Just in case you wondered what voting for contemporary American “conservatives” means:
Ann Coulter, who remains a welcome guest at every “conservative” gathering, uses her space in the ur-conservative journal. Human Events, which I’ve seen prominently displayed on more than one Republican Congressman’s waiting-room table, to mourn her patron, the unrepentant anti-Semite Joe Sobran. I’m not sure whether Coulter’s comparison of Sobran to another talented and often funny anti-Semite, G.K. Chesterton, was done deliberately with that commonality in mind. But she nowhere suggests that Sobran’s persistent Jew-baiting was anything to regret.
Now Sobran was a strong anti-Zionist, and many of the more fanatical neo-cons tend to equate anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism. The two are not necessarily connected, but they certainly were co-located in Sobran’s brain; perhaps his biographer can tell us whether he started out disliking Israeli policies and ended up hating Jews, or whether his anti-Zionism flowed from his Jew-hatred, but the latter is not in dispute. Â Let’s hear from Sobran himself, writing in 1999:
In intellectual life, Jews have been brilliantly subversive of the cultures of the natives they have lived amongst. Their tendencies, especially in modern times, have been radical and nihilistic. One thinks of Marx, Freud, and many other shapers of modern thought and authors of reductionist ideologies. Even Einstein, the greatest of Jewish scientists, was, unlike Sir Isaac Newton, no mere contemplator of natureâ€™s laws; he helped inspire the development of nuclear weapons and consistently defended the Soviet Union under Stalin.