Skip to comments.The Caldron of Anti-Semitism. The use and abuse of popular culture’s favorite victim
Posted on 04/28/2006 9:39:15 AM PDT by Tolik
As if there isnt enough evidence of the ideological corruption of Americas universities, along come Chicagos John Mearsheimer and Harvards Stephen Walt, arguing that the Israel lobby dominates American foreign policy to the hurt of our own national interests. Alan Dershowitz has exposed the errors of fact and the sophomoric logic that mar this thesis, and that should embarrass what are supposed to be two of the best universities in the country . Personally, I consider it intellectual malfeasance to harp on the Israel lobby while ignoring the Palestinian lobby which includes most of the faculty of American universities, most of the Middle Eastern Studies Departments, most of the medias editorial boards, the Council on American Islamic Relations, the U.N., and a significant chunk of the State Department.
Critical analysis like Dershowitzs is important, but equally significant is the question of how ideas usually found on neo-Nazi websites can be seriously entertained by otherwise educated people. Anti-Semitism certainly isnt the whole answer, if only because the term is too broad to catch the various subsets of anti-Jewish bigotry. This isnt to say that anti-Semitism doesnt still exist. Obviously, old-fashioned anti-Semites, particularly in Europe, have found that in a post-Holocaust world, one can still indulge the same bigoted stereotypes of all-powerful cabals secretly manipulating world events, as long as one dresses them up in pro-Palestinian or anti-Zionist camouflage. But Im not sure that most of those, including Muslims, who rail against the evil Jews really want them all to disappear, as Hitler did. They just want the Jews to stop being so uppity and to keep in their place....
(Excerpt) Read more at victorhanson.com ...
The left promotes class, ethnic, and racial divisions. All their supposed support for one group (blacks, Islam, women, etc.) becomes hatred for other groups (whites, males, Jews, Christians, etc.) that ends up being the worst possible racism, anti-semitism, and intolerance.
Well written. Good post.
What you describe is a part of the phenomenon that libertarian economist Arnold Kling calls "Folk Marxism": http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1563376/posts
All other explanations of the Left's betrayal of Israel were not satisfactory logical to me until I read that article.
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