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    • christoph
    • 23.11.11 | 10:43 (IST)

    "The word was right below the entry for Bolshevik, and, in this context, it had the terrible ring of truth. " It is not my task and aim to shatter all the language patterns you maintain, whether consciously or unconsciously, because I have my own ones, too. As a German I surely grew up with other talks surrounding me than those many Israelis are familiar with, or about which I learned to know in history courses. One thing, the nazis managed to relate was bolshevism and Jewry. The talk of the "Jewish-bolchevist conspiracy" (world-conspiracy of course) conspiracy was brought up like otherwise the idea that Jews control the money of the world or whatever. Somehow "the Jew" is always blamable. Personally, I'd be tempted to think that it's a method of nationalists and religious fundamentalists to use the ambient anti-jewish racism, i.e. the mental phenomenon in which you can trust, in order to cast a reliably negative light onto everything which stands against national or maybe religious unity. Now what Bradley has in common with my late grandfather is the refusal of bolshevism. While the term "communism" in contrast to "bolshevism" sounded better to my grandad's ears, I still don't know where the respective definitions can be found. "Bolshevism" may sound more sound like "gulag", while "communism" sounds more like "kibbutz" or cosy afternoons in alternative cafés. Anyway one thing which distinguishes the homo sapiens from other species seems to be our language, which is more than a handful of different cries: concept's which can be put into different contexts etc., to such extent that finally everyone understands something different about the same term. Somehow I doubt that there is a real way out of this dilemma although we can still try to find some reliable categories. Maybe "B.S." is a good candidate.

    from the article: Over Netanyahu's New Israel, the B.S. light is on
    First published 17:26 22.11.11 | Last updated 17:26 22.11.11
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