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Created by John Eipper on 01/02/19 4:30 AM

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Nationalism and Anti-Semitism: Orwell (John Heelan, UK, 01/02/19 4:30 am)

Gary Moore (January 1st) raises an interesting point about Cuba's survival without the USSR's support.

Maybe the answer has to do with the insidious strength of "Nationalism," something that EU institutions see creeping over the horizon. Two recently well-commented WAIS discussions addressed both "nationalism" and "anti-Semitism." They made me ponder whether George Orwell was anti-Semitic, given his contrasting descriptions of the Party's leader--Big Brother--and the Party's nemesis--Emanuel Goldstein.

For clarification of his views, I looked up his essay "Anti-Semitism in Britain" first published in Contemporary Jewish Record (April 1945). Later in the article, Orwell opines that "it seems to me a safe assumption that the disease loosely called 'nationalism' (and that) ‘anti-Semitism is only one manifestation of nationalism"..."but that anti-Semitism will definitively be cured without curing the larger disease of nationalism, I do not believe."

Does this not suggest that the EU will continue to see the growth of anti-Semitism as part and parcel of the EU's growing nationalist tendencies, indicating a continuance the problems in the Middle East? As Orwell points out, there is no objective analysis happening--the UK Community Security Trust charged with protecting Jewish communities seems to treat non-violent verbal abuses of as being equivalent to more violent abuses such as desecration of synagogues and other "Recognisably Jewish property." Both should be condemned by UK society, as should all such attacked on religions. The fear is that the growth of nationalism in EU Member States might prove to be an obstacle.

I note the website on which this essay appears (www.orwell.ru) has a Russian identifier. Whether that is significant I shall leave to others to comment upon.

JE comments:  It never would occur to me to read anti-Semitism into Nineteen Eighty-Four.  Goldstein (clearly Trotsky) is portrayed as the only voice of political "reason" in the horrific (let's call it Orwellian...) society of Oceania.  Moreover, Goldstein's lengthy essay, "The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism," featured in its near-entirety towards the end of the novel, provides a cutting analysis of communist totalitarianism. 

I'm grateful to John Heelan for the reference to Orwell's "Anti-Semitism in Britain."  Here's the link.  Why is such an important essay only available on an amateurish website?

http://www.orwell.ru/library/articles/antisemitism/english/e_antib

 


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