The media police are at it again, and in honor of these recent outrages, TOO has a new “Policing the Media” category. This time let’s start with Menachem Rosensaft’s “Jewish Nationalism: A Scourge That Won’t Go Away,” presenting views that are common throughout the Middle East.
Sorry, I got the title wrong. It’s “White Nationalism: A Scourge That Won’t Go Away.” Rosensaft is unhappy that VDARE.com editor Peter Brimelow gave a talk at CPAC as part of a panel on “The Failure of Multiculturalism: How the Pursuit of Diversity Is Weakening the American Identity.”
What’s so great about being an anti-White columnist like Rosensaft is that he feels no need to do research. He just trots out statements by people like Brimelow as self-evidently wrong or evil—no need to show whether they are factual or not.
Brimelow wrote that “it’s still ‘about race’. It is no coincidence, comrades, that the backlash is overwhelming white. Whites in America voted heavily against Obama. White Protestants (‘let’s face it, they are America’ — Phillip Roth, American Pastoral, p. 311) still make up nearly half (42%) the electorate and they voted 2-1 for McCain. But are even 4% of Obama’s appointments white Protestants?”
No word from Rosensaft on how many of Obama’s appointments are White Protestants.
Then there are statements like this, from Jared Taylor (included by Rosensaft because Taylor has written for VDARE):
What race realists find most infuriating about the liberalism of the last half century is not just that it has lost its instinctive appreciation for the culture and people of the West but actively, viciously attacks them. Whites are doing something no other people have ever done in human history. Our rulers and elites welcome replacement by aliens, they vilify our ancestors and their own, they sacrifice our interests to those of favored minorities, and they treat the entire history of the West as if it were a global plague of rapine and exploitation. This is a disease that is killing us, and we must fight it head on.
No statement from Rosensaft showing that elites in the West are doing anything other than what Taylor says. Nor, given that it is happening, does Rosensaft say why Whites should want this.
Or again, was Sam Francis right wrong when, as quoted by Rosensaft, he wrote the following?
America was defined — almost explicitly, sometimes very explicitly — as a white nation, for white people, and what that means is that there is virtually no figure, no law, no policy, no event in the history of the old, white America that can survive the transition to the new and non-white version.
Or was I wrong when, as quoted by Rosensaft, I describe Jews as a hostile elite? Again, no need to deal with the evidence or arguments. (Rosensaft might profit from thinking about how his writing places him in that category.)
To buttress his case, Rosensaft relies on links to the ADL and the SPLC. But they’re well known to be on the Jewish activist left, so he also recruits a Jewish neocon, Jonah Goldberg, described as a “conservative columnist.” After all, it’s important to quote people from both ends of the political spectrum, right?
The conservative columnist Jonah Goldberg wrote in the Los Angeles Times that Brimelow, Pat Buchanan and Sam Francis … “have become dismayingly obsessed in recent years with creating… an ‘identity politics for white people.'” Goldberg described Brimelow as “a once-respected conservative voice who now runs the shrill anti-immigration website VDARE.com, named for Virginia Dare, the first British child born in North America.” Goldberg also wrote that Buchanan’s book, The Death of the West “warns hysterically that the white race is becoming an ‘endangered species,’ about to be swallowed up by the duskier Third World (defined as all nonwhites no matter how rich, educated or democratic).”
No word from Rosensaft on why Whites should be the only group that eschews identity politics. No condemnation of Israel for not admitting non-Jewish immigrants no matter how rich, educated or democratic they are.
Rosensaft may actually doing us a favor by presenting statements like this, since I suspect they express the attitudes of quite a few Whites.
Since we’re on the topic of Jews in the media citing Jews in the media in opposition to White identity, I thought I’d mention another example that appeared in my email today, Steve Weinberg’s “There Will Be Paranoia. As long as there are dispossessed white people, there will be conspiracies.” Weinberg’s column is a gushing review of Arthur Goldwag’s The New Hate: A History of Fear and Loathing on the Populist Right. The main message, as implied by the title, is that anything other than Whites looking forward eagerly to their displacement is a sure sign of paranoia or some other psychological derangement. Instead of presenting the ideas of intelligent, well-read Whites concerned about their displacement, Goldwag confines his discussion to White people who question where Obama was born. Again, using this tactic, there is no need to deal with the very real costs of multiculturalism and the likely effects on Whites of becoming a minority.
Interestingly, Goldwag sees himself as part of a long Jewish anti-populist intellectual tradition:
As Goldwag notes, the “canonical works of scholarship” preceding his include The Paranoid Style in American Politics by Richard Hofstadter; Right-Wing Populism in America: Too Close for Comfort by Chip Berlet and Matthew N. Lyons; and The Politics of Unreason: Right-Wing Extremism in America, 1790-1967 by Seymour Martin Lipset and Earl Raab.
I review the Jewish anti-populist intellectual tradition in Chapter 5 of The Culture of Critique (p. 194ff). (Much of this literature was published by Jewish activist organizations like the ADL and the American Jewish Committee, and all of it finds various psychiatric diagnoses for Whites concerned about their displacement. The Frankfurt School’s The Authoritarian Personality, published by the American Jewish Committee, is the classic example.) Jewish polemics against rightwing populism are an old and dishonorable tradition at this point, but writers like Goldwag have to keep reinventing it in order to keep up the paranoia in their audience. Like the SPLC’s annual trotting out of “the explosion of hate groups,” it keeps the money flowing.
Rosensaft, Goldberg, Weinberg and Goldwag chart easy paths, never troubling to actually deal with the realities and intellectual rigor behind the concerns of so many Whites about their impending displacement. A sure sign of the power of the anti-White elite is that they don’t have to be smart or work hard by actually confronting the issues in a serious way. They can just trot out their drivel in the sure knowledge that they will be richly rewarded and get great reviews. Power corrupts.
In the meantime, White anger on building. But at least for now, the hostile elite is definitely in the driver’s seat. Indeed, a news article on Brimelow talking at CPAC shows the CPAC organizer in a panic, denying he had ever heard of Brimelow. So next year a “conservative” like Jonah Goldberg will probably substitute for Brimelow. It’s a shame, but definitely par for the course these days.