Ron Unz manages an interesting website “The Unz Reciew” and occasionally sails close to the wind when commentary focuses on controversial topics. His American Pravda editions are thought-provoking and often cause scales to fall off my eyes. It was researching Talmudic topics that I learnt of a provocative opinion concerning the historical accuracy of the biblical Old Testament (OT) by an Egyptian scholar, Ashraf Ezzat, who wrote a short book entitled “Egypt Knew No Pharaohs Or Israelites” in which he shows that the OT history was fundamentally wrong and that true Jewish history in Palestine begins with the Hasmonean Dynasty, before which it was located in southern Arabia and that the Jews were one of many competing semitic tribes. This interpretation is corroborated by various historical facts delineated by Arabic scholars, and the source of the historical muddle was the Septuagint Bible and its translation from the original Hebrew when a different history was fabricated. Not falsified but fabricated by brain addled priests.
The Velikovsky link concerns the fact that he noted the fundamental historicity of the Jews was misdated and ancient Egyptian history expanded by some 800, or so, years. Velikovsky decided to link Jewish history with an earlier Egyptian period so that the catastrophe related in the Jewish Exodus story corresponded to a similar catastrophe described in the Ipuwer scroll.
Except this version of Jewish history was plainly wrong since the Israelites were never in Egypt, according to the Egyptians and Arabs. There never was any missing Jewish history in Egypt, so the catastrophe that was the Exodus happened elsewhere, from a southern Arabian town where slavery was the norm, and it wasn’t 600,000 Israelites but perhaps 300 members of a particular tribe who were enslaved, and so on. In other words the Israelites lived in what is now known as Yemen. This conclusion will not go down well with the devout.
Did the authors of the Septuagint Bible willfully falsified history? No, because the fabrication of history has a long pedigree and continues to this very day. Fabrication of history seems to be the production of culturally traumatized brains where the imaginal is considered more real than physical reality itself. It seems to be a type of cultural narcissism. The reason for this problem lies in the human brain and how it thinks, or doesn’t. It reduces down to whether one elevates belief over empiricism, or vice versa. One is either scientific or religious in one’s reaction to life.
In the 19th Century when the British Empire was at its ascendancy the British movers and shakers sincerely believed they were superior to the coloured races, an attitude that can be traced to their Christian culture that they also imposed on their subjects by the application of fear. (Fear of not having spiritual utopia in the after-life; Marxism is simply utopia in the here and now, so there’s no fundamental difference between socialism and Christianity – just different protocols for the here and now and the after-life). Their goal was to establish a world government run by them as self-ordained superior people. That goal has not changed and to this day can be considered as social democracy or some or other wishy-washy model of collectivism.
I don’t see any difference between the attitudes of progressives, liberals, collectivists or religionists – they all believe they have a legitimacy conferred on them by one or other authorities whether racial, religious or ideological and are thus superior to the rest of humanity. Collectively they can be identified as messenger shooters since the message can never be at fault. They are intrinsically totalitarian and thus intolerant since ideological competition cannot exist. They believe they are the pinnacle of creation and the rest of Nature at their beck and call. Some even believe they are racially superior and the rest of us are no different to beasts of burden. They can be identified by their urge to missionise and convert the unbelievers.
And that’s the problem – they believe, and the belief du jour is climate change.