Re: Ranking causes of antisemitism that lead to genocide

Yo (Yocheved) Menashe's picture


Hi Clare,

I understand that a blog post can't include a lot of nuance.  But how does the role Jews played in creating/leading labor movements and related in the U.S. and (when possible) in Europe--thus becoming the internationalist Left menace rather than the Right one--fit your theory?

Let me phrase it differently, since I'm also a bit unclear what you're seeing as chicken/egg.  You seem to be saying that antisemitism is, in some essential way, linked to political critique of monied elites.  Obviously, it has been in some instances.  But what I don't follow is how that relates to antisemitsim in (to me) its broader form of paranoiac obsession with satanic anit-humans identified as "the Jews", and other instances in which the rhetoric you associate with the Left would surprise some from the Right.

 For example, when Birch founder Welch wrote, "both the U.S. and Soviet governments are controlled by the same furtive conspiratorial cabal of internationalists, greedy bankers, and corrupt politicians. If left unexposed, the traitors inside the U.S. government would betray the country's sovereignty to the United Nations for a collectivist New World order, managed by a 'one-world socialist government,'"  was Welch espousing a "Social Democrat" position?  Same for other "libertarians/survivalists" who are awaiting, AKs at the ready, for the NWO black helicopters?

Henry Greenspan


Hank Greenspan faults me for not mentioning rightists who are antisemites in my two blogs that criticizes tendencies toward populist antisemitism among social democrats.

I agree that populist antisemitism can be found abundantly on some sectors of the right, as it may be found all along the political spectrum. But it is less well known among students of antisemitism that the progressive movement, from its outset, bears part of the blame for the subject of our endeavors in H-Antisemitism and H-Holocaust. In fact, I put in many months in studying The Nation (1919) for its organic conservative discourse (sometimes emerging as overtly critical of "Shylock"), only to be forbidden to put that section into my doctoral dissertation. It was apparently unscholarly to nail Oswald Garrison Villard for latent racism in his elevation of "honest Anglo-Saxon populism," an (agrarian?) political tendency that was opposed to the "nauseous juices" of "Greenwich Village" and "Freud."

Hence, I was astonished that professor Peter Weiler (writing from somewhere on the Left) exposed Bevin, who Hank Greenspan might agree, was no friend to "the Jews."

Indeed, I have chastized my conservative readers constantly for blaming the critical theorists of the Frankfurt School for "political correctness" and "hate speech" rules. Here is one example among many: