In his Culture of Critique trilogy Kevin MacDonald shows how many Jewish intellectual movements tried to protect Jewish group cohesion and interests by undermining those ideas and values that protected White cultural and social cohesion.
According to Kevin MacDonald these Jewish intellectual movements include the Frankfurt School (philosophy, sociology), Boazian anthropology, Freudian psychoanalysis, the New York Intellectuals (literature), Marxism and even neoconservatism.
Note the almost all encompassing nature of the critique that included everything from philosophy and psychology to literature, biology and politics.
But how about libertarianism?
MacDonald gives us two-step method to study whether libertarianism was a Jewish intellectual movement out to destroy White cohesion:
1 “find influential movements dominated by Jews, with no implication that all or most Jews are involved in these movements and no restrictions on what the movements are.”
2 “determine whether the Jewish participants in those movements identified as Jews AND thought of their involvement in the movement as advancing specific Jewish interests.” (Kevin MacDonald. Culture of Critique, pp. 11-2.)
The first step is easy. After all, libertarianism has clearly been dominated by Jews. The four biggest names in libertarianism are all Jews: Milton Friedman, Ludwig von Mises, Ayn Rand and Murray Rothbard.
Furthermore, they either created or at least strongly dominated their school of thought: Chicago school, Austrian school, Objectivism and Anarcho-Austro-libertarian school.
The second step is more difficult since none of them explicitly touted the fact that they were Jews. Therefore we have to study deeper.
Milton Friedman was born on July 31, 1912 to Sara Ethel (Landau) and Jeno Saul Friedman, Carpathian Jewish immigrants living in Brooklyn, New York. Milton’s parents were observant Jews and he received the traditional Jewish heder education. In early adulthood Milton was very religious until in late teens he became an atheist socialist. While studying in Chicago University in the early 30’s he met Rose Director who was two years older. Her influence on Milton has been often underestimated.
picture of Rose Friedman
Rose had a much older brother, Aaron Director (1901-2004). Curiously their original Jewish names are never mentioned in encyclopedias, obituaries or even in Geni.com. Wikipedia is oblivious to the fact that in the Russian Empire Jews usually did not have English names.
In 1913 the Director family immigrated to America just before the First World War. Naturally the Director family was very anti-Tsar and supported the Bolshevik Revolution. Both Aaron and Rose became dedicated socialists. However, after Trotsky lost power to Stalin many Jews, including Aaron started to realize that capitalism was even better for the Jews than socialism.
Director abandoned his promising career as a socialist agitator and in the 30’s started teaching at Chicago University. It was there that the Director family who took Milton Friedman under their wing. They not only helped Milton abandon his early socialist ideas but also helped him in his career.
However, helping Milton was not always easy since he was so outspokenly pro-war. Unsurprisingly Milton believed America should do everything in its power to crush Nazi Germany. This led to fights with other professors who believed that America should stay out of the World War II. Naturally Wikipedia turns this into an anti-Semitic incident.
During 1940, Friedman was appointed an assistant professor teaching Economics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, but encountered antisemitism in the Economics department and decided to return to government service.
However, later Wikipedia does note the pro-war attitude of Friedman.
In 1940, Friedman accepted a position at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, but left because of differences with faculty regarding United States involvement in World War II. Friedman believed the United States should enter the war.
When America did enter the war Friedman did everything in his power to help crush the Nazis. Incredibly he went so far as to help create the withholding tax which from the libertarian perspective is the most destructive tax of all.
From 1941 to 1943 Friedman worked on wartime tax policy for the federal government, as an advisor to senior officials of the United States Department of the Treasury. As a Treasury spokesman during 1942 he advocated a Keynesian policy of taxation. He helped to invent the payroll withholding tax system, since the federal government badly needed money in order to fight the war.
It could be said that at the time Friedman was not yet a pure libertarian. However, he never had any regrets. Anti-Semites had to be destroyed.
I have no apologies for it, but I really wish we hadn’t found it necessary and I wish there were some way of abolishing withholding now.
Milton and Rose were also dedicated Zionists. In practice libertarianism and Zionism are incompatible though for some reason there has been hardly any discussion about this obvious fact in libertarian circles.
It is true that original Zionism was libertarian in the sense that the idea was to buy land for a new state. There were many Jews who wanted to create an autonomous Jewish state in sparsely populated Patagonia or Western Australia.
The libertarian Zionists strongly opposed to the invasion and occupation of Palestine. However, when during the First World War the Zionists made their famous stab-in-the-back deal with the British Empire they were promised Palestine. After that Zionism became synonymous with the invasion and occupation of Palestine.
Milton and Rose were not only Zionists but hard-core Likudnists. They often visited Israel and were very supportive of the extreme-right Likud party. Milton seems to have supported the annexation of the West Bank. In his Newsweek column he downplayed the occupation and even stated: ”I had no feeling whatsoever of being in occupied territory.”
Perhaps the Palestinians had a different feeling.
Obviously, Milton Friedman not only identified as a Jew but was ready to ignore his libertarian principles when the interests of Jews were threatened. This is why he helped to institute the most dangerous tax of all: the withholding tax. And after Nazi-Germany was destroyed he fully supported not only the creation of Israel but also its expansion.
Milton Friedman who helped the biggest enemy and bete noire of libertarianism: American central bank, the Federal Reserve (FED).
It was Friedman who spent decades in helping FED manipulate markets with ever increasing injections of new money. He admitted that concentrating such enormous power in the hands of FED is very dangerous and totally against libertarianism.
However, Friedman defended himself by noting how difficult it would be to end the FED. After all, the transition period could create an economic depression which could then transfer political power to White nationalists, who he considered to be ”antisemites”.
Better to have FED in safe hands especially since those hands are often Jewish, like the FED chairmen Arthur Burns, Alan Greenspan, Ben Bernanke and Janet Yellen.
TO DO: Find all the relevant citations.
To be continued with part 2: Ludwig von Mises