The bridge to the utopia that they imagine is the destruction of every principle, ideal, and institution that has defined the West since its greatest societies threw off the shackles of monarchy, serfdom, and religious dogma centuries ago. Moral confusion of the kind that is so prevalent on university campuses today is key to the destruction of those things and took hold when too many institutions of higher learning “diversified curricula,” which is to say, replaced classical, pro-Western, and objective academia with content that is meant to promote an anti-Western and even Marxist-Leninist and Islamist worldviews. 

The only thing that one needs to understand about Marxism is that it is not so much a philosophy as it is a religion.

Joseph McCarthy, for all his paranoia and political opportunism, was right. The Reds are among us. For them, college students and the young in general are weapons to be used against us and a way of life that allows for progress even when that progress is phased or gradual. This brings us to the reason why Israel and the Jewish people are so heavily targeted by those who leverage calls for increased diversity, equity, and inclusion for far-left ideological and political gain. It is seldom acknowledged that Marx’s earlier writings were more anti-Jewish than anti-capitalist. For Marx, capitalism, as it existed during the Industrial Revolution, was a Jewish invention and he approached “the Jewish question” and capital in the way many Christians  approach  the story of Eve and the apple, which is to say that Marx taught that the Jewish lending and merchant class brought the original sin of capitalism into being. 

That Marx was himself Jewish by descent, attached to, but estranged from “bourgeois Jewry” and terrible with money is the subject of another conversation (a conversation in which we might address Marx’s self-loathing and poor familial relationships).  But the only thing that one needs to understand about Marxism is that it is not so much a philosophy as it is a religion. And like all religions of its kind, it is resistant to deconstruction, criticism, and rationalism. And because Marxism is all of those things, it became the perfect vector for a new strain of anti-Semitism, one that pretends concern for all nations and peoples while surreptitiously promoting the hatred of just one nation and people. 

Wherever Marx’s materialist theory gained traction, anti-Semitism, in addition to a hatred of the modern, capitalist West, blossomed. And it was in that milieu of reactionary hatred that Maxine Rodinson, the famous French Arabist (and Marxist) convinced his audience that the State of Israel is colonial in nature if not literally a colony of some empire. After all, how can the people who did the most to bring about the modern capitalist society not also be guilty of the crimes that spring from it? 

Never mind that colonialism is first and foremost the relocation of a group of people to a land to which they have no cultural attachment. That the left has forgotten that Jews originated in Judea and that every group that arrived in the Roman colony of Palestine during and after the first century should only be regarded as colonial transplants is Orwellian (think of the line from 1984: “war is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength”). The blame for such amnesia can be pinned on Marx, Rodinson, and every other intellectual who chained their thinking to Marx’s. But the Marxist objection to Israel’s existence has less to do with principle and more to do with her Western and capitalist character. 

Wherever Marx’s materialist theory gained traction, anti-Semitism, in addition to a hatred of the modern, capitalist West, blossomed.

Not long after Israel’s founding, the Middle East became one of the most important fronts of the Cold War. Arab states that gravitated toward or even collaborated with the Nazis during the Second World War were more apt to partner with the Soviets while Arab states that practiced some form of neutrality during the war would come to face the West after the war. Mind you, none of these states supported the right of the Jewish people to pursue self-determination in their homeland when that right was first claimed, but, nearly a century on, persistent acrimony between Israel and Syria can be attributed to Syria’s closeness with the Soviet Union and now the Russian Federation and viewed, in part, as a function of the anti-Semitism shared by the two nations. But, of the two, it was always the Soviets and Russians who did the most to perpetuate that hatred and who saw their war with Jews and Zionism as one dimension of their war with the capitalist West, which brings us to the Russian project to inculcate Leninist-Marxism in leftist Western youth while framing Israel an imperialist aggressor and anyone who is party to a conflict with Israel as belonging to a proletariat victim class. 

That the left has forgotten that Jews originated in Judea and that every group that arrived in the Roman colony of Palestine during and after the first century should only be regarded as colonial transplants is Orwellian.

Where the West once viewed all conflicts, the Cold War included, as material and fought them by the numbers, the Russians took a primarily psychological approach to the Cold War and spread Soviet doctrinal beliefs to and throughout Western academia using a missionary approach. It did so while manufacturing facts that its missionaries would claim are preexisting and immutable. Chief among those “facts” is the existence of an ancient Palestinian people and a land that has been Palestine for as long as it has been called Eretz Yisrsel and that would still be Palestine if not for Zionist usurpation.

The Marxist-Leninist and Islamist goal of destroying the Jewish state is a steppingstone to a larger goal of destroying the West and replacing it with a utopia that Marxists-Leninists are naïve enough to believe is incorporable with the Islamist vision for humanity, which is anything but human. 

That missionary work, the acceptance of this lie coupled with a normalization of Marxist-Leninist sociopolitical violence, laid the groundwork for the Western academic response to the October 7 Massacre with its denials of the barbaric nature of the attack, its conspiracy theory that the attack was allowed by Israel and that Israel is to blame for the rape, murder, and kidnapping of her own people. In that response, there is something akin to Holocaust denial, which hinges upon the hateful belief that Jews exaggerate, manufacture, and/or misrepresent Jewish suffering for collective and individual gain. And in the same way that Holocaust deniers once tried to gain entry to the academic mainstream, Marxist-Leninist deniers of the necessity of defeating Hamas in Gaza once and for all are attempting to mainstream themselves now, but with far more success. That success is due largely to the work of a Marxist-Leninist and Islamist  organization called Students for Justice in Palestine, or SJP, which has been allowed to operate on American campuses for over two decades now. Appallingly, SJP organized a “Day of Resistance” within a week of October 7 while publicly endorsing the crimes against humanity that Hamas undertook on that day. SJP even went so far as to share images and video of attacks on Israeli civilians while celebrating them. 

But understanding the evil of SJP and the movement it fits into is just as important as understanding the broader purpose of both. As the saying goes, what begins with the Jews never ends with the Jews and in this case, the Marxist-Leninist and Islamist goal of destroying the Jewish state is a steppingstone to a larger goal of destroying the West and replacing it with a utopia that Marxists-Leninists are naïve enough to believe is incorporable with the Islamist vision for humanity, which is anything but human. But that is what anti-Semitism and the fundamentalist ideologies that beget it do. They expel reason from all discourse before replacing all discourse with a demand that we in the West exchange our values and principles for what Marxist-Leninists and Islamists call justice, but that is really just a pathway to total power and control.