An interesting discussion titled J. Thomas Looney and the Jews appeared on the humanities. lit.authors. shakespeare Google discussion group last week in response to John Gross’ review of James Shapiro’s new book Contested Will. The Gross review, “Denying Shakespeare” appeared in the March 2010 issue of Commentary Magazine.
A long post by Lynne Kositsky, AKA “La Mouse”, enlightened Looney lambasters:
To my knowledge, it was no shame to be a Comte’s Positivist at the time. Many were, almost all of them Stratfordians. My feeling is that it is Shapiro’s way of trying to link Looney to Hitler, who was also a Positivist apparently, and to recall in our minds that the beliefs of Oxfordians have . . . been compared to those of Holocaust Deniers, a theory that as a Jewish Oxfordian I find highly distasteful.