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It's worth noting that lebelling Israel a "fascist" state is so loaded with overtones and whatabouterry that the effort to do so distracts from the writer's ability to accuratly describe what Israel is.

However, it is undeniably an apartheid state, with all the attendant nastiness and aggressions involved. This a label that cannot be contested, especially in the light of recent laws passed by the Knesset.

And it allows us to make it a pariah state on that basis without any need for recourse to problematic descriptions or definitions

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 07:00:07 PM EST
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Nice.

As it happens I took Arendt off the shelf this morning. She made a great show of differentiating the political effects and intellectual history associated with dictatorship, fascism, and totalitarianism in Responsibility and Judgment. Of particular interest to me is the relation of such philosophies to individual ideation of moral conduct and banal --or customary-- expressions of civil liberty.

So I re-read "Personal Responsibility Under Dictatorship" rather more closely, as I'd forgotten how deeply this thinking has influenced my apprehension of contemporary faction.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 07:43:30 PM EST
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