"European and American observers... orientalized and diminished the entire culture of Sephardic Jews in the Ottoman Empire: 'In the 'old country' they had no cultural life of their own worth speaking of. They had no common body of customs and traditions, no common literature, no knowledge of or curiosity about their past . . . They had been a back-ward people in a backward country . . .' (The Forward, July 25, 1926)."
"In places like Salonica, home to the largest Judeo-Spanish-speaking community, Jewish socialists promoted Judeo-Spanish as the language of the Jewish proletariat and designated it as the official language of social and economic discourse for the Socialist Workers' Federation."
Why is this sort of thing so absent from discussions of radical Jewish history?
"tolerance" and the history of antisemitism
"tolerance" is bullshit because it means that an inferior group is being tolerated, temporarily, by a superior group, and it is at that superior group's discretion whether or not to revoke this "tolerated" status
want proof? Jews literally used to have to pay "tolerance taxes". if the tolerance tax couldn't be paid we wouldn't be allowed to live in a particular city, or country, etc.. we'd have to go find another place to live.
apparently the NYPD announced that effective immediately they were disbanding, and that Trump Tower now belonged to the city's homeless, as did all of the other classist monuments of the city. they said they thought this was better than any form of apology but that if people wanted an apology too, they were sorry. certainly big if true
I love the underdog
The grey sky
The snow drift
The hot night
The reasons why
You sing like you sing
And I don't believe in G-d the way you do
It's the voice of the oppressed, marginalized, and distressed
Bringing beauty to an ugly, dying ,fossil fuel parched, capitalist infested world
That tells me
The spark of G-d in us worthless humans is real
I hear it
When you sing, cry, bleed, and die.
Moishe Beregovsky, the prominent Soviet-Jewish ethnomusicologist, wrote that no folk music exists in a vacuum representing some sort of essential "folk soul." Rather, folk music is constantly evolving in response to the people's material conditions and cross-pollination with neighboring traditions.
In this video Daniel Kahn is listening to Midwestern Irish radical troubadour Emmett Doyle sing his newest satire of business unions, "Bread and Butter."
YouTube link: https://youtu.be/wN4EtUJ4pEw
(((rootless cosmopolitan))), Wobbly, ancom, US.
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