The anti-imperialism of fools

Why has Palestine suddenly become a cause celebre for the anti-globalisation movement? Read spiked editor Mick Hume's essay in the New Statesman.

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Why has Palestine suddenly become a cause célèbre for the anti-globalisation movement? Read spiked editor Mick Hume’s essay in the New Statesman, 17 June 2002:

Once upon a time, a hundred years or so ago, it was fashionable to attack something called ‘Jewish capitalism’. August Bebel, a German friend of Karl Marx, described this attempt to give anti-Semitism a progressive spin as ‘the socialism of fools’.

Today’s fashion for Israel-bashing seems to me to represent a similar foolishness. It is not old-fashioned anti-Semitism. But there is a growing tendency to endorse dubious ideas under the guise of solidarity with the Palestinians. It is the anti-imperialism of fools… .

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