October 25, 2006

Potentially dire implications...

A good piece in American Thinker, The Europeanization of the Democratic Party...

Ronald Reagan famous declaration that he “did not leave the Democratic Party. It left me” can be made more contemporary. The Democratic Party has not only left behind many of its old principles and ideals, it now seems to be in the process of losing its moorings and leaving America entirely. We are witnessing the Europeanization of the Democratic Party, with potentially dire implications for one of the most reliable and loyal group of supporters of the Democratic Party: America’s Jewish community.

A few analysts have seen the continuing evolution of anti-Israel attitudes within the Democratic Party and have noted how it is increasingly taking on the characteristics of the anti-Israel bias that is pervasive in Europe....

Thanks for the link to Alan Sullivan, who writes: A more accurate, inflammatory title would be “Nazification.” I think that's right. The most common indicator of soul-sickness in the modern world is anti-Semitism, and is being indulged by today's bleached-out socialists for the same reasons it was indulged in by the National Socialists. They are reactionaries bitter because their superiority is not acknowledged by heedless and fast-changing world.

And yes, the anti-Israel bias we see on the left is anti-Semitism. It is perfectly possible to oppose Israeli policies without hating Jews. Israelis do it all the time. But in that case the criticism would look very different. For instance there would be criticism of those who injure Palestinians even if they are not Jewish. Or there would be parallel criticism of Palestinians. Or even the simple recognition that most of what goes on in the Moslem world has nothing to do with Israel, except as an excuse.

If you are curious about the origins of the anti-Semitism (and anti-Americanism) we see on the left today, read on below...

AROUND 1830, a group of French artists and intellectuals looked around and noticed that people who were their spiritual inferiors were running the world. Suddenly a large crowd of merchants, managers, and traders were making lots of money, living in the big houses, and holding the key posts. They had none of the high style of the aristocracy, or even the earthy integrity of the peasants. Instead, they were gross. They were vulgar materialists, shallow conformists, and self-absorbed philistines, who half the time failed even to acknowledge their moral and spiritual inferiority to the artists and intellectuals....

....Of all the great creeds of the 19th century, pretty much the only one still thriving is this one, bourgeoisophobia. Marxism is dead. Freudianism is dead. Social Darwinism is dead, along with all those theories about racial purity that grew up around it. But the emotions and reactions that Flaubert,
Stendhal, and all the others articulated in the 1830s are still with us, bigger than ever. In fact, bourgeoisophobia, which has flowered variously and spread to places as diverse as Baghdad, Ramallah, and Beijing, is the major reactionary creed of our age.

This is because today, in much of the world's eyes, two peoples--the Americans and the Jews--have emerged as the great exemplars of undeserved success. Americans and Israelis, in this view, are the money-mad molochs of the earth, the vulgarizers of morals, corrupters of culture, and proselytizers of idolatrous values. These two nations, it is said, practice conquest capitalism, overrunning poorer nations and exploiting weaker neighbors in their endless desire for more and more. These two peoples, the Americans and the Jews, in the view of the bourgeoisophobes, thrive precisely because they are spiritually stunted. It is their obliviousness to the holy things in life, their feverish energy, their injustice, their shallow pursuit of power and gain, that allow them to build fortunes, construct weapons, and play the role of hyperpower.

And so just as the French intellectuals of the 1830s rose up to despise the traders and bankers, certain people today rise up to shock, humiliate, and dream of destroying America and Israel. Today's bourgeoisophobes burn with the same sense of unjust inferiority. They experience the same humiliation because there is nothing they can do to thwart the growing might of their enemies. They rage and rage. Only today's bourgeoisophobes are not just artists and intellectuals. They are as likely to be terrorists and suicide bombers....

..and teachers and "activists" and "pacifists" and lefty politicians.

Here's the original article, Among the Bourgeoisophobes; Why the Europeans and Arabs, each in their own way, hate America and Israel. By David Brooks. Required reading if you want to know what's going on.

Posted by John Weidner at October 25, 2006 10:04 AM
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