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Antisemitism and Anti-Capitalism in the Current Economic Crisis

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In the current crisis of the economic system, many critics of capitalism feel confirmed in their views. They include radical leftists, who have always known that capitalism does not work, mainstream politicians, who do not question capitalism as such but only its neoliberal outbursts, and right-wing groups, who want to strengthen national states against a frenetic global economy. This chapter identifies the societal structures and historical tendencies that make it possible to blame "the Jews" for the problems of the capitalist system. This is followed by a case-study of an Austrian right-wing newspaper as proof of the ideas presented. Two aspects of Marx's Critique of Political Economy are relevant to the various anti-Semitism theories discussed in the chapter, namely the process of surplus production and abstract domination. Marx starts his analysis of modern capitalist societies by analyzing the notion of commodity. Antisemitism has a strong affinity with anti-capitalism.

Keywords: anti-capitalism; antisemitism; economic crisis; Jews; politicians



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