Friday, May 17, 2013

Why is Joseph Massad linking to Kevin MacDonald, White Nationalist and Jew-hater?

While reading Elder of Ziyon's accurate analysis of Joseph Massad's recent article in Al Jazeera English, I came across this sentence. He writes: "Massad helpfully links to the hard-to-find pamphlet written by the apparent coiner of the word "anti-semite." This is a reference to Wilhelm Marr's notorious antisemitic book, "The Victory of Judaism over Germanism," published in 1879. Massad provides the link to this book in this sentence in his article: "Their call would be espoused by many 'anti-Semites', a new label chosen by European anti-Jewish racists after its invention in 1879 by a minor Viennese journalist by the name of Wilhelm Marr, who issued a political programme titled The Victory of Judaism over Germanism." The link in Massad's article, The last of the Semites, is to a PDF of the English translation of Marr's book, translated by Gerhard Rohringer, copyright 2009. 

What website does Massad's link take us to? To an academic site that discusses antisemitism? No, not at all. The link is to Kevin MacDonald's website: http://www.kevinmacdonald.net/Marr-Text-English.pdf. To those who do not know Kevin MacDonald, he is a Professor of Psychology employed by California State University–Long Beach. He is also an academic antisemite who has written several books and many articles on what he considers to be the iniquities of the Jews.

He writes for the Occidental Observer, an online journal with the tagline "White Identity, Interests, and Culture." The Southern Poverty Law Center has a profile of him on their website that catalogs his white nationalism, racism, and antisemitism.
Kevin MacDonald is the neo-Nazi movement's favorite academic. A psychology professor at California State University, Long Beach, MacDonald, who also is a board member of the white supremacist Charles Martel Society, published a trilogy that supposedly "proves" that Jews are genetically driven to destroy Western societies. MacDonald also argues that anti-Semitism, far from being an irrational hatred for Jews, is a logical reaction to Jewish success in societies controlled by other ethnic or racial groups. After the publication of a 2007 Intelligence Report exposé detailing MacDonald's anti-Semitism, his teaching duties were reduced and many of his colleagues publicly condemned his racist research....
In the 1980s, MacDonald started reading up on Jews, trying to determine the reasons behind what he saw as their lockstep liberalism and hatred of all things Western. His inaugural effort, the first book in his trilogy on the Jews, was the 1994 publication of A People that Shall Dwell Alone: Judaism as a Group Evolutionary Strategy, which was published by Praeger Press and came out just after MacDonald was awarded his full professorship. Today, most of MacDonald's publishing is about Jews and the evils of the liberal immigration policies that he says they support. 
Through the late 1990s, MacDonald dedicated himself to his anti-Semitic intellectual odyssey. He produced two more volumes on the Jews, Separation and its Discontents: Toward an Evolutionary Theory of Anti-Semitism (1998), and The Culture of Critique: An Evolutionary Analysis of Jewish Involvement in Twentieth-Century Intellectual and Political Movements (1998). Taken together, the trilogy provides a whole new justification for anti-Semitism that has little to do with Nazi race theories, which blamed Jews for introducing evil social vices and other perversions into Nordic society and portrayed them as degenerates preying on unsuspecting, wholesome Aryans. MacDonald's basic premise is that Jews engage in a "group evolutionary strategy" that serves to enhance their ability to out-compete non-Jews for resources. Although normally a tiny minority in their host countries, Jews, like viruses, destabilize their host societies to their own benefit, MacDonald argues. Because this Jewish "group behavior" is said to have produced much financial and intellectual success over the years, McDonald claims it also has produced understandable hatred for Jews by gentiles. That means that anti-Semitism, rather than being an irrational hatred for Jews, is actually a logical reaction to Jewish success. In other words, the Nazis, like many other anti-Semites, were only anti-Semitic because they were countering a genuine Jewish threat to their wellbeing. To restore "parity" between Jews and other ethnic groups MacDonald has even called for systematic discrimination against Jews in college admissions and employment and special taxes "to counter the Jewish advantage in the possession of wealth." 
If Joseph Massad wants anyone to take his opinions about Jews, Zionism, and antisemitism seriously, I suggest that the very least he can do is not to link to websites run by blatant racists and antisemites like Kevin MacDonald.

It does make me wonder how Massad found this translation of Marr's article. Did he simply Google the title, find it on MacDonald's website, and put the link into his Al Jazeera article without paying attention to the source? I just did a Google search, and the PDF of Marr's book on MacDonald's website is the first result. The second one is the Wikipedia article on Marr, and the third and fourth are links to an article that MacDonald wrote for the Occidental Observer on Marr's book. Subsequent results on the first results page include links to MacDonald's website from Stormfront and Vanguard News Network, two neo-Nazi websites. The book can also be found on ebookbrowse.com and slashdocs.com. I think it would be pretty hard for someone linking to MacDonald's site to be unaware of the nature of the site. If Massad had wanted to link to the book without linking himself to a notorious antisemite, he could simply have gone to the two PDF aggregators.

7 comments:

  1. Good eye, seeing the link to MacDonald, but I wonder if this really is meaningful. I'd be shocked if Massad, loathsome as he is, is a fan of MacDonald. He probably just snatched a link that seemed as good it needed to be. I wonder if he's even the one who did the linking. Is it possible it was an editorial addition?

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  2. You know, I hadn't thought of that - it's a possibility that some staffer at Al-Jazeera put in the link. I looked elsewhere in Massad's writings online and didn't find any links or references to MacDonald's books. This article is applauded on sites like Stormfront, but that's not his responsibility - once you publish something, it's out of your hands and people can do with it as they wish. I'll put this comment into the body of the posting.

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    1. However, as you may know, I have documented here: http://www.algemeiner.com/2013/05/03/stormfront-material-from-columbia-university-professor-joseph-massad/ that one of Massad's older Al Jazeera articles (about 2 years ago) includes a passage that is VERY similar to a Stormfront post quoting one of David Duke's books. I don't know what you think of the quiz I added to this article -- i.e. the quotes that are either from Massad or Stormfront -- but I myself really can't tell the difference. Moreover, David Hirsh noted already years ago in a short post to which I link that Massad was sounding like David Duke -- so I think too many hints are piling up to ignore the possibility that Massad gets some of his "inspiration" from the far right.

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    2. I've just looked back at your article and at David Hirsh's article on Engage and the similarities are striking. If Massad is taking ideas from the likes of David Duke or other far-right figures, then he truly is a case of someone who is so far to the left that he's meeting up with the far right on the other side.

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  3. "Jew Hater"? Typical Zionist low-brow intellectualism...

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  4. Not one of the commentators here could even wish to challenge Dr.Macdonald on his excellent work...and to be a Zionist sycophant and accuse an established heavyweight of "hate" would be laughable if it wasn't so pathetically tragic..

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  5. A Gilad Atzmon fan, I see, Mr. Button. "Low-brow" intellectualism? "Zionist sycophant"? "pathetically tragic"? Hmm. I'm not just a sycophant of Zionism - I'm a proud Zionist supporter of the state of Israel. I'm not fond of Jew-haters like yourself, Atzmon, or MacDonald. Any more remarks will be deleted.

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