I recently left a comment over at Robert Lindsay’s blog, where I essentially describe my views on Jews and the extent to which they can be blamed for the lunacy of the Cultural Left. Since it was a somewhat long comment I figured that I’d just repost it here:
My personal take on the Jewish Question, which has evolved and morphed over the years, is that many Jewish activists have indeed played a part in subverting Western societies. I am not blind to the shenanigans of the Frankfurt School, Freud, etc.
At the same time, these Jewish subverters would not have succeeded if it weren’t for a white gentile society already predisposed to some measure of radicalism and egalitarianism. Just consider that the various northern states always leaned towards some manner of liberalism. It wasn’t Jews who spawned prominent abolitionists. The firebrand populist William Jennings Bryan was likewise not Jewish. As Richard Hofstadter pointed out in Anti-intellectualism in American Life , the very foundations of American democracy (and by extension anti-intellectualism) are predicated on the radical notion that common men were equal to more learned and elite men.
I believe that while Jews gave leftism its extra push, the ball was already rolling in that direction. The unprecedented prosperity of the post-WWII era and the fact that the Nazis gave racism and nationalism a bad name set the stage for the liberal explosion of later decades.
I do think that much of this critical theory crap, and by extension this SJW obsession with “checking privilege” can be traced directly to certain Jews. But again, it would not have flourished if not for a white gentile culture that was already fundamentally liberal.
There’s no way these aforementioned Jews would have succeeded in promulgating such nonsense in places such as India, China, Japan, or most other non-Western nations. The cultures of those lands would have rejected such ideas without blinking an eye.
I’m hardly a Jewish Question denier; I simply think that certain WNs assign it too much weight.
So, how much weight do you think we should assign the Jewish Question? As always, I’m interested in hearing your input.