Norman Geras has published a piece at a new journal called Fathom that is quite interesting. This is the conclusion:
It is a moral scandal that some few decades after the unmeasurable catastrophe that overtook the Jewish people in Europe, these anti-Semitic themes and ruses are once again respectable; respectable not just down there with the thugs but pervasively also within polite society, and within the perimeters of a self-flattering liberal and left opinion. It is a bleak lesson to all but those unwilling to see. The message of ‘never again’ has already proved to have been too sanguine. Genocides still occur. We now know, as well, that should a new calamity ever befall the Jewish people, there will be, again, not only the direct architects and executants but also those who collaborate, who collude, who look away and find the words to go with doing so. Some of these, dismayingly, shamefully, will be of the left.Read the whole thing here.
This is not a hopeful conclusion, but it is a necessary one. The best of hope in politics must always be allied to a truthful realism. We need to know what we are up against.
By this point one would have to be in full on denial not to recognize that outside of political Islam the foremost racist political movement in the west today is the allegedly "anti-racist" progressive movement. The forms of racism coming out of today's left tend to be passive-aggressive in nature. While the Jewish state has replaced the Jewish people as the legitimate target of malice leading to violence and, perhaps, genocide, their contempt for Arab people, and people "of color," more generally, takes the form of thinking them so lowly as to be beneath moral responsibility for either word or deed. This is what Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld has dubbed "humanitarian racism" and it is a distinctly left-wing phenomenon.