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Jewish Space Lasers: The Rothschilds and 200 Years of Conspiracy Theories
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It's busy being a Rothschild. Depending on who you ask, the family has, over the past few centuries, funded both sides of the American Civil War, the Holocaust and the works of both Ayn Rand and Karl Marx. It ran the slave trade, started the Ku Klux Klan, created Isis and Covid 19 (presumably not at the same time), killed every US president who died in office, developed Aids and hunted humans for sport. It may seem like a lot but, hey, if you own 80 per cent of the world's wealth you may as well put it to good use.
Of course none of this is true, as Mike Rothschild goes to some length to explain in Jewish Space Lasers: The Rothschilds and 200 Years of Conspiracy Theories. Although Wikipedia lists 113 prominent lineal descendants of Mayer Amschel Rothschild, born any time between 1777 and 1983, the American author isn't one of them.
His book is not an attempt to clear the family name, as it isn't his. Instead, it is an exploration of the fact that almost all conspiracy theories are rooted in antisemitism, and almost all antisemitism is rooted in conspiracy theories. As perhaps the most prominent Jewish family in history, it is sadly unsurprising that the Rothschilds were at the centre of it all.
The title, if you were wondering, comes from a rant that the Republican congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene posted on social media before getting into politics. It involves new secretive technology to harness the sun’s energy and turn it into laser beams, and a man who just so happened to be the vice-chairman of Rothschild Inc.
Some books, however, can't quite live up to their titles, and Jewish Space Lasers is regrettably one of them. According to Rothschild, conspiracy theories tend to be both extremely detailed and extremely inconsistent, meaning that debunking them is both painstaking and repetitive.
Is it really true that Nathan Rothschild was at the Battle of Waterloo and was thus able to know that England had won before anyone else, then decided to tell people in London that France had been victorious so he could make a quick buck? No, it isn't.
Is the Federal Reserve System really a criminal syndicate run by shadowy Jewish financiers seeking total control of global finance by yoking ordinary Americans to debt slavery? No, it isn't. Rinse and repeat.
Antisemitic conspiracy theories are fundamentally uninteresting because they are both evil and untrue. There isn't much more to them; they do what they say on the tin. Jewish Space Lasers is at its most interesting when it moves away from their content and instead focuses on how, why and when stories spread.
It is fascinating to learn that the Federal Reserve conspiracy probably never would have made it into the mainstream if one young white supremacist hadn't visited Ezra Pound in the psychiatric hospital he was incarcerated in. The fascist Pound then paid Eustace Mullins ten dollars a week to do some research on the US central bank. You'll never guess what he found.
The resulting book, Secrets of the Federal Reserve, has had several print runs since then. It is still available on Amazon, where 292 people have given it an average score of 4.6 out of 5, and many of them thanked the author for detailing the extent to which the Rothschilds run the world.
The reviews make for a chilling read and justify the very existence of Jewish Space Lasers. The internet has made conspiracy theories more vicious and spreadable than ever, but fighting them requires knowing that they have been around for centuries. It will always be easier to blame rich Jews for the problems of society than it will be to do the hard work of actually fixing them, Rothschild concludes.
Still, rebutting all false rumours is time-consuming and not always compelling. Then again, maybe that is the lesson one ought to take from the book: truth is often duller than fiction, but it still deserves to be told.
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