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On the March 17, 2011 episode of Radio Liberty with Dr. Stan Monteith, Dr. Stan, a Christian, former orthopedic surgeon, radio broadcaster and 49-year veteran of researching and exposing the New World Order conspiracy, said at 45:33:

I consider myself a Zionist.

At 38:37, he explained:

Certainly, Zionism means believing Israel will be the homeland.

Despite that, The Daily Bell thinks it knows better than Dr. Stan Monteith, and even the Merriam-Webster and Oxford English dictionaries, when they claim that Zionism is simply support for a Jewish homeland, and not specifically in the biblical lands.

Is The Daily Bell really that out of touch with what Zionism is based on what Zionists themselves say, or are they deliberately re-defining the definition for their own purposes?

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Theodor Herzl, a key figure in the development...

Theodor Herzl: A man who knew something about Zionism

On October 31, 2011, someone posted my article, Daily Bell interviewee challenges their Anglo-American narrative, to WhatReallyHappened.com. Subsequent to that, someone from The Daily Bell clicked through to my site in their search for referring sites, and over the course of nine days, six articles were posted on Judaism and/or Zionism, with The Daily Bell attempting to re-define Zionism after 115 years.

Merriam-Webster’s basic definition for Zionism is:

an international movement originally for the establishment of a Jewish national or religious community in Palestine and later for the support of modern Israel

In its concise definition, it states:

In the face of persistent anti-Semitism, Theodor Herzl advocated a Jewish state in Palestine. He held the first Zionist Congress in Basel in 1897.

And later:

Zionism achieved its goal with the creation of Israel in 1948.

Yet, The Daily Bell tries to redefine Zionism in its latest article on Zionism, Ms. Darkmoon and Real Zionist News on the Great Jewish Conspiracy, on November 8, 2011, claiming:

A Zionist in common (Western) parlance, is someone who wants a Jewish state. That’s the standard modern definition.

What dictionaries are they using? Not only does the Merriam-Webster dictionary refute their claim, so does the Oxford English dictionary, which states that Zionism is:

a movement for (originally) the re-establishment and (now) the development and protection of a Jewish nation in what is now Israel. It was established as a political organization in 1897 under Theodor Herzl, and was later led by Chaim Weizmann.

The Daily Bell will no doubt claim that their use of the qualifier “in common (Western) parlance” connotes a different meaning than that found in both the Merriam-Webster and the Oxford English dictionaries, but until they tried to re-define Zionism, I have only heard it used by most people in the context of support for a Jewish state in the biblical lands, and since 1948 — particularly in the ever-expanding state of Israel.

I got my quotation about The Daily Bell’s founder, Anthony Wile, who “continues to advise and consult to large international banks,” from his own profile on the site. That is — until it was taken down sometime between me posting my March 28, 2011 article on The Daily Bell’s contributors, and November 13, 2011, when I checked again. Luckily, there is archive.org that anyone can visit to verify what the page once said. As of the latest screen capture on August 20, 2010:

He continues to advise and consult to large international banks and money managers as well as to senior executives at both senior and junior mining firms.

For more on The Daily Bell, see my articles:

1) The Daily Bell critically examines the Anglo-American establishment, yet what about some of their contributors?

2) Strange bedfellows: The Federal Reserve and The Daily Bell

3) Private central bank misinformation

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Among the most famous of quotations attributed to Thomas Jefferson, is this one:

If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issuance of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around  them will deprive the people of all their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.

But did Thomas Jefferson really say that? That’s what I had thought, especially after hearing it repeated by so many people on so many different programs and web sites. Then, one day, I decided to verify it for myself, and was surprised by what I found.

Bartleby, famous for its books of quotations, states:

Although Jefferson was opposed to paper money, this quotation is obviously spurious. Inflation was listed in Webster’s dictionary of 1864, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, but the OED gives 1920 as the earliest use of deflation.

Another authoritative dictionary, Merriam-Webster, reports the first use of the word deflation, in any context, dating back to 1890 — 64 years after the death of Thomas Jefferson.

As Bartleby hints at, one shouldn’t throw the baby out with the bath water. Even if Jefferson didn’t say that, in whole or in part, it’s consistent with his beliefs and actions.

The full significance of this quotation will be addressed in several subsequent articles.

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