“Holocaust expert” David Cole Stein: Quintessentially Jewish – with a shred of integrity

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David Cole, who used to make revisionist Holocaust documentaries, changed his name to David Stein, and started “giving mainstream audiences what they want.”

by Kevin Barrett

 

Nobody can say that professional Holocaust expert David Stein, née David Cole, lacks even a shred of integrity.

He definitely has a shred. Maybe even a couple of shreds.

Which is more than can be said of his detractors.

The West Coast Republican Party establishment is howling with rage, livid that many of its leading figures were “tricked” by David Stein – the founder of “Republican Party Animals” – who turned out to be the kinder, gentler incarnation of Jewish Holocaust revisionist David Cole.

The thought of all those Hollywood Republican bigwigs and neocon poobahs making “Holocaust denier” David Cole their go-to guy for socializing has them all rolling around on the floor convulsing in rage. The rest of us are rolling around convulsing in laughter.

As The Guardian explains:

“Over the past five years Stein’s organisation, Republican Party Animals, drew hundreds to regular events in and around Los Angeles, making him a darling of conservative blogs and talkshows. That he made respected documentaries on the Holocaust added intellectual cachet and Jewish support to Stein’s cocktail of politics, irreverence and rock and roll. There was just one problem…”

The problem was that the Republican Party was partying with one of the world’s leading “holocaust deniers.”

David Cole Stein’s parties must have been a gas. I understand the bedroom closet with the tank of nitrous oxide was called the “gas chamber,” and you could sometimes find Fred Leuchter in there sucking the hose and chipping away at the drywall with his hammer and chisel.

I’m kind of sorry I missed those parties.

But the best part about the whole story is – get this – David Cole, under his new name “David Stein,” has been earning a living making mainstream Holocaust documentaries…which he apparently doesn’t believe a word of!  His explanation: “I gave mainstream audiences what they wanted.”

Too much! David, you have just earned yourself a Larry Silverstein Award for Chutzpah Above and Beyond the Call of Duty.

And you have proved that chutzpah is not just for assholes like Silverstein. It’s also for guys like you who are too cool for words, and who somehow retain a shred or two of integrity under seriously difficult circumstances.

I don’t know whether David Cole is right about the Holocaust. But the more I study the issue, the more I think that Cole and my friend Nick Kollerstrom and others like them are raising legitimate questions. It’s disgusting how Dr. Kollerstrom was witch-hunted out of University College of London for publishing a scholarly article that nobody there could refute. And it’s disgusting how the Jewish Defense League terrorists silenced David Cole for all these years with their death threats.

The Republicans who were partying with David Cole yesterday, and falling all over themselves to disown him today, are even more disgusting.

These people apparently  have no arguments. So they bleat like terrified sheep, or howl like rabid jackals, as they scramble to distance themselves from the one intelligent human being in their midst – the one guy with the ability to think for himself, the one guy with a shred of integrity.

This is the sort of thing that happened to the prophets, when they spoke truths the corrupt society around them didn’t want to hear.

I submit that not only is David Cole something of a genius – he’s also quintessentially Jewish. Which makes the people who don’t like him – dare I say it – anti-Semites.  (There – that will shut them up!)

David Cole is a walking, talking embodiment of what Douglas Rushkoff identifies as the core of Judaism: iconoclasm. According to Rushkoff, Jews take the spirit of “nothing sacred” to extremes, smashing tribal idols of all varieties – which is one reason they’re always getting themselves in trouble with their neighbors.

David Cole’s revisionist work aims to smash one of the biggest, ugliest tribal idols of our time: The Holocaust religion, which seems to have replaced Judaism and Christianity as the idolatrous new faith of the West. Just standing up in public as the leading Jewish Holocaust revisionist is a courageous act of ultimate iconoclasm…which makes David Cole one of the greatest Jews of our time, maybe even of all time. (That may or may not get him a standing ovation in LA’s B’nai David Judea synagogue…)

Rushkoff also credits Judaism with the invention of “abstract monotheism.” And abstract monotheism – the notion that the same ineffable, abstract God created and presides over the entire universe, and cares about human ethics – leads to abstract, universal morality…which is a huge advance over concrete, tribal moralities (“my tribe right, your tribe wrong.”) By stepping outside the emotional logic of the tribal consensus, and applying a universalist historical methodology to Holocaust studies, David Cole has proven himself an outstanding exemplar of the best kind of Judaism.

Rushkoff also points out that this best kind of Judaism has always evinced a strong concern for social justice. (Of course, you wouldn’t know it by looking at the Zionists’ behavior…maybe that’s because Holocaustian Zionism is a completely different, idolatrous pseudo-religion that is incompatible with Judaism.)

David Cole’s Holocaust revisionism is deeply rooted in this traditional Jewish notion of  justice. If indeed the Holocaust Religion is based on falsehoods and exaggerations, as Cole maintains, then justice requires some serious idol-smashing.

Kinky Friedman, lead singer of the Texas Jewboys, tells us “they ain’t makin’ Jews like Jesus any more.”

“They ain’t makin’ Jews like Jesus any more.” Maybe not – but David Cole has enough integrity to endure media crucifixion, and thumb his nose at the JDL.

Maybe not. But like Jesus, David Cole is willing to stand up and speak the truth as he sees it, even if it earns him the vilification of the Empire and the Pharisees – maybe even a chance at martyrdom.

But wait a minute here…let’s not get carried away!

After dropping out of revisionism and changing his name due to ADL terrorist threats, Cole supposedly began to sincerely evince “fervour for a hawkish foreign policy, a strong Israel and conservative social policy.”

To convincingly play the role of Zionist hawk and mainstream Holocaust expert, Cole presumably had to do some method acting. And as Kurt Vonnegut said: Be careful what you pretend to be, because one morning you might wake up and find out that’s what you are.

“I gave mainstream audiences what they wanted.” That’s what the Hollywood schlockmeisters and pornographers and war-sellers and 9/11-coverup-propagandists are going to have to explain to God, and their own consciences, when they shuffle off this mortal coil.

Which brings us to another, less endearing, quintessentially Jewish trait: The chameleon-like ability to blend into just about any potentially profitable niche, and to lie shamelessly in service to money and power.

Yes, Virginia, Jews do sometimes show negative traits as well as positive ones…like anybody else, only more so.

So I guess my plan to nominate David Cole as the Messiah needs to be put on hold.

But somehow, I still love the guy. He obviously has not just a shred of integrity, but several shreds. It would have been easy for him to disown his revisionism – but he won’t do it.  That’s impressive.

I wonder what percentage of the American population today has that kind of courage to stand by their beliefs, even if it’s going to get them crucified by the media.

I’ve been through the media-character-assassination thing too; I know what he’s going through.

So if anybody has David Cole’s phone number, please pass it on. I imagine he could use some tea and sympathy right about now.

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