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Sunday, 20 June 2010

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Mannie Sherberg
Philosphers have a fancy word for what Jabotinsky is referring to: antinomianism -- the questioning of all rules, all regulations, all laws, all commandments. It runs very deep and very far back in he history of the West. Christianity has been infected by a strain of antinomianism throughout its history -- and many of the violent outbreaks in Europe during the Middle Ages were perpetrated by antinomian Christion sects. We Jews are by no means immune to the problem. From one point of view, the whole Hebrew Bible can be read as the history of a people who constantly asked, "Why is it forbidden?" -- and then chased after idols. A good many of the questions raised in the Talmud are also antinomian. The entire Romantic rebellion of the 18th and 19th centuries was antinomian, and the French Revolution, of course, was the pinnacle of antinomianism, when an entire nation decided that everything that had previously been forbidden had suddenly become okay. Nietzsche is the modern prophet of antinomianism, which suffuses all of today's Leftism. Interestingly, Trotsky was the exemplar of modern Jewish antinomianism -- a man who embraced virtually everything Judaism forbade. There are a few hints that, in his later life, he may have reconsidered some of his anti-Judaism, but this is very questionable. All modern Jews, except perhaps for the most extreme Haredim, are at least somewhat antinomian; it seems to be inescapable in the modern world. In the final consideration, though, Jabotinsky was correct: the question "Why is it forbidden?" -- once it is asked -- causes everything to crumble and ultimately dissolve. The nihilists of today's Left are perfect proof.
Kae Gregory
As usual, another great post. I will look forward to reading the book. Shavua tov.
Noah David Simon
...but it was that same gradualism that led me to reject the leftism I was raised in. It works both ways. What has the state done for me? What do I get out of this collective? No I don't want to do it for the group. No I don't think I need to control nature. No I don't want that kind of power in my hands... it sounds like a painful unloving burden that hurts other people anyway. the part about Jabotinsky ringing the alarm bells in Eastern Europe Jewery in Poland is the more interesting part to me.
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Lucky
Thanks for the pertinent overview of the book.

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