Sunday, August 4, 2019

The Myth of Mutually Assured Destruction

This post is not me saying Nuclear Weapons didn't exist or that they don't pose a serious risk of destroying all life on Earth.  This is about the myth that the existence of Nuclear Weapons are the only reasons the Cold War never got Hot and so therefore it's a good reason Nukes exist because they've prevented another major war.

The whole notion that the post 1945 history has been some uniquely peaceful era of human history is itself an absurd western bias of human history.  Europe hasn't gone to war with itself but try telling the middle easy of south east Asia that things have been peaceful.

But mostly what's annoying is that the Cold War was not the first Cold War in history.

Rome and Parthia glared at each other across the Euphrates for nearly two centuries before their first full on war with each other.  Yet people think America and Russia needed "Mutually Assured Destruction" to go less then a third of that.

Most people today don't know this but the fact is we attempted to invade Russia right after the Bolsheviks took over during WWI, and we were utterly and soundly defeated.  We were never gonna invade Russia again because we'd already learned that was a futile endeavor.  And Stalinist Russia just wanted to keep to itself, Stalin rejected the Wold Revolution ideology of Lenin and Trotsky.  So neither side was ever going to go to full scale war with the other regardless of Nukes existing or not.

Friday, July 26, 2019

The Pagan Egyptian Origins of Antisemitism

The first thing I want to clarify is that this is not in any way being done with an agenda to exonerate Christianity of the Antisemitism we've been guilty of.  The origins of Antisemitism have nothing to do with the fact that The Church has over a Millennia of Jewish Blood on it's hands.  Antisemtism was creeping into the Church already before Constantine and once we held state power we quickly became it's driving force.

And yes that means that during the last 15 centuries even most Antisemitism committed by non Christians is still indirectly a product of the cultural influence of Christian Antisemitism.  Islamic Antisemitism has it's roots in the Antisemitism of the Eastern Roman Empire and Axumite kingdom that had been festering for decades before Muhammad was born.  And whatever your theory on the actual religious views of the Nazi Party leadership, they didn't invent German Antisemitism, it was a bandwagon they jumped onto that had been kick-started by Martin Luther's On The Jews and Their Lies and reached it's zenith with Houston Stewart Chamberlain who definitely saw himself as a Christian whether you think he qualifies or not.

If this post has an agenda at all, it's to convince Christians not to be Antisemitic, a common tactic in trying to argue that something the Church has been doing for a long time is something we shouldn't do is to point out it was already a part of the Pre-Christian Pagan Greco-Roman culture and so our adopting it rather then opposing it is evidence of the Church's corruption.  I've on this blog already taken that tactic in my wars against Homophobia and the doctrine of Endless Torment.

In other words I'm arguing the fact that the Pagans did it first is all the more reason we should have known better.

You might at first assume the thesis of this post is going to be that Antisemitism began with the Hebrews being slaves in Egypt, but while the Exodus narrative has a role to play in what I'll talk about here, directly speaking no it's not.

The fact is there sin't really anything much like what we today think of as Antisemtism in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament), just Israel as a nation having enemies the way most nations inevitably do.  The closest would be the example of Haman in the book of Esther, but even then that is the story of one weird nut-job who tried to commit Genocide because one Jew bruised his ego.  Some modern fiction based on the book has sought to make Haman more like a modern Antisemite, the movie where he's played by Gaius Fraking Baltar is a ridiculously fun film, but not a good history lesson.  Antiochus Epiphanes is another kind of Biblical figure often linked to the history of Antisemitism, but he was a King oppressing the indigenous people of a land in his empire, so an asshole but a different kind of asshole.

What we're looking for is Diaspora Jews being painted as a simultaneously internal and external threat to the nation they live in, as a boogeyman who is simultaneously incredibly weak and incredibly powerful.

The Jewish Diaspora in Egypt probably begins with the Elephantine Colony, the origin of which is controversial.  But it's traditionally said to have ended when the various Pagans of the Island suddenly rioted and destroyed the Elephantine temple, but that narrative too is shrouded in oral legend.

The history of Jews in Alexandria and Ptolemaic followed by Roman Egypt is what the focus of this post shall be.

Alexandria was founded by Alexander The Great in 332 BC, and from it's foundation Alexander gave any Jews who chose to move there the same privileges as the Greeks and Macedonians.  This city wound up becoming where Alexander would be buried and the capital of Ptolemy's Successor Kingdom, the "King of the South" of Daniel 11.  I can't discern when tensions between these different populations of Alexandria began, but tensions did emerge.

Manetho was an Egyptian Priest who lived in the Third Century BC, during the reign of either Ptolemy I or Ptolemy II Philadelphus he wrote a History of Egypt in Greek that is the source of our modern system of organizing the Kings of Egypt into 30 Dynasties.  We do not have what Manetho wrote in full, only how he was quoted and paraphrased by later sources, the oldest surviving of which is Josephus in his Against Apion, some scholars think even by Josephus time the original works of Manetho were already lost and he was only known from later revisions of what he wrote.  So maybe what I'm about to talk about didn't actually come from Manetho, but it was part of Manetho's history as it was known in the 1st Century AD.

At some point Manetho's history came to include a sort of alternate Egyptian POV account of the Exodus narrative and the origins of the Jews, which later Greco-Egyptian writers expanded on.  Josephus while seeking to refute this narrative wound up accepting part of it, the identification of the Hebrews with the Hyksos.  That identification was made for the purpose of changing the Jews from the oppressed to the oppressors.

While this revisionist narrative began with the Hyksos identification it doesn't end there.  Moses is identified with an Egyptian Priest said to have who lived much later then the Hyksos expulsion named Osarseph during the reign of a Pharaoh named Amenophis.  Amenophis is how Manetho commonly rendered the name Amenhotep, but chronologically this Amenophis seems to be the one who reigned after Rameses Miamun, the Pharaoh we commonly know as Merneptah.  This Osarseph lead a revolt of lepers and other unclean people of Egypt and conspired with the Hyksos to temporarily drive Amenophis out of Egypt.  This is also the origin of thinking the Exodus happened during the 19th Dynasty, conventional chronology actually points more to an 18th Dynasty Exodus.

You can already see how a narrative like that parallels a lot of modern Antisemitic myths about where the Jews came from, like the whole Edomite Mud People nonsense, (when I first watched the pilot of Justified I figured that couldn't possibly be real a real thing, but I eventually learned it was).  A desire to see them as inherently degenerate and untrustworthy.

An apocryphal 1st Century text known as III Maccabees tells a story about Ptolemy IV trying to kill all the Jews of Alexandria by gathering them together and having them trampled by drunk Elephants but then being saved by divine intervention.  Josephus in Against Apion says this attempted Genocide was tried by Ptolemy VIII.  I'm amused by how many Christians like Bishop James Ussher prefer to side with III Maccabees on which one did this even though that text is clearly a dramatized narrative while Josephus was a Historian who in this particular work was focusing on things he was confident his enemies could fact for themselves in the sources they had.  But it could be this incident simply happened twice, Ptolemy VIII doesn't seem like someone known for having original ideas.

Remember all of this was going on in Alexandria while Alexandria was the cultural and intellectual capital of the Hellenistic world.  So what people thought of the Jews there often spread elsewhere.

Fortunately places where Antisemitism festered often had Philosemites to balance things out.  Cleopatra II was a great friend of the Jews who I'm a big fan of and think is much more worth of having 100 films made about her then Cleopatra VII who we descendants of Rome find interesting simply because she screwed a couple famous Romans.  Speaking of Cleopatra VII, Josephus also records that during the siege of Alexandria she made a deliberate decision to try to starve the Jewish population to death.

Now we come to the Antisemitic crisis that occurred during the reign of Gaius Caligula.  Which Josephus talks about more in Antiquities of The Jews then in Agaisnt Apion.  But our main primary source isn't Josephus but Philo of Alexandria.  Philo wrote 5 books on this subject but only two of them have survived, Flaccus and Embassy to Gaius.  Most of our sources on the notorious Caligula are sources written after he died, Philo's Embassy is actually the only eye witness account of the Mad Emperor we have.

The Reign of Caligula is after Christianity already started to exist, but we were still a sect of Judaism and hadn't really spread outside of Judea and Syria yet.  I remember reading one early source I've forgotten that said it was 12 years after the Crucifixion that the Apostles first left Judea, even by the earliest plausible date for the Crucifixion, 29 AD, the entire of Caligula is within 12 years.

The Governorship of Flaccus was only when these tensions finally first boiled over into the Alexandria Riots of 38 AD.  In Embassy we see that Caligula himself was quite Antisemitic, which may well be a product of how much he desired to be like the Ptolemies which was also part of the reason for his incest with Drusilla.

This crisis was not the end of the Antisemitism in Alexandria, Josephus was born after Caligula died and he wrote Against Apion after he'd already written Wars of the Jews and Antiquities of The Jews in response to Antisemitic Alexandrians saying his history of the Jews was BS.

But the question now is, can I draw a line from that Antisemitism to the beginnings of Christian Antisemitism?

There is one quote of Ignatius of Antioch that is sometimes called Antisemitic.  What he says in that quote I consider wrong as it's an early expression of what I call Reverse Legalism, which is an attitude often expressed by Antisemtic Christians but I do not consider it inherently Antisemitic on it's own.  It was solely him expressing an opinion on what Christians should and shouldn't do in our worship.

So the first really major expression of Antisemitism in the Early Church was the Pseudepigrapha known as the Epistle of Barnabas.  There are a few reasons to suspect that epistle was Egyptian in origin.  Our earliest references to it among Early Church writers are Clement and Origen, and the oldest text of it we have is it's inclusion in the Sinaticus, one of the Alexandrian Bibles.  I also have another theory I'm working on that would explain why Alexandrians would have been particularly interested in forging a work in the name of Barnabas, but that would be a distraction here.

There is an Antisemitic quote attributed to Origen, but I can't find a place online saying specifically what writing of Origen it's from.  So I have to consider this one iffy for now.

Constantius II was the first Christian Emperor to persecute the Jews and he's also known as the Arian Emperor because he was influenced by Arians, Arius was a deacon of Alexandria originally.

John Crysostom is a source of some very Antisemitic quotes, but he seems to be atypical of the attitude of Antiochian Christians at the time as the very context of those quotes are his rage that most Christians in Antioch were actually getting along with The Jews.

But the major vital escalator of Antisemitism in Christianity was Cyril of Alexandria via his influence on Theodosius II and Augustine of Hippo.

And it was permanently cemented by Justinian as he was seeking to reconcile the Chlaceodnian and Miaphsyte traditions (which both revered Cyril) by scapegoating the Nesotrians and other Anitochians, and increased persecution of non-Christians in the Empire.  Revolts broke out against him in the Holy Land.

Monday, July 15, 2019

How can a "Socialist" State not be "real Socialism"?

This is a response to a YouTube Video from the Casual Historian called Arguing Like a Communist, which presents an alleged 'absurdity" of Nazis doing the same thing.

The problem is it's built on several strawmen.

His argument is that "you can't say a regime wasn't a real follower of an ideology just because it didn't achieve the goals of that ideology".  And at face value that seems like a valid argument.  But there are several problems.

Number 1, Nazism and Italian Fascism didn't "fail" they were defeated militarily.  And most people who despise their ideology don't argue they did or would have failed, quite the contrary they are terrified they would have succeeded if they were left alone which is why so many liberals contradict their usual anti-war stance on that particular war.  They are opposed because what their stated goal was is considered morally repugnant.

With Communism on the other hand many people, even people who tend to vote Republican, are willing to say that in theory the intended end result of Communism is nice, they just don't think it's at all realistically possible.  Though I suspect many of those people aren't as okay with it as they say they are, they are attached to Meritocracy the same way the Pharisees were.

But the real reason it's not credible to claim the Regimes of Mussolini and Hitler are not valid implementations of Fascist and Nazi ideology is because Mussolini and Hitler were the authors of those ideologies, and anyone else who could be considered a co-author was also part of the regime.  You could argue they descended from earlier 19th and even late 18th century philosophies, but they are still ultimately distinct, (and plenty of those possible ancestors are considered valid philosophies today in-spite of their association with Fascism).  So it's absurd to suggest they were not true believers or merely following a corrupted form.

Karl Marx died while Lenin was still a child and the two did not speak the same language.  And even then Marx was not the actual birth of Socialist or Communist Ideology and many contemporary with him disagreed with his (borrowed form Blanquism) "dictatorship of the proletariat" idea.  Forms of those ideologies go back centuries which I've talked about before and will talk about more.

Meanwhile so many people saying Socialism always fails and dismissing the "excuses" Socialists make do make excuses for the problems of Capitalism, trying to call it "Crony Capitalism" as if Cronyism isn't in innate part of Capitalism.  Including myself back when I was still a conservative on this very blog making a post claiming American isn't truly Capitalist.

But let's return to the issue of being defeated militarily not being an ideology failing.  There are plenty of Anarchist/Libertarian Communist Experiments in history that were doing well before a militarily stronger force shut them down.  I created this YouTube Playlist for videos discussing them, feel free to suggest more you come across any.  But those aren't Marxists.

Of "Communist" countries said to not be true Communism the most absurd one to me is China.  China isn't just failing to achieve the stated goal of Communism/Socialism, it is 100% absurd to me to allege they are even trying, at all.  In fact I think they are the MOST Capitalist nation on earth.

Just because some attempts at Socialism fail doesn't mean the entire idea is bad.  If you do truly agree the goal of Communism is a good one, then in my opinion the moral thing to do is to keep trying till we succeed and not simply give up.

Now that said, with both the USSR and Kastro's Cuba there are plenty of arguments online that they haven't "failed" the way many allege.  Now you're not gonna convince me Stalin wasn't a brutal dictator, but frankly that's irrelevant to if the Economic policy he claimed to espouse was good or not.  Here is one video I like that presents some context for the supposed "failure" of the USSR.

But it's mainly Cuba that the Capitalist Media is definitely lying about.  The massive Poverty Cuba has is because of the Embargo not because of it's Socialism.  But in-spite of Cuba's problems the poorest in the country are much better off then they were under Batista, many places have local Hospitals they didn't have before.  YouTuber azureScapegoat has done a number of videos on Cuba, and other subjects.

I'll leave you now with this Peter Coffin video.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

2020 will be a pretty important Election Generationally.

It will be the first election in which 100% of people who qualify as Millennials will be old enough to vote, even the absolute youngest of us.  And also the first Presidential Election in which people too young to qualify as Millennial will be old enough to Vote, in which people born in this Century/Millennium will be able to contribute to deciding who will shape it.

I've already talked about how I believe the voting age should lowered and so it shouldn't have taken this long.  But it did and we should pay attention to that.

What's disappointing is that this is the 2nd Election in which some Millennials are old enough to Run for President, and yet none has.  The youngest Candidate running in either of these Elections to be considered viable enough to even get into the Debates is Andrew Yang and he was born in 78, so still two years to young to qualify as a Millennial.

But perhaps he's close enough, many people his age have younger siblings who qualify, and the 90s would have the same Nostalgic significance to him that the 00s have to me.

But in the 2024 Election I will tolerate no more excuses, if someone born in the 80s isn't on one of those debate stages I will be vocally annoyed.  "But the Boomers did get a President till some of them were in their late 40s" you may respond.  Well yes that's part of the problem, the Boomers didn't take power till they were already too old for it and we don't need that happening again.

Hell we still have people older then the Boomers being allowed to run which is just ridiculous.  Someone who'd be turning 80 during their first year in office should definitely not be allowed to run in my opinion.

In addition to wanting to lower the Age you can Vote at, I'd also lower the Age you can run for President by at least five years. I feel most truly great forward thinking world leaders of Human History were younger then 35 when they took power.  From a Biblical Standpoint David was Crowned at 30.

Technically in 2020 I'm about the youngest person old enough to run in 2020.  I'll be turning 35 on the last day of October of that year.  I however am someone who's done nothing with my life besides writing these Blogs.

I'm probably gonna Vote for Yang even if someone younger jumps in, I am using more then just age to decide.  But my message to politicians my age is simply to prepare to run in 2024.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Goddess Worship is not automatically Feminist

First off as a Monotheist Christian I believe God is All Genders and I have argued that Biblically.  In the context of Mainstream Christianity traditionally defaulting to viewing God as Male it is the Biblical Evidence for the Feminine side of God that is in need of being emphasized.  But still God is both Male and Female and any other Gender that exists.

It is also a part of Patriarchal society to put Women on a Pedastool, the "good women" anyway.  Now this typically goes hand in hand with despising women who fail to live up to the Pedastool, but the fact remains saying nice things about women in theory does not a Feminist make.  This is something VraiKaiser talked about in their analysis of both Revolutionary Girl Utena and The Woman Called Fujiko Mine.  There was a particular author they liked to cite on that subject I wish I could remember the name of.  [Update: Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s novel Herland is what I was thinking of.]

The traditional Madonna/Whore Complex is a common way this manifests.  But it's still possible to have more nontraditional or outright diverse ideas about what makes a "good woman", allowing them to be sexually active or masculine or queer and still be part of the problem.  Hence the titular Fujiko Mine was a Whore to some men but a Madona to others, while Lupin is the one man who simply saw her as a fellow human being.

Another related issue is how some Lesbian porn made by straight men for straight men is not raunchy at all but about the idea of Lesbian sex being more "pure" then any sex involving what's traditionally viewed as male genitalia.

The Goddesses of Polytheistic Pagan Pantheons were basically their Pedastools, their various concepts of an ideal woman.  Under Christianized Greco-Roman society this role was taken over by reverence for The Virgin Mary (who the word Madona originally refereed to) or other Women in The Bible, and later Saints like Jeanne d'Arc (Joan of Arc).  Or in the Muslim world how they looked at Aisha and Fatimah (Aisha is a Madona to the Sunni but a Whore to the Shia, and to many enemies of Islam she's just a victim).

But going back to the Polytheists it was not uncommon for some pathriarchal groups to favor the goddesses over the male gods.  After all it was Isis of all Egyptian deities who had a temple built to her in Rome.  Rome was probably the most strictly Patriarchal society in the Ancient World but there were times when at face value their religion might have you think otherwise.

But what's most interesting is Japan.  Japan has spent all of it's recorded history with a Solar Goddess named Amaterasu as the main central deity of their pantheon, she bested the typical Zeus figure for control of heaven and is the official ancestor of the Emperor.  But none of that has prevented Japan from being a highly patriarchal society right down to the present day with them being the only "developed" nation where arranged marriages still happen.

If Anime and it's related media has given you a different impression of Japan.  That's partly because Anime is mostly outside of the mainstream of Japanese culture and so it is a medium subversives and outcasts including Feminists and LGBTQ individuals turn to hence the two Feminist Anime refereed to above.

But it's also true that for Male Otaku their Anime Waifus are their modern Goddesses, some quite literally, the various deres are their concepts of an ideal woman.  And because of how gender issues are different in Japan then in America some of the shows American Feminists like are ones Japanese Feminists don't.

Now I try to be self aware of how this problem can also apply to myself.  My list of favorite Anime Characters looks at first glance like a bunch of Moe Blobs and the western characters who interest me are similar.  And I enjoy plenty of shows that AnimeFeminist and the Trans Lesbian Leftist AniTubers I follow don't approve of.  But my "Waifus" tend to be characters I relate to rather then look up to, Mikoto Misaka may have the power of Thor but she's still a flawed character who has to learn from her mistakes.

Now it's easy to tell when a Goddess worshiper is being blatantly Misogynist in-spite of their goddess worship.  What I'm more concerned with is how people who's heart is in the right place, who are trying to be Feminist, can screw up by grasping too hard on the Divine Feminine obsession. Wicca for example looks at first glance like a very Feminist religion but they have their own gender issues.  Also the idea that there is something really sacred about female biology often seeps into TERF rhetoric.

Now again within Judeo-Christianity I think we need to point out the Biblical Feminine side of YHWH and Jesus to correct mainstream assumptions.  And in the Secular sphere I see nothing wrong with Feminists reclaiming the various Feminine Idols of Patriarchal tradition, both the Madonnas and the Whores.  A Pop Starlet singing a song called "God is a Girl" or "God is a Woman" can be an important empowering anthem that I fully support.

But Feminism is ultimately about treating women as fellow equal human beings and tht gender is a social construct.

I'm also not gonna deny that the ancient pagan had in some ways a slightly healthier more diverse attitude towards Gender then what mainstream Christianity has become since there were female War deities like Anath, Enyo and Nieth alongside the male ones.  And male Love gods like Eros and Pan and even a male form of Astarte attested in some Ugarit texts.

It's important never to forget that you're actually agreeing with the logic of Patriarchy when you start teaching that men are naturally biologically inclined towards being violent and aggressive and women are inherently more empathetic and sensitive.  True Feminism is seeing that it is the way society operates that conditions us towards being that way.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Marxism has become a Regressive Ideology

I'm really tired of seeing Left Tubers like PedRo/Zeria and BadMouseProductions act like you must be supporting the Status Quo if you're not treating the writings of a man who died in 1883 as the Inspired Infallible Word of God.

What Karl Marx proposed may well have been the most ideal system to implement while he was alive and for like maybe a century after.  But his ideas were also heavily dependent on the Industrial Revolution, the whole "working class" emphasis.  The Industrial Revolution is over, we're entering a New Technological Revolution now and so clinging to this idea that we need a "working class" is simply being stuck in the past.

As far as I'm concerned right now opposing the Basic Income is opposing poor people, I don't care what you're ideological excuse is.  And if your alternative to the Basic Income is to make it illegal to be unemployed then you have literally just called for what I consider the worst possible dystopia.  I don't care if in theory you want the law enforced in such a way that only the Employers and never the Unemployed would be punished, there is no way that is how it would ever be implemented.

I still hypothetically desire a Star Trek style cashless society, but there is no chance of implementing that in the next decade.  But there is something that could massively help the poorest and least privileged in society that we have a real viable chance of implementing in less then half of that time, and that is a Universal Basic Income.

If you're going to claim a the UBI can never be "Progressive" because it's technically still "Capitalist" then you've missed the point of why we're opposing Capitalism in the first place. 

You're not going to fear monger me into opposing it because there are Billionaires who support it, I've never based my ideology on demonizing people.  Nor do I care about any guilt by association augments based on pointing to the "Libertarian" supporters who want implementing it to go with removing all the other social safety nets, I obviously oppose that.  I'm proposing we pay for it by implementing a 5% Wallstreet Sales Tax, raising the Capital Gains Tax and abolishing the 50c3 Tax Exempt Foundations (including Churches).  And also legalizing Weed and Taxing it.  The Wallstreet Sales Tax alone can make more then what it needed yearly to give every American a Thousand dollars a month leaving plenty of money aside for a Universal Healthcare System and other safety nets.  Plus I want to cut our Military spending in half as well as completily de-funding ICE, the DEA, the ATF and Homeland Security.

Opposing the UBI because you fear it would "Save" Capitalism simply proves you've put your ideology before your principles.

I will be voting for Andrew Yang in the Democratic Primary, and I also know from what I've observed that only he has a chance of beating Trump in the General Election anyway.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Is Jerusalem in The Torah?

I've dedicated some of this blog to dealing with the doctrines of Torah Only teachers (and people who don't like to be called that but are functionally the same).  One issue that comes with that is rejecting Jerusalem, which by that exact name is missing from the Five Books of Moses.

Masoretic and Septuagint versions of the Torah refer to the place that will become the permanent resting place of the Mishkan as a location YHWH hasn't chosen yet in Deuteronomy 12.  The Samaritan Pentateuch makes this a place already chosen and makes many other changes designed to say the Tabernacle should be on Mount Gerizim, but I've already spoken on why I reject those changes.

Indeed I shall admit that if I used The Torah alone to decide where to place The Tabernacle my first pick would be Bethel based on Genesis 28 and 35.  A second pick might be Shiloh based on what's said in Genesis 49, but as a location Shiloh isn't mentioned by that name in the Torah either.

The fact that I've argued against the Salem of Melchizdek being Jerusalem in favor of it being the same Shalem from Genesis 33 and 34 which is near Shechem, possibly the same place later known as Shiloh, makes it easy to seem like Jerusalem isn't in The Torah at all.  I do believe Moriah of Genesis 22 is East of Jerusalem where I believe Jesus was Crucified, but that's hard to prove definitively.

Deuteronomy 33:12 is saying the Beloved of YHWH will be in the land of Benjamin, early Chapter 12 talked about it being a Tribe chosen to house his Dwelling place.

The tribal allotments are strictly speaking primarily laid out in Joshua not yet in The Torah, but plenty in the Torah implies the basics of Joshua's allotment is correct.  For one thing Caleb is promised Hebron.  The Transjordan Tribes also explicitly take the Transjordan in The Torah.  Genesis 49:22 is possibly alluding to Jacob's Well thus giving Joseph Shechem.  Nephtali's association with a Sea possibly anticipates him getting the Sea of Galilee.  Zebulun and Issachar are also possibly associated with coast-lands in Genesis 49 and Deuteronomy 33.

Benjamin meanwhile is the only son of Jacob born in The Land, so it's fitting that the site of his birth where Rachel died and was buried in Genesis 35:19 and 48:7 was on the way to Bethlehem Ephraim, not in that city as people often assume.  Rachel's real Tomb was at Ramah a  little north east of modern Jerusalem.

I've discovered that some people think the Migdol Edar (Tower of the Flock) of Genesis 35:21 is a location in or near Jerusalem rather then Bethlehem as it is popularly identified, this is based on it being the stronghold of Zion in Micah 4:8, but that same verse is part of my argument that Zion is Bethlehem not Jerusalem.

Bethel was right on the border of Ephraim and Benjamin so it could fit.  But the point is there are hints of the general of Jerusalem being important in The Torah.  And then there is the even more speculative idea I recently proposed about Genesis 10 and 11.

I'm more fascinating by the Decline in the importance of Hebron (aka Mamre and Arbah).  In Genesis that is where the Patriarchs ultimately spend most of their time, including where all three of them and three of their wives were buried.  And then later a big deal is made out of Caleb being promised Hebron which was also where the Anakim ruled which the Book og Joshua further deals with.  It is was later David's Capital for the first 7 and a half years of his reign, when he had only Judah.  But in The New Testament it doesn't seem to be mentioned even once.