Saturday, March 03, 2012
A Zionist Appraisal of Charles Murray's Coming Apart
As a Zionist, one asks "and what about American Jews?" They are by wide and large, middle class. The book does not deal with them (trying to avoid being sucked into America's violent racial debate) but one can surmise that the Jewish middle class tends to disappear even faster than native American middle class. A few will form part of the new high caste, that is, Jews will form a significant portion of the new high caste, but the majority of Jews will find themselves drawn into the Great American Sink of lumpenization (or is it lumpenification?).
American Jews are, if Murray is right, losing their social position. Even without the push of antisemitism, their lifestyle is being dislocated and they are being expulsed from economic niches they tended to occupy. Curcumstances are maturing and making ready these declassé Jews that are sinking into the great mass of American lumpen, to consider seriously the idea of leaving for Israel.
I have some relatives and friends in America who are much distressed by the ways of their sons and daughters, and they very fervently desire their children NOT to turn out like the American natives among them they are living. Some of them are sending them to vacations in Israel or are trying to integrate them into the reform synagogues they never visited.
If the dislocation described by Murray deepens, these people will try to find escape among decent, middle class environment and will not find it in America. Declassé Jews will not be able to find a decent social environment in the high class because they lack the professional cachet and have no capital. Will they come to Israel?
Some will, sure. But others will go to other countries of opportunity. Which countries are competing with Israel in attracting American middle class Jews? We have the Anglosaxon countries yet untouched by American decay: Australia, New Zealand, Canada; we have European countries like Germany, interested in receiving productive immigrants. And we have the new America: China. China is very friendly towards Jewish immigrants and offers excellent economic opportunities.
What should Israel do to direct the coming American Jewish emigration towards Israel? First, Hebrew and Jewish culture must be spread among American Jews; second, English should become a working language in Israel. This is being done: However amazing, our Central Banker is a Rhodesian Jew who found a good environment in Israel without much Hebrew, and we have many professors that function in English alone.
We cannot offer the same opportunities than other countries, like China or Germany. We could try to establish tacit agreements that those countries would make difficult for American Jews to move there, but that is difficult because - should America stupid enough to harass its Jews - everybody would be happy to have the Hollywood movie industry, the Silicon Valley computer industry and Wall Street financial industry move into their countries.
May be American social decay described by Charles Murray will take a crisis point, and instead of a prolongued process of emigration (like that of Argentine or South African Jewry), a rapid evacuation may be possible, like the transfer of Iraqi Jewry in 1950, or the Ethiopian community in 2000. Regarding Argentine Jewry, I think Israel lost the opportunity to pack the whole community into Hercules planes and bring them in mass to Israel in 1973, when the antisemite military dictatorship would have welcomed such action.
My point is that America is undergoing dramatic social changes: its middle class that is to say the Jews, are losing their positions. Zionism is more relevant than ever for American Jews. See you in Kever Benjamin City.