Philip Weiss on the Disintegration of WASP Society
(The Occidental Observer) -- by Kevin MacDonald --
Philip Weiss, whom I once described as “a Jew without all the usual rationalizations and blind spots–at least most of them,” has a Mondoweiss column commenting on the collapse of WASP America (“WASP society is disintegrating“). It starts out with one of his WASP inlaws commenting on the decline his tribe. Weiss asked him if he “grieve[d] for its passing?”
No, he said. Things change. Orders change all the time. It’s the nature of society. And besides, we had a good run.
How broad-minded of him. “Oh, well. We lost fair and square. Life goes on.” I am sure he takes great pride in being known far and wide as tolerant, principled, and fair-minded–a moral paragon; an upstanding member of his community; an example to one and all; a virtual saint. Just the sort of guy you would want in your hunter-gatherer band of non-relatives during the Ice Age.
The bloodless (so far) coup made possible by valuing principles more highly than power comes to its fruition. In this he reminds me of Justice Paul Stevens‘ “strong sense of principle–even to the extent of making decisions that could not possibly be seen as helping his ethnic group.”
Such people do not think of the power of their ethnic group as a vital necessity in a world still fraught with ethnic conflict–including, most relevantly, the conflict between the new elite and the people they rule over. They don’t think of their loss of power as a catastrophic blow that will make them vulnerable to non-White ethnic coalitions with festering historical grudges against people like them. One of the characteristic flaws of WASPs, as noted by Eric Kaufmann, was to think that other peoples are “just like them,” so that the people who replace them will be just like them in the sense that they will uphold the same ideals. The republic will live on but with different faces–a utopian idea, to say the least.
An implicit (actually, often explicit) conceit of the Jewish ascendancy is that Jews created a meritocracy and thus elbowed out the WASPs who were given to snobbish networking and had little talent. Here Weiss discusses an English professor who had the misfortune to come along at a time when talent mattered. “The rules changed for academic advancement, the meritocracy came in, my friend was completely intimidated by that new way, and he absented himself. He frittered his life away,” but at least he was good a quoting Shakespeare.
Weiss mentions Elena Kagan as a symptom of the new, predominantly Jewish elite. During the her confirmation process, Prof. Noah Feldman sounded the meritocracy theme–as well as the theme of WASP dedication to principle:
Satisfaction with our national progress [by having 3 Jews on the Supreme Court and no WASPs] should not make us forget its authors: the very Protestant elite that founded and long dominated our nation’s institutions of higher education and government, including the Supreme Court. Unlike almost every other dominant ethnic, racial or religious group in world history, white Protestants have ceded their socioeconomic power by hewing voluntarily to the values of merit and inclusion, values now shared broadly by Americans of different backgrounds. The decline of the Protestant elite is actually its greatest triumph. (See here.)But this leads to the ultimate irony: Kagan is remarkably unqualified to be a Supreme Court Justice in terms of the usual standards: judicial experience, academic publications, or even courtroom experience–the Harriet Miers of the left; described by Senator Jeff Sessions asthe least experienced nominee “at least in the last 50 years.” Rather, all the evidence is that Kagan owes her confirmation to her Jewish ethnic connections (see also here). It must be nice to be appointed dean of Harvard Law by the corrupt and stridently Jewish Larry Summers after failing to show sufficient commitment to scholarship to be able to return to her position at the University of Chicago. Ethnic connections indeed.
The new elite is at least as corrupt as the old elite, and there is no reason at all to suppose that they are principled like their WASP forebears. In fact, from the standpoint of the universalist principles trumpeted by the Left, strong ethnic identifications so rampant among our Jewish elite are the very antithesis of principle—what’s good for the Jews and all that.
Weiss provides his theory of the rise of the Jews in the 1960s, openly challenging the WASP elites:
Much of the 60s rebellion had a political character, but some of it was social, too, against the WASP elite. At Columbia during the 60s rebellion, the students had researched their professors to find out how much of their income came out of the defense contractors. And a lot of those rebellious students were Jewish, their parents ran candy stores or other small businesses, and as SDS leader Mark Rudd said a few years ago (in this piece on Why there were so many Jews in the SDS), the administration offices at Columbia were “dripping with goyishness.” So there was a social component to that too, it wasn’t just about power.Right. It was about power and about eradicating the culture of the old elite. It was ethnic displacement, decapitating American society and replacing its elite with a Jewish elite. (I made the same point citing the same Mark Rudd article in recounting my experiences on the left in the 1960s. A citation would be cool.)
Weiss goes on:
I wonder when people will begin to describe the new elite. We shy away from doing so because it engages issues of anti-semitism, but if you think of that self-contained WASP society, the only thing to contend with it, in term of social cohesion, is affluent Jewish society, the Jewish mandarins of New York and Washington. No one has given us a name– the media industrial complext? Writers like David Brooks avoid the subject because it would involve talking about the Israel lobby.Well, I have been trying to describe the new elite–my usual phrase is Jews as a “hostile elite“–hostile to the traditional people and culture of America in a way that was completely foreign to the WASPs. It is also an elite that is absolutely dedicated to the welfare of a foreign country to which they have ethnic ties. The old elite may have had an attachment to England, but, after all, they represented a substantial percentage of the population; this attachment was rooted in the entire history of the US. The new elite is promoting the ethnic interests of a tiny percentage of the population with only a marginal role to play in American history until the early decades of the 20th century...MORE...LINK
Chris Moore comments:
Jewry has exploited the post-Holocaust good will that the two immediate post-WWII generations of WASPs (the Silent Generation and the Boomers) were stupid, weak and corrupt enough to grant them, to the absolute maximum.
But I’ve also always sensed there was something innately corrupt and degenerate about the “leadership” of those generations as well, something innately defective. Think Cheney, think Rumsfeld, think Clinton, think G.W. Bush.
Utter jackasses, all.
Jewry came along, as it always does, whispered in their ears, flattered their hubris, called them “essential” to saving the world, dazzled and seduced them with bright lights, shiny objects, and the prospects of glamour and glory...and immediately swindled the country out from under them, and are now ringing it for all it is worth.
Of course, had these jackasses internalized Christianity 101, namely, that you simply can’t trust organized Jewry any time, any place, any way, any how, none of this would have happened.
In the discussion of this article at its home at Occidental Observer, some commenters raised the question whether Weiss can be trusted or not. Maybe this will shed a little light.
Back before I was banned from Mondoweiss by Weiss for criticizing his pro-Obamunist activism by stereotyping Whites in solidarity with Andrew Sullivan's defense of Obamunism, I remember Weiss writing something that seemed to be sent my direction along the lines that Weiss was giving up his Jewish religion so he expected good will, and even expected others (Christians in particular) to match him by decrying their own religions.
What I didn’t say it at the time, but thought about later, is that Weiss isn’t really giving up anything, because he isn’t dropping the organized Jewish racket, merely seeking to morph it back into something resembling Judeo-Bolshevism.
“Liberal” Jews can decry Zionism and even Zionist Jewry all they want, but unless they’re willing to drop their state-centered or state-utilizing, self-serving ethno-Jewish political rackets, and 99% of them aren’t, then they aren't really changing their ways, and don’t deserve good will in return.
I would say Weiss probably deserves a “thank you” for providing honest insight and discussion as to how his tribe operates, and for challenging the veil of silence over any negative discussion of Jewry, but then he blows it by engaging in leftist politics with other leftist Jews.
Until they drop their political ethno-racketeering entirely, even anti-Zionist Jews don’t deserve the benefit of the doubt in other areas.