segunda-feira, 23 de abril de 2007


Murray N. Rothbard, filho de emigrantes polacos judeus (curiosamente Mises, como austriaco e judeu etambém como Rothbard igualmente agnóstico, nasceu e cresceu numa região que é hoje parte da Polónia) escreveu sobre o assunto em PAT BUCHANAN AND THE MENACE ANTI-ANTI-SEMITISM, numa altura em que Buchanan (Católico) em 1990 como muitos outros, eram atacados por essa "terrível" arma que é o anti-anti-semitismo ( curiosamente usada por pessoas que fazem um grande alarido e orgulho no combate ao politicamente incorrecto, e a quem eu passei a chamar já há muito tempo, de "os politicamente incorrectos politicamente correctos"). Também será justo referir que a mulher de Rothbard era protestante tendo sido um dos motivos pela ruptura com Ayn Rand (que achavam incompreensível tal coisa, go figure), tendo também Rothbard exprimido na sua obra (vasta) a sua admiração pelo Cristianismo em geral e o Catolicismo em particular, mas sendo crítico quer dos evangélicos "dispensionalists" (e busca do "Heaven on Earth") quer do sionismo (como reivindicação territorial).

Com a habitual ironia, começa assim:

"I have it on good authority that Barbara Branden is spending a good portion of her time lately brooding about the Arising menace of anti-Semitism." Poor Barbara; like all Randians, she is perpetually out of sync. There is indeed a menace in this area, Barbara, but it is precisely the opposite: the cruel despotism of Organized Anti-Anti-Semitism. Wielding the fearsome brand of "Anti-Semite" as a powerful weapon, the professional Anti-Anti-Semite is able, in this day and age, to wound and destroy anyone he disagrees with by implanting this label indelibly in the public mind. How can one argue against this claim, always made with hysteria and insufferable self-righteousness? To reply "I am not an anti-Semite" is as feeble and unconvincing as Richard Nixon's famous declaration that "I am not a crook."

So far, Organized Anti-Anti-Semitism has been able to destroy, to drive out of public life, anyone who receives the "anti-Semite" treatment. True, "anti-Semitic" expression is not yet illegal (though it is banned in many Western "democracies," as well as increasingly – as with other "hate speech" – serving as grounds for expulsion, or at the very least compulsory "reeducation," on college campuses). But the receiver of the brand is generally deprived of access to organs of influential opinion, and is marginalized out of the centers of public life. At best, the victim of the brand may be driven to abase himself before his persecutors, and, by suitable groveling, apologies, and – most important – the changing of positions of crucial interest to his enemies, he may work his way back into public life – at the expense of course, of self-emasculation. Or, if, by chance, the victim manages to survive the onslaught, he may be induced to exercise due caution and shut up about such issues in the future, which amounts to the same thing. In that way, Organized Anti-Anti-Semitism (OAAS) creates, for itself, a win-win situation."

Acaba assim:

"But am I not redefining anti-Semitism out of existence? Certainly not. On the subjective definition, by the very nature of the situation, I don't know any such people, and I doubt whether the Smear Bund does either. On the objective definition, where outsiders can have greater knowledge, and setting aside clear-cut anti-Semites of the past, there are in modern America authentic anti-Semites: groups such as the Christian Identity movement, or the Aryan Resistance, or the author of the novel Turner's Diaries. But these are marginal groups, you say, of no account and not worth worrying about? Yes, fella, and that is precisely the point."

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