Every serious movement needs a political prisoner whose persecution serves as a rallying point for them to gather around. Anti-White Leftists have Mumia Abu-Jamal, a Black victim of America’s institutional racism. His heroic act of slaughtering a White man then declaring “I shot the motherfucker, and I hope the motherfucker dies!” has inspired hordes of White potheads with blonde dreadlocks to clutch crudely written “Free Mumia” signs with their Cheetos™-encrusted fingers.
Our libertarian friends have finally found their own iconic martyr who truly epitomizes what libertarianism is all about. This man, this victim of America’s oppressive and tyrannical regime, is Rabbi Sholom Rubashkin. He has, perhaps more than any other man in the world, applied libertarian principles in his professional life, and is now being punished by America’s fascist goons.
Professor William Anderson of LewRockwell.com cries foul in his latest post, Free Sholom Rubashkin! He begins the article by delivering the bad news, that the man has been sentenced to 27 years in prison for, with scare quotes to de-legitimize the charges: “financial fraud”. He notes that “a lot of other people”, including friend of the site, mass murderess Janet Reno, and a bunch of Jews, are promoting leniency in his sentencing. But they lack the chutzpah that Mr. Anderson has, who demands that he be freed altogether.
All Mr. Rubashkin and his large clan of Hasidic Jews are guilty of is tens of millions of dollars of bank fraud, employing thousands of illegal immigrants in unthinkably squalid conditions, and obliterating the idyllic American town of Postville, Iowa. Years before the shit hit the fan, Stephen G. Bloom, a liberal journalist, described the Jewish crime family’s brutal destruction of the small town in his bestselling book, Postville: A Clash of Cultures in Heartland America. Postville’s descent from a safe and quaint White American hometown into a third world nightmare of financial scams, immigrant youth gangs, and Jewish chauvinism is the American story in a microcosm.
Brace yourselves for this hard-working immigrant’s heart-warming backstory…
Rubashkin is a Hasidic Jew, his family having fled the U.S.S.R. after the Nazi invasion. They came to the United States and set up a butcher shop in New York City. After marriage in 1989, he and his new bride moved to Atlanta on shlihut to do kiruv (Jewish outreach). That same year, Rubashkin’s father started a kosher meat processing business in Postville to better enable Jews living outside of main Jewish centers to be able to obtain kosher meat..Before Glatt kosher Agriprocessors began to expand its business, Jewish families could only purchase kosher meat from small butchers and specialty stores that catered to Jews. This made things more difficult for Jewish families who did not leave[sic] near these kinds of stores, but by expanding the amount of kosher meat for sale, the firm was able to bring kosher meat to regular grocery stores, which was not a small development for Jewish families.
Just when Mr. Rubashkin thought he had finally escaped the Nazis, he finds himself the victim of racism and anti-Semitism in what he thought was a sanctuary devoid of consequences for financial fraud and exploiting immigrant laborers…
Second, while it was clear that PETA’s charges were false, nonetheless the organization managed to put the kosher meat facility in the public eye, thus making it a bigger target for federal authorities [Emhasis added]. The next organization to go after Glatt kosher Agriprocessors was the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, which had been unsuccessful in organizing the plant. Part of the problem was its workforce, and anyone who has been near a meat or chicken processing plant will know that a lot of immigrants from Mexico and Central America work there, as well as Asian immigrants [Emphasis added].
It’s hard to know exactly what Mr. Anderson is implying here, since his hysterically pro-libertarian ideology blinds him to the very possibility that employers might harm workers or be in the wrong. The man even believes that The Jungle was only socialist subterfuge. Having actually worked in deplorable conditions, among illegal immigrants, I can testify from my own experience that some unscrupulous employers are truly guilty of moral crimes befitting a 27 year prison sentence. But the actual humans and the fingers they lose are, for him, only abstractions ripe for the application of some tidy libertarian principles.
But it appears that he’s implying that PETA is anti-Semitic, that PETA deliberately targeted the Jewish factory. This claim isn’t entirely without merit, as animal-rights activism is incompatible with the barbaric slaughter techniques involved in kosher meat production…
Somehow, we share the Alternative Right with a man who sees enforcement of the most basic immigration laws as institutional racism by America’s anti-Semitic federal government. Somehow, we’re bedfellows with a man who cheers as our traditional families and communities are destroyed by greedy foreigners. Somehow, we’re uncomfortably close to a man who isn’t repulsed by the inhumane practices shown above.
To global Jewry’s credit, the Forward provided a pretty balanced analysis of the episode. You know when the Jewish community condemns a Jewish man, that you have a man who’s beyond redemption. Kudos to them. But the professor tries his damnedest, anyway.
After amusingly suggesting that Forward itself was guilty of persecuting Rubashkin, and laughing off the hundreds of charges of exploiting children, the professor then goes on to lecture us on the curious legal claim that fraud is only truly fraud if you get caught by the victim. To bust somebody for fraud before the victim actually suffers the consequences is immoral, since the perpetrator could have hypothetically squared things up and gotten away with it. I’m no legal scholar, but I’m pretty sure that’s stupid.