- Paperback: 277 pages
- Publisher: Lawrence Hill Books; Revised edition (December 1, 1983)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1556520778
- ISBN-13: 978-1556520778
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
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Zionism in the Age of Dictators Paperback – December 1, 1983
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If you like this book, I highly recommend reading Black Liberation and Palestine Solidarity, co-authored by Lenni Brenner and a historian named Mathew Quest.
But Zionism can't be defined primarily in relation to fascism. It was a settler-colonial movement led by the Jewish bourgeoisie. At first it was a movement of bourgeois German and other West European Jews who wanted to assimilate, but felt that the Jewish emigration from Eastern to Western Europe was an obstacle to this. Those were the Jews they wanted to send to Palestine. But as assimilation became less likely, then they got the idea that the Jewish bourgeoisie could rule its own state.
Most of the capitalist class in the world collaborated with fascists; they preferred a fascist victory to a victory by the working class. And the Jewish bourgeoisie was no different in this regard. That's what has to be kept in mind while reading this book.
Brenner, like a lot of radicals sees himself as a Marxist, but Marxists analyze the world from the standpoint of the position of the working class. He's read the right books (including most of those I'm going to recommend), but hasn't drawn the right conclusions from them. The questions of anti-Semitism, Zionism, fascism, communism and Stalinism, and what World War II was really about can only be answered from this standpoint, and if you gain that, then books like this can be put in their proper perspective.
To understand Jewish history, Zionism, and anti-Semitism, start with The Jewish Question: A Marxist Interpretation. To understand what fascism is start with Fascism and Big Business and Fascism: What It Is and How to Fight It. To understand World War II, I recommend starting with the short piece "Setting the record straight on fascism and World War II" in Revolution, Internationalism, and Socialism: The Last Year of Malcolm X (New International no. 14) (New International, Number 14). Then move on to Socialism on Trial: Testimony at Minneapolis Sedition Trial and The Socialist Workers Party in World War II: Writings and Speeches, 1940-43 (James P. Cannon writings & speeches).
To understand communism, all the above are useful, but also, of course The Communist Manifesto, and Capital: Volume 1: A Critique of Political Economy (Penguin Classics). Obviously there's a lot, lot more. And to understand Stalinism, which is in most respects the negation of communism, start with The Revolution Betrayed.
Out of Brenner's research, another book came out, one which is far better because it doesn't contain all the invective and inside jokes that mar Zionism in the Age of the Dictators. It's narrower in scope, but it can actually be read, understood, and respected by anyone who is serious about history and politics. That book is The Iron Wall: Zionist Revisionism from Jabotinsky to Shamir. I think behind this was the helpful but heavy hand of a good editor leaning on Brenner.