Slavoj Žižek’s “Pervert’s Guide” to anti-Semitism

“ [Kevin] MacDonald’s theory is a new chapter in the long process of the destruction of Reason.”
Slavoj Zizek

“Žižek is, at his best, a posturing charlatan.”
Thomas Moller-Nielsen, Current Affairs, Oct. 18 2019.


This is an essay on anti-Semitism, but because it’s also about Slavoj Žižek we’re going to have to start with the subject of extra-marital affairs. Very early in my academic career, I was asked to take part in a cross-faculty seminar, where PhD students could present small talks on the development of their research. It was hoped that, as a newly-minted PhD, I’d ask presenting students some tough but helpful questions, and thus somehow contribute to a team atmosphere in my department. I was provided with a list of proposed talks and immediately felt an overwhelming sense of apathy at the litany of feminist tripe and quasi-Marxist navel-gazing, none of which was in any way related to my own fields of research. I was eager to please in my new role, however, and so I fell dutifully into line. I’ll never forget the first presentation because it was so remarkably surreal, being an effeminate young African-American who quite literally gave a performance poem titled “Black Skin” about, well, you get the idea. But the more memorable event of the day came later, when a young woman gave a presentation on gender in the media, or something to that effect. Something about her manner irritated me considerably, so I gave her a hard time during the Q & A. This was picked up on by a senior figure in the department, a soft meek-looking and much-gossiped-about English historian, who, after the seminar had finished, invited me to his office for a discussion on gender and sex politics.

I’ve been politically aware since I was a teenager. I’d read deeply about Marxism since the age of seventeen, and was familiar with its cultish elements. None of this prepared me for my adventure in this otherwise unremarkable Englishman’s office, the walls of which were festooned with small red flags and quasi-religious images of Lenin and Trotsky. So, I thought, here was a Red in the flesh. I was in the presence of a dedicated Marxist, and that right there in front of me stood a solitary tangible example of the long march through the institutions. He made tea, and we sat down. He began to talk, I listened. During his initial monologue, my host started speaking from a personal perspective, explaining that even in his private life he aimed to live in accordance with his “socialist beliefs.” Before he got married, he explained, he and his fiancée agreed that they wouldn’t take traditional vows, agreeing they wouldn’t be so possessive as to make an oath of exclusivity to one another. They might “expect” exclusivity, but they wouldn’t demand it. They believed in “freedom,” he said, and ultimately this was what social progressivism and modern gender and sex politics was all about. It wasn’t anything to get upset over, he implied, or laugh about.

Except that it was. The faculty gossip I’d heard was that the wife of this “free love” advocate had been on a short-term teaching stint in Norway and had just recently decided to permanently settle there with a Norwegian lover she’d been having an affair with for some time. She had the marital couple’s two children with her in Norway, and was making it extremely difficult for the meek, permissive, Lenin-loving Englishman to see them. The family home had also been declared off-limits, and my Marxist colleague was apparently reduced to staying in a local bed and breakfast. Tragic? Quite possibly. Hilarious? Most definitely. All of this flooded my mind as the cuckolded Leninite sat opposite me recounting his lukewarm marriage vows, tea in hand, eyes glistening with — tears? Steam from the tea he said, wiping them casually and glancing at the window. My face was stone. The time passed, and my host gradually fell silent. I thanked him most disingenuously, and made a hasty retreat, taking a deep breath as I emerged from the building. I never set foot in that office again.

What does any of this have to do with anti-Semitism? If you’re the superstar Marxist intellectual Slavoj Žižek, it has everything to do with anti-Semitism, since as we will find out, infidelity and anti-Semitism are irrefutably linked. I say “irrefutably” quite deliberately, because his arguments are irrefutable — and they are irrefutable because they are nonsensical.

First, who is Slavoj Žižek? Ostensibly, he’s a serious philosopher from Slovenia who’s held teaching positions in New York and London and tackles a wide range of subjects including political theory, culture, psychoanalysis, film criticism, Marxism, theology, and the philosophy of Hegel and Jacques Lacan. He is the subject of The International Journal of Žižek Studies, and has been declared “the Elvis of cultural theory,” and “the most dangerous philosopher in the West.” Žižek enjoys high levels of popularity among non-academics and young Leftists, due mainly to his idiosyncratic method of speech, his use of pop culture references during his talks, his regular employment of “dirty jokes,” and the packaging of many of his talks and documentaries as “The Pervert’s Guide to … .” In April 2019, Žižek and Jordan Peterson sold out the Sony Centre in Toronto for their debate titled “Happiness: Capitalism vs. Marxism,” billed by some as the debate of the century, but generally regarded afterwards as anti-climactic. The main point here is that Žižek enjoys a very considerable audience and is regarded, for the most part, as a serious thinker. This means that his pronouncements are influential, and it is therefore of some interest to examine what Žižek has to say on Jews and anti-Semitism.

Žižek’s ideas on specific themes can be difficult to determine, owing to the fact he often scatters his perspectives across several books, numerous articles, and innumerable lectures and interviews. It’s clear, however, by comparing his YouTube view counts to web traffic at The Philosophical Salon, the blog where he showcases most of his topical writing, that he has significantly more appeal as an audio-visual entertainer than as a serious writer. Anti-Semitism is not a subject that Žižek has ever tackled with prolonged effort and interest, but he does reference it with somewhat surprising and casual regularity, and has given a small number of lectures dedicated to the theme. Here we turn to Žižek’s theories of anti-Semitism.

I. The Pathology of Jealous Paranoia

As an heir to the psychoanalysis of Freud and Jacques Lacan, Žižek unsurprisingly draws very strongly on psychoanalytic theories of anti-Semitism in his written and audio-visual productions. It is here that we return to the subject of extra-marital affairs because, in a February 2016 essay on the migrant crisis for New Statesman, Žižek opined:

Jacques Lacan claimed that, even if a jealous husband’s claim about his wife — that she sleeps around with other men — is true, his jealousy is still pathological. Why? The true question is “not is his jealousy well-grounded?”, but “why does he need jealousy to maintain his self-identity?”. Along the same lines, one could say that even if most of the Nazi claims about the Jews were true — they exploit Germans; they seduce German girls — which they were not, of course, their anti-Semitism would still be (and was) pathological, since it represses the true reason why the Nazis needed anti-Semitism in order to sustain their ideological position. And is it not exactly the same with the growing fear of refugees and immigrants? To extrapolate to the extreme: even if most of our prejudices about them were proven to be true — they are hidden fundamentalist terrorists; they rape and steal — the paranoid talk about the immigrant threat is still an ideological pathology. It tells more about us, Europeans, than about immigrants.

There is a lot to unpack here and, even at first reading, one is stunned that such a car-wreck of logic should emanate from someone regarded by many in contemporary culture as a serious and celebrated philosopher. The first problem is, of course, the citation of the risible Lacan as an authority, and his statement as authoritative. If a man has reasonable grounds to believe his wife has been unfaithful, it would be difficult to describe him bluntly as jealous, never mind pathological, since he would be reacting against a very clear infringement of his interests (sexual, reproductive, financial, emotional, even religious and professional—all of which are unsurprising to an evolutionist). It also doesn’t logically follow that he would need such a reaction in order to maintain his self-identity. In fact, failure to react in such a context would more clearly result in a destruction of self-identity, since all of the emotional and constituent aspects of his life as a man and a husband will have been undermined by the cuckold scenario. Kevin MacDonald has observed that Jewish intellectual activism, especially that tainted by psychoanalysis, has often involved the construction of self-serving arguments couched in universalistic terms. Jacques Lacan wasn’t Jewish, but his theories on jealousy and infidelity, including his famous statement that “there is no such thing as a sexual relationship,” were unquestionably self-serving. Catherine Millot, one of his patients, recalled in her 2017 autobiography Life with Lacan, that he “had affairs with patients and ex-wives of close friends,” and propositioned many of them for threesomes.

Returning to Žižek then, the implication is present in his statement that even if it is proven that there are legitimate complaints to be made about Jewish influence in Western society, these complaints, like those of the suspicious husband, are “still an ideological pathology” that Europeans require in order to maintain their self-identity. At this stage one would have to ask Žižek precisely how one might define any complaint about any subject as legitimate. For example, even if Marx’s critique of capitalism could be proven true, what would make these complaints against the bourgeoisie as a class less pathological than complaints against Jews as a class? Would Žižek agree that Marxists are pathological because they require a paranoia about the bourgeoisie in order to maintain their self-identity? I doubt it. Is it, then, solely complaints from the Right that are pathological, and if so, why? At what point would one have a healthy and non-pathological “paranoia” about terrorists, rapists and thieves? When one is in the process of being blown up, raped, or robbed? No, perhaps this is too early. While one’s limbs are still attached, we presume, the potential is there for a stubborn effort to maintain self-identity via prejudicial paranoia.

Sarcasm aside, isn’t it rather the case that most complaints in life are grounded in the real world of perspectives and interests of individuals and groups, and that pathologizing the complaints of one party or another is simply another means of fighting against that party’s interests and delegitimizing their perspective?[1] Isn’t it simply the case that Žižek, for reasons unknown (although it certainly hasn’t hurt his career), is offering an explanation of anti-Semitism, totally bankrupt of logic, that is designed to smooth over the “irrelevant truth” of Jewish behavior? I don’t believe Žižek to be a philo-Semite in my understanding of that term. Rather, he could be usefully categorized as a combination of “naive true believer in the Marxist creed” and “knowing charlatan.” This is evident in many of his other statements on anti-Semitism, which are merely crude and unthinking regurgitations of Jean-Paul Sartre, who was a firm proponent of the “irrelevant truth” thesis.

II. Non-Existent Contradictions

If the first major feature of Marxist-psychoanalytic interpretations of anti-Semitism is the negation of authentic complaints as a legitimate origin of the phenomenon, then the second is the presentation of a set of false contradictions within the anti-Semitic perspective. In a 2009 lecture at the European Graduate School titled “Anti-Semitism, Anti-Semite and Jew,” Žižek argued that anti-Semitism places Jews in “impossible Otherness,” and continued:

One of the ironies of the history of anti-Semitism is that Jews can stand, within the anti-Semitic space, for both poles of an opposition. They are stigmatised as upper class, rich, merchants, exploiting us; and low class, filthy. They are perceived as too intellectual, and too earthy, sexual predators and so on. As lazy and workaholics.

In my 2015 review of the late Theodore Isaac Rubin’s Anti-Semitism: A Disease of the Mind, I noted that Rubin, an avowed psychoanalyst, declared “the Jew” to be little more than a symbol in the anti-Semitic mind, with Rubin adding that anti-Semitism contains an endless list of contradictions and “mutually exclusive superlatives.” The idea that anti-Semitism contains logical contradictions is extremely commonplace in Jewish narratives, histories and apologetics. For example, Jewish historian Derek Penslar has stated that “the anti-Semite’s arguments are by their very nature illogical, inaccurate and indefensible.”[2] Jeffrey Herf argues that anti-Semitism is “riddled with contradictions and highly irrational.”[3] This Jewish response to anti-Semitism has a substantial pedigree. Kevin MacDonald has noted that a sizeable part of the Frankfurt School’s The Authoritarian Personality was devoted to “an attempt to demonstrate the irrationality of anti-Semitism by showing that anti-Semites have contradictory beliefs about Jews. …The Authoritarian Personality exaggerates the self-contradictory nature of anti-Semitic beliefs in the service of emphasizing the irrational, projective nature of anti-Semitism.”[4]

In Rubin’s work, as in Žižek’s, we see allegations about Jews that are either clearly consistent when considered in context, or have probably never been made by those considered anti-Semites. For example, Rubin wrote that all anti-Semites see Jews as both:

  • Moronic, brilliant.
  • All-powerful, weakling.
  • Cosmopolitan, provincial.
  • Cunning, naïve.
  • Extraordinarily sensitive, calloused.
  • “Nigger-lovers,” “worst bigots.”
  • Richest, poorest.
  • Artistic, tasteless.
  • Money-lovers, intellectual snobs.
  • Socially pushy, exclusively clannish.

But the ‘contradictions’ offered by Rubin and Žižek are inevitably over-simplifications. In Culture of Critique, Kevin MacDonald reviewed works by Levinson, Ackerman and Jahoda, in which the authors argued that it was contradictory for individuals to believe that Jews are clannish and aloof yet still want them to be segregated and restricted. It was also proposed that another contradictory attitude was that Jews are both clannish and intrusive.[5] Similarly, Žižek offers the formulation that there is an inherent contradiction in anti-Semitic beliefs that Jews are “particularist” and “cosmopolitan.” But, as MacDonald states,

Agreement with such items is not self-contradictory. Such attitudes are probably a common component of the reactive processes discussed in Separation and Its Discontents. Jews are viewed by these anti-Semites as members of a strongly cohesive group who attempt to penetrate gentile circles of power and high social status, perhaps even undermining the cohesiveness of these gentile groups, while retaining their own separatism and clannishness. The belief that Jews should be restricted is entirely consisted with this attitude. Moreover, contradictory negative stereotypes of Jews, such as their being capitalist and communist, may be applied by anti-Semites to different groups of Jews.[6]

In much the same way, Rubin’s ‘contradictions’ can also be resolved very quickly as soon as over-simplification is done away with. Jews are rarely, if ever, portrayed simply as ‘nigger-lovers,’ but are seen as being in frequent partnership with Blacks in places like the American South and in efforts to bring down Apartheid in South Africa. To my knowledge, this behavior has never been seen by anti-Semites as arising from an altruistic “love” for the Black man. Rather, the partnership is incredibly one-sided, and its ultimate goal is to serve Jewish interests in undermining the White power structure in America. Indeed, for an anti-segregation organization, the early NAACP was essentially divided between the Jews who ran it, and the Blacks who went along for the ride. As Hasia Diner puts it in In the Almost Promised Land: American Jews and Blacks, 1915–1935, many in the NAACP’s Jewish leadership “worked most intensely with other Jews.”[7]

Viewing Jews as the “worst bigots” would be consistent with this account of events since the partnership with Blacks is purely opportunistic and often patronizing, and also because of traditions of slave ownership within Jewish populations, and extremely negative Talmudic pronouncements on Africans. For example, in The Image of the Black in Jewish Culture, Abraham Melamed explains that while the Romans had a “climate theory” of race in which they “assumed that the inferior psycho-physical traits of the Blacks in the south and the Whites in the north arose from harsh geographical and climatic surroundings,” they also believed that “change and improvement are possible.” By contrast, Rabbinic teaching was much more deterministic and held that Blacks were “to suffer perpetual slavery forever.”[8]

The other ‘contradictions’ offered by Rubin and Žižek are equally flimsy. For example, history shows extremely few examples of anti-Jewish propaganda playing on a stereotype of a moronic Jew. Instead, it is an overwhelmingly universal theme that Jews are extremely adept at resource competition, and attaining economic, cultural and political dominance. While there is a sub-theme that the notion of ‘Jewish Genius’ does involve ethnic networking and exaggeration, there is little doubt that attempts to reckon with Jewish influence have been built primarily on the need to tackle the realities of Jewish intelligence as well as the organizational and strategic efforts arising from it. Nowhere does the “moronic Jew” make an appearance. Nor do opinions of Jews as being uniquely “artistic” feature in historical anti-Jewish writing. In fact, another universal theme and consensus of anti-Jewish thought is that Jews are devoid of genuine artistic talent, and in the past this was often linked to (as a cause or product of) the Jewish ban on creating ‘graven’ images. Wagner’s Das Judenthum in der Musik may be seen as a classic in this regard.

Contrary to Žižek’s assertion, Jews have also never really been portrayed as “the low class” or poor of society, outside of the brief period in the early twentieth century when the first masses of Jewish immigrants arrived in Western Europe and the United States from the former Russian Empire. This was very specific in terms of time and place, and even then it was frequently remarked by contemporaries that the economic ascent of Jewish migrants was nothing less than remarkable. Also, Žižek opposes being an intellectual to sexual predation, which appears to defy any logical consistency or progression. Is Žižek implying that intellectuals are less sexual? How does he square this with the lives of some of his intellectual heroes like Sartre and Lacan, both of whom were sexually predatory, with one (Sartre), like Freud “earthily” obsessed with defecation and excrement, and the other (Lacan) taking great joy in public farting and burping? Most importantly, does Žižek see any contradiction or absence of logic in the established facts that Jews are over-represented in both academia and the pornography industry? In the same sense, can Žižek actually point to any instance of anti-Semitic thought that posits Jews as both “lazy and workaholics”? Is it not the case, to borrow a brilliant self-description from the writer Cormac McCarthy, that Jews historically have “worked hard at not working,” which is to say that Jews have clustered in non-labor trades, particularly those related to the circulation of money, in which they have excelled as innovators in debt, and in other economic spheres that can only be categorized as exploitative?

These anti-Jewish position are all too consistent. However, out of conscious evasion, or unconscious self-deception, Jewish scholars and their Marxist partners persist in clinging to the idea that these ideas are somehow innately contradictory. For Žižek, as with Rubin and countless Jews, the ‘contradictions’ are real — and the product of a fractured psyche and the ‘anti-Semite’s’ own frustrated desires. Rubin once opined that “Since inner conflicts are very powerful and tend to be seen in an utterly self-hating light or in a purely idealizing one, polarization usually takes place. This polarization makes for the necessity of characteristics to project to in order to encompass the conflicting extremes.” In reality, these pseudo-scholars aren’t just barking up the wrong tree — they are barking up a tree that simply isn’t there.

III. The Jew as Fetish of Anti-Semitic Fascism

It is a matter of special irony that Marxists should present their own contradictions in relation to anti-Semitism and the supposed psychosocial aspects of the anti-Semite. While it is often argued that anti-Semitism is a contradictory, irrational, and pathological ideological proposition, it is equally argued by Marxists that it possesses a kind of logic, but is ultimately misguided or misdirected. This latter argument is the Marxist theory that anti-Semitism is a manipulation by the ruling classes and that “the Jew” is offered to exploited workers as a distraction or “fetish” to enable exploitation under capitalism to continue. Žižek is a very strong proponent of this theory.

In his 2009 lecture at the European Graduate School titled “Anti-Semitism, Anti-Semite and Jew,” Žižek suggests that anti-Semitism began when

features attributed to Jews expanded into the whole of society. Commodity exchange became hegemonic … . It all started, not in Ancient Rome, but in 11th-, 12th-century Europe, which was waking from the inertia of the so-called Dark Ages and experienced a fast growth of market exchange, and the role of money. At that precise point, the Jew emerged as the enemy, a parasitic intruder who disturbs the harmonious social edifice.

The dating of the origins of anti-Semitism from medieval Christendom, rather than the ancient world, is an overwhelmingly common feature of Jewish apologetics, a tactic that typically owes much of its development to the convenience of placing the blame for anti-Semitism on ascendant Christianity. The trend reached its apogee in the work of the late non-Jewish historian Gavin Langmuir (1924–2005), now remembered and celebrated by Jews and the psychoanalytically-inclined as a “worldwide authority on anti-Semitism.” Langmuir’s explanation of anti-Semitism participated in developing trends in the transformation of the study of historical anti-Jewish attitudes during the 1960s and 1970s. These decades witnessed a shift away from the study of ‘prejudiced’ individuals — as had been the case from the 1940s–50s with studies like the Authoritarian Personality — and towards the pathologizing of entire cultures and epochs. Condemnations of Western culture had certainly been strongly implied in the earlier decades, but works like Jules Isaac’s Has Anti-Semitism Roots in Christianity? (1961) and Alan Davies’ Anti-Semitism and the Christian Mind (1969), made this even more explicit. Langmuir benefited from riding the crest of this wave.

The new paradigm for psychological explanations of ‘prejudice’ was that whole groups, societies, and cultures (of course, only really the people and culture of the West) could have collective psychological processes like projection and narcissism. Psychoanalysis played a huge part in the development of this pseudo-historiography and, indeed, many of the works produced during this period were penned not by historians or social scientists but by avowed psychoanalysts like Avner Falk. Langmuir’s work mimicked Jewish productions by essentially absolving medieval Jewish populations of any responsibility in provoking negative reactions from their Christian host populations, and by ascribing to Christian/Western society a deep-seated psychological malfunction shot through with fantasy, repression, and sadism.

Despite his actually very limited expertise in medieval legal history, Langmuir saw fit to quickly make grand pronouncements on the nature and origins of anti-Jewish feeling across Europe and over the course of centuries. His works, often with pitifully thin evidence of wider reading, portrayed anti-Semitism as “a primarily Western phenomenon.”[9] He arrogantly claimed to have been able to “define Christianity and categorize its manifestations, including Catholicism, objectively.”[10] He bluntly confessed in his books that “I shall not discuss pagan attitudes to Jews in antiquity.”[11] He dismissively described attempts to come to rational, interest-based, theories of inter-group conflict between Jews and non-Jews as “misguided pseudoscientific efforts of racial theorists,” and even argued that attempts to come to “common sense” explanations of anti-Semitism would prove “disastrous.”[12] Anti-Semitism was instead “both in its origin and in its recent most horrible manifestation … the hostility aroused by irrational thinking about Jews.”[13] Above all, Langmuir seems to have dated his discussion of the origins of anti-Semitism to the medieval period because, by his own admission, “I am respectably knowledgeable only about the history of the West since the fall of the Roman Empire and am most at home in the Middle Ages.”[14] This can hardly be considered an optimal foundation for Langmuir’s later sweeping theories, and his work, and that of a series of Jewish psychosocial theorists like Norman Cohn and Joshua Trachtenberg, has since been savaged with some intensity in the work of Hannah Johnson, a Princeton-educated medievalist from England, especially her Blood Libel: The Ritual Murder Accusation at the Limit of Jewish History (2012).

What Žižek accomplishes with his own theory is the semi-plagiarizing of existing psychosocial theories like those of Langmuir, merely substituting ascendant Christianity with ascendant Capital and leaving the rest of the interpretive framework intact. Žižek’s theory has the same starting point, the same pathologizing features, the same oversimplifications, and the same minimizing or denial of antagonistic Jewish behavior.

If one wanted to make any concession to the idea that something novel occurred in the relationship between Jews and Europeans in the eleventh century, it is because the Jewish population, rather than Capital, radically expanded and extended in the period.[15] In other words, “the Jew emerged as the enemy” in Western Europe simply because “the Jew emerged” in Western Europe, and enmity was the product of the behavioral features attending that emergence.

The problematic aspect of Žižek’s dating remains, however, that Western European anti-Semitism, if it has any unique characteristics, originated in the tenth century with the forming of Jewish-elite relationships under the Carolingians and the pursuance of an anti-Jewish strategy by Agobard, the Spanish archbishop of Lyon. It is interesting that Žižek does not specify which events or personalities he sees as commencing “it all.” Nor does he explain whether such events, anti-Jewish riots for example, followed a pattern of intensification of putative capitalist crises, such as famines, shortages, or warfare. In this regard, it is interesting that the Carolingian period has been described by historians not as one of capitalist expansion but as something approaching “complete economic and social retrogression.”[16] So then, does anti-Semitism follow economic expansion or retrogression? Does it follow prosperity and competition for surplus, or economic decline and famine? If it is the expression of the frustrations of exploited workers under capitalism, why has it spiked in such disparate times as the liberation of the serfs and decadent Weimar of the roaring 1920s? Žižek doesn’t have any answers because he doesn’t even pose such questions.

In the course of his European Graduate School lecture, Žižek comments that “the real mystery of anti-Semitism is why it is a constant. Why does it persist through all historical mutations?” What Žižek fails to add is that it has also persisted through all economic contexts, including Communism, rendering any Marxist interpretation of the phenomenon utterly redundant. This doesn’t prevent Žižek from musing:

[Anti-Semitism] concerns the false identification of the antagonism of the enemy. As we all know, class struggle, or another social antagonism, is displaced onto the struggle against the Jews, so that the popular rage at being exploited is redirected from capitalist relations as such to the Jewish plot. … When the anti-Semite says that “the Jews are the cause of our misery,” he really means Big Capital is the cause of our misery. Workers have a right to be furious at their exploitation, they just direct it at the wrong target. … Jew is the fetish of anti-Semitic fascists. … Anti-Semitism is just a manipulation by the ruling class, so that they are free to exploit [workers].

This proposition is deeply problematic, due mainly to the assumptions underlying the argument. Foremost among these problematic assumptions is the implication that the vast majority anti-Semites (those making complaints about Jewish behavior or influence) would be blindly uncritical of Big Capital, and that Big Capital and the establishment ruling class is not significantly Jewish. Otherwise, anti-Semitism would be a very poor and

counter-productive manipulation indeed. Together with these problematic assumptions, one should also consider Žižek’s proposition to give insufficient consideration to the unquestionably special relationship Jews have enjoyed with capitalism, especially its more exploitative rather than organic aspects (for example, high-interest moneylending as opposed to the basic principle of private property). These problems should be considered individually.

IV. Anti-Semitic Critiques of Capitalism

The assertion that anti-Semites would be blindly uncritical of Big Capital, or for that matter the excesses of any financial systems, is quite contrary to the historical record. Prior to Marx and Engels, there were instances of true, authentic, even quasi-ethnic or ‘national’ “socialisms” where complaints about Jewish behavior were common. An excellent example is William Cobbett (1763–1835), a British farm laborer, gardener, clerk, soldier, journalist, and politician. Cobbett opposed the Corn Laws, legislation imposed between 1815 and 1846 which essentially blocked cheap food imports from abroad, artificially maintaining high domestic food prices. Cobbett blamed Britain’s increasingly aloof and selfish aristocracy as well as its mercantilist culture—built on the development of debt finance—for the decline in the fortunes of the English working class as well as the starvation of the Irish. His Political Register newspaper is often credited with the invention of popular radical journalism, and was the main newspaper read by the working class. His bitter opposition to the British aristocracy led the government to consider arresting him for sedition in 1817—rumors of which caused Cobbett to flee to the United States, where he remained until matters settled somewhat two years later. When he returned, he paved the way for the 1832 Reform Act, which expanded the British franchise and paved the way for the expansion of democracy within the British Isles.

Cobbett was also profoundly oppositional to Jews. He was simultaneously one of the greatest champions of Catholic political emancipation and one of the fiercest and most relentless opponents of Jewish political emancipation. He pointed to the detachment of Jews from the masses, rejecting the idea that Jews should have a say in government unless someone could “produce a Jew who ever dug, or who ever made his own coat or his own shoes, or who did anything at all, except get all the money he could from the pockets of the people.”[17] Instead, argued Cobbett, Jews “did not merit any immunities, any privileges, any possessions in house, land, or water, any civil or political rights. … They should everywhere be deemed aliens and always at the absolute disposal of the sovereign power of the state, as completely as any inanimate substance.” He frequently praised the expulsion of Jews from England under Edward I. Jewish academic activist Anthony Julius quotes Cobbett as having argued that Jews “damaged France and killed Poland,” and that Jews are a people “living in all the filthiness of usury and increase…extortioners by habit and almost by instinct. Julius laments that Cobbett’s “anti-Semitism exercised a certain diffuse influence on radicals in the early nineteenth century, if only at the level of vocabulary. … Cobbett enjoyed an immense popularity during his lifetime, and has a substantial posthumous reputation.” In 1830 he published Good Friday: or the Murder of Jesus Christ by the Jews, where he wrote:

[Jews are] everywhere are on the side of oppression, assisting tyranny in its fiscal extortions; and everywhere they are bitter foes of those popular rights and liberties. … It is amongst masses of debt and misery that they thrive, as birds and beast of prey get fat in times of pestilence. … This race appear always to have been instruments in the hands of tyrants for plundering their subjects; they were the farmers of the cruel taxes; they lent a support to despotism, which it could not otherwise obtain.

In Paper Against Gold (1812), Cobbett expressed the belief that the concepts of paper money and the national debt were basically Jewish “tricks and connivances,” endorsed by an aristocracy grown greedy and toothless. Initially a loyalist, Cobbett later came to the opinion that while the concept of aristocracy was not altogether bad or illegitimate, the British aristocracy had betrayed and exploited the people it was supposed to lead. That the aristocracy had given itself over to Jewish thought, through ties of blood and finance, was hinted most strongly in the Political Register of December 6 1817:

Let us, when they have the insolence to call us the ‘lower orders,’ prepare ourselves with useful knowledge, and let these insolent wretches marry amongst one another, ‘till, like the Jews, they have all one and the same face, one and the same pair of eyes, and one and the same nose. Let them, if they can, prevent their footmen from bettering their blood and from reinforcing the limbs of their rickety race; and let us prepare for the day of their overthrow. They have challenged us to the combat. They have declared war against us.

Cobbett’s views on finance capital and the ruling class can only be regarded as fiercely oppositional, and the same holds for such “infamous anti-Semites” as Wilhelm Marr, Adolf Stoecker, Georg Ritter von Schonerer, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, and Alphonse Toussenel, all of whom combined a radical critique of Big Capital with opposition to the specific role of Jews in finance, culture, politics, and society. In fact, many of these figures articulated specific reasons as to why a separate and distinct critique of “Semitism” was required. A key feature of nineteenth century socialism was a strong anti-Semitism that rejected Jewish-Marxist claims to being part of “the people,” and many anti-Jewish socialists portrayed such claims as opportunistic and cryptic strategies to secure power anew under the new form of government. One of the most memorable statements of the era in this regard is the French socialist Pierre-Joseph Proudhon’s remark that far from being genuine, Karl Marx was “the tapeworm of socialism.” Proudhon (1809–1865), seen by many as the father of anarchism, regarded apparently socialist Jewish “allies” like Heinrich Heine as “nothing but secret spies” whose hidden agenda was merely to secure the continuation of age-old Jewish privileges and protections under the guise of a putative social justice. In light of the historical trajectory of anti-Jewish critique and the biographies of its major proponents, Žižek’s assertion that anti-Semitism is merely a “fetish” that obstructs criticism of capitalism is simply unsustainable.

V. Jews, Big Capital, and the Ruling Class

Equally unsustainable is the implication that Big Capital and the establishment ruling class is not, and has not been, significantly Jewish over historical time. Žižek simplifies and caricatures the Middle Ages as a time when “the Jew emerged as the enemy, a parasitic intruder who disturbs the harmonious social edifice.” Žižek obviously employs the term “harmonious social edifice” with skepticism and disdain, seeing the pre-existing order (that before the arrival of the Jews) as fraught with exploitation, tensions, and contradictions. In Žižek’s framework then, Jews may be a chaotic capitalist force that enters Europe, but this was a Europe already experiencing chaotic capitalist forces, and therefore it would be irrational to blame Jews for anything arising from their emergence and expansion in Europe. What needs to be distinguished here is the distinction between what might be termed the organic development of finance in Europe,[18] and the exorbitant and often extremely negative developments ushered in by the arrival of the Jews and their subsequent special relationship with European elites and with capitalism itself.

The organic development of finance and class divisions in Europe is demonstrated in the evolution of feudalism as a result of the adoption of heavy cavalry by the Franks in the eighth century, with other, non-military, aspects of continental feudalism arising as the inevitable social repercussions of this change in military organization.[19] Since knights needed money, horses, servants, attendants, and freedom from all other non-military occupations, like tilling the soil, knighthood gradually became an upper-class affair. Increasing technological sophistication then made mounted warfare more and more expensive and caused knights to become more sharply distinguished from the ordinary peasant. It also caused free peasants to become less and less valuable as soldiers, and they therefore declined towards mere servitude. It was, therefore, in a sense inevitable that the new class of knights should become a landed aristocracy, and its members were thus in a sense destined to low-level jurisdiction of a semi-agricultural kind over their peasants. This situation really was, in a sense, a “harmonious social edifice” to the extent that it followed a clear logic and permitted these communities and their territories to be competitive in a rapidly changing military and geopolitical context. The ruling classes were obliged to adopt paternalistic practices in relation to the peasantry, and outright exploitation was rare since it could be dangerous and counterproductive in that it could provoke a mass uprising and thus damage militarily-valuable social cohesion. The social edifice was thus indeed “harmonious” in the sense that it was coordinated and balanced, and was generally beneficial to the organic national community.

The arrival of Jews in Europe undoubtedly created an imbalance in these class relations, and between the ruling class and the lower orders. Evidence of this imbalance in medieval Europe can be obtained both from surviving documentation and artefacts, and from analogous modern situations such as the the Great Romanian Peasant Revolt of 1907, during which Jewish intrusion into the existing quasi-feudal social arrangement ended in widespread rebellion and societal collapse due to the specific excesses of Jewish exploitation. The arrival of the Jews in Western Europe as a financial and geopolitical power can be dated to their ascent under the Carolingians in the ninth century, and possibly earlier in the Narbonne where they were noted as an extraordinarily wealthy class. In this development, the birth of formal, symbiotic relationships between Jews and self-interested European elites, we see a crucial fissure in European class relations. Jewish financiers entered into the harmonious social edifice as privileged and protected outsiders whose sole purpose was to accelerate and distort resource transfer between European classes, rendering internal class division less about communal efficiency than about personal gain. In this system, paternalism gave way to such situations as the permitted Jewish trade in Christian slaves (a key reason for the agitations for Agobard of Lyons) and widespread exploitative tax farming.

One of the great modern myths, a stroke of Jewish revisionist genius, is that Jews were forced into such practices by restrictive laws on the ownership of land, and certain other local contexts. This is historicist relativism at its most bankrupt and, thankfully, modern scholarship is slowly eroding such misrepresentations and outright falsehoods. Take, for example, the most recent edition of The Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Religion, which states the “remarkable” fact that Jews

whether in Narbonne in 899 or Gironne in 922, in Trier in 919 or Worms in 1090, in Barcelona in 1053 or Toledo in 1222, or in early medieval England, were permitted to acquire and own land if they wished. Not only were Jews legally permitted to own land, they could acquire significant amounts (especially in Italy, southern Spain, southern and east-central France, and Germany); possessed fields, gardens, and vineyards; and owned, transferred, and mortgaged land holdings. They preferred to hire tenants, sharecroppers, and wage laborers to work their lands. For themselves, they chose the most skilled and profitable occupations, foremost money lending.[20]

Essentially then, we see the immediate and deliberate entrance of the Jews into European society at the level of knight, if not higher, but without any of the logic or benefits of the position of knight within the organic social edifice. The Jew in this new social order existed for no logical reason other than the personal enrichment of certain elites and the communal enrichment of the Jews themselves. This may be regarded as the first perversion of capitalism and the first true exploitation (excessive or unfair use of workers with no reason other than greed) of the serving class within this system.

Again, dispensing with historicist relativism, we can demonstrate the pattern of Jewish disruptive behaviors within capitalism with reference to analogous modern conditions. For example, the arenda system of late nineteenth- and early twentieth century-eastern Europe (especially Poland, Ukraine, and Romania) was remarkably similar to the feudal system of medieval Western Europe. The arenda system can be regarded as broadly harmonious until the mass influx of Jewish arendasi during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, which saw the Jews increasingly operate as tax farmers, property agents, customs agents, and loan merchants. Jewish monopoly in these roles prompted both the rapid commercialization of land and the expansion of Big Capital, both of which were intended by Jews to exclusively benefit their in-group. Since the existence of entire Jewish communities depended on exploitative capitalism, Jews fiercely contended for monopolies in key areas. For example, The Va’ad Medinat Lita (Lithuanian Jewish Council) twice passed a resolution supporting the lease of customs and taxes by Jews, stating: “We have openly seen the great danger deriving from the operation of customs in Gentile hands; for the customs to be in Jewish hands is a pivot on which everything (in commerce) turns, since thereby Jews may exert control.”

Crucially, high Jewish position in the social hierarchy was not accompanied by paternalism of any kind. In fact, Jews are notable throughout history for their incredibly hostile and exploitative behaviors towards non-elite Europeans. Philip Eidelberg, a historian of the Great Romanian Peasant Revolt of 1907, describes how Jewish arendasi “exploited the estates more ruthlessly than the native Rumanian arendasi.” He continues by explaining that Jews were not interested in the long-term prosperity of estates or their workers, and often hiked rents to breaking point “even at the risk of eventually exhausting the available land and inventory.”[21] In Rumania, Jews enjoyed monopolies, with Eidelberg demonstrating that Jewish bankers would decline to grant capital to any non-Jew wanting to enter this form of finance.[22] Thus, the Jews competed for profit solely with each other, ever-increasing the chokehold on their European peasantries. Eidelberg writes that “the result was a bidding spiral in which the peasant was the loser. In fact, it was just such a competition between the two greatest Jewish arendas families—the Fischers and the Justers—which was to help spark the 1907 revolt.”[23]

Jews, of course, continue to occupy conspicuous roles in the worst and most exploitative aspects of capitalism. Jews have also continued to acquire land for exploitative purposes, the most interesting example being the Argentinian activities of the British Jewish oligarch Joe Lewis, a tax avoider and currency speculator who made his billions alongside George Soros when both gambled on the British pound sterling crashing out of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism in 1992. As one commentator explains, “Soros’ and Lewis’ bet against the pound actually led to the pound crashing, after Soros ordered his hedge fund to “go for the jugular” and aggressively trade against the currency, thereby prompting its sharp devaluation. Though Soros is often called “the man who broke the Bank of England” as a result of the $1 billion in profits he made on that fateful day, Lewis is said to have made an even larger profit than Soros.” While these Jews made billions, the British public suffered a rapid economic recession. Lewis didn’t mind. He repeated the experiment in Mexico, causing the Mexican peso crisis, which “led to a massive jump in poverty, unemployment and inequality in Mexico and left its government beholden to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) through a loan package arranged by then-U.S. President Bill Clinton.”

Growing extravagantly rich from parasitic currency speculation, Jewish oligarchs Soros and Lewis, together with co-ethnic Big Capitalists Eduardo Elsztain and Marcelo Mindlin, started buying massive tracts of Argentine real estate, particularly in Patagonia, where they pooled resources to take over local banks, the regional water supply, oil and gas wealth, and the area’s largest energy supplier. Lewis then set about buying tens of thousands of hectares, declaring his wish to create “his own state in Patagonia.” Some locals were willing to sell their land. One, Irineo Montero, had refused, and he, along with his wife María Ortiz and their employee José Matamala, were all found dead under mysterious circumstances. Lewis’ land consolidation was then made complete, and paved the way for a Zionist enclave that has exploited locals so thoroughly that there have been regular massive demonstrations (“March for Sovereignty) against this new Jewish ruling class, attracting 80 percent of the local population. According to the research of former French intelligence officer turned journalist Thierry Meyssan, Lewis is much more amenable to his fellow Jews, and has been inviting thousands of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers to his territory annually. In late 2017, former French intelligence officer turned journalist Thierry Meyssan alleged: “Since the Falklands War, the Israeli army has been organizing ‘holiday camps’ in Patagonia for its soldiers. Between 8,000 and 10,000 of them now come every year to spend two weeks on Joe Lewis’ land.”

What we see here is just a very modern example of the millennia-old Jewish pattern of establishing full-scale operations for extracting a nation’s riches and exploiting its people. We must earnestly ask of Slavoj Žižek: Has Big Capital and the establishment ruling class not been, and does it not remain, significantly Jewish?

VI. Žižek on Kevin MacDonald

A possible explanation for Žižek’s ignorance in relation to anti-Semitism, aside from blind ideological fanaticism, is an extreme lack of serious reading in the subject, a habit he shares with the late Jean-Paul Sartre and Marxist intellectuals more generally. It is interesting in this regard to look briefly at Žižek’s treatment of the work of Kevin MacDonald. In 2014, Žižek published a piece during which he mentions Kevin MacDonald as a “proponent of a new barbarism” before snidely adding, in relation to the Culture of Critique, “the only thing to bear in mind is that this new barbarism is a strictly post-modern phenomenon, the obverse of the highly reflexive self-ironical attitude—no wonder that, reading authors like MacDonald, one often cannot decide if one is reading a satire or a “serious” line of argumentation.” In other words, he has no substantive argument. However, as later covered by Newsweek, Inside HigherEd, and a number of other mainstream news organizations, it became apparent that Žižek had not only failed to read Kevin MacDonald’s work, but had merely plagiarized a summary of Culture of Critique from a review that appeared in American Renaissance. Žižek’s plagiarism had apparently first aroused suspicions when Steve Sailer, in a piece for The Unz Review, pointed out that [Žižek], “achieves a higher degree of clarity while expounding MacDonald’s message than in any other passage I’ve read by [him].” It was left to an anonymous blogger to then discover that this unusually high degree of clarity was due to Žižek copying, almost verbatim, a review of MacDonald’s book by Stanley Hornbeck that appeared in the March 1999 issue of The American Renaissance. Confronted with evidence, Žižek then offered a weak apology before conceding that he hadn’t read Kevin MacDonald’s work, and that the inclusion of MacDonald in his essay arose when “a friend told me about Kevin MacDonald’s theories, and I asked him to send me a brief résumé.” And so, on the basis of some comments from a friend, and a brief résumé Slavoj Žižek, supposedly a superstar academic, saw fit to pronounce Kevin MacDonald, a tenured college professor and author of a number of extremely well-referenced texts on Jews and their history, as “a proponent of a new barbarism.” Žižek is right that there is satire here, but it’s not where he suggests.

VII. Conclusion: Is anti-Semitism an “ideology”?

As Slavoj Žižek should well know, Marx and Engels famously described ideology as arising from the superstructure of society (the ruling social ideas, which are themselves the product of the ruling class). It should be obvious by now that anti-Semitism could scarcely be regarded today as part of the superstructure, since no intellectuals of the ruling class advance anti-Semitic ideas of any kind. This includes both Slavoj Žižek and Jordan Peterson, ostensibly figures who are ideologically diametric opposites in political and economic outlook, who are almost identical in their position in relation to Jews and anti-Semitism. In fact, anti-Semitism may be regarded, almost uniquely, as something that remains outside the superstructure, advanced by organic intellectuals and activists who are themselves the last vestiges of an organic form of society that has been subjected to many centuries of distortion and exploitation. As such, anti-Semitism today, as in the past, remains the most radical, coherent, and dangerous critique of the prevailing social order. It is the last, and only, truly revolutionary idea of our time.

If there is anything of use in the ideas of Slavoj Žižek, perhaps, ironically, it can be found in the analogy of the suspicious husband. Casting my mind back to the cuckolded Leninite, I recall thinking: “That which we do not lay exclusive claim to, we are surely already on our way to losing.” The pathetic figure that sat across from me didn’t lose his wife when she went to Norway — he lost her the moment he renounced his interests and left open a door that, ultimately, she would walk through. We must jealously protect our interests, our families, and our land. Against competitors. Against exploiters. Against Jews. What we have, we hold.

[1] It’s particularly worrying that Žižek here essentially makes an argument for “truth is no defense,” a principle that is now in place in Canadian and UK hate speech legislation.

[2] D. Penslar (ed) Contemporary Anti-Semitism: Canada and the World (University of Toronto Press, 2005), 3.

[3] J. Herf (ed) Anti-Semitism and Anti-Zionism in Historical Perspective: Convergence and Divergence (Routledge, 2007), 11.

[4] K. MacDonald, The Culture of Critique: An Evolutionary Analysis of Jewish Involvement in Twentieth-Century Intellectual and Political Movements (1st Books, 2002), 449 (endnote 120).

[5] MacDonald, 449.

[6] Ibid.

[7] H. Diner, In the Almost Promised Land: American Jews and Blacks, 1915-1935 (The John Hopkins University Press, 1995), 123.

[8] A. Meladmed, Image of the Black in Jewish Culture: A History of the Other (RoutledgeCurzon, 2001), 114.

[9] G. Langmuir, History, Religion and Antisemitism (Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1990), 15.

[10] Ibid, 13.

[11] Ibid, 275.

[12] Ibid, 19 &67.

[13] Ibid, 275.

[14] Ibid, 15.

[15] See P. Johnson, A History of the Jews (1987), 205.

[16] R. H. Hilton and C. Hill, “The Transition from Feudalism to Capitalism,” Science & Society, Vol. 17, No. 4 (Fall, 1953), 340-351.

[17] A. Julius, Trials of the Diaspora, 401.

[18] For an excellent summary in relation to this process in feudalism, see R. Allen Brown, Origins of English Feudalism, (New York: Barnes and Noble Books, 1973).

[19] Ibid.

[20] R. M. McCleary (ed), The Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Religion (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011, 68.

[21] P. G. Eidelberg, The Great Rumanian Peasant Revolt of 1907: Origins of a Modern Jacquerie (1974),  39.

[22] Ibid, 120.

[23] Ibid, 39.

55 replies
  1. Aitch.
    Aitch. says:

    I saw Zizek on TV once, and was disgusted by the way he was constantly drooling, slavering, and apparently squeezing snot out of his nose.

    • Calufrax
      Calufrax says:

      I noticed that too. I’d be afraid to be anywhere near this guy. He looks like he’s infected with multiple forms of contagion. I fell like I could catch tuberculosis just from watching one of his videos.
      Sadly, some idiots on the alt-right seem to admire the creep. One of the many reasons I’ve become disillusioned with “the movement”.

      • Shlomosbane
        Shlomosbane says:

        Who are the “idiots” on the ‘alt-right’ that you claim admire this repulsive Žižek freak, and that have caused you to become so “disillusioned” with “the movement”?
        I don’t think I’ve encountered a single instance of what you claim. More likely you were deceived by cretins pretending to be ‘alt-right’.
        Watch out for that, chum!

        (Mod. Note: “Schlomosbane”, dang it, you beat me to the punch! 🙂 )

      • Richard B
        Richard B says:

        “Sadly, some idiots on the alt-right seem to admire the creep. One of the many reasons I’ve become disillusioned with “the movement””

        No surprise there. One more reason to stay as far away from them as possible.

        From the get go I smelled a Gefilte fish with the alt-right. As in, the best way to control the opposition is to lead it.

        The coup de gras, of course, was C’ville.

        I haven’t seen choreography that stiff since the Lee Harvey Oswald assassination.

        (Mod. Note: Yet MORE (((humor)))? Keepin’ my job amusing!)

          • Sutter
            Sutter says:

            Of course it has not been led by Jews. The alt-right was an authentic movement, and it failed to contain the crazy people within it. There were many failures of leadership. The leadership did nothing to slow down the voices within the movement talking about the use of violence.

        • Richard B
          Richard B says:

          Mod. Of course, I have to respond to that.

          I’m glad you put a question mark after your use of the six parenthesis. Suggesting that maybe even you have your doubts.

          As Schlomosbane wrote,

          “More likely you were deceived by cretins pretending to be ‘alt-right’.”

          My point is that the Alt-Right itself was deceived by “cretins pretending to be “alt-right.”

          What does it say about a group of people who are capable of being deceived by cretins telling others to “Watch out!” least they be deceived by cretins?

          Sounds like they’re the ones who deserve the six parenthesis. Either that or a dunce cap. Maybe they can go sit in a corner with the National Socialists.

          In any event, maybe this is a good opportunity for TOO and its readers to review the subject of C’ville, ie; what it means today in light of all that’s happened since and what it could mean for the future.

  2. Sophie Johnson
    Sophie Johnson says:

    Thank you, Dr Joyce. You throw a number of very gratifying punches as you demolish Žižek. And you are just plain adorable when you deftly hang the emergence of antisemitism on documentable events — Soros’s and Lewis’s buying up of great swathes of Argentina’s Patagonia is a particularly gratifying one. There is no doubt at all that the disgraced Cristina de Kirchner is again the Argentinian top honcho — President in all but name. And it is an easy guess that Soros and Lewis rigged her return. I wonder how Argentinian antisemitism will be annalled when it finally shows up.

    • Hasman
      Hasman says:

      I would like to know what Jewish activities in Patagonia have to do with the sinking of the Argentine submarine which reported that it was being followed by a ‘British’ helicopter shortly before it disappered. Also all of the Falklands war articles on wikipedia have been re-writtwn lately to what purpose I do not know.

    • Richard B
      Richard B says:

      “There is no doubt at all that the disgraced Cristina de Kirchner is again the Argentinian top honcho — President in all but name. And it is an easy guess that Soros and Lewis rigged her return.”

      If that’s true then they just as easily could have rigged the last election and the one before that, etc, etc. rinse and repeat.

      In any event, here’s an excerpt from an article from The Times Of Israel about Cristina.

      “Members of Argentina’s Jewish community and the Anti-Defamation League expressed outrage after President Cristina Kirchner compared investment funds contributing to the mounting national debt to William Shakespeare’s villain Shylock, in a perceived anti-Semitic slur.

      Kirchner tweeted the remarks, made on a July 2 visit to a Buenos Aries school, where she told students that to better understand Argentina’s economic crisis, they should read Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. One of the protagonists, Jewish moneylender Shylock, is portrayed as scheming, vindictive and greedy.

      In one tweet, Kirchner recounted how she had asked students she met which Shakespeare play they were studying. When they told the president they were studying Romeo and Juliet, Kirchner said she responded, “I said, ‘Have you read The Merchant of Venice to understand the vulture funds?’ They all laughed.

      “No, don’t laugh. Usury and the bloodsuckers were immortalized by the best literature for centuries,” she then tweeted to her two million followers.”

  3. Barkingmad
    Barkingmad says:

    Zizek opined: Jacques Lacan claimed that, even if a jealous husband’s claim about his wife — that she sleeps around with other men — is true, his jealousy is still pathological. Why? The true question is “not is his jealousy well-grounded?”, but “why does he need jealousy to maintain his self-identity?”.

    Maybe Zizek could go on tour to the moslem countries and present his and Lacan’s ideas to the men over there.

  4. Tom Sunic, PhD
    Tom Sunic, PhD says:

    Limelight-hungry S. Žižek is a well-packaged leftist fraud. A dissident cherished by the System; not a dissident against the System. Check his earlier pro-communist Yugoslav pedigree. Should he stopped fawning over Jews today nobody would know how to spell out his name tomorrow. ( “Monstrum in animo – monstrum in fronte”, cf. F. Nietzsche).

  5. Alfred Wols
    Alfred Wols says:

    Incredible work, I am constantly amazed at the sheer hollowness of the apologetics for semitic narratives and the genius Andrew Joyce has in dissecting them with perfect clarity, focus and a granularity rarely offered by the other side. I dont see how anyone could read Zizek’s writings on this subject, then Joyce’s and come away anything other than dumbfounded at the sheer obviousness at what is happening. The truth is not on these people’s side, at all, so it’s interesting to watch the logical loops and cute, semantic, psychoanalytic tricks they have to resort to. Highly satisfying to see those “arguments” given a proper treatment of utter clinical dismemberment.

    • Hasman
      Hasman says:

      Yup pretty much.

      When Europeans first started to adopt capitalism (after trade routes bypassing the Muslims and a degree of manufacturing started) Jews all went to feudal Poland to exploit people there.

      Today we do not have capitalism but Jewish debt slavery. Industrialists and almost all business owners must go to private banks controlled by Jews to fund thier existence or expansion.

      It is just another Jewish monopoly.

    • Wonkey Donkey Mk III
      Wonkey Donkey Mk III says:

      As I turn the yellowed, tear-stained pages, grown stiff with age, I am transported to a pre-Holocaust world…….my Word !

    • Trenchant
      Trenchant says:

      I have to wonder what was the ethnic composition of the Worshipful Company of Scriveners when the Statute of Anne was enacted.

      • Trenchant
        Trenchant says:

        Jones is confused. State-sanctioned monopoly on money-creation is what he should be concerned about. Lending at interest exists even without money and “usury” is a meaningless term.

        • Eric
          Eric says:

          Every dollar printed is a debt to the American people to be paid back with interest to the bond holders who lend to the Fed before any dollar cam be printed.

          I didn’t say that usury couldn’t take place without the state sanctioning it. Neither did Jones. But large scale finance capitalism can’t take place without dollars being printed “out of thin air”, and that process is intrinsically usurious.

  6. Trenchant
    Trenchant says:

    Ayn Rand comes to mind as one of the most fervent defenders of “Intellectual Property”. Whether her Jewish identity informed that stance or whether it was merely self-interest as a writer I can’t say.

    • David Ashton
      David Ashton says:

      Unlike many other Jews during the Revolution, Rand’s family suffered. A reasonable biography is the badly titled “Goddess of the Market” by Jennifer Burns (2011). Rand was a mixture, but then so are many other intellectuals, including those of Jewish “origin”. Some have remarked that her heroes had non-Jewish characters and appearance – “D. Aryan”! What is obvious is that her main “inheritors” under Yaron Brook are totally kosher, over Israel, labour immigration and global usury.

      • Trenchant
        Trenchant says:

        I’m familiar with the well-polished Randian biography but that she was granted leave to visit America speaks to extraordinary privilege. Especially as her family wasn’t summarily executed on her defection.

  7. Eric
    Eric says:

    I get the impression that the following is typical of what Zizek would say in the salons of the effete: “…so it is clear that the clarity spoken of by those who are clear is its opposite; the immediateness of mediacy being mediated by that which it mediates. The center will not hold without a decentered centrality. In physics, where space is time and time is space; nothing is something and something is nothing. What about zero — is it really nothing? What shall we say of negative zero, the negation of the nothing? Is it something? Is that an anti-negation or a pro-negation?”

  8. Seraphim
    Seraphim says:

    What ‘reasons unknown’ can motivate ‘intellectual’ prostitutes like Žižek to sell their perversions? It’s quite simple: Follow the money. His type is certainly payed more than the standard thirty pieces of silver.

  9. Ludwig
    Ludwig says:

    “…as “a proponent of a new barbarism.” Žižek is right that there is satire here, but it’s not where he suggests.”

    Bravo, but I’m often surprised at just how bankrupt jewish apologetics really are!

    This seems to be the case especially when advanced by a gentile who enjoys the limelight by virtue of his being “jew friendly”. “Jew friendly gentiles” who know which side their bread is buttered either obfuscate with nothing but “intellectual fairy floss” or happily act as agent subverters. They also willingly fulfill the role of diverting attention from the jew program by virtue of being a gentile.

    • Eric
      Eric says:

      I think Jean-Paul Sartre fits this profile. His “Anti-Semite and Jew,” which I was forced to read in college, blames non-Jews for anti-Semitism. His “philosophy” is a lot of blather for the most part.

  10. Richard B
    Richard B says:

    Outstanding Dr. Joyce. Thanks! Glad you’re around.

    “[Kevin] MacDonald’s theory is a new chapter in the long process of the destruction of Reason.”

    Once again, this is why Schopenhauer said that nothing about Judaism can be confused with Reason.

    “Žižek and Jordan Peterson sold out the Sony Centre in Toronto for their debate titled “Happiness: Capitalism vs. Marxism,”

    The key word here is “sold out.”

    “…billed by some as the debate of the century, but generally regarded afterwards as anti-climactic.”

    No surprise there. There’s really nothing of value to be gained by listening to either one of them. Why?

    Because a teacher is supposed to impart knowledge and remove ignorance, not moralize a wicked world.

    And they’re supposed to impart that knowledge by demonstrating important intellectual skills like rigorous thinking, consistent reasoning and cautious judgment. But there’s more.

    These two, like all intellectual workers, as well as those educated by them who enter business, government, the media and, of course, education itself, are essentially professional explainers.

    And yet, not one of them has ever said anything of value about Explanation itself. This is no small thing.

    Explanation is ubiquitous in human behavior. It’s literally everywhere, in all levels of culture and in every social institution.

    Zizek and Peterson and anyone else in philosophy, science, and the humanities merely specialize in and concentrate on an activity that everyone can’t help but engage in. Try living without it. And yet, neither one of them has anything of value to say on the subjecct.

    Let me rephrase that.

    Two professional explainers can not explain Explanation itself!

    All one would need to do to expose their fraud is to ask them questions like,

    What is Explanation?
    What are the conditions of Explanation?
    What’s the difference between an explanation that is constitutive and one that is instrumental? And which do you prefer and why?

    Of course, one could throw in other questions,

    What is history?
    What is culture?
    What is philosophy?
    What is language?
    What is meaning?

    Or, one could ask either one of them this two part question,

    As trained and experienced thinkers in the subjects of philosophy and psychology, what could you tell us about that special aspect of verbal behavior known as – explanation? And what is behavior’s place in explanation?


    Hi guys, could you please tell us something about causality, meaning, rhetoric, logic, mind, and intention? After that, could you see your way clear to saying a thing or two about stimulus, response, conditioning, and, one of psychology’s favorite words – reinforcement? Thank you!

    Now THAT I would pay to see. Though it’s unlikely ever to happen you have to admit, the thought does have its charms.

    And why is it unlikely to happen? For two reasons (among many) – them and their fans.

    Zizek and Peterson are KKK-approved frauds (KKK = Kvetching Kosher Khazars, the ONLY real KKK in existence today; the other being manufactured by The ADL through its control of The FBI).

    These two, like just about everyone in academia today, have not only settled comfortably into their socially approved roles, but have shamelessly and complacently surrendered – body and soul – to the great temptation of academic life, moral pomposity. Thereby making their masquerade as important, innovative thinkers transparent and laughable.

    Because of this, and because they will not be able to answer the above questions without going cross-eyed and becoming tongue-tied (guaranteed) they will never have anything of lasting value to say to anyone – ever.

    Then there’s their fans. Or sychophants, or sychofans. What can one say? How about this,

    The fatal thing about celebrity intellectuals is that their mediocre minds are extolled as “great” by credulous dumbbells devoid of judgment.

    That’s about as good a definition of their followers as one could hope for.

    It’s time we view our exile as a badge of honor. Cause it is.

  11. RoyAlbrecht
    RoyAlbrecht says:

    You have done such a stellar job analyzing Slavoj Žižek that you might want to diverge into the area of Jewish Art…

    I have a painting entitled…, ” Splatterings of Pant on a Urine Encrusted Bed Sheet”…, by an anonymous Jew Painter-Philanthropist on display at the National Art Gallery of Occupied Palestine in Tel Aviv that you may wish to critique.
    IMO, it is rich with Down’s Syndrome-Schizophrenic and Alphabet Soup Delusional Disorders and well worth your time!

    In all seriousness.., I appreciate your trying to give due consideration to a Jew who may or may not have some influence among the masses, but I think you did an excellent job at starting the essay by posting a photograph of him with his index finger pointing toward his own brain as if acknowledging his own mentally ill condition.
    From that point on no amount of words could paint a better picture of him that.

  12. Curmudgeon
    Curmudgeon says:

    Thank you for this article Dr. Joyce. There areas in couple of your points that, I believe need expansion. While Zizek may be a fraud, his question of “why” is often relevant.
    The rise of socialist ideologies can be traced to the dismantling of the craft guilds, just as the dramatic “advancement” of capitalism. The craft guilds (the means of production) were closely intertwined with the community. Each local guild understood what the local population would buy and what it could afford. While the craftsmen were “better off” than most of the local population, other than the gentry, few became wealthy. Securing control (not necessarily ownership) over the trade guilds (goods) was the first target for Jewry. Once achieved, the bribery to enact the laws dismantling the guilds began. The trade guilds, left untouched, were able to take control of the means of production. Adam Smith, the “god” of capitalism was a philosopher, not an economist. He wrote of the “political economy” fully understanding that government decisions affected the type of economy in the country.
    Your reference to a number of early socialists is also appreciated. There is, in fact a spectrum of socialism, all of which have co-operatives as a basis. There are hundreds of co-operatives in the US, some very large, and no one calls them “communist” or “socialist”. One branch of socialism was the guild socialists, with whom C.H. Douglas, the engineer who developed the Social Credit political theory, consulted. While not fully implemented due to federal restrictions, Social Credit in Alberta, Canada paid off a massive provincial debt, and grew the economy during the depression. One province over the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation party in Saskatchewan did likewise. The leaders of those political parties were deeply Christian in their beliefs. Both were opposed to mass immigration of any kind. Unfortunately, the SoCreds were infiltrated by “conservatives” and are now a non entity in Canadian politics. Similarly, the CCF was infiltrated by “liberals”, changed its name to the New Democratic Party, and while still a political force, has thrown the average Joe, who has supported the party since its inception, under the bus. In today’s world, the CCF and Social Credit movements would be considered “socialist” or more likely “communist”, and maybe even Auntie Shemi-tic, because they opposed usury.

  13. kikz
    kikz says:

    simply… he uses every BS rhetorical fallacy for his ‘shoah’; emotional, ethical, and logical.

    They are proud of their longstanding talmudic tradition…they argue with their god(yahweh).

  14. Dr ExCathedra
    Dr ExCathedra says:

    If there is a single emblem for the utter depravity of what passes for intellectual life in today’s diseased West, it is the status given to this clown. Even the (defamatorily apocryphal) professors of Salamanca who supposedly debated how many angels can dance on the head of a pin had more brains and culture than this excrescence. Included in my digust is that after all the horrors of Communism, it is still respectable to call yourself a Marxist. What Voltaire said of the 18th century Church needs application to every aspect of Elite Western culture: Ecrasez l’infame!

    • Calufrax
      Calufrax says:

      Speaking of utter depravity, this loathsome tubercular creep actually sleeps with a picture of the mass murderer Stalin above his bed. Almost like it’s some kind of religious icon to him. Sick.

  15. Poupon Marx
    Poupon Marx says:

    Years ago a friend of mine’s wife said at a gathering that a good portion of her job as a lab technician was examining human feces for parasites. She said that if she had to start a career again, that this would be not be under consideration.

    I feel this essay is likewise a dissection of abstract excrement from a prodigious source of same. Therefore, so odious and repulsive is the subject matter, that I admit to skimming over the analysis. Filth is filth.

  16. Jon
    Jon says:

    If a Jewish person is horribly evil, corrupt and unempathetic on a grande scale, it’s in spite of their Judaism and not in virtue of it. If Jews, as a supposed function of their Judaism, control “everything”, then please reconcile how the head of the European Commission’s father was a Nazi. Please explain how FBI stats show religious hate crimes against Jews in America far outweigh those against others – you’d think powerful Jews would protect their own. And how does it make sense that Jews are flooding Europe with Muslims….and not fellow Jews?

    There are bad people of all kinds in the highest levels of power. Those people’s religion isn’t Judaism, or Christianity or Islam – they worship money, and especially power. Indeed, they seek to be God’s themselves, or even think it’s so.

    • Eric
      Eric says:

      Jon: Maybe you should familiarize yourself with the material on this website and read Dr. Kevin MacDonald’s books before asking these questions — they have already been answered. More than once.

    • Hasman
      Hasman says:

      Peruse any number of the articles on this website to answer your questions.

      When you are finished read Dr Macdonald’s culture of critique trilogy paying particular attention to the second volume Separation and its discontents.

      You are welcome.

    • Sutter
      Sutter says:

      1. No one *really* believes that Jews control *absolutely everything.* They do not control the every last decision of someone who is anti-semitic, obviously.

      2. As far as “in spite of their Judaism,” the main issue here is that most Jews do not practice Judaism, and the ones who do, don’t believe in it, half of the time (it is purely cultural/communal). The overwhelming majority of Jewish people are atheist/agnostic. To be Jewish is *not* a religion (most Jewish people define Jewishness as “remembering the Holocaust”), it is kind of like an ethnicity, but maybe not that. It is more of a clan, I’d argue.

      3. Jews flood Europe not with Jews because they have already chosen the USA. There are fewer reminders of Western Civilization there, it is easier to get rich there, it is less cultured, and the whites are more guilty there. The USA is more advanced in de-racination, and there is virtually no chance that it will turn back from it.

      The USA is, to a great extent, a country without a people. For a foreign people to rule it is not a usurpation of a nation, though it would feel like usurpation to rule “real countries” like the European countries or the Asian countries. In other words, no one can so easily say of the USA “this is OUR country.”

      4. The Jews flood Europe with Muslims to make it multicultural, i.e. to introduce a people who are un-assimilable. If they introduce an assimilable people, the countries will retain their sense of peoplehood, civilization, and culture after the immigrants assimilate. Alternatively, if the countries end up with multiple peoples, no one will be able to honestly say “this is OUR people’s country.” That is the sweet spot for Jews: lands without respective nations. In the culture/nation-devoid land, any other people, having any other passions/attachments/cultures, can rule without being culturally oppressive and destructive to the indigenous, due to there being no indigenous culture to destroy or oppress. In a multicultural country, there is also no pressure for assimilation, which is better for the unassimilable religious Jews.

  17. James Bowery
    James Bowery says:

    “…there is no such thing as a sexual relationship…”

    You told me love was too plebeian…

    Until the evolutionary of individualism is unified with the human biodiversity of male intrasexual selection, incisive logical analysis of apparently illogical critiques from the likes of Žižek, and others mentioned in this article, will lack incisors.

    I’m not here talking about the manifest conflicts of interest of creatures such as these. I’m talking about the conflict between civilization, as group evolutionary strategy, and individualism as group evolutionary strategy:

    The culture of individual integrity.

    Until people can get over their Hollywood-induced aversion to thinking about the evolutionary psychology of mano-a-mano to-the-death combat, they’ll lack not only the incisors necessary for incisive analysis of what the enemy is really doing to us and our civilization, but they’ll lack the integrity to appeal to coeds on the same level as Jews who infest our academic institutions.

    Scoff at this at the peril of all that is true, beautiful and superior in humanity.

  18. Loopy Lewis
    Loopy Lewis says:

    I have long had the feeling that Zizek is a closet pro-Trumper and likely anti-Semite. His criticisms of Trump manage to portray Trump in a good light. He’ll say Trump is a horrible fascist and then explain why Trump appeals. Well, ha ha. As for anti-Semitism, it’s just a hunch.

    (Mod. Note: Wow, more “humor”! It’s turning into a (((funny))) day.)

  19. Carolyn Yeager
    Carolyn Yeager says:

    Dr. Joyce, you end with: ““That which we do not lay exclusive claim to, we are surely already on our way to losing.” The pathetic figure that sat across from me didn’t lose his wife when she went to Norway — he lost her the moment he renounced his interests and left open a door that, ultimately, she would walk through. We must jealously protect our interests, our families, and our land. Against competitors. Against exploiters. Against Jews. What we have, we hold.”

    Congratulations. You may yet become a National Socialist, if you’re not already but just don’t want to be so labeled. I look forward to the day you come out as such.

    • Franklin Ryckaert
      Franklin Ryckaert says:

      “…We must jealously protect our interests, our families, and our land. Against competitors. Against exploiters. Against Jews. What we have, we hold.”

      Congratulations. You may yet become a National Socialist, if you’re not already but just don’t want to be so labeled. I look forward to the day you come out as such…”

      That is not National Socialism, that is Common Sense Nationalism. National Socialism had no common sense (and no common decency) in its foreign policy.

      • Eric
        Eric says:

        Franklin Ryckaert: What was indecent and lacking in common sense about National Socialism’s foreign policy?

          • Eric
            Eric says:

            When you say “the east”, are you talking about the large part of Germany that was taken away after WW I in order to re-create Poland? How about the part of Germany that was taken away to create Czechoslovakia? What about huge sections of the largely-German-ruled Austria-Hungary that were taken away in order to create other countries in eastern Europe? If the United States had a third of its territory unfairly taken away, don’t you think that we would want it back?

  20. Yikes
    Yikes says:

    This is a load of bollocks. Slavoj is a cool smart guy, and anti-semites are crazy coo-coos. That is all.

    (Mod. Note: just a spark of (((“humor”))) to keep your day funny!)

  21. David
    David says:

    Utterly brilliant analysis ! It runs through all major aspects of contemporary world view, shedding light over subjects almost impossible to dialogue without such mastery of knowledge and language. Today when we try to exposed things to people we the awaken seem to be talking another whole different language. Your text is perfect as it brings academic standard in a way easily accessible to the reader, this kind of subject is very important to be well written and from reputable sources. Keep up the quest for truth ! Im thinking of starting a blog to spread this kind of work. It wont take long. Take care

  22. Michael Fury
    Michael Fury says:

    “As Wernher von Braun raised America

    To space, Marxist esoterica

    From decadents the Reich had silenced

    Emerged and were suddenly ensconced

    In the academy. His psychologists,

    Critics, philosophers, apologists

    For every perversion of tradition

    And natural order took their mission

    Seriously, and from their campus

    They sent forth without compass

    A great wave of students intent

    On drowning the stricken Occident

    In chaos they learned to call progress.

    Marcuse gave them license to regress

    To beastial sex and mock the family,

    The cradle of self, as anomaly.”

  23. Sutter
    Sutter says:

    I found it strange that the Feudal system of medieval Europe was presented as stable and mutually beneficial to knights and the peasants.
    I think that, in order to make such an argument, you need strict definitions of exploitation and symbiosis. I’d imagine that Jewish apologists would argue that Jewish capitalism and money-lending was probably symbiotic, too, but that the racism/bigotry of the Europeans prevented them from seeing this.

    I would suggest: perhaps the ability of the lower classes to penetrate the upper class is necessary for a system to not be exploitative? This also makes sense of the more recent history of white supremacy in the colonies, as well as modern race-class struggles which have the left convulsing in the USA.

    I was quite surprised by the passage showing all of the times, even in Medieval Europe, that Jews were allowed to purchase large tracts of land, and how they neglected a normal communal life (unlike, say, the Amish). That is a death blow to a common argument that Jewish people were “ghetto-ized.”

    Another argument that would need defeating would be the claim that Jewish people were never able to settle normally on a piece of land due to being pushed around from expulsions. The anti-semitic angle is that Jews chose to move to new countries for economic opportunity.

    If these two claims hold, an argument of Jews as materialistic and intentional free agents would be undeniable, and a lachrymose history of Jews as ragdolls being thrown around by Christian bigots would be damned-near impossible to defend.

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