Writings on Antisemitism

[updated: April 2, 2022]

Since my op-ed in the Forward on has been well-received, I thought I’d throw together a list of my writings that specifically address issues of  antisemitism and left-wing movements. (A list of all of my recent work is here).

My most comprehensive, and possibly final, statement on the matter of Left Antisemitism is here:
“Looking Left at Antisemitism,” Journal of Social Justice, vol. 9, June 2020

Other articles and videos of mine that address antisemitism in various ways on both the Left and Right include:

“Leftists on Left-Wing Antisemitism,” (video) panel at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, NYC, May 4, 2021
I give an introduction to a panel of leftists, from different viewpoints, on how antisemitism manifests on the Left. Participants are Sina Arnold, Shane Burley, Keith Kahn-Harris, and Joshua Leifer.

“I’ve Been Tracking the Far Right for Years. Then Lin Wood ‘Exposed’ Me as the QAnon Shaman,”Daily Beast, January 12, 2021
A humorous story about how a decades-old conspiracy theory about me – which started out as explicitly antisemitic before becoming “deantisemitized” – briefly ended up on the national stage right afer the January 6, 2021 U.S. Capitol takeover.

“The Anti-Black and Anti-Semitic History of ‘Outside Agitators’: An Interview with Spencer Sunshine,”It’s Going Down, June 2, 2020
In this interview I explain how Trump’s blaming of “antifa” for the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests is a conspiracy theory ultimately based in antisemitism.

“Is It Antisemitic to Call Landlords ‘Parasites’?” Patreon, April 2020
I was asked if it was antisemitic to call landlords “parasites.” I said you’re not going to get in trouble for this, but you should understand the reason that this might happen: because the role that producerism, personification, and the critique of finance capital plays in antisemitic discourse.

“Steve Bannon’s ‘Washed Out’ Antisemitism,” Political Research Associates, January 12, 2018
An analysis of accusations of antisemitism against Bannon. They include his promotion of the Alt Right, Bannon and Breitbart‘s use of antisemitic narrative structures and code words, a Trump campaign speech and ad, his prejudiced personal expressions, proto-fascist intellectual influences (inc. Maurras and Guénon), his relationship with European Far Right parties, endorsements by antisemites, the Breitbart comments section & the website’s singling out of Jews as such.

The Left Must Root Out Anti-Semitism In Its Ranks,” Forward, June 1, 2017
A call for the Left to ban Holocaust Deniers and antisemitic conspiracy theorists from its venues and publications.

Far Right Conspiracy Theorist Christopher Bollyn to Speak at the Brooklyn Commons,” spencersunshine.com, September 5, 2016
Outline of a former editor at Willis Carto’s neo-Nazi media empire, Christopher Bollyn, who spoke at a “progressive” Brooklyn venue.

Drawing Lines Against Racism and Fascism,” Political Research Associates, March 5, 2015
What are the criteria we should use when excluding antisemites, among others, from left-wing spaces?

Campus Profile—Alison Weir: If Americans Knew,” Political Research Associates, 2014
Profile of a famous crypto-antisemite who is frequently given a pass by Left circles. Part of the Constructing Campus Conflict report.

* “The Right Hand of Occupy Wall Street: From Libertarians to Nazis, the Fact and Fiction of Right-Wing Involvement,” Public Eye, Winter 2014, pages 9-14, 18; online: February 23, 2014
* “20 on the Right in Occupy,” Political Research Associates, February 13, 2014
* “Occupied With Conspiracies? The Occupy Movement, Populist Anti-Elitism, and the Conspiracy Theorists,” Shift, December 11, 2011
Three articles which address why antisemites and other rightists were attracted to the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Rebranding Fascism: National-Anarchists,” Public Eye, vol. 23, no. 4, Winter 2008, 1, 12–19
Profile of a crypto-fascist group that codes its antisemitism as “anti-zionism” in order to engage in entryist tactics.

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