Adam Holland: Cynthia McKinney and the far-right. The red-brown convergence now includes the Greens.
Former U.S. Representative Cynthia McKinney and 2008 Green Party presidential candidate has joined those seeking to take advantage of the world economic crisis to promote anti-Semitism. McKinney has published a column promoting the conspiracy theories of the far-right anti-Semite Matthias Chang.
McKinney's column (read here), which accuses George Soros and Alan Greenspan of participating in a plot to deliberately destabilize the world economy in order to install a "one-world government", uses Chang's term for this purported conspiracy: "the Shadow Money-Lenders" (not coincidentally, the title of Chang's most recent book). Typical of such conspiracy theories, Chang and McKinney connect this to an ancient plot which took shape under the hidden hand of the Rothschilds. McKinney puts a somewhat confused post-colonial third-world spin on this by citing Haiti as an example of what she says is planned for the rest of the world, the apparent link being that she happens to be in Haiti at the moment. Her leftist, "shock doctrine" approach also serves to make the essentially fascist contents of her column more palatable.
"I can only guess what the endgame is", McKinney states, before telling us, in the words of Matthias Chang, that
"(a) policy of 'controlled chaos' will be implemented and we will witness in major cities of the USA, UK and Europe of street battles, orchestrated by the Intelligence Services, between the white folks and the immigrant population. In the USA it will be against the Latinos and then the blacks . . . In the UK and Europe, it will be against mainly immigrants from Turkey, the Northern Mediterranean states and Pakistan and they are essentially Muslims. There is therefore, the added fuel of Islamic radicalism, which in the first place, was the creation of the Western intelligence services."
Matthias Chang is a Malaysian attorney who served as an adviser to former Prime Minister Tun Mahathir Mohamad with whom he is still closely associated. Chang's influence was evident in Prime Minister Mahathir's infamous speech to the 2003 Islamic Summit Conference, in which he accused the Jews of world domination and oppression of the world's Muslims (read here). Chang was also behind a visit of a delegation of Holocaust deniers and "9/11 truth" advocates to Malaysia in 2006 (read here). The delegation was led by Michael Collins Piper, famous for his claim that Israel was behind the JFK assasination. During this tour, this delegation participated in a conference called “Islam, Humanity and World Peace” in which Yvonne Ridley also participated . This delegation was interviewed by the Malaysian media, addressed conferences at the University of Malaya and the International Islamic University, and visited with Prime Minister Mahathir. They also promoted
the Malay translations of Pipers ouvre (Read here.)
Chang has made a post-politics career of writing books which expound at great length on apocalyptic conspiracies involving Jewish bankers, and has continued to advise Dr. Mahathir. Excerpts of "The Shadow Money-Lenders" posted online make the very confused argument that international bankers (read "Jews") have been both controlling and destabilizing the governments of the world's most powerful nations, with the exception of China, which Chang claims has somehow escaped this snare (read here). Chang blames this same international bankers conspiracy for creating both capitalism and socialism, and for the Russian Revolution, Zionism and the creation of the Federal Reserve Bank, citing familiar far-right anti-Semitic propaganda as evidence. The cover of the book warns that "THERE WILL BE BLOOD ON THE STREETS", with the word "blood" written in a blood-red, dripping typeface (read here). (Editorial note: shouldn't that be "blood in the streets"?)
While McKinney has a history of anti-Jewish and conspiracy theory beliefs, this is something new. In the past, she has blamed her political failures on a Jewish conspiracy. She has endorsed "9/11 Truth" theories blaming Israel for the 9/11 attacks and even ran for president on a Green Party platform which included these assertions. She has supported boycotting Israel and cutting off U.S. ties. However, by promoting the neo-fascist books of Matthias Chang, she has taken a leap from the world of the left into the world of the brown-red convergence, where anti-Semites of the extremes of right and left meet.
Cynthia McKinney must know of Matthias Chang's far-right beliefs; he wears them on his sleeve. His books are literally filled with bizarre conspiracy theories. Chang's so-called "Future Fastforward trilogy" of books, which oppose both capitalism and socialism and present a nightmarish vision of a world controlled by an evil Zionist Anglo-American conspiracy, are solidly in the tradition of fascist, anti-Semitic conspircay propaganda. His website extols as his inspiration an amazing list of Holocaust deniers and anti-Semitic crackpots (read here):
the American Free Press, The Barnes Review, The Spotlight, and the truth seekers that I have long admired, Harry Elmer Barnes, Willis Carto, Michael Collins Piper, Christopher Petherick, Eustace Mullins (whose life-long persecution by the Police State is a disgrace to the Constitution), (and) Col. Donn de Grand Pre...
Chang and Mahathir have created what they call the Kuala Lumpur Foundation to Criminalise War -- a foundation whose website is completely devoted to anti-Israel propaganda (read here), and whose blog is similarly "focused" (read here). Here's a quote from a recent post on the foundation's blog (read here):
The Jewish psychic (sic) that they are “the chosen people of God” is the bitter source of the miseries afflicting the entire World ever since the time the Jewish God, Yahweh, chose the Jews to be His chosen people. To the Jews all the non-Jews over the world including Bush, Obama, Gordon Brown and the entire Americans, Europeans and the Asian are “non-human” and “inferior souls” whom they termed as Gentiles. These Gentiles could be cheated, deprived of their property and be killed without pricking the conscience of any Jew. A dangerous physic indeed! Don’t you remember Shylock in the “Merchant of Venice”?.
The Jews had never kept their promises to the Gentiles. Why should they? As any resolution, promise, treaty, contract, mutual agreement with the Gentiles is not binding upon the Jews as the Jews are ordained higher souls than the Gentiles. Indeed, the United Nations kept a high volume of the Jews’ non-compliances and violations of the United Nations’ Resolutions.
At Chang's and Mahathir's invitation, McKinney participated in a conference their foundation sponsored called the "Expose War Crimes - Criminalise War International Conference", which was held in Kuala Lumpur in February 2007. (Read here.) Presumably, she did so at the foundation's expense, perhaps even being paid for her participation. This account of the event in a Malaysian arts website wryly notes the contradiction of the "peace activist" Chang being prominently touted by the racist British People's Party (here, for example, in a piece about his participation in the Iran Holocaust Denial conference of 2006). The description of the proceedings of this conference makes the Durban Conference seem like a meeting of B'nai Brith. At one point, McKinney stood up and declared: “Kuala Lumpur has become the peace capital of the world!” More recently, in February 2009, McKinney attended Chang and Mahathir's "Conference for Palestine" in Kuala Lumpur. (Read
Gene of Harry's Place reports that McKinney participated in an anti-Israel conference sponsored by this foundation in London on March 31, 2009. (Read here.) McKinney's account of the event is online here....
•Adam Holland: McKinney's fascist friends (continued)