Steve Wenick

Are you a Jewish double-thinker?

Are you a Jewish ‘double thinker’? George Orwell coined the term in his 1949 dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-four. It refers to those who pretend to believe in something they don’t, and as a consequence bullied into compliance and silence. Today’s ‘cancel culture’ is the new Big Brother bully on the block, so for those who want to get a job, keep a job, get a promotion, or be part of any intersectionality group, they had better adhere to their policies, which include being anti-Israel and anti-Zionists. History shows that those two ‘anti’ categories are wispy smoke screens for those who are anti-Jewish.

According to the bands of unruly campus social justice warriors, what we value in America is nothing more than a hidden system of oppression. From their privileged ivory towers, they see everything as oppressive, except for their own intolerance and tyranny. As a classical liberal, I find progressiveness, regressive and not at all liberal. The liberal values I cherish and wish to conserve are meritocracy over equity, responsibility over entitlement, education over indoctrination, helping hands over handouts, family over village, patriotism over partisanship, individual integrity over societal coercion, and content of character over the color of skin.

Increasingly today’s campuses are replacing liberalism with extreme leftist Marxist dogma. Its proponents point their accusatory finger of blame at the ‘indisputable’ causes of unequal outcomes at three bogymen: disparities of income, education, and opportunity. When a belief system claims to know the ‘indisputable truth’ it leaves no room for debate. Consequently, unless you acquiesce to ‘their’ truth, they will shun, expel, and vilify you.

Unfortunately, that kind of absolutist thinking is the spark that ignites the smoldering embers of antisemitism to burst into a conflagration of hatred. Jews, despite all the obstacles strewn in their path, manage to succeed, but in doing so, they exemplify everything the extreme left despises, such as family, education, competition, faith, opportunity, achievement, freedom, and the right of dissent and debate. Although European and Islamic nations have a long tradition of antisemitism, it used to clandestinely hide beneath rocks to conceal its duplicitous malice. Today, seeds of hatred sprout from beneath the rocks and are flourishing on the campuses, streets, and alleyways by those who not only fail to condemn terror, but hasten to make excuses for it, all the while proudly celebrating Hamas’ unspeakable atrocities.

In 1975, a new mutation of antisemitism emerged when the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution 3379 which stated that “Zionism is a form of racism and racial discrimination.” In 1991 the UN revoked the scurrilous accusation, but the false allegation left an indelible stain upon the Jewish people yearning to preserve and protect their spiritual and ancestral homeland. Then in 2001 the Durban World Conference Against Racism, proved that the world’s oldest hatred was still alive and well. Recognizing that the conference’s agenda was clearly antisemitic, Australia, Canada, Germany, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, and the United States boycotted it. As predicted, the Durban attendees blamed the disparities between peoples solely on colonialism while denying the impact of cultural differences. The anti-racist conference attendees failed to see the irony of their racism, by attributing the success of Jews to their being white, privileged, and part of the power establishment, rather than crediting them for having overcome the hurdles of bigotry, by pursuing an education, employing resourcefulness, and exerting industriousness. For the Durban attendees, all cultures occupy the same moral plane, and any disparities that exist between societies is the result of the powerful exploiting the weak, a notion that persists today in the naïve world of those who have never experienced the stifling effect upon individual liberties imposed by Communism and Socialism. Those two controlling ideologies support government diktat which engenders equity of outcome, thus rewarding the indolent and punishing the industrious.

Issues of morality and punishment are prevalent throughout the Bible; one such example is the story of a firestorm obliterating the evil cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. It matters not whether you take the Biblical narrative of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, literally or regard the account a metaphor, because it teaches us much about ourselves today. The fact that academia, students, the media, and the usual gaggle of antisemites celebrated Hamas’s atrocities against the democratic Jewish State of Israel is no metaphor, because it corroborates the Bible’s prophetic warning, that those who call evil good, will call good evil, and the consequence of that inversion of morality never ends well.

About the Author
Since retiring from IBM Steve Wenick has served as a freelance book reviewer for HarperCollins Publishing and Simon & Schuster. His reviews and articles have appeared in The Jerusalem Post, The Algemeiner, Jerusalem Online, Philadelphia Inquirer, Attitudes Magazine, and The Jewish Voice of Southern New Jersey. Steve and his wife are residents of Voorhees, New Jersey.
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