In light of a recent report at Israel Today alleging that New York Times editors, possibly prompted by Jewish columnist Thomas Friedman, “ambushed” an Israeli diplomat and “blamed Israel for everything” in regard to the peace process in the Middle East, it is time for some straight talk about something known as the “self-hating Jew.”
As a Catholic who has only recently become friends with several Jewish people, I had never heard of such a thing before. My conservative Jewish friends frequently speak of it. When I asked my Jewish friend Sultan Knish about it, he told me that a “self-hating Jew” is rather like a “self-hating Catholic.” Hmmm. Well, we Catholics certainly have plenty of leftists among us who seem to exhibit a certain tone of hatred against the Church in their rebellion against what we call “Sacred Tradition“ so his point was not only well taken, but led me to even further research on the matter. What I found has been quite enlightening.
Let’s ask a question first. What exactly is a “self-hating Jew” (or a “self-hating Catholic”) and what exactly causes this “self-hatred?” Why are “self-hating Jews” on the same political page with “self-hating Catholics?” What about the other things the Left hates? Why do radical feminists hate fatherhood? Why does everyone on the Left moan in agony at the mention of the Founding Fathers? Why do the various traditional Judeo-Christian values, like traditional marriage, so infuriate them? What, exactly, does the Left “hate” so much? In other words, what is the one thing that binds them together in their hatred of these things? There are many pieces in this puzzle of hatred. But when we put them all together, we see an arrow pointing rather clearly to one target in particular. That is “tradition.”
The name leftists have chosen to identify themselves with is “progressivism“. Jonah Goldberg defines progressivism primarily in the context of the Left’s hatred of capitalism. I acknowledge, as well, that anti-capitalism is an inherent part of progressivism. Having said that, Friedman himself, who it is speculated led the New York Times editors’ Israel-blaming “ambush” of an Israeli diplomat, believes that in globalization the adversary of “innovation” is “tradition.” That is, all tradition, which would of course include Jewish tradition.
If the defining economists of the Cold War system were Karl Marx and John Maynard Keynes, who each in his own way wanted to tame capitalism, the defining economists of the globalization system are Joseph Schumpeter and former Intel CEO Andy Grove, who prefer to unleash capitalism.[...]
[...] James Surowiecki, the business columnist for Slate magazine, reviewing Grove’s book, neatly summarized what Schumpeter and Grove have in common, which is the essence of globalization economics. It is the notion that: “Innovation replaces tradition. The present – or perhaps the future – replaces the past. Nothing matters so much as what will come next, and what will come next can only arrive if what is here now gets overturned.