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Hamas Terror Is Testing the Moral Credibility of Canadian Progressives
For Quillette, FAIR Advisor Jonathan Kay writes about why no movement that excuses the deliberate slaughter of innocent civilians—even under guise of anti-colonial ‘resistance’—can survive as a mainstream political creed.
But the horrifying bloodshed unleashed by Hamas has shocked many progressives—at least temporarily—back into what might be called a reality-based moral universe. Indeed, it’s interesting to compare the casually apocalyptic language that Canadian politicians use in regard to their own country to the more carefully considered statements that Trudeau and others have recently made about Israel. Even Singh, a leftist demagogue who’s often reckless with his language in the past, felt compelled to preface his use of the g-word with seeds of.
In normal times, it’s easy for citizens of a wealthy and safe country such as Canada to inhabit a make-believe moral Narnia, since the stakes in day-to-day culture-war arguments tend to be mostly symbolic. But, as Singh discovered, it’s quite another thing to indulge in fantasy-based moral reasoning when modern-day einsatzgruppen have just left southern Israel littered with corpses. Suddenly, words matter.
My Friend, The Zionist
For his Substack, Democracy and Other Problems, FAIR Advisor Shadi Hamid writes about a difficult and emotional conversation he recently had with his friend Robert Nicholson—who is both a Christian and a Zionist.
I wanted to share this with all of you. I'm really proud that we were even able to have this conversation with Robert Nicholson, a Christian and self-described Zionist. Probably the most searching, depressing, and emotional episode we've ever done on Wisdom of Crowds, the podcast that I co-host. Part of me can't believe it even happened. It shows what true friendship is. This may not be a time for "both sides" but it is a time for keeping our friends close, even if we find ourselves on opposite sides of a growing divide. Not a lot of people know this, but Wisdom of Crowds was born in Israel on the back of a bus.
For Tablet, Bari Weiss writes about the damage DEI has done to our institutions and why it is time to end it altogether.
The answer is not for the Jewish community to plead its cause before the intersectional coalition, or beg for a higher ranking in the new ladder of victimhood. That is a losing strategy—not just for Jewish dignity, but for the values we hold as Jews and as Americans.
The Jewish commitment to justice—and the American Jewish community’s powerful and historic opposition to racism—is a source of tremendous pride. That should never waver. Nor should our commitment to stand by our friends, especially when they need our support as we now need theirs.
But “DEI” is not about the words it uses as camouflage. DEI is about arrogating power.
The death of merit in science
For the Washington Examiner, Debra Soh writes about the rise of “positionality statements” in STEM.
The current ideological obsession with replacing objectivity and excellence with diversity, equity, and inclusion fanaticism will only derail future scientific achievement. It will deter anyone belonging to so-called "over-represented" groups, particularly white and Asian men, from pursuing scientific endeavors regardless of how competent or passionate they are. They'll risk coming to believe that the value of their work won’t be based on merit but rather on the circumstances they were born into.
Batya Ungar-Sargon: The Antisemites Scream. And I Stiffen My Spine.
For The Free Press, Batya Ungar-Sargon writes about why she believes the worst thing that could come out of this moment would be for Jews to embrace the victimhood narrative.
But that feeling you get when you are facing those things down, that quickening of your heart rate, the flush on your face, the chill down the spine—these unpleasant sensations are what courage feels like. They are the physical symptoms of a moral compass that works, the manifestations of pride in who you are, of the fact that despite millennia of calls for our murder, we’re still here. You’re still here.
Treasure those feelings. Do not cower. Do not tremble.
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