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Jewish emancipation and the Jewish question
Robert Fine and Philip Spencer

Jesuit, two monks, two Muslims and thirty-two Jews were burned to death. Concerning the condemned Jews Voltaire's Rabbi had this to say: What was their crime? Nothing other than that of being born [Jews] … Can you believe that while the flames devoured these innocent victims, the Inquisitors and the other savages chanted our own prayers? The Grand Inquisitor himself intoned the makib of our good

in Antisemitism and the left
Hannah Arendt’s Jewish writings
Robert Fine and Philip Spencer

the Nazi transportation of Jews to the death and labour camps. He escaped prosecution after the war, joined other Nazi escapees in Argentina, was seized by the Israeli secret services and put on trial in Israel. His trial provided a major opportunity, perhaps the first, to address the phenomenon of genocidal antisemitism in a public forum. 58 The trial also provided an occasion for Arendt to concretise her critique of Zionism and develop her own cosmopolitan leanings. Her

in Antisemitism and the left
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Association and distinction in politics and religion
Rodney Barker

token, can carry the weight of major communal antagonisms. In Poland in the autumn of 2010, following the death of the president and ninety-five others in an aeroplane disaster, the most immediate visual token of national mourning was the national flag with a black band across its surface. But the placing of an unassuming wooden cross in front of the presidential palace by a group of Scouts was followed by a prolonged dispute between conservatives and right-wingers, who surrounded it to prevent its removal, and secularists, who argued that religion and politics should

in Cultivating political and public identity
Rodney Barker

church was enough to indicate to them the invalidity of his entire theological and organisational claims. 5 When in 1670 the archbishop of Mexico failed to lower the train of his robe in the presence of the viceroy, the gesture was deemed to threaten and was intended to threaten viceregal authority and that of the Spanish colonial regime. 6 In 2012 the reported burning of copies of the Koran by United States troops led to riots and death in Afghanistan. 7 During the French Revolution the allegation that royalist troops had trampled on tricolour cockades was a

in Cultivating political and public identity
Jürgen Habermas and the European left
Robert Fine and Philip Spencer

delivered by a man who survived the ghetto liquidation at Kielce, the death camp at Auschwitz and two death marches: ‘How do we explain to our children and grandchildren that in the world in which we live … we diddle and daddle when it comes to mounting a rapid response to save people from destruction from a murderous regime? Oh, I know all the answers we give. They justify our inaction, and the lies we have conditioned ourselves into believing

in Antisemitism and the left
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Rodney Barker

in recognition of his tract against Luther. Religion still followed the monarch rather than vice versa, but though there was no novelty in religious dispute under Henry and his successors Edward VI, Mary, and Elizabeth, a conflict between the religious identity of the sovereign and that of subjects would frequently be resolved by imprisonment, death, or exile. The civil wars of the seventeenth century revealed how far a clash of religious identities, and the other aspects of identity with which religion was interwoven, could threaten the

in Cultivating political and public identity
Robert Fine and Philip Spencer

think critically about the Jewish question in ways that most of his followers were unable to comprehend or sustain. 48 In the immediate aftermath of the Holocaust Ernest Mandel, who was to become one of the most influential of postwar Trotskyists, acknowledged the challenge posed by the Holocaust before equating the annihilation of the Jews to the postwar expulsion of Germans from Poland and Czechoslovakia: ‘the death trains have again begun moving but this

in Antisemitism and the left
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Rodney Barker

structure, the more it may express identities which outlive individuals. Some human constructions have no other function. Even in death, identities are cultivated, created, and demarcated. The dead can be given unique identity in the plumage with which they are interred. Discussing the traces of the life of early Homo sapiens , Martin Jones has observed that ‘Pierced skeletal fragments, bones, shells, teeth, and ivory … will be strung together in necklaces and headgear of buried bodies, emphasizing the face and head, and sometimes arms, in other words, the body as

in Cultivating political and public identity
Nazima Kadir

housing situations and the slow death of his relationship, Damien went squatting with a totalizing dedication. Squatters jokingly refer to him as “el presidente,” “el comandante,” “the general,” or even “the king.” These names 9 mock his authoritative manner as well as the squatters who follow Damien’s lead. By calling him these names, squatters identify themselves as non-conformists who refuse to uncritically follow his authority. Jenny, a resident of the Motorflex houses, remarked, “We are the only squatters in

in The autonomous life?
Nazima Kadir

of omnipotence and confronts him/her with the powerful experience of pain and suffering, even the possibility of death. Today’s wide range of symbolic possibilities is not matched by concrete experiences that test individuals to their limits. The indeterminateness of choice and the attempt in any case to postpone it as much as possible, keep young people in the amorphous, comfortable, and infantile situation of the maternal womb, where they can feel at ease with everything seemingly possible

in The autonomous life?