May 20, 2008
NY Wasps candidly share anti-Semitic attitudes
It seems like shameless anti-Semitism in this article online at Vanity Fair:
I imagine this is what it sounded like in Hancock Park years ago as the tony L.A. neighborhood transitioned from the Waspyist address in town to the center of many a fights over Orthodox Jewish practices in residential neighborhood.
But today we are enlightened and Jews in America probably enjoy the most privileged diaspora lives since at least Islamic Spain if not Joseph’s years as viceroy of Egypt. (Anyone want to make a case for pre-Nazi Germany?) Which is why it’s surprising to see anti-Jewish sentiments so openly aired by somebody not named Kevin MacDonald or his anti-Semitic admirers. Even if they are being expressed anonymously.
The mere mention last summer by Tom Wolfe that many of the new hedge fund managers, like Schwartzman, were Jewish led Moneybox’s Daniel Gross to say, “When you finish reading the piece, the faintest whiff of anti-Semitism lingers.”
I read the article, and while I agree its quality did not meet Wolfe standards, likely because of the unavoidable comparisons to “The Bonfire of the Vanities,” I didn’t close Portfolio thinking Jews were money grubbers scouring American society.
Then the housing market tanked ...
There is no question Schwartzman is a jerk. Anybody who throws himself a $3 million birthday party has to be. But this should have nothing to do with Schwartzman being Jewish. In fact, it’s worth arguing that if he were a better Jew, he’d be a little less selfish (regardless of how much money he’s worth, or was worth).
Maybe Mondoweiss is right. Maybe something historic is happening.