The Sigmund Freud Card

We leave now the detail of the Holocaust story - that world of stark contradiction driven by passion and aggression. We move on to a different and more recognizable world of tradition.

Ethnic tradition, that is.

Name-calling is so frequent on alt.revisionism, that one gets used to it. Indeed, outrage is a tool of discourse, intended to drive off those who question the orthodox version of the Holocaust.

After all, it is a story believed by 91% of the population, unknown to another 8%, and disbelieved by a mere 1 of 100, according to a recent poll.

Thus, the best tactic is to shout-down the opposition. It doesn't take the mind of a Clausewicz to understand that silence is the best friend of the status quo. Make life so unpleasant that these dissenters stop posting.

So it was with particular delight that we recognized among the spew that appears on alt.revisionism some material inspired by Sigmund Freud. When name-calling fails, try some traditional techniques for embarrassing the doubter.

The Freudian attack is elegantly simple. "Your frustration makes you hostile (antisemitic). You are frustrated because what you really want is to f___ your mother." Or, "you keep hammering away at an argument only because you are a sexually frustrated".

It is impossible to answer the Freudian accusation. He who is rude enough to assert it always wins.

In this crude incarnation, Freudian analysis gives the attacker enormous power. In the world of ethnic politics, it confers the power to control the dialogue, - to control the terms of discourse between minority and a majority.

John Murray Cuddihy wrote a brilliant, but little known work published in 1974 by Basic Books entitled "The Ordeal of Civility." It is an exploration of the thesis that the intellectual aggressions of Freud, Marx and Claude Levi-Strauss (the famous anthropologist) all arise from the shock of emancipation from the East European shtetl.

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Cuddihy then cuts to the chase(p. 38):

And so it is with no real surprise that even in a totally anonymous medium such as Usenet, we find the Holocaust defenders returning to their "roots."

It starts gently with Barry Shein subtly questioning Doyal's masculinity:

Then it gets more serious and bends to the more classic Freudian innuendo - "Perhaps your 'hate' results from child abuse you suffered or, perhaps from sexual dysfunction."

Next, we get a reference to "perverse psychosexual need for infinite amounts of stimulation," giving meaning to the term "psycho-babble."

Then, we return to the B'nai B'rith Lodge of Vienna where two Freudians have a self-congratulatory laugh at having shamed a goy. Here we get a reference to "perverse psychosexual need for for this masturbatory fascination," giving additional meaning to the term "psycho-babble."

Then a final rejoinder in which the hapless goy is portrayed as "suffering from one very long, orgasm, which just doesn't go away.." An interesting phrase presenting either an ontological question of whether extended ecstasy must inevitably turn to agony, or perhaps just more psycho-babble.

So now we have some concrete examples of Freudian theory used as a weapon. Save them and place them in your collections.


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