We Need No Hate-Crimes Legislation
Burton S. Blumert
by Burton S. Blumert
Correctness (PC) is so potent that it can never be measured by the
polls (who'd ask? who'd tell?), is scrupulously avoided by TV's
talking heads, and scares the hell out of academics. An effort to
dissent on the following of many "hot" subjects would quickly reveal
that PC reigns supreme. Winston Churchill and Abraham Lincoln are
heroes. The invasion of the South and WWII were "good wars," and
that's it. Case closed. Nor does death provide relief for villains.
T. S. Eliot and H. L. Mencken, for example, are forever branded
as purveyors of hate. But if there's a "How To Successfully Employ
Political Correctness" manual, the key chapter must be devoted to
the Holocaust. Consider the extraordinary success in disseminating
the prevailing Holocaust message, and the impact. How did this come
a remarkable new book, The
Holocaust in American Life by Peter Novick (New York: Houghton
Mifflin Co.), the author, himself a Jew, traces the history of the
Holocaust. During WWII, policy makers feared that America's participation
would be credited to pressures from American Jews on behalf of their
Eastern European cousins. All victims were considered together.
Even by the mid-1960s the Jewish victims of the war were still just
one group among 5060 million others. After the 1967 Mideast
War, and through the 1970s, however, things changed. Novick observes
that "the Holocaust, as we speak of it today, was largely a retrospective
construction, something that would not have been recognizable to
most people at the time. "Indeed, the Holocaust has become atrophied
by political correctness. Jewish groups, spearheaded by the Anti-Defamation
League, have successfully relegated the Holocaust to "holy" status
beyond analysis or discussion. If you listen to them, it was the
seminal event of World War II.
is something akin to medieval mysticism at work here. Jew and Gentile
alike must swear a blood oath to the Holocaust. The very word "Holocaust"
has been sanctified and withdrawn from general use. The Armenians
better keep their hands off it and find some other term. Holocaust
"churches" in the form of museums and monuments are required in
every major city around the world.
the religious metaphor is valid, how does "Holocaustism" deal with
non-believers and agnostics? The dreaded twin charges of "Holocaust-denial"
and Anti-Semitism are a death sentence for career and reputation.
In some countries today Holocaust anti-blasphemy laws lead to jail
for heretics. A Swiss newspaper publisher was just sentenced to
three years in prison for an editorial, while the freedom of the
press groups are terrified into silence.
are pressures for similar laws in our own country, to abolish freedom
of speech and the press in this area. Most distressing, political
correctness permeates ever-expanding domains. To any complacent
readers, I issue the following red alert. If you are a revisionist,
conspiracy buff, member of a religious sect, an anti-anti-gun controller,
a home schooler, a pro-lifer, an anarchist, one who is out of the
"mainstream,", or simply make a political fool of yourself publicly,
you are on borrowed time. And if your message is cogent, and you
are winning adherents, especially watch out! Neither your livelihood
nor social standing is safe. And it may get worse. The bounds of
allowable debate are narrowing. The tentacles of political correctness
pollute the schoolroom, the boardroom, and the bedroom. "Truth"
comes only from the New York Times, the Washington Post,
the Wall Street Journal, network TV, cable TV, the weekly
magazines, and Sunday morning's pulpit in mainstream congregations.
The PC message may be delivered in a more subtle fashion through
TV commercials or rammed down our throats via court decisions, legislative
enactments, or executive branch edicts. Hollywood prepares the final
package. The web is the last hope for free expression, and even
that delicious miracle of inventiveness is under the gun. The boisterous
nature of the web encourages the assassins of freedom to seek legislation
making the web's discordant product a possible hate crime. Only
the First Amendment saves the US from the path followed by Germany,
Canada, France and Switzerland, where the accusation of hate crime
is a constant fear, and where mere words can land you in the slammer.
a proud American Jew, I ask the Jewish leadership: how can you countenance
a policy that creates genuine doubt and fear among writers, academics,
political activists, and plain people? Your policy may lead to less
public expression of bias and "hatred," but at what price?
for centuries have been victims in societies where uttering the
wrong word or failing to comply with dogma meant danger. How can
you sponsor programs that make Jews the oppressors?
you define Anti-Semitism, the accomplishments and prosperity of
the American Jewish community are without question. Second-class
citizens we are not. There are ample laws to protect Americans against
violence and real violation of our real rights. We need no hate
crimes legislation nor vigilantism in the name of Political Correctness,
let alone terror tactics to prevent feelings from being hurt.
was owner of Camino Coins, president of the Center for Libertarian
Studies, chairman of the Mises Institute, publisher of LewRockwell.com,
and the author of Bagels,
Barry Bonds, & Rotten Politicians.
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