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Kevin MacDonald’s assessment of Auster, Lawrence Auster on the Role of Jews in Disestablishing White, Christian America, in a nutshell:
Despite his awareness of the forces that have dispossessed White America, Auster is very concerned to deflect anti-Semitism, even though he understands that anti-Jewish attitudes are completely expectable.
This is true, but too charitable. Auster often writes about “whites”, seemingly sympathetically. His overriding concern, however, is for the jews. Auster has called out jews, but only to deliver a proverbial slap on the wrist. He ultimately excuses jews of any real wrong-doing vis-a-vis Whites. He faults jews mainly for not doing what’s he thinks best for themselves. He accompanies most of these critiques with far more venomous words aimed at White “anti-semites”.
Auster frequently distinguishes jews from Whites, and invariably puts jewish interests first. At the same time he condemns Whites who distinguish Whites from jews, even those who only unconsciously or inadvertently put other interests ahead of those of jews. Auster’s critiques of jews are innoculative. He offers strong-sounding but fundamentally weak arguments that could be made more forcefully, especially if made from the point of view of Whites. His efforts are preemptive and proscriptive, the effect if not intent being to discount and discredit a truly pro-White position. He has regularly incited “the majority” to “assert itself”. Meanwhile he attacks even the most mild-mannered White opposition in which he detects a whiff of “anti-semitism”.
As Auster says about neocon Norman Podhoretz, he “does not regard non-Jewish Americans as his people. In effect, he sees America as ‘one nation, many peoples’—which is, of course, the multiculturalist view of America.”
Auster’s analysis of others can often be mapped onto himself or jews in general. For example, Auster does not regard Whites as his people. In effect, he sees only “whites”, deliberately conflating jews and Whites, similarly to how he says Podhoretz sees “America”. Jewish rhetoric is often aimed at a broader collective, at least until they feel the specific needs of jews are better served by speaking more directly in terms of jews.
As I noted in Auster’s Personal Announcement, he has never forgotten who his people are. The First Law of Jewish Influence demonstrates how shallow his big ideas are and how transparent his dissembling is.
MacDonald contrasts Auster with Alan Dershowitz, noting:
Jews like Dershowitz are completely unable to see the situation from the perspective of those he condemns. Unfortunately, Dershowitz is entirely within the mainstream of Jewish opinion and activism among American Jews and certainly within the organized Jewish community in America.
The key difference is that jews like Auster are able to see the situation from the perspecitve of those they condemn. They may wander farther afield, but they remain part of the jewish whole and play their own part in its fight against “anti-semitism”. Whereas mainstream jews like Dershowitz openly identify themselves as jewish warriors, jews like Auster insinuate themselves among us, dissembling and dissimulating, posturing in ways that fool some Whites, at least for a while.
I’ll be appearing with Kevin MacDonald on Carolyn Yeager’s Saturday Afternoon with Carolyn Yeager tomorrow at 2PM ET to discuss Auster. Join us then.
UPDATE 16 Mar 2013: the White network – MacDonald and Tanstaafl on Auster and Jewish Influence (mp3)
Twenty or so years ago California governor Pete Wilson warned that unless something was done to stop the influx of illegal immigrants, or at least to stem the outflow of government resources to support them, the state would soon face bankruptcy. Sure enough, California is today essentially bankrupt, though in the current mainstream media and political climate it is not attributed to immigration.
Wilson wasn’t wrong about where California was heading, or why, though he was wrong in failing to note the racial dimension of that problem. It was clear even then that the threat to White Californians was not just financial, but existential. Unfortunately for Whites, Wilson and other White political leaders had by that time abandoned White identity and interests. Bankruptcy is only one facet of California’s degeneration, due as much to the flight of disgusted law-abiding, tax-paying Whites as it is to the flood of disgusting gang-banging, tax-eating mestizos.
So now that California is saturated with non-White immigrants and the United States as a whole is being driven off the same cliff, even Wilson’s deracinated, economic objections are characterized as “hardline” and “alarming” by latino chauvinists. There is a lesson here. The price Whites pay for failing to recognize and explicitly defend our interests as a group, for trying so hard not to be “racist”, is to be displaced and dispossessed by other groups who are more willing to organize and pursue their own group interests.
Whites used to understand this. A much earlier and clearer illustration can be taken from The International Jew published by Henry Ford. Indeed the Wilson/California debacle can be understood as just one consequence of the ascendency of jews to power that Ford tried to warn Americans about. The first volume of TIJ is subtitled “The World’s Foremost Problem”. This reflects the situation almost a hundred years ago, when the American media and political climate was not yet completely dominated by jews and jewish interests, but the potential for such domination was openly and bluntly recognized as a threat.
Ford and his contemporaries weren’t imagining this threat. Despite increasingly absurd denials, jews dominate more completely now than they did in Ford’s day. Whites everywhere are today experiencing the painful, poisonous fruits of this domination. Whites are confused and demoralized and run away from White identity and interests, and feel compelled to do so because jews have used their increasing power to pathologize and demonize us as a group. The world’s foremost problems today, according to the people who wield the power to define those problems, are “racists”, meaning Whites, and “anti-semites”, meaning anyone jews don’t like.
The lesson for Whites is not to run away screaming in fear when the enemy starts pushing those “racist”/”nazi”/”holocaust” buttons, nor to try and join them in their game. The enemy won’t stop because you join them, or ignore them, or surrender. We must understand and learn from our history, not run from it. Listen, as I will, to “The International Jew” Study Hour at tWn, where Carolyn Yeager and Hadding Scott retrospectively review the wisdom recorded in Ford’s TIJ. Let’s imagine what could have been done better, and let’s do it.
The next installment of AoTR will appear Tuesday at 9PM ET at the White network – Guilt-Tripping. I’m still learning, and have a way to go just getting my audio quality and umms ironed out, but this is more typical of the kind of topics I intend to cover for the next few months.