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"Why Antisemitism and Populism go Hand-in-Hand" - Insightful piece by @DavidHirsh, one of the world's foremost experts on antisemitism.

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The Corbyn, Trump & Brexit movements have a lot in common. There are similar movements around the world: AfD in Germany, the Front National in France, the ruling parties in Italy, Austria, Turkey, Brazil, Russia, Hungary and Poland.
These arent yet totalitarian movements but they share a number of the characteristics by which Hannah Arendt defined 20th century totalitarianism. Theyre proto-totalitarian movements; precursors to totalitarianism; they prepare the culture for the real thing.
Antisemitism is always projection. If you want to know what antisemites dream about, listen carefully to what they accuse Jews of doing.
But antisemitic ways of thinking are nevertheless entrenched in our subconscious and are tempting resources for anti-democratic movements because they give material shape to unendurable, abstract, fear and fury.
We cannot understand contemporary populism w/o understanding its relationship to antisemitism; but if we make that understanding explicit, then people will recoil against it and the message will be lost. Nobody wants to be seen as the pro-Jew party, we prefer a universal message.
What is true is that populist mvmts animate conspiracy fantasy & denigrate democratic processes, cultures, ways of thinking. Where that's allowed to happen, antisemitism finds fertile ground, while opposition to antisemitism looks like special pleading and Jewish tribalism.
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