Paranoid Arendt-Blogging

October 17, 2008

This is what I get, I suppose, for reading too much; but I’m working my way through The Origins of Totalitarianism, and very suddenly last night her discussion of the origins of 19th century European anti-semitism merged with the footnoted line, “Then Jews might very suddenly become the principal objects of hatred for the simple reason that they, alone among all other groups, have themselves, within their history and their religion, expressed a well-known principle of separation.” This, plus the impression of Jewish control (cp. her treatment of the Rothschilds and a smattering of individuals) is what would lead to an American anti-semitism.

And since history, in a way, demands me to worry about this matter from time to time (How? When? Where? What?), how about this: current economic panic/downturn/[insert favorite term here] gets far, far worse before it gets notably better. Then consider the number of major economic figures in America over the last quarter-century who have been Jews.

In other words: Henry Paulson, please don’t screw up with your $800 billion allowance. It may reflect poorly on the tribe.

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