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The Culture of Critique: An Evolutionary Analysis of Jewish Involvement in Twentieth-Century Intellectual and Political Movements

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MacDonald provides a theoretical analysis and review of data on the widespread tendency among Jewish-dominated intellectual movements to develop radical critiques of gentile culture. These movements are viewed as the outcome of the fact that Jews and gentiles have different interests in the construction of culture and in various public policy issues (e.g. immigration polic ...more
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Published July 10th 2002 by Authorhouse (first published 1998)
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Dec 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everybody
This is the single most important book in modern literature.
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've always been open to many facets of the JQ.
but this volume was eye opening on so many levels.
It was a difficult read, not because it was hard to comprehend. It was difficult to finish because at the end of each chapter I would sit there.
Thinking about all that I have just read, completely dumbstruck, connecting the dots between jewish activities 50-100 years ago, and what we are seeing in the world today. The information contained within caused me to explore other books and in the end it to
Jesse Nolet
Aug 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A remarkably hegemonic understanding of how and why Western heritage and tradition have been gaslighted nearly out of existence.
Jennifer Jacobs
Horrible book
a totally 2002 rendition of Elders of Zion
This book is 804 pages of utter antisemitic garbage with all its traditional anti Jewish stereotypes
All Jewish conspiracies are fully described in this hate manual like Jewish economic supremacy,Hollywood/Media domination,Israel lobby and foreign policy,'Jewish tribalism' etc
Crux of his argument though lies mainly in so called prominence of Jews in dictating US foreign policy and apparently this bloody racist 'author' professor MacD hates an
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Well researched and disturbing analysis of Judaism from an evolutionary perspective.

The first paperback edition includes the issues of 'Jewish involvement in Communism, the emergence of the Holocaust as a central cultural icon in Western societies, Jewish involvement in the US media, and the role of Jewish organizations in censoring the Internet'.

MacDonald's work is an enlightening exposé regarding Jewish influence in 20th century anthropology (via the Boasian 'school'), psychoanalysis, leftist
Dec 25, 2016 rated it did not like it
Stupid unsubstantiated load of crap. Seriously what starts as what appears to be a well reasoned look into the Jewish people quick devolves into an alt-right justification for antisemitism. Seriously if you think Jews control the world and that the nazis started something good you'll love the book for the rest of the population that isn't antisemitic just avoid it all together. I wish I could get my time back from reading this book. ...more
Dec 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
Fear-mongering baloney aimed at white people that aren't really certain if "The Holocaust" happened. At first I was confused as to why this academic book was being hailed as "literature of the highest degree," but then I understood: MacDonald was writing the fantasy novel that's trapped somewhere in his head. This book is a fictitious farce. ...more
Petra in 4 days may have a bf fingers crossed
Update Please look at the Community reviews for this book and tell me why you think that a one line review, rating this 5 star, by a private profile, very few books, 3 reviews would be the top one unless someone, not an algorithm, put it there? Obviously, obviously someone who agrees with the anti-Semitic comment and wants to promote it. GR have not replied to my query except an automated 'too busy right now'....

The top five reviews of this book have less votes and comments than other
Vagabond of Letters, DLitt
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Ever wonder why all the Jews didn't emigrate to Israel, their own ethnostate? Or why and how Jews decry racism while founding the Jewish ethnostate on institutionalized apartheid, and get praised for it? Whether or not Jews really have a disproportionate influence on the media and government, or as opinion-makers in academia?

Superbly documented and revelatory. The most important book combining ethology, evolutionary theory, and politics of the second half of the 20th century - indeed, one of the
The Wanderer
Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Interesting read

“In this regard it is interesting that many neoconservative Jewish intellectuals in the contemporary United States have rejected corporate, statist ideologies as a direct consequence of the recongintion that these ideologies have resulted in corporate, state-sponsored anti-semitism. Indeed, the beginnings of the neoconservative movement can be traced to the Moscow Trials of the 1930s in which many of the old Jewish Bolshevisk, including Trotsky, were convicted of treason. The res
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
An extraordinarily enlightening book that started to reshape my worldview even as I was still reading. The chapter on the Jewish leadership of the Bolshevik movement in Russia was eye-opening. I had never made the connection between the revolution that led to the deaths of twenty million people, being led by Jewish radicals who were tired of state-sponsored antisemitism. This was the opposite of how I'd always been taught history, and the books I'd read, in which Jews are always the victims, not ...more
Stacy Turner
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book explains -redacted- -redacted- -redacted- -redacted-and how the -redacted--redacted- have -redacted- and how they show no signs of shutting it down, but in fact are doubling down with an arrogance, like in the Weimar Republic or like in -redacted- -redacted- -redacted- -redacted-.

But now the Goyim know, so if we -redacted- -redacted- -redacted- and stop the left from censoring us, then -redacted- -redacted- -redacted- -redacted- -redacted- -redacted- and could live in peace.

I am skepti
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Really good insight on jewish culture
Yosef the Heretic
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The reflective, Stalinist hole in Isaac Babel's little head remains macabre albeit less shocking than it did revisiting his tale on Maupassant some Christmases ago. You see, the taboo is perpetually dealt and yet remains just as perpetually imperceptive despite its indefinite recurrence, viz. taboo-for-itself. Once one can deconstruct the trepidation with which one hovers over taboo without ever landing so as to embark on an authentic, linguistic deconstruction, so one is always at odds with mer ...more
Victor Finn
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was worried that, since I already know so much about the topic of this book, that I would not enjoy reading it at all. Was I ever wrong. Kevin Macdonald's academic vigor is a wonder to behold, and his well-sourced arguments are so air-tight that the only way you could not acknowledge their being truth is if you were too afraid to admit it and the implications.

The very last chapter is one of the best "Why did the West fall?" discussions I have ever read in anything, ever. The whole book is wor
Kevin Beckman
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is one of those books that will change the way you interpret everything else, specifically the political and social changes of the last 100 years. MacDonald explains to the reader that recent developments in fields ranging from psychology, economics, politics, and immigration policies are not part of a conscious conspiracy by Jews to undermine gentile society. Jews are, however, grossly overrepresented in all of these endeavors. MacDonald demonstrates that these Jewish social scientists, po ...more
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2019
In 'The Culture of Critique', Kevin MacDonald does an extensive analysis of the roles of Jews within political and intellectual movements in the 20th century, with pretty damning results. These results reflect the subversive and destructive nature that Jews have had using their vastly over represented power (when accounting for their population size) within the media, Hollywood, the realm of politics and the educational system.

I was somewhat surprised by the unscientific constitution of the psyc
Nikolai Jermihov
Mar 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
Academically inept. Lack of control factors for said hypothesis and a shockingly poor understanding of historicity and basic sociological interpretation. Where's the peer review? Where's the minority comparison? Where's the biological fluency?
Poorly cited.
I'd give it a 2, but it merits a 1 for the fact that it tries to masquerade as academia. This wouldn't be credible even in non-jewish circles. It was a fast read however. I don't condone it's being banned and it was inconvenient to get a copy (
Alex C.
Oct 29, 2020 rated it did not like it
DNF - I actually cannot finish this...maybe I'll update this one day when I have more patience with Nazis.

I will be fair, of the 3 chapters I've read, kevin here never outright said "I hate Jews", so I'm not going to sit here and put words in his mouth. That being said, the INTENT of this book is definitely antisemitic and hateful and I have no intentions of entertaining that, as if it's debatable topic.

kevin is extremely repetitive, uses the same source for citations over and over again, and c
Feb 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Super fascinating look at Jewish influence in politics, culture, and academia throughout the last 150 years or so. I'm not sure why people are calling it antisemitic, rather I think it stands to a testament to the Jewish people. It is remarkable the amount of radical and culture changing ideologies that have been spear-headed by Jewish people in gentile nations, which isn't a bad thing at all. I, for one, am pretty glad things have changed socially since the 1850's. ...more
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Scholarly, rigorous, thorough, and incisive. An essential and comprehensive primer on the Jewish Question.
Berry Good
Aug 09, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dropped
Basically this book is the anti-Semite's version of Ancient Aliens.

Kevin starts with a conclusion [Jews = bad] and then finds evidence to back up his assertions (including eugenics).

It's not really a scientific paper at all, and certainly hasn't been peer-reviewed, but alt-right conservatives like to pretend the whole world is against them and Jews have this master plan to eradicate white people from the Earth. Good luck finding anyone objective about it in the comments.

This book is an essential
The American Conservative
'This is, after all, in the dictionary definition of the term, an anti-Semitic book. Its entire argument is that the Jews, collectively, are up to no good. This may of course be true, and MacDonald is entitled to say that the issue of whether his results are anti-Semitic is nugatory, from a social-science point of view, by comparison with the issue of their truth content. I agree with that, too: but given the well-known history of this topic, it seems singularly obtuse of MacDonald not to try to ...more
Goyim Know
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This should be required reading in school.
Exposes a fundamental issue in our society that most are completely unaware of.
Book is well referenced, and have fact checked many of the claims myself, which i've proven to be true.
My hope is this book will become mainstream so as a society we can understand & overcome the issues plaguing us.
VEL – The Contemporary Heretic
In A People That Shall Dwell Alone (PTSDA), Kevin Macdonald conceptualized Judaism as a ‘Group Evolutionary Strategy’ that functioned to promote the survival and prospering of Jews.

In ‘Culture of Critique’, he extends this theory to the behaviour of secular twentieth-century intellectuals of Jewish ancestry.

Here, however, he encounters a problem.

For, in PTSDA, Macdonald was emphatic that his theory of Judaism was a theory of cultural, not biological, group selection.

Thus, it is a strategy that i
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Why is it that only white gentiles can be vilified, critiqued, and criticized in our politically correct world?

I read. Actually I read a lot. I grew up in Southern California, and was a hard core left winger after getting my degree in Economics. I am still a registered Democrat, but over the years, l found myself feeling more and more alienated by the left wing. The left wing incessantly says we must be tolerant of others and we shouldn't be "divisive" but they consistently allow for the vilific
E.E.E. E. E.E.E.
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"evolutionary group strategy" and identity politics ...more
Przemysław Wielki
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book, I highly recommend reading it :D
Very informative. 5 stars because I value new perspectives, especially on seemingly unrelated phenomena, movements and individuals.
Having a biomedical background, I already had an aversion towards psychoanalysis, and all the po-mo mumbo jumbo having been exposed several years ago to the Sokal Affair.
Also, I like to think of myself as a Darwinist, so unscientific, ideologically driven narratives about the human mind and behavior have never fitted well with me. Behind all these and other issues
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I try and keep my reviews short and concise because this is not really a place, in my opinion, for serious scholarly essays. Rather, most people are simply interested in garnering some key and crucial viewpoints regarding the work they are considering reading. In this case, "The Culture of Critique" is fundamentally the most important piece of literature in the contemporary canon. I cannot think of a single text that should take priority over this one, particularly given the increase in tensions ...more
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Kevin MacDonald is an American psychologist. He is a retired professor of psychology at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), best known for his controversial application of evolutionary psychology to characterize Jewish behavior as a "group evolutionary strategy." He is currently the editor of the Occidental Observer, which he says covers "white identity, white interests, and the cultu ...more

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“Page 244:

The Jewish involvement in influencing immigration policy in the United States is especially noteworthy as an aspect of ethnic conflict. ...

Throughout much of the period from 1881 to 1965, one Jewish interest in liberal immigration policies stemmed from a desire to provide a sanctuary for Jews fleeing from anti-Semitic persecutions in Europe and elsewhere. ...

There is also evidence that Jews, much more than any other European-derived ethnic group in the United States, have viewed liberal immigration policies as a mechanism of ensuring that the United States would be a pluralistic rather than a unitary, homogeneous society (e.g., Cohen 1972). ... Pluralism serves internal Jewish interests because it legitimates the internal Jewish interest in rationalizing ... Jewish group commitment and non-assimilation, what Howard Sachar (1992, 427) terms its function in “legitimizing the preservation of a minority culture in the midst of a majority’s host society.” ...

Ethnic and religious pluralism also serves external Jewish interests because Jews become just one of many ethnic groups. This results in the diffusion of political and cultural influence among the various ethnic and religious groups, and it becomes difficult or impossible to develop unified, cohesive groups of gentiles united in their opposition to Judaism. Historically, major anti-Semitic movements have tended to erupt in societies that have been, apart from the Jews, religiously or ethnically homogeneous.”
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