Remarks by Mark Weber at a gathering to honor Prof. MacDonald, Jan. 25, 2014
Ladies and gentlemen, Colleagues, and Friends!
is an unusual meeting. We’re gathered here this evening not to listen
to a presentation by a visiting scholar or activist, or to watch and
discuss a film, or to hear a talk about history. We are here to express
our appreciation for a man who for years has lived and worked with us
here in southern California – as a colleague and, for some of us, a
This evening we’re honoring Kevin MacDonald because today – or, rather, to be precise, yesterday,
is his 70th birthday. And now retiring after nearly 30 years of
teaching at California State University- Long Beach, where he has been a
professor of psychology, he and his wife are also getting ready to move
north to Oregon.
bit about his background. Of Scottish-German ancestry, he was born and
raised in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and grew up in a Roman Catholic family.
His father was a policeman. He played basketball in high school. He is
the father of two grown sons, and is now a grandfather.
the 1960s, when he was in his late teens and twenties, he was -- along
with millions of other young men and women on campuses across the
country -- caught up in, and involved with, the exciting upheaval of the
cultural revolution of that time, as well as the social-political
turmoil of the nationwide protest movement against US involvement in the
calamitous Vietnam war.
was during that turbulent time as an anti- war activist on the campus
of the University of Wisconsin, in Madison, where he was a student, that
Kevin – as he later related – first got to know Jewish activists, and
to understand something of their attitude, behavior and motivation, and
when his interest in Jewish intellectual movements first took root.
he was in his late twenties, he embarked on a career as a jazz pianist,
and for two years he lived in Jamaica, where he taught high school.
Happily for us, and the world, he did not pursue that path, but instead
left it to begin an academic career. It was while he was in graduate
school that he first became attracted to the path-breaking work of
Edward O. Wilson and the new academic field of sociobiology.
studied at the University of Connecticut, where he earned a Master’s
degree, and then, in 1981, a doctoral degree in biobehavioral sciences.
He is the author of several books and numerous scholarly papers on
evolutionary theory and child development. In 1985 he joined the
Department of Psychology at California State University-Long Beach,
where, in 1995, he became a full professor.
is probably most famous, or, as some would have it, infamous, as the
author of a detailed, three-volume study of Jews and their role in
history. Written from a sociobiological perspective, this trilogy views
Judaism and Jewish behavior over the centuries as a unique survival
strategy that helps Jews compete with other ethnic groups.
The first volume, entitled A People That Shall Dwell Alone,
was issued twenty years ago by the prestigious scholarly publisher
Praeger. In this book MacDonald explains that Jews have a profound sense
of uniqueness or chosenness that, for more than two millennia, has
enabled them to maintain a distinct and separate social and genetic
The second volume, published in 1998 and also issued by Praeger, is entitled Separation and its Discontents.
In it, MacDonald traces the often strife-torn history of relations
between Jews and non-Jews. He establishes that the persistent discord
and conflict between Jews and non-Jews is rooted above all in the
well-worn pattern of Jewish commercial and intellectual dominance in
non-Jewish societies, and by the refusal of Jews to assimilate.
The third and final volume in the series, titled The Culture of Critique,
was first published in 1998, also by Praeger -- and since then has been
reissued independently. It brings his analysis up to the contemporary
era, with a carefully researched look at the Jewish role in the radical
critique of traditional culture.
this important book, he advances an understandably very controversial
thesis: that certain important intellectual movements of the past 200
years, and especially during last century -- largely established and led
by Jews -- have changed European and western societies in fundamental
ways, and have done much to destroy the sense of identity and confidence
of Western man.
most important of these intellectual movements, he explains, are
Marxism, Freudian psychoanalysis, the Frankfurt school of sociology, and
Boasian anthropology. He also traces the important role of Jews in
promoting multi-culturalism and Third World immigration. The increasing
dominance of these ideas, especially in the middle and second half of
the twentieth century, has had profound political and social
consequences that benefited Jews, but has caused great harm to
professor MacDonald explains, Jewish identity can flower in safety only
when the identity and confidence of non-Jews is weak. It is therefore
in the interest of Jews to erode the identity of any people among whom
they live. Throughout his analysis, he establishes that Jews have
promoted these intellectual movements as Jews and in the interests of
Jews, though they have often tried to give the impression that they had
no distinctive interests of their own.
the years, MacDonald shows, Jews have often worked for their own good
and to the detriment of others, while claiming to promote the interests
of humanity. He presents detailed evidence to show that these important
intellectual movements were designed, consciously or unconsciously, to
advance Jewish group interests -- even though they have been presented
to non-Jews as noble, universalistic, and even utopian. The most serious
charge that MacDonald makes against Jews is therefore not selfishness
or ethnocentrism -- but dishonesty.
with his study and the findings of his great trilogy, MacDonald has
been forthright in stressing the importance of self-awareness and
identity for non-Jews, and especially for the beleaguered and dispirited
peoples of the West. In an address given several years ago [ http://www.kevinmacdonald.net/WestSurvive.htm ], he said, and I’m quoting:
the very first thing that any ethnic group must do is to assert its
ethnic interests openly and honestly. Until recently, ethnic interests
were understood intuitively by everyone, but not formally analyzed. And
of course there has been a major effort by the intellectual left to
convince everyone that their commonsense perceptions of race and
ethnicity are an illusion ...
What this means is that it is very rational to make extreme sacrifices
for our ethnic group. And I would like to underline that. Because of the
large number of ethnic brethren, counted in the hundreds of millions,
we are actually far better off from an evolutionary point of view if we
have a positive influence on the future of our ethnic group than when we
successfully rear our own children. Extreme self-sacrifice is entirely
warranted and rational if it has a positive effect on our ethnic
survival. I think we should all keep this in mind when planning our
future life course ...
Given that some ethnic groups — especially ones with high levels of
ethnocentrism and mobilization — will undoubtedly continue to function
as groups far into the foreseeable future, unilateral renunciation of
ethnic loyalties by some groups means only their surrender and defeat —
the Darwinian dead end of extinction. The future, then, like the past,
will inevitably be a Darwinian competition in which ethnicity plays a
very large role.
alternative faced by Europeans throughout the Western world is to place
themselves in a position of enormous vulnerability in which their
destinies will be determined by other peoples, many of whom hold deep
historically conditioned hatreds toward them. Europeans’ promotion of
their own displacement is the ultimate foolishness — a historical
mistake of catastrophic proportions.”
MacDonald is one of the very few men in today’s America with a
well-informed, self-consistent and reality-based worldview, and the
skill and ability to express it persuasively, as well as the courage to
boldly present views that so radically challenge the prevailing
intellectual- philosophical premises of our age, and the dominant
social-political forces of our society.
has, of course, paid a price for all this. He has been smeared and
vilified by influential Jewish- Zionist organizations such as the
“Anti-Defamation League,” and by their non-Jewish lackeys. Happily for
us and for humanity, MacDonald has not let that slow him down.
many of those here this evening are aware, he’s been active, for
example as a director and spokesman for the “American Freedom Party.”
And through the “Occidental Observer” website, which he runs and edits,
and for which he writes, he’s been having an impact across the US and
evening, Kevin, we express to you our gratitude for your outstanding,
enduring work, your dedication in spite of adversity, and the example
you set for others.
For years it has been not merely a pleasure, but also an honor and a privilege to know you. Thank you!