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Sandra Fluke’s Boyfriend Is a Jewy Jew Jew

When Jew-spotting goes (very) south

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Sometimes, when trying to stretch stories to fit into Tablet Magazine, I engage in what might be termed Jew-spotting or Jew-counting. It’s easier for me than for another writer because of the credibility bought by my presence at this magazine and on its masthead. Still, I try to observe a basic rule: somebody’s Jewishness can never be used as proof for something else about the person. Frequently I’ll try to use shared attributes of a group of people to prove something about Jewishness, but never the other way around. If something is Jewish (pace Lenny Bruce), that’s okay; if Jewish is something, that’s not. Armed with that rule, and with the understanding that Jewishness is extremely dialectical—very sensitive to doubts and criticism, such that its most strident attributes frequently exist alongside their exact opposites (ultra-religious and secular, socialist and free-market, etc.)—I’ve been able to write, I hope convincingly, about the “Jewishness” of subjects as diverse as advanced statistics in sports, of Casablanca, and, by writing about Christopher Hitchens, of radical politics. In this way, I’ve tried to avoid allowing my love of Jews to verge into the sort of philosemitism that Adam Kirsch rightly noted is the dialectical sibling of something far darker.

This blog post, written by Brooks Bayne (I’d never heard of him either, but the guy has more than 100,000 Twitter followers), is an object lesson in letting “Jew” do the talking. And this would be true if it were written philosemitically, although, of course, it’s written anti-Semitically (and yes, I see on Twitter that Bayne has a Jewish grandmother; because of course there have never been any Jewish anti-Semites). It’s about Sandra Fluke, who, if you haven’t been following, is a law student and activist who spoke in support of free contraception and was promptly called a “slut” by Rush Limbaugh, the extremely influential right-wing talk show host. Limbaugh apologized, sort of; some advertisers broke with his show; politicking was done. It turns out her boyfriend is one Adam Mutterperl, whose father is one Bill Mutterperl, who is involved in Democratic politics. Woe to the Mutterperls if Brooks Bayne finds out about the Soviet spy William Perl, born Mutterperl, and suggests a relation! (I have no idea if there is one.)

The whole thing is a vicious right-wing screed, total gutter rhetoric, but what’s interesting about it, and what makes it, in the final analysis, anti-Semitic, is that Jewishness proves certain things (never mind that the things it proves, such as having a commitment to social justice, are things many Jews are proud to be associated with). The Mutterperls aren’t just Jews who are socialists (they actually aren’t “socialists,” but never mind that, either), they subscribe to “the typical Jewish variant of socialism.” The family has ties to Brandeis, which is named after a Jew who was a socialist (statement of fact) and therefore makes all of its donors Jewish socialists (anti-Semitic supposition). The family has ties to Federation, “a Jewish ‘social’ organization” (here is where I started laughing). And they’re rich, which makes sense, cause, y’know, Jews. By the end, Bayne is just purely conspiracy theorizing, pointing to a bunch of Jewish names as proof of the connections among “well-connected leftist Jewish families on the East Coast.”

“Jewish Socialism is linked to a very progressive concept of the above tikkun olam,” Bayne writes. This is actually arguably true, if, again, dialectically unrigorous (since progressive Jews prompt the reactions of un-progressive Jews). What Bayne gets backward, in his fevered hate and his ulterior agenda, is which came first. There is something Jewish about socialism (even if most socialists, and most prominent socialists, are not and have not been Jewish); Edmund Wilson notes it in To The Finland Station, as have many other writers, Jewish and not. Marx, Freud, and Einstein all developed revolutionary theories and all were born to Jewish families, and I’d submit this isn’t a coincidence. But Bayne isn’t arguing there is something Jewish about socialism. He is relying on the premise that there is something socialistic about Jewishness. That’s why he is citing the mere existence of Jewish names as proof of a socialist conspiracy. This is not historical thinking. It is anti-Semitic thinking.

Sandra Fluke’s Boyfriend, Adam “Cutie Pants” Mutterperl, And His Radical Socialist Family [The Graph]

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Arandi Oreno says:

Yawn….

Phil N says:

Obviously there is nothing socialistic about Judaism. Jews have been victims in socialistic societies, whether the National Socialists (Nazis) or Communists. It is under the free market system that Jews have prospered and have had freedom to worship.

Garry says:

Rubbish (with a capital R)

You need an F in your title.

One can say, there is something Jewish about buying and selling, there is something Jewish about free enterprise, there is something Jewish about capitalism. Jewish religion, the Torah and Talmud, and most of all Jewish history verifies this.

Who is Sandra Luke?

Mel Tillman says:

Gee, I’m wondering if Rush knew she had a Jewish boyfriend would he have treated her differently.

I’d argue that what makes it classically antisemitic, based on what you describe (since I don’t plan to read the thing), is the fact that he’s talking about Fluke’s boyfriend at all. Why is he preoccupied with him? I would assume that a woman who is assertive about her reproductive rights is likely to freely exercise her right to make decisions for herself without being beholden to anyone else, boyfriend or not. Yet blame, or censure or responsibility is not assigned to the nominal actor, but to some shadowy Jew lurking in the background.

It’s not totally dissimilar to what happened in the Iraq War. Neither the President, nor Vice President, nor any other senior cabinet member was Jewish, and yet there were some Jewish undersecretaries and assistants, and therefore, the whole undertaking was, by this this twisted logic, a Jewish plot.

Alan Ronkin says:

It’s great that people are recognizing Tikkun Olam as part of the Jewish experience in the United States. Something must be working if it is penetrating as far as the crazy anti-Semites.

Pointing out Bayne’s anti-semitism just means that you’re the real anti-semite here.

So go back to Nazi Germany already, comrade!

MethanP says:

Marc; No one I know will defend Mr. Bayne. I would point out yhat you can find far more anti-semitism among the supposedly open liberal left than among the supposedly neanderthal conservatives on the right. When you consider pruportionality, the numbers are more dramatic. I do not question the accuracy of your comments about Mr. Bayne. But on the right you have to look for people like him. As Alan Dershowitz has recently discovered, people like Bayne are quite common on the left.

Bob Schwalbaum says:

Certainly a product of the cultural divide.. but we are now faced with the prospect of very serious.. very learned.. and very bigoted anti-semitic Jews.

They disguise their rhetoric as anti-Zionism.. but if it looks like a duck.. etc.

lazer says:

To Phil N: Nazis were not socialists or leftists of any stripe; they openly persecuted them, and sent them to labor camps.

ChanaBatya says:

Ok, I kind of get your point, except as an American who really likes European Socialism and long for some of that right here (socialized medicine, e.g.), I kind of like the idea that there is something socialistic about Jewishness. I like that we consider the entire group, that we want to raise the downtrodden, to provide opportunity for the unfortunate, care for the widow and orphan WITH OUR OWN RESOURCES, thereby redistributing the wealth just a little. Isn’t the idea of Shabbat where everyone is king or queen of their own castle, a way eliminate classes and bring everyone together under the shekhina? I am terribly proud of the Jews who have chosen to pursue tikkun olam through the political movement of socialism. It’s not a slur, it’s a compliment! (generalizations are, of course, slurs by their nature. Pace.)

Michael says:

Mr. Tracy writes: “It’s about Sandra Fluke, who, if you haven’t been following, is a law student and activist who spoke in support of free contraception and was promptly called a “slut” by Rush Limbaugh …”

Not quite. It’s about Sandra Fluke thinking someone owes her contraception because $9.00 a month is just to much for Lib women to spend being responsible for themselves. All Limbaugh did was (inartfully) bring the issue to the attention of the public. Women’s health issue my foot. This is greed, entitlement, and narcissism of the Left on display, nothing else.

Seymour Lipton says:

Nasty, nasty. Suppositions masked as commentary based on the facts cited.

Mildred says:

Dear Michael-so why am I paying for Viagra and vasectomies?

Steve K. says:

Who is Brooks Bayne? Is he a Nazi?

alan says:

Where do you get birth control pills for $9.00 a month Michael? Let’s all remember – Sandra Fluke was talking about another student who needed birth control pills to manage PCOS. This is a condition that affects about 10% of women. Birth control pills cost about $80 a month or almost $1000 a year. This graduate student couldn’t afford them and she didn’t take them and one of her ovaries needed to be removed. Google PCOS. So what does Sandra Fluke’s boyfriend’s money have to do with it anyway? Even if she did have a rich boyfriend, should he pay for all of her friend’s medical expenses? What about people who have knees replaced to play tennis? Why should we pay for that?

The piece in question here was totally, totally insane! Brandeis is bad because “Philanthropy is anti-American and neo-Marxist?” All these Jews are guilty of is donating to charities and supporting unions? Aren’t these all very mainstream American institutions?

These right-wingers have now got to the point where doing anything for poor people makes you a socialist?

And Mildred – I would go further. I think that any institution that will not pay for contraception for women should not pay for any viagra for a man who is either single or has a wife who is not of child-bearing age. I would reckon that most of it is being used for recreational purposes and I’d like to see Santorem include Viagra along with prenatal screening, etc. as things he’s against.

billiecat says:

Wait, Brandeis was soshalist? Somebody ought to tell Eugene V. Debs.

greeneyeshade says:

Check littlegreenfootballs.com about Bayne and the company he’s been keeping: It gets worse.

Fluke is simply a paid operative for the democrat party. And you can buy generic birth control pills at walmart, Target, and any supermarket chain with a pharmacy for 9$ for a 30-day supply.

The Genitals of the Elders of Zion: Shlongs Against Santorum, Limbaugh, and Brooks Bayne!

http://bit.ly/zpbmXN

Why do liberals intentionally mislead in their so called articles . Limbaugh did not call Fluke a slut because she used contraceptives .
He exclaimed any single person  who spends  three thousand dollars a year for contraceptives must be either a prostitute or a slut .
That is different from calling the activist a slut for using contraceptives . Right Mr . Tracy who is so hung up on who is a Jew .

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