The thought process by which a man figures out who the real enemies of America are
Here, unedited by me, is an e-mail I received this morning. Notice how it seems rational in the first paragraph. Then see where it ends up.
Subject: Fort Hood MassacreAfter saying that the U.S. government and particularly the last four presidential administrations have facilitated the entry into America of jihadist enemies such as Nidal Hasan as well as the Mexican invasion, which of course is true, Allen suddenly and without any transition switches to … the jews. It’s the jews who are behind it all. The fact that the entire American society is allowing this invasion fades somehow into the background. That’s just too complicated and too awful to think about or cope with. But it’s not too complicated to think that it’s the jews who are pulling the strings on the entire society. So if we can expose the sinister machinations of the jews, then the Islamization of America, the Mexicanization of America, can be stopped. But the main thing is not to focus on Islamization or Mexicanization. The main thing is to focus on the jews.
Richard Allen’s e-mail to me is a paradigm of the anti-Semitic thought process. The anti-Semite contemplates the terrible spectacle of Western society allowing itself to be undone by the influx and empowerment of alien and hostile cultures and peoples, he can’t understand why the society is doing this to itself, it’s too horrible to think that the society is deliberately letting itself be destroyed. So he turns to the simplest and readiest answer: it’s the Jews who are doing it. The Jews, two percent of the population, control the entire society. They are behind everything. They control the minds of our leaders, who are helpless putty in their hands. Therefore the only way to save the society is to wake up people to the truth about the Jews and invoke hostility against the Jews. And it’s not just semi-intelligent individuals like Allen who think this way, it’s the “intellectuals” of the paleocon / alt rightist / white nationalist right.
Allen’s e-mail is so pat in its anti-Semitism that it seems possible to me that it’s a hoax. But if it is, it’s an incredibly skillful job.FL writes:
Fundamentally, the thought processes of Richard Allen are no different from those of blacks who believe that crack and AIDS are the result of a white conspiracy. The possibility that their own bad behavior is to blame is something that they simply cannot accept. Somebody else must have done this to them and the obvious suspect is Whitey. So too it is with many white gentiles.Daniel L. writes:
The third paragraph of that email is written markedly worse than the preceding paragraphs. A side effect of its content, perhaps.LA replies:
Yes, that interesting, isn’t it? The beginning of the e-mail seemed worthwhile, so I was doing my usual thing with it. I had copied it into Word and was reading it while preparing it for posting, making slight fixes—for spelling, punctuation, usage, etc. Then I get to the last paragraph and suddenly—wham, it’s all about the Jews. At first I thought I’d delete it, then I decided to post it in its original form.Bartholomew writes:
It’s an interesting example you point out, and I think your analysis very nearly hits the mark. Who can accept the suicide of a loved one? How many grieving families first try to prove murder before finally accepting suicide? It’s a charitable view of Mr. Allen’s motives, and it might well be true.October 17
Further to my previous e-mail, and in response to Bartholomew’s question, I am not asserting that a majority or even a plurality of whites are anti-Semites in the same way that a large percentage of blacks are anti-white (or anti-Jewish).
Posted by Lawrence Auster at October 16, 2010 02:13 PM | Send