"There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience." ~ French proverb
Letters About Jews
From time to time I write about the cloacal morality of the media as they go about wrecking civilization and annoying hell out of me. For rhetorical convenience I use 'New York' and 'Hollywood' as a sort of abbreviation for the news racket and the screen trades.
This column gets a lot email. Some of it assumes that 'New York' and 'Hollywood' are code words for 'Jews,' and excoriates me mightily for not saying what I am assumed to mean. Let me give you a typical example, the subject line being 'Fred Sees No Jews in New York and Hollywood.'
'Dear Fred, Good greetings. Your column on Television Tyranny and Degeneration is strong and important, as your columns usually are. But it also shows you're unwilling to mention that Jews dominate these industries--again, as your columns always are scared to mention Jews. You're not ignorant that Hollywood and New York, movies and television, are Jewish. You're unwilling to say so. You're unwilling to state publicly the hatred consistently pumped by Jews into the Gentile populations they dominate, degrade, and destroy. The fact that even Fred Reed submits to the taboo not to criticize Jews--no matter how obvious and ubiquitous is the power of Jewish degradation of Gentiles--is proof of the ruling power of Jews. "Hide the truth--protect Jewish power and degradation of Gentiles." That's the policy Fred Reed follows, together with LewRockwell.com and everybody else. Best wishes, John'
I didn't just get admitted to MIT ' I got a PhD from there.
Now that I've got your attention, I'd like to tell you just how spineless I think your last column was in omitting the very obvious fact that JEWS have played and continue to play the largest role in television's slow destructive agenda.
Jews have both a genetic and cultural desire to subvert and destroy their host civilizations ' it is part of their survival instinct and it is what has caused their genetic strain and culture to survive for millennia. The prevalence of Jews in television and advertising provides a powerful channel for those destructive urges to have their effect. One wonders whether this unprecedented opportunity for their hatred and contempt to be actualized will deliver the final blow to the tired host.
You're no tough guy ' forget the cigar and the leather jacket. I will take you seriously when you have the guts to offend the execrable self chosen.
Why are you so scared of Jews? Are you just a realist? Do you know more than I do about what they could and will do to you? Or are you just paranoid?
I admire the fearlessness of John and Vince in having me take on the Jews. 'Let's you and him fight' is an old call. Being weary of this stuff, I am going to do a doubtless overlong column on the subject, and then go back to better things, such as drinking beer with colorful reprobates.
Now, the conventions of discourse being what they are, it is hard to talk about Jews at all. If you say, 'Some of my best friends are Jews,' it means you hate Jews. If you say, 'I can't stand the freaking Jews,' it means you hate Jews. If you don't say anything, it means you secretly hate Jews.
If you say anything good about the Jews, it means that you a tool of the Jews, or afraid of the Jews, or have had your mind clouded by Jews. Where does one go from here?
but wotthehell wotthehell.
The premises of letters such as the foregoing are invariant: (1) that Jews want to destroy all that is good and holy, and eat Christian children, and (2) that I know it. It then follows that, since I don't say it, I must be either cowardly or collusive. The matter is always phrased as a manhood issue: Either you stand up to the Jews, or you lack balls. The Jews of course are a monolithic and conspiratorial group who rub their hands and say 'Heh-heh-heh.'
Permit me a different interpretation.
Jews may be exotic in Peoria. (Or may not be: I have never been to Peoria.) In Washington, where I worked for years, they are as rare as automobiles. I have known lots of Jews. I have dated them, gotten drunk with them, danced with them, argued with them, gone on junkets to weird Asian countries with them. I liked most of them.
My favorite lunch buddy for a long time was a retired Harvard professor, Jewish, as decent a human being as I have ever met. My favorite dance partner was a Jewish radical feminist (I know, I know, but we liked each other) who was on an undefeated College Bowl team in the Sixties. My dentist was Jewish. The biochemist I used to windsurf with on the Potomac was Jewish. Beth, the pediatrician I dated at NIH, was Jewish, and an absolute sweetheart. I learned the Texas two-step from a Jewish carpenter (no, another carpenter) who moonlighted as a dance instructor. And so on.
Familiarity'not fear of invisible radioactive death-needles from Mossad, or of being run out of journalism'is why I don't devote my life to obsessing about the maleficence of Jews. Are there Jews who do things politically I don't like? Yes. Are there Jews who do things politically I'm not sure whether I like? Yes. Is there an Israeli lobby? Yes. Yet I have never encountered the evil Jews of The Conspiracy. I simply do not see them as bad people. I am not going to pretend otherwise to establish my virility for John and Vince.
In particular, I do not rave against the Israelis, because I don't know what I think they should do. I note that their treatment of the Palestinians is indistinguishable from American treatment of the Iraqis and Vietnamese. Virtue does not exactly flood the world's streets, anywhere.
Further, Jews as I have known them are not monolithic. Politically they have been all over the place, though running to liberal: a professional conservative (Herb Berkowitz, the PR guy at the Heritage Foundation, a raucous Boston Jew and delightful loon), a couple of AIPACers, (Seth Carus and Steve Glick, pro-Israel but, I'm sorry gang, not anti-American), libertarians, Greens, several with little or no interest in politics, some who in varying degrees disapproved of Israel.
I spent my high-school years aboard Dahlgren Naval Weapons Lab, living on Mathematicians Row (Caffee Road, just off the Circle). The names along the street were Cohen, Reed, Strauss, Kemper. I don't know how they voted, but they designed armament for the Navy. I'd guess Republican.
I don't see the Jews of the email. That Jews are tremendously influential in the media is a fact, easily verified on the Web. However, the leap from 'Jews are powerful in the media' to 'Jews are responsible for all social ills, the collapse of civilization, and everything I don't like' is a bit of a stretch. Those I know have no idea why John and Vince loathe them, incidentally. Being hit on the head by a piano imparts little understanding of pianos.
Further, never do I encounter from the Johns and Vinces the idea that any Jew, ever, might have done anything good, however inadvertently. My experience is distinctly otherwise. For years I was a science writer in Washington. I spent countless days crawling through NIH, COMSAT, NASA, talking with Bell Labs and IBM Research, and places you have probably never heard of. (The PET lab of NIDA, National Institute on Drug Abuse in Baltimore, for example, then run by a very bright Jewish woman.) The number of Jews in research, and in high-tech industry, is wildly out of proportion to their number in the population. They are a mainstay of the American lead in technology. This is bad?
Let me tell you a story. In the early Fifties, polio was a nightmare for parents. Lots of children clunked around in braces or sat forever in wheel chairs. In summer, the epidemic season, our mothers wouldn't let us go to public swimming pools because they were thought to be focuses of infection.
One day a fellow named Salk came out of a laboratory somewhere and said, 'Hey, I've got this vaccine'.' A bit later, a guy named Sabin came out of another laboratory, and said, 'Hey, if we do thus and so and put it on sugar cubes, see, it will be oral'.' You can't imagine how welcome that vaccine was. Parents grabbed their children by the hair and sprinted through doors, sometimes not bothering to open them, to get to the clinic. Polio just flat disappeared.
Hint: Salk and Sabin were not Rastafarians. ('Jews Destroy American Iron Lung Industry.')
Does none of this count for anytning?
So many of the Jewish crimes popular on the email circuit don't stand up to examination. For instance, I hear repeatedly that during Vietnam America won in the field but that Jews stabbed Our Boys in the back by means of the anti-war movement, thus seeking to promote godless atheistic communism.
Not quite. The leadership of the anti-war movement was heavily Jewish. The movement itself was overwhelmingly Christian. At the conservative Southern college I attended, the studentry to a boy wanted no part of the war. It wasn't because of Jewish anything. It was because they didn't want to get shot. Their girlfriends didn't want them to get shot, nor did their parents.
People didn't need help to weary of an endless, bloody, pointless war, in which their sons were dying, in a place they didn't care about and could barely find on a map. Christian kids in huge numbers did everything they could to avoid Vietnam, which is why the draft was needed to force them to go. Christians like Dan Quayle, George W, and Bill Clinton sought student deferments or ducked into the National Guard. Check how many of the Christian elite from the Ivies served in Asia. The anti-war movement wasn't a Jewish plot. It was a national revolt.
Most of the things Jews are supposed to be doing, on examination, they aren't. Is globalization a Jewish plot (as I'm told), or the inevitable result of advancing technology? Is destructive feminism a Jewish plot, or the result of sweeping social changes in which women have found themselves thrown into unaccustomed and unsettling roles? Is the decline of education a Jewish plot, or the consequence of having teaching in the hands of intellectual dregs, of pandering by politicians for racial votes, and of the fact that Americans don't really care about schooling? Etc.
That's why I don't gnaw at myself about Jews.