THE CASE AGAINST HISTORICAL REVISIONISM

I’ll put my civil libertarian credentials up against anyone’s. But I have to confess that the older I get, the less principled I become. I like to think it’s because I’m becoming more understanding, in this case of those powerful communitarian intuitions that so often conflict with what would otherwise be the inviolable sanctity of … Continue reading THE CASE AGAINST HISTORICAL REVISIONISM

JEWS, THE SHOAH, AND IDENTITY POLITICS

  There’s not a whole lot that’s special about us Jews. Yes, we do celebrate Easter by drinking the blood of a Christian baby, preferably one still wet from the baptismal fount. But other than that we’re pretty much like everyone else. As Shylock asked rhetorically, “Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, … Continue reading JEWS, THE SHOAH, AND IDENTITY POLITICS

FREEDOM OF THE PRESS AND THE BROMIDE

The recent spat – actually it’s turning into a spate of spats - between Donald Trump and the mainstream media, has resurrected a query I’ve had for decades. What exactly justifies freedom of the press? The standard bromide, recall, is that democracy presupposes, and so requires, an informed electorate. But surely that, in turn, presupposes … Continue reading FREEDOM OF THE PRESS AND THE BROMIDE