“Too Reflexively Ornery”:  E. Michael Jones and “Culture Wars,” Part 1 of 2

In January, I wrote about E. Michael Jones and his book on usury, Barren Metal (Part one and Part two). In that review, I called Dr. Jones a “Catholic iconoclast” and “welcome maverick,” and I labeled his writing “little short of incendiary.” That seems to be the consensus about him. For instance, one of the most astute commenters to this TOO site recalled that Jones had been dismissed as “too reflexively ornery” to try to work with on Catholic or conservative goals, a charge I suppose is hard to escape. But in our vile times where lies predominate and viciously policed speech abounds, I positively love to read Jones’ ornery writing (though I think he’s actually having a darn good time while doing most of it).

Today I’d like to visit his monthly magazine Culture Wars as my focus. Over the years, I’ve subscribed to many periodicals that intelligently address the battles Western culture has experienced for over a century and I’ve also read specifically Jewish periodicals as well, hoping to get an inside perspective on many of these battles. From First Things, American Renaissance, and The American Conservative to The Jewish Daily Forward and Commentary, I used to receive a steady stream of print publications. Because I lost interest or because the print publication became unavailable, I stopped getting all five of these publications, but I continue to subscribe to Jones’ Culture Wars because Jones writes so courageously about Jews. What a rare commodity.

In this essay, I hope to cover twelve monthly issues of the magazine. For some reason, I have at home the first six months of 2016 followed by the last six months of 2017. Still, that should give us a fine sample of writing in this unique periodical.

I don’t know how many years ago it was, but I came close to abandoning Culture Wars after just a few issues. Quite frankly, I was dismayed by the lack of professional editing and crazy formatting in the magazine, something First Things or Commentary would never allow. For instance, quotes in the text would not be indented, italicized or be bracketed in quotations, so I wasn’t sure who was speaking. Or the index would have the wrong page number for an article. Perhaps it was God’s will, but after unsubscribing, I resumed my subscription because I was practically addicted to what Jones was writing about. Over time, I became used to these stylistic flaws, seeing them as quirks in a one-of-a-kind magazine. Today I am immensely grateful that I kept up my subscription.

Now let’s look at the twelve issues of Culture Wars. January 2016 began with only a mildly provocative story, “The Fifty Years War: The Battle Over Vatican II.” Characteristically, the title inside the magazine, “The Zombie State and its Enablers,” did not match the cover title. By February, however, Jones was back on his game and came up with one of his classic cover story titles, pairing it with this fitting photograph: “Catholic/Jewish Dialogue: Fifteen Years of Giving the Church the Finger.”

Jones begins his essay by asserting that “Catholic-Jewish dialogue is a failed experiment that has proven to be catastrophic for the Church, the world, and the Jews themselves.” Further, he argues that “in the years following Vatican II, dialogue became the main vehicle for bringing the Catholic mind under Jewish control.” Why is it that only Jones dares to say, then, that this “dialogue” has “led to no concessions on the part of the Jews or the Jewish-controlled press”?

Jones also rightly notes that “Jews too numerous to mention have claimed [that] Catholicism is responsible for the Holocaust, but to say that Jews were responsible for Bolshevism, abortion, gay marriage, or pornography is to commit the sin of anti-Semitism.” Harking back to his conclusion in his book The Jewish Revolutionary Spirit and Its Impact on World History, Jones writes, “After years of failure, I have concluded that the only way to win the Culture Wars is to convert the Jews, who are responsible for so much cultural pathology, from abortion to gay marriage to pornography to wars in the Middle East.” Who knows? Maybe he’s right.

Come March, Jones featured a photo of a young White women injecting heroin, under which is the title “David Bowie Was: Berlin, the CIA, and Heroin Chic.” Jones rates Bowie’s musical ability as poor, but his style excellent. “All of his songs were overproduced studio creations, whose elaborate arrangements were calculated to disguise the fact that there was, musically speaking, nothing there. If melody is the soul of music, David Bowie’s tunes were musical zombies wandering around an elaborately produced MTV video in search of musical purpose.”

Jones traces Bowie’s travels from England to L.A. and on to Berlin, which soon became ground zero for the heroin epidemic. The CIA, Jones asserts, had a major role in the heroin business, and Bowie somehow encouraged young Germans to use the drug. “It was David Bowie, not Calvin Klein and Kate Moss, who made heroin addiction fashionable.”

Again showing his exceptional ability to tie one thing to another, creating a bow of beautiful cultural background, Jones tells us about Bowie’s declaration that Berlin during Bowie’s stay was the “heroin capital” of the world, creating “a new Berlin myth.” Jones continues:

Lou Reed knew this. The first Velvet Underground album is essentially a day in the life of a heroin addict in New York City, and a map of where he goes and what he sees and what he feels. And the music sounds like heroin, with its drones and impatient feedback and stuttering words. It’s the perfect soundtrack to the junkie life. There is a heroin psychogeography  —  where to find it, where to buy it, where you can smell it.

Whether you agree with his arguments about this or not, he’s showing his mastery of the culture and giving us an analysis of the real world that puts to shame the drivel we typically get from the culture gurus writing on university campuses. Jones is too good for the academic sphere, which drove him out when he was just starting.

April saw a long and insightful interview with conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly, who died later that year. Here, too, Jones forthrightly addresses the Jewish Question, recounting how Charles Lindbergh was vilified for having named the Jews (along with the British and the Roosevelt administration) as responsible for getting America into the war against Germany despite strident opposition from the American masses.

The following month, Jones first ruminates over how capitalists exert so much social control in America, then turns his analysis on how First World countries extract money from the Third World. Titling his essay “How the Oligarchs got their Power,” Jones here defines oligarchs as “the cabal of CEOs and homosexuals” who have so intruded on the law-making in states such as Indiana, North Carolina and Georgia. Once he considers Georgia, it is inevitable that he will return to the infamous Leo Frank case, where politician, attorney, newspaper editor and writer Tom Watson championed the cause of murdered Mary Phagan over the convicted murderer, Leo Frank who was a Jew. Watson claimed that “Jew money has debased us, bought us and sold us  —  and laughs at us,” and that wealthy Jews “have established the precedent in Georgia that no Jew shall suffer capital punishment for a crime committed on a Gentile.” Any reader of The Jewish Revolutionary Spirit will understand why this is.

In June 2016, Jones continued with the concept of social engineering oligarchs and used this to muse upon the rise of Donald Trump in the Midwest. A resident of South Bend, Indiana, Jones wrote that “it had become obvious to the majority of voters in Indiana that both the Republican and the Democratic Parties represent the interests of the oligarchs  —  the creditors, the CEOs, the homosexuals, the Wall Street one percent, and the Jews  —  and that no political party represented the people of the state of Indiana.”

Indiana had been prosperous, at least in comparison to Kentucky, which is why Jones wrote that “On visits to Kentucky we used to joke that breakfast was a cigarette and a bottle of Pepsi. Indiana has now become the new Kentucky.” People have become unhealthy and families have fallen apart. “These are the people whose children died for Israel in Iraq.” Of course these are the people Hillary Clinton later labelled as “deplorables.”

Echoing what he had written in his 2014 tome Barren Metal, Jones notes how the response to the 2008 loan crisis was engineered by heavily Jewish constituents. As a result, “Goldman Sachs got full face value for its worthless assets in a swindle of truly historic proportions.” (Compare that claim to what Rolling Stone journalist Matt Taibbi wrote about Goldman Sachs following the 2008 sub-prime meltdown: “The world’s most powerful investment bank is a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money.” Our generation should memorize that classic quote.)

As always, Jones is fearless in stating what many pundits either don’t know or are too afraid to say. For instance, Jones tells us that Atlantic City casinos began to fail due to the “inexorable advance of casinos throughout the country, beginning with those erected on Indian reservations, run by Jewish Indians.” Later, Jones calls Bernie Sanders “one more Jewish revolutionary.” Such quips pop up regularly in the pages of Culture Wars.

Jumping ahead to the summer of 2017 (a combined July/August issue) Jones’ fertile imagination came up with the cover story “How Meyer Lansky took over the Cincinnati Ballet and what four ballerinas did about it.” Here Jones’ genius for commentary on American culture shines bright, and his ability to tie in otherwise disparate themes becomes apparent, as always.

Jones explains, for example, how Jewish mobsters, second in power only to the Jewish Lansky, gained control of gambling in Newport, Kentucky, which is just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, home now to the J.A.C.K. Casino. “The history of Jewish-run gambling in the United States runs from Arnold Rothstein to Moe Dalitz and Meyer Lansky, and from there to Sheldon Adelson, the Vegas casino owner who until the arrival of Donald Trump was the kingmaker in the Republican Party [update: Adelson has become a major Trump donor is reputed to be the reason Trump moved the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem], and Dan Gilbert, the Jewish usurer in charge of Quicken Loans who now owns J.A.C.K. Casino in downtown Cincinnati.”

This long essay is merely the first half of Jones’ contemplation on Lansky, Jews and casinos. Fittingly for Jones, he ends the first half of his essay by noting how Mathilde Krim, a convert to Judaism, was Lyndon Johnson’s mistress, and, on the night of the deliberate Israeli attack on the USS Liberty, was being entertained by Johnson at the White House. “In addition to distracting him sexually while the attack was in progress, Mathilde was instrumental in convincing Johnson to engage in a cover-up of Israel’s actions after the Israeli Air Force failed to sink the American intelligence ship.”

We now circle back to the beginning of this ballet essay, where Jones critiques the repertoire of the Cincinnati Ballet. A couple named Kitty and Dick Rosenthal funds “The New Kaplan Works,” which Jones attacks for its feminist offensive against men. These works are a “numbingly familiar combination of the emotive feminism of Isadora Duncan/Martha Graham and the robotic homosexual alienation of Merce Cunningham.” In one of his trademark analyses of America art, Jones continues:

Even if all of the choreographers were women, the dancers were going through the same dance of the sex robots that they had been doing for years. A cohort of women clad in flowing white gowns or skin tight leotards walks onto the starkly side-lit stage, right hand held aloft as if gazing off heroically into the distant future. A man appears. One of the ballerinas approaches him, caresses his cheek, and then knees him in the crotch. He falls to the ground and for the rest of the ballet the ballerinas dance around the stage wondering why their boyfriends are so mean to them. Dance is about male-female relationships. Modern dance is about how successful male-female relationships are no longer possible. Sorry, ladies. For years now the Kaplan New Works has been presenting one dance: it could be called: “My relationship with my boyfriend really sucks, and I don’t know why.”

End of Part 1 of 2.

14 replies
  1. Franklin Ryckaert
    Franklin Ryckaert says:

    “…“After years of failure, I have concluded that the only way to win the Culture Wars is to convert the Jews, who are responsible for so much cultural pathology, from abortion to gay marriage to pornography to wars in the Middle East…”

    That would create only Marranos like in Spain, and how did that play out ?
    At least 3000 years of Jewish history has proven that Jews cannot change. Jones is naive in this respect.

    • James Brady
      James Brady says:

      Naive, no. The ONLY moral solution, as Jones has repeatedly stated, is to bring back Sicut Judeis Non. We do not harm the Jews but they have no right to otherwise molest christians and their culture. Due to their power and the Church’s impotence now, it’s a practical impossibility except through God’s grace. Otherwise it will end in yet another evil pogrom or horrific world war.

      • tadzio308
        tadzio308 says:

        “Otherwise it will end in yet another evil pogrom or horrific world war.” More likely it will end by another evil Holodomor, the Genocide that does not need laws to protect it from prying historians because it is true and cannot be debunked.

    • Ger Tzedek
      Ger Tzedek says:

      I agree. The best things ever that happened to White man are Holocaust, in the measure that it happened, and the creation of Israel.

      There is one thing that has changed. Too much information around. Jews prosper in the obscurity. If there is too much information, there is too much pressure. All of Jewish ideologies and philosophies have grown old and have failed. It is impossible that a new Jewish ideology would match the success of the old ones. It does not matter how much Jews promote it. But then again, the ball is in our court, and if we remain passive, Jews win. But Jews do feel the heat.

    • The AntiLoser
      The AntiLoser says:

      It should be obvious to an intelligent teen-ager that the relationship of Jews to gentile society is WEIRD. Jews are a tiny group, tremendously powerful, largely responsible for ‘modernity’, the biggest donors to both parties, far left on every issue that doesn’t affect businesses they own, and off limits to criticism or dispassionate discussion in any respectable forum. They have put in place a dynamic where ethnic bloc voting puts Democrats in office who then vote for left-wing policies favored by Jews on social issues: abortion, gay marriage, free speech, gun control, religion, immigration, and the like. What’s their secret and what can we do? Firstly the general public needs to know the basics of Jewish history both as merchants and as the brains and money behind socialist and communist movements, as well as today’s Rainbow Coalition strategy. Without Jewish money and direction black politics would not even exist. Second, they need to know what Jews think about today’s big issues. Pew Research’s website has lots of material on this e.g. 94% are pro-choice; no other group is above 59%. Thirdly they need to know about the Jewish grip on the foreign policy in both parties, discussed in Mearsheimer and Walt’s book. The current Trump-Russia nonsense is the result of Jews trying to get rid of relatively unfriendly Putin and put Christian Russia back under the thumb of a politically correct Jew like Garry Kasparov or Jewish left-wing TV star Ksenia Sobchak who travels to America to line up backers. Talk about meddling! Casino gambling is immoral; 2) Why do Arab-Americans put up with no pro-Palestinians in congress; 3) Why no museum for Communist Holocaust? Why no war crime trials for elderly Gulag guards hiding in Brooklyn? 4) Illegalize pornography and prostitution. 5) Prosecute crimes of top investment banks. 6) Stigmatize every Republican who takes money from “the big donors” (Ann Coulter has been good in creating awareness of the GOPs liberal (Jewish) donor problem.) Run pro-life challengers against shill Republicans. But above all get the trolls back on the internet. The taboo against open discussion is more important than anything else.

      • pterodactyl
        pterodactyl says:

        The Antilosewr: 3) Why no museum for Communist Holocaust? Why no war crime trials for elderly Gulag guards hiding in Brooklyn?
        Some good points.
        If you mention anything like this to a typical arts undergraduate or graduate (ie a young person who is supposed to be taking an interest in these matters), their reaction is not to listen and think, it is to close the ears and shut the eyes. They really do not want to think about it. It seems that most people do not care about seeking the truth or seeing the world how it is, and their position can be summed up as all they want to do is understand what the dominant group believes in, and then go along with it. If they accept anything that is contrary to the narrative they fear it will cause them to have a ‘hard life’ at university and in many jobs afterwards eg in the charity industry, and what they seek is an ‘easy life’.

        “Jews too numerous to mention have claimed [that] Catholicism is responsible for the Holocaust, but to say that Jews were responsible for Bolshevism, abortion, gay marriage, or pornography is to commit the sin of anti-Semitism.”

        As above. Most people are not seekers of the truth. They put out their radar, detect the opinions that are allowed, and then go along with them. But the Jews, although very successful in preventing ‘anti-Semitism’ and also very successful in the H narrative (perhaps partly because the narrative is one fully supported by the left due to who it demonises), are actually not as successful in other ways despite their influence – eg the left are very anti-Israel and they cannot stop this. The fact that the influential Jews actively and keenly help the left achieve all its goals in the West has not led to the left favoring the Jews in Israel in return.

      • tadzio308
        tadzio308 says:

        “6) Stigmatize every Republican who takes money from ‘“the big donors.’” That particular problem is even bigger with Democrats. Jews own the Democrat party and rent the Republican leaders.

    • buckle
      buckle says:

      Jones’ example by way of response is indeed Spain with reference to St. John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila. The Carmelite experience is striking for its Jewish imagery but it’s totally Catholic.

      The brilliance of EMJ lies in his understanding of how the colonized Western Europeans became proxies for the destruction of the Catholic Church in the post-war period. Even Josef Ratzinger became a bagman in this project. The moronic Argentinean who replaced him is like a walking casualty from the period. A Jesuit now dressed in Dominican garb presenting himself as a “Franciscan” (sic) has baffled everyone from the getgo.

      • Nick Dean
        Nick Dean says:

        Jones is often interesting, but he is obviously wrong on race and nation issues and religion.

        Where he says for example that the three primary ‘ethnic’ groups in America are Jews, Catholics and Protestants, and where he disregards race entirely in this matter – so Black and White protestants are to him the same ethny. This isn’t just silly, this is dishonest and he must know that. He was first misled into giving priority to absurd supernatural ideas over ethnic loyalty, but his doubleplus efforts to defend those ideas and deny his own race gives an indication both of personal lacking, and also an inherent, insinuating, intended corruption of natural loyalties.

        – As it happens I wouldn’t put the blame on Jews for the latter, except recently. I subscribe to the Harrell Rhome/Joseph Atwill theory of the origins of Christanity, where it was a ploy by Rome, infiltrated from the start, to de-racialize Jews.

    • Alex Abate Biral
      Alex Abate Biral says:

      Mr. Ryckaert, there were Marranos, to be sure. But they weren’t all that there was to it. Many conversos were sincere, like Saint Teresa of Ávila’s father. Though conversion is arduous, and it has been arduous for a long time for the Church, we should not forget the fruits it has yielded, and which it can still yield.

  2. m
    m says:

    Quite frankly, I was dismayed by the lack of professional editing and crazy formatting in the magazine…

    Same with his books. My impression is that he’s a one man band, pretty much doing it all himself. He really needs a good editor, but the big publishing houses are out of the question, for him. Let’s face it, does anyone think Simon and Schuster are going to get behind Michael Jones?

    As far as being “ornery?” That’s not my impression. He comes across as a pretty funny guy in his videos. I think he just says what’s on his mind, based on traditional Catholic dogma. That worries people. Besides, with the Catholic church at an all time moral low (indeed, all of Christianity for the most part) I imagine that times are difficult for the faithful.

    • Rever Leo
      Rever Leo says:

      As one man bands go he’s the best there is, a marvellous symphony of truth honesty and erudition drowning out the atonal squawking of the Jewish “mighty wurlitzer”.

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