Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Jew-hatred festival in Geneva is wonderfully symbolic not only for convening on Yom Hashoah. It brings together self-styled potentates from loser countries and snobs trading on the past glories of fallen empires. They both hate the Jews for essentially the same reason.

Jews are upwardly mobile.

This simple fact violates the vital lie by which each of these groups lives. The losers would like to believe that their fate is determined by forces outside their control. The heirs to privilege would like to believe that such privilege is pre-ordained and non-contingent. The notion of pulling yourself up, as exemplified by Jews, is threatening.

(And that's why nations that still believe in merit [USA] or have recently discovered the idea [some of the Eastern European countries that are making progress] are now our friends.)

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Git gezugt,
although der medina added its own
"shtoff tzim fayer"
if you get what i mean

10:08 PM  
Anonymous Skeptic said...

There's something to that. The two countries that really admire the Jewish kop are India and China -- by far the world's largest countries and basically the only ones now growing.

10:24 AM  
Anonymous moshe said...

Well said. Along with "Skeptic" I am curious how east Asian countries fit into this.

4:02 PM  
Anonymous Tzurah said...

The Japanese and Chinese with whom I've touched on this subject overall seem to admire the Jews for some of the same reasons that others hate the Jews.

What I've been told generally goes something like this:
"So the Jews are hard-working, smart, and incredibly influential? That's amazing! How did they do it? That's exactly what we want to achieve! How can we be friends with them?"

Admiration and hatred are two sides of the same coin.

5:28 PM  

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