There is a furore around Elon Musk’s tweet, with advertisers withdrawing their advertising.
Let me take you out into space a bit and look down on how the tweet came about.
First came a tweet from Charles Weber who describes himself as a Jewish Conservative from S. Florida. His tweet contained a video advertisement of a father and son sitting in a car. The father has caught the son making antisemitic comments on social media and he tells the son how hateful it is and whether he wants to step out of the car to tell it directly to the group of Jews we can vaguely see through the windscreen.
The intent of the video advertisement was no doubt to suggest that some young people ought to think a little more before mouthing off.
I have seen the video before and when I saw it I thought it was taking a gamble. What is to say that those ‘young people’ at whom the video was directed wouldn’t imagine themselves in the shoes of the son and jumping out of the car and shouting antisemitic words?
So ‘The Artist Formerly Known as Eric’ responded. Before I paste in what he responded, you should know a bit more about The Artist Formerly Known as Eric
He is not antisemitic. He is more or a man who sees things from his point of view. For example, when a person who styles him or herself ‘being libertarian’ tweeted this about Osama bin Laden
You shouldn’t read Osama bin Laden’s “Letter to America” & become a sympathizer. You should read it to understand the motive and plan. In no way was 9/11 justified, but there were reasons besides they hate our “freedom.” They hate us being over there. And we haven’t learned
The Artist Formerly Known as Eric’ responded this way. He tweeted
You couldn’t apprase Bin Laden any more than you could Ibram Kendi, or Angela Davis. As far as they’re concerned, there is an infinite well of pain that’s owed to you.
I take that to mean the former-Eric looks at things from the point of view of the protagonists. In other words, that you should not seek to impose your narrative but to understand that there are different narratives.
That’s bollocks because in the absence of certain narratives the world is chaos.
That’s my point of view.
So against this background, what the former-Eric said in reponse to Mr Weber’s endorsement of the video advertisement was this:
Jewish communities have been pushing the exact kind of dialectical hatred against whites that they claim to want people to stop using against them.
I’m deeply disinterested in giving the tiniest shit now about western Jewish populations coming to the disturbing realization that those hordes of minorities that support flooding their country don’t exactly like them too much.
You want truth said to your face, there it is.
And in response to that, Elon Musk tweeted
You have said the actual truth
Oh I get it – the Jews have been pushing dialectical hatred. They have the temerity to say this is right and this is wrong.
OK. So that’s a point of view.
I’m not really concerned with it because the former-Eric is not the boss of X (Twitter) with the power to make the world reverberate like Musk can.
So what do I think is so ‘wrong’ about what Musk said when he endorsed former-Eric’s tweet in reponse to Mr Weber?
The real poverty of thought in Musk’s comment lies not in whether he’s right, or whether he’s wrong, but the fact that he’s made an exception for one group and holds them to a different standard than other groups.
He’s in good company. The last high profile person to do so was General deGaulle, who when he was president of France said at press conference that the Jews were “at all times an elite people, sure of itself and dominating.”
The truth is that if Musk looked around with an unbiased eye he’d see that what he said is true of so many groups throughout the world.
The British class system is built on superiority and their narrative.
Colonialism is built on superiority and the narrative of the colonialists. There’s dialectical hatred in full flow.
Yes, probably some Jews and their narrative of world history and the transcendent are a little mixed up. You might do the same if your sense of worth was tested at the barbed wire of Auschwitz.
Certainly some Palestinians think they are superior and that their narrative and dialectical hatred is the right one. You only have to hear their description of Jews to know that.
Trump certainly thinks some people are superior and that his narrative is right, witness his comment at a rally recently when he talked about those who live like vermin.
Now tell me what group doesn’t have a strong element of thinking they’re superior and that their narrative is right? And by extension that the opposing narrative is wrong? There’s dialectical hatred.
The problem with the whole world is in thinking about the issues and not about the people.
Perhaps just the poor downtrodden colonised masses who bow their heads; they might not think they’re superior.
Of course not all people think they are superior and not everyone by a long chalk spews dialectical hatred.. And we are learning. But there’s a definite strain of group superiority everywhere.
That’s what the human race is trying to get past and bring us all together. And in order to do so we have to join in a single narrative that join us above the supposed rightness of the issues that divide us..
Bottom line – not all narratives were created equal.
The thing is that Musk didn’t make a general point about all humans having different narratives and that maybe some people have better narratives. No, he singled out Jews.
And here’s the greater point. It’s not just that Musk made his comment at some point in time. He made it now – now when feelings are at fever pitch.
I ask myself whether Musk thinks all narratives are equal or whether maybe he really has bad intent.