Has LewRockwell.com Become a Zionist Shill?

An Interview With Michael A. Hoffman


by Jonas E. Alexis & Michael A. Hoffman

Michael A. Hoffman is an independent scholar based in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. He is a former reporter for the New York bureau of the Associated Press. He was educated at the State University of New York at Oswego and Hobart College. He is the author of numerous books, including Judaism, Discovered, Judaism’s Strange Gods, and The Great Holocaust Trial.

Hoffman has stirred the ideological pot over the years, and he is no stranger to controversy. In his book Gods of the Blood, Mattias Gardel, the Nathan Söderblom Chair of Comparative Religion at Uppsala University, Sweden, falsely places Hoffman among “non-pagan Aryan activists.”[1] Gardel writes that “anti-Semitism is prominent…in the worldview of Michael Hoffman…”[2]

Gardel never substantiates this dubious claim in his book. He cannot see that the intellectual rigor of “anti-Semitism” in political parlance is already dead. As Jewish writer and novelist Gerard Menuhin put it in our interview a few days ago:

“It is vital urgently to analyze and to dismiss [anti-Semitism] as so much hot air. All it would take would be for enough ordinary citizens to stand up and say ‘Stop it, it’s nonsense, you know it’s nonsense, and what’s more, it’s boring nonsense!’

Michael Barkun of Syracuse University calls Hoffman “a Holocaust denier,”[3] but Hoffman never denies that Stalin slaughtered at least 60 million people, or that Mao exterminated at least 45 million Chinese, or that the Turks (largely Jewish revolutionaries) slaughtered at least a million people during the Armenian Holocaust, or that Israel liquidated hundreds of thousands of Palestinian men, women, and children in 1948.[4]

Hoffman does not even deny that Jews, as well as other ethnic groups, suffered under Nazi Germany.[5] But since Barkun is operating under a patently incoherent system, he cannot really tell his readers where the issues actually lie. He has to build a straw man and then demolish it with great relish.

That is why people like Barkun ought to be dismissed once and for all because they cannot be taken seriously. They had already embarked on a trajectory of perpetual lies and pseudo-scholarship and abandoned practical reason as their guiding light. In this interview, Hoffman will be dealing with an article that was published at LewRockwell.com.


Alexis: You have recently examined the work of Jewish scholars Philip Maymin and Zakhar Maymin of the libertarian website LewRockwell.com. The Maymins write in their recent article “The Babylonian Talmud vs. the Colorado GOP”:

“If Colorado’s GOP establishment had learned from the Talmud…they would have picked 33 delegates for Cruz and one to someone else.”[6]

What’s going on here? Have Lew Rockwell and others become Talmudic? Or were they Talmudic all along?

Hoffman: My guess is that Mr. Rockwell is probably not too familiar with the Bavli (Babylonian) Talmud. I won’t try to read his mind regarding why he published the absurd article in question. What I will say is that websites like his and The American Conservative are interested in gaining some Judaic cover for their Libertarian or milquetoast “Conservative” views, and hence, they publish puff pieces for the hideous, Talmudic-supremacist ideology.

It’s a kind of prostitution, and since you reap what you sow, by plying their readership with propaganda for the Talmud, which is mainly a rule book for self-worshiping racketeers, they sabotage their own mission; their compromise with Talmudism becomes the poison cup that corrupts their entire enterprise.

This may not be so critical with Mr. Rockwell’s operation, since the capitalism he promotes pursues the idol of money without compunction. In the case of The American Conservatives, however, which is one of many groups who imagine they are going to uphold rabbinic Judaism and western civilization, the compromise is a lethal one.

Alexis: The authors of the article end up by saying: “Remember the Talmud and beware unanimity. It often masks evil.” If we “remember the Talmud,” what does it tell us about the Goyim? How does it “mask evil”?

Hoffman: The article is a joke on the goyim. The fact is that unanimity is insisted upon in many facets of Talmudic Judaism. For example, in the matter of informing on the criminal activities of one’s fellow Talmudists, one commits the crime of the moser by breaking ranks and relating such activities to non-Judaic police forces.

Orthodox Judaism demands a strict and suffocating unanimous assent to thousands of its petty halachos (rules and regulations). The idea of dissent from what Chazal, the corporate Talmudic legacy, has bequeathed, is completely alien. Yitzhak Rabin, the late prime minister of the Israeli state, was murdered by a Talmud student because he broke the unanimity demanded of all so-called “Jews.”

Where the Talmud enthusiasts will play semantic games (pilpul) is by means of their claim that the Talmud is just a series of Socratic-style debates. The truth is very different: Halakah (dogmatic rabbinic law) is comprised of the traditions found in the rabbinic Mishnah and Gemara and derivative texts. Those texts as a whole comprise the Oral Law, what Josephus termed, paradôsis (“tradition”).

Agreement on which texts have halachic status is by majority decision. While certain dogmas are inviolable (the superiority of the Judaic male and the inferiority of the goy, for example), other aspects of halacha reflect a situation ethics beholden to the zeitgeist, as the legal authority (and anti-Black racist) Rabbi Moses Maimonides established in his Mishneh Torah. He declared that in a time and place where adherents of the Talmud are supreme (such as in the Israeli state now), goyim may be killed openly and at will.

Exceptions to these bigoted rabbinic laws are permitted where Judaics are subjection to the goyim and where news of Judaism’s discrimination toward, and second-class status of, the goyim, would cause an uprising of “potential animosity” (mishum eivah) toward Judaics.

Therefore, to avoid a rebellion by the goyim, devious exceptions to the rabbinic law are made in public, for the sake of pacifying (“mipnei darkhei shalom”) gullible goyim. Therefore, where Judaic persons reside in Christian or other non-Judaic societies which suspect them of criminal intent, under those circumstances, killings of goyim, as Maimonides said, must be made to look like an accident, or postponed for a time. This is the exceedingly slippery nature of the Talmudic religion.

To maintain, as the article in question does, that Talmudic ethics would guarantee the fairness of Republican politics, is pure chutzpah. Underhanded schemes can be endorsed as long as a majority of rabbinic legal authorities agree on the scheme. The law in Judaism is made not by a legislature, but by a majority judicial decision.

It is true that this majority rabbinic consensus need not be unanimous. However, it is so arrogant and far-reaching that it abrogates to itself the power of God. Jefferson’s concept of inalienable rights that cannot be violated by man’s government because they are God-given, is totally alien to Orthodox Judaism.

This is most famously demonstrated in the portion of the Talmud Bavli where the rabbis overrule God, and God is made to say, “My sons have defeated me! My sons have defeated me!” (cf. Bava Metzia 59b). Who can plumb the depths of megalomania that portrays God himself celebrating his inferiority to the Pharisees of Babylon?

In Talmudic Judaism, God must submit to the majority decision of the rabbis. Are we supposed to believe that because the decision need not be unanimous, this diabolically prideful jurisprudence has something to teach the Colorado GOP?

Former British Grand Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, who is widely regarded in the Establishment media as a “liberal humanist light unto the gentiles,” singled out this portion of the Talmud for praise in his review of Jonathan Rosen’s book The Talmud and the Internet: A Journey between Worlds. Rabbi Sacks wrote, “Rosen loves, as do I, that extraordinary moment in the Talmud in which God is outvoted on a point of Jewish law and celebrates the fact that His children have defeated him.”[7]

There is nothing of the principles of our American Republic as the Founders envisioned it, in the Babylonian Talmud, a collection of sacred books which Thom Jefferson execrated with unremitting hostility.

It is a fraud on the American Libertarian and Conservative movements to pretend otherwise. If Lew Rockwell is what he claims to be, then he will invite someone with genuine knowledge of the subject to reply and refute the disinformation and misdirection which he published.


  • [1] Mattias Gardell, Gods of the Blood: The Pagan Revival and White Separatism (Durham: Duke University Press, 2003), viii.
  • [2] Ibid., 98.
  • [3] Michael Barkun, A Culture of Conspiracy: Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America (Berkley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2013), 33.
  • [4] For further studies on this, see Jean-Louis Panné and Andrzej Paczkowski, et. al, The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1999); Robert Conquest, The Great Terror: A Reassessment (New York: Oxford University Press, 1990 and 2008); Steven Rosefielde, Red Holocaust (New York: Routledge, 2010); Frank Dikötter, Mao’s Great Famine: The History of China’s Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958-1962 (New York: Walker Publishing Company, 2010); Ronald Grigor Suny, Fatma Muge Gocek, and Norman M. Naimark, eds., A Question of Genocide: Armenians and Turks at the End of the Ottoman Empire (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011); Taner Akcam, The Young Turks’ Crime against Humanity: The Armenian Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing in the Ottoman Empire (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2012); Marc David Baer, The Dönme: Jewish Converts, Muslim Revolutionaries, and Secular Turks (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2010); Benny Morris, The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem, 1947-1949 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987); 1948: A History of the First Arab-Israeli War (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008); Ilan Pappé, The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine (Oxford: Oneworld Publications, 2007); The Forgotten Palestinians: A History of the Palestinians in Israel (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013).
  • [5] See for example Sarah Ann Gordon, Hitler, Germans, and the Jewish Question (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1984).
  • [6] Philip Maymin and Zakhar Maymin, “The Babylonian Talmud vs. the Colorado GOP,” LewRockwell.com, April 15, 2016.
  • [7] Jonathan Sacks, “Web of Knowledge,” Guardian, December 22, 2001.


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