Of all NRx complaints about the Enlightenment, has the emancipation of the Jews ever been mentioned as a downside?
Watson, in Jews, Puritans and Whites OH MY!, catches Kevin McDonald pretty much agreeing with the neoreactionary dictum: “It’s not just the Jews.”
Is it really “it’s not just the Jews?” Or is it “it’s never the Jews?”
Notice the tone, MacDonald is “caught,” “oh my!” As if MacDonald has never mentioned anything other than Jews. One of MacDonald’s most important pieces was “The Indigenous Culture of Critique.”
This sort of tone might be appropriate in a situation in which Jews are blamed for everything. But in modern America, and the West in general, Jews are blamed for nothing. In fact, it’s a signal of low social status to even notice that Jews have any power at all.
Jews run Hollywood? That’s a “conspiracy theory.” Jews overrepresented in politics? “So what, they work hard and are smarter than you, you’re just blaming your personal failure on Jews!” When Whites were overrepresented in the Ivy League, that was an example of structural racism. Now that Jews dominate the Ivy League, they got in all on merit?
NRx seems quite unwilling to critique Jews for anything at all, don’t they? If Jews caused problems in the 20th Century, we must go back further until we can blame it on some European group. “Sure Jews did this bad thing, but this other person did something bad too, so why blame Jews?”
Here nickbsteves engages in some extremely common philo-semitism:
Not only is it “Not just the Jews,” but, if it were they would truly be the master race psychologically speaking and would pretty much deserve, from an evolutionary perspective, all of the spoils they have obtained.
If we were talking about *any other group* – anyone at all *but* Jews, do you think nickbsteves would say the same thing?
One suspects that everything about the Enlightenment can be criticized *except* that it liberated the Jews.
It’s all very kosher isn’t it?
It would be a mistake to start “counting Jewish noses” in NRx, or pointing to Moldbug’s purported Jewish grandfather. There’s another dynamic at work here. I suspect it is similar to the allergy to ethno-nationalism and explicit advocacy for White interests and instead the focus on IQ. The idea is to create a coalition that includes just enough “diversity” – you know, Jews, White guys with half-Asian children, a smattering of Japanese and Sub-continentals – something that looks like Amren.
Instead of a biological continuum, it’s an artificial group – whoever gets X on the IQ tests.
You know, something that looks like Silicon Valley.
Because anything ELSE would actually draw the wrath of the
They are just run of the mill conservatives giving themselves a fancy name and posing as great intellectuals.