By Bradley Smith
This is the title of an article on the website of The Jewish Libertarian, which describes itself as where Anarcho-Capitalism and Judaism Converge. The article, by Rafi Farber, is self-reflective and intelligent, though he is discovering stuff that a lot of us here are already more than familiar with.
Rafi is from Miami, made Aliyah in 2007, and lives with his wife and two girls in Karnei Shomron. He writes financial content for a living.
“Despite turning 180 degrees on almost all of my historical perspectives, there are some establishment positions that, even for me, are hard to give up. There was one major establishment position that still stuck in me like a dagger and was only loosened last week. That is, declaring and winning World War II was justified if only in order to save what was left of European Jewry.
“But then I read Ralph Raico, a libertarian historian and student of Ludwig von Mises. And he said something that totally took me for a loop. ‘Churchill’s refusal to listen to Hitler’s peace overtures may have doomed European Jewry.’ When I first read that sentence I did a double take. I didn’t even understand what Raico was saying on a basic level, the thought was so foreign to me. So I read it again. And again. Was I reading this right? How can that be?
“And then I just stared into space for a minute and said to myself, ‘Oh my God.’”
Farber had realized that it could have been Winston Churchill who set the Final Solution and the Holocaust in motion. That Adolf Hitler may have been only the vehicle and not the direct cause. That Winston Churchill may have been the ultimate enabler.
Farber, reading this, experienced a break-through moment in his understanding of how the world might work. I liked the personally revealing way he writes and thought to nudge him forward another step or two. I posted a short message on his comments page.
September 7, 2015 at 8:58 pm
Interesting article but. . . . it appears you believe the gas-chamber stories.
Perhaps I’m wrong.
September 7, 2015 at 9:04 pm (Six minutes later)
Wow! I actually got a Holocaust denier to comment here! That’s a strange accomplishment. I am building bridges I’m not sure I even want built. Surely those who disagree with me will cite this as evidence that I have “gone too far”. Yes Bradley Smith. I “believe the gas-chamber stories”. I am a Jew whose extended family was murdered in the gas chambers.
And I physically visited the gas chambers and saw the 17-ton pile of human ash at Majdanek filled with my family who died there in the gas chambers that I was physically in. Those Jews who are reading this who want to know where I’m drawing the line, it’s here. This guy is on the other side. Do not comment here again, Mr. Smith.
September 7, 2015 at 9:15 pm (11 minutes have passed)
Please tell me you aren’t surprised.
September 7, 2015 at 9:27 pm (another 12 minutes)
Taken aback, but not shocked. Part of me has always wanted to seriously talk with one to examine them, but I don’t think I can handle it emotionally.
Bradley Smith (The following comment is not dated because it was not posted. I have been permanently banned from The Jewish Libertarian.)Can you provide, with proof, the name of one person who was killed in the gas-chambers of Majdanek? No? Actually, I am on your side, Rafi, particularly with re to Ron Paul and the ideals of intellectual freedom. Try to put a damper on your “emotions,” an act that each of us should attempt when we find ourselves questioned. You and me, Rafi — at bottom there is not much difference. We’re just folk.