Irving Howe

Adam Kirsch reviews A Voice Still Heard: Selected Essays of Irving Howe, a posthumous collection of essays by Irving Kristol, a seminal figure in the “New York Intellectuals” scene — i.e., the cadre of radicalized NYC Jews who dominated the socio-political journals such as Dissent, Partisan Review, and Commentary. (Arguing the World is a good documentary which profiles four members of this group: Irving Kristol, Irving Howe, Daniel Bell, and Nathan Glazer. See the trailer here.)

The majestic peroration referred to by Lowell can be found in Howe’s essay, itself titled “The New York Intellectuals”, which appeared in Commentary in 1969. Writing when he was forty-nine years old and Partisan Review had entered its fourth decade, Howe tried to sum up the achievements of this influential and much-mythologized group. The New York Intellectuals, he explained, were what resulted when the intellectual energy accumulated by generations of downtrodden Eastern European Jews, like “a tightly gathered spring, trembling with unused force”, suddenly broke free in the first American generation.

Born in poor immigrant neighbourhoods of New York – the Lower East Side, Brownsville, the Bronx – in the first decades of the twentieth century, these writers discovered or forged for themselves a new sensibility, “the union of politics and culture, with the politics radical and the culture cosmopolitan”. And in the pages of their house journal, Partisan Review, they created a new kind of essay, characterized by “a flair for polemic, a taste for the grand generalization, an impatience with what they regarded (often parochially) as parochial scholarship, an international perspective, and a tacit belief in the unity . . . of intellectual work”.

Howe was, of course, describing himself, as well as Harold Rosenberg, Clement Greenberg, Meyer Schapiro, Lionel Trilling and other leading lights of the circle. But he saw himself as the eulogist of a movement that itself had been belated; the New York Intellectuals, he emphasizes, “came late”. Their politics were shaped by the Russian Revolution and their literary tastes by high modernism – that is, by events which took place in their childhoods. By the time Howe reached City College in the mid-1930s – the public university, mediocre but free, where many ambitious Jewish immigrants sent their children – left-wing struggle had degenerated into a war of words between sects. Characteristically, the sect that drew Howe was not the Communist Party, larger in numbers and faithful in support of Stalin’s USSR, but the Socialists and then the Trotskyists. In such groups, he could preserve his intellectual independence while still feeling himself to be on the right side of history.

Like many of the other New York Intellectuals, Howe preached utopianism and the evils of nationalism, while at the same time cherishing aspects of his Jewish identity and Jewish traditions. Kirsch writes:

Essential to understanding Howe’s politics is the fact that he was a literary man as well as a political one. The fusion of the two, the refusal to forsake the life of the mind for any party line, was a badge of the New York intellectuals’ humanism… The most powerful literary essays in A Voice Still Heard are those in which Jewish subject matter leads Howe to a more personal kind of involvement and exposure. These include “Writing and the Holocaust”, a 1986 survey of the subject which in some ways has never been surpassed, and “Strangers”, a reflection on the ambiguous relationship between Jewish immigrants and American literature:

With American literature itself, we were uneasy. It spoke in tones that seemed strange and discordant. Its romanticism was of a kind we could not really find the key to . . . . The dominant outlook of the immigrant Jewish culture was probably a shy, idealistic, ethicized, “Russian” romanticism, a romanticism directed more toward social justice than personal fulfillment.”

Howe aptly depicts Jews as ‘strangers’ to what had been the dominant Christian (and specifically Protestant) culture of the U.S. well into the ‘60s. Forever alienated from the native cultures of whatever host countries they inhabit, Jews have managed, in many countries such as the U.S., to wield a hugely disproportionate influence upon Culture, transforming the host countries’ cultures into modes of cosmopolitanism, internationalism, and utopianism.

Woody Allen, who ironically fits into the New York Intellectual cadre himself, has an exchange in Annie Hall (1977) poking fun at the Howes of the City. At a cocktail party, Alvy Singer (played by Allen) lets off a good zinger:

Alvy Singer: I’m so tired of spending evenings making fake insights with people who work for Dysentery.

Robin: Commentary.

Alvy Singer: Oh really? I had heard that Commentary and Dissent had merged and formed Dysentery.

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BBC: Canada’s Growing Extremism

Everywhere they go, even to the unlikeliest of places (such as Austrialia or Canada) they bring radicalism with them.

Many in Canada are now asking: is this a case of “one off” violence inspired by IS, or does a larger problem exists?

While they are still in the minority, Canada is home to a number of extremists who preach radical views.

They have been creating a political space where promoting violence both at home and overseas is becoming acceptable.

Previously, extremist voices such as the Egyptian Canadian Ahmed Said Khadr, who was suspected of links with al-Qaeda, counselled that violent jihad overseas was required, but that violence in Canada was to be avoided.

This has now changed.

Over the past years, a number of young Canadians have departed to be suicide bombers, IS soldiers and terrorist attackers.

Last week, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police stated that they had 63 national security cases linked to terrorism involving 90 suspects. Those include people who intend to go overseas to fight and those who have returned.

Canada, much like the UK and other European countries, has allowed a steady stream of extremist individuals, money and ideology to enter the country.

Since the 1980s, these individuals have set up front groups and charitable organisations to accomplish their goals.

Hey Canada, how’s that ‘diversity’ working out for you?

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Voter Fraud: Pt. 31,813

Remember, like Democrats say, there is no problem with voter fraud.

And requiring anyone to provide ID for any reason whatsoever, for anything, is racist.

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Infected by Politics

The great Heather MacDonald has a brief column on political correctness at the CDC:

The public-health establishment has unanimously opposed a travel and visa moratorium from Ebola-plagued West African countries to protect the U.S. population. To evaluate whether this opposition rests on purely scientific grounds, it helps to understand the political character of the public-health field. For the last several decades, the profession has been awash in social-justice ideology. Many of its members view racism, sexism, and economic inequality, rather than individual behavior, as the primary drivers of differential health outcomes in the U.S. According to mainstream public-health thinking, publicizing the behavioral choices behind bad health—promiscuous sex, drug use, overeating, or lack of exercise—blames the victim.

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Infectious Diseases: “Si! Se Puede!”

If infectious diseases could speak, they’d probably be shouting “Si! Se puede!”

Tuberculosis (TB), for example, is having quite a resurgence, directly caused by illegal immigration:

According to an Ebola expert, the porous U.S.-Mexico border is creating issues that could lead to widespread contraction of Ebola, tuberculosis and a mystery respiratory disease.

Dr. Jane Orient, the executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, told Laura Ingraham’s radio show Wednesday that children who have crossed the border and are now in American schools, could spread the trio of viruses as the illegal children may not have been screened or quarantined thoroughly.

According to Orient, the current situation America faces is a “public health nightmare” and that almost all cases of tuberculosis in America are brought to the country via “foreign born individuals.”

MexicanSkeletonWhile our CDC has the requisite stricture of political correctness, the Malaysian Medical Association has less of that problem, and attributes that country’s tuberculosis trend to…. illegal immigrants.

Today, during a routine physical exam, my doctor gave me a vaccine against Pertussis (aka ‘Whooping Cough’), noting that it’s making a come-back.

Imagine that.

Back in 2005, the resurgence of Whooping Cough in the U.S. was correlated with illegal immigrants:

Madeleine Pelner Cosman, author of a report in the spring issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, is one of those professionals who has linked the increase in diseases with illegal immigration.

“Certain diseases that we thought we had vanquished years ago are coming back, and other diseases that we’ve never seen or rarely seen in America, because they’ve always been the diseases of poverty and the third world, are coming in now,” she said.

A story from last year reported that Whooping Cough is an epidemic in Texas (which, purely coincidentally, is a border state.)

Today, on ‘Fox New Latino’ (sigh….), we learn that 300,000 people in the U.S. have Chagas disease.

As the world continues to grapple with the Ebola epidemic raging in West Africa, there’s growing concern about another invasive disease whose origin is much closer to home.

Chagas – along with its cousins Dengue Fever and the Chikungunya virus – is a disease found mainly in Latin America, but is starting to gain a foothold in the U.S…

[T]he disease is found mainly in poor, rural parts of Latin America – the U.S.’s Center for Disease Control estimates that 8 million people in the region live with the disease…

The U.S. is not the only country seeing new cases. Spain is now grappling with a rise in Changa cases because 80,000 migrants from Latin America are living with the illness, according to the BBC…

Despite the 300,000 or so people living in the U.S. that have Chagas disease, the CDC and health experts in the U.S. say that most of these people suffering from the disease have immigrated to the country…

There are other diseases… Swine Flu, Dengue, Honduran Flu (er, I mean, Enterovirus 68), etc.

Thanks to the 1965 Immigration Act, the vast majority of new immigrants (legal and illegal) into the United States are from third world countries.

We should not be surprised, then, to see, the United States increasingly resemble (if not become) a third world country over time.

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Foo Fighters – Someting From Nothing (2014)

These guys consistently deliver.

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The Whiteness Project

Salon has an article on “Why the Whiteness Project is so endlessly mortifying”, about a PBS documentary exploring, however one-sidedly, the concept of white identity.

If you read between the lines of this writer’s snarky political correctness (a prerequisite for Salon articles), it appears the documentary might be, however circuitously, arriving at a realization of there being a formative and growing, latent, sense of white racial consciousness (or at least sense of ‘white identity’) in the U.S.:

A new PBS documentary asks whites to “experience their ethnicity.” This appears to mean disparaging other races…

Into this charged atmosphere comes the Whiteness Project, an online documentary series that could easily be mistaken for satire were it not for the involvement of PBS and filmmaker Whitney Dow’s assurances that he is “deadly serious about this.” Dow plans to interview 1,000 “white people from all walks of life and localities” about how they “experience their ethnicity.” The first 24 of those interviews were conducted this summer in Buffalo, N.Y.

Dow may have a point when he argues that white people who want “to participate in changing the racial dynamic in this country” are “going to have to deal with their own shit first.” The problem is, a lot of his subjects aren’t talking about their race—they’re criticizing minorities…

“White people have been very tentative about engaging” with his line of questioning, Dow said. No kidding: the contortions of some interviewees as they struggle to put across a blinkered worldview without sounding openly racist are terribly painful to watch.

From the Whiteness Project’s website, project lead Whitney Dow, between canned liberal statements about Ferguson, et al, writes the following:

After almost two decades of making films with my black producing partner, Marco Williams, I have come to believe that most whites see themselves as outside the American racial paradigm and their race as a passive attribute. Subsequently, they feel that they do not have the same right to speak about race as non-whites. The Whiteness Project hopes to bring everyday white Americans, especially those who would not normally engage in a project about race, into the racial discussion—to help them understand the active role their race plays in every facet of their lives, to remove some of the confusion and guilt that many white people feel around the subject of race and to help white Americans learn to own their whiteness—and everything positive and negative it represents—in the same way that every other ethnicity owns its ethnic identity.

In Slate, black writer Jamelle Bouie’s reaction to the Whiteness Project interviews is telling. Read between the lines of Bouie’s acknowledgement that, among whites, there might be a silent majority who actually have vestiges of a positive sense of white racial identity.

The interviews for the Whiteness Project—a new series from PBS and documentary filmmaker Whitney Dow—are varied, succinct, and candid. “Because slavery happened, does that mean we owe black people something?” asks one participant, who continues with other, similar observations. “I think it’s hard to talk about race as a white person because, maybe, black people are just looking for a reason to tell you why you’re wrong, or tell you why you owe them something,” he said. “I just don’t buy into that nonsense about discrimination,” says a doctor. He insists: “If you have it upstairs, and you really commit to doing what you want to do with your life, I don’t think race has anything to do with anything.”

These interviews are just the first part in a larger series, and already, they’re valuable. It’s rare that white Americans talk about race. It’s even rarer that they do so on camera. And it’s rarer still that they reveal ignorance, confess to prejudices, and share their fears.

With that said, watching the interviews is jarring. In general, you don’t expect anyone to openly say he or she is “proud to be white” or warn that “a lot of white boys aren’t going to be pushed around.”

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Jewish Action Figures

Piece of History (which would be more accurately named ‘Piece of Jewish History’) is a merchandiser who sells, among other Jew-centric items, a series of Jewish action figures, such as those of David Ben-Gurion, Moshe Dayan, Menacham Begin; and Golda Meir:

The complete Zion’s Action Figures 4 pack – in a very special price! Can it get any better? A must-have for the Jewish living room and office, for the Zionists, Israelis, history enthusiasts, and action figure collectors! Also a great holiday or birthday gift for all ages.


However, the site’s bestselling action figure is, of course, Theodor Herzl, the father of Zionism.

Piece of History studios are proud to present the first “Israeli action figure” ever made: The AustroHungarian journalist and “Visionary of the Jewish State,” Theodor Herzl. This 3D action figure is a miniature replica of the famous photograph of Herzl in Basel, Switzerland, 1897.


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Sussman vs. Taylor

Jared Taylor responds to some sloppy writing from a liberal Jewish professor attacking AmRen: has just published an article called “America’s virulent racists: The sick ideas and perverted “science” of the American Renaissance Foundation.” It is an excerpt from a book called The Myth of Race, written by Professor Robert Sussman of Washington University and published this year by Harvard University Press. It is also the most sloppy, tendentious, deceitful piece of writing I have seen in a long time. The language alone should raise doubts about the author’s objectivity. He describes me, my work, and associates as “shockingly ugly,” “hateful, dangerous, ancient, and outdated,” “virulently racist,” not to mention “neo-Nazi” and “white supremacist.”

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JYT: 10/15/2014

What’s crawling up the NYT “Most Emailed” list?

Why, an article on the death of David Greenglass, of course.


Greenglass, you may not know, provided testimony against his sister and brother-in-law, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who the U.S. executed in 1953 for espionage. (The Rosenbergs were that most rare of species: NYC Jews who were active communist sympathizers.)

Greenglass was himself a Young Communist League member, active communist sympathizer in his adulthood, and later a convicted Soviet spy involved in conveying top-secret Manhattan Project information to the Soviets in conjunction with the Rosenbergs’ schenanigans.

So, while flyover America doesn’t really care about Greenglass or his death, in the NYC Jewish social milieu, it is front and center. From another article on Greenglass’s death:

To some, Greenglass came to be seen as a symbol of betrayal. In the 1989 Woody Allen movie “Crimes and Misdemeanors,” Allen’s character says of his smug and annoying brother-in-law: “I love him like a brother — David Greenglass.”

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