We have been hearing more about our being dominated by an elite and by non-whites. Dr Kevin MacDonald, a professor emeritus of psychology, wrote in The Occidental Observer last July that: "White people of European descent are enduring a suicidal wave of non-White immigration. He was writing of some agreements he was having with the white supremacist David Duke, another Trump supporter, and at vdare.com he complained about the rise of "Jewish intellectual elites."
Also at vdare.com, in an article titled "The Alt-Right is Right," MacDonald wrote:
Ethnic networking by Jews with access to prestigious academic institutions, academic presses, and the elite media created dominant intellectual and political movements that effectively excluded dissenters from positions of authority and influence.
The Anti-Defamation League reported recently of 2.6 million tweets sent to 50,000 journalists containing common anti-Semitic slurs, such as Jews control the media, global finance, and Jews perpetrated 9/11.
David Duke is telling us that Jews are a race. And Dr. MacDonald, with his PhD in psychology, observers:
Even a cursory glance at the scientific literature will tell you, race is about a lot more than the color of your skin.
So what is this rise in hostility toward minorities and Jews about? Here I must apologize. Hardly anyone who stumbles upon my site needs a lesson about prejudice. But here goes:
What is race? For sure, race has a biological history. But race is also about imagination and generalizations in the heads of observers. One's view of race has a lot to do with significance an observer gives to it. Some people might see little or no significance in it. A few are worked up about it, harbor fears regarding it and describe what they think are pertinent characteristics.
I'm talking now about behavior. For example, it's not the physical appearance of Jews that we are hearing complaints about; it's their behavior: controlling the media et cetera.
Social science uses generalizations together with individual differences with the Bell Curve. But many don't think of such complexities. Regarding the Bell Curve and an average observer considering any big category of persons: ethnicity, nationality, blue eyes, brown eyes, pink skin, brown skin, what have you. The average white guy will find people superior to him in various ways and also inferior. So why not discriminate more according to an individual's characteristics rather than the large group to which he belongs?
Today we still have dumb whites looking down on Blacks no matter how accomplished the individuals. These whites are putting a significance to their concept of race that some others are not. Dylann Roof, who murdered nine blacks in 2015, claimed that blacks were taking over the world. This was the significance he was giving to race. He was applying to Blacks a collective guilt – a great generalization.
Another big and ridiculous generalization involving collective guilt was the claim that Jews were responsible for the death of Jesus Christ, a guilt applied to Jews centuries removed from the event.
Unfortunately, a few of us have not thought much about the difference between good and bad generalizations. This brings me to the recent rise in denunciations of an elite governing our lives. Was Hillary a member of the nefarious elite? And what is she now? What about Franklin D Roosevelt? Lawrence B Lindsey has a book on the market titled Conspiracies of the Ruling Class: How to Break Their Grip Forever. (Wikipedia describes him has having helped formulate President Bush's $1.35 trillion tax cut plan, convincing candidate Bush in 1960 that he needed an "insurance policy" against an economic turndown.) He labels liberal assistant professors of little influence as members of what he calls the ruling class. Online we can find videos of history narratives with generalizations hostile to Jews. It's my view that the best sources regarding history are the academics devoting their professional lives to the field of study. Using a bad generalization, Lindsey puts them with the Ruling Class. Much of the talk we hear about a nefarious elite is a construction of bad generalizations arranged for political propaganda purposes. Good sociology plays on good generalizations.
What about all those Jews in the media? They too have done the work necessary to get where they are. Are they guilty of trying to limit Dr MacDonald's ability to spread his views? Should we establish a quota for Jews being hired by Media organizations?
We cannot expect US citizens to suddenly become highly skilled regarding generalizations. Donald Trump's success is said to have encouraged people being called extremists. Trump's advisor Steve Bannon has spoken of extremists attracted to Trump Trump rallies:"
...there’s always elements who turn up at these things, whether it’s militia guys or whatever. Some that are fringe organizations. My point is that over time it all gets kind of washed out, right? People understand what pulls them together, and the people on the margins I think get marginalized more and more.
Let us hope so.
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