On the Inside Looking out- A Jew among the Alt-Right

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On social media, I am often asked: “As a Jewish person, why would you identify with the Alt-right, aren’t they anti-Semitic?” I understand why people would ask, and why they see the alt-right as they do. To answer, I need to ask a question of my own:

What is antisemitism?

I favor Rothbard’s definition, slightly modified: an anti-Semite is someone who wants Jews subjected to legal sanction of some kind, as well as those who call for violence against us, qua Jews. This definition won’t help the mental tranquility of liberal Jews and Trump critics, seeing a deluge of frog-memes coming their way, but it helps me stay focused. I ask myself: Why do some Jews put so much effort into combating the Alt-Right for cartoonish memes, while ignoring systematic, institutional threats? Why are we, as a community, afraid of any reasonable engagement with people like this:

Is “Ricky” wrong? Does this dynamic indeed exist in our community? Are Jewish people not overrepresented in this great western push for “diversity”?

 

 

Again, is Ricky wrong? Mention the Holocaust this way and most Jews slam their minds shut. I can’t speak for Lena Dunham (thank G-D), but Ricky has his finger on a point here. I sometimes wonder what Jews who enthusiastically go on about “white privilege” think the endgame is. They seem to think this concept will serve to shut the mouths of middle and working class whites in flyover country, while liberal Jews hold the clipboards and direct victorious POC in a dismantling of “whiteness”. Privileges will be checked, and all will be well in the world. I don’t see it.

Consider the case of Eliav Terk, Jewish High School student in Texas. Complaining about fellow students posting anti-Semitic imagery on Facebook:

“School administrators informed him that no action would be taken. Terk was told by the administrators that the anti-Israel students must be excused for their behavior because they are part of an ‘oppressed and victimized’ people.”

This is High School! In the same national environment where saying “All Lives Matter” can lead to sanction,  posting “anti-Semitic” caricatures are part of being “an oppressed and victimized people”?

Does this look like the language and behavior of the Alt-Right? Where is the ADL to investigate? American Jewish organizations have made us look foolish, kvetching about Pepe the Frog and nasty tweets, yet when a Jewish High School student faces institutional discrimination, only the Israeli Press notices. The situation is much worse when we take a larger look at things. Jews are fleeing Europe, under constant attack by members of the Muslim community. Jews in higher education face threats, ostracism, and discrimination. Identity groups like Black Lives Matter have made Israel the ONLY overseas focus point, and this is replicated in Hispanic, Asian, and Muslim student groups. Considering the institutional fawning over identity groups representing “people of color”, this will not end well for Jews. Jewish groups remain largely ineffective in dealing with left wing intuitional and demographic threats. The Alt-Right is more observant:

 

If you’re still with me, the dopey ADL is clueless, the Alt-Right is nasty but redeemable, and left wing institutional power is the real threat. But how does any of this explain ME? Why can I swim in a sea of (sometimes genuine) antisemitism and laugh at it, while other Jews can’t stand to be called “Jew”? Why am I easily able to ignore the nasty language, stereotyping, and general hostility Jews experience from the Alt-Right?

Part of it is because I believe that what happened to young Eliav Terk is worse than a million Pepe memes. Part of it is because traditional Conservative politics have failed and offer no response to the left’s toxic identity politics.

But in the end it’s just me.

I enjoy the nasty talk in the alt-right. I enjoy spending rhetorical time with people who might otherwise hate me. The alt-right has energy, it has vitality, it’s something NEW and creative, it’s honest and forthright. It’s also the only viable political movement that is explicitly fighting for that nebulous concept of “Western Civilization”.

I have thick skin and a tolerance for others. Liberals like to imagine themselves “tolerant”, but real tolerance is in the ability to be around people who are different than you and still value them as people. I’m from a small town, and was raised around tough, rural whites who didn’t spend much time checking their privilege. I could have ended up a nice, sheltered, liberal Jewish boy, but poor choices and a wandering nature put an end to that. I’ve seen too much, experienced too much, to be bothered by memes. I’ve lived with and befriended people most Jews would dismiss, and found that the meanest and the roughest can hold forth with truth from time to time. As a community we’re quick to ignore certain speech because of who the speaker is. I focus on the speech.

Western Civilization is a good thing for Jews. Sharia Law, Political Islam, identity politics, and the collapse of reason generally are bad things for Jews. I don’t care if someone standing up to the left doesn’t talk like my mother. I don’t care if someone who wants to control European borders blames Jews for the Muslim influx. Time to grow some skin, and focus on the real threats. Pepe won’t bite.

5 thoughts on “On the Inside Looking out- A Jew among the Alt-Right”

  1. right there with you. plenty of us jews are aligned with the alt-right for many of the reasons stated here.

    i’ll add too that, taking a broad view, in a clash of civilations, jews will be eaten alive by their current co-leftist coalition of muslims, africans, and latinos. jews have never done better for themselves than in white, christian america. it’s in jews interest to preserve this society, not undermine it. some ethnic resentment will follow the jews wherever they go. that’s baked into the cake. that some jews are willing to throw away the american experiment to make room for overtly jew despising 3rd world hordes is such stunning short-sightedness it makes you wonder just how smart we really are.

  2. Thanks so much for your comments.

    I think it’s a major step to examine the issue of Jewish interests and the reaction to anti-Semitism without using emotional blackmail.

    I think the Jew does have a major interest in the defense of the country, the nation, and strong borders. There is no place in the world, including Israel, where Jews are as safe now as in the United States. There is also no question that organized Jewish organizations are promoting black identity and open migration, including Muslims. Look at the website of the Union for Reform Judaism, the largest Jewish organization in the US.
    https://www.urj.org/
    I also have noticed anti-Jewish expressions in the alt-right websites. There range from legitimate but debatable generalizations stemming from undeniable Jewish participation in leftist groups all the way to rabid, emotional and logic-free hatred. Like you, I’d rather engage these people than either shun them or let them off scot-free. Of course, the rabid hater was simply too illogical to waste time on.

    Israel is a country, the US is a country, and the interests of Jews lie overwhelmingly with a coherent, strong, distinct Western government. Israel is in a similar position as, say, Britain vis-a-vis underlying US interests: the existence of Israel is a huge benefit to the US, while the US is not obligated to go along with Israeli interests or strategic preferences.

  3. Well done, especially the article in Forward. I have been in the alt-right for a long time, more Moldbug than WN obviously.

    For those who don’t know my pseudonym, I am a Jew who took his entire family from Europe and emigrated to the midwest more than a decade ago because of muslim aggression.

    If you need financial support let me know personally.

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