Saturday, October 15, 2011

Progressive-Left Racism is Not Fringe

It is, in fact, central.

Anti-Muslim and anti-Arab racism is such a given on the Left that progressives seem incapable of even recognizing it, much less acknowledging it. Anti-Muslim and anti-Arab racism just fades into the background among white, western liberals. The truth is that progressives are, today, more racist than conservatives, and that they are far more racist toward Muslims and Arabs than they are toward Jews.

Nonetheless, since the progressive-left accepts anti-Semitic anti-Zionism as part of its larger movement it demonstrates that anti-Semitism is acceptable within the movement as a whole.

This is a big part of what drove me out of the Left, actually. The acceptance of anti-Zionism as part of the progressive-left should be abhorrent to anyone who cares about Israel and it was certainly abhorrent to me.

One of the primary forms of left-wing racism, however, is the infantilizations of Arabs and Muslims. Arabs and Muslims, particularly Palestinians, are condescended to and treated as if they hold no responsibilities as adult human beings. Palestinian fighters are not even held accountable for intended violence against innocent civilians. This is clearly a left-wing form of racism. Conservatives tend to stress personal responsibility, a creed that mitigates this particularly ugly "soft" racism.

Furthermore, while there are individual conservatives who are racist, the Left has taken the anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist BDS movement as part of the larger coalition. Individual Democrats may favor or oppose the BDS, but it remains the case that the BDS movement has a place at the table. In this way, because the BDS movement itself is anti-Semitic, anti-Jewish racism becomes institutionalized on the Left.

So, don't let these people get away with seeking to diminish our concerns as a recent commenter sought to do here.

They own the BDS movement, so they can just eat it. And we should have nothing to do with the progressive-left unless, or until, they stop screaming about how evil Republicans are and take a good, long, hard look at themselves for a change.

These people need to understand that they cannot be supportive of those who would harm the Jewish people, via friendship with anti-Zionism and the movement to boycott Jewish Israelis, and still claim to be supportive of the Jewish people.

It simply does not work that way.

The progressive-left is not supportive of Gay people in the Middle East. It is not supportive of women in the Middle East. And it is most certainly not supportive of Jews in the Middle East.

And it is possible that what we are seeing in the streets, right at this very moment, is the last gasp of a dying political movement. One can hope, anyway. Look how desperate they have now become, what with their calls for REVOLUTION. They have no idea what they are even advocating for, do they?

Revolution? What revolution?

Does the Occupy Wall Street movement, if it is a movement, have even the slightest revolutionary theory to back up their cries in the streets? I doubt it. Have any of them spent any time at all building up the necessary socio-political infrastructure upon which a successful revolution would depend?

No. They haven't.

And just what kind of revolution would this be? Do they have any idea what they would replace the U.S. Constitution with?

No, they do not.

Do they want Communism? Socialism? Anarcho-Syndicalism? Something else? Or are they are just yammering nonsense at one another before the cameras about how they feel like they are getting screwed by rich people?

I'll take that last one for the fact that it is.

This may be the final dying gasp of a failed and incoherent ideology, which, as Ziontruth has pointed out, left tens of millions of people dead in the 20th century.

Thankfully the vast majority of Americans are not buying this Occupy Wall Street nonsense and we, all of us, have options outside of the progressive movement and the Democratic party. I say that the sooner we begin to exercise those options the better.

Are Jews movin' on?

Recent numbers show a significant drop of Jewish support for the president.

No matter what happens, 2012 will prove very interesting.

We shall see.


  1. "The American Nazi Party likes what it sees.
    Today the American Nazi Party released a statement in support of Occupy Wall Street movement.

    The foremost authority on National Socialism in America has this to say about “Occupy” [ANP leader Rocky Suhayda -ed.] :

    What is really MISSING – is the “MOVEMENT” from these popular protests – its time to pull WN heads out of their collective ass’s, and JOIN IN the attack on Judeo-Capitalism. What do you suggest? That WN Working Class White people DEFEND the Judeo-Capitalists? IF the “movement” wasn’t so PATHETIC it would be OUT THERE – LEADING these protests! The fact that its these “lefties” as you call them, who are picking up the ball and running with it – only shows how much more in tune THEY are with the fed up masses of White Workers, than the fossilized, reactionary “right-wing”. WHO holds the WEALTH and POWER in this country – the JUDEO-CAPITALISTS. WHO is therefore the #1 ENEMY who makes all this filth happen – the JUDEO-CAPITALISTS. WHO therefore do WN need to FIGHT? My heart is right there with these people, perhaps someday the “movement” will SHOW the same COURAGE and DEDICATION that these people OUT THERE FIGHTING are SHOWING!

    Sincerely, ROCKY SUHAYDA Hail Victory! 88!

    Then there’s this…
    The Communist Party USA also supports the Obama-endorsed Occupy Wall Street Protests........"

  2. Huh.

    I didn't even know that we had an American Nazi Party.

    I'm guessing that we can pretty much all agree that that is indeed the fringe of the fringe.

  3. You have mixed issues as I see it, and that muddles the matter. I think the racism of the anti-racists toward Arabs is a fascinating topic and worth expanded exploration.

    It shows how far elitists attempt to project their own skewed views and values and makes one ask if they really care as they tell everyone they do.

  4. Mixed issues?

    I suppose that it is true.

    On the one hand there is anti-Semitism, but on the other hand there is the considerably worse degree of anti-Arab and anti-Muslim racist condescension.

  5. The latter issue is a powerful one because, unlike Jews, Arabs are seen as people who are vulnerable and developing. The racism against these people exposes the depth of how empty the anti-racists are. After all, they cannot claim it's part of opposition to powerful Western interests and influences.

  6. Karmafish,

    It's not anti-Arab and anti-Muslim racist condescension.

    It's pro-Arab and pro-Muslim racist condescension.

    The distinction is essential.

    The racism, among the Left, toward Arab people is sympathetic.

    The racism, among the Left, toward Jewish people is antipathetic and genocidal.

  7. Hi Dan,

    you have a point, I think, yet it remains a form of bigotry.

    Can one be bigoted toward a group of people and yet be considered supportive of that group?


  8. Conceptually, it's easy to counter bigotry by a simple rule: Hold all parties to the same standard. Trouble is, too many people interpret it as meaning only "Don't discriminate against" while ignoring its equally true meaning of "Don't discriminate for."

    At the workplace, how many would say a white boss giving black employees lower pay is racial discrimination? Most people would, and so would I. But how many would say a white boss not firing an provably incompetent black employee is racism? A lot of "anti-racists" would actually call the white boss a racist if he does fire that incompetent black employee.

    Some "anti-racist" Progressives go even further, denouncing color-blind policies—policies that are nothing but holding everybody to the same standard—as "a plot by the White Hegemons® to lull the Oppressed Minorities™ into acquiescence to their status." Effectively, such avowed "anti-racists" are making sure that there'll be "Racism now, racism tomorrow, racism forever!"

    I hate identity politics. Just thinking about all this, I realize how much I hate this entire system of fomenting gratuitous hatred* for a few political hucksters' personal gain. You're not truly an anti-racist until you come to loathe identity politics.

    *Gratuitous hatred is the sin for which God allowed the Romans to destroy the Second Temple. Just to show how evil it is.

  9. "Can one be bigoted toward a group of people and yet be considered supportive of that group?"

    At this time, asking and addressing that question isn't important.

    It isn't for Jewish people, who are under a racist intendedly genocidal siege, to be the moral advocates of those who are engaging in an intendedly genocidal siege against the Jewish people.

    At this time, what is important to do is to call out and denounce and dispel the malice and bigotry that is causing the West to be participating in a racist intendedly genocidal war on the nation of the Jewish people -- which, by the way, is a racist intendedly genocidal war that, if it succeeds, will also destroy all of the rest of beneficial human civilization.

    It's time for Jewish people to be mindful, and to discern what's skillful to do -- what's beneficial to do -- and to abandon the egocentric wrong belief that they are the moral arbiters for the world, and to do what's skillful - what's beneficial.