[Marxism] The Banality of Anti-Israel Lobby Doctrine

Tom Cod tomcod3 at gmail.com
Tue Aug 3 14:57:55 MDT 2010

I could never understand "banal" or "banality" as a put down, something that
apparently has its origins in Hannah Arendt's petty snobbery.  I remember as
a kid we would be shown episodes of Walter Cronkite's "Twentieth Century" in
school where he would sanctimoniously intone in a voice over of a clip of
Hitler petting his dog Blondi that this showed the Nazis "banality of evil"?
 Huh, so good is never commonplace or banal?  people who pet dogs are banal
and "have no class".  Maybe more accurately the statement would be, the
banality of certain Allied propaganda.

Maybe Blankfort is neither banal nor grandiose, but a well meaning,
misguided guy who may simply be mistaken.

On Tue, Aug 3, 2010 at 12:33 PM, Dennis Brasky <dmozart1756 at gmail.com>wrote:

> The doctrinaire anti-Lobby phenomenon on the left has found its platform
> most noticeably at the popular websites Counterpunch and Mondoweiss.
> Jeffrey
> Blankfort, accurately described by Left Business Observer’s Doug Henwood as
> a “toxic character,” holds forth regularly on both sites, including in the
> Comments section on Mondoweiss, where he disciplines anti-anti-Lobby
> heretics such as me in dismissive fashion, having accused me of “drinking
> Chomsky’s Kool-Aid.”

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