Yesterday, I posted a NYT article by Carl Zimmer, Nicholas Wade’s hard working replacement on the genetics beat, about the latest ancient DNA data from Iberia. After the Yamnaya (a.k.a., Aryans) showed up in Iberia around 4500 years ago (2500 BC), the previous male-line DNA vanished.
But the expert Zimmer quoted “ruled out wars or massacres as the cause.” Instead, “a political process” no doubt caused the Old Iberians to have no male descendants.
This line of thinking is a throwback to 20th Century progressive thought, which renamed the Battle-Axe Culture the Corded Ware Culture, and pooh-poohed ancient migrations with the idea that pots not people moved about. 20th Century progressives emphasized equality, universal principles, Nurture over Nature, social engineering, etc.
In contrast, 21st Century progressives’ worldviews are less boring. Today, they emphasize ancestral goodness (ours) and badness (yours), antiquarianism (Redlining!), and hereditary evil (white privilege). Who needs objective principles when it’s so much more satisfying and simple to just designate the hereditary Good Guys and the hereditary Bad Guys?
Thus, one iSteve commenter notes:
If they were smarter and more imaginative the SJW’s could start a campaign against our ‘Yamnaya’ legacy, rather than covering up their genocides. Weren’t these people the original white-ish demons, founders of the Indian caste system and systemic patriarchal violence in Europe?
Ancient Aryan barbarians will make fine Bad Guys because … well, first of all, they were. The DNA data suggests they were genocidal jerks.
Plus, the basic dynamic of the 21st Century is the Scramble for Europe and North America, places where the lucky locals have a high percentage of Aryan background. So demonizing their ancestors will be helpful in justifying their dispossession.
One practical problem here is that South Asian brahmins make up an ever growing fraction of articulate SJWs in America, and, like most P0Cs in 2019, they are proud of their ancestors.
But, blank-misgivings’ idea is definitely more in line with the tenor of these times: demonize northern Europeans as having inherited the proto-Nazi/Putinesque Russian Aryan bad blood.
For example, New York Times opinion staffer Bari Weiss, who is sort of the Times‘ rightwing Sarah Jeong, tweeted today:
This shabbat is called the sabbath of remembrance, in which Jews are asked to remember–and to blot out–the nation of Amalek, infamous for murdering the weakest, most defenseless Israelites. Among Amalek's modern heirs: The terrorists who gunned down innocents in New Zealand.
— Bari Weiss (@bariweiss) March 15, 2019
While Ms. Weiss’ obsession with smiting the Old Testament Amalekites and those she deems their descendants might seem eccentric, her general thrust is simply giving voice to the true progressive spirit of 2019: People I hate today are the vile heirs to the evil people my ancestors hated long ago and they deserve to pay for their race’s sins and privileges.
From Wikipedia’s article “Amalek:”
Commandment to exterminate the Amalekites
Of the 613 mitzvot (commandments) followed by Orthodox Jews, three refer to the Amalek: to remember what the Amalekites did to the Israelites, not to forget what the Amalekites did to Israelites, and to destroy the Amalekites utterly. The rabbis derived these from Deuteronomy 25:17–18, Exodus 17:14 and 1 Samuel 15:3. Rashi explains the third commandment:
From man unto woman, from infant unto suckling, from ox unto sheep, so that the name of Amalek not be mentioned even with reference to an animal by saying “This animal belonged to Amalek”.
As enumerated by Maimonides, the three mitzvot state:
598 Deut. 25:17 – Remember what Amalek did to the Israelites
599 Deut. 25:19 – Wipe out the descendants of Amalek
600 Deut. 25:19 – Not to forget Amalek’s atrocities and ambush on our journey from Egypt in the desert
Some commentators have discussed the ethical deficiency of the commandment to exterminate all the Amalekites, especially including the command to kill children, and the presumption of collective punishment.
The commandment to kill Amalekites is not practiced by contemporary Jews, based on the argument that Sennacherib deported and mixed the nations, so it is no longer possible to determine who is an Amalekite.
Perhaps 23andMe could get to work on overcoming this technological challenge?
For example, Rabbi Hayim Palaggi stated:
We can rely on the maxim that in ancient times, Sennacherib confused the lineage of many nations.
In addition, many rabbinic authorities ruled that the commandment only applies to a Jewish king or organized community, and cannot be performed by an individual.
Maimonides explains that the commandment to destroy the nation of Amalek requires the Jewish people to peacefully request that they accept upon themselves the Seven Laws of Noah and pay a tax to the Jewish kingdom. Only if they refuse must they be physically killed.
A few authorities have ruled that the command never included killing Amalekites. R’ Samson Raphael Hirsch said that the command was to destroy “the remembrance of Amalek” rather than actual Amalekites; the Sfat Emet said that the command was to fully hate Amalek rather than performing any action; and the Chofetz Chaim said that God would perform the elimination of Amalek and Jews are only commanded to remember what Amalek did to them.
But these nice rabbis’ attempts to make the Amalekite stuff be not quite so bloodthirsty seem out of date, whereas Bari Weiss is in tune with the emerging Spirit of the Age: Racial Revenge.