My view of the roots of antisemitism (4+ / 0-)
is that Judaic culture provides an unusually reflective surface to outsiders - i.e., they see in it whatever they inwardly see in themselves. When Germany was feeling weak and humiliated after WW1, it saw in Jews what it was seeing in itself and didn't want to acknowledge - weakness, degeneracy, and petty malice. More benevolent societies have tended to be far more welcoming of Judaic culture, because they see philosophy, responsibility, thoughtfulness, and productivity - aspects which typically represent the wider culture. Particularly jealous and greedy cultures, however, are more invested in the stereotype of the "grasping Jew." It's reliable enough to be a standardized psychological test: Whatever you see in Jews, that's who you are.
Democracy? You'll shoot your eye out, kid.
by Troubadour on Sat Nov 12, 2011 at 10:44:35 PM PST
I am highly critical of this guy for the way in which he incorporates the "Palestinian narrative" into his own view of the conflict, but credit should go where it is due and the above comment is really quite insightful.
It's impossible to determine the actual truthfulness of the claim, but it is a compelling and interesting notion, nonetheless.
An idea to chew upon.
In the comments, fizziks clarifies:
I think you are confusing "Troubadour" and "The Troubadour". They are two separate people. "The Troubadour" is the narcissitic idiot who writes a lot of comically simplistic one-sided screeds about how 'choked up' he is about various trivial things the Palestinians are doing, all in a desperate, pathetic quest to get twitter followers to prove to some publisher that they should print his book, and would eat a steaming bowl of feces on live national TV if it meant he could get one more Twitter follower.
"Troubadour" is a totally different person, and I don't think has weighed in on the I/P issues much at all.
November 13, 2011 11:53 AM
Ahhhh, quite right.
And to think, there I was all set to give that guy the benefit of the doubt.
Many thanks to fizziks for the heads-up.