Professor George Jochnowitz and his daughter Miriam were teaching in China at the time of the Tiananmen Massacre in 1989. The experience drastically changed the author's way of thinking about Marxism. Professor Jochnowitz saw that the rulers of China were acting in the spirit of Karl Marx, whose writing logically led to dictatorship and famine. Many people have expressed negative views about communism. Some have harsh words for Marxism as well. Almost nobody, however, will take the next step and relate the cruelty of Marxism to the words of Marx. Living and teaching in China led Professor Jochnowitz to cross this line and examine his experience and new outlook in The Blessed Human Race. Having crossed this political line, Professor Jochnowitz crossed others as well. His thoughts about faith of any sort, religious or political, became negative. The idea of justification through faith became morally offensive. He concluded that this world has too many idols that go unquestioned. Questioning major and minor taboos, including interpretation of works of music as well as politics and religion, he concludes that the human race's virtue is found in questioning rather than obedience. For more information, visit the author's Web site at http://www.jochnowitz.net.
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About the Author
George Jochnowitz is a professor emeritus of linguistics whose specialty is Jewish languages, in particular the dialects of the Jews of Italy and southern France. He taught for many years at the College of Staten Island, CUNY, and was an exchange professor at Hebei University in Baoding, China, during the spring semesters of 1984 and 1989. His interests range far and wide, and include politics, music, the Bible, and humanity itself. He and his beautiful wife, Carol, have two beautiful daughters and a beautiful grandson.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Acknowledgements Part 2 Preface Part 3 I: Learning to Reconsider Chapter 4 Baoding Revisted Chapter 5 Beijing Spring Chapter 6 We Flee China Chapter 7 Marx, Money, and Mysticism after Mao Chapter 8 China, Marx, and Islam Chapter 9 Happiness in Chinese Culture Part 10 II: Reconsiderations Chapter 11 Reconsidering Marx Chapter 12 Reconsidering Salvation through Faith Chapter 13 Reconsidering Abraham Chapter 14 Reconsidering 20th-century Music Chapter 15 Reconsidering The Magic Flute Chapter 16 Reconsidering Così Fan Tutte Chapter 17 Reconsidering Shakespeare Chapter 18 Reconsidering Dark Restaurants Chapter 19 Reconsidering Tipping Chapter 20 Reconsidering Wasting Food Chapter 21 Reconsidering Santa Claus Chapter 22 Reconsidering Sports Chapter 23 Reconsidering Gay and Jewish Success Chapter 24 Reconsidering the Blessed Human Race