Prof. Kevin MacDonald has dedicated his professional life to the study of Jews, so now that he started to write his memories (in VDare), it should be of interest to his subjects (me). His immersion in Jewish life started in the university, where he shared a room with two politically active Jewish students. Soon, he was telling someone from his hometown that he had become "alienated" from American culture. His memories vibrate with me as being authentic. His observation about the hippy scene, of being less Jewish and more focused on drugs and sex sound true, it is an insight I instantly recognized and said "yes, it was so". Another of his insights is that learning (in his case, Marxist theory) was a way to get girls. The hottest Jewish girls I met were in the revolutionary left. It is thanks to immersion in Jewish counterculture that his writings lack the usual absurdities of antisemite literature, his Jews are credible and without horns, they take no part in international conspiracies and other laughable imaginations. On the other hand, he builds a chain of events that lead from the protest politics of half a dozen Jewish undergraduates in Madison college (directed to impress the girls) to world-changing mass movements like the election of President Obama. This is absurd: Macdonald himself provides the follow up of two Jewish activist he knew personally: one became a six term mayor of Madison (definitely no revolutionary) and the other a university professor in humanities, very much as Macdonald himself. We used to say that the man who at 18 is not a revolutionary has no heart, and who at 40 is still a revolutionary, has no brain. The political activism is a phase, and Macdonald's chevre grew out of it. I am no historian, but it seems to me that the world changing impact he attributes to his Jewish friends is out of all proportion. He is an intelligent person, how can he say that these young big-talkers changed America's culture? Like to say that Yevtushenko reading in public his poem Babi Yar leading in a direct chain of reactions to the fall of the Soviet Union. Is there a "purple thread" connecting the two events? Prof. MacDonald ruminations seem to me too farfetched and unreal. His roommates did not cause any revolution in the USA, and probably they had the same (lack of) success with the hotties (illustration: Amit Friedmann). I can say with knowledge of the matter, they were all pajeros (*). Maybe the young MacDonald, probably a virgin WASP from Wisconsin, imagined it differently?
(*) In my school we called pajeros those overheated Jewish intellectualoids who could not find a girl. Jerk. Wanker.