Excerpt from The Jew as Radical, Liberal and Conservative
It is easy to assert that these and similar accusations are a legacy of war hysteria; that the world is-pass ing through a period of emotional instability wherein the vaporings of diseased minds, ignored in times of tr... anquillity, have become the text book of racial prejudice. It is easy to assert that men have suffered themselves to surrender to the habit of hate, incurred as a measure of success in war, but now enthroned with increased potency in days of peace; with victory over former enemies a new object of vilification must be found; hence the Jew, as theweakest national group, is selected as the target for mankind's passions and hostility. Yet neither analysis of the world's present neurosis serves to crush the accusations of Jewish radicalism. A statement of the true situation alone can suffice.
For it is palpably false to affirm even that most Jews are radicals and most radicals Jews. We are a many sided people, complex, variegated, with a kaleidoscopic diversity of Opinion; we are a group, not of one. But of many minds. It has been rightly said that where there are ten Jews there are at least eleven views. The anti-semite errs fatally and com pletely if he generalizes from one or even fifty Jewish radicals to snap judgments concerning the entire Jew ish people. Jews throughout history have allied themselves with world movements, each according to the dictates of his individual conscience; Jews have been Whig, Tory, progres sive, moderate, independent, liberal, reactionary and Mugwump, each in line with the prompting of his social and intellectual environment and his own voluntary choice.
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