Why Choose

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"Why Choose"

Scott Reynolds Nelson writes about the panic of 1873:

In Central and Eastern Europe, times were even harder. Many political analysts blamed the crisis on a combination of foreign banks and Jews. Nationalistic political leaders (or agents of the Russian czar) embraced a new, sophisticated brand of anti-Semitism that proved appealing to thousands who had lost their livelihoods in the panic. Anti-Jewish pogroms followed in the 1880s, particularly in Russia and Ukraine. Heartland communities large and small had found a scapegoat: aliens in their own midst.

Surely the correct answer was to pin the blame on foreign Jewish bankers, right? Those are two great tastes that taste great together. Rothschild, etc.

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