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Essential to understand immigration and other issues
, 24 Aug. 2010
This review is from: The Culture of Critique: An Evolutionary Analysis of Jewish Involvement in Twentieth-Century Intellectual and Political Movements (Paperback)
Fascinating book. It omits quite a bit of material, but I give it five stars for its groundbreaking nature.
A word to Britons: this book is almost entirely USA-based. There are per head far more Jews in the USA than in England, Ireland, France, Russia and other countries. What he says may seem strange, or over-emphasised, in Europe. But it is of great importance in understanding such things as the ludicrously undemocratic immigration policy of Britain and other countries. If you're unaware of the issues, which is quite likely in view of the censorship of all media, it's as good a book as any for exploration.
MacDonald concentrates on two types of movements: political ones (usually publicised and well-known though the Jewish element was secretish), and intellectual - fought out in universities and by departmental social science journals. The first type is usually described as 'left' by Americans. For some reason the US never had a proper socialist movement, possibly because it was from the start taken over by Jews, who didn't want general alleviation of poverty - they wanted it for themselves only. This includes support for the coup in Russia after the First World War and the consequent mass-murder, financed and organised by Jews. This is the root of the difference between 'Reds' and socialists, which to this day is intentionally confused. US 1960s radicals were mainly Jewish - there was mass murder in Vietnam, organised by Kissinger, but this seems to have been regarded as unimportant - it was only the pro-Jewish radicalism that appealed to them. MacDonald isn't good on feminism, which in the US also was largely Jewish.
MacDonald is most sound on intellectual movements, unsurprisingly as he is himself an academic, accustomed to the atmosphere of lectures, syllabuses, professors, exams, textbooks and all the rest of it. The Culture of Critique means simply enough the Jewish attack on all aspects of 'gentile' life. The academic topics referred to in detail are psychoanalysis (mainly of course Freud), anthropology (mainly someone called Boas, not well-known in Britain - who spent his life trying to show that races don't exist, apart of course from Jews), the Frankfurt School (what's loosely called 'Marxism', although there's little of Marx in it). MacDonald's long chapter on the Frankfurt School largely deals with The Authoritarian Personality by Adorno and others. This chapter (and the one following) deal with 'Pathologization of Gentile Group Allegiances' - if you wonder why there seems a positive push against the family, why white abortions are pushed while black immigration is encouraged, why TV programmes show family breakdowns, why freaky sex is promoted - these chapters wil help you find the reason.
MacDonald clearly identifies Jews - for example, Derrida, Hofstadter, Freud - which helps clear away a certain amount of fog. He clarifies why their writing style is often absurdly opaque - because of course they can't say what they really mean, or alternatively they are being boosted and hyped.
MacDonald's first journal article was dated 1983; eleven years later his book on Judaism as a group evolutionary strategy was published. MacDonald's novelty is combining theories of evolution of human behaviour - 'five factors' - with facts about Jews. To illustrate, the new preface (written after 9/11) has an account of Europe genetically developing on a less tribal basis than herders and other narrow self-defined groups. His analysis relies heavily on rather vague things like 'individualism', but at any rate it's in principle testable or at least discussable in detail. In particular, he regards modern US and Europe as not well adapted to withstand attacks by small united groups.
The most important single point he makes in my opinion is the the relentless support, promotion and propagandisation by Jewish groups for immigration, a constant since 1924, and ending with the 1965 Immigration Act in the USA. (Very similar events occurred in Britain). At first only Jewish immigrants were regarded as important by this movement: there was of course no pressure to import Ukrainians starved by Jews, or Indians in famine, impoverished Filipinos, Chinese peasant attacked by the Japanese, and so on. The more modern wholesale importation seems to have been suggested fairly slowly and of course secretly. Thus the British so-called 'Labour' party's Jack Straw (real name Jacob Strawinski) secretly decided in 2000 to flood Britain with immigrants. 'Labour' has been funded by Jews and its level of corruption has increased correspondingly to the present state where only about one white in ten votes for it.
There are of course counter-attack mechanisms, such as the 1920s-coined 'anti-Semitism' which of course MacDonald was subjected to, to his annoyance, since he was dealing with an abstract question of population genetics and competition.
The present volume has a preface which updates the book - this new preface mostly consists of journal reviews and disputes, summaries of books published on the topic since 1998, and some media stories including of course 9/11. The Muslim world, the Black Book of Communism, fanatics like Norman Podhoretz, an account of Charles Lindbergh - 'greeted with a torrent of abuse and hatred unparalleled for a mainstream public figure in American history', long and detailed account of ownership of the movie industry and other media, and so on, including attempts to censor Internet. Someone called Joseph Bendersky's 2000 book The "Jewish Threat" provides an account of a new hostile elite, according to MacDonald; an elite with a rather ridiculous sense of superiority. Quite a lot of the introduction looks at the 'north Eurasian and circumpolar culture area' and its probable evolutionary effects. He gives an explanation of the way self-criticism is exploited by Jews, and has resulted in the present situation. This is well worth reading, but too long to be summarised here. Note that he does not explore the question of bribery or violence against 'out group members' although these are significant in Jewish activity. In Britain at present Ken Livingstone and MPs, and UAF thugs, illustrate those types.
Criticisms: there are many parts of the academic world which are unexamined. (1) History - very obviously there are censorship issues regarding Jewish influences. (2) Economics - I don't think any economics textbooks deal with the issue of paper money or its present Fed/Bank of England monopoly. Arguably, this is the most important single theoretical issue of all. At present Jewish groups actually get paid to organise printing of money. For example Soros in his currency deals is part of a small clique that can virtually print money at will. Unsurprising therefore that he and others like him manage to make money from the system! Similarly MacDonald does not explre such questions as large-scale fraud, and whether depressions and crises are artificially generated. (3) Law - MacDonald mentions the US Supreme Court but omits pressure and funding groups - NAACP, Southern Poverty Law Centre etc. (4) Science. MacDonald mentions Einstein - the whole issue of fraudulent and corrupt science is, understandably, outside his range, though he does discuss mutual promotion in science and literature - in which members of the closed group publicise other members. Incidentally he doesn't list Khazars in his index, nor does he show any doubts re 'Holocaust' and 9/11.
There are or were at one time plenty of small, energetic, fanatical groups - Plymouth Brethren, Samurai, the Scotch, Italian bankers, the Romanovs, Spaniards, Jesuits, Haitians, Protestants, Prussians etc etc. MacDonald does not I think tackle the question of: why Jews? The best guess, or at least my guess, is domination of legally-enforced paper money. If this ceased to be controlled by an undemocratic cult, they presumably would be just another fanatical group.
If you want to understand the modern world, in particular the USA, this book is an important part of the jigsaw. Incidentally, part of the counter-attack is the suggestion his book is hard to read. (The same thing was said of Arthur Butz's book). It isn't - the prose is perfectly OK. But it's slighly complicated because there are three specialist vocabularies - evolutionary, technical Jewish, and political/social science. If you can work out the meanings of 'They are groups with high levels of ooperation with strangers than with extended family members', 'African Americans are disproportionately characterized by low-investment, high-fertility parenting', 'halachic', 'advocate very high levelsof immigration from all parts of the world, so that the U.S. will become ... the world's first "Universal Nation."' - then you'll be OK.
My copy, and I presume this applies in the USA too, is a somewhat pricy print-on-demand paperback, and it has to be said the book would be better with more differentiation between typefaces - the index does not have smaller print for subtopics, for instance. My copy has [...] on the cover, a website which seems not to exist. Such are the typical by-products of censorship!
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