A number of commenters on my last few posts (prompted, I suspect, by what Incog posted about me on his own site) point out that Charlie Sheen can’t be anti-Semitic because he is Jewish by blood and one of his ex-wives–and hence some of his children–are Jewish as well. He not only acknowledges that he is Jewish but says that he is proud of it.
If you are Jewish or closely connected to someone Jewish, you are working for the Jews. End of story. Alex Jones, for example, is rumored to be married to a Jewish woman, which, according to RealJew news, explains why, for all his openness to conspiracy theory, he doesn’t blame the Jews for 911–he is a disinformation agent for the Zionists! My name is Goldwag, which tells you all that you need to know about me.
Not only that, but Trotsky really was Jewish, as was Marx, and for that matter Jack Ruby. Calling people by their Jewish names, even if they don’t practice or acknowledge their Judaism, even if they don’t even know about it, or, as in Charlie Sheen’s case, it temporarily slipped their mind, even if they were legally changed generations or even centuries before (as was perhaps the case with Roosevelt, who is believed by some to have had Sephardic antecedents) isn’t disparaging to them–it’s simply a way of reminding the world that the bearer of said name is an active participant in a conspiracy to destroy civilization. What’s anti-Semitic about that?
I don’t think anyone, even the ADL, believes that Charlie Sheen is involved in organized anti-Semitism. Sheen’s biggest problem seems to be with disorganization and a disinterest in anything that doesn’t directly concern himself. But the grandiosity of the mentally/emotionally disturbed, who believe that everyone around them is consumed by envy of them and wishes them ill, and the narcissism of the conspiracy theorist, who sees everything that happens in the world through the lens of a totalizing theory about their victimization, are very much of a piece. Reading some conspiracy theorists (especially the numerologically-inclined), you see a rage for pattern that parallels some of the symptomology associated with syndromes found along the Autism spectrum.
Please don’t accuse me of saying that all conspiracy theorists are mentally ill or brain-damaged–I don’t believe that for a minute. But, as I commented elsewhere on this blog, I do wonder if the conspiracist intolerance for uncertainty, the obsession with pattern, isn’t to a certain extent hard-wired–that there aren’t some neurological attributes that encourage conspiracy theorizing, just as others confer a propensity for math or music or rhyming (all of which also rely on pattern-seeking and recognition).