The Moral Panic of 2017.

This is a moment of “moral panic” in the United States.

All this yelling and screaming and crying and whining about Nazis and Klansmen and White Supremacists is like nothing so much as the Red Scare of the 1950s.

As you will remember from either personal experience or from the classroom, the early Cold War is often understood and discussed as a period of anti-Communist “witch hunts.”

Even Lucille Ball, of all people, was dragged before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1953 to answer for her Communist grandfather and her brief moment in the Party in the late 1930s.

Both Democratic and Republican politicians followed “Tail Gunner Joe” McCarthy into scaring the holy hell out of the American public to such an extent that hard-right Republicans were able to challenge no less a revered figure than President Dwight Eisenhower… former Supreme Allied Commander for the invasion of Europe in 1944… who they considered soft.

Of course – as it turns out after the fall of the Soviet Union and the opening of their archives in the early 1990s – there was a bit more truth to the notion of Communist infiltration than anybody who grew up within the American Jewish Left is eager to admit.

What I suspect, and what professional historians tend to believe, is that Joe McCarthy, more than anything else, was a politician with his finger to the wind.

He saw the early Cold War political zeitgeist and recognized a terrific opportunity. This is not to say that he was insincere but the hour was there for the taking and he absolutely took it.

In doing so, he and the political establishment more generally – Democratic and Republican – whipped up fear and hatred in the heart of the American public toward the Russians and the “Commies.” They did so in some measure for political gain and in some measure because they honestly believed that by staring down the Soviets they were serving the American people.

It must be noted, obviously, that the Soviet Union was an honest threat to the lives of the American people. Although we chuckle at it in retrospect when the new, post-war suburbanites built bomb shelters in their backyards (in lieu of swimming pools) it was not entirely out of irrational fear.

Nonetheless, Cold War architects from Truman to Nixon used the “bully pulpit” to drive that fear into the minds of as many Americans as possible.

And this – 2017 – is just such a moment.

{Here we are again.}

“The Race Scare”

The irony, of course, is that instead of searching beneath every bed sheet for a Communist Infiltrator we are now conducting an American “witch hunt” for Nazis.

It is a Race Scare.

We gather in great numbers to pat ourselves on the back, marching against HATE and congratulate one another for our virtues of tolerance as we encourage fear and loathing toward an insidious green fascist frog man.

The truth is that we hate hate so much that some of us feel a moral imperative to dress up in black and hide our faces for the purpose of beating the holy shit out of anyone bold enough to listen to a Gay Jewish Conservative speak at UC Berkeley or, say, a traditional religious conservative like Ben Shapiro.

That is how much we hate hate.

Even well-meaning, upwardly-mobile, Champaign Socialists – who would never dare physically confront a man on the street merely because that person was wearing a red baseball cap – generally support such good, old-fashioned ass-whoopins’ in the name of “anti-fascism” by the Kids in Black.

{Nothing, after all, suggests a political attitude opposed to fascism so much as clobbering people in the streets like it’s late 1920s Berlin.}

And, now, following the lead of those “progressives” in ISIS and the rest of political Islam, we are ripping down historical monuments that remind us of a past that we want nothing to do with and we are signaling our virtue and goodness and progressive-left social inclusion by donning “pink pussy hats” and encouraging Black Lives Matter to call for the murder of cops.

{“Fry ’em like bacon! Pigs in a blanket! Fry ’em like bacon! Pigs in a blanket!”}

And, so, yes, this is the most insidious political moment in my lifetime.

One would have to go back to 1968 to find this level of vitriol.

The difference is that over 58,000 young American soldiers died in the Vietnam War. The draft yanked young American men out of their lives for the purpose of killing the Viet Cong… who they did not know from a hot pastrami sandwich.

What the counterculture and the New Left wanted was to end that war.

What Martin Luther King, Jr. wanted was the franchise for African-Americans and to promote anti-racism.

This, unfortunately, is in direct opposition to the contemporary progressive-left which worships ethnicity above all.

So, my question to the progressive-left today is, just what the hell do you want?

But, in the meantime – after you figure out how to specifically articulate the answer to that question – please stop scaring Jewish people with the ghosts of Nazis, if you do not mind.

It is one of the smaller, but uglier, aspects of this obnoxious political moment.

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  1. Though I occasionally, and partially disagree with you at times Michael, this piece was spot on…excellent. Brain dead, boof head ‘Nazi’s’ of this era, are no more than ineffectual, puerile like children living a sick fantasy….akin to those idiots of the 80/90’s who paraded around in their Dr. Martins and skin shaved heads.

    Commo’s on the other hand, regardless of the manifesto strain they follow, or colour shade they are; light pink to crimson red, still remain an ever ending dangerous threat to civilised society…all societies…as no doubt you are well aware. First class article Michael.

  2. This is the second article of recent time in which a commentator has chosen to take the position – “Nazism….that’s so old school !! There just ‘blow-hards’. Its all the fault of the left that we see these idiots on the right stirring things up!

    But here’s the thing :- we sat watching on our TVs the torch lit parades in Charlottesville and heard the chants of ‘Burn the Jews” and “Kill the Jews”……as one article in the Atlantic reported;

    “The synagogue in Charlottesville was explicitly threatened with burning by neo-Nazis, and, as a precaution, the congregation made the painful and unprecedented decision to move its Torah scrolls off site.”

    Michael Lumish was that decision an example of “moral panic”, what about the Jews and non-Jews who stood with Alan Zimmerman the president of Congregation Beth Israel not knowing if the three armed men across the street would carry out the threats that had been published on the neo-nazi websites to reduce the shul to ashes.

    “Moral Panic” Michael? Maybe just maybe Michael, for Alan Zimmerman it wasn’t a case of “All this yelling and screaming and crying and whining about Nazis and Klansmen and White Supremacists is like nothing so much as the Red Scare of the 1950s.”

    “Crying and whining”…….Hey Michael give Alan Zimmerman a call and ask him how he justifies his “crying and whining” that shabbat morning as he watched those three men across the street with their semi automatics and wondered what the hell he would do to protect those praying inside…..the number for the office of the shul is +1 434-295-6382.

    And while your on the phone to Alan, ask him what the hell he wants as a member of the Progressive left…..and oh, don’t forget to ask him to stop scaring Jewish people with the ghosts of Nazis, if he doesn’t mind.

    • No Larry, Alan Zimmerman made a continued number of “what if”, “it could have happened”…..and as in your piece, “WONDERED”….outbursts, as to incite the value he saw in belting his own LEFTIST/SOCIALIST Drum….by using the Congregation he is the President of, to further his own COMMO rhetoric.

      Zimmermann…like all GOOD COMMO’S, was on a roll…..sprouting his “WHAT IF GARBAGE” statements…. one after the other. He started off with his garbage weeks earlier; warning of the “Nazi’s” coming to town, right through to the day of the Demonstration…and followed it along by attacking the Police…for not providing an ‘observer’…hence why he had to hire his ‘own little security army’ to give any SORT OF CREDANCE to the “WE MIGHT BE ATTACKED DOSS”, he was feeding to any one who would listen.


      This was the biggest thing that had happened in this commo’s life for a long while.

      Zimmerman was SEEDING AND BAITING the playing field for all his, and its’ worth. Sadly all he was able to manage was a lot of his commo dogma, based partly and disgustingly, on Europe of the 1930/40’s… he fed up as to a multitude of COMMO News outlets….both Print and Electronic.

      Sorry Larry….I can’t believe or accept your suggestion of Commo Zimmerman being as being credible or factual…..(Commo’s, in my lexicon take in from lite pink to deep red…..regardless of their social or professional standing).

      Commo Zimmerman does the Global Jewish cause a lot more harm; for the efforts he went to, to get a few runs on the board out of this Charlottesville fracas….. than he does ANY good! Simple question:- Did ANY ONE THING….of what Zimmerman PREDICTED….. IN RESPECT OF HIS CONCREGATION happen or eventuate…..!?

      We all know the answer to that Question Larry.

      As a Post Script, it would have been nice to see our wonderful Leftist warriors…over the past 80 years, assist the Jewish communities of the Baltic States…..where genuine, horrific anti-Semitism with deadly consequences took, and still takes place. There you would have, and still will see NAZI’S…..THE REAL FRIGHTENING – TO THE CORE NAZI’S. I have been there…they frightened me, and they don’t march around like children in Charlottesville, USA!

      Not anywhere like the ‘Nazi’s’ Zimmerman raps on about for political spin sake. … the social war the Commo’s are continually raging….and waging in the US. Terribly sad Jews are allowing themselves to be used as duped pawns…..

  3. Who can one believe? Commo Zimmerman…..or the Mayor of Charlottesville, another Commo, as well as being of the Jewish faith, Mike Signer. Zimmerman wrote his Essay for the ReformJudaism. Org Webpage five days after August 12th.

    The Mayor’s City Manager, Maurice Jones, speaking on behalf of the Mayor, in reply to Zimmerman’s initial commo rants, and the August 18th Essay, stated the total opposite to what Zimmerman was claiming.

    A Police Officer was positioned…for the entire Rally time, on the corner opposite Beth Israel….who was in constant radio contact with 32 other Officers, who were positioned one block away.

    Additionally, six police snipers, were positioned on six roof tops, as to constantly monitor two street blocks, within whose constant radius was the Beth Israel. In addition to the for going measures, Mr. Jones cites the two teams of 9 Virginia State Police who constantly for the duration of the Rally walked past Beth Israel to ensure it’s safety.

    Contrary to Commo Zimmerman’s beat up…the truth doesn’t fit his narrative…the Synagogue wasnt damaged, or put on fire in any form or manner. The Synagogue was not/never stormed. No member of the Congregation was hurt…in any form. Using the back door was Commo Zimmerman’s idea of a nice touch to instil further fear into his congregation.

    Antifa thugs who were purported to guarding the nearby Methodist Church were acknowledge as fine fellows by Commo Zimmerman’s estimation….citing how his congregation had to pay for Security.

    Who would know the truth….when Commo’s are being quoted. Commo’s are as big, if not bigger threat; alongside radical Islamists, as any would be Nazi found within the US.

    The very memory that will always destroy any chance of Nazim ever rising again, is what the Commo’s use to stupidly fan the flames of fear. The Jewish people have a lot more to worry themselves about than a small mob of numb skull idiots….be they would be Nazi’s or Antifa Thugs…..

    The like of Zimmerman are using, and hiding behind the spectre of Nazim to further the dangerous aim of their beloved Marxism…Communism……as cowardly as Hamas warriors hide behind their wives and children.

  4. I would recommend a recently released book by Douglas Murray – “The Strange Death of Europe”, if anyone is in doubt as to the “effectiveness” of Marxism – Communism’s ability to destroy the free world…spaning the period of 2005 to 2015….and as projected for the not too distant future.

    It is definitely not for the feigned hearted. If you are prone to bouts of depression, I would recommend that you do not read it…for you will be in a permanent state of depression there after. The Globalists and Soros; with Commo’s as the engine room, WILL achieve their end result….if we stay on the same track as the past seventeen years.