Academic journal article Shofar

Separation and Its Discontents, by Kevin MacDonald

Academic journal article Shofar

Separation and Its Discontents, by Kevin MacDonald

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Separation and Its Discontents, by Kevin MacDonald

Separation and Its Discontents is the second volume in a proposed trilogy by Kevin MacDonald, a professor of psychology at California State University, Long Beach. The previous volume, A People that Shall Dwell Alone, and the forthcoming final volume, The Culture of Critique, both share a common theme with the current book -- the Jewish practice of eugenics to perpetuate their race and build an ethnic group of superior intelligence. MacDonald argues that Jewish breeding, educational, and cultural practices have all combined to produce a tightly bounded in-group that draws upon disdain toward outsiders and fear of infiltration by other races. The current volume, with its emphasis on antisemitism, proposes that antisemitic practices by non-Jews are secondary responses to the threatening and competitive strategies employed throughout history by Jewish groups in every part of the world.

In responding to this book, I must first point out that I am not a historian, nor am I trained in Judaic Studies. My reaction to this book is based on my training in the same scientific discipline as the author's -- psychology. By all scholarly standards of psychological research, this book is the worst kind of pseudo-science, filled with logical inconsistencies and tendentious inference. The author offers an oversimplified explanation for persisting currents of antisemitism in three distinct time periods and cultures. Relying almost completely on secondary scholarship to make his case, the author selectively quotes evidence that supports tenets of his argument with no consideration of countervailing arguments or evidence. There is no evidence of any careful empirical confrontation of the hypotheses he proposes. In fact, a number of these hypotheses, such as Jewish eugenic practices with regard to intellectual superiority and cultural values, he simply states as givens and then builds trains of inferences from these assertions. …

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