Note: Besides Jewish Zionists, there are also Christian Zionists, which are not discussed here.
Where there’s a will, it’s a must to prove the death of the one who made it (Hebrews 9:16); that is, if you mean by a “will” a “last will and testament.” But that is not the “will” that I discuss here. I’m talking about that other kind of will, the one where you’re alive and forever kicking against the pricks, where at life’s end you can triumphantly sing “I did it my way.”
For the Jew, to be a Jew was something special. To be a German Jew, though, was something extra special – for the Jew. Yet the Jews (Zionist Jews) arranged two world wars to destroy Germany. What the enlightened Jew (maskil) loved most of all about the German was his rational Mind/Reason/Spirit. The maskil drank deep of the nectar of Kant and Hegel. For the German and the maskil, there was a rational solution to all social problems, but he knew that Reason remained impotent to solve problems without the will to solve them. (See Once a Jew, oiveys a Jew).
Darwinians ridicule the will. Viktor Frankl, the Jewish psychologist – a survivor of the German concentration camps – coined the term “logotherapy,” which he defines as “the will to mean” (Logos “meaning”). When in despair, Frankl says one should will oneself out of it, and fight on. For Frankl (also William James), the best thing you can do for yourself – and only you can do it is find meaning in your life and develop a positive attitude to the circumstances in which you find yourself. How do you find meaning? You will it; you will the courage to rise above your suffering, which Frankl considers to be the most noble thing you can do – the only thing you can do to cope with suffering. (See God in Viktor Frankl’s Logotherapy).
Theodor Herzl said“If you will it, it is no dream.” Like all Jews, in fact all mankind in their natural state, the dream finally becomes a reality through the expression of one’s true will. What is true for the Jew, however, may only be true for the few: one man’s meat is often another man’s poisson (fish). For example, for the atheist (Jewish and others), the will is a mechanical entity.
The Jewish writer Yoram Bogacz contrasts atheistic and (Talmudic) Jewish views of the human will. He writes:
“In his book Crime: Criminals and Criminal Justice (1932), University of Buffalo criminologist Nathaniel Cantor ridiculed ‘the grotesque notion of a private entity, spirit, soul, will, conscience or consciousness interfering with the orderly processes of body mechanisms.” Because we humans are no different in principle to any other biological organism, “man is no more ‘responsible’ for becoming wilful and committing a crime than the flower for becoming red and fragrant. In both cases the end products are predetermined by the nature of protoplasm and the chance of circumstances.’…This Darwinian tradition continues to this day. Jerry Coyne’s fellow New Atheist, the neuroscientist Sam Harris, sets out his position in his 2012 book Free Will: ‘Free will is an illusion. Our wills are simply not of our own making. Thoughts and intentions emerge from background causes of which we are unaware and over which we exert no conscious control. We do not have the freedom we think we have.’”
In contrast, the Jewish view, says Bogacz is that “God has placed before us life and death, blessing and curse, we should choose life. The Talmud goes further. It records the first attempt in our tradition to refute the case for moral responsibility. It occurred when Job argued that human beings are forced to act as they do, and bear no moral responsibility for their actions. The Talmud rejects this out of hand.” Without saying more, the Talmud has a paltry understanding of Job, and of divine decrees and causality, in general. Who is God to argue with the rabbis. In any argument, says the Talmud, between God and the rabbis, God loses. When the (Talmudic) Jew, says Luria (Arizal), has cleaned up the mess God has made, has repaired the world (Hebrew Tikkun Olam), Messiah will come. (See Reference).
We move on to the heart of our topic, the triumph of the will in Hitler, the Zionist and Trump.
Consider the following paragraph:
The natural right of the (German/Jewish) people to be like any other nation, stands on its own in its sovereign state that will open the gates of their fatherland/motherland to every (German/Jew) and grant the (German/Jewish) people an equal status of rights among other nations. So, we are gathered here as members, representatives of the German/Jewish people in the land of Germany/Israel by virtue of our historical and natural right and our trust in the power of Germany/Israel. It is our wish that this State will endure for millennia to come, We are happy in the knowledge that this fortune belongs to us completely. When the older ones among us may start to falter, then the youth will take over and remain till their bones turn to dust.
Do the sentiments in the paragraph apply to both the German and the Jew, as I have phrased it? The paragraph is my combination of an except from Ben Gurion’s speech at the declaration of the State of Israel, Friday, 5th May, 1948 – the section in italics – and Adolf Hitler’s Closing Speech “Triumph Of The Will” (1934, Youtube) – the rest of the paragraph.
Here is Ben Gurion
“This is the natural right of the Jewish people to be like any other nation, stands on its own in its sovereign state that will open the gates of her homeland to every Jew and grant the Jewish people an equal status of rights among other nations. So, we gathered, the members of the People’s Council, representatives of the Jewish Yishuv and the Zionist movement on the completion day of the British Mandate over the land of Israel. By virtue of our historical and natural right and based on the United Nations General Assembly resolution, we declare the establishment of a Jewish state of Israel. Due to our trust in the power of Israel, we are signing with our hands.” (My emphasis).
And Adolf Hitler
It is our wish and will that this State and Reich will endure for millennia to come, We are happy in the knowledge that this fortune belongs to us completely. When the older ones among us may start to falter, then the youth will take over and remain till their bones turn to dust. [Paul fight the good fight – see Mandela]. Only when the Party, with the cooperation of everyone, make it the highest embodiment of National Socialist thought and spirit will t he Party be an eternal and indestructible pillar of the German people and the Reich. Then eventually, the magnificent, glorious army, those old proud warriors of our Volk will be joined by the political leadership of the Party equally traditon-minded, and then these two institutions together will educate and strengthen the German man and carry on their shoulders the German State, the German Reich… the idea of our movement is a living expression of our people, and therefore, a symbol of eternity. Long live the Socialist moment, long live Germany.
The content, if not the brilliant oratory, in Hitler’s speech is the daily bread of political leaders of every stripe.
The dust mentioned by Hitler is not the “moral and economic dust” of Chaim Weizmann, one of the key founders of Zionism, He was asked before WWII: “Can you bring six million Jews to Palestine?” I replied, “No.” … From the depths of the tragedy I want to save … young people [for Palestine] “The old ones will pass. They will bear their fate or they will not. They are dust, economic and moral dust in a cruel world … Only the branch of the young shall survive. They have to accept it.” (Chaim Weizmann reporting to the Zionist Congress in 1937 on his testimony before the Peel Commission in London). (See Old Jews: “Economic and Moral Dust(Chaim Weizmann).”
Here is a transcript of excerpts of conversation between Webster Tarpley and Jeff Rense, where Tarpley argues that Hitler’s “triumph of the will” has much in common with the “Trump of the will.” (See Trump Sees Presidency in Terms of Hitler’s “Triumph of the Will”).
[My additions appear in square brackets].
Tarpley: Trump seems to have a soft spot for Hitler. And this comes from his former wife, Ivana Trump… Donald Trump kept a collection of Hitler’s speeches at his beside reading table.
Rense: I would ask, maybe he was studying history… (Tarpley laughs). I don’t know he [Trump], says Rense. has a soft spot for Hitler. I’d rather have him have a soft spot for Hitler than for Joseph Stalin; 60 million dead.
Tarpley: You and I are going to disagree totally on all of this, but here is what I have to say: does someone who seems to have a fascination with Hitler… (Rense interrupts).
Rense: So do I [have a fascination with Hitler]; the guy blows my mind.
Tarpley: If we are going to continue, you have to stop with that. I can’t be associated with that.
Rense: I didn’t say it was great and it [that it] would be good here in our country.
Tarpley: I know a whole lot about Germany, having lived there. It would be very hard to find a German today of any seriousness who would agree with you. This I cannot entertain; this is off the charts.
Rense: You know we are on different sides of the fence. It’s fine, it’s fine.
Tarpley: Maybe not so fine but let’s push ahead. What can we do… [“with an idiot like you?”]. Let us examine some of his (Trump’s) behaviour. Can we call him “fascist?” Yes we can.
Tarpley gives examples of Trump’s fascist elements: His “demagogy” against immigrants. Trump would say “Let’s scapegoat the immigrants coming across our border” for the economic problems in our country. The wall on the US-Mexican border. “If you ask Trump how he will build this wall, he will say ‘I’ll just do it. I will cut through the opposition, I will bowl everybody over and I’ll just do it, and impose myself.” That is the ‘triumph of the Will’ [the title of the German movie on the Summer Olympics, Berlin, 1938]. Another example: How will you get a better deal with Iran? ‘I’ll just do it. I’ll do it by sheer force of personality.’”
Rense: He is talking like Obama talks: “I can do without the Congress, without the Senate, without the House.” [Trump said that Obama’s dictatorial way is wrong. Quote: “You come to a conclusion through negotiation and compromise. You don’t just go on signing [executive] orders.” (See reference Youtube Full Donald Trump and Wolf Blitzer Interview: Part 2; minute 3:30 ff).
Tarpley: I don’t care about executive orders. Let’s see what the contents of the executive orders are.. But generally speaking Obama has been absolutely pathetic. Obama could have done ten times more [executive orders(?) I thought Tarpley was accusing Trump of being a dictator, a fascist].
Tarpley continues to explain the “triumph of the will”:
Tarpley: It (the triumph of the will) means that the world of reality is somehow inferior to the subjective view of it.
Tarpley identifies Trump with Mussolini and Hitler, who stress the quality of the people over programs, the quality of their wills.
Is Tarpley right in saying that the triumph of the will “means that the world of reality is somehow inferior to the subjective view of it?” That is way too simplistic. To discuss the superficiality of such an observation would take us too far afield, so I shall refer briefly to Nietzsche’s view of the will, short for the “will to power”:
Nietzsche calls the will to power the “essence of life.” thus the heart of man’s existence: without it we would die. This will to power’s focus, says Nietzsche, is not self-preservation, which may be the sign of a weak will. So when Trump says he wants to make America great again, thus not make himself greater, there is no reason to disbelieve him, unless we don’t like him. Below the radar of Trump’s altruism, however, may be lurking, what Nietzsche calls the need of all living things “to discharge their strength,: where life itself is the “will to power.” In Trump, because he feels himself to be so strong, he needs to get this energy out. Sex and acquiring property are not enough. There’s nothing fascist about that. The main issue for people is can he improve their lives.
In conclusion, I repeat what Herzl, the atheist Jew said: “If you will it, it is no dream” where the dream finally becomes a reality through the expression of the Zionist’s true will; which is of course, the will to power, without which the will has no power. What, though, about God’s will – his sovereign will – which is the main thread running through the whole Bible from Genesis to Revelation. If our will does not flow from God’s will, it cannot be a true will, in which case the dream is destined to end in a nightmare, which the 3500-year history of my people, the children of Jacob, clearly shows. It is only in obedience to God’s will that our wills and minds find true power. With regard to those who trust in Jesus Christ, “God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control” (2 Timothy 1:7).