Is this a political issue, or a religious one? It’s both, like many things, but more political so I’m putting it here. Not rolling in cash these days, I haven’t read all MacDonald’s and Jones’s books, although I would like to. Jones is an orthodox Catholic, MacDonald apparently agnostic or atheist. MacDonald’s thesis about the Jews is that their culture is an evolved evolutionary strategy.
Jones objects to this, but since the Vatican approves of guided evolution, I don’t see why he would. Furthermore, the idea that certain moral principles are common to all humanity is both a Jewish and a Christian one. Jews believe all humans are under the covenant of Noah while only Jews are under the laws of Moses. Paul, in Romans 1 states that all humans have an inborn sense of right and wrong, apart from any revelation of God.
The Mosaic law allows Jews to treat foreigners differently in some circumstances; foreigners can be charged interest on a loan, Jews cannot. A foreigner can be held as a slave for life, a Jew cannot. At the same time it prohibits Jews from abusing foreigners living among them. If Jews are exiled to other countries, Jeremiah 28 requires that they be good citizens and support the prosperity and well-being of those countries, which I would assume include respecting the laws and being on good terms with the native people.
The Talmudic idea that Gentiles exist only to serve Jews and can be dealt with immorally is not Biblical. Talmudic Judaism developed after the Jews lost their country. Many Jews already lived outside of Israel, but their identity could no longer be derived from citizenship in a certain place. MacDonald would say the Jews then evolved to accrue power and money, and maintaining separatism helped achieve that; I would say separatism was the goal, and pursuing power and money was to help achieve that end.
Jones doesn’t want to be called an anti-Semite. I would imagine MacDonald would deny this as well, and say he just calls them like he sees them. Are Jews “parasites”, or just good businessmen? That’s a matter of definition. One ought to be able to criticize Jews, their religion and culture just like anything else.
I don’t see the argument as being terribly relevant overall. A culture of altruism can be both biologically evolved and developed by experience, just as a culture of hostility can. Many cultures and races, the Jews not first among them, depend on the altruism of Europeans. That European culture is excessively altruistic is something people generally described as conservative agree on. That Jews (and Moslems, and Africans) take advantage of this is of little doubt to me.
Where this excessive altruism comes from is the matter of rage and confusion. MacDonald says it’s imposed by the Jews. Many others say it’s a matter of “political correctness”, including Bruce Charlton, who specifically denies any causal connection between Christianity and political correctness. “Politically correct” is a Marxist term and not from Christian theology of any kind, but political correctness certainly has a symbiotic relationship with liberal Protestant theology and culture. This is a religious matter, so I’ll address in on the other blog at some point.