The Culture of Critique: An Evolutionary Analysis of Jewish Involvement in Twentieth-Century Intellectual and Political Movements

The Culture of Critique: An Evolutionary Analysis of Jewish Involvement in Twentieth-Century Intellectual and Political Movements

by Kevin MacDonald

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MacDonald provides a theoretical analysis and review of data on the widespread tendency among highly influential, Jewish-dominated intellectual movements to develop radical critiques of gentile culture that are compatible with the continuity of Jewish identification. These movements are viewed as the outcome of the fact that Jews and gentiles have different interests in the construction of culture and in various public policy issues (e.g. immigration policy, Israel). Several of these movements attempt to combat anti-Semitism by advocating social categorization processes in which the Jew/gentile distinction is minimized in importance. There is also a tendency to develop theories of anti-Semitism in which ethnic differences and resource competition are of minimal importance. From the perspective of the intellectual structures developed by these movements, anti-Semitism is analyzed as an indication of psychopathology among gentiles. In some cases, these movements appear to be attempts to develop a fundamental restructuring of the intellectual basis of gentile society in ways conducive to the continued existence of Judaism.

Particular attention is paid to Boasian anthropology, psychoanalysis, leftist political ideology and behavior, and the Frankfurt School of Social Research. Each of these movements can be characterized as an authoritarian political movement centered around a charismatic leader who strongly identified as a Jew and who was idolized by his disciples who were also predominantly Jewish. Regarding immigration policy, Jewish political and intellectual activity was motivated less by a desire for higher levels of Jewish immigration than by opposition to the implicit theory that America should be dominated by individuals with northern and western European ancestry. Jewish policy was aimed at developing an America charcterized by cultural pluralism and populated by groups of people from all parts of the world rather than by a homogeneous Christian culture and populated largely by people of European descent. This is a controversial analysis of particular interest to those concerned with evolutionary approaches to human behavior, with Judaica, and with an evolutionary perspective on history and psychology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780759672222
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Publication date: 08/20/2002
Edition description: 2nd ed.
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 7,840
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Kevin MacDonald is Professor of Psychology at California State University-Long Beach, Long Beach, CA 90840-0901, USA. His research has focused on developing evolutionary perspectives in history and developmental psychology. After receiving a Masters degree in evolutionary biology, he received a Ph.D. in biobehavioral sciences at the University of Connecticut working on behavioral development in wolves, and he continued developmental research during a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Illinois performing research on human parent-child play. His research has focused on developing evolutionary perspectives in developmental psychology. He has also authored four books, Social and Personality Development: An Evolutionary Synthesis (NY: Plenum, 1988) and A People that Shall Dwell Alone: Judaism as a Group Evolutionary Strategy (Westport, CT: Praeger, 1994), Separation and Its Discontents: Toward an Evolutionary Theory of Anti-Semitism (Westport, CT, 1998), and The Culture of Critique: An Evolutionary Analysis of Jewish Involvement in Twentieth-Century Intellectual and Political Movements (Westport, CT, 1998).

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is an excellent overview of some parts of the overall Jewish people's survival methodologies. It offers a lot of hope for understanding between peoples and an end to age-old conflicts. A book like this can raise our awareness of the different patterns all of us use unknowingly as a result of our genetic makeup and our behavioral propensities. If there is ever to be peace on earth, we need to understand these things. This book is shockingly revealing, exciting, and erudite. A beautiful work full of extremely interesting information. Dr. MacDonald is to be commended for his courage in bringing such a book into print.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Best book I've ever read that explains our current situation in the enitre Western World. There are no other books like this-to put it simply this is the most shocking eye opening book I have ever read. No other book describes what happen to us the last century and what will happen to us and our civilization. If you are of European descent anywhere in the world this is probaly the single most important book you could read in the last fifty years. No other book catches the invisible force guilding our future Western civilization.
Guest More than 1 year ago
MacDonald makes a shocking case, but one which is compelling and extensively documented, that Jewish influence has undermined Gentile society. Every European and European-American needs to understand what MacDonald has written. For the first time, MacDonald explains, using historical documents and quoting largely from Jewish sources, the history of Jewish influence in the United States and its historical antecedents. Is it a Jewish conspiracy? Well, yes, if you consider, as does MacDonald, the activities of those individuals who are part of ¿organized Jewry.¿ There are, of course, dissident Jewish intellectuals who adamantly oppose the machinations of organized Jewry, but this fact hardly negates MacDonald¿s important expose'. MacDonald¿s 3-volume series is ¿must reading¿ for anyone who wants to learn about the origins of our most serious problems: from the decadence of modern society, through ¿multiculturalism,¿ celebration of ¿diversity,¿ [but not in Israel], to the disastrous results of reverse discrimination and run-away third world immigration . . . Western Christian civilization may truly be on the ropes, but it did not get there spontaneously or without help. Read MacDonald¿s trilogy to understand the 20th century.
Anonymous 3 months ago
You will start noticing coincidences in media, finance, and politics once you read this book.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately, he died in jail. But you still can read his 'Imperium'.