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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Anti-Racism and its Genocidal Fanatics

Today I have some lengthy comments about a disturbing phenomena in the reality-based community:
Reality-based community is a popular term among liberal political commentators in the United States. In the fall of 2004, the phrase "proud member of the reality-based community," was first used to suggest the commentator's opinions are based more on observation than faith, assumption, or ideology and that others who disagree are unrealistic. The term has been defined as people who "believe that solutions emerge from [their] judicious study of discernible reality." Some commentators have gone as far as to suggest that there is an overarching conflict in society between the reality-based community and the "faith-based community" as a whole. It can be seen as an example of political framing.
In my previous post I noted a particularly egregious example of naked anti-Whitism that occurred in prime time on national cable television. I looked for and easily found several "reality-based" web sites that also considered this event notable. They also saw it as an opportunity to vent some anti-White hate. In the days afterward I went over to comment.

The title of the Drum post was David Gergen Speaks Truth - Denounce Racist Vote. Karoli, the blogger there, is a woman who is convinced of three things: racism is bad, Whites whose vote is affected by race are racists, and non-whites who behave likewise are not. This is anti-Whitism, of course, and several visitors besides myself tried to talk some sense into her. Throughout the exchange she was civil but unmoved. In the end she acknowledged that she didn't have a problem with black votes being based on race, and cited historic White oppression of blacks as the reason. She then closed the thread.

I have two points I would have posted in response. First, I reject this race-based guilt. What happened in generations past between other people is not my fault nor my responsibility to set right. I care more about injustices taking place in the here and now. Second, it is absurd to expect that any people should not speak or vote or act in what they perceive to be their best interests, nor that they band together by whatever criteria they choose, whether genetic (eg. by race) or memetic (eg. by ideology).

Since coming to this understanding of race and politics I do not begrudge non-whites for planning and acting cohesively to further the interests of their groups, and thereby themselves. I consider the fact that they do so perfectly normal human behavior with a precedent that stretches back to the beginnings of history and probably beyond.

What is indefensible from this racial-political point of view is that a particular group, my group, should be singled out and held to a different standard. This is exactly what the "frame" known as anti-racism does to Whites.

Anti-racism is based on the idea that "racism" is bad. "Racism", however, means different things to different people. Here's what Sam Francis had to say about the origins of the word racism.

I believe these roots of the word racism are unknown to most. It is also generally not considered polite to point out that prior to the 1930s the notion that the human species was divided along racial lines was not controversial. Throughout history races most often lived separately (which is how they developed in the first place) and this was considered a good thing because often when races came together there was strife. I believe people back then recognized significant differences between the races, and they attributed the strife to these differences.

Today the thinking has changed radically. It is now generally considered wrong and hateful to speak of race in such terms. If you do so then you are considered to be the cause of racial strife. We must disown or bury any such things great men of the past may have said. See here how the text of the Immigration Act of 1790 is piled under pages of superfluous information about Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, Emma Lazarus, and a summary of the entire history of immigration. All the way at the end is the actual text, which begins:
Act of March 26, 1790 (1 Stat 103-104) (Excerpts) That any alien, being a free white person, who shall have resided within the limits and under the jurisdiction of the United States for the term of two years, may be admitted to become a citizen thereof. . .
Such thoughts, even in historic documents, even when expressed without malice, are today considered "racism". Someone who thinks such thoughts is called a "racist" - a stereotype that implies they are psychologically infirm, intellectually deficient, intolerantly bigoted, and prone to violence. The word racist is almost always intended and taken as a slur, and it is very often used deliberately, to put it in the terms of the reality-based community, as a means of dehumanizing anyone so smeared.

As destructive as they know the label is, some apply it with great abandon. Anti-racists who wouldn't dream of calling someone lazy or weak or a whore (that might hurt their self-esteem!) will, just like that, call someone a racist. Nobody wants to be called a racist. We all realize how poorly racists are treated. And yet so many anti-racists are on hair trigger, ready to use the word on anyone they think is saying or thinking incorrectly.

It would be bad enough if this pathologizing of speech and thought were codified and applied equally to all who spoke in certain ways about race. But it isn't. Whites and non-whites are subject to different sets of constantly changing unwritten rules. Over time it is becoming ever more acceptable for non-whites to criticize Whites, and ever less acceptable for Whites to criticize non-whites. Many anti-racists today unabashedly defend the idea that only Whites can be racists. In fact the anti-racism "frame" now includes the view that Whites are inherently racist. That's why when racial friction or differences arise Whites are the ones who so often get the blame.

The anti-racist frame-builders give their White blame mechanisms different names. One of them is called institutional racism:
Institutional racism (or structural racism or systemic racism) refers to a form of racism which occurs specifically in institutions such as public bodies, corporations, and universities. The term was coined by black nationalist, pan-Africanist and honorary prime minister of the Black Panther Party, Stokely Carmichael.
It seems anti-racists do not think pan-Africanism or black nationalism are racist. Yet these ideologies are overtly concerned with the benefit of a particular race, certainly more overtly than any public body, corporation, or university I'm aware of. Except maybe Howard University and McDonalds. Can an anti-racist please point me to a "white university", or special corporate websites celebrating Whites?

Another such mechanism is called symbolic racism:
Symbolic racism means believing that African American poverty and other problems are largely the result of lack of ambition and effort, rather than white racism and discrimination. Who holds symbolically racist beliefs? A relatively large portion of white voters in general and white working-class voters in particular. . .
So? CNN pundits and liberal bloggers think White poverty and other problems are largely the result of ignorance. They think Whites, or "rednecks" according to David Gergen, don't vote for Obama because they're "under-educated". Alan Abramowitz says White voters are "symbolic racists" because they think more highly of blacks than media pundits like himself think of Whites. After all, the polls show Whites blame black problems on lack of ambition and effort. Ignorance was probably considered too rude to either provide in the poll or select. Could Abramowitz supply the results of black polling? I'm curious what blacks believe causes White success. Do they think it's racism? Given the constant White = racist barrage from the media doesn't everybody think that?

I'd like to take the opportunity here to point out how odd it is that mainstream writers like Abramowitz make a point of capitalizing words like Latino, Asian, Jew, or African American, but never white. After all, it's just a skin color, right? Perhaps you noticed I do the opposite. Now you know why.

This survey of anti-racist anti-Whitism could go on for quite a while, but I'll stop here with White privilege:
White privilege is a sociological concept which describes advantages enjoyed by white persons beyond what is commonly experienced by the non-white people in those same social spaces (nation, community, workplace, etc.). It differs from racism or prejudice in that a person benefiting from white privilege does not necessarily hold racist beliefs or prejudices themselves. Often, the person benefiting is unaware of his or her privilege.
Here we see some naked "framing" - the deliberate construction of a concept that makes no effort to hide the anti-White agenda. The idea here is that even Whites who do nothing overt that might conceivably be called racism are still racists if they socialize primarily with Whites. If this is a priviledge then it is a common privilege easily found amongst any race. To single out and demonize Whites for such behaviour is not "fighting racism". It is a racially motivated attack against Whites.

At a blog called WhitePrivilege, whose slogan is "Treason to whiteness is loyalty to humanity", there is a five-year-old exchange between the blogger and a pro-White using the pseudonym Rurik. Rurik does a wonderful job trying to reason with the anti-White blogger, who for his part appears willfully blind to his anti-Whitism. The exchange contains many of the classic arguments on both sides. At the end a self-righteous jew appears, but not to say "hey, as a jew, I know a bit about defamation, and what this White fellow says is right, you are defaming Whites, it's dangerous and you should stop it". Instead he says:
To “Rurik” (who refrains from using his name for fear of being spotted by anyone as a racist and anti-Semite),

The more I read the back-and-forth banter between you and Mr. Clark, the more horrified I am with the idea of people like you exist in my country, doing frightening things such as voting or breeding.
In other words this proud jew favors race-based disenfranchisement and sterilization - for Whites! Following this, presumably to justify his anti-White sentiments (just like Karoli) follow dozens of lines of kvetching about past persecution of jews and blacks.

If race is a social construct as the anti-racists say, then how is it that my Whiteness, and that alone, makes me responsible for enslaving blacks, genociding indians, and gassing jews? If we take anti-racists at their word then clearly they are constructing these responsibilities.

Hopefully I've made a convincing case that many anti-racists are not at all concerned about stopping injustices that one race may inflict on another. More than anything else they seem intent on race-based payback against Whites. The common premise behind all of their poisonous ideas is that Whites are the source of all problems, past and present. Their intent is quite literally genocidal.

If on the other hand after reading all this what you think really motivates me is a secret desire to genocide all non-whites, or even some of them, then I want you to know, that I know, that it is because you are anti-White. You are a racist, and you should promptly go and do to yourself what you so often and openly wish upon racists.

I've rambled on far too long already, but I did want to say some things about Pandagon.

The CNN-related post I originally cited, Clinton wins Kentucky, race chasm proven again, was already stale by the time I went over to comment and I ended up picking a fight in another post.

The Kentucky post contained some real anti-racist gems that are worth commenting on in light of what I've said above. Citing another liberal blogger's idea that he calls the Race Chasm:
It is in the chasm where Clinton has consistently defeated Obama. These are geographically diverse states from Ohio to Oklahoma to Massachusetts where racial politics is very much a part of the political culture, but where the black vote is too small to offset a white vote racially motivated by the Clinton campaign’s coded messages and tactics.
The black vote is not presumed to be racially motivated, but the White vote is. White candidates communicate in coded messages (the reality-based community calls them "dog whistles"), but black candidates presumably do not.

The blogger, a black woman, then writes:
I wonder if an intelligent discussion can now be had about the reality of prejudice versus affinity voting. When the MSM continually frames this chasm as a problem for Obama — it is a problem for all of us as a society. To have a whole demo of voters so poisoned by their own racism to vote for someone white simply to avoid casting a ballot for a person of color is sad. To then be willing to stay home in November or worse, vote for John McCain, who clearly doesn’t represent working class interests, is tragic.

Needless to say that’s the polar opposite of what I’ve called affinity voting — blacks voting for Obama in large numbers. Many are voting for him because he represents ideals and policies they agree with; that he’s the first credible, positive black candidate for president is a huge historical bonus.
Is it possible to have an intelligent conversation with someone who says my race voting 70-30 is "prejudice" and her race voting 90-10 is "affinity"? What would we talk about, reparations for slavery?

Here again is the anti-White premise of anti-racists laid bare. I have an alternate explanation for the CNN pundits and Pandagon. I say Whites are affinity voting and blacks are prejudiced. Working class Whites are especially wise and discerning compared to fat and lazy wealthy Whites, at least when it comes to voting their best interests. The working class was obviously paying close attention to Rev. Wright and the "bitter" flaps. They know that Black Liberation Theology is not good for Whites. Blacks, on the other hand, generally don't care what a White candidate says or does if there's a black candidate to vote for. Obama should reject those racist votes.

There. How's that? Can I get a seat on CNN?

I wish I had commented on that post at the time but as it happened I found a more recent post, an equally fat target titled Defending science: What works and what’s already working. The exchange was lively.

The blogger, Amanda Marcotte, proposed that the "avid defenders of the importance of accepting reality" in the "reality-based community" should reject "the right wing frame" and defend science from the "lies trotted out about "Intelligent Design"" and "that Stephen Jay Gould is the model for how to do this". She concluded by saying ""Intelligent Design" is an attack on science". (Her emphasis.)

I began by ridiculing this combination of ideas. I pointed out the incompatibility between framing and reality, that Gould was a human genetic difference denier, that E.O. Wilson or James Watson are better model defenders of science, that ID was not useless or even harmful but instead spurs scientists to do more science where there are gaps. I also asserted that the perception of the ID challenge as an attack is an natural case of projection by cultural marxists. Scientists, and intellects in general, consider defending their ideas routine.

The response was slow in coming. Seventeen posts later Ellid finally piped up to tell me he didn't like E.O. Wilson because "his sociobiology theories are little more than a convenient excuse to justify sexism and racism on the grounds of genetic determinism". Never mind all that world's leading authority on ant stuff. Ellid also didn't like Watson because he "denigrated and belittled the work of Rosalyn Yalow". It was the only halfway-intelligent response I got.

Soon after that the goon squad, who I quickly recognized as "the resident Goulds", started telling me: you don't know what you're talking about, you're a white nationalist, a racist wingnut, etc. Rather than addressing my points, which though irreverently posed were directly on topic, these troglodytes made some of the dumbest leaps of logic I've ever seen. The tactics I have seen, many times, and they have nothing to do with how ideas are defended. The exchange really doesn't classify as an argument or even two-way communication. It was more like a constant stream of verbal abuse, most of it directed at me.

I recognized several recurring themes. One was:
It’s not that I don’t like white people in general, it’s that I don’t like white people like you. I realize that you’re way too self-absorbed to understand the difference, but there you go.
Most of the goons made sure to emphasize how "white" they were before saying similarly nasty things. I think I understand this all very well. When you say things like this it means you like deracinated white people, and you hate race-conscious Whites. It is anti-White anti-racism. A jew who hates jews is called a self-hating jew. A white who hates Whites is called an anti-racist.

Another theme was typified by:
Tanstaafl, one small criticism. You’re racism isn’t quite blatant enough. In the future, you should just go ahead an advocate killing everyone not just like you. You know, like your German friends did.
The ironic thing about this, and it was echoed more than once in various forms, is that the assumption seems to be that me, an anonymous small time blogger, might be construed as advocating genocide, and that this threat was considered serious enough to treat me as if they thought I should be killed because I wasn't just like them.

One especially tolerant liberal hinted at this desire by quoting Frank Zappa:
If your children ever find out how lame you really are, they’ll murder you in your sleep.
I made the case above, and I have said it before on this blog, that what drives me to write and think as I do is my concern that Whites are threatened with extermination. This threat comes in large part from the virulent anti-White rhetoric of anti-racists. They are the ones whose poisonous ideas are taught in universities, printed in books and newspapers, and tossed off without a thought on the pages of popular liberal blogs that pretend to be moral authorities.

I'll end here with a quote from Science and ideology by Edward O. Wilson. I tried posting this at Pandagon several times but it never went through. Too bad. I suspect none of those gibbering Gould-lovers will come here to see how a real scientist defends science.
The future, if we are to have one, is increasingly to be in the hands of the scientifically literate, those who at least know what it is all about. There can be no multicultural solution to the genetics of cystic fibrosis; the ozone hole cannot be deconstructed; there is nothing whatsoever relativistic or culturally contextual about the dopamine transporter molecules whose blockage by cocaine gives a rush of euphoria, the kind that leads the constructivist to doubt the objectivity of science.

. . .

Which brings me to anti-science. I know less about postmodernism than most of you here, but let me give you my impression of how it relates to science. Postmodernist critics present a Disney World representation of science, a fantasy of what science is, and how scientists work, and why they work, a distortion embellished variously by obsolete theories of psychoanalysis and the battle cries of political ideology. Within the academy, it seems to me that postmodernism and the divisive forms of multiculturalism are substantially a revolt of the proletariat, wherein second-rate scholarship is parlayed into tenured professorships and book contracts--not by quality, not by originality, but by claims of entitlement of race, gender, and moralistic ideologies. But as I will show in a moment, some of it runs deeper, to turn the minds of even a few otherwise respected scientists.

. . .

The sociobiology episode was one of the most conspicuous in the history of political correctness in academic life in the dark time before the expression, p.c., was coined and before the National Association of Scholars or any other form of organized resistance arose to blunt its excesses.

. . .

The radical activists, however, went ballistic on this issue. Shortly after the publication of Sociobiology, Richard Lewontin organized fifteen scientists, teachers, and students in the Boston area as the Sociobiology Study Group, which then affiliated with Science for the People. The latter, larger aggregate of radical activists was begun in the 1960s to expose the misdeeds of scientists and technologists, including especially thinking considered to be politically dangerous. It was and remains nation wide, although greatly attenuated in its tone and influence.

What was correct political thinking? That has been made clear by Lewontin during the debate and afterward. "There is nothing in Marx, Lenin, or Mao," he wrote with his fellow Marxist Richard Levins, "that is or can be in contradiction with a particular set of phenomena in the objective world." True science, in other words, must be defined intrinsically to be forever separate from political thought. Ideology can then be constructed as a mental process insulated from science.

In formulating sociobiology, I wanted to move evolutionary biology into every potentially congenial subject, including human behavior and even political behavior, roughshod if need be and as quickly as possible. Lewontin obviously did not.

. . .

Now I can come to the essence of the radical science movement. As loopy as it all may seem today, and especially after the collapse of world socialism, the argument has to be taken seriously, since it has been accepted to varying degrees by a few influential scientists, including Stephen Jay Gould, Richard Levins, and Ruth Hubbard, who are highly regarded in the public eye as scientists, even as they continue to promote a Marxian view.

Here then is the argument in its raw form: only an anti-reductionist, non-bourgeois science can help humanity attain the highest goal, which is a socialist world. In the 1984 book Not in Our Genes, Lewontin, Steven Rose, and Leon Kamin, all worthies of radical science philosophy, explained their purpose as follows:

We share a commitment to the prospect of the creation of a more socially just--a socialist--society. And we recognize that a critical science is an integral part of the struggle to create that society, just as we also believe that the social function of much of today's science is to hinder the creation of that society by acting to preserve the interests of the dominant class, gender, and race. This belief--in the possibility of a critical and liberatory science--is why we have each in our separate ways and to varying degrees been involved in the development of what has become known over the 1970s and 1980s, in the United States and Britain, as the radical science movement.
Read the whole thing. Wilson's plain English and guilelessness is a refreshing contrast to the turd-flingers that rule the roost at Pandagon.

Lewontin, Gould, and their marxist fellow travelers were more interested in promoting their "frame" than in promoting science. Their agenda, just as it is for the "reality-based community", is not based on the non-existence or non-importance of class, gender, and race - it is based on a hyper-awareness and presumed hyper-importance of these "social constructs". Moreover, they call for explicit attack on what they perceive to be the "dominant" class, gender, or race.

The reality is that "reality-based community" are today's budding totalitarians and the "dominant" Anglo-Saxon, male, Whites are their neo-jews. Why? Because they hate us. (For hating them, for hating them, ... as Owl said before his head exploded.)

That last paragraph refers to the retribution mindset most anti-racists seem locked in. They have trouble imagining a world where people simply live and let live. In fact Owl, one of the "resident Goulds", thought he had reached a deep truth when he wrote:
In this view, anti-racism really is anti-Whitism, because they think racism is right.
Actually, in my view anti-racism is really anti-Whitism because it is. I've provided argument and evidence to support this assertion, and it matters not one bit who or what I am.

(The image is taken from an ad banner at Pandagon. It reflects their nihilism perfectly.)

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28 Comments:

Anonymous ben tillman said...

It’s not that I don’t like white people in general, it’s that I don’t like white people like you.

Meaning, of course, White people who aren't remotely controlled by non-Whites.

5/29/2008 07:44:00 AM  
Blogger Flanders Fields said...

Tan,

An excellent post, but there is much to comprehend and some terms I haven't encountered before. I'll be back soon to read it again.

Thanks for posting on my article. You did a great job of cornering Rastaman causing him to slink back into his leftist cage. I had to be out most of today and it was nice to return home to some intelligent and friendly words. Anti-racist is too nice a term for some of these characters.

5/29/2008 12:14:00 PM  
Anonymous kindred said...

Tan, excellent stuff.

Karoli over at Drum said:

I do think it’s high time that all of us, black and white and brown and any other color, start figuring out that it’s in our best interests to look beyond race to other, more important issues. That is as true for whites as it is Hispanics, Asians, blacks, etc.

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With that pathetic last statement the thread was closed. White people thought that was the deal with the early 60's civil rights movement. But what they got was a one-sided fight with one side determined on payback under the banner of 'anti-racism' which turned out - as you have shown - to be just anti-white.

Pandragon didn't even try to argue.

5/29/2008 05:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Tourettes-flecked quacky psychoanalysis" as a description of the modus operandi of the lefty commenter's over at Pendragaon. Classic and accurate. They had nothing - absolutely nothing - to offer in argument.

5/29/2008 06:11:00 PM  
Blogger teacher.paris said...

Making sense is very, very bad and it will be punished. BTW the trial has begun in Airstrip On:
http://thebirdman.org/Index/Temp/Temp-Sheppard-OFarrellCaseBeginsJune2-Tony&JohnB.htm

5/29/2008 09:14:00 PM  
Blogger Tanstaafl said...

For anyone interested in a wonky discussion of human genetic differences, including the sociopolitical considerations of breaking the news to the public (never mind the deniers at Pandagon) see here.

Several race realists, including Steve Sailer, criticize Jim Manzi for his article warning of the impending tyranny of "genetic maximalists".

After a slow start it really gets going toward the middle.

The basic problem I see is this: the number of people able to operate at this level of intellect and technical knowledge is tiny. The number willing to speak out against the true tyranny, the PC beast that crushes all heretics, is tinier still. The fact is that the minute you start talking like this:

the distinction between phenotype variations caused by single or small numbers of genes with biochemical effects powerful enough to overwhelm environmental variation (typically, diseases or other “malfunctions”) vs. characteristics determined through epistatic interactions compounded by gene-environment interactions

Almost everyone's eyes glaze over. That's exactly when someone like Steven Gould steps in and says in soothing tones, even if there are some differences in skin color, it's all just cosmetics.

In the battle for reality the marxist-equalitarian race-deniers didn't use science to defeat racialists. They used political and psychological trickery. They used "framing".

The thread ends with this warmed over plate of Lewontian-Gouldian denial:

We’re seeing the pernicious political consequences of an unthinking geneticism right here, in the ungrounded racist stuff about group differences. There’s no scientific evidence that black people are immutably or even genetically stupider than white people — we don’t even have any genticically understood definition of “stupid”, so how could there be?

The IQ stuff is just a shiny veneer put on the anecdotal observation that Africans have not so far been very successful in Western societies by Western rules, which has many explanations. Manzi is quite correct to compare this evidence to social science evidence, since that’s all it is.


This is just a shiny veneer on permanent race-based guilt-tripping and interracial wealth transfer. At the expense of Whites.

The argument is: who cares whether there are differences or not, or what portion of the differences are genetic? We might be able to change them!

Who's calling who pernicious and unthinking?

This is just what the marxist-equalitarians ordered: A blank check to operate the racial-grievance state forever - or at least until they get all those annoying genetic differences ironed out.

5/30/2008 02:04:00 AM  
Blogger Tanstaafl said...

I was wondering what was going on with O'Farrell. Thanks teacher.paris.

5/30/2008 02:06:00 AM  
Anonymous desmond jones said...

Good stuff Tan, but one slight amendment.

This is just a shiny veneer on permanent race-based guilt-tripping and interracial wealth transfer. At the expense of Whites.

IMO, it is intra-racial wealth transfer. High IQ whites and non-Arab semites benefit from the wage reduction of mid/low IQ whites. In other words it's class conflict evident through much of history and possibly the product of evolution. Competition exists not just at the group level but also the individual level. Wealthy, high IQ whites and non-Arab semites face little competition from, on average, lower IQ Mexicans, but the average white unionized slaughterhouse worker in Postville does.

5/30/2008 12:58:00 PM  
Anonymous desmond jones said...

A People That Shall Dwell Alone: Judaism as a Group Evolutionary Strategy

Book by Kevin MacDonald; Praeger Publishers, 1994

" ASHKENAZI JEWS IN EARLY MODERN POLAND

There is excellent evidence for resource competition between Jews and non-Jews throughout Polish history, as well as for the hypothesis of a significant alliance between the Jews and the aristocracy. In the post-medieval period in Poland most Jews lived in privately owned towns, and the owners often encouraged Jewish settlement. The Polish nobility welcomed Jews as estate managers and toll farmers, bankers, and moneylenders. They also encouraged Jewish trade and commerce because, as a consuming class, they benefited from the lower prices brought on by competition ( Weinryb 1972; see also Hundert 1986a; Katz 1961a; Tollet 1986).

The preponderance of Jewish economic activity was ultimately the result of franchises derived from the nobility, but eventually, due to increasing numbers, Jews began engaging in non-franchised economic activity such as artisanry--activity that brought them into direct competition with other sectors of the Polish population. There was competition between gentile and Jewish craftsmen, such as butchers, tailors, blacksmiths, and shoemakers, in which non-Jewish guilds attempted to eliminate Jewish craftsmen ( Katz 1961a; Weinryb 1972, 64-67). Moreover, non-Jewish merchants often viewed Jews as competitors, and there were periodic attempts to restrict Jewish trade and business, especially in areas where Jews lived on lands owned by the king. For example, in 1485, there was an agreement between the Jewish community and the city council of Cracow in which the Jews agreed to give up trade and most selling, and in 1764, Jews were barred from trade in cattle, grain, and horses. In the 16th century, Jewish rights of commerce were limited in several cities, and other cities were granted the privilege of excluding Jews altogether. In the late 19th century, the Galician government organized an economic boycott of Jewish businesses with a slogan of "buy from your own kind" ( Litman 1984, 7), with the result that the Jewish population suffered an economic decline and many emigrated.

Nevertheless, despite recurrent restrictions and exclusions, Jews had essentially won this competition in the areas of trade and artisanry by the time of the 1764 census ( Klier 1986, 10). Hundert ( 1986a) notes that Jews increasingly dominated small-scale domestic commerce and, by the 18th century, they dominated trade with the West as well. The Jewish share of commerce "increased dramatically" (p. 57 ) from the 16th to the 18th century. Beauvois ( 1986) notes that there were 12,285 Jewish merchants compared to 1,790 Christian merchants in previously Polish provinces of the Russian Empire in 1840. Moreover, there is considerable evidence that some Jewish families obtained great wealth. "Jews in Poland . . . were building tax farming, estate leasing, and commercial empires; erecting large houses to live in; and trying to amass (to some extent successfully) large fortunes to leave to their children" ( Weinryb 1972, 168).

These trends are well captured in the case study of the town of Opatow from the 17th through the 18th century ( Hundert 1992). Jews began settling there in the 16th century, and even in 1569, there is an indication of concern by Christian merchants about Jewish competition. In the 17th century, there was a gradual rise in the percentage of trade controlled by Jews in the region, and Jews began to lease the estates of the nobleman who owned the town. Already in the 17th-century, Jews were reluctant to join Christian guilds, and there were anti-Semitic incidents. By the end of the 18th century, Jews dominated almost all areas of trading, manufacturing, and estate managing, and they had become dominant among the artisans as well. Competition was most intense between Jewish and Christian artisans, and there were constant complaints that Jews refused to join Christian guilds, that they controlled the trade in raw materials, that they imported finished products into the town, and that they encouraged Jews not to buy from Christians--complaints that were common throughout Poland at the time. By the end of the 18th century, there were Jewish guilds for butchers, furriers, and hatmakers, and Christians had been almost completely displaced as butchers, bakers, tailors, furriers, and goldsmiths. Corresponding with these developments, Christians increasingly abandoned artisanry in order to work in agriculture."

5/30/2008 03:25:00 PM  
Blogger Tanstaafl said...

You have a point Desmond.

The wealth transfer I refer to is from the disproportionately White working class to the disproportionately non-white non-working class. The disproportionately jewish philanthropic class hardly cares what the tax rates are. Since the wealth transfer isn't black and white (yuk yuk) it is fair to describe it as intra-racial rather than interracial - just as long as we remember which race gets disproportionately screwed.

What concerns me more than money is that the rationale behind all anti-racism - its "frame" - is unequivocally interracial and one-way: blacks are innocent victims, Whites are guilty criminals. It doesn't matter whether the black is a corporate CEO, or the White is a living in a trailer in Appalachia.

This genocidal mindset justifies mistreating and ultimately exterminating anyone identified (biologically or social construct-wise) as White. This is already happening, and as we become a minority the attacks are getting worse, not dissipating.

This is what I'm speaking against, and I'm a wealthy, high IQ White. For most of my life I was focused on being a well-behaved worker bee. I ignored the racial dimension. Now that I'm aware of it, I've made my choice. I'm not going to ditch my poorer, low IQ kin. I'm rejoining them.

That is the dividing line you allude to. Yes, we're far outnumbered by the Kennedys, Clintons, Bushes, McCains, and Pandagon liberals who have made the opposite choice. But who wants to be with those deluded, self-absorbed twits anyway?

5/30/2008 04:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Englishman said...

Desmond Jones says, non-Arab semites...

You condemn the Maltese, Ethiopians, and others to treatment owed only to Jews (or jews). Grow up -- name your enemy.

Non-capitalization of "jew" is a direct equivalent response, "non-Arab Semite" is not.

5/30/2008 06:07:00 PM  
Blogger Tanstaafl said...

Interesting. I had no idea the maltese, or their language at least, are semitic.

When I said "philanthropic class" I was being ironic. In the interest of being direct I should have written "plutocrats".

5/30/2008 07:55:00 PM  
Anonymous desmond jones said...

The wealth transfer I refer to is from the disproportionately White working class to the disproportionately non-white non-working class.

Tan, It's clearly been established [Borjas et al]that the benefit of immigration goes to the immigrant. A Mexican working for $6.50/hour in a Postville slaughterhouse is better off than working for $2.00 per diem in Mexico. However, that job paid $13.50/hour. Now an American who wants the same job is forced to accept 6.50. Where does the other 7 bucks go? In this case it goes in the pocket of the Hasidim, but the scenario repeats itself over and over again whether it's Tyson Foods, Wal-Mart, GM or Western Union.

And yes there were altruistic "elite" whites like you [Grant, Stoddard, Immigration Restriction League, Harvard's Lawrence Lowell and even the Jewish Samuel Gompers, although if you're Irish/Italian like Flip you may not hold them in such high esteem] however, they are few and far between.

MacDonald again:

THE SEPHARDIC JEWS IN THE IBERIAN PENINSULA

"Baer ( 1961) notes repeatedly that the kings of Spain throughout the period of Reconquest viewed the Jews as performing indispensable functions, especially the collection of taxes via tax farming (see also Castro 1954; Lea 1906-07, 1:98; Neuman 1969, 11:221). 5 "Barring temporary fluctuations caused by war, anarchy or civil strife, it was the fixed policy of Spanish rulers for over five hundred years to conserve and increase the number of Jews in their provinces, and to protect their interests against the encroachments of the other elements of the Spanish population" ( Neuman 1969, 1:6).

Moreover, Baer ( 1961; see also Castro 1954) describes repeated attempts by kings to prevent anti-Semitic laws and behavior in Spain prior to the Inquisition. Or he shows that kings agreed to anti-Semitic measures only as a result of pressure from other classes in society, including the nobility, the clergy, and the popular masses. Even on the eve of the Inquisition and only 10 years prior to the expulsion, King Ferdinand in 1481 wrote letters condemning anti-Semitic actions to the prelates of Saragossa, but did not send them on the advice of his counselors, who told him of the popular hatred and violence against Jews in that city. Castro ( 1954, 504) suggests that Ferdinand's reluctant actions against the Jews stemmed from the fact that the kingdom had become ungovernable in view of the hatred of the lower clergy and the masses, "especially if it was necessary to use the people to wage wars in distant lands."

A case can be made that the Magna Charta was founded because of the same kind of pressure. It's a pattern that repeats itself over and again throughout history. The governing class will pray upon it's co-ethnic lessers to further their own ends unless there is some sort of pressure to do otherwise.

5/30/2008 08:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Englishman said...

Interesting. I had no idea the maltese, or their language at least, are semitic.

And numerous other non-Jewish, non-Arab peoples.

The "non-Arab Semite" label (for Jews) is the misguided creation of the Resisting Defamation guys intending to reverse the supposed slight of "non-Hispanic White".

The employment of such "slurs" would undermine RD's claims of genuinely opposing racism, even if they were not bogus.

There is so much good in the Resisting Defamation program, it's a shame that their worst ideas are the most readily adopted by the defenders of European peoples.

5/30/2008 09:06:00 PM  
Anonymous desmond jones said...

The "non-Arab Semite" label (for Jews) is the misguided creation of the Resisting Defamation guys...

Prove it.

5/30/2008 11:20:00 PM  
Blogger Tanstaafl said...

Desmond, you're wage example is very well put. And I see your point. Flanders makes it too. I agree. The plutocrats are jew and White, and others now besides.

Max Dimont's Jews, God, and History echoes the MacDonald you're quoting, though in less detail. The European aristocracy sold out long, long ago. Can't wait to meet them in hell.

5/31/2008 12:13:00 AM  
Anonymous ben tillman said...

To follow up on Desmond's citation of Baer:

Benzion Netanyahu (father of the former Israeli prime minister), in "The Origins of the Inquisition in 15th-Century Spain", pp. 71-72, writes:

It was primarily because of the functions of the Jews as the king's revenue gatherers in the urban areas that the cities saw the Jews as the monarch's agents, who treated them as objects of massive exploitation. By serving as they did the interests of the kings, the Jews seemed to be working against the interests of the cities; and thus we touch again on the phenomenon we have referred to: the fundamental conflict between the kings and their people -- a conflict not limited to financial matters, but one that embraced all spheres of government that had a bearing on the people's life. It was in part thanks to this conflict of interest that the Jews could survive the harsh climate of the Middle Ages, and it is hard to believe they did not discern it when they came to resettle in Christian Europe. Indeed, their requests, since the days of the Carolingians, for assurances of protection before they settled in a place show (a) that they realized that the kings' positions on many issues differed from those of the common people and (b) that the kings were prepared, for the sake of their interests, to make common cause with the 'alien' Jews against the clear wishes of their Christian subjects. In a sense, therefore, the Jews' agreements with the kings in the Middle Ages resembled the understandings they had reached with foreign conquerors in the ancient world."

5/31/2008 09:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Englishman said...

Prove it.

It's intended to be a euphemism for Jews. But non-Arab Semites are not exclusively Jewish.

5/31/2008 03:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Englishman said...

RD say 'non-Hispanic White' is a slur. So then is 'non-Arab Semite'. It isn't even necessary for the analogy not to work or for groups other than Jews to be labelled: merely to make the slur, for a group supposed to be opposing slurs, is a mistake.

5/31/2008 03:38:00 PM  
Blogger John Savage said...

"Non-Arab semite"? As if "Jew" is a "slur" unless you come up with some kind of lame circumlocution for it?

It sounds more like it must be some attempt to refer to "members of the Jewish race" without confusing them with "people who practice the Jewish religion". The word "Jew" might be taken to mean the latter, whereas their secularized co-ethnics are still busy doing the same things. But it still sounds pretty sophomoric.

So what are the users of "non-Arab semite" trying to achieve? It seems like the burden of proof is on them to explain why they insist on using such an evasive-sounding usage.

6/01/2008 08:26:00 AM  
Anonymous desmond jones said...

merely to make the slur, for a group supposed to be opposing slurs, is a mistake.

Still, you offer not a shred of evidence that RD authored it.

Until you do, you're nothing more than a mendacious, sanctimonious bastard.

6/01/2008 08:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Englishman said...

Googling Ziv

My only issue with you was about that term, Desmond, but now I have a lot less respect for you.

6/02/2008 05:09:00 PM  
Anonymous desmond jones said...

Excellent!

Now people can decide for themselves.

So what are the users of "non-Arab semite" trying to achieve?

6/02/2008 06:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Englishman said...

Now people can decide for themselves.

So what are the users of "non-Arab semite" trying to achieve?


They are trying and failing to promote a 'slur' analogous to 'non Hispanic White'.

It would be better if they didn't resort to slurs while claiming to be working "toward a slur-free society for everyone"; better if they found a fitting analogy that didn't create innocent victims; better if they didn't resort to nasty personal attacks on people who constructively disagreed with their conspicuosly flawed tactics.

People can, of course, come to a decision for themselves, so why did you Desmond decide to go along with this particular idea? I say why I think it's wrong, why do you think it's right?

6/02/2008 08:01:00 PM  
Anonymous desmond jones said...

It makes sense.

Bo Sears

...our adversaries have gratuitously named us “non-Hispanic whites” for their publications. That it is intentionally negative and unwanted is spotlighted by their failure to use the matching set, “non-Hispanic blacks” and “non-Hispanic Asians.”

Nothing we could say or do made any difference at all until we hit on the device of using the negative naming tool ourselves, and it has reduced the negative naming of us.

Let’s not try to find reasons not to act, let’s find ways to act on the real world around us.

6/02/2008 11:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Englishman said...

Desmond, you are saying that sometimes friendly peoples (sometimes our own people, like the Maltese) are adversaries (and even Jewish). It doesn't make sense.

Your beef, surely, is with 'Hispanic' Whites who take advantage of other Whites by riding the AA gravy train, and also, where appropriate, with Jews for their abuses?

Certain non-Arab Semitic peoples, for example the Pontic Greeks and Palestinian Christians, have suffered far more abuse at the hand of the Jewish people than the Americans or English yet have. You do them a great injustice.

6/03/2008 04:38:00 PM  
Blogger Tanstaafl said...

Steve Sailer clarifies his criticism of Manzi:

As we all know, but you ignored to your credibility's severe detriment, much as the mainstream media want to hear about the Gay Gene and such, they do NOT want to hear about racial differences in IQ. And, the MSM especially do not want to hear about evidence for genetic causes for racial differences in IQ. How many voices in the press stood up to defend America's most eminent living scientist, James Watson, when he got fired last year?

Moreover, the small number of race-and-IQ researchers, the Arthur Jensens and Charles Murrays, are not slapdash Dean Hamers going with the flow of popular opinion. They tend to be cautious and careful scientists aware that they are infringing elite taboos by carrying out unpopular studies certain to be picked at by legions of hostile critics.

Real IQ scientists, like Cochran and Henry Harpending, authors of the 2005 theory [PDF] attempting to explain the evolution of high average IQs among Ashkenazi Jews, are generally close students of the theory of natural selection. So they are less likely to fall for evolutionarily dubious ideas like the Gay Gene.

6/05/2008 05:40:00 PM  
Blogger Tanstaafl said...

Sailer's post titled The Reality-Based Community in action links to a WaPo article showing what happens when a glimmer of reality threatens their equalitarian dogma:

Fairfax County School Board members said they are likely to abandon a staff report that showed racial and ethnic gaps in some measures of student behavior, including in the demonstration of "sound moral character and ethical judgment."

The board had delayed an April vote to approve the report after concerns were raised that findings were based on subjective measures, such as elementary report card data, and that they would fuel negative stereotypes.


Because they deny there is any natural, biological basis for racial differences and don't wish to "fuel negative stereotypes", even if true, they instead fuel negative stereotypes, even if false, that anyone who sees any biological basis for racial differences is an irrational monster. They prefer to accuse Whites of racism - institutional, symbolic, or privilege - rather than accept the reality that the differences between races have anything to do with genes.

Among other reasons, doing so would expose their aggression against Whites ("celebrate diversity!") as the genocide it is.

6/05/2008 06:15:00 PM  

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