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Fri Nov 2, 2018, 04:43 AM

How the rise of conspiracy theory politics emboldens anti-Semitism

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Anti-Semitism is an ancient form of hate, stretching back for millennia and leaving ghettos, pogroms, and mass industrialized murder in its wake. And the language of the anti-Semitism of the Wannsee Conference is being repeated today, on 4chan and by far-right mayoral candidates alike.

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Anti-Semitism in America is a form of hate, but its motivations aren’t identical to other forms of prejudice.

For example, while anti-black racism or white supremacy revolve around on the (wrong) idea that black people or nonwhites are inferior, anti-Semitism, as practiced by many of its adherents today from a number of political and social backgrounds, is based on the idea that Jewish people have too much power, or even that Jewish people are secretly in charge — of the government, of culture, of the world in its entirety.

I spoke with Heidi Beirich, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project and an expert on far-right white supremacist organizations. “In general, racism against people of color tends to denigrate their abilities or ascribe criminality to them,” Beirich told me. “With Jewish people, it is more often the case that they are seen as nefarious connivers who engage in activities to harm the majority population, meaning white people, by bringing in nonwhite immigrants or refugees.”

The idea that Jewish people, or Jews in general, hold secret power over everyone else is widespread among anti-Semites. Nation of Islam’s Louis Farrakhan (himself deeply anti-Semitic) put his views bluntly in February of this year: “The Jews have control over those agencies of government. When you want something in this world, the Jew holds the door.” (Anti-Semitism on the left has its own very worrying history and legacy.)

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Fri Nov 2, 2018, 05:32 AM

1. current GOP anti-Semitism has long, deep roots

The article has a wealth of links and documentation. Haven't seen "mongrelization" since I was a kid. It brought back some very disturbing memories of overheard conversations only half understood at the time. Somehow, Jews are inserted as the masterminds and driving force behind every contemporary bogeyman.

Modern GOPers are not creative; they are rehashing old conspiracies to stir up new hatred.

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Fri Nov 2, 2018, 12:03 PM

2. "Modern GOPers are not creative"

No, they really aren't, but sadly, they do know what works.

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