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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

That's Funny, You Don't Look Anti-Semitic

In 1984, Steve Cohen published a little book called That's Funny, You Don't Look Anti-Semitic. I have been reading it on-line over the past few days. He has a very unusual perspective, in that he is a utopian socialist and strongly opposed to statism in any form. These views led him to be strongly anti-Zionist.

At the same time, Cohen points out the persistent anti-Semitism of the left:

It is not difficult to construct a catalogue of grotesque statements and actions by socialists with respect to Jewish people. These are bad enough in themselves and should be opposed from any anti-racist perspective. However, the purpose of this book is to show that Left anti-semitism cannot be understood empirically, merely as a series of unrelated descriptions or examples: rather there is a pattern, a methodology, of Left anti-semitism.
No kidding. I completely disagree with Cohen's utopian socialism. I mostly disagree with his anti-Zionism. But his book(let) does an excellent job of exposing the virulent anti-Semitism of the left.
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