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Henry Cadbury on appeasing Nazis in 1934

2018-06-26 14:39:17.66717+00 by Dan Lyke 3 comments

RT Angus Johnston @studentactivism:

Okay. I've found it. The absolute culmination of the "we have to build bridges with the far right" argument.

This Twitter thread. I will put the rest of it in the comments.

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#Comment Re: Henry Cadbury on appeasing Nazis in 1934 made: 2018-06-26 14:50:03.930449+00 by: Dan Lyke [edit history]

Angus Johnston's twitter thread:

Okay. I've found it. The absolute culmination of the "we have to build bridges with the far right" argument.

Henry Cadbury was a Quaker, and I'm sure he was a lovely man. But wow, was he wrong in a very familiar way.

Among the anti-fascist tactics Cadbury condemned? Boycotts. He called them "war without bloodshed."

Astonishingly, Cadbury gave this speech to a conference of rabbis. It was not well- received.

Rabbi Stephen Wise (who would, ironically, himself be later criticized for equivocation on anti-Nazi topics) repudiated Cadbury's speech.

Another rabbi basically said any talk of "loving" Hitler was pointless sophistry.

That same rabbi on the moral and practical necessity for a diversity of tactics:

(Same day, same page: American Baptist pastor says the appeal of Nazi antisemitism is grounded not in bigotry, but—I kid you not—economic anxiety.)

The conference released a statement repudiating Cadbury's both-sidesism and insisting on the moral necessity of resistance to the Nazis.

(Just a note: "Israel" in the above clip doesn't refer to the nation of Israel, which didn't exist in 1934, but to the Jewish community.)

Here's the original article on Cadbury's speech. https://timesmachine.nytimes.c.../15/110041420.html?pageNumber=15

And here's the follow-up article from the next day from which the rest of the above clippings were taken. https://timesmachine.nytimes.c...machine/1934/06/16/94541107.html

A nice summary of the blowup from a broader article on the conference that appeared a day later:

Here's to "a spirit of sterner resistance to Hitler"!

#Comment Re: Henry Cadbury on appeasing Nazis in 1934 made: 2018-06-29 01:28:18.366003+00 by: TheSHAD0W


Of course, "refuse to build bridges with the far right" breaks down when libertarians and classical liberals are grouped in with the "far right".

#Comment Re: Henry Cadbury on appeasing Nazis in 1934 made: 2018-06-29 16:13:46.61849+00 by: Dan Lyke

I think this is the first time in a long time I've seen Libertarians and civil libertarians talking with each other; the immigration situation is bringing a lot of people back to the table.

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