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Family-Friendly Neo-Nazi Runs for Congress

There isn’t much to say beyond the obvious about Arthur Jones, the Holocaust-denying former member of the Nationalist Socialist Party who is now a candidate for the Republican nomination to the U.S. House of Representatives in Illinois’ third Congressional district. Suffice it to say, Via Meadia hopes to be spared the sight of Mr. Jones being sworn in as a member of Congress. We do have one question for his campaign, though. JTA reports that

In addition to his past party affiliation, Jones regularly organizes family-friendly neo-Nazi events scheduled to coincide with Adolf Hitler’s birthday.

We can’t help but wonder: what do family-unfriendly neo-Nazi events look like?

Nasty forms of anti-Semitism are all too prevalent today, from Hugo Chávez’s ugly anti-Semitic invective to the Jew-demonizing rhetoric of some of the people politically empowered by the Arab Spring.

America remains a country where Jew-hating is seen as sign both of a weak mind and flawed character. That’s a good thing; any sign of increased social tolerance for anti-Semitic rhetoric and ravings would be the worst possible news. Anti-Semitism remains a leading indicator for authoritarianism and poverty. We wish Mr. Jones an eye-opening moment of insight followed by deep and sincere repentance. Failing that, we predict an unsatisfying life of futility and frustration on the political fringe.

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  • Walter Sobchak

    Elwood: Illinois Nazis.
    Jake: I hate Illinois Nazis.

  • Charles R. Williams

    Unlike the anti-semite Sharpton, you can be sure this guy won’t get a seat on the podium at his party’s national convention.

  • WigWag

    As disgusting as Arthur Jones surely is, I doubt that his form of anti Semitism is really the most threatening. Far more alarming is the anti Semitism that has gained a foot hold in some quarters of the American left. The dual loyalty canard that has been used to excoriate Jews for centuries all over the world has recently made a reappearance in the United States; ironically, sometimes the worst offenders are Jewish themselves.

    Specifically I am referring to the term “Israel-Firster” that has been used many times by pundits like Joe Klein and M.J. Rosenberg. What’s even more discouraging is that their ideological soul mates, including respected journalists like Jim Fallows, Fareed Zakaria, Steve Clemons and others refuse to condemn the bigoted language. What exactly this makes them is hard to know. What we can be sure of is that allowing language that implies that American Jews and other supporters of Israel are not loyal to the United States is both offensive and dangerous.

    It also needs to be said that leftist think tanks associated with the Democratic Party like the Center for American Progress and Media Matters have sanctioned language that borders on the anti Semitic. The same can be said of the New America Foundation which has hosted blogs in which terribly anti Semitic language is posted with nary an objection by the blog proprietor.

    It seems to me that all of this is far more worrying than the rants of some Neo Nazi nut job from the midwest.

  • Vilmos

    Matching news:

    Neighbours describe shot Nanaimo man as kind, caring neo-Nazi

    Mind boggles.


  • Geoff M

    “America remains a country where Jew-hating is seen as sign both of a weak mind and flawed character.”

    And yet Andrew Sullivan still has a bully pulpit at the Daily Beast.

  • Cunctator

    Anti-semitism is rather like the “canary in a coal mine” for any society. But, it still exists and probably always will — it is the extent to which it is promoted (as opposed to tolerated) by political authorities.

    I personally don’t have any problem, in principle, with a neo-Nazi running for public office. Anyone should be allowed to seek a public mandate, and it is up to the public to elect him or not (hopefully the latter!). What I have a problem with these days is when the mainstream media downplay the anti-semitic connections of political leaders, regardless of ideological affiliation.

  • Pete Dellas

    WigWag, you never cease to amaze me. Sometimes your comments seem to come out of left field. Other times (like today) they are brilliant and honest observations. Yes, the clear anti-Semitism I have seen the left concerns me far more than some skin-head or neo-Nazi who aspires to gain office. It’s doubtful a guy like this will ever get elected.

  • Jordan

    I’ve only experienced anti-semitism first hand in this country from liberals.

  • bob sykes

    Based on their economic and social policies, the Nazis were a left wing party and saw themselves as socialists.

    Historically, socialism harbored many racist ideas. It might be recalled that the Democrat party, and for that matter progressivism, was a racist, antisemitic party right up to the 1960s. The KKK was part of the Democrat party even in the north.

    The ideology of socialist man is implicitly racist and antisemitic because it insists that everyone be the same. This can only be realized in a racially pure society.

  • Bob

    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said Rush Limbaugh reached a new low with “borderline anti-Semitic comments” on his radio show,

  • James

    Israel is the most racist, apartheid, criminal, terrorist (read continual history of false flag operations including against the U.S.S Liberty)anti-Christ country in the world.

    By way of AIPAC it has virtually dictated U.S. foreign policy. It is because of Israel the U.S. has wasted its military and its money on the insane wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. And now Israel expects us to attack Iran after we cripple Syria first. This is absolutely insane. This is absolutely nuts! Won’t America ever learn? Israel which constantly spies on America is not its friend, but its worst enemy!


  • Mick The Reactionary

    “The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said Rush Limbaugh reached a new low with “borderline anti-Semitic comments” on his radio show,”

    1. Is technology of commenting too taxing for you?

    2. anti-semite (ADL definition): A public person to the right of Hillary Clinton who does not give ADL any money.

    Abe Foxman, a $650K a year prez of ADL, sees no danger of Shariah in USA, but sees anti-semite under bed of every pro-Israel right-wing radio talker

  • Andrea Ostrov Letania

    He is a punk but how is it worse than Obama the friend of Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright becoming president?

  • Andrea Ostrov Letania

    Family friendly neo-Nazi. Looks like they’re using the Alinksy tactic in Rules for Radicals.

  • Kris

    WigWag@3: Indeed. Without commenting on relative prevalence, Antisemitism on the right is generally condemned much more fiercely than antisemitism on the left. After all, the manifestations of antisemitism on the left come from the righteous dispossessed, or are directed at the powerful, and so, while not entirely justified, should not be condemned too harshly [/sarc].

    Bob@10: The ADL does some excellent work, but it sometimes seems a trifle eager to please its mostly liberal backers. This particular case seems like an example. (Summary: Obama pours on the rhetoric about bad bankers, financiers, Wall-Street types, etc. Rush says that this type of rhetoric should be worrying to Jews. ADL condemns Rush.)

  • Corlyss

    Well. I wonder if the Republican Party elders can measure up to this extremely low bar test.

  • Kris

    James@11: I was willing to overlook all of this, but then to to top it all off, Israel ran over my dog! Twice!

  • James

    Kris@17: Typical distracting humor from the real horror which is the Talmudic (Jesus Christ is in hell.) usuperr state of Israel. Why not send your humor to the surviving family of Rachel Corrie.

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