By Gilad Atzmon
Utopia, the imaginary ideal society, the Eden of collective and universal yearning is at the root of Left and progressive thought. A utopian society is the political and social goal of some leftist and progressive narratives. For others, the perfect society is itself the ideological means toward redemption. No left or progressive intellectual narrative is impervious to some sort of utopian ideal.
But for about half of the American people, utopia is nostalgic. The return of the ‘American Dream,’ of being great once again – this is the idyllic dream shared by supporters of both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.
The history of ideas has seen this transition before. The Jewish Cultural Marxists of the 1930s were shocked by a similar development. Wilhelm Reich and other prominent members of the Frankfurt School were bewildered by the success of National Socialism and Fascism. They couldn’t figure out how was it possible that the German and Italian workers favored ‘reactionary’ fascism over a ‘communist utopia.’
In Germany in the 1930s, as in America in 2016, it was nostalgia and romanticism that gave utopia meaning, the yearning for a national rootedness over a ‘progressive’ Shangri La.
The Jewish ‘Left’ quickly diagnosed what was wrong with the Germans, for Wilhelm Reich it was German sexuality. He had the ridiculous idea that German women being sexually suppressed was at the core of German inclination towards authoritarianism. The Jewish psychoanalyst must have been convinced that dildos were the key to a communist revolution. A few years later, Adorno improved on Reich’s paradigm, adding a few other criteria to the model of the “authoritarian personality.” Adorno, Reich, and the rest of the cultural Marxists were obviously deluded. Pornography, dildos, and the sexual revolution didn’t mature into a political revolution. Quite the opposite, they contributed to alienation, reification, and suppression of pretty much every human value.
The Germans and the National Socialists weren’t too tolerant of Reich and the other members of the Frankfurt School. Reich and the Frankfurt Schoolers had to run for their lives. The Frankfurt Research Institute relocated at Columbia University in New York City where it devoted the next few years to the destruction of the cohesiveness of the American people.
Unlike the German people who were quick to reject the Jewish revolutionary progressive school, it took the American intelligentsia half a century to detect the subversive role of the Institute that planted identity politics and political correctness at the heart of America’s academia, culture, media, and politics.
And now, in 2016, the Jewish progressive elite is making exactly the same mistake the Frankfurt School made in the 1930s. The reaction of the likes of Noam Chomsky and The Jewish Daily Forward to the American working people is catastrophic and dangerous. Chomsky calls Trump voters “White poor working class”*, The Jewish Daily Forward calls them “White supremacists,” “losers” and “bullies.” And what is the real crime of all these “White losers”? Simple, they are nostalgic.
It is noticeable that Jewish progressive institutions and left icons are horrified by “White people” being ‘nostalgic,’ but why? Why are the Jews, a people who are obsessed with their own past, so afraid of other people, say ‘White’ people, being nostalgic for their own past? Ready? Beware; I am about to drop a bomb.
The progressive Jew grasps that the working class is nostalgic for a pre-Jerusalem Dominated society; a time when American politics weren’t controlled by the likes of Saban, Soros, Goldman, Sachs, and other global capitalists who are isolated from production, manufacturing, and farming. The so-called ‘progressives’ in Democracy Now, Real News, The Jewish Daily Forward, and the other Soros-funded outlets can interpret the primaries. They are fearful of being relegated to the ghetto.
But do they have a reason? Has anyone mentioned expelling the Jews? Or curtailing Jewish power? Not at all. The progressive fear of the so-called ‘reactionary’ is fuelled by a deep understanding that the American past was indeed greater than the progressive present – the tyranny of correctness, the identitarian dictatorship and, more than anything else, the lack of a future that is attached to Mammonism – the relentless sick of Mammon for the sake of Mammon.
On a further note, in historical retrospect, the entire work of the Cultural Marxists, Wilhelm Reich, the Frankfurt school, and their contemporary progressive merchants can be trashed. Their agenda has become transparent, they were committed to misleading society about the simple fact that true utopia is nostalgic. They devoted themselves to concealing what is obvious and undeniable: for the working people, rootedness is true liberation and romanticism is truly romantic.
*As usual it is hard to figure out whether Chomsky is misinformed or just lying. A quick internet search reveals that Trump’s “voters are better off economically compared with most Americans.” (click here) Trump also enjoys a growing number of educated people (click here). When Chomsky refers to ‘wide general agreement’ you should always expect a lie. Being a linguist, Chomsky has established a manner of non-committal spin culture — ‘general agreement’ doesn’t have to correspond with the truth.
Gilad Atzmon is an Israeli-born British jazz saxophonist, novelist, political activist, and writer.
Atzmon’s album Exile was BBC jazz album of the year in 2003. Playing over 100 dates a year, he has been called “surely the hardest-gigging man in British jazz.” His albums, of which he has recorded nine to date, often explore the music of the Middle East and political themes. He has described himself as a “devoted political artist.” He supports the Palestinian right of return and the one-state solution in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
His criticisms of Zionism, Jewish identity, and Judaism, as well as his controversial views on The Holocaust and Jewish history, have led to allegations of antisemitism from both Zionists and anti-Zionists. A profile in The Guardian in 2009 which described Atzmon as “one of London’s finest saxophonists” stated: “It is Atzmon’s blunt anti-Zionism rather than the music that has given him an international profile, particularly in the Arab world, where his essays are widely read.”