Opinion – What the Left Misses About Nationalism – via NYT

This NYT article is worth a read but it has left me confused. Is the author suggesting that the Left must promote nationalism? For me this seems riddled in contradiction. Surely, the Left are passionately internationalist, frequently more Marxist than socialist these days, and curiously champions of Palastinian nationalism (rather than Arab Nationalism)? For centuries, traditional rightwing politics promoted patriotism. Perhaps, we too readily identify nationalism with fascism? But I agree with the author that multinationals are the real villains, offshoring jobs & not paying a fair share of tax. All views welcome

Book Review – The Left’s Jewish Problem, Jeremy Corbyn, Israel and Antisemitism – Dave Rich

This book is a recommended read. With the Economist arguing that Jeremy Corbyn could well be the UK’s next prime minister, the latest edition of this book gives us some brilliant insights into the politics of Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters on the left of the UK Labour Party. The latest edition is extremely comprehensive, analytical, and longitudinal, right up to the Summer 2018. The conclusion is that Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party is institutionally antisemitic, just like the metropolitan Police were found to be institutionally racist in the Stephen Lawrence enquiry.

The author, Dr David Rich, is a leading authority on antisemitism, anti-Zionism and political extremism and lectures regularly on these subjects in the UK and overseas. He has written for newspapers and journals, including the New York Times, Guardian, New Statesman, Huffington Post, Standpoint, Ha’aretz, World Affairs Journal, Jewish Chronicle, Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs and the Forward.

The book is careful not to accuse Jeremy Corbyn of being an anti-Semite but raises deep questions about Corbyn’s past associations. Ultimately, as a political leader Jeremy Corbyn must be measured on what he does, as well as what he says. As leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn has permitted factionalism to prevail and institutional antisemitism to fester. The political context described in the book should be of interest to anybody worried about a Far-Left government in the UK.