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rising american antisemitism

Equality of condition, though it is certainly a basic requirement for justice, is nevertheless among the greatest and most uncertain ventures of modern mankind. The more equal conditions are, the less explanation there is for the differences that actually exist between people; and thus all the more unequal do individuals and groups become.

–Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism

One of the most important causes of division, war and violence in the world is nationalist sentiment. NATIONALISM is simply another form of EXTREMISM.

― Mouloud Benzadi

When arguing that every age has its own Fascism, the Italian writer and Holocaust survivor Primo Levi added that the critical point can be reached “not just through the terror of police intimidation, but by denying and distorting information, by undermining systems of justice, by paralyzing the education system, and by spreading in a myriad subtle ways nostalgia for a world where order reigned.

― Madeleine K. Albright, Fascism: A Warning


Introduction

rising american antisemitism

Rising American antisemitism renders Pax Americana nothing more than a dangerous reminder of the crimes of Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945 CE. Yes, it can and is happening right here in the United States. With veiled encouragement from the former President, Donald Trump, and spread via the extreme right-wing media oligarchs.

Think about the marchers in Charlottesville chanting “Jews will not replace us” carrying their tiki torches. Donald Trump declared there are good people on both sides. The underlying problem, however, is the lack of a moral compass. In a nation where the free practice of religion is constitutionally expressed. Free religious practice is a core value of the United States. It is enshrined in the First Amendment to the Constitution. In the establishment and freedom clauses, we learn that one must not tolerate such overt displays of hate in the streets.

The unsettling resurgence of antisemitism within the GOP and right-wing media demands an examination of the path we are on. We witness influential figures like Elon Musk, Tucker Carlson, Candace Owens, and Charlie Kirk openly embracing antisemitic narratives. Does not the Constitution matter anymore? It seems imperative to delve deeper into the historical echoes and contemporary ramifications of this trend.

Rising American Antisemitism: The Shocking Similarity to Nazi Germany

The alarming parallels with pre-war Nazi Germany are not to be dismissed lightly. Musk’s explicit endorsement of the “great replacement” conspiracy theory, coupled with Carlson’s critique of Jewish university donors, conjures echoes of a dark period in history. The GOP’s unwillingness to confront this rhetoric speaks loudly. It mirrors the permissive environment that allowed fascism to flourish in Germany and Italy. The GOP is signaling a risky deviation from the principles of inclusivity and acceptance.

Rising American Antisemitism: Baseless Charges and Lies

Unraveling the fabric of these antisemitic narratives reveals a disturbing tapestry of baseless charges and lies. Musk’s assertion that certain Jewish communities unjustly attack the majority of the West perpetuates unfounded stereotypes. He is contributing to the dangerous propagation of misinformation. It is crucial to expose these falsehoods. In challenging those who perpetuate them, we prevent the normalization of bigotry that threatens the essence of a diverse society.

The Dangerous Silence of GOP Leadership Concerning Rising American Antisemitism

The most troubling deafening silence from GOP leaders is an endorsement of bigotry. Typified by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s refusal to condemn Musk’s comments, sends a troubling message. History has shown that when leaders fail to denounce bigotry within their ranks, they risk becoming complicit in its proliferation. This silence erodes the credibility of the GOP. Additionally, it fosters an environment where extremist ideologies can take root and flourish.

Rising American Antisemitism: The Celebration of Extremism

The celebration of Musk’s antisemitic remarks by far-right factions, particularly on platforms like Gab.com, underscores the convergence of mainstream figures with extremists. Andrew Torba’s openly antisemitic rhetoric and Nick Fuentes’s endorsement of Musk reveal an alarming alliance that pushes dangerous ideas into the mainstream. This celebration signals a departure from the values that should underpin political discourse, paving the way for extremist ideologies to gain traction.

Condemning the New Wave: Rising American Antisemitism

To address the rising tide of antisemitism within the GOP and right-wing media, a clear and unequivocal condemnation is imperative. History serves as a stark reminder of the consequences of unchecked hatred, and the GOP must recognize the urgency of addressing this poison within its ranks. A failure to act not only jeopardizes the integrity of the party but also undermines the democratic values that are meant to guide our nation.

Conclusion

As we confront the resurgence of antisemitism in American politics, the gravity of the situation demands resolute action. The dangerous ideologies propagated by influential figures within the Republican Party and right-wing media pose a threat to the very foundation of our democracy. The time for decisive action is now, as we stand at a critical juncture where the lessons of the past must guide us away from the perilous path of hatred and extremism. The echoes of history compel us to act, ensuring that the values of tolerance, diversity, and inclusivity prevail over the divisive forces that seek to undermine them.

By Politics-as-Usual

Roger is a retired Professor of language and literacy. Over the past 15 years since his retirement, Roger has kept busy with reading, writing, and creating landscape photographs. In this time of National crisis, as Fascist ideas and policies are being introduced to the American people and ignored by the Mainstream Press, he decided to stand up and be counted as a Progressive American with some ideas that should be shared with as many people who care to read and/or participate in discusssions of these issues. He doesn't ask anyone to agree with his point of view, but if entering the conversation he demands civility. No conspiracy theories, no wild accusations, no threats, no disrespect will be tolerated. Roger monitors all comments and email communication. That is the only rule for entering the conversation. One may persuade, argue for a different point of view, or toss out something that has not been discussed so long as the tone remains part of a civil discussion. Only then can we find common ground and meaningful democratic change.

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