The following is my reply to COMMENTARY MAGAZINE’S symposium on why Jews tend to be liberal.
Norman Podhoretz’s book is really an apologia for liberal Jews, which goes to show, that all said and done, it comes down to ‘we Jews stick together.’ Norman Podhoretz isn’t condemning liberal Jews in the manner that Biblical prophets condemned Jews who went astray. Rather, he’s like the father in the PRODIGAL SON story. He’s pretending to be hopeful that liberal Jews will one day see the misguidedness of their ways and come back home. After all, his criticism of liberal Jews is a really a kind of flattery. He’s saying that liberal Jews are sensitive to their own suffering as a people and thus have embraced the secular religion of SOCIAL JUSTICE–even if it hurts Jewish interests. (I would argue that the ONLY people who’ve consciously acted against their own interest are white Christians in both US and Europe who’ve sought to make amends for their racial bigotry, slave trade, imperialism, and the Holocaust–in the case of Germans and those who collaborated. But even here, rich white gentiles are protected by their own wealth, connections, and privilege. The only people who really had to pay the price are middle class, working class, and poor whites. No way that the Kennedies or Bushes will suffer in the forseeable future. They sell their own people down the river but reap praise and gain greater power for their ‘compassionate’ and ‘progressive’ virtues.)
Some people may think Norman Podhoretz’s book is aimed at Jewish readers, but it’s really aimed at conservative white gentiles. If anyone feels cheated, it is us. We went out of our way to accommodate Jewish interests, demands, priorities, etc. We let neocons take over the party. We supported Israel 200%. We did everything to reject or marginalize elements of the far right–much more than liberals ever rejected the elements of the far left. And, what did we get out of all this? 82% of Jews voted for Obama. Something like 65% of Obama’s $750 million came from Jews. The media owned and controlled mostly by liberal Jews protected and cheered for Obama. Educational policy formulated at the top echelons of the academia is largely in the hands of the Jewish Left.
Therefore, many of us are angry as hell. I sure am. And Norman Podhoretz must sense some of this simmering rage among white goyim. He must know are we are seething angry with much of the Jewish community. So, what does Norman Podhoretz do? Does he join us in condemning the liberal Jews? No, he sighs and grieves like a Jewish mother who’s just seen her son marry a shikse; he tries to explain that though most Jews are liberal, they are liberal for the best possible intentions and due to long suffering under us goyim. It’s a socio-historical defense of the Jewish liberals. You see, they are still traumatized because we goyim have been very nasty to them. It’s not exactly an insanity defense; it’s more like a childhood trauma syndrome defense. Norman Podhoretz has applied Freudianism to the entirety of Jewish history. Jews, even though they are rich, secure, and safe, cannot shake off their traumas from earlier years. So, what liberal Jews really deserve is SYMPATHY from us.
There’s another implication in Norman Podhoretz’s prediction that Jews shall always remain liberal, which is that neocons may have to rejoin with the liberal Jews. If neoconservatives are Jews first and everything second, then they must stick close to the Jewish community. If Jews will always remain liberal, then neocons must eventually close shop and rejoin with the liberals(especially since the backbone of white conservatism seems to have been permanently broken due to PC indoctrination of the young and rapidly changing demographics). Indeed, many neocons have supported Obama and rejoined the ranks of liberals. Just consider David Brooks and Anne Applebaum. Also, most neocons must privately know that Obama has been bought and sold by liberal Jews who are no less pro-Zionist–though not as nakedly as neocons–than Norman Podhoretzs of the world. When it comes to the issue of Israel, Obama will be a good boy indeed. I believe that Jews supported Obama precisely because they are nervous about the growing murmur that “Jews control America.” Bush was such a poodle to AIPAC that it became embarrassing to Jews. Jews want Israel to look like a poor helpless country aided by big strong US controlled by goyim. They don’t want US to look like a stupid hick nation bought and controlled by Jewish interests; yet, Bush made it plain as day. Jews want power but want to appear powerless. The image of powerlessness–associated with the Holocaust–is one of the essential pillars of Jewish power. It staves off any criticism or scrutiny of Jewish power. So, Jews eagerly supported Obama who had some nominal ties to Palestinians and anti-Zionists which were supposed to throw observers off the scent. He also has a Muslim background. With Obama in power, Jews sought to fool the world that US was now in control by a ‘fair-minded’ black man of Muslim origin.
And though Jews created and made Obama, Jews also knew that Obama-as-president would make many(if not all)conservatives even more slavishly loyal to Israel and Jews. Because so many conservatives(especially Christian types)are utterly beholden to the idea of Israel and historical guilt regarding Jews, they’ve been worrying day and night about how Obama might harm the Jews–how he might indeed be a secret Muslim(!!!!!). So, even though Jews trashed the conservatives, conservatives are ever more down on their knees praying for the safety and well-being of Jews. Though Obama is a puppet and tool of Jews, conservatives are worried that he might harm the Jews. It goes to show white conservatives–many if not all–are more concerned with Jewish interests and survival than their own. They’ve been bred and conditioned this way by the media and academia largely in the hands of liberal Jews and naive or-just-plain-scared WASPS(whose moral authority was destroyed by Jews’ associating black American experience with the Holocaust; you’d think Jews would be forever beholden and grateful to white America for saving them in WWII and providing Jews with great freedom and opportunity in the US. Instead, Jews cleverly molded the Jewish and black experience as one narrative so that White Americans would be burdened with guilt no less than the Germans. What part of this Jewish strategy was driven by a culture of vengeance? If Christianity contains some teachings about forgiving your enemies, Jewish religion is one of vengeance. God said ‘vengeance is mine’ and he mercilessly destroyed all enemies of Jews. Secular Jews don’t believe in God, but as we all know, people who reject God often act like gods themselves. And, Jews have been on a mission of vengeance against all of us. Jewish sense of history is rich and full of wisdom, but is also filled with powerful grudges, rage, and thirst for vengeance. Muslims have this too but tend to vent their anger in stupid ways like blowing things up. Jews, being smarter and more enterprising, plot their vengeance in a more Hyman Roth-like fashion. They say it’s not personal, it’s only business… but it’s all personal.)
So, Norman Podhoretz is saying Jewish liberals are really the best of us. They may be naive, utopian, and misguided but they mean well, really really well. Uh shucks, they are even more well-intentioned than neocons. Norman Podhoretz is saying that the problem of liberal Jews is that they are TOO GOOD. Norman Podhoretz wishes that they’d finally see the light and realize that utopianism is a pipe dream in a dangerous world inhabited by sinful mankind. People should come back to ground and face limitations; people should be more realistic than idealistic. People should think in terms of cultures and tribes than in some dream of brother/sisterhood of man/woman. Even so, Jewish liberals are saints, really.
The problem is I don’t buy Norman Podhoretz’s argument. I think he knows full well that Jewish liberals, no less than neocons, have been working essentially for Jewish power, interests, and privilege. The idea that most Jews are liberal out of goody-goody idealism is just smoke-and-mirrors fraud. I believe Jews have supported blacks for three reasons, all for Jewish interests. Many Jews used to do business in the black community, and it was in the interest of Jews to be chummy with blacks–at least on the surface. Even today, Jews own many businesses–sports, music industry, TV, etc–which rely on black talent, and so it helps Jews to be on good terms with blacks. Also, blacks have been useful in undermining the moral authority of white gentiles, especially wasps–the main rival of Jews in the 20th century. When Jewish media and lawyers placed all of white society–since most white groups had been Anglo-Americanized–on the moral defensive, it became easier for Jews to get things their way by moral bullying and blackmail. Also, Jewish ‘compassion’ for blacks fits in nicely with the Jewish narrative on the Holocaust. There is also the sense among many Jews that due to demographic trends, blacks will gain power while whites will lose it. Jews want to be on the side that’s on the up and up.
As for Jewish support of higher immigration, I don’t buy the BS that it’s all because Jews found haven in America and want to share that blessing with the rest of the world. (If Jews are so eager to share their wealth and blessing with the rest of the world, why not emigrate to poor countries and help the wretched of the Earth? Or, at least settle in inner-cities where they can share their wisdom, wealth, love, and advice with blacks or browns?) No, Jews have supported high levels of immigration for their own interest. Jews, as a powerful minority, know that they are safer in a diverse country where a large majority cannot unite against them. Jews knew they were safest in the Austro-Hungarian Empire where the great diversity prevented various ethnic groups from uniting against the Jew. And, Jews were safer in the USSR before the reappearance of Russian nationalism whereupon Russians began to target Jews as Jews even though everyone was supposed to nomially be ‘comrades’. The fall of communism was initially good for Russian Jews who got fabulously rich, but the rise of nationalism under Putin has been bad for the Jews. Jews want diversity as a shield. One might argue that most white Americans love Jews and mean them no harm, but Jews have an unforgiving and paranoid mindset. Besides, Jews fear that rising Jewish power–surely to rise even higher as finance is the biggest sector of the economy and future wealth will come from high-tech which favors the smarter Jews–may eventually lead to goy resentment against the Jews(especially as globalism–which made Jews richer while making goyim poorer–continues to take its toll on America).
But, diversity isn’t used only against whites but agaisnt blacks. Both neocons and liberal Jews are well-aware(if only privately)that most blacks don’t like Jews. And, truth be told, most Jews don’t like blacks on a personal basis. What Jews want is a symbolic and spiritual alliance with blacks, but more and more blacks have grown resentful since Jews got so much richer since the 60s while so many blacks still remain on the bottom–or have gotten worse since Great Society. This had led to the rise of guys like Farrakhan and Sharpton. Even the #1 ‘civil rights’ leader Jesse Jackson was overheard calling NY ‘hymietown’. How do Jews pressure blacks to behave? By boosting the number of Hispanics. With browns growing in number, blacks have to compete for attention and favors. They have to behave somewhat better if they want money and treats from Jews which might otherwise go to browns. The essence of Jewish policy on goyim can be seen on the Jerry Springer Show. Jerry makes various goy trash whump one another while he himself stands back and fakes it as Mr. Nice Guy who only means well.
Truth be told, even Reagan and Paleocons like Pat Buchanan supported the amnesty in 1986 for similar reasons–to use browns and yellows as buffer and competitors to blacks who’ve caused most of the racial havoc and problems since the 60s when cities burned again and again and when crime rates skyrocketed. But whereas Paleocons eventually wanted immigration to end when white majority itself was threatened, Jews wanted it to continue so as to undermine the dominance of the white majority itself. Jews wanted to hold onto dominance permanently, and they knew that the ONLY SURE WAY was to render whites forever incapable of uniting against the Jew. So, all this stuff about Jewish liberals supporting immigration out of idealism and against their own tribal interest is so much crap. And, I believe Norman Podhoretz knows this.
Indeed, I don’t really see Jewish liberals and neocons as bitter enemies but as a tag team of sorts. Jewish liberals are useful to Jewish power by promoting the image of Jews as noble defender and champion of the downtrodden and poor against EVIL WHITE GENTILES. The problem with this narrative is that Palestinians are a downtrodden and oppressed people done wrong by Jewish imperialism. This is where the neocons step in to work on conservative gentiles. Neocons portray Israelis as fiercely patriotic and nationalistic people–just like gung ho American conservatives. Neocons assure conservatives that if the latter supported Israel 100%, demeaned Muslims, and expressed undying support for Jews everywhere, the wonderful Jews will eventually come over to the Right. (Heck, even a smart guy like Buckley bought this hook, line, and sinker.) Jewish liberals guard the image of Jews as noble victims of history who deeply care for other noble suffering people–especially if they happen to be ‘victims’ of white gentile evil. But, this opens Jews to charges of hypocrisy since they’ve stepped on Palestinians. This is where neocons step in and work on white conservatives and Christians and plead with them to SAVE THE JEW from Muslim savages. Conservatives are eager to oblige since sucking up to Jews is one sure way to wash the Right of the sins of the Far Right tradition of antisemitism(especially Nazism). Also, white conservatives simply feel closer to Israelis, many of whom are European Jews, than with swarthy looking Arabs. The irony of all this is that Jews, once victims of white supremacism, are exploiting white conservative racial biases to gain support of Israel(promoted as a beacon of Western Civilization) against those hook-nosed and curly haired Arabs–Jewishness has been Christianized and Arab Semites have been Nazi-ized. Also, many conservative Christians see the creation of Israel as the next best thing to the Crusades–the Holy Land has returned to the bosom of the West(though one could argue it’s more like the West has fallen into the control of the Jews).
So, we must see Jewish liberals and neocons as working in tandem. Liberal Jews garner and gain support for Jews from the liberal/left and people-of-color spectrum of the political divide, while neocons harvest support from the Right. In both cases, it comes down to ‘what is good for the Jews’. I do believe that neocons were sincere in their disillusionment with Great Society, counter-culture, and communism. I believe that Norman Podhoretz has many sincerely held socially conservative views. But, he’s a Jew first, American second. His main difference with Jewish liberals is that the latter are Jews first, globalists second, and Americans third.
Finally, I disagree with Michael Medved that what defines modern Jewishness is anti-Christianism. Far from it. Most American Christians belong to mainline organizations which are liberal. Jews have NO problem with them at all. One could even argue that mainline Christian churches are more truly Christian in spirit. Christianity is, after all, a religion for the poor and a universalist creed without nations, races, or borders. Materially speaking, one could say Christianity is Marxism without the sword. Jews embrace mainline Christians. Jews have a problem with Red State Southern Christians, but this has little to do with hatred for Christianity. What Jews hate is what might be called WHITE NATIONAL CHRISTIANITY. Many on the Christian Right are not very Christian in their values nor ideas. They love guns, they love blood and soil, they love borders, and they are very tribal in their thinking. Some even insist that Jesus and his disciples were ‘Aryans’ and that Christianity has always been and must be a white man’s religion. Though Southern Churches reformed and opened its doors to all, there is still a lingering sense that they are essentially for white/American interests. The funny thing is that the Christian Right is actually closer to the Old Testament in spirit than the New Testament. It tends to be more militant, tribal, guarding of its wealth, morally intolerant, suspicious of strangers and aliens, and etc. Jehovah said ‘YOU SHALL HAVE NO GODS BEFORE ME’, and secular modern Jewish commandment to white goyim is, ‘YOU SHALL HAVE NO TRIBALISM BEFORE OURS’. In other words, it’s not Christianity per se that Jews find objectionable on the Christian Right but the race consciousness, nationalism, the culture of gun ownership and blood & soil(volkish traits), etc. What freaked the Jews about Sarah Palin was not that she was a Christian but a National Christian. Jews want Christians to act like TRUE Christians–turn the other cheek and all that–than like the Jews. Problem is that the Christian Right acts like white Jews.
One final word. I never understood the meaning or worth of ‘social justice’, a horrible idea probably cooked up by John Rawls. Justice is a matter of legality, not sociology. It is a matter of having laws that apply fairly to all and redressing wrongs committed by certain persons or parties. But, ‘social justice’ seems to imply that society is unjust simply because some have less than others. By this token, who are Jews to complain about ‘social justice’? Since Jews are by far the richest people in America, they must be the most unjust. Is it socially unjust that a Jewish doctor makes more than a Polish janitor? If it is, why are Jews bitching about ‘social justice’ when they are the biggest perpetrators of social injustice–if we follow the logic of Jewish liberals? It is clearly unjust for some people to become fabulously rich by rigging the system–like Bernie Madoff and most of Wall Street elite–, but I’ve never understood the logic of ‘social justice’ except as a clever way for politicians and rabble-rousers to free-load off real earners. But, since Jews are biggest earners, why are they pushing this notion of ‘social justice’? Actually, this may be the product of the dual nature of Jewish tradition. On the one hand, there is much stuff in the Bible that sounds like Deng Xiaopeng’s maxim: ‘to get rich is glorious’. But, there is also a great emphasis on the corrupting influence of riches, pleaure, women, and etc. All said and done, the pure-hearted Prophets get more respect than materialistic profits. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. At the end of the day, what is truly precious is one’s devotion to the ONE AND ONLY TRUTH. So, one part of Jewish culture is money-and-success obsessed. But, another part is very mindful or narcissistic about issues of morality. Jews wanna have the cake and eat it too. So, Jewish liberals become billionaires but then act like Mr. Nice Guys. Some do it sincerely, some do it cynically–like Madoff the philanthropist, haha. Even Jewish porn makers have been known to donate generously to Israel. There is some of this too in Christian tradition though, owing to the stress on universality and equality, there is less dialectical tension between moralism and materialism. Chinese are like this too. They love to make money, but Confucius(and later Mao)said ‘money is bad, and virtuous politics must lead society’. So, Chinese seek to makes lots of money but want at least one of their sons to succeed in respectable fields like academia or government.
And, one can see the same kind of shift among the neocons. Both neocons and Mamet–and guys like Horowitz–grew more depressed and grumpier with their rightward shift. As leftists, they may have been filled with rage or frustration, but there was also the excitement of a better future, utopia, the perfectability of man, the arrival of greater peace and justice. And, even if leftism appeared an uphill battle, a sense of revolutionary romanticism made it seem fun and worthwhile. This is why even an anarchist living at the margins of society can be happier than a conservative. He may know that his vision of society has little chance of success but still feel special as someone far ahead of the curve.
A recent survey said conservatives are happier than liberals, and this may be superficially true(especially if conservatives happen to rich/privileged or simple-mindedly religious). But, conservatives are generally more anxious because they must preserve what they have. Those guarding the castle are more worried that those attacking it. Those failing to storm the castle still have freedom over the vast expanse. But, those failing to guard the castle will be cut down to every man, woman, and child. The Left is, if only ideologically and spiritually, always on the offensive. The Right, no matter how powerful or secure, is always on the defensive. Even when the left loses, it has its shining ideology or idealism. The fall of communism still hasn’t killed off the romanticism of Marxism or revolution–just look at Che t-shirts or Obama Mania. The right, in contrast, has little to cling to if it loses its material basis of power–land, women, pragmatic social values, wealth, guns, etc. Though the left has been tagged as secular and the right as religious, in ideological and emotional thrust the left has been more spiritual while the right has been more materialist. The Right may believe in such ideas as nation and freedom, but it comes down to LAND and MONEY. It may believe in family values, but it comes to women and children. There is the concept of God and Jesus on the Right, but Christianity originated as a leftist movement, and it may be this leftist element which imbues so many conservatives with naive utopian hope(if only in the hereafter). Besides, Christianity has also been turned into a militant tool or tribal banner–materials–for the survival of the Right.
The left is materialist in their scientism, belief in big government allocating resources, and theories of class struggle, but the heart and soul of leftism goes beyond materiality. There is a vague but all-encompassing vision of a better future. Obama’s slogans HOPE and CHANGE and Martin Luther King’s I HAVE A DREAM tapped into the core of leftist sentiments. It’s like the BJ Thomas song HOOKED ON A FEELING. Conservatism worries if your spouse will remain true and loyal. Liberalism dreams of the perfect romance/lover. Conservatism may be better-grounded in reality but liberalism sure is more fanciful and fun, and this may explain why Hollywood fantasyland is the domain of dreamy liberals than hard-nosed conservatives.
To be sure, we need to differentiate between religious conservatives and secular conservatives. The former tend to be happier because they have the quasi-leftist dream-figure in the Jesus who loves and forgives everyone and promises utopia in heaven after death. The truly gloomy people are on the secular right. And, I would include most neocons–including Podhead–in this group. Neocons are too educated and too smart to LITERALLY believe in the Bible. Their idea of religion is really love of heritage, bloodline, culture, and tradition. Because neocons and secular rightists don’t really believe in God or some dreamy utopia, they have fewer illusions; they cling to the material basis of power. They feel and fear that this power is slipping away; and so, their sense of bitterness grows and grows. I’ve known relgious rightists who are not happy about the demographic changes happening in the US. They too would like US to remain a majority white country, but they still believe that, at the end of the day, they are not worried because God/Jesus will take care of everything, and there must some grand meaning as to why things are happening the way they are. Secular right does not have this luxury of spiritual fantasy.
I was never so happy as when I was on the left back in highschool and in college–as many young people tend to be. Those were the yrs of idealism when I believed in everything rosy, radical, and romantic taught to me by public education, PBS, Hollywood movies, rock stars, movie critics, rock critics, professors, books, etc. Though the world was far from perfect from the leftist perspective, there was the hope of the perfectability of man, of society, of ‘social justice’, or revolution and excitement, of hipster subversion, or being on the cutting-edge avant garde, of overturning the values and truisms of all those lame whitebread squares, of all peoples around the world being brothers and sisters, of the equality of all people, etc. No matter what, history seemed to be progressing and thus ON OUR SIDE.
The spirit of leftism is like Star Trek–to go where no man has gone before. It was like you could be young forever. However great and formidable the task, there was the sense that WE held the real secret to justice and fulfilment of mankind–that the logical progression of history must vindicate us. But then, I began to realize that all the stuff I’d been told were lies, half-truths, or distortions. Communism wasn’t just a misguided failure but a massive criminal enterprise. Marx wasn’t a misunderstood wiseman but an arrogant, intolerant, contemptuous, and ruthless SOB. Races really do exist and racial differences exist. Culture, more than class dynamics, accounts for the economic/political/social success or failure of nations. There’s a limit to which man can be changed or improved, and besides most people are mediocrites; worse, some of the biggest fools and monsters are highly educated intellectuals.
But, did my rightward drift make me happier. No, I’ve been depressed ever since. There are no more opiates of hope and change I can suck from faith in ideology. There are only the bare and hard facts of survival, power, and security.
So, this may explain why most Jews choose to remain on the Left. And, they can afford to do because they are rich. As I wasn’t rich, I came face to face with the horrors of racial integration, sudden demographic changes, and economic challenges. I suspect Podherotz’s negative experience with blacks had a sobering effect on him throughout his life and had a role in finally turning him rightward–though he hoped to solve the problem through dilutocide or miscegenation–weaken blackness by mixing black blood with white blood. . And, David Horowitz was put off by the macho strutting and bullying of muscular Black Panther types–even before he was horrified by what befell SE Asia when communists triumphed. And, keep in mind that Meir Kahane’s band of far-right Jews tended to be poorer and at the mercy of black street thuggery.
Rich liberal Jews can ignore this reality, cherry pick facts and figures, and present their fantasy reality thru PBS and NPR which they control. Why would these people choose conservatism when it means coming down to ground? Why would they want to lose their angel wings as liberals? Indeed, the sight of Mamet’s political transformation hasn’t been pretty. He sounds bitter and pissed. He called NPR ‘national palestinian radio’. He got tired of the fanciful idealism and hypocrisy of the left.
But, naive idealism and hypocrisy are necessary ingredients of happiness. How can anyone see reality for what it is and be happy? Even now, I wish the left was right about races–that the only difference is skin color. It would greatly simplify matters, and solutions to our social problems would eventually be found through social policy. I believe in races and racial differences because it’s true, not because it makes me happy; indeed, it scares and depresses me. It depresses me that Jews are smarter and, being more liberal, push liberal dogma on all of us. It depresses me that blacks are stronger and beating up and intimidating many of my fellow whites. Some neo-Nazi types may find happiness in their theory of ‘Aryan superiority’, but that too is a pipedream joke.
Generally, when people on the right turn leftist, they are happier than people on the left who turn rightist. John Leonard and Garry Wills started on the right and ended up on the left, and they seem to be happy with their idealism for ‘hope and change’. But, look at guys like Podherotz, Horowitz, and Mamet, and they seem like a very unhappy lot. Same was true of Whittaker Chambers. Leftism is a religion as a magic carpet whose secrets can take you anywhere. Rightism is a religion as a security blanket in a world you know to be cold and dangerous.