The Culture of Critique: An Evolutionary Analysis of Jewish Involvement in Twentieth-Century Intellectual and Political Movements Paperback – 15 Aug 2002
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I am neither qualified nor eloquent enough to write a proper review of this book from Kevin MacDonald. The best thing I can say about it is that it is one of the few works in modern times that truly challenges the Orthodoxy of modern society and in turn forces the reader to do so as well.
So go ahead and give it a try. Persist through your initial incredulity in reading badthink and maybe you'll be convinced, or at the very least find it a rewarding and interesting read. Or perhaps you'll agree with the The Anti-Defamation League who have since "included MacDonald in its list of American extremists."
MacDonald is a philosophy graduate and can talk with quiet authority about the Jewish intellectual movements he criticises. These are: 'social anthropology'; psychoanalysis and the 'Frankfurt school' of 'critical theory'. The book ends with an attack on the support these theories give to the open door immigration policy of the USA since 1965 that the author considers disastrous for the America he knows and loves. He perhaps does not address enough the factors in 'gentile' society that facilitated the transition from the 1950s to the 1960s' 'culture of critique'. If so, he then overrates the Jewish contribution and responsibility, though this was certainly considerable. To my mind, his nostalgia for the 1950s is overdone.
Many of the authors contentions are beyond the pale of much contemporary academic discourse and he has shown an admirable personal courage in advocating his views in the face of ill-informed dismissal and personal denigration. His opposition to non-European immigration is principled, but he has some way to go to establishing a viable political platform on the basis of his Darwinist ideas. He should certainly be read by all interested in American academia and modernity in general, but with a critical eye.
-why, in movies and on TV, Jews and their religion are portrayed in the most flattering terms. Although the more devout of them share many of the same intolerances as the Taleban do..female submissiveness, pork vilification, sabbath restrictions, co-religious marriage promotion etc....
-why every series from Friends and Seinfeld to Frasier has learned, noble Jewish characters who extol their religion while Christianity rarely gets a look-in unless as a subject of mockery..
-why small town USA is demonised as backward and bigotted (Bad Day at Blackrock, Breakdown, U-Turn, Texas Chainsaw Massacre etc. etc.)when it actually represents the essence of the generous American spirit...
-why three generations later, Germans are still being vilified on screen as a people (coming soon to your screens "Dirty Inglorious Bastards" from Tarantino featuring Germans being beaten to death with a baseball bat...anyone remember "The Dirty Dozen" featuring a blonde German wife being stabbed to death while her fellow women are later doused with petrol and incinerated?)...
-why the Holocaust is represented as a sacred icon that may only be debated at risk of imprisonment. Other holocausts don't get capital letters and rarely a cinematic mention...
-why the early Bolshevik leadership in the USSR was predominantly Jewish (Trotsky, Kamenev, Zinoviev...even Lenin was part Jewish) as were the post-WW2 leaderships of Poland and Hungary...
-why the Hollywood Seven in the McCarthy years were principally Jewish
-why many of the '60s radicals were Jews; Abe Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Allan Ginsberg...etc...as were both organisers of Woodstock!!
-why Western culture (Anglo-Saxon and Christian) has been under sustained attack (or critique) from urban intellectuals since the '50s. The Boas school of Cultural Critique, The Frankfurt School of Social Research, even Freud's attack on sexual "repression" within Christian homes...
-the media's obsession with and promulgation of multi-culturism and homosexuality over the beliefs and wishes of the majority of Western citizens...
-the Democratic Party stance on immigration and the cross-party Jewish support for open borders...
-the unremarked on and hypocritical policies of Israel to ethnically cleanse its Arab population...even after the last Gaza outrage where 1,000 Palestinians in one week died at the hands of Israel 72% of Americans were recently polled as having a positive view of Israel...then you must read this book.
The basic tenet of the book is straightforward: while there is no "conspiracy" among Jews to control the media or espouse left-wing causes, nevertheless the resonant memory of the Holocaust and Jewish pogroms throughout history has instinctively driven Jews to support causes and schools of thought that attack the dominant non-Jewish host culture.
Only in a multi-cultural, quasi-Marxist (also a Jew!!)egalitarian society will Jews finally not stand out and thus be safe from persecution. Instead of attacking the West head-on Jews have been prominent in movements that vilify and discredit the major canons of Western civilisation, ie. Christianity, the family, the very ethnic make-up of the societies themselves.
All of this has been done in the hypocrytical light of Israel's and Judaism's obstinate and unrepentant unwillingness to "mix in" or indeed to be criticised in any shape or form.Jews are by no means the only people involved in these movements and McDonald is clear that there is no "conspiracy" per se. However, Jews are prominent within the various movements discussed.
Don't expect an easy read, sentences such as "Evolutionary conceptualizations of ethnocentrism emphasize the utility of ethnocentrism in group competition" (p.xxiv) or how about "The dynamic contextualist perspective conceptualizes development as a dialectical interaction between organism and environment"(p.40)!!!!!!!!That kind of writing had me reaching for the whiskey to numb the pain.
In fact, important as the message of the book is, its opaque dissertationesque style of writing is its biggest disappointment.
I mean, what is the point of crafting such a potentially incendiary message and then burying it in verbage that only the most persistent of readers will persevere through? That is why it only gets four stars.
There has been surprisingly little outrage about this book. Most probably those who are its targets are clever enough to know that Joe Sixpack is going to tune out before he's even read the contents page.Sad but true. For those of you of sterner intellectual mettle don't miss this read. It will shape your thinking for the rest of your life.
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