Controlled Opposition – From Goldstein to Soros and Beyond

By Gilad Atzmon


Jewish power is the unique capacity to stop us from discussing or even contemplating Jewish power. It is the capacity to determine the boundaries of the political discourse and criticism in particular.

In his new book, “The Invention Of The Land of Israel”, Israeli academic Shlomo Sand, manages to present conclusive evidence of the far fetched nature of the Zionist historical narrative – that the Jewish Exile is a myth as is the Jewish people and even the Land of Israel.

Yet, Sand and many others fail to address the most important question: If Zionism is based on myth, how do the Zionists manage to get a way with their lies, and for so long?

If the Jewish ‘homecoming’ and the demand for a Jewish national homeland cannot be historically substantiated, why has it been supported by both Jews and the West for so long? How does the Jewish state manage for so long to celebrate its racist expansionist ideology and at the expense of the Palestinian and Arab peoples?

Jewish power is obviously one answer, but, what is Jewish power? Can we ask this question without being accused of being Anti Semitic? Can we ever discuss its meaning and scrutinize its politics? Is Jewish Power a dark force, managed and maneuvered by some conspiratorial power? Is it something of which Jews themselves are shy? Quite the opposite – Jewish power, in most cases, is celebrated right in front of our eyes. As we know, AIPAC is far from being quiet about its agenda, its practices or its achievements. AIPAC, CFI in the UK and CRIF in France are operating in the most open manner and often openly brag about their success.

Furthermore, we are by now accustomed to watch our democratically elected leaders shamelessly queuing to kneel before their pay-masters. Neocons certainly didn’t seem to feel the need to hide their close Zionist affiliations. Abe Foxman’s Anti Defamation League (ADL) works openly towards the Judification of the Western discourse, chasing and harassing anyone who dares voice any kind of criticism of Israel or even of Jewish choseness. And of course, the same applies to the media, banking and Hollywood. We know about the many powerful Jews who are not in the slightest bit shy about their bond with Israel and their commitment to Israeli security, the Zionist ideology, the primacy of Jewish suffering, Israeli expansionism and even outright Jewish exceptionalism.

But, as ubiquitous as they are, AIPAC, CFI, ADL, Bernie Madoff, ‘liberator’ Bernard Henri Levy, war-advocate David Aaronovitch, free market prophet Milton Friedman, Steven Spielberg, Haim Saban, Lord Levy and many other Zionist enthusiasts and Hasbara advocates are not necessarily the core or the driving force behind Jewish Power, but are merely symptoms. Jewish power is actually far more sophisticated than simply a list of Jewish lobbies or individuals performing highly developed manipulative skills. Jewish power is the unique capacity to stop us from discussing or even contemplating Jewish power. It is the capacity to determine the boundaries of the political discourse and criticism in particular.

Contrary to popular belief, it is not ‘right wing’ Zionists who facilitate Jewish power, It is actually the ‘good’, the ‘enlightened’ and the ‘progressive’ who make Jewish power the most effective and forceful power in the land. It is the ‘progressives’ who confound our ability to identify the Judeocentric tribal politics at the heart of Neoconservatism, American contemporary imperialism and foreign policy. It is the so-called ‘anti’ Zionist who goes out of his or her way to divert our attention from the fact that Israel defines itself as the Jewish State and blinds us to the fact that its tanks are decorated with Jewish symbols. It was the Jewish Left intellectuals who rushed to denounce Professors Mearsheimer and Walt, Jeff Blankfort and James Petras’ work on the Jewish Lobby. And it is no secret that Occupy AIPAC, the campaign against the most dangerous political Lobby in America, is dominated by a few righteous members of the chosen tribe. We need to face up to the fact that our dissident voice is far from being free. Quite the opposite, we are dealing here with an institutional case of controlled opposition.

In George Orwell’s 1984, it is perhaps Emmanuel Goldstein who is the pivotal character. Orwell’s Goldstein is a Jewish revolutionary, a fictional Leon Trotsky. He is depicted as the head of a mysterious anti-party organization called “The Brotherhood” and is also the author of the most subversive revolutionary text (The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism). Goldstein is the ‘dissenting voice’, the one who actually tells the truth. Yet, as we delve into Orwell’s text, we find out from Party’s ‘Inner Circle’ O’Brien that Goldstein was actually invented by Big Brother in a clear attempt to control the opposition and the possible boundaries of dissidence.

Orwell’s personal account of the Spanish Civil War “Homage To Catalonia” clearly presaged the creation of Emmanuel Goldstein. It was what Orwell witnessed in Spain that, a decade later, matured into a profound understanding of dissent as a form of controlled opposition. My guess is that, by the late 1940’s, Orwell had understood the depth of intolerance, and tyrannical and conspiratorial tendencies that lay at the heart of ‘Big Brother-ish’ Left politics and praxis.

Surprisingly enough, an attempt to examine our contemporaneous controlled opposition within the Left and the Progressive reveal that it is far from being a conspiratorial. Like in the case of the Jewish Lobby, the so-called ‘opposition’ hardly attempts to disguise its ethno-centric tribal interests, spiritual and ideological orientation and affiliation.

A brief examination of the list of organisations founded by George Soros’ Open Society Institute (OSI) presents a grim picture – pretty much the entire American progressive network is funded, partially or largely by a liberal Zionist, philanthropic billionaire who supports very many good and important causes that are also very good for the Jews. And yet, like staunch Zionist Haim Saban, Soros does not operate clandestinely. His Open Society Institute proudly provides all the necessary information regarding the vast amount of shekels it spreads on its good and important causes.

So one can’t accuse Soros or the Open Society Institute of any sinister vetting the political discourse, stifling of free speech or even to ‘controlling the opposition’. All Soros does is to support a wide variety of ‘humanitarian causes’: Human Rights, Women’s Rights. Gay Rights, equality, democracy, Arab ‘Spring’, Arab Winter, the oppressed, the oppressor, tolerance, intolerance, Palestine, Israel, anti war, pro-war (only when really needed), and so on.

As with Orwell’s Big Brother that frames the boundaries of dissent by means of control opposition, Soros’ Open Society also determines, either consciously or unconsciously, the limits of critical thought. Yet, unlike in 1984, where it is the Party that invents its own opposition and write its texts, within our ‘progressive’ discourse, it is our own voices of dissent, willingly and consciously, that are compromising their principles.

Soros may have read Orwell – he clearly believes his message – because from time to time he even supports opposing forces. For instance, he funds the Zionist-lite J Street as well as Palestinian NGO organisations. And guess what? It never takes long for the Palestinian beneficiaries to, compromise their own, most precious principles so they fit nicely into their paymaster’s worldview.

The Visible Hand

The invisible hand of the market is a metaphor coined by Adam Smith to describe the self-regulating behaviour of the marketplace. In contemporary politics. The visible hand is a similar metaphor which describes the self-regulating tendency of the political-fund beneficiary, to fully integrate the world view of its benefactor into its political agenda.

Democracy Now, the most important American dissident outlet has never discussed the Jewish Lobby with Mearsheimer, Walt, Petras or Blankfort – the four leading experts who could have informed the American people about the USA’s foreign policy domination by the Jewish Lobby. For the same reasons, Democracy Now wouldn’t explore the Neocon’s Judeo-centric agenda nor would it ever discuss Jewish Identity politics with yours truly. Democracy Now will host Noam Chomsky or Norman Finkelstein, it may even let Finkelstein chew up Zionist caricature Alan Dershowitz – all very good, but not good enough.

Is the fact that Democracy Now is heavily funded by Soros relevant? I’ll let you judge.

If I’m correct (and I think I am) we have a serious problem here. As things stand, it is actually the progressive discourse, or at least large part of it.  that sustains Jewish Power. If this is indeed the case, and I am convinced it is, then the occupied progressive discourse, rather than Zionism, is the primary obstacle that must be confronted.

It is no coincidence that the ‘progressive’ take on ‘antisemitism’ is suspiciously similar to the Zionist one. Like Zionists, many progressive institutes and activists adhere to the bizarre suggestion that opposition to Jewish power is ‘racially motivated’ and embedded in some ‘reactionary’ Goyish tendency. Consequently, Zionists are often supported by some ‘progressives’ in their crusade against critics of Israel and Jewish power. Is this peculiar alliance between these allegedly opposing schools of thoughts, the outcome of a possible ideological continuum between these two seemingly opposed political ideologies? Maybe, after all, progressiveness like Zionism is driven by a peculiar inclination towards ‘choseness’. After all, being progressive somehow implies that someone else must be ‘reactionary’. It is those self-centric elements of exceptionalism and choseness that have made progressiveness so attractive to secular and emancipated Jews. But the main reason the ‘progressive’ adopted the Zionist take on antisemitism, may well be because of the work of that visible hand that miraculously shapes the progressive take on race, racism and the primacy of Jewish suffering.

We may have to face up to the fact that the progressive discourse effectively operates as Israel’s longest arm – it certainly acts as a gatekeeper and as protection for Zionism and Jewish tribal interests. If Israel and its supporters would ever be confronted with real opposition it might lead to some long-overdue self-reflection. But at the moment, Israel and Zionist lobbies meet only insipid, watered-down, progressively-vetted resistance that, in practice, sustains Israeli occupation, oppression and an endless list of human rights abuses.

Instead of mass opposition to the Jewish State and its aggressive lobby, our ‘resistance’ is reduced into a chain of badge-wearing, keffiyeh-clad, placard-waving mini-gatherings with the occasional tantrum from some neurotic Jewess while being videoed by another good Jew. If anyone believes that a few badges, a load of amateur Youtube clips celebrating Jewish righteousness are going to evolve into a mass anti-Israel global movement, they are either naïve or stupid.

In fact, a recent Gallup poll revealed that current Americans’ sympathy for Israel has reached an All-Time High. 64% of Americans sympathise with the Jewish State, while only 12% feel for the Palestinians. This is no surprise and our conclusion should be clear. As far as Palestine is concerned,  ‘progressive’ ideology and praxis have led us precisely nowhere. Rather than advance the Palestinian cause, it only locates the ‘good’ Jew at the centre of the solidarity discourse.

When was the last time a Palestinian freedom fighter appeared on your TV screen? Twenty years ago the Palestinian were set to become the new Che Guevaras. Okay, so the Palestinian freedom fighter didn’t necessarily speak perfect English and wasn’t a graduate of an English public school, but he was free, authentic and determined. He or she spoke about their land being taken and of their willingness to give what it takes to get it back. But now, the Palestinian has been ‘saved’, he or she doesn’t have to fight for his or her their land, the ‘progressive’ is taking care of it all.

This ‘progressive’ voice speaks on behalf of the Palestinian and, at the same time, takes the opportunity to also push marginal politics, fight ‘Islamism’ and ‘religious radicalisation’ and occasionally even supports the odd interventionst war and, of course, always, always, always fights antisemitism. The controlled opposition has turned the Palestinian plight into just one more ‘progressive’ commodity, lying on the back shelf of its ever-growing ‘good-cause’ campaign store.

For the Jewish progressive discourse, the purpose behind pro-Palestinian support is clear. It is to present an impression of pluralism within the Jewish community. It is there to suggest that not all Jews are bad Zionists. Philip Weiss, the founder of the most popular progressive pro-Palestinian blog was even brave enough to admit to me that it is Jewish self -interests that stood at the core of his pro Palestinian activity.

Jewish self-love is a fascinating topic. But even more fascinating is Jewish progressives loving themselves at the expense of the Palestinians. With billionaires such as Soros maintaining the discourse, solidarity is now an industry, concerned with profit and power rather than ethics or values and it is a spectacle both amusing and tragic as the Palestinians become a side issue within their own solidarity discourse.

So, perhaps before we discuss the ‘liberation of Palestine’, we first may have to liberate ourselves.

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15 Responses to "Controlled Opposition – From Goldstein to Soros and Beyond"

  1. Anthony Hall  April 19, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Hold Democracy Now and Amy Goodman accountable. Democracy Now’s unwillingness to delve into 9/11 Skepticism is also part of the controlled-opposition picture.Think Jonathan Kay. I believe Gilad could contribute to our quest for truth even more by including the obstacles put up to progressive 9/11 studies by Soros and company.

  2. PallMall  April 16, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Brilliant…because it’s true.

    Mr. Atzmon, if you are reading these comments, please write more of these explanatory articles. We need them to resend to our congressmen. Thank you.

  3. shachalnur  April 14, 2013 at 11:21 am

    By the way,I’m a jew and have 4 jewish children.

  4. Martin Maloney  April 13, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    “…Jewish power is the unique capacity to stop us from discussing or even contemplating Jewish power. It is the capacity to determine the boundaries of the political discourse and criticism in particular.”

    Here’s an article that breaks through those boundaries:

    Six Jewish Companies Control 96% of the World’s Media


    Now THAT is Jewish power!

  5. Martin Maloney  April 13, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    @ Tom D.

    “They payed (sic) for Hitler who shove (sic) Jews into ovens…”

    The “ovens” as you call them were used to cremate dead bodies, not to burn Jews alive.

    If you can document your assertion, then please do so.

  6. Kevin Barrett  April 13, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    I’m looking forward to discussing this great article with Gilad during the second hour of my radio show Monday, 3 to 5 pm Central on

  7. shachalnur  April 13, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Zionist power,
    Tape surfaced with David Koch Arana (Former colonel of salvadorian fascist army) planning unrest in venezuela during elections.
    the Zionists are a criminal maffia,serving Rothschild.
    Slomo Sand was asked on gnostic movement interview about the role of Rothschild in israel and Zionism.
    he answered that critizising rothschild is “anti-semitic.”
    Controlled opposition at it’s best,like anybody else refusing to connect Rothschild to the creation of israel and Zionism,like Gilad Atzmon.

  8. robert  April 13, 2013 at 10:48 am

    At last.

    This excellent piece of journalism returns V.T. to where it used to attempt to strive to. Thought provoking, insightful and challenging reading, unlike the spoon fed attempts to misinform, distract with alien conjecture or to incite via selective mischievous trolls.

    Well done Mr Atzman. A piece I will proudly pass on to my friends and colleagues,

  9. Grampah  April 13, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Definitely a keeper essay, to refresh my mind on detecting “boundaries of dissent”.

  10. Brian  April 13, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Excellent article.

    Regarding Haim Saban, excerpt from an article:

    He remains keenly interested in the world of business, but he is most proud of his role as political power broker. His greatest concern, he says, is to protect Israel, by strengthening the United States-Israel relationship. At a conference last fall in Israel, Saban described his formula. His “three ways to be influential in American politics,” he said, were: make donations to political parties, establish think tanks, and control media outlets.

    Brian: Well the formula is a major force to control America and the minds of Americans. They use the formula to control other countries and citizens and yes there are other factors involved. Saban didn’t mention blackmail, a major tool to control American politicians and other important people.

    AIPAC is extremely powerful it controls the U.S. congress and the Pink House but the vast majority of Americans don’t know anything about it thanks to the deceitful Jewish controlled major media. These manipulators do not represent the average Jewish American.

    Even if Americans discovered the truth Israel did 911 somehow due to the Jewish power brokers, their shills, the tremendous sympathy Americans have for Jewish Israelis the bond between the two countries will become even stronger. Oh the horror! The horror!

    • DaveE  April 13, 2013 at 12:35 pm

      AIPAC and their ilk are losing power, not gaining power. In my rural state, they are losing power FAST. The zionists are not invincible, quite the opposite. It’s just a simple matter of time and not much of it, either.

    • Brian  April 13, 2013 at 1:12 pm

      I really wish I could agree, I actually think AIPAC is stronger than ever, I could provide a lot of information but just look at the Pink House AIPAC forced Obama to put evil sanctions on Iran to stop a nuclear weapons programs and Iran doesn’t have a nuclear weapons program, Obama has made no demands on Israel about their evils ways with the Palestinians, he’s afraid to mention Israel did 911, he keeps talking about the unbreakable bond between the United States and Israel, the Pink House is filled with Jewish Zionists and he celebrates Hanakuh and Passover in the Pink House and he’s not Jewish, excerpt from an article:

      President Obama’s Statement About Passover

      “As we prepare for our fifth seder in the White House, Michelle and I send our warmest wishes to all those celebrating Passover here in America, in the State of Israel, and around the world,” Obama wrote.

      My guess is Peres knows what he is talking about, he knows Obama is an Israeli blackmailed puppet, I don’t think he’s just providing propaganda, excerpt from an article:

      President Shimon Peres said that he believes that U.S. President Barack Obama will attack Iran’s nuclear facilities if diplomatic efforts fail.

      “I have no doubt that if diplomatic talks fail with Iran and Tehran doesn’t stop accelerating its nuclear development – U.S. President Barack Obama will conduct a military attack against Iran,” Peres told the Israel Hayom newspaper this week, in an interview ahead of Israel’s 65th Independence Day next week.

      I really hope you’re right.

    • DaveE  April 13, 2013 at 5:30 pm

      I agree with you that AIPAC and the zionistas get more control of our government every year. The thing is, people have just about HAD IT with Obama and the AIPAC crowd. Even most Democrats and Independents (like me) are waking up. It’s just about lock-and-load time for the people I come into contact with. People are realizing that our government is SO corrupt that it can’t be saved.

      Don’t get me wrong….. I don’t think the zionists will go down without a fight. A BIG fight. But I think we’re just about there and I don’t think they’ll win, this time. Too many have awakened.

  11. DaveE  April 13, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Fine essay, Gilad, one of your best yet. Don’t be fooled by the “opinion” polls, however. They’re as rigged as a “suicide bomber” and my informal “opinion poll” seems to suggest that not many thinking Americans (oxymoron?) take them seriously. American sympathy for Israel is nowhere near 64%. Even the deludedest of the deluded Christians are waking up, albeit none too quickly.

    Furthermore, even the other 98 percent of Americans know something is wrong and intuitively blame the people who are cruisin’ for a bruisin’ as we used to say. The Jewish hand in the financial terrorism we’re all suffering cannot be so easily disguised. Nor can the Jewish warmongering we’re forced to endure 24/7 in the media. Nor can Jewish persecution of the poor, the working class, the industrious, the savers and the voices of reform. The hysterical shrieking is not going unnoticed.

    Even though Americans don’t know squat about the Jewish theft of Palestine, they are smart enough to know that THEY THEMSELVES, the American public, are now the target of the Jewish agenda and Jewish hatred.

    Try as they may, they won’t get away with pulling a Stalin on us. We’re not as nice as Palestinians and we’re much better armed. Dianne Feinstein will wish she had never been born, in spite of the “opinion polls” you read in the Washington ComPost.

  12. Cold Wind  April 13, 2013 at 9:03 am

    This is an excellent summary of how those who seek justice and truth (and how this once free Republic) are betrayed by a craven and self worshiping Left.

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