Friday, December 9, 2022

The anti-Semitic uproar: why is it getting more vocal?

 

Anti-semitism is getting more vocal and more annoying than it has been for a long time.  I'm not sure why, except that as people feel more and more powerless in the face of the Nanny State, they look for someone to blame, and Jews are an easy target (just as they've been for centuries).

I'm finding more and more "fringe" headlines like these:

They're trying to "smear by association":  to take a controversial topic and blame Jews for it, rather than acknowledge the problem is far greater and more intractable than any one origin can explain.

Of course, a big part of the problem is that many so-called "Jews" aren't.  They may have been born to Jewish parents, or have Jewish names or ancestry or DNA:  but they've long since abandoned any pretense of being Jewish by belief, faith or actions.  They don't practice their alleged faith at all, or merely go through the motions - just as many Christians do, too.  As far too many of us have recognized, attendance at church on Sundays has nothing whatsoever to do with what one believes.  It's how one lives out that alleged belief that determines whether one is, or is not, a Christian.  As the apostle James put it:  "Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works."  By that standard, many of the "Jews" who are blamed for all of the world's evils (and then some) have little or no faith at all - like many Christians.

There are also those who insinuate that because some Jews behave wrongly, that must necessarily condemn the entire Jewish religion by association.  Again, that's ridiculous.  It's like saying that because the US President is a Democrat, then every American must be a Democrat;  or that because some men are guilty of rape, then all men are guilty of rape by association.  Utter nonsense, but there are those who prefer the easy, knee-jerk reaction rather than thinking it through.  (I encounter anti-Semitic individuals of that stripe on Gab very frequently, because that network's policy of free speech does not censor them.  I applaud that stance, because freedom of speech is vitally important.  Gab regards us as adults, and expects us to block views that we find intolerable, being our own censor, as it were.  That's what I do.  Every time I find someone whose anti-Semitic or racist views show that they've gone off the rails, I block them.  That way I don't have to be bothered by their nonsense.  Freedom of speech does not imply that they have the right to force me to listen to their drivel.)

Some make much of the fact that the international influence of Jews is out of all proportion to their numbers.  They cite the Rothschilds and international bankers, the elite in Hollywood, and many other groups, pointing to a preponderance of Jewish members of those groups (whom they blame for all sorts of hobgoblins and stereotypes).  Again, consider the active religious practice of those concerned.  Some may be practicing Jews;  others much less so.  It's not the label that matters, but the personal moral outlook and code of those involved.  For every actively evil Jewish banker, I daresay I can find you a couple of dozen Christian, and Muslim, and Hindu bankers to match.  It's not about their faith at all.  In fact, as Christ warned us, "You cannot serve both God and money."  Seems pretty clear to me!

Basically, friends, if you meet anyone who blames any particular group - Whites, or Jews, or Muslims, or meat-eaters, or drivers of cars using fossil fuels - for any or all evils in the world, you may be sure you're listening to a crackpot.  It's simply not true, and furthermore it is not possible that it can ever be true, because evil is universal, not particular.  It's found anywhere and everywhere, in every group and faith and time and clime and place imaginable.  It existed long before the Judaic religion came into being, and it will doubtless exist as long as human beings are there to perpetrate it.  Jews are not primarily responsible for it.  Individual Jews may, indeed, be evil;  but that's their individual responsibility, not that of their race or culture.

If you see someone pointing a finger of blame at "the Jews" for anything, you know the problem lies with them, not the Jews.  That's the bottom line.

Peter


19 comments:

Eric Wilner said...

Thomas Sowell addresses the animosity toward Jews in the West, and toward certain other ethnic groups in other parts of the world, in one section of Black Rednecks and White Liberals. Been a while since I read it, but it's something to do with being an "outsider" group with customs that promote multigenerational success, even when they start out owning nothing but their culture. (Work hard, scrimp and save, raise your kids to be more successful than you are, that kind of stuff. Eldritch secrets!)
As for why now, well, times are getting hard, people are perceiving that they have no control over their lives, and they're looking for someone to blame. People with vaguely Jewish-sounding names are customary scapegoats - and it doesn't help that the usual suspects cry antisemitism when, e.g., anyone criticizes George Soros for his political activities - this sort of random flak makes people believe they must be over the target.

boron said...

Thank you.

Troy Lee Messer said...

Ok Boomer whatever you say.

Michael said...

Solzhenitsyn spoke of this problem

“Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either -- but right through every human heart -- and through all human hearts. This line shifts. Inside us, it oscillates with the years. And even within hearts overwhelmed by evil, one small bridgehead of good is retained. And even in the best of all hearts, there remains ... an unuprooted small corner of evil.

Since then I have come to understand the truth of all the religions of the world: They struggle with the evil inside a human being (inside every human being). It is impossible to expel evil from the world in its entirety, but it is possible to constrict it within each person.”
― Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918–1956

The bible speaks of guarding your heart and mind

Proverbs 4 23 Above all else, guard your heart,
for everything you do flows from it.
24 Keep your mouth free of perversity;
keep corrupt talk far from your lips.

It's part of why I remind folks of Nietzsche quote He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.

What does it matter if you "Fight Evil" yet become filled with it?

Blue said...

You've more or less summed it up well. Although I believe the culturally jewish jumping straight into claiming anti-semitism at the slightest criticism is a large part of the problem.

I very rarely hear religiously observant or orthodox jews claim anti-semitism, but when they do there tends to be real meat to the accusation. The vast majority of it tends to be from cultural jews who use it as a club to deflect genuine criticism.

Old NFO said...

When one points a finger, three more point back at them... nuff said...

McChuck said...

(((They))) aren't secretly in charge of this town, and if you say (((they))) are, (((they'll)) make sure you never work here again.

For proof, see what happened to Mel Gibson and Kanye West. See also Elon Musk bending the knee. See also the SPLC. See also the ADL. See also how many Holocaust memorials in the USA, where it never happened?

They aren't Christians. (There has been no such thing as "Judeo-Christian" for over 1900 years.) They aren't us. Ask them, and they'll tell you.

Mind your own business said...

Antagonists think they can use it as a weapon against each other. Which means there's a lot of overlapping idiocy amongst the different factions, and probably a certain amount of anti-semitism.

As far as I can tell, anyone who uses anything but personal character and integrity as a final judge about another is a fool. But I wouldn't discount red flags that are apparent upon superficial observation; I'd just use those as signals to proceed cautiously. Stereotypes exist for a reason.

riverrider said...

idk, sometimes where there's smoke there's fire. i mean, why do they constantly become the target? of different religions, ethnicities, races, ideologies? why ALWAYS them? surely there are other minorities deserving scorn, i don't get it. maybe its jealousy, at what they as a group accomplish. strange.

Rick T said...

George Soros is dedicated to destroying Western Civilization, but anyone who complains about his actions is called an anti-semite. Same with Harvey Weinstein, Epstein, etc.

Evil men who are responsible for evil acts yet seem to escape censure because of who their mothers were.

Genji said...

A little cucking here... A little cucking there...

Pretty soon you're talking Serious Cucking.

Regardless of observable reality (USS Liberty, Frankfurt School, Institut für Sexualwissenschaft, Epstein & Maxwell, Bankman-Fried and his co-ethnic Cabal, a cast of thousands of further examples) as someone who thinks there's something to some of Girard's idea of Mimesis, let me suggest something:

There will always be scapegoating. It's baked into the human DNA as a group coping mechanism. When societal stresses get too extreme, it's time to role out the Pharmakos (scapegoat) and have us some catharsis.

In case you haven't noticed, in the current year it's White Men who are the Pharmakos. And in case you haven't noticed, the most prominent finger-pointers are Jews.

You old Boomers have a massive blind spot about Muh Communists and never seem to grasp that evil men can have deep insights. In the immortal words of Lenin: Who? Whom?

That's the only question that really matters when it comes down to the wire in societal conflict. Who gets to do what to whom.

You can turn the other cheek. You can pretend that humans can solve societal stresses without putting the blame on sacrificial victims. But reality rolls on regardless.

To turn Hillel on his head: If not me, who?

Scapegoat lest you be scapegoated yourself.

Over the pay grade of most here, but try to grok. There's a terrible ineluctable logic to the tides in the affairs of men. You can cuck your way into the cattle cars or you can do something else.

Oh and the Girardian notion of the crucifixion breaking this cycle of scapegoating is of course pure nonsense... Didn't say he was *all* right.

Feral Ferret said...

Excellent article, Peter!

SL said...

Knife hand disputes this...

Unknown said...

I've read about three or so bloggers who were South African, White, males who leaned Conservative. All three had fled from their hellhole in becoming former nation.

All three of them shared certain mental characteristics in their beliefs and attitudes.

I could see some of what they thought leading to the destruction of South Africa.

Now, is every South African White like that? No, I expect not, but of the amount I'm familar with a very high percentage is. Plus, this fits in with the destruction of their Nation which goes under by their fruits you will know them.

I have no problem drawing conclusions on a sample size well less than ten individuals. On some issues, South African Whites are NOT to be trusted to have good sense. They let their nation be destroyed, and they often don't seem to want to admit it.

Of course, Not All Jews are Like That, but enough of them are that I'd be leary of hiring a Jewish banker if I were a billionaire. Most Blacks are not violent thugs, but Jesse Jackson said if he were out late at night, and heard some guys behind him and turned about, he'd be relieved to see White faces.

We can deal with reality, or we can worry about hurting feelings.

Also, in this day and time, Christian crusades to save Jews....nah. We need to save ourselves first.

Chris Nelson said...

I think it's pattern recognition.

If you do some serious research and find out a minority of a minority has an inordinate amount of power/leverage compared to their size and group is actively participating/funding in social destruction and and find you are not allowed to criticize them lest you get destroyed.

Then realize you belong to a group, white and Christian, that is being targeted as the root of all evil by those you can't criticize.

Do you really need examples?

froginblender said...

Apologies, but I am skeptical of what this person "Ye" (formerly Kanye West) says. He claims to have been screwed over by "the Jews" in the music industry. Would that be the same Jewish music industry executives who spent heavily to promote Ye and make him a world-famous megastar, which fame he then leveraged to become a billionaire through ventures into fashion and other industries? If the contracts were so onerous, why did he sign them? Why should I take his word that every one of the bad people who (allegedly) screwed him over was Jewish?

And the clincher: Just a couple days ago, I read that Ye finally concluded divorce proceedings with his ex-wife. His lawyer (chosen by Ye) who conducted the negotiations on his behalf that he now has signed off on, according to the news reports, is surnamed ... Cohen.

Dude!!!

kurt9 said...

[q]I'm not sure why, except that as people feel more and more powerless in the face of the Nanny State, they look for someone to blame, and Jews are an easy target (just as they've been for centuries).[/q]

BINGO!

Larry said...

The bigotry is dismayingly strong amongst the commenters here. Very little of Christian values to be found within them, I fear. Sad, but not surprising.

John T. Block said...

Perhaps because by their tradition, the Isrealites are the chosen people of Yahweh, and YESHUA is born to them, though the House of David? That's enough to paint a target on any group's back.... envy is very powerful.