I've been talking to some people and saw some videos about how Jews control the media, government, economy, and are trying to destroy any sense of culture in America through these means. One of the ways they try to do this is multiculturalism.
What do you guys think of this? I saw an Orthodox monk on Youtube by the name of Brother Nathanael who makes videos about the topic.
I've also heard that the Holocaust wasn't what we think it is, and that people like Elie Weizel are lying about gas chambers and such. Apparently Hitler sought to remove the Jews, not wipe them out. Though many Jews and others did die while at concentration camps (mostly from starvation and disease, a opposed to murder via gas chambers).
I am familiar with some of these ideas. Less so with the holocaust revisionists because I have never been impelled to look much into that aspect. The scope of the holocaust, barring discrepancies of plus or minus 1 million souls, seems a point beyond much dispute. Professor Kevin MacDonald, for instance, has marshalled some fairly impressive evidence, relying on solid historical sources- in many cases derived from Jewish historians and journalists- for the distinctive role of Jewish lobbies and financiers in the Bolshevik revolution, the drastic immigration reforms in the U.S., and the Neo-Conservative takeover of U.S. foreign policy to take but a few examples. So there is some food for thought there, certainly.
The question I find myself asking is: what effect does focusing on such ideas have on my life as a Christian? I have come to the conclusion that many of the people who spend a great deal of time interrogating these matters seem to inflate this into a meta-narrative and wind up engaging exclusively with information that conforms to their orientation. So there is always a danger that it will become an idee fixe
. For me, life is simply too short for this sort of pre-occupation taking up much space.
However, if you find you can study these matters in a rational, charitable and disinterested fashion without succumbing to paranoia or hatred of your neighbor or being consumed by a rigid ideology, then more power to you. But as human beings we are easily tempted, so I would urge caution to anyone still struggling to be cleansed of the blameworthy passions in pursuing these questions to any great extent (probably the biggest reason I have had to lay it aside.) I would honestly advise talking to your priest or spiritual father about it and see whether he approves of you pursuing such areas of study.
By all means avoid the internet as a primary means of gleaning information, especially the videos. Stick to academic histories. The aforementioned Prof. MacDonald's works are frankly too speculative. His facts are hard to dispute but the conclusions are debateable. 'Esau's Tears: Modern Anti-Semitism and the Rise of the Jews' by Professor Albert Lindemann is pretty free of speculation or prejudice, and provides a good overview of the socio-political context of the origins of what we are still struggling with to this day.