Originally Posted by ledocs
...... Therefore, no allegation of disproportionate political power of rich American Jews is possible, unless the allegation is simultaneously anti-Semitic. The truth-value has no bearing on the question of anti-Semitism, which represents a problem, in my view. The whole question cannot be subjected to analysis, it's impossible, in practical terms.
There must be a good Jewish joke about such double-binds. Perhaps the Marx brothers?
Seriously, though, I think you are right to question the dubious logic of Mead and others when they fling around the accusation of anti-Semitism when all they mean to say is that they approve wholeheartedly of US foreign policy with regard to Israel and disapprove wholeheartedly of anyone who questions that policy, however timidly. It is very much the perverse logic of the old Cold Warriors and the "Committee on UnAmerican Activities" when even timid critiques of American foreign policy could earn you the accusation of being socialist or communist or whatever is "unamerican." It is such a crude rhetorical gesture that I am always amazed that people fall for it.