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Joe Sobran wrote an article on this subject, and I would suggest you all read it, for it clearly identifies the tactic of Jewish Holocaust defenders against revisionism, in most cases. Where these polemics defy logic is in their aligning revisionism with Naziism. Though specious, the image fashioned is that of a raving skinhead demanding the death of all Jews, and other racial "Pests". Where logic dismisses such a claim is in the nature of the subject: If I hated Jews that much, I wouldn't claim to disbelieve the "Holocaust", I would want MORE HOLOCAUSTS!!! Indeed, according to their fiery descriptions, I would house dozens of crematories on my property expressly for the resumption of the Third Reich's "Final Solution". Unfortunately, my property contains a garden, a lawn (which is sometimes a bee-otch to mow..) several rose bushes and a house. I'm so sorry to let the hot air out of their hate balloons, but I ain't no Nazi. In that context, I believe the eventual exposure of this canard will come about with calm, lucid and rational research, discussion and agreement. How boring it will be to the yammering, whining contingent who have perfected the aura of truth as being an instrument of persecution.
A noteworthy but little noted fact is that all – all - the great nineteenth century American writers were anti-Stratfordian skeptics. They found it astonishing that Shakespeare (whoever he was) should have been so little remarked by his contemporaries. To be sure, no law says that a literary genius has to cut a figure in the world. But Shakespeare, of all writers must surely have been very noticeable; and yet no one appears ever to have noticed him. However the Baconians, who raised the question, disappeared down a rabbit-hole in search of hidden codes and anagrams and conspiracies, and not even their most famous friend Mark Twain was willing to endorse their man with any confidence. Henry James and William James considered the philosopher of science to be “even” less believable as a dramatic poet than the Stratford nonentity. Until the twentieth century there was no plausible candidate for authorship.
In 1920 a schoolmaster, cruelly misnamed Thomas Looney(pronounced “low knee”), published a book which treated the plays as if they were purely anonymous products - which they very nearly are - and cast around for the most likely suspect. He stumbled upon the forgotten figure Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford. Looney’s book made some illustrious converts, including Sigmund Freud. Looney tended to avoid internal literary evidence but one of his followers, an academic scholar Dr Randall, produced a book devoted entirely to the Sonnets. The sonnets are manifestly autobiographical, and the biography in question cannot be that of a provincial grain hoarder who began his career hustling around theatres and ale-houses.
Joseph Sobran’s excellent but neglected book Alias Shakespeare, was a development of that theme. Until Shapiro’s recent scholarly book the anti-Stratfordian thesis has been mainly treated with jeers and by silence by the English Literature establishment, and Shapiro’s book has provided mindless book reviewers with an excuse to repeat the jeers against what the Observer’s Robert McCrum wittily calls “loony” arguments. A familiar pattern. Another godsend to Orthodoxy is that Unorthodoxy attracted a retinue of crackpots and sectarians who were ready to out-Bacon the Baconians in the search for rabbit holes. Another familiar pattern.
Sobran once attended an IHR conference. Though unconvinced, he bravely gave them a friendly write-up.
The authorship question is a lot like holocaust revisionism. The more you read of the the Oxfordian position, the more you realize there's little arguing with it. But you hold your tongue, the better part of valor being discretion. Instead, you wonder how it is the whole world hasn't come to the very same realization. What would it take to convince them? Or has their belief in the Stratfordian myth become a sort of comforting religion they dare not relinquish?
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