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Raine, B. (2018). Jewphobia. Salvage, 6, pp. 83-108

86

Like that of Vico, Jewish history-telling is cyclically tragic. From Biblical Egypt to Weimar Germany, in our own narratives times of comfort and joy for Jews were always the augurs of misery to come – the higher the summit, the further the fall. In most of the world, we live now in good times. Anti-Semitism in the twenty-first-century Jewish imaginary is therefore located in the past and in the future, as spectral. Worries about anti-Semitism are almost universally anxieties about what happened long ago read as a warning about what might happen next. [...] Such an approach licenses paranoia. [...] if fears are future-oriented – as in the case of anti-Semitism – no amount of material comfort and social respect for Jews can allay them. The better things get, the worse they might get. Clearly this is a route to madness, so its kernel of truth is troubling and frustrating. The narrative is not easily dismissed. It is true that times of Jewish security and prosperity have often summoned anti-Semitism, which tells us something important about the anti-Semitic worldview.

—p.86 by Barnaby Raine 4 months, 1 week ago

Like that of Vico, Jewish history-telling is cyclically tragic. From Biblical Egypt to Weimar Germany, in our own narratives times of comfort and joy for Jews were always the augurs of misery to come – the higher the summit, the further the fall. In most of the world, we live now in good times. Anti-Semitism in the twenty-first-century Jewish imaginary is therefore located in the past and in the future, as spectral. Worries about anti-Semitism are almost universally anxieties about what happened long ago read as a warning about what might happen next. [...] Such an approach licenses paranoia. [...] if fears are future-oriented – as in the case of anti-Semitism – no amount of material comfort and social respect for Jews can allay them. The better things get, the worse they might get. Clearly this is a route to madness, so its kernel of truth is troubling and frustrating. The narrative is not easily dismissed. It is true that times of Jewish security and prosperity have often summoned anti-Semitism, which tells us something important about the anti-Semitic worldview.

—p.86 by Barnaby Raine 4 months, 1 week ago
92

Like the Left, [...] the anti-Semite sees politics as a contest between oppressors and oppressed and claims to side resolutely with the latter. [...] anti-Semitism from slaves and the colonised reads Jews as the apex of whiteness, the highest kings of a European elite. It is, in the Nietzschean frame and in its deluded self-image, the lambs' revolt against birds of prey. [...] Such is the 'socialism of fools', but these examples are also designed to illustrate that there is nothing necessarily left-wing about purported anti-elitism. Today's tabloid attacks on 'union barons' ordering strikes to hurt 'ordinary people' ought to dispel that illusion. [...]

—p.92 by Barnaby Raine 4 months, 1 week ago

Like the Left, [...] the anti-Semite sees politics as a contest between oppressors and oppressed and claims to side resolutely with the latter. [...] anti-Semitism from slaves and the colonised reads Jews as the apex of whiteness, the highest kings of a European elite. It is, in the Nietzschean frame and in its deluded self-image, the lambs' revolt against birds of prey. [...] Such is the 'socialism of fools', but these examples are also designed to illustrate that there is nothing necessarily left-wing about purported anti-elitism. Today's tabloid attacks on 'union barons' ordering strikes to hurt 'ordinary people' ought to dispel that illusion. [...]

—p.92 by Barnaby Raine 4 months, 1 week ago
95

[...] Though Jewish embourgeoisement has been one story of the last century, anti-Semitism treats oppression as culturally explicable, which is to say it roots injustice in the ethnic deformity and personal villainy of a minority rather than in the structurally ingrained logic of social relations motoring hierarchical societies. Its construction of fantasy Jews reads political interests as intractably biologically or culturally determined, where the left instead takes social positions of power and powerlessness as the ultimate arbiters of interests and so (by its belief in the possibility of human transformation through changing one's condition, by treating the final problem as power and not people) holds out the prospect of genuinely universal salvation inconceivable to the anti-Semitic mind. [...] They thus foreclose the possibility of universal emancipation from oppression by thinking some are permanently damned by their deformities and/or by limiting political aspiration to cultural purification, seeking to change the colour of our chains rather than breaking the chains altogether. [...]

—p.95 by Barnaby Raine 4 months, 1 week ago

[...] Though Jewish embourgeoisement has been one story of the last century, anti-Semitism treats oppression as culturally explicable, which is to say it roots injustice in the ethnic deformity and personal villainy of a minority rather than in the structurally ingrained logic of social relations motoring hierarchical societies. Its construction of fantasy Jews reads political interests as intractably biologically or culturally determined, where the left instead takes social positions of power and powerlessness as the ultimate arbiters of interests and so (by its belief in the possibility of human transformation through changing one's condition, by treating the final problem as power and not people) holds out the prospect of genuinely universal salvation inconceivable to the anti-Semitic mind. [...] They thus foreclose the possibility of universal emancipation from oppression by thinking some are permanently damned by their deformities and/or by limiting political aspiration to cultural purification, seeking to change the colour of our chains rather than breaking the chains altogether. [...]

—p.95 by Barnaby Raine 4 months, 1 week ago
96

Finally, anti-Semitism, like all conspiracy theorising, is ultimately about providing comfortable reassurance. It tells the anti-Semite that the problems in her society do not really run very deep, that they are only the work of some small cancer to be zapped while leaving a healthy body intact. It is a mechanism for defending the fundamental rudiments of the existing social order as they come under strain. Far from merely peripheral fanaticism, anti-Semitism on this reading has always held a central place in the everyday political thought of the West: rescuing the image of civilisation by identifying its problems as really alien to it.

—p.96 by Barnaby Raine 4 months, 1 week ago

Finally, anti-Semitism, like all conspiracy theorising, is ultimately about providing comfortable reassurance. It tells the anti-Semite that the problems in her society do not really run very deep, that they are only the work of some small cancer to be zapped while leaving a healthy body intact. It is a mechanism for defending the fundamental rudiments of the existing social order as they come under strain. Far from merely peripheral fanaticism, anti-Semitism on this reading has always held a central place in the everyday political thought of the West: rescuing the image of civilisation by identifying its problems as really alien to it.

—p.96 by Barnaby Raine 4 months, 1 week ago
97

[...] Treating anti-Semitism simply as racism pulls analysts into a search for bigots frothing with hatred for Jews, which significantly underestimates [...] the preponderance of anti-Semitic was of thinking across the political spectrum, while also wrongly supposing that its danger lies exclusively in targeting Jews. It is instead a whole vision of politics, a desperately conservative vision that nonetheless finds some adherents on the Left and plenty among liberals. Think of the current American panic about Russian conspiracies, through which liberals dodge the conclusion that votes for Donald Trump suggest some fundamental malady in their social order by instead pinning the blame on Kremlin hackers: a structure of thinking just like the anti-Semitic frame. And amid fears about the rise of China, anti-Asian racism might easily morph into a total social theory, an ethnically constituted conservative articulation of anti-elitism: again, just like anti-Semitism.

damn

—p.97 by Barnaby Raine 4 months, 1 week ago

[...] Treating anti-Semitism simply as racism pulls analysts into a search for bigots frothing with hatred for Jews, which significantly underestimates [...] the preponderance of anti-Semitic was of thinking across the political spectrum, while also wrongly supposing that its danger lies exclusively in targeting Jews. It is instead a whole vision of politics, a desperately conservative vision that nonetheless finds some adherents on the Left and plenty among liberals. Think of the current American panic about Russian conspiracies, through which liberals dodge the conclusion that votes for Donald Trump suggest some fundamental malady in their social order by instead pinning the blame on Kremlin hackers: a structure of thinking just like the anti-Semitic frame. And amid fears about the rise of China, anti-Asian racism might easily morph into a total social theory, an ethnically constituted conservative articulation of anti-elitism: again, just like anti-Semitism.

damn

—p.97 by Barnaby Raine 4 months, 1 week ago

(adjective) marked by the view that all is for the best in this best of possible worlds; excessively optimistic

98

In the days of 'There Is No Alternative', we are all Panglossian pessimists: we live in the best of all possible worlds, and it is shit.

—p.98 by Barnaby Raine
confirm
4 months, 1 week ago

In the days of 'There Is No Alternative', we are all Panglossian pessimists: we live in the best of all possible worlds, and it is shit.

—p.98 by Barnaby Raine
confirm
4 months, 1 week ago

(German for worldview) a particular philosophy or view of life; the worldview of an individual or group

100

Jewish communal bodies wrote to Corbyn and blamed his sloppiness on a whole Weltanschauung of the 'far left', seeing not just anti-Zionism but all class politics as tinged with an innate tendency towards anti-Semitism

—p.100 by Barnaby Raine
notable
4 months, 1 week ago

Jewish communal bodies wrote to Corbyn and blamed his sloppiness on a whole Weltanschauung of the 'far left', seeing not just anti-Zionism but all class politics as tinged with an innate tendency towards anti-Semitism

—p.100 by Barnaby Raine
notable
4 months, 1 week ago

(noun) unreasonable or foolhardy contempt of danger or opposition; rashness recklessness / (noun) a rash or reckless act

103

It takes considerable temerity to sit atop a Bantustan with immense military might, suffocating Gaza, sunbathing in Tel Aviv, living in the stolen homes of refugees, and then to play the victim

—p.103 by Barnaby Raine
notable
4 months, 1 week ago

It takes considerable temerity to sit atop a Bantustan with immense military might, suffocating Gaza, sunbathing in Tel Aviv, living in the stolen homes of refugees, and then to play the victim

—p.103 by Barnaby Raine
notable
4 months, 1 week ago

(noun) a noisy fight / (noun) disturbance uproar

103

The existence of Jewophobia is not a sufficient condition for liberal and conservative panic about it, but the same ructions might just explain both today.

—p.103 by Barnaby Raine
confirm
4 months, 1 week ago

The existence of Jewophobia is not a sufficient condition for liberal and conservative panic about it, but the same ructions might just explain both today.

—p.103 by Barnaby Raine
confirm
4 months, 1 week ago
105

[...] Anti-Zionists should learn the story of the Holocaust as the summit of aeons of persecution not to rescue them from their anti-Zionism but for a host of other reasons, combatting anti-Semitism among them. It is important to understand the basis of paranoia, the avalanche of brutality from which violence seemed the only escape to very many Jews. It is important to know that Zionists do not kill Palestinians because they were born with an inhuman blood lust. [...]

—p.105 by Barnaby Raine 4 months, 1 week ago

[...] Anti-Zionists should learn the story of the Holocaust as the summit of aeons of persecution not to rescue them from their anti-Zionism but for a host of other reasons, combatting anti-Semitism among them. It is important to understand the basis of paranoia, the avalanche of brutality from which violence seemed the only escape to very many Jews. It is important to know that Zionists do not kill Palestinians because they were born with an inhuman blood lust. [...]

—p.105 by Barnaby Raine 4 months, 1 week ago
107

[...] in an active site of colonial violence, the dispossession of a people is an ongoing process, and yet calling Israel a racist endeavour is to be outlawed as itself racist. These are times to remind oneself that slavery was once bourgeois common-sense, that the world prayed for twelve children in a Thai cave this summer while hundreds of children drowned barely noticed in the Mediterranean. This saga was has been a study in the selective blindness that makes hierarchy possible everywhere. Some of us are sustained by the thought of days when illusions and delusions now ubiquitous will be scorned just as easily s the opulence of pharaohs and the myths of their magicians. [...]

damn, talk about detonator sentences

—p.107 by Barnaby Raine 4 months, 1 week ago

[...] in an active site of colonial violence, the dispossession of a people is an ongoing process, and yet calling Israel a racist endeavour is to be outlawed as itself racist. These are times to remind oneself that slavery was once bourgeois common-sense, that the world prayed for twelve children in a Thai cave this summer while hundreds of children drowned barely noticed in the Mediterranean. This saga was has been a study in the selective blindness that makes hierarchy possible everywhere. Some of us are sustained by the thought of days when illusions and delusions now ubiquitous will be scorned just as easily s the opulence of pharaohs and the myths of their magicians. [...]

damn, talk about detonator sentences

—p.107 by Barnaby Raine 4 months, 1 week ago