Marc Levin sets out with camera and crew to survey the increasing audience and
readership of a peurile tract that purports to be the Jewish master plan to
rule the world, "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion." What can account for
the rising sales of this fictional conspiracy theory, let alone its survival
on book shelves?
The quick answer would seem to be the refuge people of little reason have
always found in scapegoating. In this regard, the early 21st century appears
to be no better illuminated than the early 11th. The consistency of thinking
expressed by Levin's subjects, street people, businessmen, convicts, etc.
seem to add up to a very large number who have no tendency toward requiring
fact or evidence to be a basis for belief.
"It must be right because it pretty much says what I've always thought," these
people are saying. That's enough for them, and they quickly reject any logic
that might refute or undermine it. No appeal to reason gets very far with
these folks, nor does any rational argument about how adopting a position of
cultural condemnation might affect their own community and its well being.
Given someone to blame for the ills of the world, as the tract offers,
provides these folks the jolt of positive feeling and superiority that
compensates for a sense of inferiority or lack of achievement. Accusing
others is a high caffeine kick for the spirit, a tonic of self-respect.
And it requires no effort, especially of the mind. All you need to do is
As for the writing of the "Protocols...," if this comes from "elders" there's
some significant retardation involved. That, or the twisted mentality
produced by generations of inbreeding. Probably, a little of both to appeal
to those with resonating standards. Anyone with a drop of rationality has to
wonder how it can become the basis for adopting the delusion that there were
no Jews killed on 9/11 because they were responsible for it. Jews
responsible for Islamic madmen flying into the World Trade Towers? It would
be an outrageous thought if it weren't so contradictory to reality and
The documentary is not skillfully made, but its point is made. It amply
exposes wide receptivity toward the outlandishness of the tract and its spawn
of delusionary beliefs.
It's that pitiful need for something to prop up feelings of self-worth that
leads so many young men to buy into the illusions of paradise if they're only
willing to strap a vest of explosives around their torso and rip themselves
to shreds. It's a good thing that, in most western countries, no charismatic
leader has emerged to corral these deranged saps into training for the death
of the infidel... at any cost.
~~ Jules Brenner