“That’s why we need a dictatorship … force the people to believe what we believe” — Maddow put together quite the Nick Fuentes montage pic.twitter.com/f9mYq4z2fU— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 29, 2022
Thank you, @Acosta, for having me on to discuss the urgency of keeping prominent antisemites like Nick Fuentes on the fringes of society. Political and business leaders on both sides of the aisle must act against, not promote or permit, #antisemitism and all forms of hate. pic.twitter.com/6sRxgOC0Lw— Jonathan Greenblatt (@JGreenblattADL) November 29, 2022
If Nick, MILO and Kanye succeed in normalizing “antisemitism,” then it will become possible to criticize and call out Jewish activists who engage in destructive behavior like, say, censoring the internet and cancel culture and dumping toxic waste into our culture without ever facing any consequences.
“There is a good argument that politicians and journalists should avoid responding to every one of the ex-president’s provocations. In this case, however, the reluctance to rebuke Trump erodes the already-shaky taboo against antisemitism in Republican politics.
Early this year, the Republican House minority leader, Kevin McCarthy — who could soon become House speaker — castigated Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar for speaking at one of Fuentes’s events. McCarthy’s refusal to say anything about Fuentes’s meeting with the Republican Party’s most influential figure suggests that the boundary between the intolerable and the acceptable is shifting.
That’s what Trump does: By violating the norms holding together liberal democratic society with impunity, he renders those norms inoperable. If it were just Trump doing this, that would be bad enough. But other narcissistic celebrities are now joining him in reveling in reactionary transgression.
For most of my adult life, antisemites — with exceptions like Pat Buchanan and Mel Gibson — have lacked status in America. The most virulent antisemites tended to hate Jews from below, blaming them for their own failures and disappointments. Now, however, anti-Jewish bigotry, or at least tacit approval of anti-Jewish bigotry, is coming from people with serious power: the leader of a major political party, a famous pop star, and the world’s richest man.
Such antisemitism still feels, at least to me, less like an immediate source of terror than an ominous force offstage, just as it was for the comfortable fin-de-siècle Austrian Jews in Stoppard’s play. Maybe this time, for the first time, it won’t get worse.”
The fact that Jews are immune to criticism is far worse than “antisemitism.”
As things stand today, anyone who criticizes Jews for doing anything awful can have their lives and careers destroyed for violating a sacred taboo. The only thing that is accomplished by maintaining this antiquated taboo is enabling further pathological, malevolent behavior which fuels antisemitism.
Anyway, the Golden Age of American Jews when they could say anything and do anything and get away it is coming to an end. The whole world has revolved around Jews since at least the 1940s. It wasn’t always this way in America. It won’t stay this way forever either. The moment is passing.
Note: Jews who call out the pathological behavior of other Jews often have their lives and reputations destroyed too.