Hardcore supergroup Tau Cross has come under fire for bassist/vocalist Rob Miller citing an off-narrative thinker in their liner notes. Band members have distanced themselves from Miller, and Relapse Records has dropped the band from its roster in response.
The full story comes to us from soy-munching Brooklyn Vegan who relate:
Tau Cross — featuring frontman Rob Miller of Amebix as well as members of Voivod, Misery, and Provoked — were dropped by Relapse Records just one month after announcing their third album for the label, after the label discovered that Miller thanked noted Holocaust denier Gerard Menuhin — whose 2015 book Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil calls the Holocaust the “biggest lie in history” — in the liner notes for the album. Miller thanked Menuhin “for the inspiration and material behind the ideas represented on this album,” and also “for taking me down a very dark road that has led to unexpected illumination.”
The other four members of Tau Cross then responded with their own statement, saying none of them were familiar with Menuhin, and that they “are adamantly against anything relating to this kind of ugliness.” “We’ve been vigilant in our attempts to get answers as to why this has happened and, frankly, how it could possibly happen considering our background and beliefs,” they added.
Who the heck is familiar with Menuhin? I was only vaguely familiar with the name, and then it came to light: he is the grandson of a famed anti-Zionist Jew, and he continues this vein of thinking, which has led him to alliances on the far Right.
Although I am from the Old Right, or the people who want us to go back to the days before the French Revolution, and a solid nationalist, I am also a Zionist. The solution to pogroms and Holocausts in the diaspora is to have a Jewish state in the historical land of Israel, and to defend it.
No one wants genocide, in my view. It happens when other avenues are frustrated and people get emotional. It makes more sense to simply end diversity, and separate into our tribes, and then realize that sometimes the best friendships are maintained by strong walls.
Anti-Zionists often rail against the Holocaust narrative because they see it as responsible for Israel. However, modern Israel was first suggested by Theodor Herzl in response to the The Dreyfuss Affair in France at the turn of the century, and predates Hitler (who, in my view, borrowed quite a bit from Herzl).
To my mind, it does not matter if the Holocaust narrative has faults; everything from the war period does. Human history is a fragile thing, told not just by the victors but by the most interesting tellers, and everything gets skewed to fit a general sense that we did the right thing, even though there were no good guys in the war.
In my view, the Holocaust happened when Hitler started blaming the problems of Germany on the Jews, who were at worst a symptom among many other symptoms, and whose record was not one of universal bad, but often quite a bit of good. Anti-Semitism is a mistake, based on seeing only the bad, and missing the big point.
If you want an evil at the heart of that war, it is progress, or the demands of human society to dominate nature so that everyone can get along. It is utilitarianism, or the idea of designing a society for masses. It is the overthrow of the kings and the egomania of the Enlightenment.™
Jews just fell into the middle as an outsider group that, as always happens with outsiders, was targeted when things got bad, and people paid attention to the bad people among the Jews and forgot the many good things people of Jewish heritage had done, and so it was off to the races with the usual human insanity.
For those who think you want a Jewish genocide, ask yourself: would you be willing to stand there, day after day, shooting or gassing Jews? Whole families? Think about what that would be like. Then think about how little happy Jewish families in Israel threaten you and what you love.
Since I knew Gerard Menuhin only from a news item or two a few years back, I looked up his book Tell The Truth And Shame The Devil and found that it was not quite what I expected:
If I needed to worship anything, it would be trees. Trees have this in com-mon with a folk culture and a manufacturing economy: both are rooted in the ground and so are stable. A seasonal or service economy, supplying a mayfly community of consumers, is unstable.
Any tree is worth countless consumers, as they rarely provide anything beneficial. What they can and often do is to destroy trees. It takes a subhuman with a chainsaw only seconds to cut down what has taken maybe hundreds of years to grow. Picture an oak. This admirable tree stands on a hill and affords a majestic view. Its furrowed trunk towers into the sky. It has seen more sea-sons than any person. It has withstood countless winter storms. Its presence is ennobling even when leafless. It doesn’t have to do anything, it just is. Then along comes a consumer (an organism that obtains what it craves by helping itself to other organisms) with a saw and cuts it down for boards or even for firewood. Which would you rather have, the organism or the oak?
Leading on from the consumer, don’t speak to me about the dignity of man. I haven’t seen a dignified human for a long time, if ever. That is because dignity implies personal responsibility. The Dignity of Man is just like the Rights of Man, an artificial concept, invented by artificial, cosmopolitical bodies like the U.N. or the Court of Human Rights, to displace national laws; intangible clap-trap intended to usurp established rights. Based on the fraudulent Déclaration des Droits de l’Homme of 1789, they exalted the empty excitations Liberté, Frater-nité, Egalité. If the right to clean air and water is not guaranteed, and to freedom of speech and assembly, of what use are these sonorous declarations?
Reading on further, one finds that Menuhin does not deny the Holocaust, but places the number of dead Jews at 1.5m instead of 6m, which does not strike me as historically significant. If you are able to execute 1.5m people for your anti-Semitic state religion, then you are already in the bad-of-the-bad camp in my book.
However, he does launch into an explanation of WW2 which seeks mostly to vindicate Hitler and point to what he sees as the real culprit, international finance allied with Zionist Jews. This takes one long chapter, and then Menuhin ventures into a theory about how international financial interests manipulate history.
From there, he attacks his real target, which is globalism and the rise of finance over culture. Most of the book consists of an attack on this international alliance, most of whom are not Jewish, and the exertion of American power over the world. It is too complex to summarize beyond that here.
Miller, who has for years cribbed hints of a Thomas Pynchon style fear of a great unconscious conspiracy within humanity, probably found this part more appealing, even if it is a thoroughly dense read. He may have for example found this statement of Menuhin’s thesis convincing:
In the 20th century, the hiatus of world war interrupted the organic flow of life in all the countries concerned. They fell prey to governments and systems that would not in all likelihood have acquired power, if these wars had not occurred. All life on earth depends for its coherent development on organic evolution. That includes a normal human life trajectory, just as it includes the life cycles of animals, insects and vegetation. Humankind’s most dangerous and unnecessary characteristic is its interference in all spheres of life. In this regard, religion in general has a lot to answer for. According to the Bible, God made the world in a few days for Man to rule (Genesis 1:26). The human race con-siders itself the primary living element on the planet and genetically authorized to interfere in every field to suit its convenience. Humans first; all else after, is the unwritten law. In fact, the opposite should be the case: given the endless harm humans inflict on the planet, the human race should come last in the hierarchy, even after the insects, which do no harm that nature cannot repair.
If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos. (Edward Osborne “E.O.” Wilson, biologist, researcher of sociobiology and biodiversity).
Humans are only guests on Earth, guests who treat their host abominably. Whether in the name of religion, improvement, modernization or, simply, of “might makes right,” there often seems to be no other consistent collective determinant of our race than interference.
Menuhin seems to take steps toward this realization by vindicating all that was seen as evil in the WW2 period, which strikes me as the long way around, but it enables him to argue for enough of history being incorrect to warrant an alternative. His Holocaust critique is a means to that end.
For his part, Miller did the intelligent thing and refused to back down, knowing that in a year or so, the great internet herd will have forgotten all about this. Even more, he knows that most people avoid controversy but basically do not care about what their favorite musicians think; they simply want groovy tunes.
Here is his statement:
I would like to second the sentiments of the other members of Tau Cross, i do owe them an apology for not explaining my lines of enquiry or the people who have influenced my view so dramatically over the past few years,they are not in any way to blame for anything i have written or read,and i understand the need to distance themselves from that subject.
i wish them all the very best in their futures and treasure the times we have shared together. The book ‘tell the truth and shame the devil’ by Gerard Menuhin is available on Amazon and Kindle,and also in good reads, where it gets a consistent 4.5 stars out of 5,so not exactly obscure or unavailable, unless you live in Germany where it is forbidden to engage in any conversation on some of the matters contained within those pages.
There are a number of people languishing in Prisons over there for expressing even a slight academic interest in the matter, so effectively all discussion is shut down and we live in a state of what can only be described as Religious obedience. it is a Religion,and anyone approaching the matter is in danger of being charged with heresy and publicly executed, so you can feel free to examine yourself and see if you believe this is a good thing or not.
As a singer in a band i have always been serious about the Truth, trying to refine the material and ideas to some kind of overarching theory, i cannot simply skim the material,i have to go into it and prepare to be changed by that journey. that has happened on a number of occasions, through reading Menuhins book,through John Lash and his work,through 9/11 research,through the Europa-the last battle video series that is constantly popping up and being pushed back down on youtube.
If I stop asking questions I stop being true to myself,so i have no choice. For 99 percent of people they have already made up their mind about me based on the words of another man written in a book they have never read, and that is enough to make a judgement,so on you go,join in the feeding frenzy of virtue signalling and outrage if you like but i stand by my endorsement of this book as it was such an important part of this journey, this is not to say that i like the Author as a person or even know that much more about him,the book is primarily a collection of quotes and original source materials, a book to study and not for salacious gossip. Others will see what is real in this situation and what is not.
Messengers of deception is probably our best album to date, it continues the enquiry and refines it through the lens of the Gnostic heresy and what that really was,why it had to be completely eradicated and what that means for our World today, the irony of having released a single about the inquisition and the suppression of speech should not be lost on anyone. Love and Light to all who want it, Rob Miller–Tau Cross…over and out.
He cites John Lash as well as Europa: The Last Battle, neither which were familiar to me. Lash seems to be arguing for a gnostic metahistory to the human story in which a great darkness gradually infiltrates and dominates humanity.
I have spent a good portion of my life, even when I was a Leftist, fighting for the idea of free expression. This means that people can cook up their own historical theories, write them down and talk about them, and the rest of us consider them.
This exists for two reasons: first, we do not want to miss possible truths, especially knowing that humans in groups tend to deny, erase, and forget uncomfortable truths; but equally important, second, we want to get ideas into the open for discussion and analysis, depriving them of the cloak of absurdity and the cachet of authenticity conveyed by perceived persecution.
We do not know what Miller found so convincing in Menuhin’s book. Perhaps, like me, he read for a critique of progress and skimmed over or skipped the parts about Hitler, Jews, and Churchill. Perhaps like many of us he saw WW1/2 as the same war for democracy and Leftism worldwide, and distrusts it on some gut instinct level.
We will never know, because instead of inviting the discussion in the light, we opted for our own brand of darkness. History will judge us as harshly as Hitler if not more because the path of unthinking ideology leads only to one place, and that is ruin of civilization and all of its promise.