In his latest blog post, Kevin Macdonald, a professor of evolutionary psychology at Cal State-Long Beach and white supremacist ideologue, complains that the Occupy Wall Street movement is not calling attention to the fact that Jews have a “dominant position” among the financial elite and that Jews “have control” over important Wall Street firms. MacDonald thinks that this Jewish control is very important to understanding the US financial woes of recent years. In a 2010 post, MacDonald asked, “Does Jewish financial misbehavior have anything to do with being Jewish?” Predictably, he answered in the affirmative:
“[T]he current financial meltdown has revealed a large role for Jewish companies and Jewish money managers who engineered the meltdown and profited handsomely from it….The key point is the legitimacy of fraud within the Jewish community. Successful fraudsters are not shunned but rather become pillars of the community….The idea is that the Jewish financial elite sees the non-Jewish world in instrumental terms — as objects with no moral value….In psychological terms, these Jews are behaving in a sociopathic manner toward the non-Jewish world. That is, they have no concern for the moral consequences of their actions — no empathy or concern for victims….In any case, it is a very troubling sign indeed for the US that the financial sector is vastly outpacing the rest of the economy in corporate earnings as well as in executive compensation — especially when it’s being run by a group of people who have sociopathic attitudes toward non-Jewish America.”
Of course, MacDonald’s argument is undermined by the fact – which he himself notes! – that Jews are also prominently represented in the ranks of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Doesn’t that disprove his own argument about an alleged Jewish penchant for and veneration of financial fraud?
For that matter, why doesn’t MacDonald talk about the stirring calls for honesty, fairness, and social justice made by Judaism’s great prophets, Isaiah and Jeremiah? MacDonald loves to tout his command of Jewish sources, so why doesn’t he talk about these verses in Leviticus, when Moses commands the Jews:
“Do not steal. Do not lie. Do not deceive one another. Do not swear falsely by my name and so profane the name of your God. I am the LORD. Do not defraud or rob your neighbor. Do not hold back the wages of a hired worker overnight…Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly… Do not use dishonest standards when measuring length, weight or quantity….Do not causes perversions of justice; use honest scales and honest weights; I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt.” (Leviticus 19, slightly modified translation from the NIV Bible)
How typical of MacDonald, to craft bizarre theories of Jewish perfidy and to demonize our tradition, while ignoring our foundational principles and the ideals that are preached in synagogues across the world every week.