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Being in Time: A Post-Political Manifesto Paperback – May 24, 2017
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Atzmon's book Being in Time is a brilliant and substantive critique of identity politics and Jewish political ideology and culture. It is an essential read for understanding and confronting authoritarianism of all stripes and colors;James Petras, Bartle emeritus professor, Binghamton University --.
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Gilad Atzmon is an internationally acclaimed jazz artist and composer, a member of the Blockheads, and fronts the Orient House Ensemble. His recent book The Wandering Who? was translated into more than ten languages. Gilad is a political commentator his essays are published widely and in many languages. He lives in London.
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While Atzmon is courageous and politically incorrect--writing what truths he thinks he can while prudently avoiding bullets to the back of his head--he hardly scratches the surface of abhorrent relevant facts. In his list of recent world-historical events, for instance, he glaringly leaves out 911--not wanting to go there in this context.
His treatment of "political correctness" is incisive. In contrast to the Athenian dialectic and tolerance he sides with, "Jewish" totalitarianism, he says, brooks no criticism. He condemns the left as idealistic dreamers--and says that the right is the faction of reality. I think, however, he misses the idealistic dreaming of the anarcho-capitalist libertarians at the core of rightist ideology that is equally out of touch with reality. He gives an enlightening account of the left's descent into identity politics and of our being in a post-political age in which mammon and oligarchic interests are served by both sides.
While generally critical of the "Jewish" phenomenon, he at times defends it in glaringly false-to-fact ways, writing, for instance, that "Jewish" tribalism is not celebrated at the expense of other peoples. Tell that to the Palestinians! He brings up "tikkun olam" a few times-- the doctrine that "Jews" uniquely know how to make the world better, something that strikes me as preposterous self-delusion. Uniquely knowing how to do the opposite would fit the facts better, to my knowledge, though I may be missing something.
Atzmon comes across as a "Jewish" supremacist, pushing the myth of a "Jewish" master "race" (though he says they aren't a race or even an ethnicity) due to cognitive superiority. The cognitive superiority claim is doubtful, not to say that their culture of scholastic excellence is not strong. Europeans created the created world science and technological culture. Chinese perform much better academically. There is evidence that the group is heavily over-represented at top schools because of "privilege" and pull, a good example of which is Jared Kushner, whose academic record should not have gotten him into Harvard. (Though the same could be said of the establishment rich people in general--baby Bush's low intelligence didn't qualify him to get into college at all, much less Yale.)
I take issue in general with what I see as Mr. Atzmon's elitism. There is no "cognitive elite" that is the sole group able to think clearly, make good decisions, and that deserves to rule and garner most of the wealth.
He says that "holocaust religion"--the belief in the primacy of "Jewish" suffering--is in fact the "Jews''" main religion, not the traditional "religion" which most "Jews", to their credit, don't think much of anymore.
His quote of Marx saying that in order for the world to free itself of capitalism it must free itself of Judaism was a little gem, I thought, of which there are quite a few in the book. One really boneheaded thing he writes is that Killary is smarter than Trump, a blatant brain fart.
Leaves you with an understanding of the hands you don't see in action, within the inner workings of our occupied Governments.
Deserves 10 stars.
"Being In Time" is sheer genius. Atzmon's brain operates on a uniquely different level. He sees so easily what only becomes obvious to the rest of us after he points it out. "Being In Time" is so exciting to read as we attempt to navigate our way through the political madness that has gripped the West, because it defines the problems with pinpoint accuracy. Atzmon brilliantly explains the tug of war between what he calls Athens (truth) vs Jerusalem (the dream) and how the "tyranny of (political) correctness has trained us to censor ourselves and as a result has stifled all political opposition and meaningful discourse. How can we have honest discourse if certain topics are deemed land mines to be avoided, and exactly who gets to determine what is or isn't subject to debate?
Our current world is feeling Orwellian and the oppressor seems as though it's some abstract entity that acts, which makes things that much more over-whelming. How can we change our trajectory if we can't properly identify the causes that put us here? Atzmon's "Being In Time" bravely goes where no one has gone before in that he doesn't just state the problems, he courageously and clearly explains how we got here. There is no question he is afraid to ask and in fact his talent lies in refining the questions. This book is absolutely liberating in that it will guide the reader back to the path of truth-seeking, back to Athens.
I bought the book after one of his lectures and purchased another here. I've also purchased from his website to give out. Atzmon is the only author from whom I've purchased multiple copies to give out, this is how important his work is. "Being In Time" is a game-changer