The Oldest Hatred
Anti-Semitism Rises in Russia as Putin Stokes Nationalistic Fervor
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  • Dan

    the article you link to is from May 2013…

  • FriendlyGoat

    Pop Quiz for Russians: Which of these poses the greatest risk to Russia?
    A) Jews
    B) Gays
    C) Western Europeans
    D) Americans
    E) Islamists
    F) Vladimir

    • Fred

      I’d say E) and F).

      • FriendlyGoat

        Me too, but I was being satirical in posing it as a quiz.

  • Anthony

    “A part of an individual’s personal identity is melded with the identity of the groups that he or she affiliates with. Each group occupies a slot in their minds that is very much like the slot occupied by an individual person, complete with beliefs, desires, and praiseworthy or blameworthy traits. This social identity appears to be an adaptation to the reality of groups in the welfare of individuals. Our fitness depends not just on our own fortunes but on the fortunes of the bands, villages, and tribes we find ourselves in, which are bound together by real or fictive kinship, networks of reciprocity, and a commitment to public goods, including group defense…On behalf of our group, we can feel sympathetic, grateful, angry, guilty, trustful, or mistrustful with regard to some other group, and we spread these emotions over the members of that group regardless of what they have done as individuals to deserve them.” Thus, anti-semitism and out group antagonism activate (psychologists label it the motive for social dominance or intuitively “tribalism”).

    • FriendlyGoat

      Thank you for explaining certain American folks’ super-glued attachments to sports teams, church denominations, racial likeness, sexual-orientation likeness, alma maters, various clubs, specific military branches, Facebook/Linked In circles and—–importantly these days—self-definition as liberal or conservative.

      We do not have to join up, however, when asked to hate people.

      • Anthony

        You’re more than welcome.

  • Felix Keverich

    lol There are more than enough Jews among opposition leaders in Russia. Basically, the entire liberal movement is ethnically Jewish.

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