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The chimera of British anti-Semitism (and how not to fight it if it were real) | Mondoweiss by Norman Finkelstein |

The current hysteria engulfing the British Labour Party resolves itself into a pair of interrelated, if discrete, premises: Anti-Semitism in British society at large and the Labour Party in particular have reached crisis proportions. If neither of these premises can be sustained, then the hysteria is a fabrication. In fact, no evidence has been adduced to substantiate either of them; on the contrary, all the evidence points in the opposite direction. The rational conclusion is that the brouhaha is a calculated hoax--dare it be said, plot?-- to oust Jeremy Corbyn and the principled leftist politics he represents from British public life.

But even if the allegations were true, the solution would still not be to curb freedom of thought in the Labour Party. At its worthiest, the Left-Liberal tradition has attached a unique, primordial value to Truth; but Truth cannot be attained if dissentients, however obnoxious, are silenced. Given the fraught history of anti-Semitism, on the one hand, and its crude manipulation by Jewish elites, on the other, an objective, dispassionate assessment could appear beyond reach. Still, it must be attempted. The prospect of a historic victory for the Left might otherwise be sabotaged as, thus far, Corbyn's supporters, whether it be from fear, calculation, or political correctness, dare not speak the name of the evil that is afoot.



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by Oui on Tue Aug 21st, 2018 at 01:59:11 AM EST
Indeed "truth" is (signifies) agreement among people.
Truth cannot be attained if dissentients, however obnoxious, are silenced.

"Truth" in itself is neither true nor false in fact agreed.

just sayin'.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Aug 24th, 2018 at 05:38:17 PM EST
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Is Giuliani Correct? Is Truth Not Truth? is a nifty essay --differentiating conditional statements "true", "false", "truth" -- which rounds about european tradition with practical application and without overweening attention to self-serrvin' epistemology.

Reflection: From time to time, the truth that Giulani and Trump belong in the same pigsty is not true.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Aug 24th, 2018 at 05:51:35 PM EST
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In post-rational politics, power is whatever you can get away with.

As a rational progressive educated in the choicest elements of the Enlightenment tradition, you may find this objectionable.

Tough.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sun Aug 26th, 2018 at 12:18:10 AM EST
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