Type-o:This sentence - "(Over 400 counties that voted twice for Mr. Obama voted subsequently voted for Mr. Obama.)"Should read - " (Over 400 counties that voted twice for Mr. Obama voted subsequently voted for Mr. TRUMP.)"
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Yes, watching the Labour Party and Jeremy Corbyn wrestle with ant-Semitism has been jaw dropping. I figured it was a small issue with a few whom they would deal with promptly. Instead it seems to have tied the whole party in knots.Sure did not see that coming. In that, I have to say, the Conservatives are lucky in their opponents. Given all their own problems, the Tories ought be grateful that Labour has turned out to be - here I do overstate for effect - a den of anti-Semites. Who knew?
@nightdrot I don't think many people did see this coming. It's very much something that was pretty much exclusively associated with (very) marginal political groups, such as the National Front, up until recently. What appears to have happened (and I fully confess upfront, that I feel my understanding of this is imperfect, at best) is that a vicarious enthusiasm for Palestinian issues has evolved into a more general anti-semitism. I also feel, that were Israel not around, that they would need to latch on to some other such 'issue' (Kashmir?). I always find it very, very telling that the anti-apartheid movement, to all intents and purposes, dissolved and lost all interest in South Africa, after 1994. It suggests to me that the left is, at least in the UK, a broader coalition of interests than is generally recognised, and requires the 'glue' of such external 'issues' to hold itself together?
Your theory makes sense and it does have something of an analog here in the United States with some pro-Palestinian factions of the Democratic party. Though here complicated by the fact that the Jewish vote is a core constituency of the Democrats. Strange bedfellows, to say no more.That said, as I noted elsewhere, the left has long had an anti-Semitic element. The National Socialists being the most egregious example.Judaism presents a problem for the left in an historical sense. On the one hand, the Jewish diaspora has made Judaism transnational and very open to the kinds of transnational ideas that developed in the Enlightenment and on which classical liberalism is based. On the other hand, the intense sens of Jewish identity - most manifest in Zionism - runs smack dab up against that very transnational ethic.The net effect is that otherwise "cuddly and lovable" leftists suddenly become quite outraged by Jews and lend themselves to a snarling anti-Semitism. No wonder Mr. Corbyn is turning intellectual handstands. Glad I am not him.
That doesn't make Trump racist. The KKK supports him... not the other way around!!