Kevin MacDonald cheers the fringe voices of anti-Semitism in the OWS movement

You know that weird guy who has been showing up with anti-Semitic signs to the Occupy Wall Street rallies in Manhattan? A professor at Cal. State-Long Beach thinks he’s the one who’s got it right.

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.

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9 Responses to Kevin MacDonald cheers the fringe voices of anti-Semitism in the OWS movement

  1. david sokol says:

    Good post-The anti semities should be named and made to stand up to the consequences of their incitment like the woman from L.A. who was fired from LAEd Dept for pubic slandering of Jews atthe OWS demo in LA

  2. Jett Rucker says:

    I don’t see how a large presence of (people descended from) Jews among the OWS protesters DISPROVES MacDonald’s comments on the norms of the society composed of activist, strongly identifying Jews.
    Likewise, ancient cultural posturings by figures of theology just don’t register with MacDonald (or me) in any way approaching the way BEHAVIORS in the PRESENT DAY register. I think most people (Jews and not) are not quite as influenced by Biblical pronouncements as you may be, Rabbi Tuchman.

  3. 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:

    Moses was not speaking to ‘Jews’.

    Adam, Seth or Noah were not ‘Jews’…

    Moses was not a ‘Jew’…Nor was Joshua ever called a ‘Jew’.

    This also goes for Abraham, Isaac & Jacob: NONE of these were (or were EVER called in the Scriptures) ‘Jews’!

    As for the verses in Leviticus… most ‘Jews’ understand those verses in light of the Talmud.

    The Talmud says that those verses only apply to ‘Jews’ and only relate to dealings with other ‘Jews’… For example, the standard ‘Jewish’ (Pharisaic) teaching is that only ‘Jews’ are considered ‘men’ in the Scriptures.

    Only other ‘Jews’ are to be classified as ‘neighbors’ and ‘men’.

    So in this way, all of the Mosaic commandments are made null; of no effect.


    “Thou shalt not steal.” means you shouldn’t steal FROM ANOTHER ‘JEW’.

    Stealing from the Goyim, even murdering the Goyim (non-‘Jews’) is permissible and is actually considered a ‘mitzvah’ before the ‘Jewish g-d’.

  4. APS says:

    Jews are only responsible for bad economies. When the economy is doing well, folks like MacDonald don’t go around thanking Jews for their nice jobs, houses and cars. On the contrary, they’re too busy patting themselves on their backs about how talented and brilliant they are. Its only when the economy goes South and they start to lose those things….that’s when it becomes a “Jewish” economy.

  5. L says:

    These sign holders are “plants” by certain forces hoping to end this occupy thing.

  6. R.R. McKee says:

    What is a “Jew”? According to history, a Jew is a member or descendent of the Israelite tribe of Judah. The title of Jew today does not particularly refer to these people. It ( without those knowing who use of it ) refers to those of evil intentions who have taken control of the jewish philosophy or religion and those who are jews and those who have been led to believe they are jews, corrupted it to suit their own agenda. Think about it.

  7. Patty says:

    I love this website. I get to read the writings of people I admire but don’t normally frequent their websites. Thanks rabbi. Totally agree with the above comment by The Prodigal Son–the ethical commands are for Jews in their dealings with other Jews. The non-Jews are considered cattle, donkeys, or whatever beast of burden you prefer.

    • Ben says:

      I hope you’re not trying to duck the complete lack of ethics that your heroes often show by deflecting about outdated dogmas. But I don’t have a lot of confidence that anyone diseased enough to admire someone like Kevin MacDonald but cowardly (or possibly stupid) enough to not find his material on their own is going to consider that closely.

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