Much of the Jewish-American community is fixated on the “alt-right.” Over the past year, countless op-eds have been penned and declarations made comparing the United States to the Weimar Republic and intimating, à la Philip Roth’s 2004 novel “Plot Against America,” that concentration camps are just around the corner—from Main Street. (A search for “alt-right” on the eminent and progressive Jewish Daily Forward returns over 6,600 results.)
There’s allegedly a contemporary Judenrat to boot. Only yesterday, Jewish trepidation was kicked up a notch by Omri Boehm, an assistant professor of philosophy at the New School for Social Research, with a New York Times op-ed, which accused “Zionist leadership” of forming an “alliance” with “politicians with anti-Semitic tendencies.”
It’s true that some individuals who identify with the alt-right—a vague, fringe phenomenon that barely constitutes a “movement”—are anti-Semites. That’s both the sufficient and obvious reason many Jews perceive a threat to their values and physical security.
The real reason, nevertheless, is one to which they have deliberately blinded themselves: The alt-right is an enemy of convenience. Like a Rorschach blot, it’s a nebulous void into which personal anxieties can be effortlessly projected while ignoring the real adversary—an adversary that’s far more dangerous and whose origins lie much closer to home.
Indeed, the Jewish-American community is markedly left-leaning and, uncomfortably, the most pervasive and pernicious form of anti-Semitism in the United States not only has long been situated on the Left, but also is a creation of modern liberalism.