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From outside one will always triumphantly impress theories upon the world and then fall straight into the ditch one has dug, but only from inside will one keep oneself and the world quiet and true. /FK (Contact: TBONotebooks at fastmail.fm. The Blue Octavo Notebooks welcomes mail, although we cannot guarantee a response. Your email may be posted in part on The Blue Octavo Notebooks unless otherwise requested.) Please enjoy the notebook entries, and thanks for reading.

Wednesday, November 19, 2003

The Brown Shirts of Our Time.

I think this is a superb article. The publication it's in is rather Conservative and rightwing, but the author, Phyllis Chesler, most definitely isn't. She touches on some of the same repugnant attitudes I saw on display before and during the repugnant opening session of the Palestine Solidarity Movement conference at Ohio State the Friday before last. Indeed, I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if some cretin had hissed “Yahoodi, Yahoodi” at her (behind her back, of course). I haven't read Chesler's book on anti-Semitism, but from the reviews of it I've read and the excerpt on Amazon.com, it looks excellent. An article about her in The Forward, from last summer, entitled Waking Up the World to a Resurgence of Antisemitism , is another Blue Octavo Notebooks recommendation. Check it out.

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