[Marxism] FW: Report on Gaza demo on Berlin
lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Jan 11 07:45:10 MST 2009
Ian Drury wrote:
> The second panel of the day included a speaker from the Communist
> Party of Lebanon whose talk was a basic (anti-Zionist) history of
> the formation of Israel. He was met with questions focused
> entirely on insisting that the problem is "capitalism" in Israel
> and "not the Israeli people". These paranoid attitudes blocked
> discussion from moving any further...
Comrades might remember "angelus novus" who was on Marxmail until
something pissed him off and he unsubbed (can't remember what). He is
fairly typical of what Ian was describing above. He never pushed this
line on Marxmail as heavily as he did on Doug's list but here is a taste
of this pro-Israel propaganda wrapped in Marxist jargon:
Many people I know would argue that the justificaton for Zionism is the
continued existence of anti-semitism, that Zionism should not be viewed
as an affirmative nationalism like other 19th Century varieties, but a
"negative" nationalism whose claims are supported by the unique nature
of anti-semitism as a universal phenomenon in capitalist societies in
moments of crisis.
Moishe Postone's National Socialism and Anti-Semitism is a key text for
this school of thought, as well as some obscure passages in Marx's
Critique of Political Economy concerning interest-bearing capital and
its tendency to be a "target for superficial criticism."
The argumentation concludes that the conditions that make Zionism
necessary will be abolished when Capital and State are abolished as
social categories. The concomitant to this argumentation is that any
point of view that holds Zionism to be particularly odious or dubious
when compared with other nationalisms is anti-semitic.
I suppose the argumentation is somewhat esoteric, but I think claims of
Palestinian "nationhood" are arguably just as dubious. And besides, I
think Leftists and other progressive-minded peoples should avoid
naturalistic arguments for any sort of nationalism. That sort of "Blut
und Boden" argumentation is best left to Neo-Nazis.
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