The Anarchist Reader by George Woodcock

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1, xxvi-xxxi. 43 H. Cohen, “Religious Postulates” [1907], in H. Cohen, Reason and Hope, 49. 44 See Harry van der Linden, Kantian Ethics and Socialism (Indianapolis: Hackett Pub. , 1988), ch. 6; and Steven S. Schwarzschild, “The Democratic Socialism of Hermann Cohen,” Hebrew Union College Annual 27 (1956): 417-438. 45 H. Cohen, Ethik des reinen Willens, 559. 46 Van der Linden, Kantian Ethics, 221-236. Noting that Cohen’s ethical socialism is to be distinguished from the reforms advocated by liberals, van der Linden reminds us (333, n.

He went upon the path, of which Maximus Tyrius – whose words Landauer used as the motto to his book, Die Revolution [1906] – said: Here is the way of the Passion, which you call a disaster [Untergang], and which you [falsely] judge according to those who have passed upon it; I, however, deem it salvation, since I judge it according to the result of what is still to come. In a church at Brescia I saw a mural whose entire surface was covered with crucified individuals. The field of crosses stretched until the horizon, hanging from each, men of varied physiques and faces.

Because the Jewish people is beyond the contradiction that constitutes the vital drive in the life of the nations – the contradiction between national characteristics and world history, home and faith, earth and heaven – it knows nothing of war. The Jew is practically the only human being who cannot take war seriously, and this makes him the only genuine pacifist. For that reason, and because he experiences perfect community in his spiritual year, he remains remote from the chronology of the rest of the world.

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