Norman Finkelstein Hits Hard Times

norman_finkelsteinI’ve mentioned Norman Finkelstein quite a bit on here over the years, for his hatred of Israel which has even manifested itself with a meeting with Hizbullah terrorists. And while he has slammed the BDSholes, there is no doubting his anti-Israel credentials.

But now it looks likes Rat Fink has hit hard times, if his answers during this interview with The Writer’s Corner are anything to go by.

For instance, his books don’t sell:

The term forensic scholar has been applied to you. All of your books are exhaustively researched and place an emphasis on factual documentation. You recently commented, “I am a person of detail and mastering the detail.” Is there still an audience for that kind of writing in this twitter age?

No. My books don’t sell anymore. There are many reasons why they don’t sell but one of the reasons is because people don’t read anymore. Forget about reading books of detail, they don’t read at all. Somebody said to me yesterday you should write a book on the Palestine industry, because so many people are capitalizing on the Palestine struggle and making a career, and I said “Write a book?” [Nowadays] you do two text messages, three tweets, and one Facebook posting.

He’s unemployed. And unemployable:

Slightly a different topic, but it’s been seven years since you held a full-time teaching post at a university. You’ve had a very tenuous relationship with the academy, and in that regard, I’d liken you to figures like W.E.B. Du Bois and Anna Julia Cooper who sought alternative institutions to practice their politics. Can you describe your role now as an outsider, both from academia as well as the mainstream media, to engage with the public, to express your ideas via writing, public speaking, social media etc.


I was a teacher and it was a huge loss for me, it remains a huge loss for me. It’s a source of personal and private disappointment and bitterness frankly, and I have not been particularly productive in the last seven years.


If you don’t mind my asking, are you currently employed at the moment?

I no longer say I’m unemployed. I say I’m unemployable, it’s different. An unemployed suggests at a certain point in the future, you might be employed. That’s not the case with me. I’m unemployable and unfortunately that’s one of the bits of the web, in particular of Google. When I was younger, you applied for a job they typically asked for three references.

Nowadays people don’t ask for references. They just Google your name. And if you Google my name, all sorts of horrifying things come up: Holocaust denier, Nazi apologist, supporter of terrorism. And no responsible administrator in anything, forget about academia, quite literally even the post office. And that’s literal, that’s not poetic. Even for a job at the post office, they won’t consider you

He doesn’t think people will be reading his books:

Okay, moving on then. You mentioned in numerous instances that you grew up in a household of Holocaust survivors, but your parents never shared their haunting experiences with you. It was only after reading about it in books at the age of 13 did you begin to understand what they must have gone through. As you approach 60, your entire career has been shaped by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. After decades of diplomacy and countless deaths, there will eventually be a time when fighting will end. And a century from now, a Palestinian student will find one of your books in her library and learn about her history, much like how you did. How do you feel about that?

Well, I don’t want to engage in self-pity but I don’t think that’s going to happen, what you’ve just described. First of all because I don’t think there will be libraries a century from now. Second of all, because if there were libraries, strictly factually, and I understand your question has a larger meaning but for the moment, I’m just going to stick to the facts. My books aren’t picked up by libraries anymore. And because I can’t publish with an established publisher, I’m toxic. So I publish with small publishers, very small like OR Books, my current publisher. And the budgets of libraries have been drastically reduced. That’s the difference from the past. Even middle-level libraries used to have a very broad acquisitions policy. They ordered pretty much everything. There was a time when that was the case, but that’s no longer the case. So as a factual matter, I don’t think the future scenario that you project is going to unfold in the manner that you suggested. But as a metaphorical question, yeah it’s a good feeling to know that.

But that’s not to say he doesn’t have a plan:

Have you considered a teaching post outside of the U.S. where the political climate might be different?

This year, I’m down to two countries. One is Turkey where I may be teaching, there’s a good chance. The other is Iran and I’ve been working on Iran but so far it hasn’t been successful. So right now, we’re down to Turkey and Iran because I am finding it intolerable at the present moment, this pointless life.

Sounds like he’ll fit right in.

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  • Mario Augusto Puga Valera

    Karma is a bitch, isn’t it?

  • Rabbi Burns

    There is one other country where he would definitely get a job: Israel. Haaretz would chew off the vestiges of its own nuts to have him on staff. Failing that, he can go to Gaza and become a martyr. Failing that, he can stay in Israel and do some serious soul searching. You never know, he might find one.

    • Brett Cohen

      I’m pretty sure he was banned from entering the country after his hezbollah meet and greet trip to lebanon.

      • dabney_c

        I think so too. But that shouldn’t stop Haaretz from hiring him as a columnist. They got Peter Beinart.

        • Rabbi Burns

          Can you believe we’re trying to find ways for the guy to earn a decent living? We’re too nice. :o)

          • dabney_c

            Maybe we can find him a wife, too. ;-)

            • Anat

              What have you got against women? Goodness me, I wouldn’t wish the fate of being his wife on my worst enemy. Well, maybe my worst.

        • Hang Fink

          Not wife. Husband

    • MohammedTheTeddyBear

      The only place Norman Finkelstein would be likely to find his soul in Israel is halfway down the side of Masada after he jumps off the top……….Ooooooops.

  • ThisIsPalestine

    The revolution always eats its own.

  • Hard Little Machine

    There’s always some far left Nazis who will give him a media job. PressTV, The Guardian, Glenn Greenwald for example. He should simply ask the London School of Economics for a posting at teaching the ‘Economics of the Fake Holocaust Industry”. They would go for it.

  • Name

    My books don’t sell anymore


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  • Insecticide

    Poor widdle Nazi Normie. He is a failure in life because people do not read books. Of course they read plenty of books written by real scholars with real credentials, just no books by mentally deranged Neo-Nazis like Normie. Even Iran will not hire his sorry little poopik? The interviewer who claims Normie is a forensic scholar needs a nice tar and feathering

  • Steve4peace

    Yes Fink, go to Iran or Turkey. They love Jew bashing so you’ll become a hero. And if they ever, heaven forbid, finally get around to slaughtering Jews, you will have the privilege of being among the last to be butchered. But rest assured, they WILL butcher you. You really are among the most vile of this earth’s creatures.

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  • Resist_We_Much_10

    Its funny and Just when Dhimmi suffer at the hands of their Quranic allies.

    Norman sacrificed his career for the subhuman Fuckestinians. He sacrificed his humanity to support the satanic pagans. He lost his tenure, in part, as a consequence of his obsession with the Caliphate. He sacrificed his scholarship on the altar of Moloch.

    And for what? According to the article, Norman hasn’t even been offered a job in the Quranic state of “Palestine”. If he tried visiting Makkah, Madinah or Gaza – for which he sacrificed so much and fought so hard – he would probably get the Vittorio Arrigoni treatment.

    Aside from absurdity of this situation, there is a serious point here. While its fun to watch the wicked suffer, the way Norman has been treated by his Quranic allies should serve a lesson to all of us. Just like the stupid Jews of Khaybar who didn’t kill the false prophet Mohammed when they had a chance; appeasement of the Satanic pagans will only backfire on you. If anyone doubts that, ask Norman how his Quranic allies have compensated him for all his submission.

    Fuck Norman and Fuck the “Palestinian” people!

  • Andrew

    No sympathy here, he deserves his situation for the self-serving hubris of appointing himself the sole arbiter and keeper of the history of a tragedy that he only half heartedly believes actually happened purely out of “political correctness.”

  • jzsnake

    You almost got to feel sorry for him. I do seriously think the guy has real problems though.

  • Insecticide

    Even Iran don’t want da bum? Heavy!!

  • NormanF

    They get me confused on Mondocrap with him – Philip Weiss asked me to change my screen name and I demurred. Anyway, the BDSers and ol’ Norman had a falling out and they haven’t been on speaking terms since.

    Do I care he is the most hated Jew on the planet? Not really – and what comes around, goes around!

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