Lenin himself on the socialism of fools. Are you listening, fools? C’mon, listen closely, it’s The Man himself speaking.
Anti-Semites say he was Jewish himself. He was 1/4 Jewish on his father’s side. That’s not enough to be a Jew in either the Orthodox nor the more modern Reform tradition. He had a bit of Jewish ancestry. So what? A lot of us have ancestry of this or that, and it means nothing. At the time, Orthodox Judaism was the only real Judaism in Russia. So, Lenin was not seen as a Jew by anyone, neither Jews nor Russians. Lenin himself did not see himself as a Jew. Why should he, as Judaism at the time in Russia was defined religiously, not racially?
Karl Marx’s On the Jewish Question is brought up by many anti-Semites as evidence that Marx was an anti-Semite. Marx was fully Jewish and cared nothing for anti-Semitism. He renounced Judaism and condemned it as he condemned all religion.
In OTJQ, Marx attacks the Jews for demanding liberation for themselves only, when no one is Germany is free except for the rich. He saw this as self-centered. He also felt that Germany was still a feudal state, and was not going to give liberation to anyone anyway, Jews or not. That’s all the essay is all about, though admittedly it is very hard to understand. He also attacks Judaism as a religion, and says that anymore, the religion of Jews is simply capitalism itself, and that any real religion as since fallen by the wayside. This is an attack on Judaism as a religion.
The “JewSSR” folks need to explain why synagogues were closed all over the USSR the same way that churches were. The Jews were granted a state in Siberia to shut them up. Hebrew was forbidden there as the language of the Jewish religion, and Yiddish was promoted as the proper language of the Jewish people. It was an attempt to deal with the incessant demands of Jewish nationalists by giving them a state of their own. Still, I feel that giving them a piece of Siberia was a bit shitty.
The Judeo-Bolshevik crowd has some ‘splainin to do. The ethnic Latvians were just as prominent as Jews, in fact, more, from 1917 all the way through World War 2. Sure, many Latvians hated the USSR, for some reason, lots of Latvians also joined the Red Army, NKVD, etc. No one quite knows why this is. I urge you to come up with a theory about Latvio-Bolshevism as quickly as possible.