Monday, October 27, 2003

ZIONISM AS A RELUCTANT NATIONALISM

Roger Simon points to ZIONISM AS A RELUCTANT NATIONALISM

This is indeed a good post. Clear, concise, and to the point. Summary highlight:
Zionism is not a continuation of classical nationalism: it is already a defensive reaction to it, its consequence, and also a historical novelty the trouble of which, a trouble that still makes it widely misunderstood, is that, due to Herzlā€™s prescience, in a way, it arrived not too late, but, if anything, rather too early.


Given in a single sentence this is a bit hard to swallow. The overall article lays out strong reasons for how Zionism was a very different nationalistic movement that those of the European countries Jews lived in. However, I do not wish to reproduce the whole article here -- click on the link to read it all.

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