Polar Bear: Roman anti-Semitism sought assimilation.
Then it’s not anti-Semitism, except according to crazy Jews, but crazy Jews think every other thing in the world is anti-Semitism, so who cares what they think!
Actually, when the Jews came out of the ghettos after Napoleon after the Great Liberation in 1815, they were seriously damaged from centuries of totalitarian rule by mystical, obscurantist, and frankly idiotic rabbis. They’d been living in a stupid obscurantist dictatorship for centuries, and they were all screwed up from it.
When they first emerged, most Gentiles were appalled by what they saw. The Jews were not in good shape at all, and they didn’t act very good either. I suppose conservatives just hated them, but progressives took it upon themselves to help these Jews to be cured of the damage from the ghettos.
Hence the progressive cause in Europe during the first half of the 19th Century was the assimilation of the Jews. That was the liberal, Left, and later on socialist project. It wouldn’t be seen that way now, but that’s too bad.
Part of the problem with Israel is that those Jews are too Jewish, as my Judeophilic mother would say. “They’re really really Jewish,” as she put it. Super Jews would call my Mom an antisemite for saying that, but she’s a Judeophile all the way. I’ve heard of American Jews who went to Israel to live and they left soon afterwards. “Too many damn Jews!…That place is just too damned Jewish!” were the complaints.
I think Jews are kind of like spices in a stew. A few of them can have a lot of great qualities and be of immense benefit to society, particularly in terms of the intellectual disciplines and the arts. But too many Jews in one place just doesn’t seem to work. You ever wonder why New Yorkers have the reputation of being rude, belligerent assholes? Because the place is full of Jews, that’s why! Too much spice spoils the stew, as it overwhelms all the other flavors, but a bit of spice can really make a dish into something special. And so it is with the Jews.
In general, the less assimilated the Jews, the worse they act. The more assimilated they are, the better they behave. That’s probably true of a lot of groups, not just them. A lot of “pure” cultures aren’t really that great.
The melting pot is a great idea. It tones down a lot of the nasty elements of the pure cultures which are its ingredients, while at the same time, it allows the good aspects of these cultures to flower. And there is a sort of hybrid vigor that ends up as the main culture – not too extreme, with a cultivation of all the good things and a condemnation of all the bad things and not too much of any one particular element to “spoil the stew.”