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David Toube
I suspect that all of us, at one time or another, will have considered the seemingly secure and happy place of Jews in European democracies in the 1930s, and asked: "How did our friends and neighbours come to betray us" I don't think I ever really understood, until this morning
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David Toube 25 Nov 19
I thought I might add to this comment to tweet, to flesh out the five disturbing features of current politics that defines . This is what marks Labour's turn to antisemitism as particularly disturbing.
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David Toube 25 Nov 19
Replying to @ToubeDavid
1. We are through the revolt of the periphery against "the elite". Within Left politics, "the elite" is now conflated with "the Zionists" and "rich Tory Jews". The failure to ameliorate the world is explained in terms of the pernicious influence of these powerful Jews.
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David Toube 25 Nov 19
Replying to @ToubeDavid
2. A preference for street politics over democracy. John McDonnell: ""Parliamentary Democracy doesn't work for us, elections aren't working for us...we've got to bring democracy back into the community and that means the democracy of the streets"
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David Toube 25 Nov 19
Replying to @UKLabour
3. The mainstreaming of such sentiments within progressive politics: Views that you might have found people expressing in sparsely attended meetings in rooms above pubs are now voiced by the leadership of
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David Toube 25 Nov 19
Replying to @ToubeDavid
4. The mainstreaming of such sentiments within society at large. 30% of the population will vote for such a party. I see conspiracist political views of this sort being shared by people who are not typically politically engaged. They believe that their views are progressive.
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David Toube 25 Nov 19
Replying to @RichardEvans36
5. A failure to take the challenge of this politics seriously, among the liberal Left. is one such example. It is a source of handwringing: but little more. This is not to say that there isn't a liberal anti-antisemitic politics. That has now emerged...
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David Toube 25 Nov 19
Replying to @ToubeDavid
But it is nascent, small, and still a fringe position. The mistake is to see antisemitism as an unfortunate flaw in an otherwise valuable Left politics. As a blip. In fact it is a symptom of its collapse, and the death of social democracy.
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David Toube 25 Nov 19
Replying to @ToubeDavid
Whatever happens at the election, this politics is likely to continue. It won't be going away, any time soon. To defeat it, the first step is to recognise the danger to the country that it presents, and to take it seriously. Then, there is a need to organise against it.
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David Toube 25 Nov 19
Replying to @ToubeDavid
The worst option of all, however, is to recognise it, ruefully shake your head, and vote Labour anyway.
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LOVEisTHEmessage 25 Nov 19
Replying to @ToubeDavid @jpjanson
Fringe Left: Jews conspire to crush opposition to Israeli policy and actions. Fringe Right: Jews conspire to fill our cities with Muslims in order to replace us. Which is worse?
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David Toube 25 Nov 19
Replying to @LITM2012 @jpjanson
Agreed - those are the two fringe narratives about Jews. The difference is that the fringe Right is not in control of a political party, whereas the Left is now wholly mainstream within progressive politics.
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