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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Another Face of Marxism

For John, BLUFThe Antisemitism within the Democratic Part this year is repulsive.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

That would be British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbin, who has brought Antisemitism back to British politics.

From The Daily Wire, by Ms Ziva Dahl, 2 April 2019.

Here is the lede plus one:

Anti-Semitism now thrives within the Democratic Party, representing a normalization of Jew-hatred not previously seen in the U.S. political mainstream.  The progressive Left’s socialism, devotion to intersectional ideology, and defense of Islamism have incubated and birthed this reality.

Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) (the socialist), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) (the Palestinian) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (the Islamist) — three “women of color” who are “untouchable” in the identity politics of the Left — have changed the conversation regarding anti-Semitism and Israel.  As Omar recognized, it is now “OK” to discuss anti-Semitic slurs such as Jewish dual loyalty and Zionist influence-peddling.  As Ocasio-Cortez put it, support for Israel today should be equated with support for the Iraq War.

According to the Democratic Left, American Jews, quintessentially “white” and “privileged,” must be stripped of their power in order to isolate, marginalize, and destroy Israel — the proxy for capitalism and colonialism.  Normalizing anti-Semitic slurs seems a small price to pay for a sea change in American foreign policy.

The nineteenth-century socialist movements in Europe often exploited the anti-Semitic stereotype of the Jewish capitalist as a tool to target the entire mercantile class.  They used the same arguments to critique capitalism as anti-Semites used to attack Jews. Socialist Charles Fourier portrayed the Jews as evil moneylenders and Pierre-Joseph Proudhon considered them the embodiment of corrupt commerce.

Karl Marx echoed those sentiments.  Professor Robert Wistrich observed, “The net result of Marx’s essay ['On The Jewish Question'] is to reinforce a traditional anti-Jewish stereotype — the identification of the Jews with money-making — in the sharpest possible manner.”  Some of Marx’s followers used anti-Semitism to introduce anti-capitalism to the public.  Hate the Jewish merchants and you’ll come to hate the non-Jewish ones.

So, Capitalism is seen as an evil by Progressives and tying Jews to Capitalism is an OK move.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

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