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March 05, 2003

The Marx of the Anti-Semites

This writer dismisses the arguement of Kevin MacDonald who, it seems, uses the rather new and fashionable field of Evolutionary Psychology to write his anti-semitic diatribes. Without going into the details (you can read the piece linked to) MacDonald's poition, let me say simply that Evolutionary Psy has been shown by a number of writers to rely too much on evolutionary insights, to piggy back as a "science" that can not be quantified, but hooks into a science ("hard") that is verifiable. Further, the guy in question, if you do a search will be shown to have his background in another field (University of Connecticut), and that he was a witness in the libel suit lost by the Holocaust denier in Great Britain, a witness, needless to say, for the denier who was found guilty.
One evening early on in my career as an opinion journalist in the USA, I found myself in a roomful of mainstream conservative types standing around in groups and gossiping. Because I was new to the scene, many of the names they were tossing about were unknown to me, so I could not take much part in the conversation. Then I caught one name that I recognized. I had just recently read and admired a piece published in Chronicles under that name. I gathered from the conversation that the owner of the name had once been a regular contributor to much more widely read conservative publications, the kind that have salaried congressional correspondents and full-service LexisNexis accounts, but that he was welcome at those august portals no longer. In all innocence, I asked why this was so. “Oh,” explained one of my companions, “he got the Jew thing.” The others in our group all nodded their understanding. Apparently no further explanation was required. The Jew thing. It was said in the kind of tone you might use of an automobile with a cracked engine block, or a house with subsiding foundations. Nothing to be done with him, poor fellow. No use to anybody now. Got the Jew thing. They shoot horses, don’t they?

Plainly, getting the Jew thing was a sort of occupational hazard of conservative journalism in the United States, an exceptionally lethal one, which the career-wise writer should strive to avoid. I resolved that I would do my best, so far as personal integrity allowed, not to get the Jew thing. I had better make it clear to the reader that at the time of writing, I have not yet got the Jew thing—that I am in fact a philoSemite and a well-wisher of Israel, for reasons I have explained in various places, none of them difficult for the nimble web surfer to find