Monday, September 06, 2004
"What does anti-Semitism have to do with socialism? I would put the question this way: What does the Jew have to do with socialism? Socialism has to do with labor. When did one ever see him working instead of plundering, stealing and living from the sweat of others? As socialists we are opponents of the Jews because we see in the Hebrews the incarnation of capitalism, of the misuse of the nation's goods." - Joseph Goebbels, Those Damned Nazis.
In this passage it is easy to see how shallow and timeless them-propaganda really is. It is always someone else that is the cause of "misery of the people", but depending on the time, place and ruling attitude, who "they" are is a changing variable.
But always, "they" are the cause, and the mechanism is theft in one for or another.