Stop American Nazis & Vote Democrat

As reported here, this add by the Jewish Democratic Council of America minces no words about threats to democracy and the upcoming 2022 midterm elections.

I’m posting an article here by Arno Rosenfeld who provides some backdrop to this ad. He cites Jonathan Greeblattt from the ADL who did not like the ad and Abraham Foxman, a Holocaust survivor, who thought the ad was entirely on mark. Greenblatt who actually wrote a book on this, the rise of fascism here, does not like the ad. For his part, Foxman weighs in “As a Holocaust survivor, I know why it is vital to reflect on the rise of Nazism in the 1930s. It reminds us what politically-motivated hate can lead to — the destruction of democracy and the persecution and genocide of innocent people. That’s what took root in Germany in the 1930s and that’s what’s depicted by @USJewishDems.'”

On the American the white-nationalist neofascism of the new National Conservatives now co-opting the GOP, there is a two part series at Religion Dispatches by Ben Lorber, here and here. From the Jewish right, Yoram Hazony figures in both pieces.

It is hard to remember that Nazis were not really on the Ameircan political radar before Trump’s first run for the presidency in 2015 and worth always remembering how Trump used Twitter and Big Lies to rally “the base” and raise Nazism to the manifest surface of American culture.

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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2 Responses to Stop American Nazis & Vote Democrat

  1. Unfortunately there is some or even many living elsewhere…

  2. sam enderby says:

    PROF. ZACH- For the first time – if memory serves- I disagree with you concerning American Nazis & their presence in our politics- They have been amongst us since there were Nazis to be among.-

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