Sunday, July 20, 2008
Posted by Daniel Greenfield 7 Comments
Finally a country whose government or rather dictatorship is widely supported by liberals in the United States and Europe.
No it's not located in the Middle East, but in South America. The country of course is Venezuela and like the antisemitic agenda of their fellow Marxist Sandinistas, Hugo Chavez's "Jewish Problem" demonstrates that leftist antisemitism has very little to do with the existence of Israel or any so-called oppression of the Palestinian Arabs.
The Marxist and leftist hatred for Jews long predates the modern State of Israel. In fact it goes back to Marx himself, who despite having Jewish ancestry, hated Jews all the more.
When Marx wrote, "Money is the jealous god of Israel, beside which no other god may exist... The Jew has emancipated himself in a Jewish manner, not only because he has acquired financial power, but also because, through him and also apart from him, money has become a world power and the practical Jewish spirit has become the practical spirit of the Christian nations. The Jews have emancipated themselves insofar as the Christians have become Jews", he was setting forth the antisemitic viewpoint of Marxism that continues to this day.
When Chavez speaks about Jews, he reflects the same Marxist stereotype and obsession with the Jews as the financial rulers of the world or in particular Venezuela; "The world has enough for everybody, but it happened that some minorities—the descendants of those who crucified Christ... took possession of the riches of the world."
Declaiming against Jewish wealth is of course an old stereotype, but takes on a particular meaning for socialists whose goal is the expropriation of wealth and property into the hands of a socialist state.
To socialists, Jewish success and ability is our original sin. Where liberals claim to be motivated by a desire to bring equality by removing social discrimination, the reality is that this is never meant to actually work. Discrimination is meant to be an endless treadmill, escape from which can only be achieved through socialism and government control. Jews however have been the most notable exception, succeeding widely in the arts, commerce, industry, medicine, law, politics and a hundred other professions, despite social discrimination.
Jews are an embarrassment for the prophets of socialism, because Jews disprove its fondest premise, that only government control can insure equality and justice. Is it any wonder then that socialists tend to hate the Jews?
Modern socialist antisemitism justifies itself through Israel, but it has little to do with Israel. Socialists celebrated Israel in 1948 when they thought it would be a socialist beachhead in the Middle East. Instead Israel embraced free market reforms and become one of the world's biggest sources of medical, technological and agricultural development. Israel's GDP ranks with that of Western Europe. Israel's median household income is just behind Australia and ahead of Ireland and Hong Kong.
Socialists traffic in antisemitism, not because of Israel, but because they resent Jews and because it is a cheap source of bigoted populism, in Venezuela for Chavez or in the UK for George Galloway or in America for Cynthia McKinney, current Presidential nominee of the Green Party.
Many will retort by pointing out that a great number of socialists were and are Jewish. What of it?
Torquemada, chief instigator of the Spanish Inquisition, was descended from Jews. Even Ferdinand and Isabella had Jewish blood. Many of those who burned Jews at the stake in the Spanish Inquisition, like Marx or Adam Shapiro of ISM, were of Jewish descent. Before they too were burned, more often than not.
The same pattern played itself out in the USSR as the Yevesktsia, the Jewish Section, carried out purges of Jews, eradicating religious and Zionist figures, for their masters in the Kremlin, until it was their turn to go before the firing squad. It has played itself out numerous times over and over again, from Convents to Kapos and will continue playing itself out in the future.
The common denominator is that such people living under a value system that despises Jewishness, choose to side with the enemy and adopting his value system are at their eagerest to persecute and kill other Jews. It matters little whether they convert to Catholicism or Communism, the mental phenomenon is the same. And it is not limited to Jews alone, as can be seen with the rise of Dhimmism in Europe and America.
Such people are of course no more "Jews" in any meaningful sense than the American Taliban Johnny Walker was an American. They are simply people who happened to be born a certain way and under the burden of their own self-hatred went to war against their own people.
That voice has been howling for a long time now. When the Green Party chooses someone like Cynthia McKinney as their standard bearer, they are making a statement. A statement about successful minority groups in America, the Jews and Asian-Indians whom McKinney rabidly hates. When Latin American Marxists scapegoat Jews and Chinese, they took are making a statement. And it is a statement that the left vocally cheers on.
The ugly reality behind socialism is that it is an ideology by slavemasters in search of slaves. Those who naturally need socialism are easy recruits. Those who do not will be demonized and made to feel guilty because they work hard for a living and succeed at it. They will be accused of being greedy, privileged, entitled and oppressors. Some in turn will join the socialists' ranks or pay them off out of guilt. And so antisemitism pays for the socialists and will pay again.
In Venezuela, in the UK. In Paris and Seattle. In Bolivia and Nicaragua. In Georgia and Harlem. Socialism continues to be linked to Antisemitism. Not because of Israel. But because of their hatred of Jews and hatred of the individual and lust for power over mankind.