[Marxism] Review of Shlomo Sand's new book

Shane Mage shmage at pipeline.com
Thu Apr 18 10:23:29 MDT 2013

On Apr 18, 2013, at 10:56 AM, Carl G. Estabrook wrote:
> You remain a Velikovskyan?

Velikovsky established two basic facts: that the human historical  
record displays a series of catastrophic events during the second and   
first millennia bce that were ascribed to extraterrestrial forces  
("gods" or other mythological beings) as Plato (in the Timaios and  
Politikos) had described; and that the Establishment historical  
chronology of the Ancient East is distended by many centuries of  
nonexistent Dark Ages (roughly the gap between the Establishment  
dating of the Egyptian 18th dynasty, shown by its tomb reliefs to be  
contemporary with Mykenaean Greece, and the 8th-7th century formation  
of the Aeolian "Homeric" Greek language that is the nearly-identical  
successor to the "Linear-B" Greek language of the Mykenaean Heros of  
the Trojan War). Where Velikovsky went wrong was in constructing a  
model of close planetary approaches that relied only on gravitational,  
rather than electrical, forces and interactions. That model does not  
stand as a sufficient explanation in the light of space-age  
discoveries and the advances in plasma cosmology by thinkers like  
Alfven. Thus, the facts rediscovered by Velikovsky still await a  
proper explanatory model--and to that extent I am not a Velikovskian.

Shane Mage

This cosmos did none of gods or men make, but it
  always was and is and shall be: an everlasting fire,
  kindling in measures and going out in measures.

  Herakleitos of Ephesos

> On Apr 18, 2013, at 9:48 AM, Shane Mage <shmage at pipeline.com> wrote:
>> It may have some value as an anti-Zionist screed, but this review  
>> makes it seem near worthless as a history of the Jewish people.   
>> The ultra-violence of the Conquest narratives is presented as the  
>> invention of much later propagandists rather than the mythologized  
>> account of a period of unprecedented natural catastrophes-- 
>> disasters that were then (just as now for much lesser disasters)  
>> conceptualized as "Acts of God." One need only mention the  
>> devastations ("Plagues") of the Exodus, the fall of the walls of  
>> Jericho (associated with the goddess-demon Rahab), or the "Long Day  
>> of Joshua" interruption of the Earth's rotation (accompanied by a  
>> rain of meteorites--"barad stones") at the "battle of Beth Horon."
>> And what are we to make of the absurd claim that " Biblical  
>> "Israel" is only northern Israel (Samaria) and there never was a  
>> united kingdom including both ancient Judea and Samaria."  Samuel  
>> II and Kings I are not mythologies or inventions.  They are  
>> straight narrative history, and describe both the       formation  
>> and the breakup of the United Monarchy in clear, materialist,  
>> historical terms.  To deny the very existence of a united kingdom  
>> (Saul, David, Schelomo) is to wipe out the first example in all  
>> recorded history of a popular revolution--the revolt of "all  
>> Israel," led by Jeroboam (adopted name meaning fighter for the  
>> people) against the tyranny of Schelomo and his successor  
>> Rehoboam.  Sand evidently was only too happy to adopt the rotten  
>> conclusions of a chronologically-challenged mainstream archaeology  
>> as a weapon against the Zionists, at whatever cost to historical  
>> truth and historical understanding!
>> Shane Mage
>> "Thunderbolt steers all things." Herakleitos of Ephesos, fr. 64

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