Cathy Young and Milo Yiannopoulos are both writers who have earned my respect and gratitude. Cathy has written on rape culture with clarity and sanity, among other things, and Milo is, of course, Milo. His column at Breitbart today is completely hilarious, and he essentially summarized my entire blog in one article. He’s such a show-off.
Milo and Cathy recently butted heads over the anti-Semitism of the altright, which was, ironically, a term coined by a Jewish professor.
In 2008, Paul Gottfried, a Jewish academic, created the term “alternative right.” Today his notion — of a new home for conservatives who saw themselves as too extreme for the mainstream movement — has become the “alt-right,” whose adherents include a range of racists, from white separatists to neo-Nazis.
I was recently on Red Ice Radio with Henrik Palmgren, discussing the altright and white genocide, a term I am still having trouble coming to grips with. I stopped reading the comments on my recent YouTube video, because they descended into abuse and name-calling, and I guess I failed to state that I am in the process of formulating my thoughts and opinions on the altright, by thinking, reading, talking and learning about it. Apparently, that’s too much for some YouTube commentators to handle. I’m a whore who needs to die.
Oh well. Fortunately, I’m an adult, and my response to retards and imbeciles and assorted other morons on social media is to ignore them. Type your little black hearts out, haters. I don’t read the comments past a certain point.
There are a few commenters whose opinions I do value very highly, and we have been calmly discussing the issue among ourselves. With her permission, I wanted to share some of my conversation with Susan Stevens with you. Susan summarizes my own feelings at the moment quite nicely:
Janet, as I see it, the white genocide folks really do see whites as a sort of master race and believe our successes are all based on our having a radically-superior strain of DNA, so they’re terrified of it being contaminated through mixed-race relationships. I see our successes as more environmentally-stimulated. People living in colder climates with shorter growing seasons couldn’t survive without developing the ability to adapt, plan, and store up food. Added to that, the much smaller land masses in Northern Europe (as compared to Alaska and Siberia, which have even colder climates) drove our ancestors to be even more resourceful in developing agricultural techniques, as well as the adventurous and aggressive spirit necessary to expand our territories as we ran out of space. Some of this learning has undoubtedly become part of our DNA, but since I see human evolution as a continuous thing, that means people with all different kinds of DNA are going to keep learning and developing over time and I’m more interested in promoting love and respect for children than in protecting DNA-strains (which I don’t even see as a goal).
I agree with you about the awesomeness of Western Culture. It’s no wonder that people all over the world dream of coming to the West and enjoying our freedoms and (comparatively speaking) limitless opportunities. And some very brave people, like those who started the Arab Spring a while back, are actually working hard to plant those seeds of freedom right where they are. I’m thankful to you and many of the men posting on your blog, such as artiefischel and Jason Wexler, for reminding me of the truly unique aspects of my own culture that I should be proud of. One thing they’ve reminded me of is how our Western culture was also the birthplace of a mindset critical of slavery and colonization, as well as the ideals of equality between people and respect for other cultures.
I see our ability to look critically at ourselves and experience remorse for our wrongs as an essential part of our growth as people — but your blog is helping me realize that the West can’t just stay stuck there. The next step is to love and accept our flawed selves even as we work to do better in the future. I see the Alt-Right as a reaction to the fact that Western culture has sort of gotten stuck in the “birth canal” of self-recrimination and remorse, but I disagree with what I perceive as their solution — to just ditch our capacity to be self-critical and go back to the pre-Enlightenment days. I think forward is the only way.
The superior strain of DNA thinking is the one that makes me very, very twitchy, but even if we are going to embrace that, then it’s hard to ignore the fact that if race is associated with IQ, the Jews are at the top. I spoke with someone at ICMI16 in London (I can’t remember who it was, so I can’t credit you properly) who explained that Ashkenazi Jews are the most intelligent humans because for centuries, the very intelligent members of the tribe were selected to become rabbis, and encouraged to have many children, and provided with the resources to ensure the family’s survival. The Catholic Church, during the same time frame, also selected the very intelligent members of the tribe and encouraged them to become Priests, and then forbid them from reproducing, effectively making the tribe dumber as a result.
Over the course of five or six hundred years, the genetic effect became visible and Ashkenazi Jews topped intelligence tests. There is likely a great deal of culture at play here, too. When you face the kind of persistent persecution that Jews did, it makes a lot more sense to invest in intellectual assets that can be easily transported to a new location. It’s a lot smarter to be a doctor than to own a factory. The combination of nature and nurture means Jews are currently the pinnacle of human intelligence. This might explain Mossad.
Mossad is unmatchable.
So there is a certain amount of irony in claiming that the race-IQ crowd in the altright hates Jews, unless the claim is that they’re jealous the Jews are smarter. Maybe that’s true. I don’t know. As I said, I am only beginning to understand the various arguments and perspectives of the altright, and as with any other cultural movement, some aspects will be rock solid, and some will be racist garbage.
*cough* Black Lives Matter *cough*
What Milo and Allum both insist upon is that if members of the altright can provoke hysteria with their antics, they will happily do so. The altright doesn’t believe, to paraphrase Milo here, feminists who bang on about sexism, Black Lives Matter activists who bang on about racism or any of the other so called oppressed groups banging on about their imaginary oppression. As far as the altright in concerned, Jews banging on about anti-Semitism are in the same category.
It’s not a thing.
Anti-Semitism is a baseless accusation tossed around to shut down the conversation and nothing more.
For people under the age of 30, I tend to agree with Milo and Allum: the people tweeting swastikas are trolling, and they fully enjoy milking the lolcows of their impotent rage. Expect a lot of Nazi uniforms this Hallowe’en.
The younger generation has never lived in a world where Jews were oppressed. Israel has always existed, has always been powerful, has always done whatever the hell it wants in the Middle East. The Israeli Army has always been robust, the country has always had nukes and Mossad has been the most feared intelligence agency in the world.
None of this sounds like oppression.
Cathy Young is 50 years old. She remembers a different world. She has likely seen many people with ugly tattoos numbered across their arms. She has likely sat and listened to stories of what life used to be like. And they weren’t just stories. They were part of her lived reality. My father was 6 years old when the war ended, and he is German, so the war exists as part of my life as something very, very real, too. So many of the memories are so painful, my father cannot recount them to this day without weeping. The war is a visceral part of my family history and life. When I watch Saving Private Ryan, the children in Germany are my aunts and uncles. The women are my grandmother. I see a young mother with a child on her hip, and that’s Oma holding my dad.
I think anti-Semitism for Cathy Young feels the same way. When she watches Schindler’s List, those children are her adult family members. They aren’t some distant hearts that beat in the past. They are part of her lived reality, as the Germans are for me.
Is the altright anti-Semitic?
Some of them are, no doubt. But not many. If you have not read Milo and Allum’s excellent article on the altright, I highly recommend it. Obviously, they have written a starting place – there is much more to learn and discover. I’ll leave you with this:
To young people and the politically disengaged, debate in the public square today appears topsy-turvy. The regressive Left loudly insists that it stands for equality and racial justice while praising acts of racial violence and forcing white people to sit at the back of the bus (or, more accurately, the back of the campus — or in another campus altogether). It defends absurd feminist positions with no basis in fact and ridicules and demeans people on the basis of their skin colour, sexual orientation and gender.
Meanwhile, the alt-right openly crack jokes about the Holocaust, loudly — albeit almost entirely satirically — expresses its horror at “race-mixing,” and denounces the “degeneracy” of homosexuals… while inviting Jewish gays and mixed-race Breitbart reporters to their secret dinner parties. What gives?
If you’re this far down the article, you’ll know some of the answers already. For the meme brigade, it’s just about having fun. They have no real problem with race-mixing, homosexuality, or even diverse societies: it’s just fun to watch the mayhem and outrage that erupts when those secular shibboleths are openly mocked. These younger mischief-makers instinctively understand who the authoritarians are and why and how to poke fun at them.
….and note that Cathy Young is reacting with a completely understandable set of feelings, but feelings cannot inform facts here or anywhere else. Cathy Young may not think Holocaust jokes are much fun, but lots of other people, who have no lived memories of the Holocaust, do.
And that’s okay.
As long as we are moving towards the same goals – freedom, liberty, the right to lives our lives as we please, then the jokes don’t matter. They’re jokes. Some of them are quite good, really.
Why did Hitler commit suicide?
He got the gas bill.
Lots of love,