So Paul Krugman phoned in his periodic “Keynes Was Right” column today, arguing that the Obama Porkulus failed only because, like “true” Communism, it wasn’t tried vigorously or faithfully enough.
I wonder if Krugman also credits Keynes’s views on Jews, which British blogger Damian Thompson of The Telegraph brings to our attention. From Keynes’s diary:
[Jews] have in them deep-rooted instincts that are antagonistic and therefore repulsive to the European, and their presence among us is a living example of the insurmountable difficulties that exist in merging race characteristics, in making cats love dogs …
It is not agreeable to see civilization so under the ugly thumbs of its impure Jews who have all the money and the power and brains.
If Keynes was an intellectual hero of the Right, rather than the Left, do you think those quotes would be so little known?
Anti-Semitism used to be a property of the Right, yet it’s worth pointing out that today many of the intellectual heroes of the right are Jews, such as Milton Friedman, Leo Strauss, Irving Kristol, etc., or that anti-Semitism has become almost wholly the province of the Left today.
Meanwhile, since the Margaret Thatcher biopic is opening (more on this shortly), it is worth directing your attention this this piece from Charles Johnson, which explains how Thatcher was a worthy successor to Winston Churchill is one more respect—her strong support for Jews—another aspect that set both Churchill and Thatcher apart from much of the Tory Party in England.