In response to my Taki’s Magazine column about campus BDS politics with its headline derived from the old Sarah Silverman joke, “Are Jews Losing Control of the Media?,” commenter ABN writes:
I can only hope that portends a rift between Jews and the Victimhood Coalition among young people. The Jews are in a bind with respect to the more vibrantly Diverse population. Jews can’t be normal white people, because that’s anathema to Diversity. On the other hand, they can’t be exceptional white people, because that’s ethnocentric and racist and all that. And, of course, they can’t be oppressed nonwhite people because not even the Megaphone can obscure the fact that they’re the most privileged white ethnic group in modern America.
Is there much evidence that the last is too implausible for moderns? “Protective stupidity” is a pretty common tendency.
The sensible response would be for Jews to defect from the Victimhood Coalition, which would be a decisive coup in our favor. The Victimhood Coalition will, like Aesop’s scorpion, have stung its historic Jewish benefactors, to its own detriment.
To this end, the fact that Israeli nationalism is ever more closely associated with the American right may be a good thing. It might force the neocon establishment to defend nationalism qua nationalism, in a way that applies not just to Israelis but to ourselves.
Or it could be that conservative white people continue to outsource most of their healthy patriotic instincts to Israel?
The more that the Victimhood Coalition sees Jewish identity as a subspecies of white pride, and the more it sees Israel as the homeland of Haven Monahan’s Jewish cousin Haim Menachem, the better.
(P.S. I would love to see Rahm Emmanuel lose to the Victimhood Coalition. Rahm, of course, will never be on our side, and I wouldn’t want him anyway. But the spectacle of a Jewish arch-Democrat losing to his party’s uppity lumpen-classes might help further alienate some moderate Jews from the left.)