Why Totalitarians Hate Jews

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President Ahmadinejad, unlike Rafsanjani, is no moderate.  How can sanctions frighten him if he is not afraid of exposing Iran to nuclear retaliation?  Like Hitler, Ahmadinejad doesn’t care how much damage he will do to his own people if that’s the price he has to pay to act out his insanely murderous plans.

Hitler, as we have seen, eliminated Jewish musicians and music by composers of Jewish ancestry, but he did not hate music per se.  Stalin attacked Prokofiev, Shostakovich, and Khachaturian for composing music that was bourgeois—whatever that means—but he did not hate music per se.  On the other hand, as Glazov informs us, “The Taliban illegalized music completely in Afghanistan, and Ayatollah Khomeini banned most music from Iranian radio and television.”[10] Lenin did not ban music, but he wouldn’t listen to it.  “It makes you want to say stupid, nice things and stroke the heads of people who could create such beauty while living in this vile hell.”[11] During Chairman Mao’s Cultural Revolution, the only musical works that could be performed were eight revolutionary operas selected by Mao’s wife, Jiang Qing.  The idea of limiting and censoring music is at least as old as the 4th century B.C.E., when Plato wrote that in the Republic he envisioned, the flute and other instruments “capable of modulation into all the modes” would be banned.[12] We don’t think of Plato as a totalitarian, but he shared the totalitarian rulers’ fear of the power of music to unleash the human spirit.

Plato expressed an idea that is related to thought control: he called for the Noble Lie, a contradiction in terms if ever there was one.  In particular, he said that the people should be taught that Rulers were made with gold, Auxiliaries with silver, and craftsmen with iron and brass.[13] Chairman Mao also divided people into three categories.  The first was Mao himself; the second was the Party; the third was the laobaixing, the ordinary people (literally the “old 100 surnames”).  When I was teaching in China in 1989, during Beijing Spring, passers-by approached me and asked questions, often in Chinese.  One man asked me whether, if Plato were alive today, he would consider Chairman Mao an example of the Philosopher King.  My Chinese is not very good, but the man was very patient and made sure that I understood his question.  Since I disapprove of the politics of both Plato and Chairman Mao, I said yes.  The question led me to understand that it was no accident that Mao and Plato both wanted to ban certain kinds of music.

Plato said that literature should be altered so that people should not fear death: “The poets must be told to speak well of that other world.  The gloomy descriptions they now give must be forbidden, not only as untrue, but as injurious to our future warriors.”[14] We are reminded of the perpetrators of 9/11, who willingly died so that they could kill, even though their dramatic and well-coordinated plan could not in any conceivable way have helped the cause of Islam.  And as Glazov writes, “Palestinian children blew themselves into smithereens while their parents celebrated, proud that their offspring had become shahid (martyrs).”[15] Totalitarians love death, unlike Jews, which may be another  factor in explaining why totalitarians are so anti-Semitic.  “Two of the most outstanding Jewish characteristics are the love of life and the enduring struggle to survive.  For Islamists, as for Nazis and communists, this is an egregious transgression against their faith.”[16]

Genocide was Hitler’s primary goal.  Stalin engineered a famine in his war against the kulaks that killed millions. Mao caused the greatest famine in all human history.  Pol Pot killed about a third of his own people.  The Kim Dynasty has caused years and years of starvation in North Korea.  Ahmadinejad is looking forward to fighting a nuclear war against Israel.  Totalitarianism is about death.  Life is about learning more every day.  Those who fear learning also hate life.  As Glazov shows us, that is why totalitarians are united in hate.

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[1] Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism, New York: Harcourt, 1951.

[2] Glazov, p. 209.

[3] Ibid., p. 214.

[4] “Nasrallah’s Nonsense,” editorial, The New York Sun, March 11, 2005.

[5] Glazov,  p. 211.

[6] “Johannesburg Journal: A Vibrant Battler of Apartheid Keeps her Vibrancy,” The New York Times, May 10, 2002.

[7] Glazov, p. 65.

[8] Ibid., p. 79.

[9] MEMRI Special Dispatch 325.

[10] Glazov,  p. 141.

[11] Ibid., p. 18.

[12] Plato, Republic, Book III: 398-400.

[13] Ibid., Book III: 414.

[14] Ibid., Book II: 383-387.

[15] Glazov,  p. 106.

[16] Ibid., p. 105.


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  • joel

    The commies and enlightenment intellectuals hate the Jews because the latter believe in God, who sprung them from slavery in Egypt and guided them to a land flowing with milk and honey. And the commie/intellectual fools side with the islamists because they both hate the Jews. Somewhere in the Proverbs(Old Testament)it says that if a conversation talks about everything but God,it is just blowing hot air.

    • trickyblain

      I don't think a lack of belief in god is what fosters anit-semitism. Muslims believe in god. Right wing new-Nazis are Christians, for the most part.____The notion that "the Jews killed Jesus" is perhaps the biggest stoker of the flames of anit-semitism, at least in the western world.

      • ziontruth

        "The notion that 'the Jews killed Jesus' is perhaps the biggest stoker of the flames of anit-semitism, at least in the western world."

        That's the thing about Progressives, they see the world as it was a century ago instead of as it is now.

        The deicide accusation, like Nazi racial theory, has been pushed to the fringes since something like five decades ago. Where the Jew-haters today wave their cause publicly and in polite society, you will find neither the Christ-killer myth nor the Untermensch idea, but anti-Zionism. Today's form of Jew-hatred fit for public and refined consumption is the form of anti-Zionism.

      • QSuzy

        I agree with you. And the fact that Jesus was a Jewish rabbi with a Jewish mother and father means also that anti-Semites hate Jesus.

  • jacob

    What General CLAPPER has still has to learn about ISLAM and the Brotherhood,
    I have already forgotten…But what really cracks me up iare Sheik al-Qaradawi's
    words, reminding me that__it is not that the horse is so emaciated you can play
    harp on his ribs…. It is the fat inside pushing the ribs outwards ! ! , when he says
    he has nothing against Jews but only against ISRAEL, at the time his holy KORAN
    says it is their duty to kill them all , to the extent that even rocks and trees will tell
    the faithful to come kill the Jew hiding behind them….____Of course, such crock is swallowed whole only by those "illustrated" enough to believe in MOHAMMED's
    flying horse or that all the whites are demons, as preached by EIIJAH MOHAMMED, MESSENGER OF ALLAH, whose"Minister" FARRAKHAN__is to somebody no less
    than our President, a GREAT MAN…
    And by the way, was the pimp of the IRANIAN nuclearization, El Baradei, now presidential candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood ever awarded a Nobel Prize
    and if so , for what ??
    Just because if so, here is another nail in NOBEL prizes prestige coffin…

  • Elder Zion

    If the Jews like to "argue" and totalitarians dislike that, then tell me – why did 80% of American Jews vote for Obama? That doesn't sound like people who use their brain very much.

    • Edward

      Perhaps it's related to Survivor Guilt, as most Jews in America barely escaped the Holocaust and most had family and friends killed by the NZ. In a nutshell, perhaps the Jews voted for Obama out of a subconscious wish to suffer and be marginalized because of the Survivor Guilt they have. After all, most people know in America the Left is the home of Antisemitism. Just a thought.

    • QSuzy

      Two million Jews voted for Obama for the same reason that 100 million Christians voted for him—he was a more interesting candidate than McCain. Both parties are more alike than not alike and both of them are corrupt so it's a no-brainer that the majority of voters will vote for the most interesting candidate, period.

    • http://hecatr.livejournal.com/ Joseph Dooley

      Answer: they are not really Jews, they are Leftists.

  • USMCSniper

    Anti Semitism = jealousy.

    People think that the success of individual Jews must be due to a conspiracy or secret brotherhoo­d or something. Nope. It's called dedication to education, training in music, math, and science, hard work, and quick wit. Being highly qualified and passionate about the job, whatever it is. There are lots of Jews in the media, but also in medicine, all sciences, law. You're mad because they're good at these? Stop whining and get to work!

    • http://www.okcteaparty.org Dan

      Agree! Plus other cultural factors. Has anyone ever heard of any studies that have isolated the American Jewish population with respect to divorce, out of wedlock births, etc. etc.? I'll bet the figures show that family breakdown maladies are a lot less when compared to other ethnic segments. Also, don't know what goes on now, but I heard several years ago that Jewish family emphasis for many generations on learning music and playing an instrument was quite ubiquitous. Such learning would give young Jews advantages in social situations. I also heard recently that kids learning music is good for brain development and helps the aptitude for quantitative subjects.

  • Zena

    Yea, I don't get the Jews for Obama thing either. I'm a Jew, and it was certainly obvious to me that Obama was neither qualified nor honest, but apparently most Jews were brainwashed along with everyone else. Obama used textbook brainwashing techniques. His voice modulation, the repetition of slogans, etc. Humans are so gullible and easily manipulated. It helps with marketing to be sure but if science ever finds a way to eliminate self delusion, people may need more anti depressants, but at least Pinocchio will finally get to be a human.

    • bob maram

      dear zena, regarding president obama's lack of honesty and lack of consideration for jews and israel i suggest that we should not use broad brush thinking here and realize that democrats are not the only party guilty of these offenses. republicans such b as richard nixon was certainly as dishonest as a yellow kid weiland james baker the secretary under george h w bush makes obama look like a member of b'nai brith when we talk about anti israel positions. bob maram ps. i mean baker, the secretary of state.

    • Edward

      Excellent point re Obama brainwashing techniques. Plus his blatant appeal to the "youth", his "Hope and Change" mantra in which people could see anything they wanted to. I bet for years the Left has been waiting to implement their extraordinarily well thought out cliches and propaganda plan.

  • Malcom

    FYI. The Jews did not kill Jesus. It was the Italians (Romans). Have a nice day.

    • trickyblain


      I'm just saying that the notion — very popular for a very long time in the west — was that the Joooos were responsible.

      There's no doubt that this (false) notion was a huge contributor to western antisemetism.

    • Edward

      Antisemitism shifted from a religious context (killed Jesus) promulgated by the Western Church for many centuries to the NZ/Hitler emphasis on a racial context (Jews are contaminating Aryan blood). This was the dominant overriding delusion of Hitler. In fact, he foolishly attacked Russia in 1942 when he could have easily waited and consolidated NZ complete control all the way to India because he equated Bolshevism with Jews and could not relax his monomaniacal war on the Jews. BTW, most Germans, shattered by WW I and the Depression, did not want Germany armies on the march and rarely turned out to celebrate victories when the troops returned home for RR ("Modern Times" by Paul Johnson).

    • Paul of Alexandria

      At the instigation of the Pharisees, who controlled the Sanhedrin. Essentially, Pilot was afraid of a riot (at a time when he was already in trouble with the emperor) and was being politically expedient. (Interestingly enough, legend has it that Pilot and his wife became Christian).

      Of course Christians do not hold the Jews to blame, since they were acting on the behalf of the rest of humanity.

  • geoplaten

    I understand why totalitarians hate Jews and it makes me both sick and angry.

    I don't understand why most American Jews seem to support totalitarians and totalitarianism in general. I have yet to read a satisfactory explanation of that, so if anyone could enlighten me, I'd appreciate it.

    • trickyblain

      For example….

    • Montreal guy

      Do you have any evidence to back up your claim that most American Jews support totalitarians/totalitarianism? Many Jews do in fact support the Democratic Party. But, many also support the Republicans. Why do you think that Neo-Con, which is code-word for Jew, is so often thrown at Republicans?

    • DaveR

      Try “America’s Real War” by Conservative Rabbi Daniel Lapin, who is also politically conservative. Best explanation I have read.

    • Edward

      Perhaps it's related to Survivor Guilt, as most Jews in America barely escaped the Holocaust and most had family and friends killed by the NZ. In a nutshell, perhaps the Jews accept totalitarianism out of a subconscious wish to suffer and be marginalized because of the Survivor Guilt they have. After all, most people know in America the Left is the home of Antisemitism. Just a thought.

    • Ecco

      If you look at the breakdown of Jewish voters you will note the devout religious Jews predominantly vote conservative. The massive Jewish vote for Obama comes largely – as Dennis Prager puts it – from Jews whose religion is no longer Judaism, but secular humanism. Having identified with their Jewish heritage culturally, but feeling uncomfortable with study of the Bible, Torah, and other ancient traditional religious texts, they are prone to the utopianism that runs through all the communitarian/Marxist/etc. intellectual fads of the Left. Judaism introduced a progressive concept of history to the world (vs for example a cyclical concept often seen in Eastern religions), and the ethical imperative and requirement to work to contribute to improving the world. Unmoored from actual Biblically based worldviews, this makes the secular Jews vulnerable to utopian ideals. They then toss around a few Hebrew words like "tikkun olam" (repairing the world) and call their utopian secular humanism "Judaism". Add in the historical persecution of Jews in the global diaspora for centuries and there is a potent attraction in schemes that claim to usher in a better world. If more Jews were actually grounded in the religion they would be less likely to vote the marxist ticket. Of course, being marxist AND educated AND black, Obama was simply catnip for these non-faith-based secular humanist ethnic-identity Jews without mooring or grounding.

  • Montreal guy

    Jews have lived in many countries, often as significant minorities, so they have been a convenient target for bigotry. Totalitarians exploit pre-existing anti-semitic traditions, as tools of distraction and scapegoating. Democracies are certainly not immune from anti-semitism. Christianity and Islam resent the fact that Jews have rejected their supersessionist claims. Secular anti-semites often resent the moral and ethical standards promoted by Judaism. Or, they simply feel jealousy for those whom they consider foreigners.

  • http://www.therepublicrevealed.com/ Victor Laslow

    In times with RADICAL ISLAM and their denial of the Holocaust on the rise,
    it is more important now than ever.
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    Six Million (6,000,000) Jewish lives
    and the
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  • BRL…

    The writer never answers the question posed in the headline, merely repeats it.

  • anon

    Ulrike Meinhof, one of the founders of the terrorist Baader-Meinhof Gang, said, “Auschwitz meant that six million Jews were killed … for what they were: money Jews. … Anti-Semitism is really a hatred of capitalism.”

    The NAZIs have documentation of the same motivation…

    Nearly all national economists agree that the Jews owe their role as merchants not to chance, but to their excellent abilities as merchants. As W. Sombart wrote: "The Jewish race is by nature the incarnation of the capitalism-mercantile spirit." (Der moderne Kapitalismus, Vol. 2, p. 349. Leipzig, 1902). Many others agree. The source: E. H. Schulz and R. Frercks, Warum Arierpargraph? Ein Beitrag zur Judenfrage (Berlin: Verlag Neues Volk, 1934). The "Aryan Law" was a piece of legislation the Nazis implemented early in Hitler's rule to drive Jews out of the professions. This 54-page pamphlet summarizes the law and argues for its beneficial effects.

    • Paul of Alexandria

      There is also the factor that quite often they were forbidden most trades, except for the lending of money (which was frowned upon by the church at the time as morally questionable). So, naturally they became good at it, and were persecuted because they were good at it. Viscous cycle.

  • Glen

    Maybe the Jews stay with the left for the same reason that the safest way to pet a wolf is to hold onto his ears. Tightly.

  • Barbara

    I wish the author of the article would explain to me, a Jew by heritage and a conservative by choice, why it is that most American Jews support the left? They are putting Israel in great danger through this support. Why, why, why?

    • Ecco

      Barbara: please see the explanation I offer above in response to Geoplaten and see if you find it satisfactory.

  • qsome

    i have always thought the jewish people believed in indivdual freedom and at the same time collectively worked together for that belief. i think that is why those who think they can control the existance of man will never except the jewish people. once you understand the unalienable rights endowed by our creator there is no going backwards. i think the American Jews have read and been taught the same garbage as many other Americans.

  • tanstaafl

    A hypocritical Jew looks like an ass carrying books. Those who deny the revelations of Allah are ugly. 62:5
    Allah turns Jews into apes! 7:166
    Allah will punish the disbelieving Jews until the Day of Resurrection. 7:167
    Those who deny Muhammad's revelations are like dogs. 7:176
    Those who deny Muhammad's revelation are evil. 7:177
    The Jews rejected and killed Allah's prophets, since "they were willfully blind and deaf." 5:70-71

    Gosh! And we wonder why Muslims are Jew-Haters!

  • mah29001

    I wonder where this puts David Duke…he can't be a right-wing extremist when he supports Ahmadinejad and agrees with the far left in supporting Iran…likewise with his other fellow white supremacist buddies.

  • K.Ross

    It seems as if people are always trying to figure out why this group or that group hates Jews. It has gotten to the point where I have to question if all of the identified people do. Does disagreeing with a Jewish person or view constitute hate. I have no beefs with Jewish people but I would be reluctant to disagree with them.

  • jesse b

    Sorry but one thing I strongly disagree with is the idea is leftism hating modernity. Leftism with its ideaology of great leap forwards and new Soviet man and progress and secularism seems pretty modernistic as opposed to reactionary. As was much of cinstructivist USSR architecture during the first decades of the USSR.