Following is an example of how writing a serial blog with a dedicated following assists writer and reader to clarify understanding of meta-issues lying below the blog narrative. In this case (my “blog” being the process by which I am writing a book) a reader comment provided opportunity to rethink both Christendom’s Jewish Problem, and the factors which contribute to society moving from “polite” to “aggressive” to “annihilative” antisemitism. The modern “solution” the Christendom’s Jewish Problem is still, Final.
Thank you, Chris. While I am not educated or sophisticated, as I often remind, in “science” I am aware of human development, and the formation of identity/perception and its impact on Reality. Which I describe as, “the boundary between “theorem” and “dogma” is thin and permeable…” in my response to “Philosopher” above. Clearly there is no such thing as True since mine is affected by my life-time experience as is yours. “Truth,” in other words, is always conditional.
And all of this ties in with my description of “prejudice” and “stereotype” part of and deeply embedded in the history (experience) of Society.
One does not wish away so deeply-embedded experience as the Jewish Problem by declaring this or that population or state “exceptional”!
The two principle factors describing the emergence of anti-Jewish persecution in culture-set: Christendom (outside of myth: the gospel roots and theological expansion describing and defining the Jewish Problem) are, 1. the deep-rooted tradition of Jews as release for anxiety and, 2 extreme social stress turning that population inward in search of outlet. The Jewish Problem is the term that describes the accumulated “memory” of “Jew” as Other and “hated,” Christendom’s Jewish Problem. The transformative factor raising the Problem to consciousness driving a compelling “need” to exorcise anxiety, the Problem in search of “solution” (the most recent “solution” being “final”) is extreme social stress. In the Middle Ages, the failure of Jesus anticipated return; the Black Plague. In today’s world a “plague” is still a possible ingredient and may have laid the ground for extreme antisemitism expressed in the West’s Final Solution of the Jewish Problem (the Spanish flu of 1918-19 killed 50 to 100 million people in two years). Between Bird and Swine flu and biological weapons, “plague” continues one such factor. But the most compelling, as preceded the rise of Hitler and the emergence of the Final Solution was the slow and increasingly oppressive impact, the seemingly endless uncertainty of economic downturn, the Great Depression.
Call this the beginning of a “theorem” or “postulate,” Chris. It is a first draft and so needs much work. But it is a start and your comment brought it to the surface.