perfect liberty and invites the tyrant to seize power and put this monster back on its chain.  In any case, God is the first legitimate authority the Protocols would erase from men’s minds.

“We must extract the very conception of God from the minds of Christians and replace it by arithmetical calculations and material needs.”

The mind of a Christian is elevated by the conception of God.  It may not be greatly elevated but it is more elevated than it would be if that conception were removed.  The conception of God must, if only in some small degree, detach men from the world of “material needs” and the “arithmetical calculations” with which men connive to possess them.  Removal of this conception must terminate this elevation and detachment.  It must occasion a sort of fall into the clutches of the material world.

“In order to divert the minds of Christians from our policy, it is essential that we should keep them occupied with trade and commerce.”

As was said in an earlier section, the minds of the gentiles must be engrossed by the theory and practice of political economy.

“Thus all nations will be striving for their own profits, and in this universal struggle will not notice their common enemy.”

The gentile nations will be demoralized, degraded and distracted by this carnival of avarice and luxury.

“The struggle for superiority and continuous speculations in the business world will create a demoralized, selfish and heartless society. This society will become completely indifferent and even disgusted by religion and politics. Lust of gold will be their only guide. And this society will strive after this gold, making a veritable cult of the materialistic pleasures with which it can keep them supplied.”

If supremacist Jews were indeed the hidden hand that brought the extravaganza of consumer capitalism into being, we must say that their scheme worked as planned.

The Protocols tells us that consumer capitalism serves supremacist Jews by demoralizing, degrading and distracting the Christian nations, but it also serves supremacist Jews in one other way.  The flamboyant carnival of avarice and luxury incites envy and hatred in all people who have little gold and few material pleasures.  When the Protocols were written, this envy and hatred was felt by the “lower classes” and directed at the “privileged gentiles.”  Today this envy and hatred is felt by the dusky hordes of the so-called developing world.  By making Christians rich, the Protocols say, the secret organization of supremacist Jews has simply fattened them for slaughter.  And the Protocols says that, when the slaughter comes, it will be performed by the puppets—I suppose I should say the golems—of the lower classes and those dusky hordes.

“The lower classes will join us against our competitors—the privileged Gentiles—with no pretense of a noble motive, or even for the sake of riches, but out of pure hatred towards the upper classes.”

End of Section 4
To Be Continued

3 thoughts on “Bad Books: PLEZ Section 4

  1. Mill is rather good on the “deep state” of every dye.

    Under this regime, not only is the outside public ill-qualified, for want of practical experience, to criticise or check the mode of operation of the bureaucracy, but even if the accidents of despotic or the natural working of popular institutions occasionally raise to the summit a ruler or rulers of reforming inclinations, no reform can be effected which is contrary to the interest of the bureaucracy.

    Such is the melancholy condition of the Russian empire, as shown in the accounts of those who have had sufficient opportunity of observation. The Tsar himself is powerless against the bureaucratic body; he can send any one of them to Siberia, but he cannot govern without them, or against their will. On every decree of his they have a tacit veto, by merely refraining from carrying it into effect. In countries of more advanced civilisation and of a more insurrectionary spirit, the public, accustomed to expect everything to be done for them by the State, or at least to do nothing for themselves without asking from the State not only leave to do it, but even how it is to be done, naturally hold the State responsible for all evil which befalls them, and when the evil exceeds their amount of patience, they rise against the government, and make what is called a revolution; whereupon somebody else, with or without legitimate authority from the nation, vaults into the seat, issues his orders to the bureaucracy, and everything goes on much as it did before; the bureaucracy being unchanged, and nobody else being capable of taking their place

    • Bureaucratic intransigence is real but mostly results from the indolence of the bureaucrats (who don’t mind being very busy but prefer to be busy in the old comfortable ways). Deep state conspiracy theories presume (perhaps fantastically) that bureaucracies can be manipulated, but only by a hidden hand. If this is in fact true, it is because the hidden hand acts on men’s true motivations and not the idealistic motivations supposed by official polities and procedures. The hidden hand also adapts to the actual and not the official powers in a bureaucratic department. A long-ago head of the academic department in which I work achieved wonders with boxes of chocolates to the Dean’s secretary. Rational memoranda to the Dean achieved nothing. Boxes of chocolates to his secretary made things happen.

      • No one bothers to cultivate the Clerk of Session, but solicitors always remember the birthdays of the junior clerks in the Listing-Office, who actually fix hearing-dates, and load them with Christmas gifts.


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