hate crimes, antisemitism, new project 

I just found out that the school I attended, American University, has had two swastikas, an SS, and a Magen David carved into the dorms.

This is exactly why my current project is so important.

I read about probably once incident like this every day or two, literally.

Don't tell me antisemitism doesn't exist, or any of that nonsense. It's incredibly common and it's scary as heck to be Jewish right now...

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hate crimes, antisemitism, new project 

@emacsen

it may be presumptuos from me but I think it's not just antisemitism

It's antisemitism, it's racism. it's antimuslimness, it's machismo (see abortion), it's antilgbt hatred

it's the same hatred

it's white nationalism

it's extremely similar to what happenedin the 30ies

I know history does not repeat

but the psychological processes at the base of this are the same

And Google and the gafam are blowing on the fire for profit

hate crimes, antisemitism, new project 

@AbbieNormal

Sorry, but no.

I've received plenty of antisemitism from folks on the left, from gay folks, from trans folks, etc.

I'm not letting them off the hook by saying that antisemitism is a white nationalist problem and I hope you don't either.

hate crimes, antisemitism, new project 

@emacsen

antisemitism by leftists doesn't negate what I argued

The French communists demonstrated against the military campaign against the Nazist Germany

Nowadays, some leftsts still condemn the american intervention in former Jugoslavia

Reactionary politics and white nationalism extends to the left too

I'm not leaving anyone off the hook

antisemitism 

@AbbieNormal @emacsen Our societies have a special driving force for hating Jews. It cannot be explained as a side-effect of colonialism, classism or anything else, it can only be explained as hate on Jews holding a place of its own in modern and medieval European-descent history.

There is no "pragmatic" or "opportunistic" us and them. Jewish members of society generally aren't poor and relying on welfare. Jewish families have generally been around for decades or centuries, they're not coming from abroad and looking or speaking different. Jewish people are not displacing white people in the job market, there aren't enough Jews outside Israel for that to be a thing, outside the US even fewer.

In Sweden you may go your whole life without ever meeting a person of Jewish descent, and yet far-right narratives talk about the influence of Jews everywhere. It's downright bizarre unless you trace the lines back through history and see the damage that has been done and continues to be done. The Holocaust was not a freak incident, it was typical in every way except its scale.

Antisemitism exists because of stories told specifically about Jews for centuries, fomented at various times by the Catholic Church, Martin Luther, Nazis and society at large whenever an Other had to be blamed for society's ills and whenever an Other was needed to explain why some grand conspiracy would exist. Antisemitism has its own special traditions, symbols and other memes. It's not just another flavor of generic racism and xenophobia.

antisemitism 

@clacke @emacsen

I see what you mean but I disagree

I think the psycological process at the base of antisemitism is the same

it's true that historically antisemtism has its specificity

but that's because the women issue and the lgbt issue and the way people can move today are relatively recent

antisemitism 

@AbbieNormal @clacke

Jews have a unique experience of being persecuted for 3000 years.

And the excuses for it are always conveniently inconsistent.

Jews are attacked for being too rich, for being too poor, for being too foreign, for being white, for not being "pure", for not assimilating, for "hiding amongst the people", for being too intellectual, for rejecting "reason", for being communists, for being capitalists, for having foreign "loyalties" etc.

antisemitism 

@emacsen @clacke

Ok, I won't go on

I'll just point out that the author of those books is not suspicious of any hint of antisemitism

antisemitism 

@AbbieNormal @clacke

I don't think you are, I just think you fall into the trap of trying to "reason it" or "justify it" as part of something larger.

The problem is that when you do that, it's a form of erasure.

antisemitism 

@emacsen @clacke

admittedly I was tryng to make it part of something larger

Not justifying it, just explaining it

But if that amounts to erasure, I'll take some time to think this over

I didn't mean to attempt any erasure, I'm sorry if I was mistaken

antisemitism 

@AbbieNormal @clacke

I didn't think you meant harm by it, but there are two forces at play.

First, any time one person "intellectualizes" hate, it's walking dangerous ground. It's very hard to do well, and there's a tendency to "justify" it in a sesne.

Secondly, antisemitism is unique in that it's not a limited time issue, and that the justifications always shift and change. It has a tendency to lead to "If they only did ___, they'd be okay" and it's never true.

antisemitism 

@emacsen @clacke

Ok, assumed that I gave up on my attempts to make antisemitism a part of something larger, I think it can be helpful to briefly illustrate the thesis of the books I mentioned

This has to do (in my opinion) with the (lack of) time limitedness of antisemtism and with the arguments "if they had just.."

(deep breath)

antisemitism 

@emacsen @clacke

The main idea of the author is tha the human species is the only liveing species (as far as we know) exposed to the awareness of being destined to die

antisemitism 

@emacsen @clacke

he believes that the cultures that humanites have created along its history are huge building around the anguish of death

antisemitism 

@emacsen @clacke

he uses this perspective to explain the evolution of the phenomenon that's otherwise studied by what we call "scienze politiche", science of politics

not just recently but from the beginning of humanity

antisemitism 

@emacsen @clacke

he explores ancient and far away indigenous cultures (with a hint of anthropology)

He explores literature, culture in general

he argues, among other things, that urbanization started as a need to be close to graves to practices rituals related to the dead

antisemitism 

@emacsen @clacke

he argues that religion has been a human creation to oppose the death anguish

the ethernal life, partculary

the divine judjgement and the need to appease the God(s) is seen as a psycological desperate reaction to the terror of being destined to rot

antisemitism 

@emacsen @clacke

then he goes on to the political rvolutions and he applies the same argument

the new man promised by revolutions is just another defense against the death anguish

antisemitism 

@emacsen @clacke

so the idea is that "others" threath our integrity towards the divinities and put our salvation in jeopardy

Follow

antisemitism 

@emacsen @clacke

Admittedly the author doesn't simplify the nazi experience

That was me

I think the author was jewsh himself, I'm not sure

I just was superficial in believing I could make this analogy in a probably too simplistic way

antisemitism 

@emacsen @clacke

I just found the book compelling

I think it explains evil in a way that is more convincing and less prone to contrdictions than any other way I know

antisemitism 

@emacsen @clacke

the wikipedia page about the auhor has a contetsation of enciclopedic relevance

As you know many wemen or not white people are erased by wikipedians this way

I believe this is a confirmation of the originality of the idea by this author

Techbors and wikipedians, lacking humanistic culture, are particulary prone to mistakes due to the defence against any threat they may feel knowingly or not

antisemitism 

@emacsen @clacke

In fact vicimhood is a very efective rethrocal trope in that demographic

antisemitism 

@emacsen @clacke

So I see that whole phenomenon as another example of what the author argues

Ok, I'm getting cheesy, I'll stop here 🙂

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