Anti-vaxxers Wanted to Turn Their Backs on Society. COVID Was Just an Excuse

Suspiciousness of physicians and politicians, a call for personal freedom – these are only a small part of the individualistic, antisocial and antinational cascade we’re experiencing. It’s a tendency with dangerous roots

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Tomer Persico
Tomer Persico
Tomer Persico
Tomer Persico

It’s been nearly 20 years since Gadi Taub assailed “Badulina,” the best-selling fantasy novel/self-help book by Gabi Nitzan. Writing in Haaretz, Taub, a historian and intellectual, deplored the worldview that Nitzan was promoting, likening it to the economic approach espoused by Benjamin Netanyahu in “a society that is privatizing itself to death.” Taub bemoaned the malignant, New Age-like individualism that Nitzan was inculcating in readers of “Badulina” as an excuse for withdrawal from society and for selfishness. “When there is no politics,” Taub wrote, “there is only a free market. There are no citizens, there are consumers.”

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