I am constantly getting into debates and discussions regarding Jews and the role of Jews in the (perceived) decline of Western culture. I find the same arguments and issues keep coming up again and again. So I am preparing this FAQ in order to try to avoid repeating myself.
1. What is an Anti-Semite?
For purposes of this discussion and my arguments online, I define an “anti-Semite” as someone who feels that Jews are collectively to blame for the problems of (non-Jewish) Whites. The reason I define the term this way is because of the way these issues normally come up: Some problem facing the West will be discussed, and very frequently somebody will jump in to the conversation with a claim that Jews as a group are to blame for said problem. The implication is that without the Jews, whatever issue is being discussed would not have been a problem.
2. Do People Really Feel this Way?
Yes, there really are people who maintain that Jews are to blame for the problems facing (gentile) Whites. For example, this quote from Mangan’s blog:
See, it’s funny that Greg says what he says, because that’s EXACTLY what a Jew would say to keep the heat off of themselves for what their people have done to white culture — and indeed (via the policy of race replacement that they engineered and supported) what they have done to the white race.
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The first step in whites regaining their strength is identifying who is responsible for destroying their culture and how they did it. It happened because an evil people used scheming and underhanded methods (all openly laid out by the Frankfurt School) to undermine and destroy their host society.
No, Greg. This was done to us. Instead of sitting around blaming ourselves, we should stop the enemy in his tracks. THAT’S how we regain our identity and reclaim our power.
Of course, this is one of many many posts.
3. Are Jews in Fact to Blame for The Problems Facing Gentile Whites?
No, the evidence does not support this claim and instead indicates that something else is the problem. The main evidence offered in support of the anti-Semites’ claims is that Leftists are disproportionately Jewish and Jews are disproportionately Leftist. However, it does not follow from this that Jews are responsible for Leftism. Consider that in the modern era, scientists have been disproportionately Jewish and Jews have disproportionately been scientists. Does it follow that Jews are collectively responsible for modern science? Of course not. There are plenty of non-Jewish scientists who are perfectly capable of scientific advance. Or consider the situation in places like Sweden, where there are plenty of Gentile Leftists and very few Jews. Clearly Gentiles are perfectly capable of and willing to pursue Leftism without Jews.
The other piece of evidence which is usually offered is that the West has moved to the Left since Jewish influence started growing in the second half of the 20th century. Of course, this evidence suffers from the same problem as the first bit: Correlation does not necessarily imply causation. More importantly, one can observe that America (and indeed the entire West) has been steadily moving to the Left since long before the Jews had significant influence. For example, the emancipation of black slaves in the 1860s followed by the original civil rights legislation; giving girls the right to vote which culminated in 1920 but was the result of a large movement for many years earlier; and so on.
The anti-Semites would have us believe that whatever process was moving the West to the left magically stopped in 1950 and after that it was the Jews. Of course this goes against common sense and Occam’s Razor, which says that it’s been the same process the whole time.
4. But What About Kevin MacDonald?
Basing your argument on Kevin MacDonald books is an argument from authority. In other words, what matters is the evidence or arguments presented by MacDonald and not his conclusions. Whenever people bring up Kevin MacDonald, I normally ask them to summarize the best evidence or arguments presented by MacDonald that Jews are responsible for the decline of the West (or of America). The usual response either boils down to the disproportionality argument debunked above, or a refusal to elucidate further. Based on a lot of experience, I have found that in online debates when somebody refuses to summarize the evidence or argument in a source and back it up with quotes, it’s because the source doesn’t actually add anything to the argument. My conclusion is that Kevin MacDonald doesn’t have any evidence or argument besides what I summarized in the previous question.
5. But The Jews Control the US — Just Look at All the Aid We Give to Israel
If the Jews control the US, then why hasn’t the American Embassy been moved to Jerusalem? Why wasn’t Jonathan Pollard released early? Why does the US pressure Israel to freeze settlement construction? Besides, the US gives military support to a lot of countries besides Israel. For example, the US has thousands of actual troops stationed in South Korea and Japan. The US has treaties with Turkey, France, and the UK which say that attacks on those countries will be treated like attacks on the US. Which isn’t to say that there is no Israel Lobby exerting influence over the US government. But it’s clear that the US is not a puppet of Israel as the anti-Semites often claim.