(ch 18, on levi-strauss)
Notes: says l-strauss is to anthro as freud to psychiatry and marx to sociology, one of the 'founding patriarchs' of jew intellectual culture in diaspora. "structural anthropology is the last of the classic ideological 'remedies' for the cultural status wound inflicted on intellectual Jewry by its emancipation into the West." emile durkheim. father of scientific sociology (son of rabbis), wrote about modernization process - from tribal to modern civil societies. problem is "wound in the heart." come up with theory to explain or justify why judaism looks ugly and backward vs west. levi-strauss was in "pupillary succession" to marx (his student). a fully excited marxist, he was. promoting an ahistorical structuralism, like marx rejecting experience. "structuralism...is an ideology of subcultural despair" an uneasy mix of cognitive relativism and ethical absolutism. secret of marx's appeal is "skeptical fanaticism" (polanyi). it is a "conceit" (as per literary use), "yoking together" positivism and idealism. other ways of putting it: normative and cognitive are related. "the fire and the rose are one." secular jew intellectuals of modernity were skeptical AND fanatical, first observed jean-richard bloch. Frankfurt school jews expressly denied/disclaimed sociology-of-knowledge approaches to explaining what they were up (jews pushing jewish agenda, which = anti-white) and insisted they were universalists and unattached. jew weil, funder, in scores of letters tried to get people NOT to write about the jew agenda behind Frankfurt. martin jay wrote "Anti-Semitism and the Weimar Left" (Midstream
20, no. 1, January 1974). horkheimer didnt follow his father into manufacturing. he married father's gentile secretary. parents more bothered by his marrying a gentile than becoming a revolutionary. stanley rothman: "What better way to end one's marginality than by undermining the categories that define one as marginal?" l-s created structuralism, an ideology. subversive at home, conformist abroad. everything the natives do is justified, everything we do is wrong. from raw naked to cooked clothed. he relativized/contrasted savages knowing how to live, with our merely knowing how to behave (savoir-vivre vs savoire-faire). the savage is defiled internally whereas the West says "hell is others." the savage is better. jesus said man is not defiled by what he eats (what goes INTO his mouth) but by what he says (what comes OUT OF his mouth - from his depraved heart). so lot of the noble savage and gaia gunk comes from levi-strauss. anecdote is that his grandfather, rabbi of versailles, had long sheet poster in dining room warning kids to chew to digest properly - food (from outside) can be threatening. l-s's base claim is "there are no superior societies" (sanche de gramont). judaism inherently totalitarian, much aimed at preventing impurity arriving from outside (kosher laws), making it an "inferior religion" as even jew durkheim said. marx: christianity is the sublime thought of judaism, and judaism is the vulgar practical application of christianity.
[will finish Ordeal this week, 4 segments left, should do one a day]