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What could be manlier than man-boy love? The widely practiced and frequently violent Way of samurai pederasty was celebrated as an ideal by Hosokawa Yūsai, revered poet and first generation daimyō featured in this exhibit.
As the "flower of the samurai spirit," man-boy love formed the basis of the samurai aesthetic, in a discipline called shudō (the way of loving boys).
"The list of shoguns, hegemons, and principal daimyō thought to have been sexually involved with boys reads like a Who's Who of military and political history," according to historian Gary Leupp. Samurai connoisseurship of pretty boys led to vendettas and rebellion at the highest levels, and possibly even war.
The misogyny implied by the homosociality of this age-structured form of domination was profound, with those exclusively devoted to shudō referred to literally as onna-girai or "woman-haters."
The state of Israel is not Semitic, it is a Western culture transplanted, en masse, into a Semitic one, hence the dischord and suppression of the native populace. The appropriation of Hebrew as the national language as a means of homogenising numerous cultures who happen to share the same faith, but different ethnicities, and ancestral languages is following a previously proven pattern.
The Nazi Party based their approach to ethnic cleansing and social unity on something similar to the Israeli state; that ‘sameness’ promotes unity. The Party leadership drew heavily on Artur de Gobineau’s pseudo-scientific ideas of racial stereotypes, much of Eastern Europe was deemed, in his eyes, and that of the Nazi leadership, to be peopled by the ‘degenerate races’. As is often the case with Philo-semites, Gobineau, much like Adolf Eichmann, differentiated between cultured or Westernised Jews, and those Jews that lived simply as peasant farmers and craftsmen. It was the latter that were identified immediately for death by the killing squads because they were ‘untermensch’, and the former who were, ideally, supposed to be relocated to Palestine, or Madagascar or anywhere else that would take them. While there were no qualms at killing those deemed to be sub-human and degenerate, there was much debate, vascilliation and even regret about killing the white, Westernised Jews of the Greater Reich. Unlike the mass murder of the Eastern European Jews and Ethnic Poles etc, there was never any intention of murdering the Jews of Central and Northern Europe, that became, in the eyes of the Nazis, an economic necessity.
Similarly, in the upheaval of the Russian Revolution, the same differentiation occurs, the Bolsheviks were not peopled by the Jews that had been contained and ghettoised within the Pale of Settlement, who were the victims of the German killing squads, but by the sons and daughters of merchants and others of the professional classes who were assimilated to Russian culture. When the ‘reprisals’ were enacted against the Jews of the Pale, encompassing the Ukraine, it was not because those people had been commissars, it was because they were there, because they had nowhere to go, and the area, due to the stringency of the Pale’s borders, was incredibly overcrowded, impoverished and there was a chance to gain lebensraum while proving loyalty to the new over-lords . It was the proverbial Behavioural Sink, just waiting for King Rat to arrive and tell them who they needed to hate, just as it had happened in reverse with the Soviets a generation before. It was facilitated by conditioning, not natural inclination. On both parts.
The Ukrainians were not incited to violence because they believed that these people were in league with the Bolsheviks, but because they wanted to ally themselves with the Nazis , claiming a cultural affinity with the ‘white Russians’, such as that espoused by Alfred Rosenberg and much of VOMI. It was easy under such circumstances for the Nazis to incite violence, these people had been cultured in division under Imperial Russia, and frequently incited to pogroms against the Jews. Those pogroms inevitably led to the development of militancy in those Jews as a means of defence. So thus we see a constant backward and forwards of neighbours being turned against neighbours, not because it is a natural inclination to hate difference but as a result of social conditioning.
The Jews, as we have already covered, are not a ‘race’, they are a disparate group of ethnicities, that happen to practice the same religion, and as such are no less likely to be victims of their own religious group, as they are from any other group when the prevailing social order demands it. Professor Karl Haushofer, Hitler’s advisor on geopolitical matters, who devised the Drach nost Osten philosophy of the Nazis, decided that to be effective, Germany’s territorial expansion should be based on ethnicity, however, the economic needs of expansionism led to the devising of the Nuremberg Laws and that old European stand by of socially isolating the Jews and seizing their property when the coffers run dry. Haushofer’s own wife was Jewish demonstrating the selectivity of the Nazis’ so-called fanatic ‘anti-semitism’.
So if we apply this to the ancient world, the Jews of the Old Testament, the Kings of Judea, the Herodian dynasty, we see that there too is a differentiation between those Jews who we can perhaps call Hellenised Jews for the sake of argument, and those that are ethnically, and linguistically Semitic, as opposed to just retaining the old language ritually, but syncretically adhering to the over-lord’s gods and belief systems as a means of control over the peasants, slaves and artisans. Which is why, in all conquered cultures, from the very first civilisation at Sumer, we see a rapid, often traumatic, anthropomorphism of the deities depicted through natural artistic expression and craftsmanship when it is turned into economic productionism for the benefit of state. This in turn, creates a middle, or merchant-class that are elevated, creating social stratification, with administration over those with whom they were once equals.
Of course, with oppression comes sedition. It is a constantly repeating pattern that has resulted in a manipulation and anticipation of that pattern, and more than a little pre-empting, with such uprisings being used as an opportunity to intercede, remove those that may have natural leadership qualities, thus leaving a void that can be filled by those easily bought and controlled by the corporations wishing to gain control of the local resources. Now, if we compare that patterning with a country like Switzerland, we can see quite clearly how social stability is maintained, and what the Nazis aspired to. All difference is suppressed and contained, unwanted elements excluded and weeded out, with eugenics actively utilised to remove any perceived genetic deficiencies, the Swiss are known to have practiced forced sterilisations right up until the mid-80s, and probably still do, they are just very discreet about it due to it’s infringement of Human Rights laws and regulations. They are also, of course, a militant culture with involuntary conscription for all male
On which note, in regard to the points that Eidolon originally raised about the regimentation and rigidity of what is perceived as feminine and womanly, it is worthy of mention that the Japanese held similar, though cultural distinct, ideas. They considered themselves as ‘racially’ and culturally superior to the other Asiatic peoples and held a strictly regimented martial culture, the Samurai, that embraced pederasty as part of it’s code.
The entire concept of Israel was never intended as being entirely Semitic, it begins at the Northernmost extremities of Semitic expansion in the vicinity of Ebla, and the taking of Syriac wives by those of Akkadian descent, as in the Genesis narrative of Jacob, thus Semitic paternal lineage but the basis of Jewish Mit Dna traces back to four women of European type, though of course they weren't European as such.
The transmission at some point of this genetic basis is important to those of the different ethnic groups which claim Jewish descent.
All societies try to create unity through promotion of shared common values and systems of belief, if there are those that will not conform to such that always presents a problem. It's unknown if Hitler had any immediate plans to begin killing the Jews of the Eastern territories, the evidence suggests opportunism in that the killings were spontaneous by the local populations and that initial orders were only not to intervene, before the formation of the Einsatzgruppen militia, it also presented Hitler the opportunity of minimal involvement of German units, that the problem could take care of itself with in effect.
Hitlers approach to the Western Jews was entirely different, i don't think he ever moved against those of Berlin, and the establishment of the work camp system was again in a sense letting things take care of themselves, in that with the containment of the Jews and seperation of the sexes that was effectively problem solved over time, and given high attrition rates due to harsh conditions and epidemic that time wouldn't be so long.
The Einsatzgruppen were only peripheral to this system in their involvement in Operation Reinhard in disposing of those Polish Jews that would perform no useful function in the work camps, and again operating from Auschwitz III Monowitz upon the arrival of the Hungarians in the same role, and only in the same manner they had performed their function from the onset.
At the upper end of Bolshevik hierarchy certainly they were of such classes with international connections, but the system did extend down through to the local levels and commissars, and such would have been those with some literacy from those humble communities, there was a Jewish bias throughout the entire Soviet system during the Holdomor period and the persecution of the Orthodox church, the Ukranians perception of this and resentment towards it cannot be dismissed as conditioning, it created men that were happy enough to shoot Jews from dawn till dusk without regret.
And there's the reason for the Holdomor, why they initially looked upon the Germans as liberators from their oppression, and of course this all dates back to the conquest of the Ukraine by the Judaic Khazars in the first place, which wasn't due to social conditioning...
That is an age old trick, that the rulers would invite the Jews into the realm in order to increase commerce and mercantile activity and benefit from the tax revenue, and then when the Church and people clamoured for their removal appease them and take all the Jewish assets, and there you see why they might wish to manipulate at the social and political level to prevent such and consolidate their own position.
As a general principle literacy develops from mercantile activity, thus Nabu the God of the Temple scribe also that of commerce, any ruler including Herod the Edomite requiring the support of both.
Hitler despised the Swiss though, he considered them the lowest of the Germanic peoples, their insular nature not corresponding to his own visions of Imperialistic grandeur and instincts toward expansion, unlike the British.
Again perhaps for the reasons you mention the Japanese had a long held desire to be an insular people, until forced by American gunboat diplomacy to join in with the rest of the world, i collect the prints of Taiso Yoshi-toshi from that Meiji period because that was effectively the end of traditional Japanese culture and this intrigues me, he was highly disturbed producing many scenes of graphic violence, according to the tastes of the common people also at the time, but also capable of great beauty in his representations of courtesans and ghosts, his art has not since been matched in Japan, with absolute conformity comes the loss of the singularly diverse...so now just ghosts, illusions to be deconstructed...?
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You're welcome and thanks also for the interesting discussion, these are difficult issues and i don't really like to dwell on them, but now i can get back to my usual prejudices...
I find it interesting that groups would promote the opposite of what they hope toward, the double cross, in the quest for power at the spiritual level, but that is seemingly the case here, that the creation of illusion and the promotion of mystery and romance is only intended as the destruction of such, in the interest of a presumed Higher state of being, that they would eradicate the spirit of the Earth, if not the Earth itself towards this end.