“Anti-Semitism has become almost wholly the province of the Left today”

Steven Hayward at Powerline is wondering that which some enterprising journalist uninterested in keeping his gig (since I’m sure he’d soon be blacklisted) should take to Paul Krugman:

KrugmanSo Paul Krugman phoned in his periodic “Keynes Was Right” column today, arguing that the Obama Porkulus failed only because, like “true” Communism, it wasn’t tried vigorously or faithfully enough.

I wonder if Krugman also credits Keynes’s views on Jews, which British blogger Damian Thompson of The Telegraph brings to our attention.  From Keynes’s diary:

[Jews] have in them deep-rooted instincts that are antagonistic and therefore repulsive to the European, and their presence among us is a living example of the insurmountable difficulties that exist in merging race characteristics, in making cats love dogs …

It is not agreeable to see civilization so under the ugly thumbs of its impure Jews who have all the money and the power and brains.

Thompson adds:

If Keynes was an intellectual hero of the Right, rather than the Left, do you think those quotes would be so little known?

Anti-Semitism used to be a property of the Right, yet it’s worth pointing out that today many of the intellectual heroes of the right are Jews, such as Milton Friedman, Leo Strauss, Irving Kristol, etc., or that anti-Semitism has become almost wholly the province of the Left today.

Perhaps a host of Jewish comedians could tour the country with the sole purpose of pushing “against those who are exhibiting behavior which is less than consistent with the values of this nation” and fight the Jewaphobia running rampant in leftist circles and particularly in the hallways where the nation’s newspaper of record is published.

Imagine with me what the outcry would be if a conservative columnist was singing the praises of an economic policy put forth by someone who said the sort of things of Arabs that Keynes has said of Jews.

Do you think the only place you’d be reading about it is the blogosphere?

On a somewhat related note, the FBI recently published their crime statistics culled from the year 2010, and here are some interesting numbers related to hate crimes:

Hate crimes motivated by religious bias accounted for 1,409 offenses reported by law enforcement.  A breakdown of the bias motivation of religious-bias offenses showed:

  • 65.4 percent were anti-Jewish.
  • 13.2 percent were anti-Islamic.
  • 9.5 percent were anti-other religion, i.e., those not specified.
  • 4.3 percent were anti-Catholic.
  • 3.8 percent were anti-multiple religions, group.
  • 3.3 percent were anti-Protestant. 
  • 0.5 percent were anti-Atheism/Agnosticism/etc.  (Based on Table 1.)

The bottom line is that Jews were subjected to 5 times the number of hate crimes of victimized Muslims… yet we’re led to believe by some that Islamophobia is this creeping cancer spreading in America.


I’m sure the 922 Jewish hate crime victims in 2010 would agree.

The time when Glenn Greenwald was finally right
"Beware, America. The Muslims are coming, and they look and act suspiciously like you."