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June 22, 2010

Moishe Postone on anti-Zionism: an unorthodox view from the Left

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Moishe Postone, historian at U. of Chicago

http://www.workersliberty.org/story/2010/02/05/zionism-anti-semitism-and-left

    Here is one Marxist view that sees much of the history of antisemitism and anti-Zionism as I have related it on this website.  I am especially pleased that he makes a distinction between antisemitism and racism.  Note that he faults the Left with failure to envision a post-capitalist society.  Also that he is no Third Worlder.

    However, I don’t see how he and other Marxists of my acquaintance can read Marx’s “On The Jewish Question,” and not see that Marx was himself guilty of that which Postone criticizes. I strongly recommend Frank E. Manuel’s short study, “Requiem for Karl Marx.” If anyone wants to criticize Manuel, himself a great historian and former Leftist (in the mid-1930s he left academe for a while to develop a curriculum for the labor movement, moreover he wrote a book in support of the Communist position in the Spanish Civil War), I welcome such a rational critique and will post it here.

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