Wednesday, 27 February 2013
Bust of Voltaire in the Palace of Versailles
"Truth is an abstract word which most men use indifferently in their books and judgements, for error and falsehood." 1
"let us refuse our belief to every historian, ancient and modern, who relates things contrary to nature, and to the general character of the human mind." 2
"The qualification in which historians are commonly defective is a true philosophical spirit ; most of them, as they now are, instead of discussing matters of fact with men, content themselves with telling tales to children." 3
"Take care of extraordinary stories of all kinds." 4
"There is no certainty, except when it is physically or morally impossible that the thing can be otherwise." 5
"If you had asked the whole earth, before the time of Copernicus, Has the sun risen ? has it set to-day ? All men would have answered, We are quite certain of it. They were certain, and they were in error.Witchcraft, divinations, and possessions, were for a long time the most certain things in the world, in the eyes of society. What an innumerable crowd of people who had seen all these fine things, and who have been certain of them ! At present, this certainty is a little shaken." 6
"Historical truths are but probabilities." 7
"He who has heard the thing told by twelve thousand ocular witnesses, has only twelve thousand probabilities equal to one strong one, which is not equal to certainty.If you have the thing from only one of those witnesses, you are sure of nothing—you must doubt. If the witness is dead, you must doubt still more, for you can enlighten yourself no further. If from several deceased witnesses, you are in the same state.If from those to whom the witnesses have only spoken, the doubt is still augmented." 8
I learnt of most of the above from Scottish historian John Bennett Black's book The Art of History: A Study of Four Great Historians of the Eighteenth Century, original published in 1926, and in which he wrote:
"According to Voltaire, the outstanding weakness of previous historical books lay in the thoroughly unsound and unscientific data : they failed to discriminate clearly between the true and the fabulous. All other departments of secular knowledge had yielded, or were yielding to the inroads of the scientific spirit ; history alone remained the stronghold of of credulity, obscurantism, and tradition. The consequence was that the record of the past was encumbered and distorted by all manner of absurdities such as only immature minds could be expected to swallow. "The majority of historians," he remarks, "instead of discussing facts with men, tell stories to children." This defect, he thought, could only be remedied by importing a healthy scepticism into history, or pyrrhonisme, which would draw a meridian line once for all between the provinces of fable and history proper." 9
1. Entry: 'Truth'. A Philosophical Dictionary From the French of M. De Voltaire Vol. VI. London: John & Henry Hunt. 1824. p.295.
2. Preface to History of Charles XII, King of Sweden (1731) cf. Smollett, T. et al. The Works of M. De Voltaire. Translated from the French. With Notes, Historical and Critical. Vol. X. London: J. Newbery et al. 1762. p.55.
3. Ibid. p.4.
4. Entry: 'Diodorus of Sicily and Herodotus'. A Philosophical Dictionary From the French of M. De Voltaire Vol. III. London: John & Henry Hunt. 1824. p.6.
5. Entry: 'Certain— Certainty'. A Philosophical Dictionary From the French of M. De Voltaire Vol. II. London: John & Henry Hunt. 1824. p.119.
6. Ibid. p.120.
7. Entry 'Truth'. Dict. Vol. VI. opt. cit. p.296.
9. Black, John Bennett. The Art of History: A Study of Four Great Historians of the Eighteenth Century. NY: Russell & Russell. 1965. p.51.
Posted by The Black Rabbit of Inlé at 10:28
Tuesday, 26 February 2013
Kaufman, author of Germany Must Perish, published March 1, 1941, made the front cover of the Cumberland Evening Times (MD), September 15, 1941.
Later that month, Kaufman said in an interview:
"I believe, that the Jews have a mission in life. They must see to it that the nations of the world get together in one vast federation. 'Union Now' is the beginning of this. Slowly but surely the world will develop into a paradise. We will have perpetual peace. And the Jews will do the most to bring about this confederation, because they have the most to gain. But how can you get peace if Germany exists? The only way to win an eternal peace is to make the punishment of waging war more horrible than war itself. Human beings are penalized for murder, aren't they? Well, Germany starts all the wars of magnitude. Let us sterilize all Germans and wars of world domination will come to an end!"
Posted by The Black Rabbit of Inlé at 13:02
Monday, 25 February 2013
George Brinton McClellan Harvey (1864 — 1928)
During a speech at a dinner in honour of the Lord Chief Justice of England Lord Reading (a.k.a. Rufus Daniel Isaacs, who was Jewish), at the Lotos Club, NYC, on the evening of Wednesday, March 27, 1918, George Harvey said:"Let us make no more futile attempts to differentiate between Huns who command and Huns who murder. Let us put aside every compassionate thought and crush under heel every kindly sentiment. Let our one and only motto be: Kill Germans ; kill them in the greatest numbers possible and by every conceivable honourable means, not as fellow-beings, but as mad dogs who must be made to realize that they who take the sword must perish by the sword. It is the only way."
In late 1920, Harvey wrote a forward to a Jewish pamphlet denouncing Henry Ford and the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion:"... we take pleasure in reprinting a detailed exposure of these detestable slanders upon the Jewish race, slanders based upon almost incredibly impudent forgeries and falsehoods and old wives' hobgoblin tales. They have, of course, the unmistakable German flavor,"
But in 1918 he rubbished claims of pogroms in Poland, insisting they were just German (including German-Jewish) propaganda; he claimed Lenin was a Jew—which was certainly unusual for 1918, and in September 1921, Harvey wrote to the U.S. Secretary of State Charles Evans Hughes, about political conditions in Britain, advising:"(British Prime Minister David) Lloyd-George has intimate relations with very shrewd and powerful Jews, headed by Sir Philip Sassoon, whose mother was a Rothschild (she was the granddaughter of James Mayer de Rothschild), and who acts as the Prime Minister's Parliamentary Secretary. He is supposed to have formed a syndicate which furnished no less than one million pounds for the purchase of 'The Daily Chronicle.' These men, with the exception of Sir Philip, are with Lloyd George all the time, wherever he may be, and each of them in turn his satellites and clever, trained helpers."
Harvey was at least consistent in his hatred of all things German. Below are a few cartoons from his publication War Weekly:
Posted by The Black Rabbit of Inlé at 15:11
Monday, 11 February 2013
On Tuesday, January 29, 1946, M. Charles Dubost, a French Deputy Chief Prosecutor at the big Nuremberg trial, read from document RF-140:The first page of Document Number F-140 states—and I quote so as not to have to return to it again—in the fourth paragraph which deals with Auschwitz: "About seven million persons died in this camp."
Trial of the Major War Criminals Before The International Military Tribunal Nuremberg 14 November 1945 — 1 October 1946. Volume VI, Proceedings 22 January — 4 February 1946. 1947. p.323.
Yale Law School's Avalon Project, online version
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