Studying the Tribe BOOK REVIEW BY JOE SOBRAN May 2005
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Dr. Kevin MacDonald, of California State University at
Long Beach, has
written a learned trilogy on what he calls "Judaism as an evolutionary strategy,"
analyzing Jewish conduct through the ages, right up to the present. Most
recently he has written three penetrating essays in THE OCCIDENTAL QUARTERLY, one of
them "Neoconservatism as a Jewish Movement"; it shows the movement's roots in
theTrotskyite Jewish left of yore, as well as its ancient roots in Jewish
tribalism. It's a fascinating dynamic.
You can't read MacDonald's work, either the imposing trilogy or his shorter
essays, without feeling that such a study of Jewish influence is long overdue.
He isn't accusatory; he's quite attentive to strategic differences that have
divided the Jews themselves. But he does make it clear that the extreme
elements among them have always had advantages over the others. Hence, for example,
Ariel Sharon's ruthless Likud coalition has muscled out the Labor Party in
Israel, with vigorous support from erstwhile "moderate" Jewish organizations in
the Diaspora. Not long ago, those organizations appeared firmly in the Labor
camp; but MacDonald explains how seemingly unpredictable alignments arise from
Jewish culture. We shouldn't have been surprised.
One quibble. I'm allergic to the word "evolutionary"; the pattern seems to me
quite conscious and intelligent, and indeed everything MacDonald adduces
confirms this: the cunning combination of group self-interest with
pseudo-universalist rhetoric (liberal, conservative, Marxist, democratic, patriotic, et
cetera) designed to fool outsiders; the long and vengeful historical memory; the
use of guilt and victimhood for advantage; the severe measures of group
self-discipline. Neoconservatism is just a new application of some very old tactics.
MacDonald is telling in great detail and depth what a few brave Jews -- such as
the late Israel Shahak and, today, Israel Shamir -- have tried to tell us
from inside the fanatical world of Zionism.
MacDonald's reward for his labors has been predictable. He has been smeared
as anti-Semitic, and some Jews have tried to get him fired from his university
and ostracized in academia. Even to describe and analyze organized Jewish
behavior, however objectively, is to be an enemy deserving destruction. Accurately
quoting Jewish sources themselves, from the Talmud to recent publications,
only makes the offense worse!
Everyone knows this is a subject protected by profound taboos; indeed the
mere mention of those taboos is an offense. The taboos themselves, in other
words, force us to pretend that there are no taboos, as MacDonald has found. The
relevant Jewish powers -- the Tribe, as I call them (to distinguish them from
independent Jews) -- insist that they favor complete freedom of speech, and woe
to him who says otherwise. In fact it's not always wise to observe that those
powers exist, even though politicians, journalists, churchmen, and other
influential people constantly kowtow to them.
No other topic requires such mental and verbal contortions in order to avoid
ugly, and damaging, accusations. The Tribe resists being studied, especially
by those who are wary of it. Even wariness is anti-Semitic, you know -- though
the Tribe wants to be feared. It's striking how freely the Christian Right can
be discussed in public, while Jewish power may be alluded to only in
euphemisms. The difference is especially startling when you consider the relative
numbers of Christians and Jews.
The rules of this game are head-spinning. Kafka and Orwell might have
collaborated on them. Except, of course, that they're unwritten, and must remain so.
Just as the Talmud says that no Gentile may study the Law, to formulate the
rules is to violate them. You can't win. Not if you're a Gentile, anyway. That's
really the whole point of the game. No wonder the Tribe is winning.
If you're so much as accused of anti-Semitism, you lose. And what's the
penalty for making false charges of anti-Semitism? There is none. There is no such
thing as a false charge of it; to be accused is to be guilty. If nothing else,
you're guilty of having been accused.
The neoconservatives have used, without compunction, every trick in their
very old book to defeat and destroy the few traditional conservatives who have
resisted their takeover of what is still called the "conservative movement."
After accusing his own dead father of anti-Semitism, Bill Buckley virtually
deeded the whole movement over to the neocons.
Zionist power has long controlled the American Congress. Today the neocons
have gained nearly total control of the executive branch too. After all, the
United States is fighting Israel's enemies, and may soon be fighting two more:
Syria and Iran.
The neocons have succeeded almost too well: Their success has gotten them
more media attention than they probably wanted -- much of it critical, in a
guarded (given the taboos) way. More and more Americans now know what a "neocon" is
and don't need MacDonald to tell them that the neocons are a specifically
Jewish and Zionist movement. (Some of my old friends in the Midwest are a lot
less naive about this than they used to be.)
Some neocons, uneasy at their recent exposure, have in effect tried to go
underground: They deny that there's even such a thing as a "neoconservative." The
word, they say, is an anti-Semitic codeword for "Jew." Have they already
forgotten that it was once their own codeword?
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The Culture of Critique
The Culture of Critique, which discusses Jewish involvement in various
20th-century intellectual and political movements, is now available in a paperback
edition. This edition includes a new 70-page preface that updates some of the
material in the original version. The best price is from the publisher
($22.50). The book is also available at Amazon ($27.95), or Barnes & Noble ($27.95).
Ordering information for his must-read books. See his website:
The Culture of Critique The Culture of Critique, which discusses Jewish involvement in various 20th-century intellectual and political movements, is now available in a paperback edition. This edition includes a new 70-page preface that updates some of the material in the original version. The best price is from the publisher ($22.50). The book is also available at Amazon ($27.95), or Barnes & Noble ($27.95).
"Deep down, I believe that a little anti-Semitism is a good thing for the Jews - reminds us who we are." --Jay Lefkowitz (NYT Magazine. Feb.12, 1995. Page 65). Jay Lefkowitz is now Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy.
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