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Saturday, 10 January 2009


William Hone, Jr
For way too long the malbushim of the culture industry, especially the professionals in the "no business like Shoah business," have had virtually undisputed hegemony. This time Defiance, the 2008 American war film directed by Edward Zwick, gets it right. In his movie review, the blogger Sultan Knish (who is no Bedfordshire clanger but all meat) almost gets it right too except when, as in the following excerpt, he too narrowly speaks about "liberal American Jewish fallacies." The malbushistic ideology he rightly condemns is not the sole property of liberal American sons and daughters of Moses. It's a central cultural postulate of all liberals who depend on others to do the dirty work of civilization. It's the shibboleth of all malbushim who take pride in how clean their hands are.************* (Excerpt from Sultan Knish)********* Israel was built on the understanding that the time for running was over. It was time to get serious about being a nation, or live as hunted animals the world over. The American liberal Jewish consensus by contrast was built on the belief that the best way to prevent a Holocaust was to teach people to love each other and find something uplifting in it all, thus buying into the culture of victimization. Defiance tries to reach for the latter position, but finds itself stuck in the former camp instead. Because as many noble and uplifting things that Tuvia can say, the Bielskis, both the real and the fictional film versions, were no liberals

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