[This is the 4th video in the T&T series from The Occidental Observer contributor and scholar Andrew Joyce on the “jewish problem/question“, available at his newly created BitChute channel.
Here Joyce talks about the origin of his avatar, the painting of the Frenchman Louis-Mathieu Molé (1781 ~ 1855), and the significance of this man.
Molé was appointed by Napoleon to the staff of the Council of State and was charged with investigating complaints about jewish activities and eventually the setting up of what became called “The Grand Sanhedrin“, (1806 – 1807) where prominent Rabbis and other jews were required to respond to probing questions as to their suitability to remain as French citizens, given their rapacious behaviour towards non-jews .
T & T No 4:
The Man Who Put the
Jews on Trial
Aug 3, 2020
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Introduction — Video Clips of Jews in the News
Ken Spiro: One of the strangest and most depressing aspects of jewish history is anti-semitism!
David Cohen: Hi, I’m David Cohen Executive Vice President of Comcast Corporation and we are here today for another conversation on the diversity and inclusion.
Network host (male): Okay starting this off Betsy Cohen, executive Director of the St. Louis Mosaic Project. Just broaden out for just a minute. Besides for Bosnians, had we had any real immigration in this city for the last 20 years?
Betsy Cohen: Overall foreign born population is quite small!
Network host: Compared to other cities of our size?
Betsy Cohen: Compared to other cities we have the new numbers, 4.2% foreign born. And of the top 20 major metropolitan, we are at the bottom in terms of the percentage of foreign born.
Network host: Is that good or bad?
Betsy Cohen: It’s bad!
Network host: Is that good or bad?
Betsy Cohen: It’s bad!
Network host: Is that good or bad?
Betsy Cohen: It’s bad!
Betsy Cohen: It’s bad!
[Jew song playing]
American Krogan (Twitter): Does anyone know how to get in touch with Andrew Joyce?
Mosley Gang (Twitter): Defend the Jews 3 times in a mirror at midnight and he will magically appear to smite you.
Hello and Welcome
Andrew Joyce: Hello and welcome to another episode of Talmud and Taboo!
I was really gratified with the response to the last episode, although I think some people misinterpreted, especially the last part. But overall the response was good and it is gratifying to see that there are still people out there who believe in clear thinking about some of these matters and taking things head on and not getting diverted into abstraction.
And I’d like to say a very special thank you to those people who donated via BitCoin after the last episode. So that is very much appreciated. And those donations no matter how small are the reason why we can!
Going with this thing. And why I can!
Devoting the time that I am to preparing for it, recording it, doing very light edits, and eventually posting it and putting to get here some kind of multi-media presentation along with that also. So again I would like to thank you very much for those donations. They are much, much appreciated.
“Why I Use the Avatar?”
I’ve been asked a couple of times now in the comment section:
“Why I use the avatar?”
That I do. Most of you will probably just see it as an image of a man and you won’t know who this man is, or what the context is, or why I would choose to this particular image. Some of you I know have used the reverse image search to identify the nature of this portrait.
And it’s a portrait of a Frenchman born in the late 18th century. His name is Louis-Mathieu Molé. He was born in the late 18th century and died in the mid 19th century. And details about him appear quite scarce and there’s a reason for that of course. We happen to live in a society where common names and widely known people include individuals like Kim Kardashian, Bruce Jenner, and some are nonentities who are celebrated for their lack of importance, their lack of dissent from the current society, their embodiment of the values also.
So the celebration of important figures, of world significant figures. Diminishing rapidly. And of course we are moving away from any celebration of White males, especially in history, in general.
Louis-Mathieu Molé — His Background
Now why then do the avatar of Louis-Mathieu Molé? Well I think in this podcast what I should do is just give a a kind of riffing lecture on this man and flesh out for some of you who this guy was and why I believe he remains significant, and why I have a personal affinity for him. He was a French diplomat, he was a writer, he was a civil servant. He was born in 1781, he died in 1855.
Although he was a friend and an associate of King Louis Phillipe during the July monarchy, which I think lasted from 1830 to 1848, it was really during the reign of Napoleon that Mole would play his most significant role. It’s worthwhile going right back to his childhood. Molé was a committed traditionalist, and indeed a reactionary for a reason. His father was a Speaker in the French Parliament. During the Revolutionary Terror he had been dragged from his home by French radicals, taken to the guillotine and had his head chopped off.
Molé, as a young Louis-Mathieu, he was taken to England and Switzerland by his mother. They were pretty much refugees. They were in exiles but in his late teens when the Revolutionary Terror had started to subside Molé returned to France to commence his study of politics.
Molé Appointed to the Staff of the Council of State
He became quite well known as a conservative, traditionalist writer. He specialized in themes like morality and ethics and politics and political matters. And he wrote prolifically. This eventually brought him to the attention of Napoleon, who was then in power, and was so impressed that he appointed Molé to the staff of the Council of State.
Now Molé, as I will shortly explain, is really significant within Napoleon’s reign. And the fact they we really don’t have a popular memory of this guy is significant itself, because he does have a popular memory, or he exists in popular memory, to some extent for the jews. Avner Falk for example, a jewish psychoanalyst once said that Molé was a racist political writer and rabid jew hater!
Napoleon Inherits the Jewish Problem from the Revolution
So you wonder why Molé could have provoked something like this. Who was this man? What did he do?
Well you have to get into the context of what’s going on here. Napoleon, he’s an authoritarian dictator, he’s a quasi-monarch, and obviously he was a revolutionary soldier himself. But basically we see a resurgence of a new monarch headed by Napoleon.
But he inherits problems from the revolution itself. One of them is that he inherits a jewish problem from the revolution. The Left radicals of the revolution had emancipated the jews overnight. It was a political emancipation. In other words prior to emancipation jews didn’t have political, social, economic rights to the same extent they would have as normal citizens. They did have certain rights, but it was an entirely separate scheme of existence for the jews. But the Left radicals of the revolution had emancipated the jews. They made them Frenchmen. They gave them full and equal rights and privileges with the native French.
And don’t forget this time also you had Napoleon expanding the French territory, invading left right and centre. He’s taking over new territories and a lot of these new territories especially those former German lands, they contain significant German-jewish populations and all of the problems that are wrapped up in that. So he’s inheriting a problem that is also growing.
And it wasn’t long, I suppose, before word started reaching Napoleon from these lands that jews were a problem within them. There was economic exploitation, there was political intrigue, there was all of the problems we associate with historical jewish influence in terms of economic monopoly, to some extent the abuse of the political system, and so on and so forth. And basically a lot of these local governments, now that they were under French rule started petitioning Napoleon, saying:
“Look you need our pre-existing regime nothing was done about this. We will be happy to support your regime if you can do something about it.”
So there’s political pressure being applied to from below in terms of doing something about the jewish problem. There were requests as to whether Napoleon could reverse emancipation from within France. And basically in order to get a grip on the situation Napoleon turns to his colleague Louis-Mathieu Molé and appoints him as his personal special advisor on jewish affairs.
Molé Becomes Napoleon’s Special Advisor on Jewish Affairs
Molé finds himself in a unique position with a unique problem. He is a reactionary. He is a decisive person and he doesn’t believe in abstraction, he believes in analysis. He’s quite cold in the way he looks at some of these things.
He’s a product, I suppose, in some sense of the Enlightenment and the Revolution, but this same Enlightenment and Revolution had presented him with the problem of jewish citizenship, doctrines about the the equality of man and the secular nature of the political sphere had led jews occupying the same political and legal status as ordinary Frenchmen. But given the scale of what had occurred it was necessary to employ Enlightenment tools in order to solve the same problem.
Molé Employs Empiricism, Reason and Analysis to the “Jewish Question”
Molé would have to in the true spirit of the Enlightenment employ empiricism, reason and analysis in order to both determine the nature of the jewish Question and to accurately assess whether jews could or should enjoy citizenship in the modern nation state.
Molé’s first moves were therefore the gathering of intelligence. He interviewed local officials from across France. He gathered stats on jewish population and occupations, and he inquired about jewish economic activity, their interest rates, their marriage practices.
By doing this Molé was essentially entering into a new departure in terms of how Western politicians grasped with the jewish Question. Rational and empirical discussions had been held before on the jewish Question. I’m thinking in particularly of Voltaire and Kant. Both of them had objective and scathing things to say about judaism. But with Molé I think we see the very first systematic, secular analysis of jewish economic, political, demographic and cultural influence.
Really if it can be said that there are several separate traditions within European anti-semitism, then I would argue that the most modern is that started by Mole. I think it’s with Mole that we see, well certainly I see Molé as the founder of my particular approach to these issues.
So what did Molé do with his findings after all of this research? After all his tasks given to him by Napoleon was not simply to conduct research, but to engage politically with the problem and present some solutions. Well his first step was to pass on the immediate findings to Napoleon. Napoleon was impressed with Molé’s work. And he issued a decree on May 30th, 1806, in which he asserted that, … He said something along the lines like:
“Certain Jews exercising no profession, besides that of usury, have placed many small farmers in a state of great distress, …”
That Napoleon promised that he would come to the rescue of his subjects. And he said something like:
“… Whose greed has reduced to such miserable extremes.”
Napoleon Acts on Molé’s Finding and Calls for a “Grand Sanhedrin”
Acting on Molé’s advice Napoleon suspended for one year all legal recovery of debts owed to jews in Alsace and the Rhineland. These were the areas, former German territories where complaints had been so fierce. And of course these are some of the historical territories of the Ashkenazim.
Napoleon also announced that he would call a thing called a “Grand Sanhedrin”. Now “Sanhedrin” he lifted directly from the Bible. And an important point, and it will come back again to us about Napoleon is that he was a megalomanical leader. His ego was fantastic! And he believed almost that he was a god of man, and he cherished visions of himself as some kind of messiah figure.
And he had a particular quirk about this in relation to jews. In some territories that he had conquered, for example, around Austria, some parts of Italy, when he entered into those areas he would present himself to the jews and make a grand gesture of the fact that he was freeing them from the ghettos, for example. And this was a quirk of Napoleon. And as I say, it would come back.
But anyway he decided that he would call this gathering of jews, this summoning of jews as a “Grand Sanhedrin”. Molé preferred to call it simply the “Assembly of Notables”. Molé was a lot colder on the entire subject than Napoleon ever was, and ever would be.
And the purpose of the Grand Sanhedrin was to assess the capability of jews to become better citizens. The Sanhedrin would be composed of the highest ranked rabbis and businessmen in French territory. And they would be interrogated, I think that is the right word, on the general lack of what Molé called a “civil morality”.
The “Grand Sanhedrin” Met in Paris’ Hotel Deville Between 1806 and 1807
Napoleon never physically attended the meetings of the Grand Sanhedrin, which met in Paris’ Hotel Deville between 1806 and 1807. But he met numerous times with Molé during the process to work on a solution to France’s jewish problem. And Molé during that period, I think, was pressing for a, what he called an “exceptional law” to be imposed. He really had, at an early stage, wanted the jews to be stripped of citizenship and to be subjected to new laws.
Molé’s Warning to the Jews and Urges Them to “Come Clean!”
Molé opened the Grand Sanhedrin with a warning, aware of the jewish capacity for duplicity. He warned that Napoleon, … I’ll lift a quote directly from him Molé here, that Napoleon is, quote:
“As firm as he is just! He is equally capable of knowing anything, rewarding anything, and punishing anything.”
End quote. Basically Molé was issuing a call to compromise and cooperation by warning that Napoleon knew every thing about them already. Molé was essentially proposing a clean slate.:
He was saying:
“Own up to your attitudes and behaviors and we will proceed from there on how you can reform and become better citizens, if you are to remain Frenchmen at all.”
As one scholar pointed out, I’ll lift out a quote here:
“The jewish assemblies provided an opportunity for the Napoleonic state to publicize it’s conception of citizenship. Frequently this conception was presented negatively. And both Napoleon and Molé repeatedly implied that whatever a citizen was, the jews were not yet in possession of the requisite qualities.”
Even in convening the Sanhedrin Napoleon didn’t say he was gathering jewish citizens, he actually said something along the lines of:
“He was inviting individuals of the jewish religion and who happened to be inhabiting French territory to come and explain themselves.”
And Molé actually told the Sanhedrin right at the outset that demonstrate an unworthiness of citizenship was tantamount to renouncing it. So basically he was saying that if jews have been behaving as they have been reported to have been behaving then basically they had already renounced citizenship. They had already declared themselves not to want citizenship, not even to be eligible for it. They had basically opted out of the national community.
Jews Receive Summons Entitled “Instructions to the Assembly of Notables”
Each of the jews who had been summoned to attend the Grand Sanhedrin by Molé received a set of instructions as part of the summons. And the summons was entitled “Instructions to the Assembly of Notables”. And again, here Molé demands that jews drop any pretense. So he is aware of the fact that there is going to be a lot of bullshitting on the way
He writes to them and he says:
“Call together from the extremities of this vast Empire. No one among you is ignorant of the object for which his Majesty has convened this assembly. You know it! The conduct of many among those of your persuasion has excited complaints which have found their way to the throne. These complaints were founded on truth. And nevertheless his Majesty has been satisfied with stopping the progress of this evil.”
Replies Are “Masterpieces of Talmudic Argumentation”
The answers of these Notables are masterpieces of deception. They’re masterpieces of Talmudic argumentation. They twist and they turn and they do every thing but confront the truth.
On intermarriage for example, the Sanhedrin responded that they don’t only marry among themselves and the the law of Moses only prohibited them from marrying members of the seven biblical Canaanite nations.
On the question of how the jews saw others, they replied that in the eyes of jews, Frenchmen are their brothers and not strangers.
And on usury, rabbis claimed that their religion forbade the lending of money at interest to our fellow citizens of different persuasions, as well as to our fellow jews.
All of this is a total fabrication! Completely at odds with the content of the Talmud and with observable lived existence.
Napoleon’s Ego and the Decision to Allow Jews to Retain Citizenship
Something then happens and is actually lost to history as to how the Sanhedrin officially came to a close. We know that it was ended with the decision that jews should be allowed to retain their citizenship.
I have a gut instinct just from what I’ve read on Molé and his trajectory. I have a feeling that it was not Molé that performed the u-turn. I think it was Napoleon.
I think that his past actions of presenting himself as savior to the jews, and his tendency to accept answers and responses and other things at surface level, I think all of these things combined in such a way that Napoleon was satisfied with the bullshit and was happy that the jews would pay lip service to his role as regent and ruler of the State.
And the jews invested a lot in terms of writing up their responses in a very obsequious, ass-kissing manner. And they were fawning over Napoleon and praising him and lavishing lots of titles on him, and producing artworks, that really just played up Napoleon’s ego. And he fell for it!
And how Molé felt about that I can only guess. And I can only imagine.
Jews Outwitted Napoleon Through Subterfuge, Deception and Lies?
I would suggest that he was probably very disappointed and that he, Molé, having had all the direct experience with the complaints of the French masses and those in the former German territories would have felt that the whole process had also let down those individuals, the people at the local government, and the small farmers who had been exploited.
And some jews certainly have in more recent times been quite forthright and saying that they outwitted Napoleon! That they came within a hairs breadth of losing citizenship. An event that would have completely reshaped the trajectory of the 19th and 20th centuries! The jewish Question, the jewish problem as we know it would have been radically different!
And many of the problems that accelerated in the early part of the 20th century simply wouldn’t have occurred. It would have changed the texture of relations between Europeans and jews in such a radical way.
But we are left with the reality that at this crucial juncture the jews obtained their citizenship privileges within the modern nation state via subterfuge, deception and lies.
So why do I use the avatar of Louis-Mathieu Molé? Because I see in him a kindred spirit in the sense that he is someone who saw things clearly. Who believed in gathering evidence, and making his case. And without fear presenting that case to those who he believed had wronged so many in his own nation. And I think that he is a figure worth remembering. I think it is a tremendous shame that he does not have the position in popular memory that he should.
But hopefully this lecture will have broadened your intellectual horizons a little bit more, and introduced to you someone worthy of study in my opinion.
Molé’s Contemporary Relevance
And I think he has contemporary relevance. Sometimes beneath things that I write or host on social media, or elsewhere, I’ll see people coming up with all kinds of proposals to the jewish Question. Often they are very radical. And often they’re quite reckless, and quite dangerous in fact to post some of these things. And I always think back to Louis-Mathieu Molé. And I think to myself:
“You know this person who is posting this could be a plumber in Wisconsin, or a school teacher in London.”
But these people have no real power, but they are posting this. And there you have Louis-Mathieu Molé and he has all the power in the world — he answerable to Napoleon only, and it is really Napoleon who has the power — but he dedicated himself to a process. The application of reason, the application of moral principles, and he conducts an investigation in pursuit of justice.
And that I think is admirable and an approach worth emulating. So long as when the final judgment is issued it is not the product of ego or other interests which have been manipulated. The final judgment on some of these things must be in accordance with the investigation itself and with the principles that anyone would expect to live by and I think, as I say, Molé was disappointed, and he was in some respects betrayed.
But nevertheless I find him an interesting person and I hope that you enjoyed hearing a little bit about him. I hope it explains why I use that avatar. Prompt you to some further research and I look forward to catching up with you next time.
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