Moldbug extends his concept of communism as simply an extension of American liberalism-
He takes a valid idea too far. Certainly American liberalism has helped communism, it has always seen it as a useful thing for much of the world, but communism is European. American- and British- liberalism has always appealed to a sense of charity and community that is strong, and possibly unique, to the northern peoples. The raging paranoia of Stalinism is foreign to this sense. And it’s offensive to it, which enables a stronger resistance.
There is another foreign aspect of liberalism that must be considered and explained. It’s the loathing and contempt with which liberals regard their enemies. This doesn’t come from Whig liberalism; and it doesn’t have anything to do with Stalinism. What then it the source of this?
I once had a Jewish girlfriend, an atheist, who had a Jewish ex-boyfriend who was orthodox. He was a short, fat, ugly loser, so I didn’t mind she was still friends with him. (Although I suspect she was having sex with him at some points, but that’s another story.)
One time she was going to meet with him, and they were going to walk around a mall. “Why don’t you goto the food court?” I asked. “The food isn’t kosher” she said. “You could have a cup of coffee or something” I suggested. “Being around the treyf upsets him” was her answer.
“Treyf” is the Yiddish word for non-kosher food. I was flipping through the Bible recently and the section in Deuteronomy titled “dietary laws” is only about half a column. The orthodox Jews have made it a lot more complicated. Now, I don’t find the food available in a typical mall food court particularly appetizing, but simply being near it does not upset me. The thing is the food of the goyim (which simply means “nation”, or more directly “those not like us, the people in general”) and the goyim themselves, are physically repulsive to the Jews.
Historically the more affluent have had better access to personal hygiene than the bulk of the population, hence the term “the great unwashed”. For Jews the concept of cleanliness has a religious dimension of distinguishing themselves from pagans- Judaism has sporadically had the idea of being universal, most prominently in Isaiah, but has largely been about making sharp distinctions between Jews and non-Jews.
Jews of course are more friendly to those non-Jews close to them and like them, whom they work for and with, and who share their disdain for the masses. It’s easy to see how this disdain would grow into disgust and revulsion under the Jewish influence.