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materially more valuable than a donation. Credit tends to grow;
a donation diminishes. The man who enjoys credit becomes pro-
gressively stronger under normal conditions.”53 Zionism, after
all, has this objective: to restore the Jewish people to a normal
and healthy status.
Herzl had sharp words also about careerists. In his plays he
introduced them as inimical to society. “We make certain,” David
Littwak said to his guests, “that our precious commonwealth will
not become prey of careerists.”54 Herzl dreaded mostly the pro-
fessional politician of the Solarius type (in the play
D ie Dame in
Schwarz),
and made his attitude crystal clear through his spokes-
man, David Littwak: “Politics here is neither a business nor a
profession, for either men or women. We have kept ourselves
unsullied by that plague. People who try to live by spouting
their opinions instead of by work are soon recognized for what
they are. They are despised, and get no chance to do mischief.”55
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One could go on tracing original thoughts and ideas in Herzl’s
plays in numerous problems and conceptions which became so
vital for his philosophy of Zionism and for his blueprint of
the reborn nation in the future Jewish State. But limitation of
space precludes the presentation of additional examples. We
can only reiterate the hope expressed earlier in this paper that
a serious student of literature will some day pursue this analysis
in full detail and write a study worthy of the great Herzl.
53 “Die juedische Kolonialbank,” in
Zionistische Schriften, op. cit. ,
p. 187.
54
Old-Newland,
p. 77
55
Ib id. ,
p. 76.